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  1. 7 points
    While the duology isn't new to people who have a PS4 and played the games, the cruising onto PC on Steam is a big thing for those of you who prefer to do everything with their computer (including me). A few days ago, these two games, which are very much a treat for those who liked the original game or anime, became available. For those who have only watched the Utawarerumono animes (both of them), Mask of Deception covers the same area of the story as the second anime, albeit in more detail with some changes. My personal opinion of it was that it was great... but I found myself wanting H-scenes about halfway through (too many mimikko and those mischievously erotic twins). The second game (Mask of Truth/Futari no Hakuoro) is considerably more serious than the first from the beginning until the end. As such, it provides quite a different experience. For those who were annoyed by the sudden way the second Utawarerumono anime ended, this is a good way to see the rest. For those who have already played both... well why not do so again? I know I will.
  2. 7 points

    Noratoto - 18+ Restoration Project

    Hey, what's up? Here's some updates for the project: Patricia's second H-scene, and another script after it which was removed, are done. Total lines done: 1287 out of 8586. Rounded up, that's 15% done so far! Editing is currently sitting at roughly 9%. Like Zeph said, much of our team was busy for the holidays, myself included, but we should be picking our pace soon. Here's hope next update we can bring it to 30%.
  3. 6 points

    How to make a baby in Visual Novel ?

    Because virgin writers don't know how women work.
  4. 5 points
  5. 5 points

    What are you playing?

    So, I finally decided to clean up my VN library and read all those VNs that I got on sales or in bundles ages ago and never played. As a result, I finally got to Alice in Dissonance titles. fault milestone one was one of the first VNs I bought on Steam, back in 2016, and while I liked the first 20 minutes of the game that I saw during my play test back then, but for some reason I never finished the game till now. Overall, the fault series was pretty different from what I expected judging by these first twenty minutes. If I had to describe this series in a few words, I'd say, it's an episodic fantasy with heavy focus on characters and drama. What I personally found rather impressive about these games is how well they use CGs and visual effects in certain scenes to make them look really dynamic. In my opinion, it's really impressive that a doujin VN manages to use its graphics a lot more consistently and more creatively than many high-profile titles. The quality of the art itself, however, is a bit inconsistent. Overall it's pretty standard anime-style drawings, and there are some minor characters who look a bit strange, but, overall, it's pretty detailed, and there are some pictures that look really beautiful. Also, the first game got a major graphics update in 2018, so now it's one of the few VNs in 4K resolution. However, if we exclude the graphics, there are some minor flaws that I would expect from a doujin game. First of all, there are no voices. I personally don't consider it a major flaw and believe that some VNs actually work better without voices, but it may be crucial for some people. Secondly, while I personally didn't dislike the music, its usage in the game wasn't ideal. Some songs were looping with very small interval and it was very irritating. Also, there are some melodies that may sound well on their own, but, I believe, don't fit well in a visual novel because they distract from reading. Finally, it's not very important, but the opening song is kind of... meh, if you ask me. As for the story, the first half of milestone one is mostly focused on introducing the setting and important characters. Which leads me to the biggest complaint I have with this game - the first half is basically just one massive infodump. I mean, I understand that it's necessary evil because of the episodic nature of the series, and they tried to include the infodumps more naturally in the dialogues, but I still can't help but think it could be done even more subtly. There were some occasional small details in the story that, I felt, either didn't make much sense or could be done a bit better. Other than that, I don't really have any complaints about the story at all. As it shifted from the worldbuilding more toward character drama in the second half of the game, it got a lot more interesting. The last quarter is especially cool. All the little details actually come together in the final reveal, and overall the conclusion felt pretty emotional to me, just like it was supposed to feel. Overall, I'd give this game a solid 7/10. fault milestone two (side: above) is pretty similar to the first game that there's little to add. Still, many small details were definitely improved. There's no problems with the music. Actually, I can say that I liked the soundtrack in this VN. In my opinion, the general quality of writing also improved. There are no infodumps, and all the new information is introduced naturally in the story. The visual effects are used even better than in the first VN, especially since there's a bit more action (though it's still not the focus). The overall pacing of the story is also pretty great. Though, I suspect it may be a problem on my side, but I personally had some annoying stability issues in the second half of the VN. It really didn't help the emotional impact of the final scene that I had to replay the whole scene four or five times simply because it was constantly crashing. Still, I don't think I've seen anyone complain about having any similar problems with this VN, so most likely I just finally need to buy a proper desktop PC instead of my three-year-old laptop. The only major complaint I have with the game is that, well, it's incomplete. As you can probably guess from the title, this game is something like a half of the second episode in the story rather than a proper episode. Excluding the overarching story that started in fms1 and will probably continue before the last episode assuming that we actually get to the last episode eventually, there are two major plot threads that started in this episode, and while one of these threads comes to the proper emotional conclusion, the other is completely left hanging. Well, it's a pretty obvious thing to expect from an episodic release. Still, I can't really give it anything higher than 7.5/10 for now. I will probably raise it after side: below is released. Though, it seems like they are going to release the prequel to the first game first, and, after massive delays, it will probably come out this year, so I'm not really expecting the continuation for another two or three years. Just for the record, the trailer to fstp looks pretty amazing! Mhakna Gramura and Fairy Bell is quite an interesting... experience. It's written more like a children's story book, though there is a bit of a twist in the last quarter of the VN. It's also fairly short: it took me just two hours to finish the whole VN. Overall, you can definitely read it even if you didn't read the main fault series since it's pretty standalone. Well, it's interesting example that VN format works even for something so vastly different from the usual galge and otomege. I gave it 8/10 on VNDB, but, honestly, due to the nature of this VN, I don't think like rating it even makes much sense. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to the later fault titles. I can't really say this was the most impressive VN series I've read at this point, but it has good potential, and I still enjoyed it a lot. ~~~~ Now, let's see what Kindred Spirits of the Roof is about. PS. Also, I stalled Baldr Sky for now. I don't know, I just can't make myself enjoy this VN for some reason. I'll return to it eventually and at least force myself to finish the first route, but I don't know when it will happen.
  6. 5 points
    https://nekonyansoft.com/blog/senren-banka-release-date-new-announcements-and-other-news https://nekonyansoft.com/blog/part-2-kinkoi-ixshe-and Senren Banka: As stated in title, releases on the 14th of next month Making Lovers is done with translating and editing and Hello Lady is close as well. Fureraba is also getting a switch port. NEW TITLES First off DracuRiot has also been picked up by them from Sekai so the TL stuff is all done. Another new Yuzusoft title announced which apparently has their CEO’s waifu in it which is Riddle Jokers The other announcements are: Kinkoi: Golden Loveriche from SAGAPLANETS which looks like all blonde heroines Clover Days from Alcot, there was a fanTL being worked on of this for a long time afaik(never finished) IxShe Tell by Hooksoft which they picked up replacing Melty Moment for now, looks decent, never heard of it. Looks like its gonna be a solid year from them, hope to get Making Lovers soon ;D
  7. 5 points
    Hello everyone, I'm back with a small update ^^. The crash in Mistoria's Normal Ending has been fixed. Accordingly, I've updated the partial patch to v1.2 to reflect this. You can find the link to the updated patch in the op. I'm sorry for the trouble and thank you very much for your patience ^^. This wouldn't have been possible without @littleshogun, who provided the save for Lavirie's Normal Ending, and @Kelebek1, who helped me fix the crash. Thank you very much for your help ^^. I really appreciated it. As for the edited images, they haven't been added to this patch yet. I'll try to add them in the next update. Well, that's about it for now. Thank you for reading, and see you next time ^^.
  8. 4 points

