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VN of the Month March 2018 - Butterfly Seeker


There are as many as five masterpieces - Kieta Sekai to Tsuki to Shoujo -The World was Prayed by The Girl Living A Thousand Years-  , Unjou no Fairy Tale ,  Karigurashi Ren'ai  ,  AI Love: Koisuru Otome wa Kikaijikake and Butterfly Seeker. But the last one is chosen by Clephas and deserves the upper hand. Micchi adds RIDDLE JOKER and Natsuiro Ramune to the list.

 

1. Tropical Liquor  [180309] Tentacle Games 1 2 3 4
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Welcome to Tropical Island.
"But onii-chan, you're just some part-time bum, aren't you? On top of that, your age equals the years you've never had a girlfriend, right?"
The player (that's you!) is a part-timer who lives an uneventful, boring life.
One day, you win the prize draw at the shopping district. The prize: a trip to an island in the south -- you decide to take a 30-day vacation.
"I... want to make this a nice vacation...! I want to change myself in this trip!"
You decide to grow out of your dull, boring life and get a girlfriend.
"To get a girlfriend, you have to first get close with a girl! If you don't create a bond with one, then nothing will ever happen!"
On your vacation, you meet all sorts of girls, each of whom has something troubling them. You can talk with them, share a drink with them, and go on a date with them.
"Let's make this a nice vacation."
In this vacation, will you finally come out of your shell, and manage to make a girlfriend?
Game is released in English and has English reviews

 

2. Silver Jiken 25 Ku  シルバー事件25区 [180313] Grasshopper Manufacture 1 2 3
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It is five years since the events of 1999’s “The Silver Case,” set in the new 25th Ward that arose in the bayside area of Kanto. In a room of the “Bayside Tower Land” apartment complex, a woman is found murdered under mysterious circumstances. This sets off a series of seemingly random events throwing together multiple protagonists including The Silver Case’s Tokio Morishima. With all viewpoints assembled, a truly shocking pattern emerges…
Available for the first time outside Japan, The 25th Ward: The Silver Case is presented with new HD assets and additional content not found in the original version.
A SUDA51 Trip – Set in the “Kill the Past” universe, the series continues its bleak look into a semi-futuristic world on the edge of collapse and the misfits and antiheroes that inhabit it.
Brave New World – The return of the signature “Film Window” system is brought to The 25th Ward for the first time! New visuals, sounds and controls capture the game in a fresh perspective.
One Story, Many Sides – Includes all three of the original arcs released for the title, “Correctness”, “Placebo”, and “Matchmaker”.
Game is released in English and has English reviews

 

3. Kieta Sekai to Tsuki to Shoujo -The World was Prayed by The Girl Living A Thousand Years-  消えた世界と月と少女-The world was prayed by the girl living a thousand years- [180323] Hiyoko Soft 1 
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The protagonist Seiji comes back to his hometown, where he becomes a witness of the mystery behind the series of unsolved murder cases. One by one, every single one of Seiji's old friends, with whom he just met, disappears. The mystery under the moon's light reveals a truth little by little, thus starts the story about the disappearance of the world, the moon, and the girl...
There is an English review

 

4. Mell Kiss メルキス [180323] Giga
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It was the start of the summer vacation for second-year student Ryouichi. There were no dramatic events in his casual school life. That was until one day, his homeroom teacher announced that the festival commemorating the founding of the school will be Halloween-themed, and that there was a new transfer student to the class.
A meeting with a new classmate. The first trial at the festival. The obstacle-free days begin to pass by. What kind of future awaits him?
Kusoge

 

5. Unjou no Fairy Tale  雲上のフェアリーテイル [180323] Cosmic Cute 1
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This is a fairy tale that takes place in the lawless town of Kaguya that floats in the sky. Tsukasa runs Café Amelia with a lone employee, the self-proclaimed future great magician Natsu. However, they have another side to them; they are part of a team of justice-fighters that do everything from preventing thefts to serving as personal guards. The other members of the team are also frequent visitors to the coffee shop: the songstress Daria and the strongest swordswoman Makoto.
One day, Natsu and Makoto rescued a princess who was looking for her missing older brother. This girl Yuki was actually Tsukasa’s imouto…
There is an English review

 

6. Memories Off -Innocent Fille-  メモリーズオフ -Innocent Fille- [180329] MAGES. GAME 1 2
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The story begins when protagonist Kasane's wish comes true after he temporarily transfers from his high school in Sapporo to a Shounan sister school to start as a scholarship student in October.
For Kasane, who wished to go somewhere far away, a new step filled with expectations of reunions with close friends after seven years and new places caused a ripple, leading to a complicated love story.
The series is known for attempt to present realistic psychological portrayal of romance relations and adding suspense elements. A definite plus is voiced and pictured protagonist. I can't stand all those korean suspense dorama with all the traumas, and it's quite similar to that stuff.

