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VN of the Month April 2015 - Chrono Clock


There are very few normal titles this month, but enough of gameplay ones. Two sequels weren't good enough for a masterpiece, so Chrono Clock becomes VN of the Month by default. Clephas was of the similar opinion. Micchi and Zen cheer up for gameplay titles like Evenicle and Kami no Rhapsody, but also comedy Puramai Wars and Eiyuutan fandisc.

 

1. XBlaze Lost:Memories [150409] Arc System Works 1 2 3 
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Magister's City Ishana—
The protagonist "Me" lives on the outskirts of the city of Ishana with her little sister in idyllic peace. However, that peace is shattered when "Me's" sister disappears without a trace.
As panic begins to take a hold, "Me" starts running through increasingly more horrible scenarios in her mind. Was she kidnapped? Or is "that man" somehow behind it all? "That man" being their father, who performed dangerous experiments on his wife and eldest daughter without any explanation of his actions. Rushing to her father's workshop only served to confirm her fears as the same strange azure light that appeared when her mother died once again was leaking through the cracks of the door…
After a single deep breath, "Me" opens the door and then–
–wakes up without her memories in the "Phantom Field", a strange parallel world inhabited by a single person, the mysterious girl "Nobody". It is from this point that the protagonist begins her quest to find her sister, her memories, and uncover the origin of the Phantom Field.
Who is "Nobody"?
What is the "Phantom Field"?
A new story of the "Azure" will be uncovered…
There are English reviews

 

2. Flowers -Le Volume sur Été- FLOWERS - Le volume sur été - [150417] Innocent Grey 1 2
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Erika/Chidori: "Have you ever thought of wanting to do something for the one you love?"
This is the all-age sequel to FLOWERS -Le volume sur printemps-. In the season of first meetings, a girl with a wounded heart, Suou, found a friend and lover who would accept her. However, this friend and lover left the school without telling her the reason at the end of spring. Suou was in denial about her loss, and fellow bookworm Erika was gravely worried and looked for a way to heal Suou’s broken heart.
With the early arrival of summer, a girl named Chidori transferred into the school. She met Erika by accident when Erika was coming back to the dorm and told Erika that she was a coward for stalking her. It was the worst first meeting for the two who would end up becoming each other's "Amitié."
There are English reviews

 

3. Chrono Clock クロノクロック [150424] Purple Software 1 2 3 4
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Next in line to manage a large corporation is our protagonist, Rei Sawatari. He inherited one very important item from his grandfather, the pocket watch. A mysterious power lurks within that pocket watch.
'The power to go back in time five minutes.’
It's a power that he can use as many times as he wants, but it's somewhat difficult to make use of.
If he uses it well, then there's no telling what he could accomplish. He could even save the world... but he shouldn't need to do anything amazing like that.
Our protagonist is just a boy who became a time traveller in order to have fun adventures every day.
Rei Sawatari created a list of cute girls, who he confesses his feelings to one after another, then he uses the power of the pocket watch to turn back time, investigating the girls who might be interested in him without any risk.
After school, on a day just like that. A girl falls from the roof of the school building, splattering against the ground.
When he turned back time to find out what on Earth happened, he found the first year girl, Suzuki Miu, who was right in the middle of confessing her feelings to his best friend when Rei walked in at the worst moment.
Miu was an extremely shy, brilliant, and unlucky girl, And all her courage just to tell someone her true feelings.
Our protagonist; Who could only tell someone his feelings with the help of the pocket watch, was deeply impressed by the girl's determination and decided to help her so that her second confession would succeed.
That was the beginning of their bizarre three-way relationship.
At the same time, the protagonist must gather up the courage to confess his feelings to one of the other heroines.
This is only the prologue to Rei Sawatari's story.
There are English reviews

 

4. Evenicle イブニクル [150424] Alice Soft 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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The creator of the world, the Holy Mother Eve, gave two commandments: one must not kill another human, and one must only have one partner for life. However, knights are exempted from the latter divine rule, so that they can produce powerful offspring to fight against monsters. Somewhere in the land, there was a young man Asterisk who wished to marry the beautiful twin sisters who raised him. He decided that he will become a knight and get lots of wives! Thus, he set out on his journey with great enthusiasm and ambition.
RPG is localized and has English reviews

 

