My thoughts on Anime Expo: Part2 (Announcments)

July 13, 2009

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Now I’ve never been to E3 or the TGS, but I follow them and others like it every year. Waiting for those few game announcements that can actually put me on the edge of my seat in excitement. The rest of my time is spent looking at the new information, videos and screenshots of games that I already know about but still aren’t out. Sometimes, incases of Fallout3, the initial announcements pass me by without any desire to know more, and then half a year later I see a developer walkthrough and realize that the game is going to be EPIC.

This is something that I can’t do at Anime Expo, or any other anime convention.  I mean there are a lot of announcements every year about all the new shows, manga, and more that are licensed for release state side. But I’ve already watched any of the shows that I care about. Really the closest thing I can call exciting news that I found at this years Anime Expo was that there is a company called MangaGamer and they’ll be releasing the Shuffle! and Higurashi VNs.

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MangaGamer is a company based in Europe(can’t remember where), and they provide translated Japanese visual novels for download. The digital games are still on the pricey side, but that’s reasonably understandable considering how small of audience it pulls with western gamers, and how expensive the games originally are in japan. But what really sets them apart from the deceased Hirameki International Group, Inc. is localization of games like Da Capo and Shuffle! AKA Eroge.

I just didn’t see them coming at all. But in my opinion MangaGamer owned this show, no other announcement was able to knock me off my feet like this one. They even had multiple industry guests from Circus and OVERDRIVE. A booth offering all sorts of 18+ goodies. And did I mention that they are bringing over both Shuffle! and Higurashi?

Other than that, I really can’t think of any exciting news. I mean sure there were plenty of new titles coming over, but nothing can top MangaGamer’s news.

For a more complete post on how awesome MangaGamer was at AnimeExpo09 check this blog post out.  Shuffle! already has a date set for August 15th with Higurashi PT1 planned for Sep.


Snow Day 21

December 21, 2008

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I think her name is Koma Aso, but I can’t seem to verify this. But I do know she’s from Caramel Box’s Meguri, Hitohira(another visual novel all about girls in snow).


Snow Day 12

December 12, 2008

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Setsuei is another eroge that’s all about the girls being in snow.


Snow Day 10

December 10, 2008

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OMG, Fate/Stay Night V3.1

November 2, 2008

I can’t believe I missed this yesterday and most of today. But our heroes at Mirror Moon have completed the translation for the entirety of the Fate/Stay Night VN. Find the patches HERE. I’m extremely excited over finally having the entire game translated….. though sadly I have as yet made it past the prologue. I take forever to get through these games, I’ve mentioned as such before.

BUT that doesn’t change the fact that this is a grand moment. One great enough that I am totally taking a break from Fallout3 to play some F/SN. Thank you Mirror Moon, you have done the anime community a great favor.

Finally, Sakura’s Arc.


CHAOS;HEAD VN or Anime

October 10, 2008

Well, the anime for CHAOS;HEAD being out finally, will surely bring about a surge in the desire for the VN to be finished up. That’s usually the trend at least, especially when the anime adaptation is no where near as good as the VN. And that is the current of thought I’ve seen behind CHAOS;HEAD.

I haven’t yet seen anything beyond PV for either so far, but news of the VN getting worked on is always nice. Though I am horribly slow at actually getting through them. I’ve had the Fate/Stay Night on the backburner for over a year now, and Tsukihime I only ever got through Arcueid, and Ciel’s hentai scenes stories. Even games like the Ace Attorney games take me forever to get through. I love em, it’s just REALLLLY hard to start reading when I can instead watch anime or play some videogame.

Anyways, back on topic, a new version of the CHAOS;HEAD translation is out for the VN if your interested(still beta). Source. Myself, I’ll see what the anime is like…. and probably go read a Type-Moon VN before anything else.