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  1. 6 points
    Well, I see where you're coming from, but consider that in Japan most VNs are eroge for which the main selling point is the combination of compelling stories and sexual content... And they sell well enough through those two features. VNs with significant gameplay are kind of their own, much more mainstream market and that's fine. That is, if we're talking about adventure game-style gameplay. There's a shitton of VNs that implement RPG and Strategy game mechanics – fairly few get translated to English, but Rance games, Eiyuu Senki, Evenicle and Venus Blood -Frontier- are notable examples of gameplay eroge. You also have a decent number VNs with raising sim and dating sim elements, like Littlewitch Romanesque or Gaokao.Love.100Days. Obviously, there was in the past a huge market for heavily gameplay oriented dating/raising sims in Japan – I honestly have no idea how much alive it is nowadays. To be honest, though, I went into VNs exactly to escape from gameplay, which in narrative games can often just become pointless padding distracting from the parts I actually care about. Of course, that doesn't have to be the case if the gameplay is well implemented and I'm sure it can make stuff more appealing to an average gamer, but I'd hate for gameplay elements to be shoved everywhere just for that reason. And if that means VNs are cursed to stay obscure forever? I can live with that.
  2. 5 points
  3. 4 points
    Hello everyone, And sorry for not posting any update in a really long time. We've been a bit busy recently, and I couldn't access fuwa for some reason zzz. Other members can access normally, but my internet refused to cooperate with me... Now, as for the update, most of the images are edited, so I think we'll be able to release the full patch sometimes soon, hopefully during summer. With that said, the text edit may not be finished in time. I'm very sorry about this. We'll at least try to fix as much typos and mistakes as possible before the full patch. If we can find the time and make enough progress, we'll update the full patch with the edited text. Next is an announcement regarding us. Our group now has a name! (Finally lol) We've decided to name our group 'Rhapsody Translation' as a tribute to this game, the game that brought all of us together. We'll mostly be focusing on Eushully's games, though we may do VNs from other companies as well in the future. Another news is that we've decided on our next project. This is still KnR thread, so I won't go too deep into it for now. We'll make a proper announcement regarding that another time. Please look forward to it ^^. That's about it for now. Thank you very much for reading, and see you next time ^^!
  4. 4 points
    Status update Overall progress: Translation: 14425/43896 Editing: 5825/43896 Moemi route is being translated.
  5. 4 points
    Yup, as @Mr Poltroon said, but I'd argue this undersells MGs importance. They're a company with a particularly diverse offering and one that is very consistent with their releases. They also tackle projects that no sane company should be willing to take, like translating Rance X (which is an absurdly large and complex game). While you have companies like NekoNyan focusing purely on moege, Sekai Project trips on its own legs every other month and JastUSA is lost in its own dimension where the timeflow doesn't follow the rules of our universe, MG gets stuff done. Right now, while there's generally more competition on the market and some developers, like Key and Frontwing, translate and publish their VNs in-house, it might not seem that important, but I think it still is. If MG suddenly disappeared, we would feeel it, particularly when it goes to more ambitious/niche VNs reaching the West. So, even though their image definitely suffered through all this drama, they're kind of indispensable and when they take on a project, you can be fairly sure it'll get done unless something really unusual happens.
  6. 4 points
    Plk_Lesiak

