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    VN of the Month 2014
    Houkago no Futekikakusha is VN of the Month with Sakigake ⇒ Generation! as another decent game. That's exactly how Clephas considered, and with so few releases in May there's little room for discovery. Micchi in addition to Clochette title has expectations for Majo Koi Nikki and Haruka Kanata.  
    1. Shizuku no Oto しずくのおと [140505] aiueo Kompany 1 2 3 Manten Aquarium---a secret place nestled in the city.  Mayumi Nakanobe and Himeno Tamagawa investigate the urban legend whispered about back in middle school. How much of the urban legend was based in truth? Where water turns to blood, where the ghost of the dead curator swims---. Where Mayu may reunite with her missing young sister---. Where a trivial incident leads to strife between best friends---. Where a choice may choice is made to part ways---. Mayu and Hime confront the aquarium's many tragedies. This summer, will you visit the aquarium too? Game is localized and has English reviews  
    2. Golden Marriage ゴールデンマリッジ [140530] ensemble 1 2 3 4 5 “So long as there’s love, then I don’t need money”… that’s a lie! There’s no way that one could live without money. But that doesn’t mean that “pure love doesn’t exist, money is everything in the world”. It is only human to have these feelings, even if one cannot place a value to them. They balance their dreams and reality in this love drama of sorrow and joy, which leads them towards the ultimate end: marriage. There are English reviews  
    3. Haruka Kanata はるかかなた [140530] SORAHANE 1 “Could this be… a kiss?” So uttered the girl as she regained consciousness. She took out a notebook labelled "Wishlist" and checked off an item. The list read "Kiss", "Meet family", "Eat lots of tuna". "That just now… wasn't it a kiss?" To clear up any misunderstandings, it was no kiss, but mouth-to-mouth breathing. I had only intended to save her as she lay unconscious on the observation platform, and yet… My name is Nanami Kanata. All that's left of my family is my sister Yui and our caretaker Asahi, who works as a sister in a nearby church. It was supposed to be just another ordinary day. "You're back." When I came home later that day, the girl was waiting for me. Her name was Haruka. We had the same eyes, hair, aura, and blue feathers that served as mementos of our father. It was only natural: Haruka and I were fraternal twins. It was the beginning of a heartrending love story with a tinge of mystery. English impression touches only technical side. But even with that cast aside scenario is too loose on the main Haruka route. There's a lot of drama and trauma that only get partially fixed in the end. Resolution is opportunistic, of course. Scenario has high points, but its elements are cooked poorly. If you've run out of decent nakige, it might be a nice one to play with all the patches piled up.  
    4. Houkago no Futekikakusha 放課後の不適格者 [140530] NostalgicChord 1 2 3 4 5 It’s autumn at Shuuka Gakuen, a full-boarding private school. The first-years have finally adjusted to life at the school, the second-years are enjoying their time, while the third-years are reminiscing with graduation approaching. Itsuka is your average third-year student who likes soccer and hangs around with his close friends: twin osananajimis Asagao and Yuugao, fellow soccer club member and best friend Jun, partner-in-crime Kousuke, iincho Kanade, and homeroom teacher Shiori. There’s nothing particular special, but they enjoy each day happily. But then one day, their lives completely changed. There are English reviews  
    5. Kozukuri Shiyou yo Souma-kun ~Ecchi na Musume Demo Ii Desu ka?~ 子作りしようよ ソーマくん ~えっちな娘でもいいですか?~ [140530] Concerto Soft Souma is a young man who doesn’t like flashy things or things that stand out. His quiet life was turned on its head when a princess from another world came to his room. She told him that if he doesn’t have sex and make someone pregnant, then he will disappeared from this world. The girls around him become more assertive to save their dear Souma. During this short period left, will he be able to choose one of them and impregnate her? I expected at least an attempt to present some kind of story, but it's just chopped individual routes made for H.  
    6. Majo Koi Nikki 魔女こいにっき [140530] Qoobrand 1 2 3 4 5 Alice attends Hekihou Academy with her friends Yakko and Keiko, where she's a member of the photography club. She lives alone except for her pet dog Qoo, and she holds down a part-time job as a waitress at Dragon Burger. Her life is busy and content, but sometimes she feels like there's something she's forgetting, something she left undone. Maybe even something important. One day Alice and her friends visit the clock tower. There, an unusual book falls into Alice's lap: the diary of a mysterious and rather perverted young man. Why do all the girls Alice meets show up in the diary? Why does nobody remember the events in the diary? And why does Alice feel so strongly that she wants to meet that young man? There are English reviews  
    7. Sakigake ⇒ Generation! サキガケ⇒ジェネレーション! [140530] Clochette 1 2 3 Shuuho attends Ubutsuchi Academy in the town of Minahama on the shores of Lake Ubutsuchi. He loves games a lot and started up an ‘entertainment research’ club with his younger sister Ririko (who also loves games just as much) and his best friend Atsumori, where they gather to play games after school every day. One day, the transfer student Anon asked them if they wanted to try playing a game which no one else had played before. Of course they were very interested, but Ririko’s best friend Yuria was openly distrustful of the idea. She was secretly a true ‘magician’ and sensed magical ability coming from Anon. However, since she wouldn’t give such an explanation to them, so she soon gave up trying to convince them otherwise. The five of them began to play the game that’s still in development: “Wizard Generation”. As soon as they started, they found themselves in the middle of an open field. “Wizard Generation” was an extremely realistic VR game which appealed to all five senses. They were surprised at this unprecedented piece of technology and soon become absorbed in playing the game, even Yuria who did not initially accept it. Soon, the class rep Ouka and Shuuho’s childhood friend Natsume also joined their party. However, while they were enjoying the virtual game, the real world was about to reach a turning point. There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Ai Shimai IV Kuyashikute Kimochi Yokatta Nante Ienai 愛姉妹IV 悔しくて気持ち良かったなんて言えない [140530] Silky's 1 Kenji Nishiyama is a fat ugly man that wastes all his money with prostitutes. After losing his job (and money), he decided to blackmail a woman to start a secret sex life with him under the threat of showing her daughters a picture of her husband talking to a prostitute. Later on he try to use what he got with the mother to get the daughters too but, thought in a way it worked, his relationship with them and the reason they stay with him are very different from what he was expecting. Nukige has an English impression
  2. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2014
    Racial Merge is the only masterpiece of the month for me as I can at least enjoy it as a comedy. Clephas had to turn down all the candidates. Micchi pulls out another tremendous list of seven titles among which are PRETTY×CATION , Sora Tobu Hitsuji to Manatsu no Hana , Natsukoi High Pressure , Love Sweets , delayed titles and a fandisc.  
    1. Dream Club Gogo. ドリームクラブGogo. [140410] Tamsoft Corporation 1 Dream C Club gives the interaction and playability lacking in the big majority of galge. It also embraces being a charage more than most PC-based eroge, getting rid of any central plot to focus only on the heroines and their short stories for character development. SIM has an English review  
    2. Mato Kurenai Yuugekitai: Tokyo Twilight Ghosthunters 魔都紅色幽撃隊 Tokyo Twilight Ghosthunters [140410] Now Production 1 2 One day, you arrive at Kurenai Academy in Shinjuku. You're a completely ordinary student, and one of your new classmates gazes at you - Masamune Shiga. The class president, Sayuri Mifune, gives you a tour of the school, during which you spot what appears to be a ghost wearing a summer dress. You investigate the area, when you suddenly encounter an evil spirit that's been haunting the academy. The ghost is wearing a red coat, and he quickly attacks! You're rescued by your classmate, Masamune, and a mysterious woman... You team up with Masamune and the woman to exorcise the murderous red-coated spirit. After the battle, the woman tells you exactly who she is. She explains that she runs a company which takes on requests from citizens to exterminate ghosts like this one. Her name is Chizuru Fukurai, and she invites you to join her company - Gate Keepers. You decide to accept her offer. And this is how your new life as a member of Gate Keepers begins. It also signals the beginning of the life-or-death battle against the evil spirits lurking within the darkness of Tokyo... SRPG has English reviews  
    3. Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps- Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps- [140418] Innocent Grey 1 2 3 4 5 Suou: "Is it wrong if I fall in love with a girl?" Surrounded by immense walls in the middle of a forest, lies the prestigious all-girls school, Saint Angraecum Academy. It's a school that prides itself on growing bright and cultured young women. The school's Amitié program is designed to help foster new friendships that will last a lifetime. This is why Suoh Shirahane, a painfully shy girl with a mysterious past, has enrolled. As her first year of high school begins, she is filled with hopes of a new life. Follow her as she navigates her new friendships and attempts to unravel the many mysteries at the academy, including occult rituals and the mysterious disappearance of fellow students, all while trying to pass her classes. As spring warms into summer, so does Suoh's friendships until they too blossom into a love that is something more. More importantly, who will she choose? There are English reviews  
    4. Harem Tengoku da to Omottara Yandere Jigoku Datta ハーレム天国だと思ったらヤンデレ地獄だった。 [140424] Nippon Ichi 1 2  The protagonist, Kisaragi Yuuya, is the deputy head of the local high school history research club, and the student council has spoken: show off something to the next cultural festival or kiss your club goodbye. As such, Yuuya and his three fellow club members try to create a mascot character, Izaemon, to amass appeal for the club. However what follows was something that no one could have ever predicted... There are English reviews  
    5. 13-nin no Uruwashiki Kedamono 13人の麗しきケダモノ [140425] Mink On the day of the school festival, Mamoru and his childhood friend Kanade plus eleven other people consisting of teachers and students are invited into a mysterious event held in the basements of the school church. After they have arrived an announcement tells everyone to take a seat and states them the rules of the game about to begin. One random person is chosen to be a Devil who hunts villagers at night. Each day villagers must decide on who to execute and the game continues until the real Devil is caught or they manage to kill everyone save for one other person. Still believing it is nothing but a short special event planned by the school, reluctant Mamoru and twelve other players start with the first Judgement phase. The playful atmosphere turns into one of horror when the players discover a grotesque body of the first judged person and notice that the entrance is locked, their cries for help going unnoticed. The announcement sounds again; "Breaking the rules means instant death and the only way out is finding the Devil." Mink has a reputation as nukige maker. Here there's also escape concept and some guro is thrown in. Mastermind behind the devil play is rather predictable, and individual heroines aren't given enough time to shine. Overall, it's an unpleasant slightly dark story with surprisingly unappealing eroticism.  
    6. Demonion 2 ~Maou to Sannin no Joou~ デモニオンII ~魔王と三人の女王~ [140425] Astronauts: Sirius 1 This is the sequel to Demonion. The nomadic people founded four countries on the once barren Nilt region. They were the Elven kingdom of Lusario, the Eastern empire Shuka, the ice empire Kilos and the dark demon kingdom of Hados. However, Hados collapsed due to an instigated revolt by the humans. One hundred years later, the Diabolica were viewed as bringers of destruction and chaos, and as such, they were a target of discrimination and suppression. Caym was a Diabolica prince who survived the fall of Hados in a remote place. A girl named Risbell visited him and pleaded for him to revive Hados to save the Diabolica, and to avenge the deaths of her parents by human hands. He proclaimed that he would defeat the three countries and make their respective queens his servants. RPG  
    7. Love Sweets [140425] Moonstone 1 2 After Itsuki’s first year at Hayagase Gakuen passed uneventfully, he thought that if things continued as is, then he would graduate without having done anything. His friends all got girlfriends after the spring break. He didn’t think that they were seeing anyone during school, and it seemed that they had met while working part-time. Itsuki wanted a girlfriend too, so he decided to find a part-time at a place where there were lots of girls. That’s how he started working at Cafe Hot Chocolat with his childhood friend, energetic kouhai, kind senpai and a girl who he thought was out of his league. There are English reviews  
    8. Natsu Koi High Pressure 夏恋ハイプレッシャー [140425] Smile A year after unsuccessfully applying for Hekikuu Gakuen, Sora passed the transfer examination to fulfill his promise of reuniting with his osananajimi Hikari. They joined up on his first day at the dormitory and he started helping out at the natural onsen Sakura-yu in the shopping mall next to the school on her recommendation. There he met the oneechan-like classmate Misaki, the half-blooded imouto-like Maria, and the shy but hard-working kouhai Yuma. Every day is lively, boisterous and full of laughter. These days of youth are summer love high pressure! Just a typical school charage uninteresting all the way through. Maximum convenience and useless protagonist - everything is as we like it.  
    9. Pretty x Cation [140425] Hibiki Works 1 2 3 4 Spring has come to Tokyo once again, except this year you’re now living alone after your parents had to leave due to work. You’re renting a room at an apartment run by your aunt, who bluntly asks you, “Could it be that you’re not interested in girls…?” Well, of course you are! It’s just that you haven’t had much luck finding someone. “Your youth is now. Go and find your love or you will regret it later.” With just that little push, you feel a little confident that it’s your time to fall in love. Yes, your love will begin to bloom now… While the old-style dating sim concept is still the same, this new title is produced by a different staff. SIM has English reviews  
    10. Racial Merge レーシャル・マージ [140425] AXL 1 2 3 Will was the first youth from his remote village in 50 years to be selected for the elite school in the capital. Lovingly raised by the town’s elderly folks, he was a kind fellow who possessed great knowledge and technique. However, there were no young women in the area. They gave him a warm send-off and told him not to come back until he found a bride. Along the way to the capital, he came upon a lot of young women and also many people in trouble. His kindness led him to coming to aid of a blind girl Meryl, but she didn’t thank him in return. Later, he met her at the school, where she worked as a maid. The Royal Invitational Institute for the Elite is an avant-garde school which aims to break down the wall between the nobility and commoners, with graduates becoming the elite who will help lead the country. However, that is merely the facade since social class differences exist within the school, with the commoners acting as servants to the nobility. However, having grown up in the country, Will could not grasp the concept of social class differences. While others would not dare casually approach a royal like the princess Phyllis, he only saw her as a ‘young woman’. His way of treating everyone equally gradually changed the deep-rooted discrimination at the school. There are English reviews  
    11. Rance IX - Helman Kakumei - ランス9-ヘルマン革命- [140425] Alice Soft 1 2 The oldest nation to still exist on the Continent is the militant Helmanian Empire. A country with a long history, and once the most powerful nation in the world, Helman has experienced years of decay under a corrupt regime. A civil war, an invasion by a neighboring power, or perhaps both could happen at any moment. Amidst fears of such turmoil by no small portion of the population, a man who was once exiled from Helman rises to action. Years prior, Prince Patton Misnarge fought to prove his worth by invading another country, but failed and disappeared from the public eye. Swearing to take his country back, Patton trained and returned a strong and admirable man. He sought to make use of the peerless champion he met on his journeys to fight to revolutionize Helman. Yes, the key to his plan was to get the assistance of the strongest and most brutal warrior, Rance. RPG has English reviews  
    12. Ren'ai Harem ~Daisuki tte Iwasete~ 恋愛はーれむ ~大好きって言わせて~ [140425] Pajamas Soft 1 Naoki’s father was a world-renowned doctor who often travelled overseas. When his parents left during the summer, he ended up staying at his neighbour and childhood friend Seika’s place. He thought of her as a precious friend, and one day she was more assertive than usual. It’s been 30 years since a certain comet had come close to Earth, and the comet’s tail passing by resembled a bridge across the Milky Way. It is said that a couple that get together on Tanabata will live happily ever after. Seika decided to do her best to convey her feelings to him at this time. There is an English review  
    13. Sora Tobu Hitsuji to Manatsu no Hana -When Girls Wish Upon A Star.- 空飛ぶ羊と真夏の花 -When girls wish upon a star.- [140425] Navel honeybell 1 2 Keisuke became an orphan at a young age and he was taken in by the Konohanamiya family. After overcoming strict training, he returned to Japan this summer to serve as a butler to their daughter Kotoya, who was also his osananajimi. He enrolled in the same school as her, Meisei Gakuen, and reunited with an old friend Mea. It seemed like everything would be smooth sailing, but then he received what appeared to be a love letter. Heading to the rendez-vous place, he met a young girl named Merriel who told him that he was a God who had been reborn as a human in order to find his imouto goddess on Earth. Keisuke naturally didn’t believe what the self-proclaimed angel said, but she used her angelic powers to get into the Konohanamiya mansion and gain approval from Kotoya and head housemaid Florencia to stay there. Merriel told him that his imouto had been reborn as a human before him and she likely had come to this town. In order to bring her back as a goddess, he must collect the ‘fragments’ of the goddess’ power. These ‘fragments’ were used to grant the wishes of five young girls: the student council leader Mea, his apathetic classmate Yuu who possessed great singing ability, the pure half-Finnish kouhai Shiina, the mysterious girl Ran who could use magic, and his master Kotoya. Will he be able to retrieve the ‘fragments’ and complete his goal? If he couldn’t, then what fate lies ahead of him? There are English reviews  
    14. Tenbin no La DEA. ~Ikusa Megami MEMORIA~ 天秤のLa DEA。 ~戦女神MEMORIA~ [140425] Eushully 1 2 3 4 This title is the continuation of the Ikusa Megami series and is a remake of the original title from 1999. Celica Sylphil obtained the body of a goddess by slaying her. As a result, he was chased by gods and nations, and hunted by assassins until the ‘water miko’, the guardian saint of the holy nation of Rewinia. During the Battle of Dounel, he lost almost all of his divine power while defeating the evil dragon Aracale. Rewinia was saved, but he had become a soul-less female body. Before he had time to recover his wounds, the ‘water miko’ requested that he head to the Rerun area to investigate the disappearance of the princess of Rewinia 18 years ago. Following the Rewinian order of knights who had left before him, he arrived to find a giant labyrinth. Will he be able to uncover the truth and regain his lost power? RPG has English reviews  
    15. Umisora no Fragments 海空のフラグメンツ [140425] Rootnuko 1 2 When he was small, Shin made a promise with a girl who only visited the island for the summer. They promised to attend the same school when they grew up, so that they could always be together. This childhood memory and innocent promise faded as the months and years passed by. However, everything changed when he saw a photo of a student council president in one of the school brochures which he was leafing through. He decided to enrol in that school, the promised school. Shin attended the entrance ceremony with expectations of a new school life, but it was suddenly announced that the school would be closing in a few months. He was obviously disappointed by the news, but he was determined to bring the "rose-coloured school life" which he had dreamt of into reality. The first step was joining the student council which was full of beauties. It would be the quickest way to attain his dream. There are English reviews    
    BLOCKED   1. Muv-Luv Photonflowers* マブラヴ photonflowers* [140424] Age 1 Muv-Luv Fandisc consisting of the following From Muv-Luv Supplement: Sakura no Hana ga Saku Mae ni ~Muv-Luv After Episode~ Muv-Luv 〜Muv-Luv Another Episode Collection〜 From Ayu Mayu Alternative: Atonement Inheritance (Succession) From Muv-Luv Alternative Chronicles Vol.1: Chicken Divers Rain Dancers From Kimi ga Ita Kisetsu ~Primary~: Confessions Fandisc   2. D.C. III P.P. ~Da Capo III Platinum Partner~ D.C.III P.P. ~ダ・カーポIII プラチナパートナー~ [140425] Circus 1
    This is the new story for D.C. III, focused on the Kazami Gakuen side. Kiyotaka enjoys his third-year school life at Kazami Gakuen with the other official news club members, Ricca, Charles, Himeno, Sara and Aoi. After Golden Week, they are excited for the various seasonal events, such as the athletic meet, summer camp, culture festival and of course, the Christmas party. Will he end up in a special relationship with one of the girls after a year that passes like a dream?
    Fandisc   3. Koiken Otome ~Revive~ 恋剣乙女~再燃~ [140425] Eufonie 1 2
    This is the fandisk for Koiken Otome, focusing on subheroines Chiharu, Shiho and Mari. There are also after stories for the 4 heroines from the original game and an intense episode with the Kotona.
    Fandisc
  3. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2014
    VN of the Month is Endless Dungeon with other masterpieces being Hikoukigumo no Mukougawa and Hello Lady! . Clephas nominated the last two. Micchi pulls out a ridiculous list of seven titles including additional Clover Day’s , Doko no Donata no Kanjou Route , Koisuru Natsu no Last Resort, fandisc and delayed ones.  
    1. Ar Nosurge ~Umareizuru Hoshi e Inoru Uta~ アルノサージュ ~生まれいずる星へ祈る詩~ [140306] Gust 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 On the planet Ra Ciela, humans and spiritual lifeforms known as Genoms once co-existed. That was a long time ago; and the world has since lost its former beauty. People have adapted to this poorer new enviroment and manage to eke out a living. One day, a race known a the Sharl invaded and began kidnapping humans, who found themselves helpless against their mysterious Song Magic. All seemed lost until, unexpectedly, the Ancient Genoms returned to give people hope that one day there will be peace. RPG has English reviews  
    2. Golden Time: Vivid Memories ゴールデンタイム Vivid Memories [140327] Cattle Call inc. Adapted from Takemiya Yuyuko's light novel "Golden Time". The series follows Tada Banri who lost his memories and his spirit has awoken as a separate entity. In this game, You get to choose how Tada spends his days and perhaps who he falls in love with. Golden Time: Vivid Memories has over 20 endings. Anime Spin-Off  
    3. Rou-Kyuu-Bu! Naisho no Shutter Chance ロウきゅーぶ! ないしょのシャッターチャンス [140327] Vridge Inc. New club struggles for those who was not satiated with previous two games. Anime Spin-Off  
    4. Alia's Carnival!   [140328] NanaWind 1 2 3 The Sakumo ward is well known for its cherry blossoms. In recent years, as part of the redevelopment of the ward, an experimental education system was introduced where the students would govern themselves in the newly constructed Sakumodai Gakuin to improve the student life. Those students who are capable and work hard to improve the learning environment would receive various benefits. Also, it seemed that the one with the top results would get a special privilege. Ren returned to Sakumo ward after a long time away and transferred into the school, reuniting with his timid little sister Karin and childhood friend Shiina, who had grown up to be very beautiful. On his first day at school, he was caught up in some trouble and ended up saving a girl. The girl Asuha asked him to join her club, aim for ALIA and change the school. He was puzzled over her sudden invitation, but was excited that his new school life will be surely be an exciting one. There are English reviews  
    5. Baldr Sky "Zero" 2 バルドスカイ ゼロ 2 [140328] Giga 1 2 This is the sequel to BALDR SKY Zero. Edward had waken up in the middle of a virtual battlefield with no memories. He was assigned to the Squall squad under the notorious mercenary corps Fenrir. One time while on a mission, he met and protected Marelle, who was being chased by government forces. A few days after she joined Squall, she volunteered to partner up with him on missions. Their squad leader Goodman approved of it just because he thought it was amusing for two people who didn’t have any memories of their past to pair up. Ed also thought it would be a good opportunity for a ‘wired ghost’ like Marelle, who didn’t have a body in reality, to be in more touch with other people. One day while they were on a mission to support Kei who had gotten into a bind, they came across a being that looked like a monster, but moved like a robot: the third most wanted Rasayana. He was soundly defeated and thought he was going to be eaten, but nothing happened. It appeared like Rasayana knew them. Who exactly is Rasayana and how are Ed and Marelle related? Action has English reviews  
    6. Clover Day's  [140328] ALcot 1 2 3 4 5 6 It was a buried memory. It was an eternal oath. It was a wish from the heart. It was a regret kept for eternity. And a childhood promise— Yuuto was raised in an orphanage in England. He was taken to Japan after being adopted by Takakura Yoshiomi, an executive of his business. Yuuto, who couldn’t speak Japanese, was supported by his twin sister-in-laws, the bright and shy Anzu, and the cool and reliable Anri, along with the innocent and gentle Tsubame, and the showy and devious Izumi. The young boys and girls were unaware of love. They laughed and they cried, nurturing irreplaceable bonds. And 10 years later— The local scenery had changed so much, and so did Yuuto and the others. –But there are also things that remained the same. “Do you remember… the promise we made that day?” Yuuto's other childhood friends, Hekiru and Hikaru, moved overseas ten years ago. They are together with Yuuto again, and their memories from ten years ago return with them. Clover Day's starts during those rich and fulfilling days. There are English reviews  
    7. Doko no Donata no Kanjou Root ドコのドナタの感情経路 [140328] ad:lib 1 2 3 Shouta’s mother is the Kaguya-hime from fairy tales. This spring, a new transfer student Tsubasa appeared in his class. In her previous life, she was a prince who was rejected by Kaguya-hime. She recognized features of Kaguya-hime in him and fell in love with him at first sight. However, her confession was stopped by other girls who used to be Kaguya-hime’s suitors and who held feelings for him. There are English reviews  
    8. Eiyuu*Senki GOLD 英雄*戦姫GOLD [140328] Tenco 1 This is an alternative version of Eiyuu*Senki, with a new storyline. It takes over its cast while adding additional heroines and powers up its system. The old Far East country of Zipang is ruled by the greatest hero Yamato Takeru and since it has secluded itself from other nations, it had developed its own unique culture. The hero of Oushuu, Masamune, starved for excitement in this time of peace. After finding a young man by the sea who had lost his memories, she concocted a plan to put him in charge and challenge Takeru. If he was able to defeat her, then Zipang would break its seclusion and take over other countries, leading to world domination! TBS  
    9. Endless Dungeon [140328] Rosebleu 1 2 This is a sequel to the Tiny Dungeon series, featuring new heroines. Trinity is a school which trains future heroes. A half year after the past heroes successfully passed the trials, a group of new youths pass through the gate, brimming with confidence. One of them was Hime’s imouto, Miko, who came to support her brother. In addition, there was a second blond-haired dragon girl and two girls who came from 20 years in the future and are of a fifth race which was a mixture of all the special traits of the demons, gods, dragons and humans. What future lies ahead for our hero who had opened the gate? There is an English review  
    10. Hello Lady! ハロー・レディ! [140328] Akatsuki Works 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Many problems lie ahead for society in the 21st century. The best youths in the country are gathered at the super-elite Amakawa Noble School where they are trained to lead us to a brilliant future. They are led by five bishoujos known as ‘crowns’. One day, the leader of the crowns Saku was the target of a terrorist attack. She was saved by Shinri, who was invited to the school as the sixth crown. However, he is at odds with the school system. He vowed to do things under his accord and bring change to the school. Saku decided that she must keep an eye on him. There are English reviews  
    11. Hikoukigumo no Mukougawa ひこうき雲の向こう側 [140328] Flat 1 2 3 4 5 6 Eiri is a beautiful girl who is perfect in studies, athletics and style. She knows most things in the world… except for love. Lately, she’s been interested in her classmate Kouji who had turned down a confession by the school’s number one bishoujo Risa. Why would he not go out with her when every other boy would? Could it be because he already has a girlfriend? Or maybe he’s gay? She did some checking into it, but none of the possible explanations satisfied her. So, she started up the ‘love observation club’ to uncover the special circumstances behind his decision. There are English reviews  
    12. Juukishi Cutie ☆ Bullet 銃騎士 Cutie☆Bullet [140328] Effordom Soft 1 2 3 Ayato is a part of the Shirobara musketeer squadron, under the command of his imouto Miyabi. He didn’t have any subordinates, but the group was close like family, fighting against evil in the capital Louvre. His busy days came to a sudden end with the announcement that Shirobara will be disbanded. However, when they found out about a plot by the Akabara musketeer squadron, they gathered three other girls (Mayu, Reina, Sara) in order to stop them. He lived with them under the same roof in order to train for the battle, but… why are they wearing bunny outfits, sneaking in his bed, taking baths with him, and waking him up while straddling him? Can they prevent Akabara’s plot at this rate? There are English reviews  
    13. Koisuru Natsu no Last Resort 恋する夏のラストリゾート [140328] Pulltop Latte 1 2 3 4 5 Soutarou just manages to pay his school fees by doing part-time jobs. After helping his kouhai Umi and skipping his shift, he was fired from his part-time job and was having problems making ends meet. Umi felt responsible for his present situation and introduced him to a part-time job at a Southern resort. With deep blue skies, clear seas and vibrant vegetation, the place looked exactly like in the travel magazines. Moreover, he was surrounded by many girls: energetic imouto-like Sango, affectionate airheaded ojousama Riho, shy and earnest Shiori, and the kind but also strict manager Nagisa. Arriving at the resort, Umi turned to him and asked him to spend the time there as her boyfriend. There are English reviews  
    14. Kunoichi ga Gotoku -Nugase! Bakunyuu Ninjas!- くのいちが如く -脱がせ!爆乳ニンジャーズ!- [140328] Gyunyuu Sensha Hagakure Ninjutsu Academy is an educational institution for training “justice ninjas” who fight against evil prevailing in this world. Teacher Hayate supervises four female students. One day "mystery book" required to become full-fledged ninjas gets stolen by an enemy ninja corps. The battle to regain the artifact begins. Action  
    15. Love Love Life ~Ojou-sama 7nin to Love Love Harem Seikatsu~ らぶらぶらいふ ~お嬢様7人とラブラブハーレム生活~ [140328] Cabbit 1  Takuma transferred into the famous private school Saimei Gakuen, which is attended by the richest girls. What sets him apart from others is that he will always come to the aid of a troubled person, and he loves girls so much that he wants to make his own harem. Naturally his declaration was first met with disdain, but all the girls slowly warmed up to his kind nature and actions. Soon, he had a harem of 7 girls living with him. One of his lovers, Leone, was the princess of a small European country which allows polygamy for royalty. She invited him to come to her homeland and he agreed without too much thought. However, the other heroines were really worried and upped their attacks on him at school and in the dorm, from morning to night. What will he choose in the end: pure love or a harem? There is an English review  
    16. Ren'ai Made Sentakushi Hitotsu 恋愛まで選択肢ひとつ [140328] Nounai Kanojo 1 2 3 Riku and his childhood friend Misora loved each other, but she passed away in an accident when they were in grade school. Ever since then, love has become a trauma for him and he did everything to never have the same kind of relationship with another girl again. He treated his childhood friend Kirio like one of his guy friends. He considers his lady co-worker Yukari as a rival. Misora’s younger sister Suzuho, who’s quite attached to him, is like a follower to him. His younger sister Karen seems to hate him. He continued to live his normal life without looking at them as women. However, one day, a girl who looked exactly like Misora appeared before his eyes. He suddenly became aware of his feelings, and so did all the other heroines. There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Reika no Yakata ~Saimin Yuugi e no Shoutaijou~ 麗華の館 ~催眠遊戯への招待状~ [140322] Sister Soft 1
    A sudden snowstorm forces Kyoichi and his sister Hime to seek shelter in a mysterious inn. Once inside, they discover that the two voluptuous owners Reika and Hitomi operate it as a high class brothel. They use hypnosis on Kyoichi to bring him into a world of pleasure, and when his lovely sister tries to rescue him, they also use hypnosis on her! Will they be able to escape?
    Nukige with an English review   2. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai -Dreaming Sheep- 大図書館の羊飼い -Dreaming Sheep- [140328] August  1
    This is the fandisk to Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai. “The book club is eternal!!” Everyone ignored Kana; it’s another normal day at the book club. They still joke around and do random tasks. The only difference is that Kyoutarou has a girlfriend and at least to him, they have a pure relationship even if the rest of the members call them a lovey-dovey couple. It’s become much more fun than before.
