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VN of the Month January 2019 - Sorceress*Alive! ~the World's End Fallen Star~


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Sorceress*Alive! ~the World's End Fallen Star~ and Sakura, Moyu. -As the Night's, Reincarnation- are the only masterpieces. Micchi also does not mind Sugar*Style ,  love clear and a delayed title.

 

1. NekoMiko ねこみこ [190124] iMel Inc. 1 2
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Nekofuku Shrine is a small shrine located in a corner of Akihabara. It is dedicated to 2 cats that are said to bring in good fortune and expel any misfortune.
The legend goes that 2 cats came to help the revival of the town after a huge fire burnt it down a long time ago. Although the ancient and honorable shrine has stood in a quiet side street of Akihabara for hundreds of years, its surroundings have developed, leaving it with no worshippers for many years.
One day, a very unfortunate young man came to visit the old shrine.
The 2 cat-eared girls in the appearance of shrine maidens, could not stand by and not greet their first worshipper for many years. Especially one riddled with such misfortune.
The 2 cat-eared girls start living with the young man to rid him of his misfortune, but...
It turns out that this is the start of a somewhat eventful and sexual cohabitation between the young man and the 2 cat-eared shrine maidens!
Game is released in English and has English reviews

 

2. Love Clear  love clear -ラブクリア- [190125] Giga 1
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One day Itsuki chased a cat to a water courtyard at the school which is seldom visited by the students. He noticed a girl by the waterside; it was his childhood friend and kouhai Himari. When he called out to her, that was when his colourless days turned vibrant.
There is an English impression

 

3. Sono Hi no Kemono ni wa,  その日の獣には、 [190125] minori
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Ritsuki, his younger sister Runa and childhood friend Mayu attend a school that is popular for its drama activities, with many of its graduates going on to become famous actors and scenario writers. Shortly after the entrance ceremony, they were invited by their classmate Inori to join the drama club. Ritsuki was eager to aim for the school’s primaries for the national competition, but first year students were forbidden from participating in the contest. They wouldn’t accept the fact that they were excluded just because they didn’t have much experience. If only they were given the opportunity to demonstrate their acting abilities…
Rumour has it that there is a ghost that haunts the theater. It is said that it will grant any wish so long as it is related to drama.
Last minori games got excessingly sensual, so I stopped treating them as full-scale games. This time scenario is buffed so we're observing how relations are fading from the start and then getting intensive due to a contract for power with an emotional outcome. But development is the same for all three heroines, so in the end scenario looks rough yet again. But visuals, h, directorship are as high as ever, so game can be appealing for quality alone.

 

4. Sorceress*Alive! ~the World's End Fallen Star~  ソーサレス*アライヴ!~the World's End Fallen Star~ [190125] Fluorite 1 2 3 4 5 6
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One day, a very ordinary boy named Kouki was enveloped by a bright light and found himself in a new world. It was an unfamiliar place with a school that floated in the sky. Yes, this was not the normal world that he knew, but rather a magical world where magic ability determines one’s place in society. He met Akina, who looked very much like a girl he admired, and she took him in as a servant at the school where the elite magicians attended. He wondered how he would survive in this world without any magic ability. However, the general magic competition known as ‘Rave’, would be the fateful event that would enable him to forge bonds.
There are English reviews

 

5. Sugar * Style [190125] Smee 1 2 3
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Spring needs to be a more fun season!!!
Getting deceived by an evil woman, having a had debt made by my parents who ran away at night... After a consecutive streak of trouble I was unable to decide on what to do after graduating. But then, I was helped by my kind relatives who introduced me to a local specialty school where I enrolled.
"This time I'll will enjoy my life!!"
And full of expectation in my chest, I reached the "Hidamari Dorm".
It turned out that it was a dorm where only women live in. It must be the place for my fateful encounter...! Is what I thought, but naturally, everyone was wary of me as the only man...!
But I won't give up...! This time, this spring, I will definitely enjoy myself!!
There are English impressions

 

6. Robotics;Notes DaSH [190131] MAGES. GAME 1 2
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2020. World line variation rate: 1.048596.
While consumer-use robots receiving the benefits of a networked society are becoming more widespread, the robot rebellion incident in February showed the vulnerability of that sort of information society. While it was a global crisis through the network, it was prevented by high school students of Tanegashima island, where the battle took place.
Half a year later. Tanegashima is flooded with people as it prepares for its summer festival. One of the high school students that saved the world from crisis, the protagonist Kaito Yashio, has since graduated and returns to his hometown of Tanegashima after a long time away.
During his return, he meets a middle-aged man named Itaru Hashida, who has a mutual friend and came to Tanegashima to see the sights. However, he cannot help but find his behavior strange. Although this man is actually a super hacker with world-class skills, Kaito has yet to learn this fact. Before long, events that disrupt everyday life start to repeatedly occur.
That was the sign of a conspiracy that is once again trying to throw the world into chaos.
Game is released in English and has English reviews

 