    VNs Mainstream or Niche

    Ok, so I think I can throw in a few observations connected to the EVN scene specifically: some lewd games gained pretty wide popularity with the Western otakus and that's pretty much the closest thing to VNs going "mainstream" so far – people fapping on mass or meme'ing to Nekopara and Winged Cloud's Sakura games. DDLC became a massive meme and brought many people into VNs, but generally, the aggressive gatekeeping drove many of them off and made them organize into a separate community that doesn't really know/understand much about VNs. Most VNs, as a see it, do not have the appeal to bring mainstream crowds, with the prevalence of porn and questionable themes pushing them even harder in this shady, obscure corner. In the West, outside of the particularly dedicated otakus, VNs thrive in basically two places: among women that enjoy romance stories/otome and within the queer crowd. For example, while in Japan yuri is very much created for the male audience, in the West you'll see lesbians/bisexual women being both devs and avid consumers of VNs, simply because it's one of the main forms of media touching on their experience and prefered romantic setups. On the BL side, you'll see more "bara" VNs created by openly gay developers and geared towards male readers. As a medium that is relatively easy to make and story-oriented, VNs in the West became a tool for minority groups to express themselves and create their own brands of entertainment, which is interestingly detached from what they (usually) represent in Japan. This approach, of course, is by default niche, aiming for very specific audiences. I'm kind of stuck thinking that without the specific trajectory and cultural context that made VNs important in Japan trying to push them into mainstream is kind of hopeless. The idea of porn with story has its appeal, but it's not something the Western audience wants in mass (one could argue that it's because they don't know they want it/aren't familiar with how VNs do stuff, but I'm not sure). The storytelling formula of VNs is also not automatically attractive – just observe the bewilderment of people that stumble upon VNs randomly on Steam. Literary buffs usually scoff at the anime aesthetic and cliches inherent with the otaku media. While VNs are growing in the West and people are more aware of their existence, but I just don't see them expanding out of those few, very specific niches they're confined to now.
  7. 4 points
    Uh, yes they are. As much as anybody else. They translate titles into English and that's that. Not much else really matters, despite what loud vocal minorities might claim. Somebody having problems with translations has always been common and underpayment is supposedly getting better but Mangagamer is terrible in that area and for that they deserve all the flak. That all said, as long as they put out titles people who want translated VNs will get them, regardless of the company. Some boycotters exist, but not really a majority and given the piracy levels I'm not sure how much overlap there is between the "boycotters" and the pirates. From the Japanese side they're well placed with headquarters in Japan and, considering the Japanese side often is unaware of the quality of translations (Hello SakuraGame), Mangagamer likely does not have problems landing deals on that front. So, all in all, I'm not sure I understood what you're trying to say. As long as they have money and they continue to want to translate titles, they will do so.
  8. 4 points
    Daydreamer97

    VNs Mainstream or Niche

    To be honest, I think that when it comes to VNs being mainstream, mobile otome games have the better chance of pushing them to the mainstream than traditional PC or console games. For one thing, they're everywhere and their advertising is very on point. A lot are free, some are pay-per-route and it targets its intended audience very efficiently with pretty art, pretty boys, and romance. It's also often the entry point for a lot of players to the better VNs out there. Personally, I got into VNs with mobile otome, and a lot of people in the otome community can say the same. Also, otome players don't necessarily read just otome forever. Some of them, like me, also get drawn into more plot-based VNs like Fata Morgana, When They Cry, or liar-soft's steampunk games. Also, there are a lot of indie otome/bl/moege devs who are doing good work and I've noticed that the number of them are growing and getting better. Like, some devs I've followed for years and you can really see their growth when it comes to art style and writing quality.
  9. 4 points
    Seraphim88

    What are you playing?

    After going on a few emotional roller coasters lately, I decided I should read something lighthearted for a change. Here we go! All jokes aside, I've been looking forward to this for years and have by some miracle managed to completely evade any spoilers all this time. I figure now that the final chapter is just a week away, the 07th mod for it should be released by the time I finish chapter 7 if I play through one chapter every weekend starting now.
  10. 4 points
    I have added spoiler tags to the thread. Please be mindful of spoilers when talking about a title that literally just released! (Incidentally, for people who reply to spoilers, you can put the contents of the quote inside a spoiler tag yourselves, if you feel it necessary.)
  11. 4 points
    Editing is now at 20%.
  12. 4 points
    It's pretty much just me at this point, and I have a real job so that takes up a lot of my time. Don't expect a release anytime soon, but it is still being worked on.
  13. 3 points
    Seraphim88

    What are you playing?

