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Going to compile all AX 2017 (new licenses only) announcements in one place and I will be putting all announcements in spoilers by company. 

Aksys

Spoiler

 

7'scarlet

The game follows college student Ichiko Hanamaki whose brother disappeared in the town of Okunezato the year before. Okunezato is gaining a reputation as a "mystery spot" location. Ichiko's childhood friend Hino Kagutsuchi finds a website called "Okunezato Forbidden Club" where people gather to discuss the mysteries of the town. The site is hosting an offline meetup in Okunezato during summer vacation, and so Ichiko and Hino go to Okunezato to try to solve the mystery of her brother's disappearance. Playstation Vita.

 

Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly

The game follows a young woman who wakes up in an unknown Western house and is attacked by hideous monsters. As she runs away she wonders where she is, and who she is, as she has lost all memory of her past. She finds other men in the house who are in the same circumstances. All the inhabitants hold mysterious handguns. The protagonist and the young men must risk their lives to take part in a "black butterfly hunt," and gather the "fragments of kaleidoscope" that the monsters possess. Playstation Vita

 

Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk

The game takes place in a town ruled by two powerful families: Wolg and Farji. In the town, any woman who has a red eye is considered a witch, a taboo existence. The protagonist is a young woman whose right eye turns red when she has strong emotions, and to protect herself from persecution she disguises herself as a one-eyed boy and lives in a rotted tower in the forest outside of town. She lives her life peacefully, until one day the town's mysterious treasure, the "kaleidovier," is stolen. With that incident, the protagonist starts to learn the secret of her birth.

 

Code: Realize ~Bouquet of Rainbows- (PS4 Port)

The game features a steampunk aesthetic and a cast of literary and historical figures, including Arsène Lupin, Abraham Van Helsing, Victor Frankenstein, Impey Barbicane, and Count Saint-Germain. The game was already released previously in 2015. What makes this different besides being a ps4 port is that it also includes the fan disc.

 

 

 

 

Mangagamer Announcements

Spoiler

 

Mangagamer Secret Project 3: Magical Marriage Lunatics

Moonstone's latest game sets you in a promiscuous romp through campus life, with a band of otherworldly wives. A vampire, succubus, Tenko fox-girl, goddess, and a witch all await you with open arms. Heroine variety is bursting at the seams! …And they've waited long enough. All of them apparently forged a love pact with you long ago, and now their attraction meters are maxed out. Surrounded by a throng of rival marriage lunatics, the harem school's now in session!

Mangagamer Secret Project 2: Evenicle

In a world where monogamy is ordained by the goddess, Mother Eve, those who would forsake her teachings or murder others lose her protection and become Outlaws, cursed with the inability to create or produce anything from their own efforts. But if a pair of twin sisters catch your fancy, there's still one hope - become a powerful, heroic Knight and gain the exceptional right to marry more brides! Determined to score with both twins, Asterisk sets off to become great enough to marry many women! What adventures await him as he explores the world of Evenicle? What quests will he undertake for those he meets? Will he save the world? Create his harem? Possibly both?!

Mangagamer Secret Project 4: The Most Forbidden Love in the World

Sometimes the world can be a harsh place, as 28-year old Osaum learns when he's wrongfully fired from his company. Jobless, penniless, and hopeless, he decides to take a stranger up on her kindness--only to find she's eloped and left the boarding house she invited him to in the hands of her daughter, Mitoko. Mitoko isn't the only quirk of the boardinghouse though. There's also his forward new coworker, a scheming and wealthy young neighbor looking out for her friend, and Mitoko's own homeroom teacher, who's been having trouble with men in her private life. Can Osamu deal with all the eccentric women at his new place? Does he really have a choice? He's courting misfortune and misery, but will that truly be all he finds in his new home? Enjoy a tale filled with romance, drama, and comedy

Mangagamer Secret Project : Space Live (all ages by Circus)

Over 200 years in the future, humanity has abandoned reality and chosen to upload themselves into Net Space, a digital, interconnected world, divided into several factions surrounding different idols who compete every four years to win followers to their side.There's Macro Space's Ai E, a hardworking, easily flustered girl trying to regain her lost position; Goggle Space's G Chrome, a logical competitor using her wealth and data troves in a bid to secure the lead; Mosaic Space's Higitsune, a haughty, elusive idol enjoying the competition itself; Ai Space's Sarifa, an eloquent fashionista willing to bet it all; and Luna Space's Tsukikage, a minor idol hoping to finally gain some recognition.

