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VN of the Month June 2016 - Lamunation!



Clephas did not choose anything out of June, but I have to, so it's Lamunation! since it's slightly better than everything else.. Micchi has a better selection - Otome*Domain , KARAKARA and a fandisc.


1. Kyoto Colorful Days [160615] InterOne Inc. 1 2 3 4
"Kyoto Colorful Days" is a Visual Novel, set in the sightseeing hotspot of Kyoto.
This visual novel is populated by various different characters and the story can be enjoyed like a TV drama.
The story centers around the protagonist, a young man who is drifting by aimlessly in life, unable to commit to a job.
With no particular goal in sight, he visits Kyoto, a city to which his grandfather has connections.
In his meetings with the local people there, and two girls in particular, he will discover his own path in life.
Game released in multiple languages, so there is no lack of English reviews around


2. √Letter √Letter ルートレター [160616] Kadokawa Games 1 2 3 4
√Letter is the first entry in the publisher’s new series of mystery games. It’s a youth mystery adventure set in Shimane Prefecture and features both adventure and simulation parts. Minoboshi Tarou, Love Plus' character designer that left Konami in March, is handling character designs and planning. The scenario is being handled by Fuji Dario, and the music is by Nitta Takashi.
√Letter is set in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, where the protagonist arrives in search of Fumino Aya, a pen pal friend from high school who had disappeared for 15 years. After he finds a letter dedicated to him from her that was never sent, he sets out to interrogate her classmates as he wonders if everything Aya had told him had been a lie. The game contains multiple endings based on the player's choices throughout the game.
Detective is localized and has English reviews


3. Koi to Koi Suru Utopia 恋と恋するユートピア [160624] LoveMatic 1 
Kureha Gakuen, also known as the ‘outdoor baths school’, was formed just last year by the merger of a boys’ school and a girls’ school. The school administration was concerned that the boys and girls were not getting along well, so they decided to create the ‘intergender relations normalization committee’. Kazuya was enlisted into the committee, along with his osananajimi Kaho, class rep Yukina and enthusiastic classmate Nanao, each of whom had a different view on the matter. He figured that since he didn’t have any experience with love relationships himself, it would be best to get closer to the girls.
There is an English review


4. Lamunation! [160624] White Powder 1 2
Luna used to lounge on the sofa watching pre-recorded cupcake documentaries or spend time chatting with his BFF (rubber ducky) in the jacuzzi. But ever since he agreed to his twin imouto Corona’s request to make everyone happy, he has no time for that! He’s been busy selling homemade ramune with his osananajimi Lamune, hanging out at the Cherry Crown Diner run by his friends Rayla and Iris, and going out on road trips over the weekends (with Corona and him taking turns at the wheel). Together with his friends and lover, this isn’t just happiness… it’s perfection!
There are English reviews


5. Otome * Domain オトメ*ドメイン [160624] Palette Qualia 1 2 3
Minato’s last blood-relative, his grandmother, passed away and now he is all alone in this world. He thinks about how he was blessed to have family, but dryly laughs about how he’ll need to take care of himself now.
However, during the funeral of his grandmother, someone named Kazari approaches him and offers to admit him into a prestigious school, in addition to providing him a place to reside. Minato immediately and thankfully takes up on this offer, but soon realizes that the Suzu Academy is an all-girl’s school, and the "ojou-sama" that he’ll be residing with has flaws of their own which really shattered his expectation for a high-class lady.
There are English reviews


6. Planet Dragon プラネット ドラゴン [160624] SofthouseChara
When Yoshitsune awoke from cryosleep, he found himself in space. Mankind had flown out to space and inhabited many planets. After many twists and turns, he acquired a cargo ship (and the excellent accompanying navigation support doll Sakura) and started a shipping company. However, it is now an era of lowered sexual desire where holding hands was akin to kissing. Labelled as a ‘lewd beast’ for following the customs from the past era, Yoshitsune awakened the sexual desires of the women around him, causing trouble non-stop.
Trade SIM


7. Karakara カラカラ [160627] calme 1 2 3 4
"Let us live on this land so arid."
KARAKARA. It is the sound of aridity. It is the sound of dry asphalt and sandy winds. It is the sound of relentless sunshine, as well as the sound of a withering race.
The "Age of Dusk." It is a time of senescence for the human species, during which hybrids known as the "Others"—those who are human, yet not—exist in great numbers. On the windswept barrens of a land without moisture, a small gathering of people make their living in a world they no longer know. Down a stretch of highway and far from the heart of the town are two such people who run a small diner. To them, the circumstances that reshaped their world is of far less concern than the number of lunch boxes they can load into their delivery vehicle. After all, leaving customers hungry is not good for business, and business keeps them fed. Day after day, they occupy themselves with the endless work of their store. However, the comfortable monotony of their daily lives is turned on its head when they discover a large suitcase by the roadside on their way home from deliveries. Lying on the suitcase, unmoving, is a young girl with pink hair...
Though parched, they keep each other company, and while hollow, they fill each other's voids.
So shall they live on this land so arid.
Game released in multiple languages, so there is no lack of English reviews around






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Lamunation is a pure comedy that is almost entirely made up of dialogue.  There is no attempt at real romance or telling a story, instead everything being one running gag.

Otome Domain is a decent charage with a solid trap protagonist.  

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Kyoto Colorful Days - GL VN with the setting in Kyoto, and also one of Sekai's first releases.

Karakara - The opening song is quite good and the setting is shown some promises, but ultimately this is more or less Nekopara like moege to a degree.

Lamunation - This VN has a lot of comedy that come from the casts makes a lot of references, so one should approach it with that mindset. That said if one didn't find Lamunation comedy click perhaps it might be not interesting VN, especially when the story can be summarized as 'the MC and his four heroines have a lot of fun in summer' (There's Moegamer's review on this if you want to look at Lamunation from another perspective). Oh yes we have this localized, and since the engine was ported because the lack of money to license it unfortunately the localized version did lack some of basic features in modern VNs. Lastly I can say that I prefer the 2nd opening song more.

That's all for my comment on June 2016 releases, and looking at Kyoto Colorful Days made me a bit nostalgic back when I made VNTS Review blogposts.

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