Apakah Visual Novel Selalu Identik dengan Eroge?

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Bukan hal yang asing bagi kita untuk mengidentikkan Visual Novel dengan Eroge, kadang kala aspek cerita dalam salah satu jenis gim ini diabaikan demi memuaskan nafsu para pemainnya. Hal ini belum ditambah dengan beberapa developer yang menambahkan fitur “penambah hasrat” seperti model karakter yang bisa berganti warna kulit menjadi lebih tanned ataupun pembesar dada wanita.

Perlu kita tahu sebelumnya ap aitu Visual Novel, Visual Novel merupakan sebuah software/gim interaktif yang menyajikan gambar dan teks yang secara dinamis terus berubah mengikuti alur cerita gim tersebut.

Lalu mengapa, Visual novel selalu identik dengan eroge? Padahal potensinya sebagai alternatif novel konvensional sangatlah besar.

The origin of VN

VN pertama yang dirilis di jepang ialah Lolita:Yakyuken pada tahun 1982. Secara singkat isi dari game ini merupakan permainan batu, gunting kertas kertas dengan heroine yang akan melepaskan pakaiannya secara bertahap setiap kali kita memenangkan suit.

Versi awal dari game ini mempunyai cerita linear. Dengan plot yang berfokus pada interaksi seksual antar pemain dan heroine. Di versi selanjutnya cerita memiliki beberapa rute dan percabangan dengan 1 true ending.

Kemunculan VN ini juga dikarenakan popularitas komputer yang meningkat di tahun tersebut. Membuat beberapa developer indie mencoba bereksperimen untuk menjajal platform ini.

Diikuti dengan tren kebutuhan masyarakat jepang (otaku pada umumnya) dengan media niche yang lebih fleksibel dan diterima untuk dimasukkan unsur dewasa didalamnya. Lahirlah game VN pertama yang merupakan sebuah Eroge.

Perkembangan, Dating Sim dan Sci-fi

Nama dating simulator baru terdengar di periode awal tahun 1990an. VN jenis ini menawarkan kebebasan rute heroine yang dapat dipilih oleh pemain. Hal ini merupakan cikal bakal genre harem. Tentunya masih mengandung berbagai macam konten dewasa yang memuaskan Hasrat para tuna-asmara.

Walaupun demikian bentuk penyajian yang dihadirkan pada VN periode ini cukup menjanjikan. Pada aspek illustrasi dan gameplay, pemain kini tidak hanya terjebak dalam dunia gambar statik. Beberapa VN dari developer besar seperti Square Enix memberikan pilihan untuk mengeksplorasi dunia Sci-fi untuk mentrigger beberapa quest,  terkesan lebih mirip RPG dan Open world

Perkembangan ini membuat VN tidak terjebak pada lingkaran pornografi softcore saja. Di tahun-tahun setelahnya mulai bermunculan VN tanpa basis eroge yang menawarkan kualitas cerita yang baik.

Nakige dan pembuktian VN =/= Eroge

Nakige (泣きゲ) subgenre VN yang berarti permainan yang membuat menangis, menjadi populer di akhir periode 1990an. Berbeda dengan Eroge atau Subgenre Nukige (抜きゲ) yang berisi konten seksual dan pornografi. Nakige berisi berbagai macam adegan kisah cinta tragis yang dapat membuat pemainnya terkena emotional damage. Salah satu contoh paling populer di masa kini ialah ATRI -My Dear Moments-, yang bisa kalian download di steam seharga 114.000 rupiah.

Kepopuleran Nakige diawali dengan VN berjudul To Heart pada tahun 1997. Walaupun masih mengandung beberapa konten seksual, namun hal tersebut bukanlah fokus utama dari VN ini, melainkan pada story yang membuat pembaca lupa VN ini memiliki konten seksual di dalamnya.

Kepopuleran To Heart memberikan gerbang untuk masuknya judul-judul lain Story-oriented VN di periode waktu setelahnya seperti White Album, dan lainnya. Salah satu dampak kepopuleran ini ialah munculnya subgenre baru VN Bernama Kinetic novel.

Munculnya Kinetic Novel – present

 

Kinetic novel merupakan subgenre VN yang berfokus pada jalan cerita linear tanpa percabangan ataupun rute. Beberapa judul popular seperti Planetarian dan Higurashi merupakan salah dua Kinetic Novel.

