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Old 2009-02-23, 08:34   Link #2561
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um question are there Ero games for psp??

if there is um can you give me a list of em?? so when i can and probably will go to japan i can browse at a certain store that sells them and buy it hehehe
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Old 2009-02-23, 11:43   Link #2562
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Recently could play Fortune Arterial, Prima Stella and Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo.

Being a lazy commenter, I think sky's article would summary well my opinion regarding Fortune Arterial: pretty neat and clean scripting, proper build up and twists and likable characters (minus a very tiresome Kanade, and a loathable Kaya).
Although I was expecting more on the action side due to story relying on vampires matters, it was definitely an excellent visual novel no doubt.
I would however rants for few additional things:
-a ridiculous use of the CPU for few mere effects or ending scroll (it baffles me that a dual core got busy for 92-96% of its capacity due to a silly scroll + song)
-Some laziness that is a bit too noticeable considering the quality of this title (most notable part: the lack of altered effect on people voice when they are using their cellphone)
-True end being borderline a deus ex machina and "too good to be true" (players know what I'm talking about).

Well, I guess I will post something bigger in the future, but heh
Favourite character: Kiriha (stylish with insane moe side anyone?)
Favourite route: True end (though closely followed by Kiriha's route, then Erika... no, not because of the bias )

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Prima Stella, on the other hand, was seriously one of the worst VN I could read (and this feeling got exacerbed as I played it right after FA).
Aside of the mediocre quality production (which is extremely cheap in term of interface, BG and BGM), PS suffers a lot of a inherent issue: mindless ero.
Quantity isn't exactly an issue when it is well timed or somewhat meaningful. But PS manages to make me facepalm so many times I was wondering if I wasn't wasting my time dangerously.
The characters themselves are bland, quite stuck with their set behaviour. Although Kousuke is shown to be a decent male lead, the inconsistencies in the story telling show him as bad as Itou Makoto: screwing around.
Although he is good natured, the scripters didn't have the slightest good common sense to actually keep the ero for heroine routes. Therefore, you have to taste the "goods" one after another before defining the heroine of your choice.
This is really detrimental to the story telling because it simply involves to many "out of characters" decision. As result, it is simply a matter of scripters' whim than anything remotely decent.

That alone made me give up quickly especially how forced the drama was spawning like nuts in the common route (especially Kusumi's).
That experience made me realize that I could have avoided this eroge if I had the smart idea to check possible english reviews here and there. Now, unless it is really rumored to be good, I will certainly avoid any Atelier Kaguya titles like the plague.

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Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo was a title I wanted to try after how G senjou managed to impress me.
And, hell, I wonder why I didn't check this title before.

Sharin storyline suffered slightly the same way than its successor: things make "only sense" with natsumi. As result, choosing either Sachi or Touka (or even Ririko) is not exactly fitting (a huge sense of incompatibility with Natsumi's route, no doubt).
I will however give the scripters some slack because there isn't much they could do considering the peculiar branch system. In fact, I'm kinda satisfied that they did bother adding few things that make a certain cohesion if you don't choose Natsumi as a romance interest. Of course, it doesn't have a broad convincing effect and sounds kinda cheap, but it is still coherent nevertheless.
And I would say that: the chemistry between the main protagonist, Morita Ken'ichi and the main heroine, Hinata Natsumi is so strong that it IS criminal to choose any other girl.

Now, on the good side of the plot: Sharin has nothing to be ashamed with its pacing (except perhaps, Touka's chapter).
Clean and straightforward, the plot itself dwells with each character issues with a global view, and sooner than expected, it unfolds a much more gloomy and dark aspect.
And this is Sharin plot strength: the interactions of Ken'ichi with each girls are always aiming for the resolution of everyone problem. However, the more the protagonists are going deeper, the more questions are emerging, especially with the unorthodox borderline darwinist view of the society, lead by Houzuki, the main "villain" of the story.

