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VN of the Month July 2016 - Amatsutsumi


All of Amatsutsumi , Floral Flowlove and Senren * Banka make a fine choice this month. I choose the first one and Clephas made the second one winner. Micchi actually agrees with all three titles, and Zen adds Aristear Remain to his sphere of interest.

 

1. Shin Hayarigami 2 真 流行り神2 [160707] Nippon Ichi Software 1 2
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Two years after the horrifying incident involving the serial killer Blindman from urban myths in the village of C in S Prefecture, police detective Houjou Maki is promoted and transferred to the police headquarters of G Prefecture in return for her silence on the case. She is teamed up with a new partner Sena, a former biker delinquent, self-proclaimed 'fastest guy in the world' and lover of urban legends. The new duo is put on a curious series of murders and assaults committed by a woman dressed in a trenchcoat: a kid was killed and dragged across the street, a couple was suddenly attacked by a woman hiding beneath a park bench, a high school student had her ear bitten off and another woman had her leg chopped off on the street. Sena believes there is a pattern: all these attacks remind of famous urban legends involving female assailants, like that of Hikiko (who dragged her victims across the road) and that of the murderer hiding beneath the bed. As they investigate the case further, Saki has to decide whether there's a scientific, rational explanation to these events or that she should accept that there are occult powers at play here.
There is an English review

 

2. Corona Blossom コロナ・ブロッサム [160727] Frontwing 1 2 3
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Meet Keiji Osaki: a young man who hates dealing with machines, despite being very skilled at working with them. That's just the kind of guy he is.
After failing his college entrance exams, he begins helping out at his grandfather's workshop, which specializes in repairing VORKS, heavy-duty industrial robots. For a while, he enjoyed a quiet life in the countryside, doted on by the workshop's regular patrons.
One day, however, his life suddenly takes a turn for the strange, when he encounters a metallic lifeform attached to a meteorite that fell from the sky.
To make things even more complicated, the organism he rescues takes the form of a forgotten girl from his past.
This is how his life with the metallic organism known as R-ne begins. But after a while, R-ne learns how to speak, and tells Keiji that she wants to go back to her home planet. Moved by her words, he sets his mind on sending her back into space, no matter what.
This may prove difficult, though, when a female space pirate - also known as a rare metal hunter - appears out of nowhere, and gets in his way.
Caught up in this whirlwind, will Keiji and his friends be able to send R-ne safely back to her homeland?
Game has English release and reviews

 

3. Amatsutsumi アマツツミ [160729] Purple Software 1 2 3
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Our hero, Makoto, possesses the power of "kotodama" which allows one to control people with the power of one’s voice.
Having an interest in the outside world, he leaves the hidden village he has lived in all his life. However, he found himself woefully unprepared and collapses on the side of the road in a small town almost as remote as his village. Just as he's resigned himself to death, he's saved by Oribe Kokoro, a girl whose family runs a cafe in that town.
Using his kotodama powers, Makoto becomes a part of the Oribe family and begins attending school with Kokoro. He soon meets several girls who each have their own special circumstances. Will Makoto be able to use kotodama to help these girls? And what is the true nature of kotodama?
This is a story of the words that weave the ties that bind...
There are English reviews

 

4. Aristear Remain アリスティア・リメイン [160729] Astronauts: Comet 1 
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In a different world that’s similar to modern-day Japan, ‘magic’ exists alongside science and technology. It may seem like a peaceful world, but there are many irregular happenings which commonly occur out of sight. They are the work of the ‘handymen’, individuals who work for the ‘Underground Society’, doing any job so long as it doesn’t break the law.
Seigi is a young man who is true to his name: a strong-willed believer of justice. While he is part of a special police force, he currently disguises himself as a handyman. One day, he was assigned the job of protecting a mysterious girl Ruru who lost her memories. Their accidental meeting would set a small gear in motion, which would gradually roll in those closest to him.
There is an English review

 

