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Turnip Sensei

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  1. Recent (Japanese) Things You Have Purchased

    Acquired some more Japanese books! Titles, some explanations & better pictures:
  2. Exactly one year ago, a New Era has begun...

    Congrats! I appreciate the EVN posts. It's important that EVNs get fair representation as well. Also anyone who likes Yuri and understands good Slice-of-Life is a good person in my book!
  3. Wholesome yuri reccomendations?

    I would recommend: Kindred Spirits on the Roof Flowers-series (first two volumes, Spring & Summer are translated) SeaBed Not only are they great Yuri, but pretty fantastic VNs overall as well. Also do note that the full-voice version of Kindred Spirits should be coming out soon, so you might want to wait for that.
  4. Spooky VN Challenge Palooza

    I just finished the first episode of Omega no Shikai, a mind-fuck, cryptic-as-hell kind of psychological horror VN. I've been meaning to read this VN for the longest time, and I even started it at one point, but this screen made me give up back then. Our main character goes back to countryside where he used to live, and weird things start to happen. There's ancient family tradition, murders, cats, maybe witches(?), every other chapter is cryptic monologue or something, something big is going in the background, and it's weird and pretty cool. Not very spooky so far, but there's been some pretty unsettling scenes here and there. But on the other hand the mystery elements are super intriguing. The cryptic information is laid so thick that sometimes you have no clue what's going, how is even talking, or what about, but little by little you start to understand(maybe?) small things and it feels super satisfying. And I've just barely scratched surface! I can't wait when actual revelations start to happen! It's fun to read something so unrestrained, a mystery so cryptic it probably wouldn't ever happen anywhere else, except in obscure doujin like this. And aside from the weirdness, it actually pretty good in other areas too. The cast has been fantastic so far, all the characters are interesting and bit weird, including the main character. And partly because everyone is so quirky the humour and character interactions are so good. The weird tangents and silliness give much needed break from the sometimes mind-bending interludes, and in turn enhance the effectiveness of actually unsettling parts because the gap is so noticeable. It's also nicely atmospheric and find the art-style pretty endearing despite some the rough qualities. Definitely not for everyone, but if you want to read something different and weird, Omega no Shikai is pretty cool. Oh, but everyone should at least watch the opening. It's really atmospheric and fitting for the season, I feel.
  5. Ever played a VN twice?

    Steins;Gate felt pretty different rereading it. Not as amazing as when first read it, but I still really enjoyed it nonetheless. The plot twists and shocking moments didn't felt as impactful, of course, but some of the more emotional scenes still felt really effective, having better understanding of character motivations and such. I also came to appreciate the first half of Steins;Gate more than before. People often complain it's boring and pointless, but I feel like it's really on point with humor and how it characterises everyone, something which went unnoticed and was overshadowed by the rest of the story the first time through. Conversely the latter half, especially the chapters focusing on the side-characters, felt almost pointless at times reading them again.
  6. Ever played a VN twice?

    I'd actually like to read everything I happened to really enjoy twice, if I had enough time. The second time I tend to focus on and appreciate different aspects of the story better, like atmosphere and thematic elements, since the bit overwhelming desire to see what happens next in the plot is gone. Plus reading a story I already know I like is good stress-free and guaranteed enjoyment, something which is very important at times. VNs I've read twice: Kara no Shoujo 2, Gahkthun of the Golden Lightning (actually thrice), Steins;Gate, Fate/stay night (Fate-route), SeaBed, Va-11 HALL-A.
  7. What are you playing?

    Took way too long (I blame the ridiculously hot summer), but I finally finished Flowers Winter. It didn't quite reach the heights that Summer & Autumn did, but I'm both pretty happy how everything tied together (even thought the mysteries weren't never the strong point) and bit sad that it's now over. It wasn't the 4 years it was for some fans, but I grew pretty fond of the series. Flowers nicely filled the craving for good slice-of-life that isn't at all satisfied by moe, but also positively surprised with it's character depth. I'm still blown away by Yuzuriha's and Erika's characterisation. Plus with the unabashed love for culture, be it novels, movies, plays, fairy tales... Flowers is such a warm and positive series. Other Flowers fans might also appreciate that I just recently picked up the first volume of Flowers novelization (plus another cute yuri novel), so I guess I'm not saying goodbyes to series quite yet. I wonder what should I read next?
  8. Whole Steampunk series is very artsy and poetic, and in very good way. Sakurai Hikaru, the writer behind the series, has a very unique writing style that you could describe as poetic and a bit theatrical. Definitely not for everyone, but if the style clicks these VNs can be most beautiful experiences. Plus the "Steampunk/Alt-history/Cosmic horror"-setting of the series is super interesting and intricate. Gahtkhun of the Golden Lightning is probably the best place to start. SeaBed is other worthwhile option, bit unusual and potentially really thought-provoking VN too. SeaBed ditches most of dramatic elements you would expect from a mystery, or just any story in general, and delivers a hypnotic story with dreamy, diary-like narration about coping with loss and living with your problems.
  9. I just recently read Flowers spring, summer and autumn back-to-back (now reading Winter) and I can happily say that Summer is really good. Glad to see the English version is finally coming out! Innocent Grey learned a lot making Spring and put it to good use, as Summer's just generally better in pretty much every aspect. Plus Yaegaki Erika is one amazing protagonist, hope everyone loves her as much as I do!
  10. Recommend a VN to Fuwa's Recommendation Program

