Ahead of their appearance, MangaGamer has revamped their site, replacing the ninja mascot with a cute girl mascot and the general theme with a slightly more pastel and cute layout. In addition to the site design renewal, they have also added a game to their lineup — OVERDRIVE’s KIRAKIRA, at 36.95 euros. Other changes to the site include wallpaper, song and opening movie downloads, as well as more informative tags for the games. In addition to their panel at Anime Expo, they will also be holding a concert at their booth.
KIRAKIRA is the second game released in Japan by OVERDRIVE, the first of which being Edelweiss, released in English by MangaGamer as well. The game follows four protagonists who formed a punk band in order to celebrate the end of their club at school with a bang. The game is a fairly light game with comedic elements.
MangaGamer has added a free downloads section where visitors can download wallpapers, songs and opening movies for the games from OVERDRIVE. The layout has been improved, with the official BBS prominently linked in the top menu. Currently, there are plans to establish a staff blog as well as a section for articles. Another new feature is a tagging system. The tags specify whether the game has uncensored graphics and what characters are voiced. Furthermore, the category tags describe various aspects of the game, such as whether the game features “hardcore” sex or whether it has “fantasy” or “comedy” elements. There is also a search function on the site, allowing the user to look for specific game brands or tags. Lastly, there appears to be a “weekly ranking” section of the website for the top five games. It is not clear whether the ranking refers to hits or sales.
According to their website, MangaGamer will be present at Anime Expo in the exhibitor’s hall at booth 212, where they’ll be “selling hot bishojo game merchandise and giving away free goods.” Furthermore, they’ll be having a live concert at their booth with “popular artists from Japan.” Lastly, they’ll be holding an 18+ panel titled “The Future Trend of Bishojo Games” in room LACC 502 from 10:00-10:50pm on Saturday, July 4th.
UPDATE: KIRAKIRA is an 1.29GiB zip file download from the MangaGamer site and unpacks into a folder called 090624kirakira_master_hash_checked_drm. Running the BGI.exe unpacked from the archive will activate the game over the Internet using Alpha Activation if it has not been activated yet. The English translation uses honorifics and reads fairly well for the most part. While much better than the translation in Edelweiss, this translation does have its problems and isn’t as polished compared to the script from Suika A.S+. Notable things include the frequent lack of periods at the end of sentences and some scattered typos. At times, the text explains ideas in an unnatural way or uses a strange choice of words. For example, MangaGamer uses “bandsman” as opposed to “band member” for バンドマン and “music cafe” as opposed to “club” for ライブハウス.