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  4. kivandopulus
    Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen Hachimyoujin is VN of the month. Other masterpieces include Baka Moe Heart ni Ai o Komete! and Koi Suru Doll to Omoi no Kiseki ~Poupee de Souhaits~ . Clephas empathized the last one among the three. Micchi in addition to Koi Suru Doll does not mind playing Otonari Koi Sensou and fandiscs.  
    1. Fragment's Note 2 Side: Yukitsuki Fragment’s Note2 Side:雪月 [140227] Alvion 1 The Fragment's Note visual novel series returns with a brand new entry! Fragment's Note 2 features the deeply moving stories of two new heroines! Fragment's Note 2 is a slice-of-life visual novel/dating sim featuring Kyoichi Akikawa, a boy who lost his family in an airplane accident, the heroines close to him, and the story that binds them together. Mobile exclusive is localized and has English impressions  
    2. IS2 Ignition Hearts IS<インフィニット・ストラトス>2 イグニッション・ハーツ [140227] MAGES. GAME All Infinite Stratos pilots participate in a school cultural festival. But maintenance room gets mined and Ichika Orimura triggers the explosives. He awakens with amnesia, and nothing works to get memories back. So girls decide to repeat the festival day and this way return the memories to protagonist. Anime Spin-Off  
    3. Baka Moe Heart ni Ai o Komete! バカ燃えハートに愛をこめて! [140228] Praline 1 2 Renren Academy is a school which promotes romance, with couples-only meals, events made specifically for couples, and a shrine where only couples may enter. It is said that a couple who ties the knot in front of the legendary goddess statue in the shrine on the day of the Christmas party will be happy forever. These phrases of “legendary” and “eternal love” make Shoutarou burn with excitement. He vows to find a girlfriend and confess his love for her in front of the goddess statue. However, there are the ‘juubakusha’ who stand in his way. They despise the lovey-dovey atmosphere given off by the couples in the school and want to cancel the Christmas party! They also play tricks on couples to try to make them break up and attempt to destroy the statue. Shoutarou won’t put up with their ill actions! Nothing will stop him from becoming the best man there ever was! There are English reviews  
    4. Hitonatsu no ひとなつの [140228] Hiqo Soft 1  During the summer of his third year, Masaru transfered to Kamakura Gakuen in his hometown which he hadn’t visited for nearly four and a half years. He used to pretend to be a ‘hero’ with his osananajimis Eri, Masaru and Miyuki, but they’ve since moved on from that childish stage. He didn’t think that things would change, but something happened during over the years he was gone. “It’s almost time for the athletic festival. Let’s make it the best one ever!” Those words from the school’s popular broadcast personality Ako made him think back to that time. At the lighthouse, his friend Masaru’s imouto Chiharu touched her left ring finger and asked him if heroes existed. He felt a bit crushed, but hoped that things would be like they were before. “Yes, there’s a hero in this town.” There is an English review  
    5. Innocent Girl イノセントガール [140228] Frontwing 1 2 There are two types of artists: those who wish to portray something and those who wish to convey something. Wataru had given up on being either of them. Hiding his past, he planned to live a life unrelated to the arts. However, due to some family circumstances, he ended up transferring into the arts boarding school Kurisaki Academy. He shared a dormitory, “Dream house”, with four fellow students, who all have their own eccentricities: quiet classmate Kagari, reunited little sister-in-law Hinako, friendly childhood friend Konoka, and the beautiful semi-pro artist Kanae. His biggest secret was blown the first day of school. What will happen now as he has no interest in the arts at all? There are English reviews  
    6. Koishiki Manual 恋式マニュアル [140228] GLace 1 2 3 Ichinose Academy is a famous private school which is the best at everything, except its students have no romantic appeal. One fine autumn morning, the principal’s daughter Himeno declared that they will have a test to determine each student’s riajuu level. For someone who has never had a girlfriend, Hiroki naturally flunked the test. He was moved, along with five others girls who failed, to a special love training class called the "love manual". Let the lessons of love begin! There are English reviews  
    7. Koi Suru Doll to Omoi no Kiseki ~Poupee de Souhaits~ 恋する少女と想いのキセキ~Poupee de souhaits~ [140228] Sugar Pot 1 2 When he was a young boy, Tomoki met the puppet master Asuha who didn’t ‘use’ the dolls, but cherished them like people. He doesn’t remember those times clearly, but he felt like the dolls there were alive when he snuck into her mansion and talked with them. Those days were his most distant and happiest memories. Now he works as a part-time freelance figure modeller while attending design classes at Tourin Gakuen. One day, there was a rumour of a suspicious person around town. He openly dismissed the rumours as unfounded, but was actually afraid due to his timid nature. It was actually a strange wooden doll which attacked him. However, a hooded girl with different coloured eyes which were bright like jewels leapt out to defeat the wooden doll and protect him, collapsing from exhaustion afterwards. Then, another girl named Ena appeared before him as he was still dumbfounded at what occurred. She pulled out a figure from the doll, which he instantly recognized as his first figure Towa. She nodded and pulled up the hood from the fallen girl. She had the same face as the figure. “I… returned… to fulfill our promise… master…” There are English reviews  
    8. Koi Suru Kimochi no Hanakotoba 恋する気持ちの花言葉 [140228] Hexenhaus Takumi was entrusted with managing the student dormitory that had previously been taken care of by his grandmother. He went to the dormitory with his osananajimi Kana and greeted new residents Nanakusa and Sara. After the busy spring break, he started the new school term with Kana, Sara, and his friend since last year Tsubaki. Due to bad grades, Kana and Tsubaki also ended up living at the dormitory as well. Thus began the awkward house life with his osananajimi, friend, kouhai and senpai, as a new dorm manager. This debut title is very crude in every field. Artificial harem and zero point of interest.  
    9. Koisuru Shimai no Sextet 恋する姉妹の六重奏 [140228] PeasSoft 1 Shouma had been living with his mother in this green seaside city, but he found himself suddenly alone when she went overseas to be with his father. However, not soon thereafter, his sisters Kotone and Shiho returned to Japan to be with him, bringing an end to his ordinary daily life. Along with his close neighbours Yuuka and Suzuka and his classmates Mai and Miyu, which sister(s) will he choose to spend the summer with? There is an English review  
    10. Otonari Koi Sensou! おとなり恋戦争! [140228] Sugar House 1 2 Yui and Suzuka lived next door to Yuuto and they’ve been together since they were born. They often fought over him and made promises to marry him when they grew up. He thought these happy times together would last forever, but they came to an end when Suzuka moved away. Many years later, they re-appeared in front of his door. However, their love battle for him isn’t only limited to the two of them now, with his imouto-like neighbour Hotaru, lively kouhai Yuzu who calls him ‘oniichan’, and the respected daughter of the school chairman Manami also joining the fray. Surrounded on all sides, there’s no place to hide!? There are English reviews  
    11. Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen Hachimyoujin 相州戦神館學園 八命陣 [140228] light 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Yoshiya has been seeing continuous lucid dreams every night since he was small. Even though his mind doesn’t get to rest during his ‘sleep’, he still doesn’t experience heavy fatigue nor have ill health. Instead, he is brighter and more capable than other people his age. He thought of his special ability as one of his good points, and intended to live a relatively normal life. That was until he met Mizuki, who also had the same ability as him. They were able to enter the dream world at will, but soon they found themselves caught in a world which could kill people and change history. It was a world from which one cannot escape. They were faced with the choice of either giving up and taking their own lives or to charge forward and try to break through this nightmare. However, they all felt like they were not caught up in this absurd situation by chance, but rather because it was their own wishes. There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Bishoujo Mangekyou -Katsute Shoujo Datta Kimi e- 美少女万華鏡 -かつて少女だった君へ- [140228] ωstar 1 2 3 In the middle of the mountains stands an isolated, rural hot springs inn. There works the beautiful waitress, Haru Inamori. Souta Kamijou, the lover of Haru, secretly pays a visit to the inn in order to surprise her... When the idiot couple of adults interlock, a steaming hot night of love ensues... Nukige has English reviews   2. Hapymaher -Fragmentation Dream- ハピメア-Fragmentation Dream- [140228] Purple Software 1 2 This is the fandisk to HapyMaher. After a certain accident, all of Tooru’s dreams became lucid dreams. However, after that winter incident, his happy nightmares came to an end. Yuuko was finally starting to recover from her illness and could attend school again with him. With the help of his osananajimi Saki, Yuuko’s friend Keiko and the somewhat helpful Yayoi, they gradually became accustomed to the school life. However, he could not forget about ‘her’, even though he knew that he would never meet ‘her’ again. He noticed his dearest nightmare Maia appear by his side. “It’s true that there is no dream that one doesn’t wake up from. However, it doesn’t mean that one will stop dreaming.” She whispered into his ear: “This is the story of a dream leading towards a sweet happy end”. Fandisc   3. Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai! A-3 真剣で私に恋しなさい!A-3 [140228] Minato Soft 1 2 A fandisc featuring routes for Lee and Stacy, as well as an after story for Tsubame.
    Fandisc   4. Owaru Sekai to Futagoza no Paradise 終わる世界と双子座のパラダイス [140228] Cotton Soft
    This is the fandisk for Owaru Sekai to Birthday and Futagoza no Paradox. It includes after and side stories, some bonus H-scenes and a minigame. Most importantly, it features a full route for chara poll victor Misaki, where she becomes Touya’s childhood friend and Ili is his real younger sister.
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  5. kivandopulus
    Bradyon Veda is beyond reach in January. Clephas tried to choose a game that is good for everyone, so stopped at Sekai to Sekai no Mannaka de . Other nice choices are  Kimi to Boku to no Kishi no Hibi -Rakuen no Chevalier- and 12 no Tsuki no Eve . Micchi also feels for Melty Moment and Kiss Ato  
    1. Bradyon Veda [140124] Akatsuki Works 1 2 3 4 5 It’s been three years since the end of the tragic Great War. In the midst of the central city of Moloch in defeated Japan appeared a man, Naoto, bearing the rusted badge of Nephilim. Nephilim was the 10-man experimental elite special corps who possessed the powers of the gods and annihilated tens of thousands of enemy units. The immense powers which they held scared not only their enemies, but also themselves. Realizing this, their leader Komoe disbanded the group, but an internal struggle arose, leading to her death and Naoto suffering a serious injury. With the purpose of carrying on her intentions, Naoto stood up to seal those powers which should not remain in this world. What lies ahead in the future? Will it be sovereignty, harmony or destruction? There are English reviews  
    2. Kimi to Boku to no Kishi no Hibi -Rakuen no Chevalier- きみと僕との騎士の日々 -楽園のシュバリエ- [140124] Piriri! 1 2 3 4 It is said that one who graduates from the famous private school Kamishiro Gakuen will definitely become successful in life. The best students at the school are called ‘knights’ and are admired by all. This year, five good childhood friends were selected as the ‘knights’: sourpuss Yukitaka, serious Kei, cheerful Ruruka, timid Asuna and cool Touri. Even though he had some feelings for all of them, he spent his days without pursuing any deeper relationships. That was until he found out about a secret ‘duel game’ which only the knights can participate in. There are English reviews  
    3. Rozen Maiden: Wechseln Sie Welt ab ローゼンメイデン ヴェヘゼルン ジー ヴェルト アップ [140130] MAGES. GAME The game follows the life of Jun Sakurada through two separate paths in the visual novel, where he can chose to wind up Shinku, or not. Doing so will allow him to be her master and the game will follow him through the Middle School Route. Choosing not to do so will send players down his college route. Anime Spin-Off  
    4. Toushin Toshi 闘神都市 [140130] imageepoch 1 2 3 4 5 A reimagining of Toushin Toshi 2. It features a new version of the original story, coupled with a completely new battle system and dungeon designs. RPG remake  
    5. 12 no Tsuki no Eve 12の月のイヴ [140131] minori 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 At the end of the year, even though everyone has different feelings, they all spend the last days of the year in a busy fashion. This spirit is also present in a new town Megumishi, close to the city. On Christmas Eve, an extremely ordinary boy, Naoto, met a strange girl. Even though she hadn’t met him before, she had a sense of déjà vu. This was when the story of Naoto and three girls begins. One wished to protect her happy time. One unconsciously tried to obtain something. One strove to achieve a precious goal. There are English reviews  
    6. Aisare Roommate 愛サレるームメイト [140131] Reon 1 The boarding school which Kotarou attends, Rokujou Gakuen, has a slightly strange system called the ‘six étoiles’ (six stars). Students are assigned ranks of 1 to 6 stars based on their grades, and their dorms change depending on their rank. At the beginning of the second term, the boy’s dormitory collapsed and the principal declared that each boy would have to share a room with a girl. It was the first time that the girls had experienced such an intimate co-ed life. Will they fall in love being in such close quarters? Faint Tone was more scenario oriented while this one is primarily Ichirabu. Depending on the heroine there can be additional mystery or chuni, but game is still rough and thin.  
    7. Kiss Ato キスアト [140131] Giga 1 2 3 Makoto attends a local school which specializes in the arts, but he didn’t have much confidence in his ability. Nearing the end of his second year, he came to the workspace that was opened up to students to work on his year-end project. Sitting next to him was a girl from another class, Tsukuyo, who was famous for her art skills. After watching her work and seeing her art, he fell in love with her. There are English reviews  
    8. Melty Moment MeltyMoment ~メルティモーメント~ [140131] Hooksoft 1 2 This story takes place in a town full of residential areas and apartment complexes. The town is what you would a commuter town, and is a nice, quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of urban cities. There are no skyscrapers to be found, nor any big-box stores. Instead the townscape is comprised of houses and apartments. It has a nice, relaxing ambience, and there's a certain nostalgia that fills Takeru's chest when he looks out his window at the two. The only tall buildings so to speak of are the buildings around the station, or the apartment towers along the redeveloped riverbank. Here one doesn't need to look up to see the beautiful, blue sky. When the sun sets in the evening, the mountains in the distance, and the hill road leading up to school become tinged in a crimson hue. If you ever want to know what time it is, all you need to do is check the sun. Our story begins in late September. The time of the year when an end to the blistering summer heat is finally within sight. It was a normal day for Takeru. He was leisurely walking down the riverbank with his friends as he always does, just as the sun was about to set. It was all part of the same daily routine he was used to. But tiny changes can cause that daily walk home to change, in ways that may one day come to tell a story of love. They were tiny indeed, nothing special. Just the small, daily happenings that we each experience in our daily lives. It could be the moment his eyes met hers. It could be the moment their hands touched when trying to grab a book. It could be the moment she smiled at him, for the very first time-- Those tiny, minuscule moments that occur randomly throughout our daily lives can be the start of magical things to come. There are English reviews  
    9. Sekai to Sekai no Mannaka de 世界と世界の真ん中で [140131] Lump of Sugar 1 2 3 4 Gripping pain, numbing loneliness, burning one-sided love. These are feelings which stay with you all through your life. These intense feelings are what created the world we live in. One day, there was great commotion at the dormitory Erdõs at Kaginomori Gakusha. Renri’s little sister Kokoro was going to be released from hospital after an extended stay, and Minori suggested that they do a major cleaning of the dormitory before her arrival. While cleaning the attic, he found a notebook containing words which he did not know would change his peaceful days. There are English reviews  
    10. Shin Shirogane no Soleil -ReANSWER- 新・白銀のソレイユ -ReANSWER- [140131] SkyFish 1 2 Hokuou Gakuen is located near the sea and encompasses a large area. One night, a young girl appeared on the nearby beach. Maybe she had descended from the overly large red moon or came up from the dim blue ocean. Afterwards, many strange rumours spread around the school, about a small goddess that could grant wishes and monsters which would eat humans. Ryuuhei was a student with amnesia who was caught up in these incidents. A war maiden with crimson hair, Hagar, appeared before him. She crushed the monsters with her spear and held out her bloody right hand to him, inviting him to unleash Ragnarok again together. There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Watashi no Real wa Juujitsu Shisugiteiru 私のリアルは充実しすぎている [140111] TetraScope 1 2
    Anesaki Nozomi is a closet otaku. Despite acting like a model student at school (even being the vice president of the student council), at home she mostly plays otome games. The only one who knows the truth about herself is her step-brother Shun, whom she is currently living alone with because their parents are overseas.
    Doujin has English reviews   2. Nishizono Mio Misshitsu Satsujin Jiken? 西園美魚密室殺人事件? [140129] Key 1  Kyousuke comes to Riki’s classroom one day, telling him something terrible has happened. He takes him to another room and they discover a truly awful sight… Mio Nishizono’s corpse. No, she isn’t actually dead. But there’s something very strange about this, namely the fact that Mio was "murdered" in a locked room. Riki is promptly tasked with solving the mystery of how this could have been possible. Mission Start! Fandisc
  6. kivandopulus
    Foreword: I seriously neglected this game as a light novel short spin-off from an obscure maker. And guess what - it was a shocking blast akin to XBlaze Code: Embryo Synopsis: This is an all-ages cross-media series by bishoujo game company mana and light novel publisher MF Bunko J. It is written by Okano Touya and TAMAMI. The light novel covers the first part of the story, while the kinetic novel DVD that comes with the special version of the paperback details the second part of the story. Magic item appraiser Lang visits the house of an impoverished noble to collect debts. There he meets a proud girl named Charlotte who has a great sense of justice and duty to her followers. Even though she had already given out most of her possessions away, he plans to salvage some assets, but… Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwGwDxf37gEmfhuBbzonBQoblJCGKgV6j   Character Design rating: 10/10 Protagonist rating: 10/10 Story rating: 8/10 Game quality: 10/10 Overall rating: 9/10 First, let's get over with XBlaze Code: Embryo parallels. Both games are all-age 100% voiced story focused interesting stories, and both actively use continuous visual effects. But Noblelige manages to be much more mature, exciting and exclusive. As you see from the scores, I absolutely love all characters in this game including charismatic and developed villains. Art is majestic, and personalities fit their images perfectly. After episode 1 my rating for this game was 10/10 as I could not find anything at all that might raise hesitation. I'll note my concerns about episode 2 later. Protagonist is alchemist apprentice , former infiltrator and current tax collector Lang Donohue. Flashbacks into his saturated past take a good quarter of the game. He is reasonable, calculating and  inventive, so his battles are often based on a thorough strategy. Main heroine Charlotte, on the other hand, is a more traditional arrogant blonde noble, but also surprisingly capable in fencing, cheerful and reckless. Roughly speaking, these guys are opposites Episode 1 is very funny as I counted as many as five great jokes (mostly based around Charlotte nature) versus just two in rather serious Episode 2. It just looks so funny when Donohue comes to a worn mansion of Charlotte, knocks for a long time and decides to go down from the roof. Charlotte assaults him as a burglar , but it gets evident that she heard knocking and crying , but it was beyond her dignity to open the door instead of a butler. To the question where butler is now she answers that all the servants took some time off to consider Charlotte's suggestion to serve out of loyalty and not for money. And it's just one such well-prepared multi-layered joke. But despite overall cheerful nature game is absolutely not for kids. Main characters don't kill anyone, but there are a lot of deaths happening right in front of them and in Lang's past. Basically, Charlotte is something between Don Quixote and Sailor-moon. She treats everyone with utter arrogance but also charges to anyone's help request as a champion of justice and protector of land (also less subjects means less taxes!). It looks especially awkward because she is alone from her noble family with zero servants and loads of taxes in a crumbling mansion. Lang is sent to retrieve that huge loan and to hunt for family sacred artifact "Blue Tear". Charlotte lightmindedly promises to give him the artifact if he proves himself in the servitude, and Lang can't just turn back due to his personal circumstances. And basically Episode 1 and Episode 2 are two different help requests that trigger some adventure. These two admirable characters are placed in a very cruel world. Runaways here are easily shot by their own comrades, slave trade is commonplace and loan organizations are super powerful as money powers this world. So there are quite a lot of parallels with our life. And Charlotte is the main star of this game also for the reason that she ignores laws of this world , follows her heart , does crazy things and actually manages to take over and impose her will. The results of her actions are actually much more successful in the long run than reasonable goal setting approach of Lang. That's what I liked in this game. Investment in people manages to beat investment in things. The very loan of Charlotte family makes Lang stay loyal while effective approach would quickly close the deal.  Episode 1 runs 4.5 hours and is perfect in tempo. Episode 2 lasts 6 hours and for the first half of it even conflict does not get set. Then second half is all about conflict, of course. My first complaint is about flashbacks in Episode 2. I don't mind flashbacks, but I really was confused several times as flashback begins under some pressing conditions and after flashback those conditions often get resolved without it being shown. First couple times it's even funny as it's hard to say what's reality, what's flashback and what's a dream, but it starts to irritate eventually. I was afraid that all  flashbacks and extra characters won't be integrated into the story properly, but eventually it all fused nicely. Second and last complaint is about ending as it's abrupt and failing to explain and finish things properly. Still I secretly admire such endings as maker literally says that he does not care about game's success and will finish as artistic nature demands and not to the public's crooked will.  I praise Noblelige for being a great anime-resembling experience. Romance in visual novels hinders this feeling a lot, and few all-ages non-romance games ever each this level of story-telling. And I'll go even further here and compare Noblelige with Goblin slayer. After all, both are serious thrilling stories of blood and sweat where one character is a calculating genius and the other one is a noble radiant soul in this forsaken damned world not suitable for any decent species living. Even master-servant roles are similar yet opposite. Main character in both titles relies on artifacts and utility items while possessing average power. And this comparison is the best possible praise I can think of even though everything pales in comparison with Goblin slayer as the most inspiring anime ever made.
  7. kivandopulus

    VN of the Year
    Year 2013 exceeded my expectations. I was able to choose as many as 34 masterpieces, even one more than in fruitful 2012. Surprisingly, there's a better selection of chuunige as well - industry is absolutely alive and kicking. However, now it's truly the last year of abundance - sneak peek into 2014 shows the number of masterpieces being in the mid twenties. Visual Novel Openings 2013 . 
    My list of masterpieces in 2013: Boku ga Tenshi ni Natta Wake ChuSinGura 46+1 Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai Electro Arms -Realize Digital Dimension- Futagoza no Paradox Getsuei Gakuen -kou- Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~ Grisaia no Rakuen Hapymaher HHG Megami no Shuuen Himawari no Kyoukai to Nagai Natsuyasumi Inpyuri -Hito to Anata to Ayakashi to- Izayoi no Fortuna Jesus 13th -Ushinawareta Gakuen- Kara no Shoujo - The Second Episode Karumaruka * Circle Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi. Koi Suru Tame ni Umaretekita- Komorebi no Nostalgica Lovesick Puppies -Bokura wa Koi Suru Tame ni Umaretekita- Natsu no Owari no Nirvana Natsukumo Yururu Ojou-sama wa Gokigen Naname Prism ◇ Recollection! Reminiscence Ryuusei☆Kiseki -Shooting Probe- Seihou no Prismgear Sengoku † Koihime ~Otome Kenran ☆ Sengoku Emaki~ Shoujo Shin'iki ~ Shoujo Tengoku -The Garden of Fifth Zoa- Timepiece Ensemble Tojita Sekai no Tori Colony Tsukiakari Lunch XBlaze Code: Embryo Yume ka Utsutsu ka Matryoshka
      As for year 2013, apparently, Clephas chose Hapymaher . I'm absolutely subjective when I choose game of the year thinking only of personal preferences, so I choose ChuSinGura 46+1. And I need to announce what I'll be reviewing. Sadly, Dunamis15 can't be hooked. Or rather it can and I can get wall of text, but no lines are loaded into memory, so proper play is impossible, and I'm not going to repeat what I did with Psyclone - copy-pasting lines from the wall of text on the fly, it was also a much shorter game. So for 2011 I'm going to review Noblelige instead .  I find two games in the utter need of English reviews, so I'm taking up Seihou no Prismgear and Shoujo Shin'iki ~ Shoujo Tengoku -The Garden of Fifth Zoa- for review. See you there!
  8. kivandopulus
    Sengoku † Koihime ~Otome Kenran ☆ Sengoku Emaki~ and Timepiece Ensemble are masterpieces of the month. Clephas liked the first one more. Micchi likes the second one, plus Magicalic⇔Sky High  
    1. Kaihou Shoujo SIN 解放少女 SIN [131205] MAGES. GAME 1 2 3 4 A sequel to Liberation Maiden, although it sheds the three-dimensional shooting gameplay in favor of a visual novel approach. Liberation Maiden SIN follows the exploits of Kiyoto Kaido, childhood friend of and newly-appointed chief aide to President Shoko Ozora, during the events of the Second Liberation War. Kaido has the ability to read other people's minds. Several new female characters also appear as cabinet members in the New Japan government. Both the Liberator Kamui and the Guardian Spirits also feature. Action has English reviews  
    2. Sengoku Hime 5 ~Senka Tatsu Haou no Keifu~ 戦極姫5 ~戦禍断つ覇王の系譜~ [131206] Gesen 18 1 This is the sequel to Sengokuhime 4, offering an alternate ‘if’ retelling of the Sengoku era. The main routes are for the Oda family after the Battle of Okehazama, as well as a new one for the Chousokabe family. There’s additions to the routes for the other lords, which number over 120. The system has been updated with a seamless world map, potential rebellion outbreaks, military type branching, improved naval fights, among others. TBS  
    3. Bad End [131213] Arai Koh Create Office  1 Kyuuhei Inui has never been one to take rumors as anything but that - rumors, until his best friend had died while playing the game.... Kyuuhei is driven to find out the truth behind his friend's mysterious death by any means possible. After exhausting all ideas, he decided the only way to find out the truth is to play 'BAD END' himself. Will Kyuuhei risk his life to get to the bottom of the game's mystery or will he meet his demise? Game is localized and has English reviews  
    4. Astelight Shissouki 星継駅疾走軌 [131220] raiL-soft In the midst of a deep fog shrouding a ‘station’ somewhere in the barren wasteland of an unknown world stood a strange giant machine. A forgotten legend has been revived: the train of the departed, containing people from the past, present and future. What things can they see while on this mysterious train? Why are they on this train and where is it heading? Will they be able to get off it safely? I happened to review it already. Not much different from prequels.  
    5. Ayame no Machi to Ohime-sama あやめの町とお姫様 [131220] More Testuya recently had been seeing the same mysterious dream, with a lonely kimono-clad girl gazing at the moon in the middle of an open grassy field. He returned to his hometown of Koga after four years in Tokyo and was a bit saddened to see his place of memories changed due to recent development. One night, he headed to his favorite place, the garden of irises Ayame-en, and was startled to find a girl there who looked like the girl in his dreams. He joined the archaeology research group that she was a part of with the intention of getting to know her. Contrary to his initial impression, Ayame was a hardcore gamer, lacked common sense and called herself a princess from the Sengoku era. Ayame story is fairly interesting, but other heroines aren't really. Cute and fine, but rather short and boring overall.  
    6. Love Replica ラブレプリカ [131220] Garden 1 Sawato was brought up under the strict martial arts training by his grandfather and has never had a girlfriend. His dream was to have one and he had a revelation one day from a goddess who told him, “if you want to be popular, then you should join a band”. Even though he thought that it seemed too simplistic, he went about recruiting members for the band. One day, a new transfer student arrived in his class. She told him that if he becomes really good, then she’ll let him touch her breasts. Highly motivated by this, he gradually became obsessed with the band activities, making precious memories over the summer. ‘Love replicas’ are cloned humans whose sole purpose is as a vessel for organs required for transfer to people suffering from incurable GODS (genetic deficiency organ dysfunction syndrome). There is an English review  
    7. Magicalic ⇔ Sky High ~Soratobu Houki no Omoi o Nosete~ まじかりっく⇔スカイハイ ~空飛ぶホウキに想いをのせて~ [131220] Whirlpool 1 2 3 A long time ago, the magic world suddenly appeared, causing much confusion and many challenges to everyone. However, humans and magicians co-operated and now they live together peacefully. Ten years later, schools have been built all over the country to train those who have innate magic ability. Hayato attends one of them, Clarus Magic Academy, and is the best in the school at flying. However, he is totally incompetent at everything else. One day while flying around like usual, he suddenly lost the ability to use his magic and fell from the sky. He narrowly escaped death at the expense of his cherished broom and found himself in an unfamiliar ancient ruin. Hayato found a carefully-kept broom there and thus, his sky-high story had taken off. There are English reviews  
    8. Sengoku † Koihime ~Otome Kenran ☆ Sengoku Emaki~ 戦国†恋姫~乙女絢爛☆戦国絵巻~ [131220] BaseSon 1 2 3 4 5 6 Kensuke trained hard every day under the tutelage of his uncle Kazuto. One day, when he held a sword he found in the storehouse, he lost consciousness. When he came to, he found himself in a place he did not recognize. He met a girl who introduced herself as Oda Saburou Kuon Nobunaga. She held out her hand to a stunned Kensuke and asked him to become her husband and accompany her on the road to national supremacy. They travelled across the country, racking up victories in this period of social upheaval. However, there was one enemy they could not defeat: the oni. These man-eating, blood-drinking beasts soon took over all of Japan, plunging the country into hell. However, Kuon and Kensuke vowed to continue fighting, issuing a written appeal to all the influential lords: “Samurai who are not afraid of even the oni, gather under me and let us save Japan together!” There are English reviews  
    9. Senjou no Folklore -Boukoku no Kishidan- 戦場のフォークロア ─亡国の騎士団─ [131220] Debo no Su Seisakusho 1 2 The year 1221 of the Holy Calendar was a turning point for the Vandal Kingdom which ruled the continent of Sahul. The young king James the Fifth initially followed the lead of the previous ruler and was tolerant to the minorities, but turned to a hard-line stance after being influenced by his advisors. He forbade them from being involved in political affairs and betrayers would have their entire home village sent to settlements regardless of age and gender. The enforcement of this Fleming Rule drove those who wished for their own sovereignty underground. Seven years later in the remote town of Rahy, the captain of the guards Kenneth received news that some rebels had escaped from the suppression of a revolt in a neighboring province and were heading his way. He gathered his troops in response to their request, but since he had also maintained good relationships with the minorities in neighboring villages, it was impossible for him to resolve this problem quickly. It was to be the opening act in a long battle which laid before him. RTS  
    10. Tsuyokiss NEXT つよきす NEXT [131220] Candy Soft 1 2 3 It’s been several years since the ‘legendary era’ at Ryuumeikan. The powers of student council and the public morals committee have increased to encompass not only clubs, but also over all classes. Now the two committees which had become friendly with each other were led by two aggressive girls, Hakari and Neko. Respecting the traditions imposed by the principal Heizou, they fight each other, dragging Hakari’s follower Sanagi along in the process. There are English reviews  
    11. Ulijib Agigoyang-i 우리집 아기고양이 [131221] Novel Engine 1 2 3 Hanul is a teenager having a weary day because all kinds of animals - including dogs, cats and even pigeons - are chasing him frantically. One day, he discovers a mother cat and her kitten, which were living in the tree of his yard, lying dead still on a cold floor. He took them to a veterinary clinic, but it was already too late for the mother cat. And on behalf of the deceased mother, he decided to take care of the kitten named Nuri. But, the little kitten Nuri was not an ordinary kitten. She was a mystical creature, an inhabitant of another world not recognized by ordinary people. After a peculiar meeting with Sora, who has her own story with the supervisor of mystical creatures, Yura, the boy who became a father of two girls after many twist and turns is now about to begin a new life with his new family. It is a warm and mind-healing comedy regarding companion animals, granting you the chance to experience the joy of raising cute little girls for yourself. Game is localized and has English reviews  
    12. Timepiece Ensemble [131227] GLace 1 2 3 It’s the day before Hourai Shinobazu Academy’s culture festival. Taki and the rest of the Pip Club’s members are busy preparing their booth. On to way to the discount store to buy some last-minute supplies, he came upon a new store in a back alley called Kikouya (House of Tricks). Entering the shop, he was greeted by a talking cat Tetmet who took his order and brought him everything he needed, and at a bargain too. When he was about to leave, the storeowner Kuroha asked him if he would like to ‘buy time’. He was perplexed at her question, but was too worried about finishing up the club’s booth for the culture festival, muttering that ‘if he only had one more day, then everything would be done in time’. “Thank you, please come again,” said Kuroha as he left. As expected, there wasn’t enough time for them to finish their preparations, so the club members all stayed overnight at the school to finish up. Although some parts were still not completely done, they planned to give it their all. When they woke up, they began their preparations for the culture festival the next day. An extra day had been added due to Taki’s wish, and he was the only one who realized it. There are English reviews  
    13. Dare ka ga Koi Shita Hankagai ~Butterfly Loved the Street~ 誰かが恋した繁花街 ~Butterfly Loved the Street~ [131231] Life a Little 1 2 Oriibu Village... that was the name of this town, as well as this world. This otherworldly town has a nostalgic, retro-like flavor. For ages, it has prospered, and continues to prosper without end. Every corner of the place is bustling with people, and warmth. It is both old-fashioned, yet refreshingly new. Neither magic nor spells exist here, but there is an aura of mystique. How long has it been since I, Yumesaki Haruki, have come to this world? It feels like it's been a few days. But it also feels like it's been over a year. There is the passing of the day into night, back into day. However, you don't feel the passage of time beyond that. The flowers that have once blossomed continue to stay in full bloom. Game is localized and has English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Hina to Issho 雛といっしょ [131227] Ex-iT 1 
    This is a fandisk for Hiyoko Strike! focusing purely on Hina, as she got more than 70% of the votes in the popularity vote.
