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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!

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  2. I will not give a general description of the story as I would assume that anyone picking this up has watched the anime.

     

    The first part of the VN just retells events from the anime and also often just uses art directly from the anime. This part tells the story from episode 1 to the end of episode 10. As it covers 10 episodes of the anime this part is quite large, especially since lots of things shown visually are instead just told through text and there is a bit of internal monologue that that doesn't really do anything other than make the reading experience longer. I also noticed that it cut out events where Tsukasa the main character is absent, because of this some important Isla moments are lost which I think hurt the story. As an adaption I think it does a rather poor job, not managing to be anywhere near as emotional as the anime in most scenes and for some of the very emotional scenes it just takes a clip from the anime. Because of this I would recommend anyone who wants to read this VN to skip this first part, if you want to refresh your memories of the story before the later part I think you should just watch the 10 episodes of the anime then skip through until you hit the point where you can choose daily events.

     

    Once the anime adaption part is over you get to an event system where you choose between different events where an event will unlock other events. There are 65 events in the VN as well as 4 dlc events, one being from buying an early copy of the game while I think the others comes as a bonus if you buy it through amazon. As for my thoughts on the events themselves they are a bit mixed. Many of the events felt a bit boring, which mainly had to do with Tsukasa not really being that interesting of a main character, kind of just being a kind hearted optimistic character with no other traits that really matters, as for Isla I think the lack of animation kind of hurts her as the anime uses animation a lot to show her personality which means that she comes of as less interesting and fun than in the anime. The other cast is pretty good and events with them I generally found to be a better. So I am mixed on these events as I found a decent amount of them to be rather boring while others worked quite well. Among these events there are also a few story ones which I think does a good job at exploring a bit more about Isla and more about the Giftia, though there are only a few events that does this and they are rather short. 

     

    As for endings there are 4 endings where you choose not to confess to Isla (the confession scene is put before the event part of the VN so this choice happens before the daily events and the daily events are not part of these endings). These 4 endings focus on 4 different coworkers and are not romance focused but rather just gives some scenes with them and expand on their personality and past. While I think these does a decent job at this they are all rather short and as such feel kind of lacking. There are also 3 endings where you choose to get together with Isla. One of them is the normal ending which just follows the events of the anime from episode 12 until the end of episode 13. The others are a good ending and a bad ending. The good and bad ending are also rather short. While I think this would be okay though not preferable with the bad ending I think it is quite a shame with regards to the good ending. I expected the good ending to have a decent length and try for a bit more of a major story, but it felt rather rushed and I think it should have had lots of larger events especially since some of the events build up towards it.

     

    So for my final thoughts. I think this VN is only for people who really like Plastic Memories and feel like they want to know more about the different characters and have an alternate (though kind of lackluster) ending. The first part of the VN should just be skipped and the anime should be used to catch up on the story if you need a refresh of the events. The events range from a bit boring a quite good though they never really impressed me. The different endings were quite decent though a major problem with them is that they are quite short which makes them lack the impact I think they should have. So while I found the VN to have some good parts I think they are a bit too short and the parts that are just kind of decent enough makes it not really enyoable enough for me to really recommend it to most people.

     

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    The inside of the physical edition (have already used the code, it unlocks an event in the VN)

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  3. It's the month of summer Comiket, so let's try to make it through piles of Doujins together. I consider Natsuyume Yawa the masterpiece and winner by default. I'm reviewing Salem no Majo-tachi , but I've yet to develop my opinion on it. 

    1. Boku to Kanojo to Kokoro no Kakera 僕と彼女とココロの欠片 [030808] Milky Kiss
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    Father gets an urgent work appointment leaving main character in charge of his imouto and niece.
    He has a lover, but something misses in his heart. He starts to see strange dreams more and more frequent. As summer vacations draw close he hears in his dream "The day of the appointment is about to come ..."
    Development and characters are good enough, but story is basically one road scenario and player will is ignored. Lack of depiction is often encountered, and endings are quite disappointing, as for me.

     

    2. Love Split ~5 Banme no Kisetsu~ Love Split ~5番目の季節~ [030808] Rouge
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    Main character has crush on two very different girls since school. Pass a psychology test and start your way to happy college life with one of them.
    Story itself is serious and last for a year with all the complimentary year holidays, but quite ero-centered.

     

    3. Salem no Majo-tachi セイレムの魔女たち [030808] Daiginjou
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    Year 1699. A young priest, named Kevin, sailed to the peaceful town in the British colony in the New World. This town's name was Salem. He is yet to know all of the horrors of the Salem's witch-hunt.
    Game resembles Slave market the most, especially that additional chapter of Slave market that was added in remake version. Creators are virtually the same. There is more solid history foundation here and overall more interesting development, but you probably won't like this game unless you liked Slave market.

     

    4. Galaxy Angel Moonlit Lovers ギャラクシーエンジェル Moonlit Lovers [030822] Broccoli 1 2
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    Moonlit Lovers, revolves around the battles with remnants of Eonia's forces led by General Rezum and later a mysterious woman named Nefyuuria who claimed to be a member of a race called the Val-Fasq. A new member of the Angel-tai, Karasuma Chitose, is also introduced.
    There are English reviews.

     

    5. Natsuyume Yawa 夏夢夜話 [030828] KID 1 2 3
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    The story centers around a young boy by the name of Reiji Oumi. When his sister suddenly dies, Reiji, along with Kotori and Ryouko each withdraw, not wanting to accept the fact. Years have passed, and the three of them reunite back in their hometown and reminisce on the past events.
    There is an English review.

     

    6. Himawari no Natsu ~Boku ga Eranda Ashita~ ひまわりの夏 ~僕が選んだ明日~ [030829] Melonpan
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    Main character confesses to his classmate Mayu, and they start dating.
    Three months later protagonist meets another girl Mayu who can't find her parents. For the time being hero shelters her at his place. As he starts to ask around, his girlfriend Mayu changes appearance somehow. What's the connection between these two Mayu girls?
    Raising SIM with horrible system and girl customization. Very poor work.

     

    7. Kattobi! 家飛-カットビ!- [030829] TerraLunar
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    Main character leads a normal life until one day he gets confessed to by his greatest enemy - cousin Kotetsu. Is this a mockery? Then suddenly a big earthquake starts and house gets lifted in the air. And that's only the beginning of a joyful and absurd play that protagonist and his cheerful friends set up.
    It's difficult to evaluate the game ... because it's pretty much impossible to understand what's going on. Development is rapid, aggressive and totally beyond laws of logic. 

     

    8. Kitsune Iro no Komoriuta きつね色の子守唄 [030829] Actress
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    Yushihiro is a university student. During his vacation, his old fashioned parents decide to send him to their home city in order to find a fiancee. 
    He goes to spend some days in the house of his mother's cousin in order to meet some girls to decide wich one will he marry. 
    Visiting an old xinto shrine of the city, he met Rie, a strange girl who is actually a childhood friend. And she wants to become his fiancee too, even thought she is not even human!
    Scenario is very short - it only lasts for 6 days. Each of five heroines has a big number of H events - from three to five. Very inarticulate game.

     

    9. Magistr Temple [030829] light
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    Main character lives alone and leads a normal school life till he meets girl Haruka at the school gate.
    Suddenly Haruka becomes assaulted and insulted. A huge robot and glasses girl oppose Haruka and get defeated by her. Haruka turns out to be a magical girl who fights for justice, and she forces protagonist to cooperate. 
    The next day main character awakens and sees Haruka cooking in the kitchen in an apron. She has been kicked out of the house in order to start independent magician life. Protagonist's peaceful house suddenly gets crowded with a lot of girls - either relatives or acquaintances - and all of them decide to live here.
    There are 10 episodes - 7 for common route and the rest for individual heroine. True route opens up after all heroines are cleared. Scenario resembles TV show - it tries more just to entertain than to tell a story. It's that case when funny game is not necessarily interesting.

     

    10. Majokko a la Mode 魔女っ娘ア・ラ・モード [030829] F&C FC01
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    In the Mint Kingdom, there's a magic school called "Twinkle Academy". There, an exam is held in the summer that the students take to test their magical abilities. However, this year the exam will be taken in pairs... and you need a partner! You need to pursue one of the six heroines so you can do the exam... and maybe something else!
    As F&C likes it, there are SIM elements in the form of repeating everyday activities to raise favorability. And it's all for the sake of picture - it's indeed of superb quality rivaling even modern visual novel graphics.

     

    11. Night Demon -Yume Oni- ナイトデーモン-夢鬼- [030829] Alice Soft
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    One day, suddenly a phenomenon called "Tsuzuki" appeared all over the world.
    The phenomenon came without warning.
    It looked like a bridge of pastel light ran across the sky, with a mixture of pink, green and yellow.There seemed to be something lurking behind the bridge...
    After the first sudden appearance, "Tsuzuki" started to show up over the sky without any forewarning sign. And it could be anywhere in world, never stayed in the same place.
    At the same time, mysterious creatures started to show up. They had the same appearance as human, could talk and even had human emotion. However, they still apparently felt very different from human. Gradually, these creatures were called "Yumegami" and being feared by everyone.
    Amidst all this, the protagonist Shuka was working as a bartender at "69" (Six nine) bar...
    It's a regular visual novel without gameplay elements, but this time even Carnelian could not save the game alone. There is a lot of movement, so pace suffers. There is ridiculous number or ridiculous meaningless endings that have to be cleared in order to reach True route. Occult flavor legend that makes core of the work does not really impress. Individual heroines apart of main heroine are given really little time rendering all of them some side-characters. Without the charm of characters all the dialogues feel dry. Carnelian can't really do it all for you...

     

    12. Please teach! My Angel [030829] Petit Pajamas
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    Main character witnesses an angel coming down from the sky in a nearby park. She turns out to be a new teacher appointed from the heavens in order to qualify for heavens teacher in future. She proposes to live with protagonist in order to prevent her identity leak. With such angel older sister and pretty and obedient imouto their crazy life begins.
    There are only two routes, but each lasts for 2 months, so volume is sufficient. H element is quite high and dark, but nothing extreme. Light enjoyable game, but not for those looking for a decent scenario.

     

    13. Shiki to Hitsuji to Warau Tsuki ~Cry for the Moon~ 屍姫と羊と嗤う月~cry for the moon~ [030829] BaseSon
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    Atsushi is an ordinary high school student, spending his time with his friends and living peacefully. But triggered by meeting with four girls, his life starts to change gradually.... It is supposed to be a good change but a rape case happens at school, a classmate suddenly goes mad and a student dies mysteriously.... They are all led by a cursed stone....
    There are four heroines and routes differ from each other a lot - one may be funny and the other one absolutely depressing. Just as with One2 a great variety is presented, so everyone will find something to like and something to hate here.

     

    14. Shiritsu Akihabara Gakuen 私立アキハバラ学園 [030829] Frontwing 1
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    The player takes the role of Touma Souichirou, a high school student that transfers into an academy that his younger sister currently attends. Much to his surprise, this academy is actually located in Akihabara, and caters to every possible type of otaku around. Even the teachers themselves are some type of otaku (the principal dresses like a Noface, made famous in Miyazaki movies, while one of the teachers crossplays and talks like Lum from Urusei Yatsura). In a weird twist, our protagonist is a bit of a closet otaku and has a hard time fitting in at first, mostly due to his inability to open up about his tastes in anime and games. Thus, the story focuses on Souichirou's day-to-day life in AkiGaku, while learning about a variety of subjects, interacting with his fellow classmates, and also attempting to woo one of five available heroines.
    There is an English review.

