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I used to post here ages ago. It is good to know the community is still here! I have been having a major Angelique Renaissance since re-watching the Neo Angelique anime in February and, much to my delight, finally getting to play an Angelique game with Retour. I've been fangirling it all alone to fervent fanfiction writing levels since March... I'm glad to find somewhere a bit active to talk about it.

Now I would really love to play some of the older games. I just bought the PC version of Etoile, and hopefully I can get to work on an old laptop. I imagine I should be able to attempt Neo Angelique and Maren when I get a PSP. (Are PSPs regionally locked? I am assuming that I should get a Japanese version.) What about Trois, Special 2 and Requiem? Is there any way to play them without buying old Japanese consoles and trying to get them to work with newer US TVs? I saw Requiem on a kind of sketchy website as being downloadable, but I didn't get it to work.

On Retour... I have a lot to say and am not sure where to start. lol. I will happily post a synopsis of Brian's parts, for those who can't play Retour, if there is any interest. It has its issues, but I kind of love his story. I wish I knew when his birthday is! It is a silly thing, but I like to know this stuff!

The most important (for my fanfic, anyway) question is... Is there ever mentioned anywhere just how much time passes on the continent in relation to the flying city? There is rather contradictory information. Brian says more than once, IIRC, that it has been decades... and there is a scene that indicates that is the case, but the priest doesn't age that much. He just goes from about 8 to perhaps 18 or so when I got the game to last over 100 days or so. I assumed that the priest has power like a Guardian's, which is why he ages minimally, but uncertain timelines bug me when writing anything.
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Hey there, folks; the Brand New Summer event has come and gone, and according to Famitsu and Gamer, Koei released some...extremely broad details about the game:

- It's set two years after the first one
- The Aube Hunters have gathered together into a new manor
- The game is scheduled for release in 2017

And...that's it. There was also a promo image shown of Angelique & Rayne looking at each other, but no one's posted it yet. The official Twitter thinks the new Neoromance credit-card promotion is much more newsworthy. Hey, Koei: you do know what the "promo" in "promo image" means, don't you? Material can't promote something if you keep it hidden under a rock.

Anyhow: I wish that the details leaked were more inspiring. It's very early on, obviously, but "there's a mansion & everything so it's just like the first one except it's two years later" isn't very stirring.
30 July 2016 @ 02:24 am
I was just going through this journal from 2009 and realized I have to update my list. XD So I figured I could start a new topic, ask the same (well, similar) question and breathe some life into the comm for a moment~

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Current Music: Super Robot Wars Alpha drama CD
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Yo! Uh, so it's been forever, anyone in here still? I wanted to post about an Angelique manga translation that got a new chapter uploaded back in May [of this year! XD] Here's a link:
Not exactly the fastest translation team but hey, it's something lol.
Also, has the majority of the community gathered somewhere else? If so, where? I wanna follow along too ^^;
16 June 2016 @ 10:10 pm
So, I just found a few Angelique drama CDs that don't have summaries / translations on this community yet. ...I'd love to understand what's going on so would anyone be able to help me?

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Current Music: Initial D 5th Stage - Takumi's Theme II
Translation posted for Luva's manga! (The manga itself is up to read here until Feb. 5, 10:00 a.m. Japan time.) The compiled print edition of the Clavis, Lumiale, and Luva Secret Side stories, Angelique Retour Secret Side Vol. 2, has already been released.

Also: Miko Mitsuki has made noises to the effect that Luva's chapter is the last Secret Side manga. This would seem to be accurate, as there's no "next month" promo image on the Sho-Comi page like there has been in the past.

It'd be odd if so, though, because Zephel, Marcel, and Randy haven't gotten their turn. There's certainly no shortage of backstory source material for those characters: Zephel's dramatic introduction to the Sanctuary; Randy's rivalry with Oscar (whom they love to put in these manga) or how Randy's parents met (his dad was a prince, his mom a commoner, their love was forbidden and he had to give up his title and go off on a search to find her when she was sent away by his jealous mother); and I'm sure they could gin up something with Marcel's extensive family. The free Secret Side manga were meant to promote Retour's release, though, and now it's out; and I could think of one possible spoiler-related reason why they would not want to showcase these stories online for free. Will we see, maybe, a print-only Secret Side Vol. 3? I dunno; for now, though, Secret Side seems to be over.

Other stuff:

- The Sekai o Dakishimete variety CD is out, with songs by Brian, Marcel, Randy, Zephel, and Oscar, plus what appparently is a Brian-centric drama. There's also an upcoming event CD, which apparently features songs by Luva and Lumiale, plus a duet by Gerard & Silvan threatened. Tumblr user minobishe has posted promo videos for both CDs, with audio snippets, here.

In addition, there's a "Futari Dake no Ochakai" ("A Tea Party for Just the Two of Us") CD featuring a Clavis-Lumiale drama produced in association with the merch company Happy Kuji, but...well, see below.

- A bunch of Retour merchandise has been produced by Happy Kuji, an odd company that sells its products...well, I'm kind of not sure. Apparently, lottery tickets are involved, and the items are divided into "prize tiers," but the merchandise is sold in massive boxes that are about $500 U.S. and come with sets of all prize tiers included? I don't know if this is something that's aimed at retailers, and the lottery aspect comes into play at the retail level (like the old PP trading card packs), or what. Anyhow, the Clavis-Lumi CD is apparently an exclusive "preorder bonus" for the Happy Kuji packs, and...my head is hurting. I have to go lie down now. If anyone out there can actually explain Happy Kuji, please do so.

