Is This Really Okay? ~ Concerns of a Visual Novel Reader (Afterword Added)

Pretty much my entire opinion on the VN thing. Great read.

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There’s been a bit of drama in the Visual Novel community lately with the recent localisation of If My Heart Had Wings by the new Visual Novel publisher Moenovel. Specifically, there’s been much discussion (mostly backlash) over Moenovel’s decision to remove the game’s erotic content.

I’m still figuring out why, but there’s this clear disparity between my views and the views of the majority. Moenovel have copped so much flack over this decision. I haven’t seen it myself, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they were getting death threats over it. This is hardly a new thing; it’s pretty commonplace to see Otaku getting mad when a release of something differs from the source. Just look at the flack various Anime adaptations of manga, light novels and visual novels get for not being ‘true to the original’. We’ve all been there. But, getting so aggressive over the…

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Rewrite Tier List

Key Ramblings

Because why the hell not exactly? Here’s a tier list for general power of the Rewrite cast.

Obviously massive spoilers for the entire game in here. If a character has Xroute! before their name it’s because they’re different enough in that route to the rest to warrant an entire different placement.

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Kinniku Project, meet the Key 15th Anniversary Letter Project

Get on this guys. Really want to push this one.

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Hello all. I know I’ve kept you in the dark about the project for a while now, but it’s turned out that our efforts are required on a much more worthy stage. The translation teams behind Key’s various works into the English language: Doki, Fluffy, the Air TL team and Amaterasu, are uniting with the fans of Key to create, much like my own project, a love letter to Key.

The website for the project is here:

The details are still being discussed, but at this stage it’s looking to be presented as a book with messages and illustrations from Key fans, which will be sent directly to Key to commemorate their 15th anniversary on the 21st July, 2013. That’s almost exactly one year from now. This is a project that was once attempted for the 10th anniversary, but failed due to lack of time and support. But here…

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How muscle took over the world: Project Outline

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Attention Little Busters, a new mission is about to begin. But before that, a word on the issues behind Visual Novel localization.

I’m sure many fans of Key or VNs in general are aware of the general consesus of the Japanese communities regarding their visual novels; the idea that their games should stay within the country.

Originally, I supposed that this was an idea born from unawareness of us western fans, but each day I find more and more evidence to the contrary. The Japanese know we exist, but our existence is a threat to the industry. Why is this? It’s because of messy politics of visual novel localization. Even though there is demand in the west for new Visual Novel releases, Japan can’t comply because what can pass for sale in Japan won’t necessarily pass for sale overseas, so the commercial localization of VNs in the west is usually…

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