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  1. Edit (2020/03/31) - I decided to add Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen here because it's still within top 10 best rated translated VN back at 2017, even though technically it's only available for consoles back at 2017 and just recently released for PC (Back at January). I knew that I'd already made this post a year ago here, but seeing that I did make some significant change in here (Not much though) I decided to remake this. So here's my second take on 'Top 10 Best Rated VNs Translated at 2017', and since Pulltop decided to censor Miagete overseas I'd remove it because I decided to not add censored VNs here unless the censorship is very small like Subahibi. Oh and for the rules as usual there's no yaoi, nukige, BL, and MTL-ed VN (ie no Your Diary and Fortissimo back at my 2018 list, which is a shame considering that those two were quite good). Anyway, here's the new list and keep in mind that the scores may be fluctuate in the future (The scoring based on today (April 4th, 2020) for the info). 10. Hatsukoi 1/1 (VNDB 7.32, Erogamescape 70) The first tone work's that was translated by Tsurezure, and it's also the first work for Tsurezure here in regard of VN Translation. The premise was obviously still the same with our MC Yuuma who decided to form cafetaria club with other five girls, and that the cafetaria club was abut to be disbanded because lack of member problem. While the story is sounds simple, unfortunately the writing on Yuuma's character was quite bad so much that it's enraged the player and the staff decided to post an apology video on Niconico (Youtube equivalent on Japan). While their first product ended up getting bad reception, I see that tone work's did really work hard to improve their next work Hoshiori (Currently translated by Tsurezure as well) with the writing and including after stories as well (Without FD). Of course there's some good point in HatsuKoi though namely that we got multiple vocal songs that was sang by different singer (Repeated in Hoshiori and Ginharu), and that we can see more than one variation of the background in some places (They remove background variation in Hoshiori and Ginharu though). 9. Chrono Clock (VNDB 7.42, Erogamescape 71) The first Purplesoft VN that was localized, and let's just say that the translation choice for this is quite divisive (Either like it, dislike it, or just neutral). The premise is that our rich MC Rei did have a pocket watch from his grandfather, and with the pocket watch he's been able to turn back the time by five minutes. Even though the power is quite powerful, our Rei was mostly use the clock to search his girlfriend by confessing and then turned back the time. One day, he met Miu who was saved by Rei turning back the time after she did fall down and dead, and our Rei did impressed by seeing Miu's determination to confess to his best friend. From there Rei decided to help Miu while at the same time fall in love with her. While at first glance the man heroine is Miu, actually the true main heroine in here is Cro who is the goddess that reside inside Rei's clock and thus the reason of why Rei's clock did have power. Also while I did say prologue here, I felt that it's not the case because we see Miu's development in the prologue and that Miu's route is more like her ending, so we can say that Miu's route here is the prologue (I did call it Miu's arc) and her ending. 8. Koi ga Saku Koro Sakura Doki aka Saku Saku Love Blooms with the Cherry Blossom (VNDB 7.49, Erogamescape 70) I still remember that this VN was started as the translation project for Shinku TL with some steady progress back at 2014. At first I expected that they'll release the patch quickly, but then suddenly the updates was stopped at QC progress until one day Akerou did announce that he'll go to vacation in order to have some rest. Little we knew that back then Akerou already asked some help from Sekai in order to do the QC (Sell it to Sekai), and that they announced that they help Saku Saku QC (Announced the license) back at AX 2016 in which it shocked me very hard. Even then, Sekai still have delayed the release twice back at August 2017 end (Mismanagement on the release date) before finally manage to release it back at October 2017. As for Saku Saku here, I guess we can say that technically it's the first work for Nekonyan because Nekonyan was came from Shinku Translation that was headed by Akerou. The premise was that our MC got a bounty of 21,000 yen to anyone else who managed to make him fall in love, because the MC was known as romance consultant and yet he himself is unable to fall in love. The MC's problem is increasing when he meet a shinigami (Tina) who remind him of his childhood when he saw a shinigami, and Tina herself did insist that she's a love fairy (A lousy one though seeing that she use dramatic romance manga as the reference). As for the graphic, it's very beautiful so at least you can enjoy the graphic there if the story is no good for you. 7. Da Capo 3 (VNDB 7.55, Erogamescape 76) This one VN have some history with our Fuwanovel here, namely that there's first attempt of translating this by our founder Aaeru. Her method is quite divisive though because she'd use VNR which could be amounted as MTL to most of the people. Even so Aaeru keep working on this until she managed to release the prologue patch, only for Mangagamer to C&D her after they got the wind on this. After that she was disappear from the forum and nowadays nobody knew where she is. Anyway, what's done is done and we finally get the release back at 2017 January (By Mangagamer obviously). For the premise, it was set at 2072 after Everlasting Sakura was wither after Da Capo 2 event (The reason of why at 2072 is spoiler though), only to have that tree mysteriously blooming again. So more or less it's just usual Da Capo, and as for play order I would suggest you to play the first side story before going to common route because it's the real prologue for Da Capo 3 (Note that the Prologue and Common Route in Da Capo 3 did have VERY different setting). As for the opening here, there's too much opening for this so I'll just use the first opening in which it's very misleading because it only depict the situation at the Prologue (At least it did have 2D animation). 6. Seabed (VNDB 8.07, Erogamescape 79) As for the scoring, since the number of votes was still very few this VN will be the most fluctuative one (At 134 votes on 2019/01/28). As for the premise, it was very simple in which we got a woman (Sachiko) who has her lover disappear and from there she'll try to recover from the heartbreak that caused by the disappearance by the help of her childhood friend (Narasaki) who is also a psychiatrist. By the way Sachiko's lover (Takako) here was the woman as well, so we'll gonna get some yuri VN from the first glance although there'll be no explicit sex scenes though seeing that it's all age VN. Seeing that Sachiko seek some psychiatrist, there'll be some talk in regard of psychology in which it may confusing for some people out there. From there we'll going to see what's going on in Seabed through three POV (Sachiko, Takako, and Narasaki). The VN itself is a doujin one and didn't have voice, although seeing that we have example the good doujin VN that didn't have voice (ie Umineko and Fata Morgana before being ported to the consoles) I would say that you should try Seabed here to see it by yourself, and if anything at least the art is better than Umineko default art. 5. Grisaia no Rakuen aka The Eden of Grisaia (VNDB 8.11, Erogamescape 80) I'm still think of this as fandisc, seeing that it's developed along with Meikyuu after Frontwing managed to dodge their bankruptcy thanks to Kajitsu's successful sales. While at the first glance there's no problem with it, the thing is that Kajitsu itself is an almost standalone that was intended as Frontwing Swan Song and they set it as charage. While Frontwing already have ambitious plan to make Grisaia as trilogy before Kajitsu's development, the continuity between of Kajitsu and Meikyuu main story (Rakuen is Meikyuu main route's continuation) is almost zero because Kajitsu is a charage. So in the end Frontwing can only 'made' unseen route from Kajitsu that was supposed to tell us that Meikyuu main route was the continuation from that route, although we can only see that route in Kajitsu's anime (It was rushed though because it only have 13 episodes). Anyway what I can say is that Rakuen should be good for Grisaia fans because it did have a lot of fan services Yuuji and the girls did some action, the characters are live happily ever after, and a reunion with certain character (It was destroyed by one of Kajitsu's ending though). In then end, while I did think of this as fandisc, it's okay though if you think of this as Kajitsu's sequel along with Meikyuu. 4. Dies Irae (VNDB 8.21, Erogamescape 87) I did read that there's no characters development in this VN, although I think it's more like that the characters were already find something to hold on so there's no need on character development. Then again we shouldn't focused on character development in Dies Irae (Just play charage if you want that), but instead we should focused on the battle which is a lot (Chuunige and all). The premise is very cliche with some Germany soldiers were did some ritual to destroy the world and disappeared back at WW2, and somehow reappeared in 2006. The only one who can fight the soldiers is Ren (The MC) who can kill the soldiers that normally impossible to kill with his mysterious power. Another thing to note is the prose, in which it's very roundabout and could be boring for some people, while at the same time we can say that the prose did make the reader more immersive in read Dies Irae. We also have the gods in Dies Irae, in which the gods themselves like to talk in cryptic while at the same time are pretty charismatic. I'll post the all age version opening, because all age version is the best one with side stories available and most people would prefer it over 18+ version (I also recommend that you should play all age version instead of 18+ version here, even though the latter did have 'passionate Hitomi Nabatame-voiced love-making' scene). 3. Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen aka Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception (VNDB 8.31, Erogamescape 81) The first part of Utawarerumono sequel duology, in that it tell the story several years after first Utawarerumono. While at first it mean that you'll follow the older cast, actually in here you'll follow the new casts and the old casts here only have role as the cameo (Even though the role that the cameos have is not exactly small). So in order to enjoy this VN you better adapt with the new characters here, because we'll following them for the whole VN. As for the premise, we have our amnesiac man who find himself under treatment of a girl who capable in medicine. After the girl find out that the man did forget his name, the girl decided to call the man as Haku and the girl introduce herself as Kuon. From there both of Haku and Kuon will go to imperial city in order to find the job for Haku even though Haku just want to laze around, and from there the duo will eventually entangled in wars like back at first Utawarerumono. For more info the setting here is that the people except Haku have animal ears, and that Utawarerumono here is gameplay VN (SRPG) with the gameplay for the sequel here is vastly improved compared to the prequel. The most important thing in here is that it's only the first part of duology, so naturally the ending in here is a cliffhanger one and the second part (Futari no Hakuoro aka Mask of Truth) will pick up from the ending. 2. Chaos Child (VNDB 8.41, Erogamescape 84) At first it's for console only (At PS4 and PSV), and then we have Committee of Zero released the PC patch that imported the translation into PC version along with Steam release of this, so we can play Chaos Child at PC if you didn't have the consoles. Anyway, the premise was we have another serial murder in Shibuya which eerily resembled the one back at Chaos Head (The prequel) by looking at the date, which of course would be quite graphic considering that in the past Nitroplus was involved with Chaos Head. From there, we have our MC Takuru who took abnormal interest to the case and then he decided to investigate the murder cases while at the same time being frightened, and hopefully would be able to calm down some anxiety in Shibuya. From what I read apparently the girls route was not quite satisfying (The girls good as eye candy though if it's really the case lol), so at least it could be interpreted that the writing was more focused on the main story which is full of sci-fi. If anything, at least we can learn the additional contents from the girls route. Oh, and actually this is more in line with Steins Gate instead of original Chaos Head, simply because both of Steins Gate and Chaos Child did have routes (Original Chaos Head is linear VN, and they remake it as NoaH with the addition of the routes). As for the opening, I'll post both of XBOX One version above and PS4 version below because we can play both opening in the English version, and by the way personally I'd prefer PS4 version opening (Singularity) here. 1. Subarashiki Hibi ~Furenzoku Sonzai~ aka Wonderful Everyday ~Diskontinuierliches Dasein~ (VNDB 8.67, Erogamescape 86) We already knew that this VN did suffered translation hell back at TLWiki since back at 2012, in which back then there's almost no hope of this being released before finally saw some progress back at 2015. Long story short, the awaited release was never happened until Frontwing suddenly announced this back at February 2017. I would say that they did the good job for localized this, even with the fact that the overseas release was censored although compared to Pulltop's overseas release it's still far more better though because only the picture that was censored (And disturbing at that for some people). As for the premise, it was in regard of the world which about to face the apocalypse at July 20th 2012 (Even though the in-game year should be at 2009), and from there we can see the events from several POV in order to get the full picture. While this VN was lauded as the best VN because it could change people's life, I would say that there's some flaw inside Subahibi here but even so I would say that you should try it anyway to seeing that by yourself. As for the subtitle, just like French at Grisaia Frontwing also add another language for the subtitle and this time it's Germany. That's all for the remake of my list here, and I hope you enjoyed this even though once again my list was mostly still the same as Conjueror's. PS - As for the title, once again I'd just combine Chaos Child (Chaotic) with Subahibi (Everyday), so we got 'Chaotic Everyday' here. The v2 mean that this is my second version of my top ten list here, even though I'm belated a year to make this.
