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VN of the Month March 2011 - Onigokko!


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A lot of titles got delayed till April, so we're sitting at 10 titles again just like in February. Onigokko! is the only masterpiece I acknowledge. Micchi basically only favors Onigokko and games that got delayed, so let's anticipate a hot April.

 

1. Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto - Ginga Bishounen Densetsu STAR DRIVER 輝きのタクト 銀河美少年伝説 [110303] Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
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In Southern Japan, there lies the verdant Minamijuuji Island.
One night, a youth by the name of Tsunashi Takuto arrives on one of the island's beaches. This youth, who had swam to the island from the mainland, subsequently enters Minamijuuji Academy's High School Division. Possessing a positive and forward-looking attitude, he easily develops relationships with Agemaki Wako, Shindou Sugata, and various other people he meets at the Academy.
However, Minamijuuji Academy hides a big secret. Beneath it, 20 humanoid constructs lie dormant.
In this land that lies under a blue sky and surrounded by blue seas, a story of love, dreams and friendship begins.
Anime spin-off

 

2. Suzumiya Haruhi no Tsuisou 涼宮ハルヒの追想 [110324] guyzware
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This is a sequel to "The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya" movie, an adaptation of the fourth installment of the popular Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series. This sequel, The Reminiscences of Haruhi Suzumiya, is a direct continuation of the film's ending, taking place in the parallel world where the SOS Brigade doesn't exist. However, this sequel is a video game, featuring an original story; it just happens to be tied in to the plot closer than most Haruhi games.
Anime spin-off

 

3. 12+ [110331] anisetta
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Anisetta’s debut game is based off Arthurian legend. In a period of chaos and war, the throne is vacated with the death of the previous king. Arthur becomes the new king and is attacked by the 11 surrounding countries, but he fights them off and instead is viewed as the king of all countries. With peace finally in hand, the magician Merlin tells him to marry a princess from a neighbouring country. Even though he had taken her advice many times, he refuses to do so this time. She believes that it is necessary to strengthen the newly-found peace and that he is just afraid because he’s not used to being with girls. Don’t worry, she has a plan and the Knights of the Round Table will gladly help out.
Game is rough on all edges and with really weak scenario.

 

4. Bura Bura ぶら ぶら [110331] Wheel
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Takuji is a guy who’s pretty popular among the girls, but he already has someone he likes: Hitomi, his osananajimi who’s doting and is quite a cute… guy!? Their childhood friend Nakaba, as well as other girls, want him to snap him out of the trap and lead him back to ‘normality’.
Silly bakage with all kind of trap/gay humor.

 

5. Hatsukoi Time Capsule ~Osananajimi to Kyakkya Ufufu~ 初恋タイムカプセル ~幼馴染とキャッキャうふふ~ [110331] Citoron Soft 1
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When he was small, Kiriya buried a time capsule under a Camphor tree with his 5 osananajimis. Soon after, one of his osananajimis Kazuha moved away and they lost touch with each other. Ten years later, his other four osananajimis Yuuna, Mio, Maika and Anna all attend the same school and stay at the same dormitory as him, but hold back their feelings for him. One day, Kazuha returns and asked him if he still remembers the time capsule and their promise. With Kazuha’s return, the other osananajimis don’t hold back anymore and start making their moves, resulting in chaos. Which osananajimi will he end up with?
There is an English review.

 

6. Onigokko! 鬼ごっこ! [110331] ALcot 1 2 3 
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A long long time ago, the oni (demons) collected many treasures on an island known as Onigashima and Momotarou came with his three friends to defeat the oni and recover the treasures. Now, there is a thief Ura that is said to be the descendant of the oni and who is stealing all the treasures.
His actual name is Keisuke, the protagonist of this story. However, someone else posing as him sent out a notice and he wonders who it is. But soon his cover is blown as the descendants of Momotarou, Kintarou, Issun-boushi and Otohime also attend Onigashima Gakuen. And thus a modern fairy tale is born.
There are English reviews

 

7. Rensai Kisou Camellia Note ~Yume ni Shinobazu, Kirisake Otome!~ 恋祭☆綺想カメリアノート ~夢に忍ばず、斬り咲け乙女!~ [110331] tritail
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Shouichi is a normal student at Raikou Gakuen, which holds an event called Meikousai where students fight for ‘camellia pages’ which hold mysterious power, with the winner getting their wish granted. Even though Shouichi lost his camellia page pretty early, he found himself still stuck on the battlefield.
Game can be fun, but scenario and gameplay parts are no good.

