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About this blog

Wow, what an amazingly creative name. Figured I'd make a blog. Here I will be making reviews of VNs as well as giving my general opinion on VNs, manga, anime etc. that I read, watch, play.

 

Oh and Yuri. Obviously. There will be lots and lots of yuri!

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Dergonu

The last GM standing Q&A:

 

Spoiler

 

Before the questions starts, note this:

 

I am not equally familiar with every single member on the forum, and it's hard for me to re-create every single personality. Because of that, I am making up each character's personality based off the RNG rolls. Because of this, you won't necessarily "be like yourself" in the story.  

 

Also, because we all have fairly unique usernames, I will often write shorter versions of them in the story, to make it a little bit easier to read and write. So, to make an example, Nashetania will be Nash. (I will make sure the full name is used at least once in the same chapter before I go over to a nickname, so everyone knows who it is. If you do NOT like your nickname, tell me what you want me to call you instead.)

 

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Q: How will the fanfic work? How is everything chosen? (I.E, who dies, who kills them, how do they kill them etc.)

 

A: Everything is decided by RNG. I am using the site https://brantsteele.net, as well as a simple random number generator. Every player has been given a number, and I put the numbers into these sites and roll. Then I take that information and write my own story around it. (So, if the webpage says Dergonu is stabbed by Mitchhamilton, I use that information to write the story; the end result being that Mitchhamilton stabs Dergonu.) 

 

Q: What happens if a teammate ends up killing a teammate, or a player simply dies, like the roll "X bleeds out"?

 

A: If the player is killed by his teammate, I roll again and ignore it. However, if a player is killed by some other cause, I will write something cool around that. So, let's say someone gets "X starves to death", I will make up some different scenario that kills that person in the story.

 

Q: Nosebleed has a lot less members on his team. Wont this make the RNG imbalanced since he has a smaller chance of being picked?

 

A: No. I have already taken care of that, and the explanation is found in chapter 1.

 

Q: Each team picked a general, what does this general do? What's special about them?

 

A: Each general gets a second life. So, if a general dies, they will be resurrected the next day and can return to the battle.

 

Q: How do we know you aren't rigging the shit out of this?

 

A: Honestly, you just have to believe me. I have been spending hours writing this, and I think it will be a really fun thing for the community. There is literally nothing to be gained by me rigging it. It's all good fun.

 

 

 

Got a question that wasn't answered? Leave it in the thread and I'll answer it.

 

Link to the thread:

Would you rather read the chapters in a PDF document? Click here!

 

Chapter 1:

 

Spoiler

 

20/03-2016, Location: Fuwanovel headquarters

 

Nayleen and Tay were relaxing in their seats, exhausted after a long day of work.

 

The past few weeks had taken a toll on them, but they were staying strong, keeping Fuwanovel safe from DDOS attacks and global mods breaking stuff.

 

As they fall asleep, gathering their strength for another day of defending the forum, a shadow glides into the room. The shadow moves quickly, slithering across the floor, sneaking up behind Nayleen's chair.

 

The shadow splits in two as it reaches its target. One part wraps itself around Nayleen, the other moves over to Tay and wraps itself around him.

 

...

 

The next day.

 

Nayleen looks over at Tay with a mischievous smile on his face.

 

"The global mods have gotten too soft lately. I think it's time we taught them a lesson."

 

Tay turns his head, meeting Nayleen's gaze.

 

"What exactly did you have in mind?"

 

Nayleen looks down at the chess board in front of him. This was no ordinary chess board. Each piece on the board represents certain members of the Fuwanovel forum. In addition, there was three sets of pieces, meaning there was a total of three kings.

 

Picking up two of the kings with the tip of his fingers, Nayleen breaks them in half.

 

"Three global mods, only one can remain in their position."

 

Tay nods, letting out a subtle, evil laugh.

 

"Who will come out alive?"

 

Nayleen joins in.

 

"Who will come out as the winner?"

 

He turned his gaze towards the broken chess pieces that had fallen to the floor.

 

"Now then... How will this end?"

 

Their laughter continued into the night, as the two made preparations for the fight that was to come.

 

..........

 

Chapter 1

 

The three armies

 

 

 

It was a cold day. A dark sky filled with clouds that never seemed to disappear was hanging over the battlefield. It was quiet; so quiet that one could hear the heartbeats of the people around you. The battlefield was a huge piece of land that went on for miles and miles. With terrain ranging from harsh deserts to big forests and steep waterfalls, it was truly an overwhelming place. Standing in a line in front of their commander, Kaguya's forces were prepared for battle. It had been four hours since the battle had started, and yet no one had reached Kaguya's base yet.

 

He thought it was a good idea to remain in his base and wait for someone to attack, instead of wasting his fighter's energy by charging through the huge landmass. It was possible that the other moderators were thinking the same, and if that was the case, the day would end without a drop of blood being spilled. Thinking back on the previous day, Kaguya rubbed his temples in anger and exhaustion.

 

The three global moderators had suddenly been summoned by the admins. They had no idea what was going on, and they did not have the time to ask. The second they were teleported to the administrator's location, they realized something was amiss. In front of them were huge racks filled with weapons, armor and the likes. Ranging from big swords, crossbows, shields and kunai knives, it was quite a scary sight. Next to the equipment there was a grand, black stone tablet with red letters written across it. It read:

 

"The time has come.

 

Three global moderators, only one can remain.

 

Recruit those you can from the forum within the next hour, prepare for battle with the equipment before you and then ...

 

Go to war.

 

Good luck."

 

Neither one of the moderators knew what to do. They stood still, immobilized by confusion and fear. They were sure this had to be some kind of a twisted joke.

 

"Alright, this is stupid. What the hell is going on?" Breaking the silence, Kaguya shouted that as he surveyed his surroundings.

 

A dark voice suddenly echoed through the area. It was impossible to tell where the voice came from; it was a thundering roar that made all the moderators flinch.

 

"Select your fighters, or face the consequences! This is not a joke. This is a matter of life and death!"

 

The sudden overpowering voice made the mods even more uneasy, but they still didn't act. This was a mistake.

 

Suddenly, a strange black sphere appeared before them. It was about the size of a football, and for a few seconds it merely floated in mid air. It gave of a strange crackling noise, similar to an electric current. Slowly but surely, the sphere started increasing in size, until it was big enough to fit a small car. Then, a big rift of pure white light split the sphere in two, and the figures of two people suddenly appeared in its stead. It took a few seconds for the moderators to recognize the people in front of them, but they soon realized, they were Fuwanovel members; 12kami and XionsProphecy. They both look terrified, as if they had just seen the devil himself.

 

XionsProphecy took a step forward and approached Kaguya.

 

"W-What is going on?! Where am I?!"

 

Before Kaguya had the time to respond, the overpowering voice once again erupted throughout the area.

 

"You will do as we say, or the consequences will be grave!"

 

And with that, a red magic circle appeared under the feet of XionsProphecy and a pillar of fire burst out beneath him. The sound of his screams and the smell of burning flesh made all the people present stare at the spectacle in shock. Terrified he would be next, 12Kami tried to run away, but chains sprouted from the ground and wrapped around him violently.

 

"Now, what will you do?"

 

"S-Stop it!" Nosebleed shouted.

 

"... Very well. If you are ready to begin, let me explain the rules. Each one of the moderators can recruit members from the forum to join their ranks. The moderators can use their own powers any way they want. Make your own fighters stronger by lending them your strength, directly attack your opponents army, make shields protecting your warriors. The game will be over once only one global moderator remains. Oh, and one last thing. You can name one of your fighters a general. This person will have ... A second chance at life, should something tragic occur." As the voice finished explaining the rules, an evil laughter followed. Soon after, all that was left was dead silence.

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"That was four hours ago, huh..." Kaguya whispered to himself as he looked at the quiet battlefield.

 

 In the end, no one knows what happened to 12Kami. Was he killed too? Was he released?

 

When the moderators chose their armies, only a handful of the forum's members were selected. It seemed that only the ones who volunteered for the battle could be picked.

 

Looking over the warriors in front of him, Kaguya made a decision; he had waited long enough.

 

"You two, move out!"

 

The two soldiers saluted, and then they sprinted into the darkness of the forest ahead.

 

........

 

Eight warriors were scattered across the battlefield on the first day. Among them were team Down's soldiers Nashetania, Funyarinpa, Fred the Barber, their general Tiagofvarela and Moekyun. From team Kaguya, Dergonu and Velociraptor were deployed, and from team Nosebleed, only < ?? >was sent out to fight.

 

........

 

 

 

In a forest, 2 km from Kaguya's base

 

Dergonu and Velociraptor were headed for Down's territory, when a sudden fireball shot out from the depths of the forest. Barely dodging it by a hair, the two were separated from each other. Losing track of Velociraptor, Dergonu turned to face the person who fired the fireball. He was protected by Kaguya's armor, but the amount of energy put into each warrior's shield was small, meaning he couldn't take more than one or two of those attacks. Who had fired it? Was it someone from Nosebleed's team or Down?

 

"Who's there?!" Calling out for the person hiding in the darkness, Dergonu readied his mace. The weapon of his choice had been a huge metal mace, almost as big as himself, with menacing spikes. It was a weapon he couldn't dream of lifting without the strength given to him by his commander, Kaguya.

 

A shadow suddenly burst out from the forest. Before Dergonu could react, two throwing knives collided with his armor. Both of them hit right around the heart, but they were stopped by the thick, red armor. Not wasting any time, the attacker nimbly closed in the distance. It took a second for Dergonu to recognize the attacker due to their speed, but he soon saw that is was MoeKyun from Down's army.  The shimmering green garb he wore had several chains filled with throwing knives. Reaching for two more, MoeKyun made sure to stay so close to Dergonu that swinging his mace was impossible. Taking the opportunity when Dergonu was unable to do anything, MoeKyun stabbed at Dergonu's armor repeatedly. It didn't take long for the attacks to completely remove the protective shield made by Kaguya, and the knives started poking small holes in Dergonu's armor.

 

"Tch." Clicking his tongue, Dergonu tried to think of a way to get out of the situation. But before he could think of anything, one of MoeKyun's knives hit Dergonu's collarbone, sending a sharp pain through his body. Taking a step back and readying his knife, MoeKyun was preparing to deliver the final blow, when he suddenly froze up. Turning his head to depths of the forest from which he came, his mouth dropped open in surprise.

 

"N-No way ... G-General..."

 

Not wasting any time, Dergonu used the chance to take a step backwards and swung his mace straight at MoeKyun's chest. A green barrier deflected the hit and made sure the mace didn't break the skin, but MoeKyun was knocked down from the impact. Landing on the ground with the air knocked out of his lungs, he never stood a chance. The giant mace came down, hitting his head. Once again, Down's protective barrier blocked the attack, but every part of Moekyun's body felt like it was lit on fire from the pain.

 

"This time..." As he said that, Dergonu lifted the mace over his head one last time and brought it down on MoeKyun. What followed was a gruesome crack like sound, like breaking a branch of a tree.

 

 

Team Down MoeKyun- DEAD END

 

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A few minutes earlier, 100 meters from Nosebleed's base.

 

Down's general, Tiagofvarela, was making his way towards Nosebleed's base. Compared to Down and Kaguya, Nosebleed had a significantly smaller army, and so Down thought it was best to target him first. Because of this, Down had sent his strongest fighter in an ambush. If Nosebleed wanted to participate in the fight, he had to send several of his forces out into the battle, meaning his base would be exposed. It would be a fast, quick attack. Take out whoever is there and get the hell out. For his weapon, Tiago had chosen a long katana, which rested in a sheath strapped to his left side. He was wearing a green garb, woven by powerful silk threads imbued by Down's own energy. His garb was slightly different from the others in Down's army. This one was specially created for the general. The biggest difference was the big crest on the chest and back, with the word leader written in kanji.

 

As he spotted Nosebleed's base, Tiago took a deep breath and drew his katana. The blade was about a meter long, with beautiful markings.

 

"Let's do this."

 

Preparing for his attack, Tiago steeled his nerves and readied his blade. Then, he charged.

 

"Perish."

 

A soft whisper suddenly reached Tiago's ear, and a strong sense of despair washed over him. The voice sent a chill down his spine. It was as if the voice literally grabbed a hold of him, preventing him from moving. Before he could do anything, a man in a pink and black cloak stood before him. It was impossible to identify who it was, as the large cloak covered his head and body completely. The man simply snapped his fingers, and a huge explosion knocked Tiago several meters back. He felt his barrier slowly draining. Whoever attacked him was truly powerful.  

 

"How did he notice me?!" He asked himself, trying to calm his hammering heartbeat.

 

"Game over." Suddenly, a different voice could be heard behind Tiago, and something cold cut through his chest. Looking down at his own body, he saw a long spear sticking out of his stomach.

 

"W-Who..?"

 

He never got the answer to that question. Tiago's body fell to the ground, lifeless.

 

 

 

 

Team Down, Tiagofvarela- DEAD END

 

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The volcanic region, 3 km from Down's base

 

Fred the Barber from team Down was positioned behind a large rock. The area around him was filled with smoke, ash and fire, and the only thing stopping him from being burned alive was his commander's protective garb. This was a volcano located a few km away from Down's base. Fred had been in a battle with one of Nosebleed's men for several minutes, when he suddenly felt it. His general, Tiagofvarela, had fallen. Hit by the sudden shock of losing one of his leaders, he fled from the battle in order to gather his thoughts. It was a strange feeling. Tiago had been his friend, and in this crazy battle, he had been his general. A powerful sadness welled up in him as he shook his head, holding back his tears.  Why? Why was this happening? Just a day ago they were messing around on the forum, having fun like any other day. And now? Now they were here, caught in some insane death game.

 

"I ... I want this to be over." He whispered as he placed his hand on his forehead and closed his eyes.

 

"Then die."

 

A sudden hostile voice made Fred jump backwards, and just as he opened his eyes, he saw a fist slam into the rock he was leaning against, crushing it into small rubble. It was him; the fighter from nosebleed's army that he had been in a scuffle with a few minutes ago. Because of his cloak which covered every part of his body, it was impossible to identify who the attacker was. The cloak was black, with pink markings all over. The attacker was unarmed, but his hands glowed in a bright purple light. Clearly, he was using his energy to make his punches stronger. Whoever this person was, he was powerful. Had they underestimated team Nosebleed? Fred's general had fallen in nosebleed's territory, and this person was clearly using energy to make his fists into lethal killing machines. How could Fred fight such a fearful foe in his current state?

 

"No... I can do this. I have to avenge Tiago!" Encouraging himself, Fred got to his feet and readied his weapon. It was dagger with a fairly long, curved blade. The tip was emitting a faint green glow and the blade itself was black as the night. Of all the weapons on the weapon racks, this was the only thing Fred felt comfortable wielding. Carefully taking a stance preparing for the fight, Fred calmed his breathing and grasped his dagger tightly.

 

The attacker moved first. His movements were really fast and precise. Fred managed to dodge the first punch, but the second one followed right after. The assailant's fist hit Fred in the left flank, causing him to fall backwards. But as his body fell to the ground he moved his arm holding the dagger downwards and cut a deep gash in the attacker's cloak. It didn't look like the blade pierced his flesh, but Fred felt the resistance of his opponents barrier. He had done some damage to it at the very least. The problem was that he had taken a strong hit himself, and wasn't able to move very well. His opponent quickly regained his posture and moved in for the kill. Just then, an arrow flew past Fred's cheek and hit the attacker in the stomach. The impact of the arrow sent him flying.

 

"You okay Fred?"

 

Turning his head to see who had come to help him, he was met by Funyarinpa's gentle smile. In his hands was a beautiful green longbow.

 

"Come on. Let's retreat for now. Whoever that guy is, he isn't normal."

 

As he said that, Funya reached out for Fred's hand and helped him up.

 

Tilting his head slightly, Fred wondered what Funya meant.

 

"Isn't normal? I think we can take him if it's the two of us."

 

Funya simply shook his head in response.

 

"I got word from Down to come and get you. There is something wrong with Nosebleed's army. We have to go back to the base and ..." Before he could finish his sentence, a purple light flew past Fred's field of vision and collided with Funya. His bow was crushed into pieces and Funya was knocked down, his barrier broken.

 

"FUNYA!" Screaming for his fallen comrade, Fred turned to face the attacker. It was the same cloaked man from before. The arrow was still sticking out of his chest but he moved around like it was nothing.

 

"..." The man said nothing, but approached Fred with his fists raised. The purple light which surrounded his hands flickered about intimidatingly.

 

The man jumped at Fred, knocking him to the ground. After that, he made sure to grab Fred's blade and throw it away.

 

"..." The man still didn't say anything, but Fred could see a hint of an evil smile under the darkness of the attacker's hood.

 

Raising his fists above his head, he prepared to bash Fred's head in. But he had made one miscalculation. The arrow that was sticking out of his chest was within Fred's reach. Fred had merely pretended to be defenseless when he lost his dagger to get an opening. Grabbing the arrow with all his might, Fred pulled it out of the man's chest and thrust it upwards into his throat. The arrowhead pierced his Adam's apple and blood started spewing out from the open wound.

