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VN of the Month July 2012 - Tiny Dungeon ~Brave or Slave~


So far can only call Tiny Dungeon ~Brave or Slave~ and Astelight Jourantan a masterpiece, and in second case in advance for the series, so not going to extend evaluation to sequels. Micchi finds a lot of imouto games to play this month. 

 

1. Time Travelers タイムトラベラーズ [120712] Level 5 1 2 
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One particular day in 2013, a mysterious hole, called "Lost Hole", emerged from the sky, and along with it, came an enormous explosion that devastated the central Tokyo area and claimed the lives of many.
Eighteen years later on April 28, 2031, in a newly rebuilt metropolis, a new event is about to occur, one that could change the fate of the world forever.
There are English reviews

 

2. Astelight Jourantan 星継駅擾乱譚 [120720] raiL-soft 
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In the midst of a deep fog shrouding a ‘station’ somewhere in the barren wasteland of an unknown world stood a strange giant machine. 
Two people traveled around the universe in it and gave dubious performances until the carriage stopped. The two people are chairman of the group Okikaze B. and his companion Sharue .
One day they tried to make the station go again and could not stop it anymore. It was difficult to maintain the station at first, but they managed. From then on days of turmoil began for them.
It's an absurd story from Mareni, and everyone by now should know already what to expect. I personally find it adorable, but three works are supposed to be played in complex.

 

3. Guilty Crown Lost Christmas ギルティクラウン ロストクリスマス [120726] Nitroplus 1 2 
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Takes place during the "Lost Christmas" incident, ten years before the setting for the Guilty Crown anime. In 2029, an experimental subject codenamed ‘Scrooge’ escaped from a certain research facility. He was a powered up version of a past failed work and used the ‘powers’ which he was given to eliminate those that were chasing after him. During his escape, he met a strange girl named Carol who was also an experimental subject. Surrounded by his pursuers, the three 'ghosts' Present, Past and Yet to Come, Carol told him to ‘use her until she’s about to break’ and took his right hand and thrust it into her chest. There was a bright light and a strange weapon came out of her body. What hidden power lies within Scrooge’s right hand?
Anime spin-off, but with English reviews

 

4. Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena ペルソナ4 ジ・アルティメット イン マヨナカアリーナ [120726] Atlus
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A fighting game spin-off to both Persona 3 and Persona 4, set immediately after Persona 4, featuring characters from both games.
The story starts 2 months after the events of Persona 4 and roughly 2 years after Persona 3 FES' The Answer. At the start of Golden Week, Narukami Yui returns to Yasoinaba and reunites with Dojima, Nanako and his friends. But soon Chie hears a rumor that the Midnight Channel is airing again and tells Yosuke and Yukiko. The three of them and Yu (coincidentally) see it. At the same time, Rise, Kanji and Teddie go missing and Naoto is busy on a mission. The following day, they head into the TV world and find themselves stuck in a tournament held at their high school where they must fight each other to advance, but during the tournament they see a mysterious girl who claims to be their student council president as well as three Persona-users they've never seen before.
Fighting

 

5. Super Dangan Ronpa 2 Sayonara Zetsubou Gakuen スーパーダンガンロンパ2 さよなら絶望学園 [120726] Spike Chunsoft 1 2 3 4 5 6 
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Takes place after the first game. This time, 16 new high school students are trapped on a tropical island and told that if they want to escape, they have to kill one of the other students and get away with it.
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

6. Faint Tone [120727] Reon
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Yuuya was just your typical guy living a very ordinary life. However, that all changed one day with his parent’s sudden announcement that they’ll be living apart. Faced with his first life choice, should he follow his father or his mother? Should he remain in the city and continuing living this normal life, or head to the countryside and maybe find the girl that he often appeared in his dreams? After giving it some thought, he decided to lead lives in both places. Meeting the girls who were waiting for him in each place, he slowly began to remember the faint memories from his childhood, including that most precious person from his past.
Doujin level work. Story is thin, and SOL scenes are crappy. But Otoha is nicely written among the heroines. Can't think of other reason to try this work.

