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VN of the Month October 2014 - Mayoeru Futari to Sekai no Subete


There aren't masterpieces in October. If I had to choose one, I'd say Mayoeru Futari to Sekai no Subete . Clephas decided to skip nomination entirely. Micchi adds to the already mentioned title Hanokiwa Logic and Unmei Senjou no φ .

 

1. Mayoi Hitsuji no Kajuen マヨイヒツジの果樹園 [141007] Namaage 1 2
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A small, garden-like Academy stands alone on a secluded island.
Ichirou Yamada has been transferred there to work as a teacher.
He is put in charge of Casserole, a beautiful, young girl who entered the school at the same time.
A little Eden.
The days roll by at the Academy.
Days that are boring but full of happiness.
However, things are not what they seem at this "academy"...
Has Ichiro finally found the peaceful days he's always longed for, as well as that someone he wants to protect?
He is still trying to overcome the loss and regret of his past amidst the warmth and tranquility of these days.
"Stray Sheep."
All the while trapped by the words of the girl he lost so long ago.
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

2. Busou Shoujotai Blade☆Briders 武想少女隊ぶれいど☆ブライダーズ [141024] Alice Soft 1
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In the late 21st century, humankind came under a fierce attack from aliens who suddenly appeared via wormholes. They were helpless to fight against them and resigned themselves to imminent death. At that time, an ultimate weapon which could create items out of imagination was discovered in a expansive cave under Japan, along with its young master Ryuusei who was in cryostasis. The indiscriminate alien attacks awoke him and he led the humans to a decisive victory.
One year later, while the areas which had been destroyed by the aliens were still being rebuilt, Ryuusei was appointed as the commander of the newly-formed Defence Force of Earth, which was created to fight against space invaders. However, he was the only person who could use the ‘imagination embodiment device’. If something was to happen to him, then calamity would befall the world. So the Defence Force of Earth decided to recruit girls with potential to fight alongside him. Even though they hesitated at first, they each had their own reasons to join Ryuusei. Thus, the special force ‘Blade Briders’ was formed, to protect the Earth against the aliens who have returned.
SRPG

 

3. Starlight ☆ Idol -Colorful Top Stage!- すたーらいと☆アイドル -COLORFUL TOP STAGE!- [141024] FOUNDATION 1
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Yuuichi is a producer-in-training who is entering his third year at Mion Gakuen, a school created to find and develop talent for arts and entertainment. As is the custom, he was put in charge of an idol group: the prominent 5-person idol unit CRESCENT. However, the members are all peculiar in their own ways. Even though they each have great individual ability, there was no group unity. He seeked to solve their worries with the help of his best friend Kazutoshi and Katou-sensei, so that the girls can both mature individually and develop together as a group. Their goal is to perform on the biggest final stage ‘live alive’.
There is an English impression

 

4. Doushite, Sonna ni Kuroi Kami ga Suki na no? どうして、そんなに黒い髪が好きなの? [141031] Fire Works 1 2 3 4 5
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Why does the protagonist like black hair so much? Well, there’s no need to have a reason, but it might have had something to do with his surroundings during childhood. As the heir to a shrine, he had been surrounded by black-haired women for as long as he could remember. You could say it was in his blood.
Thus, it’s only natural that a beautiful black-haired girl would appear before him when he was about to freeze to death. He was captivated by her beauty and thought to himself that if he was going to die, he would marry a black-haired bishoujo like her. So, he proposed to her on the spot.
Many months later after he had miraculously survived, the girl Ichou, who was one of the gods of marriage, returned to become his bride. His miko osananajimi Urara would not accept their relationship, but he could not turn down a request from a black-haired lady, especially one who had saved his life. Afterwards, they were joined by Ichou’s imouto Sakuya and the self-proclaimed shinigami-possessed (chuuni) Mizuha. Surrounded by black-haired girls, the odds of his wish being fulfilled look bright.
There are English reviews

 

5. Hakoniwa Logic 箱庭ロジック [141031] Cabbit 1 2 3 4 5
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Arata is a student at Senba’s Tsurubane Gakuen. Modelled after the capital, the recently-built city of Senba is commonly referred to as the ‘miniature garden city’. Even though it is still small, the facilities are quite similar to what you find in downtown Tokyo and the population density is also quite high.
One day in October, he was summoned to the student council, Benizuru-kai. The student council president Shizuku asked him to investigate a string of mysterious incidents which have taken place in the city. There had been six students who have disappeared since April. With no eyewitness accounts, she suspected that it was a very widespread case. There was no link among the disappeared students and the school thought that it was strange as well and wanted an investigation into it. She told him that it would be enough if he would just pretend to do something about it.
He thought it was a bothersome task and was planning to turn her down, but for some reason she knew everything about the embarrassing chuuni novel which he had written before he moved to the city. Faced with blackmail, he had no choice but to accept her request.
He began the investigation with his only friend, extremely perverted kouhai Koko, whose best friend was among the six girls who disappeared. Then a mysterious girl Kirika suddenly appeared, all dressed like a detective (complete with cape), proclaiming that the incident was not a simple disappearance case and it was closely related to the city itself. She then asked him to unravel the city’s secrets with her.
There are English reviews

 

6. Koiharu Adolescence 恋春アドレセンス [141031] Eclair Soft 1
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Spring has come once again for Kazuharu and he thoroughly enjoys his school life at Ouka Gakuen. However, he had once promised his osananajimi and older sister that he would ‘fall in love’. For many years now, he’d been called a good-for-nothing and chicken by girls around him. His freedom disappeared with the start of the new school year. He was surrounded by girls who tempt him at the school and at the worn-down dormitory Azuma-sou: his glutton osananajimi Kanae, miko senpai Matsuri, lewd imouto Chifuyu, self-proclaimed ‘good girl’ kouhai Miyu, and the stupid ghost Hiiragi who for some reason won’t go to heaven. It’s a daily life unlike any other. Let’s have an exceptional youth!
There is an English impression

