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VN of the Month September 2016 - Sen no Hatou, Tsukisome no Kouki


Sen no Hatou, Tsukisome no Kouki is the winner this month, but Dungeons & Daimeiwaku -Great Edges in the Abyss- can also fascinate. Clephas did not see worthy candidates this month. Micchi is captivated by Tayutama 2 and D.C. fandisc.

 

1. Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro うたわれるもの 二人の白皇 [160921] Aquaplus 1 2 3 4 5
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Continues from directly after the events at the end of Itsuwari no Kamen/Mask of Deception.
"...I leave Her Highness... in your hands."
"Nekone, live on... and find happiness."
RPG is localized and has English reviews

 

2. Harmonia Harmonia -ハルモニア- [160923] Key 1 2 3 4
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his is a story from a very, very distant era. The world has suffered from a great war. The contaminated atmosphere is turning ash gray, life on Earth almost came to a stop and water started vanishing. The world population has declined remarkably compared to the Golden Age. The people joined together to live in this world.
It was in these times that a "Phiroid", a robot that can feel, woke up in a decayed facility. The fruit of science before the war: a humanoid, feeling robot. They were promised a new partner, one that could make their life easier. However, the awakened Phiroid finds out very quickly that he is emotionless. Perhaps he was not finished during the manufacturing process since his right hand is not covered with artificial skin, his mechanical parts visible. The Phiroid wanted to get closer to humans. He continued to wander through this devastated world, looking for the emotions he was missing. One day, a girl takes him in. She thinks of him as human and kindly looks after him. A little but warm town.
The Phiroid boy began learning what feelings are while living together with this girl.
Game is released in English and has English reviews

 

3. Sen no Hatou, Tsukisome no Kouki 千の刃濤、桃花染の皇姫 [160923] August 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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The ruins of the people's tranquility lie smoldering――
Two thousand years of prosperity have come to an end, the Empire conquered at the hands of degenerate invaders.
As what they once took for granted crumbles around them, its citizens nevertheless continue to strive for a better tomorrow, even as they are swept up in the tides of history.
Miyaguni Akari, the final heir to the imperial throne, seeks *power*――for it is her absolute *duty* to eradicate her sworn foes and reclaim her empire.
Tokita Sojin, a proud warrior without a past, seeks a *lord*――for the noble blade must be wielded in the name of *fealty*.
Fate shall see to it that their paths will cross――and it is not the domain of man to know whether their journey shall end in despair or in triumph.
There are English reviews

 

4. Tayutama 2 -You're the Only One- タユタマ 2 -you're the only one- [160923] Lump of Sugar 1 2 3 4 5
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It has been 50 years since the release of the Tayutai which had been sealed in Ashihara-chou. Humans have since acknowledged their existence and the Tayutai have also moved towards living in harmony with humans. The town of Yakotami-chou where Sora lives was blessed with the country’s most favourable spiritual energies. As such, it was promoted as a place where humans and Tayutai can coexist, and underwent rapid development as it took in many humans and Tayutai.
One day, Sora happened to settle a trivial fight between a child and a Tayutai. It’s not uncommon to see such occurrences in this town. However, he was surprised when a girl with cute ears on her head appeared before him claiming that he was the one she had been looking for. She led him to the Tayutai shrine, Yachimata Shrine, and turned towards him with sparkling innocent eyes.
“I want you to be my husband!”
He couldn’t understand the girl Kohaku’s true intention, but after hearing an explanation from her mother Mashiro and deeply impressed with her enthusiasm, he agreed to help her realize her goal of forming the ‘Human and Tayutai Coexistence Society’.
There are English reviews

 

5. Dungeons & Daimeiwaku -Great Edges in the Abyss- 大迷宮&大迷惑 -GREAT EDGES IN THE ABYSS- [160930] Liar-soft 1
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In the world of sword of magic, expert miners discovered an underground labyrinth in a remote area of the continent. “The Abyss” is very huge inside, full of monsters and traps. However, it was rumoured that ancient treasures lie deep inside its depths and adventurers from all over came to challenge the dungeon. Among them is the young and foolish samurai Shouran, and his party consisting of the sexy but problematic alchemist Nicolite, the aggressive M ninja Hakumeimaru and the expressionless mysterious archer Kurozuka.
There is an English impression. Our usual Mareni with absurd surreal comedy and lewdness, but this time even more appealing due to fantasy setting.