 

Making a disgusting gurgling sound, the man slowly lost all strength in his body. The endless stream of blood poured out, staining Fred's clothing in red.

 

After defeating his opponent, Fred checked on Funya. He was too late. The attacker had crushed his entire rib cage, and one of the bone splinters had hit his heart.

 

"Who ... WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?!" Screaming in anger, Fred ripped off the attacker's hood. All he could do once he removed the hood was gasp, and fall to his knees.

 

"W-What the fuck..?"

 

Lying on the scorched ground in front of him was ...

 

 

 

Team Down, Funyarinpa- DEAD END.

 

Team Nosebleed, < ?? > - DEAD END.

 

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Meanwhile, at Nosebleed's base

 

 

"Hmm, it seems our puppet has been destroyed."

 

"Aww, I thought it would at least take out a few more enemies before it broke."

 

"Hmph. It doesn't matter, it did its job just fine. Now we know ... They work."

 

Three men were sitting around a fire with their weapons next to them. They wore black cloaks with pink symbols; the armor given to them by their commander, Nosebleed.

 

The three men were chosen as guards, and were protecting the base of Nosebleed. Nosebleed's army consisted of about half the number of warriors that Down and Kaguya had, but Nosebleed had a trick up his sleeve.

 

Using the life force of the fallen general from Down's army, Tiago, he had created clones of his own warriors. These warriors were as strong as Tiago himself, and took the place of his own fighters on the battlefield. They didn't have the extra life that came with the role of general, but other than that, they were powerful and loyal. Each clone was linked to one of Nosebleed's soldiers.

 

The one that had been killed in battle had been the clone of Kiriririri, but Nosebleed had made the clone itself wear the face of Tiago. That would assure him an edge in any fight versus a team Down member. Sadly, that trick only worked once, as the body of Tiago himself had been used to create the clone. All the other clones were identical to the person they copied. Basically, it was as if nosebleed literally had two of each of his fighters, except for Kiriririri who had just lost his clone.

 

With this, the difference in numbers between the three armies meant nothing.

 

A sly smile spread across Nosebleed's face as he looked at his own general, Mitchhamilton. He held a long, golden spear stained with blood.

 

"Now... Who is next?"

 

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* Quick note, the clones in Nosebleed's army works just like a normal fighter.

 

This was done so that each commander has the same amount of fighters, making the first week of the RNG rolls completely even. Each clone will die just like a normal team member, though the person won't get a DEAD END unless he has lost his clone already. (Like Kiriririri has now.)

 

Mitchhamilton, Nosebleed's general, does NOT get a clone, as he is a general and already has 2 lives.

 

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A forest, about 2 km from Kaguya's base

 

Having lost sight of his comrade, Dergonu, Velociraptor was making his way through the forest. Who had attacked them? Was it an attacker from Nosebleed or Down's army? Well, it didn't matter. All he could do now was search for his opponent and hope that Dergonu hadn't fallen in the time they were separated.

 

"Hm?" As he was running through the dense forest, Velociraptor spotted a strange light about 30 meters away. Was it an enemy? The light seemed to be flickering ever so slightly, though because of the tree cover it was hard to see what it was. Preparing for a potential fight, Velo readied his weapon and ran towards the source. He was surprised to find a member of Down's army sleeping near a fire. Was he for real..? Not only had he approached Kaguya's territory, he had lit a fire and then he went to sleep?! Who the hell was this guy?!

 

Taking a step closer, he saw that the fighter was Nashetania.

 

"Hmph... A free kill I guess." Whispering to himself, he readied his weapon. It was an extension of his hand; a glove with long, sharp claws. Each claw was at least 10 cm long. The glove itself was made out of tough leather, and the claws were metal. Lifting the glove above his head, he brought it down on Nash, who was sleeping peacefully. Or so Velo thought. As the glove was about to make contact with Nash, he quickly spun around and brought his fist upward. It hit Velo right in the face, making him stagger backwards.

 

"Well would you look at that. Like a moth to a flame." Nash moved his hand behind his back and brought out a large battleaxe from inside his garb.

 

"RAAAWR!" Jumping forward, Nash struck at Velo with full force. Barely dodging the attack, Velo sidestepped and cut at Nashetania's exposed back. The claws hit, but something tough was stopping them from doing any damage.

 

"Damnit, a barrier?"

 

Putting some distance between them, Velo ran a few steps backwards, positioning himself behind the fire Nash had lit.

 

"You can't cut me! Down gave me the strongest barrier among all his men! No matter how many times you hit me, a blade won't ever cut through it!"

 

After taunting Velo, Nash launched another attack, swinging his battleaxe around like a madman. Velo was faster and had a lighter weapon, but just like Nash had said, his attacks were useless against the barrier.

 

Had this been Down's tactic? Draw someone in close to his soldier, then have him crush the attacker when he least expects it? Seeing has he had put so much energy into the barrier protecting Nash, it must have been the plan all along.

 

"Damnit..."

 

If only Dergonu was with him they would have the upper hand, but because of the attack earlier, they were separated in the forest. 

 

"What's the matter? Tired?" Smiling from ear to ear, Nash relentlessly attacked Velo with his battleaxe. A few of the attacks hit, sending strong waves of numb pain through Velo's body.

 

"Think! THINK!!! How can I beat him?!" Trying to figure out a way to win, Velo looked around.

 

"An opening!" As Nash yelled that, he spun around quickly and his battleaxe hit Velo in the chest, sending him flying over to the fire. He landed hard, most likely breaking a few bones in the process.

 

Had Nash been the one who attacked them earlier? Was his plan to split them up, then draw them in one by one with the use of the campfire? ...

 

Wait a minute... Fire! Nash had said that no blades could cut through his barrier. Could that mean it had little defense against magic? Was that the reason he was trying to lure his attacker into close combat?

 

"DIE!" Running towards Velo who had fallen to the ground, Nash prepared to crush his defenseless prey with a final attack.

 

"Now or never!" Velo brought his hands together and focused all his remaining strength on tapping the flames from the campfire besides him. Just the act of moving his arms hurt like hell, but he had no choice but to fight through the pain. As Nash was about to strike, Velo released all the flames in a vortex that wrapped itself around Nash. The flames ate through his barrier like it was nothing, and soon started burning away his flesh. Screaming and swinging his battleaxe around like a lunatic, Nash moved around desperately. In order to not get caught in the frenzy, Velo crawled away, sinking his glove's claws into the soft ground and pulling his body forward.

 

"I ... Lost..." With those final words, the burning figure collapsed.

 

Team Down, Nashetania- DEAD END

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deaths this week:

 

Team Nosebleed: Kiriririri (clone)

 

Team Down: Nashetania, Funyarinpa, Tiagofvarela, Moekyun,

 

Team Kaguya: None

 

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To be continued ...

 

 

 

 

 

The Last GM Standing - Day 2:

 

Team Down's base

 

 

 

Down was leaning over several graves, looking down at the faces of his fallen comrades. Heavy raindrops fell from the dark sky, hammering against the green barrier that protected the graveyard. Down did not want the ground where his brave warriors were put to rest disturbed, and had put up a protective shield around it. The previous day's battle had claimed the lives of four of his soldiers. Tiagofvarela, Down's general, had been resurrected because of his position as general, but the other three were never coming back. The state that he had found them in had been absolutely horrifying. MoeKyun was completely unrecognizable, with a crushed cranium. Funyarinpa had his entire rib cage split open. Nashetania was burned to a crisp, and lastly Tiagofvarela was completely gone; made into a puppet by Nosebleed and his general.

 

"I won't ever forgive you for this." Cursing his enemies, Down turned around to face his remaining forces. Not a hint of fear could be seen on their faces. In its place he could see anger, hatred and a lust for revenge. Their weapons glistened in the faint moonlight, creating a heavy atmosphere that carried death and destruction. Upon losing so many of his warriors on the first day, Down had decided to take direct action. He would not sit by and watch more of his men fall while he himself sat around idly. Breaking the sullen silence with a voice that carried authority and bravery, Down spoke up:

 

"Today we will avenge our fallen! The reaper of death will no longer look to us for its victims! It will follow us, but the blood that it feeds on will be that of our enemies! Today, we bring down the evils that waits beyond those mountains!"

 

Raising his arm and pointing towards the huge volcano that towered some distance from them, Down pridefully drew his weapon. It was a gigantic two-handed sword, with a hilt long as a grown man's arm. The blade was forged in a green metal, Down's team color, and the massive weapon made the ground beneath Down's feet crack open from the sheer amount of power it held.

 

"TO WAAAAR!" Down shouted just as a lightning bolt struck the ground next to their barrier. The sudden roar of the thunder made his men flinch, but they soon joined in.

 

"TO WAAAAAR!" As the voices of Down's army rang throughout the mountains, a dark shadow spread across the centre of the battlefield.

 

Team Kaguya had already set off, and they were approaching Nosebleed's base with great speed. Team Down were headed for Nosebleed's base as well, and moved swiftly through the storm. Nosebleed himself had prepared for battle, sensing that a great danger was approaching.

 

Soon the three armies would clash, marking the start of the most fierce battle yet. Who would come out victorious? How many would die before the winner was crowned?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- The Last GM Standing, Chapter 2 -

 

The Cloaked Reaper

 

 

 

The sound of footsteps rapidly approaching could be heard in the distance. The ground under Mitchhamilton's feet shook as the two armies approached from the east and the west. There was no cover anywhere, just a huge open field that went on for a kilometer. No matter what, a stealthy approach was impossible. Clutching his gilded spear in his hand, Mitch took a look around. Two clones were at a ready, weapons drawn, and the rest of Nosebleed's army was spread out across the area; ready for the battle that was to come. Nosebleed himself had marched out to face off against Down, who had charged in ahead of his troops. As the two clashed, a massive shockwave had swept all the trees and vegetation completely off the face of the earth. What remained was charred ground, like something out of an old apocalypse movie.

 

It didn't take long for the first attacker to appear. Swiftly running towards them, three figures clad in Down's green garb drew their weapons. It wasn't possible for Mitch to see who the attackers were from the distance, but that didn't matter. Signaling the clones at his side, he sent them out to face off against the unknown assailants. The two instantly faced off against an opponent each, leaving only one attacker still on his way towards Mitch.

 

"Well then, let's do this." As he said that, Mitch tightly gripped his spear and hurled it with great velocity at the approaching enemy. The spear made an intimidating sound as it flew through the air, and a loud clink signaling the clashing of steel resounded throughout the battlefield. The spear had not hit its target, but instead it had been stopped by the attacker's weapon.

 

"Tch. Reappear!" Commanding his spear to once again appear in his hand, Mitch opened his palm, and a pink magic circle shimmered brightly, making the spear teleport back to him. Grasping it tightly once more, he jumped at his opponent.

 

"Neat trick you have there." The attacker said as he deflected Mitch's attack. His weapon was a big cleaver; the kind that a butcher would use. He wielded it in his right hand, and his left hand was hidden within his cloak. Did he have another weapon concealed there? Making sure not to get too close, Mitch continued to stab at his opponent with his spear.

 

"Seems I caught a general. Not bad." A mischievous smile on his opponents face made the hair on Mitch's arms stand up. It was a chilling sight; the sight of someone who enjoys battle. That in itself made the blood in Mitchhamilton's body boil. This was a worthy opponent.

 

"Break!" Taking a quick step back, Mitch snapped his fingers and the ground beneath his opponents feet cracked open. It wasn't a deep hole, but it was enough so that he might break a leg or sustain moderate damage. But instead of falling into the trap, the opponent grabbed a hold of Mitch's spear with his bare hand, and nimbly pushed himself backwards. He landed safely a few yards behind the hole. The hand he had used to grip the spear was bleeding fiercely, but it didn't look like the attacker minded at all.

 

"State your name!" Mitch called out as he tried to identify his opponent. It was a man he had seen before, there was no doubt about it, but he had trouble remembering his name.

 

"Nohman. Remember it, because it will be the last name you ever hear!" Charging straight at Mitch, Nohman shifted his cleaver to his other hand and hit Mitch's shoulder hard. Because of his spear being a long range weapon, it was hard to deflect such an attack. The barrier protecting Mitch made the cleaver bounce back, but he could feel the energy draining from his protective shield. Such a strong blow ...

 

The two clashed again and again, each time they deflected each other's attacks with precision. In the form of skill they were equally matched, but Mitch was at a disadvantage because of his long range weapon. Every time he managed to push Nohman back, he would come charging forward again.

 

"This is bad. At this rate, he is going to defeat me. I have to get some distance between us again." Thinking to himself, Mitch tried to find an opening that would allow him to move away from his opponent. He couldn't use too much magic, as every time he did, it put a great deal of strain on his body. Seeing as he was already getting tired, it would have to be an absolute last resort. The attacks coming from Nohman were relentless. Every time he struck at Mitch, he hit in a slightly different spot, with slightly different strength. It made calculating where and when his next attack would occur nearly impossible. All that Mitch was able to do was block the oncoming attacks.

 

"Are you getting tired general?" Nohman taunted Mitch as he continued to strike at his torso. A few of the attacks went through Mitch's guard and hit his barrier, but most of them were deflected.

 

"There really is no other way, is there?" Deciding that he had to resort to his final trump card, Mitch completely let go of his spear and extended his right arm so that it was pointing right at Nohman's chest. Probably realizing what Mitch was doing, Nohman suddenly jumped sideways in fear of an oncoming attack. But he had instead walked right into Mitch's trap. Using his left hand, he pointed two of his fingers towards Nohman's new location. Channeling all the remaining strength in his body, two magic circles appeared in front of his extended fingers. Shortly after, two beams of energy shot out, moving quickly towards his defenseless opponent. The first beam hit right below Nohman's collarbone, the other one hitting him in the right shoulder. Both went straight through his barrier and burned their way through the skin, leaving behind large holes in his body.

 

Not wasting any time, Mitch moved backwards and grabbed his spear that was on the ground. Finally getting some distance, he prepared for one final attack. But... Something felt a little strange. His stomach was tingling, and his body wouldn't move. Looking down at his own torso, Mitch saw great amounts of crimson blood running down his legs, down onto the charred ground.

 

"W-What..?" In a weak voice, Mitch questioned what had happened. Falling to his knees, he used what remaining strength he had in order to stay conscious. A shadow moved in front of him. It started talking as it presented a cleaver stained with blood. Unable to decipher the meaning of the man's words due to his fading conscience, Mitch collapsed on the spot.  He was already beyond saving...

 

Team Nosebleed, Mitchhamilton- DEAD END

 

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"My oh my, it seems it works." Looking down at the dead general, Nohman cleaned his bloody cleaver with the edge of his clothing. A few seconds earlier, Mitchhamilton had attacked Nohman with all his remaining strength, hoping to take him down in one attack. Problem was, the man Mitch was attacking was just a doppelganger. Mitch had not noticed it during Nohman's relentless assault, but right before Mitch dropped his spear, Nohman had used some of his strength to create a clone of himself. He suspected Mitch might be up to something, and took some precautions. Right after Mitch had gone to pick up his spear after he attacked Nohman's doppelganger, Nohman had cut Mitch's stomach open with his blade. The cut had gone all the way back to his spine, nearly cutting Mitch in half.

 

"Rest in peace, general." With those words, Nohman left the area and looked around for new prey.

 

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A few hundred meters away, Team Kaguya's temporary command post

 

Moving quickly towards Kaguya's base, several hooded men in pink cloaks were running towards VirginSmasher's location. He counted four attackers in total. By his side was Kaguya, his fearless leader, wearing a long white jacket that simply hung from his shoulders. His arms weren't in the sleeves, yet the jacket stuck to his body perfectly, as if it was fastened by some invisible force. Unlike his soldiers, Kaguya was not wearing any armor, but instead he wore a long jacket with red writing on the back. He was seemingly unarmed, and paid no attention to the battles raging around him. Kaguya's tactic was simple. March out and make it seem like he was attacking. Then, pull back ever so slightly and wait for Down and Nosebleed to wipe each other out. Although it had worked at first, Nosebleed had now sent a few of his soldiers out to face off against Kaguya's army. As he noticed the approaching enemies, Kaguya sighed and shook his head.

 

"Just when I had some peace and quiet. Ugh, you, kill those morons." Waving his hand casually at VirginSmasher, Kaguya turned around and carelessly walked away.

 

"V-Very well sir!" Grasping his bow tightly, VirginSmasher drew four arrows at once, strung the bow, and fired. The arrows flew towards their targets with great speed and accuracy. Why were they not dodging? The arrows simply hit the four men, bringing them to a halt as they all fell to the ground, motionless. Was that it? He had at least expected their barriers to deflect the first shot, but there was absolutely no resistance at all.

 

"Was the shots simply stronger than they had imagined?.." Wondering what exactly had happened, VirginSmasher drew another arrow and carefully started to approached the fallen enemies. There was blood flowing from their heads, and each one of the bodies lay perfectly still.

 

"Freeze."

