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VN of the Month March 2009 - Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star-

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Outside gameplay titles I'd only call Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star- and Boku no Te no Naka no Rakuen (because it's tsundere fantasy!) mastepieces. I'll review School Five ~Itsutsu no Himitsu no Monogatari~ since it has battle heroines and kind of obscure. I've always been shocked by the fact how untranslated moege Flyable Heart got so many reviews. I guess there was some horrible English translation, because otherwise it's super suspicious. Michi is pissing rainbows with this number of moege, but it's sad that comments did not survive.

1. Galaxy Angel II Eigou Kaiki no Toki ギャラクシーエンジェルII 永劫回帰の刻 [090312] Broccoli 1 2 
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It's been three months since the events in Mugen Kairou no Kagi. The Rune Angel Troupe and the Moon Angel Troupe meet at Juno, where the 5th anniversary of its liberation it's being celebrated. Suddenly the Will makes its move, though, attacking nothing less than Val Randal, and the Luxiole must rush in its defense, marking the first act of the greatest war ever.
There is an English review.

 

2. Corpse Party BloodCovered コープスパーティー ブラッドカバー [090313] 5pb. Games 1 2 3 4
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A group of high school students stayed after school to tell ghost stories. After a good scare one of them revealed that she is going to transfer school, everyone got sad but then another one told them there's a spell to make them always remember each other. Then everyone agreed to do it, each person hold a part of human-shaped paper and to pull it at the same time. One, Two, Three! They pulled it together and about to went home but soon after something like earthquake happened and all blacked out.
When they woke up they found that some of them are missing but that's not all, the school became a ruin and they couldn't get out. Then they noticed that they are not even in the same school anymore and there is something lurking in the dark school not wanting them to leave...
Game is localized and has English reviews.

 

3. Amagami アマガミ [090319] Enterbrain! 1 2 3
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Christmas Eve is around the corner, and it may very well be your last chance to ask the girl, you had a crush on since the beginning of high school, out.
There are English reviews.

 

4. Flyable Heart [090319] Unison Shift 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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――It began with a single envelope.
One day, an admission pamphlet to a famous academy arrived, containing an “all-you-can-eat” cafeteria pass. That alone was enough to lure our hero into visiting the super-prestigious Otori Ryouran College Community, home to students who excel in a variety of fields. Offbeat and unique students like a robot seem natural at Otori Ryouran. Organizing this odd student body is the responsibility of two groups ―― the Student Council and the Ryouran Society.
I was so happy to change schools, so why is a fortuneteller saying ominous things the moment I step out the door!
Why did all the fireworks explode on the bridge!!
And why was the only available room in the women’s dorm!!!
“Be wary, boy who carries an exceptional fate. Misfortune awaits you beyond here.”
There are English reviews.

 

5. Momoero Noumu Chuuihou! ももえろ濃霧注意報! [090319] Lapis Blue.
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Taichi and Nazuna, his younger sister, have transferred to a new school. On their first day at school, a rumour spreads that Taichi slept with Nazuna because of her brother complex. A strange girl named Yuiri also appears in front of them who just set up the Edo Customs Research Club. Taichi is forced to join it.... He meets other club members, Saki, Suzuka, Kazuha, Shouta, and Ruka there and lives an eventful school life. One day, a mysterious mist that arouses sexual desire suddenly surrounds the school. When it happens Taichi and Yuiri are together.
"Stop it! Don't look at me!"
"Well, you are looking at me with erotic eyes."
"Don't say that! I'll never...."
"Oh, it's no good...."
They finally sleep together.
On the next day, Yuiri and other club members decide to examine how the mist appeared. But one day, another mysterious phenomenon happens and Taichi is forgotten by his friends...
Despite rather nukige-ish synopsis it's a rather serious story. We get to the past to prevent all the stuff in the synopsis. But development is looped, and from the second lap it really starts to get boring. Protagonist is nothing good, and number of H scenes is above average.

 

6. Musou Tourou 夢想灯籠 [090319] FOG
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Musou Tourou focuses on the concepts of death and rebirth and its story is separated into two main branches, the present branch and the history branch. The story starts with the hero Shuji's encounter with demons .
As an excellent swordsman, he took it upon himself to defeat the creatures from the netherworlds. Although he won, he reckons that the demons are not to be looked down upon, and this proves right as he is knocked down by a strong adversary in his second fight, only to wake up in the presence of a strange girl Kagami.
Between life, rebirth and time travel, you have to protect your love from the menaces.
PSP all-ages title with card battles. Story is thin, and instead of events there are endless psychological descriptions. Heroines fall in love at first sight. Seven endings actually all fall into two patterns. There's nothing to really praise except for graphics.

