The VN of the Month is I/O, but that's a great start of the year. I also considerFragments Blue a masterpiece. For some reason I chose Horizont for review among games without English review.
1. Fragments Blue  Vridge Inc.12 This novel-type adventure begins when the main character Kaname Ousaka takes delivery of a letter and a key. In search of the letter's source, he heads back to his home town of Shimizu and learns of a quest to collect a set of such keys in order to open a box that will lead to happiness. The game includes love elements and interactive conversation sequences.
The story is funny with laughter and suspense, produced good aftertaste. Heroines are bright and lovely. The mystery remains till the end, but after first good end there's no more incentive in playing. The story feels too short.
2. Gore Screaming Show ゴア・スクリーミング・ショウ  Black Cyc 12345678910 Gore Screaming Show begins with the return of Kyouji Jinno, a relatively unassuming yet personable student, to the remote suburban community of his early childhood. With his parents still employed overseas, Kyouji takes up residence with his aunt, a cheerful woman with an unusual passion for occult research and relatively carefree regard to responsibilities. In this eased environment, Kyouji finds many opportunities to pursue leisure activities, rekindling friendship with several girls he once knew, now having matured into beautiful women. Soon thereafter, Kyouji accepts a request from his aunt to help unravel mysteries concerning paranormal phenomena she is investigating. They immediately set off, accompanied by friends in tow, to an ominous undeveloped forest that boarders the town. After discussing details of an obscure local myth, the group splits to cover more ground, whereupon Kyouji stumbles across a decayed well. Suddenly an adolescent girl appears, candidly forthcoming and friendly in disposition towards Kyouji, but holding venomous hatred for his female companion. When the encounter is suddenly cut short, the nameless child inexplicably vanishes without a trace. The forest expedition is then repeated a second time, further arousing the attentions of the mysterious young girl: an interest that inaugurates events of chaotic death and destruction in its wake... all committed in the pursuit of happiness once denied.
There are English reviews.
3. Houou Senki Maimu 鳳凰戦姫 舞夢  LiLiM "It's the usual way home from the club after school, but something was not right... Kenta tried to shake that feeling off his chest and hurried home. All of the sudden, the bright moonlight faded and Kenta looked up just to see a figure of a person floating in the air. The figure became bigger and bigger... then he realized that it was falling toward him! Not only that but it was a girl in torn up kimono!
Kenta rescued the falling person in time and discovered that her face was covered with a Prajna mask. 'My name is Maimu...' 'You are the chosen person... the person that will fight along with me...' Then a man and a woman wearing a black kimono appeared and began attack them! Suddenly, the Prajna mask and Kenta's body glowed before the mask split. Then his body was absorbed into the 'Homura armor' that is being armed to Maimu who stood up and now radiated dazzling light. 'The evil doers are purged as Bird of Flame rises. The warrior of love and courage, Houou Senki☆Maimu has arrived!' Maimu is actually a princess warrior who came to prevent Heike army from conquering the Earth. The story about a protagonist and a heroine that came from a faraway world in order to stop the world invasion has begun."
It's quite a traditional action story with battles and thus lots of H development on defeat involved. It's a serious story, but there are also numerous bakage gags scattered around. The jokes are specific, oriented on 2chan users and the like, but overall conversation is boring.
4. Ar Tonelico ~Sekai no Owari de Utai Tsuzukeru Shoujo~ アルトネリコ世界の終わりで詩い続ける少女  123456789 Ar tonelico takes place in the region of Sol Ciel, upon a huge tower that rises above a sea of deadly plasma that swallowed the surface world in a disaster centuries past. This is where the series gets its name: Ar tonelico is the name of that tower. As well as humans, the tower is home to a race of human-like artificial beings named Reyvateils, who can communicate with the tower by singing songs to cast magic. The story starts in the city of Platina, during an outbreak of enemy creatures called Viruses. The protagonist, a Knight of Elemia named Lyner Barsett, goes to investigate with fellow knight Ayatane, and the tower administrator, Shurelia. Unfortunately, they rapidly discover that the Viruses are able to turn intangible, rendering normal defeat impossible. Shurelia therefore sends Lyner on a quest for the only thing that can help them: the Hymn Crystal Purger. Taking an airship, he travels down to the Wings of Horus, the floating continent that surrounds the tower. More accurately, he crashes thanks to an attack from a dragon, which complicates matters extremely. In the process of searching for the crystal and a way to repair his airship, he meets and teams up with a number of people, including two Reyvateils. First is the shy Aurica, who healed his injuries after his crash. Second is the more outspoken Misha, actually his forgotten childhood friend. But there's one problem - Misha looks much younger than she should be. Aside from those two are the wanderer Jack, the local church knight Radolf, and the airship grathmelder Krusche. As the story progresses, Lyner and his comrades not only try to find the Hymn Crystal and fix Lyner's airship, but discover the reason for Misha's youthful appearance, and the source of the recent Virus outbreak.
