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VN of the Month June 2012 - Gurenka


There are as many as four masterpieces for me in June - Gurenka , Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- , Astraythem , Dolphin Divers . With a difficult choice like this I just go for the preferred genre, so it is Gurenka. Zen supports my choice and also suggests Namima no Kuni no Faust while Micchi seeks cuteness in Hatsukoi 1/1 and 1/2 summer

 

1. Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- ルートダブル -Before Crime * After Days- [120614] Regista 1 2 3 4 5 6
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September 16, 2030 - 6:19 AM.
At "LABO", a giant scientific research facility built by a lake on the outskirts of "Rokumei City", an "incident" occurs...!
And thus, nine souls are trapped in LABO's basement.
A world where death eats away at every passing moment.
The way out, shut. Frequent inexplicable phenomena. Countless mysteries.
And... a bizarre murder that occurred right in that closed space.
There are two routes out of this extreme situation:
An amnesiac rescue squad captain in LABO- Watase Kasasagi.
A nine hour escape drama unfolds from his viewpoint.
A high school student trapped in LABO- Natsuhiko Tenkawa.
A journey into his memories of the six days leading up to the incident starts from his viewpoint.
When two intentions and two sets of memories overlap... all will be revealed.
In the end, is there a route for all nine to escape with their lives?
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

2. Phenomeno - Mitsurugi Yoishi wa Kowagaranai フェノメノ 美鶴木夜石は怖がらない [120616] Nitroplus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 
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Yamada Nagito, a university student living away from home, needing a cheap place to live he finds out about a mysterious “House that grants wishes” on the market for a ridiculously low rent; he snaps up the house and starts living there. Afew nights in he starts hearing strange creaking noises. Each and every night he’s assaulted by these torturous noises. The last straw is when he finds the number 7 carved into the wall, as if counting down to something. Yamada having an interest in the occult seeks help from a website he frequently visits: “Ikaigabuchi”, which specialises in occult topics.
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

3. Robotics;Notes [120628] Nitroplus 1 2 3 4 
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"The Science itself may prove cynical. However, one mustn't forget that there is a scientific element in all things. The important truth is this: I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."
Science Adventure Series #3 "Robotics;Notes Elite" Divergence: 1.048596.
In the near future, the PhoneDroid--a device which features augmented reality--has risen in popularity in Tanegashima.
On that island, Central Tanegashima High's "Robot Research Club" is about to have their club disbanded.
Despite their predicament, Kaito Yashio, one of only two members in the Robot Club, couldn't care less and would rather play a robot fighting game.
His counterpart, the reckless club leader Akiho Senomiya, ignores Kaito as she strives to keep the club from being disbanded by completing their giant robot.
One day, for some odd reason, Kaito finds an A.R. (augmented reality) annotation titled "Kimijima Report."
It contains details about a plot involving the entire world written by a man named Ko Kimijima.
There are English reviews

 

4. 1/2 Summer [120629] Alcot Honey Comb 1 2 3 4 
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During the summer vacation, Kaname was asked to help out at his family's inn in Tohoku. He had expected it to be a refreshing change from the sweltering heat in Tokyo, but when he arrived at the train station with his younger sister Kazuha, he was surprised to find that the town he once lived in, now have a huge school built in it. Boarding a crowded bus and traveling out of the city to Kusanagi Inn, he was relieved to see the familiar country scenery once again. But why are there schoolgirls in the inn?
The owner told him that they were students from Jinza Gakuen in the city, but due to an incident they couldn’t stay in their dormitory, so she let them stay at the inn for the summer. That’s why he was needed there: there was a need for more staff to look after the girls. Furthermore, he had one more thing on his mind. The mischievous Zashiki-warashi that lived in the inn, because of whom he ends up returning to the countryside for good.
There are English reviews

 

5. Aorio アオリオ [120629] ad:lib 1 2 
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This spring, Satou Daisuke matriculated to Shikisaka. Just before the school entrance ceremony, he was visited by bad luck and was hospitalized because of a stomach ulcer. After one month, he finally started attending school.
Daisuke, who had dreamt of a brilliant school life, was not able to become familiar with anyone in his class that had already split into social groups. He was isolated in the class on his first day of school.
He held no expectatons for what afterschool would be like, and was discouraged at the thought.
Unexpectedly. he was invited by Yamabuki Rio, a beautiful girl (?) of his class to enter a certain club.
Daisuke, who had no interest in club activities, was elated by the invitation of a classmate (moreover a beautiful girl). He talked with her for the first time that day without ascertaining what club she was in and signs the registration form to the club.
But the club he had entered was the unpopular "Theatrical club," which no adolescent male student would like to enter ...
There are English reviews

