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  1. How can we make visual novels more popular in the west?

    I know this forum is mostly male-focused but some niches really do have a lot of potential. Some would say drop the porn but I can see that the otome crowd actually wants more of it. We don't get a lot of R18 stuff that the moege/charage crowd do and I don't know if it's because the protags tend to be younger. The BL stuff has more of it though. Also, otomes and BL games with Japanese school settings tend to be rarer so it confuses me when people say EVNs are same-y and school focused. The only similar aspects I see is usually the anime artstyle and even some games feature unique art. I saw that Fata Morgana only sold about 8k copies in Steam which really saddens me because it's my all-time favorite VN. I would love to see more of it. I honestly don't mind games without character-based routes if I can get a game with the love, pain, beauty, and catharsis of Fata Morgana. If there could be more like it, maybe VNs would be seen as a legitimate medium by the mainstream and more people would try them.
  2. How can we make visual novels more popular in the west?

    I'm mostly interested in the more niche otome genre but I'm really seeing a lot of potential there. However, most are really interested in F2P mobile games (see how popular Mystic Messenger is). Also, there are so many EVNs for PC which are mainly otome (and even Russian ones which get translated in English). On the PC side, there's a lot of growing interest with how successful Cinderella Phenomenon is. I think as the fanbase matures even more, there would be more interest in the paid stuff. I mean, several kickstarters were successful and expected to deliver. The quality in general is also becoming better with more interesting plots and characters. (They even feature LGBTQ+ love interests!) Especially since otome EVNS love their strong female characters. What I'd also really love to see though is something like The House in Fata Morgana. Not otome but compelling narrative, strong visuals, and an absolutely beautiful and haunting soundtrack. I hope to see something like that as the audience grows.
  3. AX - Anime Expo 2018 News & Announcements

    Thank god I'm 18 and can buy stuff without my parents knowing.
  4. AX - Anime Expo 2018 News & Announcements

    No otome I mean it would be okay if there was a story-based title like Fata Morgana or Gahktun but I guess I'll have to wait for Otakon.
  5. What are you playing?

    Took a pretty long break from reading VNs (Thanks Bethesda) but I'm back because Steam has both Hakuoki games dirt cheap. I confess I was never a huge fan of the original guys except Kazama so I'm way more interested in the new ones. So far, I've only played the new guys and I really like their routes better. Yamazaki is the best boy. Anyway, I like this version of the over-milked Hakuoki better than the original I played on mobile. As far as otoge goes, Nightshade remains my top favorite. I don't really see Hakuoki as being particularly a classic or must-play although I enjoyed the historical stuff. I like that it's plot focused, yes, but there isn't really a whole lot of romance.
  6. Fashioning Miss Lonesome 2morrow!

    It's more of a choice. I would read it either way but I'm really busy with school. But I guess I can read it guilt-free.
  7. Fashioning Miss Lonesome 2morrow!

    I'm really excited although I'll only have time to play in November, when I'm on my semestral break. At least I'll be 18 by then. It's a good thing they're offering a free patch for Steam users.
  8. Anime Expo 2017 VN License Announcements

    Not much interests me out of all the announcements because it's mostly moege. Maybe I'll pick up Novectacle's new game when it releases because I loved Fata Morgana. Other than that, I really should save up for a PS Vita. Maybe Otakon will have more interesting announcements.
  9. I don't play non-otome EVNs so I can't speak for those. However, in the otome games I've played I noticed that the MCs tend to be "strong" characters. Sassy, tough talking, abrasive, etc. It feels like they try to be as different as possible from Japanese otome MCs. It's not a bad thing as some tend to be well written characters. However, I just can't relate to them. I don't self-insert but I do like to read about someone I can emphatize with and understand. This is why I hate it when people call Japanese MCs useless, pathetic, weak, etc. because they are strong in ways peoole may not see. And well, because my personality is somewhat similar to theirs in real life. I like the EVN MCs all the same but sometimes these attitudes can be off-putting. I wonder if this is because I'm Asian and not Western so attitudes would obviously be different.
  10. Taisho Alice Localization Fiasco

