It’s been a while since I have talked about the ongoing project from mOss that being the upcoming Killing Stalking Animated series. Since the teaser trailers were released last year I have been keeping a close eye on this project. From the release of more teaser trailers, the latest of which sent chills down my spine because that dryer scene was one of the most suspenseful scenes within the first season of the comic in my opinion, to character models previewed and so much more. I have also had a good time talking with other Killing Stalking fans within the art livestreams for the project over on Picarto and it has been so much fun spending time with other fans who are still loving this series after it has come to an end. Plus slowly watching the world of Killing Stalking being built within these livestreams has been an amazing experience.
If you want to keep up with the updates on this project the best thing you can do is check out mOss’s twitter page which is frequently updated. In today’s post I would like to talk about the biggest update we have been shown so far. The storyboard preview for the first episode which can be watched right here.
Even though it is still just a rough storyboard it shows us a lot about the upcoming project. Not only showing us a preview of the stories opening coming to life before us but also demonstrates the voice acting and sound design that bring a whole new level of tension and unease to a story the fandom knows so well. The sound design in this preview has given me chills each and every time I have watched this preview which is absolutely amazing at how much atmosphere just the right amount of sound or lack there of can give to a scene. Also the voice actor for Bum captures just the right amount of creepy yet pathetic to his voice.
This preview has left me even more excited for this upcoming project.
On the surface this games world comes across as a cute cyberpunk aesthetic, with it’s bright colors and beautiful character designs that pull you in thinking you will have a cute adventure with some strange but harmless characters, but there is something darker peaking out from just below the surface. Behind the cute designs of the city and characters there is a corrupt and dangerous city where though things seem calm enough there is most certainly something sinister going on. This is the introduction we are given to the world of Midorijima in the demo for JAST USA’s upcoming English release of Dramatical Murder.
In this upcoming game you play as Aoba a young man who seems to be at a point in his life where he has calmed down from the crazy days of his youth and has settled almost comfortably into the responsible life as an adult. He works hard at his job, he spends time with his friends and he lives with his grandma, but his life is not as perfect as it seems. Rumors around his home town of people losing their minds in a game known as Rhyme is only the beginning of his adventure and there is also the mystery of the headaches that constantly plague him.
The demo gives you just enough of the story to hint that there is something more going on but leaves the mystery open and also gives a few introductions to important characters to the story. I did however through my own playthrough notice a few grammar errors in the translation the most obvious of which being the one below and I hope the team behind the game can fix these before the games full release.
My own playthrough of the demo has only left me more excited to play the full game once it releases later this month! You can order a physical copy from J-list here or pre-order a digital copy through Steam and Steam is where I downloaded the demo.
First off I want to give a big congratulations to Y Press Games for reaching their funding goal for the Indiegogo campaign for the Maelstrom Yaoi Visual Novel project a game I have high hopes for if my review last week.
In the trailer for the game they mention the story for this title is based on the bestseller novel series by Yamila Abraham, so today I want to take a look at the lovely series in question and why for a long time it was my favourite series to read on my kindle.
Demetri is a man haunted by a mistake in his past and now he paying for that mistake on the dangerous planet of Secren. He needs to do whatever it takes to survive on this unfamiliar world but can he get past his own heterosexuality to so what it really takes to survive. Looking back now after not reading this title for years I can see now why this aspect of the plot could be off putting for some readers.
Internalized homophobia was a common trope in a lot of yaoi stories in the early 2010’s and even worse before then, with the trope I am only gay for him being a common cop out plot in a lot of early 2000’s plot, you just have to read my review of Close the Last door where I touch on this subject. It is however, a little different of a circumstance with the story of Maelstrom though I can not say if this makes things better of worse for some readers. At the beginning of the story Demetri clearly states that he is straight and has no interest in men in a sexual way, but I will say the exploration the story takes into the exploration of love versus sexuality is one of the stronger points of the story and it is a theme I would love to see further explored in the upcoming visual novel.
Malstrum is the main love interest within the novel series who is introduced as Helix in the trailer in the game. He makes it clear early on he wants to be with Demetri and makes it clear to him that this is a world he will need help in.
Another character worth mentioning which I failed to mention in the previous post about the visual novel is the comedic relief of the story, that being Brainbox. He is the device attached to Demetri’s pack that is his internal translator so that Demetri can communicate with others, so he is a voice in his head that feeds him important information. He makes a for a fascinating plot device to introduce the world to the reader and as the story moves forward his own dry wit brings many an amusing moment within the story.
Though not one of Yamila Abraham’s best titles on Kindle (I will continue to stand that her best work on Kindle is Her Twin Brother) this was the title that got me hooked on her novels and is a must read for any fan of her work as well as a great read who want more from this wonderful world after playing the demo for the upcoming game.