 

7. Sui Supe Kawanoguchi Nobu Tankentai ~Kore ga Hikyou da! Jinseki Mitou! Tachifusagaru Shoutengai! ... 水スペ 川野口ノブ探検隊 ~これが秘境だ! 人跡未踏! 立ちふさがる商店街! 八鏡大学に隠された地球最大の謎を追え!!~ [090319] Liar-soft
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Nobu Kawanoguchi leads a freshly formed expedition to discover new locations and reveal forgotten mysteries.
Bakage strategy.

 

8. Canvas 3 ~Hakugin no Portrait~Canvas3 ~白銀のポートレート~ [090320] F&C 1 2 
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Yamabuki Manabu made a promise with his father - If he managed to get first prize in the Sakurabana art competition, he can continue learning art; If not, he must forgo his dream of becoming an artist, and continue his studies as a normal person. Accompanied by his friends in the art club, and the addition of a new club member, plus the miracles that are said to exist around the city where he lives, can Manabu find inspiration to draw an art piece capable of winning the competition?
There is an English review.

 

9. W. L. O. Sekai Ren'ai Kikou W.L.O. 世界恋愛機構 [090326] Akabei Soft2 1 2 3 
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Yuuki just lives a peaceful life. But one day, his classmate says to him, "Congratulations! You now have the rights to love someone." He is told about the W.L.O. (World Love Organization). According to his classmate, the purpose of the organization is to help people achieve their love to deal with a decreasing birth rate.
He also says, "Use your natural born strong semen to save the world." His partner is Aina, his neighbor and childhood friend. With the support of Hotaru and Ina, members of W.L.O., his project starts. Arisa, a girl from another organization called NOA (Nothing or All) and his underclassman Yuriko also get involved in the project. A grand love project now starts...
There are English reviews.

 

10. Areas ~Sora ni Utsusu Kimi to no Sekai~ Areas~空に映すキミとのセカイ~ [090327] Lapis Lazuli
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Yuuya and Konoka, his younger sister, live homeless due to various troubles. One day, Yuuya gets an illegal job to get out of homeless life. The job, however, fails and he is captured by the group. He is ready for death, but the boss of the group says, "I like smart boys. I wanna you to be mine."
Like this, Yuuya and Konoka are sent to an isolated island. "It's warm here! There's no cold wind!" The island is like a paradise under the clear sky and surrounded by beautiful sea. Yuuya and Konoka are ordered to live there and enter school nearby. Yuuya and Konoka's school life on the island now starts...
It's near future where some people participate in an experiment to develop in a closed community and hopefully find something useful for stagnant civilization. What a stupid endeavour. It's all just to introduce normal school setting in a small town. There are some spectacular developments in the middle, but basically it's just a nostalgic thing. After five romance routes the true one opens up which finally has something to do with future.

 

11. Baldr Sky Dive1 “Lost Memory” [090327] Team Baldrhead 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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While Kou is asleep in his bed, the scream of a girl wakes him up. He rises to see in front of him a battle full of gunshots and flashing bombs exploding. He realizes that he is wearing an iron armor. "What's this?" He doesn't know what's going on.
He leaves the virtual world with Rain, who says she is his junior partner. They arrive in a ruined city, and Kou learns that he is a special Simulacrum user who graduated from school several years ago. He has forgotten his memories that may have had a significant impact on his life. The name of the case that slowly materializes from his lost memory, "Gray Christmas."
"What is Gray Christmas? Why was I investigating the case?" He comes to remember the whole story of the case and its meaning. A peaceful life that was meant to last forever, which however, suddenly comes to an end...
There are English reviews.

 

12. Boku no Te no Naka no Rakuen ボクの手の中の楽園 [090327] Caramel Box 1 2 3 
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In the year of Waldemar 343, a devastating six year war makes a truce by argument. Two el sabios, however, go missing in the sea when a big storm strikes and the world stagnates as if frozen. Korn in the west declines because a lot of soldiers lost their lives during the war. People in Middleton that is located in the east of the world suffer from tyranny. On the other hand, Edel, an isolated island, is lively thanks to rotten silver found in the remains. However, as the town gets lively, the number of mysterious murder cases increases.... In the year of Waldemar 347, a boy is drifted ashore. Though he's lost all his memories, he is attracted to the mysterious cases and gets to know the legend of a butterfly, which is handed over from generation to generation. He gradually steps into dark clouds that cover the world.... Four years have passed since the end of the war. The world frozen on the stormy night quietly and slowly starts running again....
There are English reviews.

