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VN of the Month February 2014 - Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen Hachimyoujin

Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen Hachimyoujin is VN of the month. Other masterpieces include Baka Moe Heart ni Ai o Komete! and Koi Suru Doll to Omoi no Kiseki ~Poupee de Souhaits~ . Clephas empathized the last one among the three. Micchi in addition to Koi Suru Doll does not mind playing Otonari Koi Sensou and fandiscs.


1. Fragment's Note 2 Side: Yukitsuki Fragment’s Note2 Side:雪月 [140227] Alvion 1
The Fragment's Note visual novel series returns with a brand new entry!
Fragment's Note 2 features the deeply moving stories of two new heroines!
Fragment's Note 2 is a slice-of-life visual novel/dating sim featuring Kyoichi Akikawa, a boy who lost his family in an airplane accident, the heroines close to him, and the story that binds them together.
Mobile exclusive is localized and has English impressions


2. IS2 Ignition Hearts IS<インフィニット・ストラトス>2 イグニッション・ハーツ [140227] MAGES. GAME
All Infinite Stratos pilots participate in a school cultural festival. But maintenance room gets mined and Ichika Orimura triggers the explosives.
He awakens with amnesia, and nothing works to get memories back. So girls decide to repeat the festival day and this way return the memories to protagonist.
Anime Spin-Off


3. Baka Moe Heart ni Ai o Komete! バカ燃えハートに愛をこめて! [140228] Praline 1 2
Renren Academy is a school which promotes romance, with couples-only meals, events made specifically for couples, and a shrine where only couples may enter. It is said that a couple who ties the knot in front of the legendary goddess statue in the shrine on the day of the Christmas party will be happy forever. These phrases of “legendary” and “eternal love” make Shoutarou burn with excitement. He vows to find a girlfriend and confess his love for her in front of the goddess statue.
However, there are the ‘juubakusha’ who stand in his way. They despise the lovey-dovey atmosphere given off by the couples in the school and want to cancel the Christmas party! They also play tricks on couples to try to make them break up and attempt to destroy the statue. Shoutarou won’t put up with their ill actions! Nothing will stop him from becoming the best man there ever was!
There are English reviews


4. Hitonatsu no ひとなつの [140228] Hiqo Soft 1 
During the summer of his third year, Masaru transfered to Kamakura Gakuen in his hometown which he hadn’t visited for nearly four and a half years. He used to pretend to be a ‘hero’ with his osananajimis Eri, Masaru and Miyuki, but they’ve since moved on from that childish stage. He didn’t think that things would change, but something happened during over the years he was gone.
“It’s almost time for the athletic festival. Let’s make it the best one ever!” Those words from the school’s popular broadcast personality Ako made him think back to that time. At the lighthouse, his friend Masaru’s imouto Chiharu touched her left ring finger and asked him if heroes existed. He felt a bit crushed, but hoped that things would be like they were before. “Yes, there’s a hero in this town.”
There is an English review


5. Innocent Girl イノセントガール [140228] Frontwing 1 2
There are two types of artists: those who wish to portray something and those who wish to convey something. Wataru had given up on being either of them. Hiding his past, he planned to live a life unrelated to the arts. However, due to some family circumstances, he ended up transferring into the arts boarding school Kurisaki Academy. He shared a dormitory, “Dream house”, with four fellow students, who all have their own eccentricities: quiet classmate Kagari, reunited little sister-in-law Hinako, friendly childhood friend Konoka, and the beautiful semi-pro artist Kanae. His biggest secret was blown the first day of school. What will happen now as he has no interest in the arts at all?
There are English reviews


6. Koishiki Manual 恋式マニュアル [140228] GLace 1 2 3
Ichinose Academy is a famous private school which is the best at everything, except its students have no romantic appeal. One fine autumn morning, the principal’s daughter Himeno declared that they will have a test to determine each student’s riajuu level. For someone who has never had a girlfriend, Hiroki naturally flunked the test. He was moved, along with five others girls who failed, to a special love training class called the "love manual". Let the lessons of love begin!
There are English reviews


