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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Eroge Bus Episode 45 - HuniePop

We're trying something a bit different. This time it's a review of an OEL eroge, Huniepop.

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Show Notes:

00:00 Opening - Cosmic Gate - I Feel Wonderful

01:36 Introductions and stuff

07:58 Break - Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei! OP

09:26 News:

February 26th: Kana Okaeri released by JAST
February 27th: Mangagamer releases No Thank You!!!
February 28th: Kalafina to Perform "Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]" Season 2 Ending
March 2nd: Latest CM for "The Labyrinth of Grisaia" and "The Eden of Grisaia" TV Anime
March 2nd: Steins;Gate's Shikura to Announce New Project on March 28
March 3rd: Aquamarine's "Fate/Apocrypha" Saber of Red Figure Previewed
March 3rd: MangaGamer Celebrates Women's History Month with Industry Interview Series
March 4th: Smell Like Your Favorite Amnesia Boy with Special Perfumes
March 5th: TV Ad Offers Latest Glimpse at Original Anime "Charlotte"
March 6th: News Briefs
March 6th: New “Hakuoki” Musical Hits Japanese Stages in May
March 7th: Don't Look Now, But "Fate" Series Has Introduced a New Saber!
March 7th: Uta no Prince-sama All Star After Secret PSP Game's Promo Streamed
March 9th: New Uta no Prince-sama Game Promoted in Train Stations All Over Japan
March 10th: Mangagamer publishes survey results
March 10th: Jun Maeda Tries Singing His Own "Angel Beats!" Song
March 11th: JAST USA releases Hanachirasu
March 11th: The Eden of Grisaia, The Labyrinth of Grisaia Anime's April Premiere Dates Unveiled
March 11th: Grisaia Spinoff Visual Novel Gets PS Vita Port
March 13th: News Briefs
March 13th: Hardcopies of HuniePop now Available
March 14th: I AND MAGICAL BOYFRIENDS IS NOW FREE
March 14th: Aquaplus Reveals New PS Vita Game Site, Cast Quiz
March 14th: Diabolik Lovers Stage Play Casts Ayato, Kanato, Laito, Yui
March 17th: The Reject Demon: TOKO
March 20th: News Briefs
March 20th: Mangagamer Announced Amber Breaker
March 20th: Sakura Fantasy up for Greenlight
March 21st: "Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]" Cour Two Preview, Visual, Theme Cover Art, Premiere and More!
March 21st: "Fate / kaleid liner Prisma ☆ Ilya Zwei Hertz!" Preview Presented at AnimeJapan
March 23rd: Lightning Warrior Raidy III now on pre-order
March 23rd: Full patches complete for Dot Kareshi II & III
March 25th: MONMUSU QUEST! PARADOX RPG PART ONE RELEASED!

30:27 Break - HuniePop Main Theme

32:50 Huniepop review and discussion

52:38 Break - Anekouji Naoko to Gin'iro no Shinigami

54:16 Upcoming games:

Tsukikage Ars Magika -Fukagyaku Shin'iki no Shoujo-tachi- by Witchflame  VNDB
Hana no No ni Saku Utakata no by Applique  VNDB
Hanasaki Work Spring! by Saga Planets  VNDB
Anekouji Naoko to Gin'iro no Shinigami by Minato Carnival  VNDB
Bishoujo Mangekyou -Kami ga Tsukuritamouta Shoujo-tachi- by ωstar  VNDB
Sengoku Hime 6 ~Tenka Kakusei, Shingetsu no Kirameki~ by unicorn-a / Gesen 18  VNDB
Mirai Kanojo by Pulltop Latte  VNDB
Shirogane x Spirits! by GIGA  VNDB
Yuki Koi Melt by Front Wing  VNDB
11gatsu no Arcadia by LevoL  VNDB

77:18 Ending - Kanashimi no Mukou e

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Eroge Bus Episode 44 - Littlewitch Romanesque

We're reviewing another game! This time it's JASTUSA's release of Little Witch Romanesque Girlish Grimoire.

