A while back I ended my journey through Rose Guns Days, a doujin visual novel written by Ryukishi07, developed and published by 07th Expansion. An English translation was made by Witch Hunt, this is the version I read. In my personal opinion this VN gets underestimated by a lot of people, including my former self, and deserves some more attention! You wouldn’t expect it, but this story contains the cruelest scenes Ryukishi has written so far.
This review does not contain any spoilers but will be in depth.
And please forgive me for the references to other 07th Expansion works.
An Octave Higher is an Original English Language Visual Novel (OELVN) developed by Kidalang (Yohan Alexander and Yusdi Saliman) and published by Playism. The game is available on Steam or on the developer‘s website. I have to admit that I’m normally really sceptic about OELVNs, but this experience ended up being a pleasant surpise! Throwing all typical Japanese stereotypes out of the window, this was a refreshing experience. For the sake of introducing VNs as a successful entertainment medium in the west, I think more OELVNs like An Octave Higher should be made.
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I recently started reading H2O -Footprints in the Sand- and I’m currently ~4 hours in. I’m playing the 「H2O √ after and another Complete story Edition」, this is the latest release (2009) which has the original VN (2006) and「√after and another」(2007) combined. I also recently found out this had an anime adaptation. I haven’t seen it so I just blindly go into this story…
These are my first impressions of the VN and reading difficulty.
Eden* is a small kinetic novel written by Kagami Yū (also known from ef: A Fairy Tale of the Two) and published by minori. Eden* got released as all-ages together with an 18+ patch under the name of eden* PLUS+MOSAIC. I read the all-ages version so I can’t say anything about H-scene quality or other differences in CGs. Both versions are being translated at the moment by MangaGamer, so there will be an English patch available soon. If I had to compare Eden* to other VNs, Narcissu and Planetarian come to mind. So if you enjoyed one of them, you should check this out.
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After finishing Never 7 and Ever 17 I started the next in the series; Remember 11. I finished the game ~1 year ago in English on PC. I hope this review will help a lot of people get an idea of what to expect of this novel. Remember 11 -the age of infinity- is a visual novel written by Nakazawa Takumi and Uchikoshi Kotaro. Contrary to Ever 17, even though Uchikoshi is credited for writing some parts of the story, direction and scenario are entirely by Nakazawa. The VN was first developed and produced for PS2 and later also released for PC and PSP by KID. There is no official English translation available, but a fan translation has been made by TLWIKI. This review does not contain any spoilers.
I recently finished I/O Revision II, a visual novel written en directed by Nakazawa Takumi (Infinity series, KID), developed by Registra and published by Asgard. An English patch was released for this game a while ago by Lemnisca Translations. Because my Japanese is still developing I decided to read the English translation. Because of the complexity of the game I recommend anyone to do the same, unless you’re experienced enough with the Japanese language and your scientific vocabulary is developed enough.
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