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[EDIT: Polls added!] Fureraba ~Friend To Lover~ released on Nutaku! (notable feature: Uncensored adult CGs)


Fureraba Favorites Poll  

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  1. 1. Which route do you like most?

    • Hiiragi Yuzuyu
      6
    • Mochizuki Rina
      11
    • Minahara Himari
      1
    • Secret Black Hair Girl
      6
  2. 2. Which heroine do you like most?

    • Hiiragi Yuzuyu
      6
    • Mochizuki Rina
      7
    • Minahara Himari
      1
    • Secret Black Hair Girl
      10


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3 minutes ago, wyldstrykr said:

the voiced line says "doZo"

This kind of question is always tricky.

"Do you mind if I turn on the TV?"
"No."

Which means "Yes, you can turn on the TV".

The issue might be with 'care', which isn't often used like this. The meaning should be the same, more or less, though...

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9 minutes ago, wyldstrykr said:

 

the voiced line says "doZo" 

 

Well, that isn't exactly wrong - she doesn't care about it / doesn't mind it == he can turn it on if he wants. Similar meaning to どうぞ.

Ahh, I see Mr Poltroon was faster :-) I agree - if they used "mind" instead of "care" it would probably be clearer.

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I just finished Misaki's route and entered Himari's route

 

Well the translation quality is pretty good, atleast i never had any trouble in understanding anything and they did not westernize it too much like Chorno Clock did.

Misaki's route was also pretty fun, her route broke some usual cliches which was nice to see

like how accepting their parents were and how infact she isnt just a typical naive rich girl and is just someone misunderstood lol, even i was surprised at those parts that they didnt go with the cliches

It was fun to see how she gradually grew closer and closer to the MC, there was no stupid drama in the route either which was nice for a change, I realy hate forced drama esp break-up drama, it ruins the mood (Looking at you Hatsukoi 1/1)

 

I heard Rina's route is the best written so i've been saving her for last, she was a fun character in the common route 

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Yuzuyuzuyuzuyuzuyuzuyuzuyuz's "big backstory"-moment was kind of weird. Like, there was no setup for 

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the bullying at all and the "little brother and family" thing which I assumed was "her thing", didn't go anywhere and was dropped

Yeah, that was kind of strange, especially when in Rina's story all of that flowed way more natural. But in the end, it's one 10 minute scene after 8 hours of lovey-dovey sugary romance so I won't remember that as a big dealbreaker. 

 

Also, I have to give Smee credit for what I call "putting all the money on screen". Giving you the choice of hairstyle for multiple characters and having them swap outfits for every date, while applying those customizations to the CGs too is not cheap and not easy to do.

I vividly remember how Sakura Spirit couldn't even bother to make new sprites for the kimono-festival scene (I'm not sure if it was, but I wouldn't be surprised if that scene was actually called "kimono-festival"-scene in the script), leading to the main characters holding invisible weapons.

Paying artists (or a sweatshop full with children) ain't cheap, so probs to Fureraba. :mare:

EDIT: Misaki is a precious cinnamon bun and needs to be loved.

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I have few complaints, the translation is absolutely liberal one too many swear words, I am fairly certain that wasnt in the original version. Also VN could have been a little more serious, MC was sometimes was so annoying with jokes. Otherwise decent read, especially liked the minimal use of clieches from other VNs, no annoying drama filler, though sometimes on a boring side.

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28 minutes ago, Swim Swim said:

I have few complaints, the translation is absolutely liberal one too many swear words, I am fairly certain that wasnt in the original version. Also VN could have been a little more serious, MC was sometimes was so annoying with jokes. Otherwise decent read, especially liked the minimal use of clieches from other VNs, no annoying drama filler, though sometimes on a boring side.

The translation is faithful if anything.

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Okay, I finally slogged through this waist-high puddle of rainbow colored puke and happiness, so I feel like a proper sloppy write up from me is in order. If only because I haven't done it for a while. :Keepo:

 

Fureraba is... Thoroughly enjoyable! As others have alluded to, it's a competent hybrid between a moege and a dating sim, which drops the two most common and also most annoying parts of both genres; The melodrama and on-screen numbers respectively. Fureraba pretty much nails what it what it wants to be, which makes recommending it pretty easy: Are you interested in hours of flutty girlfriend fantasy and are you okay with not much substance outside of that? If yes, dive in and if not, never touch it. Pretty easy, as I said. The few writing things that I will point out is the humor/language. I found the humor mostly chuckle worthy with a fair share of good ol' knee slappers. But a few times, the language was really... eh... blunt, which turned me off sometimes (especially that opening scene, oh my god did I cringe). Expect to be hit by "youthful" words like a sledgehammer. No comments on translation-faithfulness, because I don't know shit about that.

