Hanakisou was the first visual novel published by the doujin circle HaccaWorks*. It’s a rare example of a fantasy adventure game aimed at a female audience that is neither a type of “dating game” or simulation, whether renai, otome, or BL flavored. Hanakisou was first released in 2003 for the PC, followed by an add-on disc in 2005. Hanakisou was ported to the PS2 in 2006 and is finally making its way to PSP. After being pushed back a month, Hanakisou PSP is set for a 9/22/2010 release with a MSRP of 4830 yen.
The PSP version will be fully voiced and contain the entire game, including the extra material added to the PS2 version. It will include “a sight of petals red,” a side story about Hanashiro’s past, and “Hanauta”, a story about Kuroto’s parents. The two side stories are also given full voice treatment.
Prototype has also reported some technical details. Hanakisou PSP will have the data install option to ensure less disc reading and smooth music. You can capture and create custom PSP wallpapers from any of the in-game graphics (oh shit I’m so there). To adapt the different aspect ratios between the PC/PS2 and PSP release, a cropped version of the CG is shown. However, you can use the analog stick to scroll down and view the trimmed portion.
Scrolling with the analog stick is possible.
I preordered my copy a while back. I haven’t played a visual novel on the PSP yet, so I’m not sure how well the graphics will look at that size, but I’m not too worried. I’ve played less beautifully illustrated games on the small DS screens. Here’s to waiting just a little longer!
It must be fate that the one character comic strip that I can scan without bending my AkaAka preview book is Sagano. It’s too cute not to share and I threw in my very quick “translation” of the dialogue. I’m no translator, but you get the idea!
Translation under the cut~
After taking its sweet time, my Celga package finally arrived, bringing me much joy. The purpose of this order was to finally amass what HaccaWorks* materials I could and it was a raging success. I own all the books! HaccaWorks* is a self-publishing group best known for their visual novel Hanakisou and (hopefully soon) Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino. Hanakisou was originally released on PC and later ported to PS2 with full voices. It will be be re-released on PSP this September. AkaAka missed the latest Comiket deadline, so here’s to hoping for a release next winter.
I have a confession. For the most part, I don’t like when fangirls pair up painfully straight male characters with no homosexual inclinations or mistake true animosity for “sexual tension.” The furthest I’ll regularly go is US x UK in Hetalia and well… Himaruya EGGS me on with that anyway. As a result, Hetalia makes up the largest part of my modest doujinshi collection, followed by Togainu no Chi and Lamento. Once jpqueen went under (sob), I stopped buying doujinshi since it became too much of a hassle and cost prohibitive.
I was pawing through my doujinshi and came across a little gem I had forgotten–one that managed to convincingly ship a pairing that I really didn’t care for, nor had felt the subtext, in less than 16 pages. The doujinshi in question was a Persona 3 (original P3) doujinshi named Samui Yoru ni Miru Yume by Shikibu Akira. I wasn’t even interested in buying P3 dj (I have 3 total); I think I bought it because it was cheap and had nice colors on the cover. It turned out to be a great find.
Gutters from hell warning–no way I’m bending this baby! As a side note, I’m collecting larger scans and even some pages I don’t end up using in entries in my tumblr, so if you’d like to see nicer pics, head on over there.
A few people have recently posted the AkaAka opening on Youtube. Here’s a link. You can also download a copy of the opening on the HaccaWorks* homepage. Very nice. There’s some new CGs and even a couple minor characters that hadn’t been revealed yet. HaccaWorks* already announced on their homepage that they have no new material for sale for the summer Comiket, so we’ll have to be satisfied with this.
#@$# I want to play this game so badly and get an ending where Sagano strings up Yue and makes him into his new muffler…
…what? I have issues.
Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino (あかやあかしやあやかしの)
A preview of HaccaWorks* supernatural visual adventure
Akaya Akashiya Ayakashino (also known as AkaAka) is a visual novel and the second game produced by HaccaWorks*. AkaAka has a unspecified release date and two demos (in Japanese of course) available for download on their website (free and legal!). There is very little information about AkaAka in English and this preview will fill some of that gap. The following information was collected and distilled from the two demos by myself, so there’s some room for interpretation, but it’s a good look at what we know so far. Hopefully this preview will introduce AkaAka to even more people, encourage or help those thinking about playing it, and most of all, find someone else to wildly fangirl with me about it when it’s released!