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VN of the Month November 2009 - Hikari no Valusia ~What a Beautiful Hopes~


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Hikari no Valusia ~What a Beautiful Hopes~ is VN of the Month, but for me it's not a masterpiece. I happened to play Sorafune and Shiden ~Enkan no Kizuna~ in the past, so will take Atori no Sora to Shinchuu no Tsuki for review. Micchi is understandably fascinated by Baldr Sky Dive2, but also lays hopes on Imouto Smile, Shiden and Suzunone Seven fandisc.
 
1. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift ブレイブルー コンティニュアム シフト, [091120] Arc System Works 1 2 3 4 
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The game is set after the events of Blazblue: Calamity Trigger. A few days have passed since the reported raid by Ragna the Bloodedge, The 13th Hierarchical City "Kagutsuchi" forgets to celebrate New Years, as his alleged involvement in the "Mysterious Bombing" and "Huge Pentacle Sightings" becomes the talk of the town. With the Novus Orbis Librarium offering no official explanation, the citizens voice their own theories, exaggerating and spreading rumors like wildfire. The name "Ragna the Bloodedge" is engraved in the minds of the people. Completely indifferent to the state of the city, the silver-haired Grim Reaper grips his massive sword and quietly bides his time—waiting for the chance to achieve his true objective. And then, the enormous "power" that has ensnared the "Grim Reaper" begins to activate...
Fighting is localized and has English reviews.

 

2. Hikari no Valusia ~What a Beautiful Hopes~ 白光のヴァルーシア ~What a beautiful hopes~ [091120] Liar-soft 1 2 
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In a big city in the desert called Valcia, only young people called 'adept' are allowed to go out. The city used to be covered with a canopy, but people can see the sky and a lot of people visit the city through the canopy now. But this inflow of people gradually changes the city...
Young people called "adept" are the ones who search into various ruined labyrinths full of treasures and danger, and fight against monsters called 'horror'. Recently, these monsters called 'horror'", which are supposed to exist only in the labyrinths, started to appear in the city. People are now afraid of the change of the city and the monsters.
One night; a boy sees something shiny, another boy learns what to love, a girl finds the meaning of the starry sky, and an assassin sheds a tear of remorse...
There are English reviews.

 

3. Koigoromo ~Mazu wa Korekite!~ 恋衣~まずはコレ着て!~ [091120] Catear
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One day, Minoru tells Sachi that he loves her. Sachi is surprised and says, "If you could disguise yourself as a girl, I'd say yes!" On the next day, Minoru appears in front of Sachi in a girl's school uniform. Sachi is excited to see his beauty and decides to...
It's basically an animated trap game in specific style made for girls.

 

4. Usotsuki to Inugamitsuki ウソツキと犬神憑き [091120] Kuroneko-san Team
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Tsukumo’s father had always told him not to be near the forest when dusk approaches. However, he was curious and often tread near the forest even though he cannot walk well due to an accident. One day, he sees something red along the road… is this blood? Then he could smell the scent of a beast, even though he could not before. Was this the reason why he was told to stay away?
It's about calm daily life at the shrine with various youkai. Then there are five different individual route with one counting as a True End. Atmospheric work with unusual heroines, but don't expect a thrilling story.

 

5. Shiden ~Enkan no Kizuna~ 紫電~円環の絆~ [091126] Akatsuki Works Hibiki 1 2 
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In this world, there are people with special abilities. Behind the face of normal human lives, people fight. Be it creatures from the dead, other humans or even creatures between themselves. That always happens, but the balance of the world is always maintained. This time, things are not going so smoothly.
One man, together with three of his subordinates rise up from the dead. They seek destruction and control over the entire world. The four undead beings that cannot be killed now wages war against the world, starting from Japan.
Their key is the shrine maiden, the only one left of her kind.
There are English reviews.

 

6. Puzzle -Bokura no 48 Jikan Sensou- パズル −ぼくらの48時間戦争− [091126] Kadokawa Shoten
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A group of masked terrorists assaults an elite high school. The talented students will have to find a way to avoid being killed while also finding a way out.
Timed search for pieces in order to escape? Too many elements that I detest.

 

7. Atori no Sora to Shinchuu no Tsuki アトリの空と真鍮の月 [091127] TopCat
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There is a school in a small village. One day, Haito, who is back to the village for the first time in six years, transfers to this school, but there are only four female students. According to them, people in the village believe in some kind of god. As he lives there, he gradually finds a secret the villagers try to hide...
Beginning is atmospheric, but as the whole gods battle unfolds it gets confusing. Protagonist is cursed, and heroines try to break it, and scenario is the same for every girl. Heroines are rather interesting, so it's a good game if contrast between SOL beginning and fantasy development does not scare you.

 

8. Baldr Sky Dive2 “Recordare” Baldr Sky Dive2 “Recordare” [091127] Team Baldrhead 1 2 3 4 5 6
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One day, Kadokura Kou awakes in a virtual battlefield. He, who is a skilled Simulacrum user, soon remembers that he was pursuing someone with Rain, his partner.
Kou and Rain investigate the incident that ruined his peaceful school life known as "Gray Christmas", but various mysteries stand in the way of the truth. As time passes, he gradually regains his lost memories and re-unites with his friends.
When all of the mysteries congregate, the door of truth opens...
Action is localized and has English reviews.

