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Ash Recommends: Visual Novels

Hello all! It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted on the blog hasn’t it? Although sadly this is not a figure review (I will get back to those in the future — honest!), it is about something that’s just as near and dear to my heart…Visual Novels!

You might be more familiar with the term Eroge and really the only difference between it and Visual Novels is Eroge is used for games that contain sex (aka ero) so you’ll probably see me use both terms in the article.

So what exactly is this post all about? Well, I guess you could call it a recommendations list of translated VN’s. While highly enjoyable, these games can take a significant time investment and as someone whose played…well let’s just say a considerable amount of them, I thought I would offer this list as a way to help ease people into the genre in the least painful way possible!

Now a few caveats before we start…For one this list is highly subjective. Now I know opinion in general is by its nature subjective, but to me VN’s invoke this more then anything else. So just because something isn’t listed here doesn’t mean I think it’s bad — tather it’s just wasn’t something to my liking (Kara no Shoujo is a good recent example of this). Also I don’t touch games before they’ve been fully translated so something like say…Little Busters (still waiting for the Ecstasy content to be translated) or Steins:Gate (still waiting for the translation to be properly edited and a few other things to be translated) so that would be why a few games you might know and love aren’t on here as well!

This list is going to be in alphabetical order and I will provide a link for each one to its respective VNDB link that can provide you with all the info you’d need (genre, story synopsis, places you can buy and/or translators site). So lets get to it, shall we? Read more »

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Double H (?): Episode 12 — The Raptor Invasion

 

  • 01:34 — Cheerful Japan Miku
  • 09:37 — Alter’s swimsuit Fate
  • 13:08 — Max Factory’s Luka
  • 17:33 — Orchid Seed’s Nurse Sonico
  • 21:21 — Banpresto’s prize event
  • 34:23 — Chag badly struggles to wrap up the show

Remember that livecast idea we mentioned last time? Well, it’s actually going to be a THING now! During this past weekend Ashlotte, Ohnoraptors and I decided to try doing a non-live recording with the three of us to test the waters, and the result is this, here in completely unedited form. I figure that since we’ll be doing the future episodes live, it’s only makes sense to give you a taste of what to expect. Yup, this has nothing to do with me reaching Battlemaster on SWTOR and wanting to grind for some of that new pvp gear at all — honest!

But in all seriousness, this was our first and only go, and I think it turned out pretty well! Sure, there was some awkwardness in the beginning, but as the episode progressed, we all became a lot more comfortable. Personally, listening to Kiki just puts a big smile on my face. Between Ashlotte’s grumpiness and my awkwardness, I often worry that we don’t come off as enthusiastic about the plastic ladies as we really are. That’s why when I hear Kiki gush about the Homura’s little bow or talk about the colours of Luka and Miku’s panties, I can’t help but to smile.

So, what do you think, and more importantly, what should this newly-assembled thing be called? I thought about the logical extension “Triple H”, but that just sounds like a porno. So yeah, give us ideas, or this podcast will be forever named “Hot Glue”. Best name ever, amirite?

As for future plans, we’re going to bang our heads against the technical side of the livecast this weekend, and if all goes well, we will be starting on the weekend after that. When we decide on a time and place, I’ll let you all know through the blog, YouTube and Twitter. In the meantime, start coming up with those Q&A questions, because I have a feeling they’ll be hilarious when answered live.