Thus, the scripters successfully avoided rampant cliché and convenient resolution, as they absolutely don't hesitate to leave blatant question and reconsiderations. So much that the protagonists themselves would have to go through dilemna.
That said, while Sachi and Touka routes are mere appetizer, the story really shines once Natsumi's chapter kicks in: balanced melodrama, heartwrenching moments ("she needs a hug, QUICK!" inducing portions) and neat emotional driven moments.

All is then left with a final chapter that explains most portions left unanswered by the VN, with a very satisfying climatic end.


As you can see, the plot itself was really the strongest element of Sharin no Kuni, and this is absolutely no coincidence with a colorful cast.
Ken'ichi is really one of the better male lead I could have read. Pretty much like FA Hasekura Kouhei, Ken'ichi is absolutely not clueless and is sensitive to girls problem AND feelings. As much as it is surprising, dense doesn't belong to his dictionary and he is proactive. Adding the fact he also manages to play the "necessary evil for the better welfare of the girls" behaviour adds a strong sense of sympathy towards this fellow.
To add again some unique aspect of his personality, Ken'ichi isn't shown as a superman, but rather a weird random joker that soon has a darker and flawed side which he won't mop (!) unlike usual emo protagonists.

Sachi would be considered as the usual "genki" borderline sportive girl, but her route shows very well how a motivation can change one's actions. Sachi is quite a refreshing "energy battery" as she is shown as sensitive and surprisingly straightforward. Not totally unique, but still a balanced character.

Touka is the most "bland" (well, don't take it to the first degree) character and still shines on various parts of her route. Tsundere, her antics are however "bearable" (especially her amusing "I will beat you to death!" catch phrase). I was fine with her as she didn't resort much to violence (despite her short temper) and she does show quirks and various dere moments. Her undecisiveness did annoy me hell lots during her route, but her development and changes were good enough for me.
I would simply rant about the fact her route is the least well geared to proper storytelling, as the pace was really jerky past the first part of her route. Climatic emotional ending indeed, but there was a lot of room for improvements to end up to this conclusion.

Natsumi is, at the first glance the tragic girl that seem to be abnormally shy and nervous, but after such a ridiculous awful past, who wouldn't?
Natsumi is probably the most complex character, being torn with various burden and probably the most painful obligation among the cast. And still, she manages to splendidly grow up and advance, thanks to Ken'ichi.
Her route was probably the most depressing one, for good reasons. The surprising element of her story is, however, how things are always advancing to a development, which prevents a forced drama to cripple and drag needlessly the plot (unlike Touka's).
As the interactions are the main feature of this route, the plot itself was really the most emotionnally moving, which is why choosing any other girl is kinda dubious.

Favourite character/route: Natsumi (default heroine, for good reasons)


As you can read, Sharin has a very strong structure articulated on how ken'ichi will help each girl and how things are smoothly raising the question regarding society and individuals aspiration. Each route is always relevant to the main route and come to a real conclusion with the final chapter.
It is however a shame that the epilogues for each route weren't given any justice, but I guess this is fixed with the fan disc, yuukyuu no shounen shoujo.

*phew*, I guess I will do an article, just like I did for G senjou


Next target... No idea, perhaps Himawari, as Zepy seems to be quite fond of it... But probably after Yuukyuu Shounen Shoujo (and perhaps any other akabeisoft title, if anyone has a suggestion).
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Old 2009-02-24, 09:14   Link #2563
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I suggest you try Triptych or Tayutama
Also don't expect that much from Yuukyuu Shounen Shoujo and Atelier Kaguya titles are really just sexfests
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Old 2009-02-24, 09:32   Link #2564
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I suggest you try Triptych or Tayutama
Also don't expect that much from Yuukyuu Shounen Shoujo and Atelier Kaguya titles are really just sexfests
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I’ll only discourage this title for those who absolutely loathe gothic loli bishoujos.
Somehow, it DOES discourage me big time so . Will probably give it a shot once in a while if I manage to get through this idea.
That said, I'm not exactly that sure for Tayutama considering how I got utterly turned off by Skyfall (he typed some live feed on msn, and he went so much panzer about many stuff that it was scary).
i'm sure relentless got utterly assaulted through PM with some unholy wall of rants .

