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  1. The other day I saw some dudes on 4chan talking about some Noratoto's restoration patch and they said this: So it seems that there are some people working on a restoration patch (except for Shachi). I don't know anything more about it or who this Moeanon is (I checked, and it seems he has a profile around here at least). Since I never use 4chan, I just happened to stumble upon this conversation by coincidence the one time I entered the site, so I figured I'd post it here to see if anyone knows anything about it or if any of those guys are active around here too.
    4 points
  2. Mashiro-Iro Symphony is often mentioned as being the peak of the company's moege/charage era games. It was made during the latter-stages of the 'golden age of JVNs', in 2009 (The 'golden age' is generally seen as being from 2005 or 2006 to 2011 or 2012, depending on who you ask), and it was an example of quality in a time when VNs had only just branched out into distinctive genres and sub-genres but before the templates had been set in stone. As games of the type go, it is an excellent choice for localization.
    3 points
  3. Goldenarrow7778

    SNOW

    SNOW VNDB Fan-Tl Patch By Studio Mebius Description: The story of Snow starts when the main protagonist Izumo Kanata visits a small village called Ryujinmura (village of the dragon god) to help his cousin Tsugumi manage a local hotel with hot springs. In the village there is an old legend: In ancient times, the village is protected by the dragon goddess. However, one day the dragon goddesses fell in love with a human, which is strictly forbidden, and this incident finally caused the village to be always covered by snow after that. The game then tells the daily life of the protagonist in the village, and finally links the story to the legend of dragon goddess. Ending Guide Sumino>Asahi>Legend>Shigure>Ouka>Meiko>Mysterious Girl There is an enforced playing order after the first 2 routes. (H) = Hentai scene Sumino Asahi Legend Linear Route. Shigure Ouka Meiko Mysterious Girl
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  4. Bump the thread again to post the tweet from Nekonyan, with said tweet is relevant to the post because Nekonyan host Irotoridori giveaway. The reason why it's relevant is because Nekonyan will give the Steam key of Irotoridori for free as long as the backer provide their confirmation, so yeah at least it can be assured the backer won't lose the money over nothing thanks to Sol Press incompetency. Oh yes, for the reminder Irotoridori will be released in four days later (In 16th), so you can note the date if you want to get it. PS - Also just in case you wonder on what is the backer confirmation stuff thing, Nekonyan did tweet a bit more in regard of it below. So yeah, it's more or less that you should provide the proof that you're indeed back the project.
    3 points
  5. Time for another update, and the translator stated this is the last update before Yuzuki's patch release. As for the updates, it's simply that the translator will pushing the release on either March or at the very latest April 1st (To honor Bishoujo Mangekyou 2.5 full translation patch release at last year), so yeah it's almost time for Ginharu full translation patch release. For a bit of elaboration, actually the translator tried to push Yuzuki's patch release on February, although he thought it can't be done because the hacker just got through surgery with said hacker bedridden from it. Oh yes, it also has status update, and it simply says 'Finishing QA'. That's all for (Hopefully) the last update before Yuzuki's patch release.
    3 points
  6. You definitely didn't read the title wrong, because they definitely manage to do so with them got the HD version along with Sana side story. While I did keep saying that I hope to see this available in English because of the art (And Kawamura indeed manage to make Tsubasu's art beautiful in the anime), I still can't believe that it finally happen. Anyway, apparently it'll be available in April, although Shiravune change the release time to Q2 of 2024, which is good move if we see on how slow review process in Valve can be (Especially with Amazing Grace). Oh yes, here's the link to the Steam store of the main game and the link to the Steam store of Sana side story.
    2 points
  7. 060 done and pushed. Might revisit the section about proverbs, that stuff is pretty impossible to translate.
    2 points
  8. For platform I used laptop, and obviously I used Windows to play the VN. As for the reason, it's simply because the one that the initial OS which available on my laptop is Windows, and it's practical enough anyway in that almost all of the VN developers released their VNs for Windows. By the way I used to have desktop PC in the past, although nowadays I just have my laptop.