 

7. Furuiro Meikyuu Rondo ~Histoire de Destin~ 古色迷宮輪舞曲 ~HISTOIRE DE DESTIN~ [120727] Yatagarasu 1 2 
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Yukito worked part-time at a tea house called the Fairy Tale Forest at the corner of a quiet residential street. Fairy tales and picture books, along with music boxes lined the antique interior with the sweet aroma of black tea in the air. One day, a giant wooden box was delivered to the store. Inside were a lot of bunny dolls… and a mysterious silver-haired red-eyed girl. The girl Saki told him that the wheel of fate was out of whack and that he will die after one week and that he will bring misfortune to anyone near him. While he did not believe her at first, accidents happened around him just like she had warned. Will he be able to fix the wheel of fate before the week is up?
There are English reviews

 

8. Hiragumo-chan -Sengoku Gekokujou Monogatari- 平グモちゃん ―戦国下克上物語― [120727] Liar-soft 1
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In the merchant city of Sakai during the Sengoku period, the peddler Kyuu-chan spends his days sleeping after his wife left him. His senior Dou-san and his younger brother Nagayori were worried about his future and organized a formal marriage interview with the daughter of the famous Jouou-san. He decided to attend to avoid losing face, but he fell in love with Hiragumo-chan at first sight and married her.
They start a new life together, but since his credibility as a merchant was lost during his dark days, he couldn’t find a job. Nagayori recommended that he work for his lord Miyoshi Nagayoshi. Nagayoshi took interest in Kyuu-chan and made him a samurai under his command. Will he be able to survive in his new role during this period of strife!?
There is an English review. I tried to play it several and hated it each time.

 

9. Kurenai Kagura 紅神楽 [120727] Debo no Su Seisakusho
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The link between the human world and the youkai world has weakened in recent times. The demon-vanquishing Isami visited the Takemori shrine deep in the mountains, carrying a talking rock, who is actually a youkai Masaru who had been sealed inside. The miko sisters Mamori and Inori told them about recent events that they thought were caused by the youkai. They were sent to investigate, but instead found Himawari, the youngest of the three oni siblings who lived in the nearby castle stronghold. She accused Masaru of being a traitor and killing his own father, who was the past leader, three years ago. Isami reluctantly released the seal on him so that they can repel the youkai forces. After doing so, they continue to proceed towards the castle stronghold in order to bring peace to the area, and also for Masaru to clear his name.
RPG

 

10. Owaru Sekai to Birthday 終わる世界とバースデイ [120727] Cotton Soft 1 2 3 4
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On September 29, 2012, the world will end. The majority of people did not believe in this internet rumour, but many were still apprehensive as the date approached. Kazuomi was not one of these people. To him, the most important thing is to protect his late best friend Touya’s younger sister Iri whose eyesight is close to blindness. She had mistaken him for her own brother since Touya’s death in a motorcycle accident two years ago. Later, his classmate Mikaeru enlisted him into her unofficial circle, the ’9.29 countermeasures group’, which investigates whether or not the rumours are true and plans ways to prevent the end of the world. September 29 is fast approaching. It is the date when Touya died, and also Iri’s birthday.
There are English reviews

 

11. Sangoku Hime 2 ~Tenchi Tairan Ransei ni Kirameku Arata na Haryuu~ 三極姫2 ~天地大乱・乱世に煌く新たな覇龍~ [120727] Gesen 18
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Tactics sequel
TBS

 

12. Sousei Kitan Aerial 創世奇譚アエリアル [120727] Akabei Soft3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 
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In the year 2040, global warming has caused the poles, glaciers and mountain ice caps to melt and submerge the entire world. The surviving 100,000 inhabitants now live aimlessly on the manmade Aquapolice City which floats on top of the ocean. Lately, they have come under attack from an unidentified robotic life-form called SPOOK. It is up to the Aquapolice air defense force to repel the invaders, but their overwhelming numbers are too much and gradually they are being pushed towards defeat and annihilation. That’s when a mysterious girl named Nagi appeared with the super-weapon robot called GrandBlue Aerials.
There are English reviews

