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    Mr Poltroon reacted to Eclipsed in What are you playing?   
    I had the most randomest "Oh hey I wonder what Spike Chunsoft made over the past couple years, I was a real big fan of Danganronpa/Zero Escape"
    Not really feeling up for 'dungeon crawling rpg' so I skipped Zanki Zero
    But I splurged on Al Somnium Files, an adventure sci-fi murder mystery (?) https://vndb.org/v26532
    Also randomly picked up the modern 2019 version of YU-NO even though they're just the publisher for that https://vndb.org/v1377
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to Seraphim88 in What are you playing?   
    Yeah, no kidding! There's a ton of information to take into account, some of which contradict each other, so if someone actually manages to figure out the entire mystery simply by playing the question arcs, I'd say they deserve something like this:


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    Mr Poltroon reacted to Seraphim88 in What are you playing?   
    I've had a pretty productive weekend, finishing up 428: Shibuya Scramble as well as reading both chapter 3 and 4 of Higurashi. I originally intended to just read one chapter a week, but chapter 4 is much shorter than the rest so I figured I might as well read that too so I can get started on the answer arcs next weekend.

    428: Shibuya Scramble
    The story isn't all that interesting on paper, but the way it's presented, combined with the great soundtrack and an interesting and quirky cast of characters, make for a memorable whole. Although I do have to say that, for a completionist such as myself, it was quite a pain to get all endings and jump back and forth in the timeline to find all the hidden content.
    My favorite part of the game was after the Mean Clean bonus scenario, when you got to view behind the scenes footage from the recording sessions. After seeing static images with silent dialogue for 40-or-so hours, it made a surprisingly big impression on me to get to see the actors actually play out some of the scenes those images were taken from, along with hearing them speak for the first time.
    On that note, I actually managed to find a documentary with interviews with the cast, which I will definitely check out when my Japanese has improved some more.

    Higurashi, chapter 3
    As I mentioned in a previous post, chapter 3 is called "The Shortest Scenario", but in actuality, it's basically as long as chapter 1 and 2 so I don't really know why they chose to use that tagline.
    The chapter itself was... hard to get a grasp on. It was equal parts exciting and confusing, with a lot of new questions raised, like

    Higurashi, chapter 4
    By far the shortest chapter of the question arcs, but I imagine that is because it apparently wasn't originally planned as part of the main series. In chapter 3, they refer to chapter 5 as the actual continuation of the story, so chapter 4 is really more of a filler episode. It was still a good read with some well executed and intense scenes, but it falls behind the previous chapters in terms of quality, in large parts due to the fact that there aren't any truly significant developments in the story that we didn't already know about. I also find Ooishi annoying, so him having such a large role in this chapter affected my overall impression. (My opinion of him improved somewhat, though.)
    The thing that stood out the most to me in this chapter was when
    I'm looking forward to finding out what's up with that.

    I've been getting exponentially more confused as the story in Higurashi has moved along, so it's going to be very interesting finding out what the hell is really going on.
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to Dreamysyu in Fuwanovel Confessions   
    Today I had a nightmare that seemed to be very loosely based on Saya no Uta. And you know, I don't really remember the details, but now I kind of feel like writing a proper story with a similar plot.
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to BookwormOtaku in What Are You Playing: Video Game Edition   
    Finishing up a playthrough of Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky The 3rd before I jump into the Zero no Kiseki fanlation.
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to Leonor in What are you playing?   
    Sooo I've read more on 11eyes and this time I've read this whole Red Night episode I left off the other day.
    I'm enjoying it more than I thought I would, maybe because the pace is faster now and there is more action and mystery and not as much slice-of-life bs (I HOPE).
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    Mr Poltroon got a reaction from Dreamysyu in Musicus: Is this or Mangagamer still relevant   
    Uh, yes they are. As much as anybody else.
    They translate titles into English and that's that. Not much else really matters, despite what loud vocal minorities might claim.
    Somebody having problems with translations has always been common and underpayment is supposedly getting better but Mangagamer is terrible in that area and for that they deserve all the flak.
    That all said, as long as they put out titles people who want translated VNs will get them, regardless of the company. Some boycotters exist, but not really a majority and given the piracy levels I'm not sure how much overlap there is between the "boycotters" and the pirates.
    From the Japanese side they're well placed with headquarters in Japan and, considering the Japanese side often is unaware of the quality of translations (Hello SakuraGame), Mangagamer likely does not have problems landing deals on that front.
     
