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  1. Although recent trends seem to be saying otherwise, I quite agree with you! There's a magical quality to VNs, and reading a great VN is an experience like no other. The potential for them to get popular is all there in the medium, it just needs better marketing. In any case, I'm glad you're doing you're best to advocate for VNs! Btw, I'm happy to hear you read my VN. I hope it was an overall enjoyable experience, I'm aware it's far from perfect. But if people now and again are still reading it and are getting something out of it, that makes me happy.
  2. Good to see somebody fighting the good fight! I like the energy in your posts and your optimism. Although I'm largely in agreement with solidbatman that the Western VN scene in general seems to be in decline. But I do genuinely believe there is a place for VNs as a medium as they offer a unique experience unlike any other medium. A bit over a year ago I uploaded a video in which I talk about all the reasons I think VNs have potential as a medium in a digital era. I realize that you're specifically concerned with reviving interest in Fuwanovel, but reviving interest in VNs would be crucial for
  3. You weren't kidding! Apparently it's called Air Pocket Advance. There's also a Game Boy Color version called Air Pocket: The GBC version looks surprisingly good all things considered (it sounds like shit though). The GBA version actually looks (and sounds) pretty good and seems to be a decent port. Even the opening theme sounds pretty good on the GBA version. And to believe there are people out there that shit on the GBA sound chip... All the information about it is in Japanese, but you can read up more about it here. Apparently the way the port works is that
  4. There is certainly no official port of Air on the Nintendo DS. It's possible that if you know what your doing with DS hacking and homebrew stuff, there is a way to get it to work, but that's obviously more of an engineering project than any practical way to read Air on the go.
  5. Kind of relevant, but Tsui no Sora (the 1999 precursor to Subahibi) has an animated OVA, and it's considered by some to be the worst anime to ever exist. I'm sure there's worse, but damn is it near the bottom of the barrel.
  6. That has more to do with this site being a ghost town within cyberspace. We're just the old farts who refuse to leave
  7. I want to help you out, but from my perspective they all look equally trashy (I hate moe and loli designs with a passion). But going by your descriptions the first one seems most interesting, which is ironic because its cover art left the worst impression on me of the three. I'm going to trust in your impression though and say go for the first one.
  8. I'm not exactly sure what your cut off point is for mid-2000s, but for simplicity's sake I'm going to judge that to be 2005. With that in mind, here are my recommendations: Saya no Uta (Released 2003) Symphonic Rain (Released 2004) Ever17 (Released 2002) Kana Little Sister (Released 1999) Crescendo (Released 2001) The early Key VNs, Kanon and Air (Released 1999 and 2000 respectively) YU-NO (Released 1996) Policenauts (Released 1994) Snatcher (Released 1988)
  9. I certainly recommend checking it out for yourself. One thing I should mention is that I think the VN's Opening is classic (it's part of the reason I had such high expectations)
  10. Eh, I mean I don't mean to be a downer but I'm not one to censor my opinions either. When I first felt comfortable enough with my Japanese, I read Snow since I'm a huge fan of Kanon and I heard its Japanese isn't very difficult. Short end of the story, I ended up dropping it because I found it very boring and not nearly as charming as Kanon. Admittedly, apparently relative to other VN fans my standards are rather high. But, I did find Snow to be a tremendous disappointment. And this is coming from somebody who really wanted to like it (since I both love nakiges and snow-settings)
  11. I agree, the merging of dating sims with adventure games was an interesting development that was central in creating VNs. If you go back to the Sound Novel era with stuff like Kamaitachi no Yoru, it's not immediately obvious that the two genres (sound novels and dating sims) would work so well together. But because of that hybrid, VNs went in the direction where choices effect the direction the narrative goes, choose your adventure book style. Currently I'm playing some retro point and click games, and its interesting how open to exploration they are, but the structure of the story is more lin
  12. Yeah, I mean both VNs and point and click adventures have their roots in text adventure games and interactive fiction. What I find kind of interesting is that at a certain point, both in Japan and in the west the emphasis of interactive fiction starts getting placed more on the fiction, and relatively less on the interaction. In early text-adventures, the fiction is really just an excuse for interaction. But in the 90s with both VNs and point and click games, this seems to flip where the interaction becomes a means to explore the fiction. Kind of like looking at an evolutionary chart of
  13. Don't know anything about this, but I'm assuming you (or friends/associates) worked on this so congrats on finishing the project!