  2. Since it's already 2020 which mean the year was already changed, I figure that I should make my list for best rated translated VNs from back at 2019. I know that people here might not agree with my list here seeing that they have their own best VNs list there, but still it should be fine if I give my own list here. Once again the rule is still the same in that I wouldn't list nukige (So no Venus Blood Frontier here even though I like it), otome, BL, fandisc, and partial translated VNs (No Rhapsody here since the translator himself classify it as partial patch). Oh and censored VNs is obviously out of window, so no Noraneko duology even though those are quite well received on VNDB. Anyway let's see my list for 2019 here, and I'll tell what's the title mean at PS later. Almost forget to mention that the score based on today (March 10, 2020), and it's possible that both of the rank and the score will be change in the future. 10. Lamunation (VNDB 7.35) As for Lamunation here, the first thing that I know is that when I learned that Erogamescape scoring here is horribly unfair in that they'll judge based on the author's scandal rather than the story. While granted that Lamunation's story here is not a serious one (ie comedy and parody) and that the director scandal could be categorized as harrasment to a degree seeing that he type a dirty joke on a female tweet, it's still too bad that people prefer to judge it by the people rather than the VN itself. In any case all of those are happened in the past, so hopefully the director (Kepposhi) could learn a thing or two from his past mistake to be more careful on his word on the internet. For the premise, basically we have our MC Luna did have a lot of fun activities together with his little sister, his childhood friend (Female), and his twin friends (Obviously female as well). Some of the activities are including of jumping from the helicopter, go to the school that have no curriculum other than do whatever you want, hang out in the cafe, and so on. Yeah it's hard to explained the story because the translator (Meru) herself tell us that it'll have meme, so you'll just need to have a laugh in Lamunation like what Kepposhi would probably have in mind when making Lamunation. Another thing to note is that Kepposhi did some of GL VNs here, and Lamunation here is not the exception even though it have male MC, because all of the heroines are bisexual to a degree (Especially the twins). 9. Majo Koi Nikki aka The Witch's Love Diary (VNDB 7.53) The first Niijima Yuu VN that was translated, which is quite an accomplishment seeing that there's several failed attempt to translate his works. For the project itself, at first it's started as fan translation by Luna Translation with the progress looks satisfying at least until AX 2018 in which Sekai did announce this. While it's surprising to me, at least it's not as shocking like back at Saku Saku announcement. After that, like other Sekai announcements there's no much talk from them until when they decided to do sudden release back at July 26th. For the premise, we have our female MC Nanno Alice find a mysterious diary. Curious, she peek on the diary only to find out that apparently the diary depict the life of a man named Sakurai Takumi (Majokoi's true MC), and Alice find out that Takumi is quite a player for approaching several women and then have sex with them. Of course being Niijima Yuu work, nothing as simple as that so in Majokoi here we'll going to unravel some mystery behind the enigmatic Sakurai Takumi. While the story itself are interesting in that it have some unexpected element, some reader are understandably react like Alice when they play the prologue in that they disturbed with Takumi's attitude. 8. Ano Harewataru Sora yori Takaku aka Farther Than the Blue Sky (VNDB 7.72) At first I thought it would be impossible for Mangagamer to localize this seeing that we have Chuable being bankrupt before we have Haretaka release here, only to turned out that I was wrong because Mangagamer did announce this back at Otakon 2018. After some busted payment processor problem, Mangagamer manage to release this back at September. For the premise, we'll have our so-called idiot Otoya who attend a general class in a school that was famous with the rocket making. Then at one night he met with a red haired tsundere girl Arisa who want to retrive the rocket from the sea, and Otoya decided to do it without hesitation. After that, both of Otoya and Arisa met again at school and after Arisa tell a story on how her rocket club Byakko will be abolished because lack of member, Otoya decided to join the club despite his lack knowledge of rocket. For Haretaka here, I can say that the writer did good job compared to Suki Suki in that he manage to have all four heroines did have proper interaction with each other in the common route, which is very important seeing that Suki Suki did have out of context heroine (I'm looking at you Chiho, and I can sort of understand why Arunaru did translate her onii-chan as dude). 7. Nanairo Reincarnation (VNDB 7.78) For Nanairo I can say this is quite a smooth one in regard of the release so no much to say other than than Sekai did released it (After several QCs) at the same time when Nekonyan released Aokana, so good job to Sekai here. As for Nanairo here, it have some appeal namely that you'll have the MC as university student instead of usual high schooler. For the premise our MC Makoto did got some inheritance from his grandfather in form of a house. In there Makoto find out that his grandfather have some spirutual connection, and that Makoto did have same capability like the grandfather. As if it's not enough, Makoto also found out that his cheerful childhood friend was in fact a selfish zashiki warashi who's been helping Makoto's family for generations. Then Makoto was being told that his grandfather help the police with the cases that involved supernatural as the spirit detective, and Makoto was also supposed to inherit that role. Seeing no choice, Makoto slowly learning the rope of his new role in solving some supernatural cases. Lastly, I'm content with Nanairo release here seeing that it's one of well received VN out there. 6. Sekai de Ichiban Dame na Koi aka The Most Forbidden Love in the World (VNDB 7.80) So-called White Album 2 prototype, although in this case it's more like Maruto only have one main heroine (Mitoko) instead of two. That said, I can understand the reason why people draw some comparison with WA2, because Maruto did apply some of Damekoi characteristic in WA2 as well. While the English title is quite suggestive, honestly I'm don't think that it's bad if we already see some example of big age difference romance in the manga. Of course that kind of romance would be a very sensitive issue in real life, and let's leave it at that. The premise is we have our 28 years old MC Osamu who just fired from the company as the scapegoat and that he didn't have home to come back seeing that he's been divorced, so basically his life was very unlucky. After being touched by a passerby woman who somehow help him and tell where her home is, Osamu decided to go to her home only to find out that the woman is eloped leaving her 14 years old daugther Mitoko alone who proceed to slap Osamu. After sorting out the situation, Osamu decided to help Mitoko and possibly to have so-called forbidden love with her. For more info, this VN have ladder structure route and it's been translated by the late Conjueror. 5. Kotonoha Amrilato aka The Expression Amrilato (VNDB 7.81) This VN have a unique premise, and of course it's obviously not only just because it's a GL VN. Also it's not just because we have the MC transported to the another world as well either, even though it's still unique on it's own seeing that isekai translated VNs is still quite rare. The reason is because in Amrilato we'll be able to learn another language, and in this case it's Esperanto. Too bad that Valve didn't manage to see the educational value of this VN and only see the bath scene, so they decided to throw a tantrum by banned it for a while (Even though Amrilato here is all age). Well all of those are in the past, and at least now we can get this from Steam as well after Valve revoke the ban. The premise goes like we'll have our female MC Rin who somehow going to another world, and naturally she tried to communicate with the other people only to find out that it's futile because the people can only speak Esperanto. At least until she find a girl (Ruka) who can speak Japanese a bit, and from there Ruka teach Rin the Esperanto language bit by bit while at the same time both of them develop their relationship with each other. 4. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai (VNDB 8.02) After several years of waiting we finally manage to have a proper August VN with sex scenes and all, and with this August's curse was finally broken. I know there's Yoake and Shippo Days, but those two didn't count because the former is the backport of PS2 version which mean no sex scenes (Even though it have two additional routes) and the latter is Daitoshokan side story. For a bit of history, the translation was started back at 2016 before the project going silent for about three years before the editor decided to leak the complete translation patch at Reddit in April. Granted it's still unedited according to the editor, but at least it's still fine compared to several bad translation out there (ie SakuraGames localized VNs). The premise is goes like we have Kakei (The MC) who is a sole member of Library Committee and have precognition power like to read alone, at least until he met with Tsugumi who have her mission to help everyone in the academy. Of course at first Kakei thought it was a bother, but after he got a message from someone called Sheperd who somehow know what Kakei doing and that Tsugumi also got the message, Kakei decided to help Tsugumi in order to get down the mystery. After that, it's also revealed that some more students (Mostly female for an obvious reason) are also receive the same message, and thus the students decided to join the committee as well. While at first Kakei was confused, slowly he learnt to enjoy his time in the committee together with the new members. 3. Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai (VNDB 8.26) The VN that Trip want to translate first, although Irru convince Trip to do HatsuKoi first though because back then both of them (Tsurezure) didn't have enough knowledge to do engine work for Hoshiori. Time passed, and they started to work on Hoshiori here back at October 2018. After six months of work, they manage to release the full patch of Hoshiori and currently they working on Ginharu. The premise of Hoshiori itself is very simple in which our MC Ryounosuke going back to his hometown after seven years living in another town, and after that Ryounosuke was roped into helping Tanabata festival which is the biggest event in his hometown. From there he'll have a romance with one of six heroines. I also like to note that this VN have a have extensive after stories for each heroines which is a rarity for the VNs, and that they carry this concept to Ginharu. Other than that, I think Hoshiori here is sort of feedback for HatsuKoi's criticism seeing that they try to make Ryounosuke being far more capable and stable unlike Yuuma and also they tried to reduce the amount of drama. Granted that those change might be a little too successful for some people, but at least it make Hoshiori's reception is generally better compared to HatsuKoi. 2. Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm (VNDB 8.41) In the past I remember that there's several projects with the goal to translate this VN, but out of all attempt the most memorable one is from Ren. The reason was because he accidentally delete the complete translated script of Aokana, and after that he basically running away from his responsibilities by throwing the tantrum after promising an announcement. While accidental loss of data is understandably very annoying, I think he just need to clearly say that he quit Aokana project if he couldn't be able to keep up with it. That aside we finally have Aokana thanks to Nekonyan after their very successful Kickstarter, and we got an improved version at that seeing that it also have music gallery which not exist in the original version for some reason. The premise goes like we have a fictional sport that required to wear flying shoes (Flying Circus/FC), and our MC Masaya was a prodigy at FC before he got hit with some trauma and then quit. Time passed, and one day Masaya find Asuka who have a great talent for FC, and after that Masaya was getting dragged back into FC as the coach. While at first he's against it, slowly he started to find the enjoyment that has been lost to him in the past. Aokana here is also serve as some sort of sprite's Swan Song, seeing that it's their last big VN before they decided to quit although apparently they've been revived so we may have the promised sequel in the future. 1. Baldr Sky Dive2 “Recordare” (VNDB 8.88) One of most awaited VNs from back at 2010, and back then there's an attempt to translate this VN but GIGA decided to C&D the project. Time passed, and at 2016 we have a surprise in which Sekai did announce that they'll localize this. Of course back then we worried that there'll be no 18+ contents seeing that Sekai didn't say a word about it, and turned out that our worry is right because Sekai was forced by GIGA to release it censored. While at first it mean that we'll get censored Baldr Sky, fortunately there's a fan who immediately make 18+ patch so we can enjoy the sex contents. The premise is goes like we have our MC Kou who surprised that he woke up in the battlefield with the beautiful lady (Rain) called him lieutenant, and of course Kou was confused seeing that his memory was mostly about his school life. After a while Kou started to remember 'Gray Christmas' word that apparently was some sort of major incident, and from there he started to find out about his memories. Some things to note that this is a gameplay VN with robot, and that we'll going to have AI and virtual world for the setting. As for the releases, in the past GIGA did release the VN in two parter while Sekai did released it in one package. I list the 2nd part here along with the opening for it, because in the original version the 2nd part here is covered the whole Baldr Sky. That's all for my list here, and by the way if I may name some honorable mention here, I would name Bokuten, Somnium, the aforementioned Venus Blood Frontier, and Raging Loop. I think overall 2019 is quite a nice year with long awaited title releases such as Baldr Sky, Aokana, and Damekoi so overall I'm content with it. Another things to note is that Sekai recently like to release their title at the same time when one of their competitor released their own title, so perhaps it might be worth to expect some Sekai release whenever some other companies release their VN (Well at least it's nice seeing them being active here). In the end, I hope that we'll have more VNs releases at 2020 later especially from Nekonyan here. PS - For the title here, I'm simply combined 'Baldr' word from Baldr Sky and 'Rhythm' from Aokana so we have 'Baldr Rhythm' for the title here.
