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Turnip Sensei

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  1. Shiei no Sona-Nyl (and the rest of Steampunk-series as well) Sakurai Hikaru is pretty much the only writer I don't mind calling my favorite and the reason I bothered to properly study japanese. Her unique style resonates with me, from the slightly poetic expressions, theatrical mannerisms, to how the characters and stories are presented. Sakurai's stories are full of emotion, wonderful ideas and something profoundly beautiful, at least for me. Plus, if you go deep enough, the Steampunk-series is one the most fascinating and expansive alt-history/Steampunk/cosmic-horror settings out there. SeaBed is just the kind of curious and unusual story that entices me, refuses to leave my thoughts. Definitely not for everyone, but so much for me! Looking back, there's a big bunch of really good VNs I've read. Yet, at the same time I mostly remember just liking them back then, while the actual feelings have long gone. But there are some exceptions, like Kindred Spirits on the Roof. Just thinking about it makes me smile and feel warm and fuzzy! And that if anything is important. I don't have any good picks for fourth right now...
  2. Yes! I've been waiting for this! SeaBed and now Chuusotsu, Fruitbat Factory keeps me supplied with just my kind of quirky (doujin) VNs.
  3. Anime Boston Mangagamer Speculation and Announcements Thread

    Kindred Spirit Full Chorus was pretty much given, but that doesn't make the announcement any less exiting. Can't wait to play it again, now with more glorious voices! Linux port is also nice bonus. Steam Prison looks surprisingly interesting.
  4. The obvious would be to say that great characters, engaging story, good writing and so on makes a great visual novel. But in my case, what usually separates great from really good is something really vague and undefinable: a sense of passion and creative drive behind the VN. That the writer (& staff) had something they wanted to express from the bottom of their hearts. Particularities aren't that big of a concern to me, reading a story where I can feel the author is truly having fun or writing about what they found important is what I enjoy the most. It could always be me misunderstanding or reading too much into it, but this sense of heartfelt passion is what matters to me. Concept of what is "good" is always somewhat subjective, and I've found that setting too strict guidelines to myself about what a work needs have to be "good" or what I should to expect just leads to disappointment. I can only feel the world from my perspective, so it's better to have an open mind and seek out things that resonate with me personally. Those can be my great things. And if a VN managed to affect me enough for me to consider it great, I can at least hope the same is possible with someone else.
  5. What are you playing?

    SeaBed is purposefully written in a really passive fashion. Partly to show Sachi's mental state, but also to emphasize the themes of the whole work. There's hardly any "drama" and structure is pretty flat, because the story and the characters refuse to dramatize their situations. After all, isn't that what we all do? Downplay our problems and just keep living our daily lives? SeaBed does get more interesting towards the end (plus the later chapters are shorter too), but for the most part it's is very low-key. Not that I think that any explanation can help if SeaBed's style doesn't work with someone, but I'm really impressed by it. The passive tone and the lack of explicit emotions in the narration is really unusual and pretty brave choice. I'm not surprised it is seen as boring, but I personally find it strangely calming. It's not captivating in the usual sense, but there's a nice feeling of time just flowing peacefully. Kinda like reading an old diary. I also think it's amazing how touching the story manages to be despite being what one would traditionally consider "uneventful".
  6. Favorite protagonist?

    Elysia Wentworth and Lily the Stranger from Shiei no Sona-nyl. Two amazing female protagonists in one game! And incidentally probably my favorite protagonists as well. I'm personally very fond of Elysia's refined and melancholic, somber demeanor. I really like Mary from Sharnoth too. ...And pretty much every other Steampunk MC as well.
  7. I'm bit curious. What questions you wanted to be answered? There's also already Steampunk Full-voice Fandisk which has 4 extra stories for Inganock. Rest of Phenomeno as a VN would have been really cool indeed.
  8. Favorite VN?

    If I had to choose a favorite, then... I guess a shared vote for the whole Steampunk-series wouldn't be too bad. Those VNs are all very special to me.
  9. Sona-Nyl! Can't wait to read it again and share the experience with everyone. Also Shunkyoku no Tyrhhia! Getting a new Steampunk game after 5 years is super exciting! Sakurai is not main writer this time which is bit of a downer, but on the other hand this way Tyrhhia is one step closer to making Sakurai's dream of Steampunk-series being a shared universe come ture.
  10. 2017 in review - best and worst VN's read

    Looking back, I didn't read all that many VNs in 2017. But I had fun with the few that I did read. Enjoy some arbitrarily made up categories. Best Journey/Story Best "My kind of Story" Best Music: Favorite Characters: Best Localization: Best Food for thought:
  11. What are you playing?

    But glad you liked Gahkthun overall. I like the series especially because of the character focus and more subtle character development. The inner dialog tell so much about the characters even without explicitly stating anything, but it's not for everyone. And this style is definitely not perfect and doesn't work with every character, but despite all the flaws Sakurai is still to writer that manages to consistently come up with utterly fascinating characters.
  12. [suggestion] New 50 VNs to read before you die

    VA-11 HALL-A is seriously good, so +1 to that. One of the better Cyberpunk stories out there Utawarerumono sequels (Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth) are also really worthwhile. Could be grouped together I would also recommend SeaBed, but since it just released and pretty much no-one has read it, that can wait
  13. Favorite opening movie in a VN

    All the VNs in Steampunk-series have god-tier openings. Ones from Sharnoth and Gahkthun being probably my favorites I also have soft spot for the OP of Kusarihime. It's kind of endearingly retro