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    Fabulous on Fuwa - February!

    By Kaguya

      Introduction
      Welcome, fellow Fuwamembers, to the FuwaRecognition thread. Starting this March, we’ll be highlighting some of the best contributions made by our members each month. From snazzy blog articles to delicious forum threads, and perhaps even a few things more on the shitpost part of the spectrum, we'll keep an eye out for the cream of the crop. And then we'll gather them here. Just for you.   *holds up giant APPLAUSE sign*   A-hem, so this is the first time we're doing this and it might be a bit rough; next time will be at the end of March. Anyways; without further ado, let's get to our highlights.    By @Zakamutt.   Threads   Our first highlight on threads comes from two Ask Me Anything topics posted in the span of this month: from our dear provisional Tay, @Kaguya, and from the anti-moege task force founder himself, the saltlord himself @VirginSmasher.   It’s now Kags’ fifth year on these dear forums, and members of new ’n old had a lot of questions, climbing over to 50 comments, almost unheard of in this day and age of lacklustre forum interaction. Even after the glory days of lolis long passed, Kaguya still swears close to his heart how they indeed are the master-race that rule over this weeb-dom, mostly in nukige form. Charming.   @VirginSmasher’s AMA, on the other hand, is mostly an appreciation of past glory and his good friends, met before he died out, but he also remembered some newer members who are already becoming an integral part of these forums of today. Quite a lot of internal banter and jokes flew here and there, but it is quite touching to see even older members returning from long breaks of apparent irremovable death.     As you might have seen, we have a new EVN on the horizon, or rather, KickStarter: One Last Crane, developed by @Blissful-Works This visual novel is being developed by an Indonesian team with some members over at Tokyo, Japan, and it has a an odd goal amount of 10,052 dollars, though this is due the publicization of the project being handled from Japan, which also makes the whole project page ask all money in yens. A risky play, let’s see if it pays out for them. The novel is planned on being released for four languages: English, Japanese, Chinese, and Indonesian. Quite the amount for still quite a small goal, but we’ll have to see how it pans out in the end, at least they are in no shortage of ambition. While the art-style itself is quite generic, it does look modern and does its job as presentation well enough, not to mention that the KickStarter page itself is quite stylish, but only time will tell how it’ll go over. All we can do is wait.   @EastCoastDrifter has done something unique on the forums that no one would even think of. He loves space, and he has extended his love to the members of the Fuwanovel community by creating a Fuwanovel Solar System. Using a program called Space Engine, Drifter has taken the liberty to name all planets in this system after very prominent Fuwamembers. It’s a great tribute to the community and you should really check it out. Furthermore, Drifter says he’s not done, and has plans to create more Fuwa solar systems to feature more members in the future. If you want a planet named after you, feel free to post in the linked thread or contact Drifter personally.   By @Arcadeotic and @EastCoastDrifter.   Blogs Hi I'm Zaka and I'm the only one that cares about blogs on the team. Maybe. I didn't actually ask the other guys. Shit. So uhh, here's my recs...   @Clephas writes accessibly about (for the most part) untranslated Japanese visual novels. This time, we have some posts about the recently released third VN in the Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru series, of which the first actually has a translation by MangaGamer. Unfortunately, the second is where people think it actually got good. We start with a more general note on the series, then move on to a review of Otoboku 3 itself.   While Clephas has been writing for quite a while, @MaggieROBOT is a bit newer to the scene. She focuses on Otome and BL VNs, and for this post we'd like to show you her post on an upcoming BL visual novel (fresh from the pot, baby. That thing is probably the first blog post to come right after this one. Oh yeah. That's how we roll. - Kaguya) as well as her review of the robot-romance Otome VN Sakuya. Go ahead and look for her post complaining about a trap in a moege not having a route if you like things on the more humorous side of the spectrum
      Just For Fun!   During the process of writing this post.     Well you know I’m all about that nepotism baby. That's right, this is just for you. Rising 1.8% female readership (thanks Maggie) local GM and blog post connoisseur Kaguya here. To close the blog review section up, we’ll be highlighting the post where I wonderfully delve into the mind of writer Setoguchi Ren’ya, explaining his past and his involvements with the little-known work The Shawshank Redemption as well as how that work affected the VN industry, finishing things with a bang as I explain his history and the hidden messages within Swan Song. And finishing things off in a suitable grand scale, much like a writer who traps himself into writing continuously larger powerlevels until his shounen manga gets to a point where it doesn't even resemble the original, we will be looking at two posts made by Fuwanovel's current closest figure to Jesus, @Kiriririri (Who unlike our creator, did revive. How about that?) He died for our sins as he bravely made two deep posts about the current state of the VN community that were completely hidden by the evil staff... Until now. Gaze upon them and marvel, this is the true work of a genius!! February is over. We bled. We sweat. Friendships were broken and renewed, and old members revived from their graves and mingled with the new pringles to take us where we are now. And the community persists, as glorious as ever.  March is here. And in this rewind, I declare FebruaryFuwa absolutely Fabulous! 
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  1. Happiness+
    Latest Entry

    By Happiness+,

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    Enter a world without Christ, a postreligous society

    Enter a dream, that you are fully aware of dreaming

    Enter the birth of 2 new species "Reploids” and "Hybrids"

    Enter Zion, the last Christian missionary on Earth with amnesia

    Enter the mystery of seven extraordinary children and their journey to unlock the past

    Enter The astrofront, Earth's artificial orbital ring.

    Enter Parapsychology

    Enter Transhumanism

    Enter C:\ _Detroit.exe

     

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    This is the first short kinetic novel of a shared visual novel universe. Think of it as a prologue. This visual novel will be on PC, Android, and iOS.


    Right now, this visual novel is 90% complete:
    The story, programming, sound effects, and music are complete!

    I just need three people to help me out.

    I need a background artist to help me out with some additional assets.

    ( You can use whatever art style you like. I am just looking for an aesthetic that resembles their real-life personalities. I will provide you references to help you design them. All of the characters are of high school age. They are all African American and Asian respectively.)

    I need voice actor to voice Elder Zion.

    (For this Zion's, you need to be able to sing.)

    I need a voice actress to voice Alexis Jackson.

     

    For more casting information: https://www.castingcall.club/projects/detroit-exe-chapter-1

     

    Detroit.exe: Chapter 1 will be available on PC, Android, and iOS.

    Summer 2019


    This first chapter is freeware, an unpaid project that will be free for everyone forever. The sequel will be a commercial project. This is just to get people into the series, and if it goes well with our niche market. I guarantee you that you will be compensated awesomely. I am a visual novelist of my word.

    As for me, you can call me Happiness+ I'm an EVN developer that has skills in poetry, prose writing, python programming, and voice direction. Making visual novels is literally my dream and I love doing it. The reason why I love doing it is because visual novels are art. We as EVN developers are on the cusp of a revolution. The revolution being a new renaissance of western visual novels and I want my stories to be the spark that sets the flame ablaze.


    I invite you to join me in the revolution!

     https://twitter.com/happine27386045

     

  2. Foreword - Still no VNTS here, so once again I decided to make my own VNTS Review here. As usual I hope that you'll enjoy the review here.

    Seeing that we have Mangagamer did released Yurirei Full Chorus back at last Thursday, I decided to just add 'Fullvoice ReBORN' at the end of the full name of Yurirei here (Okujou no Yurirei-san) because it's what Yurirei Full Chorus really is if we boil down into it. For the explanation here, each time Liar-soft rereleased their partially voiced VN (The example are Inganock and Sharnoth) they always add 'Fullvoice ReBORN' into the VN name, although this time they decided to change the titling for Yurirei though wth 'Full Chorus' (I knew that it's supposed to adapt the school setting that Liar-soft set in Yurirei and in turn made the titling idiosyncratic). Welcome to this week VNTS Review, in which other than Yurirei Full Chorus release we finally got some updates from Mangagamer and as usual we also got to knew what Mangagamer will release in the next month (Regardless of my interest) along with usual fan translation updates, so at least this week is slightly more active compared to the past weeks. Let's see what I can write for this week as well.

    There's surprising news from PQube that they'll release Chaos Child at Wednesday later, in which it's should be good if we want to get it legally because it's very expensive if we want to apply the available fan patch (We need Japanese PC version and PSV script if we want to apply it legally). Although in case some people already have the English version of Chaos Child PC here here, obviously the release will going to be redundant to them. That sad, if from Chaos Child entering Steam (Risk for being banned aside) we can have more interesting SciFi ADV available in English, perhaps it's the good news here. In an unrelated note, I start to see that 5pb really like to milk SciFi ADV (Especially Steins Gate) which in turn delaying the continuation of SciFi ADV main story (I knew that the main story scope is quite big, but still), although perhaps it's just my baseless assumption here.

    From Mangagamer we have Yurirei Full Chorus release, in which it's only Yurirei re-released that was already released back at 2016. Although this release did have full voice, so if you want to hear more voice in Yurirei you should get it because the original Yurirei here was only partially voiced. As for Yurirei, I think everyone was already knew that we'll going to have two ghost wohse deeply n yuri relationship that want to established as many as GL/yuri couple in order to learn of how to express their feeling before going to afterlife, and that they decided to enlist the help from our female MC Yuna who understandably quite hesitant at first. Have fun if you want to replay Yurirei here or just want to play it for the first time (Go get the Full Chorus version if you want full voice here).

    Other than Full Chorus release, we also have Mangagamer did have their own updates. Before going to the updates, let me say that their next release (Steam Prison) is not quite interesting to me seeing that it's otome VN (And that my focus was on Mangagamer other queue list), although if you looking forward into it you can wait until February 14th later and treat it as the Valentine's gift from Mangagamer lol. As for the updates, we have Rance X was at 22% translated, Sukehime was at 82% translated along with 27% edited, Room No.9 was both at 80% for both of translation and editing progress, Sona-Nyl was at 79% translated, Escalayer was fully translated and 72% edited, Amatarasu was entering beta testing, and Maggot Bait was fully edited (Good job to the editor for enduring it lol). We also have first secret project, in which Mangagamer was apparently proud of it with the current progress was at 66% translated along with 19% edited. We also have interesting updates from them, in which that both of Bokuten and Damekoi were finished the testing along with Lilycle. Although apparently it's still quite a while though before the release, because Trinoline was still in scripting here and perhaps they'll release Trinoline first there.

    As usual we have the updates from fan translation, in which we have Eustia was at 61.97% translated along with 45.54% edited, Harugi's overall was at almost halfway (49%) translated with Shino's route was past halfway (58%) translated and Branch was at 45% translated, Pure Pure was at 91.79% translated with Tobari's route was at 88.79% translated, 4,379 lines from Pure x Connect were translated along with 1,001 lines of it were edited, Watamasu was at 38% translated, and that we finally got the full patch for HaraChuChu at this week although I'm not quite interested with this though seeing that it's just a nukige with pregnancy fetish (Go get the patch here if you interested, and have fun). For the last update form fan translation, as usual we have Hoshiori update in which Touko's route was at 66.8% translated with overall Hoshiori was at 65.27% translated.

    That's all for this week VNTS Review, and see you next week.

  3. Hatsugamai (or Soshite Hatsukoi ga Imouto ni Naru) is one of my favorite nakige from the last four years.  Feeling in the need of some emotional catharsis, I finally went back to it a while back, and I was blown away a second time by just how powerful the emotions this game brings out are.

    First, it should be noted that Alcot Honeycomb, the subsidiary of Alcot that produced this game is known for two things... that it is a low to mid-price and budget company and for the fact that they have never produced a flop.  Every one of their games has come out in the black within six months of release, and they inevitably end up placing at least in the top twenty of any given year.  Another quality of their games is that there are no 'wasted scenes' in their games.  Every scene drives story and path progression, without exception.  This game is no exception.

    I am going to focus on introducing the characters of this game, since you can check out my previous blog post on the game if you want an idea of what the game as a whole is like. 

    Tokitani Kazuharu- The protagonist of the story, he is a hard-working young man who is absolutely devoted to his own financial independence and protecting his 'family' (currently consisting of Shinobu and Manami).  At the age of eight, he ran away from home to get away from verbal and physical abuse from his mother and eventually adopted another runaway, his 'imouto' Shinobu.  If it weren't for Old Man Tatara, their current guardian, he probably would have ended up living on the street for the rest of what was likely to be a very short life.  As it is, he works hard every day at multiple part time jobs to feed, clothe, and shelter himself and Shinobu (ignoring Tatara's offers to pay for everything) and lives at a rickety school dorm with Tatara's granddaughter Manami.  Kazuharu is a young man of intense feeling and kindness.  While he considers himself to be a practical, at times unfeeling person, it is fairly obvious to those around him that he is the very reverse of that.  Kazuharu is constitutionally incapable of setting aside responsibilities or abandoning someone who calls out to him for help.  His immense capacity for love and selfless behavior make him a powerful character, and his emotional scars often bring tears to my eyes.

    Tokitani Shinobu- As a small child, she ran away from an abusive situation to live under a bridge, where she was found and informally adopted by Kazuharu.   She quickly and intensely fell in love with Kazuharu after his ferocious efforts to protect her and keep her fed in the time before Tatara discovered and took them in, and that love has, if anything, only grown deeper and more intense with time (she is almost yandere at times).  Unlike Kazuharu, who struggles with school while working, she is the student council president and the highest scorer on school tests, while still working multiple part-time jobs.  Like Kazuharu, she has a very clear-headed and down-to-earth view of the future... if you ignore the fact that her view of the future involves her creating a corporation solely so she can take the burden of financial support off her brother's shoulders.  Despite how this sounds, she isn't completely monomaniacal.  Having been practically raised by Kazuharu and seeing him as an example, she is a deeply kind and compassionate young woman, with a deep capacity for love that matches his own.

    Tatara Manami- One of the three major side characters in the game, along with her grandfather, she is a child (about ten) who speaks in Kansai-ben and has a tendency to abuse pseudo-anglicanisms.  Her cheery personality and cute attempts to sort-of mother the people at the dorm hide a deep loneliness born from the fact that her parents abandoned her, leaving her busy grandfather to raise her pretty much as an absentee parent.  She has a strong bond with the Tokitani siblings, one that is at times adversarial (jokingly) with Kazuharu and conspiratorial with Shinobu. 

    Tatara Taizen- Shinobu and Kazuharu's guardian and Manami's grandfather... as well as the owner and head of the board of directors for Shinobu and Kazuharu's high school.  He is a man who has spent his entire life in education and sent innumerable students out to succeed in the world.  However, his own family is a horrible mess, with his daughter and son-in-law having abandoned his granddaughter Manami and his own responsibilities making it impossible for him to raise her in his own home.  He adopted Shinobu and Kazuharu when he discovered them as runaways (he has apparently done this in the past) and supported them out of compassion.  He is a true educator at heart, devoting himself to the well-being and future of his students.  He and Kazuharu frequently fight (in a friendly manner) and his mannerisms are frequently humorous or deliberately display him as a dirty old man.  However, his love for Manami and the two siblings is deep. 

    Minamino Shouhei- Kazuharu's best friend and the son of a yakuza family.  Despite his origins, his goal in life is to work in childcare, and his personality is kind and cheerful to the core.  Along with Yuka and the Tokitani siblings, he is part of a group of 'hard-working friends' who have been together more or less since before middle school.  He deeply resents the path his father wants for him in life, and he is definitely in rebellion against the family business.  While he is unaware of the Tokitani siblings' past, he is still the only person who can confront Kazuharu on completely equal terms in the game (for reasons that become obvious if you play the game).

    Miyamoto Yuuka- The other childhood friend besides Shouhei (and one of the heroines) she is a pin-up model who dreams of becoming an actress, working long hours after school toward that goal and ignoring her parents' skepticism.  Yuuka is a bright and cheerful character with perhaps the most 'normal' viewpoint of the characters in the game, serving as a touchstone for the warped (understandably so) viewpoints of the other characters.  That said, she is also in the entertainment business, so she isn't unfamiliar with the 'dark side'.  However, it hasn't tainted her, as of yet.  She has a strong will and is a dreamer at heart (whereas the others are mostly down to earth), contrasting her to the other characters on just about every point.

    Tanaka Neneko- A ferociously strong-willed senpai at both Kazuharu's work and at school, she is also the worst kind of boss, ordering him to do everything in five minutes.  Raised in an unstable household where both her parents were frequently ill, her role model was her elder sister, who worked intensely hard to bring the family back together after the kids were briefly put into the system due to their parents' inability to work.  Neneko works intensely hard, often getting exasperated reactions from Kazuharu (who works for money, only working hard when it is necessary or when it is part of the job).  She is constantly smiling and is the older sister of the group, frequently ending up as the advisor when it isn't her path.

    Kawatsu Tsubasa- The game's main heroine, whose appearance is the catalyst for the events that create the game's story.  Like Kazuharu and Shinobu, she has experienced both abandonment and abuse from her family (mostly psychological abuse), but unlike those two, she isn't really capable of anger, so she has no outlet to release her stress.  Despite her fragile appearance, she is not weak-willed... she is simply the type that endures, bending with the wind rather than standing firm within it.  Like both Kazuharu and Shinobu, she has an intense, deep well of love.  However, she is also far more willing to believe in others than either of them is, unwilling to give up on others until she is driven beyond her ability to endure. 

  4. Shoutout to littleshogun for being the only person who commented on my previous entry :badnicoman:

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    Now that their part is done they all head over to the snow festival to have some fun. They start by taking turns as reporters talking about the snow sculptures for their documentary. Momiji is a natural, but Mizu-nee, however...

