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VN of the Month December 2016 - Ou no Mimi ni wa Todokanai!


This month comes down to competition between Ou no Mimi ni wa Todokanai! , Akiyume Kukuru and Ryuukishi Bloody † Saga . I'm egoistic when making a choice, so it's the first one. Clephas opted out for the last one as it may have bigger impact for the community that tends to ignore AXL titles that are usually a full head taller than closest rivals within the same month. Micchi also lays hopes on Hatsukoi Sankaime and Shinsou Noise ~Jushin Tantei no Jikenbo~

 

1. LoveKami -Sweet Stars- [161216] Pulltop 1 2 3 4
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The Goddesses Descend!
It was a time when people had forgotten their dreams and lost faith. The silhouettes of goddesses revealed themselves to the people who then could only believe in what they saw right in front of them.
The confusion surrounding the countless goddesses appearing in Japan could be explained due to Amaterasu Okami wanting to teach the goddesses about the human world.
All of this brought about the implementation of the Divine Education Act. A year passed and the numerous goddesses and humans got to learn about each other, got to know one another, and came to a mutual understanding.
The subculture holy land and heart of Divine Idol culture, known as Akihabara, housed the seven lucky goddesses that dominated as idols in L☆SEVEN.
Next Generation Goddess Auditions!
Divine Idol chicks, go on to spread your wings!
A glamorous and splendid contest, what a goddess's dreams are made of, is being held.
Laugh, grow, and even cry with the goddesses who descended from the sky and are aiming to become top level idols.
Game is released in English and has English reviews

 

2. Akiyume Kukuru あきゆめくくる [161222] Sumikko Soft 1 2 3
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In the near future, there are certain people who have special abilities due to the artificial DNA, “XNA”, inside them. The government decided that six of these boys and girls were especially dangerous and transferred them to a newly constructed school where they would remain confined until their graduation.
However, the conditions to graduate from Rururan Gakuen were kept firmly a secret. After sorting through many clues, it seemed to them that ‘love comedy’ was the answer. What does that mean? Is it accidentally seeing a girl’s panties? Bumping into a girl with a piece of bread in her mouth on the way to school? Eating bento together or having an eccentric imouto? Well, they have all the time in world to figure it out as the day will keep repeating until their graduation.
There are English reviews

 

3. Amenity's Life   [161222] Hooksoft 1 2 3
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Reiji woke up early in the morning as usual and reached over in bed to check the time on his smartphone. To his surprise, there was a naked girl sleeping next to him instead. She told him that she was his smartphone and he didn’t believe it. His osananajimi Mikuri soon barged in and it took some time to get everything sorted out. Then he realized that the robot vacuum, his headphones and even the kitchen oven had turned into girls. What the hell is going on!?
There are English reviews

 

4. Hatsukoi Sankaime 初恋サンカイメ [161222] Windmill 1 2
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Everyone has experienced first love and it is a truly bittersweet experience. Taichi had also fallen in love once, but it ended very painfully for him. Two years later, he was ready to take a step forward and fall in love again. Just when he was about to begin his new relationship with a girl who he fell in love with at first sight, the ghost Rin descended from the skies. Aside from the colour of her eyes and her hair, she looked exactly like his first love. Will he be able to forget his first love and move on, or will he still yearn for it?
There is an English review

 

