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VN of the Month October 2016 - Sora no Tsukurikata -Under the Same Sky, Over the Rainbow-


Sora no Tsukurikata -Under the Same Sky, Over the Rainbow- and Signalist Stars!! are the candidates. Clephas nominates the first one. Micchi also underlines Deep Love Diary -Koibito Nikki- .

 

1. Hi no Nai Tokoro ni Kemuri wa Tatanai 緋のない所に烟は立たない [161001] Akatsuki Works 1 
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Aside from his usual business as a consultant in Okushima, Shuuri is actually a ‘katariya’ who can get himself out of any problems with words alone. Every day is different from the one before it, and this time was no different. He found the granddaughter of the most prominent family in the town, Tsuki, lying on the street and took her in. When she came to, she requested that she find her grandfather. But how can you find someone who is already dead?
There is an English review

 

2. Tsukikage no Simulacre 月影のシミュラクル [161001] Applique 1 2 3
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Seiichi received an invitation letter from his dear cousin Rei who he hadn’t seen since he moved. She asked for his presence at the family’s mysterious ceremony which is held once every few years. He decided to return to the town of Izawa where he had once lived, and was reunited with his childhood friends. There is a legend of a living doll at the large mansion in the forest, and it always takes the form of a girl from the Kisaragi family.
There is an English review

 

3. BlazBlue: Centralfiction ブレイブルー セントラルフィクション [161006] Arc System Works 1 2 
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Ragna and the others were in the Union of Hierarchical Cities, called "Ikaruga". They were rebelling against the ruler "Imperator" by their own reason.
As an answer for the consequences, the mankind all over the world were decomposed into "Seithr". While the power inside Ragna was forcibly provoked to be out of control by the Imperator.
Thereafter, the Imperator has vanished somewhere, leaving the huge black sphere called the "Embryo". And Ragna was lost, after he transformed into his internal existence, the "Black Beast".
However... Ragna is still alive. When he gained consciousness at the 13th Hierarchical City "Kagutsuchi", the power of the Black Beast was sedated. Moreover, he was still himself though, he lost all of his memory.
"Now time to rebel against the end."
Action is localized and has English reviews

 

4. Kangokutou Mary Skelter 神獄塔 メアリスケルター [161013] Compile Heart 1 2
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Kangokutou Mary Skelter is set in a universe where 1999's Japan is home to cities such as 'Jail,' a living prison that was birthed and then subsequently swallowed by the earth and buried 666 meters below ground. As a result of this cataclysmic event hostile monsters known a "Marchen" began to appear, threatening the safety of humans.
Kangokuto Mary Skelter follows male protagonist Jack and heroines belonging to Chishiki Girls' Squad several decades after this massive event as they aim to escape their prison-home. The girls' unique reaction to the Marchen's blood provides them with increased physical abilities that will allow them a chance at freedom.
The primary condition for players to escape is to grow the living Jail 666 meters, raising it from the depths below. The structure possess three great desires by which it grows: appetite, sexual desire, and the desire for sleep.
RPG is localized and has English reviews

 

5. Plastic Memories プラスティック・メモリーズ [161013] MAGES. GAME
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The SAI Corporation has achieved great fame for its human-like androids. Called Giftia, these robots are programmed with a synthetic soul and serve many purposes in society. There’s just one flaw: a Giftia can live only 81,920 hours (about nine years and four months) before their memories and personality fade from existence, and they become potentially violent.
That’s where Mizugaki Tsukasa comes in. After failing his college entrance exams, Tsukasa lands a job at the SAI Corporation’s Terminal Service Department, whose purpose is to reclaim these “expired” Giftia. Surrounded by expired Giftia and assisted by his Giftia work partner, the beautiful, innocent and inexperienced Isla, Tsukasa must come to terms with the short lifespan of these incredibly life-like androids in Plastic Memories.
Anime Spin-Off

 

6. Idol Death Game TV アイドルデスゲームTV [161020] Witchcraft 1 2 
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The story focuses on the "Dream of Dream" or D.o.D. competition, which sees potential idols in a contest to take the center position in the Project 47 idol group. However, the 10th D.o.D. competition takes place at Shichibōkan, a mansion nestled deep in the mountains, and will involve the idols fighting for their lives, with the lowest in the popularity rankings executed in a "death game" broadcast on live television.
Detective has English reviews

 

7. Reco Love Blue Ocean レコラヴ Blue Ocean [161020] DINGO Inc. Enterbrain! 1
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The nameable protagonist of Reco Love is a second-year high school student who attends Mitsumi Academy, a school that consists of every grade from elementary to high school. While attending the “Mitsumi Camp” study and exercise training camp for the two months of summer vacation, he will deepen his bonds with the heroines, and aim for success in confessing his love for the girl he showcases on film at the Mitsumi Festival on the final day of camp.
In this version, the protagonist joins the Cute Movie Club, of which student council president Nagisa Misaki is president. While receiving advice from his younger sister, Mana, the protagonist, a story as fresh as a blue summer ocean will develop featuring his classmate, drama club member, and main heroine Miu Sagara, and other characters.
SIM has an English review

