UPDATE (July-19-2017 ): Added a sequence where Terry rescues Julia from demons, then a lengthy exposition sequence and finally Marusaki and Julia join the party. Also did some more balancing on prices, character/enemy stats and random encounters (trying to give the first part of the game where you play as Terry alone just the right amount of difficulty.)
All-in-all, there's between 30 minutes to an hour of finished gameplay. Getting the introductory portions of the game out of the way was the biggest challenge. Progress should proceed smoother and faster beyond this point!
I've been wanting an outlet that could allow me to tell this story for a while now and it seems I've finally found one that suits my budget, my schedule, my limited ability in storytelling/film/animation and my experience in the field of gaming:
RPG MAKER FES for the Nintendo 3DS.
Granted it isn't "exactly" what I wanted given the game's limitations with visuals, what with having to use ready-made character models to substitute my own character designs and the game's currently limited palette of fantasy-based locations. It's certainly not the comic or animated series I always envisioned.
But you can do a surprising amount of "animating" and storytelling if you have the patience enough to teach yourself how to use the software. The game's limited instructions make it somewhat difficult for game-making noobs such as myself.
As of today I've uploaded the opening cutscenes setting up the story and thrown in a quick tour of the Koji-Kai Dojo, residence of Terry & co.
RPG Maker is a very time-consuming game, but the payoff for the time put in is very satisfying and it's great to have a story-telling outlet that appeals to one of my avenues of enjoyment.
For those of you who want to check out the Demon Slayer "demo", you can download it and many other fan-made RPGs/stories/etc. via the free RPG Maker Player available on the Nintendo 3DS eshop. Yeah, you heard right! You can download and play other people's RPGs for free. You can't beat that!
My profile name on the RPG Maker FES server is: Prof.Megaman
And my creator ID is: 26393
Please give it a quick look and let me know what you think. Though I'm a well-traveled classic JRPG player, I'm new to game making and could use all the feedback I can get. And if you own the game, feel free to share your RPG Maker projects with me as well. Thanks!
Listening to: Actually, Brentalfloss, Joe Satriani
Reading: Nothing currently.
Watching: Spider-Man stuff, Yu Yu Hakusho
Playing: RPG Maker FES (*DUH!*)