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Show Notes:

00:00 Opening - Cosmic Gate - I Feel Wonderful

01:36 Introductions and stuff

09:17 Break - Carnival Phantasm OP

10:51 News:

January 28th: Hakuoki Stage Musical's Digest Video Streamed
January 28th: Characters and Premise for Aniplex Original Anime "Charlotte" Described
January 31st: Sekai Project Licenses Hitomebore, Kokonoe Kokoro Visual Novels
January 31st: Lingerie Football Version Super Pochaco is Ready for the Big Game
February 1st: News Briefs
February 1st: MangaGamer to Release Princess Evangile Moe Visual Novel
February 1st: "Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]" Store Exclusive Bonus Art Previewed
February 2nd: "Nitroplus Blasters: Infinite Heroines Duel" Prepares to Introduce "Fate/zero" Saber, Super Sonico, and Akane Tsunemori from "Psycho-Pass"
February 4th: MangaGamer Launches eden* Visual Novel on Steam
February 6th: The Demo for the Adult Visual Novel, The Menagerie, is Available to Download
February 7th: News Briefs
February 7th: TYPE-MOON Announces "Carnival Phantasm" Complete Edition
February 8th: Sonico at Wonder Festival
February 9th: Second "Diabolik Lovers" Anime Announced
February 9th: Rose Guns Days Season 3 Manga Ends on March 5
February 9th: Umineko: When They Cry Episode 7 Manga Ends in March
February 12th: Good Smile Company Compares Saber Alter Figure to Illustration by "Steins;Gate" Character Designer
February 12th: Broccoli Schedules "Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya" Illyasviel Von Einzbern The Beast Ver. Figure
February 12th Kikokugai Remake Receives Translation Patch
February 14th: News Briefs
  • 4-disc D.C. Super Best album coming out on May 13th
  • Amakano soundtrack will be released on April 24th
  • visual fan book for Hoshiori will be on shelves on April 25th
  • DRACU-RIOT!‘s Miu (June, ¥12,000)
February 14th: Have a Super Sonico Valentine's Day
February 15th: Aimer to Sing Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works' 2nd Season Opening
February 17th: Otome Game "Geten no Hana" Gets Stage Play in May
February 20th: Imouto Paradise Hardcopies
February 21st: News Briefs
February 21st: Kana Okaeri, the Remake of Visual Novel Kana Imouto, Available from Next Week
February 22nd: "Clannad" Artist's Visual Novel "Holy Breaker" Going On Sale Next Week
February 22nd: Aquaplus Streams ToHeart2: Dungeon Travelers Promo for PS Vita
February 22nd: Circus Streams Da Capo II Dearest Marriage Opening
February 23rd: Jast USA Delay Eroge Hanachirasu
February 24th: Courtesan Woman, a Browser-Based Otome Game, is Available to Play
February 25th: Yumeha Kouda Returns for "Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!" Ending

35:52 Break - Littlewitch Romanesque Perfecta Edition DEMO

37:22 Littlewitch Romanesque Review

62:57 Littlewitch Romanseque Discussion OH NO SPOILERS EVERYWHERE

94:08 Break - Akuma Musume no Kanban Ryouri OP

95:36 Upcoming games:

Sanoba Witch by Yuzusoft  VNDB

Soreyori no Prologue by minori  VNDB

Silverio Vendetta by Light  VNDB

Boku no Hitori Sensou by Akabei Soft2  VNDB

Ama Koi Syrups by MintCUBE  VDNB

Akuma Musume no Kanban Ryouri by SoftHouseChara  VNDB

Honoo no Haramase Motto! Hatsuiku! Karada Sokutei 2 by SQEEZ  VNDB

Kujiragami no Tearstilla by Whirlpool  VNDB

Ochite Iku Niizuma by Silky's Sakura  VNDB

Mainichi ga Harem Sugite Ore wa Yome wo Kimerarenai! by Peassoft  VNDB

Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps- by Innocent Grey  VNDB

116:43 Ending - Kanashimi no Mukou e

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Eroge Bus Episode 43 - 2014 in Review

