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InfiniteNine
Rolling Girl
(02-17-2011, 05:52 AM)
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Welcome to the world of Pokemon Visual Novels! Here I'll list some of the great titles available in English officially or by fan translation. For those new to the genre I'll have some picked out available for free as well as some titles available to purchase in English, but feel free to ask for some suggestions in the thread if you aren't sure where to start. These posts will be updated continually to add more to the roster, so PM me if you have one that I've missed!


Official Releases:

Availability: Out of Print
Developer: KID
Plaforms: PC
Rating: T for Teen

It is spring in the year 2017. Kuranari Takeshi, a normal college student, has come to visit the futuristic underwater theme park “LeMU” with his friends. However, an accident leads to a
breach in the upper levels of LeMU, and the theme park slowly begins to take on water. In the ensuing chaos, Takeshi suddenly finds himself trapped inside LeMU along with five other
strangers with no means of escape and no way to contact the outside world. With its structures compromised, LeMU will implode from the external pressure of the sea water within five days.
Takeshi and the others must now figure out a way to escape before it is too late.


Availability: Amazon
Developer: Chunsoft
Plaforms: Nintendo DS
Rating: M for Mature (Blood, Drug Reference, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence)

Junpei, a normal college student, suddenly finds himself along with eight other strangers involved in a deadly conspiracy he could never have imagined. He wakes aboard an old cruise liner.
Dazed and confused, he stumbles around the room he finds himself in, trying desperately to remember how he got there. The first thing he notices is a number, scrawled across the door…
A bright red number 5. As Junpei’s memory returns, his mind is filled with the image of a mysterious figure in a gas mask, and their haunting words:
“You are going to participate in a game. The Nonary Game. It is a game…where you will put your life on the line.”


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni/Higurashi When They Cry
Availability: Digital Download
Developer: 07th Expansion
Plaforms: PC, iOS
Rating: CERO D

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni takes place during June 1983, at a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa (雛見沢?) (based on the village of Shirakawa, Gifu, a World Heritage Site), which has a population of approximately 2,000. The main character, Keiichi Maebara, moves to Hinamizawa and befriends his new classmates Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika Furude, and Satoko Houjou. Keiichi joins their after-school club activities, which consist mostly of card and board games (and punishment games for the loser, usually him.) Hinamizawa appears to be a normal, peaceful, rural village to Keiichi. However, the tranquility abruptly ends after the annual Watanagashi Festival, a celebration to commemorate and give thanks to the local god, Oyashiro. Keiichi learns that every year for the past four years, one person has been murdered and another has gone missing on the day of the Watanagashi Festival. Keiichi himself soon becomes drawn into the strange events surrounding the Watanagashi Festival and Oyashiro. In each story arc, he or one of his friends become paranoid, and a crime is committed. Usually, the crime involves the murder of one of their own friends. While it seems impossible to tell their delusions apart from the mystery of Hinamizawa, slowly the truth is revealed.


Availability: Digital Download (Free)
Developer: Stage-nana
Plaforms: PC
Rating: All Ages

The anonymous protagonist is diagnosed with a terminal illness shortly after his twentieth birthday, and is admitted to a hospital in Mito, Ibaraki. There he meets Setsumi, a woman a few years older, who is also terminally ill. Finding that they both reject to die either in hospital or at home, they steal a car and run away together.


Availability: ??? (Himeya undergoing restructuring recently so it is unclear.)
Developer: C's Ware
Plaforms: PC
Rating: 18+

A Bizarre Serial Murder Mystery. There's A Serial Killer Close By. A Prohibited Psychothriller. The Multi-Sight System Reveals Surprising Truth!

In this game there are two heroes, Kojiroh and Marina, who are each called to solve their own cases. This game allows you to switch characters at any time to solve the mysteries these heroes encounter. This "Multi-Sight Adventure" allows you to view what's happening behind-the-scenes from the other character's perspective, bump into each other, and sometimes even help each other out. Together, they come closer and closer to the shocking truth through their combined actions and skills of deduction.

Marina's Episode: Marina is a national intelligence agent with a 99% success rate. Her new assignment is to protect the daughter of a Japanese embassy official stationed abroad. As you encounter numerous attackers, you become aware of a dangerous government dispute that is the root of all these attacks.

Kojiroh's Episode: A seemingly down-on-his-luck private investigator finally gets a break, as he is hired to locate some mysterious piece of art. Even though he feels a little weird about this case, the pay is huge! Yet he may be drawn into an unexpected nightmare involving a string of bizarre murders.


Availability: ???
Developer: C's Ware
Plaforms: PC
Rating: 18+

In the southern ocean on a remote island is a huge research institute called "Desire". An institute built by the large, world renowned financial group, Grandchester Foundation. It's rumored they are involved in military-related research, but what it is exactly is kept a carefully guarded secret. For this reason, a journalist for SNT (Social News Time Network), Albert Macdgul (or Al for short) visits "Desire" in order to collect information for a story. He's one of the rare few who have been granted access to "Desire". So it's in high spirits that he sets forth to complete his story. While at "Desire" he meets a girl named Tina, who is suffering from memory loss. She is destined to change his fate forever. Murder, bomb threats, mysteries shadowing her existence... How far will the chaos go? On the other hand, Makoto Izumi, technical manager at "Desire", finds out how dangerous their research is, and asks her boss, Dr. Stella, to stop all the experiments. Then she finds out that someone on the outside is going to interfere with the research...