 

7. AI Love: Koisuru Otome wa Kikaijikake  アイラブ 恋する乙女はキカイ仕掛け [180330] Akabei Soft3 1
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Kyouji is a scientist who had one dream: to create a robot that could help, support and snuggle up with humans. However, he was fed up with the recent trend of people being wary about the dangers of robots with AI, so he created robots with ‘hearts’ instead. As the first step towards a future where humans and robots can co-exist, he began to live together with these three androids, the domestic Lux, the curious Sphere and prototype Nect, while watching over their growth.
However, sometimes Lux would barge into the bath to wash his back and sometimes Sphere would crawl into his bed. As a scientist, he was delighted at their displays of emotion, but on the other hand, it was somewhat embarrassing and troublesome for him as a member of the opposite sex.
This is just one chapter of a fun and lively daily life between Kyouji and the girls. But surely it will become an irreplaceable moment for them.
There is an English review

 

8. Akumade, Kore wa ~ no Monogatari あくまで、これは~の物語 [180330] Azurite 1 2
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Jouichi has been constantly moving and changing schools because of his parent’s work, so he never really made many friends nor had a girlfriend. A few years ago, one of his best friends committed suicide. He never really understood the truth behind it and hoped to solve it one day.
Now he lives in a village in the heart of the mountains, which prospers from the many tourists that visit the region by shinkansen. With the arrival of summer, the town was in a festival mood. Jouichi and his childhood friend Emi helped out with setting up the grounds, meeting the quiet Kana, lively Hinami and gentle onee-san Yukari. There was also one other thing that occurred at that time. When Emi was showing him how to use the chat program NEEL on his new smartphone, it vibrated as he received a notification message. It was a friend request from their friend who should have been dead.
There is an English review

 

9. Bosei Kanojo -Shikyuu Kikan Hen-  母性カノジョ-子宮 帰還編- [180330] Akabei Soft2
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Kazuya was mistreated by his boss, and he was both physically and mentally exhausted. The only one who still helped him was his senpai at the workplace, Miori. He can keep going on because of her support. However before long, he quit the job upon her recommendation.
“It’s fine not to give it your all.”
With those words, it seemed like all the stress disappeared and he could just enjoy a simple life where she would take care of him all day long.
Akabei Soft games often turn out not what they seem... but not in this case. And that's natural considered there is a single heroine, and it's nigh impossible to get a good outcome from these starters. Of course it tries to present it as a healing story with mother-like partner by the means of decent text and voice acting, but it's nothing other than nukige, after all.

 

10. Butterfly Seeker  バタフライシーカー [180330] Silky's Plus 1 2
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The very large northern city of Shiraori, shrouded in fog in the summer and blanketed in snow in the winter, has been plagued by a series of brutal psychological crimes. The police set up a unit specifically to combat abnormal psychological crimes, but it was still not enough. Recently, they’ve been turning to promising youths who work undercover as student investigators. The insect gastronomy club at Shiraori Gakuen, nicknamed ‘Mushikui’, was specifically created for this purpose.
Yui could read a person’s thoughts just by observing their gestures and behaviour.
Chitose aspires to be a profiler with her excellent ability to retain key information.
Haya uses her superior physical prowess to battle criminals.
Keisuke possesses a special ability ‘butterfly seeker’ which allows him to see the indirect causes of a death just by touching the body.
Due to their special abilities, they were able to achieve some positive results. Then they received news that the mass serial killer ‘Spider’ that had terrorized the city six years ago had begun to move once more.
There are English reviews

 

11. Fatal Twelve [180330] aiueo Kompany 1 2 3
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Shishimai Rinka was a highschooler who ran a small café named Lion House in place of her grandmother. She lived her life much like any other person her age, but one day, she was caught up in an explosion while returning home on the train alongside her friend, Hitsuji Naomi. In an attempt to save her friend's life, she shields her on instinct the moment the explosion goes off, losing her life in the process. However, before she knew it, she was back at Lion House, happily chatting with her friends as if nothing had happened in the first place.
A few days later, she found herself in a strange world. Here she met Parca, an odd girl claiming to be a goddess. It turns out that she had somehow become a participant in Divine Selection, a ritual carried out over twelve weeks by twelve people, which allowed them to compete in order to undo their deaths. What shocked Rinka most of all, however, was the presence of her friend Mishima Miharu amongst the twelve.
In order to make it through Divine Selection, one must eliminate others by gathering information regarding their name, cause of death and regret in the real world, then "electing" them.
This turn of events would lead to her learning about the truth behind her death, as well as her own personal regrets. She would also come to face the reality that Miharu was willing to throw her life away for her sake, as well as the extents to which the other participants would go to in order to live through to the end.
Far more experiences than she ever could have imagined awaited her now, but where will her resolve lead her once all is said and done...?
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

