Hello everyone, I’m Mafalda, an 18-year-old girl from Portugal and I’m currently in my 1st year of studying Computer Science. Some of my hobbies besides reading visual novels are watching anime, playing piano and listening to VN soundtracks.
I watched Higurashi’s 1st season of the anime about two years ago, and while I really enjoyed watching it, it didn’t stick to my mind as much as I expected. At that time I had already read a fair amount of Visual Novels, and a few months later I started reading Higurashi (I had already tried sometimes before but the original sprites were a huge turn off, and I didn’t know about the graphics patch).
Since I’m now here, it’s probably needless to say that I loved it, from beginning to end. Higurashi made me feel the same fear of its characters, and as the story progressed, my compassion for them kept increasing. I can’t say for sure who my favorite characters are, but if I had to, probably Mion and Shion, because, as a sister myself, I tend to appreciate stories and problems involving siblings.
Aside from Higurashi, I’ve also read the first 4 chapters of Umineko (started some months ago) and so far they completely blew me away. While I really love Higurashi and find some similarities between the two works (especially the duality between humans/supernatural), which is to be expected, I think Umineko has got me more interested. My reason for that is because it seems like a more mature story, since it focuses a lot on adult characters, and all of them have caused me mixed feelings. The ones who seem more superficial and seem to only care about money are actually quite caring and compassionate, while the ones who seem more friendly hide a lot of flaws inside them. Oh, the Umineko soundtrack is also the best I’ve heard in any visual novel ever. I can’t wait to read chapters 5-8 but I’ve been a bit lazy lately.
However, a few days ago, I was reading some stuff about Higurashi on the internet, and realized I had already forgotten a lot of details, so I used the chance to convince my boyfriend to read it with me (I’ve wanted to get him into visual novels for some time), so we’re doing it now, and it’s quite funny to hear is theories. While I was doing some research on Onikakushi, I came across the Rokkenjima podcast about it, and that’s how I got here. I’ll try to be active here from now on, but can’t promise anything since I don’t usually last long on forums
Looking forward to spending time here!