5. Himekoi * Sucreine! 姫恋*シュクレーヌ! [161222] Princess Sugar
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Ryou entered a rather unusual private boarding school built in the middle of a forest. Even though Takaramori Gakuen had turned co-ed three years ago, there were not many boys possibly due to the school not being well-known and its long history as a girl’s school. He became the focus of attention from all the curious girls since he was the only boy in the class.
Tired from the sudden attention, he was taking a break during lunch in the courtyard when his classmate Chiyuri invited him to join her occult club (which was registered as the literature club). He didn’t have any club in mind, so he agreed to temporarily join as a trial member.
That night, they went to the old school building to investigate one of the seven mysteries in the school: the ‘spell of the large mirror’. It is said that if you touch the antique mirror in the hallway at midnight while strongly wishing for something, it will come true. As he was being hurried by Chiyuri, he wished to fall in love and carelessly tripped while touching the mirror.
When he came to, he found himself back in his own room. He thought nothing of it and headed to school, where he met a girl who he didn’t recognize, Mayuki. She was wearing a beautiful dress, but it matched the surroundings. Mayuki interacted with him like they had always been close friends, and while he felt a bit uncomfortable being suddenly so close to a girl, he was actually quite happy inside. When he arrived at the classroom, everyone wore pretty dresses and quickly became his friends. It was as if it was a dream.
The next day, Mayuki was nowhere to be seen and no one knew of her existence. He thought that it might have been caused by the spell and headed back to the old school building at midnight, but there was no change in the reflection. Thus, he returned home downcast and went to sleep.
However, he saw Mayuki again in his dreams. The magic mirror had created a dream world and he could meet her every night when he slept. So begins his dual life attending both school in the real world and the dream world.
Atmosphere is relaxed and scenario extremely boring. Only good as a healing lightweight game.

 

6. Honoguraki Toki no Hate Yori 仄暗き時の果てより [161222] Moonstone 1
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It was the forbidden summer.
Working as a detective's assistant, Gojou Kouichi returns to his hometown island at the request of a client searching for a friend who has gone missing. His little sister who came to welcome him at the harbor, his parents’ guesthouse and the state of the town all appear to be unchanged. However, rumours of a strange creature are heard within the island, and one night a doubtful Kouichi is assaulted by a monster. Inui Komako, a lone girl who seeks to destroy it unbeknownst to the villagers, saves him from the clutches of death with blade in hand. Kouichi was certain that he saw it. He saw the monster appearing from obscurity, but also the realm spreading out from the ends of darkness. It was a sight that humans must never lay eyes on.
The forbidden domain.
There is an English review

 

7. Koi wa Yumemiru Mouretsu Girl! 恋は夢見る妄烈ガール! [161222] Chelsea Soft
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"Whatever the heck this is, it's sexy."
That first pang of love in one's heart is ever a sudden thing. That fiery passion I had felt towards my first love as a child, Yuunagi Shizuku, was revitalized as I was suddenly thrust into a vivid erotic fantasy centering around her. And the reason I came back to the city from my childhood only to be suddenly assailed by erotic fantasies about my first love...?
The city Mioka sits below a shrine dedicated to cats. Due to his parents' work situation, a young man, Kujou Ren, who is considerate of others, or, in a word, is kind, ended up moving to this city. He stood, now, as a transfer student facing his new school, Mioka Academy, all the while remembering those two weeks he had spent in this town as a child, and the how he had fallen in the love for the first time in his life during those two weeks.
At it was on that first day, where, after heading home having left his classmates with a rather middling first impression of him, he would be granted a unique power as he was struck by lightning during the onset of a sudden rainstorm.
From henceforth, the moment a girl so happened to merely give him the briefest of touches, or he tripped and bumped into one on his way down, his mind would be forcibly filled with the erotic fantasies from the mind of whomever he touched. Such was the mysterious power he gained.
As a result of this new ability, he ends up becoming acquainted with many of his fellow classmates. He meets the slightly clumsy airhead Mioka Aoi, the daughter of the Shinto Priest of the Mioka Shrine and student council president, Nekojou Erika, as well as the boy-hating and energetic Shiozaki Yuki.
So it was that right after transferring to a new school, he found himself in the midst of an erotic and "fantastical" adolescence.
Creepy pervert protagonist and H tilt don't leave this game a spot among decent games, but if you can enjoy a lewd comedy, it actually fits these shoes perfectly.

