It’s finally Friday! And I should do a post on Love x Loop, which I just got, but I haven’t played it enough. SO! I’m posting some of the beautiful wallpapers that came on the furoku CD with B’s Log this month. Enjoy!
Finally got the August magazines, and yay! New games to talk about! There are several, so let’s jump right in, shall we?
First, a totally new title from Takuyo for the PS2, called Kaerabatake de Tsukamaete. It’s set in the city of Tsukiyado, where some environmental problems have caused some of the residents (the heroine and the guys) to become were-frogs!!? For some reason B’s Log has a fan-servicey picture of the heroine, enough that I checked whether it was an otome game or not, but it is! Also interesting, it seems that there are 6 guys, 3 are shown in B’s Log and 3 in Girl’s Style. So far, only a couple of colour pics and line drawings of the characters, whose designs are by Hirose Azumi.
Uta no Prince-sama (PSP) is a new game from Broccoli and Nippon Ichi scheduled for 2010. The heroine attends an entertainment school, and the object of the game is to choose a potential idol to team up with as his songwriter, and work towards graduating, which means a successful audition. Character designs are by Kurahana Chinatsu, and we already know the OP is by Miyano Mamoru!
There’s also a maybe-not-otome game called Dear Girl Stories Hibiki (DS) from ASCII Media Works. It’s based on a comic of the same name, which originated from some radio shows that Ono Daisuke and Kamiya Hiroshi do together. The comic is about the seiyuu (or their characters?) helping out girls who write in with their love problems to a radio show. Of course “Hiro-C” and “Ono-D” will be in this, as well as Yusa Kouji as their boss Tera Ikemen, and several other characters with as yet unnamed seiyuu (who I guess might be the characters you can ‘get’). It already has a release date of December 17.
And lastly, a new Hoshi no Oujo title! The fifth title in the very-loosely connected R18 series (PC only of course!) from Mirai is tentatively called Hoshi no Oujo Oiran, is set in the Bakumatsu era, and is slated for 2010.
Of course, there are some really nice-looking cell-phone games as well, but I won’t torture myself or you by talking about them *sniff*…let’s focus on the bright side with all these new games to look forward to!
Seiyuu info on Kurayami no Hate de Kimi o Matsu (coming out for the DS) has been announced:
Aoi Mio CV: Takahashi Hiroki
Sakuraba Katsumi CV: Iwata Mitsuo
Kazano Tarou CV: Fujiwara Yuuki
Honami Yousuke CV: Saiga Mitsuki
Akiyama Tomo CV: Sakaguchi Shuuhei
Kousaka Takahiro CV: Narita Ken
And Signal also has its cast out:
Nakazawa Artur Kouga CV: MIdorikawa Hikaru
Fujimiya Rui CV: Ishida Akira
Takashima Hayato CV: Morikubo Shoutarou
Toudou Yuuki CV: Miura Hiroaki
Houshouin None Yamato CV: Morita Masakazu
Iwato Kazuhiro CV: Satou Michiru
Oda Jin CV: Nakai Kazuya
Kuromine Touya CV: Kondou Takashi
Title: Release – Dare ni demo Ura ga Aru
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Description: Dare ni Demo Ura ga Aru -true or lie? is released for the PC by Amedeo.
Hopefully this game will actually be published, that’s all I’m hoping for now. Love Root Zero ~Kiss Kiss Labyrinth~ has now been delayed to December. That’s a full 10 months after its original release date! There continue to be pics in the magazines though, so hopefully it will eventually happen. There are lots of other games coming out though, so I’m sure I won’t be bored (right now I’m looking forward to S.Y.K. the most!)
Title: Release – Nade Pro
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Description: Nade Pro ~Kisama mo Seiyuu Yattemiro~ is released for the PS2 from Gungho.
OK, this is not an otome game, but I just found a site that says Kimi ni Todoke, the extremely sweet manga from Bessatsu Friend, is being made into a DS game and released this October.
Details? All I could find is that it’s from Namco Bandai – I couldn’t find a site for it
Dengeki Online and Girl’s Style mention a new franchise that popped up at Comket from Red Entertainment called Scared Rider Xechs - the katakana makes the first word sound more like Skah-red, and it looks like it has an…umlaut…above the ‘r’ (does that even make sense?) so I’m not sure what word it’s supposed to be.
The staff includes pako-san as character design, from Shining Wind Feather and Rental Magika), Satou Dai as writer from Eureka Seven and Higashi no Eden.
Right now there’s only a teaser site, but it says it will offically open in September.
Pretty mysterious all in all, but I do like the artstyle! The Dengeki article says it hasn’t been decided whether Scared Rider Xechs will be a manga, an anime (maybe a game?) and it will be developed by listening to fans. Oh, the themes of the story are ‘red sky’, ‘young men’ (as the main characters?), ‘scars’ (??) ‘south’ (???), ‘sea and rock’, and ‘inochigake’, which is something like putting it all on the line (literally betting your life). So, ah…maybe it’s about, um, a young man with scars from a tough childhod, betting his life on…traveling south to the sea where there’s a red sky…and he rocks out? I have no clue.
