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VN of the Month September 2011 - Kajiri Kamui Kagura



There are over 20 games in September with masterpieces to cover everyone's tastes. Mirai Nostalgia is for nakige, Dunamis 15 for mystery, Kajiri Kamui Kagura for action, plus will decide on Code 18 status later as I want to play it absolutely blindly. Action game prevails for me, as usual. Zen agrees with me on the main favorites, plus features your diary. Micchi lists all kinds of moege with titles each more sugary than the other.


1. Corpse Party: Book of Shadows コープスパーティー ブックオブシャドウズ [110901] MAGES. GAME 1 2 3
Before, during, and after the events of Corpse Party—in the canon universe, as well as in several alternate timelines—the students of Kisaragi Academy, Byakudan Senior High, Paulownia High, and Musashigawa Middle School had far more experiences within the cursed halls of Heavenly Host Elementary than the stories typically recount. How would events have unfolded, for example, in a universe where each student went into the Sachiko Ever After ritual with an unconscious awareness of everything that was going to happen to them? What might’ve occurred to Mayu if she’d never interacted with the ghostly children in the school infirmary? What might’ve occurred to Yuka if she’d been caught during the harrowing chase in the second wing? What might’ve occurred to Seiko if Naomi had gotten to the bathroom just a bit earlier?
On the other side of the coin, how did Naho actually get into Heavenly Host, and whom did she come with? What was Tohko’s relationship with Kizami, and how did that result in a lost tooth? And what connection did Ms. Yui have to the cursed elementary school prior to ever taking part in the Sachiko Ever After ritual?
Most crucially, what happened to the survivors of the previous incident after their escape? How did the loss of their friends affect them? And what does all of this have to do with the mysterious tome known as the “Book of Shadows”…?
Game is localized and has English reviews


2. Mirai Nostalgia 未来ノスタルジア [110902] Purple Software 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Youichi is able to move objects without touching them, but other than that he lives a normal life just like everyone else. That is until Anna appeared, claiming to have been rejected by his future self. After that, he met his step-sisters Nono and Hinano who lived apart from him, as well as the shrine maiden Iori who said she had been waiting for him. His life has suddenly become a lot more complicated.
There are English reviews


3. Dunamis 15 [110915] MAGES. GAME 1 2
Takatsuki Tougo is leading a boring life at Ceres Academy, located on an isolated island called Dunamis Base. One day, while rushing to class after having overslept, Tōgo stumbles upon a mysterious girl in the school hallway. This brief encounter then changes Tougo's life forever.
Time in the game will loop, so the player will end up experiencing the same story repeatedly. The player will need to follow the proper route in order to escape from this loop.
There is one half-assed English review, but a game with such high votes definitely needs more attention. Suspense is not exactly my kind of genre, but I'll try to review it emulated at main pc after Second Novel, so at some rather distant point of time.


4. D-EVE in you [110922] Twinkle 1
Ren is the son of the president of Hiura Productions talent agency. While the company used to produce lots of top idols in the past, now it is managed solely by them with no current idols to their name. They wish to regain their past glory and a huge opportunity appears. The idol-raising Houou Girls’ School was recently built and the principal allows Hiura Productions to secure a classroom. However, his father Yukichi suddenly collapses and Ren is forced to take over as the role of lecturer instead. With limited knowledge about how to raise idols, will he be able to bring the 4-girl idol unit D-EVE to stardom?
A fine idol moege with a weak story, but who cares for story in a moege.


5. Otomimi ∞ Infinity オトミミ∞インフィニティー [110922] Applique -Imouto- 1 2
Beast people are those hybrids that are born from a human and animal. They co-exist with humans, but are looked down upon as lesser beings. Yamato is a human who has a strong sense of justice, however he’s also a little bit different from other people: he loves beast girls! One day while trying to avoid his bro-con older sister Chizuru’s attacks of love, he ended up being struck by a delivery truck. When he came to, he found himself at the Otomimi carrying company where there are many beast girls. He didn’t remember anything about the accident and trusted that the employee saved him, so he starts working at Otomimi. However, the governor of the island, Iwahara Touchiji, declared that beast girls are crude beings that are no better than a walking dutch wife and ordered their segregation from humans. Yamato decides to devise a plan to oppose Iwahara, with the help of the 5 beast girls he met at Otomimi.
There are English reviews