  3. Welcome to my top 10 list of translated VNs for 2018, and I think it's the right time to make this seeing that 2019 is almost come. As for the rule, there's no yaoi, otome, fandisc (ie Fata Morgana fandisc), and re-release (Konosora and Chaos Child). As for my list here, my taste here is quite personal so I'm sorry if some of your favorite titles were didn't available here. Here's my list of top 10 translated VNs for this year, and I hope that you'll enjoy it. As for the score currently I'm based on the average score at today (April 4th, 2020), although it may be change in the future seeing that the scores is often fluctuated. 10. Newton to Ringo no Ki aka Newton and the Apple Tree (VNDB 7.42, Erogamescape 72) As usual Japanese like to genderbent historical figure, and this time we've got Isaac Newton who in fact turned out to be a tsundere 19(?) years old girl with the name of Alice Bedford. Other than the usual gender-bent premise, we also have the MC Asanaga Shuuji who distanced himself from science because of his grandfather who was left him and get dragged by his female childhood friend Yotsuko to Tenbridge University in London. Then both of Shuuji and Yotsuko were accidentally activated time machine in London and got thrown to year 1687, and they accidentally burned the apple tree that was the source of inspiration for Newton gravitation law which in turn indirectly alter the history. From there Shuuji decided to try fix the mistake while at the same time tried to befriended Alice. This VN is also the first VN that was released by Sol Press, in which it's also the second VN that they'd crowdfund after Sakusakura although the release order was reversed though because they did need to resolve Sakusakura's technical problem back when Newton VN released. So essentially we can say that Newton VN here is the debut VN for Sol Press, and for a supposedly moege it did have some talk in regard of science and the drama itself could be surprisingly heavy at that. 9. Hapymaher (VNDB 7.47, Erogamescape 78) While I did admit that I was interested with this VN because of the costumes that the girls wear in the dream, I also can see that the costumes here is quite sexy so much that it did distract the reader's attention from the real meat of this VN which is the mind screw story that have some nakige element (I understand that the distraction may be deliberate, but it's still a waste though to have that kind of sexy costumes considering that this isn't nukige lol). As for the premise, it was in regard of the MC Tohru Naito who is burdened by his past that he was lost his family, so much that he can't rest because he did have lucid dream every night that he keep felt awaken in the dream. One night he saw two mysterious girls Alice and Maia, with the former was trying to help Tohru while the latter keep doing something bad. From there Tohru keep trying to find the solution to his own problem, while Maia somehow keep dragging the other girls into Tohru's dream. Since this VN involving people entering dream, what I can say is that it would be better to just enjoy the show instead of keep thinking seriously of how is that even plausible because it'll be hurt you head if you think it. Oh and almost forget to say that Hapymaher here did have Alice in Wonderland theme. 8. Sorcery Jokers (VNDB 7.57, Erogamescape 78) The first 2018 release from Mangagamer that was announced back at Otakon 2016, and it's setting was in regard of a city which got some magic user that was exist after years ago when the magic was suddenly came to the existance. While at the first glance it made people felt more content seeing that they manage to a normal life, beneath that there's some secret plan happening one that was involved the life of some people. Two of those people were Senri (The magic using criminal) and Mutsumi Haruto (Ordinary school boy), and from there they'd try to understand more about what's happening around them in which they may need have a hard time to do that. As for the MCs each of the MC got two heroines each, and yeah I did say it in plural because in Sorcery Jokers we'll going to have two MCs (Haruto and Senri). That said, since this VN involving some combat and world building we won't see much romance at least until you finished the VN, and for more info this VN is a linear one with the feature that you need to unlock the scenes first. Also while there's only two MCs occasionally we also can see the perspective from three other heroines (The fourth heroine didn't have POV), or to put it simply it's like 11eyes Cross Vision system. Speaking about Haruto, I did hear that his 'not playing fair' catchphrase is annoying although I would say that Haruto here is overshadowed by far more cool Senri, and that you can slightly understand there's a reason of why Haruto is like that if you know the twist (The twist remind me of Tales of the Abyss's own twist). 7. Tsujidou-san no Jun'ai Road (VNDB 7.75, Erogamescape 78) I did repeatedly say that it'll be better if we didn't expect Majikoi from this seeing that both premises were already different, but seeing that the tone is the same along with the fact that there's Takahiro who is infamously have big influence in each of his credited works, it's hard to say that it's not like Majikoi here. So perhaps the right word for Tsujidou here is 'Majikoi but no Majikoi', in which I know it's hard to understand but at least I'm certain that Tsujidou here will be full of comedy. Anyway the premise is that our Hiroshi who is far more normal compared to Majikoi's MC did spot the beautiful delinquent at his class Tsujidou Ai (The main heroine) did looking cute while pick a cat, and from there both of Hiroshi and Ai sort of in relationship for a while. While at the same time, Ai was dubbed as one of the three strong delinquent in their territory along with two other heroines (Renna and Maki). For more info, this is the second Tsurezure's work that in which Trip didn't like Maki to put it lightly and said that Hiroshi here is worse compared to HatsuKoi's Yuuma. Even so, they still managed to finish Tsujidou and I'm sure that most people who've been looking forward to this would be grateful, so I appriciate their work on this even with the fact that Trip dislike this. 6. Evenicle (VNDB 7.84, Erogamescape 82) The first attempt from Alicesoft to make new franchise now that they already ended Rance franchise, although both of Evenicle and Rance did share some of it's lore though. As for the VN story itself, it's self contained enough considering the scope was covering of the whole Evenicle world instead of a part of the whole world like Rance, although judging from the sequel we may have many different worlds for Evenicle series setting though. As for the first Evenicle premise, it's in regard of Aster who want to marry both of his childhood friend only to be stopped by the rule that man can only have one wife unless he became the knight. So Aster decide to become the knight in order to be able to marry both, and from there he met several other womans whose one way or another become his wives while at the same time he face several enemies whose based on Seven Deadly Sins. As for the gameplay I think it's like the combination of Final Fantasy 4 with fixed five party members with specified roles, and Final Fantasy 4 Heroes of Light with battle system that based on 5 BP that will regenerate by one per turn (Also with the seven sins thing). Overall I did find that Evenicle here is quite good. 5. Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~ (VNDB 7.84, Erogamescape 81) The first time I find this VN was through the opening song, in which I did hear it when I'm binged Astral Air opening. One time I let my Youtube video player to play next video in the play list, and it happen that one of the video was Fureraba opening in which I'd find it addictive because it's sounds melancholic. Anyway after I'd hear the opening I search about the VN, and turned out that it's a VN from Smee in which back then there's no hope to be translated even though I'm quite interested with that. At least until Nekonyan did their debut and announced Fureraba as their first title, in which they'd release it quickly at the same month that they promised (March). As for Fureraba, while the opening sounds melancholic actually the game itself is full of humor so we can say that it got some mismatch lol. The premise is simple though that namely it's about Kyousuke (The MC) who strife get his girlfriend, and that you must accomplish it through the small talks between the heroines. As for the heroines, there's estranged childhood friend, best friend, very rude classmate, and very shy popular senior girl. Overall I did enjoy this VN and if you want more Smee VNs, there'll be more considering that Nekonyan picked Making Lover. 4. Island (VNDB 7.86, Erogamescape 83) Frontwing 15th anniversary project, and instead of ask four writers like back at Grisaia this time they decided to ask Goo to write this, so it's normal if we expect some sci-fi from this considering that Goo did write Himawari who is also known for some sci-fi element. As for the premise, it was in regard of Setsuna who at first didn't remember his name until a girl with the name Rinne call him with that name, and so Setsuna decided to go with it and helping Rinne while at the same time try to understand his own self. We also have the setting that there's a legend that Rinne here is one part of the three families in an isolated island, and that there's a rumored curse that was supposed to be happened because of apparent past mistakes that was done by supposed Setsuna's and Rinne's ancestors. Almost forget that like Tsujidou you can have a romance with the three family daughters, although since this is all age VN obviously we wouldn't have sex scenes (At least Yukari Tamura as Rinne here is more than enough tradeoff lol). Like Grisaia, Frontwing also adapt Island into anime and it should be good if for the conclusive ending only (The anime was kind of rushed though), while at the same time the VN was ended in slightly less conclusive note. 3. Sanoba Witch aka Sabbat of the Witch (VNDB 7.92, Erogamescape 79) Back at last year I did thought that Sekai will bring more Yuzusoft VNs, and turned out I was wrong because the one who release it first was Nekonyan. Also to elaborate more Senren Banka license was moved from Sekai to Nekonyan, leaving Sekai with Tenshin Ranman and Dracu Riot in which both of those were frozen so any chance for near future release is small. So let me redact my statement by saying that there'll be more Yuzusoft VN in the future because Nekonyan did have Senren Banka. Anyway as for Sanoba's premise here it's about of how love that was started from masturbation, and it make sense in the context. Or if you want to be concise it's about our MC Shuuji who can perceive the emotion saw Nene who was masturbate in the library which turned out it's because of her witch contract that cause the horniness, and Nene sign the contract in order to fulfill her wish just like Madoka. While they say witch, I would say that magical girl here is more fitting to Sanoba but then again both of those were almost the same. For more info, this is the first officially localized Yuzusoft VN while at the same time the third (The second if you still wait for Dracu Riot official release) translated Yuzusoft VN, and once again there'll be more in the future thanks to Nekonyan. 2. Flowers -Le Volume sur Été- (VNDB 8.31, Erogamescape 81) Also known as Flowers Summer and the most interesting JAST release at this year out of four releases to me. As for the premise, it's in regard of Suoh who attend Saint Angraecum (Latin name for orchid) and currently suffer some heartbreak after the event from the previous Flowers (Released back at 2016) happened. Thus our snarky wheel chaired girl Yaegaki Erika took unto herself to recover Suoh and become the MC of this VN, and obviously we'll going to see of how Erika will handle her own problem in which she did find a new friend with the name Takasaki Chidori who'll later become her soulmate (This is shoujo ai VN after all). As for the whole Flowers itself, one may remember Maria-sama ga Miteru (Marimite) anime in which also did have the same setting, and also both of Flowers and Marimite were happened to be the tetralogy. Since this is the second part of tetralogy, obviously there'll be two more in which as of now JAST was working on the third part and hopefully they'll work on the fourth part later, and seeing that it's JAST I would say that it'll took them a long time to even release the third part. That said, the main part of Flowers Summer here is still resolved though so it would be fine if we play this as standalone VN just like Kara no Shoujo duology. 1. 428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~ aka 428: Shibuya Scramble (VNDB 8.45, Erogamescape 83) Currently the only VN that got Famitsu score 40/40 in which in term of video game it would be a big accomplishment (Only 25 games as of 2017), and obviously it mean that Shibuya Scramble here would be a subject of hype. Although as for that, I think the hype was pretty much justified seeing that this VN is quite unique because instead of usual anime like drawing, the creator decided to use photograph which mean that it's obviously will cost a lot. As for the premise, it start simple enough with a detective was tasking into resolve the kidnapping case by giving the ransom money to the kidnapper. Of course things turn out to be not as simple as the first look, and so the detective decided to unravel what's really happening behind the kidnapping. Other than the detective, there's four other characters who somehow are involved in the kidnapping case and you'll going to see from the perspectives of all of those characters so essentially we'll going to have five MCs. Other than PS4, Shibuya Scramble was also out for PC so you can play it if you didn't have PS4, although you can only use the keyboard to play it. Almost forget that if you like Canaan anime, you should check Shibuya Scramble here seeing that this VN is the prequel for the anime itself. As for of the VNs at this year, I would say that with both of Nekonyan and Sol Press being aggressive looks like it'll be possible that we can get more VNs title. Although of course the situation can be change though because it's still up to the company whether they can release it or not, and we know that the company situation could be easily changed. With this year was almost close, let's look forward to 2019 later with more potential VNs release. PS - As for the title, I'm just combined Flowers's place setting (Saint Angraecum) with Shibuya Scramble, so we got 'Angraecum Scramble' for the title although of course there's no big scrambling zebra cross in Flowers like back at Shibuya.
