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VN of the Month February 2020 - Marco to Ginga Ryuu


Marco to Ginga Ryuu is the only bearable title this month. Micchi does not mind Full Kiss S , Oshi no Love Yori Koi no Love and Hajikano ~Kimi ga Iru Heya~

 

1. Death End Re;Quest 2 デス エンド リクエスト 2 [200213] Compile Heart 1 2
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After killing her abusive father and being decided that it was in self defense, Mai a young gloomy girl is sent to a women dormitory called “Wardsworth” in the city of Liz Shoala.
There she hopes to find her lost sister and her reason to live Sanae. But soon her hopes are crushed by reality, not only does she not find her but also it seems that she was never there to begin with and nobody knows about her existence.
That's when she mets Ninomiya Shiina and her story begins...
RPG is localized and has English reviews

 

2. Kirakira Stars Idol Project Ai [200217] sushi_soft 1 2
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Idol Sengoku era.
Many idols were born, competed, and many productions were in a state of disorder, and people called it so.
The main character " Nobuyuki Kinoshita " who was driven out of the employee dormitory of "ODA talent agency" for a certain reason, and was at a loss, had a chance reunion with his childhood friend " Ai Amane ".
Through Nobuyuki, who was to meet and stay, love who has learned that ODA talent agency stakes due to lack of idols makes a single determination.
"I'll be an idol singer!"
For Nobuyuki, in order to change oneself above all, love aims to be an idol singer-
Game is released in English and has English reviews

 

3. TrymenT -Ima o Kaetai to Negau Anata e- TrymenT ―今を変えたいと願うあなたへ― [200220] RASK
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New season, new place, new school life. On a faraway island there are no shops or public spaces. Another newcomer in protagonist's class is a girl in a wheelchair. Each of them wants to start life anew here.
Unfinished release

 

4. Haji Kano ~Kimi ga Iru Heya~ はじカノ~君がいる部屋~ [200228] Caramel Box Ichigo-aji
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It’s been two years since Naoki became a working adult. There hasn’t been any particularly good or bad things; it’s been extremely normal and peaceful. However, he was lacking excitement in his life.
With the arrival of spring, he rapidly got closer to three girls: the helpful but naive Mai, his cheeky tomboy imouto Yuana, and his boss Misaki, who seemed outside of his league. A trivial incident one day leads to him falling in love with one of them, and soon they begin living together, bringing moments of happiness that they have not felt until now.
Each route can be finished in one hour and is is mostly a series of H events

 

5. HaremKingdom ハーレムキングダム [200228] Smee 1 2 3
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One holiday, the protagonist, whose creed in life was "enjoy yourself", but who also had traumatic experiences with both romance and women, was once again being chided by his childhood friend, Hikari, for not trying to get a girlfriend.
She was worried that if this continued then he would become a failure of a human being. But he just wanted to spend his time enjoying his hobbies and ran away from relationships by any means necessary.
However, a wrench would get thrown into his plans when suddenly a bright light enveloped them both and they were transported to another world. When they opened their eyes, they were looking at a major port city. While they were still baffled by their new surroundings, a woman, who identified herself as the Prime Minister of the town, told him that he was the "last king" of the kingdom.
Not taking no for an answer, the people forced the position of king onto the protagonist. Moreover, the first romance of his life was to come about as a result of his kingly duty to "build a harem, father heirs, and stimulate the growth of the kingdom."
He was forced to have a harem. In fact, it had already been arranged that the princess from the neighboring kingdom, Sophia, and Charlone, the beautiful daughter of a noble family, would be part of this harem. Day by day, more and more beautiful girls ended up surrounding the protagonist, much to his dismay. Seeing him surrounded by girls, Hikari began to fear she might lose him.
"I just want a normal romance!"
And so the curtain draws on the tale of our protagonist's chaotic harem romance!
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

6. Full Kiss S フルキスS  [200228] Giga
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Takuya is always positive, but takes time to make the first step since he is too cautious and thinks too much. Entering his second year, he decides to try to get a girlfriend and becomes closer to his classmates Hana and Yuu.
Not again

 

7. Oshi no Love yori Koi no Love 推しのラブより恋のラブ [200228] SukeraSomero 1 2
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"—I wanna marry you."
Those simple words set in motion a ♀ yuri ♀ game of cat and mouse!
"As a child, there was a love story that captivated me.
In the story, an alien came down from space and extravagantly proclaimed her love to an Earthling man.
I never imagined that, decades later, I'd be living out that story for myself..."
Akuru Hayahoshi is an unlucky otaku office worker who just can't pull her husbando in the gacha game she's obsessed with, no matter how much money she throws at it.
Until one day, she runs into the garishly gorgeous and freakishly lucky Ren Furutachi.
A series of misunderstandings lead to a proposal, and Ren starts to full-on pursue Akuru.
One thing leads to another, and in order to bring her husbando home, she ends up... bringing Ren home?!
Now they're sharing a house... and a bed?!
To unpresuming Akuru this cool, lady-loving girl might as well be an alien!
Akuru wants her husbando, and Ren wants Akuru as her waifu...
Are these two ever gonna end up together?!
Tune in to this slapstick yuri comedy to find out!
Yuri is localized and has English reviews

 