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Mangagamer Secret Project: KoroPokkur

Nothing really revealed outside in the works and will have the artist Itaru Hinoue (key artist) working on game with Mangagamer (who's attempting to develop their own vn). 

Note: Mangagamer hopes to use kickstarter for this last project.

 

Sekai Project Announcements

Spoiler

 

Nanairo Reincarnation

The protagonist Kagami Makoto a 3rd year college student inherits his late grandfather's house and makes the decision to live on his own. He quickly discovers that a pair of young women live in the house but there is something different about them; neither woman casts a reflection and neither can be seen by anyone but Kagami. Kagami did not just inherit a house but a duty to serve and protect the many spirits that roam the town and guide them peacefully to eternal slumber. Inheriting a generations old duty, Kagami must make peace with this newfound responsibility an figure out his life, as he takes on the honor of the Kagami family lineage. But before he can get settled and come to terms with this revelation, an incident occurs that rocks the little spirit town to its core. 

Rating: All Ages (based on the 2015 Vita version of the game not the 18+ version released in 2014)

 

Rewrite+

Rewrite is set in the fictional city Kazamatsuri where treeplanting and afforestation have caused the city to become overgrown with trees and flowers in much the same way that other cities are filled by buildings. Players assume the role of student Kotaro Tennoki and interact with his fellow classmates; he's not a normal high school student as he has a special ability and with it and his classmates help he begins investigating the supernatural mysteries surrounding the city.  

Rating: All Ages 

 

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The game is being made by Novectacle of Fata Morgana fame but outside of that nothing is known about it.

Rating: All Ages

Eternal Project

A town of grays. A town rotting as humanity declines. To keep this the town afloat, the Church has created a rapidly spreading new religion, the Guiding Light. A religion that brings people to their own false unified happiness. Mario Chou, is under the impression this is a conspiracy. A conspiracy that has the entire town in chains. Basing his delusions under his favorite anime, Magical Girl Risu, he vows to gather a team of girls to defeat the Church. He’ll search far and wide to create a magical girl team!

Rating: All Ages

 

Island Diary

On an isolate island, a distant tropical wonder serves as home to the bear eared girl Momo. Her only friends on this island are the cat eared Kuro and the rabbit eared Moka, however they have slowly been drifting apart from one another due to the existence of a certain diary. But one day, a young man wash ashore, unable to recall any detail of his past. Momo discovers Ryou in his daze as he wakes up on the beach unable to grasp how he ended up in this strange little paradise, and with her help begins to shape together what is now to become his new life.

Rating: All Ages

Ninja Girl and the Mysterious Army of Urban Legend Monsters ~Hunt of the Headless Horseman~

In present day America, Kiri Hattori and Mary run a little Japanese café in the heart of a city suburb. During the day, these beautiful girls lead a shy life of cookies and tea, but during the night, they become hunters donned in ninja apparel. It just so happens that Kiri is descendant from ninja royalty, and Mary, well, she is a ghost. It seems that this world is not so normal upon a closer look. In this world, Dark Beings inhabit the night and threaten the life and safety of those who comes close to their wrath.

Rating: All Ages 

Senren * Banka

The village of Hoori lies deep in the middle of the mountains, inaccessible by rail. Since there isn’t much interaction with its surroundings, the town seems like it is stuck in the past. However, it is because of this exact olden feel and subsequent development that it has turned into a nice hot-springs town for tourists. One of the popular sightseeing spots is the legendary katana Murasamemaru, embedded in stone. No one has been able to pull it out… until Masaomi somehow broke it in half. He has to take responsibility for his actions: “Marriage” with ‘shrine maiden princess’ Yoshino!? He was perplexed at the unexpected turn of events, but this is only just the beginning as he aims to solve some of the mysteries of the town

 

Rating: All Ages + 18+?