This month we are joined by FattyJanai to battle technical difficulties and discuss the various happenings that occurred in 2014

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Show Notes:

00:00 Opening - Cosmic Gate - I Feel Wonderful

01:36 Introductions and stuff

08:27 Break - eden* OP

10:28 News:

January 2nd: ef: a fairy tale of the two Manga Will End This Month
January 2nd: Sekai Project to Localize fault milestone two Visual Novel
January 2nd: Sekai Project Puts Sakura Angels on Steam Greenlight
January 2nd: Juri Misaki and ZEN Celebrate "Clannad" Visual Novel Kickstarter Success
January 2nd: Nekopara released by Neko Works, Sekai Project
January 2nd: "Nitroplus Blasters: Infinite Heroines Duel" Crossover Fighting Game Character Moves Previewed
January 3rd: Key Unveils A New Kinetic VN
January 3rd: Otaku Devastated After Discovering Favorite Anime is Adapted From Eroge
January 4th: News Briefs
January 5th: Denpasoft to Sell 18+ Grisaia Games and Dakimakura
January 7th: Clannad Visual Novel's English-Subtitled Opening Streamed
January 8th: "Fate/stay night" - Saber -Last Episode Scale Figure and "Unlimited Blade Works" Rider Nendoroid Go On Sale
January 9th: News Briefs
  • Orca Toys has yet another risqué ToHeart2 figure coming out this July: a 1/5 scale figure of Sasara white bunny ver. It costs a smooth ¥13,800. 
January 9th: Clannad Kickstarter Ends With US$541,101
January 9th: eden* – Version Differences
January 10th: Original Character Designer Draws "Fate/stay night (Unlimited Blade Works)" Blu-ray Disc Box 1 Illustration
January 13th: "Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]" Blu-ray Set Bonus Soundtrack Preview
January 15th: "Fate/Grand Order" Smartphone Game Heroine Was Originally Created for Anime
January 16th: Nitro+ Blasterz Heroine Fighting Game Adds Expelled From Paradise's Angela, More
January 17th: News Briefs
  • Max Factory – figma Saber dress ver. (Fate, February, ¥4630)
  • PULCHRA – 1/10 scale Tamaki (ToHeart2, April, ¥10,584)
January 19th: Sekai Project Streams fault milestone two Visual Novel Teaser
January 19th: "Fate/stay night - Garden of Avalon" Bonus Novel Cover Art Previewed
January 19th: Mangagamer Releases Huniepop
January 21st: Grisaia Game Trilogy Green-Lit for Steam
January 22nd: ToHeart2 Dungeon Travelers RPG Headed to PS Vita
January 22nd: New Preview for The Menagerie is Revealed, Demo Coming on February 6
January 23rd: News Briefs
  • The PSV adaptation for Rewrite has been scheduled for February 11th. 
January 23rd: Visual Novel Publisher MangaGamer Launches 2015 Licensing Survey
January 23rd: Physical Copies of the Adult Visual Novel Valkyrie Svia are Coming
January 24th: Medicom Toy Offers New Foot Tall "Fate/stay night" Archer and "Berserk" Guts Real Action Heroes Figures
January 26th: Sekai Project Teases "fault milestone two" Visual Novel

Guest Spot: NTR Radio Episode 41 2Girls1Mecha

I was invited by the hosts of NTR radio to discuss the latest installment of the Strike Witches franchise as well as talk about mecha musume in general. You can find the episode here.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Eroge Bus Episode 42 - Cartagra

Apologies for the hiatus. This month we delve into the grisly and dark world of Cartagra

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Show Notes:
00:00 Opening - Cosmic Gate - I Feel Wonderful

