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So after two years not being held, finally we have Anime Expo returned and for the first panel Sekai here bring some interesting title such as Hamidashi Creative or Parfait (At least GIGA still willing to localize their VN I suppose). I'll list the announcements here later on.

PS - Here's all of the announcements for AX 2022 below, and I'll try to sort it based on the order of the panel.

Sekai Project


Announcement 1 - Raspberry Cube



From this day on, I will change.
I will do good for others.
In essence, I’ll aim to do one good deed a day.

Due to a certain incident in his past, Azuma Satoru’s mantra is to do good for others. He has returned to the town of Kawae, where he used to live up until his parents divorced.

Here, he rescued Kaidou Mikoto, the daughter of a landlord who was being harassed by thugs.
He helped out Kanou Minato, the lone member of the gardening club who cultivated a field by herself.
After school, he helps out part-time with Yuzuki Yuu who works at an understaffed military hobby store.

It looks like Satoru’s life around helping otheres is going well.
However, his meeting with Ruri, the class president doesn’t turn out the same way. After crossing paths with her, she appears before him the next day. Perhaps she was here to thank him for doing something? He wondered as he gave chase…

Only to find himself waist deep in dirt. Ruri then takes a picture of the silly predicament he found himself in before running away.

“Did… I do something to make her hold a grudge against me?”

Years after returning to his hometown, Satoru’s life is about to get a little chaotic…

Announcement 2 - Hamidashi Creative



At the end of June, the seasons come to a standstill.

Widely known to be of asocial character, Izumi Tomohiro is quietly spending his day in the corner of their classroom... or so it should have been.

"Congrats on being elected! It has been decided that you are now the next student council president!"

By the school's initiative, an election via lottery took place. And Tomohiro is the lucky bastard who won the prize!

Suddenly placed underneath the spotlight, he unanimously became the talk of the school. Unable to back down, he started hunting for fellow members with the help from his advisor.

However, the candidates his advisor nominated are his classmate Kano, his junior Asumi, even his own little sister Hiyori, and the lot of them doesn't even come to school!? And in the midst of the chaos, even the former council president Shio who came from whereabouts unknown suddenly appeared!

Is this fate? Is this inevitable?
Unprecedented. Unparalleled.
The battle of our new (un)lucky student council president starts now!

Announcement 3 - Watashi-tachi Marriage 1




Hoshino Hikari is a new transfer student to the prestigious St. Leanne Girl’s Academy. But she’s no ordinary student, as she’s been sent there as an agent by the “Agency”, who are interested in the secrets hidden within the school. While her transferring in is quite extraordinary, everyone is more interested in the ritual that takes place before the opening ceremonies.

During this ritual, some students manifest signs of the zodiac, and then are given an angelic title and a blessing. These students are known as the Angels of the Zodiac, and are given the role of bringing fortune to the student body.
Hikari, who is trying to not stand out in order to root out the school’s secrets, is bestowed with the grace of Virgo during the ceremony and becomes known as “Exousia”.

This is of no consequence to Hikari who simply wishes to make friends with the student body as soon as possible to not stand out like a sore thumb. Things don’t go according to plan as she feels a burning sensation on her cheek and is suddenly bestowed with the grace of Virgo and becomes known as Exousia.

“But… but… why me…?”

What is her connection to the other Zodiac? And what are the secrets hidden within the school?

Announcement 4 - Parfait ~Chocolat Second Brew~



Six months ago, Takamura Hitoshi watched Famille, the cafe his deceased brother established, go up in smoke. The employees and the memories they shared might have survived, but without a building there can be no cafe; Hitoshi and co. are left with no choice but to abandon Famille.

But as luck - or perhaps fate - would have it, Hitoshi gets a second chance when he receives a phone call from a new mall asking him to open a branch of Famille inside their building. Hitoshi can't refuse the offer to carry on his brother's will, and after a few twists and turns a new Famille is born with Hitoshi as the manager.

