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  1. 3 points
    GXOALMD

    What are you playing?

    By combining my knowledge of how storytelling works with my knowledge of how spoilers work, I've most likely inferred an appropriate hint: shit goes down.
  2. 3 points
    ittaku

    Spoilers: Great VN Phrases/quotes

    To Heart 2 (duh)
  3. 2 points
    So, as we're still in the time of yearly recollections and were talking recently about VNs we liked the most, what are the titles that crushed your hopes and dreams? Which ones were not plain bad, but rather fell short of your's and everyone else's expectations, to the point of turning your hearts into an emotionless void? For me, the answer is pretty simple: Crystalline and (sorry @ds-sans :() Chemically Bonded. Both games were really well-produced visually and had good sound designs, but absolutely fell apart when it goes to telling a story. The main difference between them is that while Crystalline was absolutely devoid of meaningful plot and tension, Chemically Bonded made a few bizarre missteps with its writing and structure of the story, breaking the flow of the romance, particularly in the tsundere heroine's route. Neither were anywhere close to being among worst EVNs of the year, but definitely had most wasted potential. So, what are your guys' greatest regrets of 2019 in VN form? :3
  4. 2 points
    Ranzo

    Most disappointing VNs of 2019?

    Hmmm, since I technically finished it in 2019 I'd say Tokyo Babel. It had some good characters and some genuinely interesting ideas and themes but I felt it really fell short of putting forth a cohesive and likable narrative. To me I think that one of the major issues lies with just how bland and utterly boring the protag is. Everything about him was just vacuous and empty and it made the awkward and clumsy attempts at romance(or what little their was) even worse because I could never see how anyone could have a connection with him. Like I know that he's supposed to be stoic and all but that's no excuse for giving him the personality of a chunk of concrete. I wished they had kept Sorami as the protag instead of relegating her as just a major character. I really feel like this was a missed opportunity to make this vn an otome considering there were a lot of interesting male characters on display. Also, while the setting and lore of the story was pretty interesting I think it again fell short. Making it a school setting was a bizarre and frankly stupid choice because of just how little they actually addressed that. Like, I get that in Japanese media literally everything has to be set in a high school or else Japan will sink into the sea, but I hoped for something a little different. I also guess that it kind of makes sense that purgatory would be set in a high school. Something that I also was detrimental to Babel was just the shear amount of fucking info dumps this story has. The story reads like some dude failed to finish his thesis on Jewish and Christian mythology and just decided to cram all that information into the plot of this vn instead. Like, holy shit there are just a constant torrent of names and places that the vn just assumes that we are supposed to be familiar with. Even with my relative grasp on mythology and such I still had to google plenty of these damn names. It made me wonder how the Japanese audience made due with this since most of this shit had to be completely foreign to them. It's like Fate Stay Night on the most aggressive steroids. Still another thing that held the vn back was the fights themselves. They started off interesting but they soon wore off their welcome in that they never seemed to fucking know when to end. They went on forever. Every fight had to be as drawn out and laborious as possible. Oh and let's not forget about all that constant fucking screaming that went on during the battles. was so fucking annoying dude whenever he showed up on screen. Anyway, I didn't like it all that much and basically it's only saving grace was how great a character Lilith was. Without her, I wouldn't've finished playing it. Chaos;Head was also pretty disappointing overall thanks to how utterly loathsome I found the protag to be, like I get that's part of how he's designed but it still kept me from giving a shit about him. I also found the mystery to be not all that interesting and I don't really remember most of it anyway. I was supposed to have played this game since 2013 or so but could never get it to run. It wasn't really worth that wait.
  5. 2 points
    ChaosRaven

    Your Favorite VN of 2019?