8. Marco to Ginga Ryuu マルコと銀河竜 [200228] TOKYOTOON 1 2 3
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Marco, an orphan with missing memories, and Arco, a dragon who rules the galaxy, were hunting for treasure in space! On one of their adventures, Marco was given a clue to the whereabouts of her mother.
Their next stop, her birthplace - Earth!
Game is localized and has English reviews

 

9. Love - Destination LOVE・デスティネーション [200228] JADE 1
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With no social status, money or love, Ryou has reached a BAD END. However, the ‘heavenly voice’ that had mistakenly guided him to this BAD ROUTE brought him back to the branch point which led to another possible future.
He didn’t choose the option when he was a student since he didn’t want to be labelled as a pervert, but now given the opportunity again, he enrolled in the former girls’ school where there were no other male students. Now he just needed to choose one of them and enjoy the HAPPY ROUTE… or so he thought. His ‘memories of the future’ hint that there were still many BAD END which he must avoid!
There is an English review

 

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1. Mononokei Kanojo ~Inkya Desu ga, Koishite Ii Desu ka?~ モノノ系彼女~陰キャですが、恋して良いですか?~ [200228] 1
Yuutarou is an ordinary student at Yatsuya Gakuen with a slight interest in the occult. It was the last day before summer vacation, and he still didn’t have any special relationships with the girls in his class. That all changed when his osananajimi Yuumi invited him to come to the school that night for a ‘courage test’.
She came completely prepared, dressed in tactical gear, pressing an airsoft gun into his back and forcing him down the eerily quiet hallway. He heard faint laughter and turned around, and Yuumi had already dashed out of sight. The strange creaking and sounds of running… could this be the paranormal encounter that he wanted!?
Nukige has an English review

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Dead End Request 2 - I did try to play this, and turned out that my laptop here still can't handle the 3D map yet while it's still fine enough at the VN segment. This is a game from Compile Heart, and like I say earlier their game can be surprisingly dark or heavy when it come to the story despite several fan services that may lead the player to dismissed it as light hearted RPG (Granted Neptunia as their most famous franchise definitely made the people think like that), and Dead End Request 2 here is no exception with the prologue depicted the female MC kill her scumbag father.

Love Destination - The story was surprisingly dark and twisted with some out there sex scenes, and that's all from what I can get here. Also apparently the people who vote this on Erogamescape didn't like it, but that's another matter.

Oshirabu - Sukera decided to branch out to 18+ and this is the branch debut, and obviously we won't have Esperanto learning here. But instead we have an office lady (Akuru) who've been addicted to a gacha games and want to get a certain handsome man but no luck, at least until a high school girl (Ren) draw the gacha for Akuru and Ren successfully draw the gacha so much that Akuru propose to the male character while Ren still hold the phone. The result is obviously Ren misunderstood the situation, and somehow she manage to live together with Akuru. From there we'll see whether the couple will manage to have blossomed the roance or not. Oh yes it's obviously available in English, and good for Sukera that they released it simultaneously with Japanese release as well.

Marco - First of all this VN here is definitely has a very high production value, especially shown with a high number of the CG (At around 1,000 CGs if I remember) to show the movie like in that the only other VN that has same technique is ef (And minori's VNs in general) along with the opening movie that has cartoon like animation (And there'll be several animations with same style). As for Marco here, I'd appreciate that Harukaze here decided to make all age VN so that we didn't need to complain about the lack of the sex scenes like back when they localized Noraneko duology, and at least they didn't wait for years to do it unlike Pulltop. For the VN itself, we have Marco and Acro who've been travelling through the galaxy, and one day Marco decided to travel to the Earth in which it's her home planet in order to find out about her mother who've been separated with for several years.

HaremKingdom - Let's just use a certain meme from Jojo to describe the situation which goes like 'You was expected Nekonyan to localize HaremKingdom, but it was I Shiravune who do that', and yes obviously Shiravune here is the one who localize it and just recently released it back at September 24th. Granted that it still has mosaic, but it's not like I can't try to not bothered with it. For the VN itself, I've been waiting for this because isekai VN is still rare to a degree and by that I mean the one that wasn't nukige. Granted technically HaremKingdom here is a nukige, but it still has more no sexual contents to balance it (And it's also will be available on Steam). As what you can expect from this VN, well it has a nameless MC who somehow become a king in the another world and manage to have a harem, so you'll going to have a harem like it or not. Personally since the harem here is not as tacked on like Grisaia no Rakuen I didn't mind it.

That's all for what I can comment in regard of February 2020 releases.

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Love Destination is one of those games you either love or love to hate.  It is, on the surface, a 'do it over again' story where the protagonist tries to change his dismal past.  However, it is really about a bunch of psychologically-twisted heroines and heroines in horrible situations forming twisted relationships with a protagonist who is part old man, part late-adolescent.  Yes, this game is massively enjoyable... IF you like twisted relationships and heroines with warped (truly warped) personalities.  However, if you want something vanilla, this is a horrible choice (thus erogamescape's ratings, since erogamescape's voters are mostly vanilla people).

I recently played Death:end 2, and I do believe I reviewed it on my blog... but it is essentially a yuri-yuri horror story that is reminiscent of a combination of Persona and various psychedelic mindfuck horror series.

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