The Language of Love is a visible novel releasing on the finish of this month! It’s a romantic slice-of-life story involving a younger man and a single mom written by one of many business’s greatest. With the times counting down in the direction of launch, our curiosity for the story grows. We reached out to the aforementioned gifted author, ebi, as regards to her newest undertaking. Right here is the outcome:
For those who is probably not conversant in your works, might you inform us who you’re?
Hello! My identify is ebi, and I’m a visible novel author. I [started] writing/coding my very own visible novels as a pastime again in 2012. My first tasks have been fairly dangerous, (I by no means launched the very first story I wrote.) and as I didn’t have any cash I used artistic commons artwork plus music to make my tales. I additionally used 3D fashions for the character sprites, which I posed in MikuMikuDance.
I hope the manufacturing values of my tales have improved a bit of since then (and hopefully the writing has, too!).
I notably like writing romance, horror, slice of life, and historic fiction! The Language of Love is certainly a romantic slice of life, with a bit of little bit of comedy thrown in.
You’ve launched Sweetest Monster, Blackberry Honey, and A Winter’s Daydream amongst an enormous bundle of fantastic tales. Might you inform us the way you get the inspiration to write down so many distinctive experiences? What was the case for The Language of Love?
I get my inspiration from studying different tales, watching films, listening to music, and my very own [life] expertise! Sweetest Monster was immediately impressed by Nekopara, whereas A Winter’s Daydream was extra vaguely impressed by a selected VNDB fetish tag I used to be stunned to know even existed.
The Language of Love, in the meantime, was impressed by Navel’s Shuffle!
Shuffle! was the second visible novel I learn, and it was the primary I’d learn with decisions. It’s a reasonably commonplace moege, with a comparatively bland MC who has an enormous forged of cute women fawning over him and eager to marry him. It’s additionally set in a highschool.
Ultimately, I acquired to a selection in a woman’s route throughout a H scene, which was ‘cum inside/cum outdoors’. I assumed this selection may need some story relevance (all the opposite decisions in Shuffle! had), and I used to be afraid, if I picked incorrectly, my MC may get the chosen woman pregnant.
However, in fact, I used to be incorrect. I quickly discovered this selection was purely beauty, and it solely influenced what sort of lewd CG I unlocked through the H scene. A whole lot of moeges embrace decisions like this of their H scenes, however on the time, I didn’t know any higher and handled it as a really critical determination.
I used to be dissatisfied this selection didn’t actually matter, particularly once I deliberated over it for some time. And it made me marvel what would occur if this selection did have an effect within the story. What would occur if the MC, after having all this unprotected intercourse with these heroines, did get one among them pregnant, they usually needed to cope with the repercussions?
This thought ultimately advanced into The Language of Love. Although The Language of Love doesn’t even have any decisions, that is what impressed me to put in writing a principal heroine who’s a single mom, and it’s what I based mostly Kyouko’s backstory round.
Inspiration comes from the strangest of locations!
What number of variations of the script did you write for The Language of Love earlier than touchdown on the present model? What was totally different?
I wrote the bottom script in 2018, between June and August (I feel). Once I’d completed it, I shelved it for some time. Then, after a couple of months had handed, I started to edit it.
I minimize out a handful of scenes I didn’t like, added in a couple of new scenes, tightened up the pacing, and reworded a variety of clunky sentences. I feel the story went by means of three rounds of proofreading earlier than I used to be kind of glad.
I didn’t do any main modifications to the story, although. I deliberate out all of the scenes (and a few of the conversations) beforehand, so the primary construction was kind of stored as-is.
Kyouko and Tama look to be the cutest bundles of pleasure. Very similar to the query earlier than this one, what number of designs did you undergo with the forged?
I had a obscure concept of how the characters ought to look whereas I used to be writing the story. The story itself is an easy love story, and I feel it’s comparatively down-to-earth. There aren’t too many anime tropes, and I needed the characters to really feel practical. As such, I assumed the character designs ought to be easy to go well with the story’s tone. That’s why Kyouko and Tama each have black hair, and Kyouko’s design could be very understated.
I had Kyouko’s design hammered out from the start, however Tama’s [took] slightly longer. I drew a number of tough sketches of her, making an attempt out numerous outfits and hairstyles, earlier than I settled on one thing I appreciated. I needed to include fried eggs into her design at first (as a result of Tama is just a few letters shy of ‘Tamago’, which suggests ‘egg’… and I additionally like eggs), however I scrapped it.
