Rose Guns Days Finally 100% Translated

Witch Hunt has finally released the much-awaited full translation patch for Rose Guns Days Final Season! You can download it on their site here.

The game could previously be legally downloaded from MangaGamer’s site. Right now, though, their contract to offer the game has expired, and they’re re-negotiating it. Hopefully it’ll be back up soon for people who don’t already own the game.

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Tiger Festival Speculation Time!

After hearing the hint “Tiger Festival” for Ryukishi07’s next unannounced work, I couldn’t help speculating wildly about it. I already have a whole page of ideas (most of them insane). One theory, though, is beginning to sound more and more likely.

As a child of the Internet, the first thing I did was Google it. I didn’t have to go past the first page before stumbling upon the phrase in the game Tales of Graces. I’ve never played it, but in one of the game’s comedic scenes, a character takes on the conspicuous fake name of “Tiger Festival.” Interesting connection, I thought, but could still be a coincidence. Then I just learned today that the game’s main villain is named “Lambda.” And so the rabbit hole gets deeper.

Ryukishi07 first introduced himself at ACen by saying he never imagined he’d become a script writer for visual novels. Also, he wasn’t even sure he’d found his true calling yet. Maybe that true calling could be “writer for a JRPG?” After all, his pen-name comes straight from Final Fantasy. Maybe he’ll be fulfilling a long-held dream. Plus, we’ve already seen the addition of game play elements to Rose Guns Days.

I couldn’t say for sure he’s actually writing the next Tales Of game. If so, why would he reference Tales of Graces from 2009, instead of the more recent Tales of Xillia or Zestria from 2011 and 2015? Maybe that game just particularly inspired him. Still, I think there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing a new JRPG with his hand in it. Or maybe we should all get ready for “When the Tigers Cry.”

Edit: A reader reminded me of one other connection between Ryukishi07 and the Tales Of games: the singer Akiko Shikata has done multiple songs for both series. In fact, her EP “Cocoon of White Dreams” is a crossover between Umineko no Naku Koro ni and Tales of Symphonia. Thanks Matt!

New Higurashi Patch Adds PS3 Graphics and Voice Acting

MangaGamer has often promised that their new release of Higurashi will be easily moddable. It’s been released for barely over a week, and we’re already getting proof of that. The newest patch adds the voice acting and graphics from the game’s PS3 port. You can download it now on it’s Github page, or see a sample of the patch in action below. Big thanks to TheGuraGuraMan and some helpful Anons from 4chan.

I’ve also gotten confirmation that the new version of Onikakushi on MangaGamer’s site is 100% DRM free (the version on Steam has the regular Steam DRM…yeah, I’m one of the few people who actually cares about that). So if you’ve been waiting to play (or re-play) Higurashi, there’s been no better time!

ACen 2015 Video Interview with Ryukishi07 from APGNation

Here’s more fascinating stuff from the flurry of information this weekend, with such topics as:

  • Why he choose witches as a theme for Umineko.
  • Whether he’s familiar with the Rosatrice theory.
  • Whether Yasu is a transgendered character.
  • The relation between the worlds and characters of Higurashi and Umineko (the translator doesn’t mention it, but it looks he is explicitly influenced by Osamu Tezuka’s Star System).

There’s also an article to go along with it, with some comments and more description of the first two panels. Good stuff!

ACen 2015 07th Expansion Panel #3: Ryukishi07’s Latest Work TRianThology Unraveled for the First Time

ACen 2015 has now come to a close, and it was a great time. At times it felt like we were having a little mini-07th Expansion festival!

Ryukishi07 held 3 panels, one one each day of the convention. I’ll be posting write-ups of each of the panels in reverse order. I wanted to start with the 3rd panel from today, since it had some of the most tantalizing new info.

Since Ryukishi07 couldn’t take as many audience questions as he’d hoped to in the previous panels, he started this one with a Q&A. He got permission to run the panel long to field even more question’s before revealing more information about his upcoming work TRianThology and another mysterious new unannounced project.

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