Finally, a Video Recording of Ryukishi07’s ACen Panel

After much searching online, I’ve finally found a video recording of Ryukishi07’s third panel at ACen! It was posted by a user on the Fuwanovel forums. Although there’s no recording for the other two panels, this one probably went over the most interesting information. So if you’re ready for some Ryukishi07 goodness, sit back and enjoy.

Cool little note: The guy asking a question at 2:59 in the 2nd video is me! Ryukishi07 was really cool about it. Although I’m just now realizing the interpreter probably misheard “death” when I send “depth”…ah well, it makes sense both ways.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

If you still want a chance to see Ryukishi07 in person, he’ll be a guest at AnimeExpo this July.

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First Images of New Ryukishi07 Game [祝姫] (Iwaihime)

Thanks to a tweet from the illustrator, us foreigners unable to attend the Toranoana’s “Tora Festival” can learn about Ryukishi07’s upcoming game, which he teased at ACen earlier this year.

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Nope, it looks like we’re not getting any JRPG from Ryukishi (though that would’ve been totally awesome). There’s still no announcement about this game on 07th Expansion’s official site or twitter, but what I gather so far is:

  • The game’s name is “Iwaihime.”
  • The game’s genre is “horror.”
  • The plot involves a (cursed?) doll.
  • The character designs are by Kazuharu kina.
  • The backgrounds are by the artist mocha.
  • It will be released this Fall.
  • It’ll be ADV style, not NVL like Higurashi and Umineko.
  • It will be released by DMM, perhaps best known in the West as “the company that does Kancolle,” which had a booth at the event. It will be a commercial release, not a doujin one like his works from Comiket.
  • The cast includes lots of high school girls, as we can see from all the character designs shown off so far.

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  • DMM had a booth at the event to promote the game, along with a character cosplayer.

DMM's booth at the event

One more thing to look forward to! From the cast and release, I feel it’ll be a more typical story than his When They Cry works, but it’ll definitely be visually stunning. You can get high res images of all this stuff, along with more pictures from the booth, on Kazuhara Kina’s twitter. Thanks to anonymous Goat-kun for pointing this out to me!

UPDATE: The game’s teaser blurb has been translated by the Reddit users temporalreality and Garlstadt:

Hajakenshou…Crush evil, spread the truth.

For generations, the men of the Susuharai family have left home at a fixed age to become independent. By tempering themselves without aid, they would have their adulthood recognized. In preparation for that day, I learned an array of things.

Susuda Prefectural High School—my new halls of leaning. To tell the truth, I had planned to transfer my first year, not second. But my everyday life here wasn’t just carefree; it was pleasant. I passed the days happily with any of my peers from Second Year Class A.

But there was a girl—Kurokami Toe. To call her strange would be a lacking description. Never for a moment would she let go of the traditional Japanese doll she held in her arms. There were those who whispered it was a cursed doll, whose hair would grow when you weren’t looking. Indeed, it was an eerie doll.

However, meeting Kurokami might have been fate. No, it must have been.

UPDATE 2: Sorry, I read a kanji in the title wrong! It’s actually pronounced “Iwaihime,” not “Shukuhime.”

1st Tragedy Looper Expansion Coming to English Soon

Z-Man games has announced they’ll be releasing an expansion for Tragedy Looper. If you haven’t read my review of it yet, Tragedy Looper is basically “When They Cry” in board game form…and totally awesome!

midnight circle and owaconThere are already 5 expansions for Tragedy Looper in Japanese, so we’ll still take a while to catch up. For this first release, at least Z-Man will be repackaging two of them into a single release. “Mystery Circle” and “Midnight Zone” become “Midnight Circle.” Instead of the original chronological order, they’re first releasing the two less complex expansions designed to be easier for beginners. Which is good, because Tragedy Looper can already be a daunting game. The expansion will be coming out in June, and is already up for pre-order.

Z-Man will also be releasing another board game from the same Japanese doujin circle, BakaFire. It’s Japanese name is “Old World and Code of Nines,” which will be shorted to “Code of Nines” for the English release. It’s theme is unique enough that I can’t give it justice:

“Players take the role of automatons wakening to the ruins of the world after the fall of humanity.  Each player holds fragments of the will of the human race in their fading memories, and players must piece together the fragments to determine the final will of humanity and be the first to fulfill it.”

It’s like they designed a game for me, and my post-human peaceful apocalypse loving self. I’ve been interested in this game for awhile, since BakaFire really caught my eye with Tragedy Looper’s innovative design. Plus, all the mechanics sound right up my alley: deducing your opponent’s secret scoring conditions, bluffing, random set-up for huge replay value! Code of Nines will is also due in June.

Tiger Festival Speculation Time! Part 2

When I last discussed Ryukishi07’s hinted “Tiger Festival” project, it seemed possible that he might be writing for a new Tales Of game. In the days since, Bandai Namco announced the upcoming game Tales of Berseria.

However, another theory might be more likely (and much more obvious). When I first started free-associating, the “Tiger” part made me think of the Japanese doujin retailer “Tora no Ana.” The “Festival” part made me think of some doujin event, like Reitaisai or Wonder Festival. “Could be something there,” I thought, “but nothing conclusive.” Until now, upon learning that Tora no Ana’s holding a special event on June 21st to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The event’s name? Tiger Festival.

catalog_bannerWhat’s more, the 07th Expansion Twitter has confirmed they’ll be at the event. We might not have long to wait before learning everything about this new project.