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  1. Key's history is a deep topic. That review of Little Busters is on point. Even before Little Busters, Clannad's After Story route was criticized by some for being too similar to YU-NO. When I watched one HBR trailer in slow motion, I could even see which character is the first to be sacrificed by Maeda... and it's the type of character he often chooses. He's actually self-aware that his ideas aren't all fresh: the story concept for Summer Pockets came from him, but he had hesitated to put it forward because he said it felt derivative of his earlier works. Still, Key wanted to use it, and SP so
  2. Thanks! It's cool to hear that you found my posts interesting. Your views make sense, and I'm broadly aligned with them, except maybe in what I choose to emphasize. I respect your cynicism toward social games, and even toward these two social games. TBF, we don't have any clear info about them yet. And my views are that VNs could improve social games, rather than the other way around, so this subject isn't immediately relevant to pure VN fans. Even then, I only put the chance of "revolution" at like... 20%? I'd say it's 60% that people look back at these games a couple years from now and
  3. Welcome back to my blog. Introduction You might have seen a few headlines about Heaven Burns Red and Tribe Nine, two upcoming mobile games from writers Maeda Jun and Kodaka Kazutaka. These aren't just your average games. They're ambitious ventures that blur the line between visual novel and social (AKA gacha) game. So I'm here today to talk about exactly why VNs fans should pay close attention to the potential of these two upcoming games, given both how unique their stories could turn out to be and their implications for the VN industry as a whole. As an important dis
  4. If you could've saved all your videos on it, it might've been worth paying ~50 USD for a 1 TB external hard drive, if that was financially possible. Good luck with whatever decision you make. (I'm just a passerby who was slightly intrigued by your post's title.)
  5. Hey Ramaladni, thanks for the recommendation! I've just checked out the Amazon reviews. I don't, specifically, have more interest in the details of early eroge history, or eroge alone, but since the latest 2017 edition covers even relatively modern history, I'd love to check it out. I did find a download for the older 2013 edition on manga-zip.net. In any case, thank you for the offer of help. Hmm, too bad there's no 2019 or 2020 edition, since there've been many developments in recent years (or even just the past 3 months frankly). I'd say that the main subject of these notes (which you
  6. Welcome to my blog. Where have we been? Where are we going? TIMELINE 1980s: - Early eroge largely consist of still art (what we call pixel art now), very short dialogue/narrative elements, and some primitive interactive elements, while spanning many genres. 1990s: - The point-and-click adventure game, which has its roots in 1980s video games, establishes itself as one of the most popular genres of eroge. Many games emerge which have interfaces that are visually similar to those of most point-and-click adventure games, but with gradually differing gameplay. These games a
  7. @HonorificsSurvey Oh, wow. Thanks for the chart. Looks like I underestimated the amount of localizations that keep honorifics. The last localization I personally tried was Dies irae, and the last localizations I paid any attention to were Sorcery Jokers and Leyline which came out about half a year ago, plus I always seem to hear translators criticize honorifics... Speaking of SJ, you have it listed as Kept, but I'm not sure that's correct, at least, judging from the VNDB screenshot which has "Mr. Senri" instead of Senri-san.
  8. All right, at this point all I can do at throw up my hands at how much you guys love to talk about statistics...
  9. All the comments about the the imperfections of polling are quite interesting, and it's nice of @Toranth to provide rational input. On the topic of honorifics, what @HonorificsSurvey said about how newcomers tend to be least opposed to honorifics surprised me. I always had the impression that since the number of official localizations exploded a few years ago, and official localizations tend to avoid honorifics, newbies wouldn't be as used to honorifics as older fans. Looks like that's not the case. Now that I think about it, there are potentially multiple reasons that VNs fans tend
  10. @HonorificsSurvey I agree with a lot of the sentiment of your post there. I just want to chime in to say that I think it's a mistake to suddenly start talking about markets. IMO, this survey has meaning because it deals with the views of VN fans. It doesn't try to account for anyone who has ever or could ever buy a VN. Once you selectively focus on people who are into one particular VN for whatever reason (like Ace Attorney fans, or Umineko fans) rather than people who like various VNs, I think you've stopped talking about what VN fans generally care about, and are at best instead conduct
  11. @Toranth Nice post! Now that you mention it, I've heard about sample bias and selection bias before. It's just that there are always limitations to polls. After all, you mentioned "these communities do not represent the entirety of the population" but the only way to do that perfectly is to literally ask everyone, otherwise your only choice is to do your best to sample as many diverse parts of the population as possible. So you're right that it isn't representative. In retrospect, what I probably really wanted to ask was closer to, "Is there a reason to believe the results aren't wha
  12. I don't understand, why isn't this poll representative? Where are the VN fans if not in the communities that the pollster here surveyed?
