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VN of the Month July 2009 - Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo,

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Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo is VN of the Month, Bengarachou Hakubutsushi makes another masterpiece. Micchi is especially excited about Natsuyume Nagisa and also about Owarinaki Natsu, Towa Naru Shirabe , but too much sweetness for me.

1. Rosario to Vampire Capu 2: Koi to Yume no Rapsodia ロザリオとバンパイア 恋と夢の狂想曲 [090723] Compile Heart
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The school called Youkai Gakuen High School Tsukune entered is actually for monsters. But there are a lot of pretty girls. One day, Ginei plans to hold a school festival called "The Youkai Fes". The story just goes on involving the Otonashi sisters. But days later, Tsukune suddenly starts having an erotic dream every night. How come...?
Anime spin-off

 

2. Angel Magister [090724] Mana 1 2 
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There is a world which is divided into the heaven region and the devil region. Baal is the man who leads the army of the devil region and tries to fight the heaven region. But his ambition is soon destroyed... He is confined for 100 years and all his memories are erased. He is now released, but there is no job to take... But one day, he is recruited as a teacher at a magic school in the heaven region. He jumps at the chance and decides to work there. In his class, there are a lot of dropout students. He takes in charge of three students and works hard! Days later, his ex-coworkers suddenly appear from the devil region and the atmosphere of the heaven region gradually becomes uneasy...
There is an English review.

 

3. Bengarachou Hakubutsushi 紅殻町博物誌 [090724] raiL-soft 1 2 3 4
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Tomohisa has some memory of his childhood. When he was a kid, he was often playing at some place near his house. But his parents don't remember it. Tomohisa doesn't remember it clearly, either. One day, he finds a notebook. It is about history and things happened at a small town. It's just eccentric, so no one pays attention to it. But he knows who wrote it. It's his uncle, who has been missing for years. The notebook includes a town he spent his childhood. He soon gets interested in the town and decides to visit there. Days later, he arrives at the town, but there are a lot of strange things and customs in the town. He finds various curious goods there and gradually gets to know a secret of the town and his past....
There are English reviews. And I wanted to play it for quite some time already.

 

4. Kagura Douchuuki 神楽道中記 [090724] Debo no Su Seisakusho
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The story takes place in a deserted spa town. One day, the residents go missing one by one, kind of spirited away.... While police investigation doesn't go well, some more mysterious phenomenon happen.
The police decides to hire two mikos to investigate the case. But they are totally different, like oil and water. Will they be able to solve the case...?
Features random dungeon generation, the Kagura-typical defeat-ero scenes and a multiplayer mode.
RPG

 

5. Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo, きっと、澄みわたる朝色よりも、 [090724] Propeller 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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We were always together. Irreplaceable friends. There was a strong tie between us even we got separated. Several years later, we have a chance to meet again at school. There are only four classmates, but that's enough. Only us. However...
"Stop acting like before."
Our relationship gets cold and distant. It's only me who believed in our eternal friendship. What made us like this...? "Ayanashisai Festival" Each person was given their own color.
"Red" I make up my mind to establish our good-old relationship again...
There are many English reviews. But I need to play it myself.

 

6. Kurenai no Tsuki クレナイノツキ [090724] Alcot Honey Comb 1 2 3 
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Kouya, a rookie detective, is walking deep inside the forest. It was two weeks ago, a hand of an unidentified creature washed up on the shore of a river. Hard and thick skin, bristle like an animal, thick fingers and sharp nails, it was not a human's hand. Also, there was a jewel ring on the ring finger.
This mysterious story was featured in a magazine and caught people's attention. Days later, the police found that it was a woman's hand, who had been missing for a month. She went missing when she played golf with her friends nearby. The police confirmed she was attacked by a stray dog, but couldn't explain why the hand looked so differently. They tried to close the case, but her husband wasn't convinced. He didn't want to believe his wife was a monster. He decided to ask a detective to investigate the case, that's why Kouya is now roaming around deep inside the forest.
It is getting dark, but he doesn't know where he is now. Just when he feels dizzy, he hears someone's voice. Is that auditory hallucination? He hears a girl's voice this time. "I've been saved!" But he accidentally falls down a waterfall. When he regains his consciousness, he finds himself lying in the bed. He looks around and finds three girls. "Are you alright?" "Well, did you save me?" "Yes, I and my older sister carried you all the way here." Their mother says to him, "I'm relieved to see you getting well. But you must marry either of my daughters, Sunao or Hiori."
He doesn't know what she means. A mysterious hand bitten off by someone, a small village deep inside the forest, marriage to a miko, Kouya's fate is led to unexpected direction after he meets these two girls...
There are English reviews.

