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VN of the Month August 2015 - Fault Milestone 2 Jou (Side: Above)


In August with the industry slump there's zero attempt to compete with the doujins, sadly . So the choice is between four gameplay titles, one incomplete sequel and three simple romance games leaning towards moege. Like... seriously? With this kind of selection I'd go for incomplete Fault Milestone 2 Jou (Side: Above). Clephas chose gameplay hybrid Tou no Shita no Exercitus . Micchi goes for Tenkiame and Nekopara Vol.0 fandisc, obviously.

 

1. Fault Milestone 2 Jou (Side: Above) fault milestone 2 上(Side: Above) [150816] Alice in Dissonance 1 2 3 4
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Selphine, the princess somehow spirited away halfway around the globe, continues her travels with her party.
They have managed to safely find their way out of the Outer-Pole region, arriving at Viscanta’s Port Sasary.
In this town bustling with travelers, Selphine and company come across a boy named Sol, who works as a guide around the city for travelers. With her guidance, the girls tour the more attractive areas in town in their search for a place to stay.
However, there is another aspect to Port Sasary hidden beneath the waves…
Meanwhile, Rughzenhaide is in a state of chaos following the attack on the castle.Several days have passed since the assault, during which Ritona and Selphine disappeared…
Ritona’s best friends and the royal court are split as to whether to devote manpower to search for the girls or to focus on defense of the country.
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

2. Senkou no Kishi ~Christia Knight~ 閃光の騎士 ~カリスティアナイト~ [150816] Tamamo Studio
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While on a deep space exploration mission aboard the mining vessel Crouton, Aika discovered a planet of "lost emigrants" who had long ago departed from Earth.
The planet was growing Carystium, which was against federal regulations.
Having lost her homeworld over Carystium, Aika landed on this free world to explore.
Meanwhile, Cerald of this free world was training to become a "Carystia Knight" for the sake of parents stricken by a strange illness.
Cerald and Aika met by chance, they joined hands in the journey to the Carystium-rich city of Krotovuria.
RPG

 

3. Ayakashi Sange アヤカシ散華 [150828] Debo no Su Seisakusho
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The demon world was united by the rare mastermind Ibaraki Shouhou. However, he was assassinated by his chief vassal Sarugami Gensuke before he could attain his dream of conquering the human world. With the loss of its absolute ruler, the demon world fell into a state of chaos and strife. Shouhou’s son Jinkurou decided to seek revenge for his late father and attempted to rally the surviving retainers for his cause. However, he had been disinherited and ousted for being a womanizer, so no one answered to his appeal. Thus, he set out with his most trusted friend Iori and loyal retainer Kuroko to re-unite the demon world once more.
TBS

 

4. Koi to Mahou to Kanrinin 恋と魔法と管理人 [150828] Prometheus 1 
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The game is divided into two parts, with each focusing on two separate heroines.
Magic is seen only in fairy tales, movies, manga and other fiction. However, even though people cannot see it with their own eyes, it actually exists in this world. Originally it’s only used by women, but for some reason, Takeru was born with this ability. He was uncomfortable with his special ability and soon kept his distance from others.
One spring day, his grandfather, who had raised him up, passed away. It was written in his will that Takeru was to take over the management of the dormitory at the school which his grandfather had founded and was the chairman of. He thought that it would just be a simple business matter, but he never thought at that time that he would fall in love with a girl who lived there. Also, he did not notice that there was a giant organization targeting him for his ability…
The second game focusing on Kasumi and Hisano. Takeru has been the dorm manager at Hazuki Gakuen since the beginning of the school term. When his osananajimi Kasumi and transfer student Hisano found out about this, they also moved in to the dorm and it became very rowdy every day. He had remained distant to others due to his self-hatred of his innate ability, but he gradually started to treat the girls living in the dorm like family. However, they had feelings for him and became anxious after realizing that he didn’t see them as anything more than family. At that time, a cute girl appeared from a book inside a small shrine in the backyard…
There is an English review

 

5. Rance 03 Leazas Kanraku ランス03 リーザス陥落 [150828] Alice Soft 1 2 3
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The Kingdom of Leazas was attacked by Prince Patton’s elite forces from the north. Then appeared demons of unsurpassed power which could not be hurt by anyone. The castle fell in an instant and the commanding princess Lia was taken prisoner. One ninja survived the fall of Leazas, along with the national treasure and the princess’s final message. Their last remaining hope lies in the free city Ice in the west: the brutish warrior and womanizer Rance.
RPG

 