Judul tersebut memberikan jalan cerita yang emosional bin tragis yang disukai oleh para pemainnya. Hal ini yang boleh dikata unik dari sebuah kinetic novel, walaupun hadir tanpa percabangan ataupun rute tersembunyi yang mengantarkan pemain menuju true ending.

Banyak Kinetic Novel memiliki plot serta story development yang baik dan tak jarang membuat pemainnya terkena emotional damage, seperti 2 judul yang penulis sebutkan diatas.

Asumsi penulis, sumber daya yang digunakan dalam pengembangan story hanya mengerjakan 1 rute saja sehingga menghasilkan kualitas dalam cerita yang baik. Berbeda dengan kebanyakan VN yang memiliki 2 heroine atau lebih.

Dimana Character Development harus dibangun dalam plot serta story di seluruh rute, yang tentu lebih banyak menghabiskan sumber daya untuk menghasilkan kualitas story yang sama.

Lalu kalau dilihat alasan diatas, mengapa tidak membaca buku saja? Bukannya esensi visual novel ada pada rute dan sensasi decision makingnya? Book is good, but VN is better. Memang tidak ada percabangan, namun perlu diingat, kombinasi dari audio dan visual yang ada pada VN konvensional tetap dipertahankan dalam Kinetic Novel. Dan dari alasan saja dapat menjadi rujukan Buku dan Kinetic Novel berbeda.

Kesimpulan

Visual Novel merupakan media, dan dengan media ini penulis bisa
mengekspresikan berbagai macam imajinasi cerita yang ada di pikirannya. Memang benar VN berangkat dari akar sebuah game erotis. But hey! Visual novel kini sudah berkembang. Satu persatu judul baru VN dengan kualitas cerita yang baik diproduksi setiap tahunnya. Walaupun demikian eroge murni tidak bisa dipisahkan dalam ekosistem.

Venti is THE MOST PERFECT WIFE in Genshin Impact, and no one can convince me that he is not.

Do you know Venti? That carefree drunk bard that is known to be the Anemo Archon, or Barbatos, by the players? Yes, he is the most perfect waifu in the whole game, as of the time this is written. I will explain to you why he is, but before that, I will give a brief explanation of who Venti is.

Venti is a young boy with a slim body (at least, that is what he appears like now, because he actually takes his friend’s appearance, who died to free Mondstadt, but who really cares? I still want to f*ck him really hard.) Well, as explained above, he is actually a god, the Anemo Archon. About the appearance, he has aqua-green-colored eyes and dark-blue hair which fades into aqua-colored at the braids. He is carefree and playful, and yet he is actually bold and is not afraid to insult those who annoy him, even if the person that annoys him is stronger than him. But, he is actually very well-liked because of his talent as a bard. He is also a very good drinker, and he drinks a lot of alcoholic beverages, although bartenders tend to see him as a minor because he takes the form of his friend, who is (or, at least, looks like) a minor. Now that I already briefly explained who Venti is, let’s jump into why Venti is the greatest creation humanity has ever made.

Venti, a free-spirited bard, is actually a vessel of Barbatos, the God of Freedom, and of course, my one and only wife. I love him so much I am willing to die for him.

Content Warning: contains inappropriate language, viewer discretion is advised. You have been warned.


Firstly, his thighs. Man, do you not see his thighs? Holy smokes those thighs are REALLY smooth. It is really inviting you to sleep in his lap. Just look at his thighs. I mean, who can resist those juicy thighs? Those thighs are way more tender than a f*cking A5 Japanese Wagyu steak. A GODDAMN A5 JAPANESE WAGYU STEAK. You will feel ascended after sleeping on those heavenly thighs, I will guarantee. I once had a dream of me sleeping on Venti’s lap, and OH BOY THAT DAY WAS THE BEST SLEEP I HAVE HAD FOR AT LEAST 5 YEARS.

Secondly, his hair. Okay, I may get subjective here (actually, isn’t the whole article subjective, but who am I to care, right?) because his hair has one of my favorite colors. But come on, his hair color gradient is just perfectly fit for his theme, especially when it glows while Venti is using his skills. It is such a great addition to his beauty. Also, imagine his hair, imbued with the fragrance of the Cecilia flower. I can sniff his hair all day and night without getting sick of it. I can even smell the fragrance of his hair through the screen (really?). That is just how fragrant his hair is.

