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  1. Cliches in VN's You Wish Would Just Die!

    Superhuman physiology during sex.
  2. Official Anime News and Info!

    So hyped for oregairu S3! http://moetron.net/post/183494122235/oregairu-s3-anime-announced
  3. Winter 2019 Anime Discussion

    Slime is an iyashikei hidden within an isekai, meaning it's actually a healing anime hidden within an another world anime. It's a feel good show where there is no tension because you know there is basically no chance the protagonist is ever going to be at real risk. People kept telling me 'it gets darker later on' but the show is virtually over now and that didn't happen at all - at least for this season, and another season is likely. That said, it's still enjoyable in its own way as a result.
  4. It's my translation project so I'm biased, but To Heart 2 is a legend in charage that defined the genre for all that followed. The drama level is low.
  5. Now that's what I call good taste
  6. Best funny anime?

    I don't think I've ever laughed as much as I did watching anime than when I watched Lovely * Complex
  7. Good romance anime with a non wimpy male mc

    Other girls are interested in him but it's very much about a couple.
  8. Good romance anime with a non wimpy male mc

    Say I love you for drama - an 8/10 for me Rakudai Kishi for fantasy - a 10/10 for me
  9. Good romance anime with a non wimpy male mc

    What do you value most? They're all quite different in terms of their primary material. Is it romance? The MC? Other story line? Comedy? Drama? Fantasy? Battles? They all cover a range of things, but all have strong romance focus.
  10. What are you playing?

    After attempting to play Fruit of Grisaia and failing miserably, I've started playing the very light and fluffy moege offering from Purple Soft, Chronoclock, which many say is their least interesting game. Unsurprisingly I'm enjoying it 1000x more than Grisaia so far. It's easy to see what I play VNs for, and I should stick to what I know works...
  11. When Do You Play Visual Novels?

    Late at night... once the rest of the family is in bed.
  12. What are you playing?

    Oh dear, someone with exactly the same experience as me then. Looks like it wasn't necessarily the fact it was a heavy drama novel after all responsible. It was the shift in tone and execution at fault. If you went in expecting nothing but drama (and enjoyed or preferred that) then it probably would have been fine. Looks like I'm relegated to only playing charage and moege for the rest of my life, and that doesn't bother me one bit. Might even be good news for people who want stuff like that translated that other translators are not interested in tackling, as I might.
  13. Good romance anime with a non wimpy male mc

    These all fit your criteria and are select watches too, above average Say I Love You AKA Sukitte Ii Na Yo My Love Story AKA Ore Monogatari Lovely * Complex Chivalry of a Failed Knight AKA Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan Boarding School Juliet Golden Time His and Her Circumstances AKA Karekano ItaKiss Snow White with the Red Hair
  14. Birthday thread

    Too late for what? To tell me happy birthday, or that I died of old age? Safe on both counts
  15. Birthday thread

    Thanks guys!
  16. What are you playing?

    For what it's worth, I did find the comedy amusing, chuckling out loud when it was there, but it was pretty rare and got rarer as the story went on. Perhaps that's why I survived the common route despite its absurd length; it was more slice-of-life and character development and less melodrama and tragedy.
  17. What are you playing?

    So after playing VNs for 20 years with heavy emphasis on moege and charage, I finally gave in and purchased Fruit of Grisaia after being told by so many people how good it is in terms of story, writing and how solid the localisation is. The first thing that struck me is the game is wordy... long.. I mean real fucking long. Huge passages are spent on exposition with lots of what the MC is thinking, his take on the world at large, plenty of backstory that continually fills in as you progress and how it fits in with the route as you're playing it. The writing is solid indeed and thought provoking. The heroines are all reasonably interesting, though after having played so many VNs, there was nothing new in their personalities I hadn't seen before. The localisation is indeed solid; on my rating it almost reaches a 9/10. The only reason I wouldn't give it a 9 is that I know enough Japanese to see certain less than ideal choices in translation though none of them are massive fails, and all nuance was captured, so it's easily an 8.5 (This is my localisation rating, not my rating for the game itself.) So I planned to start out with Makina's route since she was the least appealing heroine to me (I always go from least to most favourite heroine) but it took forever to get past the common route. It went on and on and on. I struggled to read much every night as it would make me sleepy after an hour or so of reading close to the end of the night. This was a bad sign for me. Anyway I soldiered on because of all its redeeming features and finally branched into Makina's route. I kept reading and reading and reading and waiting for that moment where it grabbed me and I simply couldn't let go of the story. 3/4 of the way through Makina's route, and many sleeps interrupting the story later, it never happened... I realised I'd lost the fight. I just didn't care about what was happening, found the endless tirade from the MC tiring to read, and didn't warm to anyone or anything. I starting mashing the ctrl key during the MC's thoughts, and then randomly through what looked less interesting. I got tired of the endless strategy scenes. Finally I gave up and mashed ctrl to the end of the route to at least see the end, which I didn't like. Since I liked the other girls much more, I then downloaded a full save game to check out the H scenes of the other heroines, some of which were pretty appealing, but not enough for me to wade through another trillion lines of story to get through, and I was mad at myself for paying money for a localisation that had not been decensored. The only thing I could think of by the end was the translator Koestl deserves a medal for translating so much fucking text, though if he actually enjoyed the game I could see how he managed to do it. Sorry guys, I failed. I'm still only interested in charage and moege with significant romance as the primary part of the story. I'm just too old to get excited by dark themes and bad shit happening to people. I lived through gen X and depressing us as teenagers was like shooting fish in a barrel. Most of us got over it. As a middle aged man I've seen more than my fair share of actual bad shit happen to people I love and care about, and I only want mild drama and then serious happy escapism as my reward.
  18. What Anime are you watching now?