    Fandisc   2. Sanzen Sekai Yuugi ~MultiUniverse Myself~ 参千世界遊戯 ~MultiUniverse Myself~ [131227] girls★dynamics 1 "I must protect 'my other self'." 100 years into the future. On Earth, 40 years had passed since the discovery of "Multi Universes". In Tokyo, humanity, science and technology had advanced smoothly. As a bounty hunter, Tomoe chased down criminals for a living. However, in the midst of trying to exterminate a cult, she had let a criminal get away. Few days later, Kira Seishirou told Tomoe: "Your other self on another Earth is being targeted." Seishirou worked for the Relocation for Public Safety Bureau and had sought her assistance in trying to exterminate the cult once again. Confused but needing to protect her own life, Tomoe set foot on the universal transfer device, and... Otomege, but unusual one and  with an English review
  9. kivandopulus
    Electro Arms -Realize Digital Dimension- is VN of the month. Other masterpieces include HHG Megami no Shuuen and Izayoi no Fortuna . Clephas seemed to have the same favorites. Micchi instead prefers Sakura Mau Otome no Rondo , Imouto no Okage de Motesugite Yabai and Amatarasu Riddle Star  
    1. D.M.L.C -Death Match Love Comedy- D.M.L.C.-デスマッチラブコメ- [131128] Kemco Corporation Death Match Love Comedy, does the exact opposite of usual visual novel, as having a girl fall in love with you could mean your death. Basically, the premise of the game is that the player is a guy that just got transferred to a new school, and if a girl confesses her love to him, he explodes… and dies. To make matters worse, he falls into some sort of love triangle with two beautiful girls, leaving his fate up in the air. Unlike other dating simulations, where your goal is to get girls to fall in love with you, in Death Match Love Comedy, you’ll be doing everything you can to avoid just that, as you try to figure out the reason behind the love-fueled explosions. Additionally, there will be other mysterious phenomenon, such as angels, a friend who has some sort of prediction, weird dreams and whispers, and a strange pink cat-like creature. While you’ll be doing your best to avoid an explosive death, there will be many other events that could result in the death of the protagonist. Witnessing just how the poor high school boy dies will be one of the game’s attractions, according to the developer. Synopsis basically denies any worthy scenario development. It's not even remotely resembling Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P.  
    2. Aka-san to Kyuuketsuki. 赤さんと吸血鬼。 [131129] Alcot Honey Comb 1 2 It was an odd time for Yuu to transfer to Niiyatomori Gakuen. Other than being able to fall fast asleep anywhere, he’s a pretty normal guy. Within half a month, he had made three friends. Shuugetsu is smart, handsome and a model student… if he could just keep his mouth shut. Shuugetsu’s osananajimi Kamui is an active girl who looks like a cool beauty… except she turns awfully delusional at the sight of anything cute. The long black-haired student council president Konoha is perfect in every way… until at important moments when extreme nervousness takes over. The four of them are the only members of a dormitory within the school premises, which will be closed down for reasons relating to the declining birthrate. One day, a new transfer student and dorm mate arrived. The blond-haired Alexandra and her maid Ingot said they came to Japan to study meteorology, but she has a secret. Then one day, they found a child left behind in front of the dormitory. There is an English review  
    3. Amatarasu Riddle Star あまたらすリドルスター [131129] seal-QUALIA 1 2 Doumoto Takaya was bored. One evening, he had taken up his childhood friend’s invitation to have a late-night picnic. He accepted, if only to subdue his boredom, and was encouraged to wish upon the shooting stars that were a common spectacle in the town of Hoshigino. During their picnic, a shooting star whisked across the sky and he hurriedly wished for “something fun and wondrous” to occur in his seemingly boring life. To their surprise, stars began to trickle down from the sky and quickly turned into a full-fledged meteor shower. Rather than disappearing, the shooting stars seemed to have taken shape, aimed at Hoshigino, and enveloped it in a warm, bright light. Once the light dissipated, a single shooting star remained and barreled across the sky before ramming straight into the empty, nearby hill. From the cloud of dust, Takaya and his chilldhood friend, Yua, discovered a rabbit-eared girl with white hair running straight for the town. Yua quickly chased after her, but rather than finding the rabbit-eared girl, they found something beyond their wildest imaginations... There are English reviews  
    4. Electro Arms -Realize Digital Dimension-   [131129] light 1 2 3 There’s an urban legend that one can attain superpowers if they start up an app under moonlight while facing Roppongi Hills. While it’s an unfounded rumour, there indeed exists an application called “Electro Carrier”, distributed by the huge company Igel, which accesses the life-changing MMORPG “Electro Arms” upon proper start-up. The world transforms into a virtual one using the new system ‘Realize’, with floating monolith dungeons to explore, and an arena for players to battle, and each player is bestowed various ‘arms’. Reiji was delighted in this unrealistic scene and wished to make his shitty life into an interesting one. But is there a hidden motive behind Electro Arms? There are English reviews  
    5. HHG Megami no Shuuen HHG 女神の終焉 [131129] Windmill 1 2 3 This is another telling of Hyper→Highspeed→Genius with a new set of heroines aside from returning protagonist Kyuushirou and heroine Mephisto. When Kyuushirou woke up, he had lost his memories and didn’t even know his own name until his younger sister Hikari told him. They attend Hazuki Academy, a public school for training geniuses to become the ‘saintess’. His head hurt just from hearing the word ‘saintess’. It’s as if it carried an important meaning to him in the past, but he cannot remember it. He met three girls at the school: the most saintly Nadeshiko from Yayoi Academy, the leader-in-waiting for the saintess’ knightage at Saint April Academy, Fiana, and the genius Sally who attends the magic and ‘gift’-researching Kisaragi Magic Academy and who is the only one in the world with three ‘gifts’. He had a premonition that if one of them became the saintess, then the world will be destroyed. Furthermore, there was someone after his life. The mysterious assailant Reigetsu told him that his presence in this world will cause its collapse. However, at that moment, his hidden ‘gift’ awakened – ‘hyper highspeed’, the ability to have infinitely many parallel thoughts. Then, he came upon a giant library where he had a sense of déjà vu. A girl who looked just like Hikari greeted him: “Long time no see, or should it be nice to meet you? I am Mephisto and I am on your side to destroy this world”. There are English reviews  
    6. Imouto no Okage de Motesugite Yabai. 妹のおかげでモテすぎてヤバい。 [131129] Hulotte 1 2 3 4 5 One year ago, Tokiya fell in love with Kanae at first sight. For the purpose of declaring his feelings for her, he underwent hell-like training from his younger sister Meguri and studied like mad to enter her school Seimatsurika Academy. However, Tokiya was quite the introverted person and didn’t have any confidence. Meguri suggested that he use the Asasaka family’s hidden technique ‘kokkai no gi’, which can make females attracted to him and give him a period of popularity, at the expense of the possibility of marriage in the future. Tokiya did the ceremony clinging on to this last hope and immediately saw its effect on Meguri. Freshly confident, he confessed to Kanae under the sakura tree. However, she replied that they should start off as friends. Why didn’t the technique work as expected? He resigned himself to starting off as friends with her, but it seems that other cute girls are trying to seduce him! There are English reviews  
    7. Izayoi no Fortuna 十六夜のフォルトゥーナ [131129] Lapis Lazuli 1 2 Kaoru left home and travelled across Japan from place to place due to some circumstances. When he arrived at the small town of Gojou, situated between the sea and mountains, he collapsed due to the intense heat and was taken in by the resident sister Lucia. He decided to stay a while in the town to repay her kindness. Afterwards, his cousin Otome appeared, having followed him all the way to this town, and he also met the mysterious twins Kona and Shigure. He had always been searching for how to use his freedom after having broken away from the bonds of destiny. Are all these chance happenings the work of goddess of fate? There are English reviews  
    8. Mirai Senki Slavenil 未来戦姫スレイブニル [131129] Stargazer Katana had a dream one day: he was the ultimate ruler on a giant battleship floating in space, meeting his loyal and admiring subjects. This moment of unspeakable bliss was shattered by a sharp pain in his chest. He saw blood when he put his hand to his chest and wondered if he was going to die. Even though he knew it was a dream, he felt extreme loss and sadness as he fell… into the arms of a naked girl. She told him that even though this was just a dream, it could happen at a later time and that she would protect him. Katana woke up confused and found the same naked girl in front of him. She introduced herself as EXE, a war maiden called ‘slavenil’, sent to protect him… or at least get his genes if she failed to do so. Four other girls later appeared, also after his life or genes. They were the space pirate Yuraha, the princess of a fallen kingdom Tsukino, the assassin Nao, and another slavenil EXA. In the middle of the fierce fight among them, it happened that they all moved in with him. What will happen to Kanata and these five girls? Game has no value as a serious story, but it can deliver some laugh if treated like parody with H tilt.  
    9. My * Sister 妹*シスター [131129] Fleur-Soft Yukito lives with his two cute imoutos Mashiro and Leia, enjoying his school life with them by his side, even as he is tempted by their sweet charms. However, due to a certain incident, they and his kouhai Sora who lives nearby have been more aggressive for his love. Low price, no story, H tilt.  
    10. Sakura Mau Otome no Rondo 桜舞う乙女のロンド [131129] ensemble 1 2 Aoi and his imouto Yuri have lived overseas since they were small, moving from place to place while following their father’s work. One day, it would decided that his father’s new job would be in a southern country where the sun’s rays beats down hard. However, since their mother thought it would not be good for the weak Yuri to come with them, the two of them were sent back to Japan. They were enrolled into upstanding boys’ and girls’ schools run by their aunt, but he was told to dress up as a girl and join Yuri at the girls’ school Ouka Gakuen instead since her mother was worried about Yuri and wanted Aoi by her side Since everyone was interested in the homecoming siblings, they were soon recruited into the student council ‘Ouka-kai’ and became the center of attention at the school. Moreover, his aunt told him to also show up at the boys’ school Kikka Gakuen from time to time, resulting in Aoi leading a very busy double life. There are English reviews  
    11. Shiori no Kotoha ~Misshitsu Toshokan no Ikenie~ シオリノコトハ ~密室図書館の生贄~ [131129] Kokuchou In the deep forest there is a Western-style library. Azuma Kenji visits this library from time to time but not that much for books - for a librarian woman Tokita Shiori. One day he fell asleep while reading and woke up under a loud emergency bell. The area went black, the door didn't open. Boys and girls trapped in the library cooperate to seek escape. Game is from nukige maker, so better don't expect a thrilling cooperation escape story.  
    12. Soshite Kirameku Otome to Himitsu⁵ そして煌めく乙女と秘密⁵ [131129] NekoNeko Soft 1 Due to certain circumstances, Tetsuo’s younger sister Yuri was accepted into Saint Ouka Academy, a girls’ school for the upper class. Since she was quite shy and only a member of the lower-middle class, she thought it would be impossible for her and looked to her big brother for help. It ended up with him dressing up as a girl and attending school with her. However, he wasn’t a pretty boy or a natural trap, but just a manly man. With his broad shoulders and muscular frame, he was constantly watched by dubious eyes and Yuri did her best to help keep his secret. One day, a fellow dormmate Shizuka invited him to join the drama club since they were lacking people to play male roles and he would be a good fit with his manly frame. After Tetsuo and Yuri joined, they discovered the club’s secret: it is actually a place for those girls who are deathly afraid of males to overcome their fear via practice. There is an English review  
    13. Venus Blood -Gaia- ヴィーナスブラッド・ガイア [131129] Dual Tail 1 2 3 4 A theocratic empire is trying to unite the continent under its banner. Their next target is a small city-state ruled by the protagonist, an Ether researcher. The Empire sends the Dragon Priestess Milia to subjugate the heretic nation, which has eschewed religion in the name of science. Can the protagonist beat back the superior might of the Empire with clever tactics and Ether-based technologies? Or will he finally meet his end by the blade of his former friend, tasked with silencing his heresy once and for all? There are English reviews  
    14. Wagaya no Himegami-sama! 我が家のヒメガミさまっ! [131129] ChuableSoft 1 2 On the night of the summer festival, lightning struck the sacred tree at the shrine and a tiny girl appeared in the root, just like in Kaguya-hime. Takuya ended up taking care of her since she was quite attached to him. Afterwards, his miko classmate Shiori and famous swordswoman senpai Tsubaki declared that they will live with him too, and his osananajimi Kei seemed closer than before. Hime was actually the child of God and when she suddenly became an adult, it posed a ton of problems for him since she still acted like a kid. How is he supposed to treat her? Like his daughter? His classmate? Or the daughter of God? There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Aneimo Neo+ ~Second Sisters~ あねいもNeo+ Second Sisters [131129] Boot Up!
    This is a full remake of Aneimo Neo with 8 total heroines. New heroines Asuka and Reiko join Mai and Nana, while subheroines Takami, Hazuki, Sakura and Sawako are all elevated to heroine status.
    Remake  
  10. kivandopulus
    There are over 20 games in September with masterpieces to cover everyone's tastes. Mirai Nostalgia is for nakige, Dunamis 15 for mystery, Kajiri Kamui Kagura for action, plus will decide on Code 18 status later as I want to play it absolutely blindly. Action game prevails for me, as usual. Zen agrees with me on the main favorites, plus features your diary. Micchi lists all kinds of moege with titles each more sugary than the other.  
    1. Corpse Party: Book of Shadows コープスパーティー ブックオブシャドウズ [110901] MAGES. GAME 1 2 3 Before, during, and after the events of Corpse Party—in the canon universe, as well as in several alternate timelines—the students of Kisaragi Academy, Byakudan Senior High, Paulownia High, and Musashigawa Middle School had far more experiences within the cursed halls of Heavenly Host Elementary than the stories typically recount. How would events have unfolded, for example, in a universe where each student went into the Sachiko Ever After ritual with an unconscious awareness of everything that was going to happen to them? What might’ve occurred to Mayu if she’d never interacted with the ghostly children in the school infirmary? What might’ve occurred to Yuka if she’d been caught during the harrowing chase in the second wing? What might’ve occurred to Seiko if Naomi had gotten to the bathroom just a bit earlier? On the other side of the coin, how did Naho actually get into Heavenly Host, and whom did she come with? What was Tohko’s relationship with Kizami, and how did that result in a lost tooth? And what connection did Ms. Yui have to the cursed elementary school prior to ever taking part in the Sachiko Ever After ritual? Most crucially, what happened to the survivors of the previous incident after their escape? How did the loss of their friends affect them? And what does all of this have to do with the mysterious tome known as the “Book of Shadows”…? Game is localized and has English reviews  
    2. Mirai Nostalgia 未来ノスタルジア [110902] Purple Software 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Youichi is able to move objects without touching them, but other than that he lives a normal life just like everyone else. That is until Anna appeared, claiming to have been rejected by his future self. After that, he met his step-sisters Nono and Hinano who lived apart from him, as well as the shrine maiden Iori who said she had been waiting for him. His life has suddenly become a lot more complicated. There are English reviews  
    3. Dunamis 15 [110915] MAGES. GAME 1 2 3 Takatsuki Tougo is leading a boring life at Ceres Academy, located on an isolated island called Dunamis Base. One day, while rushing to class after having overslept, Tōgo stumbles upon a mysterious girl in the school hallway. This brief encounter then changes Tougo's life forever. Time in the game will loop, so the player will end up experiencing the same story repeatedly. The player will need to follow the proper route in order to escape from this loop. There is one half-assed English review, but a game with such high votes definitely needs more attention. Suspense is not exactly my kind of genre, but I'll try to review it emulated at main pc after Second Novel, so at some rather distant point of time.  
    4. D-EVE in you [110922] Twinkle 1 Ren is the son of the president of Hiura Productions talent agency. While the company used to produce lots of top idols in the past, now it is managed solely by them with no current idols to their name. They wish to regain their past glory and a huge opportunity appears. The idol-raising Houou Girls’ School was recently built and the principal allows Hiura Productions to secure a classroom. However, his father Yukichi suddenly collapses and Ren is forced to take over as the role of lecturer instead. With limited knowledge about how to raise idols, will he be able to bring the 4-girl idol unit D-EVE to stardom? A fine idol moege with a weak story, but who cares for story in a moege.  
    5. Otomimi ∞ Infinity オトミミ∞インフィニティー [110922] Applique -Imouto- 1 2 Beast people are those hybrids that are born from a human and animal. They co-exist with humans, but are looked down upon as lesser beings. Yamato is a human who has a strong sense of justice, however he’s also a little bit different from other people: he loves beast girls! One day while trying to avoid his bro-con older sister Chizuru’s attacks of love, he ended up being struck by a delivery truck. When he came to, he found himself at the Otomimi carrying company where there are many beast girls. He didn’t remember anything about the accident and trusted that the employee saved him, so he starts working at Otomimi. However, the governor of the island, Iwahara Touchiji, declared that beast girls are crude beings that are no better than a walking dutch wife and ordered their segregation from humans. Yamato decides to devise a plan to oppose Iwahara, with the help of the 5 beast girls he met at Otomimi. There are English reviews  
    6. Shion no Ketsuzoku ~Kono Futashika na Sekai to Tenshi-tachi no Rondo~ シオンの血族 ~この不確かな世界と天使達の輪舞曲~ [110922] catwalk The female magicians of the Shionji family are designated as protectors of the royalty. They are actually vampires called Apneas. The only male in the family, Mikoto, lives deep in the forest with his twin older sister Ariha, his relative Shizuka and a sexroid Nowem. The girls attend the boarding school Shikyou Gakuen, however their normal lives are soon shattered by the appearance of a Catholic sister, Sofia, who is intent on exterminating all vampires, including the Shionji. Don't let an innocent enough setting mislead you - it's a nukige from a nukige maker company. Scenario ends very soon since there are many violation and harem scenes needed to insert.  
    7. Sucre ~sweet and charming time for you~ シュクレ~sweet and charming time for you~ [110922] Giga 1 2 3 4 5 6 Having been recently put of work when the restaurant he worked at closed down, our protagonist Keiichi — one year out of university — finds himself a bit down on his luck. Not wanting to move back with his estranged family, he gets help from his childhood friend Miharu and finds himself staying at her place. Upon a visit to one of his favourite restaurants in town, Riverlight, he discovers that the waitress manning the place seems to be all alone, and doesn’t seem particularly confident or able in the kitchen. When another customer arrives and she fails miserably at cooking his meal, he steps in to help. The waitress Chizuru, who is also now the shop owner after the recent passing of her father, offers Keiichi a job. Though not a professional chef, he’s able enough in the kitchen and loves to cook, and they slowly work to rebuild everyone’s confidence in the restaurant. He seeks the help of his University junior Ai, and is also accosted/assisted occasionally by Chizuru’s high school-aged friend Meika. Eventually, his former University Senior Sayoko starts hanging out at the restaurant as well, and offers them some advice on how to improve the place. But, as it turns out, she’s actually the daughter of local management company who owns a large restaurant chain, and she extends an offer to buy the place. There are English reviews  
    8. Yuyukana -Under the Starlight- ユユカナ -Under the Starlight- [110922] NanaWind 1 2 3 4 5 This is the debut title of NanaWind. In the downtown core is an old torii. Through this gate, one would find themselves in the resort island of Aoshima, full of trees and sunflowers and surrounded by the emerald green ocean. Akito lives in this lively city and attends Aohi Academy. One day, a new transfer student appeared in his class. This black-haired pretty girl embraced him, proclaiming that she had always wanted to meet him. There are English reviews.  
    9. Code 18 code_18 [110929] CyberFront 1 2 The story starts on September 11th, 2018. Hayato Hino is a high school student at Ryuusei Academy in Tokyo, and is a member of the school's Second Science Club. That day, he goes to the roof of the school to practice his "Dragon Unit", a flight pack. Just as he's about to test it out, he sees a girl falling out of the sky, wearing a similar device. He tries to save her, but fails and falls to his death. However, several seconds later, he finds himself having gone back in time a few seconds ago (though he has no memory of it) with the same incident occurring. It makes me very sad to find zero English reviews for this game. I'll need to review it myself.  Update: Since English review is found, I'm relieving myself of duty to review it. Three console games in a row is too much fore me.  
    10. Dead End: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dead End デッドエンド Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dead End [110929] TEXT. Capitalizing on the vampire craze the world seems to be in, players of Dead End will control some high school kids and fight society’s new favorite villain. Its gameplay is styled like a choose-your-own-adventure book. Remember those? Each action in the game (such as “Go left” or “Open the door”) is represented by a numbered “paragraph” in the story, and players spend the game jumping from paragraph to paragraph. This means that there are multiple story branches, and players could play the game several times without even seeing all of the story. Jumping from paragraph to paragraph will also be used to solve puzzles within the game. Fights within the game involve dice rolls, with certain numbers corresponding to different attacks and skills for both the player and enemy. RPG  
    11. Hakuisei Ren'ai Shoukougun 白衣性恋愛症候群 [110929] Kogado Studio 1 The story follows Sawai Kaori who almost died in a traffic accident at the age of 10 but was revived by hospital staff. Ever since then, Kaori became determined to take up ‘nursing’ as her means of saying thanks to the doctors who rescued her. And so at the age of 21, she begins her journey as a nurse… Game is localized and has English reviews  
    12. Tanteibu: The Detective Club -Angou to Misshitshu to Kaijin to- たんていぶ THE DETECTIVE CLUB -暗号と密室と怪人と- [110929] BOOST ON 1 Second in the four volume romantic detective story. The detective team consists of Maya, Tora and Natsu, three teenage girls and Sodom, a little robot with a useful set of skills. Each game in the series focuses on three different cases you have to solve. Detective game  
    13. Kajiri Kamui Kagura 神咒神威神楽 [110930] light 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  In ancient Ashihara no Nakatsukuni, generals fought each other to gain the favour of the emperor. They attempted to invade the uncharted eastern lands, but suffered total defeat at the hands of demons more intelligent than humans. Three hundred years later, the land of the gods, Shinshuu, has locked itself away from all foreign countries, but an air of gloom begins to drift in from the east. They are forced to head east again to drive away the demons. There are English reviews  
    14. Koikishi Purely ☆ Kiss 恋騎士Purely☆Kiss [110930] Effordom Soft 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Since childhood, our protagonist Kaname has always dreamed of becoming a Knight. After a near-fatal terrorist attack nearly killed both him and a new-found friend, they make a childhood promise that one day they’ll meet again in their quest to become splendid Knights that can protect others. Now, many years later, Kaname is about to enter a special school run by his father, where he and his younger sister Yuu (a big-brother-loving genius who skipped a grade to be with him) will be part of a special Knights-in training club called “Esquire”. On his way to school, though, he spots a mugging on the street from outside his bus window as they drove by, and with little hesitation he opens the bus window and jumps out of the moving bus to help. As part of the effort to solve this crime, he runs into the other heroines who will all eventually end up being the fellow members of Esquire. As the only boy in this club otherwise full of girls, will Kaname be able to fulfill his childhood promise? And will he and the “boy” with whom he made that promise ever meet again as they vowed? There are English reviews  
    15. Kotowari ~Kimi no Kokoro no Koboreta Kakera~ 理-コトワリ- ~キミの心の零れた欠片~ [110930] C: drive. 1 When Mishiro was small, half of his soul was eaten by a toothed deity. Since then he has had to deal with spirits called kotowari that reside in the darkness of the souls of people who are related to him, no matter how distant. Kotowari are soul fragments created from a person’s suffering and they can normally only be seen, heard and touched by that individual. Even if the kotowari is destroyed, it will keep respawning unless the cause of the suffering is resolved. Shortly after transferring to a school in a history-laden sightseeing town, Mishiro encounters a kotowari and decides to search for its owner. However, there isn’t just one kotowari as many other girls harbour their own suffering. There is a small English review, but it needs an additional commentary taking in account high vndb votes. C : drive tries different genres, but all their games inevitably tilt to nukige. But on the other hand these are nukige with scenario, so even very straightforward Hypnosis theme becomes much more complex than normal Hypnosis nukige. This time game tries to be a dark horror suspense mystery, but scenario is opportunistic, lacks detail, suffers from multiple writers inconsistencies and carries no true route. As soon as five heroines with easy flags are captured, it's over. Kotowari excels as an atmospheric nukige with a flavor, but as plotge it has ways to go.  
    16. Love 2 Quad らぶ2Quad [110930] Marmalade 1 One day, the most popular teacher at Akakura Academy, Aoi-sensei, approached Wataru and informed him that his help is needed and he must take off his clothes immediately. She was an agent of the secret international defence organization Cradle and asked him to aid in the battle against the enemy ’4D’. In order to defeat ’4D’, he must engage in ecchi activities to gain energy and defeat the enemy with the power of love! His little sister-like childhood friend Honoka, classmate Ermalit, expressionless Mirai from the future and tiny Chitose from the past lend their help. However, they aren’t sure what to do?! And so marked the end of his peaceful single life. There is an English review.  
    17. Lunaris Filia ~Kiss to Keiyaku to Shinku no Hitomi~ Lunaris Filia~キスと契約と深紅の瞳~ [110930] Whirlpool 1 2  Two important childhood memories: one that mustn’t be forgotten, and one he’ll never forget. These are the memories of Sousuke’s childhood encounters with two important women in his life: the now-forgotten vampire princess Silvia, and his always-close-by childhood friend Yukari. Now, many years later, Silvia returns as promised to fulfill her blood pact with Sousuke, but things didn’t go as planned. Not only does Sousuke not remember her, but his blood has been “tainted” by another vampire without him knowing it. To a vampire, the relationship with their contracted partner is a lot like a “first love”, and it’s totally forbidden and taboo for another vampire to “steal” someone under another vampire’s pact. Unfortunately, the vampire responsible — someone very close to Sousuke — doesn’t appear to be aware of what she did. Before Sylvia can forcibly undo the improper blood pact to restore her own, Sousuke’s father proposes a special arrangement: since the blood pact depends on the mutual feelings of the contractor and contracted, within the next lunar month whoever Sousuke comes to love most will keep their contract. Not happy with the way things are going, Sousuke’s (adopted) younger sister Mai declares suddenly that she’s entering the “game” as well in order to protect her beloved older brother from these vampires. Sousuke’s peaceful days are over… There are English review  
    18. SuGirly Wish [110930] Hooksoft 1 2   Junpei is designated as the male dorm leader at the stylish western-style dorms for the new school year. While he is unsure about whether or not he can do the job well, his osananajimi Megumi smiles at him and assures him that he’ll be fine. Encouraged by her angelic smile, he decides to try his hand at it, but no matter where he looks there are problem children in love. Even the school has its own mysteries with a chapel that seems to be meaningful and rumours of a fountain that grants wishes. Then his imouto Hina stood on the podium for the entrance ceremony and declared that she loves her oniichan and she plans to make him hers, causing all the students to aspire to fall in love as well. There is an English review  
    19. Suika Niritsu 水夏弐律 [110930] Circus Similar to the original Suika, this sequel is a collection of mysterious love stories: Shinji and Ami, Mitsuhiko and Mei, Takashi and Haruka, and the nameless girl. From the director’s selection quick synopsis, it appears to be quite focused on the drama, similar to true tears. Once again, there’s a nameless girl, but it’s not the same one as the original. Sequel and anthology  
    20. Venus Blood -Abyss- ヴィーナスブラッド-アビス- [110930] Dual Tail 1 2 The game centers on a demon kingdom besieged by humans. The previous demon king sought peaceful coexistence with humans, but he and his human queen were lured to a peace meeting with one of the human kingdoms and murdered. Thrown into disarray by the surprise attack, and threatened by a mysterious plague that has completely prevented the birth of new demon babies, the demon kingdom is facing complete extermination. With the fate of the kingdom on her shoulders, the orphaned demon princess seeks out a lone alchemist--her tutor as a child--to find a cure for the plague and stave off their human attackers. The alchemist, a student of biology, comes up with a daring plan: use forbidden magic to conceive an army of fast-maturing, short-lived super-soldiers to combat the human menace while he searches for a cure. RPG has English reviews  
    21. Your Diary [110930] CUBE 1 2 3 4 5 6 Nagamine Tomoki tries to confess his feelings to the upperclassman he most admires: Ayase Sayuki, but he hesitates by seeing a deeply sad expression on her face. He continues to work alongside her in the school’s library committee, seeking to learn more about his loved one. A certain day, he visits a seemingly abandoned bookstore, where he finds a mysterious locked book called “Your Diary”. Misuzu – The owner of the place – says the book chose him and gives him the key. When he unlocks the diary, a cute little girl comes out of it and introduces herself as Yua, the goddess of happiness. She explains that her illustrated diary has become Tomoki’s property and it will fill itself with new content for each of Tomoki’s new happy memories. There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Chu x Chu! On The Move ~Kenran Jikuu no Festival~ Chu×Chu!on the move ~絢爛時空の歌姫祭<フェスティバル>~ [110922] Unison Shift: Accent
    This game is the continuation to the Chu×Chu Idol series, consisting of a main story and an if story. In the main story, the now popular idol ChuChu is preparing for her new concert when three people showed up from the future, including the main heroine of Chu×Chu Idol 2, Chuuno! The two mysterious people with her had stolen Chuuno’s ‘songs’ and travelled to the past to take ChuChu’s too! After snatching her ‘songs’, they disappeared off to somewhere. Will the two vampire idols be able to regain what they have lost? In the if story, Daigo is left behind when Chuuno is taken to the past. Gradually the space-time begins to bend and so does the future. However, he finds out a way to fix it.
