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Oretachi Ni Tsubasa Wa Nai Countdown Begins

The official Navel site has started a countdown (or rather, a count-up) for the release of their new PC game, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai ~Under the Innocent Sky

I haven’t heard much buzz about this, but I may just be out of the loop. It does look promising, but I’ve always been a sucker for a girl with feathers on her back. Does anyone have more information than I do?

Tech Arts omnibus teaser

The various Tech Arts eroge brands got together yesterday and posted an enormous (4721 x 6057 pixel) teaser image including in-progress content from several of their upcoming games. The image is chaotic and not very easy to parse, but from what can be gleaned it seems that there are at least four new games in development from the various brands: a new Mochizuki Nozomu-designed game from MBS Truth (or possibly an OLE spinoff), a new Gunner-L designed game (side-scrolling shooter included) from an OLE, a new Sano Toshihide-designed game from G.J?, and what appears to be a 3D remake of Ane to Boin from Tech Arts 3D. The teaser image is reproduced below:

Bible Black eroge sequel announced

Despite lacking a major game release since Discipline in 2002, troubled eroge brand Active has managed to limp on thanks to the enduring strength of its turn-of-the-century Sei Shoujo creations. Today Getchu put up a product listing for yet another extension of one of his storied franchises, dubbed Bible Black -The Infection-. It’s known history that Sei Shoujo left the maker several years ago (to form Empress) so his lack of involvement here is evident; the Getchu listing does not credit whatever artist and scenario writer(s) they have on duty. Game description, further details and sample CG below:

June 6th eroge download release lineup

We take a look today at the batch of eroge made newly available for purchase via download over the weekend of June 6th. The eight games present a decent range of titles, from brand new budget price releases (a great week for chikan fans, of both male and female varieties) to reissues of older classics, including Mink’s erotic mystery Tokineiro and 13cm’s sexfest Hatsujou Joshikousei (perhaps not a classic, but close enough). Read on for the full list:

May 30th eroge download release roundup

This weekend’s list of download releases includes several of the new budget titles that we introduced on Thursday, as well as a wide range of reduced-price reissues including Clockup’s sci-fi epic ZWEI WORTER,, M no Violet’s tale of hospital love and deception Swindle, and a pair of classic releases from the Ail catalog (including the original Ryoujoku, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year). Details below:

May 29th-30th eroge package release roundup

We scoop one of the biggest eroge release weekends of 2008 tonight, presenting a mix of 25 new package releases that range from budget titles to heavy hitters like the new ef sequel from minori and G-Senjou no Maou from Akabee Soft. This weekend also sees the release of games from two of my favorite artists: Majodou from Sano Toshihide (G.J?), and Kanojo x Kanojo x Kanojo from Happoubi Jin (ωstar). We’ll bring sustained coverage of several of these titles through the coming weekend, but for now here’s the lot of them at a glance:

May 23rd eroge download release roundup

We complete our roundup of the weekend’s eroge releases with a look at games made available today for purchase via download. The majority are newly released budget titles, though a few full price games that now appear for the first time via download at reduced prices (the Sei Shoujo-designed Cleavage and Mink’s Nymphomania) are included as well. A total of nine new titles are profiled below:

May 23rd eroge package release roundup

This weekend brings us a swell in eroge releases approaching the explosion coming next week on the 30th, so I’ve divided this post in half based on whether the titles were released via download or not. This post presents the eight new titles not released via download, and is split down the middle with four sequels/fan discs (including Chrono Belt, the Bullet Butlers/Ayakashibito sequel) and four brand new titles, including Yuzu Soft’s Natsuzora Kanata and Blue Gale spinoff brand LAPIS BLUe.’s maiden release, the horror-themed Bifronte. Read on for details:

Eromanga Toshokan vol. 011: B-Chiku

Our Eromanga Toshokan review series returns with a look at the latest offering from veteran mangaka DISTANCE, who according to his Mangaoh product search has been in the business for at least ten years now. As I’ve seen his books come out over the years I’ve typically picked them up, thumbed through them with serious consideration, and ultimately put them back down unpurchased; this is the first to make it into my collection, for reasons I hope will become clear below. Note: this is a hardcore [ERO] book. If you’re under 18 or not interested in hardcore content this post is not for you.

Mogudan to release new Ayanami doujinshi

Master illustrator and character designer of questionably proportioned heroines Mogudan is at it again! Having not produced a new doujinshi under his own name since Ayanami Dai Ikkai in the summer of 2006 it was thought that he may have vacated the scene entirely, but a homepage update today brings the news that after almost two years he’s back with another installment of his increasingly fantastically depicted Ayanami Rei series: Omake Hon Soushuuhen Sono 1. The book contains a compilation of work previously released as event-limited extras or in other limited edition formats, revised and edited from the original rough material, as well as several pages of all new original work. The total page count is unknown, but the book is scheduled for release on May 27th so we’ll look for more comprehensive information to appear in preorder listings soon.