    1 point
  9. It's time for Getchu 2023 award, and the winner is unsurprisingly Sakura no Toki in which it's the sequel of very well received Sakura no Uta. Anyway, let's see top 10 below, and yes I did really mean 10 instead of 20 because somehow Getchu decided to just list 10 top rank instead of usual 20, which to say is quite understandable. By the way, you can view the result in this link. 1. Sakura no Toki -Sakura no Mori no Shita o Ayumu- - Makura - 2. Amakano 2+ - Azarashi Soft 3. Tenshi Souzou RE-BOOT! - Yuzusoft 4. Mashiro-iro Symphony: Sana Edition - Palette 5. Mashiro Iro Symphony -Love is pure white- Remake for FHD - Palette - 6. Koibana Ren'ai - ASa Project 7. Hapymaher - REGRET END - Purple Software - 8. Happy Live, Show Up: Encore!! - FAVORITE - 9. D.C.5 ~Da Capo 5~ - CIRCUS 10. Yuunagi-sou no S-kyuu no Kanojo-tachi 2 - MOONSTONE Cherry Despite fewer number on the list, we still have the winner for each categories, so I'll list it below. Best Scenario: Sakura no Toki -Sakura no Mori no Shita o Ayumu- Best Game System: Amakano 2+ Best Graphic: Tenshi Souzou RE-BOOT! Best Soundtrack: Sakura no Toki -Sakura no Mori no Shita o Ayumu- Best Movie: Tenshi Souzou RE-BOOT! Best Character: Tanikaze Amane from Tenshi Souzou RE-BOOT! Best Erotic Contents: Bunny's Mama Daikou Service That's all for the list, and admittedly speaking the list show the worrying state of VNs in Japan.
    1 point
  10. fjejgiei

    Windows 11 and VNs

    I've been curious about this, too! So far, my experience with VNs on Windows 11 has been smooth sailing. No glitches or hiccups to report – everything seems to be running just fine. It's great to have a platform where we can share our experiences and help each other out. Oh, and speaking of Windows 11, if you're still looking for keys, I stumbled upon digitalchillmart.com recently. They've got some legit keys for both Windows 10 and 11 at pretty decent prices. I think it might be worth checking out if you're in need.
    1 point
  11. Polyamory, whether it is harem or multi-directional, is a difficult issue for people raised in the modern era in first-world countries. While it is beginning to be normalized in some countries, it has been demonized for so long that it will probably be a long time before the stigma associated with it fades away, if ever. In VNs, I think the one that takes polyamory to its ideal end is Draculius, one of my favorite VNs. While Jun, the protagonist, is central to things, each of the heroines has a defined role within the family that can't be played by any of the other girls. Belche is the mother, Xeno is the protector, Rika is the attacker, and Lian is the representative. I do agree that in most cases a harem should stop at three (one primary and two secondaries with a relationship aside from that possessed by the primary). To be blunt, there is only so much time one person can put into other people, and expanding to the ridiculous size some VN harems have is just undoable. Traditionally, there were any number of reasons for a harem to exist. One was in the case of royals and high nobles, where numerous heirs were necessary to solidify power and ensure passage down to the next generation. Then there were rich merchants and leaders of settlements. In both cases, this prevented too much wealth being permanently settled into one bloodline and reduced resentment from the population at large. It also provides a larger supporting family for the raising of children, reducing individual burdens for child-rearing and making things more flexible without going outside the family group. Generally speaking, early human civilizations didn't place emphasis on and in some cases didn't even have the concept of romance. That is why some cultures retain arranged marriages and defacto polyamorous relationship setups. (for JVN fans, the example would be the way it is tacitly understood that powerful Japanese men - like high-ranking politicians and corporate leaders - will have lovers outside of their wives).
    1 point
  12. I think you did summarize the school setting nicely, although I would like to add some. What I can say is school setting is definitely fill the trope Boring But Practical for the VN developers, and I say this because the writer can have easy time to explain from where the MC can get to know the heroines, and not to mention it make artist's job easier when it come to designing the outfit for the heroines (Just make variation of the school uniform for the heroines at most). Also while someone can argue that it could also has office setting, most of the customers are the office workers who probably longing for the school setting as escapism instead of face the reality with the office setting. That said, I definitely can see that school setting can become oversaturated, especially when the story that didn't need school still using it, as shown in Tokyo Babel. That's all for what I can write in regard of the school setting.
    1 point
  13. The result from the survey, and I can only say at least there's no more vote for WA2 now that Shiravune took the license for the first WA (Although it didn't stop some people to vote for Hentai Prison). Also note the survey was started way before Aniplex announce Fate/Stay Night, so it's only natural there's some who put too much hope on Mangagamer to localize Fate/Stay Night. The rest of the survey result are either the rest of 07Expansion work, otome/BL VN (Because Aksys Games only interested to localize all age otome on Switch), disturbing nukige, and Sakura no Uta along with the sequel (Sakura no Toki). Overall, I guess good for Mangagamer they manage to branch out their demography, albeit at the cost of their original demography to a degree. PS - By the way my votes are not included on the top 25, so oh well.
