This year’s Anime Expo convention saw more titles announced than ever before; this is definitely an exciting time for visual novels in the West!
Studio: Innocent Grey
Release: Spring arc coming this Fall
This was probably the biggest surprise of all the convention announcements, not because it’s an unexpected title but because it was JAST who announced it. Flowers is an all-ages yuri title from developer Innocent Grey, who have previously released their titles Kara no Shoujo and Cartagra through MangaGamer. MangaGamer staff seemed surprised by the announcement and JAST’s Peter Payne had no comment on the situation between the two companies.
Title: Communication With Sonico (SoniComi)
Release: This Winter
A relatively short title featuring Nitroplus’s famous big-busted mascot that actually doesn’t have any outright sexual content, despite how suggestive it looks.
Title: G-senjou no Maou – The Devil on G-String
Studio: AKABEi SOFT2
The fan translation of this title has been out for a while, but it’s not getting an official release. Apparently Sekai Project are working with the developer to remove ero content from the game for its Western release, but hopefully they’ll offer an uncensored version through Denpasoft.
Title: Chrono Clock
Studio: Purple Software
Chrono Clock will also have its adult content removed with the help of the original creator. The story centres around a protagonist who has a mysterious pocket watch that allows him to travel back five minutes in time.
Title: Root Double: Before Crime * After Days: Xtend Edition
A long sci-fi/suspense title with no sexual content. I’m super excited for this one!
- WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.02 will be released this month.
- A remake of free doujin game Narcissu is in the works.
- The next in the Sunrider series, Sunrider: Liberation Day, will be coming soon.
- Clannad is set for a November release date.
Title: Umineko no Naku Koro Ni
Studio: 07th Expansion & Alchemist
Another classic (and extremely long) title from the mind behind Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
Title: A Kiss For The Petals – Remember How We Met
Studio: Sei Mikaeru Joshi Gakuen
This is an all-ages entry into the SonoHana yuri series that was developed for mobile platforms.
Studio: Front Wing & Blank Note
This release will be the Front Wing remake of the original sci-fi doujin game by Blank Note. We’ll get both an all ages version for Steam and an 18+ version via MangaGamer’s website.
Title: Beat Blades Haruka
Studio: Alice Soft
This is the first Alice Soft title that will be released following their newly-announced partnership with MangaGamer.
Personally I’m most looking forward to Flowers, G-senjou no Maou, and Root Double. I’m not so interested in the titles MangaGamer announced, but with so much set to come out this year and next I’ll have enough on my plate as it is!