Anime Expo 2018: JAST Announces Several Boys Love Titles for U.S.

It was announced at Anime Expo that JAST USA will be bringing several Boys Love titles to the U.S. under their JAST BLUE label. The full list and their descriptions are below. Descriptions are courtesy of MyAnimeList.net and Visual Novel Data Base.

Togainu no Chi

In the wake of a third world war which left Japan in ruins, an organization known as Vischio seized control of Tokyo and renamed it Toshima. Taking place in its back alleys are battle games known as Igura, overseen by the Vischio, in which contestants battle and bathe in each other’s blood to earn the chance to go up against its tournament’s king, Il-re.

Igura is not the only fighting tournament around; Bl@ster is a similar yet vastly different game since it prohibits murder and the use of weapons. The only way to win is by knocking out the opponent. Akira, a young man isolated from his family, is known to be undefeatable at Bl@ster. However, his life on the top is shattered when he is accused of murder. Unable to prove his own innocence, all hope is seemingly lost… that is until a mysterious woman named Emma appears and offers him a chance. Now, to regain his freedom, Akira must participate in Igura and ultimately defeat Il-re.

Release: Unknown

Sweet Pool Boys

Yoji is a little bit nervous because he goes to school for the first time in several months. From that day, his surroundings gradually change…. Tetsuo unexpectedly approaches Yoji. Yoji asks Tetsuo why, but he never answers…. Yoji gets scared of Tetsuo. Zenya also approaches Yoji at the same time. One day, Zenya suddenly whispers Yoji, “It’s all your fault….” Strange pain…. Vivid nightmare…. Are they just illusions? What are Tetsuo and Zenya’s purpose? 

Release: “Really Soon”

Lamento -Beyond the Void-

The Ribika are a race of cats possessing ears and tails. Their bodies are lithe and nimble, and they live in the land of Shisa. However, a curse called the “Void” is spreading through the forests…

One of the Ribika, Konoe, lives in a small village called Karou. One morning, he wakes up to find that his ears and tail have turned black. There is also a symbol on his body; the mark of the curse. Konoe embarks on a journey through the forest to find the truth.

Release: Unknown

DRAMAtical Murder

Some time ago, the influential and powerful Toue Inc. bought the island of Midorijima, Japan, with the plans of building Platinum Jail—a luxurious utopian facility. Those who are lucky enough to call it home are the wealthiest citizens in the world. The original residents of the island, however, were forced to relocate to the Old Residential District; and after the completion of Platinum Jail, they were completely abandoned.

“Rib” and “Rhyme” are the most common games played on the island. Rib is an old school game in which gangs engage in turf wars against each other, while Rhyme is a technologically advanced game wherein participants fight in a virtual reality. To be able to play Rhyme, you must have an “All-Mate” (an AI that typically looks like a pet), and the match must be mediated by an “Usui.”

Aoba Seragaki has no interest in playing either game; he prefers to live a peaceful life with his grandmother and All-Mate, Ren. However, after getting forcefully dragged into a dangerous Rhyme match and hearing rumors about disappearing Rib players, all of Aoba’s hopes of living a normal life are completely abolished.

Release: Unknown

Flowers Autumn

Shirahane Suou, resolved in her search for Mayuri — who went missing in spring — has gotten much closer to solving the mystery of her disappearance.

“I shall give you the key you seek, should you choose to succeed me as the president of the Council of Nicaea,”

Declared Yatsushiro Yuzuriha to her junior pursuing the shadow of her lost lover. Yuzuriha, knowing the mysteries of the academy, tried to thrust a burdensome demand to make her give up on that idea, despite knowing her true intentions; however, Yatsushiro Yuzuriha, gazing at her junior who seeks the truth, has also been holding on to a secret that should never see the light of day…

A number of bizarre events arise in Saint Angraecum Academy during the season of autumn.

Unreciprocated feelings of childhood friends, awakenings of affections, and many threads of emotions are interwoven together.

A tale of love and truth entangled in complexity begins to unfold…

Release: Summer 2019

Kimi no Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi

Susuki Shinichi is a guy with no unique qualities and whose daily routine frustrates him. He puts his name under a romance novel club at his school, but in reality, he doesn’t associate himself with any club. He has a complex about being stuck in the background and ignored by his childhood friend-turned-class idol, Miyuki.

Sone Miyuki, the purple-haired girl, is the academy’s idol who is gifted with both beauty and smarts. Although she was Susuki’s childhood friend, she hides it at school and does not talk to him. She excels at the academy’s drama club, and is great with a baseball bat; a skill she practices for the next drama club performance, which revolves around softball. She loves cats, but unfortunately has allergies to them.

Mukou Aoi, the pink-haired girl, is a denpa (nickname for people who act bizarrely. The slang was coined from people who claimed their actions were caused by electromagnetic waves or denpa they received.) who has trouble paying attention in class. She walks around with a smartphone with no reception, and her pastime is sending messages to “God” from the roof of the school. She also has trouble gauging distance between people. 

The plot begins with Shinichi’s attempt to teach friendless Aoi how to socialize with people. Shinichi asks Miyuki for help, and the three of them start to spend time together. As Aoi begins to warm up to Shinichi, Miyuki draws closer to him too, rekindling the suppressed feelings they had from childhood, and pushing the three further into a love triangle. 

But soon things take a turn for the worse as the events progress throughout your first playthrough.

Release: Summer 2019

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