Readers aware of Chris’ tsundere (read it up, kids) relationship with Hatoful Boyfriend will be able to appreciate the sublimeness of the most recent Weekly Humble Bundle. Riding the shirt-tail of Valentine’s, you’ve got a bevy of Japanese visual novels for your romantic pleasure for cheep cheep.
Those playing the bare minimum will get access to Analogue: A Hate Story, Long Live the Queen — both excellent titles — and Go! Go! Nippon ~My First Trip to Japan~, a frankly odd visual novel that serves as part romance, part backpackers brochure as detailed tourist information and relevant costs is overlaid on a sucrose-sweet story with a protagonist who exclaims aloud at modern marvels unique to Japan, such as public transport and vending machines.
Pay more than the average to get WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.01, Hate Plus – the sequel to Analogue – and Roomates Deluxe. The crème de la crème, however, is kept for those ornithologists of discerning taste and wealth: $8 nets you a digital copy of Hatoful Boyfriend, while $35 buys you an avian amour in real life with the Hatoful Boyfriend Lovers Pillowcase. Full-body, of course. For orthopaedic purposes. Yes.
The pillow is DRM-free, but unfortunately not judgement-free. Similarly, almost all the games are DRM-free, so you don’t need to add them to your Steam profile. Ahem. Seriously, as a fan of the genre, I can attest to the lowest tier’s quality for the price, so it’s well worth checking out. Those exploring beyond the average price-point, however, are braver captains than I on the seas of taste.