    Yeah, no kidding! There's a ton of information to take into account, some of which contradict each other, so if someone actually manages to figure out the entire mystery simply by playing the question arcs, I'd say they deserve something like this:
  14. 3 points
    Yukikoi Melt has been just released on Steam, and there's freeware +18 patch downloadable from JAST. Steam release seems to be dual-language (EN+JP) which is nice bonus
  15. 3 points
    I was so excited that I wanted to share this because Inuyasha was a huge part of my childhood and the reason I got into anime in the first place that I wanted all of you to know so I'll be posting the video on here that is reliable when it comes to anime news. Hopefully there's a lot of Inuyasha fans on here! Inuyasha Sequel Manga in Progress!
  16. 3 points
    You have to accept what I said earlier. Not everyone can get Yuzusoft/sprite on board. Are we supposed to shun a company just because they can't make a big name studio give them the rights to their titles? Besides, I don't think many famous companies are left for picking. Maybe Eushully and August, but that's about it. Everyone else is as obscure as you can get. That sounds like some tech problems or lack of QOL features. I don't know which VNs you mean, but I'll assume it's Sakura Sakura/Yotsunoha or that Laplacian VN. Whatever the case, not every VN is going to be like that. I guess they're limited by what they can do with the original VN engines, which by the way, most of the time suck and is one of the reasons why NN wants to have and use their own homemade engine for all their future VN releases. And here I thought OniKiss was a big name. Damn. I guess it boils down to who considers what famous. Yeah, they are "literally who"-games, but it's very likely that Sol doesn't have the means to pick up anything else. You usually pick up some smaller stuff just to get off from the ground, but apparently, it didn't work for Sol. Not to mention, they had to use a Kickstarter for their first two titles, Sakura Sakura and Newton. Obviously, they are very small, and they had no means to pull off what NN did. I beg to disagree. For the first month Fureraba was out, I saw quite a few discussions about it, and I had an impression it was doing very well as NN's first VN. I agree it may have been a "literally-who"-game (although even that is arguable... I had an impression SMEE titles weren't all that obscure in the first place), but it still put NekoNyan on the map. Can't say the same for Sol Press. They did at least 3 VNs at the beginning, and none of them seemed to have put them on the map. Not Newton, not Sakura Sakura, and not Under One Wing. And somehow, even Onikiss seemed to have been received poorly. I don't know how they managed to do that, but I guess their poor PR hit them in the ass, as well as lack of ability to put it on Steam (still... MG never needed Steam to make Imopara a success story). Anyway, my point is - not everyone can get a well-known publisher. You talk about that, but if we go by that logic, most companies should just buckle up and leave when they are unable to get any big name stuff. It's very unfair, especially towards some new companies that may want to enter the market one day. Aside from the fact that there aren't any many really famous companies left for picking, you also have to accept that it's literally impossible to get some stuff. And besides, other localization companies used to survive on some obscurer titles than what Sol is putting out. That's why I am 100% convinced it's not their licenses that hurt Sol the most, but the way they handled them, how they advertized them, etc. That's their biggest problem even today. I mean, Nukitashi and Iroseka should be at least decent, even if we disregard how famous they became in Japan. But Sol's handling of them is... "eh" at best. That's one of the things that puts NN and Sol Press apart. The way they handle their projects and licenses. Neither has bad picks, it's just that Sol has no fucking clue what they are doing. I attribute this to poor leadership and management.
  17. 3 points
    Fiddle

    So I Bought a Switch

    Last night I enjoyed a PERFECT TEATIME with my waifu in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Are you virgins jealous of my alpha tea party skills? I thought so.
  18. 3 points
    Kamukan

