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VN of the Month March 2014 - Endless Dungeon


VN of the Month is Endless Dungeon with other masterpieces being Hikoukigumo no Mukougawa and Hello Lady! . Clephas nominated the last two. Micchi pulls out a ridiculous list of seven titles including additional Clover Day’s , Doko no Donata no Kanjou Route , Koisuru Natsu no Last Resort, fandisc and delayed ones.

 

1. Ar Nosurge ~Umareizuru Hoshi e Inoru Uta~ アルノサージュ ~生まれいずる星へ祈る詩~ [140306] Gust 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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On the planet Ra Ciela, humans and spiritual lifeforms known as Genoms once co-existed.
That was a long time ago; and the world has since lost its former beauty.
People have adapted to this poorer new enviroment and manage to eke out a living.
One day, a race known a the Sharl invaded and began kidnapping humans, who found themselves helpless against their mysterious Song Magic.
All seemed lost until, unexpectedly, the Ancient Genoms returned to give people hope that one day there will be peace.
RPG has English reviews

 

2. Golden Time: Vivid Memories ゴールデンタイム Vivid Memories [140327] Cattle Call inc.
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Adapted from Takemiya Yuyuko's light novel "Golden Time". The series follows Tada Banri who lost his memories and his spirit has awoken as a separate entity. In this game, You get to choose how Tada spends his days and perhaps who he falls in love with. Golden Time: Vivid Memories has over 20 endings.
Anime Spin-Off

 

3. Rou-Kyuu-Bu! Naisho no Shutter Chance ロウきゅーぶ! ないしょのシャッターチャンス [140327] Vridge Inc.
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New club struggles for those who was not satiated with previous two games.
Anime Spin-Off

 

4. Alia's Carnival!   [140328] NanaWind 1 2 3
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The Sakumo ward is well known for its cherry blossoms. In recent years, as part of the redevelopment of the ward, an experimental education system was introduced where the students would govern themselves in the newly constructed Sakumodai Gakuin to improve the student life. Those students who are capable and work hard to improve the learning environment would receive various benefits. Also, it seemed that the one with the top results would get a special privilege.
Ren returned to Sakumo ward after a long time away and transferred into the school, reuniting with his timid little sister Karin and childhood friend Shiina, who had grown up to be very beautiful. On his first day at school, he was caught up in some trouble and ended up saving a girl. The girl Asuha asked him to join her club, aim for ALIA and change the school. He was puzzled over her sudden invitation, but was excited that his new school life will be surely be an exciting one.
There are English reviews

 

5. Baldr Sky "Zero" 2 バルドスカイ ゼロ 2 [140328] Giga 1 2
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This is the sequel to BALDR SKY Zero. Edward had waken up in the middle of a virtual battlefield with no memories. He was assigned to the Squall squad under the notorious mercenary corps Fenrir. One time while on a mission, he met and protected Marelle, who was being chased by government forces. A few days after she joined Squall, she volunteered to partner up with him on missions. Their squad leader Goodman approved of it just because he thought it was amusing for two people who didn’t have any memories of their past to pair up. Ed also thought it would be a good opportunity for a ‘wired ghost’ like Marelle, who didn’t have a body in reality, to be in more touch with other people.
One day while they were on a mission to support Kei who had gotten into a bind, they came across a being that looked like a monster, but moved like a robot: the third most wanted Rasayana. He was soundly defeated and thought he was going to be eaten, but nothing happened. It appeared like Rasayana knew them. Who exactly is Rasayana and how are Ed and Marelle related?
Action has English reviews

 

6. Clover Day's  [140328] ALcot 1 2 3 4 5 6
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It was a buried memory.
It was an eternal oath.
It was a wish from the heart.
It was a regret kept for eternity.
And a childhood promise—
Yuuto was raised in an orphanage in England. He was taken to Japan after being adopted by Takakura Yoshiomi, an executive of his business.
Yuuto, who couldn’t speak Japanese, was supported by his twin sister-in-laws, the bright and shy Anzu, and the cool and reliable Anri, along with the innocent and gentle Tsubame, and the showy and devious Izumi.
The young boys and girls were unaware of love. They laughed and they cried, nurturing irreplaceable bonds.
And 10 years later—
The local scenery had changed so much, and so did Yuuto and the others.
–But there are also things that remained the same.
“Do you remember… the promise we made that day?”
Yuuto's other childhood friends, Hekiru and Hikaru, moved overseas ten years ago.
They are together with Yuuto again, and their memories from ten years ago return with them.
Clover Day's starts during those rich and fulfilling days.
There are English reviews

