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Chaotic Everyday Review - Top 10 Best Rated Translated VNs at 2017

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littleshogun

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This is not my VNTS Review, but rather I kind of want to do my version of 'Top 10 best rated translated VN at 2017' for a long while, so here goes. Seeing that we already has Conjueror posted his video in regard of that subject on Youtube, I decided to make similar list here because personally I didn't agree with some of his choice. That said, most of my pick here was still similar to him though. As for the rule, no yaoi and otome here. Also I'll use Japanese VN name and add the English name for the alias. For the score I'll use both of VNDB average and Erogamescape average, and keep in mind that it'll be fluctuate at the future - VNDB average score was based on May 17th 2018 for the info. Let's see what I could write in this review here, and I'll explain the title in PS later. Beware of the spoiler when you play the opening.

10. Negai no Kakera to Hakugin no Agreement aka The Shadows of Pygmalion (VNDB 7.41, Erogamescape 70)

As for the VN, at the first glance it was yuri action VN like Aoishiro seeing that it have female MC (Mina) and all of the girls holding the weapons. Well maybe that impression might be not too far off, but seeing the spoiler I would like to say that Madoka would be a very appropriate comparison especially in regard of the spoiler. As for the premise itself, basically the premise is the girls were fighting the unknown entity 'Puppet' which is indistinguished from normal human. For the VN itself, actually it's a linear one because the routes itselves was very short (Just the possible outcome), so you might be disappoined if you expected shoujo ai romance here. That said, if you okay with linear plot and especially if you like Madoka, it'll be an interesting VN. Oh, and since this is resemble Madoka so much, I did created VNTS Review with title 'Puela Magi Mina Magica' based on the female MC on this VN back when this was released lol.

9. Hatsukoi 1/1 (VNDB 7.44, Erogamescape 70)

This is the first VN translation work for Tsurezure (Previously they scanlated manga), and I think they did the good job in regard of HatsuKoi translation because they're working on this pretty fast. This is the first translated Tone Work's VN as well, and as we knew usually they'll gonna have descriptive detail in regard of the relationship. As for the premise, it was very simple with the MC was forming cafetaria club with five girls. For the MC himself, the opinion from the reader was quite unfavorable to say the least. So much that the staff need to post apology video in regard of MC, which mean most of the people hate him because the MC could have some face palming action that caused the situation goes worse. Other than that I like it though that they got some vocal song from different singers in this VN, and apparently they'll repeat that feat in both of Hoshiori (Tsurezure planned next project) and Gin'iro Haruka (Ginharu). One more thing to note that this is the shortest Tone Work's VN, because it didn't span years in lengthy detail like at both of Hoshiori and Ginharu.

8. Wagamama High Spec (VNDB 7.48, Erogamescape 76)

My first impression in regard of this was not good though, if only because of how the female breast was drawn (It's too big). But if you look past that art, actually this VN was pretty good because it show some comedy and good character development for the girls in which each girls did have their specialty. There's also another factor in regard of the developer (Madosoft) last VN in which it was Yakimochi Stream (Nukige like VN), so of course Wagahigh here was the major improvement from Yakimochi. The premise was the MC is a mangaka that was supposed to be the secret at his school, at least until the student council president knew that and sort of rope the MC to join the council in exchange of keep MC's secret. Turned out that the president was also the mangaka as well - and was supposed to be MC's partner in manga writing to boot, something that the MC learned after he joined the council.

7. Da Capo 3 (VNDB 7.67, Erogamescape 77)

This one VN have some history with our Fuwanovel here, namely that there's first attempt of translating this by our founder Aaeru. From what I could dig, I remember that she tried to translate it by use the VNR in which it was quite divisive method even back then, because most people would amount that as machine translated. But even so she kept continuing with the project, and finally released the partial patch in which it was only covered the common route back at 2013. Seeing that, Mangagamer decided to C&D the project directly which obviously enraged Aaeru and she wrote some kind of the replies to Mangagamer. After that she was disappear from the forum and nowadays nobody knew where she is. Anyway, what's done is done and we finally get the release back at January last year (By Mangagamer obviously). For the premise, it's pretty much usual Da Capo so if you familiar with the setting then you should knew what to expect, although I would suggest that you better play the first side story because it was real prologue of Da Capo 3. As for the opening here, there's too much opening for this so I'll just use the one for all age version of R that was performed by fripside (It was help though that the first release for this was all age instead of usual 18+ version).

6. Seabed (VNDB 7.74, Erogamescape 78)

As for the scoring, since the number of votes was still very few this VN will be the most fluctuative one. As for the premise, it was very simple in which we got a woman (Sachiko) who has her lover disappear and from there she'll try to recover from the heartbreak that caused by the disappearance. Oh, and her lover here was the woman as well, so we'll gonna get some yuri VN from the first glance. There's more than that though obviously, namely that this VN also will have some psychological talk which should be happened because Sachiko herself go to see the psychiatrist. There's also another premise though, namely that you'll play through three POV with almost equal screentime so we'll obviously gonna have three MCs. The VN itself was a doujin one, so obviously there wouldn't be any voice like most of that type of VNs. That said, sometimes even voiceless VN could be good - see Umineko and Fata Morgana when it was first released at PC before ported to console, so maybe perhaps you better try this one to see the potential. The art was better than Umineko default art at the very least.

