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    Barktooth got a reaction from Deniz in Badly describe a Visual Novel   
    Gosh, get it right - it's Little Bastards.
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    Barktooth got a reaction from Raffro in How to use ITHVNR?   
    ITHVNR isn't a translator, just a text hooker. You need to download something like Translation Aggregator, and use that in conjunction with ITHVNR.
    As for how to use it, first open ITHVNR and Translation Aggregator (TA). In TA, you should probably click X on most of the windows, I personally only leave the Mecab and Original Text one. Now go to Option in ITHVNR and make sure "Auto copy to clipboard" is checked, then click OK. Next, open the VN you want to read and fumble through the menus until you get to the story.
    Now, in ITHVNR, click Process, and look for the VN process (usually the name of the engine the VN uses). Select it, and click Attach, give it a few seconds and it should work (otherwise it will give you an error). Click OK.
    In the ITHVNR window, there should be a dropdown that says something like 0000:0000:0xFFFFFFFF:0xFFFFFFFF:0xFFFFFFFF:ConsoleOutput, click on that and you should have several other options with weird text to select from. Try them all, and compare the text you get in the ITHVNR window vs. the text in the VN window until you find the option that makes the text the same. If that was too confusing, here's an image:

    When you get the text to match, just minimize ITHVNR and the text should start showing up in Translator Aggregator (you might have to advance the dialogue a few lines in the VN before it does). You should be able to start reading now
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    Barktooth reacted to Kawasumi in What do you seek from VNs?   
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    Barktooth reacted to Yuuko in Kyuuketsuki no Libra TL quality   
    not wrong but not quite right
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    Barktooth reacted to Fiddle in Looking for the worst Visual Novels   
    grisaia no kajitsu
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    Barktooth reacted to Decay in Dies irae OUT NOW for everyone!   
    Proper grammar can speed up the process of reading and comprehension even if you aren't aware of when the grammar gets bad. That's what makes grammar important. Though I was really more talking about odd/incorrect word choices which isn't purely a grammatical issue. 
    Take this from a scene halfway through the common route:
    You can't "enter" a rooftop. Or maybe you can, but it sounds very painful, since the rooftop is a solid object. You can exit the school onto the rooftop, climb stairs to the rooftop, etc, but not enter it. Also the word "staple" is used incorrectly here. They probably heard the word used in reference to foods and consumer goods that people eat/use on a regular basis, but the word isn't flexible enough to be used for a place one person likes to go to. In this case, something along the lines of "favored" could have been used instead.  This is pedantic as all hell, true, but little things like proper word choice can go a long way to making your writing more easily understandable. In this line, it was pretty clear anyway what was happening, so I doubt even a non-native English reader like you would have any difficulty understanding it. But there are cases where it can get messier, such as the next line:
    First of all, those slashes are not decapitating, because they're missing and thus not actually decapitating anything. You could say "would-be-decapitating," but that's really clunky. This leads to the next problem, where of course you die when you are decapitated. Pointing that out feels rather silly. One idea would be to remove the "decapitating" adjective and use "decapitate" as the verb in place of "kill," restructuring the sentence to make that work. I'm also not a fan of "state" there, because that implies that they have other states they could switch into, but IIRC, those slashes are by their nature invisible, so I would probably just switch "state" with "nature" (unless I'm misremembering that scene). 
    "I couldn't quite confirm this due to their invisible nature, but a direct hit from the slashes that merely grazed me a moment before would no doubt decapitate me on the spot." TBH, I'm still not happy with that, "a direct hit from the slashes that merely grazed me a moment before" is such a mouthful, and the way talk about previous slashes mixed in with a line that's trying to portray the slashes as a still-ongoing event feels very clunky. I'd be tempted to just cut out the reference to the previous slashes entirely.
    "I couldn't quite confirm this due to their invisible nature, but a direct hit from any one of these slashes would no doubt decapitate me on the spot." There's also a possible tense error with "kill," but despite the narration being in past tense, it's describing an ongoing event.  To be honest, this is where my lack of editing experience shows, as I actually have no idea what the correct tense here would be. If we say "would have no doubt decapitated me," that gives the line a deterministic bent which might remove some of the tension in the scene. Thematically very appropriate for the game, to be sure, but not great reading.
    Eh, whatever. I'm sure some people will see this and call me nitpicky or say that they can understand it anyway so it's fine. I'm not actually trying to call out the translation as unreadable trash, it's still better than most VN translations for sure. But I think if a non-native English reader is having difficulty understanding some parts, there's actually a pretty good chance it's because it's not written as well as it could have been, and not because it's written too well, which is what some people are trying to claim (mostly, those same non-native English readers who don't know better).
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    Barktooth reacted to Vokoca in Alternate method of translating VNs   
