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VN of the Month February 2011 - Grisaia no Kajitsu

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I remember enjoying Grisaia no Kajitsu a long time ago even though nowadays Frontwing eternal greed for releasing series in episodes and inserting ads in their official channel and everyone else's channels makes me sick. Micchi favors Lover Able and some fandisc.

 

1. Artemis Blue アルテミスブルー [110224] Applique -Imouto- 1 2 3
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In 2040, a mysterious natural disaster causes all planes to stop functioning above 500 feet (150 meters) of the Earth’s surface, resulting in over 20 million deaths. The year is 2060 and it is forbidden to fly above this limit. Pilots call this stretch from 500 feet to outer space ‘Artemis’s hymen’. Now a group of people operate a transport agency from the abandoned building that was to be the New Third Tokyo International Airport (nicknamed Edowanzu). They wish to fly higher than what is permitted by aviation laws.
Haru is a cheerful, honest, polite and hardworking girl who always wanted to become a pilot. Following her dream, she went overseas after graduating from high school and earned her pilot license after two years in an aviation school in San Diego. She applied to become a co-pilot and got an interview with the Kubo Air Transport Agency. There she met Katsura Keima, the test pilot who had broken the impenetrable barrier in Project Ikaros five years ago.
There are English reviews

 

2. Flag Heshiori Otoko フラグへし折り男 [110225] Hamham Soft
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Kogorou is the assistant instructor at the Suzuhara-ryuu Kendo dojo in Minoudai. He lives alone at the top of a hill and his osananajimi Mahiru comes to wake him up every day, even though she knows that he will already be out of bed and dressed by the time she gets there. That’s because she is like many other girls who has fallen in love with him because of his honesty and seriousness. He is known as the ‘man who breaks flags’.
A comedy with flat characters and eye-tearing graphics.

 

3. Grisaia no Kajitsu グリザイアの果実 -LE FRUIT DE LA GRISAIA- [110225] Frontwing 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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Mihama Academy - on the surface, a closed learning environment established to nurture students who find themselves at odds with the world around them; in actuality, an orchard-cum-prison built to preserve fruit that has fallen too far from its tree.
Whatever the circumstances behind its establishment, Mihama Academy is at present home to five female students, all with their own reasons for "enrollment." For better or worse, each girl has established a routine obliging of her current situation; life moves at an idle, yet accommodating pace within the walls of Mihama.
Yet with the arrival of the institute's first male student, the nearly preposterously opaque Kazami Yuuji, the students at Mihama begin to fall out of step with their predetermined rhythms. Will Yuuji prove to be the element the girls around him needed to take hold of their lives once more, or will the weight of their pasts prove too steep a wall to overcome?
And in the first place, just who is Kazami Yuuji? While the true nature of the "job" he is wont to alight to at the most haphazard of moments remains shrouded in secrecy, one thing is for certain - his encroachment upon the quiet orchard known as Mihama Academy will prove itself momentous in one way or another. And of course, one cannot discount the possibility that perhaps Yuuji himself carries the weightiest past of any of the students...
Game is localized and has English reviews.

 

4. Hime-sama Gentei! ~Princess Limited~ 姫様限定!~Princess Limited~ [110225] Princess Sugar
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Celina is the princess of the prosperous western European country of Mellberg and came to Japan to study at a normal school while concealing her true identity. Since she is a distant relative to Yuu, she ends up living in his house. One day, the princess of the resource-rich country of Marualand, Olivia, was exiled to Japan in a coup d’état. Quickly gaining notice around the town, she was treated like a honored guest. However, Yuu disapproved of her snobby attitude since he had grown accustomed to being around princess Celina. Then, Celina told Olivia not to be near him as he is her most precious person. Not backing down from the challenge, she states that she will make him hers.
Scenario is crappy and boring, so I'd call it a moege. Olivia's collapsed personality is probably the most memorable element.