Of course, life never quite goes that smoothly. Things are a mess both in the kitchen and on the floor because two key staff members refused to return. Hitoshi himself had to take a break from college in order to make opening the new cafe a reality. But perhaps the biggest problem of all is staring Famille right in the face - Curio, the popular cafe that Famille was "inspired" by in the first place, happened to open a branch in the same shopping center directly across from Famille...

Announcement 5 - Inu Para



Transported?! Another world?!
A protagonist sent to a world with humanoid dogs!

A young man who attends college while working part time as a pet groomer.
Although he lives by himself, he has two dogs—a Pomeranian named Tanpopo and a Shiba named Himawari.
One day, Tanpopo and Himawari randomly turned into girls.
The dogs from his sister’s and his parents’ place come to live with him as well, which causes him to panic.
As he freaks out, a girl with the same name as the Corgi he kept at his parents’ house in his childhood, Botan,
starts to talk about things only he and Botan would know, which ends up slowly convincing him.

As expected of someone who works part time as a pet groomer, his brushing skills are top notch.
He’s skilled enough to even cut hair if he wanted.
However, since he doesn’t have the qualifications, he only gives cuts to his dogs at home.

He’s always had his older sister, a master coddler, trying to smother him since childhood,
so he has the skills to deal with girls and dogs with slightly difficult personalities.

Announcement 6 - Happy Saint Sheol



—This is a story of ordinary girls.

Two thousand years ago, a calamity ("Pestis") struck that caused all living things to rot, and the land became difficult to survive on. For the people that still lived off this death-plagued soil, a temple was established. It is known as "Saint Sheol" ("Hades").

Due to a distant bloodline, I was finally able to move to the capital and began work as a priest-in-training at Saint Sheol.

Every day, I endure pain in an unfamiliar land. One day, when trouble drew near, an angel appeared in my dream. Her pure form gently whispered to me "It's okay," and all the evil was driven away. I never forgot her face.

A calamity is imminent for these six girls. In the deepest depths of this temple, there lies dread, miracles, love... and lust. If I've experienced the greatest darkness of the world, I must now face the blinding light.

—In that case I'd like to to ask: Whose wings did I see on that day?

Announcement 7 - Nie no Hakoniwa



The first title by NEKO WORKs’s sister brand, Chatte Noir.

A long time ago, an outsider appeared before the village of a long-suffering minority. In his possession was a mysterious “box” which was used by the oppressed to rise up and overthrow their oppressors.

Years later, that oppressed group formed seven noble houses and grew prosperous. However, House Shiki, which stood first among the Seven Noble Houses did not have a son to succeed the family. In order to have an heir, a young man from outside the village was adopted in to the family.

That young man’s name is Yasaka Kuro.

He then meets Kiyoko, the eldest daughter of House Shiki. Two people who were born in to and lived completely lives, find themselves drawn to each other.

And on the day of their marriage- A nightmare is born.

Announcement 8 - Neko Para After: La Vraie Famille


Having recognized Minaduki Kashou’s talents in running his patissiere, Beignet felt her role was over. So she closed La Soleil in France and entrusted Fraise, the catgirl she raised, to him.

Fraise feels a fondness towards Kashou but becomes bewildered in the face of his 6 catpanions. She turns to Shigure for advice but she too harbors a hidden love for him. Fraise feels that the relationship between siblings is the most important while Shigure feels the happiness of her catgirls is what is most important.

Motivated by their desire to make sure the other is able to fulfill their love for Kashou first, the battle between catgirl and girl begins!

Aksys Games


Announcement 1 - Norn9 ~Norn + Nonette~ Last Era



A fandisc of Norn9 ~Norn + Nonette~ which contains three different story parts:

1) Concerto –Kyousoukyoku–

Sun Concerto
Even though it’s not a special day, the morning that welcomes you and your boyfriend is filled with the greatest happiness. Nothing could possibly change this specialness. This is a story written about you and your beloved boyfriend’s day-to-day life.

Moonlight Concerto
A problem that arises between you and your sweetheart after becoming a couple… This has something to do with his past. This is a story about fastening the traces of the past, present and future together.