  13. Summer Pockets Review Before I begin, I'd like to point out that the Frontline Japan review is excellent. The only part I didn't like is that they indirectly reference one of the most important hidden elements of the story (but it's possible some people won't notice or think too hard about it) and that they say it's too short. Edit - Just to re-emphasize, this is an atypical style of VN review. If you want a more normal review, check out the Frontline one. This is intended to be a spoiler-free review. I never reveal anything concrete about the story itself or its themes, that is
  14. You bring up a good point. Although I personally emphasized a certain perception of "society" and "the masses", that's just the way I chose to verbalize the inspiration behind chuuni. In fact, many people who are immersed in chuuni tend to forget about other people's perceptions and simply enjoy themselves. Being a cynic, when I described chuuni people's sentiments from my viewpoint, I just couldn't help but highlight that they're implicitly devaluing conventional truths and those who subscribe to them. Especially since I've been considering everything from a historical perspective.
  15. The Heart of Chuuni My previous blog posts were about analyzing common definitions and attitudes toward the word "chuuni" and the chuuni genre. I was establishing a baseline. But now it's time to delve into the essence. Background Most VN fans have heard an "explanation" of the chuuni genre before. "It's stuff like Dies irae" "It's hotblooded and over-the-top action" "It's about detailed settings with cool characters" "It's edgy shit" "It's a story with characters who act chuunibyou, except nobody tsukkomi's them" "It's people with heterochromia or spe
  16. Nice to see a fellow Psyren fan in 2018.
  17. I feel like I'm the only person in the universe who finds Trump amusing in many ways, while not supporting him. It's like everyone else is either a crazy Trump supporter who talks in memes and worships the man, or they hate Trump with a fervor and distrust anyone for whom revulsion isn't their primary attitude toward Trump. Also, lately I've been fixated on the idea of a moe version of Trump, like "My Girlfriend is the President" except more directly based on actual personality traits. Because there's such an insane number of weird stuff Trump does and says. Think about it. "covfefe" woul
  18. Popular Views on What Defines the Chuuni Genre In my last post, I talked about the most abstract way to understand chuuni (the term as it's used in the "coolness" sense). But at the end, I noted that most people narrow it down further. They say that certain works constitute a "genre". And so, I intend to now gather my thoughts and talk about the major tropes and commonalities between works that people tend to identify, which have given rise to several different conceptions of the chuuni genre. Most of these conceptions, although they approach things from subtly different di
  19. You make some awesome points! "Transcending the mundane" is a nice way to put it. Simple words like "cool" and "admirable" just don't quite strike at the heart of the appeal of chuuni story elements, because they don't contain any nuance of individualistic-ness or deep-ness. For this FAQ, I personally elected to very broadly define chuunibyou and chuuni, because I wanted to make sure that no one more intimate with Japanese culture could come and say, "You're being naive about the range of interpretations of this word!" Your reply highlights the fact that there really is a lot more to be s
  20. MayoeruHitori

    Dir Lifyna

    Whenever I think about Eushully, I feel like I'm staring at the box containing Schrodinger's cat. Are they secretly in preproduction for an Ikusa Megami 2 remake, or are they just going to continue to work on mobage or lighthearted games and never release another Battle Goddess series title? Enough years have passed since Ikusa Megami Memoria that I've started to despair a little, combined with the break in their release schedule this year. Dir Lifyna is a wonderful setting, but I find that I don't care about it in most of Eushully's games, as it's only utilized to provide plot devices on dema
  21. The Chuuni and Chuunibyou FAQ (自称) Because I wanted to settle the basics first. Q. What is chuunibyou? A. "Chuunibyou" (中二病) is a Japanese word that literally means middle [school] second [year] syndrome. But it's not an actual medical syndrome. It refers to certain behavior. So what exactly does it mean? That depends on who you ask. The person to coin it, radio host Ijuuin Hikaru, defined it more or less as the foolish behavior of second year middle school students, in the context of school life. But the term quickly spread and took on a life of its
  22. Here's a link to what Niijima said in the context of heavy backlash on 2ch and Twitter. http://us-track.tumblr.com/post/136869669326/ご無沙汰しております-志水です-恋-シンアイ彼女お買い上げ頂きまして I don't think there's much of a chance you'll see a proper ending of Sena's story, sorry.
  23. This is what Tsukihime is all about. Also, avatar related.
  24. Ugh, I really should have noted that. I was excited about Niijima's role in Sakutoki when I heard it announced, but I haven't consciously thought about it in weeks or months. If you care, Sca-ji also tweeted to confirm that he does plan to release Sakutoki in 2017, just a few hours before I posted this. I was too busy to read his tweets then because I wanted to finish up this post... And yeah, the dearth of top-tier VNs in 2017 inevitably is connected to the surfeit in 2018. Everything is about timing. That doesn't mean I'll stop blaming 2017. *slaps 2017 with prejudice* 2017 was als
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