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VN of the Month June 2022 - AI: Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative


 
1. Eiga Go-toubun no Hanayome ~Kimi to Sugoshita Itsutsu no Omoide~ 映画 五等分の花嫁 ~君と過ごした五つの思い出~ [220602] MAGES. GAME
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The Quintessential Quintuplets the Movie: Five Memories of My Time with You features a multi-ending story that changes depending on which sister you confess your feelings to. It is every The Quintessential Quintuplets fan’s dream situation: "Uesugi Fuutarou confesses his feelings to each of the five sisters." The player can craft Uesugi Fuutarou’s future with their own hands. There are 15 possible endings. Plus, there is a hidden route that can be unlocked after watching the ending for each of the five sisters, allowing you to enjoy the game many times over.
The game also features an original story set during a graduation trip to Okinawa. The player, Uesugi Fuutarou, goes sightseeing in Okinawa with the five sisters. It even features live-action sightseeing movies, so you can feel as if you are really on a trip to Okinawa with the five sisters. During the trip, Fuutarou strives to kiss the one he confesses to and secure a future for his long-distance relationship. Will he get his kiss? That depends on the player.
Console exclusive
 
2. AI: Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative AI: ソムニウムファイル ニルヴァーナイニシアチブ [220623] Spike Chunsoft 1
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Six years ago, the right half of a corpse was discovered. The left half was never found…until six years later, completely fresh with no signs of decay.
Now, Special Agents Mizuki and Ryuki, along with their AI partners Aiba and Tama, are tasked to solve the bizarre Half Body serial killings while unveiling the mysterious plot known only as the Nirvana Initiative…
Game is released in English and has English reviews.  
 
3. Amaemi-longing for you- アマエミ-longing for you- [220624] Azarashi Soft
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The protagonist, Nabeshima Tatsuya, was a world-renowned painter.
However, after a certain incident, he disappeared from the public eye.
Now as a social studies teacher, he spends his days away from the art world.
He lives in seclusion with his cat in his social studies preparation room, which is his own residence, away from the public eye.
However, with the arrival of the new school semester, a new wind begins to blow.
Kusunoki Iroha, an attractive girl who adores Tatsuya.
Kurusu Sakuya, the most talented girl in the school, who is mysteriously attracted to Tatsuya;
and Akebi Saki, the daughter of Tatsuya's former teacher.
A life of dullness, like being dead inside while living.
Now it is being colored in gorgeous and vibrant colors by the three girls.
Rich visuals and thin content. Heroines like protagonist and compete for him from the start. Game is advertised as "Human drama", but it mostly concerns protagonist who can't draw anymore because of it  .  
 
4. Sora no Ao to Shiro to / Mabataki no Natsu  空の青と白と/瞬きの夏 [220624] Barista Lab
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Main character is about to abandon his school club when he meets an unfamiliar girl in his club room. The girl turns out to be fan of his novel and is anxious to read the continuation. This summer a new page of creation, youth and love is turned.
Another single heroine vanilla nukige.  
 
5. Yumahorome ~Toki o Tometa Yakata de Asu o Sagasu Maigo-tachi~ ゆまほろめ ~時を停めた館で明日を探す迷子たち~ [220624] Lump of Sugar
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――This is a "Mansion of the Stopped Time".
While you are here, The outside world――
The time in the world where everyone was originally, will Never go on.
So, You don't have to worry anything about outside.
When everyone returns, the world will start moving again.
More importantly...
Now that you came to a place like this,
I want you to take your time and relax.
You won't be able to get out of here for a while after all.
Let me tell you, This Mansion is very Mysterious!
When you thought the corridor would continue forever, a door suddenly appear,
When you take your eyes off the door for a little while, the door disappears before you know it...
Even inside the rooms, there's something strange.
There are a Lot of unusual rooms too!
Sun that is dazzling, the Winds blowing, it's just like a room outside!
...I'm sure there are many rooms I haven't entered yet.
Of course, there is an Exit!
But the current you, Won't be able to find it.
...You can't get out of here right away.
The time is stopped outside,
You don't have to rush.
That's why―― Let's all play together!
Lump of Sugar provides a stamp of quality, but scenario is schematic. Frozen time, girls with problems, and there's nothing behind it, and Grand route also provides no development or revelation, so only nice if you don't expect a big mystery.
 
6. EVE ghost enemies  [220630] El Dia
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Kojiroh Amagi’s Story
A mysterious incident occurs at a countryside mansion involving the death of a influential man from the village. There were rumors that his death was brought by a curse passed on as a village legend…
Bored and bored and bored… All Kojiroh had to do was to brew coffee everyday, until his rival Yayoi Katsuragi brought in a job. It was a request specifically placed for Genzaburo Katsuragi.
Kojiroh heads to Sawashirodo Village as a substitute for Yayoi. Awaiting him there was Kougen Sawashiro, a powerful man in the economic world and Genzaburo’s old friend, nearly 100 years-old and unable to leave his bed.
“I want you to investigate the cause of my son’s death.”
There were rumors that his death was brought by a curse passed on as a village legend.
“He was killed by ‘Gururi.'”
The incident occurred at a mansion overlooking the water known as “Mizumorikan.” The strange death of the village’s influential man.
Will Kojiroh be able to reach the truth?
Marina Houjou’s Story
A super-technology weapon that was smuggled to Japan. A joint investigation with the CIA unveils surprising truths…
Marina Houjou is a first-class investigator who has returned to Japan after a long time overseas. Although the Japanese Cabinet Information Research Office (CIRO) is currently seeking intelligence sharing cooperation with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), she is being kept far out of focus due to her being a troublemaker.
During that time, she encounters an runaway car explosion in the city. The explosion was caused by “Ever3,” an unknown inhumane weapon that was brought into Japan to stop the cooperation between the CIRO and CIA.
This incident caused Marina to investigate “Ever3” with the CIA, and reunited her with Sherry Mea, an old friend who has become a CIA investigator.
Surprising truths come to surface as the investigation of the super-technology carries on. Will Marina be able to find the true enemy and realize the future she desires?
Console exclusive.  

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Go-toubon (Or The Quintessential Quintuplets) VN here is quite hyped for some fans who didn't satisfied with the manga ending (Either because they have a certain favorite heroine or some may feel that the author waste the chance for harem ending), and no much to say other than Bokuben did attempt to avoid the necessity of making the similar VN just to satisfy the fan who didn't like canon couple by making the manga has five ending for each of the heroines (At least it should provided good material in case the animation studio want to make OVA/another season based on the alternative endings in the future). If anything else, at least the VN is quite popular with some fans decided to translate the prequel.

Pulltop released Umi only Koiresort fandisc, and other than the obvious fact that Pulltop won't bother to localize this I guess we can say that Pulltop here start scrambling to milk their older VN. At least you can see more sex scene with Umi in case you're still not satisfied with her sex scenes in both of original Koiresort and the crossover fandisc.

This time Somnium 2 has two MCs, with previous MC stepdaughter Mizuki and new male MC Ryuki. Note that this is not the first time Uchikoshi worked on dual MC work, in which it may or may not because of Nakazawa who apparently has some roles in writing. Oh by the way it should be noted that Nakazawa's VNs usually has two MCs, and some of his works are Remember11 and Root Double in which are notable for having two MCs.

No much to say beside those three VNs, so that's all for my comment on June 2022 VNs.

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