What do you think it could be?
Yay, I got Lucian Bee’s on Friday! Since I have to work today (*wrote this on Sunday*), I’m posting some of my first impressions. I’m almost done Luke Rockwell’s route, so I still don’t know the reason why the bad guys are trying to make dasao/dameotoko.
Let’s see, where should I start? Well, the setup, once you get through the introduction, is kind of a mix between Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and VitaminX/Z. You, as the heroine Anna, choose what guy, or target, to start the makeover with, and then as you progress (there are 5 missions for each) you can go back and redo them to improve your scores, or choose to work on another character.
Each mission focuses on making over one aspect of the target: food, design, hair, fashion, and manners. You work with the other two strikers of Lucian Bee’s, M and Q (your codename is A), and the member of Metropolis V in charge of that aspect. Part of the fun is all the banter between M, Q, and the Metropolis V members, and later on, Anna as well. When you finish a mission, you will see the targets’ grades in each aspect before and after, and if it’s something visible (like fashion), then you’ll see the difference in the characters as you go. So once Luke’s hair mission was done, he has that hair for the rest of his story (probably not for the other stories though).
Before starting a mission, you watch a backstage video of Romanxia highlighting the target and their particular problem, with say, hair.
During the missions, the majority is normal visual novel style, with two parameters to increase: Custom and Love. What’s Custom? I *think* it’s the target’s general improvement, whereas the Love parameter indicates how he feels about you.
Near the end of a mission, you’ll go into “stealth mode”, where your answers will not only increase or decrease parameters, but will increase or decrease your stealth meter. The stealth meter measures how suspicious the guy is of your disguise (since all of your interactions are in one disguise or another), and if it gets down to zero, the mission fails. During stealth, there’s a time limit on the choices – only 10 seconds! That’s pretty short when you have to read the Japanese and try to judge which answer is the best.
Finally, near the end of stealth mode, you’ll go into “emergency mode”, where you have to direct not only Anna, but all three strikers in coordination to head off disaster. Though all these events are just timed choices, the game does a great job of using cut-ins, zooms, and movement to make it feel dynamic.
Since I haven’t finished any stories, I’m interested to see how they’ll deal with the guys falling in love with Anna’s disguise and what happens when she shows her true self. Also, though the other Romanxia guys are in the missions a bit, there’s really not that much interaction with them, so I’m hoping that the conclusion, or the last chapter, has more of them as well.
If you can’t tell, so far I’m really enjoying it! I can’t judge the overall story yet, but the gameplay is a lot of fun. Lots of good characters too, not just Romanxia – actually, I think until I play their routes the Metropolis V and Honey Buzzard VI are more interesting…and I really like M and Q too.
Next post will be either a followup of this one, or about Saikin Koi Shiteru? which I also just got and started playing ^_^
Only 2 weeks late! Ah well. Anyways, a short note before les nouvelles – I accidentally bought two of the newest B’s Log >.> so I’m selling one. It’s 15$ USD plus shipping. Furoku are a cute little Lucky Dog notepad, and a beautiful Hakuouki Zuisouroku clearfile – it’s small, about 7″ x 10″. 208 pages, 190 of which are full-colour. Includes guides for Wand of Fortune, Under the Moon Crescent, and Kazeiro Surf.
OK, on to the news! New games, yay! Including the one from a keitai game that will only be available by download to Japanese DSi’s, Himitsu no Daioku. Boo.
The other game announcement is Tsundere S Otome, a new R18 game from Mirai for the PC, and tentatively scheduled for 2009. ‘S’? Does this mean there will be one R18 game where the heroine isn’t spineless, lacking a personality and/or kind of a moron?? (OK yes, Ash wasn’t too bad – in some routes, and Yoshitsune was mostly sensible except for the whole onii-chan fixation).
Zettai Meikyu Grimm is back getting colour page spreads, and the date is listed as this winter
NadePro (PS2) scheduled for October 29 release
Hoshi no Furu Toki’s PSP adaptation now has no fixed date (I thought it was August/September?)
Kurayami no Hate de Kimi o Matsu (DS) is scheduled for fall
Signal (DS) is also scheduled for fall
Last Escort Club Katze set for winter
Dare ni demo Ura ga Aru (PC) set for fall
Crazy Rabbits (PC R18) set for fall
memories (PC R18) set for winter
The newest title in Otomate’s non-otome brand Otomate Forte, Date ni Gametsui Wake Ja Nee for the DS, is scheduled for the end of October. This brand is aimed at girls, but the main character of this RPG is again a guy…sigh.