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  1. I'll only name Heliotrope -Sore wa Shi ni Itaru Kami no Ai- as masterpiece this month. Micchi finally has Zen to join with his ever-sarcastic comments, and they don't seem to be hyped much about anything this month. 1. Fukai Kiri no Naka de... 深霧の中で… [090403] Caricature One day, Yuma, who belongs to the Japanese archery club, receives a call from his uncle, the chief of his hometown village. "We've just built a sports training facility. Do you wanna stay there before it officially opens?" "Yes, let's have a camp for training there." Like this, Yuma and other members visit the town. Yuma has a girlfriend, Ogino. He thinks about being more intimate with her during the camp. At night, he takes her to an empty room and says, "I wanna be more intimate with you... What do you say?" "Yes, me too." They kiss and finally sleep together... Five students get involved in a bizarre murder case. Overall, it's a low price story about tragic love in mysterious circumstances. Nothing really fascinates here. 2. Hyakko: Yorozuya Jikenbo!ヒャッコ よろずや事件簿! [090409] 5pb. Games 1 Torako and her friends find a room of the group called Yorozuya at school. According to rumor, what Yorozuya do are to look for the thing someone lost, give an advice to someone who has a concern, and do research on someone's affairs. Yes, it's more like detective's work. Torako is attracted to Yorozuya and decides to join it (Of course, her friends are also forced to join it). They soon receive a message from the boss of the group, "I'll test your ability. If you fail, you'll be strictly punished..." Well, will Torako and her friends make it? Anime spin-off 3. Hanafubuki ~Sennen no Koi o Shimashita~ 桜吹雪~千年の恋をしました~ [090424] Silver Bullet 1 Kazunari joins a school as a scholarship student since he lost his parents a while ago. His school is, however, super-rich and he feels somewhat out of place. One day, he saves a female student, Akasha, who was being chased by someone. Akasha is actually from a rich family and now works as the chief manager of school festival. Like this, he starts working with her... There is an English review. 4. Hara Miko はらみこ [090424] Selen 1 Haruhito starts living at his old friends' house, a shrine, because his parents traveled abroad on business. His old friends, Mai and Yuu, are pretty sisters, but he have never fallen in love with them since they are like family members to him. One day, Miharu and Iori, Mai and Yuu's cousins, start living at their house due to some circunstances. Miharu and Iori are also pretty, so Haruhito is happy to live with them. However, he soon gets involved in troubles.The god enshrined there suddenly appears in front of him and gives him the power of making babies. What will happen to Haruhito, who's got a strange power, and the heroines...? There is an English review. 5. Heliotrope -Sore wa Shi ni Itaru Kami no Ai- ヘリオトロープ-それは死に至る神の愛- [090424] Hatena 1 2 3 There is a mysterious phenomenon that some people are given a divine power, but cursed instead. Yes, those people are found all around the world. Yashiro is negative and withdrawn. One day, a girl suddenly appears and gives him a sword called "Laevatein". Like this, he gets involved in a battle. As being in a battle, he gradually gets to know what's going on around the world. A battle for the mysterious island.... A guerrilla group called "Banner".... A mysterious girl called "Iris".... Yashiro's new life starts when meeting Yuzuka, who is a member of the new Japan army. Mitsuba, a member of the Banner, plants herself in front of Yuzuka... Yuzuka, Mitsuba, and Yashiro. What will happen to them in the end...? There are English reviews. An obvious review candidate for me. 6. Himegari Dungeon Meister 姫狩りダンジョンマイスター [090424] Eushully 1 2 3 4 There used to be a war between Maou (king of demons) and humans. The Maou advanced on the territory of humans, but he finally lost his life... "I'll never die. I'll be back soon and get even with you..." Though humans won the war, they fearfully confined the Maou deep down underground. World peace was back... Until one day..... "Oh, great. I'll take revenge on humans using this new body!" He was saved by a monster, Lily. His body that Lily chose was, however, too weak to fight alone, so he and Lily decided to go down into the underground labyrinth to get back his real body... RPG is localized and has English reviews. 7. Maji Suki ~Marginal Skip~ マジスキ~Marginal Skip~ [090424] Moonstone 1 2 3 I didn't forget... That night, under a bright moon. I made a promise with a single girl. That girl was... One spring night, I met the girl again. In order to meet again, the princess had run away from home. That single girl, who was like a childhood friend. She hadn't changed a bit; she still looked so young. There are English reviews. 8. Natsuiro Sagittarius 夏色さじたりうす [090424] Bloom Handle Just before summer holiday... Oujiro is told to join the Japanese archery club by Aika and Airi, his old friends. As a matter of fact, they are the only club members. There is no choice for him. There are now three members in total though five members are necessary to carry on the club. Will they be able to get two more members to join? Despite normal synopsis it's a sure nukige. It starts with lesbian mother molesting every morning and ends up with a full-scale incest harem depending on route. 9. Natsuiro Straight! 夏色ストレート! [090424] White Cyc There is nothing special at my town... Most people might say it is boring and uneventful. Our friendship is, however, irreplaceable... One summer day, his peaceful life suddenly changes because Tsumuji, a transfer student, says to him, "Anyway... marry?" Her word puts his life into turmoil involving his friends... Wow, White Cyc went for a normal moege. So common and cliche that it's sickening. The only thing that stands out is a serious approach to baseball. 10. Seigi no Kyoushitsu 正義の教室 [090424] FlyingShine Ken In some near future, a biological agent released by terrorists has brought humanity on the verge of annihilation. The disease has the particularity of having prominently acute effects on adult beings, causing the life expectancy to drop greatly. The story begins with two youth groups arriving at a deserted school. The two communities are suspicious of each other, but somehow manage to cooperate and live alongside. Close by is a shopping mall, and they think of settling down for a while. Yet, on their first day at that place, a radio broadcast from the Shinjuku Tokyo Metropolitan Government prompts whatever human being still alive to join them. This announcement stirs conflicting discussions on whether to go, since the place is nearby, at most two or three days away. They fail to reach an agreement, the opponents being reluctant to take unnecessary risks now that they've found a relatively safe haven. The day after, several members leave. No one knows what happened to them thereafter. Apocalyptic setting is once again used... just to show violence between two groups of youths. So it's basically a nukige about girls humiliation in somewhat elaborate setting similar to Kansen. 11. Shinigami no Kiss wa Wakare no Aji 死神の接吻は別離の味 [090424] Alcot Honey Comb 1 2 3 "Is there something you want to leave behind for your loved one?" A young boy and girl lived in a small seaside town. One day, the boy invited the girl to the sea to convey his feelings to her. However, she lost her life in an unforeseen accident. Months and years later, the boy continues to live in the place where his memories with her remain. He can't forget her, yet he must. Our protagonist, Amamiya Makoto, spends a peaceful everyday life with his younger sister, Shizuku. One day, he meets a mysterious girl, Kohaku, who has deep blue eyes and carries a giant scythe. "Can you see me?" she asks. None of the people around him notice her. "Oh. You'll die very soon, then." She is a shinigami. Game is localized and has English reviews. 12. Sumairu Cubic! -Suiheisen made Nan Mile? After & Another Stories- すまいる Cubic! -水平線まで何マイル?アフター&アナザーストーリーズ- [090424] Abhar 1 2 "The unforgettable summer, starts one more time" We will Launch with our new wings on this summer again. There are English reviews. 13. Tsun na Kanojo Dere na Kanojo ツンな彼女 デレな彼女 [090424] PeasSoft 1 Hiroki has a childhood friend, Misato. She always takes a good care of him. He also has a childhood friend like younger sister, Tsugumi. She is a little bit childish, but cute. He lives a peaceful life with them. But one day, his school merges with a girls' school nearby. There is some confusion among students, but they are back to peaceful life soon. However, a big change happens just before summer holiday. A girl suddenly comes to his house and says, "I'm your fiancee...." Triggered by this, his friends who secretly love him change as well.... There is an English review. 14. Narcissu 3rd -Die Dritte Welt- [090427] Stage-nana 1 2 3 A Sequel of Narcissu Series. In this game, there are four scenario which is available to play. In each scenario, a new character will be introduced as well. There are English reviews. 