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A warning for September's releases (Tayutama 2)


Clephas

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In this month's releases comes a sequel I've been looking forward to for two years (since it was quietly first leaked), Tayutama 2.

Tayutama 2 is based fifty years after the end of Tayutama (the original).  To be specific, it is based on the Mashiro ending from that one (straight out the best immortal heroine ending I've seen in any charage).  However, because it is based off of that ending, it spoils the main story completely, making it a necessity for you to have at least played Mashiro's path to understand how things ended up the way they have in the new game... and because the old heroines return as side or main characters (though not as heroines).  This is just based off of me gathering information from the Lump of Sugar website, the official Tayutama website, and Getchu...

Tayutama was my first in-Japanese non-chuunige... and it is the reason I keep going back to LoS, despite the fact that I've been tempted to get a friend to use spambots on their support page for putting out almost all kusoge in the last four years.  The magic of Tayutama is that, despite its moe-moe appearance, it showed me that even what I later came to call charage could still have  a solid story, a well-designed setting, and a cast of characters that you actually wanted to experience as people, rather than just vicariously experience sex with.  In other words, the mercy and lenience I'm willing to grant charage (though it might seem slight) was born from playing this game, so I do recommend it.

For those interested in playing the new game after the old one, an omnibus of the original and its fandisc was recently released, so feel free to get ahold of that one, since it is already Windows 7/8/10 ready, unlike the original version, which requires update patches to work on the later Windows systems, lol.

Now, for those interested in what I intend to play from September's end of the month releases... I'll list them here.

Natsu no Majo no Parade (maybe, maybe not... I don't have enough on this VN to make the decision now)

Kanojo * Step (by the parent company of Hook Soft, which specializes in soft, pure-hearted charage)

Tayutama 2 (as I mentioned above)

Sen no Hatou, Tsukisome no Kouki (I'm a little exasperated that they are using a half-gakuen half-fantasy setting, but there is enough interesting stuff in the description for me to want to try it, despite having my hands repeatedly burned playing August games)

Furerute Love Connect: Ore to Kanojo no Aijou Hyougen (about a 50/50 chance I'll play this... since I dropped Nephrite's first game out of boredom three years ago)

Kyonyuu Fantasy Gaiden 2 After -Osutashia no Yabou  (another gaiden story for Kyonyuu Fantasy/Funbag Fantasy.  Since I actually like the setting of the game series, I'm curious if this new one will add anything interesting to the series)

 

Interesting stuff

Nitroplus is releasing an all-ages version of Tokyo Necro at the end of the month, for those who don't want to deal with the rape, choukyou, and other half-offensive sexual scenes in the game.  Since h-scenes are actually the least offensive element of this VN, I have to wonder why they bothered, lol.  However, I'm sure at least some of you will want to try it.

Liarsoft is re-releasing two more games, one from its Rail-soft lineup and one from its own, at the end of the month: Zettai Chikyuu Boueiki Mega Laughter and Kagerou Touryuuki.  While I haven't played either, those who want to see what Liarsoft and Liarsoft's primary subsidiary used to produce will probably find this to be enlightening, lol. 

At the moment, that's about it.

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not sure what to expect from senmomo anymore, been severly dissappointed by its trial, as the whole idolrelated stuff felt pretty much out of place, if not totally unfitting the stories setting itself, btw. much too lighthearted and semi-moe coming to a rather serious era + how am i supposed to take a badass-ish fighting chick seriously, if she practices becoming an idol in secret? *sigh

on another note, isnt liar soft´s DxD also coming out by the end of the month? might be worth mentioning, might, as it seems it´s being written by mareni only, might...

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Hm... I did start playing Tayutama (currently near the end of the common route), but I just hate the crap out of Mashiro. Seriously, I don't get why the jap dudes like her so much. She's abusive, jealous, possessive, and stupid (her child version was so much better...). Because of that and the excessively long complicated lines of the protagonist's father (that drains out every jap beginner's energy), I ended up stalling it. But still, it was a very pleasant game. I was going to start with Mifuyu's path, then Ameri's, then Yumina, and last and least Mashiro's. I always do best girl--->worst girl.