     

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    1. Chikansha Thomas 痴漢者トーマス [030801] Xuse 1
    Tohyama Masuo, who was called Thomas, was dull guy and out of work. When he was going to look for the job, he met Tachibana Ayane, a woman of his type, in a crowded train. Her refreshing smell made him so excited that he found himself touching her on her hip. This was the beginning of his pervert activities. With his technique, he gave sexual pleasure to women all over the place.
    Nukige

     

    2. Matsuyoigusa 待宵草 [030801] Patisserie
    The protagonist returns to home town after three years. He finds a strange "Red Rose" girl in the form of a girl when organizing the giant warehouse. The doll suddenly starts to move and invites to visit her in the middle of the night. When he comes at night, he is told that with doll's power protagonist can interfere in other girls' dreams. He starts spending nights doing mischief to girls, but one day he notices that girls have marks describing date and cause of death. If he investigates this mark, he may be able to save them...
    Nukige

     

    3. Parallel no Koibito パラレルの恋人 [030801] D-Power
    Main character is an ordinary student who gets an ability to move between the worlds one day. He finds a lover in both worlds. With frequent shifts between the worlds he starts to confuse the two realities and his role in each of it.
    Nukige

     

    4. Seireiko ~Mireille no Namida~ 精霊湖~ミレーユの泪~ [030801] Fukurou
    Main character majors in fantasy university at a university in France. His research brings him to a forest lake where he meets beautiful girl Mireille who visited him in his dreams. When he kissed the girl he had no idea he was kissing spirit of the lake. The fairies of the lake dragged him to the bottom of the lake to a new unexplored world.
    Nukige

     

    5. Tonari no Oyako Pudding となりの親子プリン [030807] Studio-74
    Main character returns to home town to find old acquaintances and love interests waiting for him all this time.
    Doujin

     

    6. Anagan Oyako 穴玩母娘 [030808] Merlot
    Main character's mother died as a result of traffic accident. But soon he gets to know that seven women of one powerful family are the ones to cause his mother's death. Protagonist takes the path of revenge.
    Nukige

     

    7. Shin Aniyome 真・兄嫁 [030808] Selen
    When I woke up, Miwa whom I was yearning for was smiling at me. However, Miwa was the wife of my brother, Tomoshi. That is to day, she was my sister-in-law.
    My name is Kagura Takashi. After my parents had died, my brother got into the fast track at a big trading company, and he’s been taking care of me. Thanks to him, I can go to school as other students do. However, I have an envy rather than gratitude for him. The figures, study, and sports, in all aspects, he is superior to me. The most painful thing is his wife, “Miwa”. She lived in another building of the same apartment complex, and she greeted me with a smile every morning. Although I loved her, he deprived me of Miwa.
    Nukige

     

    8. Shoujo no Michikusa ~Akiba Hen~ しょうじょのみちくさ~あきばへん~ [030809] Sage
    Akiba girls are horny and inventive in setting up erotic situations.
    Nukige

     

    9. Shoujo no Michikusa ~Comiket Hen~ しょうじょのみちくさ~コミケへん~ [030809] Sage
    Cute innocent young girls are lost in the maze of Comiket. How exactly will you help them?
    Nukige

     

    10. Tokidomi ~Rikashitsu de Mattete~ ときドミ〜理科室で待ってて〜 [030809] Mechanical Eden
    Main character has a crush with a boy. He enters the same high school and joins the same science lab to get closer. What kind of science will they develop? 
    Boys Love Doujin

     

    11. Apricot Tei Monogatari ~Egao o Wasureta Koneko~ アプリコット邸物語~笑顔を忘れた仔猫~ [030814] Lilith Soft
    The protagonist's grandfather leaves him to care a mansion where a certain maid serves...
    Nukige

     

    12. Lamb Lamb-ラム- [030815] Orbit-Cactus
    Sari is a notorious magic user who conducts forbidden experiments in the castle surrounded by deep forest. One day local lord, Mordi visits this castle with his daughter, Charlotte, who is of fairy tribe, but raised as own daughter. The reason for visit is to transform Charlotte into ultimate sex slave... 
    The training begins even though Charlotte resits it.
    Nukige

     

    13. Natsuiro Toiro -Yuuigi na Kyuuka no Sugoshikata- 夏色十色 有意義な休暇の過ごし方 [030815] Hanerom
    Sakurai Richi's parents have left on a trip overseas and won't be back 2 months. Along with picking up a "pink" cat, goofing around with friends from school and being nagged by his cool uncle, he spends his summer days in bliss....
    Nukige

     

    14. Perfect Hole パーフェクトホール [030816] Autobahn
    Certain special police department everyday work that's presented by two activities:
    - special interrogation of a captured student boy
    - lust patrol to gather the most semen
    Nukige

     

    15. Promised Land [030816] TEARS.
    Main character is an artificial creature who wakes up at a research facility. He has to live with four researchers during one week without knowing anything about himself. 
    Boys Love Doujin

     

    16. Tears -contact- [030816] Team D.T.R. 
    People talk to each other. If you look closely, they only only talking about themselves without trying to hear what the other person is saying. People get desperate to be heard. But sometimes people can understand the other person. Listen to us speak, we'll show you.
    Non-JP doujin

     

    17. Utakata うたかた [030816] TEARS.
    Main character loses his sibling and memory in an accident. He drives housekeepers crazy. But this 47th housekeeper is a man who is not afraid of difficulties.
    Boys Love Doujin

     

    18. Akuma-ouji Kisoukyoku 悪魔王子綺想曲 [030817] Black Joke Freak
    On the night of the Demon King's death, Prince Zale leaves the castle to the pure demon Belphegor, who has been designated as the Soul Contractor. As Soul Contractor, he needs to get his hands on a "White Soul" of a human, which must be sought out and brought back. Thus, Prince Zale and his Watch Servant Haruka set out on a journey to the human world to search for this person. But, he didn't know that the magic of true "love" would be so overwhelming...
    Boys Love Doujin

     

    19. Chou no Miru Yume 蝶の見る夢 [030817] Selenium
    Find the blue butterfly.... The lead character Hirano Kazuya meets a beautiful girl at a belvedere. In the big city Tokyo, his journey to find the True World has just begun.
    Doujin

     

    20. Fuyu wa Maboroshi no Kagami 冬は幻の鏡 [030817] Hanpamania-Soft 1
    The story is a paranormal mystery with lots of Watanabe brand humor thrown in.
    It starts out very strong but pretty quickly loses all sense of pacing and decides to do a bit of club SoL. You're then suddenly prompted to pick one of three protagonist.
    Doujin

     

    21. Grape Candy [030817] Tange Kentou Kurabu
    In order to protect his sister from witch's sacrifice, main character takes place of the sister and challenges the witch. However, he gets transformed in a half-human half-cat with very sensual body reacting to witch's punishment.
    Doujin nukige

     

    22. Kaiki Suru Seisou 回帰する星霜 [030817] Yokare to Omotte Yattanoni
    One Summer day I had a strange visitor. A girl who lost sight of her lover and a married woman waiting for the return of her husband. I listen to their love stories and notice that voices get broken. Hey, are you laughing right now? 
    Doujin

     

    23. Kaze to Hikari ga Anata ni Megumimasu Youni 風と光があなたに恵みますように [030817] nuko
    Main character returns home after a long time and is greeted by his two younger sisters. But he is interested in the myths of this place. The railway tracks that extend beyond terminal station, the village where population disappeared 80 years ago, the mourning spirit...
    Doujin

     

    24. Kinou no Yume o Yoru ni Kaeshi 昨日ノ夢ヲ夜ニ帰シ [030817] Ritz software
    Hiro is a grade school teacher and lover of Kurou, the son of a company president. One day, Kurou brings the news that to save his father's company, he has to break up with Hiro and agree to get married to a rival company's president's daughter. Hiro wishes him luck in his future marriage. It's been months later. Hiro thinks about Kurou sometimes but he has other people he can depend on.....
    Boys Love

     

    25. Knock Out -Taisengata Datsui Mahjong- Knock Out-対戦型脱衣麻雀- [030817] Splush Wave
    Train yourself by playing mahjong with teachers and move on to defeat girls in strip mahjong.
    Doujin Card Game

     

    26. Madogoshi no Heya 2 窓ごしの部屋2 [030817] Soft Circle Courreges
    The window of the next house is seen from protagonist's room. Girls live there, but they shut the curtains at every attempt of dialogue. One day main character receives a message from that room "Don't you want to come to my place?"
    Doujin Nukige

     

    27. Nestle Close [030817] Haikara Kissa
    Your parents pass away and you move in with older brother who is married and is a workaholic leaving you and your sister-in-law with a lot of time together. Eventually hormones win and you start having sex and soon it becomes cosplay time to increase the enjoyment.
    Doujin

     

    28. One ~Sekai de Tada Hitori Boku no Kimi wa Hitori Dake~ one ~世界でただひとり ぼくのきみはひとりだけ~ [030817] Ritz software
    Main character has a habit of oversleeping, so it's difficult for him to find a work for a long time. He is invited to work as a host. The problem is that there is no star host in the enterprise, and main character is pushed to take this position... 
    Doujin Boys Love

     

    29. Orange Marmalade [030817] Tange Kentou Kurabu
    Space Sheriff Leona avenges evil organization "Flumers" who destroyed her homeland star. After that days start to pass peacefully. One day she receives a request to find a disappeared girl. Mysterious videotape is sent to sheriff office where girl is insulted by a space monster. Leona takes her laser gun and gets back in action.
    Doujin

     

    30. Ore no Natsuyasumi 2 おれのなつやすみ2 [030817] Shiritsu Sakuranbo Shougakkou
    During your summer vacation your mother has asked that you take care of the two daughters of a friend Marina and Rie. She tells you they're 1st and 2nd grade students so you get very excited expecting two first and second grade high school girls.
    When you meet them at the station you discover that they are in fact 2 grade school girls!
    After their first day at your home Rie asks what a pussy is then asks you what sex is. She and her sister discovered your erotic manga. They now demand that you teach them about sex and how to feel good!
    How will your summer vacation end?
    Doujin

     

    31. Ore no Natsuyasumi Bangai Hen おれのなつやすみ番外編 [030817] Shiritsu Sakuranbo Shougakkou
    A year after the events in Oreno Natsuyasumi, the protagonist come back to his aunt house where are waiting his little cousins the 6th grade Arisu and the 3rd grade Karin
    Another hot summer is waiting
    Doujin

     

    32. puncTure [030817] Dopamine Software
    People enjoy eternal life and die only when they wish to. That changes with the birth of a girl that has a power to bring death to the loved ones. She is sealed in the ancient ruin because of her dangerous gift.
    Some time later a crazy nobleman finds her and orders main character to train her and nurture hate feelings in her instead of love.
    Doujin

     

    33. Shiokaze no Machi 潮風の街 [030817] studio WALK
    In the near future, a dispute erupts over underwater resources in the East China Sea. The protagonist, a fighter pilot, was traumatized in battle and sent back home. While working at his uncle's cafe, he gets to know three girls. However, these restful days will soon end, and the shadow of war will envelop them once more.
    Doujin

     