    1 point
  14. I share this post cause I hope it can be useful for others Since few months ago I've seen a post about this engine in the making visual novel, cause I wanna leave Renpy. Now they planning to release it soon in September: hope it will be good as it looks like https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=770485555077052&set=a.476220227836921
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  15. Job vacancy available hello, my name is Joel, i am from indonesian. i have a company named Visintech studio that is developing a visual novel game, the project has just begun, but in a few days, the active member are gone. so i am here to invite you all if you interested to join our studio for the visual novel game because we lacks of member now, all of them now gone so we need your help to developing this game. we have some slots to work at : 1. audio, SFX, BGM. ( we really need these one because the slots is empty now ) 2. sprites, character, background ( we will work together if you join at this site, i work here ) 3. storyline ( optional, but we will work together to if you join this site because i work here ) 4. programing / enginer ( optional, but we still accept people who want to join ) i hate this site that's all what the studio need for now, please contact me if you interested with that kind of job or you can email me at ( [email protected] ). for more information you can chat me or email me, you can also use another chat aplication to chat me like Steam, Twitter, Facebook, or ETC. we really need you all who interested with this job, please contact me or reply this content. there will have a simple test for the new member. that's all, i hope you are interested to help us, thank you for reading this and see you at the studio, see ya! note: i don't really good at editing or typing, i'm sorry if there is to much mistake because i'm not good at it. i'm sorry.
    1 point
  16. I recently got the privilege to do official PAID Software QA for NUKITASHI 2. This inspired me to do a duology review of both NUKITASHIs, as they are now two of my favorite visual novels of all time. No major spoilers in this review:
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  17. Hello! This is my first post on the forum so I'm excited to introduce myself, and my game, Symbol of Sacrifice. Our teaser trailer just dropped which you can view on youtube or steam Plot After experiencing a devastating event, three young siblings find themselves at the center of a struggle between two civilizations that could spell disaster on a global scale. A sacrifice must be made — one that will reshape the entire story and events that unfold. And you, the player, choose what to sacrifice. Gameplay The game begins with discovering the MCs' origins and their first struggle through the first arc. At this point, they are faced with a crucial decision the player must make where the story divides into three different paths with varying locations, NPCs, lore, etc. offering a unique experience and a feeling of real weight to the sacrifices you make. SoS is mainly reading, like a traditional VN, but there are a few turn-based battles that are reminiscent of old-school JRPG combat. Each battle is a puzzle not reliant on levels but on the right sequence(s) of actions. All Characters Voiced The demo includes a cast of 16 voice actors who have delivered amazing performances! You can get a glimpse of Azil's and a few others in the teaser trailer above We are nearing the completion of our demo just in time to participate in Steam Next Fest during the June 24 edition and are excited to begin showing off more of our hard work! As always, wishlists, advice, feedback, and contributors are always appreciated Steam page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2481470/Symbol_of_Sacrifice/ Thanks!
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  18. VNDB Page I am starting this translation project and since I don't know any Japanese or programming myself, I want YOU to help and join in! With the help of teamwork from this beloved community, I believe we can make this game get the attention it deserves! Game Sypnosis: We are looking for: JP>ENG Translators... Text Editors... Quality Checkers... Programmers (KiriKiri)... Send your applications to [email protected]. Please include: Your Name/Discord tag Your past experiances on the role you are applying Your overall availability After sending your application we will contact you through Discord. Thank you very much! Recruitment will end in early March so be sure to send your applications before then! Once the positions are filled, we will edit this post.
    1 point
  19. I fixed some bugs about two weeks ago but forgot to publish them as a new release. I just updated it, could you check out the new version and see if it works? The file size won't be the same as the original one since my compression algorithm is not as good as the developers'. I just tested the new version and repacked some CGs and it worked for me. If you still have issues, tell me and I will look deeper into the problem with your specific game.
