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Tsurugi Otome Noah 剣乙女ノア [Tail Wind]

Foreword: It's the only fantasy battle game of the month, so it's a natural choice to play. Synopsis:  The main character is Haruto, a soldier. One day, he loses his life during a battle. To get back to life, he'll need to get the energy of other people. However, it's hard to do so.... Just when he gives up, Noah and Firia stop him. They decide to offer their bodies to him.... Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2b9TvxnBQI&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv8XAUhTcdaTO60VfvBT
 

8665^2 Haruruko no Jijou 8665^2 ハルルコのジジョウ [Rune]

Foreword: There have been a lot of H parodies of Haruhi Suzumia, but this one seems to be a mild absurdist parody developing on the themes of the anime. Or do I expect too much from a game by Rune? Synopsis:  Akio is an ordinary uni student. But, there is one thing different from others. That is his great olfactory system. He somehow hides it, and lives a peaceful life. One day, Haruruko, his classmate, finds it, and his life suddenly turns around 180 degrees... Yout
 

VN of the Month September 2007 - Tsurugi Otome Noah

Second month without masterpieces. I'll probably settle with Tsurugi Otome Noah as VN of the Month. Reviewing it, as well as 8665^2 Haruruko no Jijou . 1. Dear My Sun!! ~Musuko Ikusei Capriccio~ DEAR My SUN!!~ムスコ★育成★狂騒曲~ [070906] HuneX 1 You play as the mother of a pair of twins, whose father has left on an expedition to Egypt. While raising the twins the mother can seek help with their careers from other characters, and maybe even choose to partner up w
 

TV no Kieta Hi テレビの消えた日 [Petit KeroQ]

Foreword: What is Petit KeroQ? Why creating a new brand was needed for this game? Those are the questions I seek answers for. Synopsis:  The time is twelve years ago. A comet of unprecedented proportions appeared in our Solar System. Its magnetic field was such that when the comet drew closer to Earth, it interrupted radio waves worldwide. That time was nicknamed "The Day Television Disappeared". The day the world lost its signal, our protago
 

VN of the Month August 2007 - Ninkyou Hana Otome

Don't think I can call any game a masterpiece this month. I'd choose Ninkyou Hana Otome as VN of the month. I'll review TV no Kieta Hi. 1. Seinarukana -The Spirit of Eternity Sword 2- 聖なるかな -The Spirit of Eternity Sword2- [070803] Xuse 1 2 3 4 5 6 A journey across infinite worlds. The Time Tree. Countless branches extending through space, each a world of its own. In one such world, a boy holds within him the soul of an ancient god yearning to break free.
 

Bullet Butlers [Propeller]

Foreword: There are so many superb English reviews (1 2 3 4 5 6) that it's already evident how great this game is. I'll only try to consider if flaws are big enough to prevent from playing. Synopsis:  There are various races living together at Ocelot City. Land, who lives as a mystic one, is one of the most famous citizens there. Rick, the main character, is a butler, and works for Selma. Selma lost her ability to transform herself into a dragon after a certain accident, an
 

VN of the Month July 2007 - Bullet Butlers

Bullet Butlers is the only masterpiece this month. Oh, and I can't stand Little Busters!. 1. Landao Wuyu ~Shaonv de Yueding~ 蘭島物語~少女的約定~ [070706] Circle Entertainment There was a country called Lareland, which had been prospered for hundreds years. But their peaceful life suddenly ended when a group of invaders attacked them. Like this, the war between humans and a different creature broke out. Five months later, Hiro, a young soldier, finally killed the boss of the invade
 

Reconquista レコンキスタ [Cotton Soft]

Foreword: Cotton Soft debut work Natsumegu did not snatch stars from the sky, but Reconquista seems to have a totally different, serious approach and thus arouses interest. Synopsis:  There is a certain town on a reclaimed island. It was developed as an international residential area, but it's in ruins now. And there is a rumor that if you walk around there at night, a girl in school uniform will appear and cut off your head... Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v
 

Koisuru Otome to Shugo no Tate - 恋する乙女と守護の楯 The Code Name is Shield 9 [AXL]

