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I love pretty much anything by Key, so I am looking forward to their Angel Beats VN that may or may not be translated one day.

I am pretty picky when it comes to VNs, so I actually have a ton of trouble finding the right ones. I won't read anything less than 50 hours long and not top-tier. Now that I finished the Muv-Luv series, I'm not sure what VN to read next.


Besides the Key novels, I've read five that were (or come close) to being that long. Apologies if you've already read them.:

Fruit of Grisaia: Excellent all-around.
Devil on a G String: Great story, especially True End; MC is kind of a jerk, but he grew on me. I'm assuming you've read this, however, based on your pic.
YU-NO: A bit dated in terms of graphics and game mechanics; there is a lot of very clever storytelling here... if you don't mind the incest (and there is a lot of that).
Katawa Shoujo: Don't remember whether I hit 50 hours played here or not. A solid, if unspectacular, romance VN
Steins; Gate: Best non-Key VN I've read


I have read all these other than YU-NO and Katawa Shoujo. I will give them a try, thanks
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I'm going through Rewrite and Muv Luv right now. Rewrite is especially awesome. I will finish Muv Luv when I get through all of rewrite.

Also good man making this thread faris but you have to market it to the other Fate actives. I had no idea this was here.
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jordancharacter wrote:

I love pretty much anything by Key, so I am looking forward to their Angel Beats VN that may or may not be translated one day.

I am pretty picky when it comes to VNs, so I actually have a ton of trouble finding the right ones. I won't read anything less than 50 hours long and not top-tier. Now that I finished the Muv-Luv series, I'm not sure what VN to read next.


Some good longer works:

I/O: really good sci-fi, mind-bending story; it borrows a fair bit from the Infinity series, particularly Ever 17, but it's the same scenario writer, I think.
Grisaia no Kajitsu: nothing groundbreaking, but very clever and kinda charming; it also has one of my favorite protagonists
Hoshizora no Memoria: very similar in tone to a Key VN, though the protagonist is much more proactive than in most of their works
Ayakashibito: interesting hybrid modern fantasy/conspiracy story; it's a little shorter than the others, but still lots of content
Katahane: also probably not 50+ hours (it's been a while), but honestly one of the best yuri romance stories around

I'd put these in the 8+ (out of 10) level of quality. Maybe one will catch your interest?


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He went and did it.

Currently slowing rolling through seacats with Fate/hollow ataraxia as an alternative. Sengoku Rance is up next on the list.


Man, I never personally read Rance, but it sounds like one of those "its so bad its good" kind of thing.


If you've got a problem with a rapist main character, then it's a little tough to get through, but it has a bizarrely funny sense of humor to it. Not really my thing, but it certainly has its fans.

As for myself, I've got Eden and Littlewitch Romanesque to go through now that school is over. I'll probably start with the latter, since I really love their art style. Not really to my tastes in terms of sex, but the style is just so pretty to look at.

Hopefully, Shiny Days will make it out before the fall semester; I'm looking forward to that one as well.
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jordancharacter wrote:

I love pretty much anything by Key, so I am looking forward to their Angel Beats VN that may or may not be translated one day.

I am pretty picky when it comes to VNs, so I actually have a ton of trouble finding the right ones. I won't read anything less than 50 hours long and not top-tier. Now that I finished the Muv-Luv series, I'm not sure what VN to read next.


Some good longer works:

I/O: really good sci-fi, mind-bending story; it borrows a fair bit from the Infinity series, particularly Ever 17, but it's the same scenario writer, I think.
Grisaia no Kajitsu: nothing groundbreaking, but very clever and kinda charming; it also has one of my favorite protagonists
Hoshizora no Memoria: very similar in tone to a Key VN, though the protagonist is much more proactive than in most of their works
Ayakashibito: interesting hybrid modern fantasy/conspiracy story; it's a little shorter than the others, but still lots of content
Katahane: also probably not 50+ hours (it's been a while), but honestly one of the best yuri romance stories around

I'd put these in the 8+ (out of 10) level of quality. Maybe one will catch your interest?