    Rewrite - PSP English Patch

    Hey! Yes, we started QCing a while ago but since me and the QCer is very short with free time, it's being a slow progress. The scripts are all done, but we need to check and correct the errors (there is a lot of them, believe me) and we need to translate the images. The images are in a unknown format and we still need someone capable to extract and repack them, so it's been zero progress on the image side. And we are recruiting QCers to help us finish this project! We only have one by now and we are really needing it. You only need to have a PSP or PPSSPP and of course, love for Rewrite. Thanks everyone for the patience!
  19. 3 points
    Except this game is MUCH different than DDLC aside of like one single thing/gimmick. It's NOT the same experience.
  20. 3 points
    A List of Visual Novels/Games that have Harem Ending If you are looking for a harem-ending visual novels/games, this is your HEAVEN ! TL;DR Continue from my first post in f95zone, I’ll make this complete list, included Visual Novel (READ-ONLY, no actual gameplay). Also, I included yuri genre. RULE - Excluded Genre: bestiality, netorare, paraphilias (pedophilia, exhibitionism, necrophilia, ...), rape (not comedy rape, reverse rape, roleplay rape), prostitution, futanari, guro, blood-related incest, nukige. (See Black List) - Visual Novels/Games must have a complete English version (release/fan translation) Fetish: F I am a simple man. I see a foxgirl. I click. [Orange] L FBI ! FBI ! OPEN UP ! [Amethyst] HB The bigger the better [Strong Blue] T ~~*~*~.~**`~._.,..,.~`** Do you understand ? [Desaturated Blue] NS What ? Where’s FAP material ? [Dark Cyan] S No route ? [Automatic] 3S I don't love all of you, just 'some' ... [Emerald] X Everyone's mine !!! [Strong Red] Hmm ? You don’t get it ? Harem Ending Type: Romantic/True Harem Ending - All girls agree to 'share' protagonist (usually a confession scene in Visual Novel or with King Protagonist in Game) [4-space Strong Red] Group Sex Ending - A group sex between protagonist and all girls [3-space Strong Blue] Playboy Ending - Protagonist just has sex with all girls [2-space Emerald] (All girls = girls in current harem, not all heroines) NWTH : Number of Waifus in Protagonist's True Harem (Maximum) EC : Ending Count (Number of Endings) (almost exactly because most of them I haven't played) Format: Title link fetish NWTH EC harem_end_type VISUAL NOVEL Analogue: A Hate Story vndb guide NS X 2 5 Army Gals vndb guide X 3 21 Battle Girls vndb guide X 5 6 Beach Bounce vndb guide 3S 2 9 Beauty Bounce vndb guide 3S X 5 7 Bionic Heart vndb guide NS X 2 24 Divine Slice of Life vndb guide 3S X 5 9 Everlasting Summer vndb guide X 5 14 Endless Jade Sea -Midori no Umi- vndb guide L 3S 2 17 Funbag Fantasy vndb guide HB T X 8 5 Funbag Fantasy 2 vndb guide HB 3S X 5 6 Funbag Fantasy : Sideboob Story vndb guide HB 3S X 10 3 Funbag Fantasy : Sideboob Story 2 vndb HB X 11 2 How to Raise a Wolf Girl vndb F S X 2 1 If My Heart Had Wings vndb guide 3S 2 6 Karakara 1 & 2 vndb vndb F S X 2, 4 1 , ??? Koisuru Natsu no Last Resort vndb guide 3S 2 7 Libra of The Vampire Princess vndb guide F 3S X 7 5 ??? LOVE³ -Love Cube- vndb HB S X 3 1 Maitetsu vndb L S X 8 1 My Girlfriend is the President Fan Disc vndb S X 5 1 ??? NekoMiko vndb guide F X 2 4 Nekonin Exheart 1 & 2 & 3 vndb vndb vndb F S X 2, 4, 7 1 , , Nekopara 1 & 2 & 3 vndb vndb vndb F L S X 2, 4, 6 1 Oakwood Academy of Spells and Sorcery vndb guide 3S 2 24 Santa Girls vndb guide X 4 8 Sakura Agent vndb S T X 2 1 Sakura Angels vndb guide NS X 2 3 Sakura Beach 1 & 2 vndb vndb guide guide NS X 2, 3 3, 4 Sakura Santa vndb guide NS X 3 4 Sakura Shrine Girls vndb guide F NS X 2 3 Sakura Swim Club vndb S X 2 1 Sakura Nova vndb guide T X 3 3 ??? Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo vndb guide X 5 8 ??? Summer Fling vndb guide X 2 3 Tenkiame vndb F S X 2 1 The Angel Inn vndb X 3 12 ??? The Eden of Grisaia vndb X 7 2 ??? To Heart 2 vndb guide 3S 2 11 Wabisabi vndb F L S X 4 1 ??? GAME: Completed: Apostle kagura HB X 6 2 Duel Savior Justice vndb T X 7 8 ??? Dungeon of Lulu Farea, Demon World Country Frel Hades steam F L S X 11, 19 1 Eiyuu Senki vndb steam F L S T X 73 1 Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque : Editio Perfecta vndb home F L X 12 16 ??? Gran Ende II dlsite S X 4 1 Super Girl Division steam F HB S X 5 1 Just Deserts vndb steam NS X 5 6 Kamidori Alchemy Meister vndb F T 3S 16 3 Kami no Rhapsody vndb F 3S 17 2 Koihime Musou vndb L 3S X 15 3 Love Esquire vndb steam X 5 12 Princess Waltz vndb X 6 3 Purino Party steam L S X 8 1 Sister Travel steam L X 11 2 Star Girls vndb steam F NS X 5 7 Tears to Tiara vndb L S X 6 1 Utawarerumono vndb F S X 6 1 Promising projects: Champion itch Haremon itch Harem Hotel itch Hero's Harem Guide itch HS Tutor blog Knightly Passions itch Lucky Paradox itch Tales of Unity itch The Last Sovereign itch Threads of Destiny itch ??? Wish: Israfil Saga steam Aftermath f95zone (this is a post from developer) YURI (Visual Novel + Game): Galaxy Girls vndb guide T X 3 15 Negligee vndb guide HB X 3 11 Roomie Romance vndb guide X 4 7 Sakura Cupid vndb guide X 2 5 ??? Sakura Fox Adventure vndb guide F T X 2 4 Sakura Gamer 1 & 2 vndb vndb guide guide X 2, 3 3 Sakura MMO 3 vndb guide X 3 5 Sakura Sadist vndb guide X 2 3 Starlight Vega vndb guide X 2 7 Black List (Game only) (Some of these games are pretty good, some has terrible translation or bad art, but both of them contains sexual content you may don't want to see) Blacksouls 1 & 2 ??? Bunny Black 1 & 2 Cornelica, Town of Succubi Cum on! Bukkake Ranch! Custom Order Maid Daibanchu: Big Bang Age Disaster Dragon x Girls from Different Worlds Double Elf Fantasy Evenicle Frontier of Sister Indulgence Grolokk Harem - Ker Harem Collector Harem Fantasy ??? Harem Mate Harem Trigger Innocent Witches ??? Leane of Legitimate Crown Legend of Fainn Dynasty ~Battles of Beautiful Warlords~ ??? Love Rebellion Ouroboros School of Lust Selenophobia Seed of the Dead Sengoku NEET Sengoku Rance Sextastic Tales of the Sacred Sword Hero Straight Through the Maze Succubus Affection ??? Sword Maiden of Azure Dragon The Bunker 69 ??? The Little Brave ~I do not want to be the Brave Man~ ??? The Paradise Fortress of RePure Aria 2 ??? The Spirit Master of Retarnia Town of Passion Tyrant Quest Underground Kingdom and Sweeper Venus Blood FRONTIER International
  21. 3 points
    Today I just finished Chapter 9 (Christmas one), so we're now at 73%. There are three more to go - New Year onsen trip, Valentine's Day and endings. By the way, the chapters are as follows: (These are original title images - I merged the text from JP and EN versions together)
  22. 3 points
    Yes well you see i consider every work which got something cut or deleted as butchered. Because it is interfering with author vision of his work It's like having a cake without cherry on the top. If i'm paying for full cake i expect for this cake to have everything in it even the cherry. Because the person who maked this cake wanted this cherry to be there and i want to go with the author interpretation rather than translator vision who thinks that he knows better. You can take my opinion as nitpicking but i just love complete works with everything without censorship. Cause that's how it was intended to be. If people won't give a damn about such treatment soon tm we will get everything censored like that, to appease normies. And we will still be taken as minors even if we are over 18.
  23. 3 points
    I have been remiss in one thing. Now that this thread has been necro'ed, I see it. I never formally announced I wasn't going to be updating here anymore. The updates just stopped. I didn't even provide the link to the real status tracker pasted half a page or so above. So here goes... This project is not cancelled. I am editing it. This thread will not receive periodic updates with percentages anymore. That was mostly useful because VNTS pulled numbers from here, and VNTS was high profile so feeding it accurate numbers was useful. But there is no more VNTS and never will be again (the 2 updates last July only hammer that point home). So there's no point in manually compiling percentage data to dump into posts here. All that data is automatically tracked at the project official tracker: https://cookie4.com/projects/skm1/progress/ Progress is slow. I wasn't happy with the original work I'd done, so I started over. The percentage didn't reset to 0, so all the lines I edited before still show as edited. Consequently a bunch of work doesn't show up there, and that will stay a problem more or less until I finish Shoku.
  24. 2 points
    Eclipsed

