Analogue: A Hate Story

Analogue: A Hate Story is an indie game from developer Christine Love. And while I am stating everything in a boring way, this game is the absolute best thing I have played so far this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Analogue is a Visual Novel with dark undertones and a seemingly cheerful veneer. There are two characters to pursue and five possible endings. You go to find the ghost spaceship the Mugunghwa and read through the logs to find out what happened to her (ships are traditionally referred to as female.)

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Adult Swim should put Madoka Magica on Toonami if they want their ratings to sink like a brick

Ever since Toonami re-emerged on April Fool’s Day and speculation began about its possible return, everyone with access to a keyboard began rhyming off lists of shows that should be on the block. Sometimes the suggestions aren’t so bad. Pretty much everyone has suggested Tiger & Bunny, which is probably the best new thing the block could get. But some suggestions have been less than good. I’m not going to look, but I’m sure some asshole somewhere seriously thinks Adult Swim should stick uncut PokeMon on Toonami. The big problem here is that people are only recommending what they want to see, or shows they think are good. This isn’t a good way to go about it, and I’ll use Madoka Magica to illustrate.

Madoka Magica would be an incredibly terrible choice for Toonami, and it’s easy to see why: little girls in frilly dresses. And yes I know Mami gets her head bitten off in episode 3 and it’s super dark and mature and stuff. But none of that matters. What matters is the package all the super dark and mature stuff comes in. And that package is a bunch of wideface moe girls in frilly dresses. This new Toonami is basically a re-skinned Adult Swim, and wideface moe girls in frilly dresses are not what the Adult Swim crowd wants to see.

The Adult Swim crowd is an audience that watches Cowboy Bebop enough week to week to keep it airing for more than a decade. They are not an audience that is going to watch Madoka Magica, no matter how many girls get their heads bitten off. The series might have had a chance on the old weekday afternoon Toonami since that crowd was willing to watch Sailor Moon, but the 18-34 male demographic that typically watches Adult Swim will simply see a magical girl series and stop watching.

People’s reason for suggesting Madoka Magica for the block is usually because they think it’s the bees knees and obviously since it’s the bees knees it’d be a great fit for the block. Stop doing that. That’s dumb. You’re making the mistake of thinking that Adult Swim is in the business of airing shows that are good. This is wrong. They are in the business of airing shows that their demographic thinks are good. I think Deadman Wonderland is kind of shit, but it’s a great choice for the new Toonami. It’s a violent, gory action series which could easily appeal to the Adult Swim crowd. I also think Casshern Sins is kind of shit, but it has an eye-catching visual style and also sort of has some decent action I guess and could work well for the block.

Madoka Magica might be the pretty great as far as you’re concerned, but it doesn’t have anything that would make it appealing to the new Toonami’s audience. So if you’re going to suggest something for Toonami, think for a second if you could conceivably see someone whose only anime is Cowboy Bebop actually sitting through an episode of it.

And honestly, if you’re really into moe, like really into it, like “hnnngg uguu desu desu” into it, don’t bother making any recommendations. You’re not part of Adult Swim’s audience, and you probably don’t know their audience very well.

Digital: A Love Story

Digital: A Love Story is a visual novel type game made by one single person. Impressive enough, at first glance. But given the travesty that was the last indie game I encountered in the course of these reviews, I understandably went into this one with a bit of caution. Nicely enough, it wasn’t needed at all.

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Press Release: School Days Collector Edition

Today, I am celebrating having a working monitor and a still mostly non-functional computer that I can at least attempt to use by posting a press release, since I not only said I would post press releases, but I hadn’t prepared anything for this review. Therefore, it won’t be a review.

Without further ado:

Press Release: JAST USA Announces School Days HQ Collector’s Edition

JAST USA, the top publisher of Japanese PC games in English, today unveiled the collector’s edition of School Days HQ, a fully-animated bishoujo game (also known as a dating sim or eroge) that is famous for its violent bad ends. School Days has attracted mainstream attention since the anime adaptation shocked audiences with its unexpected and gory conclusion.

This collector’s edition is the first such release in JAST USA’s history, and includes two items that are not available from any other source.

The first item is an “oppai” mousepad, which is an illustrated mousepad with a breast-shaped wrist rest. The mousepad included with the School Days HQ collector’s edition features original artwork of heroine Katsura Kotonoha in a wedding dress. This illustration was drawn for the mousepad by School Days character designer Goto Junji.

The second item is an illustrated rubber keychain. The illustration, designed with fans of the School Days anime in mind, is super-deformed art of protagonist Itou Makoto’s head.

JAST USA president Peter Payne said, “Without a doubt, School Days is a very important game for the English eroge industry. We really wanted to make it special, so we worked with Goto Junji and School Days developer 0verflow to create an amazing collector’s edition that fans are going to drool over.”

These two items will be packaged together with the game in a distinct collector’s box. The full set can be viewed and ordered on its product page athttp://www.jastusa.com/schooldays.html.

School Days HQ is currently in the final stages of testing, and is expected to go Golden Master in May, with release following shortly thereafter.

 

Sentai Filmworks August 2012 Releases

Sentai Filmwork’s releases for August are now up for pre-order on RightStuf. Aside from K-ON, I have no idea what any of this stuff is. Except for The World God Only Knows, I guess. Pretty sure I saw an episode of that once. I don’t think I liked it.

August 7th

Parasite Dolls Complete Collection DVD
The World God Only Knows II Complete Collection DVD
The World God Only Knows II Complete Collection Blu-ray

August 14th

This Boy Can Fight Aliens! DVD
This Boy Can Fight Aliens! Blu-ray

August 21st

No.6 Complete Collection DVD
No.6 Complete Collection Blu-ray

August 28th

K-ON! Season 2 Collection 2 DVD
K-ON! Season 2 Collection 2 Blu-ray
Koihime Muso Ultimate Collection (Season 1-3) DVD (Sub-only)