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VN of the Month August 2013 - Innocent Bullet -The False World-


There aren't masterpieces this month for me. But if I still had to choose, I'd probably point at Innocent Bullet -The False World- . Clephas decided not to choose anything. Zen picks Aozora Stripe and fandiscs while Micchi adds Hoshi no Ne Sanctuary and PriministAr to already tremendous wishlist.

 

1. Senjin Otome ~WOTAKU ni Yadorishi Kokoro ni Negau wa...~ 戦刃乙女 ~WOTAKUに宿りし心に願うは…~ [130808] Debo no Su Seisakusho
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Nanahana-senpai has a breakfast as usual when she is told about a powerful mysterious creature that showed up, destroyed nothing, but supposedly kidnapped local engineer. Journey awaits her.
RPG

 

2. Fault Milestone One [130812] Alice in Dissonance 1 2 3 4 5
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END OF PEACE. BEGINNING OF A JOURNEY.
Launched as a throwback to the Science Fiction genre in the 80’s, fault - milestone one is a Science Fantasy Kinetic Novel which depicts the story of a princess named Selphine and her Royal Guard Ritona. While attempting to make an escape from a brutal assault that’s devastated their homeland of Rughzenhaide, the two mysteriously teleport to an unknown forest surrounded by vegetation not native to the surroundings of Rughzenhaide. The atmosphere is thick and heavy and no sign of life can be found, which is particularly unusual for such a lush forest. Sign of life isn't the only thing missing though. Something is odd about this land - something is amiss - but Selphine and Ritona are too startled to notice the obvious.
Who were the assaulters and what was their goal?
Where did Selphine and Ritona end up traversing to?
Will the two make it home safely?
And more importantly, what will they come home to once they do?
Follow Selphine, a bubbly, happy-go-lucky Princess and her sharp-witted but slightly misanthropic Royal Guard Ritona, in their journey of a lifetime as they head back to their homeland of Rughzenhaide.
There are English reviews

 

3. Disorder 6 [130822] MAGES. GAME
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One rainy night, a young man wakes up in what appears to be a warehouse. On his right arm is an attached handcuff. The chain is connected to the left hand of a mysterious girl named Shiina. She seems to call him by the name Joe, but she doesn’t remember anything. In fact, neither of them have any recollections of anything prior to their awakening.
“What exactly am I?”
Without a single idea of what’s going on, the two of them search for an exit. Before long, they come across the corpse of a woman wearing a white robe.
“… Who killed her?”
Appalled by the situation, the fire they were using as light began to engulf their surroundings in flames, as the mysterious characters make a run for their lives. Once they make it outdoors they begin to wander around, until they encounter a female detective by the name of Kobayakawa…
As any good detective would, she tries to apprehend the potential witness of the crime. However, without any memories or clue of what’s going on, the two panic and escape from her. The handcuffed pair are now suspects to a crime and are on the run.
A boy and girl who are bound by cuffs. Memory loss. Escape. What truth lies behind their lost memories?
Detective mystery? Memory loss? Escape? That's combination of elements I seriously don't like, sorry. A lot of people who liked Dunamis15 actually disliked Disorder6 . The reason is weak characters (eternally frustrated MC and S heroine with multiple personalities) , escape events trying to substitute for story , lack of excitement.

 

4. Innocent Bullet -The False World- イノセントバレット -the false world- [130823] Cinematograph 1 2
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In 2013, with the appearance of a next-generation terrorism threat known as ‘living weapons’, the myth that Japan was safe had been shattered. So too had Yuuji’s peaceful life, as he encountered death traps beyond reason. In the face of death, a group of gun-toting girls appeared before him, telling him that if he refused to accept death as fate, then they would protect him. After that, he learned about the other side of the world, the terrorism attacks, the girls’ reasons for fighting and their special abilities. Soon he decided to fight alongside them.
There are English impressions

 

5. Negai no Kakera to Hakugin no Agreement 願いの欠片と白銀の契約者 [130823] Propeller 1 2 3 4 5 6
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For as long as anyone knows, beings called "Puppets" have been an invisible part of our world. They operate in service of a force unknown, quietly manipulating the course of history.
Hajiro Mina is an ordinary high-school girl and the protagonist of this story. One day, she has a chance encounter with one of these Puppets, setting her on a trajectory to meet three girls—and ultimately changing her life forever.
The girls belong to an organization that specializes in the extermination of Puppets. They have been granted extraordinary powers by a doll named Ruka, and their job is to locate and eradicate the inhuman enemies lurking in the crowds.
As Mina finds herself entangled in this supernatural conflict, it becomes clearer with each passing day that there are greater forces at play.
There are English reviews

 

6. Aozora Stripe あおぞらストライプ [130830] Astronauts: Spica 1 
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Shinya is working as a cook-in-training. One day, his mentor and employer Daigo told him that his old acquaintance Kyouko badly needed help at her restaurant since she was injured. Daigo sent him to save the restaurant Marine House Aqua and informed him that it would serve as the final test of his training. Shinya was elated that this moment of his dreams had finally arrived. He struggled in his new position, but the girls in the restaurant all try to help him out. His relationships with them grow closer and his summer love story has begun.
There is an English review

