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VN of the Month December 2009 - Fake Azure Arcology


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Another sucky month. I recordered couple routes of Fake Azure Arcology by the time my second youtube channel got hammered, so let's call Fake Azure Arcology VN of the month since too many releases this month are gameplay ones. Yes, I know I promised to review Atori no Sora to Shinchuu no Tsuki , but for the same reason don't want to pull it out without video. It was a heavy and not interesting game, anyway. Micchi is fascinated about fandiscs, as usual. And there won't be usual end of the year poll next time - rather there will be poll about direction of this blog.

 

1. Tokimeki Memorial 4 ときめきメモリアル4 [091203] Konami 1 
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Developed and published by Konami, Tokimeki Memorial 4 is the fourth flagship release in the Tokimeki Memorial series. In Tokimeki Memorial 4, the player assumes the role of a charismatic student who attends three years at the fictional Kirameki Academy. Within the setting there is a legend told, that when two people in love confess their feelings to each other beneath the blossoming cherry tree of Kirameki, their devotion shall be everlasting.
SIM has an English review

 

2. School Love! 3 ~Mirai e no Allegretto~すくぅ~るらぶっ!3~未来へのアレグレット~ [091204] DisAbel
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One day, Arisu, a new student, joins Haruka's class. She suddenly says, "It's you. You're the culprit. Come with me now!" Haruka is surrounded by a strange whirl and sent to... When he regains his consciousness, he finds himself being in his town. But it looks somewhat different. Yes, he time slipped back to 20 years ago! According to Arisu, she is now investigating some mysterious phenomenon. If she can't solve it soon, it will cause a devastating damage to the world... Like this, Arisu and Haruka start investigating the cause of the phenomenon together...
Prequels did not catch stars from the sky, so let's introduce time travel to spice things up. With year 1988 some things look funny, but nostalgic atmosphere is conveyed poorly. The whole fuss is to introduce heroines from the prequels here. Small volume and inconsistent development don't add it points.

 

3. Soukai no Valkyria ~Kokou no Oujo Lutia~ 蒼海のヴァルキュリア ~孤高の皇女ルツィア~ [091204] Anastasia
7abc5c120ef22ab05dd4cadfc9b7ca02a24863bc65375059190bd1ed1ede7799.pngA long lasting war.... There is a submarine that only female soldiers are on board. However, the ship is captured by an enemy country and the war finally ends.... The soldiers are still kept hostage, but they believe in the return to their homeland....
Anastasia already did submarine escape game previously, but this time captain is a woman. Now it's a single road with the aim to trigger all the crazy events. From the middle development becomes dark with spies uncovered amidst the crew, and main heroine getting violated.

 

4. Kyokugen Dasshutsu 9-Jikan 9-Nin 9 no Tobira 極限脱出 9時間9人9の扉 [091210] Chunsoft 1 2 3 4 5 
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Nine people have been kidnapped by a mysterious person called Zero and are forced to participate in a survival game called the "Nonary Game". Each player has a bracelet numbered 1–9, which they must use to pass through doors numbered 1–9 to reach the exit before 9 hours run out and the ship in which they are in sinks. Various puzzles must be solved in order to advance through the ship and reach the exit, while uncovering the mysteries behind the Nonary Game.
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

5. Caucasus ~Nanatsuki no Nie~ クロウカシス ~七憑キノ贄~ [091211] Innocent Grey 1 2 3 4 
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There is a small village. One day, two university students visit the village to do research about a local legend handed down from generation to generation. However, they are struck by snowstorm and saved by Venio. They are invited to her mansion and a strange wedding ceremony is held there... If a bride can spend one night in a coffin safely, their marriage will be completed. However, it is all destroyed by someone unknown...
There are English reviews

 

6. Hidamari Basket ひだまりバスケット [091211] Eufonie 1 2 
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Keito is an average student. He lives a peaceful life with his mother, Haruhi, and his younger sister, Kasuga. However, Kasuga secretly loves Keito. One day, she tells him that she loves him and they accidentally kiss each other.... To make matters worse, Haruhi finds out and Keito is ordered to move to a school dormitory. But Kasuga never gives up! Keito meets various girls at the dormitory and his school life gradually gets busy...
There are English reviews

