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  1. Title: Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm Developer: Sprite Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm (or AoKana, as I will be calling it throughout this post), is a visual novel developed by Sprite. A Japanese VN developer that released their debut title, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate, back in October of 2010. With AoKana being just their second title; released in November of 2014. Upon AoKana's release, it was met with great reception and success, with many versions of the VN being released since its launch. These include multiple ports for the game on: PS Vita, PS4 and even an upcoming version of the VN on the Nintendo Switch. The VN also spawned a smartphone game titled "Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm: Eternal Sky". The VN also placed first in the 2014 MOE Game Awards, and an anime adaptation aired on January 12th , 2016. The point that I'm trying to make isn't that AoKana should be translated solely due to its popularity- no, I believe that AoKana should be translated simply because, in my opinion of course, it is an incredible Visual Novel. Not just in terms of art or story or whatever else it is that contributes to making visual novels as great of an experience as they are, but in terms of heart. You see, AoKana feels special among other VN's. It's not just your standard run-of-the-mill VN experience that I'm sure you've all grown accustomed to. No. AoKana has something new. Something fresh. And that something is Flying Circus (FC). Ok, so Flying Circus... what is it? Well, let me give you all a quick explanation. FC is essentially the prime sport in the world of AoKana. Played using inventions called Anti-Graviton Shoes, or Grav Shoes for short. These devices allow for small objects, like people, to fly using anti-gravity. FC is played in the sky- the players, who are called “Sky Walkers”, compete to see who can gain the most points, just like any other sport... But wait! This is where it gets interesting. I'll attempt to make this as simple as I can. Basically, there are four floating buoys set up in the sky in the shape of a square (as shown in the image above), they're all connected by these beams of light. Now, there are are two ways score points. Either you speed around the squares perimeter and touch these buoys, or you touch the opponent’s back. Sky Walkers also receive support from their “Seconds”. Seconds are people who aid the players by giving them instructions from afar. They communicate with the players using headsets and they can serve various purposes; these include informing the player of the opponent’s position (this is useful, as the player may not be able to see them), or they can simply just give them some quick advice on what to do next. Other factors also go into a match of FC- like if two anti-gravity objects collide, repulsion is caused; players can take advantage of this effect. Not to mention the fact that there are 3 classes of Sky Walkers: Speeders, Fighters and All-Rounders (don't worry, I won't go into detail about these now). This is the basis of FC; the main focus of AoKana. And this is exactly what it makes it different. It may sound like quite a simple sport, but there's a lot to be discovered here. Thankfully, the VN expands on FC much more and it seems to me that it is an extremely interesting and well thought out sport. Here's a bit of BananaShiki's impression on FC: "This was probably the part where the VN shined the most. FC is such an interesting concept for a fictional sport and it’s a lot of fun to watch. Just like any good sports manga or anime, seeing matches gets you really excited and rooting for the characters, even better when things start getting really intense and there’s lots of special techniques and mind games being done by the players. Putting this together with the game’s great art and fitting music made things just so great to watch, every FC match in the VN was a really fun ride with unexpected turns." AoKana also has a great cast of characters. Once again, here are BananaShiki's impressions on the characters of AoKana: "Another one of Aokana’s strong points is the characters, you have the protagonist and the FC Club’s members, along with many different characters from other schools, and they were all pretty fun in some way. A lot of the side characters ended up being surprisingly memorable, some of them I even found to be more fun to watch than most of the main girls, though that doesn’t mean the main girls were bad in any way. Of course there’s also the obligatory “best girl who didn’t get a route” which is always sad to see. Though everyone gets plenty of screentime so there was enough of every character for me to get attached to most of them. What I mean is, Aokana has a really fun cast of characters who were all very enjoyable to read and see their interactions with each other." Now, I'm gonna be real here (I kinda gave it away already to be honest). I've never read AoKana. I've learned everything that I know about the VN through online sources. And while that may disvalue my opinion on the VN, I still firmly believe that AoKana is an astounding VN that deserves to be localised. It not only innovates with Flying Circus, but it improves upon the standard Visual Novel formula that many of us have come to love. It not only appeals to those who are looking for something new, but it appeals to those who seek more of what they have grown used to. Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm is an experience filled to the brim with friendship, romance, hardship and a whole lot of heart. And I hope that one day, we'll be able to experience it. Thank you for reading!
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    Blog post 06.30.2018 Discussion