Availability: Out of Print
Developer: Abel Software
Plaforms: PC
Rating: 15+

The year 2000. Kasumi Shindo is at first glance a run-of-the-mill high school student in modern-day Japan. However, beneath his normal appearance, Kasumi is in fact a top-notch treasure hunter. This time, Kasumi is aiming to seek out the lost 11th Commandment of Moses. Kasumi discovers that his childhood friend, Reina Tachibana is in southern Europe participating in an archeological dig. Pretending to be a tourist, he visits the excavation area and manages to get put on the excavation staff. But he is not the only treasure hunter looking for the Eleventh Commandment of Moses and before he knows it, he's embroiled in a dangerous adventure.


Yume Miru Kusuri - A Drug That Makes You Dream
Availability: Digital Download, Online Order
Developer: Ruf
Plaforms: PC
Rating: 18+

Kouhei Kagami is a Japanese student with excellent grades and a fairly normal social life, but feels empty and transparent inside. The story revolves a pivotal moment in Kouhei's life where three girls more depressed and lonely than himself get involved with him and make his boring life a roller coaster of emotions. Kouhei must choose one of them or risk losing all of them to their own despair.


Kira Kira
Availability: Digital Download
Developer: OverDrive
Plaforms: PC, iOS
Rating: 18+ and All Ages

Shikanosuke Maejima is a student at the Missionary school, Oubi Academy. He doesn't attend his club, he doesn't put much effort in his studies, all he does is show up at his part time job; in short, his life could be better. One day, he meets a strange girl, Kirari Shiino, at work and before he knows it, they've formed a punk band.

Kira Kira Curtain Call
Availability: Digital Download
Developer: OverDrive
Plaforms: PC
Rating: 18+

Several years have passed since the amateur band Second Literature Club spent a summer touring Japan and performing live. When Shikanosuke and his friends graduated from Oubi Academy, the legends they left behind drew several experienced musicians to seek entry into Oubi Academy. Every year, these excellent musicians seek to join the Girls Light Music Club, which inherited the name of Shikanosuke's band, and every year they give high quality performances rivaling the original.


My Girlfiend is the President!
Availability: 2011 Release
Developer: Alcot
Plaforms: PC
Rating: 18+

It started out as an ordinary morning, woken up by my childhood friend. Had a good breakfast… complete with morning hard-ons. An ordinary, everyday eroge scene. Or… so it seemed. Things would never be the same from that day, as peaceful everyday life was blown to bits. An accident on a spaceship heading to earth, causes it to crash on the Prime Minister of Nippon’s office. The leaders end up in a state too horrible to see. To avoid chaos, the lo-[censored] alien choose a girl who happened to be there, and to make ends meet, brainwashed all of mankind. Nippon adopts a presidential system overnight, and incredibly, a girl, my childhood friend, is the president. The world will answer to her every whim. And not a soul questions this strange world.

The president of the major power Russia, comes to Nippon. The dangerous Tsar of beautiful Russia. And a spaceship comes to attack. An international crisis breaks out over the hero. What will happen to the world? Why did this happen? The hero somehow remembers how the world was til yesterday. Based on his memory, the world is put back together again.


Deus Machina Demonbane
Availability: Release Candidate in testing.
Developer: Nitro+
Plaforms: PC
Rating: 18+

Arkham city is a bustling hub of commerce and industry, however Arkham is also a center of eldrich lore: home to Miskatonic University, an institution of higher learning with one of the most complete libraries of arcane literature in the world. In the span of two generations the town was built up to the status of prestige it now commands, an expansion helmed by the Hadou Group, an industrial complex and family dynasty currently run by the young Hadou Ruri. She pursues the peace and prosperity of Arkham diligently, against the forces of darkness threatening to plunge the city, and the world, back into a second dark age. Among the most sinister threats to Arkham City is the evil Black Lodge syndicate. Led by the charismatic Master Therion, his nihilistic outlook shapes the group's destructive goals: with a circle of powerful sorcerers at his command, the potential for sowing chaos in the city is unmatched.

Former Miskatonic University Magic Academy student Daijuuji Kurou knows little of grimoires, but what he does know terrifies him - enough that he left his university life behind, and now practices a failing detective business in the shelter of an orphanage in a quiet corner of Arkham. But just when he thought his Academy past was buried, it catches up with him and pulls him back into the dark shadows of the occult: Hadou Ruri herself appears at his door with an offer he can't refuse. The only way to combat the Black Lodge's growing magical power is to find, and retrieve, a grimoire with the power to activate the mightiest Machina of all: Demonbane. The quest to find this forbidden tome will change Kurou's destiny... forever.


Availability: Out of Print
Developer: Konami
Plaforms: Mega-CD
Rating: T for Teen

On June 6, 1996 (1991 in the Japanese versions), a chemical weapon known as Lucifer-Alpha under development in Chernoton, Russia, is released into the atmosphere, resulting in the death of 80% of the Eurasian population which in turn results in the death of half of the world's population. The contaminated area becomes uninhabitable for a decade, when Lucifer-Alpha mutates into a non-lethal form. This tragic event later becomes known as "the Catastrophe".

Fifty years later, a breed of artificial life-forms or bioroids known as "snatchers" began appearing in the artificial island of Neo Kobe City, killing their victims and taking their place in society. Nobody knows exactly what they are or where they come from. As Gillian Seed, an amnesiac working for an Anti-Snatcher task force called J.U.N.K.E.R., the player's goal is to track down the source of the snatchers and discover Gillian's mysterious connections with them.


Availability: Out of Print
Developer: Nitro+
Plaforms: PC
Rating: 18+

Phantom of Inferno is a story detailing the life of a 15-year-old Japanese boy who is kidnapped after witnessing the killing of a reporter. After being kidnapped his memories of his past life are erased and is given the choice to join Inferno or die. He makes the only choice he can to join and is given the name Zwei and will study under Ein. She is also known as Phantom since this is the title given to the organization's top assassin.