 

5. Hinata Terrace ~We don't Abandon You.~ ひなたテラス ~We don't abandon you.~ [110225] Giga
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Yoshihisa doesn’t have any relatives, but he doesn’t feel sad or lonely. While there’s nothing wrong with his personality, he finds it difficult to connect with others. Upon acceptance to the school, the school director offered him a cheap room if he helps out around the apartment. He meets the other residents: dojikko classmate Hina, the class rep Natsuki, and his teacher and self-proclaimed guardian Fumika. One day, a girl arrives carrying a letter and introduces herself as his imouto.
If it's Giga with unidentified scenario writer, it's a kusoge by default not worth anyone's time. Typical Giga moege.

 

6. Lover Able ラブラブル~Lover Able~ [110225] Smee 1 2 3 4
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Haruki and his imouto Kaho move to a new town due to their parents’ work and are taken care of by their uncle. Due to a promise made between the adults, they have to help out at their uncle’s beachside cafe Fruitia. During the summer, he meets a girl that transferred in at the same time Chinatsu, quiet and mysterious classmate Satsuki, lively kouhai Tsugumi and fellow part-timer Nanako. Of course, Kaho is always by his side. This is the beginning of a summer romance.
It sounds like a pretty standard love comedy plot, but what makes Lover Able different is the customization. Prefer short hair to long hair? Want her to wear a dress instead of T-shirt and shorts? The system allows you to tailor the heroines to hit all your moe sweet spots, making all those ichaicha moments even better.
There are English reviews

 

7. Nekonade Distortion 猫撫ディストーション [110225] Whitesoft 1 2 3 4
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Tatsuki’s imouto Kotoko is striken with an incurable disease and spends every day in her room reading books. He told himself not to enter her room to avoid giving her any stress. One night, he saw lots of shooting stars in the sky and wanted to let her know since she loved seeing pictures of stars and space. When Tatsuki opened her door, he found Kotoko without any vital signs. He blamed himself for causing her death.
On another day much later when the night sky was full of shooting stars just like that fateful day, he visited her room just like before. To his surprise, Kotoko was there. The next morning, his parents thought that Kotoko had never died, and for some reason, his pet cat turned into a catgirl.
There are English reviews.

 

8. Soukyuu no Soleil ~Fullmetal Eyes~ 蒼穹のソレイユ~FULLMETAL EYES~ [110225] SkyFish 1  
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Soukyuu no Soleil is a tactical battle SLG which is the successor to SkyFish’s previous “Valkyrie Saga” titles Shirogane no Soleil and Gouen no Soleil. The story takes place in another world where there is a white and a blue moon in the sky. The humans are constantly fighting magical monsters called ‘berserk’, which are weapons which activate using the souls of humans. Valkyries come from the white moon to aid them in battle. This is where the main protagonist Sora meets the valkyrie Odette on the battlefield and fight alongside one another.
There is an English review.

 

9. Sweet Robin Girl スイートロビンガール [110225] ChuableSoft 1
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The town of Levindom feels unchanged from the past, with red-brick buildings lining the stone-paved roads and overlooked by an old castle. In the Lower Town, there is a small and quaint cafe called the Birdies’ Perch, which used to be popular among the locals. But now, no one comes to enjoy coffee there anymore. The owner Sydney, burdened with increasing debts, drowns his sorrows with wine. As the payment date draws near, he prepares to lose the last thing that he owns.
That’s when four young girls came to his shop. Their names are Fiona, Elen, Meg and Primrose. They all lost a place to call their own for different reasons. The leaves turn red and the wind becomes chilly, but yet these girls continue living happily while he just laments at his current dire situation. He realizes that he cannot just give up and, motivated once more, he opens the cafe with their help.
There is an English review.

 

10. With Ribbon [110225] Hulotte 1 2 3 
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This is the HULOTTE’s debut title. Shoutarou had a dream where a very young girl who he had never seen before leapt at him, saying that she finally found him and she had wanted to meet her father. She said that even though he’s not her father yet right now, he definitely will be. With a kind smile, she tells him that will understand what she’s saying soon. After waking up, he walks to Tokimizu Gakuen like usual with his osananajimi Hina and saves a girl from being hit by a car. It’s the same girl from his dream! “I’ve come to support your love, papa!”
There are English impressions.

