TONS of doujinshi
Fate/stay Night (upcoming)
Generic Disclaimer: Of course I wouldn’t know how the bishoujo games industry truly works, so some info below may be wrong or misinterpreted. This feature is from an outsider’s point of view, namely, my point of view.
After releasing Tsukihime, possibly the most popular doujin game of all time, TYPE-MOON, formerly a doujin group, had gone to be a commercial games maker. The industry is highly anticipating their first fully commercial work, and they were pleased with the results. Tsukihime and Fate/stay Night were tremendous hits, so tremendous, I actually shame myself for “not knowing about them”. Why?
Plain and simple, the games are in Japanese. Although I continually tried to circumvent that with my so-called 5% Japanese conversational knowledge, the big boo-boo to me here is that neither Tsukihime nor Fate/stay Night have any voice work! Yup, no voice actors, pure Japanese text. No way could I ever handle that. Don’t get me wrong though. Despite their games not having voice, these are extremely excellent games.
They said that the plot of Tsukihime was so good that even the anime (which IMO was pretty good by itself) didn’t do justice. Take note that this is a doujin game, and one that did it better than commercial games. Basically, Touno Shiki the main guy sees ‘lines’, and when he cuts through them, the object or person’s ‘existence’ will be removed (maybe worse than dying). And so to counter that he was given glasses by a magician to see normally. But I guess he still has the trauma, so one day he just sliced up a girl at the park. But this girl is Arcueid, a sort-of vampire, and she lives the next day to meet her killer.
Fate/stay Night literally shattered the competition in 2004. With only their first fully commercial game, almost everyone else except Navel had no courage to compete on release day, and even the already established games maker Key had their highly anticipated game just settle for #2 game of the year. Fate/stay Night takes place in the town of Fuyuki, where unknown to many, a hidden war is happening. The “masters”, with their summoned warriors, the “servants”, fight each other to get a legendary artifact known as the Holy Grail. It is said that this artifact would be able to grant a wish. So we go to the main guy, Emiya Shirou, who was adopted by a sorcerer (master). He eventually becomes a sorcerer himself, albeit an incompetent one. But when he manages to accidentally summon one of the greatest servants of all, Saber, he puts himself in the middle of the Holy Grail war.
The sheer vast array of doujinshi related to their works astound me. For one, even a doujin fighting game was made based on Tsukihime in the form of Melty Blood. That was so popular, the guys that made it may have been absorbed already by TYPE-MOON to produce another of those games for Fate/stay Night instead. Also, I forgot where I read it, but apparently the upcoming 68th Comic Market (think Comic Party) convention even has an ENTIRE area section dedicated to TYPE-MOON doujinshi alone! Astounding!
Fate/hollow Atraxia is a fandisk for Fate/stay Night, featuring new scenarios which seem to make fun of the various characters, as well as enjoyable minigames. There is also a main scenario which continues the story in F/SN, but it’s not necessarily a direct sequel. Maybe a sidestory perhaps? Don’t ask me, I can’t read Japanese.
Fate/stay Night the anime is being highly anticipated. The animation looks kinda nifty, but with the limited previews available it’s still too early to tell. These shots are from the Curtain Raiser prologue, which features a few minutes of previews. There were some battle scenes, which were quite awesome, and also a comedy scene. The seiyuu were surprisingly good judging from the preview, and rightfully so. F/SN fans will be very keen on that since the original game didn’t have any voice.
Well that’s just the gist. The rest is… unknown to me. Thankfully, some groups are dedicated to making English translations of the Tsukihime game, and with the upcoming Fate/stay Night anime, I hope I can truly see what all the fuss is about.