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VN of the Month February 2015 - Silverio Vendetta

Silverio Vendetta is a natural choice for VN of the Month. But I also consider all of Boku no Hitori Sensou , Rakuen no Shugosha , Sanoba Witch and Soreyori no Prologue masterpieces. Clephas has the same favorite with Sanoba Witch given special mention. Micchi in addition to Soreyori no Prologue looks forward to Kujiragami no Tearstilla and Ama Koi Syrups, and even Zer has his picks of Akuma Musume no Kanban Ryouri and Sakura Synchronicity .


1. Zombie no Afureta Sekai de Ore Dake ga Osowarenai ゾンビのあふれた世界で俺だけが襲われない [150220] 1 2
Based on the popular web novel of the same title. The story covers the first two volumes of the web novel.
Yuusuke is an office worker with a dislike for people, preferring to do his job alone and in silence. When the company he works for suddenly goes bankrupt, he loses his job, and with that, all his motivation disappears, and he becomes a complete shut-in. On one of the rare days he decides to leave his apartment after a week-long video game binge, a mysterious man attacks him and bites his arm. Though Yuusuke manages to escape back to his room, he comes down with a fever and becomes bedridden for several days.
When Yuusuke wakes up, recovered, he goes to resume his normal life, but he soon finds that in the short time he was asleep the world has completely changed. Zombies have emerged in every corner of the world simultaneously, and the few human survivors are now in hiding. However... “Why am I the only one the zombies don’t attack?”
How will Yuusuke take advantage of his new situation, and what will he discover?
Game is localized and has English reviews


2. Captain Earth: Mind Labyrinth キャプテン・アース Mind Labyrinth [150226] 1 
The game is placed on an alternate universe based on the dream world from episode 23: A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Anime Spin-Off


3. Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru - Jukai no Kioku 結城友奈は勇者である 樹海の記憶 [150226] FuRyu Corporation 1
Sanshuu Middle School 2nd year, Yuuki Yuuna.
Cheerful, energetic and always optimistic, she's a normal girl that is a member of the "Hero Club", a club that does anything it can to help people out.
With the 3rd year Inubouzaki Fuu at its center, the Hero Club's activities include all sorts of things that benefit the public, from "finding foster parents for kittens" to "helping out at the kindergarten".
However, the girls of the Hero Club have a true, secret duty:
To fight mankind's natural enemy, the "Vertex", in a different dimension that regular people don't know about, the "Jukai".
Only chosen Heroes have what it takes to fight the enemies that invade the Jukai to bring an end to the human world.
...Or that's how it's supposed to be, but the Jukai seems to be a bit off lately...?
Who is the mysterious figure they encounter within this space where only Heroes and Vertex should be able to move...?
Anime Spin-Off


4. Akuma Musume no Kanban Ryouri 悪魔娘の看板料理 [150227] SofthouseChara 1 2
Located at the main crossroads, the town of Kaste is known for being a border town with monsters appearing nearby. Gin decides to start his second life by opening a shop in a corner of this town. However, things don’t go smoothly for a newcomer to the business: there’s problems with the locals, roaming monsters and brawling adventurers. Lucky for him, he has his trustworthy allies at his side! With their help (and troubles), will his shop become prosperous?
Economic SIM


5. Ama Koi Syrups ~Hajirau Koigokoro de Shitaku Naru Amagami-sama no Koi Matsuri~ あま恋シロップス ~恥じらう恋心でシたくなる甘神様の恋祭り~ [150227] MintCUBE 1 2
Sachikazu lives in Hoshikago city which holds a festival called Hoshiai (Meeting of the Stars) every Tanabata. One early summer day, he went with his childhood friend Tsuyuri to a small shrine on the rocky shore to make an offering of handmade sweets. There they met the strange round being Manjuu-sama. After being embraced by it, Tsuyuri’s face turned increasingly red and her breathing became heavier. He was about to help her, but was instead pushed down. It looked like she was sexually excited. She turned back to normal after he sprayed his semen on her. Then, a girl in a miko outfit, Hozumi, appeared before them and proclaimed that since Manjuu-sama had awakened, she will help make sure the “Hoshiai Ritual” is performed accordingly.
The only way to combat the sexual urges that are caused by Manjuu-sama’s mysterious ability is his semen! With his younger sister Rin and English transfer student Anastesia also dragged in, the festival of love has begun!
There are English reviews


