They say that January is the hardest month to get through: post-holiday depression, bad weather (we got like six inches snow here in Seattle. WTF?), little daylight, and a groggy sense of returning to the real world after a month where it seems everybody but you had at least two weeks off. And then there’s been the recent Animepocalypse where it seems like the US industry is hitting another particularly rough patch. It doesn’t really make you chatty, does it? Since we’ve largely been toiling away in silence, here’s a look at what’s been going on since recovering from our New Year’s hangovers.
The biggest announcement is that after some minor delays, the new hard copy editions of Go Go Nippon! and the Edelweiss bundle have cleared replication and are in-stock at J-List and fine anime stores everywhere. We Love Master is still in replication due to us trying to source and fix an installation bug, but should be in stock soon.
As for the fourth hard copy? Well, it’s cleared beta testing and textual corrections and is off to Japan for further work there. We still aren’t saying what it is, but trust us – this surprise is well worth it.
Continuing on the line of beta testing, the last nukige in our current series has completed testing, as has DEARDROPS. Not wanting to tempt fate, we’ll be setting the release dates as soon as we receive word that all the fixes are in and the gold master has been locked down. With luck, we’ll have both of them out this Spring. Once DEARDROPS is finished and ready to go, scripting and testing will commence on Dengeki Stryker. Likewise, we’re down to the finale for translation and editing on Harukoi Otome, so we hope to have it finished before the end of this week.
As for ef, we’re pleased to say it’s cleared another round of testing and is with minori for what everybody is hoping will be the final set of corrections. If you just can’t wait, the first episode of the anime is available for free streaming on The Anime Network, albeit dub-only.
We’re also still in negotiation for some new games with new partners. You’ll have to wait until the ink’s dry on the contracts before we can say anything else, though.
Work is also progressing on the anime and manga lines. Kouryuu’s just finished translating his first manga volume, full of sexy onee-sans, and we can confirm that our anime releases will play on just about any device you can throw them at. Need some hardcore H on your iPhone? We got it covered. PS3? No sweat. Our manga and anime titles will be available for purchase once we finish sorting out some issues on the back end – no, not that back end. >_<
As always, there are a couple more things going on that we can’t mention here. All we can say is that there’s some true awesomeness in the works and while we haven’t made many big announcements lately, we’ve certainly been hard at work.