Visual Art's

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Visual Art's co.,ltd
Type Kabushiki gaisha
Industry PC games
Music
Founded 1991
Headquarters Kita, Osaka, Japan
Key people Takahiro Baba (executive director)
Products Visual novels
Website product.co.jp

Visual Art's co.,ltd (株式会社ビジュアルアーツ Kabushikigaisha Bijuaru Ātsu?), formerly Visual Artist Office (ビジュアルアーティストオフィス Bijuaru Ātisuto Ofisu?), is a Japanese publishing company specializing in the publishing and distribution of visual novels for a large list of game developers. Visual Art's has developed the game engines their brands currently use, including the current engine, called Siglus, and older engines RealLive and AVG32. Visual Art's also handles the selling and distribution of these games. The games published are mostly for a male audience, though they also publish games targeted towards women as well. They are well known for the publishing of games by the studio Key such as the famous visual novels Kanon, Air, and Clannad.

The company has coined a new type of visual novel called the kinetic novel where unlike in visual novels where the player is periodically given choices to make, there are no choices whatsoever and the player watches the game progress as if it were a movie. One of Key's games entitled Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume was the first game produced under the kinetic novel name. In addition to games, Visual Art's also releases music CDs for video game music. Of special note among the artists sold under this label is I've Sound, a techno/trance music production group who was the first in the adult game industry to perform at the Nippon Budokan in October 2005.

Visual Art's is also involved with transplanting games they have previously published to be playable on mobile phones. Prototype manages this portion of Visual Art's known as Visual Art's Motto (ビジュアルアーツ★Motto Bijuaru Ātsu★Motto?). Visual Art's launched a web magazine called Visualstyle on October 26, 2007. Visual Art's launched a YouTube channel called Visual Channel in July 2008 where videos are posted which are related to the games and companies under Visual Art's. In October 2008, Visual Art's launched their VA Bunko light novel imprint, which includes light novels based on games produced by brands under Visual Art's.[1]

Partner companies[edit]

Game brands[edit]

  • 13cm
  • Amedeo
  • Anfini
  • B_Works
  • Bonbee!
  • Catwalk
  • Concept
  • Dress
  • E.G.O.
  • Elysion
  • Flady
  • Frill
  • Garden
  • G-clef
  • Ham Ham Soft
  • Hadashi Shōjo
  • Hayashigumi
  • Image Craft
  • Issue
  • Jidaiya
  • Key
  • KineticNovel
  • Kur-Mar-Ter
  • KuroCo
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • LimeLight
  • Mana
  • Miss Chifu
  • Moe.
  • Ningyou Yuugisya
  • Ocelot
  • OPTiM
  • Pass Guard
  • Pekoe
  • Playm
  • Radi
  • Realdeal
  • Rex
  • Rio
  • Saga Planets
  • Sirius
  • Spray
  • Studio Mebius
  • Zero
  • Zion

Music related[edit]

Defunct[edit]

  • Akiko
  • Akumi
  • Craftwork
  • Culotte
  • D-XX
  • Giant Panda
  • Harvest
  • Kamen Shōkai
  • Manbō Soft
  • Miyabi
  • Otherwise
  • Ram
  • Tamachadō
  • Words

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VA Bunko's official website" (in Japanese). Visual Art's. Retrieved October 22, 2008. 

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