Nook News – 9/20/21

Visual Novel News:

In a surprising announcement, Harem Kingdom by SMEE will be published by Shiravune and is coming on September 24th. On release it will only be coming to Johren, with no official word on a Steam release as of yet. This is an isekai visual novel, where the socially awkward protagonist is told he is the last king and must form a harem.

Interestingly Shiravune did not translate this title, but did the editing. On the Shiravune Discord it was mentioned that translation was handled by an unknown third-party, possibly SMEE themselves.

TalesShop has announced that they will be releasing their next game. Love Flute will be releasing in Korean in in October, with an English version coming soon after. It’s a Romantic Comedy visual novel about a busker trying to make it big and a ghost with a goal.

Cherry Kiss Games has just released Big Dick at the Beach on the JASTUSA and Steam stores. As you’d imagine by the title, this is very much an adult title. This description on the store page is ‘You’re the most hung stud on the beach, so take your pick from the bounty of beautiful babes to have some naughty ‘fun in the sun’ with. That’s what summer is all about!’

On the indie developer side of the visual novel world, HusbandoGoddess has just released Another Day. The store page describes the story as ‘Sebastian is at the end of his rope. Tired of the pain, he goes to end his life but stumbles upon someone who is planning to do the same’. Considering the premise and the warnings regarding transphobia, suicidal thoughts and attempts, body dysphoria, abuse, and self-harm, this certainly isn’t going to be a light story.

Event News:

Our readers in the UK may be aware that the EGX 2021 is coming up soon. While the ongoing pandemic is likely to make this a very different game expo than EGX 2019 due to safety concerns, we’re hoping to be able to tell you about it again.

If you happen to be attending, you’ll probably be passing through Canning Town Station. Anime fans will want to take a moment to look around, as an employee from TFL has been decorating their boards with drawings of popular anime characters.

Not attending? You can still take a look over on his social media, such as @letsdrawmore85. Our friends over at Get A Life Podcast have interviewed him if you’d like to hear more.

Gaming News:

Announced back in June, Monark received a brand new trailer showing some of the game’s protagonists. For those not in the know, Monark is being worked on by former developers from the Shin Megami Tensei series and takes place in a high school setting, similar to the Persona series.

Monark releases on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in early 2022.

Watch the Monark Allies trailer

The fourth main expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: Online is only two months away. To give potential new players a better view of the kinds of characters they can play as, Square-Enix released a massive video showcasing all the actions from the many classes available to play as.

Final Fantasy XIV: Online‘s Endwalker expansion releases for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, and Mac on November 23rd.

Watch the Job Actions trailer for Final Fantasy XIV: Online

One of the most popular JRPGs to be released in the last decade celebrated its fifth anniversary this year! Persona 5 was initially released on the 15th of September, 2016 in Japan, with the game releasing in the west on April 4th, 2017. The Phantom Thieves have been quite busy since then, starring in Persona Q2: New Cinema LabyrinthPersona 5: Dancing in Starlight, and Persona 5 Strikers. It also received an anime adaption, an expanded version of the original game with Persona 5 Royal, and appearances in a ton of games via collaborations. This also included the honor of joining the roster in the Super Smash Bros. series as DLC.

To celebrate the occasion, character designer Shigenori Soejima drew an illustration of Joker and Morgana. On top of that, the Persona series as a whole celebrates its 25th anniversary today, with ATLUS teasing plenty of announcements to celebrate, with the first one set to be announced sometime this month.

The latest release in The Legend of Heroes series is releasing very soon in Japan! To build anticipation, Falcom released a trailer for The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki shows the game’s opening.

Watch the opening movie trailer for The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

Anime News:

We’re less than a month away from the premiere of Komi Can’t Communicate‘s anime adaptation! We got another look at the series with a brand new trailer, along with news regarding the series release. While it will begin broadcasting on October 6th, it will release on Netflix in Japan a day later, with the series streaming weekly in other Netflix territories on October 21st.

Watch the second trailer for Komi Can’t Communicate‘s anime adaptation

The Sword Art Online series is getting a brand new movie! Titled Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night, the film takes place in the reboot series and retells the first season’s story arc, the Aincrad Arc, but with new segments added to it. To get a better idea of what this film is going to be, a trailer for the film was released.

Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night premieres in Japan on October 30th. No western release has been announced at this time.

Watch the trailer for Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night

One of anime’s most iconic franchises got a bunch of brand new announcements! The first new Gundam anime series in seven years since Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans was announced and is called Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury, though no more details were provided. On top of that, we’ll be getting a new film titled Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island, which will be based on the fifteenth episode of the original Gundam series.

Both Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury and Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island will premiere in 2022.

Starting life as a popular Vocaloid song, the popular Black Rock Shooter character has been dormant for quite some time, but she’s finally making a comeback! Announced via a new illustration from her original creator, huke, the franchise will return with a brand new anime series, Black ★★ Rock Shooter DAWN FALL, which is the first animated project in almost a decade. No other details, such as the release date and who are producing the series were announced at this time.

Upcoming Releases:

Announced as one of the first big titles for the PlayStation 5, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is finally releasing this week! Sporting a gorgeous art style, this third-person action-adventure game sees players take on the role of the titular Kena with a large focus on spirits.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits arrives for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC on September 21st.

If you happened to miss it last year, CyberConnect2’s RPG take on the Dragon Ball series is coming to Nintendo Switch. Dragon Ball Z Kakarot lets you relive the story from Raditz’s arrival on Earth to the final fight against Majin Buu, allowing fans to relieve some of the series’ most memorable moments.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot launches on Nintendo Switch on September 24th.

The follow-up to SEGA’s spinoff to the Yakuza series, Judgement is getting a sequel. Lost Judgement sees players once again playing Takayuki Yagami trying to solve a brand new mystery. Though if that doesn’t strike your fancy, it offers a truckload of other fun tasks and bonuses to enjoy.

Lost Judgement releases for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One on September 24th.

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