 

7. Kurogane no Tsubasa ~The Alchemist's Story~ クロガネの翼~THE ALCHEMIST’S STORY~ [091211] White Cyc 1 2 
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Natsuki has a special power. One day, his father gets remarried and he starts living with his new mother and younger sister, Haruna. He also has an old friend, Nanami. Nadia and Lilith suddenly join his class as well. Natsuki is cautious at first, but he gradually becomes friends with them. Haruna, Nanami, Lilith and Nadia.... He lives peacefully with them, but this is just the beginning of his extraordinary life....
There are English reviews.

 

8. Shirokuma Bell Stars♪ しろくまベルスターズ♪ [091211] Pulltop 1 2 3 4 
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They now visit Shirokuma Town, where something mysterious often happens.
Driving for fairy tale, this is a story of happiness.
There are English reviews

 

9. Fake Azure Arcology フェイクアズール・アーコロジー [091217] Applique -Imouto- 1 2 
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The Earth was hit by 5 meteors 500 years, sending humans underground, underwater or in buildings called “arcology”. However, humans soon forgot how things were like outside of the utopia they lived in. Chihiro lives in Amahara, an arcology built on the land previously known as Japan. He had a passion for ‘flight’ motorsports and trained hard to be like his idol. But his idol died in an accident, and he lost his goal in life. Then one day, a ‘flight’ broke the walls surrounding Amahara, crashed to the ground in front of him and out stepped a golden-haired girl.
There are English reviews.

 

10. Eternal Sky ~Yuukyuu no Sora no Kanata~ Eternal Sky~悠久の空の彼方~ [091218] Tsukasa
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Kei is just an average student. One day, he sees numerous paper planes flying all over the sky. He wants know who flies these paper planes and rushes out of his classroom. When he gets to the rooftop of the school building, there is a girl with long and black hair. She looks at him and says, "Do you believe in a legend that paper planes deliver your love?"
Super boring reading with uselessly long descriptions and very short important pieces. There are two endings prepared for each heroine - sad one with low favorability and happy one with high favorability. Low quality disappointing work.

 

11. Icha Pri! ~Ojou-sama to Icha Love Ecchi na Mainichi~ いちゃぷり! ~お嬢様とイチャラブえっちな毎日~ [091218] Moonstone Cherry
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Masaki was told by his grandfather that he must marry one of the Tenjouin sisters who are also his cousins: tsundere Yuzuna, tennen Sakura or pettanko Koyuri. And there’s also a maid who’s his osananajimi, a brocon imouto and a loli nurse.
Banal moege.

 

12. Kachou Fuugetsu ~Koi ni Ochitaru Hanazono no Hime~ 花鳥風月 ~恋ニヲチタル花園ノ姫~ [091218] Silver Bullet 1 
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Issei lost his mother.... He was supposed to join an ordinary school, but he is forced to join Hanamiya School, a girls' school, as a female student. On his first day at school, he meets Anzu, the captain of the student council. Lucky or unlucky, Anzu likes Issei and she appoints him as the executive of the next year's student council.... Well, will he be able to live a peaceful school life? Like this, his strange school life starts....
There is an English review

 

13. Rance 02 Kai - Hangyaku no Shoujo-tachi -ランス02改 反逆の少女たち [091218] Alice Soft 1 2
 
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Ten years ago in the town of Custom, four young girls were appointed as disciples to the old mage Ragithis. They were to be raised as mages and then to work as town's guardians. But after the ten years of training due to unknown reason girls rebelled against Ragithis and killed him. During the harsh magic battle a whole town were entombed in the underground and a barrier spell was put on town preventing everyone from going out.
This is when Rance appears with Sill on his side, and taking a job of defeating magician maidens and saving the town. But after some research he finds out that actual evil guy was Ragithis himself, who put four magical rings on four maidens. That rings are giving a great boost of magical power to it's bearers, but also able to steal magic power from virgin sorceresses and after collecting magic power of 40 maidens anyone could use these rings to obtain unlimited power. The leader of girls, Masou Shizuka, figured out Ragithis's plan and rebelled against him but it was too late - cursed rings could not be removed and the curse started to dive maidens crazy. Now they are sheltered in the labirinth beneath the town abducting young girls from the town and killing everyone who tried to go into the labirinth and stop them. It seems that the only way to release them from the curse of the rings is to steal a virginity from them, and the only man up to this job is Rance.
RPG with an English review.

