Summer Wishes and Dreams
The closed beta for Gravity’s totally revamped Ragnarok Online 2: Legend of the Second opens on August 31st. The original version that debuted in 2006 was entirely scrapped and replaced with basically a 3D version of Ragnarok Online on the Gamebryo engine.
Having played the Japanese beta of the previous version of RO2, I’d say they should’ve done it from the very beginning since that version felt like an entirely different game which was just an awkward mix of concepts taken from other games, with random monster cameos (Vadon Z was kinda cool) and a lack of maps to explore and monsters to fight. I think this will appeal to existing RO players, but won’t attract many new players. What I’m most intrigued about is how they will be able to replicate the fast-paced battle mechanics in a 3D setting.
It seems like there’s a sequel to CIRCUS’ RPG Gakuen. But more importantly, there’s something new called T.P.S. project which looks like an even more loli D.C.! It seems to be set in another time… and Sakura looks just as loli. Other new titles announced the past 2 weeks include:
Release dates have been set for the following:
The following games have been delayed:
The delays might be a blessing in disguise since August doesn’t look particularly good. I’m really excited for Kisaragi GOLD STAR as SAGA PLANETS’ previous title Natsuyume Nagisa was arguably one of the best eroge last year.
The chara polls for Elle:PrieR and Ouka Sengoku run until August 10th. Meanwhile, the Ten no Hikari wa Koi no Hoshi chara poll lasts till July 23rd. I’ll definitely be supporting Koiboshi-chan! The winners of recently closed chara polls are as follows:
Amatsu Misora ni! – Miyu
Angel Ring – Sumika
ConSome! – Konno (2nd chara poll)
Cotton All Stars – Twintails (Suzume, Aoi, Serisu)
Gratin – Suzume
Prism Magical – Shione (message)
se.Kirara – Aya (wallpaper DL)
Shin Koihime Musou Moeshouden (miko ver) – Renfa
Utatemeguri – Homura
New light novels coming out that caught my eye are:
- Kanojo wa Tsukkomareru no ga Suki! (Saitou Masato, illust by Sakana), a high-tension comedy surrounding a popular idol seiyuu’s secret
- Nanaka-san wa Genjitsu (Samejima Kurage, illust by Souryuu), about a guy meeting a girl who looks just like the girl he loves in his favorite manga
- Famiplex (Tsukiji Toshihiko, illust by Kawahara Gumi), where a guy suddenly ends up living with 3 sisters who he had read about on their online diary
YuzuSoft has announced on their blog that the first volume of the Tenshin Ranman manga will be out on August 27th! Now Sana will be with me wherever I go! ^____^
Comic High is starting up a new magazine Comic Sumomo with first volume out August 10th. It seems the flagship series will be Kagesaki Yuuna’s Oniichan☆Control.
The visual fan book for Koiiro Sora Moyou is coming out on July 30th for 2625 yen (160 pages). There’s also a visual fan book coming out for Cross Days. Ok, who wants it?
The recently-released limited edition of the 7th volume of Minami-ke comes with keychains of Haruka, Kana and Chiaki. They’re really cute!
MoonStone was one of the first to port eroge to the iPhone, now they’re planning to make Blu-Ray disks so you can play eroge on the PS3, starting with trial versions of Majisuki and Ichapri!. I’m going to stick with playing on my PC XD
Oreimo web radio will start up in August! Yay! Also, there’ll be an Oreimo PSP game! Not sure about the genre yet, but Kirino sure is excited for it (I’m not sure if she realizes she’s the main heroine…).
ALcot has an official Twitter page up now. Also, happy belated birthday to Fairchild‘s Kokoro (July 1st). Oneechan kawaii yo~
Well-known imouto-ge/nakige Kana ~Imouto~ will be adapted for the PSP by Cyberfront, coming out October 7th. There’ll be a new scenario, along with new CGs. White Breath by F&C will be adapted for the PSP and adds one new heroine, Shiina. It comes out September 2nd. FORTUNE ARTERIAL will be adapted to the PS3 this winter, titled Akai Yakusoku, with an additional heroine.
Nippon Ichi Software introduces Blue Roses, a SRPG for the PSP with tile-based battles as well as 3-on-3 team fights. You can choose between two protagonists: Rosche or Alicia. It comes out on September 16th. Check out the PV on the main site.
Coming out this November from ALTER is Fate from the Nanoha movie. Looks nice with interchangeable parts. Priced at 12,390 yen.
Megahouse has a risque 1/8 scale figure of Little Busters! Ecstasy‘s Saya available for 9240 yen. I think the facial expression could be a bit better. ZIGZ TOY’s second Koihime Musou figure is of Karin! Just like Sei, this 1/8 scale figure can be cast-off and will be out in November for 8925 yen.
Relive the final scene from Toradora! with Kotobukiya’s latest Taiga figure (October, 7140 yen). This isn’t as good as the other Taiga figures in my opinion. Also coming out from Kotobukiya is To Aru Kagaku no Railgun‘s Mikoto frilly swimsuit anime version (November, 6300 yen). I definitely think this suits her more!
Just when I thought I’ve seen every type of MMO, out comes a F2P fishing MMO, Minna no Tsuriland (hosted by Nexon). I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since there’s been a fishing eroge already…
Free browser game Web Koihime Musou has entered debug testing, with load testing in the coming days.
Listened to the third album for new Avex Trax group Tokyo Girls’ Style, “Ganbatte Itsu Datte Shinjiteru”, by chance and absolutely fell in love with it. The girls are all so cute, especially Yuri-chan! The PV is quite well done and encapsulates the puppy love feeling. The first two singles weren’t as good, but I’ll follow them for now.
Vuvuzelas Plus. Speaking of vuvuzelas, finally some peace.
I had fun celebrating Tanabata and wrote my wish on a tanzaku. I hope it comes true. I’m not the only ones making wishes either, as the Bakemonogatari cast also did the same. As expected Nadeko wished for onii-chan XD
Saimoe tracker is now up on the sidebar and updated daily. Match and result posters will be updated on the Saimoe page. Azunyan, Biribiri and Izumi have topped the first three groups. First preliminaries will run for another 2 weeks and I’ll post archive the results in a post before the second preliminaries start on the 27th.
Thanks for 500k hits! ^^ Phew, finally got through the backlog. Time to go back to Sana in Angel Ring~
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