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VN of the Month April 2014 - Racial Merge

Racial Merge is the only masterpiece of the month for me as I can at least enjoy it as a comedy. Clephas had to turn down all the candidates. Micchi pulls out another tremendous list of seven titles among which are PRETTY×CATION , Sora Tobu Hitsuji to Manatsu no Hana , Natsukoi High Pressure , Love Sweets , delayed titles and a fandisc.


1. Dream Club Gogo. ドリームクラブGogo. [140410] Tamsoft Corporation 1
Dream C Club gives the interaction and playability lacking in the big majority of galge. It also embraces being a charage more than most PC-based eroge, getting rid of any central plot to focus only on the heroines and their short stories for character development.
SIM has an English review


2. Mato Kurenai Yuugekitai: Tokyo Twilight Ghosthunters 魔都紅色幽撃隊 Tokyo Twilight Ghosthunters [140410] Now Production 1 2
One day, you arrive at Kurenai Academy in Shinjuku. You're a completely ordinary student, and one of your new classmates gazes at you - Masamune Shiga.
The class president, Sayuri Mifune, gives you a tour of the school, during which you spot what appears to be a ghost wearing a summer dress. You investigate the area, when you suddenly encounter an evil spirit that's been haunting the academy.
The ghost is wearing a red coat, and he quickly attacks! You're rescued by your classmate, Masamune, and a mysterious woman...
You team up with Masamune and the woman to exorcise the murderous red-coated spirit. After the battle, the woman tells you exactly who she is. She explains that she runs a company which takes on requests from citizens to exterminate ghosts like this one. Her name is Chizuru Fukurai, and she invites you to join her company - Gate Keepers. You decide to accept her offer.
And this is how your new life as a member of Gate Keepers begins. It also signals the beginning of the life-or-death battle against the evil spirits lurking within the darkness of Tokyo...
SRPG has English reviews


3. Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps- Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps- [140418] Innocent Grey 1 2 3 4 5
Suou: "Is it wrong if I fall in love with a girl?"
Surrounded by immense walls in the middle of a forest, lies the prestigious all-girls school, Saint Angraecum Academy. It's a school that prides itself on growing bright and cultured young women.
The school's Amitié program is designed to help foster new friendships that will last a lifetime. This is why Suoh Shirahane, a painfully shy girl with a mysterious past, has enrolled. As her first year of high school begins, she is filled with hopes of a new life.
Follow her as she navigates her new friendships and attempts to unravel the many mysteries at the academy, including occult rituals and the mysterious disappearance of fellow students, all while trying to pass her classes.
As spring warms into summer, so does Suoh's friendships until they too blossom into a love that is something more. More importantly, who will she choose?
There are English reviews


4. Harem Tengoku da to Omottara Yandere Jigoku Datta ハーレム天国だと思ったらヤンデレ地獄だった。 [140424] Nippon Ichi 1 2 
The protagonist, Kisaragi Yuuya, is the deputy head of the local high school history research club, and the student council has spoken: show off something to the next cultural festival or kiss your club goodbye.
As such, Yuuya and his three fellow club members try to create a mascot character, Izaemon, to amass appeal for the club.
However what follows was something that no one could have ever predicted...
There are English reviews


5. 13-nin no Uruwashiki Kedamono 13人の麗しきケダモノ [140425] Mink
On the day of the school festival, Mamoru and his childhood friend Kanade plus eleven other people consisting of teachers and students are invited into a mysterious event held in the basements of the school church.
After they have arrived an announcement tells everyone to take a seat and states them the rules of the game about to begin. One random person is chosen to be a Devil who hunts villagers at night. Each day villagers must decide on who to execute and the game continues until the real Devil is caught or they manage to kill everyone save for one other person.
Still believing it is nothing but a short special event planned by the school, reluctant Mamoru and twelve other players start with the first Judgement phase. The playful atmosphere turns into one of horror when the players discover a grotesque body of the first judged person and notice that the entrance is locked, their cries for help going unnoticed.
The announcement sounds again; "Breaking the rules means instant death and the only way out is finding the Devil."
Mink has a reputation as nukige maker. Here there's also escape concept and some guro is thrown in. Mastermind behind the devil play is rather predictable, and individual heroines aren't given enough time to shine. Overall, it's an unpleasant slightly dark story with surprisingly unappealing eroticism.


