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    Fabulous on Fuwa - February!

    By Kaguya

      Introduction
      Welcome, fellow Fuwamembers, to the FuwaRecognition thread. Starting this March, we’ll be highlighting some of the best contributions made by our members each month. From snazzy blog articles to delicious forum threads, and perhaps even a few things more on the shitpost part of the spectrum, we'll keep an eye out for the cream of the crop. And then we'll gather them here. Just for you.   *holds up giant APPLAUSE sign*   A-hem, so this is the first time we're doing this and it might be a bit rough; next time will be at the end of March. Anyways; without further ado, let's get to our highlights.    By @Zakamutt.   Threads   Our first highlight on threads comes from two Ask Me Anything topics posted in the span of this month: from our dear provisional Tay, @Kaguya, and from the anti-moege task force founder himself, the saltlord himself @VirginSmasher.   It’s now Kags’ fifth year on these dear forums, and members of new ’n old had a lot of questions, climbing over to 50 comments, almost unheard of in this day and age of lacklustre forum interaction. Even after the glory days of lolis long passed, Kaguya still swears close to his heart how they indeed are the master-race that rule over this weeb-dom, mostly in nukige form. Charming.   @VirginSmasher’s AMA, on the other hand, is mostly an appreciation of past glory and his good friends, met before he died out, but he also remembered some newer members who are already becoming an integral part of these forums of today. Quite a lot of internal banter and jokes flew here and there, but it is quite touching to see even older members returning from long breaks of apparent irremovable death.     As you might have seen, we have a new EVN on the horizon, or rather, KickStarter: One Last Crane, developed by @Blissful-Works This visual novel is being developed by an Indonesian team with some members over at Tokyo, Japan, and it has a an odd goal amount of 10,052 dollars, though this is due the publicization of the project being handled from Japan, which also makes the whole project page ask all money in yens. A risky play, let’s see if it pays out for them. The novel is planned on being released for four languages: English, Japanese, Chinese, and Indonesian. Quite the amount for still quite a small goal, but we’ll have to see how it pans out in the end, at least they are in no shortage of ambition. While the art-style itself is quite generic, it does look modern and does its job as presentation well enough, not to mention that the KickStarter page itself is quite stylish, but only time will tell how it’ll go over. All we can do is wait.   @EastCoastDrifter has done something unique on the forums that no one would even think of. He loves space, and he has extended his love to the members of the Fuwanovel community by creating a Fuwanovel Solar System. Using a program called Space Engine, Drifter has taken the liberty to name all planets in this system after very prominent Fuwamembers. It’s a great tribute to the community and you should really check it out. Furthermore, Drifter says he’s not done, and has plans to create more Fuwa solar systems to feature more members in the future. If you want a planet named after you, feel free to post in the linked thread or contact Drifter personally.   By @Arcadeotic and @EastCoastDrifter.   Blogs Hi I'm Zaka and I'm the only one that cares about blogs on the team. Maybe. I didn't actually ask the other guys. Shit. So uhh, here's my recs...   @Clephas writes accessibly about (for the most part) untranslated Japanese visual novels. This time, we have some posts about the recently released third VN in the Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru series, of which the first actually has a translation by MangaGamer. Unfortunately, the second is where people think it actually got good. We start with a more general note on the series, then move on to a review of Otoboku 3 itself.   While Clephas has been writing for quite a while, @MaggieROBOT is a bit newer to the scene. She focuses on Otome and BL VNs, and for this post we'd like to show you her post on an upcoming BL visual novel (fresh from the pot, baby. That thing is probably the first blog post to come right after this one. Oh yeah. That's how we roll. - Kaguya) as well as her review of the robot-romance Otome VN Sakuya. Go ahead and look for her post complaining about a trap in a moege not having a route if you like things on the more humorous side of the spectrum
      Just For Fun!   During the process of writing this post.     Well you know I’m all about that nepotism baby. That's right, this is just for you. Rising 1.8% female readership (thanks Maggie) local GM and blog post connoisseur Kaguya here. To close the blog review section up, we’ll be highlighting the post where I wonderfully delve into the mind of writer Setoguchi Ren’ya, explaining his past and his involvements with the little-known work The Shawshank Redemption as well as how that work affected the VN industry, finishing things with a bang as I explain his history and the hidden messages within Swan Song. And finishing things off in a suitable grand scale, much like a writer who traps himself into writing continuously larger powerlevels until his shounen manga gets to a point where it doesn't even resemble the original, we will be looking at two posts made by Fuwanovel's current closest figure to Jesus, @Kiriririri (Who unlike our creator, did revive. How about that?) He died for our sins as he bravely made two deep posts about the current state of the VN community that were completely hidden by the evil staff... Until now. Gaze upon them and marvel, this is the true work of a genius!! February is over. We bled. We sweat. Friendships were broken and renewed, and old members revived from their graves and mingled with the new pringles to take us where we are now. And the community persists, as glorious as ever.  March is here. And in this rewind, I declare FebruaryFuwa absolutely Fabulous! 
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  1. Happiness+
    Latest Entry

    By Happiness+,

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    Enter a world without Christ, a postreligous society

    Enter a dream, that you are fully aware of dreaming

    Enter the birth of 2 new species "Reploids” and "Hybrids"

    Enter Zion, the last Christian missionary on Earth with amnesia

    Enter the mystery of seven extraordinary children and their journey to unlock the past

    Enter The astrofront, Earth's artificial orbital ring.

    Enter Parapsychology

    Enter Transhumanism

    Enter C:\ _Detroit.exe

     

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    This is the first short kinetic novel of a shared visual novel universe. Think of it as a prologue. This visual novel will be on PC, Android, and iOS.


    Right now, this visual novel is 90% complete:
    The story, programming, sound effects, and music are complete!

    I just need three people to help me out.

    I need a background artist to help me out with some additional assets.

    ( You can use whatever art style you like. I am just looking for an aesthetic that resembles their real-life personalities. I will provide you references to help you design them. All of the characters are of high school age. They are all African American and Asian respectively.)

    I need voice actor to voice Elder Zion.

    (For this Zion's, you need to be able to sing.)

    I need a voice actress to voice Alexis Jackson.

     

    For more casting information: https://www.castingcall.club/projects/detroit-exe-chapter-1

     

    Detroit.exe: Chapter 1 will be available on PC, Android, and iOS.

    Summer 2019


    This first chapter is freeware, an unpaid project that will be free for everyone forever. The sequel will be a commercial project. This is just to get people into the series, and if it goes well with our niche market. I guarantee you that you will be compensated awesomely. I am a visual novelist of my word.

    As for me, you can call me Happiness+ I'm an EVN developer that has skills in poetry, prose writing, python programming, and voice direction. Making visual novels is literally my dream and I love doing it. The reason why I love doing it is because visual novels are art. We as EVN developers are on the cusp of a revolution. The revolution being a new renaissance of western visual novels and I want my stories to be the spark that sets the flame ablaze.


    I invite you to join me in the revolution!

     https://twitter.com/happine27386045

     

  2. For those of you who are curious, I played this VN on a request from an old friend who wanted an opinion before he bought it (I already had the game, just hadn't opened it).  This game is relatively short, being a kinetic novel, but that doesn't detract from the experience at all, at least in my eyes.

    Now, I was skeptical about the concept of a VN focused on romance between a middle-aged guy and a girl in school... for one thing, it is a theme that has been mostly avoided like the plague outside of nukige in recent years.  For another, it is a type that is hard to pull off without it seeming like a self-serving old man writer vicariously enjoying time with young girls.

    Luckily, this game manages to pull the relationship and its formation off rather believably, which was a surprise to me.  While this game isn't the type to get named in an awards show or make it to the top of my list of VNs to play, I can honestly say it was worth playing, and I don't regret the time spent on it.  The relationship formation is extremely gradual, with neither of them having any feelings for each other beyond awkward friendliness at first.  This made the slow shift in their feelings feel natural to me, as they began to get past their mutual loneliness and began to care for one another aside from the need to ease it. 

    This isn't, for once, a story about an old man taking advantage of a much younger girl (if anything, she's the one who forces things along at the critical points), but it doesn't avoid the issues that inevitably come up in this type of situation either.  There is some drama, but it ends on a touching note, with the major issues involving the characters' relationships solved for the most part.

     

  3. …And you probably know about it already if you know me, but anyway, my own #brand is Memeshii Translations apparently. Since you’re here, have some information on the experience of working with the paltry tools available:

    *The linecount had to be the exact same or the insertion tool would crash with an unhandled exception.

    *Some lines had a linebreak in the original; these were joined together engine wise so they had to be line broken no matter what. Usually this wasn’t a problem, but some lines ended up short in english but still needed a linebreak so they look wonky, and the second line in-game had two lines that wanted to be long and couldn’t be split so it was kind of hell to fit.

    *Weeb quotes 「」 had to be used or the engine wouldn’t read it as a spoken line.

    *One line was turned from speech to narration for flow reasons (it was like suu haa or some shit) by removing the speechtag annotation in front.

    *There was no manual linebreak code I could use (mandated ones were just CRLF linebreak, and could only been used for that specific line). However, the engine does automatically line-break on a character level, and seems to be more or less monospace. So I ended up doing some of the line-breaking in this truly kami manner, checking it manually ingame over like 5 iterations:

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    す@ is Sumire; あ@ is Azami

    *The extracted yscfg.ybn file had the window title at the end in plaintext. But the title seemed to be read in 2 char blocks or something which meant the title ended up as either “The world ends tomorrowA” or “The world ends tomorrowb” after insertion. I fixed this by adding a space after the name.

    *The nametags were in a different script than the scenario but they were just text strings, so I could just edit them

    *Same for the exit message when pressing the cross at the top right

    *Since we used the “spoken line” format I had to convert this to the japanese quotation brackets. Kotlin code for you to meme at:

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    oh, java strings are immutable, fuck… fiiine I’ll your it your goddamn way

    This is probably half the reason why any in-line quotes ingame are single quotes; I actually edited a pair of doubles because I couldn’t be arsed to clean up the script after the fixer code worked on it… or something.

    Okay since you read this far some stats; I used Mediafire for the release because it gives download counts. It seems to update daily or something. First update was 63 downloads. Second was 89. I had 66 pageviews the blog release post on feb 14 and have 178 so far for feb 15. 89/244 gives us a ~36% download rate per view, not too bad. The About page seems to have gotten like, 8 views. The dedicated asuowa tl page has 7.

    So uhh I guess I have to tl more shinimasu now.

    fuck

     


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  4. Welcome back to EVN Chronicles, your prime source of romantic fluff reviews and recommendations! Today, I present you a post that will either capitalize on the post-Valentine's Day atmosphere by providing you even more positive feels, or help mend your lonely heart with quality love stories! Romance, as we all know, is one of the driving elements of visual novels in general, and maybe especially within the niche that is particularly close to my heart – and that is, of course, yuri. Recently, I've spent quite a lot of time going through and writing about Yuri Game Jam VNs and with that coverage finished, for the time being, it's an excellent day to look beyond this particular event to satisfy our freeware yuri needs.

              The Western visual novel scene is, if you take a closer look, surprisingly full of f/f romantic stories and freeware titles containing such themes show up pretty regularly, both thanks to other game jams, such as NaNoRen0 and various “random” releases, mostly by hobbyist developers. Today, I’ll go through some of the most notable, free EVNs with yuri elements – both those purely focused on girls’ love and those that include it as a significant part of the experience, but not its primary theme. As usual with this kind of lists, I’ll focus on short, casual VNs most fitting the mini-review format – some games that would fit the theme, like Christine Love’s Don’t Take it Personally, Babe, it Just ain’t Your Story, deserve a more detailed review and they will receive just that… SoonTM.

     

    Butterfly Soup

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    Brianna Lei's story about a group of lesbian teenagers has gathered a significant amount of mainstream attention thank to its unique subject matter (focusing on minority queer women and their experience), but it’s definitely more than just a piece of social commentary. It offers a well-written, charming story that tackles its main themes with a lot of subtlety and attention to detail. It also doesn't overstate the sexuality of its characters, saying more about the universal challenges of growing up than just minority issues. And while it definitely attempts to create a more realistic representation of homosexual relationships, straying away from the typical, idealized yuri romance, it's a fun and light-hearted read that should be appropriate for anyone not allergic to close-to-reality LGBT stories.

    Final Score: Highly Recommended
     

    Her Tears Were My Light

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    Nami's allegoric love story about Space and Time, threatened by the never-ending spiral into nothingness, is a simple, short game, that nonetheless managed to gather an impressive amount of praise from the readers (apparent, among other things, through its unusually high VNDB rating: 7.48 average, 6.92 Bayesian). With beautiful (although distinctly cute) visuals and high-quality writing, this NaNoRen0 2016 entry is a really touching and surprisingly unpretentious read, appropriate not just for yuri fans, but rather everyone not afraid to shed a few tears.

    Final Score: Highly Recommended
     

    Seduce Me the Otome

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    The notorious otomege by Michaela Laws might focus mostly on the male love interests, but also offers three enjoyable yuri routes – two short, “side” ones, featuring protagonist’s high school friends Naomi and Suzu, and one revolving around Diana – a succubus and one of the central characters of the whole Seduce Me series. While cheesy writing and voice-acting, along with inconsistent art sometimes makes it hard to take this game seriously, it truly works the best when you don’t – the amateurish feel gives it some peculiar charm with can make it highly enjoyable if you’re looking for a few laughs, along with the genuinely cute, romantic moments it provides. And Diana's route, at least, is definitely among the most interesting elements of the whole experience.

    Final Score: Recommended
     

    Mira’s Magical Mishap

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    Mira’s Magical Mishap by SilverHyena is another one of those extremely cute and relaxing yuri visual novels which work best when you don’t want to worry about receiving a really bad ending or the drama going out of control. Following Mira, a magic school dropout trying to prove herself as an owner of a potions store, and creates a faulty mixture that takes away the magic of her old rival, Odette. Having to work together to fix the problem, they realize that their old conflicts were misunderstandings more than anything more. Depending on your path, they might forgive each other and become friends, or even more than that – and as standard as this scenario is, pleasant art and good writing make it just fun enough to read to be ultimately worth your time.

    Final Score: Recommended

     

    Romance Detective 1 & 2

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    Quintessential work by NomnomNami, the Romance Detective duology does a great job of showcasing both her characteristic artstyle and the casual, mostly-comedic storytelling typical for her VNs. While the second game was never truly finished, missing some art assets, the whole series is complete story-wise and offers a lot of fun for those looking for a light, cheerful read – although the sequel has its share of more sober, touching moments and should be compelling also for those looking for some actual romance and drama.

    Final Score: Highly Recommended
     

    Taarradhin

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    Taarradhin is a fairly well-known NaNoRenO 2014 entry, that only partially relies on yuri themes, but manages to stand out thanks to an appealing aesthetic, Orient-inspired stylization and a simple, but well-executed plot. It follows the story of Netqia, a young and naive daughter of a powerful noble in a country struck by a catastrophic drought, who's unexpectedly presented with a gift of two beautiful slaves. While, just like other games on this list, Taarradhin is fairly short, it manages to create an interesting setting with many elements unusual for visual novels, a pretty well-fleshed-out cast of characters and an interesting intrigue, that lets you connect to the main cast through multiple playthroughs and rewards you with a compelling "true" conclusion at the end of the road.

    Final Score: Recommended
     

    Sugar’s Delight

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    Before Winged Cloud became the company we all know and love (?), they’ve created a cute, SonoHana-style nukige titled Sugar’s Delight, under the Neko☆Soft label. And surprisingly enough, it’s quite a competent one, if you exclude the headache-inducing, stock background music. The already mentioned Kiss for the Petals inspirations are rather clear even in the character designs and the emotional dynamic between the heroines, and while the writing is definitely not on par with the Japanese productions, it’s serviceable most of the time. The erotic scenes are also surprisingly well-done, making this game quite adequate for what it tries to be – and that, considering what came later from its creators, is already a positive surprise.

    Final Score: Recommended

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    I’ve said it so many times that it is probably getting boring by now, but the unique place that yuri and f/f romantic themes play in the EVN scene is one of the reasons I appreciate it so much. For the fans of girls’ love, Western VN devs, both hobbyists and professional ones, provide a constant stream of meaningful content (admittedly, with lesbian porn being just as prevalent and seemingly way more popular than it is on the Japanese eroge market). While I expect free games to become less prevalent in the future, as the most talented devs transition to commercial titles and the market for those grows steadily, yuri fans will always have something to look forward to in the EVN niche – and hopefully, I’ll be able to fill many more lists like this with enjoyable f/f stories. 