As with similar doujin items this book will likely only be available internationally via proxy. Thanks to Faust for the tipoff on this! (no more)

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May 16th eroge release roundup

A light showing on the eroge front this weekend after last week’s complete lack of releases. The four games on the table today are all budget titles, with heroines ranging from kimono-clad katana wielding girls to housewives in bondage, to android maids and futanari cheerleaders – a surprisingly broad range for just four titles, and we’ve got the details below:

The story behind Himajin’s disappearance

June 30th, 2007 was a black day for eroanime fans, the day that studio Himajin closed its doors forever… or was it? When brands Amour and Suzuki Mirano appeared it seemed that the collapse of Himajin was short-lived, and that its reincarnated forms would carry on development of old Himajin properties uninterrupted. The actual story is a bit more complex, and required some digging around in Japanese Wikipedia to unearth; read on for a look at the tangled web of brand shuffling that led to the current state of affairs in one corner of the eroanime industry:

May 10th eroanime news roundup

Despite the grim news today from Pixy it seems the eroanime industry is still pumping out titles full steam ahead, as shown by a spate of new updates that came in yesterday from several major producers. We look at what’s up in the coming months for Milky, Pink Pineapple, and Vanilla below the fold:

Dire straits for the eroanime industry?

Eroanime production company Anime Antenna employee Murakami Kouichi (村上恒一: producer – Mahou Shoujo Ai, The Guts!, Taimanin Asagi, other Pixy titles) made a post on the official Ani-An company blog on May 6th relating the news that Lilith Soft affiliate brand Pixy is in danger of financial collapse within the year, and that other major brands may soon follow.

He describes how Pixy was established with the goal of setting a revolutionary low price point for the OVAs it produced while retaining a high standard of quality, to make legitimate purchase of the product an option for all consumers. As a result profit margins on each sale became razor thin, but for Pixy’s first year of operation they were selling well enough that it seemed they could squeak by. Now, however, according to Murakami Pixy titles are being so widely pirated that their low-cost sales model is proving untenable. He makes the claim that if the current status quo continues, not only Pixy but adult anime as a whole may cease production within the year. Continued below:

G.J?’s Majodou master announced, new sample CG

The official site for eroge maker G.J?’s latest Sano Toshihide-designed game Majodou was updated last night with the welcome news that the game has attained master status! This means it’s on its way to the printers as I type this, and barring catastrophe should be complete in time to reach stores for its May 30th release date. Last night’s update also included two new awesome sample CG images to further whet the appetite, along with colorized versions of store-specific “omake” telephone cards. See below for a collage of yet-undisclosed game CG:

Eroanime brand Nihiki no Dozeu official site open

An official site was opened on Monday for eroanime brand Nihiki no Dozeu. The maker is the Anik subsidiary brand responsible for the production of the second episode of Sora no Iro, Mizu no Iro that we’ve been reporting on over the past month or so, and is apparently taking over operations from the Amour brand as well (Anik subsidiary Suzuki Mirano remains a discrete entity; their flagship brand Himajin closed in 2006). This is all very confusing but it seems the upshot is that we can keep an eye on this new site for current and upcoming news on Anik brand releases. The second Soramizu episode is still on target for its June 27th release. (no more)

X-Change Alternative 2 preorder open, release date confirmed

In hibernation for the past several months, following the game’s official site renewal last week news on Crowd’s upcoming X-Change Alternative 2 has been coming in fast and furious. Both the game’s official site and its Getchu product page now list the release date as July 25th (as reported earlier), and Getchu is taking preorder applications – as good a sign as we can have that the game’s production is back on track. As I type this Dream Party Tokyo 2008 Spring has just ended, where XCA2’s demo movie was shown for the first time; we’ll be watching closely for it to come online soon, because with an opening theme from Momoi Haruko and an ending from YURIA there’s bound to be some great musical accompaniment in what’s shaping up to be the most high profile offering from Crowd since the Mogudan-designed Brave Soul. We’ll keep you informed on further developments from Crowd’s gender-bending romantic comedy as they happen.