5. Floral Flowlove フローラル・フローラブ [160729] Saga Planets 1 2 3
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On that day, I saw an angel.
"If you become a lover with a person who is like an angel, you will definitely enjoy your daily life like you were in heaven."
Originally, Saisu Masataka did not believe in things like angels or fate.
But, he got locked on completely by one of the "angels".
Mihato Kano is his childhood friend, and one of the top ojousamas at their school.
Even though he gets showered by her love every day, it still feels like they're on a completely different level.
Kano's best friend, Tokisaka Nanao, is a black-haired girl with a model's appearance.
Because of her indifferent and feisty personality, she is called a tsundere angel.
Adelheid von Bergstrasse is an actual princess.
Her singing voice is so good that it's compared to an angel's, but she needs to be taken care of and is naturally a sleepyhead.
Tsubaki Kohane is a Christian, and is called an angel because of her kind personality.
"Hmm... on a second thought, don't I have some kind of a relationship with them all?"
But it seems to be fate, that he has a small secret.
By looking at a person, he can see wings on them.
When they are good, an angel's wings will show, and when they are bad, a devil's will show.
That had started in his childhood
When he saw the wings of angel for the first time ever.
There are English reviews

 

6. Kagura Houshinka 神楽訪神歌 [160729] Debo no Su Seisakusho
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The Suwa temple has continually fought evil Youkai from ancient times. Even today, two exorcist mikos stand against these Youkai.
The princess Miko, Suwa Mikoto and her attendant, Takei Ryouka.
Under the guidance of the temple deity Tome-sama, they resolve countless Youkai incidents at various historical cities. The girls overcome difficult battles and develop their skills whilst gaining allies...
But even the duty of exorcism has its great impasse, for the two mikos are now pursued by a Youkai responsible for a certain incident!
Reunions, new encounters and an unforgettable past.
Are Youkai crawling in the darkness the future lying in wait for the pair, or something else?
RPG

 

7. Kimi to Yumemishi キミトユメミシ [160729] Laplacian 1 2 
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Ever since an accident when he was a child, Kimito has been able to peep into the dreams of others. While his ability enabled him to see a person’s true self, he often became entangled in their nightmares as well. Gradually, he came to unconsciously avoid being too close with others.
Instead of helping others, he would rather pass his time peeping into girls’ unladylike dreams. He targeted the comprehensive school Shuuei Gakuen, which included a large hospital and an university. Not only would there be girls around his age, but he could also snoop in the dreams of sexually-frustrated nurses!
However, there he met four girls with wishes that they couldn’t tell others due to varying circumstances. He decided to enrol in the school to truly understand them. Before he knew it, he fell in love with one of them. For the first time, he felt a strong desire to help someone else.
There are English reviews

 

8. Senren * Banka 千恋*万花 [160729] Yuzusoft 1 2 3 4 5
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The village of Hoori lies deep in the middle of the mountains, inaccessible by rail. Since there isn’t much interaction with its surroundings, the town seems like it is stuck in the past. However, it is because of this exact olden feel and subsequent development that it has turned into a nice hot-springs town for tourists.
One of the popular sightseeing spots is the legendary katana Murasamemaru, embedded in stone. No one has been able to pull it out… until Masaomi somehow broke it in half. He has to take responsibility for his actions: “Marriage” with ‘shrine maiden princess’ Yoshino!? He was perplexed at the unexpected turn of events, but this is only just the beginning. What lies ahead for him is a much more peculiar and mysterious life, including his new fiancée, a mysterious girl who only he could touch, and the secret behind the curse that remains on the town.
What will become of Masaomi’s love amidst his rapidly changing life? The answer lies within the Murasamemaru in his hands.
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

9. Tsumi Koi x 2/3 罪恋×2/3 [160729] Campus
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Kouichi was walking home one rainy day with his imouto Meguri under the same umbrella when he suddenly heard a loud thud behind him. It was not the rain, but the sound of something heavy falling from above. Even though he sensed that he shouldn’t look back, his curiosity got the better of him. What he saw was his osananajimi Reina, with a pool of blood spreading out from her body.
Reina remained in critical condition over the next few days, with no sign of waking up. Was it a suicide or murder attempt, or simply an accident? Kouichi and Meguri fretted over their childhood friend’s sudden predicament. However, Reina then suddenly appeared in front of them, even though she should still be sleeping in the hospital. She had returned as an apparition, with no recollection of the day of the incident. If they could recover her memories, then she might regain her consciousness. The three of them search for the cause of Reina’s fall, as their feelings entangle like a spider’s web.
Short cheap romance series with not enough impact

 

