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Sparteh

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  1. Foreword: The path of the reader is both fulfilling and a lonely one. Every time we read a story, we create a world in our minds, we become attached to it and in the end, we have to do both: to say goodbye to them and let them rest in our hearts. Now, after many years of waiting, it is finally time to say farewell to the Kara no Shoujo franchise, and I couldn't think of any better way to do it, than by dedicating my first visual novel review to it. Summary: Kara no Shoujo franchise is a 3 part (4 if you count Cartagra) murder mystery visual novel, which tells a tale of Tokisaka Reiji, a detective who accepts a request from a strange girl named Kuchiki Touko - "I want you to look for something. Me. My true self." Kara no Shoujo The Last Episode, is the 3rd and final part of this story. Visuals: To begin with, if someone asked me how I would describe The Last Episode, I would probably choose the word - beautiful. From the art of the characters, to the grotesque victim bodies, Kara no Shoujo really put a lot of effort into it. This visual novel also have quite a few semi-movie type scenes, which are quite important to the plot, however, those who read untranslated works using translation tools should be warned, that text in those scenes cannot be hooked. Soundtrack: The soundtrack of this novel is quite simple, however very fitting, from more relaxing to tears inducing moments, it perfectly amplified the atmosphere. Story: The story itself practically takes place immediately after The Second Episode. It has multiple bad endings, normal endings, and 3 "more conclusive" endings - Grand End, それぞれの天国 End and True End. However, in order to reach the last 3, you need at least 2 complete playthroughs and a well timed save points. While I do not completely agree with all the decisions during the course of the story, at the very least I have to admit that they were quite fitting. The final 3 endings however, are worth discussing. While certain actions and choices leading to them are different, in the end these 3 endings felt more like a single ending split into free parts. If you only take them one by one, they will not feel completely fulfilled and leaves some things unexplained. Based on this, it might have been more practical just to make them a single ending. Out of the 3, Grand Ending feels the happiest, while True Ending is the most tear-jerking and bittersweet. It was probably the most fitting way possible to end this story. In terms of feelings, it reminded me of Umineko Magic Ending, which is my favorite Visual Novel ending or maybe even my most favorite ending in all forms of media. Conclusion: Kara no Shoujo The Last Episode is a very good visual novel and an extremely good conclusion to the series. While so far not that many people have completed it, but I believe that it will soon (at the very least in terms of VNDB rating) be known as one of the best visual novels of all the time. If there was one thing however, which I have personally desired, it would (SPOILER ALERT!) have been to see Touko somehow alive and well and have a happy ending for them, similarly to the Obsession ending from the part 2, but in reality. Though, I knew from the very beginning it was impossible. That is probably why the True ending felt even stronger.
  2. Have you tried installing DirectX, especially the ones that usually come with install disk? I used to have similar problems with Electro Arms and Zero Infinity on w10, Besides those you have listed, I would also have a problem where task manager showed that .exe was working, but nothing would appear on the screen. Though, be warned, DirectX seems to act strange on w10. For example, I had VNs which worked perfectly, but stopped working after DirectX updates.
  3. I will check them out. I have also tried to search for myself. Since you have likely read most of what I have found, could you confirm whether any of these match the criteria or maybe would would recommend to read/avoid any of these: Tasogare no Sinsemilla, Tenshi no Hane o Fumanaide, Gekkou no Carnevale, Jingai Makyou, Sora no Baroque, Electro Arms, Zero Infinity, Kyokugen Dasshutsu series, I/O Actually, I am reading Clannad at the moment. I am somewhere in the early/middle parts of the After Story. After that, I will go with Tomoyo after to complete the set.
  4. It has been a while since I came here. I have decided that it is about time to update my plan to read list. My requirements are: if VN has a true route (which it preferably does), that true route is actually good or at least does not ruin the rest of the story or leave bad aftertaste (I am looking at you Island). A good example of what I call a good true route would be recent Silverio Ragnarok (though I am aware how high quality it was)... translation status - do not care. NOT pure slice of life, but rather pure fantasy or with fantasy elements. Though, I don't mind if it is detective/mystery as well. I am not fan of h-content in VNs, so preferably not pure h story. No yaoi or yuri.
  5. Sparteh

    Silverio Ragnarok

    Thanks for review. Honestly, I can't seem to get into the mood for this one. I have managed to read 3 or 4 hours and can't seem to force myself to go beyond that point. Quite frankly, I am baffled myself, because I do like this series very much (because both Zephyr and Vendetta's route are in my top 10).... Anyway, how much of the development previous part received in Ragnarok? I mean besides the same world building. For example, Trinity had Kerberos and everything related to him. Does Ragnarok also have something similar? For example, do we get to see any characters from Vendetta and Trinity, especially from the main cast in Ragnarok?
  6. Ironically, I have started reading Baldr Sky Dive 1 exactly 1 year before English release date... I wish I could forget it so I could play it again.....
  7. Considering I have finished it fairly recently (it was my 100th vn), I would say Down the Rabbit Hole 2
  8. So nostalgic....You have no idea.... *sigh*
  9. Umineko Dies Irae Rewrite Eden* Guilty Crown Lost Christmass
  10. I am nowhere near fluent in it. To be perfectly honest, the total number of JP sentences I have ever written is exactly 0. As someone who can speak/understand 3 foreign languages, I can tell you that "fluency" is very subjective topic. First, definition of fluency differs from person to person. If you simply want to read and understand VNs relatively easy, it will depend of the novel you want to read and amount of time you spend studying. Honestly, if you want to read something like Hanahira, aka first untranslated VN for 99% of people, you might be able to do it in a week after you begun to learn JP while Muramasa or anything made by Light might take years. My advise, learn in this order: hiragana>katakana>basic grammar (there are plenty of sources for these 3. For grammar Tae Kim is a good place)> then learn kanji (meanings only. Remember the Kanji is the most popular way. Don't bother with readings)>get hooking programs for VNs (you can do it while studying RTK) and read. Knowing kanji meanings will let you learn vocabulary faster. Hooking will save you time. In this way you can study and read at the same time. Just make sure to start with easy VNS.
  11. Having potential is true, but it also a massive danger. One wrong move and you might harm yourself in the end. For example, DI and KKK if you are Marie's fan. That was probably the thing I hated the most in KKK. It essentially dragged down even Marie's end in DI.
  12. RIP light. I will really miss you. 3rd Silverio? Do we really need another one? Don't get me wrong. I liked first 2 parts, Zephyr and Vetti is one of my favorites VN pairings after all. But they did finish everything nicely with part 2...
  13. Eden* They Were Only Two, On The Planet. - not much to say. Only that it also has great soundtrack.
  14. So, a few days ago my W10 killed my pc and I lost everything I had on it, including my collection of VNs and save files of those I completed. I thought that maybe I should take this as a clean start so I came here. Basically, I am getting close my 100 VN mark so I want to fill the spots. I have decided to make Subahibi number 100. Now all I need is 6 more. What I want is ether fantasy or mystery VNs with good plot and as little h-content as possible. Preferably something with true route/ending as well.
  15. Just finished part one and got part 2 installed. For some reason text seems to appear much slower (even though it is at max speed). However, the major problem is that after I exit save/load screen, game freezes. For example, I read, open and save / open new game and load - game freezes. Background music is working, however clicking does not move text forward, right click, shortcuts, top buttons like "X" do not work. I can't even move that window. I can only close through task manager. I use w7 set to JP locale. Added exception to antivirus. Tried to change save folder from "read only" but it keeps resetting...
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