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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 f
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Umineko's opening scene

The recent discussions about Umineko here on the forum made me want to pick up the whole damn thing again. Only this time I'm going spend even more time on it because I'm taking notes. I'll take the game's advice though and not focus on the howdunnits (which it argues are trivial and unimportant), but rather on what meaning is hidden inbetween. I'm doing this mostly for myself, though every now and then I might feel like turning my thoughts and interpretations into a blog post like this one.

alpacaman

alpacaman

 

Reflecting on my Otaku Origins

I took my first steps onto the road of the otaku in 1992, when I watched the poorly dubbed (all dubs were godawful back then) Record of Lodoss War Volume 1 OVA VCR tape.  Now, I was already a heavy fantasy addict, having been introduced to the Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance in 1990, and my obsession was at its peak at the time.  When I watched Record of Lodoss War, I saw the typical 'elven maiden with human hero' romance in a new way (incidentally, this is a pretty typical romantic theme in th

Clephas

Clephas

 

Seishun Fragile

Seishun Fragile is the latest of Purple Software's VNs.  Purple Software is famous these days primarily for powerful nakige/borderline utsuge like Aoi Tori, Amatsutsumi, and Hapymaher.  However, they also are responsible for Chrono Clock and Mirai Nostalgia which, while having an actual plot, are closer to charage than their more plot-centric brethren.  This game is much closer to Mirai Nostalgia in style (based on a few comments inside the story, it is probably based some years after the latest

Clephas

Clephas

VN of the Year 2008 and POLL for EXTRA review

VN of the Year 2008 and POLL for EXTRA review

Year 2008 started with two failed months, continued strong, but by the end lost a lot of appeal for me. There is not a single full 10/10 masterpiece (although technically Dies irae reworked version may be counted), but the overall number of masterpieces is again 20, exactly the same as in 2007, so can't complain here. New portion of Visual Novel Openings 2008 with songs. My list of masterpieces in 2008: 11eyes -Tsumi to Batsu to Aganai no Shoujo- 12Riven -The Ψcliminal of In

kivandopulus

kivandopulus

永遠の終わりに Eien no Owari ni [Tama-Soft]

永遠の終わりに Eien no Owari ni [Tama-Soft]

Foreword: There was very limited selection of games to choose from in December, but I chose Eien no Owari ni because of phrase unfinished masterpiece that I glanced in some review. The fact that Tama-Soft made Lost Child also matters a lot for me. Synopsis: There is a high school that will be closed down soon - one day, Keisuke transfers to that very specific school. On his first day, he visits the newspaper club, but Ryo, the club's leader, acts very coldly towards him. He

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kivandopulus

 

Bern Mirage Sessions Review

Visual Novel Translation Status (09/13/2020) Surprisingly Zakamutt was very quick with this week VNTS, so let me straight to the point with my late VNTS Review here and I'll tell about the title at PS. For this week, the most obvious big news here would be Hypno Kickstarter (KS) in that it's started back at 8th and already funded. Other than that, there's some fan translation updates and several releases announcements, although none of those are interesting to me though. I think what I can

littleshogun

littleshogun

VN of the Month December 2008 - 428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~

VN of the Month December 2008 - 428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~

428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~ is VN of the Month. But since it's translated already, will review Eien no Owari ni . micchi focuses mostly on gameplay visual novels, but there are lots of comments to enjoy. 1. 428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~ 428 〜封鎖された渋谷で〜 [081204] Chunsoft 1 2 3 4 5 A present-day story about a detective, a young man, a virus researcher, a freelance writer, and a cat mascot character who are brought together by bizarre events with worldwide implications in th

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kivandopulus

The Fairy’s Song (Yuri VN Review)

The Fairy’s Song (Yuri VN Review)

The last time we talked about a “modern fairy tale” VN with a yuri spin to it, it was a very special one – Studio Elan’s Heart of the Woods, which I confidently gave my first and, so far, only 5/5 rating. The way it mixed relatable, modern characters with an emotional fantastical plot resulted in experience in many ways unmatched within the EVN scene. It also showed the huge potential of this formula, handling the clash between mundane and supernatural in a different way than typical fantasy or

Plk_Lesiak

Plk_Lesiak

Kokorono ココロノ [FlyingShine Black]