    So, I guess I'll also pick my favorites from last year. Though I don't really care if it was released last year, I'll just choose from the ones I played. Best story VN: I think Fata morgana no Yakata from Novectacle is a clear winner here. There was certainly nothing else that came close to this one in terms of story telling. But my runner-up is surprisingly an OELVN, Heart of the Woods from Studio Élan. I think that's the way to go for the English VN scene. Best moege: Shin Koihime † Musou -Kakumei- Son Go no Ketsumyaku from BaseSon gets first place for me. I was actually pretty close to pick that in the story VN section due to its strong plot, but in general I see the Koihime franchise still as a moege series because of the all-girls cast and the emphasis on fan-service. And Haruru Minamo ni! from Clochette is my runner-up in this section. I played both titles in Japanese, but if I would have to pick an English favorite as well, I'd probably choose the two first 9 -Nine- episodes from Palette. Best nukige: (NSFW) So Mamagoto ~Mama to Naisho no Ecchi Shimasho~ from Atelier Kaguya Team Bare & Bunny gets first place from me. And I decided to pick Bishoujo Mangekyou -Norowareshi Densetsu no Shoujo- despite its loli heroine for second place, because of its surprisingly strong emotional impact. It's probably the only nukige I've read where I had tears in my eyes at the end. And Kyonyuu Fantasy Gaiden gets an honorable mention from me for its surprisingly strong plot. Best otome: Ah and I almost forgot, Hakuouki ~Shinsengumi Kitan~ gets first place for me for otome, followed by Nightshade. Actually, both would have been strong contenders in the story section as well.
  6. 2 points
    Plk_Lesiak

    Your Favorite VN of 2019?

    Scanning through my VNDB I realized how few fresh releases I actually read in 2019... From the few I can actually talk about, Heart of the Woods and The Language of Love would be my favourites. And if I had to choose one favourite (as opposed to "the best VN"), it would be... The Language of Love. It just resonated with me in multiple ways and did the thing ebi-hime does best: conveying emotions and themes that are more or less absent from your typical visual novel storytelling.
  7. 2 points
    Clephas

    Spoilers: Great VN Phrases/quotes

    As the title says, this is a thread where you can post your favorite VN quotes. When posting the quotes, remember to note the VN they are from, the names of the characters speaking, and the translation if the quote is in Japanese. Remember to place all quotes in spoiler boxes with the game name over them so that those who don't want to be spoiled don't have to be. Semiramis no Tenbin Inpyuri
  8. 2 points
    Clephas

    Your Favorite VN of 2019?

    Kimagure Temptation or Realive. Kimagure Temptation was yet another good one by the makers of Nanairo Reincarnation, and Realive was another great plotge/nakige by Purple Soft. Most of the other stuff I tried was 'meh' at best. Edit: Nvm, I thought Sakura, Moyu was 2018. Definitely Sakura, Moyu, by several degrees above everything else.
  9. 2 points
    ittaku

    Tsunderes or Kuuderes Recommendations

    With two tsunderes and one kuudere, it's hard to see how you missed To Heart 2 (unless you just didn't like it.)
  10. 2 points
    This is semantics. If you consider any game with sex in it to be Hentai, then yes. If you consider any game where the focus is the sex scenes to be Hentai, then no. The term usually thrown around is eroge, from 'erotic'+'game'.
  11. 2 points
    Stormwolf

    What are you playing?

    House in fata morgana. Absolutely wonderful so far. First story was predictable for the most part (Didn't know why or how, but what would happen was glaringly obvious once the pieces were on the board), but told in a wonderful way. I loved it. Second.. Man what a ride. Can't wait to finish it after work The true pity of this game is the cheap feel to it. Bad background images, so-so character art, so-so music for the most part and no voice acting.
  12. 1 point
    Plk_Lesiak

    VNs with good world building.

    I think that worldbuilding in most media has two main challenges and how they deal with them decides whether I'd consider them successful. The first is keeping the world believable and consistent – you'll notice that most media, especially the relatively short-form ones such as movies and animation, don't really give a shit about this aspect. The worlds they create won't survive any kind of deeper scrutiny and they rely a lot on the suspension of disbelief and the watchers/readers not caring about smaller details. Also, if something is made into a longer series, there's a good chance it will destroy its own lore and rules of its world for the sake of convenience – look at Mass Effect for example, with the third part ignoring tons of pre-established events and lore. Or the new Star Wars trilogy for some extreme self-mutilation of a fictional universe. Thus, actual effort being put into creating a consistent world is something I very much appretiate. The second part is the delivery of the information, which in literature and VNs has a unique risk of turning into massive infodumps – after all, you have all the time in the world to throw in a few tomes of encyclopedia between the story events to make sure the player doesn't get lost. And If the writers really suck, it might also become the Awkward Expository DialogueTM, which can easily become even more unreadable than plain infodumps. Building up your fictional world without using either of those two "techniques", but through natural-feeling events and conversations is hard, but definitely most satisfying. And having said all this, one game that I think did some really cool stuff in this regard and that will not get brought up by anyone else is Sable's Grimoire. It's all about worldbuilding and does its best to convey it all through the protagonist's and heroines' stories, rather than just bombarding you with textbook-like excerpts. And it has some really, really cool elements to its modern-fantasy setting.
  13. 1 point
    adamstan

