A blog for reviews… that's really not much of a blog

What is this Blog? (& Disclaimers)

-Blog’s Purpose-

How much do you know about Eroge, Galge, or Visual Novels?
If you remember a well-known title called “Kaminomi Shiru Sekai”, you’ll remember that Keima always had his PFP and galge with him at all times.

In reality, players like me enjoy weekly releases as they are produced, just how Keima enjoys his galge. It’s not an exaggeration as I admit that I was compared to him multiple times.

But in addition, it’s definitely a fact that not many players are familiar with exactly what “galge” is, despite having a general idea of what it is. Instead, they are more focused on what we commonly refer to as “anime”. The biggest obstacle is the language barrier, and also one of the major reasons why anime is even popular outside of Japan. I mean, how do you expect your audiance to like SAO, Shingeki, etc… if they didn’t know what the hell the characters were talking about?

Same with galge. Over 99% of the non-Japanese population do not have access to these visual novels and must heavily rely on translators in addition to the dangers of coming across bad games that only waste your time. If they had any access, it’s the translated novels that occasionally pop up due to long and strenuous efforts from a group of translators.

I create this blog in hopes to bring some readers to realization that eroge and visual novels are not for just fapping or eyecandy: they’re just like regular series of anime that have a plot and, quite often, heartwarming stories. I also dedicate this blog to deliver the most descriptive reviews for the general population, so…

  1. The General Population can see my passion and dedication for this field of hobby
  2. The players who are wishing to seek information receives it
  3. I spark interest in those remotely interested in this kind of entertainment to learn Japanese for themselves
  4. Assist others in deciding “What games to play”
  5. Overthrow the baseless opinions players make both on sites like VNDB and EGS (Erogamescape)

-Blog Format-

This review site is designed in a casual manner, but all posts have detailed, fixed information, which includes my own personal summaries, ratings, and comments. Everything presented on this site is my own words; none of it has been taken from another source without me referring to it.

In addition, since I use the free version of WordPress for the most limited features, I also expect no compensation for my efforts, nor do I aim to “show off” my site to anyone else. For this purpose, WordPress may display ads and crap, but I hope that’s not my fault.

-My Motto-

It is my strong wish that with my review site, I encourage other players to start enjoying eroge as well. Eroge is fun. Eroge is pleasing. Eroge can be more than just a “porn game”. I started playing from when I was 16 (Yes, I know I wasn’t supposed to have this stuff for two more years), and am going strong today; many of my reviews involve titles that are new releases.

Because my purpose is to encourage the playing of eroge, I try my hardest not to give out the more detailed information or also known as “spoilers”. However, much of reviewing is the presentation of the story in words, so I warn readers in advance that many of these posts will contain information which can be considered spoilers to some individuals. While a small amount will be present in each review, my main goal with each and every post is to make the reader think one of the two things: “Huh, this game looks interesting… I want to play it!” or “Wow, this game looks horrible. Thank goodness I saw this before wasting my time playing it.”

Despite this, my goal has changed slightly. While my desire to spread information about the game is still intact, I now dedicate this blog mostly for myself, who come across hundreds of games each year which I play, and may even forget. Please do take this as an excuse for even beginning to start this site, or including spoilers in many of the posts.

-Disclaimers-

By coming onto this site and viewing information at no cost, you automatically agree to the following rules and assumptions.

  • All material presented on this site is NOT copyrighted. Despite the games being a commercial product themselves, I do not host them in any way, nor will I host them in public without specific permission from the original author. I take no credit from anything on my site except for the content that I publish.
  • If you want download links, go to anime-sharing or nyaa.se for P2P. Do NOT ask them here.
  • This site, despite a “review site” for material rated 18 and up, is rated PG-13. So please keep it that way. Suggestive language is acceptable only to a minimal extent, and I am under the jurisdiction of this “rule” as well.
  • This site is completely non-profit, but WordPress will sometimes host small ads as a part of their Terms of Service.
  • You are completely free to use any part of this site material for ONLY your own personal use. Images are hosted on imgur and not my property–I only upload them. Any “review” that you (reader) may want to report on a different location must at least reference the original post.
  • Any suggestions, personal messages/questions, and flames (lol) should be sent to my inbox, not the comments section. Placing them on my posts is either rude or an invasion of privacy, and will be immediately removed.
  • Please keep comments on topic of the respective posts. I reserve all the right as admin of this site to remove comments at my discretion.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at “itsjoyjason@gmail.com“.