There are English reviews.
5. Finalist ふぁいなりすと  Princess Soft1 Finalist's story takes place in a college town somewhere in Japan. The protagonist of the story, Yoshiki Shirasagi, is a male high school student. When he entered high school, he was mistakenly given a room in the girl's dormitory due to his feminine name. This did not bode well with Yoshiki, but he eventually ended up taking the room in the end since there was no more room left in the boy's dormitory. Yoshiki meets many of the girls who live in the same dormitory.
Absolutely beaten male in women dormitory setting, but I never expected to see anything worthy from Princess Soft, anyway. All kinds of crazy heroines are gathered there, and protagonist is a donkan, of course. Scenario has no depth at all, your usual moege. Some people call it good moege, but for me moege can't be good by definition of it.
6. I/O  Regista 1234 April 26th, 2032 A.D. - Megalopolis Tokyo - 00:12 in the morning
A total lunar eclipse occurs for the first time in 3 years. Even though it's supposed to be a simple astronomical phenomenon, it soon sets off a series of unexpected events. Unexplainable mysteries, terrorist incidents, and network crime surge as if in unison. The truth mixes with lies, as if the world is awake but still sleeping. Something has begun. Somewhere no one can see. Something no one knows about. This is a story of the chance meeting and tragic parting of the young men and women living in this world. Players get to play the game from 4 different points of view: Route A - Hinata, a youth who has lost his sister and himself. Route B - Ishtar, a freelance programmer and leader of a hacker team. Route C - Ishtar, but seems a bit different from the Ishtar in Route B.... Route D - He, a man completely shrouded in mystery. And thus.. "The beginning is the end, and the end is the beginning"
There are English reviews. I tried to play this game like 8 years ago or so and was absolutely destroyed by untranslated mind screw ans schizophrenic development. I'm over-enjoyed to finally be able to watch an English walkthrough of it.
7. Futari de Hitotsu no Koigokoro ふたりでひとつの恋心  Giant Panda 12 Despite his family’s wealth and prestige, Souchi’s childhood was one of hardship and misery, marred by the travesty of his parent’s failing marriage. In this time of crisis, his only memories of happiness were those spent with a charismatic girl named Chii: a childhood friend who left a lasting impression on his heart and soul. After ten years of separation, Souchi is finally reunited with Chii, suddenly informed she has been his arranged wife since adolescence. Yet what should be a joyous reunion becomes a state of confusion, for it seems the unique girl from his past, was not truly one of a kind after all.
There are English reviews.
8. Hapikuri -Happy Christmas- はぴくり －HAPPY CHRISTMAS－  Giga Yuji was studying hard for the entrance exams for the university. One day his teacher asked him to coach his junior students in chorus club. As experiencing the difficulty in coaching people, a friendship between Yuji and his juniors is getting firm.
Story is too short and ends without trying to fully express heroines personality. There's lack of psychological depiction. It's a typical moege with some comic focus. It feels like game is unfinished.
9. Harukoi Otome ~Otome no Sono de Gokigenyou~ 春恋＊乙女～乙女の園でごきげんよう。～  BaseSon 1234 Harukoi Otome revolves around protagonist Akihito Hayasaka, a male high-school sophomore. The high school he attends St. Francesca Academy used to be an all-girls school, and still has a high percentage of female students. Akihito's younger sister (Umi Hayasaka) and his childhood friend (Yuika Serizawa) are also students there. Akihito meets many girls there, and becomes friends with them.
There are English reviews.
