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Nightmare x Brother Review


littleshogun

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Foreword - I knew Digimon Survive here is on VNTS 4chan list, although after I see the playthrough it looks more like Phoenix Wright instead of regular VNs or rather it's more like usual adventure games so my stance is that I'll just treat it as games, moreso if we see the dialogues is concise enough compared to usual VNs and would be fitting as games albeit with heavier number of text. That said while my stance here is to treat it as games, I definitely can't agree with the action of review bombing on Metacritic just because it looks like usual VNs. While I can see that it's Bandai's fault to not put more emphasize of adventure/VNs gameplay in the trailer video, the fact that Steam did list it as 'Visual Novel' should be enough to gauge what kind of Digimon Survive gameplay will be. Anyway that aside, in the end Digimon Survive here should be a good game on it's own despite some of the flaws, whether you think of it as either usual games or VN.

Welcome to this week VNTS Review and once again sorry for being late here. As for this week, while Mangagamer two Otakon announcements here are something that we can say as full of passion because both of those are nukige, the biggest news for this week here is definitely Amatsutsumi release. Of course there's also Ninetails who just do the Kickstarter for Venus Blood Gaia and manage to gather the required fund in less than 24 hours, and obviously some updates from fan translation. Overall I can say that this week is more or less an exciting one to a degree, and let's see what I can write in regard of it.

Because of some unmentioned circumstances, Shiravune delayed Monochrome Mobius release to October 20th later. We also have some surprise from them, in which they somehow manage to have Great Deceiver on Steam and perhaps it might be because there's no school setting in there which as we know usually perceived as the reason for the ban of the VNs by Valve. Idea Factory also announced the exact release date for Amnesia fandisc, and said date will be on October 20th later as well. Just in case you need more short nukige from Cherry Kiss, you can look forward to their newest nukige release, Yandere Goddess: A Snatch Made in Heaven, in which they'll release it on 12th later so you can note the date if you want to have a nukige with yandere goddess as the heroine.

If you want to read Taisho Alice fandisc, you can get it now because it has been released on 27th. From what I can see, the premise is more or less the usual fandisc with the after stories for each of the heroes along with two additional routes for the side characters. Have fun if you already get it, and it's good to see that the fandisc of it is also translated as well in which it's looks impossible to see it happen in the past, especially with bad translation shenanigan happened back in 2017. Like I say beforehand, Ninetails do the KS for Venus Blood Gaia with the goal is at 13.2 million yen and the deadline is on 31st later, and they manage to fulfill it in less than 24 hours (It definitely help that so far Ninetails here is one of competent company when it come to KS). They did estimate that they'll release GAIA in June 2023 later, although whether it'll be sooner or later we'll see. By the way they also released the trial as well, so you can play it to see on how GAIA gameplay will be.

For Mangagamer's Otakon announcements, once again all of those are nukige. While I can say that we may have good story on Funbag Fantasy 4 and I like the sexy exorcist uniform design in Nightmare x Sisters (The first part of Nightmare trilogy), I would like to see Mangagamer announce non-nukige on Otakon (At least the visual of both are quite nice, despite the usual big breasts in Funbag 4). For the premise of those two announcements, in Funbag 4 we have the kingdom setting with the king (The MC) tried to become the monk because he's tired of battle leaving his wife and concubines alone, while in Nightmare x Sisters we have the female MC Setsuna who work as the exorcist suddenly had her senior/sister disappear so Setsuna decided to enlist her male childhood friend help because he's the stand in for the male MC for the search, and from there Setsuna will find herself get introduced to endless hell of debauchery which will involve a lot of rape.

Other than the obvious Amatsutsumi releases, this time we also have Sekai give us several updates with two of Seiiki series VNs, Kanojo and Imouto, currently waiting for the build which mean we may need to wait for a while before finally see those two VNs released. Speaking of Seiiki series, we also have Gakkou no Seiiki update as well with said update is that currently it's at 10% edited. Other than that, we have Sekai suddenly give the update to Miko no Kanata (I'm seriously forgot when the last time Sekai gave the update on this, but at least I know that it's the nukige involving shrine maiden/miko) and said update is in regard of the exact release date which is on Friday (5th) later. For the rest of the updates, we have Nie no Hakoniwa was at 30% translated, Sheol was at 10% translated, Akaneiro was at 15% translated, Chiisana Kanojo was at 5% edited, and Our Marriage 1 was at a quarter in QA.