Kokorono ココロノ [FlyingShine Black]

Foreword: FlyingShine was never a good brand, it only flew and shined with invited writer stars like Tanaka Romeo, Setoguchi Ren'ya and Takemiya Yuyuko. But its works always try to seem more mysterious than they are. Kokorono is just like that - a game that I can't see through from the start, so yet another time I try even though nothing good can come from it. Synopsis: Just before summer holiday, Ryouta lives an uneventful life. Uneventful days, uneventful life, and uneven

kivandopulus

kivandopulus

VN of the Month November 2008 - Shikkoku no Sharnoth -What a Beautiful Tomorrow-

VN of the Month November 2008 - Shikkoku no Sharnoth -What a Beautiful Tomorrow-

With gameplay pieces taken aside, there's nothing else to call a VN of the Month but Shikkoku no Sharnoth -What a Beautiful Tomorrow- . Still don't consider it a masterpiece, though. I'm taking Kokorono for review because... don't know why, really. At the very least it poses some mystery for me. Does not look like micchi had a favorite this month either. 1. Zero no Tsukaima -Maigo no Period to Ikusen no Symphony- ゼロの使い魔 迷子の終止符と幾千の交響曲 [081106] Marvelous Interactive Louise a

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kivandopulus

 

9 -Nine- Episode 3: Yoshikawa Haruka Review

Visual Novel Translation Status (09/06/2020) I'll tell the title at PS later, and welcome to this week VNTS Review. As for this week, I guess I can say that it's being another active one with both of Wan Nyan and Nine Episode 3 release in that the latter is Sekai's first big release at 2020. Other than those two releases, we also have MDZ of Koiresort translation fame decided to being active and recently he released Kosaka-san translation patch. The rest of the updates are mostly the progre

littleshogun

littleshogun

Volume 7 [RococoWorks]

Volume 7 [RococoWorks]

Foreword: Dropped this game a decade ago, but I played all other RococoWorks visual novels, so I have a history with this brand, and I quite like its works. Synopsis: A lot of invisible walls suddenly appear all around the world. The same phenomenon happens in Nanahama Town, but another phenomenon takes place as well... "Landforms and buildings have gone back to the past." People in Nanahama are confused, but they somehow keep on living there. Two years late

kivandopulus

kivandopulus

 

Umineko Final Impressions (Spoiler free)

I literally just finished reading Umineko around an hour ago. So these are my raw thoughts and immediate reflections after completing it. I will probably do a more comprehensive overview of Umineko after I've had it digest for a couple of days. What a beast... I first began this journey in mid May, and I've just finished it now. So in around 4 months time, I have clocked in at a total play time of 141 hours. In that time I've not only finished University, worked on multiple projects (both p

Zalor

Zalor

 

Getting back into VNs after time away

For most people who play VNs, taking a break is a normal thing.  Even taking a hiatus of a few months or a year seems to be standard for many in our little community. For ten years, for me, it wasn't. My new addiction to litrpgs succeeded in breaking me of my compulsive VN-reading for the first time in a decade.  While some might consider this a bad thing (and have told me so), others have said that it was a good one.  Personally, as I've started playing Purple Soft's latest game, Seis

Clephas

Clephas

VN of the Month October 2008 - Volume 7

VN of the Month October 2008 - Volume 7

Yay, I finally reached the point where micchi started his blog. It includes many games from August-September with super brief commentaries and no synopsis, but it's a start. Volume 7 is VN of the Month, reviewing it. Concerto Note is another masterpiece. 1. To Love Ru Trouble: Doki Doki! Rinkaigakkou Hen To LOVEる -とらぶる-ドキドキ! 臨海学校編 [081002] Marvelous Interactive Rito and the To Love Ru cast are sent to an academy by the sea. With so many girls in bikinis Rito's luck, for on

kivandopulus

kivandopulus

 

Litrpg series I've liked so far

I have only recently 'discovered' the litrpg genre (for those unfamiliar with this, the most similar examples I can give are Overlord, SAO, and Log Horizon) of novels.  As such, I'm not going to presume to review things like stat systems and how the stories 'played'.  It would be ridiculous for me to do so (since I'm not a min-max freak who loves all that math), and it would also be boring as hell to listen to here, lol.  I will note some classic tropes:  Protagonists who jump to wrong conclusio