10. Horizont  Artel The Earth has suffered from terrible wars, and the United Nations' World Federation Government was formed as a result. 33 years later ULF (United LUNA Front) has emerged and declared inter-planetary war to UNWF. The Moon gains initiative and transfers battlefield to the Earth. In the meantime, there is a group of self-described pirates "E-Freeze" in the sea near Antarctica. They have technical skills comparable to "ULF" and ability to fight in any environment with their humanoid all-purpose weapon GrastX. Main character starts as a member of these pirates.
It's mostly a game about main character battles than a scenario-oriented work. There's little explanation and little persuasion... just plot events piled. Since main character is in the center, it becomes his war against ULF while the whole UNWF becomes forgotten. Fighting is bland, with poor animation. There's hardly any mystery in the game.
11. Imitation Lover  light 12 Game encompasses the lives of Kurusu Itsuki as the first protagonist, and his best friend, Kidou Naoya as the second protagonist. Itsuki is a bit of a loner, and a bit on the emo side at that (kind of gloomy, not well-spoken and with a bit of an inferiority complex); he's basically Shinji Ikari moved from Evangelion into a random ero game, with a new haircut and glasses. Despite this, he is best friends with Naoya, who happens to be one of the most popular guys in school (as in, girls contantly ask him out and proposition him for things, even older girls). Itsuki's life takes a rather interesting turn when one Ichinose Kyo approaches him. Kyo in this story is a girl with a bad reputation, though she doesn't seem to mind the negative attention. Either way, she asks Itsuki to help her cheat at some exams that are coming up. In return, Kyo offers her virginity. As simple (and pointless) as this may sound, this set up leads to an emotional rollercoaster for Itsuki, not to mention the two girls he can end up with and the third girl that can potentially ruin his life. Aside from Kyo, both Sonomura Madoka (Kyo's childhood friend) and Kirisawa Iori (Naoya's would-be girlfriend) have a ton of emotional baggage that the player will get to witness, regarless of who Itsuki goes after.
There is an English review.
12. Kurenai Tsuki 紅月－くれないつき－  Studio Air Main character meets a red-eyed girl on a stormy night, and he is entrusted with a red wax stone that emits a sinister shine. But afterwards he forgets about this encounter.
But soon on a stormy day out of season a mysterious beautiful girl transfers to school. She does not confirm or deny being the same girl giving the shiny stone. At the same time abominable incidents and ominous events begin to occur one after another. And every time the incident happens, "Red Crimson" in the palm of protagonist starts to glow with evil red radiance...
Scenario is short and mostly devoted to fighting and some H abuse in-between. Game is not voiced at all, and emits a low funds aura. It becomes the last work of this brand.
13. Miko x Mono みこ×もの  Patisserie At summer vacations main character returns to his home town. He was abandoned at the shrine when he was young, so he returns to the Shinto priest family consisting of six people, or rather half-people partially dragon, snake or tengu. And relationship with these family members starts to change...
There is just one human heroine, others are half-humans, but the half-human theme is not really realized fully. There's nothing much in the scenario department, it's all about heroines, each having 6-7 H scenes, plus there is harem route, so it's a borderline nukige.
14. Nami no Mani Mani ~Sazanami Shinryoujo~ 波の間に間に～さざなみ診療所～  In an isolated island at the south, the people there are excited because a new doctor is coming to the only clinic of the island.
Shinohara Shuutarou - the protagonist - is the new doctor, but he is lazy, clumsy and perverted. He starts to live at the house of the old doctor of the clinic with him, his daughter the beautiful widow Yumiko and her daughter Mana. But one day the old doctor decides to go overseas, leaving Shuutarou in charge of the clinic, much to the annoyance of the only nurse of the clinic, Rie.
This story is not uncommon, but compared to predecessors there is much more room for H development here, thus it's another borderline nukige. The story is so plain and mediocre that if becomes frustrating. There is a shortage of adult women as heroines, but there still heroines that can be to one's liking, and that can make the game totally worthy.
15. Salvatore! サルバとーれ！  Liar-soft Nagaoka Xiang is a member of the Hayakawa Academy cheer leading squad. Recognized for his outstanding cheering skills its said that he would certainly be the next leader. But when the offer came he turned it down because he was going to Europe on a student exchange program.