7. Koi Suru Doll to Omoi no Kiseki ~Poupee de Souhaits~ 恋する少女と想いのキセキ~Poupee de souhaits~ [140228] Sugar Pot 1 2
When he was a young boy, Tomoki met the puppet master Asuha who didn’t ‘use’ the dolls, but cherished them like people. He doesn’t remember those times clearly, but he felt like the dolls there were alive when he snuck into her mansion and talked with them. Those days were his most distant and happiest memories.
Now he works as a part-time freelance figure modeller while attending design classes at Tourin Gakuen. One day, there was a rumour of a suspicious person around town. He openly dismissed the rumours as unfounded, but was actually afraid due to his timid nature. It was actually a strange wooden doll which attacked him. However, a hooded girl with different coloured eyes which were bright like jewels leapt out to defeat the wooden doll and protect him, collapsing from exhaustion afterwards.
Then, another girl named Ena appeared before him as he was still dumbfounded at what occurred. She pulled out a figure from the doll, which he instantly recognized as his first figure Towa. She nodded and pulled up the hood from the fallen girl. She had the same face as the figure. “I… returned… to fulfill our promise… master…”
There are English reviews


8. Koi Suru Kimochi no Hanakotoba 恋する気持ちの花言葉 [140228] Hexenhaus
Takumi was entrusted with managing the student dormitory that had previously been taken care of by his grandmother. He went to the dormitory with his osananajimi Kana and greeted new residents Nanakusa and Sara. After the busy spring break, he started the new school term with Kana, Sara, and his friend since last year Tsubaki. Due to bad grades, Kana and Tsubaki also ended up living at the dormitory as well. Thus began the awkward house life with his osananajimi, friend, kouhai and senpai, as a new dorm manager.
This debut title is very crude in every field. Artificial harem and zero point of interest.


9. Koisuru Shimai no Sextet 恋する姉妹の六重奏 [140228] PeasSoft 1
Shouma had been living with his mother in this green seaside city, but he found himself suddenly alone when she went overseas to be with his father. However, not soon thereafter, his sisters Kotone and Shiho returned to Japan to be with him, bringing an end to his ordinary daily life. Along with his close neighbours Yuuka and Suzuka and his classmates Mai and Miyu, which sister(s) will he choose to spend the summer with?
There is an English review


10. Otonari Koi Sensou! おとなり恋戦争! [140228] Sugar House 1 2
Yui and Suzuka lived next door to Yuuto and they’ve been together since they were born. They often fought over him and made promises to marry him when they grew up. He thought these happy times together would last forever, but they came to an end when Suzuka moved away.
Many years later, they re-appeared in front of his door. However, their love battle for him isn’t only limited to the two of them now, with his imouto-like neighbour Hotaru, lively kouhai Yuzu who calls him ‘oniichan’, and the respected daughter of the school chairman Manami also joining the fray. Surrounded on all sides, there’s no place to hide!?
There are English reviews


11. Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen Hachimyoujin 相州戦神館學園 八命陣 [140228] light 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Yoshiya has been seeing continuous lucid dreams every night since he was small. Even though his mind doesn’t get to rest during his ‘sleep’, he still doesn’t experience heavy fatigue nor have ill health. Instead, he is brighter and more capable than other people his age. He thought of his special ability as one of his good points, and intended to live a relatively normal life. That was until he met Mizuki, who also had the same ability as him.
They were able to enter the dream world at will, but soon they found themselves caught in a world which could kill people and change history. It was a world from which one cannot escape. They were faced with the choice of either giving up and taking their own lives or to charge forward and try to break through this nightmare. However, they all felt like they were not caught up in this absurd situation by chance, but rather because it was their own wishes.
There are English reviews