5. Kagura Kaentan 神楽花莚譚 [150424] Debo no Su Seisakusho
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This world is different from the the human world. There are youkai who normally hide in the shadows or sunlight, but can harm humans. Mikoto and Ryouka are two mikos under the tutelage of the goddess Sakatome-sama, and they are tasked with exterminating the youkai. They travel across the land as part of their training. One day, they arrived at a history-laden old town upon the request of Satsuki and Takayo, who informed them of strange events occurring around the town. That evening, Takayo was kidnapped by the youkai and the mikos headed to the land of the youkai to save her.
RPG

 

6. Kami no Rhapsody 神のラプソディ [150424] Eushully 1 2
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The great plains of Kvarna spreads out from the border between the western part and the central plains of the Raulbash continent. This was the territory of the demi-humans who have resided here peacefully for thousands of years.
One time, the ‘Kami no Kaido’, the ruler of the southeastern plains who is close to God, declared that he would train a successor to inherit his immense power and knowledge. With those words, he opened the gates to the holy land, ‘Shrine of the End’ (Tsui no Goshi). The successor candidates were bestowed the privilege to explore the previously-sealed area and various abilities by the Kami no Kaido, to overcome the severe trials that lay before them.
Youths from all races and religions heeded this call and gathered together, including the young researcher Erballade who left his hometown to seek wisdom and the unknown. There will only be one successor. With honour, wisdom, power and wealth, along with the expectations of their hometowns, a fierce competition is about to begin.
SRPG

 

7. Pretty x Cation 2 [150424] Hibiki Works 1 2 3
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Your life is changed up by suddenly having to move to a new town due to your parent's work circumstances. Surrounded by lakes and mountains, a town in the middle of nature-- what's more, you're striking it solo.
While strolling through town, you come across a woman fishing who strikes up a conversation with you: "Have you ever been in love?"
No, no you haven't-- But wouldn't that be nice?
"With you moving to a new place, isn't this the perfect chance for you to change yourself and live a new life?"
With the pushy words of a stranger, your Spring is finally set in motion...
There are English reviews

 

8. Puramai Wars プラマイウォーズ [150424] ASa Project 1 2 3
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“Modesty, fairness and grace”: That’s the motto by which Chihaya and his sisters Kyouko and Mei were brought up with by their strict father. Their family was well-respected in the neighbourhood; You could say they’re the ideal family. Due to an unexpected event, they ended up sharing a house with the family of one of their parents’ co-workers. Chihaya heard that there were three beautiful sisters and was looking forward to living together with them, but it turns out that their nature is totally opposite of their family!
There are English reviews

 

9. Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen Bansenjin 相州戦神館學園 万仙陣 [150424] light 1 2 3 4 5 6
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This follows the grand ending in Hachimyoujin, where Yoshiya doesn’t confess to anyone. Yoshiya’s group are now in their second year at Senshinkan Gakuen, joined by new students Nobuaki and Shizuno. There were a few more hiccups along the way, but every day is full of laughs and smiles. No one thought that it would change, but while devoting all their time preparing for the culture festival, they happened upon a secret of the school and were confronted with a nightmare which eroded reality. They didn’t have any special abilities to combat these strange occurrences, but then their inner elements awakened and the wheel of dreams begin to turn once more.
There are English reviews

 

10. Verethragna ~Seisen no Duelist~ ウルスラグナ~征戦のデュエリスト~ [150424] Astronauts: Sirius 1 2
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The trading card game Verethragna is a game created by the world’s largest game company Link World. Players summon and fight with gods and demons, heroes and monsters summoned from other worlds. It has become extremely popular, with people of all ages addicted to it.
Tatsumi, the head of a zaibatsu, was trapped by the Kokuryou Gakuen’s chairwoman Metsheila into a hidden duel tournament. He suffered a horrible defeat and was bounded from leaving. She sent a challenge to his son, Akira, telling him to fight to the top of the duelist ladder at the school if he wished to exact revenge for his father. Accepting her challenge, he enrolled as a student at the school.
One day, when he accidentally wandered into the woods behind the school, he encountered unidentifiable monsters. However, he was saved by a card of Kiskill, the dark armor-wearing goddess of darkness. He fought up the ranks with her by his side, was selected as one of the 21 knights (ritter) and aimed to become the ‘duel kaizer’. What is the Metsheila’s intention and what is the truth behind Verethragna and the other worlds?
Card RPG

