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(sticky) Anime Expo 2010 Tailgate Party

June 3rd, 2010, by zalas
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We will again be present at Anime Expo this year to cover topics of interest. With less than a month left before the convention, we’d like to set up a sticky post about guests and companies going to Anime Expo 2010 which might be of interest to you readers, and it will be updated as announcements come.

    Publisher of both packaged and digital download versions of eroge in English. They will be at the J-List booth in the exhibition hall and will be holding a panel on bishoujo games on Thursday at 10:30pm in LP3. At this panel, in addition to the usual stuff and prize drawings, they wrote that they will be “bringing some exclusive news that [people will] get for the first time” there “as well as some very exciting news on Demonbane“. Lastly, copies of Lightning Warrior Raidy II and Moero Downhill Night 2 will be available for sale at their booth.
  • MangaGamer
    Publisher of digital download versions of Japanese bishoujo games in English. They will have a booth in the exhibition hall and will have a panel. Specific related guests and guest companies will be updated as they are made known. Furthermore, this year, âge of Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (animated adaptation in the English market known as Rumbling Hearts, out from FUNimation) and Muv Luv fame will be joining the MangaGamer booth. Front Wing will also be a guest company joining MangaGamer’s booth this year at Anime Expo. Additionally, MangaGamer will be offering a limited supply of hard copies of the all-ages version of Kira Kira and the question arcs to Higurashi no Naku Koro ni for sale at the convention. Lastly, according to a tweet, HOBIBOX will also be at the booth this year, selling among other things SUPER SHOT 2, a hardcore electronic remix of bishoujo game songs.
    • Aina Kase
      Vocalist most known for her songs in La’cryma’s Sora wo Tobu, Mittsu no Houhou. Apparently, she visited a shady establishment one year while attending Anime Expo. She returns this year to perform along with MangaGamer’s other performers.
    • Akio Watanabe
      Animator, character designer, illustrator and animation director for many projects. Also goes by the handle Poyoyon♥Rock for some of his works. He helped animate the opening sequences for Front Wing’s Makai Tenshi Jibril and was behind the character design for Nurse Witch Komugi-chan, the original character design for Popotan and the character designs for the animated adaptation of Bakemonogatari. He has also contributed to the opening animation for ToHeart2. Confirmed to be attending Anime Expo 2010 via tweet.
    • bamboo
      Executive director of and handles the music for OVERDRIVE, the game brand behind Kira Kira and Edelweiss. Tweeted unofficially(?) that he would be attending. Confirmed by post on the MangaGamer blog.
    • Fujimaru
      Illustrator for OVERDRIVE’s KIRA KIRA Curtain Call and DEAR DROPS.
    • Fumio
      Character designer who has worked on Front Wing’s Yuki Uta, Sora Uta and Hoshi Uta, amongst other things. He was also the character designer for Key’s Tomoyo After ~It’s a Wonderful Life~. Confirmed to be attending Anime Expo 2010 via a tweet.
    • Kuuchuu Yousai
      Character designer behind Front Wing’s Makai Tenshi Jibril series. Although his pen name gave the impression that he was good at drawing very young-looking girls, like Jibril, he later on went to draw characters with comparatively more voluptuous proportions, such as the much more well-endowed Nanael from Queen’s Blade. Confirmed to be attending Anime Expo 2010 via a tweet.
    • Kyousuke Himukai
      Illustrator on all three of φâge’s titles so far.
    • Minami Kuribayashi
      Vocalist and voice actress on many titles. She voiced Haruka Suzumiya from Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. However, she is more well-known for the plethora of anime and game openings and endings she has sung, including opening themes for Mai-HiME, Mai-Otome and Chrono Crusade as well as songs for Muv Luv and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. Confirmed to be attending and performing in a tweet.
    • rino
      Singer and songwriter of music production group CooRie. She’s known for working on many songs from the Da Capo franchise as well as several anime theme songs. She also performed the ending theme to the first season of the Da Capo animated adaptation. rino was a guest of honor along with yozuca* at Anime Expo 2006 and will be returning to Anime Expo this year to perform, according to a MangaGamer tweet.
    • Shinji Katakura
      Ninja and illustrator from OVERDRIVE. Confirmed by MangaGamer tweet.
    • Sou Miyata
      Illustrator who recently joined âge, drawing for φâge’s Shapeshifter and âge’s upcoming Kimi ga Ita Kisetsu. This artist also worked on Muv Luv Alternative Total Eclipse.
    • tororo-Dancho
      CEO of CIRCUS and writes the music for some of their songs. He has been attending Anime Expo since 2006, when he was a guest at the Broccoli USA panel. He later brought CIRCUS to Anime Expo in 2007, before MangaGamer was founded. He intends to attend Anime Expo 2010 according to the Anime Expo post on MangaGamer’s blog. It appears that he prefers girls with large chests.
    • UR@N
      Singing voice of Kirari Shiino from KIRA KIRA and performed several opening songs for GROOVER and OVERDRIVE. Used to not like live performances but her work with KIRA KIRA changed that. Confirmed to be performing at the booth. The concert appears to be focused on d2b’s songs from the game, and there will be a new d2b album, LOVE+, available for sale ahead of the Japanese release date.
    • Yuka Kayura
      Illustrator from CIRCUS for games such as Da Capo II and Saishuu Shiken Kujira. Confirmed by MangaGamer tweet.
    • Yuki Takano
      Illustrator for CIRCUS and La’cryma. She worked on the upcoming RPG Academy, set to release on June 25 this year. Confirmed by MangaGamer tweet.
  • MELL
    Singer and songwriter in I’ve Sound, and sang several eroge-related theme songs in the past.
  • Yui Horie
    Voice actress and singer who has starred in many well-known anime series. In addition to anime, she has voiced roles in all-ages/console ports of games such as ToHeart, Kanon and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

