[Now Voting!] Visual Novel Book Club // Now reading: ISLAND

Curious to know what is the issue with Textractor? I was away for a week and didn’t use it, but now I’m back and just tried and it seems to work as usual

The same thing happened to me. I uninstalled everything (the textractor and the VN) from my laptop and reinstalled them, and it worked fine after that lol. I’m not sure why it stopped working all of a sudden though.

The only thing I remember doing was moving the textractor file from my system to my onedrive, and maybe that’s why it didn’t work? I’m not sure. But if you have the patience for it, maybe try reinstalling?

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I use Textractor on two computers, and it developed different issues on each one, lol. On my secondary computer at my parents’ place (where I’m spending a lot of time lately to help them with stuff they can’t do anymore because of their advanced age), it’s just very unstable. I usually need several tries to get a working hook, and it often freezes and has to be kicked and restarted after only 10-20 lines, just when I’m getting into the story. On my main computer in my own apartment, the auto translate feature stopped working last week and instead, Google Translate spammed the text window with complaints that my translation requests were against their terms of service. Thanks to your help, I managed to turn it off, but since it’s so unstable on my other computer, that also made me want to look for alternatives.

Right now, I’m back home and managed to get Lunahook running here, so I’m just going to try it out for awhile.

@prath , @TobiasW ,@rikaiwisdom: Thanks to anyone who offered help and suggestions. I’m going to try them out next weekend, when I’m back at my other computer.

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Ouch okay, seems like a tough issue.
In case it can make a difference, with the issue on your parents’ computer, once I had an issue with it not finding my search text anymore. I got it solved by changing in the parameters the speed at which the text was printing, by putting a lower speed, it seemed like Textractor was able to hook to it better.
Good luck and good luck with helping your parents, sounds tough going back and forth between two places!

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Since we usually start voting 6 weeks ahead of time maybe its a good idea to start doing nominations for anyone that is interested and then do voting starting on the 21st? The end of voting should line up well with the steam summer sale too.

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This might be a weird nomination since the VN isn’t out yet but I plan on reading it on release so figured I’d add it here in case there is interest.

Everlasting Flowers - Where there is a will, there is a way

Developer: sprite
VNDB Play Time: Unknown
VNDB Link: everlasting flowers | vndb
Character count: Unknown.
Number of weeks to finish: This is from the steam page:
To meet the needs of the modern player, who often doesn't have the time to play a long work, these stories are condensed into a short, movie-like experience, their quality enhanced by a large number of illustrations and high production values.

So with that information, I would estimate this VN won’t be any longer than 200k characters but its hard to say. So for now, I’ll do a conservative estimate of 8-10 weeks to finish this.

Summary

Sakashita Mina finds herself in a new town attending a famous all-girls high school. A misfit among a class of young, affluent ladies, she soon stops attending, realizing she’ll never make any friends. In the year since, she has barely left her room.

Time passes slowly, each day a suffocating eternity. Mina would stare at the dried flowers in her room, trying to convince herself that this space is the only place in the world where she belongs.

Seino Ran is a child of a wealthy family and has lived the life her parents laid out for her. That is, until she realizes that nobody truly cares about her. With that in mind, her happy life begins to fall apart.

These circumstances lead both girls to apply for a live-in job at a seaside lodge. Here they meet, and the two girls end up spending the summer together and healing their wounded hearts. They found someone they could trust in each other, something they never thought they’d find again.

Spending her days together with Ran and the owners of the lodge, Yanase Michiko and Naruse Himari, Mina starts to wish that she could remain there forever. However, Ran’s friend, Tachibana Sanami, gives Mina a reality check—it’s high time she faces her problems.

Mina is convinced that nobody likes her. She avoids speaking her mind, she avoids school, and she avoids everyone she once considered friends. And while facing those problem will be tough, she also doesn’t want to go back to that room and go back to being her old self.

As the time they have left at the lodge dwindles, Mina desperately searches for a place where she can belong. As for Ran…

Availability

Steam: Everlasting Flowers - Where there is a will, there is a way on Steam
Switch: everlasting flowers (Multi-Language) for Nintendo Switch
Playstation: everlasting flowers (Multi-Language) for PlayStation 4
I assume it will be available digitally on switch/psn at release.

Personal Opinion

Sprite is a very well-regarded developer so I have high hopes for this game. The art and presentation look beautiful as well. I think this will end up being one of the best VNs from this year.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • All the characters are voiced
  • High amount of CGs
  • OST seems really good based on previews
  • Available on all major platforms so everyone should be able to join if interested

Cons

  • The game isn’t out so can’t verify hooking capabilities etc but from what I’ve read online, there hasn’t been issues hooking other games from this dev
  • The game doesn’t come out until August 29th so we’d have to start a few weeks later than we normally would

Pictures

Screenshots

I took the screenshots with text from a youtube video (I’ll link below) so excuse the poor quality

Here is a youtube video previewing the first scene if you want to watch it to check out the music, voice actors, etc https://youtu.be/p4up7QRv-h8?si=tP0-Z2f5vIegqf33

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this VN?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Moderate effort
  • Significant effort
  • So much effort my head might explode
  • I don’t know
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Ace Attorney / 逆転裁判

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Developer: Capcom
VNDB Play Time: 21h
VNDB Link: Gyakuten Saiban | vndb
Character count: 435747 (from jpdb.io)
Number of weeks to finish: 17 - 19 weeks

Summary

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney puts you in the shoes of a rookie defense lawyer trying to make his name. Take on intriguing, unusual cases and use your courtroom skills to unravel some of the most outrageous and funniest trials you’ve ever seen.

Availability

Steam (Includes games 1-3)
Switch
Android/iOS
3DS
NDS
PS4

Personal Opinion

The original Ace Attorney, a great game and great entry to this series, widely available in terms of platforms and languages which means many of us are already familiar with it. The entire script of the game is available online for ease of look-ups regardless of platform as well as easy to plan divisions and character counts. Also available on jpdb.io. Not being a pure VN, the trial portions serve as a test for comprehension. It’s basically the perfect beginner-friendly game to ease people into VNs but also appeal to the veterans with some more difficult to understand bits from the eccentric characters.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • Full script available online and deck available on jpdb.io
  • Wide platform availability
  • It’s not too long so it can be followed at a more beginner-friendly pace
  • Trials gradually progress in difficulty and length
  • A diverse cast with incredibly varied forms of speech
  • Interesting story and memorable characters

Cons

  • No voice acting
  • If you have played it already it might not be as interesting

Pictures

Screenshots




Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this VN?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Moderate effort
  • Significant effort
  • So much effort my head might explode
  • I don’t know
0 voters
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Time to start voting :partying_face: 4 votes as usual. Is anyone able to change the thread title to reflect that we are voting?

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