01:35 Introductions and stuff

07:00 Break - Grisaia no Kajitsu -LE EDEN DE LA GRISAIA- PSV/PSP OP

08:39 News:
November 26th: Super Sonico and Pochaco Bring Their Healing Touch to Seat Cushions
November 28th: Visual Art's/Key's Rewrite Visual Novel Heads to PS3
November 29th: News Briefs
  • AstralAir complete sound album will be sold at C87 and sells for ¥3500
  • PSV version of GIGA’s Parfait comes out on February 26th
  • Inre’s ChuSingGura46+1 is also getting a PSV port
November 30th: Sekai Project's WAS The Hourglass of Lepidoptera Kickstarter Ends
December 4th: TYPE-MOON Outlines Comiket 87 "Fate" Plans and Posts 86's "Fate/Apocrypha material"
December 4th: 5pb. Streams Kadenz Game's Grand Opening Video
December 6th: News Briefs
  • Himakoi‘s OST will be on shelves on December 19th for ¥3000
  • Flowers -été- OST will be released on April 17th for¥3000
  • Whirlpool’s Justy×Nasty and AXL’s Hyakka Ryouran Elixir are both being ported over the PSV
  • Iroseka PSV port has been set for March 19th
  • ALTER’s Beethoven from Eiyuu*Senki out in April, it is a non-scale figure 230mm tall with the stand and sells for ¥9800
December 6th: Life-Sized "Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Standees Summoned
December 6th: Visual Arts Streams Holy Breaker! Visual Novel's Promo
December 8th: Angel Beats! Starts Countdown on Website
December 9th: Initial Grisaia no Kajitsu release to be all-ages only
December 9th: Starless is Coming on March 10th
December 9th: Regarding the Censorship of Starless: Nymphomaniac’s Paradise
December 9th: The Eden of Grisaia PS Vita/PSP Visual Novel's Opening Streamed
December 9th: Aniplex, Key Visual Arts Announce New Project on December 22
December 9th: Fate/Extra's Red Saber Has One Too Many Fingers
December 9th: Nitro+ Fighting Game Stars Super Sonico, Fate/Stay Night's Saber
December 12th: A Message From minori Regarding eden* plus mosaic
December 13th: "Fate/strange Fake" Preview Posted
December 16th: fault -milestone one- released!
December 16th: Steins;Gate Game Headed West on PS3/PS Vita
December 17th: Grisaia series Kickstarter launched
December 17th: Grisaia Trilogy Kickstarter Reaches 90% of Goal in 12 Hours
December 17th: Grisaia Trilogy Kickstarter Reaches Its Goal
December 17th: Steins;Gate Game Also Heading to iOS in the West
December 18th: Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque Physical Release is Delayed
December 18th: "Steins;Gate" Character Designer Previews Fifth Anniversary Book
December 18th: JAST USA Adds Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque to Steam Greenlight
December 20th: News Briefs
December 22nd: Key Visual Arts Announces Charlotte TV Anime for 2015
December 22nd: Angel Beats! Gets New Episode With Anime Blu-ray Box
December 22nd: Angel Beats! PC Game Scheduled for May 29 Release
December 22nd: Steins;Gate -The Committee of Antimatter- Novel Cancelled
December 23rd: Littlewitch Romanesque localization released
December 23rd: PacoProject Stream "All Humans Will Become Alpacas" Visual Novel Opening
December 23rd: Clannad Kickstarter Project Adds English Translation for Side Stories
December 23rd: Lia to Sing Theme Song for Angel Beats! 1st Beat PC Game
December 24th: Summer's Clover (Miki Path) for Katawa Shoujo
December 24th: "Fate/stay night" Characters Join "Divine Gate" Game
December 24th: Free-to-Play "Danganronpa: Unlimited Battle" Game Previewed
December 24th: Fate/Extra's Extra-Fingered Cover Gets Recalled
December 26th: Eden Available for Pre-Orders
December 26th Mangagamer Releases Space Pirate Sara
December 27th: Two More Grisaia Visual Novels Get TV Anime
December 27th: Fate/Stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Anime's 2nd Season Previewed in Video
December 27th: Fate/Grand Order Smart Phone Game's Commercial Features Maaya Sakamoto Song
December 28th: News Briefs
  • PSV adaptations forJusty×Nasty and Hyakka Ryouran Elixir have been set for March 26th and April 9th, respectively
  • mini visual fanbook for doujin game Sistopia will be available at initial’s booth on the third day of C87. They’re also got the OST
  • You want Saber in lingerie? You. Got. Your. Wish. All four WAVE figures are coming out in mid-2015 for ¥9800 each.
  • Hanasaki alarm app for Android out from SAGA PLANETS
December 28th: Phat! Schedules "Fate" Series Jack the Ripper Figure
December 28th: 5pb. Announces New Project With Key Visual
December 28th: The Labyrinth & The Eden of Grisaia TV Anime Teased in Video
December 29th: Common Route Translation for Clover Day’s Released
December 29th: 5pb. Remakes YU-NO Sci-Fi Visual Novel
December 29th: Liar-soft Ex-Writer Hikaru Sakurai Plans Meian no Keruneteru With Manga Artist, Animator
December 29th: Fate/Stay's Saber 10th Anniversary "Royal Dress" Figure Previewed at C87
December 30th: Littlewitch Romanesque Guide: How to Maximize Magic Potential
December 30th: Nitro+ Announces Summer 2015 Adult PC Game Tokyo Necro
December 31st: Nitro+ Blasterz Gameplay Videos Preview Ein, Mora, Al, Ruili, Saya
December 31st: Clannad Kickstarter Project Reaches Manga Stretch Goal
December 31st: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz! Slated for Summer 2015