Availability: Available Now
Developer: Cing
Plaforms: Nintendo DS
Rating: T for Teen

The main setting is the fictional Hotel Dusk, a small, somewhat rundown hotel located in the southwestern United States near Los Angeles, California during the year 1979. The protagonist is Kyle Hyde, a former member of the New York Police Department searching for his old partner, Brian Bradley. During his stay at the hotel, Kyle unravels a mystery shrouded in the hotel's past that may lead him to the answers he's looking for.


Availability: Digital Download
Developer: Child-Dream
Plaforms: iOS
Rating: N/A

A Scar of the Doll is a psychological horror visual novel with adventure game elements, directed and written by Folklore scenario writer Hidehisa Miyashita. The story is set in late December and revolves around the young woman Asumi Kamijo. She has lost all contact to her older sister, who goes to a graduate school in Tokyo. Worried about her, Asumi travels alone to the capital to confirm her well-being, but the lab she was assigned to and the apartment she lived in show no trace of her. Asumi is determined to find out what happened to her sister, though she does not know the horrors that await her in the midst of uncovering the truth.
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Fan Translated releases:

Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Availability: 1-7 Patch Complete
Developer: 07th Expansion
Plaforms: PC
Rating: Cero C

Umineko no Naku Koro ni takes place in the year 1986 during the time frame of October 4 and October 5 on a secluded island named Rokkenjima (六軒島). The head of a wealthy family named Kinzō Ushiromiya, who lives on and owns Rokkenjima, is near death, and eleven of his family members arrive on the island to discuss how Kinzō's assets will be divided once he is dead. Also on the island are five of Kinzō's servants, and his personal physician. After the eleven family members arrive, a typhoon traps them on the island and shortly after people start to get mysteriously murdered.


Planetarian ~The Reverie of a Little Planet~
Availability: Full Patch Out
Developer: Key
Plaforms: PC
Rating: All Ages

An uninhabited, sealed off city, abandoned 30 years ago after a sudden biochemical warhead strike. The deserted ruins are ruled by autonomous battle drones.
And there, you meet a young woman whose name is Reverie. A member of the planetarium’s help staff who continued to wait for customers for thirty years.

A broken robot…


Fate/Stay Night
Availability: Full Patch Out
Developer: Type-Moon
Plaforms: PC
Rating: R-18

----The one who obtains the Holy Grail will have any wish come true.

The Holy Grail War.
A great ritual that materializes the greatest holy artifact, the Holy Grail.
There are two conditions to participate in this ritual.
To be a magus, and to be a "Master" chosen by the Holy Grail.
(The experience as a magus is not questioned if one has the aptitude)

There are seven chosen Masters, and seven classes of Servants.

There is only one Holy Grail.
If you wish for a miracle.
Prove that you are the strongest with your powers.


Muv-Luv
Availability:Patch Down due to an attempt of an official license.
Developer: Age
Plaforms: PC
Rating: R-18

This game consists of two parts: Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited. Unlimited is unlocked after you get the endings of the two main heroines (Sumika and Meiya) in Extra.

Muv-Luv Extra:
Shirogane Takeru is a typical high school student with a lazy attitude and a love for the virtual reality mecha battle game Valgern-on. Even though he didn't really wanted it, he is popular in school mainly due to his daily fights with his osananajimi (Sumika) attracting too much attention. His life takes an unexpected turn when he finds a girl (Meiya) he doesn't remember ever meeting in his bed one morning. Whom later revealed to be the heiress of one of the biggest zaibatsu. She immediately moves to his house and starts changing his life for the good with her one-track-mind and unlimited resources...

Muv-Luv Extra, the main part of Muv-Luv, takes place in the same world (and general area) as Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and Kimi ga Ita Kisetsu. The Sky Temple family restaurant is mentioned and visited, and Suzumiya Akane makes an appearance.

Muv-Luv Unlimited:
One day Takeru wakes up late, wondering why Sumika or Meiya didn't wake him up this morning. Not seeing any signs of them he gets a bit worried and goes out of his house to only see the town he lived all his life in ruins. After getting past the initial shock he decides that this must be a dream and decides to enjoy it as much as he can...


Tsukihime
Availability: Full Patch
Developer: Type-Moon
Plaforms: PC
Rating: R-18

The story begins in a recollection of a boy called Shiki in his childhood years. There he gains a power out of this world. What is the meaning of this power, and what can he do with it? This is his story of finding the missing pieces of the puzzle.


Availability: Full Patch
Developer: Nitro+
Plaforms: PC
Rating: Mature

Takumi is a high school student. He is withdrawn and is not interested in 3D things. In his town, a mysterious serial murder case happens and people get panicked. One day, when he chats on the internet, a man suddenly contacts him and gives him an URL. He goes to the website and finds a blog image that suggests a next murder case.... On the next day, it really happens....


Saya no Uta
Availability: Full Patch
Developer: Nitro+
Plaforms: PC
Rating: R-18

Fuminori Sakisaka has a traffic accident which kills his parents and leaves him heavily injured. When he has a brain surgery to save his life, his perception of the world changes: everything he sees becomes blood and guts, people's looks and voices seem like monsters, and food that normally appeals to him tastes disgusting.

As he contemplates suicide in the hospital, Fuminori meets a beautiful girl among the flesh-covered walls. She introduces herself as Saya, and is apparently looking for her father. Fuminori does not want to be separated from Saya, and asks her to live with him. She agrees.


Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo
Availability: Full Patch
Developer: AkebeiSoft2
Plaforms: PC
Rating: R-18

Sharin no Kuni's story centers around Kenichi Morita, a young man who has been training for the past seven years to become a Special High Class Individual. For his final examination, he has been dispatched to the same town in which he lived as a child. His task: to pose as a student in the town's school and rehabilitate three of his classmates who possess 'obligations', successfully preparing them to re-enter society.

However, this seemingly straightforward examination will force him to call upon all his training, exercise all his wits, and confront the past he fled from so many years ago...


G-Senjou no Maou/ The Devil on the G-String
Availability: Full Patch
Developer: AkebeiSoft2
Plaforms: PC
Rating: R-18

You play the role of Azai Kyousuke, the son of a legendary gangster infamous in the underworld. You spend your time listening to Bach, playing God at school and covertly working for your stepfather, a ruthless financial heavyweight. This idyllic existence is broken when two individuals appear in the city - a beautiful girl named Usami Haru with hair you could get lost in for days, and a powerful international gangster known only as "Maou". Almost without delay, the two begin a deadly cat-and-mouse game, bringing you and your friends into the crossfire. Plotting, political intrigue and layer upon layer of interlocking traps are the weapons in this epic battle of wits.


Availability: Full Patch
Developer: KID
Plaforms: PC
Rating: All Ages

Fuyukawa Kokoro, a third-year sociology major, boards a plane bound for Hokkaido to meet a research subject in the Specified Psychiatric Hospital for Isolation and Aegis, or SPHIA. For unknown reasons, her plane crashes in the mountains in the middle of a snowstorm. Of the 31 passengers, only she, Kusuda Yuni, Yomogi Seiji, and Mayuzumi Lin survive unharmed. Unable to establish communication with the outside world due to the fierce snowstorm, the four decide to take shelter in an empty cabin and wait until the storm passes.

Yukidoh Satoru, a graduate student in the field of quantum physics, falls from the SPHIA clock tower. He later awakens with some memory loss and the realization that someone is out to kill him. Unable to leave the SPHIA facility due to a snowstorm, Satoru's only chance at living is to find that person among the three other residents (or perhaps the hidden culprit) of SPHIA.

Shortly after, Kokoro and Satoru realize that they are somehow exchanging bodies and Yuni appears to be at both of their locations...


Hanachirasu
Availability: Full Patch
Developer: Nitro+
Plaforms: PC
Rating: R-18

A story of revenge.

Hanachirasu is set in a parallel timeline where nuclear weaponry was never developed. As such, Japan continued to fight through World War II, ending aggressions only when Hokkaido and Kyushu were occupied by Russia and America, respectively.

The game itself takes place in early 21st century Tokyo, which has been transformed into a haven for Japanese culture thanks to the nationalistic ideals of the charismatic Ishima Kaigen. Strict policies are in place in to enforce a ban upon firearms within the city limits. Thus, though terrorism and power struggles run rampant, swordplay, not gunfire, claims the lives of those not powerful to stake out their claims here.

Our protagonist is one Takeda Akane, a swordsman driven by a desire to face his one true rival, Igarasu Yoshia. What will stand in his path to his goal?


Kikokugai -The Cyber Slayer-
Availability: Full Patch
Developer: Nitro+
Plaforms: PC
Rating: R-18

This story takes place in an alternative future of Shanghai where money and power rules the city. Mafia groups hire Kung Fu masters and dominate the society.

There are two types of Kung Fu masters, those who mastered their internal qi, and those who mastered their physical skills. The qi masters are able to output a stronger energy coming from their life itself, but it took a long time to master it. It was easier to just train their physical skills, but there was a limit to how strong a human body can be. So there were a balance of many average physical skill masters and few strong qi masters. However that balance broke when cybernetics came into play. Kung Fu masters would replace their body with robotic parts and attain a strength that a normal human can never achieve. That's how no one tried to become qi masters anymore when they can easily become powerful by using cybernetics, and qi masters decreased in numbers.

The main character of the story Kong Taoluo, a qi master, used to be the top assassin of the leading mafia group. He was betrayed and killed, or at least he was supposed to be, but now he returns to city of Shanghai for revenge and for his sister...


Sekien no Inganock ~What a beautiful people~
Availability: Full Patch
Developer: Liar-Soft
Plaforms: PC
Rating: R-18

Inganock, a city isolated from the outside, a city where everything is distorted, even the sun. It all started ten years ago, at a day called as 'Revival'. Then residents of the city slowly changed into beings that are partially human and partially animal.

To this day, only a few still look fully human on the outside. One of these is Gii, a former medical student, now an illegal doctor that walks the city and cures the poor for free. He changed too, but only in the inside and his change enabled him a mysterious ability that he uses to heal people that keep mutating further every day.

He has a few 'friends' if you can call them that. One of them is a black steel cat girl called Ati. Another one is an old friend from his medical school that he just met again after ten years, Salem. And the games story really begins when he encounters a little girl with pink eyes named Kia...


Availability: Full Patch
Developer: Konami
Plaforms: Playstation
Rating: 15+

The game centers on Jonathan Ingram, one of the five "Policenauts", astronauts with police training, assigned to ensure the safety of Beyond Coast, mankind's first fully-functional space colony in the year 2013. A freak accident occurs while testing a new space walking suit and Jonathan is drifted away into space and is presumed dead by his colleagues. He is found alive and well 25 years later thanks to the cold-sleep module connected to the suit. Three years later, Jonathan (now a private investigator working in the former Los Angeles) is visited by his former wife, Lorraine. She asks for Jonathan's help in solving the disappearance of her current husband, Kenzo Hojo, the only clues he left behind being a torn leaf, a set of capsules, and the word "Plato". Jonathan is reluctant to take her case at first. However, after Lorraine leaves his office, she is attacked and murdered by a man in a black motorcycle suit. Jonathan, unable to catch the culprit, decides to fulfill his ex-wife's final request and travels to Beyond. There he is reunited with his former partner from his LAPD days, Ed Brown, who agrees to help Jonathan investigate the circumstances surrounding Hojo's disappearance and Lorraine's murder.


