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VN of the Month August 2011 - Diamic Days

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Few normal titles get released during summer Comiket. Seriously, there's just one ordinary format game Diamic Days that I don't accept as a masterpiece, and it wins by default as VN of the Month... Micchi supports this idea and tries to focus on doujins to fill the blanks.

 

1. Seijaku ni Chain-saw 静寂に電気鋸 [110813] Chainsou
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――The view I'd grown so used to seeing through the lens had been smashed to pieces――
Shinadojima, where two moons hand in the sky.
Every inhabitant of this island, by way of what they call the blessings of the moons, possesses extraordinary powers.
But to make use of these powers requires "compensation", in the form of the sacrifice of whatever the holder treasures most, and so it became natural for the people of the island to avoid utilizing them.
Kou Sekine, the protagonist, is a high school second-year with a great interest in astronomical observation.
In the company of Izumi Iwagami, his childhood friend, and their classmates, he lived a quite ordinary life.
A simple and innocent childhood.
The power a passing fancy drove him to use, the phenomena it caused, and the "compensation" thus required.
From that point begins is a chain of events that will irrevocably change the fate of Kou and all those he knows.
Doujin, but let's take a closer look - what if it's new Indigo. And ... it's not even though there is voicing here (sic!). Characters are normal children overall, just with supernatural abilities. But genre is suspense murder mystery. Each lap takes around three hours, and order of routes is fixed. Not my type of vn.

 

2. Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel ~Toki to Sekai no Meikyuu~ 快盗天使ツインエンジェル〜時とセカイの迷宮〜 [110825] Alchemist 1
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Haruka and Aoi are a pair of friends who become the magical Twin Angels in order to fight off evil as the Red and Blue Angels. Their story revolves heavily around tracking down and protecting Seven Amulets; magical pieces of jewelry capable of generating immense power when assembled from a mysterious man known only as Black Trader and his subordinates. They are eventually joined by Kurumi the White Angel.
Anime spin-off

 

3. Tanteibu: The Detective Club -Tantei to Yuurei to Kaitou to- たんていぶ THE DETECTIVE CLUB -探偵と幽霊と怪盗と- [110825] BOOST ON 1 2
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First in the four volume romantic detective story. The detective team consists of Maya, Tora and Natsu, three teenage girls and Sodom, a little robot with a useful set of skills. Each game in the series focuses on three different cases you have to solve.
There is an English review

 

4. Akikaze Personal +Ore to Boku to Kanojo no ○○+ 秋風ぱーそなる +俺と僕と彼女の○○+ [110826] Lilac Soft 1
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Hideto appears to be an average guy who works in his parents liquor shop, however, five years ago, he developed a split personality with the other side of him being called “Shuuto”. Shuuto is the opposite to Hideto and is strong and cocky whereas Hideto is quite a reserved character. The only downside to having Shuuto is that he can’t remember anything past 5 years ago. However, he spends his days quite happily with his group of friends. But one day, his childhood friend Nanami moves back after an interval of 5 years and realises that her friend isn’t the same as he was and gets suspicious. As Hideto’s second term at school starts, will he be able to keep his split personalities a secret?
Setting is somewhat intriguing, but realization is rough with SOL scenes suffering the most. Common route tries to present comedy while individual routes are plain serious. There is no twist, so it's just not exciting.

 

5. Diamic Days ダイヤミック・デイズ [110826] Lump of Sugar 1 2 3 
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For Rei, his second year at school has started of pretty normally, however, one day he sees on a notice board that a new school has opened and that everyone has to move there. Rei thinks that this will be a bit of a waste of effort but decides to go anyways. This new school is unusual in the fact that it allows students to make many of the decisions in the school – effectively they get to control their own school life. The protagonist decides that he’s going to try his best for the school. What will happen to him now?
There are English reviews

 

6. Doushite Daite Kurenai no!? ~Onna no Ko Datte Yaritai no!~ どうして抱いてくれないのっ!?~女の子だってヤりたいの!~ [110826] Chococo 1 2
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Haruto loves girls a bit too much and confesses to them indiscriminately, ending up being rejected every day (the count is up to 665 now). One day, a cute girl transferred into his class and he quickly went to confess to her. The girl Misuzu responded with a question: “Do you want to make a girlfriend? To find love? Or maybe only to have sex?” Caught off-guard, he stutters that he might want a girlfriend. Hearing his answer, she smiled and cast a magic spell on him making him popular amongst girls. He didn’t believe it at first, but when girls he had never met before started confessing to him, he found himself in heaven. That is until she told him that the spell will wear off as soon as he has had sex with a girl and that girl will forget about him.
There is an English impression which supports my thought that nothing good can come out of pheromone type of concept

 

