A Tour of the Key Atelier

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Top visual novel production studio Key (Kanon, AIR, Clannad, Little Busters!) gives an interesting tour of its undeniably shabby offices.

The first desk visited is that of Itaru Hinoue, responsible for some of the most beloved character designs in recent memory…
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  • metatron commented on April 24, 2009 00:27

    Key Atelier = magic factory =3... More

  • Hennaikimono commented on April 23, 2009 19:20

    I'd love my work space (if I worked in an office) to look like that, not that I really have one for just myself. The video has made me want to collect a bunch... More


Eroge Innovation Fails to Impress

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The latest eroge title from esteemed developer Nitroplus, 装甲悪鬼村正 / Soukou Akki Murasei, brings with it some unusual innovation, but quickly reminds fans of the visual novel just why relying on these companies to innovate is not necessarily a good idea (see Mahou Shoujo Ai, Cross Days, etc).

In this case, they have decided to actually support widescreen displays. However, for some reason they then decided it would be a good idea to display the text in the middle of the screen, in classical East Asian fashion.

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  • Kisaku commented on April 25, 2009 20:42

    But...is it 16:9 or 16:10??? Cause it makes difference...... More

  • ja_ne commented on April 22, 2009 03:48

    one word: patch... More


K-On! Dating Sim

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Yui: “Um, please make me your girlfriend!”

2ch has been envisaging the girls of K-On! transposed into a dating game…

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  • Anonymous commented on October 21, 2010 00:00

    It'd be fun if the player turns out to be Sawako >.>... More

  • Anonymous commented on October 2, 2009 06:30

    Ren-py... There is hope.... More


Clannad’s Storyline Explained

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Clannad fans have prepared an explanatory diagram which lays out the storyline of Clannad and Clannad After Story in detail; certainly a handy thing considering how convoluted they appear.

This has found its way onto the Japanese Internet, and even 2ch approves of the diagram…

Needless to say, the diagram contains immense spoilers:

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  • Duny commented on July 2, 2012 06:25

    Finally a great response to that "YOU CAN'T CRITICIZE ______ BECAUSE YOU'VE NEVER MADE ANYTHING BETTER" BS, you sir rock!... More

  • Hong Xiang Yue commented on June 20, 2012 15:30

    Clannad - Will be an Anime masterpiece forever.... More


The $20,000 Little Busters Shota T-Shirt

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A T-shirt inscribed with the image of the famed Key visual novel Little Buster‘s male protagonist Riki Naoe was sold earlier today on Yahoo Auctions Japan for ¥2,001,000.

This comes soon after the recent auction of another Little Busters T-shirt of Yuiko Kurugaya selling for ¥1,300,000, which was also a prize from the KEY 10th Memorial Fest event.

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  • Anonymous commented on October 18, 2010 22:48

    lol. There's a link to this page on Na-Ga's wikipedia page. :D... More

  • Anonymous commented on March 8, 2009 16:52

    that it horrible, i would buy it just to piss and shit on it.... More


The $13,000 Little Busters T-Shirt

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A T-shirt bearing the likeness of Kurugaya Yuiko,of Key visual novel Little Busters, has just been auctioned off for an impressive ¥1,300,000, in what must be one of the most expensive pieces of otaku fashion in recent memory.

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  • GHS commented on March 6, 2009 07:36

    Maybe they're trying to spend their way out of the depression? Might work to jump-start the economy and get the money circulating again. It's just that people are too cheap and afraid to spend.... More

  • Anonymous commented on March 6, 2009 03:42

    Isn't Japan in a terrible recession? like they're half way there to a full on depression. Who has this kind of money to spend?... More


“Dream of the Red Chamber” Chinese Eroge is Quality

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A visual novel adaptation of one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, the Dream of the Red Chamber, made by Chinese and in the Chinese language, looks to be a work of considerable quality, as the CG presented below readily attest.

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  • Anonymous commented on December 1, 2010 10:27

    See? China, you can be awesome if you just give it some effort. Let's hope this will be an example for all of your future endeavor. [spoiler]It's not[/spoiler]... More

  • Anonymous commented on November 21, 2010 19:47

    Ohh!!! Like culture?..... More


Da Capo English Release Out

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Classic bishoujo game Da Capo, a title at the heart of a sprawling web of adaptations and sequels, has received a full official English release, its first, which is available now.

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  • Anonymous commented on January 14, 2011 17:22

    Looking at the mistakes in your own post you`re not justified to evaluate someone else`s grammar and spelling.... More

  • Anonymous commented on August 16, 2009 03:10

    It should be pointed out that this isn't being released in the states...... More


2008 Eroge Sales Rankings

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Several large stores have recently released rankings of their best-selling galge/eroge/visual novels for 2008, allowing to see which of the last year’s crop attained the most favor from eroge fans.

Little distinction is made between the various types of bishoujo type games, such as pure visual novels or hardcore eroge, but the results are still interesting to look at:

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  • Anonymous commented on November 3, 2009 09:31

    kjjjjjjjjj... More

  • Anonymous commented on August 25, 2009 20:38

    not konpaku mahjongg, it's KonBoku... More


Chaos;Head Ita-Bus

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A promotional ita-bus for the upcoming XBox 360 port of Chaos;Head has been seen in Akihabara, advertising the game with its bus sized ita-artwork and 15 full size TVs built into the sides of the bus all simultaneously playing a promo video for the game.

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  • metatron commented on December 31, 2008 02:47

    That's an interesting way of marketing and promoting the game *thinks*... More

  • Tommy commented on December 30, 2008 17:29

    This is some of the extreme promotional tricks they use to attract customer :D... More


Clannagi: Kannagi Clannad Visual Novel Parody

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Shrine maiden chaos anime Kannagi is seemingly intent on pursuing all parody elements possible; the latest is an eroge/visual novel parody, where the interface elements seem to unmistakably emulate those of Clannad; in fact there seems to be almost a natural rivalry between the two (or rather, some of their fans) at times…

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  • AlE commented on December 15, 2008 12:50

    Me too.... More

  • metatron commented on December 14, 2008 17:47

    i lol'd XD... More


Eroge Playable on iPhone/iPod Touch: Clannad, Tsukihime…

Eroge Playable on iPhone/iPod Touch: Clannad, Tsukihime...

An enterprising soul has succeeded in making a number of highly popular visual novels/eroge work on the iPhone and iPod Touch, with such famous titles as Clannad, Air, Tsukihime, Higurashi, etc., all confirmed as working fully.

There is the prospect of more to follow, with games running on similar engines, such as Little Busters, likely to follow.

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  • Anonymous commented on September 20, 2010 23:51

    i see what you did there... More

  • Anonymous commented on September 20, 2010 23:50

    the last guy had humor. you however do not.... More


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