    So, all in all, I'm not sure I understood what you're trying to say. As long as they have money and they continue to want to translate titles, they will do so.
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to Fiddle in Stories that surpass the original premise   
    I'm not quite sure what you mean, but I would like to note that I have the best words; nobody else's words even compare.
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to Dreamysyu in Stories that surpass the original premise   
    Well, Boku Girl starts as your typical fanservice genderswap manga, but the later half doesn't really have much fanservice at all, and turns into more "understanding yourself" kind of manga. Though, I guess, it's pretty standard for more modern gender benders.
    If we count LNs (though there's a manga adaptation too), there's a recent license by Seven Seas, The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent. The general premise sounds like some kind of generic isekai story. Two girls get summoned to another world, one of them is named a saint, while the other is basically left to her own devices, while in reality is actually the second girl who is the saint. The whole thing actually gets resolved pretty quickly, and what I personally like about this series is that it doesn't try to make the other party look ridiculously evil, like many other novels like that do.
    Can't really think about anything else, though I may remember something else if I think about it.
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to Daydreamer97 in What are you playing?   
    I've been reading another indie otome called Dark Nights. It's like Cinderella Phenomenon in the sense that it's a high-quality medium-length indie vn which probably should have cost money but is free. It's also something I've been looking forward to for years because the art is really pretty and Pinlin, the solo dev who worked on it is seriously talented and her art is absolutely gorgeous. So far, I'm only on my first route but it's been doing a good job at setting this horror tone and a multi-route mystery.
    I also played another free-but-should-have-been-commercial indie I've been looking forward to- Ebon Light. There are love interests but it's not a traditional otome (although I do count it as one) because the romance is more of a side thing than the main thing. It's more plot-focused and is a little more game-y with stats. It also has beautiful western-style art and a dark fantasy aesthetic which really kept me hooked. You get to shape the MC's personality in this one so there's a lot of branches and ways to get a good ending.
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to Fiddle in Stories that surpass the original premise   
    Others may disagree, but I've always believed Attack on Titan has a profoundly dumb premise, like it was pulled from a weird nightmare somebody had after sleeping for 10 hours. But somehow it turns into something amazing*.
    *this is probably the part that others will disagree with.
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to TexasDice in Musicus: Is this or Mangagamer still relevant   
    Aside from titles/companies someone has heard of before?
    How about titles that have some basic features I'd expect from a VN in 2020, like voice lines playing over mouse click or free button mapping. Even the one-voice-actress, reused-bgm nukige Ammolite keeps shitting out manage to fulfill those requirements. 
    But yes, what it boils down to most is the complete lack of any big name that gets people exited. I like Newton, Under One Wing is fine and Oniikiss is a pretty decent nukige. However, these games as well as the by now infamous Sakura Sakura are the epitome of "literally who?"-games. Which is a shame, since the Sol tech-whizzes responsible for decensoring and upscaling those 2008-resolutions are committing what I can only assume is black magic.
    which leads me to... 
    They are similar, but that isn't exactly the problem. Nekonyan scored a well-known publisher in addition to their "literally-who"-games. Nobody cared at all about Fureraba when it released. I assume no English VN reader ever heard of it before or cared much. Now, quite a while later, lots of people (me included) were RAVING for Making Lovers to come out and put the Smee name out there. That's the two-step plan: Lure the masses in with a big name (in this case Sanoba Witch) first and when they decide to stay, they'll check out the rest of your catalog.
    MangaGamer was, as far as I understand, able to get away with completely niché games from their initial Overdrive repertoire because a) There was no real competition and b) most of the initial footing was based on nukige and cheap porn games before Da Capo landed in their laps. And even then, we are now seeing that MG is running out of things people want to see, though I do appreciate their idea behind releasing some non-standard VNs recently.
    I'm not saying Sol Press is completely hopeless in this area, considering they managed to snatch Favorite, due to SP's utter lack of business sense, management and well... anything worth of basic praise. So if Sol can succeed with Iroseka, maybe those who cared about that will be more open to read - god forbid actually buy - Sakura Sakura. 
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    Mr Poltroon got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Spring 2020 Anime Discussion   
    Here's a little update on that topic, @Dreamysyu.
    As of episode 5, I am actually of the opinion that the anime is better. Whereas the strength of the Light Novels is in entering a character's head outside of Catarina, the anime finds way of making a lot of this content into events that actually take place in Catarina's presence. From what I'm seeing, it involves giving roles to characters that previously didn't have any in a given part, which is great. Better still is the fact that it's not like it doesn't dive into backstory when it wants to, so it's the best of both worlds, in my opinion. Also seeing the characters being cute is fantastic.
