Minori (company)

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Minori (みのり) is a Japanese visual novel company (previously the software division of CoMixWave until April 2007). Their most successful game is Ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two., which has had a manga and two anime television series based on it, and was ported to the PlayStation 2 in April 2010. They use Musica as their main engine. Several of their games' opening movies are animated by Makoto Shinkai.[citation needed] Minori is known for its stance against fan-translations and piracy and has garnered some infamy for its actions against fan translation group No Name Losers and TLWiki, due to the controversy regarding the video game Rapelay by Illusion Soft.[1][2][3] As a result, its main webpage is blocked for people outside Japan.[4][5] In 2010, Minori, MangaGamer, and No Name Losers announced a partnership to make commercial English versions of Minori's games available.[1][6][7][8]

Published games[edit]

Core staff[edit]

  • Nobukazu Sakai, aka nbkz (Producer, Director, Song Lyricist, Concept Planner)[9]
  • Makoto Shinkai (Animation Movie Director, not attached to the company)
  • Mikage (Director, Planner, and Scenario Writer)
  • Yū Kagami (Scenario Writer)
  • Tenmon (Music Composer)
  • Tatsuya Yūki (Character Designer, Line Producer)
  • Mitsuishi Shōna (Character Designer)
  • Kimchee (Character Designer/core member of Haru no Ashioto, not attached to the company)
  • 2C Galore (Character Designer/core member of Ef, not attached to the company)
  • Naru Nanao (Character Designer/core member of Ef, not attached to the company)


  1. ^ a b Tolentino, Josh (2012-04-20). "Ef - First Tale gets trailer, Minori explains censorship". Japanator. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  2. ^ Ishaan (2010-04-23). "Visual Novel Publisher Minori Object To Project Fan-Translation". Siliconera. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  3. ^ Akira (2010-04-29). "Minorigate, or, How to Piss Off Otaku Without Really Trying". Kotaku. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  4. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2009-06-24). "Ero Game Website Blocks Non-Japan Viewers To "Defend Culture"". Kotaku. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  5. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2009-06-25). "Erotic Game Developer Explains Foreign Access Web Blocking". Kotaku. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  6. ^ MangaGamer (2010-09-26). "MangaGamer Staff Blog: Ever Forever". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  7. ^ Ishaan (2010-07-18). "Minori In "Constructive Negotiations" With Fan-Translation Group". Siliconera. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  8. ^ "Software Studio minori, Fan Translation Group in Talks". Anime News Network. 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  9. ^ "Minori Producer Discusses Decline of Bishōjo Game Industry". Anime News Network. 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 

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