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VN of the Year May 2020 - Secret Agent ~Kishi Gakuen no Shinobi Naru Mono~


Secret Agent ~Kishi Gakuen no Shinobi Naru Mono~ is the only game deserving attention in May for me. 

 

1. Kirakira Monstars キラキラモンスターズ [200528] White Powder
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Four monster girls invited main character to a summer resort with the aim to shoot TV documentary  "Kirakira Monsters". The comedy about communal life begins here!
Partial release

 

2. KukkoroDays くっころでいず [200514] iMel Inc. 1
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The main character's mundane daily life is turned upside down when a certain woman appears in his life.
One day, a magic circle suddenly appears in the main character's room, out of which materializes an injured woman holding a sword and clothed in knight's armor.
This woman's name is "Cattleya".
She claims to have been transported from another world.
Until she finds a way to return to her own world, she will be an unexpected guest in the main character's home...
Will Cattleya be able to safely return to her own world? Or could her fate take another turn...
Game is released in English and has English reviews

 

3. Petrichor ペトリコール -Petrichor- [200529] MELLOW
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"You know, I really like the smell of rain. I heard it's called petrichor."
The smell of rain reminds him of that day—a certain night 2 years ago.
"I want to have sex with you. Take my virginity."
Takumi, the protagonist, met Akari, Erika's friend, who he hadn't seen in awhile. She begged to have sex with him and he gave in.
Having become aware of the pleasure of sex, they continued to meet up and do the deed.
However, those days came to end when Akari suddenly ghosted him, leaving him with only a parting kiss that happened to be their first.
——2 years later
Takumi who still carried residual guilt over the events of two years ago, continued his studies in college and spent time with his girlfriend Erika
But early that summer, he ran into Akari who was working a part-time job at the coffee shop he was going to on his date with Erika.
"There's no way I can forget it, can I? About the rain... about that terrible night."
I prefer to call games like this vanilla nukige - since they try to present a short romance story with one or two heroines, but without a real story it inevitably becomes a banal nukige

 

4. Secret Agent ~Kishi Gakuen no Shinobi Naru Mono~ Secret Agent~騎士学園の忍びなるもの~ [200529] ensemble 1 2
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Mikage Jin, the protagonist, is a descendent of a family of ninjas who have been tasked with defending Japan ever since the Edo period. He is in training both to become an expert in the ninja arts and to eventually succeed his mother as a secret intelligence operative.
He was deployed, undercover, to Fuyuka Academy in order gather information that will resolve an incident popularly known as the “Turncoat Affair” that had been making waves among the public.
Along with his AI partner, Momoka, Jin infiltrates the academy, and deepened his relationship with his classmate, Kanon Mayfield, a knight, Shirogane Kagura, the knight captain, Renjouji Mai and underclassman Amenomori Yui while carrying out his mission with the utmost discretion.
However, by freak accident, Jin’s true identity was revealed to Kanon. Though Jin having his identity revealed meant his mission was a failure...
“Please make me a ninja!”
In return for keeping his identity a secret, Kanon asked him to make her into a ninja!
Only time will tell if Jin will be able to successfully carry out his mission.
There are English reviews

 

5. Pieces / Yurikago no Canaria pieces/揺り籠のカナリア [200529] Whirlpool
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Dreams and dreams. People dream of their ideals by sleeping.
In it, fragments of wishes twinkle like jewels. If so-
One of the overflowing feelings. It is the girl's somnium that continues endlessly. And be born. A cradle canary for prayer.
Depends on your stance with prequel

 

6. Tenmei no Conquista 天冥のコンキスタ [200529] Eushully 1
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In the area around the Imnis Mountains in the northern part of the Raoulversh continent.
The Angel Army, the forces of light, and the Demon Army, the forces of darkness, were constantly vying for control of the territory.
At the end of a long and dizzying war, the dark forces were gaining momentum and advancing the war situation.
One day, the forces of the two sides are in a state of balance.
–The reason for this was because of the rumor of the “demon king’s downfall” that governed the dark forces.
Whether it’s a lie or not, the control of the demon army gradually begins to be disrupted by this news.
The Angel Army, seeing through the confusion launched an offensive and the balance of power was gradually being reversed.
However, a man who sees this situation as an opportunity has launched a new force.
Due to the harsh environment, Klaus, a human, a race that rarely seen in the land of Imnis.
He used to be a Suima, but for some reason he was transformed into a “human body”, a drunkard.
Underneath his fragile body lies the inherent abilities of the Suima demon race.
He has an inborn and unparalleled ability to manipulate scents and control others with his magical powers.
Klaus has expanded his power to become the new king of the demon tribe to rule the land of Imnis.
He led the dark forces and launched an army march to destroy the Angel Army.
SRPG

 

