It was no major surprise that makura’s Sakura no Uta would top Getchu’s bishoujo game awards 2015. It is followed in the overall rankings by YuzuSoft’s Sanoba Witch and ALICESOFT’s Evenicle. All three titles claimed further awards, with Sakura no Uta voted top scenario and music, Sanoba Witch with best graphics and OP, and Evenicle rewarded for its fun system. The top three characters were Sanoba Witch‘s Nene, Sakura no Uta‘s Ai and Hanasaki Work Spring‘s Nonoka. Hanasaki actually had 4 of the top 11. Finally, ωstar’s Bishoujo Mangekyou was voted as having the best ero. Congrats to all the winners!
The protection system for AkabeiSoft3’s most recent release Hataraku Otona no Ren’ai Jijou was cracked in a matter of days. The system also caused problems for some people who purchased the game. As such, they’ve decided to forego using one for AkabeiSoft3’s Omokage, while they are in talks with a foreign company to use for hibiki works’ PURELY×CATION.
Alicetia topped Usagi in the PRIMAL×HEARTS2 chara poll. Chara polls are currently running for D.S. -Dal Segno- (for dakimakura, until February 8th), Kimi to Yumemishi (until February 10th), and Hataraku Otona (from February 12th until February 15th, with the winner getting a sub-story).
A trio of books are coming out over the next two months: FLOWERS -Le volume sur été- official fanbook (February 21st), Angel Beats! -1st beat- perfect visual book (February 29th) and Mitsumi Misato art works (March 25th), which was previously sold at C89.
Broccoli’s 1/8 scale figure of Angel Beats! -1st beat-‘s Tenshi will be out in August for ￥18,500.
The dakimakura covers for VenusBlood -FRONTIER-‘s Odin and Jorm are available for pre-order.
AkabeiSoft3 is crowdfunding a post-release event for Hataraku Otona. The prices are quite expensive, but it seems like people are willing to pay for it. Just check out that 2.8 million yen course where you get to be the protagonist. That’s kinda crazy if you ask me.
The gacha gods smiled down on me. Everything was worth it.
Cats working in a cafe. Girls working in a cafe. Stray cat taken in and given shelter. Abandoned girl accepted into a community. Is there a feline trend going on this month? NEKO WORKs’ Nekopara vol.2 Shimai Neko no Sucre is much anticipated, but HARUKAZE’s Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart is also surprisingly funny. The fandisc Otome Riron to Sonogo no Shuuhen -Belle Époque- and CUBE’s Mamiya-kunchi no Itsutsugo Jijou are also sure to please. There should be plenty to keep you busy this month. How purrfect~!
Zen seems to be MIA again. There’s not much green in winter.
PULLTOP is making a fandisc for their newest title, called Miagete Goran, Yozora no Hoshi o FINE DAYS. HOOKSOFT is also doing the same for Traveling Stars, this time a mini fan disc for Zirconia. It comes out on March 18th.
The popular console title CHAOS;CHILD by 5pb. will be ported to the PC. It is scheduled for April 28th.
Release dates have been set for the following:
Tsukurunomori has a 1/7 scale figure of Utawarerumono Itsuwari no Kamen‘s Rurutie coming out in March. It is priced at ￥14,800.
The YuzuSoft shop will be open in Akihabara starting January 30th and it’ll run until March 27th. I just missed it T_T
Things are relatively back to normal now and I was able to play a few trials. World Election and Mamiya were nothing out of the norm, but Noratoto was surprisingly funny, especially the scenes where the protagonist is turned into a cat. I plan to play Tsuminohi this weekend; it seems promising.
New titles announced over the past month include:
Campus – Natsu Uso -Ahead of the reminiscence-
ClearColorWorks – Saihate★Frontier
CLIP☆CRAFT – Unionism Quartet A3-DAYS
CLOCKUP – Natsu no Kusari
COSMIC CUTE – Sora no Tsukurikata
eye★phon – Tsui Yuri ~Okaasan ni wa Naisho da yo~
HamHamSoft – Low Spec!? ~Ore to Kanojo to Seikyouiku~
Innocent Grey – Ama no Shoujo
Laplacian – Kimi to Yumemishi
LassPixy – Pure Marriage ~Akai Ito Monogatari Madoka-hen~ (April 28th)
Luxury Tiara – Ojou-sama no Hanbun wa Renai de Dekiteimasu! (July 29th)
Purple Software – Amatsutsumi
SMILE – Boku to Koisuru Ponkotsu Akuma. Suggoi Ecchi! (May 27th)
SORAHANE – Toki＊Sora
Wonder Fool – parade
Release dates have been set for the following:
The following titles have been delayed:
A few surprising results came out of recent chara polls, with Rinko topping the Cocoro Rista! vote (despite being a subchara), and the store employee winning the Seiiki series subheroine poll (despite not having a tachi-e). In a more expected result, Saya took first in the Yozora chara poll. It wasn’t even close. The Tayutama2 chara poll is underway and runs until January 31st.
Volume 4 of PRETTY×CATION‘s raburabu birthday series (Suzuka) will be on shelves on March 18th.
The Konosora Cruise Sign PSV port has been set for a March 31st release.
Kaga Create, the company that brought us PSV titles Higurashi Sui, Saki -Zenkokuban- and Majokoi Dragon×Caravan, has disbanded as of December 31st, citing difficulties in today’s mobile game-centric environment. It seems that all other fields are suffering from the same dilemma.
The Kickstarter campaign for the English release of Kyuuketsu Hime no Libra was successful, raising over US$180,000 with 2285 backers.
Tadaima! I’ve been back for almost a week now, but I’m still jetlagged (and for some reason on Europe time). I had a blast and brought back plenty of loot and memories. It was great meeting up with others and enjoying the food everywhere. I’ll probably write a post later about my experience (mainly Comiket), but there’s a lot of things to catch up on first. February post most likely won’t be on time as I haven’t even started on it.
Happy new year! There’s not much to look forward to this month, so it’s probably a good time to catch up on your backlog. Leading the way is Nitro+’s action-packed TOKYO NECRO and ninetail’s RPG sequel GEARS of DRAGOON 2. There’s also a meddling protagonist in Studio Ryokucha’s Hanikami CLOVER and a meddling committee in GIGA’s Amaekata wa Kanojo Nari ni.. If you want more Ryukishi07, there’s the horror doujin title Iwaihime.
The delay this month was entirely my fault, so sorry about that folks. Besides forgetting that the December post existed, I was running around towards the end of last month. So that happened. As far as the new year of eroge is concerned… We are off to quite a lousy start. If you are lucky there may be one or two games worth playing in January, otherwise pretend its still 2015 and finish off those games.
Greetings from Japan and best wishes for the new year! Let’s review what happened last year before looking forward to the next!
With another year coming to a close, let’s revisit the best OPs over the past 12 months. Just like before, I’ve selected my favourite eroge OPs from 2015 based on song quality, visual arrangement and creativity. I’ve also included some all-ages titles, console games and adaptations. They are listed by release date and you can listen to the entire playlist on Youtube. My top 5 this year are Anekouji, Hanasaki, STEINS;GATE 0, Tenkiame and Amakano2. Enjoy!