    Summer Pockets is here!

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/897220/Summer_Pockets/ It's a bit later than they promised originally, but not by much. So, enjoy your time playing this!
  9. 4 points
    Well, I'll spare you from too much detail, since the full story would be a book (and, like Noble☆Works, it might be a book with a higher word count than Ulysses). But allow me to validate your point about the scenarists: I had some early inklings that the producers lazily divided routes among different writers, but this fact became all too clear once I embarked upon Shizuru's route. I quickly noticed an obscene overuse of em dashes, and had to force myself to diverge from the Japanese text's style and use alternative forms of syntax—but this soon became the least of our team's problems, as every aspect of the Shizuru route writer's prose was simply aberrant. I'm sure you've noticed that the route's story itself is strange compared to the others, but more importantly from my perspective, the text's grammatical structure, word choice, flow, etc. were all a mess. This might be all well and good for somebody willing to take great liberties in translation; unfortunately, having been influenced by the chorus of translation puritans that characterized that era, I was not willing to take those much-needed liberties. As such, the translation surely ended up unnecessarily stilted and lacked the flow that a dialogue-heavy work so badly wants, and for that I apologize. Now, my comment above was actually half-sarcastic. The thing is, I can barely finish a single medium-length visual novel before undergoing an acute sense of repetition. You might imagine, then, that I—somebody who's almost certainly "played" (as in, had open while paying some attention to) Noble☆Works longer than any other human—would become a bit sick of the game. Indeed, I myself cannot say to what degree my opinion of the game should be untethered from the trauma it wreaks upon my mind. But regardless, I'm pretty sure it kind of sucks.
  10. 4 points
    Time for my first topic in 2020, and yeah you didn't read the title wrong because it's what's really happened. Here's the tweet from Nekonyan for the proof. I think we should look forward to this, because we've been teased for Dracu Riot full patch here several times. As for me, while I still think that it's a redundant release I agree that some other people may interested to get it with proper edited text here, so yeah you may wait until Nekonyan released Dracu Riot if you didn't like the current translation. With this it mean that Sekai must say goodbye to another license because their license is taken again, and perhaps it's only a matter of time to have Tenshin Ranman taken over by Nekonyan as well. For Riddle Joker, well not surprised seeing that they've been shown the SD CG for that in their twitter, but more Yuzusoft VN is always good especially it's quite recent (And apparently relationship between Nekonyan and Yuzusoft is quite good). With this Nekonyan already have four Yuzusoft VNs, and I wonder if we can get Amairo later. PS - May as well compile all of their announcements here below, and before you wonder all of their new projects are their secret projects. Secret Project 1 - Dracu Riot The story begins with Mutsura Yuuto accompanying his friend on a holiday to Aqua Eden, an artificial island city where gambling and the sex industry are legal. However, his holiday plans are laid to waste after he gets involved in a kidnapping; to make matters worse, he ends up getting turned into a vampire. As a vampire, he can no longer leave Aqua Eden; so with nowhere else to go, he decides to enroll in a special school for vampires on the island — and thus, his new night life begins! Secret Project 2 - Riddle Joker People used to call such unfathomable abilities "superpowers". Through the discovery of a certain particle during the end of the 20th century, however, the mystery surrounding these powers was solved, with them and their users now being referred to as "Astral abilities" and "Astral users", repsectively. Arihara Satoru is an ordinary person living in this extraordinary world. However, that is but a facade. Hidden beneath the surface, Arihara Satoru is actually an Astral user working as an agent under a secret organization! His newest mission: "Infiltrate this school geared towards Astral users as one of its students!" Along with his little sister, Arihara Nanami, he succeeds in the infiltration and blends in with the students there without a hitch, building a rapport with fellow classmates Mitsukasa Ayase and Nijouin Hazuki as well as upperclassman Shikibe Mayu along the way. Having not drawn even the tiniest bit of suspicion, his mission continues according to plan. --Or so he had hoped. Due to an unforeseen event, his true identity was revealed to Mitsukasa Ayase! But the revelations didn't stop there; Ayase's own big secret was also revealed: What do you know! Her chest was padded! The two now held each other's unspeakable secrets within them. And with that one encounter, their fate would be forever changed-- Secret Project 3 - Kirikoi Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory. Secret Project 4 - Clover's Days It was a buried memory. It was an eternal oath. It was a wish from the heart. It was a regret kept for eternity. And a childhood promise— Yuuto was raised in an orphanage in England. He was taken to Japan after being adopted by Takakura Yoshiomi, an executive of his business. Yuuto, who couldn’t speak Japanese, was supported by his twin sister-in-laws, the bright and shy Anzu, and the cool and reliable Anri, along with the innocent and gentle Tsubame, and the showy and devious Izumi. The young boys and girls were unaware of love. They laughed and they cried, nurturing irreplaceable bonds. And 10 years later— The local scenery had changed so much, and so did Yuuto and the others. –But there are also things that remained the same. “Do you remember… the promise we made that day?” Yuuto's other childhood friends, Hekiru and Hikaru, moved overseas ten years ago. They are together with Yuuto again, and their memories from ten years ago return with them. Clover Day's starts during those rich and fulfilling days. Secret Project 5 - IxSHE Tell Hajime is the school students' representative and the student council president thanks to whom the rule banning romantic relationships in school was lifted. Although now he's a hero who gave allowed everyone freedom of love, he himself now has no time to enjoy it himself! If any problem arises, the whole success will be for naught and the rule might be brought back... At such time, he is confessed to by Kasumi, a transfer student who is also his childhood friend. Furthermore, on the next days he was confessed to by the sister school's charismatic student council president Yui and by the school idol who won miss contest twice in a row - Ayaka! However, one of the few students who is against romance - the "anti-romance faction leader" and the vice president of the student council Yoshino has declared "Come on, let's enter a relationship and cause problems and bring back the ban on romance!". Hajime was happy to be loved by so many people, but decided that first he should get to know everyone better. As if waiting for him to say it, his other childhood friend Shiori, a perfect yamato nadeshiko has confessed to him while saying she knows him best of all. Right after the ban on love has been lifted, the protagonist finds himself incredibly popular with several girls approaching him aggressively and from all directions. His love story begins abruptly...
  11. 4 points

    What are you playing?

