Ame Posted January 13, 2015 Share Posted January 13, 2015 When we think of Visual Novels, we mostly think of it as another story telling genre. The writing is what often gets the most attention. The soundtrack, computer graphics and sprites are here illustrate the story. What if it was the opposite. Would you imagine a Visual Novel being a Visual or/and Musical experience rather than a simple way to narrate ? This is something I've been thinking about a lot lately and which was a result of my disapointment in the artwork quality and the musical quality in Visual Novels. They act as good - sometimes really good - emotionnal catalysts when paired up with the scenario but fail to shine on an individual level. Unless you like traditionnal anime music or what I'll call japanese music overall, it's a little unlikely that any of the tracks of a Visual Novel will find it's place in your music folder. It's not called background music for no reason. Most VN's illustrators (with a few exceptions, such as Huke) do not have a real artistic identity and are pretty much standard manga drawers who gained fame because they could draw moe or hentai in a slightly different maner. This may have to do with what are currently Visual Novels, the way they evolved and their roots (Nukige and Eroge). But if we think of the genre as a mean of expression more than anything else, focus only on its properties and the way we could use them, could it be possible to acheive something ? What I'm trying to do, is to think upside down. It may not even be a Visual Novel in the end, but that doesn't have a clear definition anyway. I personally want to believe that this is possible even if I doubt such a thing will ever happen. I would love to one day play a VN and be genuinely impressed. Not because an ending made me sad, nor because a twist surprised me, but because it would be an experience to read through, to watch and to listen at. I don't think such a thing exists, I would be extremely pleasantly surprised if it did. Would that be something you would be interested in ? Do you think focusing primarily on something other than the plot, or using the writting in a different maner could create something worth checking out ? What are your feelings about the current state of Visual Novels ? and how would you like to see them evolve as they slowly grow outside of Japan ? Down and Gibberish 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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