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    Re: Visual Novel Cafe

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    Aww, so the adult part have shorter added scenes than the school part? That's a bit unfortunate since I think the adult part is where most of Hoshi Ori's heroines truly shine.
    Either that, or the additional adult part scenes are better integrated into the story. Most of Hoshi Ori's adult sections tend to more calm and less dramatic than the school days, which makes noticing brand new events a little bit harder. I did play the game more than 5 years ago, never finishing or replaying any of it in the meantime except for a short attempt at Misa's route (stopped halfway through school days), so my memory of what was and wasn't in the game isn't too clear either. In Natsuki's case :
      Spoiler: Natsuki new content? 
    Do you remember going to the festival with her (school)?
    Do you remember going to the beach and getting interviewed (adult)?
    Do you remember long talk sessions relaxing in the bathtub (adult)?

    I definitely didn't remember the first, kinda remember the second, and I'm not sure about the third at all, I think it was in but maybe confusing it with another game. There also may, or may not be additional content that doesn't involve new CG, honestly at this point I'd need to re-read the original (not skim) to make sure but... not right now.

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    Re: Visual Novel Cafe

    @Natsuki's route: Festival? Erm, maybe or maybe not. The beach event was in the school part, and there's no interview either. So that one is indeed an added scene. The bathroom event??? I remember her having loads of bedroom events but I don't remember any bathroom event.

    @Misa's route: Her school part is so dull because of her lack of personality (not as bad as Touko's though). Fortunately, her character really grows in the adult part where she lives up to the title of a bombshell.

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    Re: Visual Novel Cafe

    星織ユメミライ Perfect Edition continued, with Marika's route next. This time I also played the route in parallel in the old game as well, advancing the text as the days go by to be more conscious of changes. It's not a perfect comparison but good enough to at least still enjoy the route without having to juggle two windows and click twice to advance the text each time. As far as additional content goes, there's not much for a very long time, apart from some added short pillow-talk scenes after most of the ecchi scenes, presumably to make up for their absence in the portable, all ages version. The end of the adult part sees two more CGs used to enhance already existing scenes, I think some text was added in these scenes as well but don't expect some entirely new happenings in the route. Overall Marika's route is okay, it's not the best but it still has its high points (the wedding), and the additional content puts a little more focus towards the end of the route which is nice as it was somewhat rushed in the original.

    @Misa: I think I was mostly disappointed with the way the relationship evolved, too easily and too fast. I will try to read it next and reach the adult part this time.

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    Re: Visual Novel Cafe

    I should write something, just to give this thread at least a post this month... Unfortunately due to circumstances I haven't been able to play much (more on that later), so this will be rather short as far as game comments as concerned.

    フユキス (Mito completed, Yuki to confession/first H) : This game seemed nice on the lookout. Sure it's Giga which is known for its generic productions, but it had a flair of Amakano with its winter theme and focus on romance without any distraction. It helped build my expectations that Masaki Jiino, the writer for this game, also worked on Yui's route in Koikake (my favorite of the game) and Yuzuki's route in Ginharu (also my favorite of the game). I also read some of his earlier work with Giga with Full Kiss (+S), about a route of each and they were okay but nothing extraordinary either. So which is it for this game then, a new favorite or another generic schooldays romance? Unfortunately it's the latter, and to make matters worse, it's missing a crucial element as far as romance stories are concerned : any semblance of effort from the protagonist. All three of the heroines start or take a liking for the protagonist very early, including the very socially active Mito (gravure idol) and Touka (student council president), and multiply approaches to catch his interest which largely remains unanswered or at least, ignored. To the point that even Mito, who says she hates proactive persons in romance, is driven to complain about his clueless and passive attitude. The one mystery of the game, the identity of the mysterious sender of SMS messages, has an extremely obvious answer and an anticlimactic reveal that only matches it in its blandness. If the protagonist is not in the driving seat of the story, the maybe the heroines make up for that in their aggressiveness? Not really either, it's mostly down to chance encounters, the protagonist would go somewhere (like the leisure pool) and boom, the heroine he was just thinking of just happened to be there for a nice swimsuit event (in a winter game...) without requiring agency from either of the participants. Once in character routes things develop very quickly (expect first H minutes from the confession) and, from what I've seen, with an absence of any significant hardship or major plot point. The same can be said from Amakano so it's not necessarily a bad thing, but without a proper buildup of the romantic relationship just following the couple along their daily lives quickly lost interest for me. The game had one possible saving grace in the form of Kanna's character, waiting for her prince to show up, which would require some amount of effort from the protagonist to try and live up to her standards (kinda like Kurumi's route in SuGirly Wish), but unfortunately Kanna is relegated to sub-character and doesn't get a route. The character animations are pretty nice and the game makes an overall good use of the emote system, but CG (both normal and H) are completely static which is quite the letdown. I can't say I recommend the game, and I probably won't play it any further.

