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VN of the Month November 2013 - Electro Arms -Realize Digital Dimension-

Electro Arms -Realize Digital Dimension- is VN of the month. Other masterpieces include HHG Megami no Shuuen and Izayoi no Fortuna . Clephas seemed to have the same favorites. Micchi instead prefers Sakura Mau Otome no Rondo , Imouto no Okage de Motesugite Yabai and Amatarasu Riddle Star


1. D.M.L.C -Death Match Love Comedy- D.M.L.C.-デスマッチラブコメ- [131128] Kemco Corporation
Death Match Love Comedy, does the exact opposite of usual visual novel, as having a girl fall in love with you could mean your death.
Basically, the premise of the game is that the player is a guy that just got transferred to a new school, and if a girl confesses her love to him, he explodes… and dies. To make matters worse, he falls into some sort of love triangle with two beautiful girls, leaving his fate up in the air.
Unlike other dating simulations, where your goal is to get girls to fall in love with you, in Death Match Love Comedy, you’ll be doing everything you can to avoid just that, as you try to figure out the reason behind the love-fueled explosions.
Additionally, there will be other mysterious phenomenon, such as angels, a friend who has some sort of prediction, weird dreams and whispers, and a strange pink cat-like creature.
While you’ll be doing your best to avoid an explosive death, there will be many other events that could result in the death of the protagonist. Witnessing just how the poor high school boy dies will be one of the game’s attractions, according to the developer.
Synopsis basically denies any worthy scenario development. It's not even remotely resembling Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P.


2. Aka-san to Kyuuketsuki. 赤さんと吸血鬼。 [131129] Alcot Honey Comb 1 2
It was an odd time for Yuu to transfer to Niiyatomori Gakuen. Other than being able to fall fast asleep anywhere, he’s a pretty normal guy. Within half a month, he had made three friends. Shuugetsu is smart, handsome and a model student… if he could just keep his mouth shut. Shuugetsu’s osananajimi Kamui is an active girl who looks like a cool beauty… except she turns awfully delusional at the sight of anything cute. The long black-haired student council president Konoha is perfect in every way… until at important moments when extreme nervousness takes over.
The four of them are the only members of a dormitory within the school premises, which will be closed down for reasons relating to the declining birthrate. One day, a new transfer student and dorm mate arrived. The blond-haired Alexandra and her maid Ingot said they came to Japan to study meteorology, but she has a secret. Then one day, they found a child left behind in front of the dormitory.
There is an English review


3. Amatarasu Riddle Star あまたらすリドルスター [131129] seal-QUALIA 1 2
Doumoto Takaya was bored.
One evening, he had taken up his childhood friend’s invitation to have a late-night picnic. He accepted, if only to subdue his boredom, and was encouraged to wish upon the shooting stars that were a common spectacle in the town of Hoshigino. During their picnic, a shooting star whisked across the sky and he hurriedly wished for “something fun and wondrous” to occur in his seemingly boring life.
To their surprise, stars began to trickle down from the sky and quickly turned into a full-fledged meteor shower. Rather than disappearing, the shooting stars seemed to have taken shape, aimed at Hoshigino, and enveloped it in a warm, bright light. Once the light dissipated, a single shooting star remained and barreled across the sky before ramming straight into the empty, nearby hill.
From the cloud of dust, Takaya and his chilldhood friend, Yua, discovered a rabbit-eared girl with white hair running straight for the town. Yua quickly chased after her, but rather than finding the rabbit-eared girl, they found something beyond their wildest imaginations...
There are English reviews


4. Electro Arms -Realize Digital Dimension-   [131129] light 1 2 3
There’s an urban legend that one can attain superpowers if they start up an app under moonlight while facing Roppongi Hills. While it’s an unfounded rumour, there indeed exists an application called “Electro Carrier”, distributed by the huge company Igel, which accesses the life-changing MMORPG “Electro Arms” upon proper start-up. The world transforms into a virtual one using the new system ‘Realize’, with floating monolith dungeons to explore, and an arena for players to battle, and each player is bestowed various ‘arms’. Reiji was delighted in this unrealistic scene and wished to make his shitty life into an interesting one. But is there a hidden motive behind Electro Arms?
There are English reviews