 

A sudden chilling voice coming from behind made VirginSmasher quickly spin around. As he moved his legs backwards to get some distance from his target, his body started aching. The temperature suddenly plummeted, and a thin layer of ice started appearing all over his body.

 

"Crap, magic?" Trying to shake of the ice that was restricting his body, VirginSmasher made sure to stay in motion so that the frost couldn't settle. He had been reckless. It was such an obvious distraction, and yet he had approached it without taking any real precautions. Just as he expected, the four men he had shot down earlier were now gone. Most likely it had been some form of magic as well. Whoever he was fighting clearly prefer magic over a physical confrontation. 

 

"W-Who's there?!" Calling out to the mysterious opponent through clenched teeth, VirginSmasher tried to get a look at the man's face. The man moved his hands slowly towards his hood and removed it.

 

"Deep Blue huh?" VirginSmasher recognized the man as Nosebleed's soldier Deep Blue.

 

Not bothering to give an answer, Deep Blue launched his body forward and hit VirginSmasher right in the chest. The ice that had restricted his body broke off forcefully, sending strong waves of pain through his entire being. A thin layer of skin was ripped off along with the ice.

 

"GAAARGH..." Letting out a pained scream, VirginSmasher kicked at his opponent blindly with all his might. His leg hit something and he heard a light groan. This gave him time to awkwardly get back on his feet. His vision was blurry and his arms, legs and torso hurt like hell. Trying to string his bow with his weak arms, he aimed towards the general direction of his target and prepared to attack. He did not have time to look for a specific target; a general outline of Deep Blue's figure was the best he could do. Firing the first arrow, VirginSmasher quickly moved his hand behind his back to reach for another one. Trouble was, his quiver was gone.

 

"Tch. Did I lose it in the fall earlier?" Clicking his tongue and whispering to himself, he tried to move backwards to look for his quiver. Sadly for him, Deep Blue had recovered from the attack and was once again approaching. VirginSmasher's vision was still quite poor from the damage sustained in his fall, so he wasn't able to see if the arrow had hit or not. Moreover, it became impossible to see where his opponent would be striking him next.

 

"Ice bullets!" Deep Blue shouted and a few seconds after, a strong impact in his abdomen sent VirginSmasher flying once again.

 

"W-What a stupid name for an attack..." He managed to squeeze out before he hit the ground. As his body hit the hard ground beneath him, his consciousness faded for a few seconds.

 

...

 

Deep Blue's perspective:

 

I had fired four ice bullets at my target, though because of the arrow sticking out of my shoulder, my aim had been a little off. Only one of the bullets had hit, not making the impact hard enough to be lethal. It seemed he had been knocked unconscious though.

 

"Stupid brat..." I shook my head and moved over towards the fallen warrior. He was quite cocky, something that annoyed me. There was no room for such an attitude on the battlefield.

 

He had also been way too easy to trick, as a simple illusion had made him approach his enemy despite being a bowman. Such foolishness would be the end of him.

 

Creating a spike of ice in my hand, I leant down towards the fallen soldier and brought it towards his heart. I would be merciful. One stab to the heart would kill him in a few seconds.

 

"Good night." With those words I put some force into my hand and thrust the spike into his chest.

 

"Gnnnnng..." Groaning from the pain of being stabbed, his body started thrashing about. The barrier still protecting him was surprisingly strong, making the initial blow not enough to break the skin. I put some more force into it, but the barrier still wouldn't give in.

 

"W-What the hell?"

 

"Sorry. That kid gets a second chance. I liked his guts." A voice coming seemingly from nowhere made Deep Blue stop in his tracks. I-It couldn't be ... Was that Kaguya? Had he entered the battle himself already?

 

I better retreat for now... As I thought that, I got up and started running back the way I came.

 

...

 

"Come on kid, get up." Kaguya was standing over the fallen VirginSmasher, extending his hand to help him up. It was a surprising move, considering Kaguya's personality, but VirginSmasher would never turn down the help of his commander. Gratefully accepting the help, VirginSmasher got to his feet.

 

"Now go on, make yourself useful. He still hasn't gotten far. Take him out with one shot." Pointing towards the figure of Deep Blue, Kaguya turned around and started walking away. That was all the help he would get, huh? Still, it was all he needed.

 

"Let's do this."

 

VirginSmasher still had no arrows, and his target was getting further and further away. Any more than that and he would be out of range. He had to get his quiver back for starters. Spotting it about 5 meters away, VirginSmasher reluctantly moved his still painful body towards it. The arrows were all spread across the ground, some broken in the fall. It took a few seconds to find an arrow with no damage.

 

Getting into position, he strung his bow and carefully drew his breath. Then, he let the air out just as he fired the arrow. It flew through the air, whistling, as it made its way towards Deep Blue. The arrow then pierced his head, making Deep Blue fall to the ground.

 

Deep Blue, Team Nosebleed- (CLONE) DEAD END

 

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...

 

"Phew... Kaguya, I hit him." Turning around to inform his commander of the kill, VirginSmasher instead ended up freezing up in shock. Kaguya was no longer behind him, but instead he was staring down the length of a gilded spear that was aimed right at his heart. It was precisely the same place Deep Blue had try to stab him just minutes earlier.

 

"Sorry kid, you got some bad luck." With those words, the attacker, Mitchhamilton sent his spear forward, crushing the remaining strength in VirginSmasher's barrier. The feeling of his ribs being broken and his heart stopping was the last thing he remembered. After that, everything went black.

 

VirginSmasher, Team Kaguya- DEAD END

 

 

 

Turning around in surprise at the sudden feeling of losing one of his warriors, Kaguya looked towards the place he had just helped VirginSmasher and saw several soldiers in black and pink cloaks. Where had they come from?! He had not noticed their arrival at all.

 

Despite having given him a second chance, VirginSmasher hadn't been able to do much at all.

 

"Hmph, what a waste." The soldiers from Nosebleed's team quickly surrounded Kaguya and pointed their weapons at him.

 

"This is the end Kaguya." The one who spoke up was Nosebleed's general, Mitchhamilton. From what Kaguya had heard, he had fallen in battle earlier. He must have been resurrected by Nosebleed right after.

 

"Haha. Right, end. Ok. Give me your best shot then." Lifting his arms in the air sarcastically, Kaguya simply stared back at the men with a carefree look.

 

"Tch, you bastard!" Stabbing Kaguya with his spear, Mitchhamilton was the first one to act. The spear tickled a little bit, but did not inflict any damage. Probably surprised at the inefficiency of his attack, Mitch ended up staring at his own weapon in shock for a few seconds.

 

"Alright, is the fun over? I'm going to go stand over there. You guys enjoy." Leaving his opponents behind, Kaguya simply walked away. One of the attackers seemed angered at his carefree attitude in such a situation and jumped at Kaguya. He never got close though. As his sword was moving through the air, a bolt of lightning shot out from the distance, knocking the blade along with its wielder back.

 

Three of Kaguya's soldiers, Velociraptor, Hitoribocchi and his general Greenshadow622 quickly came to their commander's aid.

 

"Took you guys long enough." Kaguya said in an emotionless voice as he walked away from the battle.  

 

...

 

On the open field, six figures were visible. Three of the warriors were from Kaguya's team, and the other three from nosebleed's. Among the six were, from team Nosebleed: Mitchhamilton, Nebjula and Kiriririri. Kiriririri was unarmed, using his fists as weapons. Mitchhamilton held a long, gilded spear and Nebjula was holding two small maces, one in each hand. From Team Kaguya was, Velociraptor, Hitoribocchi and Greenshadow622. Velociraptor had a leather glove with metal claws, Hitoribocchi had a greataxe that he wielded with ease using only one hand, and Greenshadow622 had a black longsword and a big round shield. The atmosphere was heavy as the brave soldiers stared at each other. No one wanted to make the first move. As they stood there, waiting for their opponents to act, a dark cloud slowly covered the entire battlefield. Blocking the sun completely, a suffocating darkness consumed the area. As no one had yet spoken a word, a heavy silence was slowly driving them all crazy.

 

A great battle was approaching...

 

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A few km away, in the aftermath of Nosebleed and Down's scuffle

 

Arcadeotic from team Kaguya was sitting on the charred ground, resting his tired body. Just minutes ago the two commanders, Down and Nosebleed, had been fighting each other. Compared to the strength of foot soldiers such as himself, their powers were from a completely different world. It took almost all his strength just to remain standing during their battle. They had struck at each other with weapons, fists and powerful magic, and each move had sent waves of energy throughout the surrounding area, leaving it a barren wasteland. The surreal duel had lasted a while but it was suddenly interrupted when ... That arrived. Standing in the centre of the battlefield with shimmering yellow eyes, a man clad in a black robe looked at the two commanders menacingly. In his hand was a big scythe, making him look like the grim reaper himself. The most surprising thing of all, he had stopped the two monster's attacks with his bare hands. What or who was that?

 

It seemed that the answer to that wouldn't come quite yet. As quickly as it had appeared, it once again vanished into thin air. But right before it did, something rather strange happened. The two commanders, that just seconds ago had been going at each other's throats, turned around and simply left. This was quite weird, and also a little unfortunate. If the two leaders had taken each other out, then Kaguya would have been the winner right then and there.

 

Seeing a sudden swift movement in the corner of his eye, Arc jumped sideways and grabbed his weapon, expecting a hostile. This was a good decision. Several kunai knives had suddenly hit the ground right where Arc was previously sitting. The kunai knives were coated in a strange, clear liquid, most likely poison. The kunai themselves were shimmering slightly in a deep green metal. Did that mean that the assailant was from team Down? Either way, it would be dangerous to be caught off guard for even a second against such a weapon. Just one cut and the poison would enter your veins. The most worrying part of it all though, was that his opponent was nowhere to be seen. Grasping his naginata tightly, Arc moved around in a circle, carefully looking around for his opponent.  Among the displayed weapons during the combat preparations first day, he had picked something a little more unique; a naginata. It seemed that his opponent, whoever he was, had also picked something a little different. A naginata makes for a medium range weapon that can deflect swords and the likes with ease, but a fight against someone with a throwing weapon could prove tricky. It is not as easy to move the naginata around to deflect oncoming throwing knives, making it a poor weapon for defending against his opponent's attacks. Moreover, he could not see his opponent, meaning he would already be at a disadvantage once the next attack came. Still, he would not give up. He would not want to disappoint his commander. Taking a deep breath and focusing on his surroundings, Arcadeotic kept looking around for his enemy...

 

...

 

Still under the effect of his invisibility magic, Tiagofvarela moved quietly towards his opponent. The few kunai knives he had thrown earlier had missed by a hair. Now all he had left was his katana. His enemy, Arcadeotic from team Kaguya seemed to be quite the tough opponent. Despite not seeing Tiago at all until the second he attacked, Arc had managed to dodge all of the kunai knives completely. The poison that the knives were coated in would have killed him instantly if they even just nicked the skin.

 

Complimenting Arc's impressive reflexes silently in his head, Tiago made his move. The spell he was being hidden by only lasted while he was not putting any real strain on his body. Essentially what that meant was, if he attacked someone or did anything that required him to use his muscles beyond just simple movements, the effect would disappear.

 

Charging right at Arc, Tiago brought his katana down towards Arc's exposed back. Just like when he threw the kunai knives, Arc managed to notice Tiago just in the nick of time and turned around to deflect the attack. Sadly, because of his weapon being rather poorly matched in close combat, Tiago managed to cut Arc over his left shoulder. Using the opening this created to his advantage, Tiago spun around, nimbly moving out of the naginata's reach and cut at Arc's body once again. The previous cut had hit a barrier, but this one did not. Cutting through the soft skin on Arc's back, the katana made large amounts of blood stain Tiago's clothes in an ominous shade of red.

 

"Gaaaah!" Falling to his knees whilst letting out a pained scream, Arcadeotic lost his grip on the naginata and was completely defenseless. The katana had cut rather deep, most likely doing some damage to the spinal cord. The fight was over.

 

"Sorry, it really is nothing personal." With those words, Tiago swung his katana at Arc's neck, cutting through his carotid artery.

 

After a few seconds, Arc's lifeless body collapsed on the ground.

 

Team Kaguya, Arcadeotic- DEAD END

 

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The sound of steel colliding with steel resounded throughout the open field. The sound was something one would not find anywhere else but on a battlefield such as this. This was a place of war. A place of death and pain. Among the six fighters who were lunging at each other with an intent to kill, only three would make it out alive.

 

...

 

Nebjula, Team Nosebleed vs Velociraptor team Kaguya

 

Striking at Velociraptor with his two maces, Nebjula put a great deal of strength into his legs and sharply moved forward. The violent attack took Velociraptor by surprise, and one of Nebjula's maces hit him in the stomach. His barrier barely managed to block most of the damage, but the impact still stent a tremor through his body. Because of his rather short range weapon made for assassinations, Velociraptor was having a hard time getting any attacks in at all. He had fought someone with a similar, brutal weapon before, but unlike the heavy battleaxe that he had faced then, these two maces were swift and relentless. Nebjula lifted one of the small but deadly maces above his head and brought it down towards Velociraptor. At the same time, he used the other mace to lunge at Velociraptor from the left side, making it hard for him to move around to dodge. The blow from above barely missed, but the second strike from the left collided with Velociraptor's cheek and knocked him down to the ground.

 

"D-Damnit!" Cursing to himself, Velociraptor did the best he could to stand up again, but the last attack had left him dizzy and disoriented. Not being able to figure out what way was up and what was down, he was unable to get back on his feet.

 

"No, no, NO! I can't lose like this! Damnit!" Not knowing what else to do, Velociraptor started yelling at himself.

 

Not long after, two maces swept through the air and struck him in the head. The ends of the maces did not have spikes like some others do, but in return they had a sharp edge on both sides of the top, making it a fearful weapon. The sharp metal edges bored into Velociraptor's skull, breaking through the bone with ease. After a gruesome sound of bone cracking, the area become completely silent. ..

 

Team Kaguya, Velociraptor- DEAD END

 

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Hitoribocchi team Kaguya vs Mitchhamilton team Nosebleed

 

"Raaaaaawr!" Swinging his greataxe down with all his might, Hitoribocchi attacked Mitchhamilton for what felt like the hundredth time. Each time he did, Mitchhamilton managed to block the attack and retaliate with a stab of his own. The spear was an unbelievably annoying adversary, as if Hito stepped a little too far back, he would be right in its kill zone. But if he stayed too close, it would be impossible for him to use his massive axe, meaning he would be as good as unarmed. The greataxe was a gigantic weapon, with a long blade smith with solid and thick metal. The spear that Mitch was using was rather thin and frail looking in comparison, so why was it that he was capable of blocking the powerful attacks with such ease?!

 

"You annoying little ... Take this!" Changing up his attack pattern once more, Hito turned his axe around in the air, trying to hit Mitch in the head with the flat side. It would be impossible to completely stop the attack with just a thin spear. The large piece of metal approached Mitch with great speed, and sure enough, he was unable to stop the impact with his spear alone. Being knocked off his feet, Mitch stumbled to the ground.

 

"This time I will carve you in half!" Lifting the axe above his head, Hito used both his hands to grip the handle, and whilst summoning all the strength in his body, he struck at Mitch. There was, of course, no way for him to block such a ruthless attack. But, Mitch did not need to block it. All he had to do was dodge. Rolling to the side just in time, the axe hit the ground, making a loud bang that made Mitch's ears ring. Since he had lost his spear whilst dodging the axe, Mitch had no weapon. The deafening roar of Hito's axe crashing down right next to his ear had made Mitch dizzy, but he fought through it and got to his feet. Kicking Hito in the chest with great force, he managed to separate Hito from his weapon too. They were now both unarmed. 

 

"Yaaa!" Swiftly rushing towards Hito, Mitch moved his head down in order to dodge Hito's oncoming fist and rammed into his opponent with his shoulder. As he brought him to the ground, Mitch sat on top of his chest and locked his arms down with his own knees. Then, he started punching at Hito's face brutally. A few of the punches got stopped by the barrier protecting Hito, but after a some  more hits, it gave in and Mitch's fists hit flesh and bone. Ruthlessly punching his opponent's face for a long time, Mitch started to notice that his hands were bleeding. When he finally snapped back to reality, the figure before him was no longer recognizable as a human being...

 

Team Kaguya, Hitoribocchi-DEAD END

 

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Kiriririri Team Nosebleed vs Greenshadow622, Team Kaguya

 

Greenshadow622 was carefully eying his opponent, waiting for him to make a move. Kiriririri was standing a few meters away with his fists raised, but he did not make a single movement. It had been like this for over a minute already. Greenshadow was getting agitated, but he remained adamant; he would not make the first move. His sword was raised slightly, pointing towards Kiri, and his shield was covering his chest region defensively. He was holding his shield about 15 cm out from his body, which meant Kiri had to strike at Greenshadow's feet or his back in order to get a clean hit. It would be rather difficult. For an opponent using only his fists, this was an unwinnable confrontation. Sadly for Greenshadow, Kiri was no longer alone. Two of his teammates had just finished up their fights, and approached Greenshadow with their weapons raised. Nebjula and Mitchhamilton had apparently defeated Greenshadow's comrades, and were turning to him next.