Dracu-Riot

The story begins with Mutsura Yuuto accompanying his friend on a holiday to Aqua Eden, an artificial island city where gambling and the sex industry are legal. However, his holiday plans are laid to waste after he gets involved in a kidnapping; to make matters worse, he ends up getting turned into a vampire. As a vampire, he can no longer leave Aqua Eden; so with nowhere else to go, he decides to enroll in a special school for vampires on the island — and thus, his new night life begins!

 

Rating: All Ages + 18+

 

Denpasoft Announcements

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Nanairo Reincarnation

The protagonist Kagami Makoto a 3rd year college student inherits his late grandfather's house and makes the decision to live on his own. He quickly discovers that a pair of young women live in the house but there is something different about them; neither woman casts a reflection and neither can be seen by anyone but Kagami. Kagami did not just inherit a house but a duty to serve and protect the many spirits that roam the town and guide them peacefully to eternal slumber. Inheriting a generations old duty, Kagami must make peace with this newfound responsibility an figure out his life, as he takes on the honor of the Kagami family lineage. But before he can get settled and come to terms with this revelation, an incident occurs that rocks the little spirit town to its core. 

Rating: All Ages from Sekai Project and 18+ from Denpasoft

 

Senren * Banka

The village of Hoori lies deep in the middle of the mountains, inaccessible by rail. Since there isn’t much interaction with its surroundings, the town seems like it is stuck in the past. However, it is because of this exact olden feel and subsequent development that it has turned into a nice hot-springs town for tourists. One of the popular sightseeing spots is the legendary katana Murasamemaru, embedded in stone. No one has been able to pull it out… until Masaomi somehow broke it in half. He has to take responsibility for his actions: “Marriage” with ‘shrine maiden princess’ Yoshino!? He was perplexed at the unexpected turn of events, but this is only just the beginning as he aims to solve some of the mysteries of the town

 

Rating: All Ages + 18+

Dracu-Riot

The story begins with Mutsura Yuuto accompanying his friend on a holiday to Aqua Eden, an artificial island city where gambling and the sex industry are legal. However, his holiday plans are laid to waste after he gets involved in a kidnapping; to make matters worse, he ends up getting turned into a vampire. As a vampire, he can no longer leave Aqua Eden; so with nowhere else to go, he decides to enroll in a special school for vampires on the island — and thus, his new night life begins!

 

Rating: All Ages + 18+

Tenshin Ranman

Haruki has very bad luck. A lot of trouble always gathers around him, or does he invite trouble? One day, he receives a parcel. No sender name, no address. The only thing written on it is "creature". He wasn't expecting it. It's a girl. According to her, she is a goddess and came here to remove his misfortune. Like this, she starts living at his house. However, her personality causes various troubles, involving other people. Will he be able to live a fortunate life amid such a confusing situation? What is her purpose? Will his misfortune disappear?

 

Rating: All Ages + 18+ (previously announced as a license just confirmed to be getting two different versions)

Maitetsu:

Hachiroku, was among the many Raillords put out of commission with the impending era of rail closures. Sotetsu—a boy adopted by the Migita family in the town of Ohitoyo of Kumamoto prefecture—was a victim of an accident caused by this very era. Upon his high school graduation, he entered the Imperial University but has returned to his adoptive hometown of Ohitoyo to save it from water pollution caused by the building and proliferation of factories. He awakens Hachiroku by chance, becoming her owner, and the two, each with their own motives at heart, set out in search of the missing 8620 locomotive. 

 

Rating: All Ages + 18+ (previously announced as a license just confirmed to be getting two different versions)

Miko no Kanata: Curious Tale from the Shrine -Chapter Rin-

The first part in the Miko no Kanata series. This traditional Japanese-style romance adventure tells the story of Kiryu Yuya, a young man who one day comes across Mikanagi Akiha, a mysterious girl. Akiha is the spitting image of a miko (shrine maiden) who repeatedly appears in Yuya’s dreams and takes his life. Nevertheless, he feels a strong sense of fate in meeting Akiha. “It feels like we’re finally meeting each other…Yuya-san.” These words Akiha speak show her strong fascination in Yuya and they soon fall in love with each other…However, Akiha’s old sister, Koharu who is also a miko lets him in on a startling revelation.

