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  1. What are you playing?

    So, I finally finished Midori no Umi after having it stalled for a while. The wannabe translation taken aside, this was still a rather bizarre experience. The VN somehow tries to be a simple moege while bombarding you with bad endings non-stop. It did manage to keep things interesting for a while though, the whole idea of the lost mansion in the woods certainly had potential. Unfortunately the execution was quite lacking. Plot based VN's take a certain responsibility to handle characters and events at least with a minimum of maturity and credibility, or the story will fall flat on its face. But at times I was just flabbergasted about the lack of common sense characters were showing. Let's take Sara for example, even if she was probably my favorite character, when thinking things through, she might even be one of the worst. And the way how people go crazy at this place (including yourself) was just out of this world. Considering that they had literally everything they need for a comfortable living, including nice and helpful people around them, it was just bizarre. Overall, I think this VN would have been better if they just made it a simple moege in a unique setting. The VN has very high production values, with good visuals and some very captivating sound tracks. It's a real pity that they were wasted for such a poorly written story. Heroine ranking: Sara > Chisha > Haina > Michiru > Tsumugi > Rikuno = Sorane Overall rating: 5.5/10 (I would have given a 6, but I've substracted half a grade for the translation)
  2. Trinoline Release

    Hmm, I think I'll wait first for the overall reception before giving this one a try. The reviews are rather... critical - a rather dull moege story at its core, made depressing just for the sake of being depressing, not because the story would really demand for it. That's not a good combination and very different from the eden* it supposedly tries to resemble, which played in a very desparate, apocalyptic scenario. Furthermore, although the VN provides a very high technical level of art, the character designs don't feel as iconic anymore than their older works from Nanao Naru, who fled to NanaWind after the Supipara debacle. Though that's just my personal impression.
  3. DameKoi Release Date Announced

    I'll certainly play this. I heard very good things about it from different sources, and having a cast of mostly adults is a breath of fresh air.
  4. VNS with fighting girls?

    ChuSingura 46+1 Koihime Musou Koiken Otome Majikoi Kamidori Alchemy Meister (Pretty much all gameplay VN's)
  5. How do you choose your first route?

    I usually start with the routes of the girls that appeal the most to me. Typically, that results in starting with the elder ones and then go down the age ladder until the loli routes start, which I then skip.
  6. I'd also like a refund for the Chrono Clock hardcopy I never got.
  7. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai patch out

    Thanks, the reviews pretty much confirm my thoughts that it's one of August's weaker titles. So not really 'must read' material and more for times when nothing else is available.
  8. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai patch out

    Are there any (non-anime) reviews out there about this VN? Although the VN was apparently very popular in Japan, it honestly seems to be one of August's more generic works. It doesn't exactly look like the story would be on a comparable level like Aiyoku no Eustia. Is there more to it than just a simple school life comedy?
  9. Fantasy or Mystery VNs

    Man, your VNDB list makes it pretty difficult to come up with something you didn't play yet. I definitely back Ranzo's suggestion of Fatal Twelve since it's a very good VN. Besides that, I'd throw in Caucasus since you seem to be okay with Innocent Grey and untranslated stuff. It has some issues with the detective gameplay parts, but story-wise it's good. ChuSinGura 46+1 is also a VN I'd suggest to read. It has some cool fighting action and story developments. I'd also mention Soul Link since I think it's underrated on VNDB. It does have its issues, especially with the second protagonist in the latter half, but I played way worse story VN's which were much higher rated. It might also be worth to check out One Day in London, since it seems to be complete now. The scenario and art is pretty cool, but when I tried it years ago, only the first chapter was out and it lacked some very basic features like auto-read and was a bit puzzle game heavy. I also need someone to try it out to tell me if it's good or not.
  10. What are you playing?

    Well, she's an important character for reasons I don't want to spoil here, but since she's not a fighter like the others she's usually more at the side lines while the others do the job. I didn't really hold that against her since she's just a weak girl. You frequently get the choice to the best thing from her perspective which was okay for me. But she does interact with the others, she's just not particular useful in combat situations.
  11. Recommend Me Something - No Sex Drive

    Fata Morgana is actually a bit different. While VN's like eden* end with a tragedy, Fata starts with tragedies and then deals with how to fix them. I found it overall more touching than depressing and it has a very beautiful ending IMHO. But it does have some nasty stuff going on along the road, so it might still be not up to your taste.
  12. What are you playing?

    So, I'm currently also poaching in otome territory and finished Hakuouki - Kyoto Winds, the first part of the saga with the second part Edo Blossoms to follow. While Ozmafia left we with somewhat mixed feelings due to a wonky plot, this was overall a vastly better experience. I think this is also the first VN that I've read that could be called historic fiction, following a group of Shinsengumi samurai through the fall of the shogunate during the second half of the 19th century. I liked the two anime seasons and therefore always wanted to read the visual novels too. The first part does focus on the events in Kyoto and the conflict with the Satsuma domain. Surprisingly, despite being an otome and playing a female protagonist, this didn't feel 'girly' at all. Although the characters are certainly a bit romanticized, the whole atmosphere and setting was serious and mature. Although the VN has many hero routes and choices, it's still more of a plot focused kinetic story. The chapters focus on certain historic events involving the Shinsengumi and the choices mostly decide which characters to follow. The romance was at least in this part very light - there was not even a kissing scene. It's more bromance than romance. The protagonist was also so passive that she often appeared more like an independent observer instead of a fully involved character. The VN is clearly more about the story and the interaction of its characters and less about the interaction with the protagonist. I think there was even a choice to switch off romance at the start, but I didn't use it since I wasn't sure what I'd miss. Ironically, this often felt more like a well written chuunige due to its focus on cool guys and sword fighting action. You won't find your typical idiot friend here. The characters were a real blast, not only the Shinsengumi themselves, but also their enemies and the Choshu clan in particular. I think only Fate and Dies Irae put so much attention into their male characters. Although this is a historic VN, it also has some fantasy elements. There are furies - vampire-like individuals with special powers (that's not even a spoiler since it's already shown in the prologue) - and the Choshu also aren't exactly normal. Overall, my favorite character was Hijikata, the commander of the Shinsengumi whose route I played first. Then I played the route of the Choshu leader Kazama and Saito's afterwards. I thought about playing Harada's route as well, but with each route there's less new stuff and only the endings are a bit different, so I passed on it. Amagiri was also pretty cool despite being just a side character. Though those were only my favorites, since I liked most characters. The production values of the VN are very high. Great art even with animated mouths, good music, top voice actors and lots of drawn and voiced characters in general. It's hard to believe that this VN is already more than 10 years old. Overall, I'd rate this part an 8/10. I'd even given it a higher rating if the protagonist would have been better developed and more pro-active, but it was also not a big hassle, since she was more passive and not annoying. Looking forward to the second part.
  13. Recommend Me Something - No Sex Drive

    Tokyo Babel has a pretty good protagonist that should fit your description I think. The scenario is also quite unique and the music is very good to create a fitting atmosphere. It has some rather heavy mood swings between comedy and drama though and since it's a chuunige the battles can get a bit lengthy, but otherwise it's a good read.
  14. Root double

    If you've finished route B, then the weaker stuff should be behind you and it should just get better. Route D is the best with some pretty cool revelations.
  15. Root double

    I actually tried: https://forums.fuwanovel.net/topic/14092-root-double-before-crime-after-days-review-discussion/?page=2&tab=comments#comment-394441 I stopped shortly before I lost my sanity...
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