  4. Well since I'd already made two of my top 10 list based on Conjueror's video, might as well goes with the third as well which is based on the video that talk about best rated translated VNs at 2015 - therefore the scoring was already different compared to the video because it was fluctuated. As for the rules, it's still the same though with the most obvious one there will be not yaoi or otome. Also I didn't want to add euphoria here because the sex content was too hardcore, although I might consider that for another list. For VNDB score, I'll list that based on the votes at April 4th 2020. Beware of the spoiler when you playing the opening here, and I'll tell the meaning of the title at PS. 10. Noble Works (VNDB 7.39, Erogamescape 78) Also known as Noodle Works back when it was released, although it's obviously meme title lol. This VN was the first VN that break Yuzusoft curse in which in the past there's no known complete translation for the VN from the company, and in turn prove us that it's possible for us to have Yuzusoft VN to be fully translated (They have partnership with Sekai as of now, so there'll be more in the future). The premise was a poor MC with many capabilities met a man who resemble him very much and an ill boy as well, so the MC decided to became the man body double and turn out that the man was a son from a very rich conglomerate. Of course since he spent the time as the very rich boy, he attends the high class school and from there he tried to enjoy his new school life while make sure that his secret as the body double remained secret. I like that Yuzusoft here did have some high production value, especially in regard of the cover songs for the heroines as the promotion in which they keep that tradition for their future VNs. 9. Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate (VNDB 7.40, Erogamescape 70) This VN was see very long time of translation since back at 2012, before finally have a sudden release back at 2015. For the premise, it's about the MC and his childhood friend (A female by the way) club which about to be abolished because the club didn't contributed to the school at all, and of course they couldn't accept that. The only solution was to become the student council president, and it's up to MC for becoming one. Since the main focus was the election, there will be some school politic talk so it might be interesting if you like politic. Other thing to note is that the aforementioned childhood friend (Chisato) route was locked first before you could play all of other routes, which seeing that some of the people dislike Chisato at the other girls route it could be interpreted that the writers may didn't have confidence that her route will be be played if the player able to chose any route to play first (Or maybe even the writers dislike Chisato), so they decided forced the player to play her route first - a decision that cause some divisive opinion for easy word. As for the art, it was quite unique compared to many other VN out there. 8. Princess Evangile (VNDB 7.44, Erogamescape 68) Don't be surprised by the Erogamescape score, because sometimes the taste of the VN will be differ between overseas and Japan. I knew that there's some issue in regard of Erogamescape rating, but perhaps Japanese people didn't like Evangile as much as in overseas. As for the premise, once again it's in regard of poor MC who have many capability entering the high class school, only that the school was former catholic all girl school and the MC was first male student when the school was about to reformed into mixed school. Of course there would be many discrimination that the MC will be faced, so it's up to him to face the discrimination and hope that he could endure all of that. There's also the matter of infamous headmistress, in which when I saw the writer past work I think it could be attributed to his portrayal of one of the mom back at Suika, although headmistress herself was far saner than the mom though (Hint: The mom at Suika was very crazy). What I could say in regard of this is that back at 2015 I'm surprised that Shimotsuki Haruka sang the opening, although if I saw this right now maybe it's not surprising anymore. 7. Bunny Black (VNDB 7.53, Erogamescape 72) This VN MC was pretty much an expy of Rance, although by the 2nd VN he was more or less different though because he managed to have good relationship with the woman that he was sexed with. As for the premise, we have our Rance expy MC (Darx) was about to defeat the demon king only to be defeated by the demon king. Take an interest to Darx, she (The demon king was a woman by the way) recruit Darx to became one of her minion. From there, Darx will do many grunts job at first before finally have rise in regard of the rank, and of course fighting the threat that came to the demon king. The VN itself the gameplay VN, and in here you could make the party although you can't control their action though just like Persona 3 - at least they sort of fix the problem in the sequel. What I could say more is that at the beginning it'll be quite hard and you could die if you careless, at least until the mid game in which it became pretty easy. 6. Ourai no Gahkthun ~What a Shining Brave~ aka Gahkthun the Golden Lightning -What a Radiant Brave- (VNDB 7.56, Erogamescape 81) The first Sakurai Hikaru Steampunk series to be officially translated, and it's supposed to be hard to translated because her(?) works supposed to have some poetic style. Not that it matter though because more or less we already got three of Steampunk VNs translated (Inganock and Sharnoth was arguably badly translated though), and the fourth work (Sona-Nyl) was in translation right now. As for the premise, our female MC (Neon) was live poorly at the university and she must overworked every time so much she was suffer because of that. To add more her problem it happened that she saw some supernatural battle and about to be silenced, only to be rescued by some handsome man who somehow control a giant robot. One day after that, turn out that the handsome man was Nikola Tesla (The male MC) which is at 72 years old as of the time of the game, and Neon became Tesla's maid because she was bought by Tesla for 30 silver coins. For more info, the VN have usual Steampunk VN style in which Tesla gonna have 'battle of the chapter' format for each chapter, so it might be repetitive for some people. Oh, and as for the name it was quite hard to type to me lol. 5. Eiyuu Senki (VNDB 7.57, Erogamescape 76) The premise was more or less just an excuse plot, in which we have our amnesiac MC who supposed came from another world managed to arrive in a world when all the famous heroes genderbent into female (Some of those were loli by the way). From there, the MC (You can rename him) try to conquer the world and get the heroes (Or maybe heroines is more appropriate) join his cause. With such premise, obviously this is gonna be a gameplay VN with the gameplay and the story resembled Kichikuou Rance with some modification from Sengoku Rance in which it make sense, because the writer was wrote those two as well. Oh, and it did have the fan translation project back at TL Wiki, only to be C&D-ed by Tenco. Then we saw this get released at PS3 by Fruitbat Factory which is quite a questionable question, because they release the translated version first for the console - they did made some sex replacement scenes for PS3 version. One year after PS3 release, it was released by JAST at Steam but unfortunately the replacement content from PS3 was cut so Steam user wouldn't enjoy the scene. It also have fan patch as well, which port the replacement scene from PS3 and therefore make JAST release was redundant even though JAST release 18+ version as well lol. 4. Eden* They Were Only Two, On The Planet (VNDB 7.66, Erogamescape 80) How appropriate that the VN with setting at the Earth with it's destruction approaching placed the fourth position here. The premise was Earth was about to be destroy because of the mysterious red star, and most of Earth population were already migrated to the space leaving handful people stay on the Earth. Our MC here was a capable young soldier (Ryou) who tasked to protect a female artificial human (Sion), who supposed to have very high intelligent. Said artificial human was help the migration to the space, and now that Sion already finished her job she was waiting until Earth is destroy. Seeing that Sion was have an isolated life and want to be free in the last days of Earth, our Ryou decided to help Sion to reach her freedom. As expected from minori the animation was very good, moreso if we looking at the opening which have some good effects. If we asked whether there will be an happy end for this, unfortunately there's none because the Earth was about to be destroy so more or less it's an utsuge. Forget to say that the demo was translated by No Name Loser before they joining Mangagamer. 3. Rose Guns Days (VNDB 8.25, Erogamescape 81) While this is another Ryukishi07 work, it won't have many mysterious murders like his previous work (Higurashi and Umineko, or When They Cry for both series) and also it won't be another eight parts of kinetic VN. Instead Rose Guns Days (RGD) itself is just four parts of kinetic VN which set up in an alternative world, with Japanese was divided into the part that was a part of Chinese and a part of American with Japanese people became the minority in their own land, so we'll gonna have to see the struggle of Japanese people - and yes the land of Japan still didn't belong to Japanese themselves even at the present because it was stated at the prologue that one part of Japanese is a part of Chinese. The story was begin back at modern time (Present time) in the prologue, before flashed back to 1947 to 1950 when most of the story take place of. The main casts were work in a brothel so more or less it could be said that it have underworld setting, in which the story itself could be quite dark and grim for another reason (There'll be some death here as well, only not as often as When They Cry series). Other than that, I admit that RGD sprite was improved compared to When They Cry, although it could be argued that it was because it have multiple actress to draw the characters though. There's still no voice though, so too bad if one want to play it with voice - although it's no problem to me though (I just wonder if Yukari Tamura would voiced Stella though because she's resembled both of Furude Rika of Higurashi and Bernkastel of Umineko). As a bonus, I'll add the second opening here although beware of the spoiler though, especially because it was played at the second half of the last part of RGD. 2. Maji de Watashi Koi Shinasai (VNDB 8.38, Erogamescape 81) The premise was very simple, with MC was already be one of seven people group since his childhood and that's about to be change because the group gonna accept two more female into the group. But the main strength of Majikoi was the comedy, which could be quite absurd so much that you're not gonna care about the logic here and just laughing. It also have martial arts setting as well, although it didn't matter anyway since one of the main cast have Story Breaker Power, and therefore we could ignore that setting mostly. For a history in regard of this, it was translated by Takajun (ie Yandere Translations) first before he disappeared back at 2013 after he work at out of five girls route with the fifth route (Miyako's) was at 85% translated. After that, it was picked by one of the user here and from there we saw the progress of Majikoi going steadily, and finally it was released as fully translated patch at March 2015. It'll be officially localized by JAST as well, but seeing that it's JAST and we already have complete translation I could say that JAST announcement in regard of this was pretty much redundant to me. Enjoy the opening below, which is fully animated although there's no special effect like Eden opening though. 1. Kara no Shoujo 2 (VNDB 8.42, Erogamescape 85) Unlike Majikoi in which the tone was mostly lighthearted, this VN did have exactly the opposite in regard of the tone - grim and depressing. The beginning was already grim enough with our MC Reiji who work as detective was still couldn't move on from his traumatic event back at first Kara no Shoujo, which is already depressing enough. Here he must have another murder case to contend, this time with the new MC Masaki who have some connection with the murder. As for the murder, it's also rumored to have some curse from Masaki's hometown so obviously things not going to be easy for our Reiji. From there, both of Masaki and Reiji work together in order to unfold the murder case, and to find out the truth behind the curse. As for the ending unfortunately it's still quite dark especially at the true end (After all, this VN was called as utsuge for a very good reason), and what's more it's obviously a sequel hook because Innocent Grey was working on Kara no Shoujo 3, so unfortunately Reiji still didn't get the satisfying conclusion. That said, the conclusion for Masaki was satisfying enough. Oh, and the demo that was provided was did have different story compared to the main VN, so if possible you could play the demo as well because it was sort of served as the prologue and introduction. That's all for my list here, and hope you'll enjoy this. As for my opinion, 2015 was the year when we started to get some interesting VNs from the official company, especially when Sekai announced some interesting VN like Root Double - same goes with Mangagamer in regard of Tokyo Babel. Although in exchange of that, the number of fan translation was goes down compared to back at 2015 to nowadays - which could be argued as most of fan translator already going official. Just my opinion here. PS - As for the title, since we have Majikoi which have the anime title as 'Majikoi: Oh Samurai Girls' and Kara no Shoujo 2 as the two best VNs of 2015, I decided to add 'Samurai' to 'Kara no Shoujo' so we have 'Samurai no Shoujo'.
