[NSFW] 18+ Visual Novels

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from Sakura Spirit

Now because of the rules WordPress sets for pornographic material, there will be no pictures either in the article or linked to from the article that contain any sexual acts in them. I’m also going to avoid any pictures that show any genitalia or bare breasts (that include nipples), but you might get a bare butt or two in this article. Just so you all have a heads up.

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from Shuffle!

It’s very likely that anyone (male or female) who have consumed a decent amount of anime has played a visual novel of some form. It’s also very likely they’ve played an 18+ visual novel containing sexual content. I’m also willing to bet a lot of those people were not even 18 when they first played one.

I can remember playing the really shitty visual novels on Newgrounds while I was 16, just for the chance to see some bare breasts, real or not. We all did it when we were younger, whether it was hiding dirty magazines under the bed, or sneakily looking up naked pictures online. It wasn’t until I was 17 that I was actually aware and using torrents more often (having better internet helped) and I began to go deeper down the rabbit hole, finding various English-translated Japanese pornographic visual novels. My first visual novels were all made by Zyx, the first one being The Sagara Family, which in turn introduced me to other works of theirs like Amorous Professor Cherry and the wonderfully named Do You Like Horny Bunnies?. Admittedly in the early going, my exposure to these kinds of visual novels was purely for the sexual content, which sounds obvious to those who scoff at the mention of the word “pornography”. But there are actually a ton of games out there that not only have sexual content, but offer far more than just a ton of blowjobs and window banging.

from Snow Sakura

Snow Sakura changed all that for me, specifically the Saki storyline. Taking her away, the game is a pretty typical sex visual novel, but the Saki arc is miles ahead of most visual novels’ storylines. While it does get a little weird with her and Yuuji being cousins, the story itself is super heavy. While the family is accepting of their relationship, after Saki makes advances on Yuuji during school, the school itself takes action against it (I’m not sure how they have the ability to do this) and force the two of them to be apart and if I remember correctly it was beyond just at school. Regardless, the moment everything gets fixed and they get to see each other again, it’s a very meaningful moment, the crying Saki does is really powerful and makes that tender moment between the two of them that much more meaningful. Again, the whole cousins part may turn a lot of people off, but honestly I completely ignored it at the time I played it, after all while the character I’m playing is Saki’s cousin, I am the one controlling him and since I can’t be the cousin to a fictional character, I passed that piece of information aside.

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from Lightning Warrior Raidy

And not every one of these games is a simple click and choose the girl you sex up type of game, some of them do actually employ game mechanics and RPG elements into them. Some of the ones I’ve come across include Lightning Warrior Raidy, Princess Waltz and Muv-Luv. Generally speaking the mechanics in those games are pretty barebones, there’s nothing too unique about them. They can range from a card game, to a Final Fantasy Tactics kind of system. One of the more notable recent releases, HuniePop is literally just a match-3 game. The general consensus with hentai games, especially of a visual novel nature is that it’s more about the story and the sexual content than anything else, the gameplay added in only really serves to slow down the game and prolong it’s lifespan a little longer, at least to me. I haven’t really found a visual novel with game elements that actually kept me playing. I don’t really play many of these anymore, but when I was playing them far more often in my late teens, I wasn’t looking for gameplay when I started one of these up.

from Aokana: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

So aside from the gameplay, of course we have to talk about the various amounts and degrees of amount of sexual content contained in these games. It’s the one reason that I semi-understand why people get into a tizzy about the graphic content contained in visual novels. However it’s not your basic content of course, I’ve said it before that no one should be getting triggered over a fictional drawn character’s naked body or when that same body is getting drilled in whatever hole he/she wants. It’s when you get to the more extreme stuff and I take that word very literally.

Obviously there won’t be pictures to describe it, so if you don’t know what these themes are or haven’t seen how they’re done, you may research this on your own, but at your own discretion, a lot of these games that employ the themes I’m about to talk about are super disgusting and violent and have made me sick to my stomach before.

Please note that I’ve never intentionally consumed or even looked for this content, a lot of these things were pieces I either accidentally came across or just happen to be a part of photo albums or tags that I looked through for something far tamer. Themes like vore, beastiality, excessive gore (and I’m not talking gunshot wounds) and death, really anything else that goes beyond extreme when compared to your average porn scene. I understand that there are people out there with interests different than my own, but when those interests include some of the things I’ve listed, especially the truly disgusting and fucked up ones, I have a really difficult time just replying with “Well, that’s your opinion.” and not freaking out.

from Megachu! (the classic train molestation cliché)

The one theme that bothers me the most, while isn’t the most extreme, can be the most damaging. That of course, is rape. If there’s one thing I don’t cannot stand in any kind of hentai, whether images, videos or games, it’s the use of rape in their content. It’s disgusting, a criminal offense and it’s just plain lazy writing. The use of rape a lot of the time is to easily write a way into making a “hard to get” girl have intercourse early on in the story. It’s also used as a plot device for the main character to get back at the villain of the story, whether it’s just stripping the love interest, molesting her, or straight up having intercourse with her, often taking her virginity as well, which is just deplorable. Lastly, it’s sometimes simply just used to add one more sex scene with that character, especially in case you don’t choose that specific girl, that way you still get a little more nudity out of that character while you’re sexing up the one you chose, unless the game let’s you go after everyone simultaneously of course.

