The annual rainy season has ended, and it’s finally time for summer in Osaka!
But rain or no rain, at this time of the year, PlatinumGames always organizes a big welcoming party for all of the new talent that joined the company in April, and today we’d like to show you a glimpse of the insanity that tends to go down at these parties.
The first thing that is worth pointing out is that, despite this being a welcome party for the new employees, it’s actually the newcomers themselves who have to provide the entertainment to their seniors and superiors for the evening.
This year we had a total of 9 fresh, new recruits! Last year, it was pretty evenly distributed between men and women, but this year, for some reason, only a group of guys had made the cut.
This meant that some of the existing male employees at the company did not expect much to look at (cosplaying female employees are always popular at these events), but as it turned out, they got an eyeful.
For some reason, the opening act involved Isao Negishi, who’s been a game designer at PG for 5 years, being summoned to the stage with veteran programmer Noriyuki Ohtani to do a bizarre (and painful-looking) stunt with a rubber band.
But fortunately, the audience was placated with a pair of pretty legs in a school uniform when one of the guys sang a lovely AKB 48 medley.
As you can see, it went down a storm.
And the crowd got perhaps a bit too rowdy.
Some acts were even more risqué and featured pretty much full frontal nudity.
Don’t worry, he was wearing underwear.
All in all, the crowd had a blast, and it was a very successful and entertaining event. The new recruits had apparently spent weeks preparing and rehearsing their acts, but fortunately, the pay-off was proportionate.
Thanks everyone, and welcome to the club!