 

7. Doko no Donata no Kanjou Root ドコのドナタの感情経路 [140328] ad:lib 1 2 3
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Shouta’s mother is the Kaguya-hime from fairy tales. This spring, a new transfer student Tsubasa appeared in his class. In her previous life, she was a prince who was rejected by Kaguya-hime. She recognized features of Kaguya-hime in him and fell in love with him at first sight. However, her confession was stopped by other girls who used to be Kaguya-hime’s suitors and who held feelings for him.
There are English reviews

 

8. Eiyuu*Senki GOLD 英雄*戦姫GOLD [140328] Tenco 1
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This is an alternative version of Eiyuu*Senki, with a new storyline. It takes over its cast while adding additional heroines and powers up its system.
The old Far East country of Zipang is ruled by the greatest hero Yamato Takeru and since it has secluded itself from other nations, it had developed its own unique culture. The hero of Oushuu, Masamune, starved for excitement in this time of peace. After finding a young man by the sea who had lost his memories, she concocted a plan to put him in charge and challenge Takeru. If he was able to defeat her, then Zipang would break its seclusion and take over other countries, leading to world domination!
TBS

 

9. Endless Dungeon [140328] Rosebleu 1 2
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This is a sequel to the Tiny Dungeon series, featuring new heroines. Trinity is a school which trains future heroes. A half year after the past heroes successfully passed the trials, a group of new youths pass through the gate, brimming with confidence. One of them was Hime’s imouto, Miko, who came to support her brother. In addition, there was a second blond-haired dragon girl and two girls who came from 20 years in the future and are of a fifth race which was a mixture of all the special traits of the demons, gods, dragons and humans. What future lies ahead for our hero who had opened the gate?
There is an English review

 

10. Hello Lady! ハロー・レディ! [140328] Akatsuki Works 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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Many problems lie ahead for society in the 21st century. The best youths in the country are gathered at the super-elite Amakawa Noble School where they are trained to lead us to a brilliant future. They are led by five bishoujos known as ‘crowns’. One day, the leader of the crowns Saku was the target of a terrorist attack. She was saved by Shinri, who was invited to the school as the sixth crown. However, he is at odds with the school system. He vowed to do things under his accord and bring change to the school. Saku decided that she must keep an eye on him.
There are English reviews

 

11. Hikoukigumo no Mukougawa ひこうき雲の向こう側 [140328] Flat 1 2 3 4 5 6
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Eiri is a beautiful girl who is perfect in studies, athletics and style. She knows most things in the world… except for love. Lately, she’s been interested in her classmate Kouji who had turned down a confession by the school’s number one bishoujo Risa. Why would he not go out with her when every other boy would? Could it be because he already has a girlfriend? Or maybe he’s gay? She did some checking into it, but none of the possible explanations satisfied her. So, she started up the ‘love observation club’ to uncover the special circumstances behind his decision.
There are English reviews

 

12. Juukishi Cutie ☆ Bullet 銃騎士 Cutie☆Bullet [140328] Effordom Soft 1 2 3
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Ayato is a part of the Shirobara musketeer squadron, under the command of his imouto Miyabi. He didn’t have any subordinates, but the group was close like family, fighting against evil in the capital Louvre. His busy days came to a sudden end with the announcement that Shirobara will be disbanded. However, when they found out about a plot by the Akabara musketeer squadron, they gathered three other girls (Mayu, Reina, Sara) in order to stop them. He lived with them under the same roof in order to train for the battle, but… why are they wearing bunny outfits, sneaking in his bed, taking baths with him, and waking him up while straddling him? Can they prevent Akabara’s plot at this rate?
There are English reviews

 

13. Koisuru Natsu no Last Resort 恋する夏のラストリゾート [140328] Pulltop Latte 1 2 3 4 5
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Soutarou just manages to pay his school fees by doing part-time jobs. After helping his kouhai Umi and skipping his shift, he was fired from his part-time job and was having problems making ends meet. Umi felt responsible for his present situation and introduced him to a part-time job at a Southern resort. With deep blue skies, clear seas and vibrant vegetation, the place looked exactly like in the travel magazines.
Moreover, he was surrounded by many girls: energetic imouto-like Sango, affectionate airheaded ojousama Riho, shy and earnest Shiori, and the kind but also strict manager Nagisa. Arriving at the resort, Umi turned to him and asked him to spend the time there as her boyfriend.
There are English reviews