    Out of curiosity I've also tried two of those new western render VN's, and for the most part I was positively surprised. Apparently Acting Lessons and Depraved Awakening are the ones that stand out the most at the moment and so I picked those. The former goes more into slice of life and drama territory, while the latter is pretty much a nukige. Depraved Awakening: Overall, I found the quality of the two titles comparable, although Depraved Awakening impressed me a bit more with its erotic thriller approach. H-heavy titles with a solid plot are pretty rare and Depraved Awakening certainly tried to give you an interesting story to keep you engaged. You're playing a detective trying to solve a murder case in a film noir setting. There aren't a lot of Japanese VN's like that. The Innocent Grey titles have a similar setting but are way more serious and plot focused with less H-content. Except Cartagra maybe which was also quite H-heavy. The closest thing are probably the mystery titles of Astronauts: Sirius which have a strong western touch and a lot of H-content. Writing was a bit crude for my taste, but I liked the atmosphere and the fast pacing. It also had a decent soundtrack, but almost no sound effects and no voices. Acting Lessons: I think the writing of Acting Lessons was a bit better (except for the H-scenes) but I had the impression that it struggled a bit with what it wanted to be. Some plot developments towards the end were a bit... odd to put it mildly. It was also bit 'slow on the uptake' so to speak. I mean, if the VN asks me twenty times if I prefer Melissa over Megan and I'm answering "HELL, YES!!!" and the conclusion of the VN is 'Deeply in love with Megan, but plays around with Melissa', then I really don't know what to say anymore. I think the plot arc with your buddy was the most consistent one, even if I found some of his escapades a bit too over the top lol. The actual acting lessons and 'Improv' in particular was a bit boring for my taste, but I liked when they were just hanging out with each other. H-scenes were poorly written with almost no text in them which is a serious issue considering it had quite a lot of them. Soundtrack could have been better and just like Depraved Awakening, it had spare sound effects and no voices. Overall, I think if you want slice of life and drama and don't care too much about the style, then you probably find a lot more and better stuff amongst Japanese VN's. 3D versus 2D: Nevertheless, there are a few things that stand out in both VN's and I guess in render VN's in general. First and foremost, the art content is way higher than in tradional drawn VN's. I guess it's way easier to come up with lots of render images and even animations if you have a finished scene in your 3D-render program. Roughly estimated, traditional 2D VN's usually have around 100 - 200 CG's if you include backgrounds, but 3D ones have thousands of CG's. Though it has to be considered that 2D VN's usually create their scenes on the fly by adding sprites in different poses to a background. In 3D VN's those are all pre-rendered. However, a common problem of the 3D VN's is still the somewhat synthetic look of render scenes and as nice as animations are, they often feel unnatural if you do them without motion capturing. Though both VN's made huge improvements in that regard through the chapters. On the other hand, rendering seems to be a good technique if you want to produce glamour girls with an emphasis on sex appeal. While the faces are still a bit of a problem, hot appealing bodies seem to be easy - there's certainly a lot of potential in 3D VN's with an emphasis on sex. It can't really compare with the 'cuteness' aspect of manga art though. If you want adorable characters there's nothing to see here. Style differences: Another point that stood out amongst both VN's is the unique western style of them. The age group of young women in the age of 20 - 30 almost doesn't exist in Japanese VN's. Judging by appearance it usually goes from 5 - 15... and then continues with 30+ in milf nukiges. Furthermore, since there's fortunately no obsession with school life scenarios, the heroines are older and more mature (and slutty) and less childish than their Japanese counterparts. The pacing is also way faster - almost too fast sometimes. But I definitely appreciate that they don't stretch 5 minutes of story content to 50 hours of slice of life like Japanese VN's. Overall ratings: Acting Lessons: 6.5/10 Deprived Awakening: 7/10 But Acting Lessons had best waifu with Melissa... I've also tried the first three chapters of the upcoming City of broken Dreamers, the successor of Depraced Awakening and I was quite impressed to be honest. It has a cool cyber punk scenario and is more plot focused than its predecessor. And the technical advancements in comparions to the last title are impressive. There's certainly a huge potential here for western developers to make their own thing. Think 'Resident Evil 2 - The Visual Novel' with Leon as protagonist, Claire as waifu and Sherry as walking hugging pillow. Well, I guess I can dream...