  5. Edit (2018/03/20) - Since current version of Dracu Riot was accepted as the complete translation, I decided to add Dracu Riot here considering that the score is still within top 10 here. Edit (2019/05/02) - As for the ranking, seeing that Erogamescape here is for Japanese people while most of us would obviously use VNDB, I decided to use VNDB score to sort the rank here. As for this time, I decided to make my 'Top 10 translated VN at 2016' even though it's very belated for obvious reason lol. Once again, I would use some data from Conjueror's video with some modification here, and also to show of how easy the score was fluctuated. As for the rules, no yaoi and otome VN here, localized name for alias, I'll list both of Erogamescape and VNDB average score if possible, and the translation must be considered complete by VNDB as of April 4th 2020 - the VNDB average score would be based on that date as well (Keep in mind that it can be fluctuate). Also beware of the spoiler when you played the opening here. 10. Hakuisei Aijou Izonshou aka Nurse Love Addiction (VNDB 7.44, Erogamescape 74) First of all, this is a shoujo ai VN which mean that there would be some yuri, although in regard if that it's quite limited though because this is all age VN. For Hakuai premise here, our MC Asuka who is quite a ditzy one find her picture book with the writing 'I want to be a nurse' and from there she find out that her childhood dream was to became a nurse. So from there Asuka and her more responsible younger sister entering the nursing school, and met with a very popular yuri couple who soon to be the sisters best friends. After that they'll gonna have a fun school life while learning to becoming the best nurse, ......if only it was as simple as that. Yeah, turn out things here was not as simple as it looks from the cover alone just like Symphonic Rain - I mention that because it was from same developer, and I guess some Symphonic Rain staff also involved in Hakuai here. As for the twist itself, I'll leave to the reader here in order to find out about that if you curious. 9. Tokyo Babel (VNDB 7.55, Erogamescape 71) As for this VN, the premise was that the world was already destroyed and right now the last remaining of humanity live in the purgatory - by the way the name of the purgatory was the title drop lol. Also other than human world, both of heaven and hell was also have some complicated situation as well so both of angels and demons live in purgatory as well. From there, all three race was travelling together in order to met the God for asking His atonement. Of course there would be no smooth sailing for this because sometimes some powerful being got crazy, and here's our MC job to combat the crazy one while on his quest to find out about himself. That premise aside, it's already well known for the fighting scenes here so it should be good if one yearn for that. Also interestingly this VN did have no sex scenes, which mean that it have all star cast from the anime (Hanakana and Miyuki Sawashiro come to mind) which probably blew most of Propeller's budget. For last note here, I just want to nitpick that why they need to use school as purgatory lol, and more seriously noted that Tokyo Babel was more in line with Shin Megami Tensei franchise in general. 8. Seinarukana -The Spirit of Eternity Sword 2- (VNDB 7.60, Erogamescape 75) As for this VN, supposedly it was Eien no Aselia sequel although the connection was quite loose because it only have few returning characters from Aselia, and the casts were travelling between different worlds instead of stay in Aselia's world. That said, the gameplay for this VN was improved so at least should be satisfy some people whose been interested with Aselia gameplay. As for the history of the translation, it was back at 2011 iirc that Seinarukana was started the fan translation. After that, the first translator was disappear and then the team got another translator to hopefully finished the project. Too bad thought that the second translator was disappear as well making the project was in danger of the purge. After all that happened, Aroduc decided to help with the translation and out of those two he is obviously managed to finished the translation and sold it to JAST. Which obviously lead to long time - it was planned at 2013 iirc only to be delayed, before finally it was saw the release at 2016. Well all of those events were already in the past, and at the very least we could enjoy it in English. 7. Himawari (VNDB 7.74, Erogamescape 81) There's an interesting case in regard of the English version release of this VN, namely that this VN spent too much time in testing case ie delayed. As for the reason, I could say it was probably because Frontwing released PSV version for Japan first before ported it to PC for overseas version, but it didn't matter now anyway because it's already released - the delay was last for more than half a year though because it was supposed to be released along with Tokyo Babel (Tokyo Babel release at March 31st). As for the premise of the VN, it was in regard of Youichi (The MC) who live in 2048 and still recovering in regard the loss of his dad who was dead along with many victims in the space plane crash, with him as the sole survivor of the accident and suffer amnesia to boot. After he find an alien girl at one night, Youichi was started to uncover his memory and the truth behind the accident. For a bit more trivia, Himawari was released as doujin first before Frontwing took the attention to this and adding all star cast from anime as the seiyuu. As for the difference, the original version contain sex scene while the remake version didn't have that (Duh). 6. Dracu Riot (VNDB 7.80, Erogamescape 76) This VN did have many history back at April 2012 when the VN itself was translated by Insem after he finished with Hoshimemo. Long story short, we saw Insem withhold his almost completed patch for more than two years (And make the fan angry in the process), before finally release it back at April 2016 with Miu's route untranslated. Because the patch was incomplete, some members of Fuwanovel decided to to finish Miu's route. After that, back at September 2016 apparently there's a discord within the team, which resulting some team members leaked. Although the patch then was taken down quickly, it's still too late though because the leaked patch was already spreaded. After that, back at AX 2017 Sekai decided to officially release this which should be polished compared to the leaked patch (According to Decay, the leaked patch was still unedited). As for the premise, it's more or less just vampire who live in an articifial island and MC was tried to adapt at the island after became the vampire. It have some sci-fi element and some plot about vampire origin, but the overall tone is lighthearted. 5. Okujou no Yurirei-san aka Kindred Spirits on the Roof (VNDB 7.96, Erogamescape 80) I admit that at first I didn't see this VN potential because of the simplistic graphic lol, and I thought that the format just 'yuri couple of the chapter' in which it's what Liar-soft like to do with their Steampunk VN. Turned out that's not the case because instead of just one time appearance, the couple actually did have enough development and more so if we decided to watch all the scenes from the perspective of the couple. For the premise, it was just a ghost yuri couple who couldn't move on because they want to felt each other but they wouldn't be able to do that for obvious reason, and so they decided to enlist Yuna's (The MC) help in order to established as many yuri couple as possible in order to allow the ghosts for learning how to express the feeling. Obviously heard that request Yuna was quite hesitant, but after did the first attempt reluctantly she started to like that and decided to be more active. Oh, and by the way this VN was partially voiced, although there will be full voiced version later though (JP only) - I hope that Mangagamer will license that version if possible. 4. Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- (VNDB 7.99, Erogamescape 82) What I first remember for Root Double is that I'm looking forward to the eventual English release of this VN since back at 2012, simply because GundamAce (The translator) said that this VN was on the almost same level as Ever17. Of course I was quite happy seeing that it was finally about to be licensed by Sekai back then, some problematic issue aside. Let's not forget that this VN was also have the delay as well, although the case was not as bad as Saku Saku though because at least they only delay it once instead of twice lol. As for the premise, it was involved a nuclear explosion in a facility and there's amnesiac firefighter captain who was supposed to rescue the people inside the facility, only to be trapped for 9 hours and from there he and his comrades must try to figure of how to save themselves. There's also another MC in which he was a high school student who also trapped inside the facility, and from there he also must figure out of how to save himself and his friends. For more info, there a lot of number nine here (Nine enneagram, nine characters, and nine hours) so I think it's more or less could be said as Nakazawa answer to 999 (Uchikoshi created that, and Nakazawa was Uchikoshi's former partner back at Ever17). For one more note here, GundamAce lament that Takeshi Abo was not composed the OST in Root Double, because he think that it would be more fitting. Oh, and forget to said that Sekai released Xtend version instead of original version, which is a better version because Xtend add some additional scenes. So I'd decided to post both opening here, and beware of the spoiler from 2nd opening below. 3. Grisaia no Meikyuu aka The Labyrinth of Grisaia (VNDB 8.05, Erogamescape 82) While I already said that I didn't pay attention too much to fandisc and think both of this and Rakuen as fandiscs for Kajitsu, I would say that Meikyuu here was did good enough job for that. Although there's an infamous cliffhanger though, in which it was sort of understandable if we look at Frontwing situation whose still in recovery after barely safe from bankruptcy thanks to Kajitsu's succesful sales. The content of Meikyuu here was the main story along with heroines side stories and some side stories, one of those should give you some cathartic if you like Makina's route. Anyway, the main story was explained Yuuji's past which to say was quite dark, from becoming the unfavorite in his family, trained to be the terrorist since he was children, and finally enter the military at young age. As for the side stories, it was in regard of the girls route epilogue in which it should give enough closure to the heroines tale. So in the end, the concept here was more or less like Sharin FD in which Grisaia was take the clue from Sharin itself (Quite appropriate). Oh, and I like the OP here because my roommate back at my dormitory stay replayed it at some point. 2. Steins Gate 0 (VNDB 8.16, Erogamescape 80) Instead of set after the main game ended like Meikyuu, this is was set up in the midst of Okabe's despair when he fail to solve the problem. Obviously since our usually chuunibyou MC was fall in despair, the tone that this VN beginning set was more grim compared to the original Steins Gate. Anyway, while VNDB did list this as sequel I think like both of Kajitsu sequels this could be categorized as fan disc, and perhaps it could be because the material for this VN was come from additional novel of Steins Gate. While I did say that the tone at the beginning was quite grim, it did have some lighthearted moment of course whenever you didn't have Okabe as the main POV because sometimes you'll gonna have another POV to view. It also have some nice moment though, especially for Suzuha fan because she was get some interesting development here. There's also new characters as well, which you could say were interesting on their own. Oh, and while officially it was for console only VN, at least you could play this on PC as well because there's a patch that add PSV translation to PC version. 1. Fata Morgana no Yakata aka The House in Fata Morgana (VNDB 8.86, Erogamescape 88) Okay, at first I didn't trust this VN like Yurirei because of the graphic was quite unorthodox compared to usual VN, and more importantly the Bayesian score of this VN was quite low - turned out that more or less it's just determined of how popular the VN was. After seeing the good review for this VN, I decided to tried this and find it was quite good indeed, especially with the mystery behind the aforementioned house. As for the premise, you act as someone who got amnesia and a mysterious maid guide you through the doors which show the tale of the house former residents, whose more or less were doomed to have a tragedy while hoping that you'll get your memories back. The VN itself was a doujin one so there's no voice in the VN, at least in translated version because there's also PSV version with voice acting. It also spawned drama CD which have voice acting as well, and the casts was well known for anime fan - some of them returned for voicing PSV version. Another good point of this VN was the OST, which some of those was sang by Gao. Here's one of the sample in form of the opening. Well, that's all for the list here and hope you enjoying this. As for 2016 it was quite interesting contrast because there's more story content VN, compared to 2017 in which some of best VN there could be categorized as usual charage. Not that I said it was bad of course, but rather it's just something that I noticed here. PS - For the title I'm simply combined both of Fata Morgana and Steins Gate 0 into Fata Morgana 0, which could be still an appropriate title for Fata Morgana fandisc lol.
  6. VN where mc isnt the poor one

