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Ojou-sama Kumikyoku お嬢様組曲 [Symphony]

Foreword: I only had to choose this game, because the only other somewhat curious game from April 2005 Gakuen Kaiketsu Kururi! turned out to have a horrible engine for auto-reading with voices getting constantly cut even with the latest patch, at least with win10. I want to ask sincere forgiveness from all those who like vanilla pure love visual novels. Depending on your likes, game can get even couple points more in the overall evaluation. I'm only conveying my sincere impression of this game e

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VN of the Month April 2005 - Sanarara

Sanarara is the only masterpiece of the month. I'll try to hold back while reviewing Ojou-sama Kumikyoku 1. Meitantei Conan: Akatsuki no Monument 名探偵コナン 暁のモニュメント [050421] Banpresto 1 2 Akatsuki no Monument is the second Detective Conan game for Game Boy Advance and features scenario mode as well as various mini-games. The main game story kicks off with Conan, Ran and Kogorou on their way to ceremony of a newly built resort by the sea. Kogorou Mouri, as a renowned detective

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MERI+DIA ~マリアディアナ~ ~Maria Diana~ [Palette]

Foreword: I liked character designs and wide use of weapons first of all. The story looked promising. Palette is also a notable player on the visual novel scene. I ignored its first clumsy works, but it's high time for it to make a stand. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v2921 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI4V5pl8mts&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv8VGk_kffrtrok065Qddm24 Synopsis: Main character is an agent of a space development company. He receives a task from his assassinated boss to att

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VN of the Month March 2005 - Parfait ~Chocolat Second Brew~

Parfait ~Chocolat Second Brew~ is the only masterpiece this month. I'll try to find some merit in the less known game MERI+DIA ~Maria Diana~ 1. Blue Flow ブルーフロウ [050304] Kogado Studio You can't learn the value of piece unless you experience war. World war breaks out after hundreds of peaceful centuries. The starting point is invasion of Allied Planetary Forces to the planet Nectal controlled by the Earth government. The defenders put up a fierce fight using giant robots as

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Seven-Bridge [Liar-soft]

Foreword: Liar-soft games are always absurd and somewhat fun, but of varying quality. Seven-Bridge actually has the same scenario writer as Kusarihime ~Euthanasia~ (at least one of the three authors) , so I see all the reasons to give it a bite. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v597 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdLAzm2uTvw&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv8rKP5oDa1nzt0KevjFrmhw&index=30&t=0s Synopsis: In a parallel world, the history takes a different turn at the start of the 20th Ce

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Steel [Graviton]

Foreword: I never expected a 80 hour long race out of this "episodic" story. How much time should pass till opening? What about length of the epilogue? Should there be some lines after the final credits? Believe me, Steel will surprise you with each answer. I knew that scenario from Kadokura Keisuke would be enjoyable. But it took me a full week to be able to digest it. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v6416 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5Nc368AlSs&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv9jHMWwIIkzFPiTp

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Abandoner - The Severed Dreams [Unknown]

Foreword: Abandoner is the second winner of poll for the extra review in 2004. There are actually two reviews already (1 2), but it does not hurt to give it a fresh look. Clephas recommends not to read this visual novel unless we are really hard masochists, but every visual novel reader is at least a bit of masochist for reading such long stories while normal people can't endure even director's cut movie versions. As for me, such question does not even stand - it's enough to look at the number o

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3days ~Michiteyuku Toki no Kanata de~ ~満ちてゆく刻の彼方で~ [Lass]

Foreword: It's requested as extra review, so I'm pleased to tell what kind of masterpiece this game is. It does not mean I'm not reviewing Abandoner, though. Both games stood so close in the poll that I could not make my mind in any way. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v1085 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDJG1UQavYg&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv-73f48qzUpNIceFnIA8Mot Synopsis: The game revolves around the main character's 3 days repeating over and over again, where he is constantly

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VN of the Month February 2005 - Steel

I consider only Steel to be the only masterpiece as of now. But things may change as I review both Steel and Seven-Bridge 1. Rozen Maiden ローゼンメイデン [050202] WorkJam Anime story is relayed to mobile phones. If game is finished with good results, there is also an original after-story scenario. I really need to devise a way to block such "games".   2. Kurokami Shoujotai 黒髪少女隊 [050204] Honey Pot Kaoru enters a high s

