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Kabushiki gaisha
Industry PC games
Founded March 26, 1991; 26 years ago (1991-03-26)
Headquarters Kita, Osaka, Japan
Key people
Takahiro Baba (executive director)
Products Visual novels

VisualArt's (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. VisualArt's has developed the game engines their brands currently use, including the current engine, called Siglus, and older engines RealLive and AVG32. VisualArt'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: The Reverie of a Little Planet was the first game produced under the kinetic novel name. In addition to games, VisualArt'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.

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

Music related[edit]


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


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

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