Real Life Plus Ver. Kaname Komatsuzaki

A game that lets you enjoy life interacting and growing up with Kaname Komatsuzaki, a childhood friend of protagonist, Kouichi. The game is strewn with short segments that explore their relationship with the choices made at each step which alter their lives as they spend their youth with each other. The story is 100% dialog and from the start in 1999 to the present day, everything from the subject matter to the backgrounds are linked to each period in the game. With each choice, Kaname’s mannerisms and even things such as her choice of clothing and hairstyle will change as well.

Island Diary

On an isolate island, a distant tropical wonder serves as home to the bear eared girl Momo. Her only friends on this island are the cat eared Kuro and the rabbit eared Moka, however they have slowly been drifting apart from one another due to the existence of a certain diary. But one day, a young man wash ashore, unable to recall any detail of his past. Momo discovers Ryou in his daze as he wakes up on the beach unable to grasp how he ended up in this strange little paradise, and with her help begins to shape together what is now to become his new life.

Rating: All Ages (Sekai Project) 18+ (Denpasoft)

 

 

 

JAST USA Announcements

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Announcement 1: Majikoi! Love me seriously!

Kawakami City is famous for its strong dedication to its samurai ancestors. A strong fighting spirit is always valued and it's even an important factor in succeeding in school there. Yamato, a second year student from Kawakami Highchool is always with his close friends (4 boys and 3 girls). They have known each other since they were young and have done loads of things together. They have many other friends, but these seven people are a close-knit group, they even have a secret base where they meet...With the new semester, they welcome two girls into their group and shortly after things start to change...

 

Announcement 2: Machine Child

A new raising sim game from artist Oyari Ashito to be released simultaneously in Japanese & English! (eventually)

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The game is currently all ages but with a possibility of 18+ in the future...Jast was kinda vague on it.

Other information: Jast outlined the next 6 months Eiyuu Senki - this summer, Princess X this fall, then Flowers this winter, then Katahane in "early 2018"

Frontwing Announcements

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Momoiro Closet:

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The protagonist of the game, Kagamihara Alice, is both her school's student council president, as well as the daughter of a member of the National Diet. However, she has a well-hidden secret – she's actually a hardcore otaku! After a chance encounter with Hashima Reiji at a shop in Akihabara, the two begin to grow close, sharing both their hobbies, and eventually their fetishes with one another. “Momoiro Closet” is a lighthearted romance title with a charming cast of characters, plenty of humor, and numerous scenes both risqué and outright explicit throughout the game. The title also features a fictional TV anime series, “Frill & Lace”, created as an homage to recent popular “magical girl” anime series.

The game will have multiple routes, English and Japanese text display with Japanese voice acting. INO is drawing artwork for the game, and Yuhi Nanao (Corono Blossom) is writing the story. Frontwing has not yet revealed the release format, but it will release the game worldwide with a full adult version in digital and physical release in the first quarter of 2018.Subarashiki Hibi: Furenzoku Sonzai (a.k.a. Wonderful Everyday ~Diskontinuierliches Dasein~DD3QhkWUwAAmleI.jpg

“Wonderful Everyday” is an adult-oriented visual novel, produced and written by SCA-DI, which features dark themes and heavy philosophical explorations. The story follows the lives of Yuki Minakami, Zakuro Takashima, Takuji Mamiya, and others, during the weeks leading up to a significant event in all of their lives. 

Frontwing will release the game's first chapter, titled "Down the Rabbit-Hole," in late August via Steam for US$29.99. Frontwing will then make the game's remaining content available via a separate adult content patch, which expands the release to the full game at no additional cost. It will also be uncensored outside of a bestiality scene that is 10 lines and 1 CG in length. The game will not contain mosaics.

