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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by Megumeru » Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:42 pm

acewing905 wrote:I dunno how many times I can recommend this before people kick me out of here, but I just HAVE to do it for a second time.

マジこい! まじこい!! MAJIKOI!!! (Hint: Click the link to know stuff like plot and characters. :P )

But seriously, it's awesome. I just managed to get through all of the currently translated content. (This VN is sadly currently being translated at a snail's pace due to the translator being occupied with more important matters. However, the currently available routes, 4/6 main routes, are pretty much standalone and can easily be enjoyed by themselves. Latest patch: Click here.)

However, here's the most impressive factor of this VN. Almost all high rated VNs on VNDB have those scores thanks to highly depressing/saddening emotional scenes that grip the reader. But Majikoi never relies on saddening the reader. Instead, it makes the reader smile. I literally couldn't stop having a goofy smile on my face through the majority of it. This is like the only top rated VN that doesn't depend on making the reader cry. It does have a couple of very nice emotional moments, but those are moments where you feel warm and fluffy inside. Very very few outright sad moments. Yet it is great. A healthy dose of comedy and a healthy dose of its main theme of "friendship" balanced really well. This is a VN that just SHOULDN'T BE MISSED. :D :D :D

(PS. Not for you if you are someone who can only enjoy a story that makes you cry. :P )
You know what actually made me checked out Majikoi in the first place?
This:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdaeapZHf3Q
WARNING: MAY CAUSE PAIN IN THE LOWER ABDOMEN

and of course, epic response is epic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VVFxBcSqb8
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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by Mysterious Stranger » Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:18 pm

Silentcook wrote:Mysterious Stranger: Eien no Aselia is a gameplay-based product. If you like the idea of playing tactical battles to advance through the plot, you'll like it. If you don't, you won't.
I went through it once, but was so turned off by the idea of having to loop-replay it many times to complete it that I never touched it again. Your mileage may vary.
Also, and fairly oddly, the removal of the usual sex scenes from the VN left a few potholes in the plot. I imagine the porn would have been as dire as always, but the hack job isn't very inspiring either.

Hanachirasu is a 100% classic, standard VN instead (the first time around, at least). While it gets very faux-technical about faux-swordfighting techniques at times, it never got to the point of boring me - and I found the plot twists (more like U-turns) to be worth the wait.
It's not a progressive, daring piece of writing by any means, but I recommend it.
Well, I really loved the card-based battle system from Princess Waltz, but from the screenshots I can tell that Aselia is a tad more advanced than that. I think I'll definitely give it a try - Hanachirasu will be going on my list as well. Much appreciated.
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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by BobBobberson » Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:46 pm

OK, i need some advice on whether I should try Sengoku Rance. And no it's not for the sex scenes, I hear it has some kickass turn-based strategy game in it. Although it does fall under a VN too. ANyone here play it?

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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by acewing905 » Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:15 pm

Megumeru wrote:
You know what actually made me checked out Majikoi in the first place?
This:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdaeapZHf3Q
WARNING: MAY CAUSE PAIN IN THE LOWER ABDOMEN

and of course, epic response is epic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VVFxBcSqb8
You watched the anime first? Many reviews I looked at say that the anime is terrible. And it also seems to end without any form of resolution. Is it worth watching for any reason?
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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by Megumeru » Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:43 am

acewing905 wrote:
Megumeru wrote:
You know what actually made me checked out Majikoi in the first place?
This:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdaeapZHf3Q
WARNING: MAY CAUSE PAIN IN THE LOWER ABDOMEN

and of course, epic response is epic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VVFxBcSqb8
You watched the anime first? Many reviews I looked at say that the anime is terrible. And it also seems to end without any form of resolution. Is it worth watching for any reason?
No. It's not worth it...the anime (aside from watching some of those scenes)

Well, I didn't watch the anime first. I read the manga, then got a little curious and youtubed some scene, after that I fired up my torrent and hunted for the visual novel.
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They say they hate Shizune? What is this? BLASPHEMY!

SHII-HAEL!
Shizune>Rin>Emi>Hanako>Lilly
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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by acewing905 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:28 am

Megumeru wrote:No. It's not worth it...the anime (aside from watching some of those scenes)

Well, I didn't watch the anime first. I read the manga, then got a little curious and youtubed some scene, after that I fired up my torrent and hunted for the visual novel.
What route does the manga follow? Or is it another entirely new storyline like in the anime?
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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by Bookworm » Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:26 am

Two recommendations:

1) Kana - Little Sister; it has already been mentioned before, but it's - at least in my opinion - the best computer game ever. As it tackles some controversial topics (like incest), I can only recommend it to the open minded, though. A really sad, heart-wrenching and melodramatic story; but lovely Kana is simply adorable.

2) A fairly unknown VN about complicated relationships called Ori, Ochi, Onoe, which you can download for free; if you liked the somewhat dark and gloomy atmosphere in Rin's path in KS, you may enjoy this one as well.

