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VN of the Month May 2011 - Vermilion -Bind of Blood-


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Vermilion -Bind of Blood- does not have competitors in May, but Taiyou no Promia is also a well done game. In addition 'll name Koi de wa Naku - It's not Love, but so Where Near. a masterpiece, because it's an original concept providing food for thought. Can't nominate AXL game this time since I'm tired of  Hasegawa Ai writing when she does not come out of comfort zone presenting yet another different activity club story with too many heroines to make it special. Zen has similar favorites while Micchi is led astray by Hatsukoi Yohou , Kamikaze☆Explorer and even Henshin!

 

1. Cure Girl [110520] Noesis 1 2 
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Kazuki has difficulties communicating with people. However, he’s not alone. Pretty and popular senpai Kotone, cheerful osananajimi Miyu, tsundere kouhai Rena… Yes, they all have problems connecting with others. There’s a social networking site (SNS) called Communis which helps people with similar hobbies and interests meet each other. He is part of the ‘Ningen Shikkaku’ (unfit to be humans) community on Communis, which is frequented by people like Kazuki who fail at communicating in the real world. However, via this site, he soon improves his communication skills. Will he be able to take the next step and attend an offline meeting? Will this be the beginning of his love life?
There are English reviews

 

2. Sakura no Sora to Kimi no Koto -Sweet Petals For My Dear- サクラの空と、君のコト -Sweet Petals For My Dear- [110520] Hiyoko Soft 1 
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It has been said that wishes will come true when the sky is full of cherry blossom petals. However, the number of sakura trees have dwindled due to recent re-development and one can no longer see such a sight. Ryou is the son of a famous artist and much was expected of him, but he decides to live a life of a commoner with few friends. One spring day, his childhood friend Kanata suddenly fainted and was hospitalized. Since that day, his days began to gradually change.
Routes vary greatly in quality and thus leave a mixed impression. It's a compilation of different successful cases we've seen already somewhere, so it's generally rather good, but with zero originality.

 

3. Shutsugeki!! Otome-tachi no Senjou 2 ~Amakakeru Shougeki no Kizuna~ 出撃!!乙女たちの戦場2~天翔ける衝撃の絆~ [110526] SystemSoft Alpha
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Join Sage and take the girls to the battlefield. The war strategy game contains dating sim elements and lots of fan-service moments. Get to know the girls in their free time, chat with them to unlock events and free battles, develop their statistics and pit them against your enemies.
The sequel of the popular Shutsugeki! Otometachi no Senjou! has a completely new cast of characters, 40 girls and 20 boys, a new story dedicated to it and much more weapons. Drive a tank or pilot a fighter jet, don't let the girls suffer damages, though, as their uniforms might rip.
TBS

 

4. Derivara! -deliverance of strays- でりばらっ!-deliverance of strays- [110527] Parasol 1 2 3 
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Ryou has a fear of girls so strong that he cannot speak with any girl that he meets for the first time. He heads to the capital to help his cousins Asuka and Sumika with their cafe Murakumo. However, he is not used to being in the city, especially living under one roof with them. At his new school, he meets a true idol Kyouko, a classmate that for some reason keeps glaring at him Aya, and a strange girl that is affectionate to everyone Mikoto. Surrounded by so many girls, will he be able to rid himself of his fear of girls?
There are English reviews

 

5. Hatsukoi Yohou. 初恋予報。 [110527] I.D. 1
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The pure white snow descends on the street, turning it into a beautiful snowscape. It’s like it is a pure heart that hasn’t been sullied. However, that purity quickly disappears once touched. Koutarou lives alone and he often wonders how lovers pass this cold season. Do they become closer to one another and spend the holidays by themselves? It would a lie to say for him to say that he doesn’t feel lonely at times. Then this winter, he fell in love for the first time. A first love he cannot forget.
Old-fashioned work with very short routes more suiting a fan-disc than almost a full-price game. Amateurish debut work beating around first love banalities.

 

6. Itoshii Kanojo no Mamorikata 愛しい対象の護り方 [110527] AXL 1 2 3 
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Yuuto enrolled in a military school in order to fulfill a childhood promise with Yui. But when he met her again, she demanded to know why he came there. He realized that her smile had disappeared. This is because their class is ridiculed for being weaker than other classes. Their classroom is not well furnished and his bed is more like a table. Their teacher announces that there will be a battle in which the rewards will be a proper desk and chairs… and an air conditioner as well! Yuuto decides to help their class win this battle and bring a smile back to Yui’s face.
There are English reviews

 