7. Sakura, Moyu. -As the Night's, Reincarnation-  さくら、もゆ。-as the Night's, Reincarnation- [190131] Favorite 1 2 3 4
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A long time ago, a group of special girls known as ‘mahou shoujos’ saved the world after a fierce battle where blood and tears were shed and prayers were made. It was an overly common battle tale. However, no one thanked or praised them for their victory. In fact, no one even knew them at all. Even so, the future of humanity was protected and it came to a happy end.
Now around ten years later, it was spring, the season of meetings and farewells. Those who had once saved the world have forgotten ‘magic’ and lived as normal girls with ordinary encounters and problems. Taiga was approached by the transfer student Haru, who made a request of him:
“Please turn me back into a mahou shoujo.”
There are English reviews

 

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1. Kizuna Kirameku Koi Iroha -Tsubaki Renka-  絆きらめく恋いろは -椿恋歌- [190125] CRYSTALiA 
This is the fandisc for "Kizuna Kirameku Koi Iroha" with after stories for Suzakuin Tsubaki
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2. Maid in Witch Life! -Yakata de Hajimaru H na Miryou Seikatsu- メイドinウィッチライフ! -館で始まるHな魅了性活- [190125] Escu:de
Every day Reiji was caught up in unfortunate incidents due to a curse unbeknown to him that dates back to his childhood. Eventually he was taken away by the guards and after a full-body examination, he found out about the unique curse. He was left in the hands of Samantha, a famous magician and researcher, who brought him in a cage to her mansion. There he met her apprentices: Alisa, who for some reason is interested him and aggressively pursues him; Yuel, who has chuunibyou-like aspirations of world domination and plans to make him her servant; and Liliana, who wants him to help with her magic experiments. Trapped together with them, he decides to remain at the mansion in order to find out how to break the curse that had been cast upon him.
Nukige with an opening

 

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Sorry, but I have to disagree with Kvan.  Sakura, Moyu is by far the better of the two VNs worth playing above.  If there is one game by Favorite any nakige lover should play, it is Sakura, Moyu.

Sorceress Alive is what I like to call a 'chuunige-lite'.  The battle narration is poor quality (though not nonexistent like in Raillore) and the protagonist is pathetic for much of the game.  Moreover, there was way too much wavering between making the game a harem-because-everyone-is-happy-that-way and a true plotge depending on what point in the game you were at.  In all honesty, given the writers involved, I would have expected a bit higher quality prose, given that they had part of the team from Shugotate and the writer from several of Lass's chuunige and plotge involved.  I gave the game a decent rating for the story of Alive, but presenting it as a masterpiece is going overboard.

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Looks like we getting catch up with the present here when it come to Japanese releases, so let's see what I can comment in regard of January 2019 releases.

Robotic Notes Dash - I feel like that I pointed enough on how the staffs didn't have enough confidence with their own Robotic Notes can stand on it's own so much that they asked Daru of Steins Gate (They also add Daru's initial (Dash is short form of 'Daru Super Hacker') in the title) which it's more or less a perverted best friend character to be the MC and let's just say that some reviewers didn't like it, so let's write more on what I like here. Some did say that both of Akiho and Subaru stories are the best part, and also Airi's route also warrant a mention in that I understand the writer want to make a joke from her VA (Kugimiya Rie) role back at DDPC in that she act as a Precure who is a child that can transform into the adult in her Cure form, and in here we have Airi turned into adult along with the convenience that there's also an idol with the same name as her. Well overall rather than sequel Dahs here is more or less like the fandisc, in which it's not the first time for the staffs to do this (ie Chu Chu series).

Sorceress Alive - We have this VN at Johren along with Shinsou Noise, so it make me think that Shiravune may also localize this along with Shinsou Noise in the future (And I hope that they can do that). As for the premise, we have the MC who somehow transported into the other world and having a lot of battle. While granted that mod Clephas did say that the battle is not that good and that the MC might be not that good, at least this VN itself is a proper isekai VN which is rare enough as of now (So far I only see a lot of isekai short nukige which obviously not count lol).

Sakura Moyu - I also wish that this VN would be localized, although unlike Sorceress Alive I don't know for sure who has the chance to license this. As for Sol Press, I afraid that they're not in the condition to license this although Sekai might be possible, but if I may say something it would be that I hope Nekonyan is the one that license this. As for this VN, while one shouldn't be surprised that this is a nakige seeing that it's from FAVORITE and all, my interest here goes to the magical girl aspect though in which three of the four heroines here are the retired magical girls. Anyway while mod Clephas did say that Sakura Moyu is better compared to Sorceress Alive, I would say that both VNs are good on their own and obviously in different aspects.

Sugar Style - Smee VN that has setting the MC was stay in the female dorm thanks to have relative work on said dorm, and that the MC is not high school student but instead the university student. No much to say other than you should expect comedy and romance when it come to Smee VNs, and you can read this in English thanks to Nekonyan's hard work in that they'd release it back at April's end.

That's all for my comment on January 2019 releases.

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