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Post by Daeyamati on 10/05/13, 04:04 am

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Title: NORN9
Producer: Otomate
Release Date: May 30, 2013
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Story: On his way home from a field trip, young Suzuhara Sorata suddenly hears strange music. Then finds himself standing in a completely different time period, where meets a girl with pink hair (Koharu). After hearing his story, they board a strange ship called the Norn.
Cast: To be added later

I didn't see a topic for this game so I decided to go ahead and make one myself. So now that the release date is drawing closer and closer, let's discuss!

  • Who's your pre-release bias?
  • Which heroine are you most interested in?
  • What drew you into the game?


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Post by Roxas4ever on 10/05/13, 06:58 am

Is this game getting an English release? Probably not, but it's always good to ask...

This looks like something I'd enjoy.
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Post by Her Cheshire Smile on 10/05/13, 08:35 am

Based on appearance and what I think their character is by judging their drawn expressions (you know how when you've played to much, you can actually tell these things now?), my favorites would have to be Nijou and Takishima. Azuma and Kaga look interesting too.

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Post by Finnista on 10/05/13, 10:21 pm

I fell in love with the bgm! they have previews on it at the website. And since the creator of the bgm is nobuo uematsu Im looking forward to this game. and another best thing is that all 3 heroines will be voiced! :O Back to the topic here's my answers:

Who's your pre-release bias? Muroboshi Ron
Which heroine are you most interested in? Shiranui Nanami
What drew you into the game? The Bgm and the art. Once I saw someone at tumblr translate an article on NORN 9 and the story really pique my interests..

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Post by Her Cheshire Smile on 11/05/13, 10:03 am

Finnista wrote: and another best thing is that all 3 heroines will be voiced!


I thought it was a typo on the first post... there's three heroines? But it's otome? You get to choose which heroine you'll play as? Um... can all heroines obtain all guys or are certain sets of guys locked to a specific heroine? Or are the three just there for "player's preference" purposes?

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Post by alice3ify on 11/05/13, 11:02 am

Daeyamati wrote:
  • Who's your pre-release bias?
  • Which heroine are you most interested in?
  • What drew you into the game?

1. My pre-release biases are actually a lot, but the good thing is, I have the bishou ready for each heroine, so when I play it later, I will have my gameplay ready!

2. Koharu, obviously. It's just that I am not really fond of kuudere (Nanami) and tsundere (Mikoto) heroines; Koharu in the other hands is a dandere, so hurray.

3. Mainly because the BGM looks epic. There is Uematsu. There is Yanagi Nagi. There are 3 heroines with their own bishou. I have each bishou liked for each heroine. The CG looks good. The plot looks good. So I warmed up pretty fast. Now it is strengthened up with Idea Factory's announcement that NORN9 might be localized to the west.

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Finnista wrote: and another best thing is that all 3 heroines will be voiced!


I thought it was a typo on the first post... there's three heroines? But it's otome? You get to choose which heroine you'll play as? Um... can all heroines obtain all guys or are certain sets of guys locked to a specific heroine? Or are the three just there for "player's preference" purposes?

One heroine with three eligible capturables. You get to choose which heroine you'll play as, and you could only pick one heroine for three capturables.

Koharu -> Kakeru, Senri, & Toya
Mikoto -> Natsuhiko, Sakuya, & Itsuki
Nanami -> Akito, Ron, & Heishi


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Post by Her Cheshire Smile on 11/05/13, 11:14 am

alice3ify wrote:
One heroine with three eligible capturables. You get to choose which heroine you'll play as, and you could only pick one heroine for three capturables.

Koharu -> Kakeru, Senri, & Toya
Mikoto -> Natsuhiko, Sakuya, & Itsuki
Nanami -> Akito, Ron, & Heishi



Well, that's certainly an interesting concept.
I'm guessing there are differences with their common routes? Or is it just really the appearance that changes with regards to the heroine's story?

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Post by alice3ify on 11/05/13, 11:19 am

Possible that the heroines might view the story by their own perspectives. Well, I think there might be common routes for each of them. But the story is actually mainly focussed of the shota guy since he just warps into the world the heroines and the capturables are, isn't it?

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Post by Her Cheshire Smile on 11/05/13, 01:04 pm

alice3ify wrote:Possible that the heroines might view the story by their own perspectives. Well, I think there might be common routes for each of them. But the story is actually mainly focussed of the shota guy since he just warps into the world the heroines and the capturables are, isn't it?