7. Kamikaze ☆ Explorer! カミカゼ☆エクスプローラー! [110527] Clochette 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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In the near future, the living areas for humans reduce due to climate and terrain changes. As if in unison, some of the younger generation develop special powers called Metis. There are many types of Metis, from magic barriers to being able to breathe under water. Suminoe Gakuen was constructed to train and develop those students with Metis. Keiji doesn’t have any powers, but he was scouted by an agent from the school and ends up attending the school. He is then recruited into Argonaut, a club for helping people with their problems. One day, they hear about a strange rumor about the recently developed Kamigase-shi…
There are English reviews

 

8. Koi de wa Naku - It's not Love, but so Where Near. 恋ではなく ―― It’s not love,but so where near. [110527] Syangrila Smart 1 2 3 4 5 6 
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This is the debut title by Shangrila Smart. There are two protagonists: Norifumi is a guy who has been taking pictures since he was small, and Yumi has been working as a model. Instead of a cast of heroines, this game rather follows a story told from both of their perspectives. Even though the title suggests that it isn’t about love, it tells a drama of adolescence set on the solitary island of Toshima. Their childhood friend Tasuku had wished that they can film a movie of their lives up to their graduation. Spending Christmas with everyone, a fateful Valentine’s Day, love and friendship… everything is captured by their pictures. But not much time remains until their graduation when they will go their separate ways.
There are English reviews

 

9. Miinasan, Kakkee Desu! -Love Icha Doukyo Seikatsu no Susume- 美衣菜△です!-Loveイチャ同居生活のススメ- [110527] FIANCEE 1
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Yuusaku confessed to Miina and they became lovers. She was an ojousama who had lived a sheltered life, but now they will be living together. However, it doesn’t all go smoothly, with their neighbours being suspicious of them, their classmates learning about them living together and other love rivals appearing. It also doesn’t help that he doesn’t understand girls well nor does she understand boys. The only thing that works to their favour is their strong love for each other. Will that be enough to overcome all their obstacles and come to a happy end?
I refuse to understand those who expected a pure love game of of this one. Love triangle stories are generally more memorable thanks to several outstanding examples like White Album 2. But in profane hands it easily becomes a H-intensive NTR game, and this is exactly such case.

 

10. Taiyou no Promia 太陽のプロミア [110527] Seven Wonder 1 2 
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Kodama stood in the sun-basked streets of Milsant. Even though he looks like any young man, he doesn’t have any memories and there was a baby in his arms who he cannot be separated from. Milsant is ruled by 6 female priests known as the ‘six flowers’. Their powers come from the ‘six large trees’, which were suddenly all surrounded in darkness. He meets Flarerouge, the most powerful of the six girls and servant of the Sun God, and they embark on a journey to recover the light that was lost in the world.
There is an English review

 

11. Vermilion -Bind of Blood- [110527] light 1 2 3 4
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Toshirou is in charge of managing public order in the city. Along with a community of vampires, they purge those that commit crimes. However, they come upon a monster which is said to have massacred many in the past.
There are English reviews.

 

12. Worlds and World's end [110527] Rootnuko 1 
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Waking up every day, Takumi believed that his normal school days would continue forever. Hearing about random mysterious attacks in the town and religious groups claiming that the end of the world is near, Souichi believed that it would never concern him. Tied down in a small village by bonds he cannot sever, Yuuji believed that there is a place for him to go to. Everyone has their own wishes and beliefs, but rests assured that even in the darkest night, the sun will rise the next morning. Even as the end of the world approaches…
Eternal night falls down to the world, and a group of friends is in the center of narration. Without spoiling the nature of disaster can only say that extreme situation does not reach the Swan Song heights, but such trouble story inevitably invokes interest. Everything develops in intriguing way till the final part when resolution is sudden and unsatisfying leaving dulled impression. Story lacks action to become a serious plotge, so it's more of a unique setting unpolished charage.

 

13. Yamiyo ni Odore -Witch Wishes to Commit the Night- 闇夜に踊れ -Witch wishes to commit the Night- [110527] Yatagarasu 1
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Witches and magicians have always been fighting each other since the beginning of time. It’s not because one is bad or good, but because their powers keeps the world in balance. So, in a time continuum separated from the world, they continue their long battle. Note that you can choose to be a male or female protagonist.
RPG

 

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1. Henshin!!! ~Pantsu ni Natte Kunkun Peropero~ へんし~ん!!! ~パンツになってクンクンペロペロ~ [110520] May-Be Soft 1 
“Ahhh… I wish I was a girl’s panties” After Yuuji said that, his imouto Miko left him and is now staying at the girls’ dormitory. He debated if panties would be too stimulating and if he should be a skirt or a chair instead, all the while lamenting why he was born a human. Coming home one day, he came upon a talking cat-like thing that had collapsed. As thanks for taking care of her, she gives him a cell phone that allows him to transform into anything! Armed with his new ability, he heads out to fulfill his dream of teasing girls.
Nukige, but I rarely saw Conjueror rate anything as 5/5, also an opening.
 
