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  1. 9 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%.
  2. 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.
  3. 6 points
    Hello everyone ^^. I'm back with another update. Now, before we move onto the progress update, I have another members update XD. Yuuko Shionji and Dark_Gamer have joined us as the editor and TL checker respectively ^^. Our team has become quite big now, hasn't it? XD With their help, I'm sure the final patch will be in a much better shape than the partial patch, so please look forward to it ^^. Now, on to the progress: - For the TLC/edit: Zones, stages, gods medals and many others other files have been TLC-ed and edited. - For the images: Images for zones', stages' and characters' names, as well as many others, have been edited. The god medals are also half-way edited. We seriously blasted through the backlog with all the new members, didn't we? lol Before ending the update, I have a small warning for everyone using our partial patch. Thanks to @desdevilize, a crash has been found in Mistoria's normal ending. While I haven't received any other report, this crash may extend to other endings as well. If you encounter this crash, you can delete 'SC0450.bin' from the root directory of the game to progress through the crash. However, since that is the translation file for the epilogue, the epilogue will be in Japanese if you do so. I am very sorry for the trouble. I'm looking into this crash right now, and will update the patch the moment the problem is resolved. So please bear with me until then. Oh, and one more thing, for the people asking if we're doing another project... I'm very sorry, but we have nothing to announce at the moment. I mean, this project isn't even completed yet XD. I'll be sure to make an announcement regarding any potential future project, so please wait until then. Thank you ^^. Well, that's about it for this update. Thank you for reading and see you next time ^^. And for the people celebrating Lunar New Year, an early Happy Lunar New Year! XD
  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. 5 points

    How to make a baby in Visual Novel ?

    Because virgin writers don't know how women work.
  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

    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!
  12. 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...
  13. 4 points
  14. 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.
  15. 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...
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 3 points
  20. 3 points
    The Steam version is finally available https://store.steampowered.com/app/1189440/VenusBlood_FRONTIER_International/
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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/
  25. 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?
  26. 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.
  27. 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
  28. 2 points
    Stolen from Scientific Diagrams that Look Like Shitposts
  29. 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...?
  30. 2 points
    i just dont talk about it every chance i get. ill talk about it in some form of a topic that furthers the discussion but i wont bring it up every time or anything. ill talk it openly among fellow vn readers if its brought up, im not shy but theres a time and place for that stuff. could i go into detail about how i loved mayuchi willingly spreading her asshole so yamato can fuck it? sure, but it doesnt need to be said every time majikoi is brought up. anyhoo, ive always liked h-scenes. hell, its what got me into vns in the first place. just a young guy looking to get off to 2d girls but instead of just looking at pictures, i went to vns. why? because after getting to know the girl, deciding which routes ill do first, choosing the right choices, H at the end of it all is just far more satisfying. and the fact that ive known the girls so well after all that investment and i finally get to see their lewd side adds another layer of enjoyment. the girls feel open to the mc in an intimate manner with the mc (most of the time) and is ready to do the deed. those are my thoughts on it, good sir. if you have any questions, too bad!
  31. 2 points

    What are you playing?

    So, I think I'm done with Venus Blood -Frontier- (All Ages Version). Being ill for the past few days created the perfect conditions to marathon through it and my experience was pretty positive. To large degree thanks to the protagonist, Loki, who has some very interesting features – he's full of contradictions, having a lot of compassion deep inside but being shaped by the brutal years of humiliation in the demon empire and his lust for vengeance. It's exactly the kind of character that can become either a pure villain or a sympathetic anti-hero. And no matter in which direction you steer him in, he's still a very rational, cunning individual that will do whatever is necessary to achieve his goals, but not violent or cruel for no reason. Interestingly enough, the corruption mechanic, where you taint and mind-break the Goddesses, is completely separate from the Law/Chaos choices – narratively speaking, it makes no sense to keep then uncorrupted in the chaos route, but other than that, it's reasonable to mix and match. Speaking of Goddesses, they were cool as characters, but I probably liked Loki's cousins even more, with their wild personalities and rivalries with the protagonist. It's a shame they don't get individual endings, but only a harem one. In general, I think endings mostly do not give justice to the heroines, especially the strongest ones like the cousins. The story is full of twists, but doesn't feel contrived – I really liked most of it, despite some problems with tone. The SRPG mechanics are really in-depth and offer tons of variety, but also are a bit hard to grasp at first – there's a criminal lack of tooltips and proper tutorial – and can get really grindy at times. In general, I think it was a very solid experience, 8/10. And this is completely ignoring the porn aspect – I don't think I lost much of story by skipping on it, everything was pretty well laid-out and flowed nicely despite obvious cuts on the fanservice scenes.
  32. 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.
  33. 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 )
  34. 2 points
    https://gyazo.com/f5ada095b42fd1f62ce6242cacc83842 Maybe "groups" instead of "packs" Packs is more like... containers? Just my opinion. Anyway, thx for the translations and for your work. The quality is really good as well, gg!! Edit: @UnHolyFiretruck is that so? i never seen that way to use packs. im not saying that this is a problem, just my pov. Anyway thx for the info, new things to learn!
  35. 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.
  36. 2 points
    Essentially, since @mitchhamilton made a thread covering what was best in entertainment (Japanese entertainment especially) media in the last decade, I thought I'd set out my dream results here. Gaming Interface: True VR through either some kind of implant tech or through the use of a haptic suit of some sort (yes, I hate today's incomplete VR with a passion). Anime: Sequels for all the junk-food isekai anime left incomplete over the last six years (and that's a LOT of anime) Reading: I'd like to see a satisfying conclusion at least to the current (Mesan conspiracy) arc of Honor Harrington. While the last entry in the series was godly, it still doesn't conclude the most important thread. VNs: I'd like to see the rise of more plotge-specializing companies in JVNs and hopefully a new chuunige company to replace the loss of Light (if it doesn't end up lending its name as a subsidiary of Akabeisoft) General Gaming: I know this will probably make me sound like an old fogey... but I'd like to see less focus on expanding multiplayer to ridiculous levels in gaming in general. I wouldn't mind so much if people would stop feeding back multiplayer gameplay styles into solo gaming, which has been a trend for almost fifteen years now. I'm really disgusted when I see MMO-style skill hot buttons in a solo rpg, and I hate it when there is no pause function in an action game. Moreover, I seriously despise it when people insist on gluing on random multiplayer BS into games that function perfectly fine without it.
  37. 2 points
    TL quality is better than most releases
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 2 points
    Mr Poltroon