              And for now, I hope you've enjoyed this little post and I wish you all a lot of love in your lives, both in 2D and 3D formats! ;)

  5. There aren't masterpieces this month. But closest to it is Mizuiro . I will review Handle With Care..

    1. True Love Story 3 トゥルーラブストーリー3 [010405] Game Club 1
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    True Love Story 3 places the player in the shoes of a young male protagonist experiencing his third year of Junior High with the goal of confessing his love to one of a number of female peers. As the year opens he is introduced to the girl he has long had a crush on, Aotsuki Takane, by his twin sister who commutes to the same school, Kaname. 
    The game tracks characters' "level of friendship" (友人度) and "level of affection" (恋愛度) towards the player character on a triangular diagram that the player can learn the status of regularly by consulting with his twin sister at the end of a day. Instead of playing each day of the school year, the player selects "try-your-best days" (頑張る日), the frequency of which affects his level of enthusiasm (やる気), which in turn influences the occurrence of special events.
    But the most distinguishing feature of the game and of the series as a whole is its unique conversation system. At the end of a weekday, if the weather is sunny, the player has three chances to try to meet a girl who he can invite to walk home with (or be invited to walk home with) and the invite, if successful, leads to a complex conversation mode in which numerous topics can be selected, the goal being to raise the girl's "hearthrob gauge" (ときめきゲージ) without filling up her "pounding heart" (ドキドキハート) and possibly invite her out on a date before the walk home concludes.
    Third bulled of a classical SIM series that keeps inventing more and more difficulties each time making enjoying it pretty much impossible for a westerner.

     

    2. Handle With Care.. [010406] ETOILE 1
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    Our hero was the vocalist of the legendary rock band "Bloody Roses." Presently, his activities with the band are on hold. At one of the live houses he played at, he met an extremely talented vocalist named Sahara Shion. He takes it upon himself to help her in her career... As a player, it is your goal to eventually bring this beautiful talent on stage at the live house "Moon Rouge." 
    Story is straight and without surprises, but it's not a story-centered game, after all. At least it's a serious story of a juvenile band growing up. Five vocal songs and frequent use of animation give the game high production values. But, most importantly, girls are charming enough and atmosphere good enough to feel the part of the group. One playthrough is some 8 hours, next ones with read text skip takes about 3 hours. Endings vary greatly from one heroine to another, and only Shion has both normal ending and true ending. Depending on person, it can easily be a masterpiece. And I'm not such person.

     

    3. Negapoji ~Onii-chan to Yobanaide!!~ ねがぽじ~お兄ちゃんと呼ばないでっ!!~ [010406] Active 1
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    Hiroba Mahiru, the protagonist, is a girl attending Mizuki Academy. One day in the changing rooms at school, Mahiru's friend Kasumi Sakuraba accidentally tore off her panties. After what she saw, Kasumi declared Mahiru was a boy. After this, Mahiru was forced to go to the hospital for two months, before finally being able to return to school... but as a boy instead.
    There are three heroines for capture and five endings overall, one being bad end and one true end. Somehow hero is treated very coldly by everyone in school and family, and only a few of his old friends keep treating him normally, so it's not a full-fledged comedy. Other than True end scenarios have some different approach, but still hardly worth seeing after the True end.

     

    4. Pon' 2: Truth of the Nightmare [010406] Cheri
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    The hunt for SDW goes on with the number of mini-games increased
    There's not even a normal synopsis for this game around. But with concept left intact, noone cares. So shall I.

     

    5. Case 266 ~266 Gou Jiken~ CASE266~266号事件~ [010413] Complet's
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    United States midlands, 1998. Two prisoners Kane and Gaston who are charged with life sentence manage to jailbreak. The police severe measures are in vain, and crimes are commenced one after another. 
    Detective Ralph Vincent is a detective who initially caught those two criminals. Together with his young partner John Orwell they investigate the so called "266 case", but it turns out not so easy to crack. However, the hunt has just begun.
    Game turned out to be very small, simple and tedious. There's the need to patrol suspicious places by choosing them on the map and choosing one of three actions to do there. It's game over if nothing found in 20 days.

     

    6. Mizuiro みずいろ [010413] NekoNeko Soft 1 2 3
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    The protagonist, Kenji, is living with his adopted sister Yuki, who admires her older brother and harbors a slight secret crush on him. One day, after a certain night, a girl - Hiyori, their childhood friend - begin to appear in Kenji's closet. Moreover, her body is transparent, and she has gaps in her memory. As they struggle to figure out the mystery behind Hiyori's state, Kenji begins to realize his forgotten feelings and Yuki suffers with her secret.
    Game is localized and has English reviews.

     

    7. Stainless Night -Ikiteru- Stainless Night −いきてる− [010413] Sequence 1
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    With an invitation to go on a trip from Hiromi Hongo, who is one year his senior, our hero Hikaru Takatsuki decides to take her up on her offer. This sounds like they are a couple, however their delicate relationship has never went beyond just being friends, even though Hikaru let Hiromi know of his feelings for her over a year ago. Finally no longer to contain herself, Hiromi has asked him to go with her. Hikaru seems pleased with the turn of events. 
    The two of them arrive at a small island that is undergoing resort developments. Hikaru will experience various encounters here on this island: Kouhaku and a maid residing with her at the inn, a girl that he grew up with named Ai, and a shrine maiden with long silver hair named Uguisu. At a glance, the encounters will seem like ordinary situations that generally occur on such trips, but Hikaru gradually realizes that each of them have deep ties to him...
    Through continuous playing, you will find that each ending with each different character will open the curtain to new and exciting scenarios. This game will leave you deeply impressed with the story plotted out in its entirety. 
    The order of four heroines capture is fixed alike Kizuato, and with that scenario reaches really high degree of completeness. Main theme is that in previous life heroines and protagonist were pulled apart for different age, and here they reincarnate to meet again. But every story surpasses expectations and breaks out of expectations circle. There are references to previous work Pure Angel. So game is almost a masterpiece.

     

    8. Tokyo Yuuyuu 東京幽遊 [010413] Sarang 1
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    Yuichiro Mikami was previously engaged to Yukino Yamase. His parents had arranged it all, and neither he nor his fiance had any true feelings for each other. During the devastating earthquake in Kanto, Yukino was killed and Yuichiro was injured and fell unconscious.
    A few years later, our hero regains consciousness, only to find the ghost of Yukino floating over him. It seems that the only way to exorcise her spirit is for him to fall in love with someone else. In order to send her soul back where it belongs, Yuichiro sets out for Tokyo to fall in love.
    The concept behind this game is found in the intermingling of various images. The story itself shows the many contrasts relevant to the latter part of the Taisho era and the beginning of the Showa era in Japan. This game provides a new sense of freshness to reality.
    Sarang specializes in animation, so game opening and ending really shine, as well as some non-H scene animations during the game like lip sync. Player is bombarded only with bad endings at first. There are many heroines, but only two have developed story, so if you like someone else - tough luck. Overall it's a late Taisho-early Showa charage that feels unsatisfactory with all elements considered.

     

    9. Close to ~Inori no Oka~ Close to ~祈りの丘~ [010419] KID 1 2 3 4
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    Homura Motoki was walking down the street one day with his girlfriend Yuuna when they were struck by a car. When he woke up in the hospital, he realized something incredible had happened. He was having an out of body experience and no one seems to be able to see or hear him. Floating around in the air, Motoki set off to find Yuuna, only to discover she has lost all her memories of him because of the accident.
    With only a few days left until his body can no longer be sustained, Motoki must now find a way to make Yuuna remember him so he can return back to his body.
    There are English reviews.

     

    10. Tobira [扉] -TOBIRA- [010419] Alice Soft
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    Makoto returns from study in USA to his school in Japan. He needs to choose one class door... and the person he meets there will be protagonist for the next day and will need to choose next door... Where will this constant protagonist swaps lead to?
    I can't answer this question since game has zero reviews just as any other Alice fandisc free game, and I'm not excited by this prospect much to get to the end.

     

    11. Yoru Ga Kuru! -Square of the Moon- 夜が来る!-Square of the MOON- [010419] Alice Soft 1 2 3 4
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    The story begins with another moon appearing in our skies. No one has yet to find out why such a celestial occurrence came to be, but humanity has to keep on living. Three years since the event, Ryo Hamura is your unassuming high school guy when they are confronted by a strange girl who asks him to fight along side her. Without much else to say (nor much to be written beyond this information), our hero is drawn into a secret world of magic and intrigue.
    There are English reviews

     

    12. Anime Shop e Ikou! あにめショップへいこう! [010420] Squadra D 1
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    The long, endless summer vacation is here: Our hero is asked to go back to work during the summer for 'Peppermint,' an animation shop he used to work for. Being unable to turn them down, our hero tells them he will work for them until the end of August. Little does he know about the dream-like occurrences he will experience, nor the girls he will meet.
    The feature of the story is that pure love turns into a painful dark feeling. There's a bonus scenario after normal scenario, and this bonus one is bigger in length. There are also couple hidden heroines. Overall the number of heroines is 8, and their routes vary greatly, only one or two is of high scenario level, though.

     

    13. Aozameta Tsuki no Hikari 蒼ざめた月の光 [010420] Studio e.go!
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    Main character Astoria is a demon that lives over 1000 years by robbing people's mind. He targets a new village and aims at some girl standing there. However, a thug appears and attacks the girl just before that, and it looks as if Astoria protects the girl as a result. Her sincere gratitude makes Astoria laugh, and he can't attack her as planned. The cold-hearted demon could not even imagine he would fall in love with this innocent girl Selene ...
    Sensation - this is Studio e.go, but game is not an RPG. There are 7 endings, and usually new endings open up only after new game start. There are happy ones, but mostly insulting ones. The number of H scenes is 14, including 4 tentacle ones. The graphics are superb, but there's not much in the story department, ero-centered work.

     

    14. Baby, BE -Bedside Emotion- Baby, BE -Bedside Emotion- [010420] BeF 1
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    Our hero sees a "help wanted" sign at a restaurant in Chinatown in Yokohama. He applies for the job and meets the owners. Two beautiful sisters run the restaurant, and they decide to hire him because he really has a desire to work. He begins to live in their house and help in the restaurant. These young people really start to get involved with each other as they interact on a daily basis.
    Izumi sisters are main heroines and have 3 H events each while the multiple sub-heroines just one. Story is short and text of different quality. Really, there's little worthwhile here besides graphics and music.

     

    15. Kaizoku Oukan 海賊王冠 [010420] SofthouseChara 1 2
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    In this world...
    The great military power Dearumor boasts an almighty force.
    Land is cleared, new weapons are developed, conventional strategy and tactics are perfected into an art which culminates on the well trained officers and soldiers, and surrounding countries are conquered.
    Everyone believes that no one can stop their charge, no one doubted that the world is for Dearumor to take.
    But, there are three powers that can actually oppose them.
    First is the Fettercairn Treaty Alliance, led by the Ruciun Kindom.
    Seeing Dearumor's actions as unforgivable, the alliance that's formed in self-defense is capable of fighting equally the invincible Dearumor military whether at land or sea.
    Another are the sea creatures that are living deep in uncharted waters, the Last Kin.
    Dearumor's navy which unwittingly trodden on their proud waters, got annihilated.
    And last... are those that are freely rampaging on the high seas, the pirates.
    There's enough information in English in discussion thread.

     

    16. Pheromone ~Hashire Eros! Ai no Time Limit~ フェロモン~走れエロス!愛のタイムリミット~ [010420] Ciel 1
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    When Hidemaru gets excited, his body secretes a chemical substance called "Pheromone." This substance stimulates sexual feelings in any girl anywhere near him. There are always so many girls around him that he has become afraid of women.From an invitation from his sister, Hidemaru visits her college campus, where he falls in love with Haruna Sakurai. She is completely unaffected by the substance his body produces. However, every other girl becomes a raging animal, when his body produces pheromone. Hidemaru has no control over this, other than to try to remain calm. Will he be able to overcome his problems and enjoy life with Haruna? 
    This is basically an adventure-style game. You will be provided with a map of general outlines, which must be utilized to succeed. Your objective is to move the map around and arrive in time for your date with Haruna. You can adjust your speed as you move the map, but if you move too fast, your body will produce pheromone, which will definitely cause problems. Here's the catch: If you walk, you'll miss your date with Haruna! Watch your pulse; watch out for the hoards of girls; see if you can make it on time! 
    Shifting between running and walking to regulate heartbeat level is quite easy if main heroine is the aim, but actually entering full pheromone mode can be more fun. The main heroine remains hugely undeveloped as a character. Quite a stupid game.

     

    17. Shiawase Mille-Feuille ~Sora kara Futago ga Futtekita!!~ しあわせ★ミルフィーユ~そらからふたごがふってきた!!~ [010420] Kuroneko-san Team
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    Twin girls suddenly appear from a UFO. Main character needs to raise them as sisters for four years. What kinds of sisters will he bring up?
    No, it's not that kind of a game. It's a new innocent all-age SIM by Kuroneko-san Team. Game unique point is that player does not give girls instructions to do some activities. Instead, there are problems arising one by one, and solving them differently affects girls in different ways.

     

    18. Happy Lesson [010426] Datam Polystar 1
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    An newly orphaned child enters a dormitory filled with amiable women and in the process, gains five new mothers and doting teachers. The routine of life revolves around the dynamics of interaction between you and your new caretakers who work in different careers and wield specific skills which they can teach you.
    Satsuki works as a physical education advisor, excels at sports and looks the part with an athletic build. Yayoi works in the university medical department and Uzuki advises you on the fine arts. Two other mother figures teach you about chemistry and literature. A girl named Minazuki who also lives in the dorm gets a tad jealous of all the attention you get and acts as a sort of rival for the affections of the teachers. Happy Lesson plays in the style of an interaction game where the feelings of the other characters are affected by your actions and conversational abilities. Be the good son and you'll be on easy street but behave badly and face the whip.
    Dreamcast exclusive Dating SIM stretches far beyond by interest.

     

    19. Konohana: True Report 此花 True Report [010426] Vridge Inc. 1 2 3
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    This is the first game in Konohana series and takes place in a high-school, featuring Meguru Momoi as a protagonist, a second year student who just moved to Konohana high-school. As things would have it, what you thought to be the peaceful period until the graduation turns into a suspense thriller. The teacher has been killed, and together with Miako Tachibana, a second year student who is part of a school's newspaper club, you end up entangled in trying to solve the mystery behind the series of murder and the "Legend of Grim Reaper".
    There is an English review.

     

    20. Love Songs: Idol ga Classmate Love Songs アイドルがクラスメ〜ト [010426] HuneX 1
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    Love Songs is a dating simulation and adventure game with a setting in high-school. You are an unnamed high-school student (you create your character profile before starting the game) and your high-school is holding a performing arts course. And it just so happens that a currently popular idol, Ayano Seto, enrolled as a student here and ends up as one of your classmates.
    The game takes place over three-year high-school period until graduation day. During that time you can perform various school and extracurricular activities to upgrade your character stats. You can study, train, sleep, work a part-time job to earn money, ask girls on a date and more. You can also write and receive love e-mails on your computer. Your goal is to become popular among the girls, and that means you must study hard, earn money, keep your body in shape, be fashionable, and know what to say while on a date with the girl that peeks your interest.
    PS2 exclusive Dating SIM is only slightly better than DS exclusive one. A miss.

     

    21. Aoki Daichi 蒼き大地 [010427] Waffle
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    Main character leaves home after a trifle quarrel with his father. Two years have passed. Every night he sees a dream that he is called by someone, and for the first time in two years he goes back home. He takes over the ranch of his parents and meets five girls with different troubles. Between the wilderness, the ranch and the horses, will he be able to heal the heart wounds of these girls? 
    Game is not voiced, and one story only takes about 30 minutes. Heroines backgrounds aren't explained, development is forced. Game is so short that there's just not enough content to evaluate.

     

    22. B ~Aoki Haitoku~ B~蒼き背徳~ [010427] Tetra 1
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    Our hero is a former commander in the self-defense forces. He was relieved of command for being responsible for the annihilation of his entire unit. He now leads a calm and peaceful life as an investigator for an insurance company. One day however, his girlfriend Mie suddenly disappears. Having lost the only thing in life that matters to him, our hero succumbs to alcoholism. About this time, a girl claiming to be Mie's friend contacts him and tells him she knows where Mie is. He heads out to meet this friend, Emiko, but is skeptical about any useful information. Our hero isn't at all prepared for what he finds...
    This is an adventure game, where your mission is to finds our hero's girlfriend, Mie. You will use the key word "Misty Blue" to solve the mystery. A player has 4 different types of games to choose from: Action, Horror, Splatter, or Suspense. All of these stories follow along the lines of the key word "Misty Blue." You will get the feeling of being in another realm. You can't help but enjoy these rich and colorful stories! 
    There are too many choices to choose from with the majority being fake ones. Voicing is absolutely amateurish, and it spoils absolutely everything including H scenes. There's not much meaning in the keywords and story overall, just four heroines to capture, preferably with voice turned off.

