JP3’s Top Ten Best VNs of 2017
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JP3’s Top Ten Best VNs of 2017

8) Butterfly Soup (Brianna Lei)

Well, I wasn’t expecting to like this one.

I am so outside of the target audience of this one I might as well be speaking Cantonese right now. However, it is one of the funniest visual novels I’ve played in a long time: interspersing scenes of teenage angst and romance with spot-on comedic timing. The majority of the game had me on the floor laughing and that is a skill, I’ll have you know.¬†Underneath the riotous comedy is a very genuine tale though that surprised me with its earnesty. It is a weird game that follows that follows a bunch of self-professed strange teenage girls around as they start to come into their own. It’s awkward, and sometimes violent, but at the core of its is an honest idea about adolescence that separates Butterfly Soup from other games about teenage romance and set in high school.

I cannot even pretend the developer is coloring outside of the lines here. If you have seen anything involving teenagers in high school in a Western market in the last, oh, decade or so; you’ve seen this storyline play out. It’s just that the four characters the game focuses on are endearing enough (and bizarre enough) to give it a fresh spin. Diya especially, whose characterization of a severe introvert is well-handled: immediately allowing the audience to connect to her so that when we move on to other characters, we have a strong enough grasp of her not to forget her. All in all, it’s a fun ride that even I can appreciate.

Written by JP3 - December 31, 2017

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  • P January 2, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Almost half of those aren’t even VN… Story rich isn’t doesn’t always mean VN you know. Some of this are way closer to a point & click or just and adventure game than a VN. Though there’s still debate over what a VN really is, I don’t think A Mortician’s Tale, Herald, Detention and Old Man’s Journey are even close to being visual novels. Maybe they’re great games, but not of the VN kind.

    • VNsNowGuy January 17, 2018 at 2:26 am

      Hello! While I understand your point-of-view, I clearly disagree with it. If your argument is simply that there is more gameplay involved with those titles in particular than just a static image and narrative, I would remind you that the following games are marketed and accepted as visual novels that feature similar gameplay elements:

      – Danganronpa
      – 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
      – Hotel Dusk: Room 215
      – The Silver Case
      – Symphonic Rain
      – Policenauts
      – Sakura Wars

      Now, outside of that, all I can tell you is that on this site, we have seen both Japanese and English creators evolve the formula. You may not see them as VNs and that is fair enough. However, none of them are without precedent and, if anything, should be commended for not sticking to a strict formula and giving us something still in the visual novel medium, but also uniquely their own thing.