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  1. What was Paladin Initiative?

    I heard about it, but after visiting their twitter I still don’t know much about it. What was it?
  2. Hi there

    Welcome back
  3. Do you have a discord? You might be able find someone here. https://discord.gg/VzM6DeQ
  4. So this isn’t the one I am making for the summer. This is one that was created by my employer, Watercress, for NaNoReNo. https://watercress.itch.io/this-was-for-you Let me know what you think, it’s really short at 8k words. Be honest with me, I would love to hear all your feedback. I did the writing and GUI programming.
  5. I’ve been searching for shirts and stuff that have my favorite characters from Subahibi, Kara No Shoujo, and Saya no Uta. I found posters for the last two, but I cannot find any merch for subahibi. I know those sites exist but I cannot get over the language barrier, since I am an English only reader. Any help here?
  6. It’s my Fuwaversary! Q&A 😃

    https://watercress.itch.io/this-was-for-you 😉
  7. (Technically my fuwaversary was yesterday,) Damn, it’s been a whole year since I joined Fuwanovel because of a bad experience I had r/VNs. Which is funny, because I joined fuwa right around my spring break and it’s my spring break again. Anyway, quite a few things happened to me since I joined Fuwa, I mainly wanted to contribute more the fuwa community because this one of the few bastions of intellectual discussion regarding EVNs. Most people on reddit think EVNs are shit, because all they read over there are JVNs. I wanted to help more here at Fuwanovel. I even throw some money at this website. (Hence I am a backer) After I learned that Fuwanovel is basically at a stand still because @Tay is really busy. I decided to help around in the EVN scene. Some of the things I am working on right now. I am an EVN dev for the most part. I am working on getting a visual novel out in the summer. It’s my first one actually. I put it on hiatus because life, and thanks to VN conference, I got super motivated to further my career in this very very niche market within the otaku realm. So, look forward to that. I will post an update on that soon enough because I have my voice actors and a background artist. That audition was fun. Right now, I am at Watercress Studios as a new programmer. I joined the team back on February 18th. So far, this is my first time making an EVN as part of a jam. If you are familiar with Watercress Studios, we are making a “very watercress” EVN. This photo should give you a hint. This is a EVN for NaNoReNo, so obviously it’s coming out after march. I would love for all of you guys to try it out and write some reviews on it. #ThisWasForYou https://twitter.com/TeamWatercress Make sure you follow us on twitter because we’ve just been spilling all kinds of stuff on this visual novel. A watercress member founded a new studio called Colorless and I am an assistant writer for an EVN called Gilded Gamers. There is no expected release date, so it’s going to be a while. So basically, I am working on three visual novels at the current moment. If you’re still reading this long post, Thank you. Let me tell I you why I like developing EVNs. I’ve said this before on Fuwanovel. But I believe that visual novels are art. Maybe because I am young and I am not jaded as the older otakus in this fandom. But I truly believe that the EVN medium is on the cusp of a revolution. I can see it. I can imagine it. I know it’s going to happen. I sincerely don’t want this to be the case anymore. Visual novels need to be a starter medium, and the best way to accomplish that is to create EVNs. EVNs that normies will wanna read. EVNs that will break what I call the Otaku Barrier where @Clephas talks about how VNs snatch otaku form other mediums. I wanna thank everyone here from @Plk_Lesiak, @tymmur, @Clephas, and everyone else for all the knowledge you have given me. Regarding the visual novel medium. I want to thank @Tay for helping maintain fuwa after all the drama during the great pirate era. I want to thank @solidbatman for being cool. I want to thank @Kiriririri for all the You don’t know how happy I am to be part of such a great community. Thank you. Now, you guys can ask me any question. Nothing is off-limits. Oh yeah here’s my twitter: https://twitter.com/Happine27386045
  8. It’s my Fuwaversary! Q&A 😃

    Shit. Man. Why do you have to make me cry? I will give you something special. Just wait after March, you're going to get something real special when I am done with my first NaNoReNo VN.
  9. It’s my Fuwaversary! Q&A 😃