  14. Excellent video, it's really quite well done from pretty much every aspect. While not directly related to the video, I do have an observation I'd like to share and I'm curious about your thoughts. Briefly in the Intro & History portion of the video you go over how Japanese PC games eventually evolved to become more story focused. Eventually embracing more text heavy games. Bowl of Lentils in his video does a good job connecting this to the history of Japanese Adventure Games. Something I find quite curious though, is that at around the same time American PC games also began to merge s
  15. Update: Okay, so a friend on another forum corrected the Spanish (apparently Google translate did mostly a good job), and I sent the Spanish translation team an email. Haven't heard anything from them yet, but it's only been a day. Hope they respond soon though. In the meantime, I've been looking into the hacking side of things myself. Since I'm intending to translate the 2020 download edition of For Elise, I'm in some luck because that runs on SiglusEngine. Good News: With the tool SiglusExtract I was able open up and extract many of the game's files. Bad News: There is no
  16. Visual novels seem to have gained a dirty reputation as cheap, disposable works of escapism. Often focused on simulating relationships in a digital, anime themed virtual reality. When I think of a visual novel fan with the most vanilla taste, I think of ones that want to be coddled in anime cliches so thick any semblance of reality's discomforts can be forgotten. Among other reasons, I think this is an explanation for why For Elise ~Elise no tame ni~ has been so overlooked. No other visual novel has ever felt so raw. There is hardly anything anime about it, aside from the character design
  17. I thought about that as well and I think you're right. It's more a courtesy thing. I feel like they would be more responsive and willing to help me if I reach out to them in Spanish. But maybe I'm overthinking it
  18. I am highly interested in translating For Elise ~Elise no Tame ni~. On the translation side of things, everything is set. A competent bilingual friend of mind who is also a huge fan of the work agreed to work with me on this project. The only missing team member is a hacker who could both extract the script and insert the translated version back in (and create a patch) is missing. I've thought about contacting the translation team Chaos Gate Team who translated For Elise into Spanish, but I don't know any Spanish myself. Of course I thought about just emailing them a Google translated ver
  19. Welcome! What VNs have you enjoyed so far?
  20. That's very honorable of you
  21. I'm so confused. How was this blog posted yesterday, if there are comments that are literally dating back to 2019 here? Is fuwa glitching out, or what? EDIT: Oh, I see what you did you sly dog you. Apparently editing the blog post bumps it up the list. Had no idea you could necro blog posts that way.
  22. That's a nice length. I have a hard time getting into longer VNs these days. Also I think I fall on the ~ 4 hour side of that spectrum lol
  23. Looks interesting. Around how long would you say it takes? The vndb page doesn't have an estimate Currently I'm reading For Elise after not having picked up a VN in a while myself. I think it's highly underrated, and I'm loving it. If you like darker stories with more realistic characters, you'll love it. If that doesn't sound appealing however, then it's probably not for you.
  24. I was mostly just explaining the sentiment behind mitchhamilton's comment, since it seemed to have been misunderstood a bit. As you mentioned, given the state of these forums there really isn't any objective harm to dumping video links (at this point in time). But it does kind of break an unwritten rule of forum culture. As opposed to Reddit which is basically solely focused on whatever topic a particular subreddit is about, and seems to be pretty accepting of self promotion. Forums always balanced that with a communal aspect. Hence why people like Solidbatman and other once prominent members
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