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  1. A Compilation of Important Companies and Writers

    by , 11-04-2016 at 02:43 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    I've been planning on doing this for a while. With how the amount of localizations has been skyrocketing I figured it might be good to make a post introducing the various developers that I consider to be the most important and relevant in this growing industry of visual novels in the west for the time being. This way perhaps newcomers can have an idea of what to expect from whom, and where to look for what.

    When describing notable works, green text is for visual novels that have received ...
  2. The House in Fata Morgana First Impressions

    by , 10-15-2016 at 02:51 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    Do you know that feeling when sometimes you just get into the mood to drop everything you're doing and spend the next few days doing nothing but reading?


    The House in Fata Morgana (or Fata Morgana no Yakata) is a visual novel for sale on Steam. The initial parts of the novel are written in second person narration of all things as You, the master of a mansion, are awoken by an unfamiliar maid.

    [IMG]https://i.imgur.com/CBTpiDQ.png
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  3. Harmonia has been released!

    by , 09-23-2016 at 03:47 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)

    Key fans rejoice, a brand new Key visual novel has been released! Not localized, but actually released for the first time. And I know what you're thinking, well I can't read Japanese so I can't read it, right? Wrong, because for whatever reason Key/Visual Art's decided to release the game in English before it's even out in Japan!

    Steam Store Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/421660 ...
  4. 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

    Categories
    Video Games , Miscellaneous
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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), ...
  7. 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.

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

    by , 05-21-2016 at 01:15 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    http://store.steampowered.com/app/406550/
    (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

    Categories
    Video Games , Miscellaneous
  9. Root Double Review

    by , 05-14-2016 at 03:04 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- is a visual novel developed by Regista. After being successfully kickstarted in February, it was finally released on Steam on April 27th.


    Overview

    In the world of Root Double, telepathy is a scientifically proven phenomenon; there are people called 'Communicators' capable of sending and receiving messages via their brain, an ability dubbed 'Beyond Communication' or BC ...

    Updated 05-14-2016 at 02:41 PM by Karifean

    Categories
    Video Games , Miscellaneous
  10. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review

    by , 05-12-2016 at 02:47 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is a visual novel developed by Spike Chunsoft. It's the sequel to the original Danganronpa and has recently made its way onto the Steam Store.


    Overview

    The story of Danganronpa 2 is very reminiscent of the first. It opens up with our protagonist, Hajime Hinata, entering the prestigious Hope's Peak Academy, a school only for students that are the 'ultimate' of their respective field. ...
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