It has been oftenly asked on many places how to rip CG's from games. The easiest way is getting the save game from sagaoz. But if you can't find the savegame there is no choice but rip it yourself.


Step 1: Getting the Tools

There are some software you can use. The commonly used software are:


Step 2: Getting the Plug-ins

This is the key to CG ripping since without the right plug-ins, the CGs cannot be extracted from the game archive files. Also, this part might be difficult for those who do not have basic background of Japanese language since most of time you search for plug-ins, you will have to wade through lots of Japanese websites. But you should not let that scare you because there are some websites that list the plug-ins for some games and links to where to get them. Before I tell you that, you might wonder what kinds of plug-ins I am talking about. Well, those plug-ins are the small add-ons made for the programs listed above (mostly for Susie). They will allow those programs to be able to read the contents in the archive files and convert them to the formats ordinary image viewing software can read and display (usually BMP). Those plug-ins (from now on, I will call them Susie plug-ins since they are the majority of plug-ins available) can be used for various programs but the mostly used ones seem to be Susie32 and Grapholic. Grapholic has slight advantage over Susie because it can also use its own plug-ins while Susie can only use Susie plug-ins. Although, you must select the right plug-in types in Grapholic while Susie can automatically choose the right plug-ins from the collection of installed plug-ins.

Now for the searching part, if you can read Japanese a little, you can try searching for the Susie plug-ins by using some search engines such as Yahoo! JAPAN or Google. Just type "Susie plugin for xxx" without quote in the search box, where xxx is the extension of the archived files. Then you can browse through list of website given by Yahoo or Google. Seems like too much work? Well, it is. Although, there are some websites that have a list of Susie plug-ins available (still require some Japanese language background). The ones I mostly use are:
After you get the potential plug-ins (you will not know if they work until you try them), put them in the same folder you put susie.exe in. When you run Susie, the program will automatically load all plug-ins in the folder so you do not have to worry about it. Also, Grapholic can load Susie plug-ins that are placed in Susie's folder after you run Susie at least one time. Now, you are ready to try extracting the CGs.

Step 3: Extracting the CGs

Now, this is the fun part. This part will tell you step by step from the biginning to where you get the CGs. I will tell you how to do it by using Susie and Grapholic since the use of the other program (HCG Converter) is pretty straightforward.

Susie32

Firstly, start the program by double-click Susie.exe (you might want to create a shortcut for it on the desktop) and you will the Susie toolbar.



If you are not familiar with Japanese language, you can change the command display to English by clicking the bottommost button (down triangle) and follow the steps in the figure.



That will bring you to the setting window.



From the pop-down menu, choose the setting type as shown in the figure. Look for the English/Japanese option and change it to English. Now close the program and restart it.



The next step is to open the archived file. You can do it by either pressing the topmost button on the toolbar or the down triangle button and choose File->Open.



You should see the File open window like this:



Now, open the archived file. In this guide, it is the file named LENS1.ML2. If Susie can read the archive (you have the right plug-in), it will show you the list of files inside the archived file along with the thumbnails.



If Susie can display the thumbnails, it means those files are known to Susie. Double-click one of them to open it.



Now, if you want to save it, just right-click on the image and choose File->Save as.



Note that Susie does not seem to have batch save/conversion option, so you might have to save the image one by one. But if the image files in the archive are something like BMP, then you can select all of them and copy to another folder.




Grapholic

Assuming that you get the English version of the program, start the program and you will see the main window. To configure Grapholic to use Susie plug-ins, click Option->Setting.



It will bring you to the settings window. Choose the Plugin tab and make sure you check the box for "Enable Susie Plugin" then press Enable. You can also check the box for "Susie32 Plugin has first priority" if you prefer Susie plugins over Grapholic plugins. Now, press OK and restart Grapholic.



After you restart the program, go to the folder that contains the archived file. Right-click on the file and choose Change Graphic Type.



On the Graphic Type window, choose the type of the archived file you want to process. This should be the name of the plugin you got earlier.



You should see the type of the archived file change to what you chose.



Now, double-click on the archived file to process it. After it finishes processing the file, you will see the contents inside.



Double-click on any of the files. If the file is known to Grapholic, it will display the image in the new window.



Here comes the conversion. This is where Grapholic has the advantage over Susie since it can do batch conversion so you do not have to convert the files one by one. Select the files you want to convert. Right-click on them and choose Conversion.



Enter the folder you want to put the results and press Start. Wait till it finishes and voila you are done.