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Kid-Wolf

~ Azur Lane Hunter ~
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Okay I just finally finished up the entire Rin Story Arc in Katawa Shoujo as of now. Well I have to say that it was artistic, but man was it depressing. I mean her bad end was really depressing, her netural end was kind of a "not so manly tear" sheding, and her good ending cheered me up.

I have to say that her storyline felt like I was dealing iwth someone who also kind of had enough ADD to choke a rhino at times. So it felt like I could relate to her at times with her either going off track, to fast paced ramblings for no reason. In any case I did enjoy the story of hers since it did fit with her mood and whathaveyou.
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Oh yeah about Daibanchou that game is giving me way to many rage moments, but then again this is AliceSoft I'm dealing with here so I should expect this kind of annoyance.
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Oh yeah I've finally gotten all of Act I cleared for Katawa Shoujo as of now so that way I can work on the remaining routes without much of a hassle from now on.
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Now comes the hard part, finding which girl to take on next.
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Kid-Wolf

~ Azur Lane Hunter ~
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Well I finished up the Emi Route of Katawa Shoujo now, and I have to say it's kind of a ceerful route even though she has kept who she lost her leggs and thensome a secret for most of her story arc. Although I do like seeing her mom though, but I guess that's what some guys would say.

Now all that's left is to work on Shizune, Lilly, and Hanako to finish this up now.
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Aside from that, with Daibanchou I'm now getting close to wraping up my first full playthough here. I know the first time around is the hardest to do sinc eyou have no clue and top it all off I kind of need the character clear page frm the wiki to understand how to clear ceartain charater's star requirements.
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I mean I thought Sengoku Rance was bad with the 30 character limit and a slew of them to clear, but then I was reminded that I should of expected something like this since it's an AliceSoft game.
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http://alicesoft.wikia.com/wiki/Big_Bang_A...ter_walkthrough
 

Kid-Wolf

~ Azur Lane Hunter ~
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Okay to supprise you guys I managed to finish off the Lilly Arc of Katawa Shoujo and I have to say they really did play up with Hiaso's heart condition with her. not only that but seeing Hanako in a nightgown was kind of adorable as well.

Also, her CGs and scenes tend to be very wonderous and lovely none the less. Still I have to say that her sister Akira tends to look like Saber from the Fate/Zero series in that suit of hers.
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So all that's left now is to work on Misha... er I mean Shizune's and Hanako's storylines in that ver order now.
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Kid-Wolf

~ Azur Lane Hunter ~
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Okay I stumbled upon this idea while checking to see if they did any updating for Katawa Crash at all.

http://ks.renai.us/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6260

Yes they are thinking about it as far as things look. So it might be considered as something like the Umineko fighter, or something close to the Melty Blood series.

I'd be supprised if this thing does get off the ground since it might be something interesting to see come to light.
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Kid-Wolf

~ Azur Lane Hunter ~
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Okay guys I now finally got to finish up Katawa Shoujo and I have to say that I highly enjoyed it very much so. Although I now figgured out how I am going to rate the 5 story arcs though, but befor eI do that I might as well talk about Shizune's and Hanako's Routes before I get to that part.

First of Shizune's story arc. Pretty much she kind of turned out to be the controll freak that she kind of came off as in Act I, but it gave a decient reasoning to it. I mean her father was kind of overly pompus when he showed up, but when I head about him I couldn't understand why some people would like that jackass.
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Anyways not only that but it gave the other side of the rivalry that is known between Lilly and Shizune. Pretty much on Lilly's story it was kind of a family relative issue, but for Shizune's story it's actually Student Council related. So it kind of gave an in depth about the rivalry between the two after seeing how both sides took it. Not only that, but Shizune's trap of a brother Hideaki was kind of a sight to see not only in Shizune's route, but even in Lilly's route. Although it would explain as to why you'll never get an Akira Route here.
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Oh yeah and to top things all off here, it almost made me wish there was a Misha story arc by doing Shizune's now, but that might be wishful thinking on my part.
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Now on to Hanako's storyline. Pretty much not much to say other then having a very shy burn victim tend to slowly open up to Hisao here. Pretty much I was kind of supprsed as to how those two were very similar and whathave you. not only that but I kind of wonder if Iwanako is somehow related to Hanako in some way. I mean they look similar to me, but then again it probably made things easier to relate with Hanako for Hisao... maybe.

In any case this felt like it had no tie-in with any of the other story arcs aside form Lilly leaving for Scottland for a time being and that's about it. not only that, but Miki does come into play for a little bit, and as always Yuuko tends to help Hisao along with any of the story arcs.
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Overall to rate these 5 routes I have to say that it's like this:

Hanako>=Lilly=Emi>Shizune>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Rin
 

wceend

-Spama Sosei
Sempai
Spurred on by our dear Wolfie-san I too took a loot at Katawa Shoujo

This is pretty much the first of this kind of game/novel that I've played/read. I must say I was, first of all, very impressed that this game is free and freely available in English.

At first I was a little hesitant about the story including many girld with at least some disability or the other, though I soon warmed up to them and came to realise that the game makes me think twice before I gawk at someone with a disability.