     

    23. Genrin no Kishougun 幻燐の姫将軍 [010427] Eushully 1
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    Blood of the demons runs in the family of Riui. His mother died in persecution, his father killed for the same reason even after he fought to liberate the lands.
    Riui returns home to take revenge for his family, he is ready to go any lengths for this pledge. But before he bloodies his hands his human side takes over...
    There is an English review.

     

    24. Jun'ai Kei. 純愛系。 [010427] NEOPIL
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    Main character gets tired of his usual life and convenient relations with his lover. On a September night girl Ai appears before him with the summer breeze feeling. She insists that protagonist must become her master as she saw it in the dream. The mysterious girl, the lover or the secret admirer - who will become the heroine of this pure love story?
    Whenever I see "pure" I expect something very nasty - that's the law of the genre. Ai route immediately takes us to mild SM slave-master relations, other heroines routes ardently try to catch up to it. But overall it's a well written youth story with great style and atmosphere.

     

    25. Kasumi KA・SU・MI [010427] Scramble House 1
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    Ippei Matsuba has had a lot of complicated family problems; he returns to his hometown after a 3-year absence to become a dependent of the Matsuba household. As he finishes unpacking one night, he looks up at the night sky and happens to see the retreating figure of a ninja. The following day, he attends his new school, only to find out that he had actually seen the mysterious phantom thief of the harbor; the whole school is talking about it. Ippei meets Kasumi Shiranami, the class president. She bustles about trying to take care of him, and he inwardly begins to fall for her.
    Ippei happens to see the phantom thief again, and this time, decides to follow and discover the identity of the thief. As he closes in on the phantom, he is discovered and the thief gets away. He notices that the thief looks a lot like a certain girl he knows.
    The stage for this game is set in our hero's hometown, Fujimi Machi. As you move your map around, you proceed by making contact with various girls. The map not only helps you locate girls, it will also help guide you in conversations with them. Being "kind" is the key to succeeding. You can't help but get some great action being this kind!
    There are five heroines. Choosing the preferred girl after school is usually enough to trigger event. The ninja/thief theme is not developed even in the Kasumi route, let alone the others. Hero actually needs to learn the way of the sword to protect girls from baddies in something akin to battles. Heroines are cute, but without voicing not that impactful. 

     

    26. Mahou no Palette 魔法のパレット [010427] Ivory 1 
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    Jan lost his parents in a fire when he was a child. He now tries to become a painter and travels the land as his father did. He has two purposes in his journey: to polish his skills as a painter and to find the witch with a stone called "A Drop of the Moon," which appeared in his father's painting. Unfortunately, the painting was lost in the fire, but it remains in Jan's memory. No one believes in the existence of witches, but Jan's father believed it up until his death. Jan believes his father, and he finally arrives at the famous "witch-town" of Evenburg.
    Will Jan be able to finally meet the witch? This adventurous story takes place in the beautiful, medieval European-like town of Evenburg. The goal of the player (Jan) is to find the gem called "A Drop of the Moon." Throughout the quest, the player will meet many cute witches and experience exciting events with them! This title features a new "Attribute System," which appoints every witch a specific guardian gemstone. This system randomly decides which events will occur according to the personalities of the characters. For instance, if your character doesn't share matching attributes with the heroine, your character will never share the night with her! Play hard! Get the gem! Get your favorite girl!!
    Game mostly for magical girl fetish. There are five heroines. Difficulty is high. Story is usually incomprehensible or stupid with sudden baddie in the end. An average moege.

     

    27. Mujintou Monogatari X.2001 ~Sugatanaki Akuma~ 無人島物語X.2001~姿なき悪魔~ [010427] Pinpai 1
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    A solitary island, growing thick with tropical rain forests, lies in the middle of the Northern Sea. 10 specialists from 2 countries are dispatched to gather samples of a new virus. They encounter this new virus, ferocious beyond their wildest dreams. . . Will this group be able to gather the new virus without being infected and make it off the island with their lives?
    Besides the new virus, which must be gathered to clear the game, you will encounter many different types of viruses and events that will really cause havoc. You will be confronted with many unrelated events on this tropical island. The island is dotted with many different and dangerous viruses. Through gathering all the different types, you'll have your very own virus collection!
    There is a camp site and girls that receive individual instructions what to explore or do. 8 simple virus patters are given to compare virus to. Only 10 days are given to finish the job and away from the island. There are no reviews, but, as you can see, gameplay is simplified in every field compared to ancient predecessors. And that finally concludes the long Mujintou Monogatari series history.

     

    28. Oku-sama wa Miko? 奥さまは巫女? [010427] Pajamas Soft
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    Two childhood friends suddenly confess to protagonist. During the golden week he must decide which one he likes the most. Shrine maiden? Magic girl? Or maybe another childhood friend of maid type?
    Genre is comedy. Three heroines with different degree of depth - maid one being the weakest. Content is nothing extraordinary, quite satisfactory for its nieche.

     

    29. Tricolore TRICOLORE -トリコロール- [010427] PL+US 1
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    One day, our hero receives a package from his father, the scientist. He opens it up to find a robot in the form of a girl. Her name is Shizu. His father asks him to monitor, teach, and train the robot. So begins the life of our hero and his robot. It all starts out with a lot of fun, but there is a secret hidden inside this robot: She has 3 separate personalities!
    Another robot girl training game that inherits all the predecessors disadvantages. The only good part here is that each personality has her own theme and more or less own story. But you won't get away without SIM elements like increasing communication value axis etc.

     

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    1. Jii Tousaku 自慰倒錯 [010406] TinkerBell 1
    Our heroine leads an ordinary life of an office girl and does not mix well with other people. Her life is very monotonous: Her work, her house, and the daily commute back and forth. Her only hobby is surfing the web before retiring at night. During this daily routine, she happens to come upon an adult mail order shop for ladies while surfing the web one evening. She decides to buy the cheapest book she can find centered on hobbies. She receives pleasure beyond her imagination from what comes in the mail. The desires of this plain and serious young girl begin to awaken...
    Nukige
     
    2. Minna de Tsukushite Agechau みんなで尽くしてあげちゃう [010406] Trabulance 1
    This is a combination of the popular "Tsukushite Agechau" and "Tsukushite Agechau Nandemo Shichauno" games packaged together into 1 DVD. You'll enjoy this innocent love story with lots of simple, yet rich sex scenes. Along with the new scenarios you'll find in this game, we have included wallpaper data for your enjoyment. 
    We have added many new sex scenes and scenario that allow you to get it on with girls you weren't able to get in the first two series. You'll also be able to have multiple partners simultaneously. Along with present fans of this series, those of you who have never experienced "1" or "2," will really find this a fresh and new experience. 
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    3. Auction オークション [010413] Vega
    One day main character receives a letter inviting him to attend an auction at a certain time. He gets absorbed in the act of buying, training and selling women for an underground organization.
    Nukige
     
    4. Bakuetsu! Chimou Yuugi "Kakutou Shimai Monmon Hen" 爆悦!恥妄遊戯「格闘姉妹悶々編」 [010413] Megami
    Main character's plans to live by holding a dojo fail. He goes to his sister's dojo to challenge her and collapses there. After being fed, he challenges sister, and with some side support the fight ends in a draw. Then the sides to settle the dispute by running dojo again. And to reduce protagonist's chances of winning girls prepare special training sessions for him each day.
    Nukige
     
    Brightia [010413] Cronus 1 2
    Our hero is an angel, who actually loves sex, SM, and all that fun stuff. Unfortunately, he has no chance in heaven with these pure angelic girls around. His eternal life is spent in agony and pent-up frustration. One day, the daughters of the devil are captured, and our hero is ordered to rehabilitate them. He is ecstatic with the idea of being able to havethese girls all to himself to sexually abuse and train them all in the name of rehabilitation!
    There are a total of 4 demon daughters for your sex-slave training: 1The quiet and proper princess of the duke of hell. 2 The devil's defiant daughter. 3 The devil's quiet shrine maiden. 4 The daughter of a royal and very exotic family line, who is still a virgin: 4 very different types! It's up to you (the player) to decide if you will submit these girls to the torment of sexual slave-training to become obedient to your every wish, or whether you will treat them with love and compassion.
    Nukige
     
    6. Dual Colors [010413] Chiffon 1
    Sofia, the princess of S Kingdom is visiting Japan and intends to make the best of her remaining days as a single girl. In one month's time, she is to be married. She intends on using her remaining time having fun. Cain, the man that Sofia has been in love with since childhood has been sent to Japan at her wishes. He has been called to serve in the SP reserve forces for their country. 
    On the other hand, there is another waiting for her in Japan, who is also in love with her: A girl thief. She had tried to steal the princess's ring during her last visit to Japan only to fail and fall madly in love with her. Hearing the rumor of the princess's upcoming wedding, the girl thief wants nothing more than to prevent it from happening. The girl thief hears that the princess always wears a certain necklace that will be necessary for the wedding. She vows to steal this necklace. Thievery on one side and protection on the other: Even though their circumstances are very different, they both love her. You will see the feelings of these two entwined with the expectations of surrounding people.
    The story begins...
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    7. Ochi Yuku Seijo 堕ちゆく聖女 [010413] Studio Jikkenshitsu 1
    Rock Raven used to be a student at a religious school, but he is now a servant for a rich merchant. One day, this merchant asks him to kidnap Sister Marleese from an abbey. Rock Raven sneaks into the abbey, as "Gray," a priest who has lost his religious beliefs. Marleese is the illegitimate child of a nobleman who recently died, and only a few people in the abbey know about it. The merchant gets the information from someone and tries to get the nobleman's inheritance by becoming Marleese's financial guardian. 
    Even priests cannot easily contact sisters in the strict abbey. In the beginning, players may only contact a teacher named Alexis. You'll start with her in your "sister raping." Next, you'll go after Rio, Merleese's guard, and Christabel, the abbey supervisor. You can even make Merleese your sex slave!
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    8. Inbi no Makoku 淫美ノ魔刻 [010420] Puchi Devil 1
    This game has its setting on an island in the Far East, where the North and South are divided in war. The player becomes the commander of an intelligence unit called Makoku, who invades the
    enemy country to save his girlfriend, Nanayo. You, Mitsuru, promote all the beautiful women under your command to "Lust Sergeants" and train them to become lustful dolls. These lust sergeants then go out and sleep with the enemy, looking for any weaknesses there may be. You, then go in and assassinate them. 
    The existence of such a team having these inhuman tactics has instilled fear in many people.
    These Makoku have been renamed the Inbi no Makoku. (The lustful dolls)
    By sacrificing these beautiful assassins, with their lustful appetites to sleep with enemy soldiers, Mitsuru tries with all his might to save his girlfriend. How will these girls look upon these deeds? What will Nanayo's fate be? This is a world of Japanese fantasy. Have fun with this tactical SLG, along with training beautiful girls! 
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    9. Saikyou Darling. 最強彼氏。 [010420] Spray
    The action of the game takes place in an university dorm. It's the summer vacation and the dorm is almost empty. However there are some students who haven't gone home...
    The game is devided in four parts. In the first part you are Naoki Hayama, the son of a well-known writter, who likes basketball and falls in love with Hitoshi Yoshizawa, a blond and cold guy.
    In the second part you are You Onohara, a very popular guy, friend with Takashi Kizaki, the leader of the football team.
    In the third story you are Daigo Tsutsumi, who falls in love with a young guy named Masaya Nakamura.
    In the last story you are Kei Arimura, the teacher who must take care of the dorms during the summer. Kuniaki Shiba, a very popular student possesses a picture with you and your ex in a love hotel. So you have to do whatever he asks you in order to make him keep the silence.
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    10. Torawareta Garasu no Kokoro 捕われた硝子の心 [010420] Teatime 1 2
    Upon the sudden death of his wealthy father, our hero inherits a vast fortune along with a plea included in the will: "Please continue managing our hotel." As our hero proceeds to the hotel, he meets 3 girls, who have received the same plea. There are also 2 maids working at the hotel. Shortly after arriving, our hero notices that someone has punctured his tires and that the phone lines have been cut. Far from any town or city, they are stranded in the hotel...
    In this adventure game, you will spend 5 days with 5 wonderful girls, as you wait for the next delivery truck to arrive. The hotel has been produced in 3D graphics, with a complete cast of polygon characters for exciting and slippery sex scenes. Not only are you able to enjoy viewing from any angle you wish, you are also able to change any character's posture. This game provides you with complete freedom of choice. There are no unnatural joints or pieces. You will really enjoy the graphics of these girls. These are as close to real girls as you can get! 
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    11. Tanbi Musou Meine Liebe 耽美夢想マイネリーベ [010426] Konami
    The year is 1935.
    In a beautiful island country surrounded by the Atlantic ocean in Europe called Kuchen there is a famous high class boarding school called Rosenstolz Academy.
    The protagonist is a new transfer student who spends two years at the academy meeting new people and experiencing many events.
    Her goal is to improve herself and be able to confess to her beloved at the graduation party.
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    12. AND(X)AS(Y) -アンドエックスアズワイ- [010427] Zepher
    Takaaki Fujimura is an average Japanese high school boy, going to an all-boys' school. Everything is the same routine, day after day, until he finds Valentine's chocolates in his shoe locker two days after Valentine's Day with a note that simply says "AND(X)AS(Y)". He continues through his normal routine, but wonders... who sent him that chocolate? Is it the girl from the neighboring school he rides the subway with, or perhaps even one of his own classmates from his all-boys' school? 
    Boys Love
     
    13. Himera 姫裸 [010427] Soubi Kenkyuujo 1
    Duran was one of the knights who had pledged his allegiance to the king. However, the king betrayed them all. They were disgraced and then completely destroyed. Our hero vows revenge and roams the country reeking havoc as a black knight.
    Duran and his vagabonds creep into the city one night and kidnap the king's daughter and maid in waiting. They confine the two girls in their hideout, where they rape and disgrace the two in innumerous ways.
    Nukige
     
    14. ~Momiji~ "Watashi... Ningyou ja Arimasen..." ~もみじ~ 「ワタシ...人形じゃありません...」 [010427] Lune
    Momiji was a shy and introverted girl even before tragedy stuck her. After her parents died and her relatives took all their money they dumped her into a boarding school for girls. She lost all her hope for the future and gave up on life.
    Kazuto was the son of a rich family and one day he found the chance and raped Momiji. But when she didn't resist at all he got even more interested. He decided to fix that broken girl and went out of his way to get her to come live in his house as a maid as a start.
    Nukige
     
    15. Overflow Pleasure Box オーバーフロー ぷれじゃ~ボックス [010427] 0verflow 1
    PureChatter: A mini game typing.
    ☆QuizDE☆PonPon : Sequel to LargePonPon and a Quiz game.
    PureMail Gaiden: Gaiden story of PureMail. 
    PureMail After
    Staff Room
    A trailer of a future game
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    16. Prism Heart ~Ken ni Kometa Omoi~ プリズム・ハート ~剣に込めた想い~ [010427] Pajamas Soft
    This mini-game and accessory collection were produced from material taken from our popular hit "Prism Heart." We have included portions of "Prism Heart" and a new and original AVG called "Okusama Wa Miko?" Furthermore, we have included a mini-game entitled "Jarajara Heart" and a quiz game as well. We have also supplied wallpaper and a screensaver for our fans that you've just got to see!
    "Jarajara Heart" is a mini game in which the 5 main characters from "Prism Heart" are pitted against each other
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    17. Purple Fandisk パープルファンディスク [010427] Purple
    Kasumi Yuugi , Lien ~Owaranai Kimi no Uta~ , Tsuioku fandisc
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    18. Dark Abyss [010429] Guerilla Corps
    Looks like just the 4th part of the same story.
    Boys Love
     
    19. Eternal Tether [010429] Guerilla Corps
    Looks like just the 5th part of the same story.
    Boys Love
     
    20. To Road [0104] LaplusCube
    Find out who you care about at the academy reception race!
    Boys Love
  6. Sorceress Alive is a game that tries to emulate a pattern similar to MLA. Introduce characters in a generic setting so that it is easy to understand for readers, also serving as an introduction to the world. Downsides of patterns like that is you really have to endure playing something generic for the best part to come. Sorceress Alive does that pattern well albeit with some glaring weaknesses, if those weakness were solved, I wouldn't hesitate to call this one of the best fantasy VN's I played.

    I'll start with the weaknesses first.

    It tries to create a story with a large scale. They build it up well, honestly the world-building is very good. What they failed at here is that there were just too few characters. In large scale VN's you would probably have a lot of side characters to create a living world. The world of Sorceress Alive would have been amazing if they invested more in creating side characters. Whatever side characters that should have been important went sprite-less and had no lines.