 

8. Liber 7 Eigou no Owari o Matsu Kimi e Liber_7 永劫の終わりを待つ君へ [161222] Lass 1 2
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Kouryoukan Academy student Naoto keeps a secret even from his closest friends. It is his ability to read and write into the memories of others by merely touching them. While he could have easily abused this power, he considers it too much of a bother and carries on his life as normal.
However, threatening events began to frequently happen around him as Tanabata approached: the discovery of a mangled corpse of a girl, a large terrorist blast with civilian casualties, and the disappearance of his osananajimi Saaya. He was perplexed at the events which unfolded, but when a girl showed up to kill him, he found out that the town had become a stage for a fight to the death between combatants with superpowers.
He managed to flee just as he was about to be killed. Then, it struck midnight and a blinding light enveloped the area. When he came to his senses, he found himself back three days earlier.
Naoto is one of 7 ‘rebellion’ chosen by some mysterious figure. He must kill the other six, otherwise the world will be destroyed in 3 days. The victor would have the power to grant any wish as the new ‘God’.
There are English reviews

 

9. Meguru Sekai de Towanaru Chikai o! 廻るセカイで永遠なるチカイを! [161222] Studio e.go!
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The Amazumi Shrine in the mountains had suffered a great fire, but has since recovered. The four sisters who live there, Akiho, Minatsu, Mafuyu and Harune, were battling apparitions for the first time when they met a strange man Nayuta, who did not remember anything but his own name. He joins them in their fight and helps them bring the shrine back to prosperity. But there seems to be someone behind the influx of apparitions...
SRPG

 

10. Ou no Mimi ni wa Todokanai! 王の耳には届かない! [161222] AXL 1 2
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The village of Baarle is situated in a corner of the Reste Kingdom, near the border. The protagonist Cactus used to be part of the ‘Izayoi Knights’, also known as the ‘Ears of the King’, but he left after a certain incident. He quickly turned into a useless person and roamed across the country until he arrived at Baarle. Now he serves as the self-proclaimed bodyguard for the town while avoiding his actual job of tending the fields. He keeps getting reprimanded by the village elder Nastur, but he has found himself a home thanks to the goodwill of the villagers.
One day, a beautiful pharmacist was dispatched to the town from the capital. He was surprised to find out that it was Peony, his imouto who he used to live with. Then came Coreo, the daughter of the head of the former thief guild, along with the mysterious ojou-sama Thistle and even the princess of the Reste kingdom, Zinnia. The peaceful town had turned suddenly into a very busy one.
Suddenly, a feudal lord came and demanded that they hand over possession of the land. When the villagers understandably refused, he tried to drive them out by applying heavy taxes and asking impossible requests. Cactus could not stand still and decided to confront the lord’s tyranny to protect his precious village. He was able to save the town by using the techniques he had learned as part of the ‘Ears of the King’ and with help from the youths and former thieves.
However, at that time they still didn’t know that their actions would set off a series of events which would shake the nation...
There are English reviews

 

11. Ryuukishi Bloody † Saga 竜騎士Bloody†Saga [161222] Akabei Soft3 1 2 3 4
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Humans are no match for the powerful dragon, who could mow down everything with a swing of its tail or send everything flying with a flap of its wings. Not even an army of the strongest soldiers could stop the dragon. However, there was a hero who was able to accomplish the task. He became the king of a nation surrounding the mountains where the dragon dwelled. Veludylun was a peaceful country since the mere presence of the dragon deterred other countries from attacking it. The only threat to the country was the dragon itself.
The king established the ‘dragon knights’ to fight against the dragon and protect the citizens if it goes on a rampage. Even after the king passed away, they continued to protect the nation. While they could not defeat the dragon, they risk their lives to protect the people. The nation prospered thanks to their actions.
Many years later, a young wandering pharmacist named Roy arrived in Veludylun. He still didn’t know at that time that he would cross paths with the ‘dragon knights’ and how the nation would change when it is menaced by the dragon.
There are English reviews

 

12. Sailove! さいらぶ! [161222] Tachikawa Software
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Sakura is the brightest kid at school, pretty much the perfect individual. However, he does have one thing that he is bad at: love. His phobia gets tested daily as he constantly gets confessed to by the girls at school. One day, his classmate Aoba, a fellow outstanding student who has no interest in love, suggested that they pretend to be a couple. They agree to act like the most powerful couple that everyone will idealize.
Low-price game with only two heroines. There is some drama, but not nearly enough development or volume.