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Secret Santa Review: Time of Eve

Another year is coming to an end and that means it's another edition of the Secret Santa anime review. Seems like I am on a long streak of reviewing science fiction anime and this year it's no different. Time of Eve is an original net animation (ONA) which streamed back in August 2008 through  September 2009. The first time I heard of it was actually when they screened it in New York City in 2010. During the subsequent year, the screened the film version of the series which has some added scenes. This review will only be of the ONA series. Time of Eve also had a kickstarter for funding the international dvd/bd release of the movie which made 10x the original proposed goal.

"Are you enjoying the time of eve?"

Time of Eve is about androids and their relationships with humans. It uses a very interesting vehicle to explore these relationship by using a cafe with a simple rule where humans and androids can't discriminate against each other. The main focus of the series is on the characters. The human characters slowly discover that androids are more than just robots, they might as well be very human as well with personality and even emotions. There is even a scene that tongue in cheek references to Blade Runner. All in all there are many snappy dialogues and unexpected twists that kept me interested despite the show having almost zero action...we except for...

I am so sorry...

Where I found the show really shines is in its use of cinematography. Instead of jumping from shot to shot, it transitions the shots very well which is very unlike other anime I've seen. In addition, for an ONA, it has a very good soundtrack that even has an insert piano piece played by the protagonist. Overall the series is a very entertaining package it's really no wonder why it won so many awards. Thanks to my secret Santa for the recommendation.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Eroge Bus Episode 41 - Hatoful Boyfriend

We dive into our first review of an Otome game: Hatoful Boyfriend

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Show Notes:

