Hello! I’m Red, admin here at Eroyume.
I’ve been reading visual novels for more than 10 years. It’s a hobby that I’ve really enjoyed and something that I want to share with others. My aim for this website is to offer high quality opening videos to fans and newcomers. The vast majority of the games from which these videos are taken are playable on the PC, unless otherwise noted in the title. Ultimately, I want to reach out to as many people as possible and hopefully play a role, however small it may be, in increasing demand for this niche genre in the west. I recognize that they are generally difficult to get into if you are not already familiar with anime and manga, so I would suggest starting there first.
Q: What exactly are visual novels and eroge?
Q: Explain the history behind Eroyume. How did it start?
A: It’s a long story, but I’ll try to keep it brief. I came up with the idea in 2008. I was a member of a little-known video streaming website called Stage6. Some of you may remember it. They were a direct competitor to YouTube and offered perfect 1:1 streaming using the DivX codec. I ran a channel there and uploaded some of my favorite openings. It was a really casual experience and not something I took too seriously. Unfortunately, DivX ran into financial problems later and had to shut down the service.
By a stroke of luck, I happened to be the last user to add a video to their directory before they disabled uploading. It was for Muv-Luv Alternative. That video went viral in a matter of days, because it was at the front of the page fully exposed. Comments from users poured in asking what it was from, but I never indicated that it was a visual novel. They knew it looked awesome and sounded awesome, and they liked anime, but what in the world was this shit in front of them? It struck me at that moment. There was obviously an interest here, but it just wasn’t getting out to people.
Q: Why opening videos? Why not the full games?
A: Because I’m an encoding geek and purist. Although I’m constantly giving the developers hell about how they handle their videos, the openings are actually some of the sharpest-looking on the internet, and I’m attracted to that sort of thing. They also happen to be an effective way to advertise a visual novel. As for why I don’t provide full, pirated copies of games… it’s not that I’m against the free sharing of information. I just don’t feel it’d benefit the English-speaking community very much without a translation.
Q: No news or reviews?
A: Eh, there’s already plenty of blogs covering both. You can find links to them in the sidebar. I’m also a really terrible writer. I want to play to my strengths and continue providing a service that’s unique and one-of-a-kind. I can say with confidence that I’m currently the only user regularly offering up encodes for VN OPs.
Q: Do you know Japanese?
A: I know enough to play visual novels, and my proficiency in the language improves every day.
Q: I don’t understand a single word of this moonspeak. Will I be able to play visual novels, too?
A: Of course! There are a handful of publishers that put out official releases in English. There are also fan translators that are always working on English patches to make these games playable. You can find a full listing here. You should also keep a lookout for the VNTL logo in any post at this blog.
Q: Don’t most of these PC titles contain pornographic content (hentai)?
A: Indeed, they do. Anything that’s posted under the “Eroge” category is for ages 18 and older. Anything under “Visual Novel” is for all ages. However, you shouldn’t let it discourage you if you don’t wish to view that sort of material. Many eroge still contain great story, art, and music. Sex scenes aren’t necessarily the focal point like they are in nukige, and they are rather easy to skip.
Q: What happened to the translation patches? Didn’t you host them before?
A: In 2009, I made a repository containing every English patch that was available on the net. They were getting thousands of hits. When the DMCA takedown notices started rolling in, I knew it was time to put an end to that idea. I’ll let Aaeru and the translators handle it.
Q: Why was Eroyume dead for two years and then suddenly revived?
A: I had a lot of obligations and responsibilities that were popping up in real life, and I could no longer devote enough time to adequately maintain this blog. Things have settled down a lot since then, and I’m more comfortable with my situation now, so that’s why I’ve returned. I intend to keep it that way.
Q: What’s all of this hoopla about world domination and taking over the world?
A: It’s an inside joke. I occasionally interact with viewers in that way. Any new feature or idea that I come up with is always another step towards achieving world domination in a Pinky and The Brain sort of style, except without Pinky.
Q: How can I contact you?
A: You can reach me by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), Twitter, Facebook, or you can leave a comment below. I check all of these regularly.