 

Can't think of a clever segue, so let me get the technical stuff over with: The font "bug" is annoying, especially because it translates to other font choices, so it might take some eye-adjusting to get used to. I recommend turning the window transparency lower than you might be used to, because it makes non-bordered lines easier to read. As far as the other options go, it's what you would expect from a semi-modern VN, I can't think of any particular option I am missing, but I'm personally not into settings. Gimme volume scales and an "always inside" option and I'm good. Oh, that I might be missing. 

 

Speaking of getting graphic, the art. Yada, yada, art is subjective, yada yada yada, check the screenshots whether you like it or not. :reeee: For me, the sprites are passable, the CGs are fine (give me very strong moonstone vibes for some reason) and the backgrounds are good. What brings me to even talking about this subject, is the "customization" I mentioned previously. 3 of the 4 girls can have their hairstyle adjusted and will wear a multitude of different outfits through the reading experience, which is actually hella neat. That shows that somebody, somewhere in the production cared enough to commission extra art. Which isn't free, because even "swapping" a hairstyle from a CG takes consideration in terms of layers, lighting and having the foresight to draw a CG considering different hair placements. 

 

More customization is found in the soundtrack. For usual purposes, there's enough tracks in this soundtrack and they are decent. People who like lyrical OSTs will be disappointed, not a lot of voice work in the music. The thing I wanted to point out, is that all the heroines have a [friend] and a [love] version of their individual themes. Which I think is pretty neat, the friend version are more upbeat and the love versions more sparkly. (Except for Rina, who for some reason gets a sick bass when falling in love. :illya: )

 

The spoilers window will talk very briefly about the characters. Rating the routes is almost pointless, because all of them have basically the exact same structure and there isn't a complex story anywhere either, so I primarily focus on the girls. liked Misaki the most, followed by Rina, Yuzuyuzuyuzuyzuyu at third and Himari at lowest. They're all good girls.

Anyway, nothing really important to spoil in here, but I recommend „uncovering“ the fourth girl yourself rather than looking her up, because the setup for that is fun.

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The protagonist

He is a dork, but I appreciate the rare sight of a Japanese male willing to reproduce prior to getting a girl for a change. Aforementioned "sledgehammer-lines" can be cringy, but some of them are just so blunt and dry that I got floored real good.

 

Himari:

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The childhood friend. Himari is the funniest girl in terms of delivering straight-up funny lines, while Misaki is the funniest girl in terms of how she makes the other characters react to her. Anyway, Himari is cutesy, highly pouty (also known as :T) and her rare, vengeful little moments are good too. I like that she doesn't have the role of the best friend despite being the childhood friend (and that she probably watches RedLetterMedia and shits all over Marvel Movies on image boards :Teeku:).

 

The girl of the many u's:

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yUWUzu's 9001% pure, unadulterated dere. She's surprisingly bad tsundere trash for the tsun-connoisseurs, because she loses that trait very quickly and I actually forgot how "mean" she was for a good 3 chapters until she stomped the male-side character-friend into the floor. Uyuzuyu is the choice if you don't want your fuzzy dere behind a layer and just inhale it straight up. Like coccain.

 

Rina:

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Rina is the bro. Dating your bro is fun times. Her traits are being friendly, girly, smug as fuck and the most clingy after you hook up with her. This is the shortest I have written, but that really is all that needs to be said, Rina is just great. I also feel like the game makers had her as a clear favorite, because they gave her the most CGs and the most H. 

 

Misaki:

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Misaki is a precious cutiepie and needs to be cared for dearly. She's the quiet, shy girl, so a lot of her interactions happen over the protagonist and the narration, which makes the times she does say something have more impact. She is also the funniest girl in terms of indirect gags and shenanigans. Misaki has the strongest ":T"-game and the whole setup for her character is actually really funny when you really think about it. Misaki plays the best off-of the Protagonist in my opinion and has the best theme music.

