Visual Novels Every Newcomer Should Play

Girls of Katawa Shoujo

There are thousands of visual novels for us to play, especially if you are able to read Japanese. Sadly not all of them are good and suitable for someone who is just starting to discover the great world of visual novels and most likely does not speak or read Japanese. I have decided to provide a list of five visual novels that should be an enjoyable read and hopefully get you craving for visual novels.

Katawa Shoujo

Katawa Shoujo

This is the very first visual novel I have read and it holds a special place in my heart. I’m suggesting this one first, because it’s completely free to download and play as well as provides you with an option to skip the erotic scenes in case those scenes aren’t your cup of tea.

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D.C. ~Da Capo~

Girls of Da Capo

Da Capo is a good example of what your standard visual novel is like. It has wonderful story with plenty of heroines to choose from and best of all, it spawned two sequels and bunch of side stories which means that you’re good for a couple of weeks.


Girls of Clannad

One of Key’s masterpieces and a must read for anyone. Great story, memorable characters and great balance of fun and drama. If you are a fan of its anime adaptation, I would suggest checking it out as well as its side stories.

Grisaia no Kajitsu

Grisaia no Kajitsu

One of the best visual novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It’s a really great read, especially if you wish to start off your visual novel playing “career” with a darker story and adult themes. If this one doesn’t make you want to read more visual novels, none will.

Fate/Stay Night

Fate/Stay Night

A masterpiece which should be read by everyone, not just the newcomers. If by chance you have watched the anime adaptation, I urge you to read this visual novel, because the 2006 anime adaptation does not do it justice.

With this I’m concluding this list of visual novels every newcomer should play. I’m sure I’ve missed a lot of visual novels that have English translations and are a great read and would make new players and even veterans wanting more. Share your suggestions below!

My real name is Andraž, but online most people call me KAMI. While I have a passion for tech and games; anime is my true love. In my free time, I like to watch anime and write about things that interest me.

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