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    adamstan got a reaction from Infernoplex in [project] Sakura no Kisetsu Ren'py remake project   
    Thanks for the words of encouragement
    And as for progress report - today I checked chapters 10 & 11, so that means 85% done.
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    adamstan reacted to TexasDice in What are you playing?   
    Just dropping by to say that Kinkoi is absolutely based. Literally every single moege scenario that makes me go "why didn't they just do X / say Y" is actually subverted here.
    Also, big applause to Nekonyan, for keeping the bad Sprite layering and other bugs from the original JP version.
    Keeping honorifics to preserve the original experience? - I sleep
    Keep the wrong face layer for the wrong sprite pose? - Yes please
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    adamstan reacted to Eclipsed in What are you playing?   
    Nagisa Furukawa

    ^Miss little CLANNAD poster heroine in her prime right here, making everybody proudz :')
    I've been slogging through CLANNAD for several weeks now, and it's only during Nagisa's route that they finally officially dump the OP on you, so saving her route for last I was like l0l really??

    Her route though was... surprisingly average; not much to say. Nothing special or out of this world happens. But at least Nagisa in general finally grew on me. I disliked her meek softspoken personality at first but she becomes less reserved and speaks her mind more often later on while maintaining that same slow, gentle demeanor. Very wholesome to be around.
    ...Which is why it is absolutely hilarious that Tomoya pervs out on her at the randomest moments. He's a pretty reserved protagonist overall in that aspect, so I just burst out laughing here:

    Really, Tomoya?? You're with one of the more wholesome heroines and this is what you scheme?!  
    Out of all heroines I'd rank the route quality Kotomi > Tomoyo > Nagisa >= Fuko >= Kyou/Ryou > Others
    Speaking of the others, sorry I ran out of gas and had to speedrun Misae, and literally Ctrl-skipped skimmed through Kappei. Just gib me them lights!

    And so... I've finally reached Awesome Stuff. Wish me luck.
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    adamstan reacted to Infernoplex in [project] Sakura no Kisetsu Ren'py remake project   
    This is only natural. Just don't think about it too much. I struggle with it myself sometimes, but I don't let that discourage me.
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    adamstan got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in What are you listening to right now?   
    Among the cassettes I bought recently, apart from two great Akina Nakamori's albums, there was also "Kids Blue" by Ayumi Nakamura. Her voice needs a bit of getting used to but the songs are lovely. I know her by the song "Tomodachi" I heard on internet radio - it's a third song from the album:
    Lovely carefree retro vibe
    And as for Akina Nakamori - with each listen of her albums, I'm liking her more and more. She's true '80s goddess.
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    adamstan reacted to Plk_Lesiak in What are you listening to right now?   
    Among obscure Japanese musicians Punipunidenki is probably my favourite and this new track (dropped literally an hour ago) definitely reinforced that. :3
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    adamstan reacted to snowbell55 in What are you playing?   
    Been an age since I last posted here :(. 
    I've been reading Sabbat of the Witch. I finished the Tsumugi route yesterday (I've already done Touko and Meguru), and I'm now on the Nene route. I'm really enjoying the VN though. It is the kind of VN where it's really easy to read for a bit then wind up getting sucked in and reading more than anticipated. I'm a big fan of the soundtrack, and there are a lot of really good songs in there. I also like the way they have two versions of the heroine songs, and yet somehow both versions sound really good. As usual for a Yuzusoft title (as far as I can tell at least), the art is also very well done, and the characters look charming and inviting. I also am enjoying the story. The premise felt a little bit forced at first, but it has been handled nicely. It must also be said: Nene and Touko are hilarious :D. My only complaint is that the characters don't seem evenly done. Like, it seems like the focus goes towards one or two of the heroines in general (even outside of their given routes), and that leaves one particular heroine only really getting space to shine inside her route. Other than that though it is quite well done. 
    So yeah I'm really enjoying the VN. I remember really enjoying Noble*Works, and I can see this being much the same. I can see why it got so highly rated. 
    Bonus song
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    adamstan reacted to Eclipsed in What are you playing?   
    Kotomi Ichinose

    I'll be honest. Of all heroines in the history of heroines for me, I think Kotomi gave me the worst first impression ever. 
    But she grew on me fast, and her route's GOOD!
    Here we have this enigmatic girl who you'll only happen to meet if you decide to skip class and wander into the library. Btw, someone at Key must've had a foot fetish, because the writing absolutely had to point out all the damn time whenever Kotomi would take off her socks and go barefoot whenever she sets up camp in the library l0l.

