This jam is now over. It ran from 2023-06-01 04:00:00 to 2023-07-01 04:00:00. View 12 entries

Make a visual novel that feels straight out of Shounen Jump!

Welcome to the first Battle Action Fantasy Visual Novel Jam, a game jam for combining tropes you see in battle shounen & seinen stories with visual novels and story-driven games.

What we accept:

  • Visual novels, story-focused RPGs, and other story-driven games
  • Stories with a focus on action and have shounen tropes such as:
    • friendship conquering evil
    • rivalry between the main character and another character to be the strongest or the best
    • super powers, "chosen ones", power scaling
    • tournaments, examination arcs
  • Previously started on games, demos - any amount of progress is fine as long as you work on it during the jam period
  • Games with female leads and queer casts
  • Games not targeted at male audiences such as otomes but still embrace chuuni fantasy aspects

What we don't accept:

  • Games that aren't story-driven
  • Games with stories that are neither action nor have shounen tropes
  • Games with no fantasy or supernatural elements

Some examples include most JRPGs, Fate/stay night, and more. Your game may be a more comedic take or something darker and more sinister. The ultimate answer on if your story will fit this jam: would it make sense to be serialized in Shounen Jump?

This jam is not judged or ranked. You make a chuuni fantasy game and you're a winner. We do encourage submissions to be tagged as #Battle Action Fantasy, a new tag for shounen-esque games that's a derivative of バトル・アクション (battle action), a popular way to categorize shounen works in Japan. You can read more about this new tag here.

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FAQ:

Can I write romance or a dating sim? Yes!

Can my main character and cast be female? Yes!

Can I write something gory that would be more of a seinen? Yes!

Can I write something that is like a shounen but doesn't have fantasy elements? No.

Can I write something that doesn't have action scenes in it? No.

Can I make a game that's not a visual novel, or a hybrid game that doesn't have any visual novel elements in it? No.

Can I make a game using AI generated assets, even if I edit them? No.

Have fun and make games that feel like they would go right in an issue of Shounen Jump!


This jam is ran by Arimia from Crystal Game Works, 4noki and Pumpkin Spike. The logo is by Nacchi.

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an action fantasy VN where a foreign god has descended upon earth
Visual Novel
Save the Empire and break the cycle of doomed love!
Visual Novel
Lesbians playing card games in space
Visual Novel
Ghostly-Boy meets Wallflower-Girl in between this life and the next.
Visual Novel
A post-apocalyptic fantasy yuri visual novel proof of concept
Visual Novel
No regrets left behind.
Visual Novel
Can you foster peace between the two lands before they collapse under the weight of their ambitions?
Visual Novel
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Prove yourself worthy of the goddess's blessing
Visual Novel
Dress To Kill
Role Playing
Semi-text VN about girls and darkness
Action
The "Erasers" guild gathers the world's most powerful mages in a quest to save the world!!
Visual Novel