MangaGamer Licenses Minori’s eden And Supipura [Update 2]

By Ishaan . August 8, 2014 . 9:49pm

 

MangaGamer have licensed visual novel developer Minori’s eden*, the publisher announced at an Otakon panel today.

 

MangaGamer said they will publish two versions of the game—an all-ages version (titled eden*) and version with adult content intact (titled eden* plus mosaic).

 

The all-ages version of eden* will be available on both MangaGamer’s own website as well as on Steam. You can read about the game’s story here.

 

 

Update: MangaGamer will also invest profits from eden into localizing another minori game, Supipura. Once both games are localized, profits from both will be further invested into the continuation of Supipura.

 

The cool part? If fans support both games enough by buying them, Minori have pledged to release the continuation of Supipura in the West before its Japanese release.

 

Update 2: Promo videos for both games added.


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  • Zexill

    Sweet. I hope that VN’s bloom in popularity with more releases on steam.

  • Kornelious

    …….What’s in the Eden plus mosaic version?

    • dynamic-zx

      h-scenes.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Let me remind our folks that mosaiced is required by JP law. They did the same with ef.

        • Kornelious

          Required by law? What do you mean?

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Take a look at many ero-game scenes. Some degree of mosaic is required on genitals on JP games.

          • Kornelious

            Ooohhh, You mean the censor’s, I get it now….So the title “Plus moasic” is playing on that?

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Yep, they weren’t so upfront with ef, and got a little burned.

            So, don’t lie and make it a ‘feature’.

          • Anewme…Again

            No, that’s just how it was called in japan.
            http://vndb.org/r4050

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            In general mosaics are required for any sort of media that shows explicit nudity or sexual content. The only work without mosaics and explicit sexual content in Japan is arguably In The Realm Of The Senses and it’s also because it’s widely acclaimed as a work of art that needs to be seen uncut.

      • Kornelious

        I figured as much….I’m surprised they’re releasing that version :p

  • http://www.twitter.com/christaran Chris Taran

    Love the fact they they’re giving the option!

  • Shinobikens

    Hah plus mosaic because mosiac censorship. Those sly dogs

  • yes now pls release the 2 ef games on steam first cuz its impossible for me to buy from there site :v

  • Kotorin

    oh god supipara story #02… finally

  • wyrdwad

    Was going to ask if eden* has an opening animation by Makoto Shinkai (of 5 Centimeters Per Second and Voices of a Distant Star fame) like most of minori’s other works, but all I had to do was look it up on YouTube, and… yeah, it totally does.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YO_bLX87QE

    I haven’t confirmed 100% that Shinkai is involved, but if he’s not, I’ll eat my hat. ;)

    I got into minori through the ef games, which not only had Makoto Shinkai on animation, but also Tenmon on music IIRC (Shinkai’s go-to music guy) — at least, the anime version of ef did, if not also the game — and it was *really, really good* (honestly, it had one of the most emotionally powerful storylines I’ve ever encountered in the entire genre, on par with Key’s works), so I’ll absolutely give eden* a shot.

    • wyrdwad

      Looks like Supipara is also Makoto Shinkai, except… his name isn’t listed in any of the credits! But this is SO his style — if it’s not him, it’s the best damned impression of him I’ve ever seen. Does anyone know if he took on a pseudonym for this game?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na44Zx8I9ko

      Either way, this opening looks even better than eden*’s — I really like the character designs, and I like the concept of tracking the witch after the story of the mermaid princess (probably because it reminds me of PopoloCrois!).

      • M’iau M’iaut

        You know plenty of anime VAs, directors, writers, musicians and artists have buried themselves behind multiple nom-de-plumes when doing ero work. In the case of Shinkai, we are talking one who had been rumored to be a Miyazaki replacement. :P

        Ya, I would say its him or a very close ‘relative’.

        • wyrdwad

          The thing is, though, he didn’t take on pseudonyms for any of his earlier work with minori — the opening movies for both ef games and wind: a breath of heart clearly just list him as Makoto Shinkai (even when he worked for Falcom, he credited himself as Makoto Niitsu!). So if he’s getting worried about his rep now, he might be a little too late to do anything about it, as the cat’s been out of the bag for a long time. ;)

          • M’iau M’iaut

            He should just learn from Norio Wakamoto and embrace the ‘is that’? :P

            Also might be worth checking the end credits to see if he is just listed there instead.

