Arc System Works Is Making An All Girls Dungeon Crawler

By Spencer . August 27, 2013 . 7:44pm

arclogoArc System Works, developer of BlazBlue and Guilty Gear, are dabbling with the dungeon RPG genre. Stardust Amazoness was announced in this week’s issue of Famitsu and the game has an all female cast.


Stardust Amazoness is set on a prison planet and the characters you play as are planning on breaking out. Miyama-Zero known for High School DxD is the game’s character designer. Azusa Tadokoro sings the game’s theme song, Kiseki.


Stardust Amazoness is slated for release on November 14.

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  • Michael Connell

    Any scans for that announcement? Curious as to what this game will look like since we have a good chance of getting this localized by Aksys

  • SlickRoach

    “All girls” piqued my interests, along with the obvious fact that it’s made by Arc Sys and an RPG. Anxious for more info about it soon.

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      There are still enough anime out there with a cool male protagonist. One that springs to mind is Kaze no Stigma. Well there is also Code Geass and many more, or recently Suisei no Gargantia.

    • Vash bane

      hello this is what I found

      • SlickRoach

        Nice, was hoping for it to be a Vita game because I’m bombarded with too many awesome 3DS at the moment. If this gets localized after I finish my backlog I’ll definitely give it a go.

  • harmonyworld

    So….How much ya wanna bet all the characters are crazy over sexualized?

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    • HellMuT

      Well seeing who the character designer is, it won’t be a big surprise. Plus is it a problem if they’re over sexualized?

      • Tyler Beale

        So long as their boobs aren’t as big as Yellow Heart’s, no.

      • Richard N

        If it’s to the extent of Dragon’s Crown, maybe.

      • chibidw

        Shh, you’ll freak out Kotaku again.

  • Aemette

    Sounds good already. This seems appealing to me thanks to my all girl teams in Etrian Odyssey games. Can’t wait to see some character designs.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips


  • An all girls dungeon crawler… you cant go wrong with that idea

  • Jean Alcantara

    In b4 Guilty Gear or BlazBlue costume DLC.

  • Suicunesol

    I like the premise. :P

    My only question is whether it’s an evil prison planet (in which case the girls are innocent), or a lawful prison planet (in which the case the girls are actually criminals.)

  • Richard N

    Uh… sure, why not.

  • DragKudo

    AWWWWWW YEEAHHHHH. Main character better be a flat chested gunslinger.. wait…..

  • Cephrien

    Just as long as Daisuke Ishiwatari does the soundtrack. I’m up for anything they do.

  • Silver Citizen

    DxD character designer? Yes please!

  • leingod

    I’m totally down with that idea.

  • Milton Martinez

    i guess arc system is becoming good with money wise. i mean blazblue, xblaze, guilty gear xrd, persona 4 update…. and now this.

  • Presea

    I like the sound of an all girl cast since we need those in video games, but I hope that it’s not mostly for fanservice but like its more about girl power. Like girls doing awesome things, being strong, and is respected, not reduced to just their boobs, face, and butts.. I can dream right?

    • Both are possible at the same time… but once people see boobs or butts, instant disrespect regardless… *shrugs* Personally, I have always had a lot of respect for female characters that most people seem to see as “reduced to their boobs, face, and butts”.

      • Presea

        So true. Its really too bad though like some if these female characters are really awesome but once the fanservice kicks in… In some cases, they get really reduced.

      • Strain42

        You’re right, it is very possible to have both, but it’d still be nice to see some strong female characters who don’t have to rely on boobs and/or butts to garner attention from gamers.

        I love boobs and butts as much as anyone, but in a world where Senran Kagura type designs seem to be the norm in all female cast games, it’d be nice to have some variety.

        • Senran Kagura is a case where every female character is united under the “exploding busts” banner, but before that there have been all-female casts in fighting games (usually where most “all female casts” are hosted) that had a variety of types of female characters where not all of them were made to be sexual (although then again, to a lot of people, cuteness is what they find to be sexual… lol).

