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  1. No, the MC in the Uso series can see lies, so he doesn't like them and he never lies, so he's always direct with what he wants to say.
  2. What are you playing?

    No, just Alternative, not both. Muv Luv took me around 20+ hours, I think. Also, looking at EGS, the average (and median) play time is 40 hours, so it's actually not that fast.
  3. What are you playing?

    Wow... Could it be I am actually a fast reader? Always thought I was slow because English isn't my native language (+ I'm French :p), and I have a friend who can read books that take me 4-5 hours in an hour. I know reading isn't a competition, but the faster you read the more you can read, so quite glad if this is the case. (though now I rarely read in English, mainly in Japanese, so I would rather improve my speed in Japanese)
  4. What are you playing?

    I did my maths. Started Thursday around 8pm until around 2am. (6) Had classes, so only started around 5pm to around 3am on Friday. (10) Then from 11am to 1am on Saturday. (14) And finally from 11am to 10pm on Sunday. (11) So 6+10+14+11=41. But of course I ate and did other things on the side, so you can at least remove 2 or 3 hours (but most likely more than that), rounding the total time at around 38 hours. So yeah, how the hell is this considered 50+ hours?
  5. What are you playing?

    Finally read Muv Luv and Alternative (which I don't understand why it's marked as 50+ hours when it's like 30+ hours, and I'm not really a fast reader). So, my overall disappointment for what many people overhyped aside, let's talk about the best point of both VNs: Sprite gimmicks. This is the most freaking amazing usage of the sprites I ever saw in a VN (well, not like I read that many anyway). Lips and eyes aside, the way the characters change expression and move during the conversation is good. The fact that they actually change their direction depending on who they talk to. The fact the characters you don't talk to also change their expression and even move in the background. The usage of the depth of the background. How cute Kasumi is when her rabbit ears move with a sfx. All these sprite gimmicks make the overall experience so alive and so much better that all the VNs I read so far (minus Bladr Sky, which is amazing in a different sense) feel like shit. And from now on the still sprites I'll see in all the VNs I'll read will feel really stale. I didn't read that much discussions about Muv luv, so I don't know if it's actually praised along the story and all, but I feel like it should be, because to me it's the most stand out point of the VNs and the only thing that actually left an impression on me.
  6. What is your favorite Season in VNs?

    Same, though I prefer spring IRL, autumn in VN is quite nice. I like the tone of the colours, the atmosphere as well as the passage from summer to winter clothes/uniform.
  7. VN with a well developed childhood friend heroine

    Yuki from Lovesick Puppies -Bokura wa Koi Suru Tame ni Umaretekita- is pretty good.
  8. Not really following anything since I played them in Japanese. I hope people won't be too disappointed with DGS 1 (which is good, but rather meh compared to other AA), and will like DGS 2 which is pretty good.
  9. You can either tell the truth, or test the water a little using a friend. Say that a friend plays VNs (explaining what it is) and from what he says it seems pretty interesting and you want to read some too and try. You can even try to interest her with some Otome VNs (if she can read English, as we both know how most French are ^^') saying said friend told there was some for guys and for girls too, to prove it's not just some perverted game, but something directed to both gender. But yeah, otherwise the truth is the best, but generally I'd think she'd know from the start. I mean, pretty much all my friends (so people I'm close to, male and female) know I play VNs and what it entails. I at least don't want to hide what I like to the people I'm close to.
  10. You don't need motivation to read, you're supposed to enjoy it. If you have to force yourself to continue, then just drop it. For example, I waited years for Clover Day's TL, but in the end, once I decided to read it in Japanese I dropped it after one route because I found it just meh. I don't have to force myself to read everything because I waited years and many people praise it. If I can't enjoy myself I'd rather read something else. On the other end, reading Baldr Sky Dive (2) right now, around 80+ hours in and I'm still enjoying the hell out of it, so I can read non-stop. To finish, yeah you might miss something by dropping it because perhaps you'd come to like it later after struggling a little, but if you're reading something else you enjoy instead, the end result is the same. You read to have a great time, it's not a duty, so as long as you're enjoying yourself it doesn't matter what you read.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Japanese_Latin_alphabetic_abbreviations
  12. And done. Welp, didn't meet my expectations with how it's praised, but still pretty nice. Most surprising was how much I liked Tohru considering how different he's from the MCs I usually like. Though "like" might be the wrong term, I just could really empathise with him. What truly sealed the deal was what he said in Yayoi's route. Not really spoiler so the gist: "I tell lies to myself, and I accept these lies. That way I can put up with things." The guy is totally broken, but to live he piled lies upon lies to patch himself up, even if he ends up as a pathetic excuse of a man as a result, he just wants to have an "easy life". And after that the way you see his actions and thoughts is different, so I was really glad to have read Yayoi's route first. Anyway, now time to read the FD. Will most likely skip all the "side stuff" and concentrate on the "main part" though.
  13. You can try kanjitomo too. Or the Google handwriting app, it's freaking amazing and sometimes and wonder how the hell it can recognise some of the things I write.