Salutations, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to another rip roaring edition of Go West!, your [maybe] favorite column about Japanese import game releases.
Much to everybody’s collective relief, some games actually came out this week, and they’re pretty rad. We have a creepy, timely, horror game from the folks at NIS, a remake of Monster Hunter’s biggest rival, and a few visual novels that may or may not be your thing.
Anyhow, with the formalities out of the way, let’s get this roller derby started.
Ok, this isn’t a roller derby. That’s a lie. My bad.
I’ll never forget that singular moment.
I was supervising the art club at one of the junior high schools in Japan that I taught at, when one of my female students presented me with a black plastic bag. She encouraged me to open it up, a smile beaming from her face as I peeked in and saw that she had brought me the entire The Idolmaster TV series on BD to borrow. I told her idols and such weren’t my thing, but she insisted that I watch it because she and the rest of her friends were super into the franchise.
Fine. What easier way to earn cool teacher points with my students than to do the easy thing they want me to do?
With a healthy bit of skepticism below the surface, I reluctantly borrowed the BDs and brought them home with me that day.
Four years later and here I am reaching into my luggage, pulling out a copy of the deluxe The Idolmaster movie BD and setting it on my shelf.
What went wrong? What went right? What the hell is this The Idolmaster all about?