    Yeah, I agree with @Virgin Smasher on this. SP is much better than MoeNovel and SakuraGame. I mean sure, SP makes mistakes with a lot of their releases, but at least they have some good releases. As far as I know, MoeNovel and SakuraGame haven't released anything commendable.
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    Aokana overseas announcement

    Yeah, Sekai never really tend to give off the best impressions
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    Aokana overseas announcement

    It was quite a while ago, but I remember hearing from somewhere or someone (sorry, just vague memories here) that it was difficult to get the license for AoKana, because Sprite doesn't really like the idea of kickstarter- you know, with it being a sort of safety net in case the VN's localisation doesn't sell very well (could be interpreted as the English localisation company not having faith that their title will sell well). I mean, I thought that was where NekoNyan was making a good move (imo) with their localisations; y'know since they don't have kickstarters and all. I dunno, might be remembering things wrong, since that logic can theoretically apply to various VN developers, but yeah.
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    Aokana overseas announcement

    Pretty sure that Sprite's not particularly fond of kickstarter.
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    Darky, Darky, Nyan, Nyan

    I'm sorry, but Noble Works is a VN that no one should read. Trust me, I know
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    Blog post 06.30.2018 Discussion

    It would be pretty effective though- considering what you're trying to do here
  8. Well, welcome to the forum Kyrt. Nice quotes btw
  9. Pretty sure that they haven't announced exactly how they're gonna go about revealing the new titles as of yet (I'd assume that they would announce it on this forum, as well as through social media, of course). We do know that they won't be attending Otakon though.
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    Hello Everyone

    Welcome to the forum bluesky. Also, nice profile pic
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    Blog post 06.30.2018 Discussion

    I don't think they've explicitly stated that they will be as of yet, but we can only hope .
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    Blog post 06.30.2018 Discussion

    When they said it'd happen in August- I was kinda hoping that it'd happen on the 1st. Set myself up for disappointment
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    LOCALISATION REQUEST- Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm

    Really hoping that Aokana’s one of the new titles acquired by NekoNyan. I can kinda see it happenin, but at the same time, my inner-negative self tells me it definitely isn’t
  14. Yeah, I feel like this is the case with most VNs I read tbh- it’s a damn shame too.
  15. If only that were possible
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    Hatsuyuki Sakura - Because 「ぴゃー!!」

    Hoping that this VN gets translated. I'm not exactly educated when it comes to Nijiima Yuu's past works, however from what I've seen, he seems to be a really good writer. Been interested in reading a title by him for a while now, and, well, I figured this would be a good opportunity to do so.
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    Official discord

    Ya probably shouldn't have added that last part in
  18. Alright, I get that spreading negativity (if that's what you'd call this) isn't good and all, but I'm curious as to what VNs you all just didn't like, or hated, of course. I mean we're almost always talking about VNs we like, maybe it's time for a little change around here Plus, people tend to get pretty passionate when it comes to talking about something they dislike, so maybe there's room for some good discussions around here too. I'll start off with a VN that most of you may know. A VN that I, personally, hate very, very deeply. A VN that was so boring and unintriguing to me that it honestly killed me to even try reading it... Noble Works
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    LOCALISATION REQUEST- Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm

    I'm pretty sure you're right.
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    Gore Screaming Show

    Seems pretty interesting; good choice. I think it might be smart to localise a more dark- horror themed VN. I mean, it's always better to provide VNs of many genres and themes- it just makes for more variety.
  21. Okay, so I was just wondering what you all thought about this. Lemme just make the question more clear though. Do you think H-scenes are necessary in VN's? Yeah, I know that may sound stupid, but I figured that there'd be plenty of opinions on this out there, and, well, I WANNA HEAR EM. Oh, and I personally agree with @MichaelBlueTheKing 's opinion on this topic, which is, to put it simply: H-scenes are basically a bonus. If there is an 18+ version, then I'll get it. If there isn't an 18+ version, then I don't really mind, I'll still get it (hope I got what he said right .) So, yeah. Any thoughts on this topic?
  22. Alright, just wanna say that I don't know much on chairs or how to prevent neck/back pain, so sorry if this isn't that useful. From what I've read though, you should be looking for a chair with a proper 'ergonomic design.' Basically, ergonomics are: Design factors, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by minimizing operator fatigue and discomfort. And, well, that sounds like just what you're looking for. I recommend reading the information on these two websites; Website 1 and Website 2. The first website may help you in understanding what's causing your neck pain and how exactly you can go about preventing it. The second has prices and listings on some "supposedly" good ergonomic chairs (sorry, I can't say they're good with absolute certainty.) Good luck with finding your dream chair
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