15. Katawa Shoujo [090429] Four Leaf Studios 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Nakai Hisao is a normal high school student, currently in his final year of high school. One day Hisao finds an anonymous letter in his math textbook, directing him to meet the sender at a given location. The sender turns out to be his crush, however, as she confesses to him, he suddenly collapses. He awakes in a hospital bed, and is told by the doctors that the reason he collapsed is due to arrhythmia, a rare heart condition that causes his heartbeat to sometimes become irregular. Due to this, his parents have enrolled him in Yamaku, a school for (physically) disabled students. EVN with English reviews. 16. Gachi Otome Quintet ガチ乙女クインテット [090430] Team It's Mint One day, a strange girl wakes the main character, Kanata, up in a strange room. He is taken to school, but he doesn't remember it at all. A while later, he remembers the girl introduced herself to him last night, "I'm Ayari. My job is Santa Claus!" Kanata now completely remembers why he came here and feels down, "Ah, I really ran away from that home...." Game takes place at some kind of fantasy island, but does not really utilize this setting much. It's used mostly to justify H events in different uniforms. Easygoing moege. 17. Toradora! Portable とらドラ・ポータブル! [090430] guyzware 1 You play as Takasu Ryuuji in an alternate memory loss story with many different endings than the original. The game also features a minigame where Taiga is the playable character fending off lovesick guys. Anime spin-off. BLOCKED 1. Furifureフリフレ [090403] Noesis 1 2 Yui Kurahashi was an innocent young girl born and raised in a rich family that didn’t treat her well. After getting into a fight with her parents, Yui wanders the town at night. A friend suggest she join a message board called Free Friends. With nowhere left to go after running from home, she turns to the site called “Free Friends” looking for help–unknowing that it was a site for hook-ups. The one who offers his hand to her is a teacher at her school. When her teacher meets her and forces himself upon her, their relationship of depravity begins. In Free Friends you play the role of Yui’s teacher, and the choices you make determine how dark a road the two of you travel. Will you walk the path of darkness and continue coercing her through blackmail and other means? Or will you try to play the savior Yui hoped for? A variety of corrupt and twisted endings await exploration… along with one of hope. Nukige, only including it because of missable reviews. 2. D.C.I.F. ~Da Capo~ Innocent Finale D.C.I.F.~ダ・カーポ~イノセントフィナーレ [090429] Circus 1 2 3 Alternative setting to Da Capo staging Kotori Shirakawa as the main heroine, with a completely rewritten scenario. The scene takes place after the graduation ceremony. After being crowned at the school beauty contest, Kotori confesses to Jun'ichi, or rather, she intends to. At that time, something happens to Nemu... Fandisc
  2. Foreword: It looked like a chunige with some badass weapons. And I know that I rated previous Disabel "chunige" as 5/10... Synopsis: This game contains strange love stories of five couples. You can enjoy various stories of mysterious heroines at school in the country. Five stories are connected to each other and it affects your ending. The story grows deeper as it goes and becomes one grand story.... Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv8tOGPirOP2RDdFQNPnRpQl Character Design rating: 7/10 Protagonist rating: 6/10 Story rating: 6/10 Game quality: 6/10 Overall rating: 6/10 There were too many bad signs. Previous Disable chunige experience. Poster disguised as Ef series. Composer in charge of scenario. Absence of opening. Omnibus story format. And result was partly enjoyable, but not to the level of masterpiece. Composition and story. There are five stories with different protagonists and heroines, but they happen over the same 10 days, and some characters interlap. Before the selection of four stories we watch the prologue where after some introductory scenes some Sci-Fi girl points a gun at us with intention of killing. The four following stories are basically about some guy meeting some girl who usually has transformation power of warrior of justice. Basically, these are romance stories with very little fighting action. Then finally 5th story opens up where we try to arrest a dangerous impostor from another world with two agents from the same alien world as well. And it's basically the only piece that shines here. Game's pretty short, so let's jump to negative points at once. Text is monotonous and only becomes interesting in the final story. Answers input at the end of this True route feel unnecessary. Plot feels like deteriorated version of 11eyes with first four stories introduced to disguise lack of volume. Five different protagonists don't help to familiarize. And - seriously - what kind of professional visual novel does not have an opening nowadays? But I picked this game mostly for cool CG of battle heroines, and I'm not disappointed with that. Character design feels old-fashioned, but good. I also liked the fact that there are exactly two H events for each heroine, bare minimum. Final route has funny enough heroines, good humor and some cool development. I don't really see much meaning in reading first four stories, but final story is pretty nice and short, so why not, really.
  3. Outside gameplay titles I'd only call Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star- and Boku no Te no Naka no Rakuen (because it's tsundere fantasy!) mastepieces. I'll review School Five ~Itsutsu no Himitsu no Monogatari~ since it has battle heroines and kind of obscure. I've always been shocked by the fact how untranslated moege Flyable Heart got so many reviews. I guess there was some horrible English translation, because otherwise it's super suspicious. Michi is pissing rainbows with this number of moege, but it's sad that comments did not survive. 1. Galaxy Angel II Eigou Kaiki no Toki ギャラクシーエンジェルII 永劫回帰の刻 [090312] Broccoli 1 2 It's been three months since the events in Mugen Kairou no Kagi. The Rune Angel Troupe and the Moon Angel Troupe meet at Juno, where the 5th anniversary of its liberation it's being celebrated. Suddenly the Will makes its move, though, attacking nothing less than Val Randal, and the Luxiole must rush in its defense, marking the first act of the greatest war ever. There is an English review. 2. Corpse Party BloodCovered コープスパーティー ブラッドカバー [090313] 5pb. Games 1 2 3 4 A group of high school students stayed after school to tell ghost stories. After a good scare one of them revealed that she is going to transfer school, everyone got sad but then another one told them there's a spell to make them always remember each other. Then everyone agreed to do it, each person hold a part of human-shaped paper and to pull it at the same time. One, Two, Three! They pulled it together and about to went home but soon after something like earthquake happened and all blacked out. When they woke up they found that some of them are missing but that's not all, the school became a ruin and they couldn't get out. Then they noticed that they are not even in the same school anymore and there is something lurking in the dark school not wanting them to leave... Game is localized and has English reviews. 3. Amagami アマガミ [090319] Enterbrain! 1 2 3 Christmas Eve is around the corner, and it may very well be your last chance to ask the girl, you had a crush on since the beginning of high school, out. There are English reviews. 4. Flyable Heart [090319] Unison Shift 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ――It began with a single envelope. One day, an admission pamphlet to a famous academy arrived, containing an “all-you-can-eat” cafeteria pass. That alone was enough to lure our hero into visiting the super-prestigious Otori Ryouran College Community, home to students who excel in a variety of fields. Offbeat and unique students like a robot seem natural at Otori Ryouran. Organizing this odd student body is the responsibility of two groups ―― the Student Council and the Ryouran Society. I was so happy to change schools, so why is a fortuneteller saying ominous things the moment I step out the door! Why did all the fireworks explode on the bridge!! And why was the only available room in the women’s dorm!!! “Be wary, boy who carries an exceptional fate. Misfortune awaits you beyond here.” There are English reviews. 5. Momoero Noumu Chuuihou! ももえろ濃霧注意報! [090319] Lapis Blue. Taichi and Nazuna, his younger sister, have transferred to a new school. On their first day at school, a rumour spreads that Taichi slept with Nazuna because of her brother complex. A strange girl named Yuiri also appears in front of them who just set up the Edo Customs Research Club. Taichi is forced to join it.... He meets other club members, Saki, Suzuka, Kazuha, Shouta, and Ruka there and lives an eventful school life. One day, a mysterious mist that arouses sexual desire suddenly surrounds the school. When it happens Taichi and Yuiri are together. "Stop it! Don't look at me!" "Well, you are looking at me with erotic eyes." "Don't say that! I'll never...." "Oh, it's no good...." They finally sleep together. On the next day, Yuiri and other club members decide to examine how the mist appeared. But one day, another mysterious phenomenon happens and Taichi is forgotten by his friends... Despite rather nukige-ish synopsis it's a rather serious story. We get to the past to prevent all the stuff in the synopsis. But development is looped, and from the second lap it really starts to get boring. Protagonist is nothing good, and number of H scenes is above average. 