2. Fukushuu Saimin ~Tsuki no Himegimi wa Fukujuu no Yume o Miru ka?~ 復讐催眠 ~月の姫君は服従の夢をみるか?~ [110520] C:drive/F 1  
The earth is ruled by an empire and the protagonist goes to an elite school to train to be a knight of the empire. One day, the school and the town is destroyed by the goverment on behalf of the empire. The protagonist is really angry at this and decides to plot against the government. The protagonists’ parents were killed by terrorists too so he has essentially lost everything.
A girl approaches him and asks “Do you really want power? If you do, then you can achieve 'revenge'. Just tell them what to do in order to get justice.”
The mysterious girl give the potagonist the power to manipulate people with his words.
New hair, a new face, the protagonist approaches the girls who caused him so much pain – but can he really get his “revenge”?
Nukige, but with an opening
 
3. A.G.II.D.C. ~RPG Gakuen 2.0 Circus Shijou Saidai no Kiki!?~ A.G.II.D.C. ~あるぴじ学園2.0 サーカス史上最大の危機!?~ [110527] STELLA 1
This is the first title by STELLA, a separate brand created from CIRCUS. A thousand years ago, the legendary hero defeated the maou. Now his descendant Masamune begins his own path towards becoming a hero, but then a girl with a great sense of justice wanted to become his disciple. However, she is the descendant of the maou! She creates the ‘Brave Rangers’ (i.e. student council) and drags him along to the dungeon to defeat evil.
Fandisc
 
4. Akatoki!! -Hana to Mawaseyo Koi no Ishou- あかときっ!!-花と舞わせよ恋の衣装- [110527] Escu:de 1
This is the fandisk for Escu:de’s clothes shredding battle ADV title Akatoki!, featuring after stories for the 5 heroines as well as another stories for Miyu and Chikka. There is also a versus battle mode with rewards for winning. All the girls have new costumes, such as pajamas for Nayu and an idol outfit for Maki. Kukuriku also loses her clothes this time.
Fandisc

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Itoshii Kanojo is a middling entry by AXL.  It isn't a kamige by any stretch, but it is worth playing if you like the company's style.

Kamikaze Explorer is another oppai fantasy by Clochette, and it retains the surprisingly high quality seen in other works by the company (considering the visual style (not to mention the pyrokinetic girl has some seriously great h-scenes, lol).

World and World's End was probably supposed to be food for thought, but it falls on its face rather abruptly.

Vermilion is without a doubt one of the best chuunige out there... great action, great story, and an awesome protagonist.  The only downside is that the setting can't be reused, lol.

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No much to comment in regard of this week other than Henshin has some unique premise with the MC has the power to turn into any object, Vermillion writer also did write Maggot Bait (Not the disturbing sex scenes part for the info) and the writer was supposed to be Masada's disciple, Koi de wa Naku did depict the story between two MCs (Male and female by the way, so no BL) who can be said more or less have their own problems and flaws along with some writing that might be dragging for some people, and Cure Girl heroines looks like the one from Free Friends (Same designer and all), so in exchange I'll comment on other VNs that were released beforehand.

Wizard's Climber - Softhouse Chara VN that was just recently released, and as for the gameplay itself it did resemble Princess Maker only that you'll train the girl to become the best wizard in order to regain her lost right to inherit her family. For other element, in here the battle is pretty much auto battle in that the girl will be controlled by AI which to say might be not the most favorable gameplay (And sadly no direct control). The New Game+ inheritance here has some questionable system, although there's a way to circumvent it even though on how to do that is pretty much Guide Dang It (ie you must use guide to understand how). So yeah Wizard's Climber here has some interesting gameplay in that it remind people of Princess Maker, although the auto battle and New Game+ inheritance here might be more than enough to deter some people to enjoy this.

Ace Attorney Investigator 2 - Unlike the first one, Capcom decided to not localize this. So of course there's no way for people to play this translated, at least until some fans decided to work hard to translate this and thanks to them we can play this even without Capcom localize it. Also in regard of the name, while normally I would complain about the dub only name, actually I didn't mind much if the media in question is very popular in English and thus it's the overseas player only know dub name (Some of the media are Pokemon, Digimon, and this). For the names in here, while the translator can just directly translate it by using Japanese name, actually they did put extra effort to localize the name as well including trying to find out on how they supposed to fit the name based on Japanese culture and what would be fit for American, and obviously they try to preserve the meaningful name that was come in Japanese name, so I can say that the fan translator of this did a good job in that it almost resemble Capcom's effort to localize it.

That's all for my comment in regard of May 2011 releases, although my comment here is leaned towards two other VNs (In that those two were released before this month) that was available in English though.

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