I haven’t been blogging that much about eroge recently (though I’d like to change that fact soon), but I still consider my blog an RPG/eroge hybrid blog, so I decided to attempt to answer Aaeru’s questions. I’ve built up a backlog no matter what I do, so what else but to distract myself by answering a questionnaire?
1. Who is your favourite female visual novel character?
I’ve always had a fondness for Mitsurugi Meiya from Muv-Luv Alternative due to her strong convictions and noble beliefs. I also really liked Ririko from Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo. A do-S onee-san with an iron will and a love for teasing certainly won points with me.
2. Who is your favourite male visual novel character?
Azai Kyousuke from G-senjou no Maou. I was tempted to answer Morita Kenichi because that guy is awesome and badass, but Kyousuke’s more glaring flaws are interesting. He is decisive, and no stranger to underhanded methods, to the point of me thinking that he was a serious jerk at the beginning. The way his character grew and redeemed himself was amazing, and moved me. Another Kyousuke was also very likeable, this one being the charismatic Natsume Kyousuke from Little Busters.
2. Which character is the cutest?
Kud from Little Busters! She is simply adorable, both in design and personality. Hnnnnng.
3. Which character is the hottest?
Minakami Yuki from SubaHibi. Delicious ponytail, black stockings, plus that ability to stay calm and think rationally! The teasing side is great too.
4. What is your favourite visual novel soundtrack (or song)?
MLA for overall soundtrack. It’s got lots of intense tracks, but also emotional ones. My favourite song goes to G-senjou no Maou’s Answer.
5. Which is your favourite visual novel opening animation?
Hard to say, probably G-senjou no Maou because I love the song.
6. What is your favourite scene in a visual novel?
Near the end of Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo where Morita Kenichi climbed up the wall after the ladder has been shot down. That scene had the highest concentration of Kenichi’s awesomeness, and I will still remember it no matter what other awesome things I play.
7. What qualities in a VN character do you gravitate most towards?
I usually like strong-willed types, but I also like girls who are quirky or geeky. Usami Haru was weird in a fun way. Rewrite’s Senri Akane was also awesome due to her general anti-social geekiness, amongst other things. Ema Skye from Ace Attorney, Pascal from Tales of Graces, Tio from Ao no Kiseki…it doesn’t just apply to visual novels either.
8. Which character in a VN is most similar to you in terms of personality?
I’m not a cute girl and most eroge protagonists are either too plain or too awesome for me to be similar to, so I’d say no one? I do have a tendency to make video game references no matter where I go though, like Tennouji Kotarou from Rewrite. I’ve also got a bit of Extra!Takeru’s laziness and general stupidity, but none of the badassery that comes later.
9. Who is your favourite VN Artist?
I don’t usually remember artist names, but the artist of Koi to Senkyou to Chocolate particularly stood out to me despite never having played it. Such beautiful art! Na-ga wins for cuteness, I loved her character designs in LB.
10. Who is your favourite VN writer?
Yoshimune Kouki, he certainly knows how to pull at your heartstrings and make you rage. looseboy, the one who wrote Sharin and G-senjou, is pretty high on my list too. Also Maeda Jun, master of naki-ge.
11. What is your favourite thing about visual novel/eroge?
I like how it is a unique medium with extremely high potential. It adds a new dimension to just text in books due to visuals and sound, but is also free from the time and pacing restrictions in movies and anime. Since eroge are niche and mostly 18+ anyway, they are also free to incorporate unpleasant and controversial ideas (usually) without getting a bunch of people in arms.
12. What is one thing you would eliminate from all VNs to make them more perfect?
This is more a thing with the companies than the medium itself, but the xenophobic attitude towards the west. Alright, I get it that you think books with pictures aren’t going to sell (unless you market it as porn) so there’s nothing I can do about the lack of Western market. Please stop blocking foreign IPs!
13. Do you think you’ll ever stop playing VNs?
It might be possible, but that possibility is low. I don’t think I’ll stop playing VNs, just like how I don’t see myself not playing RPGs, in the near future. For the far future, well, I can’t see that far yet. I’m afraid of what I’d become if the hobbies that define me disappeared, though.
14. Are you open about the fact that you play VNs with people you know?
I don’t run around proclaiming that I play eroge out in the open, but it’s not like I make it an effort to keep it a secret either. With regular people, a conversation about R-18 anything, let alone “Japanese porn games,” has next to no chance of coming up. As for friends, I think I’ve done a good job of making friends who wouldn’t even look at me weird if I said I like tentacle porn and futanari (not saying that I do, by the way).
15. Which visual novel was the biggest let down for you?
Shuffle, probably. It was back during my innocent days where I’d think “if it sold well enough to get an anime, it’d be good, right?” Da Capo I also wasn’t that fond of, but I tried that after having a better grasp of my own tastes so it was understandable.
16. Name one VN nobody-has-played that you would recommend for others.
I haven’t played a lot of VN and most of what I play are usually based on other people’s recommendations, so I can’t say anything useful here. SubaHibi isn’t exactly unknown.