 

"Hmph. It can't be helped. Get it over with, you pathetic weaklings. I might die here, but it sure as hell won't be without putting up a proper fight." Nebjula flinched slightly at Greenshadow's words, probably due to the determination and pride still left in his voice despite the situation. Nebjula slowly raised his weapons and got in a battle stance... Then, he charged. Following Nebjula's example, Kiri and Mitch also attacked Greenshadow simultaneously. One of Nebjula's maces was blocked by Greenshadow's shield. He then twisted his body sideways, avoiding the oncoming spear thrust from Mitch's direction. Retaliating by stabbing at Mitch with his sword, Greenshadow was handling the attacks from two sides with ease. Trouble was, there was a third attacked. One of Kiriririri's fists bored into Greenshadow's ribs, crushing his barrier and pushing him to the ground. Once he was on the ground he knew that it was a lost cause. Still, he would continue fighting until his limbs were incapable of moving. Fists, maces and a spear kept on hitting him as he lay there, but he would not give up. Using his shield to deflect some of the attacks and his sword to push back the attackers, Greenshadow kept up his resistance for several minutes. All three of his attackers sustained cuts during the battle. But, in the end, there was no way he could come out alive. Who dealt the final blow was impossible to tell, but after a little while, Greenshadow stopped moving. His entire body was stained with blood, covered completely in broken bones, deep cuts and large bruises.

 

Team Kaguya, Greenshadow622-DEAD END

 

The cloaked reaper was standing alone in the darkness, staring down at the battlefield below him. He was imprisoned in a strange room with no furniture, no doors and no windows. It was a place of eternal night, where no stars would ever shine. For the entire duration of the battle, he had been locked up. He did not know why and he did not know how. The only thing he knew was; someone were controlling him. A dark, scary voice spoke in his head every now and then. It would call out to him and make him feel utter despair and dread. There was nowhere to run, nothing he could do...

 

"Prevent the commanders from fighting each other until the end, that is your purpose. That is the only reason you still live." The voice once again spoke to him and sent a powerful chill down his spine.

 

He could do nothing but nod his head in agreement...

 

"V-Very well..."

 

....

 

 

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Deaths this week:

 

Team Nosebleed: Deep Blue (CLONE), Mitchhamilton (General, -1 life),

 

Team Down:

 

Team Kaguya: VirginSmasher, Arcadeotic, Velociraptor, Hitoribocchi, Greenshadow622 (General, -1 life)

 

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To be continued.

 

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List of currently remaining members!!

#Team Nosebleed: Members, Mitchhamilton (- 1 life) , Kiriririri - (1 life) , Satsuki , Valmore , Deep Blue (-1 life) , Nebjula , kingdomcome

#Team Down: Members, Tiagofvarela (- 1 life) , Babiker , Maxel , Fred the Barber , Nohman , Totodile , FinalChaos , Kawasumi , Flutterz , Turnip Sensei 

#Team Kaguya: Members, Dergonu , Nimbus, Gijimu, Greenshadow622 (- 1 life) , Eclipsed, Zebhra , Duyy , Jade

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Dergonu

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So I know @Deep Blue made one of these a little while ago, but I really wanted to get one out myself as well. (I am also including pictures. You are too lazy man! :P ) Now that the game is released, I feel it really deserves some coverage! 

(Note that I read the beta version, and so some improvements will have been made to the final release. Also, I wrote this review in a littel bit of a subjective style, really because I want to get through my personal feelings that I experienced when I read the VN. It might make the review seem slightly biased, but I hope this doesn´t make the review seem less serious. I played the game with a completely objective state of mind, and this is just my honest opinion of the game. Anyways, on to the review:) 

 

 

One thousand lies is a 5-10 hour OELVN made by Keinart Lobre, (@Keinart.) The VN is about a group of friends goofing around as they get closer to graduating from high-school, though there is a lot more to the novel than what initially meets the eye. 

(Note, the novel has both a Spanish and English version. I read and proofread the English version.) 

 

In One Thousand Lies we meet Ciaràn Endyein, a slightly delinquent-like teenager who, along with his best friend Ausse Ealdwine, pull of silly yet harmless shenanigans that always end up getting them in trouble. The two are also accompanied by the pretty and intelligent Ziva Shani, who constantly try to psychoanalyze Endyein. 

 

At the beggining of the story, Endyein recieves a strange, mysterious email, telling him to go to a certain place without any more detailed instructions. The sender appears to have stolen a package Endyein was waiting for, so confused and angry, he decides to do what the email says. (With some persuasion from his friends.) This sends him down a fairly heavy psychological, yet heartwarming and slice of life-like journey. 

 

Story and writing

The story in the game starts of really light and funny. It´s a slice of life story that has refreshing and entertaining humor; it doesn´t use overused clichès that you have seen 100 times before. As you get further into the story, you will start to notice that not everything is exactly how it seems. It´s hard to talk about this without spoiling the entire story, so we are going to keep it short. The story is well written, has pretty good pacing and does a good job of hiding the real kicker until the very end. 

The writing in the novel is, like I´ve already mentioned, really good. It is every editor´s dream, going through a novel that has essentially no mistakes, and that doesn´t repeat itself over and over, but instead offers new, refreshing words and phrases for each sentence. The language was almost a little bit too complex at times, as I felt it was unnecessary to use such big words for a normal, every-day setting. Still, the novel does use a lot of psychology terms and the likes, so it´s not like a complex language is a bad thing for it. 

There isn´t much else to say about the story, as the novel is quite short, and giving any more information could possibly spoil it. All in all, story and writing is very well done, and deserves a good 9/10 rating. 

 

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Characters and art

The characters in the novel are all diverse and interesting in their own way. You have Ausse, the slightly dumb but lovable rich kid who might or might not be the MC´s friend because of his financial situation. 

Ziva, the beautiful and determined female friend who constantly gets on the MC´s nerves when she tries to diagnose him with different psychological disorders.

Claire, the cute and shy girl who only opens up when in the presence of Endyein. 

Luce, the playful and energic joker who always has a funny remark that will put the MC in his place. 

And finally Diniz The Sloth. (I think that title should be sufficent in describing him.) 

 

Each character has nice and well drawn sprites with several facial expressions that feels natural. 

The CG in the game is very pretty, though certain facial features gets a little less "natural" in the CGs compared to the character sprites, especially Luce´s. Regardless of this though, the CG is very nice and well made. 

The backgrounds are kind of like a painted sketch, which is a unique but interesting style that I personally found quite enjoyable. 

 

The only complaint I would have about the characters is that Diniz seems to have very little screen time compared to the others, and therefore he has little time to become a part of the main cast. 

Characters, 9/10, 

Art 7.5/10

 

Music and atmosphere

The music in the novel is pretty good overall and seeing as the game is not voiced, this is a good thing. There are several comfortable soundtracks that helps bring out the emotion reflected in the scene, especially during the more enigmatic and mysterious situations the novel has to offer. 

The music did not take me by storm, but it still did its job very well in filling the "silence" when playing the unvoiced game. 

Not much more to say about it. Music gets a 6.5/10 score from me. 

The atmosphere in the game is quite hard to put into words. During the reading experience, it is obvious that there is something there that is more than just a few teenagers messing around. There is some kind of heavy undertone in the writing that clearly tries to tell you something more, but its written in such a way that what exactly that is, doesnt become apperant until the very end. I think that the way this was done is really quite impressive. Each character has a part to him or her that helps hint to this, and each scene does put out tiny clues, though in the end, figuring out what the cause of such an atmosphere is before the credits roll is not easy. 

This part of the game gets a clear 10/10 rating from me. It was quite the ride. 

 

Conclusion:

In conclusion, OTL is an entertaining and innovative OELVN that doesnt try to do all those things we have already seen in Japanese VNs, but instead it uses original humor, exceptional writing and an interesting and thrilling psychological aspect to make the entire reading experience a blast. 

I had no idea what I was getting into when I started reading this, and simply voulenteered to proofread / test the game because of Deep Blue´s interest in it. Needless to say, I was not dissapointed. 

Final rating: 9/10. 

Here is a link to the thread for the game here on Fuwanovel:

 

Dergonu

The last GM standing Q&A:

Spoiler

 

Before the questions starts, note this:

I am not equally familiar with every single member on the forum, and it's hard for me to re-create every single personality. Because of that, I am making up each character's personality based off the RNG rolls. Because of this, you won't necessarily "be like yourself" in the story.  

Also, because we all have fairly unique usernames, I will often write shorter versions of them in the story, to make it a little bit easier to read and write. So, to make an example, Nashetania will be Nash. (I will make sure the full name is used at least once in the same chapter before I go over to a nickname, so everyone knows who it is. If you do NOT like your nickname, tell me what you want me to call you instead.)

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Q: How will the fanfic work? How is everything chosen? (I.E, who dies, who kills them, how do they kill them etc.)

A: Everything is decided by RNG. I am using the site https://brantsteele.net, as well as a simple random number generator. Every player has been given a number, and I put the numbers into these sites and roll. Then I take that information and write my own story around it. (So, if the webpage says Dergonu is stabbed by Mitchhamilton, I use that information to write the story; the end result being that Mitchhamilton stabs Dergonu.) 

Q: What happens if a teammate ends up killing a teammate, or a player simply dies, like the roll "X bleeds out"?

A: If the player is killed by his teammate, I roll again and ignore it. However, if a player is killed by some other cause, I will write something cool around that. So, let's say someone gets "X starves to death", I will make up some different scenario that kills that person in the story.

Q: Nosebleed has a lot less members on his team. Wont this make the RNG imbalanced since he has a smaller chance of being picked?

A: No. I have already taken care of that, and the explanation is found in chapter 1.

Q: Each team picked a general, what does this general do? What's special about them?

A: Each general gets a second life. So, if a general dies, they will be resurrected the next day and can return to the battle.

Q: How do we know you aren't rigging the shit out of this?

A: Honestly, you just have to believe me. I have been spending hours writing this, and I think it will be a really fun thing for the community. There is literally nothing to be gained by me rigging it. It's all good fun.

 

Got a question that wasn't answered? Leave it in the thread and I'll answer it.

 

Link to the thread:

Would you rather read the chapter in a PDF document? Click here!

 

Chapter 1:

20/03-2016, Location: Fuwanovel headquarters

Nayleen and Tay were relaxing in their seats, exhausted after a long day of work.

The past few weeks had taken a toll on them, but they were staying strong, keeping Fuwanovel safe from DDOS attacks and global mods breaking stuff.

As they fall asleep, gathering their strength for another day of defending the forum, a shadow glides into the room. The shadow moves quickly, slithering across the floor, sneaking up behind Nayleen's chair.

The shadow splits in two as it reaches its target. One part wraps itself around Nayleen, the other moves over to Tay and wraps itself around him.

...

The next day.

Nayleen looks over at Tay with a mischievous smile on his face.

"The global mods have gotten too soft lately. I think it's time we taught them a lesson."

Tay turns his head, meeting Nayleen's gaze.

"What exactly did you have in mind?"

Nayleen looks down at the chess board in front of him. This was no ordinary chess board. Each piece on the board represents certain members of the Fuwanovel forum. In addition, there was three sets of pieces, meaning there was a total of three kings.

Picking up two of the kings with the tip of his fingers, Nayleen breaks them in half.

"Three global mods, only one can remain in their position."

Tay nods, letting out a subtle, evil laugh.

"Who will come out alive?"

Nayleen joins in.

"Who will come out as the winner?"

He turned his gaze towards the broken chess pieces that had fallen to the floor.

"Now then... How will this end?"

Their laughter continued into the night, as the two made preparations for the fight that was to come.

..........

Chapter 1

The three armies

 

It was a cold day. A dark sky filled with clouds that never seemed to disappear was hanging over the battlefield. It was quiet; so quiet that one could hear the heartbeats of the people around you. The battlefield was a huge piece of land that went on for miles and miles. With terrain ranging from harsh deserts to big forests and steep waterfalls, it was truly an overwhelming place. Standing in a line in front of their commander, Kaguya's forces were prepared for battle. It had been four hours since the battle had started, and yet no one had reached Kaguya's base yet.

He thought it was a good idea to remain in his base and wait for someone to attack, instead of wasting his fighter's energy by charging through the huge landmass. It was possible that the other moderators were thinking the same, and if that was the case, the day would end without a drop of blood being spilled. Thinking back on the previous day, Kaguya rubbed his temples in anger and exhaustion.

The three global moderators had suddenly been summoned by the admins. They had no idea what was going on, and they did not have the time to ask. The second they were teleported to the administrator's location, they realized something was amiss. In front of them were huge racks filled with weapons, armor and the likes. Ranging from big swords, crossbows, shields and kunai knives, it was quite a scary sight. Next to the equipment there was a grand, black stone tablet with red letters written across it. It read:

"The time has come.

Three global moderators, only one can remain.

Recruit those you can from the forum within the next hour, prepare for battle with the equipment before you and then ...

Go to war.

Good luck."

Neither one of the moderators knew what to do. They stood still, immobilized by confusion and fear. They were sure this had to be some kind of a twisted joke.

"Alright, this is stupid. What the hell is going on?" Breaking the silence, Kaguya shouted that as he surveyed his surroundings.

A dark voice suddenly echoed through the area. It was impossible to tell where the voice came from; it was a thundering roar that made all the moderators flinch.

"Select your fighters, or face the consequences! This is not a joke. This is a matter of life and death!"

The sudden overpowering voice made the mods even more uneasy, but they still didn't act. This was a mistake.

Suddenly, a strange black sphere appeared before them. It was about the size of a football, and for a few seconds it merely floated in mid air. It gave of a strange crackling noise, similar to an electric current. Slowly but surely, the sphere started increasing in size, until it was big enough to fit a small car. Then, a big rift of pure white light split the sphere in two, and the figures of two people suddenly appeared in its stead. It took a few seconds for the moderators to recognize the people in front of them, but they soon realized, they were Fuwanovel members; 12kami and XionsProphecy. They both look terrified, as if they had just seen the devil himself.

XionsProphecy took a step forward and approached Kaguya.

"W-What is going on?! Where am I?!"

Before Kaguya had the time to respond, the overpowering voice once again erupted throughout the area.

"You will do as we say, or the consequences will be grave!"

And with that, a red magic circle appeared under the feet of XionsProphecy and a pillar of fire burst out beneath him. The sound of his screams and the smell of burning flesh made all the people present stare at the spectacle in shock. Terrified he would be next, 12Kami tried to run away, but chains sprouted from the ground and wrapped around him violently.

"Now, what will you do?"

"S-Stop it!" Nosebleed shouted.

"... Very well. If you are ready to begin, let me explain the rules. Each one of the moderators can recruit members from the forum to join their ranks. The moderators can use their own powers any way they want. Make your own fighters stronger by lending them your strength, directly attack your opponents army, make shields protecting your warriors. The game will be over once only one global moderator remains. Oh, and one last thing. You can name one of your fighters a general. This person will have ... A second chance at life, should something tragic occur." As the voice finished explaining the rules, an evil laughter followed. Soon after, all that was left was dead silence.

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"That was four hours ago, huh..." Kaguya whispered to himself as he looked at the quiet battlefield.

 In the end, no one knows what happened to 12Kami. Was he killed too? Was he released?

When the moderators chose their armies, only a handful of the forum's members were selected. It seemed that only the ones who volunteered for the battle could be picked.

Looking over the warriors in front of him, Kaguya made a decision; he had waited long enough.

"You two, move out!"

The two soldiers saluted, and then they sprinted into the darkness of the forest ahead.

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Eight warriors were scattered across the battlefield on the first day. Among them were team Down's soldiers Nashetania, Funyarinpa, Fred the Barber, their general Tiagofvarela and Moekyun. From team Kaguya, Dergonu and Velociraptor were deployed, and from team Nosebleed, only < ?? >was sent out to fight.

........

 

In a forest, 2 km from Kaguya's base

Dergonu and Velociraptor were headed for Down's territory, when a sudden fireball shot out from the depths of the forest. Barely dodging it by a hair, the two were separated from each other. Losing track of Velociraptor, Dergonu turned to face the person who fired the fireball. He was protected by Kaguya's armor, but the amount of energy put into each warrior's shield was small, meaning he couldn't take more than one or two of those attacks. Who had fired it? Was it someone from Nosebleed's team or Down?

"Who's there?!" Calling out for the person hiding in the darkness, Dergonu readied his mace. The weapon of his choice had been a huge metal mace, almost as big as himself, with menacing spikes. It was a weapon he couldn't dream of lifting without the strength given to him by his commander, Kaguya.