 

7. Owarinaki Natsu, Towa Naru Shirabe 終わりなき夏 永遠なる音律 [090724] Age 1 2 3 4 5 
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In Kyushu, there lies the small village of Sunomura. In that small village, four childhood friends, Touma Takumi, Ogami Ritsuko, Amamiya Kanon, and Takanashi Mio comprise a small music club at the village school. One day, Takumi happens to see and hear the violin performance of Orihara Ai, a girl who recently moved to the village and transferred into the school. This performance later eventually causes Ritsuko to resolve to recruit Ai into their music club no matter what.
However, one day, one of the childhood friends is separated from the other three, but before doing so passes on her role of "Supervisor" to Takumi. Later, they learn that the school they all attend is going to be closed down in one month due to a government-ordered evacuation of the village. Everyone resolves to make their last month together as memorable and enjoyable as possible before the school closes down...
There are English reviews.

 

8. 77 (Sevens) ~And, Two Stars Meet Again~77(セブンズ)~And, two stars meet again~ [090731] Whirlpool 1 2 
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There is a world where magic is widely spread. The story takes place at Tenryou International School, which is famous for an elite training school. The students are divided into three groups: Intelligence, Power and Fate. A school festival is held once a year.
The main event is a battle in which a girl and two supporters are chosen from each group and they fight for a selected man, who has a special ring. Yes, the main character is the one who accidentally gets the ring.... While he is persistently chased by heroines, a mystery of their school gradually comes out...
There are English reviews.

 

9. Ano Aoi Umi Yori あの蒼い海より [090731] Lilac Soft
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"I thought everything would remain the same...."
Sora has just moved to a town in the country. There is nothing special, but comfortable.... One night, he meets a girl on the beach. He soon feels attracted to her arrogant behavior and mysterious atmosphere. On the next day, he meets her again at school. She says,
"I'll become your friend...."
Sora has mixed feelings, but feels something warm inside his heart. They gradually cultivate their relationship involving other unique residents. Just when they feel happiness, the world is about to change again. When they meet, their crooked and complicating fates cross.... What will happen to them in the end...?
"My one and only wish is not to forget you...."
Story is monotonous and short. Development is absurd and uncomfortable. Sick hero is having various drama with (sometimes also sick) girls. Emotions are poorly drawn for an utsuge, so reader inevitably starts to feel unsatisfied and unhappy because of the quality, not because of compassion.

 

10. Ashita wa Kitto, Haremasu you ni 明日はきっと、晴れますように [090731] Hug
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Natsuhiko is back to his hometown for the first time in ten years. It's a quiet seaside town, but changed a lot. There is a big bridge, where he often played, in the town. The bridge still remains the same. During summer, a big festival is held in the town and a bamboo grass is displayed on the bridge with numerous tanzaku, small pieces of paper on which people write wishes. The bamboo and tanzaku have a local legend, "Only one of the wishes on the bamboo will come true...." No one knows if it's true or not, but people believes it. This is a story of boys and girls who make a wish on the tanzaku...
Atmosphere is warm enough, but perfection level is low, so impression deteriorates with every new route. There's no true route after capturing all heroines, so can't find anything special here.

 

11. Fault!! フォルト!! [090731] Ciel 1
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Shuuichi belongs to the tennis club. There are only five members in total, but he enjoys his school life with them. One day, the situation around him starts changing when Shuuichi gets injured in an accident. While Ai, one of the members, takes a good care of him, Mio, his younger sister, stays grumpy. In such an ugly situation, a big accident happens which changes the whole situation...
There are two main heroines and two sub heroines, plus there is a harem route which is unavoidable for a game with H tilt. At the start love triangle is already broken, and there is no NTR. Story is thin and lacks excitement.

 

12. Mecha-Mimi メカミミ [090731] Candy Soft 1 
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Kotarou is now living at his aunt's house because his parents have gone abroad on business. He just lives a peaceful life with his old friends and classmates. But one day, he is attacked by a group of two girls on his way to school.
He is saved by a girl called Yuno. According to her, she is an android his grandfather invented. Kotarou is surprised to hear that and runs away from her. He tries to forget it, but Yuno transfers to his class on the next day.
"I'll work for Kotarou. I'll watch him anytime, anywhere. I swear I'll be his sword and shield...." Like this, his life changes completely... But he might have been wanting this sort of adventure life...
There is an English review.

