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Haven Review: Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps

   “Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps-“is the first part of a visual novel game set in an all girls missionary school in japan. You follow Suoh Shirahane from her arrival at this school, and in her quest to overcome personal challenges and make friends.

Suoh is a very shy, kind and beautiful girl with a passion for books. Growing up very isolated from other children made her long for friendship. Her choice for joining this school was their friendship program. Where all students will be assigned compatible friends to share dorm rooms with while they live at the school. Suoh tries her best to navigate the social scene to get the friends she desperately wants, which causes her some embarrassment at times. But she learns from these experiences and moves on, and friendships starts to blossom in her life. Being around all the different people at school also has some darker sides, and makes memories of her childhood come back to her throughout the story, and you gradually learn more about Suohs past.

The game is a simple “click your way through” the story, and will also give you opportunities to make decisions that will have an effect on Suohs life.  So you as a player will determine this girl’s path through her time at the school while you make lifelong decisions and solve mysteries, all while fulfilling the responsibilities as a student.

Flowers is a very pretty game, with wonderful art and also with nice background music. They also used voice actors for this game, which makes it even more immersive and interesting to play. If you like anime/manga in a school setting, or you like quality manga art, you might want to give this game a try.

Personally I enjoy this game, but in moderate portions. Playing for too long became a little boring for me, it can be a bit slow, but then again it is a visual novel. But I do find myself wondering what is going happen to Suoh and return to the game to continue her story. I have yet to play many visual novel games, so I cannot compare this to others. But I do enjoy “Flowers”, and I personally would recommend it and feel it is worth buying.

“Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps-“is the first part of a visual novel game set in an all girls missionary school in japan. You follow Suoh Shirahane from her arrival at this school, and in her quest to overcome personal challenges and make friends.

Suoh is a very shy, kind and beautiful girl with a passion for books. Growing up very isolated from other children made her long for friendship. Her choice for joining this school was their friendship program. Where all students will be assigned compatible friends to share dorm rooms with while they live at the school. Suoh tries her best to navigate the social scene to get the friends she desperately wants, which causes her some embarrassment at times. But she learns from these experiences and moves on, and friendships starts to blossom in her life. Being around all the different people at school also has some darker sides, and makes memories of her childhood come back to her throughout the story, and you gradually learn more about Suohs past.

The game is a simple “click your way through” the story, and will also give you opportunities to make decisions that will have an effect on Suohs life.  So you as a player will determine this girl’s path through her time at the school while you make lifelong decisions and solve mysteries, all while fulfilling the responsibilities as a student.

Flowers is a very pretty game, with wonderful art and also with nice background music. They also used voice actors for this game, which makes it even more immersive and interesting to play. If you like anime/manga in a school setting, or you like quality manga art, you might want to give this game a try.

Personally I enjoy this game, but in moderate portions. Playing for too long became a little boring for me, it can be a bit slow, but then again it is a visual novel. But I do find myself wondering what is going happen to Suoh and return to the game to continue her story. I have yet to play many visual novel games, so I cannot compare this to others. But I do enjoy “Flowers”, and I personally would recommend it and feel it is worth buying.

-Ingelin Gridset

Haven Editorial: Visual and light novels

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“Though Mikoto’s words made Shirai unsettled, Shirai decided to continue on with the job at hand. The last bus would leave in ten minutes. Shirai held onto her dry and crumpled bag tightly as she dashed toward the destination which she could not see. Unknowingly, the minor doubt in Shirai’s heart vanished completely.”

(Paragraph taken from A certain Magical Index, light novel translation.)

Repeating names a lot:
I am a writer an author of sorts, though I mostly dabble in questionable fan comics and a metric ton of articles. In this very text both visual and light novels counts for both, due to the writing style. Due to my unfortunate habit of not seeing my own spelling errors, though this is due to a light case of dyslexia. Yet even one such as me can see that the text above is a terrible read, a truly terrible piece of grammatical structure. Sure I adore the story and love the universe. However I can not really get my head around the writing style of spamming a name over and over again. Especially when the subject of the phrase has not been changed. AS far as I know in Japanese, you don’t have to use the persons name until the subject has been changed. After all the translator did manage to use noun “her” in the middle of the paragraph. If would be fine and dandy if this was a rare thing, However it is not, it’s a common occurrence in a lot of media, such as visual novels. The thing that is most puzzling about this though, is that the author somehow have a perfectly sensible grammatical structure in the afterword.

Some sources claims that this is due to the nature of a light novel and the combination of the three Japanese alphabets. (hiragana, katakana and kanji) But in the case of the phrase above, this explanation falls flat on it’s face. In general it seems to me that many of the authors just use the name over and over, instead of finding a meaningful character description or adjective. I know the language is fully capable of this. Because I have actually studied it. An argument some would make is that I probably have no idea what I’m talking about, but I certainly do know what I’m going on about. I’m writing this editorial after all. I know for a fact that if I ever handed in an essay written like that, my grade school teacher would have been both annoyed and would have me rewrite it. We’re talking about teachers whom somewhere along the line stopped teaching grammar and expected us to use a thesaurus to weed out spelling errors. Then again most of these light novel authors are not professional writers until after they have published these books. Which means I can only hope that the next book written by the author will have better sentence structure.