    For some reason this gal reads through books at lightning speed, occasionally taking out some scissors to snip out some pages. Just wtf is she doing...?
    Tomoyo Sakagami

    Aha, it's first impression best girl time. Former delinquent student turned model student Tomoyo meets former model student turned delinquent Tomoya. Confused? It's k, just swap your (A)pples with your (O)ranges and you're good. 
    I don't know what Tomoyo or Tomoya mean in Japanese but I'm surprised noone really comments on their names being so close. Well, other than Bro Sunohara who calls the two the Tomo duo.
    Tomoyo's a great heroine. You know how Tomoya with all these blind choices kinda gets to choose which heroine he gets to harass until he finally enters her route in which he'll then go out of his way to meddle with said heroine's affairs? With Tomoyo it's the opposite- once you enter her route, SHE'LL go out of her way to meddle with HIS affairs. Which involves Step1: Waking him up so he can go to school on time.
    Nagisa, Tomoyo, Kyou, Ryou, Kotomine, Fuko, Mei. I'm lowkey running out of gas, but will keep chugging along.
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    adamstan got a reaction from Darbury in [project] Sakura no Kisetsu Ren'py remake project   
    So, after quite a long break, today I finally had another proofreading/TLC session, and so I reached 60% mark, going over most of the 8th chapter.
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    adamstan got a reaction from Infernoplex in [project] Sakura no Kisetsu Ren'py remake project   
    So, after quite a long break, today I finally had another proofreading/TLC session, and so I reached 60% mark, going over most of the 8th chapter.
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    adamstan got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in [project] Sakura no Kisetsu Ren'py remake project   
    So, after quite a long break, today I finally had another proofreading/TLC session, and so I reached 60% mark, going over most of the 8th chapter.
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    adamstan reacted to Tasuke in Recent (Japanese) Things You Have Purchased   
    one of the best cassette decks ever made, PIONEER's LaserAmorphous-headed, CLOSED LOOP DUAL-CAPSTAN CT-S800;






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    adamstan reacted to Eclipsed in What are you playing?   
    Ah, CLANNAD being a "hunting VN" Tiago mentioned makes sense, along with his recommendation to just watch the anime. There's a lot of fluff to the VN in general, and the gamey route trial and error yo-if-you-got-nothing-else-better-to-do,-especially-back-in-200X,-then-you-might-as-well-just-grind-this-VN doesn't really hold up by today's standards.
    Ryou+Kyou's routes actually highlight the hunting-ness of this VN quite well.  I spent the longest time ever trying to get Kyou's end. Ryou's was easy enough, because Kyou literally spoonfeeds you everything and if turns out you gots the hots for Ryou you can climax so quick it feels anticlimactic. 

    ...But should you listen to your heart and lust for Kyou during the Pairing You Up with Ryou Plan...

    Yukine Miyazawa. Who the heck is this nice girl, just chilling around the Reference Room like a side character but actually having a dedicated route if you harass her enough?? She totally is a symptom of VNs trying to bump up their route/heroine count back in the day!

    Yes. The other day I tried to get together with this girl- Kyou, but it turns out she was trying to get me together with her twin sister, Ryou, and then there was this rodent whose problems completely overshadowed my relationship with Nagisa...
    But she's nice enough. Apparently she's so nice, she has amassed a sort of following- a bunch of well-meaning delinquents who would come visit her in the Reference Room every now and then to just vent about their problems while she would just stand there and listen.
    Tomoya also gets enthralled by her pleasant charms, and finds himself coming to visit her more and more...
    Mei Sunohara. Huh? Sunohara?! 


    This is the writers' "Hey let us finally make you appreciate the bro side character" route where they bring out the big guns and throw in his kawaii little sister where you're like, there's no way these two are related!

    The lengths Mei goes to to bring Youhei back to his glory days was touching. 
    Idk all the available routes, but uhhh Nagisa, Tomoyo, Kyou, Ryou, Kotomine, Fuko, Mei. Probably gonna try to do Kotomine->Tomoyo->Nagisa. Overall VN's looking really subpar-average, I still can't fathom just wtf can happen come lategame to 9+/10 tier this.
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    adamstan got a reaction from Polycentric in Recent (Japanese) Things You Have Purchased   
    Today I got six Japanese cassette tapes from '80s - including two albums by Akina Nakamori

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    adamstan got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Recent (Japanese) Things You Have Purchased   
    Today I got six Japanese cassette tapes from '80s - including two albums by Akina Nakamori

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    adamstan reacted to Eclipsed in What are you playing?   
    Ok. So, I started reading VNs in 2014. That's like what, 7 years? And my VNDB lists 76 finished, which makes 10-12 per year average. You could say I'm a seasoned veteran now (not really, still a flippin' casual tbh).
    My first five VNs were If My Heart Had Wings, Little Busters!, Rewrite, Steins;Gate, Grisaia no Kajitsu. Y'know, all the common classic starter packs, so I rated all of them 9+/10
    And what am I reading now? 
    This monster has so many 9+/10 ratings I have to wonder if it was all because it was one of the starter packs that everyone starts their VN career reading and then they get nuked by the late game Key Magickz and hail it as one of the greatest of all time
    I'll have the luxury of going into this with seasoned veteran status, so I am totally going to be critical and see what all the hype was about.