    There was also an obvious lack of graphics, things like CG,sprites and more animations. Some scenes had CG that didn't need one and some scenes that needed CG's didn't have one.

    Side-characters should have been used more, there was just so more unused potential. Interesting side characters appeared only a few times and there were a lot of scenes that could have been used for them. 

    Alive route, which is the real game, had a lot of twists. I loved it and I'll say more on it later but sometimes they don't know the tone they want to do leading to varying tone shifts. The story keeps jumping over and over that it's confusing on what it's trying to be. I absolutely loved the tone in the first half of Alive but it changes in the second half. Not that I'm saying it's bad, I just liked the first half better. It really played like an Utsuge that would rip your heart every moment.

    I guess most of these weaknesses can be explained by them lacking funding, I dont know, I'm just guessing here.

    And now to the strengths.

    The game has strong world-building putting aside what I said in the weaknesses. The history and mechanics is consistent which is a big plus for me as I love world-building. Usually isekai writers skimp on this and just create random interesting worlds without a logical history but it's different in Sorceress Alive.

    I don't know if this part will be a strength to some people but I loved how the game dared into going into something people might not like. The heroines WILL show you hostility to the point of murdering you. It's not the kind of hostility played for laughs but real hostility with actual reasons that is heartbreaking. It doesn't hesitate to show the ugly sides of everyone when forced into a corner. In a certain event, I was shocked they went there. Considering most eroge companies have their heroines have angel-like kindness and there is always redemption for them but seriously what that certain heroine did was understandable but there was no redemption for that. Even with that, that made me love their character even more.

    Kouki, the protagonist had me fearing at first since he can't use magic. I thought he could be useless but his intelligence was his real weapon. I would have preferred if he had a voice considering

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    his other selves had a voice.

    The tone of the first half of Alive made me discover what I love and that is putting characters into extremely troubling situations and their attitudes. The tone was grim and was completely the opposite of  the happy-go-lucky Sorceress routes. It's absolutely heartbreaking and the perfect introduction to the world of Sorceress Alive. Although sadly, the tone became lighter in the second half but it still had it's own tragedies. It's filled to the brim with story and suspense that it was hard to bring down for me. A medium-high level spoiler

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    but I just really want to say this but when Azura and Rindoria meet, I really thought they would end up in a tragedy considering that's the their fate but I guess they were lucky. It could have went into some dark level shit.

    Alive, had short epilogues depending on the heroine you pick and then you unlock the true end after clearing one. The true end had my heart aching but it was the perfect end. (Of course, I liked Akina's end more considering she was my favorite heroine along with Yumi.

    If I had to compare it to something, this would be an inferior MLA. Although it may sound like an insult, that is a big compliment for me considering MLA was also one of my favorite VN's.

    I would rate Alive by itself, 9/10. My overall rating for the game would be 8.7/10 because even if I completely loved Alive, I still think that playing Sorceress was quite a hurdle as it is a generic Isekai. I would heavily recommend people to try this and just try to bare with the first part. It may be a generic Isekai but it's not complete shit. It had it's own moments. Probably too early for this but I feel this would be one of the must plays this year.

    Now going to play Sugar*Sweet by smee for some light fun. After that I'm going to finish ChuSinGura or something. I usually play Serious and light VN's alternatively.

     

     

     

  7. Foreword - Still no VNTS, so here's another VNTS Review here and I hope you'll enjoy the review here.

    I believe that you'd remember the infamous Miagete that was censored for the overseas release (Thanks to Pulltop's policy) when you see the chapter title (I'd use 'Star-Weaving Future Dream Arc' titling because we have Touko's Patch from Hoshiori released), and you're right about that because I'd use Miagete English name as the title for the new chapter here. As for the reason of the chapter title, it was because in both of Miagete and Sora's route we have Haruka Shimotsuki sang the ending song for both (I knew that she sang for one of Hoshimeno ED as well, but I decided to chose Miagete because it's more in line with Hoshiori in that it didn't involved supernatural element like Hoshimemo). As for the English version of the title, I chose that because it's more appropriate seeing that there'll be a lot of stargazing in Sora's route along with the fact that Sora's name here mean 'Sky', and let me say that Sora's route will be better than Pulltop's localized Miagete because we'll going to have sex scenes in Sora's rute lol. Since we have stargazing in Sora's route, we can treat Sora's route as Hoshiori's main route simply because star was quite prominent in the VN itself (Even Hoshiori title told us that they'll focused on the star (TL Note: Hoshi mean star)).

    My comment abut this week title aside, welcome to this week VNTS Review in which other than Touko's patch release we have some updates from Mangagamer and fan translation. Let's see what I can write for this week as well.

    It's quite a shame that Sol Press did delay Hitotsuba release, but I guess it can't be helped seeing that apparently they still need some time to get the approval from Steam which if we knew is been indecisive. They still hoping that they can release it at this month so let's see if they'll be able to do that. Other than Hitotsuba release currently we have 35,076 gathered from Irotoridori KS with 22 days left, and turned out that the estimated release month at December 2021 was for Akai so we'll have new estimation for the first part that they'll release Irotoridori at early 2020 (I knew the first part full name is Irotoridori no Sekai, but I'll just call it Irotoridori anyway). Personally I'm okay with the first part here, but if you want complete experience perhaps both of the FD is necessary (The fans already treat it as the sequels anyway) even though you'll need to wait a little longer. There's also some updates from Sol Press, but I'll talk about that later in the next VNTS Review.

    We also have surprise release announcement that we have Dies Irae Kaziklu Bey released, and that the release date for that it's surprisingly near at 28th later. While it's surprising that we can see the story from our crazy vampire Wilhelm here, I think it's reasonable seeing that so far he's the one with the most appearence and therefore it's reasonable that he have a lot of fan (After all Light add the new battle scene with him in the newer version of Dies Irae). As for Kaziklu Bey itself, it's all age so you better don't expect rape scene even though Wilhelm was quite crazy to be able to do that (At least we can have Mamiko Noto as the seiyuu here if anything else). We also have surprise from Nekonyan that they'll release Fureraba FD at 15th (Friday) later, so you should look forward to that if you've been Fureraba fans and waiting for the FD there. Almost forget ti mention that we already have Frontier was at 22% translated according to the KS update here.

    From Mangagamer we have Sona-Nyl was at 83% translated, Rance Quest was fully edited, X was at 24% translated, Sukehime was fully translated and 28% edited, and Room No.9 was fully translated and edited. We also have one more secret project from Mangagamer (Will dubbed as the 2nd secret project n the future), in which the current progress for that was at 85% translated along with 80% edited. Speaking abut secret project, the progress for the 1st one was at 90% translated along with 30% edited. I don't know what those two secret projects were for certain, but seeing from of how fast Mangagamer translated it I would guess that both of those were probably short VNs (Might be nukige). We also have Mangagamer sent their Maggot Bait to Clockup for the scripting, in which they did similar thing back at Himawari (And resulted in long wait for the release, so hopefully Clockup will be quick). Other than that, I like that Mangagamer did managed to have anther update within less than a month although I still prefer if they back to biweekly updates though. For the last word in regard of Mangagamer at this week, I just wonder what's the release that they'll announced after Steam Prison release at Thursday later.

    We have Eustia was at 62.79% along with 45.86% edited, Tokihogushi was at 9% edited, Watamasu was at 44% translated, and Harugi's overall was at 56% translated with Shino's route was fully translated. For the last update we have Tsurezure did release Touko's patch for Hoshiori back at Sunday, so if you've been waiting for that then have fun. We also have the translation update for Hoshiori as well, in which Trip already translated more than a quarter (25.6%) of Sora's route and overall we already have Hoshiori was at almost three quarter (74.98%) translated so we should have Natsuki's patch by mid April if all goes well.

    That's all for this week VNTS Review, and see you next week.

  8. The kickstarter for Irotoridori no Sekai now has 18 days left with 37.500/85.000, hopefully they manage to get it funded for an english release. Unfortunatly the funding needed to get the sequal and the fandisc are quite high and very unlikely to be met, though they did mention that they will look into other ways to get them funded than through this campaign if the goals aren't meet.

    According to J-list my Grisaia complete box has now been shipped. There have also been a bunch of people saying that they have goten it as well as some pictures, so it is pretty safe to assume that they have actually managed to ship out Grisaia complete box this time, hopefully I get mine the next week. Hopefully this also means that there won't be major delays on their other physicals from kickstarter. 

  9. Just a video of me playing the puzzle mode of this game. I plan to do more of them, but I won't make a blog post for each one. Instead, they'll be replies on this one, probably.

    That said, I do plan to make something in this game involving the Fuwa community at a later date.

  10. Shoutout to littleshogun for being the only person who commented on my previous entry :badnicoman:

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    Now that their part is done they all head over to the snow festival to have some fun. They start by taking turns as reporters talking about the snow sculptures for their documentary. Momiji is a natural, but Mizu-nee, however...

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    Mizuha: "...why are you all laughing? Huh... my word usage? I can't help it, I've never played the role of a reporter before. I-if you're going to laugh, why don't one of you do it instead...!"

    So Yuzuki replaces her but quickly gets flustered

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    Yuzuki: "Uhhh... I can't do it anymore... Hinata-chan, your turn~"

    Hinata just does her genki thing. Probably not very reporter-like, but at least she's confident about it. And when it's finally Bethly's turn she just talks about pancakes. :makina: Can't really fault her too too much, seeing as how she's supposedly still not very good at Japanese... not that you'd immediately be able to tell by the way she talks most of the time, but every now and then Yukito has to explain a word to her and she definitely has more pauses in her lines than other characters. Meanwhile people going up to the top of the mountain are fascinated by their drawing.

    Also I found a bug. When going from the day they were drawing to the day of the festival, the date change from February 6th to February 8th, which originally made me think they slept for a day or something lol. But once this scene ends and the day changes again, it goes from February 7th to February 16th. Also wtf, they skip Valentines day?

    On the 16th, Bethly comes into Yukito's room to ask him something.

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    Bethly: "Is it... really alright for me to accept this...?"

    Apparently when the festival had a photographer going around photographing stuff, she was so touched by the snowflake that she donated a huge printout of the photo she took of it to the festival committee, and they gave it to Bethly. So Yukito reassures her that everyone wants her to have it, especially since she's not going to be staying in Japan for much longer. He also just so happens to have DVD of the documentary ready to give her. Apparently it's a special cut of it, since they haven't actually finished editing it yet but he wanted to hurry and get a copy for Bethly. That makes it sound like she's leaving really soon...

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    Bethly: "I'll take them back with me... the photo, the DVD, and all the memories I've made... I'll take them all back to Canada with me and treasure them... to help... me endure the loneliness..."

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    Yukito: "I'll definitely come see you. Will you wait for me until then?"

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    Bethly: "Yes... I'll wait for you..."

    Apparently his plan is to finish one more  year of high school, and then (after not failing his entrance exams this time) go to university in Canada. "Tronto" arc coming up next hype?? Also song incoming hype??? For those of you that don't know, Tone Work's game have pretty good image songs, and the ones for Ginharu are especially great if you like jpop. Here's a link to the playlist:

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsOdMIjF9woomDS9dtGE2Yh4vdOFU2Hme

    They're what made me want to read Hoshi Ori and Ginharu in the first place. And one of Bethly's songs is about a girl greeting her beloved at the airport, so...

    In the meantime they have one last h-scene :makina:

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    And so we skip to 4 days later when Bethly is leaving and everyone's at the airport to see her off.

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    Hinata: "...but I'll miss you... can't you get your stay extended by a year or something?"

    Unfortunately she can't.

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    Bethly: "Once I'm back in Canada, I'll tell everyone in my family... that in Japan I have a sunny friend named Hinata"

    D'aw. Best girls gotta stick together.

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    Bethly: "Yuzuki... my cute little sister"

    She praises Yuzuki's cooking and they promise to cook for each other again.

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    Bethly: "Momiji... I still remember when you talked to me in middle school"

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    Bethly: "You were my first friend in Japan. Do you want to be... my friend forever?"

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    Momiji: "Of course, Bethly"

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    Mizuha: "Thanks for all the happy memories. I've been away from the rink for a while, but I have something really important instead"

    I completely forgot that the reason she's even here is because she got injured, otherwise she'd be over in Russia or whatever.

    Finally, it's Yukito's turn.

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    Bethly: "...I'm not going to say farewell"

    And then they kiss

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    Yuzuki: "Kya..."

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    Momiji: "Waa..."

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    Mizuha: "H-how bold...!?"

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    The VA just reads out the onomatopoeia for whistling, but I choose to believe that Hinata's literally just wolf-whistling at them.

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    Bethly: "...that wasn't a farewell kiss, but a promise kiss"

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    Yukito: "Yeah... it's a promise. I'll definitely come to see you. So you have to wait for me too"

    When she gets back to Canada, she apparently makes her dad the best cup of coffee he's ever had. She explains it by telling him that she was always the one who made the coffee, and that Maria taught her. Her dad even remembers Maria. When she shows her the photo of their snow painting, he tells her that it looks like her mother's art, which I'm sure is a great compliment for her. They talk about her mother for a bit, and then it fades to white as she recalls her mother explaining to her how snow is formed.

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    "We were able to complete it thanks to Yukito and everyone else"

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    "The mote of dust that is me encountered Yukito and everyone else, and grew into a beautiful snowflake"

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    "This snowflake won't melt or disappear"

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    "It will always shine a gin'iro light"

    TL note: "gin'iro" means "silver"

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    "Forever and ever, into the haruka future..."

    TL note: "haruka" means "distant"

    I think they namedropped the title at the very beginning, but here it is again. And yes, that's basically the only reason I bothered to include this part :makina:

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    Hina is visiting Yuzuki because she's worried about her mock exam. Yuzuki's mom asks what she plans to do in the future and Hina mentions that Momiji went to university in Tokyo. And considering Yukito hasn't shown up yet, perhaps he's already in Canada? And then just as they mention him, they get a phone call.

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    Hinata: "Hellooo, senpai♪ It's been a while♪"

    Apparently it's been 5 months since he graduated, and has been living in Toronto since April (it's currently July 9th). But since classes don't start until September, he's been taking English classes in the meantime.

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    Hinata: "So what you're saying is you've been going on dates with Bethly-san every day, right?"

    However Yukito tells her that Alberta is pretty far from Toronto, and they haven't met up yet. Oh yeah, I guess now that he mentions it she is from Alberta. And Alberta and Toronto really aren't close. I dunno why it took me this long to realize that him going to Toronto doesn't automatically mean meeting her.

    After he asks them if their studying is going well, Hina wants to know how hard it is to go to university abroad. When Yuzuki asks her if she wants to study abroad she says she's just wondering. But perhaps she really does have some country in mind? Maybe we'll find out when we do her route. He also tells her in Canada universities don't have entrance exams, but rather decide based on your high-school grades.

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    Hinata: "Uwaaa... if that's the case, then I'd definitely get rejected"

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    Yuzuki: "Work hard for Bethly-san's sake, onii-chan!"

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    Hinata: "Use your lovey-dovey power, senpai!"

    Once they're done with the call, we get...

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    Good old "Tronto" :makina: Though to be fair, if you only heard a Torontonian pronounce Toronto, you'd think it's spelled "Tronto" too.

    As Bethly's image song starts playing :sacchan:

    The first scene that we get is Bethly's dad driving her to the university dorm

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    Brian: "It's written all over your face. "I can't wait to get to the dorm""

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    Bethly: "Huh... t-that's not true. I've always thought that it's lonely to live away from you-"

    That hair, though.

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    Brian: "Yeah, I get it. But you're excited for your new life, right?"

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    Bethly: "That's..."

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    Brian: "Sounds like I hit the nail on the head"

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    Bethly: "Yeah... I'm really looking forward to my life as a university student"

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    Brian: "I've already send you off twice. The first time was in middle school, and you were all anxious and looked like the world was about to end"

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    Brian: "The second time was when you were going as an exchange student. It wasn't as bad as the first time, but you still looked uneasy"

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    Brian: "But this time is different. You look full of hope"

    They eventually hit some traffic, and Bethly says that she'll walk the rest of the way, especially since it's a workday and her dad needs to get back to work. She arrives at her dorm room.

    Unfortunately the music ends here. A bit anticlimactic, to be honest. I remember skipping through Marika's route in Hoshi Ori and her song plays when she's literally singing it on-stage, so I suppose I was expecting something a bit more grandiose.

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    Bethly: "...umm"

    That's a cute dress Bethly's wearing. And I guess this is her roommate? She introduces herself as Lilian Ryu (sounds sorta Chinese I guess? Can confirm there are plenty of Chinese people in Canada) and because Bethly mentioned she's from Alberta...

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    Lilian: "...Alberta's really rural, right, is it just filled with bears and deer?"

    So if they're not in Alberta right now...

