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VN of the Month September 2019 - Kimagure Temptation



Kimagure Temptation is good enough to be VN of the Month , or it may easily be AI: The Somnium Files if you can stand investigation games. Micchi also gives a chance to Cross Concerto and Study § Steady


1. Cross Concerto  クロスコンチェルト [190901] クロスコンチェルト Applique 1
It was spring, the season of new beginnings. Satoru finally broke free from the closed remote village where he had been held captive as an unwanted child, and entered the same school that his late mother attended. However, he was surprised to find his twin sister Ruri and her attendant Kyouka waiting for him there. He met the cool senpai Touko and occult-loving student council leader Mirai and gradually got used to the dormitory life. However, there were figures working in the shadows; will they find out the truth behind the events around them?
There is an English review


2. AI: The Somnium Files AI:ソムニウム ファイル  [190917] Spike Chunsoft 1 2 3
One rainy night in November, a woman’s body is found at an abandoned theme park, mounted on a merry-go-round horse. She had been stabbed repeatedly, and her left eye was gouged out.
Kaname Date of the Metropolitan Police Department arrives on the scene. He recognizes the woman. Suddenly, he hears a noise from inside the merry-go-round.
He breaks into the merry-go-round’s central column to find a young girl. And in her hands, she grips a bloody ice pick...
AI: The Somnium Files takes place in a technologically advanced Tokyo in the near future, and follows Kaname Date and his top-secret team within the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, known as the Advanced Brain Investigation Squad (ABIS). ABIS is responsible for investigating crimes through the process of Psyncing, exploring the subconcious dreams of persons of interest via a machine connecting the two together in a dream state known as Somnium. ABIS agents doing such are known as Psyncers, and act as observers in subjects' dreams who are able to retrieve secrets and clues the subject may be hiding or may not be aware of. To ensure psyncers are not subject to adverse effects, their time in a subject's somnium is limited to a maximum of six minutes. Also featured in the universe is the topic of advanced Artificial Intelligence, based around a global cloud-based system known as the Wadjet System that acts as the core of AI.
Game is localized and has English reviews


3. Study § Steady スタディ§ステディ [190927] Marmalade 1 2 3
Her first lesson about love started when she met you.
As you two spend time together, she gradually changes herself to match your type.
Perhaps she might call you by another name. Just by doing that, what had been normal conversations up till now would surely feel somehow more special. Hearing these whispers of love every day, whether with others or alone, will make you love her more and more.
Perhaps she might change her hairstyle. Surely it’s her way of mustering up the courage to appeal to you. How you will respond to her feelings is up to you.
Before long you will become true lovers. This is what they call ‘going steady’.
Returning from school together while holding hands.
An unexpected time alone in the classroom after school.
Exchanging presents during Christmas.
Welcoming the new year together at the temple.
Such a love story only for you is surely out there…
There are English reviews


4. Onaji Class no Idol-san. Around Me Is Full by a Celebrity. 同じクラスのアイドルさん。Around me is full by a celebrity. [190927] Sonora 1
Kentarou’s childhood friend Akari transferred schools a few years ago and they haven’t much contact since. One day, it was decided that he’ll live with his grandfather due to his father’s job transfer. When he arrived at the house, he saw Akari for the first time in a few years. She had enrolled in the celebrity course at Itsuko Gakuen and was living at his grandfather and the board chairman’s house, which had recently been converted to a student dormitory.
Then he was surprised once more when he was told that he would be part of this new curriculum starting the next day. They were lacking students since many had quit due to the rigours of the program, so he reluctantly agreed to participate for a year. He was unfamiliar with the specialized classes, but managed to get by with help from Akari, aspiring singer Ei and his other childhood friend Wako, who decided to join to stay by his side.
It’s a lot of hard work preparing the stage for the trio. What does the future hold for them?
There is an English review


5. Kimagure Temptation きまぐれテンプテーション [190927] Silky's Plus Wasabi 1 2
There was an extremely baffling incident at a certain apartment building where all four of its residents were found deceased, with their stomaches cut open and internal organs removed. The dense miasma in the building suggested that there was a spiritual influence behind it all. Since the police was swamped with cases, the young onmyouji Haruhisa was instead dispatched to conduct the investigation.
At the same time, the demon Anneliese arrived from England to partake in the otaku culture that she admired, and agreed to help him in exchange for permission to stay permanently in Japan. However, she was more interested in his lower half than solving the case. Her fierce advances made him feel uneasy due to his lack of experience with women.
Thus begins a cohabitation life in a cursed apartment between an onmyouji seeking to solve a mystery and a demon who just wants to make out with him. Will Haruhisa be able to shake free from the temptation or give in readily to it?
There is an English review