    What are you playing?

    Hmm... how to say it without being too spoilery... there's more to this VN than SoL and romance. It kind of reminds me of first episode of Sailor Moon - you have your SoL, and then suddenly strange things start to happen, or, as @GXOALMD has put it - shit goes down
  14. 1 point
    rimvydasm

    Your Favorite VN of 2019?

    Aokana was my favorite by far,i absolutely loved it. edit.i also really enjoyed Hoshi ori in 2019.
  15. 1 point
    Seraphim88

    Your Favorite VN of 2019?

    I read so much good stuff last year, it's pretty much impossible for me to just choose one favorite in particular. When it comes to VNs actually released in 2019, it's a battle between AI: The Somnium Files, Chaos;Child, Damekoi and Bokuten. I considered putting Aokana here too, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations so I'm choosing to omit it from the list. If I have to to pick one of those, I think I'd go with AI: The Somnium Files. It's the only one out of the four that I went into completely blind, and it turned out to be a really great experience with a well-balanced mix of both humor and seriousness. As for VNs that were released earlier but I read in 2019, it's even more difficult to pick a winner. I'd say it's either 999, Chaos;Head, Kazoku Keikaku, Symphonic Rain, Narcissu, YU-NO, Little Busters or Acting Lessons. I'm kinda leaning towards Symphonic Rain, because that was the first one that came to mind when I started racking my brain over this. The soundtrack is amazing, and there's something special about the overall ambience of the game. I have yet to reread a single VN, but Symphonic Rain is one of my top candidates for when it eventually happens.
  16. 1 point
    Wow, that second video is really something Looks like I have another singer to follow. Indeed, very nice voice, and songs too. That violin solo at the beginning was pretty impressive as well.
  17. 1 point
    Dreamysyu

    What are you playing?

    https://youtu.be/nSuAD3Nsjhw?t=16
  18. 1 point
    So, it looks I can never get enough of Leo Ieiri's voice. This song is pretty cool too... Just why it's not on Spotify? Edit: And something a bit more serious. :3
  19. 1 point
    adamstan

    Most disappointing VNs of 2019?

    My biggest disappointment recently was definitely Lamunation(TL released in 2019), even though I read it this year. From the titles I read in 2019, the most disappointing one was Sisters ~Natsu no Saigo no Hi~ I think I finally never got to write my impressions in "What are you playing" thread, so might write here as well It has pretty good production values, being almost fully animated. Also, the story had the potential for being nice nakige, but developers decided that the best use for all those animations would be to turn that "na" into "nu" So the story got overwhelmed with numerous long h-scenes. Overally game isn't bad, I enjoyed it (and it's pretty short), but it screams "wasted potential!" - after some of the story reveals my expectations were much higher, thus disappointment. On the more positive note - except for few lines when we hear news from TV, it's easy enough that I could read it without the text hooking
  20. 1 point
    Ah, good choice here! I love the characters in this series. Surprisingly good music too. I watched an episode of this at my anime club; it's hilarious. Good to see it managed to keep things going until the end. Ooh, that reminds me, I need to add the movie to my list. It was so nice being able to watch that in theaters. And yeah, definitely a good ending here (although part of me wishes he ended up with Koga). Huh, you don't see very many comedies with satisfying endings these days. How was that?
  21. 1 point
  22. 1 point
    Dreamysyu

    What are you playing?