A shadow suddenly burst out from the forest. Before Dergonu could react, two throwing knives collided with his armor. Both of them hit right around the heart, but they were stopped by the thick, red armor. Not wasting any time, the attacker nimbly closed in the distance. It took a second for Dergonu to recognize the attacker due to their speed, but he soon saw that is was MoeKyun from Down's army.  The shimmering green garb he wore had several chains filled with throwing knives. Reaching for two more, MoeKyun made sure to stay so close to Dergonu that swinging his mace was impossible. Taking the opportunity when Dergonu was unable to do anything, MoeKyun stabbed at Dergonu's armor repeatedly. It didn't take long for the attacks to completely remove the protective shield made by Kaguya, and the knives started poking small holes in Dergonu's armor.

"Tch." Clicking his tongue, Dergonu tried to think of a way to get out of the situation. But before he could think of anything, one of MoeKyun's knives hit Dergonu's collarbone, sending a sharp pain through his body. Taking a step back and readying his knife, MoeKyun was preparing to deliver the final blow, when he suddenly froze up. Turning his head to depths of the forest from which he came, his mouth dropped open in surprise.

"N-No way ... G-General..."

Not wasting any time, Dergonu used the chance to take a step backwards and swung his mace straight at MoeKyun's chest. A green barrier deflected the hit and made sure the mace didn't break the skin, but MoeKyun was knocked down from the impact. Landing on the ground with the air knocked out of his lungs, he never stood a chance. The giant mace came down, hitting his head. Once again, Down's protective barrier blocked the attack, but every part of Moekyun's body felt like it was lit on fire from the pain.

"This time..." As he said that, Dergonu lifted the mace over his head one last time and brought it down on MoeKyun. What followed was a gruesome crack like sound, like breaking a branch of a tree.

Team Down MoeKyun- DEAD END

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A few minutes earlier, 100 meters from Nosebleed's base.

Down's general, Tiagofvarela, was making his way towards Nosebleed's base. Compared to Down and Kaguya, Nosebleed had a significantly smaller army, and so Down thought it was best to target him first. Because of this, Down had sent his strongest fighter in an ambush. If Nosebleed wanted to participate in the fight, he had to send several of his forces out into the battle, meaning his base would be exposed. It would be a fast, quick attack. Take out whoever is there and get the hell out. For his weapon, Tiago had chosen a long katana, which rested in a sheath strapped to his left side. He was wearing a green garb, woven by powerful silk threads imbued by Down's own energy. His garb was slightly different from the others in Down's army. This one was specially created for the general. The biggest difference was the big crest on the chest and back, with the word leader written in kanji.

As he spotted Nosebleed's base, Tiago took a deep breath and drew his katana. The blade was about a meter long, with beautiful markings.

"Let's do this."

Preparing for his attack, Tiago steeled his nerves and readied his blade. Then, he charged.

"Perish."

A soft whisper suddenly reached Tiago's ear, and a strong sense of despair washed over him. The voice sent a chill down his spine. It was as if the voice literally grabbed a hold of him, preventing him from moving. Before he could do anything, a man in a pink and black cloak stood before him. It was impossible to identify who it was, as the large cloak covered his head and body completely. The man simply snapped his fingers, and a huge explosion knocked Tiago several meters back. He felt his barrier slowly draining. Whoever attacked him was truly powerful.  

"How did he notice me?!" He asked himself, trying to calm his hammering heartbeat.

"Game over." Suddenly, a different voice could be heard behind Tiago, and something cold cut through his chest. Looking down at his own body, he saw a long spear sticking out of his stomach.

"W-Who..?"

He never got the answer to that question. Tiago's body fell to the ground, lifeless.

 

 

Team Down, Tiagofvarela- DEAD END

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The volcanic region, 3 km from Down's base

Fred the Barber from team Down was positioned behind a large rock. The area around him was filled with smoke, ash and fire, and the only thing stopping him from being burned alive was his commander's protective garb. This was a volcano located a few km away from Down's base. Fred had been in a battle with one of Nosebleed's men for several minutes, when he suddenly felt it. His general, Tiagofvarela, had fallen. Hit by the sudden shock of losing one of his leaders, he fled from the battle in order to gather his thoughts. It was a strange feeling. Tiago had been his friend, and in this crazy battle, he had been his general. A powerful sadness welled up in him as he shook his head, holding back his tears.  Why? Why was this happening? Just a day ago they were messing around on the forum, having fun like any other day. And now? Now they were here, caught in some insane death game.

"I ... I want this to be over." He whispered as he placed his hand on his forehead and closed his eyes.

"Then die."

A sudden hostile voice made Fred jump backwards, and just as he opened his eyes, he saw a fist slam into the rock he was leaning against, crushing it into small rubble. It was him; the fighter from nosebleed's army that he had been in a scuffle with a few minutes ago. Because of his cloak which covered every part of his body, it was impossible to identify who the attacker was. The cloak was black, with pink markings all over. The attacker was unarmed, but his hands glowed in a bright purple light. Clearly, he was using his energy to make his punches stronger. Whoever this person was, he was powerful. Had they underestimated team Nosebleed? Fred's general had fallen in nosebleed's territory, and this person was clearly using energy to make his fists into lethal killing machines. How could Fred fight such a fearful foe in his current state?

"No... I can do this. I have to avenge Tiago!" Encouraging himself, Fred got to his feet and readied his weapon. It was dagger with a fairly long, curved blade. The tip was emitting a faint green glow and the blade itself was black as the night. Of all the weapons on the weapon racks, this was the only thing Fred felt comfortable wielding. Carefully taking a stance preparing for the fight, Fred calmed his breathing and grasped his dagger tightly.

The attacker moved first. His movements were really fast and precise. Fred managed to dodge the first punch, but the second one followed right after. The assailant's fist hit Fred in the left flank, causing him to fall backwards. But as his body fell to the ground he moved his arm holding the dagger downwards and cut a deep gash in the attacker's cloak. It didn't look like the blade pierced his flesh, but Fred felt the resistance of his opponents barrier. He had done some damage to it at the very least. The problem was that he had taken a strong hit himself, and wasn't able to move very well. His opponent quickly regained his posture and moved in for the kill. Just then, an arrow flew past Fred's cheek and hit the attacker in the stomach. The impact of the arrow sent him flying.

"You okay Fred?"

Turning his head to see who had come to help him, he was met by Funyarinpa's gentle smile. In his hands was a beautiful green longbow.

"Come on. Let's retreat for now. Whoever that guy is, he isn't normal."

As he said that, Funya reached out for Fred's hand and helped him up.

Tilting his head slightly, Fred wondered what Funya meant.

"Isn't normal? I think we can take him if it's the two of us."

Funya simply shook his head in response.

"I got word from Down to come and get you. There is something wrong with Nosebleed's army. We have to go back to the base and ..." Before he could finish his sentence, a purple light flew past Fred's field of vision and collided with Funya. His bow was crushed into pieces and Funya was knocked down, his barrier broken.

"FUNYA!" Screaming for his fallen comrade, Fred turned to face the attacker. It was the same cloaked man from before. The arrow was still sticking out of his chest but he moved around like it was nothing.

"..." The man said nothing, but approached Fred with his fists raised. The purple light which surrounded his hands flickered about intimidatingly.

The man jumped at Fred, knocking him to the ground. After that, he made sure to grab Fred's blade and throw it away.

"..." The man still didn't say anything, but Fred could see a hint of an evil smile under the darkness of the attacker's hood.

Raising his fists above his head, he prepared to bash Fred's head in. But he had made one miscalculation. The arrow that was sticking out of his chest was within Fred's reach. Fred had merely pretended to be defenseless when he lost his dagger to get an opening. Grabbing the arrow with all his might, Fred pulled it out of the man's chest and thrust it upwards into his throat. The arrowhead pierced his Adam's apple and blood started spewing out from the open wound.

Making a disgusting gurgling sound, the man slowly lost all strength in his body. The endless stream of blood poured out, staining Fred's clothing in red.

After defeating his opponent, Fred checked on Funya. He was too late. The attacker had crushed his entire rib cage, and one of the bone splinters had hit his heart.

"Who ... WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?!" Screaming in anger, Fred ripped off the attacker's hood. All he could do once he removed the hood was gasp, and fall to his knees.

"W-What the fuck..?"

Lying on the scorched ground in front of him was ...

 

Team Down, Funyarinpa- DEAD END.

Team Nosebleed, < ?? > - DEAD END.

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Meanwhile, at Nosebleed's base

"Hmm, it seems our puppet has been destroyed."

"Aww, I thought it would at least take out a few more enemies before it broke."

"Hmph. It doesn't matter, it did its job just fine. Now we know ... They work."

Three men were sitting around a fire with their weapons next to them. They wore black cloaks with pink symbols; the armor given to them by their commander, Nosebleed.

The three men were chosen as guards, and were protecting the base of Nosebleed. Nosebleed's army consisted of about half the number of warriors that Down and Kaguya had, but Nosebleed had a trick up his sleeve.

Using the life force of the fallen general from Down's army, Tiago, he had created clones of his own warriors. These warriors were as strong as Tiago himself, and took the place of his own fighters on the battlefield. They didn't have the extra life that came with the role of general, but other than that, they were powerful and loyal. Each clone was linked to one of Nosebleed's soldiers.

The one that had been killed in battle had been the clone of Kiriririri, but Nosebleed had made the clone itself wear the face of Tiago. That would assure him an edge in any fight versus a team Down member. Sadly, that trick only worked once, as the body of Tiago himself had been used to create the clone. All the other clones were identical to the person they copied. Basically, it was as if nosebleed literally had two of each of his fighters, except for Kiriririri who had just lost his clone.

With this, the difference in numbers between the three armies meant nothing.

A sly smile spread across Nosebleed's face as he looked at his own general, Mitchhamilton. He held a long, golden spear stained with blood.

"Now... Who is next?"

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* Quick note, the clones in Nosebleed's army works just like a normal fighter.

This was done so that each commander has the same amount of fighters, making the first week of the RNG rolls completely even. Each clone will die just like a normal team member, though the person won't get a DEAD END unless he has lost his clone already. (Like Kiriririri has now.)

Mitchhamilton, Nosebleed's general, does NOT get a clone, as he is a general and already has 2 lives.

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A forest, about 2 km from Kaguya's base

Having lost sight of his comrade, Dergonu, Velociraptor was making his way through the forest. Who had attacked them? Was it an attacker from Nosebleed or Down's army? Well, it didn't matter. All he could do now was search for his opponent and hope that Dergonu hadn't fallen in the time they were separated.

"Hm?" As he was running through the dense forest, Velociraptor spotted a strange light about 30 meters away. Was it an enemy? The light seemed to be flickering ever so slightly, though because of the tree cover it was hard to see what it was. Preparing for a potential fight, Velo readied his weapon and ran towards the source. He was surprised to find a member of Down's army sleeping near a fire. Was he for real..? Not only had he approached Kaguya's territory, he had lit a fire and then he went to sleep?! Who the hell was this guy?!

Taking a step closer, he saw that the fighter was Nashetania.

"Hmph... A free kill I guess." Whispering to himself, he readied his weapon. It was an extension of his hand; a glove with long, sharp claws. Each claw was at least 10 cm long. The glove itself was made out of tough leather, and the claws were metal. Lifting the glove above his head, he brought it down on Nash, who was sleeping peacefully. Or so Velo thought. As the glove was about to make contact with Nash, he quickly spun around and brought his fist upward. It hit Velo right in the face, making him stagger backwards.

"Well would you look at that. Like a moth to a flame." Nash moved his hand behind his back and brought out a large battleaxe from inside his garb.

"RAAAWR!" Jumping forward, Nash struck at Velo with full force. Barely dodging the attack, Velo sidestepped and cut at Nashetania's exposed back. The claws hit, but something tough was stopping them from doing any damage.

"Damnit, a barrier?"

Putting some distance between them, Velo ran a few steps backwards, positioning himself behind the fire Nash had lit.

"You can't cut me! Down gave me the strongest barrier among all his men! No matter how many times you hit me, a blade won't ever cut through it!"

After taunting Velo, Nash launched another attack, swinging his battleaxe around like a madman. Velo was faster and had a lighter weapon, but just like Nash had said, his attacks were useless against the barrier.

Had this been Down's tactic? Draw someone in close to his soldier, then have him crush the attacker when he least expects it? Seeing has he had put so much energy into the barrier protecting Nash, it must have been the plan all along.

"Damnit..."

If only Dergonu was with him they would have the upper hand, but because of the attack earlier, they were separated in the forest. 

"What's the matter? Tired?" Smiling from ear to ear, Nash relentlessly attacked Velo with his battleaxe. A few of the attacks hit, sending strong waves of numb pain through Velo's body.

"Think! THINK!!! How can I beat him?!" Trying to figure out a way to win, Velo looked around.

"An opening!" As Nash yelled that, he spun around quickly and his battleaxe hit Velo in the chest, sending him flying over to the fire. He landed hard, most likely breaking a few bones in the process.

Had Nash been the one who attacked them earlier? Was his plan to split them up, then draw them in one by one with the use of the campfire? ...

Wait a minute... Fire! Nash had said that no blades could cut through his barrier. Could that mean it had little defense against magic? Was that the reason he was trying to lure his attacker into close combat?

"DIE!" Running towards Velo who had fallen to the ground, Nash prepared to crush his defenseless prey with a final attack.

"Now or never!" Velo brought his hands together and focused all his remaining strength on tapping the flames from the campfire besides him. Just the act of moving his arms hurt like hell, but he had no choice but to fight through the pain. As Nash was about to strike, Velo released all the flames in a vortex that wrapped itself around Nash. The flames ate through his barrier like it was nothing, and soon started burning away his flesh. Screaming and swinging his battleaxe around like a lunatic, Nash moved around desperately. In order to not get caught in the frenzy, Velo crawled away, sinking his glove's claws into the soft ground and pulling his body forward.

"I ... Lost..." With those final words, the burning figure collapsed.

Team Down, Nashetania- DEAD END

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deaths this week:

Team Nosebleed: Kiriririri (clone)

Team Down: Nashetania, Funyarinpa, Tiagofvarela, Moekyun,

Team Kaguya: None

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To be continued ...

Dergonu

Beat Blades Haruka review,

By Dergonu, Fuwanovel

 

Beat Blades Haruka is a gameplay oriented nukige released by Alice Soft, which was recently translated and licensed by Mangagamer. The game offers 150 H-scenes, ranging from normal vanilla scenes to darker things like rape and beastiality. The game's appeal is clearly rooted in it's H-content, but does that mean that's everything the game has to offer?

 

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In Beat Blades Haruka you play as Ikusabe Takamaru, a boy who desperately wants a girlfriend. His friend, Narika, keeps getting in the way of his possible romances, something that irritates him quite a bit. But soon, his fairly normal life of being rejected by women and half-assing himself through school quickly comes to a halt when the beautiful ninja Haruka, who has traveled to our time from the past, suddenly appears in Takamaru's life.

Chasing the evil Noroi who has lept through time with his follwers in order to turn the world into chaos, Haruka and her fellow Cresent moon members turn to Takamaru for help. It turns out, Takamaru is a descendant of the Dragonian, meaning he has the power to transfer strength to the blades of the crescent moon. (The blades being female ninjas.) This power, SP, is transfered from the Dragonian to the blades by ... Having sex.

Takamaru's mission is to use the blades at his disposal to fight the four Tetra Sealers, Noroi's most powerful subordinates, take down the towers which connect to Noroi's realm, and to stop him once and for all.

During the game, the player gets a whole lot of choices that will allow them to take full control of their destiny. Will you be the good guy, fighting to stop Noroi? Or will you give in to your dark desires, using the blades as tools for your own pleasure and gain?

Offering a large variety of different endings, Beat Blades Haruka is a very unique gameplay nukige that allows its player to choose a lot more than just a singular ending, but they have the ability to impact the very way the entire game is played.

 

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The gameplay:

During the story, a big part of your time will be spent preparing your heroines for battle. During the gameplay parts of the VN, you will be matched up against an enemy. You can spend SP, (sex power), that you accumulate through dragon syngery, (sex), to unleash powerful attacks against your opponent, and you train your heroines stats through either dragon synergy, training, castle raids or defeating enemies. The lower your stats are compared to your opponent, the harder it is to win. The stats highlited in blue, like the defense in this picture, means the stat is underleveled compared to your opponent, and the chances of winning are smaller. By losing a fight against a male Kainin, one of Noroi's lieutenants, the heroine will be raped and an option to skip the following rape H-scene will appear. (Unless you disable that feature in the option menu.)

The gameplay is entertaining, though it is a little difficult at first. Getting used to what all the different stats does is a little bit hard and overwhelming, and the stats are also a little poorly balanced. For instance, by stacking a large amount of reflex, you will be able to sweep through the game, as your character will essentially never miss, and she will also dodge a lot of the opponent's attacks. But if it's the other way around, and your reflex stat is low but your other stats are high, you still wont do much damage, as most of your attacks will be dodged. Basically, there is too much focus on reflex, something that makes combat a little bit imbalanced at certain points in the game. Your opponents gets really strong in the late game, meaning their reflex stats are high, and so if you didn't train your heroine correctly, a bad end is waiting for you. (If you are defeated by a sealer, you get a bad end and a game over.)

