MangaGamerannounced their new partnership with minori on Sunday. MangaGamer and minori will be collaborating with No Name Losers, a fansub group, to localize their games. The first games planned for release will be ef – the First Tale and ef – the Latter Tale, the basis for the ef anime ef – A Tale of Memories (2007) and ef – A Tale of Melodies (2008). The games will be released in their original, unedited format.
minori is known for their beautiful visuals and engaging storylines, two very important aspects of visual novels. It’s exciting to see masterpieces like ef being brought over for the English speaking audience. We at Sayuri Studios hope to see more great partnerships in the visual novel realm!
We had a great time at AnimeFEST! We met some great people and had lots of fun with our friends.
They had some awesome Japanese guests this year: Kazuyoshi Katayama (King of Thorns, Big O), Dai Sato (Samurai Champloo, Ghost in the Shell), and the members of Nirgilis (D Gray Man, Eureka 7). We went to their panels and met them all personally through a friend. They were very friendly!
We had a lot of people come check us out at the booth. As was expected, most people were not familiar with visual novels, and those who were associated them with “gal games”. We’re working on finding the best way to educate people about the medium… and it’s pretty hard. But we’re getting better all the time!
Sakevisual had some very cool items on sale! In addition to games, they had plushies, buttons, artbooks, art prints, and more! I purchased a RE: Alistair artbook myself. They also ran an excellent panel on creating visual novels. It was captured on video! (with my terrible videotaping skills >.>)
If you haven’t already, check out their games. They’re quickly becoming a main staple of the OELVN world and for good reason!
We were stuck at the booth most of the time, but we did manage to take a few photos! They’re available on our Flickr.
Labor Day Weekend
Fri Sept 3rd – Mon Sept 6th, 2010
Location: Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion
Anyone going to AnimeFEST? We are! Please stop by and see us during your adventures! We will be located in the Bizarre Bazaar.
Our friends sakevisual will be there in the dealers room, AND they’ll be running a panel on visual novel making! Their panel times are:
Room assignments are available in your AFEST schedule. They are amazing artists and great teachers. If you have any interest in making VNs, this is a panel you don’t want to miss.
Our OTHER friends (we have several) Mu Epsilon Kappa will be hosting several panels. Anime Jeopardy is especially popular. Please visit their booth in the Bizarre Bazaar for more information and sign-ups.