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    Zalor got a reaction from Mr Poltroon in Umineko Discussion (SPOILERS)   
    You put things really well. Umineko's vast scale and how everything gets tied up is my favorite part. As you said, the core story is arguable extremely simple, but its how the real story is everything in between and how vast in scale that is which I love. In a real way, it gets you to question what is the value of reading a story? Enjoying the fun of it and accepting all the fantastical absurdities (magic), or understanding and intellectually dissecting it in search for the "truth", like some kind of detective? Being somebody who for a long time subscribed to the latter style of thinking, I've since adopted the former perspective. In large part, though not entirely because of Umineko. Furthermore concluding a work so long and complicated is no easy feat, and the ending has been having me reread scenes from the VN obsessively. Which hasn't happened to me since I read Suba Hibi.  
    I completely understand your struggle with organizing an analysis of the gold and the golden land. But if you ever were to write it, I would definitely read it.  
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    Zalor reacted to alpacaman in Umineko Discussion (SPOILERS)   
    Anyway it's kind of impossible to discuss Umineko in a comprehensive fashion because it's so massive. Even if you edited down all the maniacal laughing, uryuu-ing and over-the-top fight scenes you would stil probably end up with an 80+ hours read where every single 10 hour chapter gives you more food for thought than most actual 80 hour VNs out there. Some time ago I planned on writing a blog post about how the gold from the Golden Land is a metaphor for truth, but I scrapped it after realizing all the introduced concepts I would have had to explain and all the plot points I had half-forgotten I would have had to read up on and I just couldn't decide where to even start.
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    Zalor got a reaction from Mr Poltroon in Umineko Discussion (SPOILERS)   
    Wow, somebody really did God's work with that. I'll check that fan made VN then. Since generally I'm not a huge fan of manga.
     
    I felt that same way. I've procrastinated reading Umineko for maybe as long as Fuwa has been around. And if you already read through it once, I couldn't imagine rereading the whole thing again. That said, kind of like with Suba Hibi there is a certain joy in not completely knowing and theorizing based on your own interpretations. 
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    Zalor reacted to Dreamysyu in Umineko Discussion (SPOILERS)   
    @Zalor
    Well, in my case, Umineko was what made me fall in love with them.
    Have you tried reading the manga for Episode 8? It makes some things clearer that the VN. If you don't want to read the manga (I personally never did that) you may try this fan-made VN which converts the scenes that were changed in the manga into a VN format.
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    Zalor got a reaction from hungofhydra in Greeting from a humble reader   
    Haha welcome to the club. Key is a great stating place for VNs, and where many long time VN fans got their start. Kanon was one of my first VNs, and look I've been reading VNs for almost 10 years now lol. 
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    Zalor got a reaction from Larxe1 in 2020 Notable releases   
    Seconding this. There are plenty of great older VNs worth checking out. And the above ones are fantastic
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    Zalor reacted to Silvz in 2020 Notable releases   
    You haven't played Higurashi, Umineko nor Ciconia. So you could start with those
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    Zalor reacted to Dreamysyu in Villains that don't go "Too Far"   
    I'm not 100% sure about what you're asking for, but, perhaps, Shinsekai Yori? I try to be vague, but it's still a spoiler that only gets revealed at the very end, so I'll use the spoiler box.
    I'll make another post if I think of anything else. For now, nothing else comes to mind.
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    Zalor got a reaction from Mr Poltroon in Villains that don't go "Too Far"   
    I'm not entirely sure if it's what you are looking for, but since you mentioned Psycho Pass I think its equally applicable. The book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley has an even more methodical and pathological system of human societal organization. And it also fits the criteria where the villains (the system and the select few people predetermined from birth to be in the 'World controller class') don't do anything crazy that could put the system at risk of collapse.  
    I would also argue that Gendo Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion perfectly fits in your desired category.  
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    Zalor reacted to Zakamutt in Greetings from CSS!   
    >post doen't even link to anything
    keeping up the royal tradition of inbreeding I see
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    Zalor got a reaction from Leulight in Hi there.   
    Hey welcome! If your interested in VNs that have poor anime adaptations. You should check out Umineko. You'll want to stay away from the anime, but the VN is great! 
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    Zalor reacted to Leulight in Hi there.   
    Hello there!
    I just recently got interested in VNs. My first VN was Doki Doki Literature Club which I played years ago, I enjoyed it but it wasn't something that got me in interested in the genre.
    I have been watching Anime for quite some time. 
    So, the reason I got interested in VNs was because of Grisaia, I watched the Anime 2 years ago, and it was a fine, enjoyable show, though it had its problems. However, based on a recent recommendation, I decided to give the VN a try, because I heard the Anime was adapted poorly, and frankly, I am loving it right now and this has got me interested in VNs. I plan to play the entire Grisaia trilogy, and also Steins;Gate, Muv-Luv and Clannad. Heard Clannad is adapted well for 1/2 of it, so I want to see it's full potential. Steins;Gate, because I loved the Anime, but again I don't think it's a 10/10 so I want to see how the VN is. Muv-Luv because It's a recommendation from a friend.
     
