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VN Review: TCAST

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Published: August 27, 2011
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A review of the kinetic visual novel "That Cheap and Sacred Thing", by ~carosene. This is for #VisualNovel's VN Festival 2011.

:dummy: Hmm, this was my first VN review! I had lots of fun typing this up and creating personalized chibis to match; they're supposed to resemble me. >.<" Not sure if that worked out. Well, I guess I have to get back to work...
Not that I really have any. *sobs in a corner*

*****
Time: a couple of hours
Tools: Paint Tool Sai, MS Paint, Gimp

>>Chibis are mine, game is ~carosene's. Here's the link to it: [link]
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D'aww Misty  Freckles Heart 
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i just downloaded it because i was bored but it ended up being really deep, i have to say i hated the art, i loved jude and ellys chara design (i hated autumns freckles...i have them and i hate them OTL)
and it was really sad!! it didnt have a happy or romantic ending like alot of other otome games and visual novels, it really did leave an impact on me tho which surprised me lol
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caroseneStudent Writer
Self-hating freckle-owner, don't hate your freckles. o.o They are beautiful. I mean, Kesha could've used her Tik Tok money to remove her freckles, but did she? No. o.o She let's her freckle-flag fly!

*Kesha shouldn't be a rolemodel*
*needs a new strategy*

Um? I like my freckles despte the fact that my doctor thinks their cancerous? I find people with freckles hot?

Actually, my awesome pie CG colorist kept forgetting the freckles and I kept sending it back to her, like "PUT IN THE DAMN FRECKLES!!"

So Autumn's freckles are all my fault. ;P
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TsuikanaHobbyist General Artist
hahaha ive just always thought they looked weird on me XD
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caroseneStudent Writer
Psht, nah. XD And tell your friend I'm sorry about her crying. I'm sending Jude with tissues and hugs.
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TsuikanaHobbyist General Artist
hahahaha no! send jude to ME! ;p :heart:
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Really? It wasn't full-on anime style art, like I'm used to seeing in the otome / galge games I've played, so it was refreshing to me. :noes: And I think the freckles emphasized that she was human, whereas Jude and Elly were androids.

Haha, yup! This is a pretty angsty VN (but I like angst)! Like I mentioned it the review, it does give you something to think about after you've played.
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yeah i never thought of it like that (the whole emphasing shes human thing) the story line was just so damn deep!! i made my friend download it and she cried like 3 times lol
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Yep, I have a feeling that the creator of this VN wanted to bring out the audience's emotions. Lots of the comments under the download were like, It was so sad, I cried! T-T

I think I would have cried, too, if I could. But for some reason, it's hard for me to cry. >.>
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Ok, changed my mind, now I want to leave a longer comment. XD Sorry for spamming!

+OMG you got pulled in by the title! Hurray! XD The title serves a purpose! (Recently I've been paranoid it's too pretentious and vague... o.o)

+Lol for mixing it up with the coloring. Glad you liked that. In reality I was like "Someone please color for me!! o.o Anyone!! Please!! o.o" and that's why it is the way it is. XD

+They probably did argue about pie. o.o *I* would get into a life and death argument over pie.

+I'm very glad to hear that you liked Autumn and that she wasn't too Mary Sueish. XD You're right, she is definitely sitting on the Mary Sue fence there.

+Zettai Kareshi was definitely an influence! XD I have only read chapters here and there of the manga from Shoujo Beat, but I saw the whole drama. There's a scene in the drama where Night is trapped in a room and Riiko is in danger? Something? I don't quite remember. But he doesn't leave the room because he'd have to break the door to do it, but his programming doesn't let him intentionally destroy property. XD Of course, he eventually breaks it, but I wanted to take the idea of the robot breaking their own limits (and other stuff~ like heads~) and looking at it more in depth.
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Haha, spamming is fine. c: I'll just answer this comment, then.

>The title isn't too pretentious or vague! I think it has an air of mystery that makes you want to play.
>I liked the mismatched coloring. Even if it comes off as a bit strange at first, it kinda grows on you after a while. And it totally looks like you planned for the art to be like that. :dance:
>Pfft! But they were kids, so maybe it was about pie? :trollface:
>In the end, she comes off as much more likeable than at the beginning, so I think you saved a potential Mary Sue situation. =P Well done!
>Aha, I thought I saw some similarity! ..Either that or I was getting paranoid. I never knew there was a drama for Zettai Kareshi. :noes: I have read all of the manga, though. Yeah, I like stories where robots are able to defy - and eventually overcome - their programming. I'm not sure if you've played Persona 3, but there's a situation like that somewhere.

Thank you for the long comment and the good luck! :dummy:
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caroseneStudent Writer
+Ohhh thanks. X3

+Lol, yay for intentional-looking desperation! XD I'm all for that. (You sure you're not just forgiving me because you liked the story?)

+Another reason why I need to play the Persona games. o.o Geez! Must start!

+Thank you for pimping my game out. o.o I just got like, 9 feebback messages. o.o Wuzlike "HOLY S#!T!!" Thank youuuu~~~ X3
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Honestly, I'm not sure if my opinion of the art is biased. :XD: But the art definitely isn't bad, because I can't stand playing VNs with terrible art. I always quit somewhere along the way.

If you ever do get to playing, play Persona 3. It's the best one, IMO.

You're welcome! Your game definitely deserves more publicity anyway. c:
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caroseneStudent Writer
Duly noted!
And d'awww, thanks. X3
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No problem! :hug:
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caroseneStudent Writer
Wow, a lot of work went into this! XD This is really fun and cute!

Thanks for looking in depth and reviewing it! X3 Good luck in the contest!
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Thank you. (But I'm not clicking those links.)
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