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VN of the Month December 2014 - Teito Hiten Daisakusen


Teito Hiten Daisakusen is VN of the Month. Kami no Ue no Mahoutsukai and Chaos;Child are also masterpieces, but with the latter I'd recommend anime over the game. Clephas chose Kami no Ue no Mahoutsukai at the time, but Liar-Soft game was unavailable at the time.

 

1. Kadenz Fermata//Akkord:Fortissimo [141211] La'cryma 1 
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It is not the end (fermata) to this story of battles.
In order to bring upon “justice”, a special force under the direct command of an organization was formed across the border. Its name was the “Seventh Chord”. Having excelled in manipulating magic (rune) in combat using her life force and living in secret from society, Freya was the only girl who has shown excellent results as a knight.
Freya was summoned to the island of eternal summer, where she was born and raised, by Julius, Seventh Chord's commander and her elder brother who she reunited with after being separated for a long time, for her first mission. And that mission, was said to have never been accomplished in history; it was to “defeat a mythical god”. Although it was handed down as a legend before, the "God" that was subdued was revived in this present day and age once again.
After analyzing the "abilities" of these mythical gods, the organization created the “strategic creation technology weapon” to fight against them. This ultimate scientific weapon, known as “Miracle”, was handed down to Freya, to challenge these mythical existences to a fight.
The enemies have transcended human intelligence, and their immortal existence has the ability to recreate the "powers" of a mythical god. The seven “Mahoutsukai”.
The seven people who gathered in the name of justice. The "Kisekitsukai" of the “Seventh Chord”.
Ultimate Science (justice) vs. Mythical Magic (another justice)
A fight that no one had expected. Before long, the truth will begin to lead one to a sad fate.
Mission Rank: SSS-Class.
The seven knights were gathered to cut open the impossible fate, and set foot into the unexplored stage of humanity that will slowly become a holy war.
Strategy

 

2. Chaos;Child [141218] MAGES. GAME 1 2 3 4 5
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It's been six years since a massive earthquake leveled the city of Shibuya. Now, in October 2015, while researching a number of recent murders, Takuru Miyashiro realizes a horrible truth. These murders are the return of a series of killings that plunged Shibuya into terror six years ago. And at the same time, people called gigalomaniacs, with the powers to make their delusions real, are beginning to awaken.
Game is localized and has English reviews of which I covered a few sources

 

3. Amakano アマカノ [141219] Azarashi Soft 1 2 3
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It’s only the end of November and the hot springs town Yomase-machi was already a winter wonderland, having been dyed white from the falling snow. Yuuki moved to this snowy town to help his grandparents shovel snow at their home, the former boarding house Yamanouchi-sou. He met many warm-hearted people, including the shrine maiden Sayuki who worries about her inability to properly greet strangers, his mysterious but playful housemate and senpai Mizuki, and the local cafe’s cheerful and energetic kouhai mascot Koharu. Even though he was still feeling lost, he tried to get used to living in this snowy land. During that time, his grandfather suggested that he find love while he is still young and lead a new life in earnest. Now’s the time for him to take the first step and fall in love.
There are English reviews

 

4. Kami no Ue no Mahoutsukai 紙の上の魔法使い [141219] Uguisu Kagura 1 2 3 4 5
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There was a small library on that island. It was the Yuugyouji family’s private library built solely for one girl, Yoruko, who didn’t attend school and spent all her time there. With lots of intriguing books on its shelves, there was no happier place for a bookworm like her. There were also other wonderful and pleasant people who resided there: the protagonist Ruri and his cool sharp-tongued imouto Kisaki, the freeloading tennen moodmaker Rio, and the curious and honest “detective” Kanata. It’s as if they were all brought together by someone or something. Their love of books was the beginning of their youth. Before long, the lonely library became full of light and they became close like childhood friends.
Two years later, Ruri returned to the library after leaving the island due to family matters. Nothing seemed to have changed from six years ago, except that there was a secret which they were not aware of back then: “Anything that is written in the magic book will become reality”. If it’s a romance novel, then a miracle-like love story will unfold. If it’s a fantasy novel, then vampires will appear the next day. If it’s a horror novel, then there’ll be a ghost beckoning you from behind.
Yoruko’s strong will. Kisaki’s beauty. Rio’s cheerfulness. Kanata’s brilliance. Let’s fall in love with them and books.
There are English reviews