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Answer Dead [Le.Chocolat]

Foreword: Protagonist looks cool and badass, so I hope for a worthy chunige. Title: Answer Dead Developer: Le.Chocolat Date: 2005-01-14 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v1903 Youtube walkthrough:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2A2CAW3OmY&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv_iAzf5N3n7qQx-aG-JlXpl Synopsis: Main character is a weak quiet student who is bullied at school. But one day he meets a girl who wakes up Black King soul sleeping in him. The White King quickly notices th

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Tenshi no Nichou Kenjuu 天使ノ二挺拳銃 -Angelos Armas- [Nitroplus]

Foreword: I could not ignore Nitroplus work, especially one without reviews. Date: 2005-01-28 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v429 Youtube walkthrough:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcC4Wki3bo8&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv-rllhpCe9B1ueL5w0Uubdn Synopsis: When people die with hearts filled with negative feelings, they turn into 'ghosts', haunting the world. To send those souls to the other world, angels exist, using their guns to 'kill' them. You're playing one of such angels, Wim.

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VN of the Month January 2005 - Tenshi no Nichou Kenjuu -Angelos Armas-

Tenshi no Nichou Kenjuu -Angelos Armas- is the only masterpiece of the month. But too many plotge reside without reviews this month, so - surprise - I'm picking a second game for review as well - it's Answer Dead 1. Maiden Halo メイデンハロー [050105] Giant Panda Noumi Hasegawa is a 13-years-old boy who wants to become a pianist. One night, he sees a ray of light floating in the sky. This marks his encounter with a mysterious girl called Eon. She starts living with him, and toget

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VN of the Year 2004 and POLL for EXTRA review

Year 2004 pleasantly surprised me with the number and especially quality of visual novels. New portion of Visual Novel Openings 2004 with songs. My list of masterpieces in 2004: 3days ~Michiteyuku Toki no Kanata de~ Akai Ito Carnival  Dear My Friend Eigou Kaiki Fate/Stay Night Forest Paradise Lost Peace@Pieces Realize  Remember11 -The Age of Infinity- Sorairo no Shizuku Sorauta Symph

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Eigou Kaiki 永劫回帰 [D.O.]

Foreword: I could not pass by such curious looking chunige. Title: Eigou Kaiki Developer: D.O. Date: 2004-12-17 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v9790 Youtube walkthrough:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7GfYjxdQ7Y&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv9HwGDuJtaW_7Xb7oD2dWge Synopsis: Katsuragi Tetsuo, the protagonist, is a highschool student who lives with his older sister Yuri. Yuri, having originally lived in a foreign country, is a mainstay of the family and make a living b

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VN of the Month December 2004 - To Heart 2

I believe it's the first time when the number of games in one month exceeds a hundred - 108, to be more precise! And this month can boast of multiple masterpieces - Eigou Kaiki , Sorairo no Shizuku , Peace@Pieces and To Heart 2 . Can't say I'm excited about plotge of the month, so I'm giving the first prize to To Heart 2. 1. D -> A: White [041202] Tonkin House 1 Taking place two months after the events of D→A:BLACK, the player once again takes control of Tōya Shinjō, a

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Ano Sora no Mukougawa あの空の向こう側 [High Soft]

Foreword: Game interested me with its concept of parallel universe. Title: Ano Sora no Mukougawa Developer: High Soft Date: 2004-11-26 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v1212 Youtube walkthrough:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1sFJZ_BWLw&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv_VZRGzArVahzwnVXBEy7Gu Synopsis: Main character starts to date his classmate Miho with the mediation of childhood friend Sayaka. Miho often looks at the sky and prays to it as if in ritual. After the first real

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VN of the Month November 2004 - Planetarian ~Chiisana Hoshi no Yume~

This month does not have masterpieces. I did not like the game and the anime, but there's nothing to choose from this month, so ok, Planetarian ~Chiisana Hoshi no Yume~ will pass for now. I will review the game with an interesting concept - Ano Sora no Mukougawa 1. Love Songs ♪ ADV: Futaba Riho 19-sai ~Fuyu~ LoveSongs♪アドベンチャー 双葉理保19歳〜冬〜 [041103] HuneX Riho graduates from high school and lives a life of a progressive girl paying enough attention both to love and work. Curre