    My initial reservations regarding the pace of the first few episodes (there were no transitions between scenes!) ended up being because they were trying to reach the school phase within the three episodes, so they cut transitions rather than rush the scenes they covered. A few scenes were rushed, but it's calmed down since.
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    Mr Poltroon got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Spring 2020 Anime Discussion   
    Here's a little update on that topic, @Dreamysyu.
    As of episode 5, I am actually of the opinion that the anime is better. Whereas the strength of the Light Novels is in entering a character's head outside of Catarina, the anime finds way of making a lot of this content into events that actually take place in Catarina's presence. From what I'm seeing, it involves giving roles to characters that previously didn't have any in a given part, which is great. Better still is the fact that it's not like it doesn't dive into backstory when it wants to, so it's the best of both worlds, in my opinion. Also seeing the characters being cute is fantastic.
    My initial reservations regarding the pace of the first few episodes (there were no transitions between scenes!) ended up being because they were trying to reach the school phase within the three episodes, so they cut transitions rather than rush the scenes they covered. A few scenes were rushed, but it's calmed down since.
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to MaggieROBOT in VNs with heroines who drink alcohol too   
    Shining Song Starnova, I guess. 
    Mariya starts the game as a alcoholic, Julie asks the MC out for drinks in 2 different occasions and all 7 girls go out to a bar with the MC to celebrate something at least once iirc 
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to Plk_Lesiak in Musicus: Is this or Mangagamer still relevant   
    Yup, as @Mr Poltroon said, but I'd argue this undersells MGs importance. They're a company with a particularly diverse offering and one that is very consistent with their releases. They also tackle projects that no sane company should be willing to take, like translating Rance X (which is an absurdly large and complex game). While you have companies like NekoNyan focusing purely on moege, Sekai Project trips on its own legs every other month and JastUSA is lost in its own dimension where the timeflow doesn't follow the rules of our universe, MG gets stuff done. Right now, while there's generally more competition on the market and some developers, like Key and Frontwing, translate and publish their VNs in-house, it might not seem that important, but I think it still is. If MG suddenly disappeared, we would feeel it, particularly when it goes to more ambitious/niche VNs reaching the West. So, even though their image definitely suffered through all this drama, they're kind of indispensable and when they take on a project, you can be fairly sure it'll get done unless something really unusual happens.
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to ArgentstR in Musicus: Is this or Mangagamer still relevant   
    Mangagamer releases an VN that interests me, I buy it just as always.
    On the points in that thread.
    Dude can definetely work as a TL in the right circumstances but it was kinda blanket TLd which isn't really optimal, the pressure the translator felt could probably have contributed to forgoing a more nuaced approach.
    Lot's of TL criticisms are rather uninformed imo, when people kick up a fuss about a noun -> noun TL choices and then point to some stilted TL that include all their favorite Japanisms but bungle the JP grammar and context in ways that completely change what's being said at points as "how a good TL is done" it becomes somewhat hard to take them seriously.
    I mean if it wasn't framed as some crusade against the evil "localization" conspiracy so often and people presented their questions in a more open manner it would be fine I guess.
    On the working conditions point, that is concerning but it's extremely hard to judge from the outside though, so I'm just hoping that things resolves in a way that no one gets screwed over.
    On the discord stuff, I just think people are being divas and should calm down and not be so easily offended.
    And on the Fatamoru stuff, outrage outlet saw lots of easy add money to be made and whipped up people who have no idea what they are talking about into an fit.
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    Mr Poltroon got a reaction from Dreamysyu in Musicus: Is this or Mangagamer still relevant   
    Uh, yes they are. As much as anybody else.
    They translate titles into English and that's that. Not much else really matters, despite what loud vocal minorities might claim.
    Somebody having problems with translations has always been common and underpayment is supposedly getting better but Mangagamer is terrible in that area and for that they deserve all the flak.
    That all said, as long as they put out titles people who want translated VNs will get them, regardless of the company. Some boycotters exist, but not really a majority and given the piracy levels I'm not sure how much overlap there is between the "boycotters" and the pirates.
    From the Japanese side they're well placed with headquarters in Japan and, considering the Japanese side often is unaware of the quality of translations (Hello SakuraGame), Mangagamer likely does not have problems landing deals on that front.
     