    Yes. Sometimes I wish I was back in my naive VN early days where I didn't realize how utterly butchered Moenovels' translation was for IMHHW and I still regarded it as a wonderful VN. Btw that's the obvious poster heroine above: (first) Nagisa Furukawa. 

    The male protag Tomoya surprised me. Idk why, but I totally thought he would be another LB! bland nice guy Riki, but he's got some Rewrite's Kotarou delinquent sass to him so at least he'll keep me entertained I hope. The main heroine Nagisa also caught me off guard; when you're into idol rhythm games like Love Live / Bandori, and all the Honokas and Kasumis AKA orange/brown haired girls are the genki type, Nagisa totally throws a curve ball by being the innocent naive mellow type:
    And then there's Sunohara:
    F*** me, I forgot Key loves them some male bro side characters. I got spoiled by ISLAND having no bros to deal with. I personally feel these guys only serve to deduct heroine screentimes. Their banter is usually always whatevers. 

    Scariest thing so far:

    7 heroines, jeebus! I felt overwhelmed with ISLAND having just THREE heroines and was glad they focused on ONE. I know, forgive me, I'm old. Idk if I gots the patience to go through 'em all, but I'll try. Right now I really like Tomoyo for being a former-delinquent-turned-model-student-badass (yay, so that leaves Tomoyo After something to look forward to). Nagisa is a bit too mellow. Ryou's aight, Kyou's where it's at though. Fuko just Fukos. And I don't even think I saw Kotomi or Yukine yet; damn these numerous blind choice mechanics.

    ^Best girl

    I'm so curious what will happen. So far this totally looks like just standard high school SoL, and then come lategame Key'll pull some uber QQ tragics that will me bawls like no tomorrow and 10/10 this VN. But wtf can they do...?
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    adamstan got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in What are you listening to right now?   
    Yesterday I made a mixtape with '80s Japanese songs. Akina Nakamori, Shizuka Kudo, Seiko Matsuda, The Checkers, and others - and I'm listening to it just as I'm typing this