Last updated June 29, 2010 (JAST USA)

UPDATE: Transcripts of panels will be live at http://bayoab.info/live/live2.php


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  1. NTR Says:
    June 3rd, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Why JAST, why?
    Why did you screw up the deal with Giga? ;_;

  2. Ronald Says:
    June 3rd, 2010 at 8:03 pm



  3. random.idiot Says:
    June 3rd, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    when at the expo, can someone ask them these 2 question (copied from the other thread):

    - is their negotiations, with Japanese eroge makers, been more difficult or hostile since the discussion on introducing the Tokyo virtual children ban have started?

    - do they feel that they might lose some of their existing or potential licenses because the west is being wrongly blamed for this ban?

    >NTR June 3rd, 2010 at 3:00 pm, as far as I know, JAST never had any type of deal with Giga, let alone screw it.

  4. Swiftnissity Says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 1:39 am


    ‘At one point in time they were going to get the game Kingdom, by GIGA, but just before they finalized things they were told the game had to be released with mosaics in place still. Apparently a lot of companies are still wary of the English market.’

  5. random.idiot Says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 3:20 am

    >Swiftnissity June 4th, 2010 at 1:39 am, thanks for the link.

    but it seems like Giga is the one who screwed the potential deal, not JAST.

  6. Return Says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Haven’t MagaGamer release a game with mosaics though? I don’t think that one has sold significantly less than the non-mosaic version.

    I’m quite interested, do any of you care about mosaics? Would it ever effect whether or not you buy a game?

    Personally, I don’t care. I guess if it’s a nukige it would be annoying, but I don’t really play those.

  7. Return Says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 4:19 am


    Sorry, by non-mosaic version I meant their games without mosaics.
    My English is not too good D:

  8. random.idiot Says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 4:43 am

    >Return June 4th, 2010 at 4:18 am, “I’m quite interested, do any of you care about mosaics? Would it ever effect whether or not you buy a game?”

    depends on the titles, example, if Hitomi or Cosplay Academy were released censored, I really doubt either would have sold at all. Either way, I’d rather have all of the titles uncensored.

  9. VDZ Says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I skip 95% of H-scenes anyways (the other 5% are plot-related), so I don’t care about mosaics.

