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Master Magistrate - Early-Access Review


Ramaladni

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Master Magistrate is the murder mystery detective visual novel set in the late years of Japan's Edo Period. Developed by the indie studio Irodori and released in the year of 2017, it quickly attained popularity and became a hit amongst Japanese fans. They praised the great direction sense, well-crafted scenario, immersive atmosphere, and fascinating soundtrack, amongst other aspects.
Hobibox have attained publishing rights for the Chinese and English versions of the game, wishing to bring this experience overseas. They have committed themselves to provide a high-quality product, hoping to turn a new leaf and redeem themselves for not so fruitful past endeavors.

Read more at https://j-addicts.de/master-magistrate-early-access-review/ - we now have a comment box!

(I was initially planning on cross-posting here but the screenshots looked strange, so yeah).

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I was really hyped when I saw that this VN get localized. It'll be a day one buy for me when it's released.

It pretty much combines all the things I like: murder mystery, Japanese history and knight girls.

I was even thinking about reading the Japanese version, but fortunately that won't be necessary anymore.

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11 hours ago, ChaosRaven said:

I was really hyped when I saw that this VN get localized. It'll be a day one buy for me when it's released.

It pretty much combines all the things I like: murder mystery, Japanese history and knight girls.

I was even thinking about reading the Japanese version, but fortunately that won't be necessary anymore.

Funny story I also stumbled upon it by chance, thought it might be interesting to read, and then found out a translation was underway. Glad you're looking forward to it. From what I could gather, the studio was pretty meticulous with their research to try to make the setting as historically accurate as possible, which is mostly reflected in the character designs and backgrounds.

For example, the whole Shinsengumi cast was based on real people. If you inspect their weapons in their rooms, you'll find out that they have the same names as the actual weapons they used. The patterns inside the courtroom are based on a small-scale replica of a Kabuki theater.

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this game´s an awesome read, and also totally wouldn´t mind dmm going full force at non japanese markets, seeing how much they lately focus on developing own titles etc. 
+ their budget is sky-high, can´t complain about its tl-quality, adult-dlc planned and the whole thing´s just appears to be well thought-through.
hope this keeps up.

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Good review there, and I admit that at first I dismissed it. Of course after I did a bit of searching, I find that the character is quite good looking and that it have some familiar VAs so I picked my interest to this. And not to mention that Hobibox here is basically improved their translation from Your Diary, which mean that at least they learnt from their mistake by hire the native speaker. Too bad that their confidence is plummeted seeing that they didn't release the full version for this yet (I know that they have the reason, but I want to say it), and so we need to wait for a while here. I don't have any problem to wait until 2020 though, because we have enough good release for this year.

By the way I already played this, and yeah it resembled Ace attorney except that the MC here is the judge instead of the attorney with Nagai Sr. here is basically Blaise with Nagai Jr. here is basically Sebastian (AAI2 refrence, and yeah I used localized name). Oh and the dad of the MC here is basically Mia Fey, except less busty and less beautiful (The dad is quite handsome here). Also apparently they change the vertical textbox to horizontal textbox, which is acceptable seeing that it would be very awkward if Hobibox keep the vertical textbox here.

Anyway after read the review and solve the first case here, I can say that I'll look forward to the full release and of course hopefully they'll also have 18+ contents as well.

PS - Almost forget to say that Koume here is really living up to her family name lol.

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13 hours ago, littleshogun said:

Good review there, and I admit that at first I dismissed it. Of course after I did a bit of searching, I find that the character is quite good looking and that it have some familiar VAs so I picked my interest to this. And not to mention that Hobibox here is basically improved their translation from Your Diary, which mean that at least they learnt from their mistake by hire the native speaker. Too bad that their confidence is plummeted seeing that they didn't release the full version for this yet (I know that they have the reason, but I want to say it), and so we need to wait for a while here. I don't have any problem to wait until 2020 though, because we have enough good release for this year.

By the way I already played this, and yeah it resembled Ace attorney except that the MC here is the judge instead of the attorney with Nagai Sr. here is basically Blaise with Nagai Jr. here is basically Sebastian (AAI2 refrence, and yeah I used localized name). Oh and the dad of the MC here is basically Mia Fey, except less busty and less beautiful (The dad is quite handsome here). Also apparently they change the vertical textbox to horizontal textbox, which is acceptable seeing that it would be very awkward if Hobibox keep the vertical textbox here.

Anyway after read the review and solve the first case here, I can say that I'll look forward to the full release and of course hopefully they'll also have 18+ contents as well.

PS - Almost forget to say that Koume here is really living up to her family name lol.

Glad that you enjoyed both the game and the review! Actually Nagai reminded me more of von Karma (although a pettier version of the man). His son sure is a pushover, though. And yeah, they changed everything to vertical, which I suppose is the bare minimum they have to do. Still shows great effort on their part though, and I felt the transition was quite seamless.

If you enjoyed the first case, I can only imagine that you'll like what comes next even more. Be sure to share your thoughts!

Also, speaking of family names, that's something I criticized not in the review but on discord. It's very strange that they go through great lengths to preserve the setting (keeping references intact, food names untranslated (which is fine), pre and post-name honorifics, etc.) but opted for Western name order. I brought this up and they confirmed that it wouldn't be changed because they already made the trailer. You could say that's reasonable, but it's not like they couldn't change just the names in-game. Not the end of the world, but surely an odd choice.

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