Diamonds in the Sea of Porn

Japan is full of video games. Okay…it’s full of hentai games. Whole stores devoted to the genre of dating games. They pour forth from game studios like liquid money. This just has not caught on in America yet. I wonder why?

Well in Japan’s defense it’s the computer game market that is 90% hentai games. The console game market has all types of games to play. As for why hentai games have not caught on in the US that is a topic for another day.

There are also a plethora of video games based on popular anime series. They aren’t always good and they aren’t even always fun but you have to admit to be at least a little curious.

I think games based on anime are subject to Sturgeon’s Law just like anything else. They also suffer from the fact that like video games based on movies they tend to spit some of them out the door just based on the fact that no matter how bad the game is some people will buy it because you slapped a popular character’s skin over your mediocre game. Then again I’m slightly guilty. I think I would buy anything with Galaxy Angels or One Piece slapped on the cover.

Speaking of Galaxy Angel … I want the Galaxy Angel games. I need the Galaxy Angel games like a Fujoshi needs Yaoi doujinshi. The Galaxy Angel games are a mixture of Dating Sim and Flight Sim that make an Awesome Sim. The first trilogy of games revolves the Moon Angel Troupe and their attempts to protect the Transbaal Empire from a series of threats. During the flight sim part of the game you command the Galaxy Angel’s Emblem Frames (spacecraft) in real time strategy fashion. In-between the fights you can make decisions to decide which of the Galaxy Angel’s you court during the game. The characters are sort of dating game stereotypes but they are all pretty fun. There is also Galaxy Angel II in which you are in charge of the Rune Angel Troupe. There is one game in the Galaxy Angel II series and a second game should be out at the end of the year.

I truly believe that Hisui would kill for the Galaxy Angel games, as long as Hisui could still play them in prison.

Sakura Wars is a similarly type of game. Instead of spacecraft you fight in Steam Punkmecha in the Taisho period. The are 5 games in the main series and a bunch of spin off games. The games are set in an alternate time line where demons threaten the earth and only spiritually powered mecha can effectually fight the demons. The series starts in Japan but moves to Paris and America. The game also has the dating game in between the tactical battles just like in Galaxy Angel. I’m a little less knowledgeable about the Sakura War games than the Galaxy Angel games but they both seem a decent bridge between traditional straight up dating games and action games.

The NANA games. That is right, games…plural! Three to be exact. One for PS2, one for PSP, and the newest one is for Nintendo DS. The PS2 one you are the neighbor of 707 and you have to make friends with the gang. Really nice visuals and what not. This was also the first one to come out. Then there’s the PSP one which I would never be able to get but would be fun! It is all cell-shaded and cute. You can play as any of the characters or make your own. You just go through a game of chance with your life really using a board-game system. Never knowing what will happen day to day. I couldn’t find anything about the DS game but I’m thinking it’s a music game! Part of the title is Live Staff. I would be most interested in that one if that is indeed what it is. It’s a perfect match for the series to keep the band goingand get gigs and do well. Of course all of these games really depend on you knowing the characters and caring about them already. But even if the anime does do well here in the states, I still don’t see these games coming out.

There was a super cool Utena game for the Sega Saturn. It was made with the director of the Utena TV series, Kunihiko Ikuhara. You play as the original character who gets involved with the student council between the Student Council arc and the Black Rose arc (in fact one of the endings causes the main character to start the Black Rose arc). It’s a visual novel so it mostly plays like an animated choose your own adventure (basically a non-romantic dating game). It looks really cool because the animation seems to be on par with the TV show, there are some interesting new characters, and there are even new duel songs. I think the opening sums this game up pretty well.

I actually have this game, but I don’t however have a working Sega Saturn…

Cowoby Bebop: Tsuioku no Yakyoku which was supposedly going to be released in the U.S. but since has disappeared from the radar. Looked great and it was Bebop. Bebop sort of lends itself to having all kinds of adventures written in between. Always bounties to be had that we never saw. This game seems like an actual adventure as opposed to the flight-sim that was released for PS1.

If I remember correctly although it was a pretty game the game play was rather repetitive side-scrolling beatem up.

Slayers also had a few video games that I think might have done well if the came out in the US when Slayers was popular in the US. Slayers Royal 1&2 seem to be visual novels like Utena. They seem like a treat for Slayers fans if for nothing else they have Gourry and Naga finally meet up. These are sort of the lost episodes.

Was always curious about the Record of Lodoss War PC games released in the early 90’s. Obviously, like with most older PC games the graphics and playability aren’t going to stand up to the test of time. However, it would probably still hold the magic of the series with it and I love the nostalgia value of things.

