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    Nemesis reacted to adamstan in What are you playing?   
    Yesterday I finished Tsui no Stella (it took me 19 hours)
    I don't think I could add much to @Nemesis's review, but I mostly agree with it
    I loved it. It was great story about being (or becoming) human and relationships.
    Also, as one of the reviewers already pointed out, フィリア's name could be transliterated in two ways - and both are meaningful. One is the "canon" Philia - because that's the greek word for "love" Jude named her after. But it could be also romanized as Filia, which is latin word for "daughter". Nice little touch.
    I've read only two Tanaka Romeo's works so far (YMK and Kazoku Keikaku - and both only in English) - but his style is visible in this VN. At the same time, he fit pretty well into the KEY formula Indeed this story was an emotional ride, with many teary moments.
    8.5/10, definitely recommend I see KEY plans to release official translation this year - I hope it goes smoothly, so more people could enjoy this great story. Since the setting is pretty universal (not explicitly Japanese) - there shouldn't be too many things prone to getting lost in translation.
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    Nemesis got a reaction from adamstan in What are you playing?   
    Nice, let me know your thoughts when you finish it.
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    Nemesis reacted to Shinyun226 in Recent (Japanese) Things You Have Purchased   
    Whole bunch of stuff I just got and added to my ever-growing backlist. Combination of two orders actually: Pretty much all the all-ages stuff is from Surugaya.com (Surugaya's overseas website), and then all the eroge were from Surugaya's japanese store (+ forwarding service). 
    Leaf stuff. Got both the 18+ and All-Ages/Playstation versions of ToHeart, 2 Leaf Fandiscs + the ToHeart (PSX) Famitsu guide. Normally I just go for the all-ages versions of games if available, but apparently the versions ToHeart are pretty different so, due to that + since it's a pretty historically relevant game, decided to get both. I was thinking about getting the ToHeart PSE (The PC port of the PSX version) to keep everything on the same platform, but I guess PSE uses the original PC version's OST instead of the PSX versions so... went with the PSX version. I'm going through Leaf's stuff in release order, so plan to play Kizuato before I touch any of this, but definitely looking forward to playing ToHeart.
    Tactics/Key stuff: Dousei and Moon (renewal ver.) + volumes 1-5 of the Air Drama CD.
    D.O. Games: Kazoku Keikaku and Kana Imouto PSP special editions + full voice version of Crescendo. Kana is a game I've been interested in getting for the better part of a decade, Kazoku Keikaku got my attention since Wakamoto Norio is in it, and then Crescendo was sort of spur-of-the-moment.
     