          • Strain42

            Again, very true. I personally think Skullgirls is a good example of a varied and interesting all female cast. So I’ll wait to reserve judgement until we see…y’know…anything lol

    • Strain42

      That’d be nice, but look who’s doing the character designs. Don’t get your hopes up for sensibly designed characters here. We might get lucky and get some strong independent women, but I think no matter what it’ll be on top of some cheeky fanservice.

      • Presea

        Yeah I just reread the article and I just realized who the artist is so the amount of fan service content is probably pretty high. I’ll believe that at least there will be strong females which, is all I ask for now. I mean I guess I can overlook the fan service in the end, since at least its an all girl team who will fight for themselves.

      • There’s a reason why Highschool DxD has been called “a fanservice anime with actual plot” by more than a few people. I actually do find the characters to be well designed, after you get past the fanservice (if you need to, lol). For more reference to Miyama-Zero’s character designs you can also look at the ones in The Ambition of Oda Nobounaga… that had fanservice too but only a fraction of what Highschool DxD has.

    • Crazy_O

      No way, I think that sounds more like ASW wants to ride on Senran Kagura’s wave. All girls cast from a developer targeting mostly men on a prison planet and the character designer is someone who has one of the biggest fanservice shows airing at the moment (though, even if it sounds funny… i kinda like the story lol).

      Also what girl would buy that? Their main market is still Japan and for them an all-girl cast means it’s automatically in most cases targeting a male audience and an all-male cast is targeting a female audience.

      • Presea

        Eh I always end up playing games that are targeted for men since they tend to be fun so I probably shouldn’t have said anything. I just thought it would be nice if there was a game without much fan service or wasn’t so focused on it.

    • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

      Didnt PS1 Lara Croft teach you naything? You can have strong female leads with nice butt and good breasts.

      • Presea

        Yeah I know. I’m saying that I hope the characters won’t be reduced to just their body because of the fan service. I never meant that a strong female lead can’t have a good body.

        • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

          The problem is you are letting the body proportions affect your opinion on the character, it seems that most people are too superficial to look past well looks.

          • Presea

            I’d admit, I guess that is what I seem to say in my comment. What I meant to say though, is that it’d be nice to have a game without so much fan service for a change of pace. Well in the end, I can overlook the fan service since it is still an all girl team fighting for themselves so there still is girl power, and the gameplay and the characters should be fine.

    • courte

      id prefer neither personally

  • Eric

    I’m getting tired of this harem-esque (overwhelmingly female/all-female) casting in anime. It’s becoming more and more prevalent in shows and even video games. For the most part it’s all about sexualized cute girls with large breasts. I know I’m being grumpy, but, if you ask me, this has led to a serious decline in the caliber of male protagonists, because the focus has been shifted to the females. I could be wrong, but I legitimately feel this way. I’m not trying to be misogynistic, I’m just getting tired of shallow cookie cutter eye candies. Hopefully this will be different.

    I know this is long. Forgive my cynical rant.

    • Crazy_O

      There are still enough anime out there with a cool male protagonist. One that springs to mind is Kaze no Stigma. Well there is also Code Geass and many more, or recently Suisei no Gargantia.

      • Eric

        Well, the problem with your examples is that they are pretty old, and this trend is much more recent than those shows. Kaze no Stigma started airing around 6 years ago and Code Geass started 7 years ago.

        • Crazy_O

          Code Geass ended rather recently if you watched anime as long as I have and atm there are new OVAs to watch. From the currently airing series the male leads I think(!) are great can be found in TWoGK and Bakemonogatari 2. Last Season: Hataraku Maou-Sama, Gargantia, Oregairu. I could go through more but there are some.

          But I agree as far as saying comedy ecchi series usually have a blant protagonist.

