Front Wing

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Frontwing
Visual novel studio
Industry Computer games
Founded 2000
Headquarters Japan
Key people

Ryūichirō Yamakawa (Producer, President and CEO)


Watanabe Akio
(Director and Character Designer)
Fumio
(Game illustrator)

Yōsai Kūchū
(Game illustrator and Character Designer)[1]
Products Eroge, Visual novels
Website en.frontwing.jp

Frontwing Co., Ltd. (株式会社フロントウイング Kabushikigaisha Furonto Uingu?) is a Japanese visual novel studio that specializes in the production of adult visual novels. Its main office is located in Taito City, Tokyo. The representative producer and president is Ryūichirō Yamakawa. “Frontwing” is the company’s main brand, but it has also released games under affiliated brands “Survive” (サヴァイブ), “Hotchkiss” (ホチキス), and “b-wing”. These brands have all since merged to become “Frontwing”.

Frontwing’s games cover a diverse range of genres, from school love life stories to hardcore adult games, and also games that utilize 3D computer graphics. The 3D content production team, Polygon Mura (ポリゴン村), is closely involved in the games’ production by seeking ways to incorporate 3D graphics into essentially 2D projects. Several of their games, originally produced for PC, have been ported to consoles. The development of the ported versions is generally done in-house. The company is also active in many other fields, including the development of the dance 3D software Dance X Mixer, taking part in the bi-annual Comic Market, and Niconico live broadcasts.[2]

Since the company's founding in 1999 as a bishōjo games developer and the release of Frontwing's first title, Canary (Canaria: Kono Omoi o Uta ni Nosete) in August 2000, it has published over 20 titles in the visual novel genre. The studio’s flagship games include the Netherworld Angel Djibril series, and the Grisaia trilogy which spawned an animated series in 2015.[3] In regards to the Djibril series, writer Naoki Miyamoto, author of the book "Adult Games: Introduction to Cultural Studies”,[4] has pointed out why there is a big demand for such works: “If the one to fight is a beautiful heroine, the risks she takes stimulate people's erotic imagination.” [5]

In 2011, the first installment of the Grisaia Series, The Fruit of Grisaia, won first place in the Moe Game Award.[6] The second installment, The Labyrinth of Grisaia, won second place in 2012.[7]

Frontwing marked its first venture into the overseas market May 29, 2015, with the English release of The Fruit of Grisaia on Steam.

List of visual novels[edit]

Listed by brand, in chronological order.

Frontwing

Japan Release date Japanese title English title English Release date
August 4, 2000 カナリア ?この想いを歌に乗せて? (Kanaria ~kono omoi o uta ni nosete~?) Canary N/A
November 11, 2001 フーリガン (Hooligan?) Hooligan N/A
September 27, 2002 魔女のお茶会 (Majo no Ochakai?) Tea Society of a Witch N/A
March 28, 2003 スイートレガシー (Sweet Legacy?) Sweet Legacy N/A
August 29, 2003 私立アキハバラ学園 (Shiritsu Akihabara-Gakuen?) Private Akihabara Academy N/A
December 19, 2003 あきばこ~「私立アキハバラ学園」ファンディスク~ (Akibako ~"Shiritsu Akihabara Gakuen"

Fandisk~?)

Akibox ~"Private Akihabara Academy" Fandisk~ N/A
April 23, 2004 魔界天使ジブリール (Makai Tenshi Djibril?) Netherworld Angel Djibril N/A
August 27, 2004 そらうた (Sorauta?) Sky Song N/A
April 22, 2005 魔界天使ジブリール-episode2- (Makai Tenshi Djibril -episode2-?) Netherworld Angel Djibril -episode 2- N/A
February 24, 2006 ボーイミーツガール (Boy Meets Girl?) Boy Meets Girl N/A
September 9, 2006 めがちゅ! (Megachu!?) Megachu! N/A
March 23, 2007 きみはぐ (Kimihagu?) Kimi Hug N/A
December 27, 2007 タイムリープ (Taimu Riipu?) Time Leap N/A
June 27, 2008 魔界天使ジブリール-episode3- (Makai Tenshi Djibril -episode3-?) Netherworld Angel Djibril -episode 3- N/A
December 26, 2008 ほしうた (Hoshiuta?) Star Song N/A
August 28, 2009   タイムリープぱらだいす (Taimu Riipu Paradaisu?) Time Leap Paradise N/A
December 25, 2009 ほしうたStarlight Serenade (Hoshiuta Starlight Serenade?) Star Song ~Starlight Serenade~ N/A
April 23, 2010 魔界天使ジブリール-episode4- (Makai Tenshi Djibril -episode4-?) Netherworld Angel Djibril -episode 4- N/A
February 25, 2011 グリザイアの果実 (Gurizaia no Kajitsu?) Le Fruit de la Grisaia (French for The Fruit of the Grisaia) May 29, 2015
July 29, 2011 戦国天使ジブリール- (Sengoku Tenshi Djibril?) Warring States Angel Djibril N/A
February 24, 2012 グリザイアの迷宮 (Gurizaia no Meikyuu?) Le Labyrinthe de la Grisaia (French for The Labyrinth of the Grisaia) N/A
September 28, 2012 ピュアガール (Pure Girl?) Pure Girl N/A
March 29, 2013 グリザイアの楽園 (Gurizaia no Rakuen?) Le Eden de la Grisaia (French for The Eden of the Grisaia) N/A
February 28, 2014 イノセントガール (Innocent Girl?) Innocent Girl N/A
August 15, 2014 アイドル魔法少女ちるちる☆みちる (Idol Mahou Shoujo Chiru Chiru☆Michiru?) Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru☆Michiru July 29, 2015
March 27, 2015 ゆきこいめると (Yukikoi Meruto?) Yukikoi Melt N/A
November 27, 2015 果つることなき未来ヨリ (Hatsuru Koto Naki Mirai Yori?) From the Future Undying N/A

Survive[edit]

Japan Release date Japanese title English title English Release date
December 20, 2002 アズラエル (Azrael?) Azrael N/A
December 19, 2003 ゆきうた (Yukiuta?) Snow Song N/A
January 31, 2003 セパレイトブルー (Separate Blue?) Separation Blues N/A

Hotchkiss[edit]

Japan Release date Japanese title English title English Release date
August 8, 2002 クランクイン-早春賦- (Hotchkiss Crankin?) Hotchkiss Crank In! N/A
October 10, 2003 ふたごえっち (Futago Ecchi?) Twin Sex N/A

b-wing[edit]

Japan Release date Japanese title English title English Release date
August 8, 2003 Take off!! Take Off!! N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MangaGamer Announces Frontwing and More Guests for Anime Expo - Anime News Network". Anime News Network. 2010-06-25. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Company Profile". Frontwing official English website. Frontwing. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Frontwing Plans Anime of Le Fruit de La Grisaia Game - News - Anime News Network". Anime News Network. 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  4. ^ Miyamoto, Naoki (2013). Eroge – Bunka kenkyuu gairon" (Adult Games: Introduction to Cultural Studies). Tokyo: Sougou Kagaku Shuppan. ISBN 978-4-88181-829-9. 
  5. ^ Dengeki Moe King Editorial Department (2013). "THE ART OF THE "GRISAIA" SERIES". Dengeki Moe King. 04340-12 (December): 123–138. 
  6. ^ Moe Game Award Executive Comittee. "Moe Game Award 2011 results". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Moe Game Award Executive Comittee. "Moe Game Award 2012 results". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 

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