    C's Ware: The Lost One, EVE ZERO and EVE TFA. Played Eve Burst error last year and absolutely loved it, so definitely wanted to continue the series. Also got 2 of the Burst Error Drama CDs (I believe there's 3 total/one more I'll have to track down)
    NekoNeko Soft: White and Gin'Iro. I found out about Gin'Iro when searching for Utsuge, read good things about it + saw that it had music by MANYO so decided to get it. Figured since it was the 2nd game by NekoNeko Soft, it didn't feel right not also to get the first so I grabbed White as well.
    AliceSoft: Ikusa Miko. This one was just kind of a random pick-up. I generally like raising sims and it was cheap + was a little surprised to find that AliceSoft actually made an all-ages game, so figured I'd grab it (You gotta buy in bulk from Surugaya's international shop if you want to make the shipping worth it so I always end up grabbing at least a few filler items lol)
    KID: Filling in the gaps in my collection of MemoOff 1st and 2nd CharaSong Cds, a Tentama bonus disc of some sort (not 100% sure what it is yet edit: it's just a bunch of wallpapers and screensavers), Ever17 Drama CD + Soundtrack + CharacterSong singles (Haven't played Ever17 yet but it's next up on my KID game queue). Then the two remaining MemoOff 2nd heroine fanbooks I'm missing (Tsubame Sensei and Shizuru) + Tentama and Close to Fanbooks.
    Aoishiro Drama CD. Haven't actually played Aoishiro yet (in fact I haven't even bought a copy of the game itself yet...) but I REALLY REALLY loved AkaiIto (and it's a Yurige either way) so it's something I absolutely plan to buy eventually. Drama CD is ready on standby for whenever I eventually get and play through the game lol
    Misc CD's/goods: Tsundere Karuta and Tsundere Hyakunin Isshu, featuring Kugimiya Rie. Can't believe these exist, but I had to buy them the moment I spotted them. Don't think I'll ever actually find myself getting friends together to play Karuta, but definitely worth it for what amounts to a Kugyu Voice CD lol
    Also got Kogado Studio's "Kiwami Karuta", the voice CD on this one featuring Takahashi Chiaki (presumably in character as Sukunesama from Solfege?)
    Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha Blu-ray box: An Anime I've been planning to watch for the longest time. Honestly as a big Mizuki Nana fan, and a Yuri fan, this is something that I probably should have watched a long time ago
    Various trash V-Cinema/Original Videos: Hiroshima Yakuza Sensou 1-4 (starring Ozawa Hitoshi), Hiroshima Yakuza Sensou Gaiden 1-2 (starring Endo Kenichi) and Hakuryu 1-2 (starring the actor Hakuryu as the titular character Hakuryu).
    Box set for Morning Musume。's 72nd single. This was the reason I needed to use a forwarding service in the first place, and gave me an excuse to do some additional shopping at Surugaya's Japanese shop.
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    Nemesis got a reaction from Shinyun226 in Recent (Japanese) Things You Have Purchased   
    Lol, Kugumiya Rie Karuta set.
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    Nemesis reacted to Zakamutt in Which of these VNs are you interested in translations of...   
    None of them because what you do is MTL
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    Nemesis reacted to j2alg in What are you playing?   
    I finished Yubikiri Konyaku Lolita, honestly coming right after the fantastic Soushisouai this is a step down. I liked Suzu better when she was this strange kid at the memorial service arranging dolls, not fitting into her surroundings. After growing up she became a bit boring (comparing her to other heroines in the series like Kotae and Mihato). Likewise the whole setup of the protagonist's past relationship doesn't really go anywhere, and then the game ends shortly after. I didn't feel anything like the profound impact of Mako's speech in the previous game. But it's still a decent short story and the H is good as always.
    Suzuka and her dolls
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    Nemesis got a reaction from Dreamysyu in What are you playing?   
    Finished Hello Lady and started Tsui no Sora Remake.

    ハロー・レディ!
    Saku route - The main mysteries are finally answered. But the answers are a trainwreck. The story is lacking a core, like the author is not sure what he wants to tell.
    There's some Gundam, Doraemon, Index, and Oreimo reference added in too.
    Overall, it's a fun game. But rather lacking in the story and writing.

    終ノ空 remake
    Chapter 1: Yukito Minakami - We get introduced to our protagonist, Minakami Yukito, and his childhood friend Wakatsuki Kotomi. There are a lot of recurring characters like a teacher that looks good for a bike model, Otonashi Ayana, Takashima Zakuro etc.
    When they get to school, they hear rumours of
    . Then, we get Yukito reading Kant's Critique of Pure Reason before he gets interrupted by Otonashi-san quoting Tractacus' last line "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." This is pretty much Scaji giving his own lecture on philosophy and criticizing Kant for talking metaphysical nonsense.
    This entire work is pretty much a lecture from Scaji-sensei. After that, he introduced a bunch of Nietzsche concepts, although he doesn't quote directly. People can't be satisfied with a boring, peaceful life when they have no goal. They need stimulation even if it leads to fear and anxiety. Mamiya's famous speech is slightly different from Subahibi in that it's filled with Nietzsche concepts about how social orders are lies filled to control us like livestock compared to speech about the concept of death in Subahibi. How the concept of good and evil were created to create social caste so that people can feel superior to others by being "good." Morals are decided by the concept of self-interest, but we like to pretend that they are some universal truth that we discovered.
    Yukito wonders about the meaninglessness of life. Death comes to all equally, so what meaning is there in living when we are all fated to die? There are people who accept their fate and live quietly until they die, but there are also others who struggle against their fate and try to find meaning in their life. To do that, they have to break out of the norms of society. Then, he argues that just being alive is a blessing by itself even if we are cursed to die.
    Chapter 2: Kotomi Wakatsuki - Nothing new here except we get to see things from a different perspective.
    Chapter 3: Zakuro Takashima -
    This work just reminded me of how much of a genius Scaji is.
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    Nemesis got a reaction from adamstan in What are you playing?   
    Finished Hello Lady and started Tsui no Sora Remake.

    ハロー・レディ!
    Saku route - The main mysteries are finally answered. But the answers are a trainwreck. The story is lacking a core, like the author is not sure what he wants to tell.
    There's some Gundam, Doraemon, Index, and Oreimo reference added in too.
    Overall, it's a fun game. But rather lacking in the story and writing.

