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VN of the Month May 2009 - Trample on "Schatten!!" ~Kagefumi no Uta~

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Trample on "Schatten!!" ~Kagefumi no Uta~ is the only masterpiece this month. And I'll actually review its untranslated and uncensored version. Micchi mostly observes delayed and gameplay visual novels while being expectedly fascinated by Tenshin Ranman and Tayutama fandisc.

1. Boku no Oukoku ぼくの王国 [090501] Finish!
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Kane is a shepherd. One day, he meets Elith, the spirit of the earth. Kane follows Elith's prediction and saves Princess Sharlot, who has been kept hostage by bandits. His brave action is highly appreciated and he becomes the leader of Norland...
MeiKing anime remade as game

 

2. Horizon no Ue ~Yogen no Sho~ ホリゾーンの上~預言の書~ [090501] Hecate
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This happened a long, long time ago. There was a world covered in thick dark clouds. But people from far-away lands came.
They were treated like gods, and rid the world of the dark clouds. The ground overflowed with light, and new life sprouted.
Trees. Animals. Fish. Birds.
The gods had changed it all.
But there were people who instead embraced the darkness.
They were sent down, to the centre of the world, to a place called "Est".
The rest united for a place called "Kaerum".
Over time, the two words grew apart and a name was given to the boundary line...
"Horizon..."
Short boring yuri story with same development for all heroines and zero enthusiasm even in fighting scenes.

 

3. Rakugaki Overheart らくがきオーバーハート [090501] Chien 1 
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The main character is back to his hometown for the first time in several years. It seems the town hasn't changed at all. His life is boring just like before...? No, it's wrong.
He finds a lot of graffiti at school, on the desk, at the corner of the classroom and so on. He soon joins the Graffiti Research Club, which does research or investigate the graffiti found at school. Through various activities, he becomes friends with a lot of students and gradually falls in love with a girl...
There is an English review.

 

4. Alter Ego [090529] Kiss 1 
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Nagare Hiiragi used to have a special power. He lost it a while ago and now lives a peaceful life as a student.
He has a secret ambition to destroy the Hiiragi family and be free from their curse. To achieve it, he needs to erase his father, but he can't do that...
One day, he gets involved in a trouble. As he beats demons using his new power, he is saved by someone unknown. He finally gets to know the fact that the root of every evil is his father and he makes up his mind to take action to free himself and his older sister from the Hiiragi family...
SRPG with an English review.

 

5. Cruise☆Cruise ~Shoujo no 10nen to Chiisana Yakusoku~くる~ず☆クルーズ~少女の10年とちいさな約束~ [090529] Guten Tag
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A young girl fell in love with a young boy and made a promise with him. But as the years passed, he soon forgot about their promise. On his graduation day, Kaoru receives a ticket to a mystery tour aboard the luxury cruise ship Trident, along with his childhood friends Chihiro and Akane. He thought it was suspicious, but he decided to go anyway. When he boards the ship, he meets his classmate Kiriko and notices that he knows most people there.
It's not exactly a kusoge, but an extremely plain cruise voyage graduation story. First half is about introductions, second half about getting to know heroines, remembering and fulfilling promises made long ago.

 

6. Don-chan ga Kyuu どんちゃんがきゅ~ [090529] light
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Noriko is not immune to perverted things. She soon feels dizzy. She's recently got a boyfriend, Toshio, a talented doll modeler. He is gentle and kind. Yes, they are a good couple. Toshio worked at an amusement park nearby, so Noriko often visited there to give him a lunch box. In return, he gave two free tickets for the amusement park to her. "You can come with your boyfriend." "Well, I need only one..." Like this, they started dating...
Second bullet in light low price series about side-heroine of previous work. There's very little value without playing the prequel.

 

7. Hana to Otome ni Shukufuku o 花と乙女に祝福を [090529] ensemble 1
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The protagonist Tsukioka Akira is a normal guy living his usual life, except for one thing. His twin sister is sickly and is in the hospital and can’t go to school. Problem is that she’s been sick for too long and she may have to repeat the year, or worse drop out of school.
So their parents being the most clever people in the world, decided to send him, the splitting image of his sister, over to the all-girls prestigious school to go undercover as his sister, and live her life for a while so that when she comes back, she can take his place without dropping out of school or repeating. Of course it’s a stupid idea and he resisted, but him, being someone who is easily swept away, gave in.
So thereon starts his incredible life in an all girls school.
There is an English review.

