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VN of the Month June 2017 - Ai Yori Aoi Umi no Hate


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Clephas ended up choosing nothing, but I'll stop at Ai Yori Aoi Umi no Hate , will need to eventually review it. Micchi only pointed at delayed titles and one fandisc.

 

1. Shiin 死印 [170601] Experience 1 2 3
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The Tokyo metropolitan area's H City. In this suburban city, a strange rumor has been spreading recently. Those who possess the «mark» will die. The «mark» is unexpectedly engraved onto the body, as if it was a chewed up birthmark, and is said to result in an unknown death.
As a matter of fact, a strange incident occurred where someone met a suspicious death. This incident has become an urban legend, and has propagated various speculation such as it being the result of a ghost encounter somewhere or unknowingly coming into contact with a curse.
Having lost your memory, you stand before a western-style house said to protect those who possess the «mark». As if drawn to something, when the doors to the house open, you're greeted by a beautiful doll who is the lord of the mansion.
«Welcome to Kujou Mansion.»
The doll continued to speak.
«You will die if you stay like this.»
«But that doesn't mean that there isn't a way to be saved.»
The countdown to «death» had already begun…
Game is localized and has English reviews
 
2. Ojou-sama wa Sunao ni Narenai お嬢様は素直になれない [170623] ensemble 1 2 
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Souichi seems to be a normal student, but he is actually an experienced bodyguard. One day, he was asked by his mother, who is also a bodyguard, to transfer into Reihou Gakuen to help her protect a certain girl at the school. Reihou Gakuen used to be a famous girls’ school, and even after turning co-ed, it is still predominantly full of girls. Moreover, he was surrounded by eccentric girls for some reason. One of them was the girl who he was supposed to protect, and she smugly said:
“From now on, you are my ‘schwester’!”
The girls seemed unapproachable at first, but he began to see another side of them as he got closer to them.
There are English reviews

 

3. Osomatsu-san The Game: Hachamecha Shuushoku Advice -Dead or Work- おそ松さん THE GAME はちゃめちゃ就職アドバイス -デッド オア ワーク- [170629] Otomate
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Visual novel game based on 2015 anime adaptation of Akatsuka Fujio's 1962 "Osomatsu-kun".
"Osomatsu-kun" story revolves around the Matsuno sextuplets whose faces are all the same: Osomatsu, Karamatsu, Choromatsu, Ichimatsu, Jushimatsu, and Todomatsu. The "Osomatsu-san" revolves their story 20 years later, trying to survive in the middle of the modern era.
Anime Spin-Off

 

4. Ai Yori Aoi Umi no Hate アイよりアオい海の果て [170630] AXL 1 2 
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In the future, nations and civilizations have disappeared due to rising sea levels caused by tectonic movements and global warming. The survivors lacked technique and talent, but they were able to restore an ancient battleship and attach a spare hydrogen engine to it. Then, a long long time passed, and all land was inundated by the sea, and humans barely survived aboard the self-navigating self-repairing ship.
Ao is a boy who lived in the town aboard the ship. He helps out his parents with plowing the fields and fixing the fishing gear. There is no entertainment aside from visiting the floating market once a month and gazing at the passing ancient flotsam and pondering what they were once used for. It was a relatively depressing life akin to living in a closed society.
One day, he entered the ship’s engine area, which the adults had told him absolutely not to enter. There was a picture from long ago, showing girls in colourful clothes dancing at a school in front of a large crowd of happy children. This was a ‘culture’ which has long since been lost. Moreover, he found a girl sleeping within a capsule. She was wearing the same clothes as those shown in the picture.
The capsule opened when he touched it, as if he had authenticated something. The girl appeared to have lost her memories, aside from one thing: that she is an idol. An idol’s job is to sing and dance, and to spread happiness to everyone. Ao and the self-proclaimed idol Ai set out to revive the idol culture in this small world floating on the sea.
There is an English impression

 

5. Akaneiro no Kyoukaisen 茜色の境界線 [170630] Alcot Honey Comb 1 2
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One night, Shuu met the fox spirit Tomoe. In order to become a goddess, she must subdue the ‘tatari’ (curses) which devour all. Shuu’s hometown of Kanbe has been struck by these curses since some time, and despite the efforts of Tomoe and the half-youkai Kasumi, their numbers have only increased. Now Shuu’s kouhai Shion has also become targeted by them. In order to protect his hometown and those precious to him, Shuu joined the fight against the tatari. As they cross the line between the human and demon worlds, the world becomes dyed madder red.
There is an English review

 

6. Haruoto Alice * Gram 春音アリス*グラム [170630] NanaWind 1 2 
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Seiryou Gakuen is a popular high-ranked school in the seaside city of Minato which prides itself on the latest facilities and student independence. Since a year ago, it has been managed concurrently by the student council and the new entrants council.
Soutarou is a second year student who is part of the ‘twilight club’ (tasogare-bu) that was formed under special circumstances and is governed by the student council. It helps with minor things like searching for lost objects and resolving troubles and worries. Even though every day is busy, they are carefree and he gets to walk to school with the student council president who he looks up to and talk with the beautiful club leader.
One day, he received a letter with no name on it:
“Will you be able to solve the repeated problems that will happen from now on?”
At the same time, a helicopter descended upon the school. The club was then beseiged by various troubles: negotations with the two school councils, a place with snow cherry blossoms, a mysterious clock tower, and a mysterious ability that could be used only by a few select people. There are many secrets called ‘alicegram’ which lie buried in the town. Will Soutarou be able to solve them all?
There is an English review