    終ノ空 remake
    Chapter 1: Yukito Minakami - We get introduced to our protagonist, Minakami Yukito, and his childhood friend Wakatsuki Kotomi. There are a lot of recurring characters like a teacher that looks good for a bike model, Otonashi Ayana, Takashima Zakuro etc.
    When they get to school, they hear rumours of
    . Then, we get Yukito reading Kant's Critique of Pure Reason before he gets interrupted by Otonashi-san quoting Tractacus' last line "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." This is pretty much Scaji giving his own lecture on philosophy and criticizing Kant for talking metaphysical nonsense.
    This entire work is pretty much a lecture from Scaji-sensei. After that, he introduced a bunch of Nietzsche concepts, although he doesn't quote directly. People can't be satisfied with a boring, peaceful life when they have no goal. They need stimulation even if it leads to fear and anxiety. Mamiya's famous speech is slightly different from Subahibi in that it's filled with Nietzsche concepts about how social orders are lies filled to control us like livestock compared to speech about the concept of death in Subahibi. How the concept of good and evil were created to create social caste so that people can feel superior to others by being "good." Morals are decided by the concept of self-interest, but we like to pretend that they are some universal truth that we discovered.
    Yukito wonders about the meaninglessness of life. Death comes to all equally, so what meaning is there in living when we are all fated to die? There are people who accept their fate and live quietly until they die, but there are also others who struggle against their fate and try to find meaning in their life. To do that, they have to break out of the norms of society. Then, he argues that just being alive is a blessing by itself even if we are cursed to die.
    Chapter 2: Kotomi Wakatsuki - Nothing new here except we get to see things from a different perspective.
    Chapter 3: Zakuro Takashima -
    This work just reminded me of how much of a genius Scaji is.
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    Nemesis reacted to Clephas in Ange's Top 10 Favorite Visual Novel Soundtracks / OSTs   
    My top ten VN soundtracks
    Evolimit
    Komorebi no Nostalgica
    Hapymaher
    Silverio Series 
    Akeiro Kaikitan
    Ikusa Megami Zero
    Draculius
    Kitto, Todoku Sumiwataru Asairo Yori Mo
    Yami to Hikari no Sanctuary 
    Devils Devel Concept
     
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    Nemesis got a reaction from adamstan in What are you playing?   
    Finished Rance 03 and started reading Hello Lady!.
    Overall, Rance was a fun game with an ok story and good world-building.
     

    ハロー・レディ!
    First impression is the art is way too generic for me. I don't like it at all. MC on the other hand seems interesting.
    Lol, so much Jojo references though. Hume is the school chairman. The students here are too sheltered for people who don't hesitate to attack people with lethal force.
    Eru giving a big speech on supporting eroge industry by buying physical Limited Editions.
    Tama Route - kind of meh. The writing is rather mediocre. It has some interesting concepts, but it just seems like writer is not good enough to execute them.
    Sorako's route
    Eru - She is a hilarious character. I think her and Narita have good chemistry. ボケボケコンビだね。
     
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    Nemesis reacted to Tasuke in Sakura Kinomoto Astronaut (TAKARA Liccarize)   
    A Combined Tribute to my Space-Cadet Childhood;   having typically-1980's parents with visions of their kid becoming an Astronaut someday, my mom got me numerous NASA-themed toys such as the 1985 CABBAGE PATCH KIDS "YOUNG ASTRONAUTS" Doll, and my plastic-modeller dad building numerous NASA and Sci-Fi model kits to decorate my room up with, all through my early-childhood of about 1985 through around 1991/1992;    
     
    had this Barbie Spacesuit costume lying about from back around 2017 or so,
    so figured i'd try out something Cute with Sakura here;
     
     
     
     

     
     
     





     
    this all fairly goes all the way back to my early-childhood in the mid/late-1980's,
    complete with typically-80's "My Kid's gonna be an Astronaut when they Grow Up" -type Parents,
    and the COLECO CABBAGE PATCH KIDS doll they had gotten me;


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    Nemesis got a reaction from grayest in Recent (Japanese) Things You Have Purchased   
    I figured I'd post some of my collections here for now if anyone is interested:

     
















    These are the same pictures I shared in discord. I have a couple other things, but too lazy to dig them all up to take a picture.
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    Nemesis got a reaction from adamstan in What are you playing?   
    Finished Asairo.

