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  1. kivandopulus
    I feel that I can safely call Natsu no Ame VN of the Month. Sorairo I'm also taking up for review, because I don't want to choose between the two. Lastly, there's Eden* They Were Only Two, On The Planet. that I remember as a nice short atmospheric game. Micchi was of pretty much the same opinion except for Natsu no Ame since it was difficult to except an overwhelming masterpiece from a new brand.  
    1. Kokuhaku こくはく [090914] Sound Wing 1  Main character is your typical super popular guy, and all the girls are in love with him. There is an English review  
    2. Jigoku Shoujo Mioyosuga 地獄少女 澪縁 [090917] Compile Heart 1 Somewhere in the vast sea of the Internet, there's a website that can only be accessed at midnight. Rumor states that if grudge is posted there, Hell Girl will appear and drag offender to inferno. All we know about this girl is that she lives with her equally enigmatic grandmother and that three straw dolls accompany her. Anime spin-off  
    3. Tears to Tiara Gaiden -Avalon no Nazo-ティアーズ・トゥ・ティアラ外伝 -アヴァロンの謎- [090917] Aquaplus 1  Avalon no Nazo, the sequel of Tears to Tiara takes place right after the defeat of the Erin and Albion kingdoms. The two new kings in Avalon city are planning a carnival to celebrate the end of strife and that peace has finally came. Busy with preparations, people have missed the signs of unrest in the air. When Arawn, the demon king woke up to find his room covered in strange vines, it was too late, the whole city has started mutating. SRPG with an English review  
    4. Angel Navigate [090918] Aries 1  Souta is back to his hometown after an interval of several years. He and his younger sister, Koharu, start living at Hinako's, their childhood friend's, house. On his first day at a new school, he met a girl and soon falls in love with her. Souta isn't actually good at talking with girls, so a friend of his introduces him to a website called Angel Navigate, where people talk about love. Souta decides to visit the website anonymously... Common route is too short, half an hour or so, and individual routes aren't much bigger - two hours on average. After characters meet in real world, all internet dating setting goes to trash bin. Dialogues aren't interesting, so I believe I can safely condemn it as moege.  
    5. Distance Distance -ディスタンス- [090918] Silksoft "Can you become a coach of the track and field club?" Taka gets interested in the offer. That accident ruined his hopeful school life and future.... He has been doing rehabilitation hard, so it is really a great offer. Even if his position changes, he is glad to engage in the track and field again. He decides to accept the offer with hope in mind, but various troubles happen... The good thing is that four heroines train as a team, so other heroines do not disappear suddenly. Protagonist is serious. Each heroine has a different story and ending. But game lacks refinement, and quality is below average.  
    6. Eden* They Were Only Two, On The Planet. Eden* They Were Only Two, On The Planet. [090918] minori 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 In the near future, an ominous red star suddenly appears in the sky. Its presence is about to bring about the extinction of all life on Earth. The unified government proposes an evacuation project to take all of mankind into space, but in order to make the seemingly impossible project a reality, 'felixes' are brought into the world. Engineered to be highly intelligent with perpetual youth and longevity, the genetically modified superhuman felixes stand as humanity's only hope for survival. Sion, the most gifted of the felixes, has been kept in a research facility built on a solitary island for the past hundred years. Her sole purpose, saving all of humanity. Ryou Haruna, a soldier from the Earth's unified government is sent to watch over Sion, who desperately seeks freedom from the military that's imprisoning her. Earth's last love story is about to begin. Game is localized and has English reviews.  
    7. Hime x Hime 姫×姫(ヒメヒメ) [090918] Etoiles There is a famous school where rich boys and girls belong to. The school has a traditional custom that a girl called princess governs the school. The main character accidentally enters the school though he is just an average student. But he can't move to a school dormitory because of some troubles, so he starts living at Saki's, the current princess, room. Saki is selfish and he works as her tool. He doesn't like his school life at first, but he gradually gets attracted to Saki... Princess school setting is a thick red line for me. Even assassination line is taken directly from Shield 9. Personalities are rather bright, so can be ok for those who like such setting.  
    8. Koibumi Romantica 恋文ロマンチカ [090918] ChuableSoft 1 Here's our young man, Yuge Fumito. "I'll become a writer!" he vows to himself, and rides a train to the magnificent city of Tokyo! He comes to a publishing office with a self-made novel in his hand and knocks on the door, but the world doesn't go so easy on him as to take him for real. Fooled by a wicked bunch, he finds himself penniless and homeless. Moreover, his vital work (still unpublished, however) would become a failure. Despaired and rain-struck, there the young man kneels. Then an umbrella is softly handed to him. As he looks up, his eyes meet those of a female student, worried for him-- With a few workings of fortune, the young man begins his school life at a respectable writer's. Under the same roof with the beautiful sisters, he's running around the city with the editor girl, getting invited to a party by a British consul's daughter, followed by his childhood girl friend from his home town, getting literary advice from a cat that can speak, and so on-- The young man meets new people, gathering life experience. Among the above, there is a piece of advice the cat had told him: "Love, schoolboy. Fall in love, be loved, pine with love, make love the sole source for your script--" The young man lets "love" which he had never pondered on before, take over his mind. Will you be able to become a brilliant writer? And will the love between you and that girl you can't stop thinking about succeed?… Live the days of romantic emotions, and reach out for your dreams and love! There is an English review.  
    9. L.i.n.k. -Kimyou na Unmei ni Tsunagareta Monotachi no Chi to Namida no Uta-L.i.n.k. -奇妙な運命に繋がれた者達の、血と涙の謡(うた)。 [090918] SGP Software There are witches in the world. They have special power like an old magic. But the word "witch" means "assassination" in the modern world. Witches establish their own organization and run a business to secretly assassinate people. Shion has power to "curse people dead". He receives a job offer, completes it, gets a reward and goes back home. He just repeats the same day.... But one day, he just goes home on a different route and meets a girl called Ai along the way. They become friends, but this is just a beginning of ruin.... They, however, decide to walk together to step out of their boring life... Serious atmosphere is hurt by lack of explanation. Instead, same story is shown from different characters perspective... which still does not explain much. A lot of confusing stuff combined with low overall quality in every field.  
    10. Momoiro Guardian ももいろガーディアン [090918] Alice Soft One day, Takuma's mother says to him, "You'll be the Maou when your next birthday comes." Though he doesn't believe it at all, a girl suddenly appears in front of him to hunt him down and another girl tries to save him. These girls also transfer to his school and start living at his house... Alice Soft H tilt is so big that I had to block their last title as nukige. In this case it's claimed to be an absurdist comedy which is of course a shallow low-price story-less opportunistic nukige. Tsundere flag is the only thing that can make someone play this game.  
    11. Sorairo そらいろ [090918] NekoNeko Soft 1  You start off as Kenji, a pretty ordinary kid (yes you start off as a kid) who’s visiting his aunt during the holidays with his father. There, he meets his cousin Ai, a quiet girl who is just one year younger than him. They were left together in the house so they went out to the nearby sea to play. But because Ai was so quiet, Kenji decided to play alone in the sea while Ai looked at him from the beach. Going back home, Ai lied to her mother that they had fun together. This continued right up till the end of the summer holidays. Feeling really guilty, Kenji decided to be more friendly towards her. The next year, he took the initiative and played with her. Another year passes by and he came over to her town for the holidays. They are already extremely good friends and look forward to each others company. Then the bombshell was dropped. Their parents were getting married. But they were still young and didn’t really understand what was happening. The only thing they knew was that they are now siblings. Kenji now stays in the same town as Ai and lives together with her. New neighbors, new friends and new adventures await. There is an English review.  
    12. Hapitora -Happy Transportation- はぴとら-HappyTransportation- [090925] Bloom Handle The protagonist Tio, who lives on a small island, runs an air transportation company. He lost his parents when he was still young, so he has been working hard with the help of other workers. One day, he decides to temporarily leave the island to learn how to fly an aircraft. But when he comes back to the island a while later, he finds there is only one worker, Aina. His company is about to go bankrupt. Raica, his childhood friend, knows it and says she will join the company, but she is actually a very clumsy girl. Will Tio be able to get through this crisis? Let's rebuild family business and create harem - yay... Text power is weak, so there's just not enough persuasiveness or excitement.  
    13. Mahou Shoujo no Taisetsu na Koto. 魔法少女の大切なこと。 [090925] Meromero Cute The main character is an average student (except for his pretty appearance). He has moved to a school on the island to look for his missing mother. But an upside-down chapel that appears in the sky at night, evil shadows generated by the chapel and various mysterious happenings keep bugging people on the island. He inevitably gets involved in this trouble and he transforms into a magical girl (?) when he faces one of the shadows. Days later, he hears the fact that his mother is actually a magical girl. Like this, his battle life against the shadows starts... Perverted hermaphrodite protagonist and loli magical girls make a basis for a solid story (NOT).  
    14. Natsu no Ame 夏ノ雨 [090925] CUBE 1 2 3 4 The plot of Natsu no Ame revolves around Sousuke, a soccer loving idiot who spends his days practicing with his two friends, Takeda and Midori for the day when he is allowed to return to the soccer club he was forced to resign from. The story begins with Sousuke recalling a memory from his past where he pondered what qualifies as a first love, thinking about a young girl he teased almost to the point of tears as a child. Upon snapping back to the present Sousuke is made aware of a beautiful girl busy with her cellphone. After knocking her out of the way of on oncoming motorcycle he finds that he had also sent her cellphone into the river. Being the nice guy protagonist that he is Sousuke then goes into the river to find her cellphone, however when he gives up and she tries to help him out he ends up pulling her in as well. First impressions aside he then finds out she wanted to know where his school was as she had just transferred in. Undaunted by his earlier screwups Sousuke decides to be a man and instead takes her on a tour of the town before finally dropping her off at school. In the end it seems he managed a favorable impression afterall! Upon returning home he finds the very same girl in his home… where his mother informs him that she is his long lost half sister! There are English reviews  
    15. Nega0 ~Negative Zero~ ネガゼロ~Negative Zero~ [090925] Eternal The world is made of an indefinite thing, recognition. Each person's recognition is linked to a huge congregated recognition which decides the situation of the world, according to a girl in a laptop PC who came from the future. The action to forcibly apply a recognition to the world and distort the fact is called "magic". To believe in magic is required to use magic. Distorted facts will cause a big contradiction to the world and the world will get frozen some day. If the number of girls who can use magic increases, the world will be in trouble. "That's why I don't want you to believe in dreams. Please be a debugger and save the world!" RPG  
    16. Signal Heart [090925] Purple Software 1 2 One day, the protagonist's house is suddenly destroyed by a fire. Since he has nowhere to live, he moves to a school dormitory. But a dormitory for male students is full, so he is forced to live at a dormitory for female students as a caretaker. Days later, the school decides to pull down the male dormitory and construct a new one since the old one is in pretty bad shape, especially compared to the female dorm, which also has more room but less students using it. However the new dormitory will only be ready after everyone has graduated, which leads to an uproar among the male dorm members. The school chairman then ask both male and female dorm to have a battle at the upcoming school festival. The one who earns more sales is the winner, if the males win they get to exchange dorms with the females. Because he lives in the female dormitory, our protagonist gets involved in this battle on the girls side... There is an English review  
    17. Tropical KissトロピカルKISS [090925] Twinkle Kaito left his hometown with a dream to be a big man. But he doesn't have any clear ideas, so he just lazily lives every day. It's no good. Kaito decides to work at a newly opened resort facility called "A LO HA". But he meets various girls he had relationships before there... Charage with some humor. All girls are in love and fight for protagonist confessing to him at the same time. Hello, harem. Individual routes are rather normal and quality is high, so it mends prologue stupidity to an extent.  
    18. Moe Moe Niji Taisen (Ryaku) 2 [chu~♪] 萌え萌え2次大戦(略)2[chu~♪] [090925] SystemSoft Alpha Second coming of steel maidens during World War II. Strategy   BLOCKED   1. Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Akuma no Satsujin Koukai 金田一少年の事件簿 悪魔の殺人航海 [090917] Creative Core 1 2 
    The game puts you in a role of Hajime Kindaichi who finds himself on a luxury liner named Luna entangled in a murder mystery. 
    Console exclusive, only including it because of missable review.   2. Princess Party Camellia Princess Party Camellia ~プリンセスパーティーカメリア~ [090918] Circus
    This is a fan disc of Princess Party, featuring some short stories.
    Fandisc   3. Pri ☆ Sara - Dokidoki x Love Love W Fandiskプリ☆さら~ドキドキ×らぶらぶWファンディスク~ [090918] Atelier Kaguya Fandisc of Prima Stella and Sarasara Sasara. Contains extra scenarios that did not made it into the main game, a harem route for both games, a Miyabi after story and a Mahiru route. Fandisc   4. W. L. O. Sekai Ren'ai Kikou L.L.S. -Love Love Show-W.L.O. 世界恋愛機構 L.L.S. -LOVE LOVE SHOW- [090924] Akabei Soft2 1 
    This fandisc features erotic scenes with 6 heroines, including 10 sub characters and offers alternate stories.
