This interview originally appeared on GayGamer.net in June 2015. Interview questions and introductory text are by Rowan (@link6616), and I assisted with liaising with the Fantastic Boyfriends director in Japanese, which included translating Rowan’s questions into Japanese, and translating the director’s answers into English. (Full disclosure: I also translated prologue chapter of the game and Indiegogo promotional materials). I’m republishing this interview here with Rowan’s permission so it can remain available as an important discussion with an indie Japanese game developer on LGBTQ topics. Please note that I have an ongoing relationship with the developer, but I’m not able to answer any questions on their behalf. Enjoy!
To celebrate the release of Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms, Idea Factory International has kindly offered me one PS Vita game code to give away to Chic Pixel readers!
If you would like to win a copy of Edo Blossoms, just follow the instructions in the widget below. The giveaway is open internationally, but please note that you will need a North American PSN account to redeem the code. The giveaway closes on March 23rd, 2018 at 11:59 pm PT. Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms is part two of the otome game Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds, so be sure to grab the first part for the full experience!
Though we’re in the midst of the Monster Hunter Community Game-Along (don’t forget to join me for one of my Monster Hunter: World multiplayer sessions!), it’s time to take a look at all the awesome games people played for February’s Dating Sim Community Game-Along! I was really thrilled to see so many folks participate one of my favorite themes. Feel free to use this post as inspiration for selecting your next dating sim game to play!
Wonder Festival is an amazing bi-yearly event for fans of Japanese figures, and this year’s winter Wonder Festival was no different! Just like last year, I wanted to round up some of my favorite announcements from the event. For the full rundown of all of the announcements from all the major companies, I highly recommend checking out Plastikitty’s Wonder Festival 2018 Winter coverage. Now, on to my own personal highlights!
March means something very special at Chic Pixel… It’s time for the Monster Hunter Community Game-Along! Even though Monster Hunter has gotten pretty mainstream, especially with the release of Monster Hunter: World, there’s no denying that the series has some notoriety for its complicated systems and lack of in-game explanations. I started the Monster Hunter Community Game-Along to highlight the Monster Hunter series and the wide range of games that emulate the Monster Hunter style in hopes that I could encourage more people to play what has become one of my favorite series.
Recently, I wrote about how excited I am for the super adorable Animal Crossing kuji (lottery) that’s coming out in Japan. Unfortunately, it can be rather difficult to get Ichiban Kuji and other lottery items outside of Japan, since they’re often only sold at convenience stores. Even if you can your hands on the individual items, if you haven’t been to Japan, you’ve probably never had the chance to purchase a ticket and see what prize item awaits you.
That’s where Aitai Kuji comes in! They offer a kuji ticket service that emulates the whole experience of buying kuji tickets for overseas customers. They were kind enough to reach out to me to try my hand at the Animal Crossing kuji preorder so I could show you how the system works!
Apologies for yet another delayed roundup post… I’ll get in the groove eventually! I was prepared for January’s Fighting Game Community Game-Along to be very quiet, partially due to the theme, and partially due to the time of year. But I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of people participate this year! Check out what what fighting games people played for some game recommendations, fun photos, and gameplay videos!