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Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels

I blog about visual novels as I read them.

  1. Top 10 Visual Novels: #9 - Rewrite

    by , 03-31-2015 at 07:33 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    (Original Post on the Forums)


    Developer: Key
    Availability: Japan Only
    Adult Content: None
    Length: Long (~50 Hours)

    Could it possibly be rewritten, that fate of her's?

    When it comes to visual novels about people wielding mystical powers in a highschool drama setting, most people would probably immediatly think of Fate/Stay Night. Understandable with how much of a ...
  2. Top 10 Visual Novels: #10 - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

    by , 03-30-2015 at 07:29 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    (Original Post on the Forums)

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Series)

    Developer: Capcom
    Availability: Fully Localized (iOS, Nintendo DS/3DS/Wii)
    Adult Content: None
    Length: Moderate (~25 hours per game)

    The only time a lawyer can cry is when it's all over.

    Starting off the list with what's most likely the most well-known visual novel series outside of Japan, we have Phoenix ...

    Updated 04-01-2015 at 04:18 PM by Karifean

    Video Games , Internet , Miscellaneous
  3. Finished my Must-Read List

    by , 03-29-2015 at 10:32 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    Just a few hours ago I just finished Muv-Luv Alternative which means I'm through my Must-Read List of visual novels. It was a great three months. This doesn't mean I'll stop reading visual novels or updating this blog, but it is quite a milestone for me personally. I finally feel like, knowing the 'big boys' of this medium, I have enough context to compare and judge them at least somewhat fairly.

    This is the list of visual novels I've finished this year, in the order I read them in: ...
  4. That Muv-Luv Alternative Opening

    by , 03-24-2015 at 12:41 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    (Slight NSFW imagery primarily in the first 15 seconds)

    I don't know whether to love or hate it. On the one hand it makes me totally hyped up to keep reading and the song is quite catchy. It reminds me of Neon Genesis Evangelion's opening in a way.

    On the other hand THOSE smurfING SUITS. That kind of immersion-breaking fanservice was one of my biggest complaints with Muv-Luv Unlimited and to have them show up in the Alternative OP does not exactly make ...
  5. Muv-Luv (Extra + Unlimited) Review

    by , 03-22-2015 at 11:09 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    Muv-Luv is a visual novel created by ge. It is the precursor to one of the most popular visual novels of all time, so to be as unbiased as possible I'm going to write this review before moving on to its successor.


    Takeru Shirogane is a typical highschool student who doesn't get very good grades and likes spending most of his free time either hanging out with his childhood friend Sumika Kagami, or playing ...

    Updated 03-23-2015 at 10:56 PM by Karifean

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  6. Muv-Luv - Thoughts on Extra

    by , 03-15-2015 at 10:12 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    Having just finished "Muv-Luv Extra", which believe it or not is the first entry in the Muv-Luv series, I thought I might as well speak my thoughts on it a bit.

    I'll preface this by saying that I do not regret having spent my time reading through it. But it certainly has problems, and you won't see me recommend Muv-Luv Extra (on its own) to anyone else, probably ever. So... what's so bad about it?

    To ...

    Updated 03-15-2015 at 10:27 PM by Karifean

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  7. Hakuouki, A Reflection

    by , 03-10-2015 at 01:17 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    For a change of pace I thought I'd write more of a reflection rather than a full-on review for this novel. I'll go through the story routes in the order I went through them. Expect spoilers for the routes in question.

    Regular End

    First time through I didn't focus on any guy in particular, and so I ended up not getting enough 'romance' on anyone to enter their route. And so I ended up with the regular end...

    Damn this game turns dark fast. Basically during a ...
  8. Hakuouki -Shinsengumi Kitan- First Impressions

    by , 03-02-2015 at 01:14 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)

    Finally started reading this one. Had to import a copy from the UK and borrow a 3DS as I don't have my own, but I'll gladly make that effort. I first heard of it thanks to Pumpkin's Favorite Games countdown, but since have also heard it being recommended by other people so I was rather eager to check it out.

    Since I'm not reading it on my PC for a change, I can't take screenshots as easily. Sorry bout that.

    So ...
  9. AIR Common Route Thoughts

    by , 02-26-2015 at 10:46 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)

    AIR's common route is quite entertaining, I must say. So far it has done a good job creating a potentially interesting setting for the character routes.

    First off, the soundtrack is amazing. Need I mention Natsukage? So damn good. Or the opening Tori no Uta, IMO one of Key's best openings, music-wise at least? Yeah, it's great.

    Yukito is a great protagonist. It's not often that Key protagonists actually have an ...
  10. Kara no Shoujo Review

    by , 02-26-2015 at 05:15 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    Kara no Shoujo, or Girl in the Shell, is a visual novel developed by Innocent Grey and localized in English by MangaGamer. Primarily, it's a very dark and suspenseful detective story.


    The story of Kara no Shoujo follows Reiji Tokisaka, a private detective, as he investigates a series of bizarre murders in Tokyo. ...