    Hmmm. I had no idea anything but the h-scenes was censored in the Steam version. I mean, I don't know how much they didn't show, and it's not like there's much of it, but I would be pretty pissed off if they censored some iconic scenes. By the way, the universal opinion seems to be that the h-scenes are pretty awful and aren't worth wasting you money on.
  23. 1 point
    Mr Poltroon

    Most disappointing VNs of 2019?

    I thought it completely failed at delivering romance between the protagonists for a single route story, but I otherwise enjoyed it a lot. It was a fun adventure, and the side romance was great! Disappointments on my part... I usually don't properly start something unless I like it, so I don't remember those that disappointed me off the bat. That leaves those that disappointed me in the ending, but I'd need to actually finish something to be disappointed by its ending, so... Uh... One Night Stand, maybe? I don't know why I played it or what I was expecting, but it delivered on its namesake and disappointed me as a result. Not sure why I really did this. One that could be considered a disappointment, maybe, is HoshiOri. It delivers on all my dreams in terms of the scenario it depicts! It just has an itty-bitty misstep... I don't like the comedy in it. This really, genuinely hurts. This ticks all the boxes in terms of what I should like, but them half the reason I enjoy VNs just isn't working for me. Bollocks. I even remember liking the comedy in the previous game by the same studio, so what went wrong for me...?
  24. 1 point
    Stormwolf

    What are you playing?

    For some reason i never saw this post. I went for the original. I decided the ps4 version was not worth the pricetag.
  25. 1 point
    Clephas

    Your Favorite VN of 2019?

    Clannad, Little Busters, Grisaia, and Majikoi were all fantls before the companies bought the finished or nearly-finished product. Essentially, rather than paying in advance for something that might take years to finish, they payed for something that just needed to be polished and could potentially be released sooner with less expense in the long run.
  26. 1 point
    Clephas

    Your Favorite VN of 2019?

    DMM occasionally works properly, but it varies. They go through cycles where they block IPs from outside Japan. Yes, it is a matter of size. Back when fantls were the mainstream (fantls being a minority now), it wasn't uncommon for someone to take on such a ridiculously ambitious project. However, now that localization companies are the mainstream (having poached most of the good fantls), they choose which games get a localization... and they have to pay by the line.
  27. 1 point
    Mago Ivo

    Fuwanovel Confessions

    I was sceptical about it and I had to check my log and you're right, it took me 38 hours and 14 minutes to finish G-Senjou no Maou which should fall in the Long category. P.S. : My log refers to that I have a neatly organised and precise text file about every VN that I play and I record how much time I have played on which day. If anyone is interested here is my log file for G-Senjou no Maou :
  28. 1 point
    Status update Overall progress: Translation: 9634/43896 Editing: 4923/43896
  29. 1 point
    The Initial D marathon still going on...
  30. 1 point
    That game and its sequel are indeed absolutely phenomenal. Unfortunately I could not place them in my list. These are good recommendations. I happen to have already played the corresponding routes on them, so I can indeed say that they're quite good. These are good! I'll look into My Fair Princess. For Hoshi Ori I'm technically in the middle of playing it right now, but it's not going all that well, hence this thread. Wagamama is one of my favourite VNs ever, but there's just one route I haven't played that I'm leaving for a rainy day. Ashe's. Speaking of which, you didn't recommend Ashe?? This one I did not know about. Is it a long route? Sorcery Jokers is good for a variety of reasons, but romance was not one of them, I thought. In fact, the H-Scenes in this game actively infuriated me. They felt so different and extreme compared to everything else. That may have coloured my perception, though, making me think the romance was bad when it was only the final epilogues that were. At any rate, this was already on my list.
  31. 1 point
    Iori

    Tsunderes or Kuuderes Recommendations

    Here are some of Tsundere/Kuuderes that I really like and recommend. Tsunderes 1. Mitsuki from the fandisc, Princess Evangile W Happiness, she appeared in the original game, but it's the fandisc where she gets the her own route. 2. There is also Rin from My Fair Princess Kuuderes 3. Rikka from Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai 4. There is also Toa from Wagamama HIgh Spec 5. Shirone from Trinoline 6. Riku from Sorcery Jokers
  32. 1 point
    Dreamysyu