    A lot of Otome fans suspected they were shady from the start. They handled everything really poorly, especially the way they engaged with the fans. But it's really saddening they managed to dupe Primula and JLOP. A lot of people suspect Primula would be wary of localization (and rightly so) and there might not be any chance of this project getting saved by another company. I hope E2Gaming gets exposed for what they did though.
  11. Taisho Alice Localization Fiasco

    That's what everyone's wondering honestly. Taisho Alice really seems like a good game and it's a shame this guy got the license instead of Mangagamer/Sekai Project/Aksys. I want to see how Primula would react to this.
  12. Has anyone heard of what happened with Taisho Alice's localization? It was a mess- English dub by this one guy, the translation's all over the place and the Hiragana/Katakana Alice/Arisu thing. Otome fans were really disrespected by this company. It was shady from the start but I didn't expect it to be this much of a train wreck. Please check out this thread detailing how bad it was. I believe several translators also commented on the issue.
  13. Any Otome or Yaoi VN recommendations?

    I'm not sure about otome games on PS Vita (if you have one) but Code:Realize is highly recommended. It's a steampunk story-focuses otome game with real-life and literary characters (Arsene Lupin, Victor Frankenstein, etc.) Steam has a variety of otome games. Amnesia: Memories, Nightshade, and Ozmafia are the best Japanese localized otome games. Amnesia: Memories A heroine with Amnesia who tries to regain her memories. It's kinda slice of life-ish but it can get really weird. It also has a lot of bad ends. Nightshade: I really recommend this one because the MC is really amazing. She's basically a shinobi princess but other than that, anyrhing else counts as spoilers. Ozmafia: Grimm's fairytale characters reimagined as Mafia members. A Korean company, Cheritz also has a couple of localized ones- Nameless and Dandelion. Both are also well-regarded. Both are fully voiced in Korean. There are also OELVNs that are quite good. Backstage Pass is fully voiced in English. It has stats-raising though. Games without voices that are good are X-Note, Area-X, The Royal Trap, and Mystic Destinies. There's a pretty notable free game on Steam too. Cinderella Phenomenon is free, has an interesting story and has maybe 25+ hours of content. Itch.io and the lemmasoft forums have a lot of free EVN otomes like Asagao Academy, Airis, and Lads in Distress.
  14. What are you playing?

    Curently reading Tokyo Babel. I finished Raziel's route and while it's good, I personally couldn't feel the 'romance'. It feels forced to be honest, like they shoehorned it at the last minute. I couldn't see any reason they would fall in love- it just happened. I do like the story even though I find myself rolling my eyes at parts. I'm personally impressed by the amount of research that went in the lore and worldbuilding. I like the references made to Judeo-Christian mythology and even apocryphal books. I have an interest in apocrypha so I really liked those elements in this VN. I loved how they incorporated all those elements in this VN and it ended up that I'm more excited about exposition than the action scenes. I'm a practicing Catholic so some parts did make me uncomfortable. I just reminded myself that it's all fictional but it's definitely not something I'd recommend to my more conservative religious friends haha. I have high hopes for this VN. I hope Sorami's and Lilith's routes are better because as good as Raziel's route is, it's lacking. Sorami and Setsuna so far seems to have more chemistry than Raziel and Setsuna so I'm definitely getting my hopes up. Edit: Just to add, Adam and Setsuna's interactions feel more romantic than his and Raziel's. I was halfway inclined to ship them instead.
  15. Visual Novel with Male and Female love interests

    Some OELVNs feature male and female love interests. However, most, if not all of them only have female protagonists. Those games are pretty much otome games with a yuri route. Airis, a Nanoreno otome game is an example and also features a non-binary love interest. It's quite short, however. The upcoming game Seven Kingdoms The Princess Problem also has a female protagonist and several male and female love interests. It has a pretty long demo if you want to check it out.