Director Kotaro Uchikoshi, the mastermind behind the Zero Escape series, expressed interest in a possible English localization of his latest game Punch Line, but claimed he and developer 5pb would first have to gauge public opinion.
In an interview with video game and anime publication oprainfall, Uchikoshi was asked if either he or developer 5pb had any intention of bringing Punch Line, a PS4 and PS Vita adaptation of Uchikoshi’s eponymous anime , to the West. Uchikoshi expressed interest and claimed he would love to see his work in English, but said that it would be necessary to see if there was demand for it first. To that end, he urged English-speaking fans to communicate with developer 5pb and make it clear through their presence that there is a market for Punch Line in the West.
For those unfamiliar, Punch Line first made its appearance as a comical, ecchi anime featuring protagonist Yuta Iridatsu, a high-school age boy who gains magical spirit powers at a great and bizarre cost: if he sees panties twice in a row, he will “overstimulate” and the same magic he now controls will cause a meteor to crash down to Earth and destroy life as we know it. The anime was subbed and streamed on Crunchyroll, where it can also be seen. Following its success in Japan, Punch Line was adapted as a Japanese-only PS Vita and PS4 RPG/Visual Novel title, featuring multiple branching endings in addition to the canonical anime ending, and was released on May 28 of this year. You can check out the trailer below:
If this interests you as a fellow perverted panty-monger, or even if you just want to make sure it gets through to Japanese developers that yes, there IS a big market for uncensored Japanese titles in the West, please tell 5pb as much on their Twitter, here. Every message counts!
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