    What are you playing?

    She has, too.
  41. 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 ^^
  42. 2 points

    What are you playing?

    So, I've actually been reading stuff lately... I'm pretty shocked myself, to be honest! And surprise surprise, Sakura Fox Adventure is short, derivative, unpolished garbage put together from unused assets made years ago! Who would've thought? Anyway, it seems I've stopped finding these games amusing lately even in an ironic way. They turned mundane from their sheer number, to the point even their failures are exactly the same every time and it's not fun to pick on them. As a change of pace, I've also read Sweetest Monster and despite the fact I spoiled it to myself a while ago, I'm still sick to my stomach after finishing it. Quite literally. It's not the gore'y kind of horror, but a psychological one and it does A LOT to make the reader uncomfortable. I love how ebi-hime writes this kind of stories and the impact of this one is quite similar to that of Lynne... But this might be even more impactful, thanks to the art and that one demon catgirl who I'm quite likely to see my in nightmares for the next few days. And staying with ebi-hime's work, her newest VN, Rituals in the Dark is... Not very impactful, to be honest. It's a fine story, but in the end it leaves the romance kind of unresolved and doesn't do anything that would stick with me, like most other ebi's titles did. In its minimalism, in a strange way, it reminds me of Lucky Me, Lucky You, but I didn't feel the similar charisma from the characters or a thought-provoking message. Maybe I was expecting a bit too much, but I think among all of ebi's stories, this is the one I'll remember the least in the long run, despite it theoretically combining things I very much enjoy (creepy climate and yuri). I've also started reading Katawa Shoujo, now getting to the end of the common route and it's extremely charming. The heroines are immediately likeable and I really enjoy how the story is developing. I'm also really curious how some of the routes will look like, including those less liked (I mean, I have a hard time imagining Shizune romance...). I might be super-late to this party, but I'm definitely going to enjoy it a lot. :3
  43. 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*
  44. 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!
  45. 2 points
    Attempting to translate Saihate no Ima? Give up, you mortal. There's not a soul who can do it justice.
  46. 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.
  47. 2 points
    That's actually what I really think, but I like to portray the worst possible so that no one else can say it about me.
  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
    I often thought about it. I feel like in many aspects (relationships included) I haven't grown up, whatever that means. I have quite weird (?) memory, as I'm still remembering school days like it was maybe a year ago, not over 20. Also, never being in a romantic relationship, I kind of didn't have the opportunity to "progress", I'm still at level 0. I often still feel like that shy 17-18 yo I was back then. So while I'm mostly not attracted to actual high-schoolers for various reasons, I can relate pretty easily to characters in JVN high-school settings. Also, because I've been kind of "frozen" for the last 20 years, I have somewhat skewed age perception. By that I mean, that when I think a girl is just a few years younger than me, she turns out to actually be 18-19, when I think she's roughly my age, she's often actually in her mid 20s, and when I look at girls that actually are my age, I often feel like they are much older than me Back to VNs - while, like I said above, I can relate to high-school characters, I also can appreciate adult settings. I loved The Language of Love.
  50. 2 points
    The translation is great. And if you decide to do a translation of another Eushully game in the future I recommend Fuukan on Grasesta. I love the design of this game = x