6. Musou Tourou 夢想灯籠 [090319] FOG Musou Tourou focuses on the concepts of death and rebirth and its story is separated into two main branches, the present branch and the history branch. The story starts with the hero Shuji's encounter with demons . As an excellent swordsman, he took it upon himself to defeat the creatures from the netherworlds. Although he won, he reckons that the demons are not to be looked down upon, and this proves right as he is knocked down by a strong adversary in his second fight, only to wake up in the presence of a strange girl Kagami. Between life, rebirth and time travel, you have to protect your love from the menaces. PSP all-ages title with card battles. Story is thin, and instead of events there are endless psychological descriptions. Heroines fall in love at first sight. Seven endings actually all fall into two patterns. There's nothing to really praise except for graphics. 7. Sui Supe Kawanoguchi Nobu Tankentai ~Kore ga Hikyou da! Jinseki Mitou! Tachifusagaru Shoutengai! ... 水スペ 川野口ノブ探検隊 ~これが秘境だ! 人跡未踏! 立ちふさがる商店街! 八鏡大学に隠された地球最大の謎を追え!!~ [090319] Liar-soft Nobu Kawanoguchi leads a freshly formed expedition to discover new locations and reveal forgotten mysteries. Bakage strategy. 8. Canvas 3 ~Hakugin no Portrait~Canvas3 ~白銀のポートレート~ [090320] F&C 1 2 Yamabuki Manabu made a promise with his father - If he managed to get first prize in the Sakurabana art competition, he can continue learning art; If not, he must forgo his dream of becoming an artist, and continue his studies as a normal person. Accompanied by his friends in the art club, and the addition of a new club member, plus the miracles that are said to exist around the city where he lives, can Manabu find inspiration to draw an art piece capable of winning the competition? There is an English review. 9. W. L. O. Sekai Ren'ai Kikou W.L.O. 世界恋愛機構 [090326] Akabei Soft2 1 2 3 Yuuki just lives a peaceful life. But one day, his classmate says to him, "Congratulations! You now have the rights to love someone." He is told about the W.L.O. (World Love Organization). According to his classmate, the purpose of the organization is to help people achieve their love to deal with a decreasing birth rate. He also says, "Use your natural born strong semen to save the world." His partner is Aina, his neighbor and childhood friend. With the support of Hotaru and Ina, members of W.L.O., his project starts. Arisa, a girl from another organization called NOA (Nothing or All) and his underclassman Yuriko also get involved in the project. A grand love project now starts... There are English reviews. 10. Areas ~Sora ni Utsusu Kimi to no Sekai~ Areas~空に映すキミとのセカイ~ [090327] Lapis Lazuli Yuuya and Konoka, his younger sister, live homeless due to various troubles. One day, Yuuya gets an illegal job to get out of homeless life. The job, however, fails and he is captured by the group. He is ready for death, but the boss of the group says, "I like smart boys. I wanna you to be mine." Like this, Yuuya and Konoka are sent to an isolated island. "It's warm here! There's no cold wind!" The island is like a paradise under the clear sky and surrounded by beautiful sea. Yuuya and Konoka are ordered to live there and enter school nearby. Yuuya and Konoka's school life on the island now starts... It's near future where some people participate in an experiment to develop in a closed community and hopefully find something useful for stagnant civilization. What a stupid endeavour. It's all just to introduce normal school setting in a small town. There are some spectacular developments in the middle, but basically it's just a nostalgic thing. After five romance routes the true one opens up which finally has something to do with future. 11. Baldr Sky Dive1 “Lost Memory” [090327] Team Baldrhead 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 While Kou is asleep in his bed, the scream of a girl wakes him up. He rises to see in front of him a battle full of gunshots and flashing bombs exploding. He realizes that he is wearing an iron armor. "What's this?" He doesn't know what's going on. He leaves the virtual world with Rain, who says she is his junior partner. They arrive in a ruined city, and Kou learns that he is a special Simulacrum user who graduated from school several years ago. He has forgotten his memories that may have had a significant impact on his life. The name of the case that slowly materializes from his lost memory, "Gray Christmas." "What is Gray Christmas? Why was I investigating the case?" He comes to remember the whole story of the case and its meaning. A peaceful life that was meant to last forever, which however, suddenly comes to an end... There are English reviews. 12. Boku no Te no Naka no Rakuen ボクの手の中の楽園 [090327] Caramel Box 1 2 3 In the year of Waldemar 343, a devastating six year war makes a truce by argument. Two el sabios, however, go missing in the sea when a big storm strikes and the world stagnates as if frozen. Korn in the west declines because a lot of soldiers lost their lives during the war. People in Middleton that is located in the east of the world suffer from tyranny. On the other hand, Edel, an isolated island, is lively thanks to rotten silver found in the remains. However, as the town gets lively, the number of mysterious murder cases increases.... In the year of Waldemar 347, a boy is drifted ashore. Though he's lost all his memories, he is attracted to the mysterious cases and gets to know the legend of a butterfly, which is handed over from generation to generation. He gradually steps into dark clouds that cover the world.... Four years have passed since the end of the war. The world frozen on the stormy night quietly and slowly starts running again.... There are English reviews. 13. Daisounan [090327] SofthouseChara 1 In the future, when interplanetary travel has become common, a spaceship accident leaves 9 people trapped on an unexplored planet. The survivors have to find a way to escape the planet (which in the worst case might only be possible for two of them, while the rest are left behind)) while battling the Fauna and Flora of the planet (and possibly each other) Strategy 14. echo. [090327] Sputnik This story takes place in a mountain town surrounded by the sea. Ryouichi is sent everyday to the town where the summer sun shines brightly upon it. He meets up with his sister, who is in the Swimming Club, and a quiet childhood friend. The town holds a summer festival in their school, and it seems like life will continue as it always has. There, a rumor of a strangely dressed girl slowly spreads around the town. A girl with a white dress and a blue ribbon. She is searching for them... An emotional thing that aims to be like Air, but ends up disintegrated with forced development and bad aftertaste. Too much ambition for the unrefined first work taste. 15. Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star- 星空のメモリア-Wish upon a shooting star- [090327] Favorite 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 After their mother passes away, Kogasaka You and his younger sister, Chinami, pack up and move out of the city back to their hometown of Hibarigasaki to live with their aunt Shino. Before making the move to the city, You spent almost every single day after school playing with a girl up at the town observation lookout; she was You's first true friend. And when she learns of You’s upcoming relocation to the city she becomes very upset…so much so that she makes him promise to her that one day he must return to Hibarigasaki to marry her. And with a final departure she kisses You on the forehead. Years later, upon returning to Hibarigasaki, You comes across a now abandoned, fenced-off observatory lookout. It is at this lookout where he encounters a mysterious scythe-wielding girl named Mare who looks strangely like his childhood friend from years past. But as You's life back in his hometown progresses, he is able to make new friends both in the astronomy club at school and while working at a local restaurant, all while still attempting to seek out his childhood friend. Intrigued, he continues to visit with this mysterious girl at the lookout, but who is she really, and will he ever be able to find his childhood friend and make good on his promise? Game is localized and has English reviews. 16. Koko Yori, Haruka -Surrounded sea in the world- ここより、はるか - Surrounded sea in the world - [090327] Pleats soft 1 "Junki, wake up!" A strange girl shakes Junki awake. "Well, who are you? I'm just sleepy.... What? Where am I?" A place he doesn't remember. A voice he doesn't remember. However he knows this girl who woke him, as Urara, his classmate. She looks at him anxiously flapping her small wings. It seems he fell asleep during class. As he looks around, there is a fairy and a girl carrying a sword. There is nothing wrong even if you see a girl with wings, but he feels somewhat out of place... A place he doesn't remember. A voice he doesn't remember. However he knows it. He is the only one that knows... There is an English review. 