Clover Heart's , Eien no Aselia -The Spirit of Eternity Sword- and Yukizakura can all be considered masterpieces from certain angles, but they can't beat a real violent story Kurenai
1. Haken Seifuku 派遣制服  BlueJelly Main character owns a bar. One day he receives a letter urging him to avenge his dead parents and defeat Kagura group that controls the underground business of the city. But he does not have to fight alone - bar is full of girls suffered from the Ka
Foreword: Sword apprentice protagonist and two fighting heroines (short swords and bow) were all that it took to lure me to this game.
Title: Ochiba no Mau Koro
Synopsis: Amami Kouji lost his parents in an accident when he was a child. After that he was adopted by his father's friend Kusana
Most of the candidates already got an English review, so I'm choosing the one with the most swordplay Ochiba no Mau Koro . I guess Lovers ~Koi ni Ochitara... is the only game worthy of masterpiece status this month.
1. Chocolate Days ちょこれ～とDays  Xuse The protagonist is Mogami Takuya, your basic cliche average high school student, whose mother is passed away and father is away on business. There are five very cliche women in his life: an older friend from childhood w
Foreword: I only picked this game because it has no reviews and scenario writer is Kanno Hiroyuki. Just can't believe he can write some total crap.
Synopsis: Naomi Yuiki, 21 years old single, college student. Though her parents died, because of the inheritance she and her brother, Kouta Yuiki age 18, can live without much t
Cross†Channel is VN of the Month. Tenshi no Inai 12-gatsu is among masterpieces as well. I'm choosing Thanatos no Koi ~In Ane Otouto Soukan~ for review.
1. Sacred Plume セイクリッド・プルーム  Teatime 1 2 Hero Kane returned to his hometown after a long two years of wandering. I met new friends and got into the maelstrom of events. The beginning was the meeting with Rita. Kidnapping women infected with the field near the capital. Behind all this there was the ominous shadow of
Foreword: It looked like a semi-historical plot-centered game, so why not sample it, really.
Title: Salem no Majo-tachi
Synopsis: Year 1699. A young priest, named Kevin, sailed to the peaceful town in the British colony in the New World. This town's name was Salem. He is yet to know a
It's the month of summer Comiket, so let's try to make it through piles of Doujins together. I consider Natsuyume Yawa the masterpiece and winner by default. I'm reviewing Salem no Majo-tachi , but I've yet to develop my opinion on it.
1. Boku to Kanojo to Kokoro no Kakera 僕と彼女とココロの欠片  Milky Kiss Father gets an urgent work appointment leaving main character in charge of his imouto and niece.
He has a lover, but something misses in his hea
Foreword: Apocalypse angel story is enough to bait me as long as there aren't more intriguing candidates, but in July 2003 there weren't any.
Title: Kono Sora ga Tsuieru Toki ni
Developer: Digital Monkey
Synopsis: Main character lives happily with his lover and friends around him. But one day the world comes to an end.
There aren't masterpieces this month. And I'm so desperate that I'm choosing lolige Komorebi ni Yureru Tamashii no Koe as VN of the Month. I'll review a cool angel game Kono Sora ga Tsuieru Toki ni
1. 6 Gatsu no Tenshi 6月の天使  LaLa Main character who is approaching graduation goes on a journey of self-search. He meets a unique girl who has a secret about her. Right emotions will help her to convey her heart.
Game features emotions in additi
Foreword: Girl with a huge sword was a decisive factor for me, but game is quite mysterious and curious looking. It's created for the 10th anniversary of Cat's Pro/Panda House. So, is it as enjoyable as D.U.O.?
Developer: Panda House
Synopsis: People always die in this world
Lolicon becomes the main trend of 2003, so there are less and less unblocked games. Sayonara is VN of the month, but whether it's a masterpiece or not will get clear from review.
1. Icon アイコン  BellyBell The age of sword fights. Two countries enjoy a brief moment of peace. Two swordsmen have appeared in the smallest country at such time. The turbulent times approach, so they need to protect their motherland and learn about the true nature of conflict...
Foreword: May had zero interesting releases without review for me, so I chose one with the English review already (1). My hope in nakige is crippled, so I wonder if it can be restored with this game, just as it affected this review's author.
Title: Ashita Deatta Shoujo
VNDB link: https://vndb.org/v464
True Remembrance , Ashita Deatta Shoujo and Uchi no Imouto no Baai (Heart) can be called masterpieces. I'm inclined to name Ashita Deatta Shoujo the winner. My review of it follows next.
