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VN of the Month December 2017 - Bakumatsu Jinchuu Houkoku Resshiden Miburo


Bakumatsu Jinchuu Houkoku Resshiden Miburo does not have serious contestants in a Comiket month and is VN of the Month. Kin'iro Loveriche is another masterpiece. Clephas had somewhat the same vision. Micchi prioritized Koi ni, Kanmi o Soete, Natural Vacation and Kin-iro Loveriche

 

1. Sangoku Hime 5 ~Hishou Kourin Senkou no Toushin~ 三極姫5 ~飛将光臨・戦煌の闘神~ [171208] Gesen 18 1 
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Girl incarnations of famous Chinese generals continue to help main character to conquer the whole China. Eight different heroine scenarios are prepared.
TBS

 

2. Bakumatsu Jinchuu Houkoku Resshiden Miburo 幕末尽忠報国烈士伝 MIBURO [171222] inre 1 2
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It is the Bakumatsu era.
There has long existed a mysterious sort of power... The legends say that this power awakens within a chosen person when the nation is on the cusp of fate. A person with this power can read an enemy's weaknesses like an open book, and can cut them down with a single stroke.
Supposedly, the enemy's weak points are designated by tiny lights... and sometimes, bright flames of crimson. The lights often manifest as what can be called "orbs"...
In the decade since the arrival of Commodore Perry's black ships, Japan has been in the throes of unprecedented turmoil. The political heart of the nation has transitioned from Edo to Kyoto, and within Kyoto lies a lawless zone known as Tenchu. In order to keep the law within this area, a special police force comprised of ronin, known as the Wolves of Mibu, or Miburo (later to be known as the Shinsengumi), was formed, with Kondou Isami as the leader.
One day, they happen to save the life of a certain man by the name of Mita Ken.
Within the dying days of the shogunate, his chance encounter with these keepers of the peace, all of whom have their own idiosyncracies, is where our story begins...
There is an English review

 

3.  Kin'iro Loveriche 金色ラブリッチェ [ 171222] Saga Planets 1 2 3 4 5
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Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory.
There are English reviews

 

4. Natural Vacation なちゅらるばけーしょん [171222] Hibiki Works
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Kairi stepped out of the air-conditioned bus and had to squint his eyes from the blinding sunlight and summer heat. When he slowly opened his eyes, he saw the sparkling azure ocean in front of him, with the clouds adding pockets of white to the sea of blue, and he smelled the faint scent of the ocean brought in by the gentle breeze. He moved here from the city to live with his grandfather after his parents went abroad for work. The kind townspeople welcomed him to their town, including two girls Haruka and Yuzuki.
Would you like to spend a wonderful summer break together with them in this town?
E-mote animation is used, so we already know it's going to focus on cuteness and erotics. Don't expect a story. SOL scenes are also mediocre at best.

 

5. Suite Life  [171222] Chelsea Soft
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As part of the “SUITE LIFE” TV show, seven strangers began to live together in the same house. They all came from different backgrounds, but they must break down the walls that exist between them to become like family.
Game introduces different modes like camera mode or reading mode to liven up the SOL, but of course it remains just a moege-ish game with short common route, H emphasis and no distinctive story.

 

6. Fuyu no Polaris  冬のポラリス [171229] Stage-nana 1
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A mysterious global pandemic is making people disappear into thin air. A mysterious glass object carried by a girl found adrift at sea. Two stories that set two pairs of protagonists off on separate journeys around the world. What does it mean to live, make mistakes, and live again?
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

7. Nillhana  ニルハナ [171229] unitcheese 1 2 
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Morimiya Takuya was spending his life in idleness, doing shady jobs and getting involved with dubious women.
"I want you to infiltrate a certain care facility and expose what's going on inside."
Such was the request a certain mysterious girl, Yuu, approached him with.
Captivated by her, Tatsuya accepts - but the facility in question appears to be much more suspicious than he had imagined.
The shady owner.
Dark pasts looming in the corners.
Sex with the female convalescents.
The more time Tatsuya spends inside as a live-in care volunteer, the more his mental state deteriorates.
Between flashbacks of the past and strange nightmares of a far-off land, will he be able to leave the facility unharmed? And just what is Yuu's goal?
There are English impressions

 

