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VN of the Month August 2016 - Inochi no Spare


Inochi no Spare is VN of the Month although Clephas also bothered with Gin'iro, Haruka for some reason. Micchi in addition favored Triangle Love -Apricot Fizz and Hanahime*Absolute!

 

1. Chuusotsu! 1st graduation ちゅーそつ! 1st graduation [160814] Studio Beast 1 2 3 4 5
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Under the P3 law enacted under the Global People's Federation, citizens are ranked according to the Authorization Seals issued by the world government.
As spring arrives, the manga lover Marisugawa Arue, set back by a long-lasting illness, finds herself having to live her life as a "chuusotsu" - a person with no education beyond middle school.
The chuusotsu are not in possession of any Seals, and are considered to be failures at life. As such, their Authorized Power level is only 5 - young Arue's future is already looking mighty bleak.
"How will I be able to accomplish my goals now..."
In order to break free of her grim situation, and reach her true goal in life, Arue applies for a government relief program where she will...
Share a room with other chuusotsu!?
Her two roommates are overwhelmingly unique: a taciturn girl in a souvenir jacket and a crazy otaku girl.
And then the three girls are given group challenges to clear.
What makes a wonderful life?
Synchronize your minds and philosophize on this proposition.
"There's no way incompetents like us can do philosophy..."
Their time is limited, and failure means that they will immediately get kicked out of the apartment!
Will Arue manage to successfully complete the philosophical challenges and achieve a happy, steady-going life...!?
This is a philosophical story of how the three girls considered lame ducks by the society spend their unusual youth in a world where Authorization Seals decide the lives of all people.
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

2. Nanairo Script なないろスクリプト [160814] Timenauts
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Haruki worked as an illustrator for the large bishoujo game company Disir. He was a much talked-about newcomer with a name sounding like a famous writer’s and whose drawing ability was popular among social networks. Soon, he became the company’s main illustrator, producing games in tandem with fellow writer Ayano over the span of four years.
However, instead of good sales and great reviews, Haruki had lately become the target of some nasty criticism. He was then abandoned by his partner and left adrift on a sentimental journey. He ended up in the far-away countryside where the villagers were quite enamored with him. Will he be able to regain his past brilliance as an illustrator and return to work?
Basically, only one route got released as a professional work, and it failed to present heroines properly, failed to set stage properly with protagonist circumstances, failed to raise emotions. Was a kusoge in that shape.

 

3. Baldr Heart [160826] Team Baldrhead 1 2 3 4
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Due to a certain incident, the Simulacrum-piloting mercenary Sou lost his fighting ability and as a result, his job as well. He returned to his foster father’s home on the island of Wadatsumi, followed by his former partner Yuuri for some reason. Soon after his arrival, he saved a girl who had lost her memories, Tsukuyomi, and she ended up staying at his home.
Although there were no decent jobs on the depopulated island, he readily received a work request from a mysterious individual. It was to transfer into the island’s only school Kouka Academy and investigate if its students were involved in the terrorism that has besieged the island. Standing in his way as he set forth to infiltrate the school was the student council president Mao and her Simulacrum. At that moment, a girl who called herself a fairy appeared before him and began to assimilate with his Simulacrum...
Action has English reviews

 

4. Gin'iro, Haruka 銀色、遥か [160826] tone work's 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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Snow is not an uncommon sight in April in one of the northernmost towns of the country. Yukito is a well-known honor student at the local school, unable to leave those alone that need his help. As a second year student the new spring will bring him new feelings in his teenage life. Feelings that will soon turn into beautiful realisation.
In this game there are five heroines, first there’s the transfer student from Canada, Bethly. She loves to paint but only knew the very basics of Japanese before she came to Japan. Next up there’s Hinata, a junior at school who also can’t leave someone alone when they need help. Momiji is Yukito’s classmate and sits next to him in class. She wants to make it onto the big stage of theater plays.
Also aiming for the top is figure skater Mizuha, Yukito’s childhood friend. He gets to meet her again after 2 years abroad. Last of the heroines is his step sister Yuzuki, who somehow feels far away. But maybe that’s because it’s only been one year since she and her mother moved in with them.
From here the story will only have one goal. After so many years, Yukito’s life will take a big turn in just 3 seasons. This is a story of love–
There are English reviews

 

5. Ichibun no Ni Koigokoro 1分の2恋ゴコロ [160826] 1 2 
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Aoi doesn’t go to school; instead he works hard every day on part-time jobs to care for his two imoutos, Hina and Runa. While he does have some regrets about not attending school, he is satisfied and motivated by the sight of his imoutos’ smiles.
One winter day, Aoi was working harder than usual in order to celebrate his imoutos’ birthday, which was fast approaching. Then he reunited with his former kouhai Minori and met his shy neighbour Koyuki. These encounters brought about changes in Aoi’s relationship with his imoutos.
There are English reviews

 

6. Inochi no Spare 生命のスペア [160826] Akabei Soft3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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Shukugawa Meguri is afflicted with an illness called the “Oumon” disease. At this point in time, nobody knows its cause, and there’s no real treatment for it yet. The only option with a slight chance of success, is to undergo a heart transplant. But finding a compatible heart is something that can be compared with a miracle. For that purpose Meguri’s sister, Ria, was actually born as a designer baby. So that her heart could be used “like a spare”.
This is the story about two sisters, the youngest born for the sake of the eldest. Other than their family, only Meguri's best friend Ryuuji knows about their secret. Her resolve wavers during the little time they have left. What will be the conclusion at the end of these emotional moments?
There are English reviews

