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VN of the Month August 2010 - Indigo

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Fewer normal titles see the light due to Comiket rivalry this month. As a result, I can only call a doujin game Indigo masterpiece and winner by default. Probably I should review it one day for popularization purposes. Micchi has to choose among the published works, so lays hopes on Suzukaze no Melt.

 

1. Framing Summer フレーミングサマー [100813] Wavestar
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Kou joins the camera circle since he wants to take pictures of shooting stars. He meets there Rui who loves taking pictures of everything, especially cute things. He summons up the courage to talk to her about his dream and soon new members join and they aim towards achieving this goal.
All-age photo shooting with just one route and one heroine. It could not get more disappointing. Released at summer comiket, so it's a doujin level work.

 

2. LyricaL! りりかる! [100814] Yumemisou 1  
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Uchida Makoto calls out a girl who he fell in love with, Kittaka Ayame, to the school rooftop and confesses his feelings to her. However, she bluntly rejects him and quickly walks away. As he’s lamenting his timidness and inability to convey his love properly to her, another girl shows up and says that she is a witch who will help him by using magic.
Actually, she is his senpai Tomomori Yuumi. She brings him to the gym storage room and gives him a bag. Inside are a wig, ribbons and girl’s seifuku and underwear. She gets him to reluctantly dress up as a girl and brings him to the light music club which Ayame and her are a part of. She introduces him as Mishiba Kotono, the new keyboardist for the club. Will this little bit of ‘magic’ help him get closer to Ayame? What happens if his cover is blown?
There is an English review.

 

3. Indigo [100814] Hanpamania-Soft 1  
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1400 years ago first murderer demons get spotted
700 years ago western technologies start to get used for rebellion
500 years ago murderer demons learn to acquire human image in Transilvania
18 years ago a huge massacre takes part in Japan
10 years ago murderer demon is killed at the age of six in Japan
Nowadays. 
Sakurano Mana gets worried by the murderous desire overflowing her body.
Onose Kiri is troubled about her past when she lost one hand and one leg.
Kaiho Kazuki investigates murderer demon killing at the age of six. Then Kaiho Kazuki meets these girls and other strong persons in this town full of death scent.
Doujin, but with an English review

 

4. Akizora ni Mau Confetti 秋空に舞うコンフェティ [100827] etude 1 2 3
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One autumn day, Hayato met a young girl who was standing with an umbrella in the pouring rain. Picking up the notebook which he thought was hers, his normal life gradually changes. He visits the drama club to look for the owner of the notebook. There he meets various club members: Saya, the girl he met before, who is also a screenwriter; Yuki, his classmate who is an amazing actor; Nanami, his tennen dojikko apartment manager who is also the club leader; and Kanae, a mysterious girl with amnesia who he found collapsed on the roof. He joins the club to help revive it and becomes the lead in the upcoming original play about an urban legend. With each passing day of practice, his monochrome world gradually turns into color.
There are English reviews

 

5. Elle:PrieR ~Shiawase no Kakera o Sagashite~ Elle:PrieR ~しあわせの欠片をさがして~ [100827] Etoiles
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Ryou lives in futuristic city of Oozora-shi and his normal life changes with the arrival of a girl named Konomi. She is an android created by his father who doesn’t have any memories. In order to regain her memories, she attends school and he brings her to many places, talks with her a lot and even does ecchi things occasionally. Who is Konomi and why does Ryou want her to regain her memories?
It's not exactly a nukige through and through, rather a moege, but there is a system to initiate H events, so game is a disappointment if bought for other purposes.

 

6. Favorite Sweet! ふぇいばりっと Sweet! [100827] Lost Script
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The protagonist’s relatives are leaving overseas and plan to close up the cafe they work at. He decides to try to be the new owner himself. But the patissiere who works there is a tsuntsun girl who had dumped him at school. She tells him that if he doesn’t do a good job and sell all the sweets that she makes, then she will quit. He’s now not sure if this will go as smoothly as he thought it would.
Lost Script without casting dice? Yeah, but it suddenly becomes a SM training game as a result and thus not worth my time.

