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VN of the Month February 2024


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Surprisingly adequate number of titles in February, so I could safely cut couple titles that would fit otherwise (notably, Alice49 EP.0 "Diamond to Shukurimu" and 5fungo ni Igai na Ketsumatsu Monochrome no Toshokan).
 
1Haison Sansaku-Kai Katsudou Kiroku 廃村散策会活動記録 [240203] mokosoft 
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He wanders into the village and comes face to face with the village customs and the mystery of the sacred tree. However, he is also a freak who wants to desecrate the mystery. The battle for the salvation of mankind by the cursed village begins.
Amateur game with amateur text and like one hour long, but with an opening, which is already enough to include it.
 
2. Nie no Hakoniwa 贄の匣庭  [240215] Kenkou Land 1
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A long time ago, an outsider appeared before the village of a long-suffering minority. In his possession was a mysterious “box” which was used by the oppressed to rise up and overthrow their oppressors.
Years later, that oppressed group formed seven noble houses and grew prosperous. However, House Shiki, which stood first among the Seven Noble Houses did not have a son to succeed the family. In order to have an heir, a young man from outside the village was adopted in to the family.
That young man’s name is Yasaka Kurou.
He then meets Kyouko, the eldest daughter of House Shiki. Two people who were born in to and lived completely different lives, find themselves drawn to each other.
And on the day of their marriage- A nightmare is born.
Game is localized and has English reviews.
 
3. Lip Trip ~Boss wa Watashi no Genetsuzai~ リップ・トリップ~編集長(ボス)はわたしの解熱剤~  [240222] SukeraSomero 1
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In the Omegaverse, everyone is born into one of three secondary genders: Alpha (α), Beta (β), or Omega (Ω).
The majority of the population are Betas, while Alphas sit at the apex of society with their superior looks and abilities.
Meanwhile, Omegas have a special characteristic: they periodically go into heat, at which time they become irresistible to Alphas.
Rino is an Omega, and a new recruit working for a digital travel magazine.
Chizu is an Alpha, and Rino's boss.
"Um, Boss! It's my first day, and..."
The moment Rino hears her boss's voice, she suddenly goes into an off-cycle heat!
Chizu respects the fact that Rino doesn't want to quit her job just because of her natural urges as an Omega and makes a decision to help her.
"Just bear with it. I'll get it over with soon."
Entranced by her cool fingers and sweet scent, Rino gives her body over to Chizu.
Fate begins to toy with the two as their feelings dance the fine line between reason and instinct...
Game is localized and has English reviews
 
4. Hajimeru Sekai no Risouron -goodbye world index- はじめるセカイの理想論 -goodbye world index- [231124] Whirlpool
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MC is one of the "reincarnated people" who answered the call of the god who rules this world. He is entrusted the fate of this world by the god and surrounded by other reincarnated people who form a team to fight evil that threatens this world. The world he once lived in was full of lies, and those lies killed him. When he was reincarnated into this world, he prayed to God and acquired the ability 'Doubt'', which is the ability to see through other people's lies. This ability protects his from similar harm, but at the same times it also reveals the hearts of his companions, even things that they keep hidden and intend to ignore.
Ecchi comedy without real story focus. Girls are varied, so it's quite possible to find one you can like, especially with routes built around personal circumstances.  
 
5. Setsuna ni Kakeru Koi Hanabi 刹那にかける恋はなび [240222] CRYSTALiA
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In the 2040s in Japan, the near-future sport "Jindou" boasts a high popularity as the sport of the people. And the the most famous of all the Jindou performances is the "Daihouen".
Suzakuin Nadeshiko, although currently still a school student, has been fantastically making a name for herself as a pro swordswoman. On the other side, the protagonist Takizawa Kazuma, a washed-up pro swordsman, competes in underground Jindou matches to make ends meet.
One day, these two who were born and lived in completely different worlds had a fateful meeting.
"Kazuma-san, your swordsmanship is the real deal. Fight with us in the Daihouen and let's make it to the top!"
"...yeah. If we could that'd be great"
The pair, captivated by Jindou, are drawn to each other's swordsmanship and seek each other. With Takizawa Komari and Hanabusa Palvi joining Team White Wolf too, they eventually make big waves on the stage of the Daihouen.
If they win, glory awaits. If they lose, they fall from grace. With their beliefs held in their breasts, the swordsmen step out into a battle they can't afford to lose in the intense world of pros.
Swordsmen live in the moment. The "moment" you let slip will never come back-- in which case, set your soul alight.
We've seen a lot of CRYSTALiA stories already, and they aren't story heavy or particularly good. This  one has numerous flaws, but it's still and action story in futuristic setting which is still better for me than most charage.
 
6. The 257th Element [240223] REAL co.Ltd 1
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A time not too far from now. To find a solution for the food problem caused by a growing population, every country has been investing huge budgets into scientific research to increase every single mass with as limited time and energy as possible. As a result, new elements the 119th and beyond were discovered and created one after another, and finally, a genius scientist in Tokyo named Hikojuro Araki succeeded in creating the 256th element, Araraginium, which is a dreamy element that creates every being out of nothingness.
However, at the very moment when the first experiment in the world to create Araraginium just began, by an unexpected accident, it diffused all over Tokyo and disappeared.
A few days later, appalling incidents started happening all of a sudden, all-over Tokyo; people who were thought to be dead started emerging back to life as if they had never been dead, not even once. They all had a memory before their death, and actually, were those who passed away during the time period between the accident and 72 hours before that.
Due to their relevance with the accident, those people were called Araragi Human.
This story takes place several years after this in Tokyo…
Game is localized and has English reviews.

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Nie no Hakoniwa - I just expected that it would be something like Kara no Shoujo only with the art from Sayori (Also yes I know she's not much involved in the drawing seeing that her position is the art director), only to find out that there's many disturbing sex scenes so much it can rival Maggot Bait according to one of the reviewer. Actually there's some suspicious tag even before it was released, but obviously I didn't think much of it. Hakoniwa itself is definitely Sekai's biggest release in 2024 as of now, and yeah you know that Sekai couldn't do much when their biggest release in the first months of 2024 happen to be horror VN with disturbing sex scenes. That aside, at least Hakoniwa should be interesting to play, provided that you didn't mind the disturbing sex scenes.

Lip Trip - This is the first time I got to know about Omegaverse stuff, and I immediately learnt it's more commonly used in BL stories with Lip Trip itself is GL VN. My focus is not on the Omegaverse (The writer didn't write Omegaverse much in Lip Trip anyway) or the unusual setting (It was set in the office instead of usual high school), anyway, but rather the artist which is drawn by Chigusa Minori whose manga I did recently read. For the info, Chigusa Minori work is mostly GL, and her most recent manga is Convenient Semi-Friend.

Other than the two translated VNs, this month we have Whirlpool new VN along with another Crystalia VN. While Crystalia VN usually has nice action scene, it also has a number of prequel and sequel to read. As for VN of the Month for February 2024, I'll just say that the better candidate for that is the new Whirlpool VN (Hajimeru Sekai no Risouron) which currently has slightly higher score in both of Erogamescape and VNDB compared to the Crystalia VN (Setsuna ni Kakeru Koi Hanabi). While it would be nice to have Sekai localized Risouron as the newest Whirlpool VN to localized instead of Nekonin series or the other their short VN, it's just too bad that Sekai may not in the good condition to localized longer Whirlpool VNs.

That's all for what I can write in regard of February 2024 releases.

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