 

8. Stellula Eques Codex ~Tasogare no Himekishi~ ステルラ エクエス コーデックス~黄昏の姫騎士~ [090529] C: drive.
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Akira is an average guy. But one day, Izayoi, his classmate, suddenly seduces him and they have sex... After having sex, big white wings come out of Izayoi's back and she transforms herself into a soldier called Stellula Eques. An evil group also appears and Akira is attacked by them. Izayoi and other soldiers know about their conspiracy and try to stop it.
What exactly is Akira's power?! What is Stellula Eques' role?! What will happen to them in the end!?
Another sequel. This time it does not try to be serious and throws various parodies at the reader. There's NTR, cosplay, tentacles, even time loop. Basically, we get defeated and return back through time. Branching happens early and leads to three heroines. It's a weirdly enjoyable work with poor scenario and abrupt ending.

 

9. Tenshin Ranman Lucky or Unlucky!? 天神乱漫 LUCKY or UNLUCKY!? [090529] Yuzusoft 1 2 3 4 5 6
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Haruki has very bad luck. A lot of trouble always gathers around him, or does he invite trouble? One day, he receives a parcel. No sender name, no address. The only thing written on it is "creature". He wasn't expecting it. It's a girl. According to her, she is a goddess and came here to remove his misfortune. Like this, she starts living at his house.
However, her personality causes various troubles, involving other people. Will he be able to live a fortunate life amid such a confusing situation? What is her purpose? Will his misfortune disappear?
There are English reviews.

 

10. Trample on "Schatten!!" ~Kagefumi no Uta~ Trample on "Schatten!!" ~かげふみのうた~ [090529] Tail Wind 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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When a chance encounter drops him into the middle of a war between a secret organization of superheroes and the shadow creatures known as schatten, Himehagi Aisaku must awaken the hero within if he hopes to protect all that he holds dear.
Together with the valiant princess Keziah, Aisaku will don his blazing armor and shine a light on the shadows that infest his city. But the darkness he uncovers may be deeper than anything he imagined.
Courage! Conviction! Friendship! Love! Will Aisaku find the strength to see him through the rising night?
Game is localized and has English review.

 

11. Valkyrie Complex ヴァルキリーコンプレックス [090529] Circus 1 2
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The story takes place on the continent which is divided into seven countries. Leo was born and grown up in a small village in the Reysol Kingdom. He, who is involved in a battle of Gods, leads his beloved people as a substitute soldier for Goddess that he believes in and keeps on winning battles against other substitute soldiers. From the earth to the celestial world where Gods live... Leo and his company also visit the underground world where giants, who plan to destroy the earth, live. What they see at last is...
SRPG

 

12. Zettai Shougeki ~Platonic Heart~ 絶対衝激 ~プラトニックハート~ [090529] JIN Products
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The story centers on the Platonic Heart, a jewel that—according to an old urban legend—can grant any wish when collected. Only a chosen few are allowed to compete in the Platonic Heart hunt, and high school junior Aya Iseshima is one of 11 girls and women who are taking part.
Anime spin-off
 
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1. Shinsetsu Ryouki no Ori Dai 2 Shou 真説 猟奇の檻 第2章 [090501] Caligula Soft 1 
Tsuyoshi works for a conglomerate company. One day, he is transferred to the Fantasien Department. The company owns a theme park called Fantasien and his job there is to work as a security guard in knight costume. Though he is confused at first, he enjoys working with pretty co-workers. But one day, one of his coworkers dies because of malfunction of the facilities and a strange message is sent to them something like a claim of responsibility. Is it Souichiro's work who created all systems of the theme park, but went missing just before it opened. A roaming white shadow. Is it a girl who committed suicide inside the theme park? Another murder case happens... All systems are controlled by someone unknown and a murderous battle now breaks out. Who? For what? Will Tsuyoshi be able to solve the mystery?
Remake
 
2. Tsukumono ~Yadorigi Romance~ つくもの ~やどりぎロマンス~ [090501] Xuse 1 
Meguru is an average student. He just enjoys his school life with his cousin Sae and his childhood friend Amane.
But one day, when he gets involved in a trouble, something unseen tells him, "You wanna be saved?" The voice seems to come from inside himself.... When he nods, there suddenly happens a change in his body. Since then, he starts living together with a strange creature....
Nukige, basically, only including it because of review
3. Isogashii Hito no Tame no Koumakyou 忙しい人のためのこうまきょう [090519] Kasuga Soft 1 
A doujin AVG based on the Touhou Project series, specifically, the 6th game The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil.
Doujin, including it just because of missable review.
 