    Nice write up, you clearly put quite a lot of work into it, but... I don't really get what the point of this is. What are you trying to do exactly? Learn Japanese? Translate a visual novel? Read a Japanese VN without much understanding of the language?
    There are easier ways to go about almost all of these. Using a text hooker would probably help you with all three of these - there's no point in manually looking up every single word when you can just copy the text out, and there are text parsers that can look up the definitions for you on the fly, too. For translation, you could just use a CAT tool to build your translation database, so you don't lose the things you've already translated. You might potentially remember things a little bit better if you write them down by hand and look them up each time like you said, but I don't think that's really worth it given the time-investment, especially if your goal is just to read.
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    Barktooth reacted to Fiddle in My OriginalRen Fansite   
    I've been learning some HTML/CSS, and to no cause could my knowledge be better applied than a dedication to my good friend OriginalRun. As such, I've decided to craft a website that makes liberal use of CSS's styling capabilities so as to yield maximum Renness. Enjoy!
    Acknowledgement to my friend @Keisuke who wrote some JavaScript and identified a few missing parentheses that made the website a total mess of scattered images.
    EDIT: The website appears to have expired. For posterity, you can download it here. Extract the folder and open "index.html" in your browser.
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    Barktooth got a reaction from Silvz in [help] Strange pop-up on Win10   
    Open Task Scheduler and browse around for anything that looks like it may open a CMD window.
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    Barktooth reacted to Kaio3259 in Seeking a type of Heroine in Visuais Novel !!   
    I think the above image already demonstrates the type of character I am looking for, especially those who have played White Album 2, but come on .....
    I am looking for a VN who has a heroine isolated from others, either because she is considered a "delinquent" or by her own volition, which makes it is difficult for others to approach, which helps to be isolated, or suffer some type of bullying that contributes to this Isolation or being a cold person who does not care about anyone around ...
    And if you have long black hair, better still hahaha XD I love that kind of appearance and with a cool and indifferent personality, it gets even better in my opinion !!
    That's basically what I'm looking for, something very serious and mature, with drama and romance....
    Thank you so much 
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    Barktooth got a reaction from InvertMouse in My journey into console FPS (seeking advice)   
    You could get a mouse+keyboard adapter for consoles like XIM4 and the like if you'd rather avoid the horror that is using a controller for FPS games. It is expensive, however.
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    Barktooth reacted to Zantax in Do you listen to VN's Background Music or Mute it?   
    Wait, there are people that turn off background music? O.o'
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    Barktooth reacted to Okarin in Rei Ayanami   
    Well, I certainly like kuuderes in anime format. Not in real life (is there any girl remotely like that?). But I acknowledge anime and raifu are different things. So I don't exactly look for the same things in both worlds.
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    Barktooth reacted to Clephas in Rei Ayanami   
    Her manner is similar to Ayanami's.  She only speaks when she wants something and basically almost never shows her emotions.
    Also... Ruri and Ruka from Akeiro Kaikitan don't show their emotions on their faces, except at the last of the VN.
    Eru from Hello, Lady has only weak emotions and everything she shows on the surface (save for her otakuism) is emulated from those around her and constructed into a false persona she presents to most people around her.
    Mei, the true heroine of Devils Devel Concept is emotionless on the surface and her rational self is completely detached from her emotional self except near the end of her path.
    Kaede from Akagoei 3 only displays emotion toward those few people she considers precious to herself, and the rest of the time, she splits everyone into 'person to be killed' and 'person not be be killed, yet'. 
    Donoko from Haruka ni Aogi, Uruwashi no only shows personality and emotion to those she trusts, the rest of the time living with an unfocused, emotionless expression on her face, essentially ignoring the rest of humanity.
    Not a heroine, but Serika, the protagonist of the Ikusa Megami series, has almost no emotions much of the time due to the pressure of being a human soul inhabiting the body of a goddess.  His occasional emotional moments tend to come from the rare instances where he forms a strong attachment to someone.
    Kokonoe Hatae is an extremely self-controlled girl who only begins to experience emotion after encountering the protagonist of Konata yori Kanata made
    Ein from Phantom (the Nitroplus VN) has had her emotions mostly destroyed by the extensive brainwashing the good doctor put her through.  She almost never displays emotions and kills without hesitation.
    Yatabe Miu from Para-sol at least partially fulfills your conditions, though she, like many such heroines, is merely concealing her emotions.
    Vivi Alhazerd from Shinigami no Testament has little in the way of emotions due to centuries of living as a near-immortal.
    That's about it... and understand that none of these heroines fulfill your request outright.
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    Barktooth reacted to Vorathiel in Rei Ayanami   
    You know her, best girl in anime ever.

