MangaGamer Publishing Indie Visual Novels


Visual novel publisher, MangaGamer, have begun to publish OEL (or Original English Language) visual novels of late. Among their first lot of OEL titles are Jisei and Kansei, two short mystery visual novels by an indie developer named SakeVisual, who were founded by voice actress, Apphia Yu.


Jisei is about a teenager with no name, who wanders from city to city, burdened by the weight of an extraordinary ability. When he’s accused of murder, he begins to try and prove his innocence, while a voice in his head warns him to watch his step.


Kansei is a follow-up game and involves the death of the owner of a high-profile corporation. In Kansei, the protagonist teams up with others who appear to have abilities as strange as his own, but they might pose a greater threat than the killer they’re all looking for.


MangaGamer are selling Jisei and Kansei as a single bundle on their store for $25.91 (€19.95). Both games are all-ages titles.


Meanwhile, another game, Host Holic, skews more toward the otome side. You play as someone who’s in Japan to teach English for a year, and begins to explore the dating scene in Tokyo. The game requires you to balance your job as a teacher and your dating activities with the four potential male partners you meet.


Host Holic is available for $20.71 (€15.95). The game is classified as an all-ages title, but MangaGamer say that it is “recommended for a mature audience”. Host Holic is developed by Visual Novel Games.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.