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The mystery of the transparent people

Companies seem to be using mystery adventure games as testing grounds for weird visual styles. Tecmo's Shin Tantei series has used two completely different looks in two games, from Nishimura Kyotarou Suspense's anime style to the more realistic look of the sequel, Yamamura Misa Suspense. Yukemuri Suspense went all-out with the realism, sort of, with digitized "actors." Otoshi Kenji: Keiji-san, Watashi ga Yarimashita goes for a classic anime look.

Akagawa Jirou Mystery: Yasoukyoku from Marvelous uses prerendered (or photographic -- we can't tell!) backgrounds, with transparent human silhouette characters. This look also shows up in Nishimura Kyotarou, and we think it is designed to allow you to investigate the background through the people in the scene.

And speaking of Akagawa Jirou Mystery, Marvelous is currently holding a promotion in which fans submit mystery stories to the official website for a chance to receive a book signed by author Akagawa Jirou.

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