Dolly Collection (ドリーコレクション)

Dolly Collection (ドリーコレクション)

Fans of the now-defunct Poupee Girl, rejoice! Dolly Collection is a dress-up game by two former members of Poupee Girl development team, the lead designer (@maminoir) and the developer, Okawa Hitoshi.

I found this by coincidence when I was looking through my recommended follows on Instagram. It looks gorgeous and has a good variety of styles available for dress-up when you begin.

Despite the lack of social networking aspect (Poupee Girl was a place where you upload photos of your own clothes as well as dressing up your doll), this is a really good start!

Free items are given from time to time and there are even more lovely dress-up pieces at the shop.

Additional dolls and dress-up items are also available for purchase at 360yen and at various prices respectively (per doll/item).

The app is only available on iOS at the moment and requires iOS 10 as well as iPhone 5 and newer models for it to work. An internet connection is also required while you play.

Dolly Collection on AppStore

Check out the hashtags, #dollycollection on Twitter or Instagram for dress-up screenshots by users! Besides the first image showing all the six different dolls in a variety of fashion styles, everything else is of my own doll xD

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Liar! Uncover the Truth by Voltage

Liar! Uncover the Truth by Voltage

Liar! Uncover the Truth is the English release of Doubt! ~Usotsuki no Otoko wa Dare?~. It features the main character who is a successful wedding planner, good at what she does and has an amazing boyfriend until she finds clues that point to her boyfriend’s cheating ways?!

After breaking up with her cheating boyfriend, she goes to a matchmaking party and 10 seemingly gorgeous guys lands on her feet. A fortune-teller tells her only one guy is the real thing while the rest are liars!

This begins your journey to find who’s lying and finally catch your Mr. Right ♡

This was my first Voltage game, I like how smooth and clean it looks. The character designs and backgrounds are polished, easy on the eyes and animated with amusing expressions. There are Japanese and English releases.

There is also a spin-off subtitled, Office wa Danjou no Uso Darake which is now released as Office Deception.

There are 10 guys and so far, I’ve been smoothly going through each story. If you chose the wrong guy in your accusation portion, it’ll count as a mistake too.

Your savvy points are affected by your number of mistakes so carefully go through the stories and notes as well as evidence that you’ve collected!

The system is fascinating and possibly addictive until you have to wait for the energy to be replenished |D One thing though, I didn’t like how otakus were portrayed and hope it’s not like that in the other routes.

The Japanese release includes voices though if you played it without voices previously, you will have to play it again.

Mamiya Haruichi CV: Nojima Kenji
Shiga Soutarou CV: Satou Takuya
Kurono Azusa CV: Abe Atsushi
Katagiri Keima CV: Okitsu Kazuyuki
Yazawa Joe CV: Morikubo Shoutarou
Yuikawa Itaru CV: Kondou Takashi
Kagami Kazumi CV: Kawahara Yoshihisa
Kashi Touya CV: Kishio Daisuke
Murai Kunio CV: Morikawa Toshiyuki
Matsuki Shuuto CV: Uchida Yuuma
Furuya Shizuo CV: Yashiro Taku

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Takane to Hana – thoughts

Takane to Hana – thoughts

takanetohana

I noticed Takane to Hana (Takane and Hana, in English) when it began serialising but never got around reading it until… the first volume was free to read. It was absolutely amusing but I didn’t realise how GOOD it was until I took the jump to buy the ebooks with my twin and at the urging of a friend, Eden-san ww

My twin and I sniggered through each panel and scene. Nonomura Hana (16), is a high-schooler who had to replace her elder sister, Yukari (23) in a marriage interview with the heir of Takaba Group, Saibara Takane (26). He starts off the meeting by saying he dislikes women who dress up too much to impress men. Hana usually won’t take this lying down but since she’s in Yukari’s place, she has to hold it in.

Until she snapped, of course.

Hana pulled her wig away, throwing it in Takane’s direction and said, ‘Please don’t worry. I don’t have the slightest interest in the very fiber of your being” and left. Takane, crushed from what she said actually told Hana (through her father) that he’ll be picking her up the next day.

He showed up at her home with a huge bouquet of flowers and taunting Hana with lavish gifts. Takane thought it’ll make her fall to his feet and fawn all over him but sadly for him, that won’t be happening.