 

14. Shinobi Ryuu 忍流 [091218] SofthouseChara 1 
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The setting is Sengoku era.
In the east island country constantly stricken with wars, multiple ninja clans maneuvering in the background exists.
One of them, the Suigen clan, started to weaken and its collapse is imminent. Leading that clan is the protagonist. Although his skill as a ninja is practically nothing, his management abilities and his capability to make enemy women betray their clan is top-notch.
With him at the helm, he plans to revive the clan and makes strenuous effort to subdue the wars.
Strategy

 

15. Shutsugeki!! Otome-tachi no Senjou ~Yami o Kirisaku, Nibiiro no Tekkoudan~ 出撃!!乙女たちの戦場~闇を切り裂く、にび色の徹甲弾~ [091218] Gesen 18
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One day, Shoichi is mistakenly arrested for attempted coup d'etat. He loses his future, family and friends.... "I can't believe anything anymore...." After he is released, he is sent to a private military company called Sage. But Sage is far from just a military company because there are a lot of pretty girls. He enjoys his life there with them and works hard as a soldier. Through two different daily lives, what will Shoichi learn...?
Strategy

 

16. Usodere! 嘘デレ! [091218] 1 2 
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Since the main character lost his parents when he was a kid, he now lives alone. One day, his grand-father, a man of property, tells him to move to his house. He is confused at first, but he decides to start his new life. He also transfers to a new school, but he is actually one and only male student. Every girl is interested in him because they think he will inherit his grand-father's property sooner or later... Like this, a battle for him starts...
There are English reviews

 

17. Lucky☆Star - Net Idol Meister らき☆すた ネットアイドル・マイスター [091223] Vridge Inc.
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A training simulation game of Lucky Star where Konata has suddenly decided to become a net idol, and in order to stay popular, she needs a manager, who happens to be you, the protagonist. You can also manage other Lucky Star characters.
Anime spin-off

 

18. Dungeon Breaker ダンジョンブレイカー [091225] Tamamo Studio
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Main character is studying to become monster trainer. But he fails to master this job in his village, so he goes to the capital city.
RPG
 

 

19. Gengetsu no Pandora 幻月のパンドオラ [091225] Q-X 1 
a228890ad4b01c555099fcb78bd160ddf2bbd810bdfed9977c3e4baf666bbc36.jpgOne day, Fumiki joins the game research club. When he goes to the club room, hot water suddenly comes out from the ground! Also, a girl appears in front of him and plugs a cable into his chest. When he regains his consciousness, he finds himself being in a digital world. There, a girl suddenly appears and says to him, "Collect some data of human desire..."
When he comes back to his world, his portable game console changes into something different... The console is called "Pandora" that makes human desire something like a game. With this strange game console, what kind of games will be created...?
There is an English review.

 

20. Master by Maid [091225] Moviendo
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The protagonist is a detective with a former coffee shop for a detective agency. One day, a self-styled maid named Nami recruits herself as the protagonist's assistant while diligently tending to his sexual desires. With a former cafe and maid, the detective agency starts getitng mistaken for an actual cofee shop; a messy story kicks off from the Detective Maid Coffee Shop~
Heartwarming bakage about Nami passionate about maids , but working as detective assistant. Short low quality fetish work, but a funny one.

 

21. Pia Carrot e Youkoso!! 4 Pia♥キャロットへようこそ!!4 [091225] Cocktail Soft
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It’s the last summer vacation in Taichi’s school life. He got a call from his older sister Akemi inviting him to come to his hometown to play. She works at the Pia Carrot cafe and after being introduced to the manager Sayuri, he ended up helping out at the cafe. This will be an unforgettable summer vacation.
SIM

 

22. Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica - After School 神曲奏界ポリフォニカ AFTER SCHOOL [091225] Ocelot
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The third installment of studio Ocelot's Polyphonica Crimson series, releasing as an all-ages kinetic novel. The story is set between game episodes 3&4, and the light novels.
Very short work about 10 hours total. For those who liked world in prequel Crimson Polyphonica.