I have read Grisaia no Kajitsu, but have yet to do all the routes, so I might go back to that. I got pretty far into Hoshizora no Memoria, but the lack of dramatic progression lost my interest.

As for I/O, Ayakashibito, and Katahane, I'll make sure to take note of them What you said about I/O reminded me that I have yet to finish Ever17. Only got a bit into it before I accidentally dropped it.

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Ok I am a huge Visual Novel/Eroge Fan. I've currently played Kanon, Fate Stay Night (original and Realta Nua PC), EF A fairy tale of two, Fate Hollow Ataraxia, Majikoi, Little Busters Ecstasy (adult version jap), Majikoi S (currently playing still lol), Tsukihime, Fate Zero The Adventure iOS app, Fate Knight Rhapsody, Clannad( first 4 routes), Steins Gate iOS HD( still playing), Chaos Head Noah ios, Hakuoki premium edition, Muv Luv Extra, Muv Luv Alternative, Majikoi A-1 through A-4 and that's about it for now. (It's quite a lot I know)
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I been working on some visual novels. Only got the character development ones done. It's going to take me forever to get the main conflict out.
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Umineko is coming to Steam via Mangagamer!!!!!! YAAAA!!!!!
http://mangagamer.org/announcements/
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Umineko is coming to Steam via Mangagamer!!!!!! YAAAA!!!!!
http://mangagamer.org/announcements/


Sekai also announced G-Senjou No Maou, which has been fan-translated for a while, but its good for it to have a legitimate release. Thus far, they've been good about releasing both an ero and non-ero version, so I'm hoping it will be the case here too.

They also announced Root Double, which is supposed to be really good. It's being translated by Lemnisca Translations, who did translations for Never7, I/O, and, most recently, Killer Queen. It seems like a story that's up my alley, and, since Lemnisca's stock-in-trade is games with mind-screw elements, I'm sure it'll be an interesting ride.

Mangagamer also announced deals for a SonoHana game. Unfortunately, it's a conversion of an iOS game, so it's all ages, but I'm hopeful it will mean more of the series from them. The games are short, and most of them are about 50% sex scenes, but the writing is charming regardless; I'd really like it if we got some more of them here. Considering the relative ease of translating the games, I wouldn't be surprised if they continued with the series.

Mangagamer also is releasing an Alicesoft game, Beat Blades Haruka. I'm not generally super into Alicesoft's games because of the content, though it's a big step for Alicesoft to even license a game to America. Historically, they've had a real opposition to Western interest in their games, mostly because of a fear of negative publicity (it makes sense, actually; most of their games have rape and/or sexual torture, which is more likely to incur the wrath of people than vanilla sex). So, from that standpoint, it's a pretty big deal.

There was also an announcement about a Kickstarter for the release of the Muv Luv trilogy on Steam, with the uncut version coming after. Apparently, the folks at age realized how well-regarded MLA is by Western fans, so they were willing to make an official release of it.

Altogether, some really good news coming out.

Personally, I've been reading through Killer Queen; almost done with it (it's fairly short). It's decent if you like Battle Royale-type stories with a twist. I also played through two of the routes in Sunrider Academy. The story is pretty good, if a bit simplistic, and the art is a step above Love in Space's previous work. Unfortunately, the gameplay is either super simplistic on easy difficulties, or frustratingly random on harder difficulties, so it makes it really tedious to play through.

It doesn't really count as a VN (it's more of a puzzle game with dating-sim elements), but I also played through Huniepop. It's worthwhile if you like match-3 puzzle games and sexy pictures of anime-style girls, though it has essentially no story. Well, okay, it has a story, but that story is basically "bang as many girls as you can"...which doesn't really count as a story IMO.
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Umineko is coming to Steam via Mangagamer!!!!!! YAAAA!!!!!
http://mangagamer.org/announcements/


Now I am all for official localizations of VNs. That being said, Umineko happens to be my favourite VN franchsie, so I am a bit way how it will be perceived by the steam community. Plus its a shame they won't be using the ps3 version of the game as a basis since it has amazing art and voice acting.