    Holy moly. Those are the kind of questions I wanted to ask you lolz. Honestly, I think a VN that can garner some universality like a novel can. It depends on the target audience. I know shounen anime fans would enjoy something like F/SN because of all the action. Mystery and Sci-fans would love Steins;gate. It's hard to say without an example to work with, like for Colorless, we're making an EVN right now. But the debate right now is who gonna read an EVN moege essentially. The specific elements that I know will guarantee appeal is.....furry LGBTIQ hentai. It may sound like I am joking but it's true... furries for some reason make so much money and they pay so well. Hentai sells. We can get political points if we add LGBTIQ characters to appeal to such an underappreciated market. Other that, going that far. I have one other crazy idea to make a VN popular enough to appeal outside of those niche markets. Add some relevant social commentary. Put on mobile. The problem is that many VNs still talor to anime-minded people with the aesthetics and all. But personally, we need to be more experimental. Write a VN in past tense. Write a VN in third person limited. Marketing is very important as a hype machine. Many studios rely on social media since otaku don't see the day of light. However, I think outside of using SEO and word of mouth via social media, we could just create a public image of ourselves by going to various otaku conventions. Setting up a booth and creating a press kit is a wonderful idea, even though, it's really expensive and not many people have the irl social skills to pull it off. Should new developers like yourself invest resources in marketing, publicity, and community engagement, or should they leave that to publishers and sales platforms and focus on making games? It depends on the studio and the resources they have. The weird thing about outside marketing firms is that, you have to explain what the hell a visual novel is. And as I learned from my thesis on this last summer, defining that is hard, like how do you explain to someone who has no idea what anime is or a vague idea of what anime is, what a visual novel supposed to be? Most people will think, graphic novel like Watchmen, and no........ it's not lolz. However, despite that, I think it's worthwhile to go through that struggle because that's how we break this damn barrier. We have to do that. We are creating a new damn genre of entertainment. Of course it's going to be hard, I wonder how hard it was for people to explain what a movie was about a hundred years ago. Or a book thousands of years ago. While otaku can market their own VN, I would recommend they should budget enough to have a normie marketing team handle that for them so they can reach other normie people. Because otaku only market to other otaku. I feel like the questions are going to get even harder from here on out. BRING IT ON!!!!
  10. It’s my Fuwaversary! Q&A 😃

    Don’t be like that JVNs are awesome. From Subahibi, Higurashi, etc. I love this medium. EVNs, JVNs, and any other kind of VNs that come from across the world.
  11. VNs like Saw (2004 film)?

    Yes. Literally. Euphoria is just SAW the hentai. And that’s why I will never ever read it.
  12. What will you do if you become your waifu?

    Jokes on you, I actually fantasized about this. So, I would just take over the world after looking into the mirror and pinching myself to see if I am not dreaming. Since this is an isekai and therefore, I am the MC. My plot armor must be thicker than fucking lead.
  13. It’s my Fuwaversary! Q&A 😃

    Yeah, that’s why I like talking to people like you. Because your VNDB is literally filled with EVNs like how @Clephas is just a treasure trove of JVNs. As one of the old timers, you know way more than any of those VN guys do on Reddit. The VN groupthink is why I left that crowd. They are always searching for kamige, but when asked, “Will there be EVN kamige?” They just shutter at the very thought of it. I just don’t share their cyncism and arroagance towards EVN devs; I also don’t share their ungrateful attitudes towards fan translations; Another thing, I also don’t hop on the hype train for new JVNs; personally, I just prefer to wait a while and see how the commmunity reacts to it before I take a look at it myself. The newest JVN I’ve read was KnS 2 and that’s mainly because the translation took a while to get here.
  14. It’s my Fuwaversary! Q&A 😃

    So, I actually look up to you a little bit because I remember reading one of the epics from @sanahtlig where you got into several intense arguments that literally shaped the history of this site. You even became a mod during some the interesting times. I can go on and on, but I remember you saying something really fucking epic. I quoted it before when I first talked with you. You said something along the lines, then why we do have that motto. I probably could find the quote but I am on the road right now for spring break and I want to make this simple and sweet. But you’re really cool. You made a difference on Fuwa during the most important moments in this site’s history. You see me as an outsider? What gave you that impression? I’ve known about visual novels since when I was very young when visual novels and dating sims were practically the same genre. That was about two decades ago on the internet. I got into visual novels from newgrounds.com. Before that, I was largely playing dating sims like galaxy sim angel and Pico Sim date. Funnny enough, your avatar from a very interesting anime where the MC seduces girls from what he learned from playing dating sims, and someone who dated a handful of girls; I can say those skills actually worked. Visual novels as I see them as an evolution of dating sims with less gameplay mechanics but with character route story structure. Now Fuwanovel. I came here from time to time originally because you guys had torrents and it was awesome back in 2014. I never was on the forums until last year because of a important debate. That debate being visual novels being high art. Oh thank you so much, I feel like I am very online in my philosophy regarding visual novels. I think EVN devs are stuck in their own way too. They are stuck on so called “conventions” of the medium. So if you notice any weird commonalities between the EVNs you’re reading. It’s because of that. The funny thing is that there’s no convention. “EVNs have to be like this.” “EVNs have to be like that.” “No past tense.” “No people of color.” “No long narratives.” “Add more slice of life moments.” These are the handful of things I heard on a few dev channels on Discord. So when you said: It seems to me sometimes that the genre gut stuck in a way that authors always think too much about satisfying the same needs of otakus that they have satisfied for the last 20 years. I agree with you a 1000% percent. I literally had an argument with a studio director over this last week. Because he want to make an EVN that targets shounen fans, but they wanna make a moege. Like, what shounen fan is going to read a slice of life moege EVN? We debated for two and half hours over this until they settled on making it more like Fate/Stay Night becayse I can imagine shounen anime fans reading something like fate and they get into the VN medium. EVN fans don’t read enough JVNs; JVN fans don’t read enough EVNs. JVN fans be like: “EVNs are just meme games lolz like DDLC or KS.” EVN fans be like: “JVNs are too long like Muv-luv and F/SN” I am really glad you like my thoughts. It makes me feel that someone is actually listening to me.
  15. Let me guess, your forum?

