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VN of the Month April 2017 - Tsuihou Senkyo


kivandopulus

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Clephas chose nothing for this month. But if we add console releases, Tsuihou Senkyo is good and original enough to be called VN of the Month even though I tend to dislike survival games. Micchi expectedly fell for Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Vol. 1 & 2 and 9-nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro , while Zen favors Niizuma LOVELY×CATION and delayed titles.

 

1. Song of Memories [170427] Pure Wish 1 2
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The game involves a mysterious virus that only infects women. In this world, the infected begin their invasion as a “new breed of humans.” The story revolves around the protagonist and the game’s heroine, a woman who harbors suspicions about the nature of the infection.
There is an English review

 

2. Tsuihou Senkyo 追放選挙 [170427] Nippon Ichi Software 1 2
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The game takes places in an abandoned amusement park. The game's characters are trapped within the park, with the outside world being in a post-apocalyptic wasteland infested with murderous monsters. Within the park, the game's thirteen main characters are held captive by a mysterious mechanical doll named "Alice", who holds the "death games", which basically force the characters against each other for survival - the losers being exiled back out into the world. Alice refuses to stop the games until only two characters are alive and present. The game's protagonist is Kaname Ichijou, a young man who has the ability to see sound as colors, and sees spoken falsehoods in the color of red. He also harbors a grudge against most of the rest of the characters of the game for allowing the exile of his little sister.
There is an English review

 

3. 9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro 9-nine-ここのつここのかここのいろ [170428] Palette 1 2 3 4 5
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― Shiromitsukawa
A city that other than being a academic town, doesn't have any special characteristic.
There has been some attempts at revitalization in order to attract tourists, but it achieved no success. However, for an unexpected reason the city began to gather the people's attention.
Niimi Kakeru is a boy that despite the hasty attitude, has a strong sense of responsibility. He seems to be an ordinary student with a kind personality, but after a sacred treasure of a certain temple got damaged, an unusual power woke up on some youths including him.
He was supposed to be an ordinary student living in an ordinary town, but...
Now the young ones are involved in this mysterious fate.
There are English reviews

 

4. Hatsukoi * Syndrome 初恋*シンドローム [170428] Campus 1 
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Everyone says that your first love never comes true. Yuuto thinks that it is indeed true since he, like most others around him, had lost his first love. But unlike the others, his broken heart has still not healed to this day.
Looking at the watch that his first love Haruka had gave to him as a present, he decided that he will finally move on from the past. He resolved to bury the watch under the giant cherry blossom tree on the school grounds, which is said to be seen as being in full bloom by those who are in love, and cut loose from his past regrets. However, there was a girl wearing an unfamiliar school uniform who had arrived there before him, looking up at the cherry blossom tree. Lunalight noticed him and asked him a question while smiling:
“Do you want to fall in love?”
The magician-in-training Lunalight wished to experience first love and also breaking up, in order to understand love and become a full-fledged magician. It was a fateful first meeting for Yuuto, who was still bound by his first love. He would also be reunited with the girl from his past, who had given up her first love to become a magician. What will become of the futures of these three, who are held captive by first love?
There is an English review

 

5. Niizuma Lovely x Cation 新妻LOVELY×CATION [170428] Hibiki Works 1 2
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It’s been a year since Hibiki started working in beautiful Sakuragi, a city of four seasons. He’s gotten used to his new life and everything is smooth sailing, but he started to think about his future when his close friend got married. He realized that marriage was something that doesn’t just happen one day, but it is the culmination of ‘everyday’ actions over a long period. Having made up his mind, before long he fell in love with a girl. It was the first step towards a happy marriage.
There is an English impression

 

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1. D.S. i.F. -Dal Segno- in Future D.S. i.F. -Dal Segno- in Future [170428] Circus
During the winter, Atsuya and his friends received an invitation letter from the island’s manager Ame, who was supposed to have disappeared.
“Let’s meet again at the village where snow falls and the fireflies fly”
Travelling to the snow-bound onsen town where the ‘snow fireflies’ are said to dwell, they were greeted by the new manager Kanade, along with fireflies dancing about in the falling snow. It was actually an event organized by the Amakase Research Institute to thank them for taking good care of Ame and the fireflies are actually man-made fairies.
Then, the true fireflies actually appeared during the night with a full moon. In the midst of the fantastic scene, Ame reappeared before them once more. Is it another artifical event or is it a miracle for this night only?
Fandisc
 