 

13. Daisounan [090327] SofthouseChara 1 
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In the future, when interplanetary travel has become common, a spaceship accident leaves 9 people trapped on an unexplored planet.
The survivors have to find a way to escape the planet (which in the worst case might only be possible for two of them, while the rest are left behind)) while battling the Fauna and Flora of the planet (and possibly each other)
Strategy

 

14. echo. [090327] Sputnik
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This story takes place in a mountain town surrounded by the sea.
Ryouichi is sent everyday to the town where the summer sun shines brightly upon it.
He meets up with his sister, who is in the Swimming Club, and a quiet childhood friend.
The town holds a summer festival in their school, and it seems like life will continue as it always has.
There, a rumor of a strangely dressed girl slowly spreads around the town.
A girl with a white dress and a blue ribbon.
She is searching for them...
An emotional thing that aims to be like Air, but ends up disintegrated with forced development and bad aftertaste. Too much ambition for the unrefined first work taste.

 

15. Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star- 星空のメモリア-Wish upon a shooting star- [090327] Favorite 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
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After their mother passes away, Kogasaka You and his younger sister, Chinami, pack up and move out of the city back to their hometown of Hibarigasaki to live with their aunt Shino. Before making the move to the city, You spent almost every single day after school playing with a girl up at the town observation lookout; she was You's first true friend. And when she learns of You’s upcoming relocation to the city she becomes very upset…so much so that she makes him promise to her that one day he must return to Hibarigasaki to marry her. And with a final departure she kisses You on the forehead.
Years later, upon returning to Hibarigasaki, You comes across a now abandoned, fenced-off observatory lookout. It is at this lookout where he encounters a mysterious scythe-wielding girl named Mare who looks strangely like his childhood friend from years past. But as You's life back in his hometown progresses, he is able to make new friends both in the astronomy club at school and while working at a local restaurant, all while still attempting to seek out his childhood friend. Intrigued, he continues to visit with this mysterious girl at the lookout, but who is she really, and will he ever be able to find his childhood friend and make good on his promise?
Game is localized and has English reviews.

 

16. Koko Yori, Haruka -Surrounded sea in the world- ここより、はるか - Surrounded sea in the world - [090327] Pleats soft 1 
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"Junki, wake up!" A strange girl shakes Junki awake. "Well, who are you? I'm just sleepy.... What? Where am I?" A place he doesn't remember. A voice he doesn't remember. However he knows this girl who woke him, as Urara, his classmate. She looks at him anxiously flapping her small wings. It seems he fell asleep during class. As he looks around, there is a fairy and a girl carrying a sword. There is nothing wrong even if you see a girl with wings, but he feels somewhat out of place... A place he doesn't remember. A voice he doesn't remember. However he knows it. He is the only one that knows...
There is an English review.

 

17. Princess Party Princess Party ~プリンセスパーティー~ [090327] Circus 1 2 
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The main character has transferred to a new school. The atmosphere of the school is lively and cheerful. His happy school life has just begun.... But one day, the school buildings are suddenly destroyed and new school buildings like castles appear.... "This is my gift to you as a greeting." She also says, "No adolescence from today!"
There are English reviews

 

18. School Five ~Itsutsu no Himitsu no Monogatari~すく~るふぁいぶ~五つの秘密の物語~ [090327] DisAbel
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This game contains strange love stories of five couples. You can enjoy various stories of mysterious heroines at school in the country. Five stories are connected to each other and it affects your ending. The story grows deeper as it goes and becomes one grand story....
After seeing this kind of huge weapon on CG, you know I can't just skip this game for review.

 

19. Seiken no Fairies 聖剣のフェアリース [090327] Littlewitch Velvet 1 
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Sacred Mark. Those who have this mark possess a special power. The protagonist, Narumi, is a teacher who bears a strange mark on his right shoulder. It appeared when he was a child and various unfortunate incidents have occurred since then. Despite it being a nuisance to him, it has a significant meaning in the world. It is said people who have such a mark have the ability to train "knights". Because of the mark, Narumi is involved in a battle between two groups, the Big Angel Religious Community (BARC) and Sacred Mark Knight Community (SMKC). Now a SMKC member, his mission is to train three girls to become powerful knights. A battle that has lasted over 1,000 years now enters a new phase...
There is an English review.