One year later, Nagaoka is back but the cheerleader squad is in shambles. In order to convince the school to support the squad he starts gathering random members, regardless of their cheer leading experience.
The SIM elements averted me from trying this Liar Soft game myself. They include rhythm game and suguroku. Scenario is weak, but tempo is good, and there is an abundance of crazy laughter. Basically it's a bakage with SIM elements and unresolved potential of heroines due to poor plot development.
16. School Panic! スクールぱにっく！  Tarte School council reintroduces strict rules of the past. Main character's childhood friend is subject to punishment, so protagonist starts protest campaign against these rules. Boys and girls live for 10 days and cooperate to overthrow the system.
There's no fun in development, and all the girls fall for MC without any reason. There's not enough moe or good humor, so it's hard to find something in this game.
17. White x Red  Tryset Main character belongs to an exorcist lineage. Incidents start to become more frequent in his home town, so he interrupts training and returns to help the town. His father insists that son must marry to become a full-fledged exorcist, so protagonist starts living with his possible bride candidates including childhood friend and sister-in-law. Sex serves as source of spirit power required for exorcism, so young people are officially allowed to to involve in different kinds of sex play.
Half RPG, half training SIM is not in my interest sphere.
18. Yotsunoha よつのは  Hiqo Soft 123 A quest in search of our school memories.
At the end of summer break, our school closed down. On our last day together, we put our true feelings inside a time capsule, and promised to meet again in three years. The promised summer came. With it came things that did and did not change between us. The quest in search of our school memories has begun. What kind of smile will they have once we meet again?
A girl comes to a part-time job at a high-class Chinese restaurant. She is forced to undertake sexual service called "VIP entertainment", and despite all the opposition she is gang raped by many men one after another.
Due to some family issues, our protagonist finds himself going to live with his aunt, Kasugai Haruka. However, on his way to his new home, he has a bizarre run-in with a magical statue, where he's saved by none other than Haruka and her friends, who show up as a magically transformed team. Once things settle down, he learns that they've formed a group of mages to combat the magical incidents cropping up in town. Our protagonist soon learns that he, too, possesses magical powers, and decides to help combat the magical menace as soon as he hears his crush, Haruka's daughter, is helping as well...
Anti-Demon Ninja Asagi - Chaos Arena, describes a lewd fight in the Chaos Arena that couldn't be depicted in the original Anti-Demon Ninja Asagi. Things heat up with the addition of a new character, the Snake Lady! The complete episode, once again, is a female ninja gang rape adventure composed with H-scenes!!
Main character moves to his brother's place to attend college. Brother is busy at work, so protagonist spends evenings just with brother's sister-in-law Hitomi. One day Hitomi overviews protagonist having sex with another girl, and bitter jealousy overwhelms her. This night their secret affair begins.
A group of friends who belonged to a band one day got into a big fight. Although it didn't develop into a serious incident, the student counsel president found out and the band was in danger of having it's action's suspended. However they managed to overcome many obstacles and the school recognized them and allowed them to go on a live tour. Suddenly the bus they were riding on was enveloped in light! When they regained consciousness the world before their eyes was one they had never seen before. It was obvious that the town-scape before them wasn't the present day. They were being looked down upon by soldiers stationed at a towering palace. They knew nothing about this first place they arrived at, the city wrapped in rainbows Reikru. Then an old magician appeared and told them the reason they were led to this world. In order to save the future of this world, the 15 of them were summoned. Without a care for the importance of the mission they were chosen for, the noisy group packed up all their various sad and happy thoughts and set off on an adventure in their cart pulled by the holy wolf "Noah". On that journey they met a member of the sacred elf tripe "Noel". They were captured by bandits and met an ominous man who was maybe an enemy or maybe an ally "Geil". They also met a cult who dressed all in black robes. The group of 15 friends who were wrapped up in various incidents cheerfully weathered the storm. With pounding excitement they all rode together on a journey.
Emi is dumped on his boy friend because she refused when he tried to make love with her. She talks about this story to her friend, Iriya. He understands her very well and she is getting relaxed. Suddenly, he whispers in her ear...
