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    Down got a reaction from frauvamp in Recommendations - READ BEFORE ASKING   
    Looking for a new VN to read? Need a recommendation?
    Please read this before starting a new thread.
     
    If you don't find what you want here/want something very specific because you have particular tastes, feel free to start a thread.
    Try to be specific about your demand. If all you want is something good regardless of genre or particular elements, just consult the lists below, they have tons of stuff. 
     
    Member Lists
     
    Some members compiled some lists of good titles. Maybe you will find what you want to read there.
     
    The Fuwanovel list of Notable OELVNs
    50 translated VN you should read before you die
    Another 50 translated VNs to read before you die
    Non-Ero VNs
    "Get the hell out of here" VNs
    Top 10 dark VNs to read before you die
    50 untranslated VNs to read before you die
     
    Clephas' lists:
    Science-fiction (translated and untranslated)
    Chuuni (see what he means by that in the thread) (translated and untranslated)
    Fantasy (translated and untranslated)
    Kamige (translated and untranslated)
    For beginners (untranslated)
    Everything else (untranslated)
    Ecchi (borderline non-nukige) (untranslated)
    Gameplay (untranslated)
    Chicken soup for the soul (see definition inside) (untranslated)
    Catharsis (untranslated)
     
    Existing threads
     
    Someone might already have asked for what you're looking for. Here are some already answered demands: (note: those are most probably old threads, don't reply to them or at least check the date)
     
    VN with gameplay
    VN with a Christmas setting
    Romance with happy ending
    VN with animation
    VN with incest
    VN with an older main character
    Astronomy, star mythology
    Loli VNs
    VN with non-human heroines
     
    ...If you see threads to add to that list, feel free to PM me or another mod.
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    Down got a reaction from LanThief(HUN) in ( request) any good loli games?   
    Reminder that hentai should be posted as links and not directly embedded. And mention it's NSFW just in case, it doesn't cost anything.
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    Down got a reaction from Trickay in Learning Japanese - Useful resources   
    This thread still needs help to grow. Feel free to post your useful resources, with a small description of what it is. You can also ask any questions related to this topic.
     
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    Chances are, if you read VN, at some point you'll get interested in learning Japanese. This thread will NOT tell you how to learn japanese, I'm not qualified for that. This is a compilation of useful resources you might need, put together by helpful members and myself.

    If you know absolutely nothing about the language, I recommend you to read a bit about it before. Read some wikipedia pages and the introductions of various guides. The best way to approach things is probably to try out a bit of everything and see what works for you.

    Here are the categories of resources presented:

    *Learning methods: more-or-less complete schedule other people put together.
    *Useful softwares, apps & cie
    *Kanji & Kana
    *Grammar
    *Practice material

    Learning methods
    Those hardly consist of rigid guides that'll take you all the way, but they might help to give you an idea on how to approach learning the language. Don't spend too much time looking for methods, you'll most likely end up doing things in a different way anyway. 
    Tae Kim's complete guide to japanese (everything is not complete yet)
    Nukemarine's Suggested Guide for Beginners "It's a guide on how to learn japanese by plowing through anki cards in a effective manner. It's made by a community member at Koohi forums. (I'd like to mention you can learn vocab very fast with this method and keep it in memory. But you learn without a lot of context, which has its negative sides.)" (Bolverk)
    The Tay way  (note that this is from 2013 and no longer in use)
    Aaeru's "learn how to read VN in two years"

    Useful softwares
    Those are basic tools you'll almost certainly need, or at least try out, in your learning of japanese.

    Google IME: Allows you to type in Japanese. Click this link, click the big blue button, install: you can now switch your typing mode to japanese.
    Rikaichan: Firefox app that gives you a dictionary entry for a word by simply hovering over it. Extremely useful. Also exists for Chrome.

    Anki: A flash card software with a built-in algorithm for learning efficiency. Exists on Android and iOS too. (Regular hand-written flash-cards can be a useful tool too). Use shared decks to find vocab/kanji pre-made decks.

    Note about Anki: the use of Anki is advocated as necessary by some and deemed completely useless by others. Starting out with basic vocab/kanji grinding will probably help you ease into practice material, however learning tons of words, or worse even tons of kanji out of context is not a good idea. It's up to you to find out whether you want to use Anki (and whether you can).
    ITH, TA, Mecab, Jparser: ITH is a text hooker that'll extract the text from, say, a VN for you. Translation Aggregator will pass said text through parsers and dictionaries. Extremely useful to practice on VNs.
    Some tips and other softs for ITH here
    Chiitrans: a useful alternative to ITH/TA. Same principle. Read the tuto for more details.
    Visual Novel Reader: Another alternative to ITH/TA.

