When the new Japanese era name of Reiwa was announced on April 1st, sparking intense speculation about how best to translate it into English, our first thought was: that could be a great porn star's name! Admittedly the kanji characters (令和) are unusual, so it would have to be a homonym. Unfortunately we couldn't find any decent examples on a brief search Nonetheless, the most amusing such parallel we've spotted so far has actually derived from the official English translation of the name: beautiful harmony. An online search for "beautiful harmony," though, may bring up quite a ...

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As we know, love hotels come in all shapes and sizes. We've previously noted steampunk hotels, retro-themed vintage ones, and hospital ward themed rooms. It's not just the exteriors, which are always a bit garish (albeit not always as crazy and extravagant as reputation suggests); it's the interior facilities and amenities that also make this genre stand out from regular modes of accommodation. Increasingly offering a variety of services to keep punters coming, from WiFi to food, bathing options, massage chairs, tanning beds, and more. (So much so, in fact, that women can even have a ...

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Feeling lonely as the autumn season begins? Don't worry. The VR Kareshi is a virtual Japanese boyfriend for ladies in need of some tender attention from a constant companion. Virtual girlfriends (and boyfriends) are nothing new. Over the years, we've seeen plenty of dating sims apps and video games, from the relatively innocent to the outright erotic. The twist here is that the technology for this otome romance game is now virtual reality. But even this isn't actual new per se. Indeed, the same makers, IVR, have already released the VR Kanojo, which is far more explicit and, as ...

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A new Japanese online game by light novel publisher Dengeki Bunko lets you undress female anime and light novel characters with just a single click. In fact, that's the whole point of Lightning Attack Barrage 2017, which features such characters as Kino from Kino's Journey, Asuna from Sword Art Online, and Zero from Grimoire of Zero. In the click game, which launched in August, the player aims his or her cursor at the anime character from the Dengeki Bunko canon. With one push, the character is stripped of their attire in that area. You win by stripping the lady down to her ...

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Sweat. Sea. Sun. Sand. There's a world of scents out there on the beaches of Japan, not to mention very carefully waxed bikini lines (but more often than not, very flat chests). Summer beaches are the haven of slutty girls, who head in groups to the sand to meet guys and have fun. Dead or Alive Xtreme is a bestselling quasi-adult video game (ie, not quite a pornographic eroge) series where players lust over busty characters playing beach volleyball in very skimpy bikinis. And now the makers, Koei Tecmo, have taken a step into the burgeoning adult virtual reality market by integrating ...

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Do you want a cute girlfriend but don't have the looks, social skills, money, time, or language ability to get one? Fear not. As we know, there are lots of virtual dating and 2D character options in Japan, from Lovely x Cation to VR Kanojo and a virtual version of the gravure idol Ai Shinozaki. Recently this has become enhanced thanks to smartphone apps and virtual reality, though we remember sims and dating characters from back in the pre-iPhone days. Here's another possibility: Ai Furuse is a virtual female being developed by the artificial intelligence smartphone app SELF. It now has ...

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Marry your virtual girlfriend. Sounds tempting, right? That's the concept behind a promotional event for the new virtual romance game Niizuma Lovely x Cation ("niizuma" or "niidzuma" means "new wife"). In a development that is unlikely to reverse Japan's declining birth rate any time soon, the game makers Hibiki Works has announced a virtual reality wedding ceremony on June 30th in Tokyo. Male fans can actually become grooms, wearing VR headsets so they experience the bliss of "marrying" their favorite character. Formal dress is required, as befitting your special day, though ...

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Back in November last year, we wrote with some excitement about the awesome Play Pan Pan game. This panchira-themed game seemed almost too good to be true. In fact, we initially assumed it was a kind of parody. After all, this is a game about saving the world from evil panties. Far from it, we are very pleased to see that it's proved something of a viral hit and there are new trailers with voices below. The audio seems to be just Japanese (but this actually adds to the effect) but there are English subtitles. We think the previous version was a demo and there is now a full ...

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Do you love panties? Do you want to hold panties? If you answered yes to the two questions above, you may well want to have a go at playing Pan Pan, a new game demo spotted on Steam Greenlight. In it, you play someone who races around "punching" panties in an anime-like landscape. In the words of the makers, Pan Pan "is a fast-paced battle game. Fly as a panty in a daily life street and in-between buildings. Search for the enemy panties and kick their bad ass!" Check out the trailers below. Pan Pan is a fast-paced battle game. Dash, dodge, high-speed ...

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Forget the PlayStation VR, you can get even better virtual reality girlfriend experiences from adult game makers like Illusion. Their VR Kanojo is a new Japanese eroge or dating game for Windows, Oculus Rift CV1 and HTC Vive, and it's currently making waves with netizens who have tried it. The game places you in a bedroom with a nubile Japanese schoolgirl, which immediately recalls the controversial 2014 Project Morpheus demo, Summer Lesson. That game was criticized as "creepy" and ended up being withdrawn from the Tokyo Game Show. Illusion has no such qualms, it seems. It's going on ...

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