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Apr. 6th, 2015

Prologue|Table of Contents|Chapter 1

Profiles

As I menntioned in the prologue, I'm putting the profiles up front because if we play the + version of the game, that prologue don't exist. So if we're new players who didn't "migrate over" from the offline version, these profiles are the only "preview" of the characters that we ever get to see.

I... I just realized that the profiles were coloured in such a way that I can arrange them into a rainbow. That's kind of fun 'cause I love rainbows, so that's the order I'm gonna go with. Let's go!
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[Shall We Date?: Ninja Love +] Prologue







Game Intro Sequence|Table of Contents|Profiles



Prologue

[draft version to post in my own blog]

I... I apologize for the months-long delay. First, my laptop crashed horribly and it took the repairman a while to fix the thing and while making sure none of the files/important documents are ruined or removed. Then the laptop seemed to not have recovered properly because while I was working on this, it suddenly shut off without warning, and whatever progress I made couldn't be recovered. The last saved draft was a very short rough start that I saved to my personal LiveJournal and it barely had anything on it. I've changed a lot, added plenty of new things, and those are all gone. It really made me want to cry and I just... can't bring myself to work on it again for so long because I keep on fearing that I might miss something, or forget some good stuff that I already did write and... ugh... let's just move on. I apologize again.

For some unknown reason, the + version's prologue is nothing but a rushed few lines of dialogue. The ninja leader says "Hi princess, these are awesome ninjas. Choose one to be your bodyguard", and the ninjas introduce themselves. So we're missing the non-ninja love interests. I have no idea why they did that, because not everyone has played the old version. I will be presenting you guys with the original prologue from the old version instead, so pardon the interface change later. The old version has a different UI design than the + version.

This Prologue is technically not part of Ninja Love +. However, I think that this prologue is indeed necessary because it gives us a sensible setup for the plot, so I'm reviewing this anyway. Also because this old version of Ninja Love is still available to purchase for those who aren't willing to put up with the waiting time in the free online version. I will later put up the character profiles too. I originally wanted to skip the profiles, but since in Ninja Love + the profiles are the ONLY "sneak preview" of the ninjas we ever get... well... I have to.

WARNING: Image-heavy. I try my best to summarize things and size down the pictures, but it's still image-heavy.
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[Shall We Date?: Ninja Love +] Prologue






Game Intro Sequence|Table of Contents|Goemon Chapter 1







Prologue

[draft version to post in my own blog]

I... I apologize for the months-long delay. First, my laptop crashed horribly and it took the repairman a while to fix the thing and while making sure none of the files/important documents are ruined or removed. Then the laptop seemed to not have recovered properly because while I was working on this, it suddenly shut off without warning, and whatever progress I made couldn't be recovered. The last saved draft was a very short rough start that I saved to my personal LiveJournal and it barely had anything on it. I've changed a lot, added plenty of new things, and those are all gone. It really made me want to cry and I just... can't bring myself to work on it again for so long because I keep on fearing that I might miss something, or forget some good stuff that I already did write and... ugh... let's just move on. I apologize again.

For some unknown reason, the + version's prologue is nothing but a rushed few lines of dialogue. The ninja leader says "Hi princess, these are awesome ninjas. Choose one to be your bodyguard", and the ninjas introduce themselves. So we're missing the non-ninja love interests. I have no idea why they did that, because not everyone has played the old version. I will be presenting you guys with the original prologue from the old version instead, so pardon the interface change later. The old version has a different UI design than the + version.

This Prologue is technically not part of Ninja Love +. However, I think that this prologue is indeed necessary because it gives us a sensible setup for the plot, so I'm reviewing this anyway. Also because this old version of Ninja Love is still available to purchase for those who aren't willing to put up with the waiting time in the free online version. I will later put up the character profiles too. I originally wanted to skip the profiles, but since in Ninja Love + the profiles are the ONLY "sneak preview" of the ninjas we ever get... well...

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Introduction|Table of Contents|Prologue




Game Intro Sequence

When you first start up the game they have this opening cutscene thing. It only show up once and you will never ever see it again unless you install the game on a new device or something. It gives you an overview of the plot, so I guess it's almost like the blurb at the back of the book. And later you also have a section in the game's menu for "game overview", which provides you with similar info just in case you forgot.

I didn't think it would only show up once and I thought I could've captured it again later, so pardon the rather bad screenshots.

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Table of Contents|Game Intro Sequence




Introduction

Well... There's some things I wanted to say about this thing. I figured I'd make a separate post for it so as to not derail the spork too much later on.

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Shall We Date?: Ninja Love +

By NTT Solmare

Alternate Title: I Don't Know What the Hell the Story The Author Wants to Tell Is Supposed to Be
Alternate Title 2: ODA NOBUNAGA IS A DEMON FROM HELL AND YOU BETTER BELIEVE US BECAUSE WE'RE THE HEROES



Crossposting/archiving my posts to be later posted to das_sporking

What I'm going to be sporking is actually a game. An otome game. If you don't know what that is, it is basically a "choose-your-own-story" kind of game focused on romance.  Generally with anime/manga style art, although right now a lot of non-anime and non-Japanese otome games are starting to show up too because of the easy-to-use engine "Ren'py" (as well as other game engines that can be utilized to make this kind of stuff). I'll talk more about otome games and visual novels in the Intro later.

