This is a draft of a guide to purchasing digital versions of various visual novels (in particular, some of Liarsoft's) through a digital VN distribution site called NetRide. Visual novels that are affordable and potentially worth buying from this site include but are not limited to:
from Liarsoft's NetRide page:
・Sekien no Inganock -What a Beautiful People- for 2,800 yen (about 35 USD)
Amaterasu's translation patch works on this version
・Forest for 2,800 yen (about 35 USD)
Amaterasu's translation patch works on this version
・Kusarihime ~Euthanasia~ for 2,800 yen (about 35 USD)
・Souten No Celenaria ~What a Beautiful World~ for 2,800 yen (about 35 USD)
from age's NetRide page:
・Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Latest Edition~ for 4,980 yen (about 60 USD)
from Xuse's NetRide page:
・Saihate no Ima - Full Voice Edition [with Soft Denchi] for 2,680 yen (about 33 USD)
from Nitro+'s NetRide page:
・Steins;Gate Nitro The Best! Vol. 5 - Download Edition [with Soft Denchi] for 3,150 yen (about 38 USD)
・Chaos;Head Nitro The Best! Vol.4 [with Soft Denchi] for 3,150 yen (about 38 USD)
・Zanmataisei Demonbane Nitro The Best! Vol.3 [with Soft Denchi] for 3,150 yen (about 38 USD)
・Saya no Uta Nitro The Best! Vol.2 [with Soft Denchi] for 3,150 yen (about 38 USD)
・Phantom Integration Nitro The Best! Vol.1 [with Soft Denchi] for 3,150 yen (about 38 USD)
If you see an affordable and worthwhile VN on NetRide that I have not listed, please tell me so I can add it.
For those VNs listed above which have translation patches, please tell me whether or not the patches work on NetRide's download versions so I can add that information as well.
You will need a debit or credit card from Visa or Mastercard to make any of these purchases using the method detailed in this guide. Note that NetRide works best with Internet Explorer, though at the moment it seems to work fine for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as well.
If you choose to buy a VN from this site, please leave a comment telling us what you bought. Knowing how many of you are willing to pay real money for VNs is crucial if we ever want the official translation business to improve.
Buying a Visual Novel from NetRide
First, open the appropriate company's NetRide page (links are in the list at the top) in your favorite browser. I'll be using Google Chrome. You should see a page like this, possibly with a different company logo at the top:
Click the button I circled in red to start making a new user account. You should see this page:
Scroll down until you see this:
Click on the radio button I circled in red to agree to the various terms and conditions. Scroll further down until you see this:
The fields I boxed in red are:
In the top left: Username (6-12 alphanumeric characters)
In the top right: Password and Confirm Password (6-12 alphanumeric characters)
On the bottom: E-mail Address (enter it in both boxes)
Also make sure you click the right-hand radio button at the bottom to stop them from sending you a newsletter.
The radio buttons I boxed in green are, from top to bottom: NetRideCash, Credit Card (VISA or Mastercard) and Bitcash EX. I am going to assume that, like me, you want to use a (Visa or Mastercard) credit card for this, so be sure to click that radio button.
Click the button I've circled in red to tell NetRide you want a guest account. In this case "guest account" does not mean temporary account--you'll always be able to log back in with it and get at the download links for what you bought. It just means an account with less personal information that can't use as many different payment methods. You will be sent to this confirmation screen:
Click the button I've circled in red to confirm you want to create this guest account.
Now it's time to actually buy the VN. I will be purchasing Sekien no Inganock. First, reopen the company's NetRide page. Obviously, you should see something like this again:
If you want to buy Sekien no Inganock, click the button I've circled in red. If you want to buy a different VN, scroll down until you see the one you do want and click on a similar button next to it. You should see a screen like this:
Click the button I've circled in red to proceed to payment. It will send you to this login screen:
Enter your username in the top textbox and your password in the bottom textbox, then click the button I circled in red. It might send you to the page from the previous screenshot, in which case click the circled button in the previous screenshot again. You should see this page:
Click the button I circled in red. Your current window will go back to NetRide's main page (where it asks if you're over 18 or not) while a new window appears on the side. When I tried doing this a few years ago, the new window never appeared, but somehow it works now! If it doesn't appear, retry using Internet Explorer instead. The new window should look like this:
Now, finally, we're at the part where you enter credit card information.
The fields I boxed in red are:
Card Number (put four digits in each of the four boxes)
Expiration Date (month then year)
Family Name in English Letters (WARNING: you must enter this in all caps)
Given Name in English Letters (WARNING: you must enter this in all caps)
CVC Code (this is the three digit security code on the back of the card)
Once you've filled this all in, click the button I circled in red to make the actual payment. If it doesn't work, the page you end up on will have the same gray background color but far less text. You'll have to go back (do this by scrolling down and clicking on the left-hand button) and try to guess what went wrong. If it does work, you'll see a page like this:
If your payment was successful, all that's left now is to actually download the VN to your computer. As mentioned earlier, your main browser window goes back to NetRide's main page during the payment process (for some reason), so it should look something like this:
Click the button I circled in red to go to your download page. Only one more step!
Click the pink "download" button I circled in red to finally start the actual download.
If the VN does not use Soft Denchi (see next section if it does), your browser should begin downloading a file called "downloadfile.lzh". For me it takes forever to download VNs from this site, so prepare to have this download going on in the background for a while. Once it's done, use WinRAR or some other archive software to extract the VN from the .lzh archive. You should now be able to run it by simply double clicking on the extracted .exe. You can redownload the .lzh whenever you want, and there should be no DRM.
Downloading and Running a VN with Soft Denchi DRM
If you buy a VN with Soft Denchi, the download page will look more like this:
Again, click the pink "download" button I circled in red to start the actual download. In this case, your browser should begin downloading a file called "downloadfile.exe". This download should also take forever to finish. Obviously, run the .exe when it finishes downloading. It will start the installer, which like most Japanese installers you should be able to guess your way through without much trouble.
In order to actually run this VN, you need to use what I will call the authorization code (which I circled in green above) on Soft Denchi. First, go to this page, click the giant blue Download button to get "sdrt4285j.exe" and run it to install the Soft Denchi client. Locate a new program in your Programs menu called ソフト電池メーター and run it. It should look like this:
In this screenshot you can see I've already authorized my copy of Saihate no Ima. To do this yourself, choose "File", then "Charge by the number", then type in the authorization code on your NetRide download page (I circled in it green earlier) and click "charge". You should now be able to run the VN you bought.
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