Availability: Full Patch
Developer: Flying Shine
Plaforms: PC
Rating: 18+

Gunjo Gakuen (Deep Blue School) is a facility designed to gather and isolate those students who got a high score on an adaptation exam (Scoring high on this exam indicates that the student is less likely to be able to be adapted to the society) mandated by the government.

After a failed summer vacation with other members of the school's broadcasting club, Taichi Kurosu and some of the other club members return to the city, only to find that all living creatures within it except for the club members have completely vanished. In order to confirm the status of the outside world, Taichi decides to gather other club members to help Misato Miyasumi, the president of the broadcasting club, who is trying to set up a broadcasting antenna to contact any possible survivors.


Availability: Full Patch
Developer: Flying Shine & Le.Chocolat
Plaforms: PC
Rating: 18+

It is a snowing Christmas Eve… Everything seems so peaceful when a huge earthquake occurs. The earthquake causes the city to be in ruin, and the surviving people need to find ways to stay alive. Some go crazy and rob others, some cling onto God, some gather to live together. The 6 main characters meet at a church while they were trying to find shelter from the snow. What will they see and experience in this extreme situation…?

To Be Added:
Never7 -the end of infinity-
Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai!
Clannad
Canvas 2 ~Akane Iro no Palette~
Flyable Heart
Wanko to Kurasou
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Beginner Titles: Coming Soon.

Titles Coming Soon (Taken from VNTLStatus !!UcDDlzwANFs)


Titles with ">" prefix have made progress recently.

11eyes - Trial patch out, 24.50% of the common route translated
Aiyoku no Eustia - translation of the web trial ongoing
Akatsuki no Goei- common route fully translated, as well as bits of the character routes (8610 lines translated total). was mentioned in a C&D sent out to another game
Akai Ito- Insertion of the existing translation being worked on, Yumei's route released
Apathy Midnight Collection Vol. 1 - 8 of 11 arcs translated
Ashita no Kimi to Au Tame ni- 10/117 scripts (8.5%)
Baldr Sky - Translation ongoing
Battle Flier Itsuki- 21% translated
Cartagra - Initial translation complete, future is unknown, most likely until we hear something about Kara no Shoujo.
Concerto Note - C&D, continuing, translation at 25%
Devils Devel Concept- 25%
Fate/Hollow Ataraxia- 47.1% translated, second partial patch out
Flyable Heart -Fully translated, trial patch out, in editing, 13888/73560 lines edited
Fortune Arterial- 52 of 122 scripts translated, 14 of 122 scripts edited, patch for the trial version of the game
Galaxy Angel: Moonlit Lovers- All routes released, work on editing and images remains
Hakuoki ~Shinsengumi Kitan~ - Classes done, so translation ongoing again
Hatsukoi - 66.2571% translated
Higurashi Daybreak - being translated
Hinomaru- 6.7% translated
Hime Kami Ni Bun no Ichi - Being translated
Himekishi Lilia- No progress in the last 5 months because of relationship drama
Honey Coming- Prologue 100% translated, Common route atleast 20% with progress being made. Yuma Shichiri's route 5% translated
>Hoshizora no Memoria - prologue patch out, 9733/55183 lines translated (17.64%)
Ikusa Megami Zero - New project starting up, C&D, continuing.
>Imouto Ijime - TL 98%
Katahane- 31602/32287 lines (97.88 %) translated, 14984/32287 (46.41%) lines edited
Kara no Shoujo - Fan translation complete, but because it may be released officially, the future of this translation is unknown
Kichikuou Rance- 20% translated
Killer Queen - 97 % translated 11312/13785 lines
Kizuato - 182/246 scripts translated
>Koitate - Yukino’s route patch released
Lamia no Baai - ~1/7th of the game translated, plus some new translation on top of that, still ongoing
LILITH-IZM03- 75% patch out
>Little Busters - ~70%, new patch released with Mio's route translated, Haruka route 47% translated, ~8% translated
>Love Plus- 549/900 scripts translated (61.00%), 2nd partial patch out
>Majikoi- Yukie route patch released, Chris route translation is at 37%
M&M Enchanting Magic & Sweet Charms- 61%
Muv Luv full patch released - Alternative progress 2062.33 KB/2738.39 KB (75.31%), ongoing talks with age regarding the possibility of an official release
>Never 7 - 60 of 111 scripts translated
Period- All image/UI editing complete, Miyu's patch released, game total translation: 31.28% complete
Princess Maker 5- 19% translated, on hold until a new translator is found
Princess Nightmare - Translator said the project is still active, but very slow, nearly 50% translated
Prision Battleship 2 - 43% translated
Pure Pure The Story of Ears and Tails- Sachi Patch released, 63.20% translated
>Rance 2 - Hacking problems fixed, 50% translated
Rance 3 - More then half translated
Rewrite - 11,000 lines translated of the trial
Rin ga Utau, Mirai no Ne-iro- Miku patch released, Rin part will be upcoming
Sa.Na.Ra.Ra - 7 completed scripts
School Days- Translation at 100%, chapters 1-3 released, project reconized by 0verflow, episode 4 in alpha
Seinarukana - Prologue and Chapter 1 translated, translation at 9.1%, image editing mostly complete, chapter 2 translation almost complete
Sensei Da-isuki 2- 20%, still being worked on
>Sharin no Kuni, Yuukyuu no Shounenshoujo -translator working on non translated scripts, all of Natsumi's and Ririko''s scripts translated, 17 of 18 Sachi's scripts translated
Sin- 60% of episode 1 translated
Sono Hanabira 7 - 50% translated
>Sorairo - 2755/48557 (6%) lines translated
Sweet Pool- Active translation ongoing
Tenshi No Inai 12-Gatsu-"status: ~translating:active~"
>The Second Reproduction - 41% translated
Togainu No Chi- 69% translated
To Heart2- 53% - "The final product is still years away unless I get more help. ", alpha patch with Konomi, Tamaki, Manaka and Yuma routes translated
Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side: 2nd Kiss - 1st patch released, translating most, but not all, of the game
Tomoyo After - A bit of work on the translation this week, working on a 35% partial patch
Touka Gettan: translation status: ~30% translated
Umineko 8 - To be translated
Under The Moon- 6% translated/checked/programmed, still active
Welcome to Pia Carrot 2 - 1st draft translation close to 40%
Yoakemae Yori Ruriiro Na - Being translated by the guy who did Canvas 2
Yosuga no Sora - 20% translated
YU-NO- Total: 3628.13/3995.61KB (90.80%), Prologue patch released, all normal routes translated, translation moving onto the epilogue chapter, Editing at 1819.72/3995.61 KB (45.54%). New editor recently joined, and hacking has allowed additional stuff from the Saturn release to be included in the translation

