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  1. 11 hours ago, Dreamysyu said:

    I wasn't talking about the number of releases (it's not like that many VN readers read more than 10 every year on average), but about general quality of the games translated. I mean, looking through this list, there's a lot of very popular stuff. Compare it to the last year, for example.

    I see, and in this case I'll strictly compared it to 2018 list. As for whether 2010 list is better compared to 2018 or not, well it depend on the rank here. But overall I would say that 2010 is better though because most of the score for the VN that was released in 2010 is higher if we compared it side by side (2018 releases did have less VNs that receive average score 8 from VNDB), at least if I based it on my list here. On the other hand, there's a lot of good release that I didn't add to my release simply because it's censored (Baldr Force), MTL-ed (Your Diary and Fortissimo), and only a fandisc (Fata Morgana). There's also some good releases that I didn't add simply because it's not my taste here, such as Sakusakura and Suki Suki. So objectively seeing, I would say that 2018 is better if we talk about the number of releases and quality, although each year did have advantage and weakness though.

    tldr - From my list 2010 is better, although if we look at it objectively 2018 is better. So I guess we can say that it's a draw here, although it may change in the future though seeing that VNDB average score will always fluctuated.

  2. On 7/2/2019 at 12:01 PM, kokoro said:

    Higurashi Kai first but not Higurashi Questions?


    As for Higurashi Question, I already covered that back at 2009 list.

    On 7/3/2019 at 1:31 AM, Dreamysyu said:

    Looks like it was a pretty good year for VN translations, huh.

    If we talk about it from the number of translation released, I think nowadays would be better. Although if you think that nowadays there's too much release so much that it become saturated, then yeah 2010 would be better because there's still few releases back then. Of course it's also interesting to note that some of the VNs from the list (6 out of 10) already have official rerelease, so maybe you can say that there's some demand for the rerelease here.

  3. I guess we may see real Sakura Brothel in the future seeing that Winged Cloud manage to release Sakura Cupid in which it's my VNTS Review here, although they may struggle with that though. As for Sakura VNs series, what I learn is that as long as there's adjective or nouns words then it's possible to make a new Sakura VN (Although Winged Cloud imagination for the stories here wouldn't be as much as the idea for the title though).

  4. As for Baldr Force, it's one of my candidate of best 2018 VNs for my list there. Unfortunately there's a lot of factor that hinder it, such as the lack of sex scenes and bad font. While for the font I can let it slide because Aroduc complained much abut Duel Savior engine (Both of Baldr Force and Duel Savior are from GIGA, and thus same engine), I can't say the same because the team did chose all age version instead of 18+ version. While we have Aselia as the example, compared to that one this is simply unacceptable because the benefit of PS2 backport here is not worth it. Granted we got Akira Ishida as the MC, but other than that we only got PC voice (ie the heroines) which to say it's quite lazy of GIGA. As for the seiyuu, actually both of PS and PC are well known, but for the opening I vastly prefer PC version because Haruko Momoi sang the PS2 opening like banshee wailing in desperation. My exaggeration aside, the tune of PS2 opening is very uncanny and not fitting of the overall tone of the VN itself (Even though the lyric may fitting the VN).

    About the story, I think it's fine in that Conjueror like it. For the heroine, I think they fine enough as it is even though we may need more time to get use to the design. Although the gameplay here is really dampened my mood though, mostly because it's hard to get use if you've been getting use of Duel Savior gameplay (And apparently Baldr Sky as well). I know that this is the older VN, but at least the control should be easier imo. In the end, the story and the heroine is fine, although the gameplay and the censorship didn't really help the issue here. But still I wish that Baldr Force here is more well known now that we can play it in English.

    As for other VN, I think I didn't know much abut those so I can't comment much.

  5. I see, and looks like my suspicion that it would be like Meikyuu here turned out to be true. By the way I didn't mind with the lack of sex scenes, and at least I can say that I'm okay if Frontwing want to end this like Rakuen, because at least it's been linear and no branch like back at Kajitsu (Even if you may argue that Kajitsu did have ladder system, in the end it's still a charage because Yumiko's route here really didn't connect with Meikyuu's story with it's own sufficient ending).

