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  1. 5 points
    Noelle

    hello there

    hi, im noelle. surprised the username was available i lurk the vn subreddit frequently and every once in a while ended up here. i saw that there was a decent amount of activity here so i decided to join. im quite used to forums like this (used to frequent an unrelated board that also happened to be powered by Invision Community,) so im quick to learn things like board culture and expectations in posting etc. made sure to read the rules before making this thread i think ill lurk here a bit before contributing to get a feel for the culture of the site. im on the discord and its been pleasant so far. - some relevant weeb stuff about me: favorite vn is g senjou no maou, followed by wonderful everyday. favorite anime is higashi no eden, mostly cus saki is wholesome - some of my personal interests: i study economics in college, and on the side i study politics philosophy physics and psychoanalysis. thanks for reading and i hope to make cool friends here.
  2. 3 points
    Here is a list of VNs officially released in english, I have now added all the VNs I could think of so the list is pretty much done. If I have missed anything it would be nice to know. The reason I am doing this is that there are a lot of officially released VNs in the west and it is hard to have control over everything that is released. I will update the VNs that have released the current year every month and the ones released the last year every 2nd month. Because of this I have added (year) on titles released in english during either 2017 or 2018. The ones that released in english before the previous year will have their amount of votes and scores updated each year. Orange text means confirmed for an official english release while yellow text means that a part has been released but not the entire VN. I have also made a list with the ones with physical release, this list is sorted the same way as this but also has info on where the titles can be bought and if it is available List of physical english releases of VNs MangaGamer (Store) Sekai Project (Homepage)/Denpasoft (Store) JAST USA (Store) NekoNyan (Store) Front Wing (Homepage) Sol Press (Homepage) Visual Art's Fruitbat Factory (Store) MoeNovel (Burn in hell) Cherry Kiss Games (Homepage) Winged Cloud Degica Aksys Games (Store) XSEED Games (Store) NIS America (Store NA, Store EU) Others (Japanese) Others (not japanese) Himeya Soft (Bankrupt) Hirameki International (Quit the VN market) SakuraGame (Machine translated, do not buy from them)
  3. 3 points
    Kirigiri Sou VNDB Project team It will just be me for now because I want to try hacking a game by myself, just to have some sort of accomplishment I guess haha. Unless I get stuck to the point where I can't progress and nothing else is an option or someone else wants to join. Progress First of all I don't know where to start. This is my first time attempting anything like this because I want to try and be able to hack into games. I have minimum knowledge on how these types of projects work. I know hex editing is involved where you look at compiled code and change specific values in order to change string output. That's as far as I know. And from what I can tell with this game, when the .exe file is opened in a hex editor, no human readable text is visible. First roadblock: Find a way see decode the script and figure out how to change the string values. I have a solid understanding of Japanese already. I've played through the game multiple times already. There's nothing I don't understand in the written text. I will also need to figure out how to extract assets from the main menu, translate them, edit the assets into english, and re-encrypt them. Typing this out made me realize that this is probably impossible. But hey, I have nothing to lose, and it will be a great learning experience I hope. I'll definitely be asking for help a whole lot in the Fan Translation Discussion forum when I get to work on the meat of the project. In the meanwhile I will be searching google for guides on more in depth hex editing tutorials.
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  5. 2 points