 

11. Hakuisei Aijou Izonshou 白衣性愛情依存症 [150430] Kogado Studio 1 2 3
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"The bitter-sweet love story of the white robe angels."
Oosachi Asuka was a high school girl who lived life in a carefree, easygoing way while holding the nickname "Jellyfish Club Leader." But as graduation approaches, her classmates started to seriously think about college and their futures, which made Asuka feel uneasy.
The self you want to become...
Dreams of the future...
Unable to answer those two thoughts, Asuka wandered in her closet for a change of pace and discovered an old picture book. The writing was faded, but enough to make out the meanings behind the words.
"I will become a nurse."
Without a doubt, those were her letters she herself wrote down inside that favorite picture book of hers growing up. That wasn't the only source for her resolve as she has her younger sister "Oosachi Nao": Younger by one year, same grade level, adores her older sis, and is the self-proclaimed "Responsible Imouto" and "Onee-chan's Special Medicine." Thanks to Nao who's looked after her and encouraged her to work hard, Asuka didn't have a lot of obstacles in her way. After taking the first steps to becoming a splendid nurse, they both succeeded in entering "The Imperial Capital Nursing Technical School" based in the holy site of Yurigahama.
——Spring.
Upon entering, Asuka encounters two classmates: "Amatou Itsuki" and "Takeda Sakuya."
Both are attractive, in-shape, excel in school, and possess many other things... none of which she has. Asuka, who tries to get along with them, gets treated coldly by Sakuya for really no apparent reason...
Along with the guidance of their instructor "Oohara Kaede", the white robe angel (as Asuka puts it), Asuka and Nao spend their busy days as nursing students.
From classroom lectures and nurse basics to on-the-site training.
In hospitals where the death of people exist close by, Asuka and friends grow together as people, and then as nurses. They also experience many things not often encountered:
Words of gratitude and words of abuse...
Lives that are saved and lives that are not saved...
The meanings behind life and death...
The meanings behind the entirety of a person—— the truth of a person.
What fate awaits Asuka and everyone else within these three years?
The answer can only be...
There are English reviews

 

12. Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata -Blessing Flowers- 冴えない彼女の育てかた -blessing flowers- [150430] guyzware 1 
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Adapted from light novel written by Maruto Fumiaki and art by Misaki Kurehito, Aki Tomoya is a male otaku who works part-time to earn money to buy anime. One day during spring vacation, he meets a beautiful girl. A month later, he finds out that the girl is his classmate, Megumi, who is hardly noticed by the other classmates. Tomoya, who also has no special skills or abilities, goes to Sawamura Spencer Eriri, a well-known member of the Art Club, to provide the art for a game the club is developing, and to Kasumigoaka Utaha to write the game scenario. The three subsequently form Blessing Software, which they plan to sell at the next Comiket.
Anime Spin-Off

 

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1. D.C. II ~Da Capo II~ Dearest Marriage D.C.II Dearest Marriage ~ダ・カーポII~ ディアレストマリッジ [150424] Circus 1
Fandisc of D.C.II featuring Otome and Yoshiyuki's marriage life. Features 3 chapters continuing Otome's Route.
“Graduation days” takes place during Yoshiyuki’s final year at Kazami Academy and shows the last fun-filled days for their close circle of friends, culminating with the graduation party. “Married life” details Yoshiyuki and Otome’s daily lovey-dovey lives after his proposal on his graduation day.
Fandisc
 
2. Shin Koihime † Eiyuutan 真・恋姫†英雄譚 [150424] BaseSon 1 2 3
A collection of three low-priced sequels to the Koihime series, focusing on the Shoku generals. It is only available via download (DMM). It appears to occur in an alternate timeline from Shin Koihime Musou or Moeshouden.
In the first release, the main heroines are Aisha, Sei and Sui, although there are also new characters, such as Sui’s younger sisters Ruo and Sou. With a NEXTON-PASSPORT, you can also enjoy an H-scene append for Touka and Renka.
Fandisc

 

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Bansenjin was the sequel that should never have been written.  Why couldn't Masada have just created another new IP?

Chrono Clock is at the lower end of the post-Mirai Nostalgia Purple Soft games in terms of quality, but that is still well above the average for a VN.

