Jan 15

Weekly Update #387: Himatsu Route Progress

As you can tell by the title, I’ve dedicated myself to Himatsu‘s route this week, primarily working on the optional investigation stuff.
I’ve made some very good script progress and even shared a little sneak peek on Twitter yesterday, in case you haven’t seen it.

Art-wise, I have also finished her new sprite variations, so that they can be handed over to Natsu for coloring now.
If you’re a patron, you can also check out some previews right here.

Now, speaking of Natsu, she has also been very diligent and finished coloring a whole bunch of sprites for Keiichi, our victim and the members of Raptor Pack Productions. Next up, she’ll take care of the witnesses and the CG art and then, she can finally start coding Keiichi‘s route, so I’m pretty excited about that, as I can’t wait to actually play it, haha!

I have also worked on some other sprites related to Himatsu‘s route this week, including new variations for Terano and Ryuu, some of which I will likely share on Patreon as well. Sprite-wise that means we’re almost done now. I guess by next Saturday, all the new variations needed for the entirety of chapter 2 will be done.

I guess that about wraps up our quick progress update, but I do have one more thing to share. Our New Year’s artwork!

As always, it’s been added to our gallery and patrons can download a hi-res version, as well as the usual transparent version (no BG or text, just the character) here. It took a little bit, but with this, we want to once again wish you a Happy New Year!

Now, please enjoy the rest of your weekend and, until next Saturday, take care :3

Jan 08

Weekly Update #386: Quick Progress Update

Today, we’re just going to have a very quick progress update again for a change. If you’re up for a longer read and haven’t done so already, you could check out last week’s blog post laying out our general plans for 2022 as well as giving a more detailed look at those for this first month of the year. There is also our 2021 retrospect, if you’d like to get an overview how last year went for us.

Also, just a little reminder that, although the Winter Sale may be over on Steam and itch, the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4/5 versions of SHINRAI are currently still on sale (the Switch version only for a couple more days, though)!

Now, with all of that out of the way, let’s talk about our first week of 2022!

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Jan 01

Weekly Update #385: Plans For 2022

In last week’s blog post, I have taken a look back at 2021 and shared a few more personal thoughts on the year over on our Patreon.
Today, I would like to focus on what is lying ahead: a whole new year with new goals and new opportunities!

It’s always difficult to lay out a road map for an entire year, but I do certainly have a rough idea as to how I would like to approach things and what I would like to have achieved by December 31st. As usual, I will elaborate on our plans for a specific month in the first update at the start of it, so I will go into detail regarding those for January further down below. Before we get into any specifics, however, let’s talk about the major goal for the year as a whole. You can probably take a guess as to what that may be!

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Dec 25

Weekly Update #384: 2021 Retrospect

As has become customary by now, today, I would like to take the time to look back on this past year and summarize what we have accomplished and how much these accomplishments diverge from the goals we originally set all the way back in January, so…

Without further ado, let’s get right into it!

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Dec 24

Merry Christmas!

This year, GENBA no Kizuna‘s mischievous Himatsu is here to wish you some Happy Holidays!
I kinda get the feeling that she won’t hand over your present that easily, though…

With this, the GENBA Girls Christmas Series is finally complete!
You can find the others in our gallery or check them out right here: Rei, Amber, Shiku.

If you’re a patron, you can also get a hi-res version, along with a version of just Himatsu herself without any text or background!

Now, as always, Natsu and I wish you a very festive, relaxed, enjoyable and safe time! Merry Christmas, everyone!!

Dec 22

Winter Sale 2021

Once again, we’re closing off the year with the annual Winter Sale! So if you’re one of those awesome peeps who like to enjoy their holidays by unraveling the truth behind grotesque murder cases, now’s the perfect time to try our SHINRAI – Broken Beyond Despair or convince your buddies to finally give it a shot!

The sale lasts until January 5, 10:05 AM PST and, as usual, you can shave off an additional 10% by getting the soundtrack bundle!

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Dec 18

Weekly Update #383: Quick Progress Update

As the title says, just a very quick update again today, as I’m sadly a little short on time and low on energy!

The majority of this past week has been dedicated to script work again, mainly revising Shinketsu‘s and Rei‘s investigation routes.
Whereas Shinketsu‘s is fully done now and only in need of one last proofreading pass (just like Keiichi‘s route), Rei‘s is just about to get to the same point. Two more days and I should have ironed out the last few passages I’m still not too happy with.

Outside of writing, I’ve also spent a bit more time drawing again, primarily working on the missing DPA-related images, such as the profile picture for our victim, which I will be able to preview soon!

Speaking of preview… I’ve also shared this little screenshot on my private Twitter! I had a lot of fun with using maps in SHINRAI to illustrate people’s movements, so that’s gonna be back in GENBA as well, haha.

Not much else to report beyond that, so sorry for the super short entry this time. I will have tons of stuff to say for our yearly retrospect, however, which I’m still debating whether to post next Saturday or on the 1st of January. There will also be our usual “goals for the new year” post, after all, so maybe I want to tackle that on the first day of 2022, rather than a week later. Guess we’ll see!

Anyway, please enjoy the rest of your weekend and, until next Saturday, have a chill and festive time! :3

Dec 11

Weekly Update #382: More Script Progress

I’m officially on vacation from my day job for the rest of the year now and, as you might expect, I intend to make the most of it by fully devoting myself to GENBA no Kizuna. I’m already off to a very productive start as I’ve went through the entirety of Keiichi‘s route again yesterday, fixing the few remaining things I wasn’t quite satisfied with yet. As such, I can proudly announce that the script for it is fully done now, with the exception of one last proofreading pass I’ll do right before sending it, along with all the assets, over to Natsu.
For that to happen, I will need to wait for her to finish coloring the new sprites and profile pictures, though.

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Dec 04

Weekly Update #381: Shinketsu’s Route Progress

As you can tell from the title, this past week has been mostly dedicated to Shinketsu‘s route. As mentioned last time, I was rather worried that, compared to the other routes, it will end up being noticeably shorter and… it certainly will be a quicker experience.

That said, I’m surprised by how much I managed to get out of examining a single body, compared to three entire backgrounds with numerous objects in Rei‘s route, for instance. Right now, were sitting at 6,000 words, but I’m still missing the DNA analysis segment and the wrap-up scene, though I highly doubt I’ll get anywhere close to doubling the word count to match the other routes.

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Nov 27

Weekly Update #380: Script Progress & New BGM

Script work has continued and, by now, Rei‘s route is basically done! Although it still requires some revisions and proofreading, it is fully written now and amounts to ~12,000 words, making it quite a bit longer than I originally anticipated. I was sure it would turn out much shorter than Keiichi‘s route, but they’re very close in length now!

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