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VN of the Month February 2012 - Shinigami no Testament ~menuet of epistula~


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I'll name Hatsuyuki Sakura , Grisaia no Meikyuu are Shinigami no Testament ~menuet of epistula~ as masterpieces with chunige taking over. Both Zen and Micchi support first two choices and also Tsukumo no Tsuki
 

 

1. Photo Kano フォトカノ [120202] Enterbrain! 1 2 3 
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Kazuya Maeda is a second-year high school student who takes pictures of girls with his camera that he received from his dad. The game focuses on his romantic encounters with various girls at his school.
There are English reviews

 

2. Kyokugen Dasshutsu ADV Zennin Shibou Desu 極限脱出ADV 善人シボウデス [120216] Chunsoft 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 
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Virtue’s Last Reward follows the trials and tribulations of Sigma, who is drugged and kidnapped from his university. He wakes up in an elevator with a girl named Phi. After discovering they are unable to escape the elevator, a strange rabbit appears, introducing itself as “Zero III.” Zero III explains that they are about to play the “Nonary Game: Ambidex Edition,” a deadly game of life and death.
What’s in store for Sigma, Phi, and the seven others they eventually meet? Why have these nine been chosen, and most importantly, who will they ally with and who will they betray?
Game is localized and has English reviews.

 

3. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Portable 僕は友達が少ない ぽーたぶる [120223] Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. 1
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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai is the popular anime, manga and novel series about a boy who just transferred school and is having trouble making friends who teams up with loners Yozora and Sena to form a school club for others who don't have many friends, either. This PSP game will bring the story to many new places, with all original content. Also comes with a fun eroge style visual novel called Kirameki School Life, the game Sena plays in the anime, that you can play too.
Anime spin-off

 

4. Ore wa Shoujo Mangaka オレは少女漫画家 [120223] Giza10 1
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Lighthearted comedy and romance await in this PSP visual novel about a young man chasing his dream - to become a top shoujo manga artist. Kamio Kenji made his pro debut at the extraordinary age of 13, but now finds himself in a slump. Desperate for a way to regain his popularity, he decides to reinvent himself... as a cute girl! Join Kenji on a hilarious crossdressing adventure, seeking fame and fortune in the world of shoujo manga while building relationships with five lovable girls. There's your classmate and pro manga artist Rinna, your sharp-tongued assistant Hisui, editor and older sister Chika, idol voice actress Haruka, and the bookish Kaede who doesn't like manga at all. While romancing your favorite heroine, you'll also be able to engage in fun activities like learning manga industry jargon and designing your own manga covers. You can even import your own images into the game for a personalized manga experience! Live the wild life of a manga artist today, with this great game from Giza10.
There is an English review

 

5. Phase-D: Shirokage no Shou Phase D 白影の章 [120223] BOOST ON 1
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Second chapter in the four-volume Phase D sci-fi visual novel series. There are four phases of human existence. From conception to birth is called Phase A. From birth to death is called Phase B. From death to disappearance of the corpse is Phase C. And last, remnant after the death, separate from the corpse, is referred to as Phase D. Protagonist in this chapter is a man called Yukito who lost his left arm in a car accident. But he started feeling severe phantom limb pain. As he cried for help in his mind, he heard a female voice in his head telling him to extend his new hand if he wants the pain to stop.
Another short nakige about phantom pains and ghosts.

 

6. Touch Shiyo! ~Love Application~ たっち、しよっ! ~Love Application~ [120223] Compile Heart
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You have been selected to test the amazing yPhone, a magical device that not only finds your perfect romantic matches for you, it also reads their minds and can even make your darkest fantasies come true! With the power of the yPhone at your fingertips, you will work to win the hearts of four cute girls, each with her own unique quirks and vulnerabilities. Who will be your first conquest? Enjoy fun events like beach dates where you get to rub suntan lotion on your girlfriend's back. Touch is an important part of communication, so try not to click on any... naughty areas. Unless you want to!
PS3 exclusive dating SIM where protagonist learns girls' thoughts via smartphone app...

 

7. Grisaia no Meikyuu グリザイアの迷宮 -LE LABYRINTHE DE LA GRISAIA- [120224] Frontwing 1 2 3 4 5 6 
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Roughly a year after his arrival at Mihama, Yuuji makes the unexpected decision to pursue promotion within CIRS. The action resumes with Yuuji in a meeting with JB at "corporate HQ," discussing the documents he submitted for review as a part of the promotion process - said documents pertaining to none other than Yuuji's own past. Meanwhile, back at the dorm, the girls find themselves unwittingly following along after Sachi and Makina restore the shredded rough draft of said documents.
The irony, of course, being that prominent figures in Yuuji's past may just be continuing to exert their influence upon the present...
Game is localized and has English reviews.