    34. sol-fa-soft Manatsu no Otanoshimi CD sol-fa-soft真夏のお楽しみCD [030817] Sol-fa-soft
    Sol-fa-soft Fan Disk is here.
    The contents are as follows:
    ■ Self-flipping
    This is an undressing memory card game.
    Please flip all cards within the time limit.
    ■ Abunai Kaisuiyoku
    Short story.
    The main character (♂) who came to the paternal countryside can play with Takatsuki Miho this year just like last year, but seems to be mischievous this year.
    ■ Ningyou no Yume to Mezame Demo
    New work announced, It features a young love story between Satomi Akira and Shigaraki Kasumi. You can play the prologue.
    ■ H na Oisha-san Demo
    The main character (♂), is a doctor who came to a school for medical examination. H scene which has nothing to do with the main story.
    ■ Nana Chan Smile
    It is a game (?) Playing withNana chan on the menu screen.
    As usual, she will go on going out naked as well.
    Fandisc

     

    35. Sweet Apricot [030817] Sniff Dogs
    Six school girls doing naughty things secretly.
    Doujin

     

    36. Pretty Idol プリティアイドル [030821] ThunderSonia
    Main heroine is a former cabaret entertainer. She is invited to the best clubs, but she chooses to work at school. Why does she choose to work here?
    Doujin Otomege

     

    37. Angel Knight [030822] Ferret
    Kirk and Asel are childhood friends trying to become knights. Kirk has a natural healing ability that was a secret between the two of them, until he uses it during training and attracts attention from the knights right away. Naturally Asel becomes envious, but Kirk keeps deepening his relationships with the people around him, and gradually Asel's feelings are turning from friendship to something more.
    Boys Love

     

    38. Dakkan Kikou Luvnatier 奪還機構 ラヴネイティア [030822] Arkham Products
    Main character is a master of the coffee shop. But his true occupation is the leader of combat maid unit using nano-technology to transform and defeat evil. Two waitresses and childhood make the rest of the team.
    Nukige

     

    39. Ingoku Seijo Gakuen 淫獄聖女学園 [030822] Girl's Software
    Main character is a physician who is invited to head school's health department. He is unwilling to take the job, but when he sees that it's a missionary school for girls, a wide smile covers his face.
    Nukige

     

    40. Mahou Tenshi Misaki 魔法天使ミサキ [030822] Rasen
    There was a girl who fought despair of this world. At the moment when she tried to seal the seed of despair, she got a blow from the enemy. The seed and enemies pierced the night city. But the girl stood up to fight through pain and humiliation to stop despair. 
    Nukige

     

    41. Sweet Devil すい~とでびる [030823] Hanerom
    Mao-kun has become lost in the demon world. The ones who came to help me, as puzzled as I was, were none other than 2 demons! "Sweet Devil" is a shota dice adventure game.
    Doujin

     

    42. Hoshi no Oujo 星の王女 [030825] Mirai 1
    In the spring when the protagonist is 19 years old she passes her entrance exams and manages to start going to her favored university.
    Both her parents have to go overseas because of work, so she ends up living with just her older brother Kazuki.
    She spends her days happily being watched over by her older brother who thinks highly of his little sister.
    Than one day she receives terrible news, her parents have suddenly died in a tragic accident.
    Losing her precious parents the protagonist sinks into sadness.
    But she is supported by her older brother and her childhood friend Kouhei and becomes a little happier.
    But suddenly the strain of their parents deaths gets to her older brother and he suddenly collapses.
    The protagonist is at a loss, 
    "Please... Save my brother..."
    Her hearts prayer goes answered and her brother regains consciousness for a time.
    However, their house full of the memories of their parents is about to get seized by the Yakuza, and the protagonist gets involved in other various incidents.
    But she tries to live on strongly with various people supporting her.
    In the season of whirling cherry petals a sorrowful and heartrending but also beloved story is starting.
    Otomege

     

    43. Kuro no Toshokan 黒の図書館 [030828] Fortune♪
    Main character does not remember his identity. He is doing librarian job in some sort of library. There are few visitors, so he has a lot of time to read books. He has colleague girl who is good at making tea. Various girls with problems visit library in search of a way to treat their intimate problems. Protagonist helps them by using a special book that makes dreams come true. 
    Nukige

     

    44. Sagara-sanchi no Etsuraku Life ♪ 相楽さん家の悦楽ライフ♪ [030828] ZyX 1 2 3 4 5 6
    You are Yusuke, a Japanese youth about to enter college in Tokyo. When your father suggested that you live with the family of a friend of his while you attend school, you didn't really have an opinion one way or the other. Until, that is, you found out that the Sagara Family is comprised of nothing but women: four beautiful daughters and their sexy widowed mother!
    Of course you don't mind the prospect of living in a house full of beautiful women -- you are a man, after all. The trouble is, they're not used to having men around, so they don't know how to act around one. This will no doubt cause any number of interesting situations to pop up as you get used to living with these beautiful women. 
    Nukige

     

    45. Aishite Nightingale 愛してナイチンゲール [030829] Cherry Soft
    Main character gets his body replaced with his sister with the power of magical medicine. A large amount of "pure virgin libido power" is needed to return to the original state, as family doctor says.
    Nukige

     

    46. Ame ~The Rain~ 雨~The Rain~ [030829] Digi Anime
    Main character is at a loss under the rain when he meets a girl with a healing smile. She invites him to live at her place till it stops to rain, e.g. under the same roof with three cute girls. The weather forecast shows that it's going to rain for at least a week more.
    Lolicon

     

    47. Chakku! Tsuiteru!! ちゃっく!ついてる!! [030829] LiLiM
    Youichi finds an abandoned loli in a cardboard box on the road and...
    Sound familiar? Maybe, but the male protagonist doesn't suspect he's merely the pawn in a mysterious conspiracy where NOTHING is what it seems.
    Lolicon

     

    48. Fragrance ~Ryoujoku no Choukou~ フレグランス~凌辱の調香~ [030829] Serene
    Main character's sister-in-law has become a doll-like being after some event. Protagonist tries to investigate it and finds a note with three sister names on it. His revenge is going to be remorseless.
    Nukige

     

    49. Hisui no Hitomi 翡翠ノ眸 [030829] Alice Noir
    Thousands people get missing each year in Japan. 4% of them are those who devote their body and mind to Yema demon who returned to modern Japan as of late.
    Main character is an exorcist who banishes Yema back to nothingness. He is on his way to next Yema location when he receives a call asking for help to rescue girls trapped in a Western-style building together with demons.
    Lolicon

     

    50. Lime Iro Jankitan ~Meiji Nippon, Otome Sakidumosu.~ らいむいろ雀奇譚 ~明治日本、乙女先ヅモス。~ [030829] Elf
    A mahjong-game side-story of the series.
    Fandisc card game

     

    51. Puni Fugo ぷに☆ふご~ [030829] Piichigumi
    Main character's parents go bankrupt leaving him a lot of debts. He decides to become a student of millionaire school and learn to gamble in order to cover his debts. Revenge for the enemy who pushed parents to such den of despair starts with a card game.
    Card game

     

    52. Punitsuma ~Oku-san wa Anatairo~ ぷにつま ~奥さんはあなた色~ [030829] Petit Pajamas
    Main character can not satisfy his newly wed wife. But when her sister comes by there's no problem with protagonist in bed. Sister-in-law taught him how to satisfy his wife, but the affair did not stop there...
    Nukige

     

    53. Ryoujoku Seifuku Jogakuen ~Chimitsu ni Nureta Seifuku~ 凌辱制服女学園~恥蜜に濡れた制服~ [030829] SQUEEZ
    Main character is art teacher in a girls academy. He develops pervert habits of voyeurism, intimidation and rape there...
    Nukige

     

    54. Take Off! ~Kore ga Bokura no Erabu Michi~ Take off!~これが僕らの選ぶ道~ [030829] B-wings
    School based yaoi game. Takes place over a full school term.
    Boys Love
  4. Welcome to the second and final part of EVN Chronicles’ NaNoRenO 2019 coverage (if you missed the first part, you can find it here), where I’m going through my highly subjective picks from this year’s submissions to the biggest annual visual novel game jam. While I don’t think any of the games listed this time could seriously threaten the position of Mnemonic Devices as my personal “winner” of the event, there are at least two worth giving closer attention to – Monochrome Blues, which is another excellent story tackling the topics of grief and depression (even though it adds a much more questionable sci-fi subplot to the mix) and Cooked With Love, which stood out with excellent sense of humour and compelling mix of comedy and smart SoL content. Of course, every VN featured here gets my genuine recommendation and I think they’re all worth the humble amounts of time they require to fully read through – especially considering that, once more, they’re all absolutely free and clicking the titles on the list will lead you straight to DRM-free downloads on itch.io. So, let’s find out what else NaNoRenO participants have prepared for us!

     

    RE:BURN

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    OS-simulation games, where you interact with a story through an imitation of a computer interface, have a pretty rich history in NaNoRenO, with Christine Love’s Digital: A Love Story being probably the best-known example. While RE:BURN is not the most innovative or intricate iteration of this formula, it tells an intriguing, short story using UI of an e-mail client and an online communicator, and the mechanics of deleting or replying to messages instead of typical dialogue choices. The protagonist, a female student who took up a job as an editor in her college’s scientific journal, is tasked with clearing out old emails from the paper's official account. As the messages slowly synchronise, she starts uncovering more and more strange correspondence and even starts receiving popup messages from someone claiming to be her predecessor at the editorial job, giving her borderline-incomprehensible warnings – and whether she listens to them might have some serious and unpredictable consequences.

                    RE:BURN’s intrigue is not particularly deep or memorable, but where the game truly shines is in its inclusion of various writing styles, unique to every character in the story and creating a sense of danger and urgency despite the rather static manner in which you interact with it. I would love to see more interactivity or some Easter eggs hidden within its Windows-like interface, but even as it is now, it’s definitely worth your attention for its brief, 30-40 minute runtime.

    Rating: Recommended

    Monochrome Blues

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    While at first Monochrome Blues looks like a simple story about artist’s block and finding inspiration, it features many twists and surprising elements that leads it into a direction that is pretty much impossible to fully anticipate. Although I have some issues with how the plot developed later on, the overall experience of playing through it and reaching the true ending was excellent, espetially due to its more down-to-Earth and emotional story elements. Maja, the burned-out storybook author starting a new job in a preschool after months of deep depression is interesting and likeable, while the descriptions of her grief, lack of inspiration and struggle with simply keeping up with everyday life are believable and compelling. The five four children she takes care of are similarly charismatic, with their drawing sessions and conversations with Maja being among the clear highlights of the game. With a pleasant artstyle and overall solid writing, it’s a small treat that everyone should seriously enjoy… At least if you can forgive some over-the-top twists, that will seriously challenge your suspension of disbelief.

    Rating: Highly Recommended

    Cooked with Love

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    Cooked with Love is a somewhat ironic VN about a messy college student (you can choose their gender and name) trying to prepare an ad-hoc dinner for their crush, after their wallet, along with the money for their date, mysteriously vanishes. The first part of the game consists mostly of a mini-game, where the protagonist tries to combine the underwhelming selection of ingredients they were able to find in their house (which they share with two other students), without a real clue what they’re doing, as they have no experience in cooking whatsoever. Then, they have to decide whether to go on with the date, or rather cancel it altogether and share the miserable results of their work with their roommate, Brooks. This creates two brief routes, with multiple possible outcomes depending on your “cooking” and dialogue options you choose.