 

8. Reco Love Gold Beach レコラヴ Gold Beach [161020] DINGO Inc. Enterbrain! 1 2
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The nameable protagonist of Reco Love is a second-year high school student who attends Mitsumi Academy, a school that consists of every grade from elementary to high school. While attending the “Mitsumi Camp” study and exercise training camp for the two months of summer vacation, he will deepen his bonds with the heroines, and aim for success in confessing his love for the girl he showcases on film at the Mitsumi Festival on the final day of camp.
In this version, the protagonist joins the Ero Film Club of which Seiya Doumoto, who is just barely an erotic knight, is president. While receiving advice from his older sister, Yuina, the protagonist, a story as gorgeous as the evening beach will develop featuring Finnish exchange student and main heroine Mariana Prinsilla, and other characters.
SIM has an English review

 

9. Yahari Game demo Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku やはりゲームでも俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続 [161027] guyzware
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Summer vacation has come. Protagonist can spend this time with any of the girls or choose to stay at home.
Anime Spin-Off

 

10. Deep Love Diary -Koibito Nikki- Deep Love Diary -恋人日記- [161028] Campus
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Wataru met his fiancée Chika for the first time at a formal marriage interview. As strangers, they didn’t have any friendship between them, let alone feelings of love. They didn’t want to trouble their parents without any particular objections, but they were at a loss of what to do since they were both earnest students who had no dating experience.
While Wataru had no issues with the beautiful and seemingly flawless Chika, he believed that it was pitiful for a man to have his love chosen for him. He wished to be free to choose his own bride. In return, Chika said that since their marriage had already been decided and she had no issues with his parents, she would be willing to marry him. However, it would be rude to him and their future children if she became his wife without having any feelings for him. So, she suggested that they work hard to become “true lovers” before their marriage date. Swayed by her reasoning, he agreed with her proposition.
They promised to fall in love with each other, in order to ensure that their planned marriage will last. To this end, they created a “love diary” and try out the things which lovers do, like going out for a date, doing shopping while holding hands, cooking dinner and feeding each other, and much more. This is the first page of their true love.
Another cheap short kinetic romance game by Campus

 

11. Furerute Love Connect: Ore to Kanojo no Aijou Hyougen ふれるてラブコネクト オレとカノジョの愛情表現 [161028] Nephrite
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When he was a kid, Makoto was always together with four girls: very shy Manami, who has a fear of strangers; older cousin Reiko, who was his first love; strong-willed and open-hearted Tsukasa; and, his imouto Momo, who seems to always be pouting around him. They had thought that they would always be together forever, but they were all separated after he had to move for his father’s job change.
Ten years later, he finally returned to his hometown of Nagashimo and was happily welcomed back by his childhood friends. However, he noticed that they seemed distant from one another. What had happened between them during the ten years that he was away?
While talking to each of them separately, he learned that the change arose from misunderstandings and insecurity. As he eased their concerns, he realized that he had a deep affection for them.
Nothing really good or special about this VN, kusoge

 

12. Nanairo*Clip ~Saigo no Stage~ なないろ*クリップ ~最後のステージ~ [161028] D.O.
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The remote island of Hoshimiga is located far south of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. It was rich with nature, being protected by the sacred tree, but it was now threatened by redevelopment. To protect the sacred tree and the island, they have to gather 5000 visitors for the sacred tree festival. It was a seemingly impossible task, but Shinji and his osananajimi Hiromi had a plan: they would become idols and attract visitors to the island. Their radiance would brighten their surroundings, while their feelings would spread across the world. With the goal of protecting what meant the most to them, their summer of passion begins now.
Veteran eroge maker creates an outdated nostalgic work of low scenario quality level

 

13. Re: LieF ~Shin'ainaru Anata e~ Re:LieF ~親愛なるあなたへ~ [161028] RASK 1 2 3 4 5
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The isolated Pacific island of Mikumo has no internet nor cell phones, not even any convenience stores or family restaurants. There’s not much to do in terms of entertainment. It is here that Tsukasa begins his new school life, a new beginning, with both hope and unease. He shares a room with a guy who he meets for the first time. How will his relationships with others who have their own goals turn out and what will their "graduation" be like?
There are English reviews

 

