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The New Generation Countdown: 8 Days to Release

MangaGamer is publishing translated versions of the countdown voice videos promoting A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! through release day on 25 November 2016. These videos feature two characters from the visual novel in a brief conversation, creating some conversational pairings that are seldom seen in the visual novel proper. Above is the video for 8 days before release. Earlier videos are available in this playlist.

A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! will go on sale on 25 November 2016 at MangaGamer.com for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

The New Generation Countdown Videos

MangaGamer is publishing translated versions of the countdown voice videos promoting A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! through release day on 25 November 2016. These videos feature two characters from the visual novel in a brief conversation, creating some conversational pairings that are seldom seen in the visual novel proper. Above is the video for 13 days before release. Additional videos are embedded below; at the time of writing, there are videos for up to 9 days before release.

A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! will go on sale on 25 November 2016 at MangaGamer.com for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

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The New Generation Demo Updated

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The demo version for A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! has been updated with bugfixes and a smaller download size as a result of the Windows and Linux versions being packaged together. It is available at MangaGamer’s official website and the MangaGamer.com store, but an account is required for the latter.

Before the release of macOS Sierra, Ren’Py provided multiplatform builds for Windows, OS X, and Linux, but changes in Gatekeeper starting from macOS Sierra rendered it incompatible with that platform. Starting with the upcoming Ren’Py 6.99.12, the multiplatform build will support Windows and Linux only, with macOS to be provided as its own package.

The demo is still built in the current Ren’Py 6.99.11, but the multiplatform version labeled “win+linux” is intended for use only those platforms.

The New Generation! Demo and Pre-Orders Available

A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! is now available for pre-order from MangaGamer. A demo version for Windows, macOS, and Linux is also available at the official website, which includes a portion of the main story and excerpts from one love scene for each couple. The short story series White Lily Memorial is also readable on the official website.

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Contrary to the original 2015 version and promotional screenshots prior to today, the version by MangaGamer is presented at a resolution of 1600 x 1200, four times the 800 x 600 resolution of past A Kiss For The Petals visual novels. The difference in resolution can be seen below. Click on the images to view them at full size.

The New Generation resolution side-by-side comparison

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Late in development, I made a proposal to preserve the original size of the artwork for our version. To my surprise, St. Michael Girls’ School gave their approval. This new version is the result of extensive work on my part to reprocess the graphic assets and rewrite the interface code to support the new maximum resolution. Further details will be provided in a later post.

This version also adds several new features:

  • A configurable Climax Timer that counts down to the end of a love scene
  • Optional text pause on CG
  • Adjustable text box opacity, text shadow, and outline

These can be configured in the Config menu.

A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! will go on sale on 25 November 2016 at MangaGamer.com for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Getchu: The Future of A Kiss For The Petals

On 28 October 2016, A Kiss For The Petals  series producer Mi Kara Deta Saba wrote an article for the Getchu blog detailing the most recent visual novel and drama CD releases, products aimed at smart device users with limited access to a computer, and a first look at new characters for yet unnamed future products. It has been translated by Ralen. Emphasis has been added by me at some points, and my annotations are added in italics.


St. Michael Girls’ School Column #6 – The Future of A Kiss For The Petals

Hello there.

The new game, A Kiss For The Petals – From the Day We First Met is finally out today!

Everyone, please purchase it from Getchu~♪

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Now, in this installment, I thought I’d talk about the future of A Kiss For The Petals~

* Please be aware, this article contains images not suitable for readers under the age of 18.


See this post on From the Day We First Met for more information. It can be purchased for download from the following stores:

Amazon Japan requires a proxy service. See the Buying Guide for more links.


Revolution!

The A Kiss For The Petals series isn’t losing any steam this year!  For starters, the current release, Revolution! Rinagisa is getting a sequel… Revolution! AiAya is currently in production♪

Naturally the heroines are Ai and Aya, the twin couple from the St. Michael’s Annex♪  Although the twins may have gotten together in The New Generation, Ai gets jealous of Aya’s adoration of Rikka and Sayuki when they come to visit the annex, and goes into an all-out fit of rage!