 


That's it. Why did I waste my time writing this instead of reading more "pretend to not be lonely and sad for 10 hours"-porn games on my computer?

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On 4/10/2018 at 8:23 AM, kokoro said:

The translation is faithful if anything.

Unless you know JP, you literally have no way of determining that.  The only way you can tell if a translated script is "faithful" to the original is by comparing the same lines from both releases, and even then you can argue about the minutia of the translated sentences, like tone, connotation, appropriate word choices, the overall quality of the prose, etc.

I sincerely doubt that anyone that's either praising or bashing the script has done enough research to actually be able to back up their claims with evidence.

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Finished 3 routes (Kinda, Himari still half left but it got boring lol) 

After entering Rina's route, some things i noticed(really minor spoilers)

 if you make progress with Yuzuyu or Rina, Himari always seems to get jealous and tries to talk to you heck with Rina there's even a scene where she's completely jealous of every girl you talk to which was funny lul

:wahaha:

Misaki didnt have those, i guess she really was intended as a bonus heroine glad they put her in, she's still my favorite :mare: She gets along best with the MC, interactions with her are just adorable

 

Overall great Moege, there is no dumb drama just pure fluff :Chocola:

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On 4/10/2018 at 11:23 PM, kokoro said:

The translation is faithful if anything.

The TL-ed version is wayyyyy too westernised; as if the game took place in a Caucasian country instead of Japan

Very difficult to image this is the truth if you meant the localisation is faithful to the original Japanese one.

 

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8 hours ago, phantomJS said:

The TL-ed version is wayyyyy too westernised; as if the game took place in a Caucasian country instead of Japan

So they did something similar like what has been done with Chrono Clock protagonist? That's a pity, as it was one aspect of CC that I didn't like. However, not a dealbreaker, so I'll probably still try it.

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1 hour ago, adamstan said:

So they did something similar like what has been done with Chrono Clock protagonist? That's a pity, as it was one aspect of CC that I didn't like. However, not a dealbreaker, so I'll probably still try it.

no not really, you dont really notice much, atleast i didnt

 

1 hour ago, Kiriririri said:

Fureraba is my favorite TL after Chrono Clock

Agreed! Its been a while since i enjoyed a moege, Chrono Clock was the last one

 

Thats why I'm excited for Hapymaher(same dev as Chrono Clock) and mangagamer is doing it this time ;d

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finished the 4 routes.

its enjoyable. its even lighter and less drama than some VNs like imouto paradise and nekopara. still confused if misaki is cuter than yuZuru.

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question: how to unlock the 28th track? also there are 2 tracks in misaki route/story that didnt even have a bgm name when the save file is loaded here.

also i cant differentiate between rina friend theme and her lovers theme. same thing with "friend to lovers" and "lovers to ....." i need to go to the doctor and have my ears check.... so that i can hear the ah ahh ahh nnn mmmm part clearly

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There are a few tracks that play during brief moments (such as watching a film with Himari) that do not have names and do not appear in the Extras. According to wyldrstrkr, Misaki has some too.
I currently suspect these may be reused tracks from previous games. I have been told that some of the backgrounds that make short appearances in certain routes may be reused. That is to say, these are all brief references.

This is, however, speculation. I cannot in any way confirm if this is correct. And neither have I unlocked this 28th track, so that could shed some light on things, possibly?

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8 hours ago, TexasDice said:

Maybe track 28 is the bad ending? Anyone tried out what happens if you just don't choose a girl?

I did and this happened (spoiler alert):

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Nth really happens. Kyosuke goes out  with Genki and Momo and laments about not getting one at the end of summber (30th June). His buddies cheer him up a bit, and he decided to try again next time

 

 

11 hours ago, adamstan said:

So they did something similar like what has been done with Chrono Clock protagonist? That's a pity, as it was one aspect of CC that I didn't like. However, not a dealbreaker, so I'll probably still try it.

Nv played CC before so that's not what I meant.

What I want to say: see the picture in the top post; that's not a typical jap conversation. Instead, it's what you will usualy find in countries like the US. The entire VN is localised like that, which I'm pretty sure is not faithful to the original jap text at all

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