    Understand, chuunige mostly appeal to a very core fanbase. The style, the fact that they don't translate well, and the fact that most of the action/story is so 'out there' makes the games unapproachable. The sheer amount of text means that localization costs are through the roof, which makes things worse, of course. I'm being realistic, ignoring my inner fanboy who screams everybody should love chuunige because charage suck in comparison. However, that is the flat-out truth. So, I decided to make a list of chuunige I believe would sell in the west/appeal more to the western brain... and not just the core fanbase. I have these ordered by the most likely to the least. 1. Bullet Butlers- I say Bullet Butlers is the most accessible precisely because it uses a lot of elements that Western audiences can easily grasp without having to be 'deep' into otaku media. Zombies, elves, dragons, and orcs. Firearms as the most common weapon type, superviolence, and a film noir atmosphere to a great deal of the game. If I were to name one chuunige that has the potential to be a hit (by VN standards), if properly advertised, it is this one. 2. Draculius- If I were to name a sort-of chuunige that is accessible to people that don't particularly like chuunige, this would be it. If you liked the best parts of Libra and hated the rest, you'll probably like this game. It has aged somewhat, but the characters are unique, the story is excellent, and the humor is recognizable on both sides of the ocean. 3. Hello, Lady- Yes, I went there. If you can enjoy Narita Shinri, you will like this game, regardless of your genre preference. Narita Shinri is a protagonist who will earn as many haters as he does lovers, and there won't be that much room in between. However, his story is very much one that is visceral and easily comprehensible for any human who has lost someone they loved. 4. Shinigami no Testament- 3rdEye's chuunige are accessible. I could put any chuunige by that company in this spot other than Bloody Rondo and say that it has the same potential for success. Even Bloody Rondo does have some appeal outside its genre (in fact, it probably has more, lol). 3rdEye is a company that I can use to brainwash newbies without overwhelming them, which is why I was happy when Sorcery Jokers got localized, lol. 5. Gekkou no Carnevale- I can guarantee someone is going to ask why I didn't mention any other Nitroplus game besides this one. However, the themes in this game are very Western, for the most part... and werewolves and murder are always guaranteed to catch the interest of a certain (surprisingly large) crowd over here. Put in living dolls and mafia connections as well, and you have a recipe for success. I actually thought of naming some others, but when I seriously thought about it, the hurdles for a Westerner and non-chuunige addict for playing those were just too high. Anything Bakumatsu is going to be translated poorly, so Last Cavalier is out. Evolimit has potential, but I thought BB is more likely to catch hold of westerners who aren't already part of the scene. Anything like Dies Irae is almost guaranteed to flop if it isn't 100% crowd-funded (as in, all costs paid for by the crowd-funding), so Bradyon Veda and the Silverio series are out. Vermilion has similar problems. Muramasa suffers from swordsmanship infodumping that will probably cause the average reader's brain to go numb early on. Tokyo Necro has zombies, but the chances of people actually getting past the prologue are relatively low, despite the coolness of the story and setting. Izuna Zanshinken has enormous potential in the US, because of the style and the themes it tackles, but its episodic 'feeling' is a huge negative for some of us...
  6. 2 points
    It's hard to say, to be honest, because, like I said, all of them have pretty depressive parts. For me personally, Michiru's route was the saddest, and Amane's... is more messed up type of depressive. On the other hand, Sachi's route is also pretty sad. Makina should be the least depressive if you avoid the bad ending.
  7. 2 points
    Wow this is tough. Everyone else seems to be linking multiple so I guess I will too; This one feels obvious to me. It was the first song in a VN that really made me really emotional, I guess it helped that I found the novel amazing too. If I were forced to pick this would be my number one. Umineko holds some true masterpieces in its musical collection in my opinion, in fact in hindsight some of my favourite songs came from the music played in that game. This one and the one for going with the other ending though were just top notch, this one in particular I feel is something that goes way beyond what you would expect a normal VN would have, but I guess it is Umineko so I it does not really qualify as a "normal" VN. This song was one of, if not the best intro song for a VN I have heard, for me it is a clear top runner among my favourites.
  8. 2 points