    Fandisc   5. Haruka na Sora ハルカナソラ [090925] Sphere 1 2
    Haruka na Sora is the fandisc of Yosuga no Sora, it contains the routes of Kozue, Yahiro and Sora (Sequel to her YNS route) plus short scenarios such as karaoke route and the characters omake.
    Fandisc
  2. kivandopulus
    Foreword: Cover is worryingly fanservice-ish , but with Micchi and Accany praise it should not be a problem, right? Synopsis: You start off as Kenji, a pretty ordinary kid (yes you start off as a kid) who’s visiting his aunt during the holidays with his father. There, he meets his cousin Ai, a quiet girl who is just one year younger than him. They were left together in the house so they went out to the nearby sea to play. But because Ai was so quiet, Kenji decided to play alone in the sea while Ai looked at him from the beach. Going back home, Ai lied to her mother that they had fun together. This continued right up till the end of the summer holidays. Feeling really guilty, Kenji decided to be more friendly towards her. The next year, he took the initiative and played with her. Another year passes by and he came over to her town for the holidays. They are already extremely good friends and look forward to each others company. Then the bombshell was dropped. Their parents were getting married. But they were still young and didn’t really understand what was happening. The only thing they knew was that they are now siblings. Kenji now stays in the same town as Ai and lives together with her. New neighbors, new friends and new adventures await. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv_YtB_vW7rSKK6QYqSFsBYh   Character Design rating: 6/10 Protagonist rating: 5/10 Story rating: 6/10 Game quality: 7/10 Overall rating: 6/10 I actually have to retract masterpiece nomination for Sorairo. I don't have complaints about strong sides numerated by Accany (art, cuteness, child to teenage transformation, strong ending), but he just turns a blind eye to all negative traits, and there are some seriously flawed elements in here that often make reading unbearable.  I was driven here by art here and expected experience akin to Reconquista or Amber Quartz. Instead, what I got was spiritual continuation of Lamune. Same world 20 years later. Basically, Sorairo main heroine Tomosaka Suzuka is a daughter of Tomosaka Tsubame from Lamune. This legacy business reminds me of horrible Summer Radish Vacation, and that's a bad comparison to undertake here. In a way it's also return to the origins of NekoNeko Soft, particularly, Mizuiro where past + present system was first utilized. Game starts with childhood period, and from the start it's all about pants, bras, bloomers and taking bath together with all three loli girls. This huge fanservice tilt kills all the seriousness for me. And many of these pervy situations get reflected later in the adolescence period. Game throws at us dozens of choices with the only meaning - to determine which girl world image will be produced on the adolescence period. Basically heroines other than chose in childhood can't get their full romantic endings, just half-friendship endings. And this is main feature of the game - to include six additional normal endings in addition to romantic ones. I already started complaining, so let's recall weak points. Too complex structure with 11 endings for 3 heroines and dozens of useless choices. Too much fanservice for me to bear. Loli heroines that I could not really attach to. Many events are similar creating sense of artificiality. H event usually happens early in each route. The whole works is about admiring innocent loli girls, so don't expect anything deep happening.  Among good sides is generally good SOL with all heroines communicating among themselves. Girls personalities are different, but bright and positive. Abundant number of endings kills excitement, but provides sense of completeness and more detailed depiction of each heroine from different sides.  Romance endings of each heroine are paid additional attention to provide a better impression with Tsubame one being the strongest. Most events happen near the sea or on a sunny day, so positive atmosphere is created. As Accany puts it, you will probably enjoy this game unless you're some anti-SOL freak. Guess that's me. I would not play it if I knew it was Lamune + Mizuiro fusion. After Natsu no Ame the contrast is especially huge. I'd like it much more if there were only true routes and more compact simple structure.
  3. kivandopulus
    Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai! is VN of the Month. Guess I'll need to review and evaluate doujin Abyss -Homicide Club- . As many as two doujin games during this August Comiket managed to crawl into the list. Micchi does not really see anything worthwhile, but he starts to add some synopsis starting from this month.   1. Abyss -Homicide Club- ABYSS -殺人クラブ- [090815] Festival 1  Sasayama Akira was born into a family of assassins and trained as a child to become one of them. However, due to psychological issues, his father decided to send Akira to a relative's house, to live a normal life. Several years later, Akira gets asked by the student council president to investigate a rumor of a group called Abyss, a shadowy group of students responsible for abducting and killing students in a grotesque game. Doujin game, but one of better known ones, there is an English review. Don't see anything better to review this month.  
    2. Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru うみねこのなく頃に散 [090815] 07th Expansion 1 2 3 4  Umineko no Naku Koro ni takes place in the year 1986 during the time frame of October 4 and October 5 on a secluded island named Rokkenjima (六軒島). The head of a wealthy family named Kinzō Ushiromiya, who lives on and owns Rokkenjima, is near death, and eleven of his family members arrive on the island to discuss how Kinzō's assets will be divided once he is dead. Also on the island are five of Kinzō's servants, and his personal physician. After the eleven family members arrive, a typhoon traps them on the island and shortly after people start to get mysteriously murdered. There are English reviews.  
    3. Ookamikakushi おおかみかくし [090820] Konami 1  Hiroshi, a 16-year-old boy, has started living at Jouga Town, where a big river divides ex-downtown and new downtown. There are also some mysterious customs in the town. Though he enjoys his life at new school, only Nemuru, class president, keeps a distance with him. One day, she suddenly tells him, "Don't go ex-downtown...." What will be there...? Story tries to mimic Higurashi, but does not go as far. Basically, it becomes one event shown from different perspectives, so from second lap no more mystery remains. Final ending is opportunistic and fast to deliver, not too impressive.  
    4. Kurai Nichiyoubi - Sombre Dimanche 暗い日曜日-Sombre Dimanche- [090823] ZIGZAG 1  It's the sixth day of incessant rain in the city. The entire country had been shaken by a series of bizarre murders, occuring late at night on a deserted street. Because slashing throats and tearing open stomachs were his modus operandi, the criminal was rumored to be a "Modern-day Jack the Ripper." But the fourth victim was the last- the crimes just stopped. Did he fear that the police would find him, or is he preparing for his next crime? Eventually, the existence of "Jack the Ripper" began to fade from everyone's minds, though the mystery and terror remained. ...and now, in October. The rainy season has come again. The protagonist, though he lives a boring, mundane life, is antisocial and rejects others. One night, he encounters a stuffed rabbit wielding an enormous axe in a nightmare. What awaits the protagonist is a new world, cloaked in a semblance of reality but slowly eroded by madness: the stuff of nightmares. Drowning herself in the song Gloomy Sunday, his mother commits suicide in the bathtub. The twin brothers who only exist at school on Sunday. The junior from the track-and-field club who can't run anymore because of his family's deaths. The protagonist continues to roam the "world with no way out" in the ceaseless rain. He has no idea of the "truth" that awaits him there... Doujin game, but curious one and with an English review.  
    5. Dream Clubドリームクラブ [090827] Tamsoft Corporation Our protagonist, whom we must name by ourselves, just wanders the streets thinking about just how messed up his life is, when he accidentally comes across the Dream Club, which is an elite hostess club. He happens to be the 10000th(?) visitor, and is thus granted a free member pass for a year. In the Dream Club he will meet ten girls... just how will this story end?
    Usual PSP dating club crap  
    6. Memories Off 6: Next Relation メモリーズオフ6 Next Relation [090827] CyberFront Just before summer holiday, Shio lives a busy school life as captain of the student council with a support of Yuno, who is in charge of general affairs of the council. He sometimes vaguely thinks what he will do after graduating from high school.... There is an important girl by his side.... Those who liked T-Wave would play it, those who did not should not care. Chloe shines here.  
    7. Bokura no Katachi, Sekai no Katachi Schroedinger’s 僕らのカタチ、世界のカタチ Schroedinger’s [090828] Nord On the last day of training camp at school held every summer holiday, Kazuya stays up all night with Noa, who recently transferred to his school. He just stays still together with Noa, who is already asleep on his lap. When he looks up, there are two moons in the sky. Thanks to the two moons, his extraordinary life suddenly starts.... The change of the world that surrounds Kazuya and the existence of another world. What is the shape of the world they want...? Characters are good even though imbued with cliche traits, but there is little explanation of what's going on, so reader remains confused even after the end. Mixing Schroedinger parallel worlds with magic makes it even more confusing. It's neither moe, nor erotic, nor funny, nor interesting as a story, nor charming. There's just nothing outstanding to build everything around.   
    8. I ☆ Can あい☆きゃん [090828] LiLiM Ryota is an ordinary student. One day, when he is on his way back home, he accidentally collides with a girl, Miyu, and kisses her. At that moment, she suddenly transforms into an idol girl. Also, a mysterious creature called Qupu appears.... According to Qupu, she is a limb of the devil and she came to this world to make Miyu's wish, to be an idol, come true. But Miyu transformed herself when Ryota kissed her though Qupu didn't cast a magic. As a matter of fact, Ryota is the one who can amplify Qupu's magic power... NTR H tilt game. There is also a pure love branch which is on average moege level.  
    9. Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai! 真剣で私に恋しなさい! [090828] Minato Soft 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Kawakami City is famous for its strong dedication to its samurai ancestors. A strong fighting spirit is always valued and it's even an important factor in succeeding in school there. Yamato, a second year student from Kawakami Highchool is always with his close friends (4 boys and 3 girls). They have known each other since they were young and have done loads of things together. They have many other friends, but these seven people are a close-knit group, they even have a secret base where they meet... With the new semester, they welcome two girls into their group and shortly after things start to change... Game is localized and has many English reviews.  
    10. Meitantei Shikkaku na Kanojo 名探偵失格な彼女 [090828] Issue There is a boarding high school. Konoha meets a girl on the entrance ceremony day. Her name is Karen and she suddenly says to Konoha, "You're the culprit." According to her, the mysterious thief who sent theft notice to the school the other day is Konoha. She doesn't know what's going on, but Karen believes that Konoha is the culprit... All-age yuri detective game is totally alien to me.  
    11. Memoria メモリア [090828] Purple Software 1 2  There's something in this world people have been longing for. "Asteria" and "Esteria". Two separate worlds. They weren't supposed to be connected when a "gate" suddenly appeared, binding them together. At first, both populations were confused, astonished, bewildered. After acknowledging each other's existence, if wasn't long before people were allowed to circulate freely across the gate. Soon people became accustomed to one another. The story takes place in Fuyuhi, a city covered with snow, where the main protagonist, Kouichi Sakurazaka, meets a girl. It was merely a chance. However, this was the beginning of everything. A pure white story, like the pure white snow... There are English reviews.  
    12. Mimi o Sumaseba みみをすませば [090828] Shakunage Tetsu has moved to an isolated island where his grandmother lives due to some reasons. You can't use mobile phones there and almost all of residents are engaged in agriculture or fishery. On his first day at school, he enters his classroom.... "What? All students have animal-like ears!?" As a matter of fact, the "ear time" comes once in a few days. During the ear time, all residents on the island have animal-like ears and they can hear what others think. They are already used to it, so they just try not to think about something unnecessary. But Tetsu is confused, "What I think will be heard by everyone...?" Nekomimi moege with little depth.   
    BLOCKED   1. @Honey Coming Royal Sweet [090828] Hooksoft
    This fandisc features short scenarios for the five heroines of Honey Coming and adds scenarios for four sub-heroines.
