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MangaGamer to Release Umineko Visual Novel on Steam

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Also: Himawari: The Sunflower, A Kiss For The Petals -Remembering How We Met

Video game localization and publishing company MangaGamer announced at its panel at Anime Expo on Saturday that it will release Ryukishi07/07th Expansion's mystery suspense dōjin game Umineko - When They Cry visual novel on Steam.

The Umineko - When They Cry release will have an updated translation with cooperation from Witch Hunt, and it will include new sprite art and the full original soundtrack. The release will also include the option for new or old sprite art.

MangaGamer describes the visual novel as follows:

In Umineko, the player will join Battler, a scion of the wealthy Ushiromiya family, as he attends their annual reunion on the island of Rokkenjima for the first time in six years. However, that night, a disaster falls upon the Ushiromiya family, and they all begin to fear for their very lives. Battler's cousin Maria believes the golden witch Beatrice has returned and committed murder through magic, but Battler doesn't believe in such a fantasy. Still, could anyone in his family really have killed their own kin for the sake of riches? You know both the situation leading up to the incident and its tragic result, but the course of events is an enigma, and no one willing to share the whole truth. What really happened on Rokkenjima that night?

NIS America released the anime adaptation on home video, and Yen Press is releasing the manga adaptation in omnibus editions.

MangaGamer also announced that it will be releasing Frontwing's PC remake of Blank Note's Himawari: The Sunflower game. The company will release an adult version on its site and an all-ages version on Steam. Those who order the adult version will also receive a free copy of the Steam version.

MangaGamer describes the game as follows:

Himawari: The Sunflower tells a tale of love, tragedy, and sacrifice played out on two stages – Earth, and outer space. Enter Hinata Youichi, a young high school student and sole survivor of a tragic spaceplane crash that robbed him of both his family and memories roughly two years prior. Amnesiac but steady in his new life, Youichi manages to find solace in surrounding himself with friends: Amamiya Ginga, the eccentric son of a world-famous astronaut, as well as the tomboyish, yet ultimately kind-hearted quasi-childhood friend, Saionji Asuka. Everything changes, however, when an unidentified object crash-lands in Youichi's hometown and he meets Aries, a mysterious – and similarly amnesiac – young girl from outer space. Who is Aries? What happened on that fateful day two years ago? And what secrets lurk behind the accident that turned Youichi's life upside down?

Additionally, MangaGamer will release St. Michael's A Kiss For The Petals -Remembering How We Met, which is the newest chapter in the A Kiss For The Petals yuri game series. A Kiss For The Petals -Remembering How We Met is an all-ages romance title that was originally a mobile game, and MangaGamer will be porting it to PC.

MangaGamer describes the game as follows:

Remembering How We Met is a great chapter for those who new to the series as it tells the brand new story of Risa and Miya's romance while looking back on the history of their time in St. Michael's Girls' School. Their story is unique, even within the franchise, as Risa and Miya were initially antagonistic toward each other. Though both are smart in different ways, they're almost polar opposites—Risa is studious and works hard for her achievements while Miya seeks the freedom to pursue her own interests, her innate intelligence making class a bore for her. How did love manage to blossom between such rivals? Find out as they recount the tale.

MangaGamer also revealed that it has formed a partnership with adult game company Alice Soft, and the two companies will release Beat Blades Haruka in English as their first title. The game inspired a three-episode adult video anime series in 2009-2010.

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