7. Shuffle! Episode 2 ~Kami ni mo Akuma ni mo Nerawareteiru Otoko~ SHUFFLE! エピソード2~神にも悪魔にも狙われている男~ [200529] Navel 1 2
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Forty years after SHUFFLE!, a catastrophe threatened to tear all worlds apart. However, thanks to certain individuals from the three worlds who jointly halted the calamity, bringing peace back to the three worlds.
59 years later, we join our protagonist Raito Aioi, who lives with her cousin, Kohaku Anjou. It was a typical day at the start of summertime. However, such peaceful daily life is quickly interrupted by the appearance of the god princess Lithia and the demon princess Nelia. They come to the Verbena National Academy, where he attends and declared:
"I came here to separate the gods and humans," says Lithia, while Neria smirks, "I will take your life."
Then, Limes, who met by chance, comes to stay at Raito's house, and Kirara Kinoshita, a junior who adores Kohaku, also joins the fray.
Raito's ordinary daily life suddenly becomes so lively. Yet, as Raito spends time with these girls, he learns the secrets they hold in their hearts.
There are English reviews

 

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1. Bishoujo Mangekyou -Kotowari to Meikyuu no Shoujo- 美少女万華鏡 ー理と迷宮の少女ー [200529] ωstar 1 2
The fifth and closing story for the Bishoujo Mangekyou series.
Nukige with a story, but still primarily a nukige for me
 
2. Tsuki no Kanata de Aimashou: Sweet Summer Rainbow 月の彼方で逢いましょう SweetSummerRainbow [200529] tone work's 1
——As lovers.
It's been one year since the protagonist and Rein met. It's now the spring of their third year at school.
For the first time, they're in the same class, in adjacent seats. Everyday is a chain of new and blissful events, keeping their hearts racing from their "first love".
And now, it's the summer holidays. The two of them are going to attend summer school; it's being held is San Francisco... where Rein was born... her homeland.
An unexpected event results in the two of them sharing a room, bringing their "fresh and innocent" limited-time cohabitation life to a start———
——As husband and wife.
The protagonist and Rein have married and have set out as husband and wife. Between them was born their beloved daughter.
It's quite a lot of work raising a kid, but she returns to them an even greater share of happiness.
Their precious family is always by their sides. Their precious friends are always watching over them. And that's why they can keep walking looking straight ahead.
"Darling... I want a second one soon"
This is a story packed with such "exasperating amounts of happiness" and "being moved by one's family".——As lovers.
It's been one year since the protagonist and Rein met. It's now the spring of their third year at school.
For the first time, they're in the same class, in adjacent seats. Everyday is a chain of new and blissful events, keeping their hearts racing from their "first love".
And now, it's the summer holidays. The two of them are going to attend summer school; it's being held is San Francisco... where Rein was born... her homeland.
An unexpected event results in the two of them sharing a room, bringing their "fresh and innocent" limited-time cohabitation life to a start———
——As husband and wife.
The protagonist and Rein have married and have set out as husband and wife. Between them was born their beloved daughter.
It's quite a lot of work raising a kid, but she returns to them an even greater share of happiness.
Their precious family is always by their sides. Their precious friends are always watching over them. And that's why they can keep walking looking straight ahead.
"Darling... I want a second one soon"
This is a story packed with such "exasperating amounts of happiness" and "being moved by one's family".
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Tenmei is trash

Shuffle 2 is at best an average charage that failed to match the legacy left behind by Agobarrier.  The fandisc is actually higher quality than the main game.

Secret Agent is probably the only decent Ensemble game to have come out in the last six years.

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Tsukikana FD - Well it's unusual of tone work's to make a FD for one of the heroine seeing that usually we can say that they already included the FD contents (ie after stories) in their previous VNs. Then again Tsukikana here is quite unusual for tone work's VN, so there's that.

Kirakira Monstars - Looks like it'll be the same as Lamunation, although too bad that it's still partial and the first part at that so it's unknown whether this'll be finished or going to be unfinished like Supipara (I would prefer that Kepposhi finished the VN for obvious reason, and good that he finally going all out with all female casts in his VN after he also included the male MC in Lamunation). Oh yes it'll be localized into English language as well, although obviously we still don't know when it'll be released.

Tenmei - While I didn't agree with mod Clephas review that people play Eushully VN for the characters and setting (Or rather I believe that some also play it for the sake of the gameplay alone), seeing that the score is quite bad perhaps Tenmei gameplay here is leave something to be desired even after Eushully did released AP patch that supposed to improved the game. After all, there should be a reason that Eushully decided to go back with Kamidori gameplay at Amayui Labyrinth Meister again (Albeit with some new features). At least the characters design are still good if anything else.

Shuffle 2 - Long awaited Shuffle sequel, and well Shuffle here is my very first serious VN that I played back at 2009 thanks to Mangagamer localized it. From mod Clephas review, I suppose that the late Agobarrier did leave some setting that he probably intended to use as the way to write the story for this VN, although of course the new writer didn't apply it and decided to just go with that the former writer provided for the story without implement the setting (Or rather the new writer may against the idea that the late Agobarrier propose very much). Anyway as for the chance for this to be localized, well looks like it'll be hard to localized seeing that Navel already broke the contact with Mangagamer.

That's all for my comment in regard of May 2020 releases.

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