    Fandisc
  4. kivandopulus
    Foreword: It's a very curious game that I played in the past and then lost. Happy to find and finish it now. Synopsis: The plot of Natsu no Ame revolves around Sousuke, a soccer loving idiot who spends his days practicing with his two friends, Takeda and Midori for the day when he is allowed to return to the soccer club he was forced to resign from. The story begins with Sousuke recalling a memory from his past where he pondered what qualifies as a first love, thinking about a young girl he teased almost to the point of tears as a child. Upon snapping back to the present Sousuke is made aware of a beautiful girl busy with her cellphone. After knocking her out of the way of on oncoming motorcycle he finds that he had also sent her cellphone into the river. Being the nice guy protagonist that he is Sousuke then goes into the river to find her cellphone, however when he gives up and she tries to help him out he ends up pulling her in as well. First impressions aside he then finds out she wanted to know where his school was as she had just transferred in. Undaunted by his earlier screwups Sousuke decides to be a man and instead takes her on a tour of the town before finally dropping her off at school. In the end it seems he managed a favorable impression afterall! Upon returning home he finds the very same girl in his home… where his mother informs him that she is his long lost half sister! Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv_qJeEChKrppPpzU9YgpLA4   Character Design rating: 10/10 Protagonist rating: 10/10 Story rating: 7/10 Game quality: 10/10 Overall rating: 9/10   As you see, it's a perfect score that I can ever put to a charage that is not a plotge. There are fantastic English reviews for this game already (1 2 3 4), so I slack as usual. I used to play everything that Joyjason evaluated as 8 and higher, and that guy is usually very critical in his reviews leaving not too many games with normal scores. And for the first time ever he evaluated Natsu no Ame as 11/10... wow. Then there's this Zen guy from omochikaeri who is always very bitter in comments. I doubt I ever heard something positive from him about anything... and he writes a superlong review giving score of 90%...  And now I'm enthralled as well... this game is a miracle. Since it's not a plotge, it's enough to read synopsis. But since it's a charage, heroines need a close look. This game starts with introducing Rikako, and she is breathtaking. What's interesting, no one ever tried to present a similar personality (as a quick tags search showed me). I'm tired of brainless imouto and pervy onee-chan. Rikako is absolutely special as she is seriously unhappy and unfriendly. At the same time I just can't call her a tsundere as she is out of S and M system of coordinates. I guess she is so attractive, because she is so human-like. The way she blushes while angry and narrows eyes is cute beyond any measure. She absolutely does not care about protagonist and basically runs away several times. Independent and strong-willed qualities make us respect her as a human being. Midori is supergenki and tomboyish, and her best friend to lover transformation is really thrilling to watch. Hinako is a deredere school friend which is nothing new, but she is brilliantly voiced. She speaks with a light and funny accent, though I wish it to be a full-scale Kansai-ben. Last heroine teacher Misa is surprisingly interesting as well. She is easily embarassed, but with her route we dwell into adult territory with alcohol and loli teacher's daughter. I absolutely can't recall any deficiencies of this work. By the end of Hinako route I started to think that I've overgrown all these youth anxieties and would like to see serious adult relations, but with Misa route even this argument was utterly destroyed. It gave both matureness and feeling of family with loli daughter Nene included. Could probably nitpick over something (no amount of CG is enough), but just don't want to. Even protagonist was cautious and attentive enough to give a positive impression. So let's leave things with perfect scores for once. I still stay my ground that charage should have plotge elements, so I like modern tendencies where games got so expensive to make that pure moege are eliminated and pure charage are limited. These genres have piled up enormous amount of works similar in nature and thus forgotten. But with this fierce competition the best of the best stay forever with reader and motivate to not lose interest with the genre. And Natsu no Ame smiles shyly observing the battlefield from unreachable height. Perfect.
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    Foreword: Abyss is one of the more known doujin games and even has a fuwanovel recommendation page. But I could find only one English review, so it needs to be fixed asap. Synopsis: Sasayama Akira was born into a family of assassins and trained as a child to become one of them. However, due to psychological issues, his father decided to send Akira to a relative's house, to live a normal life. Several years later, Akira gets asked by the student council president to investigate a rumor of a group called Abyss, a shadowy group of students responsible for abducting and killing students in a grotesque game. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv_JpraEZN60LRLufWm3loZt   Character Design rating: 7/10 Protagonist rating: 7/10 Story rating: 8/10 Game quality: 7/10 Overall rating: 7/10 I'm still not ready to evaluate a doujin game without voicing too high. And abyss is huge. It was actually delivered in three different issues before the complete version with first one seeing the light in September 2007. As a result, completing all the routes took 38 hours, and such volume without voicing can be difficult to digest. The concept is simple - murders start to happen at school, and protagonist is dragged by a masked person to join the game. Basically, it's common battle royale concept that is popular in doujin chunige. But the actual game is neither pure survival like Killer Queen nor the battle of wits and hints like Umineko. We strive to survive, but also gather hints about opponents identities as well as learn to counter them. Quite a few mysteries pile up, and final Nami routes gives a lot of answers about protagonist past and ABYSS. And it's also not a simple mortal combat style game, because assassin means are deadly and fast, but also because multiple viewpoints are given throughout the story. We even start as a girl protagonist in common route. There's a lot to uncover, so mystery persists till the end. As for deficiencies, I still don't like this concept just because it's battle royale. Participants are placed in a limited space so that they make the story themselves like a sandbox. A lot of stuff and twists are put on top of that to make forget about the core concept, but I still don't see an interesting story behind it all. Well, I did not like any game with similar concept, even FSN, so safely ignore this point. It's been a long time since I played a game with a zero voicing. It's a matter of habit, but everything gets a huge minus from me because of that. BGM is mostly good, but there are some with just a few sounds on repeat to create tension or smth, and I'd rather hear normal melodies. Game system is horrible for auto reading. I had to put lowest possible speed, but huge chunks of text disappeared too fast after small ones, and vice versa. CG are uneven. Basically, all heroines are strong, but in other people's routes they become weak. Another nitpick is that setting of ABYSS organization feared even by police is loosely shaped, lacks detail. Battles are depicted poorly and settled with one blow usually, but buildup and wits battle prior to that is nice. Some heroines routes bring little new and can be considered bonus ones. Enough with negative points. On a bright side, in every route characters are mercilessly butchered, and you never know who or when gets to die. So there's a lot of room for emotional approach. Every heroine has her own story and motivation, and with so many masks identities remain unknown. Hints recovered throughout the game create doubts, but final route managed to take me by surprise, anyway. The good thing is that only couple heroines have traditional love scenes, some have violation, and Nonko has none at all. As you see, despite simple concept there's a lot of room for mystery, wits, tactics, twists, emotions and in-depth character stories. Don't let my evaluation scare you as it includes personal reasons. If you find such game enticing, you most assuredly won't be disappointed.
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    Foreword: Shumon Yuu work from Propeller already sounds intriguing. Synopsis: We were always together. Irreplaceable friends. There was a strong tie between us even we got separated. Several years later, we have a chance to meet again at school. There are only four classmates, but that's enough. Only us. However... "Stop acting like before." Our relationship gets cold and distant. It's only me who believed in our eternal friendship. What made us like this...? "Ayanashisai Festival" Each person was given their own color. "Red" I make up my mind to establish our good-old relationship again... Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv9Pi9ybhxsFWpOmdTKILCM_   Character Design rating: 10/10 Protagonist rating: 8/10 Story rating: 9/10 Game quality: 10/10 Overall rating: 9/10   With such large number of English reviews (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11) I really don't want to butt in. And since I can't add anything new, I don't want to repeat things, so it will be a super short stub impression.  Game gets penalty from me for mega donkan protagonist (although I realize that only such protagonist would fit the story) and somewhat extended main SOL part which has some dull parts and so-so comedy. Plot does not move anywhere for a long time. Also, VNDB seriously mistakes about game's length between 10 and 30 hours. It took me 52 hours, and about 40 hours were SOL scenes with occasional flashbacks while some of those scenes being seriously childish.  Pretty much everything else is fascinating in this game. Art, style, characters and BGM make it the most beautiful game I've ever seen. I absolutely liked the absence of traditional routes and lack of romance theme. I get the biggest enjoyment from a charage when I choose only a heroine I like the most and follow only her route to the end. Catching up with the rest of less likable heroines always felt very wrong to me. In Asairo there's basically just one route and just one love scene in traditional sense with two more scenes without insertion bearing different emotional meaning. And while "kindness" is the essence of 90% of protagonists, here kindness becomes not the means, but the goal.
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    Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo is VN of the Month, Bengarachou Hakubutsushi makes another masterpiece. Micchi is especially excited about Natsuyume Nagisa and also about Owarinaki Natsu, Towa Naru Shirabe , but too much sweetness for me.
    1. Rosario to Vampire Capu 2: Koi to Yume no Rapsodia ロザリオとバンパイア 恋と夢の狂想曲 [090723] Compile Heart The school called Youkai Gakuen High School Tsukune entered is actually for monsters. But there are a lot of pretty girls. One day, Ginei plans to hold a school festival called "The Youkai Fes". The story just goes on involving the Otonashi sisters. But days later, Tsukune suddenly starts having an erotic dream every night. How come...? Anime spin-off  
    2. Angel Magister [090724] Mana 1 2  There is a world which is divided into the heaven region and the devil region. Baal is the man who leads the army of the devil region and tries to fight the heaven region. But his ambition is soon destroyed... He is confined for 100 years and all his memories are erased. He is now released, but there is no job to take... But one day, he is recruited as a teacher at a magic school in the heaven region. He jumps at the chance and decides to work there. In his class, there are a lot of dropout students. He takes in charge of three students and works hard! Days later, his ex-coworkers suddenly appear from the devil region and the atmosphere of the heaven region gradually becomes uneasy...
    There is an English review.  
    3. Bengarachou Hakubutsushi 紅殻町博物誌 [090724] raiL-soft 1 2 3 4 Tomohisa has some memory of his childhood. When he was a kid, he was often playing at some place near his house. But his parents don't remember it. Tomohisa doesn't remember it clearly, either. One day, he finds a notebook. It is about history and things happened at a small town. It's just eccentric, so no one pays attention to it. But he knows who wrote it. It's his uncle, who has been missing for years. The notebook includes a town he spent his childhood. He soon gets interested in the town and decides to visit there. Days later, he arrives at the town, but there are a lot of strange things and customs in the town. He finds various curious goods there and gradually gets to know a secret of the town and his past....
    There are English reviews. And I wanted to play it for quite some time already.  
    4. Kagura Douchuuki 神楽道中記 [090724] Debo no Su Seisakusho The story takes place in a deserted spa town. One day, the residents go missing one by one, kind of spirited away.... While police investigation doesn't go well, some more mysterious phenomenon happen. The police decides to hire two mikos to investigate the case. But they are totally different, like oil and water. Will they be able to solve the case...? Features random dungeon generation, the Kagura-typical defeat-ero scenes and a multiplayer mode. RPG  
    5. Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori mo, きっと、澄みわたる朝色よりも、 [090724] Propeller 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 We were always together. Irreplaceable friends. There was a strong tie between us even we got separated. Several years later, we have a chance to meet again at school. There are only four classmates, but that's enough. Only us. However... "Stop acting like before." Our relationship gets cold and distant. It's only me who believed in our eternal friendship. What made us like this...? "Ayanashisai Festival" Each person was given their own color. "Red" I make up my mind to establish our good-old relationship again... There are many English reviews. But I need to play it myself.  
    6. Kurenai no Tsuki クレナイノツキ [090724] Alcot Honey Comb 1 2 3  Kouya, a rookie detective, is walking deep inside the forest. It was two weeks ago, a hand of an unidentified creature washed up on the shore of a river. Hard and thick skin, bristle like an animal, thick fingers and sharp nails, it was not a human's hand. Also, there was a jewel ring on the ring finger. This mysterious story was featured in a magazine and caught people's attention. Days later, the police found that it was a woman's hand, who had been missing for a month. She went missing when she played golf with her friends nearby. The police confirmed she was attacked by a stray dog, but couldn't explain why the hand looked so differently. They tried to close the case, but her husband wasn't convinced. He didn't want to believe his wife was a monster. He decided to ask a detective to investigate the case, that's why Kouya is now roaming around deep inside the forest. It is getting dark, but he doesn't know where he is now. Just when he feels dizzy, he hears someone's voice. Is that auditory hallucination? He hears a girl's voice this time. "I've been saved!" But he accidentally falls down a waterfall. When he regains his consciousness, he finds himself lying in the bed. He looks around and finds three girls. "Are you alright?" "Well, did you save me?" "Yes, I and my older sister carried you all the way here." Their mother says to him, "I'm relieved to see you getting well. But you must marry either of my daughters, Sunao or Hiori." He doesn't know what she means. A mysterious hand bitten off by someone, a small village deep inside the forest, marriage to a miko, Kouya's fate is led to unexpected direction after he meets these two girls... There are English reviews.  
    7. Owarinaki Natsu, Towa Naru Shirabe 終わりなき夏 永遠なる音律 [090724] Age 1 2 3 4 5  In Kyushu, there lies the small village of Sunomura. In that small village, four childhood friends, Touma Takumi, Ogami Ritsuko, Amamiya Kanon, and Takanashi Mio comprise a small music club at the village school. One day, Takumi happens to see and hear the violin performance of Orihara Ai, a girl who recently moved to the village and transferred into the school. This performance later eventually causes Ritsuko to resolve to recruit Ai into their music club no matter what. However, one day, one of the childhood friends is separated from the other three, but before doing so passes on her role of "Supervisor" to Takumi. Later, they learn that the school they all attend is going to be closed down in one month due to a government-ordered evacuation of the village. Everyone resolves to make their last month together as memorable and enjoyable as possible before the school closes down... There are English reviews.  
