The biggest news is Quinrose’s new title, Romeo vs Juliet. It’s set in Verona, where Juliet wants to become a vampire hunter because her parents were killed by vampires when she was small. Romeo and his friend Mercutio are vampires, but they keep saving Juliet from vampire attacks (from the description, she doesn’t seem that great at vampire hunting…). You can choose between the vampire route with Romeo and Mercutio, or the hunter route, with your mentor Lawrence Groves and your fiance Paris Verona. There’s also the duke of Verona Eskaras Verona, a ‘good’ vampire, Benvolio Montague, a doctor William Shakespeare, and Tybold Capulet, Juliet’s stepbrother.
CDJapan has some good deals on right now, if you don’t have these games it’s worth checking them out!
Ignore the title on the CD Japan page which calls this Chemical Shingakki, the game is actually Kimi Kare Shingakki.
I don’t know how many people know this, but I’ve been working on something big, and it was finally announced a few weeks ago – some friends and I are starting up an online magazine, Sparkler, and our company name is Chromatic Press. This has been in the works for a long time, and I’m really excited we can finally talk about it. Sparkler’s first issue will be this summer, and I’m really busy with making sure it goes well and we have a great lineup of stories to publish, so I haven’t been updating as much as I’d like to. I’ll still be around here though, posting otome game news and some reviews and previews.
Sparkler (twitterid:@sparklermonthly) will include illustrated prose stories, comics, and audio dramas, all serialized and targeted to young women. Our first official ‘appearance’ will be at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May, and if you’re around, please come visit, it’s free!
The first series we can confirm is the continuation and completion of the original English-language manga, Off*Beat, by Jen Lee Quick. This series was originally published by Tokyopop, but only two out of three volumes were published before Tokyopop closed its English-language publishing arm. We really wanted this story to be completed, and happily we were able to get the rights for the first two volumes, and are going to serialize the last volume in Sparkler!
More announcements to come!
I didn’t get B’s Log till today, so this is probably late, but hey, better late than yada yada.
In magazine news, B’s Log is starting a bimonthly special edition called B’s Log Primo in April, with all original content such as special illustrations, short stories, and interviews – of course all relating to otome games.
And in cell phone news, I got a Nexus 4 and gee, there seem to be a lot more otome-ish apps available, even if they’re still in Japanese. I was able to download all the Soine Kareshi (in English it’s Sleepy-Time Boyfriend), as well as Seifuku no Oji-sama, which at first launch seems really nice! I’m thinking of doing a cell phone game roundup, since there are now a bunch of apps/games that I think otoge fans would be interested in, and even some with English translations.
And I scanned some pics of Arcana Famiglia 2 from Girl’s Style, they’re not great but they show the difference in chara designs.
Dante! (avec cheveux)
And finally, Nova. (Now I remember why I didn’t post these, I took them with a camera and they’re ENORMOUS.)
Next post will be about Chromatic Press!