    The House in Fata Morgana

    Oh, it's a prequel fandisk, and it's a lot shorter than the original game. I believe, it's about the length as one or two chapters from the game. Still, I definitely recommend it if you like Fata Morgana! Edit. Well, "just as good as the original game" was a bit of an overstatement. I should've said "just as good as any chapter in the original game".
  33. 1 point
    Dreamysyu

    The House in Fata Morgana

    Overall, I'd say, my impression about the first two chapters were pretty similar to yours. As of chapter 3, I've heard multiple complaints about it, but I personally loved it, and it was actually the point when I became really interested in the game. Chapter 4 felt a bit underwhelming at first Starting with chapter 5 the game becomes even better. I didn't include chapters 6 and 8 in my favorites only because I needed not to include something. Every chapter has some really strong moments, and overall, I'd say, it's the second half that makes this game as good as it is. I'd love to hear your reactions about the later chapters! And there's also Requiem for Innocence, which is just as good as the original game. I cried like a little girl at some scenes.
  34. 1 point
    Dreamysyu

    The House in Fata Morgana

    Right? Happy reading to you too, You've still got a lot of surprises waiting for you. By the way, I hope Stormwolf will forgive me for a slight off-topic, but what's your favorite chapter so far? Personally I think I liked chapters 3, 5 and 7 the most.
  35. 1 point
    Honestly, I have no idea. It's officially produced, I bought the CD at cdjapan, but it might very well be just another weird niche. I don't even remember how I found out about her - probably turned up in my Youtube recommendations, after I listened to some 80s stuff. I often wonder the same thing when listening to all those female singers-songwriters I mentioned before.
  36. 1 point
    MaggieROBOT

    The House in Fata Morgana

    I've been reading this one as well (on 5th door, really fantastic) and I'm not using any walkthrough and it's as Dreamysyu says: it's a very easy game to wander on your own. Got 3 bad endings so far, but it was very obvious what could trigger them so I did that on purpose just to see what they were about (heard they are interesting). So some tips: - If a game give you a choice for you to get an extra item/receive information/most likely keep the conversation going, pick this one over the one to cut the scene short/ignore it all (actually this works for like 99% of VNs). 9 out of 10 times it's the right one. - Getting both this one choice after the second door + one after third door (I won't spoil but it's about the painting) right unlocks the necessary choice for the True Ending, but the choices for the bad endings will still be there if you want to see them. So there's literally zero purpose to pick them wrong. Happy reading is happy the right choice of words for FataMoru tho?
  37. 1 point
    Right, it's pretty easy to feel that connection. But the insane beats and the bizarre Japanese/English/Italian mix in many of these songs... It ends up feeling pretty unique too. And those awesome stage names like MEGA NRG MAN (all caps).
  38. 1 point
    I also had my phase for Initial D soundtrack about 12 years ago . It's totally over the top, but has its charm. Being somewhat of italo-disco fan, sometimes I return to it. It is interesting, because in essence it is just sped-up italo disco made for Japanese market. And in case of many of Initial D songs, they are made by actual italo disco producers and singers. I already mentioned KOTO in "confessions" thread, but since we're at Eurobeat now, she deserves a mention here too: This production is absolutely amazing, because it sounds like straight from the late eighties - really, they nailed the sound down to a t.
  39. 1 point
    I'm slowly finishing Chemically Bonded while listening to the Initial D soundtrack... Eurobeat is just so dumb and over the top, I kind of can't help but enjoy it.
  40. 1 point
    Seraphim88