5. HHG Megami no Shuuen HHG 女神の終焉 [131129] Windmill 1 2 3
This is another telling of Hyper→Highspeed→Genius with a new set of heroines aside from returning protagonist Kyuushirou and heroine Mephisto.
When Kyuushirou woke up, he had lost his memories and didn’t even know his own name until his younger sister Hikari told him. They attend Hazuki Academy, a public school for training geniuses to become the ‘saintess’. His head hurt just from hearing the word ‘saintess’. It’s as if it carried an important meaning to him in the past, but he cannot remember it.
He met three girls at the school: the most saintly Nadeshiko from Yayoi Academy, the leader-in-waiting for the saintess’ knightage at Saint April Academy, Fiana, and the genius Sally who attends the magic and ‘gift’-researching Kisaragi Magic Academy and who is the only one in the world with three ‘gifts’. He had a premonition that if one of them became the saintess, then the world will be destroyed.
Furthermore, there was someone after his life. The mysterious assailant Reigetsu told him that his presence in this world will cause its collapse. However, at that moment, his hidden ‘gift’ awakened – ‘hyper highspeed’, the ability to have infinitely many parallel thoughts. Then, he came upon a giant library where he had a sense of déjà vu. A girl who looked just like Hikari greeted him: “Long time no see, or should it be nice to meet you? I am Mephisto and I am on your side to destroy this world”.
There are English reviews


6. Imouto no Okage de Motesugite Yabai. 妹のおかげでモテすぎてヤバい。 [131129] Hulotte 1 2 3 4 5
One year ago, Tokiya fell in love with Kanae at first sight. For the purpose of declaring his feelings for her, he underwent hell-like training from his younger sister Meguri and studied like mad to enter her school Seimatsurika Academy. However, Tokiya was quite the introverted person and didn’t have any confidence. Meguri suggested that he use the Asasaka family’s hidden technique ‘kokkai no gi’, which can make females attracted to him and give him a period of popularity, at the expense of the possibility of marriage in the future.
Tokiya did the ceremony clinging on to this last hope and immediately saw its effect on Meguri. Freshly confident, he confessed to Kanae under the sakura tree. However, she replied that they should start off as friends. Why didn’t the technique work as expected? He resigned himself to starting off as friends with her, but it seems that other cute girls are trying to seduce him!
There are English reviews


7. Izayoi no Fortuna 十六夜のフォルトゥーナ [131129] Lapis Lazuli 1 2
Kaoru left home and travelled across Japan from place to place due to some circumstances. When he arrived at the small town of Gojou, situated between the sea and mountains, he collapsed due to the intense heat and was taken in by the resident sister Lucia. He decided to stay a while in the town to repay her kindness. Afterwards, his cousin Otome appeared, having followed him all the way to this town, and he also met the mysterious twins Kona and Shigure. He had always been searching for how to use his freedom after having broken away from the bonds of destiny. Are all these chance happenings the work of goddess of fate?
There are English reviews


8. Mirai Senki Slavenil 未来戦姫スレイブニル [131129] Stargazer
Katana had a dream one day: he was the ultimate ruler on a giant battleship floating in space, meeting his loyal and admiring subjects. This moment of unspeakable bliss was shattered by a sharp pain in his chest. He saw blood when he put his hand to his chest and wondered if he was going to die. Even though he knew it was a dream, he felt extreme loss and sadness as he fell… into the arms of a naked girl. She told him that even though this was just a dream, it could happen at a later time and that she would protect him.
Katana woke up confused and found the same naked girl in front of him. She introduced herself as EXE, a war maiden called ‘slavenil’, sent to protect him… or at least get his genes if she failed to do so. Four other girls later appeared, also after his life or genes. They were the space pirate Yuraha, the princess of a fallen kingdom Tsukino, the assassin Nao, and another slavenil EXA. In the middle of the fierce fight among them, it happened that they all moved in with him. What will happen to Kanata and these five girls?
Game has no value as a serious story, but it can deliver some laugh if treated like parody with H tilt.


9. My * Sister 妹*シスター [131129] Fleur-Soft
Yukito lives with his two cute imoutos Mashiro and Leia, enjoying his school life with them by his side, even as he is tempted by their sweet charms. However, due to a certain incident, they and his kouhai Sora who lives nearby have been more aggressive for his love.
Low price, no story, H tilt.


