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Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels

I blog about visual novels as I read them.

  1. Interesting Routes: Aqua

    by , 11-30-2017 at 10:21 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    There's something truly magical about Himawari that I didn't really realize back when I first read it but have come to appreciate about it more and more.


    Himawari has an enforced reading order, something you don't see a lot in galge without a strong plot focus. However, like other visual novels such as Fate/Stay Night can use it to drive the plot and themes forward in parallel tales, so too does Himawari use it to give us ample ...
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  2. Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru is now on Steam

    by , 11-18-2017 at 02:57 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    Well, at last, it happened. It's been a long time coming, Umineko Chiru is finally available for purchase on Steam, and alternatively MangaGamer's own website.


    Umineko Chiru - Steam Store Page

    This is the second half of Umineko of course, so if you haven't read the first half yet, you can get it here.

    I've stated how much Umineko means to me many a time before, ...
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  3. Little Busters! English Edition is now available!

    by , 11-01-2017 at 05:36 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    As of today, Little Busters! English Edition is available for purchase on Steam!

    Store Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/63...glish_Edition/



    The game is 20% off during its launch week, putting it at a respectable price of around half that of CLANNAD's, even though the two are quite similar in terms of sheer content value (though Little Busters contains ...
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  4. Dies Irae Review

    by , 08-03-2017 at 01:32 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~ is a visual novel created by Light. It was one of the most renowned JP-only VNs before finally getting a localization in June of this year.


    Come, gather and bear witness to my opera, now in the making.

    Its script is the height of clich, I am forced to admit. And yet...

    Its actors are of the finest fold; beyond exquisite.

    Thus, I believe you will find it enthralling.
    ...

    Updated 08-03-2017 at 02:58 PM by Karifean

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  5. Umineko: Episode 4 Tea Party

    by , 07-09-2017 at 09:57 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    You talk too much. All you have to do is honestly say 'I'll kill you'.

    For those that don't know, the climaxes of Episodes 4, 5 and 6 are my 3 favorite moments in Umineko (which also makes them my 3 favorite moments in fiction overall), all for their own individual reasons. I've been dying to talk about them for a while. I figured I'd start with the Episode 4 Tea Party, quite possibly the greatest example of Ryukishi's writing skill of them all.

    This post will contain ...

    Updated 07-09-2017 at 10:08 PM by Karifean

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  6. SubaHibi set for late August release

    by , 07-04-2017 at 02:03 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    https://twitter.com/frontwingint/sta...91370361507840

    So this probably won't be relevant for most people here since non-PG and all, but SubaHibi, one of the most hyped visual novels in recent memory, is set to be released in English in late August.


    The method of release is kind of strange, ngl. Apparently they offer the first chapter of the game in all ages on Steam for 30 bucks and then provide ...
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  7. Little Busters is on Steam Greenlight

    by , 04-30-2017 at 01:25 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    As of just now, Little Busters! English Edition is on Steam Greenlight. While the release date is a vague "2017" it's pretty cool to see *something* happening nonetheless.



    You can vote for it here:

    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfile.../?id=913946529

    Can't be that much longer now, can it!
  8. Higurashi Ch. 5 Meakashi released on Steam

    by , 04-29-2017 at 01:36 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    So for anyone following this series, or interested in following it, Higurashi Chapter 5 - also known as Meakashi - was just released on Steam. I felt like announcing this here because it's my favorite arc in Higurashi and one where I feel Ryukishi's talent in writing characters really comes out for the very first time.



    You can find it here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/57...Ch_5_Meakashi/ ...
  9. My Current VN Tier List

    by , 03-22-2017 at 01:02 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    I thought about making another Top 10 list with VNs I've read or changed opinion on since my last one, but I don't think it would be particularly representative. So hey, why not make a ranking of literally *all* VNs I've ever read? Sounds like fun!

    That being said, some of these novels are way too close to one another and hard to differentiate in how I feel about them. So I'm going to be doing this in tiers. I'll still try to sort the VNs in each individual tier from worst to best, ...

    Updated 09-30-2017 at 01:06 PM by Karifean

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  10. A Journey of Seagulls - Episode 1

    by , 03-02-2017 at 02:13 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    This is going to be a series of posts forming a commentary on the journey of reading Umineko. While I may talk about themes more relevant to Umineko on a greater scale, I intend to keep this series spoiler-free beyond the episode I'm talking about, so you're completely safe to read this if you've read up to the episode in the title yourself.

    Starting with Episode 1: And Then There Were No Seagulls, or something along those lines. At least until it's not anymore.

    Umineko OST - Ride on ...

    Updated 03-02-2017 at 02:19 AM by Karifean

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