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1. Shiniyuku Kimi, Yakata ni Mebuku Zouo 死に逝く君、館に芽吹く憎悪 [160729] Bug System 1 2 3 
It happened without any warning.
In a world that was peaceful superior beings suddenly appeared.
They one-sidedly massacred humans and the world was swallowed by a whirlpool of chaos.
While our heroine Mia was shopping with her family, she also fell victim.
With her father, mother, and older sister dead, she desperately tried to escape, but before she could a different superior man appeared before her.
Falling into desperation and prepared to die Mia took up a knife and stabbed the man.
The next second, she lost consciousness.
Not knowing what had happened to her, she felt a great pain on her stomach.
"You hurt my body, now I can't allow you to die easily. Your sin... deserves ten thousand deaths..."
And so when she recovered her consciousness, Mia was on a bed in a mansion.
She didn't have a single wound on her body, and she was wearing a dress that didn't belong to her.
In that mansion she re-encountered that superior man.
He ordered Mia to live in the villa, where he repeatedly did inhumane acts towards her.
Being crushed, stabbed, shot, spilling blood, being decapitated, being eaten, being dismantled...
And every time she woke up she was on a bed in that mansion.
Without a single wound on her body, and wearing a dress that didn't belong to her.
At that mansion---
Nukige listed for the sake of English reviews
 
2. Soukou Akki Muramasa: Shokuzai Hen 装甲悪鬼村正 贖罪編 [160729] Nitroplus 1 2
Short, free story that continues after the true end.
Kikuchi Akitaka, guilt-ridden for forcing the responsibility of hunting Silver Star onto his foster son Kageaki, sets off to confront him after hearing about his mercenary activity.
Fandisc
 
3. Yuusei Tenshi Primaveil Drei 遊聖天使プリマヴェールDrei [160729] Escu:de
The evil organization Marc Gene is plotting world conquest. But the twin "Primaveil" magical girls Selene and Plage are standing in their way. The story begins with Prince Folkhart's ignominious defeat at the hands of the Primaveil duo. The task of defeating them is handed over to his younger brother, Prince Lambert, who quickly meets the same fate.
Yet Lambert develops a mysterious power after his narrow brush with death: resistance to Selene's moon energy attacks. He confronts the Primaveil duo once more and uses his newfound power to defeat and capture Selene. For this unprecedented achievement, Lambert is promoted to operational commander of Marc Gene's forces. Become Lambert and command your own band of power rangers, develop Mystery Men and advanced items, confront Primaveil, corrupt them into faithful servants of Evil through sexual training sessions, and ultimately conquer the world.
Nukige listed for the sake of an opening

 

 

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Amatsutsumi is a great game, despite utilizing that awful ladder-style path structure.  Purple Soft reached its last peak (for now) with Aoi Tori, but Amatsutsumi is a game of excellent quality.  I recommend it for anyone who wants a good mix of SOL, plot, and catharsis.

Floral Flowlove is one of my favorite Saga Planets games.  It is a game with just enough fantasy to scratch my itch, a top-tier protagonist, and a great concept.  Definitely a game to recommend to fans of the company's earlier works.

Kimi to Yumemishi is a kusoge.  It is the worst kind of kusoge, designed by a company that creates 'meh' quality games that try to mimic the success and styles of other company's works without the heart of those same works.

Senren Banka was the last good Yuzusoft game.  It is in English, so the EVN fanboys are probably familiar with it already.

Aristear Remain is a game that joins a lot of Astronauts games in being 'not quite good enough'.  It is fantasy, it is action, but it never quite stops feeling empty.

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Shibukuzu - Mod Dergonu did attempt to translate this VN before decided to stop it because of his business, and oh yes it's quite a disturbing VN when it come to sex scenes.

Corona Blossom - Frontwing first attempt to release serial VN along with simultaneous release with both of English and Japanese language, and let's say that they're quite successful at it to a degree.

Amatsutsumi - Purple Software VN that was localized by Sekai, and do far it's still not released yet. The premise is we have the MC who stranded out at unknown place, and obviously someone did help him to adapt with his new places. Also Purple Software did ramp up the number of the sex scenes, from 12 scenes at Chrono Clock to 22 scenes.

Senren Banka - At first Sekai got the license of this, although it's not been working on for 17 months until Nekonyan took over it and released this back at 2020 Valentine day. While obviously you should just expect ususl charage per Yuzusoft VNs, this time each route did contain some hint to the bigger picture of the setting so one can say that Yuzusoft did put a bit of effort to write more in regard of the setting.

That's all for my comments on July 2016 releases.

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