Upcoming from active fan groups
Some LiarSoft is plan to be done by Ixrec after the Muv Luv saga
Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 3rd Love Plus -- Planned by the translators doing 2
Aroduc has a new project forum and script sizes up for a yet to be named project

Official work

MangaGamer:
Koihime Musou - Feb 28th scheduled release, trial out
Zaishuu The SiN - March 14th release date
Ef - "The translations for ef ~the first tale~ and latter tale are both finished now"
>Dear Drops - Translation starting, with a release goal of this Summer
Harukoi Otome - Being translated
Harem Party- Focused in a recent blog post
The Season of Da Capo isn’t over yet
Unannounced title- translation and editing finished
Ongoing talks with a company whose bread and jam you would not want to eat
Chance they may be bringing over Kara no Shoujo based on some posts from last year. It is likely Cartagra is in the same boat.
Picked up a Circus title with gameplay
Additionally, random sex romps are scheduled as well

JAST
Demonbane- checking the first release candidate
Jingai Makyou- Not mentioned in their panel
>Osananajimi wa Daitouryou ~My girlfriend is the President.~ - 2011 release planned, translation completed
Eien no Aselia- Seeing an official release of the all ages version, with a different translation than the current fan translation
Nitro Royale- being translated
DraKoi- fully fan translated, image editing is finished as well, however scripts are unlikely to be released outside of an official Jast release
Yumina the Ethereal - announced, expected to be released within a year
Sumaga- 79.4%, still being translated, unlikely to be released outside of an official Jast release
Muramasa - Chapter 4 complete, but because it is Nitro+, it is uncertain what will come from the project
The remaining announcement is planned for this month

Other
HgameZ - possible releases in the future
Kisaragi no Hogyoku- English trial out, now being translated as part of project T0rama
Bible Black Infection- Was listed as Janurary 25th, 2011, but does not appeared to be released yet
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>Stuff like this has been either added or updated since the last thread
thetrin
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(02-17-2011, 05:55 AM)
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I need to pick up 999 one of these days.
The Technomancer
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I really enjoy the idea of visual novels, but its a shame that most of the ones in the OP outside of 999 and Ever17 seem to revolve around various antics with anime girls. I hope one day we can get some more interactive experiences that really are novel quality.

Hm...I like the sound of Umineko no Naku Koro ni though. Its being fan translated, I wonder how much I can track it down for...
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Great thread idea! Subscribed.
InfiniteNine
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Originally Posted by The_Technomancer

Originally Posted by The_Technomancer

I really enjoy the idea of visual novels, but its a shame that most of the ones in the OP outside of 999 and Ever17 seem to revolve around various antics with anime girls. I hope one day we can get some more interactive experiences that really are novel quality.

Hm...I like the sound of Umineko no Naku Koro ni though. Its being fan translated, I wonder how much I can track it down for...

Well the thread isn't done yet there are tons of titles to put up still although that'd likely take a lot longer to put together. Although you shouldn't discount something because of a predominately female cast there is some genuinely interesting things amongst what looks to be more of the same.

You can get Umineko 1-4 for less than a current gen game! Let me find it for you.
http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-11784.html
Zoe
(02-17-2011, 06:01 AM)
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These need a "degree of icecream-ness" rating scale.
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(02-17-2011, 06:02 AM)
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I always wanted to see that Silent Hill one for the GBA.

http://silenthill.wikia.com/wiki/Sil...ll:_Play_Novel
bernardobri
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(02-17-2011, 06:03 AM)
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Great work on the OP! Also, Steins;Gate needs an english translation :(
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Thank you for this. <3
Momo
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There is a very extensive list on vndb, not linking there cause im sure it breaks the rules of GAF somehow.

VN's need much more love <3
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Oh my god, it's my favorite genre in the world!

I played Tsukihime (and Kagetsu Tohya) long before there was even a hint of a translation patch, and my Japanese isn't actually good enough to read them. The method I used for playing was, looking back on it now, retarded. I'm very glad for translations, even if they're still relatively few and far between :P

I'll have to look into more of the officially translated ones that I've not played already.
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Originally Posted by _dementia

I need to pick up 999 one of these days.

You really should. It's awesome.