  12. 4 points
  13. 4 points
    Hey, your VNDB list is... Quite something. Anyway, I think I have a different problem, because as I'm getting old(er) and becoming more of certified failure at life, reading coming-of-age high school stories becomes kind of taxing. The heroines themselves though, they only rarely feel like actual highschoolers. For example, if I remember well, the main cast of Flowers are all high school freshmen, so 15-years-olds. However, they neither look nor act the part. The notion of age is all so abstract in both VNs and much of anime that I'll probably have to get much older to start feeling that dissonance. On the other hand, I don't really get off to otaku media in the first place, so the "cute little animal" kind of appeal shouldn't spoil my enjoyment. I'll skip the h-scenes either way and the romance should still be satisfying enough.
  14. 3 points
    Dead waifu, best waifu. ^^ EDIT: I guess I should contribute in a meaningful way too. This thread made me think a bit and I still came to the realization that I less have favourite types as much as I have those that don't work for me, like most airheaded heroines for example. Also, maybe it's my perspective being warped by yuri, but I usually see romance through pairings more than just heroines. A good romance arc and chemistry with the protagonist will be crucial on whether I care about the girl in the end. Although, if I had to pinpoint something, I'd say that my favourites are more mature/reliable heroines and those that are cold/hostile at first but show decent depth and warmth further down the line. Using the reliable template of Fruit of Grisaia, Amane and Yumiko are my types way more than all the other heroines in the series. If we go into visuals, I guess my main hooks would be dark hair, glasses and slim figure. Thus, probably the heroine everyone but myself hates, Flowers' Rikka Hanabishi, would be as close to my "ideal" as I can think of right now. I also adore the pairing itself, but once more, I'm probably the only one.
  15. 3 points
  16. 3 points
    Sorry chief, but that ain't happening. Trying to accept any kind of money would see us receiving a C&D letter, shutting our whole operation. Moreover, this is a fan project. For fans by fans and all that, see? Bringing in money ruins the fun of doing it. If you still want to support us with money, buy yourself a beer or tea and enjoy that while reading our work once it's out. Paraphrasing Trip's discord because I have no shame.
  17. 3 points
    In my case they aren't that inaccurate, but I'm not sure I like Steam's assessment on my priorities when choosing games...
  18. 3 points
    I feel like not liking h-scenes is more of shameful thing in the VN community? Anyway, you could say this is not my topic, but not fully. I actually really enjoy softcore stuff and it's a huge shame there's not more of that in visuals novels. I'd love more mildly erotic scenes like those in Kindred Spirits, and they're nearly non-existant outside of that game and some yuri EVNs. If you say that sex scenes are a logical extension of the romance plots and can have a lot of story relevance, I completely agree. There's just so little substance to h-scenes as they're usually done in JVNs and they so often go against what the core story represents, that they're just tedious if you don't look for fapping material. I know there are exceptions, but it would be awesome if more VNs tilted to the side of erotica and not plain porn. I mean, I understand that many people really enjoy the latter, but it'd be way more interesting if we could get a decent amount of both.
  19. 3 points
    It took me years to figure out why I found romance in movies and anime unfulfilling no matter how well fleshed out the courtship, confession, and couple evolution was until I encountered H scenes in VNs. It's the ultimate consummation of a real human relationship and pretending it doesn't exist when it is literally the reason we exist as a species and a story ending without you seeing it will be low level depressing and frustrating. Once I've gotten to love a heroine, I only feel satisfied if I get to H her in the story, and then I can put that story and heroine to bed (heh) and feel fully satisfied. Most western audiences wouldn't understand though, even though most of us will end up fucking someone in our lives, but that's more a function of the long-standing censorship and shame our culture has associated with sex.
  20. 3 points