    I guess you can try Chrono Clock there. But if you want the MC have a poor heroine as the love interest, then you can try both of Kira Kira and Koichoco. You can also try Nanairo in that the MC inherit the house from his late grandfather and Otoboku in that the MC is a trap who is a wealthy one. I hope my recommendations here will be helpful to you.
  7. can u recommend me some dark n depressin visual novls

    You can try eden if you like that kind of plot. Other than that, you can try Fata Morgana, Seabed, and Kikokugai (If you didn't mind some action). I hope that m recommendations here will be helpful to you.
  8. Apparently I hate myself. Looking for more Nakige.

    Since you play KEY VNs, I should recommend you to try Summer Pockets considering that it's like the combination of KEY VNs plot (Just expect that you'll find some similarities with previous KEY VNs). For more recommendations I can recommend Seabed, Da Capo trilogy, Dal Segno, and Hoshimemo. I hope my recommendations here will be helpful to you.
  9. Need help getting into visual novels

    I think it's pretty much most of translated VNs consist, in that there's no rape, NTR, and uglybastard. For the specific recommendations here, I guess I can recommend Da Capo trilogy, Dal Segno, Koiresort, and Fureraba. I hope my recommendations here will be helpful to you.
  10. [NekoNyan] Making Lovers Discussion

    As for that picture, it'll be available for fandisc later so you didn't need to worry for Makeover that'll be released today. What I can comment about the fandisc is that the premise is sort of weird, so you shouldn't ask on why we can have the MC pregnant (Probably) or why he pretend to be pregnant. PS - I look forward to the release here.
  11. Saving the cost should be the most obvious reasons, and I think only the VN that was well known that have the MC voiced (Male one obviously, not female and trap MC). On the other hand, having the MC voiced didn't mean that the VN will be good (See Shera My Witch, which to be fair it's only a nukige). Well in the end, it's depend on the company whether to add the voice to the male MC or not.
  12. wazzup homies