Thirdly, his voice (before continuing on reading this, I am talking about his JP Voice, which is voiced by Murasa Ayumu, a Japanese voice actor.) Thank you Murase Ayumu for the heavenly voice Venti has. It is very, I mean VERY soothing. Imagine you have a really stressful day after studying or work, then you sit in your room, you open Genshin Impact, and then his soothing voice just enters your ear… If my ears could cum, it would cum like a hentai protagonist filling a loli’s pussy after not having sex for 2 years. It really is that good. Although I no longer play Genshin Impact, I still downloaded Venti’s voice and changed all of my laptop sound system settings into his voice, and you know what? IT WORKS LIKE A F*CKING CHARM. I no longer feel any signs of stress and depression. I suddenly became the most mentally stable person in the world. Nothing can make me feel stressed or depressed as long as I have Venti’s voice as my laptop’s system sound. I don’t need any medications, I have Venti. His voice is truly the embodiment of freedom, my freedom from stress, depression, and all other mental issues.

Fourthly, his feet. Yes, anime girls wearing stockings are one of those things that can ascend you to the heavens. But, have you seen anime femboys wearing stockings? (Spoiler alert: IT’S WAY HOTTER THAN WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT) Especially, in this case, Venti. I can imagine how hot he is when he moans while I lick his musky feet either with the stocking on or off (although I do prefer him wearing the stocking. It’s even hotter that way.) I don’t even care how sweaty or how much of the hormone that reeks into his feet, one thing that I know is that his feet are never smelly, and will never be. Granted that if his feet are even smelly, I would totally lick his feet regardless. You just can’t resist the moan, that heavenly moan coming out of his throat that echoes into the.

Lastly, his body scent. His HOLY scent. The combination of his smooth yet elevating pheromones and the robust yet soothing aroma of the Cecilia scent that is all over him, just make the best scent combination, even the alcoholic scent he is in every time he gets drunk, would never even mask the scent of his pheromone, combined with the aroma of Cecilia that always lingers on his body. I really want to push him to the bed and sniff all over his body like a rabbit in heat attacking its partner relentlessly while mating.

The conclusion is, that I love Venti. I love him from the deepest of my heart. I don’t care if everyone that knows me calls me gay. It doesn’t really matter anymore. It does not, and will never affect my love for Venti. I want to protect Venti with all my life. My life does not matter if it is about Venti, and only if it is about Venti.  I don’t care if you guys want to harm me, but if anything happens to my wife Venti, I will kill everyone and then kill myself afterward. Venti is love, Venti is life.


Written by: Debin – G’21

Editor note: GWS.

The Beginning: Lore GST 2021

“If we can bring the future into the present, then all possibilities will cease to exist.”
=Saccharia Guladottir=

Two years after the Great Centurial Passage, an inconspicuous researcher published a paper postulating the existence of untapped potential energy termed “Fate”—a wellspring of energy presiding over the limitless possibilities from the future. Her name was Saccharia Guladottir, the pioneer of the end of “Zeroth Generation”, the last kin when mankind had yet to grasp the means of altering the future present.

The year was 2021. A single lone meteorite fell down on Earth. It brought down not only the ruination of the country it struck, Zwede, but also a mysterious particle of unknown origin—the “Coronium“. Garnering full attention from the scientific field, Coronium was quickly found to be capable of harnessing the “Fate” energy, an unworldly potential energy prophesied nineteen years ago by Saccharia Guladottir.

Despite having a huge crater right at their capital city, the country of Zwede regained their power by spearheading in Coronium research, owing their breakthrough to Saccharia Guladottir as their lead researcher. Not long after, Zwede immediately took hold of all Coronium rights to own and use.

Possessing the only material that could alter the present by bringing potential energy from the future was akin to having an inexhaustible source of energy. News went rampant, conspiracies emerged on every corner of the world like a plague. Mankind deemed Coronium to be a very potent and utopian particle, one that nobody should own. Thus, in 2025, the World Council finally gave their verdict for Zwede to hand over all of the Coronium.

But the nobility of Zwede won’t concede, and instead declared their independence from the World Council. Domineering with newfound Coronium technology, they veered over into militaristic approach. Harnessing the energy of Fate, Zwede created an army of Coronium Puppet—shortened “Copet“. An inhuman amalgamation of machinery and organic, The Copets barely have any emotion and no longer retain their human will. With their semblance as ‘war fodder’, they could tough over countless battle through endless source of energy until they were shot dead. Some questions their rights as a “human”, but even more consider they deserve no rights as a tool for dominating the world.