The protagonist is the heir to a wealthy family. However, due to his youthful features, he is often mistaken for a girl. Weak-willed, can't even treat his own maids with firmness. He's in no shape to be the family's head. His father proposes that he train as a servant at a friend's mansion. However, the daughter, maids, and even the mistress of the house bully him there, provide gentle consolation, take advantage of his body... Will he really be able to become strong here?
There are two stories presented. 1. In『午若丸』 a beautiful girl from from Genji bloodline dresses as a man and goes to fight tengu, but is caught and insulted. 2. In『大蕩性液記 天竺編 其の三誤相姦に 行者 人参を盗み観世音 甘泉にて樹を生かす』an extraordinary monk spends a night in a mysterious mansion with a widow and her three girls. He does not have enough money, so girls request to satisfy them in sex.
We are childhood friends. But she is the most popular and prettiest girl in the school, while I am only a seclusive person who have failed to get accepted at a university of my choice and is seeking another chance. I always feel miserable before her, but she is an amazing person never leave me alone. Today, I have cosplay sex with her....
The lead character (looks like Ashida ****o) is a swimming instructor, who have sexual relationship with his one of colleagues, Henmi Homami. One day, Kurosawa Rina appears before him, thinking of sending her son to the school. He has a crush on her and desperately want to have an affair with her.
The story is about our heroine Akari whose father owns a host club “Gorgeous” that she decides to start attending. Her father ironically isn’t too happy about this but she still decides to help them become top one hosts by making them sweaters, earrings hats, scarves... Will she manage to make them fall in love with her?
The main character, Hitomi Sakuragawa, was once a cute, beautiful girl, winning beauty contests in childhood. However, after losing to the temptation of junk food received from fans, she has steadily gained weight… until she reached 100 kg in her second year of high school. At the beginning of the school year, the main character and her brother move into her father’s mansion-like dorm. Surprise awaits as she discovers that the school’s most popular guys are also moving in. Their impressions on her, shock her into starting a diet.
Our hero is such a great guy that he helps pay off a large debt that our lovely heroine has amassed with the Yakuza. However due to his interference to help, HIS LIFE is now on the line. Of course a logical guy like our protagonist thinks of the obvious conclusion of: “Me and my new girlfriend will create and sell our Adult Videos and we'll use the money we make to pay off her debt." So off the young couple goes gathering information for new ideas, coming up with dynamic setting, and devising all kinds of angles. Whereas our heroine gains various skills through her new craft and becomes a better seller because of it. Don’t forget to ask around some of the regulars in the business to get tips on what’s best to do. At the end of each video you personally create, it is put up to a AI-assisted rating system where growing fans of your work will critique the pros and cons of your recent release--as well as provide you with a corresponding income. Remember you have 16 months to pay off the required debt, so make them count or else!
The main character Toshio is an ordinary student who likes games. On the first day of summer vacation, two beautiful girls from the future appear in front of Toshio's eyes. The names of the two are Tomoyo and Yuki. "We have received your sperm from the future three hundred years later." Toshio who is surprised and surprised by too loud talk. On Earth after 300 years, human genes were completely analyzed. And genes that make excellent brains, genes with high physical ability, genes of longevity, genes of beautiful forms ... all the parents replaced the genes of the child they were born to make excellent children. However, artificial gene manipulation that spans generations has caused serious problems. Children born from parents with similar genes had a high probability of having birth defects, and the birth rate itself dropped sharply. Finally, the men are gone, and the few remaining frozen stored spermatozoa are also low. Therefore, a project to collect as many sperm as possible was started back to the time before genetic manipulation was performed.
Main heroine is a class chairman, but stress accumulates while dealing with the problem classmates. Masturbation in the toiled becomes her means of stress relief. One day she decides to go home without her panties on. And such trivial mischief leads to her libido bloom...
Main character lives happily surrounded by classmate Haruka, tutor Mizuho and homeroom teacher Mizuhime-sensei when he receives a strange letter from father informing about sister arrival. The next day mysterious girl Sao gets caught up in strange incident. Then anonymous letter comes saying only "I'm waiting for you at school". Protagonist waits at school till night, but when he goes to investigate light and screams in the classroom, he gets hit in the head and loses consciousness. On awakening strange men surround him and demand to train two of girls. To his surprise, girls are Haruka, Mizuho, Mizuhime-sensei and Sao...