6. Demonion 2 ~Maou to Sannin no Joou~ デモニオンII ~魔王と三人の女王~ [140425] Astronauts: Sirius 1
This is the sequel to Demonion. The nomadic people founded four countries on the once barren Nilt region. They were the Elven kingdom of Lusario, the Eastern empire Shuka, the ice empire Kilos and the dark demon kingdom of Hados. However, Hados collapsed due to an instigated revolt by the humans. One hundred years later, the Diabolica were viewed as bringers of destruction and chaos, and as such, they were a target of discrimination and suppression.
Caym was a Diabolica prince who survived the fall of Hados in a remote place. A girl named Risbell visited him and pleaded for him to revive Hados to save the Diabolica, and to avenge the deaths of her parents by human hands. He proclaimed that he would defeat the three countries and make their respective queens his servants.


7. Love Sweets [140425] Moonstone 1 2
After Itsuki’s first year at Hayagase Gakuen passed uneventfully, he thought that if things continued as is, then he would graduate without having done anything. His friends all got girlfriends after the spring break. He didn’t think that they were seeing anyone during school, and it seemed that they had met while working part-time. Itsuki wanted a girlfriend too, so he decided to find a part-time at a place where there were lots of girls. That’s how he started working at Cafe Hot Chocolat with his childhood friend, energetic kouhai, kind senpai and a girl who he thought was out of his league.
There are English reviews


8. Natsu Koi High Pressure 夏恋ハイプレッシャー [140425] Smile
A year after unsuccessfully applying for Hekikuu Gakuen, Sora passed the transfer examination to fulfill his promise of reuniting with his osananajimi Hikari. They joined up on his first day at the dormitory and he started helping out at the natural onsen Sakura-yu in the shopping mall next to the school on her recommendation. There he met the oneechan-like classmate Misaki, the half-blooded imouto-like Maria, and the shy but hard-working kouhai Yuma. Every day is lively, boisterous and full of laughter. These days of youth are summer love high pressure!
Just a typical school charage uninteresting all the way through. Maximum convenience and useless protagonist - everything is as we like it.


9. Pretty x Cation [140425] Hibiki Works 1 2 3 4
Spring has come to Tokyo once again, except this year you’re now living alone after your parents had to leave due to work. You’re renting a room at an apartment run by your aunt, who bluntly asks you, “Could it be that you’re not interested in girls…?” Well, of course you are! It’s just that you haven’t had much luck finding someone. “Your youth is now. Go and find your love or you will regret it later.” With just that little push, you feel a little confident that it’s your time to fall in love. Yes, your love will begin to bloom now…
While the old-style dating sim concept is still the same, this new title is produced by a different staff.
SIM has English reviews


10. Racial Merge レーシャル・マージ [140425] AXL 1 2 3
Will was the first youth from his remote village in 50 years to be selected for the elite school in the capital. Lovingly raised by the town’s elderly folks, he was a kind fellow who possessed great knowledge and technique. However, there were no young women in the area. They gave him a warm send-off and told him not to come back until he found a bride. Along the way to the capital, he came upon a lot of young women and also many people in trouble. His kindness led him to coming to aid of a blind girl Meryl, but she didn’t thank him in return. Later, he met her at the school, where she worked as a maid.
The Royal Invitational Institute for the Elite is an avant-garde school which aims to break down the wall between the nobility and commoners, with graduates becoming the elite who will help lead the country. However, that is merely the facade since social class differences exist within the school, with the commoners acting as servants to the nobility. However, having grown up in the country, Will could not grasp the concept of social class differences. While others would not dare casually approach a royal like the princess Phyllis, he only saw her as a ‘young woman’. His way of treating everyone equally gradually changed the deep-rooted discrimination at the school.
There are English reviews


