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Ramaladni

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  1. Hajimete no Okaa-san - a misunderstood gem

    Once again, to determine that this is a violent nukige without any basis is a completely erroneous thing to do and to judge it based on their past or future releases isn't adequate. You may even look at the CG gallery or look at some scene excerpts posted on the game's official page and come to the conclusion that nearly all scenes are the typical happy, consensual sexual interactions that are so common. But you're right, the real reason why I started reading this was because of a boat-loving man who lured me into playing a dice game. After plenty of storms, I felt pretty confident and in hindsight, overoptimistic. Something incredibly silly happened - one of the three dice fell out of the bowl the moment I threw them in, which made me lose all of my earnings. You can guess what was my punishment. Either way. what might have started as a joke or mere curiosity ended up in a wholesome experience, I am glad I didn't misjudge this VN either and read it till the end. Morally, I can't understand what's the problem with it. It's fictional characters in a fictional setting - I can perfectly distinguish between fiction and reality. If you're the type of person who's going to play this game and self-insert into a pedophile, well, that's with you. Many non-offending pedophiles use these type of games to stem their desires and avoid becoming child molesters. The two are very different, mind you. Even though this game was made in 2009, the writer was still able to produce something unconventional and outside the box. Obviously I wouldn't compare it to the other serious child raising focused novels because...are there any others translated in english? Topics like friendship are often discussed but familial relationships seems something that most writers tend to shy away from, what, with most protagonists nowadays either not having parents, not living with them or those type of characters hardly having any presence or impact on the novel. One could argue that personality-less 16 year old high schoolers are dime a dozen, but they are indeed fictional characters who live in a fictional world. Parents loving their child aren't uncommon either, I would too like to believe that my own parents liked me at least a tiny bit, but the thing is that this story isn't relating real-life events and it's not trying to. It can have both sex scenes and a story but perhaps that's something you're not used to because of recent trends - it's either a high focus on the story with excisable or unimportant H scenes on the side, or a complete focus on the H scenes with no regards for building an interesting story, setting and characters. This is a sexually-drived eroge with a pretty solid story, it's also the kind of story that could never be told without approaching sexual themes. Not only that, but it approaches certain aspects in a different fashion. Other father-daughter incest stories either have the heroine be a mindless deredere moeblob who unconditionally loves her Papa (quickly growing boring) or it's a rape game where the daughter eventually grows to like it without the story caring for proper character progression (which ends up falling flat). This game is neither. I agree that Chii is perhaps more mature than kids her age even though she keeps dropping her karage (chopsticks are more difficult to use than they look!) but I'm not a delusional person who sees her as a real life character. Another aspect of the drama is how Chii might claim to love Papa but it's not accepted without him first questioning if she understands what love is to begin with. Perhaps this story could have been told with an older heroine, but it would be something different. I've probably used the terms VN, game and novel interchangeably even though they're not the same, so please excuse me.
  2. Hata-tan/EroHata

    You forgot to mention your love for chuunige. Welcome aboard...
  3. Fatal Twelve - Review + Rant

    Hata, thank you for writing this for me since I can't read german. I already shared most of my thoughts with you and I believe you managed to get your points across. You can become a great reviewer if you improve on your structure and focus more on being concise and precise. Nonetheless, I hope you keep on writing and see it as a challenge you wish to surpass. Let's both give it our best. As for the game, it features themes that I personally find interesting but if you couldn't stand flat characters and slice-of-life nonsense, I doubt I could either. Thanks!
  4. Hajimete no Okaa-san - a misunderstood gem

    Since you brought up that synopsis, I took the liberty to analyze the original japanese synopsis and translate it with the great help of my friends. The current translation is too literal, fails to grasp certain nuances and wishes to deceive the reader. Biggest offenders are "violate" which assumes a onesided and violent relationship and "every evening" when "毎夜" has the role of emphasizing the next word and should not be taken literally. The other aspect is that the guilt he feels is not from doing that act, but feeling guilty "against himself", against his inability to hold back. Not to mention that the original synopsis only focuses on the sexual theme of the novel, but I won't bother argue it. The game having a meaningful, impactful and worthwhile story focused on family drama and something beyond its H-content is what I tried my hardest to convey. If it was my inability as a reviwer that made me unable to do that, that is something that I'd be willing to accept but your second sentence makes me think you might not even have read it. This review was written with the ambition of changing people's perceptions of this game and it makes me happy to know that it might have happened to some extent. It's unbecoming to make wild assumptions of something you never tried before , so it is my hope that you too read it and grow to like it.
  5. Recommendations with believable romance