    Summer Pockets is here!

    And in the meantime, people are complaining about lack of h-scenes in KEY VN I was really shocked after seeing that. The notion that VN=eroge, and that whenever story involves characters having sex, you absolutely HAVE to show it in every detail, seems to be strong. (I personally find it ridiculous, and legendary bad quality of KEY's H-scenes only reinforces that ) On a side note - when browsing Steam reviews of Flight Diary, I saw some people who claimed that they could feel when h-scenes were cut from Akari's route
  21. 3 points
  22. 3 points
    The Steam version is finally available https://store.steampowered.com/app/1189440/VenusBlood_FRONTIER_International/
  23. 3 points

    Summer Pockets is here!

    Yes, I know. It could go either way. We'll see. I agree, but most people won't see that way, and you know it That's beside the point. As you know, sometimes more content, even if it's bad, is considered better than "missing content". Whether it's bad or not is irrelevant to naysayers xD You're in luck. There's a raffle going on: Join the raffle and test your luck
  24. 3 points
    I will say it, yes, games with trap protagonists are one of my secret pleasures. While there are numerous types of this particular niche in VNs, and there are a disproportionate number of this type of game compared to ten years ago, there are some rules shared by all the greats that I thought I'd put out there. 1. A good trap protagonist is a voiced protagonist. Most trap protagonists are voiced. There are a number of reasons for this, but, regardless of the reason, almost all the 'good' trap protagonist are voiced. There are exceptions (early on) or ones where the voice was added on later (Tsuki ni Yorisou, Otome no Sahou), but they are just that, exceptions. 2. The protagonist has some kind of spectacularly high level skill or attractive point. This really is universal. In some cases it is housework (protagonist in Otome no Sahou) and in others it is physical prowess, force of personality, or artistic talent. However, regardless of what it is, no good trap protagonist is devoid of such skills. 3. There is at least one 'ojousama' heroine. While this is not universal, given the nature of this type of game and the fact that most of the schools they 'sneak into' are girls' schools, this is inevitable. Girls schools, even in Japan, are private institutions, meaning there is inevitably (or so says the kami of eroge) going to be at least one sheltered girl that comes from wealth. 4. There will be at least some drama when the protagonist is 'revealed' to the heroines. Easy transitions make for bad games. All the heroines merely accepting it as if it doesn't matter at all means that there was no weight at all to the protagonist's earlier whini- *coughs* ahem, worrying about being revealed. While this drama might be comedic, tense, or sexual in nature, it should not go without note. 5. At some point, most such protagonists will begin to react naturally as their female persona without realizing it (leading to many fans simply forgetting their original names, such as in the case with Mizuki in Koi no Canvas). There are two major types of this type of protagonist. One is the 'forceful personality' type, and the other is the 'submissive personality' type. An example of the former would be Ojousama no Hanbun wa Ren'ai de Dekiteimasu, and an example of the latter would be Otome ga Tsumugu Koi no Canvas. In the former case, the protagonist has a clear objective in infiltrating the girls' school, and he uses his personal abilities ruthlessly and aggressively for that purpose. In the latter case, the protagonist loses himself (herself as I sometimes think of Mizuki) in his role so completely that he often catches himself reacting entirely as a female. I like both types, and I find this particular niche tends to produce a disproportionate amount of good games compared to the rest of the VN world... but then, I'm biased. Edit: As a side note, for those who are interested in recs involving this kind of thing, there are no truly transgender protagonists in any of these games, as far as I know. There are a few who get addicted to dressing in drag or who live as a woman of their own free will even after the story is over depending on the route (Tsuki ni Yorisou, Otome no Sahou), but as far as I know none of these have been confirmed as actually being transgender. That's not to say that none of the writers/makers have intended any of these protagonists to be such (it is a distinct possibility), but so far, in the games I've played/read, none of them have actually confirmed themselves as being such, even in their own thoughts (though again, some have edged around it or verged upon it). Edit2: Examples of this type of game that have either a submissive or a dominant protagonist that also are top tier. Submissive (outside of H, since most H scenes in male-oriented VNs are inevitably bed-yakuza affairs) Tsuki ni Yorisou, Otome no Sahou Otome ga Tsumugu Koi no Canvas Otome Domain Dominant Tenshi no Hane o Fumanaide Ojousama no Hanbun wa Ren'ai de Dekiteimasu Otoboku (despite appearances, all three games) Koi Suru Otome to Shugo no Tate (though this one can be borderline at times) Hmm... there were fewer great ones than I thought... the barrage of endless Ensemble games makes me forget sometimes, lol.
  25. 3 points
    dracu-riot.... but ill believe it once its released. still havent read past "nehehe's" route. i forget her name. been waiting for a "proper" release of it.
  26. 3 points