I remember the Record of Lodoss War for the Dreamcast being full of awesome and win for a Diablo clone.

Kekkaishi, can I just say I love this show, for DS and Wii. I might actually import the DS game since I think I could get through it alright. Obviously, you play as a Kekkaishi, Yoshi or Tokine, and you draw boxes and capture ayakashi! As you go on you learn other skills, like the rope, to help you capture more spirit beings. It seems to be a simple game but since its a show I like , I think it could be lots of fun especially the Wii version since you really get to do the movements.

There are rumblings about a Trigun video gamebeing developed. It’s probably playing poker in the back room with the Trigun movie rumblings.

Sounds like Vaporware to me. Prove me wrong Japan. Prove me wrong.

D.Gray Man action/adventure game for the Nintendo DS. You play as Allen and go on missions. You gather information, talk to people, and do a bit of fighting as well. As far I can tell, you don’t get to play as other characters, like Kanda or Krory, but they do show up to help out on missions. This actually has a possibility of getting released, I think, if the anime gets licensed. It is a Shonen Jump title after all.

And speaking of Shonen Jump I would love to play more of the One Piece games. The One Piece game for the Wii seem like a fun little action RPG where you get to switch between Strawhats on the fly during fights. There is talk that this game might come to the US but I have seen nothing definite. One Piece: Gear Spirit seems like a fun little fighting game for the DS. In fact I think I’m going to import this one as I’m writing this. There were also two RPGs for One Piece released for the Gameboy Advanced. These could be fun if they were translated.

Basically it just comes down to more Nami = good.

I also hear that Narutaki maybe likes possibly seeing more Zoro.

Or more Nami and Zoro together!

Speaking of Viz, they have this little ole series called Death Note. No one really likes this series but a few of us. It has two games for the DS. I really am only interested in the first one, Death Note: Kira Gemu. Since the first one is about the first part of the manga and the second is the later half. In it you can either be L or Kira and you are trying to investigate to prove who is L or Kira. As long as I get to be L, the hell with everything else, sounds good to me!

The Ultimate team up of Viz titles would be importing the Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars games. They are basically Super Smash Brothersgames with Shonen Jump Characters instead of Nintendo Characters but Super Smash Brothers. But Super Smash Brothers is just super fun no matter what the characters are. Plus you can use Allen Walker and L from Death Note to take down Naruto.

Enix made a Violinist of Hameln game for the SNES. Of course, if I really had my choice this anime would be licensed! Anyway, the game is very strange but sounds fun. You are Hamel who can jump and shoot musical notes but you also have Flute to break through walls, as a stepping stone, or dress her up so she can have special abilities! The graphics are very cute, in the lovely 2D SNES way.

Super Robot Wars is one of those game series that people may really want but will never come over due to licensing issues. Atlas brought over the Original Generation series which was fun but they did not get the main series of SRW. The SRW are turn based strategy games like Final Fantasy Tactics but all the troops are robots from every mecha show from Japan you could ever think of. Want to see Evangelions fighting next to Gundams against the GaoGaiGar and SDF-1 Macross? Well that’s par the course in Super Robot Wars. Plus the games are filled in in-jokes, subtle references, and fan service in a way that would make most mecha otaku weep with joy.

Oh, and in Lovely Complex, Risa plays a dating game which she gets very attached to. I’d totally play that, if for nothing else because her moments in the show are so hilarious. CAIN-SAMA! But there is actually a Love*Com adventure game for PS2 which came out last year. I can’t, however, find out anything about it so it shall remain a mystery. I would so play it though.

No Japanese game list would be complete without at least one henati game. But why stop at one. Type-Moon makes both Tsukihime and Fate Stay/Night. Both games have H content but they are mainly plot heavy so there is an actual story to tell. It’s just a story that has sex in it. There are also a bunch of side story and sequel games to both games.

It’s always intersting to see the range of hentai games. From one button click that literally says “DO IT!” to the barely present sex in Type-Moon games.

Tsukihime is the story of Shiki Tohno a boy who can see the “lines of death” of all things. By tracing these lines he can destroy anything by breaking it on it’s weakest points. He wind up killing a vampire who hunts other vampires named Arcueid Brunestud due to some strange impulse he cannot control. But it turns out that Arcueid is not dead and makes Shiki help her in her in her hunt for vampires. Tsukihime also has a rather cool fighting game based on it called Melty Blood.

Fate/Stay Night is the story of the 5th Holy Grail War. Whoever obtains the grail is granted their hearts desire. Wizards some heroes of the past to fight along side them to determine who shall win the Holy Grail. Shiro Emiya has almost no talent for sorcery but is pulled into the war due to his unknowing involvement as a child in the last Holy Grail War.

