Hey hey Blerdy Tribe! Anime Expo 2022 has been full of amazing announcements–I’m still buzzing from Aksys Games otome reveals—and now publisher MangaGamer is here with a surprise for BL fans! From parade, the developers of NO, THANK YOU!!! and Room No. 9, comes a dark fantasy-flavored action BL game: Lkyt.
The end is nigh.
A barren wasteland at the edge of the Earth is home to demons that have destroyed the world. There are those who have chosen to stay behind in these desecrated lands, dedicating themselves to resisting the demon threat.
They are the Seaside Nation.
By their code, they spend their peaceful days fortifying themselves against the demons. Ancient legends are all that remain of the Day of Despair, and its second coming was thought to be far in the future… But one night, warning bells ring out through the capital.
Why is this happening?
And why now?
Our young hero will find the answer in a battle to determine the fate of the world…
- Developer: Parade
- Publisher: MangaGamer (EN)
- Platform: Windows (PC)
- Language: Japanese audio with English text
- Genre: BL | Dark Fantasy | 18+ | Uncensored
- Release Date: 2020 (JP) | TBA (EN)
- Official (EN) Site: mangagamer.org/lkyt/
- Official (JP) Site: pa-rade.jp/lkyt/
Every thousand years, the Dark Reign rises and pushes forth to destroy all humanity, but those of the Shoreline Nation have dedicated their lives to defending the world from this recurring threat, using the magic within themselves and their bonds between each other to stave off these vicious foes. It is here that Tasuku trains, expecting the next rise to come generations later, but now as signs of the Dark Reign are uncovered with their nation still unprepared, Tasuku finds himself thrust into a battle that will determine the fate of the world.
Can two people find hope for the future with an outlook so bleak? Is it possible for friendship to turn into intimacy on the eve of humanity’s destruction? Can love save the world?
VA: Kazami Kaiji
The main character of this story. A commoner soldier born in Migiwa, who resides in the capital city. He is a young man with a cheerful and honest personality. Although he is considered to be one of the finest fighters of Migiwa, he often only takes part in low-risk missions due to his status and age.
The Romanceable Characters
The second son of the king of Migiwa, considered to be his next successor. He is a young man of few words, who always keeps a firm attitude. He is loved by the people as a young, noble and intelligent person. Like Tasuku, he is said to be a hero candidate who will lead the country’s next generation. As his royal duty, he and his father lead the soldiers on the front line.
VA: Torasawa Nekosuke
A swordfighter dispatched from the desert country. Although he is an excellent soldier from the royal palace of his home country, he is also a cynical young man who prefers to act alone rather than lead. He is multilingual and is believed to be an interpreter not only in his home country, but also in other countries abroad.
VA: Masquerade Kise
A noble existence who is considered to be the cornerstone of Migiwa. He is is worshiped as a god. Located in the capital city, he maintains a barrier to protect the city. He is the eldest son of the king and the older brother of Takeru. He never leaves the castle, except for the New Year’s celebration. He is never seen by the public.
VA: Nanashino Hibiki
The eldest son of the Mitate family, who is also considered the left hand of the king. A famous martial arts family who has been well known in Migiwa for a long time. Along with his father, he is the strongest warrior of Migiwa. He is a brave and fair person with a lot of hope. He is expected to succeed his family, but his father blames him for not having a spouse after he lost his wife and child at a young age.
* Character bios from VNDB
Art from the Game
Lykt Opening Theme
Okay, say what you will about the questionable stuff in No Thank You!!! and Room No. 9, but you gotta admit that Parade knows how to tell interesting stories. Both games are wild rides, but I still found myself hooked from start to finish and I am excited to have another Parade BL localization! The dark fantasy premise seems really cool and puts me in mind of some of the Nitro+Chiral titles JAST is pushing out (slowly). We may not get as many BL localizations, but the ones we have gotten vary wildly thematically and narratively, so there’s really something for everyone.
Also, the art is gorgeous and I am a sucker for good art. And Parade does damn good in the CG department, especially with the 18+ content!
What are your thoughts on this latest BL localization announcement? Are you excited for Lykt.?