In the year 2045, the country of Zwede converted their national religion into “Rakkipütr” and declared their newfound rule of theocracy under the name “Empire of Zwede”. Guided by their gray morality, the Copets began their march extensively over the Euterpean Continent to spread their all-encompassing faith. Met with varying degree of reception, Zwede Empire paid no heed to the amassing plea for peace. The World Council feared that it might spell for something even worse than the pandemic we once had survived. And so, the rest of the world found themselves to fall under the same banner—to stop the advance of Empire of Zwede at all cost. Thus marked the beginning of “World War C”—an arduous attempt from the United Front of Earth against the relentless ambition of Zwedean nobilities.

Around the year 2059, the first human with fully-integrated Coronium Core was successfully created in Zwede. Unlike the previous Copets, the subject was capable of utilizing Coronium and manipulate Fate energy whilst retaining her humanity. Complete with her virtually immortal life and human will intact, she was feared as an unstoppable force that would end the world with her own two hands.

Only, shortly after, she ran away. And with her, the Coronium Core.

She was “Ashin”. A weaponized human with remaining will. The first “Coronium Doll”—shortened “Corday”.

For the remainder of the decade, Ashin went missing, but throughout the years, Empire of Zwede had successfully created another Corday. Her name was “Maria Suendi”, allegedly a Godsend child who would bring salvation as messenger of Rakkipütr. Her devotion and belief in the Empire led her becoming the flagship of Empire of Zwede’s military force. Immensely powerful, a single Corday could exterminate an entire country on its own. The tides of the war turned in Zwede’s favor. Maria Suendi raised the flag of Empire of Zwede all over Euterpean Continent. Numerous country yield, for they either submit or succumb to the absolute might of Corday=2.

The oncoming years after 2062, a rebellion broke out inside the Empire of Zwede. The frontier in Coronium excavation, country of Deinusia had taken countermeasures against Zwedean advances with their own ingenuine Coronium utilization. Due to the sheer exposure of accumulating Coronium, people of Deinusian have developed into a subhuman feared by the masses.

Termed “Felinoan”, they had undergone through a “Temporal Drastic Evolution” into an anthropomorphic race with prominent, fluffy ear on top of their head—and nimble, whip-like tail on their behind. Coronium had seeped into their inner DNA structures and reshaped their genetics through longevity of exposure. The nature of Coronium lets them control the potential energy of Fate, a power yet-to-be wielded by humans at the time.

Led by the prodigy Svitia Sukrassen, the Deinusian rampaged all over Empire of Zwede, demanding their rights to own and use of Coronium. Having greater synchronization with Coronium as part of their biological constituent, any advances done by the Copets with their meager efficiency were almost thoroughly eradicated. Thus, on 2065, Empire of Zwede signed the “Western Czetcze Pact”, a pact granting entitled blessings for the Deinusian’s right to own a portion of the land, in exchange of converting their state religion into those of Zwedean, the Rakkipütr. Met with controversy, it caused an uproar within Deinusia.

Two years later, the representative of Deinusia­—Svitia Sukrassen, was caught and held captive by Empire of Zwede. Not long after, Corday=2—Maria Suendi, assaulted Deinusia in defense of their rampage towards Zwedean citizen and obliterated the country in a single week. What remained of Deinusia was simply the individual Felinoan that eventually dispersed all around the Euterpe in secrecy. Fearing another rebellion incurring, Empire of Zwede halted their advance and focused on regulating their internal opposition.

2068 was renowned as “A Peaceful Second” amidst the ongoing WWC. For almost an entire year, no major war took place and the residents all around Euterpe took a breath in unison, taking consolation on an unseemly peaceful time. While undisclosed, the Empire of Zwede silenced any country that bear signs of disagreement with the Empire—utilizing Maria Suendi as their primary weapon, and having more or less every single citizen within the Empire to submit from her extraordinary power and faith. Though not as severe as the obliteration of Deinusia, not many could escape from Corday=2’s Fate-manipulating hands.

The Empire of Zwede had miscalculated the consequence of destroying Deinusia and its people. Widespread all over the world, Felinoan with their knowledge and experience with Coronium bargained their survival, causing an emergence in Coronium technology outside Empire of Zwede. With Coronium engineering and technology becoming commonplace, countries that managed to get their hands on Coronium have managed to find ways of creating ingenuine Coronium usage.

The following year, Ashin announced her reemergence as the warhead of Empire of Zwede obliteration army—bearing no allegiance to any country, but simply under the pretense of ‘revenge’. She led the frontlines in every battlefield, opposing the Empire of Zwede and their army of Copets. Taking the spotlight as a ‘hero’, Ashin eventually found herself to be surrounded by comrades of various origins.