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May 2nd eroge release roundup

The first eroge release weekend of May comes in like a lamb in anticipation of the wallet slaughter awaiting in the month’s final two weekends, which are stacking up to be the worst damage of 2008 in terms of must-have eroge for this addicted gamer. The current weekend’s mercifully light release schedule includes a mere three titles, which we scope out below:

Sora no Iro, Mizu no Iro OVA ep. 2 trailer online

Eroge, eroanime, and otaku goods online shop Getchu updated their Sora no Iro, Mizu no Iro OVA ep. 2 product listing last night with a 1’54” trailer for the upcoming eroanime episode. As we reported earlier the episode is scheduled for release on June 27th from Nihikime no Dozeu (a heretofore unknown subsidiary brand of Anik) and features the same talent combination of Taka Tony and Kuroda Kazuya that brought the first episode to fruition two years ago. Based on the content of the trailer it seems the episode’s animation is largely complete, but the voices have yet to be recorded; regardless it’s a great preview of what’s to come. (no more)

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Crowd’s X-Change Alternative 2 official site renewal open

For the past several months it seemed that the Crowd eroge brand was dead in the water while sister brand Anim churned out titles in rapid succession. Rumor on the Crowd blog indicated last week that we could expect an update soon though, and as promised one came yesterday in the form of a full renewal of the X-Change Alternative 2 official site. In addition to a repackaging of content already on the site several new items have been added, including new sample images (click on each individual character profile and scroll right to view). Apparently work on the title is now proceeding full steam ahead, and there’s the added bonus of the news that the game’s opening movie will debut at Dream Party Tokyo 2008 Spring this coming Saturday, March 3rd. I’m really digging the “cute and pop” design feel of the game, and have a feeling that we can expect something unique from previous games in the series with this title. It’s received a hard release date of July 25th, 2008 – here’s hoping they can hold to schedule! We’ll be keeping an eye on developments as work on the game proceeds. (no more)

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April 25th eroge release roundup

It’s the first Friday of the month that’s on or after Japan’s traditional pay day of the 25th, so you know what that means – I has teh monies it’s eroge bonanza release day! We provide a rundown of the 25 new erotic game titles released today, which range from budget offerings by high profile artists (Kohaku Sumeragi, Cruccu) to high profile offerings from budget artists (the Tsuyokiss sequel) and everything in between. While there aren’t any earth-shattering games on the plate this month there’s plenty here to whet the appetite, so let’s dig right in!

Eromanga Toshokan vol. 010: Daisuki Dayo

Another volume of the Eromanga Toshokan is at hand, this time showcasing the superlative work of veteran doujin artist and eromangaka Youshuu Ohepe. I actually promised to review this the day before it came out, and while I may have forgotten about the promise in the interim the book is good enough that it came over and shook its sweaty shorts at me until I picked it up again for review. Note: this is a hardcore [ERO] book. If you’re under 18 or not interested in hardcore content this post is not for you. If you’re an adult with a taste for immaculately rendered thighs of thunder, by all means read on!

Sei Shoujo’s “Starless” official site online, details scooped

With the official publication today of the June 2008 edition of eroge magazine Tech Gian, sites for games newly featured in the issue are coming online one after another. The biggest scoop by far (in my own twisted reckoning) is the grand opening of the site for Starless, the latest eroge title from Sei Shoujo after a three year absence from the scene (and from this earthly plane, apparently). Further details and game images below:

News Flash: Sei Shoujo not dead

This is one of those wet-my-fanboy-pants moments so pardon if the words don’t come out so well, but according to the official site of eroge magazine Tech Gian, just updated with the contents of the coming issue (due out on April 21st), eroge artist and game designer Sei Shoujo (homepage, Erogamescape) IS NOT DEAD! Work is finally proceeding on Starless, the game project that lay dormant for well over a year now at the bottom of game maker Skunkworks’ product lineup page. The game was repeatedly delayed with no explanation, and Sei Shoujo’s personal site hasn’t been updated since August of 2006, and I’ve been checking both sites weekly in fear that it’ll be announced that he died of a sudden heart attack, or was abducted by aliens, or exorcised, or smothered by a gang of nymphomaniac schoolgirls.

Interestingly the new game is not being credited to Skunkworks but rather to Empress, the brand where he released his last game Cleavage before going AWOL. Little else can be divined from the single image present on the Tech Gian page, but we do know that he’s helming all aspects of the production (art, direction, and scenario), and that we can expect another “immoral story” in the mold of Bible Black and Discipline. We’ll be watching very closely for further details on this project… Tech Gian announcement image reproduced below:

Eromanga Toshokan vol. 009: Nyuuseihin

The Eromanga Toshokan returns after a long hiatus to bring a look at the most recent volume from veteran eromanga and doujin author Shijima Yukio. Long time fans of the very generously endowed female persuasion have likely come across his work in the past, especially back in the early days when his was one of the sites that could be depended on for the occasional delicious update; while his site has remained largely stagnant in recent years he still produces regular eromanga chapters and the occasional doujinshi, and so it is with pleasure that we delve into this, his most recent offering. Note: this is a hardcore [ERO] book. If you’re under 18 or not interested in hardcore content this post is not for you. If this condition does not apply to you, by all means read on!