 

5. Kanojo no Seiiki 彼女のセイイキ [141219] feng
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This is the first title in feng’s low-price Seiiki series, focusing on childhood friend Fuyuka Akiyoshi.
The protagonist’s childhood friend Fuyuka came from a rich family and was neat and pretty, so she was like the idol of the class. All the boys admired her, but they also found it hard to get close to her. He felt the same way as he had liked her since they were small. Maybe she was his first love. However, they grew distant from one another after they went to separate schools.
One day while returning from Akihabara, he was mistaken for a train molester. The victim was Fuyuka, who he hadn’t seen for a long time. Even though it was just a misunderstanding, she told him that if he wanted her to forgive him, he’ll have to become her butler.
Feng was not snatching stars from the sky even with full-price games, so there's just no point

 

6. Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahou 2 月に寄りそう乙女の作法2 [141219] Navel 1 2 3 4
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A boy returns from his home country…
The protagonist Sakurakouji Saika had a burning passion in his heart: to receive the highest scores in the world-famous designer school: Filia Academy.
Aka, earn the Highest Award at the “Academy Show” at the end of the school year. His parents did the same, and they are his role model. This was his dream… Well, was to be his dream at least
Saika hears of a bad news from his uncle (Ion), however, that…
“Filia Academy Designer School will restrict males from next year”
With such a shocking news in mind, Saika considers his options.
However, he understands his status now, and decides to throw away his history as a male and attend this school.
This is because if he attends under a master, he will be able to hide his true identity and attend as a simple “servant”.
Therefore Saika borrows the name “Kokura Asahi” (spelled different in Japanese) and becomes the maid of “Est”.
Getting into the school is the easy part: the real difficulty is from now. Even with the best outfit, walking down the runway alone isn’t sufficient.
Fashion, Acting, and Music all need to be considered when getting on stage.
So Saika (aka, Asahi) will become closer with the girls from the 66-story apartment he prepared named “Sakura no En” (Paradise of Cherry Blossoms)
Will Saika be able to find a perfect partner while hiding his identity and receive the highest prize at the Academy Show?
There are English reviews

 

7. Himawari to Koi no Kioku ヒマワリと恋の記憶 [141226] More 1 2
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Youth only comes once in a lifetime. It’s the time to go out and play with friends, do your best to achieve your dreams, and fall in love. Yuu is a second-year student at Ishigami Gakuen who is wasting his youth away. He thinks that he should do something about it, but lacks the motivation to take the first step. He soon meets four girls who have their own worries: Ai, the school’s #1 beauty who calls herself a delinquent; Akane, his classmate who yearns for the spotlight; Shiori, a quiet girl who is looking for ghosts; and Kana, his osananajimi who wants to get along with her friends once more. He spends precious time with each of them in turn.
There are English reviews

 

8. Prism Princess ~Futari no Himekishi to Kokan no Monshou~ プリズム・プリンセス ~ふたりの姫騎士と股間の紋章~ [141226] Pajamas Soft
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One day, a naked girl appeared in hikikomori Naoto’s room. She stripped off his pants and declared: “I’ve found you, son of the demon lord! Now die!” She swung at him with a sword that she pulled out of nowhere, but it was stopped by another naked girl. “I will definitely protect you…” On top of that, his childhood friend is an idol and his younger sister is not just a chuuni, but secretly a powerful magician!? What the hell is going on?
There is no True route or even harem scenes, so there only rather short individual routes. The gist of the the is erotic bakage parody. With the right mindset and expectations this can be a very enjoyable game. Among the visual novels of 2014 it's the most appealing one to take up for review. With this kind of clothing I guess I need to be extra careful for Youtube not to give me hell like it happened with both Soleil games.

