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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:

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:

Majodou CG update, release date set

As G.J? usually updates their game sites on Fridays, I was resigned to another week of bleak despair after yesterday passed without an update over at the Majodou official page. It seems they were just a bit behind schedule, though, and pulled through with an update today that consists of both a renewal of the page layout (with a great new splash image on the front page), five new Sample CG images, and the news that the game is officially scheduled for release on May 30th. Nine weeks to wait… doesn’t sound quite so long that way, actually. :3 We’ll be on the lookout for further updates on this Sano Toshihide-designed game over the coming weeks. (no more)

Majodou “Ace Combat”-style image movie now available

The official site for the newest Sano Toshihide tour de force eroge Majodou was updated this evening with the download availability of a second demo movie, this one an “image movie” in the style of Ace Combat (only with witches on broomsticks instead of fighter jets). The production value is remarkable for a game of this rank, and the video features a lot of fancy After Effects animation – definitely worth checking out, even though none of the game’s main characters make an appearance and no ero content is to be had. Can’t wait for next week’s update! (no more)

Sano Toshihide personal site updated, Majodou OP movie online

Those of us eagerly awaiting further news of G.J?’s upcoming Sano-designed Majodou eroge got two welcome surprises today: first is news that the personal site of game artist Sano Toshihide was updated yesterday with a new piece of fan art, depicting a fictional Nagato-ified rendition of (male) bassist and Nico Video internet phenomenon Tissue-Hime. News is also in from the official site for Majodou that the game’s opening movie will go online there some time today – we’ll update this post when it’s available. Ahh, it’s a good time to be a Sano fan… Update: the first in a series of three Majodou movies is now available for download! In addition they’ve begun a fan participation campaign where you can develop the profile of one of five enemy witches to appear in the “Houki DE Babyuu~n!” mini game included with the main release – it seems a bit like Armored Core for broomsticks, where you get to customize your witch and then race her against computer opponents. We’ll keep an eye on this as more news comes to light. (no more)

Vispo’s Shiratori Amane release details

Word is in tonight from Cafe Reo that they’ll be handling distribution for the Vispo-sculpted, Sano Toshihide-designed Shiratori Amane PVC from G.J? eroge Anata no Shiranai Kangofu. She’s still being developed by Questioners, as our past reporting indicated; however it seems they needed the assistance of a more established company to actually bring the figure to market. Cafe Leo’s product entry gives her a release date of June 2008 at 1/6 scale (21 cm tall) and a retail price of 9,800 yen; the entry also states that the figure will be on display at the Cafe Leo Wonder Festival booth, so we’ll finally get some concrete angles on her beyond the tantalizing ones provided in official photography thus far. Promo image below:

[ERO] Game News: new Sano Toshihide designed G.J? title “Majodou” unveiled – UPDATED

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:

[ERO] Game News: HD featured artists on the move! New games from Sano Toshihide, INO, Happoubi Jin (updated)

Word has come in over the past few days that new game projects are in the works from three of the artists featured previously here at HD: Happoubi Jin, Sano Toshihide, and INO. The first news is an update to the G.J? official site, with a teaser page online for the next Sano Toshihide designed game. The teaser page is modeled after a Nico Video entry and doesn’t give away much in terms of content, though this looks to be a lighter-themed title than much of the brand’s recent fare. The page is scheduled for another update on the 25th, and a full scoop will be coming in Dengeki Hime, released on the 30th. News regarding the new INO and Happoubi Jin titles comes from the cover of the March ’08 issue of Tech Gian, set for release tomorrow (January 21st); there’s not much to go on yet, but apparently the INO game is a collaboration with Yukiyoshi, the current sole proprietor of Mu Soft and creator of several very highly successful doujin games. Odds are that the new Happoubi title will be from Crossnet; we’ll bring more detailed info on both titles following the release of the March issue of Tech Gian. Updated with additional information and images from Tech Gian below:

[ERO] Goods Review: Toranoana’s Purichichi “enhanced chest” dakimakura #01 Shiratori Amane

Ever since she was first announced at the tail end of May I’ve been following Toranoana’s maiden voyage into the world of augmented hug pillows with an all-consuming curiosity that is certainly not the mark of a completely sound mind. We tracked her from the introduction of her first color sample through her preorder, to her sale date and shipment, and ultimately to her final destination on my doorstep this evening. Read on for the details of an item that marks a milepost in the development of Japan’s maniac 2D culture!

[ERO] Figure News: Vispo sculpted, Sano Toshihide designed Shiratori Amane PVC up at Questioners’ website, sample on display (kind of)

The Vispo-sculpted, Sano Toshihide-designed Shiratori Amane PVC from G.J?’s [ERO] Anata no Shiranai Kangofu that we’ve been tracking since she was first announced in September now has an official online presence at rookie figure brand Questioners‘ website! Word is in from ASCII as well yesterday that a sample of the kit is currently on display in Akihabara… though it’s actually just the chair, the bastards (an intrepid 2channer found the original, too). The highest resolution image of the kit that’s currently available can be found here, and according to the Questioners website she’s scheduled for PVC release in the spring of 2008. (no more)

[ERO] Game News: G.J? presents Shinchinin no Online Gamers “The Anime”

A surprise announcement from eroge maker G.J? on Tuesday that they will be releasing a new version of their summer 2005 title Shichinin no Online Gamers. Dubbed “Shichinin no Online Gamers THE ANIME” it’s set to retail on November 22nd at 6,090 yen, and is described as containing “full screen cel animation” scenes; it’s a common gimmick for DVD player compatible versions of games to include additional bits of animation like this at around this price point, which makes me wonder why this is a PC release and not aiming for the wider DVD market. Regardless it’s hard to see it as anything other than a quick cash infusion between titles (the fact that there’s no official product page or samples of the animation speaks volumes). I just hope it’ll bring in enough fundage to feed Sano Toshihide and his family until the master’s next magnum opus is released. Whoredom below the fold:

[ERO] Figure News: Sano Toshihide designed, Vispo sculpted Shiratori Amane PVC update

Last month we reported on the plans for the PVC production of a figure based on Shiratori Amane, the heroine of G.J?’s recently released Sano Toshihide illustrated [ERO] Anata no Shiranai Kangofu. Today we’re happy to report that work is proceeding, with a color sample of the kit now on display at Vispo‘s home page (and archived here lest it subsequently be removed). The figure will be produced by a newcomer to the PVC arena, a company called Questioners; they describe the item on their product page, but there is currently no further information beyond the plan to release it in “winter 2007”. We’ll be keeping a close eye out for further information regarding this figure and the new Questioners brand. Kit picture below:

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