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What are you reading? Untranslated edition

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6 hours ago, melo4496 said:

Re-read Leyline 1. I just love this series. The pacing is great. The ADV feel is strong making the reader excited to know what will happen next as Tokusa solve the cases. I'll rate this as a page-turner if this is a book. The manner of how the writer gave/hid the information necessary for foreshadowing in what would someone normally consider as just a simple Tsukkomi-boke or slice of life conversation is just... awesome. Everything is connected. すごいし言えん :lol:

For someone who value comedy elements in VNs, I'd say the comedy here is top-notch. Shimoneta is not used in the game, which is rather unique as most VNs depend on that for laughs. I love shimoneta too though.

I just realized that this VN is rather short, like around 12 hrs I think.

Also, for readers who love twists, this VN is right up your alley. 

Anyway, the world needs more tsunderes. http://i.imgur.com/RCCUmEs.png

I'll now go to either Totono / Inochi no spare / Onigokko. 

I've been wanting to read the trilogy for a while, but because it's going to be translated I set it aside. But considering how the first one isn't even out after all this time, I think I'll try to read them before Dies Irae comes out.

Also, like I posted yesterday, I'm reading Natsuiro Recipe right now, and while the backgrounds are beautiful, it's pretty boring for now... Should have rested a little after Kisaragi, now I kinda want something with action.

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On 4/27/2017 at 2:56 AM, Riku said:

I've been wanting to read the trilogy for a while, but because it's going to be translated I set it aside. But considering how the first one isn't even out after all this time, I think I'll try to read them before Dies Irae comes out.

Also, like I posted yesterday, I'm reading Natsuiro Recipe right now, and while the backgrounds are beautiful, it's pretty boring for now... Should have rested a little after Kisaragi, now I kinda want something with action.

It's good stuff, only if you appreciate Ushio. The other routes are weak but I think some are decent (like Tsubaki's).

.........................

Finished Inochi no Spare. Length is 13.5 hrs
That fucking kabocha. Naita yo maji de kusottare!!! 。゚(゚´Д`゚)゚。
What striked me most in the game is the Family theme. The main reason I cried.
Otoo-san, Okaa-san, Shimai, Ani. 家族っていいなー 。゚ヽ(゚´Д`)ノ゚。
いわゆる1つの、甘くて切ない物語ってやつ!^_^
My impression in the game is "hope" rather than "depression". 
I specially love the epilogue. I cried there and got goose bumps.
What a lovely story.

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Dropped Natsuiro and started the first Leyline. It seems that many people find the side routes a waste of time, so should I still read them, or pass them and go back after finishing the trilogy? Do they add to the story overall so it's better to read them?

 

EDIT: Searching a little told me that it wouldn't add to the story, it would even contradict it. So, yeah, might go back and skim through them quickly at the end.

 

EDIT 2: Finished it (True Route). Well, like often said, it was good but not outstanding. Love the art and the comedy is quite good. Really hyped for Leyline 2! (Thought it'll have to wait until wednesday or even thursday, as I'll be busy until then)

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Been playing Majo to Tsurugi to Sen no Tsuki the past few days. Pretty cool game so far. It's clearly a nukige, but it does have a pretty interesting story and concept, and I'm liking the writing. Reminds me of XX of the Dead on that front.

Wish they would have put a bit more effort into the combat scenes though, as they do feel like it's mostly the same thing over and over, and so far there hasn't been a single CG related to the scenes yet except for the main character's transformation scene. Then again, I still have a decent amount of endings left, so maybe there will be more if it later.

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So, couldn't resist and just finished Leyline 2! And, dayum, it was good! Really liked all the revelations at the end, though I have a question:

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We learn that Furoyamachi Neko is using Suwa Aoi's body during the night thanks to the magical circle in the west dorm. But here's the thing, in the first Leyline, Furoya was with Koga for at least one whole day because of the incident with the Janus Key, but she didn't turn back to Aoi. So yeah, how is it possible? Because they were in the same place as the main magic circle? But even then, it should only be actived at night. Also, weird there wasn't a word about how Aoi was absent during that time. (I mean, a Day Student disappeared and nobody cares? Koga is one thing, being from Tokusa, but Aoi is a normal student...)