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LoomyTheBrew wrote:

Umineko is coming to Steam via Mangagamer!!!!!! YAAAA!!!!!
http://mangagamer.org/announcements/


Sekai also announced G-Senjou No Maou, which has been fan-translated for a while, but its good for it to have a legitimate release. Thus far, they've been good about releasing both an ero and non-ero version, so I'm hoping it will be the case here too.

They also announced Root Double, which is supposed to be really good. It's being translated by Lemnisca Translations, who did translations for Never7, I/O, and, most recently, Killer Queen. It seems like a story that's up my alley, and, since Lemnisca's stock-in-trade is games with mind-screw elements, I'm sure it'll be an interesting ride.

Mangagamer also announced deals for a SonoHana game. Unfortunately, it's a conversion of an iOS game, so it's all ages, but I'm hopeful it will mean more of the series from them. The games are short, and most of them are about 50% sex scenes, but the writing is charming regardless; I'd really like it if we got some more of them here. Considering the relative ease of translating the games, I wouldn't be surprised if they continued with the series.

Mangagamer also is releasing an Alicesoft game, Beat Blades Haruka. I'm not generally super into Alicesoft's games because of the content, though it's a big step for Alicesoft to even license a game to America. Historically, they've had a real opposition to Western interest in their games, mostly because of a fear of negative publicity (it makes sense, actually; most of their games have rape and/or sexual torture, which is more likely to incur the wrath of people than vanilla sex). So, from that standpoint, it's a pretty big deal.

There was also an announcement about a Kickstarter for the release of the Muv Luv trilogy on Steam, with the uncut version coming after. Apparently, the folks at age realized how well-regarded MLA is by Western fans, so they were willing to make an official release of it.

Altogether, some really good news coming out.

Personally, I've been reading through Killer Queen; almost done with it (it's fairly short). It's decent if you like Battle Royale-type stories with a twist. I also played through two of the routes in Sunrider Academy. The story is pretty good, if a bit simplistic, and the art is a step above Love in Space's previous work. Unfortunately, the gameplay is either super simplistic on easy difficulties, or frustratingly random on harder difficulties, so it makes it really tedious to play through.

It doesn't really count as a VN (it's more of a puzzle game with dating-sim elements), but I also played through Huniepop. It's worthwhile if you like match-3 puzzle games and sexy pictures of anime-style girls, though it has essentially no story. Well, okay, it has a story, but that story is basically "bang as many girls as you can"...which doesn't really count as a story IMO.


Man, is it just me, or does it feel like Sekai is taking on way many projects at once? Anyways, I did read G Senjo no Maou awhile back, and its pretty good (though the side routes werent' so great). So this is good news. Also I am looking foward to Root Double. I love works by that author (Ever 17, I/O, etc). Muvluv localization should be good. Can't wait to spread PTSD to the masses.

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Man, is it just me, or does it feel like Sekai is taking on way many projects at once?


It's tough to say. They don't do much of the translation work in-house, and a lot of stuff they're only publishing. Assuming they have the capital, it shouldn't really involve that much personnel to take care of the projects they're publishing. Some of the projects are obviously not going to be coming out for some time, anyway; if Root Double comes out before Fall 2016, I'll be shocked. So, even though it's a lot of projects, they're spread out over the next 18-24 months.

I'm honestly not sure how their finances look, since they obviously don't publicize that, but I would expect they'll be fine unless Clannad totally bombs out on Steam, or gets delayed into next year.

Now, if they announce another few projects at Otacon...that's when I'd start to get worried.


Anyways, I did read G Senjo no Maou awhile back, and its pretty good (though the side routes werent' so great). So this is good news. Also I am looking foward to Root Double. I love works by that author (Ever 17, I/O, etc). Muvluv localization should be good. Can't wait to spread PTSD to the masses.



