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Catching Up: Dakimakura

The process of filling in the gaps from the past two months has to start somewhere, and there could be much worse places to start than the esoteric world of the hug pillow. In addition to standard retail releases this summer’s Comiket once again brought a bumper crop of doujin works to the field, so many that it would be impossible to cover them all here – so I’ll content myself with hitting a few of the more awesome highlights:

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:

[ERO] Game News: Sei Shoujo’s not dead!

We reported exactly a year ago today that Sei Shoujo (Erogamescape), the legendary artist and scenario writer behind Bible Black, Discipline, and Cleavage (among others), was working on a new game for the Skunkworks brand entitled “Starless”. The game was originally given a release window of summer 2007 (which has obviously passed), but thanks to an update at the Skunkworks site Starless has been given a revised date of spring 2008! This alone would not necessarily indicate that Sei Shoujo was still alive and kicking, but HD has it on good authority (secondhand from the president of Will) that work on the game is in fact proceeding. If this news is any indication, his nearly three year absence from the eroge world should soon be coming to an end – we’ll be watching closely for further confirmation. (no more)

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