 

7. Battle Force バトルフォース [130830] 5bit 1
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Everyone all over the world is enjoying a super popular card game "Battle Force". Main character was called a genius of "Battle Force" in his school, but one day he lost a series of matches to an amateur, and former friends turned away from him. 
But one day he picks up an unfamiliar card picturing a beautiful blonde girl on the roof of the school. 
Suddenly in a flash of light the card turns into a real girl.
"Nice to meet you, my husband~! I'm Rize~. Please use me to become a battle master~!"
Card game something

 

8. Girls Be Ambitious! ガールズbeアンビシャス! [130830] Score 1
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Kaidou Gakuen was located at the foot of a mountain and it was split into two by a huge wall. One was a celebrity school for children from the upper classes, while the other was a school for the common people. It was forbidden for the students from each school to intermingle with the other. Haruto attended the common school and planned to sneak into the celebrity school to get a glimpse of the hated upper class students. However, he got lost in the darkness of the night. Following a light, he came upon a botanical garden and had a fateful meeting with a girl from the upper class. Can one’s life be determined alone by where they were born and what titles they have?
There is an English review

 

9. Hoshi no Ne Sanctuary 星ノ音サンクチュアリ [130830] Marmalade 1 2 3
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Even in a world where science has vastly progressed, people still wish upon shooting stars. Masato was in danger of dropping out of school, but his wish may have come true. Intra-class and intra-year teams were created for a special exam and if he makes it out on top, then he would be able to stay in the school. Moreover, his teammates were all beautiful girls.
However, all of them have personalities which make them unsuited to teamwork. Hisui doesn’t like interacting with others, Yomi has a sharp tongue, while Ria is a hopeless brother complex. He even has the milady Serina proclaiming herself as his rival. Even though great difficulties lie ahead of him, he vows not to give up. It is up to him to make this peculiar team work as one!
There are English reviews

 

10. Love & Piss ~Shoujo no Gaman ga Sekai o Sukuu~ Love&Piss ~少女のガマンが世界を救う~ [130830] Bonbon Company
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In this world, your magic power increases by holding your pee. Yurika is a magician who severely lacks pee and decided to summon a guy who is able to store a lot of it so that he can supply her with it through a special ceremony (sexual intercourse) and allow her to pass the make-up wizard test. Yoshifumi was the chosen one and was forced to help her out since he couldn’t return to his own world until she becomes a wizard. Also, his childhood friend Yumari was also brought to this world at the same time, and for some reason she is also taking the wizard test with Yurika.
Game is really mostly about pee fetish, so is rather a borderline nukige

 

11. Nyan Cafe Macchiato ~Neko ga Iru Cafe no Ecchi Jijou~ にゃんカフェマキアート ~猫がいるカフェのえっち事情~ [130830] SkyFish poco 1
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Kouya’s life is full of misfortune. Every company he works for ends up going bankrupt and his apartment went up in flames. Now he’s a lecturer-in-training at Kaminekosaka Academy and also helps out at his grandfather’s neko café Nekotama-ya, which is staffed by three beautiful girls: the energetic Mike, the timid Ameri and the milady Persia. All three of them had feelings for him, and due to his misfortune, they all confessed to him at the same time. He didn’t want to lose this lucky chance and they all ended up spending the night together as a foursome. The next morning was the beginning of a new relationship between the four of the them, with all three girls being his lover at the same time!
There is an English review

 

12. PriministAr [130830] Hooksoft 1
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It was a beautiful spring afternoon, and the melodies from the music room and the shouts from the athletic clubs filled the air. Each club has recruited their new members, and everybody was excited for the upcoming school year. In particular, the boys in the culture department were devising a (stupid) plot to make it mandatory for all girl members to wear school swimwear. Of course, all the girls were vehemently against the idea and chased all the guys out. The remaining boy was Haruchika, who was planning to join the tiny handicraft club. Thus begins his lively days in the handicraft club surrounded by girls.
There is an English impression

 

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1. Maro no Kanja wa Gatenkei 2 麻呂の患者はガテン系2 [130808] Elf 1 
Maro has resolved to find an eligible marriage partner and sets his sights on new heroine Yukina. Meanwhile Sakimi is still around and is trying to resolve some marital distress caused in no small part by the events at the end of the first game. Sakimi’s relationship with Maro has gotten complicated because of those same events but she decides to help Maro in his newfound love, maybe because at least then he won’t rape her anymore.
Nukige, but with an English review
 
2. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai ~Houkago Shippo Days~ 大図書館の羊飼い~放課後しっぽデイズ~ [130810] August 1 2
The story follows the protagonist Kei Kirishima and his childhood friend Nozomi Toki who are part of the Cat Photography Club where they take pictures of the cats who have set up a nest close to the school. The two of them, along with Sakuya Fujimiya grew up together on the countryside before they moved to the city to study, but since Sakuya was too young and her mother had forbidden her from leaving, she had to stay behind.
One day Kei's doorbell rings... It's Sakuya and she has ran away from home.
Fandisc
 
3. Ourai no Gahkthun: Shining Night 黄雷のガクトゥーン:シャイニングナイト [130823] Liar-soft
This is the fandisk for Liar-soft’s 2012 steampunk title Ourai no N’gha-Kthun. It takes place a year later in Marseille Floating Academia and follows an omnibus format with over 100 episodes selectable from a map system. More Tesla and Neon for all.
Fandisc
 
4. Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A Portable 咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A Portable [130829] Alchemist
The Achiga Girls' Academy in Nara once defeated regional mahjong powerhouse Bansei High School. It advanced into the national team semifinals but lost to the eventual champion, and the mahjong club was later disbanded.
Six years later, elementary school student Takakamo Shizuno befriends transfer student Haramura Nodoka. The two eventually enter Achiga Girls', but Nodoka transfers out of the school in the second year.
When Shizuno sees Nodoka on television the following year as the national middle school individual mahjong champion, she decides to revive Achiga's mahjong club.
Anime Spin-Off Fandisc
 
 
5. Tsujidou-san no Virgin Road 辻堂さんのバージンロード [130830] Minato Carnival 1
This is the fandisk for Tsujidou-san Jun'ai Road. In addition to the after stories for the 3 main heroines, it will add routes for the most popular subheroines, Azusa and Yoiko.
Fandisc

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The Tsujidou Fandisc has a lot to add to the original game, not the least of which is paths for a number of sub-heroines who were interesting in the previous game.

Innocent Bullet is what I like to call a 'classic-style' chuunige.  A classic-style chuunige is essentially a 'high schooler with no skills gets thrown into battle despite being incompetent' situation.  These VNs were the most prevalent throughout VN history, but they tended to fall short of those who got rid of the high schooler tropes when it came to quality on all levels.  Innocent Bullet is no exception, being a nice place-holder while waiting for a Light or Akatsuki works game but unworthy of repeated playthroughs.

Hakugin no Agreement came to the US as Pygmalion, but this is a VN that failed on every level.  This is something only those playing in Japanese ran across, but the game had numerous points where it would crash, freeze, or jitter for no apparent reason.  The story itself was disjointed, the premise confusing, and the characters disinteresting.  It was inevitable that Propeller would fall apart without Higashide, but I remember crying in despair after playing this abomination.

Aozora Stripe is a fun rom-com VN by the makers of Erect.  It has an identical visual aesthetic and a similar focus on sensuality in its heroines (which can be distracting when trying to read at times).  Great if you want a stronger ero-focus in your charage, not so much if you want to sit down and read through actual rom-com.

Hoshi no Ne Sanctuary is a game that I, quite frankly, underrated at the time.  Oh, it isn't a kamige, but it is still a high quality charage worth playing along with a hundred or so others for fans of the umbrella genre.

PriministAr... well, it is Hook Soft, but if you were to choose a Hook Soft 'fuwafuwa' charage, this wouldn't be the one I recommend.  It is the worst of the lot, to be frank.

 

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Virgin Road - At first Tsurezure did have plan to translate this, but too bad that Trip didn't like Maki to say it lightly so the plan to translate this was halted indefinitely moreso because Trip decided to retired from translating the VNs. Which is too bad seeing that Virgin Road did expand some stories, although if Trip didn't want to do it I guess no much that we can do here. At least Nekonyan did localize Kirikoi FD Golden Time, and if having same writer here is any indication perhaps we can expect same writing as Virgin Road in Golden Time later.

Daitoshokan Shippo Days - The translation of this has been released back before even the main VN was fully translated, which to say quite baffling. Nowadays the main VN is already translated as well, so there shouldn't be any problem for this to be translated.

Nyan Cafe - The catgirl nukige that was localize by Mangagamer, and other than it's been released even before Nekopara released no much say in regard of this.

Love and Piss - So we have a setting where holding your pee can increase the magic power? Okay. At least the sample CG here is looks like nice magical battle if anything else.

fault - The first part of the serial VN, and naturally it mean that there'll be more parts in the future. It's also quite unfortunate that this series was hit by Development Hell so much that we still can't get the third part here, and if this goes on we may need to wait for a long time in order to have the finale. At least I can see that the staffs did work very hard on the graphic which to say is quite good.

Pygmalion - The second and last time that propeller did hire well known VAs, and while granted that it's not as good as their last works like mod Clephas said at least it's not as bad as Sougeki no Jaeger. Good for Mangagamer that they work very hard to take care the bugs in Japanese version, and of course we have this translated. It's also should be noted that this is the VN with female MC with the premise is almost resemble Madoka, and that the endings here are more or less bittersweet to a degree.

That's all for my comment in regard of August 2013 releases.

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