    A Sky Full of Stars - +18 Restoration

    Hi, I'd be willing to help assuming you're still looking. My Japanese is alright, and I've worked on making subtitles for some variety shows in the past. Let me know.
  27. 3 points

    Clover Days Translation Project

    As some of you may be aware, this project has since been picked up by Nekonyan and will have an official release. Ruu \o/
  28. 3 points
    On the Muv-Luv Kickstarter they posted an survey what people want to see next from âge! Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/muvluv/muv-luv-a-pretty-sweet-visual-novel-series/posts/2739853 Survey: https://forms.gle/NE3hnyxp9YWMygk1A They ask explicitly " Which among our game titles are you looking forward to the most to be localized in English* next?" The offer the choice between Schwarzesmarken, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, Muv-Luv Unlimited The Day After, Muv-Luv Alternative - Total Eclipse or another work of your choice. So what should we rally behind?
  29. 3 points

    Greetings from China!

    Hi! I just discovered this community and joined right away. I live in North China, and have been a fan of VN (and anime, manga etc. as well) for a couple of years. Recently I've been reading Saihate no Ima, which I really think is a fantastic work, although I've only finished Azusa's and Sayaka's route. Feeling touched by the work, I decided to translate it (into Chinese, and maybe into English someday if still no one does it by then). But I don't have the knowledge of unpacking and repacking the game archive, so I joined to get some help. I speak fluent English and Japanese. In fact I've been learning Classical Japanese, so I'm quite confident in reading difficult texts. Anyway, Douzo yoroshiku onegai itashimasu.
  30. 3 points
    Damn I'm not even that much of an old hag yet but I feel this thread, this one game I started recently made me go all mom to the high and middle school kids like "I want to adopt them then pat their head, brush their hair and ask how was their day at school" while going all THIRST for those anime dudes in his late 20s early 30s thicc asses so I like ousans now thanks for coming to my ted talk
  31. 2 points
    So, it's again that time of the year when Getchu's Bishoujo Game Awards 2019 are out and the glorious winner is: Uh... Nukige Mitai na Shima ni Sunderu Watashi wa Dou Surya Ii Desu ka? 2 (aka Nukitashi 2). Congratulations to Qruppo for it! It follows a list of the twenty best VN's of the contest: 1.) Nukitashi2 by Qruppo (Also best Music) So this title is supposed to be super good, eh? Doesn't really look like it. 2.) Sakura, Moyu. -As the Night's, Reincarnation- by Favorite (Also best Scenario and Character with Kuro) This reminds me that I'm still waiting for the translations of Hoshimem -Eternal Heart- and Irohika. When will we get those? 3.) Tsuki no Kanata de Aimashou by Tone Work's I'm kinda interested in that one since it has some adult heroines for a change. I wonder if this will also picked up for translation by this hyper-fanboy Tsurezure Scans translation group. 4.) Cafe Stella to Shinigami no Chou by Yuzusoft (Also best Graphics and Movies) What, no first place this year for Yuzusoft? Shame on them! Must surely be a terrible title then. 5.) 9 -Nine- Haruiro Harukoi Harunokaze by Palette Jay, I like the 9 - Nine series and can't wait for the title with my favorite heroine - Empress. 6.) Nee-chan no Susume ~Onee-chan no Itazura Seiseikatsu~ by Atelier Kaguya Bare & Bunny NSFW Impressive, Atelier Kaguya got two titles into the top ten. And both from team Bare & Bunny - no love for their rivals HonkyTonk Pumpkin. 7.) MUSICUS! by Overdrive Whu, what?! Overdrive got a title into the top ten? Shouldn't they be dead by now? Though that was supposed their last title I think. Maybe they reconsider if sales are good. 8.) Motto! Haramase! Honoo no Oppai Chou Ero ♥ Appli Gakuen! by Milk Factory NSFW (Also best Ero) I guess it's the same here like with their previous titles - good art but far too many heroines and poor story even for nukige standards. Atelier Kaguya should have gotten the Ero title. 