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Visual Novel News:

MangaGamer has shadowdropped UchiKano: Living with my Lovers (Uchi no Koibito) from MOONSTONE’s Argonauts imprint. This is the third title that they have released from the UchiKano series. This was announced at Anime Central 2023.

Tachibanaki Keisuke, a young man in his first year as a full-fledged member of society. While the company he works for is a small one, it’s the job he always wanted to do and his life is pretty satisfactory. But even though he’s both motivated and has much to aspire for, he’s now living alone for the first time in his life, and it’s becoming a bit exhausting. It’s then that a certain thought crosses his mind… “If only I had a girlfriend…” But one day, Keisuke injures his arm. As a result, two beautiful girls – Chika and Yuri – move in with him.

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They followed this announcement with news of the upcoming release of Nightmare x Vampire: Inferno of Retribution (Nightmare x Vampire ~Fukushuu no Inferno~) by Guilty Nightmare Project. MangaGamer have previously released Nightmare x Onmyoji – Paradox of Forbiddance which this is the direct sequel to and Nightmare x Sisters – Sacrifice of Lust-

Rei Kizuki lost her parents when she was quite young. Her grandfather is from a line of Romanian vampires, however, the vampire blood within her isn’t prominent enough to distinguish her from an average person. Rei’s father was a master swordsman, and he left her a single keepsake: a wooden sword. His abilities live on within her, and she regularly polishes them to put an end to the demons that have long stood against her family… Having received a lead on the demons she pursues, Rei soon meets a certain girl at the school she transfers to. This girl, Setsuna Shindo, turns out to be an exorcist, and also an enemy of the very same demons that Rei hunts.

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Shiravune have announced Queen of the Otaku: THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE (Otasaa no hime wa Watashi nan Dakara! ~Ano Ko, Doutei Minna de Kowashichae~), a short visual novel by Appetite. The developer is known for ‘nukige’, which focus on the sexual content more than story. This visual novel will be coming to Steam, but previous titles from Shiravune have made use of heavy cuts in Steam versions, so an 18+ content restoration patch is expected.

My name is Hajime Namikawa. I’m just your everyday university student, and I belong to the Manga Club, which—you guessed it—is really just the nerd club. There’s one beautiful rose among our motley crew: Ai Himeki, who always has a smile and a kind word for any of us. She keeps the atmosphere warm and friendly, making the club the nice place that it is.  This year, though, we’ve got a new first-year member: Mahiro Hanasaki. She joined our club for some reason, even though she’s cool and popular-looking. Everybody is starting to love her already, since she seems so interested and doesn’t look down on us.  Can you guess what the problem is?

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Shiravune have released the dark fantasy visual novel Kuroinu Redux. This is a new translation of an updated version of the first game in the series, containing both visual improvements and new content relative to both the 2010 original and the MangaGamer release. This version does have mosaic censorship retained, unlike the other English release.

Desperate to end a bloody war, the Seven Shields Alliance—led by an elven goddess incarnate—seek out the assistance of the protagonist Vult and his Black Dog Mercenaries. He turns on them and takes control in this visual novel story of betrayal.

Sekai Project have made a number of announcements. Amairo Chocolate 2 has been approved for Steam release. My Little Sister’s Special Place is currently in QA and is targeting a Q3 of 2023 release. Animal Trail Girlish Square LOVE+PLUS & Animal Trail Girlish Square 2 are “coming soon” with translation & editing for both at 100%.

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Gaming News:

While E3 may be canceled, the Summer Games Fest is less than a month away! Wanting to be ahead of the competition, Sony announced they will be hosting a PlayStation Showcase event this week! It will run for over an hour and include PlayStation 5 and PlayStation VR2 announcements. Mark your calendars: the showcase will begin on May 24th!

After a four-year wait, the next entry in the legendary Mortal Kombat series was announced and will be coming sooner than you think! Mortal Kombat 1 looks to be a reboot and introduces a system called the Kameo Fighters system, which allows you to select a character to assist you mid-match.

Mortal Kombat 1 arrives for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC on September 19th.

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Announced early in 2022, it wasn’t clear what the status was on this exciting new concept for the My Hero Academia franchise going into 2023. Though the silence has finally been broken, as My Hero Academia Ultra Rumble is receiving an open beta! For those unaware, this title is a free-to-play 24-player battle royale game that has you taking on the roles of some of the most famous characters from the original series.

The open beta for My Hero Academia Ultra Rumble will be available for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 from May 25th to June 1st.

Watch the open beta trailer for My Hero Academia Ultra Rumble

While the ending of the first part of Sonic Prime was quite abrupt, fans of the blue blur will be thrilled to hear his adventures through the Shatterverse are returning later this year! Not much is known about what this new section will cover, but we’ll be able to watch it all for ourselves when it releases exclusively to Netflix on July 13th.

Anime News:

The MAPPA Stage 2023 event took place this past weekend and we got a few updates from what the anime studio has been working on. First up is the conclusion of Attack on Titan‘s final season, which received a brand new key visual and the announcement that it will be airing this Fall.

The continuation of Jujutsu Kaisen is just around the corner, but MAPPA provided us with a brand-new trailer! This new season will be covering the Hidden Inventory / Premature Death arc and revealed that Tatsuya Kitani will be performing the season’s theme song.

Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 will premiere on July 6th.

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Lastly, the MAPPA Stage 2023 event revealed a brand-new original anime series! Bucchigiri?! sees some Japanese delinquents get entangled in the tales of Middle Eastern folktales from One Thousand and One Nights. The announcement came with a key visual, trailer, and premiere date.

Bucchigiri?! premieres in January 2024.

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Upcoming Releases:

For fans of VTubers, you’ll want to pay attention to this new release! Kizuna AI Touch the Beat is getting a worldwide release this week. The game supports both VR and non-VR modes that see you either swinging or tapping to the beat of the songs sung by famous VTuber, Kizuna AI.

Kizuna AI Touch the Beat launches for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on May 25th, with a PlayStation 5 and Oculus version already available.

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