    Clannad. Be careful though, the heroines don't only exist as prizes for the MC.
  6. I'm happy to see Girl Friends on this list. I got interested on the Aoi Hana manga after watching the anime and it was sweet. Honestly there is just barely any Shoujo Ai/Yuri anime, manga is where it's at. I'll look at the other titles, thanks.
  7. Hajimete no Okaa-san - a misunderstood gem

    Hey, I'm happy that you're showing this much interest. I've played a couple loli eroge, mostly from Tanuki Soft, but those are closer to the standard eroge with vanilla/happy sex, although in one of them I was surprised by how the route progressed. Unfortunately I can't exactly call myself an expert, although this wouldn't be the first eroge I've playedwhere a choice to reject sexual advances results into a premature/bad end. The main difference is how this novel tries to take itself seriously with believable drama, and tries to approach certain topics outside the scope of the norm. Yeah, I can agree about the game trying to seriously portray the consequences of incestuous relationships (and well, paedophilia). As time went by and Chii's pregnancy became harder and harder to hide, the fears of being found out by the school, the neighbours, their family and the public in general. The protagonist was often debating over what was the right thing to do and what would make her the happiest, but in reality he too was being afraid of his crime being exposed. He fully well realises that what he's doing is morally or ethically wrong (and the game doesn't forget to tell you this a couple times). The second premature/bad end ends in a similar fashion to the first: There is a lot of H-content but I wasn't really in it for that. Often it did help advance the narrative, but I was happy that it didn't elect to simply fix issues through sex, something common in eroge.
  8. Hajimete no Okaa-san - a misunderstood gem

    Thank you for the support! If they do, I hope they keep the fan translation. If not, I'm still happy that people exist who still care about these games and take the initiative to translate them on their own.
  9. Hajimete no Okaa-san - a misunderstood gem