    8. 77 (Sevens) ~And, Two Stars Meet Again~77(セブンズ)~And, two stars meet again~ [090731] Whirlpool 1 2  There is a world where magic is widely spread. The story takes place at Tenryou International School, which is famous for an elite training school. The students are divided into three groups: Intelligence, Power and Fate. A school festival is held once a year. The main event is a battle in which a girl and two supporters are chosen from each group and they fight for a selected man, who has a special ring. Yes, the main character is the one who accidentally gets the ring.... While he is persistently chased by heroines, a mystery of their school gradually comes out... There are English reviews.  
    9. Ano Aoi Umi Yori あの蒼い海より [090731] Lilac Soft "I thought everything would remain the same...." Sora has just moved to a town in the country. There is nothing special, but comfortable.... One night, he meets a girl on the beach. He soon feels attracted to her arrogant behavior and mysterious atmosphere. On the next day, he meets her again at school. She says, "I'll become your friend...." Sora has mixed feelings, but feels something warm inside his heart. They gradually cultivate their relationship involving other unique residents. Just when they feel happiness, the world is about to change again. When they meet, their crooked and complicating fates cross.... What will happen to them in the end...? "My one and only wish is not to forget you...."
    Story is monotonous and short. Development is absurd and uncomfortable. Sick hero is having various drama with (sometimes also sick) girls. Emotions are poorly drawn for an utsuge, so reader inevitably starts to feel unsatisfied and unhappy because of the quality, not because of compassion.  
    10. Ashita wa Kitto, Haremasu you ni 明日はきっと、晴れますように [090731] Hug Natsuhiko is back to his hometown for the first time in ten years. It's a quiet seaside town, but changed a lot. There is a big bridge, where he often played, in the town. The bridge still remains the same. During summer, a big festival is held in the town and a bamboo grass is displayed on the bridge with numerous tanzaku, small pieces of paper on which people write wishes. The bamboo and tanzaku have a local legend, "Only one of the wishes on the bamboo will come true...." No one knows if it's true or not, but people believes it. This is a story of boys and girls who make a wish on the tanzaku...
    Atmosphere is warm enough, but perfection level is low, so impression deteriorates with every new route. There's no true route after capturing all heroines, so can't find anything special here.  
    11. Fault!! フォルト!! [090731] Ciel 1 Shuuichi belongs to the tennis club. There are only five members in total, but he enjoys his school life with them. One day, the situation around him starts changing when Shuuichi gets injured in an accident. While Ai, one of the members, takes a good care of him, Mio, his younger sister, stays grumpy. In such an ugly situation, a big accident happens which changes the whole situation... There are two main heroines and two sub heroines, plus there is a harem route which is unavoidable for a game with H tilt. At the start love triangle is already broken, and there is no NTR. Story is thin and lacks excitement.  
    12. Mecha-Mimi メカミミ [090731] Candy Soft 1  Kotarou is now living at his aunt's house because his parents have gone abroad on business. He just lives a peaceful life with his old friends and classmates. But one day, he is attacked by a group of two girls on his way to school. He is saved by a girl called Yuno. According to her, she is an android his grandfather invented. Kotarou is surprised to hear that and runs away from her. He tries to forget it, but Yuno transfers to his class on the next day. "I'll work for Kotarou. I'll watch him anytime, anywhere. I swear I'll be his sword and shield...." Like this, his life changes completely... But he might have been wanting this sort of adventure life... There is an English review.  
    13. MQ ~Jikuu no Hasha~ MQ ~時空の覇者~ [090731] Abel Software 1  Shou, who faced his mother's tragic death, was given a word, "Collect fills...." As a matter of fact, she wasn't his own mother. He, who was surprised to hear the fact, got to know his varied fate soon. One day, a girl appears in front of him, "The world is being destroyed, Avatar." "Destroyed? Do you mean we are going extinct?" "The council has decided to erase you...." "Me? Killed? How come?" "Because you are the one who will lead this world to ruin. I objected to the decision and left the council. Collect fills as soon as possible...." The girl, who came to this world to protect him, promises him to care for him as a valet. She also tells him that she is a daughter of the former valet. "A daughter of the former valet?" "Yes, the girl who used to live as your mother. I'm her daughter." "...!?" The girl tells him to get out of this world soon. Like this, their adventure starts....
    There is an English review.  
    14. Natsuyume Nagisa ナツユメナギサ [090731] Saga Planets 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 The story takes place on a reclaimed island, where sunflowers are planted all over, beautiful butterflies fly around and stray penguins roam around. Nagisa is a boy who can't remember his past. One day, he meets some girls. As the story goes, he gradually finds an important person deep inside his memory and true himself. The summer you were there. The summer you weren't there. The summer with you. Through various events with the girls, what kind of memory will he reach? There are English reviews.  
    15. Tiara [090731] Symphony Four years ago, a high-class school was established on the premises of the castle. One day, Creed, a soldier, is invited to the school and ordered to protect princesses from evil people. He meets Mio, his old friend, Silky, the woman of his dreams and so on there.... His mission is to protect them, but the story goes the other way, involving their surroundings. Who are the evil people? What's happening around them?
    Atmosphere is similar to previous work Ojou-sama Kumikyoku , this time it's a princess school and not just girls school. I hated that game, so there's not a single chance here.  
    16. Yumemiru Koi no Musubikata 夢みる恋の結びかた [090731] Atu Works There is a shrine which is said to bring romance called Ataragi Shrine. At the shrine stands a cherry tree, which always blooms in summer, inside the shrine. The local legend says if a boy and a girl tie a string on a branch of the tree together, they'll be happy forever. One day, when Tomoya visits the shrine with Taiki, his friend, they meet a girl, Sasaya, in a miko's uniform. She is actually his classmate. Days later, when he bumps into her in front of his house, Sasaya suddenly says to him, "I... love you...." Also, three different girls, Asuka, Emiri and Koeda, suddenly start approaching him at the same time. Is it just a coincidence? Or is it because of the cherry tree? Like this, Tomoya's life dramatically changes.... Damn, the second wish tree inside one month. And again there are multiple writers responsible for different routes. Slice of life scenes are full of bakage behavior. Light summer mainstream work without uniqueness.
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    Foreword: Another Mareni work that's worth investigating. Synopsis: Tomohisa has some memory of his childhood. When he was a kid, he was often playing at some place near his house. But his parents don't remember it. Tomohisa doesn't remember it clearly, either. One day, he finds a notebook. It is about history and things happened at a small town. It's just eccentric, so no one pays attention to it. But he knows who wrote it. It's his uncle, who has been missing for years. The notebook includes a town he spent his childhood. He soon gets interested in the town and decides to visit there. Days later, he arrives at the town, but there are a lot of strange things and customs in the town. He finds various curious goods there and gradually gets to know a secret of the town and his past.... Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv_M2PBQeRRnsbtrSUj2YRUB   Character Design rating: 8/10 Protagonist rating: 8/10 Story rating: 7/10 Game quality: 9/10 Overall rating: 8/10   There are English reviews (1 2 3 4), and I've been enthralled by first sacredge0 review for many years by now. Reddit review by Tanzka also concentrantes on transfering the spirit of the game. It fits this game much better than my pragmatic dry approach. Still, here I come. Concept is simple. Main character finds uncle's notes and follows them to get to the concealed town from his childhood faint memories. Town is full of curia, and with each new chapter starting with chapter 3 we get a story about an item connected to a different girl. Here is where supernatural part kicks in, and not every girl comes to terms with the reality as a result. Basically, game feels a lot like previous Kagerou Touryuuki - same new town, several heroines each with unique story, same walls of text and great atmosphere. But there are also important differences. Bengarachou Hakubutsushi does not dwell in the realm of fairytale dreams, instead it is a part of magical realism. It focuses on creating a sharply depicted realistic environment and then introduces items that pierce this reality. This realistic feeling suits Mareni writing much more empathizing power of text. Another very important difference is charming and lovely heroines delivering serious emotional impact (even cliché old-fashioned widow Matsumi manages to surprise a lot in her story). What I did not like is same text options as in Kagerou Touryuuki, which means small kanji in horizontal view, absence of autoplay options. This time walls of text were even larger, so I witnessed "text too large" message way too often. Story is rather sober. Main character Tomohisa is unjustly popular, but it's not a romance game, so I don't care about it. Ending is the same for all four heroines with only H event and epilogue being different. But there are much more good points. Game feels integrative with a cohesive story in modern times and realistic approach. Atmosphere is created by both text and really great BGM and represents joyful nostalgy, something rare to encounter. Heroines are loveable, but without moe banality. Just as previous raiL-soft game, it's not a game for everyone, so polarization can be huge - from all-time masterpiece to a boring game where nothing much happens. But by now Mareni readers already know what to expect, so it's nothing new.
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    Foreword: Game looks like a parody chunige with dimension shifts, so I'd like to know the story. Synopsis: The story takes place in the near future, when monsters frequently appear in the town. Hiromi has just moved to another school because his previous school was closed. The monsters used to be dangerous creatures before, but they are now like crows or stray dogs thanks to high-quality monster exterminators. But one day, Hiromi is suddenly attacked by a monster when he meets Kiku, who has just come to the town from deep inside the mountain. Hiromi and Kiku strangely get a special power during battle and get rid of the monster. After the battle, they meet a group of girls called Shinsengumi. Hiromi and Kiku finally join the group after twists and turns. However, they conflict with another monster buster group called Kaientai, which is an official group. Also, a girl named Hiromi, who is totally the same as his deceased twin sister, appears in front of him. Moreover, they find Monster King sealed up in the basement. Like this, their three-sided fight begins now.... Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv9ZY_y6AM3ARuIGmeHpTFQ8   Character Design rating: 6/10 Protagonist rating: 6/10 Story rating: 7/10 Game quality: 6/10 Overall rating: 6/10   A decent game overall that could be even called a masterpiece it it was reworked and reassembled. But guess I have a lot of explaining to do for each element. As usual, let's start with the concept. Main character transfers to a new school and meets Kiku who claims to know him. Monster attack alarm starts to sound, kids get attacked by a monster, but fight him off with some unsealed powers. Three shinsengumi girls from the same school show up to deal with the rest of the monsters, and protagonist with Kiku join them for future fights. Then rival Kaientai group members join the fun, and everyday slapstick comedy begins with various dimensions cut-ins. In the second part various heroines problems show up, and a lot of dimension travel is used, but ending is not necessarily happy. After three main Shinsengumi heroines routes we move to three Kaientai sub-heroines routes, then director sub-heroine Regeneration route. And finally there is True Reincarnation route which reveals piled up mysteries, connects previous disjointed parts and moves in a cohesive way without weird cut-ins that happened all the time during common route. The dimension shifts is the thing that makes game incomprehensible for all the first half. There is the current world, past world tackling previous lives, alternative reality worlds for each heroine with own future, also future parallel world of Michelle's coffee shop that serves as kind of base of operations. There is also interdimensional world with only black squares and some places of unknown location or time. All these dimensions switch without warning, and furthermore heroines can have changed personalities. It all makes head spin which renders common route to be the worse part of the game. Game does not have a real protagonist, and Hiromi is not present in most scenes at all. But luckily it all starts to make sense in the True route. Let's turn to discussing flaws. Lack of explanation is the biggest one. Game is in dare need of glossary. Directorship of common route is horrible. Production values are rather sober with few patterns. All males are unvoiced. Game features a lot of elements unacceptable by certain types of players like me - notably, loli, incest and yandere personality. Four sub-heroines endings are super-short totaling less than an hour time and with a distinctive H tilt. There is a lot of unneeded text which makes it tiresome to read - with 2/3 of the text cut this would be a masterpiece game. As for strong sides, True route mends story in a lot of ways. Slapstick comedy moments are nice. Heroines are rather attractive even though almost all of them are loli. Among them Kiku especially shines. She is the mysterious heroine from the start with common past and she is voiced by Mia Naruse with her cutest voice that I adore since the times of Sae from Nijuuei. Overall, as I said earlier, Reincarnation ☆ Shinsengumi feels as a decent game after completion, but only a minority of players can make it to the end due to numerous production failures.