    Note about text hookers: it might seem obvious but do NOT use machine translations with your text hookers. You won't learn anything from the garbage it feeds you and you won't even actually understand what's going on, whether you think you do or not.
    It is also not a very good idea to rely on parsers for grammar purposes. Parsers are far from perfect. They certainly can't replace a grammar resource and basic googling.
    Think of text hookers as crutches you use until you become able to read without constantly looking up vocabulary. It is also a good idea to switch to japanese-japanese dictionaries as soon as you can - only they will give you the nuances of the words, and they're also much less flawed than existing free j-e dictionaries.   

    Kanji & Kana
    Learning the hiragana and katakana should be about the first thing you do. It's not very long or difficult. Becoming accustomed to reading them is longer but it eventually comes.
    Kanjis are probably the biggest psychological barrier for japanese learners. I don't have a magical method to suggest, but do tell yourself it's really not that hard if you stop thinking too hard about it and trying to find the best, most optimized method for learning them. Try to learn the basic ones, see where you can get, and start practicing on reading as soon as you can.

    RealKana: This is just an example among others of ways to learn the kana. It's the first thing you should do anyway, and it's not hard or long.
    Heisig's Remember the Kanji: A method for learning kanji through memo stories, by association with an english keyword. Good for starters, probably won't get you through the whole kanji learning though. See Tay's guide and this website too.
    Kanjidamage: Learning the kanjis through radicals and memo sentences. I'm not a fan of his method, but it has some interesting information in the introduction and on some kanjis.

    Grammar
    Basic grammar:
    Tae Kim's guide: The most popular (and free!) guide on the internet. Rather compact, has all the essential grammar with good explanations and examples. A must.
    Genki: To take things more slowly, or have a different view on points you didn't get. (No links for that one yet, it's not free, sorry)
    Nihongomori: this is a youtube channel with videos explaining grammar, but also vocab and other misc things, done by native speakers (in english for the basics, japanese later). It goes from basic grammar (JLPT N5-N4 level) up to finer points (N2-N1 level) so it actually covers intermediate/advanced grammar too. The videos are pretty fun and well done, if you like the video media it might work good for you.
    More advanced grammar:
    Imabi: Lots of in-depth explanations about various grammar subjects. Not recommended for pure beginners and not written as a guide.
    If you want to go further than that, you'll need to go into japanese grammar books. Don't forget a simple research on the internet can give you lots of explanations about pretty much anything anyway.
    Advanced grammar:
    If you want to go further into grammar than that (for example if you want to read 古典 and such), you'll probably need to go into japanese grammar textbooks.
    This guide is approved as being really good. (Change the encoding of the page to Japanese EUC-JP for it to display correctly)
    This page could be useful too.
    Feel free to do your own research!
    Others:
    A grammar cheat sheet. Not for beginners, obviously.
    Nihongoresources: A grammar guide. Never tried it.

    Practice Material

    General advice: Try to avoid material based on comedy (because you need a good enough knowledge to get the jokes), or that rely heavily on slang or local dialect. Also, avoid things that have too much technical vocabulary (hard sci-fi) or chuuni stuff with abstract concepts and archaic kanjis.

    Chokochoko: Some practice texts (articles on various stuff), ranked by JLPT difficulty.
    Children's tales: easy place to start.
    Japanese subtitles for lots of anime.
    VNs in japanese:
     *Relatively easy language for a story-focused VN.
     *List of VN for beginners, with two levels of difficulty.
     *A big list of Visual novels to read if you are confident enough (~JPTL N2).

