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VN of the Month January 2014 - Bradyon Veda


Bradyon Veda is beyond reach in January. Clephas tried to choose a game that is good for everyone, so stopped at Sekai to Sekai no Mannaka de . Other nice choices are  Kimi to Boku to no Kishi no Hibi -Rakuen no Chevalier- and 12 no Tsuki no Eve . Micchi also feels for Melty Moment and Kiss Ato

 

1. Bradyon Veda [140124] Akatsuki Works 1 2 3 4 5
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It’s been three years since the end of the tragic Great War. In the midst of the central city of Moloch in defeated Japan appeared a man, Naoto, bearing the rusted badge of Nephilim. Nephilim was the 10-man experimental elite special corps who possessed the powers of the gods and annihilated tens of thousands of enemy units. The immense powers which they held scared not only their enemies, but also themselves. Realizing this, their leader Komoe disbanded the group, but an internal struggle arose, leading to her death and Naoto suffering a serious injury. With the purpose of carrying on her intentions, Naoto stood up to seal those powers which should not remain in this world. What lies ahead in the future? Will it be sovereignty, harmony or destruction?
There are English reviews

 

2. Kimi to Boku to no Kishi no Hibi -Rakuen no Chevalier- きみと僕との騎士の日々 -楽園のシュバリエ- [140124] Piriri! 1 2 3 4
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It is said that one who graduates from the famous private school Kamishiro Gakuen will definitely become successful in life. The best students at the school are called ‘knights’ and are admired by all. This year, five good childhood friends were selected as the ‘knights’: sourpuss Yukitaka, serious Kei, cheerful Ruruka, timid Asuna and cool Touri. Even though he had some feelings for all of them, he spent his days without pursuing any deeper relationships. That was until he found out about a secret ‘duel game’ which only the knights can participate in.
There are English reviews

 

3. Rozen Maiden: Wechseln Sie Welt ab ローゼンメイデン ヴェヘゼルン ジー ヴェルト アップ [140130] MAGES. GAME
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The game follows the life of Jun Sakurada through two separate paths in the visual novel, where he can chose to wind up Shinku, or not. Doing so will allow him to be her master and the game will follow him through the Middle School Route. Choosing not to do so will send players down his college route.
Anime Spin-Off

 

4. Toushin Toshi 闘神都市 [140130] imageepoch 1 2 3 4 5
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A reimagining of Toushin Toshi 2. It features a new version of the original story, coupled with a completely new battle system and dungeon designs.
RPG remake

 

5. 12 no Tsuki no Eve 12の月のイヴ [140131] minori 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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At the end of the year, even though everyone has different feelings, they all spend the last days of the year in a busy fashion. This spirit is also present in a new town Megumishi, close to the city. On Christmas Eve, an extremely ordinary boy, Naoto, met a strange girl. Even though she hadn’t met him before, she had a sense of déjà vu. This was when the story of Naoto and three girls begins. One wished to protect her happy time. One unconsciously tried to obtain something. One strove to achieve a precious goal.
There are English reviews

 

6. Aisare Roommate 愛サレるームメイト [140131] Reon 1
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The boarding school which Kotarou attends, Rokujou Gakuen, has a slightly strange system called the ‘six étoiles’ (six stars). Students are assigned ranks of 1 to 6 stars based on their grades, and their dorms change depending on their rank. At the beginning of the second term, the boy’s dormitory collapsed and the principal declared that each boy would have to share a room with a girl. It was the first time that the girls had experienced such an intimate co-ed life. Will they fall in love being in such close quarters?
Faint Tone was more scenario oriented while this one is primarily Ichirabu. Depending on the heroine there can be additional mystery or chuni, but game is still rough and thin.

 

7. Kiss Ato キスアト [140131] Giga 1 2 3
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Makoto attends a local school which specializes in the arts, but he didn’t have much confidence in his ability. Nearing the end of his second year, he came to the workspace that was opened up to students to work on his year-end project. Sitting next to him was a girl from another class, Tsukuyo, who was famous for her art skills. After watching her work and seeing her art, he fell in love with her.
There are English reviews

 

