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TYPE MOONFront Wing flying in with MangaGamer

June 25th, 2010, by zalas
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MangaGamer has announced that game company Front Wing will be joining them this year at Anime Expo 2010. They will be bringing three illustrators as guests to the event — Fumio, Kuuchuu Yousai and Akio Watanabe. Front Wing is most likely known for three of their game franchises — Yuki/Sora/Hoshi Uta, Makai Tenshi Jibril, a popular series involving girls who transform into either heroines or villains and fight each other out, and Time Leap, Front Wing’s excursion into fully 3D animated eroge and IDOLM@STERdancing simulations. One of Front Wing’s older titles, Tea Society of a Witch was localized in English and released by Hirameki International as a DVD-PG game. Although these artists are coming with Front Wing, they also have their share of well-known work outside of Front Wing. Fumio was the character designer for Key’s Tomoyo After ~It’s a Wonderful Life~. Kuuchuu Yousai is the character designer behind Queen’s Blade’s Nanael. Akio Watanabe was the character designer behind The Soul Taker, Nurse Witch Komugi-chan, Popotan and assisted in the production of the opening animation to Leaf’s ToHeart2 and the animated adaptation of Bakemonogatari. In addition to these guests, character goods for Front Wing’s games will also be available at the booth.

The announcement was preceded by several hints as to what the game company was supposed to be:

  1. Your first hint, is that we’ll be announcing another guest company for #animeexpo
  2. #animeexpo Hint 2: They released their first game in 2000
  3. #animeexpo Hint 3: The company has produced a game (or more) which features a girl (or more) who fight using magic.
  4. #animeexpo Hint 4: At some point in the company’s lineup, one of their girls has worn a maid outfit.
  5. #animeexpo Hint 5: They’ve had a game where a heroine is covered in blood in one of the CGs.
  6. #animeexpo Hint 6: In one of their games, you have to have sex with a girl in order to supply her with power.
  7. #animeexpo Hint 7: The main character in one of their games has the ability to ’see death’.

Debate (such as on this thread from 4chan) ensued as each hint was dropped, and as the hints progressed, many people started wondering if this may be TYPE-MOON. TYPE-MOON originally released their first game, Tsukihime in 2000, fitting Hint #2. The two TYPE-MOON games out so far do have female characters who fight using magic, fitting Hint #3. Hint #4 was a rather useless hint, but Hisui and Kohaku from Tsukihime fit the maid description. Hint #5 ruled out several companies who have no violence in their games, but obviously this did not eliminate TYPE-MOON. Hint #6 made many people think of the mana transfer scene from Fate/stay night. Lastly, Hint #7 made people think of Shiki’s ability to perceive lines, that when cut, bring death to an entity.

However, unfortunately for the TYPE-MOON fans, these hints also fit the bill for Front Wing. Front Wing released their first game, Canaria ~ Kono Omoi wo Uta ni Nosete on August 4, 2000. Front Wing’s Makai Tenshi Jibril series features girls who transform into heroines and villains to fight each other. Maids appear in several Front Wing games, including Hoshi Uta and Time Leap. Azrael had at least one CG where a female character was covered in blood. In Makai Tenshi Jibril, you have sex with the main heroine in order to empower/train her for battle. Lastly, the main character in Azrael takes on the role as an acting death god, and gains the ability to spot people who are about to die. Thus, while the hints obviously led the audience to thinking of TYPE-MOON, they also fit for Front Wing as well.

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  1. Kanao Says:
    June 25th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Wow. I wonder if they knew their hints were so misleading?

  2. Anon Says:
    June 25th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    >>Kanao

    I know the hints were so misleading. On purpose or what?

    Lol, this is one of those rare moments that I feel both happy and sad.

    Happy that I won’t see translation of their games being botched. Although Mangagamers translation has been slowly getting better, it’s still not up to par with games like Tsukihime or Fate. Well, I’m not really worried since mirrormoon will probably translate more Type Moon stuff hopefully.

    Sad that Type Moon isn’t expanding their business outside Japan. It would’ve been cool to know that Type Moon supported English (or any languages other than Japanese for that matter) translation unlike other eroge companies that are banning foreign IPs and stopping translations.

  3. Ronald Says:
    June 25th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    lol, the 4chan thread was so funny because most of them didn’t expected that its Frontwing xD

  4. the_paper Says:
    June 26th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Akio Watanabe is the guy who used to draw as Poyoyon Rock, right? I wonder why he went back to his real name (or a real-sounding penname, anyway).

  5. dsp2003 Says:
    June 26th, 2010 at 1:57 am

    This is kinda nice. Moe lewd angels, pantsu and tentacles… :3

  6. Hamlon Says:
    June 26th, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Front Wing could be a nice addition to the line-up as long as they stay away from their rape-games (basically only the Jibril series). Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  7. NM64 Says:
    June 26th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    >>Anon

    Considering we’ve actually got an official english translation of Fate/unlimited codes, I would reckon they’re moderately on the “pro-english” side.

    However that also leads me to believe that they’re trying to break into more mainstream and get away from PC development somewhat, and since the PSP is popular for these sorts of things in Japan but is nowhere near as popular elsewhere, we may have to wait until the NEXT system generation to get more official english Type-Moon stuff.

    All this assuming Sony doesn’t pulls a repeat of this generation, but it’s widely assumed that the next PSP will either gonna be a hit or fail miserably, both of which would give us a good chance for more Type-Moon games (success = a market for PSP2 games, while failure = development of 3DS games instead)

  8. Omochikaeri Says:
    June 26th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Nothing wrong with rape games.

  9. zalas Says:
    June 27th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    >>6 (Hamlon)
    Jibril is one of the their biggest series, though, so if Front Wing decides to join MangaGamer, it would be kind of difficult not to publish games from that series. Otherwise, it would be kind of like Bethesda choosing not to publish games from the Elder Scrolls series…

  10. Hamlon Says:
    June 27th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Hmm, that’s not really the impression I had of the situation. To me it didn’t feel like Djibril was more popular than their other games, just that the genre was so different from everything else they do that it stands out.

    Rather than a Bethesda/TES analogy, I’d do a Blizzard/Diablo one, meaning even not publishing those games there are plenty of good stuff left. I’m far from an authority though, so I’m sure you’re more aware of the situation than myself.

    I guess MangaGamer might need some more rape games in their line-up as well, looking at their catalogue it’s been a while since the last one and the English community seem to be brimming with people liking them…

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