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Kinoppy now available overseas!

Kinoppy is Kinokuniya’s ebook service and originally limited to those residing in Japan (I’m not sure whether it’s already news and I’m the one who’s late to the party 😂) is now available overseas.

According to the site, you can use foreign credit cards to purchase ebooks that are only made available for those outside Japan. This also reminds me of BookWalker, Kadokawa’s ebook retailer who also limits titles in the same way for their Japanese ebooks. (BookWalker now has a global store offering English ebook releases)

You can only search for the titles at a specific page and the main page meant for overseas purchase can be found here.

Kinoppy’s reading app is available on iOS, Android, Windows (desktop and Windows app) and Mac. Apparently, they also charge taxes/VAT for applicable countries.

This service is also not available for the following countries: South Korea, Mongolia, Philippines, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, Russia, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tunisia, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia.

To be honest, I’m not sure what Kinoppy offers that would rival other ebook retailers.

Hakusensha had revamped their own ebook retail site and released an exclusive reader (they previously used Sharp’s book-in-the-box) on iOS and Android and made Shueisha’s Ribon, Margaret and Bessatsu Margaret titles available for purchase. If memory serves me right, their newsletters are interesting and also contain Q&As with manga authors. And they also accept foreign credit cards.

Guess it boils down to your preference. What device do you read on and what site is your go-to retailer for ebooks? (*‘ω‘ *)

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A3! (Act! Addict! Actors!) by Liber Entertainment

Finally jumped on the A3! wagon a month ago and it’s been really interesting. You’re basically raising actors (instead of idols) and it’s a good change from all the idol phenomenon.

I like how the other members that are behind the scenes look like possible main characters and interesting in their own way. Usually, I’d focus on the main members ’cause the rest simply don’t attract my interest /shot

Yukina, a friend of mine called A3! a ‘houchi game’ – where I can just leave it and come back to it after a while. I don’t have to keep grinding at notes (rhythm games lol) and trying to hit the ‘perfect combo’. It’s really chill and I love it.

The story’s pretty interesting and the protagonist, Izumi-chan trained as a stage actor (and probably as a scriptwriter, director too but I’m not sure about that) who came in search of Mankai Company as someone from that theatre troupe sent her father a letter.

Izumi’s father is missing in action and hasn’t been home in years. She found the theatre while someone was attempting to bulldoze it as there’s an overwhelming amount of debt with barely any good performers and audience. Izumi somehow found herself taking the place of director tasked to get a show running in a month, in exchange for the debt being written off. First, she has to get enough members for each troupe based on the four seasons.

Somehow, Izumi found herself taking the place of director tasked to get a show running in a month, in exchange for the debt being written off. First, she has to get enough members for each troupe based on the four seasons.

There’s the prologue and one arc for each seasonal troupe. Each arc spans over 30 chapters. I wonder what happens after Winter when we’ve got to know all the members of each troupe. Will Mankai Company finally return to its former glory?

I love that the game has a really solid story and the gameplay makes you connect with the characters. Really recommend this game☆

The game already released a CD of their theme song featuring the leaders of each troupe. CDs featuring the Spring and Summer troupes will be released and will see a few solo character songs!

Have you been playing A3! and what made you start playing? (*’▽’) (Oh, I started because Yukina told me they’re giving away 300 diamonds to commemorate a certain occasion LMAO)

Download them here

AppStore

GooglePlay

Official website

PSA: Never post the full screenshot of your home menu with your ranking, number of diamonds and the like. Be careful of what you share on various social networking sites. There are people who would take your screenshots and email Liber’s customer service to “regain” access.

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How to Fool A Liar King on Indiegogo

roseVerTe’s upcoming otome visual novel crowdfunding campaign is now live on Indiegogo!

How to Fool A Liar King is the sequel to How To Take Off Your Mask but is also a standalone story. It stars a catgirl protagonist named Regina, who suddenly finds herself in Eroolia. She then met Juli and his companions when she decided to join them to the country of Laarz, a country of cat people. Will Regina be able to return home? Is there a particular reason why she’s here in Eroolia?

It’ll be fully-voiced in Japanese and available in Japanese, English as well as German.There are a variety of tiers/perks for backers from wallpapers, Indiegogo-exclusive artbook behind the character design, background artworks of the

There are a variety of tiers/perks for backers from wallpapers, Indiegogo-exclusive artbook behind the character design, background artworks of the Eroolia series, the game itself at a special price, DLCs and also the chance to be credited in the game as a patron!

The game has also been successfully Greenlit on Steam! Two character promotional videos featuring Regina and Juli respectively can be found below.

roseVerTe is about $2100 away from their goal so let’s help them get funded!

How to Fool a Liar King Indiegogo

Don’t they sound amazing? I can’t wait for the release (≧∇≦)

So remember to support their crowdfunding campaign!