 

23. Zettai★Maou ~Boku no Mune-kyun Gakuen Saga~絶対★魔王 ~ボクの胸キュン学園サーガ~ [091225] Score 1 
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One morning, protagonist's parents suddenly informs him that they are actually an ex-king of demons (maou) and a heroine. As a candidate for the next demon king, protagonist gets transferred into another school... located in the demon world.
Except for him, all of the students in his new class are girls. His new school life as a demon king candidate begins...
There is an English review for this RPG

 

24. Signal Heart Plus Signal Heartぷらす [091227] Purple Software
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Prologue is the same as in Signal Heart, but now hero can choose between Mayuki, Eiko and Tsurugi instead of four main heroines.
Remake

 

25. Natsuiro Kami Hikouki 夏色紙ヒコーキ [091229] Circus 1
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This VN is a story about some people, some paper airplanes, and 2 summers shared between them that they will never forget. Unlike just about every other VN out there, this story doesn’t involve romance between the hero and heroines. Instead, it focuses on weaving a beautiful environment and touching interactions between characters.
There is an English review.

 

26. Totsugeki! Ningen Sensha Limited Operations とつげき!人間戦車 LIMITED OPERATIONS [091230] Yakiniku Banzai! 1 2
 
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The land of Japon has been split in two and thrown into war by two nations, the Empire of Japon and the Kingdom of Japon, who use biological weapons known as "Human Tanks" to fight their war. But now the war between these two has turned into a proxy war between the Human Tanks themselves.
The stage is a land not unlike modern day Japan - the land of Japon. The Empire of Japon and the Kingdom of Japon, two nations locked in war for an age, have finally agreed to a ceasefire to end the bloodshed.
To improve relations between the two countries, and due to the decrease of the radiotoxic particles that the Human Tanks use as fuel, the tanks themselves are about to disappear from all of Japon.
Fifty years since Human Tanks were first developed...
Our hero, Yatarou Shirahase, acting as an officer in the Imperial army, is dispatched on a mission to subjugate the Human Tanks. He must now battle an enemy of the same make as his own beloved company of Human Tanks.
There are English reviews.

 

27. Kehen 3 - The Innocent LunA: Eclipsed SinnerS 刻痕Ⅲ - The Innocent LunA:Eclipsed SinnerS [0912] Angels Blue Digital Entertainment 1 2 3 4
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The third title in the Notch Series, although it is a standalone story.
A faraway island that has been forgotten by the rest of the world for decades had itself turned upside down, and peaceful life on it came to and end because of a series of brutal murders that had happened, getting even the protagonist, Asakawa Yuhito's childhood sweetheart killed. Can he find the real killer, and the deep dark secret behind the most powerful two families which governed the small island for times since immemorial?
There are English reviews.

 

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1. Again AGAIN FBI 超心理捜査官 [091210] Cing 1 2 3 
In Again, an interactive crime novel developed by Cing, we play as FBI Agent J, the sole survivor of a string of murder cases that took place 19 years ago, who must use his special "past vision" skill (it allows the player to see locations in different times in order to notice the differences and solve puzzles) to investigate a new series of homicides linked to the past ones and to the mysterious serial killer Providence.
Console exclusive, only including it because of missable reviews.

 

2. D.C.II Fall in Love D.C.II Fall in Love ~ダ・カーポII~フォーリンラブ [091218] Circus
This compilation includes three sets of stories:
---> "After Stories"
Various after-stories focused on relationships with six heroines, added in D.C.II P.C. Sexual scenes are included.
---> "Kazami Educational Institution Drama Club -Autumn Premiere-"
Movies created by school drama club with Anzu Yukimura as a scenarist/director and her classmates as actors. Some horror, drama and frags are guaranteed.
---> "Ultimate Battle!"
Internecine wars between classmates of the protagonist, which occur during the school cultural and sports festivals. You can even hear the singing of some heroines here. And there is also the story about sexual harassment of Yoshiyuki's sisters.
Fandisc