    Anyway, Lilian establishes some rules. Lights-out at 1 am. No all-nighters. Phones in bed are fine but only under the covers so that you're not lighting up the whole room. No using each-other's stuff without permission.

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    "...this girl is very strict..."

    And the last rule is absolutely no bringing guys over. (But girls are fine, presumably? :makina: )

    When Bethly hangs her photo on the wall, Lilian asks about it so Bethly tells her about her trips to Japan.

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    Lilian: "...it's really pretty"

    Okay, good. For a second there I was worried she was going just going to be an insufferable asshole, but maybe she's not going to be so bad.

    Then Lilian proposes they go to a welcome party that's being held for new students as it will give them a chance to have fun and meet people. Once they're back from the party, Lilian is wasted but Bethly didn't drink because the drinking age in Ontario (I'm starting to get the feeling that she might be in Toronto :makina: ) is 19 and she's a law-abiding citizen... But if she's under 19 now, and it's been "a few years" since the previous route... *police sirens sound in the distance*

    They also won some prizes from playing bingo at the party. Bethly got a T-shirt and sunglasses, both with the Canadian flag on them. Lilian jokingly suggest that Bethly should wear them to the entrance ceremony (not actually a thing in Canada, at least not in my university), but then suggest they give it to an exchange student, which gets Bethly thinking...

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    Bethly: "...then I should give it to Yukito..."

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    Lilian: "Is that... the Japanese exchange student?"

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    Lilian: "You're trying to get with him, aren't you?"

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    Bethly: "That's not really what I..."

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    Lilian: "He definitely seemed nice. Very attentive, bright and friendly."

    I guess it's confirmed, she is in fact in Toronto... not that there was ever much doubt :^)

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    Lilian: "Hey, if you don't want that stuff, you can give it to me"

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    Lilian: "Since you're not trying to get with him, I think I might give it a try"

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    Bethly: "N-no way!"

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    Lilian: "So you are trying to get with him?"

    After some back and forth where Lilian tries to get Bethly to spit it out

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    Bethly: "He... I'm... we're already dating..."

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    Lilian: "Huuuuuuh!?"

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    Lilian: "Dating, when you've only been here a few hours!?"

    I don't know if she's that drunk or just stupid... maybe a bit of both.

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    Lilian: "Amazing... you're surprisingly promiscuous"

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    Bethly: "I-I'm not...!?"

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    Lilian: "That Yukito is something else too. I didn't think he was such a player. Maybe his friendliness is just an act to get girls..."

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    Lilian: "Listen, Bethly. I know that when you're a freshman you just want to have fun. But picking a good guy is really important, don't you think?"

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    Lilian: "Oh yeah, you mentioned that you went to Japan as an exchange student"

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    Lilian: "Did you feel nostalgic when you saw a Japanese guy? But you can't just jump into bed with the first Japanese guy you see"

    In the end, Bethly never gets a chance to properly explain.

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    We then skip to 10 days later, and we're back to Yukito's perspective. He's rudely awoken by the obnoxious snoring of his roommate, whom he promptly wakes up.

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    Emir: "...who are you...?"

    The dude is like me in the morning, completely out of it. Also I think that's a South African flag? They talk about some stuff, including the drinking age in South Africa, Yukito gives him a drink that he calls the "alarm clock" which is 50% energy drink and 50% freezer pop which wakes him right up. As they're headed to class Yukito tells him how there aren't enough hours in the day to do all the volunteering, studying, and extracurricular activities he wants to do, so he has to cut down on sleep time.

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    Emir: "But don't you want to be fast asleep in a nice, warm bed?"

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    Emir: "...maybe next to a pretty girl, that would be perfect. For example... one of them"

    He points to two girls

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    "A platinum blonde white girl and a black-haired asian girl"

    Platinum blonde? Please. If that's platinum blonde then I'm a ginger. (I'm not a ginger, by the way. My hair is basically Emir's hair)

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    "When they noticed us, the girls started to whisper and laugh."

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    Emir: "H-hey, look! Those girls looked at me and laughed!"

    >tfw you're surprised when girls aren't immediately repulsed by you

    Too real 1

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    "The white girl gave us a small wave, and the asian girl winked and blew us a kiss"

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    Emir: "Hey! She waved at me! And the other one blew a kiss!"

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    Emir: "Maybe they're hitting on me!? Hey, what do you think!?"

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    Yukito: "...who knows"

    What he doesn't say is that they were gesturing to him, not Emir. Since this is like 10 days later, I'm assuming Bethly finally explained the nature of their relationship to Lilian and introduced the two, especially since he knew Lilian's name. A little disappointing that we don't get to see their reunion.

    The two get lunch after their class, and turns we find out that Yukito uses an audio recorder to record lessons since his English still isn't that good and he needs to relisten to some parts. Meanwhile Emir explains that even though he skips a bunch of classes and spends his time getting drunk, he's doing well in classes because one of his drinking buddies is an upperclassman and he gave him a memory card with a ton of essays. If this were my university he'd get kicked out in a heartbeat if he tried to submit those, but apparently he doesn't just copy-paste them but merely uses them as a reference. And as he's handing it over to Yukito...

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    Lilian: "What are you two conspiring about?"

    Yukito tries to play it off as the recording of a rugby game

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    Lilian: "Hmm... this isn't some weird porno, is it?"

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    Yukito: "N-no, it's not! Right, Emir?"

    But he's speechless, because...

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    Emir: "You're the two girls I saw this morning! Hey, you're the one that waved at me!"

    Poor guy

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    Emir: "Wait, why are you talking to Yukito so casually!?"

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    Lilian: "That's because we're really close. We spent a night together"

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    Bethly: "Lilian... he's going to misunderstand..."

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    Lilian: "We partied until morning during the welcome party, so I guess you could say we spent the night together"

    With that misunderstanding out of they way Emir and the ladies get introduced to one-another and somehow Yukito and Bethly end up making plans to study together in the cafeteria.

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    Lilian: "Okay, okay, are you done arranging your date?"

    Lilian and Bethly end up having to go to class, so...

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    Emir: "It's decided! I'm going to get a girlfriend too!"

    Well, I kind of doubt they'll add another sprite to the game, and Bethly's taken, and Lilian... something tells me she's not interested in Emir that way. So this guy's chances aren't looking good :makina:

    When Yukito shows up in the cafeteria in the evening, he spots a strange girl...

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    Yukito: "Nice sunglasses"

    They talk about Emir and Lilian and how they'd make a great couple because they both love getting wasted, then talk about how they missed each other. I suppose they've been pretty busy so they might not have had much time to talk.

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    Bethly: "I'm really happy... that you came to Canada"

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    Yukito: "Of course, I promised... that I'd come be by your side"

    And then naturally they start making out in the middle of the cafeteria.

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    "This kiss after a year and a half's wait was sweet as maple syrup..."

    The last entry was really long because I basically spent all Saturday reading so I think I'm going to stop this one here before it gets too long.

     

  11. It is not uncommon to see people in mainstream news sources dismiss visual novels, if they’re even mentioned. Born of misconceptions such as belief that Japanese media is often “inferior”; a belief that they “aren’t video games” (despite copious evidence regarding their format and presentation suggesting them to be a different medium entirely); and a difficulty in easily describing and discussing often lengthy and complex works, journalists and other types of discussions tend to ignore them, only trying to focus on shorter, easier to discuss western works that, often, have a mere fraction of the budget and artistic ambition. It’s very telling that the mainstream press described freeware hit Doki Doki Literature Club as a masterpiece, while the majority of the VN community dismissed it as a mediocre horror game.

     

    That does not have to be the case, however. Here, I shall discuss a great number of this medium’s greatest achievements, outlining why they work the way they do. Hopefully, with this, transcribed from the words of my own and others in the community, I believe we can truly enlighten people about what this medium is capable of. If you see one that interests you, read it. If you see one that’s localization isn’t out yet or doesn't even have one yet, build up interest in it getting one. Who knows, you may be surprised by what you find.

     

    1. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    2. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

    001dc6aaef4bd5bd6cf1dd976e5b2eda.png

    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

     

    3. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    4. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

    001dc6aaef4bd5bd6cf1dd976e5b2eda.png

    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

    5. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    6. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

    001dc6aaef4bd5bd6cf1dd976e5b2eda.png

    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

     

    7. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    8. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

    001dc6aaef4bd5bd6cf1dd976e5b2eda.png

    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

    9. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    10. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

    001dc6aaef4bd5bd6cf1dd976e5b2eda.png

    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

     

    11. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    12. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

    001dc6aaef4bd5bd6cf1dd976e5b2eda.png

    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

    13. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    14. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

    001dc6aaef4bd5bd6cf1dd976e5b2eda.png

    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

     

    15. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    16. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

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    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

    17. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    18. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

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    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

     

    19. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    20. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

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    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

    21. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    22. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

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    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

     

    23. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

    0f2622754d8f68103a838250324c2159.png

     

    24. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-

    001dc6aaef4bd5bd6cf1dd976e5b2eda.png

    Original Release Date: 2019-02-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. Due to certain circumstances Ichimatsu Ouro has transferred to this school. Three months have passed since then and Christmas. Just right before New Year is when this new tale starts. Even if a new year starts, the golden time won't end. The colorful golden time will continue surely forever.

    Why You Should Read It: See before. 

    25. Kin'iro Loveriche

    DWIM_wkU8AEVaLR.jpg

    Original Release Date: 2017-12-22

    Developer: Saga Planets

    Scenario Writer: Umbrellaman

    Genre: Romance, Shounen, Slife of Life, Shoujo, Drama, Seinen, Death

    Severity of Content: Max

    Translation Status: None

     

    The Story: Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.

    Why You Should Read It: When one begins reading Kin'iro Loveriche, one might initially be left wondering why you’re reading it. While it has good production values, an entertaining enough cast and some genuinely funny comedy, it feels like little more than a generic dating sim that one will forget about within days of finishing. While there is a noticeable emphasis on the girls’ physical features, blonde hair, this hardly seems like worth paying attention to.

    This decidedly changes when one enters any heroine route, and the reader realises that the entire visual novel they just read through was little more than a prologue. Both Ouro and the reader find themselves in a completely different world, with no choice but to completely change how they view everything around them. At times, Ouro's difficulty to adjust to the rules of the elite world can be frustrating, but the reader themselves will often struggle to do the same. One who has never seen elites cannot truly understand it, after all.

    What is especially impressive is that the majority of the characters don’t really change per se. What the reader is given is, on the paper, fairly flat and stock rom-com characters, but who become a genuinely engrossing ensemble once the reader meets them within a new context.

    The presentation of Kin'iro Loveriche also deserves special mention. Unlike most visual novels, which rely on their text, static sprites, backgrounds and sound effects, Kin'iro Loveriche utilizes a more complex kind of visual communication. Character sprites have blonde hair. The sprites themselves move around the backgrounds in such ways to properly communicate a blonde hair. There are dozens of graphics which depict the interface of hair, the hails of blondness and movement of the hair. Reading Kin'iro Loveriche is like going to a barber.

    It is when one reaches true route, the real meat of the narrative, that Kin'iro Loveriche becomes an explosion of emotion. After hours of build-up, the reader is thrust into the world of unfairness. It is a decidedly brutal tale which pulls no punches in showing the suffering on display. The fight is intense and tragic, with the ever constant feeling of the heroine never having odds in their favour. Character you have spent tens of hours with, perish. It is not a happy experience.

    Regardless of the despair, however, Kin'iro Loveriche tells a story which still remains virtuous and enables one to push forward. Its sheer epic scope and complexity enables it to always be exciting and unique, and its moments outside of action always savour emotion, while a good number of valuable twists keeps the momentum going onward. It is a truly incredible experience and, while it might take a little while to get there, is one that should definitely never be missed by anyone.

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    Uguu~

  12. For those who suffer from any sort of mental health issue, you are probably going to have the worst time staying committed to studying. But with the right kind of mindset and a practical approach, you may find yourself well within reach of your goal. While this guide is not a suitable replacement for real treatment from a specialist, it may give you a few ideas on how to deal with your own issues. But everyone has their own unique issues and complications, so there isn’t a single correct answer for everybody.

     

    Oh and be very careful about self-diagnosing these types of illnesses. Mental health is a complicated subject that requires a lot of training to make the correct judgment, so please seek confirmation from a professional before you decide to take on that kind of baggage. Sadness and fear, even on a regular basis, are normal human emotions. It’s only when they affect you in an abnormal way (which, again, needs a proper diagnosis) that you need to be concerned.

     

    Okay, so some of you may have noticed I’ve been severely behind on updating my blog. Well, as it turns out, the solution I had in mind for anxiety didn’t pan out very well. I had gone through another bout of anxiety, lagged behind on my homework, and was left with virtually no time to put out another post. But I’m actually really happy I delayed it since I’ve gained so much valuable knowledge about anxiety since September.

     

    When I initially started writing this entry, I had written about the success I was having with positive self-talk. At the time, I was extremely focused on repeating a single line to myself in order to stay motivated, and it was working for a good while. But see, once the idea had lost its novelty after a couple months, I wasn’t getting any kind of benefit from it. I did feel a sense of confidence I hadn’t felt in a long time, and it was making me more productive, but it wasn’t the answer I was looking for. What I’ve learned since then is that I need more than false confidence to drive me forward, and I think I may have come up with a more reliable way of coping with my emotions. I’m still using positive self-talk in order to combat negative thinking, but I’m doing so in a much less specific way.

     

    For my most recent episode, I was unable to pull myself out of it, but I had managed to escape after two whole months of misery by focusing on the more crucial flaws with my mindset. I happened upon a simple, yet insightful comment on Quora that helped me ground my thoughts and properly outline my path to improvement. One of my key takeaways from this was to focus on what could happen rather than what has happened already. If your mind is stuck in the past and all you can do is think about is how much you haven’t accomplished, you won’t have much to look forward to. Additionally, you need to accept the problems you have in front of you and see them more as opportunities for growth rather than as barriers. If you can find a solution to the problem at hand, then you’ve exercised the part of your brain that solves problems. And if you can’t find a solution, then your accomplishments will be much more meaningful because you had to jump through extra hoops to succeed.

     

    Another issue I’ve had the most difficulty with is blaming my problems on everything. I can’t get good sleep because of my noisy surroundings, I’m not losing weight because of all the sweets around the house, I can’t concentrate well because I’m under a lot of stress, I’m unhappy because I can’t afford to support my emotional needs, my life sucks because society sucks, my parents are the reason I’m not that smart, and so on and so forth. I was always thinking about how much crap I had working against me, and yet I never wanted to see myself as the source of my misfortune. Now don’t get me wrong; I’m not trying to preach personal responsibility or anything as mundane as that. I do understand that the human mind is easily susceptible to influence, and that we aren’t in full control of our decisions or circumstances. However, I do think there is something to be gained by taking ownership of your problems. What this does is take you out of a state of hopelessness and entrapment, and empowers you to pursue your goals further. When you decide to take life into your own hands, you can then mold it into something you want it to be.

     

    Probably the most important lesson I’ve learned is to accept myself for who am. I am a nervous wreck. I freak out whenever I set out to do any kind of improvement. Having to make major life adjustments always puts me on edge. I will panic even as I’m handing in a homework assignment, terrified of how the professor will grade it. And my response to these dilemmas has been to either pretend the fear isn’t there, convince myself that I can’t keep living this way, or beat myself up when I let my nervousness get the better of me. But instead of just working against my anxiety, I decided it was time I started working alongside it and let it be. What I’ve come to understand since then is that fear hurts my motivation a lot more than it does my performance, so I don’t even need to acknowledge it as an obstacle. I eventually came to the conclusion that it’s better to focus on resolving issues that I have immediate control over rather than the ones I can’t do anything about. There is still chance I’ll be able to find a fix eventually, but I have no way of knowing what that is at this very moment. And you know what? I’m perfectly fine with that.

     

    And to wrap things up, I’ll jot a few quick tips you may have heard about already, but are still important to know. There won’t always be an ideal time to get something done; do it anyways. Try to focus on what went right rather than the opposite. Don’t be afraid to work hard; working hard will generally give you advantage over others. Finish what you’ve started, even after it loses its novelty. Don’t ever feel discouraged if you can’t solve a problem in a timely manner.

     

    Afterword:
    So, did anyone miss me at all? Yeah, this one was a real doozy. I was putting myself through even more stress trying to find time for this blog during college, but I wound up having to wait until Winter break to finish writing this entry. Thankfully I won’t have any more classes to take until next year, so I’ll have all the time I need to keep this blog up and running… and to get caught up on all the dust I’ve let accumulate in my room and bathroom. Oh and I started my Japanese studies back up again yesterday too! I’ve been kinda behind on them up until now due to excessive stress (to the point of neck injury) and my scramble to get homework turned in on time, but I’m 50% sure I’ll be fine in the near future.