    きっと、澄みわたる朝色よりも、
    葉が赤色に牛われるものを"紅葉"
    葉が黄色に牛われるものを"黄葉"
    葉が褐色に牛われるものを"褐葉"
    これはそれぞれが泣いた結果。
    この涙を総称して、"紅葉"と呼ぶ。
    Just like how trees lose their leaves to survive, we shed tears to be able to move forward.
    Everything written by Shumon Yuu is overflowing with Wa(和). I'm glad to have experienced this piece of art that represents Fall and 紅葉. It lacks the analytical thinking of Scaji, but it's pretty much saying the same thing in a more poetic point of view. Pain comes with happiness and kindness. Pain is needed for us to be able to distinguish happiness from everything else. I think I've said too much already, this is best experienced for yourself.
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    Nemesis reacted to Clephas in Giga is shutting down their operations on the 31st of March 2023   
    Baldr Bringer.  Baldr Bringer's story is virtually nonexistent, and the combat is awful and slow-paced (the attraction of the Baldr series battle systems' was how fast-paced it was).  
    Senkou no Clarias (the last gameplay game by Giga's Team Baldrhead) was interesting... until it wasn't.  The combat system was clunky and poorly designed, though not as poorly as Baldr Bringer's.
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    Nemesis got a reaction from adamstan in Giga is shutting down their operations on the 31st of March 2023   
    Nope. If you go to Giga's official site:
    http://www.web-giga.com/close/
    「戯画」ブランド商品の販売終了 2023年3月31日(金) ※パッケージ商品およびダウンロード販売商品も全て同日終了となります。 最後にお手元に残したいお客様におかれましては、販売終了日までにご購入いただけますと幸いです。
    They stop selling everything at March 31, 2023.
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    Nemesis reacted to Clephas in Giga is shutting down their operations on the 31st of March 2023   
    I played the Baldr series up to the point where they for some reason decided to make the last game a piece of crap (both battle system and story).  I still don't get why they destroyed the traditions of the series to create a mindless game obviously designed for mobile phones rather than pc or consoles.  
    Giga has been showing signs of collapse for a while now.  The over-production of the 'kiss' series, which was never that popular even amongst romance VN lovers, was another sign of this.  In addition, Giga's development costs were always excessive for the genre, which probably made it worse due to the borderline nature of sales of VNs.
    Harvest Overray was decent, but after that I came to the conclusion that Giga was incapable of producing anything truly superlative outside of the Baldr series.  This was confirmed by my first attempt to play a game from the 'kiss' series, which was a total kusoge.
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    Nemesis reacted to Albatross in Novels like Subahibi.   
    so guys what Vns are like like Subahibi?, its simply mindblowing for me, how deep the story is, and how good Subahibi plot is. like this is the first novel im replaying so i can understand everything. even thought at the start everything seemed like nosense, once the pieces of the puzzle started falling into place it was a amazing ride!
     
    i know this probably has been asked a thousand times already, but i gotta ask again....
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    Nemesis reacted to Tasuke in Discourse on Moe and Moege   
    got hold of an ex-library copy in superb shape for next to nothing a few years back;
     

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    Nemesis got a reaction from adamstan in What are you playing?   
    I finished Kisaragi Gold Star and Rance 01 this week. I also started Asairo, but still at the beginning so not much to say yet.

    キサラギGOLD★STAR
    Prose-wise it's fairly simple, but character dialogue is decently written. It is far from Niijima's best work though as the story itself is fairly plain. The writing gets fairly bad in the specific parts though, by that I mean lack of detail in the girl's talents. When writing about Kendou, art, piano, or singing, it shows the writer's lack of knowledge, avoiding writing any details. It's fairly bad in Tsubasa's part.
    Saya route started ok, but the drama is very cringe. And the True route is well not that good. It was rather incomplete and just kind of ended. Overall, it's a a slightly above average moege.