 

6. Astraythem アステリズム -Astraythem- [120629] ChuableSoft 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 
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I love my elder sister..
My love belongs to my elder sister...
I'm in love with my elder sister...
Sakurazuka Tsukumo has fallen in love.
His beloved one is his elder sister, Sakurazuka Natsuki.
When he was a child, she risked her life to save him in front of Death's scythe.
Her face on that rainy day has carved into his heart and he swore to protect her forever, to ensure that she would never have to suffer again.
Time went by, while he got stronger and stronger, she became more and more beautiful.
Will Tsukumo be able to confess his feelings to her? Will they ever be able to become a pair of lovers?
"My answer had already been decided on that day."
There are English reviews

 

7. Colorful☆Cure カラフル☆きゅあ~ [120629] Etoiles
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Demons pose a threat to mankind and it is up to mahou shoujo to defeat them. However, they gain impurities as they use magic, destined to become demons themselves one day. Kureha is a student at Mizukikou Gakuen who awakened as a saint who can cleanse the impurities of mahou shoujo by touching them. After that, demons and other beings attacked him constantly with four mahou shoujos protecting him. They were the school idol Aoi who he had saved earlier, his osananajimi Hanatsu who made a contract to become a mahou shoujo in order to protect him, the robot Ars who travelled from the past to meet him, and the blonde vampire Vermillion who came to be purified by him.
Scenario is weak, by the middle becomes sleepy.

 

8. Dolphin Divers [120629] AXL 1 2 3 4
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In the near future, countries focused on marine development to accommodate the growing population, need for increased food supply and environmental control, creating many floating cities. With the industrialization of methane hydrate and a vast amount of ocean as part of its territory, Japan was viewed as a leading country and attracted many overseas students.
The small island of Naginoshima was once popular with tourists, but now it has been mostly forgotten. To bring the island back to its past glory, a marine training school was built using a government subsidy. With the financial support of the national and local government, the tuition was kept low in the hopes of attracting many trainees. However, only 15 people joined the school and they had problems not only with the training, but with the outdated equipment as well.
Their goal was to achieve the highest ranking in the national exam for marine rescue. If they succeed, it would bring much prestige to their new school. At first it seemed like they could not be relied upon, but surrounded by the kind islanders and with the great efforts of the protagonist Takeru, they gradually overcome the numerous challenges in their way.
There are English reviews

 

9. Erect! えれくと! [120629] Astronauts: Spica 1 2 3
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Lilythtia International School is located in Mitsuoka-chou where Kento lives, attracting many students from overseas. He helped out every day at his father’s flower shop Florist Ogiwara in the shopping area with the intention of carrying on the family business in the future. One day while he was on an errand, he was assaulted by a beautiful girl who he had seen at the school before. When he woke up in the hospital afterwards, her servant Riel told him that she was Runastia, a succubus ‘princess’ who has a weak body. She asked him for help since his life force was special and it may be able to cure Runa. After giving it some thought, he decided to transfer to Liliythtia, which was actually a school for succubi. Surrounded by ero classmates, will he be able to graduate from the school without being sucked dry?
There are English reviews

 

10. Fortissimo EXS//Akkord:Nachsten Phase [120629] La'cryma 1 2 3 
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New phase of La'cryma's fortissimo//Akkord:Bsusvier. Contains three new routes for fortissimo's heroines: Sakura, Kurobane Sayuki, and Satomura Momiji with H-scenes.
Moreover, there are three new characters: Loki, Schwarzritter, and Himeshiro Kuri.
Remake has English reviews

 

11. Futsuu no Fantasy フツウノファンタジー [120629] Ex-One 1 2 3 4 
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“The demon king who brought darkness and chaos to the world will be defeated by the hero who is chosen by the goddess.” That’s what the legendary grimoire Libra told the maou Jade. Not wanting to meet his demise so soon, he seeked out the chosen hero, Hisui, and her party and joined them under a false name, Jay. But with Libra’s omens always being correct, is it possible for him to change his fate?
There are English reviews

 