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    Mizuha: "...why are you all laughing? Huh... my word usage? I can't help it, I've never played the role of a reporter before. I-if you're going to laugh, why don't one of you do it instead...!"

    So Yuzuki replaces her but quickly gets flustered

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    Yuzuki: "Uhhh... I can't do it anymore... Hinata-chan, your turn~"

    Hinata just does her genki thing. Probably not very reporter-like, but at least she's confident about it. And when it's finally Bethly's turn she just talks about pancakes. :makina: Can't really fault her too too much, seeing as how she's supposedly still not very good at Japanese... not that you'd immediately be able to tell by the way she talks most of the time, but every now and then Yukito has to explain a word to her and she definitely has more pauses in her lines than other characters. Meanwhile people going up to the top of the mountain are fascinated by their drawing.

    Also I found a bug. When going from the day they were drawing to the day of the festival, the date change from February 6th to February 8th, which originally made me think they slept for a day or something lol. But once this scene ends and the day changes again, it goes from February 7th to February 16th. Also wtf, they skip Valentines day?

    On the 16th, Bethly comes into Yukito's room to ask him something.

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    Bethly: "Is it... really alright for me to accept this...?"

    Apparently when the festival had a photographer going around photographing stuff, she was so touched by the snowflake that she donated a huge printout of the photo she took of it to the festival committee, and they gave it to Bethly. So Yukito reassures her that everyone wants her to have it, especially since she's not going to be staying in Japan for much longer. He also just so happens to have DVD of the documentary ready to give her. Apparently it's a special cut of it, since they haven't actually finished editing it yet but he wanted to hurry and get a copy for Bethly. That makes it sound like she's leaving really soon...

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    Bethly: "I'll take them back with me... the photo, the DVD, and all the memories I've made... I'll take them all back to Canada with me and treasure them... to help... me endure the loneliness..."

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    Yukito: "I'll definitely come see you. Will you wait for me until then?"

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    Bethly: "Yes... I'll wait for you..."

    Apparently his plan is to finish one more  year of high school, and then (after not failing his entrance exams this time) go to university in Canada. "Tronto" arc coming up next hype?? Also song incoming hype??? For those of you that don't know, Tone Work's game have pretty good image songs, and the ones for Ginharu are especially great if you like jpop. Here's a link to the playlist:

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    They're what made me want to read Hoshi Ori and Ginharu in the first place. And one of Bethly's songs is about a girl greeting her beloved at the airport, so...

    In the meantime they have one last h-scene :makina:

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    And so we skip to 4 days later when Bethly is leaving and everyone's at the airport to see her off.

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    Hinata: "...but I'll miss you... can't you get your stay extended by a year or something?"

    Unfortunately she can't.

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    Bethly: "Once I'm back in Canada, I'll tell everyone in my family... that in Japan I have a sunny friend named Hinata"

    D'aw. Best girls gotta stick together.

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    Bethly: "Yuzuki... my cute little sister"

    She praises Yuzuki's cooking and they promise to cook for each other again.

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    Bethly: "Momiji... I still remember when you talked to me in middle school"

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    Bethly: "You were my first friend in Japan. Do you want to be... my friend forever?"

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    Momiji: "Of course, Bethly"

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    Mizuha: "Thanks for all the happy memories. I've been away from the rink for a while, but I have something really important instead"

    I completely forgot that the reason she's even here is because she got injured, otherwise she'd be over in Russia or whatever.

    Finally, it's Yukito's turn.

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    Bethly: "...I'm not going to say farewell"

    And then they kiss

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    Yuzuki: "Kya..."

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    Momiji: "Waa..."

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    Mizuha: "H-how bold...!?"

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    The VA just reads out the onomatopoeia for whistling, but I choose to believe that Hinata's literally just wolf-whistling at them.

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    Bethly: "...that wasn't a farewell kiss, but a promise kiss"

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    Yukito: "Yeah... it's a promise. I'll definitely come to see you. So you have to wait for me too"

    When she gets back to Canada, she apparently makes her dad the best cup of coffee he's ever had. She explains it by telling him that she was always the one who made the coffee, and that Maria taught her. Her dad even remembers Maria. When she shows her the photo of their snow painting, he tells her that it looks like her mother's art, which I'm sure is a great compliment for her. They talk about her mother for a bit, and then it fades to white as she recalls her mother explaining to her how snow is formed.

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    "We were able to complete it thanks to Yukito and everyone else"

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    "The mote of dust that is me encountered Yukito and everyone else, and grew into a beautiful snowflake"

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    "This snowflake won't melt or disappear"

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    "It will always shine a gin'iro light"

    TL note: "gin'iro" means "silver"

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    "Forever and ever, into the haruka future..."

    TL note: "haruka" means "distant"

    I think they namedropped the title at the very beginning, but here it is again. And yes, that's basically the only reason I bothered to include this part :makina:

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    Hina is visiting Yuzuki because she's worried about her mock exam. Yuzuki's mom asks what she plans to do in the future and Hina mentions that Momiji went to university in Tokyo. And considering Yukito hasn't shown up yet, perhaps he's already in Canada? And then just as they mention him, they get a phone call.

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    Hinata: "Hellooo, senpai♪ It's been a while♪"

    Apparently it's been 5 months since he graduated, and has been living in Toronto since April (it's currently July 9th). But since classes don't start until September, he's been taking English classes in the meantime.

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    Hinata: "So what you're saying is you've been going on dates with Bethly-san every day, right?"

    However Yukito tells her that Alberta is pretty far from Toronto, and they haven't met up yet. Oh yeah, I guess now that he mentions it she is from Alberta. And Alberta and Toronto really aren't close. I dunno why it took me this long to realize that him going to Toronto doesn't automatically mean meeting her.

    After he asks them if their studying is going well, Hina wants to know how hard it is to go to university abroad. When Yuzuki asks her if she wants to study abroad she says she's just wondering. But perhaps she really does have some country in mind? Maybe we'll find out when we do her route. He also tells her in Canada universities don't have entrance exams, but rather decide based on your high-school grades.

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    Hinata: "Uwaaa... if that's the case, then I'd definitely get rejected"

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    Yuzuki: "Work hard for Bethly-san's sake, onii-chan!"

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    Hinata: "Use your lovey-dovey power, senpai!"

    Once they're done with the call, we get...

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    Good old "Tronto" :makina: Though to be fair, if you only heard a Torontonian pronounce Toronto, you'd think it's spelled "Tronto" too.

    As Bethly's image song starts playing :sacchan:

    The first scene that we get is Bethly's dad driving her to the university dorm

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    Brian: "It's written all over your face. "I can't wait to get to the dorm""

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    Bethly: "Huh... t-that's not true. I've always thought that it's lonely to live away from you-"

    That hair, though.

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    Brian: "Yeah, I get it. But you're excited for your new life, right?"

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    Bethly: "That's..."

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    Brian: "Sounds like I hit the nail on the head"

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    Bethly: "Yeah... I'm really looking forward to my life as a university student"

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    Brian: "I've already send you off twice. The first time was in middle school, and you were all anxious and looked like the world was about to end"

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    Brian: "The second time was when you were going as an exchange student. It wasn't as bad as the first time, but you still looked uneasy"

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    Brian: "But this time is different. You look full of hope"

    They eventually hit some traffic, and Bethly says that she'll walk the rest of the way, especially since it's a workday and her dad needs to get back to work. She arrives at her dorm room.

    Unfortunately the music ends here. A bit anticlimactic, to be honest. I remember skipping through Marika's route in Hoshi Ori and her song plays when she's literally singing it on-stage, so I suppose I was expecting something a bit more grandiose.

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    Bethly: "...umm"

    That's a cute dress Bethly's wearing. And I guess this is her roommate? She introduces herself as Lilian Ryu (sounds sorta Chinese I guess? Can confirm there are plenty of Chinese people in Canada) and because Bethly mentioned she's from Alberta...

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    Lilian: "...Alberta's really rural, right, is it just filled with bears and deer?"

    So if they're not in Alberta right now...

    Anyway, Lilian establishes some rules. Lights-out at 1 am. No all-nighters. Phones in bed are fine but only under the covers so that you're not lighting up the whole room. No using each-other's stuff without permission.

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    "...this girl is very strict..."

    And the last rule is absolutely no bringing guys over. (But girls are fine, presumably? :makina: )

    When Bethly hangs her photo on the wall, Lilian asks about it so Bethly tells her about her trips to Japan.

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    Lilian: "...it's really pretty"

    Okay, good. For a second there I was worried she was going just going to be an insufferable asshole, but maybe she's not going to be so bad.

    Then Lilian proposes they go to a welcome party that's being held for new students as it will give them a chance to have fun and meet people. Once they're back from the party, Lilian is wasted but Bethly didn't drink because the drinking age in Ontario (I'm starting to get the feeling that she might be in Toronto :makina: ) is 19 and she's a law-abiding citizen... But if she's under 19 now, and it's been "a few years" since the previous route... *police sirens sound in the distance*

    They also won some prizes from playing bingo at the party. Bethly got a T-shirt and sunglasses, both with the Canadian flag on them. Lilian jokingly suggest that Bethly should wear them to the entrance ceremony (not actually a thing in Canada, at least not in my university), but then suggest they give it to an exchange student, which gets Bethly thinking...

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    Bethly: "...then I should give it to Yukito..."

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    Lilian: "Is that... the Japanese exchange student?"

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    Lilian: "You're trying to get with him, aren't you?"

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    Bethly: "That's not really what I..."

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    Lilian: "He definitely seemed nice. Very attentive, bright and friendly."

    I guess it's confirmed, she is in fact in Toronto... not that there was ever much doubt :^)

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    Lilian: "Hey, if you don't want that stuff, you can give it to me"

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    Lilian: "Since you're not trying to get with him, I think I might give it a try"

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    Bethly: "N-no way!"

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    Lilian: "So you are trying to get with him?"

    After some back and forth where Lilian tries to get Bethly to spit it out

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    Bethly: "He... I'm... we're already dating..."

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    Lilian: "Huuuuuuh!?"

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    Lilian: "Dating, when you've only been here a few hours!?"

    I don't know if she's that drunk or just stupid... maybe a bit of both.

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    Lilian: "Amazing... you're surprisingly promiscuous"

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    Bethly: "I-I'm not...!?"

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    Lilian: "That Yukito is something else too. I didn't think he was such a player. Maybe his friendliness is just an act to get girls..."

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    Lilian: "Listen, Bethly. I know that when you're a freshman you just want to have fun. But picking a good guy is really important, don't you think?"

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    Lilian: "Oh yeah, you mentioned that you went to Japan as an exchange student"

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    Lilian: "Did you feel nostalgic when you saw a Japanese guy? But you can't just jump into bed with the first Japanese guy you see"

    In the end, Bethly never gets a chance to properly explain.

    Spoiler

    We then skip to 10 days later, and we're back to Yukito's perspective. He's rudely awoken by the obnoxious snoring of his roommate, whom he promptly wakes up.

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    Emir: "...who are you...?"

    The dude is like me in the morning, completely out of it. Also I think that's a South African flag? They talk about some stuff, including the drinking age in South Africa, Yukito gives him a drink that he calls the "alarm clock" which is 50% energy drink and 50% freezer pop which wakes him right up. As they're headed to class Yukito tells him how there aren't enough hours in the day to do all the volunteering, studying, and extracurricular activities he wants to do, so he has to cut down on sleep time.

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    Emir: "But don't you want to be fast asleep in a nice, warm bed?"

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    Emir: "...maybe next to a pretty girl, that would be perfect. For example... one of them"

    He points to two girls

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    "A platinum blonde white girl and a black-haired asian girl"

    Platinum blonde? Please. If that's platinum blonde then I'm a ginger. (I'm not a ginger, by the way. My hair is basically Emir's hair)

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    "When they noticed us, the girls started to whisper and laugh."

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    Emir: "H-hey, look! Those girls looked at me and laughed!"

    >tfw you're surprised when girls aren't immediately repulsed by you

    Too real 1

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    "The white girl gave us a small wave, and the asian girl winked and blew us a kiss"

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    Emir: "Hey! She waved at me! And the other one blew a kiss!"

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    Emir: "Maybe they're hitting on me!? Hey, what do you think!?"

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    Yukito: "...who knows"

    What he doesn't say is that they were gesturing to him, not Emir. Since this is like 10 days later, I'm assuming Bethly finally explained the nature of their relationship to Lilian and introduced the two, especially since he knew Lilian's name. A little disappointing that we don't get to see their reunion.

    The two get lunch after their class, and turns we find out that Yukito uses an audio recorder to record lessons since his English still isn't that good and he needs to relisten to some parts. Meanwhile Emir explains that even though he skips a bunch of classes and spends his time getting drunk, he's doing well in classes because one of his drinking buddies is an upperclassman and he gave him a memory card with a ton of essays. If this were my university he'd get kicked out in a heartbeat if he tried to submit those, but apparently he doesn't just copy-paste them but merely uses them as a reference. And as he's handing it over to Yukito...

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    Lilian: "What are you two conspiring about?"

    Yukito tries to play it off as the recording of a rugby game

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    Lilian: "Hmm... this isn't some weird porno, is it?"

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    Yukito: "N-no, it's not! Right, Emir?"

    But he's speechless, because...

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    Emir: "You're the two girls I saw this morning! Hey, you're the one that waved at me!"

    Poor guy

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    Emir: "Wait, why are you talking to Yukito so casually!?"

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    Lilian: "That's because we're really close. We spent a night together"

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    Bethly: "Lilian... he's going to misunderstand..."

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    Lilian: "We partied until morning during the welcome party, so I guess you could say we spent the night together"

    With that misunderstanding out of they way Emir and the ladies get introduced to one-another and somehow Yukito and Bethly end up making plans to study together in the cafeteria.

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    Lilian: "Okay, okay, are you done arranging your date?"

    Lilian and Bethly end up having to go to class, so...

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    Emir: "It's decided! I'm going to get a girlfriend too!"

    Well, I kind of doubt they'll add another sprite to the game, and Bethly's taken, and Lilian... something tells me she's not interested in Emir that way. So this guy's chances aren't looking good :makina:

    When Yukito shows up in the cafeteria in the evening, he spots a strange girl...

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    Yukito: "Nice sunglasses"

    They talk about Emir and Lilian and how they'd make a great couple because they both love getting wasted, then talk about how they missed each other. I suppose they've been pretty busy so they might not have had much time to talk.

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    Bethly: "I'm really happy... that you came to Canada"

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    Yukito: "Of course, I promised... that I'd come be by your side"

    And then naturally they start making out in the middle of the cafeteria.

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    "This kiss after a year and a half's wait was sweet as maple syrup..."

    The last entry was really long because I basically spent all Saturday reading so I think I'm going to stop this one here before it gets too long.

     

  5. The main shock this month that the number of blocked games surpassed the number of passed games for the first time and instantly by 50%. The only masterpiece of the month is Nijuuei . I also made 1/4 playthrough of Parallel Harmony ... but it was absolutely senseless to go on.

    1. Twins Rhapsody ~Kaedama Ren'ai Kyousoukyoku~ ツインズラプソディ ~替玉恋愛狂想曲~ [001102] Discovery
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    One morning main character can't find his school uniform upon waking up, but instead there's his twin sister's uniform. He decides to go to his sister's girls school and aim for pretty girls there. This is the day when siblings start to attend exchanged schools.
    Trap bakage have become very common nowadays, but this is one of the pioneers. It sets up a bright comedy where even love interests of the main heroes and heroines intersect to add even more chaos. The tempo is good, but there's also a lot of repetition. Slutty comedy and les scenes are the main attractions here.

     

    2. Wasurekaketa Kokoro no Kakera 忘れかけた心の欠片 [001110] Lune
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    Main character has his body exchanged with his sister-in-law as a result of a traffic accident. Now he understands that he has been missing something in his heart - there are paths to different emotions to regain.
    It's an ADV with choices, but there is also parameter of favorability of the girl on the screen which can also be checked through the menu. There is also chart of the scenario, so it's easy to understand branching. There aren't any reviews, so can't evaluate end content.
     

     

    3. Yuki Hotaru ~Nidome no Hatsukoi~ 雪ほたる~二度目の初恋~ [001110] Factor
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    Yosuke does not have a girlfriend in his twenties because of mistakes of the past. One day he learns about death of the girl he loved at school. Upon returning to hometown a strange phenomenon happens - he becomes able to move to past and correct his mistakes one by one.
    Some wicked obscure kusoge.

     

    4. 14 one & four 14 one&four(ワン&フォー) [001112] Studio Trips
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    One day main character wakes up with a stone in his hand. As he learns later, he died several days ago and now exists as a spirit that is bound to disappear 49 days after his death. He needs to get behind the mystery of his death and recover lost memories of four girls.
    Game can not be completed since one of the four items is impossible to acquire even with the patch. Developer disbanded before could fix that.

     

    5. Hand Maid はんど☆メイド [001117] Air Plants
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    Main character is an alchemist who needs to combine countless parts to create a maid type automatic doll. Afterwards the automata must practice, raise exp and earn money to become the best automata among the rival alchemists.
    We also need to find new parts and cards to constantly upgrade the maid android... not my thing at all.