     
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    Zalor got a reaction from soup_is_boiling in For those who prefer to buy/own visual novels on Steam, what is your primary reason why?   
    I'm the opposite, for a very long time I did my very best to avoid reading any VNs or getting any games if it meant I had to make a Steam account. I don't like Steam bothering me for updates, nor do I like getting their pop-ups for various other miscellaneous things when you use their client even slightly unconventionally. That said, there is a huge convenience factor to it. Especially since there is a good crossover between gamers and VN readers. So I definitely understand why Steam became the default option for many once VNs started gaining in popularity in western markets.
    That said, I really do hate how a handful of tech monopolies (or oligopolies if you want to get technical about it) have so much control over virtually everything we do. And I kind of hoped that at least VNs could manage to avoid falling into their orbit. If big Eroge had to exist (to facetiously quote @Zakamutt signature), I would rather that monopoly belong to an actual Visual Novel company that cares about visual novels to some extent. Steam really doesn't care about VNs, yet they are happy to take advantage of an unfair market place to absorb the western VN market. 
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    Zalor got a reaction from Tay in Any way to switch to some kind of dark mode on the current site theme?   
    Didn't know people liked the dark theme, I'm glad to see a return to Fuwa Green. I still will forever associate the site with this look:
    Also a rare sighting of Tay reminiscing about Aaeru.
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    Zalor reacted to sanahtlig in Any way to switch to some kind of dark mode on the current site theme?   
    Tay just misses the exhilarating adventure of being first mate of a pirate ship leading a FuwaFabulous experiment to free the world from intellectual property.  If only he could return to those days and relive them.
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    Zalor got a reaction from sanahtlig in Any way to switch to some kind of dark mode on the current site theme?   
    Didn't know people liked the dark theme, I'm glad to see a return to Fuwa Green. I still will forever associate the site with this look:
    Also a rare sighting of Tay reminiscing about Aaeru.
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    Zalor got a reaction from Emi in Any way to switch to some kind of dark mode on the current site theme?   
    Didn't know people liked the dark theme, I'm glad to see a return to Fuwa Green. I still will forever associate the site with this look:
    Also a rare sighting of Tay reminiscing about Aaeru.
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    Zalor got a reaction from Mr Poltroon in Any way to switch to some kind of dark mode on the current site theme?   
    Didn't know people liked the dark theme, I'm glad to see a return to Fuwa Green. I still will forever associate the site with this look:
    Also a rare sighting of Tay reminiscing about Aaeru.
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    Zalor got a reaction from Palas in Meta - Fall 2020 Site Chat   
    Hmm, maybe distributor wasn't quite the right word to use, but I don't know what would be a better word to describe it with. VN publishing platform, maybe? Fuwanovel as far as I can tell is the only VN site where the EVN crowd and the JVN crowd mix even a little bit. And the Original VN Projects board sees a decent amount of threads of EVN creators marketing their stuff here. Why not take that a step further and let them upload their projects to Fuwanovel itself. Similar to how Steam is a platform where indie game devs can easily publish their stuff, and gamers can easily find and discover new content. I know that Steam already has a category for VNs, but I think VNs as a medium would benefit if they had their own version of that for just VNs. A place where creators can upload their projects directly to a site where a prospective audience is. And likewise, a site where users can easily download/purchase said uploaded VNs. Certainly it would emphasize that VNs are a medium itself and not just a genre.
    Furthermore, I think it would be very beneficial for both the EVN scene, and for casual VN readers. Having all of this in one site might encourage some people to make more EVNs that caters more to the tastes of JVN fans, and JVN fans by getting more exposure to EVNs might become more adventurous with their own tastes. 
    Realistically, I realize there would be serious hurdles to overcome. Affording the server space alone is a realistic concern. But theoretically, I don't know... I think its an idea with decent potential.  
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    Zalor got a reaction from yumi in Meta - Fall 2020 Site Chat   
    This, but 100% unironically
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    Zalor reacted to Clephas in Meta - Fall 2020 Site Chat   
    As I was one of the members that burned out a while back (too many VNs played for the sake of my blog on the site), I know something of where you are coming from.  I was spending something like 50 hours a week playing VNs, many of them I didn't like or whose concept I found boring and pedestrian, to be able to be fair when doing my VN of the Month column.  I was using a tiny scoop to try to get through the piles of hot steaming brown stuff to get to the stuff that shone regardless of genre, and my satisfaction levels kept falling until I just fell apart.  I was even working on one screen while playing on another at times, while using meal times as a time to get caught up on a VN.  
    To this day, I have to be careful not to play too much in the way of VNs, or my trauma comes back, despite the fact that I am loving what I'm reading.  Heck, I'm currently recovering from another bout of that while doing something else to put myself back together.
    More recently, I was becoming increasingly depressed that the only community I still enjoyed being a part of was doomed.  With the increased rl stress that hits every time I leave the house over the last four  months, I was on the verge of collapse when I decided to get online and do my latest scan of the forums... and saw this.
    To be honest, just the fact that you are getting involved in the site again at all eased a lot of the pent-up stress that has been weighing on me every time I come online of late, so thanks for coming back.
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    Zalor reacted to Emi in 8/13 Forums Update - Bugs/Complaints Here   
    No worries, thats what the developer role is for wich is pinned in both translation and vn projects section. 
     
     just to send me a short pm project name and who (if more then one) needs access 🙂 
    some have the developer tag hidden (due to it was before i added some stuff) and thats why they can post in there without having the badge etc. 
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    Zalor reacted to Emi in 8/13 Forums Update - Bugs/Complaints Here   
    bug that most likely is my fault 
    the "hitbox" for my discord button now sticks over the devfeed. so when you press devfeed you get redirected to discord. 

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    Zalor reacted to Fiddle in Meta - Fall 2020 Site Chat   
    Tay please fix Fuwanovel's Google+ page, that's what's holding us back.

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    Zalor reacted to Deep Blue in Where can I get Narcissu 1 in Japanese for Windows?   
    Am I so predictable? I guess I am 
    To be fair, this is a hell of a coincidence, I haven't visited fuwa like in years.
    Btw I'd still recommend the steam version since the text is more clear to read (the original version is like blurry and murky) and it has some technical improvements and you don't even need steam to run the game, also it's like 300mb and narcissu 1 is 90mb so is not a huge difference.
    Tell your friend to enjoy this masterpiece.
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