 

13. MQ ~Jikuu no Hasha~ MQ ~時空の覇者~ [090731] Abel Software 1 
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Shou, who faced his mother's tragic death, was given a word, "Collect fills...." As a matter of fact, she wasn't his own mother. He, who was surprised to hear the fact, got to know his varied fate soon. One day, a girl appears in front of him, "The world is being destroyed, Avatar." "Destroyed? Do you mean we are going extinct?" "The council has decided to erase you...." "Me? Killed? How come?" "Because you are the one who will lead this world to ruin. I objected to the decision and left the council. Collect fills as soon as possible...." The girl, who came to this world to protect him, promises him to care for him as a valet. She also tells him that she is a daughter of the former valet. "A daughter of the former valet?" "Yes, the girl who used to live as your mother. I'm her daughter." "...!?" The girl tells him to get out of this world soon. Like this, their adventure starts....
There is an English review.

 

14. Natsuyume Nagisa ナツユメナギサ [090731] Saga Planets 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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The story takes place on a reclaimed island, where sunflowers are planted all over, beautiful butterflies fly around and stray penguins roam around.
Nagisa is a boy who can't remember his past. One day, he meets some girls. As the story goes, he gradually finds an important person deep inside his memory and true himself. The summer you were there. The summer you weren't there. The summer with you. Through various events with the girls, what kind of memory will he reach?
There are English reviews.

 

15. Tiara [090731] Symphony
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Four years ago, a high-class school was established on the premises of the castle. One day, Creed, a soldier, is invited to the school and ordered to protect princesses from evil people. He meets Mio, his old friend, Silky, the woman of his dreams and so on there.... His mission is to protect them, but the story goes the other way, involving their surroundings. Who are the evil people? What's happening around them?
Atmosphere is similar to previous work Ojou-sama Kumikyoku , this time it's a princess school and not just girls school. I hated that game, so there's not a single chance here.

 

16. Yumemiru Koi no Musubikata 夢みる恋の結びかた [090731] Atu Works
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There is a shrine which is said to bring romance called Ataragi Shrine. At the shrine stands a cherry tree, which always blooms in summer, inside the shrine. The local legend says if a boy and a girl tie a string on a branch of the tree together, they'll be happy forever.
One day, when Tomoya visits the shrine with Taiki, his friend, they meet a girl, Sasaya, in a miko's uniform. She is actually his classmate. Days later, when he bumps into her in front of his house, Sasaya suddenly says to him, "I... love you...." Also, three different girls, Asuka, Emiri and Koeda, suddenly start approaching him at the same time.
Is it just a coincidence? Or is it because of the cherry tree? Like this, Tomoya's life dramatically changes....
Damn, the second wish tree inside one month. And again there are multiple writers responsible for different routes. Slice of life scenes are full of bakage behavior. Light summer mainstream work without uniqueness.


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Angel Magister-  This one tried too hard to mix SOL with plotge, and as a result it didn't really fulfill on either side.  It wasn't horrifically bad, but it isn't great either.

Kitto Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo- Shumon Yuu.  I don't need to say anything else.  All games by Shumon Yuu are automatically awesome.

Natsuyume Nagisa- One of the games Saga Planets became known for, a solid nakige with a mild mindfuck.

Mecha-mimi- A decent android love story plotge pretending to be a charage on the surface.

Sevens- Straight-out moege/charage from the era in which that was 90% of what Whirlpool did.

Kurenai no Tsuki- A great inaka fantasy mystery based in fall (easily the best setting for that kind of thing).  I found this one enjoyable both times I played it.  Best heroine is the hidden one though, lol.

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Asairo - I only know that it's one of Shuumon VN and that he's been lauded as good writer, and that so far none of his works are translated because apparently it's very hard to do.

Natsuyume Nagisa - One of Niijima Yuu famous work with the man himself also lauded as one of good writer, although looks like his writing in Einstein (His most recent VN) is quite controversial in that people didn't like on how he arrange the route or something like that. This VN also did have translation project in the past, although turned out that the team didn't have enough capability to do translation work so that they decided to drop the project without saying anything after it's been established for several weeks (I did say that the leader did drink a lot when he established the project along with call it as scam and troll project lol). History aside, this is summer part of Saga Planet season series and that the plot is quite famous as nakige plot. Hopefully Nekonyan will pick this seeing that it's one of well received VN, although I know that it'll be hard to do.

Other than those two VNs, no much that I can comment on the releases so that's all for July 2009.

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