1. Bishoujo Mangekyou -Katsute Shoujo Datta Kimi e- 美少女万華鏡 -かつて少女だった君へ- [140228] ωstar 1 2 3
In the middle of the mountains stands an isolated, rural hot springs inn.
There works the beautiful waitress, Haru Inamori.
Souta Kamijou, the lover of Haru, secretly pays a visit to the inn in order to surprise her...
When the idiot couple of adults interlock, a steaming hot night of love ensues...
Nukige has English reviews
2. Hapymaher -Fragmentation Dream- ハピメア-Fragmentation Dream- [140228] Purple Software 1 2
This is the fandisk to HapyMaher. After a certain accident, all of Tooru’s dreams became lucid dreams. However, after that winter incident, his happy nightmares came to an end. Yuuko was finally starting to recover from her illness and could attend school again with him. With the help of his osananajimi Saki, Yuuko’s friend Keiko and the somewhat helpful Yayoi, they gradually became accustomed to the school life.
However, he could not forget about ‘her’, even though he knew that he would never meet ‘her’ again. He noticed his dearest nightmare Maia appear by his side. “It’s true that there is no dream that one doesn’t wake up from. However, it doesn’t mean that one will stop dreaming.” She whispered into his ear: “This is the story of a dream leading towards a sweet happy end”.
3. Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai! A-3 真剣で私に恋しなさい!A-3 [140228] Minato Soft 1 2
A fandisc featuring routes for Lee and Stacy, as well as an after story for Tsubame.
4. Owaru Sekai to Futagoza no Paradise 終わる世界と双子座のパラダイス [140228] Cotton Soft
This is the fandisk for Owaru Sekai to Birthday and Futagoza no Paradox. It includes after and side stories, some bonus H-scenes and a minigame. Most importantly, it features a full route for chara poll victor Misaki, where she becomes Touya’s childhood friend and Ili is his real younger sister.


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Hachimyoujin is my favorite eroge of 2014 at this point in time. There are about 3 all-ages VNs from that year that i liked better, though.

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The first VN I should recommend here would be the Hapymaher FD.  Hapymaher is the sole VN that Purple Soft has made an FD for since the company actually started making a name for itself, and for good reason.  Hapymaher's FD is more of a true extension than anything else.  The core story is a direct sequel to the true path of Hapymaher, with branches off to see the results of what happened after the other paths.  This FD provides an actual path for 'true Alice' and a true conclusion to Tooru's 'Nightmare full of Happiness'.

Baka Moe Heart is that rarest of things... a true comedy VN.  While many VNs have comedic elements, almost none are truly devoted to their comedy.  

Koi Suru Doll to Omoi no Kiseki is a powerful nakige with yandere elements.  I honestly enjoyed this one both times I played it.  Good catharsis.

Hachimyoujin... is the first of two games in Masada's most boring series.  I'm going to come out and say this... this game isn't replayable for me.  While I enjoyed my first playthrough, I found that Yoshiya just wasn't a good fit for me as a protagonist and that this game tried to draw too much from Dies Irae's atmosphere without creating characters of equal quality.  While Masada's writing is still very high quality, I felt that this game had no need of a sequel (in fact, the sequel ruined things for me in retrospect).  The antagonist/villain is a much higher-quality character, even if he is somewhat of a caricature who draws too much from Reinhardt Heydrich's personality.  Oddly, the best 'protagonist side' character in the game is Mizuki, whose internal conflict defines so much of the game, whereas Yoshiya never really manages to escape that really trite and boring personality type of his.  


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Hapymaher FD - In regard of Hapymaher opening, I'd hear the opening of the FD first and let's just say that I like the sexy outfit that the heroines wore (Especially Keiko, in which too bad that Purple Software waste this opportunity to allow Keiko to have sex scenes with her sexy outfit in the original game, and only in this FD that finally the staffs catch up). That aside, since mod Clephas did say that apparently it's sort of the continuation of Hapymaher I just hope that one of new Mangagamer secret projects would be this, although of course since Purple Software is very flexible in regard of the company (They already ask Sekai, Mangagamer, and now Nekonyan to translate their VNs) it's hard to see if they want to back to Mangagamer just for the sake of licensing the FD. By the way if I'm right this is the only time Purple Software released FD.

Senshinkan - Well in case you didn't like the casts and the fight let's just say that this VN is a media for Masada to train his writing in regard of slice of life, and apparently he's quite successful at that. Also if mod Clephas did say that Senshinkan didn't really need the sequel, I suppose Light (Or whichever company that hold the right of Light's VNs) can try to get this VN to be licensed and that they didn't need to license the sequel. Oh, as for the premise it's about lucid dream as well in which it makes interesting coincidence with Hapymaher FD also focused on lucid dream as well.

Bishoujo Mangekyou - The first part of Bishoujo Mangekyou pentalogy (Five-parter), and let's just say that compared to the other it's quite simple with the teacher was interested to his students who turned out to be a vampire. Oh and this is nukige along with that the art of it is quite nice. We already have this translated thanks to Arcadeotic who have been working on this since back at 2016 (I'd following his progress on this) and that it's been released back at 2018, so if you want to play this in English you can do it.

That's all for my comment in regard of February 2014 releases.

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