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  1. Umineko no Naku Koro ni (Arcs 1-4 / first half) is out on Steam!

    by , 07-09-2016 at 12:26 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    As of right now, Umineko no Naku Koro ni, known in English as Umineko When They Cry, has been officially released on Steam! Chiru is not included yet, so this is just the first half of the entire story. And I know what you're thinking. "Why would I pick up an incomplete story?" Fret not, there are still good reasons to pick it up and read it now, and because Umineko is the best, I'll relay those reasons to you now.

    Just to quickly recap for those who don't know: Umineko no Naku Koro ni ...

    Updated 07-09-2016 at 01:36 PM by Karifean

    Video Games , Miscellaneous
  2. Tomoyo After ~It's a Wonderful Life~ has been released on Steam!

    by , 07-02-2016 at 10:17 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    As of yesterday, Tomoyo After has been released on Steam! The price is $20, but right now there's a release sale up until July 8th that puts it at $16.

    Link to the Steam Store Page

    Tomoyo After is a spinoff to CLANNAD, a continuation of Tomoyo's character route, and it's my #3 favorite visual novel, just barely above CLANNAD itself. The original version had adult content in it, but this version is all-ages friendly ...
  3. Frustrations of the writerly sort

    by , 07-01-2016 at 12:13 PM (Fynn's positive life blog)
    So there's this thing I've been struggling for quite some time. I don't want to call it a "writer's block" because it kind of seems like an excuse for being lazy. And it usually doesn't last long. This is something that's been eating at me for a long time.

    I just kinda feel that I can't write anymore.

    I mean, I still write articles for the site sometimes and I write other texts at my work, but it seems like, creatively, I've dried up. I'll come up with ideas ...
  4. FE: Birthright Couples and Ratings

    So I have completed my matchmaking in Fire Emblem Birthrights and I will share my thoughts and observations. Character spoilers possible, and I'm not the min/maxing sort of person so I won't be going in to detail about how effective the child units are.

    Female Avatar + Izana

    Okay so, I picked this couple more because he's who was left to be a father to my character's child and I didn't ...
  5. VNs in the Steam Summer Sale 2016!

    by , 06-25-2016 at 12:31 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    For anyone looking for a good time to pick up some VNs, look no further! As you probably know the Steam Summer Sale is upon us so a massive number of games are reduced; and VNs are no exception.

    Link to full list of visual novels with reduced prices

    My personal recommendations for longer novels are CLANNAD (character-focused highschool romantic slice of life) and Root Double (sci-fi escape mystery). As for medium length novels, I recommend G-senjou no Maou (crime thriller), ...
  6. Fighting Evil by Moonlight...

    by , 06-14-2016 at 09:21 AM (Wolf Kanno's Crazy Ramblings and Incoherent Statements)
    So tonight I finally broke out a Christmas present I received several years ago that I never watched. Partly because for the first time in a long time, I felt ready for it. I acquired a DVD set that featured the entire DiC dub of the first two seasons of Sailor Moon, so basically the original dub, not the new one. Original Western score, Sailor Says, and the whole "Serena and Darien" name changes.
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  7. Video Game Fashions: Senran Kagura

    For all of the games faults, it sure does have some cute outfits. Here are some of my favourites! Some are unlocked, some are DLC, and others you start with. I only have 2 DLC though because cost, so in the future I am sure I will have more cute outfits.

    I like the contrast of this one. It covers a lot up top and is very complex and fancy, but then it cuts short and you get the socks and the bandage and everything. It works well together, ...
  8. A Rant on Eroge

    by , 06-06-2016 at 01:56 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    Oh boy, let's make a blog post about this because what could possibly go wrong...

    There's an aspect of visual novels I've always just mostly ignored and glossed over in my year and a half of blogging on here. It's something I always fear of touching upon since I don't want people to look at me like I'm a weirdo. But then again I feel like it's something I should address at some point. And that is the rather close relationship between visual novels and erotic content.

  9. Steam Store Page for Umineko (Arcs 1-4) is up!

    by , 05-21-2016 at 01:15 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    (The preview pictures contain spoilers, especially the last 3)

    So it seems MangaGamer has decided on releasing Umineko four arcs at a time, with the question arcs being released on July 9th!

    The pachislot art will take some getting used to for me (look at those eyes), but chances are the UmiTweak patch - meaning PS3 art ...

    Updated 05-21-2016 at 02:04 PM by Karifean

    Video Games , Miscellaneous
  10. Character Appreciation: Tiara

    Today I will be talking about Tiara, a playable character from Fairy Fencer F. Tiara is an 18 year old girl and a fencer, meaning she can weirld Fury's, which are basically weapons that have the spirit of fairy partners inside of them. Don't worry about it. Also there will be spoilers if you want to play the game.

    Tiara, like the rest of the cast, is kind of a ...