MangaGamer and Sekai Project announce upcoming visual novel localizations – Gahkthun, Grisaia and more

Gare – Saturday, July 5, 2014 1:25 AM
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Japanese visual novels do have a market in the West – this is more or less what MangaGamer and Sekai Project will hopefully prove with a number of recently announced – and to be frank, quite exciting – new visual novel games in their respective lineups.

Grisaia no Kajitsu

One interesting announcement came from Sekai Project in the form of an official localization for Front Wing’s 2011 visual novel hit Grisaia no Kajitsu. The game is the first installment in a now complete trilogy, and centers around the prison-like Mihama Academy that, strangely enough, has only five attendees, each having their own problematic reasons for enrollment – why the five main heroines are at the school and what secrets lie in their respective pasts is for the main protagonist to uncover. Grisaia no Kajitsu will also be adapted into a TV anime series, scheduled to begin airing this October.

Gahkthun of the Golden Lightning*

The next big surprise – for yours truly, at the very least – came from MangaGamer, who had officially announced their partnership with Liar-soft, a visual novel company primarily known for their steampunk-themed titles. Their collaboration comes with news of the official localization for Liar-soft’s latest entry in their beloved steampunk series, titled Gahkthun of the Golden Lightning*. Gahkthun’s protagonist is one Neon Scala Sumiriya, a young woman who travels to the Marseille Floating Academia to begin her studies. One day, fate brings her together with Nikola Tesla, a mysterious young man who claims to be 72 years old and can control lightning at will – the novel deals both with the complex relationship of the two – narrated mostly from Neon’s point of view –, as well as the dark secrets surrounding the Academia and its ruling council.

Ozmafia, No Thank You*, Planetarian

Among MangaGamer’s additional surprises is an improved version of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni (Higurashi, When They Cry) with a new translation and character sprites, as well as two other games primarily aimed at female audiences, Ozmafia, as well as No Thank You*. The former deals with an amnesiac girl who ends up living with a mafia family, while the latter concerns a young man who begins working as a bartender at a jazz bar, only to realize that the ordinary exterior of his new work place hides a darker interior. Sekai Project had its own slice of the hype cake by also announcing a Steam release for Key’s (Little Busters, Clannad, Air, etc.) much-loved post-apocalyptic robot story, Planetarian.

The freshly-announced titles will be launching on PC. No specific release dates have been set as of yet.

*suitable only for audiences aged 18 and above

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