Stiens;Gate is available in English for the VN?
Ah, it turns out the translator removed the translation patch from his site after announcing the game might get an official English release (using his translation)
. Experience teaches us that this will most likely take AGES, though; the publisher in question (JAST USA) has caused several patch downloads to disappear in July 2009, of which only one has since been released. I'm afraid you'll have to use a search engine to find the patch or something. Most likely it'll be a .npa file containing the translated scripts in the game's format and an executable.
Is "the visual novel is way better" the next level of "the subbed version is way better than the dubbed version"?
Nah, it's more like 'the novel is better than the movie'. Except movies are generally big-budget, don't tend to completely ignore character's personalities and often have creators that are at least trying to make something out of it.
It usually happens with anime adaptations of visual novels; you just lose a lot of depth when you have to turn 30+ hours of written and illustrated fiction with audio into 8 hours of anime.
Yeah, I know. The same thing happened with Fate/Stay Night. I watched the anime adaptation before reading the novel, and now the novel is like the best japanese game ever for me.
Are you watching Fate/Zero this season? I haven't read the original light novel, but so far I'm enjoying the f/z anime more than I did f/sn. The series is by ufotable, who also did the Kara no Kyoukai movies, and the original light novel is by Gen Urobuchi, writer for the Madoka anime and the Phantom of Inferno and Saya no Uta visual novels.
I am kidnapping this thread until at least one other human being acknowledges that the hellsing ova is the best thing since sliced braid
Can't agree with that. I really liked it at first, but as the series went on I started disliking it more and more; I dropped it after episode 4. Gratuitous violence is fine, a ridiculous plot featuring zombie nazis is fine, too, but I'd prefer it if they just followed the plot and present the violence as part of that (as it started), rather than just try to show as much violence as possible and use the plot merely as a device to get the story moving to the next violent scene.