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Tayutama's on my backlog, still hoping I'll be able to read it and it won't be in the next five years or so. That said, you should give the Mega Laughter a try. Haven't played it myself, but I heard it's really decent and sports a very similiar style and setting to Cannonball; can't say much about characters, but the sole premise of this game is hilarious enough for me to pick it up :Teeku:

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Tayutama... I've just barely recovered from the trauma of Ameri's last H-scene. Lump of Sugar likes to include both sweet/nice and the oh-god-why type of scenes, some of which can read like rape. That said,

Spoiler

Mifuyu

route features great use of H for character development.

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Looking forward to your review of August's Senmomo. I think I wouldn't be too bothered with a lighthearted mood as long as they stick to it and don't make constant mood-changes from dark to light and back.

If I remember right then you said in your review that Tokyo Necro had guro H-scenes. If that's true then it makes sense that they are cutting them out. Innocent Grey's titles are also pretty gory, but since they are usually never in a sexual context it's still accepted by many as 'horror' or gore to emphasize a particular despicable act. But guro is considered extreme fetish sex material instead and therefore a tabu for many people who aren't into that type of fetish. While it might not make a big difference for some people, it might change the view for others from a guro-sex festival in the spirit of Maggot Baits to a gory but serious story VN like Kara no Shoujo.

Anyway, my personal most awaited release of this year was delayed from September to October, so I unfortunately have to wait a month longer for Unionism Quartet A3-Days. :(

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39 minutes ago, ChaosRaven said:

Looking forward to your review of August's Senmomo. I think I wouldn't be too bothered with a lighthearted mood as long as they stick to it and don't make constant mood-changes from dark to light and back.

pretty sure exactly this is going to happen. regrettably so. like mixing up some depressive era-related whatsnot with romantic comedy, hillarious shenanigans, some pow-boom-zack & idols, but hey

"Remember that period in our country where people suffered a lot? How about we make a romantic comedy about it filled with cutesy stuff! It will be hillarious, but also very serious! Because, you see: THE MAIN PLOT WILL STILL BE SERIOUS BUSINESS!"

honestly, i´m no fan of inluding cutesy for the sake of including cutesy, when there simply is no place for it.

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38 minutes ago, XReaper said:

pretty sure exactly this is going to happen. regrettably so. like mixing some depressive era-related whatsnot with romantic comedy, hillarious shenanigans, some pow-boom-zack & idols, but hey

"Remember that period in our country where people suffered a lot? How about we make a romantic comedy about it filled with cutesy stuff! It will be hillarious, but also very serious! Because, you see: THE MAIN PLOT WILL STILL BE SERIOUS BUSINESS!"

honestly, i´m no fan of inluding cutesy for the sake of including cutesy, when there simply is no place for it.

It depends, in principle that would apply to all titles that play in a historical war scenario, like all the Romance of the three Kingdom moege titles like Kohime Musou. And maybe even medieval fantasy stuff from Eushully, Ninetail, etc. since technically they all involve a lot of death. I'm not even sure about Dies Irae since it's in a particular critical era and it looks more like highly stylized chuuni action than a grim dark scenario that takes everything serious.

I'm already quite thankful if a VN developer doesn't come up with the same damn school life scenario for the millionth time and offers a more interesting and unique scenario. Era's of war and unrest tend to be particularly interesting, but sure theres's always the risk of taking the scenario too light.

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To be honest, in my experience August tends to add too much moe to characters that don't need it, at least when they use their standard writing team.  The idol thing is an idiot's choice, obviously...  I'm currently figuring on this just being a somewhat higher quality Koiken Otome, in terms of the experience (potential for darker turns of events wasted in favor of moe and slice-of-life).

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