 

8. Secret Game Code:Revise シークレットゲーム CODE:Revise [110331] Flat 1 
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Another time, another "game".
14 people have been confined to small rural village and fitted with exploding collars. Each one also has PDA with a unique ability and a condition to remove the collar. If anyone tries to leave the designated area or fails to achieve the condition in their PDA, their collar explodes, killing them.
This is the "game" of death, where mistrust and manipulation run rampant and death is common.
But this time there's also a catch, as when the "Rain starts to fall"...
There is an English review

 

9. Trouble @ Spiral! とらぶる@すぱいらる! [110331] Aries
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Keisuke didn’t have much luck finding a job after his graduation, but he finally found a place to work at his father’s cafe Tenryuu. There aren’t many visitors at all, but it’ll do for now. He also helps out with renting out the nearby apartment Nazuki-sou and many cute girls live there. However, his father went missing and debts start piling up… soon he’ll be evicted! All the tenants help him out to renew the cafe and save their home.
A banal setting for a banal moege.

 

10. Tsuyokiss 3gakki つよきす3学期 [110331] Candy Soft 1 2
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A further retelling of Tsuyokiss and Tsuyokiss 2gakki, takes place a few months after Celeb has transferred to Leo's class (but before the game enters any routes).
There are English reviews

 

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1. Hotch Potch ハチポチ -Liar&raiL FanDisk- [110318] Liar-soft
Hotch Potch is a fandisk which covers Liar-soft’s titles from Seiken no Inganock to Dosukoi!, as well as all three of raiL-soft’s works. Various characters from the ten works will appear and in the original story, they all seek ways to return to their own worlds. There’s a few original characters that help drive the story.
Fandisc

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Honorable blocked mention goes to Shingakkou (author is the main writer of Gore Screaming Show), which i never touched but i keep hearing is the best BLge ever made.

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Onigokko is your basic 'Phantom Thief of Justice' combined with a plot-heavy charage.  It is generally amusing and enjoyable to play.  It is also based in the same setting as Shogun-sama wa Otoshigoro and Naka no Hito Nado Inai!  I will say that I enjoyed the game immensely both times I played it, which is rare for a non-chuunige, so I can verify its quality.

This version of Secret Game is easily the best in that battle royale series.  That isn't saying much, of course... but it was moderately enjoyable, despite being by Flat.

 

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Tsuyokiss 3gakki - The VN here is created by Candysoft in which it's the parent company of Minato-soft, so perhaps expecting Tsuyokiss is like Majikoi would be reasonable although Tsujidou here might be closest comparison seeing that both of Tsujidou and 3gakki here is written by same writer (Sakaki Kasa, in which he also wrote Kirikoi as well). I didn't see Takahiro name in VNDB, although since he did write original Tsuyokiss I assume that he also supervise the writing of 3gakki as well.

Star Driver - Well the anime here is has robot and all, and the male MC here is oppose the organization that rule the school because the organization goal is something that may threaten the peace. Of course with that kind of premise, it's logical that you'll see the MC fight the cadres from the organization before finally going to confront the boss of the organization. As for the PSP here, apparently we'll going to have original character as the player stand in and he can romance several heroine in the game. Other than that, apparently it'll have some gameplay as well. Well it's not translated so there's no much information in regard of the staffs.

Haruhi - While the premise is unique on it's own, the titular character and the infamous Endless Eight would be the thing that people did remember about it. It has new volume that was just released recently (Back at November 25th, 2020), although compared to back when Endless Eight episode is still not airing nowadays the hype for Haruhi here was more or less already waning (It didn't help as well in that the creator need some times (ie nine and half years) to think the new storyline for the novel). That aside, apparently the VN here is the sequel of the well received Disappearance movie, so at least it should be good for Haruhi fans if anything else. The art here is apparently still taken care by Noizi Ito, athough VNDB only credit her as original artist though.

Onigokko - Looks like Alcot is really interested to make charage with unusual heroines, and in here we'll going to have the characters from Japanese folktale become cute girl along with the fact that obviously the MC can have the romance with the said characters. No much to say other than apparently it's a good charage, although as for the chance Nekonyan will license this or not it's still in the air.

Compared to either February or April there's no well known VNs at this month (Well at least you can say that the month here is a breather), so that's all for my comment in regard of March 2011 releases.

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