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VN of the Month June 2015 - Love Rec.


Just 6 normal releases... I checked back and it looks like it's the driest June since 1992 for visual novels.
Love Rec. is basically the winner by default due to incomplete/gameplay/nukige/trap nature of the remaining games. Clephas chose it and gave extended reasoning for particular releases. Micchi also does not mind incomplete Angel Beats! -1st beat- and a fandisc.

 

1. Maboroshi no Dystopia 幻のディストピア [150603] Tigre Soft 1 
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In the far future, the world’s population had grown to an unsustainable amount. The country descended into chaos and the government built a special protection area with high walls as the final paradise: Utopia. Ryouta comes from a noble family and was promised a life in peace, but he hides a certain ambition in his heart. It is a secret which cannot be told to anyone.
A certain tragic event in Ryouta’s past caused his life to ‘end’ and that something happened in his previous school prior to his transfer. Utopia is not quite the paradise that is envisioned, with different castes occupying different areas of the city. The lowest tiers in this city of over 200,000 are about to fall into ‘dystopia’.
There is an English review

 

2. Persona 4 Dancing All Night ペルソナ4 ダンシング・オールナイト [150625] DINGO Inc. 1 2 3 4
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The story is retold to the player by Margaret, and takes place roughly a month after the epilogue of Persona 4 Golden. Since then, Rise Kujikawa has returned to the world of entertainment, and is teaching her friends from Inaba how to dance so they can act as her backup dancers in a live performance at the Love Meets Bonds Festival. Yu Narukami, now living in the city, meets up with Rise and Naoto Shirogane to practice, but they are informed by festival producer Kyoka Uchimizu that Rise's friends will no longer be performing and that Rise will instead be singing alongside her junior idol Kanami Mashita. Kanami arrives shortly thereafter, and they deduce that the change is due to the sudden disappearance of Kanami's idol group "Kanamin Kitchen," whom Ochimizu produces. This reminds Naoto of a recent rumor she had heard, stating "at midnight, if you see a video of a deceased idol playing on the LMB site, you are transported to the 'other side' and will never wake up again." The three view the website to test the rumor, and they are pulled into the world of the "Midnight Stage," a realm in the collective unconsciousness isolated from the TV World, where the Shadows are being bound and controlled by an unknown entity's song under the guise of forming a “bond” with them.
Rhythm game is localized and has many English reviews

 

3. Angel Beats! [150626] Key 1 2 3
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The story of the visual novel is to be based on the Angel Beats! anime series. The player takes on the role of Otonashi, a newcomer to the Afterlife who finds himself in the middle of a struggle between a group of students who call themselves the Shinda Sekai Sensen ("Afterlife Battlefront"), or SSS for short, and a mysterious girl who is known under the alias of Tenshi (Angel). The story will undergo changes from the original anime and will include story routes with each of the characters. It also stated that Otonashi will be very different than his original personality in the anime, and will change according to the choices made by the player.
Anime Spin-Off is localized and has English reviews

 

4. Love Rec. LOVEREC. [150626] ALcot 1 2 3
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The story takes place at the end of April in a small school in Funakura, a quiet town close to the sea. Akira is a shutterbug who loves taking videos even during meals. He left the film research club to start a videography club with his childhood friend Chiho. He wished to create a work which will make people smile. However, the film research club’s young prodigy director Miyuki strongly opposed it. It was decided at the school’s information session that if they can defeat the film research club at a competition, then they would be recognized as a proper club.
He ran around finding members for the new club, but they still did not have enough members as the deadline approached. Just as their future looked bleak, there was a strange flash from his cherished video camera that he’s had for the past 10 years and a small girl appeared before him.
“I am the camera spirit. Let me protect you, Master”
After meeting the easygoing camera spirit Hitomi and the pro video editor Nori who doesn’t attend school, his surroundings began to greatly change.
Why do we create things? Why do we fall in love? Why are we there?
They experience the emotions of youth – anxiety, anger, laughter, sadness – as they gradually move forward together true to their own feelings.
There are English reviews

 

