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VN of the Month March 2016 - Akeiro Kaikitan


Akeiro Kaikitan is VN of the month with Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya o Mezasu and Toki o Tsumugu Yakusoku as other masterpieces. Clephas thought alike. Micchi in naturally chooses Maitetsu and tome ga Irodoru Koi no Essence in addition

 

1. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Wonderful Party! ご注文はうさぎですか?? Wonderful party! [160303] MAGES. GAME 1 2
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Gameplay of Wonderful Party is divided into 2 parts that illustrating the daily life of Rabbit House Cafe. In the first one, player need to enliven the shop in order to prepare Chino's birthday party. The main focus in this part is to set up the shop and dialogue between characters. While the second part, player must set up the shop for a Christmas party. In this part, player will play as Cocoa and story will focuses on which character Cocoa developing a relationship the highest with.
Anime Spin-Off

 

2. Akeiro Kaikitan あけいろ怪奇譚 [160325] Silky's Plus 1 2 3 4 5
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Four girls committed suicide one after another. It was rumoured that their deaths were caused by the "spirit of the old school building". For most, this was just a silly rumour, but Yashiro could not just ignore it. This was because he had been troubled by a strange dream ever since the shocking incidents, which caused him to get weaker day by day due to not being able to sleep soundly. One day, he saw a black-haired girl beckoning him in the hallway, but he was pulled back by a strange girl named Velvet. She told him to be careful because he was cursed.
There are English reviews

 

3. Dungeon of Regalias ~Haitoku no Miyako Ishgalia~ ダンジョン オブ レガリアス ~背徳の都イシュガリア~ [160325] Astronauts: Sirius 1 2 3 4 5 6
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The floating city of Windal was full of prosperity due to its advanced magic culture. However, an unexplained massive magic explosion sent the city crashing to the ground, killing almost all of its citizens. Only a huge crater and the ruins of the city underneath it remained.
Nomads built many villages and over time, the area turned into the large metropolis Ishgalia. Reckless adventurers came to the city to challenge the demon-infested labyrinths under the city in the hopes of striking it rich. The battle-seasoned Orias, who has no memories before becoming a mercenary, arrived at Ishgalia in search of his forgotten past. What awaits him in the depths of the labyrinth and the ruins of the floating city?
RPG

 

4. Otome ga Irodoru Koi no Essence 乙女が彩る恋のエッセンス [160325] ensemble 1 
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Naoto worked as the sous-chef at the mansion of the Amagi family, who owns the leading zaibatsu in Japan. One day, he was asked by the madame to assume the chef position at her daughter Sakuya’s school because she thought that she was acting strangely and she wanted him to report back on her.
Even though he felt overwhelmed being at the famous Maishiro girls’ school, he was still full of expectation for his new job. Then, his boss Yakumo gave him some shocking news: he will have to dress as a girl and attend school with Sakuya, since it was easier to keep an eye on her that way. Despite his resistance, he was introduced as the new student and cook, Chihiro. If his true gender is found out, then he might lose his job and be reported as a pervert. Will he be able to fulfill his duties as a cook and a student at the school?
There is an English review

 

5. Rep Kiss リプキス [160325] Giga
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Souji moved back to his hometown and was excited at starting a new life there, even though he was a bit saddened that it wasn’t the same as before. He went out to the convenience store to do some shopping after moving in and met a pretty girl at the entrance. She called him ‘Sou-kun’, a nickname which he hadn’t heard in a long time, and he realized that she was his childhood friend Kanade. He was surprised by how beautifully she had grown up. Their chance meeting spurred the revival of half-forgotten feelings.
Giga Kiss series is a long-standing frontrunner of moege genre

 

6. School of Fantasia スクールオブファンタジア [160325] Tamamo Soft
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All of a sudden, there were children who were born in Japan with special abilities. They were segregated to a school located on Tendoujima, an island in the southern sea. Meanwhile, the relatively normal Yorito drifted on to the island after being swept by the waves from his adventurer father’s raft. After Himeno saved his life with artificial respiration, he ended up transferring into the Tendoujima Gakuen. Since he was suspected of being a spy, he accepted a request to explore the dungeon where monsters dwelled in order to establish his innocence. He enjoyed a pleasant life with the girls at the school, getting to know them better and solving their worries, but soon he became involved in various events while investigating the dungeon.
RPG

 

7. Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya o Mezasu 少女たちは荒野を目指す [160325] Minato Soft 1 2 3
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Buntarou doesn’t know what he wants to do in the future, he does not have any kind of dream that he wants to pursue. So currently he just spends his days hanging around with his friends. When one day his classmate Sayuki asks him if he wants to help with development of a galge. She says that she had become interested in his help after she read one his works intended for the drama club.
Buntarou doesn’t know anything about gal games but Sayuki claims that she has the ability to make it a success. Can they make the game and will it be a success like she claims it will be? This is the story of youths taking a daring step into the unknown…
There are English reviews