I just bought Ghost Trick tonight, myself. Can't wait to start it after watching some more Psych :D
The Technomancer
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Originally Posted by InfiniteNine

Well the thread isn't done yet there are tons of titles to put up still although that'd likely take a lot longer to put together. Although you shouldn't discount something because of a predominately female cast there is some genuinely interesting things amongst what looks to be more of the same.

You can get Umineko 1-4 for less than a current gen game! Let me find it for you.
http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-11784.html

Oh yeah, the anime girl thing isn't so much a comment on quality so much as that I've never really felt engaged with "anime lifestyle storylines" about students going to school and living moderately wacky lives.

I notice also that a lot of visual novels that aren't of that style use the "group of people trapped/confined to one area" setup for the story, which gets me speculating about how doing so allows them to map out the players possible choices with any degree of practicality. It helps with the suspension of disbelief at the necessarily limited options for movement.
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Isn't there a new all-ages one coming out soon

EDIT:

Ah, it's this http://www.jastusa.com/journey-to-ph...ia-the-eternal

Aselia The Eternal. I remember searching through the Japanese site for this many many years ago.

EDIT2:I still say PW is more of an ADV game than a VN.

I think I'd call 999 an ADV game as well.
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Isn't Phoenix Wright really more of an adventure game? I mean, you go around, look at stuff, pick up items, etc.

What really separates an adventure game from a visual novel? Just coming from Japan?
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Funky thread, visual novels/adventure games for life.

Suggestion for the Official Release section: Hotel Dusk/Last Window series.
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Originally Posted by DiscoJer

Isn't Phoenix Wright really more of an adventure game? I mean, you go around, look at stuff, pick up items, etc.

What really separates an adventure game from a visual novel? Just coming from Japan?

But Phoenix Wright is from Japan.
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Originally Posted by DiscoJer

Isn't Phoenix Wright really more of an adventure game? I mean, you go around, look at stuff, pick up items, etc.

What really separates an adventure game from a visual novel? Just coming from Japan?

I'd say PW is borderline. Phoenix Wright has, by my estimation, a lot more dialogue then something like Monkey Island or Sam & Max, and 999 has waaay more then even that.
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Originally Posted by DiscoJer

Isn't Phoenix Wright really more of an adventure game? I mean, you go around, look at stuff, pick up items, etc.

What really separates an adventure game from a visual novel? Just coming from Japan?

Yeah, you're probably I meant to put ADV in the thread title as well but I guess I forgot. xD;

Can a mod change it to "English Translated Japanese Visual Novel/ADV Thread"?
bernardobri
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(02-17-2011, 06:11 AM)
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Originally Posted by DiscoJer

Isn't Phoenix Wright really more of an adventure game? I mean, you go around, look at stuff, pick up items, etc.

What really separates an adventure game from a visual novel? Just coming from Japan?

AA is actually very western in that aspect, I don't recall another japanese graphic adventure game since 2000 that has more investigation/puzzle solving than AA (besides 999, but that's other genre I guess?) Still, AA has a lot of reading than the average western graphic adventure.

The main difference between Visual Novels and Graphic Adventures games, IMO, is how much puzzle solving is around the storyline.
thetrin
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Originally Posted by DiscoJer

Isn't Phoenix Wright really more of an adventure game? I mean, you go around, look at stuff, pick up items, etc.

What really separates an adventure game from a visual novel? Just coming from Japan?

I actually totally agree with you, but the lines are pretty well blurred by games like 999. AA games don't have the long length story and dialogue scenes that 999 does, which is where I really draw the line.
PataHikari
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(02-17-2011, 06:14 AM)
Ah visual novels.

When they're good they're fantastic. When they're bad... well, they're exactly what the stereotypes say.

Originally Posted by The_Technomancer

Hm...I like the sound of Umineko no Naku Koro ni though. Its being fan translated, I wonder how much I can track it down for...

http://secure.hobibox.net/umineko/catalog.php

The fan translators have basically licensed them for digital distribution,
Ellis Kim
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Originally Posted by Gunloc

Funky thread, visual novels/adventure games for life.

Suggestion for the Official Release section: Hotel Dusk/Last Window series.

I also recommend listing Infinite Loop and Disgaea Infinite

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=331791
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disgaea_Infinite

I wish NISA would localize Infinite Loop...
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What a lovely thread! This genre needs all the English love it can get. I assume you'll list it eventually, but you'll want to list Narcissu as the most prominent freeware VN. Also, it'd be a good idea to list older fan-translated console games, like Portopia Serial Murder Case (NES), Radical Dreamers (SNES), and Policenauts (PSX). There aren't too many of those, but a couple are of really good quality.

The line between visual novels and Japanese adventure games is blurry for us in the West because even the more interactive ADVs like Phoenix Wright are much more talky than Western adventure games. If you want to be technical, visual novels are solely narrative-focused games with no gameplay outside branching narratives (Ever17, Clannad) while ADVs have some other form of gameplay (the courtrooms in Phoenix Wright or the puzzle rooms in 999). There's no need to get technical though.
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Great thread!

I'm with PataHikari. So far I've played the most typical trio, Ace Attorney, 999, and Ghost Trick (last one's debatable)
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Good thread, I've read a bit of Fate/Stay Night (about 9 hours worth) and Umineko (2 hours at least). I really need to get around to finishing them.

I have finished 999 and all the Phoenix wright games though!
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My japanese graphic adventure recommendations would be both Hideo Kojima's Snatcher and Policenauts. While both games have a lot of movies pastiches, the game themselves have enough puzzling/story-driven aspects that are fun. Both games have great characters, top-notch localizations and voice acting, as well.