  10. kivandopulus
    Foreword: A localized chunige with intriguing concept, can't miss that. Synopsis: When a chance encounter drops him into the middle of a war between a secret organization of superheroes and the shadow creatures known as schatten, Himehagi Aisaku must awaken the hero within if he hopes to protect all that he holds dear. Together with the valiant princess Keziah, Aisaku will don his blazing armor and shine a light on the shadows that infest his city. But the darkness he uncovers may be deeper than anything he imagined. Courage! Conviction! Friendship! Love! Will Aisaku find the strength to see him through the rising night? Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv_8eyqu1zvK7ojhhaYm4dhc   Character Design rating: 8/10 Protagonist rating: 6/10 Story rating: 6/10 Game quality: 7/10 Overall rating: 7/10   There are many English reviews (1 2 3 4 5 6 7) , but all of them fail to structuralize all the game chaos and explain what this game is about. So I have to return to basics all by myself. Naturally, I can't avoid spoilers, but without it can't even show the gist of this game and will end up like any other review out there. Trample on Schatten starts as a shounen bakage focused on kamen rider superheroes. Protagonist is attacked by a shadow and is imbued with a white ball on his palm by a doctor. This sphere both protects him from becoming a shadow himself and grants powers to fight shadows along with other Zelcraters. And after that we're given a flowchart with lots of dots to trigger events with different characters happening in reality or alternative reality at different time. There is no real purpose, no mastermind or evil organization during the mid-game, so we just get to know characters and protagonist while trying to discover superpowers based on love and fight overpowered shadows Schatten. And this is where game changes a lot. There's a lot of darkness behind heroines and protagonist past, plus all the violation IF scenes add roughness. Eventually we get prompted to enter individual sub-heroines routes that are merely excuses for H events. But when we decide to move forward with the story, sub-heroines get to die in some way or another, so each time you dump a heroine it's a death sentence. Death in Trample on Schatten is not necessarily final as there is a story mechanic to return some characters, but it's limited  only to a few characters. Only by the very end of the game we enter true Keziah route , learn the mastermind identity, have a battle , and only after the battle learn about main mysteries. That's a very unexpected sequence of events. Let's address the flaws not already mentioned. I absolutely hate flowchart mechanic as it's a lazy writer's choice to give disjointed events without proper reasoning or logic. It's a huge mess. The world is not really attractive, and there are few characters in it with the absence of charismatic enemies. Battles are directed good, but they give a cliche manga feeling with all those kamen rider kickse etc. Game system has few options, and I had to go with text appearing gradually due to lack of autoreading speed adjustments. And yet in some scenes text flies like crazy and in others moves slower than desired. There are few normal CG. Gags  are either based on crazy situations or rather simplistic to my liking.  But I still call this game a masterpiece, and I'm really glad this game got localized because it broadens our horizons. It manages to keep reader's attention through this chaos. A presumably shounen bakage changes a lot during the course of the game and manages to make sense of eclectic pieces scattered around while provoking serious questions. Most of H events are optional and bearing zero meaning for the story, so don't see a point discussing them. The story itself is not really attractive and conveyed in a poor manner, but unusual character personalities and unexpected plot twists make it a worthy experience to undertake and remember.
  11. kivandopulus
    Foreword: A nice otaku game always catches my attention. Synopsis: Kenjiro is lazy and has no job. One day, his mother calls him and tells that she asked his aunt to hire him at her school. However, Kenjiro is a hardcore otaku - he has no social skills to speak of, can't get along with people, and has never dated a girl... When he arrives at the school, he is shocked to find out it's an all-girls' school, and has no idea what he should do! Luckily he meets up with Nanase, his cousin he used to play together with when they were young. She, however, suddenly says to him, "Are you still an otaku? Don't talk to me at school." When he is down, he suddenly hears a familiar melody, a BGM from some famous game. He enters the classroom and finds a girl playing the game. She introduces herself as Asuka, and she happens to be the one and only member of the Comic Club.... Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv_bK0MS_DGj0C_UvdauhF91   Character Design rating: 9/10 Protagonist rating: 7/10 Story rating: 7/10 Game quality: 8/10 Overall rating: 8/10   I tend to undermine slice of life games since these games don't give me new stories. The more the importance of those ones that I can call masterpieces. And this is exactly such case. Concept is fairly simple - an otaku becomes a temporary intern at a girls school and also an advisor to a comic club. Since it's a charage, it's natural to discuss heroines. There are five of them, but only four are geeks. The last one is our tsundere cousin Nanase. She is kind of main heroine because of her special status, but her route is the most boring one as it focuses on isolated from other members romantic relations. I was seriously disappointed by her route as there are lots of such developments in any charage. There are three authors in this game, and common route together with Nanase route are written by Hasegawa Ai, an AXL scenario writer whom I seriously dislike after Shield 9 and Like a Butler. Shinobu and Mashiro routes are written by Toki Houou who did mostly eroge, but participated in script creation for Sumikko Soft first game. Shinobu is the cutest heroine who tries to hide her otaku habits and leave a normal school life. Her route is the shortest of all and becomes a poor tennis spokon with the only bright spot is common for all heroines comiket participation. As for Mashiro, her route is quite fun, but focusing on emotions, realistic problems and worries, and thus leaves a somewhat heavy impression. The last two routes - Asuka and Shima - are written by Himenogi Aku who hosted a lot of moege/charage as a scenario writer. And his lively approach actually saves this game. Both routes are light, otaku-heavy and really fun. Incidentally, H scenes are also the most lively in the whole game. Finishing with one of these routes generally provides a better overall impression, so there is some evaluation split. As for the flaws, can't say there are many. Protagonist is perverted and insensitive, but for a wild otaku it's a normal state. I did not like side characters, but they rarely show up. There are a lot of net and anime parodies and references that were incomprehensible without wikipedia even in 2009 due to aged material and letters omission, but those don't really obstruct experience. Of course I'd prefer a circle of friends story without individual heroine routes, but joint activities are also plentiful, so I did not feel locked up with a single heroine even in Nanase route. I ended up praising the game even in flaws section. So let's continue with the praise. Otaku protagonist playing eroge is easy to sympathize with. Some nerd jokes were commonplace, but there was enough unique discussions. Sheldon Cooper would want to watch Shima route who is toy trains enthusiast with ability to discern them by the sounds made. But the deciding factor for me was circle of friends atmosphere. Zettai Karen! Ojou-sama does not live up to Genshiken as ultimate otaku heaven, but it is a a properly done and amusing dive into otaku atmosphere with unusual otaku heroines, and every such success counts.
  12. kivandopulus
    I'll call Zettai Karen! Ojou-sama VN of the month, but can't say if it is a masterpiece yet. Same refers to Reincarnation ☆ Shinsengumi! which I'm reviewing to find out its merit. Micchi doesn't see anything worthwhile this month, but Zen is enthralled by yanderege Oni Uta
    1. Juusei to Diamond 銃声とダイヤモンド [090618] SCEI Onizuka Youichi - the negotiator from New York - has contracted with the Japanese police and is working for Zero Department, which had been newly formed to specialize in hostage negotiation. However, when another department request investigation of stalker case due to being short-staffed, Onizuka is unaware that it is sign of series of dangerous events soon to follow, where he and his co-workers must struggle hard to keep everyone alive, even that of the criminal. Basically, it's different detective cases with negotiation drama parts at PSP. Not my cup of tea.  
    2. Shihen II ~Saitan no Сatastrophe~ 詩篇II~再誕のカタストロフ~ [090619] Gesen 18 20 years have passed.... The country is governed by Felix and every citizen lives a peaceful life. One day, Jan receives a job offer that is to steal a holy sword. Jan soon accepts the offer lured by extraordinary reward. But this is just the beginning of massive disturbance.... As Jan is involved in the wave of fate, he meets five girls, which causes another great social change.... What will happen when it ends...? Shihen 69.... A forbidden power is now released again.... RPG  
    3. ~Pantsu o Miseru Koto, Sore ga...~ Daiuchuu no Hokori ~パンツを見せること、それが……~大宇宙の誇り [090625] Wheel 1  A meteor struck Mamoru when he was a kid, but he didn't get injured at all. That's why he was called "Miracle Meteor Boy". Seven years later, a beautiful girl surrounded by noble aura suddenly appears in front of Mamoru and he is taken to a strange place. Yes, it's inside a spaceship and there he can see beautiful girls showing their underwears... "Show the Holy Ball." He doesn't know what she is talking about. According to her, they are from another planet to get the "Holy Ball", which is a key item of succession battle for the throne. To show underwear is also a proof of the royal family and the pride of the grand universe. When they check Mamoru's body, the Holly Ball is found inside his body. As a matter of fact, the meteor which struck him is the Holly Ball. To get it out, Mamoru needs to reach a universally stunning climax. Like this, a battle for the Ball begins... There is an English review.  
    4. Kuru Kuru Coeur くるくるくーる [090626] Axis The protagonist visits his childhood friend Kirara at the prestigious Extraordinary Science Laboratory, or Exlab. On one of her lab's table lies a mysterious and suspicious-looking device. As the protag activates the machine, it turns out it actually is a mechanism capable of changing the gender of a person! Unlike most gender change visual novels scenario is not opportunistic, but gender is changed multiple times with different characters. There is no drama, but enough comedy. Result is really rough.  
    5. Nidozaki! Tartelette 2度咲き!タルトレット [090626] Shiratama Akito has just returned to Japan after finishing patissier training and goes to a cake shop called October Cherry he frequently visited before. However, he is surprised to see the shop, "Oh, it can't be true...." The shop is totally dilapidated. It seems the previous owner passed away and his daughters are now running the shop. But it doesn't go well and the shop will be closed soon. Akito decides to work with the daughters to pull together October Cherry and save it from closing down.. SIM  
    6. Oni Uta. ~Oni ga Kitarite, Amaesasero to Notamouta.~ 鬼うた。 ~鬼が来たりて、甘えさせろとのたもうた。~ [090626] 130cm There is a small village located far from the town. The main character is Akito, who lives at a shrine. His current concern is that he has only few friends. He has an older sister, Koharu, who excessively relies on him, and an old friend, Ayako, whom he is in love. One day, he encounters an offering box burglar and is killed by him... It looks like his life is finished, but Himeka, a demon princess, suddenly appears and saves him. Himeka loses almost all of her power for that and orders him to take care of her for a while. Since Himeka actively approaches Akito, Koharu gets jealous and conflicts with Himeka. Like this, Akito gradually gets involved in an epic battle between Himeka and Koharu... It's a Yanderege, and it deals with madness a lot. It's rare to see crazy protagonist who mumbles stuff all the time. First bigger half is positive school everyday, but about a third is supernatural and depressing. Suicide is commonplace, and salvation is not prepared for all the heroines.  
    7. Primary ~Magical★Trouble★Scramble~ Primary ~Magical★Trouble★Scramble~ [090626] SkyFish 1 2 3  Everything starts here... There is a school where you can learn how to use magic. The main character is Kohaku and his goal is to cure Hinana's poor eyesight. Once he enters the school, he meets various people. On the first day, he successfully soothes a wild spirit during a lesson and a rumor spreads around school, "The new student is strong!" In springtime, there is a regular test at school. It's no exaggeration to say that their future is determined by this test. The test is to complete a variety of missions. New school and new life. Friendship and love. The story goes as Kohaku overcomes various troubles to be a magical knight. There are English reviews.  
    8. Reincarnation ☆ Shinsengumi! りんかねーしょん☆新撰組っ! [090626] Libre The story takes place in the near future, when monsters frequently appear in the town. Hiromi has just moved to another school because his previous school was closed. The monsters used to be dangerous creatures before, but they are now like crows or stray dogs thanks to high-quality monster exterminators. But one day, Hiromi is suddenly attacked by a monster when he meets Kiku, who has just come to the town from deep inside the mountain. Hiromi and Kiku strangely get a special power during battle and get rid of the monster. After the battle, they meet a group of girls called Shinsengumi. Hiromi and Kiku finally join the group after twists and turns. However, they conflict with another monster buster group called Kaientai, which is an official group. Also, a girl named Hiromi, who is totally the same as his deceased twin sister, appears in front of him. Moreover, they find Monster King sealed up in the basement. Like this, their three-sided fight begins now.... Parody bakage with individual routes tackling different problems arising from previous life. Due to these previous life adventures, time axis gets shifted a lot, and different parallel worlds change rapidly, thus making it difficult for understanding. To make it even worse viewpoint changes constantly. Story has nothing to do with historical Shinsengumi, just using their names. Quite an interesting yet difficult to grasp work overall. I tend to favor such works, so reviewing it.  
    9. Sabae no Ou Scenario II 蠅声の王 シナリオII [090626] Lost Script The protagonist's name is Es. He is an official vampire hunter and belongs to an organization called Spook House. Hunting vampires by non-human hunters... Yes, Es is non-human, a sleepless hunter. Through various battles, open up your future! Heavy gameplay elements game, just as previous ones. Introduction of voicing does not justify the pain.  
