A Walk Down Memory Lane – Route 1

March 13, 2009 at 2:22 am 9 comments

Writing the post about how I got into eroge, I started having nostalgia over past titles. I originally had planned to just include the OPs in one post, but it seems there’s too many of them that I’m fond of, so I decided to make a series of posts covering both titles that I liked and those that helped transform the way games were produced. Maybe you’ll recognize some of these titles.

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Humble Beginnings (2000 and earlier)

Well, 18+ games had been produced as far back as the 1980s, but due to the technological state back then, the art and OPs weren’t anything to write home about. Rape and other dark themes were common. Starting in 1995 with elf’s Doukyuusei and Leaf’s Shizuku in early 1996, there was a slow transition towards more romantic games. Dating sim games were popular around this time too. Comedy also started popping up more with CocktailSoft’s Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! and Crowd’s Xchange.

Personally, I believe Leaf’s ToHeart, along with Tactics’ Moon and One ~Kagayaku Kisetsu e~ in 1997-1998 changed the eroge landscape drastically, de-emphasizing the H scenes and putting a greater emphasis on the story. The group that produced Tactics’ games left and created key, who then created the popular Kanon in 1999. Other companies started following this “crying game” (泣きゲー) style, as seen in D.O.’s Kana ~Imouto. That is not to say that H-based games weren’t common, as Active released Bible Black during this period too.

Pia Carrot e Youkoso!!2 (CocktailSoft, 1997) – “Go! Go! Waitress”

While I didn’t play the game, this was one of the first eroge songs I downloaded.

Kanon (key, 1999) – “Last Regrets”

First game I played. No regrets after playing this.

Canvas ~Sepia-iro no Motif~ (CocktailSoft, 2000) – “Autumn Destiny”

First OP I watched before I even knew what eroge was. Likely the reason I like the Canvas series.

Other games during this period:

  • Pastel Chime (AliceSoft, 1998)
  • SeptemCharm Magical Canan (Terios, 1998)
  • White Album (Leaf, 1998)
  • BaldrHead (GIGA, 1999)
  • Comic Party (Leaf, 1999)
  • Air (key, 2000)
  • Canaria ~Kono Omoi o Uta ni Nosete~ (FrontWing, 2000)
  • Giniro (NekonekoSoft, 2000)
  • Phantom -Phantom of Inferno- (Nitro+, 2000)
  • Triangle Heart 3 ~Sweet Songs Forever~ (ivory, 2000)
  • Tsukihime (TYPE-MOON, 2000)

Expansion Era (2001-2003)

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More eroge companies started producing games at the beginning of this decade. Examples include minori (Bittersweet Fools, 2001), ALcot (Clover Heart’s, 2003), FlyingShine (Cross†Channel, 2003) and 130cm (Princess Bride, 2003). Many catchy songs and memes originated from games during this period, such as Mai and Mii’s dance from Popotan for Caramelldansen and the Miko Miko Nurse song from the game of the same name from PSYCHO. I’m sure many of you will remember the Nanaca†Crash flash game, which was based off Cross†Channel. Following Kanon‘s success, there were increasingly more anime adapations for eroge, instead of only H anime OVAs.

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (âge, 2001) – “Rumbling Hearts”

There are few series that polarize people as much as this one. By the way…
Haruka > Mitsuki

Da Capo (Circus, 2002) – “Da Capo ~Dai ni botan no Chikai~”

I am a devoted DC fan. No matter how many games they make off the franchise, I will play them.

Wind -a breath of heart- (minori, 2002) – “Wind”

Makoto Shinkai is a god. I know he did Bittersweet Fools too, but this was the one that first caught my eye.

Raimuiro Senkitan (elf, 2002) – “Rinka”

I stumbled on this when I was doing fansubbing ages back. The plot is totally ridiculous, but I loved the song. Momen is cute.

Angelic Serenade (Kogado Studio, 2002) – “Tenshi no Utau Sayokyoku”

Actually an all-ages game, AS is a music ADV that has a similar system to DDR, except using the keyboard. It’s quite fun. I used to play it on free mode a lot.

Aka (NekonekoSoft, 2003) – “Sunagin”

Another one that I found while wandering the web in search of new games. It’s a captivating song.

Tsuki wa Higashi ni Hi wa Nishi ni (August, 2003) – “divergent flow”

One of the games that I own. I really should finish it.