     

    6. Men at Work! 2 ~Hunter Academy e Youkoso~ メンアットワーク!2~ハンターアカデミーへようこそ~ [001117] Studio e.go! 1 2
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    A Hunter Academy was established to teach Monster Hunters.
    Cliff came to the academy to become a Hunter,
    but the place turns out to be an old building unlike its name suggests,
    and the great Hunter couple who was supposed to teach him leaves the Academy to go solve an incident in another town.
    The Hunter candidates are all girls except for Cliff.
    And after many turns of events, Cliff is placed in charge of the Academy and gets to stay with all the girls...
    Game is localized and has some information in English. The full picture is only revealed with each heroine capture. Ideally it's possible to do with just two walkthroughs.

     

    7. Oratorio ~Yakusoku~ Oratorio ~約束~ [001117] Pumpkin Bear
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    September before the cultural festival. Protagonist becomes responsible for his class preparation. There is a good number of pretty girls in the committee as well. Will he create nice memories with girls till the day of the festival on September 23rd?
    Quite a typical charage. Girls are cute, but CG are often rough. There are only some 20 days given, so game length is short. Only one H event per heroine.

     

    8. Wasurenagusa 忘れな草 [001117] Project-μ 1
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    After graduating from college, our hero in unable to obtain full-time employment and ends up working part-time. Sora receives an invitation from his high school alumni association. He was born and raised in a small village in the mountains, where the he population is now rapidly dwindling. His school has already closed down and the village itself has merged with the next village. According to the letter, the village will be stripped and completely rebuilt. The school will be demolished as well. The letter also says that a class reunion will be held at the school before it's torn down. The invitation hasn't been signed and there is no forwarding address. He has no idea who sent it, and the vagueness of the letter makes him a little wary. However, he decides to attend the reunion to see his old friends and visit his old village.
    Game boasts to be originator of new genre - visual novel theater, but all I found is weird angles on character sprites and a strange manner of text to appear. The capture order is fixed and new stories and mysteries show up only after previous ones cleared. The theme is depression and craziness.

     

    9. Tobira no Mukou wa 扉のむこうは [001120] Dollhouse
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    Main character is an ordinary boy who attends a vocational school. He is in relations with Saito Ume for a month already. Once she picks up some shiny seven colored crystal in the shape of a crescent, and more of such objects show up around the village. His classmates start to turn to strange nuns and mysterious gentlemen. With the help of the object protagonists successfully conquers several more girls, but situation develops in an unexpected direction.
    The infamous kusoge maker Pumpie is back, now under cover of poor Dollhouse struggling in the industry since 1995. Game is pretty much a nukige since it starts with a H scene, and there are numerous H scenes afterwards. But with such crazy synopsis, I thought I'd need to dig further. Game has an old-school feeling. We run around the fillage in search for such talismans which are usually in places that are difficult to get to, like on a tree (and it's possible to get it with a fishing rod!). After finding a talismal, we need to place it to the hand of a girl, and if it's a right girl H scene ensues. But the place of power in the village is the local church that radiates evil. If we just come inside, there's a very crazy bad ending, so for a good ending we must gather all the talismans and unlock the seal with their help. Wow, it's a kusoge among kusoge.

     

    10. Arcana ~Hikari to Yami no Ecstasys~ アルカナ~光と闇のエクスタシス~ [001123] Ciel
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    A young vagabond with a mysterious past named Caprese, down on his luck, meets an old man who tells him of Icons, the essence of a person's spirit and determiner of their destiny. Remarkably, Caprese has no Icon of his own, having instead the ability to copy the Icon of those he meets. With the fairy Primo at his side he goes on a journey, using his power to try to obtain the Four Great Icons, as the one who possesses them may become Lord of the World, and Caprese finds himself at the centre of the eternal war between the powers of Light and Darkness.
    Game has a good middle ages fantasy atmosphere. There's also a cute fey character who is fun to talk to and who meddles in all hero's love affairs. The flow of the game is very simple - we stumble upon a girl in a difficult situation - win in the mini-game - H with girl - repeat. I got stuck on some 4th mini-game, but can say with authority that Tony's art is the best attraction in the game.

     

    11. Yamato Nadeshiko o Sagase! 大和撫子を探せ! [001123] Chiffon
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    Main character is a university assistant immersed in Yamato Nadeshiko research. His former professor invents a time machine, and protagonist goes to the past to make Yamato Nadeshiko his girlfriend.
    The setting and atmosphere are unexpectedly pleasant, but game is full of bugs. First we conquer heroine through the series of events, next we bring her to present time. Yamato Nadeshiko is not a proper name, but just an ideal of traditional Japanese woman, so there are more than one heroine. Simultaneous capture is difficult, but there are events that can happen only if two heroines are targeted.

     

    12. Canvas ~Sepia-iro no Motif~ Canvas ~セピア色のモチーフ~ [001124] 1 2 3
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    Asou Daisuke is a high school student and a gifted artist - but he is currently suffering from a block, which keeps him from painting. His childhood friend, Tachibana Amane, who loves him deeply, persuades him to do a portrait of Kimikage Yurina, a girl with a heart condition, before Yurina undergoes surgery. In the process of rediscovering his art, Daisuke also realises the love that he and Amane feel for each other.
    There is an English review.

     

    13. Kaede Doori かえで通り [001124] Inspire
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    Main character studies at a university and works at a part-time job. It is possible to seek love from heroines of "Days Innocent" who have grown up, or from new girls.  
    Structure-wise it's a normal plot-less game with each day divided into four parts to chase for girls. There are days only for university or only for part-time jobs, but there are also events limited to only university or only part-time job. But the word is drawn very attentively. The text and descriptions are superb among the games of 2000, but that's all wasted without a normal story. So it's a game with good atmosphere, text and characters, but that's it.

     

    14. Liebe ~Omoide no Okurimono~ リーベ ~想い出の贈り物~ [001124] Custom Software
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    Main character has girls phobia because of traumatic past with his former girlfriend. One day he is caught in thoughts and gets to a traffic incident. When he wakes up, there's a girl Aya before him who claims that his life expectancy is just one week. In order to change his fate he must overcome his phobia of women and have a love affair...
    Quite a typical charage. It's possible to chase either Aya or any other girl. Each route is short since it must be done in just a week. Drawing is very amateurish.

     

    15. Luna Season ~150 Bun no 1 no Koibito~ るな・シーズン~150分の1の恋人~ [001124] Emu
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    Main character is a high school student who has bad luck with women, being turned down by 149 girls in three years. The relationship with the 150th girl finally lasts a whole month. On a helpless impulse he rapes her, and relations are on their way to disconnection. Is protagonist doomed?
    It's a miracle that in the hero's town there are still girls unaware of him and available for capture after 150 girls failure. Five heroines have individual problems that require tending. Story is poorly organized and only rare laugh reliefs help a bit.

     

    16. One's First Love [001124] Team Plus One
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    Main character is a salary-man who lives alone. One day he goes for work later than usual and bumps into a high school girl who vomits on him. Such unique encounters happen to him occasionally. Maybe such encounter is the way to his first love? 
    Sneeze, sweat etc are in the center of other stories. There's a definite H tilt as well, but game is obscure.

     

    17. Parallel Harmony ~Getsuyou no Tobira wa Suiyou no Mukou ni~ Parallel Harmony ~月曜の扉は水曜の向こうに~ [001124] C's Ware
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    Main character opens some strange door and appears at a girls school similar to Meiji era. The inhabitants are living spirits of fox and cats. Every time he tries to confess, his juniors get in the way. Will he ever be able to convey his feelings freely?
    It's C's Ware. The rest is in the full review... or so I thought till reached 1/4 of the game. Those three hours were a pure torture for me. There is absolutely no aim in the game since the way back to the home world gets cut off right in the beginning and there's no attempts to somehow make it open. The rest is absurdist theater in 12 parts. Each part has some short unique ending like this chapher is fighting one, the next one is playing detectives searching for a can, next one is detecrive in the horror house, but the bulk of each chapter are some random talks about nothing, so dull "jokes" made on grimacing and voice play. I really tried to find a notable joke and could only mark one as an attempt - the only about school club introduced by three rules of the Fight Club movie (and yeah, I'm probably very old since I remember premiere of that movie). The H scenes are just random, at the end of each chapter some girl just passes by and that's it, H scene. So now I know for sure that humor is not C's Ware strong point. 

     

    18. Primary Colours [001124] Extreme
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    By the sudden invasion of the Ishikari Empire, all the neighboring countries were destroyed. A year after that the people in the colonized countries were oppressed and put to forced labor. Cardinal Sepia Arush, the captain of the former secretary of the state, organized anti-empire resistant movement. The organization got name Sepia, and it consists only of women mages who dance at the battlefields to return the lost homeland.
    It's a tactical strategy with the ability to capture any heroines of your mage squad. Battles have a fine mechanic, but are repetitive. Story lacks impact and heroines are surprisingly dull.

     

    19. Love Hina ~Ai wa Kotoba no Naka ni~ ラブひな~愛は言葉の中に~ [001128] Konami 1 2 3
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    This adventure game's main focus is on collecting words for one of the five heroines from the series. You are Keitarou Urashima, the protagonist from the series, living together in a huge mansion with Naru Narusegawa, Shinobu Maehara, Kaolla Su, Motoko Aoyama, and Mitsune Konno. You can go to any one of their rooms and check the words you have unlocked for each of the characters, and by combining them start the event scenes which are similar to a visual novel in style with full voice-acting, for player character included.
    There is some information in English, and I would not add anything useful in this case anyway.

     

    20. Hana Goyomi 花暦 [001130] Cyc
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    When a child the protagonist used to play with someone at the flower garden of his grandfather, until the day his family moved to the city.
    Many years later, the protagonist went to visit his grandfather who felt ill at the hospital. He asks him to take care and rebuild his flower garden, because he can't take care of it anymore.
    When the protagonist went to visit the flower garden after a long time, he is stunned to see a desolated garden. 
    And he becomes even more surprised to see in that strange place lives some flower fairies who needs that garden beautiful again in order to become healthy again...
    This is SIM, but it's more of a garden SIM akin to Little Witch Parfait series than a real raising SIM. It may look complicated, but compared to all age garden simulators, content is very shallow. The adult scenes are two per heroine and hardly bring anything with them. There are three heroines, plus some sub-heroines.

     

    21. Love Hina 2 ~Kotoba wa Konayuki no You ni~ ラブひな2~言葉は粉雪のように~ [001130] Konami 1 2
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    The game's main focus is on collecting words for one of the five heroines from the series. You are Keitarou Urashima, the protagonist from the series, living together in a huge mansion with Naru Narusegawa, Shinobu Maehara, Kaolla Su, Motoko Aoyama, and Mitsune Konno. You can go to any one of their rooms and check the words you have unlocked for each of the characters, and by combining them start the event scenes which are similar to a visual novel in style with full voice-acting, for player character included. This game also requires PocketStation without which you cannot gather words necessary to play the game.
    There is a normal English review this time.

     

    22. Ma・Ho・Ro・Ba ま・ほ・ろ・ば [001130] Soup
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    Main character is going to inherit a big trade business. His trial is to double 10 million yen in 13 months. Is it even possible to do with a shop, 10 million yen and while leading the same gigolo style life?
    Some obscure trade SIM with adult scenes.

     

    23. Nijuuei 二重影 [001130] KeroQ 1 2 3
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    This game that takes place in Japan in the year 1640. The main character is a samurai that got a sword with a blade with two shadows (one with a human shadow and another one from the world of darkness) that connect with him with the world of darkness. 
    The game begins when the samurai travels to a strange island in which all the children are born twins, he hopes that in that island he can find a cure to his own curse. The adventure starts there, can he come back alive from the island and without his cure? 
    Wow, I'm reviewing this game for sure even though there are couple reviews already.

     

    24. Return リターン [001130] Aquarium
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    Main character is an ordinary graduate student. One day is called by a professor to test space transfer invention. As a result, protagonist is teleported to another world where he has to earn living as escort hunter while having to deal with a lot of girls.
    Drawing and character design are very poor. Length is short and number of choices is small (and they are mostly meaningless). Story moves somehow pretty much without player interference, and ending with each heroine is the same. So there's hardly any appeal in the game.

     

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    1. Break Out Airline Break Out Airline [001102] Dall 1
    Our stage is on an international flight going from New York City to Haneda Airport in Japan. Our main character is the co-pilot, who has had a very smooth flight up until now... Suddenly, a highjacking begins to take place. The highjacker sets off a poisonous gas that kills all the males on the plane except himself! Our hero has to take over this emergency situation because the captain has been incapacitated. But there's problem: He has changed into a sexual perverted demon from the side effects of the poisonous gas!
    Nukige

     

    2. Mamahaha Choukyou 継母調教 [001102] Giant Panda
    Main character's father remarries on the school teacher, the protagonist's first love. He can not forgive her, and thus develops her strict training.
    Nukige

     

    3. Situation 3 しちゅえ~しょん3 [001109] Berserker 1
    Same as first
    Antology

     

    4. Ayatsuri no Kyoushitsu 傀儡の教室 [001110] FlyingShine
    Main character sneaks into his alma mater school as a half joke with friends, but he can't get out. If he escapes somehow, he gets killed. Eventually memories of old cases of hypnotism at their school revive in everyone's heads.
    Nukige

     

    5. B.B. Oh, yes! Jonny! [001110] Fairytale
    American rockabilly "Johnny" is a self-proclaimed remodeled person from the evil society. He comes to show his Japanese friend the "brilliant nature world" of girls. But in fact he just uses "small Johny" devices to peep and eavesdrop on girls. What kind of world does he have to offer?
    Nukige

     

    6. Imitation ~Manatsu no Ai~ Imitation ~真夏の愛~ [001110] Deco1
    Main character acquires right to test an android imitation from a famous company for one month. At first he does not take it seriously, but with time starts to feel sympathy towards Mizuki. With each day time limit draws near - is farewell inevitable?
    Nukige

     

    7. Itadaki Jangarian いただきじゃんがりあん [001110] Studio Miris
    Satou Kazumi, a big fan of Eroge and Mahjong, One day, his sister Suzune tells him the family restaurant "Jangarian", which their family runs, is close to a crisis. Kazumi decides to go to headhunting for show girls rival shops with his strong Mahjong...
    Card game

     

    8. Life ~Omoide no Hashi ni~ Life ~思い出の橋に~ [001110] Ange
    This bridge has seen a lot of stories during its lifetime. Here are memories of some of its regulars - lovers, prostitutes, travelers, soldiers.
    Antology

     

    9. Luna Majogari ルナ 魔女狩り [001110] Noise
    A beam of light suddenly falls to the center of the city. Inspector Kaira receives the imperial command to start hunting witches responsible for that. Kaira meets woman Nia - is she also a witch? What's the truth there?
    Nukige

     

    10. Yasha ~Kakusareta Kyouki~ YASHA~隠された狂気~ [001110] AngelHearts
    Main character's father remarries bringing new family to live together. But everything changes with father's overseas assignment. Stepmother starts to bully protagonist and his sister feeling jealousy. Hero stands up on the way of revenge.
    Nukige

     

    11. Duette"A" Duette”A”~デュエット"A"~ [001111] Stage-nana
    An Air doujin-soft by Tomo Kataoka.
    Fandisk

     

    12. Reversive Himitsu Nikki りばーしぶる ひみつ日記 [001115] Cute
    Main character secretly dates his class teacher. Please enjoy the diary of the teacher that covers all kinds of erotic situations and encounters.
    Nukige

     

    13. Sacrifice ~Uzuki no Kubiwa~ サクリファイス ~疼きの首輪~ [001115] Candle
    Main character sneaks into a manor to help a girl captured by a demon. However, girl does not wish to return after being branded as a shame of the family. Hero decides to explore the mansion in search of ways to help out while avoiding the encounter with the demon.
    Nukige

     

    14. Soutosai 奏社祭~そうとさい~ [001115] Nekotama
    It's 10 days before the culture festival in a certain private academy. Lively atmosphere surrounds the preparations, and lovely girls in a playful mood don't mind new acquaintances.
    Nukige

     

    15. Tsuukin Kairaku ~Chikan de Go!~ 通勤快楽~痴漢でGO!~ [001115] Haoh
    Main character is a salaryman who molests every morning and evening. One day his victim congratulates him and wishes him best luck with the contest. It turns out that this train vagon is full of molesters aiming to be the best.
    Nukige

     

    16. Custom Sex Doll カスタムSEXDOLL [001117] ight
    School president offers protagonist the position of the next school president with the full control over the school for participating in SEXDOLL contest between schools to train the best nymphomaniac.
    Nukige

     

    17. Mesu Neko Yuugi 牝猫遊戯 [001117] Melody
    Our guy finds employees for people. Today he has a new female partner and a mission to find a missing girl plus a secretary in a company. Their excuse for being there is that they are sexual harassment detectives. What a joke, soon the guy has harassed most of the girls that work there. Good thing for him too, because with those girls' help, he will find out the funny going ons of this company.
    Nukige

     

    18. ~Miboujin~ Niku Dorei ~美亡人~ 肉奴隷 [001117] Guilty
    Heroine lost her husband due to illness. The bosses of her deceased husband took advantage of the situation turning her into a sex slave.
    Nukige

     

    19. Ryoujoku Dousoukai 凌辱同窓会 [001117] Zero
    In order to fulfill what he wished to do at the age of students, protagonist invites former girl classmates to a false "alumni association". He is about to commit each girl one by one in accordance with his memories.
    Nukige

     

    20. Dennou Gekidan Muu Ichiza Dai 2 Kai Kouen Rika Junbishitsu de Tsukamaete 電脳劇団ムー一座第2回公演 理科準備室でつかまえて [001121] Artifact
    Ultra Mysterious Study Group has a clash among its members. The opposing faction decides to assault girl scientist in the science preparation room at night. Protagonist assists the girl at this time - will he be able to help her?
    Nukige