The writing is of excellent quality, though a bit formal at times. This does not hamper the pace of the story at all, however and has proven to be quite enjoyable. The available ladies are unique in their own way and I appreciate how the stories are unique and there is interesting overlap by the time you've played multiple stories, providing insight into the social relationships from many different angles.
While the game is labeled as a Hentai game, I find the story to be oriented toward the romantic aspect far more than to the erotic aspect of it. The erotic scenes that are there are also very well written and enticing, accompanied by the erotic CG these make for an exciting experience that will make a sailor blush without being explicitly pornographical.

The art in the game is very well put together, including the simple animations (for characters sitting down, for example) come across as natural and do not feel as lacking for quality. The short fully animated sections are interesting and provide an interesting rise in intimacy you percieve. the only thing I disagree with is that they have adapted a different kind of line-art for the fully animated sections that, for me, make it look a little cheap. But of course we have to keep in mind that this game is free and might not have had an amazing budget. the other notable difference is that apart from the standard conversational CG is often accompanied by higher quality Cg's for specific scenes ( Such as Lilly's teaparties or Emi's running sequences). While I appreciate this I can't help but notice that some characters look notable different in the two Cg styles. whereas Rin looks a lot more realistic and attractive, Emi looks a lot younger than she does in the regular conversation CG's.

The music for the game is excellent. It mostly consists of piano accomanied by numerous other instruments for added emphasis, but it is the piano that sets the mood and takes the lead. Despite the same songs coming back throughout the different story arcs they have yet to bore me and perfectly supplement the emotions welling up at the appropriate scenes. Alongside the well written and expertly built tension this makes for an experience that sucks you in right until the end.

Below I've included two of the most powerful pieces that had the greatest impact on me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPakd1q3Q8Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmgV6vN0Evs

As for the story arcs themselves, I've yet to finish the last one. I would review them in greater detail but I think it's essential for everyone to try them out themselves and to come to their own conclusions. Each of them brings a refreshing new perspective of the characters in question and I am sure that many ( Like me) will be able to associate the the current situation throughout the story.

In conclusion, I very much enjoyed this game and have spent many hours unable to tear my eyes away from the dialogue box, though every time I finish an arc it does make me feel somewhat wistful and somewhat lonely..but I guess that's all part of the beautiful experience! You know something is good if it has you thinking by the end of it!

Score 9/10!

Lastly I utter a silent hope that they choose to expand upon the game, adding more characters and options along the way, for there seem to be an army of interesting characters to explore! (Like miki!)

For now, that's all little ones! Wahahahaaaa~
 

Kid-Wolf

~ Azur Lane Hunter ~
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And with that I have to post this up then because I managed to pull in wceend-san into the VN Lounge along with Katawa Shoujo.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP98WCRMhAg&feature=related

In any case yes it is considered as an H-game, and yes it even has the Non-Ero feature if you don't feel like seeing any of the ero ero CGs.
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Granted there isn't as much as people would think. I mean that's the downside of VNs is that most of them think that if there's some ero ero scenes it's mostly an H-Game. Although there are some that have those types of scenes and have a plot at the same time too.

In any case I'm glad you liked the recomendation I gave you. Also, about the art style the reason for that is each girl had an artist that did her CG set hence why the art style is different in each storyline.
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wceend

-Spama Sosei
Sempai
QUOTE (Kid-Wolf @ May 08 2012, 06:19 AM)

In any case I'm glad you liked the recomendation I gave you. Also, about the art style the reason for that is each girl had an artist that did her CG set hence why the art style is different in each storyline.
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Mhm, I only read that this game is actually a /a/ community project... WHAT THE HELL. four leaf studios makes a lot more sense now, haha.

I'm really all the more impressed. It does make sense that the story specific Cg's are different then. still, I like it. I guess it made it a little more realistic because people generally dont look the same every day
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Edit: I guess I'm not the only one. upon looking up the OSt on yt I see the comments are full of blissful mantears. As one guy aptly states: "Damn , man, right in the feels"

MOD Note: Edited for languae reasons.

woflie: I know it's that kind of good game and all, but there's still no reason to swear still.
 

wceend

-Spama Sosei
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QUOTE (wceend @ May 08 2012, 02:27 PM)

MOD Note: Edited for languae reasons.

woflie: I know it's that kind of good game and all, but there's still no reason to swear still.
woops, sorry. It's a bit of a habit, hehe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swUzIxqGMv0 this supplements my review
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Nemingway

-Ecchi Elitist
Sempai
I began to play Chaos;Head this afterfoon and I have to say, I was sooo happy like a child to play my very first visual novel XDDD Don't know why but it's like I gained one level for my otaku level xDD

So far, I'm in the beginning of the first chapter when Shogun showed him the image of New Gen and his talk with his friend at school. And daaaamn, the whole story has a different feeling ! The atmosphere is really well installed and so far I'm enjoying this game
 

JunMisugi

-書籍の恋人
Fansub TV Team
QUOTE (Wceend)This is pretty much the first of this kind of game/novel that I've played/read.