An counteractive wall of text:
Naturally I have more points to make. As I stated earlier, I can’t stand doing visual novels. I find them extremely boring, sluggish and terribly uninteractive. A visual novel is essentially a book, usually a wall of text with pictures and sound effects, that have the potential to enhance the scene. Such as showing pictures of the character talking and indicating that they are walking away. However these games as they some would claim them to be, are not very interactive at all. Infact the most interaction in store is usually in the form of a dialogue choice and being able to rewind to a previous point in the story. One would be right to assume that this would make it a faster and more user friendly way to navigate a story without starting a new game all the time. This depends entirety on how well the mechanic is implemented by the programmer. Some games can only jump to saves, while others can speed up, rewind and time skip. It’s a bit hit and miss and not everyone knows how to make a good interface. Mind you, some of these games can have a brilliant plot or very interesting ideas and brings up cool concepts, yet those are often hidden by walls of text and a ludicrous slow pace. Especially when quantum physics and ability explanation is involved. What makes novels such as these even worse is that the pictures hardly visualize anything at all. There are some newer ones that have a lot of character animations involved, even if they fail hard to have them interact with the static environment. Yes I hold a grudge towards people whom try to force me to play such a game when I say no, I don’t wanna. Basically the structure, speed and the visual fails to hold my interest. If I want to reed a book, I will reed a book and enjoy it at my own pace. Should I decide to watch an anime, then I will do so. Not to mention that I have a lot of much more interactive games to pick from. To me a game needs action, interactivity and require active player input. Also should there be an audio book version of a story I have no problems listening to that, while doing something constructive. Essentially I feel that visual novels falls short on every point and that there are better choices to pick from. This is indeed my opinion and should you as the reader like visual novel games, then by all means enjoy them, play them and share your love. If someone says no, then accept that, it is not the end of the world. I gave several ones a shot, lost interest and got quite fidgety and distracted, wanting to do something else.

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Njål H Sand

Otaku Review: Detective Conan/ Case Closed

Conan as a kid

Take a genius crime-solving teenager. Put him in the body of a six-year-old child, give him a tranquilizer dart, a shooting clock and some other high tech tools that would make Q jealous. Sprinkle it with 800 plus episodes and 20 movies riddled with crime and corpses and there you have it. Detective Conan (aka: Case Closed) is the longest running detective series in the world…and also one of the most violent series imaginable. In virtually every episode someone dies in a gruesome and mysterious way.

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A corpse has been found!

Kundo Shinchi was tailing some men in black who knocked him out and fed him an experimental drug that shrunk his body. Since this would put some real strain on his hobby of solving crimes, he came up with a brilliant ploy. He got his friend, Dr. Agasa to make him a bunch of gadgets to compensate for his size and age. Conan then moved in with his friend and potential love interest: Ran.

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Conan and the kids from his class

 

Incidentally, his childhood friend has a father who is a drunken womanizing gumshoe who jumps to conclusions and sucks at solving cases. Fortunately this turned out to be easily rectified, as Conan drugs the poor sod and proceeds to imitate his voice every time a suspect is about to be exposed. This gave the man the nickname Sleeping Kogoro, and a lot of fame (which in turn attracted even more cases). Naturally Conan has to keep it hidden from everyone else, lest the men in black who shrunk him in the first place find out he’s alive, and the proceed to kill everyone he loves and cares about.

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SCIENCE!

Mind you, he’s quite capable of getting them almost killed himself due to the abnormally high crime rate in Japan. I can assure you that when he and his friends are about and at it, corpses will fall from the sky in a flat, featureless desert.

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Kogoro, random stranger, Rans friend, Ran and the kids
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I want those spy glasses!
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Suspension of disbelief, Ran is a black belt.
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Rule of awesome beats reality!

Every now and then he is also joined by his fellow classmates and Heiji, who is also a detective, and Ai, who was part of the organization. She too, shrunk herself into a child with the mysterious drug. It should by now be worth mentioning that the first episode of Detective Conan starts with a couple getting decapitated in a roller-coaster, which means that the series can get quite bloody and absurd at times. Most of the time however, it’s quite down to earth (if you ignore the absurd number of explosives that show up in the movies and his inflatable soccer ball dispenser).Some suspension of disbelief is needed, since the whole reason Detective Conan keeps up the masquerade from his friends does become quite arbitrary. It’s not that hard to deduce that this kid is too smart for his own good. But then again time does not seem to move much in the series, even when the technology is updated. The author has clearly done his research, and for the most part it’s accurate and wears its inspiration on its sleeve.

Watch it on Crunchyroll
http://www.crunchyroll.com/case-closed

Njål Sand