     

    21. Angelique Trois アンジェリーク トロワ [001122] Koei
    Third installment in the series. Angelique Collet now queen of a new cosmos, is drawn into a pocket cosmos, Arcadia, with the rest of the Angelique Special 2 cast. She develops the wilderness of Arcadia in order to free Elda, a strange being she finds there.
    Otome

     

    22. Island Resort -Kettou Okihimejima Bunkou- あいらんど・りぞーと-決闘沖姫島分校- [001122] Whirl Device
    Main character transfers to a school on a resort island because of his father, who gets appointed at work to be responsible for island development. However, opposition campaign has burst out to prevent reconstruction of the island, and the protests wave reached the school as well. Supporting the the right to develop the island, protagonist enters a surrogate war at school where the battles are held through mahjong game.
    Card game

     

    23. Sala Ryoujoku no Cello Concours セーラ 陵辱のチェロコンクール [001122] Gondola
    Main character is impressed with Sala wonderful musical performance. He suggests she should participate in a musical contest held in town. Sala is going to practice for competition for a month, and protagonist is going to help her with any means necessary.
    Nukige

     

    24. X'mas Present [001122] Pinpai
    Two semesters till Christmas. There is premonition that something new is bound to happen. There is a choice among three stories, each featuring a different narration with a different girl.
    Antology

     

    25. In'yoku 2 淫慾2 [001123] Benten
    Main character is a salary-man in a food company. He has to work overtime and on holidays because of an incompetent director. He knows his director is a regular at a SM club. Protagonists joins this club to have his revenge on the director and get new acquaintances.
    Nukige

     

    26. Ai-Sai 愛妻 ai-sai [001124] Prima
    Main character is from a wealthy family. His classmate's family in in debts with protagonists' father, so classmate's mother agrees to clean the mansion to decrease the debt amount. Protagonist lusts for the woman, and she unexpectedly surrenders to his will. The everyday fun begins, and then it's classmate's and her sister's turn.
    Nukige

     

    27. Exile ~Blood Royal 2~ Exile ~Blood Royal 2~ [001124] Cherry Soft
    Main character is the prince of a certain country. He is cursed by a witch and is destined to become a devil when becoming 20 years old. The king confined him to a small island castle to live till becoming a beast. According to a fortune telling, prince must be sincerely loved to prevent turning into a demon, but no woman could love the cruel prince. Then one day two princesses arrive as a tribute to the kingdom. Prince entrusted the last hope to these two princesses ...
    Nukige

     

    28. Inda 4 淫打4 [001124] Hyperspace
    Sharpen typing skills to enjoy gasping voice and beautiful girls.
    Nukige

     

    29. Korashime ~Kyouikuteki Shidou~ 懲らしめ ~狂育的指導~ [001124] Blue Gale
    Main character is a Physics Teacher, 25 years old, single. He gets the news that he can go to teach at the university he was longing for from the start. At that time he occasionally eavesdrops girls giving scores to teachers in the dressing room. Then he is invited to a small farewell party where he gets drunk. The next day his embarrassing photos get spread in the class. The anger reaches its peak. Now the revenge is inevitable, but there's the need to plan steps carefully not to get framed.
    Nukige

     

    30. Ryoujoku Toritate 凌辱取立 [001124] Snow
    Main character is a debt collector specializing in women. Since it's a job to collect money with whatever means possible, he finds weak spots in body and mind and draws victims to the world of terror. When debtor can't pay himself, his relatives and friends get involved as well.You have to return what you borrow!
    Nukige

     

    31. Salmon Pink さ~もんぴんく [001124] Trabulance
    Main character finds a way to summon a devil from grandfather's papers. The devil gets the appearance of selected person, so protagonist selects his childhood friend Momo. The devil Pink is same cute as Momo and is absolutely obedient to the hero...
    Nukige

     

    32. Shachiku 車畜 [001124] Arkham Products
    Mika accidentally drives over a woman who dies as a consequence. The woman's now widowed husband loved his wife so much that he decides to live only for revenge. So he sells his apartment, buys a truck with a built-in cell, kidnaps Mika and starts extracting his revenge on her. As time goes by, the man's resolve for revenge starts to waver and his lust for Mika's body starts to grow.
    Nukige

     

    33. SM no Susume -The Seeker ZERO- SMノススメ -The Seeker ZERO- [001124] Tenshindou 1
    Satsuki finally confesses to her big brother Taiki that she is in love with him. However, Taiki is a full-fledged sadist! Notwithstanding, Satsuki refuses to let go of her feelings for her brother; with some confusion, she accepts his inclinations.
    At about that time, Taiki's junior from high school, Kaoru Sakuraba, and Satsuki's senior, Taeka Yukimoto come to stay with them. All three these girls are infatuated with Taiki. They all offer to begin training to become his girl-slaves. And so, the training in their new profession begins...
    Nukige

     

    34. Yokubou Shikkounin 欲望執行人 [001124] STONE HEADS
    Pretty girl seeping innocently in the train with pants seen. A woman ascending the stairs with a super mini skirt. A nurse at a hospital where the protagonist is hospitalized with trauma of both hands. A girl selling ero doujinshi at the event booth. A waitress without a family. When main character meets such girls, a wide smile appears on his face covering his desire, and he starts to act.
    Nukige

     

    35. Youfu 養父 [001124] Miyabi
    Main character is a director of a nursing home, and 20 days before building demolition he confines the girls there and teaches them love.
    Nukige

     

    36. Rakuen 楽園 [001127] Kappadou
    Main character has puppet mania. And the day the doll is finished the female teacher that doll was named after, appears before protagonist. He confines her and humiliates her each day. Where will it lead?
    Nukige

     

    37. Don’t Stop Mama?! Don’t Stop ママ?! [001130] Authoring Heaven 1
    Main characters got divorced, and soon his father remarried. 
    12 years later. Father starts to cheat on his wife, and protagonist is very sorry for his stepmother. Stepmother acts in a sane manner, but there is no more cheerfulness in her smile. So protagonist could not refuse her invitation to take a bath together for the first time in a while. And this turned out to be his first mistake...
    Nukige

     

    38. Ore no Miko-san 俺の巫女さん [001130] Evolution
    Main character loves shrine maidens, and he gets an ability to turn any girl into a shrine maiden. Now the only question is whether girls are better as they are now or as shrine maidens?
    Nukige
  6. Welcome back to the Shovelware Adventures, the series that most likely no one was missing, but it came back regardless! It's been a while since I last delved into the Sakura series, so with only a few of those games still not reviewed, and staying true to my grossly counter-chronological coverage of the Winged Cloud’s trashy catalogue, let’s finish it where everything started. When Sakura Spirit appeared on Steam in mid-2014, on what was still a fairly barren EVN landscape, it quickly became something akin to a viral sensation – achieving not only sale numbers that most likely no one ever expected, but also popping up frequently on YouTube and becoming popular enough on Twitch to quickly get officially banned. It also established a peculiar variant of ecchi formula, which took the fanservice usual for eroge and trashy anime, and dedicated every CG and the whole plot to showing it off, without ever going into actual porn to stay within Steam’s, at the time, strict adult content policy. Before Winged Cloud made a transition into actual hentai games, this model spawned an impromptu franchise that turned "sakura" into a dirty word for most Western VN fans, with a total of six "all ages" fanservice VNs released within it. Today, I’ll take a look at first three of those not-quite-porn Sakura games – in a distastefully biased manner, considering my relative taste for fanservice and cliched romance, and dislike for hentai.

    Sakura Spirit

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    Sakura Spirit has been ridiculed countless times, but apart from the immense amount of typos and terribly implemented popcultural references, it’s actually not the worst thing Winged Cloud has even created (even not counting the obviously-trash-tier free games like Sakura Clicker). It offers both a semi-coherent, low-fantasy isekai story (although, of course, a poorly executed one with a highly anticlimactic ending), and a somewhat appealing cast of heroines (two fox spirits, who helps the protagonist after his accidental travel to a parallel world, and two human girls acting as village guards) which could all work as a decent basis for an enjoyable ecchi VN. However, it strangely doesn’t utilize the biggest strength of visual novels as a medium, offering pretty much no meaningful choices, very little romance and an inconclusive harem ending straight out of a shitty fanservice anime.

                Sakura Spirit also lost much of the appeal that the sheer scarcity of anime boobs on Steam gave it at the time of its release – for many it was an introduction of sorts into the world of Japanese and Japanese-inspired ero games, definitely having its role in preparing ground for the whole genre entering the Western market and the massive success of "proper" adult VNs such as Nekopara. Hilariously enough, it was also so badly written that many people thought of it as a poorly-translated Japanese game – this by itself might be clear enough indication that reading it nowadays is not really worth it, unless you treat it as a rather shameful, but still important piece of EVN history – maybe not fun to read, but worth it for curiosity's sake.

    Final rating: Smelly Poo smelly1_by_szafalesiaka-dcbhwas.png

    Sakura Angels

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    The second Sakura title is a bit forgotten nowadays and didn’t achieve as big of a success of some other titles in the series, but is still remarkable in a few different ways. Learning from the shortcomings of Sakura Spirit, the studio made slightly more effort to tell a proper story, with a clear focus on the two main heroines and a decently-paced fantasy/magical girl-themed intrigue driving the plot. Its biggest strength, however, might be characterisation – not only Wanaca’s designs are nice to look at, but the heroines themselves have quite a lot of personality – especially Sayaka, who at first glance looks like a typical airhead, but soon after shows a rather devious and dominant personality, far-detached from her cheerful and carefree facade. The merciless teasing she subjects both the protagonist and her mildly-classic-tsundere partner to is one of the highlights of the game, escalating throughout the plot in a highly amusing manner. Even the endings (one for both heroines + a “harem” one), while a bit abrupt and inconclusive when it goes to romance, were nice enough to be satisfying from my perspective.

                Still, while I enjoyed the story and characters in this game quite a lot (it’s also a bit longer than a typical Sakura game, which makes everything feel just a bit more fleshed out and meaningful), it’s obviously still a rather basic plot-serves-the-boobs setup with numerous problems. Maybe the biggest one it how little we learn about the heroines – while they can be vaguely identified as magical girls and both of them give hints about some rather dark backstories (fighting evil magic seems like a really shitty and draining job, I tell you), nothing that isn’t directly connected to the main intrigue is explained properly. It was the only time in the Sakura series when I’ve been seriously interested in the lore and pretty much none of it ever materialized. There’s also a fair share of WCs typical, cringy moments and fanservice showing up in the most inappropriate situations, but it’s not something you can seriously complain about after approaching this kind of game. In the end, I think Sakura Angels is one of the best titles in the series – at least if you don’t play them for actual porn, as even the fanservice here is among the mildest in the whole franchise.

    Final rating: Golden Poo!   gold_by_szafalesiaka-dcbhwal.png

    Sakura Santa

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    One of the first Sakura titles to feature character art by Inma was also a surprisingly ambitious project by Winged Cloud’s standards. With three fully-fledged character routes and four endings, it offered a fairly impressive amount of content and heroine-centric storytelling, maybe getting closer to being a proper moege than any other game in the series. It’s also possibly my favourite one of them all, for a simple reason – it’s absurdly dumb, but fully embraces that stupidity to deliver relatively inoffensive romance scenarios that are simply fun to read, apart from delivering the necessary amount of fanservice CGs. The heroines – a clumsy daughter of Santa Claus, a lonely fox spirit and a childhood friend with an attitude – are a bizarre mix of themes, but all of them are amusing and well-designed enough to carry their own little stories. Adding a protagonist likeable in a way which makes this whole scenario borderline-believable (I mean, he's nice and selfless to the point he actually could get a girl to like him) and a genuinely funny harem ending to the mix, it’s maybe the very few Sakura game (not counting the generally recognized, positive outlier in form of Dungeon) that tempt me to sincerely recommend them to others. Really worth it, if approached with the right mindset.

    Final rating: Golden Poo! gold_by_szafalesiaka-dcbhwal.png

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    I have to admit that I have a peculiar affinity towards this early "fanservice age" of Sakura games. While hentai usually requires little imagination to make, trying to create a “sexy” game that can fit within Steam’s and similar platform’s limitations requires some creativity and when done well, can give a game something of a trashy charm – one that nukige, spending most of the time on bombarding you with plain porn, will rarely have. While Sakura Spirit wasn’t able to capture that ecchi “magic”, Sakura Angels and Sakura Santa were just the kind of mindless fun you would hope for from a fanservice VN. They also come from the age when the formula still wasn’t repeated to the point of pure absurdity – now, 20 Sakura titles later, it’s hard for the new entries to replicate this appeal and keep any kind of quality standards. Obviously, the games were never anything beyond “somewhat ok”, but being just “ok” is absolutely fine by me. Not every developer can create masterpieces and I can appreciate even the trashiest formula if there’s actual effort put into it – sadly, soon after these two games, Winged Cloud stopped fulfilling even that basic requirement. In two weeks, we’ll take a closer look at the final free non-hentai Sakura games – Sakura Beach 1 & 2 and Sakura Shrine Girls – last of the dying breed, but at the same time, symbols of things to come for the whole franchise…

    PS This time, my special thanks go to Noble, whose videos made creating this post a lot more fun than it would otherwise be.

  7. It is not uncommon to see people in mainstream news sources dismiss visual novels, if they’re even mentioned. Born of misconceptions such as belief that Japanese media is often “inferior”; a belief that they “aren’t video games” (despite copious evidence regarding their format and presentation suggesting them to be a different medium entirely); and a difficulty in easily describing and discussing often lengthy and complex works, journalists and other types of discussions tend to ignore them, only trying to focus on shorter, easier to discuss western works that, often, have a mere fraction of the budget and artistic ambition. It’s very telling that the mainstream press described freeware hit Doki Doki Literature Club as a masterpiece, while the majority of the VN community dismissed it as a mediocre horror game.

     

    That does not have to be the case, however. Here, I shall discuss a great number of this medium’s greatest achievements, outlining why they work the way they do. Hopefully, with this, transcribed from the words of my own and others in the community, I believe we can truly enlighten people about what this medium is capable of. If you see one that interests you, read it. If you see one that’s localization isn’t out yet or doesn't even have one yet, build up interest in it getting one. Who knows, you may be surprised by what you find.

     

    1. Kin'iro Loveriche

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    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

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    2. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

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    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

     

    3. Kin'iro Loveriche

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    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

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    4. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

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    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

    5. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

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    6. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

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    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

     

    7. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    8. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

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    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

    9. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    10. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

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    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

     

    11. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    12. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

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    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

    13. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    14. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

    001dc6aaef4bd5bd6cf1dd976e5b2eda.png

    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

     

    15. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    16. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

    001dc6aaef4bd5bd6cf1dd976e5b2eda.png

    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

    17. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    18. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

    001dc6aaef4bd5bd6cf1dd976e5b2eda.png

    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

     

    19. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    20. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

    001dc6aaef4bd5bd6cf1dd976e5b2eda.png

    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

    21. Kin'iro Loveriche

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    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

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    22. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

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    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

     

    23. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

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    24. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

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    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

    25. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

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    Uguu~

  8. Restrospectives are good. Posting on Reddit is not my style though and besides this is too fucking long. The Reddit tradition of describing things as boxes I am more ambivalent about, but I’ll do a few entries in that style I guess.

    Jisatsusha x Yuusha First Connect
    I found this vn in a MEGA archive with lots of now-unavailable doujin games. I think I got the link from moogy’s ask.fm a few million years ago. Curated by 2ch anons or some shit. Either way I was just casually browsing the catalogue and the name of this vn appealed to me for some reason, so I decided to try it out. I don’t regret it but it was, uh, mostly of meme value. The story has several fairly random 中略’s but basically involves the female main character biking, sort of dying in a traffic accident (wait did she kill herself? fuck the title certainly implies it but), then some UNIMPORTANT coming back to life thing I can’t fuckign remember and I think maybe there was some prophecy or some shit, then she wakes up again and is in an isekai with a VERY CUTE SHOTA THAT WILL SAVE THE WORLD and there’s this raising sim-ish? interface with a few interaction choices and stuff. Did I mention that oneechan lusts for shota boi very hard? Yes. 5/10
    03/26

    Soundless
    already reviewed on this very blog. 8.1/10 read it god damn you
    03/30

    Sugar And Massacre demo
    Cool but the prose is not close to strong enough compared to all the other elements. Would still read a full version god damn. These are some serious production values. That said the Kickstarter failed hard so it’s probably dead rip

    An Octave Higher
    Indonesian developer Kidalang builds a fantasy world, decides to take some inspiration from local history and mixes in some perspectives on communism with veiled crystallized version of the memes of production in mana potions, then adds some sprinkles of programmer humor and a decidedly nerdy magic system including university lectures that made me feel right at home actually. Kidalang writes it in English in the typical Indonesian prose fashion: somewhat poorly. Especially weird is how the whole thing opens with a battle scene since that scene is so badly written holy shit they really can’t do that well. But I suppose I’ve seen much worse. At its best it gave me a similar feeling to Discworld books; I’m somewhat reminded of Monstrous Regiment. Do make sure you read the second half of the game as the first half is a meme in comparison, especially the extremely extraneous character endings which I hope were added to satisfy kickstarter goals or something. 7.9/10
    05/14

    One Small Fire at a Time
    A vn set in the same world as An Octave Higher but with a fairly different tone and focus. Protag-chan lives in a madhouse despite being rather sane, since she can’t use magic, which is unfortunate in a world where work involves repetetively casting spells at things. Basically it’s the old, memeier kind of sanatorium, but we should mention that it is not run cruelly or anything. Well, there is the whole thing where people disappear into the other building on the property when they get old enough though. How mysterious. A dark, tragic story, a few somewhat interesting philosophical ramblings from the characters that I had seen expressed before but nevertheless appreciated, a kinda sweet, kinda bittersweet end. I very much enjoyed it.
    The writing is slightly better than in An Octave Higher, possibly thanks to the modest efforts of the editor, Ryechu. Not exactly well written prose wise though, still. Modest efforts. I guess it’s possible the original text was horrible, of course. 8.0/10
    05/15 because I really wanted more from the dev after An Octave Higher

    Who is Mike?
    I picked this fairly small box up because Tay recced 3 million years ago it or some shit. It’s box in which how you open some boxes determines how you opened other boxes and in fact what your box opening tool even is. Rather out of the box. Horror/mystery, kind of cool, but not more than kind of. Also the official walkthrough is rubbish get something more detailed. 7/10
    08/05

    I picked up Cupid by the same dev because they seemed to have potential but i didn’t really get hooked and I while it was unusual and interesting I didn’t like the way the choices were done, I guess.