 

3. Manaka de Iku no!! ~Leaf Amusement Soft Vol.5~ 愛佳でいくの!! ~Leaf Amusement Soft Vol.5~ [091218] Leaf
From visual novel maker Leaf, creators of To Heart, Comic Part and Utawarerumono, comes a new Fan Disc focusing on the adorable Komaki sisters from To Heart 2 and To Heart 2 Another Days! Manaka and Ikuno (put together in the title as a pun that also means "I'll go with Manaka!") star in a series of minigames and stories put together by the entertainment geniuses at Leaf. From Mananatsu, a 3D adventure game telling the after story of a day in Manaka's summer, to MAJIKARU Fight!, an action game where you pick from one of six characters and clear stages, beating your rivals to get the high score, to Princess Collection, a card battle game featuring characters from around the Leaf universe of games, and last but not least, Final Dragon Chronicle Guilty Requiem, a 3D dungeon RPG featuring all your favorite To Heart 2 characters in new costumes and roles. If you've wondered where the super hot fantasy version 2H2 characters are from that you've seen, this is it!
Fandisc

 

4. Hoshiuta ~Starlight Serenade~ ほしうた~Starlight Serenade~ [091225] Frontwing 1 2 
It is autumn... A boyfriend and a girlfriend get closer little by little... But one day, their relationship suddenly changes after some accident...
Fandisc

 

5. Ice no! あいすのっ! [091225] Artemis. 1 
Tomokazu is living alone in his house. It is winter, and just as usual, it is cold and everything around is covered with snow. What is unusual is the girl named Saki that he met in the snowy field. The girl claims to be his childhood friend whom he promised to marry once they grow up. He does not have any memory about childhood promise nor he even recall that he has a childhood friend. Yet the girl payed no heed and decided to live together with him in his house on the very same day they met.
Nukige, only including it because of missable review.
 
6. Baldr Sky Core Defender [091229] Giga
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7. Anaheim Girl's Love Story アナハイム・ガールズ・ラブストーリー [091230] Fan-na 1 2
A girls' love story between two Anaheim Electronics engineers.
It also chronicles the development and construction of the fourth unit in the Gundam Development Project (GP-04 Gerbera), and its subsequent alteration into the Gerbera Tetra as seen in the "Gundam 0083: Stardust Memories" anime.
Doujin girls love, but including it since I kinda managed to write a review for it some years ago

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Just link japanese playthroughs by this point whenever possible (it's easy if you look up the japanese name of the VN on google and filter with 20+ minute videos). Then again, there is always the option of unlisting everything so that only the people that read the review can watch playthroughs like you did with Sayooshi. You would release playthroughs so fast and often that you were bound to leave stuff uncensored by accident, so just making another channel and going your merry way is not really an option.

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Actually, takedown was due to copyright this time since Natsu no Ame BGM rights owner issued some 50 complaints for each of game's videos (for each play fragment, apparently) at the same time, so it was instantly 500 violations or so. Usually it's just 1, only Garden had some 30 per video, but at that point I ignored and nothing happened for a year. If I ever record any gameplay, it will be with BGM shut down. But the question is why would we need playthrough without BGM.

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No much that I can comment in regard of December 2009, but regardless of that let me try.

Rance 02 - There's fan translated version that use the incomplete script because Alicesoft somehow decided to hidden the rewritten script in one of Alice 2010 directory (Why they didn't just use it as default script is a mystery), and we also have Mangagamer release in that they translated the rewritten script. That said since it's their first Rance remake, you better not expect much of it even with Mangagamer version since it mean that Alicesoft here only improved the graphic along with the script so you better not expect much innovative gameplay like Alicesoft VNs always shown. At least you can see on how Rance first met with Maria and Shizuka in 02 if anything else, and for anyone else who didn't followed Rance those two girls are recurring characters in future Rance VNs.

Anaheim - From what I read the setting is based on Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust (1991 anime), although obviously there's no original character there. But instead we'll going to see the story of Gundam development along with some GL love story, and it also have sex scenes. No much to say other than it's obviously a fandisc only that it did have original characters (OC) as the main focus, and that it's already translated from back at 2013.

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

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