2020 has been a great year for boys’ love (BL) game localizations so far. First, we had Togainu no Chi ~Lost Blood~ from JAST Blue, and now MangaGamer is following with Room No. 9. Room No. 9 is significant as developer parade’s latest BL title, following No, Thank You!!!, which, when MangaGamer released the English version five years ago, it was the first major BL game localization since Enzai: Falsely Accused back in 2006. Seeing as No, Thank You!!! was a very enjoyable title, I’ve been very interested to see what parade’s next game would be like.Read More
The second English Nitro+chiral game, Togainu no Chi ~Lost Blood~, is out now courtesy of JAST Blue, and of course the dynamic duo of Pixel x Pixel had to play it and share our full, spoiler-filled impressions! But don’t worry, if you want to learn more about this post-apocalyptic BL game before picking it up, tune in for spoiler-free background info and overall impressions at the beginning of the episode. Grab a solid, put on your headphones, and have a listen!
16:30 – Start of spoiler impressions
♫ “Beginning” and “Unrest” from Togainu no Chi ~Lost Blood~ soundtrack
March is chugging along, and so are we! Marcus chats about all the expos and conventions he’s been going to, Anne talks about the nuts and bolts of freelance translation test and translating for live streams. Then we talk about what media we’ve been consuming, including the hot new superhero movie Captain Marvel, and all the news that’s on our radar!
Support the podcast and get all episodes 3 days before the rest of the world by becoming a Patreon supporter for just $1 a month!
21:30 – Media Minutes: Heart of the Woods, Hadaka Shitsuji: Naked Butlers, Captain Marvel, Apex
38:00 – Notable News: Valve’s response to Rape Day game, Google controller patent, sales of SEGA game Judgement (Judge Eyes) halted due to actor’s cocaine allegations
♫ “Willie Lomans,” “5 minutes pleasure,” and “6 pence and moon” from Alphabet Planet by Hiroki Kikuta
This year’s Anime Expo has been especially exciting for BL (boys’ love) game fans. So far, there have been English localization announcements for not one, but five BL games! JAST Blue, JAST USA’s BL label, will be localizing Nitro+CHiRAL’s entire library, including their upcoming release Slow Damage. Meanwhile, MangaGamer has announced they will be localizing Luckydog1, a BL game about members of the mafia.
Still stumped on what to play for #VNNovember? Fear not, as MangaGamer is generously offering three copies of Hadaka Shitsuji: Naked Butlers to Chic Pixel readers! Simply enter from now until November 11th at 11:59 pm PST using the form below. The more actions you complete, the more entries you get! Please note that you must be 18 years of age or older to enter, as the game contains graphic male-male sex scenes. Three random winners will receive codes that are redeemable for the game on MangaGamer’s official store.
To read more about the game and the November Community Game-Along, head over to my info post! Good luck!
I don’t really write about PhD-related things here because I generally blog about my hobbies as a form of escapism from my thesis (the truth is out!), but after getting a few requests to share my bibliography, I figured I should go ahead and compile a shōnen ai/yaoi/boys’ love (BL) manga studies reading list!
It’s always exciting to see a new BL game in the works, and Sentimental Trickster is no different. This ages 18+ visual novel has already hit its initial funding goal on Kickstarter and is successfully Greenlit, but with additional support could reach some exciting stretch goals such as more CGs, sprites, and facial animations, or even a new dateable character!
Sentimental Trickster follows protagonist Haru as he sets off to start a new life at arts college and comes in contact with a plethora of hunky men (some more friendly than others!). There’s a demo of the first hour or so of the game available for Windows, Mac, and Linux on the Kickstarter page, which I highly recommend checking out. The game so far has been made entirely by a single person, and it’s extremely impressive, to say the least!
At the time of this post, the Kickstarter has 7 days left until it ends, which means there’s still plenty of time to get in on some of the exclusive extras such as a playable Kickstarter-exclusive “thank you” from the characters themselves. Since the game has already been fully funded, there’s no fear of the disappointment that comes with backing a campaign with an uncertain outcome. I look forward to seeing the completed version of Sentimental Trickster in March 2017!