    Yurikago is one of my favorite VNs. That isn't because it so 'awesome' or a kamige. Story-wise, it is actually a bit below the average for Akatsuki Works. No, the reason I like this game so much is the characters and their interactions. Kiritooshi Hiro, the protagonist (his surname means 'to cut all the way through' lol) is a young high school student who lives every day trapped in a web of his own apathy. Tormented by his 'Knight Frame' (a magitech-type device that replaces his entire skeletal system) and a sense of his own guilt for having murdered his father in order to gain it (this is not a spoiler, it mentions this within the first fifty lines, lol), he feels isolated from the world around him, and he can only really consider those who are - like him - outside the norm to be people (this is a psychological disease created by the implantation of the Knight Frame into a psychologically immature subject). He regularly attends a the Kurohagi Dojo, where he fights with Kangasa Ume, who has inherited an 'unbreakable body' (literally unbreakable... if she falls from the stratosphere, she is unharmed, but she is not invulnerable to disease or techniques that overwrite her original state). He generally spends a great deal of time trying to defend himself (unsuccessfully) from the females of the story, who seem to vary from seeing him as a favorite chew toy to being eternally exasperated by him. He has a bad habit of saying what he is thinking at any given moment in his rare interpersonal reactions, then wanting to bash his head into the nearest wall in embarrassment after reflecting on what he said. When his few truly 'sensitive' spots are touched, he can instantly become a psychopathic, remorseless killer, but those points are relatively few and far between. Kangasa Ume is the last survivor of the Kangasa Family, who all possessed an unbreakable body. Her body imposes on her a unique and distasteful way of viewing the world, where her reactions to everything around her are determined on whether they are fragile or difficult to break. She also despises that part of herself intensely, even to th point of being nearly suicidal at times. With those few she allows herself to become close to, beating on them becomes a form of interpersonal communication (she regularly breaks Hiro's bones when embarrassed or irritated). She is a student of the Kurohagi style, which focuses on the forceful creation of 'tenketsu' (breaking points) or the use of existing ones to destroy the bodies of their opponents. She is fairly advanced in this, and as a kindergartner she once launched herself into the stratosphere when she tried to kill the planet that way. Tae is the main heroine of the story and an angel. Angels in this story are summoned into the body of a corpse from a higher realm and are bound to the one who loved the original owner of that body. By instinct, they love their summoner/controller, and will do anything for his sake, up to and including self-harm or mass murder. Since her kind were originally created as a slave race, she has an M streak a mile wide when it comes to Hiro, and she wants nothing more than for him to treat her like garbage and beat the shit out of her... and is unsatisfied that he doesn't do so. Aria is the last of the three heroines, a young angel who possesses wings made up of iron stakes and whose special ability allows her to overwrite the reality of anything she touches to have already been punctured by one of her stakes. She is very honest and straightforward, a total innocent when it comes to everyday reactions and concepts, and (in her route) she is constantly asking questions, because she is also too intellectually lazy to think things out on her own. She is also a drug addict, due to an existing command from her master that she use a certain drug to eliminate her emotions when they go beyond a certain peak level. Kurohagi Zenjirou is Ume's adoptive father/grandfather and the master of the Kurohagi Dojo. At one point, he was involved in the religious wars that resulted in the creation of the mystic technology behind the Kishi Kokkaku and angels like Tae, but he is now very much retired. Despite his easygoing attitude, he regularly breaks his best students' bones and will even maim them if he thinks that is what is needed to train them. He loves Ume deeply, but he believes in standing back and letting the younger generation find its own way. He isn't really human anymore (psychologically or physically), and after two hundred years of life, even he admits he doesn't really understand people viscerally anymore. Tsugumu