Princess Bride (130cm, 2003) -“Princess Bride!”

Extremely catchy song. Lovin’! Callin’! Feelin’! Healin’! Kissin’! Again, Darling!

Popotan (Petit Ferret, 2003) – “Icchae! Popotan”

The origin of the Uma uma dance. ウッーウッーウマウマ(゚∀゚) ウッーウッーウマウマ(゚∀゚)

Other games during this period:

  • Green Green (GROOVER, 2001)
  • IZUMO (Studio e.go!, 2001)
  • Mizuiro (NekonekoSoft, 2001)
  • Suika (Circus, 2001)
  • Yoru ga Kuru! (AliceSoft, 2001)
  • Baldr Force (GIGA, 2002)
  • “Hello, world.” (Nitro+, 2002)
  • Sore wa Maichiru Sakura no You ni (BasiL, 2002)
  • Utawarerumono (Leaf, 2002)
  • Eien no Aselia (XUSE, 2003)
  • Maple Colors (CROSSNET, 2003)
  • Muv Luv (âge, 2003)
  • SNOW (Studio Mebius, 2003)
  • Tenshi no Inai 12-gatsu (Leaf, 2003)
  • Zanma Taisei Demonbane (Nitro+, 2003)

Next post will be about games between 2004 and 2005.

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Have you felt nostalgic about any of the above games?

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  • 1. Zen  |  March 13, 2009 at 2:39 am

    It is a bit strange looking back at how old some of these titles are and realizing how long ago they came out. Not to mention the feelings of nostalgia as you remember the plots and characters. It seems like only yesterday a lot of these titles came out. I suppose the influence of more modern games also changes my perspective. I tend to remember the older characters with more modern animation. Ah well, good times good times.

    Well on the downside it does make you feel a bit… well old. Realizing that it has been almost ten years or more since some of these came out.

    Instead of commenting on all of the stories I am familiar with (cuz I’m lazy) let me just correct one grievous error which you made in your post Miru:

    Mitsuki > Haruka.

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  • 2. w3g  |  March 13, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Your collection is 100% romance games? o.O
    I much prefer a plot with some (preferably lots of) action and/or gameplay. Seeing the enemy die is much more satisfying than seeing your lover die. For me, Alicesoft >>>> Key, and Muluv >>>> Kimi nozo.

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  • 3. Micchi  |  March 13, 2009 at 2:55 am

    @Zen: I’m not gonna go there. Can we just blame it on the guy and call it a draw? He deserves neither of them.

    Ya, I feel a bit old looking at them again. Some games and OPs you thought were the best ever don’t look that great now. I guess it’s a sign of changing tastes and higher overall quality nowadays.

    Also, nostalgic being called Miru. It’s been a while.

    @w3g: Ya, that’s the genre I play. Actions, mecha, scifi and that stuff don’t interest me that much. Fantasy maybe. Ya, just a difference in tastes. I never really liked AliceSoft ^^;; You’d probably like whatever Hemi-tan likes. AliceSoft, Eternal, Eushully, XUSE, etc…

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  • 4. Algester  |  March 13, 2009 at 5:51 am

    well we do have our own taste as for me its the mixed of dark and romance gameplay asides, since i started with brave soul that being the first game i ever played with gameplay value but then again i still get lazy from playing games even eroges… are no exemption so yeah

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  • 5. Kresnik  |  March 13, 2009 at 7:26 am

    I guess I’m pretty late to the party, as I only started at 2005. I start with Shuffle, FSN, then tried every single thing that I could grab before playing KonoAo which set the direction for my eroge sailing to drama.

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  • 6. Algester  |  March 13, 2009 at 9:52 am

    http://circus.nandemo.gr.jp/sakuhin/acdc2/index.html something for the sake of something @_@

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  • 7. Micchi  |  March 13, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    @Kresnik: Shuffle wasn’t bad. The endings weren’t great either though.

    @Algester: Wait, what… How do they even come up with these plots!? But Yume… Yume… Must get…

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  • 8. Hinano  |  March 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    damn that was pretty nostalgic….wind a breath of heart, kanon, da capo….even nanaca crash lol

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  • 9. Micchi  |  March 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    @Hinano: Haha, I spent a good half hour playing Nanaca Crash again XD

    Reply

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