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VN of the Month June 2018 - Maoten


Maoten is VN of the Month and Curio Dealer is a runner-up. Micchi expectedly favors Summer Pockets and Koi wa Sotto Saku Hana no you ni and some fandisc

 

1. Fate/Extella Link  [180607] Sega & XSEED Games 1
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Above the ruined earth lies the realm of SE.RA.PH, a virtual world inside a lunar supercomputer. In this last refuge for humanity, powerful Servants — sentient, digital recreations of famous figures from Earth’s lore and history — battle rogue programs (and each other) to establish dominance and enforce their kind of peace.
But peace may never come again, now that a new threat has arrived to wage apocalyptic war. Standing against the destruction is the hero Charlemagne, a dashing young knight with a hint of sadness behind his bright smile. Join Charlemagne and his comrades — the bumbling paladin Astolfo, the flamboyant Emperor Nero, the mischievous fox spirit Tamamo no Mae, the cynical rogue Robin Hood, and many others — as they rush across the battlefield in the name of humanity.
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

2. Curio Dealer  キュリオディーラー [180629] AXL 1 2
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Rajasthan is a town that sits at the foot of a huge tower that is said to have been built by an ancient civilization and is so tall that it appears it can reach the heavens. There are many unknown machines and objects found in the tower which can be sold for large sums of money, but it is guarded by robots which seek to exterminate all intruders. It is up to adventurers to complete this dangerous job of obtaining these treasures.
Rowan is a young man who runs a used goods shop, mainly repairing and identifying treasures which adventurers retrieve from the tower. However, every day he wondered if he should be following in the footsteps of his late grandfather, who was one of the best treasure hunters the town had ever seen.
That’s when a girl carrying a huge sword visited his shop. It was one of the most prized treasures which belonged to an adventurer who had once reached the pinnacle of the tower but did not ultimately return. She told him that she wished to know why her father did not come back and aspired to be an adventurer to see the same views as him. He decided to help her attain her unrealistic dream.
There is an English review

 

3. Hatarakanai Honey Life  ハタラカナイはにーらいふ [180629] LimeCat
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The protagonist is proud of being completely ordinary, but this summer his life has been turned upside-down. This was because his four childhood friends had shut themselves in his home!
After two years of being hikikomoris, their parents finally had enough and gave them the choice of finding a part-time job or being sent off to do manual labour for distant relatives. Of course, they chose the former, which was a government program to help hikikomoris return to normal. He was entrusted with helping them for the duration of the summer vacation. He hoped to fulfill their parents’ requests and to help them return to how they were before. At the same time, they all came to him since they held secret feelings for him. Thus begins their summer days together breaking free from NEET.
Rather ugly kusoge

 

4. Koi wa Sotto Saku Hana no you ni  恋はそっと咲く花のように [180629] ensemble 1 2 3
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"What there is, is only a dream"
"Whatever we try to do, we face success or failure"
The protagonist, A student named Sumeragi Rei, helps out with the cooking for his family's Western restaurant, Trattoria Felice. It’s hard work for him and his mother, but they are loved by the townspeople. During the night, Rei practices cooking in order to improve his skills in the kitchen. The joy and excitement of the people in the city can be clearly seen, even though the residents are facing hardships.
On one normal day, Rei was out of the house earlier than usual to meet his childhood friend Misato, whose house is located next to the Rei's house. As usual, Rei and Misato enjoy the sights around them as they walk to school in silence.
On this day, a third-year transfer student named Kotoishi Iori joins the same school as Rei and Misato. When Rei first meets eyes with Kotoishi, they both feel a strange spark of interest...
Around Rei, various types of gatherings and events begin to occur in his vicinity.
All the meetings between female students and Rei may be the start of a new love story in his life: This is a love story that ends with "marriage".
There is an English review

 