Although unclear, ever since Ashin’s reemergence in 2069, individuals with capability close to–or even on par with Ashin, began to appear. Some deemed themselves to be the spearhead of the technological advancement from the country they served—others seek freedom with their entitled newfound “given” power.

A select few follow the steps of Ashin in eradicating Empire of Zwede.

Most notable of their similarity was the fact that every single one of them have some sort of life-altering Coronium mechanism embedded. The term “Corday” no longer refer solely to the Coronium Doll made by Empire of Zwede, but rather the various individuals with capability of immense Fate energy manipulation using any sort of Coronium device.

Thus was the dawn of a new era. Termed “Corday Era”, an era filled with various Corday battling each other, seeking Coronium haven that lies within Empire of Zwede. The Corday Era was marked by the “Coronium War” that began from Ashin’s reemergence in 2069 and lasted for a very long time–until the end of 2098. Multitudes of events transpiring during the Coronium War affected nearly every single country and major belligerent in the Euterpean Continent. Almost no conclusive and condensed record of it was written, and to some extent, even to this day, there still lies few missing pieces which interconnect groups and individuals involved during the Coronium War.

Although inconclusive, the spotlight of the war was unanimously given to Ashin and her group of Corday, often termed ‘Noble Heroes’ with ‘afflicting sense of justice’, which climactically ended the Coronium War in the beginning of 2099 by instigating the Coronium Implosion—a major catastrophic event of great effect that swallowed a third of the Euterpean Continent.

Along with it, the natural homeostasis of the Earth was halted. The axial tilt of Earth was skewed for 0.7 degree and its rotation slowed down as far as 5 minutes longer in a day. The oceanic current diverged, natural disaster spawned endlessly—the global climate changed drastically. With the whole Euterpean continent devoid of any natural resources, it is now nothing more than a desert of sand dunes.

What remains of the individuals involved during the Coronium War have been left unrecorded. To this day, the deserted Euterpean Continent is still yet to be fully explored. While the land has some hearsay of promising Coronium site, it is brimming with dangers all over the place. Remnants of the last century, including the Cordays, roam about—not letting weak-willed and unprepared individuals to traverse further in search of Coronium and their potent, unimaginable Fate-controlling power.

 

[Records of The 21st Century]


Divisi Story Genshiken ITB 2021/2022

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie Review

Jujutsu Kaisen is an anime, and Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is certainly a movie. Without a doubt. It’s the most anime movie ever. I haven’t watched this movie so yeah, I don’t really care at all but I’m reviewing it anyway.

This movie is based on a one-shot manga by Gege Akutami with the same title. I don’t know if it’s a success or not, but probably the editor back in Jump HQ was being a dick and wanted a redesign to the characters and probably overall story and thus Itadori Yuuji was born.

Interesting main character design and goals? Change it. Make it the most bland and reactive-to-the-plot main character ever made ahahahHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA I need my paycheck.

I haven’t read the original manga too so I’m going to make assumptions about the story. As far as I know, it’s about demons and shit, right? So yeah original premise right there, peak fiction. But, because this is Akutami’s most original idea before the editor ruined it, this is probably the most fresh take of Jujutsu Kaisen out there.

Yeah I want money so I want to make a shounen. So, spiky hair, good vs evil thing, and probably a main character with sad past. Oh also wielding a katana. Those dumb fuckers love katana, aren’t they?” said Gege Akutami when asked where he got the inspirations for the manga.

It’s also got a very original take on demons, too. Like there’s a demon called “Tax”, because it was born from people’s fear of tax. Originally, the main character’s fighting style was supposed to evading the demons as long as he can. The climax of this movie was supposed to be the main character fighting this Tax Demon, and it was known for “Tax Evasion Scene”, but got changed because the author forgot that the main character has a katana so he doesn’t need to always evade.

Hikaru Kondo comitting tax fraud.

But, the original draft of Jujutsu Kaisen 0 led the ufotable executives to adapt it into a movie.

As CEO of this studio, I can relate to this manga,” said Hikaru Kondo after committing several tax frauds, “so I want my exhausted and underpaid animators to adapt this into an anime movie.

So, let’s move on to the actual review, my opinion on it. Eh, it’s probably going to be good. I don’t know. I don’t really care. It’s not even out yet.


Written by Haruray