Hoping to break into (or rather, create) the English (or at least something approximating it) language market for bishoujo games/hentai games/eroge is new entrant MangaGamer (replete with a poorly designed Engrish site), with their site set to open for business on July 10th, offering digital download editions of a variety of less well known titles, to start with at least.
Looking at their efforts, they do at least seem to have the original Japanese dubs intact (they did however take the incomprehensible step of removing all mention of the title in Japanese or romanised Japanese – how do they expect to get search engine traffic without using the proper names? And what of those awful titles?). This is probably the main thing they’ve done right, although I have my doubts as to whether it is because of knowledge of the target audience, or mere cheapskatery.
However, their slim catalogue of distinctly old and third tier eroge (Edelweiss and Da Capo are the best they can offer at present) is less than impressive, though they have only just launched so this can be forgiven I suppose.
The DRM encrusted files are also less than appealing, but again in their defence this is pretty much the industry standard.
Additionally, and rather unforgivably, it does not look as if they have taken the step of situating their business overseas so as to be able to offer uncensored visuals – not trying very hard, are they?
Pricewise, they seem reasonable enough (given that the price of eroge tend not to drop much over time), though whether that will be enough to lure people into their subpar site remains to be seen; at least they appear to have gone to the trouble of accepting credit card payment.
My major concern is that they had the same people who wrote their sloppy Engrish copy translate their games (and you just know they did) – there is really no excuse for not translating commercial and artistic products such as these properly, and I do not think it wise to support any such half-baked efforts.