 

14. Kunoichi ga Gotoku -Nugase! Bakunyuu Ninjas!- くのいちが如く -脱がせ!爆乳ニンジャーズ!- [140328] Gyunyuu Sensha
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Hagakure Ninjutsu Academy is an educational institution for training “justice ninjas” who fight against evil prevailing in this world. Teacher Hayate supervises four female students. One day "mystery book" required to become full-fledged ninjas gets stolen by an enemy ninja corps. The battle to regain the artifact begins.
Action

 

15. Love Love Life ~Ojou-sama 7nin to Love Love Harem Seikatsu~ らぶらぶらいふ ~お嬢様7人とラブラブハーレム生活~ [140328] Cabbit 1 
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Takuma transferred into the famous private school Saimei Gakuen, which is attended by the richest girls. What sets him apart from others is that he will always come to the aid of a troubled person, and he loves girls so much that he wants to make his own harem. Naturally his declaration was first met with disdain, but all the girls slowly warmed up to his kind nature and actions. Soon, he had a harem of 7 girls living with him.
One of his lovers, Leone, was the princess of a small European country which allows polygamy for royalty. She invited him to come to her homeland and he agreed without too much thought. However, the other heroines were really worried and upped their attacks on him at school and in the dorm, from morning to night. What will he choose in the end: pure love or a harem?
There is an English review

 

16. Ren'ai Made Sentakushi Hitotsu 恋愛まで選択肢ひとつ [140328] Nounai Kanojo 1 2 3
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Riku and his childhood friend Misora loved each other, but she passed away in an accident when they were in grade school. Ever since then, love has become a trauma for him and he did everything to never have the same kind of relationship with another girl again. He treated his childhood friend Kirio like one of his guy friends. He considers his lady co-worker Yukari as a rival. Misora’s younger sister Suzuho, who’s quite attached to him, is like a follower to him. His younger sister Karen seems to hate him. He continued to live his normal life without looking at them as women. However, one day, a girl who looked exactly like Misora appeared before his eyes. He suddenly became aware of his feelings, and so did all the other heroines.
There are English reviews

 

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1. Reika no Yakata ~Saimin Yuugi e no Shoutaijou~ 麗華の館 ~催眠遊戯への招待状~ [140322] Sister Soft 1
A sudden snowstorm forces Kyoichi and his sister Hime to seek shelter in a mysterious inn. Once inside, they discover that the two voluptuous owners Reika and Hitomi operate it as a high class brothel. They use hypnosis on Kyoichi to bring him into a world of pleasure, and when his lovely sister tries to rescue him, they also use hypnosis on her! Will they be able to escape?
Nukige with an English review
 
2. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai -Dreaming Sheep- 大図書館の羊飼い -Dreaming Sheep- [140328] August  1
This is the fandisk to Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai. “The book club is eternal!!” Everyone ignored Kana; it’s another normal day at the book club. They still joke around and do random tasks. The only difference is that Kyoutarou has a girlfriend and at least to him, they have a pure relationship even if the rest of the members call them a lovey-dovey couple. It’s become much more fun than before.
Fandisc

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ArNosurge is the second half of the somewhat unknown prequel to Ar Tonelico.  While it does provide some interesting background information the main series was lacking, as a story it is only just above average.

Alia's Carnival is the first in a series of charage by NanaWind that manages to make fantasy boring.  Oh, there are signs of potential all throughout this game, but it never really evolves into something memorable.

Baldr Sky Zero 2 is the conclusion of the duology, adding in two paths, including the true one.  As should be expected, it reveals everything the first episode concealed, but I should warn you that it is also even longer than the first half.  In addition, while the first episode's paths could be loosely connected as a true prequel to Baldr Sky, both of these paths are absolutely and completely 'alternate universe' material.

Clover Day's... really Ittaku would be a better person to assess this comedy charage, as he was the translator.  However, I'll mention that I was unimpressed, though I'm aware this VN has become something of a classic in the eyes of charage/moege fans.

Endless Dungeon, the harem epilogue to the Tiny Dungeon series is basically a nearly pure-comedy extension of the original series.  Typical of Agobarrier, more heroines are added to the harem and things are about as crazy as you'd expect from him.

Hello Lady is a VN I love, though I love its final version the best.  This version is fine... but the extra true ending and the paths for Hishiya and Mitori make all the difference.  Narita Shinri is a great protagonist (reminds me of Lelouch, except even more self-absorbed) with a justified arrogance and a pervert's heart.

