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Visual Novels I’ve Started Playing

July 20, 2008

Heya guys, its me again. I am really a lazy piece of shit. I have tones of visual novels that I have yet to play and I started on quite a few this week… Hence, the Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku o review will be pushed back with my other promised posting of my thoughts on the Lost Number and Riapsed Erised ~Lost Arcadia~ trial versions.

Onto the visual novels that I have started playing:

Name: Shuffle!

Original Title: SHUFFLE!

Release year: 2004

Developer: Navel

I’m sure you guys know of this game already. Its like one of the most famous and there an anime series for it too. I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time and i finally got my lazy butt up from the chair to get a hold of this game. So far I kinda find it enjoyable for the light and cheeful atmosphere it presents. Along with the humour between the devil god and the god god. Its a good game to play once in a while but i can’t seem to sit and play it for more than an hour. There’s not much tension between the characters and everyone of them are bright and cheerful which is a refreshing change from all the normal visual novels. I guess I kinda understand why it was popular.

Name: Scarred Gem – Jung Lyeung Suk-eu Goo-ae

Originial Title: 스카드 잼 – 정령석의 구애

Relase year: 2001

Developer: Artlim Media

I’ve just got this game so i haven’t played it yet. Its quite old but nevertheless it should be quite fun since its quite popular among the Korean speaking community. And the best thing is that, there are OVER 30 DIFFERENT ENDINGS for the plot depending on the girl you choose. I dunno how many girls there are exact but I think around 16 girls !!!! o.O

Name: Nocturnal Illusion

Release year: 1997

Developer: Excellents

Its really old. 11 years old. I just tried this game and its really really excellent. Although there are only 4 or 5 scores they are well implemented and fits in well with the atmosphere. And i particulary liked the eerie score that plays when you see something supernatural in the game. (you should play this game at 1am with all the lights off with the music at full volume just like me, its scary and exciting i tell you) The graphics are not too bad either considering that its 1997. The plot is good as well. This is one thing that i have been noticing but I find that a lot of the old games like Divi-Dead along with this have good, interesting plotlines. Man, this means that the quality of the writers are going down…. I’ve found an interesting Nocturnal Illusion fansite. But i warn you not to read any of the info there for the maximum enjoyment of this game.

Name: have relations with… 2 -しのぶ-

Year released: ?

Developer: ?

This is a damm short game where you basically have sex with your girlfriend. The plot is minimal. The good points about this game are the interactive sex scenes. Its interactive as in you can choose what action to do and that action leads to a new CG. For example, during sex, you choose the option “Take off her bra” and you move to a CG where her bra is taken off. And then you choose “group her breasts” and you move to that CG… The graphics and artwork are appealing and the only major downfall i see is that there is virtually no plot.

Korean Visual Novels at VNDB

July 12, 2008

Hey guys, I’ve added quite a few Korean visual novels at the Visual Novel Database (http://vndb.org). So go check them out. The links to the official websites and trial versions are all there so I won’t be posting them here.

Howling Dream:

http://vndb.org/v905

Dal-eu Jajang-ga:

http://vndb.org/v910

Bomyi Nam-a-yik-deun Jari

http://vndb.org/v909

Lost Number:

http://vndb.org/v904

Reminiscence:

http://vndb.org/v906

I’ll most likely add more Korean visual novels over time since there is no one but me doing that among the English-speaking community.

Also stay tuned to my next posts as they will be as follows in no particular order:

  • Thoughts on Team Basilisk’s “Riapsed Erised ~Lost Arcadia~ Demo”.
  • Thoughts on Team Device’s “Lost Number Trial” (I finally got the trial to work)
  • Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku o Review (finally… I’m still in the midst of finishing the game)
  • Thoughts on Team Device’s “Reminiscence Trial”.

Lost Number: Heroines

June 28, 2008

Remember my last post “My Anticipated Korean Visual Novels” ? I checked up on the Lost Number homepage and they have updated it with character profiles (actually only of the heroines) so i thought i should post them and translate their profiles briefly. The trial download did not go well, i couldn’t load it. But i’m in the midst of trying to run it so i’ll post it if all goes well.

Firstly, you guys should know that you will be playing as Park Jin-ha.

Now on to the heroines of Lost Number:

Han Mi-na

Our hero’s cousin as well as childhood friend. Currently in her 2nd year in high school. Their houses are located close to each other and they played a lot together when they were young. She is currently in the school’s track and field department where her performance is excellent. Because of her lively character as well as good performance in sports, she is popular with her female juniors. However, she finds this annoying. Her hobby is cooking, where her skill is unexpectedly good. She enjoys rock ‘n’ roll and metal music.