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Kokorogawari on Steam Greenlight

Kokorogawari (meaning (a) change of heart in Japanese) is Team Precatio’s first game about romance and human drama. It’s currently on Steam Greenlight and needs help being greenlit!

The game features Asami Kobayashi, in present-day Japan who is a 4th-year university student, raised by a single mother. Asami has a cynical view on love and marriage and currently interns at Edo Publishing. Would her views ever change?

Kokorogawari had a very successful Kickstarter and still accepts pre-orders (demo available) at itch.io for regular and deluxe editions!

While it’s full-priced at 25 USD and 35 USD for respective editions, they are still offering pre-order discounts at itch.io!

The game can run on Windows, Mac as well as Linux. There is a 2-chapter demo available on all three platforms. Samples of their soundtrack can be heard on SoundCloud.

Don’t forget to upvote them on Steam Greenlight!

Steam Greenlight
itch.io (demos, pre-orders)
Official blog
SoundCloud
Twitter

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Princess Closet Reo Kamiyoshi 2017 Birthday Project

I’ve been asked by Nanami-sama, an active Princess Closet fan from Japan to spread Reo’s 2017 Birthday Project to the English-speaking community (non-English speakers can also forward your messages, it won’t be a problem!).

What you have to do

  1. Tweet your birthday message with the tags,  and/or  at any time between April 12 to April 19, midnight.
  2. The length of your message mustn’t exceed 25 to 30 words.
  3. Please remember to include your (nick)name at the end.

All dates and times are in Japan Standard Time (GMT +9).

Nanami-sama will regularly collect the tagged tweets during that time period. The messages will then be printed and collected in a scrapbook. Photos of the scrapbook will be posted on Nanami-sama’s Twitter account and blog after it’s been received by Ciagram.

If you know friends who play Princess Closet, tell them to join in and celebrate Reo’s birthday together! Help spread the word! ✨

Here‘s Nanami-sama’s blog post about Reo’s 2017 birthday project.

If there’s any questions, leave a comment and I’ll ask Nanami-sama 🙂

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(unboxing) Geten no Hana with Yumeakari Aizouban (下天の華 with 夢灯り 愛蔵版)

Our precious baby is finally home and it’s just so beautiful /gross sobs

Geten no Hana with Yumeakari Aizouban is the Vita port of the Geten no Hana games (PSP) in one. The Platinum box retailed for 30,000yen (w/o taxes) and has a bonus for those who pre-ordered by June 26, 2016. It released on September 8, 2016.

The series is about a kunoichi (Japanese term for a female ninja), Hotaru who is summoned to Azuchi Castle to meet someone in secret, with only directions to the meeting place and a password. She arrives at the meeting place only to find someone there and quickly arms herself. Turns out she was summoned by Akechi Mitsuhide, the right-hand man of Oda Nobunaga who is interested in the possibilities of a kunoichi with transformation abilities.

Hotaru then transformed into a young woman of noble birth, who is supposedly Mitsuhide’s younger sister and given the name Kikyou. Her work as a kunoichi now begins.

There are missions you have to complete with ample amount of time to explore Azuchi Castle and chat with the characters. Hotaru also has training (mini-game, to get flowers so you can gift them to romanceable characters) and needs to observe certain living things (frogs, for example) and objects (a Buddhist statue, the jizou) to be able to transform into them. She uses this skill in various situations and sometimes hilarity ensues.

This title was also announced in commemoration of Nobunaga no Yabou (Nobunaga’s Ambition)’s 30th anniversary. It’s also comparatively simple and short for those unfamiliar to the Neoromance franchise to play. I very much recommend it 😀

The Vita port has additional endings (Tsumi no Hana, darker ends where the ‘suspicion’ level is highest) with new content as well as compiling events from the PSP DLC release which are now voiced.

It also has two books, a memorial book featuring rough sketches and designs of the characters and a book with artwork, comics by Kuku Hayate, the character designer of the series. There are 9 character CDs and 1 CD with narrations, messages from the characters and a drama from the series’ 2014 event, Hanami no Utage (The Flower Viewing Banquet). The rest of the items are merchandise such as a waterproof smartphone case, connectable charms and nine illustrated clear cards. The pre-order bonus has been a connectable charm of Hotaru in her kunoichi form. Super cute >W<

Surprisingly, the character CDs are placed together in one, like a book. How awesome is that.

Photo dump below!

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End of 2016

Just wanted to put in a quick post to thank everyone who’ve commented and visited this year. Thank you so much! 😊

I wish I would get out of my hibernation to blog for the coming year, but I’m just too uncoordinated at the moment. (however, you can check my Twitter to find out what I’m still up to lol)

Originally jobless, I found something six months ago that suited me and I’m quite happy with it. With a job for the past year, I finally have to apply for an income tax number :’3 My twin, Asera and I have also successfully bought a few stuff and I hope I can share photos of those lovely things we’ve got.

Have another awesome year of fangirling ahead, everyone! And may things go smoothly for you 💖