 

8. Hatsuyuki Sakura はつゆきさくら [120224] Saga Planets 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 
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Kawano Hatsuyuki is a third-year student, one of the rare delinquents at Shirosaki Gakuen. He reluctantly shows up in order to fulfill his graduation requirements.
It's December, and the first snow of the year has fallen. In one lot of the old town, Hatsuyuki encounters a beautiful girl wearing a white dress. She's wandering the streets under the falling snow, in search of her rabbit. A few days later, the girl in the dress, Sakura, transfers into his school, in order to take Hatsuyuki along towards the last winter.
With the turn of the four seasons, 1095 days come to an end. Soon winter will pass, and spring will arrive. Embracing memories of snow that never accumulated, the youth stands perfectly still.
From the first snow (Hatsuyuki) to cherry blossoms (Sakura), congratulations on your graduation.
Game has many English reviews

 

9. Hotch Kiss ホチキス [120224] Giga  1
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Shigeru is a smooth-talking 2nd-year student at Tsunekusu Gakuen, which prides itself on offering an enjoyable school life for all students. To this end, there is a shop that almost every student knows about, selling everything from exam cheat sheets, scouting reports for upcoming matches, photos of girls, and even things that look like love potions. In the past, good luck charms for attaining love were also sold there and were quite popular.
This shop is known as ‘gakuen seikatsu sougojo kenkyuukai’ (research society for helping each others’ school lives), shortened as ‘gojoken’. Shigeru went to check it out of curiosity and instead found the school idol Yukino there as a replacement salesperson for the leader. Irritated at her awkward service, he decided to help himself, but ended up being mistaken for a salesperson by the other students. One day, Yukino called him up to the rooftop and gave him a stapler. She told him that it was a stapler of eternal bonds.
There is and English review

 

10. Kaminoyu かみのゆ [120224] light 1
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My apartment blew up, completely at random, without warning. This, to me… is a death sentence. Call me crazy – but I’d much rather go hungry than live without my Ofuro !!!… and so I got a recommendation from a friend and began to work at a bathhouse… only…
It’s a bathhouse for Gods!
At my job, bishoujos can turn into monsters… the small one turns into a violent onee-san and the brute girl turns into a shy girl… and then my friend who recommended me the job turns into a girl. The best part… they are all trying to blow up the bathhouse to prove their worth!! …Not to mention that guy workers do the job of washing female customers… where did my sanity just go?
There is an English review

 

11. Nekonade Distortion Exodus 猫撫ディストーション Exodus [120224] Whitesoft 1 2 
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The sequel to bestselling eroge Nekonade Distortion, Nekonade Distortion Exodus continues the story of the Nanakase family, which consists of one lucky guy and four moe girls. But this is no mere "moe game", as fans of the series know. Exploring complex themes in science and philosophy, Exodus is sure to give you much food for thought as you experience the moving story of a family struggling against the omnipotent "system" that runs the world. Of course, there's plenty of moe content too! Each of the game's five heroines gets her own romantic story packed with lively dialogue, cute scenes, and tons of fun and varied sex - twice the sex scenes of the first game!
There are English reviews

 

12. Shinigami no Testament ~menuet of epistula~ 死神のテスタメント ~menuet of epistula~ [120224] 3rdEye 1 2 3
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A long time ago, there was a magic book called the ‘epistula’ which was able to grant any wish, whether it be great wealth or eternal life. However, a sudden mysterious death befell all who had their wishes granted. It was believed that a shinigami came to take their lives. Over time, this tale gradually disappeared from people’s memories. Now, there are reports of a mysterious serial hunter and whispers of an urban legend around town. Rui watched as a student from his school disappeared in a back alley. Standing there illuminated by the moonlight was a shinigami.
There are English reviews

 

13. Shojo to Maou to Tactics ~Maou Soudatsusen~ 処女と魔王とタクティクス ~魔王争奪戦~ [120224] Chariot
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Tatsuya, Marie and Saya returned to their world after defeating the armies of the Goddess in Cielo Pantasia. However, Tatsuya, on a whim, pulled Elis into the magical circle while they were teleporting, so now the four of them are at Tatsuya and Marie's house, with their parents.
There Tatsuya tells them that he thinks of leaving this world once more and remain in Cielo Pantasia to live there with Elis, everyone is surprised, but accepts it. Then Tatsuya tells Elis that as she had promised before, he wants her to make him the new Maou, and after making her agree in the bed, they return to her world. There, in front of a huge crowd of Demons who came to welcome Elis, Tatsuya shouts he is the new Maou, but of course none of them agrees with it. So in the end Elis decided to have all the Demon leaders battle each others and the winner should be the new Maou, also, the Oracle Knights see this as a chance to fight Tatsuya once more, fair and square, so each of them decide to lead their own armies.
Now Tatsuya has to fight all these enemies to add them to his army as he did before, because for now he can only count on Elis and Amoe. And he intends to show all of them who is worthy of becoming the new Maou!
The only good thing is that he won't have to fight Marie and Saya because they remained in their world... or did they?
SRPG

 

