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Re: Ask!

Post by Aura » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:05 pm

Pseudogenesis wrote:Any particular rationale to the way you named the characters? Lilly's name seems more romanized than the others, although I'm unsure if it's intentional.
Lilly's name is not Japanese because of her parents, one is Japanese and the other is not. They gave one daughter a Japanese name and the other a Western one.

As for the rest, while most of the names don't carry any meaning, there's some interesting stuff here and there, both with the names themselves and their writings. Let's see:
Hideaki is named after A22's favourite anime director, Hideaki Anno
Shizune's name kanji are read "silent sound". Contrary to popular belief, Hisao's name kanji reading is not an intentional pun.
Rin's first name kanji is very unusual to reflect her persona, and her last name is the same as the "godfather of anime", Osamu Tezuka's.
Misha is named after a character in the novel Red Dragon.
Akira is named after a character from one of Suriko's favourite manga, Aria
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Re: Ask!

Post by Suedars » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:26 pm

Aura wrote:
Pseudogenesis wrote:Any particular rationale to the way you named the characters? Lilly's name seems more romanized than the others, although I'm unsure if it's intentional.
Contrary to popular belief, Hisao's name kanji reading is not an intentional pun.
Could you clarify this for those of us not familiar with Japanese?

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Re: Ask!

Post by LeHarlz » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:50 pm

What are the favorite food and drink of the 5 girls? [Seemingly trivial question that means surprisingly a lot.]
You'd think you'd play Katawa Shoujo for a good amount of Katawa Shoujo before Katawa Shoujo keeps you from playing Katawa Shoujo because you're doing Katawa Shoujo in a different sense of Katawa Shoujo, but no!
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Re: Ask!

Post by Kwyna » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:50 pm

Aura wrote:
Aura wrote:
Kwyna wrote:Would members of 4LS consider doing an AMA thread on reddit? Just something I wanted to ask since the KS phenom was on par with skyrim at it's peak there at one point. References to KS still pop up time to time, and reddit loves indie devs anyway.
Combined with the fact that the 4 leaf story is pretty inspiring to a lot of people, I think it'd really be enjoyed by alot of your fans.
You understand you are posting in a thread that functionally is a persistent AMA thread, and literally anyone can pop in and ask us whatever? That said, sure we can consider it, maybe even do it. I don't know if that kind of thing would take of outside of r/ks though.
And bam, we did it: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/x ... ternet_on/
I just saw it. :) Thanks for doing that btw. I must say, I'm a little surprised to see the reaction you're getting. Interest seems to really have died down since February(when KS first overtook skyrim as the most played game on the monthly survey). But if there's anything I've observed about 4LS, its that you're not in it for the glory. Good luck.

And really, thank you for caring about your fans as much as you do.

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Re: Ask!

Post by TheHivemind » Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:45 pm

Suedars wrote:I've got a question for Hivemind:

I know you ended up writing Emi's path because nobody else wanted to and someone had to. Did Emi grow on you as a character over the course of writing her story? Now that the project is done, if you were to time travel back into the past when you all were choosing characters to write, would Emi be your first choice, or would you still want to write for a different character (ignoring any factor of not wanting to write the same story twice)?
Oh no, Emi definitely grew on me as things progressed. Once I'd agreed to do the path, I basically took a lot of elements that I would have given to Rin (because that's the path I initially was going to write) and gave them to Emi instead--which is why Emi's probably a little smarter than she was originally supposed to be (I did have to take out a bunch of references to stuff that Emi definitely never would have read from her dialog early on). So if I were to go back I'd probably still wind up with Emi, if only because Rin turned out so much better than she would have otherwise.

Plus I'm super lazy and apart from adding a little more interaction with other characters I'd probably write the exact same path, but probably a little better because I at least pretend that I grew as a better writer over the last five years.

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Re: Ask!

Post by cpl_crud » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:36 pm

Aura wrote: Misha is named after a character in the novel Red Dragon.

It's actually "Hannibal Rising".