 

20. Sekai o Seifuku Suru Tame no, 3tsu no Houhou 世界を征服するための、3つの方法 [090327] Crowd
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It tells the story of a devil king who, in the midst of a battle with a hero, somehow turned himself into a female by taking a secret medicine, which was supposed to give him extraordinary strength!
This sets the stage for a love comedy...
Do you remember Crowd making comedies? Well, I don't. What I remember is Crowd making all those X Change nukige series all the time. Basically, it's the same kind of sex exchange "comedy", just in fantasy setting . And before you you can familiarize with the setting it's already H scenes time.


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There WAS a horrible Flyable Heart translation, but it was so bad VNDB mods considered it a troll and deleted the entry for it. One of the highlights of that translation was "taiyaki" being translated as some nine-word atrocity.

Special mention goes to Amagami for being my favorite dating sim of all time.

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Koko Yori, Haruka- One of 'those classics', games that generally came recommended when I was first getting started.  I played it, I enjoyed it thoroughly (laughed and cried), then I promptly forgot about it.  It's not that it isn't a good game (it is a good one), I've just never had the urge to revisit it, since I know all its mysteries.

Boku no Te no Naka no Rakuen- This game is a lot like AXL's 'swords fantasy' SOL games, though not in quite in the same style and being less humor-focused.  A good game, if not a kamige.

W.L.O.- Considered a classic SOL comedy charage, I imagine a big portion of the people who started playing untranslated around the time it came out at least tried to play it.  It is an excellent example of what is best about charage... but it is a charage.

Baldr Sky Dive1- Does this even need an intro at this point?

 

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Let me comment what I think in regard of March 2009.

School Five - Why the premise sounds like ef too much while at the same time we see the girls using sexy costumes and wield big weapon so much that the VN is more like modern magical girl VN (Like Symphogear and Nanoha for the comparison)? Well no matter seeing that it's still untranslated lol.

Amagami - It's a console VN with almost eight years old translation project, and currently it's been at 90.5% edited. Well I guess it's nice that we still see some works on this, although this is not VN that I would keep my eyes on though to put it simply. It got some well known VN though at the very least, and that apparently the heroines themselves are quite unique for console charage.

Corpse Party - While I did say that PC version is the perfect version seeing that it have additional contents that PSP version didn't have, it didn't have all star cast to voicing the characters. Other than VA comments, obviously it have some horror with some vengeful ghosts attempted to kill the casts. This VN was apparently created as doujin VN looking from on how it was created by using RPGMaker, so good for the creator in that Corpse Part here is quite successful.

Baldr Sky Dive 1 - Sekai did release this as one game together with Dive 2, and it's just too bad that GIGA force Sekai to release it censored and thus we can't enjoy the sex scenes. Or at least that's what would happen if not for the fans who called themselves Shadowwolf released the uncensored patch as soon as Baldr Sky released. There's a debate on whether Sekai is the one who release the patch or not, but I also can say that it's still true to say Sekai as fans if their really the one who work on the uncensor patch because after all some of them may ended up liking Baldr Sky and want to release it uncensored. For the VN itself, most complain that I hear was in regard of Reminiscence although most of the reviews stated that it have some good world building. I also should say that the staffs did using the same enforced playing order system in that they've been applied it since Baldr Force and Duel Savior, and Dive 1 here is the first half with three heroines.

Flyable Heart - The patch here did have crappy translation to say it lightly, although my complain is more to the engine though in that I need five seconds to open the save menu along with very small font in which I assume that the translator didn't put enough effort on the engine (Why would he anyway?). That said, the story here is loosely like Higurashi in that there's zombie tag along with water gun battle, and that the routes did have questions answer relation with each of two routes are connected. Lastly I like the song and that I hope that someday we'll going to see this properly translated. By the way I did browse some of Haruhi art, and turned out that one of the illustration did resemble Flyable Heart heroines which make sense seeing that both of Haruhi and Flyable Heart characters designer is the same person (Noizi Ito). By the way I did finish this, and out of those routes I think I can say that Kukuri's route here is my least favorite.

Hoshimemo - Translated by Insem back at 2012 and that he censored Mare's sex scenes by changing it to dolphin thanks to Australian strict law which ban lolicon, and Sekai did rerelease this back at 2017 with some controversy in regard of the translation (It's another redundant release by Sekai anyway). For the story itself, I can say that it resemble Kanon to a degree and that FAVORITE start to show their interest to loli with mysterious side. It's also safe to say that this VN is the one that started FAVORITE as very well known VNs seeing that their previous VNs are pretty much quite unknown. Lastly I'm sure that Hoshimemo here would give some player a trauma with the word onii-chan thanks to Chinami.

I guess that's all for what I can comment in regard of March 2009.

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