    Hmm I seriously need to rewatch it. I haven't watched it since it first aired and don't remember much except it being insane and enjoying it.
  19. Anime with ultimately satisfying endings

    Added "Say I Love You" AKA Sukitte Ii Na Yo.
  20. I'm trying to collate a list of anime series with those sort of ultimately satisfying endings that make you happy to have watched a series right through to the end, and the ending is complete enough that you know that a sequel isn't necessary to feel fulfilled. I'm only interested in shows with HAPPY endings, not kinda positive sombre ones, and no unresolved freaking harems. I want the sort of endings that make you feel a little depressed that the show is over but happy with the conclusion. The shows themselves don't even need to be awesome, but to have a very good ending which makes it better overall. More marks if they brought tears (of joy) to your eyes. Now I realise that people's opinions on what constitutes a satisfying ending will be vastly different from person to person and that's okay, but if you wish to debate the reasons something may not be ultimately satisfying, please put it in spoiler tags. Successful romance is a big plus but not essential. I don't remotely claim to have watched all anime ever so one of my main reasons for doing this is to find other shows to watch - since my bias is towards romances there's likely a lot of action shows I'm missing here. Here's a list off the top of my head. I'll add more as I remember, and I might add other people's to this top post if we start getting some consensus. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you have! Here's a link to my completed anime that I can remember. My list is incomplete since I didn't start it when I first started watching anime 20 years ago...: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/MyAnime/?user=Ittaku&categ=3 The first on the list is not listed alphabetically because it's my reference for the greatest anime ever on all levels so gets a special mention. The rest is alphabetical. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Absolute Duo AmagamiSS Amagi Brilliant Park Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm Bakuman Beyond the Boundary Brave Witches Brighter than the dawning blue Cardcaptor Sakura Castle Town Dandelion A Certain Scientific Railgun Chivalry of a Failed Knight Chobits Chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai Crest of the Stars + Banner of the Stars Cross Ange Cross Game Darling in the FranXX Emma - A Victorian Romance Eureka 7 Full Metal Panic + TSR GATE Girls und Panzer Golden Time Gosick Haikyuu Hanayamata Heavy Object High School DXD Itazura na Kiss Just Because Kaichou wa maid sama Kaleido Star Kamisama Kiss + OVAs Kanon2006 Karin Kimi ni Todoke Kobato Kokoro Connect K-On Lagrange: The Flower of Rinne Last Exile Little Witch Academia (TV) Lovely Complex A Lull in the Sea Maison Ikkoku Maria the Virgin Witch Matoi the Sacred Slayer My Bride is a Mermaid My-Hime My Love Story Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart. Planetes Please Teacher Princess Tutu Puella Magi Madoka Magica Record of Grancrest War Recovery of an MMO Junkie (TV) Release the Spyce Relife + OVAs. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo Say I Love You Shakugan no Shana Shirobako Snow White with Red Hair Sound! Euphonium. Star Blazers 2199 (TV) Steins;Gate Strike Witches ToraDora Touch Tsuki ga Kirei Twin Star Exorcists Ultra Maniac Uma Musume Pretty Derby Wagnaria!! (aka Working!!) Welcome to the Ballroom Welcome to the NHK Wolf Girl and Black Prince (The) World Is Still Beautiful Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Zero no Tsukaima Zombieland Saga Recommended by others (either I haven't seen them or they recommended them but I wouldn't include them in my list): Angel Beats Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai. Charlotte Clannad Code Geass Death Note Engaged to the Unidentified F/SN Unlimited Blade Works Garo: Carved Seal of Flames (GARO: The Animation) Grisaia no Kajitsu Guilty crown Gunbuster/Diebuster Gundam Build Fighters Kara no Kyoukai Haibane Renmei Hanasaku Iroha Higurashi Katanagatari Little Busters Mari Mite Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Parasyte Turn A Gundam
  21. What Anime are you watching now?

    I watched Sukitte Ii Na yo - Say I love you. This was a little gem of a romance that somehow had flown under my radar till now. It was clearly shoujo romance which seems to always be more satisfying than anything written for boys. The latter half wasn't quite as good as the first half, with lots of convenient stereotypical resolutions to the various dramas but it was still a delight to watch and ultimately satisfying. 8/10
  22. Yes, but as a software engineer myself, I can tell you an AI capable of that is still decades away if not over a century...
  23. Yes there is just one right answer, and that answer is NOT machine anything translation if you don't know any Japanese.
  24. Thoughts on Route length?

    When one works too hard to ensure all routes are of equal length then one ends up padding certain routes with crap. On the other hand, all H scenes are the same so it's easy to give each heroine exactly the same number of scenes, but I'm quite happy with allowing a little flexibility with both.
  25. Running Windows VNs on Linux?

    I exclusively play VNs on linux with wine. They often need something slightly different to get going and having different wineprefixes helps. Most of the problems are usually to do with those stupid mpeg1 videos most of them use. Very very rarely you simply cannot get it working with any combination of things under wine, and then I run it on a windows virtual machine under linux. The vast majority work though. If you need suggestions, just ask.