14. Sengoku Hime 7 ~Sen'un Tsuranuku Guren no Ishi~ 戦極姫7~戦雲つらぬく紅蓮の遺志~ [161028] Gesen 18
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Re-enacting the events up to the Siege of Osaka in 1615. There are some new commanders among the 110 that you can control, as well as new outfits for some returning heroines, such as Oda Nobunaga. Since this game takes place over 65 years, the commanders’ sprites will change as they grow.
TBS

 

15. Signalist Stars!! しぐなリストスタ~ズ!! [161028] Ibiza 1 
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Anyone is welcome to the special island model city of Koumei, so long as you are steadfast to your dreams, no more how big or small. For example, it could be wishing to falling in love like in the movies, or becoming a bride.
Atsushi wishes to become a hero who protects the city. One day, as if by fate, he met the transfer student Kureha who wants to become a prince who protects everyone. Neither wanted to give up on their very similar goals, so the school chairman Isumi announced a competition to determine who will be the hero. They have to help others and the appropriate winner will be chosen based on everyone’s votes. Will they be able to protect the culture festival from aspiring evil-doers and seize the hero title?
There is an English review

 

16. Sora no Tsukurikata -Under the Same Sky, Over the Rainbow- 空のつくりかた -under the same sky,over the rainbow- [161028] Cosmic Cute 1 2 3 4
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Naoka is a city shrouded in a pervasive thick fog. It is known not only for its vampires, but also as the place for people who have lost sight of their goals in life. Ryou is one such individual who lost his purpose and confidence after a past failure. While he works for a detective company, but he’s rather a jack-of-all-trades dealing with minor troubles, like searching for lost belongings or fixing roofs.
One day as he was listlessly passing time, he happened upon a self-proclaimed magician Hal who had come to the city to attend the magic school there. After helping her with some problems, she ended up helping him at the agency. Hal was tough, friendly and positive – all traits which he had lost. Will they fill the voids in each others’ hearts by being together?
There are English reviews

 

17. Unionism Quartet A3-Days ユニオリズム・カルテット A3-DAYS [161028] Clip☆Craft 1 2 3
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This is the sequel for Unionism Quartet. Fehde, a ceremonial duel with its origins in the Middle Ages, has morphed into the wildly popular sport ‘fehda’, with the combatants being called ‘knights’. Akita trained every day with the goal of becoming a knight, and he joined the school’s grand tournament Vartok Fehda with Yurina, Remilia, Amane and Milly. They faced many strong enemies and fought through tough battles, and ultimately won the tournament in spectacular fashion.
Two months later, things have returned to normal. However, even though the intense battles of the Vartok Fehda were long over, the girls all began to show affection to Akito, sparking a new battle: the battle for Akito’s heart!
The changing of the seasons meant that it was time for the advancement exams. Akito planned to participate in the solo tournament to determine the extent of his power. One day, the school’s headmistress called them for a meeting, and they were greeted with two knights-in-training who they have not met before...
There are English reviews

 

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1. Gusha no Kyouben ~Ima Shika Dekinai Koto ga Takusan Arun Da!~ 愚者ノ教鞭 ~今しかできないことがたくさんあるんだ!~ [161028] Akabei Soft3 1 2 3 4 
That summer, Kazuki and his six friends went on a crusade together. They still don’t know if it was the right thing to do, but they gave it their all. There was no theory, reason or sound judgment behind it; it was just based on their own beliefs. This is a story about innocent and reckless kids who rebelled against the ‘foolish’ adults. They strove for their own futures, unchained from this unreasonable world.
Nukige listed for the sake of reviews

 

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Re:Lief is a decent game that fell short of my VN of the Month line but that I considered worth the playthrough at the time.  

 

 

For Signalist Stars: 

 

For Sora no Tsukurikata:

 

 

 

 

 

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ReLief - The setting is in isolated island without the internet, and thus our MC need to adapt into it so that he can survive. The opening song is nice to listen if I may say something.

Plastic Memories - I only know that it's anime has sad ending, and that Hayashi Naotaka of Steins Gate fame did write the anime as well as this VN. Oh yes Naotaka here also write two more endings for Plastic Memories, although I don't know if those endings are as sad as the anime one or not.

Mary Skelter - Idea Factory dark RPG with the character from fairy tale, and no much I can say in regard of this.

Idol Death Game TV - Just think of this as Danganronpa with idol, although there's only seven participants though. Interesting to note that two revieweres (Gangrelion and Awesome Curry) did have very opposing opinion towards this VN, so perhaps you may try it in order to find whether this VN is good or not (Though looks like most of people think that this VN is not quite good). I can only say that there's no battle against monster, but instead you can scheme against the other participants for your own survival. Forgot to mention that the character designer here is also Sadistic Blood character designer (Ueda Metawo), although obviously you won't see well drawn disturbing sex scenes in this VN because this is console (PSV) VN.

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

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