Also, just another really little thing, just how much Koga isn't human? He's not human enough to be able to enter the storehouse, but sufficiently human to not be affected by the Mist Lamp (don't remember the name) who can only shrink non human. But to be fair, you can ignore it if you think that you need to be near to be affected and Koga was too far when Momo was shrunk.

Anyway, good stuff, starting Leyline 3 tomorrow!

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11 hours ago, Riku said:

So, couldn't resist and just finished Leyline 2! And, dayum, it was good! Really liked all the revelations at the end, though I have a question:

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We learn that Furoyamachi Neko is using Suwa Aoi's body during the night thanks to the magical circle in the west dorm. But here's the thing, in the first Leyline, Furoya was with Koga for at least one whole day because of the incident with the Janus Key, but she didn't turn back to Aoi. So yeah, how is it possible? Because they were in the same place as the main magic circle? But even then, it should only be actived at night. Also, weird there wasn't a word about how Aoi was absent during that time. (I mean, a Day Student disappeared and nobody cares? Koga is one thing, being from Tokusa, but Aoi is a normal student...)

Also, just another really little thing, just how much Koga isn't human? He's not human enough to be able to enter the storehouse, but sufficiently human to not be affected by the Mist Lamp (don't remember the name) who can only shrink non human. But to be fair, you can ignore it if you think that you need to be near to be affected and Koga was too far when Momo was shrunk.

Anyway, good stuff, starting Leyline 3 tomorrow!

I was waiting for somebody else to answer your question, because I really suck at analyzing and paying attention to minor details. :mare:

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I don't quite remember the specific details of the switching of night and day students so this is going to be unreliable, but anyway. Theory 1, it's a plot hole. lol Theory 2, because Neko was not in the dorm where the magical circle does the switching, at the time it operated. The disciplinary committee makes it sure for the students to go back in the dorms before the "night world" comes into action, and see to it that students go straight to the dorm (where the magical circle does the thing). This means that they won't switch, if not inside the dorm. Even if Aoi disappeared, she was not yet introduced in Leyline 1, so it's unnecessary for the writers to mention her in the first game. Or, nobody cares about her. She has no friends. Everybody hates her. lol For the second question, it will be answered in the 3rd game.

Leyline 2 has the biggest cliffhanger ever... I hope the 3rd game will satisfy you :lol:

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Thanks for answering, but I thought the same thing at first, but here is the problem:

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If doing that would allow Night Students to still be here, all the plan of using the magic stones would be meaningless. I think the magic circle in the West Dorm is activated at the same time as the Night and is deactivated when the Night ends. Well, I guess perhaps you could say it's possible that the magic circle uses enough magic to let the transformation last a few days. But in that case it would be possible to do it without the stones. Though, yeah, Kasumi and Tsubaki wouldn't want to help. A shame it's not explained.

I know for Aoi, but still, she does have friends, so plot hole. x)

Also, a thing I always thought was weird and his pretty blurred is when Ushio came to the school. All point to her coming before the end of the first year. Even in the first day of school, we see that she was here since the year before. But now, the problem is her relationship with the Night Students. It's my guess, but I think the Night Students are eternally in the same class repeating the year. Yet, they still remember the previous year with Ushio, and Ushio act as if it's normal and that, for example, Hina and Iba were in first year and now in their second year, meaning that Furoya wasn't here before, which is impossible. So yeah, it's not clear, but it's pretty much a plot hole too.

 

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On 5/4/2017 at 7:05 PM, Riku said:

Thanks for answering, but I thought the same thing at first, but here is the problem:

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If doing that would allow Night Students to still be here, all the plan of using the magic stones would be meaningless. I think the magic circle in the West Dorm is activated at the same time as the Night and is deactivated when the Night ends. Well, I guess perhaps you could say it's possible that the magic circle uses enough magic to let the transformation last a few days. But in that case it would be possible to do it without the stones. Though, yeah, Kasumi and Tsubaki wouldn't want to help. A shame it's not explained.