is an ancient angel (the most powerful one) who performed the surgery to transfer Hiro's father's Knight Frame to him after Hiro killed him. She loves anything interesting, and she sees her abandonment by her master as a very long-term sexual play. She, like all the other women around Hiro, regularly beats the shit out of him for minor infractions (either through teasing or literal blows), but she seems to always be looking on the people around her from the outside. She is very lazy and generally careless (she forgot to 'zip Hiro up' when she implanted the Knight Frame, which was a small part of the cause of his mental disorders, lol). Redear is the heroine of Tomoe's side-scenario, a psychopathic loli angel who skins people alive and removes their limbs and organs for fun. She makes little sense when she talks, frequently referring to various fairy tales and old children's books, such as Allice in Wonderland. It is impossible to tell what will make her happy at any given moment, but it is generally guaranteed to include killing someone or doing something similar. Tomoe is a young man who acts entirely on impulse, living as he desires at any given moment. When he sees bullying, he beats the shit out of the bullies, then he beats the shit out of the bullied one. When someone mistakes him for a woman, he breaks their ribs and jaw, then leaves them for dead.... and when he meets Hiro, he always tries to cause a confrontation with him. Now, needless to say, the characters of this game are... unusual. I loved their antics, and the game is pretty violent (think pulverized flesh, followed by repeated regeneration, followed by more pulverization). The Grand Route is an excellent follow-up to the other routes, and I always leave this game feeling satisfied. Edit: For those who are interested in playing the game, there is a suggested (by me) playing order. Generally speaking, you want to do Tae's route right before the Grand Route (because Tae's route is way too revealing). This is immovable. If you just want to see the true ending, do Tae's route and the Grand Route only, though you'll miss out on some awesome moments. My suggested order is: Aria>Ume or Ritia/Tomoe>Tae>Grand Route. Really, it would probably be best to do Ritia/Tomoe right before Tae's route, but if you want a bit of freedom of choice, that is a good place to put it. I suggest Aria's route because it is the only route where most of the other characters are almost irrelevant and Aria is actually something other than a speechless killing machine. It is also fairly revealing about how extreme the nature of the angels is, lol. My favorite heroine in this game is Ume. For all that she is the true heroine, Tae (or at least, the Tae in Tae's route) is mostly a do-M pervert who will do anything to get Hiro to smash her face in or treat her like dirt. While she is pretty adorable in her route, Ume's internal conflict is a lot more interesting. The main reason that I say play Tae's route, even if you play none of the other heroine routes, is because Tae's route reveals several key elements about Hiro that are absolutely necessary for you to know in order to enjoy the Grand Route (really, it would be better if you knew stuff about Aria too, but meh). The characters in this game, whether villain or protagonist side (note: everyone in this game is crazy on one level or another... hell, the most sane person there is Tae, and that is just... sad) are generally great... but moege lovers will probably run away from most of them screaming (Redear/Ritia is every lolicon's nightmare). Ume is an extreme self-hating sadist, Tae is about as M as anyone can get (so much so that she can get off just on being ignored), and Aria is a drug addict... lol Story-wise, the game is actually pretty good, but you should know that the writer chose to make Hiro an unreliable narrator and goes out of his way never to just come out and say things directly. I love the setting in this game, and it was obviously designed to contain more than one story. Unfortunately, Akatsuki Works Black produced three great games in a very short time and then got absorbed by Akabeisoft3, so we'll probably never see any more games in this particular universe... or in the Izuna Zanshinken universe (which, considering that the secret ending is open-ended, is sad).
  9. 2 points
    What about yuri harems then?
  10. 2 points
    It seems I AM alone in this fight. Don't fall to the yuri demons or the harem cowards! Stay true to the straight romance! The BEST romance! FIGHT FOR THE PURENESS!
  11. 1 point
    Belgerum