Obviously I won't expect something totally groundbreaking with Yuukyuu, though it is good to have proper epilogues this time around (natsumi full moe mode, so to speak), though I don't think I will ever try Sachi, considering the landmine (threesome... OTZ).

And yes, I learned my lesson with Atelier Kaguya *shudders*

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Old 2009-02-24, 12:05   Link #2565
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That said, I'm not exactly that sure for Tayutama considering how I got utterly turned off by Skyfall (he typed some live feed on msn, and he went so much panzer about many stuff that it was scary).
That i did indeed I found the start of Tayutama a very disappointing affair to say the least. From an utter lack of likable characters (Ameri came closest to what i could like ...not fully there though), to some ridiculous plot developments hinging on characters having an IQ to put a dried fish to shame that were tried to be passed as drama (Somehow a trip to school mutates in to escape from Alcatraz), to a male lead that felt like being back to stone age after having just finished Fortune Arterial and seen a respectable one in Kouhei, to an utterly dry confession that lacked any form of buildup from the guy's side to feel believable ... and towards Ameri no less, which should have been a fairly effortless match ... and at that point i got sidetracked and haven't found the time and motivation to pick it back up yet At least the plot was starting to look up at that point, and Mashiro became far less annoying once i took a step towards Ameri's route, but heh ... while not all bad, the game certainly lacks the spark that would make me want to go back to it.

... and then i blame Klash for sidetracking me with Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo ... which turned out to be a very solid and pleasant experience overall. I wasn't too sure of what to expect when i stepped in to this title, but whatever my expectations were, it is safe to say it surpassed them by the end. The premise did seem like requiring a fair bit to be swallowed at start, but they quickly made the best of it with the gritty setting of the police state situation, and the awesome Wakamoto endowed "villain" Houzuki (Whom you will love to hate) quickly pull one in to the setting, which then proceeds to take the player through a progressively darker issues, peaking in Natsumi's chapter and carrying over to the final one.

My sentiments on the title largely echo those of Klashikari, so no use repeating them that much i guess Solid pacing (Except for momentum loss during the 'second half' of Touka's chapter) and a good set of characters that contribute relevantly to both the grand scheme of things and their local routes, nice and unexpected plot twists, a good resolution, and a respectable (and unique) male lead. All that together makes Sharin a very welcome experience.

What has plenty of room for improvment is the games BGM though - sadly, it doesn't really live up to the task a lot of times. While the somewhat retro feel to it would be fine, given the mood of the setting, it often fails to deliver what could have been the full potential of emotional impact some scenes were capable of. While not perfect it wasn't bad enough to be obstructive either ...so while the title could have certainly benefited from a more refined BGM, it isn't all bad either.

The biggest "flaw" (well, it can be easily avoided though by doing the right thing ) is the fact the game pretends to have multiple heroine "paths" ... it doesn't - the only choice is Natsumi As the game goes on and you finally push yourself through the end and experience all the chapters (that must be cleared in set successive order), it becomes quite obvious the game was written as a solid story with Natsumi as the romance interest in mind, with the other girls quickly slapped on as "gettable" for marketing issues. Can't be helped i guess with the specific plot advancement of this title, but the end result is what it is - take all the other girls, multiply buildup by two, combine it, and you still have a far cry from what Natsumi and Ken have going for them, to the point of seeming simply pitiful. The only other choice that 'might' make a little bit of sense is Ririko, but that still doesn't hold a broken candle to Natsumi.

That aside, the title is still of rarely good quality, and i am enjoying the fandisc now - full drive Natsumi moe mode It is good to see her finally perked up and no longer her former broken self - she indeed deserves every bit of the happiness
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Old 2009-02-24, 12:39   Link #2566
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That said, I'm not exactly that sure for Tayutama considering how I got utterly turned off by Skyfall (he typed some live feed on msn, and he went so much panzer about many stuff that it was scary).
i'm sure relentless got utterly assaulted through PM with some unholy wall of rants .
The thing about Tayutama is that it takes a while for it get going and it doesn't really help that the only worthwhile routes are Mashiro's and Mifuyu's.
Though my preference to Mifuyu's route may be due to my fetish for Sadistic blondes.