QUOTE (Nemi~chwan)I began to play Chaos;Head this afterfoon and I have to say, I was sooo happy like a child to play my very first visual novel XDDD Don't know why but it's like I gained one level for my otaku level xDD
Ara ara~ congratulations of losing your visual novel virginity :333 So so wanna do your visual novel virginity graduation speech now
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QUOTE (wceend)woops, sorry. It's a bit of a habit, hehe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swUzIxqGMv0 this supplements my review biggrin.gif

Fufufuf actually that pretty much fits XDD


QUOTE (Nemi-tan)

So far, I'm in the beginning of the first chapter when Shogun showed him the image of New Gen and his talk with his friend at school. And daaaamn, the whole story has a different feeling ! The atmosphere is really well installed and so far I'm enjoying this game
Fufufuf see I told you there are WORLDS between the visual novel and the anime adaption of Chaos Head
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Now imagine how aweosme it would be if you had not any knowledge of Chaos head while playing the vn, seriously I cannot recall how oftne I was like whoa wtf wtf what the hell is going on here
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Nemingway

-Ecchi Elitist
Sempai
Well for my visual novel virginity graduation speech... it was hard, it hurt a little, I cried once I saw the OP of the game, I couldn't stop myself to scream of joy when I saw Seira-tan and obviously.... I came...to enjoy the game xD

Yeah, the VN is far far far more awesome than the anime xD And to the addition of that, I try to play it at night with some headset so I'm more into the game =p If only I played sooner xD
 

wceend

-Spama Sosei
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QUOTE (Nemingway @ May 16 2012, 12:31 PM) Well for my visual novel virginity graduation speech... it was hard, it hurt a little, I cried once I saw the OP of the game, I couldn't stop myself to scream of joy when I saw Seira-tan and obviously.... I came...to enjoy the game xD

Yeah, the VN is far far far more awesome than the anime xD And to the addition of that, I try to play it at night with some headset so I'm more into the game =p If only I played sooner xD
I can't wait till you finish KS. Making you watch the piano OST videos would probably make you burst into tears after you play
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it's THAT good.
 

Kid-Wolf

~ Azur Lane Hunter ~
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Well anyways I have to let you guys know that I'm curently plany the VN My Girlfriend is the President. So far if you're going to play this, it's best not to take it seriously at all, or you'll lose interest rather quick-like.

So far I completed the Yukino Route which seemed like the main route, and now I'm working on the Ran Route which feels sort of like a background route.
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Pretty much to unlock said routes you just need to pick one chose for each girl at a certain point. After that it's pretty much a full-on read through to where you only need to pick choices for "certain CGs" and that's about it.
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Other then that I'm almost finished up with BigBangAge by actually clearing the game for the first time, but it's getting rather annoying when th elast group has the ability to do a drop ship attack on any territory I have so far.
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Kid-Wolf

~ Azur Lane Hunter ~
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Okay I managed to finish up the VN My Girlfriend is the President and I have to say I was expecting more ero ero scenes, but in the end I got interesting stories for all 4 girls. The down side is that they'll never release the pluss disk which has the harem end on it. *sigh* some of the girls in that series did deserve some kind of action you know.

In any case since BBA is causing me a migrane with the whole last group I have to fight I'm now looking for another VN to distace my rage over now.
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Nemingway

-Ecchi Elitist
Sempai
Thanks for your review about My Girlfriend is the President Wolfie ! I wanted to start this VN once my exams will be finished and with your review, I really want to play it now ! The fact that there isn't that much ero scene shouldn't be a problem is the story is good no ?
 

wceend

-Spama Sosei
Sempai
QUOTE (Nemingway @ May 28 2012, 01:13 PM) Thanks for your review about My Girlfriend is the President Wolfie ! I wanted to start this VN once my exams will be finished and with your review, I really want to play it now ! The fact that there isn't that much ero scene shouldn't be a problem is the story is good no ?
KS first, bro, don't forget @___@
 

Nemingway

-Ecchi Elitist
Sempai
^ Don't worry xD I'll do KS too ! I mean, soon enough I'll have 2 full months for me so I'll be able to play as many eroge/VN as I want =p
 

Kid-Wolf

~ Azur Lane Hunter ~
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Well with My GF is the President it has it's ups and downs, but I felt like I was only struggling in the Yukino Route while Irina, Ran, and Ell-chan's routes were rather fun to read. Although there was a lot of parody moments here and there and they are rather noticeable if you try.

Also, in one route they compaired a moment with one of the characters with somehow connecting Touhou, Higurashi, and Tsukihime all in one sentence.
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In any case I just found out in BBA, that once you hit turn 100 in the NP Chapter pretty much the game gives you the bad end here. *sigh* If only I knew about that sooner though.
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Kid-Wolf

~ Azur Lane Hunter ~
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Okay finally cealered BBA now with Sion, along with getting her 3-Star Clear requirement.

The only difference between what I played and the New Game is geting the Hard mode Option at the beginning of the game now. Although I wasn't too happy that I ended up with a low BP fund though since... well since I went with Senna the Skull Serpents kind fo bombarded with me with thier drop attacks which made me lose a lot of teritories in the end of it all.
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In any case it could be compaired to as one of the ealier workings of the Rance Series in a way.
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