    What are you playing?

    I had the most randomest "Oh hey I wonder what Spike Chunsoft made over the past couple years, I was a real big fan of Danganronpa/Zero Escape" Not really feeling up for 'dungeon crawling rpg' so I skipped Zanki Zero But I splurged on Al Somnium Files, an adventure sci-fi murder mystery (?) https://vndb.org/v26532 Also randomly picked up the modern 2019 version of YU-NO even though they're just the publisher for that https://vndb.org/v1377
  25. 2 points
    I was kinda curious if there was some kind of policy for Visual Novel streaming since it's becoming a more popular thing and there's so many companies releasing visual novels now. From my research and asking around here's what I found: MangaGamer - They have a Policy on their website. Short version is full Streaming is OK, but Full VODs are only allowed for 20% of the VN or whatever covers any demo content. Any other saved videos have non-sequential clips that are a few minutes long at best. JAST - The exact words from a representative "As long as the VOD is transformational, including your reactions and commentary, it's fine. We can't have a video up of the complete, unedited game that would serve as a replacement for the original work. But as long as you are adding to it, that's your work. Basically, fair use rules: https://www.youtube.com/about/copyright/fair-use/". So basically Stream/VOD away as long as you add to it. Sekai Project - They actually have a list of which specific Visual Novels have limitations or not. TLDR, most of them are fine to fully stream/record. A small handful can only be done up to first route or demo content or non-18+ version. Some are fully banned. Sol Press - Streaming/VODs fully allowed. Nekonyan- "It's okay for us if you want to stream the game but we aren't fans of 100% playthrough VODs. VODs of the common route/trial route are totally okay though. " ShiraVN- TLDR "respect the devs' wishes". Since most of ShiraVN's releases are linear VNs, it may be safer to only do the first 20% of the VN or so. In all cases, you HAVE to provide a link to the company's store (assumedly direct link to buy the VN). And obviously explicit sexual content on any Streaming Site would likely get you banned so just avoid that. I have no idea what to do with fantranslated stuff. And I'm not sure what the other companies do, these are the main companies I was most interested in finding out about.
  26. 2 points
    Seraphim88

    What are you playing?

