As reported earlier, the March ’08 edition of eroge magazine Dengeki Hime went on sale today (January 30th) and includes the exclusive scoop on the latest Sano Toshihide designed [ERO] game from maker G.J?, Majodou (魔女道; lit. “Witch’s Way”). In it the protagonist attends a prep school where one day he discovers that four of his classmates are witches, and is tasked with keeping their identities secret as they vie for the Witch’s World Cup (one is from Japan, one is from the USA, one is from Holland, and one is from Germany). Seems to be riffing on some Harry Potter themes, at first glance… I’ll update this post as soon as I’m home with access to a scanner, and G.J? has promised a site update this evening as well so plenty of visuals should soon be available. Watch this space! Update: Scans of the Dengeki Hime article below:
The Japanese witch is Amanogawa Subaru, the “American” (Japanese returnee) is Hitotsukane Yuuko Oliver, the Dutch girl (born in the Netherlands of Japanese extraction) is Kusakabe Rurune, and the German with the 100-cm bust is Marie Marigold.
I have to say Sano has outdone himself here. I’m really digging these designs, it seems like he’s channeling a bit of Ugetsu Hakua or Niθ while keeping his own distinctive touch. This definitely looks like the comedy I’ve been waiting for from G.J? for the past couple of years – their comedies are invariably better than their darker titles in my opinion, and this looks to be continuing more in the vein of Akibakei Kanojo and Shichinin no Online Gamers than otherwise.
We’ll be keeping very close tabs on the development of this game, starting with a watch for the expected update to the official G.J? site tonight!
January 30th 9:00 PM Update: the game’s official site is now online. :3