12. Gurenka 紅蓮華 [120629] Escu:de 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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Ryouji lives in the secluded mountain town of Sakai-chou. One day, he received a message on his answering machine not to let anyone into the house no matter who it was. In addition, there was something about the letter on the table, but he couldn’t understand all of it due to the static. He opened the letter anyway and inside was a old sepia-coloured letter, with a strange mark that he recalled seeing at the local abandoned shrine. There was a large stone in the middle and when he approached it, he heard a female voice and he felt a pain in his chest. Returning later due to curiosity, he noticed that the emblem on the stone was glowing. All of a sudden, he was dragged into a dark world and a naked girl Kuon was standing in front of him. She was a spirit that was sealed within the stone hundreds of years ago and she decided to thank him by tearing him to pieces and eating him. Just as suddenly, they were back in the real world and all his injuries were healed. It appeared that he had gained her powers which were within the keystone and so he was thrust into battle to retrieve all the broken shards. What is the other world and the village legend which has been passed down? He set out with Kuon and three other girls to seek the truth.
There are English reviews

 

13. Hatsukoi 1/1 初恋1/1 [120629] tone work's 1 2 3 
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Yuuma is a second year student at the prestigious public school Hoshioka Gakuen. It is known for offering a fulfilling school life, but he has yet to experience love and spends his days lacking any satisfaction. He hasn’t made any progress with his classmates nor his osananajimi. All he can do is look at his love interest, the student council leader Midori, from a distance.
One day, he saw her with a troubled face. It seemed that the remaining members of the school cafeteria improvement committee had resigned. After giving it some thought, he volunteered to lead the committee. After that fateful moment, his surroundings became a lot more lively and before long, his first love had blossomed.
There are English reviews

 

14. JOKER -Shisen no Hate no Doukeshi- JOKER -死線の果ての道化師- [120629] Akabei Soft3 1
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In a fenced-in school, an unthinkable game has begun under the watch of a man known as the Joker. Each person is given a card and the one with the Curse card will be killed by the Joker. The only way to avoid this fate is to pass the card on to someone else without them knowing it. With no hope of being saved, their desire for survival leads to lies and deceit among the students. Girls are raped and their minds broken. Is the culprit in their midst? What is the purpose to this terrible game and will they find out the truth within the sea of lies? Will they be able to escape from the cursed school?
There is an English review

 

15. Namima no Kuni no Faust 波間の国のファウスト [120629] bitterdrop 1 2 
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The President of Chronos Investments, the company that stands at the very top of a world where money really does make it go round, also inherits a second title - that of 'Hagetaka', a vulture that picks mercilessly at rotting meat and still finds a use for it. It takes becoming a candidate in the exam that will determine the next Hagetaka to convince Yuuki Ritsuya to return to his homeland.
To succeed, however, Ritsuya must overcome his childhood friends. Those who resent him for leaving them behind in search of money, another that continues to live in pursuit of a long-forgotten dream and finally, another that has become a completely different person from the one in his memories - Naoshima SEZ's current Queen Vulture.
Most importantly, he also needs to deal with his own motives for returning to the island. A broken smartphone, and a hostile takeover of epic proportions.
There are English reviews

 

16. Natsuiro Asagao Residence 夏色あさがおレジデンス [120629] Kuuchuu Caricature
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Kei was asked by his childhood friend Akuru to help her with something. The Fuminoe Academy’s executive council had decided that the dormitory where she was living, Dormitory Asagao, would be closed down starting that day. He thought that she was going to ask for his help in moving, but actually she wanted him to join her opposition towards the plan, the ‘ATM (Asagao-ryou o Tokoton Mamorinuku) resistance’, and occupy the dormitory.
Conflict between executive council and ATM is poorly drawn. And instead of developing heroines their behavior fits the common scheme. It becomes a childish boring development.

 

17. xxx na Kanojo ga Inaka Seikatsu o Mankitsu Suru Himitsu no Houhou ×××な彼女が田舎生活を満喫するヒミツの方法 [120629] Lime vert
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It’s basically about some country “otaku club” where fans of anime and manga gather. However, since it’s in the country the magazines arrive late and there’s not very many tv channels to watch. This means that they generally just help out around town and talk about anime occasionally. Due to this, they get called the “Cat’s hand club”.
One day, a cute girl called Riko from the city transfers to their school in the country with her cross-dressing butler. She ends up joining the otaku club. Since it’s so unusual for people to transfer to this school, everyone fusses over her. With summer and the town’s annual festival approaching, what will happen to the club now?
Otaku in the village does not look truthlike. There's no momentum in this story.

 

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1. Princess Evangile W Happiness [120629] Moonstone 1 2 3 
Fandisc of Princess Evangile, composing of 4 after stories for the heroines and 5 short stories for the sub-heroines. Includes part of the original game's common route as a refresher.
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1/2 Summer is notable as being one of the better nakige of 2010-2013.  The story is interesting in and of itself, but in combination with the feels, it was a memorable experience.