                    While relatively short and simple, the game charms with its humour and witty dialogue – the overall silliness of the story is coupled with characters that are exaggerated, but ultimately likeable and relatable in some ways, to a rather compelling effect. I've had quite a lot of fun exploring different, desperate "dishes" you can prepare with ingredients such as old instant noodles and an egg salad stolen from your roommate, and the dialogue they provoke after being presented to protagonist's date. The "right" dish & dialogue combination that will lead you to optimal results are sometimes quite hard to find, but it only takes a bit of patience to crack the "puzzle" by trial and error. The visuals are stylish, making for a really nice overall package – definitely one of the best games in the event and one you shouldn't miss out on.

    Rating: Highly Recommended

    Robot Daycare

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    Robot Daycare is a short (about 1,5h of reading) story primarily about friendship and dealing with loss, but adds a very interesting twist in form of an AI observing the three main characters’ crumbling relationship and learning either the best or the worst of human nature, depending on player’s choices. The AI – a robot created as a college project by the said group of friends shortly after their roommate committed suicide, might witness them either coming to terms with the tragedy they went through and reconcile after a period of denial and shifting blame, or tear each other apart with accusations and hateful outbursts. The former scenario will lead you to a heartwarming and SoL-focus good route, while the latter will quickly devolve into a full-on horror story.

                    This seamless fusion of genres is Robot Daycare’s most unusual feature and one of the main things that make it worthwhile, but the general quality of the writing and the game’s visual aesthetic are not bad either (although the art is simple and somewhat cartoonish, and the default resolution of the game is quite low, making it run in a rather tiny window). While I didn’t enjoy some of the overly-optimistic developments in the good route, the drama the game portrayed and its both positive and negative consequences were quite compelling to read through. The same can be said about an AI trying to comprehend human emotion and going haywire is a few different ways because of that – this might not be the best implementation of that idea that I’ve seen, but still one definitely worth experiencing.

    Rating: Recommended

    A Hero and a Garden

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    Npckc is an author that uses simple art and stories to tackle the issues of otherness, prejudice and discrimination. A Hero and a Garden is one of the larger and more interesting attempts on their part, subverting the traditional trope of a knight rescuing a  kidnapped princess from an evil witch. Our protagonist, who tried to be a hero like the ones from the medieval epics, ends up in humiliating captivity, cursed by the witch to help restore the monster village he destroyed during his misguided rescue attempt. While he tends to magic plants growing incredibly potent “berries” (this introduces a simple, clicker gameplay mechanic), he interacts with inhabitants of the village, the princess and eventually the witch herself, learning that nothing is as simple as he thought (while we learn the surprising nuances and tragic elements of his own backstory).

                    While the message of tolerance is just as present here as in other npckc’s games, A Hero and a Garden makes an especially interesting commentary on how social expectations and roles we are assigned to by others shapes our lives and perspectives. Its simplicity makes it the kind of game I would love to see presented to children and talked about in classes, but even for an adult reader it’s a nice, casual experience, with enough thought-provoking and creative elements to be worth investing an hour or so into.

    Rating: Recommended

     

    And this concludes my NaNoRenO posts for this year. Last time, due to RL issues, I didn’t get to cover the event at all and it was a really fun experience to go through all those wildly different, creative games that often stay heavily underappreciated just because of how crowded and relatively niche the jam is. I hope my highlights convinced at least some of you to give these VNs a chance. I’d also like to give shout out to two games that narrowly didn’t make it to the list: Mikomi Kisomi’s Alice in Stardom, which offers a fun, but slightly shallow story about chasing your dreams against all odds and HitOrMissy’s Fetch Quest, which won me over with its humour and fun approach to “fantasy” storytelling, but disappointed with its lack of sound and music.

                    So, thank you all for going with me on the journey through this year’s NaNoRenO VNs! I hope I’ll be able to repeat this after the next edition of the jam and be sure to look out for my Yuri Game Jam summary later this year – that event is something I’ll never skip on, as long as my blog is active. Have a great weekend everyone!

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    Mmm... this month had a lot of fantasy, so it is probably normal I played more VNs this month than the last few... oh well.

    Anyway, Renran Spirichu is the latest release from Parasol, a charage-specialist company.  Umm... to be honest, I couldn't bring myself to do more than one path of this game, and the one path I did was Botan's (the catgirl).  This game's premise is fairly terrible, with girl exorcists possessing breasts in direct proportion to their spiritual power.  Not only that, but the protagonist screws three of the heroines in the common route out of necessity (the reason is pretty par for the course). 

    I'm going to be straight with you... this game makes a number of pathetic attempts to be funny, all of which fall flat.  The best part of this game is the ichaicha, and, considering I'm not an ichaicha fan, that tells you just how bad it is.  Oh, there is a story... but you have to dig through so much filler material to get to it that it is exhausting to read.  The heroines are all deredere by the end of the common route, and the only real difference the path seems to make is which one he focuses on *sighs*

    Anyway, this isn't something I can seriously recommend, even to charage-lovers...

  6. As for this week review since we have Musumaker partial patch released in which it's at 56% translated along with the release of Sakura MMO 3 back at 7th, I decided to combined both title so we have 'Sakura Brothel' as this week VNTS Review. As for the Sakura part it's pretty much self explanatory, while for the 'Brothel' part it's from Musumaker in which our MC was happened to inherit the orphanage that turned out to be the brothel when the MC must train the small girls that into a fine prostitute (Don't be fooled by the sweet cover of Musumaker, because the sex content of that VN was quite hardcore (Not as extreme as euphoria though)). Anyway welcome to this week VNTS Review and the main feature of this week is the updates from both of Nekonyan and Sol Press along with usual fan translation updates. We also have a releaseS, although it's a nukige and some partials though so it's obviously not a big release. Let's see what I can write for this week as well.

    From Sekai we have their fourth secret project that was apparently will featured catgirls again was at 60% translated and edited, and Nekonin 3 was at 92% translated and edited. We also have JAST announced their exact release date for Mamono Musume, in which it'll be at July 3rd later. Safe to say that they put their effort in the projects that didn't took my interest here, but at least JAST did started to giving the routine updates so I guess that's something.

    As for the release from fan translation, it's this nukige in that we'll going to have our MC who somehow suffered a curse in that the MC (Hideki) can only drink the breast milk and to get rid the curse he must ejaculate (I assume that the curse will come periodically). Fortunately that his sister in law (Sayaka) was more than ready to provide the mean of the breast milk and a way to get rid of the curse because she was grateful for Hideki (Sayaka was taken care by Hideki when she's being pregnant and Hideki's older brother was being dead), so Hideki didn't need to suffer from the curse for very long. And you better not to think about this seriously other than you supposed to enjoy the sex scenes between Hideki and Sayaka, and doubly so if you have lactation fetish. Speaking about nukige, we have Taimainin Asagi Zero did released their 70% translated patch back at May 26th, so at least it mean that we already have Asagi Zero was at 70% translated.

    For this week progress roundup, we have Eustia was at 71.27% translated (Eris's Chapter was at 3.52% translated) along with past halfway (50.27%) edited, Miotsukushi Omote was past three quarter (77%) translated, Loverable was at 65.96% edited, 3,825 lines of Pure x Connect are edited, and Watamasu was at 89% translated. Also for the reminder we have Musumaker 56% patch released, which mean that at least we have Musumaker was at 56% translated in which it's been a while since we see the progress for that. For the last release, we have Gore Screaming Show new partial released in which it's also retranslated the day two of that VN as well so good for them that the project is still ongoing.

    This week we also have PQube announced some less known VN (Raging Loop) in that Lemnisca will take care of the translation side, and that apparently it's quite good seeing that it's already got average score at 8.20 from 30 votes which to say is quite good (Most of the votes were at 8). As for the premise, our capable MC (Haruaki) was break off with his girlfriend and he traveled alone to forget her, and he came to a mysterious village in that he was killed by a mystical wolf at his first night. Of course Haruaki was turned back to the time before he killed instead of permanently dead, and that he find out the village did have a secret namely some of the villagers are the wolf spirit that ready to kill the rest of the villagers. So the villagers job is to find out whose the wolf among them and executed the false villager, and seeing no other choice Haruaki decided to join the villagers to find the wolf spirit and hopefully find out the way out of the village. As for the technical aspect, apparently the seiyuu are mostly newbie and that they'll release it for console only (Although perhaps they may have Steam release plan in the future).

    For the roundup of the progress, we have both of Sol Press and Nekonyan did compile their progress. From Sol Press, we have Onikiss was at 88% translated along with 85% edited, Nukitashi was at 8% translated, the translation for Mirai Radio was about to start, Kimiaogi's QA was in progress, and the translation for Himawari no Kioku was already started. They also have two secret projects that were already fully translated and edited, although seeing that they also involved in light novel I'm still uncertain whether those two projects were VNs or not (At least until they announce it at AX later if possible). From Nekonyan seeing that Aokana was almost finished with 95% translated along with 70% edited and 5% QC-ed, it's certain that this'll be their next release (They even say that at this tweet) so I'll look forward to the time of the release in which it's probably at this year if all goes well. For the rest of Nekonyan's project, we have Hello Lady was at 40% translated, Senren Banka was at at quarter translated and edited, and Makeover was at 40% translated and edited.

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

  7. A few days ago I watched an anime about a series of child murders. The show was pretty solid except for the fact that I was able to correctly guess the culprit the moment the show established that they were going to be more than just a minor character. Was it because the show was really bad at foreshadowing? No, except for one scene where the protagonist casually mentions that the culprit could be someone he knows. Was the character behaving suspiciously? No, they were cooperative to the point of actively sabotaging the murder attempts. Then what did they do wrong to earn my suspicions right from the beginning?

    Be a grown male authority figure with a more or less friendly relationship to the young protagonist without being related to them by blood. I'm relatively new to anime and visual novels*, and I've already seen characters fitting this description turn out to be villainous to varying degrees in about ten different titles (in one of them even twice within a few chapters).**  Some of these guys are just being forced into doing something shady because of unfortunate circumstances while some them are psychopathic monsters because the writers liked themselves some shock value. Sometimes they are only minor villains or even red herrings, sometimes they are the big bad. What most of them have in common is that they at least pretend to be helping the protagonist out to the best of their abilities while secretly using the information they get from their conversations against them. I found only one example where the character in question is female, and even then the same twist happens another time with the male one being the major villain (#feminism I guess?).

    I get why this trope is popular with writers. The culprit should be someone who has been introduced early on and appeared in a reasonable amount of scenes for their reveal not to come out of nowhere. They should be an adult to have the necessary physical, mental and financial capabilities to properly commit and cover up a crime. Having a close relationship with the protagonist is a good justification for giving them enough scenes in a story that mostly revolves around younger characters. Add to that the betrayal of the protagonist's trust and you have everything for a good dark twist.

    So in theory "the nice adult is actually a murderer" can be a very effective trope if well implemented, it's just so overused it lost most of its its element of surprise, at least to me. I suspect that the writers of some of the titles I consumed were aware of this, but instead of not utilizing the trope they took the "let's add shock value by making the bad guy psychopatically evil" route, which is something that rarely turns out well, even if you add in discussions about the nature of psychopathy. I would really love to give examples of cases where I either really liked or really hated the implementation of this trope to add a bit more substance to my rambling. But I have no idea how to discuss plot twists when even mentioning the title of the game means spoiling them, so this will have to do.

