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How popular is visual novels in your country?

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Post by Sakimichi on 13/04/13, 02:18 pm

I'm actually curious, do your friends play visual novels?
I tried letting my classmate play Starry Sky in Spring but she got bored of it but she likes playing farmville though....

It makes me sad that they'd prefer repetitive games than those with plot, characters and routes... but yea...h I know people got different tastes in games.

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Post by Her Cheshire Smile on 13/04/13, 02:25 pm


Not at all popular.
I am part of a very rare species in my country; the girls I know just don't understand that, no, I'm not playing an otome game because I'm in any way lonely or depressed about my love life. It's for the story, dang it! THE STORY. STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT. butihavenocomplaintsgettingaguylikethat

They are, however, not opposed to reading poorly written romance pocket books... and crying when the ending isn't what they expected.

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Post by eigengrau on 13/04/13, 02:25 pm

Not much. I only have like less than ten friends who are playing / have tried visual novels. The language barrier is one of the issues. And I hate it that some people instantly associate visual novels with eroge... There's actually quite a number of people who think all visual novels are eroge... sad

A-and I kind of think that to a lot of people, visual novels come off as boring because there's pretty much nothing to do but read and make choices... >< Even I fall asleep while playing sometimes xD

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Post by The_Cat_Lady on 13/04/13, 02:34 pm

Unfortunately very unpopular.Most people don't even know what a visual novel is :silent:.

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Post by rene05 on 13/04/13, 05:39 pm

Sigh..... in my country...no one knows what is an Otome Games all about... my sis do ask me...are you watching anime or playing game? *face slap*...LOL...

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Post by Alera on 13/04/13, 06:07 pm

Very-very-very unpopular. People don't even know about anime and manga, not to mention visual novels. XD

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Post by Shamochu on 13/04/13, 06:35 pm

Almost non-existent! Heck I'd be happy if I found someone who liked anime, let alone otome games/visual novels. But no. I'm apparently a sad being because I like animated charactes. Well, excuse me, but the characters that I like and Peeta from the Hunger Games (which they like) are equally as fictional! So there! Hmph. (¬、¬)

...Yeah, I might have had such a discussion
before. (^v^)

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Post by Makise Sunao on 13/04/13, 07:11 pm

Most of the response here makes me realize how small the community is...that's kinda sad :'D

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Post by vocaotome on 13/04/13, 08:51 pm

There have been a recent boom in anime fans here recently, but sadly visual novels are pretty much a completely unknown form of entertainment here. And yeah my bro believes all VNs are eroge too (he's not opposed to playing the Eroges with good stories though). I only got my 2 best friends into playing otome games, so I feel lucky that at least I have someone to fangirl with.

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Post by The_Cat_Lady on 13/04/13, 09:54 pm

vocaotome wrote:I only got my 2 best friends into playing otome games, so I feel lucky that at least I have someone to fangirl with.
Lucky you - mine aren't into this type of games(they're too lazy to read :p).On the other hand they do tolerate me when I talk about them,so I can't really complain smile.I swear,forums like this are a sanctuary.

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Post by Ame on 13/04/13, 09:56 pm

Let's be honest here, if we're not in Japan then visual novels aren't very popular. @_@

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Post by morgane jane on 13/04/13, 10:10 pm

Not popular at all, like completely unknown. They don't even know what it is. Student in japanese may know .

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Post by Kristi78968 on 13/04/13, 10:12 pm

Not known at all really. However, I did do some videos on a otome game and got some comments about the game so I know at least some people play them. :D

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Post by Eternal Porcelain on 14/04/13, 06:41 am

Ame wrote:Let's be honest here, if we're not in Japan then visual novels aren't very popular. @_@

This was my first thought. If you're not in Japan or Korea, you'll likely be stuck explaining what a visual novel is.

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Post by DiamondRoseTears on 14/04/13, 07:30 pm

6 words
They Do not know they exists -.-

It's just irritating, no one knows what a visual novel is and you have to explain again and again -.-

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Post by umi~ on 14/04/13, 07:35 pm

... you know... Hakuoki and others you play in psp aren't even in my country ;A; I do have friends who know about it and want to play but no. you can't even find it ;A;

that's why I'm going to make one myself :D

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Post by Helen(^ω^) on 14/04/13, 09:40 pm

Even though anime and manga are quite well-known in my country, visual novels aren't as popular. Two of my friends at least know what a visual novel is, but they have no interest in playing. I saw some girls in my school playing this game called MyCandyLove, a dating sim that could be called a visual novel. I also saw Hakuouki in one of the game store in my neighborhood, so I think visual novels are still on their way to being well-known in my country! (≧∇≦)

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Post by BlueMist on 14/04/13, 09:55 pm

Me:Do you play visual novels?
Friend:Whats dat??
Me::silent:

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Post by SunshinexKite on 14/04/13, 09:56 pm

A lot of people where I live are very interested in Japanese games and the like. I remember high school especially noticing how there were SO MANY anime fans going to my school.

Heck I'm friends with a guy whos dad runs a store with games/anime/manga/figurines/etc and right across his store is a manga store. I'm not sure if everyone likes Visual Novels though. The only ones if any they know are ones that have anime adaptions, and they never played the VN itself.

One of my friends plays VNs, and my best friend and I recommend visual novels to each other. But other than that....

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Post by Ace of Hearts on 14/04/13, 10:04 pm

My friends are aware of them because I mention it in passing at times. Only one of my friends ever picked an otome game up and played it though. Most of them just accept that this is something I like, and leave it at that.

There are people I've met online who live in the same state or near the same state that also like otome games. I've never just met someone out in public, or even at an anime convention that likes otome games though. It's a rare site.

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Post by stellarroze on 14/04/13, 11:31 pm

Not very popular...I only know one other person who has played a visual novel. But anime and manga seems to be quite popular, since I nearly always see someone reading manga or watching anime in libraries.

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Post by Ikutofannie on 15/04/13, 01:25 am

Not even 1% of my school even knows what an otome game is. D:


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Post by KawaiiMess on 15/04/13, 01:47 am

I don't live in Europe or Asia, so unfortunately not D :

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 15/04/13, 04:15 pm

To be fair- this is just my opinion though- ~in Spring~ is the weakest title of the bunch. However, it is a logical choice, given the chronological order of the games.

Anyway, here in Australia- at least- where I'm from, I haven't met anybody else who plays visual novels full stop. I know that some have dabbled in the "shock" ones for the lulz, but nothing lasting. You won't find any of them in stores in my region (maybe in Melbourne or Sydney), so my only course of action is to buy online. Maybe translated titles, but definitely not Japanese-only ones.

I'm thinking nobody has bothered to tell Australia that not all visual novels are about sex, rape and/or tentacles. Or maybe Japan doesn't see a lucrative market here because our population is low plus there is practically NO demand.

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Post by tipsylady on 15/04/13, 04:48 pm

i think im the only one out here who knows what a bishie is :shock:

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