After careful - extremely careful - consideration, I have chosen Nanairo Reincarnation as VN of the Year 2014. The runners-up were Semiramis no Tenbin and Bradyon Veda.
2014's top ten, based on quality with a 70% emphasis on story elements, a fifteen percent emphasis on sound, and a fifteen percent emphasis on visuals.
1. Nanairo Reincarnation
2. Bradyon Veda
3. Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai (yes, I didn't list this one as a runner-up, because I was physically incapable of doing so)
4. Semiramis no Tenbin
5. Hikoukigumo no Mukougawa
7. Houkago no Futekikakusha
8. Hello, Lady
9. Kami no Ue no Mahoutsukai
10. AstralAir no Shiroki Towa
Story element evaluations were split fifty-fifty between intellectual and emotional impact. Ideally, any given story should touch upon the intellect and the emotions, leaving an 'imprint' behind.