I know for Aoi, but still, she does have friends, so plot hole. x)

Also, a thing I always thought was weird and his pretty blurred is when Ushio came to the school. All point to her coming before the end of the first year. Even in the first day of school, we see that she was here since the year before. But now, the problem is her relationship with the Night Students. It's my guess, but I think the Night Students are eternally in the same class repeating the year. Yet, they still remember the previous year with Ushio, and Ushio act as if it's normal and that, for example, Hina and Iba were in first year and now in their second year, meaning that Furoya wasn't here before, which is impossible. So yeah, it's not clear, but it's pretty much a plot hole too.

 

Pretty much common in the mystery genre. Never bothered with them :lol:

Finally got in the mood to read some new VN after rereading KnS series. I'm on 3rd terrace in the second episode. Satsuki is a goddess http://i.imgur.com/6vq8TKk.png and Chizuru is a bitch http://i.imgur.com/E02ONgR.png 

For new reading, have just started Tasogare no Sinsemilla. The setting is Countryside, which is my favorite setting. The art is so good. It makes me wonder why this VN's art is more refined than Tsukikage no Simulacre, which I tried a little bit before. Sakuya hasn't appeared yet, but I can see that she will be my favorite heroine. Looks like it's going to have mystery! I would love to know why a lot of people love the game. http://i.imgur.com/zairJ4J.png

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And finished! (Well, still have the Another Story part, but it's aside from the Main story, so i'm posting my opinion now)

It was good. Or more like, good and sometimes awesome.

Leyline 1: Good, but nothing outstanting, as it's the game supposed to make you discover the world of the VN. CGs are beautiful, and BGMs are kinda nice too.

Leyline 2: The background was set in the first game, so it can go deeper. A little like the first one at first, then it quickly becomes better going deeper in the story. The revelations are amazing and the end really emotional. CGs are beautiful as always, and the new BGMs are nice, particulary Vanish.

Leyline 3: To be honest, I liked the atmosphere of the second game better, but I really liked it too, and Ushio is just too cute in this one. My only complaint is that, well, you know. Anyway, really liked the end, it was beautiful! CGs are eye candy as always, with a few REALLY beautiful ones, and really liked the Ley-Line BGM.

 

Anyway, all in all really liked this trilogy. Plot holes aside, the mysteries were cool. I really liked the humour and the characters, thought I would have liked Koga to be more proactive sometimes, but he's not bad at all. Ushio is a given, and Omaru (Yeah, well, once you're used to it...) and Shizuka are really well developed.

So yeah, time well spent!

Now, I did Kisaragi Gold Star, Natsuiro Recipe (well, only Yuzu's route), and the three Ley Line in succession, so guess I'll rest a few days before playing the next one. I wonder what I'll read next... (I also have Sora no Kiseki the 3rd to do, hope I'll be able to finish everything before Dies Irae)

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Finished Majo to Tsurugi to Sen no Tsuki, and I really liked it. Should have a review up on Clephas' blog sometime later. This game made me quite interested in the prequels, so I might start up Pendulum sometime, to get a bit more of the story.

Now, time to return to ChuSinGura, Bushi no Kodou and kiss my free time goodbye. \o/ Gotta finish the FD before the sequel comes out later this year.

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6 minutes ago, Dergonu said:

Gotta finish the FD before the sequel comes out later this year.

>actually believing it will come out this year 

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Finished Tasogare no Sinsemilla. Length is 35-40 hrs. A fantasy-mystery VN by Applique. I have to admit this is not my thing. There are 7 heroines and finishing all routes including the fragments will lead to the Sinsemilla episode which is the best thing in the game. However I'm not much impressed to be honest. My biggest problem is that I only like 3 out of the 7 girls (Sakuya, Misato, Akane, 2 of which are even sub heroines) making the routes of the girls I don't like, hard to enjoy and stressful. I find Iroha bland, the way Ginko talk exceeeedingly annoying, and there are even two children. My dislike for most of the characters ruined it for me. That being said the 4 "main" heroine routes are technically pretty good. Overall, imoutoge. Sakuya is a first-class imouto. http://i.imgur.com/mq8neAb.png