      • biskmater

        I don’t know whether Alice is really, really good or really, really bad at flying.

        • wyrdwad

          Either way, it looks pretty exciting. ;)

      • Yause

        Shinkai didn’t direct the openings for either eden or Supipara. Indeed, some fans attacked eden as a disappointing imitation on the day the video was released. Supposedly, the director tried to emulate Shinkai’s cinematography but with a totally different composition sense.

        At any rate, the sequences look so similar because the animation staff previously produced Shinkai’s stuff (in terms of anime, think of a studio like Kyoto Animation or P.A. Works. They work with multiple directors, but the art, animation, and color design are often similar because of shared staff and technology). For years, Shinkai and Minori were under the same publisher, so there’s a long history of collaboration.

        • wyrdwad

          That’s pretty impressive, then — especially Supipara’s OP, which is easily on par with anything from Shinkai’s own repertoire IMHO. Sequences in that opening remind me a LOT of 5 Centimeters Per Second.

          Guess I’m eating my hat. ;)

    • MrTyrant

      I found Ef boring but I would give Eden a shot. I read is shorter and thats for me is something bad but I like the setting enough be interesed. Supipara I don’t know how is it.

      • Shippoyasha

        Ef is for a certain type of taste really. It could be boring following the VN, but I thought the anime adaptation was a pretty brilliant take on it.

        • Juan Andrés Valencia

          The anime is fantastic but I have to admit it’s easier to get into than the game. Not saying it’s bad though, it’s pretty damn good.

        • MrTyrant

          The anime was decent. I think it was one of the first Shaft’s works I saw. Now I got tired of Shaft lol

          • Shippoyasha

            I keep revisiting Ef and I get more and more impressed the more I watch. They get a lot of the nuances of the story out of the way in quick shots and that’s done pretty brilliantly while adapting the story.

            I still love Shaft. But it’s worth following them by not following the bloated hype around them. It’s just another style by a particular studio that’s all. There’s a lot of Shaft shows that are underappreciated.

  • MrTyrant

    Was Supapira any good? I read that it didn’t sell very well in japan but the whole vn market can be weird at times. Just to notice I dislike Kinectic novels unless the novel itself is a very epic tale or something.

    • Shippoyasha

      I heard some good things about it. Plus, I have faith in minori.

      Plus it aims to have a lot of bittersweet romance which I feel minori does well at.

  • kroufonz

    is this for real i’d buy it for the sake of getting supipara #02

  • Postnjam

    Thank you based mangagamer

  • Stranger On The Road

    good news, been hoping for eden* plus :-)

    If eden* is coming to Steam store, then it would have been better if it came to GoG store as well! Some of us are more likely to buy a game from GoG than Steam.

    But I guess they need the DRM even if it is pointless :-(
    oh well, would buy it from both stores any way to support the localization :-)

    • Robert Dexter

      I’m pretty sure MG already uses DRM. I remember something about after 3 installs you had to call them to get a new code.

  • Albel

    Surprising move, to say the least. Considering their move to all-ages and especially since Supipara almost put minori out of business.
    I do wonder whether it’s a good move for them to further alienate their hardcore eroge fanbase by releasing the potential sequel to an all-ages title – which their original fanbase didn’t want in the first place – in the west before japan.

    Either way, I guess now it’s time for all those pro-all-ages people to put their money where their mouth is.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      What are you talking about? They have plenty of backwork of hardcore eroge. There’s more of that then all ages.You did know that they’ve done all ages before right?

      • Albel

        What are YOU talking about? When did I ever make so much as a mention of mangagamer? I presume that’s what you’re talking about?

        The only thing I questioned was minori’s move to let them localize two of their very few all-ages titles, when they themselves have moved back to 18+ eroge because all-ages simply did not sell well enough for them, in japan – hence why I said original fanbase.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          Ahh I thought you meant mangagamer, sorry. Wait why would we be their original fanbase?

    • Yause

      It isn’t that surprising. The 18+ VN market has been in a death spiral for several years, so Minori has looked toward alternative means for success. Think of why they made a non-adult game in the first place: the rationale was that if adult games couldn’t sustain them long-term, then all-ages content might immediately catapult them into the mixed media market (especially since Ef already established their brand amongst those consumers). It didn’t work out, but at the end of the day, Minori knew they had to do something.