    I've had a pretty productive weekend, finishing up 428: Shibuya Scramble as well as reading both chapter 3 and 4 of Higurashi. I originally intended to just read one chapter a week, but chapter 4 is much shorter than the rest so I figured I might as well read that too so I can get started on the answer arcs next weekend. 428: Shibuya Scramble The story isn't all that interesting on paper, but the way it's presented, combined with the great soundtrack and an interesting and quirky cast of characters, make for a memorable whole. Although I do have to say that, for a completionist such as myself, it was quite a pain to get all endings and jump back and forth in the timeline to find all the hidden content. My favorite part of the game was after the Mean Clean bonus scenario, when you got to view behind the scenes footage from the recording sessions. After seeing static images with silent dialogue for 40-or-so hours, it made a surprisingly big impression on me to get to see the actors actually play out some of the scenes those images were taken from, along with hearing them speak for the first time. On that note, I actually managed to find a documentary with interviews with the cast, which I will definitely check out when my Japanese has improved some more. Higurashi, chapter 3 As I mentioned in a previous post, chapter 3 is called "The Shortest Scenario", but in actuality, it's basically as long as chapter 1 and 2 so I don't really know why they chose to use that tagline. The chapter itself was... hard to get a grasp on. It was equal parts exciting and confusing, with a lot of new questions raised, like Higurashi, chapter 4 By far the shortest chapter of the question arcs, but I imagine that is because it apparently wasn't originally planned as part of the main series. In chapter 3, they refer to chapter 5 as the actual continuation of the story, so chapter 4 is really more of a filler episode. It was still a good read with some well executed and intense scenes, but it falls behind the previous chapters in terms of quality, in large parts due to the fact that there aren't any truly significant developments in the story that we didn't already know about. I also find Ooishi annoying, so him having such a large role in this chapter affected my overall impression. (My opinion of him improved somewhat, though.) The thing that stood out the most to me in this chapter was when I'm looking forward to finding out what's up with that. I've been getting exponentially more confused as the story in Higurashi has moved along, so it's going to be very interesting finding out what the hell is really going on.
  27. 2 points
    Dreamysyu

    Fuwanovel Confessions

    Today I had a nightmare that seemed to be very loosely based on Saya no Uta. And you know, I don't really remember the details, but now I kind of feel like writing a proper story with a similar plot.
  28. 2 points
    Jardic47

    Hello All You Beautiful People

    I know I am late to post one of these, but I thought I would do one anyway. My name is Jardic and I am a writer. I got some things on the back burner of my mind and I dream to have some VNs to share when I am done. I have a ton of ideas for my works and I can always take any ideas you may have to consideration. I'm currently working on some stories I have written last year and I have been thinking about putting them on the net after I get them published. I mainly play VNs now. Before, I would play video games and be done with them. I put down the controller and started writing when I was in high school and I never looked back since. I still play games on my pc, but not as much anymore. My love for VNs happened 3 years ago and I got into them by boredom from playing video games. I found my calling from this medium and I have written a lot of stories that my be a base for VNs. I found purpose through them and I have been happier the past three years than the time before finding VNs. I hope you all can learn a few things from me and I want to learn a few things from you guys. If you guys are wondering, I am always on here, so if you want to chat, I am here. So take care and i will be wandering this place called the net. Take care.
  29. 2 points
    DeepL is by far the best. I might now have told anyone this, but all my doujins are translated this way. I even fooled (((professional))) translators and they think I know Japanese. LMAO what a bunch of morons.
  30. 2 points
    I'm not quite sure what you mean, but I would like to note that I have the best words; nobody else's words even compare.
  31. 2 points
    Daydreamer97

    What are you playing?