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Finished Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi (13 hrs). 嗚呼~すっきりしたぜ。Kami yo, I feel so proud finishing this game. Thank you for this xp lol Top-notch art, bgm, presentation and concept. I have no idea that I have a VN like this sitting on my backlog for years. This is my first Nitroplus VN and it's wArPEd aS f U C k. Recommended to those who like baseball, I guess... haha... ha ha ha ha. . .otoko no. . .roman daze.  .  .  . Miyuki.  .  . aishiteru.  .ze.  .  .  .

http://i.imgur.com/Mkay36y.png My favorite character in the game. Love the voice acting.

http://i.imgur.com/iXz20vJ.png The best girl in the game though  :isla:

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Finished Stargazer-少女は星の夢を見る-. It's pretty... okay if you can take some feels and like yuri. More importantly though, this is the first VN I have actually completed in Japanese that's not 明日終わる世界、その前夜, and frankly that one is less than 500 lines in total. A single route plus the common of watajuu is probably longer than Stargazer still, and I finished two of those, but... just let me have this, okay? w

I guess maybe I should continue Hatsusaku now... maybe finishing off In White before that so I get more random doujinge under my belt, lol.

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It's me again! So, since last time, I tried World Election, but put it aside after a few hours. Wasn't too into it, but wasn't bad, so for now it's on hold.

Then I read Yomegami. Well, just Airis' route to be precise. Wasn't bad, but didn't like it that much.

Then, the main one: Aokana.

I wanted to read it for quite a long time, but with all the translation projects I waited, and waited, then for some reason, a few days ago, I got the sudden urge to read it, so I did it.

Long story short, enjoyed it, was really fun, loved the art and the musics, so if someone could tell me how to extract ALL the CGs (FC and normal) as well as the BGMs I'd be really grateful.

Asuka's route was obviously the most satisfying, but really liked Misaki's route too. Mashiro's route was cute, and, unfortunately, I wasn't interested in Rika's route and half-read it, skipping a lot of text. Best character is obviously Aoi, one more reason to like Asuka's route. As for Masaya, I was a little disappointed as he's useless most of the time as a Second, and I really wanted to see him play FC (like most of us). So yeah, I'm waiting for Zwei not for Saki, but because I hope he'll play FC in it.

Got the Vita version too, and damn, the CGs are even more beautiful on the Vita screen! The few added CGs are nice too, as well a the few new tracks (OP and I noticed one during the final match in Misaki's route). Still can't listen to the BGMs, but they added a Replay for all the matchs, which is cool!

 

Now I guess I'll read a short one and wait for Dies irae.

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On 5/20/2017 at 0:14 AM, Riku said:

Asuka's route was obviously the most satisfying, but really liked Misaki's route too. Mashiro's route was cute, and, unfortunately, I wasn't interested in Rika's route and half-read it, skipping a lot of text. Best character is obviously Aoi, one more reason to like Asuka's route. As for Masaya, I was a little disappointed as he's useless most of the time as a Second, and I really wanted to see him play FC (like most of us). So yeah, I'm waiting for Zwei not for Saki, but because I hope he'll play FC in it.

I want to reread this thing. I have the same thoughts except that I'm waiting for Zwei for Saki too. lol I was amazed with the concept of FC, but the protagonist is weak-willed. He should regain himself on Zwei, yes.

Houkago no Futekikakusha (21 hrs). I have tried this last year but was too scared and dropped it after knowing their situation. こんな世界なんていやだよ!うわぁぁぁ~ お母さああぁぁぁん~!yeah I was something like that. Though because of Inochi no Spare, I became quite confident so I read it. Turns out I developed a strong resistance towards tragic stories.

Looking at vndb, the distribution of votes is really wild. While I can understand why some readers hate this game, I just love it so you can do nothing about it. Houkago no Futekikakusha is a fantasy-utsuge with mystery and chuuni elements. A pattern can be seen in the routes, but it never felt repetitive. I hated Shiori-sensei but hey, I came to like her and it turned out that she had the better route aside from Haruka. Kanade though is simply the cutest heroine (piano girl~ otoko no roman!) and am quite disappointed with Asagao because she felt like an incomplete tsundere... My route rankings will go as Haruka>Shiori>Kanade>Asagao. For heroine rankings, it will go as Haruka>Kanade>Shiori>Asagao. Asagao is by no means a bad girl or has a bad route. It's just that, it appeared to me that she didn't shine in her own route. lol. 