    Just look at her. Typical cold, dsitant, silent character right? Well... yes and no.

    I read quite a few vns now (translated only) and I must say...that I probably never met a character similiar to Rei.
    What I mean by that:
    - Silent
    - Distant
    - Cold
    - Uninterested
    - Replaying with short asnwers
    - Not engaging in any social activities

    Seems quite easy to find a girl like that in vns, right?
    The problem is, that when a character have traits as listed above, she is usually also:
    - With a resting bitchface
    - Angered
    - Hidden tsundere
    - Yearning for some fun
    - Telling people to 'die', when they approach her
    etc. Examples of this:
    Momono Shiori, from 11eyes

    Sannomiya Louise Yui, from Root Double

    Komachi Tsugumi, from Ever 17

    or even Toudou Makoto, from Hanahira

    I'm looking for more cold, more distant and more taciturn characters. Closest to what I want are Kiryiu Moeka from Steins;Gate, but she don't have her route and I just don't like her, and Byakuya Rinne from euphoria, but those who read it (I highly recommend!) knows what kind of mindfuckery her route is.
    Anybody have any ideas? This should be a route having heroine, not some minor character.

    How could I forget about m yfavourite heroine from Muv-Luv Extra, Ayamine Kei? She's almost perfect in the ReiAyanamism.
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    Barktooth reacted to Fred the Barber in Fuwa VN Reading Club: April - Deardrops   
    Just finished Kanade's route and got started on Riho's route (not looking like I'm going to finish the whole game by April, but I'm going to try!). I'll echo Turnip's comments that Kanade narrating so much of it really helps the route feel more complete. In general, I'm a fan of VNs that let the heroines narrate for a while (the longer the better, almost), especially when that means you see the protagonist from their perspective, so I'm hoping that Riho's route will deliver more of that. I also liked a couple of the new characters who appeared in her route, especially Megumi and Johann, both of whom ended up being much more interesting than they looked at first blush.
    The story arc was solid and well-resolved, and felt both thematically appropriate for the game (in contrast to Rimu's or Yayoi's route) and quite different from anything I'd seen so far in the common route. Kanade hadn't really been properly shown off elsewhere, and it was pleasant getting to see her really shine. Also, I feel like the CG artist really loved Kanade; every last CG of her looks stunning. The sprite artist, well, not so much (though her secondary sprite is kind of cute, I suppose).
    On to Riho's route!
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    Barktooth reacted to Fred the Barber in Fuwa VN Reading Club: April - Deardrops   
    Sorry I've fallen off the radar for the past week, despite facilitating this month. All I can say is, it's been a busy past week for me.
    I'm currently in the middle of Rimu's route (which presumably means I'm close to my first ending, since I understand Rimu and Yayoi have pretty short routes). I liked the common route, but the transition to Rimu's route felt pretty jarring, and I'm not really feeling the drama that's building up right now. Looking forward more to Yayoi's route, which I plan to do next.
    The standout element for me in this game so far is the cast. I liked most of the main cast at first sight (all but Kanade), and they've all been growing on me ever since (especially Kanade). By the time I finish the game, I suspect I'm going to be looking back fondly on the lot of them and feeling very happy to have met them. But time will tell! I should have a lot of time over this weekend to read, so hopefully I'll be back to say more over the next few days as I start finishing routes.
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    Barktooth reacted to Mr Poltroon in Fuwa VN Reading Club: April - Deardrops   
    I second your thoughts on this route.
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    Barktooth reacted to Funyarinpa in Visual Novels - Serious or Comedic?   
    Seriousness by far. Comedy can be fun once in a while (a la Grisaia's common route), but serious plots just bring far more to the table, are more varied, and are much more memorable in the long run.
    Bouts of seriousness amidst comedy is always welcome, but I'd say inserting comedy into seriousness runs the risk of killing immersion.
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    Barktooth reacted to wyldstrykr in If you were forced to remove all Visual Novels from existence except one, what would you pick?   
    remove all visual novels from eXistence eXcept one? how fuck am i? well ill choose harukoi otome gotta love ruri 
    or hoshiZora no memoria for:
    or pick a VN with so many sequels and fandisc ^^
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    Barktooth got a reaction from Nandemonai in Fuwa VN Reading Club: April - Deardrops   
    Well this is a rather... unfortunate typo.