Aya tries everything she can to put Ai back in a good mood… but when Ai makes an outrageous request… Well, that’s what the story’s about♪

Also, this release will see the debut of this mysterious costume design of Ai’s!

 

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What the heck kind of costume is that…?  And what’s going to happen?!

You’ll find all that out in Revolution! AiAya, currently in production!

I hope you’re looking forward to it! ♪


This image was originally tweeted by Fuguriya on 6 January 2016. It was described as a character on “Apron Angel Magical Reo,” a recurring segment on Reo-ppoi Radio. I translated it as follows:

“Apron Angel Magical Reo” Character Profile
Ashura
Voiced by Tsubakino Nao

Ashura is a cadre of Black Star, an evil group that opposes Magical Reo, and is known for her intense laugh befitting a lady of class. She operates in civilian settings as a student of a school for well-to-do ladies under the alias “Shura Ai”.

It is likely that the appearance on AiAya will not resemble the above.

The Revolution! Prologue explores the premise of Ai’s disapproval of Aya’s admiration of Rikka and Sayuki in detail. Chapter 3 is told from Aya’s point of view.


Even those of you without a PC

Lately, this issue has been coming up a lot in our fan mail…

I really want to play the Petals games, but I don’t actually have a computer.

What?!

Oh yeah… People who use PCs at work or school everyday… but they only have smartphones at home….  I’ve been hearing more and more about people like that lately!

That’s why one of the many projects currently in planning is… The Petals series smartphone edition project!

Even From the Day We First Met, which comes out today, originally began as Remembering How We Met, a smartphone game… We’re currently working on porting other doujin-released Petals games as Android apps♪

We’ve tentatively started with Nanami and Yuuna, with plans to eventually port all of the doujin releases, beginning with all of the couples from First Series

And then… all of you who don’t have anything but a smartphone will be able to play the Petals games♪


An Android version of the first visual novel was first shown on a Nicovideo live broadcast on 22 April 2016.

 

This screenshot was taken by me during the broadcast, showing Tanaka Lili demonstrating the Android version. This post is the first official mention of that version since the broadcast.


†Easier Readability

And then there’s this!  As part of the plan to promote the Petals series, a Petals CG novel is currently being serialized on Fuguriya’s Twitter, and Pixiv’s illustration social networking service♪

Right now, the first installment in the Petals series, Yuuna and Nanami’s A Kiss For The Petals is being serialized.

In short, the character portraits, event images, and text have been compiled into JPEG images as something you can read as a sort of CG light novel♪

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Yuuna: “It’s not a very interesting room…”
Nanami: “That’s not true at all!  It’s the best!  Your room is the best!”

* Available from Fuguriya’s website
http://fuguriya.sakura.ne.jp/webcomic01.html

It started as an effort to create something you could read from your smartphone whenever you have a little free time, so please check it out at your leisure♪

Also… there are currently two new works in progress for release as CG novels♪

Now I’m going to introduce you to each of the new characters, Kurara (眩蘭) and Noel (ノエル).

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The goal is to one day release these as games, but the scripts are still in progress, so I hope you’ll look forward to them♪


It must be emphasized that these characters may not necessarily be a couple, and that they may not debut simultaneously, but rather in each of the two CG novels. At present, Hazuki and Manami are the only New Generation couple to not have a Revolution visual novel or drama CD to continue their story, so it is probable that Kurara and Noel will not have primary focus until afterward, similar to Maki, who debuted in Revolution! Rinagisa as a secondary character.

Perhaps I will have something to add myself about these images in the future…


And now, an announcement♪

A drama CD, Remember Our Love Again, featuring Risa and Miya, the star couple in From the Day We First Met, which comes out today, was released by the doujin circle Fuguriya last week.

I would be so grateful if you got this one too, and enjoyed them together♪

Well, it’s just about that time again…

May the world overflow with yuri♪

Written by:
A Kiss For The Petals series producer, Mi Kara Deta Saba.