17. Princess Party Princess Party ~プリンセスパーティー~ [090327] Circus 1 2 The main character has transferred to a new school. The atmosphere of the school is lively and cheerful. His happy school life has just begun.... But one day, the school buildings are suddenly destroyed and new school buildings like castles appear.... "This is my gift to you as a greeting." She also says, "No adolescence from today!" There are English reviews 18. School Five ~Itsutsu no Himitsu no Monogatari~すく~るふぁいぶ~五つの秘密の物語~ [090327] DisAbel This game contains strange love stories of five couples. You can enjoy various stories of mysterious heroines at school in the country. Five stories are connected to each other and it affects your ending. The story grows deeper as it goes and becomes one grand story.... After seeing this kind of huge weapon on CG, you know I can't just skip this game for review. 19. Seiken no Fairies 聖剣のフェアリース [090327] Littlewitch Velvet 1 Sacred Mark. Those who have this mark possess a special power. The protagonist, Narumi, is a teacher who bears a strange mark on his right shoulder. It appeared when he was a child and various unfortunate incidents have occurred since then. Despite it being a nuisance to him, it has a significant meaning in the world. It is said people who have such a mark have the ability to train "knights". Because of the mark, Narumi is involved in a battle between two groups, the Big Angel Religious Community (BARC) and Sacred Mark Knight Community (SMKC). Now a SMKC member, his mission is to train three girls to become powerful knights. A battle that has lasted over 1,000 years now enters a new phase... There is an English review. 20. Sekai o Seifuku Suru Tame no, 3tsu no Houhou 世界を征服するための、3つの方法 [090327] Crowd It tells the story of a devil king who, in the midst of a battle with a hero, somehow turned himself into a female by taking a secret medicine, which was supposed to give him extraordinary strength! This sets the stage for a love comedy... Do you remember Crowd making comedies? Well, I don't. What I remember is Crowd making all those X Change nukige series all the time. Basically, it's the same kind of sex exchange "comedy", just in fantasy setting . And before you you can familiarize with the setting it's already H scenes time.
  4. Foreword: It's Akatsuki Works. Do I need to add anything here? Synopsis: Human, monsters, and beasts... The world doesn't forgive them... There is a town where mysterious cases often happen. The ones who have special ability called Enja. The origin of Enja is "devil". They get together as if led by something unseen and kill each other. Sora is an Enja boy. He lost his parents several years ago and now lives alone. His life is full of peace, rest, and destruction. Peaceful school life with friends. Strange dreams he has every day. Battles against devils that appear in the town at night. His "contract" leads him to a hell of sadness, fights, and carnage. He also meets some girls along the way. Love, obedience, subordination, immorality, and desire. Sora, who doesn't know how to love, is a broken human. What does Sora get, what does Sora lose through contracts with the girls? At the end of the contract, he meets the last devil... Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv-jYx7aFo_S2dhjAFrqQIaq Character Design rating: 9/10 Protagonist rating: 8/10 Story rating: 8/10 Game quality: 8/10 Overall rating: 8/10 Game has good English review coverage (1 2 3 4 5 6), and mine is not really needed. Still, will at least give impression, explain the score split and maybe nitpick a little. Concept is the most curious thing here as it does not really look like anything I encountered before (which is not necessarily a good thing). Can't understand anyone who'd compare this game with FSN, because the only common point is that protagonists attend school and have superpowers, but it's basically what almost every chunige has. FSN is actually an absolute opposite, because Devils Devel Concept is about a non-human protagonist involved in an eternal war between two factions of omnious moral principles. In this regard it looks like Gekkou no Carnevale or abominable Mindead Blood. But these games again can't be compared, because Devils Devel Concept MC is basically a super-entity, on an absolutely different level than anyone else. And I can't really remember similar visual novels. What comes to mind from recent anime is One-Punch Man and Overlord. But DDL stands aside even from them because Sora is basically a villain, a broken creature. He is an emotionless man of simple wishes a pleasures despite his power, just as Saitama. Both of them want to lead a quiet life and ideally not get involved in any fighting, but people around them try to motivate them to fight the greater evil. But Saitama is an otaku who joins a superhero league, and Sora is a primordial beast with lowly instincts and destruction urge. That's one huge difference that determines the whole flow of the game. And when we speak about the flow, I always try to understand what moves the game and makes us want to read it. In this regard DDC is again something unseen before. It's not about romance, not about battles, not about daily conversations in the company of friends, not about grand mystery, not about confrontation with a big baddie, not about jokes, not about masterfully written text, not about moe, not about sex. Wait a minute... it seems that we exhausted all the possible known options. Not really, because I deliberately mentioned conversations in the company of friends, but Devils Devel Concept is about tête-à-tête conversations with various heroines, plus a bit about other things. Heroines don't really communicate with other girls in this game. Different characters are from different strata, and explaining their beliefs to each other takes the bulk of game time. Basically all we do is learn about protagonist gradually and in each route about girl's visible side and then concealed side. All those talks seriously hurt the tempo, plus there are constantly hyperlinks to terminology that can be checked either right now or in the glossary later in the same manner as it was in Saihate no Ima and I/O. I love such info-dumping layers and they allow to tell a lot more details about the setting. With such an omnipotent protagonist fighting can't really be an option as battles end in an instant or move to spiritual world to cut all regeneration attempts of the adversary. Only exploration of the world, heroines and protagonist mysteries remain as viable options. And that brings us to the most important feature of the game - protagonist. I know I already took a lot of time with him, but now we need to assess his moral side as the whole game assessment depends on whether you like protagonist or not. And I don't. I absolutely understand that his unrivaled power is something very unique in the medium. I absolutely like his direct honest emotionless attitude and lack of interest in the bigger schemes. But power tends to corrupt; and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Sora is an abominable, unpleasant person and a rapist with destruction urge. His simpleton nature leads to satisfying only lowly desires - to rape and to kill. He takes what he wants when he wants. I see zero reason how such unpleasant person can be liked. And I believe that heroines to not really like him let alone love. They basically are hunters who know or guess about Sora nature, so they are sent to observe his behavior. And - as I see it - they agree to be raped just to lean to his immense powers and try to manipulate him. They may have own lowly desires awoken at times, but it's still a calculated approach deprived of any romance, at least from the start. And in this regard Mutsuki looks like the most interesting heroine. She is a cynical smoking sex-friend who does not belong to any organization and does not really need anything from Sora. Basically, she shares his outlook in many ways despite her innocent look. Oh, and since we're talking about heroines, I absolutely can't understand why Misora has the same look as Yuuga from Bokutsuba. Let's talk about some technical details. Character design is mediocre. CG vary greatly by quality. H scenes look like more like animals mating. There is an abundance of blood which makes me sick, personally. Despite installing the latest 1.03 patch I could not get normal speed and instant text drawing, was way too fast this way, so had to put up with text drawing gradually, and that's bad. Battles are basically decided in one blow and concentrated in couple routes. I already mentioned the good things, but to sum it up it's thoroughly developed setting and personalities of protagonist and heroines. There are a lot of interesting discussions about morality and just atmospheric decisions with different cut-ins. But outside the context and the mystery game does not really have a strong story. And that's why it tries to impress and shock with aesthetics, invincible and immoral protagonist. And the true Mia ending falls into the same category. It's the worst ending, so it can not leave any reader indifferent. Such beast as protagonist does not really deserve a truly happy ending. But did I really like this concept? I did not. The novelty, coolness and impact are great. But both Saitama from One-punch man and Ainz from Overlord are examples of how it's possible to create positive image of a super-enitity while imbuing them with same moral hesitations and adding actual intelligence. And I like both of those cases much more.