2) Fuga –Tonsoukyoku–

The meaning of that kiss and embrace on that day… The feelings he had hidden in the innermost depths of his heart had unveiled. This is the original story told from his perspective.

3) Fantasia –Gensoukyoku–

What if the girls’ love had never blossomed?
This is a “what if?” story written about a single scene from a certain trip…

A certain incident that had occurred in the real world and the dream world causes chaos aboard Norn.
The Norn members had all become small in the dream world.
They thought Itsuki was behind this, but apparently, this wasn’t the case.

“Even though we’ve become small… If it’s only in the dream world, it shouldn’t be an issue.”

That’s what everybody thought… However, problems also gradually arose in the real world. Finally not being able to endure this situation, they all use Heishi and Itsuki’s abilities to gather together.

Announcement 2 - Shuuen no Virche -ErroR:salvation-



Arpecheur is a small country in western Europe. Surrounded by the sea and black flowers of misfortune called Licorise Nowargue, humans in this country are born with a "death curse" that leads to death by age 23.

It has come to be called Arpecheur, where death arrives equally unto all people. And a country possessed by the god of death.

The people of the country lament and oppose their short-lived fates. And after many years of research, a system was created—a "memory download" system where the body that dies by age 23 is discarded, and only the memories live on. Those who live forever through memory download are known as "relivers" and continue to resist their short lives.

Meanwhile, there was a girl known as the "god of death," as everyone she was involved with ended up unhappy. Just as she is about to end her life in regret, a mysterious man who calls himself the "watchman of death" appears before her.

Under the watchman's guidance, the girl will approach the truth of the "various mysteries of death" that haunts this country, whether she likes it or not… Without knowing that despair is the fate that awaits those possessed by the god of death.

Announcement 3 - Radiant Tale



Today's customers at Rebel where Tifalia works, are a unique group of people who called themselves the CIRCUS.

Their first performance was not a success. Tifalia forces to join as an assistant and producer after hearing "What is lacking in the current CIRCUS is mediocre like you!"

She was worried all night wondering how she going on a journey, but with her family's words, she decided to participate.

A crazy dragon that loves to tickle, a spikey clown that doesn't make you laugh, a water creature who doesn't want to use water magic, an acrobat who doesn't know how to entertain, a drunkard furball, an unmotivated leader, and an amateur producer who just joined.

Will they be able to perform successfully in front of crowds?

Announcement 4 - Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II


In the suburbs of Tokyo’s H City is a private institution called “Konoehara Academy,” which was established over 100 years ago.

There were rumors that every 10 years, the dead would creep into the academy and spread a curse.

Around the end of summer, some students of the academy died an inexplicable death in the academy garden…

While a police investigation was unable to confirm the nature of the incident, many rumors spread among the students regarding their tragic death, such as “it was the work of the dead” and “they were summoned by spirits.”

In order to regain a sense of composure within the academy, the chairman requested an investigation from the Kujou house, which has been involved in rituals since ancient times.

A strange and sullen middle-aged man able to “examine” the supernatural, the head of the Kujou house begins an undercover investigation as a temporary teacher in order to determine the truth of the rumors.

And to experience the terrible curse from the dead that has crept into the academy…

Spike Chunsoft


Announcement - Anonymous Code


The game takes place in 2037.

The story starts on February 6, 2036, when an accident involving computers going berserk destroys many large cities around the world. The massive disaster is named the "2036 Problem", but there's a prediction that there will be a similar incident in 2038. So a group of scientists use the Gaia Supercomputer to create an "Earth Simulator" to prevent it from happening, but fail because human birth potential has dropped dramatically.

The scientists then introduce the "Arecibo Message" formula to the Earth Simulator, successfully bringing mankind into another world. They are excited at first, until they realize that human beings in the Earth Simulator themselves created another Earth Simulator. The scientists begin to suspect that they are actually only the product of an Earth Simulator from creatures whose position is above them.

The story centers around Takaoka Pollon, a hacker who has the ability to "Save and Load" like in a video game. Using his Hacking Trigger System, he can intervene with the world line around him.