    Fandisc   2. Onigokko! Fandisc 鬼ごっこ! ファンディスク [110930] ALcot 1  
    This is the fandisk to Onigokko!, which includes a route for fan-favourite imouto Aoi as well as after stories for the main heroines from the original game.
    Fandisc
  11. kivandopulus
    What a small number of new releases. Getsuei Gakuen -kou- is the only game that catches the eye for me, though including it might be not fair as its Windows version came only couple years later. Clephas chose fandisc of Walkure Romanze. Micchi likes Cocoro@Function and Chiisana Kanojo no Serenade  
    1. Getsuei Gakuen -kou- 月英学園 -kou- [131010] Arc System Works 1 2 3 The game revolves around the protagonist, Kou, who has just barely been transferred to Getsuei Gakuen High School, and right on his first night after the transfer, he encountered the mysterious hostile creatures that prowl the night --- the "Hazards". He survived the ordeal, after being saved by a fellow student girl of the same High School, but just as he assumed he was safe, the girl turned around and killed him... or so he thought. The very next moment, he woke up on his bed, all safe and unharmed. Puzzled by the previous night's encounter, he set off for school, only to realize that "today" is the "first" day of his transfer... again. There are English reviews  
    2. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma ブレイブルークロノファンタズマ [131024] Arc System Works 1 2 The game takes place after the events of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. The Story Mode has three scenarios: Chronophantasma, Sector Seven and Six Heroes. January, 2200AD It's been over one week since the loop came to an end. Having destroyed the Cauldrons, Ragna had finished his quest. However... There was still unfinished business in his books. To defeat his now-revived nemesis, Terumi. Terumi abducts the Successor of the Azure, Noel, and forces the Master Unit, Amaterasu to appear in the human plane. Hatred and vengeance awaken the Sword of the Godslayer, Kusanagi (Mu -No.12-). Ragna sacrifices his own flesh and blood to save Noel, but even that Terumi had predicted. In a small window of opportunity, Terumi nullifies Takamagahara. It was all a part of their— The NOL's highest commanding leader, the Imperator's will. Later, Kokonoe restores Ragna's flesh... ...and he sets his course for the Federation's Hierarchical City: Ikaruga. Little did he know, he would encounter the phantoms of time, the Chronophantasma, at his destination. Fighting has English reviews  
    3. Chiisana Kanojo no Serenade ちいさな彼女の小夜曲 [131025] feng 1 2 3 4 The ‘ningyo matsuri’ (mermaid festival) is held every year in the village of Suminoe-chou, which faces the Pacific Ocean. Takumi helps out with his family’s popular cafe Mermaid with his osananajimi Mizuka and his mother Isana. On the night of the festival, Takumi came upon a girl with a beautiful voice. She was surprised at the unexpected visitor and accidentally slipped into the sea. He saved her and since he couldn’t let her be in her drenched state, he invited the mysterious girl Shione to his house. When Isana decided that Shione would stay in their house and Matsuri, who he had met at the festival, transferred into his school, his days gradually began to change. There are English reviews  
    4. Cocoro@Function! ココロ@ファンクション ! [131025] Pulltop 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Halfway through the 21st century, we are surely approaching something called the “network golden age”. The Multi-purpose communication card “Orca” provides a phone network (that goes without saying), an overwhelming number of apps to use allowing one to shop from their home telephone, and even a way to receive school lessons. Even IDs and the health insurance cards are all incorporated into the Orca card. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that one’s entire life is influenced by this one small card. I, Hayami Taiyou, lives in a city that supports cutting-edge Orca cards, also a student of Makoto Advanced Academy (something like this city has the best ones). Blessed with friends, and although i have no large problems occur in my daily life…… A bug occurred in some students’ Orca card after a sudden automatic update was applied. An unusual app called “Cocoro Function” was installed. And it seems I was one of them, and apparently due to this app, my inner thoughts are revealed to the people around me. “Chairman! Bad News!” “What’s wrong? (But, I would never get tired of groping your bouncing boobs)” “Chairman! You pervert!” You can’t delete the app, but on the other hand you couldn’t live without Orca either. After that, it was impossible to hide my erotic delusions. Furthermore, apparently there are other apps at school that have special features that are also causing problems. The troubles in school are gradually building up. I had to do something, and with that in mind, I gathered a group of people also bothered by this mysterious app, and started up the Cocoro Function Countermeasure Committee (CFC), in order to try to solve the problem. Can everyone else and I retain our peaceful school life!?! There are English reviews  
    5. Monobeno -Happy End- ものべの -happy end- [131025] Lose 1 2 3 4 5 After six years, Tooru returned with his younger sister Natsuha to the remote village of Monobeno deep in the mountains of Kochi prefecture. They reunited with the Akashaguma (child-like Yamori Youkai) Sumi, the Kasayou Hishakaku and his childhood friend and self-proclaimed fiancée Alice. They played in the mountains, visited the shrine, and were visited by the Ushi Oni Tooko just like in the past. Just as they were getting used to living in Monobeno, it was time for the Shichi Seisai summer festival dedicated to the local deity Himemiya-sama. The festival was lively, concluding with the masked dance. While watching the dancing, Natsuha suddenly started shaking, complaining that her body felt cold. Tooru quickly took her to Naotake — the doctor and Alice's father, but nothing seemed to be wrong with her. They went to play in the nearby stream the next day. Hearing the waterfall caused Natsuha to panic and runoff in fear, but once again, they couldn't find a reason for her peculiar actions. That night, she appeared in front of them very much an adult, and she bled in her nether regions for the first time. Unable to figure out what caused these inexplicable changes, they could only calm her down and watch over her. Another shock awaited them in the morning when they found Natsuha had returned to her normal size, but without any memories of the day before. They decided to head back to the city for a proper examination. Unfortunately, there was a major landslide that blocked off the only world into the village. Natsuha wished to leave badly, saying that something scary is coming for her. What was causing Natsuha's changes? Was it a disease or a curse? Tooru was determined to find the cause and a way to save Natsuha. There are English reviews  
    6. Usotsuki Ouji to Nayameru Ohime-sama -Princess Syndrome- うそつき王子と悩めるお姫さま –Princess syndrome– [131025] Whirlpool 1 2 3 It’s been two years since the mysterious disease “princess syndrome” had been made public. It affects young girls during puberty and the split personality-like symptoms range from mild to serious. In serious cases, she could become like a totally different person due to her wavering feelings and gain a special ability called ‘märchen’ which could cause great problems to those around her. To combat this problematic illness, all carriers (called ‘princesses’) were gathered at Saint Andersen Private School on the secluded island of Yumegashima. One day, a boy Yuuji came to the school. He was the ‘fake prince’ who could put a stop to their rampaging. There are English reviews  
    7. Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. 変態王子と笑わない猫。 [131031] guyzware 1 2 Yōto Yokodera is a second-year high school student who is arguably the biggest pervert at school. His problem is that he is not good at showing his real emotions. One day, his equally perverted best friend completely transforms and gets rid of his "impure thoughts"; a feat he attributes to the power of the statue of the "Stony Cat". As the rumors suggest, by wishing upon the statue and giving it an offering, one can wish to remove a personality trait from themselves that one does not wish to have anymore. However, this will remove the unwanted trait and give it to someone who does need it. As Yōto is making his offering to the statue, a girl named Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi arrives to make her wish to be able to be more like an adult and not show her emotions so easily. Both of them wish upon the stony cat and to their surprise the next day at school, Yōto is unable to tell a single lie, and Tsukiko is unable to show any sign of emotion whatsoever. After realizing that they do not like the change that happened, they work together to try and find out who has received their trait that was taken away in order to get it back. They meet Azusa Azuki, an attractive second-year girl who has just transferred into their school. She is always being confessed to by many boys in school, but she has no friends and is always alone. Yōto finds out that Azusa is the one that received his unwanted personality trait and tries to get it back. As the two try to get back the unwanted trait, they develop feelings for each other. Anime Spin-Off has English reviews  
    8. Tears to Tiara II: Haou no Matsuei Tears to Tiara II 覇王の末裔 [131031] Aquaplus 1 2 3 Hamilcal, nicknamed Hamil, is the successor of the Hispania’s throne, but his country was conquered by the ever growing Holy Empire. He and his people are treated as slaves and Hamil has to pretend to be a fool (acting almost like a retard) just to discourage his people from doing a counter attack that would surely fail. On a fateful night, he meets a strange girl who claims to be the main goddess of his religion, the Goddess of War, Ashtart (Tart). She treated Hamil’s wounds and sang a lullaby to help him sleep. This was certainly the happiest day of Hamil's life, but everything crumbled when messages from the empire interrupted their sacred festival to officially announce the slavery of the Hispania’s people, and as a symbolic act, they decided to sacrifice Tart for heresy against their supreme god Watos. This made Hamil go into a rampage, summoning the forces of the God of Conquest, Melqart and releasing all the magic he had been building up for 7 years to assassinate a whole army by himself. However, Hamil failed to notice that Tart was set on fire by one of the empire’s guards, and he desperately jumped into the flames to rescue her. Deeply moved by Hamil’s bravery, every Hispanian in the festival started to root for him and their savior goddess, their restored faith revitalizing Tart’s power, saving her from the flames. Rejoining with Hamil while still inside the flames, they performed the sacred ritual of marriage between a goddess and a mortal to use the power from their magical resonance to summon an army of giant elephants and machines from the Heavens and, with it, they smashed many other Imperial troops. Taking advantage of the situation, Hamil ordered every Hispanian troop to attack. This was how he came to be known as the Conqueror King and how he retrieved his whole country in a single night. RPG is localized and has English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Kyonyuu Fantasy Gaiden 2 巨乳ファンタジー外伝2 [131025] Waffle 1 2 3 4 5 Set 5 years after the events of Kyonyuu Fantasy Gaiden, the story begins in the Kingdom of Hillsland, now sadly a shadow of its glorious days under the rule of King Ruin Demedium more than a century and a half ago. In the midst of the kingdom’s troubles with the kingdom of Fronce an amnesiac masked man with red hair washes up near a harbor. Unfortunately for him, upon entering town the masked man discovers too late that aside from memories he’s also lacking clothes and is quickly arrested by the authorities. Soon after his incarceration the man, taking the name Mask for lack of anything else , is given a chance at pardon (along with a group of imprisoned mermen pirates) in exchange for defeating a monster that has taken up residence in Boinbara’s castle. Meanwhile in the kingdom of Edellant, King Lute Hende has been apparently bedridden for nearly a month with none save the queens and his advisors having seen him since this sudden onset of illness… Nukige, but with English reviews   2. Walkure Romanze More&More ワルキューレロマンツェ More&More [131025] Ricotta 1 2 3 4 Fan disc of Walkure Romanze ~Shoujo Kishi Monogatari~ containing after stories for the 4 heroines of the original title, plus full routes for Bertille, Ayako, and Akane. The world’s best knights gather at Winford Academy and it’s gotten quite lively with the jousting tournament nearing. Due to a misunderstanding, Takahiro’s osananajimi Mio was challenged by the proud Bertille to a match at the tournament. Since she hadn’t even rode on a horse before, he ended up guiding her to victory as a begleiter (knight’s assistant). With many watching the wonderful match, his skills as a begleiter were noticed by many students and they took quite an interest in him! However, he was unsure if he wanted to continue on as a begleiter or to return to being a knight. How will he fare in the both the arenas of jousting and love? Fandisc
  12. kivandopulus
    There aren't masterpieces this month for me. But if I still had to choose, I'd probably point at Innocent Bullet -The False World- . Clephas decided not to choose anything. Zen picks Aozora Stripe and fandiscs while Micchi adds Hoshi no Ne Sanctuary and PriministAr to already tremendous wishlist.  
    1. Senjin Otome ~WOTAKU ni Yadorishi Kokoro ni Negau wa...~ 戦刃乙女 ~WOTAKUに宿りし心に願うは…~ [130808] Debo no Su Seisakusho Nanahana-senpai has a breakfast as usual when she is told about a powerful mysterious creature that showed up, destroyed nothing, but supposedly kidnapped local engineer. Journey awaits her. RPG  
    2. Fault Milestone One [130812] Alice in Dissonance 1 2 3 4 5 END OF PEACE. BEGINNING OF A JOURNEY. Launched as a throwback to the Science Fiction genre in the 80’s, fault - milestone one is a Science Fantasy Kinetic Novel which depicts the story of a princess named Selphine and her Royal Guard Ritona. While attempting to make an escape from a brutal assault that’s devastated their homeland of Rughzenhaide, the two mysteriously teleport to an unknown forest surrounded by vegetation not native to the surroundings of Rughzenhaide. The atmosphere is thick and heavy and no sign of life can be found, which is particularly unusual for such a lush forest. Sign of life isn't the only thing missing though. Something is odd about this land - something is amiss - but Selphine and Ritona are too startled to notice the obvious. Who were the assaulters and what was their goal? Where did Selphine and Ritona end up traversing to? Will the two make it home safely? And more importantly, what will they come home to once they do? Follow Selphine, a bubbly, happy-go-lucky Princess and her sharp-witted but slightly misanthropic Royal Guard Ritona, in their journey of a lifetime as they head back to their homeland of Rughzenhaide. There are English reviews  
    3. Disorder 6 [130822] MAGES. GAME One rainy night, a young man wakes up in what appears to be a warehouse. On his right arm is an attached handcuff. The chain is connected to the left hand of a mysterious girl named Shiina. She seems to call him by the name Joe, but she doesn’t remember anything. In fact, neither of them have any recollections of anything prior to their awakening. “What exactly am I?” Without a single idea of what’s going on, the two of them search for an exit. Before long, they come across the corpse of a woman wearing a white robe. “… Who killed her?” Appalled by the situation, the fire they were using as light began to engulf their surroundings in flames, as the mysterious characters make a run for their lives. Once they make it outdoors they begin to wander around, until they encounter a female detective by the name of Kobayakawa… As any good detective would, she tries to apprehend the potential witness of the crime. However, without any memories or clue of what’s going on, the two panic and escape from her. The handcuffed pair are now suspects to a crime and are on the run. A boy and girl who are bound by cuffs. Memory loss. Escape. What truth lies behind their lost memories? Detective mystery? Memory loss? Escape? That's combination of elements I seriously don't like, sorry. A lot of people who liked Dunamis15 actually disliked Disorder6 . The reason is weak characters (eternally frustrated MC and S heroine with multiple personalities) , escape events trying to substitute for story , lack of excitement.  
    4. Innocent Bullet -The False World- イノセントバレット -the false world- [130823] Cinematograph 1 2 In 2013, with the appearance of a next-generation terrorism threat known as ‘living weapons’, the myth that Japan was safe had been shattered. So too had Yuuji’s peaceful life, as he encountered death traps beyond reason. In the face of death, a group of gun-toting girls appeared before him, telling him that if he refused to accept death as fate, then they would protect him. After that, he learned about the other side of the world, the terrorism attacks, the girls’ reasons for fighting and their special abilities. Soon he decided to fight alongside them. There are English impressions  
    5. Negai no Kakera to Hakugin no Agreement 願いの欠片と白銀の契約者 [130823] Propeller 1 2 3 4 5 6 For as long as anyone knows, beings called "Puppets" have been an invisible part of our world. They operate in service of a force unknown, quietly manipulating the course of history. Hajiro Mina is an ordinary high-school girl and the protagonist of this story. One day, she has a chance encounter with one of these Puppets, setting her on a trajectory to meet three girls—and ultimately changing her life forever. The girls belong to an organization that specializes in the extermination of Puppets. They have been granted extraordinary powers by a doll named Ruka, and their job is to locate and eradicate the inhuman enemies lurking in the crowds. As Mina finds herself entangled in this supernatural conflict, it becomes clearer with each passing day that there are greater forces at play. There are English reviews  
    6. Aozora Stripe あおぞらストライプ [130830] Astronauts: Spica 1  Shinya is working as a cook-in-training. One day, his mentor and employer Daigo told him that his old acquaintance Kyouko badly needed help at her restaurant since she was injured. Daigo sent him to save the restaurant Marine House Aqua and informed him that it would serve as the final test of his training. Shinya was elated that this moment of his dreams had finally arrived. He struggled in his new position, but the girls in the restaurant all try to help him out. His relationships with them grow closer and his summer love story has begun. There is an English review  
    7. Battle Force バトルフォース [130830] 5bit 1 Everyone all over the world is enjoying a super popular card game "Battle Force". Main character was called a genius of "Battle Force" in his school, but one day he lost a series of matches to an amateur, and former friends turned away from him.  But one day he picks up an unfamiliar card picturing a beautiful blonde girl on the roof of the school.  Suddenly in a flash of light the card turns into a real girl. "Nice to meet you, my husband~! I'm Rize~. Please use me to become a battle master~!" Card game something  
    8. Girls Be Ambitious! ガールズbeアンビシャス! [130830] Score 1 Kaidou Gakuen was located at the foot of a mountain and it was split into two by a huge wall. One was a celebrity school for children from the upper classes, while the other was a school for the common people. It was forbidden for the students from each school to intermingle with the other. Haruto attended the common school and planned to sneak into the celebrity school to get a glimpse of the hated upper class students. However, he got lost in the darkness of the night. Following a light, he came upon a botanical garden and had a fateful meeting with a girl from the upper class. Can one’s life be determined alone by where they were born and what titles they have? There is an English review  
    9. Hoshi no Ne Sanctuary 星ノ音サンクチュアリ [130830] Marmalade 1 2 3 Even in a world where science has vastly progressed, people still wish upon shooting stars. Masato was in danger of dropping out of school, but his wish may have come true. Intra-class and intra-year teams were created for a special exam and if he makes it out on top, then he would be able to stay in the school. Moreover, his teammates were all beautiful girls. However, all of them have personalities which make them unsuited to teamwork. Hisui doesn’t like interacting with others, Yomi has a sharp tongue, while Ria is a hopeless brother complex. He even has the milady Serina proclaiming herself as his rival. Even though great difficulties lie ahead of him, he vows not to give up. It is up to him to make this peculiar team work as one! There are English reviews  
    10. Love & Piss ~Shoujo no Gaman ga Sekai o Sukuu~ Love&Piss ~少女のガマンが世界を救う~ [130830] Bonbon Company In this world, your magic power increases by holding your pee. Yurika is a magician who severely lacks pee and decided to summon a guy who is able to store a lot of it so that he can supply her with it through a special ceremony (sexual intercourse) and allow her to pass the make-up wizard test. Yoshifumi was the chosen one and was forced to help her out since he couldn’t return to his own world until she becomes a wizard. Also, his childhood friend Yumari was also brought to this world at the same time, and for some reason she is also taking the wizard test with Yurika. Game is really mostly about pee fetish, so is rather a borderline nukige  
    11. Nyan Cafe Macchiato ~Neko ga Iru Cafe no Ecchi Jijou~ にゃんカフェマキアート ~猫がいるカフェのえっち事情~ [130830] SkyFish poco 1 Kouya’s life is full of misfortune. Every company he works for ends up going bankrupt and his apartment went up in flames. Now he’s a lecturer-in-training at Kaminekosaka Academy and also helps out at his grandfather’s neko café Nekotama-ya, which is staffed by three beautiful girls: the energetic Mike, the timid Ameri and the milady Persia. All three of them had feelings for him, and due to his misfortune, they all confessed to him at the same time. He didn’t want to lose this lucky chance and they all ended up spending the night together as a foursome. The next morning was the beginning of a new relationship between the four of the them, with all three girls being his lover at the same time! There is an English review  
    12. PriministAr [130830] Hooksoft 1 It was a beautiful spring afternoon, and the melodies from the music room and the shouts from the athletic clubs filled the air. Each club has recruited their new members, and everybody was excited for the upcoming school year. In particular, the boys in the culture department were devising a (stupid) plot to make it mandatory for all girl members to wear school swimwear. Of course, all the girls were vehemently against the idea and chased all the guys out. The remaining boy was Haruchika, who was planning to join the tiny handicraft club. Thus begins his lively days in the handicraft club surrounded by girls. There is an English impression  
    BLOCKED   1. Maro no Kanja wa Gatenkei 2 麻呂の患者はガテン系2 [130808] Elf 1  Maro has resolved to find an eligible marriage partner and sets his sights on new heroine Yukina. Meanwhile Sakimi is still around and is trying to resolve some marital distress caused in no small part by the events at the end of the first game. Sakimi’s relationship with Maro has gotten complicated because of those same events but she decides to help Maro in his newfound love, maybe because at least then he won’t rape her anymore.
    Nukige, but with an English review   2. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai ~Houkago Shippo Days~ 大図書館の羊飼い~放課後しっぽデイズ~ [130810] August 1 2 The story follows the protagonist Kei Kirishima and his childhood friend Nozomi Toki who are part of the Cat Photography Club where they take pictures of the cats who have set up a nest close to the school. The two of them, along with Sakuya Fujimiya grew up together on the countryside before they moved to the city to study, but since Sakuya was too young and her mother had forbidden her from leaving, she had to stay behind. One day Kei's doorbell rings... It's Sakuya and she has ran away from home. Fandisc   3. Ourai no Gahkthun: Shining Night 黄雷のガクトゥーン:シャイニングナイト [130823] Liar-soft
    This is the fandisk for Liar-soft’s 2012 steampunk title Ourai no N’gha-Kthun. It takes place a year later in Marseille Floating Academia and follows an omnibus format with over 100 episodes selectable from a map system. More Tesla and Neon for all.
    Fandisc   4. Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A Portable 咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A Portable [130829] Alchemist The Achiga Girls' Academy in Nara once defeated regional mahjong powerhouse Bansei High School. It advanced into the national team semifinals but lost to the eventual champion, and the mahjong club was later disbanded. Six years later, elementary school student Takakamo Shizuno befriends transfer student Haramura Nodoka. The two eventually enter Achiga Girls', but Nodoka transfers out of the school in the second year. When Shizuno sees Nodoka on television the following year as the national middle school individual mahjong champion, she decides to revive Achiga's mahjong club. Anime Spin-Off Fandisc     5. Tsujidou-san no Virgin Road 辻堂さんのバージンロード [130830] Minato Carnival 1 This is the fandisk for Tsujidou-san Jun'ai Road. In addition to the after stories for the 3 main heroines, it will add routes for the most popular subheroines, Azusa and Yoiko.
    Fandisc
  13. kivandopulus
    XBlaze Code: Embryo is VN of the Month for me due to personal reasons. Other masterpieces are 
    Seihou no Prismgear and Tojita Sekai no Tori Colony . Clephas liked the last one and also Otome Riron to Sono Shuuhen -Ecole de Paris- . Micchi in addition to Otome Riron is interested in Amairo*IsleNauts and Gleamgarden no Shoujo.  
    1. XBlaze Code: Embryo [130725] Arc System Works 1 2 3 4 5 6 The protagonist, Touya Kagari, is a resident of Shin Yokozaki City and a sophomore at the prestigious Hakuou North Academy. An earnest and responsible young man, Touya appears to be no more than your average high school student. While returning from his part-time job, he heard a mysterious sound coming from the depths of the Restricted Ward, an area off-limits to unauthorized personnel due to a horrible disaster that happened there ten years ago… His curiosity having gotten the best of him, Touya ventured ever deeper into the ruins of the ward, eventually coming across a man who appeared to be gravely injured. Concerned, Touya rushed to his side, asking if he was okay and if he needed any help. But as Touya approached, the man suddenly stood up and attacked, screaming, “You’re an enemy!” And in the midst of invisible ringing bells, psychotic strangers, exploding walls of flame, and almost certain death, a small, cute girl with an enormous sword came charging in… And despite her frilly, fragile appearance, her battle prowess was beyond reason or doubt. The name of Touya’s savior was Es, a soldier belonging to the Mitsurugi Agency. Seithr, Drives, Unions, and secretive organizations… Yanked from the comfort of his everyday life, Touya was forced head-long into a world where the threat of death was everywhere and even allies could be his downfall… The wheel of fate has begun to turn… And the story of the Azure, and that of Touya Kagari and the mysterious girl Es, began. There are English reviews. This game inspired me a lot, so I wrote the following mini-review back then: I initially picked this game after reading gangrelion review on it where he basicly said that no game would ever be the same after trying Xblaze Code: Embryo. This game upturned my vision on visual novels completely for a number of reasons 1) Good action and great story plot 2) Voiced protagonist and every single sub-character 3) Animated faces 4) Characters talk to each others interactively so that one usually stands with its back to us 5) Great built-in encyclopedia and online news determining future element 6) Long enough length to get good impression and short enough to not get boring 7) No 18+ content so no temptation to skip scenes This game actually gave me a kick to seriously play visual novels and when I'm serious I always use system approach when studying my object of interest slashing through each title from each year. I usually find a base of objects of my interest and explore every single title that I get interested in. This is how this blog started.  
    2. 3-nin Iru! ~Happy Wedding in Livingroom~ 3人いる! ~Happy Wedding in Livingroom~ [130726] Riffraff In the midst of a recession, Atsuyuki spent every day attending university and doing part-time jobs to pay off his tuition and living expenses. Of course, he had no time to get a girlfriend nor go out with his friends. However, his part-time job suddenly disappeared and he no longer had a source of income. He was at a loss of how to accrue so much money to cover his expenses. Returning home for a visit, his uncle recommended a live-in part-time job to him. He quickly jumped at the opportunity which offered both money and a place to live. Arriving at a fine new single house, he was greeted by three girls who introduced themselves as his wife! Just what kind of part-time job was this!? It was for researching newly-wed families, but what was he supposed to do!? Moege  
    3. Amairo * Islenauts 天色*アイルノーツ [130726] Yuzusoft 1 2 3 4 5 6 Even though he had secured a teaching job after graduation from university, he was unsure if he wanted to continue being a teacher. One day, he was invited to be a teacher at a girl’s school… on the floating island!? Raizerg has streets reminiscent of Europe in the Middle Ages, employs fantasy technology and is inhabited by various races only thought to exist in a dreamworld. How will his new teaching life unfold in this fairy tale-like setting? There are English reviews  
    4. Amane Switch ~Yamanai Ame to Yanda Kanojo Soshite Ore~ 雨音スイッチ ~やまない雨と病んだ彼女そして俺~ [130726] Kokuchou 1 2 Mizushima Shinji lives a normal school live being even forced to become class representative. He even has an ex-girlfriend Minegishi Youko who still keeps approaching him with her bright and cheerful personality. Then one day transfer student Amane rolls in and falls for protagonist. But this school has many her old bully acquaintances, and her life becomes a deluge of misery. There are English reviews  
    5. Ashita mo Kono Heya de Aimashou 明日もこの部室(へや)で会いましょう [130726] Milk Pudding Hikaru is the deputy leader of the photography club at Nikongahara Gakuen. He had started liking cameras 5 years ago, but he still wasn’t sure if was the hobby for him. In particular, he wasn’t able to take any good pictures in the past half year. One day, the student council notified the club of their impending dispandment due to their poor results, low member turnout and high usage of space. To avoid its dissolution, the club leader Azusa assigned ‘goals’ for each members. However, Hikaru was to decide his own goal himself. Azusa and the club advisor told him that he should aim for the grand prize at a contest or the school festival. Not only that, but it should be a portrait of a girl. They told him he had the ability to capture the charms of a woman, but he had never succeeded before since he was so shy that he couldn’t even talk to them. He only has 2 months to find a subject and overcome his nervousness. Very weak debut work, selected as kusoge of the year at some popular poll.  
    6. Gangsta Republica ギャングスタ・リパブリカ [130726] Whitesoft 1 There once was a relatively unknown rumour that those who cannot cast aside the dirt from their hearts should visit that shop and they will meet friends one day. Most people did not pay attention to this vague rumour, but for those who hold a different disposition, this was how they found friends. Kanae was in the "Charity Club" room at Seitengi Gakuen, wondering if there was anything bad that was going to happen. The students and teachers did not view the noisy club as an official one, especially since he calls it the "Gang Club" himself. The club’s slogan was to "change the world with evil". For example, to play with kids and steal their valuable time as a child, or to help an old lady with her moving and to cheat her out of candy in return. That is their "evil" and it is this "evil" that makes the club members friends. Welcome to their gangster republica. There is an English impression  
    7. Gleam Garden no Shoujo -Witch In Gleamgarden- グリムガーデンの少女 -witch in gleamgarden- [130726] Cosmic Cute 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 There are girls in the world known as ‘witches’ who have the ability to bring disaster to their surroundings by merely wishing for something strong enough. This ability known as ‘gleam’ is said to be caused by a mental abnormality. Their numbers had increased rapidly over the past few years and society has gradually become more chaotic as a result. The ‘gleam garden’ is a place where witches are interned and where they are taught how to control their abilities so that they do not harm others. Touji is a ‘protection controller’, supporting four girls who had been cast off by society for being witches. He wants to lead them to a new life, and also to find out about the truth of his own past. There are English reviews  
    8. Koi Saku Miyako ni Ai no Yakusoku o ~Annaffiare~ 恋咲く都に愛の約束を ~Annaffiare~ [130726] Hearts 1 2 In the near future in Japan, Annaffiare is a theme park located on a giant floating man-made island where dreams come true. There is also a separate ‘city’ on the island where the employees and those related to the theme park reside and go about their lives. Kazuomi was born on Annaffiare and attends a school specializing in management and administration of entertainment facilities. One day, he undergoes on-site training at the theme park and learns about the feelings of the girls, strengthening the bonds between them. There are English reviews  
    9. Mizukano! ~Mizugi no Kanojo to H Shiyo~ みずカノ! ~水着の彼女とHしよっ~ [130726] Etoiles In the future, the ice in the South Pole had melted, causing the global sea levels to rise. The popularity of swimsuits had exploded as people got accustomed to a life next to the sea. One of the top-selling swimsuit makers bought one of the new islands Takaojima and built a research school there. At this dormitory school, those who help out with creating new swimsuits do not have to pay a portion of their tuition. Kaito returned to Takaojima, where he had once lived on when he was a child, on a personal request from his father to help collect impressions from girls trying out a new series of swimsuits planned for a competitive show. The results would be used to help develop better swimsuits. His father lent him a cat-shaped robot called Noritama, which is connected to the company internal network and has the special ability of breaking down swimsuits to the particle level and reforming them into new ones. Will he be able to create the best swimsuit ever with the girls’ help? It's not a full-scale moege or swimsuit fetish work due to substantial common route and individual routes, but it's still somewhere near.  
    10. Namaiki Delation ナマイキデレーション [130726] Madosoft Shinjuurou managed to avoid supplementary lessons by passing the make-up test. However, his joy was fleeting, as he was tricked by his teacher to be a member of the cultural festival committee. Since there was no one else there, he had to find other members to join as well… but why are all those joined so cheeky? Scenario is subtle and routes vary in quality due to six writers. It's possible to find one or two good enough routes, but overall it's average.  
