Minori is no more

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#51 by freshift
2019-03-15 at 14:02
#48 When the issue was brought to the British Parliament and "major Japanese politicians" were citing "recent censures from the British Parliament and American civil right movements" as one of primary reasons for their regulatory efforts, it stopped of being "a handful of negative western articles".

#49 The Rapelay fiasco had limited consequences in the end because the heat died off for the reasons I've already discussed above, and that's why I expressed my agreement to dk382's point that the industry overacted on its own. That however absolutely does not means that the fiasco and its subsequent events were not threatening developments that would have drove the industry to extinction, had not the Liberal Democratic Party were defeated in the election.

Besides, you've picked the worst possible indicator for the health of the industry. A research from 2010 indicates that the size of the eroge market at the end of the year 2009 was estimated to be about 30 billion yen. Throughout next two years, this sum shrunk into 24.3 billion yen. By 2014, the supposed heyday according to your statistics, the amount was about 20.4 billion yen, 2015 17.6 billion yen, 2016 16.8 billion yen, with the grim estimation of 16 billion yen for 2017.Last modified on 2019-03-15 at 14:11
#52 by sanahtlig
2019-03-15 at 14:22
What consequence was there? Certain tags in certain stores remain unused, for "professional" works, which have other channels anyway.
When you have industry veterans claiming that online sales are driven by tag searches, tags being liquidated doesn't seem as trivial anymore. If you can't easily find what you're looking for, you're probably going to buy less. As any site admin will tell you, SEO matters. Though the Japanese have also wormed their way around the restrictions, e.g., by replacing the "loli" tag with "puni".Last modified on 2019-03-15 at 21:18
#53 by kratoscar2008
2019-03-15 at 19:09
Isnt PlayHome Rapelay 2.0?
#54 by sanahtlig
2019-03-15 at 21:24
Reviewing their lineup again, it does seem like Illusion still makes the Play series of rape games. I guess I hadn't tracked their releases as closely as I'd thought.Last modified on 2019-03-15 at 21:27
#55 by fumakisou
2019-04-12 at 18:19
Here MangaGamer's response to Minori Closure: link

Also, people need to understand that Minori does not closed due to bankruptcy, it's due to management issues (unable to keep up with the schedule, can't prevent divergence, etc.).Last modified on 2019-04-12 at 18:19
#56 by sakurakoi
2019-04-12 at 18:46
or in other words: Impending bankruptcy, the company is on a decline, better stop now than later.

Management issues indeed just means bankruptcy, it's being unable to do what one wants with the resources available. If they could make the works they want with the resources they have/get (as in $$$ as return), then they would not close. Nobody would care about schedules being missed if not in the first place those mean to spend more resources than one wanted to while also losing a tiny bit of possible gain (since some customers as such will not buy it).
#57 by fumakisou
2019-04-16 at 19:47
You do understand what bankruptcy means right?

It means the company are unable to pay every bills (not resources) they have in money, so they have to declare bankrupt to the court so the law can protect them from debt collectors. Also, bankruptcy doesn't always mean closure. Also, there are companies that do bankrupt but was able to keep afloat anyways and are able to resume business.

Yes, management issue are one of the cause of bankruptcy, but management issue is not just about bankruptcy.

What I mean is by "management issue" is the leader can't keep people together, so that they can complete the project in time, despite having a lot of resources. Minori "stance" is to enjoy creating game, not just create games for the sake of profit. Because there are staff that is not enjoy working, which gives you crappy game, the leader decide to close the company.
#58 by risus
2020-02-03 at 16:53
I am sorry, maybe someone knows, what happened to minori after their closure? Did a new company was formed instead of old one? Or some or all of the staff moved to another company?
#59 by vario
2020-02-03 at 17:35
They are alive, but don't make games anymore. Sakai Nobukazu is now involved with age for example.
#60 by risus
2020-02-03 at 20:57
And they don't make novels, why? is it true? I hope not, their novels are very good!
#61 by paragonias
2020-02-03 at 21:51
Minori, while *technically* still alive, has stopped production of any new VNs.
They are only selling the VNs they have produced until now.

And no, Minori did not file for bankruptcy or anything like that.
#62 by risus
2020-02-04 at 16:47
#61, is it really so? They don't make no new novels at all?
#63 by paragonias
2020-02-04 at 17:00
As I said, Minori has stopped production of any new VNs.
They will not release any more VNs in the future.
Minori now exists just to keep selling their current catalogue digitally and to hold on to their copyrights to the VNs they have already produced.Last modified on 2020-02-04 at 17:01
#64 by risus
2020-02-04 at 17:41
Ok, very pity then. Maube artists and scenario writers from minori will participate in some novels soon.


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