12. Karigurashi Ren'ai  かりぐらし恋愛 [180330] ASa Project 1 2 3
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Takuma had many fond memories of the town where he used to live as a child and he wished to return there one day. He worked hard to pass the entrance exam for the only school in the town and successfully achieved his long-cherished dream!
He moved back to the town for a new start, planning on living by himself in his childhood home, but it was in such a dilapidated state that it was essentially uninhabitable. Without the money to look for a temporary residence, Takuma was at a loss as to what to do.
Fortunately, his childhood friends came to his rescue! While he couldn’t live with them forever, he was welcomed to stay in the four families’ homes on a rotation system. One of them strongly objected to it, but she was persuaded in the end. Thus begins a very peculiar ‘revolving temporary residency life’.
There are English reviews

 

13. Natsuiro Ramune  夏色ラムネ [180330] Carol Works 1
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"I want to see a lot more people coming here again..."
Tsuruoka Yuu lived with his grandparents in the countryside due to family circumstances for three years of his elementary schooling. Despite his initial perplexion with the unfamiliar atmosphere, he was gradually able to make friends with some of the other kids his age.
Several years later, returning to that place once again and spurned on by the nostalgic desire to reunite with his old friends, he found that, contrary to his childhood memories, they had all changed a great deal, and not necessarily for the better.
Feeling lonely, Yuu wanders into a local candy store, the same one he'd always visited together with his friends while walking home from school. There, he encounters the kind old shopkeeper, Shishido Saya, and discovers she is considering closing the store for good.
Resolving not to let that happen, while also understanding he faces an uphill battle in doing so, Yuu calls on his old friends for help in keeping the store running...
There is an English review

 

14. Paradise Ocean  ぱらだいすお~しゃん [180330] Pixel Mint 1
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“Paradise Ocean” is a cruise ship that sails across the sparkling blue seas with a school aboard. New students jumped on the chance to have a taste of a luxurious cruise for a low tuition. However, there’s no free lunch in this world. In order to pay off their school and living expenses, they are forced to work as the ship’s crew! Trapped in despair from the outside world, they have to rely on each other to have a glimmer of hope.
There is an English review

 

15. Riddle Joker  [180330] Yuzusoft 1 2 3
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People used to call such unfathomable abilities "superpowers".
Through the discovery of a certain particle during the end of the 20th century, however, the mystery surrounding these powers was solved, with them and their users now being referred to as "Astral abilities" and "Astral users", repsectively.
Arihara Satoru is an ordinary person living in this extraordinary world.
However, that is but a facade.
Hidden beneath the surface, Arihara Satoru is actually an Astral user working as an agent under a secret organization!
His newest mission:
"Infiltrate this school geared towards Astral users as one of its students!"
Along with his little sister, Arihara Nanami, he succeeds in the infiltration and blends in with the students there without a hitch, building a rapport with fellow classmates Mitsukasa Ayase and Nijouin Hazuki as well as upperclassman Shikibe Mayu along the way.
Having not drawn even the tiniest bit of suspicion, his mission continues according to plan.
--Or so he had hoped. Due to an unforeseen event, his true identity was revealed to Mitsukasa Ayase!
But the revelations didn't stop there; Ayase's own big secret was also revealed:
What do you know! Her chest was padded!
The two now held each other's unspeakable secrets within them.
And with that one encounter, their fate would be forever changed--
There are English reviews

 

16. Sora to Umi ga, Fureau Kanata  空と海が、ふれあう彼方 [180330] Pulltop 1 2
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The Ogasawara Islands is designated as a natural World Heritage Site. Hiroki visited the island for the first time in four years to help with his grandmother’s shop during summer vacation. He met the beautiful blonde girl Emily on the boat ride to the island. She had run away from home to retrieve a ‘treasure which had sank into the sea’. He reacquainted with his osananajimi Chisa on the island and she told him that there was a sunken ghost ship. It is said that the treasure which Emily was looking for was aboard this sunken ship. He couldn’t leave a scuba diving novice like Emily alone and Chisa didn’t want to miss out on the fun, so they ended up searching for the treasure together.
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