     

     

    *This twist isn't exclusive to Japanese media. For example two of the first four Harry Potter books utilize it and I played one well known western storytelling game that does as well.

    **I even went through my vndb profile and made a list to confirm this. The reason I don't share it here is obviously spoilers.

  8.                                                                                  Sekai Project

    VN

    Start of Kickstarter

    Estimated delivery

    Actual delivery

    World End Economica

    June 2014

    May 2015

    Not yet delivered

    Clannad

    November 11th 2014

    October 2015

    March 2016

    Grisaia Trilogy

    December 2014

    October 2015

    April 2018

    Memory’s Dogma

    June 2015

    December 2016

    Not yet delivered

    The Human Reignition Project

    June 2015

    December 2016

    Not yet delivered

    Narcissu 10th Anniversary Anthology Project

    October 2015

    April 2016

    Not yet delivered

    Root Double

    January 2016

    March 2016

    November 2016

    Chrono Clock

    August 2016

    April 2017

    Not yet delivered

    A Clockwork Ley-Line

    Febuary 2017

    January 2018

    Not yet delivered

    Fatal Twelve

    March 2017

    January 2018

    November 2018

    Hoshizora No Memoria

    May 2017

    September 2018

    Not yet delivered

    Shining Song Starnova

    August 2017

    August 2018

    June 2019

    A light in the Dark

    February 2018

    June 2018

    Not yet delivered

                                                  Tokyo Chronos                                                 

                    July 2018                   

                         April 2019                      

                           Not yet delivered                     

     

                                                                                      Frontwing

    VN

                 Start of Kickstarter         

                    Estimated delivery               

                          Actual delivery                         

    Corona Blossom vol 1

    June 2016

    October 2016

    Not yet delivered

    Corona Blossom vol 2

    September 2016

    December 2016

    Not yet delivered

    Sharin no Kuni

    November 2016

    October 2017

    Not yet delivered

    Corona Blossom vol 3

    December 2016

    March 2017

    Not yet delivered

    Grisaia Phantom Trigger Volume 1 and 2

    March 2017

    June 2017

    March 2019

    Grisaia Complete box (part of Grisaia Phantom Trigger Volume 1 and 2 kickstarter)

    March 2017

    Q4 2017

    Febuary 2019

    Grisaia Phantom Trigger Volume 3

    June 2017

    September 2017

    Not yet delivered

    Wonderful Everyday

    August 2017

    January 2018

    Not yet delivered

    Grisaia Phantom Trigger Volume 4

    November 2017

    April 2018

    Not yet delivered

    Momoiro Closet

    Febuary 2018

    July 2018

    Not yet delivered

    Grisaia Phantom Trigger Volume 5

    June 2018

    October 2018

    Not yet delivered

    Island

    August 2018

    December 2018

    Not yet delivered

     

                                                                                      Sol Press

                                                           VN                                                          

                Start of Kickstarter         

                 Estimated delivery                   

                         Actual delivery                         

    Sakura Sakura

    August 2017

    December 2017

    Not yet delivered

    Newton and the Apple Tree

    December 2017

    May 2018

    Not yet delivered

    Irotoridori no Sekai

    Febuary 2019

    December 2021

    Not yet delivered

     

                                                                                      Others

                                                          VN                                                           

                Start of Kickstarter         

                     Estimated delivery               

                             Actual delivery                     

    Muv-Luv

    September 2015

    September 2016

    July 2018

    Libra of the Vampire Princess

    December 2015

    November 2016

    May 2017

    Dies Irae

    December 2016

    May 2017

    April 2018

    Koropokkur

    March 2018

    September 2018

    October 2018

    Venusblood Frontier

    September 2018

    December 2019

    Not yet delivered

    Seven Days

    September 2018

    January 2019

    Not yet delivered

     

     

  9. Detective Masochist features 20 porn scenes in total. Each scene has multiple CGs with numerous variations.

    Heavy use of zooming and panning functions convey motion and focus scenes. For example, when a futa dick is about to penetrate your ass, camera zooms in on the dick. This creates a sense of fluid motion that mimics animation, no doubt saving the budget.

    The scenes are almost always focused on outercourse, tease, and denial. When penetration happens, chances are it’s the woman doing the fucking. If role-reversal turns you on, this game will be a great experience!

    Erotic dialogue is frequently centered on the women calling your dick “small but cute” as they lovingly step all over you, literally. Handjobs are frequent. The girls deny you the pussy and keep you submissive!

    The scene I like best is when your character finally loses his virginity to the busty but shy beauty of the game. She was a virgin as well, and watching the trickles of blood in the game’s first vaginal sex scene, was glorious!

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    Lab Rats features over 50 sex scenes, each exploring a unique scenario.

    The author showcases mastery of the art of escalation. With the brainwashing fetish, it’s important that things progress slowly for the sake of realism. The first hour of gameplay is mostly looking but no touching!

    Use your verbal skills and skills in chemistry to make the women more comfortable with sex. Eventually, you won’t need to pump their heads full of bullshit. They’ll be horny sluts all on their own!

    Sex positions are very predictable, with missionary and doggystyle featured in the vast majority of content. Also, there are no animations, and movement is conveyed entirely via writing.

    As the girls become more corrupted, you can influence their behavior more. Will you convince your stepmom to go off her birth control? Will you convince your sister to have sex with her internet boyfriend? Will you get your professor to become a slut that takes random dick with no protection? Or do you want them to be loyal only to you?

    The huge variety of scenarios and control over your harem makes for a great porn gaming experience.

     

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  10. Heya, people! It's such a long time I don't see you guys, I almost forgot my password to this forum. Guess Fuwa is still alive and kicking just like me, huh. First of all, sorry I disappeared from the face of the Earth and if I disappointed any fans I might had in this site (silly me). Since last time I posted back in February, a lot of things happened so if anyone's curious (maybe the aforementioned imaginary fans of mine) about what the hell's been happening with me, do keep reading. I talk about VNs, anime, and other disgusting weeb things, but it does include some personal shit. Well, a blog is a blog.

       1) Maybe I mentioned this a huge while ago at some point, but I'm pursuing a master's degree in the structural engineering field. All was going well and good, but now it came the time for me to write my thesis. Oof. So yeah, that's the main reason I became a ghost as my weekday free times went down the drain along with my hopes and dreams. It doesn't help my thesis requires some programming knowledge that may be more than what I can chew, sasuga me (whining aside, it's coming along fine as of now, let's hope I can keep it up).

       2) Not only my free time evaporated but also my attention spam. I'm honestly having a hard time staying focused for more than 40 minutes in the same task. When that happens, I usually take a short break to relax before going back. Except I move on to something else, oops.

       3) Related to the problem mentioned in 2, I fearfully discovered a new wonderful world that's now high in my interests list: gacha games. Their content is usually bite sized (except in events, but I don't play all that seriously... I think), I can auto play to grind, and I can play on the train going to uni. No huge time investment at once required, so what can possibly go wrong (dramatic zoom on my face)? Fortunately, I'm still keeping my two accounts (yep) free-to-play and I feel that I grew a lot on the self control department because of this www. Seriously though, never invite me to a casino trip, I may have an undiscovered gamble addiction and I don't want to open that door. But yeah, if anyone else plays Opera Omnia or Shining Live send me a friend inviteeeeeeeeeeeeee!

       4) Even with all that going on, I still find time to at least watch my anime and read my VNs, surprisingly. Thank God for weekend. Guess cutting yourself off of social media truly does wonders too, huh. Not that I check Twitter on occasion to look at art or anything... Soooo about that weeb shit...

          4.1) La Squadra was right all along

          4.2) I'm still a proud BL trash. From what I recently finished, the highlights are Sweet Pool and Nie no Machi. Both are really really amazing games, both scored higher than 9 in my book, and I definitely want to write a review for them at some point. Spread that love, Maggie!

          4.3) I'm actually a bit slow on the otomege department, sorry >.<  I did get Steam Prison and read both of the Prisoner Routes, but I'm not in the right mindset to keep going with it. I wouldn't enjoy it if I force myself through it. Eltcreed and Ulrik were striking my fancy, so I want to savor them. ......Okay, that came out wrong.

          4.4) EVN ftw, I always find some time to read them. Nanoreno gave me some nice short experiences, the highlight being Monochrome Blues despite the ending kek. Oh, and read Heart of the Woods, people. It's an order. High quality shit right there.

          4.5) Also I keep stumbling upon horror games and I'm okay with this. Recently I played Death Mark. As usual, I went without a walkthrough, solving every mystery by myself. Totally worth it. And it also have very good sound design. Mashita best boi.

          4.6) It does sounds like a lot, but there's nothing much more than what I mentioned wwwwww

          4.7) Did I mentioned La Squadra? (<-- edit that bit out, I totally did, as I should)

       5) Now, about my Fuwa life. I'll probably remain on indefinite hiatus, but every time I find the file I wrote some ideas for Dank a Ronpa, I feel sad. "How could I write such a shit story?" Jokes aside, I can try to maybe finish it at some point when Derg finished his battle royale. Such a rude, I gave him such a brutal death in my story and I didn't even debut on his smh. But yeah, I accept suggestion of what to do with it? Give it a Berserk treatment and finish it soon TM? Write all the bad ideas I had for it and let you guys fill the blanks yourselves in a very lazy way? Make each one of you write a chapter, put everything together, approve it as canon and call it a day? Decisions, decisions. Actually, I'm actually paying a homage to it in this post, as I'm not proof reading anything, hope you spot the reference.

    Aaaaaaaaaaaand that's it, I guess. For all of you that reach this line without pressing page down 3 times in less than 3 seconds, a big thank you. Please smash that like button and subscribe to someone's channel that's more active than me. Love, peace, and hope to see you all eventually when I get my degree! Until them!

  11. I’m not writing this for you. I’m writing it for myself.

    今年もとある滑稽な癖に従い、伝統ありのヴァルパージス炎を観に行った。別にその滑稽な想いだけが理由でもなくが、正直な所、その想い未だ持っているだけは情けないと思う。

    I met my soulmate about a week before I started the first, transitional year of elementary school. I guess that means we were like, six or seven years old? She was sitting on the swing in the playground next to an apartment complex, and for whatever reason I was drawn to her instantly – I broke off from my parents and greeted her, and we got along like a house ablaze.

    The next time I saw her was at school. She was in my class, and it was only natural that we’d be inseparable from that point on. Or was it? There was another boy who by now I barely remember who used to be in the picture, but he moved away. I think at one point she – I guess I’ll call her M – told me I was actually her second choice, but that other boy had left, so she’d picked me. Looking back I find myself analyzing this interaction as heckin’ weird, but at the time I accepted this without feeling bad about it. I guess I used to be even more obviously autistic than I am now.

    Soulmates, for those reading who have had the misfortune of never having had one, are a real thing. It’s hard to describe the feeling of absolute, utter 乗り, of flow, I felt in her presence. Sometimes I doubt myself – did she feel the same? – and I guess by now I’ll probably never know. But there was something there I have never felt interacting with anyone else in my life.

    She and I were best friends for I think five years. For most of them, as far as I know, I was essentially a donkan eroge protagonist, going as far as openly telling other people ‘she loves me, but I don’t love her’. We were officially boyfriend and girlfriend to each other for a little while at the end, but the most intimate thing that ever happened was a hug. Technically we got best couple at a dance or something, but frankly what I did there was a performance, not *real*. So I’m left with the curious feeling that while I may have unlocked the achievement ‘kissed a girl’, though we never did do it in the French fashion, I have never done it when it truly meant something to me. I think it’s fair to say I was a late bloomer when it comes to emotional maturity, if I ever hit it.