 

9. Teito Hiten Daisakusen 帝都飛天大作戦 [141226] Liar-soft 1 2
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This is a world which looks very similar to ours, or possibly a world which shares the same history, but developed in another way. In 1926, the bustling imperial capital of Japan, Tokyo, is a strange blend of newly developed mechanical technology and automatons from the olden days. A great world war had ended not too long ago and another loomed in the horizon, but even with the special procurements in preparation for war and rising anxiety in the city, the general populace were still enjoying their lives full of pleasure and prosperity.
However, there was an influx of atrocious crimes menacing everyone from the poor to the rich: murders in back alleys, child abductions, robberies with arson, currency counterfeiting and property destruction. It did not seem to be work of humans. Accounts of strange persons in the city soon spread, and it was agreed upon that they were the work of the spirits, specifically the tengu. One tengu who had come to the city to enjoy the culture in his own way, Garan, resented being blamed for all these crimes. He sensed that these incidents were linked to his bitter enemy, the kijin, and sought to annihilate them.
There are English reviews

 

10. Unionism Quartet ユニオリズム・カルテット [141226] Clip☆Craft 1 2
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Fehde, a ceremonial duel with its origins in the Middle Ages, has morphed into the wildly popular sport ‘fehda’, with the combatants being called ‘knights’. Akito transfers into a school (Camelot) which trains knights and thanks to the Princess Yurina of the Albion Kingdom, he was made a member of the Knight Order (“Union”) and tasked with the goal of winning the school’s grand tournament, Vartok Fehda. He started out as an unknown, but people started knowing his name once he fought past many strong opponents and progressed deeper into the tournament. Will he be able to come out on top and claim the title of strongest of them all?
There are English reviews

 

11. Ame no Marginal 雨のマージナル [141230] Stage-nana 1 2 3 4
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A serious visual novel telling the story of a man who steps into an elevator, only to find himself transported to a strange and mysterious world.
In this world, there is no time, no aging, no hunger, not even death. There is nothing to be seen but weathered stone, white clouds, and endless rain.
The only other person there, Rin, tells him to get out.
Just what story does someone who has lived alone in this place for untold years, decades, even centuries...
Will a day come when the rain finally ends?
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

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1. Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru 結城友奈は勇者である [141217] Minato Soft 1
The story takes place in the era of the gods, year 300. Yuuna Yuuki lives an ordinary life as a second year middle school student, but she's also a member of the "Hero Club," where club activities involve dealing with a mysterious being called "Vertex."
This game was released with the first DVD and Blu-ray Disc volume for the anime. This is a short, fan disc-like game that takes place during approximately the first half of the anime. It contains ten short scenarios.
Fandisc
 
2. Hello Lady! -New Division- ハロー・レディ! -New Division- [141219] Akatsuki Works 1 2 3 4
This is the fandisc for Hello Lady!, bundled with the visual fan book. It adds if stories for popular subheroines Mori and Mitori.
Fandisc
 
3. Rasen Sokou no Dystopia -The Infinite Set of Alternative Version- 螺旋遡行のディストピア -The infinite set of alternative version- [141219] LiLiM
A father lives with his two beloved daughters. A traveler came before them and said,
"It comes when snow falls in summer. The destruction of the world, you can still stop it."
With a thunderclap, calamity springs forth from the bottom of the earth.
A voice from beyond the walls calls to the disaster stricken people.
"The fruits are to be our slaves. That is Law."
The traveler brandishes a sword. The father shields the daughters behind his back.
Three fruits to be protected. The time will come when choices are to be made.
Whatever shape it may take. The world will change. It must change. On the fate of those looked after.
―Lose your thoughts, don't become like me.
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Kou, the protagonist, belongs to a family in charge of a derelict shrine.
Along with his childhood friends Azusa and Yurina, who lives next door, and his best friend Souma, they live a life of little worries.
When summer vacation is nearing, Miu, a female transfer student arrived in Kou's class.
That night Kou saw Miu wandering around holding a long object, and he asks her about it.
"I'm looking for something. A very old book. It's something that's... in this town."
That book has long been kept in the shrine of Kou's family, the Oosakaki.
With that in hand, thunderbolt strikes, and the 'law' of the world is set in motion.
Nukige is listed for opening's sake
 