 

9. Dark Blue [091127] LiLiM DARKNESS 1 2 
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"I'll save you right away!" I try to open the door, but I can't.... I try again, but nothing happens.... "Do I need a key to open this door?" But I don't have enough time to look for it. I can't open it.... I can't open.... I can't.... "Noooooooooooooo!!" I hear your scream from inside.... I can do nothing.... You'll never come back... never....
There are English reviews.

 

10. Imouto Smile 妹スマイル [091127] Citoron Soft
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Living alone in a huge mansion after the death of his parents, our protagonist gazes outside and sees a cute girl. He thinks to himself that life would be so much better if she was his little sister, a part of his family. He then hears a knock at his door and the girl introduces herself as his little sister.
Imouto moege.

 

11. Natsuiro Penguin 夏いろペンギン [091127] Little Princess
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Since his parents have gone abroad on business, he now lives at his cousin's house in a town, where he used to live. He meets various childhood friends there. It's busy, but he enjoys his school life. This is a love comedy adventure game taken place in a small town. Who will stay by his side in the end...?
It's basically a failed moege since heroines are drawn cute on the surface, but in fact are just templates with zero attraction. Text is really bad, first H event is sudden.

 

12. Sorafune そらふね [091127] Dandelion
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The world is full of mysteries. Even though the adults laugh and think it’s just pretending to explore and chasing a childhood dream, a group of friends head out to investigate these mysteries and understand the truth behind things in this world.
I played it over a decade ago and wrote some impression that never published. So here it goes. Story takes place around our time, but technology was developing in a way that it became almost magic-like. 60 years ago protagonist Shinichi grandpa made first contact with aliens and learned to make intelligent androids. Story takes place in a maze of unexplored routes and roads that academy students set to explore. I had hoped for an average adventuring story since there were at least several sword-wielding characters, an adventuring party and an elf. So elf turned out to be alien exchange student, adventuring party - a group of powerless students and adventuring story turned into very vague mystery. All the plot actually takes only couple sentences - students found some kind of small spaceship in the underground maze and were led back home by some wizard. Later on that wizard revealed himself as some old dragon reincarnation and was put down by common efforts of academy staff and students. So the other 99% of the game time is pretty much another charage. Characters were actually memorable and well done, but with various nuts in their heads. Humor was ok, and I especially appreciated that two chibi characters constantly cut into narration to explain different setting details. To sum it up, it was a good try but weird setting and forcing charage over plot killed interest for me quite early.

 

13. Toshi Densetsu wa Hito o Kuu 都市伝説は人を喰う [091127] Setsugetsuka Software
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There is a rumor about "Tokiko's Cell Phone". If you call Tokiko, you'll need to remove her curse. If you don't, you'll die...
One day, Atsushi, who works at a cafe, accidentally calls Tokiko. He soon decides to take action to get rid of her curse with other workers. Well, will he be able to get rid of her curse or...?
We choose a girl and inspect locations with her every day trying to set flags. This mundane activity takes most of game's time. Eventually there is a crappy H event, and the curse is solved. The End.
 
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1. Last Waltz ~Hakudaku Mamire no Natsu Gasshuku~ Last Waltz~白濁まみれの夏合宿~ [091127] Guilty 1 
It was just supposed to be a summer training. Yuki is a caretaker of the baseball club. She and other members stay at a training camp on the isolated island now. But one day, a civil war breaks out. Male teachers leave the island to see what's going on. However, they never come back. Several days later, they know that their ship is wrecked. Nothing to drink, nothing to eat, they gradually lose their self-control...
Nukige, only including it because of missable review
 
2. Suzunone Seven! -Sweet Lovers' Concerto- スズノネセブン!-Sweet Lovers’Concerto- [091127] Clochette 1 2 
Suzunone Seven! -Sweet Lovers' Concerto- includes several short stories with eight pretty characters.
-Yuzuri's Story-
Two months have passed since the trial. I am now living a peaceful life with my friends. Just one week before the graduation ceremony, Yuzuri visits Yukimura's house to write a speech in reply given during the ceremony....
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No much that I can say on November 2009 to be honest, although let me try to comment on this month as well.

Baldr Sky Dive 2 - The continuation of Dive 1, and at least we didn't need to wait until eight months in order to play the sequel now that Sekai did release both Dive in one package. Like the first part, Dive 2 here is also has three heroines with the last heroines here are the main one, which once again shouldn't be surprising because the staffs did use the similar writing back at Baldr Force and Duel Savior (Both of those two are also available in English).

Hikari no Valusia - Well I only know that it's What A Beautiful series, the characters have Middle East looks which to say make sense seeing that the setting is in a desert city, and formerly it's one of Amaterasu's future planned project alongside Sona-Nyl before they decided to cancel it because Liar-soft decided to going official with Mangagamer as their partner. I don't know if Mangagamer will license it or not, but I guess there's a chance for that even though as of now is quite unlikely.

That's all for my comment in regard of this month.

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