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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.

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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!

Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku o Preview

June 22, 2008

Originial title: この青空に約束を

English title: The Promise I made over this Blue Sky

Korean title: 이 푸른 하늘에 약속을

Summary:

You play as Hoshino Wataru, who lives in Tsugumi Dormitory with 6 other girls after the male dorm was closed down. The principal wishes to close down the dorm to build a resort hotel on the lot and wishes to chase Wataru out of the dorm so that the number of people in the dorm decreases. One day, a transfer student, Sawaki Rinna, enters the dorm and refuses to mingle with the rest of the dorm members and behaves disobediently.

Characters:

Main heroines from left to right:

1. Akane

2. Fujimura Shizu

3. Rokujou Miyaho

4. Hayama Umi

5. Sawaki Rinna

6. Asakura Rinna

7. Kirishima Saeri

First Impressions:

I’m sure some of you guys have watched the anime and felt that it was not up to standard. But do not worry, the visual novel which the anime is based on is on a totally different level. I have not completed the game and have only managed to complete Asakura Naoko’s route.

Although i haven’t completed the game, i’m certain that this game is really enjoyable. The plot is interesting and heartwarming. Especially the individual interaction between the chracters. The music score is amazing and brings across the emotions to the players.

The game focuses more on romance than that of sex (which is why i really like this game). Hence, the storyline is deep and the characters well developed.

i’ll be sure to review this when i am done playing so watch out for my next post.