-My Personal Welcome-

I strongly urge you to take a quick look at my posts. Despite being dedicated for my own selfish desires, it is my hope that you can benefit from the words that I type. Aside from this, I am open to constructive criticisms and suggestions, which I take heartily as an email. It is my hope that if this is the first time visiting my site, you leave having learnt something, wanting to come back, or simply laugh at some of my jokes and rants.

ありがとうございます!

Please do enjoy your stay, and thank you for visiting my blog!

Comments on: "What is this Blog? (& Disclaimers)" (16)

  1. Aria Kanzaki said:

    Hi, I started playing this game called “Koi Suru Kanojo no Bukiyou na Butai” which was released yesterday. Only played the first hour thus I’m not quite sure about the plot, but the art is astonishing! (Kantoku ftw!) I’ll attach vndb link if you are interested :D

    https://vndb.org/v15393

    • Ah yes, the newest Cube title.

      Unfortunately, they only really had one great title, and the rest pretty much sucked (Your Diary, as according to a friend and Kurafuta which I played and hated), so I’m not too interested in this one.

      That may change if you end up loving it and suggest that I give it a try as well. However, fair warning that I care very little about art: It’s all about the story for me.

      I appreciate the info, though

  2. I found your blog some weeks ago and really liked it.
    I hope you keep up the good work.

    I downloaded Mashiro iro Symphony after read your post, I think I’ll like it. I took a look on the anime opening (I didn’t watch the anime version yet), the ost is really good.

    • It’s my pleasure to welcome you to this humble and crappy (lol) review site!

      I thank you for your encouragement: It’s from audience like yourselves that I get the incentive to write reviews and keep playing VNs as my hobby despite the busy life that awaits me.

      I’m glad that I convinced you to play Mashiroiro Symphony! That is an amazing game and I’m sure you’ll like it as well!

  3. Hi, I really like your review blog, it’s really helpful for someone like me who just got into eroge. I tried otome games first (because they target to my gender lol) but it really wasn’t for me. I really like bishoujo games more haha.
    Anyway, can I make a suggestion? In your future reviews, could you please have a section for the difficulty of Japanese in your post? I recently started learning Japanese and I still use Mecab + Jparser for visual novels.
    It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, just something like “Easy” “Medium” “Hard”.
    Of course, if it’s too much you don’t have to ^^

    • Thanks for your suggestion!

      Considering all my reviews are targeted for the English-population, your advice is a valuable one. I’ll make sure to incorporate it into my future posts.

      Thanks! :)

  4. seventhfonist4255 said:

    Oooh man am I glad I stumbled upon this place. I got into visual novels, maybe a year ago? (It might’ve been a little after my birthday after I’d gotten into it all, so possibly less than a year, so I would’ve started soon after turning 17, and I still am 17) I just wanted to say that I’m really excited to see the new stuff you put out.

    I’ve played only about 5 and am going through some more (Little Busters, Clannad, Rewrite, Fate Stay Night, G-Senjou no Maou, and I’m starting some more too.) Little Busters was my first, and man oh man did I love it so much.

    After I found out there was MORE in the form of Perfect Edition, I decided to start learning japanese (I’m not too far in, and I started on the Kanji a bit late, but I’m definitely seeing progress.) At the moment, I’m mostly learning the Kanji and will need to get the grammar on my free time, like, during a break or something. I’m hoping to see if I can just look up a bunch of words for a while and learn off those once I’ve gone through a good number of kanji.

    Anyways, I plan on keeping an eye on this blog from now and really look forward to see more posts from you! I’ll really make sure to keep an eye on any recommendations, and good job with all the stuff you’ve already done so far!