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Yuuhi no Mukougawa 夕緋ノ向コウ側 [BaseSon]

Foreword: I'm quite curious about BaseSon state before they rode the Koihime theme. Title: Yuuhi no Mukougawa Developer: BaseSon Date: 2004-10-01 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v1213 Youtube walkthrough:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaPkM9uZLZM&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv9P6w6Jmc3aamggcIEP8eAZ Synopsis: Moriguchi Kazuto is just the ordinary high school student who attends a private school. He spends his days relaxing, regularly attending school and also enjoying time

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VN of the Month October 2004 - Akai Ito

Akai Ito is the only masterpiece of the month. I'll continue exploring earlier BaseSon works with a review of Yuuhi no Mukougawa 1. Angel Bullet [041001] Liar-soft At the end of the 19th century, America, the wild west. Her name is Serra, searching for her missing father. But the wild west she travels is filled with undead that bullets cannot kill. One day, a man knelt before her, and asked her to abuse him with her beautiful voice. His name is Klaus (pr

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Noel [FlyingShine]

Foreword: It's FlyingShine in its prime, after Cross Channel and before Swan Song, so why not taste one more bit of it. But it's action scenes and not yuri that keeps my interest here.  Title: Noel Developer: FlyingShine Date: 2004-09-24 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v1000 Youtube walkthrough:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9ULLAtemM4&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv_enAwLmfohExhIgVI2CClL Synopsis: Emanon, an organization run by special military forces. The protagonist is

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VN of the Month September 2004 - Abandoner - The Severed Dreams

Abandoner - The Severed Dreams is the winner this month, but since it has a review I'm picking up more obscure Noel for review 1. Konohana 4 ~Yami wo Harau Inori~ 此花4 ~闇を祓う祈り~ [040909] Vridge Inc. 1 Meguru Momoi and Miako Tachibana are back in their fourth murder-mystery adventure, along with Shinobu Sakurada. As they were taking a shinkansen (a bullet train) on their way to an excursion trip to Kyoto, they heard a scream only to stumble upon a murder scene.

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Koijibashi こいじばし [Raccoon]

Foreword: Well, I just liked the cover - looked like today's charming covers.  Title: Koijibashi Developer: Raccoon Date: 2004-08-13 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v4247 Youtube walkthrough:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN2JN8bkyZk&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv-YnknXUNJpQwDtOqLsGr9p Synopsis: Yuta Tachibana was supposed to graduate this march, but he decided to do a graduation trip with his childhood friend instead. In their destination, they find Yuta's cousin waiting

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VN of the Month August 2004 - Sorauta

Sorauta is the only masterpiece of this Comiket month. Whenever I've no strong preference, I just choose something looking fine and without a review. This month I'm going to review Koijibashi . 1. Hayarigami: Keishichou Kaii Jiken File 流行り神 警視庁怪異事件ファイル [040805] Nippon Ichi 1 2 From chain mails that leads to murder, mysterious suicides and missing children, you, as a police officer have to put all your brain cells to work, connect the events together to discover the truth.

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Dear My Friend [light]

Foreword: This is going to a slightly unusual review, because I'm going to totally ignore main three heroines and focus solely on two side heroines because of Masada scenario writing and uniqueness of these two heroines compared to conventional ones. Title: Dear My Friend Developer: light Date: 2004-07-09 VNDB link:https://vndb.org/v519 Youtube walkthrough:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvEtF1Nh89A&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv-vEHq8MQwNWKJi9NyRbYch Synopsis: This li

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VN of the Month July 2004 - Dear My Friend

There are no plotge this month. If I am to choose among charage and moege, I'd get one with good text. Dear My Friend is my choice for scenario written by Masada (for two heroines). And just by chance it's the only masterpiece of the month. 1. Dear My Friend [040709] light 1 This light-hearted, high school eroge surrounds the exploits of a soon-to-be non-average student named Kyoichi Morikawa. The son of the odd paring of a nurse and a poorly-selling novelist, he’s been li

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