00:00 Opening - Cosmic Gate - I Feel Wonderful

01:35 Introductions and stuff

06:06 Break - Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm OP

08:24 News:
October 31st: Cartagra released by MangaGamer
October 31st: Cho Dengeki Stryker Limited Editions Available for Pre-Order!
November 1st: News Briefs
  • Prism Recollection‘s Konoka 1/6 scale castoff figure by MILESTONE out in February for ¥12,000. 
  • 1/7 scale Super Sonico summer santa ver. figure by ALTER available at the MegaHobby EXPO at the end of November. ¥9,900.
November 1st: Visual Art's/Key Illustrator Itaru Hinoue Sells New PC Game at Comiket 87
November 4th: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Gets Complete PS3/PSV Port
November 4th: Retailer: The Fruit of Grisaia ~Sanctuary Fellows~ Manga Ends With 4th Volume
November 6th: Fate/Stay night, Animate, Sanrio Also Enjoy Kabe Don
November 6th: CLANNAD pre-Kickstarter launched by Sekai Project
November 7th: News Briefs
  • Among Puchipara Bunko’s November line-up is an adaptation of May-Be Soft’s body-switching Change!. It will be on shelves on November 14th.
  • ALTER has a 1/8 scale figure of Dungeon Travelers 2‘s Mefmera coming out in January. It’s priced at ¥11,800.
  • GWAVE 2014 1st Favorite, featuring 16 OPs from the first half of this year, will be released on December 26th. It’s priced at ¥3000
November 7th: 3rd Steins;Gate IBM Anime Short Posted with English Subtitles
November 8th: New Hakuōki Stage Musical's Cast Unveiled in Costume
November 8th: "Fate/zero" Archer and "Durarara!!" Izaya Dream Pillows Re-Released
November 9th: Fate/Extra Manga Listed as Ending This Week
November 11th: Sekai Project's Clannad Crowdfunding Campaign Meets Goal
November 11th: Last Steins;Gate IBM Anime Short Posted with English Subtitles
November 12th: Sekai Project Adds Nekopara Vol. 1 Visual Novel to Steam's Greenlight
November 12th: Starry Sky Series to Get PS Vita Port
November 12th: Littlewitch Romanesque has gone Golden Master!
November 13th: "Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm " Anime Announced
November 14th: Mangagamer Releases Royal Guard Melissa
November 14th: Secret Sorrow of the Siblings up for Pre-Order!
November 14th: News Briefs
  • Yukie’s illustration collection, “Flower Flower”, will be on shelves on November 29th. The 128-page book will be sold at ¥2800
  • The visual art book for ApRicoT’s Oshirikko Venus series will come out on December 17th. It also sells for ¥2800.
November 19th: "If My Heart Had Wings" Visual Novel Heads to Steam
November 22nd: News Briefs
  • The VenusBlood -HYPNO- 3-disc OST will come out on the same day as the game, November 28th. It contains 63 tracks and costs a very reasonable ¥3300.
  • The black version of ALTER’s 1/7 scale figure of Yosuga‘s Sora will be out next February for ¥13,800.
November 24th: Maaya Sakamoto to Perform "Fate/grand order" Theme
November 24th: Pigeon Romance Visual Novel Hatoful Boyfriend Heads to PS4/Vita
November 25th: "Rewrite" Visual Novel Port Headed to PlayStation 3

22:23 Break - Hatoful Boyfriend Title Screen

23:57 Review and Discussion of Hatoful Boyfriend

46:16 Break - Hanitsuma OP

49:06 Upcoming Games:
Bunny Paradise Bani Para ~Koibito Zenin Bani-ka Keikaku~ by Skyfish Poco VNDB
VenusBlood -HYPNO- by Dual Tail                                                                    VNDB
Meidokissa. by Atelier Kaguya                                                                             VNDB
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm by Sprite                                                              VNDB
Hani Tsuma by Bootup!                                                                                         VNDB
Hen Koi ≒ Kuro Rekishi by Akane Soft                                                               VNDB
Harukaze Sensation! by Windmill Oasis                                                               VNDB
Otome ga Kanaderu Koi no Aria by Ensemble                                                     VNDB
Zannen na Ore-tachi no Seishun Jijou. by ChuableSoft                                        VNDB
Saiminbo by Fudegaki Soft                                                                                   VNDB
Kimi no Tonari de Koishiteru! by Alcot Honey Comb                                         VNDB
Koi Suru Kanojo no Bukiyou na Butai by Cube                                                   VNDB

65:02 Ending - Kanashimi no Mukou e