6. Shion no Ketsuzoku ~Kono Futashika na Sekai to Tenshi-tachi no Rondo~ シオンの血族 ~この不確かな世界と天使達の輪舞曲~ [110922] catwalk
The female magicians of the Shionji family are designated as protectors of the royalty. They are actually vampires called Apneas. The only male in the family, Mikoto, lives deep in the forest with his twin older sister Ariha, his relative Shizuka and a sexroid Nowem. The girls attend the boarding school Shikyou Gakuen, however their normal lives are soon shattered by the appearance of a Catholic sister, Sofia, who is intent on exterminating all vampires, including the Shionji.
Don't let an innocent enough setting mislead you - it's a nukige from a nukige maker company. Scenario ends very soon since there are many violation and harem scenes needed to insert.


7. Sucre ~sweet and charming time for you~ シュクレ~sweet and charming time for you~ [110922] Giga 1 2 3 4 5 6
Having been recently put of work when the restaurant he worked at closed down, our protagonist Keiichi — one year out of university — finds himself a bit down on his luck. Not wanting to move back with his estranged family, he gets help from his childhood friend Miharu and finds himself staying at her place.
Upon a visit to one of his favourite restaurants in town, Riverlight, he discovers that the waitress manning the place seems to be all alone, and doesn’t seem particularly confident or able in the kitchen. When another customer arrives and she fails miserably at cooking his meal, he steps in to help. The waitress Chizuru, who is also now the shop owner after the recent passing of her father, offers Keiichi a job.
Though not a professional chef, he’s able enough in the kitchen and loves to cook, and they slowly work to rebuild everyone’s confidence in the restaurant. He seeks the help of his University junior Ai, and is also accosted/assisted occasionally by Chizuru’s high school-aged friend Meika. Eventually, his former University Senior Sayoko starts hanging out at the restaurant as well, and offers them some advice on how to improve the place. But, as it turns out, she’s actually the daughter of local management company who owns a large restaurant chain, and she extends an offer to buy the place.
There are English reviews


8. Yuyukana -Under the Starlight- ユユカナ -Under the Starlight- [110922] NanaWind 1 2 3 4 5
This is the debut title of NanaWind. In the downtown core is an old torii. Through this gate, one would find themselves in the resort island of Aoshima, full of trees and sunflowers and surrounded by the emerald green ocean. Akito lives in this lively city and attends Aohi Academy. One day, a new transfer student appeared in his class. This black-haired pretty girl embraced him, proclaiming that she had always wanted to meet him.
There are English reviews.


9. Code 18 code_18 [110929] CyberFront 1 2
The story starts on September 11th, 2018. Hayato Hino is a high school student at Ryuusei Academy in Tokyo, and is a member of the school's Second Science Club. That day, he goes to the roof of the school to practice his "Dragon Unit", a flight pack. Just as he's about to test it out, he sees a girl falling out of the sky, wearing a similar device. He tries to save her, but fails and falls to his death. However, several seconds later, he finds himself having gone back in time a few seconds ago (though he has no memory of it) with the same incident occurring.
It makes me very sad to find zero English reviews for this game. I'll need to review it myself. 
Update: Since English review is found, I'm relieving myself of duty to review it. Three console games in a row is too much fore me.


10. Dead End: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dead End デッドエンド Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dead End [110929] TEXT.
Capitalizing on the vampire craze the world seems to be in, players of Dead End will control some high school kids and fight society’s new favorite villain. Its gameplay is styled like a choose-your-own-adventure book. Remember those? Each action in the game (such as “Go left” or “Open the door”) is represented by a numbered “paragraph” in the story, and players spend the game jumping from paragraph to paragraph. This means that there are multiple story branches, and players could play the game several times without even seeing all of the story. Jumping from paragraph to paragraph will also be used to solve puzzles within the game.
Fights within the game involve dice rolls, with certain numbers corresponding to different attacks and skills for both the player and enemy.