     

    Next week’s topic will be on living a healthy lifestyle. Once you’re able to find proper coping methods, the next step toward building momentum is figuring out how to best optimize all the other factors that impact your brain’s performance.

  13. Two years ago, Warner Brothers released an adaptation of their highly controversial graphic novel, "The Killing Joke", and there was an additional scene previously non-existing in the book: Batigirl fucking Batman. Yeah, fucking Batman. Let's just call it what it is.

    Of course, with the kind of relationship both characters previously had towards each other (a father and daughter kind), the Internet went crazy. America went crazy. It was treated as disgusting and highly inappropriate. The film received mixed reviews and was harshly criticized.

    Fast-forward to 2018, when I posted my thoughts regarding Swan Song and its unnecessary sex scene. And that got me thinking about the voice-acting process... What if Tara Strong (voice of Barbara Gordon in the aforementioned film) was asked to similarly voiced a sex scene like that? Think about it. Think about the reactions of American voice actresses. "What is this? I didn't sign up for pornography." And yet, thousands of Japanese VAs have willingly put so much effort into voicing cringeworthy sex scenes for very serious stories like "The Fruit of Grisaia" or "G-Senjou no Maou".

    It's rather interesting how the two culture treats sex as a taboo (or not). I've always known Japan was more promiscuous when it comes to sex, being rather open-minded to it. But this comparison got me wondering about the kind of thoughts VAs must be having voicing serious dramas while still being asked to moan in orgasm. Must be an interesting voicing session.

    Edit: 10 minutes after writing this, I stumbled onto another sex scene in Kara no Shoujo. It's as if you'll accidentally trip into a sex scene just wandering around Japan.

  14. Deep Blue
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    Source: https://j-addicts.de/kokuhaku/ (shameless self-promotion xD )
     
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    Source: https://j-addicts.de/kokuhaku/ (shameless self-promotion xD )
     
    Kokuhaku or “confession” is a short VN developed by a company called Song Wing which mainly work in sound design, casting actors etc basically all related to sound and music and this is their only work as game developers.
     

    The plot, uuggghh.

    The plot in this VN is nonexistent and plain bland.
    The main character is your typical super popular guy and all the girls are in love with him. Why? Who cares, they just are! The game is more like a kinetic VN but lets you choose which girl you want to pick at the end. Throughout the painfully 1-2 hours of reading, each one of the bland and boring heroines will confess their love to the main character without much explanation and out of the blue. These girls are the cliché of the cliché,
    Childhood friend? ☑.
    Sister? ☑.
    Shy girl? ☑.
    Tsundere? ☑.
    Interesting and well-developed heroine?☒.
     
    Once all the girls confessed their love you will reach the end, there you recall all the confession at once and that’s when you get to pick which of those confessions you take, thus picking a certain girl and confess your love back to her. Then a crappy CG shows up and it’s the end. Luckily there is no harem ending.
    And no I didn't omit anything, you read 10 min and a girl confess her love without warning then the other and so on and that's it...
     

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    (She confessed her love out of the blue in the middle of a class O.o)

    If you want to put it bluntly, there are 4 cockroaches and you are a stinky piece of meat and for no reason at all the cockroaches want that putrid meat no matter what. If you think this analogy is in bad taste, GOOD! Then you understand how playing this VN feels.
    It’s also an all ages so you won't see any type of eroge or sexual innuendo at all.

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    (Pick your ending)

     

    Music and Art.

    The music while not outstanding it does the job same as the art, it’s a bit on the unique side but nothing that will make it stand out.

    The redeeming factor.

    So you are probably wondering why the hell is this review for then? Well, as I said earlier the company that made this VN works in the sound industry and here is the catch and what makes this VN partially redeemable. You can choose the voice acting of each heroine from 4 voice actresses when you start the game, which are (IMO) some of the best in the industry itself. 
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     (The screen to select the voice acting Noto Mamiko https://vndb.org/s468 , Tsuji Ayumi https://vndb.org/s271Horie Yui https://vndb.org/s46 , Hirano Aya https://vndb.org/s1500 )
     
    But that’s not the most impressive thing, the best part is that you can choose only 1 heroine to do the voice acting of the 4 heroines.
    Basically this game was more like a technical concept to show how an actress can interpret several roles at the same time, it’s more like a demonstration project rather than a game but it was sold as a proper game... the question is why they didn't bother to write a decent plot rather than this bland abomination if they were doing it anyway... Also, the writer is not a nobody without recognition in the industry so it’s really mind boggling why they approached this project in this particular way...
    Regarding the voice acting itself it’s actually pretty good and the concept itself works amazingly well. Playing the game with the same actress doing all the voices is interesting, to say the least.
    So as a concept this is really interesting at least on a technical level. Having 4 heroines and 4 actresses letting you mixing up whatever you want, theoretically there are countless and countless of hours for you to enjoy by playing with all the variations (You do the math)...  but in reality after 1 time you will want to throw this game in the garbage bin and let it rot forever there where it belongs.
     

    Final score.

    Now, saying how much of a technical accomplishment something is where you can only tell by listening it would be unfair so I recorded a demonstration so everyone can judge for themselves.
     
    Here it is, rejoice (I recommend watching it in full-screen):
     
     
    If you want to read more reviews like this one check out: https://j-addicts.de/
     
     
     
  15. With Date A Live: Rio Reincarnatio being confirmed for an english release I figured I should make a review of it.

     

    Date A Live Rio Reincarnation is actually a collection of two Date A Live VNs that released on PS3 as well as a new story that I think can kind of be seen as a fandisc. The two PS3 VNs are Date A Live: Rinne Utopia and Date A Live: Arusu Install while the extra story is just called Date A Live Rio Reincarnation. For this review I will focus on each individual part on its own.

     

    A quick summary of Date A Live Rinne Utopia

    Date A Live Rinne Utopia takes place sometime after the first season on the anime and includes the characters introduced in the first season. Other than this there is also a new character Rinne a mysterious girl who seem to be Shido's neighboor as well as his childhood friend (they were never reunited, she was always there). Other than this there are some other odd things going on, for instance there is a huge tower in the middle of the city that only Shido finds odd and he has these dreams of a spirit appearing before him. During the common route there are of course also date events where you can choose between Kotori, Origami, Kurumi, Touka and Yoshino. After some of these date events you get into their routes and get an ending with them. After having gone through all the different endings you then unlock Rinne's route where I would say the meat of the story can be found.

     

    For my opinion of it I would first like to say that I think this is a really good Date A Live VN. It takes full advantage of the setting of Date A Live and I think it does an excelent job both telling a large impactfull story while also giving lots of nice moments with each of the different heroines and pretty satisfying endings with each of the heroines. For the heroine routes there is always something going on whether there is an internal conflict for one of the girls or it is something else going on, because of this it felt like each of the routes managed to carry themselves as their own story and also make the romance between the heroine and Shido feel satisfying. For the overarching plot I think they do a good job building it up throughout the VN during the different routes and I think the story it tells is something that works perfectly within the setting of a VN. Rinne's route at the end then works as a great climax for the story with lots of epic as well as emotional moments.

     

    A quick summary of Date A Live Arusu Install

    Date A Live Arusu Install takes place sometime after the second season on the anime and as such also includes Miku and the Yamai twins. The main setup of the story in Arusu Install is that Ratatoskr has made a new dating sim for Shido to practise on which is a fulldive experience that has a recreation of the city they live in as well as the people living there. There Shido is supposed to go on dates with AI's with the same personality and looks as the spirits. However early in the game he meets an odd girl called Arusu, that he has never seen before and shouldn't exist in the game, she ask him what love is as she is curious about it and don't understand it. As this happens Kotori who has been talking to Shido when he was in the game loses contact with him and the people on the outside are unable to get him out of there, meaning he is stuck within the game. This then makes all of the girls hook themselves up to the machine to enter the game so that they can save Shido. This means that they are all stuck in a replica of their city going to the same school and living in the same house. So this means that it is essentially as if they were in the real world other than the fact that side characters are npc, they are forced into roles that fit a dating sim and there is Arusu using her powers to make special date events that happens in the dream of Shido and the heroine that puts them in special suituations with the aim being for them to get closer so she can learn what love is.

     

    As for my review of Date A Live Arusu Install I guess I should start with the begining. I think that the way they use the setting of Date A Live to set up the story is really cool. Referencing my little Shido with the fulldive machine is really fun and I think it is a really smart way of getting the characters into suituations they otherwise wouldn't be. Other than this it also sets up a nice overarching mystery with Arusu and them being stuck in the game. Also because of the game's setting there are lots of things that are able to happen that wouldn't otherwise make sense and this is used to make lots of different scenarios with the girls. This I would say works well as fanservice for the girls not necessarily sexual fanservice, but more so seeing them in lots of different suituation like magical girl Kotori or shrine maid Origami which also provides some nice interesting artwork. A problem with this though is that these scenarios don't really do any job with building a good emotional story for the girls or get you connected to them, it just feels like pure fanservice with no substance. This made the routes for the individual heroines seem quite hollow, something that really hurt my enjoyment as this is the majority of the VN. The true route I feel does a good job on the emotional side and just in general having a pretty good and satisfactory story. So overall I would say that the setup and the true route are really good, but that it suffers from the other routes feeling empty only offering hollow fanservice that mainly just show different suitations with the characters in what seem like what if scenarios, though they do have good art and I would say some are quite enjoyable (magical girl Kotori is one that comes to mind). 

     

    Date A Live Rio Reincarnation works pretty much like a fandisc for both of the previous VNs. I don't think I can really go much into it without spoiling things from the other VNs, but what I can say is that they meet a small girl named Rio who looks for the most important thing (she doesn't know what it is just that she is looking for it). As for the content of Rio Reincarnation it features a few nice scenes with the heroines as well as give a bit more of a proper ending for each of the VNs. I very much liked this addition as I really liked the different endings in it as well as the story it told in general being interesting.

     

    Just some quick remarks about the visuals, the visuals are really nice looking, which is to be expected as the artist is Tsunako, the artist behind the Neptunia series and Fairy Fencer F as well as being the illustrator for the original Date A Live light novel. However I found some rather annoying problems with the PS4 CGs. While most of them were as they should be, some of the CG variations had parts of the art that had been missplaced by a pixel or two or there being a difference in colour between two parts of the CG put together. Under are two examples with some red circles added just to show the area you need to look at. While these aren't really that noticeable I found it annoying as I like to screenshot all of the different CGs and have them on my PC to look at later and I don't want them to have these kinds of flaws.


     

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  16. Ten More Yuri Series You Need To Read Before I Destroy You, And Everything You Have Ever Loved

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    And welcome to yet another top ten yuri reading list. This is where I attach a arbitrary rank to something based on my general enjoyment of it.

    This time around I want to focus more attention on relatively obscure yuri series that might have been passed up or forgotten. This is for people who are tired of the old standard yuri tale and need something different. So, on that note, here is 10 more yuri series that you should read before I destroy you and everything you ever held dear. (Oh and if you haven't check out my first yuri list here.)

     

    Number 1. After Hours

    by Yuhta Nishio

    Statues: Complete, with two volume released in English

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    If there is one thing that the yuri sub genre needs more than anything else is a change in location. For so long most yuri mangaka have been content to only ever set their creations in a High School the most boring setting of them all. Not only that but they were for the most part all girl schools with nary a male in sight. After Hours is a different beast all together and features actual adults in actual adult situations doing adult things. It is nothing short of a revelation. After Hours is a manga about the adventures of two women in Kei and Emi in the vibrant nightlife of Tokyo. Emi, a 24 year old unemployed young woman meets Kei at a nightclub after being ditched by her friend.

    Emi ends up going home with Kei that night and they begin something of a interesting relationship. One of the most striking things about this story is how plausible it all is. The fact that she meets Kei at a club and goes home with her sounds so realistic. Emi's struggle in trying to find her footing in the world also feels more relatable since it is coming from an actual adult instead of some high school girl. Many times the world that a yuri story takes place in seems so far removed from our world. They exist in some fantasy version of Japan where no men exist except in a few crowd shots. After Hours goes a different route and feels connected to the real world even if it is still a work of fiction. Not only that but it features a diverse cast of characters other than the two leads and they are each unique and distinct. So many times in manga and anime in general the only difference between certain characters are their hairstyle. That is not the case with this cast and they strengthen the story and help give it shape. The combination of all those factors make After Hours into a rewarding and engaging read.

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    Number 2. Pieta

    By, Haruno Nanae

    Status: Completed

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    There are some manga series that come along that are true gems that deserve to be noticed. Pieta is that sort of manga, it is beautiful and impactful. Named after the iconic statue by Michelangelo Pieta tells the story of the budding relationship between Sahoko and Rio. One thing that is striking about the manga is its melancholy nature and it seeps through the pages. Haruno is unafraid to tackle tough topics like depression and handles it in a way that I haven't seen in other similar series. Many yuri series feature so called damaged girls that have gone through trauma of some nature, but something about it seems a bit unreal.

    Pieta, on the other hand is completely grounded and has characters actually talk about their emotions and troubles. Pieta also has a physiologist couple who provide an even stronger framework around the series. This really makes it stand apart from the crowd and gives it a character all of its own. The art is very unique as well and add to it's bittersweet charm. Like a cherry on top, Sahoko is one of the strongest and most emotionally mature protagonists I've encountered in a story. There really needs to be more stories like this one.

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    Number 3. Yuunagi Marbled

    by Momono Moto 

    Status: Completed

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    Personally, I think the one thing every so called great story needs is a strong protagonist. It is not always provided and unless the plot or other characters are able to do some series heavy lifting the story will fall apart. For the yuri genre a lot of the protagonists have not deviated much from the blueprint set out in the first yuri ever Shiroi Heya no Futari. They are usually very angsty indecisive and are often easily jerked around by the quintessential dark haired beauty that every yuri are court ordered to have. This particular manga is different however and it is also the reason it is so high on my list. All of it has to deal with the strength of the protagonist. One evening Enna is walking her dog down a strip of coastline when she spots a forlorn dark haired girl standing in the shallows. She is initially confused as to why she is there and wonders if it might be a suicide attempt. They lock eyes and Enna goes on her way.

    The next day at school she and her class gets ready to greet a new transfer student that just so happens to be the mysterious beauty she encountered the other day. Enna increasingly finds herself drawn to the lonely girl named Mshio without quite understanding why. What makes Enna so great is that she acts completely opposite to how we assume typical yuri protagonist would act. She is self assured and proactive and unwilling to be consumed with angst and indecisiveness like some other protagonists I could mention (you know who they are.) With a great degree of care and sweetness she sets to work on her "broken girl" and begins the healing process with seconds to spare.

    This story could have easily have lasted over ten volumes if it had any other protagonist helming it but with Enna in control it lasts for only two very satisfying volumes. There were so many times in the manga where Enna would break from the established angsty norm in exciting ways.

    For example, when Mishio kisses Enna for the first time Enna pushes her away but not because she is disgusted or shocked by the idea that two girls are kissing. No, it is because she simply doesn't know how to breath while being kissed. It is so unlike Moto to write a story like this since some of her other yuri manga's feature some of the most angsty protagonists around. The glory of Enna should definitely be witnessed first hand.

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    (Behold Enna, the Breaker of Angst)

    Number 4. Cirque Arachne

    By, Saida Nika

    Status: Complete

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    I've never been to the circus though I did want to go just to see how it was, and a part of me thought about running away to the circus like every young kid. If it is anything like Cirque Arachne then I've been really missing out. This story named after the weaver cursed by Athena into becoming the first spider is about love found on the tight rope. Teti is the principal star of this tale and she takes center stage and shines all the more brilliantly for it. She is a traveling performer who finds a welcome home at the Cirque Arachne.

    There, she meets the lovely acrobat Charlotte who is a very driven woman determined not to let anyone into the little world she's created for herself. They are partnered together and inevitably the two become closer. Now, they must determine what to do with their complicated feeling intermingled with their differences. What really makes this story stand out from the crowd is the absolutely beautiful artwork. It is visually stunning the way it flows and how fluid their movements are. The term poetry in motion is thrown out a lot but it is very applicable here. The story is another standout and it is told skillfully with a great degree of warmth and sincerity. It deserves to be read.

    Number 5. Qualia the Purple

    by Tsunashima Shirou and Ueo Hisamitsu

    Status: Complete

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    One of the flaws of many yuri series is their narrow scope, narratively speaking. They are primarily concerned with the development and fruition of the relationship between two women. Now, there might be an underlying story and conflicts that may come between them but for the most part it is chiefly about romance. The problem with this is the that it causes the genre as a whole to seem somewhat static and predictable. Many series hit familiar story beats you've seen time and time again, and are forced to rely on the strength of their characters to make it stand out from the pack.

