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During a recent stream of Fate/EXTELLA, a musou action game + extremely gay visual novel I've been streaming, one of our viewers pointed out that something a love interest did was abusive.

We acknowledged this as soon as we saw the comment, and once we were done with that scene we paused the game to discuss it with the chat. The goal wasn't to make excuses for the game and the character, but to validate the concerns that this viewer raised, and to acknowledge that yes, this was problematic.

We've watched streams before where everyone seemed to be okay with something that triggered or unnerved us, and it's a really bad feeling. We may lose some (hypothetical) viewers from having these discussions, but I like to think that the ones who are invested enough in our streams to let us know when they're uncomfortable are worth keeping.

Click here if you can't see the Fate/EXTELLA trailer.

If that interests you at all, you can subscribe to our stream here, or view our Fate/EXTELLA series from the beginning. Our next stream will be tomorrow, Monday April 17, at 9 PM EDT, and will last about an hour and a half. We're happy to answer questions and explain context behind what's going on.

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It's the visual novel / JRPG that we linked to, in the post on the historical foxwoman experience. You can watch us on Twitch, this Monday at 7 PM Central time.

We've already cleared Tamamo's route, so we're streaming New Game+ with a different Legendary Soul, an imperious swordswoman in a red dress. Who was she when she was alive? Who knows! The Fate series likes to genderbend, so that alone doesn't narrow it down.

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CONTENT WARNING

May contain fanservice, bisexual flirting, existential horror, and brutal emotional violence. Also, we swear sometimes and cough a lot.

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Content note: Personal electronics we feel embarrassed about being able to afford, and opinions about video games that we're slightly embarrassed to play! May contain cuteness, queerness, and feminism.

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Tamamo-no-Mae is perhaps the most famous -- and tragic -- foxwoman in Japanese folklore. Variations on her story have been told and retold, the gist of which is that she was a kitsune (fox) who took on human form and became the Emperor's courtesan. But she was found out by an onmyōji (magician), declared to be the cause of the Emperor's illness, and chased out to the plains of Nasu and killed.

The retelling of her story in Fate/EXTRA, a visual novel / roleplaying game for the PlayStation Portable, is especially stark. In it, she grows up as a human and does not even realize that she is a fox until her ears suddenly sprout from her head. She manages to conceal them for an entire month, before being found out.

Here are some excerpts from the scene where she tells the player character her life story:

Pictures, transcripts, and discussion of transphobic violence behind cut )

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Content note: Massive spoilers for We Know The Devil. Depressive musings.

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I died when I came out to Yuro, and I died when I came out to my family, and I died when they posted the election results, and I died and I died and I died.

How do I live?

Who will let me?

Miscellany

Jul. 29th, 2016 05:37 am
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I haven't been updating this enough. But the stuff I've been reading online lately is extremely depressing, so I figured I ought to spend more time on things like Dreamwidth and AO3 maybe. >_>

So.

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That's about all, I guess. Except that if anyone has any SU fanfic recs, or just things that they'd like to share with us, we'd be more than happy to hear them.

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Caramel Mokaccino is, according to its Kickstarter page,

An otome (GxB/GxG) visual novel about love, friendship, college and coffee!

It's going to be a dating sim centred on a coffee shop, with a waitressing minigame. There's a free demo already playable.

The reason that this is a big deal is because the creators were on the team for Cute Demon Crashers, a free 18+ visual novel about cuteness, consent, and safe exploration. It has pretty much the same artstyle, and characters from the other game are making official and unofficial cameo appearances.

While it's not going to be 18+, it will allow same- and opposite-gender relationships (no nonbinary characters I think :c ) and have at least one polyamorous ending. Also, if they make it just a little farther in their fundraiser, they will release a separate, free "18+ fandisk" for the game.

... oh yeah, there are only a few hours left. Whoops!

I suggest checking it out when you get the chance. I am also totally not fangirling over the prospect of a "sequel" to one of my favourite VNs.

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The title is a reference to a publicly-available Steam achievement, but the rest of this essay contains spoilers. That is the point of this essay: To provide a trigger warning for people who are depressed, and have dealt with or are dealing with suicidal thoughts. Especially people who survived an abusive, fundamentalist upbringing.

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