5. Maoten  まおてん [180629] Candy Soft 1 2
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It was said that in July 1999, the chains binding the despicable demon king in the depths of Hell will come loose and 666 demons will spill out into the human world, wrecking chaos upon mankind. However, when the date arrived and the gates of Hell opened, the demons quickly decided that it was impossible to rule over 7 billion humans when they themselves did not number more than 700, and chose instead to assimilate into human society.
Ten years later, most people enjoy a peaceful life without knowing the events of the past. The demons settled in the small town of Misaki near the Kanto Sea and lived happily away from the public eye… until a girl who called herself the ‘demon king’ transferred into their school.
There are English reviews

 

6. Rhapsodic Holiday  ラプソディックホリデイ [180629] Confiture Soft
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Asuma is an amnesiac who was guided by the talking owl Poritan to the town of Hisuigaoka, which was rife with phantom thieves. After many twists and turns, he ended up joining a group of phantom thieves who were normal students by day, but operated during the night.
One day, the school principal Uta, who was also one of their clients, asked them to steal the emotional energy (FCP – Fragment Component Partes) which was being used for evil deeds. He had the feeling that excitement lies ahead in his future, but also felt a tinge of nostalgia.
“It’ll be the key to regaining your memories.”
Game is actually a comedy with phantom thief entourage being only a stage. Tempo is good, but without serious development it's nothing but an average comedy.

 

7. Summer Pockets  [180629] Key 1 2 3 4
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Summer Pockets is set on an isolated, rural and peaceful island on the Seto Inland Sea called Torishirojima, which has a population of about 2,000 people. The protagonist is Hairi Takahara, a young man not native to the island. Hairi grew up in an urban setting, but after an unpleasant incident he uses the recent death of his grandmother as an excuse to come to the island to take care of her estate sale. Once there, he gets to know four girls who are the focus of the story. They include Shiroha Naruse, who forgot her summer vacation; Ao Sorakado, who is pursuing the legends of the island; Kamome Kushima, a high-class girl looking for a pirate ship; and Tsumugi Wenders, a younger girl trying to find herself.
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

8. Uchi no Kanojo  家の彼女 [180629] Argonauts
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Keisuke started working this year and is satisfied with his life, since he found a job in his desired field, even though it’s for a small company. However, despite the motivation and satisfaction of living alone for the first time, he did feel a bit tired from it and wondered if he should find a girlfriend.
Then one day, his younger childhood friend Ayame came to his place. Her parents had to leave overseas for work and were worried about leaving her alone just before the important examination period, so they told her to stay with him as he was quite close with their family. Living together under the same roof, they soon began to view each other as more than just childhood friends.
Won't block this as it's first work of the company, but all the next single heroine nukige are going to trash bin immediately

 

BLOCKED
 
1. Miagete Goran, Yozora no Hoshi o: Interstellar Focus  見上げてごらん、夜空の星を Interstellar Focus [180629] Pulltop 1
The FD to the events of the original Miagete Goran, Yozora Hoshi o involving two heroines: Hikari and Saya.
Fandisc
 
2. Happy End ni Hana o Soete ハッピーエンドに花を添えて [180601] milkcat
The season of beginning.
The season of encounter.
The petals carried by the spring breeze lead to a calm scenery.
They are attracted to each other as if they blend in.
The curtains open from such an encounter,
A heart-full story about the daily lives of two people!
Doujin with an opening
 
3. Nee x Nee! Docchi ga Suki? Docchi mo!! ~Yasashii Onee-chan to Cool na Onee-chan ni Hasamarete Boku wa Mou!!~ 姉×姉!どっちが好き?どっちも!! ~優しいお姉ちゃんとクールなお姉ちゃんに挟まれて僕はもうっ!!~ [180629] ANIM M&W
Main character was brought up by his two sisters and got attached to them more than to family members.
Nukige with an opening

 

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Koihana was another trashy game by Ensemble.

Maoten is Candy Soft at its best, with a stronger fantasy twist than any of the previous games by the company.

Curio Dealer is AXL-style 'swords fantasy', which is universally good.

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