    I won't point you out to raw mangas, of course, but if you can find high enough quality scans (or can afford to import them) it's obviously a great way to practice. Every shoujo and shonen manga have furiganas on every kanjis. Seinen/josei may not have them, but it doesn't mean they're necessarily more difficult.
    Dictionaries, vocabulary resources
    Note: Japanese-english dictionaries (the free ones you'll find on the internet) are pretty much all based on Edict. Of course, as a beginner you have to use j-e dictionaries, but 1) edict is far from perfect 2) j-e dictionaries are inherently limited anyway: only japanese dictionaries will give you the right nuance (and they're rather excellent). So as soon as you can, switch to japanese dictionaries. The jump is not easy but it's necessary, especially if you intend to read VNs with a higher level of language.
    Overall, the internet is your friend! A simple search will often yield whatever you're looking for. Finding your way, especially in japanese websites, is the most useful skill you can develop (although once again you need to reach a certain level of confidence first).  
    Jisho: Jap/eng dictionary.
    Tangorin: Same thing.
    WWWJDIC Dictionary site.
    Japanese online dictionary. Requires good enough knowledge of japanese to be used.
    Slang dictionary. Same as above.
    Writing recognition: Tries to find a kanji directly written with your mouse.
    Tanos: Various JLPT-related resources: vocabulary and kanji lists, etc.
    Blog posts and articles about learning japanese
    Blogpost by garejei: Tips and a view on kanji memorization.

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    Thanks to Clephas, Bolverk, cryofrzd, Okami, garejei, Mephisto and probably a bunch of others I forgot to add (sorry!) for their contributions.
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    Down got a reaction from Happiness+ in FuwaHistory Series: Recounting the birth and tribulations of a Fuwa nation   
    Moderators throughout the ages
     
    Disclaimer: if this text is written like shit, it's definitely on purpose. Really. Not because I can't be arsed to make correct sentences.
     
    I shall not speak of the generation of moderators that existed before mine, as I only know about it through a few recitals. However, names such as meru, zhurai or harry_kinomoto may evoke something to some of you. The latter is known in the ancient tales as "Tay's archnemesis", and it is said their debates were the kind that moved powers and forces beyond our comprehension. Beato is, with Tay, the last of those staff members who lived in that era.
     
    In any case. As the little fuwanovel community was growing, and some of the aforementioned moderators had to leave, a need arose for new, fresh recruits. Two of the admins of the then ruling Aaeru/Tay/Ryoji triumvirat set upon finding the chosen ones.
    Thus on the 30th of March 2013 I'm old halp a whole four members entered the staff.
    Steve is said to have been chosen because upon seeing the gigantic walls of text he wrote and the passion he displayed in them, Tay and Ryoji thought he must be a man of great wisdom.
    Luch is said to have been chosen because upon seeing that he seldom spoke any words, Tay and Ryoji thought he must be a man of great wisdom.
    Down is said to have been chosen because he helped some dude to install Tsukihime and somebody was needed to take care of the Tech Support section. My personal theory, though, is that Tay and Ryoji saw in him a man of great wisdom.
    Solidbatman is said to have been chosen... eh... nobody really knows. He doesn't seem to know either.
     
    Did you know that batman was actually an admin for some time? I think he only reluctantly accepted the position, and he only lasted a month or two. It must have been not too long after his becoming a moderator.
     
    A few months later, our ranks were increased by Kendjin. It is said that Tay thought teaming up Kiritsugu and Archer together would definitely win the Holy Grail War, and that using it we would finally make visual novels popular in the West. I think he should re-read Heaven's Feel, he must have been too busy caring about Sakura and overlooked a few details about how the Grail works.
     
    Things didn't move much until November 2013, when once again the community had become larger and the moderators had become fewer.
    Nosebleed is said to have been chosen because upon seeing how many posts he had accumulated in such a short time, he thought making him a mod would prevent him from being a spammer. I guess even the archmage's sagacity sometimes fails him.
    Kaguya is said to have been chose because upon seeing how many visual novels he had played, Tay thought that person must have reached enlightenment through playing porn games, a method described in a sacred manuscript called SuhaBibi (that sounds really buddhist, doesn't it?)
     
    After that, some moderators quited or faded away, the event of Steve's access to adminship took place as mentioned in an earlier post, but until the advent of the board mods & global mods era, no new members joined the team. This is where History with a big H stops and where history with a small h begins.
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    Down got a reaction from frauvamp in Recommendations - READ BEFORE ASKING   
    Looking for a new VN to read? Need a recommendation?
    Please read this before starting a new thread.
     
    If you don't find what you want here/want something very specific because you have particular tastes, feel free to start a thread.
    Try to be specific about your demand. If all you want is something good regardless of genre or particular elements, just consult the lists below, they have tons of stuff. 
     
    Member Lists
     
    Some members compiled some lists of good titles. Maybe you will find what you want to read there.
     