Hikoukigumo no Mukougawa I primarily recommend because of the Eiri path.  You can ignore the other two paths entirely, because Eiri's path is so much better than either of them that there is literally no possibility for a fair comparison.

Juukishi... to be honest, I never realized that moe could even make guns boring.

Koisuru Natsu no Last Resort... well, since it is translated, I'm sure many of you have already played it.  However, I should point out that it is an outright copy of the concept for KamiShino without the sheer brilliance and quality writing (for the main school heroines).

 

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Compared to the last month, this time we have many well known VNs that has translation or in the process of translating. Let's see what I can comment in regard of March 2014 here.

Ar Nosurge - Apparently good story VN that was the prequel of Ar Tonelico, and unlike the prequel (Ciel Nosurge) this VN was available in English. Also while GUST did released the PC version of this, unfortunately so far it's still in Japanese so we must wait for it (Doubly so if GUST want to release translated Ciel Nosurge in English as well seeing that they didn't release the English version of it in the past). Speaking of GUST, they're recently released Atelier Mysterious Trilogy DX in which it's quite underrated compared to the other Atelier game, although of course I can say that the trilogy itself is quite good on it's own.

Daitoshokan Dreaming Sheep - Interestingly it has initial for Nintendo DS instead of fandisc. Anyway this is Daitoshokan FD and it also have casts from both of the main VN and short story, although unlike those two this FD is still untranslated.

Eiyuu Seki GOLD - Tenco did improved the gameplay on this by adding the utimate skill for almost all of the heroines along with the interaction scenes between the heroines, although in exchange the main story is somewhat weaker than the original. JAST did release this back at February, so you can play this in English as of now.

Hikoikumo no Mukougawa - SakuraGame did plan to release this, although until this day there's no translated version from them. Seeing that they're rumored to do MTL, safe to say that nobody would look forward to Hikoikumo release here.

Koiresort - My first focus on this was on how sexy the resort uniform that the heroines wore lol. Anyway this is more or less charage with the focus on how the heroines need to deal with their problem in the resort, and that it has quite a number of sex scenes (27 at that). Like mod Clephas said, this is already available in English thanks to MDZ's effort who released the translation patch of this way back at 2015. By the way since this VN has a lot of sex scenes, obviously Pulltop wouldn't want to localize this because it mean that they'll need a lot of effort to cut the sex scenes.

Clover Days - I still remember that Astro did his best to translate this, only to have the project was in torpor because he was too busy to handle this. And turned out that his project was already dead because Nekonyan did announce this back at January last year. As for the progress, so far it's been good and if all goes well we may have Nekonyan managed to fulfill their target to release Clover Days at this year. Anyway translation history aside, this VN was focused on the twins and all of the heroines here are twin siblings, and yes it's including the two heroines who have different name.

Hello Lady - Seeing that Yuuji of Grisaia can be quite controversial and that Narita here is sort of like Yuuji when it come to arrogance, I can see on how this VN would make people annoyed with Narita. That said apparently it got some nice story even though I heard that Hino did repeat his bad habit from Comyu in here as well, in which he like to repeat a certain words throughout the VN. Nekonyan did license this and they chose to license the best possible version of this in which it contain the extra true ending along with two other heroines routes that initially only available in the FD. Too bad that currently we still need to waiting for this because the developer (ie Akatsuki Works) was too slow when it come to programming the engine along with a certain rumor that indicate Nekonyan may have a hard time to release this, so no much we can do other than wait until the engine work on this is finished if one want to read this in English.

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

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Clover Days - I still remember that Astro did his best to translate this, only to have the project was in torpor because he was too busy to handle this. And turned out that his project was already dead because Nekonyan did announce this back at January last year. As for the progress, so far it's been good and if all goes well we may have Nekonyan managed to fulfill their target to release Clover Days at this year. Anyway translation history aside, this VN was focused on the twins and all of the heroines here are twin siblings, and yes it's including the two heroines who have different name.

 

Astro bailed and then Ittaku redid the entire translation on his own before handing it over to the Neko people.

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18 hours ago, Clephas said:

Astro bailed and then Ittaku redid the entire translation on his own before handing it over to the Neko people.

I see. To tell the truth I sort of forgot the detail and only remember that Astro did leave this project dead after working on this for several years lol. Anyway I'll keep in mind in regard of this when Nekonyan release Clover Days later.

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