Crafting The Perfect Story: The Three Elements of Storytelling

Everyone looks at stories differently.  It’s why people have differing opinions when it comes to stories that we enjoy.  Some of us like anime, manga, or other similar Japanese stories.  Others enjoy the attachment of watching actors on the big screen, or experiencing stories first-hand through a video game.

Stories are universal, but as we all know, every story won’t work for everyone.  Knowing that, I’d like to introduce you today to what I consider my Three Elements of Storytelling–the three factors, that I believe makes a story great, from an objective point of view.

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Reading Between Reviews: Clannad!

I’ve wanted to review this one for a while now.

Clannad is one of those series that is near and dear to many people’s hearts.  I talked about it recently, as my second favorite story of all time, and from what I know, it was an emotional trip for almost everyone that’s watched it.  But that’s all from personal preference, experiencing a story that I perceived as great.  Critically speaking, is there anything different about Clannad?  How good is it, really?

Well, that’s what this review is for, right?  Strip the feelings, and let’s get a good logical look at this series, and see how it holds up.

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My Top Ten Favorite Stories: 3-2

So, we’ve into my top three- the stories that have inspired me the most to write, to talk, to keep experiencing more and more new things.

For the most part, I acknowledge that these stories have their flaws, but for whatever reason, they’ve certainly hit home for me.  Of course, there’s DEFINITELY quality behind these works in some way, or else they wouldn’t be up here, but, overall, you guys are getting personal over objective judgment here.

Let get back into it!

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Katawa Shoujo: a VN Underdog Story

Before we start off, Happy Valentine’s Day!  May Cupid bring you a good romantic anime to watch, a sweet manga to read, or a nice Romance VN to play!

That being said, however.

To my knowledge, Visual Novels are the least-acknowledged Japanese medium.  It’s an interesting concept, mixing pictures with text, yet, for some reason, I feel it’s much more common to see people into anime, even manga compared to Visual Novels.  Perhaps they’re harder to get into?

Well, that being said, there’s one visual novel I came across, just a few years ago, that made quite a stir on the internet.  Supposedly a wonderful experience that emerged from the depths of 4chan, many skeptics downloaded the game expecting perverse trash, leaving instead with shattered hearts.  Being a skeptic myself, I decided to try it, as it was apparently a good first experience in the world of Visual Novels.  Lo and behold, I’m here now, as are many others, still unable to forget about the experience of Katawa Shoujo.

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Lucid 9: Dissociation, Stress, and Breaking the Mind

Lucid 9.  I assume if you’re reading this now, you’ve already played through Lucid 9 and are looking for content on it.  But if you haven’t, here’s the rundown: it’s a visual novel centered around one Yama Ishimoto, who is dealing with the fallout of a series of murders, and the effect it is having on his school.  Being the protagonist he is he gets himself involved, without realizing that his crusade to discover the murderer may very well end with him becoming one.

I have a review here covering what I think of the visual novel, but if you’d rather not, just take my word for it: it’s pretty good.  What I love most about it though, is how it handles the psychology behind it all.  Considering Yama in particular, the story builds up in such a way that you really get a sense of just how messed up he becomes, and from a psychological point of view, it WORKS.

Yama struggles, faces conflict, and potentially loses his mind, and I’ll show you now how it all works.  This is going to be a comprehensive look at Yama’s mental state throughout the visual novel, so yes, there will be HUGE spoilers, and it’s gonna be a heavy read.  If you haven’t gotten through Lucid 9, I recommend you play through it first, or.  You know. You can play through it after.  Your choice fam.

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Reading Between Reviews: Lucid 9 Inciting Incident

Imagine for a moment, that you and your friends live a relatively normal high school life.

Lucid 9 is a free mystery visual novel released relatively recently: April 14th of this year.  Despite boasting rather impressive ratings for a free visual novel, averaging above 80% on Steam, it remains relatively unknown, being…well.  A free visual novel, with no advertising.  I’d like to do my part to change that, as, despite some obvious weak points, Lucid 9 can hold its own, presenting an intriguing story that has great stand out moments, and sets up well for the next installment in the series (because there will be another).

Oh yes: there will be no spoilers in this review, I’ll just be covering the absolute basics of what the visual novel has to offer, just so those of you who haven’t played the game, if anyone, can experience it for yourself.  With that being said, let’s get into it!

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