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VN of the Month, October 2017

Clephas

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First, I should mention that this was an awesome month.  There are multiple releases worthy of consideration for the winner and there are two releases that will be added to overall consideration for VN of the Year 2017.

The actual twin candidates were: Yami to Hikari no Sanctuary and Imoten

The runner-up was: Junjou Karen Freaks

For various reasons, I avoided playing several VNs this month, including Boukyaku Shitsuji and Tsugihagi Make Peace.  The biggest one with the former is that it is yet another VN in the same setting as the 'Uso series' by Campus.  With the latter... it is that it is a relatively high-end charage appearing charage by a new company.  To be honest, Tsugihagi is not something I want to play right now.  It will probably take me until the end of the month to be human again after trying out Giga's massacre of that game.  If I played it now, I'd take my anger out on it, and that would be... unfair.

Imoten and Yami to Hikari no Sanctuary are both great games... falling somewhat short of kamige level, but then, there haven't been any kamige releases this year anyway so far.  I actually struggled a lot when considering the two.  Either one could be VN of the Month for October... and in the end, I couldn't decide.  As such, I announce the rarest of the rare... a tie for VN of the Month October 2017 between Yami to Hikari no Sanctuary and Kanojo wa Imouto de Tenshi de!



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Are you going to try the upcoming Kizuna Kirameku Koi Iroha from Amuse Crafts new sub-brand CRYSTALIA? It's a knight girl VN, so I'm kinda interested in it. Looks rather decent, even if the character art is a bit too cute for my usual taste. Since it's a new brand it's a bit of an unwritten paper, so it could probably turn out as complete crap - couldn't blame you if you'll skip it. On the other hand, they seem to have at least some experienced writers working on it.

Not sure what your reading plans are for this month so far. I guess Aoi Tori will be one, even if I hope for your sanity that its story turns out better than it sounds from the description - I read it several times and I'm still not quite getting it. :blink: At least it got already 5 hyper-confident troll votes from people who seem to be able to judge the unreleased title with their crystal ball - so surely nothing can go wrong here. :P

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3 hours ago, ChaosRaven said:

Are you going to try the upcoming Kizuna Kirameku Koi Iroha from Amuse Crafts new sub-brand CRYSTALIA? It's a knight girl VN, so I'm kinda interested in it. Looks rather decent, even if the character art is a bit too cute for my usual taste. Since it's a new brand it's a bit of an unwritten paper, so it could probably turn out as complete crap - couldn't blame you if you'll skip it. On the other hand, they seem to have at least some experienced writers working on it.

Not sure what your reading plans are for this month so far. I guess Aoi Tori will be one, even if I hope for your sanity that its story turns out better than it sounds from the description - I read it several times and I'm still not quite getting it. :blink: At least it got already 5 hyper-confident troll votes from people who seem to be able to judge the unreleased title with their crystal ball - so surely nothing can go wrong here. :P

New brands aren't necessarily crap... sometimes they produce something first-class... which is why I generally make a point of playing games by new brands at some point, even if I don't do it that month.

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On 14.11.2017 at 7:50 PM, ChaosRaven said:

Not sure what your reading plans are for this month so far. I guess Aoi Tori will be one, even if I hope for your sanity that its story turns out better than it sounds from the description - I read it several times and I'm still not quite getting it. :blink: At least it got already 5 hyper-confident troll votes from people who seem to be able to judge the unreleased title with their crystal ball - so surely nothing can go wrong here. :P

As interesting that game seemed while early in development, I lost my interest after seeing the trailer. Honestly, the story seems to be all over the place and lost much of it's original appeal when less was known. I really don't like the blatant and forced h-aspect, either. Purple Soft games are a hit or miss, although they've mostly been misses so far with their latest releases and I don't feel Aoi Tori will be any different; it just seems to be wrapped in better packaging. Time will tell.

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1 hour ago, Narcosis said:

As interesting that game seemed while early in development, I lost my interest after seeing the trailer. Honestly, the story seems to be all over the place and lost much of it's original appeal when less was known. I really don't like the blatant and forced h-aspect, either. Purple Soft games are a hit or miss, although they've mostly been misses so far with their latest releases and I don't feel Aoi Tori will be any different; it's just seems to be wrapped in better packaging. Time will tell.

While I don't feel that Purple Soft has produced a true kamige since Hapymaher, they nonetheless consistently produce first-tier games.  Amatsutsumi was definitely first tier... but I agree that Aoi Tori doesn't look that interesting.  I'll still play it, and if they are true to form, it will still be a good game... However, I don't expect it to wow me into submission.

Edit: Also... all their true heroines have the same face, though body types differ game to game.

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Of course, it is this: https://vndb.org/s957

vs this: https://vndb.org/s1132 

One writer has produced multiple kamige and can write anything from a nakige or charage to a chuunige and everything between... and the other is pretty much a nakige specialist who tries to get fancy but screws up at it more often than not.  ef and Chrono Clock are cases in point.

Edit: Both are excellent writers... but Morisaki is a first-tier writer with a huge repertoire of highly-creative, high quality titles.  It is like putting up an actor that can play any role versus a type-cast actor who can only play one type of character.

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