Nook News – 6/28/21

Visual Novel News:

We’re posting this on the final day, but JASTUSA is currently running it’s summer sale. A variety of visual novels can be found for up to 75% off. Three of our Top Visual Novels of 2020 can be found on the JASTUSA store, so it’s worth checking out.

Lasting longer is the Steam Summer Sale, which has all sorts of titles, including visual novels on sale until July 8th.

Denpasoft also has a number of visual novels on sale, again including a number of titles that we’ve rated highly.

Check out the JASTUSA sale here.

Check out the Steam Summer Sale here.

Check out the Denpasoft sale here.

HarmonEy has launched this week. This is Hachimitsu Soft’s debut title and it’s about the lurid “ins and outs” of married life. This title is understandably rated 18+ and can be be purchased on Johren. It can be bought at 20% off until July 9th.

You can purchase the game here.

As mentioned last week, JAST USA will be releasing Onigokko! on June 29th. This title is by Alcot, who are well known for the political parody visual novel My Girlfriend is the President.

On the indie side of things, Jane Titor has released a demo of Seeds of Dreams. This relaxing slice-of-life visual novel lets you explore a small rural village, get to know your neighbours, and maybe even solve a mystery.

You can download the demo here.

One of the most popular recent visual novels, Doki Doki Literature Club is getting an enhanced version and a release on consoles. This new version supports HD resolutions, tons of images to unlock, and six new side stories to experience.

Doki Doki Literature Club Plus arrives on Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on Jun 30th.

Gaming News:

Trails of Cold Steel IV may have marked the end of the 4-part story, but NIS America bombarded us with a ton of news that any fan of the Legend series will be ecstatic to hear! The biggest announcements were that after many years, Trails from ZeroTrails to Azure, Nayuta Boundless Trails, and Trails into Reverie are all being localized in the west on the Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC across 2022 and 2023.

Legends of Mana may have just released, but the future is looking bright for the franchise! At the end of the 30th-anniversary stream for the franchise, producer Masaru Oyamada revealed that a new entry in the Mana series has begun development, though it is still too early for us to see anything from it yet.

CyberConnect2’s next big game is one based on the hugely popular Demon Slayer anime/manga series. Previously only announced for Japan, it was recently announced that it will be coming to the west thanks to SEGA publishing the title overseas. This 3D arena fighting game will be covering the events of both the first season and the movie with a wide range of characters and the gorgeous animated visuals CyberConnect2 is famous for.

Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles is coming to Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC on October 15th.

Watch the story mode trailer for Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles

The classic JRPG Final Fantasy IX is getting an animated series from Cyber Group Studio, a French-based animation studio. It’s reported that it will be aiming for a younger audience with production set to start in early 2022.

No premiere date for the Final Fantasy IX animated series has been announced at this time.

Idea Factory’s Dragon Star Varnir has got a release date for the Nintendo Switch port. It will be released digitally, but a physical copy will be available thanks to Limited Run Games.

Dragon Star Varnir‘s Nintendo Switch port will release on August 3rd.

Square-Enix are starting an ambitious cross-promotional series in the form of a new franchise called Deep Insanity. There is currently a manga of the series being published, with a game for iOS, Android, and PC releasing in September, and an anime series produced by SILVER LINK airing this October. All of these different releases tie into the world the franchise is building, which is a world that is ravaged by a disease and the source seems to be coming from Antarctica.

Watch the anime trailer for Deep Insanity

Watch the teaser trailer for the Deep Insanity game

Anime News:

Studio MAPPA recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and had a bunch of announcements to share. The most exciting one was definitely the trailer for the highly anticipated anime adaptation of the popular Shonen Jump series, Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man! The series follows Denji, a man showered in a mountain of debt. After getting betrayed by someone he trusted, a hidden power awakens inside Denji and becomes the titular Chainsaw Man.

The anime adaptation of Chainsaw Man currently has no premiere date.

Watch the trailer for the Chainsaw Man anime adaptation

Along with Chainsaw Man, we got an update on the second part of the final season of Attack on Titan. While the continuation of the series was teased at the end of the first part, we finally have a new key visual for the continuation of the season.

The second part of Attack on Titan‘s final season will air this Winter.

While we’re getting a second season in 2022, Made in Abyss is getting even more releases outside the world of anime. Currently under development by Columbia Pictures, a live-action film adaptation of Made in Abyss is in the works. Masi Oka, best known for the TV series Heroes is on the project, with Roy Lee producing with Vertigo Pictures and is being written/directed by Kevin Mc Mullin.

No premiere date for the film has been announced at this time.

Anohana‘s anime adaptation recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a key visual specifically created to mark the occasion. At a screening for the series’ film, the director of the series Tatsuyuki Nagai jokingly remarked “…there were so many people buying tickets that they sold out in 5 minutes, leaving us no choice but to make a sequel.” While this doesn’t directly confirm a new project for the series, this quote implies that we could be seeing more from Anohana in the future.

Those of you with a Netflix account have another anime movie to look forward to! Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop is a film that sees the relationship between two unlikely youths. One is a shy boy who expresses himself in haikus and the other is a girl who has self-confidence issues. The film acts as the 10th-anniversary project for FlyingDog, an anime music label from Victor Entertainment.

Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop comes to Netflix on July 22nd.

Watch the trailer for Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop

Upcoming Releases:

The latest entry in NIS America’s Disgaea series is finally upon us! It brings the familiar strategy RPG combat and quirky humor that the series is famous for, but is the first game in the mainline series to be in 3D.

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny launches exclusively on Nintendo Switch on June 29th. You can find our review here.


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