6. Boku no Hitori Sensou ぼくの一人戦争 [150227] Akabei Soft2 1 2 3 4 5 6
The world that Eiji knew changed completely one calm spring day. The school which he attended was attacked by evil enemies which cannot be seen. The students all took up arms to protect the things which they treasured the most. It was a battle which would not end until there was only one left standing.
There are English reviews


7. Kamitsure ~7 no Nijou Fushigi~ カミツレ ~7の二乗不思議~ [150227] Libre
Mutsuki is very much a girl. However, she knew ever since she was a child that a ‘boy’ existed inside of her. Sometimes he would appear to help her, sometimes to trouble her. Her parents soon divorced because of this and she was separated from her dear twin little sister Nanami.
The years passed and there was a new transfer student to Mutsuki’s all girls school at the end of the summer vacation of her first year. It was her long-separated twin Nanami. However, her personality had changed from doting to cool. Mutsuki was worried that Nanami would become outcasted in the class, but she was particularly cold to her.
She heard from her roommate about one of the school’s seven mysteries, the large mirror in the concert hall. She went there and asked the mirror what she should do. At that moment, she was swallowed up by an ‘alternate time’, then reappeared in front of the mirror. There was a bright light and she heard a voice say to her: “I will grant your wish”.
When she came to, she was in her own room. Was it a dream or was it real? She was holding a small mirror in her hand. From that moment on, the relationships between Mutsuki and Nanami, as well as with the girls around them, began to change greatly.
Yuri game that tries to bring in seriousness to the genre


8. Kujiragami no Tearstilla 鯨神のティアスティラ [150227] Whirlpool 1 2 3
The water capital, Amanoshima Island, brings in many tourists with its network of canals. It became prosperous due to its ‘energy water’ industry which can be used for everything from consumption to energy, and a school was built to do further research on it. It is on this mysterious island that there is a folklore about a water god who can grant wishes.
One day, Yuuma drifted ashore in a suitcase. He met a young girl Riru, who was the kujiragami (whale god) in the legend. However, for some reason she had lost her ability to grant wishes. She asked for his help to regain her powers and thus, he became her messenger. This is the beginning of the story about the return of the legend of the water of wishes.
There are English reviews


9. Marrybell wa Shinda to Papa ni Tsutaete マリーベルは死んだとパパに伝えて [150227] NostalgicChord 1 2
The story is told from the points of view of the six 'family members', who are all people who were dropped into this new world when their section of Tokyo 'fell'. They are also the only survivors... and they find themselves indebted deeply to the indigenous city that manage to reach and the merchant guild that sells them their house. A great deal of the story is about a combination of simple financial struggles to make ends meet and pay off more of their debt... and of how the various characters adapt - or don't.
There are English reviews


10. Rakuen no Shugosha 楽園の守護者 [150227] NostalgicChord 1 2
Rakuen no Shugosha taking place in future where a small percentage of the population - both animal and human - have gained supernatural abilities that make them so dangerous that they rendered most modern weapons obsolete. When the story begins, you are thrown into action with a small unit of United Nations soldiers who are sneaking through the ruins of a dead city for the purpose of killing the 'most powerful human in existence'.
There are English reviews


11Sakura Synchronicity さくらシンクロニシティ [150227] Whitesoft 1 2
It was April and the first year for Haruka and his younger sister Rise at Sotoorihime Academy, which is surrounded by beautiful cherry blossoms. First meetings with new friends awaited them, as well as reunions with childhood friends. And, as if it was waiting for this exact moment to come, the synchronicity of love begins.
There is an English review