Still, these flaws aside, the gameplay is enjoyable. It's fun training up your heroine, either choosing to clear out the streets to protect the people like the good guy, or simply being an asshole and having your heroine raped over and over. (This increases her stats a great deal, however it gives you + brutality, and if the heroine is raped too much, it can lead to a brutal bad ending.) The variety offered to you makes playing the game a second, third or fourth time fun.

 

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The phase system, Libido and your dice

While we are still on the gameplay part of the VN, there is a few things to note. The game itself is split into four parts, 3 phases and then actual story. The 3 phases are morning, afternoon and night phase. Between these phases the game's story progresses, and you see normal VN style dialogue as well as choices that you can use to impact the story, as well as your heroine's stats.

During the morning and afternoon phase, you either train up your heroine by having sex, raise your libido or rest, in order to get more dice recovered. The night phase is spent actually fighting your opponents, and going on castle raids.

(What exactly are these dice and how do they work?)

The dice system in Beat Blades Haruka is what let's you make your "moves" in the phases. You get X amount of dice each day, based of your dice recovery. You can have a maximum of 8 dice at a time. The dice can be a number between 1 and 6, and the dice itself is used to "pay for" actions. As an example, if you want to sleep with haruka to increase some of her stats and her SP, you have to "pay" some dice. The lower levels of dragon synergy are cheaper, but give less stats, the higher levels are more expensive but give you more stats. The system is very forgiving. If you roll a 7 on something that needs 8 to complete, 7 will be subtracted from the action, so that in the next phase, it will only cost 1 dice. The dice itself is based off RNG, though do note that it is essentially impossible to soft reset for. Still, with the way the system is made, soft reseting for dice is not even needed, so there is nothing to worry about there. If you do it right, completing the game in the 99 days given to you is a walk in the park.

Lastly, libido is a strange stat. It is what makes your dice recovery higher. Every 10 points of libido, your dice recovery goes up by 1. What does this mean? It means that after the night phase, you will get back X dice. So if you have a dice recovery of 5, the next day following a night phase, you are given 5 dice. Raising your libido is simple, and is done by either having sex with a female Kainin, choosing an option at a choice screen with (libido) next to it, or just clicking "raise libido".

 

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The game's value beyond H-content?

We have already talked about the gameplay side of the game. It's entertaining, though very repetative and it's also focused strongly around H-scenes. (In order to prepare your heroine for a battle you have to have sex, and if you lose a battle, you get into a rape scene. H is a big part of this nukige, obviously.)

But what about the story itself? Music, art, characters and such. What is the value of the game outside just the H-scenes?

 

The character designs and art in the game is overall very nice. A lot of work seems to have been put into each character's design, though the personalities of the the main characters are fairly bland and simple. Most work seems to have been put into the kainins and tetra sealers. They are all very badass, pretty, hot, what have you. Each one of them has many small details that stand out, and are just overall very well made. The main characters are by no means poorly designed, but in comparison they do fall a little short.

The art itself is very nice, with animated cut-scenes, well drawn backgrounds and detailed character sprites.

The music in the VN is pretty good, offering a variety of tracks for different situations that fits well with the atmosphere of the scene.

 

The story itself is what it is. The game does take itself seriously; it's not like it just jokes around and put all focus on H. The story is decent. There is moments where it will take you by suprise, certain moments that are more emotional than others, though the actual story is fairly short. The main focus of the dialogue aspects of the game lies in the different scenes you can get with the heroines and side characters by making choices. If you focus on one girl a lot, increasing her love hearts in the game, you will go on dates with her and get close with her. If you are an asshole and just have your blades raped and defeated, you will get unique scenes that deal with this.

The actual main story that remains the same through all playthroughs is therefore minimal, as the game wants to keep the focus on your choices as the player. This is both a flaw and a strength in the VN. It's a flaw because it means that ultimately, the story itself is slightly underwhelming and short, but it's also a strength because it does mean the player feel like he or she is more in control of the outcome.

 

All in all Beat Blades Haruka is a solid VN, offering unique and entertaining gameplay, a big variety of choices that lets the player impact the game's ending, though it does lack some impact in its delivery of the story.

 

+ Entertaining gameplay

+ Good art, music and character designs

+ A huge variety of choices that let's the player choose how the game is played

 

- Slightly underwhelming main story

- The main characters are a little bland and some more time should have been put into them

- The stat system is a little imbalanced

Dergonu

Hello ladies and gentlemen of fuwa! Today I will be sharing with you a little writing project I've been working on. Thanks so much to Forgetful Frank for agreeing to edit the book for me! When I started I was editing it myself, which is slow work and I often miss mistakes in my own writing, and so this way it should be a lot better for everyone involved :sachi: Also, a big thanks to Melowbee for making the illustration for Kitsune! It's a wonderful confidence boost to actually have someone make drawings for my story! :P  Do keep in mind that the book hasn't been fully edited yet, and so a few mistakes here and there is to be expected. Once the book has been fully edited, I'll update the PDF!

 

On to the book:

 

キツネと私 - Kitsune and me

 

Summary:

After spending half a day locked in her clubroom at school, Sakura heads home in the middle of the night, in pouring rain. Taking refuge from the terrible conditions, she stumbles into and old and mysterious shrine. Here she discovers a strange little artifact that she thinks may have been stolen from a museum. Wanting to get it checked out the next day, she brings the artifact home. But as the artifact ends up coming to life in the form of the ditsy, energic and completely stunning Kitsune, Sakura's life will never be the same again...

 

Information on the book:

Kitsune and me is primarily a comedy, focusing on the relationship between the main character Sakura, and her new guardian ... fox-girl, Kitsune Mimiko. When writing it I focus primarily on having fun and silly interactions between the two, and purposely try to use clichés from common visual novel, anime, manga and light novel works. It's a fun little project I recently decided to start working on, and it's not meant to be taken too seriously. The story offers elements of comedy, romance (yuri), fantasy and action. The structure is fairly similar to most VNs, in that it starts of fluffy and is riddled with mainly humor, and then it gets more dramatic towards the end.

 

Also, note that this is written in English, though I use certain words and phrases from Japanese. Again, this isn't meant to be taken too seriously. Words such as bentou will be in the book to keep the essence of the "Japanese setting" and words such as "ne" will be left in Kitsune's sentences, as they are a part of her speech pattern and that doesn't translate as well into English in my opinion. I also keep Japanese titles when I see fit, like using Kitsune's name. For these parts, translations are on the side of the Japanese symbols.

 

DIGITAL PDF DOWNLOAD FOR THE BOOK!

 

A sketch of Kitsune made by Melowbee!

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Art made by Melowbee, thank you x100!!

Editing is done by Forgetful Frank, thanks so much for that!

Special thanks to Nosebleed for helping me with Kitsune's name!

Dergonu

Shuffle! Review

Before I begin, I just wanted to say that I've gotten some feedback lately that my "reviews" have been fairly ... Laid back and not too serious. This is completely true, and I've written this with that feedback in mind. This is a much more objective, serious review of a game that I've wanted to review for a while. Hope you enjoy reading it, and please keep giving me feedback that can help me improve, I do appriciate it.

 

Shuffle! Review,

By Dergonu, fuwanovel

 

Shuffle is a romance / fantasy visual novel originally released by Navel in 2003/2004. The game was later licensed and translated by Mangagamer, along with its two sequels Tick! Tack! and Really? Really! (You can buy the games here: (nsfw content on the game's page.)

In the game you play as Tsuchimi Rin, a fairly normal high school student. When Rin was younger he met two beautiful young girls by chance, and spent the day playing with them. It turns out though, that these fate encounters would later change Rin's life forever.

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Shuffle offers 5 romantic routes as well as a common route, the story featuring elements of romance, drama, fantasy and comedy. (Note that a newer version of the game called Essence+ offers a whole roster of new characters and heroine routes not found in the original release, but this version is un-translated, and is not the version covered in this review.)

The main story takes place in a fantasy universe where two portals have opened in the human world. These portals connects our world to the world of the Gods and the Devils. Contrary to popular belief, Devils and Gods are not omnipotent almighty beings which hate one another, but instead they are fairly similar to us, and the two races live alongside each other in peace. The Devils and Gods do have magical powers, and certain features does make them look slightly different, the primary attribute being their long ears. In the game, we follow Tsuchimi Rin in his everyday life. It has been 10 years since the portals opened, and Gods, Devils and humans live alongside each other peacefully.

 

The overall look of the game is very nice for such an old novel. The art is pretty to look at, with nice sprites and colorful, well drawn backgrounds.  The menu is detailed and easy to navigate, offering a great variety of settings to improve your experience. There is a date display in game, and choices will affect which heroine's route you enter. The choices are very plain and easy to understand, often literally containing the name of the characters to make it easy to choose the heroine route. In addition, the game has no bad endings, so playing it blindly with no walkthrough is risk free.

Once you enter a heroine route, a sprite of the heroine will be displayed during scene changes, so you know when you have entered a route. All these things taken into consideration, Shuffle is a very laid back and casual visual novel experience, but that in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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The music in shuffle goes hand in hand with the other elements we have discussed so far. It's very light and very simple. Each one of the normal tracks played throughout the primary part of the common route and the start of the heroine routes are simple, light and cute. They offer simple instrumental music with slight variation that glide smoothly into the background.

The tracks unlocked later on during the final dramatic parts of the routes, feel like they are on a different level from the earlier ones. They do a better job of making the player feel engaged in the game, as they feature more detailed instrumental music which fits the setting very well.

The music tracks in the game are all enjoyable of course, and fit nicely with the feel of the game, but if more effort was put into making all the tracks like the last few ones, then it would allow for even greater immersion in the game, something that could possibly make the game better than it already is.  

Still, every track is very comfortable to listen to and none of them are disruptive in any way.

 

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Among the five heroine's routes, each story offers a fairly similar structure. It starts of very light, introducing one small piece of information casually that will later turn into a dramatic twist to the route. This small catalyst is easy enough to spot early on, and figuring out vaguely what is going to happen is fairly easy. That being said, the game still does a decent job at hiding exactly what it is that is going on. The primary part of the heroine's route will be about Rin and the girl falling in love, and developing their relationship. The game offers 2 H-Scenes for each character, with CG variations based off your choice in the route, and an epilogue which takes place after the events of the main route. As the story progresses, the catalyst which was introduced earlier will start to become more present in the story, and a big climax towards the end filled with drama will occur. This can remind you of a normal nakige build up, but the last dramatic part is so short and gets overpowered by the lightheartedness of the previous part of the game so strongly, that it can't be called a nakige at all.   

 

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The game re-uses a fair share of the same situations and conversations during the early part of the heroine routes. These only have certain new lines of dialogue, making the scene itself the same. This comes off as lazy, and gets old after the second route. At the very least, short new events should have occurred during these parts to make these scenes slightly more entertaining. This is luckily only the case for the beginning of the route, and the later parts are all completely unique to each heroine.

Sia's route is supposed to have two variations, but similar to the previous problem mentioned above, they simply re-use the scenes with tiny changes in the dialogue. The final experience is the same, and so it feels almost pointless to have these two variants, as they simply don't do anything majorly different from one another. It is not a good / bad end type of deal, but instead two sides of the same ending, with all the scenes identical, except for certain variations in dialogue and the character's behavior. This is a little bit of a shame, as Sia's route is very good. Had the two sides of the route been pulled off in a better way, this route would have been even better.

 

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Primula, Asa and Sia's routes are the only ones that has "believable drama".  The other two routes doesn't make you feel like what is happening is really a big deal at all. It is trivial drama that doesn't have any real impact compared to what happens in the routes mentioned above. This is not to say that the routes are bad because of this, but it does make the game feel a little inconsistent, as if the two routes which feel less impactful are played after the other three, then you won't really be that pleased with the end result. Actually, one of these routes has to be played before Primula's route is unlocked, so only one of the routes actually have that problem.

The endings in the routes also feel a little bit rushed. Once the drama is introduced, the player has almost no time to let it sink in and feel the effects of it, before it is resolved. This makes the novel lose some potential, as it doesn't feel like there is any "risk" to it at all. It's almost as if the game is saying that something bad could happen, but then it instantly corrects itself, saying don't worry, we wouldn't actually do this!

Still, with those factors in mind, the story in the game is still enjoyable. The actual core of the heroine routes does a good job of making the player care for the heroine and about what happens to her, and seeing as the game instantaneously lets you know that it is a very laid back, plain and casual experience, the slightly rushed endings and not overly dramatic parts are to be expected.  

 

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To sum up, Shuffle! is a very light and simple, yet effective visual novel. It does a good job of making the player care for its characters, as long as the player is willing to accept the game's light hearted and simple atmosphere.

The music and art in the game is well made, especially the art and backgrounds. Considering the age of the game, it is in fact quite pleasantly surprising to see such nice artwork in the game. The music could have had even more effort put into it though, as there is a clear difference in quality between a few of the tracks.

The routes are a little inconsistent, and offer parts which are essentially just copy pasted with slightly altered dialogue. This alongside the predictability of certain events, the game loses a bit of its potential.

 

+ Nice art, music and well made menu makes for an enjoyable experience.

+ The story is enjoyable overall, and does a good job of making the reader care for the heroines

 

- The drama in the later parts of the game ends far too fast, and are essentially pointless

- The game loses potential with the lack of variation in its re-used scenes, especially in Sia's route

 

Rating: These things taken into account, shuffle! gets a 7.8/10 rating

 

 

Dergonu

Hello hello! I have spent the whole day no lifing this game and now its time to make a review of it! :miyako: 

 

Introduction:

Just like the last game, Nekopara vol. 2 is a rather short kinetic novel, (about 4-5 hours, depending on your reading pace. Maybe a little longer if you listen to all the dialogue.) It has very nice art, animated sprites, animated H-Scenes and ... nekos!

Starting off after the ending in vol.1, all the catgirls in the Minaduki-family are now working at La Soleil. So far the MC, Kashou, has conquered two of the six. How long before the rest of them fall for his incredible ... Baking ... Skills?

 

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The story?

 

So I went ahead and added a question mark there. Don't take this the wrong way; I am not saying the game is bad and that its completely devoid of a story, but let's face it, this game is primarily about looking at the pretty nekos naked.

Its very strongly built on the slice of life type element, literally just showing the life of everyone at La Soleil as they do their best to keep the now very popular bakery running. It's pretty much a moege / nukige, depending a little on how you want to look at it. (I guess if you play the all ages version, its just a pure moege .. :miyako: )

 

In Vol.2 the two catgirls Azuki and Coconut are our new heroines (two of my favorites, so that made me go hell yes!)

The story starts with Coconut being extremely clumsy like always, and therefore she ends up very dejected. All the other nekos have a job they can pull off well in the bakery, but all Coconut can do is lift heavy stuff. She breaks mugs, gets in the way and just generally doesn't do much productive work.

Azuki on the other hand has taken the role of the leader among the nekos, and with her being the oldest of the lot, it was a rather natural role for her to fill. Coconut and Azuki constantly get in fights, something that makes the relationship between the two kind of strained.

Eventually Coconut wants to get some special training from Kashou, so that she can do better at work and finally have her onee-chan compliment her.

Meanwhile, Chocola and Vanilla has to go take another test in order to keep their bells. The bell test was something they both struggled with originally, especially Chocola, so it's something that could end badly. Will they manage to keep their bells, or will they be forced to go through the process to get them back all over again?

 

The story basically continues in this pattern from here, though if I say any more, I'd basically spoil the little story the game has. Therefore, let's leave it there.

All in all, for me the story was quite enjoyable. It's extremly light hearted, and I knew that as I started playing it, obviously. It has a few moments that is kind of touching, and others that are really funny.

Really though, it's nekopara; its short, you wont get an incredible amount of story, but you sure as hell will be entertained by the little that is there. (Unless you don't like nekos, but if thats the case, you are a sad human being :jinpou:)

 

What about Chocola and Vanilla?

 

When I started playing, this was a question that was in the back of my mind. Will the new heroines simply replace the old ones? Well the answer is, no!

Of course the new nekos have a bigger role in the story overall, but both Chocola and Vanilla are still present more than enough. (They are in fact, in every single H-Scene. :illya: )

On the note of Vanilla and Chocola, their part in the story with the bells is rather small, but they are present during most of the story scenes featuring Azuki and Coconut as well, but more as background characters.

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Another thing I was wondering was; are they going to make any improvements to the game at all? I didn't really have anything specific in mind, but the main concern I had was: is this literally just going to be a copy paste of the first game, but with new heroines?

Luckily, it wasn't. I mean, of course we are in the same setting so there is re-used backgrounds, the music is somewhat the same and the art itself hasn't been changed significantly. It's not like they have made any big changes that we can see, but just in a general sense, the game itself isn't the same as the first one.

First of all, the new heroines both have different and unique personalities that makes the little story aroud them interesting, and it also spices up the H-Scenes so they don't feel like they are just re-used with new characters.

Also, the story starts of like the polar oposite of the first game, with Vanilla and Chocola already being involved with the MC. We see a little part of their daily life, and how the other nekos are around them when they "get funky". (And example being Coconut walking in on Chocola and Kashou when they are making out.)