    The Fuwanovel list of Notable OELVNs
    50 translated VN you should read before you die
    Another 50 translated VNs to read before you die
    Non-Ero VNs
    "Get the hell out of here" VNs
    Top 10 dark VNs to read before you die
    50 untranslated VNs to read before you die
     
    Clephas' lists:
    Science-fiction (translated and untranslated)
    Chuuni (see what he means by that in the thread) (translated and untranslated)
    Fantasy (translated and untranslated)
    Kamige (translated and untranslated)
    For beginners (untranslated)
    Everything else (untranslated)
    Ecchi (borderline non-nukige) (untranslated)
    Gameplay (untranslated)
    Chicken soup for the soul (see definition inside) (untranslated)
    Catharsis (untranslated)
     
    Existing threads
     
    Someone might already have asked for what you're looking for. Here are some already answered demands: (note: those are most probably old threads, don't reply to them or at least check the date)
     
    VN with gameplay
    VN with a Christmas setting
    Romance with happy ending
    VN with animation
    VN with incest
    VN with an older main character
    Astronomy, star mythology
    Loli VNs
    VN with non-human heroines
     
    ...If you see threads to add to that list, feel free to PM me or another mod.
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    Down got a reaction from Dreamysyu in Where to watch/read anime/manga/light novels legally   
    In order to buy on amazon.co.jp's kindle store, you need to use a japanese vpn/proxy once (but only once). Go to amazon.co.jp with a proxy/vpn, buy a book (for example you can take a free book like 人間失格) in Kindle版 that you'll forward to your kindle app, and then you should be able to buy books and manga on the japanese kindle store even without vpn/proxy later.
    I registered my amazon.co.jp account on the kindle app when I did that, so I don't know if it'll work with your portuguese account but you can always try it out.
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    Down got a reaction from Templarseeker in Cartagra   

     
     
    Cartagra
    Licensed by Mangagamer
     
    Summary


    The hero of this story is Takashiro Shugo, an ex-police officer that is now unemployed and freeloading at a brothel. From time to time he takes on detective work from his former superior. As the story starts off, a missing person case is dumped onto him.
     
    The person he is supposed to find is Kohzuki Yura, a girl he had an intimate relationship with before being sent off to war. While all this is being played out, a series of brutal killings occur in the background. As they strike closer to home, Shugo is no longer able to turn a blind eye and is dragged into the spiraling web of events.

     
    Ending Guideline / Suggested Route Order

    The game has a rather linear plot and thus the routes don't massively branch off. This walkthrough doesn't use saves as per the guidelines but some routes will have very similar paths up until a certain point.  
    Koyuki & Seri and Kaori are bad ends rather than routes. Nana's and Takako's routes are bad ends too, there's no good end for them. The only good end routes are thus Hatsune and Kazuna. Kazuna's route has two different endings: a normal and a true one. The true one can only be unlocked after having obtained the normal one.
     
    Following this walkthrough entirely in the order indicated will get you all the CGs. When I indicate (Your choice) there's a small variation on the CG to be collected so if you want 100% completion you should do both.
     
    Route Guideline


     
    Koyuki & Seri (Bad End)





    Nana (Bad End)
     



     
    Kaori (Bad End)




     
     

    Hatsune
     



     

    Takako (Bad End)
     



     

    Kazuna
     
    Normal End



     
    True End



     
    Attribution


    This game was put together by myself using information acquired here.
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    Down got a reaction from SeniorBlitz in Kagetsu Tooya\Tohya Question [Tsukihime Spoilers]   
    I'm not sure there's a canon answer (usually these kinds of lighter sequels, like F/HA, tend to stay vague, as if a mix of all routes had happened), but you could infer it's after arcueid's good end. But I'm not sure there are no inconsistencies with that (they probably are and it's not very important).
     
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    Down got a reaction from Mr Poltroon in I HAVE MY BACHELOR DEGREE!!!   
    No don't listen to them phd is actually a traaaazrngoenfognb *gets dragged away and put back to work*
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    Down got a reaction from Mr Poltroon in I HAVE MY BACHELOR DEGREE!!!   
    No don't listen to them phd is actually a traaaazrngoenfognb *gets dragged away and put back to work*
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    Down reacted to Fiddle in My OriginalRen Fansite   
    I've been learning some HTML/CSS, and to no cause could my knowledge be better applied than a dedication to my good friend OriginalRun. As such, I've decided to craft a website that makes liberal use of CSS's styling capabilities so as to yield maximum Renness. Enjoy!
    https://originalren.blob.core.windows.net/ren/ren.html
    Acknowledgement to my friend @Keisuke who wrote some JavaScript and identified a few missing parentheses that made the website a total mess of scattered images.
    EDIT: The website appears to have expired. For posterity, you can download it here. Extract the folder and open "index.html" in your browser.
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    Down got a reaction from Templarseeker in Cartagra   

     
     
    Cartagra
    Licensed by Mangagamer
     
    Summary


    The hero of this story is Takashiro Shugo, an ex-police officer that is now unemployed and freeloading at a brothel. From time to time he takes on detective work from his former superior. As the story starts off, a missing person case is dumped onto him.
     