She isn’t at all impressed with his wealth (which Takane continues to flaunt until later volumes – this will later be an important and interesting plot point) and Hana can see him for who he is, not what he projects to everyone else. LMAO Anyways, it was Hana who kissed him first. LOL

We later see Hana and Takane’s friends who wonder at their budding relationship of ‘marriage candidates’. They are also an amusing lot and constantly ask Hana how both of them are doing (∀`*ゞ)エヘヘ

I very much recommend this series for the humour and bantering between the characters. If only a Western publisher can pick up the series for an English release :3

Both of us are following the series digitally on eBookJapan with the 8th volume released recently on July 20. The digital release will follow in about three months.

Support the author by buying actual releases in your country or in Japanese!

August 13, 2017: Viz Media has announced an English release for Takane to Hana (as well as another series by Tanaka Meca I’m reading, Kimi no Koto nado Zettai ni)!! Read about it here.

✨Where to buy✨
eBookJapan
Hakusensha e-net! (listing)
Hakusensha e-net! feature
Takane to Hana special website
Takane & Hana (French release!)
Official merchandise (requires proxy services)

7’scarlet review (with spoilers)

7’scarlet review (with spoilers)

7’scarlet is a mystery otome game from Otomate (Idea Factory). Announced at Otomate Party 2015, it released in July 2016 with a Western release for 2018.

It’s about Hanamaki Ichiko (name customisable), a university student whose older brother disappeared without a trace a year ago. She blanks out from time to time, so her friend (since childhood), Kagutsuchi Hino can’t help but watch out for her. This is also because of a promise he made to Ichiko’s older brother.

Knowing that Ichiko is still hung up on the lack of information about her brother’s disappearance, he suggested visiting Okunezato, where Ichiko’s brother was last known to be. It’s a secluded place without many attractions but there’s an online club called the Forbidden Okunezato Club, dedicated to the various myths and mysteries of the town.

Spoilers after the cut. If you haven’t played this, you best stay away.

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(unboxing) 7’scarlet original soundtrack

(unboxing) 7’scarlet original soundtrack

7scarlet original soundtrack and bonus badge

I grabbed this signed copy from the composer’s online store and comes with a badge, while stocks last.

The original soundtrack contains background music composed by Sugiura Yuuki for the Playstation Vita game, 7’scarlet. The game released in Japan on July 21, 2016 and slated for a Western release sometime 2018.

The theme songs were released separately by TEAM Entertainment. The game has a different version of the theme song featuring a different line of lyrics. Players who’ve played before will know what I’m talking about ;3

The tracks were well-suited with the scenes and definitely felt like it’s an additional element to the game instead of an extra. One spooky track, aptly named Dead Man Walking really helps you get into the mood 😂 I was actually playing another game when this played in the background so it really creeped me out xD

The leaflet inside has the sprites of all the six guys and the protagonist, Ichiko. The badge and store sticker are really cute. If you enjoy the game, the soundtrack will definitely bring you deeper into 7’scarlet’s world.

The original soundtrack is available on CD at the composer’s online store, CDJapan and Amazon Japan as well as other retailers. The theme song collection is available (most probably) worldwide on iTunes.

Princess Closet Kai Ayasaki Birthday Project 2017

Princess Closet Kai Ayasaki Birthday Project 2017

With the release of Kai’s route in the international version of Princess Closet, did you find his story interesting?

You might know that his birthday is on August 16 and Ms Nanami Youko from Japan will be hosting another birthday project for him this year (like she did with Reo!).

Like Reo’s birthday project, users outside Japan are welcome to send in their birthday wishes (more details below)!

The messages will be collected from July 29 to August 5 midnight (JST).

Now, you can either comment below in 25-30 words (please include your name otherwise we will use the name that you used) or tweet your message on Twitter with these hashtags (#プリクロカイ誕 and #priclo_kaibday). Feel free to use any language you are comfortable with!

(Due to the international release using the hashtag, #princesscloset – Ms Nanami has change it to make it easier to find the birthday tweets.)

You can find Ms Nanami’s blog entry about Kai’s birthday project here. You can see the cover of the album as well as other things that other Japanese fans have made!

Non-English fans, please feel free to translate this entry into your language! I only ask to be linked back 🙂

Kinoppy now available overseas!

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‘ *)