14. Tsukumo no Tsuki ツクモノツキ [120224] Sugar Pot 1 2 
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Keita lived together with his weak imouto Maya while being supported by their relatives. He didn’t have any memories prior to his childhood accident, but otherwise he’s enjoying his life. Lately he often had a strange dream about a girl dressed in white – a dream which seemed to grip his heart tightly. One day at Maya’s suggestion, they headed to a place they’ve been to in the past, which he didn’t remember due to his accident. They reached a small shrine on a hill where a mysterious girl named Tsukumo appeared. She embraced him and said, “I’ve been waiting, onii-chan”.
There are English reviews

 

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1. Twinkle ☆ Crusaders -Passion Star Stream- ティンクル☆くるせいだーす -Passion Star Stream- [120210] Lillian 1 2 3 4 
A Fandisc for Twinkle Crusaders, comprising several scenarios.
Venus Embryo is a sequel of the original story, adding 2 new heroines: Lullshare and Illear.
The Queen of Witches is a crossover with Princess Witches.
In Ku RUKU-ru! a new character, Shel, tries to get Synn hook up with the heroines.
After Stories include the scenarios from the Miracle Disc, after stories for Melilot and Amyrina, and a scenario with the Seven Great Demon Generals.
Naze Nani KuruKuru briefly presents the characters and story of the original game.
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2. Hatsukoi Zensen. 初恋前線。 [120224] I.D.
This is the fandisk for I.D.’s debut title Hatsukoi Yohou., containing after stories for the main heroines, as well as another stories for the subcharacters Haruhi, Kokoa, Megumi and Tatsumi, along with new heroine Miyuri.
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3. Navel*Plus ネブ*プラス [120224] Navel 1 
A fandisk for 3 Navel characters from character poll: Yae Sakura (Really? Really!, SHUFFLE! Essence), Watarai Asuka (Oretachi ni Tsubasa Wa Nai), and Munemoto Tsubakiko (Sekai Seifuku Kanojo).
Fandisc
 
4. Taiyou no Promia Flowering Days 太陽のプロミア Flowering Days [120224]  Seven Wonder
This is the fandisk for Taiyou no Promia, taking place a few months after the closure of the original. Kodama gets to spend his summer with the ‘six flowers’ (and Promia) at Reno-Leno’s suggestion.
Fandisc

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Grisaia no Meikyuu I believe everyone is familiar with, so I won't bother with comments.

Hatsuyuki Sakura might be controversial (some people love it, some people hate it), but it was the game that put Saga Planets on the map.

Kaminoyu is a monster girl VN focusing mostly around Japanese youkai and deities.  It is pretty enjoyable, especially if you are familiar with Caramel Box's style from the early part of this century.  

Shinigami no Testament is considered, at least by some, to be the best of 3rdEye's games (others say Sorcery Jokers), and it does have an interesting story.  It suffers from abuse of the ladder-style storytelling and the fact that not every heroine is treated equally or well (not to mention that the true ending is a bit frustrating/bitter).

 

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Photo Kano - The VN with a focus on photography and it get the anime adaptation, and that's all for what I can remember.

Shinigami no Testament - The 2nd VN from 3rdeye and also their last VN with single MC, because from their next VN up until Raillore their VNs will have dual MCs.

Meikyuu - While I know some of Grisaia fans think that it's a sequel, I prefer to call it as fandisc because the contents here are also have heroines after stories in which it's the usual feature of the FD. You may say that the main route here is more than qualify to call this as sequel, although if we look at both of Akagoei and Sharin FD it shouldn't be surprising to see the FD tell the stories about the past of the important characters, and in this case the main route here did tell the story about Yuuji's past. At least Meikyuu here is quite a good fandisc for Kajitsu's fans as long as you didn't mind the cliffhanger that definitely set up by Frontwing thanks to their need of money so that fans can be hyped for eventual Rakuen release, and at least it's not as bad as back when it's still freshly released in that we didn't need to wait a year for the conclusion. I still say that Kajitsu is quite conclusive anyway, but at least Yuuji's past here is nice additional bonus for understanding his character in Kajitsu. By the way my roommate also like to play the opening of Meikyuu here.

Hatsuyuki Sakura - Like Natsuyume, Niijima here did use 'yuki' (TL Notes: Yuki mean snow) as the indication for the season and in this case it's obviously winter in which as we know snow is always associate with the winter. Yes, Hatsuyuki here is the winter representation of Saga Planets Season series and out of those four it said that Hatsuyuki here is the best. My roomate here also like to play the opening of this as well, in which now that I remember it's about the time when Little Busters English patch (Minus EX contents obviously) was released. As for Niijima here while granted that Hatsuyuki did make him sort of famous, recently there's talk that both of his recent VNs (Einstein and Clarias) were not quite well written so perhaps he might be not quite capable to write sci-fi (Both of his recent VNs are have sci-fi element) and his capability is writing something like fairytale (Which Majokoi did emphasize it with Cinderella motive). Anyway as for Saga Planets here, we finally have one of their VN was translated by Nekonyan (Kirikoi/Kiniro Loveriche) and it'll be released at May later.

Quite a nice month in regard of February 2012 here, and that's all for my comment in regard of this month.

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