12. Sanoba Witch サノバウィッチ [150227] Yuzusoft 1 2 3 4 5
Hoshina Shuuji has a secret: He has a mysterious power that allows him to perceive the emotions of others.
One of Shuuji’s classmates, Ayachi Nene, likewise has her own grave secret: She will randomly experience periods of strong arousal, something which she has no control over. The two of them had nothing to do with one another beyond just being classmates, until one day, when Shuuji stumbled upon a scene that defied his wildest imaginations. Ayachi Nene, THAT Ayachi Nene is pressing her crotch against the corner of a library table… using it to MASTURBATE?!
Following that one accident, two strangers became friends. They bonded with one another through their shared secrets, and from this, Shuuji came to learn about certain things. That is, not only about the reason for Nene’s random ‘fits’ where she gets uncontrollably aroused, but also about the existence of people called ‘witches’—-Nene’s secret actions as a ‘witch’, and the ‘fits’ she goes through because of that serving as the magnet, a junior, an upperclassman, and a transfer student all congregate together.
Shuuji’s once normal life is thrown into chaos, and with that, a certain faint hope wells up inside of him:
“Maybe this will be the start of something new.”
There are English reviews


13. Silverio Vendetta シルヴァリオ ヴェンデッタ [150227] light 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
In the near future, fossil fuel deposits have dried up and nations have begun scrambling to secure the few resources which remained. It was at this time that Japan successfully discovered the previously unknown “Astral” particle, which would have solved the world’s energy problems. However, the other nations would not recognize Japan’s superiority and sought to take the new technology by force, sparking the Fifth World War.
As the entire world descended into a fierce war, no one had realised the greatest danger to humankind. The new Astral nuclear power reactors malfunctioned, causing a seismic space-time earthquake which wiped out Japan and most of eastern Eurasia.
With the birth of the second sun, Amaterasu, came a drastic change in the world situation. As it was impossible to maintain the current culture with the lack of electronic circuits, the war ended without any victor, leaving behind only a deep scar.
It took a thousand years before humankind recovered from this catastrophe. It was then that another unprecedented calamity occurred in the capital of Adler, a military nation located in what was formerly Western Europe. Blood and screams filled the burning streets as the city descended into bottomless despair. Two strange beings appeared, challenging the hero and the fate of mankind.
Zephyr did not believe that this fierce heroic battle suited him and decided to run away instead. He did not care about winning the battle; he just wished to live a normal life. For the only girl he had saved, he promised to turn his back on everything. This is not a story about heroes; it is a tale about those who have lost.
There are English reviews


14. Soreyori no Prologue ソレヨリノ前奏詩 [150227] minori 1 2 3 4 5
Shuu is able to read the feelings of others. However, it only brings him pain, especially in places with many people, like a full train. One day, he noticed that he was not able to feel the emotions of a girl on the train, even when he focused his ability on her. Before he knew it, he was completely fixated on her and wanted to know more about her heart although he didn’t even know her name. He only knew that she was a student at his school.
One summer day, the girl went to the school’s roof instead of the classroom. He curiously followed her and when he reached the top, he was greeted by her cold gaze.
“There is a wall surrounding my heart. You cannot pass through it.”
For some reason, the girl knows his "power".
A boy who can read people's feelings. A girl who has sealed her heart/feelings with a wall.
The story of these two, starts at that summer ~
There are English reviews


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This was a pretty active month.  As such, there are a ton of games worth talking about.

Akuma Musume is yet another poor-quality simulation VN made by Softhousechara.  Honestly, they should have stuck with dungeon crawlers and strategy rpgs.

Boku no Hitori Sensou I gave a decent rating, but the game is disturbing at best, distasteful at worst.

