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  1. Tomoyo After is on Greenlight

    by , 04-08-2016 at 09:00 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    So after quite a lengthy silence following the initial localization announcement, Tomoyo After - the CLANNAD spin-off that continues Tomoyo's route - is finally on Steam Greenlight. It's set to be released sometime in Summer 2016. If you're interested in the game or just want to support it, consider giving it a vote

    Seeing as how Tomoyo After is one of my all-time favorite visual novels I'll definitely be ...
  2. Character Appreciation: Dlanor A. Knox

    by , 04-06-2016 at 03:58 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    I tried coming up with an Umineko character I could write a post like this about without spoiling anything. I failed; it's just not really possible. But I'll still try to be vague enough not to take anything major away.

    Umineko OST - JUSTICE

    Dlanor A. Knox is an antagonist in Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru. She's first introduced in Episode 5: End of the Golden Witch as the subordinate of Erika, who introduces ...
  3. Character Appreciation: Laura S Arseid

    Laura Arseid is a character in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel that I will be finishing up soon. She will also be a character in part 2 and probably in part 3 if they decide to make a part 3.

    Laura is a noble and daughter of a famous swordsman and Viscount from Legram. While she is a noble, something that is important in the Erebonian Empire and its caste system, ...
  4. April 1st Update

    by , 04-02-2016 at 09:40 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    The first of April has come and gone, and as some of you might know, a whole bunch of Japanese companies seem to be under the impression that that is the perfect date to announce important new projects and updates. Real ones as well as fake ones. Thankfully April 2nd has exposed the fakes and we are left with only the reals now. So what did we get?

    planetarian is getting an anime movie adaptation. planetarian is a short (~3h) visual novel made by Key. It's also very good. If you need ...
  5. Imouto Paradise Review

    by , 04-01-2016 at 11:59 PM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)
    Imouto Paradise is a visual novel created by Moonstone Cherry, published in English by MangaGamer. It is considered one of the best and most thought-provoking visual novels of all time.

    To prevent spoilers, I won't directly show many screenshots of this game in this post.


    Imouto Paradise, or Imopara for short, follows the story of a nameable protagonist whose parents are overseas on a work ...

    Updated 04-02-2016 at 12:53 AM by Karifean

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  6. On story expectations

    by , 03-30-2016 at 12:57 PM (Fynn's positive life blog)
    So this is kind of a general discussion, but the general rant I have is based on three popular 3DS RPGs: Bravely Default, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Shin Megami Tensei IV. Sorry if this is chaotic, as I'm just writing this as it comes into my mind. Also, spoilers from the three games abound.

    All of those games were very well received, though for different reasons. SMT is kind of here to serve as a neutral ground, as the evaluation of its story is pretty divided, whereas the consensus ...
  7. Character Appreciation: Junpei Iori

    by , 03-30-2016 at 11:37 AM (Fynn's positive life blog)
    This is in no way an idea I stole from Pumpkin, no siree.

    Junpei Iori is a character from the Persona franchise. He first appears in Persona 3 and all of its subsequent releases as a playable party member. He becomes a social link character as well in the female path of Persona 3 Portable, though he isn't date-able. He is also playable in ...
  8. Favorite Game Characters: Shadow

    When I sat down to replay FFVI this year, I expected something new, as I decided to play through what was, essentially, a text / difficulty hack of the game, but the only thing I really came away with was the thing I least expected: a new a favorite character.

    Shadow (Final Fantasy VI)

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    So, what changed here? Well, let's start with what didn't change: Shadow is a lot of fun to play with, and he's been tied for my favorite ...
  9. Character Appreciation: Rise Kujikawa

    Rise is a character from the Persona franchise. She first appears in Persona 4 and has since appeared in a multitude of games such as Persona 4 Arena, Persona Q, and Dancing All Night. She is 15/16 in Persona 4 and represents the Lovers Arcana.

    Rise was an idol with the stage name Risette before the game begins. During the story, she moves back to her tiny hometown ...
  10. Interesting Routes: Yuiko Kurugaya

    by , 03-23-2016 at 03:36 AM (Karifean's Blog of Visual Novels)

    Every now and then you come across a character route that stands out above the others. A route that breaks conventions and does something interesting you wouldn't normally expect. One such route is Kurugaya's from Little Busters.

    Overall the character routes in Little Busters are rather formulaic. Boy hangs out with girl, girl runs into problems, boy solves them, happy end. Basic stuff. Although Little Busters gets away with ...