    11. Ore to Kanojo ga Mystery na Ken ni Tsuite 俺と彼女がミステリーな件について [130726] P.W. Ayumu is able to see and hear things that other people can’t. He used to be bothered by it as a child, but now he has become used to it. When his father got a long-term overseas appointment, they sold the house expecting that he would naturally come along with them. However, Ayumu told them that he would rather stay in Japan. They relented only when they found him a place at his aunt’s apartment in the countryside where he had lived as a child. Ayumu reunited with his cousin Touka and joined her mystery circle club at his new school. Every one of its members are quite interested in various mystery elements, from black magic to UFOs. The warmth and enjoyment that he felt in the club made him at ease and soon it became an irreplaceable thing to him. Picture is cute, but routes are unbalanced and each focusing some weird thing like UFO or demon summon and done poorly.  
    12. Otome Riron to Sono Shuuhen -Ecole de Paris- 乙女理論とその周辺 -Ecole de Paris- [130726] Navel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 This is the sequel to Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahou, taking place in Paris with imouto Resona as the main heroine. It continues from the bad ending in the original game, with Resona and Yuusei moving to Paris to attend École de Philia girl’s school after he could not longer attend the one in Japan. Once again he dresses up as the maid Asahi, although this time serving Resona. He gradually meets other girls there: the pure Meryl with promising talent, the welcoming ojousama Bluette, classmate Liliane, and fellow foreign student Dietlinde. Yuusei/Asahi chases after his dream, while Resona wishes for the courage to be independent. But can they achieve those goals in a difficult new world and their older brother possibly after them? In addition to the new story, the limited edition version includes after story of the 4 main heroines. Luna, Minato, Ursule, and Mizuho also appear as subcharacters. There are English reviews  
    13. Seihou no Prismgear 星逢のプリズムギア [130726] Elysion The floating university town of Nikkou Gakuen is located in Tokyo Bay. It is a place where researchers and users of ‘power gears’ train hard night and day. Power gears are a new type of energy, allowing users to change into power assist suits. Shuu attends the school, aspiring to be an engineer. Joining up with the failing student Satsuki, will they be able to make it to the top at the school’s gear battle tournament? Setting is complicated enough and story good enough to enjoy till the end. SOL scenes are boring, but battle scenes compensate for that. Writer is a professional novelist. Momentum dulls by the middle and there may be lack of excitement, but it's still a very good game.  
    14. Senjin Otome -Makina ni Yadorishi Kokoro ga Negau wa...- 戦刃乙女 -マキナに宿りし心が願うは…- [130726] Debo no Su Seisakusho Takato lives alone since his parents are hardly in the house due to work. He enjoys a pleasant school life with his osananajimi Akane and best friend Shuuichirou. One day, he received a delivery the size of a coffin from his parents, inside of which was a sleeping naked girl. She was accompanied by a note telling him to seek out the truth with her. At that time, the girl opened her eyes and his fate began to change. Action  
    15. Tojita Sekai no Tori Colony 閉じたセカイのトリコロニー [130726] Tiny Bell 1 2 3 4 This is the first game by Tiny Bell, a sister company of bonbon-company. Minato was confessed to by the new transfer student Nodoka who he had just met. This day was one that he had been longing for. There were awkward and embarrassing moments at first, but he gradually became charmed by her and enjoyed a comfortable relationship surprising to his classmates and osananajimi. A month later, they spent the night together and they promised not to forget each other since they loved each other so much. When he woke up, he found himself back on the morning of the confession. There are English reviews  
    16. Yes, Your Highness [130726] Tiny Bell 1 A war had continued for a long long time in a certain country. With peace and order lost, it was no longer the happiest country in the world and poor people filled the streets. It had become difficult for people to see hope in their futures. At that time, Munakata was called the hero of the country – never having suffered a defeat in any battle. The new post which was bestowed upon him was not in the blood-stained and mud-caked battlefield, but rather in a faintly-fragrant and extravagantly-decorated mansion. His duty was to protect the royal princess Sakurako while she spends her days sheltered away from the outside world. There is an English review  
    BLOCKED   1. Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai! A-2 真剣で私に恋しなさい!A-2 [130712] Minato Soft 1 2 3 A fandisc featuring routes for Seiso and Cookie 4 IS, as well as an after story for Monshiro.
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  14. kivandopulus
    Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~ is my choice for the month with another great titles being Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi. and Futagoza no Paradox . Clephas backed the last one back then and also Natsukumo Yururu which is too loli to even consider for me. Micchi throws four more colorful titles in.  
    1. Rou-Kyuu-Bu! Himitsu no Otoshimono ロウきゅーぶ! ひみつのおとしもの [130620] Vridge Inc. Continuation of basketball team struggle. Anime Spin-Off  
    2. Bunny Black 3 [130621] SofthouseChara 1 2 3 After marrying the maou, the adventurer Darks became a maou himself. One day, while he was doing his job as a maou, an observer Macdo came from the demon world. She deemed his abilities to be insufficient and ordered him to build a town to prove himself. It was an arduous task, but with the help of his numerous wives, daughters and other girls, and his deep desire to do it for them, he was determined to get the job done. But with attacks from resistance forces and scheming from the heavens, will he be able to succeed? RPG has English reviews  
    3. Date A Live: Rinne Utopia デート・ア・ライブ 凛祢ユートピア [130627] Compile Heart 1  Thirty years ago a strange phenomena called a "spacequake" devastated the center of Eurasia, claiming the lives of at least 150 million people. Since then, smaller spacequakes plague the world on an irregular basis. Itsuka Shido, a seemingly ordinary high schooler comes across a mysterious girl at the ground zero of a spacequake and learns from his sister Kotori she is one of the "Spirits" who are the real cause of the spacequakes that occur when they manifest themselves in the world. He also learns that Kotori is the captain of the airship Fraxinus, crewed by the organization Ratatoskr, and is recruited to make use of his mysterious ability to seal the Spirits' powers thus stopping them from being a threat to mankind. However, there is a catch: to seal a Spirit, he must make her fall in love with him and kiss her. Anime Spin-Off  
    4. Akabanzu ~Real na Sekai de Boku ga Kimi ni Dekiru Koto~ あかばんず~リアルな世界で僕が君にできること~ [130628] Bonbon Company 1  Kenta was a normal guy until he was introduced to the popular MMO Alpha. Since then, he’s been totally addicted to it, glued to the game except when he is sleeping (at school). The game basically took over every minute of his life. All his friends and classmates, and even his childhood friend, didn’t talk to him any more. However, this didn’t concern him as all he needed were his friends on Alpha, the ‘god players’, who are just as addicted as him. One day, the GM offered a special mission to the players and he pulled an all-nighter and cleared it. His satisfaction from completing the quest was quickly replaced with despair as a voice told him that he was too addicted to the game and his character was deleted. The fruits of 3000 game hours had been wiped out in an instant and he felt as if his soul had left him. Suddenly, a beautiful girl appeared before him. She introduced herself as a civil servant and that he will be enrolled in a rehabilitation program for people addicted to MMOs. Of course, he was angry that his precious character had been deleted, so she told him that if he completed the program, he would be able to get his character back. Immediately, he agreed to join without fully understanding what lies in store for him. There is an English review  
    5. Berry's [130628] Sphere 1 2 3 It's almost the summer holidays. The protagonist, Houkou Hayao, decides that he wants a part time job, and accepts a job interview at the family restaurant, Berry's. On the same day as the job interview, Hayao has a chance meeting with a certain young lady. That young lady- whose shoulders were trembling in fury- bursts out of the job interview room, and binge eats at Berry's. She drags him around and he ended up hanging around with her for a while, but he never found out what made her so upset. On top of that, when he gets home, he finds out that his younger sister, Yuuka, has found out that he got a job without permission. On the day of the job, he learns that there is another new employee. It turns out to be the binge-eating girl he met on the day of his interview, and she is introduced as Morikubo Yuna. A variety of other unique co-workers come to introduce themselves. The petite twins, Satou Haruki and Natsuki. There's Makinosawa Ena, though younger, is fine with bantering and teasing Hayao. Then there's the athletic and energetic Izuno Youko. That is the start of Hayao's hectic, but fun work life. The summer holidays is just around the corner. Surrounded by gorgeous girls in uniform, so begins Hayao's summer story. There are English reviews  
    6. BRAVA!! [130628] Sweetlight The previous theater owner had once said that heroines are on the stage. However, now the seats are mostly empty (aside from couples making out in public) and the schedule remains unfilled. Sisters Shizuku and Minamo inherited the theater and wished to bring it back to its glory days as they promised their grandfather on his death bed. They asked their childhood friend Hiroto for help in bringing back the ‘heroines’ on stage. However, the gathered theatrical members are all peculiar in their own ways… Will he be able to successfully lead them to a box office hit? Light fun youth growth success story. Overall it's a high quality game with nice atmosphere, but that alone without outstanding features is not enough for a masterpiece.  
    7. Drapeko! ~Onedari Dragon to Oppai Yuusha~ どらぺこ! ~おねだりドラゴンとおっぱい勇者~ [130628] Alice Soft 1 2 Mermaids, ogres, unicorns and other fantastical beings are much stronger than humans and possess abundant knowledge and wisdom. They lend their aid and guidance to human beings, who in turn worship their benefactors. One of the human nations, the Dragon Valley, reached power and prosperity via the blessing of the strongest of the fantastical beings – the dragons. One day Esto, the prince of the Dragon Valley, had a fateful encounter with a nameless dragon girl. He named her Kuu, and she promised to aid him in time of need in exchange for his help in granting her most important wish. Years later, when coup d’état put an end to Esto's carefree life, Kuu came back to fulfill her promise. There is an English review  
    8. Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~ フレラバ ~Friend to Lover~ [130628] Smee 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Springtime. The season of cherry blossoms, and a time of new beginnings, new encounters, and new people. For Aoba Kyousuke, this new season marks the start of his second year in high school, and after taking a moment to reflect and looking at the friends around him...All he can find is a dumbass too horny for his own good, and can't get over his strange fetish for lizard-humanoid creatures. Sure enough, he enjoys hanging out with them, and he wouldn't even think of giving it up, but something feels missing. A precious, valuable part of everyone's adolescence, and something he might just miss out on at this rate... What is that something? Why, love of course. So upon realizing this, he shouts to the world- "I WANT A GIRLFRIEND!" He'll need to give it his all, of course, because he knows that love does not just come to those who wait. Game is localized and has English reviews  
    8. Futagoza no Paradox 双子座のパラドクス [130628] Cotton Soft 1 2 3 4 Eiman Gakuen is the only school which has a program to help develop the special abilities of the students. A pair of twins Souji and Souichi attend the school with their childhood friends Natsuki and Haruki, as well as other friends. However, their normal days came to an abrupt end when one day after school, a thunderbolt struck the school and sent Souji, Natsuki, Ao and the entire school itself to another dimension. There are English reviews  
    9. Gensou no Idea ~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~ 幻創のイデア~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~ [130628] 3rdEye 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Seven years ago during the great disaster Naglfar Night, a shift in the Earth’s crust caused the land to be inundated by the sea, washing away the soil and drastically altering the world. A great tear in the crust known as the ‘parallel out’ emitted noxious gases which hardened the skin of humans, causing them to crumble into dust. This spelled the end of tens of thousands of people. Those that were not affected moved away from the capital, which was ravaged by the disaster, to rebuild. After some time, they created a cure known as AS9 for those who were affected by the noxious gases. This allowed people to move back to the capital. Yuuma is one of those who now live within in the capital, while Akashi is a mysterious boy who lived in an area abandoned after the disaster. Their fated meeting would bring forth many unfortunate events. There are English reviews  
    10. Grimoire no Shisho 魔導書の司書 [130628] Astronauts: Alya 1 Magic exists in the world of Grand Esteca. There’s a magic library in the town of Altrium where all books of sorcery are kept. There resides a closely guarded book 30 floors underneath the library: the powerful book of sorcery, Grimoire, within which was sealed the demon who unleashed his fury in a war long ago. However, now he is merely a perverted demon with no dignity whatsoever. The librarian Mihai loves reading books and came upon and became friends with Grimoire. He respected the demon despite his current situation due to his immense magical knowledge. However, one day, someone stole these pages of knowledge from Grimoire and they ended up dispersed in other continents. It might cause a new world war to break out. Concerned about the situation, the sage Maynard ordered Mihai to recover the pages. There is an English review  
    11. Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi. 君と彼女と彼女の恋。 [130628] Nitroplus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Life is like a staircase. You just gotta keep climbing. Otherwise, if you start to overthink it, you'll have trouble taking the next step. Shinichi wants nothing more than to lead a quiet life. Though he was once close friends with Miyuki, the most popular girl in school, his desire for normalcy now keeps them from being anything more than classmates. Everything changes, however, one day on the roof, when the class oddball, Aoi, suddenly tries to kiss him. Miyuki appears just in time to stop her, but afterward, Shinichi feels the urge to bring some light to this friendless girl's eyes. He enlists Miyuki's aid, and thus, a trio is born. The days pass, and little by little, Aoi learns what it means to be friends. But at the same time, long-dormant feelings awaken in Miyuki's heart. As the distance between her and Shinichi shrinks, the hard-earned bonds the three share begin to fray. Miyuki or Aoi-when the time comes, which will Shinichi choose? Game is localized and has English reviews  
    12. Natsukumo Yururu なつくもゆるる [130628] Sumikko Soft 1 2 3 4 After an outbreak of a new strain of pharyngoconjunctival fever, a group of students at boarding school are ordered to stay within the school facilities for two weeks at the beginning of summer vacation, as the virus may still be residing in their systems. Touma Shin, one of the students forced to remain at school, soon finds himself cast out of his room in the dead of night over something petty. Wandering around the campus in attempt to calm his nerves, he is suddenly threatened by a mysterious gothloli girl brandishing a shovel. Now, here's the thing - all of the girls being kept at the school come across as extremely young in terms of both physical appearance and height. What exactly is the meaning behind this? Well, the answer will become clear in due time... There are English reviews  
    13. Nosferatu no Omocha☆彡 ノスフェラトゥのオモチャ☆彡 [130628] ICHIGO Fizz 1 Due to the pandemic ‘bloodlust’, 99.9% of the world’s population had become ‘spirit takers’. Hibiki is one of the remaining humans spends every day in fear of the predatory takers. One time he was saved by the Nosferatu, the divine ancestor of the spirit takers. He enrolled in the Ashina First Girl’s School, where the Nosferatu family attends, to pay back their kindness. However, all the students and teachers are takers, so it was an extremely dangerous place for him. The Nosferatu asked him to teach them about love. Then, he found out that his scent and bodily fluids attracted spirit takers and made them excited, and this effect extended even to the Nosferatu. They made him live with them at their dorm in order to ‘protect’ him, but in reality… has he become their toy? There is an English review  
    14. Otome wa Karen ni Koi ni Mai! 乙女は可憐に恋に舞いっ! [130628] Klein During one lunch break, Tomoki dozed off in a corner of the school courtyard and woke up on the lap of a beautiful girl he hadn’t seen before. The next day, the girl Naori joined his class to retake the second year of school which she missed due to illness. Not soon thereafter, his friend Minagi and kouhai Hazuki joined the ‘ruling party’ that Naori revived to keep the over-earnest student council led by her best friend Erika in check. He finds himself unwillingly caught in the middle of all of this. An ordinary school club story with weak writing and lack of explanation. Only worth playing for particular heroines.  
    15. Prestar ~Precious Star's Festival~ プレスタ!~Precious☆Star’sフェスティバル~ [130628] Atelier Kaguya Fortissimo FF Hibikinomori Gakuen is a huge school with a wide variety of specializations, some of them quite different from standard ones. Yoshitaka is in the general education curriculum, but he felt like he had made no precious memories since entering the school. His best friend Suminao jokingly suggested that he be the producer for this year’s Precious☆Star’s Festival (also known as Prestar), the flashy concert which is the focus of the school festival. He was able to get the position with some difficulty, but what surprised him was that all the performers were all-stars: a highly-popular top idol, a world-famous pianist, a pro mangaka/illustrator and a promising Olympian in rhythmic gymnastics. Will he be able to make Prestar a success? Atelier Kaguya always bears strong nukige tilt, but with enough cuteness poured in they made a moege out of this. Still nothing to boast of.  
    16. Sensui-bu! せんすいぶ! [130628] Escu:de In this country where it’s slightly warmer due to global warming, the hottest thing is a new female-only water sport called "sensui", where girls ride torpedo-like high-performance mini-subs called ‘MAV’s and try to knock down their opponents by shooting special water attacks at them. The sensui team at Aosaki Academy doesn’t have enough members nor do they perform well in competitions. However, the club leader Maasa is determined to turn around the fortunes of the school by enlisting a sensui ace Mito to the team. The four girls (Mito, Alice, Maasa, Rikoko) are managed by a male coach, Riku, whose dream of becoming a sensui player was dashed due to the gender restriction. Together, they aim to compete and win the national competition, the Wassergrahl. TBS  
    17. Zutto Sukishite Takusan Sukishite ずっとすきして たくさんすきして [130628] Onomatope* 1 2 3 Tokito borrows a book from the library about how to make any girl your girlfriend. Stare at them with confidence for 10 seconds, and they will become yours! But will it really work? Can anything be that simple? And who will Tokito choose? He tries it out on every girl he knows, his childhood friends Koharu and Raika, the quiet librarian Serina, the wealthy and beautiful Touma, even the mysterious girl Kokona, whom he only knows online. It really works! Now that Tokito has so many girls hearts, who will he choose to make his girlfriend? There are English reviews
  15. kivandopulus
    I choose Yume ka Utsutsu ka Matryoshka as VN of the Month. Chephas hesitated between the two, but chose Karumaruka * Circle . Micchi adds Ichiban Ja Nakya Dame Desu ka and some imouto nukige to his set of interests.  
    1. Yahari Game demo Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. やはりゲームでも俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。 [130919] guyzware 1  The story follows two loners, the pragmatic Hikigaya Hachiman and beautiful Yukinoshita Yukino, who despite their varying personalities and ideals, offer help and advice to others as part of their school's Service Club, assisted by the cheerful and friendly Yuigahama Yui. It largely depicts various social situations faced by teens in a high school setting and the psychology driving their interactions. Anime Spin-Off  
    2. Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga Nai. Happy End 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない。 ハッピーエンド [130926] guyzware 1  The game further expands on the story of the Oreimo light novel series, giving the player, who takes on the role of Kyousuke Kousaka, the choice to follow the story of his complicated life with his younger sister Kirino and their friends. Anime Spin-Off  
    3. Baldr Sky "Zero" バルドスカイ ゼロ [130927] Giga 1 2 3 4 When Edward came to in the virtual world, he was in the middle of a battle. A giant humanoid robot (simulacrum) distracted the enemy (virus) which was targeting him by yelling at him. The girl Sakura and him fought off the enemies’ attacks together and then helped out a girl who was being chased by the state army. As he was about to depart the virtual world, he remarked to Sakura that he could not remember his own name. Coming to in the real world, he found himself in a foreign room. He soon met Sakura again. She belonged to the Squall team of the Fenrir mercenary unit and this was their base. In the Southeast Asia State (SAS) where reality and the virtual world are separated, the only way to survive in this never-ending war was to pilot a simulacrum, so he volunteered to join Fenrir. Action has English reviews  
    4. Himegoto Union ~We are in the Springtime of Life!~ ひめごとユニオン ~We are in the springtime of life!~ [130927] Seven Wonder 1 2 3 Saizou seems to be a typical student, but he’s actually a ninja-in-training! Maybe destiny had something to do with it, but he met four girls who also had secrets which couldn’t be told to others. They were the blonde transfer student Himeria (who’s actually a princess), his model-like senpai Yuuki (who’s actually a heroine of justice), the beautiful swordsman Hijiri (who’s actually a girl in disguise), and his small kouhai Koharu (who has superhuman strength in certain situations). Himeria revived the local history research group, which became the ‘secret union’. There are English reviews  
    5. Ichiban Janakya Dame Desu ka? 1番じゃなきゃダメですかっ? [130927] Rosebleu 1 2 3 4 A slightly old-fashioned wooden apartment called Ittokikan (Maison Ittoki) lies at the top of a gentle slope located nine minutes walk from the train station. It is a place inhabited only by girls who are disappointed with their male siblings. Shou was to be a new resident, but naturally he was refused entry to the apartment. However, he was able to open their hearts with his initiative and positive disposition and was accepted into their group. In turn, they became lovestruck with him and it was suggested that he become an older brother figure to everyone in the household. This prompted the declaration by his non-blood related imouto Hisui that she will stop being his imouto. Could they be satisfied all being second for his love? There are English reviews  
    6. Imouto Spiral 妹スパイラル [130927] Macaron Soft Seiji is a normal male student without a girlfriend, except that he has strange dreams almost every day. One day, he was going to be reunited with his younger sister whom he haven't seen since they were small. However, not one, but five younger sisters were waiting for him! It happened that some incident caused the protagonists from different parallel worlds to disappear and their younger sisters went searching for them. All of them ended up coming to Seiji since he was the same as their brothers. At the same time, strange dimensional distortions started appearing around him, threatening the balance of all the worlds. How will he and his younger sisters confront this crisis? Production values are on the rise, but story is very subtle, and imouto special feeling is gone.  
    7. Karumaruka * Circle カルマルカ*サークル [130927] Saga Planets 1 2 3 4 5 6 “You’re the master of this world!” With those words, Kaito was invited by his energetic turtle-toting underclassman Nicole to Seikai Academy’s student council room to join the star-crossing circle. All of the girls in that group are peculiar in their own way. Once every year, on the night of Tanabata, they gather to try to access ‘Karumaruka’. If they are successful, then they would be freed from their curses and their fear of the future. There are English reviews  
    8. Magical Marriage Lunatics!! [130927] Moonstone 1 2 3 4 5 Yuuta is just your typical guy who enjoys an ordinary school life with his childhood friend Yuuna. Suddenly one day, a mansion appeared in his backyard, inhabited by the vampire princess Luce. One by one, other other-worldly princesses came to him, all of whom had made a childhood promise to be his bride when they grew up. He didn’t remember the promises, but then Yuuna also joined into the fray and proclaimed that she’s the one who will always be with him. There are English reviews  
    9. Natsu no Osananajimi to, Fuyu no Kanojo 夏の幼馴染と、冬のカノジョ [130927] Nephrite 1 2 The town of Nagashimo only experiences two distinct seasons due to its topography, with only short periods separating summer and winter. Seiji returned to his hometown at the beginning of summer after 10 years away and was happy that nothing appeared to have changed. Together with his lively osananajimi Karin, fellow proud transfer student Mitsu, onee-san-type cousin Yurari, complete-changed friend Atsu and imouto Yume, they founded the animation club to help the school with events. There are English reviews  
    10. Noblesse of Rouge ノブレスオブルージュ [130927] ChuableSoft 1 Toshiya’s twin imouto Rui is part of the student council at Alexandra girls’ school, a school for the nobility, and is highly admired by all students. Rui injured her leg in a training accident and wanted him to take her place until she heals completely. The student council officers (D’Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porthos), fondly called the “three musketeers”, are happy to see ‘Rui’ again. Will he be able to keep up this disguise until Rui returns? There is an English impression  
    11. Rance 01 - Hikari o Motomete - ランス01 光をもとめて [130927] Alice Soft 1 2 3 This is a remake of the original Rance title which came out 24 years ago. The womanizing warrior Rance is accompanied by his magician slave Sill as they search for the kidnapped noble daughter Hikari. It uses an old-style chip-based battle system, but the layout is pretty polished. It comes with some spiffy BGMs as well. If you always wondered how Rance or Hani came about, now’s your chance to find out. Localized remake RPG has English reviews  
    12. Sangoku Hime 3 ~Tenka Shinsei~ 三極姫3 ~天下新生~ [130927] Gesen 18 1 This is a continuation of the Sangokuhime series, with over 350 generals. In addition to the three kingdoms, there’ll be routes for Kouhosuu Gishin (Huangfu Song) and Ryofu Housen (Lu Bu). In the new battle system, up to 18 units can fight simultaneously and there are 6 different general types, which adds more balance. There are also 16 different types of troops which can be employed. TBS  
    13. Yume ka Utsutsu ka Matryoshka 夢か現かマトリョーシカ [130927] Effordom Soft Crown 1 Mamoru lives on the island of Shinonoshima, enjoying every moment with his osananajimi Miyako and close friends Isuka, Shiori, Nagi, Aoi and Kazushige. Their time together is irreplaceable to him and he believed that it would continue forever. However, he did not know he was about to fall into the abyss of despair. He fell into a deep sleep due to a certain incident, and when he woke up, no one else remained except Miyako. Not wanting him to remain in sorrow, she told him about a ‘tradition’ passed down through generations. On the 100th night after the loss of their precious ones, if they are able to gather memories deeply connected with them and offer them to the island’s protective god Wadatsumi, then it might bring their lost ones back. They prepared for the ceremony while clinging on to the belief that it will work. There is an English impression  
  16. kivandopulus
    With PSP titles there are over 20 normal releases in May. I doubt anything can overshadow finale of Grisaia no Rakuen . Jesus 13th -Ushinawareta Gakuen- , Reminiscence , Tsukiakari Lunch and ChuSinGura 46+1 make fantastic debuts. Clephas highlighted Reminiscence . Micchi adds Magical Charming and Yumekoi to the mix and Zen among others seems to follow Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica F .  
    1. Grisaia no Rakuen グリザイアの楽園 -LE EDEN DE LA GRISAIA- [130524] Frontwing 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 A boy trying to find the paradise he once lost arrived in a secluded garden at the end of the world, where he found five girls. Not knowing himself what the result would be, he took out five seeds and distributed them to the girls, driven by a sense of duty and perhaps even the faintest murmurings of something like hope. One by one, the girls planted the seeds they had been entrusted with in the ground around them, waiting for the day when they would bear fruit. But whether or not this day will come remains to be seen - everything hinges on one final struggle to learn where a true paradise is to be found. Our story picks up immediately after the events of Grisaia no Meikyuu, with Kazami Yuuji having been detained for suspected involvement with an international terrorist organization, lead by Heath Oslo, that has managed to enter Japan's borders with a devastating new weapon of mass destruction in hand. Meanwhile, at Mihama Academy, the remaining students find themselves with time running out - due to financial issues, the school is set to close within the month. Over the past year, though, the girls of Mihama have finally begun to find their own legs, thanks to Yuuji's involvement - are they really just going to bury their heads in the sand and let the world change around them? And are they really willing to let the man who changed their lives slip away without so much as trying to win him back? As the end of their time at Mihama Academy approaches, Amane, Makina, Sachi, Yumiko, and Michiru find themselves arriving at a single conclusion. How much a group of students can do in the face of countries and organizations far bigger than any individual could hope to be remains to be seen. In the first place, Yuuji's position is far more complicated than any of them could have imagined, as he finds himself embroiled in an elaborate game of super-political chess revolving around both himself and an inconceivable new system slumbering in the depths of CIRS - a system that Yuuji may have more of a connection to than he thinks. One thing is for certain, though - the girls of Mihama are no longer willing to let the world steal things away from them without at least a bit of resistance first. And with help from a mysterious individual known only as Thanatos, they may just achieve their goal... The final chapter in the Grisaia series, featuring Prologue De La Grisaia, a prologue set before Yuuji's arrival at Mihama; Blanc Aile no Tane, the overarching story's grand conclusion; a smorgasbord of bonus eroscenes; and an after story to the events of Blanc Aile no Tane. There are English reviews  
    2. Koi Shiyo? 恋しよっ? [130524] Triplethreat 1 The government took drastic measures to combat the falling birth rate and created Kukuri Gakuen, nicknamed ‘Renai Gakuen’, as a model case to promote love between students. Yuuki’s parents did not outwardly show their love towards each other, so he was never interested in love. However, he was suddenly chosen to attend ‘Renai Gakuen’ despite his wishes. In this school, students receive bracelets, called "rings", which they must exchange with another student they want to date. Their exchange is like a confession and the evidence of shared love. There is an English impression  
    3. Ojou-sama wa Gokigen Naname お嬢様はご機嫌ナナメ [130524] ensemble 1 2 3 4 5 Hajime had been Nanami’s loyal servant ever since her family took him and his younger sister Hana in after their parents passed away. Every day, he fends off the succession of men from noble families who come to propose to her. One day, Nanami came to their run-down apartment and asked him to teach her the life of the common people. At the same time, a fellow student at Tenshouin Academy, Otoha, asked for his advice in becoming an idol, and Nanami’s cool friend Touka also started acting weird. Then the daughter of the Naname group’s rival corporation, Shiaya, proposed to him all of a sudden. What will happen to him? There are English reviews  
    4. Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica ~Farewell Song~ 神曲奏界ポリフォニカ ~Farewell Song~ [130524] Ocelot A cave-in at a certain ruins resulted in the complete loss of the excavation party affiliated with Maynard University. It happened when they took out ‘something’ from the sarcophagus deep inside. Afterwards, two young girls who were actually founder spirits, Richelie and Esther, visited Phoron and Corticarte and warned them that the spirit-eating ‘harvester’ has awakened. I lost count of Red Polyphonica titles and plotline a long time ago  
    5. Shitsuji ga Aruji o Erabu Toki 執事が姫を選ぶとき [130524] PeasSoft 1 2 The private Katsuranomiya Academy is a school full of girls from noble families. Naoya enrolled in the school as a butler on a scholarship and met five rich ladies known as the ‘cinq roses’. They came from different backgrounds, from being a princess to being the daughter of a famous acting family, but they all had something in common. They all are either S or M! Which of them will he choose to serve?
    There is an English impression  
    6. Touhikou Game 逃避行GAME [130524] Ex-iT One day during class, Akito gazed outside the window and mumbled to himself: “… I want to run away somewhere”. “That sounds good, where shall we go?”. He was surprised by the response and looked over to see his classmate in the neighbouring seat smiling at him. He had never talked to her before, but those words made him want to attain his hidden wishes. His life changed greatly from that day on. He met a strange girl Nia who seemed to be chased by someone in an alley, was approached by a foreigner Norm who took a liking to him, made friends with a traveler Korone who was passing by on a trip, and was closely monitored by his imouto Mirika who thought he was acting suspicious lately. Thanks to this ‘running away game’ which his classmate Renna had proposed, there are no more boring days. However, he still had a wish to find someone who he loves and run away together to somewhere far away. Escape game with a girl divided into two main routes. The gist of the game is to realize girl's circumstances and help her fulfil her need. There's not much happening, and scenario feels half-finished without the strong core.  