    • Thank you so much for your encouragement and support! It’s always nice to think that my posts are encouraging someone to make an effort to enjoy eroge the same way as me, and I would like to offer my deepest respect towards you for going through the LB story despite having little knowledge of Japanese. (Also the fact that you started playing eroge when you were 17. It makes me feel better that I’m not the only one who started “early”)

      I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I did, but I’d like to hear your personal opinions for any title you’d like to share with me. (Just as my posts inform you, I’d LOVE to be informed by someone else)

      Despite being slow with creating posts recently with schoolwork, I ask for your patience as I continuously pump out reviews. I know for sure that during breaks and such, you’ll be enjoying fresh reviews made nearly every week!

      Again, please do enjoy your stay and feel free to suggest ANYTHING, from titles to play, elements to include (in the review), format of the blog, or even pictures I should use.

  5. carinderyeah said:

    Aw….I was hoping to write for this blog, but is the position already filled T___T????

    • Hello carinderyeah!

      Currently, I’m the only writer on this review site, and I’m afraid I plan on keeping it this way for a while.

      However, I MAY make exceptions! *hint hint ;)*
      Please send me your own personal “review” (with your own elements, opinions, and ratings) for *any* Non-translated commercial game that has been released within the past year to “itsjoyjason@gmail.com”.

  6. Jiong999 said:

    Good day, has been following this blog for sometime as one of main sources for reviews. There are many good games out there that are not given proper reviews /underrated so I have the tendency of wanting to reviewing those myself to get more people to play even though they are not translated.

    Eroge is now pretty much the thing I play to kill time other than chasing anime at the end of every season. It’s good thing to have people appreciating them other than providing biased views. I will continue to follow this blog for your support, and am interested to become your blog’s secondary author if I can have the opportunity. =S

    • Thank you for your encouragement!

      Frankly speaking, the only reason I’ve become so hardcore into eroge was because of the lack of “good titles” from the anime industry; all I saw were remakes of light novels, 4-komas, or even manga. Many of them lacked impact or the “warm feeling” I felt when playing eroge, and I’m very appreciative that I was not the only one to think like this.

      Your desire is exactly my goal; provide interesting and unbiased reviews for non-translated games, as an effort to encourage eroge players to learn Japanese and play the game in its purest form, or attract new players into the world of eroge, which is much greater than the world of anime.

      I would love to invite anyone like yourself to becoming the authors on this blog (which really needs another name…) Please take your time thinking about such an option.
      But please also remember that you should do this as a hobby, and not be forced to play weekly releases; I’d hate for that to happen.

      Thanks again for your time to reply!

    • My reason to prefer eroge over anime will be fact that I prefer to watch proper closures of a story, while the wait between seasons tend to makes us forgot what happened before and over 90% of them generally don’t get animated to the end or got its contents changed to the point it’s not even fun anymore. You are right about the fact that it also lacks impact that we normally see in eroge.

      I wouldn’t force myself to play weekly releases, to be frank I am extremely picky (to the point it is not uncommon to only choosing 1-2 or none at all for monthly release) while choosing a game to play so I plan to do this purely as hobby. Only worry is my playing speed is really slow so I may not be able blog as frequently, but I do intend to write reviews anyway, for the meantime maybe I will think up and suggest a blog name for this. =S

  7. I will definitely read some of your post, so many eroge and visual novel that I cannot fathom and too bad that they are not even translated. Gotta learn Japanese quick.

    • Good friend, welcome and thanks for your interest!

      You’re completely correct; there are WAY too many eroge and visual novels, that even a player like myself have a hard time even keeping up with the new releases.

      This is where this blog comes in! I want to make this blog into a reference tool for English Visual Novel Readers, so they can pick out the “good” games among the thousands out there, and truly enjoy the best of the best novels, instead of being stuck with a crappy one.

  8. nice blog dood~ i like it! Beautiful~ Hohoho

Speak your Mind...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s