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  1. I got into VNs through a mix of Kamidori Alchemy Meister, X-Change, and Katawa Shoujo. I forget what it was that led to me giving X-Change a try but as for the others I saw my cousin and a few friends talking about Kamidori and I thought it seemed cool so I gave it a try, it being my first VN as a result. Katawa Shoujo meanwhile was the first VN that I gave a try without any prior exposure, going in completely blind. Needless to say I loved it and so I decided to get farther into the medium and now here we are.
  2. Well.. it's a massive spoiler to the lore of the series and something that only really makes full sense if you read the fandiscs for Da Capo III but...
  3. The only routes that are probably necessary to play if you want to fully understand what's what are Sakura's and Nemu's. With that said you can fully enjoy the series without the original, however it's much easier to appreciate certain aspects with those particular routes played.
  4. What are you playing?

    Alongside my replay of Little Busters, which is as great as I remember, I went back to Dal Segno after a short time away from it. Maybe I was just burnt out when I tried reading it the first time but it actually didn't take long to get past any initial annoyances that I had and now I've been enjoying it immensely. Haven't gotten quite to the heroine routes yet but I'm fairly far into the common route by the looks of it and it seems to be shaping up to be a fun experience. Also as of right now Hazuki and Io are best girls and I'm fairly certain that It's going to stay that way.
  5. Ehh, I think that it was fine as is buuuut.. at the same time I do feel that it would have been fun to actually get to see the individual members of the team gradually return up until Kyosuke's return. The trip itself is still the perfect conclusion.
  6. No, I'm pretty sure that you're remembering something wrong or simply weren't paying attention. Kyosuke wanted Riki and Rin to grow stronger and to get past the tragedy, he didn't care how. And of course Riki would have became strong enough to conquer his narcolepsy. Throughout all of the loops we personally witnessed him growing stronger and more resilient, more willing to stand on his own even if it meant defying his hero. Either way, I can't help but fully disagree about the ending being a copout with all of the buildup leading up to it and one other thing. Personally I wouldn't have enjoyed the story nearly as much if not for the happy ending, if Riki had just run away with Rin and tried to ignore his friends' passings. THAT would have been the ultimate cop out and would have gone against everything that the story had been building up to until that point.
  7. What are you playing?

    Currently trying and failing to read Dal Segno. I want to like it, I really do, but I hate the protagonist. He annoys the crap out of me and the heroines, while likable, aren't really good enough to make up for it, nor is the writing, which is fairly good. It's really disappointing actually since I had heard it was sort of a spiritual successor to the Da Capo series, which I enjoyed every piece of. (Even despite the original being mediocre and bits of III being sort of bland though still entertaining) Going to probably reread Little Busters for the EX routes but I do have a question about it. Does it add anything of substantial importance to the main routes? I'm probably going to go through the whole thing anyways as it's been a while and I've forgotten a lot of stuff but I'm just really curious.
  8. The Canvas series from what I can gather are set in the same timeline and whatnot with very loose references but completely separated stories.
  9. About donkan protagonists

    I've tried reading Ikikoi several times and end up quitting early on into the common route. It's just so unbearable. As for actual recommendations.. I want to recommend the Da Capo trilogy as all three protagonists can be fairly perceptive and proactive, but I'm not sure if I can in good conscience as it can depend a lot on the individual routes. I really liked Kira Kira and the protagonist Shikanosuke is fairly perceptive a lot of the time, even despite any attemps to show otherwise. Rin, the protagonist of Shuffle fits the criteria though the VN itself is really hit or miss depending on the person. Aaand.. I think that may be it that I can think of right now.
  10. Questions about Da Capo II & III

    My favorite heroine and route is Anzu by far. She's absolutely adorable and I find her personality to be really endearing and her route itself is just wonderfully done.
  11. There are a lot out there but I do have a few personal recommendations Canvas 2 seems to have a lot of mixed opinions but it has a solid story, with even the protagonist getting some development in each route, and I for one absolutely loved it. The Da Capo trilogy is one of my favorites, with a solid story and very likable characters that seem to make an impact even on future entries, even if indirectly. My favorite entry by far being Da Capo II Hoshizora no Memoria is my favorite VN of all time and a very solid slice of life story. Kira Kira doesn't really have the school setting for a majority of the story but it has some great characters that get a lot of development, though it does have one very depressing ending. Shuffle is a VN that seems to have very divided opinions, and while I didn't absolutely love it, I liked it, at least enough to recommend giving it a shot. And finally is To Heart 2, which I absolutely loved even despite the protagonist being dumber than a rock at times. It has a lot of heroines and routes of varying quality, most of the routes ranging from good to great, but I feel like with the sheer number, there's something there for everyone.
  12. About donkan protagonists

    Ehhh, I dunno. He IS dense in some ways but that's to be expected with his background. With that said I think that what it boils down to is less that he doesn't realize and more that he doesn't really know what to think of it, though once he does figure it out and takes action, absolutely nothing will get in his way. All in all, I actually really liked the way that they handled it.
  13. This looks amazing and seems to be right up my alley. Too bad it's being translated by a company that obviously doesn't give a crap about quality and simply does what they do for the sake of taking advantage of people who don't know any better and lining their own pockets.
  14. To Heart 2 discussion thread

    I enjoyed the VN as a whole but I've gotta say that Sasara's route, while filled to the brim with great ideas, was pretty bad. The story made no sense, the actual romance was executed horribly though it was good in concept, and perhaps worst of all was that the ending, while again good in concept, was executed horribly. It came completely out of left field and completely went against everything that had been shown not even five minutes prior without even attempting to bridge the gap somehow to lessen the slap to the face. Basically, there was loads of potential throughout the route but due to horrible execution and at times lazy writing it just didn't work, at all.