    7. Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient コープスパーティー 2 [130529] Grindhouse 1 The nightmare has returned five years after the events of Corpse Party: Blood Drive with an average junior high school student, Ayame Itou, suddenly finding her life turned upside down in the most unsettling way possible. Upon waking from a coma strapped to an operating table in a ransacked and seemingly abandoned hospital called “Amare Patriarcha Crucis,” Ayame realizes she’s locked in without any means of escape and with virtually no memories of her past. She is, however, not quite as alone as she first thought. Others occupy the mysterious hospital, but whether they are friend or foe remains to be discovered. Remains to be discovered… Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient takes players on a dark and mysterious journey with Ayame and any other friendly faces she can find. Through the deserted halls of Amare Patriarcha Crucis, the party will solve inventory-based puzzles, collect medical charts of deceased patients, and avoid terrifying zombie-like pursuers in order to find much-needed answers, as well as—hopefully—a way out. Titled Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient NEUES in Japan, Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient is the definitive version of Dead Patient with updated graphics and additional scenarios. Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient exists as a standalone story within the Corpse Party series, allowing players to jump in regardless of their experience with past titles. Game is localized and has English reviews  
    8. Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Meijou Shigatai Game no You na Mono 這いよれ!ニャル子さん 名状しがたいゲームのようなもの [130530] MAGES. GAME The story of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san centers around Nyaruko, a formless Cthulhu-deity of chaos (Nyarlathotep) who can take on the shape of a seemingly ordinary silver-haired girl. Yasaka Mahiro is a normal high school boy who is being chased by a fearsome black alien one night, until Nyaruko saves him. She explains that the creatures from H. P. Lovecraft's works are actually races of aliens, and that she has been sent to Earth to protect him from being kidnapped by an alien trafficker. Eventually, Nyaruko and two other Lovecraft-creatures, Cthugha and Hastur, end up being freeloaders at Mahiro's place. Anime Spin-Off  
    9. Jansei Utahime Chrono★Star 雀聖歌姫 クロノ★スター [130530] BOOST ON Legendary idol Chrono used to fascinate people without revealing her personality and then retired.
    A few years later idol production "El Sista" is rumored to belong to the same branch as Chrono did. Girls start to compete as winner can learn the secret of Chrono. Again Mahjong PSP something  
    10. ChuSinGura 46+1 [130531] inre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 The protagonist Fukami Suguha visits the historic graves of the forty-seven Akou rounin on New Year's Day, but suddenly blacks out while observing the solar eclipse. He wakes up in the body of an Edo period samurai with the same name and face. Suguha is forced to adjust to life in the year 1701 as history unfolds, while getting to know the forty-seven rounin, whose personal details closely match history--except that many of them are women. There are English reviews  
    11. End Sleep [130531] Lilac Soft Kazuki has lived an unlucky life. His parents passed away when he was young and his relationship with his adoptive parents did not last long. Now an university student, he took up a high-paying live-in part-time job in a mansion deep in the mountains despite being suspicious about it. When he got there, he met a beautiful girl who wondered if he would become her older brother. Not knowing what she meant by this, he chased after her into the mansion where many other people had gathered, all but one of whom were around his age. Their task was explained to them there: to live there while playing their assigned role. As foreseen by the girl from earlier, Sui, he was given the ‘older brother’ role, while she was the ‘imouto’. This strange life began without any problems, until one rainy night when the sound of glass breaking echoed through the mansion. They hurried towards the sound and found one of their own had been brutally murdered. The secrecy atmosphere is great. Hints are scattered in bad endings and afterstories. So good murder suspense story if you like this genre. Still setting could be utilized better, especially compared to Ashita Deatta Shoujo.  
    12. Fuuraiki 3 風雨来記3 [130531] FOG Chihiro Sakiki is a rookie reporter who’s still getting his feet wet. Enamored with the land of Hokkaido, he finally makes his way there in order to participate in the “Eimeiten,” a beginner’s division that’s part of a major contest in the publishing world known as the “Shinkouten.” Considered to be the industry’s equivalent of the Olympics, after an article produced for the Shinkouten catches his eye, he finds himself drawn to join the fray, thereby entering the world of publishing. While not without his worries, his excitement at the new adventures awaiting far outweigh those other sentiments. Unable to hold himself back, with his trusty camera on tow, he hops aboard his trusty motorcycle and heads off in search of the best photo he can take. As the third part in the series, you know what to expect - a melancholy road-trip with seeing real sceneries and meeting nice girls.  
    13. Jesus 13th -Ushinawareta Gakuen- ジーザス13th -喪失われた学園- [130531] Xuse 1 2 After a war which wiped out more than half of the world’s population and threatened the existence of the world itself, humans have become a bit kinder. Technology innovations from the war and the discovery of new resources helped overcome the scarcity of natural resources. The black ‘wall’ which had risen to the skies has disappeared, allowing people to return to their hometowns and rebuild their lives. This was when Makina was born. Many years later, Makina came to the elite private school Wadatsumi Gakuen perched on a cliff on the Bousou Peninsula’s large school town Yatoura-shi. He had been personally scouted and passed the entrance examination. Most graduates end up as part of the Amanor Group, which controls almost every industry in the post-war world. He had planned to be a lawyer, until one day he received a letter telling him that the school’s board chairman and his grandfather, David Almatar, had died a suspicious death. As the acting board chairman, he learned about the existence of the chosen ‘pearl princess’, who is to take the sacrament from the witch’s cave. However, many mysterious beings stand in their way. There is an English review  
    14. Love of Ren'ai Koutei of LOVE! らぶおぶ恋愛皇帝 of LOVE! [130531] Harukaze 1 2 School president (emperor) Lukina wins at everything no matter what it is. However, there’s one exception: love. She proclaimed her love for her childhood friend Akito in front of the whole school, and now many other girls are after him as well!? There are English reviews  
    15. Magical Charming! [130531] Lump of Sugar 1 2 3 4 Ritsu Natsumoto was unhappy because he had an unproductive summer vacation. One day he wakes up in a strange room where he meets a girl called Orietta, she reveals he is a magic user and takes him to Wizure Mahou Gakuin, a magical school. However, only girls should be able to use magic! Ritsu starts his new school life while investigating the reasons behind his power. There are English reviews  
    16. Matsuyuki no Hana ~Snow Drop~ 待雪の花 ~snow drop~ [130531] nostalabel  Already fatherless and with no relatives, Kazushi and his sick younger sister Miyu move to a rundown apartment after the death of their mother. Kazushi then leaves school and seeks employment to pay for rent, food, and the medicine that allows his sister to carry on. Depressing work with H tilt amidst despair.  
    17. Qualiaffordance クオリアフォーダンス [130531] Shelf Kazuki is your typical shy boy who couldn’t turn down a request nor doubt others. However, after one summer vacation incident, he became able to see the ‘colours’ of other people’s emotions. Something deep in his heart warned him not to look at it. However, as he became closer to the heroines, the ordinary becomes the extraordinary. Game is animated and has four-episode hentai, so you can guess where its merit lies. With that cast aside, game has little to offer - rapid development, opportunism, sudden end.  
    18. Reminiscence レミニセンス [130531] Tigre Soft 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Shimazu Hidetaka is the very definition of a broken man — the events of five years ago have left him with a broken family, a broken mind, and a broken spirit. And to add icing to the cake, he's pretty much broke. But a proposal from his saviour makes him decide to put the pieces of his life back together. Little did he know that he'd also start putting together a much larger jigsaw puzzle: one of Hopes and Dreams, lies and deceit, and the remnants of a long-forgotten era. There are English reviews  
    19. Shirogane Otome シロガネオトメ [130531] MANATSU_8 On a small hill located on the outskirts of Ibushi-chou stands the Shirogane Shrine. It is owned by the Hisakawa family, who take care of two girls… or rather, one girl and one trap. Yuki is a boyish maiden who is very popular among the students at Akishino Central School. Tsubasa is cute enough to be granted entrance to the girl’s school as an exception. They have been together since they were kids, so one can never find one without the other. Despite their genders, they sleep in the same room and play together. Even though Tsubasa viewed Yuki as being more than a friend, he would not let their relationship go beyond that. One day, while they were walking home, they came upon a starving miko Sarasa. She told them she was an exorcist who was chasing after a powerful apparition called the ‘maou’. Since there was a high possibility that the maou would infiltrate the school, she temporarily stayed at the shrine with them. She had Yuki’s full support since she wanted a change from everyday boring life. When Sarasa found out that there were students (including Yuki’s friends) who were possessed by other powerful apparitions at the school, she asked for Yuki’s help. Yuki gladly obliged since she loves bishoujos, and she even has a special ability which no one knows about. Yuri harem comedy parody. SOL scenes are somewhat boring and serious part remains a parody. Yuri harem is a rare genre on its own, and realization is worthy if you can stand all kinds of trap jokes that are inherited from previous trap game.  
    20. Tsukiakari Lunch 月あかりランチ [130531] Ex-One 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 One day Shiki Haruhiko came to his senses in an unknown place. Soon he learns that this is the Starlight Academy that exists only at night, and that it is impossible to escape from here. He comes to know four girls who came here from different worlds, and becomes their teacher. Another girl who calls herself "witch" suddenly appears and tells him that he must make the four girls graduate to fulfill their wishes to be able to return to his world himself. A girl from a world of endless war, Migiwa Fuyu. A girl from a world where machines manage humans lives, a world without any conflict, Sumeragi Natsuno. A girl from a world where people fight demons with swords and magic, Avril Poisson. And a girl who lost her memories, Aki. His four students are different from ordinary humans, with disordered senses of values and self-awareness. It may be more than Haruhiko can handle, so in order to gain confidence he declares: "I, the wizard of Oz, will grant your wishes!" There are English reviews  
    21. Yumekoi ~Yume Miru Mahou Shoujo to Koi no Jumon~ ゆめこい ~夢見る魔法少女と恋の呪文~ [130531] Parasol 1 Akira takes care of his younger sister Kurumi while their mother is away on business. One day a girl named Kurumi arrives and claims to be a magical girl from the magical world parallel to our own. She's the alternate reality version of his own sister Kurumi. Kurara, Kurumi's guardian mascot character arrives and explains to Akira that Kurumi has actually run away from home and she must bring her back! To make matters worse three Dream Flowers have followed her to our world. They have the power to make ordinary girls into magical girls and they must retrieve them at all cost. It's too late however because the missing Dream Flowers have already entered Akira's sister Kurumi and two of their friends, Sakuya and Mei and because our world is a world of science the magical power in them is out of control, they cause the girls to have overwhelming sexual desires. Now they must use their magic to make the flowers bloom in order to graduate from being magical girls and return the Dream Flowers to the magical world. There is an English review  
    BLOCKED   1. Muv-Luv Alternative - Total Eclipse マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ トータル・イクリプス [130516] Age 1 2 Total Eclipse is set in the same world as Alternative, at Alaska's Yukon base, test site 18, where first-class staff from all over the world regardless of country gather to work on new Tactical Surface Fighters. The main characters are engineers and pilots and it features many TSFs that failed to show up in Alternative. Fandisc   2. Hai ka Ochiba ka Nakigara ka 灰か落葉か亡骸か [130519] Nekojita Renmei 1
    The protagonist is a girl who has lost her father and she feels kinda crazy about it. She can't play her piano because she would remember her father and tremble in fear over it. But she meets a novelist in a park where supposedly the dead come to lay rest. They become friends, but the novelist seems to harbor something far deeper than the protagonist's angst. So she wants to help him instead. 
    Doujin, but with an English review   3. Josou Kaikyou 女装海峡 [130531] Nounai Kanojo 1 Tajima Yukito needs to collect plant specimens for his research. Asking help from Hibiki. He comes to the island where Hibiki was born, but suddenly a storm causes their ship to crash. They awaken on an unknown island. They find two of Hibiki's friends who had gone missing, Fujikiri Nao and Munakata Meguru. Nao and Meguru say that they are trapped at secret location by the power of God. Possibly because Nao and Meguru did a ritual halfway. It's made it impossible for them to leave without finishing the ritual. According to old tradition in order to finish the ritual Yukito must mate with one of 3 traps, but Yukito is too embarrassed to do it. Now he must do it or they can't leave the island. Boys love trap game, but realized it too late, and there's kind of English impression
  17. kivandopulus
    Shoujo Shin'iki ~ Shoujo Tengoku -The Garden of Fifth Zoa- is the only thing that stands out in April for me. Clephas featured Windows release of Yaneura no Kanojo . Micchi in addition promotes Hitotsu Tobashi Ren'ai , Unmei Yohou o Oshirase Shimasu and even dating sim LOVELY×CATION2  
    1. Jansei Gakuen Chrono★Magic 雀聖学園 クロノ★マジック [130418] BOOST ON  There is a legend in a public magic school that whoever enters an underground warehouse loses consciousness and awakens with time rewinded to the moment of entering the warehouse. Does monster Chrono-san really exist? Mahjong PSP something  
    2. Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Portable 境界線上のホライゾン PORTABLE [130425] Tenky 1  In the far future, humans abandon a devastated Earth and travel to outer space. However, due to an unknown phenomenon that prevents them from traveling into space, humanity returns to Earth only to find it inhospitable except for Japan. To accommodate the entire human population, pocket dimensions are created around Japan to house the populace. In order to find a way to return to outer space, the humans begin reenacting human history according to the Holy Book Testament. But in the year 1413 of the Testament Era, the nations of the pocket dimensions invade and conquer Japan, dividing the territory into feudal fiefdoms and forcing the original inhabitants of Japan to leave. It is now the year 1648 of the Testament Era, the refugees of Japan now live in the city ship Musashi, where it constantly travels around Japan while being watched by the Testament Union, the authority that runs the re-enactment of history. However, rumors of an apocalypse and war begins to spread when the Testament stops revealing what happens next after 1648. Taking advantage of this situation, Tori Aoi, head of Musashi Ariadust Academy's Supreme Federation and President of the student council, leads his classmates to use this opportunity to regain their homeland. Anime Spin-Off  
    3. Guardian ☆ Place ~Do S na Imouto to 3-nin no Yome~ Guardian☆Place ~ドエスな妹と3人の嫁~ [130426] SkyFish In another world, beings known as ‘guardians’ live in harmony with humans. Since those who have the best guardians have the brightest futures, everyone wishes to have the best guardian. Yuuki doesn’t have any relatives, working part-time day and night just to make enough money to attend school. One day, a maid who called herself his imouto appeared before him and abducted him into a waiting private jet. There he was greeted by a stern-faced old man on the monitor, who revealed that Yuuki was actually the grandson of the head of the industry leader of the guardian industry, the Ootori Group. After the death of his son a few years ago, he wanted to pass on the Group to Yuuki, since he was the only remaining male relative. Yuuki was excited at his sudden good luck, however he was told that incompetence would not be tolerated. He was enrolled into the extremely famous guardian school Suzakukou to become a ‘guardian master’, but… isn’t this a girl’s school? Three girls Ouka, Itsuki and Neon all claimed to be his future wife, and they all ended up living together with him at the dormitory. The sharp-tongued imouto maid Aoi was also there, and she told him that in order not to disappoint his grandfather, he should win the school’s upcoming guardian tournament. These guardians are only featured in the beginning and lose meaning afterwards. Story is fast-paced without explanations, so all those battle, summoning and romance elements become a mess. H tilt is also excessive for me (there is even one case of tentacles).  
    4. Hitotsu Tobashi Ren'ai ひとつ飛ばし恋愛 [130426] ASa Project 1 2 3 4  Kazuki returned to his hometown after three years away accompanying his father while he worked in another city. He was excited to reunite with his sisters, osananajimi and buddy, but moreover, he wanted to get a girlfriend! It is the goal of every young boy. Maybe his wish was heard by the heavens, but he met four bishoujos… all of whom were friends of his friends and family!? There are English reviews  
    5. Hyakka Ryouran Elixir 百花繚乱エリクシル [130426] AXL 1 The ‘patrolling messengers’ monitored the feudal lords in the kingdom for the emperor. They were orphans who were raised personally by the emperor himself, and only the best of the best were able to be named as one. However, the feudal lords knew that so long as they did not commit any grave crimes, the messengers would not take any action. Moreover, since they were not related to the royal family, they were easily coerced by others’ political strengths. Bloom had been a messenger for the past 3 years and he finally had been assigned to his own area, but it was in the middle of nowhere. This was because a great noble had bought the lands out of spite after he was reported for illegal gathering of wealth. Nevertheless, he still accepted his position and vowed to do the best for the kingdom. The area he was to patrol was an idyllic village, with friendly people and a proud princess living in a crumbling castle. At first, he earnestly did his job, increasing the taxes and investigating any secret contact with neighbouring countries, but he gradually he felt like he wanted to live in this town with them. Moreover, he wanted to bring great wealth to the town and revitalize it. There is an English review  
    6. Koiseyo!! Imouto Banchou 恋せよ!!妹番長 [130426] Latte 1 After his father’s death, Jin was separated from his 365 imoutos and ended up living overseas. He told them to live ‘strongly’ until he comes back to them. Ten years later, he reunited with his imoutos in Japan… and they are all banchous!? Not only that, but it was said that the strongest imouto will become oniichan’s bride. Could it be that they misunderstood what he said? There is an English review (luckily, because such setting is the new bottom)  
    7. Love La Bride ラブらブライド [130426] ChuableSoft 1 Kenji accidentally kissed Misaki and that meant that he had to marry her according to her family’s customs. However, she had no intention of marrying someone who she did not love and moreover, is a commoner. She suggested to live together for 3 months, after which she’ll tell her parents that she tried to live with a commoner, but it was impossible. However, four other girls also ended up living with them: his imouto Nao, osananajimi Hitomi, senpai Haruka, and Misaki’s maid Sasha. Moreover, they’re all pretending to be his fiancée. What will happen in these upcoming 3 months? There is an English review  
    8. Lovely x Cation 2 [130426] Hibiki Works 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Spring has come again and the protagonist has moved into a new home by himself after his parents transfered elsewhere for their jobs. Everyone went smoothly until he received a prediction at a shrine which he had come upon: “Go find the one who will become your partner for life. Otherwise, you will live a cruel life”. However, a non-assertive man like him didn’t know anything about love. At such an critical juncture in his life, will he be able to summon up the courage to find himself a girl? There are English reviews  
    9. Madou Koukaku ~Yami no Tsuki Megami wa Doukoku de Utau~ 魔導巧殻 ~闇の月女神は導国で詠う~ [130426] Eushully 1 2 3 4 Melkia empire is one of the five great countries in the middle of the continent, ruled by an emperor and four skilled field marshals. Its east provinces are constantly under attack from an old enemy, Yun Gasol alliance. When one of the four marshals dies in a battle, enraged emperor sends reinforcements to the region, and being a part of it Weisheit, the protagonist, now have to defend his homeland as a military commander. RTS has English reviews  
    10. Nai Mono Nedari wa Mou Oshimai ナイものねだりはもうお姉妹 [130426] Aries Musashi lives with his older sisters Nanami and Misaki, who often use him to their advantage. Lately he’s been getting closer to his cousins Kazuha and Honoka who live next door. It’s like they’re part of his family, or are they like lovers? Either way, every day is full of happiness. One day, Honoka suddenly confesses to Musashi that she loved him ever since she was born, asking him to become her groom! Suddenly, the delicate balance has been broken and each girl aimed to claim him as their own. Game's short and scenario non-existent. It's everything you expect of a moege.  
    11. Shoujo Shin'iki ~ Shoujo Tengoku -The Garden of Fifth Zoa- 少女神域∽少女天獄 -The Garden of Fifth Zoa- [130426] Lass 1 2 Shun has always wondered what was on the other side of the stone walls surrounding and beyond the tunnel out of Kaijou-shi ever since he was a child. However, he never ventured out since every time there was an opportunity to do so, he fell ill or there was some family business. After he graduated from Seihoukan Gakuen, he decided right then to leave his hometown. The next spring, he received a call from his mother, asking him to come back for the Seikousai festival which he had always attended since he was small. His family kept the items for the festival, but this year’s event will be even bigger than normal. His imouto Sana and osananajimi Yuki both had been chosen as the miko for the kagura dance. As he was returning back to Kaijou-shi on the train, he reflected on why he left his hometown. He had found nothing special on the other side, just the beginning of a new life. However, it felt like he had lost something along the way. Then he could hear his osananajimi’s gentle voice: “Shun-chan, it’s been a while since you’ve been back”. He felt like those words livened his spirits and comforted his heart. Another controversial work from Lass. World-building is great, and characters are inspiring. What everyone blames is scenario as there is very little explanation for this dark setting, and a lot of elements develop randomly in disjoint till the end. As any mystery work, it's more interesting while mystery lasts. I might review it myself if there is nothing in 2013 in more dire need of a review.  
    12. Unmei Yohou o Oshirase Shimasu 運命予報をお知らせします [130426] Yonaki Uguisu 1 2  The ‘red string mail’ is quite a popular good luck charm among the girls at Shimei Gakuen. If one sends an e-mail to a certain address, it would be received by someone else in the school. It was said that the receiver is the fated partner of the sender, and if they ended up together thanks to the ‘red string mail’, then they would be happy together forever. One day, a request was sent to the executive club to find out the truth behind this rumour. The girls happily obliged and sent out a ‘red string mail’. At the same time, Souichirou decided to run for the school’s general election, not for the school or the students, but to put an end to his boring school life. He then received the ‘red string mail’ from the girls. Not just one, but every single one which was sent by the girls in the executive club went to him. The girls played it off as just a joke and they all continued on with their own lives. It’s just a simple good luck charm after all, isn’t it? But having known who their fated partner is, they couldn’t help but start to have feelings for him. There are English reviews  
    13. Yumeiro Alouette! ゆめいろアルエット! [130426] Mana 1 2 3 A long time ago, Kaname had a pendant which could grant any wish, but he has since forgotten what he had wished for. Now he is enjoying a busy student life at Zuichou Gakuen. One day, his osananajimi Yuu ordered him to sneak into the student council room at night to falsify the news club’s budget. However, he was busted by the student council leader Yuzuki herself. Then she said something strange: “Ah I see, you’re the first one”. From that day on, his surroundings began to change. The new transfer student Suzume claimed to be his fiancée, his kouhai Mihane became his imouto, and a maid Kirara came to serve him. There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Horobi Kuchiru Sekai ni Tsuioku no Hanataba o ~ present for you ~ 滅び朽ちる世界に追憶の花束を ~present for you~ [130402] Kyoushuu Hanaya 1 I've decided to throw it all away. My riches, my standing, my glory - and my beloved family. I shall leave them all behind, taking my leave of this era. *** This is a bouquet of memories in remembrance of a broken, decaying world— A collection of tales of glorious times to come, and the people who live there— And the tale of a foolish man who shall travel through time to see them all, driven by a burning wish. The lives of the women he shall meet are but mayflies in the inexorable flow of time - but how did they live, in those fleeting moments? What did they think of, and what did they try to accomplish? To me, people's lives are like precious flowers; people spend their lives trying to reach full bloom. I have tried to infuse these stories with the beauty and vivacity of such flowers - welcome to my nostalgic flower shop. Doujin has English reviews   2. Tsuisou no Augment 終奏のオーグメント [130419] Jirai Soft 1  A fandisk of Tsuisou no Augment. Written in different kanji but still read "Tsuisou no Augment". The game features after stories for each 3 heroines, and routes for Kawashima Hideya's older sister Kawashima Youko, Susonobe Nami's older sister Susonobe Minami, and the Shinigami Augment. Fandisc   3. Maro no Kanja wa Gatenkei 麻呂の患者はガテン系 [130425] Elf 1
    Hikomaro works as a doctor. He is also a pervert. One day, Sakimi came to his doctor's office asking about a small pain. Over time he gained her trust and began giving her advice about marriage life, specially about making children. Being the pervert he is he takes advantage of her trust and begins sexually caressing several parts of her body during examinations...
    Nukige with an English review   4. Steins;Gate Senkei Kousoku no Phenogram STEINS;GATE 線形拘束のフェノグラム [130425] Nitroplus 1 2
    You followed Okarin through the labyrinth of time and space; now relive the twists and turns of Steins;Gate through the eyes of Kurisu, Suzuha, Daru, and the rest of the Future Gadget Lab members. See how they faced the startling events of the game; hear their thoughts and experience their battles firsthand. This incredible visual novel gives you the rest of the story, with new revelations that will amaze even the most jaded Steins;Gate fan. The drama of Steins;Gate continues. Don't miss it.
    Fandisc has English reviews
  18. kivandopulus
    Foreword: I know I'm supposed to be finally reviewing Second Novel, but I give up. It has heavy gameplay elements and I'm stuck there at some point even with walkthrough, so I probably need to waste 10 more hours brute-forcing it, which I totally don't intend to do. Wanted to record at least short stories, but they aren't in the form of visual novel - just scanned light novels or whatever in vertical format and manual page flipping, no text hooking for them. As for Astelight games,I recorded all of them in just one day (and a week more for copyright clearing), so it's a breather compared to the horrible mess of Second Novel. Synopsis: In the midst of a deep fog shrouding a ‘station’ somewhere in the barren wasteland of an unknown world stood a strange giant machine.  Two people traveled around the universe in it and gave dubious performances until the carriage stopped. The two people are chairman of the group Okikaze B. and his companion Sharue . One day they tried to make the station go again and could not stop it anymore. It was difficult to maintain the station at first, but they managed. From then on days of turmoil began for them. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwGwDxf37gEm8QcMtHn0ivhFpQC5Tgq1v   Character Design rating: 7/10 Protagonist rating: 7/10 Story rating: 7/10 Game quality: 7/10 Overall rating: 7/10 Last raiL-soft works are difficult to talk about. First of all, they are quarter-price and very short. Debut story is less than 5-hours long while biggest last one is sitting around 9 hours. But the main problem is that game is a bakage in its ultimate form. It does not really try to tell a coherent story, so it's just a pure fantasy flow with synopsis as a starting point. Setting is made crazy on purpose to erase all possible boundaries. All characters are weirdos without exception, so any kind of empathy or character development is not possible. Debut game was announced just two weeks before release. With this kind of attitude, Mareni had all the freedom he needed. Protagonists are actually different for every game, but a lot of characters are inter-exchanged, and Okikase appears in every game thus creating continuity. System is traditional raiL-soft, so if you played one their game, you know them all all system-wise. H tilt is really big, and pretty much any scene can spontaneously turn into such situation. By the end of the third game even some corruption themes flash. Astelight games are a fusion of Albatross Koukairoku and Seven-Bridge. Albatross comes up naturally as it's the same writer, the same company and same unbounded craziness. But I absolutely can't stand Albatross and like Astelight. The reason is that Albatross is gloomy, repulsive, dark. Seven-Bridge is same adventurous, light and crazy while sharing the same flying railroad theme, but there are also a lot of differences like writing and especially concept. Seven-Bridge had a clear concept divided by chapters and moving to a set goal while Astelight does not care about such trifles as structure. As for humor, in Astelight I felt like watching a series of perverted sketches with only part of them being amusing. As a result, I can't rate a game with such vague concept more than a minor masterpiece, but it's perfect for times when I just want to turn head off and see something light, but not stupid, sweet or vulgar.
  19. kivandopulus
    Himawari no Kyoukai to Nagai Natsuyasumi is my choice for March, another nice one is Lovesick Puppies -Bokura wa Koi Suru Tame ni Umaretekita- . Clephas backed the second one. Micchi actually supports both of those, plus Ryuusei☆Kiseki -SHOOTING PROBE-  
    1. Pocket ni Koi o Tsumete ポケットに恋をつめて [130315] Aozora Biscuit The gender split in Sayahama-chou’s Kouchourinkai Gakuen is greatly imbalanced, with 2 boys for every 8 girls. However, it’s not like a harem situation for the boys since they are treated as nobodies. Faced with a dimming future, the boys decided to create an unofficial ‘hero club’ with the aim to become people that everyone will want to have around. Game suffers from average production values and poor common route, but is experimental in that heroines are unique and have very unusual problems to solve. H tilt is high.  
    2. Tiger & Bunny ~Hero's Day~ TIGER&BUNNY ~ヒーローズ デイ~ [130320] Witchcraft  Tiger & Bunny: Hero’s Day lets you follow different characters in the anime series and you get to choose how events unfold, and also features a talking battle system. Players have to select choices to defeat an enemy. These scenes are timed and if the clock runs out you lose stamina. You can also lose stamina if you pick an incorrect choice, so be careful if the stamina gauge runs out the game ends. Anime Spin-Off  
    3. Lovesick Puppies -Bokura wa Koi Suru Tame ni Umaretekita- LOVESICK PUPPIES -僕らは恋するために生まれてきた- [130322] Cosmic Cute 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Kotarou is a normal student at Hatao Gakuen who is a member of the ‘counselling room’. The ‘counselling room’ was viewed by many as a place for complaints and random requests. Even though he was pitied by them for being part of some a troublesome place, he didn’t mind it since he naturally liked helping out with other people’s problems. One day, he was entrusted with a girl named Orie, who had committed a crime which almost got her expelled from the school. Even though her attitude was difficult to deal with, she earnestly completed all the tasks which he assigned to her. When she found out that he was living in an apartment, she implored him to let her stay there. After finding out the reason why she was so insistent, he agreed to take her in. But not soon thereafter, his uncle informed him that the apartment will be demolished. He didn’t want to lose his home filled with memories, while she didn’t want to lose her newly found place where she could restart her life. With the mascot-like Maruna and transfer student Sonya moving in, and classmate Isami and trusted osananajimi Yuuki’s also showing up often, the apartment became more lively. Even if only for a limited time, their ‘family’ bonds strengthen. There are English reviews  
    4. Fate/Extra CCC [130328] Type-Moon 1 2 3 4 Head to the other side of the Fate Extra, the secret place where only the privileged few are allowed to enter. Because of a bug in the system, the Holy Grail wars is mutated. A new game starts, its lure and power draw magicians from across cyberspace. Players are exposed to new dangers and the girls reveal a side of themselves that they have kept hidden in the first game. The person who knows the truth is Sakura, and the servant waiting to be claimed is Saber. Full of tension and seduction, this is an adventure that simply could not be missed. RPG has English reviews  
    5. Rebellions: Secret Game 2nd Stage リベリオンズ Secret Game 2nd Stage [130328] Flat 1  Remake of Secret Game Code: Revise with 80% altered story. 14 people have been abducted and confined to small rural village . Each one has a metallic collar around their neck and a PDA representing a playing card from Ace to Joker with unique special function and clear condition, which they have to fulfill before the last day of the game. Clear conditions range from "simple" ones like "Survive until the last day of the game" to more complicated ones like "Clear conditions of all players with cards that represent a prime number are fulfilled". If anyone tries to leave the designated area, breaks one of the game's rules or fail to achieve their clear condition in their own PDA, their collar explodes killing them. This is the "game" of death, where mistrust and manipulation runs rampart and death is common and when "rain starts to fall" ... Remake  
    6. Bokura no Ue ni Sora wa Mawaru 僕らの頭上に星空は廻る [130329] Polarstar Hitoshi had been in Sakimihara Gakuen for three months and he still hadn’t joined a club. The astronomy club was in danger of disbanding due to the graduation of the third-year students and retirement of their advisor. He ended up being half-forced to join the club by the scheming of his older cousin and teacher Sakura. He met the other members of the club: energetic transfer student Supika, gentle neighbour Kano, shy senpai Sari, childish-looking but reliable Ayane. They were all new to astronomy as well, so their first outings were full of fumbles. However, as time progressed, they gradually began to change. A normal simple youth romcom. Drawing is rather weird during SOL scenes, but becomes erotic during H scenes.  