 
4. White Album 2 - Mini-After Story WHITE ALBUM2 ミニアフターストーリー [141225] Leaf 1 2
Features the after stories for both Kazusa's and Setsuna's true endings.
Fandisc
 
5. Holy Breaker! -The Witch Betrayed Blue Moon Wicca.- Holy Breaker! -The Witch Betrayed Blue Moon Wicca.- [141228] H.I. design office 1 2
You play as the protagonist Izumi Tsukumo, a second-year high school student who accidentally witnesses a fight between Tenma Minase, a witch, and Abeno Haruka, a demon hunter.
Doujin has an English review
 
6. Neko Para Vol.1 Soleil Kaiten Shimashita! ネコぱら Vol.1 ソレイユ開店しました! [141229] NEKO WORKs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
What's NEKOPARA? Why, it's a cat paradise!
Minazuki Kashou, the son of a long line of Japanese confection makers moved out to open his own shop "La Soleil" as a patisserie.
But upon moving out, hidden amongst his things were two of the catgirls ("neko"), Chocola and Vanilla, that the family had been raising. When he tried to send them back, they begged and pleaded until he gave in and now they've opened La Soleil together.
With two nekos who really, REALLY love their master trying their very best and occasionally failing -- a heartful comedy opens for business!
See the Sayori NEKO WORKs’ mascots Chocola and Vanilla like never before, moving, and in full voice on screen. And now with the E-mote System, the characters smoothly move on screen changing expression and poses in countless ways.
Nukige has English reviews
 
7. Libido Sensou リビドー戦争 [141230] Furu: Dokei
Boys at the all-boys school are desperate to get acquainted with girls in the neighboring academy. Then one boy comes with a plan to make their dreams come true...
Doujin is listed for the sake of opening
 
8. Unred Night UNRED NIGHT [141230] Gensou Eigakan 1
Lovey dovey scenes, main girl being cute, some drama, confession scenes
Doujin has an English review

 

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Kadenz Fermata was a very poor quality sequel to Fortissimo.  It is rare for me to completely bash a chuunige, but this is one of those that is deserving fully of being called a kusoge.

Kami no Ue no Mahoutsukai is a plotge with a pretty creepy story.  Honestly, it isn't my favorite game, but it was definitely VN of the Month material for this particular month.  

Tsuriotsu 2 proved the rule that Navel is incapable of making a truly good sequel with new characters.  My primary complaints (though they aren't the only ones) were the way the protagonist's personality (which was the best part of the game) and abilities were suddenly downgraded in each heroine path and the low quality of the heroines in comparison to the original series.  While not having anyone to match Luna in quality is perhaps understandable, I would have liked to see at least one heroine who could have competed with the others.

Unionism Quartet is an oddball VN with a strong battle royale element that reminds me a lot of Appare Tenka Gomen in style and execution.  It is a decent read, but not near kamige level.  

I later played Teito Hiten... but like with a lot of Liar-soft games, my feelings are mixed.  For Liar-soft fans, this is like their drug of choice, as it hits all the high points of a Liar-soft game.  For people who find Liar-soft's tongue-twisting and repetition annoying, this game is wince-worthy.  It is also worthy of note that this game lampoons the 'dark fantasy' anime of the 1980's and 1990's in a way that will feel very, very familiar with anime fans who got started in that era but will make no sense to people in later eras (mostly because dark fantasy anime in that era didn't even try to make sense or fill in the plot holes).

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