Moving to…

February 28, 2008

Thanks to Randall for the free hosting and for setting up everything for me. Yes this is a bit sudden but it’s for the best *sniffs*. I might as well fix everything on the new site. I’ve migrated everything there, still need to fix the blogroll but the posts & comments are functional.

So friends kindly update your links and see you all there. Arigatou! ^^



Project SVN Completed

February 27, 2008

Yay, after 3 long weeks the project is finally done. A normal person could have actually done it in 5 hours but you know, I have other stuff to take care of. Anyway, here it is, the product of my boredom and false belief that I’m an anime artist lol. So some stat about the VN: it has 2526 words and about 149 screens of dialogue. I used about 15 BG images, 2 sprites, 5 BGM, and 5 SFX. Of course full credits were given to my resources. It was a wonderful experience for me. I used to just leech around for free VNs (I still do) and now I’ve finally made my own.

It isn’t perfect though, half-baked you may call it, but I think the structure is already there. I’ve realized that I’ve focused more on the technical stuff of the VN. While it is equally important, I think I neglected the very backbone of the VN which is the story. I think my story is still too weak. Thanks to my editor, I was able make it a bit readable. Then again this is my first time so I hope that excuses me lol.

I’ve said before that I have no intention of distributing this over the net, so friends if you want to check this out, just drop me a comment and I’ll email you the link. Don’t forget to indicate the OS you’re using. I made files for win, mac & linux.

PS. I already sent copies to Coeli, AS, Lanie-emon, & Setsuna-san who all requested a copy earlier.

Edit 2/28/08: I just thought I should post some comments I received thru email from blogger friends. Hope AS doesn’t mind^^:

AS said: I finished the game, pretty interesting and something we otaku can relate to for the main character K ^^. The only thing that I would change is being able to pick the main characters name, but I assume that you will work on it and just made it K to make it easier for you while you finish the game. Interesting twist and good sound effects ^^. Send me more when you get more done lol ^^

Project SVN Status Report

February 18, 2008

After having a strange dream, a character named ‘K’ decided to return to his hometown.

– done with scripting
– editing on-going
– sampling some BGM and SFX
– reconfiguring menu defaults

If I’ll have more spare time this week and if I don’t get too lazy I think I can finish it by Friday ^^

The Old Bento Box Part 2

February 12, 2008

I noticed that I haven’t updated this category for a while now. So here’s another set from my old collections. Yes, I still have most of them in VHS, lol:

El Hazard: The Magnificent World: When Makoto Mizuhara discovers an old monument in his school and awakens a beautiful woman, he, his teacher, his worst enemy and one of his female friends were transported to the magnificent world of El Hazard. There they discovered that they have received some special powers. Makoto and his teacher Fujisawa land in a jungle and save a princess from some large bugs. Makoto’s friend Nanami lands in a desert. And Makotos rival, Jinnai lands in the middle of the bug’s kingdom and becomes their general, plotting to destroy Makoto and his new friends. After having his attacks repelled by Makoto several times, Jinnai learns about an ultimate weapon, the demon Ifurita. And so everyone sets of to find Ifurita, and when she’s found Makoto learns that she is the same woman that sent them to El Hazard. But the one gaining control of her is Jinnai.

Thoughts: This is one of those early other-world-adventures I enjoyed watching. Artwork, storyline and music are really good. Visible harem element to spice things up but the series has a strong plot to begin with. Two to three sequels followed which are equally good. If you’re looking for a light, entertaining, adventure anime with a dose of Fujisawa kick, you may want to try this one.

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Project SVN

February 6, 2008

As part of my journey through modern visual culture, I am now officially starting this personal project of mine. That’s right, I’m gonna make my own Short Visual Novel (SVN) lol^^. I already have some background and character images to work on. I’ve also written a couple of short fictions ages ago which are more than enough to form a base story for the novel. In the tradition of Narcissu and since I suck at programming, I’m gonna make something simple, straightforward and linear.

I’m not going to sell it nor widely distribute it. I just want to try it and show it to my friends and perhaps to my blogger friends as well ^^

So wish me luck! ^^

Blood-Over: Doujin Game Review

January 29, 2008

Blood-Over is a side-scrolling game from 9thNight. It is a 3D game way back in Comiket 70, focusing on Shou, a female “Free Hunter” and her Maid Akari as they battle skeletons and monsters. This game is quite popular among doujin gamers. I think I know why – a trigger-happy ojousama, a cute maid with a gatling gun and a lot of monster-shooting action. 

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Narcissu: Visual Novel Review

January 24, 2008

Narcissu, a visual novel by Stage-Nana, tells a story of two young people who are both terminally ill. Not wanting to die in the hospital or in their homes, they ran away together. They drove all over Japan without any particular destination until they decided to go to Awaji Island – to the narcissu fields.

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