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I first heard of the visual novel Genre through the blogs of the Author of Megatokyo, (Fred Gallagher) He raved about Air and how great it was and even did a couple of parody pieces in his webcomic. 

As my interest in Anime/Manga grew I became more interested in VN's and actively went looking for them. Found Katawa Shoujo, Played it, Loved it. (and Lilly. Lilly - best girl!)
Then found FuwaNovel, finally played Air, clannad and then Joined this community. 

Since then I've become rather picky about VN's. I really have to enjoy the artwork before I'll even look at the story. Fault, Cartagra etc are the style of art I particularly enjoy.

I think KS opened a lot of doors for me, and I still like re-reading it now and then. Even if it is just to pay a certain blind girl a loving, sentimental visit. 

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I can't really remember the EXACT first VN I played- it was some old JAST title, I think though. Largely you just had to roam around until you'd triggered all the h-scenes and then there was one ending with the gal I liked the least out of the cast.

Not a very rosy start.

Was it a dungeon crawler? Was it Lightning Warrior Raidy?

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I can't really remember the EXACT first VN I played- it was some old JAST title, I think though. Largely you just had to roam around until you'd triggered all the h-scenes and then there was one ending with the gal I liked the least out of the cast.

Not a very rosy start.

Was it a dungeon crawler? Was it Lightning Warrior Raidy?

No, it was older than Raidy- maybe it wasn't even a JAST title... I just kind of assumed it was them because they were the only ones I could remember releasing translated h-games back then.

I can't remember the name of it at all- it was something where the protagonist's uncle owned an apartment complex and was letting the protagonist run the place and of COURSE all the tenants were pretty ladies? It was kind of silly and I think the main 'heroine' was the protagonist's cousin or something.

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My 1st was Kana ~Imouto~ back when I was in high school a good 10 years ago. I really enjoyed it cried like baby when I read it my 1st time. I didn't read another VN after it though for some years. I eventually read G-senjou no Maou and Muv Luv Alternative. It was these 2 VNs that really got me into VNs and since them I've read VNs fairly commonly. Unfortunately I still haven't read anything I would consider to be better than them,

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My 1st was Kana ~Imouto~ back when I was in high school a good 10 years ago. I really enjoyed it cried like baby when I read it my 1st time. I didn't read another VN after it though for some years. I eventually read G-senjou no Maou and Muv Luv Alternative. It was these 2 VNs that really got me into VNs and since them I've read VNs fairly commonly. Unfortunately I still haven't read anything I would consider to be better than them,

G Senjou No Maou is pretty awesome. It's my favorite VN and Usami Haru is one of the best heroines I've come across. Still have to read the entirety of Muv Luv.

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I started Katawa Shoujo and a few other all-ages VNs, because the concept of a visual novel looked very interesting, and liked those for the most part, though I wouldn't call them amazing.. When I heard about Umineko, I decided to pick it up because I loved the Higurashi anime, and from that point on I was hooked.

Same here, i started with KS after a long time of doubting around and even longer to get to it but once i started i never stopped, the vn world caught me and kidnapped me and i'm it's happy hostage :wafuu: (just realized this sounds wrong, eh XD)

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Hmmm. My first VN that I read would be Katawa Shoujo, back in early 2013. I remember I was sailing the pirate seas that time, and saw "Katawa Shoujo."

I was like, "Wut, Japanese titled game with English trans? Meh, guess I'll try it."

Finished the game in a day or two, only stopping for lunch and dinner. Sadly, even though it was my first VN, it didn't strike me as much as my next VN, which was Yume Miru Kusuri.

Damn, now that VN left a really deep impression on me. 

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On 28/12/2015 at 10:21 AM, Canicheslayer said:

My first VN was True love. It was a long time ago. I was just a stupid horny teenager and I thought it was some kind of Porn RPG :ph34r:I really liked it, finished all the routes and restarted it multiple times.

Same. True Love 95 I played 20 years ago and while it's pretty modest by today's VN standards, it still had a magic, since it was a true dating sim, not just a VN, that today's VN's often don't quite match. After playing it I fell for the genre and haven't been able to stop playing VNs since.

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My first major VN was Katawa Shoujo. I've always been a fan of books and reading. But I guess you can consider my first ever VN was I think Invisible Apartment or Depression Quest. I loved the experience of every VN I ever played, I love how one can immerse themselves in the environment of the character and learning about life and decision making, cause and effects much more all without having to leave the comfort of your seat. Every since then, I'd been really picky with the VNs I play, I enjoy a more mature story (you know what I mean hehe) at the same time with a slice of life. Every click, every sentence, every sound, every second I played VNs was a sublime experience for me.