 

8. Tengoku Hime 2 ~Haken Soudatsu, Gen'you no Shousei~ 天極姫2~覇権争奪, 幻妖の将星~ [160325] Gesen 18
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Another crossover work featuring heroines from Sengoku Hime VI and Sangoku Hime IV with original story and new heroes.
Everyone lives happily in the paradise Venard, where there is no fighting nor starvation. Generation after generation, the king governs the paradise by following the divine messages in the ‘Book of Prophecies’. However, one day these messages stopped appearing and strange beings appeared from a distortion in the space-time continuum. With strife breaking out in various areas, the king decided to use a secret art which had been passed down the Imperial family. In exchange for his life, the new rulers would be summoned to govern Venard. With that, he disappeared without a trace. What will become of this world?
RPG

 

9. Tokeidai no Jeanne ~Jeanne a la tour d'horloge~ 時計台のジャンヌ ~Jeanne à la tour d'horloge~ [160325] Liar-soft 1 2 3
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The story opens in the final days of World War II, on the shoreline of northwestern France. A young soldier of the Free French Forces, Roland, and his sworn friend Olivier participate in the invasion of Normandy to free their motherland. But as they descend to raid the enemy position at the break of dawn, their aircraft is exposed to enemy fire, forcing them to land.
Isolated from their unit, the two wander through a forest blanketed by night, where they unexpectedly encounter a group of cavaliers. These ghastly, medieval knights are led by a Edwalda, a female knight in a flowing black dress. Roland swiftly dives to cover Olivier and is fatally injured, losing consciousness──
Upon returning to his senses, he finds himself near a calm forest spring, a single lovely girl having nursed him back to health. Roland's life threatening injury was healed, as if it was never there to begin with, causing him to wonder if the knights' attack was merely a dream… but he is mistaken.
Roland has awakened in another world entirely, shrouded by endless fog - a grotesque realm caught in the midst of eternal conflict and endless bloodshed. And the girl who saved him was the maiden trapped at the center of this history of war- the “captive of time”, the fated girl - Jeanne.
The moment this young man and the maiden meet, the clock tower breaks its long lasting silence, and once again begins to mark the passage of time. Its tolling lures Roland the young soldier and Jeanne the Maiden to set out on their journey of penance, in a strange and distorted world──
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

10. Toki o Tsumugu Yakusoku 時を紡ぐ約束 [160325] Applique 1 2 3
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It was late spring when Hayato arrived at the remote hot spring town of Yunohara with his daughter Miria to start a new job at the traditional inn Kusakabe-an. Hayato has a special magic ability, but since it can only be used within 10 seconds, it’s not really useful to him. Freed from a rough upbringing in an orphanage, he was glad to finally start a new life, working at the inn while attending school. He met many supportive people in the school and town, including the daughter of the inn owner, Misaki. However, these halcyon days would soon be shattered when the orphanage director came to take Miria away.
There are English reviews

 

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1. Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~ Dies irae ~Interview with Kaziklu Bey~ [160325] light 1 2 3
"My mother was my sister."
Brooklyn, New York - The man who sat across the interviewer at the vampire bar known as the "Borges House" began his story with those odd words.
Following the end World War II, the pallid SS officer traversed the globe to many a raging battlefield, leaving carnage unforeseen in his wake.
The vampire of the battlefield. The wandering Hakenkreuz.
Though his saga was passed down as naught but a stale ghost story, it was no mere urban legend.
For he was Wilhelm Ehrenburg - hunted in absolute secrecy by the UN as a remnant of the Third Reich, enemy of the world, and one of the infamous members of the demonic Longinus Dreizehn Orden.
And after over half a century, the time had finally come for him to depart for Japan in order to fulfill his most ardent desire.
Humoring this interviewer he would have ignored or slain any other day was merely a whim birthed from the exaltation of the promised time drawing ever closer.
That was the only reason our intrepid interviewer found him in a talkative mood.
Thus, as he reflected on his life, Wilhelm grew nostalgic - sentimental, even - for the path he had walked.
And when asked, he unveiled his past piece by piece.
From the accursed blood that poisoned his very soul, to the blight wrought by the works of Mercury.
He spun a tale of the day he awakened to the truth of his being, and of the woman who had the nature of Wilhelm's existence engraved upon her very being.
"Don't you worry, I'm gonna tell you everything. From the first moment I met her, to the very end of our story."
Fandisc
 