Foreword: It seems to be one of most popular games of AXL with multiple console releases and even almost full translation, such game just can't be missed. Synopsis:  Current Assignment: To infiltrate the St. Theresia Gakuen for girls undercover under the guise of "Yamada Taeko" and protect Kasugazaki Yukino and Tsubakihara Ren against unknown attackers. Allotted Equipment: Standard gear as well as a bulletproof crossdressing kit. Youtube:https://www.y
 

ExE エグゼ [Yuzusoft]

Foreword: I'm not sure scenario author of Braban can provide a worthy chunige, but I'm ready to be surprised. Synopsis:  There was a big fire at a hospital which inflicted serious damage. Touya's mother, Suzuno, fell victim to its flames. After ten years he still can't overcome his sadness. But he somehow enjoys his life with Makina, his younger sister, and Saya. One day he sees a girl who looks quite like Suzuno. He can't forget her, and goes after her. He finally talks to
 

VN of the Month June 2007 - Reconquista

I'll review Koisuru Otome to Shugo no Tate - The Code Name is "Shield 9" , Reconquista and ExE. 1. ExE [070601] Yuzusoft 1 2 3 4 There was a big fire at a hospital which inflicted serious damage. Touya's mother, Suzuno, fell victim to its flames. After ten years he still can't overcome his sadness. But he somehow enjoys his life with Makina, his younger sister, and Saya. One day he sees a girl who looks quite like Suzuno. He can't forget her, and goes after her. He finally
 

Draculius ドラクリウス [Meromero Cute]

Foreword: Vampire stories fail to impress way too often. Tsukihime, Hellsing and Masquerade are the only positive examples I can remember. I would not mind trust reinstalled with some new title. Synopsis:  Draculius begins when Ogishima Jun, the male protagonist, suddenly finds himself face to face with a childlike maid who introduces herself as Elshlant D. Annoyance. The encounter quickly brings two monumental facts to life: the first is unequivocal proof that vampires exi
 

VN of the Month May 2007 - Draculius

Draculius is VN of the Month. There are several other games with high scores, but I'm not ready to vouch for any of them. 1. Minami no Shima ni Furu Yuki 南の島に降る雪 [070511] M ni Aqua Endless blue sky and the shining sun.... There is a small southern island. Ryo and Kanae are childhood friends, who have grown up on the island. They are like brother and sister, but Ryo gradually starts to love Kanae. One day, he tells her that he loves her. But she says, "I'm leaving this isla
 

Zwei Worter [Clock Up team Dyo]

Foreword: Clock Up team Dyo creates pretty conventional SF games unlike its older brother, so  Zwei Worter is a good time to get acquainted with it to get ready for Rune Lord. Synopsis:  In 2005, a group of meteors deals a big blow to humanity. But thanks to advanced science and technology, mankind overcomes extinction by creating new intellectual living creatures called "Dissolve". In 2007, incredibly powerful outer space creatures called Elcid launch their onslaug
 

VN of the Month April 2007 - Zwei Worter

I only consider Zwei Worter a masterpiece in April. 1. Setsu no Hi セツの火 [070404] Media.Vision Another world is discovered. Creatures there look a lot like primitive human barbarians, so discoverer names it "Inferior". The only link between the worlds is a 5mm hole, so government establishes trade and keeps its existence in secret. But "Inferior" starts to pierce reality of human world, and monsters start to show up. A group of young people with special powers stand up to o
 

Shirogane no Soleil -Successor of Wyrd- Unmei no Keishousha 白銀のソレイユ-Successor of Wyrd- <運命の継承者> [SkyFish]

Foreword: After these two great reviews (1 2) I could not miss the birth of this multiverse. Synopsis: She is a battle heroine Valkyrie. There is an ancient ruin called Time Ship, in which Berserk is sealed tightly. But one day, Berserk comes back to destroy the world. A boy meets Valkyrie, and the story starts... Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcJ3y0BmyNY&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv_BSM1nzcW4i0ja49_nCPA9 Game type: Scandinavian myths Valkyrie fantasy story Char
 

VN of the Month March 2007 - Shirogane no Soleil -Successor of Wyrd- <>

Shirogane no Soleil -Successor of Wyrd- <> is the only masterpiece of the month. 1. Keitai Shoujo ケータイ少女 [070302] Kogado Studio Chihiro is a second year high school student. He is a bit impatient since he's got no girlfriend even though he gets closer to Christmas. One day, while he is on the mobile phone internet, he finds an interesting web site and downloads it. When he finishes it, his phone suddenly flashes..., and a tiny girl appears in front of him. "I'm Rin.
 

