Posted by: AceRailgun | June 15, 2013

Juniper’s Knot and Katawa Shoujo

Junipers Knot 1

Not exactly new and not even slightly related but this is what I’ve sunk a few good hours into this week and much to my surprise both were highly enjoyable in their own ways.

 

Now I get that Katawa Shoujo is about disabled girls but that stuff doesn’t even faze me in the slightest, as far as I’m concerned it’s just a normal dating sim which is something I usually don’t touch even with the longest stick but for reason I’m not bothering to explain I started playing it and aside from the fact that completely irrelevant decisions can drastically alter the outcome (I used a spoiler free guide) of the story I really enjoyed my time with the game. I chose Rin (Take note ladies) and her story is challenge a real challenge, it was nice and her absolutely random personality had me laughing nonstop as I pondered how it was even possible to get her into a relationship with the protagonist. After months of grueling bus rides and minor heart attacks Hisao swooned the lovely lady and a cute story unfolds. I felt kind of bad but after that I targeted Emi and well put bluntly she was a whole lot easier, maybe even too easy and I didn’t get any satisfaction from her typical love story at all which kind of killed the mood after Rin’s story.

 

Her lack of attachment to clothing become apparent very early on which shocked me as I felt like the story gave Hisao Emi whilst he had to struggle to even befriend Rin. This form of giving love so so easily was a bit of a stab at me personally as I like a gradual process of love in a story but that’s just me.

Katawa Shoujo 1

 

Juniper’s Knot is a perfectly crafted story which only took an hour or so to read but I’ll remember it for a long time, as a writer this kind of game is very inspirational for me. The entire thing focuses on just one conversation which last a day, a very important day which ultimately changes the fate of both the characters. As the conversation progresses it becomes more and more apparent just what hinges on every word and ultimately it reaches an ending I was not expecting, a very satisfying ending which left me craving more. What hooked me most about this story is that it poses a question right from the get go which leaves you always wondering about the answer.

 

Some details also remain unanswered which in a short story like this is very important.

Have any of you played these games or want to try them now? Let me know what you think about them.


Responses

  1. I’m trying it out now ^_^

    • I approve of this, be sure to let me know what you think.

      • i will , I like the looks of it already! 🙂

  2. Katawa Shoujo is really quite a good game considering it was made by a team from 4chan. I think Hanako and Lily were my favorite routes ^_^ Do you plan on playing the rest?
    Also, have you considered playing other Visual Novels?

    • Also, i’ll have to give Jupiter’s Knot a try, it sounds interesting ^_^

      • Or Juniper’s Knot, rather. Took me way too long to see what I did wrong >.<

      • I have considered playing more visual novels but I don’t really know anything about the good ones. The only ones I know of have already been adapted into anime I don’t really want to play a story I’ve already watched. Do you have any suggestions?

      • I have a huge amount I could recommend, but smaller is probably better. I became interested in Visual Novels last year after reading Kai’s blog, so his top ten list is a fair place to start.
        True Remembrance is a free download visual novel that I usually recommend to people. It’s fairly basic as far as VNs go but the story is still interesting ^_^ If you’re interested, you can check it out here: http://trueremembrance.insani.org/get.html

        http://fuwanovel.org/novels is a great place to check out VNs. Aaeru does a great job of making the downloads easy to find and easy to get running once you’ve downloaded them.
        The rest is very much up to your own preference.

        Little Busters! is an amazing slice of life Visual Novel with twists in every route to keep you interested and a grand finale to tie everything together (though it does have an anime adaptation; not sure if you’ve seen it)

        If you enjoyed band-themed anime like K-on!, then Kira Kira and Deardrops are must-plays (in that order, they’re semi-related). They’re more focused that K-on! though; so not quite as relaxing but very entertaining.

        If you looking for action/comedy then Dengeki Stryker is the place to go (and it’s also my avatar, coincidentally).

        For some more serious experiences look no further than Sharin no Kuni and G-Senjou no Maou, but they’re so amazingly brilliant that you may want to save them for later.

        Heh, sorry to splurge all over your comment section like that, but i’ve found Visual Novels to be incredibly entertaining and i’m one of those people that enjoys sharing what I enjoy.
        The thing to note though (and Katawa Shoujo is an exception) is that many Visual Novels require you to finish all of the routes in order to view a final route that is often leagues ahead of the others in terms of entertainment, so using walkthroughs is probably a good idea.
        If you want any aid with getting started then i’m happy to help out, you can throw me a message over at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Geek-Clinic/137753343062298 . (I’m actually just getting ready to launch my own blog, so that page is pretty empty ATM >.<)

      • Looks like I’ve got a lot of research to do after all the names your dropped.

        I have watched the Little Busters anime and I play on watching the second season when that is released so I’ll give that a skip this time.

        I know Clannad was adapted from a visual novel and that used the all routes true ending in the adaption so I understand the idea of doing all the routes to get a true ending.

        I think I’ll check out True Remembrance first but time is limited due to work for me so it’s going to be a slow process checking all these out.

        Thanks for the suggestions and best of luck with the blog.

  3. Juniper’s Knot has been sitting on my hard drive for a while now, but it’s pretty hard to find the time to read it with all the anime I watch already!

    I heard a lot of people praising Katawa Shoujo, but its genre generally pushes me away very, very fast…

    • Yeah I know what you mean, Visual novels can be very off putting and even after reading that one I don’t think I’ll be doing it all the time.

      Juniper’s Knot is only about hour long so it shouldn’t be too hard to find the time to play it. It’s worth your time so I highly recommend it.


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