    I am an visual novel developer. I lurk here because of all the reasons you already outlined in your post. Welcome to Fuwa.
  16. Crap, how I did miss this post. I agree, I wouldn’t call it transhumanist though, but rather a lovecraftian love story.
  17. I know how you feel, that’s why I went on to read Kara no Shoujo. Which is the sequel to that. The characters you love do take a back seat as new characters show off their skills and solve a new intense scary mystery.
  18. VN from popular anime/manga/ln

  19. Why do you play Visual Novels?

    I read visual novels because they are a form of literature. Unlike most literature, reader has more choice in the narrative with nonlinearity. (Except for kinetic novels, but I digress) Thus being able to explore multiple themes, motifs, and various point of views. Reading visual novel literature exercises the imagination. We enjoy stories; it is a pleasure to meet characters and to live in their world, to experience their joys and sorrows. In a practical sense, an active imagination helps us perceive truth, make value judgments, and deal with the complexities of life in creative ways. There are quite a visual novels deal with heavy topics such as grief, depression, and addiction. While many JVNs are essentially porn, while many EVNs are, well, meme-filled parodies. There are some visual novels that hold literary and philosophical weight like Wonderful Everyday that’s inspired from many works such as but not limited to: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant, and The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I don’t just read visual novels— I create them as well. But that’s beside the point of your question. TL;DR I read visual novels because they are art.
  20. Higurashi Arc discussion

    Okay. So, help me understand this. Is there a way for me to read in English all other Higurashi arcs in visual novel form? Because I thought Manga Gamer only translated the eight original ones. I thought most of the other arcs were only in weren’t localized like Kotohogushi-hen and Someutsushi-hen. I would love to read a new Higurashi VN that delve into arcs besides the original eight we deal with before. People from a previous post I made were talking as though that this VN was translated in English 👀
  21. Subarashiki Hibi (Takuji)

    Can confirm without spoiling, the novel will take a sudden turn at some point.
  22. I am watching the Oscars right now, and like the grammy's, the VGA, do you think at some point in the future we will have a visual novel awards? One can dream, right?
  23. Thoughts on Route length?

    As long you're not pulling off that one true end crap, let the routes be as long as they need to be. I agree with everyone else regarding flexibility, you know how annoying it is to try to write out all the routes to be equal in length. You might end up ironically padding out or shortening other routes just to achieve that level of equality.
  24. I know it’s hard being a fan translator because for one you might get cease and desisted if the company finds out you’re translating their intellectual property, two it could be such an arduous task, third people will shit all over your translation for being “too literal”, “ bad prose” etc. I sincerely want to thank you all for helping the medium grow to this level. So, if you’re struggling right now with a translation: Please. Don’t. Give. Up. Because learning Japanese isn’t like picking up Spanish or French, it’s such a huge learning curve and nobody aside from the most dedicated of fans are willing to learn it just to read JVNs. I became a fan of this medium the moment I read Fate/Stay Night by the God and Goddesses of Mirror Moon. After that, I read Fate/Hollow Ataraxia. That wouldn’t have been possible without you guys. While there’re companies that will localize VNs, they have to localize only the ones they can make a profit off of or have permission to do so. Which is very limiting. There’s so many God-Tier JVNs like Mahoyo that remain untouched or the fan translation group gave up. You guys translate visual novels out of the kindness of your heart. I couldn’t be any more grateful. If I met any of you in person, in real-life, I would buy you a beer and give you hug. It’s the least I could do, because people forget how small this community really is. We’re extraordinarily niche. There’s many otaku who have no idea what a visual novel is and they might never even heard of it unless there’s an anime adaptation of said visual novel. But they wouldn’t be able to read it, unless it was translated. Such as the case with Fate/Stay Night and many other visual novels that were adapted into anime. If you’re working on translating a visual novel, please finish it, you may not know, but there could be someone out there who will read your translation and join this amazing community. I am proof of that, and everyone else here who cannot read Japanese is proof of that. I want you all to know that. I want you all to know how important each of you are. Especially, when elitists are quick to belittle all your efforts. Keep going. Keep pressing forward. Fan translators are the unsung heroes of the visual novel medium. You sacrifice time, effort, and many other things to put something out there without any pay. Translating has been such a thankless job, so I will extend my thanks and I hope many others will do the same. Especially since Fuwanovel is home to fan translations. There wouldn’t be a EVN renaissance without you. Hell. There wouldn’t be a fandom or a community here, since you guys literally make visual novels popular in the west.
  25. I am hoping to compile a list of people’s favorite VNs regardless if they are JVN, EVN, etc. The ones that made them wish they could go back in time just to go read them for the first time again. The ones that left a lasting and beautiful impression. Help me have a phenomenal year!