Otaku Basics #1: 「What are visual novels?」

The Fate/stay night visual novel.

Fate/stay night was originally released in January 2004 as a visual novel eroge game.

Have you ever heard of the term ‘visual novel‘ before? If not, well… you’re not alone. They’re not too popular outside of Japan, and almost no one plays them in Western countries. Key word: play. They do differ a bit from what you’d normally be used because you can do a little bit more than just flip pages. Even though they’re relatively unknown, they still have a dedicated English following. Anime are even adapted from them, which speaks volumes about how popular they are in Japan.  Continue reading