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    Visual Novels!

    What is a Visual Novel, you ask? Well...
    A visual novel (ビジュアルノベル bijuaru noberu?) is an interactive fiction game featuring mostly static anime-style graphics, or occasionally live-action stills or video footage.
    Taken from Wikipedia.

    Visual novels are often associated with Japan and Anime, and are a sort of game where the player takes the role of the protagonist. The gameplay consists of dialogue, with the player choosing the actions and responses of the protagonist. The player will eventually come upon an ending, which depends on the player's dialogue choices throughout the game. Think of it as a "choose your own adventure" book, with static images, background music, and often voice actors/actresses narrating the text.

    For the average player, a satisfactory ending is often enough. But most visual novels have not only bad endings and good endings, but perfect endings as well! This may not sound so exciting, but I assure you that visual novel fanatics are quite anal about achieving all endings.


    There are different types of visual novels of course:

    - Galge are one of the most common types of visual novels. Galge is short for Gal (girl) Game, and refers to games where the protagonist tries to win over one or more of the female protagonists. These are essentially dating sim games.

    - Eroge are another common type of visual novel. Eroge is short for Ero (erotic) Game, and refers to games where the protagonist tries to win over one or more of the female protagonists. Eroge are similar to Galge, except the player is rewarded with adult content and plot.

    - Nakige, or Utsuge are a type of visual novel that focuses more on the story. Nakige translates to Crying Game, and Utsuge translates to Melancholy Game, and refers to games where the character development is established to the point where the player feels deep compassion for the characters in the story.

    These are not the only genres of visual novels, but the list goes on and on. It's not so much that there is a set genre created by the industry, nor is each genre mutually exclusive. An example of a less common genre of visual novels is Homoge... I betcha know what that is short for ;D


    Anyhow, here is a visual novel I would like to recommend to anime fans who have not yet taken the step into visual novels!
    Clannad ~Full Voice~ 2008
    Clannad Full Voice 2008 is a recent re-release of the hit visual novel and anime (Clannad). This visual novel definitely falls into the Galge and Nakige genres, with a story that could bring tears to the eyes of warriors. Clannad is focused on the school life of a central protagonist, and possible love plots include a sickly girl who loves acting, twins (one who is outspoken, and the other who is shy), a genius who can be found in a library on her own, and a tomboyish/athletic girl who is often portrayed beating up certain individuals ^^.

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    Although in his third year of high school, Okazaki Tomoya does not pay too much attention to school. His classmates are worried about him, but his best friend does not mind.
    He does not want a girlfriend but he does not realize that he is popular with the girls.
    However, his life changes when he meets a girl on the way to school...
    Taken from Visual Novel Database (www.vndb.org)


    So, are there any other visual novel fans? If so, make sure you post which visual novels you like, and don't forget to mention why ^^

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    Kyoushi




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    sharin no kuni, or in the english way "wheel country", its a utsuge, and one part is an eroge, but forget that

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    Looks nice, I'll give it a try ^^

 

 

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