Visual novels often get a bad rap as cliché anime games that feature scantily clad schoolgirls and steamy romance scenes, and while adult content is never far from this medium, it’s certainly not all it has to offer. In fact, there are plenty of visual novels that deliver impactful stories without relying on fan service to keep its audience invested.
The visual novel industry is huge in Japan and it’s now more accessible than ever. Originally western audiences had to rely on fan patches or purchase sketchy bootleg copies to enjoy the best titles, but the medium has become increasingly popular overseas. As a result, we’re starting to see popular titles and more niche novels getting officially licensed English releases. However, choosing which visual novels to read can be rather intimidating, so we’ve put together a handy list of the very best the medium has to offer.
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