    So, all in all, I'm not sure I understood what you're trying to say. As long as they have money and they continue to want to translate titles, they will do so.
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    Mr Poltroon got a reaction from Dreamysyu in Musicus: Is this or Mangagamer still relevant   
    Uh, yes they are. As much as anybody else.
    They translate titles into English and that's that. Not much else really matters, despite what loud vocal minorities might claim.
    Somebody having problems with translations has always been common and underpayment is supposedly getting better but Mangagamer is terrible in that area and for that they deserve all the flak.
    That all said, as long as they put out titles people who want translated VNs will get them, regardless of the company. Some boycotters exist, but not really a majority and given the piracy levels I'm not sure how much overlap there is between the "boycotters" and the pirates.
    From the Japanese side they're well placed with headquarters in Japan and, considering the Japanese side often is unaware of the quality of translations (Hello SakuraGame), Mangagamer likely does not have problems landing deals on that front.
     
    So, all in all, I'm not sure I understood what you're trying to say. As long as they have money and they continue to want to translate titles, they will do so.
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    Mr Poltroon got a reaction from Dreamysyu in Musicus: Is this or Mangagamer still relevant   
    Uh, yes they are. As much as anybody else.
    They translate titles into English and that's that. Not much else really matters, despite what loud vocal minorities might claim.
    Somebody having problems with translations has always been common and underpayment is supposedly getting better but Mangagamer is terrible in that area and for that they deserve all the flak.
    That all said, as long as they put out titles people who want translated VNs will get them, regardless of the company. Some boycotters exist, but not really a majority and given the piracy levels I'm not sure how much overlap there is between the "boycotters" and the pirates.
    From the Japanese side they're well placed with headquarters in Japan and, considering the Japanese side often is unaware of the quality of translations (Hello SakuraGame), Mangagamer likely does not have problems landing deals on that front.
     
    So, all in all, I'm not sure I understood what you're trying to say. As long as they have money and they continue to want to translate titles, they will do so.
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to Dreamysyu in Spring 2020 Anime Discussion   
    Actually, wait.
     
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to Dreamysyu in Spring 2020 Anime Discussion   
    I see. The truth is, she hasn't even appeared in the story in the 3 episodes that I watched, but a certain scene from the opening made me suspicious. Also, I guess this web-novel I've been following actually is a total ripoff of Bakarina.
    Also, I don't particularly care about minor spoilers for this one.
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    Mr Poltroon got a reaction from Dreamysyu in Spring 2020 Anime Discussion   
    My opinion on the first couple of novels:
    Let me preface by saying that the best thing about the story, its wholesomeness, also results in a lot of repetitiveness.
    Bakarina's inner thoughts are as simple as she is, obviously, so they're always the same things and the same misunderstandings. Her motivations are always the same and she always interprets everyone's actions from her own perspective, meaning, as far as inner thoughts go, every situation is the same in her head.
    Secondly, the interactions between the other characters are also repetitive and always the same.
    I think these aspects can be exponentially better in the anime, but I haven't actually watched it to confirm. It feels like these running gags will flow better in something more fast-paced and with complementary animation.
    Then there is the story. The events that occur. I don't see any reason why the anime would be particularly worse in that respect. It should have more than enough time to depict the events, because I, at least, didn't feel there were many of them outside of all the running gags and Bakarina being a baka.
    The only thing the novel might have over the anime, but again I have not seen it, are the scenes where the novel gets into a character's head
    The wholesomest of things. I'm not sure how they'd do this in the anime.
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    Mr Poltroon got a reaction from Templarseeker in Download vngame or eroge   
    ^These are most of the VN sellers. If you search a name you should come across their stores or be redirected to steam.
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    Mr Poltroon reacted to Seraphim88 in What are you playing?   
    Something must've gone wrong, but it should work now!
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