    The person he is supposed to find is Kohzuki Yura, a girl he had an intimate relationship with before being sent off to war. While all this is being played out, a series of brutal killings occur in the background. As they strike closer to home, Shugo is no longer able to turn a blind eye and is dragged into the spiraling web of events.

     
    Ending Guideline / Suggested Route Order

    The game has a rather linear plot and thus the routes don't massively branch off. This walkthrough doesn't use saves as per the guidelines but some routes will have very similar paths up until a certain point.  
    Koyuki & Seri and Kaori are bad ends rather than routes. Nana's and Takako's routes are bad ends too, there's no good end for them. The only good end routes are thus Hatsune and Kazuna. Kazuna's route has two different endings: a normal and a true one. The true one can only be unlocked after having obtained the normal one.
     
    Following this walkthrough entirely in the order indicated will get you all the CGs. When I indicate (Your choice) there's a small variation on the CG to be collected so if you want 100% completion you should do both.
     
    Route Guideline


     
    Koyuki & Seri (Bad End)





    Nana (Bad End)
     



     
    Kaori (Bad End)




     
     

    Hatsune
     



     

    Takako (Bad End)
     



     

    Kazuna
     
    Normal End



     
    True End



     
    Attribution


    This game was put together by myself using information acquired here.
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    Down got a reaction from Funyarinpa in Negative mass observed by physicists. (Alcubierre Drive, anyone?)   
    Not my research topic so I'm not an expert, but you're right. The negative mass we're talking about here is an "effective negative mass" which is a result of the numerous strange behaviours that exotic states of matter like Bose-Einstein condensates display. Transposing classical concepts like mass to these purely quantum states of matter where even the notion of a substantial, individual particle breaks down would be misleading, it's quite different from what's involved in the speculative "negative mass" in general relativity.
    But both are still cool. That's why we read sci-fi.
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    Down got a reaction from Funyarinpa in Negative mass observed by physicists. (Alcubierre Drive, anyone?)   
    Not my research topic so I'm not an expert, but you're right. The negative mass we're talking about here is an "effective negative mass" which is a result of the numerous strange behaviours that exotic states of matter like Bose-Einstein condensates display. Transposing classical concepts like mass to these purely quantum states of matter where even the notion of a substantial, individual particle breaks down would be misleading, it's quite different from what's involved in the speculative "negative mass" in general relativity.
    But both are still cool. That's why we read sci-fi.
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    Down got a reaction from Funyarinpa in Negative mass observed by physicists. (Alcubierre Drive, anyone?)   
    Not my research topic so I'm not an expert, but you're right. The negative mass we're talking about here is an "effective negative mass" which is a result of the numerous strange behaviours that exotic states of matter like Bose-Einstein condensates display. Transposing classical concepts like mass to these purely quantum states of matter where even the notion of a substantial, individual particle breaks down would be misleading, it's quite different from what's involved in the speculative "negative mass" in general relativity.
    But both are still cool. That's why we read sci-fi.
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    Down got a reaction from dfbreezy in Fuwanovel coup d'etat?   
    You'll have to wait in line, I've infiltrated the fuwa mod team years ago in order to execute my plan to start a Revolution and make Fuwa a marxist state.
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    Down got a reaction from Darklord Rooke in ICYMI: Crunchyroll reduces their video quality to cut costs   
    Basically this:
    https://medium.com/@Daiz/crunchyrolls-reduced-video-quality-is-deliberate-cost-cutting-at-the-expense-of-paying-customers-c86c6899033b#.di7sr2ei6
    Just in case some of you are subscribed to Crunchyroll...
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    Down got a reaction from Hanako in Phenomenology of Catgirl Pornography: A Postmodern Approach to the Fetishization of Animality ©   
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    Down got a reaction from Hanako in Phenomenology of Catgirl Pornography: A Postmodern Approach to the Fetishization of Animality ©   
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    Down reacted to Nosebleed in Phenomenology of Catgirl Pornography: A Postmodern Approach to the Fetishization of Animality ©   
    Catgirls (and anthropomorphic humans in general) are a big fetish in the otaku media. The cat ears have become a staple of moe culture, a status symbol of what defines cuteness. Yet, whenever I play an eroge featuring such creatures, I often times find myself not enjoying a lot of the cutesy physical attributes of these specimen. Why is that?