    • puchinri

      I think the problem with the kind of examples you mention is that they don’t do male or female characters oraudiences any favors. The problem isn’t being all female so much as being all female and then being created for (especially cheap) pandering (which is problematic). When male characters are thrown in, even more quality is sacrificed and it just makes the situation more sore (because said male ends up being bland, etc).

      It’d be one thing if these kind of harem shows or “cute girls doing cute things” were treated with more respect and had more all around quality, but a lot of it really is (fairly cheap) pandering right now.

      One example that subverts things that surprised me is Free!. I was expecting flat out, pandering fujoshi bait (which, yay for it being a big deal and from KyoAni, but otherwise problematic in other potential ways). But, it’s being handled pretty well and has good baseline quality, and it makes me wish that more of the harem titles (or in general largely/all female casts (directed at male audiences)] had more quality put into them [and that we got more (het) female aimed shows that do gay men a favor too].

      • Shippoyasha

        I don’t understand why fanservice and pandering has to constantly attacked as problematic. Complex characters are always nice to be sure but why is pandering suddenly seen as some moral ill nowadays?

        • Exactly, it’s about time someone else says something like that. I’m all for anime like Free! too. Women deserve their dose of being shamelessly “pandered’ to just as well as guys get. Why can’t we all just have fun sometimes? It’s not like there’s a huge dearth of “serious” stuff either. I like both kinds of anime/games and I definitely feel like I’m able to get an equal helping of both.

          • Eric

            Well, it’s more like puchinri had said. It’s not about it being immoral or ruining the “sanctity” of anime or anything. I agree with you that everyone deserves their fun, but this is more about fanservice becoming the stronger focal point of shows. It starts to become a crutch for a show to rely on, and concentrated efforts seem to end up being directed towards that rather than character quality/writing or what have you.

            You can have both at the same time, and that’s great, but a lot of the time you just get one, and it generally tends to be the attractive sexy one.

          • I would love more fanservice anime with story and writing of epic proportions… but most don’t and I’m ok with that. I watch those anime for fun and they excel in different ways than Eva and GitS do. I never expect them to be good in the way those anime are and I enjoy them for what they are. An anime “relying on” fanservice is the same as one that would rely on action or fighting to me, and sometimes I just want to watch an anime/movie simply for good fight direction. Likewise, it can also be a “masterpiece” of it’s own genre by doing what it does better than anything else.

            A crutch should help you, and Puchinri says “they don’t do anyone any favors” (well it sure does me favors, lol), so it’s hard to see how it’s a crutch. A “lowest common denomenator” implies that it applies to everyone, so why isn’t everyone and their mothers checking it out? Seems like quite the opposite of that. If anything, things with fanservice are pretty niche, lol.

        • puchinri

          Fanservice itself isn’t the problem (even when it refers specifically to the sexual type). The problem is the way it’s handled/treated. And I do think pandering is a problem, because it pretty much always means creators are fine with being cheap and lazy just to rake in an audience/moneyz.

          I don’t mean the writing always has to be deep and subversive or anything, hardly that. But in general, companies tend to skimp out on quite a bit now just for the sake of pushing something out there and rely purely on the fanservice/pandering aspect, and that’s not doing us any favors.

          • As an… umm…. connoisseur (lol) when it comes to all things “fanservice”, I’ll have you know it couldn’t be so “cheap and lazy” for the creators as much as most people would assume. For one thing, it just gets them payed their regular paycheck, maybe, if nothing else. Artists who excel in fanservice don’t exactly live cushy lives despite all the “easy” work they do. There’s obviously huge competition in the field and even among the fanservice crowd there are products that go ignored and forgotten while there are others that are still sought after even a decade later. I know some people who have found their own “masterpiece” when it comes to fanservice and are bored to tears with the fanservice in anything else. Like with anything else, there are brilliant ways to do the fanservice aspect of a manga/game/anime/etc and it doesn’t have anything to do with story. It’s just lucky for many artists that there’s thousands of subgenres in this genre, so if you can’t please the cute lolis crowd maybe you’ll please furry fans, lol.

