Liar-soft Merchandise Survey

Crawling out from the depths of oblivion to spread the word about Liar-soft’s current merchandise survey. If you’ve ever wanted to see cute [insert merch of your choice here] of any characters from Sakurai’s much beloved Steampunk series, now’s your chance! I’ve no idea how long the survey in question is running for but they’re already in the midst of developing items. So if you want to see something, time as they say is of the essence.

Their C87 goods include this delightful Sharnoth smartphone set priced at ¥2,000. It features a pair of keychains of the best OTP which when gattai’d double up as a stand, and a drawstring holder.

New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

It was revealed late last year that for the first time in the company’s history, a Liar-soft title would be making the transition from the small screen to the even smaller one with news of Shiei no Sona-Nyl‘s PSP port. Nary a word was said about it until just a couple weeks back, where it was also announced that it would be ported to the X-Box. These updated editions had the shiny and new Refrain (nothing to do with that Refrain, guys) subtitle slapped onto them, and had a release date slated for February 27th.

Refrain, obviously, won’t contain any lewd scenes, but there shouldn’t be any gaps story-wise for Hikaru Sakurai has written all new scenarios which shall take their place, along with some new CGs from AKIRA. Excitement! Released alongside the special edition of the ports will be a special glossary full of Steampunk terms, and a card for the Phantasmagoria trading card game (which they add more porn games for each new updated version).

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Kusarihime ~ Euthanasia~

“It goes without saying, but until the day this world ends, this place shall be…
A place that exists only for you and I, brother”.
For us?
“For our sake alone”.

Kusarihime ~ Euthanasia~

Within a storehouse filled with a stale odor, a man hears a song. It’s one that harks back to his childhood, sung through a most curious voice. Once the singing finishes, the storehouse goes back to being as silent as the grave. Understandably confused, the man – our protagonist, Itsuki – quite naturally assumes that it was his half-sister, Jun. However, upon questioning her she doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about. Understandably confused, Itsuki and Jun leave the place. A short while after, a girl emerges from the storehouse and proceeds to follow them…

Feeling an overwhelming sense of familiarity, in a nearby swamp Itsuki meets a lost girl who quickly becomes a part of his family. She can say odd things from time to time and instills Itsuki with unease, as well as those around him. Well, considering Kurame looks eerily like Itsuki’s dead sister, you can’t exactly blame them.
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Guess what’s getting… ReBorn?

That’s right!

Liar-Soft’s first three installments in the WAB series Souten No Celenaria ~What a Beautiful World~, Sekien no Inganock -What a Beautiful People-, and my personal favourite out of the three, Shikkoku no Sharnoth -What a Beautiful Tomorrow- are finally getting what they deserve. They’re being released, fully voiced! This is a momentous occasion. If you’ve ever played any of the three titles listed, then you’ve surely been frustrated going through several chapters in a row without hearing voices (outside of scenes where CGs appear). Well, you won’t have that problem anymore! New CGs are also being added, and samples will appear on the LS site soon. I was pleased to be hear that they’ll be physically released too, as if you’ve ever tried to track any of the three down you’ll know how hard finding a copy is!

A Jumbled Mixture

The opening for Hotch Potch came out a day ago. The opening looks sugary sweet, and surely set the heart of every Liar-soft/raiL-soft fan ablaze. But I won’t be giving it a look. At least, not for a long while. To fully enjoy a crossover, it’s best if you’ve a decent knowledge of and care for the characters and worlds which are involved. Which I don’t. To give a terrible example, it would be like reading the convoluted trainwreck that is CLAMP’s Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE without having read any other CLAMP title previously. Or, not reading xxxHOLiC alongside it (for those who are unaware, they were two series which ran at the same time, and were both heavily connected – so much that it got to a point that if you weren’t following both series together, you would have been hopelessly lost).

I have to say, that I’m almost disappointed that Hotch Potch is a crossover. Sure, it looks lighthearted and oh so, well, fandiscy. But when I heard that there was going to be a fandisc produced, I became gleeful at the prospect of the worlds of certain L-S titles being expanded with standalone stories. Or even something like the web novels of certain WAB titles being transfered to a VN format (à la Umineko’s TIPS in Tsubasa).

I’m thinking of giving the trials of CURE GIRL and Artemis Blue a look next. I haven’t heard much about the former, but the latter has been received well. After them I’ll take a crack at my backlog before beginning to read anything new.

Hotch Potch

Liar-soft/raiL-soft fans, rejoice. You’re now getting a fandisc for some of your favourite titles! If your favourites include Shikkoku no Sharnoth, Sekien no Inganock, LOVE&DEAD, Hikari no Valusia, Dosukoi!, Kagerou Touryuuki, or Albatross Koukairoku, that is. Are you excited? I know I am!

One of the only pages up on the official website involves a rather darling conversation between some original characters, about traveling other worlds, aliens, and flowers. The official site is right here, and it should be out sometime this year.