Announcement 1 - Shin'yaku In'youchuu




Remake of the first In'youchuu.
The story starts at the office of the demon hunter company, the "Black Cat Brigade". A phone call informs them of a case regarding a haunted school, the case sounds simple and since Mikoto is afraid of ghosts and Yamato is too much of a trouble maker, Takeru decides to take care of the case by herself.
One week passes and Takeru has interrupted all communications, which is very unlike her, so Mikoto and Takeru decide to go looking for her at the school.
Once there they find a pretty normal situation but no trace of Takeru, so they decide to act as students, with permission from the principal, to look for her without raising suspicions.
They also meet with Sui, Yamato's childhood friend who clearly has feelings for him, who says she met Takeru right before she disappeared.
It quickly becomes clear that something strange is going on in this seemingly peaceful and respectful private institute in the middle of the mountains....

Announcement 2 - Gore Screaming Show



Gore Screaming Show begins with the return of Kyouji Jinno, a relatively unassuming yet personable student, to the remote suburban community of his early childhood. With his parents still employed overseas, Kyouji takes up residence with his aunt, a cheerful woman with an unusual passion for occult research and relatively carefree regard to responsibilities. In this eased environment, Kyouji finds many opportunities to pursue leisure activities, rekindling friendship with several girls he once knew, now having matured into beautiful women.

Soon thereafter, Kyouji accepts a request from his aunt to help unravel mysteries concerning paranormal phenomena she is investigating. They immediately set off, accompanied by friends in tow, to an ominous undeveloped forest that boarders the town.

After discussing details of an obscure local myth, the group splits to cover more ground, whereupon Kyouji stumbles across a decayed well. Suddenly an adolescent girl appears, candidly forthcoming and friendly in disposition towards Kyouji, but holding venomous hatred for his female companion. When the encounter is suddenly cut short, the nameless child inexplicably vanishes without a trace.

The forest expedition is then repeated a second time, further arousing the attentions of the mysterious young girl: an interest that inaugurates events of chaotic death and destruction in its wake... all committed in the pursuit of happiness once denied.

Announcement 3 - Naka no Hito nado Inai! Tokyo Hero Project



The Tokyo Hero Project was a plan which was implemented two years ago, placing cosplaying heroes in each of the 23 wards to promote public order. But not many people knew that they actually possessed special powers and fought against the secret evil society Black Outsiders (BO) at night.

Koutarou is a poor student who lives by himself. One night while he was making his way to a part-time job, he saw a fierce battle between a cosplayer and someone wearing a kigurumi. Due to the incident, he ended up missing his part-time opportunity and his friend Nagahiko suggested a new one for him. A young girl with a black manteau welcomed him: “How wonderful it is to have you here at the secret society BO group!”. From that day on, he battles against heroes while wearing a mascot character powered suit. Do your best, Koutarou!

Announcement 4 - Gears of Dragoon 2 ~Reimei no Fragments~



This dungeon exploration RPG is ninetail’s 10th anniversary title. The city-state Carnas flourishes thanks to its prominent magical culture. However, underneath it lies the ruins of a fallen machine civilization.

One time, a machine was excavated from the labyrinth and once it was restored, its power and convenience sparked great interest. This led to a delicate tension between the contrasting civilizations and the gears of fate began to turn.

Heeding his father’s last words to find the truth of history and obtain the great power hidden deep within the ruins, as well as following his innate inquisitiveness, the young ‘undergrounder’ Rosta sets out to challenge the labyrinth.

Announcement 5 - Tokyo Necro


Nemo ante mortem beatus.
"Nobody can be called happy before their death."
(Herodotus, "Histories")

- The era of "Necromancers" has come.

The protagonists, Kibanohara Ethica and Nagaoka Souun, are young "Private Special Living Dead Stalkers". By practicing a special kind of martial art called "Close Quarter Armed Martial Arts", both of them have achieved great heights in their career.
Out on a mission one day, Souun becomes involved in a fierce battle and meets a young girl. Remembering nothing but her name, "Hougyou Ilia", she has become the target of a mysterious group of necromancers.
The ice-cold Tokyo of gunpowder smoke, living dead, crime and cybernetics. Now begins the battle of the living dead stalkers and the heroine with their lives at stake.