    Evenicle
    Evenicle is a JRPG, not a visual novel. It will thus not be discussed in this visual novel retrospective or given a vote on vndb, much like how I treat Ace Attorney. However I did more or less complete it this year.

    Winter’s Symphonies demo
    Leafcascade is not a good enough writer to consistently pull off this kind of prose. Otherwise interesting, I guess. Reminds me that I want to read Anomie but paying for things is not generally my thing when I could spend it on snacks so w/e. Well maybe it’s on certain sites… I should check

    Yugami Kairou
    A middling-sized box that when you open it contains a few other small boxes and a small piece of ribbon. The small boxes all contain their own small ribbon pieces and seem to have some conspicuous holes to stick the ribbon through. Eventually you get to the last box, but its piece of ribbon isn’t really long enough to satisfyingly tie all the boxes together. Realizing that you’re not going to have closure, you look at the small boxes again as more isolated beasts, and they are still kind of entertaining, really, but you kind of wanted something more. At least the use of ero cgs was unconventional in an unfappable but cool way. 6.8/10 but I didn’t read the addition yugami garou yet so if that changes things consider me beaned. Definitely got me interested in the creator though and I’ve got 鉢の底 downloaded for reading some time later. Download, along with other geemus from the dev: here.
    11/29

    Himawari (日廻り, the one that’s not on vndb)
    Short, damn good graphics, why is the font randomly missing strokes, unhookable which made the engine dev actually contact me about hookability lol, wew that ending, very bimyou geemu but I respect it. 7.5/10 I guess
    comp’d around the 20th of december I think

    Uso to Makoto ni Oshioki wo
    A short “ero-drama” from 10mile, packaged with another similar style of story by the same writer. As an “ero-drama” it skirts the line between nukige and not by sort of having a plot. Also the ero scenes are written with humor in mind and include some amusing fails like the girl being too short for 69 to work properly. Kami tier ending that should be an inspiration to us all. 7.5/10
    12/26

    Unfinished business

    Being zaka, most of the things I started or played some of this year I did not complete:

    Amairo Islenauts
    I read some more of Yune’s route during various times of the year. She’s pretty kwi. I haven’t gotten the first scene of them actually fucking yet. Last screen I can find is from chapter 11-1… Masaki route remains stalled.

    Hakusen
    Read like the first 200 lines or something. Too high level for me rn really holy god the vocab. I mean I could read it if I tried, textractor can hook the text. I’d rather read easier chuuniger like Sanzen first though.

    Sanzen Sekai Yuugi
    Otome R-18 chuunige, it said on the box. Intrigued, I picked it up. Kind of interesting, amusing protagonist for sure. We’ll see when I pick it up agqain.

    Trans!
    I’m just reading this for better tlc, honest, nothing to do with it being a hot nukige at all. Have to say I don’t particularly identify with the female perspective thing I guess, but I can still fap to it so /shrug

    Ie no Kagi
    Picked up because some people said it wasn’t as pedo as it looked. As far as I can tell right now, they are correct. There are definitely elements and yes, the mc is literally a pedophile (though limited in his current crimes to taping girls peeing). However, it’s mostly focused on a suspense / thriller plot driven by the devilishly clever kami I want my daughter to be like this but I’m not going to have children though Sakuma Rika. Was unhookable, might be hookable with the newest version of nexthooker, though holy god there are a lot of threads to look through.

    Kodoku no Yurikago (link nsfw, not on vndb lul)
    Picked up because their next work, Himawari, was promising and also Kiri was memeing it. Denpage. Chopin is kami actually. My music drivers bugged out and started playing only scattered bits of pieces and I thought it was the game doing it. Damb.

    Kotonoha Amrilato
    Read again from the start, stalled, kinda kwi, fun, learning esperanto is realdeal dot org.

    Umi Kara Kuru Mono
    Cool suspense/denpage thingy I read some of. Some lines literally have 250 moji, though at least they’re not 1 sentence. No voice replay is baka (I think there might be some way of doing it hidden in the year 2003 interface somewhere but fuck). Literally moogy approved though so we know it’s bound to be shit /s

    Sukisuki (eop so not worth linking)
    Yuuki is cute and I’m happy I applied the first patch by Yuukianon because not properly marking vowel elongation in Japanese names bothers me way more than it should. BGM is kinda subpar. Did not get that far tho

    Exit/Corners
    For once this is unfinished because the actual geemu is unfinished. Cool mystery to the tune of 999. Final eps to cum out in february next year or something. Maybe then people I rec it to will actually fucking play it. Also maybe he’ll release it in something that’s not a fucking browser flash is a terrible engine for vns stop

    Wagahigh (eop)
    I finished Kaoruko’s route. It was surprising to me that people found it disappointing as it just seemed like moege 101 to me, which is exactly what they should have expected. Started a bit on Ashe’s route, didn’t get far.

    Re;lord 1 ( eop)
    Fairly entertaining. With my touchpad curently broken but to my swelling battery unseating it from its proper position I don’t think I can actually do it the way I want it though since the combat controls are extremely hostile to non mouse users holy shit the touchpad made things hard but now I’m having to use a ps4 controller and wow.

    Iroseka
    Started it up, eventually got through the common route, got some distance into Mio’s route, stalled. At least I actually got some h scenes wwwwwww

    Shinsetsu Mahou Shoujo
    Seems fun from the like 4 chapters I read. Sci-fi magical girls through spinal injection. I’ll read this when it’s hookable okay

    Haruka Kanata
    Did common route. Verdict: meme
    Did precisely the amount of Haruka’s route that wasn’t yet the cool part according to the guy that recced harukana to me. Sucks, mate.
    I’ll get back to this one day, totally.

    Toushin Toshi II
    JRPG. See Evenicle.

    Y;N / Yin
    Actually an adventure game, so no comments on contents if I can avoid it. Quit because I get too scared by horror, and stuff.


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  9. For those who suffer from any sort of mental health issue, you are probably going to have the worst time staying committed to studying. But with the right kind of mindset and a practical approach, you may find yourself well within reach of your goal. While this guide is not a suitable replacement for real treatment from a specialist, it may give you a few ideas on how to deal with your own issues. But everyone has their own unique issues and complications, so there isn’t a single correct answer for everybody.

     

    Oh and be very careful about self-diagnosing these types of illnesses. Mental health is a complicated subject that requires a lot of training to make the correct judgment, so please seek confirmation from a professional before you decide to take on that kind of baggage. Sadness and fear, even on a regular basis, are normal human emotions. It’s only when they affect you in an abnormal way (which, again, needs a proper diagnosis) that you need to be concerned.

     

    Okay, so some of you may have noticed I’ve been severely behind on updating my blog. Well, as it turns out, the solution I had in mind for anxiety didn’t pan out very well. I had gone through another bout of anxiety, lagged behind on my homework, and was left with virtually no time to put out another post. But I’m actually really happy I delayed it since I’ve gained so much valuable knowledge about anxiety since September.

     

    When I initially started writing this entry, I had written about the success I was having with positive self-talk. At the time, I was extremely focused on repeating a single line to myself in order to stay motivated, and it was working for a good while. But see, once the idea had lost its novelty after a couple months, I wasn’t getting any kind of benefit from it. I did feel a sense of confidence I hadn’t felt in a long time, and it was making me more productive, but it wasn’t the answer I was looking for. What I’ve learned since then is that I need more than false confidence to drive me forward, and I think I may have come up with a more reliable way of coping with my emotions. I’m still using positive self-talk in order to combat negative thinking, but I’m doing so in a much less specific way.

     

    For my most recent episode, I was unable to pull myself out of it, but I had managed to escape after two whole months of misery by focusing on the more crucial flaws with my mindset. I happened upon a simple, yet insightful comment on Quora that helped me ground my thoughts and properly outline my path to improvement. One of my key takeaways from this was to focus on what could happen rather than what has happened already. If your mind is stuck in the past and all you can do is think about is how much you haven’t accomplished, you won’t have much to look forward to. Additionally, you need to accept the problems you have in front of you and see them more as opportunities for growth rather than as barriers. If you can find a solution to the problem at hand, then you’ve exercised the part of your brain that solves problems. And if you can’t find a solution, then your accomplishments will be much more meaningful because you had to jump through extra hoops to succeed.

     

    Another issue I’ve had the most difficulty with is blaming my problems on everything. I can’t get good sleep because of my noisy surroundings, I’m not losing weight because of all the sweets around the house, I can’t concentrate well because I’m under a lot of stress, I’m unhappy because I can’t afford to support my emotional needs, my life sucks because society sucks, my parents are the reason I’m not that smart, and so on and so forth. I was always thinking about how much crap I had working against me, and yet I never wanted to see myself as the source of my misfortune. Now don’t get me wrong; I’m not trying to preach personal responsibility or anything as mundane as that. I do understand that the human mind is easily susceptible to influence, and that we aren’t in full control of our decisions or circumstances. However, I do think there is something to be gained by taking ownership of your problems. What this does is take you out of a state of hopelessness and entrapment, and empowers you to pursue your goals further. When you decide to take life into your own hands, you can then mold it into something you want it to be.

     

    Probably the most important lesson I’ve learned is to accept myself for who am. I am a nervous wreck. I freak out whenever I set out to do any kind of improvement. Having to make major life adjustments always puts me on edge. I will panic even as I’m handing in a homework assignment, terrified of how the professor will grade it. And my response to these dilemmas has been to either pretend the fear isn’t there, convince myself that I can’t keep living this way, or beat myself up when I let my nervousness get the better of me. But instead of just working against my anxiety, I decided it was time I started working alongside it and let it be. What I’ve come to understand since then is that fear hurts my motivation a lot more than it does my performance, so I don’t even need to acknowledge it as an obstacle. I eventually came to the conclusion that it’s better to focus on resolving issues that I have immediate control over rather than the ones I can’t do anything about. There is still chance I’ll be able to find a fix eventually, but I have no way of knowing what that is at this very moment. And you know what? I’m perfectly fine with that.

     

    And to wrap things up, I’ll jot a few quick tips you may have heard about already, but are still important to know. There won’t always be an ideal time to get something done; do it anyways. Try to focus on what went right rather than the opposite. Don’t be afraid to work hard; working hard will generally give you advantage over others. Finish what you’ve started, even after it loses its novelty. Don’t ever feel discouraged if you can’t solve a problem in a timely manner.

     

    Afterword:
    So, did anyone miss me at all? Yeah, this one was a real doozy. I was putting myself through even more stress trying to find time for this blog during college, but I wound up having to wait until Winter break to finish writing this entry. Thankfully I won’t have any more classes to take until next year, so I’ll have all the time I need to keep this blog up and running… and to get caught up on all the dust I’ve let accumulate in my room and bathroom. Oh and I started my Japanese studies back up again yesterday too! I’ve been kinda behind on them up until now due to excessive stress (to the point of neck injury) and my scramble to get homework turned in on time, but I’m 50% sure I’ll be fine in the near future.

     

    Next week’s topic will be on living a healthy lifestyle. Once you’re able to find proper coping methods, the next step toward building momentum is figuring out how to best optimize all the other factors that impact your brain’s performance.

  10. Two years ago, Warner Brothers released an adaptation of their highly controversial graphic novel, "The Killing Joke", and there was an additional scene previously non-existing in the book: Batigirl fucking Batman. Yeah, fucking Batman. Let's just call it what it is.

    Of course, with the kind of relationship both characters previously had towards each other (a father and daughter kind), the Internet went crazy. America went crazy. It was treated as disgusting and highly inappropriate. The film received mixed reviews and was harshly criticized.

    Fast-forward to 2018, when I posted my thoughts regarding Swan Song and its unnecessary sex scene. And that got me thinking about the voice-acting process... What if Tara Strong (voice of Barbara Gordon in the aforementioned film) was asked to similarly voiced a sex scene like that? Think about it. Think about the reactions of American voice actresses. "What is this? I didn't sign up for pornography." And yet, thousands of Japanese VAs have willingly put so much effort into voicing cringeworthy sex scenes for very serious stories like "The Fruit of Grisaia" or "G-Senjou no Maou".

    It's rather interesting how the two culture treats sex as a taboo (or not). I've always known Japan was more promiscuous when it comes to sex, being rather open-minded to it. But this comparison got me wondering about the kind of thoughts VAs must be having voicing serious dramas while still being asked to moan in orgasm. Must be an interesting voicing session.

    Edit: 10 minutes after writing this, I stumbled onto another sex scene in Kara no Shoujo. It's as if you'll accidentally trip into a sex scene just wandering around Japan.

  11. Frontwing will soon give more info about shipping of physical copies for their kickstarters. It will probably include another final date for shipment which they most likely will fail to deviler on.

     

    Nekonyansoft has recently started talking about potentially kickstarting their physical releases. While many, myself included are a bit annoyed at VN kickstarters in general due to how FW and SP has handled things, I can see that it might be rather risky to do physical releases without one. So while it might not be the prefered way it is understandable in my opinion and whether it turns out good or bad will depend on whether or not Nekonyansoft will be able to deliver their physicals within a reasonable timeframe.

     

    Jlist is currently selling Jast USA holiday box set which is a bundle of 3 VNs from Jast USA for $60.00. As for the value of these titles they mention that it has a value of at least $100.00 so it seems like a rather decent sale. The downside however is that you don't know which VNs you are going to get which could result in getting VNs you already own or that you don't care about. Personally I am not really a fan of these types of mystery boxes as I like to only collect VNs that I think seems like something I will like.

     

    Here are a few titles that may be close to getting sold out or have a limited time left for pre-order.

    There is a limited amount of physical copies for Clannad: Side Stories at sekaiproject, it seems to be leftovers from the original kickstarter.

    On PS vita the physical edition of Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternate is being sold over at ricedigital and I am pretty sure that it is a limited run.

    Backerkits that are still open Alpha's AdventuresSakura Sakura Seven Days and Venus Blood Frontier

     

  12. Deep Blue
    Latest Entry
    Source: https://j-addicts.de/kokuhaku/ (shameless self-promotion xD )
     
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    Source: https://j-addicts.de/kokuhaku/ (shameless self-promotion xD )
     
    Kokuhaku or “confession” is a short VN developed by a company called Song Wing which mainly work in sound design, casting actors etc basically all related to sound and music and this is their only work as game developers.
     

    The plot, uuggghh.

    The plot in this VN is nonexistent and plain bland.
    The main character is your typical super popular guy and all the girls are in love with him. Why? Who cares, they just are! The game is more like a kinetic VN but lets you choose which girl you want to pick at the end. Throughout the painfully 1-2 hours of reading, each one of the bland and boring heroines will confess their love to the main character without much explanation and out of the blue. These girls are the cliché of the cliché,
    Childhood friend? ☑.
    Sister? ☑.
    Shy girl? ☑.
    Tsundere? ☑.
    Interesting and well-developed heroine?☒.
     
    Once all the girls confessed their love you will reach the end, there you recall all the confession at once and that’s when you get to pick which of those confessions you take, thus picking a certain girl and confess your love back to her. Then a crappy CG shows up and it’s the end. Luckily there is no harem ending.
    And no I didn't omit anything, you read 10 min and a girl confess her love without warning then the other and so on and that's it...
     

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    (She confessed her love out of the blue in the middle of a class O.o)

    If you want to put it bluntly, there are 4 cockroaches and you are a stinky piece of meat and for no reason at all the cockroaches want that putrid meat no matter what. If you think this analogy is in bad taste, GOOD! Then you understand how playing this VN feels.
    It’s also an all ages so you won't see any type of eroge or sexual innuendo at all.

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    (Pick your ending)

     

    Music and Art.

    The music while not outstanding it does the job same as the art, it’s a bit on the unique side but nothing that will make it stand out.

    The redeeming factor.