Any chance of you reading Gore Screaming Show or minDead Blood?
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Old 2009-02-25, 13:29   Link #2567
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Damn many thing i want to play...
Just finish Fortune Arterial and Aozora no Mieru Oka recently...

Currently playing Da Capo II Plus Communication and Supreme Candy...
Still didnt play G-Senjou no Maou and Tayutama...
I think i will check both after this...
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Old 2009-02-26, 23:16   Link #2568
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Though my preference to Mifuyu's route may be due to my fetish for Sadistic blondes.
Sterling01 is an M.. lol

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Any chance of you reading Gore Screaming Show or minDead Blood?
Or was it S..? @_@
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Old 2009-02-27, 01:10   Link #2569
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How about he likes it both XD
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Old 2009-03-04, 00:50   Link #2570
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Got sidetracked from my Shin Koihime Musou playing and started up Tapestry. I've been impressed with it so far with the wide screen HD, manga-style text bubbles and multiple perspectives to tell one coherent story. It's full of comedy, but the drama will probably come soon enough. Hopefully I'll manage to finish this before the rush of March releases.

Spoiler for Sacchin! >w<b:


I've posted a list of the ones that interested me on my blog and it's... a lot. And most of them are high quality too. Amazing OPs. I don't even know where to start >_< Delicious fryable heart!!!
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Old 2009-03-05, 23:56   Link #2571
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It is hard to keep up with the titles LOL! Keeping up with anime tiotles is one thing. Is there a recommended site that has reviews? The name escapes me I know of one >.> It is hard to sort though the threads in here we need like a section LOL
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Old 2009-03-06, 16:42   Link #2572
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Erogereview is one site. There are other's like Hemisphere/Erjheblahblah's site, Verbal Rubbish, etc.
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Old 2009-03-06, 19:51   Link #2573
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There's also sites like Getchu
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Old 2009-03-15, 07:00   Link #2574
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Just wanted to share this, for the sheer cuteness.
Info courtesy of Hemisphere and Algester.

Spoiler for albeit large image and link:
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Old 2009-03-15, 14:43   Link #2575
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I just hope their relations improve to the point we get a FD with Yuzu's and Sugar's characters on it
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Old 2009-03-15, 20:01   Link #2576
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Hmm I don't play ero-games much, because its a pain to go through all the kanji and stuff ^^; Anyhow, recently I played fate/stay night and ToHeart 2 (yes, very ancient...) I should really go look for some english patches or something.

Might go ahead and look for Fortune Arterial, it sound interesting
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Old 2009-03-15, 20:09   Link #2577
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No Name Losers has released a standalone build of the first chapter of the first ef game, Miyako's route. They're currently working on the entirety of the latter tale, which would be Chihiro, Yuuko, and Mizuki's routes.

Grab the release and some more info here: http://tsukuru.info/b/?p=405

They would also greatly appreciate it if you could report any errors you find while playing here: http://tsukuru.info/tlwiki/index.php..._Error_Reports

Thanks! More translation releases coming soon.
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Old 2009-03-15, 21:40   Link #2578
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So..... how many times has NNL died and then came back to life?
It has to be at least 20 times by now.
I wouldn't hold your breath for latter tale.
After all these are the "BREAK THE SUPPORT DISC" people
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Old 2009-03-15, 22:38   Link #2579
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Aww, need some camphor oil for your burn, Sterling01? Wind was released nearly three years ago. But I suppose like a hot ex-girlfriend, you just can't get enough of us. Act your age (31, if it's even true), grow up, and maybe come up with a better attempt at trolling. Actually, the 4chan thread is gut-bustin' hilarious. The staff is having a great time reading kiddie posts.

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Old 2009-03-15, 23:24   Link #2580
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Wasn't trying to be mean. Just stating the fact that NNL has given up on ef quite a few times.
Though I am curious as to why the change in opinion happened
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