Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Dragged Me to VN Hell

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Like many people, I got to know this series through the anime, then discovered there was a game being localized by MangaGamer and so I discovered visual novels, my favorite game genre nowadays.

Higurashi, then, was far more than just a series or a game to me, it set the standards by which I compared all visual novels to it. It’s tough experiencing a masterpiece as your first taste a genre, because you’ll find afterwards, they’ll be disappointing.

Higurashi was my religion for a while. I extolled how amazing it is, how good, the mystery’s, the suspense, the tenseness, the plot and characters becoming more involved with each installment. Mind you, Higurashi is still one of my favorite VN’s and it won’t be dethroned that easily. Might be because of nostalgia, or maybe, it’s just because it’s that good.

Mind you, that evaluation is mixed with said nostalgia. I can’t escape that, but even now whenever I think of Higurashi, I can remember scenes and how relieved I was when I finished and finally knew how that whole fuckery came to be, and if everyone was okay.

Higurashi was very well marketed and sold. For those that don’t know, because this is old, Higurashi is an horror and suspense VN but got sold to fans of galge/girl’s dating-sim. It was made so the first part was like a typical, normal game, with these cute girls, and then the twist happens and it mind-fucked everyone. In fact, the very art was done to emulate galge ones, so that when troll faces pop out, you know you’re in dip shit.

It was a stroke of genius for 07th Expansion, because it quickly became a cult hit which grew with each installment, until it finally received a manga and an anime. Prior to Higurashi, 07th Expansion was a small company doing card illustrations, and was as underground as a doujin company is.

This can be found everywhere, if you’d search, but I’ll tell how Higurashi happened. Call me a nerd, which I am, but I like knowing these things and telling them.

07th Expansion was back then a company made of 3-4 people, Ryuuk was the writer and artist, his brother was the programmer and his friend did the website. Said friend encouraged Ryuuk to turn Higurashi, which was a play Ryuuk had written before, into a game because he really liked it. So we can thank him for Higurashi and 07th Expansion existing as a game maker.

I’m sure you’ll find names and more details if you search for this story, because it’s been a long while since I’ve read it, and I know it because I’m particularly passionate about those that impress me.

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This hasn’t been a review of the game, but it’s a bit of the journey I have with the game. There’s also not a lot of things I can say, considering how wildly known the anime is. I will say though that if you liked the anime, I implore you to play the games. I don’t care if you play using the new sprites, or Ryuuk’s (which I prefer), but you really must. The anime is a watered down version of the games, they also invented an explanation for the final that was ridiculous and wasn’t the real one. The games are worth it. The atmosphere and tenseness of scenes are through the roof, and I was floored by the mysteries and their conclusions.

This isn’t an horror game like Corpse Party, where there’s blood and graphics. Here it’s written and described, and enhanced by the OST and sound effects to make a deeply involving, absorbing game that will stick in your mind.

Safe to say, if you liked Umineko you’ll like Higurashi, but not if you were fonder of the trolls and fantasy side of things. Higurashi is not an epic tale of fantasy and magic. In Higurashi, it’s realistic and down to earth, with a dash of fantasy and absurd to enhance the mysteries and suspense.

This was a bit of a trip down memory lane, but I hope you enjoyed it as much as I liked!

Happy gaming everyone and keep on figuring out those mysteries ヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)ノ

Have you heard about this game before? Have you played it? If so, I’d love to know what you think of it!

If you are interested in trying the series out, I suggest:

Free Episode 1 For Kindle on Amazon US: HIGURASHI WhenTheyCry Onikakushi (Ep1)

Free Episode 1 For Kindle on Amazon UK: HIGURASHI WhenTheyCry Onikakushi (Ep1)

Free Episode 1 for Kindle on Amazon ES: HIGURASHI WhenTheyCry Onikakushi (Ep1)

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Impressions: Project X Zone 2

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Let me just say this: I am impressed, I am thirsting for the game now.

This game is badass, like seriously badass. I’m so enthused I decided to give it a try, best decision in my life ever!

I thought this was going to be a fighter like Blazblue, but nope. It’s an interesting hybrid of SRPG and fighting. The maps/style are like Devil Survivor series, but when entering fights it’s badass, no barrels hold, kickass fighting combos. I never thought I’d see this kind of mix, but it works so good!

The combos/moves are flashy, fun and just plain awesome. This was a load of fun, plus it is a big demo, love that! Prologue + a few available chapters, and if you keep the save from the demo, you get bonuses for the full game (≧∇≦)/

I’ll admit my interest in this, prior to playing it, was solely that it had Ace Attorney characters in it, but after this I’m now thirsting and adding it to my wishlist “ψ(`∇´)ψ

Definitely a demo worth playing, and it has story, with cute but detailed graphics, and such a wide range of characters. I’m really looking forward to more. Why can’t I play it already ;_;

Have you heard about this game before? Have you played it? If so, I’d love to know what you think of it!

*:・゚✧Manga Spotlight: Please Save My Earth is One of the Best Shoujo Sci-fi’s

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Mystic dreams of a previous life in the moon lead to the bonding of seven students in an attempt to uncover the secrets behind what they have forgotten. As various truths are sought and avoided, Alice must hurry remembering if she is to save the fragile Rin from self-destruction. For only after facing the grave errors of the past, can they all move forward and live fully in the present.

From MAL

Written by Saki Hiwatari
Published by Hakusensha
English publisher
Volumes 21

I dunno how many of you out there know about Please Save My Earth, I expect not many unless you’re into 90‘s shoujo, considering the age of this series. Well, I’m here to try to change that and make you read it! ~(^◇^)/

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The Way to Experience Umineko no Naku Koro ni is Socially

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This is a difficult game series to write about, mostly because Umineko was a social experience. Me and a friend played them as they came out after discovering 07th Expansion had already done 3 of them. I had no idea, since the only series I knew of was Higurashi. So when I stumbled upon it, and very eagerly told my friend, we got on-board.

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Impressions: Petit Novel Harvest December Demo

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I’m a big fan of VN’s, so when I saw this VN series had a demo I was pretty ecstatic to give it a try (⌒▽⌒)

Of course, this isn’t an otome, if anything this is a galge. But I’m perfectly fine with that, one of my favourite VN’s isn’t otome and has sex (Saya’s Song), so I’m pretty okay with it.

The demo gives the full first episode to play through, tho I should say to read through, considering this is a kinetic (aka no choices, just reading) VN.

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