    As I delved into my thoughts, I finally pieced together the reason for these feelings: catgirl discrimination
    What do I mean by this? It's simple. Catgirl discrimination is a common phenomenom in eroge (and even non-erotic titles) whereby catgirls are introduced as being an important part of a fictional setting, yet they are treated as less than humans throughout the story. Through my hours of research, I  found that often times, animal girls in eroge are introduced as mere plot devices for sexual activity rather than fleshed out characters you can emphasize and form bonds with.
    Now this by itself isn't too surprising. After all, even when there's no catgirls involved, a lot of these games tend to focus on achieving a relationship status with another female human character. However, the difference between the latter and the former is that when humans are involved, they are treated as beings with intelligence. They are equal to the protagonist who wants to romance them. Yes, one can argue about the inherent misogyny in a lot of these titles, but that's beyond the point I'm making. The fact is, human girls are treated, well, like humans (as they should). But when it comes to catgirls, they are typically treated as less than human. They are dehumanized and turned into a creature akin to a pet.
    "What's the problem with that? They aren't humans, so of course they're not treated as such" you say.
    Ah yes, a fair point my dear reader, but let me ask you this then: Would you have sexsual intercourse with your cat or your dog?
    The answer is most likely "no" (if it is yes, please seek counceling. I heard PETA fines aren't anything to scoff at.)
    Therein lies the issue I have. Catgirls have primary human features, and yet they're often times treated as pets in most games. Why would you date someone who you treat like a pet? It makes little sense to me.
    Now you might say "it's just a porn game, it's for fetishistic purposes". And of course I can 100% concede to that. In fact, I myself find it to be a nice fetish to have somebody submissive to you act like a pet. There's nothing wrong with that. However, humans are more than their genitals, and their personalities go beyond the confines of the bedroom. In real life, even when we're talking about people who are into things like BDSM, there is still a human connection beyond their sexual life. No human *literally* becomes slave to another human, they mutually agree to have this type of relationship, and they ultimately see each other as equal in the relationship. Yet with catgirls, they are introduced as nothing more than instruments for sex 90% of the time, and even beyond the bedroom they're still just a pet that will obey anything and everything their owner tells them to. I can not concede that this is a healthy form for a relationship at all.
    Think about it. What is the point of dating somebody that always sees themselves and acts as inferior to you? Where is the happiness in dating someone with no consciousness, who's joy comes from eating food and sexually pleasing you? That is why I can not get behind most games featuring catgirls.
    To me, a relationship partner must be equal to me in status. I don't want to treat my significant other as a pet, but as a human being. I don't want to take them out on walks with a leash, I want to go on dates holding hands with them and eat a giant parfait together, and then pass out on a bench because the parfait was too big and we now feel like throwing up.
    I want script writers to write visual novels about worlds where catgirls are just like other humans. They just so happen to have cat ears and a tail and sometimes say "nya". I want them to be more than things you own that can't live by themselves without you taking care of them. That's what babies and dogs are for, not girlfriends.
    This is not to say I want the end of all games featuring submissive cat girls, that's still a very valid fetish, but I believe it's unfair to treat them like that in almost every single game, especially games where the focus is supposed to be the story and the characters. How can you say you have a game with great characters when those characters are seen as less than human?
    Games like nekopara thrive even though every single catgirl in it is portrayed as a brainless creature that goes into heat at random times and can only survive if the protagonist "relieves" them. Why must they act like animals this much? Why can't they just be regular human beings who you form a real bond with instead of an "owner x pet" relationship?
    In conclusion, I believe catgirls are heavily discriminated against when it comes to visual novels. They are beings that need to be given a conscioussness and a will to act on their own, not to become mere cheap tools for one's sexual pleasure. They have a lot of love to offer to the world, and we should start appreciating them for that, because who knows when they'll go extinct.
    Let's make the world a better place and stop catgirl discrimination. Every catgirl deserves to be portrayed as a being with a brain and a heart. 

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