6. Tenkiame 天気雨 [150828] Gummy Soft 1 2 3
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In the middle of summer vacation, the protagonist receives news that his grandfather has fallen ill. Taking the place of his busy parents, he traveled a bit reluctantly to his grandparents’ home. Luckily, his grandfather’s situation wasn’t serious, and he spent time with his grandmother, who he hadn’t seen in a long time. She mentioned that the greenery in the area will soon disappear as it is razed for urban development. He lamented that it was a sign of the times.
As he sat on the porch, feeling the cool breeze and listening to the soothing sound of the swaying wind chimes, he thought it was a very comfortable feeling. He noticed a small girl next to him, basking in the gentle sunlight. He was captivated by her beautiful hair, ears and smile. This is the beginning of a small love story with an innocent and curious white fox and a quiet and meddlesome fox.
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

7. Tou no Shita no Exercitus 塔の下のエクセルキトゥス [150828] Astronauts: Comet 1 2 3
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A long, long time ago, a certain civilization lived in prosperity with its superior technology until it destroyed itself due to over-development. The world was destroyed in this "accident", but it gradually recovered after a long time. However, it was limited only to the areas surrounding the Tower of Velvalem, built by the "family of the dawn".
Then a new problem soon arose. The number of people under the protection of the "tower" had increased too much, causing its circulation ability to become unstable. After plenty of hand-wringing, the leaders at that time created a manic system with "demons" coming out of the tower to attack and reduce the human population, and consequently preserve the balance of the world.
A hundred years later, Melcriti Academy was founded as a training school for adventurers who fight against these demons. They were able to repel them and the population began to increase once more. As a result, Velvalem became unstable and the countdown towards destruction is underway. Yuuki was accidentally summoned by Chloe into this world. He must fight as an adventurer through various challenges along with the heroines.
Card RPG

 

8. Traveling Stars トラベリングスターズ [150828] Hooksoft 1 
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Souma is your average guy living a very ordinary life in peaceful Japan, however one day he was chosen for an extremely important role. As the world’s ambassador to the newly linked "other world" Sansarune, he was tasked with taking in their magic culture there. He despaired at having no friends, TV nor games in this world, but how could one not be excited about being in a fantasy world that everyone dreams of? It was a world of elves, vampires, angels and demons, not to mention girls with animal ears.
Ten years later, Souma returned to the human world to the jointly-created floating city Arteal, and enrolled into the newly-founded magic school there. As someone who had experienced both cultures, he was relied upon, looked up to, and adored by everyone. It was a unique new beginning for someone who used to be just a normal boy.
There is an English review

 

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1. Boku wa Tomodachi. ~I am not sweetheart.~ ボクはともだち。 ~I am not sweetheart.~ [150816] Hato no Sushiki Seisakusho 1 
The protagonist Tomochika Tatsuya helps secretly the "story's protagonists" around him, like the "friends characters from bishoujo games or light novels".Tomochika have the "rules" that god imposed to him since his childhood:
"In differents groups, everyone but me is a "protagonist" and his "heroines"
"I won't be a lover candidate because the "heroines" will love the "protagonist""
"I must help the "protagonist" to get engaged with a "heroine"
And like always doing his "friend" role at the Valentine Day in Yahagisakura School 2nd year, a mysterious girl who called herself a "support character" appears in front of Tatsuya when he remembers the sadness from a role that only gives loss.
"I'll grant one wish of yours"
"...at least one time I want to become a "protagonist" and have a marvelous love"
"So let's steal the "heroine" from the "protagonist"
With the mysterious girl Kusumoto Mikoto, the "friend"'s revenge drama starts....?
Doujin has an English review
 
2. Fata morgana no Yakata -Another Episodes- ファタモルガーナの館 -Another Episodes- [150816] Novectacle 1 2
"A Requiem for Innocence" is a companion to the visual novel "The House in Fata Morgana." It tells the tale of a young man dragged down by his ambitions and a girl both worshiped as a saint and maligned as a witch. For them, there is no happily ever after.
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A young girl, whose blood is claimed to have miraculous healing powers, kneels battered and beaten before the lord of the land. In the village where she was born, she was worshiped as the daughter of God. And now, the lord holds his sword high in the air, moments away from beheading her.
"You're a damned witch wearing a saint's skin!"
But before he can swing his blade down, a young man interferes, saving the girl.
So begins the first "happy" chapter of the young girl's life.
And so begins the first act of a tragedy that would come to span nearly a millennium.
Fandisc
 
3. Hakoniwa no Gakuen 箱庭の学園 [150816] Mujintou 1 2 3 4
In the woods not far from the city lies a school called the 'Miniature Garden.' In keeping with the school's name, an original 'Miniature Festival' is held there every three years. There’s a rumor that an unnatural death will befall someone on the night of the festival. This year, as the sun sets, Yasunari and four other students find themselves trapped alone in the school on the night of the festival. Is it just a mistake, or could the rumors be true?
Doujin is localized and has English reviews
 