    Cool! I proposed adding SeaBed and Sona-Nyl.
  11. What are you playing?

    I got really into Flowers and I'm now through Summer and Autumn. After the slight mess that was Spring, I can happily say that Summer and Autumn are huge improvements and the series itself is honestly really great. Just about everything is noticeable improved going from Spring to Summer. Spring was in the hard place of building the whole setting for the latter volumes, but Innocent Grey really learned from the experience and it shows. I'm really glad I decided to continue with series. Flowers -Le Volume sur Été- or Summer is, as fitting for the season, a warm and sunny story. Focus is on the budding relationship between Yaegaki and a new student Takasaki Chidori, and everything is built around this. Chapters are less numerous, but more substantial this time and there's some quite excellent high-points even in the middle of the story, as the main pairs relationship grows through shared experiences. And a no small part of Summer greatness must also be attributed to Yaegaki's character, which is frankly quite amazing in many ways. Not only is she a really good portrayal of a disabled person in general, but also a quite rare example of a character that is very much in terms with herself. Unlike one would expect or how normally these types of stories tend go, Yaegaki has suffered her existential crisis long before the events of the game. She knows her flaws and how she has to rely on others because of her disability. Because of this rather than just Yaegaki herself growing as a character she's more there to help others grow. A nice kind of supportive protagonist! Not to mention her lovable sassy and cat-like personality, which creates some amazing interactions with other characters. Her way of thinking also shows nicely in the mystery sections as well, since compared to the "Classical detective" of Souh, Yaegaki's approach is more of a post-modern. I would honestly consider her as one of my favourite protagonists. So yeah, for those looking forward the English release, be happy because Flowers Summer is honestly great VN! Just hoping the translation and the general quality of the release won't be as lackluster as in Spring... Flowers deserves more than that. Flowers -Le Volume sur Automne- Autumn, featuring everyone's favorite aloof senpai, Yatsushiro Yuzuriha, is in good contrast to Summer very melancholic. Yuzuriha is actually the most sentimental of the protagonist in the series so far, and her worries and uncertainties pour over to the narration creating a somber and somehow refined atmosphere. The fantastic piano soundtrack does wonders as well. Flowers being a mostly character focused series means Yuzuriha's character and development is what carries the story, and that it does really well, as Yuzuriha turned out to be even better character than I hoped. Struggling between the expectations of others and her inner-self, a good part of the game is spend in Yuzuriha's head. Acting strong to hide own weakness and playing around to escape from worries. The gap between how she behaves and what she really feels is almost painful sometimes, partly because it's so relatable. The story about Yuzuriha's complicated relationship with Nerine and their past is touching, and I really enjoyed their bittersweet tale. Next, Winter! I have high hopes for you!
  12. What are you playing?

    I read Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps- few days ago, and it was, uhh.. a very mixed bag for me. I don't think I've ever read a VN as at times aggravating, yet still somehow enjoyable. But Flowers definitely did some things right, (even when excluding the precious treasure that is Kawashima Rino as Yuzuriha) because here I'm now, reading the sequel Flowers -Le Volume sure Été-. And this time honestly enjoying myself. Yaegaki is more to my liking as a protagonist. Souh was already pretty relatable, but Yaegaki is even more so, although in different ways. Plus, I think it's nice having a bit more active and outspoken protagonist. Girls, both new and the ones from before are still really cute. Story feels more focused too, I think, and even the "mysteries" so far have been better.
  13. What are you playing?

    I was too pretty surprised how on point the humor in Chuusotsu was. The comedic timing is really good and I like how there is even witty retorts baked in to the narration itself. The more serious/darker parts are well done too. The setting is really interesting in a fucked-up way, and through that Chuusotsu has important things to say about having dreams and "what is expected of you vs. what you personally want". Plus I've been in very similar dark places as the protagonist Arue, so many of the themes hit very close to home. I'm very curious about the continuation.