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Old 2011-08-05, 12:43   Link #2869
Join Date: Dec 2003
Age: 36
Originally Posted by Mahou View Post
Currently playing: Love, Election and chocolate. The charater art is a bit bland for my taste and it seems to be a rather normal VN.
My comment about that game, for whatever it's worth, would be that it's a game that I felt was stronger on the whole than in any given route. If I look at any one route and pick it apart, I can find some things I didn't like about each. But when I look back on the whole thing and consider all the characters, the way they interacted with each other, and the overall work, I come away with a good impression. As for the art, I think it varies significantly -- I really like the overall style, but it feels like the artist is new and hasn't quite gotten the technique down to a science yet. I think they'll probably keep getting better with future works.

Originally Posted by Skyfall View Post
An actually confirmed canon ending is pretty rare though indeed, and while most of the time it isn't hard to tell who is considered the main heroine, the actual story rarely makes such distinctions, be it through structure or events. On the top of my head, I can think of five titles which were written with a specific "true end" in mind ...which ain't a lot. (Those being Sharin no Kuni, G-Senjou no Maou, Fortune Arterial, Aiyoku no Eustia, Rewrite). Well, there is stuff like Ever 17, but that's a slightly different issue.
Another game to throw on the pile would be Natsuyume Nagisa (by Saga Planets). August's Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na is also setup in the same way as Fortune Arterial, so you could consider that a "canon ending" in that case as well. I *would* have said D.C. (based on D.C. II), but even that is being thrown into question with D.C. III apparently being based off of a different branch in the original game. There are of course other (usually RPG-style) games that really only have one path, which makes it canon by default, despite there being optional detours along the way (I'm thinking some Leaf games in particular here).

But yeah, normally the canon ending is only implied based on who the apparent main heroine is, which I normally reason as "the route they'd probably follow if they made an anime". Like it seems pretty clear to me which route they'd follow if they ever did a Noble Works anime, for example. But that sort of reasoning doesn't actually make it a "confirmed canon ending", only an implied one.
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