  6. From your review I can see that Moonstone still repeated their own pattern from back at first Imopara, in which I like Rio the most followed by Aya, Hiyori/Koharu (I can't decide here), and Michika for the least. While for the story rank (Yeah there's one), I think I'll going with Aya for the first rank (Because her route did really talk about the sibling relationship taboo), Rio, Hiyori (She did learn to become more bold I guess), Koharu, and finally Ichika. I may sounds unfair on Michika, but it's because the MC who is quite an idiot there for following Michika's order to not masturbate and I really think that the MC who got a problem because of masturbation problem is an idiot one (My bad memory from Tsuki).

    Okay maybe it's quite out of topic here, but really it's not because once again it's still the same as first Imopara. Except instead of blood related siblings, in here we have one mother sibling and four different mother siblings that was came from the same dad (Should call the other four siblings as cousin though) so at least it's enough for the difference. As for the sibling and pseudo cousins Chiharu's design is looks nice compared to Koharu, Momoka is the only same mother siblings for the MC (ie the MC and Momoka are Aya's children), Michika did really teach Shizuku a lot of inappropriate knowledge, Ririna is apparently as smart as her mother, and Yuzu is at least improved from her mother in that she manage to talk back to the MC. For the design, I only like Chiharu because it looks different from her mother.

    I guess that's all for what I can say, and as for whether I'll play this or not maybe I'll just skip on this even with Chiharu's design here.

  7. Honestly you didn't really need to make a clickbait title here for a meme unless you changed your opinion on Little Busters dramatically, because after all you already firmed with your opinion there and nothing should change that. But I'd appreciate your early April Fool joke here (20 days early), and if anything at least you still on your opinion instead of changing it.

    PS - Since you rate Sakura Spirit better than Little Busters, back then I thought you would rate Sakura Santa higher than Little Busters only to find out that you rate the former as 1/10. Just want to say it.

  8. All of those seiyuu were working in the anime, so maybe the writer will make it all age by using those casts simply because they use the real name. No idea though why the writer decided to get rid all of the sex scenes, but my guess is that the writer want to focus more on the gameplay and story if he manage to release Eternity Sword 3 there (I knew it'll be long time anyway). I have no idea though why the writer did release drama CD and art book first, but maybe they need money to develop the VN.

  9. Well just treat Seinarukana as the last series maybe, and yeah I agree with the sentiment that this VN is still good to me. Also the gameplay is still good and even challenging if you want to get SS mark (I need the walkthrough to achieve that), and I see that they'd improved the gameplay in Seinarukana with the number of skills was added there. I think it's still interesting to play, even though it's all age version instead of 18+ version (For localized version) and obviously it's almost 15 years here. If anything at least the reason for the censorship is better compared to both of Konosora and Miagete by Pulltop, because Dakkodango did chose the best version (At that time) that contain extra routes and yet it didn't contain sex scenes (The release with extra routes and sex scenes was released after all of Dakkodango work is finished). Lolicon censorship was probably the convenience for JAST here, because I still think obviously JAST wouldn't want to do more work by translating the complete version back then (And yet ironically I think that the extra work that Mangagamer did for Damekoi was unnecessary here (Just release as it is instead of implementing emote version on Damekoi)). I think that's all for what I can comment here.

  10. Thanks for the shoutout there.

    Anyway now that I took a look at Emir and tone work's male character, I think we find anther tone work's interest in which they like to draw handsome male (From the look) with glasses (Kishi and Sugiyama in HatsuKoi, Shuuchi in Hoshiori, Emir in Ginharu, and Tajima in the 4th VN (Tsukikana)). It's not like I have any problem with that though, just something that I want to point out here because the designer may like male with glasses. I like that in Ginharu we have more side characters get the sprites while at the same time keep the Hoshiori writing (Presumably), because while HatsuKoi here is infamous to be bad at the writing actually they did the good job for designing sprites for side characters while in Hoshiori we only saw three side characters got the sprites. Abut the image songs, I think they also learned from HatsuKoi as well in which they understand that they couldn't force the karaoke scenes for each heroines in order to promote the image songs (The image songs is good though and it's logical to have the heroine singing), so that they tried to insert when the story abut to enter the climax at Hoshiori (Except Misa's in which it's her mid ending song) and that apparently they decided to use Hoshiori's approach for Bethly's route here (I can't say about the other routes though).

    For the last word here, once again good commentary.

