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Famitsu’s coverage of To Love Ru Darkness for the Vita.

There’s something hilarious to me about FuRyu developing these anime games, and doing their best to make them devoid of actual content. I’m sure this has slipped by a great number of people, but almost every anime-game not Bandai Namco in recent months has been a FuRyu joint, a most often a menu driven exercise in tedium.

Bad, FuRyu, bad!

At this point, I actually place FuRyu far below Imageepoch ever was, because as bad as IE’s games could get, there was at least a guiding ambitiousness behind them, naive as it was. Every weird game IE put to shelf was meant to be the next big success for them. I’m not sure FuRyu even knows what that kind of ambition looks like.

And so here we are, with another FuRyu piece of nothing.

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Greetings, visitors, and welcome to yet another warm and fuzzy edition of Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese import games, companies going under, and saluting those we’ve lost in battle.

After what seems like an entire month of silence, the Japanese games industry is finally releasing new titles again. This week’s list is full of niche things, but I know that’s exactly the sort of stuff you folks enjoy. I’ll be picking up a few new games myself; one particularly for streaming purposes, the other because I owe it to the developers in question to play their final game.

With that out of the way, let’s get this party started!

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Japanese game developer Imageepoch is dead. 

The developers behind the Luminous Arc series, The Last Ranker, 7th Dragon, and a host of others games filed for bankruptcy as of May 13th. Making matters worse, its founding president, Ryohei Mikage, is nowhere to be found. Their final game, Stella Glow, launches for the Nintendo 3DS on June 4th courtesy of Sega. After that, the once promising studio will just be another name on the long list of developers that no longer exist.

So what exactly happened here? How and why did Imageepoch seemingly collapse on itself after Mikage had boasted so often and loudly about their mission to save JRPGs? 

I sat down with Gaming.moe’s Heidi Kemps and tried to trace the rise and fall of Imageepoch.

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Here we have a couple of videos from Imageepoch’s final game, Stella Glow. The one up tops shows off Rissette’s song magic, while the one below focuses on Popo and her music.

I played through the demo version of Stella Glow, and it seemed to be a perfectly serviceable SRPG. Very little stood out to me, but on the flip side it wasn’t some offensive piece of garbage. 

I’m willing to give IE one last shot. What about you?

Imageepoch’s Stella Glow resurfaces, with Sega at the helm. Nothing particularly new here, though we get a look at some of the allied and antagonist characters in the bottom right hand corner.

  • Dorothy the Ripper. She uses dolls to fight. Peeps are scared of her.
  • Nonoka. She’s Sakuya’s bodyguard ninja. Kind of a ditz. Wears a box on her head.
  • Yuan. Started a business when he was 10. He lends a helping hand to Alt and his friends.

Sega has released the first teaser trailer for their upcoming Imageepoch developed SRPG, Stella Glow.

It looks a lot like an Imageepoch developed SRPG. In fact, I recently realized that it’ll be a battle of Imageepoch properties this year with Marvelous developing the Luminous Arc, and Sega publishing Stella Glow. Who will win?!

Does anybody win?!

I don’t even know anymore.

Anyway, the trailer looks all right.

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Imageepoch is probably not in a good place right now. There are lots of rumors floating around that the developer is closing its doors/their offices have been vacated, etc, and this latest news certainly seems like evidence of these things.

Imageepoch’s Stella Glow (their only announced game) for the 3DS had its site erased off the internet, and has recently resurfaced under Sega’s umbrella. As of now, the game looks to be published by Sega. In fact, nowhere on the new site is Imageepoch’s name at all.

Whoops. You’ll be able to check out what might be Imageepoch’s last game on June 4th.

[http://stellaglow.sega.jp/]

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This probably goes without saying, but my experience with Imageepoch games in the last few years has been less than great. It feels like ever since they decided to announce themselves as the saviors of the JRPG, things have only gone downhill for their games. Some of the stuff published by other studios has generally been OK (7th DragonFate/Exra), but any time they took a shot at an original game, it’s fallen flat. I miss the days when they were trying things like Last Ranker and Arc Rise Fantasia.

Toushin Toshi is a 3DS remake of Toushin Toshi 2, a fairly well loved adult game from about 20 years ago. That’s right, Imageepoch decided to remake an eroge for the 3DS, of all systems.

With all the sex bits stripped out and a brand new gloss of paint applied to it, is Toushin Toshi worth checking out?

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Just a friendly reminder that Time and Eternity is one of the worst games I’ve played this entire generation.

Play it only if you enjoy inflicting pain on yourself.