    I've been reading another indie otome called Dark Nights. It's like Cinderella Phenomenon in the sense that it's a high-quality medium-length indie vn which probably should have cost money but is free. It's also something I've been looking forward to for years because the art is really pretty and Pinlin, the solo dev who worked on it is seriously talented and her art is absolutely gorgeous. So far, I'm only on my first route but it's been doing a good job at setting this horror tone and a multi-route mystery. I also played another free-but-should-have-been-commercial indie I've been looking forward to- Ebon Light. There are love interests but it's not a traditional otome (although I do count it as one) because the romance is more of a side thing than the main thing. It's more plot-focused and is a little more game-y with stats. It also has beautiful western-style art and a dark fantasy aesthetic which really kept me hooked. You get to shape the MC's personality in this one so there's a lot of branches and ways to get a good ending.
  32. 2 points
    Others may disagree, but I've always believed Attack on Titan has a profoundly dumb premise, like it was pulled from a weird nightmare somebody had after sleeping for 10 hours. But somehow it turns into something amazing*. *this is probably the part that others will disagree with.
  33. 2 points
    Mr Poltroon

    Spring 2020 Anime Discussion

    Here's a little update on that topic, @Dreamysyu. As of episode 5, I am actually of the opinion that the anime is better. Whereas the strength of the Light Novels is in entering a character's head outside of Catarina, the anime finds way of making a lot of this content into events that actually take place in Catarina's presence. From what I'm seeing, it involves giving roles to characters that previously didn't have any in a given part, which is great. Better still is the fact that it's not like it doesn't dive into backstory when it wants to, so it's the best of both worlds, in my opinion. Also seeing the characters being cute is fantastic. My initial reservations regarding the pace of the first few episodes (there were no transitions between scenes!) ended up being because they were trying to reach the school phase within the three episodes, so they cut transitions rather than rush the scenes they covered. A few scenes were rushed, but it's calmed down since.
  34. 2 points
    Shining Song Starnova, I guess. Mariya starts the game as a alcoholic, Julie asks the MC out for drinks in 2 different occasions and all 7 girls go out to a bar with the MC to celebrate something at least once iirc
  35. 2 points
    Don't worry about it. I was just giving ideas out. Also, good luck
  36. 2 points
    Seraphim88

    What are you playing?

    This illustrates the situation for myself: They also pretty much completely dismissed the notion that girls might want to read this VN.
  37. 2 points
    Silvz

    What are you playing?

    Umineko is my favorite VN, so I can't wait to hear about your impressions on it
  38. 2 points
    These are the ones I remember watching, but I don't think they're particularly obscure, and are more likely just the opposite. Irresponsible Captain Tylor -> https://myanimelist.net/anime/569/Musekinin_Kanchou_Tylor Crest of the Stars (this barely meets the cut-off point) -> https://myanimelist.net/anime/290/Seikai_no_Monshou Slayers -> https://myanimelist.net/anime/534/Slayers
  39. 2 points
    Novel21

    So I Bought a Switch

    Thats good to hear and i hope you enjoy playing Fire Emblem Three House. I'm going to play it tomorrow since I'm busy watching TV right now. By the way congrats with new Nintendo Switch
  40. 2 points
    Silvz

    So I Bought a Switch

    I haven't played it yet, but it is pretty much a consensus that it is one of if not the best Fire Emblem ever
  41. 2 points
    Novel21

    So I Bought a Switch

    I love Fire Emblem Three House, it's my favorite game and I really enjoy play it a lot. I recommend it a lot. So I recommend to give it a try:)
  42. 2 points
    Silvz

    So I Bought a Switch

    Dragon Quest XI has its best version ever on the Switch. You could also try Bayonetta 1 and 2 (if you buy 2, you get a discount in 1), Astral Chain, Okami HD, Mario + Rabbids, Splatoon 2, Yoshi's Crafted World, Fire Emblem Warriors, Hyrule Warriors, Zelda: Link's Awakening, Smash, Trials of Mana, Animal Crossing, Cuphead, both Yooka Laylee, Good Job!, GRIS, Xenoblade Chronicles (1 is being released this month, while 2 is already available), Hollow Knight, Pokémon Let's Go, New Super Mario Bros U and Mario Kart 8 And there are thousands of indie games and other major games that I did not play
  43. 2 points
    Dreamysyu

    What are you playing?