 

7. K-Ten けい☆てん [100827] k-ten
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An all-ages mahjong game for beginners and experienced players alike. In the kaibutsu world, the student council president declared that the fate of the light music club will be settled by playing mahjong! However, they don’t know how to play.
Mahjong gameplay is all I need to know about this game.

 

8. Links! ~Kimi to Seirei to Tsukaima to~ りんくす!~キミと精霊と使い魔と~ [100827] Flap
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The world of Lacrima was created during the war between the demon world Wespel and the god world Ecra. Since the demon world often tries to invade Lacrima, magic users protect the world. It is difficult since there are not many people who can use tsukaimas or the ‘elemental linker’ power, but the legendary spirit user Grande Links comes to their rescue. Hundreds of years later, magic is still prevalent, although it is closely watched by the government to prevent misuse. A young magician Heliodor raised the idea of alchemy so that those who don’t know magic can use magic as well. Ten years after his disappearance, the Krauselung Alchemy Academy was founded.
Half-price work with no opening and only three heroines. Main character hardly has any magic while heroines are top class magicians from the start. It's a normal magical academy growth story with sudden quality dents happening from time to time.

 

9. Majino Complex まじのコンプレックス [100827] light
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Majino Complex is the third and last of light’s low-priced series with Sakashiki Hito ni Miru Kokoro and Don-chan ga Kyuu.
All three of them together are also lumped into one package coming out on the same day under the title Kamisama no Ringo. In this game, popular wagamama tsundere imouto subchar Majino becomes the main heroine. The story begins from Noriko’s graduation when she tells Majino that it’s now her turn to find a good boyfriend. With Noriko’s impending marriage, her fan club holds one last party before disbanding. The club members are heartbroken and many of them cry, but one boy wishes her the best with a smile. As the seasons turn to autumn, Majino meets this boy.
As the third bullet in the series, useless to say anything. Only for fans of prequels.

 

10. No Pantsu!! のーぱんつ!! [100827] Molamola Software
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One day, the student council president Chinu announces unexpectedly that all members are prohibited from wearing underwear. The reason for this was because she wanted to get back at Seigo, who is in charge of general affairs. While protesting her decision, he thought that this might actually end up being something good. The other girls demand that he make her change her mind, but they are unable to do so.
No miracle here, ecchi comedy inevitably becomes a nukige even with full-scale harem.

 

11. Prism ☆ Magical ~Prism Generations!~ プリズム☆ ま~じカル PRISM Generations! [100827] Pajamas Soft
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This is a comical and heartful magic ‘girl’ battle ADV where everyone, including the protagonist, is a magic girl. A normal boy Raika wishes to live a normal school life in a seaside town Misaki-chou with childhood friend miko Ibuki and his maid Yuri. However, his father was a magic girl and other magic girls are coming to the school to find the hidden magic stone Mana Prism. Because of his lineage, Raika can turn into Crimson Red using the Magical Prism! Now he has to battle other magic girls... who are his allies and who are his enemies!?
Gameplay-heavy magical girl something is all I need to know to forget it.

 

12. Suzukaze no Melt -Where Wishes are Drawn to Each Other- 涼風のメルト -Where wishes are drawn to each other- [100827] Whirlpool 1 2
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Whirlpool’s 5th title is about the bonds between humans and spirits. Akihito lives in Mishiro-machi, a town which is said to be protected by a local god and spirits, but not many people nowadays believe this. Every 10 years, there is a large festival at the local shrine. Akihito serves as the priest during the festival due to his lineage, while his childhood friend Nazuna is chosen as the miko. There are rumours of a strange being around town and he doesn’t believe them until he saw the spirit himself. It seems that the spirit was lost and they help it return deep into a forest where normal people cannot enter. There he meets the beautiful god of the land Suzu. He decides to protect all the spirits in the town and return them to the forest.
There are English reviews.

