Several months ago, American mobile pornographic software distributor MiKandi sneakily established MiKandi Japan. Their mission statement, according to their twitter account, “We help top Japanese erogame, manga, and anime studios bring their projects to the West.” Well, today they just made their first announcement via Steam Greenlight.
Libra of the Vampire Princess, or as it’s known in Japan, Kyuuketsu Hime no Libra, is a still-unreleased title from eroge developer onomatope*. onomatope* has a history of releasing borderline nukige/moege. Libra of the Vampire Princess appears to be a departure from their usual fare, with heavy fantasy/chuuni vibes, although they don’t seem to be skimping on the fanservice. Steam is a rather interesting choice considering the nature of onomatope*’s works. There has been no word on whether or not there will be an 18+ version available, but considering Mikandi Japan’s mission statement and their parent company’s business, it’s a reasonably safe guess that one will be made available in some manner. Mikandi Japan has stated that there will be a kickstarter launched soon in order to fund translation.
Personally speaking, Libra doesn’t exactly appeal to me much, but it’s still exciting to see a brand new player in the western VN market. The synopsis on their greenlight page is well written, and they appear to have the desire to serve both the all-ages and 18+ sides of the market. Let’s hope for their success and for both more Japanese developers and more western localizers to jump into this growing market.
Update: The MiKandi Japan has confirmed in a thread on their Greenlight page that there will indeed be both all-ages Steam version and an adult non-Steam versions of Libra of the Vampire Princess.