Evenicle has decent gameplay but the story is crap.

Kami no Rhapsody has a decent concept and story, but the gameplay suffers from inherent limitations due to a system that was probably designed with eventual mobile ports in mind.

Puramai Wars is a decent charage... but it doesn't go beyond decent.

 

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Quite a number of the releases that I recognize, so let's see what I can comment in regard of April 2015 releases.

Basenjin - I would like light to localize the prequel only if it's what light can do at most, although I definitely won't push my luck too much for the localization chance by making the online petition at Change.org in order to have light localize Senshinkan.

Da Capo 2 Dearest Marriage - Good for Otome fans I suppose, and other than that I suppose Otome here at least is more popular compared to her grandmother Nemu if Circus willingly to make the fandisc for her. Unlike Kotori FD though, Circus here still not localize this yet and probably never will seeing that it's quite old.

Flowers Ete - Second part of Flowers that put more focus on Erika in that back at first part she's more or less just supporting character, and in here she's the MC who obviously need to deal with her own love story that was started from on how both of Erika and her love interest were always clashed at first. Oh Erika also need to deal with Suou (First Flowers MC) who more or less had slump thanks to the event at the first part, and it's up to Erika to cheer up Suou.

Hakuai - At first I thought that it would be just normal GL VN with the nurse setting, until I see a certain CG which more or less tell that Hakuai here won't be just a normal GL VN. Anyway KOGADO here did write that three out of four routes here did contain the plot that happen in the VN, and only the teacher route that more or less didn't related to the main plot therefore make her route is a bit anomaly. At least I can say that this should be good GL VN if one want to see the story focused VN, despite on how you'll feel about the story. Oh yes we already have this localized since back at 2016.

Chrono Clock - While Miu herself is quite prominent in the beginning in that she's the one who started the plot, she's more or less just the heroine for the prologue (And the prologue was felt like her route) and instead if one want to see who is the real main heroine of Chrono Clock it's Cro who is the goddess that reside inside the clock that the MC (Rei) hold. Anyway the premise here is that Rei who use the mysterious clock that has power to back into five minutes ago just for him to confess to a girl and then revert back to five minutes ago, which to say quite mundane compared to what kind of possibility that could be happen if the power used properly. Other thing to note is that this is Purple Software VN that clearly separated the story and sex scenes, and the sex scenes is very few compared to their future VNs (Only 12 scenes compared to Amatsutsumi 22 scenes and Aoi Tori 25 scenes). Oh yes we already have this localize, so one can play this in English as well.

Saekano - Somehow the staffs didn't involve the original writer (Maruto Fumiaki) in writing this VN despite the face that he's more or less experienced in writing VNs, and it's quite out there when we know that Date A Live VN goes farther to have the original writer involved in the writing (Or at least has some roles).

Evenicle - Alicesoft first series that wasn't Rance, and apparently the sales at Steam is very successful so much that they tried to localized the sequel by themselves only to be failed because Steam decided to ban the sequel even with the controversial censorship that Alicesoft did proving on how random Valve can be. Anyway the premise is very simple with Aster want to marry both of his twin childhood friend (Who from what I see is more like the plot device to start the plot), and so Aster decided to become knight because only knight that can marry more than one female in the setting. One way or another, Aster find themselves to marry more than he want initially along with fighting several enemies based on Seven Deadly Sins. The gameplay is quite simple in that each members has fixed role and that each party will gain one mana per turn, sort of the combination of FFIV and FF 4 Heroes of Light (Bonus point that the latter also featured Seven Deadly Sins).

Kami no Rhapsody - The Eushully VN that was translated after Kamidori, and it took nine years to have another Eushully VNs properly translated (By the way I would count Amayui as properly translated, although since the translator did admit that he used MTL to help the translation understandably people were kind of antsy with that). The story is like The Law of Ueki in that the Big Good (Divine Enforcer) did ask the youth from all of races to compete in the competition, and our MC here is lucky to be chosen as one of competitor even though he initially just want to accompany his female childhood friend. Eushully here did experiment with the gameplay in that they made the player use one mana bar in order to do both of casting the spell/skill and summon the party member, which obviously not the one that people easily accepted and it can be proven that the innovation is failed seeing that Eushully did go back to use Kamidori mana system in Amayui later.

That's all for what I can comment in regard of April 2015 releases.

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