Misha (I actually think it is spelt differently in the novel, but I don't have it on hand) is Hannibal's sister. Things don't end well for her. I think I had just finished reading it when we needed names, and it seemed "Japanese" enough to slip in. Someone, I think it was Aura, then Retconned "Mikado Shiina" in to give her a real name
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Re: Ask!

Post by Oddball » Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:12 pm

cpl_crud wrote:
Aura wrote: Misha is named after a character in the novel Red Dragon.

It's actually "Hannibal Rising".

Misha (I actually think it is spelt differently in the novel, but I don't have it on hand) is Hannibal's sister. Things don't end well for her.
It's "Mischa" in the book.
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Re: Ask!

Post by cpl_crud » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:48 am

Oddball wrote:
cpl_crud wrote:
Aura wrote: Misha is named after a character in the novel Red Dragon.

It's actually "Hannibal Rising".

Misha (I actually think it is spelt differently in the novel, but I don't have it on hand) is Hannibal's sister. Things don't end well for her.
It's "Mischa" in the book.
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Re: Ask!

Post by Helbereth » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:51 am

cpl_crud wrote:I love forums.
Be careful, someone might quote you on that. :twisted:

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Re: Ask!

Post by Suedars » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:27 pm

TheHivemind wrote:
Suedars wrote:I've got a question for Hivemind:

I know you ended up writing Emi's path because nobody else wanted to and someone had to. Did Emi grow on you as a character over the course of writing her story? Now that the project is done, if you were to time travel back into the past when you all were choosing characters to write, would Emi be your first choice, or would you still want to write for a different character (ignoring any factor of not wanting to write the same story twice)?
Plus I'm super lazy and apart from adding a little more interaction with other characters I'd probably write the exact same path
It's funny that you say that. I thought that Emi's path did the best job out of all of them in terms of using side characters.

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Re: Ask!

Post by Josh_Mac » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:44 pm

On the announcement for the soundtrack release, it says it's made by Nicol, Blue, and "Special Guests." Who are the guests and which tracks were they on?

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Re: Ask!

Post by Kyvos » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:59 pm

During Lilly's route, in the scene "Out and About" I believe, she says that she's recieved several confessions in her previous school and this one. She also says that her previous school was a strict, catholic, all-girls school, which would make it unlikely that there were a large number of homosexuals. Was this accidental, or did I miss something?
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Re: Ask!

Post by Helbereth » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:23 pm

Kyvos wrote:During Lilly's route, in the scene "Out and About" I believe, she says that she's recieved several confessions in her previous school and this one. She also says that her previous school was a strict, catholic, all-girls school, which would make it unlikely that there were a large number of homosexuals. Was this accidental, or did I miss something?
Wow... yeah, that seems like a pretty odd mistake. I even looked up the scene and read it for myself... and I recall her talking about getting confessions. I suppose they could have come from... but...

Yeah, now I'm curious. That just seems so off-kilter.

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Re: Ask!

Post by TheHivemind » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:39 pm

Helbereth wrote:
Kyvos wrote:During Lilly's route, in the scene "Out and About" I believe, she says that she's recieved several confessions in her previous school and this one. She also says that her previous school was a strict, catholic, all-girls school, which would make it unlikely that there were a large number of homosexuals. Was this accidental, or did I miss something?
Wow... yeah, that seems like a pretty odd mistake. I even looked up the scene and read it for myself... and I recall her talking about getting confessions. I suppose they could have come from... but...

Yeah, now I'm curious. That just seems so off-kilter.
If I'm not mistaken, this is a Marimite reference. No big deal.

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Re: Ask!

Post by Dawnstorm » Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:57 pm

TheHivemind wrote:If I'm not mistaken, this is a Marimite reference. No big deal.
There was a time when I didn't know what that abbreviation was about. Also I kept reading that as Marmite (which is not the desired reference). So for those who are as clueless now as I was then:

Marimite = Maria Sama ga Miteru. (And, yes, I actually chuckled at the reference; Lilly's character just evokes that show.)

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