11. Hakuisei Ren'ai Shoukougun 白衣性恋愛症候群 [110929] Kogado Studio 1
The story follows Sawai Kaori who almost died in a traffic accident at the age of 10 but was revived by hospital staff. Ever since then, Kaori became determined to take up ‘nursing’ as her means of saying thanks to the doctors who rescued her. And so at the age of 21, she begins her journey as a nurse…
Game is localized and has English reviews


12. Tanteibu: The Detective Club -Angou to Misshitshu to Kaijin to- たんていぶ THE DETECTIVE CLUB -暗号と密室と怪人と- [110929] BOOST ON 1
Second 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.
Detective game


13. Kajiri Kamui Kagura 神咒神威神楽 [110930] light 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 
In ancient Ashihara no Nakatsukuni, generals fought each other to gain the favour of the emperor. They attempted to invade the uncharted eastern lands, but suffered total defeat at the hands of demons more intelligent than humans. Three hundred years later, the land of the gods, Shinshuu, has locked itself away from all foreign countries, but an air of gloom begins to drift in from the east. They are forced to head east again to drive away the demons.
There are English reviews


14. Koikishi Purely ☆ Kiss 恋騎士Purely☆Kiss [110930] Effordom Soft 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 
Since childhood, our protagonist Kaname has always dreamed of becoming a Knight. After a near-fatal terrorist attack nearly killed both him and a new-found friend, they make a childhood promise that one day they’ll meet again in their quest to become splendid Knights that can protect others. Now, many years later, Kaname is about to enter a special school run by his father, where he and his younger sister Yuu (a big-brother-loving genius who skipped a grade to be with him) will be part of a special Knights-in training club called “Esquire”. On his way to school, though, he spots a mugging on the street from outside his bus window as they drove by, and with little hesitation he opens the bus window and jumps out of the moving bus to help. As part of the effort to solve this crime, he runs into the other heroines who will all eventually end up being the fellow members of Esquire. As the only boy in this club otherwise full of girls, will Kaname be able to fulfill his childhood promise? And will he and the “boy” with whom he made that promise ever meet again as they vowed?
There are English reviews


15. Kotowari ~Kimi no Kokoro no Koboreta Kakera~ 理-コトワリ- ~キミの心の零れた欠片~ [110930] C: drive. 1
When Mishiro was small, half of his soul was eaten by a toothed deity. Since then he has had to deal with spirits called kotowari that reside in the darkness of the souls of people who are related to him, no matter how distant. Kotowari are soul fragments created from a person’s suffering and they can normally only be seen, heard and touched by that individual. Even if the kotowari is destroyed, it will keep respawning unless the cause of the suffering is resolved. Shortly after transferring to a school in a history-laden sightseeing town, Mishiro encounters a kotowari and decides to search for its owner. However, there isn’t just one kotowari as many other girls harbour their own suffering.
There is a small English review, but it needs an additional commentary taking in account high vndb votes. C : drive tries different genres, but all their games inevitably tilt to nukige. But on the other hand these are nukige with scenario, so even very straightforward Hypnosis theme becomes much more complex than normal Hypnosis nukige. This time game tries to be a dark horror suspense mystery, but scenario is opportunistic, lacks detail, suffers from multiple writers inconsistencies and carries no true route. As soon as five heroines with easy flags are captured, it's over. Kotowari excels as an atmospheric nukige with a flavor, but as plotge it has ways to go.


16. Love 2 Quad らぶ2Quad [110930] Marmalade 1
One day, the most popular teacher at Akakura Academy, Aoi-sensei, approached Wataru and informed him that his help is needed and he must take off his clothes immediately. She was an agent of the secret international defence organization Cradle and asked him to aid in the battle against the enemy ’4D’. In order to defeat ’4D’, he must engage in ecchi activities to gain energy and defeat the enemy with the power of love! His little sister-like childhood friend Honoka, classmate Ermalit, expressionless Mirai from the future and tiny Chitose from the past lend their help. However, they aren’t sure what to do?! And so marked the end of his peaceful single life.
There is an English review.