He is the main reason why I got so confused about the story's plot. At first I thought it was a guy's dating sim what with the focus of the story being on him and there being more than one heroine.

I wonder how they'll - uh - alternate the focus from him and the player considering he, the protagonist, seems to have no major role in the love aspect... it would be interesting if it would be in his perspective but then...

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Post by alice3ify on 11/05/13, 02:28 pm

I'm sure the shota guy is important in the plot, but somehow this reminds me to Hakuouki Reimeiroku, but somehow with different gameplay xD Kind of. In any case, I thought that the system would be the same (with heroines x capturables), but as the story goes, the shota will still take the important role in each chapters. I guess.

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Post by The_Cat_Lady on 11/05/13, 07:02 pm

You know,having 3 heroines is kind of cool.
Who's your pre-release bias?Natsuhiko Azuma
Which heroine are you most interested in?Mikoto Kuga
What drew you into the game?If I have to be honest,the art.

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Post by Daeyamati on 12/05/13, 02:22 am

Her Cheshire Smile wrote:
He is the main reason why I got so confused about the story's plot. At first I thought it was a guy's dating sim what with the focus of the story being on him and there being more than one heroine.

I wonder how they'll - uh - alternate the focus from him and the player considering he, the protagonist, seems to have no major role in the love aspect... it would be interesting if it would be in his perspective but then...

alice3ify wrote:I'm sure the shota guy is important in the plot, but somehow this reminds me to Hakuouki Reimeiroku, but somehow with different gameplay xD Kind of. In any case, I thought that the system would be the same (with heroines x capturables), but as the story goes, the shota will still take the important role in each chapters. I guess.

From what I understand,
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Post by Laramie Castiel on 20/05/13, 01:15 pm

Just out of curiosity, how many people are buying this game? I feel like I'm the only who has preordered so far. Maybe I'm just "chatting to the wrong crew"?

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Post by Daeyamati on 21/05/13, 01:41 am

Laramie Castiel wrote:Just out of curiosity, how many people are buying this game? I feel like I'm the only who has preordered so far. Maybe I'm just "chatting to the wrong crew"?
I'm planning on buying this game using a proxy. I haven't pre-ordered yet since my proxy has been unresponsive for a while but I'm planning on getting it from Alice-Net (their tokutens interest me the most lol). It took me a while to put in my order because I needed to save the money for it and because I couldn't decide which store to buy from rofl.

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 21/05/13, 04:15 am

I'm lucky I'm only interested in the regular edition, so I just preordered ages ago from AmiAmi. Daeyamati-saaan! I'm so glad I'm not the only one. :D Well, I guess it doesn't matter in the end. I was just curious.

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Post by Daeyamati on 21/05/13, 05:41 am

Laramie Castiel wrote:I'm lucky I'm only interested in the regular edition, so I just preordered ages ago from AmiAmi. Daeyamati-saaan! I'm so glad I'm not the only one. :D Well, I guess it doesn't matter in the end. I was just curious.
I was about to pre-order the standard edition but then Otomate decided to slap Yanagi Nagi's name onto the game (she's singing the OP and voicing a character!) so I decided to shell out the extra cash to get the limited edition lol (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

The 3 heroines and Kaji Yuuki made me interested in this game but Yanagi Nagi sealed the deal for me rofl (if you can't tell I'm a huge Nagi fangirl ヽ(*・ω・)ノ)

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 21/05/13, 03:24 pm

^ I'm glad you clarified that you're a huge fan of Yanagi Nagi, 'cause I was pretty unsure! ;D

I started off, like most people, by being interested in the three heroine concept. I like the idea. I really hope they don't ruin an interesting concept with shitty writing. I won't reserve my criticism if all the three girls are basically personality clones of each other.

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Post by Daeyamati on 22/05/13, 05:43 am

Laramie Castiel wrote:I really hope they don't ruin an interesting concept with shitty writing. I won't reserve my criticism if all the three girls are basically personality clones of each other.
I agree; this game has a lot of potential (Idea Factory/Otomate are considering a localization for it!) and I would hate to see it shot down by terrible writing, especially for the three main/poster boys.