Utsurigi Nanakoi Tenkiame うつりぎ七恋天気あめ [Caramel Box]

Foreword: Caramel Box is loved by me for rich in detail worlds, so I'm approaching Utsurigi Nanakoi Tenkiame with high degree of skepticism as this is just a story of seven school wonders written by four different writers. But Caramel Box is full of surprises. Can it redeem even this setting? Synopsis: There is a school in town. The story of seven mysteries is told among students from generation to generation. Ren is an ordinary student except for the fact that he has a mysterious

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VN of the Month February 2007 - Utsurigi Nanakoi Tenkiame

Utsurigi Nanakoi Tenkiame can be called VN of the Month, but I'll decide whether it's a masterpiece or not in the review. 1. Natsumegu ナツメグ [070202] Cotton Soft Atsushi is in his second year of high school. His school is going to get merged with another school after the end of the first period, so this is his "last" summer holiday. He enjoys it spending with his friends. One day, the news comes out that Yukako is going to transfer to another school. He decides to gather hi

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Moshimo Ashita ga Hare Naraba もしも明日が晴れならば [Palette]

Foreword: I see girls crying as disgusting, so I'm ill-suited for reviewing nakige - checking out different reviews might be a better idea (1 2 3 4 5 6). However, Dear My Friend by the same scenario writer and artist left a lasting impression on me, so I don't mind checking their new work that even contains fantasy elements. There are several heroines who don't cry all the time, anyway. Synopsis: To Hatoba Kazuki, Nonosaki Akiho had been an irreplaceable being. For as far as when s

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Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni. いつか、届く、あの空に。 [Lump of Sugar]

Foreword: All the previous complex meta-textual intellectual novels got the highest score from me. Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni is exactly this kind of novel. So... is it 10/10 for me as well? Synopsis: In this town, there are "clouds" covering the nightsky, that the starlight won't even pierce. Because of this, constellations would always be too far. Born and raised in the Tatsumi noble family, Saku has failed to meet the expectations that lie on every male member of the fa

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Gekkou no Carnevale 月光のカルネヴァーレ [Nitroplus]

Foreword: Year 2006 had like only three chunige, so I'm starved for any action by now. But there are great reviews out there (1 2 3 4), so I can give just personal impression and be done with it. Synopsis: The story is set in Belmonte Calabro in Italy. Belmonte is the city of filled with Automatas and boasts the biggest number of Automatas produced a year. Automatas are androids. Mechanical beings created from nothing. Most Automatas can be easily distinguished from humans due to t

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VN of the Month January 2007 - Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni.

Wow, seriously, every unblocked game this month already has an English review. Finally there's a good coverage and less work for me. Anyway, VN of the Month is Itsuka, Todoku, Ano Sora ni . Gekkou no Carnevale , Hotel Dusk: Room 215 are masterpieces. I'm reviewing first two games. Games with active gameplay like Koihime Musou aren't considered. 1. Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu イリヤの空、UFOの夏 [070111] Netchubiyori Ltd. 1 2 Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu is a story revolving around

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VN of the Year 2006 and POLL for EXTRA review

Year 2006 did not bring any full 10/10 masterpieces, sadly. There were few chunige as well. I already see that year 2007 offers a much wider diversity, so placing great hopes on it. New portion of Visual Novel Openings 2006 with songs. My list of masterpieces in 2006: D.C. II ~Da Capo II~ ef - a fairy tale of the two. Eve ~New Generation~ Fragments Blue H2O -Footprints in the Sand- Hidamari I/O KimiKiss Kimi no Koe ga Kikoeru

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Kimi no Koe ga Kikoeru キミの声がきこえる [AXL]

Foreword: Unlike Hidamari this AXL work has no superficial elements, so I'm starting it with heavy heart. Can AXL pull it out with a SOL story? Synopsis: Naoya fails the university entrance examination, and starts to study at a preparatory school. He meets Sakura, Miyuki and Ouka there and enjoys his life. On the other hand, his father tells him to go and help the hotel, owned by his father. He also meets beautiful girls including Izumi, his childhood friend, there and enjoys his p
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