5. Neyuki no Gen'ei -Shirahanasou no Hitobito- 根雪の幻影 -白花荘の人々- [150626] Silky's Plus 1 2 3 4 5
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Shigeaki used to be a carefree womanizer until he met Kaho, whom he immediately felt destined to be with. It took over a year to convince her to be his girlfriend, so he has grown to love her above any other girl. He is certain that he would not meet another girl better than her.
To celebrate their beginning as a couple, they visited the Western-style boarding house Shirohana-sou in the mountains. They were greeted by the beautiful Touko, who used to be the dorm mother when the building was a dormitory of the missionary girls’ school that Kaho graduated from. After some pleasant chatter, they were led by Touko’s daughter Kikyou to their room. The guest room was quite well made and felt almost luxurious. He had planned to just spend a relaxing time with Kaho in the mountains, but it seems like he would be able to enjoy this vacation more than he had envisioned.
That was what he innocently thought at that time. He could not have imagined that they would soon be caught in a world far away from their normal days.
There are English reviews

 

6. Ojou-sama to Himitsu no Otome お嬢様と秘密の乙女 [150626] Moonstone Honey 1 2 3
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Yuuri looks like a cute girl, but he’s actually the son of the world-famous women’s fashion brand Shinohara family. He is in line to take over as the president of the giant corporate group in the future, but he is quite uncomfortable around girls. He would blush just standing in front of them and of course, he couldn’t talk properly with them either. Because of this, he can’t get a girlfriend nor even any female friends.
Since he doesn’t understand girls’ feelings, it would be impossible for him to lead a fashion brand for women. So, his family recommended (forced) him to attend the prominent Magnolia Girls’ Academy. As a normal girl, he should be able to quietly get through this unfamiliar school life, but why are the prettiest girls at the school flocking to his side…?
There are English reviews

 

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1. Maple Colors HHH Class Zenin Ore no Yome! メイプルカラーズHHH クラス全員俺の嫁! [150626] Apricot
Shinji transferred into the special class at Kouka Academy, where he was the only male student. He was forced to do so by his mother, the school’s board chairwoman, who wanted him to find a bride so she can have a grandchild as soon as possible. All 14 of the girls in his class were gathered there as his potential brides, and he was given a permit which allowed him to have sex with any of them. While he was met with cold stares at first, they soon warmed up to him as they worked together preparing for the school festival. And so begins his harem-like school life with his classmates full of individuality.
Nukige for the sake of opening
 
2. Otome ga Kanaderu Koi no Aria ~Kimi ni Sasageru Encore~ 乙女が奏でる恋のアリア ~君に捧げるアンコール~ [150626] ensemble
This is the fan disc for Otome ga Kanaderu Koi no Aria, featuring after stories for each of the 5 heroines and added heroine Kanade, while chara poll winner Kei will get a route as well. Two additional patches (for Mikoto and Kotori/Yuuhi) will also be available for download from their website for a month after the release.
Fandisc

 

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Himitsu no Otome is a failure of a trap protagonist game, so I won't bother saying much about it.

Neyuki no Gen'ei is a horror game that has some similarities to Clock Up's style.

Maboroshi no Dystopia is a game that channels Kinugasa Shougo in that the endings are inconclusive but fails to create as powerful a setting or characterization as that particular writer is capable of.  As such, the game feels a lot like a pale imitation of Akagoei.

Love Rec is a high-quality charage with a solid cast of heroines.  It's one of my few unreserved charage recommendations.

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Ojou-sama to Himitsu no Otome - Princess Evangile with the MC himself is a trap who enter the all female school instead of having him enter as the first trial of co-ed school, which mean that at least it shouldn't be neccesary to have infamous headmistress plot being repeated. The plot here is like Tsukiyori, while the heroines sprites are like Princess Evangile heroines. Well I guess this VN here might be the one that inspire Madosoft to keep their hair color across their VNs, seeing that basically Moonstone here just copy paste their Evangile's design.

Persona 4 Dancing All Night - The money from Persona 4 fighting game duology is probably still not enough to save the company, so ATLUS decided to make dancing game based on Persona 4 casts. Well at least ATLUS did bring the story of Rise's idol rival that was only mentioned in her Social Link back at the main game.

Angel Beats - Jun Maeda did have a very ambitious goal with making Angel Beats VN in that apparently it'll cover all of 18 characters stories in which it'll be the superior version of the anime, and so far we only have three characters was covered in a VN which mean that initially KEY want to make five more Angel Beats. Sadly though Jun Maeda's health is not in the best shape and this the ambitious plan was halted. KEY also planned to localized this, but seeing that Alka already translated this and that KEY still stuck at halfway translated, it's pretty obvious that the official release would be redundant if KEY can finally manage to release this.

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

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