10. Sakura Mau Otome no Rondo 桜舞う乙女のロンド [131129] ensemble 1 2
Aoi and his imouto Yuri have lived overseas since they were small, moving from place to place while following their father’s work. One day, it would decided that his father’s new job would be in a southern country where the sun’s rays beats down hard. However, since their mother thought it would not be good for the weak Yuri to come with them, the two of them were sent back to Japan.
They were enrolled into upstanding boys’ and girls’ schools run by their aunt, but he was told to dress up as a girl and join Yuri at the girls’ school Ouka Gakuen instead since her mother was worried about Yuri and wanted Aoi by her side Since everyone was interested in the homecoming siblings, they were soon recruited into the student council ‘Ouka-kai’ and became the center of attention at the school. Moreover, his aunt told him to also show up at the boys’ school Kikka Gakuen from time to time, resulting in Aoi leading a very busy double life.
There are English reviews


11. Shiori no Kotoha ~Misshitsu Toshokan no Ikenie~ シオリノコトハ ~密室図書館の生贄~ [131129] Kokuchou
In the deep forest there is a Western-style library.
Azuma Kenji visits this library from time to time but not that much for books - for a librarian woman Tokita Shiori.
One day he fell asleep while reading and woke up under a loud emergency bell. The
area went black, the door didn't open. Boys and girls trapped in the library cooperate to seek escape.
Game is from nukige maker, so better don't expect a thrilling cooperation escape story.


12. Soshite Kirameku Otome to Himitsu⁵ そして煌めく乙女と秘密⁵ [131129] NekoNeko Soft 1
Due to certain circumstances, Tetsuo’s younger sister Yuri was accepted into Saint Ouka Academy, a girls’ school for the upper class. Since she was quite shy and only a member of the lower-middle class, she thought it would be impossible for her and looked to her big brother for help. It ended up with him dressing up as a girl and attending school with her. However, he wasn’t a pretty boy or a natural trap, but just a manly man. With his broad shoulders and muscular frame, he was constantly watched by dubious eyes and Yuri did her best to help keep his secret.
One day, a fellow dormmate Shizuka invited him to join the drama club since they were lacking people to play male roles and he would be a good fit with his manly frame. After Tetsuo and Yuri joined, they discovered the club’s secret: it is actually a place for those girls who are deathly afraid of males to overcome their fear via practice.
There is an English review


13. Venus Blood -Gaia- ヴィーナスブラッド・ガイア [131129] Dual Tail 1 2 3 4
A theocratic empire is trying to unite the continent under its banner. Their next target is a small city-state ruled by the protagonist, an Ether researcher. The Empire sends the Dragon Priestess Milia to subjugate the heretic nation, which has eschewed religion in the name of science. Can the protagonist beat back the superior might of the Empire with clever tactics and Ether-based technologies? Or will he finally meet his end by the blade of his former friend, tasked with silencing his heresy once and for all?
There are English reviews


14. Wagaya no Himegami-sama! 我が家のヒメガミさまっ! [131129] ChuableSoft 1 2
On the night of the summer festival, lightning struck the sacred tree at the shrine and a tiny girl appeared in the root, just like in Kaguya-hime. Takuya ended up taking care of her since she was quite attached to him. Afterwards, his miko classmate Shiori and famous swordswoman senpai Tsubaki declared that they will live with him too, and his osananajimi Kei seemed closer than before. Hime was actually the child of God and when she suddenly became an adult, it posed a ton of problems for him since she still acted like a kid. How is he supposed to treat her? Like his daughter? His classmate? Or the daughter of God?
There are English reviews


1. Aneimo Neo+ ~Second Sisters~ あねいもNeo+ Second Sisters [131129] Boot Up!
This is a full remake of Aneimo Neo with 8 total heroines. New heroines Asuka and Reiko join Mai and Nana, while subheroines Takami, Hazuki, Sakura and Sawako are all elevated to heroine status.



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Another month with a ton of non-nukige releases.  I played a total of 9 games from this month over the years... compare that to maybe three releases a month now, and you'll see how things are slowing down in the industry.