Announcement 1 - Lkyt.



The end of the world is nigh.

The demons that threaten to destroy it inhabit the barren wasteland on the fringe of this world of the living.

There was a group of people who made it their mission to stay in this tainted land and resist the progression of the demons.

These were the people of the land of Migiwa.

In accordance with the law, they strengthen their defenses against the demons and live their days in tranquility.

That hopeless day remained a legend of the distant past, and their return was considered to be one of the distant future.

One night, however, the alarming sound of the emergency bells resounded through the capital.


Why was it happening now?

In a battle that holds the fate of the world in its hands, our young hero finds the answer to this question…

Announcement 2 - Rance 03 Leazas Kanraku


The Kingdom of Leazas was attacked by Prince Patton’s elite forces from the north. Then appeared demons of unsurpassed power which could not be hurt by anyone. The castle fell in an instant and the commanding princess Lia was taken prisoner. One ninja survived the fall of Leazas, along with the national treasure and the princess’s final message. Their last remaining hope lies in the free city Ice in the west: the brutish warrior and womanizer Rance.

This is the remake of Rance III, the pioneer RPG which came out in 1991.

The gameplay has been completely revamped featuring a unique dungeon system with cards with several playable characters unlockable over the course of the game and the story changed in some ways to better adapt to the current plot of the ongoing games.

While the plot has overall remained unchanged, several characters have been added and their backgrounds given more depth. It's also the first Rance game to include voice acting.

That's all for the announcements for the first AX since the pandemic happened, and of course I'll write my comment on those later on.

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Did they actually announce a release of the 18+ version of Parfait as well? I noticed that both 15+ and 18+ are listed on VNDb, but I wouldn't be surprised if the all ages version is the only one we get, considering how adamant they were about censoring the English localization of Baldr Sky - a game that didn't even have an all ages release in Japan in the first place.

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From what I'd read, none of Sekai's announcement was announced at Denpasoft panel, although to be honest it could mean anything as in it's already open secret that Sekai will release their VN with 18+ contents intact. That said for Parfait obviously it mean that we may not have the sex scenes translated, seeing that this time GIGA has good reason to just release all age version of Parfait with said version has extra heroine (In this case it mean that it'll be like Yoake or Eien no Aselia) and the 'fans' may not find that it's worth to include the sex scenes into Parfait Remake later. As for whether we see the announcement will have the sex scenes I guess we better see it at Watasi-tachi no Marriage 1 later in that the plan is to release it at August later (For the info the VA using pseudonym which mean there's a chance that the developer will include the sex scenes).

As for the announcements for AX 2022, I'll compile it in this post as well below.

Sekai Project

  • Raspberry Cube
  • Hamidashi Creative
  • Watashi-tachi Marriage 1
  • Parfait ~Chocolat Second Brew~
  • Inu Para
  • Happy Saint Sheol
  • Nie no Hakoniwa
  • Neko Para After: La Vraie Famille

Aksys Games

  • Norn9 ~Norn + Nonette~ Last Era
  • Shuuen no Virche -ErroR:salvation-
  • Radiant Tale
  • Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II

Spike Chunsoft

  • Anonymous Code


  • Shin'yaku In'youchuu
  • Gore Screaming Show
  • Naka no Hito nado Inai! Tokyo Hero Project
  • Gears of Dragoon 2 ~Reimei no Fragments~
  • Tokyo Necro


  • Lkyt.
  • Rance 03 Leazas Kanraku

Overall quite nice convention that we have after two years of pandemic with JAST and Sekai has some interesting title. Rance 03 is quite interesting title though, although it's pretty much inevitable and that it's the remake of the old Rance III. Once again I'll try to comment on those announcements and make the tier for it later.

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Hm, Jast actually has the most interesting announcements for a change. I'm having an eye on Tokyo Necro and Gears of Dragoon 2 for some time now. A bit weird that they're skipping Gears of Dragoon 1 though.