9.) Mamagoto ~Mama to Naisho no Ecchi Shimasho~ by Atelier Kaguya Bare & Bunny NSFW I actually liked this one a bit more than the higher ranked Nee-chan no Susume, but both were good. 10.) Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time- by Saga Planets So, since we're getting Kin'iro Loveriche, I guess this one is a possibility too now. Well, we'll see how the the first one turns out. 11.) Raillore no Ryakudatsusha by 3rdEye I really don't understand why 3rdEye is so obsessed with their double protagonists. Sorcery Jokers would have been much better if they'd left the dork at home. 12.) Aonatsu Line by Giga Looks pretty generic to be honest. What's up with Team Baldrhead? 13.) Evenicle 2 by Alice Soft I guess MangaGamer will have an interest in that considering the first one sold so well. But they've still Rance titles to translate, so this will probably have to wait. 14.) Haha Ranman by Alice Soft This doesn't seem to be as popular as their other Milf titles - I wonder why. Art looks a bit odd, but certainly not bad. 15.) Kimagure Temptation by Silky's Plus Wasabi Hmm, Nanairo Reincarnation was already a bit of a so so experience with lights and shadows and this is much lower rated. 16.) Study § Steady by Marmalade Not sure what to think about this one. Seems a bit bland. 17.) pieces / Wataridori no Somnium by Whirlpool So that's from the company that made the Neko-nin exHeart from Sekai Project? Didn't read that, but the VNDB rating wasn't particularly flattering. This seems to be a lot better though. 18.) Ryuusei World Actor by Heliodor Never heard of that company before, but apparently it's new and this is their first title. Plot sounds interesting with urban crime mystery and stuff, but I'm not sure about the quality of it. 19.) Ren'ai, Karichaimashita by Asa Project So this is from the makers of Sankaku Ren'ai: Love Triangle Trouble! we got from NekoNyan? That was rated rather average, so I'm not conviced about that one either. 20.) Waka-sama no Zasuru Sekai by Minato Carnival I'm actually a bit surprised that this is tagged as a comedy title in VNDB, because the images look more like a dark fantasy setting - and I think I wish it was. And oh yeah, the list of best selling titles is here: Getchu's sales ranking 2019. Yuzusoft might not have won the Bishoujo Game award, but they can at least take comfort in being the bestseller again. Clochette and August are both in the top five best sellers as well, but surprisingly neither of their title made in into the Bishoujo Game award list.
  32. 2 points

    Trying to remember a VN

    I found it y'all. It's a weird looking nukige called Daibubokan ~Oshioki da Game~. Incidentally I already had it on my VNDB wishlist. I went through my wishlist before making this thread but I was banking on the VNDB page having screenshots of those distinctive kneeling CGs. Alas, the page has no screenshots at all so I missed it. Anyway, here's a few of those kneeling CGs:
  33. 2 points
    The best I can give you is Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, real good comedy. You may also like Kaguya-sama.
  34. 2 points

    Fate/Grand Order

    Enjoy having a super tanky archer and a million broken bridges.
  35. 2 points

    Fuwanovel Confessions

    Confession: Reviewing long VNs is agony. I've just finished the first version of my VenusBlood FRONTIER review and on one side I really had a lot of things I wanted to say about this game and reasons to recommend it to people, but on the other, I feel like I've sacrificed half of my soul playing through all of it too quickly, and the rest was consumed by this Word file I'm looking at. Maybe a hobby that drains you from all your lifeforce is not an optimal choice after all...?
  36. 2 points

    Hello everyone!

    Hi~ I joined just now, though I've known of Fuwanovel for quite a while. ^^; My name is Ethan and I love VNs, dating sims, and Japanese games in general. I am currently working on my own VNs (BL/Yaoi) and I hope to someday help bring more VNs and Japanese games in general to English. I struggle to keep up the motivation to learn Japanese, though... so it'll be a while... It's nice to meet you! Feel free to send me a message, I would love to meet some people that are also interested in VNs.
  37. 2 points

    Summer Pockets is here!