Aka-san to Kyuuketsuki was supposed to be an attempt by Alcot to shoehorn vampires into a charage setting.  Unfortunately, it turned out to be abominable bad, something that was a first for me with something by Alcot.

Electro-Arms would be one of my two choices for a VN of the Month from this month, along with Izayoi no Fortuna.  I say this because Electro-arms is easily the most 'mainstream' game I've seen from Light.  The concept is that of an AR game that has the actual ability to intrude into real life, for those with the program installed on their phones.  Reiji, the protagonist, is very much like Shirou from Dies Irae, without the whiney Ren to hold him back and without Mercurius fiddling with fate.  He is wild, unbelievably clever, and an inveterate thrill seeker.  Generally, regardless of which path you are on, it is an enjoyable story.  There are three main stories with a bunch of sub-heroine 'normal' endings.  

Izayoi no Fortuna is unique in my experience... the closest parallels I can draw all come from four or five years before, with the possible exception of Tasogare no Sinsemilla.  It is a summer-themed game, but thankfully the protagonist isn't a student.  Rather, he is a traveller and something of a vagrant who settles in the town temporarily, thus sparking the events of the story.  If this sounds like a setup similar to Air by Key, you would not be entirely wrong, though it isn't as overt as all that.

HHG's sequel is an excellent finale for those who liked the original but hated the true ending.

Imouto no Okagede Motesugite Yabai is one of the 'Yabai' series of harem-ge/charage made by Hulotte.  This series is known for its humor and vague indications that they all coexist in the same setting.  Regardless, they are generally amusing, even if they aren't VN of the Month material.

Sakura Mau Otome no Rondo is yet another of Ensemble's pathetic attempts to make a decent ojousama-ge.  I say this because they managed it twice, despite themselves, and they have been trying to recapture the magic with random writers ever since (as if that would work).

Soshite Kirameku Otome no Himitsu is another kusoge of a charage released in this month.  It really isn't worth noting except to warn the charage fans away, since it isn't even good for the genre.

Venus Blood Gaia a dungeon-invasion version of the VB series based in a world ruled by giant spirit-beasts.  The protagonist is a researcher who discovered a way to create a new form of energy he then used to create life... in a mad scientist sort of way.  The story is good but I can't bring myself to really praise any of the tentacle-impregnation VB games, because they manage to make a perfectly good fetish seem like work.

Wagaya no Himegami-sama is the final game I played for this month.  As I recall, it was an average-quality charage with fantasy elements.  It isn't really worth going out of your way to play, unless you already ran out of better stuff to cherry-pick from bygone eras.

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Amatarasu - Softhouse-seal attempt to make charage, although seeing that they're nukige company it's hard to ignore their root and so we have 31 sex scenes in Amatarasu here. Anyway Mangagamer did localize this, so you can play this in English.

HHG Megami no Shuuen - Looks like it's quite interesting here and it mean that HHG here is successful to a degree seeing that it's only Windmill's VN with the sequel whereas usually they only have one VN. That said since this is a sequel it mean that HHG here is not quite complete as we thought, and unfortunately our Sol Press are still scrambling for HHG translator so expecting the license of this from them would be asking too much. Oh well.

Venus Blood Gaia - It has unique concept and apparently the battle was improved from Frontier, although Hypno improving the battle further and that you can't see the corrupted heroines with sexy outfit like at both of Frontier and Hypno so I don't mind if Ninetails focused on both of those instead of Gaia here when it come to localized Venus Blood games lol. That said if the reception for Hypno goes well (In which I'm still waiting for their translation progress), I guess we may have this localized. Also while it's understandably treated as nukige, I don't exactly agree to say that Venus Blood game here is pure nukige because the story can be interesting and it didn't really need to have sex scenes as all age version of Frontier can attest.

Electro Arms - Might be interesting to see this VN being localized, and it's also interesting that mod Clephas just said that the MC here is basically resemble Shirou down to his voice (Well the MC has same VA as Shirou from Dies Irae). I know though that Light was already bankrupted and that the sales for localized Dies Irae might not be good for the chance to localize another VN from their catalogue, so I didn't really mind much to see this not localized here.

That's all for my comment in regard of November 2013 here.

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