 

13. Shinsou Noise ~Jushin Tantei no Jikenbo~ シンソウノイズ ~受信探偵の事件簿~ [161222] Azurite 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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Shizunomiya is a commuter town located on the outskirts of a big city. It has many urban landmarks, while still being full of nature on the sea side. In the middle of this town is Shizunomiya Gakuen, whose students often flock to the city after school to enjoy the wide assortment of entertainment there.
Kazuma entered the school this spring, but he is no ordinary student. He has the ability to envision the thoughts of others, however he is not able to discern the source. Moreover, these thoughts often overlap one another, creating noise that makes it hard to understand them. While he was born with this ability, he still cannot completely control it and often gets involuntarily exposed to strong thoughts. Nevertheless, he still leads a relatively normal school life.
First year students are required to form ‘action groups’ which have to do various events throughout the year. The groups are chosen randomly, and the unsocial Kazuma ended up with seven eccentric members. They didn’t bother to meet up, but just to do enough to fulfill their obligations as an ‘action group’. Shortly thereafter, there was a theft in the girl’s changeroom. This would be the first case for the ‘Reception Detective’ Kazuma.
This is a mystery/suspense ADV, so you’ll have to use your detective skills to solve puzzles and crimes. It employs a ‘voices of the heart’ system where you can tell what a character is actually thinking. You’ll have to collect clues to solve the crimes, which quickly escalate from a simple theft.
There are English reviews

 

14. Venus Blood -Ragnarok- [161222] Dual Tail 1 2 3 4
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Prince Vaari is a descendent of Overlord Loki who, 500 years ago (in Venus Blood Frontier), subjugated the 5 warrior goddesses of Yggdrasil and founded the kingdom of Asgard. Under Loki's rule the demon and divine races were united in tenuous peace. But Loki went missing, and for a time the vassal goddess Odin ruled in his stead. Odin finally passed away, and a movement favoring those of divine blood seized power. Vaari, then a child, was driven from the capital due to his strong demonic blood, while his half-sister Brunhilde with strong divine blood was taken under their wing.
Years later, as conflict between the demon and divine races erupts into civil war, Vaari encounters an arrogant young boy who calls himself Loki and bears knowledge and a sharp wit that belie his appearance. The boy promises Vaari great power--the power to subdue and enslave the newly-awakened warrior goddesses--if Vaari can fight his away to the Divine Tree, claim its power, and prove his mettle. Chased by Brunhilde, who now wields the power of the holy relic Nibelung, Vaari sets out to unite the squabbling races of Asgard once again under a new Overlord.
TBS has English reviews

 

15. Zannen na Ane to no Love Comedy 残念な姉との幸福論 [161222] Libido Soft 1
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Miyuki’s father is a gambler, his mother lives apart from them, and he’s close to being kicked out of school if anything goes wrong. However, he’s pretty happy with his life, being surrounded by his two older sisters and noisy friends.
On New Year’s day, when he and his sisters went to the shrine to make their wishes, their father jumped out from the shrine. He gleefully proclaimed that he was now divorced for good and the Yaegashi family is no more. Miyuki was shocked, but his sisters didn’t seem to mind at all. They both wanted him to live with them and he had until March to decide on who he wanted to go with.
There is an English impression

 