In all reality, most of these games won’t ever see the state side. As can be illustrated with certain anime, many Japanese businesses don’t understand that niche games, as a lot of these are, would probably sell under 1000 copies. That totally sucks because I think a lot of these games would hold a place in the hearts of a few and do modestly well.

Narutaki Currently!
Watching Kekkaishi
Reading Ruroni Kensin: Voyage to the Moon World novel
Listening to FREENOTE

Brainwasher Detective (Hisui) Currently:
Watching Gao Gai Gar

Reading One Piece 10th ANNIVERSARY~ DON! 10th Treasure Book

Listening to To The Center Of the Sun by Bivattchee

3 thoughts on “Diamonds in the Sea of Porn

  1. Lothos says:

    I’m waiting to see if the Bleach fighting game actually comes out state side on the Wii before I end up getting one. It’s supposed to come out this October. I saw videos of the game play at E3 on a few websites, looks like it would be a blast to play and I already like all the characters and the concept.

    It’s been mentioned to me before by various people that they would love to see a Kenshin fighting game (despite the fact that there is at least one Kenshin fighting game on PS1 that I know of). Well, about the closest you can get is the Last Blade series on Dreamcast/Neo Geo. What’s even better, it’s probably one of the most solid fighting games I’ve played- and I’ve played a lot! Great mechanics (though it takes some time to get them all down), great characters, and great level designs. You got a guy who is part of the Shinsengumi and fights with a style similar to Saito. A girl who fights with a very similar style to Kenshin’s, a guy who looks a lot like Kenshin, another guy who looks and fights like Jin-e, but…alas…no Sanosuke-ish character. But, they give us Setsuna, who is just so badass it is hard to put in words.

    I played the first Full Metal Alchemist game on PS2, it was interesting, though it got a bit repetitive towards the end. Was a pretty creative implementation of the alchemy in the game though.

  2. reversethieves says:

    >> I’m waiting to see if the Bleach fighting game actually comes out state side on the Wii before I end up getting one. It’s supposed to come out this October. I saw videos of the game play at E3 on a few websites, looks like it would be a blast to play and I already like all the characters and the concept. <<
    The game seems pretty fun. I will probably buy it and play it on Narutaki’s Wii. Maybe when I play as Chad he won’t be a cat’s whisker from death all the time like he is in the manga.
    >> It’s been mentioned to me before by various people that they would love to see a Kenshin fighting game (despite the fact that there is at least one Kenshin fighting game on PS1 that I know of). Well, about the closest you can get is the Last Blade series on Dreamcast/Neo Geo. What’s even better, it’s probably one of the most solid fighting games I’ve played- and I’ve played a lot! Great mechanics (though it takes some time to get them all down), great characters, and great level designs. You got a guy who is part of the Shinsengumi and fights with a style similar to Saito. A girl who fights with a very similar style to Kenshin’s, a guy who looks a lot like Kenshin, another guy who looks and fights like Jin-e, but…alas…no Sanosuke-ish character. But, they give us Setsuna, who is just so badass it is hard to put in words. <<
    Wow I would have assumed that there would have been a metric ton of Kenshin games. Color me surprised. As for a fighting game having characters much like Kenshin characters that comes as no big surprise to me especially since the characters from Last Blade are based on historical characters. Nobuhiro Watsuki freely admits most of the characters in Kenshin are half historical characters mixed with characters from fighting games he likes.
    >> I played the first Full Metal Alchemist game on PS2, it was interesting, though it got a bit repetitive towards the end. Was a pretty creative implementation of the alchemy in the game though. <<
    I actually own the first and second Full Metal Alchemist games but my PS2 has issues like only playing games when it feels like it. It plays all my roommate’s games though because God hates me. So I only played a little bit of the first game but I get the impression that your assessment of the game but mirror my own.

  3. phatbhuda says:

    Supposedly the import of Bleach for PSP was pretty good. I’ve played it, and it was pretty cool. Though at that point, I hadn’t heard of Bleach in any other context. I was told it was a popular anime. I think it might’ve been pretty close to a release day game for PSP in Japan.

    Let’s see, there’s also the Eureka 7 games that have been released in the US for ps2. I hear those are bad :(

    And come on now. Dragonball Z! The DBZ games in the US span many genres and platforms. Everything from crappy GBA RPGs to crappy fighting games on the PS2 and Wii! Actually though, the last fighting game for the Wii and PS2 is decent. It’s just not my kind of fighter. I had both the PS2 and Wii versions. You really have to play the game a lot in order to remember all the moves, especially on the Wii. Point off screen, point on screen hold Z, press B, let go of Z, shove both hands towards the screen. Whew, Kameameha wave. That’s not an exageration either.

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