 

13. Tiny Dungeon ~Brave or Slave~ [120727] Rosebleu 1  
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Final Game for The Tiny Dungeon Series, In the last game Shirasagi Hime, our protagonist was left with a miraculous decision. Now, it is time to let all the dreams and hopes be answered in the Final Stage.
There is an English review

 

14. Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen- 時計仕掛けのレイライン -黄昏時の境界線- [120727] Unison Shift: Blossom 1 2 3 4 5 6 
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In a mysterious school where day and night are two separate worlds, a mismatched trio works to resolve magic-related incidents.
Michiru is a newly enrolled first-year student at a boarding school with a notably large clock tower, located deep in the mountains. Unfortunately, on his first day of school, he gets caught up in some sudden trouble, and accidentally breaks an expensive-looking statue.
In order to compensate for the broken statue, the principal orders him and the boy who caused the incident to work for the school’s “Bureau for the Investigation of Special Affairs.”
When they arrive at the Bureau’s headquarters, a room situated in the school’s enormous underground library, a girl is waiting for them there with an apathetic look on her face.
The girl informs the confused pair of the situation: Magic exists in this school.
When the clock tower chimes, the “Realm of Night” appears, and merges with the school building. The Bureau’s job is to take care of the supernatural problems that arise. And so, Michiru struggles to protect the school from troublesome magical items known as “Mists”...
There are English reviews

 

15. Yome Juu! ヨメ充! [120727] Nounai Kanojo 1 
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After the passing of his mother, Eiji became the owner of Hakuyoudou, a store for old books. Spending his days studying and working, he was unsure if he was satisfied with such a life, even if his childhood friend Ikuno helps out around the house and he’s worked to death looking after his younger sister Shiori. Suddenly one day, a princess Lieselotte came to his house, kissed him on the lips and proclaimed that she’s his fiancée, causing an enraged Ikuno to slap him in the face (with raw steaks and fish). With his trickster trap friend Kanata, mysterious upperclassman Kouzaki, ultra-negative maid Donnerstag and other peculiar characters in tow – what lies ahead for him?
Scenario is bad and frustrating, so there is only point to play for nice SOL scenes and characters.

 

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1. Elf no Shugosha エルフの守護者 [120707] Cheris Soft 1 2
The Silver Darkness brings about the awakening of the Guardian of the Elves… that’s a saying passed down for generations in the elven society, but at least for Yuuto, he only remembers his name and the phrase “Guardian of the Elves” as he wakes up in an unknown forest being carried by people who he doesn’t know. His lack of memory will be the least of his problems as a large army from the Thousand Empire invade the forest, but he’s luckily saved by a group of elves who repel the fiends. He meets a beautiful elf named Siris who decides to take him in as a hostage, but finds out that he has the seeds to the World Tree, which bewilders everyone at the Elven camp.
That night, however, the same army invades the Elven Camp, and completely outnumbered, Yuuto steps in and offers to surrender in exchanging for no one being killed. While enraged at Yuuto’s actions, the chief of the camp decide to place Yuuto in charge of their town as he knew about the “Guardian of the Elves”, and Yuuto agrees to assist Siris in any way he can to restore the former glory that the elves once held.
Doujin TBS, but with English reviews
 
2. Rewrite Harvest festa! [120727] Key 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 
Fandisc for Rewrite consisting of six heroine scenarios and an RPG minigame entitled Rewrite Quest.
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Furuiro Meikyuu Rondo is a mild horror/time loop mindfuck mystery game that was moderately popular at the time and forgotten in favor of more polished works later.  That isn't to say it isn't enjoyable, but it lacks the polish of stuff like Zero Escape.

Owaru Sekai to Birthday is one of two games by Cotton Soft notable for their extreme high quality and mindfucks.  The other is Futagoza no Paradox, which came a year later.  I enjoyed both games, needless to say, but then again, I enjoyed  mindfucks quite a bit more back then.

