Why were you drawn to visual novels?

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#1 by godot
2020-10-25 at 23:36
< report >Title says it all, answers are in the poll. Thank you!Last modified on 2020-10-25 at 23:55
#2 by mutsuki
2020-10-26 at 00:30
< report >IIRC I was brought to visual novels by VN anime adaptations

came for the plot, stayed for the 'plot'
#3 by tomtheerogeman
2020-10-26 at 01:24
< report >Caramelldansen meme, Katawa Shoujo threads on 4chan, friend in high school that read them, etc. VN stuff was everywhere in my life 9 or 10 years ago and being an anime fan it was only natural that I got sucked into it. I was too busy with life to read many of them but got back into it several years ago after I was done college.
#4 by jakerams
2020-10-26 at 04:06
< report >Hated Clannad anime. Was recommended to read the visual novel instead.
#5 by lucumo
2020-10-26 at 04:50
< report >Came from the gaming section of websites with ed2k links way back in the day (VNs were part of those - the late 90s/early 00s commercial translations specifically).
#6 by alexfang452
2020-10-26 at 05:22
< report >I guess I watched a couple of playthroughs on Youtube and eventually read through some on Steam. Now, I just like reading VNs.Last modified on 2020-10-26 at 05:22
#7 by ninigi
2020-10-26 at 06:16
< report >Got interested in the medium after I saw some CGs of Kira☆Kira on Sad Panda.
#8 by funnerific
2020-10-26 at 08:07
< report >Loved the Clannad anime and saw Tomoyo After on the wikipedia page, which is how it all started. Stuck with it because VNs:
- Have routes;
- Have conclusive romance with various romantic developments and H-scenes;
- Let you go at your own pace. This applies to H-scenes too;
- Usually don't have length issues (idk how can people enjoy 12 episode plot-centric anime now, even though I used to be okay with them)
#9 by rampaa
2020-10-26 at 15:14
< report >The friend who got me started watching anime and reading light novels also suggested me to give visual novels a go, and I did.

As for why I still read them:

They can deliver what they promise. If it's a fully-fledged harem you want, a fully-fledged harem you will get. If you want to bask in romance, you shall. You won't get a watered down experience just because the whole medium desperately tries to be non-18+ (looking at you anime/LN/manga). And nothing is off limits either, whether be it raping your way through to king-hood, or making sweet love to your own daughter. In the land of VNs, nothing is true, yet everything is permitted. It's currently the best medium for escapist fantasy.
#10 by bobjr2000
2020-10-26 at 19:25
< report >I liked hentai porn of w/e it was called way back when early 2000s but was only short clips so was hard for me to find them. There were weird crappy flash games kind of looked like them but weren't fun. I didn't know about vn until much later. Causally looking through flashes games(I was bored) I managed to run into a vn version. I enjoyed it as it add more elements not involved in hentai. So going through rabbit hole I finally discovered more and eventually ran into this website to help decide which vn would be worth my time or not.

As why still like them today. Besides obvious can find almost any fetish it has foreplay format for me. Porn jumps straight in too fast and some times want a little more emotional attachment. Hentai is good but often don't like how story goes and who protag ends up with. The build up and options is what makes it enjoyable to me.
#11 by ninius
2020-10-26 at 19:32
< report >I like point-n-click games and I used to play them a lot on Steam. At one point I was figuring out what kinds of games I enjoy the most, and I guess somehow I found out about visual novels when I realized I prefer not having to "do" anything to accomplish story progress. I like the idea that you can just read and don't need to do anything in order to progress with the story. Maybe a weird explanation but that's how I came to visual novels.Last modified on 2020-10-26 at 19:44
#12 by usso12
2020-10-27 at 15:08
< report >i like also to read different cool novels but do not have time for reading. am still college student.I study computer science in college. But I am bad at writing papers and use often help of https://assignmentshark.com/ because I need to get high scores of my essaysLast modified on 2020-11-02 at 07:35
#13 by forever-here
2020-10-27 at 15:13
< report >games (mostly jrpg) and anime basically. it really was only a matter of time before I ventured to vns.
#14 by clorust
2020-10-27 at 19:34
< report >I seen a lot of talk surrounding Katawa Shoujo and wanted to read it for the sake of investigating a new medium. In retrospect it was definitely a distinctly western visual novel, but it was one of the better western visual novels at that.
#15 by zakashi
2020-10-28 at 00:31
< report >Because I'm looking for a wife.
#16 by zap
2020-10-28 at 03:15
< report >Because I wanted to jack off.

One day I was bored and downloaded the porn game with the most active seeders off of the pirate bay - turns out Monster Girl Quest (Monmusu Quest! Zenshou ~Makereba Youjo ni Okasareru~) was actually good! I was expecting to have a laugh at some ridiculous tentacle fest, not getting feels.

Then I found links to other titles in the translator's FAQ and eventually wound up reading Kana ~Imouto~. Been here ever since. Particularly, it's the combination of an actual story and porn that makes be come back.Last modified on 2020-10-28 at 03:17
#17 by danteas
2020-10-28 at 07:06
< report >liked harem shows at the time, was getting tired of my ships not sailing so i decided to begin with a vn i came to know since its characters made a cameo in an ova from an anime i saw and their designs looked cute to my preferences back then so i decided to investigate, this ova name was akane maniax and i think you know the restLast modified on 2020-10-28 at 07:06
#18 by tremmy
2020-10-28 at 08:38
< report >Having done a significant amount of jail time I've learned to just love reading in general. Getting introduced to visual novels just took everything I love about it and turned it up to a different level and they don't shy away from certain themes that other mediums wouldn't dare touch. It also helps that I never really liked the format of manga that much so VNs really hit that sweet spot and also deliver some conclusiveness to a story that you just won't find in manga or LNs very often.
#19 by hansfranz77
2020-10-28 at 12:14
< report >Its a form of story telling that goes beyond manga and anime, but is still disticntly japanese. Its also more and more obvious that vns are a more complete way to expirience many stories, imo.
#20 by bas3
2020-10-28 at 20:11
< report >because of waifus
#21 by literallolicon
2020-10-29 at 02:19
< report >@18 Pretty sure manga and anime refrain from portraying certain themes because there are laws regulating contents, which (probably) doesn't exist in VNs. Take Yosuga no Sora for example, it's a pretty average incest VN, despite controversies in its anime counterpart.
#22 by fazz321
2020-10-29 at 05:44
< report >Started because I wanted to explore other types of otaku medium and stayed because of immersiveness. This effect already wear off long time ago but at first I was pretty much forgetting that I'm playing a game.Last modified on 2020-10-29 at 05:48
#23 by nyandoroid
2020-10-29 at 11:14
< report >I was looking for something to jack off to, and ended up with Fate/Stay Night. I'm thankful to the me who was having fun, yet couldn't possibly have imagined what a monster of a series I was seduced by.
#24 by zakashi
2020-10-29 at 20:08
< report >@18 Pretty sure there are laws about VNs too, or at least one law: they cannot portray genitals without censoring, people go to jail for that, but that's not what you're talking about.

From what I read, contents being more restricted in regular anime is because of contractual agreements, not laws directly, of course probably the government doesn't want blood being spilled on morning TV shows, but the TV station plays a major part on restricting the content also.

But just for curiosity, I watched a video talking about censoring in ecchi anime specifically, and yes, the anime is allowed to show boobs and nipples both by the TV channel and by the government (these types of anime broadcast during late night time, so they can do it), they just don't show the boobs on their full glory because they want to sell more BDs/DVDs.
#25 by mrkew
2020-10-29 at 20:14
< report >#24 He's talking about Tokyo Bill 156.