So although the feel of the game is similar, its not a lazy copy paste kind of game. I was a little dissapointed to find out that no new elements, such as possible choices or a new fun function like when the petting menu was introdouced. These are fun little things that would make the game even more entertaining.

An amusing thing that happened during the story was when the two remaining nekos went ahead and kind of broke the fourth wall, saying "if this pattern continues, will it be our turn next?"

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Conclusion:

 

Nekopara vol. 2 is rather short and you shouldn't go into it expecting a very deep story. It's very light and full of moe. Luckily the game itself isnt a copy paste from the first game, though I wish some new elements were introdouced. Hopefully the possible next game will have something new in it, like a small choice or something else that spices the game up even more.

In order to avoid a bunch of people getting weirded out by a subjective rating, I'm going to say this: If you liked the first game, you are definitely going to love the second one! If you didn't really care for the first one, then this might not be your thing. Of course, if you have a thing for Heterochromia heroines, then the game might be worth it just as a nukige. Coconut sure does look ... S-Smart :miyako: Yes, lets go with that.

 

I rate nekopara vol. 2 neko/10 :sachi: What, were you expecting a serious number? :makina: Well, too bad. I loved it though. I need more. Please make vol.3. Now. Ok?

Good.

Thats it for today, thanks for reading. Now go play this thing! :pyaa:

Dergonu

Kimihane kanojo review

Hey everyone! So it's time for another review, this time of a yuri title that I just finished last night, Kimihane Kanojo to kanojo no koi suru Ikkagetsu. I got recommended this a little while back and decided to read it because I thought it was just a short yuri nukige. But boy was I wrong ...

 

The story:

The story is quite lighthearted and simple, three girls who think they saw an angel when they were younger live together in a dorm. These three girs get along very well and the story is just their daily lives unfolding before our eyes. Or, rather, it is actually being seen by someone else. The story is told in a third person narrative, being looked at by a mystery person. The third person narrative is quite interesting; its something I haven't seen much off in VNs, and it made for a fun experience, reading an untranslated novel in the third person.

It's a novel strongly built on the slice of life element. The story is split into 4 chapters, with 4 routes, each route has its own unique twist on the four chapters, with new CG, dialouge and events.

The routes are each coupling, Rin x Hina, Hina x Fumi, Fumi x Rin, and finally a secret route unlocked after the completion of the previous three.

Each scene during the game tends to be quite specific and short, but in return there are many of them. So let's say they are sitting in the living room having dinner, there is a short sequence where they do that, then it suddenly switches to a different scene, let's say, they are now at school. This is actually a very comfortable way to read an untranslated novel for me, as its very easy to get the context of the conversation. Also, story wise, there is a reason for this specific short scene duration, and it is revealed during the last, hidden route.

There is an enforced playing order, where a new route is unlocked after the current one is finished. Also, there are NO choices in the game. You get some unique dialouge choices in the form of these screens:

Spoiler

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However these have no effect on the routes and the story at all, and they are simply small unique scenarios.

All in all, the story is very light and cute, the language in the novel is simple, but it still keeps you entertained the entire time. Similar to Sono Hanabira, it focuses strongly on it's character interatcion.

 

The characters:

The story offers very few characters, only four of which has a sprite. These four characters are the ones who make up the bulk of the game's story.

These characters are:

 

Hina:

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Hina is kind of the little sister in the group. She is super adorable; a small girl with a loud voice. (She tends to yell a lot.) She does a lot of stuff that just makes you go, "aww", but unlike Fumi, she is quite ... Noisy. She isn't a fragile and gentle little girl, but rather a loud and energic one.

She spends a lot of her time yelling at Rin, and this makes her appear more like an older sister, despite her role in the little "family" being the little sister/daughter.

 

Rin:

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Rin is my favorite character of the three. She is a slob, managing to put her glasses in the fridge like 8 times during the story. She sleeps in all the time and is always yelled at by the little energy bomb that is Hina. Basically everything Rin does will make you laugh. She is less innocent and more direct and frank, making her do hilarious stuff like roleplay sexual scenarios with Fumi's stuffed animals, get in bed with Fumi telling Hina to look away as "mama and papa" are going to be doing grown up stuff. She will make you laugh a lot, and thats what I loved about her.

Of course, just like the other two she has sides of her which aren't so clear, that you learn more about during the routes.

 

Fumi:

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Fumi is the mother among the three. She is very polite and formal, always takes care of the housework and steps in as a peacekeeper whenever the two others start quarreling. She is gentle and adorable, but just like Rin, she has different sides to her which are discovered during the routes.

 

Lastly, Sachiko:

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Umm.. She is the ... Middle aged dorm manager who keeps on touching the girls... She also tries to pay them to be painted nude. ..  uhh.. Someone call the police..?

 

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General impressions and thoughts:

Like I said in the introduction, Kimihane looked like your average yuri nukige to me, but wow was I wrong. It is by no means a nukige; I'd probably call it a moege, (as there are only 2 H-scenes per route and quite a lot of cute and adorable, lighthearted dialouge and scenes dominate the game.)

The art in the game is really nice, with several CG variants for each scene and well done character details and sprites. This also makes the H-Scenes quite enjoyable, though like I said, the H-scenes were actually not what made me stick around for this one.

Each character has a lot of developement throughout the story, and each route brings out a new side of them that we haven't seen before. This makes each route feel unique and very enjoyable. The humor in the game is quite entertaining, and the romance is well done, though its a little bit simple and moe like. Don't expect extremely prfound and deep relationships.

Even though the story is so simple and light though, it doesn't make you feel bored or tired of what is going on. The characters keep the romantic routes interesting, but what really blew my mind was the hidden route. Once I played it, I just went... "Ohhhhh!" It did such a good job of suprising me and I think it will suprise you as well. I never saw that coming.

 

Anyways, since the game is fairly short there isn't too much else to be said. Honestly, my conclusion is this: PLAY IT! It's short, its really cute and light but at the same time it has its moments where the story really takes you by suprise. The characters are wonderfull and entertaining and the art is really nice.

 

I personally rated this a 9/10 on my VNDB, but keep in mind; I am yuri freak. :miyako:

I think a more objective rating would be something like a 7.5.  But this is definitely not something you should play just because it has yuri. It's quite the good little novel, and it left me seriously pleasantly suprised.

 

That's it for today folks, thanks for reading!

Dergonu

Hello hello! It's time to do something a little different and so I thought I would make kind of a review / overview of the Strike Witches manga, specifically my favorite in the series: One winged witches.

 

So One winged witches is just one of the several arcs which you can find in the strike witches manga, but what is so nice about the Strike Witches manga is that they don't rely heavily on each other, meaning you can read it in any order you want. (Though basic knowledge of the characters in the series will be fairly important.

 

Introduction:

What is Strike Witches?

Strike witches is a fairly popular shoujo ai anime and manga that features many pretty young witches as they fight against the alien race "the neuroi". The series is set in an alternate timeline where world war II is not fought against ourselves, but against a common enemy; the aliens, neuroi that has invaded earth. It's actually quite interesting and I could go on about the hidden meanings behind many of the characters, events etc. and how they link to WW2 and human nature for days, but I'll skip that and save it for a different time. Today is all about One winged witches!

If you have absolutely no knowledge about Strike Witches at all, this is pretty much spoiler free, but it might be a little bit hard to understand if you have not watched any of the anime / read any of the manga.

 

The One winged witches!

The one winged witches starts us off with the very well known, and yet nearly never used character, Wilma Bishop. Interesting trivia for those who didn't know, Wilma was actually the first witch ever drawn. She is the older sister of Lynette Bishop, one of the elites in the 501st joint fighter wing, the main cast of Strike Witches.

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The one winged witches are witches who doesn't have the same amazing abilities found in the main branches of the witch forces like the strike witches(501st), storm witches(31st), brave witches(502nd) etc. Some of them are wounded and cannot keep up with the elites, some are actually very skilled but are way to egotistic and cannot function in a big, joint fighting force and some are too old. (For those of you who don't know, when you reach a certain age in Strike Witches, your witch powers starts to dvindle and falter. This is different for most witches, but after the age of 20 it usually starts to set in.)

Wilma has joined the silly little group for reasons currently unkown and she joins the completely un-organized witches in their fight against the neuroi.

The One winged witches' job is very simple: They are located at a base fairly close to the 501st and so the one winged witches only have to deal with the stray neuroi that is not destroyed by the elites.

 

The story

After Wilma joins the group she is met with many different impressions. Some of the members hate her and some quickly take a liking to her. The story itself is very simple and slice of life like, even more so than previous Strike Witches titles. There is of course still a fair share of drama in between, in fights and among the members, but the general feel of the story is slice of life through and through.

This is one of the Strike Witches arcs that honestly makes me cry every time. Now, I am a sissy; this is an established fact. Anyways, the story is quite simply Wilma trying to make the one winged witches come together and fight as a team. She is one of the most experienced witches and she is very charismatic and full of energy, which makes her a good peacekeeper in the group. (Taking over the role of the actual commanding officer in a way.)

 

The characters:

Amelie Planchard - A fairly timid witch who absolutely adores Perrine from the 501st joint fighter wing. Wilma wants to help her improve so that she can once again fly next to Perrine.

Francie Gerard - A fairly shy witch. She doesn't believe in her own abilities, something that Wilma wants to do something about during the story. She is a big fan of Charlotte from the 501st, and because of this there is some rivarly between her and Amelie. (As in, my crush is better than yours!!!)

Misa Kadomaru - She is the captain of the one winged witches. As you might have guessed by now, Wilma will try help her in making the members of the team collaborate and function better together.

Laura Toth - An elite from the 501st join fighter wing, who was thrown out due to her inability to function well with others in a team. She is very confident in her own abilities, but Wilma wants to try to teach her the beauty of friendship and cooperation.

Wilma Bishop - Basically the protagonist of the books. She is the new recruit but quickly becomes the most important member in the group.

 

Conclusion: Simple but effective

So this has been fairly short, but seeing as this series is simply 2 manga volumes its hard to go into very detailed information without spoiling literally everything about it.

One winged witches is a beautiful story about the so called "detatchement group" coming together and going through a lot in order to strengthen their bonds and prove that even though they are considered "the broken witches" they still work just as hard as everyone else. The characters are all interesting and taking into consideration that its only 2 manga volumes, they have a lot of character developement and backstory which is interesting and touching. Each one of them has an idol they want to live up to and a dream they want to achieve. Wilma is by far my favorite character in the entire Strike Witches universe, and that was honestly brought on soley by this short little series.

Overall one winged witches is a wonderful little story that will leave you craving for more, (and there is a lot more, with 2 anime seasons, 1 movie, another season coming soon and plenty of other works like more manga etc.) What makes this story so good is the interaction between the little group and the way you get to watch them grow together. The ending is satisfying and touching and ... And ... BEWBZ!!! :makina:

Sorry. Had to throw that in there. The ecchi is indeed strong with this one at times. If you want panty shots and bare breasts when the occation calls for it then you have come to the right place.

 

So that is it for now guys, thanks for reading! :miyako:

 

Dergonu

Yosuga no Sora review

So before I start, I don´t really know if this can go up on fuwa review or not so ... I´m just posting it here in the same format. :P If anyone know if it can be moved over there then that would be cool. Anyways, on to the review:

 

Opening statement:

Yosuga no Sora is one of those games that a lot of people might judge before actually giving it a go, due to its nature. Maybe you heard rumors, read a negative review or an angry comment about it. Either way, there is a lot of negativity surrounding the game, and I hope that by making this review, some of that will go away. 

Yosuga no Sora review

By Dergonu 

 

Yosuga no Sora is a slice of life romance visual novel by Sphere. It tells the story of the two twins, Sora and Haruka who just lost their parents in a car accident. In order to leave behind their painful memories, they seek a new beginning in their old childhood town, all the way out in the country. Upon arriving in town they are reunited with old friends and make new ones. The story starts of fairly simple as a slice of life romance comedy, but slowly evolves into more of a dramatic love story touching on some controversial topics like incest.

Similar to a lot of popular VNs, it is in a school setting with romance and comedy as essential components, though its unique aspects does make it quite enjoyable despite this.  

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My initial reaction when starting the game was that the music, backgrounds and the art itself is all pretty good. The music slides nicely into the background and doesn't feel disruptive or too repetitive. It´s nothing phenomenal, but it is by no means bad. The art is nice, especially considering that the VN isn't exactly new. One thing that annoyed me was the text box. Often the text will be too long and it will force you to scroll down, making it hard to read, especially in auto mode. This is of course not a big problem, and its primarily only a problem for the English parts, not the un-translated parts of the game. Still, it's a small annoyance. Other than that, the menu and the interface is ok, but does feel a little jumbled at times. The English titles on the menu is essentially unreadable and so you have to either read the katakana/ kanji or get used to where the different options are. 

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The game consists of 5 heroine routes, but one is on a different level from the other 4; that being Sora's route.

This is where I feel the novel loses a little potential. The story is clearly supposed to primarily be about Sora and Haruka, and this reflects clearly even in the routes where Sora isn't the main heroine. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the other characters don't deserve a route. All five of the characters have their merits, and all five routes are fairly enjoyable, but I feel that the difference in quality is quite noticeable between Sora's route and the other 4. Another thing that disappointed me was the way choices was handled in the novel. You get 5 choices during the story, and basically, the only thing they do is let you choose what route to go into. Meaning, choices have absolutely NO effect on story, CG, endings etc. Like I mentioned, this novel does touch on some controversial topics, and is quite dramatic at times, which to me says that it would be logical with choices for the player to make during the story that impacts the ending, but instead all you get is one story and one ending for each route.    

 

That being said, the characters is a big plus for me. They are colorful, diverse and work very well together as a group. The most fun part of the common route and for lots of the slice of life parts of the character routes is definitely "double Akira" and their shenanigans. All the characters do get some screen time even outside their own route, though for the supportive characters like Yahiro and Kozue (the class president), you get a lot less character development. Yahiro only really has a purpose in Motoka's route, (which is untranslated) and class rep really only exists to bring some drama in primarily Sora's route. But overall, the characters is a big plus for this novel.

The five characters that gets a route is:

Sora, Harukas twin. Will mention more about her a little later, but she is a fairly standard tsundere character with a powerful emotional connection to her brother. (Translated.) 

Kazuha, Harukas classmate. She is an oujosama, being the daugther of the most influential and powerful man in the little town. She is strict and a little uptight, but she is really cute and a very likeable character overall. (Translated.) 

Akira, another one of Harukas classmates. She is the oposite of Kazuha in that she is laid back, highly energic and doesn't care too much about rules and such. She is easily influenced by Ryouhei, or "ryou-nii" as she calls him, and the two form the infamous pair of troublemakers, "double Akira." (NOT fully translated.) 

Motoka, Kazuha's maid. "The older woman route". She is a really funny character. Actually quite clumsy and impatient, she is the last person you'd think of as a maid for a rich family. The two sides of her personality makes her really interesting and funny. Sadly her route, which is the best outside of Sora´s in my opinion, is untranslated and so you´ll have to pull out some text hookers etc to read it. Parts of it is translated, but this only accounts for about 40% of the route. (NOT fully translated.) 

Nao, the "onee-san", Haruka's upperclassman. Haruka has known her since childhood, as they were neighbors when Sora and Haruka spent time in the town in the past. Their past is slightly complicated, though they quickly hit it off again when Haruka returns to the town. She is a character you either find really annoying or one you end up really liking. Sadly, for me, it was the first one. (NOT fully translated.) 

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Back to the story. Like I mentioned earlier, the story is about Haruka and Sora settling into a new town after their parents passed away. Now, Sora is very shy and not very sociable. The main reason for this is that she spent a very large amount of time as a child in a hospital due to her weak immune system. Because of this, it became Haruka's job to take care for and look after Sora. As the story progresses, we learn more about the pair and grow more attached to them. At times we will see certain scenes from Sora's point of view, and I for one grew very attached to Sora fairly quickly. She is a pretty standard "tsundere" character, but as we see things from her point of view now and then, you see both sides of her simultaneously and this makes for a little bit of a different experience from normal, bland tsunderes. The story maintains a pretty laid back air to it for a while before entering the more dramatic parts. This is the case for all routes, though the extent of which the drama takes control of the story will wary. In Soras, route the drama primarily consists of the two dealing with conflicting emotions, that being the romantic love for each other that they both try to hide and understand, and their love for each other as siblings. Here again the novel kind of lacks a kick in the other routes. In my opinion, Kazuha and Akira's routes doesn't really achieve much in the form of story. They dig out some fairly plain story about Kazuha's parents and the link between them and Akira, but it didn't really move me at all, and it was resolved in what felt like an anticlimactic and boring manner. That being said, their routes are still enjoyable. I very much enjoyed the interactions between Haruka and Kazuha especially, as they are very different people and make for a really adorable couple. Also, the H-Scenes in the novel work well in strengthening the relationship between the characters, and for once offers a non virgin main character in a slice of life romance VN, which is a plus in my book, as they become a little different from the majority of scenes in similar novels.   