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    Barktooth got a reaction from Fred the Barber in Fuwa VN Reading Club: April - Deardrops   
    Well this is a rather... unfortunate typo.

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    Barktooth got a reaction from Fred the Barber in Fuwa VN Reading Club: April - Deardrops   
    So... It's a band brought together by diarrhea? Well, I suppose Riho was able to elude that horrible fate...
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    Barktooth reacted to Clephas in mention some characters/Heroines whom you still remember/admire   
    Dmitri Kalanikov (Evolimit)- The head of the Calamity Monkeys, a bear of a Russian scientist who was the operational leader of the first Mars colonization effort.  Highly intelligent (despite his appearance), his one weakness was his daughter, Tsunami.  Like most of the Calamity Monkeys, there is an aura of childish wonder to his attitudes toward the colonization of Mars.  A man of heroic proportions in every way.
    Kamio Ami (Semiramis no Tenbin)- Ingenious, borderline sociopathic, and manipulative, she is redeemed somewhat by a lack of malice (toward most people) and a definite sense of fairness.  Referred to as a demon by the protagonist, due to her manipulations, she nonetheless prefers to create positive results in most situations she manipulates (though there are some seriously odd results).  Unfortunately, her early life has left her somewhat screwy when it comes to close relationships.
    Hinaori Kagome (Comyu)- Vicious, malicious, and ingenious, with an endless capacity for ruthlessness.  The true heroine of Comyu.  Her only love is the protagonist, but she tends to have an odd way of showing it, most of the time.  Not fit for human company most of the time.
    Shigure Sora (Devils Devel Concept)- Sociopathic, monstrous, and more than a little crazy.  While he has many holes in his personality and negative personality traits, he is also invariably honest, endlessly dutiful to those duties he has taken on himself, and protective (as well as possessive) of those he attaches to.  He is incapable of love in the romantic sense, though the heroines generally refuse to believe this (despite having issues there themselves).  He is, however, capable of contentment and desiring the contentment of others, albeit in a limited sense.  He is also rarely needlessly malicious, outside of combat (where is aroused in every sense).
    Toshirou (Vermilion Bind of Blood)- An ancient former-samurai vampire who serves as a guardian of vampiric law in the city of Foggy Bottom.  A rarity amongst vampires, who generally don't bother to polish technique, he is willing to use anything he can to fulfill what he sees as his duty.  However, he also suffers from a silver bullet that is slowly rotting away his heart, giving him a sense of mortality no other vampire is able to experience.
    Zephyr Colerain (Silverio Vendetta)- Normally a lazy sponge of a cowardly deserter whose only passion is protecting his adopted sister Millie from danger.  When cornered he becomes the most sadistic sort of killer, ruthlessly utilizing insults, examples of painful death, and human shields to kill his enemies, often in an enormously painful fashion.  The ultimate assassin due to his abilities and personality (cowardly, intense desire to survive, absolute ruthlessness).
    Serika (Ikusa Megami series)- Once a young warrior-hero full of kindness and dreams of peace, with the loss of his humanity he has become the God-slayer, wandering the world in search of a place to be at peace.  Broken and worn down by his experiences and the pressure of his goddess body on his all-too-human soul, there is very little remaining of the young man he was at the beginning.
    Kaito (Akatsuki no Goei)- Insulting, rude, arrogant, and more than a little crazy, Kaito is the protagonist of the Akatsuki no Goei series.  Well-aware of his own internal darkness, he nonetheless lives as he wills, no matter the situation.
    Narita Shinri (Hello, Lady)- Hyper-intelligent, arrogant, and uncaring of others sensibilities, he is the protagonist of Hello, Lady.  A vengeance-seeking young man with a strong sense of theater, as well as a capacity for ruthlessness tempered by a moral compass damaged but not destroyed by his experiences.