4. Neko Para Vol.0 Minazuki Neko-tachi no Nichijou! ネコぱら vol.0 水無月ネコたちの日常! [150816] NEKO WORKs 1 2 3
What's NEKOPARA? Why, it's a cat paradise!
This is a story just before Kashou opened "La Soleil".
The eldest daughter of the Minazuki household and their 6 catgirls go to wake up their master; prepare breakfast; clean up the house; go out on a walk; make dinner; take a bath; sleep together; et cetera, et cetera.
Enjoy a page from the leisurely, daily lives of Shigure and the Minazuki household's catgirls!
Fandisc
 
5. Ne no Kami - Kyou no Miyako to Futari no Hime Kishi ねのかみ 京の都とふたりの姫騎士 [150816] Kuro Irodoru Yomiji 1 2 3 
A strange earthquake in Kyoto’s northern district; televised broadcasts of “paganist” cultists behaving abnormally; and spotting of “oni”-like beings spreading across all of Japan. Over time, people’s interest shifted back to the day-by-day goings on in the news, and their idle chatter. Those events were no longer worth discussing. Up until now, Ren has been living her life as a normal high school student. She suddenly reunites with Shinonome, her childhood friend from years ago, and is told– “Ren. As of today, I’m going to have you abandon this town… and your life.” Since reuniting with Shinonome, Ren is thrust onto the stage of “reality,” and the veil hiding the “truth” of this world is lifted. And — the girls’ lives are played with by the fate thrust upon them.
Doujin is localized and has English reviews
 
6. Psychologic Love Comedy サイコロジック・ラブコメディ [150828] initial 1 2 3
A girl wakes up in a strange room where everything seems to be chaos. The only number available on her AR is someone named Haruki, and as she knocks out guards who point guns at her, she agrees to meet this mysterious boy who she feels that she can trust.
Doujin has English reviews
 

 

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Psychologic Love Comedy is... nothing like the title indicates.  It should be called Psychopathic Love Comedy.  I actually rated this VN fairly high later on, and I really should have played it at the time.  Still, it is a doujin game, and as a result, its visual effects suffer somewhat.  

Boku wa Tomodachi is the second doujin game from this month I played... and it is extremely unusual.  I gave it a low rating because the sheer stress of self-inserting into the protagonist is unbelievable.  Essentially, the protagonist is the 'best friend' of a bunch of harem protagonists, cursed to always be on the outside and despised by the heroines.  He also has to watch as the heroines - whom he generally is fond of - lose everything when they aren't 'chosen'.  

Traveling Stars starts out pretty good, with a large cast of non-humans and a really unusual protagonist... unfortunately, it is just too sugary.  It needed  more spice to be VN of the Month material.

Tou no Shita no Exercitus is a decent dungeon-crawler VN.  Honestly, the story is interesting enough to make the game worth reading to the end, though the gameplay isn't exceptional.

Tenkiame is kitsune nukige.  An excellent kitsune nukige with enough non-H content to make you like the characters.  Does anything else need to be said, my fellow fetishists?

On the surface, Koi to Mahou to Kanrinin should have been a good charage... unfortunately, it stumbles repeatedly in execution.

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Ne no Kami - GL VN with the setting in Kyoto and has some sex scenes, and it has supernatural element as well. No much to say in regard of this seeing that I didn't pay attention much on Ne no Kami here.

Miniature Garden - The opening song is good and it has Tokui Sora (Also known as Soramaru to the fans) as one of the VA, although it seems that it was quite underrated with some critic said that the story was rushed or something like that. At least it's available in English if one want to play it.

Nekopara 0 - The prequel of Nekopara and it's also been localized by Sekai as well, and no much that I can say other that it has good art thanks to Sayori.

Fata Morgana FD - The FD that tell us the story of one of the important character from the main game, and it should be good read to anyone else that like Fata Morgana and want to read more of it. It also help that the song in the trailer is quite good.

Tenkiame - Apparently the available English translation is bad from what I hear, although I'm not exactly know on how bad it is. That said I suppose as long as you understand the available translation of Tenkiame and want to read it for the sake of fox girl heroines, it should be fine to read although it's not exactly my interest though (I can say that I like Kon's swimsuit though lol).

Rance 03 - The remake of old Rance 3, and the only Rance that has full voice. Would be like to see that Alicesoft goes all out for Rance X, although understandably it would break Alicesoft's financial if they forced it. As for the story, well it's still the same from Rance 3 with some alteration and if you find the story of Rance 3 is quite interesting then most likely you'll find the story of 03 here is interesting as well.

fault Milestone 2 Side Above - Finally Alice in Dissonance has word to say in regard of Side Below, and it'll be released at September later. I'm not quite like on how the story is still unfinished on top that this is episodic VN along with six years delay, but considering that Alice in Dissonance need to deal with a lot of hard procedure (ie financial problem, separation with Sekai) it's understandable they need more time to develop Side Below. I'm still hoping that fault series can be finished though, and obviously in more reasonable time.

That's all for what I can say in regard of August 2015 releases.

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