    Eventually we slid apart, gradually, seemingly as naturally as we were first joined. Different classes and different friend circles meant we rarely met. We actually did happen to join up once again after having slid apart, however, and it felt just like to old times to me as we took a walk together. But that was it; we went to different high schools, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her since then.

    今でも彼女を会いたいなぁっと想い、毎年あの炎に行く。 Mum told me she went to IT-Gymnasiet. 毎年「やっぱり居ないなぁ」って感じで炎の原始的な美しさを楽しみながらちょっとした悔しい思いも含む状態でいる。 She talks to M’s mum sometimes, I guess. 必死染みた所もあり彼女を探して失敗して、毎度悔いの有る想いを持ちながら火を観るのも飽き、家を向いて戻り始める。

    今も会いたい。それだけだ。


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  12. Originally posted on Pixels, Polygons, Prose.

    Another year, another NaNo. For the uninitiated, NaNoRenO (short for...nothing at all; it's a reference to NaNoWriMo) is a month-long visual novel game jam which has occurred each March since 2005. I chose not to participate myself this year, but like each year since I've gotten into visual novels, I've been looking forward to the entrants—some pretty amazing games have come out of NaNos of the past.

    I couldn't go through every single entry, but I've provided an overview of several of the completed games (no demos, sorry! I couldn't go through all 90 entries in just two weeks!). There might be some minor spoilers ahead.

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    Title: Contract Demon
    Developer: NomnomNami
    Original release date: March 30, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
    Availability: itch.io (free/PWYW)
    Approximate time for completion: 25 minutes

    Contract Demon is a kinetic novel set in the same universe as the Treat series, Syrup and the Ultimate Sweet, and First Kiss at a Spooky Soiree, featuring demon Kamilla having to deal with the affections of (and her affections towards) the angel who keeps summoning her. Nami's stuff is always a treat to enjoy (pun not intended), and this is no exception. Contract Demon is equal parts cute, funny, and romantic, and well worth the time it takes to read it.

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    Title: A HERO AND A GARDEN
    Developer: npckc
    Original release date: March 29, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
    Availability: itch.io (free/PWYW)
    Approximate time for completion: 2 hours (before an update which made the gameplay take less time, so it'll likely be less now)

    A HERO AND A GARDEN is a cute VN/clicker hybrid about a wannabe hero who destroyed a town of monsters while trying to rescue a princess who (unbeknownst to him) didn't want to be rescued. As penance, the "evil witch" who lives in the town has cursed him and forced him to harvest berries for the townspeople.

    The clicker mechanic is very simple, but the VN as a whole is a heartwarming experience, with the protagonist learning about the town and the monsters who live in it, and realizing that what he thought the world was like isn't really what the world is like at all.

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    Title: After the END
    Developer: Stomach God
    Original release date: March 28, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac
    Availability: itch.io (free)
    Approximate time for completion: 30 minutes

    After the END takes place a decade after the start of a zombie apocalypse which killed or turned nearly every person in the world; protagonist BB believes they are the only person left alive and spends their time exploring the wasteland. The current town they're in has 12 houses to explore, but there's only enough time to explore 8; you're all but guaranteed to die a few times before managing to get the good ending.

    I'm not a huge fan of zombie apocalypse stories, but After the END manages its setting fairly well despite some technical issues (the "skip read text" function also skips unread text) and a few text errors.

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    Title: Cooked with Love
    Developer: STARDUSTSODA
    Original release date: March 31, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
    Availability: itch.io (free/PWYW)
    Approximate time for completion: 30 minutes

    College student Perry (nameable) finds themself in a dilemma after they finally ask their crush Lily out—their wallet goes missing the night they planned to take her out to a fancy restaurant! They come up with the idea of a home-cooked meal instead, but Perry has never cooked before, and there's not a whole lot for them to work with. Luckily, Perry's roommate Brooks is there to provide emotional support (not during the date. That would just be weird).

    A fun, short VN with a crafting minigame and a great sense of humor, Cooking with Love is extremely polished for a jam game, featuring animations and simple customization (name entry, short/long hair, pants/skirt, he/she/they pronouns). If it weren't for its short length, I wouldn't be surprised to see something like this as a commercial game.

    One of the highlights of the game is trying out different combinations of food to see what "dishes" you get; I didn't think you could turn all that into...those.

    Also, I think I have a crush on Lily too. Oops.

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    Title: Seven Seasonings
    Developer: Sleepy Agents
    Original release date: March 30, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
    Availability: itch.io (free/PWYW)
    Approximate time for completion: 30 minutes

    A surreal VN with a unique aesthetic and an interesting soundtrack. The game makes use of an inventory system, randomized stats, map movement, and a simple trading mechanic; I'm not entirely sure how (or if) they affect the story. Seven Seasonings is one of those stories where I'm not quite certain what happened or what any of it meant, but it provides an interesting topic to think about.

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    Title: One Last Salty Kiss
    Developer: fullmontis
    Original release date: March 31, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
    Availability: itch.io (free/PWYW)
    Approximate time for completion: 50 minutes

    A kinetic novel about a newly-single man who finds an unconscious woman on the beach one night; what results is an emotional vignette about life, death, and the roles our memories play in our well-being. I felt the whole thing moved too fast; I'm not a fan of stories where the couple goes from zero to True Love in the space of two days.

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    Title: Charles 2.0
    Developer: Team Conwolf
    Original release date: March 31, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android
    Availability: itch.io (free/PWYW)
    Approximate time for completion: 40 minutes

    Charles 2.0 has what's probably the best logline of the jam:

    You're the President, but you have no memories. Crap.

    Short, sweet, and to the point. This isn't an amnesia story; you're playing as a clone of Charles Denton, President of the United States, and must gather enough information about "yourself" and the country to bluff your way through a press conference without arousing any suspicion. Nobody can know that you're a clone, not even Charles' husband Lorenzo or assistant/polyamorous boyfriend Jonas. The result is a story that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout and is one of my favorites of the jam.

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    Title: Enc and the Flying Machine
    Developer: TangledVirus
    Original release date: March 30, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
    Availability: itch.io (free/PWYW)
    Approximate time for completion: 20 minutes

    Enc and the Flying Machine tells the story of a mushroom girl tasked to write about machines. While the setting is interesting, I found the story hard to follow at times, with the occasional confusing wording. Besides that, though, it's a lighthearted story about friendship and love, and hopefully some polish on the text can help bring that out more.

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    Title: RE:BURN
    Developer: Jane Titor
    Original release date: April 1, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
    Availability: itch.io (free/PWYW)
    Approximate time for completion: 25 minutes

    Closer to interactive fiction than a traditional visual novel, RE:BURN finds you in the shoes of Charisse LaFlamme, newly-minted part-time editor for an academic journal. One of your jobs is to delete all the old emails that have been accumulated over the past few months. However, things soon start to get really weird. The game was written by one of the writers of DemiDato, one of the projects I'm working on—but trust me, they're two very different games. RE:BURN is something closer to horror; it does a good job at unsettling you just enough to make you wonder if you're really making the right decisions.

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    Title: this was for you.
    Developer: Watercress
    Original release date: April 1, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac
    Availability: itch.io (free/PWYW)
    Approximate time for completion: 50 minutes

    this was for you. is one of the more technically-advanced entries of the jam, featuring lots of animations, voice acting, and general polish. Our nameable protagonist is grieving the loss of their best friend, Ji-min, whom they only knew through a VR world. While it works for its duration, it ends abruptly, without a satisfying conclusion, leaving me in a weird limbo where I don't really know if I can recommend it or not.

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    Title: Robot Daycare
    Developer: Kigyo
    Original release date: March 31, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
    Availability: itch.io (free)
    Approximate time for completion: 1 hour 40 minutes

    One of the longer non-gameplay entries in the jam, Robot Daycare follows a trio of college students as they create and raise a robot child for an assignment. How the story goes from there is based on a handful of choices—not exactly revolutionary for visual novels, but the two paths are very different, with the good path being a story about friendship and trust and the bad path being a straight-up horror story. (Some of the descriptions in the horror path are...eurgh. No wonder there's an option to disable gory text.) Both paths are good, but in different ways, obviously.

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    Title: REDD War
    Developer: Good Tales
    Original release date: March 31, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android
    Availability: itch.io (free/PWYW)
    Approximate time for completion: 1 hour

    Hm, so this is a story about murder being legal for 12 hours...

    No, that doesn't remind me of anything at all.

    Parallels with famous movie series aside, I just couldn't get into this one. A high school student gets caught up in a REDD War, where Earth-occupying murderous aliens are legally allowed to murder any human they want for 12 hours (whereas humans are bound by normal laws and cannot kill REDD except in self-defense). Ultimately, the "killer aliens" trope doesn't do anything for me, and I spent most of the story being vaguely uncomfortable (in a bad way). Watching two of the bloodthirsty REDD call the timid REDD a pussy over and over is just annoying (and yes, I know that the other two REDD are supposed to be unlikable, but they're not the fun kind of unlikable that makes hating them enjoyable).

    I also thought it was strange that it includes a warning for violence after the cold open where some aliens murder a guy in cold blood.

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    Title: Alice in Stardom
    Developer: Crystal Game Works
    Original release date: April 1, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android
    Availability: itch.io, Steam (free)
    Approximate time for completion: 1 hour 40 minutes

    The best part of Alice in Stardom is the writing during the performances themselves (aside from the pointless minigame); everything else is hit-or-miss. I had a hard time getting into the entire concept thanks to my distaste for idols, made stranger by the decision to set the story in what appears to be the USA in 2019, where the idol culture Alice in Stardom depicts really doesn't exist (source: I live in the USA in 2019).

    I'm a bit confused by the minigame. I failed it the first few times since the game doesn't explain what you're supposed to do (click on the lyrics in the order in which they appear). It doesn't really add anything except making going for your second/third route take a couple minutes longer.

    Additionally, the "romance" is limited to about three lines (total, across all three routes, although the end of Taylor's route can be interpreted as romantic subtext). There's nothing wrong with a story about friendship or friendship-that-could-lead-to-romance—but I think it makes the "lesbian" and "yuri" tags on itch more than a bit misleading.

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    Title: Mnemonic Devices
    Developer: Minyan
    Original release date: April 2, 2019
    Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
    Availability: itch.io (free)
    Approximate time for completion: 1 hour 30 minutes

    I'm generally not a huge fan of the amnesia trope, but Mnemonic Devices has one of the more interesting takes on it that I've seen: the (customizable) protagonist (default name Quinn) eventually finds out that they are actually an extremely advanced android assassin, whose current mission is to kill corrupt hot-shot lawyer Caesar Rivera—who also happens to be Quinn's husband. (They had to get close to him to gather information on him, you see.) The person who breaks the news to you is Quinn's partner Alto, who does a really bad job of hiding how madly in love with them he is.

    The game itself, however, does a really good job at balancing both routes to make them equally satisfying, although I personally preferred Alto's route. There's a lot of moral ambiguity regarding whether or not to kill Caesar; the game doesn't really say that either is more or less right than the other, though they lead to different endings depending on which route you're on.

  13. I've been seeing people wondering about Daitoshokan's translation, so I'm making this compilation of screenshots just to show what the experience is like in English.