4. Gyakuten Kenji 逆転検事 [090528] Capcom 1 2 3 4 5
Gyakuten Kenji is a spinoff game starring prosecutor Miles Edgeworth and detective Dick Gumshoe. The investigation portions are presented using a third-person camera view. The game takes place before and after the events of Trials and Tribulations.
Localized console exclusive, including it just because of missable reviews
 
5. Myself;Yourself: Sorezore no Finale Myself;Yourself それぞれのfinale [090528] Regista 1 
The game features four new scenarios with Nanaka and Asami getting separate scenarios, and there are two duel scenarios with Syuri and Aoi in one, and Hinako and Yuzuki in the other. Several new characters are also introduced.
Fandisc
 
6. Tayutama -It's Happy Days- タユタマ -It's happy days- [090529] Lump of Sugar 1 2 
Hello there, I'm Yuri. One day, Mashiro wins a lottery and the prize is a three-day trip ticket. It's a big surprise, but bigger accidents happen to me one by one later. For example, Mashiro asks me to marry. Well, it's an extreme choice.
While I live a busy life, I finally decide which way I should go in the future. I also get a partner whom I'll walk together for the rest of my life. As you can see, the trip ticket is a tiny tiny thing.
Though summer holiday starts, I still live a busy life and I get tired. Yes, my partner seems to be tired as well. When I think about having a rest, I remember the trip ticket...
Fandisc


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Trample on Schatten - A decent game by a writer that specializes in the 'hot-blooded' sub-genre of chuunige.  Honestly, I was only moderately entertained by this one, but it was pretty popular when it came out.

Valkyrie Complex- A decent srpg with a decent but cliche fantasy story.  Not much else to say.

Tenshin Ranman- If you've played a Yuzu Soft game, yoiu know what to expect.  Like most Yuzu Soft games, it is good enough to stand out, but it isn't godly.

Stella Eques- Played this with no idea of what it really was.  I spent a good part of the game confused, even as I liked elements.  By the end, I was wondering what the hell happened, because it made almost no sense.

 

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My comment for May 2009 here.

Tenshin Ranman - First successful Yuzusoft VN and apparently the format will repeated throughout their next VNs, which of course not a bad strategy seeing that usually they only play Yuzusoft VNs for the heroines. It also got Shizuka Ito as the main heroine, although unfortunately no Nabatame Hitomi here yet (Both of them are usually have role in an anime so much that fans likened them as the couple). Sekai did get this together with Dracu Riot, although unfortunately there's still no news about it until now. Let's just say that it won't be surprising if Nekonyan will take over the license for this sooner or later, as it did happen with Dracu Riot earlier.

Trample on Schatten - At first I'm interested with this because it have magical girl heroine, although as time goes on I find this flawed. Mostly in regard of the routes when there's a lot of heroines selection and yet only Kezaiah that got the biggest focus, which to say is pretty much the normal weakness of magical girl anime (Or rather sentai) in that usually they focused on pink character (Or red character for sentai equivalent), although Kizaiah here is blue character though. I find that the childhood friend become mahou shoujo is interesting, although it's too bad that she became the victim in main route. That said, at least she got time to shine in the side route although the side routes itself is short. That said, I guess I can recommend this VN if you need some magical girl VN that resemble Precure to a degree.

Valkyrie Complex - Circus's attempt to make SRPG, and no much that I can say on this even though I prefer gameplay VN. This being untranslated also deter my interest, because it mean I won't understand the narration even if I play this lol.

Ace Attorney Miles Edgeworth - Yes I go with localized name, so deal with it lol. No much can say on first part here other than I manage to somehow finished this, and that the final culprit himself is quite infamous for on how hard of him to take down (Although I should blame the writer for dragging down the confrontation though seeing that it's a VN and no other gameplay except presenting the evidences). I use the walkthrough when I play this by the way, because I want it to be finished as soon as possible. The sequel for this is not officially localized by Capcom, although in exchange it bring something interesting that I'll talk about later. Oh and while this is console only VN, at least you can play it in PC by using DS emulator.

That's all for my comment in regard of May 2009 releases.

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