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Overall, the VN does a good job in providing the reader with some form of entertainment throughout the entire story. At no points did I feel like I was being bored by the story, though I was rather impartial towards some of the things that happened in some routes that wasn't Sora's. The comedy is enjoyable and the romance aspects are really well done. In conclusion, Yosuga no Sora is a slice of life romance with some unique aspects that become either a hit or a miss. The game offers some drama at later stages of the routes, and even if it doesn't make you feel too much, the nice and cute romance and comedy will at least keep you reading till the end. Sora's and Motoka's routes are the most memorable for me. If you are looking for something deep and heavy, this is not the VN for you. That being said, if you want a romance VN unlike all the others in its genre, this one will definitely offer some unique parts that you won't find everywhere else. Despite some flaws I think this is definitely worth a read, especially for Sora's route.

One final note for western readers, I´ve mentioned it above already but only about 80% of the game is translated, so for some parts of the routes that isnt: Common, Kazuha or Sora,(meaning Motoka, Akira and Nao,) you will need a translation program to read.

 

 

+ Nice, colorful and diverse characters that works well both as a group and individually

+ The music, art, CG as well as H-Scenes are all well done and work well together

+ The slice of life, comedy/romance aspect are very well executed 

 

- Many of the routes in the VN, despite being enjoyable, aren't very memorable and the endings feel rushed

- The lack of choices to impact the ending makes for a less impactful experience

- The dramatic, later parts of most routes is poor compared to Sora's route, lowering the overall quality of the VN

 

Overall I give Yosuga no Sora a 7/10 rating.

Dergonu

Why I like School Days

Hello people! Today I will be making a blog post on why I like School Days. I guess it's more; the things I like about school days. (Also, this is going to be primarily about the anime, not the VN, as the anime has a single ending, and that ending is one of the things I like about the show, believe it or not!)

 

Quick introduction:

School days is a dramatic romance anime that has become a very contriversial topic due to it's ending. (If you have not watched the show; spoilers. Duh. Also, partial spoilers to the VN as they obviously share a lot of stuff.) In the show we are introdouced to the not so very lovable main character Makoto. He is in love with a girl he spotted on a train, (not creepy!) He then goes on to take a picture of her, (ok, it's getting a little creepy), and his plan is to keep the picture on his phone for a few weeks. (Now it's very creepy.) Apperantly it's like a love charm; if no one finds out about it, then the person you took a picture of will fall in love with you.

Anyways. Sekai, Makoto's classmate, finds out about the charm on day one, (RIP), and so Makoto is kind of dedjected. But, lucky for him, Sekai actually started to befriend the girl he is in love with and agrees to introdouce him to the girl as a kind of apology for ruining his charm.

The girl, Kotonoha is very shy, but sure enough, due to Sekai's meddling, Kotonoha and Makoto starts dating.

 

How can someone like this atrocity?!

Well hello there stereotypical school days hater! Let me explain!

Authenticity

First of all, the beggining of the show introdouces the relationship between Kotonoha and Makoto in a very authentic way. Both of them are young and inexperienced, and they don't really know how to behave on dates, in public, and when they are alone with each other. Makoto really wants to move their relationship to a physical level, (at the beggining we are talking hugging and kissing, NOT SEX), but Kotonoha is not really ready for that right off the bat. The way the two of them act very awkwardly around each other, and the way Sekai works as a kind of relationship fix-it-all handyman feels really auhtentic when it comes to a relationhsip between two inexperienced teenagers. I actually recogniced myself a lot in the two of them when I started dating a girl for the first time when I was 14. I was very awkward on our first date, I didn't know how much I could ... Touch her, (don't take that the wrong way,) and I needed my female friend to kind of guide me into making the right choices in order to not screw up big time. (I literally wanted to make her pay for her own ticket at the movies... I ... I have no idea what I was thinking. But enough about my horrible, horrible dating history.)

The first three episodes feels like a very real relationship, and the ending line to the third episode just seals up the deal; "Being in a relationship with Kotonoha is a lot of work, isn't it?"

Human nature

And this brings us to the second thing that I really like about the show; flaws we humans makes based on our "lusts" or wants. Basically, we have all felt that one moment of weakness when we just threw away our logical way of thinking and did something stupid. The point is kind of similar to the first one; authenticity. The truth is, I completely understand the first "cheating" acts that Makoto makes, (NOT saying I like him or that its ok to cheat!!! ... I'll explain what I mean now, so please, lower your muskets!)

Ok, so at this point in the anime Sekai has started to kind of unintentionally make a move on Makoto, saying they are going to "practice"... I don't even know. But whatever, the point is, they end up straight up cheating on Kotonoha and have sex, despite the fact that Makoto is in a relationship with Kotonoha. Now, I DO NOT THINK CHEATING IS OK! But, objectively speaking, it's obvious; Makoto is better suited for Sekai. He does not fit well with Kotonoha, and the only reason he liked her was that his penis told him: Ah! Girl pretty, me like! And so, I understand that Sekai and Makoto ends up getting together and I agree that is the way it should have been. Of course, this is the point where you admit you did somethinig disgusting and try to break it off with Kotonoha in the nicest way possible, groveling for forgiveness.

BUT! Makoto is very inexperienced, and I seriously think that parts of the reason he did not break up with Kotonoha is that he seriously, honestly did not understand what a commited relationship meant. He seriously does not comprehend that he is commited to Kotonoha. Still, the things he does after that is just straight up being an ass, and at that point he DOES understand and still goes through with it, so Makoto, fu** you. But yeah, as for the earlier episodes I actually think the things he did was a completely normal flaw in judgement that can happen to everyone.

 

Evil twist ending, build up and ruthlesness

It is time to move onto the main event. So, Makoto has started to act like a dick and he no longer gets any sympathy points from anyone. Seriously, dude, we all hate you now. Then, what is it that remains of the show and the characters that I can say is good? Well generic School Days hater, I will now continue my explenation! (Totally needed to call you out a second time. Yup.)

Evil twist ending; it is something usually found in horror movies and very rarely exists in the world of "normal" entertaininent. (Think common romance, action etc.) It's a type of ending that uses the entire show/ movie to build up, leading the viewer to belive the evil will be defeated! Then the evil is defeated, and then! Then comes the evil twist that makes you realize that there was never a chance and the world is a grousome and unforgiving place. The fact that the writers has the audacity and balls to use an ending like this, something that almost never steps outside the horror genre, in a romance anime, really just... Yeah it's ... It's a unique choice. But! It works! It works so, so, so well! Because:

Kotonoha is a character that everyone wants to protect. She is shy, fragile and cute. She would never hurt a fly, and the only thing she did wrong was want to take her first romantic relationship slow. (Such a monster!) Throughout the show she is exposed to bullying, cheating and all sorts of evil that just wont let up! This is hard for most viewers; our poor innocent heroine is being broken, and sure enough, she straight up loses her mind. Watching this is seriously pshycologically scarring. You have to give them a tip of the hat for this brilliant display of just absolute cruelty that makes the viewers extremly emotionally invested in the characters.

Here is a few brilliant things the writers do throughout this grouesome journey: They spin us completely in the wrong direction! In several scenes, we see Kotonoha seemingly plotting to take her own life. For example, in one scene she stands in the kitchen completely out of it, touching the kitchen knives. She is interrupted by her little sister. We think; what would have happened if she was left alone here? Of course, we have absolutely no idea just what waits for us once that courtain closes...

And as she goes insane and literally just talks into a phone with no battery, she is finally, FINALLY found by the main character, the knight in shining armor! (We still hate him of course, but at least he can man up and save Kotonoha now.) And he does. He decides, I have been an ass, I will make up for it and get back together with Kotonoha.

Ok, so now we get our "happy ending." A lot of stuff has happened, people were hurt and everyone is left with a bitter taste. But the silver lining is, the main characters are back together and we are now somewhat happy. It's a nice conclusion to this fairly average drama right?

Wrong. Now comes the evil twist that made me incredibly fascinated with this show. The twist that made me create a powerpoint presentation on evil twist endings that I presented for a small lecture hall in my school which was very well recieved.

Makoto is killed. The knight in shining armor that was literally the only remaining light in Kotonoha's life is gone. She goes insane again, violently murders the pregnant sekai, opens up her stomach, cuts of Makoto's head and drives her fathers yatch out into the open ocean; most likely found soon after and probably gets incarcerated.

This is of course evil and pshycological, but seriously! Something like this, something so suprising, something so well done cannot be called bad! You cannot call something that turns the viewers entire view on romance animes completely on its head bad! Yes, it has its flaws, but the show itself isn't in any way BAD. It's just very, very unique and VERY heavy. It's not a show meant for 14 year old girls who wants to see the main character kiss the girl gently and have them live happily ever after.

 

Closing statement

So my rant is now over. I realize some of it might have been a tad bit difficult to understand. Ok, there is a twist, but why is that good? The hot girl died so I hate it! Ok, well, of course it comes down to taste, but what I try to make a point of here is; taste is one thing, but completely objectively speaking, something cannot be called bad just because you don't like it! You can't say this is bad because it doesn't fit my taste! You can say you don't like it, but you can't say it's bad! And the truth is, School Days is NOT bad! It's in fact, a very well pulled of evil twist ending in a romance anime, something that has basically never been done before. It's so unique and so well done, it's ... It's fantastic! The show itself as a romance is ... Well, its what, like a 4/10? But it's value as a evil twist ending in general that suprises it's viewers it's a really solid 8/10.

So now my blog post is over, please put the batons, pitchforks and katanas away. This is MY opinion and if you don't agree then that is absolutely fine. But please... Don't kill me :michiru:

Dergonu

Introduction: 

So I´ve been on this forum for a decent amount of time now, and for those of you who encounter me in the chat you know: I love yuri. And during my many fallouts with Jade and his trap,(Which is evil :pyaa: ) I post pictures of yuri left and right, most of which are from SonoHana. I realize though that there are people out there who hasn't played these short and plotless  amazing yuri games! Therefore, I will be making a blog post to tell you about something that no one should go their life without playing! Before I get started, do note that a lot of these games are translated, with only the newest releases remaining untranslated, BUT! These are fan translations, and the company releasing these games have shown dissatisfaction with the fan translations due to piracy. (There was a way to get the entire game extracted from the patch alone.) Because of this, please make sure you BUY THE GAME LEGALLY before installing a translation patch for these games. (Information on where to buy the games is in the bottom of the post, however, due to their bad reputation, links to the patches will NOT be in this post. Please use the google no-jutsu for that)

This is NOT the case for remembering how we met, which is the ONLY licensed translation as of right now. Hopefully this will change in the future :) 

 

Ok so, I am talking about Sono hanabira ni kuchizuke o, a yuri VN franchise which has been releasing games for years now. Writers have come and gone, but the games have still remained somewhat the same, introducing a lesbian couple going to school at an all girls high school for daughters from rich families. The norm has been that each couple gets a minimum of 2 games, with some exceptions being released later on. 

The games are rather short, cute and fluffy. Its primarily just about the two main characters, and other characters rarely even have sprites in the early games. (Yes I´m looking at you guys, class mate-A, class mate-B) This however, changes towards the newer games, where most characters have sprites and there are more CGs and voice acting from others than just the main characters. 

Their short length and small amount of content aside, there is still something that makes these games very enjoyable, (except the yuri H-scenes :illya:) and that is the characters and their interactions. I already talked about this a little bit in my previous blog post about sonohana nyuu jene, but I realize that if one haven't played previous games, you won't be able to relate to much I say in that one. 

And so! 

The characters and story

The characters in Sono Hanabira ni kuchizuke o are wonderful. Each one of the couples offer a set of unique and colorful characters. (Unique as in different from each other, not in a general sense. I know a tsundere isn't very unique characteristic in a visual novel.) 

Among the many, many couples who have been introduced, we are going to be looking at, Yuuna x Nanami, the first couple introduced in the franchise, and Hazuki x Manami, one of the latest couples. The reason I´m doing this, thereby omitting a lot of the couples in the middle, is simply because of the first and the last aspect, and not because I like the others less or anything. (Though it does have to be said, these two are some of my favorites.) Which couple you will end up liking the most will be different for everyone. Each one of them has their own characteristics that makes you like them. (Or not like them. Though lets face it, no one dislikes yuri. Right?) 

 

Let us start with Yuuna x Nanami, and the first Sono hana game released. 

It came out in 2006, and tells the story of the cute, silly little Nanami who comes to a school way out of her comfort zone. Its a school filled with oujousama´s (daughters of rich families), and she really doesn't feel like she fits in. Her first day starts of bad as her uniform rips and she ends up hiding behind the school building, not going into the reception ceremony. Then, her guardian angel, the beautiful onee-sama Yuuna walks up and asks her if she needs help. She then goes on to patch up Nanami´s skirt. Instantly lovestruck, the next few months of Nanami´s life are dedicated trying to get into a planning committee where Yuuna is the leader. She wants to get closer to her onee-sama, and well, thats where the love aspect of the game beings. I won't spoil too much of the very small amount of story in the game, and will instead speak in a general way about the game. 

Yuuna and Nanami start dating, and have to deal with issues in school and between each other. There is a simple choice system that will lead to either incomplete endings, or the true end which is quite cute. 

The rest of the games that follow are made in a similar trend. Girl meets girl, couple meets X issue(s), try to resolve them together, happy end. The games are fairly short, about 5+ hours of reading if you listen to all the dialogue and 2 hours or so if you skip it as soon as the text is read. The games do vary a bit in length, and some later releases do have an increased length, (for example Nyuu Jene comes out over 10 hours,) but for the most part the games are fairly similar in this regard. 

 

Moving over to Hazuki x Manami, we have a fairly different setting from Nanami x Yuuna. This couple is introduced in the 19th installment of the series, Nyuu Jene, which I´ve made a blog post on already here: 

The character´s troubles are essentially the opposite of Yuuna x Nanami, but the actual characters Nanami and Hazuki are fairly similar. The reason I bring this up, other than them being the first and last couples, is to make a point; the characters have kind of been re-used at this point, (lets face it, Hazuki and Nanami are very similar.) But despite this the games are very different and the couple´s "worries" or what have you doesn't feel repeated at all. This is another factor that makes the SonoHana games enjoyable despite their short and "plotless" nature. 

 

Navigation through the many titles; how does it work?

So, lets take a break from the story and the characters and talk a little about how to navigate through these games. It might look a little overwhelming and confusing, seeing as there are so many titles and the couples are in seemingly random orders. (Kind of...) 

So far there are 20 games in the franchise. The games have little in common with each other, except A) games that are with a previously introduced couple, working kind of like a sequel, (example games 1 and 6 being yuuna x Nanami, 2 and 4 being Sara x Kaede) B) Games released after Nyuu Jene; These games seem to have the same characters repeated, at least for the moment, and all works as sequels. (After the next 3 are released, this might change. No word on those games are out as of yet.) Other than that, you can just pick a couple you like and play it, which means, YES, you CAN start with, lets say game nr. 3 then play 5 to get its sequel, and go back to lets say 1 and then play 6. Its pretty much just about finding the individual game´s sequel. 

To make figuring out exactly which game offers what couples simple, literally just look it up on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sono_Hanabira_ni_Kuchizuke_o - Do note that this list currently does not have Revolution - Rinagisa (the newest game) listed, but this is a sequel to Nyuu Jene and offers Rina x Nagisa, but with the other characters as supportive characters with a role in the story. This will probably be added soon though. EDIT: Due to a strange edit on wikipedia, they have removed some of the newer games from the list ... Really don't know why. But if you display the page in Japanese instead, all 21 games are there. The games from 1-15 are on the English list.

Do note that the newest games, Nyuu Jene and the rest after are UNTRANSLATED, and have no fan translations as of yet. 

 

Conclusion; why should you play these games and where to get them

 

So, why should you play these games? There are many rom-com slice of life games out there, and to be honest I cant really sell why this should be prioritized over the others without mentioning yuri. Damnit. Well, these games are short, simple, but still offer very enjoyable characters and relationships; they are pretty much getting right to the point without beating around the bush with an incredibly long common route and a bunch of filler characters that has little to do with the story. If you are looking for a short, cute, funny and enjoyable slice of life love story, picking up one or two of these games is not a bad idea at all. 

As for where to get the games, most of them are available on english DLsite, here: (NSFW content!!)

http://www.dlsite.com/ecchi-eng/fsr/=/keyword_maker_name/fuguriya+RG05173/ana_flg/all/from/work.same_maker

For Nyuu Jene and the rest of the games you can't find on DLsite, you can buy them here: (Note that this is a Japanese site, but it DOES accept foreign credit cards. For a guide on how to navigate the site and make  a purchase there, look at the blog post below.) 

http://gyutto.com/i/item161082 (Nyuu Jene)

All of the games

 

Remembering how we met is available on steam or on mangagamer and is the only licensed SonoHana title:

http://www.mangagamer.com/detail.php?goods_type=0&product_code=149

 

 

Alright, thats it for this post. :sachi: 

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