1. Konohana 3 ~Itsuwari no Kage no Mukou ni~ 此花3 ～偽りの影の向こうに～  Vridge Inc. 1 The story picks up lightly with Meguru and Miako bickering about. After some computer chatting, Miako arranged to go with Meguru and Shinobu to a Water Island amusement park. There, they would also meet up w
Foreword: I know game is a nakige, but it has universally high scores. KID visual novels made for PlayStation look very generic and boring to me. Is this the one that finally puts me to shame?
Title: My Merry Maybe
VNDB link: https://vndb.org/v3697
Synopsis: A university student, Kishimori Hiroto enrolls in an educat
Zanmataisei Demonbane is still VN of the month for me even though I see zero point in the game, it's pure entertainment with predetermined ending and no story in-between. The reason is that other masterpieces of the month - My Merry Maybe and Yumeria - are even weaker. I'll give my stance on My Merry Maybe in review.
1. Summer Radish Vacation!! Ｓｕｍｍｅｒラディッシュ・バケーション!!  0verflow Hazama Shun is all fed up with his mother, Hatsuka and her suitor Tomaru. He decided to get
Foreword: I played Aya route six years ago, but was left quite confused for the lack of understanding. Anime put its dots, but it deliberately changed the ending. I'm over-enjoyed to finally read all the routes in all the complexity.
Synopsis: For a close-knit foursom
Interlude is the only masterpiece of the month. This month blocked novels surpassed normal ones over four times which is very scary considered that it's not a Comiket month.
1. Erinyes  Pleiades Company There is an island country similar to Japan. Memory of the great war that happened 50 years ago starts to wear off. But people who got hurt can never forget. There is a den where such people are gathered - underground prison. Now the time for settlement has come. Wil
Foreword: With Fuwa and vndbreview votes combined One 2 ~Eien no Yakusoku~ got 5 poll votes which is two votes more than closest competitor Masaru: Ashita no Yukinojou 2 has. I already mentioned that One 2 is a masterpiece, so it's time to present my reasoning. As usual, I only picked two heroines to capture while remaining four remain untouched (except for common route cameo).
Title: One 2 ~Eien no Yakusoku~
Foreword: I made up mind not to read reviews about BM0 in order to preserve original experience, but I was surprised to see negative impressions of BM0 in other visual novel reviews of 2002! Wow, what could this game possibly do to piss so many people off? Can it really be worse than DoNoR with its blurry backgrounds?
Title: BM0 Zankoku na Yoru ni Kanojo no Sakebi wa Dare ni mo Kikoenai.
Routes is the only masterpiece of the month. By inertia i'm choosing BM0 from FlyingShine for review this month.
1. Cannonball ~Neko Neko Machine Mou Race!~ CANNONBALL ～ねこねこマシン猛レース！～  Liar-soft 1 2 3 4 There is a big race event in space called Cannonball!
People living in the harsh space environment enter this huge interstellar event with big dreams and excitement in their hearts. The winner gets a huge reward, or at least that's what has been pr
Foreword: Why would KeroQ make a moege? This thought bothered me for a while. But what if KeroQ tricked everyone and made something entirely different under facade of moege?
Synopsis: An anarchistic country that is said to dominate the world exists on a vast island known as
Moekan is the only masterpiece of the month
1. F no Fuuin Fの封印  Girl's Software Main character is a university student who studies local history. As a part of his investigation he visits ancient shrine maiden island. There he finds and breaks a mirror, which is followed by a dream of a woman who lost her mind and wore girl clothes. Mysterious incidents start to happen from that point. What secret is sealed in maiden that came to his dream?
Year 2002 was quite curious. A lot of heavy weight candidates finally entered the scene.
New portion of Visual Novel Openings 2002 with songs.
My list of masterpieces in 2002:
Bokura ga Koko ni Iru Fushigi.
D.U.O. ~Song for All~
Ever17 -The Out of Infinity-
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Hotosenaru Uta Chitosenaru Shirushi
Kikokugai - The Cyber Slayer
Masaru: Ashita no Yukinojou
Foreword: Girls with swords - will they repeat success of Gunsister?
Title: Tamamayu ~Miserareta Mitsu no Ito~
Synopsis: Mysterious girl Shoko suddenly transfers to main character's school. One day she confesses to protagonist, but gets rejected. She says she has an ability to control the darkne
There are no masterpieces this month. This is becoming a tradition! Guess Popotan can be called VN of the Month. I'm choosing Tamamayu ~Miserareta Mitsu no Ito~ for review. Girls with swords not as cool as with guns, but will do.
1. Tamamayu ~Miserareta Mitsu no Ito~ 玉繭 ～魅せられた蜜の糸～  Mireille Mysterious girl Shoko suddenly transfers to main character's school. One day she confesses to protagonist, but gets rejected. She says she has an ability to control the dark