Kujiragami no Tearstilla is another step downward into the abyss of mediocrity for Whirlpool.

Marrybell wa Shinda to Papa ni Tsutaete was released in a package with Rakuen no Shugosha, both of them unique VNs that don't fit into any existing genre.  Marrybell is a game where a bunch of kids are transported to another world, where otherworlders are common and commonly used as tools by local governments due to their literacy and the broad general knowledge they tend to bring to the table.  It is mostly focused on how the group's members deal with the loss of everything they know in a world that is not kind to them in any way, shape, form or fashion.

Rakuen no Shugosha is an utsuge without any sort of H-content based in a world where a small portion of the world's population (both human and animal) have gained superpowers sufficient to make mundane weapons obsolete.  It is full of pretty high quality violence, with excellent storytelling.

Sakura Synchronicity is a kusoge of a charage from Whitesoft.

I don't really feel a need to get into Sanoba Witch, since anyone with the money can play it in English now.

Soreyori no Prologue is a high-quality plotge... but it is also by Minori, which means there are a ton of wince-worthy moments from the protagonist and incomprehensible reactions from the heroines.

Silverio Vendetta... at this point do I even need to tell you how good this game is?  There is a reason why I've already replayed this game four times in the years since it came out.



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Zombie VN - The late Conjueror did expect something good in regard of this VN, although looking from average scores at VNDB safe to say that this VN may not fulfill his expectation. Oh well, at least the graphic is good and that the premise is quite unique in that we have the MC who is quite hardened in the zombie infested world so much that he treated the girls not so nice. This VN is also the adaptation of the ongoing LN, so naturally even at the third part of the trilogy the story is still not complete.

Bokusen - Regardless on how colorful Joyjason's rambling was in regard of this, it seems that Looseboy here had a bit too much fun in regard of writing Red Herring. Also it seems that Red Herring here is his writing style, so much that he also write like that in his own manga (Talentless Nana) which to say did affect some people and cause a bit controversy.

Soreyori no Prologue - Looks like it's quite fine modern minori VN, and by modern minori VN I mean it did have big breast heroines (At least in this VN it's not as big as it used to be) along with lengthy well drawn sex scenes. As for whether Mangagamer can localize this or not, I guess it might be possible if minori sell their licenses in bargain just like feng sold their licenses in bargain to Sekai.

Silverio Vendetta - A chuunige that probably won't be localized by light because they still need to recover from the main company bankruptcy. That said, it didn't stop someone to think that light will be localized this just because the word 'sorry. There are no plans at this time, but it may be realized if there are many requests.' from their tweet, which if one may look at it more in scrutiny it just mean that light politely refused to localized Silverio. That person did think that light will localize this if he can prove many people want Silverio, so with his entitled mind he started the petition in Change.org with the goal to basically forced light to localize this, which to say not really elegant and I should mention that the successful petition here didn't corelate with the number of the people who sign the petition. My annoyance to that entitled person aside, I think that it would be nice to have this localize IF and only IF the petition can really go through. Although it's not like I'm desperately in need of localized Silverio just like that entitled petition maker there, at least for now.

Sanoba Witch - It's Yuzusoft VN with the premise that the romance was started from masturbation, and it make sense in the context. Or if you need more detail it's the love story that started with Shuuji did peek Nene who masturbate at the library (Thanks to her horniness that was caused by witch (More like magical girl though) contract) and obviously Nene realize that so much she become embarrassed because of it, and one way or another both of them fall in love with each other. This VN here is also marked the first officially localized Yuzusoft VN that was released by Nekonyan, which back then is very ironic because Sekai have Yuzusoft VNs licenses first and yet we have Nekonyan did release it first. Other than that, Sanoba Witch here did help Nekonyan to established themselves as one of better official localization company to a degree, and right now we have five Yuzusoft VNs (Including Sanoba here) was licensed by Nekonyan.

That's all for my comment in regard of February 2015 releases.

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