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Hello, everyone. I've been a member of Crunchyroll for quite some time but have only really just started making use of the community features. Since embracing my inner otaku a couple of years back, I've struggled to find an online community that I really feel like I can "click" with in terms of my interests, so I'm hoping that you lovely people will provide that! :)

I'm a 33 year old dude from the UK, and I like slice-of-life anime, visual novels and JRPGs. Because no-one asked:
favourite anime series include Clannad, Welcome to the NHK, AnoHana and, going by the first few episodes I've watched, Toradora! is likely to be up there, too; favourite visual novels include Kana Little Sister, School Days HQ and Kira Kira; favourite JRPGs include the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, Atelier Rorona Plus (I'm yet to play the others, to my shame) and ol' reliable Final Fantasy.

I play a bunch of Final Fantasy XIV on the Ultros server -- look up "Amarysse Jerhynsson" and say hey if you're that way inclined. And if you're into tabletop gaming, I'd love to hear from you, too!
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I'm not much of a talker but welcome to the Crunchyroll Forums.
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angryjedi wrote:

Hello, everyone. I've been a member of Crunchyroll for quite some time but have only really just started making use of the community features. Since embracing my inner otaku a couple of years back, I've struggled to find an online community that I really feel like I can "click" with in terms of my interests, so I'm hoping that you lovely people will provide that! :)

I'm a 33 year old dude from the UK, and I like slice-of-life anime, visual novels and JRPGs. Because no-one asked:
favourite anime series include Clannad, Welcome to the NHK, AnoHana and, going by the first few episodes I've watched, Toradora! is likely to be up there, too; favourite visual novels include Kana Little Sister, School Days HQ and Kira Kira; favourite JRPGs include the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, Atelier Rorona Plus (I'm yet to play the others, to my shame) and ol' reliable Final Fantasy.

I play a bunch of Final Fantasy XIV on the Ultros server -- look up "Amarysse Jerhynsson" and say hey if you're that way inclined. And if you're into tabletop gaming, I'd love to hear from you, too!



Hello, I'm new to the forums as well! Nice to meet you! You sound nice!
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Heyy, I'm sure there's some people here with similar interests.

Personally I love slice of life and VN's. I also love RPG's but have only played a few JRPG's like FF and Agarest. I tend to stick with my PC and the Japanese don't seem to like that!

Anyway, nice to meet you. I hope you find the online community you're looking for.
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I'm not much of a talker but welcome to the Crunchyroll Forums.


Thanks!
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Cenric wrote:

Heyy, I'm sure there's some people here with similar interests.

Personally I love slice of life and VN's. I also love RPG's but have only played a few JRPG's like FF and Agarest. I tend to stick with my PC and the Japanese don't seem to like that!

Anyway, nice to meet you. I hope you find the online community you're looking for.


Thanks for the welcome! (And thanks to everyone else who replied, too.)

Japan is opening up to the PC a bit more these days; there's a growing indie scene, and many of those games are making it over here thanks to companies like Playism. Xseed and Idea Factory International both seem committed to making PC ports of their popular games happen, too, so that's good.

Any favourite VNs you'd care to recommend? I backed the upcoming translations of Grisaia and Clannad on Kickstarter recently; always on the lookout for new recommendations, though.
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angryjedi wrote:


Cenric wrote:

Heyy, I'm sure there's some people here with similar interests.

Personally I love slice of life and VN's. I also love RPG's but have only played a few JRPG's like FF and Agarest. I tend to stick with my PC and the Japanese don't seem to like that!

Anyway, nice to meet you. I hope you find the online community you're looking for.


Thanks for the welcome! (And thanks to everyone else who replied, too.)

Japan is opening up to the PC a bit more these days; there's a growing indie scene, and many of those games are making it over here thanks to companies like Playism. Xseed and Idea Factory International both seem committed to making PC ports of their popular games happen, too, so that's good.

Any favourite VNs you'd care to recommend? I backed the upcoming translations of Grisaia and Clannad on Kickstarter recently; always on the lookout for new recommendations, though.


Uuh, never heard about Playism before. Good to know it exists.

I only recently realized JRPGs actually exist on the PC and that's probably because of the increase in games on common western places like Steam and GOG. Seemingly all the PC ports I've looked at including Final Fantasy games, Agarest, The Legend of Heroes, Hyperdimension Neptunia etc. have all been released after 2013. So yeah, I believe you. I hope they keep doing that so that I don't need to ignore these games anymore just because of the platform.

Hard to recommend anything but some that I liked would include Grisaia, Kira Kira, Sekien no Inganock, Konosora, Hoshizora no Memoria, Yukizakura. There's a lot of them. I tend to choose them based on characters that I like so story is often secondary.




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Yeah, I kind of take that approach, too; I can forgive a questionable story if the characters involved are entertaining. (My love for the ridiculous "My Girlfriend is the President" will attest to this.) Good to see you mention both Grisaia and Kira Kira; I'm very familiar with the latter and looking forward to the upcoming translation of the former. I don't think I know the others you mentioned, though; I'll be sure to investigate! Thanks!

Yeah, PC ports of console RPGs like Final Fantasy, Neptunia and the like are a relatively recent thing. I imagine it's something to do with the growth in the number of people with "living room PCs" and Steam Machines; many of these games are designed to be played from the comfort of the couch with controller in hand rather than sitting at a desk with mouse and keyboard. Given that many people are now using their PCs for similar functions to what the "regular" consoles offer, it's understandable we're starting to see more and more console-like experiences. I'm not complaining, particularly if it means we get a greater variety of stuff to play and a greater amount of choice over where and how to play it.