  5. Foreword: A translated fighting focused vn, don't see significant reasons to skip it. Synopsis: The story takes place on a small fictional island in Japan called Rokushiki Jima (6 Ceremony/Equation Island). In this island, there is a festival held every year called the Rokushiki Sai where young girls on the island borrow the power of God and fight each other. There are 6 head families on the island, who succeeds individual fighting techniques and manages the festival tournament. The Day-side scenario is the original part, featuring the visible side of the tournament. The main character is Rokushiki Nanaki, who’s the new head of the Rokushiki family and the Miko arranging the tournament. She’s irritated because she can’t enter the tournament herself because of her position and tradition. She was so confident about her fighting skills that she was certain that she will win if she participated. She even beat her own parents, but that doesn’t change anything. However, her 4 friend were the participants of this year’s tournament. The girls are put into a cage surrounded by a magical barrier and with the divine power borrowed from God, fights until one loses consciousness. The new evening side scenario features some of the other family members and the hidden bloody side of the festival. Other than the 6 major families, the island had 4 sub-families, which were replacements in case something happens to the 6 families. And addition to that, there was a system called the Shadow Sakura Festival, where the 4 family member can challenge the head of the 6 families and can replace them by force. Misakura Tomoe is the main character of this story. 10 years ago, she was challenged by Toritari Tsubasa, in the Shadow Sakura Festival. Everyone acknowledged Tsubasa’s strength and the battle between Tomoe was held in form of just custom. However, using dirty tactics, 7 year old Tomoe defeated Tsubasa who was 10 years older than her. Tomoe remained to be the head of her family, but because how she fought was unfitting for the head, her skills were sealed with a magical rope wrapped around her leg by the Rokushiki Miko. Tsubasa’s sister, Toritari Kaina also despised Tomoe, and swore to defeat her in a justified battle. 10 years after that incident, a new Shadow Sakura Festival was taking place. Misakura Tomoe was challenged by all the four sub families. Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS_8fRlnxbg Character Design rating: 6/10Protagonist rating: 6/10Story rating: 7/10Game quality: 7/10Overall rating: 7/10 There are very few Japanese reviews for this game, and just one (1) English review. And the reason for it is pretty simple - there is nothing really to write about. Initial Carnival Eve story from 2007 is very short, less than 2 hours long. It's a brutal story of mortal combat between four girls with monstrous power. Main heroine Tomoe has traditional shounen spirit as she has all relatives killed and her power is suppressed. She needs to use different strategies to beat stronger enemies and prevail despite all the odds. Cool story, bug - again - super short. Carnival Day story is introduced to explain context of the first fight and to present a slightly different type of battle. Here reward and reasons for participation are explained. It's sub-competition, so it's much less brutal. Moreover, girls start to act as friends who care about each other. There's less strategy involved, but what's added is God powers as maidens are ritual vessels for Gods this time. But text becomes stiff and messy, and action pales in comparison with EVE. There are enough downsides. Very few blood depictions. No voicing. Short length. Characters aren't really depicted let alone developed. CG quality is uneven. Moreover, I consider Carnival Day edition being a useless filler with so so stupid dip into moe at the end. So, what about good sides? BGM is great, it suits the game. Fighting is generally well written. Tomoe as protagonist is quite charismatic. That's basically it. This is why it's so difficult to discuss the game. It's all about fighting. It's nice. But is there a real story? Sure, if you consider Mortal Combat to have a real story. It's possible to tie it all together and even add some everyday scenes, but we watch Mortal Combat for coolness. And Shinjisougeki Carnival has this thing all right.
  6. Can't say Shinjisougeki Carnival is bad, but it's a huge quality downshift from normal titles with its short length, absence of voicing and simplistic CG. Maybe I should still pick Ludesia as well. As for BL , Yuri and Otome titles, I don't think I'll include any at all since I sabotaged all the specialized review sources and followed only those that were reviewed alongside usual titles by authors such as liemyx, so it's very incomplete assortment, and there is zero will to travel through specialized sources. Some nukige reviews feel totally useless and saying nothing new or interesting, so not including some of those. Basically, blocked stays just for somewhat interesting reviews and fandiscs as they often have openings.
  7. There are only six titles this month to choose from, but four of those are masterpieces - Shinjisougeki Carnival, Devils Devel Concept, Like a Butler and Tapestry -you will meet yourself- . Reviewing first two. Micchi has pretty much the same, plus three vns that I block as nukige, but what's really funny is that he considers only delayed game Areas and Yoake fandisc big titles. Expectations and outcome don't necessarily coincide. 1. Shinjisougeki Carnival 神事双劇カーニバル [090203] Talestune 1 The story takes place on a small fictional island in Japan called Rokushiki Jima (6 Ceremony/Equation Island). In this island, there is a festival held every year called the Rokushiki Sai where young girls on the island borrow the power of God and fight each other. There are 6 head families on the island, who succeeds individual fighting techniques and manages the festival tournament. The Day-side scenario is the original part, featuring the visible side of the tournament. The main character is Rokushiki Nanaki, who’s the new head of the Rokushiki family and the Miko arranging the tournament. She’s irritated because she can’t enter the tournament herself because of her position and tradition. She was so confident about her fighting skills that she was certain that she will win if she participated. She even beat her own parents, but that doesn’t change anything. However, her 4 friend were the participants of this year’s tournament. The girls are put into a cage surrounded by a magical barrier and with the divine power borrowed from God, fights until one loses consciousness. The new evening side scenario features some of the other family members and the hidden bloody side of the festival. Other than the 6 major families, the island had 4 sub-families, which were replacements in case something happens to the 6 families. And addition to that, there was a system called the Shadow Sakura Festival, where the 4 family member can challenge the head of the 6 families and can replace them by force. Misakura Tomoe is the main character of this story. 10 years ago, she was challenged by Toritari Tsubasa, in the Shadow Sakura Festival. Everyone acknowledged Tsubasa’s strength and the battle between Tomoe was held in form of just custom. However, using dirty tactics, 7 year old Tomoe defeated Tsubasa who was 10 years older than her. Tomoe remained to be the head of her family, but because how she fought was unfitting for the head, her skills were sealed with a magical rope wrapped around her leg by the Rokushiki Miko. Tsubasa’s sister, Toritari Kaina also despised Tomoe, and swore to defeat her in a justified battle. 10 years after that incident, a new Shadow Sakura Festival was taking place. Misakura Tomoe was challenged by all the four sub families. Doujin, but there is an English review and translation. It had pretty much zero attention since English patch release, so reviewing it. 2. Devils Devel Concept [090226] Akatsuki Works 1 2 3 4 5 6 Human, monsters, and beasts... The world doesn't forgive them... There is a town where mysterious cases often happen. The ones who have special ability called Enja. The origin of Enja is "devil". They get together as if led by something unseen and kill each other. Sora is an Enja boy. He lost his parents several years ago and now lives alone. His life is full of peace, rest, and destruction. Peaceful school life with friends. Strange dreams he has every day. Battles against devils that appear in the town at night. His "contract" leads him to a hell of sadness, fights, and carnage. He also meets some girls along the way. Love, obedience, subordination, immorality, and desire. Sora, who doesn't know how to love, is a broken human. What does Sora get, what does Sora lose through contracts with the girls? At the end of the contract, he meets the last devil... Game has many English reviews, but there is no video playthrough, so I'm in for review. Naturally. 