    So you are probably wondering why the hell is this review for then? Well, as I said earlier the company that made this VN works in the sound industry and here is the catch and what makes this VN partially redeemable. You can choose the voice acting of each heroine from 4 voice actresses when you start the game, which are (IMO) some of the best in the industry itself. 
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     (The screen to select the voice acting Noto Mamiko https://vndb.org/s468 , Tsuji Ayumi https://vndb.org/s271Horie Yui https://vndb.org/s46 , Hirano Aya https://vndb.org/s1500 )
     
    But that’s not the most impressive thing, the best part is that you can choose only 1 heroine to do the voice acting of the 4 heroines.
    Basically this game was more like a technical concept to show how an actress can interpret several roles at the same time, it’s more like a demonstration project rather than a game but it was sold as a proper game... the question is why they didn't bother to write a decent plot rather than this bland abomination if they were doing it anyway... Also, the writer is not a nobody without recognition in the industry so it’s really mind boggling why they approached this project in this particular way...
    Regarding the voice acting itself it’s actually pretty good and the concept itself works amazingly well. Playing the game with the same actress doing all the voices is interesting, to say the least.
    So as a concept this is really interesting at least on a technical level. Having 4 heroines and 4 actresses letting you mixing up whatever you want, theoretically there are countless and countless of hours for you to enjoy by playing with all the variations (You do the math)...  but in reality after 1 time you will want to throw this game in the garbage bin and let it rot forever there where it belongs.
     

    Final score.

    Now, saying how much of a technical accomplishment something is where you can only tell by listening it would be unfair so I recorded a demonstration so everyone can judge for themselves.
     
    Here it is, rejoice (I recommend watching it in full-screen):
     
     
    If you want to read more reviews like this one check out: https://j-addicts.de/
     
     
     
  13. With Date A Live: Rio Reincarnatio being confirmed for an english release I figured I should make a review of it.

     

    Date A Live Rio Reincarnation is actually a collection of two Date A Live VNs that released on PS3 as well as a new story that I think can kind of be seen as a fandisc. The two PS3 VNs are Date A Live: Rinne Utopia and Date A Live: Arusu Install while the extra story is just called Date A Live Rio Reincarnation. For this review I will focus on each individual part on its own.

     

    A quick summary of Date A Live Rinne Utopia

    Date A Live Rinne Utopia takes place sometime after the first season on the anime and includes the characters introduced in the first season. Other than this there is also a new character Rinne a mysterious girl who seem to be Shido's neighboor as well as his childhood friend (they were never reunited, she was always there). Other than this there are some other odd things going on, for instance there is a huge tower in the middle of the city that only Shido finds odd and he has these dreams of a spirit appearing before him. During the common route there are of course also date events where you can choose between Kotori, Origami, Kurumi, Touka and Yoshino. After some of these date events you get into their routes and get an ending with them. After having gone through all the different endings you then unlock Rinne's route where I would say the meat of the story can be found.

     

    For my opinion of it I would first like to say that I think this is a really good Date A Live VN. It takes full advantage of the setting of Date A Live and I think it does an excelent job both telling a large impactfull story while also giving lots of nice moments with each of the different heroines and pretty satisfying endings with each of the heroines. For the heroine routes there is always something going on whether there is an internal conflict for one of the girls or it is something else going on, because of this it felt like each of the routes managed to carry themselves as their own story and also make the romance between the heroine and Shido feel satisfying. For the overarching plot I think they do a good job building it up throughout the VN during the different routes and I think the story it tells is something that works perfectly within the setting of a VN. Rinne's route at the end then works as a great climax for the story with lots of epic as well as emotional moments.

     

    A quick summary of Date A Live Arusu Install

    Date A Live Arusu Install takes place sometime after the second season on the anime and as such also includes Miku and the Yamai twins. The main setup of the story in Arusu Install is that Ratatoskr has made a new dating sim for Shido to practise on which is a fulldive experience that has a recreation of the city they live in as well as the people living there. There Shido is supposed to go on dates with AI's with the same personality and looks as the spirits. However early in the game he meets an odd girl called Arusu, that he has never seen before and shouldn't exist in the game, she ask him what love is as she is curious about it and don't understand it. As this happens Kotori who has been talking to Shido when he was in the game loses contact with him and the people on the outside are unable to get him out of there, meaning he is stuck within the game. This then makes all of the girls hook themselves up to the machine to enter the game so that they can save Shido. This means that they are all stuck in a replica of their city going to the same school and living in the same house. So this means that it is essentially as if they were in the real world other than the fact that side characters are npc, they are forced into roles that fit a dating sim and there is Arusu using her powers to make special date events that happens in the dream of Shido and the heroine that puts them in special suituations with the aim being for them to get closer so she can learn what love is.

     

    As for my review of Date A Live Arusu Install I guess I should start with the begining. I think that the way they use the setting of Date A Live to set up the story is really cool. Referencing my little Shido with the fulldive machine is really fun and I think it is a really smart way of getting the characters into suituations they otherwise wouldn't be. Other than this it also sets up a nice overarching mystery with Arusu and them being stuck in the game. Also because of the game's setting there are lots of things that are able to happen that wouldn't otherwise make sense and this is used to make lots of different scenarios with the girls. This I would say works well as fanservice for the girls not necessarily sexual fanservice, but more so seeing them in lots of different suituation like magical girl Kotori or shrine maid Origami which also provides some nice interesting artwork. A problem with this though is that these scenarios don't really do any job with building a good emotional story for the girls or get you connected to them, it just feels like pure fanservice with no substance. This made the routes for the individual heroines seem quite hollow, something that really hurt my enjoyment as this is the majority of the VN. The true route I feel does a good job on the emotional side and just in general having a pretty good and satisfactory story. So overall I would say that the setup and the true route are really good, but that it suffers from the other routes feeling empty only offering hollow fanservice that mainly just show different suitations with the characters in what seem like what if scenarios, though they do have good art and I would say some are quite enjoyable (magical girl Kotori is one that comes to mind). 

     

    Date A Live Rio Reincarnation works pretty much like a fandisc for both of the previous VNs. I don't think I can really go much into it without spoiling things from the other VNs, but what I can say is that they meet a small girl named Rio who looks for the most important thing (she doesn't know what it is just that she is looking for it). As for the content of Rio Reincarnation it features a few nice scenes with the heroines as well as give a bit more of a proper ending for each of the VNs. I very much liked this addition as I really liked the different endings in it as well as the story it told in general being interesting.

     

    Just some quick remarks about the visuals, the visuals are really nice looking, which is to be expected as the artist is Tsunako, the artist behind the Neptunia series and Fairy Fencer F as well as being the illustrator for the original Date A Live light novel. However I found some rather annoying problems with the PS4 CGs. While most of them were as they should be, some of the CG variations had parts of the art that had been missplaced by a pixel or two or there being a difference in colour between two parts of the CG put together. Under are two examples with some red circles added just to show the area you need to look at. While these aren't really that noticeable I found it annoying as I like to screenshot all of the different CGs and have them on my PC to look at later and I don't want them to have these kinds of flaws.


     

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  14. Ten More Yuri Series You Need To Read Before I Destroy You, And Everything You Have Ever Loved

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    And welcome to yet another top ten yuri reading list. This is where I attach a arbitrary rank to something based on my general enjoyment of it.

    This time around I want to focus more attention on relatively obscure yuri series that might have been passed up or forgotten. This is for people who are tired of the old standard yuri tale and need something different. So, on that note, here is 10 more yuri series that you should read before I destroy you and everything you ever held dear. (Oh and if you haven't check out my first yuri list here.)

     

    Number 1. After Hours

    by Yuhta Nishio

    Statues: Complete, with two volume released in English

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    If there is one thing that the yuri sub genre needs more than anything else is a change in location. For so long most yuri mangaka have been content to only ever set their creations in a High School the most boring setting of them all. Not only that but they were for the most part all girl schools with nary a male in sight. After Hours is a different beast all together and features actual adults in actual adult situations doing adult things. It is nothing short of a revelation. After Hours is a manga about the adventures of two women in Kei and Emi in the vibrant nightlife of Tokyo. Emi, a 24 year old unemployed young woman meets Kei at a nightclub after being ditched by her friend.

    Emi ends up going home with Kei that night and they begin something of a interesting relationship. One of the most striking things about this story is how plausible it all is. The fact that she meets Kei at a club and goes home with her sounds so realistic. Emi's struggle in trying to find her footing in the world also feels more relatable since it is coming from an actual adult instead of some high school girl. Many times the world that a yuri story takes place in seems so far removed from our world. They exist in some fantasy version of Japan where no men exist except in a few crowd shots. After Hours goes a different route and feels connected to the real world even if it is still a work of fiction. Not only that but it features a diverse cast of characters other than the two leads and they are each unique and distinct. So many times in manga and anime in general the only difference between certain characters are their hairstyle. That is not the case with this cast and they strengthen the story and help give it shape. The combination of all those factors make After Hours into a rewarding and engaging read.

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    Number 2. Pieta

    By, Haruno Nanae

    Status: Completed

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    There are some manga series that come along that are true gems that deserve to be noticed. Pieta is that sort of manga, it is beautiful and impactful. Named after the iconic statue by Michelangelo Pieta tells the story of the budding relationship between Sahoko and Rio. One thing that is striking about the manga is its melancholy nature and it seeps through the pages. Haruno is unafraid to tackle tough topics like depression and handles it in a way that I haven't seen in other similar series. Many yuri series feature so called damaged girls that have gone through trauma of some nature, but something about it seems a bit unreal.

    Pieta, on the other hand is completely grounded and has characters actually talk about their emotions and troubles. Pieta also has a physiologist couple who provide an even stronger framework around the series. This really makes it stand apart from the crowd and gives it a character all of its own. The art is very unique as well and add to it's bittersweet charm. Like a cherry on top, Sahoko is one of the strongest and most emotionally mature protagonists I've encountered in a story. There really needs to be more stories like this one.

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    Number 3. Yuunagi Marbled

    by Momono Moto 

    Status: Completed

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    Personally, I think the one thing every so called great story needs is a strong protagonist. It is not always provided and unless the plot or other characters are able to do some series heavy lifting the story will fall apart. For the yuri genre a lot of the protagonists have not deviated much from the blueprint set out in the first yuri ever Shiroi Heya no Futari. They are usually very angsty indecisive and are often easily jerked around by the quintessential dark haired beauty that every yuri are court ordered to have. This particular manga is different however and it is also the reason it is so high on my list. All of it has to deal with the strength of the protagonist. One evening Enna is walking her dog down a strip of coastline when she spots a forlorn dark haired girl standing in the shallows. She is initially confused as to why she is there and wonders if it might be a suicide attempt. They lock eyes and Enna goes on her way.

    The next day at school she and her class gets ready to greet a new transfer student that just so happens to be the mysterious beauty she encountered the other day. Enna increasingly finds herself drawn to the lonely girl named Mshio without quite understanding why. What makes Enna so great is that she acts completely opposite to how we assume typical yuri protagonist would act. She is self assured and proactive and unwilling to be consumed with angst and indecisiveness like some other protagonists I could mention (you know who they are.) With a great degree of care and sweetness she sets to work on her "broken girl" and begins the healing process with seconds to spare.

    This story could have easily have lasted over ten volumes if it had any other protagonist helming it but with Enna in control it lasts for only two very satisfying volumes. There were so many times in the manga where Enna would break from the established angsty norm in exciting ways.

    For example, when Mishio kisses Enna for the first time Enna pushes her away but not because she is disgusted or shocked by the idea that two girls are kissing. No, it is because she simply doesn't know how to breath while being kissed. It is so unlike Moto to write a story like this since some of her other yuri manga's feature some of the most angsty protagonists around. The glory of Enna should definitely be witnessed first hand.

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    (Behold Enna, the Breaker of Angst)

    Number 4. Cirque Arachne

    By, Saida Nika

    Status: Complete

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    I've never been to the circus though I did want to go just to see how it was, and a part of me thought about running away to the circus like every young kid. If it is anything like Cirque Arachne then I've been really missing out. This story named after the weaver cursed by Athena into becoming the first spider is about love found on the tight rope. Teti is the principal star of this tale and she takes center stage and shines all the more brilliantly for it. She is a traveling performer who finds a welcome home at the Cirque Arachne.

    There, she meets the lovely acrobat Charlotte who is a very driven woman determined not to let anyone into the little world she's created for herself. They are partnered together and inevitably the two become closer. Now, they must determine what to do with their complicated feeling intermingled with their differences. What really makes this story stand out from the crowd is the absolutely beautiful artwork. It is visually stunning the way it flows and how fluid their movements are. The term poetry in motion is thrown out a lot but it is very applicable here. The story is another standout and it is told skillfully with a great degree of warmth and sincerity. It deserves to be read.

    Number 5. Qualia the Purple

    by Tsunashima Shirou and Ueo Hisamitsu

    Status: Complete

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    One of the flaws of many yuri series is their narrow scope, narratively speaking. They are primarily concerned with the development and fruition of the relationship between two women. Now, there might be an underlying story and conflicts that may come between them but for the most part it is chiefly about romance. The problem with this is the that it causes the genre as a whole to seem somewhat static and predictable. Many series hit familiar story beats you've seen time and time again, and are forced to rely on the strength of their characters to make it stand out from the pack.

    Qualia the Purple is such a different story from what we view as the norm that I have no comparisons to make, at least in the yuri genre. Qualia the Purple was originally a light novel by Ueo Hisamitsu that was then made into a manga with artwork by Tsunasima Shirou. This utterly unique story is very hard to explain and is honestly something that should just be read for yourself, so I won't go into much detail. The basic rundown is the odd friendship between a average tomboyish young girl named Hatou Manabu and her odd friend Marii Yukari. Yukari is a purple eyed girl who claims that people are robots instead of humans. While she just seems to be at first to be nothing but a bit of an oddball, until things soon start to happen that puts her in a different light. Surprisingly, this is at its core a deep and complex science fiction story and later on the revelations and new developments come fast and hot. Expect the unexpected with this story.

    Number 6. Clover

    By, Otsu Hiyori

    Status: Completed

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    Otsu Hiyori is probably one of my favorite manga authors around and she has a distinctive style all her own, from her stories to her characters to her writing. The characters in the stories are normally very unique and quirky and the art style is wonderful. Clover is an interesting story about the relationships of one specific family. It is told in a different style that forgoes typical chronological formatting and tells each story out of order.

    It starts with a story about the youngest daughter of the family and goes up the oldest before bringing it back to the second youngest again. Each story is self contained and deals with the daughters relationship with different women. It serves as an good introduction to Otsu Hiyori's work.

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    Number 7. Silver Gymnasium 

    By, Hiruno Tsukiko

    Status: Complete

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    Silver Gymnasium is by far one of the most beautiful and just sad entries on this list. It is unique as it is set in an orphanage for young girls, and follows the trials and tribulations of several girls that reside there. It is often at once achingly and also extremely depressing.

    The writing and art style contributes to its melancholiness. I was really hit hard by it because I didn't see it coming. It is cold and bleak as the winter snow but carries with it the promise of spring. Just, remember to bring a tissue.

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    Number 8. Lonely Wolf, Lonely Sheep 

    By Mizutani Fuuka

    Status: Complete

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    Do you believe in fate? Personally, I've never been one that ascribed to that particular belief. I think the only thing I'm really fated to do is be buried in the ground when I've reached the ed of my days. Still, fate makes for some pretty good stories including this one, Lonely Wolf, Lonely Sheep. This somewhat unusual story concerns two girls who meet one day in a hospital. Not only are their names both Imari Kakimoto but they are in the hospital for the same injury.

    In fact, the only thing they don't have in common is that their birthdays are a day apart. Due in part by this extraordinary happenstance they become friends, however, both are harboring secrets that could put their relationship in jeopardy. This story while being short rich and dramatic, and also has one of the best character reversals I have seen. Read it, and you might start believing in fate as well.

    Number 9. Honey Crush

    By Asu Tsubaki

    Status: Complete

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    Like a kick in the shin and a sock in the mouth from your best girl, here's another angsty yuri story set in a high school! Wait, where are you going? No, this is really great I swear! This one is about a ghost! Okay, good you stuck around. It would have been a shame if I had to drag you back by force.

    Honey Crush is a quirky story about the misadventures of Mitsu Amemiya who harbors a deep unrequited love for a girl from another school. She's also a bit of a stalker as well, but the cute kind okay? Like the kind that watch their crush from afar and wish them nothing but the best, not the ones that dig in through their trash, and plot detailed kidnapping simulations in their spare time. On one of her stalking escapades she crosses the street and this happens to her...

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    When Mitsu comes to she realizes that not only is she dead but that she is also a ghost. Anchored to this world by her unrequited love and without any hope of becoming a spirit detective, Mitsu now must content herself with watching over her crush like a young Swayze. However, her plans are throttled yet again by the arrival of a new transfer student who not only has a prior relationship to Mitsu's crush, but is also the only one who can actually see her! This is a really heartwarming story that at times can be sweet, sad, and funny all at once. It has got a lot of charm to it and it will squeeze your heart in a vice grip while your not looking.

    Number 10. I decided to fake a marriage with my junior (♀️) to shut my parents up

    By Kodama Naoko

    Status: Complete

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    I started with adult yuri and by God, am I going to end it with adult yuri! Okay, so the name basically says it all, isn't that nice when that happens? Like the title said, this short series is about a adult woman named Machi whom is convinced by a friend to marry her so she won't be bugged by her parents anymore. While this has the longest name on this list it is also the shortest.

    What makes this unusual is that I am completely fine with it! If you know yuri at all then the name Kodama Naoko is one that you have at the very least a passing familiarity with. She's well known for her twisted characters and soap opera like drama, with NTR: Netsuzou Trap being her most infamous creation. What makes I fake married my junior(I'm not going to type in that long a title every time I reference this) so great is that it is completely different from her other works. Machi is another one of these rare specimens who can break through angst and make clear and decisive choices when called upon. Gone are the indecisive protagonists that are only dragged along by their femme fatales. It is time for a new day, and the dawn brings Machi!

