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VN of the Month May 2016 - Soshite Hatsukoi ga Imouto ni Naru


Sakura no Mori † Dreamers and Soshite Hatsukoi ga Imouto ni Naru are really the only notable titles this month. Clephas hesitated between the two and chose the latter, and I'll probably do the same just because of the genres involved. Micchi wanted to try Natsuiro Kokoro Log and two delayed titles.

 

1. -Chase- Mikaiketsu Jiken Sousaka ~Tooi Kioku~ -CHASE- 未解決事件捜査課 ~遠い記憶~ [160511] Arc System Works 1 2 3 4 5 
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"Is it really a case worth looking into...? Or was it simply an accident...?"
One phone call triggers the start of an investigation. Distant memories begin to resurface.
3DS Detective is localized and has English reviews

 

2. Flowers -Le Volume sur Automne- FLOWERS -Le Volume sur Automne- [160527] Innocent Grey 1 2 3 4
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Yatsushiro Yuzuriha, president of the school's Council of Nicaea, knows the truth hidden within the school. The silver-haired beauty seeks to prevent Suou from reaching it by giving her what seems like an impossible task—take over the role of president and she'll hand over the key to what she desires.
However, Yuzuriha is harboring her own secret, buried deep within herself...
As the leaves turn and strange incidents continue to plague the isolated Saint Angraecum Academy, interweaving threads of emotion tangle together in an intricate story of love and truth.
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

3. Natsuiro Kokoro Log ナツイロココロログ [160527] Hearts 1 2
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One day, Yoshito was challenged by his senpai Kisara to a match in a fighting game. Even though he was confident in his skills, she was a top ranker and beat him handily. As a result, he had to join the cyber-research club that she was the leader of. It was a relatively new club, but it soon became lively with the addition of his osananajimi and student council deputy leader Kuon, his dependable imouto Rin and classmate Kotone.
At the start of summer vacation, Yoshito was asked by the club’s advisor Kanae to help test out a love simulation game that’s in development. However, all the female avatars in the game were played by the girls in the cyber-research club! Once it was revealed that his avatar had an AI which mimicked his personality, they interacted with him in ways that they normally wouldn’t in real life. Traversing the line between reality and imagination, he could see the true feelings of the heroines who are not honest with their feelings. Their summer love story begins now.
There is an English review

 

4. Pure Marriage ~Akai Ito Monogatari - Madoka Hen~ Pure Marriage ~赤い糸物語 まどか編~ [160527] Lass Pixy
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Touma has reached a critical turning point of his life. He was asked to marry the daughter of the richest family in town, Serika, after incidentally saving her life. After hearing that he had become Serika’s fiancé, his osananajimi Madoka and imouto Sakura also declared themselves as their fiancées. While they are all very important to him, he can only choose one of them as his bride and they each pressed to be chosen while hiding their real intentions secret.
Moege

 

5. Sakura no Mori † Dreamers サクラノモリ†ドリーマーズ [160527] Moonstone 1 2 3 4
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Soon after after graduating to grade two of high school, Shinji Fukigami saw a spirit. He had seen her before, but didn't know her name, and of course hadn't talked with her before. She was a student in his class.
Why had she died? What happened?
Even if she couldn't speak in words, she could show him what happened. The thing that laid its hands on her was a monster in the skin of a human, a "bodach."
From the beginning of that incident, the town that Shinji lived in, "Sakura no Mori," was the stage of repeated incidents. The only ones who could stop this tragedy were themselves. Shinji and his friends got entangled with the supernatural.
The stage of the battle was in dreams. In that deep place, the monsters lurked there inside humans.
To protect their town. To protect the people they love. Sakura no Mori Dreamers went forth to battle the unknown.
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

6. Seiken Tsukai no Proposition 聖鍵遣いの命題 [160527] UnicoЯn 1 2 
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There exists a legend about a king who obtained a relic from a lost civilization and used its power to grant any wish to unite the world. This relic, ‘Sora no Ison’ (Legacy of the Sky), was sealed afterwards by the ‘holy keys’ somewhere in the world. Countless persons have attempted to find it, but none of them could even find a trace of its location.
Haruto is a hopeless guy who was forced by the headmaster Spiano to attend the Academy, but ended up skipping all classes. When she made him work part-time, an unfortunate incident caused him to carry a huge debt to her. To pay off the debt, he was unwillingly tasked to explore to the depths of a sealed ruins as part of a supplementary test. His fellow test-taker Akina mentioned that it was rumoured that the elusive relic was sealed deep in the ruins. Vowing to become rich and to show Spiano up, he faced the challenge with heightened vigor.
There are English reviews