    visual novel walkthrough

    There's already a walkthrough for this one. You can find it here.
  41. 1 point
    This is very much a modern tsundere, but you might like them anyway: https://vndb.org/v925 https://vndb.org/v938 You haven't tried these and that seems odd for you, I don't think they have kuuderes or tsunderes but ill just rec them anyway: https://vndb.org/v167/ https://vndb.org/v8489
  42. 1 point
    I could make at least fifty recommendations in Japanese, but your list is all translated, so I assume that isn't what you want...
  43. 1 point
    to be quite honest, it's a fucking miracle I'm still around playing VNs after actually reading and not skipping through that one first sex scene in FSN as my first h-scene ever. it's that low quality.
  44. 1 point
    I wish. Ask me in a year Yeah, they are Canadian, so they don't count. Doujin circles that make MONEY!!!! Easily, DDLC. I read more JVNs here than I do EVNs though, that would explain the easy pick. Nah, I do put Watercress on my resume. So, my chances of getting a really good career do increase. I like to think that my hands are medium sized, they have been for the past 12 years. No, I have a team now within the 60 person VN company. I wouldn't know, because Dogs are the superior species.
  45. 1 point
    I am calling you out for not including the marketing campaign of a fast food chain! How dare you! Jokes aside it funny how many games Cherry Kiss Games released this year! I would have never known without those videos.
  46. 1 point
    Yuuko

    I got promoted today. Ask me anything.

    Can you give me $1000?
  47. 1 point
    So you managed to have unedited text patch as belated Christmas prize here? In any case I'm apologize in that I've been wrong when I said that there's no Christmas release here, and congratulation for the patch release here. As for my feedback, I'm not quite good on the flaw of the words here so let's just say that perhaps you may fix the typo such as 'ang' in the prologue (I can only find that one so far).
  48. 1 point
    Ruberick

    inquiry evenicle

    This one is super spoilery, so only open if you won't play it blind under any circumstances and need that info to decide.
  49. 1 point
    Here's My Fair Princess Walkthrough: Rin *Take the Script of Joy *Go with him *Leave it to her *Open your eyes *Stay behind *I'll take care of it *I'll carry this *Look somewhere else *Don't ---(common route end) *Have a small chit-chat *Let her come *Visit her Kana *Take the Script of Joy *Go with him *Leave it to her *Open your eyes *Stay behind *I'll take care of it *Give it to him *Look somewhere else *Don't --- *Go after her Ayame *Take the Script of Joy *Go with him *Leave it to her *Open your eyes *Go with them *I'll take care of it *I'll carry this *Look somewhere else *Don't --- Hitomi *Take the Script of Joy *Go with him *Leave it to her *Open your eyes *Stay behind *I'll take care of it *I'll carry this *Go after Chloe *Don't --- *A quick peek shouldn't hurt *Tell Kana that I'll help her Maiki *Take the Script of Joy *Go with him *Leave it to her *Open your eyes *Go with them *Let Maiki catch her *I'll carry this *Look somewhere else *Don't --- *Go with Maiki *Talk to her *Let Maiki do it
  50. 1 point
    Tay

    Kira☆Kira

    Kira☆Kira Links to Purchase: All-Ages Version, 18+ Version, Bundle with Fan Disk Summary Shikanosuke Maejima is a student at the Missionary school, Oubi Academy. He doesn't attend his club, he doesn't put much effort in his studies, all he does is show up at his part time job; in short, his life could be better. One day, he meets a strange girl, Kirari Shiino, at work and before he knows it, they've formed a punk band. The band consists of Shikanosuke, Kirari, his childhood friend Chie Isurugi, and a rich but weak young lady by the name of Sarina Kashiwara. The four of them are members of the Second Literature Club, which has hardly any active members and is already scheduled to be disbanded. This band is their chance to stand out and give one final farewell at the Culture Festival. Kira☆Kira follows the group from their start at the culture festival to destinations they'd never have dreamed of. This game tells the story of love, friendship and -- of course -- Rock'n'Roll! Ending Guide / Suggested Route Order Kira☆Kira has three heroines: Kirari, Chie, Sarina. Each has a route, and after completing the "Good Ends" of all three routes, a "True End" route becomes available to the player. There are four "Bad Ends" in the game. NOTE: This guide will provide walkthroughs for the GOOD ENDS of each heroine's route, as well as for the game's "True Route". "Normal End"s, "Bad End"s, and other information necessary for the 100% hunters out there can be found in the Gamefaqs's source (located at the end of the guide in the "Soucre" section). Route Walkthroughs Shiino Kirari GOOD END Isurugi Chie GOOD END Kashiwara Sarina GOOD END TRUE END Source This walkthrough is based on info attained on Gamefaqs.com with some adjustments made by me.
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