7. Love-Bride Eve ラブライド・イヴ [110826] Whitesoft 1 2 3
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Atsushi and Miyu are childhood friends who are known as the perfect couple by friends and family. They’ve been together since they were small, live next to each other, and are often teased by others for acting like newlyweds. However, there’s one big problem. They’ve never properly confessed to each other. Even though they are so lovey-dovey, it is too embarrassing for them to say those few words, believing that they do not have to say it because they know it deep down. However, Miyu wants to one day have the courage to say the words “I love you”.
There is an English review

 

8. Rance Quest ランス・クエスト [110826] Alice Soft 1 2 3 4 5 6 
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Returning from his grand adventure of unifying Nippon, Rance is back home and planning to take it easy for a while. Being Rance, though, he's barely into his vacation before he's getting into trouble and he's struck with a debilitating curse! Under the curse, Rance is unable to have sex with any woman under level 35, and if he goes without a woman for too long, he just might find himself turned off from them forever (if he can even hold out that long). Seems there's no time for a vacation after all! Rance sets off on another grand (though not always grave) adventure across the Continent: to find and fuck all the girls over level 35 he can get his hands on.
Chasing his (ig)noble goal, you will challenge hundreds of quests and recruit dozens of characters. There's a huge variety of adventures, dungeons, missions (both weighty and wacky), and sexy things all waiting for you! Meet new faces and return to old companions' beds while you do whatever and whoever it takes to break Rance's curse.
RPG with English reviews

 

9. Toraba! とらバ! [110826] Boot Up! 1 2
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Due often business trips that his parents have in overseas, Shunsuke, who have no siblings, lives mostly alone. But, there always were two people who looked out after him. The kindly widow Ren and her daughter Ai who live next door.
Ren always took care of him when his parents were abroad and Ai, who has been friend with him since childhood, was like a sister to him.
However, as he’s gotten older, Shunsuke starts thinking differently about both girls, and they feel the same about him and thus love triangle between them blooms. Which a girl will Shunsuke eventually choose?
There is an English review.

 

10. Zombie no Doukyuusei wa Princess -Fushibito Detective- ゾンビの同級生はプリンセス -不死人ディテクティブ- [110826] Abel Software 1
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Aruba and his classmate who was also his childhood friend were kidnapped and in the struggle to escape, he died. However, he has come back as a zombie in order to find the person who killed him! However, he has no idea where to start but one day he meets Ruuna – a girl claiming to be an immortal demon princess who agrees to help him find the murderer as long as he becomes her slave! He reluctantly agrees and they set up a school club in order to find villans and Ruuna will punish them with her mystic sword. Will the pair ever find out who murdered Aruba?
Eight months have passed since last Abel Software game, so there must be quality improvement. But no, there's no opening, no voicing, game story is short. Plus, there is this detective hyperlink system, so there is constant need to click at the pink hyperlink words to fill in glossary. Moreover, there is also zapping system, and game gives try again endings all the time without abusing it. All that makes capture absolutely irritating or infuriating just to cover game's lack of length.

 

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1. White Heaven [110812] Zodiac
Three friends go to a Western-style mansion in a snowy mountain on a graduation trip. But instead of confession a bloody murder happens there. Winter storm cuts the way back, and survival test begins.
It's actually a Comiket Doujin, but noticed issue date late, so let's keep it for opening's sake.
 
2. ChuSinGura 46+1 Kanade Hon-ChuuShinGura Hen ChuSinGura46+1 -忠臣蔵46+1- 假名手本忠臣蔵編 [110813] raindog
This is a sound novel by Rain Dog depicting the events of Chuushingura, where 47 ronin sought revenge for the death of their master, Asano. The twist here is the protagonist Suguha falls into a time slip and ends up in the Edo period, and the ronin are mostly girls.
Doujin, but there's an opening.
 
3. Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni - Dai Ichi Ya 彼岸花の咲く夜に 第一夜 [110813] 07th Expansion 1 2 3 4 
Marie is trapped in a horrible situation. She's being constantly tormented by her classmates and regularly molested by her teacher. With nowhere else to turn, she finds herself asking for supernatural help from one of the seven demons of the seven mysteries of her school. All she desires is the death of her cruel classmates and teacher. How far will Marie be willing to go in order to achieve the murders that would free her from her living hell?
Doujin, but localized and rather popular one
 
4. World End Economica [110813] Spicy Tails 1 2 3 4 5 
Roughly 16 years after the people who emigrated to the Moon had settled themselves.
An age where a great number of people are chasing their wild dreams within the great skyscraper at humanity's frontier.
A young boy named Haru, born and raised on the Moon, is one of those people chasing his wildest dream.
His dream, is to stand where no man has before.
In order to do so, he needed capital. A ludicrous amount of capital.
The boy named Haru was facing a place that gathered up people's desires. Sometimes it granted them, and sometimes it crushed them mercilessly.
There are only two key rules that govern that land.
The first rule, is to never take a loss.
The second rule, is to never forget the first.
Only those who followed these rules were able to obtain enormous wealth.
The stock market.
A place that has gathered crowds of persistant men and women for centuries
Doujin is localized and has many English reviews
 
