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Everything posted by Dreamysyu

  1. Who Cares About The Visual Novel Category?

    It's such a weird feeling that I agree and disagree with something at the same time. On one hand, I'm pretty much a "storycuck" myself, and I kind of agree that there is a big number of VNs that would work better if they were linear. At the same time, I personally quite like having choices in VNs, as long as these choices aren't so confusing that I'd have to use a walkthrough. I quite often enjoy experimenting with the choices in VNs, trying to do things a bit differently to see if it makes any difference. Moreover, I'd say, a good system of choices can complement the story quite well. Take Fate, for example. This VN has a massive amounts of bad endings, and some choices that lead to these bad endings are pretty random, but that's exactly the point. It shows just how close to failure the characters always are, and makes the plot armor basically nonexistent. As a result, the reader feels that the route where they avoid death is just one of the many. The anime adaptations can't do that, for obvious reasons. PS. Most likely, AA and Danganronpa are indeed not VNs. I don't really have anything against having them on vndb though.
  2. Anime Expo News Replacements

    To be honest, one of the things Steam Prison did right was not giving a route to Fin. The other Mangagamer announcement seems cool though.
  3. Anime Expo News Replacements

    Nice! I played the fan-translation of the first (zeroth?) part soon after finishing the main game, and it was actually pretty good.
  4. Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's what happened in that scene, and it was foreshadowing her route.
  5. Non Otaku Interests/Hobbies

    Mostly I just realized that, compared to the popular science, the real science is actually pretty boring. When I'm spending weeks to look for a single small mistake in my own work, or attending another boring and useless seminar, it makes me fell that I hate this whole thing and want to have nothing to do with it anymore. Then, the next day, I learn some interesting fact, and then I'm in love with science again.
  6. Muv Luv and Alternate

    Well, it would be ideal if you also played Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and Kimi ga Ita Kisetsu first, since some of the characters from these games appear in Muv Luv, but I wouldn't really say it's very important, and neither of these games are available in English yet. Pretty much all the other games from the series are meant to be played after you finish Alternative (and they are just spin-offs and you can just skip them if you want). The first game is pretty meh on its own, especially its first part, Muv Luv Extra, but you still should play it first. Like I said in my previous post, Alternative just doesn't work as well if you skip the first game. Many reasons, really. Plot, action, wordbuilding, character development. It's also one of the most emotional VNs I've ever experienced, and even Key games pale in comparison.
  7. Muv Luv and Alternate

    Yes. It introduces the characters and sets up the scene for some plot developments and twists in Alternative. You can theoretically skip to it if you absolutely hate the first two parts, but Alternative simply doesn't work as well if you don't finish Extra and Unlimited first.
  8. New VN Publisher ANIPLEX.EXE blocks Europe

    If it was really a problem with voices localization, wouldn't they rather make it a US only release rather than specifically blocking the EU?
  9. youtube - Most random

    Hmmm... Spoilers? I guess?
  10. Madosoft is one big joke.

    Wait, isn't this whole medium one big joke to begin with?
  11. What are you playing?

    Yeah, but hasn't it been 5 years since they confirmed it for the last time or something? As for the translation quality, honestly, I don't remember much about it. Unlike the main game, it was done by fan-translators, and I seem to recall that it was better, but maybe it's just my low standards.
  12. What are you playing?

    To be honest, I don't really remember how long it was. I'm pretty sure it's shorter than the main story chapters though. Edit. I don't think it was shorter than two hours, but I doubt it was much longer than that.
  13. What are you playing?

    @Seraphim88 By the way, ideally I would recommend to read Saikoroshi-hen from Higurashi Rei right after finishing the main Higurashi series. I wouldn't really call it a requirement, but it gives the proper closure to the character development of The problem is that, even if it does have a fan translation available, there's a chance that Mangagamer will retranslate it. At least, originally they were planning to translate the whole PC release of Higurashi Hou, which includes Rei. I'm not sure if the plans are still valid though.
  14. Well, I kind of thought about replaying the game from the very beginning to see some parts that I probably misunderstood in my first playthrough. I still haven't decided if I'm really going to bother with that, but if I do, I can send you my save files from just before I get to
  15. I googled it, and yeah, apparently, it can happen. The only choice is to delete the save file and start from the very beginning.
  16. Whoa, really? Maybe it's some bad ending that none of us encountered...
  17. Non Otaku Interests/Hobbies

    Before I started getting into anime and VNs, I used to really like classical adventure games. Also, there was a time in my life when I was actually () reading () non-weeb () books ()! I used to like science, but then I chose it as a profession, and now... Let's say, I have more conflicting feelings towards it now. Well, I guess I'm still interested in history. Also, I never had an opportunity to do it much, but I really like traveling! I don't know, for some reason I just love seeing new places, and they don't even have to be very touristy to be interesting to me. Actually, I was really resolved to start traveling a lot more this year, to fight my recent melancholy and disappointment in life, and I actually started to realize that dream, but then covid happened, so, I guess I'll have to wait for another opportunity.
  18. Deciding on the novel structure

    Honestly, just do what you want. Both options work. Though, if you choose 2, your game needs to have a "skip" function. Also, some otome games don't really hide the score and actually show it in the special menu, and, I'd say, it's very convenient since you see right away what you need to choose, especially if you're playing for the second time. Edit. Actually, I think I personally prefer 2. To me it just feels more right when you affect the outcome through the whole story rather than just one scene in the end.
  19. Isekais are such isekais.
  20. What are you playing?

    Actually, I remember reading somewhere that Ryukishi himself was a bit unsatisfied with how he handled certain aspects of mystery in Higurashi, and he tried to improve them in Umineko. And I'm pretty sure he succeeded, so... Ever17 spoilers.