17. Lunaris Filia ~Kiss to Keiyaku to Shinku no Hitomi~ Lunaris Filia~キスと契約と深紅の瞳~ [110930] Whirlpool 1 2 
Two important childhood memories: one that mustn’t be forgotten, and one he’ll never forget. These are the memories of Sousuke’s childhood encounters with two important women in his life: the now-forgotten vampire princess Silvia, and his always-close-by childhood friend Yukari.
Now, many years later, Silvia returns as promised to fulfill her blood pact with Sousuke, but things didn’t go as planned. Not only does Sousuke not remember her, but his blood has been “tainted” by another vampire without him knowing it. To a vampire, the relationship with their contracted partner is a lot like a “first love”, and it’s totally forbidden and taboo for another vampire to “steal” someone under another vampire’s pact. Unfortunately, the vampire responsible — someone very close to Sousuke — doesn’t appear to be aware of what she did.
Before Sylvia can forcibly undo the improper blood pact to restore her own, Sousuke’s father proposes a special arrangement: since the blood pact depends on the mutual feelings of the contractor and contracted, within the next lunar month whoever Sousuke comes to love most will keep their contract. Not happy with the way things are going, Sousuke’s (adopted) younger sister Mai declares suddenly that she’s entering the “game” as well in order to protect her beloved older brother from these vampires. Sousuke’s peaceful days are over…
There are English review


18. SuGirly Wish [110930] Hooksoft 1 2  
Junpei is designated as the male dorm leader at the stylish western-style dorms for the new school year. While he is unsure about whether or not he can do the job well, his osananajimi Megumi smiles at him and assures him that he’ll be fine. Encouraged by her angelic smile, he decides to try his hand at it, but no matter where he looks there are problem children in love. Even the school has its own mysteries with a chapel that seems to be meaningful and rumours of a fountain that grants wishes. Then his imouto Hina stood on the podium for the entrance ceremony and declared that she loves her oniichan and she plans to make him hers, causing all the students to aspire to fall in love as well.
There is an English review


19. Suika Niritsu 水夏弐律 [110930] Circus
Similar to the original Suika, this sequel is a collection of mysterious love stories: Shinji and Ami, Mitsuhiko and Mei, Takashi and Haruka, and the nameless girl. From the director’s selection quick synopsis, it appears to be quite focused on the drama, similar to true tears. Once again, there’s a nameless girl, but it’s not the same one as the original.
Sequel and anthology


20. Venus Blood -Abyss- ヴィーナスブラッド-アビス- [110930] Dual Tail 1 2
The game centers on a demon kingdom besieged by humans. The previous demon king sought peaceful coexistence with humans, but he and his human queen were lured to a peace meeting with one of the human kingdoms and murdered. Thrown into disarray by the surprise attack, and threatened by a mysterious plague that has completely prevented the birth of new demon babies, the demon kingdom is facing complete extermination. With the fate of the kingdom on her shoulders, the orphaned demon princess seeks out a lone alchemist--her tutor as a child--to find a cure for the plague and stave off their human attackers. The alchemist, a student of biology, comes up with a daring plan: use forbidden magic to conceive an army of fast-maturing, short-lived super-soldiers to combat the human menace while he searches for a cure.
RPG has English reviews


21. Your Diary [110930] CUBE 1 2 3 4 5 6
Nagamine Tomoki tries to confess his feelings to the upperclassman he most admires: Ayase Sayuki, but he hesitates by seeing a deeply sad expression on her face. He continues to work alongside her in the school’s library committee, seeking to learn more about his loved one.
A certain day, he visits a seemingly abandoned bookstore, where he finds a mysterious locked book called “Your Diary”. Misuzu – The owner of the place – says the book chose him and gives him the key.
When he unlocks the diary, a cute little girl comes out of it and introduces herself as Yua, the goddess of happiness. She explains that her illustrated diary has become Tomoki’s property and it will fill itself with new content for each of Tomoki’s new happy memories.
There are English reviews