    1 point
  20. I guess it's time to post some mini reviews of the VN's I've played in the last half year or so, before I forget about them. I list them in the order how much I liked them. The last VN I read is the first episode of Tokeijikake no Ley Line and it's also the one I liked the most. I haven't read a VN so far that managed to capture the feeling of a Hogwarts magical school so well like this one. The art style is really great, even if the sprite dynamics felt a bit too static if you're used to Yuzusoft stuff. The music is also decent most of the time, even though some tracks felt a bit repetitive after a while. The protagonist was a pretty cool dude and the heroines were also very likable. The VN does focus mostly on the story, with the heroine stories being rather short. But the VN did actually commit to the story, so almost everything was drawn that was actually happening, which is in no way a small feat. According to Steam it took me about 25 hours to read, which is pretty fine for the prelude to a trilogy. Heroine ranking: Tsubaki > Fuhito > Ushio > Rito > Neko Overall rating: 7.5/10 (Could get even better depending on how the trilogy continues) Tokyo Nekro was a VN I had a particular technical interest in, because it's using an actual game engine. Meaning it has a lot of animated characters and stuff. And in general I'd say the VN did succeed in what it tried to achieve. While the background textures did feel rather PS2 area outdated, the characters itself turned out surprisingly well. The combat scenes in particular deserve praise. At least the third person scenes, because they were pretty well done, while the ego scenes felt a bit too much like cheap Doom imitations. Nevertheless, the VN had a visual fidelity that bordered on an anime. Story wise it was a bit hit or miss. I was actually lucky to accidentally end up in Con Su's route, which actually felt like the true route. It wasn't really a romance route and more of a platonic friendship route focused on Con Su and Ilia and their origins. I was also lucky that an update had overwritten the adult patch. I restored it for the other routes and I did regret it. The H-scenes felt completely random and all over the place ranging from vanilla to disturbing. I heard that Ilia's route would be the main route, but I'd definitely disagree. It was just running after Milgram forever. It shared a lot with Mitsumi's route, but Mitsumi's was better since it was shorter. Something that was irritating about the VN were the two protagonists. I'm not a big fan of that in general, but this was really exhausting. The protagonists did switch so frequently that they were almost rotating. Sometimes even other characters got protagonist which made it even more confusing. Another annoying thing was the helmet view, that blocked almost half of the screen. It did took me almost 50 hours to finish the VN with only the Kiri route left, which felt a bit too long for my taste. I'd also give a small warning that this VN has some VERY gory scenes, that can easily compete with Kara no Shoujo. And I'm not talking about simple zombie splatter, but stuff like opening the skull of an arguably living person to manipulate its brain. Overall rating: 7/10 (Could have been better with single protagonist and less edgy content) Next is Hello Lady. The highlight of this VN is probably the protagonist and the male voice actors in general. The story is a bit of a spin off of the Count of Monte Cristo. While the protagonist was kinda cool, his frequent Casanova phases of excessive sexual harassment got old and tedious pretty fast. Another problem of the VN was the lack of commitment towards the story. It felt like they took the CG set of a pure moege and tried to twist it with a half assed story where barely anything plot relevant was drawn. Another problem was the lacking chemistry between the protagist and the heroines. I never got the feeling that they are more than just playthings for a few days to have some fun with until they are thrown away. His maid Hishia Mori felt like the only one he seemed to have some feelings for. The routes therefore felt very lackluster since neither the romance nor the plot was convincing. Especially since the routes felt extremely repetitive and the true route wasn't much better either. In total it did cost me almost 60 hours to finish the VN and it was in no way worth that time. Maybe 30 hours, but not 60. Heroine ranking: Somehow none of them really clicked with me, even if I didn't dislike them... Overall rating: 6/10 Next was Cyanotype Daydream. This was a rather odd VN, since it's pretty much split in 3 side stories and a final true story. I've seen comments comparing this to The House in Fata Morgana due to its plot structure. However, I beg to disagree. While the introduction stories of Fata Morgana have a lot to do with the actual plot, introducing most of the main characters, the same can't be said about the ones in this VN. They share a bit of a 'broken romance' theme, but besides that they are so unrelated to the actual main story that you could just pick a few random VN's from VNDB and read those instead. Even worse, none of them was particular convincing and I skipped most of them after a while since I found the characters not particular likable and the storys somewhat boring. That said, the actual main story is actual quite decent with likable characters and an interesting world. However, it suffered from the fact that a lot of resources were wasted in some rather mediocre side stories. The VN would have been a lot better if they would have fully commited to the main story and flesh out the world with more characters. Heroine ranking: Yonagi > Izumo > don't care Overall rating: 6/10 (I'd rate the main story higher, but forcing those mediocre side stories on me demands punishment) Okay, I wish they would have stopped the Flowers series with the last part -Le volume sur automne- on a high. Instead we got this. So, there are two main problems with this VN. First, there's no romance arc this time, so the VN has to rely on its final revelation plot to justify its existence. Which leads us to the next problem, that the revelation plot was a complete joke and it came extremly late. Even some of the micro mysteries of the predecssors were better than that. Furthermore, it tried to antagonize some of its best characters which just made no sense. There were also almost no new characters, and the whole slice of life that was left felt like copy & paste from the previous VN's. Overall, this was a fan disc at best and even for that it did a poor job. My personal recommendation would be to just skip this VN, since it adds nothing of worth to the series. Overall rating: 5/10 So, that was it for now. Currently reading the recently translated TypeMoon VN Mahoutsukai no Yoru, with the second episode of Tokeijikake no Ley Line next in line.