    The further down you go, the further into the game you are. But these screenshots are all from the first half of the common route and earlier, so I wouldn't worry terribly.

    Spoiler

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    Incidentally, the advice was that if you give an inch, they'll take a mile; or all the space in the train, as it were.

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    I mean, what else would a student be doing in a Geology class? Wait, this was actually a Math class?

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    Finally a game I can empathise with.

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    Thank you for your help picking up the rubbish with us. Goodbye.

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    Being able to read your book whilst executing any task or walking anywhere is a genuine skill, Ms. Suzuki!

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    Bless you.

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    I don't even like oysters.

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    I've met the character in question. Can confirm.

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    The face of innocence.

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    Operation: "Call her tiny"

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    What slander.

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    Sluggo is lit 8)

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    You have my tacit agreement.

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    Everyone has a limit to what they can take, and she has unfortunately reached it...

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    Common sense? What's that? Can you eat it?

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    We needed to fill our quote of quintessentially Japanese conversations.

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    Whatever. Femininity isn't worth this...

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    Today's youth is hitting tragic levels of cynicism.

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    These things happen... you know.

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    I love the member(s of the Library Club).

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    Alas... Farewell, Reggie.

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    The (not tiny) face of innocence.

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    People should fix their habits of asking questions before thinking.

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    Sakuraba is the manliest in the room at any point. Including in the toxic depravity. Down girl!

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    A nice, polite talk between nice, polite girls.

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    I do love a protagonist capable of talking back.

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    How he is loved by his junior.

    A story in two parts:

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    Ms. Suzuki has the dubious honour of sharing the butt monkey position with Takamine:

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    But it's not like she isn't crazy enough to bring it on herself.

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    I feel like I'm on the cusp of a realisation... but... what is it...?

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    Croak

    I think the VN is super fun, and really, that's all I care about, to be honest.

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    This is the prologue of the book I'm currently writing (though, given my procrastinating habits, it will never see the light of day). 

     

    It was a foggy night on the research center docks. A front came through during the day, dropping the temperature and raising the humidity. As a result, the ferry to the mainland was forced to delay for a night, and the ‘guests’ scheduled to leave were forced to stay for another night.

    Unfortunate for the slightly overweight security guard watching the entrance to the restricted sections of the center, not so unfortunate for his assailant.

    The middle-aged white man with the brown beard never saw the small clawed hand that swept across his throat, opening it in a spray of arterial blood that splattered across the bulletproof glass of his station.

    Uzume, his killer, wiped her bloodied fingers off on his clothing, shoving his still warm hand down on the biometric pad in front of his corpse to give authorization for the temporary security ID she’d set the system to print. A small plastic card with a magnetic strip and another, much older, woman’s face on it slid out of the output socket and into her other hand.

    With no visible emotion, her glowing golden eyes regarded the corpse for a moment before she vanished into the mists, gliding through them toward the restricted building.

    Uzume’s features were elfin and delicate, showing traces of her mother’s land of origin, but what truly stood out were the two triangular furred ears sticking out of her pitch black hair, flicking back and forth as they caught faint noises in the distance. The two sinuous furred tails emerging from just above her buttocks only gave more evidence to her inhumanity, if the eyes were not a dead giveaway.

    The catlike demihuman moved with a grace and speed that no human could match, killing each security guard she came across with perfect strikes of her clawed hands, leaving their corpses to cool on the concrete. The client specified havoc and slaughter, and she had every intention of giving him just that.

    When she finally reached the outermost doors, she slid her new ID card through the reader, causing the thick metal door to click open and swing outward. She slid inward and rushed the guard standing just inside before he could cry an alarm, slamming her left palm into his belly to prevent him from crying out before thrusting her right index finger into his left eye, using the grip this gave her on his head to draw the head back to bear the throat, which she bit into without a second’s hesitation, ripping his throat out with her razor sharp canines.

    The taste of salty, warm human blood upon her tongue threatened to send her in to a state of excitement, but she forced it downward with the same iron will that allowed her to survive her life so far. She dropped the human to the ground at her feet, pocketing his sidearm for later use, along with his two spare magazines of 9mm ammunition.

    In the next room, she found another guard sleeping, and, using the claw at the end of her right index finger, precisely pierced his voice box without harming the nearby arteries, ensuring he wouldn’t be able to cry out an alarm. Two slashes of her claws separated the tendons at the elbow, and she jammed the edge of her hand into the wound before using a spell to force-heal it, sealing the skin, flesh, and bone around the damage without undoing it. She couldn’t afford for him to die just yet, but she didn’t want him able to struggle effectively.

    With impossible strength, she dragged him to the nearby biometric scanner , forcing him to activate the combination palm print and retinal scan, opening the doorway into the center’s inner sanctum.

    With the same carelessness a child gives to a discarded toy, she snapped his neck and dropped him to the floor, flowing through the open doorway before it could shut.

    There was no guard at the station inside. Unsurprising, as by all accounts the facility’s security budget was cut by the current project manager only weeks before. The assault rifle armed guards on the grounds and the two layers of biometric scanners probably seemed more than enough to prevent intrusion in the eyes of a scientist.

    A young woman, most likely in her mid-twenties, stepped out of a nearby room, rubbing bleary eyes, her labcoat stained with chemicals that smelled sour to Uzume’s oversensitive nose. Without hesitation, Uzume slammed her right palm into the woman’s nose, forcing her back into the room she left, even as she drove stiffened clawed fingers deep into her belly, tearing through her innards viciously, shredding her stomach and ripping deeply into her left lung.

    Seeing two other scientists behind the woman, looking stupefied, she leapt over the woman with a display of inhuman agility and tore the face off one, twisting in midair to hit the metal wall feet first before launching herself to tear the throat out of the other. The gurgling noises of the dying were all that signified the three terrible blows dealt, and Uzume noted that she had cut half of face-torn one’s tongue out, causing him to choke on his own blood.

    With a sigh, she slammed the heel of her booted foot into his throat, crushing his trachea. His eyes were gone, but a witness was a witness.

    Uzume’s form-concealing black clothing was already soaked with blood, and her face was splattered with it, especially around her mouth. She took a moment to use the dying woman’s labcoat to wipe the worst of it off of her face before moving on in perfect silence.

    She also wiped the caked blood off of her claws with a white cloth as she continued making her way through the facility, stopping at each room to kill those within in perfect silence. Most didn’t even have time to react before their corpses hit the floor, and that was no surprise. The speed with which she moved was beyond the human ability to react, to the point where two or three were usually dead before any remaining individuals within realized something had happened. Uzume’s kind lay outside the realm of human common sense, which was why they were so effective at work like this.

    It took her almost an hour to clean out the accessible areas of the facility, literally painting the walls red in places. Going back through the facility, she used the drying blood of her victims to write a series of symbols on the wall of each room before heading for the way out.

    As she reached the door she came in through, she activated the spells with a thought, and flames burst into being throughout the facility, erupting from the blood within, burning everything, starting a conflagration that would gain the attention of the rest of the facility as a whole within moments. Unfortunately for anyone investigating the incident, there wouldn’t be enough material evidence remaining to get even the vaguest idea of what had happened.

    Uzume stripped naked, tossing her clothing and boots into the flames inside without a second thought, gliding back into the mists with the same grace and silence she’d displayed upon arrival.

    As she left the grounds, her body shifted, the ears and tail melting away, her metallic golden eyes becoming a mundane brown, the blood in her hair and on her skin vanishing as it was consumed as an afterthought to power the shift.

    So it was that a young human woman named Uzume, an unremarkable half-Japanese woman knelt down in a group of bushes and dressed in the plain school uniform she’d used to gain access to the island. There was no sign of the terrible grace and horrifying brutality she’d shown only minutes before in the slow, shuffling gait of the woman that remained behind, though their elfin features were the same.

    She made her way back to the employee dorms ‘her class’ was staying in without the least sign of guilt or concern, for all the world as if she really were the young student she appeared to be…

  14. Hello. I am the guy who wrote that review of Little Busters that everyone hated because I did not like the game. Those poor people are doing just fine, however, even with my evil, vile, disgusting review out there still. I, on the other hand, have never been worse off. You see, I've been overwhelmed with guilt. I feel bad for what I did. I took a beloved visual novel, one that has changed the lives of many people, and slandered it with my negative review. Then I continued to ride that infamy I gained into relevancy allowing my hatred of Little Busters! to manifest itself as a false representation of my true opinion of it, much like I am doing right this moment. 

    The truth about my time with Little Busters! is that I enjoyed the VN. It had some bad routes (like all of them) and had a really unremarkable ending. But can I say I did not enjoy my time reading it? Not really. The 24 hour stream was a blast, and subsequent streams were a lot of fun, especially when people were involved in the jokes and discussion of the routes as I read them. For example, Lewycool's Sexy Seagull Legs during Mio's route was light in an otherwise forgettable, boring route (protip: a character with no personality other than "I like books" is not a recipe for a fun route) and allowed me to actually have fun with the route. Likewise, discussions of Kurugaya's Balloon Tits carrying me off into the sky made her Bill Murray wannabe route more enjoyable. Refrain was a blast to read right up until the ending. I didn't hate Rin and simply wished we saw far more development from her than what we got. She was a fun character. 

     

    The experience of reading Little Busters! was good. I had a good time. While my opinions on Little Busters! remain the same, that it is a bad VN (not horrid at least), I do not regret the time I spent on it and I sometimes wish I could read it over again on stream with everyone like I did before. 

     

    So, I owe everyone an apology. I'm sorry your favorite VN is so shit I had to bring in friends to enjoy it instead. I can't wait to get my hands on the official Rewrite release in 600 years. 

    Also, a review of an InvertMouse VN is coming very soon to this blog near you, assuming I'm not blocked first. 

  15. Sol Press managed to get Irotoridori no Sekai funded so congratulation for all that hoped for the kickstarter to succeed (I already have the japanese physical editions, but I am glad for those who wanted an english release). For those who for some reason didn't notice the kickstarter and want the physical edition there will probably be a backerkit up soon and I would assume that it is somewhat likely that they plan to sell some physical copies through Hyourin.

     

    The voting for the wallscroll bundled with Magical Marriage Lunatics (hardcopy) has now ended and they decided that instead of only having one winner the two wallscrolls with most votes will be made. This includes the wallscroll for Luci and for Yuna. They are also available through Luci bundle and Yuna bundle.

     

    Some people have now gotten their physicals for Volume 1 and 2 of Grisaia Phantom trigger. Really nice to see that Frontwing are finally able to deliver on physicals for their kickstarters, even though it it quite late and seem to get going rather slowly.

  16. This is just a copy of my post here in the main thread. I figured maybe some people who aren't subbed to the thread would miss it, so I decided to make a short blog post, too. Check out the thread I posted this in for context, if you're out of the loop.

     

    Alright, let's discuss the elephant in the room. This was kind of just abandoned, and I don't want to leave it like that.

    I wanted to pick it up again several times, but I haven't really had the time or the motivation to do so. I've gotten quite a lot of questions asking if I'd continue this or not, which goes to show that there's been some interest there from the community too. (Most of them coming from @Kiriririri, who just wants to kill everyone in his glorious loli form.)

    So I figured it's about time I wrapped this up. It has now been a full year since this started, and I want to at least have a proper ending for people.