            Among “fanservice games”, Senran Kagura has probably been the biggest success, and among other games that game just sold as much as a modest niche title. This game is gonna be lucky if it does even half as well. As a fan of fanservice games, I’ll say now that I don’t have enough interest in this game yet to want to buy it just simply knowing that it will have fanservice. I’ll have to see if there will be enough variety, how well it’s done, and other factors if I’m gonna want this. Developers of fanservice games have got to work well enough like anyone else, like Senran Kagura’s creators did… not like those guys on Simple 2000 games (but to be fair, those guys have some crazy ideas at least!).

          • puchinri

            I’m also a bit of a connoisseur of fanservice (hentai more than ecchi though), but I also learned that just because I’m a fan or connoisseur of something, doesn’t mean it should ever be free of critique (or something not analyzable).

            I agree that people making fanservice-oriented works should have to work hard too, but the difference is in those that obviously don’t and those that do. Those that don’t are happening more often, and I think that sucks given some people put real time and work into their project (and it shouldn’t be looked down on just because it’s fanservice).

            Admittedly, I also am more invested in written or animated fanservice-y works than I am interactive ones.

      • Eric

        I see. You have good points, and I agree that they don’t really seem to do anyone favors in general. I haven’t really looked at Free! I am a little surprised it’s being handled the way you say it is, but that’s good to hear especially since it’s the big KyoAni.

        • puchinri

          Yeah, I knew I was going to give it a shot either way, but I’m kind of impressed by how they’re handling the writing. It reminds me of what made Star Driver fun; it knows when and how to take itself seriously and when and how to cater with the fanservice (and it has all around fantastic quality, from animation to writing, etc).

      • Crazy_O

        I already put Free into the “not for me” category, it doesn’t matter how good it is or gets. I’m not denying anyone their fun though, meaning if it floats you boat, who am I to judge? But I kinda expect this position from anybody else also. The shows you mention have their market and this market in Japan is the only one that matters for most anime studios.

    • Flandre Scarlet

      It’s time for male protagonists to take a break, anyway. Japanese developers in particular have proven they simply cannot make them anymore without devolving the game into a harem or having the protagonist in question be as two dimensional as his design.

  • Just Tim

    Can we get guest characters from:

    Guilty Gear: I-no, Millia, Jam
    Blazblue: Noel, Litchi
    Battle Fantasia: Olivia von Roselia

    Hoshigami: Tinn
    Magical Beat: Echo, Holiday, Cereal K

  • fairysun

    Oh yes!!
    I like female character design by Arc System.

  • Yan Zhao

    Highschool DxD’s character designer designed the characters?

    Instant sold.

  • Learii

    I hope are sexy girls not just cute girls lol

    • Yeah, I think Rias and Akeno are actually rare among anime females these days… it’s a rare case where the main female character actually comes off older than the side characters.

  • TheExile285

    I keep checking this article hoping someone posted scans in the comments lol.

    Arc Systems has a US branch now right?

    • Suicunesol

      I think this is what you’re looking for.

      • TheExile285

        sweet, thanks

      • Aww, I was hoping/expecting characters more like Rias and Akeno. Looks like Miyama-Zero went totally loli for this one… most all-girls things tend to, actually. One of the few I can think of with a large variety of ages and body types is Queen’s Blade…

        Well at least some people can be glad now that only one character seems to be on the “fanservicy” side…

        • Suicunesol

          I’m sure there’ll be more.

  • Göran Isacson

    On the one hand, a tale of an all female crew of convicted felons can be pretty interesting and present a very interesting story. Just look at Orange Is The New Black, for instance.

    On the other hand, the designer of a fanservice anime (and not exactly a very engaging one, art-style wise that is)… welp. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how matters develop.

  • Suicunesol
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