Frontwing will also launch a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the game on July 12 for physical goods for the game. A Prefundia page will launch for the campaign later this week before it starts. The game is Frontwing's first collaboration with developer KeroQ, and the two companies are considering future collaborations.

Other Announcements:

ISLAND is still on the way, but pushed back slightly to 2018 to coordinate it with the upcoming anime adaptation.

They also have two secret projects in the works that will be revealed in the coming months...likely at Otakon

 

 

 

 

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Really disappointed at MG's choice of a Moonstone game and, ugh, Space Live looks like something straight out of Sakura series. But on the other hand Evenicle and Damekoi are both really great and much anticipated announcements so I'd say MG easily beat their last year's AX licenses.

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23 minutes ago, novurdim said:

Really disappointed at MG's choice of a Moonstone game and, ugh, Space Live looks like something straight out of Sakura series. But on the other hand Evenicle and Damekoi are both really great and much anticipated announcements so I'd say MG easily beat their last year's AX licenses.

Well to be fair Mangagamer has on a whole typically had better (and more) announcements at Otakon. I imagine the same will be true this time as well.

Space Live I have no interest in at all. Magical Lunatics I know little about and since I've yet to play other games by Moonstone I will wait and see how I like those first.

Koropokkur doesn't really interest me and I have no interest in backing it via kickstarter until more is known...hopefully we get a demo at the time of the kickstarter.

Evenicle I'm not too surprised about and probably will pick it up for the gameplay which tend to be unique and fun if by Alicesoft...so hopefully it actually is.

Damekoi on the other hand I'm very much looking forward to and think this was probably their best announcement for AX...although they have not even hinted at what is going to be revealed at Otakon.

I also get this odd feeling that they let something slip during the panel. I wouldn't be surprised at all if we get an announcement of White Album 2 come Otakon. The look they gave each other as the name was said is just a tad suspicious.

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Damekoi was legit the only hype announcement for me. For somebody who can really appreciate character drama, this is quite the interesting license. Glad MangaGamer managed to secure this one.

15 minutes ago, kyrt said:

I also get this odd feeling that they let something slip during the panel. I wouldn't be surprised at all if we get an announcement of White Album 2 come Otakon. The look they gave each other as the name was said is just a tad suspicious.

I honestly highly doubt it. I get the link between Damekoi and WA2 is Maruto himself, but I seriously doubt Leaf would let the license go unless it was for a large sum that MangaGamer doesn't have.

I hope I have to eat my words on this proclamation to be honest, but it's the most realistic way of seeing it in my opinion. I have wanted WA2 for a long time now and do hope it comes out though.

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1 minute ago, Veshurik said:

I'm so dissapointed, I really was expected for Sakuranomori Dreamers... Ugh... I think that I need to make my expectations lower...

I've been extremely interested in that title as well. From the way it looks, I wouldn't be surprised if we see almost all of Moonstone's VNs from Imouto Paradise onward (except maybe Eroge Bu which I don't really care about anyways) kind of seems like they are just working down the list at this point with the order of releases.

I don't think i would mind too much if they skipped Demon Busters (though the pervert in me says otherwise) and announced Natsu Nostalgia some time next year as the next Moonstone release. In an ideal world they would skip Ojou-sama and go straight to Sakura no Mori Dreamers after that. I imagine they most likely won't skip Ojou-sama though...

I could be way off base with that announcement order of course ;)

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1 hour ago, Decay said:

Aksys Games:

Psychedelica series

7'scarlet

PS4 port for Code Realize and its fandisc

Bad Apple Wars release date (9/29)

I didn't even know Aksys announced anything shouldn't be surprised though as they tend to be the main otome game publishers. I'll make sure to add something for Aksys up above.

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Is anyone else not even remotely interested in the JAST announcements? 

I'd go so far as to say I dread the announcements, since they never release anything anymore and keep snatching up the licenses to a lot of VNs I want to play sometime in the next century.

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15 minutes ago, Shioxus said:

Is anyone else not even remotely interested in the JAST announcements? 

I'd go so far as to say I dread the announcements, since they never release anything anymore and keep snatching up the licenses to a lot of VNs I want to play sometime in the next century.