3. Dareka no Tame ni Dekirukoto ~Innocent Identity~ 誰かのために出来ること~Inoccent Identity~ [090227] Giga A boring life. Takaya always thinks, "I hope something interesting happens..." One day, a girl transfers to his class. Her name is Aya and she came from a small town in the country. Also, she starts living at an apartment Takaya takes care of. Her presence is a symbol of changing life. Aya is always cheerful and his school life gradually changes. "Is this my school life I wanted?" Because of Aya's innocent behaviors, he also gets to know different characters of his classmates. Yes, this is just the beginning of his new school life. Development is long and super dull. It takes a lot of time to figure out who is that someone referred in the title, but it does not make it worth it at all. Typical Giga. 4. Like a Butler [090227] AXL 1 2 There is a super-rich school. It is really hard to pass the entrance exam. Yes, it is a common knowledge the chosen few are allowed to enter the school. But one day, the school announces that they are accepting in a tuition-exempt student. The main character is Kazuki. He hears the news as well, but he is not interested in it. Several months later, the result comes out. The student who passed the entrance exam is Kanade, Kazuki's old friend. "Oh, what should I do...?" She never expected she would pass, so she is totally panicked. When she receives a document from the school, she gets surprised again, "Students are required to have butlers." Kanade says to Kazuki, "Please be my butler!" Like this, he reluctantly becomes her butler... On their first day at school, they enter a completely different world from their old one. Kazuki and Kanade's new school life now begins... There are English reviews. As promised earlier, not reviewing it. 5. Mikoko みここ [090227] Citoron Soft Takeru lives a peaceful life with various attractive girls. For your information, they are all miko. But one day, his life suddenly changes. A mysterious creature and a girl with black hair appears in front of him and says, "You'll need to choose a next Miko God and live with her as a partner!" "Miko God? Choose someone? Can I really do that?" When he is at a loss what to say, the girls around him give the answer to him, "Choose a girl you like the best." Well, a new love story starts now... Basically, a moege with very long process of getting to know a heroine and over 10 H events per heroine. 6. Tapestry -you will meet yourself- タペストリー -you will meet yourself- [090227] light 1 2 3 Hajime is a member of the handicrafts club. He's the one and only male member, but he's an expert at it because his father taught him so well. He enjoys his school life with other club members and classmates, but his life dramatically changes one day. He suddenly falls down unconscious and is sent to hospital. A while later, he learns that his days are numbered. Hajime decides, "I'll die without ever showing a sad face to my family and friends. I won't tell anybody about my illness." But his childhood friend, Hikari, finds out about it anyway. It isn't long before all of his friends know. Nobody wants to believe it, but... "We'll just pretend we don't know about his illness..." They decide to smile in front of him and cry inside their hearts... There are English reviews. BLOCKED 1. Meitantei Conan & Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Meguriau Futari no Meitantei 名探偵コナン&金田一少年の事件簿 めぐりあう2人の名探偵 [090205] Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. 1 2 After receiving a distressing correspondence from a former classmate requesting his presence, high school detective Hajime Kindaichi travels to Twilight Island to investigate the anguish behind the letter. Meanwhile, as fate would have it, Conan Edogawa has been introduced to a modern folktale by Professor Agasa, on an island in the south that serves as a premiere tourist resort, inhabitants have been mysteriously disappearing for extended periods of time before suddenly returning without explanation. What's more: When they disappear, they are transported to an alternate version of that very same island. Intrigued, Conan consents to investigate the case while his companions go on a vacation at the tourist trap known as Twilight Island. As the mystery deepens and it becomes clear their two cases are more related than it first seemed, a grand case unfolds that requires the unmatched reasoning powers of both young detectives. Console exclusive, including it just because of missable reviews 2. Another Code: R Kioku no Tobira アナザーコード: R 記憶の扉 [090209] Cing 1 2 3 Set two years after the events of the previous game, a now 16-year-old Ashley is invited by her father to visit the campground of Juliet Lake. As the story progresses, Ashley attempts to find the truth about her mother's death. Console exclusive, including it just because of missable reviews 3. Chaos;Head Noah [090226] Nitroplus 1 2 "If you were God, and your delusions could become reality. What kind of delusions would you imagine? A sensual world? A dystopic society? Destructive punishment? Or..." Nishijou Takumi, a shut-in gamer and anime otaku, spends his days locked away in a shipping container while occasionally attending classes. In his place of residence, Shibuya, a bizarre string of serial killings are set in motion as he is dragged into the ordeal. Chaos;Head NoAH is the Director's Cut release of Chaos;Head, adding 6 new routes, changes to the story, new CGs and a revamped True Ending. Fandisc 4. Sara Sara Sasara さらさらささら [090227] Atelier Kaguya 1 One day, the main character gets involved in a mission to save God due to some reasons. To save God, he needs to unite with miko both physically and mentally in his dream using the power given from God and strengthens bonds with them. Of course, he can do anything he wants in his dream.... At a different place in a different costume...? He strengthens the bonds with miko like this, but the bonds that only exist in his dream gradually affect his real life...? Nukige, including it just because of missable review 5. Yoake Mae yori Ruri Iro na -Moonlight Cradle- 夜明け前より瑠璃色な -Moonlight Cradle- [090227] August Called the last part of the Yoake Mae yori Ruri Iro na story; -Moonlight Cradle- follows the ending of the expanded storyline of the PS2 version Yoake Mae yori Ruri Iro na -Brighter than dawning blue-. It tells of a new story involving all the heroines from the original as well as Estel Freesia and Tooyama Midori who made their first appearance on the PS2 version. Also included is a brand new heroine Cynthia Marguerite. Fandisc
  8. Foreword: Cotton Soft chunige are always welcome by me. Synopsis: There used to be a group of friends. They really trusted each other and their relationship never seemed to end. However, they gradually split up as time passed. Seven years later, Subaru now enjoys his school life with his friends and classmates. But when his old friends appear in front of him, his old memories come back... Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv8Tvl8lGdGmpP2hldkNAWbe Character Design rating: 8/10Protagonist rating: 8/10Story rating: 9/10Game quality: 10/10Overall rating: 9/10 It took me a lot of time to settle with the score. I evaluated Reconquista as 8/10, so had to compare these two games narrowly. Reconquista has its charm, but Amber Quartz is more mature almost in every field. Thus the result. The two games both focus on memory restoration in a non-trivial story while handing battles in the process, but approach is totally different as mystery tilt is exchanged for traditional chunige elements. Reconquista is also mentioned directly during history lesson about crusades. But need to explain Amber Quatz conception before further speculation. Premise is not too difficult. Game starts with Nayuta confessing to protagonist Subaru, and he he invites the girl to become friends to know each other better. And all the first chapter is full of gags as Nayuta roleplays Subaru's future wife. But very soon shrine maiden Miyako appears and kills a dear person to Subaru. And that dear person becomes a puddle of goo who was actually a monster. Soon protagonist discovers his own power after being cornered by one of such monsters. From this time we search for strange behavior of familiar people, fight these monsters and discover memories about the rest of six childhood friends. Heroines also participate in battles which is cool. I'd say that concept is not as complex as in Reconquista, but the friendship times and lesser mysteries make up for one big mystery. On top of that we dip into history 1000 years ago just like in Air, so there is enough to look forward to. As for downsides, there is not much I can recall. Most Japanese reviewers feel betrayed by not being warned about chunige nature of the game and thus lower scores deliberately, but it's not the point for me. Sarina route is objectively weak. Scenario is unjoined and with some nonsensical conversations especially when realizing that she is presented as ojousama. Sudden shift to SF with lasers and such also is only seen in her route. But her and Miyako routes are written by outsource writers, so it was expected. Miyako route feels so-so as well compared to the rest. Game has rather difficult structure. Game is divided into eleven chapters while there are only four heroine routes. It could be done more neatly. Protagonist is rather weak, his only reliable technique is middle range and can't be used often. So battles generally lack excitement except for some final battles. There is not much romance development. Just spending time together and then expression of mutual sympathy that leads to H scene. But for me it's rather a plus. So let's see game's strong sides. Scenario gives a good feeling since individual routes are longer than common route, and no one of friends gets forgotten, all problems get solved. There are no useless side characters - all of them are immersed greatly in the world. I have absolutely zero complaints about production. Everything is great, and I'd only wish for bigger number of CG which are 94 or so. I always try to ask myself what the title means. And in this case Amber Quartz is used as title just because most battles happen in the evening during sunset. It provides warm orange impression. But despite all the praise I can't call Amber Quartz a full 10/10 masterpiece, because such game must have characters and situations that burn in memory forever. And I'm not really sure I'd remember these characters in a month's time. The one thing that definitely burns in memory is recurring Tama pee theme and corresponding scene. But it is not something I'd want to remember a game forever for!
