Let’s just say Higurashi and Umineko have brought me to Visual Novels, but funnily enough, I haven’t read both of them completely as of yet, because I found the Manga faster to read. I only got myself the Umineko Chiru VN for the obvious reason of the last manga volumes not being translated (but at least I avoided the clear answers of it this way, heh). But I’ve been on a snail’s pace read-through of the question arcs right now, currently at episode 2. Cool to revisit the story after only knowing the manga. Though I am using the original VN with the alchemist sprites patch, because… to be entirely frank, those pachinko sprites of the steam version freak me out and I will never, ever buy those…
I’m also re-reading Higurashi through the VN. The original with only the English patch and Ryukishi’s own artwork. I kinda like the steam version sprites there, but here the original art kinda grew on me. I’ll see whether I will get myself the steam version some time in the future.
Other VN’s I’ve read… well, my list won’t be all that interesting, because I have only the mainstream works.
The nicest thing I can say is that the prologue from Rin’s perspective is awesome and the character-building is great. It just fizzles out the moment Shirou opens his mouth. Or thinks something. Or god beware, does something. In the end, despite the awesome premise I found it offensively ‘meh’.
Really fun stuff, I have to admit. Many of the scenes were awesome and funny, even though Shirou’s growing harem killed a lot of the interactions he has with any female human for me. For example I really loved how he and Medusa were just exchanging book recommendations like, you know, friends do. But obviously Nasu doesn’t know that men and women can be friends, or at least not that his inexplicably attractive harem dudes can. So OF COURSE it just turned out to have a sexual component. What a damn waste!
And then of course there is my biggest beef with the entire story: Surprise rape out of nowhere!
The hell? And with no repercussions whatsoever? What’s wrong with this dude?
Amazing story and I’m really looking forward to Steins;Gate 0. Only nitpick: As a completionist, that fucking phone, while a nice feature on the paper, drove me freaking crazy! XD
Well that, and I found the artstyle somewhat creepy. Those eyes…
I only read it because in one episode of the Anime, I believe it was episode 5, Ryukishi’s writing style shined through and I was interested in the real thing, not that haphazardly rushed OOC mess that was the adaptation. I read the Lucia route up until deep into the night, totally hooked by every mood swing and genre shift and of course Lucia’s characterization. It had its issues, the ending was clumsily dragged out and some characters (looking at you, Yoshino) were acting OOC, but even that was an improvement in my opinion. I found it absolutely amazing.
Though admittedly, aside from Kotouri’s route I can’t say things as nice as this about the rest of the routes. I wrote a long ass review back when I read it, so maybe I come around to translate that one some time in the future if anyone were interested in my ramblings.
And that’s it. I haven’t read any more so far…