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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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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.
25 December 2015 @ 09:08 pm
Hey there! Hope everyone is having or has had a good day. The official Retour Twitter had a Christmas skit where Dia had the Guardians participate in a blind gift exchange: everyone brought a gift, and everyone received a gift at random. I'm sure this will go swimmingly!

Zephel: Hey, OSCAR!! This present YOURS? What's the big idea, givin' me this frilly ribbon!?! You know we're all MEN here 'cept for the Queen candidates, RIGHT?! What'm I supposed to DO with this?!?

Oscar: Hmph - I put such thought in that gift, and it didn't even reach one of the Queen candidates. What a pity. I received...a picture frame? ...With a saying in it. It's beautiful handwriting, but...hm? This is Julious's handwriting! "Never forget your beginner's mind."*

* - "Shoshin wasureru bekarazu" is a traditional Japanese proverb; it means never to lose the eagerness, dedication, and openmindedness that you bring to your first undertaking of something.

Julious: Ah, I see my calligraphy found its way to Oscar. Take those words to heart, and put your best into the performance of your duties in the future. I received...ah, a sports towel, I see. It's quite pleasing to the touch. I'll make use of it when I go horseback riding on my next holiday.

Randy: Oh, that went to Julious! I just love those towels - I'm always using them! I thought they'd be a useful gift for anybody. I got...a book. An Overview of the Study of the Roles and Duties of Queens and Guardians. ...Wow, this is really thick and looks really difficult.

Luva: Ahhh, I see that went to you, Randy! I was trying to think of something that'd be good for anyone...and that was the only thing that came to mind! Be sure to study it carefully, now! ...Oh, my - I see I've received some herb tea! It has such a delightful aroma!

Lumiale: That is from me, Luva. The herbs will soothe and heal your soul. I received...ahh, some seeds! If these are from you, Marcel, I'm sure they will bring forth some beautiful flowers. You will have to tell me how to grow them!

Marcel: Just plant them in a sunny place, and give them water every day with love! I know YOU won't have a problem with that, Lumiale! The present I got is...a wrench? C'mon, Zephel! You know I don't use screws!

Olivie: Ah ha ha, SORRY, Marcel! Get together with Zephel and try to think of a use for it! I got...this is pretty heavy...hah, a blackout curtain? Just what I wanted - lucky me! But I don't need to guess who gave me this, do I.

Clavis: That's mine. Use it as you wish. ...I seem to have drawn your gift, Olivie. Soothing aromatic oil...not bad. You have good taste...though I'm not planning to adopt your fashion sense.

Rosalia gets a teddy bear from Limoges, thus continuing the teddy bear epidemic - though we're not told what Limoges got from Rosalia.

Brian: Turkey: cooked to perfection. Excellent. Some mashed potatoes to go with it, and the cranberry sauce that I simmered for two hours - what could taste better? And the cake is decorated perfectly, if I do say so myself. --What am I doing; I'll never be able to eat all this by myself!

--And then Limoges shows up. I like the idea that Limoges just bounced from the party and went to Brian's. More importantly, though: Brian, what were you doing to that cranberry sauce that you had it on the stove for two hours? Did your arm fall off while you were stirring it so that it didn't burn at the bottom of the pan? Do your burners top out at "lukewarm"?
Hope everyone's having a good holiday! As per the post title, there's been a new variety CD for Angelique Retour scheduled: Angelique Retour ~Sekai o Dakishimete~ (Angelique Retour ~Embracing the World~). The CD will feature a long-form drama featuring Brian, plus five character songs from Randy, Oscar, Zephel, Marcel, and Brian. It's scheduled for release on January 27.

Also, to be released on Jan. 26: the second Secret Side manga. I take it this means Luva's getting only one chapter? (The Clavis translations will be released in a couple days; I've been a bit busy here.)
21 December 2015 @ 08:53 am
Angelique Retour has been released, yet site updates continue!

- The System page (fourth option) has been updated with a picture of Brian's cabin, but we saw that in the "Coffee Thief" video. The caption says that Brian grows wild white roses there, and that in the language of flowers, they symbolize ~solitude~ and ~genius~. So I'm glad Brian can keep up dramawise with the established love interests.

-There's a pic in the Gallery (sixth option) of Brian acting all creepy with Limoges, railing at her in the caption for having faith in the Guardians and ranting about how the time's coming when everyone will know that the Guardians & Queen are powerless to save the universe. So!

- There's also a wallpaper of the boxart up on the Special (seventh option) page.

Also, it's Oscar's birthday today, so there's a celebration up on the Twitter, complete with pic of Julious smiling. That is a creepy smile, Julious! (They're having a barbecue. Ribs are gonna be heck on everyone's outfits, just sayin'.)