Archive for the ‘Random Industry Thoughts’ Category

1 Day to the Switch….

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Ryu Sheng |

So the Nintendo Switch launches here tomorrow, and I’ve just cancelled my pre-order. My concerns over the viability of the console have made me wary enough to step back from the console for a while.

This post is laying out my reasons as to why I cancelled my order, and may be something here you haven’t considered as well.

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What makes a good RPG?

Posted on May 3rd, 2013 by Ryu Sheng |


Lately, ever since i picked up my Vita, I’ve been playing J-RPG’s like there’s no tomorrow. I’ve also picked up a couple of other, standard RPG’s and after playing them for a while i started thinking about what makes a good RPG. While the emphasis in this post will be on J-RPG’s, since that’s where a lot of my experience lies, the points i raise can and should be applied to all RPG’s.

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The Mighty Fallen Remembered

Posted on April 24th, 2013 by Ryu Sheng |

Given the resurrection of Tokyopop, I’ve found myself looking at some other publishers who have died. I thought I’d pick out some of my favourite and have a bit of a remembrance post on them. My hope is to resurrect some fond memories for these publishers, since it’s unlikely we’ll see another Tokyopop.

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What’s the future of light novels in the west?

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 by Ryu Sheng | 1 Comment

Sadly light novels are a dying thing here in the west, and as things stand at the moment i don’t really see a revival any time soon.

There were only two publishers that actively published light novels in the west, Tokyopop and Seven Seas Entertainment. Both have now pulled out of the market all together because, apparently, sales failed to live up to expectations. Other publishers do pick up the odd series now and again, but as far as i know there are none who actively publish light novels anymore, or so i thought….

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How fandom is killing manga in the west

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 by Ryu Sheng |

How’s that for a nice provocative title Open-mouthed smile

Although the title is over the top the sentiment isn’t wrong. For years fans have complained about publishers for varying reasons, myself included. But if we were to be honest isn’t there a good portion of the blame on us the fans as well?

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Random Thoughts on the Digital Manga Guild experience

Posted on December 8th, 2012 by Ryu Sheng |

It’s been a while now since Digital manga Guild was launched by Digital Manga Inc., and on the whole i think it’s safe to say that it’s been a success.

The idea behind the business model is that we, the fans, do the work under the guidance of the pros over at Digital Manga. Once the work is done the manga is sold over on EManga and then every one from the original Japanese publisher to the guys working on the release get a cut of the profits.

A great idea that seems to be working well both with the fans and the publishers. When it was first announced i had high expectations for this, as did a lot of other people. However, while it is being successful so far, it isn’t really living up to the expectations of fans like myself.

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