(ETA: Also, one of the prize tiers is an invitation to an event featuring what seems to be a live tea party drama that features Julious & Oscar, plus an apparent gift of a CD of the event. I need Advil.)

Anyhow, we outside of Japan can't purchase the Happy Kuji merch outside of the secondary market, but it's worth browsing their Twitter to see some of the weird stuff they've made. Guardian-inspired nail stickers?

- Speaking of bizarre promotions in which we outside Japan cannot participate: Koei has teamed with karaoke king Joysound for a promotional campaign where participants can win video games by singing Angelique character songs.

- Also, I noted this on the Tumblr, but just to repeat: Brian's backstory in Retour is starting to get out in the open, so you might want to play Retour sooner rather than later if you haven't gotten on that and want to remain unspoiled. (There's one Brian-centric post on Tumblr (not one I've reblogged on the Angmedia Tumblr) that makes an oblique reference to it; it's very obscure, so it might not even mean anything to you, but if it does, it seems to full-on spoil what's going on with him. Just be aware.)

Finally, it's late, but I'll leave with this Miko Mitsuki piece that she made to commemorate the Retour release:

03 January 2016 @ 08:05 pm
"Luva's Everyday" is now up - a one-and-done affair. It'll be up until Feb. 5, 10:00 a.m. Japan time.



Plus, Julious has the good grace not to facepunch Luva in this one.

ETA: Oh, wait - someone hits Luva in the head with a book in a flashback. So I guess Julious's job was just handed to someone else for this installment.
Part 2 translation; Part 3 translation; manga link. I'm so sorry this took so long. I'll have some thoughts on the manga later.
(12/27 Note: Edited a bit to add elaboration on the significance of certain factors and the sales estimate I stupidly failed to include initially (which darkheart covered below before me); more yammering.)

(12/27 ETA 2: Famitsu data.)

Here is the source of said info: the Media Create sales rankings. I'm going to post this image for posterity, since the Media Create sales figures rotate out every week (click to enlarge):

Angelique Retour first week sales figures

These are the first-week sales figures. (Well, first half-week, since Retour released on the 17th, and the chart starts on the 14th.) Retour's exact numbers are not shown; sales figures are displayed only for the top 20 sellers, and Retour finished just out of that, at #23. Based on the sales of the games just above it, I think it can be inferred that Retour sold around 9,000 to 10,000 copies.

There are, though, some major caveats to this:

- While the limited editions are included in the total, it's not clear if PSP sales are as well. (The listing is labeled "Vita," and there's no PSP entry; I don't know if that's because PSP sales are included with the Vita listing or if not enough PSP editions were sold to chart or if because PSP sales flat-out aren't listed in the data.)
- I don't know if Media Create tabulates download sales, which seem to be the great stumbling block of video game sales tabulation. Their website states that they get their information from the "bottom up" with "interviews & surveys," suggesting that their info comes from local retailers, which makes it seem unlikely that download sales are included. (Note, though, that Japan is notoriously more enamored with physical media than other markets, meaning that download sales are likely to be a smaller slice of the pie there than they would be elsewhere.)
ETA: SiliconEra, at least, claims that Media Create can't track download sales because, as we might have guessed, that info is Sony-proprietary, so there you go.
- At 7,344 yen, Retour's sticker price is on the high end of sales prices for the games charting - and that's not counting the limited editions, which sold for many times that (up to 35,000 yen for the Gamecity special edition). Though I'm sure Koei wouldn't say no to traditionally high sales, it did seem to be taking the tack of selling fewer copies at higher prices, which is a strategy it's used with other franchises (the latest Romance of the Three Kingdoms release etc.). That said, Koei did seem to be pushing Retour quite a bit on the larger Neoromance site etc., which suggests they were going for wider appeal to some degree.

Other things to consider:
- the special editions seemed to be selling rather briskly during the preorder period based on sellouts (though we don't know the stock each store had; CD Japan mentioned in a reply to an inquiry I sent about their lack of stock that "the manufacturer accepted orders from a very large number of stores in existence," suggesting that sellouts may have been due to stock being spread thin);
- Koei is moving ahead with plans to feature Retour at the various tome game festivals and release variety CDs etc., though it's unknown at this point whether that's because they consider it a sales success or because they're committed. Who knows.
- and, as huldukatt notes, we don't have comparative info on how other otome games sold in their first weeks. (I think Maren sold something like 5,000 in its first week, though that's obviously not a benchmark for sales in 2015 of a game from this studio with these expectations.) Here's Gematsu's archive of past Media Create sales figures, if anyone wants to comb through for otome games; they record only the top 20, though.

ETA: Famitsu data:

Famitsu has the game at #18 for the week, selling 10,180 copies. Like Media Create, they're mum on how PSP sales figure in, and they also don't seem to count download sales, getting their info from individual retailers. They do, however, have one additional piece of info that Media Create doesn't (at least in its public data): the sell-through rate. Retour's was very high: 80-100%, meaning that it didn't disappoint what Koei and retailers were expecting from initial shipments. That's one good piece of news.

Also, Dengeki Online puts Retour's sales at 10,250, with the same limitations as above. It seems that ~10,200 is a good guess for Retour sales, apparently minus the PSP and download sides of the equation.

Anyhow, that's the news. If you have any insight, feel free to weigh in.