  9. OreTsuba almost certainly gets into the end of the year poll as untranslated skipped masterpiece (unless there are over 5 skipped masterpieces that are all more suitable for me), so there is still a solid chance to witness its appeal for me. Looking back at poll history, main consideration is not my feelings, but something that would make a nice video to watch sometime. That's totally fine, I'm just somewhat stressed about finding remotely praising words for that extra review.
  10. Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai - Under the Innocent Sky. and Amber Quartz are the only masterpieces this month. I'm reviewing the latter. micchi has all the same titles, plus some delayed and one nukige. 1. Saiki Kanpatsu Saishoku Kenbi no Kimi-tachi e 才気煥発才色兼備の君たちへ [090122] Applique -Imouto- There are two schools adjoining each other. They are big rivals and often have a fight. In the schools, there are four girls admired by other students. Though they have special ability, they are a little bit peculiar. The main character is Yuki. He has an old friend, Nanatsu, who is one of the admired four girls. "I'll become prime minister in the near future!" "Oh, you're great." He gets involved in various troubles, but he enjoys his school life with his positive personality... It's a school story that lacks excitement. Game tries to be a moege, but heroines are just not likeable. Heroines are proactive while protagonist hardly shows signs of existence. 2. Amber Quartz アンバークォーツ [090123] Cotton Soft There used to be a group of friends. They really trusted each other and their relationship never seemed to end. However, they gradually split up as time passed. Seven years later, Subaru now enjoys his school life with his friends and classmates. But when his old friends appear in front of him, his old memories come back... Despite appearances, it's actually a battle game that supposedly has references to Reconquista, so I'm sold here for review. 3. Kikouyoku Senki Tenkuu no Yumina 輝光翼戦記 天空のユミナ [090123] Eternal 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "The Student Council Election is your only hope. Fight, win, and change your destiny!" Midorishita Yumina is a junior at the prestigious Jinbu Academy. Far from being a model student, Yumina skirts the precarious line between barely passing and failing hard. One day, a young man named Akashima Ayumu transfers into her class. Ayumu claims to have been sent by his father, an eccentric and possibly delusional man who ordered Ayumu to find and protect Yumina, whom he believes will one day save the universe. Ayumu and Yumina are at odds from the moment they first meet. They bicker endlessly, day after day, until finally Yumina goes too far and starts a fight just before a critical test. Her failure dooms her to repeat the year. But just when it seems all hope is lost, a mysterious girl named Kurokawa Kirara appears and invites Yumina to run for Student Council President. According to Kirara, whoever wins an Election War and becomes President will have the power to change any school rule he or she likes. Realizing that this is her only hope of becoming a senior, Yumina agrees to join the race, and drags Ayumu along for the ride! Thus begins an epic tale of love and friendship in which youthful passions run high and debates shake the foundation of the heavens. Who will emerge victorious!? RPG is localized and has English reviews. 4. Kokoro Hokenshitsu ~Kimi to Naisho no Counseling~ ココロ保健室~キミとナイショのカウンセリング~ [090123] Custard There is a boarding school in the town. It is well-known as a prestige school, but most of the students have complicating family problems. Yes, the school was actually founded by the government for those students. One day, a transfer student comes to the school. He is quiet and polite, so he soon becomes friends with other classmates. As a matter of fact, he is an efficient counselor sent by the board of education. He acts as a student outwardly, but he secretly starts counseling to the girls in trouble.... It's actually a concealed nukige since first choice leads both to choosing a girl and H scene with her. Very simple approach. 5. Mystereet ~Other Side of Church~ミステリート~アザーサイド・オブ・チャーチ~ [090123] Abel Software Akito, who has a special ability, is in pursuit of Rei, a mysterious girl. One day, he is told a shocking fact from a mysterious thief called Sapphire and he decides to work with him. Sayaka, a private detective, also joins them and they try to solve a huge mystery and find another fact... It's another mystery solving game in Mystreet universe to such an extent that full picture won't be understood without playing Fukagyaku Sekai no Tantei Shinshi. 6. Tokino Senkaトキノ戦華 [090123] Studio e.go! Tokiwakoku. It is located at the southern edge of Toki no Kuni. They are now at war against Honohara no Kuni. Honohara just tries to get a precious stone called Tokigane, which exists only three in the world. Princess Ruri owns one of them, Soun, king of Honohara, also has it, and the last one is now missing. Soun tries to collect all of them to prove himself as a unifier of the continent. Most of the territory of Tokiwakoku is invaded by Honohara and the main base is about to be destroyed. Their one and only hope is Tokigane Ruri owns because there is a local legend that the stone will save the country when it is in danger. When she uses it, a convulsion of nature happens and a boy appears in front of them. "I don't know. I don't remember anything except for my name, Hayato." Like this, Hayato's battle starts... RTS 7. Akimaho!あきまほ! [090130] Klein Кazumi lives near Akihabara. One day, he gets involved in an accident and becomes a magical girl!? His mission is to save Akihabara?! This is a story of love and courage in Akihabara... It is a doujin level game about flirting in Akihabara. Weird bakage about otaku culture appeal. 8. Maou to Odore! 2 ~Change of the World~魔王と踊れ!2~change of the world~ [090130] catwalk There is Libfar Kingdom located at the center of the continent. It is a small country surrounded by beautiful lakes and mountains. The country is between two big countries, but they keep balance and peace using clever diplomacy. The main character is Soron, a soldier of Libfar. He is an old friend of Marie, a princess. He is not satisfied with his life recently. "Am I on the right track?" He decides to leave the country and go on a journey. But one day, an evil religious group invades Libfar. Soron tries to stop it with Marie... RPG 9. Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai - Under the Innocent Sky.俺たちに翼はない ―――under the innocent sky. [090130] Navel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 This might just be a "what if" but, A certain day, Gretagard's pure white sky was overrun by winged ones. Now, the sky extends just about anywhere and everywhere, right? So no matter how far you run, you can't escape those white wings of theirs. And that's why the people without wings went looking for a sky of their own. Their prayers were listened, and they are now listening to "Jingle Bells" in a calm country--- This might just be a "what if" but, What we will tell you about now, is such a fairy-tale. There are English reviews. 10. Pygmalion ~The Dark Romance~ [090130] Stronger 1 Johann, a doll artist, lost his fiancee, Gulietta, due to illness. He is now extremely depressed and stays in his studio all day. In the studio, he secretly creates a doll... that resembles his deceased fiancee, Gulietta. However, the doll never heals his sorrow.... "I'll give anything if someone gives life to this doll!" A girl, Bell, suddenly appears in front of him and says, "I'll do it for you. However, you'll need to give me "the ties of friendship with your friends" in return." He has nothing to lose. He doesn't care what will happen to the world as long as Gulietta comes back.... Like this, a tragic rondo starts now.... There is an English review. 