A Kiss For The Petals – Remembering How We Met updated to version 1.7

A Kiss For The Petals – Remembering How We Met has been updated to version 1.7 on Steam and MangaGamer.com.  This version includes several minor fixes and one critical fix: The unique heart character has been embedded in the font. As it is no longer a small graphic, it now scales cleanly with the text even when the window is resized or set to full screen. Declarations of love now come across sharp and clear even at 1080p resolution and beyond (click to enlarge):

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The tilde has also been similarly revised, as it also used a graphic to replace the font’s native tilde character.

In addition, the program is now delivered as separate versions for each platform, rather than a multiplatform build. This is due to macOS Sierra restrictions on running unsigned apps, which was addressed in version 1.6. Please see this Steam forum thread for more information.

The New Generation Now In Beta Testing

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I am posting screenshots of A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! as development progresses. The visual novel is now in beta testing. Further screenshots will be posted on my Twitter profile @AXYPB with the hashtag #sonohana and at the Petals’ Garden Tumblr blog with the hashtag #development. Note that both my Twitter profile and Petals’ Garden on Tumblr contain material that is not safe for work.

Visual novel: A Kiss For The Petals – From the Day We First Met (Updated 31 October 2016)

St. Michael Girls’ School announced an expanded edition of A Kiss For The Petals – Remembering How We Met titled A Kiss For The Petals – From the Day We First Met (その花びらにくちづけを 初めて出逢ったあの日から Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo – Hajimete Deatta Ano Hi Kara). It adds adult content to the all-ages title and will be available for Windows PCs, unlike the iOS and Android original. A new Twitter hashtag was introduced to contrast it from the all-ages title, #その花H. It is scheduled for release on 28 October 2016.

The announcement coincides with the 10th anniversary of A Kiss For The Petals, 23 August 2016, ten years after the formal launch of Fuguriya’s website. This date was selected as the 10th anniversary following a Twitter poll on 2 January 2016. Other choices included 9 August, the opening of the website before content was published to it; 15 September, the day of release of the download version of the first A Kiss For The Petals visual novel; and 13 October, the day of release of the packaged version of the same.

Update 31 October 2016: From the Day We First Met can be purchased now from the following stores:

Amazon Japan requires a proxy service. See the Buying Guide for more links.

A brief playable demo is now available in the download section. It contains a brief excerpt of a new love scene.

This title uses a new logo with an official use of the “A Kiss For The Petals” name as a subtitle. The download section currently includes promotional images suitable for Twitter header photos and profile icons.

The story and character information is largely similar to that of Remembering How We Met and Lovers of the Atelier respectively, save for small additions that mention Risa and Miya’s sexual activity. The CG previews include a mix of images from Remembering How We Met and new explicit scenes. Three voice samples are available for each character with new lines. The below information was translated by Ralen.

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The New Generation Development Screenshots

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I am posting screenshots of A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! as development progresses. As noted in a MangaGamer biweekly progress update on 19 August 2016, the translation and editing is currently 91% complete. Further screenshots will be posted on my Twitter profile @AXYPB with the hashtag #sonohana and at the Petals’ Garden Tumblr blog with the hashtag #development. Note that both my Twitter profile and Petals’ Garden on Tumblr contain material that is not safe for work.

Official announcement: A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! (Updated 5 November 2016)

MangaGamer will be releasing an English localization of A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! (その花びらにくちづけを にゅーじぇね! Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo – Nyuu Jene!), announced today at Otakon 2016. It is the second release by St. Michael Girls’ School and their first full-scale visual novel, an adult-oriented, fully uncensored visual novel for Windows 7, 8, and 10, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Update 5 November 2016: Pre-orders and a demo version are available now at the official website. See this post for more information.

As with Remembering How We Met, I will serve as supervisor of the English localization, as well as co-programmer and editor. I also designed the English logo.

The press release from MangaGamer is below.

Continue reading Official announcement: A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! (Updated 5 November 2016)