I don’t quite understand the over-usage of rape in Japanese pornographic content. I have my thoughts on why it could be, perhaps it’s due to the hard-working lifestyle where most guys have little free time to work with, thus reducing the time to spend with a loved one? A lot of males now are reverting to fictional characters as their significant other through dating simulators and such. Could it just be because since they either don’t have the time to or simply can’t get a woman that rape fantasies in their mind is the only way they’d get laid? Either way, it’s still just plain lazy writing and disgusting, why can’t they just add another scene with the protagonist? Hell, better yet, most visual novels have more than 3 girls to choose from, you can’t have pairings between them and get some lesbian action in there instead, or even just masturbation if you really want to keep it simple. There’s so many other options a lot of these visual novels could be doing, instead of a fucked up crime that damages the victim both physically and mentally.

from Walkure Romanze

When visual novels aren’t crossing the line though, they can be some of the most beautiful pieces of artwork around. I don’t know if I’ve said it in any of my articles, but I’m not a fan of traditional art, in fact I cannot stand most of it. But when you have anime drawn artwork, you have my full undivided attention. I absolutely love anime artwork, I think there’s nothing more beautiful out there than this. There’s an infinite amount of beauty you can give a character, yet no matter how you draw her (or him if you’re into guys of course), as long as you stick to the anime style, you cannot cross into the uncanny valley with the artwork, so it’s never creepy just how realistic it is, because anime is not. It’s very easy for me to decide, you put the hottest girl from Dead or Alive with full jiggle physics next to any decently (not even the best) drawn anime girl, I’ll pick the anime girl. That style of art just makes everything ten times prettier than any other style.

The same translates into the sexual content of these games. You put a still frame of a real-life girl having sex next to an anime drawn girl in a similar pose with a similar look, I’ll pick the anime one over it each and every time. With anime art, you can have zero imperfections on the character, he/she can be literally flawless in terms of her body. And especially when you can get the odd game that’s uncensored (usually meaning it’s been released outside of Japan), it’s even better, there’s nothing to hide, all is there to see. I’m not very thrilled when I’m playing these sort of games and it’s censored, it kind of distracts the mind. It’s another one of those things that I don’t fully understand with Japan but regardless, the work is still there and if it ever gets de-censored, it’s fantastic.

from Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo: Anata to Koibito Tsunagi

The best part about the massive collection of visual novels, is that there’s something for everyone, albeit some of them cross certain lines. But in terms of gender matchups, there is something for everyone. If the plain ol’ guy/girl visual novels aren’t for you, there’s a plethora of yuri (girl/girl), yaoi (boy/boy) and even transgender specific visual novels or characters for players to access. There’s games set in a medieval fantasy world, while there’s some set in outer space. There’s games solely focused on military soldiers, while there’s some specifically set only at the beach. There’s some about school, some about work, literally anything you can think of, there’s probably a visual novel that does it. And given the sheer variety of games out there, you’re pretty much being told that whatever you may like, you’re not alone (regardless of how I personally feel about some of these “tastes”).

And the best part? You can enjoy them in the comfort of your own home, you don’t have to go out to a specific place to buy them now either, you can order online, download them, whatever you can do so no one else has to know. Not that it really matters.

from Princess Waltz

So the last thing I want to talk about has to do with the perceptions of those outside of the ones who plays these types of games. Look, I get it, you probably think it’s really weird that people play games where it’s literally just text and pornographic images and I half-understand your train of thought. But if you think it’s any different than the boys (and probably some girls) who kept and hid issues of dirty magazines where it was nothing but naked women, then you’re clearly not open to reason. But if you’re the type who thinks any and all sexual content is harmful, A, how are you even on my page? And B, get the fuck outta here! If you truly believe that anyone of any age, and yes I mean the tons and tons of boys and girls under the age of 18 who do watch porn and yes, actually have sex, I know that’s tough to accept, folks. If you you truly believe that none of those people should watch any pornographic material because it’s damaging to their brains, I may have to lean with the opposite, you’re the one with the brain damage here. Also, you probably need to get laid as well.

Is it possible someone could rape someone because of watching porn, especially porn that has rape in it? Of course, it’s possible! But that goes for something that the majority of society accepts and consumes. Y’know…alcohol! I’m willing to bet a lot of these people who are against porn because it incites the desire to rape in people have zero issue with the same people chugging beer after beer. It’s just like the video game incites violence discussion, it’s possible (albeit studies have shown there’s no correlation between the two), but the same could go for a goddamn McDonalds burger that didn’t have extra fucking pickles like I fucking ordered! Ahem, what I mean is that those who are already walking around with pre-existing mental issues can be triggered by essentially anything. I’m pretty sure a rapist didn’t just watch porn and suddenly decided to pick up his/her new hobby, there’s a lot more going on for an extended period of time before ever consuming any pornographic material.

from Mecha-Mimi

There’s really nothing inherently wrong with hentai visual novels, it’s a matter of perspective more or less. Some people’s lines are drawn far closer or further away than myself, it’s really up to what you can accept. But when done right and in your comfort zone, visual novels can be a very enjoyable experience in terms of a good story, interesting characters and well…sexy characters as well. There’s nothing wrong with watching or playing any content to help you supress some sexual tension you’ve been having lately and anyone who truly thinks so I feel terrible for. Their life, especially growing up must’ve sucked super hard!

Cause if you have a problem with pretty fictional girls and/or guys getting naked and getting it on, there’s clearly no pleasing you. Pun fully intended!

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