11. Shukufuku no Campanella 祝福のカンパネラ [090130] Windmill Oasis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 The story takes place in Ert'Aria. The city is called "the city of treasures" and people are now busy preparing for a harvest festival. There is a mysterious power called Ale. If you gather Ale and crystallize it, it turns into a jewel. Once in every seven years, the harvest of Ale increases. The main character is Leicester. He is an item engineer and belongs to an adventurer group called Oasis. He also looks forward to the festival. A group of shooting stars fill in the sky in the year when the harvest of Ale increases. Yes, today is the day. Carina, Leicester's old friend, can't wait for it, so she takes him out into the town. At night, when Leicester and his friends have a party, a shooting star comes towards them! It passes them and falls down nearby. They rush to the venue and find a secret room. The room is filled with mysterious atmosphere and a girl sleeps in the bed. When Leicester looks at her face, she wakes up and says, "Oh, you're my father!" Her name is Minette and she leads Leicester and his friends to an adventure... There are English reviews. 12. Suzunone Seven!スズノネセブン! [090130] Clochette 1 2 There is a prestige school called Suzunone Magic School in the world where magic is established as one of the energies. However, the school has some dropout students. The worst seven students are forced to take part in a studying camp called Suzunone Trial. They take exams and they will be dismissed from school if they fail. It's time to decide the worst seven again... There is an English review. BLOCKED 1. Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel ~Maboroshi no Shoujo~ 快盗天使ツインエンジェル ~幻の少女~ [090101] Kuroneko-san Team 1 Cheerful and energetic, but sloppy childhood friend Haruka and young lady Aoi transform into twin angel thieves of justice at night to regain precious stolen treasure. Fandisc 2. Mikuri Makuri みくりまくり [090123] Hooksoft Fandisc of Fairly Life focusing on the heroine Takaoka Miku. Fandisc 3. Heileen: A Trip to Bavaria [090129] Tycoon Games Heileen: A Trip To Bavaria tells the story of a trip Heileen did for her 16th birthday to a small village in Bavaria. There she will met Magdalene and they will become very good friends, but… what are Magdalene's real intentions? EVN
  11. After each my hiatus blog composition changes. This does not really need to be true, but something always happens that forces me to do it. Last time my youtube channel got deleted. This time I'm forced to drop ambition in the basis of this blog to provide descriptions for as many obscure visual novels as possible. What changes this time is that I will no longer write any descriptions for doujins and nukige with nsfw covers, will not update recently added visual novels for previous years and will not update vndb pages myself with those few leftover descriptions for non-doujin sfw covers visual novels. The reason is stated by me in this thread . You can say hi or vote there yourself. Finishing filling in youtube requests, so will return to updating this blog very soon in cut format.
  12. As far as I know, there is none. But all Tama revelations are concentrated in Rito route.
  13. Foreword: I guess Concerto Note won the poll for extra review, because of partial English release that turned out to be a total scam covering literally only the first three minutes of the game where absolutely nothing is told, and no introductions are made. A lot of years ago I took this bait as well. Now it's time to satisfy that curiosity. Synopsis: Shinya is stuck! He is forced to leave school when he comes back to school after long hospitalization. But one day, he meets his childhood friend, Rito, and she tells him about a new school and an western-style old house. Like this, he comes back to his hometown and meets Wakana, Shirayuki, Seika, and Sayori there. Kind people and new house... One night, a strange girl appears in front of him and says, "You'll die in ten days..." Her name is Tama and she kindly gives him the power to prevent it. However, this means he borrows luck from her in advance. From that day, various mishaps happen to Shinya and his friends. To stop it, they will need to get rid of other people's misfortunes... Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv9VENhmo_xhRdI9BEcFEP8I Game type: PlotgeCharacter Design rating: 8/10Protagonist rating: 6/10Story rating: 6/10Game quality: 7/10Overall rating: 7/10 As usual, if game has review coverage, I'm happy to present it (1 2 3 4). I did not pick this game on my free will earlier, because I'm strongly prejudiced against games revolving around luck concept. It's just so unrealistic that it makes me want to facepalm. Concept is rather simple and it's all in the synopsis. Tama prevents death and that eats up all protagonist's luck. Concerto Note is called a game for Rito and Tama for a serious reason. Other four main heroines have rather simple personalities and routes composition. In those routes H events are piled at the end, and luck mystery is resolved half-heartedly or even susbstitured with love, so protagonist can't see Tama anymore. Rito route on the other hand only has short H scenes in the middle, but the focus is on resolving the mystery up to the end of the route. Basically, only Rito route makes Concerto Note a plotge. Rito also has outstanding personality being an excessively rational genius and a childhood friend. But if you think that game revolutionarry breaks with tradition starting from ToHeart to present childhood friends as boring vegetables, you're only half right, because Wakana plays this role here just fine. Don't have much to say about this game, so let's see its downsides. Graphics is rough in many CG. Flowchart is pretty much useless as its only meaning is to present routes in forced order. Game has little humor in it. True End reminds me of Air too much, and I hate Air. Main character produces positive impression in SOL scenes, but suddenly becomes abuser in H events. Other four main heroines did not impress me, even Seika failed to meet expectations. I evaluate the whole luck concept really low. After Rui wa Tomo o Yobu approach to dealing with the curse is much weaker in Concerto Note. Basically, Rito is the only element that makes game memorable and outstanding. Interaction with her is always interesting, so I'll let the game slip as girigiri masterpiece. But there are other good features as well. Three male sub-characters are actually depicted rather well, not like usual placeholders for classmates. But what allows to keep reader's attention is good tempo and absence of forced scenes. Flow feels natural. So I'd say that text is skillfully written as it manages to advance story painlessly without tilt into humor or parody. I'd say that Concerto Note is a good game for beginners or those who can accept such concept. I could not suppress irritation during the read.
  14. Year 2008 started with two failed months, continued strong, but by the end lost a lot of appeal for me. There is not a single full 10/10 masterpiece (although technically Dies irae reworked version may be counted), but the overall number of masterpieces is again 20, exactly the same as in 2007, so can't complain here. New portion of Visual Novel Openings 2008 with songs. My list of masterpieces in 2008: 11eyes -Tsumi to Batsu to Aganai no Shoujo- 12Riven -The Ψcliminal of Integral- 428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~ Aion Garden Aoishiro Bifronte ~Kugaitou Kitan~ Chrono Belt ~Ayakashibito & Bullet Butlers Crossover Disc~ Concerto Note Eien no Owari ni G-senjou no Maou Gouen no Soleil -Chaos Region- Kagerou Touryuuki Kara no Shoujo Nidaime wa ☆ Mahou Shoujo Princess Frontier Rui wa Tomo o Yobu Sora o Tobu, 3tsu no Houhou Sumaga Tri☆Stars Volume 7 A number that becomes magical for each year. Wanted to catch up with micchi blog that started monthly overviews in late 2008, and I'm finally there. As for VN of the Year, i'd nominate 12Riven -The Ψcliminal of Integral- . Covered three years in visual novels over these eight months, but now I'm taking a month or so break from new posts - will rest, update old posts with newly added works and fulfill a number of youtube requests to add leftover routes. See you somewhere in October. But last post before the short break will be extra review for the year 2008, of course. Traditionally, adding here untranslated masterpiece games that I did not pick up for review throughout the year, and if five slots aren't filled, getting some curious non-masterpieces in addition. Let's choose an EXTRA review for 2008 in this poll: Concerto Note Sin Kurotoki Iro no Shoujo Sora o Tobu, 3tsu no Houhou Sumaga Wizard Girl Ambitious
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