    7. Himawari no Kyoukai to Nagai Natsuyasumi 向日葵の教会と長い夏休み [130329] Makura 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Yousuke returned to his hometown of Oboshiro-mura after 8 years in Tokyo and Osaka. He had received a letter from Father Arakawa, who had raised him up as a child, telling him that the Oboshiro church will be closing and merged with a larger church in a neighbouring town, and inviting him back for one last summer together. He reunited with his childhood friends Yomi, Daiya and Ruka, and also met a little girl named Hina who reminded him of himself when he was a child. This is the beginning of a cheerful and refreshing, yet sometimes painful, summer tale. There are English reviews  
    8. Mirai Sekai no Planeta ミライセカイのプラネッタ [130329] Libre  In the near future, technology has progressed to a point where people can live both in reality and the internet world, Planeta. Satoru came to Planeta to enjoy a school life in the virtual world. But he was recruited to work for the detective team Sprites after meeting their leader Ayaka. At the same time, there was a terrorist attack in Planeta, caused by a hacker who went by Irurihito. Intriguing setting and opening turn into a fluke. Virtual school feels very much like normal school, main character is a weak cheating disgusting shota and mystery is not that great to gather its pieces from individual routes. World-building is done well in the first half, but there's just not enough development or interesting events happening in the second half.  
    9. Ryuusei☆Kiseki -Shooting Probe- 流星☆キセキ -SHOOTING PROBE- [130329] Unison Shift: Accent  Due to many satellite accidents, the world was littered with countless space debris. Space development had been suspended and people’s dreams of reaching the stars were stalled. Hayato decided that he could not wait such a long time for all the space debris to clear and development to resume, so he set out to build a model rocket which will be able to pierce through the debris. He continued to try despite repeated failures and the cool gaze from those around him. On his 99th try, he thought he had finally attained success until his rocket collided with something. Running to the crash site, he found a naked girl holding a rocket. She opened her eyes and introduced herself as Twink, a space probe who had come to investigate Earth. However, she was unable to break away from Earth’s gravity due to the collision with his rocket. He promised to help her return to her home star. Not bad good-natured royal road game with Twink pulling the blanket in her direction. But we've seen a lot of rocket-building games already, and this one focuses exactly on that and friendship rather that going for romance or humor. It treads on difficult ground competing with Rocket no Natsu and Robotics;Notes , and those are serious rivals.  
    10. Shukusai no Utahime -Kimi to Tsumugu Asu e no Uta- 祝祭の歌姫 ―君と紡ぐ明日への歌― [130329] More Kaito spent peaceful days in the musical capital of Wolfburg with his childhood friends Rio and Graf. However, his wish for this to remain unchanged was shattered one day when he heard a girl cry for help in a corner of the old town. He brought the girl Yuina to his house and after talking to his father, allowed her to temporarily stay with them since she had no place to call home due to strife. Thus began his life together with Yuina, whose values were quite different from his. One day, his friends and Yuina heard about a recruitment for performers at the music festival and decided to join it. They worked hard together to make the best memories of their youth, but there were sinister things which were creeping towards them: the late witch, the hidden treasure, and the problem of the eastern district. It's a middle price low budget work, so CG pattern is narrow and scenario feels chopped at times. Despite the witch death day hook thrown at the beginning, it's a normal youth pure love game with discrimination in focus. With better quality and proper protagonist it could be a thing, but in this state - alas.  
    11. Unmei ga Kimi no Oya o Erabu Kimi no Yuujin wa Kimi ga Erabu 運命が君の親を選ぶ 君の友人は君が選ぶ [130329] Whitesoft  The quiet town of Tounoyama-chou was full of shrines and churches, stone circles and other ruins, as well as an underground labyrinth which was built during the war and other historical structures. It was known as a spiritual place, where many believed in fortune telling and miracles. The protagonist transferred into Tounoyama Gakuen and the fortune-telling deemed him as the ‘destined boy’ upon which the school’s future rested upon. However, a great uproar ensued when they found out that he was just a normal person. During that time, he met many girls and his osananajimi Riri revived the occult club as the ‘destiny research club’ and proposed to see their futures together. Game tries to be philosophical akin to Nekonade Distortion and has good atmosphere, but occult fortune telling tilt takes away a lot of charm for me. Individual routes take only 10 minutes, and the point of the game and title can only be understood after getting True End. If that does not scare you, scenario can actually be worth the effort.  
     
     
  20. kivandopulus
    December expectedly attracts many publishers and can boast of such masterpieces as Gun Knight Girl , Kimi e Okuru, Sora no Hana and Fata morgana no Yakata . Micchi is also interested in such lovey-dovey titles as Ima Sugu Onii-chan ni Imouto Datte Iitai, Kanojo to Ore to Koibito to and Natsuzora no Perseus while Zen for once also finds something to play - Ourai no Ghakthun and a fandisc.  
    1. CrossQuartz [121214] Flatz Miyu was cursed with having the people that she likes die. She had been careful with not having any guy get close to her, but one day she felt her heart beat fast for her best friend Riko. In despair that she may get Riko killed, she intended to hang herself. That’s when a magical cat named Yuu appeared. It revealed to her that she wasn’t actually cursed and that she was able to sense people who have their souls stolen by evil spirits. Miyu decides to become a magic girl and capture the Castle of Blandulg in order to retrieve Riko’s soul. Platformer  
    2. Ima Sugu Onii-chan ni Imouto Datte Iitai! いますぐお兄ちゃんに妹だっていいたい! [121214] fairys 1 2 3 Rikuto had a new younger brother Ayumu after his father’s remarriage. However, little did he know that Ayumu was actually his younger sister and it was under her mother’s orders that she pretend to be a boy to him. Every day, his heart beats a little faster around his overly cute ‘otouto’ (imouto), while her heart aches in having to hide her true identity from her kind brother. With the arrival of spring, Rikuto and Ayumu begin attending the popular private school Asaoka Academy, with Ayumu dressed up as a girl. As he became friends with his classmates, he noticed that they all had something missing. His friend from middle school, Matsuri, has lost sight of what it meant to be a girl. The cool-mannered Mao dresses as a boy even though she is a girl. The extremely shy class rep Kimika wishes to change herself. With Ayumu by his side, he sets out to help them seek out what they are missing. There are English reviews  
    3. Kanojo to Ore to Koibito to. 彼女と俺と恋人と。 [121214] Pulltop Latte 1 2 3 4  Haruto saved Ayano when he jumped out in front of an errant vehicle that was heading for her, but he got hurt in the process. She came to visit him every day while he was in the hospital and they gradually got closer. Even after he was discharged from the hospital, she helped take care of him until his injury was fully healed, spending every day like lovers. On the final day, he walked her to the train station and thanked her for everything she did for him. She responded by kissing him and saying that she didn’t stay with him only because he saved her. The next day, she came once more to his place, but this time as true lovers. However, their sweet time together was soon interrupted by his childhood friend Yuuko, Ayano’s best friend Tsukushi and her younger sister Konoka. There are English reviews  
    4. Kiss Bell キスベル [121214] Giga 1 It was nearing the end of autumn when the volunteer Christmas club started up at Academy Ekoda. It has been a tradition that it will be run by the newly-appointed student council president. Ichio decided to help out with the club to make amends for causing trouble at the culture festival. He gradually got to know the other members better: the hardworking and reliable student council president Chiharu, her quiet best friend and class rep Yumi, carefree senior Ayano who understands him well, and earnest kouhai and public morals committee member Eri who keeps a watchful eye on him at all times. How will their relationships end up considering they all joined the club voluntarily? Surely, their future will be one that is full of joy. There is an English review  
    5. Sengoku Hime 4 ~Souha Hyakkei, Hana Mamoru Chikai~ 戦極姫4~争覇百計、花守る誓い~ [121214] Gesen 18 1  The fourth installment of the Sengokuhime SLG series takes place after the death of Oda Nobunaga and features 65 female generals and 35 male generals, based both on famous and minor historical figures. New features including naval battles, new battle and domestic affairs skills, a training system and an easy mode for beginners. Strategy has an English review  
    6. AKB1/149 Ren'ai Sousenkyo AKB1/149 恋愛総選挙 [121220] Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. The ban on romance is lifted once again. And this time, the stakes are higher than ever, all the pretty girls in Japan are vying for your attention. Choose your girl from 149, they come from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48. Find 1 and reject all the other 148. May the goddess of romance smile on you. As the third game in the AKB series, everything is new, from the voice clips, photos, movies to the scenarios. To those of you who adore Maeda Atsuko, the eternal center girl in AKB48, this might be the last time you strike up a romance with her, as she is graduating from the group. When the girl falls in love with you, you will be treated to the Kami Kokuhaku scenario. A special scene where she confesses her love to you. Unlock this for all 149 girls. It's the third visual novel about AKB, cut it out already  
    7. Yaneura no Kanojo 屋根裏の彼女 [121220] F&C FC01 1 Towa is a second-year student at Tenjin Gakuen, who liked everything related to the occult. One day, he got involved in a fight with a vampire at night and ended up being cursed and left to die. He was saved by another vampire Francesca, but was turned into a vampire in return. He greatly hated being a vampire with eternal life, so he wished to return to being human. Will his wish come true? There is an English impression  
    8. Chaos Labyrinth [121221] Debo no Su Seisakusho When he woke up, he was in a room he didn't know. The only light in that room was the moonlight coming from the window. When he raised the upper part of his body, the body creaked as if he had been bedridden for a long time. He didn't know what place it was. He didn't know who he was. He couldn't remember his name. When, bearing the pain, he descended from the bed, the dust, thinly piled up, was whirled up. When he went outside, that place looked like a section of a castle somewhere. But nearby there was nobody and at the windows there weren't lights. Only, in the far zenith, the full moon was shining. Suddenly a restless chill took possession of him. The world was softly distorted, the sound of a bell reaching him from far behind resounded in his head. How much time had passed? The chill and the sound of the bell had already gone away. To take their place, in front of his eyes there was someone's shadow. But ... it had something fantastic. RPG  
    9. Gun Knight Girl ガンナイトガール [121221] Candy Soft 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  In the year 2034, a large war had been going on for 4 years. Ever since a military accident near Ayato’s hometown last year, the townspeople had been fleeing the town due to fear of the army and encroaching battle lines. Now only those who are too old to move or had to stay in the town due to connections remained. With most of the students gone, his school was closed down and taken over by the ground self-defense forces as an engineering school for the girls-only #0 squadron of the 2nd ward. He didn’t like danger, but he was a bit curious and ended up joining their school as an outsider along with his two friends, Kentarou and Yuina. His views change when he realizes that even though the girls are in the army, they are still just girls. However, when gunfire soon broke out in the skies overhead and the oldest member of the squadron Sayaka went missing, the peaceful rural life that he once knew was no more. There are English reviews  
    10. Himegoto Masquerade ~Ojousama-tachi no Tawamure~ ヒメゴト・マスカレイド~お嬢様たちの戯れ~ [121221] Escu:de 1 Shizunari Itsuki doesn’t have any relatives, lost his memories and even has a fear of women. In order to overcome this fear, which was causing problems in his adopted family, he was enrolled into the Saint Tiphereth Girl’s School as a girl under the assumed name Shirahane Itsuki. However, any hopes he had of an uneventful school life were destroyed when model student and star of the school Hirasaka Eri, known as the "Holy Mary", found out his secret. Luckily for him, he also discovered her true nature in turn, and so they agreed to a mutually beneficial partnership. They would not reveal each other's secrets and would support one another to the best of their ability. And in order to help him get rid of his gynophobia... "I, Hirasaka Eri, offer you my body." She would help him get used to seeing and touching a woman's body, but it was yet another secret that nobody could find out. Yet his problems didn't stop there. With him and the famous "Holy Mary" spending so much time together, it was only natural that other girls in the school became jealous of their close relationship. He soon had many enemies, but then another girl vowed to protect him. That girl was Mitsurugi Maya, who was known as "Arthur", and was the head of the school's disciplinary committee, The Chivalric Order of the Church. She was the only one at the school considered a rival to Eri in terms of popularity. "Don't worry, Itsuki, I will keep you safe!" With Eri and Maya competing over him in a war of charisma, the school itself split into two factions, and all eyes on him, will it be possible for Itsuki to achieve the goal he came for? There is an English review  
    11. Hyakki Yakou 百機夜行 [121221] G.J? 1  The plot takes place around the time of the Sino-Russia war, although it doesn’t attempt to recreate any historical conflicts and instead does its own thing. The plot is filled with political maneuvering, but also a more personal story about what “duty to country” really entails. Strategy  
    12. Justy×Nasty ~Maou Hajimemashita~ Justy×Nasty ~魔王はじめました~ [121221] Whirlpool 1 2 3 4  The school for heroes, Sousei Academy, and the school for devils, Zouma Academy, are within a stone’s throw of each other. Obviously, this led to daily fights between the two schools. Lately due to declining birth rates, it was decided that the two schools be merged together and Souseizouma Academy was constructed. However, this only led to increased skirmishes, especially when the two principals don’t like one another. Kiyoharu was enrolled at this school by his father to become a dark lord. He was awakened one day with a girl on top of him, vowing to defeat him. Later at school, he was challenged by this girl Mana to a duel, but he managed to overcome her even though she was one of the strongest heroines-in-training since he was not going to die a virgin. When he revealed that his mind was not set on becoming a dark lord, she and other students from both sides tried to persuade him to join their side. There are English reviews  
    13. Kimi e Okuru, Sora no Hana キミへ贈る、ソラの花 [121221] Cabbit 1 2 3 4  Shuuya has been able to see ghosts ever since he was a child, but he kept it a secret from everyone. One day, he noticed a girl wearing winter clothes even though it was warm outside. She noticed his gaze and happily said ‘I found you!’. The girl Matsuri was a ghost who was scouting people who could see spirits for a new private school Suou Academy. Since he wanted to find out why he had this special ability, he decided to join the school where ghosts and those who can see them both attend. There are English reviews  
    14. Koiken Otome 恋剣乙女 [121221] Eufonie 1 2 3 4 5 6  A long time ago, unknown beings known as Kotona invaded Earth in search of food. Humans were unable to repel them until after a few years, some people gained special abilities known as ‘douryoku’ which allowed them to exterminate the Kotona and return peace to the world. Now, Seiichi attends the super-elite Kashinomori Academy which trains people with douryoku in preparation for another attack by the Kotona. However, even though he has great power, he doesn’t have the ability to manifest it, leading to him being labelled as ‘most useless one’. The rest of the students in his class all had great skill, but in particular one girl caught his attention. Akane had average powers even though she came from a distinguished family, so she trained hard daily to improve her skills. Watching her, he can’t help but want to help her[...] There are English reviews  
    15. Natsuzora no Perseus 夏空のペルセウス [121221] minori 1 2 3 Shinra and his younger sister Ren have the ability to transfer ‘pain’ on to themselves by touching someone. Ever since they were young, they have been used by their foster parents for this ability. Tired of constantly moving from place to place, they decided to leave together to the rural mountain village of Tenryou-mura with the intention of not using their powers again. Even though they can temporarily lessen pain by taking it from someone, they are unable to cure whatever is causing the pain. However, his mother had told him that his ability is a gift for someone special in his life. Their distant relative Sui greeted them and showed them around the school, where they met the bookworm Ayame and Touka, who had an angelic smile. They are the only students at the school and this suited the siblings just fine since they wanted to avoid contact with people as much as possible. Gradually, he learned about the ‘pain’ that each girl had. Sui had an injured leg, while Ayame suffered from her parent’s deaths in a traffic accident. His own sister Ren didn’t trust anyone, relying only on him. However, Touka’s pain is on a totally different scale – just touching her had pain shooting through his body. This is the beginning of a tale of love and sacrifice. There are English review  
    16. Ore to 5-nin no Yome-san ga Raburabu nano wa, Mirai kara Kita Aka-chan no Okage ni Chigainai!? 俺と5人の嫁さんがラブラブなのは、未来からきた赤ちゃんのおかげに違いない!? [121221] Onomatope* 1 2 3 The protagonist was living a relatively normal school life when one day, a baby appeared together with thunder! He didn’t believe it, but it was his own daughter from the future. Forced to take care of the baby, a ‘baby club’ was created at school with his classmates, kouhais and teacher helping him. That’s one problem solved, but then he inherited a large enterprise. Due to countermeasures against the declining birthrate, the rich must have multiple wives. So, he proposed to all the members in the baby club. There are English reviews  
    17. Ourai no Gahkthun ~What a Shining Braves~ 黄雷のガクトゥーン~What a shining braves~ [121221] Liar-soft 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  The year is 1908. The 20th century is still young. An unfamiliar 20th century - in an unfamiliar world. This is a world that experienced a 19th century very different from our own. A world filled with innumerable steam-powered "Engines." The unnaturally rapid development of this steam civilization has left the world's skies shrouded in grey... and its seas dyed black. "Sea" - Once, the word suggested an expanse of blue. Today, it refers to something dark and putrid. The former harbor city of Marseille in the European Kingdom of France looks out on a sea as black as any other. But these particular waters are home to something that can't be found anywhere else on Earth... A massive artificial island, solid and imposing as a fortress. A city in its own right, but also a school; a place bursting with life and color. Its formal name: The Marseille Offshore Academia. In the spring of 1908... A single young man appears within its walls. After declaring his intent to wage war against its powerful Governing Council, he introduces himself in this way: "Nikola Tesla. 72 years old. I'm a transfer student." "Students of the Marseille Offshore Academia. My hundred thousand young friends, cursed by fate." "...I will save every last one of you with my own two hands." And at the summit of Château d'If, a bell rings out. The Bell of Gahkthun, announcing that the time of rejoicing is at hand... Game is localized and has English reviews  
    18. Fata morgana no Yakata ファタモルガーナの館 [121227] Novectacle 1 2 3 4  You awaken in a decrepit old mansion. A woman with eyes of jade stands before You, informing You that You are the Master of the house, and she Your Maid. However, You have no memories, no concept of self—or, indeed, any certainty that You are even alive. The Maid invites You to join her on a journey through the mansion's lifeless halls, to behold the numerous tragedies that have befallen its residents. She suggests that among them, perhaps You will find some trace of Yourself. Beyond the first door lies the year 1603. It is an era of unparalleled beauty, where art and theatre flourish. Roses bloom abundantly in the garden where the inseparable Rhodes siblings play, and though they appear to be free of worry and strife... not everyone is content to see them happy. Beyond the second door lies the year 1707. In this era, the mansion lies in ruins, and a beast dwells within. He claims to yearn for a life of serenity, but it is not long before he yields to his innate savagery and a massacre ensues. Beyond the third door lies the year 1869. In this technologically advanced era, people are always on the move. The mansion's master is an ambitious businessman who has invested in the rail industry. However, his obsession with wealth and power leads him to neglect and mistreat his wife. Beyond the fourth door lies the year 1099. The Maid tells You that this is the final tale. In this era, You see a young man who claims to be cursed and a girl with white hair, called Giselle, who has been branded a witch and marked for death. Having borne witness to these four tragedies, each set in a different time and place, You are now free to choose whether You wish to end Your story here... or press on. But there are those who would say, "You were able to bear them because they weren't your tragedies." Game is localized and has English reviews of which I listed only early ones  
    BLOCKED   1. Tasogare no Saki ni Noboru Ashita -Applique FanDisc- 黄昏の先にのぼる明日 -あっぷりけFanDisc- [121214] Applique 1 
    Fandisk for Applique’s Miageta Sora ni Ochiteiku, Concerto Note and Tasogare no Sinsemilla. There are three after stories (one from each series), as well as three side stories and online mahjong.
    Fandisc     2. Appare! Tenka Gomen Matsuri ~Koi to Arashi wa Ooedo no Hana~ あっぱれ!天下御免祭 ~恋と嵐は大江戸の華~ [121221] BaseSon
    Fandisk for Appare! Tenka Gomen, featuring some new characters and of course lots of icharabu scenes. With the world finally at peace, the students at Ooedo Gakuen prepare for the school festival. However, an inspector from the education head office arrived at the school with ill intentions.
    Fandisc   3. Guro Dere グロ・でれ [121221] Cyclet 1 2 3 One day, on his way home, Komura Kazuto ran into a girl from his past; a girl he had not seen in 10 years. But this was no normal reunion. The girl was standing in the middle of the road, about to be hit by a truck. Kazuto rushed to her side and pushed her out of the way, then... everything turned pitch black. When Kazuto regained consciousness, the girl was by his side. The girl's name was "Ilmi." She had apparently saved Kazuto at the last minute. Ilmi asked Kazuto if he could let her crash at his place for a bit, and he could not find it in himself to turn her down, bringing her home with him. That night, Ilmi snuck into Kazuto's bed, and the two ended up sleeping together. For some reason, Kazuto lost consciousness right after. And the first thing Kazuto saw when he woke up again was Ilmi sitting naked in front of him, holding her own severed head in her hands. With a bright smile, Ilmi then said: "You really know how to punish a girl." Shocked and confused, Kazuto asked her how she could possibly still be alive, and with a brilliant smile, she answered: "Because I'm a vampire, duh!" This was the beginning of Kazuto and Ilmi's lovey-dovey, lewd and grotesque relationship. Nukige, but with English reviews   4. Mushi no Me 蟲ノ目 [121229] Yotsutsuji Echo 1 2 3 Nijoukubou and her best friend Sanbara travel to a village found at the very center of Japan to unravel its myths and legends that all focus on insects. But they both get dragged in a battle royal between 9 people and the insects within them. Armed with a power that can only allow her to run away, Nijoukubou tries to survive during this game of death. Doujin, but with English reviews
  21. kivandopulus
    Traditional January with just 6 normal releases. Natsu no Owari no Nirvana is VN of the Month while Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai is also good within its genre. Clephas had the same favorite. Micchi likes Shiro no Pikapika Ohoshi-sama in addition to Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai  
    1. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai 大図書館の羊飼い [130125] August 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 When he was young, Kyoutarou wanted to read all the magic books in the world, but they were all in the magic library. Someone told him that to get there, he must be kind to everyone and bring happiness to their hearts. He received a bookmark, which was his entrance ticket to the magic library. One day while heading to school, he received a text from the ‘shepherd’ (hitsujikai) telling him that his fate was going to change. He had a vision of an accident at the tram station and helped prevent any injuries by calling away a nearby girl. That girl, Tsugumi, later came to the Library Club room, which he was a member of, to thank him and also to ask for his help to make Shiomi Academy more fun. It seemed that she had also received a text from the shepherd, who is rumoured to appear before people who try their best to grant their wishes. One by one, other students also join their group with the shepherd’s guidance. There are English reviews  
    2. Gears of Dragoon ~Meikyuu no Uroboros~ GEARS of DRAGOON~迷宮のウロボロス~ [130125] Ninetail 1 2 3 4 A new land, Elysium continent. Many dangerous monsters lurk on its surface, but plentiful resources and artifacts attract numerous treasure hunters. Being one of them, the protagonist starts his adventures. He wants to earn enough money to cure his younger sister's illness. But even the most innocent goal can be achieved via different means. Righteous light or merciless darkness? The choice is yours. RPG has English reviews  
    3. Natsu no Owari no Nirvana 夏の終わりのニルヴァーナ [130125] Pajamas Soft 1 2 3 4 5 Four girls who lost their memories. In order to judge the girls' held sins, the protagonist Karma is sent to Yamashiro academy. What greeted him who was trembling with expectation and anxiety, The girl who wants to die, Mihaya. The girl who bears a sin from birth, Nayu. The girl who rejected the world, Reia. The girl who could not save the person she loved, Nono. The peacefully calming, somewhat fleeting transient school life he spends with the girls... That is, the last moratorium given to those girls who hold secrets in their souls, and at the same time to Karma a time of trial. With his childhood friend Kuon who watches over Karma, he personally abides and rises to his task. The souls which bear sins, will they return to the continuous flow of life? Or will they fall towards hell...? And what is the true reason Karma was entrusted to the girls' judgments...? Everything has been entrusted to the Karma's own decision. There are English reviews  
    4. Princess Kiss! ~Shoujo 1000-nenki Monogatari~ プリンセスキッス! ~少女1000年紀物語~ [130125] Princess Sugar A great disaster will befall the island nation of Grande Yakumo on its 1000th anniversary. A large tectonic shift caused a giant relic structure to suddenly appear out of the ground. After a difficult journey, an investigation team arrived at the ‘first room’, where they found Akira in a cold sleep. They wondered if he could offer a hint about the pre-collapse era, but no one knew if he was alive or how they could wake him up. One day, three friends Himari, Fiora and Luka snuck into the research lab where Akira was being held to take a look at him. Suddenly, there was a large quake and the princess Himari accidentally kissed him. Her kiss woke him up, just like in Sleeping Beauty except with a reversal of roles. Later, they found out that when he fell asleep, someone must kiss him to wake him up. Since Akira was essential to the search of the ruins and understanding what caused the collapse of the previous world, the three girls were also brought along to give him kisses. Even though setting is quite elaborate, scenario remains shallow with individual routes very weak.  
    5. Shiro no Pikapika Ohoshi-sama しろのぴかぴかお星さま [130125] Sweetlight 1 2  ‘Fairyland’ is like a heaven for animals after they die. Shiro waited for her master Yuki to come take her home since she had seen other pets meet their masters after waiting for dozens of years. However, she was an impatient puppy and decided to call for him, wishing from the bottom of her heart to meet her dearest Yuki again and to see his smiling face once more. Ten years passed and the Fairyland granted Shiro’s wish with a miracle. She was given a human form and her calls finally reached him. Even though he didn’t recognize her at first, she knew him right away even though he had grown up. She was so happy to finally reunite with her master whom she loved so much. So, Shiro lives together once again with Yuki, but this time as a girl. There are English reviews  
    6. Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Zan'ei no Yoru ga Akeru Toki- 時計仕掛けのレイライン -残影の夜が明ける時- [130125] Unison Shift: Blossom 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Michiru and Ushio continue to spend their days solving problems at Tenbinruri Academy as part of the special investigation office, otherwise known as ‘Tokusa’. One day, a foreign girl named Adelheid came to seek their help in looking for her grandmother’s memento. Along the way, will they find out more about the link between the day and night worlds? There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Sono Hikari Sono Tsubasa ~Azathoth no Isan~ その光その翼~アザトースの遺産~ [130107] T no Nijou 1 2 Since he was young Kisaragi Touma had been sick from an unknown disease. The doctors who gave up one after the others and a life of being continually hospitalized forced him to face this battle alone. But after being contacted by his father he hadn't seen in years, Touma moved to a huge medical facility in Hokkaido. Finally making two friends, Yui and Marcus, his heart began to heal little by little. But the facility hides a big secret that unravel little by little and trigger an event that could influence the whole world.
    Doujin game has English reviews   2. Offline Shoujo オフライン少女 [130111] Chainsou 1 Nayuta lives with his mother in the not-too-distant Nipponbashi in Osaka while working on creating apps for smartphones. The Nipponbashi Street Festival (Sutofes) has had growing attendance over the years, but it has particularly garnered a lot of attention this year with the expansion of the underground shopping centre, being featured in the world’s premier internet company Eagle-sha’s real map web service Roadview and also being supported by the mayor. Nayuta and his friend Hajime went to the underground idol concert and met the idol Rikka, and he was charmed by her song. He also happened to met a new system engineer from Eagle-sha, Chisato, with whom he had often chatted online. While set in Den-Den Town, the focus of the game appears to be rather on family relations. Nayuta dropped out of school in order to help out his divorced mother. Chisato gave up everything she had to become an engineer in order to gain her parents’ love. Rikka was raised by a foster father and doesn’t know her true parents. Doujin game has an English review   3. Jitaku Keibiin 自宅警備員 [130115] Beelzebub 1 2 3 He is a private home security officer with 20 years of military experience. Exceptionally trained in technology and intelligence gathering, he perceives and records the smallest of details of the home to which he is dispatched. His new assignment is directly from his father, Takao Kareki. He must look after his father's new lover, a potential bride. Nothing but the best professional will do to keep her safe. But in her home, he sees all. Nukige has English reviews   4. Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai! A-1 真剣で私に恋しなさい!A-1 [130118] Minato Soft 1 2 3
    A fandisc featuring new routes for Benkei, Azumi, and Sayaka.
    Fandisc   5. Gakuen NTR ~Boku no Shiranai Kanojo no Kao~ 学園NTR ~僕の知らない彼女の淫顔~ [130125] Atelier G/H 1 Yuuto, a high schooler, is sick of being a virgin. He wants to have a girlfriend before the end of the summer term. After getting rejected by his classmate, Maina, he wants to aim big. His future girlfriend has to be one of the school's idols. Luckily there are Hina and Miya, his classmates who work as bikini models for cheesecake advertisments. Yuuto is not the only one who has taken an interest in them, though. Nukige has an English review   6. Kikouyoku Senki Gin no Toki no Corona -Fortune Dragon’s- 輝光翼戦記 銀の刻のコロナ -Fortune Dragon’s- [130125] Eternal 1 2 3 One year has passed after the day when this world was saved from destruction. Tokino and Akane graduated, and with no imminent threat all member now enjoy their long awaited carefree days. But on a certain night of falling stars a new force has begun to move, and once again Touka's exceptional sense warns him about danger.
    Fandisc   7. Kono Oozora ni, Tsubasa o Hirogete Flight Diary この大空に、翼をひろげて FLIGHT DIARY [130125] Pulltop 1 2
    This is the fandisk for Konosora, featuring a before story for the Soaring Club (after Amane’s route), an after story for the Soaring Club (after Kotori’s route), as well as if stories for subheroines Hotaru and Kanako. There’s also some additional ecchi-focused side stories for twins Asa and Yoru, and siblings Ageha and Hotaru.
    Fandisc   8. Material Brave Ignition マテリアルブレイブ イグニッション [130125] Team Baldrhead 1 This is the fandisc for the action adventure Material Brave, consisting of after stories for the 5 heroines, as well as a new story for the childhood friend Ena. There are additional dungeons during the ADV/ACT part, with new weapons and outfits. After an all-out battle with Ena, Ayumu lost his unleashed powers and Ena fell into a deep sleep as a cocoon-shaped enigmatite. He set out to recover his powers and bring Ena back to normal, but hurried back to Kamioshiro-jima when he heard that the research facility where Ena was being held was being attacked by a new type of Neoplasm. Ayumu suffered serious injuries while trying to fight them off without his powers. He touched Ena's cocoon and there was a flash of light, with Ena's pained voice warning him about a new enemy which would be the beast of the apocalypse. His unleashed powers returned to him and his teammates were happy to welcome him back as their leader, but many mysteries and challenges await them. Beat'em Up fandisc
  22. kivandopulus
    Komorebi no Nostalgica is VN of the Month. Hapymaher , Boku ga Tenshi ni Natta Wake ,  Kara no Shoujo - The Second Episode are also good choice. Clephas thought highly at least of first three. Zen also expects a lot from the last one, and Micchi seems to be a fan of Pastel Chime franchise while Prism◇Recollection fills his cuteness meter this month.  