 

7. Soshite Hatsukoi ga Imouto ni Naru そして初恋が妹になる [160527] Alcot Honey Comb 1 2 3
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Having faced many hardships as a child, the cynical Kazuharu believed that the world was a wasteland and the only way to survive it was to work your hardest. There’s no time for playing nor falling in love, like the rest of his classmates.
While he was working hard as usual, he saw a mysterious girl with a uniform he did not recognize. She appeared to always avoid the gaze of others. Normally he wouldn’t pay much attention, but for some reason he was particularly interested in her. Then suddenly one day, she became his imouto.
There are English reviews

 

8. Tarareba タラレバ [160527] Aries 1 2
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Aside from possessing relatively useless psychic powers, Kanata is a normal guy who is engrossed with reminiscing about his days as a student while running away from reality. One day while at his part-time job, a mysterious girl suddenly appeared before him.
“Your constant delusions about the past – I can hear them all.
If you really want to go back that much, I will send you there.
However, don’t come back with any regrets.”
The next time he opened his eyes, he was back in his house eight years ago. With the help of another mysterious girl Thea, he got the chance to live the school life which he so longed for. He didn’t have any fond memories from back then, so he resolved to redo it this time and leave with no regrets.
There is an English review

 

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1. Miagete Goran, Yozora no Hoshi o Fine Days 見上げてごらん、夜空の星を FINE DAYS [160527] Pulltop 1
This is the fandisc for "Miagete Goran, Yozora no Hoshi o" with after stories for each of the four heroines. There are also new routes for sub-heroines Honoka and Miharu, and a downloadable route for Hinami in late June.
Fandisc
 
2. Otome Riron to Sono go no Shuuhen -Belle Époque- 乙女理論とその後の周辺 -Belle Époque- [160527] Navel 1 2
This is the fandisc for Otome Riron to Sono Shuuhen, which also requires you to have played the original title Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahou. It features after stories for Resona and Meryl, as well an another story and after story for Bluette.
Fandisc

 

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Natsuiro Kokoro Log is yet another low-quality charage not worth mentioning except to diss it.

Tarareba is a halfway decent charage by Aries, a company that generally doesn't produce high-quality games in the first place.

By now, a lot of you already no Sakura no Mori Dreamers.  However, I'll note that this was one of several horror mystery series that came out in this and the next year that were halfway decent.  If you liked Sakura no Mori, I suggest playing Butterfly Seeker.

Soshite Hatsukoi ga Imouto ni Naru... is a top class nakige that somehow - yet again - came out of a low-budget subsidiary of Alcot.  This game, like most of Alcot Honey Comb's games, is pretty reliant on the writer quality in comparison to most modern VNs, which tend to be reliant on visual quality to pass themselves off as being worth the money.  This game made me cry at least a half-dozen times each time I played it, because it was just that good.  

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Flowers Automne - Third part of Flowers tetralogy, and in this part our Suou was getting closer to the truth about the circumstances that happen around her. The main focus here is two upperclassman who about to be be graduated though, and that Suou got a new position as student council president. Anyway this is the beginning of the finale for Hiver, and I'm sure that JAST will announce that they already licensed Hiver sometimes in the future.

Miagete FD - Thanks to Alka we have this translated, although since this VN is uncensored and yet the main VN is censored no thanks to Pulltop it was quite awkward situation. At least there's a project to uncensored Miagete, although it would be the question whether the new team can finally do it or not (Frankly I agree with the translator team that Pulltop's engine is quite a pain to take care of, especially compared to Eushully's engine).

Sakuramori - Kure's horror VN that I assumed he did want to create this ever since Suika, and in here at the beginning our MC is faced with the fact that his childhood friend (Madoka) getting murdered. In order to move on, he decided to fight the evil supernatural being that haunt the town together with four heroines. Some did praise the common routes and did criticize the characters routes, although really it can goes the same way that some may prefer characters routes over common route. Oh yes Kure did retain his writing from back at Evangile in which he prioritize his writing over a heroine that didn't get a route, and in this case it's Madoka who still beside the MC as the ghost and thus naturally she won't have a route.

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

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