    10. Sakura Sakura さくらさくら [090626] Hiqo Soft 1 2 3 The Dorm Guardian vs. The School Guardian Inaba Tooru has always dreamed of living a co-ed life. That’s why, when he finally managed to transfer into the renowned Rintoku Academy, he immediately fell head over heels for two Sakuras! Sakura Nanako’s classes are strict, but at home, she turns into an overbearing mother. Kirishima Sakura may seem cold and unfriendly, but she is always ready to lend a helping hand as the class representative. These two girls are outwardly indifferent to Tooru, but put the three of them together and sparks begin to fly. In the sakura-colored season of spring, two fussy Sakuras have been caught in a light-hearted love triangle. The Internet Friend vs. The Childhood Friend "You know how romance games always give the main character that best friend who tells him about the girls? I want to be that guy." Fuse Naoki, the self-proclaimed best friend, is always ready to tease Tooru about his situation with the two Sakuras. But, unbeknownst to him, he is one side of yet another light-hearted love triangle. Nitta Akira has been Naoki's friend since before they could read and write, and is now finally living under the same (dorm) roof as him. Tachibana Kurumi used to be Naoki's MMO raiding partner, but they were separated before she ever got a chance to meet him in real life or tell him how she felt. "I understand him better than anyone else." Akira and Kurumi have Naoki stumped for the first time in his life. And so, Tooru finally gets a chance to see things from the other side. The curtains rise on this desolate showdown for love. Game is localized and has English reviews.  
    11. Stellar ☆ Theater [090626] Rosebleu 1  Aliens exist for sure. Even a child knows it. The world is protected by a group of aliens with special power. Daichi lives in such a world. He terribly got burned five years ago, but it's all cured and he now lives a peaceful life. But one day, he meets one of the aliens and his life slightly changes... He is forcibly appointed as to be an examiner of the next protector test. There are also three girls who move to his school to take the test and one of them is his childhood friend. He still doesn't know that there will be a big event, which will change his future, in the not too distant future... There is an English review.  
    12. Zettai Karen! Ojou-sama 絶対可憐!お嬢様っ [090626] Sumikko Soft Kenjiro is lazy and has no job. One day, his mother calls him and tells that she asked his aunt to hire him at her school. However, Kenjiro is a hardcore otaku - he has no social skills to speak of, can't get along with people, and has never dated a girl... When he arrives at the school, he is shocked to find out it's an all-girls' school, and has no idea what he should do! Luckily he meets up with Nanase, his cousin he used to play together with when they were young. She, however, suddenly says to him, "Are you still an otaku? Don't talk to me at school." When he is down, he suddenly hears a familiar melody, a BGM from some famous game. He enters the classroom and finds a girl playing the game. She introduces herself as Asuka, and she happens to be the one and only member of the Comic Club.... Opportunism element is quite high, so it soon becomes a variation of harem. A good otaku story with colorful heroines and refreshing ending. I'll actually take a bite of it since Genshiken spirit runs in my veins as well.  
    BLOCKED   1. Majo ni Naru. 魔女になる。[090611] Tamsoft Corporation 1 
    Witch's Wish is an adventure game that tells the tale of Vicky, a young witch in training. Vicky wants more than anything to be a witch, but in her town, only rich girls can go to witch school. Her dream seems hopeless until she meets a mysterious girl who shows her how to unlock her remarkable magical powers. Vicky will use her magic to solve puzzles, help out her friends and neighbors, and uncover the mystery of the dark force which threatens to tear the town apart. Will her magic be enough to unite and save her troubled town?
    Console exclusive, only including it because of missable review.   2. D.C. II ~Da Capo II~ To You - Side Episodes D.C.II To You ~ダ・カーポII~トゥーユー サイドエピソード [090626] Circus 1 2 3 
    A collection of 4 short side stories. The first one tells about the events of a decade ago, when Yoshiyuki was adopted by Asakura family. From the second story we'll learn how Yoshiyuki became friends with Wataru and Suginami, and how the Setsugekka trio was formed. The third story is about a close friendship of Miki and Mahiru, when she was still alive. The fourth story is an alternate reality, which tells how in one rainy day Sakurai picked up a broken "μ", who was thrown out by heartless owner, and how strongly he became attached to her.
    Fandisc   3. Mugen Kairou 2 ~Rasen~ 夢幻廻廊2 ~螺旋~ [090626] Black Cyc 1 2 
    One day, Taro falls in love with a girl. Her name is Shiro and she lives in a big house. There also live four sisters. Taro often visits the house to meet Shiro at first, but the sisters propose to him he should live in the house. Like this, he starts living at their house, but what he experiences there is.... Another fantasy causes a whirl of spiral.... Are you happy now...?
    Nukige, only including it because of missable reviews   4. Sumaga Special スマガスペシャル [090626] Nitroplus 1  Sumaga Special mostly focuses over the certain chain of events mentioned in Sumaga which took place eight years ago... But it also features events after the ending of Sumaga... Not to mention that it also has two new heroines... Fandisc
  13. kivandopulus
    Trample on "Schatten!!" ~Kagefumi no Uta~ is the only masterpiece this month. And I'll actually review its untranslated and uncensored version. Micchi mostly observes delayed and gameplay visual novels while being expectedly fascinated by Tenshin Ranman and Tayutama fandisc.
    1. Boku no Oukoku ぼくの王国 [090501] Finish! Kane is a shepherd. One day, he meets Elith, the spirit of the earth. Kane follows Elith's prediction and saves Princess Sharlot, who has been kept hostage by bandits. His brave action is highly appreciated and he becomes the leader of Norland... MeiKing anime remade as game  
    2. Horizon no Ue ~Yogen no Sho~ ホリゾーンの上~預言の書~ [090501] Hecate This happened a long, long time ago. There was a world covered in thick dark clouds. But people from far-away lands came. They were treated like gods, and rid the world of the dark clouds. The ground overflowed with light, and new life sprouted. Trees. Animals. Fish. Birds. The gods had changed it all. But there were people who instead embraced the darkness. They were sent down, to the centre of the world, to a place called "Est". The rest united for a place called "Kaerum". Over time, the two words grew apart and a name was given to the boundary line... "Horizon..." Short boring yuri story with same development for all heroines and zero enthusiasm even in fighting scenes.  
    3. Rakugaki Overheart らくがきオーバーハート [090501] Chien 1  The main character is back to his hometown for the first time in several years. It seems the town hasn't changed at all. His life is boring just like before...? No, it's wrong. He finds a lot of graffiti at school, on the desk, at the corner of the classroom and so on. He soon joins the Graffiti Research Club, which does research or investigate the graffiti found at school. Through various activities, he becomes friends with a lot of students and gradually falls in love with a girl... There is an English review.  
    4. Alter Ego [090529] Kiss 1  Nagare Hiiragi used to have a special power. He lost it a while ago and now lives a peaceful life as a student. He has a secret ambition to destroy the Hiiragi family and be free from their curse. To achieve it, he needs to erase his father, but he can't do that... One day, he gets involved in a trouble. As he beats demons using his new power, he is saved by someone unknown. He finally gets to know the fact that the root of every evil is his father and he makes up his mind to take action to free himself and his older sister from the Hiiragi family... SRPG with an English review.  
    5. Cruise☆Cruise ~Shoujo no 10nen to Chiisana Yakusoku~くる~ず☆クルーズ~少女の10年とちいさな約束~ [090529] Guten Tag A young girl fell in love with a young boy and made a promise with him. But as the years passed, he soon forgot about their promise. On his graduation day, Kaoru receives a ticket to a mystery tour aboard the luxury cruise ship Trident, along with his childhood friends Chihiro and Akane. He thought it was suspicious, but he decided to go anyway. When he boards the ship, he meets his classmate Kiriko and notices that he knows most people there. It's not exactly a kusoge, but an extremely plain cruise voyage graduation story. First half is about introductions, second half about getting to know heroines, remembering and fulfilling promises made long ago.  
    6. Don-chan ga Kyuu どんちゃんがきゅ~ [090529] light Noriko is not immune to perverted things. She soon feels dizzy. She's recently got a boyfriend, Toshio, a talented doll modeler. He is gentle and kind. Yes, they are a good couple. Toshio worked at an amusement park nearby, so Noriko often visited there to give him a lunch box. In return, he gave two free tickets for the amusement park to her. "You can come with your boyfriend." "Well, I need only one..." Like this, they started dating... Second bullet in light low price series about side-heroine of previous work. There's very little value without playing the prequel.  
    7. Hana to Otome ni Shukufuku o 花と乙女に祝福を [090529] ensemble 1 The protagonist Tsukioka Akira is a normal guy living his usual life, except for one thing. His twin sister is sickly and is in the hospital and can’t go to school. Problem is that she’s been sick for too long and she may have to repeat the year, or worse drop out of school. So their parents being the most clever people in the world, decided to send him, the splitting image of his sister, over to the all-girls prestigious school to go undercover as his sister, and live her life for a while so that when she comes back, she can take his place without dropping out of school or repeating. Of course it’s a stupid idea and he resisted, but him, being someone who is easily swept away, gave in. So thereon starts his incredible life in an all girls school. There is an English review.  
    8. Stellula Eques Codex ~Tasogare no Himekishi~ ステルラ エクエス コーデックス~黄昏の姫騎士~ [090529] C: drive. Akira is an average guy. But one day, Izayoi, his classmate, suddenly seduces him and they have sex... After having sex, big white wings come out of Izayoi's back and she transforms herself into a soldier called Stellula Eques. An evil group also appears and Akira is attacked by them. Izayoi and other soldiers know about their conspiracy and try to stop it. What exactly is Akira's power?! What is Stellula Eques' role?! What will happen to them in the end!? Another sequel. This time it does not try to be serious and throws various parodies at the reader. There's NTR, cosplay, tentacles, even time loop. Basically, we get defeated and return back through time. Branching happens early and leads to three heroines. It's a weirdly enjoyable work with poor scenario and abrupt ending.  
    9. Tenshin Ranman Lucky or Unlucky!? 天神乱漫 LUCKY or UNLUCKY!? [090529] Yuzusoft 1 2 3 4 5 6 Haruki has very bad luck. A lot of trouble always gathers around him, or does he invite trouble? One day, he receives a parcel. No sender name, no address. The only thing written on it is "creature". He wasn't expecting it. It's a girl. According to her, she is a goddess and came here to remove his misfortune. Like this, she starts living at his house. However, her personality causes various troubles, involving other people. Will he be able to live a fortunate life amid such a confusing situation? What is her purpose? Will his misfortune disappear? There are English reviews.  
    10. Trample on "Schatten!!" ~Kagefumi no Uta~ Trample on "Schatten!!" ~かげふみのうた~ [090529] Tail Wind 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 When a chance encounter drops him into the middle of a war between a secret organization of superheroes and the shadow creatures known as schatten, Himehagi Aisaku must awaken the hero within if he hopes to protect all that he holds dear. Together with the valiant princess Keziah, Aisaku will don his blazing armor and shine a light on the shadows that infest his city. But the darkness he uncovers may be deeper than anything he imagined. Courage! Conviction! Friendship! Love! Will Aisaku find the strength to see him through the rising night? Game is localized and has English review.  
    11. Valkyrie Complex ヴァルキリーコンプレックス [090529] Circus 1 2 The story takes place on the continent which is divided into seven countries. Leo was born and grown up in a small village in the Reysol Kingdom. He, who is involved in a battle of Gods, leads his beloved people as a substitute soldier for Goddess that he believes in and keeps on winning battles against other substitute soldiers. From the earth to the celestial world where Gods live... Leo and his company also visit the underground world where giants, who plan to destroy the earth, live. What they see at last is... SRPG  
    12. Zettai Shougeki ~Platonic Heart~ 絶対衝激 ~プラトニックハート~ [090529] JIN Products The story centers on the Platonic Heart, a jewel that—according to an old urban legend—can grant any wish when collected. Only a chosen few are allowed to compete in the Platonic Heart hunt, and high school junior Aya Iseshima is one of 11 girls and women who are taking part. Anime spin-off   BLOCKED   1. Shinsetsu Ryouki no Ori Dai 2 Shou 真説 猟奇の檻 第2章 [090501] Caligula Soft 1 
    Tsuyoshi works for a conglomerate company. One day, he is transferred to the Fantasien Department. The company owns a theme park called Fantasien and his job there is to work as a security guard in knight costume. Though he is confused at first, he enjoys working with pretty co-workers. But one day, one of his coworkers dies because of malfunction of the facilities and a strange message is sent to them something like a claim of responsibility. Is it Souichiro's work who created all systems of the theme park, but went missing just before it opened. A roaming white shadow. Is it a girl who committed suicide inside the theme park? Another murder case happens... All systems are controlled by someone unknown and a murderous battle now breaks out. Who? For what? Will Tsuyoshi be able to solve the mystery?
    Remake   2. Tsukumono ~Yadorigi Romance~ つくもの ~やどりぎロマンス~ [090501] Xuse 1  Meguru is an average student. He just enjoys his school life with his cousin Sae and his childhood friend Amane. But one day, when he gets involved in a trouble, something unseen tells him, "You wanna be saved?" The voice seems to come from inside himself.... When he nods, there suddenly happens a change in his body. Since then, he starts living together with a strange creature.... Nukige, basically, only including it because of review 3. Isogashii Hito no Tame no Koumakyou 忙しい人のためのこうまきょう [090519] Kasuga Soft 1 
    A doujin AVG based on the Touhou Project series, specifically, the 6th game The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil.