1. Chu x Chu! On The Move ~Kenran Jikuu no Festival~ Chu×Chu!on the move ~絢爛時空の歌姫祭<フェスティバル>~ [110922] Unison Shift: Accent
This game is the continuation to the Chu×Chu Idol series, consisting of a main story and an if story. In the main story, the now popular idol ChuChu is preparing for her new concert when three people showed up from the future, including the main heroine of Chu×Chu Idol 2, Chuuno! The two mysterious people with her had stolen Chuuno’s ‘songs’ and travelled to the past to take ChuChu’s too! After snatching her ‘songs’, they disappeared off to somewhere. Will the two vampire idols be able to regain what they have lost? In the if story, Daigo is left behind when Chuuno is taken to the past. Gradually the space-time begins to bend and so does the future. However, he finds out a way to fix it.
2. Onigokko! Fandisc 鬼ごっこ! ファンディスク [110930] ALcot 1  
This is the fandisk to Onigokko!, which includes a route for fan-favourite imouto Aoi as well as after stories for the main heroines from the original game.


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This was an unusually crowded week, with multiple high-quality releases and a lot of games worthy of playing multiple times.

Kajiri Kamui Kagura- The erstwhile sequel to Marie's path in Dies Irae (Rea is canon).  This is perhaps the most revealing of the games about the nature of the Shinzabanshou universe and comes with a unique visual style that goes along with the false era it projects (early Edo Japan).  To people who haven't played Dies Irae, 80% of this game will be lost on you.  To a lesser extent, reading Paradise Lost adds to the experience as well.  I will say that this game is extremely hard to read due to numerous linguistic issues (turns of phrase from various - mixed - eras of Japanese history, archaic linguistics, use of ritual language, etc).  I'd put this as the single hardest VN to read in Japanese, with Bradyon Veda being just behind.  That said, it is the game I consider to be the last Masada masterpiece (Kaziklu Bey being a side-story), as his later works were mostly derivative or of lesser quality.

Mirai Nostalgia- Purple Soft's first true nakige.  This was the game that first hinted at what Purple Soft was capable of, and it is based in the same universe as Seishun Fragile (so far, there are two major timelines in Purple soft games... this one and the one containing Amatsutsumi, Chrono Clock and Aoi Tori).  This game is truly excellent, though it lacks some of the refinement of later games by this company.

Otomimi Infinity- This is one of three games I recommend to people who want a solid game with animal-ear heroines.  It has a decent story, good comedy, and an interesting setting (and heroines).  If you like girls with animal-ears (like the protagonist does), this is an excellent choice to play.

Shion no Ketsuzoku- This game had good potential, but it was unfortunately crippled by the haphazard and slapdash inclusion of too many varied elements into the setting (the protagonist in particular).  The protagonist being a vampire, a messiah, and a philanderer all at the same time made creating an actual plot impossible.

Yuyukana- Like all the games in the series (Alia's Carnival, Haruoto, and Shirokoi) this game has a lot of elements I like... and it somehow comes together in a way that feels mundane and disinteresting.  Seriously, I've never fallen asleep in the middle of playing a VN as often as I have for this series.  This is despite it having some interesting fantasy elements and decent heroines.

Koikishi- Actually an excellent game with a decent protagonist, good heroines, and excellent heroine paths.  It does have frustrating aspects (seriously, using blunt swords as instruments of law enforcement?), but overall it is a fun read with great characters (and a great incest path).

Kotowari- Going to be straight with you... I have seriously mixed feelings on this game.  The biggest reason is the seriously crappy approach they had to using sprites.  The story, in itself, is good to great depending on which path you are talking about.  However, I got serious headaches with how they handled the sprites.

Lunaris Filia- for some reason, despite this being one of Whirlpool's best games, it is also one of its most forgotten ones.  This is a vampire plotge focused on a protagonist who ends up surrounded by vampiric beauties that want him to be with them forever (and two vanilla heroines).  Despite how that sounds like just your standard harem protagonist, it is actually a pretty interesting setup, and I seriously enjoyed playing it from beginning to end, both times.