    Demon King Domination [18+]

    Get the game here! Malos, the evil ruler of the demon realm, has declared war on humanity, spreading death and destruction with his army. Princess Dianne, the fiercest warrior of humankind, quests to infiltrate the demon realm and kill Malos. The Demon King waits as she fights her way to his throne room, where they will clash. One will emerge victorious, and the other will face humiliation and defeat... Experience the tension of an RPG-style boss fight! Taste the satisfaction of 3 unique endings, each with uncensored erotic images! Treat your ears to an original soundtrack and English voice acting! Watch the story come to life in 1080p HD Resolution! -------------------- This game was made for NaNoRenO 2018, over the course of about a month, with a small team of 3 people. If you like our game, please consider supporting future games on Patreon! Have Fun~!
  12. 1 point
    Pabloc

    KonoSora / IMHHW ReTranslation patch

    EDIT: Due to Fuwa anti-piracy rules this thread's usefulness was quite limited, since we couldn't ask for any files that we needed for further compatibility testing and the like. I'd say even posting direct links to our patch here was questionable to begin with, since it's not that different from the abovementioned files that we were asking for. So in the end we decided to remove all links from here and move our main release thread to Reddit: LINK That's where all further updates will be posted, so make sure to follow us there. I'll ask mods to lock this thread, since MeruP won't be checking it anyway, so all feedback should be posted on Reddit instead (we also have a dedicated thread for reporting bugs and other issues).
  13. 1 point
    phantomJS

    Hi everyone

    Hi guys, I'm Johnson here. I play English, Chinese VNs from various companies across a lot of genres (mostly love romance novels though) Started playing VN around 2 years ago when I stumbled across this review of Rewrite. Listened to the scattered flower youtube link and was fascinated by it. Told myself that I would get a copy of it and try out VNs. For whatever reasons (which I can't remember), Edelweiss turns out to be the first VN I tried. I got goosebumps and felt disgusted by the crap translation at the beginning; left a very bad impression on me and I wanted to quit the game and VNs in general. Stuck with it, though, because I didn't want to waste money, and by the time I finished Haruka's ruote (my last), I was very glad I preserved. Since then, I played stuff from a lot of companies, such as Frontwing, Key (yes, rewrite), Ensemble, Saga Planets, a bunch of Nukige,( this my fav ), a bunch of cat-based VNs, Moonstone (cherry), Alicesoft, Pulltop (mainly the crappy translated IMHHW), and Yuzusoft (my personal fav), among others. Felt like contributing back to the community recently and loitered around VNDB or around 1 month. Hope to contribute as much as I can here. Looking forward to interacting with you guys
  14. 1 point
    Have now added all the VNs from Mangagamer, took a long time, will start at Sekai Project tomorrow and add developers on the Mangagamer VNs.
  15. 1 point
    Hmm.. that makes both choices rather hard to advice. I would not say that they are depressive bad, but they are certainly neither merry nor jolly towards the end parts. I guess in comparison to Yumiko's route Sachi and Michiru's routes would be a step up on the sad scale, but both end rather happily so I guess if you are willing to overlook some emotional parts, either would be alright.
  16. 1 point
    Sachi all the way, best route in my opinion. To me it had both a good early-mid and end part, with the end being really emotional. I guess I liked her character as well which helped. It all kind of depends on which character you like though, if you so far during the game have not really liked Sachi's character and have found Michiru's more enjoyable then it might be best to read that route since both routes take quite a long time to read and you will spend quite a while with their specific personalities.
  17. 1 point
    50.6% TOTAL +0.4% 30949/61164 +251 64.2% Routes +0.6% 30.1% Side Stories 24.6% Training Routes 96.0% Common 100.0% Karin 19.9% Ichigo +6.5% 100.0% Mikan 100.0% Yuzu 100.0% Suika 100.0% Twins 100.0% Zakuro 0.0% Secret A 0.0% Secret B Note: Route completeness dropped significantly. This is because now that number includes two more routes, which were not actually included before. They have however been included in total from day one. I had apparently called it Secret A+B in my script and now I stick with those names. I can't remember why I wrote the names in the script and then decided not to display them in the output, but now they are included. Maybe I was wondering if I could come up with a better name or something. Turns out I didn't, but it's not that important.
  18. 1 point
    Zenophilious

    hello there

  19. 1 point
    DarkZedge

    hello there

    welcome!
  20. 1 point
    Andromis

    hello there

    Welcome! Hope to see you around more.
  21. 1 point
    wei123

    hello there

    Welcome! I haven't completed subahibi yet, but wow that's an impressive top 2 you have there. Hope to see you around the forum more!
  22. 1 point
    VirginSmasher