 

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1. Flyable CandyHeart [110225] Unison Shift: Blossom 1 2 3 4 5
Flyable CandyHeart features the full cast of the original game as well as cameos from Nanatsuiro★Drops, Alice♥Parade, Peace@Pieces and Kiminago.
There are individual spin-off routes for each of the six FH heroines, the new routes for Yui and Suzuno are the final pieces to the multiple route mystery of the original game.
FCH also features three bonus routes; one for everyone's favorite student council secretary Gumi-chan, one in which Shou has the opportunity to become even more intimate friends with Akira, and finally the mega crossover route.
Fandisc
 
2. Koi Katsu! コイ☆カツ! [110225] Silhouette
Rino is forced to join a club that involves sexual activities. She does not know anything about boys, so she asks Togo for help. He opposes this idea, but agrees after threat to reveal his small secret. The mysterious club awaits.
Nukige, but with an opening.


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Flag Heshiori Otoko is basically focused on the comedic antics of an ultra-dense harem protagonist who keeps putting his foot in his mouth whenever it seems things will turn to romance.

Soukyuu no Soleil is a middle of the road game in the Soleil series in terms of quality.  It doesn't fall into the trap of being a truly mediocre entry, but it lacks the sheer blood and guts approach of Blade X Bullet.

Nekonade Distortion is the product of a somewhat disturbed mind.  I say this because this basically has the protagonist romancing a version of his own family that has come to embody concepts rather than people.  It is extremely surreal but also rather enjoyable, at least for me.

Artemis Blue is something I kinda-sorta recommend if you are a fan of  Sousei Kitan Aerial, as it is a pre-existing sequel (same universe, much much later despite the game summary).  It isn't the best VN out there but it is a reasonably solid VN.

 

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Flyable Hearts FD - From what I read both of Yui and Suzuno routes will resolve the remaining hanging plot thread in Flayable Hearts, although of course seeing that it's FD and all naturally people will look out on the fanservice in which one of those the addition of Max and Gumi routes along with the crossover from previous Unisonshift Blossom. What I know is that it's still not available in English even with machine translated patch like the main game, so I still not play this for an obvious reason.

Loverable - I still keep my eyes on the translation project of it ever since back at 2016, and it'll be five years anniversary at August later. As for Loverable, if one know Makeover and Fureraba (Both of those and Loverable here are produced by Smee) it should be obvious that expecting the comedy here is the most sensible approach along with that the MC is someone who like to find the girlfriend. In Loverable, there'll be five heroines including blood related little sister. Another thing to note is that in here you can change the appearances of the heroines, and by that I mean you can change both of hair and the outfit unlike Fureraba in which you can only change the hairstyle for three of the heroines and the outfit for only one heroine. I still waiting the day when the team finally manage to complete all of the translation progress on Loverable and released the full translation patch of it, although I can see that Nekonyan here would be interested to license this.

Grisaia no Kajitsu - Frontwing did have plan to make Grisaia as trilogy, only that they need to back out because of their budget problem (The Reddit thread in regard of that). Still they give out their best and so they pour out their last remaining resources into making Kajitsu. Of course turned out that Kajitsu here is very successful, and so Frontwing decided to develop the rest of the trilogy and then continuing milk the franchise (Well they clearly still need some more money to keep the company stable for sure). As for Kajitsu here, while some may argue that it still leave some plot thread hanging, two of the heroines ending here have Yuuji married with the heroines and even one of those conclude his story very clearly so there's no real need for the sequel. That said, some (Including the writer who want to write harem ending) may thinking that it would be better if all of the heroines are helped by Yuuji, and so the VN staff decided to make a Hand Wave in that they just tell that Yuuji somehow help all of five heroines (Kajitsu here is charage) in order to make Meikyuu canon route. At least the anime did elaborate that blatantly problematic story telling, although that the plot is rushed because it only has 13 episodes in that the staffs need to do their best to adapt very long VN.

For February 2011, Kajitsu here is indeed a big release. That's all for my comment in regard of February 2011 releases.

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