    Qualia the Purple is such a different story from what we view as the norm that I have no comparisons to make, at least in the yuri genre. Qualia the Purple was originally a light novel by Ueo Hisamitsu that was then made into a manga with artwork by Tsunasima Shirou. This utterly unique story is very hard to explain and is honestly something that should just be read for yourself, so I won't go into much detail. The basic rundown is the odd friendship between a average tomboyish young girl named Hatou Manabu and her odd friend Marii Yukari. Yukari is a purple eyed girl who claims that people are robots instead of humans. While she just seems to be at first to be nothing but a bit of an oddball, until things soon start to happen that puts her in a different light. Surprisingly, this is at its core a deep and complex science fiction story and later on the revelations and new developments come fast and hot. Expect the unexpected with this story.

    Number 6. Clover

    By, Otsu Hiyori

    Status: Completed

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    Otsu Hiyori is probably one of my favorite manga authors around and she has a distinctive style all her own, from her stories to her characters to her writing. The characters in the stories are normally very unique and quirky and the art style is wonderful. Clover is an interesting story about the relationships of one specific family. It is told in a different style that forgoes typical chronological formatting and tells each story out of order.

    It starts with a story about the youngest daughter of the family and goes up the oldest before bringing it back to the second youngest again. Each story is self contained and deals with the daughters relationship with different women. It serves as an good introduction to Otsu Hiyori's work.

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    Number 7. Silver Gymnasium 

    By, Hiruno Tsukiko

    Status: Complete

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    Silver Gymnasium is by far one of the most beautiful and just sad entries on this list. It is unique as it is set in an orphanage for young girls, and follows the trials and tribulations of several girls that reside there. It is often at once achingly and also extremely depressing.

    The writing and art style contributes to its melancholiness. I was really hit hard by it because I didn't see it coming. It is cold and bleak as the winter snow but carries with it the promise of spring. Just, remember to bring a tissue.

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    Number 8. Lonely Wolf, Lonely Sheep 

    By Mizutani Fuuka

    Status: Complete

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    Do you believe in fate? Personally, I've never been one that ascribed to that particular belief. I think the only thing I'm really fated to do is be buried in the ground when I've reached the ed of my days. Still, fate makes for some pretty good stories including this one, Lonely Wolf, Lonely Sheep. This somewhat unusual story concerns two girls who meet one day in a hospital. Not only are their names both Imari Kakimoto but they are in the hospital for the same injury.

    In fact, the only thing they don't have in common is that their birthdays are a day apart. Due in part by this extraordinary happenstance they become friends, however, both are harboring secrets that could put their relationship in jeopardy. This story while being short rich and dramatic, and also has one of the best character reversals I have seen. Read it, and you might start believing in fate as well.

    Number 9. Honey Crush

    By Asu Tsubaki

    Status: Complete

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    Like a kick in the shin and a sock in the mouth from your best girl, here's another angsty yuri story set in a high school! Wait, where are you going? No, this is really great I swear! This one is about a ghost! Okay, good you stuck around. It would have been a shame if I had to drag you back by force.

    Honey Crush is a quirky story about the misadventures of Mitsu Amemiya who harbors a deep unrequited love for a girl from another school. She's also a bit of a stalker as well, but the cute kind okay? Like the kind that watch their crush from afar and wish them nothing but the best, not the ones that dig in through their trash, and plot detailed kidnapping simulations in their spare time. On one of her stalking escapades she crosses the street and this happens to her...

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    When Mitsu comes to she realizes that not only is she dead but that she is also a ghost. Anchored to this world by her unrequited love and without any hope of becoming a spirit detective, Mitsu now must content herself with watching over her crush like a young Swayze. However, her plans are throttled yet again by the arrival of a new transfer student who not only has a prior relationship to Mitsu's crush, but is also the only one who can actually see her! This is a really heartwarming story that at times can be sweet, sad, and funny all at once. It has got a lot of charm to it and it will squeeze your heart in a vice grip while your not looking.

    Number 10. I decided to fake a marriage with my junior (♀️) to shut my parents up

    By Kodama Naoko

    Status: Complete

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    I started with adult yuri and by God, am I going to end it with adult yuri! Okay, so the name basically says it all, isn't that nice when that happens? Like the title said, this short series is about a adult woman named Machi whom is convinced by a friend to marry her so she won't be bugged by her parents anymore. While this has the longest name on this list it is also the shortest.

    What makes this unusual is that I am completely fine with it! If you know yuri at all then the name Kodama Naoko is one that you have at the very least a passing familiarity with. She's well known for her twisted characters and soap opera like drama, with NTR: Netsuzou Trap being her most infamous creation. What makes I fake married my junior(I'm not going to type in that long a title every time I reference this) so great is that it is completely different from her other works. Machi is another one of these rare specimens who can break through angst and make clear and decisive choices when called upon. Gone are the indecisive protagonists that are only dragged along by their femme fatales. It is time for a new day, and the dawn brings Machi!

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    Well, there you have it folks, I have gifted you with some quality yuri handpicked by yours truly. Now get out of my sight. You disgust me. Oh, and by the way...

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  17. (making it a blog post because i don't think this would get any activity as a thread)

    I think this time period from 2011 to 2016 might have been the "golden age" of otome games because those were the years where a lot of the most notable otomeges were released. Just looking at high-rated otomes on VNDB:

    2011: Amnesia Memories, Shinigami to Shoujo, Chou no Doku Hana no Kusari, Arcana Famiglia
    2012: Black Wolves Saga (both parts), Dandelion, Koezaru wa Akai Hana, Cinders
    2013: Ken ga Kimi, Nameless, Norn9, Arcana Famiglia 2, Getsuei no Kusari (and fandisc)
    2014: Code Realize, Ayakashi Gohan
    2015: Taishou x Alice, Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly, Re Birthday Song, Yoshiwara Higanbana
    2016: Collar x Malice, Mystic Messenger, Nightshade, Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk, Code Realize Future Blessings

    I can only attest to the quality of a few of these VNs but for those that are more into this genre, i would like to raise this discussion.

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    It all started on 4chan's /vg/ board in its regular visual novel thread:

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    The twitter account has some vague cyber-y tweets related to loading and then the trailer linked in the 4chan post. The unlisted video has English subtitles so some effort was put into it, though the "summer 2018" part is probably not happening. Also is it just me or is the tl of the "you betrayed me?!" line weird based on the voice clip? Like she doesn't sound surprised. oops getting tangential here...

    So what does it all mean? well, SteppenWolf is apparently a team within the baldr series or something, and TGL is a company which has Giga, makers of baldr, as an imprint. But of course anyone could have made the twitter account and the 4chan post and incorporated just the right references to make things interesting. All in all until we get something more official there's no way to tell if this is a hoax or not; I would recommend not getting too hyped.

    Okay zaka but where's the realdeal silly speculation at?

    Very well, dear rhetorical-questioner-kun. So like you know how Aroduc was fan translating baldr sky and then sekai project licensed it and then negotiations broke down and it was basically typical sekai project a terrible fracas? The outside guess is that instead of actually quitting tl like he seemed to when he dropped off the scene he's been working on this. It even matches up with things I seem to remember him mentioning about baldr force being better but people wanting sky or something. Anyway take this with more salt than a room containing solidbatman, originalren, astro, steve, and itsangetime, but it's like, maybe possible. Maybe.

    Y u no make forum thread?

    I want to feel like a special snowflake. Also I figured this'd be a decent water-testing opportunity for this kind of content so here I go.

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    NEW INFO 17:00 swedish time 15/9:

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    Two new videos have been posted in /vn/ and on the twitter account:

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  18. I haven't posted anything particularly editorial in a while, nor have I landed a new FuwaReview in a while; I've been busy with one thing or another, and also I just haven't had that much to write about. However, today I finished reading new shiny new Kokoro Connect: Hito Random release, and when I finished, I knew I had to write something up about it.

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    I first watched Kokoro Connect way back when I didn't know who to ask for recommendations and was still finding my way around anime. I was mostly just going through things that were highly ranked on AnimeNewsNetwork's overall rankings, that were accessible without pirating, and that sounded interesting. But I didn't pick it up without some trepidation. Back then, I was a little put off by fanservice in general, and the show's description was selling the perverted body-swapping angle really hard, so I was concerned it was just some shallow fanservice show. Still, I decided to take the plunge anyway, thinking there had to be more to it given the show's reception, and boy was I ever glad I did.

    Nothing pushes my buttons like Kokoro Connect. The story it tells is as closely tailored to my own preferences as anything I could ever ask for: coherent and interesting characters, immensely human drama, realistic romantic development, clear story beats and plot arcs accumulating to bigger themes, and a little spritz of magic to grease the wheels of the plot. Hell, the anime even got a great dub, featuring the immensely talented Luci Christian as best girl Inaba. It's an all-time favorite for me, something I can happily recommend to anyone.

    One of my favorite elements of the show is that each arc feels so complete. In 3-5 episodes, a new twist emerges, a plot unfolds around it, the characters grow in response, and at the end it resolves fully, always in a satisfying way. The one season and the OVA together had four such arcs all together, and while I was immensely satisfied with where it ended after each one, when I finished the last OVA, I still thought to myself, man, I wish there was more of this. What I eventually learned, when I finished the show and went to read about its origins, was that the reason for the tight storytelling was that the show was based on an existing series of light novels, of which the show only covered the first four out of ten (eleven of you count a volume of short stories). There was a whole lot of content out there I hadn't seen yet! Except, it wasn't available in English...

    And that brings us to today, when I got to read the first English volume of the English release. And let me tell you guys, it is gooood. The translation is fluid, natural, and well-written. The characters pop right out of the page, and the narration is consistently solid and occasionally beautiful. Props to the localization team on their work here! I do have a couple minor gripes, of course: leaving people's heights in centimeters, which is totally bizarre in an American English translation (sure I can do the calculation, but talk about kicking you out of the immersion. Fortunately this only happened once); and not translating the per-volume titles ("hito random" ain't exactly my idea of a punchy title).

    So how did it hold up, revisiting the material again after all these years? It's still awesome! I had to stifle my laughter a few times so I didn't look like a weirdo laughing out loud in the middle of a plane flight. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, I felt tears welling up in my eyes at a couple of particularly touching scenes, and had to fight just as hard to hold them back.

    And while there's nothing major that's new here, versus what you'd see in the first five volumes of the anime, there are little bits and pieces that make it worth the time, especially in the narration, something inherently missing from an anime.

    So what are you waiting for? There's a criminally neglected property out there finally getting a great English release, and it deserves your attention. Go out and give it a try! https://j-novel.club/v/kokoro-connect-hito-random

  19.     I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER HOW LONG AGO: Not even time travel saved tymmur, but it's not like Dreamysyu, VirginSmasher and Zander would give up so fast! After finding a whopping amount of 1 (one) clue, our heroes started marching to the court room.

     

        After whatever won the poll, our heroes finally reached a red velvet room, decorated with golden statues and chains. An extravagant atmosphere, that also made everyone dizzy, just like Ranzo's ego. Speaking of the Devil, he just started singing a Velvet Underground song. Back to the room's interior, we could also see a circle of golden platforms in the exact middle of the room, an arrangement that permitted them to see everyone else should they step behind the platforms. Well, not "should", "must", they have to do it, to save America, or whatever other noble reason. Maggiekuma's throne was located closer to the corner, in a higher ground where it was possible to see everything the plebeians bellow were doing. 

        "Sooooooo, you guys are finally here!" said Maggiekuma, savoring some popcorn.

        "And whose fault is it, that we're this late?" we can count on batman to rub salt on other people's wound.

        "Okay, look, I already waste half a screen worth of space with that poll, so let's drop the issue about my lateness! You have better things to discuss!" angrily said Maggiekuma, throwing popcorn at our heroes. Kiri didn't seem offended.

        "Yeah, like, we can discuss how h-scenes are important to the plot!" Dergonu proposed a circle jerking. :ren: 

        "We would stay here all day if we were to discuss that. Instead, shouldn't we discuss... I don't know... about tymmur's death???" Dreamysyu put his protagonism to good use.

        "Oh right, we should honour the bugger." Poltroon said in a dignified way, almost contradicting his behaviour in the last chapter.

        "You say that like we're disrespecting him, but these bunch of lines we're saying that never ends is a nice shout out to the fella." justified Fiddle.

        "Now that's what I call a fantastic homage!" agreed Ranzo, even though deep down they thought that their performance of Fucking Wizard by Reverend Bizarre that was edited out of the story to not split the audience due to musical differences was better.

        "Okay, I... think I can allow that. But can you guys at least, pretty please, babble while going to your designated seats?" not even I understand Maggiekuma's attempts to save time at this point.

        "If I remember right here, we have to find the culprit hiding here and then vote for him here so we can continue to live here." littleshogun made a recap.

        "So what, we just talk and talk about it until the culprit eventually blurts it all out?" Virgin proposed.

        "That wouldn't be half as fun! So let me explain some additional rules to the trial session!"

     

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        Said Zander, with his now healed physical injury and forever persisting mental damage.

        "No need. I microwaved my way through a time where we already listened to the rules before this, so I can tell you guys!" Kurisu saving the day.

        "You could have, you know, looked for the culprit's name..." Or not.

        "Well, in short, we have to talk non stop about the same things over and over again even if they are painfully obvious until someone with half a brain figures the bullshit in our arguments and fire a truth bullet through it. We can add some random babble in the conversation too, to make things more of a chore than harder per se."

        "Putting it like this... god, this game sucks!" everything sucks for you, bats.

        "So, all we gotta do is shoot first, eh?" said Lesiak, firing a bullet that would put Clint Eastwood's characters to shame. Sasuga, Ultimate Westerner. Too bad SeniorBlitz happened to be in front of him, so he ended with a bullet in his skull. Sasuga, Ultimate Westerner.

        RIP.

        "Eeerr... that sounded like Lesiak put a... silencer in his gun." it looked like a very lame and inappropriate joke made by Dergonu, but it was also a nice shout out to Senior's pun habits.

        "To be quite honest, I think this game will be much more balanced now. He was too overpowered with that guide of his." said the guy that claimed he knows everything about the progress of the story.

        "I have to agree with that as well. One should not defy the gods." said the guy that defy the gods himself.

        "Even if we don't like it, you have a point. Now everyone have a fair chance." said the tsun that can time travel. "I'm not a tsundere!" that's not what I said. "A-a-a-a-a-and I'm not just a tsun either!"

        "Well, except the part about killing each other mid trial, even if I don't really care if you guys actually do it, the trial goes exactly like Kurisu explained. So start presenting some proof or something."

        "Oh, I have some!" Kenshin finally got the ball rolling.

        "I also happen to have some." Zander said calmly like this:

     

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        "I also have something to show." Virgin said proudly. Not even Dreamysyu, that was with him had any idea what kind of clue he found.

        "Let's start with mine, since I raised my hand first! Okay, I gathered some pics from the crime scene. Maggiekuma, can you lend me a screen to project those?" said Kenshin.

        "This is really necessary? I mean, we're handling guro material here..." Lesiak asked before I have to rate this fic 18+.

        "Guro..." Dergonu seems to be controlling himself to not say anything else.

        "About guro here, I think I could give my opinion on it, but since I'm not into strangling and tentacle anal rape here, I think I'll pass on this here." littleshogun gave his opinion.

        ".............Not only you're being awfully specific, but no one asked if anyone liked guro either." Ranzo tsukkomied for a moment.

        "Eeerrr, but don't we just looked at the body? Ignoring that it was 2 eons ago outside the story. How 2D pics can be worse than the real deal?" Virgin asked.

        "I'm not sure if this 2D vs 3D argument's going to fly on court, mister Virgin." you guys are already on court, mister Poltroon, but he was so naturally on mood for trials that he didn't even noticed his language quirk.

        "To be honest, the only thing those pics will show is what I'm about to describe." Zander started. "I investigated the body and made a shocking discover: it wasn't the gif that killed tymmur, he was electrocuted!"

        "Impossible. How such a detail went unnoticed by the gods?" bellowed Clephas, making a question that I didn't really think the answer to.

        "His feet were stuck into a bucket full of water together with an electric wire. So it means... that someone entered the scene, probably knocked tymmur out cold, stuck his feet into the bucket, put the wire there, send the gif as a red flag and then fled." Dreamysyu put all the pieces together. "But... when did the culprit find the time to do all that?"

        "He doesn't need time if they can time travel..." Ranzo preferred to chaotic-evilly accuse anyone without proof just for the lulz than actually help.

        "True that, but unfortunately for your lulz, I have some further proof I'm not the killer. Isn't that right, Kenshin_sama?!" Kurisu said, throwing their ace in the moment they judged to be the most dramatic!

        "Why people only present evidence on dramatic prompts and not, like, right at the start?" Danganronpa is to blame, bats.