 

7. Triangle Love -Apricot Fizz- Triangle Love -アプリコットフィズ- [160826] Campus 1 2
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Mitsuru gets along quite well with Karin since they both enjoy going to the game center, bowling, playing darts and doing karaoke, among other things. Since Karin has a best friend in Ayame, it was inevitable that she would join them when they hung out. Even though it was one guy with two girls, they got along quite well and they spent most of their time together.
Soon, Mitsuru began to have feelings for the outspoken Karin, who looks like she’s always playing around but actually has strong conviction, and the shy yet kind and considerate Ayame. Since they shared so many hobbies, Karin and Mitsuru gradually became attracted to each other and started going out. While Ayame had feelings for him as well, she was content to stay one step back and watch them while they continued to hang out as a group.
Just before their second year, Karin suddenly transferred schools. Since her new school was quite far away and they wouldn’t be able to meet casually any more, she decided to cut ties with him. Even after Karin’s departure, Ayame was unable to convey her own feelings to Mitsuru since she didn’t want to betray Karin.
Their ‘more than friends, less than lovers’ relationship continued for a year, until Ayame finally decided to confess to him at the beginning of their third year. However, Karin returned on that very day. What will become of their triangle relationship?
There is an English impression

 

8. Hana Hime * Absolute! ハナヒメ*アブソリュート! [160826] Mirai
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In 2025, the social game Crown Hearts about the battle between the princes' country ‘Stella Crown’ and the princesses’ country ‘Floris Hearts’ was a smash hit, and pro gamers have become as popular as star athletes. Koharu attends Luminus Academy with his pure osananajimi and hopeful new pro gamer Maher, kind and slightly brocon imouto Hiyoko, and Hiyoko’s friend and extremely popular net idol Ayane.
One day, they attended the opening ceremony of the annual Crown Hearts event “Divine Crown Battle”. However, this year, they announced the new “Crown Hearts VR”, where one may battle others in the real world using the latest in virtual reality technology. Sixteen entrants were chosen for the “Divine Crown Battle VR” tournament: a ‘king’ and his seven ‘flower princesses’, and a ‘queen’ and her seven ‘star princes’.
Koharu was chosen as the king by the AI girl Polina, who appeared out from the Crown Hearts world. He must battle in the tournament alongside the sword princess Maher, love princess Hinako and many others. It was rumoured that the winner would have his or her wish granted. Are you ready for this new generation battle royale!?
Strategy

 

9. Hoshizora Tea Party 星空TeaParty [160831] SkyFish poco
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Spring, the cherry blossom season... A warm day continued in Hoshirai academy, when the incident occured. The protagonist was driven out of the apartment where he was going to live, and now he is staying at the school's dinner room. Alice, a girl, which was created from the protagonist's delusions and has an ability to dive into the people's dreams. Kokoro, a mysterious woman with an unknown ability. Teru, an honor student with an ability to materialize photos, which she made. Umi, a girl with an ability to make the people's dreams come true. And Nemu, a girl with ability to bring a stuffed toys to life. And so their days began...
Very short game split in episodes and not bearing any serious meaning. More like visuals only game.

 

10. Trianthology ~Sanmenkyou no Kuni no Alice~ トライアンソロジー ~三面鏡の国のアリス~ [160831] 07th Expansion 1 2
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When three worlds become one, Alice will awaken.
Once you have cycled through the three completely different worlds until the very end, you will find out "Alice's Truth."
07th Expansion presents you with an all-fresh visual novel.
There are English reviews

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Baldr Heart was the last truly good Baldr game.  It is based centuries after Baldr Sky, in a world that has slowly rotted on the vine due to excessive technological development.

I played through two paths of Gin'iro Haruka, but that was my limit.   It wasn't because the game was bad, but rather because it was just too long for an SOL romance.

Ichibun no ni Koigokoro is a kusoge.

Inochi no Spare is a 'soft' utsuge that I enjoyed a great deal at the time.  It has a solid protagonist with a somewhat shakier heroine, and I recommend it for people who thrive on catharsis.

 

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Ginharu - At first Trip did translate this just like he did back at Hoshiori, although too bad that turned out it become too much for him and as the result he decided to retire and therefore leave it was at two thirds translate. Irru still want to finish this, although seeing that there's no competent translator to help him safe to say that it'll be a very long time until we got to see the last third of this being translated. Anyway that aside more or less this is the same as Hoshiori, with some difference in that we see all of the casts from junior high school all the way to the adulthood which mean Ginharu here is another long VN from tone's work. Of course like Hoshiori, we'll get the extensive after stories for each of the heroines there.

Chuusotsu - Other than it's the late Conjueror's work and that it filled with philosophy, no much that I can say in regard of this.

Inochi no Spare - The well known utsuge from Akabei Soft 3, in that it tell the story about on how the MC met a girl who suffer frightening heart disease that somehow can attack the people easily in the setting. In any case, it's quite clear that the writer just ask the reader to cry for the MC and the girl who fall in love with each other before their inevitable demise instead of asking the explanation of the disease because it's obvious that the writer didn't really know (Or rather didn't intended) on writing how to resolve the disease problem. At least the MC here can be said as strong character so much that he's part of the casts instead of usual self-insert character.

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

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