      The hardcore fanbase is small – a mere fraction of what it used to be (just like the console game market in Japan; the industry predicts that the PC VN market may be gone within the next decade) – so if Minori can establish a sizable western market, it’s worthwhile. As it is, they’re already walking on a tightrope by focusing solely on the hardcore.

      • ReMeDyIII

        “The 18+ VN market has been in a death spiral for several years”

        ^ Source?

        • MrTyrant

          It isn’t true. I read Supapira sold bad because it didn’t have H scenes if something is in decline is the whole vn market (all age included) but H games or visual novel with H events are still selling well if they weren’t they wouldn’t do it. A lot of writers just put H for the sake of selling their product unless a bigger company make a good promotion like 5pb for example.

          • Yause

            Supipara sold poorly because the all-ages market for PC VNs doesn’t really exist, nor is Minori’s brand strong enough to draw in light novel and anime fans.

            Returning to short term profitability doesn’t mean they’ve solved long-term problems. It’s no coincidence that more companies are looking westward or are branching directly into other media (i.e. Nitroplus with their anime projects, takahiro with his manga and anime, Aquaplus with their focus on consoles and handhelds, etc.). Other studios subsist by churning out multiple titles per year – whereas they once released one visual novel per year, they’re now forced to release two, three, or even four to keep cash flow going.

            Sex fests are dependable enough. Nevertheless, it isn’t because they sell particularly well (in the industry’s heyday, successful story-based VNs vastly outsold these, which placed those particular publishers at the top), but because the strategy of pushing a dozen low-selling, low budget titles per year (each catering to a different fetish) was in place from the start. The developers can survive, but it isn’t conducive to market growth, nor does it really help the studios that aim to produce lengthier, story-oriented products.

            At any rate, the industry believes that light novel publishers stole the potential audience for story-based VNs. They lure away good writers and charge lower prices (i.e. 500 yen entry fee instead of ~9000 yen), which makes them successful at attracting younger readers. Eroge is stuck with a shrinking base of older fans who’re gradually exiting the market, which is why it has been in a death spiral.

            Console games are in a similar situation in that the mobile developers have won the younger customers, hence the industry shift toward F2P phone/tablet games. No market can depend solely on the old guard forever.

          • MrTyrant

            Light novel are shit. They should dissapear.

          • Zens

            I don’t know where you get this non-existant statistics, but that if far from the truth. Eroge companies want to expand to other media just because having more money is better, not because the eroge market is dying.
            If things were like you think, N+ would be releasing Necromancer or Dogura Q as all-ages titles (Nitro+ is well know brand right now, so they can pull this), they don’t intend to leave the eroge market, it’s the opposite…they colaborate with 5pb doing all-ages titles.
            When companies release all-ages version of existing titles is because they want to drawn more people to the brand, not because they want to do “only all-ages titles”.

            All companies want more money but that doesn’t mean they want to shift their sights.
            Nor will be more new eroge companies opening from time to time.

            And all that thing about light novels is not exactly true either. Why do you think some well known writers are still doing eroge? they have more liberty to write whatever they want. With light novel they will have editors that will usually make them change/add/remove things to the original idea in order to attract more readers, this usually mean that the have to write things following certain trends that aren’t necessary for the story.
            I believe there are some amazing VNs that would be ruined if they were conceived as light novels from the start.

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    http://static.minitokyo.net/downloads/36/16/635836.jpg?928118934
    http://s.vndb.org/cv/85/19585.jpg

    no mention of Natsuzora ni Perseus or 12 Tsuki no Eve, Minori?

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    Great move localizing the uncensored version…while also giving an “all ages” version for those who otherwise would not have invested. Once again, well done MangaGamer!

    • Bryan

      not sure if it really is uncensored. Ef series from minori were still censored picture wise.

      • http://www.nichegamer.net Brandon Orselli

        They try to remove those blasted mosaics whenever they can.

  • Ladius

    That’s a really ambitious partnership if I ever saw one, it’s great to see Mangagamer trying to foster not only the western vn offer, but also the development of original Japanese novels. Considering Minori’s old stance regarding western localizations, this development shows just how much this context has changed in the last few years.

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