Also, based on their character design,
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  • Mikoto I'm not too sure about, but it looks like she'll be a tsundere.
  • Nanami will probably be the silent, reserved type (think Nagato Yuki from the Suzumiya Haruhi series).

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Post by alice3ify on 25/05/13, 03:57 am

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Post by Laramie Castiel on 25/05/13, 05:06 am

alice3ify wrote:I am still wondering if those heroines are inspired by the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] since it is really similar. Although, I haven't found which that made them connected with Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld.

It must be, since NORN must mean the three girls (based on the female Norns in Norse mythology that, to quote Wikipedia, "rule the destiny of gods and men", possibly alluding to the way(s) that protagonists tend to change the courses of their love interests' lives), and the 9 (pronounced "nonet") symbolises the nine obtainable guys. An interesting note is that "nonet" also means:

1) A composition in which requires nine people to perform
2) A nine-lined poem
3) A group of nine data bits in computer technology

I wonder if the writers picked "nonet" to just sound cool or the fact that there are nine guys in total will have a much more significant meaning?

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Laramie Castiel wrote:
alice3ify wrote:I am still wondering if those heroines are inspired by the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] since it is really similar. Although, I haven't found which that made them connected with Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld.

It must be, since NORN must mean the three girls (based on the female Norns in Norse mythology that, to quote Wikipedia, "rule the destiny of gods and men", possibly alluding to the way(s) that protagonists tend to change the courses of their love interests' lives), and the 9 (pronounced "nonet") symbolises the nine obtainable guys. An interesting note is that "nonet" also means:

1) A composition in which requires nine people to perform
2) A nine-lined poem
3) A group of nine data bits in computer technology

I wonder if the writers picked "nonet" to just sound cool or the fact that there are nine guys in total will have a much more significant meaning?

True, if that is so, it is a very good motivation. It is pretty rare for one to use Norse Mythology, the tend to use Greek instead xD (<< this is just a random thought).

That is a very good analysis Laramie! Brilliant. I didn't think about nonet. And finally you've cleared up about that. Since Norn9 story is about those boys in a ship. Though I wonder if the shota is connected with something more.

Hopefully it'll grow into something more meaningful. Kudos!

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alice3ify wrote:True, if that is so, it is a very good motivation. It is pretty rare for one to use Norse Mythology, the tend to use Greek instead xD (<< this is just a random thought).

That is a very good analysis Laramie! Brilliant. I didn't think about nonet. And finally you've cleared up about that. Since Norn9 story is about those boys in a ship. Though I wonder if the shota is connected with something more.

Hopefully it'll grow into something more meaningful. Kudos!

Yeah, otome game writers usually stick to Japanese references. Visual novels in general tend to not go beyond Japanese and Greek mythology. So Norse mythology is a huge welcome! The only game I can think of that used a few Norse mythological references and is Japanese is [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. It isn't a visual novel- it's a JRPG (a brilliant one, too)- but still.

Haha, thanks! :oops: Knowing how Japanese plots typically go, I'm thinking that little boy will almost certainly have an important role.

A large cast is very tough to pull off in terms of character development. How are they going to make nine boys totally different from one another; without relying on character designs? I'd hate to be a writer for NORN9. Unless there are eight other writers, haha.

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Post by alice3ify on 25/05/13, 12:24 pm

True though, now I'm really motivated to play since my most favorite mythology is Norse. (And stupidly I have only realized that Norn9 is kind of related with Norse Mythology AFTER a long time spacing up xD). Yeah, I only got 3/4 things about Japanese mythology thanks to some games; Greek in the other hands, comes from books and some other reliable informations. Norse isn't as popular as Greek I supposed.

Tales of Symphonia! Emil! Oh man, I missed that series.

I am sure he will, since he is the first to be introduced in the story, no? And then after his chapter (prologue) we get the chance to pick one of the heroines. I'm sure the story will somehow unravel with him.

Yeah I understand the pain! Even making 3 boys with seperate paths without BEING the same is very hard. xD

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Talking about the title of the manga: it is called Norn + Nonet. It is definitely hit the mark Laramie!

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Post by mistresskisara on 26/05/13, 10:29 am

I'm really excited for this! I heard Famitsu gave it a 34/40!!!

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Post by alice3ify on 26/05/13, 03:18 pm

Hurray for Norn9's Golden from Famitsu! :D

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