Sousei Kitan Aerial feels like if you merged Eva with Muv-Luv Alternative.  No kidding.  The results can be off-putting for some, enjoyable for others.  My personal opinion is that it is a low-medium quality game of the type that could have been made significantly better just by switching the protagonist out for someone more interesting.

Everyone knows I love Tiny Dungeon.  However, Tiny Dungeon Brave or Slave is the closer for the main series, the game that brings it all together into one awesome episode of Hime being badass and the heroines getting even more so.  On the other hand, the ending is the whole reason why Endless Dungeon was released (Agobarrier apparently got overruled when he wanted the ending to be a pure harem ending, then got his way later due to fan pushback over making you choose a single one, lol).

 

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Some of all age VN I see, and let's see what I can comment in regard of this month.

Guilty Crown VN - It has Indonesian translation at first, and after some times there's English translation of this. Other than that and it's Guilty Crown VN (As far as I remember Guilty Crown here is the original anime instead of the adaptation here), no much that I can say in regard of this.

Super Dangan Ronpa 2 - If the plot in the first game is fairly simple, then in the sequel the plot here is definitely going to be more over the top so much that it become quite complicated if not overblown. Of course the setting (15 ultimate students will engage in the killing game) and the gameplay would still over the top, only that instead of trapped in the school the place is in the tropical island when the students must do the same killing game like in the prequel in order to survive. From VNDB score alone, I can say that this game here is better received compared to the first one.

Persona 4 Fighting - Well since it's on VNDB I can give some comment on Persona 4 and ATLUS as well. Back when I help my sister beat it at 2009 (She did play it on normal mode for the first playthrough and easy mode for the subsequent playthrough), I thought that the ending is nice and it would be good to see them again. Turned out that so many player did hope the same thing and ATLUS just have their brand become a part of the company that has some financial difficulty or something like that, so obviously ATLUS need some easy way to gain some money and thus Persona 4 was chosen to be the subject of milking by ATLUS. As for what I can say, I guess my feeling would be complicated because I felt that it's not quite right to milking Persona 4 here even though the company understandably need the money, but I know that ATLUS did work on the fighting game part seriously by asking Arc System Work (The company behind Guilty Gear and Blazblue), so that as long as you ignore that ATLUS basically milking Persona 4 it still a nice fighting game if you like Persona 4.

Tokeijikake - Sekai did release this with bug way back at 2017, and apparently they keep fixed the bug ever since. Sekai also promised that they'll release the sequels quickly on this, although they still need to deal with procedure and that Sekai has been buried with many other announcements so understandably they need to put the trilogy here as the least priority (I still didn't like the long wait here though). Anyway the first part here has Michiru attend the magic school and along the way he find a girl (Ushio) who's her ego was as fragile as glass, and from there both of Ushio and Michiru relationship has rocky start. Of course since this is the first part, there'll be more reveal in the rest of the trilogy. Oh yes this VN was also translated by Kohaku Translation back after they're finished with Shinikiss, although I didn't pay much attention to it because it's the first part of serial VN (Trilogy at that).

Rewrite Harvest Festa - Ixrec did work on this after Comyu for a while, although since Sekai did buy the license of Clannad (Both Rewrite and Clannad are developed by KEY) he decided to stopped this and thus there's no more progress from him along with cemented Comyu as Amaterasu's last release. Obviously Sekai did get this along with the so-called updated version of main VN (Harvest Festa here is Rewrite's fandisc for the reminder), so we need to wait for a while for them to releasing this. As for now, the release plan is at Q2 2021 although looking from the lack of update I doubt that they'll manage to fulfill this. Anyway as per fandisc goes, obviously there'll be some fanservice (Still not included sex scenes by the way) and that there'll be after stories for the heroines, along with Kagari's route in which apparently is the main attraction of the FD here. Forgot to say that there's RPG gameplay in there as well, which could be interesting if you want to play some RPG with Rewrite characters.

That's all for what I can comment in regard of July 2012 releases here.

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