April marks the 10-year anniversary of Enterbrain, a Japanese publisher of magazines, video games, strategy guides, and just about anything else that you can think of. For this anniversary I thought I'd provide an ode in the form of 10 items from Enterbrain that I'm thankful for.
Comic BeamA monthly seinen manga anthology "for the comic freaks!," Comic Beam is well-known for featuring strong original content, including Emma, the recent award-winning time travel comedy Thermae Romae, the manga that inspired the anime Desert Punk, and many others-- including King of Thorns, whose upcoming anime film looks fantastic.
Weekly FamitsuAlthough the reputation Famitsu holds for video game ratings has diminished as they gave more and more perfect scores, Famitsu is still a force to be reckoned with in the Japanese gaming world...for now. At the very least they can be a great source of screencaps for games that won't be out in the US for a year or two.
TOKYOPOP is releasing the English version), KimiKiss manages to quietly stand out from many similar franchises by having characters with fairly realistic personalities, motivations, and reactions to one another.
RPG MakerI remember first playing with RPG Maker when I was in high school-- it's exactly what it sounds like, a PC program where you can use the graphical interface to build your own top-down 2D RPG. It has built in sprites, monsters, attacks, and all that good stuff, and you could also download tons of alternate art, or make your own, and the program would compile the game for you when you were done. It wasn't easy, though...
B's LogPretty much any anime geek who also games on occasion will know of Famitsu, but fewer are familiar with B's Log. And no small wonder: there's so little attention paid to all the video games for girls out there! B's Log is devoted entirely to games for girls, particularly otome games-- the female version of the standard dating sim, in which the player's goal is to establish a romance with one of the many male characters --and BL games (hence the initials of the mag's title).
So there you go! Hopefully now you're as grateful for Enterbrain's 10 years of existence as I am. And if I missed anything-- or you particularly agree or disagree with one of the items I included --let me know in the comments!