After deciding on tough character designs I used to be proud of, I despatched them to the sprite artist, NekoRina, who’s considerably extra gifted than me. The characters she drew have been based mostly on my tough sketches, however I feel her designs are lots cuter!
You teased a pair issues in your Twitter for this story. Let’s begin with the day by day messages, are you able to give extra details about that?
The day by day messages are brief, distinctive messages you obtain from Kyouko daily whenever you go into the extras menu. These messages include feedback concerning the climate, seasonal holidays, Kyouko’s previous, and so forth. Every message is accompanied by a chibi sprite of Kyouko drawn by Mellowbee, who did the artwork for Aidol and As soon as on a windswept night time.
They’re fairly easy, however I assumed they added some good taste to the story – and sure, there’s a distinctive message for each day! The brief messages clock as much as round 9,000 additional phrases, however I feel they have been value it!
The thought was impressed by the Sort-Moon visible novel Kagetsu Tohya, which has a really comparable day by day message system.
In one other tweet, a shock character appeared as a “cheerful woman”. Inform us the story behind that call and will we anticipate extra Easter eggs on this title and future ones?
If individuals have learn a few of my earlier tales, they could acknowledge the ‘cheerful woman’ as Amu from The Method We All Go, which was my very first business VN. I didn’t put an excessive amount of thought into together with her – I simply thought it might be cute.
Should you truly look at the timeline of those tales, nevertheless, the inclusion of Amu doesn’t make a lot sense. The Approach We All Go happens within the 1980s, whereas The Language of Love happens in 2018 (or thereabouts), so Amu must be in her 50s on this story…
Let’s simply say the tales are set in parallel universes as an alternative!
This isn’t a solo enterprise by any means. Are you able to inform us concerning the different individuals concerned within the venture?
I wrote the story and did the majority of the modifying/proofreading myself (although a couple of type proofreads on Twitter did assist me seek for typos and nonsensical sentences. Thanks, xolf and ozdergecko!).
For the artwork, I searched the web in search of individuals whose artwork I assumed would go well with the tone of the story. I discovered NekoRina on deviantart, and I assumed her artwork was cute. I requested her if she needed to work with me, and she or he agreed. She’s a reasonably in style artist, and I feel her brilliant coloring and cute designs are tremendous cute!
The backgrounds have been completed by Thaichau from lemmasoft, and the CGs are by Kimiyotosan and Rytha_e on twitter! The UI is by ds.sans, who’s engaged on his personal visible novel, Chemically Bonded, which seems very cute!
The music is by yuzukimasu, who did the OSTs for a number of of my different visible novels, together with Blackberry Honey and Six Days of Snow. Yuzuki could be very gifted, and I actually take pleasure in working with him!
I’d be mendacity if I stated I wasn’t curious concerning the delicate 18+ content material inside this healthful story. Any particulars you’ll be able to spare?
There’s a few minor fan-servicey scenes in the primary physique of the story itself, after which there’s an 18+ intercourse scene close to the top of the story. It’s fairly tame and fluffy, nevertheless it does depict graphic nudity (plus some specific textual content), so it’s in all probability not appropriate for youthful readers.
My earlier BxG tales that concerned 18+ parts (Sweetest Monster and Six Days of Snow) are each fairly miserable. These tales function couples with giant age variations and energy imbalances, and the relationships aren’t very wholesome. The 18+ scenes in Sweetest Monster have been meant to be unnerving, versus attractive, and the implied 18+ scene in Six Days of Snow (it doesn’t include any specific sexual content material) is flat-out miserable.
After writing so many unfavourable tales that function 18+ content material, I assumed it might be a pleasant change of tempo to write down one thing candy and constructive – particularly as Kyouko’s previous relationship was moderately ill-fated.
I hope I used to be capable of write one thing candy, and perhaps a bit of bit poignant!
Any phrases you’d wish to convey to followers each new and previous concerning the upcoming launch?
The Language of Love is a bit of totally different to a few of my different tales. It offers with some critical themes, nevertheless it does it in a usually light-hearted approach, and the story as an entire was meant to be uplifting.
I needed to take this as a chance to put in writing a candy love story with a constructive angle in the direction of intercourse, so I hope you’ll take pleasure in it!
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