Colorful Cure was a kusoge, even for a mahou shoujo game.

Dolphin Divers is a good AXL SOL game about a marine rescue team in training.

Erect is notable for being the rare charage/nukige crossover that is actually good to play from either point of view.  The protagonist is a florist and the heroines are all succubi.

Fortissimo Nachsten Phase was the version of Fortissimo that finally brought multiple paths and endings into the mix, instead of just forcing you to go with Sakura.  As a result, is a much better and more complete experience.

Gurenka is a chuunige I'm quite fond of, even now.  It is middle of the road for quality in chuunige, but I always liked the setting and non-human heroines.

Namima no Kuni no Faust... would probably go across well for people who loved Sharin no Kuni's setting.  The island on which the story takes place is a capitalist dystopia of the purest sort, where entire generations have grown up disconnected from the rest of the world while being educated in the harshest and most inhuman values likely to be created by unrestrained capitalism (think debt slavery and betrayal of your own family and friends being a matter of course).

 

 

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Root Double - Unlike Code18, Gundam Ace really like this VN so much that he include it as one of his favorite VN alongside Ever17, Steins Gate, I/O, and Fate back at 2012. Of course back then I was look forward to this being translated, and thus Sekai did offer a helping hand to Gundam Ace in which they did perform the KS to get the necessary fund (At 135,000) in order to get localization ongoing. Other than some delay, there's no much fuss happened until this was released back at April 28th, 2016. Anyway the premise is like 999, except that it involve escaping from the nuclear power plan that was about to be exploded and that they only have limited item that was supposed to prevent the radiation, and just like Ever17 there's much more than it looks at the frst glance. Oh yes Gundam Ace also said that it looks like Root Double here is Nakazawa's answer to 999 in that it's his former partner (Uchikoshi's) work, in which there's a lot of nine as the arc number here (The particular ones are nine characters and nine enneagrams).

Astraythem - I see some review that said that this is a nice VN (Especially Joyjason's), so I decided to add this VN as suggestion to Mangagamer at this year survey (Not that I expect them to localize this anyway). That aside, my first impression is that the MC looks like quite a siscon for loving his older sister there, although apparently there's more than it seems. Another thing to note that the graphics is quite nice looking and that the company behind it (Chuablesoft) was already bankrupt, but it's not like it's impossible to localize if we look at Haretaka although with some extra steps.

Aorio - It's nice to see that the graphic here is like anime graphic, although apparently there's no other thing to note other than it's charage/moege VN with some comedy and that the MC is joining the theater club.

Robotic Notes - Poor this VN in that even the staffs didn't believe that this VN can stand of it's own so much that they add Divergence which as we know it's Steins Gate trademark, and as if it's not enough the staffs also ask Daru who's more or less is just perverted best friend character to be one of the MC in the fandisc sequel. The staffs lack of confidence aside, Robotic Notes here is lighter than either Steins Gate or Chaos Head in that we'll just have students building giant robot while at the same time fighting the hidden menace (As per Science Adventure Series). This VN was already localized as well in that they used Elite version, which contain the script improvement unlike Steins Gate Elite in that it's just the staffs milking it with the anime graphic and there's no new content if I remember. Overall I can say that Robotic Notes can be enjoyable, as long as you didn't expect another Steins Gate just like the staffs hoping by trying to baiting Steins Gate fans into expecting the fans to have another Steins Gate.

Evangile FD - Kure decided to add Ruriko's route after he teased it in the main VN, along with other side girls routes as well. Of course as per fandisc, the girls here would dress with the the least material in order to save the cost because Masaya is quite poor. That aside, just like any fandisc there's some nice moment and of course there's after stories for the four heroines in the main VN as well. Oh yes we also have Mangagamer localized this back at 2017, and back then Fuwanovel forum was down for three weeks at around the time of the release.

HatsuKoi - The first translated VN (Out of three) by Tsurezure, and back then they're quite fast completing it. Also this is the first tone work's VNs, in that it's pretty clear with Yuuma here is quite infamous at two routes along with some drama so much that the staffs need to apologize formally. That aside, at least this should be a nice charage if you just need something to read, although beware though that it's quite long here. Oh yes the heroines design here are quite nice, along with that they hire some well known VNs and that it has several nice songs with some of those are the insert songs in the heroines routes. Of course tone work's took the criticism in regard of Yuuma and this VN seriously, and as the result we have Hoshiori which to say the opposite of HatsuKoi to a degree.

Quite a busy month to a degree here, and so that's all for what I can comment in regard of June 2012.

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