Aksys stuff is all Vita, so nothing for me.

The only two titles from Sekai Project that 'might' be interesting are Watashi-tachi Marriage 1 and Nie no Hakoniwa. Though there's not enough info about them yet, to really judge them.

MangaGamer brings their anual Rance title like usual, so nothing for me either here.

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Well it's been a while since I make a tier list for AX, so let me try here seeing that Otakon is almost close (Again, and I suppose they decided to held it in July's end instead of August's beginning from now on). Also note that I didn't add Shiravune's announcements here because they announced it before AX, and that I'll not list Watasi-tachi no Marrigae 1 for the same reason that I did find out about it before the AX happened.

Very Good

Those two above are the VNs that were quite well received even before announced to have localization, so obviously I look forward to those two VNs to be localized (In fact I sort of hope that Madosoft will ask either Nekonyan or Shiravune to localized Hamidashi only to have Sekai still work on it). Anyway for now I just hope that we can see the progress on Hamidashi soon or later. Tokyo Necro here need no much introduction other than it's Nitroplus take on zombie apocalypse, and I like the graphic in there. I don't know if JAST will be able to release it on this year or not, so let's see if they can really do it later.


Actually I also look forward to Raspberry Cube as well, although seeing the reception is less compared to Hamidashi I decided to put it here. Tokyo Hero Project here has nice VAs, although the story here is not as good as Onigokko from what I see (I may be wrong on this though). Gears of Dragoon 2 here looks interesting, although apparently it's not as good as Venus Blood from what I hear (At least I can say that I look forward into it as well). I did think that GSS has a number of disturbing scene from the name alone, and after I see some info on it along with seeing on how Metawo's art still hold up even after 16 years I can say that it's nice to see it announced (I still have doubt on this though after seeing a certain tag on VNDB). For Anonymous Code, well at least the premise is quite nice despite Mages still like to milk Steins Gate by saying that Anonymous Code also took the same universe as Steins Gate (It's interesting to know though that Anonymous Code did through six times of rewrites).


I know that I should look forward to Parfait seeing that it's one of well received VN in the past, although knowing that it's developed by GIGA which mean it's possible that GIGA will ask Sekai to cut the sex scenes like what they did with Baldr Sky and there's also PS2 backport edition that has two additional heroines, safe to say that the fans who restore Baldr Sky sex scenes may think that adding the sex scenes in Parfait is not quite worthwhile. We already have some VNs with cafe setting translated anyway and two of the writer's work (WA2 and Damekoi) are already translated, so I suppose I can pass Parfait for now. While 03 story here can be said as redundant, at least the story is good enough and 03 here is the only Rance that has voice, so at least it's quite worthwhile to license. Lastly no much to say in regard of NEKO Works other than it should have good art thanks to Sayori, and yes I call Nekopara After as Nekopara 5 because of the full title (Neko Para After: La Vraie Famille) has 'V' and as we know V is the Roman number of 5.

Take Your Time (ie Below Average)

In the past I call the tier as 'Take Your Time JAST' thanks to their infamy of being slow, although now that they change the management and that they manage to have monthly release I suppose I shouldn't add JAST in the tier title anymore. Speaking of JAST, there's one of the announcement from them in this tier (In'youchuu) because I felt that the scene might be a bit disturbing, although I know that some may like it. Also while like I say beforehand I didn't pay much attention to otome VN, actually I like Radiant Tale female MC design (For the info all of otome VNs are only for Switch so no PC version for the fans who only own PC/laptop). Death Mark 2 might be nice title in case you like some mystery, although I didn't know much of it so I'll pass (By the way I'm leaned toward neutral in regard of it). For Lykt, well let's just say that some BL fans who like Attack on Titan may interested with the title. No much comment on Sheol other than it has some disturbing sex scenes along with no much info on this, so I'll obviously pass on it.

That's all for my tier on AX announcements, and I understand some of you may not agree what I write above here because everyone have their own taste.

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