Before going to Amatsutsumi release, I'll do the roundup for fan translation updates. For fan translation, we have Senmomo was at 66.64% edited with Chapter 5 past a quarter (26.56%) edited, Fuyu Kiss was at 60% translated, Harugi was at 63% edited, Houkago Cinderella was at 51.76% translated, Imaimo was fully edited with the translator started the pre-QC process which including translating the UI and recompiling the text into the ending before moving on to the actual QC, Eustia was at 97.41% in programming with Licia's chapter was at 86.21% in programming, and 24 out of 37 script files for Yuzuki's route of Ginharu along with half of her sex scenes (5 out of 10) were translated. Lastly we also have Gore Screaming Show/GSS translation team decided to suspend the project because JAST did license it, although they did release the translation patch that translate the VN up to Kiika's route so you can get the patch in case you want to play GSS immediately.

Last but not the least we have Amatsutsumi release, and if we following the news in regard of it surely we know that it has some problem with the Steam with Valve did reject both English and Chinese build. As for the reason why, while we can speculate some of it in the end only Valve can say the exact reason for banning Amatsutsumi. Anyway seeing that Sekai may need to release this in hurry, there's still some issue left with the most notable one is the soundtrack title is untranslated (Which is too bad seeing that I'm the one who suggest that Amayui should add translated soundtrack title). For the premise itself it's about our MC Makoto who is from a backwater village came into the slightly busier village and he collapse on the road, and from there he met Kokoro who decided to take care of him. Seeing that he has no house, he decided to use his power of word ability in order to make Kokoro think that Makoto is her older brother. Go get Amatsutsumi if you've been waiting for it, and have fun.

That's all for what I can write in regard of this week, and see you next week.

PS - For the title I just combined two of Mangagamer's announcements, Nightmare x Sisters and Funbag Fantasy 4, so we have 'Nightmare x Brother' as the title. While 'Nightmare' here is should be obvious, the word 'Brother' is from the subtitle of Funbag Fantasy 4 'Brother Astor' with the Astor himself is the aforementioned king MC. It should be noted that actually there's Brother title in Christian, although it's been overshadowed by Sister.

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Amatsutsumi was released with issues sadly. From VNDB:

"Game contains the following issues and Denpasoft can not guarantee they will be fixed due to licensing and permissions:
Loading a save from the title screen would cause the title bar to have previous title bar text inside.
Song titles are in Japanese.
The videos contain Japanese text and do not have English translations.
SD Art contains Japanese text and does not have English translations."

It also said there were mosaics, but it seems that was false.

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On 8/4/2022 at 7:47 AM, Erogamer said:

Amatsutsumi was released with issues sadly. From VNDB:

"Game contains the following issues and Denpasoft can not guarantee they will be fixed due to licensing and permissions:
Loading a save from the title screen would cause the title bar to have previous title bar text inside.
Song titles are in Japanese.
The videos contain Japanese text and do not have English translations.
SD Art contains Japanese text and does not have English translations."

It also said there were mosaics, but it seems that was false.

For mosaic it's on the character naked sprites (Obviously the female one), so if you have some trouble with some mosaic in the character sprites (Granted that it's mostly minor problem at most, but some may consider it as major problem) perhaps you can reconsider to play Amatsutsumi here. That aside though, I have more problem with the untranslated song titles like I say above because in the past I prefer to have translated song title in the VN, and for the info I'm the one who suggest to add translated song title in Amayui translation patch. Other than those two, well I don't have much problem with both videos and SD Arts are still in Japanese so I'll just let it go (Of course though it would be a bonus if Sekai did manage to work on those two).

For title bar issue, it's not only from the title screen but it also happen if you load it from some other chapter (ie if you load the save with 'Kokoro 2' while you're on 'Kokoro 1' the title bar is still read as 'Kokoro 1') although obviously most people would load the save from the title. Anyway it shouldn't matter much here if you play the full screen anyway, although it's obviously would be problematic if you prefer to see the current chapter title in the title bar.

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