Policenauts' research and justification is VERY impressive considering the age where it was conceived, too. This game in particular is definitely one of the best Kojima's games.
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Originally Posted by Ellis Kim

I also recommend listing Infinite Loop and Disgaea Infinite

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=331791
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disgaea_Infinite

I wish NISA would localize Infinite Loop...

Yeah, me too. Disgaea Infinite was a lot of fun, but of course NISA would just bring over the fan-service watered-down (I assume) version of the original.
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Good thread. I've heard of most of those already, but more info about them's always cool.

This has always been one of those genres that I've been really interested in and I've been telling myself I'll get into, but I've never got around to it. Hopefully when I have more time this summer.
Momo
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Originally Posted by bernardobri

My japanese graphic adventure recommendations would be both Hideo Kojima's Snatcher and Policenauts. While it has a lot of movies pastiches, the games have enough puzzling/story-driven aspects that are fun. Both games have great characters, top-notch localizations and voice acting, as well. Policenauts' research and justification is VERY impressive considering the age where it was conceived.

First two I ever played and still my most beloved :3
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Originally Posted by Momo

First two I ever played and still my most beloved :3



Policenauts has one of my favorite epilogues in gaming. That hug man, it's just... :(
InfiniteNine
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Alright guys saved the titles you've recommended to add! If you'd like to recommend anymore though send a PM so it doesn't clutter the thread so off to compiling logos, screens, and game information!
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Oooh great thread. Yeah VNDB is a really great site for visual novels and it lists all the current ones available in English.

I'm still playing through Fate/Stay Night UBW. I've been playing it for around a year now 0_o

I just find it hard to get motivation to play it.

EDIT: I'd recommend Clannad or Planetarian. Good stories that aren't full of H. Also Fate/Stay Night I guess but is there a patch to remove the H scenes? If so use it. Terrible terrible scenes.
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Great thread! Making my way through Ever17 now. After that, whatever catches my interest. Need to find more disturbing stuff like Saya no Uta.
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Originally Posted by cosmicblizzard

Great thread! Making my way through Ever17 now. After that, whatever catches my interest. Need to find more disturbing stuff like Saya no Uta.

Are you playing Ever17 in English? If you are, where'd you manage to find a copy? Last time I went looking for it, the only second-hand copies I was turning up were listed for like, $200! That's a tad out of my price range! By, like, four times the max.
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Originally Posted by bernardobri

Policenauts has one of my favorite epilogues in gaming. That hug man, it's just... :(

Let's listen to end of dark and laugh at those that didnt know the origin of it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlNOZ1D6zgY

*sits at my desk feet up while smoking a cig*
thetrin
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Originally Posted by LegatoB

Are you playing Ever17 in English? If you are, where'd you manage to find a copy? Last time I went looking for it, the only second-hand copies I was turning up were listed for like, $200! That's a tad out of my price range! By, like, four times the max.

Good question. I want to play Ever 17 as well, but $200 seems cruel and unusual.
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Originally Posted by cosmicblizzard

Great thread! Making my way through Ever17 now. After that, whatever catches my interest. Need to find more disturbing stuff like Saya no Uta.

Yeah, I want to check that out as well. Where'd you happen upon a copy?
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Originally Posted by LegatoB

Are you playing Ever17 in English? If you are, where'd you manage to find a copy? Last time I went looking for it, the only second-hand copies I was turning up were listed for like, $200! That's a tad out of my price range! By, like, four times the max.

Wow, you're right it is $200, holy hell. The Japanese version is really cheap in comparison, totally worth learning Japanese for lol.
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I'll add my voice to the list of: great thread.
Visual novels are interesting and having a thread dedicated to the available ones in English is a good thing.
bernardobri
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Originally Posted by Momo

Let's listen to end of dark and laugh at those that didnt know the origin of it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlNOZ1D6zgY

*sits at my desk feet up while smoking a cig*

Oh yes. Although the pedestrians had they share of Policenauts before in MGS when Otacon starts talking about anime. :P

Man, both Policenauts and Snatcher had great soundtracks, by the way.
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Originally Posted by LegatoB

Are you playing Ever17 in English? If you are, where'd you manage to find a copy? Last time I went looking for it, the only second-hand copies I was turning up were listed for like, $200! That's a tad out of my price range! By, like, four times the max.

Borrowed it from a college friend. The guy was actually complaining about 999 being a watered down Ever17.
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Originally Posted by cosmicblizzard

Borrowed it from a college friend. The guy was actually complaining about 999 for being a watered down Ever17.

Oh no, I'd say Ever17 is the watered down one heh.
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Originally Posted by hamchan

Oh no, I'd say Ever17 is the watered down one heh.

No clue. The guy probably just hates 999 getting so much attention while the author's previous work gets ignored.
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Originally Posted by hamchan

Oooh great thread. Yeah VNDB is a really great site for visual novels and it lists all the current ones available in English.

I'm still playing through Fate/Stay Night UBW. I've been playing it for around a year now 0_o

I just find it hard to get motivation to play it.

EDIT: I'd recommend Clannad or Planetarian. Good stories that aren't full of H. Also Fate/Stay Night I guess but is there a patch to remove the H scenes? If so use it. Terrible terrible scenes.

But according to TVtropes and a number of other sources the story won't make sense without the sex scenes.
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Higurashi (the anime) impressed me. Only watched the first season, should try the VN sometime.
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Originally Posted by DrForester

Higurashi (the anime) impressed me. Only watched the first season, should try the VN sometime.

The anime was decent, but the VN is much better and more effective, despite the haphazard translation from MangaGamer. I highly recommend it.

And Umineko no Naku Koro ni - anyone who has not played this yet needs to try it. Right. Now.

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