 

13. Yokoshima!! Pandemic 邪!! ぱんでみっく [100827] Kur-Mar-Ter 1  
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Rei attends Nagi Gakuen which is well-known for strange happenings. Since he was small, he has been able to sense spirits. One day, he met a mysterious girl at the abandoned old school building and many strange things kept happening afterwards. Deemed as the main culprit, he is invited to the 4K club (kagaku de wa kaimei dekinai kaii genshou o kenkyuu suru kurabu – club to investigate strange phenomena which cannot be explained by science) by club leader Otoha, but he doesn’t want anything to do with it.
There is an English impression that I agree with.

 

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1. Osananajimi wa Daitouryou ~My Girlfriend is the President.~ Fandisc 幼なじみは大統領 My girlfriend is the PRESIDENT. ファンディスク [100813] ALcot 1 2 3
This is the official fandisc to the romantic comedy "My Girlfriend is the President", extending the story of the characters we love.
Welcome back to the White House! All your favorite characters are waiting in this new extended story, like President Ohama, Irina Putina, and the adorable spaceship girl Ell!
In Ell's Side: Remi and Qoo come to spend Christmas with Junichiro and Ell. When Junichiro and Ell keep sneaking off at night, poor Remi isn't amused.
Meanwhile, Qoo wants to see Ell and Junichiro have kids, so she's been hatching some devious plots to get them to hook up even more.
In Irina's Side: Irina Putina returns to Japan after many months, eager for some quality romantic time with Junichiro. Unfortunately it's not going to be that simple.
A faction in the Japanese government is plotting to get Junichiro and President Yukino together, so they arrange for Junichiro to live with both Yukino and Irina. Now both girls must compete for his love.
Fandisc
 
2. Soukou Akki Muramasa: Janen Hen 装甲悪鬼村正 邪念編 [100813] Nitroplus 1 2
The official anthology DVD of Soukou Akki Muramasa, which includes sidestories written by guest scenario writers, wallpapers, Twitter icons and backgrounds, new songs by Ono Masatoshi and VERTEUX and much more.
Fandisc
 
3. Himawari Aqua After - The Day the Moon Stood Still ひまわりアクアアフター The Day the Moon Stood Still [100814] Blank Note 1 2 3 4
Fandisc taking place a year after the events of the main game, focusing on Aqua and Cosmos.
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4. Siskon 姉婚 [100814] Artemis. 1 
Acchan and Hiro get engaged. They’re both working adults and their parents died when they were young so they live alone together. The story details their everyday lives and a few small events that occur during their engagement.
Doujin Nukige, but with an English review


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Suzukaze was the game that turned Whirlpool from a mere curiosity to a relative powerhouse in the charage/plotge hybrid niche.  It has a decent story, strong heroines, and a well-defined (if somewhat overly moe) setting.

Indigo... just isn't available.  That sucks.  It looks like a straight-out Tsukihime copy, so I wanted to play it... but I can't find it for sale on any site.

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My GF is the President FD - No much to say that at least you can finally have sex with Qu in which she didn't have the sex scene in the original, although in the scene she'll have threesome with El though. Also the MC (Junichiro) can enjoy the experience of being loved by two leader of big countries (USA and Russia) with both of them compete for his love, although I doubt that Junichiro would enjoy it if Biden (Not a young female version of him obviously) and real Putin trying what the heroines did in the VN. For the additional info, the FD here was also localized with JAST released it back at 2014.

Suzukaze no Melt - One of the four VN that I wished to see the localization of it (Courtesy of Joyjason's top 10 VNs list that add this). Too bad though that Sekai is more interested to localize Nekonin instead of this when it come to Whirlpool VN, although it's not like I can understand why though because after all Nekonin license is cheaper compared to this. Anyway even with some flaws and that some people obviously won't agree with Joyjason, I agree with mod Clephas in that it's one of interesting Whirlpool VNs. Seeing that Sekai prefer to focusing on Whirlpool short VNs (ie Nekonin and Dragon Princess), I wonder if Nekonyan somehow will manage to get Suzukaze license here. It's not like I expect much anyway seeing that the VN itself is quite old.

No much to say for this month releases other than those two above, so that's all for August 2010.

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