Well, their last year announcement was sort of joke to me here because while two of those three were big VN (Eiyuu Senki and Katahane), it was already available for a while and it's translated to boot. In short, I think you could just sort of ignore their last year announcement although they'll apparently would bring some interesting announcement here, although for now I won't expect much though.

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I've made a slight correction it seems as if Secret Project 1 (which is also 100% edited/translated) has not been revealed yet; the Magical Lunatics game was actually Secret Project 3 (unless the website is inaccurate). If interested in seeing the full progress it's below. It does look like Damekoi though will be releasing sooner rather than later as it is 100% translated and 100% edited.

http://blog.mangagamer.org/project-status/

 

7 hours ago, VirginSmasher said:

I honestly highly doubt it. I get the link between Damekoi and WA2 is Maruto himself, but I seriously doubt Leaf would let the license go unless it was for a large sum that MangaGamer doesn't have.

I hope I have to eat my words on this proclamation to be honest, but it's the most realistic way of seeing it in my opinion. I have wanted WA2 for a long time now and do hope it comes out though.

I find it extremely unlikely too and it was probably just a look of 'don't mention that one here' type of deal but hey I can hold onto a bit of hope.

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Happy about Evenicle and Damekoi :Chocola:.  Honestly I'm happy with any game announcement by most of the established Vn companies [the ones with proper translators to be precise]. The more choices the better for everyone. I'm even interested in JAST, maybe they'll announce that they're expanding and hiring more people to work on the Vns they have? maybe they'll up their game in some way, nobody knows what they'll be announcing so anythings possible lol.

Can't say i've ever been dissapointed of these expo announcements, I might not be interested in some but f-it, at least everyone gets a taste lol. The steam crowd, the casuals, the elites and everyone in between, we all just want to read some Vns man :wahaha:.

Ps: got 'awww' triggered by Korropokkuru, still reading D.I and Shiro called Kasumi that a few times, freaking cute. They translated it munchkin, but it means fairy or something right? anyway, its a cute word :D.

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Just now, DharmaFreedom said:

Happy about Evenicle and Damekoi :Chocola:.  Honestly I'm happy with any game announcement by most of the established Vn companies [the ones with proper translators to be precise]. The more choices the better for everyone. I'm even interested in JAST, maybe they'll announce that they're expanding and hiring more people to work on the Vns they have? maybe they'll up their game in some way, nobody knows what they'll be announcing so anythings possible lol.

Can't say i've ever been dissapointed of these expo announcements, I might not be interested in some but f-it, at least everyone gets a taste lol. The steam crowd, the casuals, the elites and everyone in between, we all just want to read some Vns man :wahaha:.

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Honestly, if I wouldn't know that this is AX, I'd definitely think it would be Otakon going by MangaGamer's mostly moegish announcements.

Although I expected Sakuranomori Dreamers, Magical Marriage Lunatics is a title from MoonStone I was actually interested in, since I like the character designs and there's lots of potential for a good comedy moege. I'll most certainly buy that.

Didn't really expect Evenicle as the new AliceSoft game. Usually I'm interested in fantasy titles, but this is AliceSoft's most ugly game and I absolutely hate its character designs. So I'll definitly give that one a pass.

Damekoi is a pretty old but well regarded title. Considering Hermit is dead I guess they got this title via their former parent brand WillPlus. For once this has adult characters, which in itself is almost revolutionary. So I most likely give that a try just to support that trend. Although I keep my expectations low considering the protagonist is tagged as hetare and I hate drama's which are caused by retarded protagonists.

And with SpaceLife we get another new Circus title. Looks like they changed their artist(s) again - unfortunately not for the better. Considering that the just recently released Dal Segno is probably their most pretty title to date, this is a real downer. It's even worse than Da Capo 3. Although I'll probably pick up Dal Segno some day, I honestly doubt I'll be similarly tempted by SpaceLife.

Not sure what to think about MangaGamer playing Key now...

Overall, even if the creep factor is much lower than last year, the announcements are still pretty mediocre. I hope they've better stuff prepared for Otakon.

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