  11. Good readthrough as usual, and I didn't have any problem with what kind of reading speed that you have here. As for Bethly's New Year grab, actually instead of yukata it's kimono mostly because it's winter and obviously yukata wouldn't fit for New Year visit. You can read more about the difference here, although to be fair it's hard to differentiate those two if we're not familiar with the difference. Since you also mentioned budget, I understand if Tone Work's here was saving the budget by not drawing the items because they probably blew it up at HatsuKoi in background image (They'd have two or three variant of that compared to both of Hoshiori and Ginharu), although HatsuKoi as 20th anniversary project for Visual Arts definitely helped with the budget though.

  12. Good to see that it's still continuing off screen, and as for Hoshiori so far it's been good with currently it's already ~60% translated. As for contraception pill, now that I'd already finished Misa's route I remember that they (Ryousuke and Misa) use condom twice before finally not using it at the third time seeing that Misa is already past her period to be pregnant, and that all of the other heroines already know that the two are dating by the time they'd have sex as well. I see that the writer did going further by introducing contraception pill there, so no condom for Bethly and Yukito first time (Well they need to be very cautious after all). Speaking about Misa her seiyuu did act as Momo-chan-sensei, and for addtional cast Yuzuki's seiyuu is also act as Meguru back in Hoshiori. Look forward to your next readthrough there.

  13. Well as long as you're willing to wait for Noah it's okay then. What I can say is that the reasoning was reasonable enough because the requirement to unlock the additional route could be similar like Little Busters, and I understand that it would be pain to reread already finished route. Speaking about KEY, perhaps it would be fitting VNs for the beginner seeing that it's one of more popular VN companies for mainstream player, although what I can say is that it's still up to you to whether you'll take a liking to any KEY game again or not.

    PS - Since you did mention what you should do in regard of whether you should play continuing Meikyuu in order to knowing what happen to Yuuji and his family, well you can watch the anime itselves to save some times and from there you can decided whether it'll be worth to replay Meikyuu for the main story or not. For the reception, so far I didn't find any critic like usual VN adaptation anime so it should be telling that the adaptation was quite faithful to a degree.

  14. If you think that Front Wing (FW) did regressed Michiru at Meikyuu, perhaps this thread at Reddit could give you some reasons lol. Note that it talk about FW's almost broke situation while they already planned the trilogy for Grisaia, and so they decided to make Kajitsu as almost standalone VN (Remove some of Amane's route foreshadowing, and we can have Kajitsu as totally independent VN). Of course seeing that Kajitsu is stand alone VN to some people, any attempt to make the trilogy would be met up with some confusion in regard of the canon. Before you say that Muv Luv did that I would say that Muv Luv here still better as the trilogy because they managed to introduce the major plot hook at Unlimited that was sold together with Extra, while in here both of Kajitsu and Meikyuu did sold as separated VN so it would be fitting if we say that Meikyuu and Kajitsu here is separated to an extend, mostly because FW probably scrambling off to write the original plan that they have with the trilogy in both of Meikyuu and Rakuen.

    As for Michiru's AS, well if you feel uncomfortable by that you can treat it as the fanservice for the fan who like idiot Michiru, and I'm sure that it make up most of the fans out there back at Meikyuu development in Japan with the current situation was back then FW probably need to sell Meikyuu as much as possible, possibly to cover the development cost back at Kajitsu. Other than that, we can also say that FW probably thought that Grisaia trilogy need some comedy relief, and poor Michiru was the one that FW chose lol. As for my opinion in regard of the trilogy, I think we can treat Kajitsu as the main entry of Grisaia while at the same time treat both of Meikyuu and Rakuen as the fandiscs, moreso because of the development situation of Kajitsu (Then again, FW did sell Meikyuu as Kajitsu's sequel though, so there's that).

    PS - In case you afraid that Rakuen would be unkind to Michiru, feel free to ignore that FD because in there she's pretty much flanderized into the idiot one (And by the way I wouldn't treat Rakuen as the sequel even with FW did mentioned that Michiru got lost in my country Indonesia lol).

  15. Nice to see some recommendations of translated VNs from the mod here, seeing that usually you like to recommended Japanese VNs. I didn't say it was wrong though if you keep recommended Japanese VNs, but at least we can see translated VN that match your taste here. As for the list here, I agree with most of those.

