Kickstart This: GAME GIRLS GO!

15 09 2013

For the first time the next Happy Chicken project will be crowdfunded.  That’s right… we’re on Kicksarter now with a little something called Game Girls Go!, and let me tell you: it is awesome.


We have the girls: all professional Japanese idols who have appeared on various TV programs around Japan.

We have the games: Tons of retro games and consoles at our disposal.

We have the permission: It took almost two years, but we finally have the companies behind the games on board to legally use their products.

What we don’t have, is you.


That’s right, we have Japanese developers on board.  This news came midway through the campaign, and it is absolutely huge.  It means more than just having rights… it means they listened to what we had to say, saw the demo footage, and thought it was a fun, viable idea.  That means the only “what if” scenario is, what if we don’t get funded.


It’s been really difficult to get the word out about Game Girls Go!  Me, I don’t tweet… I only keep a small amount of Facebook friends (99% are actual people I know in real life)… and I’m not a member of any large game community or forum or message board.  It’s like I’m living in the 90’s; but then I really liked the 90’s.


As I said above, Game Girls Go! has been in my head for around two years.  These kind of things morph.  You get an idea and have to refine it.  I think Game Girls Go! came from two places: there was an idol photo book here in Japan that featured girls in various states of undress posing with retro game hardware that I thought was a great idea; and I’ve always been fascinated by the crazy things idols were made to do on Japanese variety shows.  Here’s an example:

So I took those two ideas and, just like the man walking with his tub of peanut butter colliding with the woman walking with her chocolate bar, I created a better beast.  No, not the delicious, mouthwatering goodness of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (where’s my money, Hershey’s?) but the greatest show about video games… ever.


The concept is simple.  We take a Japanese idol, like these:

These four idols are already booked to appear on the show.

These four idols are already booked to appear on the show.


and put her in a room with 3 retro games on 3 different retro systems.  If she’s able to complete a set amount of challenges in a set amount of time, she wins a prize.  If she can’t… well, I’ll refer you to that YouTube clip I posted above.  But the show is so much more than just girls in bikinis playing games.  As you can probably tell by looking around my blog, I love retro games.  So it was important to me that the show have a heavy dose of gaming history thrown in.  I want people who watch the show to learn about games and gaming history.


That’s why in Game Girls Go! we feature history and strategy segments for every game that’s played plus we highlight the systems themselves.  As I say in the Kickstarter video, by the time you finish watching Game Girls Go!, you’ll be a gaming genius.


So please support us in this endeavor.  I honestly believe that folks are going to like the end result.


HCK PLAYS – Pretty Fighter on the Super Famicom

9 08 2013

Ah, Super Famicom how we love your classic games, and your… not so classic ones, too.   After all, hate is a twisted form of love, right?

Pretty Fighter is a middling beat-um-up made by Imagineer that actually did well enough to receive an enhanced port on the Saturn titled Pretty Fighter X, which received an 18+ rating and yellow label.  Now you’d think that was because of some sexy situations involving the all-female cast, and you’d be dead wrong.  It’s because there’s a cut scene that involves a male flasher.  In one awesome swoop Imagineer punked every Saturn owning pervert back in 1995.

This video was done as a rudimentary test for Studio Happy Chicken’s upcoming Game Girls Go! only I’m sorry to say the only game girls are the ones actually in the game.  I needed to see how long it took to finish of a 10 minute segment.  Keep in mind NOTHING here is going to be like it is on the show, this is simply a very basic and hilarious test.

Also, keep in mind it gets very NSFW, so keep it away from children and small animals.

Working in a Post Catherine World

27 08 2012

It’s funny, Another Take on Catherine isn’t even out yet (September 25 in the US), but I’m forced to move on and work on other projects while at the same time promoting Catherine.

Right now I’m in Thailand finishing up Studio Happy Chicken’s next video, which should release in December in Japan and America.  The Japanese title’s pretty firm at being エロ a Go Go with the American version being called The Thailand Experience.

Here’s a rough clip of a gravure scene from the film.  The music is a temp track (obviously we won’t be using LMFAO in the finished version); but it gives you an idea of what to expect… only it really doesn’t, now that I think about it.  I have some surprises up my sleeve…


YouTube took down the video, so I’ve replaced it with a still from the film representing what you’re missing.

The structure of this release is very interesting and challenging.  Also, finding the right music has been more difficult than I would have thought… when it’s finished, my hope is that it delvers a true Thailand Go Go experience from the comfort of your own couch.  Studio Happy Chicken will provide the girls, you have to provide the beer.

Another Take on Catherine Buyer’s Guide

21 08 2012

With Studio Happy Chicken Pink’s Another Take on Catherine being about a month out, I thought I’d share a little about the different versions of the film that will be available.


Another Take on Catherine – JAPANESE DVD  (September 23)   PREORDER

This cut of Another Take on Catherine clocks in 3 minutes shorter than the American version.  That’s because at the last minute, the Japanese censors made us make some cuts to the film to get it released in the Land of the Rising Sun.  Other than having different dialog, it’s virtually identical to the American release (except for the missing 3 minutes).



Another Take on Catherine – USA STANDARD DVD (September 25)   PREORDER

This is exactly what it sounds like, the standard edition release.  Features the American version of Catherine, plus the bonus film Moe X CoCo featuring Moe Takahashi and CoCo!



Another Take on Catherine – USA BLU-RAY (September 25)   PREORDER

Featuring a beautiful 1080p picture, and deep pulse-pounding sound, this is the version of Another Take on Catherine to get.  The Blu-ray version of Catherine comes with both the English and Japanese (uncut) versions of the film, as well as the bonus film Moe X CoCo, and an additional super-secret bonus video!





Studio Happy Chicken’s Summer Releases

25 05 2012

Remember when I said I’d take a month off?  Guess I lied.

Here’s the current slate of releases Studio Happy Chicken has coming up through September, 2012.  Hopefully fans will find something they like in it.  The titles and dates are locked in stone, so you needn’t worry about something slipping off the radar.  Now that the stormy seas we’ve been sailing have calmed, expect a steady stream of goodness from Happy Chicken Land.


6/19     HAPPY CHICKEN BLUE BOX     $44.99 MSRP

6/19     HAPPY CHICKEN PINK BOX     $44.99 MSRP

           6/19     @HOME IDOL: MOE TAKAHASHI     $19.99 MSRP    


07/24     STUDIO HAPPY CHICKEN GIRLS  Blu-ray   $19.99 MSRP


07/24     @HOME IDOL: MOE TAKAHASHI Blu-ray     $24.99 MSRP


09/25     SAMURAI BOYS 3 WAY Blu-ray     $34.99 MSRP

Another Take on Catherine doesn’t have a firm date yet; but I’ve been in contact with our distributor and they’re working hard to get the DVD and Blu-ray Disks pressed to get them out as soon as possible.

Catherine Completed

18 05 2012

It’s a wrap… finished… completed… and soon to be in the hands of connoisseurs everywhere.


Busy, Busy, Busy

23 04 2012

Haven’t had time to update the site lately… I’ve been hard at work getting some titles out the door, including the much hyped Another Take on Catherine.  So take heart in the fact that I haven’t abandoned ‘ol HCKBlog, I’ve just been busy.

In the meantime, here are some rough shots from the upcoming and aforementioned Catherine.