11. Rance IX - Helman Kakumei - ランス9-ヘルマン革命- [140425] Alice Soft 1 2
The oldest nation to still exist on the Continent is the militant Helmanian Empire. A country with a long history, and once the most powerful nation in the world, Helman has experienced years of decay under a corrupt regime. A civil war, an invasion by a neighboring power, or perhaps both could happen at any moment. Amidst fears of such turmoil by no small portion of the population, a man who was once exiled from Helman rises to action.
Years prior, Prince Patton Misnarge fought to prove his worth by invading another country, but failed and disappeared from the public eye. Swearing to take his country back, Patton trained and returned a strong and admirable man. He sought to make use of the peerless champion he met on his journeys to fight to revolutionize Helman. Yes, the key to his plan was to get the assistance of the strongest and most brutal warrior, Rance.
RPG has English reviews


12. Ren'ai Harem ~Daisuki tte Iwasete~ 恋愛はーれむ ~大好きって言わせて~ [140425] Pajamas Soft 1
Naoki’s father was a world-renowned doctor who often travelled overseas. When his parents left during the summer, he ended up staying at his neighbour and childhood friend Seika’s place. He thought of her as a precious friend, and one day she was more assertive than usual. It’s been 30 years since a certain comet had come close to Earth, and the comet’s tail passing by resembled a bridge across the Milky Way. It is said that a couple that get together on Tanabata will live happily ever after. Seika decided to do her best to convey her feelings to him at this time.
There is an English review


13. Sora Tobu Hitsuji to Manatsu no Hana -When Girls Wish Upon A Star.- 空飛ぶ羊と真夏の花 -When girls wish upon a star.- [140425] Navel honeybell 1 2
Keisuke became an orphan at a young age and he was taken in by the Konohanamiya family. After overcoming strict training, he returned to Japan this summer to serve as a butler to their daughter Kotoya, who was also his osananajimi. He enrolled in the same school as her, Meisei Gakuen, and reunited with an old friend Mea. It seemed like everything would be smooth sailing, but then he received what appeared to be a love letter. Heading to the rendez-vous place, he met a young girl named Merriel who told him that he was a God who had been reborn as a human in order to find his imouto goddess on Earth.
Keisuke naturally didn’t believe what the self-proclaimed angel said, but she used her angelic powers to get into the Konohanamiya mansion and gain approval from Kotoya and head housemaid Florencia to stay there. Merriel told him that his imouto had been reborn as a human before him and she likely had come to this town. In order to bring her back as a goddess, he must collect the ‘fragments’ of the goddess’ power. These ‘fragments’ were used to grant the wishes of five young girls: the student council leader Mea, his apathetic classmate Yuu who possessed great singing ability, the pure half-Finnish kouhai Shiina, the mysterious girl Ran who could use magic, and his master Kotoya.
Will he be able to retrieve the ‘fragments’ and complete his goal? If he couldn’t, then what fate lies ahead of him?
There are English reviews


14. Tenbin no La DEA. ~Ikusa Megami MEMORIA~ 天秤のLa DEA。 ~戦女神MEMORIA~ [140425] Eushully 1 2 3 4
This title is the continuation of the Ikusa Megami series and is a remake of the original title from 1999. Celica Sylphil obtained the body of a goddess by slaying her. As a result, he was chased by gods and nations, and hunted by assassins until the ‘water miko’, the guardian saint of the holy nation of Rewinia. During the Battle of Dounel, he lost almost all of his divine power while defeating the evil dragon Aracale. Rewinia was saved, but he had become a soul-less female body.
Before he had time to recover his wounds, the ‘water miko’ requested that he head to the Rerun area to investigate the disappearance of the princess of Rewinia 18 years ago. Following the Rewinian order of knights who had left before him, he arrived to find a giant labyrinth. Will he be able to uncover the truth and regain his lost power?
RPG has English reviews


15. Umisora no Fragments 海空のフラグメンツ [140425] Rootnuko 1 2
When he was small, Shin made a promise with a girl who only visited the island for the summer. They promised to attend the same school when they grew up, so that they could always be together. This childhood memory and innocent promise faded as the months and years passed by. However, everything changed when he saw a photo of a student council president in one of the school brochures which he was leafing through. He decided to enrol in that school, the promised school.
Shin attended the entrance ceremony with expectations of a new school life, but it was suddenly announced that the school would be closing in a few months. He was obviously disappointed by the news, but he was determined to bring the "rose-coloured school life" which he had dreamt of into reality. The first step was joining the student council which was full of beauties. It would be the quickest way to attain his dream.
There are English reviews