    1. Kara no Shoujo - The Second Episode 虚ノ少女 [130208] Innocent Grey 1 2 3 4 Prewar-era Japan. Deep in the snowy mountains of northwestern Japan, there exists a settlement called Hitogata, the Village of Dolls. On the night of the festival honoring the clay idol Hinna-sama, a girl is murdered. The villagers all blame Hinna-sama's curse. One outside the faith has joined in the festival of Hinna-sama, and brought the painful death of the curse down upon themself. October, 1957. Two years have passed since Kuchiki Touko's abduction from her hospital room. Tokisaka Reiji's younger sister saves a man who had tried to commit suicide. He, too, is the most recent victim of "Hinna-sama's curse"—— Tokisaka Reiji begins his investigation, clinging desperately to the hope that Touko can be saved—— And at the same time, a strange religious group said to have dissolved six years ago begins to move again, to put a certain plan into motion—— The curse will be carried out, whether by the gods or by human hands. There are English reviews  
    2. Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo さくら荘のペットな彼女 [130214] Netchubiyori Ltd. 1 2 Sakura Dormitory is a dorm of the high school affiliated with Suimei University of the Arts (often shortened as Suiko), which hosts the strangest, trouble-making students. After being kicked out of the normal dorm for keeping a stray cat, Sorata Kanda moves into Sakura Dormitory. As he starts to get used to the life in the dorm, Mashiro Shiina, a world famous artist who cannot even take care of her daily life, moves in. Sorata is forced to become Mashiro's handler. The story is about their daily life as well as mental growth. Anime Spin-Off  
    3. Pastel Chime 3 Bind Seeker パステルチャイム3 バインドシーカー [130215] Alice Soft 1 2 One day, during a mission with a 0% danger probability, an A-class adventurer Kaitos comes across a mysterious witch and accidentally disrupts her ritual. As a result, many evil spirits called Binds are released into the world and Kaitos, being affected by the ritual too, doesn't have much choice but to start helping the witch in sealing the Binds that have been set free. Enlisting the support from his friends both new and old, our hero sets out on a quest which ends up being much more complicated than a simple Bind hunt... SRPG has English reviews  
    4. Toaru Majutsu to Kagaku no Ensemble とある魔術と科学の群奏活劇(アンサンブル) [130221] Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. In the "Magic (Surface)" story, the Gate of the Gods Descended from Heaven, a Magic Cabal, whose existence is wrapped in a veil of mystery. This story is the one that is featured in Toaru Majutsu no Index: Road to Endymion light novel. In the "Magic (Hidden)" story, the Venus Probe Contest, is a contest in which rockets are launched throughout the world to probe Venus. An event related to that project called the "Venus Probe Project Race" is being held on the Academy City SNS Rondo Net. Here, an incident begins when Kamijou Touma applies for the race. Finally, in the "Science (Hidden)" story, the Academy City SNS Rondo Net is a type of SNS that has grown popular among Academy City students, where registered users can not only communicate amongst each other, but can also acquire things like coupons and for buying things. The number of users of the service has grown explosively. Saten Ruiko has an eye for the current fads, so she tries out the service. Anime Spin-Off  
    5. Komorebi no Nostalgica 木洩れ陽のノスタルジーカ [130222] Strega 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 In the distant future, humans live together with AI and history had been forgotten. Youta enjoyed his quiet life even though he was often manipulated by his genius programmer (but also extreme troublemaker) imouto Akira. One day while accompanying Akira, he came upon a hidden room. With the help of some old friends, they managed to open the door. Inside they found a pretty android girl in a deep sleep. Her body and her heart was broken. Akira decided right there that she wanted to fix her and her words fired up everyone’s curiosity, just like when they were kids. Thus begins their heart-warming days with the android girl Cinema. There are English reviews  
    6. Mote Sugite Shuraba na Ore モテすぎて修羅場なオレ [130222] Praline  Hayato was the smart and attractive vice-president of Kamijou Gakuen’s student council. Kind, considerate and reliable, he was naturally quite popular among girls. However, he secretly was in four separate relationships due to various circumstances! So far nothing bad had come out of it… until the new school term this spring. The student council president Aoi joined his class! His osananajimi Saki enrolled in the same curriculum! His former tutor Shiho became his homeroom teacher! His cousin Hinano who lived in the countryside joined his school! With all four girls in the same place, how could he keep his secret intact? He wouldn’t dare think about what would happen to him if his strict mother found out about it. Moreover, blood would likely be shed if the girls themselves found out. Harem titles are usually crappy. This is exactly such case.  
    7. Prism ◇ Recollection! プリズム◇リコレクション! [130222] Clochette 1 2 3 In the year 2040, there have been considerable technological advances, especially in city centers like Tonan. One day in late August, Masanobu returned to his hometown after being away in Tokyo for about 3 years and transferred into Kujougaoka Gakuen. After meeting Sayaka and getting a short tour of the city, he later joined her club, ☆☆☆ Club (Three Stars Club). Its primary function is to guide tourists and it is pretty well known both within and outside of the school. He got to know Sayaka and fellow club member Hinano well, and his classmate Aina and imouto Konoka also joined the club which became an oasis to him.
    There are English reviews  
    8. Royal Duty / Flush!! [130222] Lime Yuuma attends a school for the elite and wealthy and does not have any relatives. He spends his days like a commoner as much as possible, while quite aware of the elite status of those around him. However, one day he was proposed to by a transfer student who was the princess of a small country! It was their custom to find a marriage partner as part of their coming of age ceremony and she had come to his school to do just that. His objections fell on deaf ears and when he looked to his childhood friend for help, she confessed that she had always loved him. Scenario is too short and does not feature anything out of expectations league, so it only gets a chance if you get to like one of heroines.  
    9. Seisai no Resonance 星彩のレゾナンス [130222] Yatagarasu 1 2 Otofuse Island is a remote island located south of the mainland. While it is a beautiful sightseeing place surrounded by clear seas and lush forests, it is also bound by tradition. A long time ago, a giant fireball came down from the sky, burning the island for three whole days. Since the men were out fishing, it was up to the women to control the flames and protect the island. They sealed the fire so that it would not ravage the island again. Even now, a sealing ritual is performed by a selected pair of mikos. Kanae came to Otofuse Island looking for her mother who was formerly a miko there, but had went missing 7 years ago. She also had an acceptance letter into Sakihana all-girls academy. However, she was attacked by a girl from the island’s secret organization Shouraikai which is in charge of the rituals, then found out that her enrollment had been revoked. Leaving the school grounds, she noticed something amiss and came face-to-face with a giant monster. Suddenly, the amulet which her mother had given to her for protection lent her fire powers to defeat the beast. Her power was sensed by the miko candidates and she was taken in by the school. She also became part of the otome-kai and a miko candidate herself. It is the otome-kai’s duty to put their lives on the line to fight against these strange beings known as ‘impurities’. They have to train together to strengthen their bonds while cleansing the impurities using their powers. There is an English review  
    10. Ai ♂ Mai ♀ Misuto あい♂まい♀みすと [130228] Hakudakukei 1 Ikumi's childhood friend Mana has a father who's a scientist and inventor. One night Ikumi goes to his laboratory to check on him for Mana's sake and is accidentally caught in the Ai Mai Mist. The Ai Mai Mist changes him into a girl. While Mana's father searches for a cure Ikumi lives with Mana who watches over her. Adjusting to life as a girl will she want to remain that way forever or change back into a boy? Will she date other girls or fall in love with a boy? The future contains many possibilities. There is an English review  
    11. Boku ga Tenshi ni Natta Wake 僕が天使になった理由 [130228] Overdrive 1 2 3 4 5 Nestled between the mountains and the ocean somewhere sits the harbor town of Inogo City, a prosperous place with an atmosphere of the exotic. It is this city, watched over by the church at the summit of the highest mountain, where a boy and a girl first meet. The boy's name is Kirinokojima Tomoe. A lonely young man, who believes neither in love nor in happiness. The girl's name is Aine. One who sings of love to fill the world with happiness, who was born for that very purpose... an angel. To anyone who saw him, Kirinokojima Tomoe would have seemed to lead a singularly boring life. He didn't even attempt to befriend others, nor did he have a girlfriend, unsurprisingly. He was involved in no hobbies or interests to speak of. Waking in the morning only to go off to school, returning home only to sleep. An utterly ordinary, routine life, each day no different from the day before or after it. But he was not in the least unhappy with his life. For him, a life of "nothing" was also one of "nothing to lose". Wish for something, and you would only end up getting hurt. After all, he'd already sampled enough of the world's bitterness for one lifetime. Until, like a herald of the end of that tranquil existence, an angel appeared. "Angels". The protectors of human loves. The ones who spin the "red thread", and those who play its melody. "Love can never bring people happiness.", said Tomoe. "That's not true at all! Falling in love makes your heart feel all light!", Aine replied. Tomoe, who soon found himself aiding the "acting angel" with whom he couldn't see eye to eye on anything in her work, is is drawn alongside Aine into deep involvement with others' romantic lives... The many shapes of love, and the forms of happiness that pass before our eyes every day. This is their journey to find the true meaning of happiness. And at that journey's end, his own reason for living on... Game is localized and has English reviews  
    12. Hapymaher ハピメア [130228] Purple Software 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Lucid dreams. Dreams where you know that you're dreaming. After an accident in his youth, Tooru Naitou began to have nothing but lucid dreams. Always being aware of when he's dreaming meant that his mind could no longer rest when he was asleep. Only when he collapsed from utter exhaustion does he finally get a reprieve. Lucky for him, he has a childhood friend, Saki, who insists on calling him 'Nii-san' that tries to do what she can to support him. In his science club, his senpai Yayoi is endlessly amused by his awkward way of living. And he has an underclassman, Keiko, who likes to sing in front of the station and likes to call him weird for his less than normal attitude towards life. Tonight, Tooru dreams again. But this dream is different from those that came before. "Maia...? Why are you in my dream...?" A girl he hasn't seen ever since he started having lucid dreams, and to Tooru, this was the very worst form she could take. But Maia wasn't the only one who appeared. "I'll put an end to bad dreams right here." With those words, a girl who calls herself Alice rescues Tooru from Maia's grasps. Alice says that she's a traveler of dreams, and now she's come to Tooru's dream. What could all this mean? The anxious Tooru certainly has no answers as Maia softly whispers into his ear: “This is the story of a sweet, happy nightmare.” There are English reviews  
    13. Inpyuri -Hito to Anata to Ayakashi to- いんぴゅり -ヒトとアナタとアヤカシと- [130228] Rosebleu 1 2 Strange other-worldly beings known as youkai have existed in Japan since ancient times. Not too far in the future, humans lived together with youkai harmoniously and studied their mysterious abilities. Kazuto lived in the research city of Byakuya-jima and had grown up with youkai by his side. Following his motto of enjoying every moment of life, he enrolled in Shiramine Gakuen with his osananajimi Shizune. However, on the day of the entrance ceremony, he reunited with a girl who he used to play with and who had saved his life: the oni girl Miyabi. That spelled the end of his normal days as many other youkai and humans flocked to his side. There are English reviews  
    14. Koi no Hanashi to 恋の話と [130228] I.D. When Hajime was small, he had an older sister who he often played and slept with, even though he didn’t quite remember that time in detail. It had been many years since their parents had suddenly divorced, but one day, he was reunited with his sister and they lived together once again. Even though she was quite grown up now, she still doted on him greatly, as if to make up for lost time. Sensing an opportunity, the popular class rep and his quiet and mysterious classmate also got closer to him, and he also met a national singer-songwriter. Cuteness and tension are on max levels right from the start, but scenario is short and mostly neglected in favor of emotions, so impression is poor.  
    15. Loveressive ラヴレッシブ [130228] Smile 1 On Valentine’s day, Kaname was confessed to by four girls at the same time: carefree childhood friend Kotora, blonde rich transfer student Reo, airheaded genius kouhai Ryou, and small meddlesome senpai Mao. They vowed to try to make him love them before White Day. His objections would not waver the resolves of these aggressive girls who are after their man. There is an English review
  23. kivandopulus

    VN of the Year
    Year 2012 is probably the last great year, at least it looks like that to me now. Extended list of masterpieces includes as many as 33 titles this time which is more than ever. But at the same time private stories more and more substitute epic stories, so I actually have trouble choosing one representing the year. Visual Novel Openings 2012 as usual. 
    My list of masterpieces in 2012: '&' - Sora no Mukou de Sakimasu you ni - 1/2 Summer Aete Mushi Suru Kimi to no Mirai ~Relay Broadcast~ Astelight Jourantan Astraythem Chuuning Lover Dolphin Divers Dracu-Riot! Fata morgana no Yakata Grisaia no Meikyuu Gun Knight Girl Gurenka Hatsuyuki Sakura Harumade, Kururu. Kimi e Okuru, Sora no Hana Kono Sekai no Mukou de Kouyoku no Soleil -vii’s World- Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai! S Namima no Kuni no Faust Otome ga Tsumugu Koi no Canvas Owaru Sekai to Birthday Re:birth Colony -Lost Azurite- Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Rose Guns Days Sakura, Sakimashita. Shinigami no Testament ~menuet of epistula~ SINCLIENT Strawberry Feels Tiny Dungeon ~Brave or Slave~ Tokyo Babel Tsuisou no Augment Tsukumo no Kanade ~Kaketsuki no Yasoukyoku~ Zero Infinity -Devil of Maxwell- It does not have that huge of a meaning which one to chose, so I'll only give CG to show my preference. And I guess I need to choose at least one game for review from 2012 and it will be Astelight Jourantan , hopefully the full trilogy.
  24. kivandopulus
    Aete Mushi Suru Kimi to no Mirai ~Relay Broadcast~ is VN of the month, and Kono Sekai no Mukou de is another masterpiece. Mitchi favors Witch’s Garden and Kurano-kunchi no Futago Jijou  
    1. Novel Game no Wakugumi o Kaeru Novel Game. ノベルゲームの枠組みを変えるノベルゲーム。 [121118] Jitensha Sougyou 1 The world's resolution has fallen from VGA to QVGA, an obvious sign that the end is near. To solve this crisis, the Automatic Hero Provision System is used to summon the main character from the outside world. Now, he must borrow the unpredictable power of his home world to somehow fulfill his task. The last game of notorious doujin maker and even localized recently still without a single English review. Remains a doujin at its core.  
    2. Witch's Garden ウィッチズガーデン [121121] Windmill Oasis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Yousuke came to the bustling tourist city of Kazashiro to attend the school there. The Western-style houses lining the streets and the townspeople’s attire give the city an exotic charm. To top it off, a ‘witch’ named Ayari will be living with him at the boarding house Oasis, which is owned by his aunt Yuuko. Later, he meets two other ‘witches’ Suzuno and Misumi, and reunites with his older sister-like childhood friend Ririko, who is a ‘knight’. Every day is full of exciting events and before long, they are brought again into a different world. Surely this is the world of love. There are English reviews  
    3. Kokoro Connect Yochi Random ココロコネクト ヨチランダム [121122] 1 Based on the popular anime and novel series, this PSP visual novel features an original scenario in which the members of the Cultural Research Club begin to experience visions of the future. Interact with your favorite characters as you try to solve the mystery. Features multiple endings, beautiful character art with dynamic, changing expressions, and a "zapping" system that lets you decide from whose point of view you follow the story. Anime Spin-Off  
    4. Maou to Odore! Code:Arcana 魔王と踊れ! コード:アルカナ [121122] catwalk This is the final game in catwalk’s Maou to Odore! RPG series. There once was a maou who led the demons into a war, but he was defeated, had his powers taken away and sealed. However, he proclaimed that he will return a thousand years later in another form. As the time passed, so too did the rumours of the maou’s resurrection. The prince of the small kingdom of Libfarl, Alec, was suspected of being the new maou and was thrown into prison. One day, his childhood friend and the princess Tiana came to visit him and that was the beginning of a dramatic plot which engulfed the continent. RPG  
    5. Ping Pong Pantsu! ~Yugawara Gakuen Bishoujo ☆ Onsen Takkyuubu~ ピンポンぱんつ! ~湯河原学園 美少女☆温泉卓球部~ [121122] Actress Takuya is the son of a famous ping pong player, but he doesn’t have any interest in the sport since he felt it was boring. One day while trailing a girl in a yukata in hopes of some upskirt, he ended up in what seemed to be a traditional Japanese inn. Actually, it was built for the onsen ping pong club. The club leader Kanako asked him if he wanted to join the club, but he didn’t have any interest in it… until he was lured by a promise that he could feel up her breasts if he beats her in a match. He vows to train hard so that he can one day go to the nationa… no, so he can have her voluptuous breasts in his hands! Pretty much a nukige from nukige maker company  
    6. Aete Mushi Suru Kimi to no Mirai ~Relay Broadcast~ あえて無視するキミとの未来 ~Relay broadcast~ [121130] Alcot Honey Comb 1 2 3 4 Takurou can see the future. No matter if it’s in his dream or as an image that suddenly comes to his mind, it will certainly happen. However, having this special ability isn’t without its demerits. He knows how he will end up after graduation, as well as for the rest of his life. He cannot bring himself to be excited about anything since putting in effort is futile when the end result is already decided. One day, a peculiar transfer student Souka appeared before him, something that he had not seen in his future. She told him that his future is his own creation and it isn’t something that is decided from the beginning. Then, Takurou saw a future in which she became his girlfriend. Which future will be his? Is it already decided? There are English reviews  
    7. Gensou Douwa ALICETALE 幻奏童話 ALICETALE [121130] Galactica 1 2  Ginta has a special ability which allows him to transform into a wolf. He doesn’t remember when he gained this ability, but since he is a righteous person, he uses his powers to help others. However, no matter what his intentions are, he still looks like a wolf. One day while saving a young girl in distress, he was suddenly attacked by three girls who had fairy tale powers known as ALICE. After they realized that he wasn’t a bad person, they decided to bring him to Grimm Academy and recruit him into their group which operates under the guise of the student council since they recognized that he also possessed the ability to detect trouble. However, it seems that there is someone out there that is trying to sabotage them. Thus begins the first page in a new fairy tale. There is an English review  
    8. Himitsu no Otome ~Boku ga Onna no Ko ni Natta Wake~ ヒミツのオトメ ~ボクが女の子になった理由~ [121130] Etoiles 1 One day Kazuki Kurachi, successor of a dojo and the protagonist of this story, is made to wear female clothes by his sister. While doing so he witnesses a bank robbery and saves a girl who was taken hostage. Impressed by his abilities and not seeing through his disguise, the girl makes Kurachi her bodyguard, and the protagonist starts to attend all-girls school as a female student Natsuki. There is an English impression  
    9. Kono Sekai no Mukou de この世界の向こうで [121130] Orange Yell 1 The protagonist of this story starts having been left behind by his parents with an enormous amount of debt to some rather nasty collectors. Just when he thinks his life is over, he meets the proprietor of a shop known as the 'Regret Store'. She tells him she is a being of the world after death and offers him a contract, for which he will receive a chance to turn his life around in exchange for performing a task of her choice. This task is to 'save' a girl with only three months to live... There is an English review  
    10. Kurano-kunchi no Futago Jijou 倉野くんちのふたご事情 [121130] CUBE 1 2 3  The 8-person Kurano household that runs the cafe Apple Pie has three sets of twins. The oldest pair is the reliable Izumi and the sporty Mikoto, followed by Kazuya and his tsukkomi-type twin Tomoka. The youngest twins are the Yamato Nadeshiko-like Yae who’s great at housework, and the ‘so cute you can’t help but hug her’ Ema. They get along well even if their parents fight constantly. However, one summer day, their parents’ arguments had escalated to divorce! His mother gained custody of Kazuya and only one of the 5 daughters. Thus begins the struggle among his sisters to be with the brother that they all love so very much. There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Kansen Ball Buster 姦染 Ball Buster [121102] Speed 1 Kansen Ball Buster is split into two different scenarios titled "The Other Aspect" and "The Chronicle Teller." "The Other Aspect" features Senoo Kazumi who is currently living alone and job hunting in Tokyo. One day his sister Tsugumi comes to visit him to make sure that he is still alive, since he has not spoken to his family in a while. On the same day, the virus known as Unknown LV4 breaks out causing panic and mayhem across the city. Kazumi becomes determined to save both his sister and his childhood friend Shizuka from their summer camp at the all girl private school. Will he , his sister, and his childhood friend make it to safety in the city or become just another infected individual wandering the city in search of prey? "The Chronicle Teller" is a collection of 10 - 20 scenes from each of the first five Kansen games. It also explains how each outbreak started, some explanation of the different virus mutations, and a little bit of background information for each of the first five games in the Kansen series. Nukige, but with an English review   2. Otome ga Tsumugu Koi no Canvas ~Futari no Gallery~ 乙女が紡ぐ恋のキャンバス ~二人のギャラリー~ [121122] ensemble
    This is the fandisc for Otome ga Tsumugu Koi no Canvas. It features after/another stories for the top 5 in the character poll: Rena, Chiharu, Shizuku, Yuki and Akie.
    Fandisc
  25. kivandopulus
    So far can only call Tiny Dungeon ~Brave or Slave~ and Astelight Jourantan a masterpiece, and in second case in advance for the series, so not going to extend evaluation to sequels. Micchi finds a lot of imouto games to play this month.   
    1. Time Travelers タイムトラベラーズ [120712] Level 5 1 2  One particular day in 2013, a mysterious hole, called "Lost Hole", emerged from the sky, and along with it, came an enormous explosion that devastated the central Tokyo area and claimed the lives of many. Eighteen years later on April 28, 2031, in a newly rebuilt metropolis, a new event is about to occur, one that could change the fate of the world forever. There are English reviews  
    2. Astelight Jourantan 星継駅擾乱譚 [120720] raiL-soft  In the midst of a deep fog shrouding a ‘station’ somewhere in the barren wasteland of an unknown world stood a strange giant machine.  Two people traveled around the universe in it and gave dubious performances until the carriage stopped. The two people are chairman of the group Okikaze B. and his companion Sharue . One day they tried to make the station go again and could not stop it anymore. It was difficult to maintain the station at first, but they managed. From then on days of turmoil began for them. It's an absurd story from Mareni, and everyone by now should know already what to expect. I personally find it adorable, but three works are supposed to be played in complex.  
    3. Guilty Crown Lost Christmas ギルティクラウン ロストクリスマス [120726] Nitroplus 1 2  Takes place during the "Lost Christmas" incident, ten years before the setting for the Guilty Crown anime. In 2029, an experimental subject codenamed ‘Scrooge’ escaped from a certain research facility. He was a powered up version of a past failed work and used the ‘powers’ which he was given to eliminate those that were chasing after him. During his escape, he met a strange girl named Carol who was also an experimental subject. Surrounded by his pursuers, the three 'ghosts' Present, Past and Yet to Come, Carol told him to ‘use her until she’s about to break’ and took his right hand and thrust it into her chest. There was a bright light and a strange weapon came out of her body. What hidden power lies within Scrooge’s right hand? Anime spin-off, but with English reviews  
    4. Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena ペルソナ4 ジ・アルティメット イン マヨナカアリーナ [120726] Atlus A fighting game spin-off to both Persona 3 and Persona 4, set immediately after Persona 4, featuring characters from both games. The story starts 2 months after the events of Persona 4 and roughly 2 years after Persona 3 FES' The Answer. At the start of Golden Week, Narukami Yui returns to Yasoinaba and reunites with Dojima, Nanako and his friends. But soon Chie hears a rumor that the Midnight Channel is airing again and tells Yosuke and Yukiko. The three of them and Yu (coincidentally) see it. At the same time, Rise, Kanji and Teddie go missing and Naoto is busy on a mission. The following day, they head into the TV world and find themselves stuck in a tournament held at their high school where they must fight each other to advance, but during the tournament they see a mysterious girl who claims to be their student council president as well as three Persona-users they've never seen before. Fighting  
    5. Super Dangan Ronpa 2 Sayonara Zetsubou Gakuen スーパーダンガンロンパ2 さよなら絶望学園 [120726] Spike Chunsoft 1 2 3 4 5 6  Takes place after the first game. This time, 16 new high school students are trapped on a tropical island and told that if they want to escape, they have to kill one of the other students and get away with it. Game is localized and has English reviews  
    6. Faint Tone [120727] Reon Yuuya was just your typical guy living a very ordinary life. However, that all changed one day with his parent’s sudden announcement that they’ll be living apart. Faced with his first life choice, should he follow his father or his mother? Should he remain in the city and continuing living this normal life, or head to the countryside and maybe find the girl that he often appeared in his dreams? After giving it some thought, he decided to lead lives in both places. Meeting the girls who were waiting for him in each place, he slowly began to remember the faint memories from his childhood, including that most precious person from his past. Doujin level work. Story is thin, and SOL scenes are crappy. But Otoha is nicely written among the heroines. Can't think of other reason to try this work.  
    7. Furuiro Meikyuu Rondo ~Histoire de Destin~ 古色迷宮輪舞曲 ~HISTOIRE DE DESTIN~ [120727] Yatagarasu 1 2  Yukito worked part-time at a tea house called the Fairy Tale Forest at the corner of a quiet residential street. Fairy tales and picture books, along with music boxes lined the antique interior with the sweet aroma of black tea in the air. One day, a giant wooden box was delivered to the store. Inside were a lot of bunny dolls… and a mysterious silver-haired red-eyed girl. The girl Saki told him that the wheel of fate was out of whack and that he will die after one week and that he will bring misfortune to anyone near him. While he did not believe her at first, accidents happened around him just like she had warned. Will he be able to fix the wheel of fate before the week is up? There are English reviews  
    8. Hiragumo-chan -Sengoku Gekokujou Monogatari- 平グモちゃん ―戦国下克上物語― [120727] Liar-soft 1 In the merchant city of Sakai during the Sengoku period, the peddler Kyuu-chan spends his days sleeping after his wife left him. His senior Dou-san and his younger brother Nagayori were worried about his future and organized a formal marriage interview with the daughter of the famous Jouou-san. He decided to attend to avoid losing face, but he fell in love with Hiragumo-chan at first sight and married her. They start a new life together, but since his credibility as a merchant was lost during his dark days, he couldn’t find a job. Nagayori recommended that he work for his lord Miyoshi Nagayoshi. Nagayoshi took interest in Kyuu-chan and made him a samurai under his command. Will he be able to survive in his new role during this period of strife!? There is an English review. I tried to play it several and hated it each time.  
    9. Kurenai Kagura 紅神楽 [120727] Debo no Su Seisakusho The link between the human world and the youkai world has weakened in recent times. The demon-vanquishing Isami visited the Takemori shrine deep in the mountains, carrying a talking rock, who is actually a youkai Masaru who had been sealed inside. The miko sisters Mamori and Inori told them about recent events that they thought were caused by the youkai. They were sent to investigate, but instead found Himawari, the youngest of the three oni siblings who lived in the nearby castle stronghold. She accused Masaru of being a traitor and killing his own father, who was the past leader, three years ago. Isami reluctantly released the seal on him so that they can repel the youkai forces. After doing so, they continue to proceed towards the castle stronghold in order to bring peace to the area, and also for Masaru to clear his name. RPG  
    10. Owaru Sekai to Birthday 終わる世界とバースデイ [120727] Cotton Soft 1 2 3 4 On September 29, 2012, the world will end. The majority of people did not believe in this internet rumour, but many were still apprehensive as the date approached. Kazuomi was not one of these people. To him, the most important thing is to protect his late best friend Touya’s younger sister Iri whose eyesight is close to blindness. She had mistaken him for her own brother since Touya’s death in a motorcycle accident two years ago. Later, his classmate Mikaeru enlisted him into her unofficial circle, the ’9.29 countermeasures group’, which investigates whether or not the rumours are true and plans ways to prevent the end of the world. September 29 is fast approaching. It is the date when Touya died, and also Iri’s birthday. There are English reviews  
    11. Sangoku Hime 2 ~Tenchi Tairan Ransei ni Kirameku Arata na Haryuu~ 三極姫2 ~天地大乱・乱世に煌く新たな覇龍~ [120727] Gesen 18 Tactics sequel TBS  
    12. Sousei Kitan Aerial 創世奇譚アエリアル [120727] Akabei Soft3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7  In the year 2040, global warming has caused the poles, glaciers and mountain ice caps to melt and submerge the entire world. The surviving 100,000 inhabitants now live aimlessly on the manmade Aquapolice City which floats on top of the ocean. Lately, they have come under attack from an unidentified robotic life-form called SPOOK. It is up to the Aquapolice air defense force to repel the invaders, but their overwhelming numbers are too much and gradually they are being pushed towards defeat and annihilation. That’s when a mysterious girl named Nagi appeared with the super-weapon robot called GrandBlue Aerials. There are English reviews  
    13. Tiny Dungeon ~Brave or Slave~ [120727] Rosebleu 1   Final Game for The Tiny Dungeon Series, In the last game Shirasagi Hime, our protagonist was left with a miraculous decision. Now, it is time to let all the dreams and hopes be answered in the Final Stage. There is an English review  
    14. Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen- 時計仕掛けのレイライン -黄昏時の境界線- [120727] Unison Shift: Blossom 1 2 3 4 5 6  In a mysterious school where day and night are two separate worlds, a mismatched trio works to resolve magic-related incidents. Michiru is a newly enrolled first-year student at a boarding school with a notably large clock tower, located deep in the mountains. Unfortunately, on his first day of school, he gets caught up in some sudden trouble, and accidentally breaks an expensive-looking statue. In order to compensate for the broken statue, the principal orders him and the boy who caused the incident to work for the school’s “Bureau for the Investigation of Special Affairs.” When they arrive at the Bureau’s headquarters, a room situated in the school’s enormous underground library, a girl is waiting for them there with an apathetic look on her face. The girl informs the confused pair of the situation: Magic exists in this school. When the clock tower chimes, the “Realm of Night” appears, and merges with the school building. The Bureau’s job is to take care of the supernatural problems that arise. And so, Michiru struggles to protect the school from troublesome magical items known as “Mists”... There are English reviews  
    15. Yome Juu! ヨメ充! [120727] Nounai Kanojo 1  After the passing of his mother, Eiji became the owner of Hakuyoudou, a store for old books. Spending his days studying and working, he was unsure if he was satisfied with such a life, even if his childhood friend Ikuno helps out around the house and he’s worked to death looking after his younger sister Shiori. Suddenly one day, a princess Lieselotte came to his house, kissed him on the lips and proclaimed that she’s his fiancée, causing an enraged Ikuno to slap him in the face (with raw steaks and fish). With his trickster trap friend Kanata, mysterious upperclassman Kouzaki, ultra-negative maid Donnerstag and other peculiar characters in tow – what lies ahead for him? Scenario is bad and frustrating, so there is only point to play for nice SOL scenes and characters.  
    BLOCKED   1. Elf no Shugosha エルフの守護者 [120707] Cheris Soft 1 2 The Silver Darkness brings about the awakening of the Guardian of the Elves… that’s a saying passed down for generations in the elven society, but at least for Yuuto, he only remembers his name and the phrase “Guardian of the Elves” as he wakes up in an unknown forest being carried by people who he doesn’t know. His lack of memory will be the least of his problems as a large army from the Thousand Empire invade the forest, but he’s luckily saved by a group of elves who repel the fiends. He meets a beautiful elf named Siris who decides to take him in as a hostage, but finds out that he has the seeds to the World Tree, which bewilders everyone at the Elven camp. That night, however, the same army invades the Elven Camp, and completely outnumbered, Yuuto steps in and offers to surrender in exchanging for no one being killed. While enraged at Yuuto’s actions, the chief of the camp decide to place Yuuto in charge of their town as he knew about the “Guardian of the Elves”, and Yuuto agrees to assist Siris in any way he can to restore the former glory that the elves once held. Doujin TBS, but with English reviews   2. Rewrite Harvest festa! [120727] Key 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 
    Fandisc for Rewrite consisting of six heroine scenarios and an RPG minigame entitled Rewrite Quest.
    Fandisc
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