    Welcome to Fuwanovel, and sorry for the belated greeting. No much to say other thanI hope you'll have fun here, and feel free to ask for VN recommendations if you need it.
  13. Majikoi A-3 Released

    Well good for Majikoi's big fan I guess, although like I say it's only the fandisc anyway so not interested (Original is more than enough to see the resolution, and therefore there's no need for the sequels). PS - By the way I occasionally miss the updates for this when I did make VNTS.
  14. So How Are You Keeping Yourself Busy During These Events?

    No much change actually, except nowadays I can't go outside freely in order to refreshing myself because there's many campaign to stay at home unless the circumstances is very urgent. Granted that admittedly it's still the same here at my neighbourhood (Though it's less bustling than usual in the big cities for obvious reason), but better safe than sorry.
  15. Hopefully so, although it might took a long time before KEY decided to release those two for Switch.
  16. How do you guys find new visual novels to play

    About Mangagamer leak, I'm surprised that nobody think more about on whoever leak the info or what their motive is. I say this because the server section was surely would be only available for the staffs, and of course no normal people would easily see it. If the one who leak it was indeed a staff, perhaps there might be some discord happened between the staffs at Mangagamer's Discord (Sorry for the pun here). By the way I think that Mangagamer would likely set the section to be only visible for the staffs, so the chance of normal people seeing that should be none (Besides it's supposed to be the company's secret, and no normal people should know the company's secret). So once again I'm more leaned toward a rogue staff intended to give a protest toward Mangagamer's staffs, and so he/she decided to leak their Discord conversation as a form of protest. Anyway as for the thread title, nowadays I just browse announcements from the convention such as AX or Otakon, because usually there's where many interesting VNs was announced to be translated. Other than that, I guess I look at the news of VN release and see if the VN is interesting to me or not. By the way my focus here is only play translated VNs.
  17. Someone played Love x holic? (Spoil)