    So finally they managed to release before FanTL (which apparently is scheduled for 2020-02-17 got cancelled in order to promote official version - thumbs up for the fanTL team for that )
  38. 2 points
    Reverse engineering visual novels 101: Part 1 & 2 https://hackernoon.com/reverse-engineering-visual-novels-101-d0bc3bf7ab8 https://hackernoon.com/reverse-engineering-visual-novels-101-part-2-9258f547262a For dummies https://forum.kazamatsuri.org/t/rldev-for-dummies/917 This is what I found with a quick google search. It seems interesting and gives you some insight into what and where to look for. I also recommend taking a look at all the tools available: https://github.com/search?q=visual+novel Just play with already hacked games and try to insert your own sprites and text.
  39. 2 points
    i already red Dracu-Riot so don't really care about it,but i really looking forward to other announced titles, Riddle Joker, Kin'iro Loveriche , IxSHE Tell and really looking forward to Clover Day's .
  40. 2 points
    TL quality is better than most releases
  41. 2 points

    What are you playing?

    I second this. I'd say Rin's route is either hit or miss; more so than any other route in Katawa Shoujo. The people who like it seem to really love it, but for everyone else, it ends up being pretty "meh". I think one of the main reasons is that a lot of people, myself included, find it a bit hard to relate to her personality and problems, which in turn makes it difficult to get truly immersed in the story.
  42. 2 points

    What are you playing?

    It was my least favorite route as well, even though it had many good elements. My two favorite routes and heroines were, quite unsurprisingly, I guess, Lily and Hanako. After those two there would be Emi and Shizune, and then Rin in the last place. Since each route had different writer (with the exception of Hanako's route sharing one of the writers with Lily's), it's no surprise that they're so different.
  43. 2 points
    Hello everyone, I'm back, but this time, it's not about update, but rather to ask for help. As you know, I'm trying to fix the crash for Mistoria's normal ending. However, I also want to make sure that all other endings don't get affected in anyway. It would be meaningless if the other endings crash after the fix XD With that said, I do not have Lavirie's normal ending, and I don't have the time to play through the game again atm. That's why if you have reached this ending and would like to help us better this patch, please pm me. If you do not know which ending is Lavirie's normal ending, please also pm me. I don't want to talk about which ending is which here to avoid spoilers for people who haven't played the game yet. Thank you for reading and see you next time ^^
  44. 2 points
    Steam being a more reliable platform for otaku media. Streaming services for anime not being completely useless in my region (Eastern Europe). That's pretty much it. I don't have many complaints with how things were the last decade, to be honest. I guess the AAA gaming market was a massive shitshow, but I don't think I care at this point. Most of the stuff I still have any kind of emotional connection to is indie, or old enough that it came out before the unreasonable monetisation and other mainstream-publisher abominations came to be. *shrug*
  45. 2 points
    VN of the decade's gotta be the one I simultaneously never shut up about and also never say anything about, Subahibi. I don't read manga so I'll abstain from that category. I also only recently got into anime, so I'll abstain from that category as well. Game of the decade's gotta be Just Shapes and Beats!
  46. 2 points
    Attempting to translate Saihate no Ima? Give up, you mortal. There's not a soul who can do it justice.
  47. 2 points
    So, I mentioned this in another thread but I'm currently reading Fata Morgana and dear lord, they weren't lying when they said it's a VN about people suffering. Just finished door 7 and that was really painful. Much like a lot of VNs I rated in the 9s it have pure sadness backstories so it's looking good for the final score of FataMoru. And from those feelings that comes my question. Who are the characters that you think that suffered so much you can't help but want to protect them from all evil? Or well, characters that have the most awful backstories that even if they deserved it because they're awful themselves you still feel pity for them? Alternatively, I know some people might not like to go through stories that aren't only happy feelings all around, then did you ever felt like crying because some route outcome was so so happy and so so satisfying or is it just me? Let's relive those tragedies, bring me your tears.
  48. 2 points
    I would wait for the remake or play the ero-capable PC version. It's your choice. The original on PC is a pretty awesome story, but the game system is pretty third-rate, even by the standards of the age (to give you an example, the only two characters who could inflict serious damage on enemies at the end in my party were Karura and Hakuoro, lol). Until I play the remake (which I plan to do), I'm unwilling to state which is better. However, Utawarerumono was one of those games where the ero actually 'fit', at least in some cases, so I honestly don't know how I'm going to feel at the end. Edit: Incidentally, the reason my damage was so low with the others was because I was pretty careless with how I handled stat points, lol. However, I was able to beat the last boss with those two alone, so it all worked out in the end, hahahaha.
  49. 2 points
    It would be weird if they weren't. I've yet to meet a heterosexual man, regardless of age (unless they were impotent), who didn't have an interest in 18 year old girls, even if he didn't have any intention of doing anything about it. Males are predisposed toward it. Moreover, eroge girls are eternally young and far more attractive than filthy 3D females. *smiles innocently*
  50. 2 points

    Romance with Teacher heroine

    It's probably not exactly what you're looking for, but Euphoria has a route for the teacher. https://vndb.org/v6540