Yu So-ra

A 3rd year in Yo-han high school. She is the model student and ranks top in terms of grades in school and earns recognition and respect from others. Teacher have high expectations of her. Although being a model student, because of her good character and looks, she is also considerably popular with the student body. Her hobby is reading and she manages the school library after school and immerses in reading.

Ryu Ji-hye (Yanagi Chie)

A second year in Yo-han high school. Ji-hye was born between a Korean father and a Japanese mother. Her father worked in the Korean embassy in Japan and she has lived her live in Japan until transferring to Korea. She treasures the name “Ryu Ji-hye” that her father gave her but she is more familiar with the name “Yanagi Chie” that her mother used to call her and prefers it. Because of her family upbringing, she is lady-like and instantly became popular with the boys when she transferred over. She surprisingly has great talent in vocal singing.

Dan RienTian

A third year in Han-sol secondary (junior high) school. (i’m too lazy to translate this… but i’ll do it next time. please understand this fucking slacker, thank you)

Estelle Brightman

In charge of the choir in Yo-han high school. Currently the substitute teacher for the teacher in charge of the choir who is on leave due to personal issues. She is a substitute teacher for only 1 semester. She spent her student years in Japan where she got to know Ji-hye. Hence, she has a friend-like relationship with Ji-hye. Because of her open-minded attitude, she is popular with the students. However, she turns strict when she is teaching the choir. Her colleagues feel that if not for her occasionally rash (or idiotic? can’t find a good word to translate to) attitude, she would already be achieving great heights.

Ha Yu-mi

2nd year in Yo-han high school. She is in the same class as Jin-ha and is a very close friend of Mi-na. She has a calm attitude and because of the totally opposite attitudes of Yu-mi and Mi-na, many find it surprising that they are friends. Her hobby is music and film appreciation. Unexpectedly, her favorite music genres are metal and hard core.

Okay! So far the game looks good from the characters i’ve seen. HAREM YAY! (actually most visual novels are…) I’ll be sure to be the first to finish Mi-na, Ji-hye and Estelle’s paths!!! MUHAHAHA! Long live hawt girls!

My anticipated Korean Visual Novels

June 22, 2008

Heya guys! didn’t think that i would be posting so many times in just one day after my site just opened. From the title most of you guys would know what i’m about to post. Well since i am korean myself, i thought of posting these korean novels so that the english-speaking community would know about them as well.

First up:

Riapsed Erised ~Lost Arcadia~

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Original Title: 절망희 ~Lost Arcadia~

Okay well, the almost surprising thing about this is that this visual novel is being done by a visual novel translation group, Team Basilisk, who fan translates Japanese visual novels into Korean for the Korean-speaking community. The community was formed in 2005 and they are most famous for their speed in which they worked on the translation of “To Heart2”.

This fan created visual novel is complete with music and superb artwork made by the members of Team Basilisk. Compared to all the original English visual novels that i have seen this is superior in terms of quality. They even released a promotional trailer which you can watch at their project homepage (link provided below).

Plot line wise i can’t really find out much but its basically a fantasy and romance? visual novel although i don’t know if it will be eroge or not.

Team Basilisk homepage: http://www.basilisk.co.kr

Project homepage: http://www.basilisk.co.kr/despair/main.php

Lost Number

Original Title: 로스트 넘버

This is a visual novel by Team Device, a group which was famous for “Hanabi“, a korean visual novel made back in 2000. (Team Device’s site is also available in Japanese, so hooray for those who can understand it).

A trial version of this game is also available here: http://teamdevice.net/lost_number/kor/

The story takes place in a small town close to Seoul, where a wave of reconstruction has struck. Our main protagonist is Park Jin-ha, who has lost his only family member, his father, 3 years ago. He leads a normal boring high school life until before he became involved in that incident… (the real summary is much longer than this but i just roughly translated the first half you can read the rest at the official site)

Anyway, the artwork is dead gorgeous, i can’t wait for this game to be released. I’m in the midst of downloading the trial so look out for my next posts. ^^

Howling Dream

Original Title: 하울링 드림

I’m not sure if this has been released yet because the last time i checked quite a few months back they were saying that it was very very soon that this was going to be released well whatever. This is a visual novel by Team Asanarae whose origins I don’t have much info about.

Anyway, the plot is description is kinda hard for me to translate and it will take too long since its somewhat poetic and i am too lazy. But the artwork is gorgeous and i look forward to it since the plot is also seems interesting from what i’ve read. You can view some screen shots here.

You can visit the homepage to find out more and view some screenshots.