    星織ユメミライ Perfect Edition (Rikka School Part) : Rikka is arguably the best route of the game, and it remained very enjoyable to experience it once more. The additional content of the perfect edition felt very shallow though, not even a scene but just a quick CG that flashes by and is forgotten just as quickly. I appreciate that the route implements, after the first H scenes, additional choices that allow to skip the sex scenes and experience the alternate text that was in the all-ages version. It's not much but I remember that my main complaint about Rikka's route was the orientation of the 18+ content, quickly veering towards light SM/teasing which is not my thing (at least with the S being the protagonist).

    That's it for what I played. Upcoming August games are a rare batch in that there's absolutely nothing that interests me, so I don't know when the next post will be.

      Spoiler: Personal stuff nobody cares about 
    Anyway, on to the circumstances I mentioned at the beginning of this post. A few months back I had the misfortune to hurt my back pretty badly, which was followed by a leg, shoulder and ankle injury in quick succession. So far it hasn't been getting much better, though I'm still due some doctor visits in the near future. I'll spare you the details but the end-result is that I can't quite sit down on my couch and read VNs for extended amounts of time, as my body begins hurting like hell and prompting me to either get up or lie down. I've had to adapt, and I've settled with a mix of remote desktop tools on my phone to be able to play while standing up or lying down on my bed, but I haven't really been too satisfied with any of the tools so far. Teamviewer is okay but the LAN connection has no sound, I don't want to broadcast my desktop over the internet, and the free version's nagging messages are quickly getting annoying. Chrome Remote Desktop works pretty well but makes my phone heat up significantly, and I'm not too keen on giving Google, of all companies, access to my desktop either. Microsoft Remote Desktop doesn't work since I have a home version. So far Splashtop (free in LAN mode) has been the most effective, I remember using it way back to do some light gaming with small latency when my computer was stuck in a closet far from any screen, but the phone app is not perfect either : sometimes mouse clicks are not registering and the mouse-mode has the bad habit of panning the screen even in-full zoom, hiding half of it when going for the lower edge, which is problematic considering most of a VN's controls are located there. I'm still looking for a better solution, preferably self-hosted as I would only use it on LAN anyway.

    Also, I just noticed that this site (anime-sharing) is now flagged as child-porn in my country. I don't know since when since I can still access it just fine with DNS over HTTPS and I swear I could access it too on my phone (on which DNS over HTTPS just doesn't seem to work) at the beginning of the month, but no longer, instead getting a big scary government warning page. I'm not going to play dumb and pretend this is a false-claim, especially considering the amount of lolicon manga posted here, and I was always aware of the risks of coming here and downloading games in the first place, but I have to admit this is a little scary as the amount of scrutiny between illegal game download and child-porn is quite different. This will probably limit my visits here for when I can have a secure VPN connection from here on out (using Proton free for now, maybe switching to first paying tier, I don't know yet, taking suggestions). Maybe it's also a good time to quit altogether and find a new, safer and healthier hobby, I haven't decided yet. I will probably still play HOOKSOFT's next release but beyond that is a mystery.
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    Re: Visual Novel Cafe

    Looks like the time is starting to catching up to us in more than one ways and the time only gets darker...alas, to all things come an end.
    There are so many things to do these days I don't have much interest in reading any more...unless Super Robot Taisen counts. The one thing on radar would be Hooksoft's next title indeed.

      Spoiler: reply to that spoiler 

    Get well soon, and best wishes for your future endeavors if you can't come here any longer...

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    Re: Visual Novel Cafe

    I haven't posted here since quite a long-ish time. I haven't actually read all that many VNs and just skimmed through CGs/h-scenes in the last couple of years and focused more on jrpgs and FF14/GW2. However, I eventually sat down and finished my first run of Amayui Labyrinth Master yesterday as I quite liked the prequel. Apparently, you are locked into the first ending on your first playthrough, and (fortunately?) the ending isn't a downer ending lol. I did feel sad for the final boss. Many JP sites labeled the 2nd ending as a "true" one, unlocked by doing something parents should not do
      Spoiler: requirements 
    as in reading the picture dairy of your daughter after each chapter
    . Otherwise? The main villain is just as annoying as Castle Meister's just more evil I guess. Most of the core concept has remained the same, except the town building. On 1st playhthrough, 2 new playable character from the beginning and 2 others a bit before the last dungeon appears. The union system is quite neat imo, but you ultimately won't be able to dispatch all units at once.
    In good Eushully tradition, they thought it was fun to have a final boss with a [email protected] long ranged attack and double move ability.

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    @kzel: Lately, my lower back hurts whenever I sprint uphill. It's pretty debilitating despite being nowhere near your condition, so I feel for you. As for the screen mirroring solution... I'm not sure, I'd rather buy an extension cord and put the PC near or even on my bed.


    Thoughts on last month's eroges:

    • After the high of Mama x Holic, Bare & Bunny served up one of their worst ever title in Nee Nee Nee. Over-used story & characters, over-used VAs, uninspiring mechanic... The only interesting thing was the MC being a cousin of Ero Semi's MC.

    • SMEE's jokes <----- 10 years -----> my age <----- 10 years -----> Elf no Oyome-san's jokes.
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    Re: Visual Novel Cafe

    I finished 魔法少女消耗戦線(DeadΩAEGIS)'s Angel root.
    It was story for all girls, I understood why this game were popular a sort of OTAKU girls.

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