5. The Beautiful World [110820] Moon Base 1
The Beautiful World is a VN released as a bonus with the eroge catalogue magazine Tech Gian. The first episode, Les Enfants Terribles, was released as 3 chapters in 2011 with the October~December issues of the magazine.
Doujin (technically not), but there is an English review
 
6. Love☆Kiss ラブ☆キス [110826] Lime 1 
Yousuke has quite an average but happy life at school, however, one day his parents phone him and say that he will be moving at the end of the school term. He is quite disheartened but tries to keep happy. He wasn’t really looking forward to Valentine’s day since he wasn’t expecting to get anything. To his surprise, he is confessed to by two cute girls – quiet Risa and genki Haruna. He tells them that he would be moving soon but they both say that their feelings won’t change because of that. What starts now is an ecchi pure love story…
Nukige, but there's an opening
 
7. Ren'ai Katei Kyoushi Rurumi ★ Coordinate! 恋愛家庭教師ルルミ★Coordinate! [110826] Riffraff 1 
Early April is the start of a new school year, when new relationships and new lives blossom. However, Ayuhisa spends his days in his room and doesn’t even go to school. Of course he hasn’t had a girlfriend before nor even held hands. One day, a private teacher of love Rurumi appeared at his door with the goal of bringing him out of his hikikomori state by restructuring his lifestyle, teaching him about fashion and even lessons about girls. Then Rurumi’s rival Mana shows up along with his non-blood-related imouto Shizuku. And how will he react to a beautiful oneesan that he met online Honoka and an ojousama Chieri? Let the private lessons of love begin!
Nukige with an opening
 
8. Pochi to Goshujin-sama ♥ ぽちとご主人様♥ [110826] SkyFish poco 1
This is the first game by SkyFish poco, a sister brand of SkyFish which specializes in more extreme ecchi scenes. Hiro’s osananajimi Chiwa is like a little sister to him. Instead of a promise to marry each other, they made a promise with a toy choker to keep a relation like a dog and its master. When Chiwa left with her mother to England, she vowed to return to Japan one day and be in the same class in school one day. A few years later, she finds out that her mother will be remarrying his father. However, if she becomes his true imouto, does that mean that she can’t marry him anymore!? She hurries back to Japan and asks him if he remembers their promise. She offers to become her oniichan’s pet and wants him to love her a lot.
Nukige, but with an opening and a review


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Doushite Daite Kurenai no is a comedic VN of mediocre quality.  The concept is a guy gaining the ability to make girls fall in love with him, but if he has H with them, they forget him.

Diamic Days is one of LoS's many mediocre games, not really worth mentioning.

 

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Somehow I'd recognize the doujin VN releases at this month here, but still let's see what I can comment in regard of this month.

Rance Quest - Rance here was trying to find a way to undo his last mistake back at Sengoku Rance, and somehow he did manage to do more (Not surprising really when it come to his personalities). Although in this game rather than trying to find a solution as soon as possible, Rance here somehow did established a castle and call all of his old acquaintance to do some adventuring with him doing the quest all across the world. Quest here is sort of the breather arc after Sengoku and before IX, in that at both of the latter Rance will be involved in large scale battle to unify the countries (JAPAN/Nippon and Helman respectively). Anyway in case some of you want to play this in English, Mangagamer will release this at 25th later in that the release will be an updated one because back then Alicesoft did release both of original and Magnum version with the latter is the improved one.

ChuSinGura - The Pilot VN for ChuSinGura 46+1 in that the latter will add time loop along with one love interest per arc, and that it was quite well received. The latter also received English version, although let's just say that it's not in the most ideal state.

Higanbana - Ryukishi attempt to make both of original novel and manga, although as of the now the plan is obviously failed and thus Ryukishi back to write in the medium that he worked the most. Higanbana here will deal with seven mysteries of the school (Japanese's urban legend) with the premise is that one of the female students (Marie) who got bullied decided to ask the demon (The titular Higanbana), and from there Marie started to get involved with her as Marie decided to become the demon in order to exact her revenge. That said the protagonist in here is not Marie, but obviously it's Higanbana in which we'll learn more of her as the plot progressed. Oh yes the art here was improved compared to Umineko, even though Ryukishi here is still in charge of the art and in fact it looks quite fitting with the tone of the VN.

World End Economica - Three parts VN that was created by Isuna Hasekura (By the way one of his picture made him looks like a female) and was available in English thanks to Sekai. As per Spice and Wolf (Another work by same author), obviously economy here would be one of the main topic and in this case it'll deal with stock exchange at the moon in which it's been thrived after sixteen years since the first emigration wave from Earth. The MC here is Haru (Real name Kawaura Yoshiharu) who decided to tackle stock market in order to amass a lot of capital so that he can build his own dream, although just like real life stock market here is not quite easy. And so Haru here get a help from an aloof woman with the name Hagana, although she may have her own problem. 

That's all for my comment in regard of August 2011 releases.

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