    You could consider it a bad end or a normal end, depending on your perspective.
  10. https://vndb.org/v11009 Disclaimer: I played the recent fan translation and from my (limited) knowledge of Japanese, I found it to be quite accurate. I was actually surprised by how the translator made certain sentences work and I can't recall an instance where I thought the translation looked strange. When Hajimete no Okaa-san's fan translation came out, it caused a tiny yet significant uproar on certain visual novel related communities. The English idiom that spans over a century - don't judge a book by its cover - could possibly have been created for this very moment. I hope that by writing this review, I can clear up any misconceptions about this novel, teach you to not judge a work by its outward appearance and give you the courage to read a truly touching story. Dealing with the loss of a loved isn't easy, no matter if you're an adult or a child, and even more so if the person in question is an irreplaceable person that you've vowed eternity to or that defines your complete existence. When our unnamed protagonist, who I will refer to as "Papa", loses his beloved wife to a traffic accident, he is left with the troublesome task of single parenting. Confronting the sorrows of one who has been turned into pure white ash, he finds solace in the one and only person who could understand him and also the one who might be suffering the most - his one and only daughter Chiyori (Chii). Hajimete no Okaa-san is a very special Visual Novel. Unlike the disappointing standard of recent releases, it treats both its audience and characters with the respect they deserve. The most significant difference between this novel and the many others is the fact that its willing to portray the characters as real human beings. Please allow me to mention that there exist only eight translated visual novels with the "Widower Protagonist" and likely no other that focuses as deeply on the theme of single parenting. The rather simplistic approach to emotions is surprisingly expressive, although one could argue about the emotional depth of a 6-year old, I was able to completely grasp both the personality of Chii through the brilliant performance of seiyuu Amakawa Milk (a respectable veteran in her own right with a wide palette of roles) and the internal monologues of Papa. The beginning is rather surprising. The amount of effort that the creators have put into this work is nearly palpable, often leaving one surprised at how nicely written and how well the narrative flows. Starting with ordinary slice-of-life scenes, we're thrown into the daily life of Papa and her daughter Chii. Starting with the smallest things like learning how to write hiragana and her own name in Kanji, the basics of arithmetic, giving up one's fork and knife and mastering the use of chopsticks - they are all endearing moments that help us connect with Chii as a character and reminding us of times long past of our childhood when everything was much simpler. It is this genuine and pure simplicity that initially made this novel stand out. In contrast to this feeling, enter "Chii wa kodomo janai!" - Chii is no longer a child. Her own desire to find a way to deal with her own sorrows, all the while supporting the one person she loves most in her world, one of the most satisfying factors of reading through this novel is observing Chii's maturity as a character. Despite the more lighthearted scenes, the novel is plentiful with well-timed drama which never for a moment felt excessive or artificial. Papa is stuck in a constant internal moral debate which at times stops him from realising the suffering of those who are right in front of his eyes. As far as storytelling goes, one of the biggest attributes ishow the reader has the freedom to change the course of the story (albeit into premature ends). As for this aspect, I would like to divide the story in three or four parts (I will just say that the forth part is a Web Omake, essentially a short epilogue that portrays the life of our two, now three characters after the events of the main game). The first being the first two hours where we accompany the characters until the inevitable H-scene. Here, the reader is given the choice to not go through it at all and completely avoid the H-scene, ending the game prematurely. To not give in to his dark desires and not abandoning one's morals, is too a possible answer that Papa can find. The second part and probably the longest, accompanies our two characters as their relationship develops. The most important aspect that I'd like to bring up is that the whole theme of pregnancy is treated. In many eroge, pregnancy is either completely ignored, allowing our most likely 16-year old protagonist to let out his seed without any worries in the world, or treated as an afterthought, perhaps featured in one last H-scene before the game ends. In this novel, not only do we see their relationship flourish but the passage of time, told by the growth of Chii's belly and change of hairstyle (over five different character sprites!), shows us that this is aspect that is willing to be embraced, often being the case for worry for our protagonist. At the end of the second part, the reader is given another important choice: to go beyond mere carnal desires and a parent's desire to protect his child and thus taking their relationship to the next level, or to once again fall into self-hatred and not take responsibility for one's actions. Thus begins the third part: "I want Papa to always be by my side". While perhaps as long as the first part, it's perhaps the one with the most emotional impact. Vowing to combat loneliness, Papa and Chii realise that being surrounded by the people you love is far more important than having a peaceful life. Chii does not become a replacement - she is her own person and the most important thing in the world to our protagonist. As long as two people can love each other, that is more than enough. And as long as there is love, there is warmth. A new family is born. The two become three, the warmth keeps rising and it spreads to others around. When I finished reading Hajimete no Okaa-san, I felt a warmth deep inside of me because I realised I had just been through a really special experience. With this review, I hope that I convinced you to read this beautiful story and too come to have warmth in your heart. Thank you for reading. https://imgur.com/a/FpPkAxp (This might be a little of a spoiler so I won't post it as an image, but it's the last and most impactful scene of the novel) I am open to criticism and would be happy if you could help me improve as a reviewer.
  11. Why am I here?

    Well, I was going to reply, but you already said you're leaving. Since I'm replying either way, I'll end up mimicing what the others are saying: nothing worth having comes easy. Be it programming, drawing, writting or language skills, they all come with hours upon hours of effort. If you convince yourself that you can't do it, then you really can't. Focus on finding solutions rather than making up excuses. Go take a look at the Creative Corner, lots of people share their work for free (music, art) and the Ren'py engine is quite simple to pick up even without any previous experience in programming. You might even find others who'd be interested in your project. Work hard and focus on making something you can be proud of.
  12. What are you playing?

    Would you say it was worth the money you spent it? I really like Uta but it's a tad on the expensive side.
  13. Time Hollow Discussion Thread

    Oh yes, it looked quite interesting at first. However, I was deterred from playing it because of its poor scores. While not falling into the category of VNs, there are many JRPGs with a really good story, such as Luminous Arc 2. And I'm a sucker for the Fire Emblem games, my favorites being the Gamecube and Wii releases.
  14. Time Hollow Discussion Thread

    I played it a while back, and although it's nothing spectacular, I would say it's worth one's time. Overall decent. While we're on the topic of discussing DS VNs, have you played any other VNs for the handhelds? Besides the Ace Attorney or Zero Escape series.
  15. Hajimari no Kisetsu ~Izakaya Fuyu Monogatari~

    I really enjoyed reading this, I look forward to the next review.
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