I really enjoyed G-Senjou as well, though looseboy's tendency toward progressively more absurd twists layered upon one another can get a little silly. The last scene also makes up for a lot. It really is a game where you can tell they *had* to add in extra routes; they really feel tacked-on.

I think Nakazawa's involvement in Root Double was only as a director, though the games he's supervised have generally been quite good.

And Muv Luv...well, yeah. I think that one could really shock people.
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farispie wrote:

Man, is it just me, or does it feel like Sekai is taking on way many projects at once?


It's tough to say. They don't do much of the translation work in-house, and a lot of stuff they're only publishing. Assuming they have the capital, it shouldn't really involve that much personnel to take care of the projects they're publishing. Some of the projects are obviously not going to be coming out for some time, anyway; if Root Double comes out before Fall 2016, I'll be shocked. So, even though it's a lot of projects, they're spread out over the next 18-24 months.

I'm honestly not sure how their finances look, since they obviously don't publicize that, but I would expect they'll be fine unless Clannad totally bombs out on Steam, or gets delayed into next year.

Now, if they announce another few projects at Otacon...that's when I'd start to get worried.


Anyways, I did read G Senjo no Maou awhile back, and its pretty good (though the side routes werent' so great). So this is good news. Also I am looking foward to Root Double. I love works by that author (Ever 17, I/O, etc). Muvluv localization should be good. Can't wait to spread PTSD to the masses.



I really enjoyed G-Senjou as well, though looseboy's tendency toward progressively more absurd twists layered upon one another can get a little silly. The last scene also makes up for a lot. It really is a game where you can tell they *had* to add in extra routes; they really feel tacked-on.

I think Nakazawa's involvement in Root Double was only as a director, though the games he's supervised have generally been quite good.

And Muv Luv...well, yeah. I think that one could really shock people.


Man, I wonder how they are gonna handle that scene for the localization, esp. if its gonna be on steam . Its definitely gonna get a M rating by the ESRB that's for sure.
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Ok I am a huge Visual Novel/Eroge Fan. I've currently played Kanon, Fate Stay Night (original and Realta Nua PC), EF A fairy tale of two, Fate Hollow Ataraxia, Majikoi, Little Busters Ecstasy (adult version jap), Majikoi S (currently playing still lol), Tsukihime, Fate Zero The Adventure iOS app, Fate Knight Rhapsody, Clannad( first 4 routes), Steins Gate iOS HD( still playing), Chaos Head Noah ios, Hakuoki premium edition, Muv Luv Extra, Muv Luv Alternative, Majikoi A-1 through A-4 and that's about it for now. (It's quite a lot I know)


Check out the works by 07thexpansion! Those are good too.
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Man, I wonder how they are gonna handle that scene for the localization, esp. if its gonna be on steam . Its definitely gonna get a M rating by the ESRB that's for sure.


Steam will let pretty much anything on, violence and gore-wise, and they'll allow a certain level of sexual content and nudity. Explicit sex is pretty much the big no-no...probably anything more graphic than the South Park game wouldn't be okay. So I'm sure that it'll make it through fine. Even without that scene, it would easily be a 17+ game anyway. I'm pretty sure that was the rating on the 360/PS3 version.

Also, to reference a previous post of yours, the Umineko graphical update isn't the same as the PS3 version because the artwork from that game isn't the property of 7th Expansion, so Mangagamer would have to license it separately. Same thing with the voice work. So they're using the sprites from the pachinko game (apparently, there actually was a pachinko game. Go figure).

On the other hand, if they do it the same way they did the Higurashi update, it could easily be modded to include the alternate sprites and voice work.
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I'll respond to your above comment later, but I just want to talk about Muv Luv for a second here. Do you think the KS campaign will get the 18+ versions or no? Maybe both like Grisaia?

I don't know what you guys mean " that " scene, but whatever it is I would like to experience it. I'll be reading through Muv Luv and Unlimited hopefully soon, but I'd hate for anything to be cut out if I do end up playing Alternative legally. You know me.

Even though I'm playing the fansub version of it, I'd still pay for the games to be supportive.
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