    A1. Hiroko Moriguchi - Samurai Heart
    A2. The Checkers - Hoshikuzu no Stage
    A3. Yoko Oginome - Dancing Hero
    A4. Shizuka Kudo - Kanashimi no Etranger
    A5. Miki Kawashima - Lonely Eyes
    A6. Noriko Sakai - No.Re.Na.I.TeenAge
    A7. Kiyotaka Sugiyama - Sayonara no Ocean
    B1. Seiko Matsuda - Daite...
    B2. Shizuka Kudo - Again
    B3. The Alfee - Hoshizora no Distance
    B4. Akina Nakamori - Southern Wind
    B5. The Checkers - Kanashikute Jealousy
    B6. Off Course - Sayonara
    B7. Kome Kome Club - FUNK FUJIYAMA
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    adamstan reacted to Clephas in The Bare Minimum Required to Read Visual Novels in Japanese   
    The limit of dictionaries is in the lack of a connection to cultural knowledge.  One problem with becoming dictionary-reliant is that it becomes more difficult to learn common usages and more specific meanings of given words in given situations.  So much of the language is situational, especially idioms that are presented as simple verbs, adjectives, or nouns.  A great deal of it requires background knowledge of cultural minutiae and/or a lot of experience with the usage.  That's why you get a lot of seriously off-base results with even the best machine translations (which are essentially advanced dictionaries connected to a translating program).  
    I don't even want to get into kobun and VNs/books that use archaic forms of Japanese... the effort it takes to read that stuff even with external aids is ridiculous for non-native speakers (and even some native speakers).  
    Edit: Example of one such headache below.  
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    adamstan reacted to Dergonu in The Bare Minimum Required to Read Visual Novels in Japanese   
    Back when I was studying at uni in Japan, one of my professors recommended a series of grammar dictionaries that came in handy. When it comes to grammar learning in these types of communities, I rarely see people mention anything other than Tae Kim's guide, which I'm personally not a huge fan of. Figured these could be helpful for people specifically only learning the bare minimum for reading, so they can look up grammar just as easily as vocab when reading. You can just keep it next to you while you read, and quickly flip through the pages for whatever piece of grammar you encounter and want to look up. (They are fantastic for people actually learning the language for more normal use too, of course!)
    Basic: Link
    Intermediate: Link
    Advanced: Link
    I only use Japanese amazon, but I'm sure these books are available in other countries as well. Just google the title.
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    adamstan reacted to Clephas in The Bare Minimum Required to Read Visual Novels in Japanese   
    Once you start dreaming in Japanese, it gets a bit weird, though.  I thought I was going crazy the first time that happened.
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    adamstan reacted to Zalor in The Bare Minimum Required to Read Visual Novels in Japanese   
    I've spent enough time learning Japanese, befriending lots of other people who were learning Japanese, and hanging out on otaku forums to know that at least half of what you hear is... misleading at the very least. Anyone genuinely interested in jumping the gun and learning Japanese should read this: A Friend of Mine Learned Japanese in 1 Year
    From what I've witnessed in my own irl observation (and I've met safe to 100 people that have studied Japanese), unless they grew up speaking Chinese or Korean it took them a minimum of 4 - 5 years to get good at the language. I'm talking JLPT N2  - N1 level. And pretty often, it took more than that. Because people learn at different paces.
    Now if your only concern is reading, and you genuinely have no interest to ever communicate (speak or write) in Japanese, then you can probably get to an N2 - N1 reading level in 3 years if you study grammar and vocab diligently, and after getting a solid foundation in those read Japanese nonstop. I have known a handful of people like this, but most normal people can't and shouldn't do this. Most people burn out if they go too intensive for too long. Language learning for most people is like the Tortoise and the Hare, slow and steady wins the race. Please don't feel ashamed if you aren't N1 fluent in 3 years, or even 5 years. Because I feel in their push to encourage people to learn Japanese, sometimes Otaku communities unintentionally instill a sense of shame in people who don't learn super fast. Again, if you aren't Chinese or Korean, taking 5 - 10 years to get to JLPT N1 level is entirely normal.
    To specify, Koreans have an advantage because their grammatical system is relatively close to Japanese. And many words sound similar as well. If you know Chinese you already know the meanings of most Kanji, which is a huge advantage because this easily knocks out the hardest part of the language for many people. I should also add, anyone that is already multilingual, even if its not in Korean and/or Chinese also has an advantage because their brains are already more flexible when it comes to languages. 
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    adamstan reacted to Mehnot in What VN do you wish you could play for the first time again?   
    Hmm well, the idea of forgetting something to be able to experience it for the first time again is definitely tempting, though I don't know how wise it'd be to actually take that offer even if it was possible. After all, there's always new things to experience.
    That being said, it's undeniable that first experiences are really powerful. I think that's the reason why as a child everything hits you so hard and you get so much enjoyment out of what you now as an adult would consider trivial or mediocre stuff.
    As for what VN or VNs I'd choose to re-experience anew... hmm... probably those that rely on crazy twists and shock factor as main components of the trip. After all, I can revisit my favorite emotional VNs any time I want, and even though it's not the first time my experience won't be dampened too much; in fact, it might even be stronger since I have the full context for everything. Meanwhile getting the full experience out of titles like Umineko and Ever17 is harder once you know the truth of it all. So yeah, that'd be the subset of VNs that, if I were to accept the offer, I would pick.
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    adamstan reacted to Stormwolf in The Bare Minimum Required to Read Visual Novels in Japanese   
    And don't ask too many people because your learning workload will massively increase for each person you ask for tips
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    adamstan reacted to Clephas in The Bare Minimum Required to Read Visual Novels in Japanese   
    To be a bit clearer, I should say that without grammar and syntax, knowing vocab or kanji is pretty useless.  I don't recommend you even attempt to play an untranslated VN or watch raw anime without a complete knowledge of grammar and at least a working knowledge of syntax.  When I say the 'rest can be picked up along the way', I don't mean to be cavalier about it.  Vocab takes time and is a task of memorization combined with an understanding of usage.  The reason Japanese has so much pun humor is because so many phonetically-similar words in Japanese have drastically different meanings, even compared to English.  Every one of the elements you gain, whether kana, kanji, or new words will add to your understanding.  In addition, while I say that 'vocab takes second place', I mean that you will inevitably learn a large number of verbs and basic nouns in the process of mastering grammar.  
    Kanji is also useful in mastering syntax.  I say this because kanji is integral to telling the difference between phonetically-similar words if you don't have enough understanding to grasp the difference from context.  If grammar and syntax are the bones and organs, kanji is the skin and vocab is the veins, muscles and nerves.  
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    adamstan reacted to Clephas in The Bare Minimum Required to Read Visual Novels in Japanese   
    Grammar and syntax.  Vocab can be filled in along the way, as can Kanji.  You'd go slowly, but if you are using a decent furigana parser with a text hooker it is possible to play untranslated (albeit difficult) with just a solid understanding of how Japanese grammar and syntax work along with a limited vocab.
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