 

7. Pure Song Garden! ピュアソングガーデン! [170630] Pulltop 1 2
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In 2027, advances in virtual reality technology have allowed for the creation of a ‘mixed reality’, combining both reality and virtual reality. It is not uncommon to see ‘virtual idols’ performing, and the most popular one is Ai, who was created using the newest state-of-the-art VR technology. Kanata is part of the M3 (Music Mediaworks Mate) circle of music lovers, along with his self-proclaimed guardian and cohabitant Kuon, and kouhai Asuka, who is interested only in weird ‘sounds’, among others.
One day, they were able to attend the huge virtual live event “Pure Song Garden” as part-time staff members thanks to the connections of Ritsu, a lady who lives in the same apartment as Kanata, and who used to take care of him when he was a child. Before the event, Ritsu brought them to the stage and did a start-up test for Ai as a special demo for them, but when she appeared, something felt off.
Actually, it was not Ai, but a beautiful girl Iroha who looked just like her. She said that she came from fifty years in the future for a short trip. Her ‘navigator fairy’ Suzu, a girl with fairy-like wings who accompanied her, explained that only Iroha’s consciousness travelled from the future and that she was only temporarily using Ai’s virtual body. At that time, there was a great commotion on the event grounds over Ai’s sudden disappearance. Iroha will have to take over Ai’s role on stage at the live, and Ritsu and the M3 members did their best to support her.
Everything was going smoothly at “Ai”‘s performance when a warning sounded and an unexpected error occurred! The “VR hazard” accident resulted in Iroha unable to return to the future.
There is an English review

 

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1. Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm EXTRA1 蒼の彼方のフォーリズム EXTRA1 [170630] sprite 1
A senpai who she admires.
The senpai who she loves.
Friends with whom she could confide her worries and do her best.
Just by showing a little bit of courage, she was able to obtain so many precious relationships.
Mashiro thought that she has finally reached the happy end. However, she was barely passing her classes. She lost completely in a sweets battle to Rika and Arika. On top of that, Misaki and Asuka declared that they are Masaya’s lovers!? At this rate, her dear senpai would be taken from her, she’ll have to repeat a year, and Mashiro Udon would go out of business!? Mashiro’s mother, Botan, suddenly suggested that she and Masaya go on an overnight date. She declared that she’ll make a tasty bento for him and dress up nicely. With the help of the others, she trained really hard to up her feminine qualities before the date. Will they reach the true happy end!?
Fandisc
 
2. Tantei Seven タンテイセブン [170630] Digital Cute
Bango doesn’t like his own name, which has caused him to be teased since he was a kid. However, he has friends by his side: childhood friend Kasumi, best friend Reiji, and Reiji's younger sister Mariya. Together they formed the ‘paranormal research clab’ (the complete idiot Kasumi misspelled the name) at Kototoi Academy in Mina-Asakusa.
However, without the adequate number of members, their official club status was denied and their club room was taken by rival clubs. Bango and Kasumi were eager to find other members to search for supernatural activities with them. They gathered many unique individuals and they came upon strange events.
It all started when they entered a house full of junk in search for a lost cat. The place was a den of psychic phenomena, a theme park of malicious spirits. Yet still they advanced into the deepest parts of the house in pursuit of the mysteries of the former tenants. At the same time, a series of bizarre incidents befell the area around the school. First, a commotion regarding a dangerous drug. Then, the death of a cat who had been skinned. Finally, there was even a murder.
There was a doll left behind at each crime scene. Who is the culprit? They must use the special powers which they have possessed since their childhood to solve the crimes.
Nukige listed for the sake of an opening

 

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Shiin - Also known as Death Mark in English release, and it's rare non-otome VN from Aksys most recent released. Well it's mostly fall out of the radar to me, so I can't say much in regard of this but I guess it should be nice if you like some mystery VN.

Pure Song Garden - While it would be nice to see this translated seeing thta it has interesting concept such as idol and time travel, I won't think that it's a good idea here because it's pretty obvious that Pulltop would be going all out to cut the sex scenes along with randomly assign a translator to this VN which might be ended badly had the translator is the same one as Konosora translator in that Konosora translation is quite infamous because of bad translation.

Aokana EXTRA 1 - Mashiro fandisc that was created based on the poll (Misaki did win the vote though), and no much to say other than it has both of Mashiro and Masaya did wonder on what should they do for their next date (At least it should be good for Mashiro's fans). Oh yes Nekonyan did translate this as well, and obviously it also has same feature from Aokana Nekonyan version so you didn't need to worry about the lack of music gallery (I don't really know if sprite did add music gallery for EXTRA 1 or not though, but it should be obvious that there's sprite viewer in Nekonyan version). Oh yes this is sprite last VN before they decided to stop their VN production for a while and then take care of Aokana mobile game.

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

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