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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by rydiafan » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:04 am

Bookworm wrote:Two recommendations:

1) Kana - Little Sister; it has already been mentioned before, but it's - at least in my opinion - the best computer game ever. As it tackles some controversial topics (like incest), I can only recommend it to the open minded, though. A really sad, heart-wrenching and melodramatic story; but lovely Kana is simply adorable.

2) A fairly unknown VN about complicated relationships called Ori, Ochi, Onoe, which you can download for free; if you liked the somewhat dark and gloomy atmosphere in Rin's path in KS, you may enjoy this one as well.
Kana being the best computer game of all time is a big statement but ill say its one of the best stories in all of gaming

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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by Megumeru » Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:49 pm

acewing905 wrote: What route does the manga follow? Or is it another entirely new storyline like in the anime?
Hmm...can't say for sure. I haven't even played the VNs due to its size and download (and I can't empty that 6gb until I completed AC:R).

But it's more or less an entirely new storyline I believe. The MC didn't go for any of the girls, and they're just going with their daily, comedic, life.
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They say they hate Shizune? What is this? BLASPHEMY!

SHII-HAEL!
Shizune>Rin>Emi>Hanako>Lilly
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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by acewing905 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:58 pm

Megumeru wrote:
acewing905 wrote: What route does the manga follow? Or is it another entirely new storyline like in the anime?
Hmm...can't say for sure. I haven't even played the VNs due to its size and download (and I can't empty that 6gb until I completed AC:R).

But it's more or less an entirely new storyline I believe. The MC didn't go for any of the girls, and they're just going with their daily, comedic, life.
I read six chapters of it, entirely out of boredom. So far, it's pretty good. Most of it is a mix up of all the routes in the game, however. Only the scene where (minor spoiler) Moro is kidnapped in the beginning by a thug who wanted to get to Momoyo seemed to be an original scenario within the first six chapters.
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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by Bookworm » Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:02 am

rydiafan wrote:Kana being the best computer game of all time is a big statement but ill say its one of the best stories in all of gaming
Well, that's just my personal opinion. There are other games I've liked to play so far, but KLS was without a doubt the most touching one with the deepest impact. And it definitely constituted an important reason why I was happy to get to know Katawa Shoujo - finally I had found another game with a comparatively deep meaning, touching serious aspects of life in a similar (though for the most part a little more jaunty) way.

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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by acewing905 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:34 am

Bookworm wrote:
rydiafan wrote:Kana being the best computer game of all time is a big statement but ill say its one of the best stories in all of gaming
Well, that's just my personal opinion. There are other games I've liked to play so far, but KLS was without a doubt the most touching one with the deepest impact. And it definitely constituted an important reason why I was happy to get to know Katawa Shoujo - finally I had found another game with a comparatively deep meaning, touching serious aspects of life in a similar (though for the most part a little more jaunty) way.
Just from what you've said here, "best story" seems more appropriate even for your opinion, as a game has to have some great gameplay to be called "best game", and you're just looking at the story factor alone. Anyway, it's just semantics, I guess.
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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by Bookworm » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:18 am

Of course I'm biased when it comes to this matter. :wink:

As it's usual for a VN, KLS has almost no gameplay at all - unless you want to consider it being gameplay to merely click through walls of text for hours. But in my eyes it's the story that counts - and the story in this game is more touching and made a deeper impression on me than many other games, even though they may be able to offer much better gameplay than a VN.

You might ask: "Then why don't you go and read a book instead?" - Well, you know, I didn't choose that user name for no reason...

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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by acewing905 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:28 pm

All new recommendation incoming! (I guess people would have to wait a while to make any use of this, but meh, I'm too hyper right now to not post this. :lol: )

A new group has begun translating Majikoi! S Currently, they're doing the trial version to see how it goes. Hopefully, they'll feel like doing the full game once they do the trial. Linky!

Some screenies:

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WEEEEEE, I'm hyped. :mrgreen:

(For anyone who wants to try out the partial patch they've released, download the free trial of Majikoi! S here. )
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Re: Recommend a VN

Post by Mysterious Stranger » Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:12 am

acewing905 wrote:All new recommendation incoming! (I guess people would have to wait a while to make any use of this, but meh, I'm too hyper right now to not post this. :lol: )

A new group has begun translating Majikoi! S Currently, they're doing the trial version to see how it goes. Hopefully, they'll feel like doing the full game once they do the trial. Linky!

*snip*

WEEEEEE, I'm hyped. :mrgreen:
I'll go ahead and assume that this is an above-average VN to look forward to, and add it to my list... my depressingly ever-expanding list...
| Can you see what I see? | To the end of the Waltz... | First stop, Nagoya! | Oh, come, lovely child! | To the World of Dreams | Pray to become starry sky tomorrow... | Please... forget about me... | No music, no future |

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