    1 point
  21. loam

    Data extraction thread

    Hi there. I just want to give a heads up regarding support of the Steam release of Clover Day's Plus: It's the same engine as previous NekoNyan ports. The encryption mechanism is the same as the one in Aokana/Senren Banka Switch, Parquet Android. You'll be able to unpack the .dat files by passing "portable" to the format argument of the tool, for example: NekoNyanDatTool.exe --input "C:\Install Folder\Clover Days Plus_Data\StreamingAssets\adult.dat" --output outputFolder --unpack --format portable (Beginning of rant) Once again the assets are needlessly encrypted, killing any compression opportunities for the download size and making Steam waste its time trying to compress what's there to the benefit of absolutely no one and detriment of everyone. But at least it's the same stupid system so you guys can use keep using the same tool. Also using il2cpp for the very needed maximum performance on a glorified image viewer with overlay text, where all of the code that had a chance of putting a load on the CPU (namely Emote) would have already been on native libraries anyways, with the usual Unity bloat that will make even the biggest CPU caches scream and run in fear, which no native compiler will ever fix. I hope next time they exclude the Augmented Reality, Web Cam, and Android modules from the Windows build of a Visual Novel (and this is assuming that Unity provides that capability, you'd assume considering how widely used the engine is... I'd be slightly surprised and disappointed if that's not a thing EDIT: okay it is a feature: https://docs.unity3d.com/Manual/upm-ui-disable.html). I pray that they don't change the "encryption" format, not because it'll be hard, it'll just be even more bothersome because of native code shenanigans, which is just a waste of everyone's time.
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  22. Gore Screaming Show JAST Steam Required: 18+ DLC For Steam Big BIG thanks to @shiro1217 for providing me their guide to format on here! Summary “I hate everything and everyone,” the girl sneers. Hatred, despair, envy, bloodlust, pessimism, compassion, persistence and anxiety—burdened with all manner of negative emotion, she mutters to herself…. “I want to be happy.” With his parents moving to America for work, Jinno Kyoji returns to his hometown, Kurehito City, after several years of absence to live with his mother's cousin, the free-spirited Saitama Yamiko. There, he encounters several girls he shares a history with. Kazuyagi Akane, the strong-spirited tomboy he grew up with. Namiki Aoi, a gloomy girl who's Akane's best friend. Misono Kiika, a graceful, good-natured classmate of his from his old school. In three years of absence, his hometown and its people have changed ever so slightly. Despite some hiccups, Kyoji's peaceful days in his hometown begin. At least until he meets a mysterious girl on his way to his first day at school. Violet hair. Large, striking eyes. Skin that's paler than the driven snow. "Welcome home," she says. "My name is Yuka. Remember it." And wherever Yuka is, one mysterious, inexplicable figure is always nearby—a monstrous man by the name of Gore Screaming Show. Kyoji's encounter with these two figures marks the end of his peaceful days—as they bring chaos, violence, madness and despair into this world. Will Kyoji and the girl he loves be able to escape the madness and return to their peaceful days? Or will they— Ending Guideline / Suggested Route Order Basic Extended Route Guideline Bad + Good Ends Included. Kazuyagi Akane Namiki Aoi Misono Kiika Saitama Yamiko (UNLOCKED AFTER AKANE, AOI, AND KIIKA ARE COMPLETED) Yuka (UNLOCKED AFTER YAMIKO) CG Collection Attribution This walkthrough is based on one created by @shiro1217 who used plala.or.jp as a reference. Summary from official JAST page. All images from VNDB. “Come on, why are you so obsessed with me?” “Well that’s simple… It’s because I love you. What else could it be?”
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  23. EDIT: No offense to OP, but I would prefer if people used my own link for downloading the game. I can't vouch for how up to date or secure other links might be. Hello, hello, made an account just for this lol. To clarify I'm the guy that made the patch. Always glad to see people spread the word about this work. Extremely niche, yet likely one of the most important VNs of all time. Without Bakehouse chances are the larger Chinese Gacha industry wouldn't exist in the first place, so even if it's niche, the ripples left by its impact are honestly immeasurable and still felt in the industry today. I could go off for days about this, but to spare this forum of my random presence, here's an article I wrote summarizing the history of MICA Team, the developers of this VN. After the patch I also grabbed an artist and started working on a Ren'Py remaster that also reimagines the three other stories surrounding Girl of the Bakehouse that never actually released. Development's really slow right now, because both of us are lacking resources, but you can find all the details here. If y'all have any questions feel free to let me know!
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