    I remember xxxHolic when I see the title. Anyway to answer your question I didn't play this because it's in Japanese, and so I don't know the ending here (Duh).
  18. Room No. 34 Review

    Welcome to this week VNTS Review, and as for the title I just combined Room No. 9 with number 34 so we have 'Room No. 34' as this week title. The reason for number 34 is because we have Matsuribayashi finished the testing, and if you like Higurashi surely you would know that the main character for the first parts did have name that mean 34. As for this week, we have surprise Yuki Koi Melt (Yukikoi) announcement. Other than Yukikoi announcement we also have several updates from Mangagamer and fan translation, and interestingly Sol Press did have a lot of update in regard of Irotoridori. Overall I would say that this week is a plain one seeing that there's no interesting release, and let's see what I can write for this week here. We have Cherry Kiss released their nukige, and this time it's about a hero who was from another world that met with brainwashed female maou (TL Note: Maou mean demon king) and married after the hero save the maou. Or in short it's like Maoyu but instead discussing about economy and politic between two races the couple will have a lot of sex. Well go get the VN if you interested (The VN English name is Runaway Demon Bride for the reference) and have fun. We also have Sol Press somehow put a lot of progress on Irotoridori, in which currently it's at 70% translated along with 46% edited. Well if anything else at least they show effort on their bigger announcement there, so let's see it later. From Frontwing we have them announced Yukikoi, which to tell the truth it's quite predictable seeing that Frontwing did give a hint that they've been working on it along with Hatsumira since back at 2017. Guess it's good that Frontwing finally manage to localized their own VN from the past, and they already set the Steam store for that. They also already set the release time, and it'll be at April so we should get it in few weeks seeing that today is the last day of March. Speaking about Frontwing, they also already announced Phantom Trigger part 7 release date (At July 22nd later) in which it should be obvious that they'll release it with English language as well. No much info for now other than it'll be longer than previous parts (Apparently will be doubled), and of course it'll be the finale of the whole Phantom Trigger just like Rakuen for Grisaia. As for Yukikoi, for now I can only say that it's most likely an usual moege. For Mangagamer's updates, no much interesting there but let me do the roundup for that. Currently we have Rance 01 was almost finished with their testing, Matsuribayashi was finished the testing, Room No. 9 was started the testing (Honestly I lost track on when there's update for Room No. 9), and Sona-Nyl was almost finished the editing with current progress was at 95% edited. They also apparently work on Refrain contents in which it's the additional contents that was available for console version of Sona-Nyl (ie PSP and XBOX 360), although obviously I don't know what Refrain content is. If anything at least I can say that Mangagamer did good job for adding additional contents from console to their releases. Currently we have Trip did take some hiatus like he said beforehand, so there's no Ginharu progress for this week. For the rest of the updates, we have 11,183 lines of Pure x Connect translated, Miotsukushi Ura was at 4% translated, Loverable was at 81.53% edited, and Angel Beats was at 73.85% translated. Lastly we have the translator for Yosuga no Sora already translated the untranslated lines from Motoka's route, and the team leader said that they may have Yosuga no Sora fully translated in the upcoming few weeks. After finished with Motoka's route, the translator will move on to the fandisc (Haruka no Sora) and they'll give the updates for that as well later. With this like the leader said it's the time for the beginning of the end for nine years old project (Yeah they started the project back at 2011 based on the first post at their website), and let's look forward to the full patch release. That's all for this week VNTS Review, and see you next week.
  19. Anime Summer List of 2020

    About Maou Gakuin, the recent chapter did have some good material for BL fans in that apparently some reincarnated hero did come to MC who is a demon king that become young (Both of them are handsome by the way). Other than that it have the female twin as the current harem and that it have some conflict behind the demon king succession going on, and it's not isekai by the way. Didn't care much about ReZero delay here, and I did read some negative comment about Kanojo Okarishimasu so I'll pass those two. Looks like my only choice for now is keep following HealGPC here.
  20. Good for anyone who own Switch I suppose, and more importantly it'll be able to reach more players out there.
  21. New VN Publisher ANIPLEX.EXE blocks Europe

    While new VN company is nice to see, I'm more interested with the fact that both of Makura and Frontwing work together to release ATRI. So perhaps we may have Sakura no Uta, although of course it'll be impossible to do. I can't comment on EU block on Adanbana there, so I'll just say that hopefully it'll be resolved sooner or later.
  22. What manga are you currently reading?

    Read this manga, and I'll post it here just because I did find that calling the seven most beautiful girls in the school as Seven Deadly Sins is quite ridiculous to say the least (I know that it sounds cool, but to apply it to the girls is just a bit too much). Granted that the manga give the (Lousy) justification, but it's still a bit too much. Also the author apparently have leotard and bondage fetish, as shown in his first chapters. If anything, at least it's good if you need some visual excitement there. By the way I also notice that Bokuben decided to apply charage structure system in that the author will write that Nariyuki will ended with each girls (No harem route by the way), so let's see on how it'll going in the future (I wonder if the author took some lesson from Gotoubon and Nisekoi (Bokuben's author did help Nisekoi's mangaka) there in that there's many controversy over the main girl).
  23. Round One - FIGHT!

    Welcome to Fuwanovel and sorry for the belated greeting. No much to say here other than good luck with your project, and I hope that you'll have fun here.
  24. Making Chocolata Review

    This time I'll teach you on how to make chocolate, hence the title for this week VNTS Review. Or not because you can just search on how to make it on Google, and that I just combined the word 'Making' from Making Lovers aka Makeover and the word 'Chocolata' from Amairo Chocolata (Apparently Chocolata here is another calling from chocolate). Welcome to this week VNTS Review, and as for this week it's quite less eventful one seeing that there's no release here. However it's not too bad to me though because we have Nekonyan did announce Makeover release date along with additional update in regard of Hello Lady, and that we also have Ginharu's update. So I guess overall this week is once again quite an average one, and let's see what I can write for this week here. After I did think that Sekai wouldn't localized Amairo Chocolata into English, turned out that they already planned the English version of it. I have no idea though on why they hide the English version of it, but I guess they have some kind of contract that require them to hide the English license until a certain number of translation achieved (In this case it's at 30% translated). As for the VN itself, it's another catgirl moege VN out there which recently become quite booming thanks to Nekonyan big success (Especially with proper anime adaptation with the producer change the VA). Well if anything at least it'll be interesting if you want some catgirl moege and a bit of romance, although I'll just pass it. We also have some Nekogami progress, in which currently Sekai did finished the QA for that while at the same time fixing some bugs along with check some texts. If anything, we need for a while in regard of Nekogami release because usually it'll take a while there. For fan translation, we have Eusta was at 54.6% TLC-ed, Angel Beats was at 69.63% translated, Loverable was at 81.44% edited, and Miotsukushi Ura was fully ported to the PC. For Ginharu's update, after a week break Trip finally finished translated the biggest file in Ginharu which apparently contained ~20,000 lines which to say quite a lot. For the numbers here, currently Momiji's route was almost fully translated with the progress was at 96.71% translated and with that it bring Ginharu overall to be at 61.95% translated. Trip also say that he'll attend some real life matter so he'll need two week to take a break or something like that, so perhaps we wouldn't have Ginharu updates for two weeks here. In any case, I hope that we'll going to have Momiji's patch by June's end if all goes well. We have some announcements from Nekonyan, and one of the announcement is would be Makeover release date announcement in which they'll release it at April 3rd later which surely could make a nice early Easter gift. We also already have the Steam store for that, so you can get t from Steam as well (Duh). For another announcement it's in regard of Hello Lady like I said earlier, and the news is that they decided to localized the updated rerelease of Hello Lady that called 'Superior Entelecheia' or in another saying it would be the complete version of Hello Lady which to say was quite a nice move seeing that it'll contain the fandisc along with the original story that was added for the new version. With this I treat Nekonyan did took Hello Lady fandisc license, and that it'll be a while before they'll finished the fandisc translation seeing that it's still not translated yet. They also already set the timeline target for the release, and in this case it'll be at this summer although of course it may change in the future. Almost forget to note that we also have Aokana Extra 1 start the translation, so good for both of Nekonyan and Mashiro's fans. That's all for this week VNTS Review, and see you next week.
  25. Tsurezure's New Project - Gin'iro Haruka

    Discussion about Corona aside, here's their update at this week after a week break (Turned out that the reason is because Trip did work on a file that contain the longest lines in the whole Ginharu). But before that, apparently Trip will have two weeks hiatus because of real life matter so perhaps we better not expected some updates in the upcoming two weeks. Common: 100.0% Bethly: 100.0% Mizuha: 0.0% Yuzuki: 0.0% Momiji: 96.71% Hinata: 100.0% Total: 61.95% Yeah Momiji's route here is almost finished, and all that left is the TLC and editing which to say is still a lot. If I may estimate here, looking from their past releases pattern we may have Momiji's patch by June's end at the fastest, but of course the circumstances may change later. That's all for this week update.
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