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    Well, there you have it folks, I have gifted you with some quality yuri handpicked by yours truly. Now get out of my sight. You disgust me. Oh, and by the way...

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  15. (making it a blog post because i don't think this would get any activity as a thread)

    I think this time period from 2011 to 2016 might have been the "golden age" of otome games because those were the years where a lot of the most notable otomeges were released. Just looking at high-rated otomes on VNDB:

    2011: Amnesia Memories, Shinigami to Shoujo, Chou no Doku Hana no Kusari, Arcana Famiglia
    2012: Black Wolves Saga (both parts), Dandelion, Koezaru wa Akai Hana, Cinders
    2013: Ken ga Kimi, Nameless, Norn9, Arcana Famiglia 2, Getsuei no Kusari (and fandisc)
    2014: Code Realize, Ayakashi Gohan
    2015: Taishou x Alice, Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly, Re Birthday Song, Yoshiwara Higanbana
    2016: Collar x Malice, Mystic Messenger, Nightshade, Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk, Code Realize Future Blessings

    I can only attest to the quality of a few of these VNs but for those that are more into this genre, i would like to raise this discussion.

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    It all started on 4chan's /vg/ board in its regular visual novel thread:

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    The twitter account has some vague cyber-y tweets related to loading and then the trailer linked in the 4chan post. The unlisted video has English subtitles so some effort was put into it, though the "summer 2018" part is probably not happening. Also is it just me or is the tl of the "you betrayed me?!" line weird based on the voice clip? Like she doesn't sound surprised. oops getting tangential here...

    So what does it all mean? well, SteppenWolf is apparently a team within the baldr series or something, and TGL is a company which has Giga, makers of baldr, as an imprint. But of course anyone could have made the twitter account and the 4chan post and incorporated just the right references to make things interesting. All in all until we get something more official there's no way to tell if this is a hoax or not; I would recommend not getting too hyped.

    Okay zaka but where's the realdeal silly speculation at?

    Very well, dear rhetorical-questioner-kun. So like you know how Aroduc was fan translating baldr sky and then sekai project licensed it and then negotiations broke down and it was basically typical sekai project a terrible fracas? The outside guess is that instead of actually quitting tl like he seemed to when he dropped off the scene he's been working on this. It even matches up with things I seem to remember him mentioning about baldr force being better but people wanting sky or something. Anyway take this with more salt than a room containing solidbatman, originalren, astro, steve, and itsangetime, but it's like, maybe possible. Maybe.

    Y u no make forum thread?

    I want to feel like a special snowflake. Also I figured this'd be a decent water-testing opportunity for this kind of content so here I go.

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    NEW INFO 17:00 swedish time 15/9:

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    Two new videos have been posted in /vn/ and on the twitter account:

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  16. I haven't posted anything particularly editorial in a while, nor have I landed a new FuwaReview in a while; I've been busy with one thing or another, and also I just haven't had that much to write about. However, today I finished reading new shiny new Kokoro Connect: Hito Random release, and when I finished, I knew I had to write something up about it.

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    I first watched Kokoro Connect way back when I didn't know who to ask for recommendations and was still finding my way around anime. I was mostly just going through things that were highly ranked on AnimeNewsNetwork's overall rankings, that were accessible without pirating, and that sounded interesting. But I didn't pick it up without some trepidation. Back then, I was a little put off by fanservice in general, and the show's description was selling the perverted body-swapping angle really hard, so I was concerned it was just some shallow fanservice show. Still, I decided to take the plunge anyway, thinking there had to be more to it given the show's reception, and boy was I ever glad I did.

    Nothing pushes my buttons like Kokoro Connect. The story it tells is as closely tailored to my own preferences as anything I could ever ask for: coherent and interesting characters, immensely human drama, realistic romantic development, clear story beats and plot arcs accumulating to bigger themes, and a little spritz of magic to grease the wheels of the plot. Hell, the anime even got a great dub, featuring the immensely talented Luci Christian as best girl Inaba. It's an all-time favorite for me, something I can happily recommend to anyone.

    One of my favorite elements of the show is that each arc feels so complete. In 3-5 episodes, a new twist emerges, a plot unfolds around it, the characters grow in response, and at the end it resolves fully, always in a satisfying way. The one season and the OVA together had four such arcs all together, and while I was immensely satisfied with where it ended after each one, when I finished the last OVA, I still thought to myself, man, I wish there was more of this. What I eventually learned, when I finished the show and went to read about its origins, was that the reason for the tight storytelling was that the show was based on an existing series of light novels, of which the show only covered the first four out of ten (eleven of you count a volume of short stories). There was a whole lot of content out there I hadn't seen yet! Except, it wasn't available in English...

    And that brings us to today, when I got to read the first English volume of the English release. And let me tell you guys, it is gooood. The translation is fluid, natural, and well-written. The characters pop right out of the page, and the narration is consistently solid and occasionally beautiful. Props to the localization team on their work here! I do have a couple minor gripes, of course: leaving people's heights in centimeters, which is totally bizarre in an American English translation (sure I can do the calculation, but talk about kicking you out of the immersion. Fortunately this only happened once); and not translating the per-volume titles ("hito random" ain't exactly my idea of a punchy title).

    So how did it hold up, revisiting the material again after all these years? It's still awesome! I had to stifle my laughter a few times so I didn't look like a weirdo laughing out loud in the middle of a plane flight. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, I felt tears welling up in my eyes at a couple of particularly touching scenes, and had to fight just as hard to hold them back.

    And while there's nothing major that's new here, versus what you'd see in the first five volumes of the anime, there are little bits and pieces that make it worth the time, especially in the narration, something inherently missing from an anime.

    So what are you waiting for? There's a criminally neglected property out there finally getting a great English release, and it deserves your attention. Go out and give it a try! https://j-novel.club/v/kokoro-connect-hito-random

  17.     I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER HOW LONG AGO: Not even time travel saved tymmur, but it's not like Dreamysyu, VirginSmasher and Zander would give up so fast! After finding a whopping amount of 1 (one) clue, our heroes started marching to the court room.

     

        After whatever won the poll, our heroes finally reached a red velvet room, decorated with golden statues and chains. An extravagant atmosphere, that also made everyone dizzy, just like Ranzo's ego. Speaking of the Devil, he just started singing a Velvet Underground song. Back to the room's interior, we could also see a circle of golden platforms in the exact middle of the room, an arrangement that permitted them to see everyone else should they step behind the platforms. Well, not "should", "must", they have to do it, to save America, or whatever other noble reason. Maggiekuma's throne was located closer to the corner, in a higher ground where it was possible to see everything the plebeians bellow were doing. 

        "Sooooooo, you guys are finally here!" said Maggiekuma, savoring some popcorn.

        "And whose fault is it, that we're this late?" we can count on batman to rub salt on other people's wound.

        "Okay, look, I already waste half a screen worth of space with that poll, so let's drop the issue about my lateness! You have better things to discuss!" angrily said Maggiekuma, throwing popcorn at our heroes. Kiri didn't seem offended.

        "Yeah, like, we can discuss how h-scenes are important to the plot!" Dergonu proposed a circle jerking. :ren: 

        "We would stay here all day if we were to discuss that. Instead, shouldn't we discuss... I don't know... about tymmur's death???" Dreamysyu put his protagonism to good use.

        "Oh right, we should honour the bugger." Poltroon said in a dignified way, almost contradicting his behaviour in the last chapter.

        "You say that like we're disrespecting him, but these bunch of lines we're saying that never ends is a nice shout out to the fella." justified Fiddle.

        "Now that's what I call a fantastic homage!" agreed Ranzo, even though deep down they thought that their performance of Fucking Wizard by Reverend Bizarre that was edited out of the story to not split the audience due to musical differences was better.

        "Okay, I... think I can allow that. But can you guys at least, pretty please, babble while going to your designated seats?" not even I understand Maggiekuma's attempts to save time at this point.

        "If I remember right here, we have to find the culprit hiding here and then vote for him here so we can continue to live here." littleshogun made a recap.

        "So what, we just talk and talk about it until the culprit eventually blurts it all out?" Virgin proposed.

        "That wouldn't be half as fun! So let me explain some additional rules to the trial session!"

     

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        Said Zander, with his now healed physical injury and forever persisting mental damage.

        "No need. I microwaved my way through a time where we already listened to the rules before this, so I can tell you guys!" Kurisu saving the day.

        "You could have, you know, looked for the culprit's name..." Or not.

        "Well, in short, we have to talk non stop about the same things over and over again even if they are painfully obvious until someone with half a brain figures the bullshit in our arguments and fire a truth bullet through it. We can add some random babble in the conversation too, to make things more of a chore than harder per se."

        "Putting it like this... god, this game sucks!" everything sucks for you, bats.

        "So, all we gotta do is shoot first, eh?" said Lesiak, firing a bullet that would put Clint Eastwood's characters to shame. Sasuga, Ultimate Westerner. Too bad SeniorBlitz happened to be in front of him, so he ended with a bullet in his skull. Sasuga, Ultimate Westerner.

        RIP.

        "Eeerr... that sounded like Lesiak put a... silencer in his gun." it looked like a very lame and inappropriate joke made by Dergonu, but it was also a nice shout out to Senior's pun habits.

        "To be quite honest, I think this game will be much more balanced now. He was too overpowered with that guide of his." said the guy that claimed he knows everything about the progress of the story.

        "I have to agree with that as well. One should not defy the gods." said the guy that defy the gods himself.

        "Even if we don't like it, you have a point. Now everyone have a fair chance." said the tsun that can time travel. "I'm not a tsundere!" that's not what I said. "A-a-a-a-a-and I'm not just a tsun either!"

        "Well, except the part about killing each other mid trial, even if I don't really care if you guys actually do it, the trial goes exactly like Kurisu explained. So start presenting some proof or something."

        "Oh, I have some!" Kenshin finally got the ball rolling.

        "I also happen to have some." Zander said calmly like this:

     

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        "I also have something to show." Virgin said proudly. Not even Dreamysyu, that was with him had any idea what kind of clue he found.

        "Let's start with mine, since I raised my hand first! Okay, I gathered some pics from the crime scene. Maggiekuma, can you lend me a screen to project those?" said Kenshin.

        "This is really necessary? I mean, we're handling guro material here..." Lesiak asked before I have to rate this fic 18+.

        "Guro..." Dergonu seems to be controlling himself to not say anything else.

        "About guro here, I think I could give my opinion on it, but since I'm not into strangling and tentacle anal rape here, I think I'll pass on this here." littleshogun gave his opinion.

        ".............Not only you're being awfully specific, but no one asked if anyone liked guro either." Ranzo tsukkomied for a moment.

        "Eeerrr, but don't we just looked at the body? Ignoring that it was 2 eons ago outside the story. How 2D pics can be worse than the real deal?" Virgin asked.

        "I'm not sure if this 2D vs 3D argument's going to fly on court, mister Virgin." you guys are already on court, mister Poltroon, but he was so naturally on mood for trials that he didn't even noticed his language quirk.

        "To be honest, the only thing those pics will show is what I'm about to describe." Zander started. "I investigated the body and made a shocking discover: it wasn't the gif that killed tymmur, he was electrocuted!"

        "Impossible. How such a detail went unnoticed by the gods?" bellowed Clephas, making a question that I didn't really think the answer to.

        "His feet were stuck into a bucket full of water together with an electric wire. So it means... that someone entered the scene, probably knocked tymmur out cold, stuck his feet into the bucket, put the wire there, send the gif as a red flag and then fled." Dreamysyu put all the pieces together. "But... when did the culprit find the time to do all that?"

        "He doesn't need time if they can time travel..." Ranzo preferred to chaotic-evilly accuse anyone without proof just for the lulz than actually help.

        "True that, but unfortunately for your lulz, I have some further proof I'm not the killer. Isn't that right, Kenshin_sama?!" Kurisu said, throwing their ace in the moment they judged to be the most dramatic!

        "Why people only present evidence on dramatic prompts and not, like, right at the start?" Danganronpa is to blame, bats.

        "Oh right! The message on the blackboard! I have a pic of it as well!" Kenshin said what they knew. "When both of us entered the scene, we saw this 'Podology services for free!' message written with pink chalk on the blackboard, so maybe that's what baited tymmur."

        "I don't even know what podology is supposed to be, what's your point?" Virgin didn't understand gay speak.

        "I'm not sure either, but maybe... you're trying to say that tymmur put his feet inside that bucket by himself??" dramatic song starts playing.

        "WHATA TWIIIIIIIIIIIST!" not really, Maggiekuma. You're the only one excited here.

        "Wait a moment. If that's true... why we didn't saw that message when we went to crime scene?" Lesiak questioned.

        "Because I eventually erased it to write a differences chart between the anime and the VN version of S;G 0 there." calmly explained Kurisu.

        "Destroying evidence, eh?" Poltroon suddenly became Canadian.

        "To be honest, it made the episode even more fun to watch, building that chart." the order of the words in Kenshin's explanation looks like something poorly translated from japanese. And then, everyone just removed Kenshin and Kurisu from the blame list because I don't want to drag this any longer.

        "Okay, I think it's finally time for me to shine!" Virgin raised from his seat, at least I hope I mentioned they were sitting before.

        "Oh yeah, you apparently had some evidence." Zander trusted Virgin as much as Virgin trusted him.

        "Yeah, and it's that now dead guy's guide!"

        "Wait, isn't this cheating?" Dergonu uphold the rules with seriousness.

        "Not when I'm the one doing it!" said Virgin, quickly turning the pages of Senior's guide. "Soooo, if I got to the right page, I think the way to advance is... to ask Dergonu to hack the system?"

     

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        "Dergonu, care to explain?" Fiddle asked, judging his comrade.

        "Oh riiiiight, I was hacking the system to get access to the monitors early, so maybe I can do it again to check some unusual activity." I'm not sure if Dergonu can even do that, but Kaguya is not in the story so this have to do. After some *insert meme and oversimplified explanation of hacker doing stuff* in a laptop that Maggiekuma lent to them, Dergonu turned back to his friends with a sullen expression. "It's no use, I can't even see traces of Kurisu's magecraft there."

        "Some mod you are." Zander rolled his eyes.

        "☆=(ゝω・)/" Kiri intervene for the first time! "ヾ(`・ω・´)ノ" They said.

        "Can someone localize this?"

        "They're saying that maybe Poltroon or Clephas can try to get access to the system too. They aren't the Ultimate Mod, but maybe their permissions are wacky enough for that to work." Fiddle translated.

     

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        "WHAT ARE YOU EVEN OBJECTING TO?????" Dreamysyu asked themselves if Maggie didn't do that just because she so wanted to use that pic.

        "Did Kiri really says all of that with just that smiley?" batman asked the real question.

        "Yes." Fiddle only nodded, because they know. And somehow everyone just accepted it and the plot moved forward.

        "Well, since batman stole my catchphrase..." not really, Mr. Edgeworth. "I'll hack into this system of yours instead, to finally make a grandiose entrance in this trial." I think it's a fair trade, solving plot problems instead of saying a meme catchphrase. And with that, his fingers danced through the keyboard of Maggiekuma's laptop. "Ohoooo... what is this?"

        "Cut the suspense, did you find out who send the gif?"

        "As a matter of fact, yes. And it was... someone named Dergonu!"

     

        DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!

     

        "Absurd! It's not me!!! Just look into my account activity!!! It was pretty much inactive before Dreamysyu asked for my help earlier this morning!" Dergone yelled.

        "Just for the record, I'm not confirming this piece of information." Dreamysyu threw Dergonu under the bus.

        "TRAITOR!"

        "Fret not, my fellow moderator. I never said it was you that did it. I said an account with the name 'Dergonu' is the responsible for this mess, apparently. And for some reason, this Dergonu is also following your account." Poltroon explained.

        "But wasn't that Dergonu following Dergonu Dergonu themselves?" Kenshin put it in a confusing way, but it was the painful truth.

        "Oh yeah, that's right. So forget what I said about not fretting, Dergonu, please do fret." Poltroon dealt the final blow.

        "Wait, we're not doing that retarded rhythm game from Danganronpa now, are we?" Ranzo asked. Even if he was a music enthusiast, no one deserves that annoying game.

        "No lol, that minigame is stupid, I can go down without that and with my dignity instead, thank you very much." Dergonu explained.

        "So it WAS you the culprit here. You must be quite interested here in how to mouth those obviously delicious and long and thick bananas here to actually commit murder for it here." littleshogun disapproved.

        ".................I think you're the only one that still remembers that was supposed to be our motivation." Virgin felt some degeneration in the air.

        "Nah man, I didn't do it for some dumb book." Dergonu switched to their evil villain personality. For some reason, no one was really surprised.

        "So, why did you kill tymmur?"

        "For the ~~***GURO***~~, of course!" And them they started some chant that looked like a chuuni villain speech. "KILL, PUNCH, STAB, BLEEEEED!!!! Why is this frustrated Derg so mad? I hope you can't answer me, as your brains escape through your ears! Dance, Derg, at the rhythm of the falling severed fingers! Crawl in my direction leaving your intestines in your trails! You can't take your eyes of Derg, so I'll take them out for you maggots!" for some reason, Dergonu started talking about themselves in third person, something as bad as guro.

        "Okay, but where's the sexual part in those things you describe? That's just regular gore." asked Dreamysyu.

        "Well, I'm sexy (/ω\)" Kiri wasn't amused with Dergonu trying to copy them.