Venus Blood Abyss- My least favorite VB game.  It is a dungeon-defense plus breeding simulation VN that introduced me to the side of VB I liked least (I hate the mechanics of the breeding sim VB games).  Story is decent to meh, protagonist is an incubus who is moderately impressive but has an unhealthy fascination with breeding girls using tentacles.  

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Quite a number of releases here, so let's see what I can comment in regard of September 2011

Corpse Party Book of Shadow - The sequel of the first Corpse Party, and apparently it involve time loop and such. I only know that the first Corpse Party here is quite well received and that the sequels are not as well received as the first part (Or as TV Trope says Sequelitis), at least looking from VNDB score and the reaction on Blood Drive (The supposed finale for Corpse Party).

Dunamis15 - One day back at 2008 I did buy a game magazine because it has Ar Tonelico 2 cover and I saw the info in regard of Dunamis15, although I dismissed it immediately because it only available for XBOX 360 and PS3 while back then I only have PS2. Anyway the VN itself was called to resemble Ever17 or something like that, although I don't really know though because I didn't play it. At least the VNDB score of this is better than a certain VN that was said to be the successor of Infinity series.

Code18 - So-called Infinity series successor, although obviously the plot here did follow Steins Gate (Minus mysterious evil organization) and thus the reason on why GundamAce as big fan of Infinity series didn't like it to say it mildly because he expect the VN following Infinity games rule instead of Steins Gate. As for what I can say objectively, the VN here is obviously lighter than either Infinity series or Steins Gate so perhaps you shouldn't expect much or take it seriously if you like those two. Also if you need some review, here's GundamAce's reviews on this from way back at nine years ago (I compiled his comments on this from Gamefaqs board).

Mirai Nostalgia - Another well know Purple Software VN before Hapymaher, in that there's main heroine with the name Anna. From what I see, it has some supernatural with the MC has superpower and that the main heroine call herself was rejected by her future self, and that this VN was also have some time element just like Chrono Clock. By the way Purple Software here like to use Hashimoto Miyuki as opening singer, in that she sang almost all of Purple Software VNs opening songs until today (All the way up to Seishun Fragile, in which it's the most recent Purple Software VN).

Shirokoi - First nurse GL VN from Kogado in that they have some famous VA (Such as Kitamura Eri and Hisaka Yoko) act as the heroines while we have Asumi Kana voicing the MC. While granted that there's still some twist, in the end the overall tone is not as dark as Hakuai and that the twist is not as heavy as Hakuai. Oh yes we got Hakuai translated first while Shirokoi here was just recently translated back at 2019, and since the twist is relatively more down to earth there's more room to explain the job of the nurse in which it's accurate enough seeing that both writers here are also did work as the nurse from what I read somewhere. As for the opening song, I prefer the newer one in that it's the opening song that was used in the translated version.

Venus Blood Brave - There's no corruption of the heroines in this VN, although the battle system is still the same though. Also in here you'll defend the dungeon from the intruder, and therefore you must try to use available resources to do your best.

Kajiri Kamui Kagura - The interquel of Dies Irae between Marie's and Rea's route, and I know it sounds confusing here. Another thing that I know is that it got some bad reputation from Marie's fans so much that Masada did say that it's non canon, although of course it's already too late. Anyway even with the the controversial idea here at least the writing might be better than Dies Irae in which it's quite hard to translate thanks to Masada's extensive research on ancient Japanese (Probably), the art here really resemble the traditional Japanese paint, and that the PSV opening song that was sang by Gojou Mayumi (Known as the singer for Precure opening songs in first five Precure series) is quite good.

Your Diary - The art of this was quite nice thanks to Kantoku and currently we have this translated, although as quality concerned unfortunately it's not the best one. That said Shiravune did say that they'll try to work on Your Diary retranslation, although I know that the chance of it was pretty miniscule as of now. In any case, if you can power through the bad translation at least you'll got some nice stories with the heroines, and also the engine here is not as bad as Flyable Heart if anything else.

That's all for what I can comment in regard of September 2011 releases.

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