8. Melty Moment MeltyMoment ~メルティモーメント~ [140131] Hooksoft 1 2
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This story takes place in a town full of residential areas and apartment complexes. The town is what you would a commuter town, and is a nice, quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of urban cities.
There are no skyscrapers to be found, nor any big-box stores. Instead the townscape is comprised of houses and apartments. It has a nice, relaxing ambience, and there's a certain nostalgia that fills Takeru's chest when he looks out his window at the two. The only tall buildings so to speak of are the buildings around the station, or the apartment towers along the redeveloped riverbank.
Here one doesn't need to look up to see the beautiful, blue sky. When the sun sets in the evening, the mountains in the distance, and the hill road leading up to school become tinged in a crimson hue. If you ever want to know what time it is, all you need to do is check the sun.
Our story begins in late September. The time of the year when an end to the blistering summer heat is finally within sight.
It was a normal day for Takeru. He was leisurely walking down the riverbank with his friends as he always does, just as the sun was about to set. It was all part of the same daily routine he was used to. But tiny changes can cause that daily walk home to change, in ways that may one day come to tell a story of love.
They were tiny indeed, nothing special. Just the small, daily happenings that we each experience in our daily lives.
It could be the moment his eyes met hers. It could be the moment their hands touched when trying to grab a book. It could be the moment she smiled at him, for the very first time--
Those tiny, minuscule moments that occur randomly throughout our daily lives can be the start of magical things to come.
There are English reviews

 

9. Sekai to Sekai no Mannaka de 世界と世界の真ん中で [140131] Lump of Sugar 1 2 3 4
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Gripping pain, numbing loneliness, burning one-sided love. These are feelings which stay with you all through your life. These intense feelings are what created the world we live in.
One day, there was great commotion at the dormitory Erdõs at Kaginomori Gakusha. Renri’s little sister Kokoro was going to be released from hospital after an extended stay, and Minori suggested that they do a major cleaning of the dormitory before her arrival. While cleaning the attic, he found a notebook containing words which he did not know would change his peaceful days.
There are English reviews

 

10. Shin Shirogane no Soleil -ReANSWER- 新・白銀のソレイユ -ReANSWER- [140131] SkyFish 1 2
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Hokuou Gakuen is located near the sea and encompasses a large area. One night, a young girl appeared on the nearby beach. Maybe she had descended from the overly large red moon or came up from the dim blue ocean. Afterwards, many strange rumours spread around the school, about a small goddess that could grant wishes and monsters which would eat humans.
Ryuuhei was a student with amnesia who was caught up in these incidents. A war maiden with crimson hair, Hagar, appeared before him. She crushed the monsters with her spear and held out her bloody right hand to him, inviting him to unleash Ragnarok again together.
There are English reviews

 

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1. Watashi no Real wa Juujitsu Shisugiteiru 私のリアルは充実しすぎている [140111] TetraScope 1 2
Anesaki Nozomi is a closet otaku. Despite acting like a model student at school (even being the vice president of the student council), at home she mostly plays otome games. The only one who knows the truth about herself is her step-brother Shun, whom she is currently living alone with because their parents are overseas.
Doujin has English reviews
 
2. Nishizono Mio Misshitsu Satsujin Jiken? 西園美魚密室殺人事件? [140129] Key 1 
Kyousuke comes to Riki’s classroom one day, telling him something terrible has happened. He takes him to another room and they discover a truly awful sight…
Mio Nishizono’s corpse.
No, she isn’t actually dead. But there’s something very strange about this, namely the fact that Mio was "murdered" in a locked room. Riki is promptly tasked with solving the mystery of how this could have been possible.
Mission Start!
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Aisare Roommate is a kusoge.

12 no Tsuki no Eve is a halfway-decent VN by Minori.  Like all Minori VNs, it has extremely high visual quality.  However, their love of messy romances was the big downer for me with this and most of their other VNs.  Technically it is a fantasy VN (though it doesn't seem like it until the true path).

Kimi to Boku to no Kishi no Hibi is a weird plotge VN with a concept that was all over the place.  That's not to say it wasn't a good VN, but I honestly felt that they didn't know what they wanted to do with this game.

Shin Shirogane is easily the worst Soleil Game.  I say this up front, because all of the Soleil games have some kind of issue that keeps them from kamige level, but this was the only one that I thought fell below a certain baseline level of quality.  First, the pacing is godawful... for a good portion of the game, there are these rapid shifts in tension that feel forced.  Another issue is that they went out of the way to confuse you with the relationship to the original Shirogane.  Yes, there is a relation, but it is difficult to parse at best.  Last of all, it was obscure to the very end.

Bradyon Veda is undeniably the jewel for this month.  It is a high-quality chuunige with its own unique visual style, as well as an extremely good plot that is just multi-layered enough to make you seriously think without leaving you confused to the very end (the key with mindfuck elements is to never make them so obscure as to be incomprehensible even to the end).  I'm not going to delve into the characters, because this is one of those games where romance/love bears only the most limited of influences on the progression of the story.  The problem with this game for many is that it is a very difficult read, requiring a great deal more base knowledge of concepts (not just the language) than is normal.  If you didn't get at least decent grades in science, you are probably going to be looking stuff up constantly.

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