8. Koi ni, Kanmi o Soete  恋ニ、甘味ヲソエテ [171231] Canvas+Garden 1
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My new home is my grandmother’s house that also functions as a café. Due to my grandmother’s recent illness and hospitalization, however, she was forced to close the café until further notice. When I heard about my grandmother’s situation from Chisato Komada (a childhood friend who is like an older sister to me), I looked around the desolate café and my heart was filled with a sense of loneliness. It was then I immediately thought:
“I want to bring the shop back to life again and show it to grandmother…!!!”
We renovated the inside of the shop and gave it a new name. We prepared a new menu and café uniforms and began the hiring process to find new, part-time staff. Right away two girls, Niwasaka Rira and Shionomiya Rishie, came into the cafe.
「“Um… would it be ok if we worked here?”」
An unusually strong breeze blew cherry blossom petals inside the shop and they fluttered and danced around the cafe, myself, and the girls around me. This could only be a premonition of the bittersweet tale that would soon follow…
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

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1.  Hikari no Umi no Apeiria ~Casablanca no Kishi~ 景の海のアペイリア ~カサブランカの騎士~ [171222] Silky's Plus Dolce
This is the fandisc for Hikari no Umi no Apeiria. Reiichi’s friend disappeared. After consulting with Sara and Nanami, he found out about the existence of an app called the Boundary II α system. He logged in once more to Second to solve the mystery of his friend’s log-in for over a month. This was the beginning of a new incident. He must find a way to log-out of the α system in which he was trapped, but he had forgotten everything about Apeiria…
Fandisc
 
2.  Nemurenu Hitsuji to Kodoku na Ookami -A Tale of Love, and Cutthroat-  眠れぬ羊と孤独な狼-A Tale of Love, and Cutthroat- [ 171222] Clock Up 1 2
Takeo lives at a love hotel in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho, working as a janitor and cleaning after the guests leave. He is quite tired and listless during the day since he suffers from chronic insomnia. The only way he can fall sound asleep is by killing someone. Thus, he works behind the scenes as an assassin for the head of the ruling gang in order to get a good night’s sleep. Even though it’s an extremely risky business, the days were relatively stable and peaceful.
One day, Takeo met the call girl Azami. When he embraced her, he had the best sleep that he’d ever had, so he thought about keeping her by his side. However, she was being chased by his boss, which meant that keeping her would amount to turning against him and an end to his peaceful life.
Nukige listed for the sake of reviews
 
3. Sky & Heart Last Survival  [171222] Giga
Sky & Heart Last Survival contains a survival mode similar to the survival modes of the previous games, and ero scenes for a few of the Fei from Baldr Heart. In the survival mode you play as Sou, and you have all weaponry from both Baldr Heart and Baldr Heart EXE aside from the collaboration weapons. Almost all units from Baldr Sky, Baldr Sky DiveX and Baldr Heart are present as enemies
Beat em up fandisc

 

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Kin'iro Loveriche is a top-quality game, as anyone who has played it can attest to.  Its only real slip-ups were having Akane as a heroine instead of a side-character and no Ayaka path (remedied in the fandisc, but still).  

Miburo is an excellent game by Inre, based in the Bakumatsu era from the point of view of the Shinsengumi.  I would say it is more true to history than Last Cavalier (if you ignored the steampunk), but it is also less detailed about the post-Kyoto elements.  My biggest complaint about this game is that it uses ladder-style story structure, which I always complain about, lol.

 

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Bakumatsu - Another interesting VN from inre in which it's still not translated yet, although perhaps it's for the best if we see on how inre was use KS that was held up by some questionable company (And failed) in order to localized ChuSingura (Also no sex scenes as well), and that localization company probably won't be able to pay the voices license seeing that there's a lot of characters there. It's still a shame though to see this not localized.

Koiama - The heroines looks like Gochiusa with bunny motif and all, and other than that it should be relaxing VN if one want to play some light moege.

Nemurenu - The opening song is surely very good there, and of course since this is Clockup VN (I wonder though if someday Mangagamer will localize this) you better expect some disturbing sex scenes. That said though, apparently it's not as disturbing as both of euphoria and Maggot Bait even though the sex contents can be disturbing. Of course even with no sex scenes, it's still better to not play this if you're at 15 years old because the story is quite dark with both of the MC and the single heroine are having the job that not exactly what we can say honorable (The MC work as assassin because he can only sleep after he killed someone, while the heroine work as the prostitute along with have some dark secret).

Kirikoi - If the late Conjueror was very angry with this so much that he want to slit his wrist because he put this over Apeiria in his list, I won't thinking the same way if for example I put Kirikoi over Himawari or Dies Irae provided that Kirikoi VNDB average score can beat the former two (And currently it is). That aside, this is the VN with the main fetish is that the heroines must be blonde and thus it's obviously make Akane who's hair is red as side heroine. While for the most part it has comedy akin Yuzusoft VN with the setting was at upper class academy (And the school name is the same as GPPC school), the true route did subvert that expectation by a number. Oh yes this is first Saga Planet VN that has been localized, and it happen thanks to Nekonyan who also already has Golden Time (The FD) as well.

That's all for my comment on December 2017 releases.

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