Okay, I've owned this blog for many years now, and all this time I've been trying not to mention an obsession of mine, but I can't hold it back any longer. I'm here to talk to you about japanese visual novels.
If you're not sure what that is, a visual novel is a kind of 'gaming' experience in which the player is told a story using pictures, text, and sounds. Usually this means there will be background art with interchanging character art depending on whose speaking, with the text in a box at the bottom of the screen.
You don't need to enjoy anime or even be much of a reader to enjoy visual novels, they create a happy medium in which you get plenty of visual stimulation but are still given the amount of in-depth narrative that a book can offer.
Planetarian is a VN which was recently put up on the App Store for a small price, it is fully translated into English and is created by one of the greatest storytelling teams of all time, Key, who is also responsible for such hits as Clannad, Air and Kanon (all of which have been adapted into very successful animes).
I can promise you this; it's only a matter of time before visual novels make their way into the mainstream media of the western world, so for now, get in early! Planetarian is a steal at £2.49, especially considering the rarity of english-translated visual novels.
It's one of the greatest novels I've ever read, and I just wish more people knew about it and about the entire genre. Buy it now, if you know what's good for you.