    hello there

    Hello. You sir, have good taste in VNs based on your top 2. Subahibi and G-Senjou no Maou are in my top 5 VNs.
  23. 1 point
    Very terribly and poorly translated sound better to you? The translation may have been really bad at points, but it can be understood outside Ageha's route (which was not only poorly translated, it was also rewritten to remove segments. By somebody who doesn't know how to write English). Machine translation cannot be understood. As I recall, Amane's route and the twins were easier to understand than anything else on the VN. Pure machine translation it is not, but maybe it was edited from there at points? I still doubt it. I assume you simply lack experience with translations made by people who don't know English, if you think Edelweiss is nearing the bottom of the barrel. It isn't even close.
  24. 1 point
    Dreamysyu

    hello there

    Welcome to the forums! Take your time if you want. You are always welcome to start posting when you feel you're ready.
  25. 1 point
    phantomJS

    hello there

    Would like to welcome you as well as a fellow newcomer
  26. 1 point
    I would fucking die if their code was in fact amazing and it optimized everything well.
  27. 1 point
    Steam users also give very positive reviews for Sakura games, which I hear are atrocious. Maybe Moenovel is just a tumor, while steam users are the malignant growth
  28. 1 point
    Plk_Lesiak

    hello there

    Welcome, welcome! Non-weebness of your nick definitely helped it stay available up to this point. Have fun posting!
  29. 1 point
    Plk_Lesiak

    Hi everyone

    Welcome to Fuwanovel, hope you'll have fun around here!
  30. 1 point
    phantomJS

    Should Open Ending(s) be a thing?

    If nothing else, I don't think open endings are good for VNs, or any other media financially as I'm pretty sure a lot of people (me included) doesn't like them. Otherwise, why not? The writer can write whatever he/she wants if it's given the green light by the higher-ups
  31. 1 point
    wei123

    Hi everyone

    In case you didn't know, there's a recent fan translation of immhw which should be many times better than the moenovel one so you can check it out if time permits. Anyways, I look forward to seeing you around the forum too.Welcome and enjoy your stay here!
  32. 1 point
    tahu157

    Kirigiri Sou Translation Project

    I'd recommend this article on the process behind figuring out how to crack visual novel archive files open: https://hackernoon.com/reverse-engineering-visual-novels-101-d0bc3bf7ab8 It's a bit long-winded and jargon-y but very informative.
  33. 1 point
    wei123

    What are you playing?

    Well I was going to wait until the release of Photonmelodies to read Altered Fable since the existing translation patch only covers 3 routes but yeah I guess all the Muv Luv talk here just triggered my PTSD all over again
  34. 1 point
    Nothing MORE PURE than YURI THE REAL LOVE DOESN'T LOOK GENDER!!! Even Without your attention I would always keep shipping your Boyya comrade
  35. 1 point
    Kurisu-Chan

    Favorite Tsundere?

    I have been featured in a fighting game, bring it on!
  36. 1 point
    Freestyle80

    Favorite Tsundere?

    Tsunderes need to burn
  37. 1 point
    Plk_Lesiak

    What are you playing?