    If my memory serves me right, each chapter is about 10-15 hours, with the exception of chapter 4, which is a lot shorter. Also, good luck with Higurashi! It's been years since I read it, but I think it's still one of my favorite VNs. Actually, I read it soon after I finished the anime, which was okay, but I can't say I liked it that much, but the fact that I already knew the story made me realize just how well constructed the story in Higurashi is. Everything makes sense in the end, and even small details in the beginning may hint to the bigger picture in the end. I will probably replay it myself at some point, now that the new translation is almost finished.
  44. 2 points
    Some pople seem to have access to the game now (it seems to depend on the timezone?) so if you are interested check out JAST USA website. Alos there is no Steam entry for those waiting on the Steam version, but the release seem to be on the 25th. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1293820/YOU_and_ME_and_HER_A_Love_Story/
  45. 2 points
    I'll actually advise against skipping FF2. Although I like Lute as much as any other person, I actually prefer Ruin (FF2's Protagonist) as the protagonist because he actively participates in the plot, rather than simply stumbling through sheer dumb luck. Some of the ways that he deliberately talks circles around his foes as well as around the heroines are also actually very endearing. I also prefer the heroines and the political landscape of FF2, but that's personal preference. I do believe that FF Gaiden 2 is the best entry in the series though.
  46. 2 points
    I find it very funny and interesting tbh really enjoying it so far .. The Characters are cute and great
  47. 2 points
    Gameplay elements are a lot harder to design and test and get working. That means they cost a lot more money. These games are made on shoestring budgets. There are companies that specialize in 'gameplay titles' out there. And most of the time, those titles are not known for having a strong story. In other words, it's pouring a lot more dev resources into something that's not the core selling point of your game (which is, pretty much like you said, a novel with added production value). These guys make money by being happy to be the niche players. Or to put it another way - your point is essentially the same reasoning publishers use when they say 'Graft a multiplayer mode onto game X! Just freaking do it, we don't even care if it makes sense, gamers like it!' Sometimes that works out (Mass Effect 3) and other times, not so much (Resident Evil 3). These companies are like Atlus (well, before Sega bought them). They know how to survive in a low-volume market. If they wanted to make mass-market-appeal games, they'd be making a different kind of game entirely. Not every game has to be mass market. If you want to know 'why aren't there more releases in English', here's your problem. There are a decent number of games. Heck, there's some you haven't even listed (like Koihime Musou, or Aselia the Eternal, or - and I'm being serious here - Persona 4 Arena). I've been around since the early 2000's, and I converted into a paying customer when I found out a VN was lucky to sell a few hundred copies. The numbers I hear nowadays are they're lucky to sell two thousand. These games are absolutely popular enough already in English. Just not with people who actually pay. I'll put it this way: The raw untranslated script for SKM is about 6 megabytes. Rounded down to 5 to account for repeated text and punctuation, etc - at 5 cents per character (very low end of the going rate) and 2 bytes per character that's $250K. How many copies do you need to sell to make that back at $40? 6250. Then there's licensing fees, and we know that MangaGamer said 'if the original KM doesn't sell 2000 copies, we can't pay for the voice so we'll have to remove it'. There's more voice, so bump that up a little. You're probably looking at 8500-9000 copies just to break even. And now you know why MangaGamer hasn't done it. They can't pay the translator a decent rate. They'd have to find someone willing to be significantly underpaid. But suppose for a minute Koihime had sold - instead of the probably 2500-3500 copies it likely sold (it sold > 2K, they added the voices back) - 6 or 7 times that number. Then licensing the sequel would be a no-brainer. It would have been out years ago, probably. Furthermore, every game that was remotely worth releasing would be getting licensed and released. It's the same story with other text-heavy Japanese products. RPGs were a niche product. Every time an RPG was released in English, the company releasing it was taking a risk. And then FF7 came out, and it was one of the first videogames to do cinematic awesome cutscenes well, and it was absolutely in the right place at the right time to do gangbusters. Prior to FF7, RPGs had been building in popularity slowly, but post-FF7, an audience was there and realized 'maybe I should pay more attention, this looks nifty'. Post-FF7, most major JRPGs got translated (but not all). The same thing happened again a few years later, when the quirky-and-cutesy-Japanesey style games caught on. First was Disgaea, which was an amazing game and sold out instantly and Atlus reprinted it and then NIS (the makers) founded NIS America, which has gone on to do very well. Then Recettear sold hundreds of thousands of copies on Steam, proving to everyone 'no really, people will buy the weeb shit'. VNs don't need to be made into something they're not in order to start selling. In fact I'd wager they're already starting to sell. Look at the huge uptick in otome releases, and console releases.
  48. 2 points
    I think it's a good place for another progress report. I just reached the end of Chapter 8. That means I crossed the 10k lines mark, and it brings the progress counter to the 66%.
  49. 2 points
    Aiming for a Christmas release *fingers crossed* I hope everyone is well.
  50. 2 points
    ittaku

    How much do you play VN a day/a week?

    1-2 hours, less if I cum across an H scene.
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