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1. Neko-nin exHeart 2  猫忍えくすはーと2 [180330] Whirlpool 1 2 3
Since ancient times, humans have lived together with demi-humans who possessed special powers and served as ninjas to those in power. Yura and Tama were nekomimi ninjas that came from the Fuuma Village to serve the protagonist. After the initial confusion, they settled into a peaceful life together under the same roof. However, who was that suspicious figure in the shadows?
The mysterious ninja Ritsu appeared in the town. Who is she targeting? During this time, he was entrusted with a bunny-eared ninja Maya, who had lost her memories and calls herself a cat. It has become a jealousy battle within the household. A new chapter full of cuteness and a slight bit of mystery begins!
Nukige has English reviews
 
2. Ojou-sama wa Sunao ni Narenai ~Daisuki o Kimi dake ni~  お嬢様は素直になれない ~大好きをキミだけに~ [180330] ensemble
Fandisc for Ojou-sama wa Sunao ni Narenai. The game contains the after-stories of the 5 heroines from the original game as well a new route starring Wakaba.
Fandisc

 

 

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This was a good and eventful month... we are also getting close to when I ended VN of the Month for the sake of my sanity, lol.

Riddle Jokers is one of the weaker games by Yuzu Soft, despite being plot-focused.

Unjou no Fairy Tale is another fantasy based in the same world as Sora no Tsukurikata, with the daughter of the protagonist from the first game being one of the heroines.  It is a pretty good game, but it is somewhat tarnished by the continued use of the ladder style story structure.

AI Love is a nice SOL eroge with a nice set of AI heroines.

Butterfly Seeker is a story in a similar vein to Sakura no Mori Dreamers, save that the protagonist has the ability to read events from the objects owned by killers and victims... and he lives in a town where serial killers are as common as popcorn.

Karigurashi Ren'ai is a decent charage... like hundreds of others I played over the years, lol.

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We really almost getting caught up with the present here, and so let's see what I can comment in regard of March 2018 releases.

Tropical Liquor - Another attempt of releasing Huniepop like game, and this time with Sayori as the design. At least her design is still good so you can play this for the sake of her arts.

Nekonin 2 - Well we have more heroines for Nekonin series, and it's available in English so good for Nekonin fans I guess.

Umikana - Finally after five years they started to making all age VN, and it's really their best overseas release so far because they didn't apply their usual overseas release censorship (Well there's no sex scenes to censor duh). As for Umikana, well if one like on how Konno Asta did write the friendship between one male (MC) and two female like back at Miagete then you'll get that in Umikana as well, only instead of winter time in a rural town we'll have summer time in an island for the setting. I'm still worry if somehow Pulltop want to make 18+ version of this, but apparently they won't do that seeing that one of the VA is Akari Kitou who is a very well known anime VA that act in a new anime (Her role are Tsukasa in Tonikaku Kawaii, Momo in Machikado Mazoku, and Nezuko in Demon Slayer) and thus she won't play 18+ VNs (Duh).

Fatal Twelve - Danganronpa like game in which we'll have twelve participant play a game that will determined who will get the wish fulfilled, except in here we'll have the setting that all participants are dead person and the gameplay is that the player must try to find out the other player secret and then eliminate the player which obviously wouldn't be easy. It has female MC so there'll be some GL subtext, and the art here is looking good and it's pretty obvious that the company did improved the drawing from Sound of Drops. Sekai did license this in English as well, and it's quite underrated compared to the other English releases that we have back at 2018.

Butterfly Seeker - The detective VN that has some supernatural element and that the MC is investigate the murder by using his own special ability, although my interest goes with that Johren did sell this in their store so perhaps we may have Shiravune localized this in English sometimes in the future.

Riddle Joker - If mod Clephas did say that this VN is the weaker copy of Yuzusoft, then we can also say that Riddle Joker here will be good experience to anyone else who still didn't read Dracu Riot (Which surprisingly quite a number of people who've been waiting for Nekonyan to finally release it and therefore decided to not read the available leaked translation). Anyway the premise is that we have two people who know each other secret (The MC with his job as the spy and Ayase with her using breast pad in order to hide her small breast) and how both of them going to a great length to hide the secret from the rest of the other casts. Oh yes since mod Clephas did say that Riddle Joker is like Dracu Riot, it's only natural that we also has super power setting called Astral power here.

That's all for my comment in regard of March 2018 releases.

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