1. Muv-Luv Photonflowers* マブラヴ photonflowers* [140424] Age 1
Muv-Luv Fandisc consisting of the following
From Muv-Luv Supplement:
Sakura no Hana ga Saku Mae ni ~Muv-Luv After Episode~
Muv-Luv 〜Muv-Luv Another Episode Collection〜
From Ayu Mayu Alternative:
Inheritance (Succession)
From Muv-Luv Alternative Chronicles Vol.1:
Chicken Divers
Rain Dancers
From Kimi ga Ita Kisetsu ~Primary~:
2. D.C. III P.P. ~Da Capo III Platinum Partner~ D.C.III P.P. ~ダ・カーポIII プラチナパートナー~ [140425] Circus 1
This is the new story for D.C. III, focused on the Kazami Gakuen side. Kiyotaka enjoys his third-year school life at Kazami Gakuen with the other official news club members, Ricca, Charles, Himeno, Sara and Aoi. After Golden Week, they are excited for the various seasonal events, such as the athletic meet, summer camp, culture festival and of course, the Christmas party. Will he end up in a special relationship with one of the girls after a year that passes like a dream?
3. Koiken Otome ~Revive~ 恋剣乙女~再燃~ [140425] Eufonie 1 2
This is the fandisk for Koiken Otome, focusing on subheroines Chiharu, Shiho and Mari. There are also after stories for the 4 heroines from the original game and an intense episode with the Kotona.


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 Love Sweets is a below-average charage with nothing unique to recommend to it.

Racial Merge is one of Axl's fantasy SOL games.  It is decent but unfortunately doesn't reach the level of being excellent.

Sora Tobu Hitsuji is... well, it is hard to describe what it is.  It's a fantasy VN with a silly concept and silly characters that is moderately amusing but rather lacking in content.

Tenbin no La Dea is the remake of the original Ikusa Megami by Eushully.  It is about what you'd expect from Eushully when it was at its height, a high quality gameplay VN with a solid story and multiple - greatly varying - endings.

Umisora no Fragments is a mediocre plotge that is primarily memorable for what it didn't manage to do... which was fascinate me or impress me.

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Koiken Otome FD - Standard FD that add three more heroines, and mod Dergonu did want to translate this some times in the past although obviously it was failed because he's quite busy if I remember.

Tenbin no La DEA - Eushully modern VN that wasn't strategy gameplay, but instead it has normal RPG gameplay and it's the remake of first Battle Goddess. Has translation, although obviously it's MTL and the translator did a very bad job by not editing it at all. Speaking of Eushully, I decided to translate (Or rather tidying) Amayui's interface and yes I know that the translator himself admit that he use MTL to do his job on Amayui's narration, which to say would be quite complicated matter seeing that the translator work was apparently almost as good as usual translation because he did edit it seriously and most of people would understandably against MTL for translating the VN.

Rance IX - The continuation of Rance Quest and this time it give Rance the chance to resolve his problem that has been occurred since Sengoku thanks to his carelessness, although in this part before Rance can finally do that he must lend a hand to Patton who's been his enemy back at Rance 3. The other thing worth to note is that the gameplay here is the exact copy of Mamatoto, so we can say that Alicesoft here want to make Mamatoto remake with Rance's character and for the most part it should be good. Anyway Mangagamer did get the license of this, and as of now it's been fully translated along with 62% edited.

Flowers Printemps - The first part of Flowers tetralogy, and it seems that Innocent Grey was inspired by Saga Planet Season Series so they decided to make their own season tetralogy, only that instead of moege and nakige combination in here we have all age GL story with our MC Suou is someone who is quite timid. One should note that while the developer is Innocent Grey, obviously there'll be no bloody scenes like back at Kara no Shoujo. By the way this time Innocent Grey did ask JAST to localize this, and so far JAST did quite fast on releasing the tetralogy with them took two years each for released one part of the tetralogy. For the info, the first part of Flowers here was released in English by JAST back at 2016.

Love Sweets - Moonstone did inform that they want to localize this way back at 2017, although until now there's no news in regard of that. Seeing that Mangagamer did release Sakuramori, perhaps they decided to back to Mangagamer in order to ask them to localize this after their own effort to localize Love Sweets was failed.

That's all for what I can comment in regard of April 2014 releases here.

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