Hey Hey Blerdy Tribe, I have some amazing joseimuke news hot off the presses!! Moonchime Studios is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Japanese publisher Poni-Pachet to bring their latest project to English-speaking audiences, this project is Haunted Obachestra!
Poni-Pachet will publish the game and Moonchime Studios will localize it and be directly involved in the Kickstarter campaign management and other publishing efforts. Our friends at Poni-Pachet hope that this will help them connect with the community outside of Japan.
Haunted Obachestra is a fully-voiced joseimuke adventure for everyone, and will be made available for PC. The focus is on creating an immersive experience for the players by centering them in the story as the human protagonist, with options to select a gender and change the name. Music is a pivotal aspect of this multimedia project, and each song is crafted to reflect the characters and enhance the story.
Hey Hey Blerdy Tribe, I’m back with another Behind the Games post! For those of you just joining the party, Behind the Games is a segment where I interview the folks ‘behind the games’ I review. Giving you guys a chance to get to know the developers and publishers that spend so much time carefully crafting the games you enjoy.
Last time, I spoke with Roxie the co-founder of Aikasa Collective—the studio the team behind the the yuri romance game, Mizuchi—which is loosely based on the Chinese folk tale, Legend of the White Snake. This time around, I had the chance to catch up with Raz and Belen the founders of Moonchime Localization, a small joseimuke publisher and localization company “for fans, by fans”.
As a publisher led by women, we strive to expand joseimuke in the west by connecting fans to Japanese creators.
I sat down with Raz and Belen, the co-founders of Moonchime Localization, to talk about the growth of joseimuke in the west and their experiences working as a women led publisher in the largely male dominated gaming industry. There are a lot of great things coming from the team in the future, and I am so excited to have gotten the chance to get this exclusive with Raz and Belen!
My Dear Frankenstein is a point-and-click adventure visual novel produced by the indie Japanese circle Number7. Moonchime Studios is pleased to bring international audiences their amazing work in English! As a newborn little monster, the protagonist will have to explore the City of Shipberry at night and search for the fragments of his heart that got scattered all around it. Players will get to delve into universal themes like life, friendship and grief through his experiences in this emotional quest. The game’s main features are adventure and exploration: enjoy solving puzzles and mysteries while getting to know its endearing cast!
Joseimuke publisher, Moonchime Studios has partnered with Japanese publisher, Holicworks to bring the R-18 boys’ love visual novel, Tokyo Onmyoji -The Tale of Rei Tengenjibashi- to international audiences! Follow a strong-willed protagonist on a quirky, fast-paced story filled with humor, thrill and action. Get to romance four love interests with charming and unique personalities, some of the protagonist’s relationships will be cute and warm, others intriguing and dangerous. This game is guaranteed to have something for every BL fan to like. The game is fully voiced and features beautiful art from Akira Sakamoto.
Genres: BL, adventure (visual novel)
Platform: PC (Steam, JAST USA, other platforms TBD)
I Love You! (好きだ！, Suki da!) is an indie otome game created by Shinogi Shiohara and localized in English by Moonchime Studios. In these trying times sometimes you need something cute brighten up your day and if you’re itching for a bit sugary sweetness to add to your gaming library, look no further than I Love You! Follow a silent heroine as she navigates her high school days in this quirky otome game that puts a fun spin on the usual gender norms!