        "Is this... the real Dergonu?" Lesiak asked, somehow surprised that he didn't recognize his friend that had a whopping amount of maybe 5 lines in 3 chapters worth of characterization.

        "Actually, now everything is starting to make sense." Really? "They did that... because they wanted to be guroed themselves."

        "mWAHAHAKWAKWA~ mAYBE?! <3" Dergonu's maniacal laugh echoed in the chamber.

        "Well, if that's what this shell of a human being is asking for..." Clephas started a summoning spell. "KILL, PUNCH, STAB, BLEEEEED!!!!..." no, I won't create 2 mantras in a single chapter.

        "HOLD YOUR HORSES! I CAN HANDLE THIS!" said Maggiekuma, wanting to shine in this chapter as well. "The Punishment time is on the house! And I prepared some pretty cool Visual Novel style execution!" Saying that, Maggiekuma took an old grimoire whose cover was covered in a cat's hide. The Legendary Nekonomicon. It seems Senior's soul is still trapped in the courtroom, as the lame puns are out of control. Cutting off one of their finger and pouring the blood over the cursed book's page, Maggiekuma summoned Dergonu's executioner. "Who's better to punish bad Dergonu than the very own Empress of the Banished Lands?"

        In the next moment. The sky suddenly went dark. They were indoors, but they noticed it through a TV that Maggiekuma turned on in that instant or something. But the reason for that suddenly invaded the courtroom too. Wasps. A fuck ton of them. Their buzzing was quite loud, almost looking like they were omegaloling at the characters' misery. The characters that had closer ties with Hell knew what were those wasps. The poster boys (boys is even the right word here?) of the Banished Lands, the symbol of the Queen. And indeed, short after, she appeared. The High Mistress Neko, the Ultimate Catgirl. Clad in a beautiful samurai armor and carrying a giant samurai sword, she was danger incarnate. She also had massive breasts that were in fact just two gigantic spherical bombs just to be even more dangerous. She approached Dergonu with a smile on her face, the wasps flying around her now buzzing a chorus latin song to be even more chuuni.

        "Ahaha, so you're the boy who needs some punishment?" she asked in a voice that almost made you want to be punished.

        "Only if you don't be gentle with me." Well, apparently Dergonu DID wanted to be punished.

        "Desu wa~" said the Neko Queen in gratuitous japanese that didn't really make any sense here. "So, time to...!"

     

        [The content of Dergonu's execution was considered too extreme for Fuwa rules, so I removed it according. I count with the help of fans to restore this content! Thanks for the comprehension! Actually no, fuck you.]

     

        Even if the guroing was lazily cut, I didn't rewrite the scars it left in the other guys that lived and watched everything in horror. Although Ranzo did like the violent style of the High Mistress, so they actually took some notes of things to copy when they eventually tries to kill someone. It will be censored all the same to be honest. Eventually the Neko Samurai walked away with her wasp companions, what left our heroes begging for it to be just a dream.

        "Let me guess, you'll copy that 'Dreamysyu woke up in their usual seat blah blah blah' again next time, right?" now even Dreamysyu is snarking at me.

        

        NEXT TIME: Two more down, thirteen to go. What awaits our heroes next?

     

        "Hopefully not another long ass waiting again!" Virgin released one last drop of poison.

  18. As many (hopefully) of you know, I like to read a lot of different things, providing my stomach and the laws of my country allow it. My VNDB list will never reach Clephas level of completeness, so I'm aiming for something different instead: to have the most random, hipster, no prejudice, unlike any other VN list. Of course, as slow as I am, I can only hope to achieve this dream within the next 30 years or so, but hey I'm still young!

    I have conquered otomege, devoured BL, collected EVNs, discovered yuri, threaded in chuuni waters, tiptoed into nakige, read through memeges, tasted horror, and tried my hand with gameplay hybrids. But how can I call myself a Ultimate VN Reader if I never read a single nukige? No, I have to change that. I must to. So I decided to give a chance to the glorious fangame our friendly neighbors Asonn, Arcadeotic, Hanako, HMN, Jptje, Nandemonai, Zakamutt, and other sweeties (because the list is damn long), shared with the West: Maki Fes!

    What were the impressions of Maggie, guaranteed 12% female readership of Fuwa, someone who totally didn't went in for the memes and that totally knew something about Love Live beforehand? Find out now!
     

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    There's a catchy song in the title screen, pretty much the only song I remember from the game.
     

    In Maki Fes!, you play as Matt yourself! The boyfriend (wait, it should be girlfriend if I had to play as myself. Well, I can stick with Matt just fine) of the cute red haired tsundereish Maki! How lucky are you? Nukige convenience is convenient, alright! Not a bad start to be honest, I was expecting something more stupid, but Maki Fes already proved itself as above average intellectual level than my preconceived opinion of what constitutes an average nukige. Anyway, Maki needs to write a song and you, as a good boyfriend, agree to help her get some inspiration. And yeeeeeees, that means lots of porn!

    Maki is pretty much the only character you'll meet through the entire game, since more girl means harem or yuri, right? And that's not what this doujinge is about. And she's fully voiced! The actress does a very good job for most part, except during those background moans that goes like a machine gun shooting fast going "a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a" that got annoying after two loops. The art is also quite pleasant to look at, Maki pouting and smiling are just the cutest. I enjoyed her character, but I don't know the original to say if she's going too OOC.

    So! The game provide you with the following scenarios, and all of them leads to porn. Yes, some of these choices leading to porn is quite creative, I know. The twist would be if the last option didn't, but that's not what happens here.
     

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    Choices, oh choices.
     

    If you don't want to be spoilered, stop reading right here! Not that I consider sexual position a spoiler, but hey, there's weird folks of all kinds out there! So let's go over what I get out of each scenes. And no, it wasn't masturbatory material.

    "Let's recall our first time!": Exactly what it says on the tin. It was quite a sweet scene, where Matt the protagonist was mindful of Maki, and if she was feeling comfortable. Of course, she had to say the typical "you can be more rough, I know you're holding yourself back", but hey, at least they discussed it! Relationship is all about two people understanding and being respectful with each other after all! Another thing that I have to praise this game is that the classic "Cum inside/Cum outside" option only affect the CG right after it, and not the ending, so I could pick "Cum outside" to my heart's content.

    "Wear your maid outfit!": This one was nice too, as far as h-scenes goes. It's a blowjob scene and HEY, it have simple ANIMATIONS (*insert here the face of a surprised girl that never saw a animated VN before)! The translation of this scene was pretty good too, I was amazed with how many different porn sound effects this guy could came (get it? :ren:) up with. It also had a marriage proposal discussion there that I liked, but I can guess 80% of the people that played this game didn't even noticed it.

    "Our good luck charm!": This was one of the last scenes I read, so there wasn't much of my patience left. I think it was something about writing good luck wishes on Maki's butt. Yep. Of course, not with a pen or a penis, but with his finger. Oh yeah, this guy goes on and on about Maki's cellulite free butt but this game don't have a single anal scene. For shame, game, for shame!

    "I'm hungry!": I can only say one thing. How Maki decided she wanted to feed this guy and do it like this???????????
     

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    "Dancing is inspiring!": Probably, but it was the very last scene I read and at that point I just wanted the game to end. Four scenes is my limit for h-scenes one after another. Multiple rounds indeed is a lie. Oh yeah, the scene. I think it was a cowgirl scene and... that's it.

    "Use traditional elements!": Was it on that scene that Maki came with the penetration alone? God, that was dumb. This guy have such lame foreplay skill it's a wonder Maki can even come once. Oh yeah, there's pee in this scene, weird that Zaka didn't work on this. How does her pee makes an arc in the air though? Pretty sure you need a penis to do that...

    "You need some excitement!": Man, this scene have one weird dick. It looked like a fishing hook. Animating it didn't make it any better. But I think this scene had some well crafted puns cumversation, so it was somewhat amusing.

    "I wanna fuck!": (Chorus: FUCK!)* Now that's a scene where Matt truly shines! And Maki as well. How could a forget when she uttered my favorite quote of the game, "My nipples are playing the blues!"? Now that's what I call talented nipples!

    *Joke stolen from ZakaTM 

    After seeing all scenes, you can finally watch the desired True Ending, that I'll not spoil here. That was... tiring to be honest, but also educational (?) to say the least. It helped me to understand some before unexplored corners of the VN fandom. And I can't really doubt that it must be a nice game if used as intended. Should I be ashamed that this was my first contact with anything related to Love Live? Maybe. But now I can proudly (??) say that my VNDB list is one step closer to perfection. And since I already ticked the nukige checkbox, I can safely remove any other nukiges/games tagged with high sexual content from my wishlist!

    ...Wait, that one nukige is BL.

    ...

    Guess I'm making a nukige misadventures part 2.


    Unrelated PS: No, I didn't forget about Dankaronpa, chapter 4 is halfway done. Maybe next week! ;)

  19. I’m so good at writing reviews that my last one was months ago. If I continue like that I’ll eventually beat @Plk_Lesiak on the review count (we all know that is a lie).

    Anyway gonna drop the structure of my last two reviews and freely type, I’ll still go over all of the topics presented there, but without separating them in topics, this way I can freely write what I want without feeling limited to a certain space.

    Also I wouldn't call this a "review" in the literal sense, it is just my spouting my impressions of the game without properly analyzing all the aspects.

    BUT enough rambling, know let’s talk about the matter at hand. 

    soundless - A MODERN SALEM IN REMOTE AREA -

     You know a EVN is good when our official OELVN hater approves it (this is a joke btw not trying to personally offend him, you never know on the internet :makina:)

    DAMN this game, it is been a while since a story engaged me to such level; I literally read it from start to finish in one sitting.

    Where do I start… okay… this game does Denpa way better than DDLC. Our protagonist, Mercy lives in remote town of Phada (cultist type of town), she is constantly bullied and harassed because of her “cursed” vision which cause her too see a corrupted world filled with red and black beetles. The town’s main figure of worship is the “holy woman” whose purpose is to receive energy and messages from “god”.

    So after the accidental death of such, suddenly two holy women appears at the town, and one of them approaches Mercy claiming that she also has a cursed vision. Mercy finally starts seeing the good side of life with the help of this girl, but…

    Strange things happen, and the girl starts acting out of character….

    The rest you’ll have to discover by yourself. ;o)

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    Some of the CGs are pretty awesome from characterization alone.

    First off, can I say how much I love the presentation of the game, the art and music fits so well and the atmosphere is so perfect, it weirdly reminded me of silent hill with all the red imagery and the unintelligible speech of people around mercy.

    Other thing I have to praise is how none of the characters feel useless, all of them are developed, have their motivations and. The game deals with dark themes like bullying and abuse very well, the tone is consistent and it never feel like the novel is trying to be “edgy”, and it genuinely makes you feel bad for the protagonist, you just feel like jumping into the game and giving her a hug, because you feel like she doesn’t deserve any of the things that happen to her.

    The mystery and Denpa aspects of the game are also incredibly implemented, like I said, the story was very engaging and I couldn’t stop reading it until I reach its conclusion, and the messages it passes with the ending is very beautiful.

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    Some persons just don't know how rude it is to garble a bunch of nonsense from their scribbled faces.

    But I shall say no more, this game is free, not that long and there are no branches, so no save scumming to get extra CGs is required ;o). So, go download it, this VN proves that not all EVN’s are trash and that there are some genuine gems out there.

  20. Nothing special, but was in drawing mood yesterday so started redesigning my fuwa-chan.

    with help from bats to decide on things.

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    just got to lazy to get into more detail.

  21. The Heart of Chuuni

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    My previous blog posts were about analyzing common definitions and attitudes toward the word "chuuni" and the chuuni genre. I was establishing a baseline. But now it's time to delve into the essence.

     

    Background

    Most VN fans have heard an "explanation" of the chuuni genre before.

    "It's stuff like Dies irae"
    "It's hotblooded and over-the-top action"
    "It's about detailed settings with cool characters"
    "It's edgy shit"
    "It's a story with characters who act chuunibyou, except nobody tsukkomi's them"
    "It's people with heterochromia or special powers and victim complexes"
    "It's shounen for adults"

    Whatever you may have heard, there's one thing I'm sure about: it's vague. Most people zero in on a specific element of chuuni that holds their attention or that they like about it, and say, "This is chuuni!"

    In truth, though, chuuni is a broad genre that encompasses many literary mediums, many sources of appeal, many tropes, and many cases where the trope is hard to describe. People are expected to experience a lot of chuuni works, and experience a lot of references to "chuuni" within other Japanese works, and thus by cultural osmosis, form an abstract concept of what is "chuuni".

    But do we really have to settle for that? Can't we precisely say what exactly is and isn't "chuuni", at least in spirit? I believe we can.

    Let's throw out popular perceptions and attitudes, along with all the baggage associated with the word "chuunibyou" that formed the basis of the word chuuni. Let's move beyond the cultural background that has been established in my previous post, discard all preconceptions, and finally... approach the true heart of chuuni.

     

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    The Path to Chuuni

    What follow are largely my own informed inferences. They lack evidence, because there's no easy way to prove a cultural trend. If anyone has an alternative theory, they're free to present it in the comments or their own blog post.

    Early manga was expected to conform to the "common sense" of society. Or rather, there was little market for contrarian works.

    Works that targeted the youth often centered around "heroes" who were expected to help maintain the peace of society, living according virtues such as kindness and mercy, and achieved success and peer recognition as a result. Works that targeted adults, on the other hand, might be more cynical, but they still revolved around adult protagonists who had conformed to society.

    For a parallel outside Japan, look to Western comic book heroes like Superman, who stood tall amid the Comics Code Authority regulations. In fact, the style of early manga was significantly inspired by its Western counterpart.

    But society doesn't stay the same forever. Decades passed, and people's sensibilities changed along with their attitudes.

    ...No one can possibly trace chuuni to its origin point, because there is no such thing. Throughout history, there have always been isolated elements within works of literature that speak to our chuuni hearts. Like, for a fairly "recent" example, everything about the style of Hiei from Yuu Yuu Hakusho. If there is an origin of chuuni as a genre, it occurred when those elements fused together. But what degree of fusion is necessary to birth a "genre"? The only point by which it's absolutely certain a "genre" had come into existence was the advent of Fate/stay night.

     

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    What We Desired

    So, what is chuuni?

    Chuuni is completely pointless from a practical standpoint; it just sounds cool. Chuuni-style nicknames, throwing in random German, or donning a scarf or a cape.

    Chuuni doesn't serve to create a conflict, or add necessary depth in ways typical of fantasy stories. Rather, it serves to emphasize the special coolness of the lead character. Having a "unique infection", wrestling with madness, experiencing an "awakening", or possessing memories of a past life.

    Chuuni depicts the "alternate truths" that contradict what others think and feel. A morality that is not subordinated. Killing to survive, references to the food chain, massacre as self-expression, or a rebellion against the natural order of a hypocritical "God".

    Chuuni reveals the "hidden truths" about society that have scarred the people within it. Conspiracies, cover-ups, or human experimentation.

    At the heart, chuuni is a celebration of the virtue of "chuuni" characters--and the chuuni fans who recognize them--as the true heroes of this world, in touch with a reality the masses can't conceive of, capable of facing harsh truths and shouldering emotional burdens that typical, mundane people would be overwhelmed by--because those people lack character, lack mental strength, and are emotionally weak, capable only of clinging to the foolish perceptions, beliefs, and morals espoused by society. I believe that everything that chuuni has become started from that.

    Young people in society often experience alienation, or some kind of frustration with their inability to perfectly conform. Such people are often tempted by a certain wild idea, and think like this:

    "I feel like shit because no one sees the world the same way as me. But even after I've let myself stew in this rotten emotion, I still can't make myself be just like everyone else... What if everyone else is actually deluded, and I'm correct? In that case, my perception is superior to others, and I'm aware of truths they aren't, AND I had the boldness to stick with my beliefs instead of delude myself and conform like the rest of them. Aren't I quite awesome?"

    People who feel like this, even if it's just a slight inclination rather than full-blown chuunibyou, tend to admire and seek out characters and stories with a chuuni spirit.

    When Fate/stay night came out, it was like a bomb went off. Fate hit just the right note with its moral complexity, the mystique of the rich world it depicted, a lawless secret world of the supernatural, ordinary people depicted as clueless sacrificial sheep, a male lead whose evolution is a condemnation of traditional moralistic leads, and so on. People with an inclination toward chuuni tropes flocked to it in droves, plus everyone else, because Fate/stay night was just that good.

    That said, in the present day, what we (especially VN fans) call "chuuni" often refers more to famous tropes from chuuni works, and what those tropes have evolved into, and doesn't necessarily seek as its audience the sort of person I just described. But it's worth keeping in mind the origin of this genre.

     

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    More Human than Humans

    I'll close with this wonderful piece of prose that truly captures the essence of chuuni.

    They, who wandered and pursued that formless “humanness,”
    who couldn’t see any significance in their existence outside of battle,
    who, because of their hearts becoming akin to blades, didn’t know how to grasp any hands extended to them,
    who never had anyone understand their beauty, and had no choice but to seclude themselves among each other,
    who had no choice but to estrange themselves with fake smiles when with other people so they could maintain themselves,
    who couldn’t pride themselves in anything but destruction,
    who therefore were particularly cynical and were born with inhumane powers, and therefore were continuously called monsters, were, more than anyone and anything else, human.

    -- Excerpt from "Psyren: Another Call 2" by Iwashiro Toshiaki, translated by himetsuri

     

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    I'm not entirely satisfied with this post, so I may revise it later.

     

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