 

7. Mayoeru Futari to Sekai no Subete 迷える2人とセカイのすべて [141031] Lass 1 2 3 4
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For the last ten-plus years, Kazuma has been seeing a repeated dream. In this dream, his younger self met a beautiful elf in the forest, who put the pendant that she was wearing in his hand and wished for him to save her daughter in the future. Even though it felt like just a dream, the pendant which he held was indeed real. However, he had never met the elf nor her daughter, and now continues to spend his days as a normal student in the boarding school Kuondai Gakuen.
One time, he noticed a blonde girl staggering about at the top of the stairs. She fainted, but he was able to catch her in the nick of time. It appeared that he was the only one who could see her. Then, he remembered one of the school’s seven mysteries: “There is an invisible girl wandering about the school.”
There are English reviews

 

8. Tropical Vacation トロピカルVACATION [141031] Twinkle
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The giant spa resort ALOHA has been a popular spot ever since its opening, with an endless line of customers. Then an even bigger spa resort COCKTAIL OCEAN opened up next door, with better facilities than ALOHA. However, it was not able to attract people away from the established ALOHA. In order to turn the tide and beat ALOHA, they asked the service-oriented Yakumo to help rebuild C.O..
Nothing that needs to apply brain to. Has some value only to those who liked previous Tropical Kiss.

 

9. Unmei Senjou no Phi 運命線上のφ [141031] Lump of Sugar 1 2 3
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The solitary island of Shintenjima is said to be an island of illusion, only mentioned in occult-like rumours. It does not fall under Japanese territory, nor is it owned by anyone else. No one knows who lives there, nor what lives they lead. It is an island shrouded completely in mystery.
Iori is a young man who doesn’t remember anything more than five years ago, but he has a link to the island. He received a letter summoning him to Shintenjima. He was greeted by the maid Linja and brought to the mansion Hourinkan. There he met the owner Karin, as well as the fellow guests, many of whom were around his age.
Surrounded by bishoujos in a suspicious mansion on a secluded island… He had a feeling that something was going to happen.
The game is compatible with tablets running Windows 8. It features two new systems: the ‘Fortune Divide System’ where you could use a sword in the interface to ‘cut’ the screen and reveal new choices (swipe the screen for tablets), and the ‘Detective Mode’ where you search for clues to solve a task (although you could always right click for the answers). There’s also a ‘touching mode’ where you touch girls and you can hear their reactions. At first, it feels that this gameplay is a throwaway, but the use of the sword is actually vital to the progress of the story. There’s also a secret notebook and flowchart to help you along the way.
There are English reviews

 

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1. Kanojo to Ore to, Koisuru Resort ~Kanojo to Ore to Koibito to. & Koisuru Natsu no Last Resort W F... 彼女と俺と、恋するリゾート ~彼女と俺と恋人と。&恋する夏のラストリゾートWファンディスク~ [141031] Pulltop Latte 1
This is the double fandisc for Tototo and Koirizo, taking place a year after Koirizo with the Tototo cast visiting Rosemary Island Resort. There are after stories for all the characters, five 3P scenes (Ayano/Susuki, Tsukushi/Konoka, Yuuko/Chikage, Sango/Konami, Yuuhi/Nagisa) and routes for subcharas Yuuhi and Konami. There’s also a sun-tanned swimsuit patch. Enjoy your summer!
Fandisc

 

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Koiresort Kanobito Crossover FD - Well Koiresort has the heroines wore the sexy uniform and Kanobito main heroine is okay with the threesome, so the most obvious reaction here would be expect this has a lot of threesome and sex scenes. Of course Pulltop didn't disappoint in that regard, and in turn it's obviously make this VN even harder for Pulltop to localized because it mean they need more effort to cut the sex scenes so that 12 years old French girl can play this VN lol.

Hakoniwa - Looks like an interesting VN, although too bad that the one who handle it are SakuraGame which mean they'll just copy paste the MTL without expend some efforts to edit it. I say this in light of my involvement in Amayui's translation in that the translator did admit himself that he used VNR as the basic, and naturally one can say that it's another form of MTL which of course would attract some controversial. Anyway my point is that I can still say that SakuraGame translation is bad even after I'm involved with a project that has the translator using MTL to translate the VN (And had he not admit it Amayui translation here might be passed as properly translated VN).

Tropical Vacation - At least it has sexy uniform like Koiresort, although compared to Koiresort the uniform in Tropical Vacation was lack variation though. Other than that, just expect it as nukige I guess.

Quite a breather month in regard of October 2014, so that's all for my comment in regard of this month.

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Unmei Senjou no Phi is one of several kusoge LoS has produced in the last ten years.  For some reason, for every excellent game the company puts out, they get some weird ideas and put out at least one steaming pile of bad-smelling game.  

Mayoeru Sekai is a relatively poor-quality chuunige done in classic Lass style... which means it retains most of the flaws of early-era chuunige without really improving on the formula or doing anything exceptional.  I rated this as an average-quality game for a reason.

Hakoniwa Logic, though I gave it a slightly lower rating than Mayoeru Sekai, is actually a much better game as a whole, when I reflect on it.  Like most Cabbit games, it is idiosyncratic, creepy at times, and puts in just enough standard-issue SOL to make you wonder what kind of game you just played.

At the time of its release, I didn't play Doshikuro.  However, I did play it almost a year later, wondering if I'd missed out on something... and I had.  This game is actually a relatively high quality fetish plotge hiding under a charage facade.  However, its beginning is off-putting to people like me, who have seen similar beginnings a hundred times before (literally).

 

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