That said, I've been doing most of my gaming on Vita recently; there's an absolute ton of great RPGs and visual novels on that platform, and if you enjoy Japanese games it's well worth investing in one.
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I just wanted to say Hello. I see some people have alot of CR points! I don't think I can catch up
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Most of the ones I mentioned are really hard to obtain outside Japan excluding Kira Kira. There's no localisation and it can be a real pain to find imports and then manually apply fan translations or rely on Japanese skills. I'm really happy Grisaia is properly coming here with all 3 games! Hopefully we can expect many more good VNs getting localised in the future :happy:

Vita could indeed be a good solution for someone like me. It's not all that expensive these days, it doesn't need a screen and you can play it anywhere. I definitely need to consider buying one when I'm done with good PC ports.
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Hello, Ernie! I'm not entirely sure how I've acquired so many without being particularly active on the forums until now. Guess I've had a Premium membership for a lot longer than I realised!

Cenric, yes, I'm happy about Grisaia making it over in "official" form; Clannad, too. Sekai Project are on fire at the moment; I had a feeling they'd be one to watch when I played School Days HQ (which they localised, but JAST USA published) a while back. It's great to see the Western visual novel market picking up pace these days; with the growth in "art games" I feel like there's much more of a place for them. Some people are still of the "ugh, sexy stuff" mindset, but a lot more people are starting to come around to the fact that there's some really compelling, interesting stories out there to enjoy. (That and not every visual novel out there has sex in, of course!)
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Sekai is pretty insane for taking two large projects at the same time. I don't think they've ever done even one game that long. They did get a lot of money from Kickstarter and seem to know what they're doing so I'm hopeful.

To be fair, it's understandable why some people have that mindset. If you're not involved with the scene, sadly the only thing you hear about is the "sexy stuff." Before I played my first VN I had never even heard about all of the amazing stories that you can find.

Also, I don't really mind all-ages versions if the game doesn't feel "broken" after it's censored. I played Kira Kira all ages since it was $10 dollars cheaper than the normal version, and I really didn't feel like I was missing anything. Making a second version like that for people who don't care about that stuff might be a good idea.

About the PC ports:

Yeah, I don't mind it either. Even if they ported the games over solely for the living room PC experience and completely ignored mouse and keyboard it would still be better than not having the games at all. The reason why I only use a PC these days is because I simply prefer the convenience of it. I really don't mind the console gaming experience. I'm completely fine with using a controller if it means I can get the great games consoles have while still having the convenience a PC offers.

That said, I still need to think about buying a Vita or something if I can get one cheap. It's probably still going to take a while before all the great Japanese games get here.

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I used to do D&D but fallen out of sorts due to not having any of the newer books or any books anymore really and nobody to really play with em.
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Cenric wrote:

Sekai is pretty insane for taking two large projects at the same time. I don't think they've ever done even one game that long. They did get a lot of money from Kickstarter and seem to know what they're doing so I'm hopeful.

To be fair, it's understandable why some people have that mindset. If you're not involved with the scene, sadly the only thing you hear about is the "sexy stuff." Before I played my first VN I had never even heard about all of the amazing stories that you can find.


Yuuuuup. Articles like https://archive.today/jdakB don't really help the situation, at least not with inflammatory headlines like that. I used to work for a few mid-tier, reasonably well-known gaming sites, and I made a point of championing awesome visual novels -- regardless of whether or not they had adult content -- when I had the opportunity. Quite a few people were grateful for these games getting some attention that they wouldn't otherwise have gotten; however, quite a few people were more than happy to try and reinforce the stereotypes. Sigh. Oh well. I still make a point of trying to play interesting stuff and talking about it to anyone who will listen, though... hopefully the "audience" here will be a little more receptive by their very nature :)


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Also, I don't really mind all-ages versions if the game doesn't feel "broken" after it's censored. I played Kira Kira all ages since it was $10 dollars cheaper than the normal version, and I really didn't feel like I was missing anything. Making a second version like that for people who don't care about that stuff might be a good idea.


I think it's a great idea! I really like what MangaGamer is doing now, which is releasing all-ages versions on Steam and continuing to sell the adult versions on its website... and giving Steam keys away to those who buy the adult versions. Obviously there's some of their catalogue that will never get an all-ages version -- the upcoming Euphoria springs to mind -- but this is a good way of raising awareness of some of their more accessible titles. The Steam community gradually seems to be becoming more accepting of Japanese games in general, too, and we're starting to see more and more VNs of both Western and Eastern origin on the platform. That's something I honestly never thought would happen, so I'm happy about that.


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Such a long post uuh...


Haha. No worries. I come from a long line of lengthy forum post posters, so I'm more than happy to read something with paragraphs and sentences. In fact, I welcome it.
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I used to do D&D but fallen out of sorts due to not having any of the newer books or any books anymore really and nobody to really play with em.


This is my problem. I have a bunch of great RPG systems and I love reading the rulebooks... but can I find anyone to play 'em with? Can I hell.

Grabbed a copy of Maid: The Role-Playing Game (http://www.maidrpg.com/) at PAX East recently and am desperate to give it a shot, but I somehow think it will be a tough sell to my local friends...
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