Kairi, a second-class spy from a spy academy, gets orders to steal data from one of the top academies of an enemy country. He is surprised that they would trust him with a X-level mission, but still disguises himself as a new student and enters the academy. The environment in the academy and the people are completely different from his reports. He spends his time with an old childhood friend and some very cool, new friends. At the same time, he has to remind himself that he has a mission to fulfill.....
Felser has successfully conquered the whole continent and reigns from Feelese Castle with his demonic minions and lieutenants. One day, they discover a cursed mahjong set that is said to allow one to impregnate a defeated female player with powerful demonic beasts... But the Demon King soon realizes his new offsprings are hopelessly wild, and he can no longer father normal children due to the curse ! With his main source of reinforcements shut off and his heroic nemesises on the loose, Felser's position appears unstable...
Main character graduated from Maho Gaku University, worked as UN lieutenant, and currently is a special agent for Meguin Hunters who track aliens that live assuming form of humans. For some reason protaognist is invited as a temporary lecturer to his alma mater. There he leads a sweet, fun and naughty life with five beautiful girls.
Main character returns to his hometown on his father's anniversary and stays at aunt's ryokan. He is fascinated by the beauty of his cousin. One night he sees the girl masturbating, and calling her out impulsively leads to a complex relationship with his cousin and aunt.
The new teacher has been forced to transfer from her first job at an elite private school in the city to a local one closer to where she lives. It doesn’t seem to faze her much; she has become a fairly popular teacher due to her good looks and city flair. Of course there is something much darker behind her transfer (it would hardly be an eroge without, right?). It just so turns out that she was being stalked at her previous school, but couldn’t figure out who was behind it. Feeling helpless, she transferred to get away from the fear and paranoia (besides the fact that the educational institution didn’t want to be marred by any police investigation). She has caught the eye of a popular honor student as well, and wouldn’t you know, he’s a self-admitted stalker (and our protagonist). Upon searching some of the underground internet sites, he spots some candid pictures of his new teacher. It would appear that things won’t end exactly as planned for our young heroine.
You play as Junichi, the top driver of team AINOS, as he aims to win the championship. Gameplay is turn-based "racing". Every turn you pick an angle and lob the car a few inches closer to the finish line.
Main character is a student at a private school where his grandfather is the chairman. Grandfather wants him to inherit this school, but protagonist has no signs of interest. Then chairman gets several girls move in into protagonist's dormitory as bride candidates...
Touma is an ordinary student who live sister Nami and sister-in-law Kasumi. But their parents go on a trip during Golden Week and don't return. One day Touma learns that his sister received an e-mail from classmate asking for help, and thus she went to a designated place. But it all turned out to be conspiracy of the school's president...
There was an agreement with the spirits who have continued from ancient times. A contract that in exchange for protecting the village from evil to devote a special mystic shaman is given to the devil.
Modern day --- The village now known as Tokyo have been connecting the gate to be opened between this world and alien world in 10 years from now on. The demon comes to the city to get the shaman who will be given to them, to be devoted to the demon and train her to become a priestess of darkness.
Main character has to attend a school in the countryside due to his parents' work. But when he arrives to flat rented by his parents, another family already occupies the place due to another rent contract, so he has nowhere to live. At this time he meets a girl who suggests to live at a house in the woods, and no rent is required. This way protagonist starts living in the house together with two girls while attending the school. But it turns out that this house belongs to the fairy world, and girls living there are actually fairies. And rent is actually not free as protagonist has to satisfy two lusty sisters at nights instead.
Yukari has to work as a maid to pay off the debts of her family. There are twins in the house where Yukari works. They are good looking and generous but they have a secret.... Will Yukari be able to pay off the debts?
Main character spends last school year with cheerful classmates and childhood friends. There are things that change during this June month, there are some that remain the same. Encounter with unusual girl brings unusual love bloom.
Main character is an extraordinary monk who loves plotting, adultery and slaughter. He flees the country from pursuers and goes on a journey to a certain mountain. His adventure is going to be anything but boring.
Hiroki is an ordinary uni student having too much free time. One day, he enrolls in a website that is to meet many people. He receives some messages later.... One is from Nahomi who works at a lunch shop where Hiroki goes often and another one is from Kyoka, a wife of a director of a big company. They have different personalities. Which women will he choose...?