    Elceranto de Annoyance/Belche (Draculius)- The ultimate 'loli-baba' vampire.  A five hundred year old vampire sent to serve the protagonist, she serves as mother, mentor, lover, wife, maid, and general guide to the world for Jun throughout the story.  As a support character and a heroine, she is unmatched... and she is also really really good at killing humans, lol.
    Marie (Dies Irae)- An innocent young girl who lived her entire mortal life without human contact due to the curse of the guillotine.  Her last words were 'I will always be here, won't I?' when she was finally executed by the very guillotine at whose foot she was born... only to continue to exist, immortal and unchanging. 
    Maia (Hapymaher)- The mistress of Tohru's dreams, a sadistic loli who loves nothing more than teasing the people she loves.  However, she is also intensely protective of those same people and utterly unforgiving of those who attempt to harm them.  She is the image of Tohru's greatest desire and a source of endless pain and sorrow for him, the sweet dream he does not allow himself to experience.
    Donoko (Haruka ni Aogi, Uruwashi no)- Donoko is a young woman at the isolated girls' school who acts as if she cares about nothing at all.  However, her meeting with Tsukasa changes her outlook, giving her a confidante she otherwise never would have possessed.  The girl that she shows to Tsukasa is inquisitive, kind-hearted, and highly intelligent, as well as being a natural rebel to authority that seeks to force her into a mold she can't fit into.
    Yuuji (Grisaia series)- A deeply scarred young man who has lived much of his life since adolescence as an intelligence agent.  His outlook on life is warped rather obviously by his experiences, including those prior to his adoption by his teacher and his entry into service.
    Ichirou (Hatsuru Koto Naki Mirai Yori)- The protagonist of the story.  A hard-edged kamikaze pilot with a drill sergeant's attitude and a surprising talent for analyzing a situation... though he tends to act on instinct more often than not.  He is the product of WWII's battlefield and nationalist culture, but he is well-aware of the contradictions of his education and life in the service.  In his view, a soldier's duty is to die so that civilians don't have to.  At times, he will speak indirectly about the horrors of being in service to a nation that has forgotten how to surrender.
    Kaze no Ushiro ni Ayumu Mono (Jingai Makyou)- Feral, animalistic, and direct in all matters.  She is of a species of wolf-like non-humans who seek the protagonist's potential power, asking him to allow her to eat him when he is satisfied with his life (in her mind, after he has kids).  To an extent, she follows the natural laws (survival of the fittest), but she doesn't believe in giving up the struggle for life while there is a breath in her body.
    Cinema (Komorebi no Nostalgica)- A main character but not a heroine of the story of Komorebi no Nostalgica.  A simple, innocent humanoid AI who displays an odd level of humanity in her gestures and actions, despite being far behind technologically in comparison to the fully self-aware Metosera.  She was once both the ultimate masterpiece of one of the greatest software and hardware developers of all time and a perfectly innocent sales clerk at the movie rental shop he ran.   Decades later, after the war, found and repaired by the protagonist and friends, she begins a journey of self-discovery that is deeply touching as she blurs the boundaries between man and machine in ways even the denizens of the new world have yet to encounter.
    Fluorite (Komorebi no Nostalgica)- A young Metosera and one of the protagonist's group of friends since childhood.  While she retains the tendency toward excessive dependence on logical analysis that many of her kind have, she nonetheless displays a depth of emotion and personality that sets her apart as a distinct individual sentience, rather than a mere result of artificial development. 