  10. Iris Says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Isn’t Kingdom like, really old?

    As far as I can remember, someone released an English patch for it a few years ago, too.
    Tell them to try to get baldr force/sky instead :D

  11. zalas Says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    >>10 (Iris)
    I believe the English patch was released after negotiations fell through.

  12. aza Says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    From that JAST forum linked above:
    “The guy who translated the game [Kingdom] (and tried selling it to JAST USA – he was later contracted to work on Princess Waltz, Raidy, Yume Miru Kusuri, etc.) eventually released his patch for free.”
    So JAST hired him to translate for them at least.

  13. anon2 Says:
    June 6th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    H-scenes aren’t better without mosaics. who cares :(

  14. zalas Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    >>13 (anon2)
    The vocal people who would complain if anything was removed/changed for the worse from a game.

  15. Sui-yobi Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    >14 (zalas)
    Leaving H-scenes with mosiacs is not removing or changing anything.

    It’s keeping those scenes the same.

  16. zalas Says:
    June 8th, 2010 at 7:06 am

    >>15 (Sui-yobi)
    Well, I think some people feel like they’re entitled to the images before the mosaics were put on them. That, and the whole culture of listing “uncensored and uncut” over here… Removal of mosaics may be arguable in some cases, but I think there’s also cases where artists for eroge in Japan know that there’s going to be a big fat mosaic there and thus don’t spend time drawing that part. :/

  17. random.idiot Says:
    June 8th, 2010 at 7:12 am

    >16 zalas, June 8th, 2010 at 7:06 am
    “there’s also cases where artists for eroge in Japan know that there’s going to be a big fat mosaic there and thus don’t spend time drawing that part.”

    or it might be because they might not know how the part look like* :p

  18. zalas Says:
    June 8th, 2010 at 7:20 am

    >>17 (random.idiot)
    The idea of virgin girls drawing ero scenes is an amusing thought, but let’s just leave it at that. :)

  19. Eriol-kun Says:
    June 24th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Kouryuu’s tweets pointing to possibly Type-Moon as a guest company?! I first thought maybe it was Pajama Soft but when the 5th hint kicked in it kinda didn’t make sense…

  20. Eriol-kun Says:
    June 24th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Never mind, the 6th hint made it as clear as crystal. Type-Moon at AX 2010!

  21. Eriol-kun Says:
    June 25th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Don’t know if kouryuu9’s got a brilliant or just plain sadistic sense of humor, but I still approve! He sure got me there.

    >> Your first hint, is that we’ll be announcing another guest company for #animeexpo

    >> Hint 2: They released their first game in 2000

    >> Hint 3: The company has produced a game (or more) which features a girl (or more) who fight using magic.

    >> Hint 4: At some point in the company’s lineup, one of their girls has worn a maid outfit.

    >> Hint 5: They’ve had a game where a heroine is covered in blood in one of the CGs.

    >> Hint 6: In one of their games, you have to have sex with a girl in order to supply her with power.

    >> Hint 7: The main character in one of their games has the ability to ’see death’.

    >> This year, we’re proud to announce that we will be joined by none other than… *drumroll* Frontwing! Makers of Makai Tenshi Jibril, Hoshi Uta, Tea society of a Witch, Boy Meets Girl, Asrael, and more!

    Would be nice to see some Djibril goodies!

  22. Ivan Says:
    June 26th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    >Haven’t MagaGamer release a game with mosaics though?
    only game with mosaics released by MangaGamer was Suika A.S+.
    >I’m quite interested, do any of you care about mosaics? Would it ever >effect whether or not you buy a game?
    I don’t care – i usualy skip porn scenes, unless they are plot related, and i don’t play sex romps.

  23. Anon Says:
    July 3rd, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Mangagamer is following the same footsteps as Hirameki.

    Sigh…at this rate, you know what’s going to happen.

  24. Konstantin Says:
    July 4th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Hirameki never had Mangagamer’s deep Japanese backing, and Mangagamer hasn’t tarnished its brand with “interactive DVDs”.

    While they do end up blowing wads of cash at AX, that may part of their effort to wine-and-dine more companies into joining their project. Here’s hoping it worked on the âge folks.

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