    If I may add some recommendation here, perhaps Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai because I remember that you did praise it back at the time of the release albeit hesitant at that because of some of your pet peeve such as renameable MC. That said, I would say to the people that Hoshiori here is worth reading, if only for some calming story and the romance development between the heroine and the MC, and don't forget the detailed after story. As for the estimated release, I would say that it's big chance that Tsurezure here will release it first before Sekai managed to work on all of your recommended VNs (ie Baldr Sky, Senren Banka). Of course I would recommend Hoshiori here as charage/moege, in which it should be obvious why. Other than Hoshiori, I would say that Evenicle here is could be added here although perhaps you disliked some of it's aspect. Not that I didn't have any problem with the list though, since The Sword of Eternity duology here is pretty good gameplay hybrid VN, even though Seinarukana's story was more light compared to Eien no Aselia.

    As for Sekai announcement here, let's just say that currently only Nanairo that have closest chance to be released in near future. We still don't know what happen to Senren Banka work there, but at least we have Bladr Sky was at halfway translated even though it's not clear whether they'll have 18+ scenes or not (If not perhaps we can say that it's like Force here lol). As for Dracu Riot while I understand the circumstances behind the 'nonentity floating current patch', personally I would say that I'll leave it to each of their own here whether they want to try the patch first or decided to waiting for Sekai to thaw Dracu Riot, and of course if the people find that it would be better to wait for Sekai even after read the patch then it's okay as well. I don't know whether FW did work on Hatsumira translation or not, but perhaps it could be one of FW's secret project. As for Bokuten, the release time should be in near future considering that it's already in beta testing, along with Damekoi as well in which it should be in your plotge recommendation seeing that you liked it despite the ladder style system.

    Well even with I'm saying this much, I would say that overall this is a good list. Also I agree that it's too bad that some of Eushully VNs were either machine translated (Soukoku no Arterial, Madou Koukaku) or still in progress (Amayui, Rhapsody), and that I've been looking forward to HGB release by Nekonyan (Hopefully at December if they still want Winter 2018 release).

  16. Speaking about Yui Horie, she did becoming PreCure at MGPC as Liko/Cure Magical. Other than that, her roles in VNs were Tsukimiya Ayu from Kanon, Ushiromiya Maria from Umineko, and Hanyu from Higurashi. While for Mamiko Noto, she did provide the voice of Cure Echo from PreCure All Star movie and Mavis from Fairy Tail, and if you want her role in VN she's Ichinose Kotomi from Clannad (And Liang if you play Baldr Force PS2 version). If you know Hirano Aya, at least Haruhi fan should know that she'd voice the titular character there. Other than Haruhi, she also voiced Lucy in Fairy Tail, Izumi Konata in Lucky Star, and Amane Misa in Death Note. For Tsuji Ayumi, her role in VN is Orihara Kozue in Chaos Head and Oda Nanami in Sono Hanabira 11 in which her voice was quite high pitched compared to Nanami's first appearence (Perhaps Ayumi did fill in while Nanami's seiyuu take a break at the time around Sono Hanabira 11 development).

    Yeah, from what I did write above I would like to say that the casts is what interest me the most, especially with the name like Mamiko Noto and Yui Horie. Too bad though that there's no Sawashiro Miyuki, because otherwise the video would be more funny especially with nearing the end of the video. As for choosing the seiyuu feature, at most it's just a double edge gimmick because while it's interesting that you'd have the heroines can change the voice, it also render the heroines into blank slate as well because you couldn't associate the seiyuu with the heroine like in any other VN, and if we know the casting policy usually seiyuu did get casted based on of how well they do the performance of said character. Allowing the character to change the seiyuu would render the casting obsolete, and so the heroines itself didn't have any character. Not that it matter though, because in the end this VN was just some sort of demonstration for the seiyuu, and perhaps it should be released as freeware VN lol.

    PS - As for the writer, one of his works is MLA in which his one of the writers of the VN that inspire Attack on Titan. Of course seeing that this is the VN that was intended as the demonstration for the seiyuu, I would say that Song Wing can hire some random writer who can write some cliche romance and girls archetype instead of well known writer.

  17. As for my trial to setting the PPSSPP emulator in laptop, it fail because of BEX and the solution was apparently involving downloading the driver from Intel. I'm not sure if it'll be safe for my laptop or not, so I decided to give up on it (My laptop was pretty old after all). I also tried JPCSP and while I manage to run it, the frame rate was so slow that I decided to give up on it. As for android, it's quite successful although I also need to wary about the size in my android HDD though. That said, I'm still not giving up on this yet though so I'll play this through the android sometimes in the future.