    Doujin, including it just because of missable review.   4. Gyakuten Kenji 逆転検事 [090528] Capcom 1 2 3 4 5
    Gyakuten Kenji is a spinoff game starring prosecutor Miles Edgeworth and detective Dick Gumshoe. The investigation portions are presented using a third-person camera view. The game takes place before and after the events of Trials and Tribulations.
    Localized console exclusive, including it just because of missable reviews   5. Myself;Yourself: Sorezore no Finale Myself;Yourself それぞれのfinale [090528] Regista 1 
    The game features four new scenarios with Nanaka and Asami getting separate scenarios, and there are two duel scenarios with Syuri and Aoi in one, and Hinako and Yuzuki in the other. Several new characters are also introduced.
    Fandisc   6. Tayutama -It's Happy Days- タユタマ -It's happy days- [090529] Lump of Sugar 1 2  Hello there, I'm Yuri. One day, Mashiro wins a lottery and the prize is a three-day trip ticket. It's a big surprise, but bigger accidents happen to me one by one later. For example, Mashiro asks me to marry. Well, it's an extreme choice. While I live a busy life, I finally decide which way I should go in the future. I also get a partner whom I'll walk together for the rest of my life. As you can see, the trip ticket is a tiny tiny thing. Though summer holiday starts, I still live a busy life and I get tired. Yes, my partner seems to be tired as well. When I think about having a rest, I remember the trip ticket... Fandisc
  14. kivandopulus
    Foreword: CGs of this game look perfect, so I decided to check out why evaluations are so different. Synopsis: There is a mysterious phenomenon that some people are given a divine power, but cursed instead. Yes, those people are found all around the world. Yashiro is negative and withdrawn. One day, a girl suddenly appears and gives him a sword called "Laevatein". Like this, he gets involved in a battle. As being in a battle, he gradually gets to know what's going on around the world. A battle for the mysterious island.... A guerrilla group called "Banner".... A mysterious girl called "Iris".... Yashiro's new life starts when meeting Yuzuka, who is a member of the new Japan army. Mitsuba, a member of the Banner, plants herself in front of Yuzuka... Yuzuka, Mitsuba, and Yashiro. What will happen to them in the end...? Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv_MbMHhm_eh5a7TFMvFd2kb   Character Design rating: 8/10 Protagonist rating: 6/10 Story rating: 7/10 Game quality: 7/10 Overall rating: 7/10   There are English reviews (1 2 3), and Micchi review is so detailed in all aspects that's it's seriously difficult to add anything new or say it better. With that in mind it's going to be a very short impression trying to sum things up. Concept is rather interesting as orphan protagonist goes to school while at same time participating in battles at nights during sleep with the same heroines from his school life. Eventually it's time to decide the side and make the other heroine an enemy - Yuzuka vs Mitsuba. These two routes are basically the same with just the outcome observed from the different point of view. Iris is half-human dweller of the island, but a big chunk of her route is the same repeating parts of previous routes with a new perspective opening up in the second half. Grand route is continuation of Iris route, but with an alternative detail that got changed during Iris route. I actually liked both the story and the concept, that's why I consider Heliotrope a masterpiece. But there are multiple concerns that can easily ruin this experience. So, the downsides. Orphan hetare protagonist can irritate, but we know already that weak protagonist is often necessary. This time super-protective Mitusba personality would not be able to shine without it. There are huge chunks of repeating scenes in three routes, but - again - this effect can be nullified if you only read common route and Iris route (you have enough of Yuzuka and Mitsuba during long common route, anyway). There are a lot of plot inconsistencies. Starfish character ruins all the atmosphere of seriousness. There are a lot of meaningless battles that end with no result. In battles characters are constantly crying out names of their weapons and strikes which makes it look like a cliche anime. From the middle of the game sub-characters without faces start to show up, and it felt absolutely ugly to me. All the endings are variations of open endings and thus feel unsatisfying. It's possible to find much more flaws here, and each one of them can ruin personal experience. But I urge to look at it differently. Despite the perfect graphics (except for faceless characters!) Hatena is a new brand, and it is prone to many newbies mistakes. If you come here to find mistakes and get offended - that's one thing. But I come here for the story and characters. And Heliotrope has seriously attractive heroines personalities and nice complex story. A bit of forgiving mood and focus on strong sides can make miracles there. Hatena's greatest fault is it made such cool beautiful heroines, world and story that we inevitably want to compare it with the best chunige done so far, and Heliotrope can't stand the comparison due to quality dent. It was a great experience, and haters gonna hate anyway.
  15. kivandopulus
    I'll only name Heliotrope -Sore wa Shi ni Itaru Kami no Ai- as masterpiece this month. Micchi finally has Zen to join with his ever-sarcastic comments, and they don't seem to be hyped much about anything this month.
    1. Fukai Kiri no Naka de... 深霧の中で… [090403] Caricature One day, Yuma, who belongs to the Japanese archery club, receives a call from his uncle, the chief of his hometown village. "We've just built a sports training facility. Do you wanna stay there before it officially opens?" "Yes, let's have a camp for training there." Like this, Yuma and other members visit the town. Yuma has a girlfriend, Ogino. He thinks about being more intimate with her during the camp. At night, he takes her to an empty room and says, "I wanna be more intimate with you... What do you say?" "Yes, me too." They kiss and finally sleep together... Five students get involved in a bizarre murder case. Overall, it's a low price story about tragic love in mysterious circumstances. Nothing really fascinates here.  
    2. Hyakko: Yorozuya Jikenbo!ヒャッコ よろずや事件簿! [090409] 5pb. Games 1  Torako and her friends find a room of the group called Yorozuya at school. According to rumor, what Yorozuya do are to look for the thing someone lost, give an advice to someone who has a concern, and do research on someone's affairs. Yes, it's more like detective's work. Torako is attracted to Yorozuya and decides to join it (Of course, her friends are also forced to join it). They soon receive a message from the boss of the group, "I'll test your ability. If you fail, you'll be strictly punished..." Well, will Torako and her friends make it? Anime spin-off  
    3. Hanafubuki ~Sennen no Koi o Shimashita~ 桜吹雪~千年の恋をしました~ [090424] Silver Bullet 1  Kazunari joins a school as a scholarship student since he lost his parents a while ago. His school is, however, super-rich and he feels somewhat out of place. One day, he saves a female student, Akasha, who was being chased by someone. Akasha is actually from a rich family and now works as the chief manager of school festival. Like this, he starts working with her... There is an English review.  
    4. Hara Miko はらみこ [090424] Selen 1 Haruhito starts living at his old friends' house, a shrine, because his parents traveled abroad on business. His old friends, Mai and Yuu, are pretty sisters, but he have never fallen in love with them since they are like family members to him. One day, Miharu and Iori, Mai and Yuu's cousins, start living at their house due to some circunstances. Miharu and Iori are also pretty, so Haruhito is happy to live with them. However, he soon gets involved in troubles.The god enshrined there suddenly appears in front of him and gives him the power of making babies. What will happen to Haruhito, who's got a strange power, and the heroines...? There is an English review.  
    5. Heliotrope -Sore wa Shi ni Itaru Kami no Ai- ヘリオトロープ-それは死に至る神の愛- [090424] Hatena 1 2 3  There is a mysterious phenomenon that some people are given a divine power, but cursed instead. Yes, those people are found all around the world. Yashiro is negative and withdrawn. One day, a girl suddenly appears and gives him a sword called "Laevatein". Like this, he gets involved in a battle. As being in a battle, he gradually gets to know what's going on around the world. A battle for the mysterious island.... A guerrilla group called "Banner".... A mysterious girl called "Iris".... Yashiro's new life starts when meeting Yuzuka, who is a member of the new Japan army. Mitsuba, a member of the Banner, plants herself in front of Yuzuka... Yuzuka, Mitsuba, and Yashiro. What will happen to them in the end...? There are English reviews. An obvious review candidate for me.  
    6. Himegari Dungeon Meister 姫狩りダンジョンマイスター [090424] Eushully 1 2 3 4 There used to be a war between Maou (king of demons) and humans. The Maou advanced on the territory of humans, but he finally lost his life... "I'll never die. I'll be back soon and get even with you..." Though humans won the war, they fearfully confined the Maou deep down underground. World peace was back... Until one day..... "Oh, great. I'll take revenge on humans using this new body!" He was saved by a monster, Lily. His body that Lily chose was, however, too weak to fight alone, so he and Lily decided to go down into the underground labyrinth to get back his real body... RPG is localized and has English reviews.  
    7. Maji Suki ~Marginal Skip~ マジスキ~Marginal Skip~ [090424] Moonstone 1 2 3  I didn't forget... That night, under a bright moon.  I made a promise with a single girl. That girl was... One spring night, I met the girl again. In order to meet again, the princess had run away from home. That single girl, who was like a childhood friend. She hadn't changed a bit; she still looked so young. There are English reviews.  
    8. Natsuiro Sagittarius 夏色さじたりうす [090424] Bloom Handle Just before summer holiday... Oujiro is told to join the Japanese archery club by Aika and Airi, his old friends. As a matter of fact, they are the only club members. There is no choice for him. There are now three members in total though five members are necessary to carry on the club. Will they be able to get two more members to join? Despite normal synopsis it's a sure nukige. It starts with lesbian mother molesting every morning and ends up with a full-scale incest harem depending on route.  
    9. Natsuiro Straight! 夏色ストレート! [090424] White Cyc There is nothing special at my town... Most people might say it is boring and uneventful. Our friendship is, however, irreplaceable... One summer day, his peaceful life suddenly changes because Tsumuji, a transfer student, says to him, "Anyway... marry?" Her word puts his life into turmoil involving his friends... Wow, White Cyc went for a normal moege. So common and cliche that it's sickening. The only thing that stands out is a serious approach to baseball.  
    10. Seigi no Kyoushitsu 正義の教室 [090424] FlyingShine Ken In some near future, a biological agent released by terrorists has brought humanity on the verge of annihilation. The disease has the particularity of having prominently acute effects on adult beings, causing the life expectancy to drop greatly. The story begins with two youth groups arriving at a deserted school. The two communities are suspicious of each other, but somehow manage to cooperate and live alongside. Close by is a shopping mall, and they think of settling down for a while. Yet, on their first day at that place, a radio broadcast from the Shinjuku Tokyo Metropolitan Government prompts whatever human being still alive to join them. This announcement stirs conflicting discussions on whether to go, since the place is nearby, at most two or three days away. They fail to reach an agreement, the opponents being reluctant to take unnecessary risks now that they've found a relatively safe haven. The day after, several members leave. No one knows what happened to them thereafter. Apocalyptic setting is once again used... just to show violence between two groups of youths. So it's basically a nukige about girls humiliation in somewhat elaborate setting similar to Kansen.  
    11. Shinigami no Kiss wa Wakare no Aji 死神の接吻は別離の味 [090424] Alcot Honey Comb 1 2 3 "Is there something you want to leave behind for your loved one?" A young boy and girl lived in a small seaside town. One day, the boy invited the girl to the sea to convey his feelings to her. However, she lost her life in an unforeseen accident. Months and years later, the boy continues to live in the place where his memories with her remain. He can't forget her, yet he must. Our protagonist, Amamiya Makoto, spends a peaceful everyday life with his younger sister, Shizuku. One day, he meets a mysterious girl, Kohaku, who has deep blue eyes and carries a giant scythe. "Can you see me?" she asks. None of the people around him notice her. "Oh. You'll die very soon, then." She is a shinigami. Game is localized and has English reviews.  
    12. Sumairu Cubic! -Suiheisen made Nan Mile? After & Another Stories- すまいる Cubic! -水平線まで何マイル?アフター&アナザーストーリーズ- [090424] Abhar 1 2  "The unforgettable summer, starts one more time" We will Launch with our new wings on this summer again. There are English reviews.  
    13. Tsun na Kanojo Dere na Kanojo ツンな彼女 デレな彼女 [090424] PeasSoft 1  Hiroki has a childhood friend, Misato. She always takes a good care of him. He also has a childhood friend like younger sister, Tsugumi. She is a little bit childish, but cute. He lives a peaceful life with them. But one day, his school merges with a girls' school nearby. There is some confusion among students, but they are back to peaceful life soon. However, a big change happens just before summer holiday. A girl suddenly comes to his house and says, "I'm your fiancee...." Triggered by this, his friends who secretly love him change as well.... There is an English review.  
    14. Narcissu 3rd -Die Dritte Welt- [090427] Stage-nana 1 2 3 A Sequel of Narcissu Series. In this game, there are four scenario which is available to play. In each scenario, a new character will be introduced as well. There are English reviews.  