Based on the Tenshō Iga War, this game advertises a "bitter sweet romance set in the Sengoku era in Japan". With ninjas and stuff. We'll... see how that works out. See. This game actually name real names and places, and... I always have the opinion that "if you must bastardize history, do make the story good, dammit". Bad romance + bad writing + history fail is a deadly combo that pissed me off so badly I was sorely tempted to smash my tablet.

As there would be choices in-game, I'm quite torn about letting the readers choose, or just go ahead and use the best answers to get the "true ending". We'll see what the community's members suggest, as this will be mostly for their benefit.

Each bachelor gets his own story, so... I'm going to start with the first one I played, and immediately sent me down in a spiral of madness. The prologue is a common prologue, though, so if anyone's interested in seeing any other routes, I might go for that...

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Hush, Hush, the Graphic Novel

Author: Becca Fitzpartrick
Script Adaptation: Derek Ruiz
Artist: Jennyson Rosero, David Pinos, and Mel Joy San Juan
Lettering: Dave Lanphear and Bill Tortolini

Because all "great novels" must have a graphic novel adaptation... or something. I don't know.

Unlike Twilight's graphic novel adaptation, this wasn't done in that soft and fluffy manga-like style. Oh no, this is done in true serious business, grim 'n gritty art style like 300 and Sin City and stuff, with lots of dark shadows and black fills. Lots and lots of black fills.

And look at that! Apparently a dozen people worked on this, as I listed above. You know, as opposed to Twilight with Young Kim credited as the only other person involved besides Stephenie Meyer. Also, there's a bonus story added to this book. I guess I'll be ripping that apart too.

WARNING: Image heavy. This is a graphic novel spork, after all.

Let's rock!

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Normal guy Vs Ed Cullen Vs Gyendal

For my own personal enjoyment, hence me not posting it to comms.

Yay Gyendal, because I'm such a fangirl for a flat, personality-less character. So now he's half-OC too.
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A normal guy would say: ‘I love you Baby!’

Edward Cullen would say: ‘You are my life now.’

Gyendal Ravenfoot don't say these kind of things, but he might nibble on you every now and then.


Normal Guy would say: ‘I think I am falling for you.’

Edward Cullen would say: ‘The Lion fell in Love with the Lamb’

Gyendal Ravenfoot wouldn't say anything. He'd just declare he wants you, turn you into a vampire, and cart you off.


Normal Guy would say: ‘You hair looks like a haystack; go brush it!’

Edward Cullen would say: ‘Your hair looks like a haystack but I like it.’

Gyendal Ravenfoot doesn't care what your hair looks like and wouldn't even comment on it.


A normal guy would pick a random song from a random artist and dedicate it to you.

Edward Cullen would sing you a song he wrote for you while playing the piano.

Gyendal Ravenfoot doesn't care for music.


If you die, a normal guy would find another.

If you die, Edward would kill himself because life without you isn’t worth living.

Gyendal Ravenfoot would be the one who killed you (i.e turning you into a vampire), but he will try and keep you as "alive" as you possibly could in your undeath.


As you leave the house, a normal guy would say: “Bye, see ya!”

As you leave the house, Edward Cullen would say: “Come back to me, love.”

As you leave the house, Gyendal Ravenfoot doesn't really say anything.


As you come back to the house, a normal guy would be watching TV and wouldn’t even notice.

As you come back to the house, Edward Cullen would be welcoming you by playing the piano with a song just for you.

As you come back to the house, Gyendal Ravenfoot may not be at home because he's off doing his own thing.


A normal guy would wait for you to make him breakfast.

Edward Cullen would make you breakfast every day.

Gyendal Ravenfoot taes you out hunting for meals every now and then.


While you are both out for dinner, a normal guy wouldn’t keep his eyes off the sexy waitress.

Edward Cullen wouldn’t even notice the waitress was a female.

Gyendal Ravenfoot would stare at the waitress to see if she's healthy enough, then grab her as your dinner.


A normal guy, while driving, would keep one hand on the wheel and one hand on the radio.

Edward Cullen, while driving, would keep one hand on the wheel and the other attached to yours.

Gyendal Ravenfoot would teleport the two of you home.


While far apart in different places, a normal guy would say: ‘I miss you.’

While far apart in different places, Edward Cullen would say: ‘It’s like you’ve taken half of myself with you.’

While far apart in different places, Gyendal Ravenfoot would not care much because he'll be watching you.


A normal guy wouldn’t care or notice if you had nightmares.

Edward Cullen would sing until your nightmares went away.

Gyendal Ravenfoot... Do vampires even have nightmares?


A normal guy does it with everyone.

Edward Cullen only does it with one.

Gyendal Ravenfoot doesn't even know what "do it" means.


A normal guy buys you flowers and chocolates.

Edward Cullen buys you a car.

Gyendal Ravenfoot gives you an evil empire


A normal guy can help you to stake a vampire pestering you.

Edward Cullen would be the vampire pestering you.

Gyendal Ravenfoot is would be the vampire pestering you, but you shouldn't mind because you are a vampire too.
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Yeah. That's how I think the Gy rolls, anyway. He's not a very likable person.