April 18th eroge release roundup

Today we take a look at the new batch of eroge released the week of April 18th, 2008. It’s a typical mid-month group with a mere six new or significantly updated titles available, but it’s a nice range at that – an enhanced reissue of Puzzlebox’s romantic comedy Shutter Chance Love meets the dark new Nise Kyoushi (“false teacher”) from Nomad, with a new Nurse no Obenkyou title from Atelier-D rounding out the higher price end of the spectrum. There’s a nice futanari item from artist Q of Behind Moon on the budget end, along with two other dark school-themed budget titles that round out the week – check it out!

Sora no Iro, Mizu no Iro OVA ep. 2 announced

This particular item has been on a lot of folks’ eroanime wish lists for awhile now (mine included), so when the news of its production showed up at Getchu yesterday I was very happy indeed: at long last the conclusion to Anik/Himajin’s Sora no Iro, Mizu no Iro eroanime OVA is being produced! Based on the 2004-released Ciel eroge by the same name, the first Soramizu episode was originally released in July of 2006. With the passage of time many of us abandoned hope that we would see further work from the combination of Taka Tony and Kuroda Kazuya, who has been occupied with character design duty on such titles as Kaibutsu Oujo and Spice and Wolf. The Getchu product entry reveals that the two will be united once again for this second episode, which is scheduled for release on June 27th. Production is credited to a new brand called Nihikime no Dozeu, which Getchu links back to Anik, the parent company of the now-defunct Himajin as well as brands Harenchi Restaurant Amour and Suzuki Mirano. Screen shots from the new episode below:

3D Custom Shoujo trial version

As of yesterday evening a trial version of Tech Arts 3D‘s maiden release 3D Custom Shoujo is now available for download. I put it through its paces a bit this evening and came away pleased with the result; it’s no polished piece of Illusion software, but it’s got some nice ideas that if incorporated into a broader framework could make future releases from the brand into serious contenders in the (admittedly thin) ranks of interactive 3D erogaming. Initial impressions and screenshots below:

DLsite.com opens Books division

Originally launched several years ago as a download shop for amateur doujin works, DLsite has been steadily expanding the scope of its offerings through the opening of professional PC game shops, a shop for female-oriented material, an all-ages shop, an English language shop, and as of today (April 15th, 2008) an e-book shop.

DLsite Books replaces the now-defunct DLsite Cosplay, which had received increasingly fewer submissions over the past year; those who had purchased cosplay items can still access them via the book shop’s calendar history (where they are still for sale as well), though it seems future cosplay items will not be accepted for consignment at present.

DLsite Books launched today with an initial lineup of 30 erotic manga volumes and novels from various publishers, and is planning to update with new titles daily – exciting news for foreign fans with otherwise limited ability to obtain these volumes, or for anyone looking for items that are otherwise out of print. The initial run of 30 titles contains a pretty wide range of offerings, including one that we reviewed here [WARNING: MANIAC ERO]; time will tell whether the focus will remain on older titles, but here’s hoping to see a mix of old and new as we monitor future daily updates (and bring you the best of the bunch).

The books are being sold in PDF format and have downloadable preview segments online. Prices are roughly equivalent to the analog versions.

In related news, today’s DLsite update changed the visual look of the site interface. Our download tutorial is still accurate however, should you be interested in procuring any of these fine wares.

English localized ero RPG Lightning Warrior Raidy now on sale

The fruit of the past few months on the job for me hit prime time today with the official release of Lightning Warrior Raidy. To paraphrase from last month’s announcement of “master up” status: Raidy was originally published by Japanese maker ZyX as 雷の戦士ライディ ~破邪の雷光~ (Ikazuchi no Senshi Raidi ~Haja no Raikou~) in 2005. Itself a remake of the original Ikazuchi no Senshi Raidi released for MS-DOS in 1994 as ZyX’s flagship title, the game broke ground in its day and is an enduring classic remembered fondly by an early generation of Japan’s erogamers. The ‘05 reissue has received criticism for being a literal reinterpretation of the original that didn’t stand the test of time too well, but with new artistic conception from Kazuma Muramasa and a style of play not yet seen in an English localized eroge I think it’s a game that will appeal to a pretty broad Western audience.

For more information an official site for the game is now online here. If you have a few bucks laying around that you don’t know what to do with I’d say there are worse options than supporting a fledgling industry in its attempts at world domination bringing eroge to English-speaking audiences around the world. (no more)

You can support HD by purchasing Lightning Warrior Raidy at J-List, or by simply purchasing it anywhere it’s legally sold.