        "Oh right! The message on the blackboard! I have a pic of it as well!" Kenshin said what they knew. "When both of us entered the scene, we saw this 'Podology services for free!' message written with pink chalk on the blackboard, so maybe that's what baited tymmur."

        "I don't even know what podology is supposed to be, what's your point?" Virgin didn't understand gay speak.

        "I'm not sure either, but maybe... you're trying to say that tymmur put his feet inside that bucket by himself??" dramatic song starts playing.

        "WHATA TWIIIIIIIIIIIST!" not really, Maggiekuma. You're the only one excited here.

        "Wait a moment. If that's true... why we didn't saw that message when we went to crime scene?" Lesiak questioned.

        "Because I eventually erased it to write a differences chart between the anime and the VN version of S;G 0 there." calmly explained Kurisu.

        "Destroying evidence, eh?" Poltroon suddenly became Canadian.

        "To be honest, it made the episode even more fun to watch, building that chart." the order of the words in Kenshin's explanation looks like something poorly translated from japanese. And then, everyone just removed Kenshin and Kurisu from the blame list because I don't want to drag this any longer.

        "Okay, I think it's finally time for me to shine!" Virgin raised from his seat, at least I hope I mentioned they were sitting before.

        "Oh yeah, you apparently had some evidence." Zander trusted Virgin as much as Virgin trusted him.

        "Yeah, and it's that now dead guy's guide!"

        "Wait, isn't this cheating?" Dergonu uphold the rules with seriousness.

        "Not when I'm the one doing it!" said Virgin, quickly turning the pages of Senior's guide. "Soooo, if I got to the right page, I think the way to advance is... to ask Dergonu to hack the system?"

     

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        "Dergonu, care to explain?" Fiddle asked, judging his comrade.

        "Oh riiiiight, I was hacking the system to get access to the monitors early, so maybe I can do it again to check some unusual activity." I'm not sure if Dergonu can even do that, but Kaguya is not in the story so this have to do. After some *insert meme and oversimplified explanation of hacker doing stuff* in a laptop that Maggiekuma lent to them, Dergonu turned back to his friends with a sullen expression. "It's no use, I can't even see traces of Kurisu's magecraft there."

        "Some mod you are." Zander rolled his eyes.

        "☆=(ゝω・)/" Kiri intervene for the first time! "ヾ(`・ω・´)ノ" They said.

        "Can someone localize this?"

        "They're saying that maybe Poltroon or Clephas can try to get access to the system too. They aren't the Ultimate Mod, but maybe their permissions are wacky enough for that to work." Fiddle translated.

     

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        "WHAT ARE YOU EVEN OBJECTING TO?????" Dreamysyu asked themselves if Maggie didn't do that just because she so wanted to use that pic.

        "Did Kiri really says all of that with just that smiley?" batman asked the real question.

        "Yes." Fiddle only nodded, because they know. And somehow everyone just accepted it and the plot moved forward.

        "Well, since batman stole my catchphrase..." not really, Mr. Edgeworth. "I'll hack into this system of yours instead, to finally make a grandiose entrance in this trial." I think it's a fair trade, solving plot problems instead of saying a meme catchphrase. And with that, his fingers danced through the keyboard of Maggiekuma's laptop. "Ohoooo... what is this?"

        "Cut the suspense, did you find out who send the gif?"

        "As a matter of fact, yes. And it was... someone named Dergonu!"

     

        DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!

     

        "Absurd! It's not me!!! Just look into my account activity!!! It was pretty much inactive before Dreamysyu asked for my help earlier this morning!" Dergone yelled.

        "Just for the record, I'm not confirming this piece of information." Dreamysyu threw Dergonu under the bus.

        "TRAITOR!"

        "Fret not, my fellow moderator. I never said it was you that did it. I said an account with the name 'Dergonu' is the responsible for this mess, apparently. And for some reason, this Dergonu is also following your account." Poltroon explained.

        "But wasn't that Dergonu following Dergonu Dergonu themselves?" Kenshin put it in a confusing way, but it was the painful truth.

        "Oh yeah, that's right. So forget what I said about not fretting, Dergonu, please do fret." Poltroon dealt the final blow.

        "Wait, we're not doing that retarded rhythm game from Danganronpa now, are we?" Ranzo asked. Even if he was a music enthusiast, no one deserves that annoying game.

        "No lol, that minigame is stupid, I can go down without that and with my dignity instead, thank you very much." Dergonu explained.

        "So it WAS you the culprit here. You must be quite interested here in how to mouth those obviously delicious and long and thick bananas here to actually commit murder for it here." littleshogun disapproved.

        ".................I think you're the only one that still remembers that was supposed to be our motivation." Virgin felt some degeneration in the air.

        "Nah man, I didn't do it for some dumb book." Dergonu switched to their evil villain personality. For some reason, no one was really surprised.

        "So, why did you kill tymmur?"

        "For the ~~***GURO***~~, of course!" And them they started some chant that looked like a chuuni villain speech. "KILL, PUNCH, STAB, BLEEEEED!!!! Why is this frustrated Derg so mad? I hope you can't answer me, as your brains escape through your ears! Dance, Derg, at the rhythm of the falling severed fingers! Crawl in my direction leaving your intestines in your trails! You can't take your eyes of Derg, so I'll take them out for you maggots!" for some reason, Dergonu started talking about themselves in third person, something as bad as guro.

        "Okay, but where's the sexual part in those things you describe? That's just regular gore." asked Dreamysyu.

        "Well, I'm sexy (/ω\)" Kiri wasn't amused with Dergonu trying to copy them.

        "Is this... the real Dergonu?" Lesiak asked, somehow surprised that he didn't recognize his friend that had a whopping amount of maybe 5 lines in 3 chapters worth of characterization.

        "Actually, now everything is starting to make sense." Really? "They did that... because they wanted to be guroed themselves."

        "mWAHAHAKWAKWA~ mAYBE?! <3" Dergonu's maniacal laugh echoed in the chamber.

        "Well, if that's what this shell of a human being is asking for..." Clephas started a summoning spell. "KILL, PUNCH, STAB, BLEEEEED!!!!..." no, I won't create 2 mantras in a single chapter.

        "HOLD YOUR HORSES! I CAN HANDLE THIS!" said Maggiekuma, wanting to shine in this chapter as well. "The Punishment time is on the house! And I prepared some pretty cool Visual Novel style execution!" Saying that, Maggiekuma took an old grimoire whose cover was covered in a cat's hide. The Legendary Nekonomicon. It seems Senior's soul is still trapped in the courtroom, as the lame puns are out of control. Cutting off one of their finger and pouring the blood over the cursed book's page, Maggiekuma summoned Dergonu's executioner. "Who's better to punish bad Dergonu than the very own Empress of the Banished Lands?"

        In the next moment. The sky suddenly went dark. They were indoors, but they noticed it through a TV that Maggiekuma turned on in that instant or something. But the reason for that suddenly invaded the courtroom too. Wasps. A fuck ton of them. Their buzzing was quite loud, almost looking like they were omegaloling at the characters' misery. The characters that had closer ties with Hell knew what were those wasps. The poster boys (boys is even the right word here?) of the Banished Lands, the symbol of the Queen. And indeed, short after, she appeared. The High Mistress Neko, the Ultimate Catgirl. Clad in a beautiful samurai armor and carrying a giant samurai sword, she was danger incarnate. She also had massive breasts that were in fact just two gigantic spherical bombs just to be even more dangerous. She approached Dergonu with a smile on her face, the wasps flying around her now buzzing a chorus latin song to be even more chuuni.

        "Ahaha, so you're the boy who needs some punishment?" she asked in a voice that almost made you want to be punished.

        "Only if you don't be gentle with me." Well, apparently Dergonu DID wanted to be punished.

        "Desu wa~" said the Neko Queen in gratuitous japanese that didn't really make any sense here. "So, time to...!"

     

        [The content of Dergonu's execution was considered too extreme for Fuwa rules, so I removed it according. I count with the help of fans to restore this content! Thanks for the comprehension! Actually no, fuck you.]

     

        Even if the guroing was lazily cut, I didn't rewrite the scars it left in the other guys that lived and watched everything in horror. Although Ranzo did like the violent style of the High Mistress, so they actually took some notes of things to copy when they eventually tries to kill someone. It will be censored all the same to be honest. Eventually the Neko Samurai walked away with her wasp companions, what left our heroes begging for it to be just a dream.

        "Let me guess, you'll copy that 'Dreamysyu woke up in their usual seat blah blah blah' again next time, right?" now even Dreamysyu is snarking at me.

        

        NEXT TIME: Two more down, thirteen to go. What awaits our heroes next?

     

        "Hopefully not another long ass waiting again!" Virgin released one last drop of poison.

  20. As many (hopefully) of you know, I like to read a lot of different things, providing my stomach and the laws of my country allow it. My VNDB list will never reach Clephas level of completeness, so I'm aiming for something different instead: to have the most random, hipster, no prejudice, unlike any other VN list. Of course, as slow as I am, I can only hope to achieve this dream within the next 30 years or so, but hey I'm still young!

    I have conquered otomege, devoured BL, collected EVNs, discovered yuri, threaded in chuuni waters, tiptoed into nakige, read through memeges, tasted horror, and tried my hand with gameplay hybrids. But how can I call myself a Ultimate VN Reader if I never read a single nukige? No, I have to change that. I must to. So I decided to give a chance to the glorious fangame our friendly neighbors Asonn, Arcadeotic, Hanako, HMN, Jptje, Nandemonai, Zakamutt, and other sweeties (because the list is damn long), shared with the West: Maki Fes!

    What were the impressions of Maggie, guaranteed 12% female readership of Fuwa, someone who totally didn't went in for the memes and that totally knew something about Love Live beforehand? Find out now!
     

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    There's a catchy song in the title screen, pretty much the only song I remember from the game.
     

    In Maki Fes!, you play as Matt yourself! The boyfriend (wait, it should be girlfriend if I had to play as myself. Well, I can stick with Matt just fine) of the cute red haired tsundereish Maki! How lucky are you? Nukige convenience is convenient, alright! Not a bad start to be honest, I was expecting something more stupid, but Maki Fes already proved itself as above average intellectual level than my preconceived opinion of what constitutes an average nukige. Anyway, Maki needs to write a song and you, as a good boyfriend, agree to help her get some inspiration. And yeeeeeees, that means lots of porn!

    Maki is pretty much the only character you'll meet through the entire game, since more girl means harem or yuri, right? And that's not what this doujinge is about. And she's fully voiced! The actress does a very good job for most part, except during those background moans that goes like a machine gun shooting fast going "a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a" that got annoying after two loops. The art is also quite pleasant to look at, Maki pouting and smiling are just the cutest. I enjoyed her character, but I don't know the original to say if she's going too OOC.

    So! The game provide you with the following scenarios, and all of them leads to porn. Yes, some of these choices leading to porn is quite creative, I know. The twist would be if the last option didn't, but that's not what happens here.
     

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    Choices, oh choices.
     

    If you don't want to be spoilered, stop reading right here! Not that I consider sexual position a spoiler, but hey, there's weird folks of all kinds out there! So let's go over what I get out of each scenes. And no, it wasn't masturbatory material.

    "Let's recall our first time!": Exactly what it says on the tin. It was quite a sweet scene, where Matt the protagonist was mindful of Maki, and if she was feeling comfortable. Of course, she had to say the typical "you can be more rough, I know you're holding yourself back", but hey, at least they discussed it! Relationship is all about two people understanding and being respectful with each other after all! Another thing that I have to praise this game is that the classic "Cum inside/Cum outside" option only affect the CG right after it, and not the ending, so I could pick "Cum outside" to my heart's content.

    "Wear your maid outfit!": This one was nice too, as far as h-scenes goes. It's a blowjob scene and HEY, it have simple ANIMATIONS (*insert here the face of a surprised girl that never saw a animated VN before)! The translation of this scene was pretty good too, I was amazed with how many different porn sound effects this guy could came (get it? :ren:) up with. It also had a marriage proposal discussion there that I liked, but I can guess 80% of the people that played this game didn't even noticed it.

    "Our good luck charm!": This was one of the last scenes I read, so there wasn't much of my patience left. I think it was something about writing good luck wishes on Maki's butt. Yep. Of course, not with a pen or a penis, but with his finger. Oh yeah, this guy goes on and on about Maki's cellulite free butt but this game don't have a single anal scene. For shame, game, for shame!

    "I'm hungry!": I can only say one thing. How Maki decided she wanted to feed this guy and do it like this???????????
     

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    "Dancing is inspiring!": Probably, but it was the very last scene I read and at that point I just wanted the game to end. Four scenes is my limit for h-scenes one after another. Multiple rounds indeed is a lie. Oh yeah, the scene. I think it was a cowgirl scene and... that's it.

    "Use traditional elements!": Was it on that scene that Maki came with the penetration alone? God, that was dumb. This guy have such lame foreplay skill it's a wonder Maki can even come once. Oh yeah, there's pee in this scene, weird that Zaka didn't work on this. How does her pee makes an arc in the air though? Pretty sure you need a penis to do that...

    "You need some excitement!": Man, this scene have one weird dick. It looked like a fishing hook. Animating it didn't make it any better. But I think this scene had some well crafted puns cumversation, so it was somewhat amusing.

    "I wanna fuck!": (Chorus: FUCK!)* Now that's a scene where Matt truly shines! And Maki as well. How could a forget when she uttered my favorite quote of the game, "My nipples are playing the blues!"? Now that's what I call talented nipples!

    *Joke stolen from ZakaTM 

    After seeing all scenes, you can finally watch the desired True Ending, that I'll not spoil here. That was... tiring to be honest, but also educational (?) to say the least. It helped me to understand some before unexplored corners of the VN fandom. And I can't really doubt that it must be a nice game if used as intended. Should I be ashamed that this was my first contact with anything related to Love Live? Maybe. But now I can proudly (??) say that my VNDB list is one step closer to perfection. And since I already ticked the nukige checkbox, I can safely remove any other nukiges/games tagged with high sexual content from my wishlist!

    ...Wait, that one nukige is BL.

    ...

    Guess I'm making a nukige misadventures part 2.


    Unrelated PS: No, I didn't forget about Dankaronpa, chapter 4 is halfway done. Maybe next week! ;)

  21. I’m so good at writing reviews that my last one was months ago. If I continue like that I’ll eventually beat @Plk_Lesiak on the review count (we all know that is a lie).

    Anyway gonna drop the structure of my last two reviews and freely type, I’ll still go over all of the topics presented there, but without separating them in topics, this way I can freely write what I want without feeling limited to a certain space.

    Also I wouldn't call this a "review" in the literal sense, it is just my spouting my impressions of the game without properly analyzing all the aspects.

    BUT enough rambling, know let’s talk about the matter at hand. 

    soundless - A MODERN SALEM IN REMOTE AREA -

     You know a EVN is good when our official OELVN hater approves it (this is a joke btw not trying to personally offend him, you never know on the internet :makina:)

    DAMN this game, it is been a while since a story engaged me to such level; I literally read it from start to finish in one sitting.

    Where do I start… okay… this game does Denpa way better than DDLC. Our protagonist, Mercy lives in remote town of Phada (cultist type of town), she is constantly bullied and harassed because of her “cursed” vision which cause her too see a corrupted world filled with red and black beetles. The town’s main figure of worship is the “holy woman” whose purpose is to receive energy and messages from “god”.

    So after the accidental death of such, suddenly two holy women appears at the town, and one of them approaches Mercy claiming that she also has a cursed vision. Mercy finally starts seeing the good side of life with the help of this girl, but…

    Strange things happen, and the girl starts acting out of character….

    The rest you’ll have to discover by yourself. ;o)

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    Some of the CGs are pretty awesome from characterization alone.

    First off, can I say how much I love the presentation of the game, the art and music fits so well and the atmosphere is so perfect, it weirdly reminded me of silent hill with all the red imagery and the unintelligible speech of people around mercy.

    Other thing I have to praise is how none of the characters feel useless, all of them are developed, have their motivations and. The game deals with dark themes like bullying and abuse very well, the tone is consistent and it never feel like the novel is trying to be “edgy”, and it genuinely makes you feel bad for the protagonist, you just feel like jumping into the game and giving her a hug, because you feel like she doesn’t deserve any of the things that happen to her.

    The mystery and Denpa aspects of the game are also incredibly implemented, like I said, the story was very engaging and I couldn’t stop reading it until I reach its conclusion, and the messages it passes with the ending is very beautiful.

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    Some persons just don't know how rude it is to garble a bunch of nonsense from their scribbled faces.

    But I shall say no more, this game is free, not that long and there are no branches, so no save scumming to get extra CGs is required ;o). So, go download it, this VN proves that not all EVN’s are trash and that there are some genuine gems out there.

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