    Luna (Tsuki ni Yorisou, Otome no Sahou)- A brilliant artist, investor, and master of the mansion the protagonist works at as a trap maid.  She is an albino, suffering from the same difficulties many such individuals endure (weakness to UV rays, a tendency toward vision problems, etc), she has nonetheless made a life for herself, even in the face of the active opposition and off-hand contempt of her birth family.  While she can be harsh on first meeting, she is deeply passionate in her affection toward those she comes to care about, even if she appears to maintain a certain distance at times.
    Roy (Ryakudatsusha no In'en and Ryuukishi Bloody Saga)- A young man who began his life as a victim, endured living as a killer to become an avenger, and eventually became a healer and protector after his vengeance left him empty. 
    Tendou Setsuna (Tokyo Babel)- A child forced to act as a god to a desperate populace, who then proceeded to foil their desires, causing the extinction of an entire planet full of humans.  His guilt has made him gloomy and given him a disregard for his own safety and happiness that is unnatural in its completeness.  Created as a short-lived tool, he looks to be in his late teens despite having only lived a few years.  He can be considered the 'ultimate human' in the sense that his abilities lie at the very limits of what is possible through bio-engineering a human before birth.
    Opera (Tiny Dungeon)- A dragon-race maid... as well as a former assassin and counter-intelligence agent in the war.  Her current hobbies are putting her beloved mistress in compromising situations and enjoying the aftermath.
    Hime (Tiny Dungeon)- The protagonist of the Tiny Dungeon series.  He is a young man, who in the face of near-impossible odds, endless contempt and racial prejudice from almost everyone around him, and an inability to use magic, has nonetheless managed to remain at the Trinity Academy and even thrive there.  He is intelligent and a hard-worker, as well as being kind of heart and thoughtful.
    Kiritooshi Hiro (Yurikago yori Tenshi made)- An odd young man with dead eyes who has an unfortunate tendency to say what he thinks at any given moment, then bang his head against the wall afterward when he realizes just what he said.  The possessor of an artificial skeleton known as a Knight Frame, non-fatal wounds heal in moments and he possesses a level of physical capability no unaltered human can match.  His dislike of trouble tends to combine with a tendency to draw that trouble to him to create some rather desperate situations.
    Rain (Baldr SkyDive)- A young woman who lived much of her youth in a sheltered fashion, in the wake of the nano-assembler disaster, she becomes the protagonist's sole companion.  She has a singular, devoted love for the protagonist that is overwhelming in its strength.  I found it a pity she wasn't the true heroine, lol.
    Takefumi (Natsuiro Recipe)- A simple, honest young man who is drawn to a small town by a letter from a (yet another) potential half-sister.  He finds her living alone in her grandmother's home, and he decides to accept her as his little sister, even if it turns out not to be true.  A steady, hard-working young man with a strong sense of responsibility.
    Reiji (Electro-arms)- A bored young gamer with a delinquent's reputation and a love of gaming that makes him quite at home in EA when he discovers it one night.  He is highly intelligent and skilled at putting puzzles together with only a few pieces available (in the metaphorical sense), as well as being driven primarily by curiosity in most matters.
    Kotarou (Izuna Zanshinken)- A near-shota with an easy manner and a ready smile... who is also the vigilante assassin, Izuna.  While he is generally mild-mannered in most situations, he possesses an instinctive and overwhelming rage toward those who 'cross the line', which often comes out in his manner of killing (ex. feeding a cannibal alive to his pet rats after cutting his hamstrings and the tendons in his elbows). 
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    Barktooth reacted to Fiddle in Level of Difficulty   
    I have found that the level of difficulty of a visual novel is inversely proportional to the amount of female characters with breasts whose properties are analogous to those of a balloon. You can measure this by scrolling through the sample CGs on VNDB and determining the amount of near-perfect circles.

    I've yet to find any exceptions to this rule.
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