5. Miagete Goran, Yozora no Hoshi o aka A Sky Full of Stars (VNDB 8.03, Erogamescape 79)

Honestly I prefer Pulltop to just release their Sakura expy (Lovekami) VN instead of this, not because Miagete is bad but rather the reason is at least people would less likely care to Lovekami even if they released it censored for overseas, and for the info Lovekami short VNs story were pretty much just an idol goddess thing. But too bad that's not what happening here because we got Miagete here, and as expected Pulltop decided to censor the H scenes which surely left a bad taste for some people here, although apparently this time Pulltop did quite acceptable job in regard of rewriting the script to fit the censorship (They should release all age version first in Japan though) and improved translation. I just hope that Pulltop will get past their infamously stubborn policy in the future, because nowadays some companies would provide 18+ patch for Steam version, and Pulltop could do that as well if they insist to release this on Steam.

As for the premise, it was involved stargazing in which the MC was have some childhood friend who shared same stargazing hobby before they decided to quit that, and right now the MC was about to regain his passion in stargazing. There's also a plot to built a very big telescope in the common route, so more or less it's just like Konosora only with telescope instead of glider - which bring up that there'll be some technical talk in regard of stars. Oh, and like Konosora it also have the project to have the H scenes translated, so feel free to check the thread for the project if you interested and want to help.

4. Grisaia no Rakuen aka The Eden of Grisaia (VNDB 8.16, Erogamescape 79)

Well I didn't quite interested with this, seeing that I just think of this as another fandisc of Kajitsu and they could just make it with Kajitsu only. It's interesting though knowing that Frontwing was broke back at Kajitsu development, so they pour their energy into Kajitsu as charage and they fumbled the continuity writing in the sequels because of the charage nature of Kajitsu. They also announced both of this and Maikyuu quickly because they probably still in recovery, so the writing might be suffer because of the rushed writing as well. The anime sort of fix the problem in regard of the continuity that the trilogy had, but became infamous because it was rushed. Those problems aside it's Grisaia, so I would still like to think that this should be good if one want to see more Grisaia characters. For the premise, Yuuji was get caught and about to be executed or something like that. From there, it's up to the girls that he was rescued to rescue him back. Looking from the review, I guess it would be good if one was longing for having Yuuji do some action which surely get teased a lot back in Kajitsu, and also a chance to see the girl do the actions as well. There's also some cathartic factor which enhanced by a return of a certain character, so there's that.

3. Dies Irae (VNDB 8.45, Erogamescape 81 (Acta Est Fabula version))

I'm sure that everyone already knew this VN, along with another certain well known VN that released at 2017 as well. But just for the formality I'll write the premise in which case it goes like there's a group of Germany who involved in some dark ritual which involved absorbing the souls in order to strengthen themselves, and the only one who could possibly put the stop of the group was the MC (Fuuji Ren) himself. From there, Ren and the group would engage in very crazy battle with the world at stake. If it sounds cliche, then yes the premise is a cliche one. But the strength of Dies Irae was supposed to be the prose that was hard to be translated, and perhaps to allow the reader immerse in the reading. Although it got some infamy though because of that as well, namely that the prose itself was pretty long and roundabout at that for some people so it might be not for everyone. Oh, and there's also some charismatic gods who is managed to get some attention. For the release, I would suggest you to just play the all age version instead of 18+ version because Light messed up 18+ version - at least until Light fix the problem, because all age version provided more contents outside of sex content. Oh, and I'll post all age version OP here.

2. Chaos Child (VNDB 8.59, Erogamescape 83 (PC Version))

Unfortunately so far it's for console only, so no PC version for now. That said, Committee of Zero promised us that someday they'll port Chaos Child PS4 translation to PC version, so there's that. Anyway, the premise was we have another serial murder in Shibuya which eerily resembled the one back at Chaos Head, which of course would be quite graphic considering that in the past Nitroplus was involved with Chaos Head. From there, it's up to MC and his girls teammate to solve the problem and ease the anxiety of Shibuya. Forget to say that the casts also have some kind of superpower. From what I read apparently the girls route was not quite satisfying (The girls good as eye candy though if that's the case lol), so at least it could be interpreted that the writing was more focused on the main story which is full of sci-fi. Oh, and actually this is more in line with Steins Gate instead of original Chaos Head. As for the opening, I'll post PS4 version since currently it was that version which available in English version.

1. Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~ aka Wonderful Everyday ~Diskontinuierliches Dasein~ (VNDB 8.73, Erogamescape 86)

As for this VN we definitely have many history with this in regard of the translation, and this VN is another well known VN that I said back at Dies Irae. Long story short, it was started as TL Wiki project since back at 2012 before it was officially localized by Frontwing who expanded their business into localized the VN overseas. I think in regard of this they did good job for that, although there's a matter of censorship though (Not as bad as Pulltop because only the picture was censored, and it was quite disturbing for some people). As for the premise, it was in regard of the world which about to face the apocalypse at July 20th 2012, and this VN depict that day from several perspective - the beginning of Subahibi was deceivingly present this VN as yuri harem VN though. What make this VN was good was apparently some say that it could change of how one would view his life, although if one want to be more realistic it's a denpa story which is belong to a horror genre - some contents could be disturbing because it could be happen in the real life as well. In the end, while this VN was divisive enough I would say that you should try it once. Forget to said that Frontwing did add Germany subtitle for this, just like Grisaia trilogy with French subtitle.

That's all for my top 10 here. In the future I'll try to write my list for 2016 as well later to show of how easy the VNs score was fluctuated in VNDB, and of course to compare the score difference in one year as well between Conjueror's video and now. Hope you like my post here.

PS - As for the title, I just combined both of Chaos Child and Subahibi title into 'Chaotic Everyday'. The explanation is that the 'Chaotic' part was come from 'Chaos', and 'Everyday' was come from Subarashiki Hibi (Translator's Note: Hibi mean Everyday).

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