16. Ne no Kami - Kyou no Miyako to Futari no Hime Kishi - Kouhen ねのかみ 京の都とふたりの姫騎士 後編 [161229] Kuro Irodoru Yomiji 1 2
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Kyoto is shrouded in silence.
While the Ayakashi change course and prepare themselves for invasion, a sudden turn of events suddenly has Len drawing her sword against Shinonome. Despite her pleas, Len pays no heed to the words of her childhood friend.
"...As soon as I kill you, I'll make sure Ruka joins you."
Behind the scenes, conspiracy and truth swirl together but what will become of the princess knights and their beloved princesses? Find out in the concluding chapter of Ne no Kami - The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 2!
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

17. Fain Inbuden ~Uruwashiki Onna Bushou-tachi no Tatakai~ 華陰淫武伝~麗しき女武将達の戦い~ [161230] Dieselmine 1 2
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One continent. Two major powers.
Empress Cao Li and her women supremacist country Hua yin.
Emperor Xiong Wang and his muscle worshiping country Yang wei.
Cao Li aims to once and for all unite the continent.
Xiong Wang aims to turn all women into sex slaves.
Their ambitions clash head on in a battle to the end.
The beautiful and strong battle commanders, a match for a thousand warriors.
The unique and personality rich muscle commanders with 1,000,000 grunts in tow.
Can our beautiful female commanders survive on the battlefield where
might, intelligence, stratagem and sexual technique flow and intertwine in anarchy?
SRPG is localized and has English reviews

 

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1. Amakano+ アマカノ+ [161222] Azarashi Soft
This is the fandisc for Amakano, with two episodes for each of the three heroines: a summer episode and a future episode culminating in marriage. It also includes other mini bonuses, like special commemorative voices and desktop accessories. Each heroine will get 5 H scenes.
Fandisc
 
2. Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai! A Plus Disk 真剣で私に恋しなさい!A プラスディスク. [161222] Minato Soft 1 
Three mini-scenarios about Mogami Aki, Bushou and the Hound Squad (mainly Thelma). Contains one new h-scene for Benkei and the Student Council President. When all three routes are cleared a new route appears.
Fandisc
 
3. J.Q.V Jinrui Kyuusai-bu ~With Love from Isotope~ Lost Route Eden no Shoumei J.Q.V人類救済部~With love from isotope~ Lost Route エデンの証明 [161229] Studio Beast 1 
What if story. Another ending to the original J.Q.V.
Fandisc

 

 

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Lovekami Sweet Stars - Pulltop's answer to infamous Sakura OELVN series in that they released it for overseas first. Of course Pulltop did re-released this in Japan with sex scenes, although since like I say it's like Sakura series nothing was lost even though Pulltop did their bad policy of censoring the releases for overseas.

Sankaime - I manage to finish this using Indonesian patch, and while some did criticize the MC (Taichi) for being bland I would say that the best friend character here is very bland (His lack of screentime didn't help at all) compared to the MC. Windmill here also did mismanage the side characters here, although perhaps we shouldn't care about them much in the first place. As for the VN itself, overall I can say that Himeka and the secret route here would be the meat of this VN, Emilia's route just add some additional setting, Yurinon's route is surprisingly quite normal for a heroine that was basically Taichi's second love, and Sui's route is just very normal blood related sister route (I can say that the parents of the Taichi and Sui are very open minded in regard of their relationship lol). Oh yes just like the other Windmill VNs, Sankaime here did combined sci-fi setting with some fantasy elements.

Venus Blood Ragnarok - Frontier's sequel, although Frontier didn't really need one though seeing that it basically complete enough. That said, Ragnarok here should be good enough if Venus Blood fans want to see more of Frontier world and want to corrupt all of the five goddesses again (You can corrupt them until they're change into their mad form like in Frontier, although this time the mad forms has proper sprite and CG unlike in Frontier). While I'm not particularly liking on how Ninetails decided to continuing the complete story of Frontier, it would be still nice if we can see Ragnarok localized just like both of Frontier and Hypno although obviously it depend on how good the crowdfund to localize Ragnarok would be.

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

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