    *Soon after the call was ushered, a fiery pentagram appears on the ground and the figure of the Fuwa's chief heretic materializes before Orakana Newbie* I was summoned, so I've answered to spread the Unholy Cult of OELVN! To be honest though, it's hard to recommend something on the same level as Katawa Shoujo, it most likely is the best Western VN to date - but it's also a very direct imitation of Japanese formula. Another example of a highly rated OELVN that feels like the "real thing" is Lucid9. And if you're not afraid of otome, Cinderella Phenomenon is... Well, quite phenomenal. Both are free. For something more unique, you could try CUPID (free) or Analogue: A Hate Story (cheap on Steam). Also, if you didn't play Doki Doki Literature Club, while that game turned into a meme, there's much more to it than just that. You already saw my Love Ribbon review, but I have a lot more reviews and recommendations on my blog (link in my signature). You can always check it out if you're looking for an OELVN to play - one upside of those is that many of them are free, without feeling like junky amateur games. And they don't take two months to finish. ;p
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    Not quite time for a status update yet. I just can't resist posting this here. 犬のくせに、その声に興奮しているのか、セキトは鼻先をさらに下の方に移動させて、焔耶の股間に狙いを……。 He's just a dog, but Enya's sweet husky voice seems to drive Sekito wild, and he starts nosing around wildly. Towards Enya's crotch... って、お前はバター犬か! Now, literally the above line means "Hey! You're not a butter dog!" - which doesn't seem like it makes a lot of sense in context, does it? Oh, yes it does. SKM is actually referencing this urban legend! This old saw is so old, it got memed before meme was even a verb! More to the point, how popular is this story, if Japanese eroge writers have heard of an English-language urban legend?
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    Just wanted to say Congrats at finishing up TLing Shoku's H-scenes. I check your cookie4 a couple times a week and this week in particular was quite productive on both the editing and TLing front. Keep it up!
  44. 1 point
    Kabu

    Is Moenovel the 4Kids of VNs?

    As bad as 4kids are when it comes to censoring and americanizing their content, I think that their dubs are still really fun to watch, especially Pokemon. Moenovel however just should not be acknowledged or thought of pleasantly in any way whatsoever. Really this comparison is just an insult to 4kids. Even EA is still better than Moenovel.
  45. 1 point
    They’re not 4kids until they replace Cross Channel’s OP with a rap
  46. 1 point
    From what I've seen and from what other says, after all the people that were on Fuwa because of the torrents left, the Forums at least offered pretty steady levels of activity. The frontpage got stagnant because of the admin team having no time and main contributors giving up, but the community as whole isn't dying out yet - it might in the future, but there's not so many VN communities after all, not many places to migrate to and I'm not sure if it's that probable that everyone around here will just lose interest. I'm not sure where I would go if Fuwa wasn't there anymore - other options are few and not that appealing. When it goes to purpose, as much as I understand, Tay's vision was to turn Fuwa into a major VN news/review hub. Obviously it would always be smaller than the visual novel subreddit, but that's not the point - Reddit is just aggregating news, not producing them. Fan sites like this are important pieces of every community's life and can contribute a lot to the community. Producing news and commentary is a very different thing than cataloguing media or sharing and ranking external articles. Add to this at least some token effort of promoting VNs among western gamers and we would have just as much of a mission as any site needs - the fact there's no leadership is the real problem. Well, that's pretty obvious at this point, but it's also the most demanding thing to do. Not sure if it's doable at all in current situation, even if we try to overcome the clear limitations (Tay and Nayleen not having the ability to work on it), for example making a crowdfunding campaign and hiring someone to rebuild the site, we would still need more involvement from Tay than he's able to give at the moment. I'm afraid we're not escaping that limbo anytime soon.
  47. 1 point
    Deep Blue

    Learning Japanese for VN reading?

    Personally I would recommend learning vocabulary n5 (or memrise) and then start reading Tae Kim's Guide to Japanese Grammar and as you learn the guide keep learning vocabulary until you die xD (you dont stop learning vocabulary ever) Learning grammar without knowing the vocabulary is not fun, you can do it but it's not something I would recommend. Once you know everything on tae kim's guide use http://www.imabi.net/ (or you can use "a dictonary of japanese grammar" inter and advance) I would say that once you reach the Special Expressions part in tae kim's guide you can read a simple VN without trouble (something like https://vndb.org/v5700), bear in mind that even the simplest vns out there will have some hard grammar parts, for example 120 yen is really easy but there are still some "hard" parts. Learning kanji alone is in my opinion a waste of time at first, I don't recommend it, it didnt help me but then again just because it didnt work for me doesnt mean it'd be the same for you.
  48. 1 point
    Zakamutt

    Learning Japanese for VN reading?

