Summer Wishes and Dreams

July 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm 11 comments

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:

AtuWorksPrincess Strike!
Cotton SoftChokotto Fundisc 2
RosebleuTiny Dungeon BLESS of DRAGON
Tanuki SoftShoukoujo (December 17th)

Release dates have been set for the following:

Koi Play – September 24th
Orange Memories – September 24th
Chu x Chu Idol 2 – October 29th
Kisaragi GOLD STAR – October 29th

The following games have been delayed:

BUNNYBLACK – July 30th
Kono Uta ga Owattara – August 6th
Akizora ni Mau Confetti – August 27th
Yokoshima! Pandemic – August 27th

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…).

The official site for the Yosuga no Sora anime is up! They also have a Twitter account. I’m happy that the chara designs haven’t deviated much from the game.

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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  • 1. Amoirsp  |  July 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    There really should be a Sana figurine, but then the manga you actually have reason to carry around. I’m rather amused.

    MoonStone is also being amusing trying around new devices. Though, I’m not one that really sees VN and mobility. I also don’t see much need to use such powerful technology for a not-so-intensive requirement game.

    However, the possibility of VN expanding into utilizing recent technology to bring about something even more interactive would be intriguing. I have no idea what. Sticking with PC is simplest since at least you can run the games on many different type of PCs.

    Nice news. I have no idea what’s going to come about post 2010.

  • 2. Yuan  |  July 11, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Oreimo P is an ADV (stated by Oreimo Anime’s Twitter).
    The staff should be the same as Toradora P’s (thus Kirino mentioned ‘pregnant’). They said they’ll implement a system new to the industry. Don’t know what it is yet.

  • 3. HashiriyaR32  |  July 12, 2010 at 12:39 am

    So I took a look at the cast list after listening to Haruka’s voice sample. I clearly heard a guy’s voice, and guess Akira Ishida.

    Oh how wrong I was. Hiro Shimono will be voicing him. And we’ve also got…………..

    HIROKO TAGUCHI as the voice of Sora. That’s right, it’s ef all over again XD!

  • 4. Wrathkal  |  July 12, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Circus still doesn’t give up on that franchise, huh. I don’t read the links you put out of the upcoming releases, usually i prefer to wait until you do one of the upcoming monthly eroge posts.

  • 5. Demitron  |  July 12, 2010 at 9:54 am

    With Miyu in 1st and Sana in 2nd at the popularity polls, i see the imoutos are doing well. (Too bad Runa got 4th)

    ~Karin-sama is great as ever~ do want the new figure.

    And i have mixed feelings about adaptations of eroges. Can’t expect too much, or i’ll be sad if it turns to be total crap. Well, more Sora can’t be bad, right?

  • 6. Reltair  |  July 12, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Being big RO players back in high school, my friends and I used to joke about RO2 still not being done after we graduated from HS. Now I’m graduated from college and they still haven’t released it. Good to hear they’re going back to RO concepts.

  • 7. Micchi  |  July 13, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    @Amiorsp: There IS a Sana (mini) figure. There’s one for Ebi too. They’re not that high quality though.

    @Yuan: Most excellent. I love ADVs.

    @Hashiriya32: I can’t wait for it this fall! Oh man, Saimoe next year will be crazy…

    @Wrathkal: That’s fine too :3 I wish they would make a good end for Sakura sometime though.

    @Demitron: Imoutos are always loved! <3 Regarding adaptations of eroge, I always think the story will get messed up, but so long as the characters shine and don't change from how I love them in the games, I'm fine with it. It's rare that adaptations will be loyal… unless it's Nanatsuiro Drops.

    @Reltair: I wasted so many years on RO, and yet it was so much fun. If RO2 ever comes out in JP/EN, I want to at least take a look at it for nostalgia’s sake.

  • 8. Algester  |  July 14, 2010 at 8:52 am

    -_- well FA did leave me on a good note so prolly the PS3 will also hmm why do i keep on guessing Saya is the added heroine? or prolly the art club president?!… @_@

  • 9. Amoirsp  |  July 15, 2010 at 12:29 am

    In that case there needs to be a good quality figurine of Sana. Though honestly I think you’d prefer a dakimakura (er I mean tapestry … yes) or something more … arbitrary.

    Interesting point on the eroge adaptation characterization retention. If the characters shine as well, reduction of plot isn’t too bad if the execution of dialogue is good. Well, there’s always timing truncation too, as visual novels aren’t exactly fast or concise (aka slow pacing). Character design is usually reasonably retained, but it’s usually never the art that is the issue, it’s more of the utilization of the characters. If only the mix can be done right with characterization and plot (and other factors), then you end up with a really satisfying anime. Make the characters shine from what they do, not so much of what they initially are preset to do.

    • 10. Micchi  |  July 16, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      Well, there IS a Sana dakimakura…

      I can’t wait for Oreimo… Playing imouto-ge with imouto. It can’t get much better than that.

      • 11. Amoirsp  |  July 17, 2010 at 12:06 am

        I stand corrected. I must have forgotten about it, or maybe looking at a newer different design. It’s like, one of your favourite characters does have items correlated, but it’s lacking the umph (example: Correct character, correct item, wrong pose/artist/coloring), or correct character, wrong item, correct pose/artist/coloring.

        Yeah looking forward to Oreimo.


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