2. Grisaia: Phantom Trigger グリザイア:ファントムトリガー [170428] Frontwing 1 2 3 4 5
Following the Heath Oslo incident, the existence of the US-Japanese anti-terror organization CIRS has become a matter of public knowledge. CIRS has been rebuilt from the ground up, and its most covert functions spun off to a new agency: SORD (Social Ops, Research & Development).
The goal of SORD is to train a new generation of operatives to defend the country against future threats. To that end, the organization has established a series of schools up and down the country. Mihama Academy, more-or-less left to rot after its abrupt closure, has been given new purpose as one such 'specialist training school'.
This new incarnation of Mihama Academy is home to a diverse group of students, who every day work to polish their unusual skills - sometimes on the job. Mihama now entrusts the misfit girls who attend it with guns and live ammunition. Paying their own safety no heed, these students are again and again plunged into dangerous extrajudicial missions - all for the good of the realm.
"We've been granted a place in the world.
That alone isn't enough - there wouldn't be any meaning in living, if that was all we had...
It's not enough just to get by on the backs of others.
I live by my own strength, and I fight to survive.
Because only the survivors among us belong with the living..."
No matter how much life grinds them down, what future awaits these girls, who've themselves chosen the path of the gun?
Fandisc
 
3. Majo to Tsurugi to Sen no Tsuki 魔女と剣と千の月 [170428] Kai 1 2 3 
This game takes place after the events of PENDULUM. Peace seemed to have been returned to the world with the decrease in the remaining number of circulars. However, one day the pure white circulars suddenly turned into pitch-black demons who have a increased penchant for destruction. These ‘evilised’ spread all over the world in an instant. The Magus Order continued to fight on the front line, but they were being overwhelmed by the power of the evilised.
In the midst of battle, Ren was turned into a circular due to the great magic power and was going to ‘evolve’ into an evilised until Sayaka was able to seal him in suspended animation. However, they would eventually have to fight against this immense power in the future. As a last resort, Sayaka decided to create the homunculus Rei using a part of Ren’s soul and hidden magic powers to fight against the evilised.
Nukige with English reviews
 
4. Tayutama 2 -After Stories- タユタマ2-After Stories- [170428] Lump of Sugar 1
Takachiho-shi Yakotami-chou is a particularly powerful spiritual spot where humans and Tayutai work hard to coexist in harmony. There is a festival there called the Jintaisai which started naturally from their mutual expressions of gratitude. The Tayutai would create a gift using their powers and give it to the one that the human that they live with and love; in return, the human would share his own spiritual energy with the Tayutai. However, there was an incident at this year’s festival. It was one that no one could’ve imagined.
Fandisc

 

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Nine's first entry is good, but - like I've said in the past - this game should have been released with all parts from the beginning.

Hatsukoi Syndrome is a melancholic romance based in the same universe and location as Campus's Uso series.  It is a pretty good quality kinetic novel.  

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Let's see what I can comment on April 2017 releases.

Song of Memories - Well it might be nice to have idol using their power of music to fight the zombie through rhythm game, although compared to Omega Quintet that has same premise with normal battle system (Or rather tweaked Neptunia battle system) I'll say that Omega Quintet is better. At least you can know the heroines better in this VN, even though some of the heroines problems may came off as Soap Opera twist.

Nine Episode 1 - First part of Nine quintology (Or tetralogy if you treated the last part as the fandisc which to say it is) in which it did tell the beginning part of Nine with the artifact that hold superpower was spread thanks to the mysterious earthquake, and the heroine for the first part is Miyako Kujo. While I agree that Palette should release this at once, after reading Joyjason's review on Nine Episode 4 actually episodic release also has an advantage in that the writer can pace the writing bit by bit while at the same time developed the idea for his work, although obviously it has disadvantage in that it's possible the writer would need to retcon/change the setting that he established in the first part. Lastly if you want to play the whole Nine because of Tsubasu's art, you can get it from Sekai who already has all 4 episodes of Nine localized.

Dal Segno IF - Dal Segno FD, and I suppose it's not as popular as Da Capo franchise seeing that Circus didn't release much VN from Dal Segno (Although Dal Segno itself share the same setting as Da Capo here, so perhaps we can say that Dal Segno here is the part of Da Capo franchise to a degree).

Grisaia Phantom Trigger - Frontwing want to keep milking Grisaia seeing that it's their franchise that can keep generating good income, so they decided to make a spinoff with new MC and new heroines with dark past. Oh yes since Frontwing decided to make this as all age VN, obviously they decided to hire some VAs who voiced anime characters and thus there'll be no sex scenes like the original trilogy. At least this should be good addition if one want more Grisaia, although since Frontwing just created this in order to get more money instead of making it as their last VNs with them going all out it's normal that Phantom Trigger reception here is not as good as the original trilogy.

That's all for my comment in regard of April 2017 releases.

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