On the other hand, Haruka is the best. I have never seen a heroine as otokomae as her before. I'd say she's more courageous, and more kakkou ii than most protagonists in VNs. She is intelligent, can think calmly even on extreme situations, and will never leave those in need of her help. Plus the VA... Wow. I'm loving her VA (same as Misato in Sinsemilla), which strikes me as sexy and cute. The contrast between her girliness and "manliness" easily puts her in my list for top 3 heroines in VNs.

Itsuka who is partially-voiced (Narita from Hello lady), doesn't fell too far behind from Haruka's awesomeness. He is a ganbariya, has strong sense of responsibility, and doesn't hesitate to sacrifice his feelings for the class he treasures. He seeks to regain their carefree and casual days more than anything. Thinking about it, he's a little bit simillar with Dies Irae's Ren, but Itsuka is better. Ren kind of always try to act cool in front of the girls, but Itsuka is naturally kakkou ii.

Outstanding cast. Top-notch voice acting of all the characters. Heroines and protagonist aside, the couples in the game stood out to me as well.

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Favorite pair would be Kuwata x Toyoshima. I'm very curious to know more about how their relationship was developed. Chemistry is batsugun. I love girls like Kuwata.

The CGs are good. Around half of them are those you would expect from a chuuni VN. The bgm are mainly piano pieces that effectively adds to the atmosphere. Games like this sure have good bgm eh. It has few icha-icha (thank God) and h-scenes but there is a patch for additional h-content. Kanade is so cute there...

Overall I was highly satisfied, and it was a lot better than I expected. I was literally clapping my hands on the ending. My biggest complaint though is that it wasn't able to make me cry. I got teary-eyed 3 times, but that's it. It's a very emotional VN but the fantasy elements prevented me from deep immersion into the story. This always happen to me. I-It's not like I don't have a heart or anything. I just find it difficult to imagine myself in the same situation as the characters in a fantasy VN. Aside from that, I wanted to see more of their slice of life scenes, even in the form of flashbacks or something. The cast is just so good, I wanted to see some more of their normal life. "Another story" for each couples would have been pretty interesting too... Too bad, I'll just leave that on my imagination... On another note, I'm not bothered in most readers complaint as to "Why on earth do the characters have to suffer on this nightmare!!!". I was like 別にいいじゃんか。細かいこと気にすんなっての lol

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ハハハハハっ!おまえが普通なわけねぇだろう?

 

Can have minor spoilers I guess

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http://i.imgur.com/p2k0iph.png まさか!俺を励ますための、コスプレだと!?

There goes the last VN for me before starting, most probably, the busiest jiki of my life so far. And I wanted to read the Newton's apple game and Dies irae's english version too...  Hiatus, hiatus...

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I'm starting to kinda hate myself... I just can't do every routes in VNs anymore...

I finished 2 routes (Meryl and Phyllis) of Racial Merge and started Alicia's, but I just couldn't continue and stopped. It's not bad, I really enjoyed the common route (In fact, I LOVE CR in VNs, contrary to many people), but the routes are just too normal, I guess? They are fun with good comedy and the other characters who don't disappear (In fact that what I liked the most, the utility of the side characters), but after doing two it's kinda difficult to do the others.

I guess from now on I'll just read the routes of the heroines I'm interested in, unless all the routes are needed to understand everything or they're all interesting.

On the bright side, I now understand why @Clephas likes AXL so much, and I added some of their VNs in my backlog. Also, true there are some problem with the proportions in the art, but some CGs are really beautiful, so I quite like it.

And now it's time to take a rest. To be honest, I didn't even intend to read so "much" VNs before Dies irae. So now I'll either truly rest, or I'll distract myself (again) from translating by starting another one...

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