    ランス01 光をもとめて
    I've started my journey in Rance by starting at the beginning. Technically, I played Sengoku before, but I want to start from the beginning.
    This game gives me a good start for what the Rance world is like. Rance World is pretty fucked up, lol. I can now kinda see where he's coming from, because everyone else is really fucked up and you can't help but be influenced growing in that kind of environment. It still doesn't make Rance any less of an asshole, but it is what keeps it entertaining. Rance is a very extreme version of the badass macho guy of 80's and 90's tropes.
    Music is meh, but art is pretty good. Gameplay is rather simple and mediocre, but entertaining enough considering it's a remake of a 1989 game.
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    Nemesis got a reaction from Fujoneko in What are you playing?   
    祝姫
    It has some of Ryuukishi's trademark writing: the unreliable protagonist, the sudden shifts in mood, the blurring of reality and fantasy, but without any of his themes. It's a rather bland and boring horror game, but shows some of his spark from time to time.
    So far, it's a rather standard B flick horror movie. They just try and shove as many disgusting things at you as possible. They don't even show the worst of it explicitly, which makes it a rather half-assed game. I feel like the art doesn't really contribute anything to Ryuukishi's writing. If there is any good thing that came from this, the voice acting is top notch.
    Ryuukishi really knows how to go back to being a kid and write SOL the way a kid would think, but the problem is it doesn't fit the story this time. Overall, a rather mediocre experience.
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    Nemesis got a reaction from Dreamysyu in What are you playing?   
    祝姫
    It has some of Ryuukishi's trademark writing: the unreliable protagonist, the sudden shifts in mood, the blurring of reality and fantasy, but without any of his themes. It's a rather bland and boring horror game, but shows some of his spark from time to time.
    So far, it's a rather standard B flick horror movie. They just try and shove as many disgusting things at you as possible. They don't even show the worst of it explicitly, which makes it a rather half-assed game. I feel like the art doesn't really contribute anything to Ryuukishi's writing. If there is any good thing that came from this, the voice acting is top notch.
    Ryuukishi really knows how to go back to being a kid and write SOL the way a kid would think, but the problem is it doesn't fit the story this time. Overall, a rather mediocre experience.
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    Nemesis reacted to j2alg in What are you playing?   
    Recently I've finished Ayakashi. I've actually heard of the game back in 2010 but only got around to it this year. It was really enjoyable, it's been a long time since I've played a game like it - the writing is to the point and easy to read, but it draws you into the world. The story about the protagonists fighting other people with parasitic supernatural beings (a lot like Jojo stands) is used to deliver an overarching theme of getting over the loss of your close friends and lovers. There are a lot of bonus routes that show different perspectives and it's cool how you gradually figure out the setting. In particular I liked the relationship Maekawa has with the villain. The highly dynamic scenes with a lot of CG changes (the CG collection is huge!) were also great and gave it a a shonen manga feeling. And of on top of all it the humor was good, Anzu's route in particular had some hilarious moments.
    It's a shame that apricot/crossnet never tried publishing it overseas, I think it would have been decently popular.
    Next I've started Maple Colors, their previous game. There's a massive cast, and a lot of them are very memorable. The main heroine in particular, Mirai. Some of the minigames (it has fast-paced minigames you have to beat to recruit some people) are crazy hard.
    I've played about 10 hours, but I ran into some technical problems, sometimes when I start the game the fps is either low or very high. Not sure what causes it
    This godforsaken minigame right here:
     
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    Nemesis got a reaction from Dreamysyu in Visual Novel & Anime designed Itashas (痛車)   
    Pretty cool, but driving that to work everyday must feel とても痛いですね。
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    Nemesis got a reaction from Silvz in Which VNs have you read more than once?   
    I mostly don't reread things as my backlog is infinitely growing. I might reread some scenes I like or some H-scenes, but not the whole VN.
     
    So far I have only reread 1 VN from beginning to finish and that is Cross Channel. I first read it in English, but I wasn't satisfied with the translation, so I reread it in Japanese. There might be a couple other VN's I might reread in Japanese, because there are a lot of things you really miss in English. Those are not as high priority as reading completely new VN's though.
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    Nemesis got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in What Anime are you watching now?   
    There are some pretty good shows this season:

    Golden Kamuy - glad to see this amazing series is back with more Hinna. Probably best show of the season for me.

    Yojouhan Time Machine Blues - A short OVA, but seeing that Yojouhan Shinwa is one of my favorite animes, I have rather high expectations for it.

    Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury - it's an AU gundam universe, we'll see whether it gets good.

    Tensei shitara Ken Deshita - one of the better isekai novels gets an adaptation.

    Akiba Meido Sensou - I originally wasn't planning on watching this, but it was recommended to me. Lol, it's a story about crime syndicates in maid cafes. Really hilarious show by PA works. I didn't see that last time I went to Akiba. Maybe, next time I'll be on the lookout and see if I can spot them in action.

    Poputepipikku 2nd Season - it's about what you'd expect, more of the same thing. Meme in anime form.

    MLA S2 - is as shitty as ever as an adaptation. Do yourself a favor and skip this. Only good thing is Jam Project singing the OP.

    Fumetsu no Anata S2 - so far only 1 episode is out, but good for fans of the show. No new OP though. I like the OP, but getting new OP's is also one of the things I look forward to.
     
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