6. Gothic Murder -Unmei o Kaeru Adventure- ゴシックマーダー -運命を変えるアドベンチャー- [190930] orange inc. 1 2
The story is set at the manor of a Count in early 20th century England. The protagonist, a maid at the manor, can foresee the nearby deaths of others in her dreams. And what she foresaw was the death of the Lord she serves. At that time, the manor was also abuzz over inheritance and an ominous will. A dreadful murder plot was moving forward in that manor… To save the life of her Lord, the protagonist scrambles based on the information she receives from her dreams—.
Game is localized and has English reviews


1. Sen no Hatou, Tsukisome no Kouki -Hana Akari- 千の刃濤、桃花染の皇姫 -花あかり- [190927] August 1
This is the fandisc for Sen no Hatou, Tsukisome no Kouki. featuring after stories for all heroines. Also includes new stories for side-characters Isuzu, Chihaya, Himi no Mikoto and Sekka.
2. Sex Open World e Youkoso! セックスオープンワールドへようこそ! [190927] Moonstone Cherry
Thanks to an accident, our protagonist 'Sejima Seiya' awakes to find himself in the parallel world of "Laurentide". In the land of Laurentide, there is an ancient legend which has been long held by the people...
-From a hero who arrives from a parallel world shall come the seed which will end the Era of War-
There is no doubt that the seed spoken thereof is that of our protagonist. "What am I, a stud horse!?" the hero thinks to himself, yet even be that as it may, our protagonist can't help but want to do it. And besides, to become the father of heroes is to become king of the world. And so it goes...
Led by the legend, beautiful women from all over the world begin to converge in order to claim our protagonists' seed.
...Maybe these heroines secretly desire to unite the world under their country's banner.
...Or maybe they just want to have sex with the hero.
Our main character's days of being exploited by beautiful women begin now...
Nukige with an opening


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Kimagure Temptation is based in the same setting as Akeiro Kaikitan and Nanairo Reincarnation.  Like those two, this is based around the existence of ghosts, but the entirety of the story is confined to the inside of the apartment building where the haunting occurs.  This is a kinetic novel (albeit with some bad endings) with a more sexually-specialized bent than the other two games.  It is still a quality game, though.

I didn't complete Cross Concerto, though this wasn't because it was awful.  Rather, it was despite the fact that it was interesting.  If you like mystery with mild fantasy, it will probably tickle your interest, but to me the former genre isn't that attractive.

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Somnium - Uchikoshi did write this detective VN, and it's also available for PC as well so at least you didn't need to by the console for the sake of playing this VN. This time instead of usual trapped scenario, Uchikoshi decided to tackle on murder mystery in which the MC try to uncover the mysterious murder that left the victim with it's left eye missing. The investigation itself has a twist in that rather than use the usual investigation method, in Somnium we have a technology that allow the investigator to explore the subconscious of the subject to uncover the secrets and clues that the subject may not realize. I also remember that one of the reviewer did review this game at Metacritic badly just because the story is not heading on the way that he want when it come to the treatment on the heroine that the reviewer has an unhealthy obsession of, and let's just say that obviously it become a controversy because it drop the score on this VN hard.

Sex Open World - Moonstone did try to follow the isekai nukige trend, and looks like compared to HaremKingdom Moonstone here has more sex scenes in this VN with all of the heroines have bigger breasts. In any case, I hope that Mangagamer somehow interested to localize this seeing that it's one of Moonstone VN and they already about to release Love Sweets (It's also possible that one of their secret project might be this). Lastly, at least this VN should be good if you want to play longer isekai nukige in which it's stil quite rare compared to the short one.

Kimagure Temptation - Like previous two VNs that Kazuki Fumi write for Silky Plus, we have the MC who is quite capable in supernatural matter and the heroine who is related to supernatural, although this time there's only a single heroine though. As for Kimagure here, the MC did try to investigate the murder case with the help of the spirit while at the same time he was visited by a succubus who is a bit too enthusiastic to have sex with the MC. From there both of them will live together while at the same time both will try to find the balance in their situation. Sekai did license this, and looking from the current progress I suppose this is one of the license from them that was almost ready for the release.

Study Steady - Okay I admit that it's technically a nukige seeing that there's a number of the sex scenes (29 scenes) and quite lengthy at that, although in this case it's more like Cation series though in which the nameless MC (Well the MC has default name here, but seeing that his name is just the company name (Marma Lade) may as well treat the MC as nameless) will getting closer with one of the heroines in the common route and after entering the route there'll be a lot of romance, although unlike Cation series Study Steady didn't apply map movement. Shiravune did release this in English along with other Marmalade VNs (Primal x Hearts duology), so you can play it if you want some VN like Cation series and didn't mind a high number of sex scenes (At least the graphic is good if anything else).

That's all for what I can comment in regard of September 2019 releases.

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