2. Grimo ☆ Love ~Houkago no Witch~ グリモ☆ラヴ ~放課後のウィッチ~ [160325] Shiroi Pantsu 1 2
Yuuma had his future all planned out: he would join the literature club, fall in love with his senpai, and become a best-selling light novel writer. However, it all came apart when his homeroom teacher informed him that the literature club had been disbanded many years ago. He couldn’t find another club where he would be able to write novels, so he ended up finding a nice place in the library to focus on his writing. Then, he was forcefully recruited to the student council as the secretary, mainly to take care of the mounds of paperwork which had piled up.
After some incident, he ended up as a member of the second literature club, which was actually the occult club and the Grimoire ended up in his hands. According to club leader Yuzuna, if one makes a contract with the book, then they will become popular with the opposite sex. She was really eager to try it, and he became her test subject. However, it actually possessed magic which made others sexually excited, causing all types of ecchi events to occur around him!
Nukige listed for the sake of an English review
 
3. Maitetsu まいてつ [160325] Lose 1 2 3 4 5
Set in Hinomoto, a fictional version of Japan, where railway travel served as the primary form of transport for a long time. Each locomotive was paired with a humanoid control module, so-called RailRoad, that aided the train operator. However, many rail lines had been discontinued due to the rising popularity of ‘aerocrafts,’ a safe and convenient aerial mode of transport. As such, their accompanying railroads also went into a deep sleep.
Soutetsu had lost his entire family in a rail accident and was adopted into the Migita household, which runs a shochu brewery in Ohitoyo city. He returned to his hometown to save it from the potential water pollution if they accepted the proposal to build an aerocraft factory nearby. He woke up the RailRoad Hachiroku by accident and became her owner. They agreed to help find her lost locomotive for different purposes, with the help of his stepsister Hibiki, the town’s mayor and local railway chief, Paulette, and others.
Nukige listed for the sake of English reviews
 
4. Natsu no Kusari 夏ノ鎖 [160325] Clock Up 1 2 3
It's the beginning of summer. I moved up a class but nothing changed. This year is the same as last and the next, nothing will ever change. A dreary every day life. If only I knew why I'm so depressed. My relentlessly boring life won't reveal the cause or name of this feeling. Therefore, I will change this bleak world by myself.
I will now carry out what I've always imagined. My plan is perfect. Now I just have to choose a girl to entrap in my scheme. Anyone will do, as long as she's not boring. For example, the girl walking in front of me with the long black hair. I don't desire a brightly shining summer. What I crave are days filled with a girl's screams and despair.
Nukige listed for the sake of English reviews

 

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Akeiro is one of my all-time favorites.  While I called another game the VN of the Year for this particular year, in retrospect, this game was probably the best choice.  Since it first came out, I've played it at least once a year, without any regrets or moments where I lost interest.  

Koi no Essence was a truly trash VN.  I don't know why Ensemble decided to screw up so badly in the execution of the heroine paths, but they did.

Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya o Mezasu... tbh, I have mixed feelings.  I hate VNs and anime that cover the entertainment industry.  However, this game was moderately amusing, with a lot of oblique references to rl VN staff drama and personalities mixed in.

Toki o Tsumugu Yakusoku is a high-quality charage with a solid cast of characters.  While some people I've talked to have disliked this game for various reasons, it is one I still go back to on occasion.

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Kouya - I only know that it's the VN about eroge making that was written by Tanaka Romeo, although in practice it's more like Takahiro's work though because he has full control of scenario writing (Or so that's what I read).

Akeiro - It's even darker VN compared to Nanairo, and it featured the oni heroines from Nanairo. No much I can say in regard of this other than the MC has some troublesome dream.

Jeanne - Underrated Liar-soft VN that was just recently locslized by Mangagamer, and one of review did criticize rape heavily. To be fair though, it shouldn't be a surprise if one play old Liar-soft VNs seeing that it has some rape, although it might be quite surprising if one play English translated only Liar-soft VNs.

Kaziklu Bey - Dies Irae spinn-off featuring Wilhelm, and too bad that Wilhelm's VA is not Akira Ishida in which it would make a nice relationship with Mamiko Noto (The heroine VA) if one remember Fairy Tail casts.

Maitetsu - It's not a nukige even with a number of lolicon sex scenes, seeing that it's just separated from the main game and the main part is devoid of it (Canonically each route has one sex scene only if I remember). Anyway with the loli and the abundant number of unlockable sex scenes aside, the premise is Soutetsu who want to revitalize his hometown through steam train, and thus he decided to work hard on it. Sekai did localized this, although with some controversy in which Lose fid censor the panty shot and yet the sex scenes are still intact. While it might be bothersome for most people, personally I'm mostly didn't pay much attention to it (At least there's uncensor patch for it). Oh yes as usual Lose show a lot of outfit variation for the heroines, and that Maitetsu has a lot of the discussion about train.

That's all for my comment in regard of March 2016 releases.

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