By John . January 14, 2011 . 12:33pm
Japan’s recent Comiket 79 saw the release of Project Aja’s Koumajou Densetsu II. Spencer highlighted Project Aja’s first doujin PC game last year. The sequel also played a bit like a linear Castlevania but with more in-game options to fight with and more enemy firepower to dodge. This game, subtitled Stranger’s Requiem, seemed to be based loosely around the Perfect Cherry Blossom storyline of the Touhou shmup series. Touhou-style bullets were clearly used for enemy fire.
Aja’s hired many famous seiyuu voice actresses this time around. One notable is Miyuki Sawashiro from Durarara!!, High School of the Dead, Strike Witches, and CANAAN. She voiced Sakuya, the main character. Marisa Kirisame (shown below), another Team Shangai Alice Touhou staple, also makes an appearance. She is voiced by Hidamari Sketch and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei’s Ryoko Shintani.
Koumajou Densetsu II allowed for joypad or keyboard input. The options menu had a pad config selection to set the buttons. The directional arrows were preset based on the controller you configured for your PC. Most of the gameplay is summed up nicely in the developer play through of the first stage on Easy mode.
Not revealed in the video were the health power ups, which appeared after slicing at some walls. Like Castlevania, the walls showed no sign of decay to hint where to strike. However, the walls didn’t crumble once I found the food. Despite that non-travesty, the game demo was a blast to play: very easy to start and challenging enough not to stop. While some websites are saying this game has English and French patches, I have confirmed that the sequel does not presently. The first game did receive language patches, and developer Yagani Eiichiro has assured me that there will be patches released by the end of January to play Koumajou 2 in English and French. He is excited players from overseas enjoy his games and says to watch Twitter and his blog, as they will announce downloadable purchase details for the game. The first is available on DLSITE.com, which has an English-friendly browser.
Koumajou Densetsu II is available now through retail for between 2100-2,625 yen ($20+). Aja has a free trial that includes the voice acting (which explains the hefty download size) here, labeled “Koumajou2_trial3.zip.” To run the game optimally, the developer has provided these specs:
・Windows 7 / Vista / XP
・CPU: Intel Pentium4 Processor 3.0GHz (my laptop @ 2 GHz ran it smoothly,
save some slow down with a lot of characters on screen)
・Memory: 512MB or more (1GB suggested)
・V-RAM: 64MB or more (128MB or more with NVIDIA)
・Sound: DirectSound compatible soundcard
・Resolution: 800×600 or higher
Important announcement: The developer has agreed to an interview! Please list any questions you have regarding Project Aja’s games or their take on the doujin scene in Japan.