  18. 3 minutes ago, ciel_yuri said:

    You're having trouble getting one working? I've never tried it, but I hear the PSP one works great. If you do get something working there's a lot of stuff that might be of interest to you. When I bought a Vita I was amazed by the amount of JRPGs that it had access to with the PS1 and PSP games included.

    Well it's pretty embarrassing, but the moment I saw Java script I felt sudden disinterest on that so I'm gave up on try PSP emulator lol. That said, perhaps it would be the best if I tried again. Anyway, some of the PSP library was indeed looks good while some of those were pretty much the rehash from PSX version (ie Valkyrie Profile and Star Ocean 2, ironically two the reason of why I consider to buy PSP back at 2009). Gonna try the emulator again, although I wouldn't be so sure for PSV emulator though. Oh and perhaps I may be able to comment on this if I manage to setting the emulator here.

  19. Good review there, and to be honest can't say much about the cons seeing that it could be pros for some people. That said I agree with you that the graphic here should be the biggest draw for the player here, seeing that the reason I'm quite interested with this was exactly because of that. As for isekai, while in anime or LN it's already oversaturated (ie too much), actually the premise like standard isekai in VN is quite rare because there's less than 100 VNs that have tag 'Protagonist from Different World', so I think I can say that isekai genre here would be quite innovative for VNs, although I need more data in regard of LNs and anime that have similar premise though.

  20. I'm bored so let me explain why those 10 reasons were not enough to convince me to learn Japanese, and yes I'd realize that this is a meme here.

    1. I'm already have been busy with Duel Links, and right now I'm not quite interested to try any idol games lol.

    2. I think Kotose wouldn't care trivial matter such as language, because if she's really a god then she would surely understand every human language and what she would needed is that her believer shower her with a lot of faith.

    3. If people just want to enjoy Yuuko's goodness in form of visual I will suggest to just download Hapymaher FD CG pack, search for Yuuko's sex scenes CG, and feel free to use the CG in any way to enjoy it. Although if you want to enjoy it in story, well perhaps learning Japanese is slightly matter (Or just use VN Reader if they didn't mind MTL to play Hapymaher FD).

    4. I feel sorry for the throat of the man who say the word following the latter, because those two words mean the same with the latter need loud pronounciation because it have two exclamation.

    5. There's saying music is the universal language, so we didn't really the Japanese to enjoy the songs (Knowing Japanese to understand the lyric is a bonus though, and in turn help the people appreciate the songs even more).

    6. First time I'd heard that, and basically it's the variety show that already spawn ~550 episode (In regard of AKB 48 bingo). And by the way there's still some anime that have more than 10 seasons (ie Conan, One Piece, PreCure, Pokemon) so if you think one season as 12 episodes anime, then you can change your anime preference to those aforementioned anime.

    7. Good reason I admit, although not much seeing that you can save money for other stuffs instead of buying original works, or you can still use official subs and buy localized manga in which it mean that at least you save some money from the import tax.

    8. There's many thing out there that could be converted into bad meme, and those things were surely could be from any languages besides Japanese.

    9. Sounds good, although it's not like we lacks vampire heroines in translated VNs anyway (Miu, Calen, and Arcueid), and Yuuko is not a vampire by the way.

    10. Well I still didn't learn Japanese, and yet I already made the shit lists to counter your points lol.

    And thus that's all of my reasons of why the list above didn't convince me enough to learn Japanese.

  21. I did write about the fetishes, because it's the main focus on each route as nukige here lol. In any case, Aya is the only route that talk about incest, Michika route did have MC did some of dumb thing, Hiyori is more reserved, and Koharu is more outgoing (I did forget a lot of detail in regard of the twin lol). Oh and Rio is the best route seeing that Souichiiro (MC's default name) did his best for the sibling (At the cost of his moments with Rio), and managed to have her called Souichiiro voiced - which is a big deal more than it sounds because the siblings usually call the MC as big brother. As for the fetishes, you'd right that Aya is more normal, Rio focused on XXXjob (Substitute XXX with whatever body part that woman have), and Michika is more femdom. Although in regard of twin I think Koharu is the one who like to have outdoor sex instead of Hiyori, but I may remember it wrong. For one last thing here, all of the sisters did have masturbation as their first scenes lol.

    Anyway, good review on Imopara there, although since I'd already finished it I'm probably wouldn't replay this here even with harem route thing here. Also forget to say that it alo did reuse some of Evangile BG (Make sense considering that both of Evangile and Imopara here is from the same developer), and the background in question is the park with tennis court.