    Here's what I'm thinking: I'll write one more, big chapter, trying to wrap up all the loose ends. I'd give everyone who haven't been in a chapter yet an introduction, and try to make one big, final battle for the rest of the people alive, then crown a victor. I don't know how many people still even remember this was a thing, but hopefully there's at least some interest in seeing it end.

     

    Now, one big thing of note: I have no real ETA on this chapter. I work full-time now, (I was still in uni back when I started, heh,) so I really only have the weekends to write. Therefore I expect this to take at least a couple of weeks. If you are interested in seeing the ending, follow this thread and you'll get a notification when I post something.

    That's about it! Sorry it took so long for me to finally pick this back up. Feel free to leave a comment if you're still excited about this after so long, lol. Will be interesting to see if anyone still remembers it. :P

     

  17. On my journey to try and write a complete story, I found it incredibly satisfying creating my story's universe. Mostly characters, relevant parties, and cause and effect. So after a few months of creating, I end up with a decent amount of details and a fair chunk of my story plot filled in.
     
    But I haven't written a story. In fact, I haven't even completed a single scene in it's entirety.
    Strange.
     
    These "details", feel so integral to the story. I feel like I'm creating the story. And yet when I google "how to writing", everything is dead focused on the scene: making the perfect scene, the build-up of scenes, scene dialogue, etc.
     
    It seems like our focuses are different.
     
    Anyways, without going into how modern writing is too presentation focused, let me lay out these two contrasting features which constitute a story.
     
    A World
     
    The world of a story is its own characters, and their thoughts, interactions, histories, and details.
    And a timeline of events with explanation of cause and effect.
     
    To me as a writer, a world is already the story. Creating the locations, characters, and happenings. Just like how facts and forensic evidence can tell a story, the existence of this separate world, it's characters and events makes it a story to me.
     

    Telling a Story

    However, there is another huge element in stories. That is, how we convey them.

    When we talk about a good writer, we often applaud their gripping text, captivating storylines. A good part of that is the art of presentation. The first implication of presentation is that of selection. Not every fact and character's thought reaches the reader's eyes, and certainly not every cause and effect is layed out.
     
    A story consists of a series of scenes which convey the journey, and also bring the reader through the build-up and through the climax of the story.
     
    Beyond that, a story has description, which helps the reader to imagine the scene and put them there
     
    A scene can have a mood, which immerses the player. It's possible to like a scene just for it's mood. Note this mood is a very subjective thing which is both conveyed and imagined. A mood might also might suggest something about the character's lines of thoughts, or it might connect to the punch line of the scene.
     
    A narrator can use different tones, which achieve similar effect to a mood. For example, the ironic tone in the narration of the post apocalyptic world SukaSuka encourages us to grin painfully as we hear about curious history and the downfall of foolish parties, deserving and tragic alike. A caustic tone in another post-apocalyptic story could be emphasizing to the reader that human lives matters little here. Of course, the writer could offer up these ideas directly, but a tone or mood simply hints at them.
     
    Mostly what these things contribute to is to bestow an experience to the player. This is a subjective experience which is distinct from the world that the author created. Before you think I'm saying "objective rulz", I note that it is possible for a story's universe to have certain emotions or ideas that permeate through it, which the author was trying to convey in the first place.
     
    I guess this is why they talk about stories often having an over-arching message. I personally am not a big fan of stories having a primary message, though that it is definitely something which can be done. However, even without having a message, stories usually end up effectively talking about something. This is because they inspire us to think about the phenomena/conflict that they depict.
     
     
    In closing, my fellow VN readers, I leave you with this. Think about a story you've read or are writing.
     
    Does the world exist for the sake of the telling, or does the telling exist on behalf of conveying the world? 
  18. (Light spoilers)

    Wow this game is long as hell. What made the game so long is how wordy it is. As a writer myself, I got irritated as why can't the author just be concise and straight to the point. I don't mind if it has an insanely long paragraph I'll read it as long as it feels important, which Oretsuba's writing fails at. I don't need a whole paragraph describing how Takashi bought something at the vending machine. I'm guessing that the aim was to create a strong image by describing it a lot. Sure, I did imagine the environment quite well but it honestly was boring at some times, like I just wanted the writer to get to the point.

    On the pros of the writing, it does incredibly well in creating a living city. It really felt like a real city with real residents with their own lives. There is a ton of sub-characters that contributes to the "alive" feeling of the city. The characters don't live for the plot. Now that I'm writing my thoughts, I don't there was much of a plot rather than the psychological issues of the protagonists. I'm someone who has grown to hate games without plot and making me play a game like this is quite an achievement. I'm not saying there's no plot in Oretsuba but compared to how dense the writing is, the story is quite light. But somehow, it manages to catch your interest. It felt like people watching. You just watch interesting people live and go in their daily life and that's intriguing in it's own way.

    It also makes sense on how even if this game is a classic,popular and a lot of time has passed and still it didn't have a translation was because of HOW HARD THIS IS TO TRANSLATE. TOO MANY KANJI PUNS. It's incredibly hard to translate the quirks and talking characteristics of all the protagonists. They all have DISTINCT personalities that can be found in how they think and talk but It's hard to put that into english. Japanese sentences can have a lot of nuance and connotations that is hard to put into english.

    For me the real stars of Oretsuba was the protagonists. I have only finished Asuka and Hiyoko's route and it was short but done well. The routes reflect the protagonist, it felt more like the PROTAGONIST's routes rather than the heroines. I actually like it because the protags are well written and one of the best protags I have read. They're all human with their own personality. I was incredibly happy when the protagonists interact with each other because they play well with each other. If all of the personalities were split within different bodies and formed a family, I would be willing to read that. They really felt like some kind of fucked-up brotherhood but they care for each other.

     

    Haneda Takashi is the first protagonist, it really hurt to read the first time because of how ignorant he is on his situation. There were many times I just wanted for someone in the game to support and cheer him up, he was just so precious and innocent.

    Chitose Shuusuke   is the second protagonist. He's the total opposite of Takashi. He's one of the most funny and sociable people I've seen in the game. I sympathized with him a lot considering we almost have the same personality. Beyond his light and talkative facade is someone who is incredibly frail and has trouble facing conflicts. It's a common thing to  see in people who are incredibly agreeable and sociable that deep down those are just defense mechanisms to avoid getting hurt.

    I'll write more about the next protagonists when I finish their routes.

    Watarai Asuka- It BOTHERED ME ALOT THAT THEY WERE STILL TALKING ON LAST NAME TERMS EVEN IN THE TIME SKIP. Honestly I was excited to play her route the whole time since she felt different from most heroines and yeah she was totally different. Although the concept of "school idol with a hidden personality" is an overused template, her's was done well. I loved her story in the fandisk, technically not HER story but it was a subplot in Shuusuke's. Makes you think not everyone has a happy ending just like reailty.

    Skipped Miyako's. It's funny in the fandisk that she said "Why do I have a route, it felt unnatural". Wish that route could have went to Ai's ( I know she had a route but it wasn't written by the original author) or  Kinako.

    Tamaizumi Hiyoko - CUTEEEEEE. She's a total tsundere but she is cute. She has a lot of problems hiding in her chest which Shuusuke forces out and solves it.

    I got lazy half way writing this Lol but this game lives up to it's reputation. I don't know how many hours I've put into this game but it's certainly more than White Album 2 or ChusinGura.

    After I finish the game, I'll try to write a more comprehensive post, along with the next protagonists and heroines.

  19. Been busy for a while, but this time I only stopped for a few months rather than a few years :sacchan:

    Spoiler

    Immediately after the last scene we get a scene of Yukito trying to sleep while Emir is banging a chick right across the room. Apparently the dude is a player :makina: She's like "this is kinda weird, doing this so close to your roommate" but Emir assures her that Yukito is asleep... but he was only pretending.

    After that we skip a few days and apparently that's been a regular occurrence, so Yukito has had to invest in some earplugs. But they apparently got into an argument and broke up, so maybe he didn't need the earplugs after all...? Emir seems very upset by the break-up, but when Yukito tells him he'll find another one soon enough Emir says that he couldn't possibly understand his feelings because Yukito's been in a relationship ever since middle school. Eventually Yukito convinces Emir to go volunteer with him because there's plenty of girls there and apparently there's going to be a party later on. We then switch to Bethly who, along with Lilian, is apparently going to said party.

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    Bethly: "There was a welcome party not too long ago... is it ok to party so much...?"

    I guess Bethly's never heard of a party school :makina:

    They get to the party and pay the entrance fee (do parties normally have an entrance fee? I wouldn't know cause I've never been to one) and are deciding what to eat.

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    Bethly: "...as expected, they don't have Japanese food..."

    Now that's definitely not normal. Sure, there aren't quite as many Japanese people as there are Chinese people in Tronto, but there's still plenty of Japanese food. She decides that she should make some Japanese food for Yukito later.

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    Lilian: "...what are you laughing about?"

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    Lilian: ""My beloved would be delighted if there was Japanese food"... is that what you were thinking?"

    Yeah, that's pretty much spot on what she was thinking. Bethly ends up going for some vegetarian meat-substitute soup and actually likes it. Lilian rightly rebukes her, though. :makina:

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    Lilian: "Stop. I like real meat."

    And she takes a big bite out of her chicken.

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    Jake: "Hey, you're eating well!"

    Is this Lilian's boyfriend? They have similar clothes and it's a white guy and a Chinese girl in Tronto... they must be dating. But apparently not because they both introduce themselves after he starts hitting on Bethly. When Yukito and Emir shows up it turns out he's kind of a racist too because he talks down to them for being exchange students. Eventually they get rid of him, but something tells me we'll see him again.

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    Bethly: "...hey, can I join the next volunteer thing you're doing?"

    They decide to help the volunteer group prep for Culture Day, and Lilian even says she might join too. The scene ends with Bethly offering Yukito some of her fake meat soup.

    A few days later Emir and Yukito are talking about how cold it's getting, and how to Yukito it's reminiscent of home and Emir, being from South Africa, still can't get used to it. The first flakes of snow falling remind Yukito of his pals back in Japan, and he wonders how they're all doing.

    Once they get to class, the professor informs everyone that they did absolute dogshit on the test and had the lowest average she'd seen in years. She recommends that those who aren't certain about their grade drop the course and do something else with their lives. Then this dickhead chimes in

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    Jake: "You hear that, transfer students?"

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    Jake: "Do you have to go back home if you fail a year?"

    Also his voice acting is very different in terms of audio balance. Emir's VA just about screams his replies, meanwhile Jake's VA sounds like he's whispering his lines under a blanket in the middle of the night, trying not to wake his parents up.

    He (sarcastically) wishes them luck, in response to which the professor calls him out.

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    Shannon: "Your essay was one the worst ones. Worry about your own grades before you worry about others' grades."

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    Shannon: "Have you packed your bags for your trip home yet?"

    Oof, roasted.

    Probably going to end this entry here. I originally started it in early February but then got busy again. It's a short entry, but I want to post it so that I'm remotivated to read more, and also because I'm worried the forums are going to get Thanos'd by Tay and I don't want to spend hours on a blog post only to have it get rolled back.

     

  20. 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

    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

     

    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.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    6. 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. 

     

    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-

    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. 

    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-

    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. 

     

    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-

    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. 

    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-

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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. 

    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-

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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. 

     

    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-

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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. 

    21. 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

     

    22. 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. 

     

    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.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    24. 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. 

    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.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

     

     

    Uguu~

  21. 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.

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