 

6. Kanojo * Step カノジョ*ステップ [160930] Smee 1 2 3 
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The protagonist has moved too many times to count and this time, he has ended up in his grandmother’s minshuku located in Shirasagi, a rural town situated near the mountains. His sister told him that this was their last move, and after he graduates from school, he will be free to do as he wishes. After suppressing his feelings of love until now, he sets out to pursue his first love.
There are English reviews

 

7. Natsu no Majo no Parade 夏の魔女のパレード [160930] Wonder Fool 1 
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In a slightly different world, girls called ‘witches’ who are born with a rare mysterious ability are required to use their powers to help people. Living in the rural village of Kanahara-mura, Yukito is the son of the great witch Yuris. However, he has no magic ability whatsoever and lives a normal life like any other young boy. He thought his days would continue like this, until three witches-in-training appeared before him. The girls, Arisa, Carol and Topia, came to complete their graduation training “Witches’ Parade” in order to become a full-fledged witch. They ended up freeloading at his house, and he was asked to watch over them. He couldn’t just leave these eccentric girls who are new to the area alone, so he agreed to the request. However, that wasn’t the end of his suffering.
On that first night together, Arisa and Carol both proclaimed that he was their fiancé. He didn’t remember having ever made such a promise, but when he asked Yuris, she told him that he had promised to marry them when they became a witch. He couldn’t back out from a witch’s promise, so he must choose one of them before they complete their training, that is unless he already has a girlfriend. With his senpai Azuki aggressively going after him and his bracon imouto Saya returning from witch’s school, he senses that this will be the most boisterous summer of his life.
There is an English review

 

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1. D.C. III ~Da Capo III~ With You D.C.III With You ~ダ・カーポIII~ ウィズユー [160930] Circus
This is the fandisc for D.C.III R X-rated and D.C.III P.P., with stories in both Kazamidori and Hatsunejima. There are after stories for the five heroines from Kazamidori and an if story in Hatsunejima where Kiyotaka could see the girls’ dreams, there’s also 3 new scenarios for Shiki, Sumomo and Mikoto.
Fandisc

 

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The second half of the Utawarerumono 2 duology is an excellent strategy/vn with great characters and great story.

Sen no Hatou is yet another game by August with spectacular production values ruined by bad choices in how to handle the scenario.  

Tayutama 2 is a decent sequel to the original, but it suffers from poor pacing and definitely needed more extensive heroine paths.

Natsu no Majo no Parade is a good fantasy charage with a decent cast of characters and just enough comedy to keep you reading.

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Sen no Hatou - August VN with Japanese empire setting, and that it has Show Hayami as one of the cast which make this VN is his only eroge CV. No much to say other than it also has the setting of politic when it come to this VN, which make sense because of the empire thing. The opening song is nice to hear.

Tayutama 2 - Hikari Field want to localize this, although seeing that their sample translation is bad and their PR is left a lot to be desired so far there's no much update from this. Well Nekonyan may localize this in the future, although it would be still awkward to localize this without the prequel first.

Utawarerumono 3 - The continuation from cliffhanger ending at Utawarerumono 2, and unlike the last VN this time the casts was directly face the war that was happened as the result of the action near the end of the last part. Utawarerumono 3 here is not only solve the problem from the last part, but it's also resolve some plot thread from the first part as well. Forgot to mention beforehand that both Utawarerumono 2 and 3 battle system was vastly improved from the first Utawarerumono (Especially the old PC version), and that we can have Utawarerumono 3 on PC thanks to Shiravune.

That's all for what I can comment on September 2016 releases.

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