 

I'd say VNs helped shape my life in more ways than one. I've become even more mature in life, especially when you have to make choices. It's just something--in my opinion--that most or other games cannot copy, something which what makes VNs very unique in the spectacle and library of gaming/reading.

 

I got into VNs because....I've always been a bookworm since I was a kid. I never had lots of friends or went out of the house, the people that were constantly with me...or rather, the 'things' that were constantly with me where books, drawing pads, and stationary. Being an introvert also made me what I am today, I don't dislike the concept of having to party or whatever, but I'd rather be at home spending the day with one or two friends just talking about life and such. I HATE small talk, I'd rather have you talk to me about sex, love, life, the universe, etc.

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That's tough, the first I can remember clearly was one of the sono hanabira's. It wasn't bad after I finished, but I now see it as lacking in a lot of places. It is an Eroge after all though, so that's kinda to be expected. I still read that series due to the extreme lack of pure yuri VN's translated out there.

The first non-eroge VN was most likely Fate/Stay Night. I finished the fate route and started UBW, but started reading something else. So it wasn't the first I finished but first I started. My only issue with Fate/Stay is that Shiro's actions are always motivated by "what's right", "Make me surviving the fire worth it to the dead", and "wanting to finish his father's dream". Think for yourself for once and let Saber fight without you interfering!!!

Comyu is my favorite VN btw.

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My first ever VN is If My Heart Had Wings. I wanted to test how it feels to play VN by playing it first at my android phone, and it felt great. It drives me to play more VNs.

2nd VN is Muv-Luv trilogy, which I played in wrong order (MLA first instead of MLE), and that was the first time ever that a mere game made me feel so sad.

 

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I guess I'm the old guy on the forum with my first VN being Paradise Heights, back in the days of that being new and topical in the western otaku community.

What, never of heard of Paradise Heights?  Come on, it was all the rage back in the 56k dial up days!

https://vndb.org/v1012

Sadly, to make the game downloadable for the...ahem...community...the voices were removed, and those 56k piracy-friendly versions remain the only versions of the game available.  I've been wanting to buy the games of that era just to have them on the shelf in my library if for no other reason, with no luck.  I've always wanted to play the real versions of those games.  (T_T)

Season of the Sakura, Time Stripper Mako, Ring Out Les-Ring...it takes me back.  To say True Love blew my mind would be an understatement.

https://vndb.org/v241

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My, my. I didn't really think that my post would really get this many replies :illya:.

Anyways, looks like most of the Fuwans here started off their VN habits by playing Katawa Shoujo. So now, tell me. Is Katawa Shoujo really that great, despite it being an OELVN?

 

About the other VNs, I already knew about them so you guys don't have to tell me about it.

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My first VN (that I'm still currently reading) is If My Heart Had Wings, and boy let me tell you, Hana... What a first VN to start, it's so interesting!

It genuinely got me very interested in reading even the technical explanations on what a glider is and how it works with the aerodynamics etc.

All the characters were interesting and the story was a nice light-hearted slice of life romance.

It's definitely made me a fan of reading VN's and I only wish they were more widely available in the West. Which is another reason why I really love this community.

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If my memory serves right. My first visual novel would be Long Live The Queen, found it charming with a dark twist. A very good place to start read for newbies in the VN genre... Soon I got interest with reading more VNs and went reading through some Winterwolves title games like Flower Shop and Loren The Amazon Princess. Although not that great, they're pretty decent enough to read to pass the time. After for quite a while has fast, I realized that what I read before were all Western Visual Novels made by people in the west to popularize the Visual Novel Genre which has its roots in Japan. When I found out Visual Novels are of Japanese Origins, I first tried the Fan Translation of Fate Stay Night, then I went on with JAST USA official English translation of Steins Gate. Ever since I enjoy reading VNs, though as of now I wasn't really able to complete most of my playthrough due to lack of time and commitment... 

Hope I'll have some more extra time to read them this new year around and to be able to fully appreciate on what they have to offer 

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i think i got curious about vns from listening to dodger get repeatedly shut up trying to talk about them on the co-optional podcast

so i went to her channel and started watching the reject demon toko, because it had a cool artstyle and some boobs, and i thought it was kind of nice.

i think the reason why i love vns so much is that to me, they are a perfect compromise between books and films. they have the controllable pace of books (very important to me, because of my concentration disorder) but they also have music and visuals to enhance the experience, like a film. there is something wonderful about reading text while listening to music that was made for it, while also being able to pause at will to think a sentence over again

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I'm pretty sure my first Vn was Ks (Katawa Shoujo) and it was amazing..at the time it got me completely hooked and got me into the world of Vn's so im deeply indebted to it and will always hold a place in my kokoro :kosame:

Unlike most people i played shizune's route first and actually liked her :sachi:

Ps: i think i already had posted here but it was a response i think :wafuu:

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