    I would recommend reading (to remember it better you can try taking notes, etc whilst doing so - I did, but on the other hand I found school a fun activity) Tae Kim's Guide to Japanese Grammar. Other than that, you might want to try immersion if you aren't already - for example if you use Twitter, try to read the occasional Japanese tweet you see (something like rikaisama is useful to make this easier). Just by being in weeb enough vn reading communities you can get some immersion; if someone writes something in Japanese (ok, probably broken-ish japanese, but it won't matter much at this stage) try to decipher it, etc. I'm not sure how generalizable this advice is but it's helped me get a baseline level of constant Japanese practice even though I tend to be lazy about anything more formal. There is another route I might recommend if you are a very hardcore person; you could pick up Remembering the Kanji 1 and start going through it, using spaced repetition software such as Anki to revise. The disadvantage is that this will teach you very little Japanese that is functional on its own. You will learn to associate one meaning for each of the 2136 kanji Japanese people learn in (non-uni) school, and to be able to when given this meaning write the appropriate kanji. Association the other way usually follows, if imperfectly. You might end up feeling like you just spent 3 months learning something for little gain, though this was not my experience (note that the author of RtK dvocates not spending time studying Japanese vocabulary, grammar etc before having gone through his kanji course. I'm not sure if that's the correct decision, as the structure of the information from grammar vs kanji knowledge is somewhat different.) The advantage is that a lot of my friends are horrible terrible at reading kanji, and while I'm no expert, I'm at least ok at it. There are also some fringe benefits where you can read handwritten kanji / handwritten-style fonts easier and use handwriting instead of radical kanji search when looking them up electronically (very useful if you want to transcribe manga). I may be an unusual case for other reasons than having done RtK; my long-term memory has always been good, and I am mentally weird. Do not take this as the gospel: what I've just said worked for me, but I'm not exactly a normal person. Everyone learns in their own way and if something isn't working for you try something else.
  49. 1 point
    Decay

    ChronoClock Translation Re-Editing

    Buster isn't common at all, but it's still used in many more contexts than the ones you've described. It's a humorous term that's a little derisive, but typically in a jokey way, no one ever uses it seriously. That Misaki uses it seriously is actually kind of appropriate and funny, considering how awkward she is.
  50. 1 point
    Ivan A.

    To Heart 2 Xrated

    To Heart 2 Xrated (https://vndb.org/v20) Game Description Following her graduation from middle school, Konomi Yuzuhara enters the same high school as Takaaki Kouno, her childhood friend. As the new school year begins, they meet their childhood frien Tamaki Kosaka, as well as well as many accquaintaces. Unbeknownst to the group, their encounters with each other will soon lead to many memorable adventures. Ending Guide This walkthrough covers the PC version of the game, that has a total of 9 routes (not including bad ending). There's a total of 9. 6 from the start, 2 unlockables after 1 route completed and 1 unlockable after 2 routes completed. The game has a map system that shows you where the girls (and Yuuji) are. If you want to enter a route you'll need to (basically) stalk the girl you're after. Individual Route Guide The names for places are in JAP so I had to figure out how to name them. Help with this is appreciated. Sentences in " signs are choices. Yuzuhara Konomi Kosaka Tamaki Komaki Manaka Tonami Yuma Sasamori Karin Kusakabe Yuki Lucy Maria Misora Himeyuri Sango/Himeyuri Ruri Kusugawa Sasara Bad End - Kosaka Yuuji Last Words Huge thanks to ittaku for translating this almost 100k lines beast and for the Lucy section. The rest was done by me, through trial-save-error-load from save-repeat proccess ( ) Edit August 29: It was discovered that you need to clear 1 route to unlock Lucy and the Twins. Thanks to ittaku for the help in ensuring this. Enjoy
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