Clephas

Clephas

Stories of Submission - Game Review

Stories of Submission - Game Review

The game is under an hour long and very straight-forward. Your first time meeting Freyja, you’re a terrible slave who wastes her time. The second time, you impress her, and she considers making you her permanent slave. The game has 3 erotic scenes and 3 endings. In one ending, you fail to impress Freyja and she fucks another man right in front of you! Then she slams the door in your face and refuses to make you a slave! Getting cucked by a femdom goddess, I almost came in my pants! I felt like t

Rastafoo

Rastafoo

Supreme Candy しゅぷれ~むキャンディ~王道には王道たる理由があるんです!~ [Makura]

Supreme Candy しゅぷれ~むキャンディ~王道には王道たる理由があるんです!~ [Makura]

Foreword: Took Supreme Candy for review blindly, just because of the brand, so was not sure what to expect. Synopsis: Tonami Yuu is a somewhat awkward adolescent who keeps a certain distance between himself and others because of a traumatic incident that occurred when he was a child. One day he chances upon a jar of candy labelled 'Supreme Candy', a miraculous treat that allows him to change his physical age. Using this opportunity, he transforms himself into a child and en

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kivandopulus

VN of the Month September 2008 - Sumaga

VN of the Month September 2008 - Sumaga

Sumaga is the only masterpiece, but it's not really a Nitroplus game in spirit, so I'd rather review game from KeroQ sister brand Makura Supreme Candy 1. Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Cosplay, Hajimemashita♥ 乃木坂春香の秘密 こすぷれ、はじめました♥ [080925] Vridge Inc. 1 "You know, cosplay is really good!" When Haruka, Yuuto, and Shina are at a cafe, they meet Rio, Shina's old friend and Rio invites them to take part in a cosplay event. "Well, I'll take part in it." "It should be fun!" "How ab

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kivandopulus

 

New Generation Comedy Review

Visual Novel Translation Status (08/30/2020) Welcome to this week VNTS Review, and since I have nothing to say about Zakabox at this week let me going straight to my review for this week. As for this week overall I can say that this week is quite active one with one release from Nekonyan (IxShe Tell), one release announcement from Sekai (Nine Episode 3), one new VN announcement (Salthe) and several updates from official company (ie Mangagamer, Sekai, and Sol Press). So overall I guess I can

littleshogun

littleshogun

Koisuru Otome 恋する式 ~SHIKIGAMI 2008~ [White Cyc]

Koisuru Otome 恋する式 ~SHIKIGAMI 2008~ [White Cyc]

Foreword: The only chunige of the month, so I'll even overlook the fact that the last game of White Cyc I evaluated as 2/10 Synopsis: Tsukasa lives a peaceful life. However, he has a totally different personality at night. He is called Shade and fights against monsters from Hizumi (strain). But one day, his life turns around. He meets his old friend for the first time in seven years. He also becomes friends with other girls and enjoys his life. However, each girl gets invol

kivandopulus

kivandopulus

Synergia (Yuri VN Review)

Synergia (Yuri VN Review)

Have you seen Blade Runner 2049? The cyberpunk epic that charms the viewer with its climate and polished visuals, but is probably a bit too convoluted for its own good and offers relatively little payoff for its massive, multi-layered plot? Now, imagine watching that movie without the context of original Blade Runner and accompanying shorts, all offering crucial pieces of worldbuilding and linking the main entries in the franchise together. How much meaning the sequel would lose and how hard to

Plk_Lesiak

Plk_Lesiak

VN of the Month August 2008 - Koisuru Otome ~Shikigami 2008~

VN of the Month August 2008 - Koisuru Otome ~Shikigami 2008~

Another August, and another record of over 140 visual novels. Amatsukaze contains serious gameplay elements, so I don't include it in the race. I'll name Koisuru Otome ~Shikigami 2008~ VN of the Month, but will have yet to decide whether it's a masterpiece. 1. Back Stage BackStage -バックステージ- [080808] TJR Mitsuaki wants to be an actor. One day, he joins a theatrical group called "Back Set". The boss of the group is Kyouka, a stage director, and she is a li

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