    15. Katawa Shoujo [090429] Four Leaf Studios 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Nakai Hisao is a normal high school student, currently in his final year of high school. One day Hisao finds an anonymous letter in his math textbook, directing him to meet the sender at a given location. The sender turns out to be his crush, however, as she confesses to him, he suddenly collapses. He awakes in a hospital bed, and is told by the doctors that the reason he collapsed is due to arrhythmia, a rare heart condition that causes his heartbeat to sometimes become irregular. Due to this, his parents have enrolled him in Yamaku, a school for (physically) disabled students. EVN with English reviews.  
    16. Gachi Otome Quintet ガチ乙女クインテット [090430] Team It's Mint One day, a strange girl wakes the main character, Kanata, up in a strange room. He is taken to school, but he doesn't remember it at all. A while later, he remembers the girl introduced herself to him last night, "I'm Ayari. My job is Santa Claus!" Kanata now completely remembers why he came here and feels down, "Ah, I really ran away from that home...." Game takes place at some kind of fantasy island, but does not really utilize this setting much. It's used mostly to justify H events in different uniforms. Easygoing moege.  
    17. Toradora! Portable とらドラ・ポータブル! [090430] guyzware 1  You play as Takasu Ryuuji in an alternate memory loss story with many different endings than the original. The game also features a minigame where Taiga is the playable character fending off lovesick guys. Anime spin-off.   BLOCKED   1. Furifureフリフレ [090403] Noesis 1 2  Yui Kurahashi was an innocent young girl born and raised in a rich family that didn’t treat her well. After getting into a fight with her parents, Yui wanders the town at night. A friend suggest she join a message board called Free Friends. With nowhere left to go after running from home, she turns to the site called “Free Friends” looking for help–unknowing that it was a site for hook-ups. The one who offers his hand to her is a teacher at her school. When her teacher meets her and forces himself upon her, their relationship of depravity begins. In Free Friends you play the role of Yui’s teacher, and the choices you make determine how dark a road the two of you travel. Will you walk the path of darkness and continue coercing her through blackmail and other means? Or will you try to play the savior Yui hoped for? A variety of corrupt and twisted endings await exploration… along with one of hope. Nukige, only including it because of missable reviews.   2. D.C.I.F. ~Da Capo~ Innocent Finale D.C.I.F.~ダ・カーポ~イノセントフィナーレ [090429] Circus 1 2 3  Alternative setting to Da Capo staging Kotori Shirakawa as the main heroine, with a completely rewritten scenario. The scene takes place after the graduation ceremony. After being crowned at the school beauty contest, Kotori confesses to Jun'ichi, or rather, she intends to. At that time, something happens to Nemu... Fandisc
  16. kivandopulus
    Outside gameplay titles I'd only call Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star- and Boku no Te no Naka no Rakuen (because it's tsundere fantasy!) mastepieces. I'll review School Five ~Itsutsu no Himitsu no Monogatari~ since it has battle heroines and kind of obscure. I've always been shocked by the fact how untranslated moege Flyable Heart got so many reviews. I guess there was some horrible English translation, because otherwise it's super suspicious. Michi is pissing rainbows with this number of moege, but it's sad that comments did not survive.
    1. Galaxy Angel II Eigou Kaiki no Toki ギャラクシーエンジェルII 永劫回帰の刻 [090312] Broccoli 1 2  It's been three months since the events in Mugen Kairou no Kagi. The Rune Angel Troupe and the Moon Angel Troupe meet at Juno, where the 5th anniversary of its liberation it's being celebrated. Suddenly the Will makes its move, though, attacking nothing less than Val Randal, and the Luxiole must rush in its defense, marking the first act of the greatest war ever. There is an English review.  
    2. Corpse Party BloodCovered コープスパーティー ブラッドカバー [090313] 5pb. Games 1 2 3 4 A group of high school students stayed after school to tell ghost stories. After a good scare one of them revealed that she is going to transfer school, everyone got sad but then another one told them there's a spell to make them always remember each other. Then everyone agreed to do it, each person hold a part of human-shaped paper and to pull it at the same time. One, Two, Three! They pulled it together and about to went home but soon after something like earthquake happened and all blacked out. When they woke up they found that some of them are missing but that's not all, the school became a ruin and they couldn't get out. Then they noticed that they are not even in the same school anymore and there is something lurking in the dark school not wanting them to leave... Game is localized and has English reviews.  
    3. Amagami アマガミ [090319] Enterbrain! 1 2 3 Christmas Eve is around the corner, and it may very well be your last chance to ask the girl, you had a crush on since the beginning of high school, out. There are English reviews.  
    4. Flyable Heart [090319] Unison Shift 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ――It began with a single envelope. One day, an admission pamphlet to a famous academy arrived, containing an “all-you-can-eat” cafeteria pass. That alone was enough to lure our hero into visiting the super-prestigious Otori Ryouran College Community, home to students who excel in a variety of fields. Offbeat and unique students like a robot seem natural at Otori Ryouran. Organizing this odd student body is the responsibility of two groups ―― the Student Council and the Ryouran Society. I was so happy to change schools, so why is a fortuneteller saying ominous things the moment I step out the door! Why did all the fireworks explode on the bridge!! And why was the only available room in the women’s dorm!!! “Be wary, boy who carries an exceptional fate. Misfortune awaits you beyond here.” There are English reviews.  
    5. Momoero Noumu Chuuihou! ももえろ濃霧注意報! [090319] Lapis Blue. Taichi and Nazuna, his younger sister, have transferred to a new school. On their first day at school, a rumour spreads that Taichi slept with Nazuna because of her brother complex. A strange girl named Yuiri also appears in front of them who just set up the Edo Customs Research Club. Taichi is forced to join it.... He meets other club members, Saki, Suzuka, Kazuha, Shouta, and Ruka there and lives an eventful school life. One day, a mysterious mist that arouses sexual desire suddenly surrounds the school. When it happens Taichi and Yuiri are together. "Stop it! Don't look at me!" "Well, you are looking at me with erotic eyes." "Don't say that! I'll never...." "Oh, it's no good...." They finally sleep together. On the next day, Yuiri and other club members decide to examine how the mist appeared. But one day, another mysterious phenomenon happens and Taichi is forgotten by his friends... Despite rather nukige-ish synopsis it's a rather serious story. We get to the past to prevent all the stuff in the synopsis. But development is looped, and from the second lap it really starts to get boring. Protagonist is nothing good, and number of H scenes is above average.  
    6. Musou Tourou 夢想灯籠 [090319] FOG Musou Tourou focuses on the concepts of death and rebirth and its story is separated into two main branches, the present branch and the history branch. The story starts with the hero Shuji's encounter with demons . As an excellent swordsman, he took it upon himself to defeat the creatures from the netherworlds. Although he won, he reckons that the demons are not to be looked down upon, and this proves right as he is knocked down by a strong adversary in his second fight, only to wake up in the presence of a strange girl Kagami. Between life, rebirth and time travel, you have to protect your love from the menaces. PSP all-ages title with card battles. Story is thin, and instead of events there are endless psychological descriptions. Heroines fall in love at first sight. Seven endings actually all fall into two patterns. There's nothing to really praise except for graphics.  
    7. Sui Supe Kawanoguchi Nobu Tankentai ~Kore ga Hikyou da! Jinseki Mitou! Tachifusagaru Shoutengai! ... 水スペ 川野口ノブ探検隊 ~これが秘境だ! 人跡未踏! 立ちふさがる商店街! 八鏡大学に隠された地球最大の謎を追え!!~ [090319] Liar-soft Nobu Kawanoguchi leads a freshly formed expedition to discover new locations and reveal forgotten mysteries. Bakage strategy.  
    8. Canvas 3 ~Hakugin no Portrait~Canvas3 ~白銀のポートレート~ [090320] F&C 1 2  Yamabuki Manabu made a promise with his father - If he managed to get first prize in the Sakurabana art competition, he can continue learning art; If not, he must forgo his dream of becoming an artist, and continue his studies as a normal person. Accompanied by his friends in the art club, and the addition of a new club member, plus the miracles that are said to exist around the city where he lives, can Manabu find inspiration to draw an art piece capable of winning the competition? There is an English review.  
    9. W. L. O. Sekai Ren'ai Kikou W.L.O. 世界恋愛機構 [090326] Akabei Soft2 1 2 3  Yuuki just lives a peaceful life. But one day, his classmate says to him, "Congratulations! You now have the rights to love someone." He is told about the W.L.O. (World Love Organization). According to his classmate, the purpose of the organization is to help people achieve their love to deal with a decreasing birth rate. He also says, "Use your natural born strong semen to save the world." His partner is Aina, his neighbor and childhood friend. With the support of Hotaru and Ina, members of W.L.O., his project starts. Arisa, a girl from another organization called NOA (Nothing or All) and his underclassman Yuriko also get involved in the project. A grand love project now starts... There are English reviews.  
    10. Areas ~Sora ni Utsusu Kimi to no Sekai~ Areas~空に映すキミとのセカイ~ [090327] Lapis Lazuli Yuuya and Konoka, his younger sister, live homeless due to various troubles. One day, Yuuya gets an illegal job to get out of homeless life. The job, however, fails and he is captured by the group. He is ready for death, but the boss of the group says, "I like smart boys. I wanna you to be mine." Like this, Yuuya and Konoka are sent to an isolated island. "It's warm here! There's no cold wind!" The island is like a paradise under the clear sky and surrounded by beautiful sea. Yuuya and Konoka are ordered to live there and enter school nearby. Yuuya and Konoka's school life on the island now starts... It's near future where some people participate in an experiment to develop in a closed community and hopefully find something useful for stagnant civilization. What a stupid endeavour. It's all just to introduce normal school setting in a small town. There are some spectacular developments in the middle, but basically it's just a nostalgic thing. After five romance routes the true one opens up which finally has something to do with future.  
    11. Baldr Sky Dive1 “Lost Memory” [090327] Team Baldrhead 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 While Kou is asleep in his bed, the scream of a girl wakes him up. He rises to see in front of him a battle full of gunshots and flashing bombs exploding. He realizes that he is wearing an iron armor. "What's this?" He doesn't know what's going on. He leaves the virtual world with Rain, who says she is his junior partner. They arrive in a ruined city, and Kou learns that he is a special Simulacrum user who graduated from school several years ago. He has forgotten his memories that may have had a significant impact on his life. The name of the case that slowly materializes from his lost memory, "Gray Christmas." "What is Gray Christmas? Why was I investigating the case?" He comes to remember the whole story of the case and its meaning. A peaceful life that was meant to last forever, which however, suddenly comes to an end... There are English reviews.  
    12. Boku no Te no Naka no Rakuen ボクの手の中の楽園 [090327] Caramel Box 1 2 3  In the year of Waldemar 343, a devastating six year war makes a truce by argument. Two el sabios, however, go missing in the sea when a big storm strikes and the world stagnates as if frozen. Korn in the west declines because a lot of soldiers lost their lives during the war. People in Middleton that is located in the east of the world suffer from tyranny. On the other hand, Edel, an isolated island, is lively thanks to rotten silver found in the remains. However, as the town gets lively, the number of mysterious murder cases increases.... In the year of Waldemar 347, a boy is drifted ashore. Though he's lost all his memories, he is attracted to the mysterious cases and gets to know the legend of a butterfly, which is handed over from generation to generation. He gradually steps into dark clouds that cover the world.... Four years have passed since the end of the war. The world frozen on the stormy night quietly and slowly starts running again.... There are English reviews.  
    13. Daisounan [090327] SofthouseChara 1  In the future, when interplanetary travel has become common, a spaceship accident leaves 9 people trapped on an unexplored planet. The survivors have to find a way to escape the planet (which in the worst case might only be possible for two of them, while the rest are left behind)) while battling the Fauna and Flora of the planet (and possibly each other) Strategy  
    14. echo. [090327] Sputnik This story takes place in a mountain town surrounded by the sea. Ryouichi is sent everyday to the town where the summer sun shines brightly upon it. He meets up with his sister, who is in the Swimming Club, and a quiet childhood friend. The town holds a summer festival in their school, and it seems like life will continue as it always has. There, a rumor of a strangely dressed girl slowly spreads around the town. A girl with a white dress and a blue ribbon. She is searching for them... An emotional thing that aims to be like Air, but ends up disintegrated with forced development and bad aftertaste. Too much ambition for the unrefined first work taste.  
    15. Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star- 星空のメモリア-Wish upon a shooting star- [090327] Favorite 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 After their mother passes away, Kogasaka You and his younger sister, Chinami, pack up and move out of the city back to their hometown of Hibarigasaki to live with their aunt Shino. Before making the move to the city, You spent almost every single day after school playing with a girl up at the town observation lookout; she was You's first true friend. And when she learns of You’s upcoming relocation to the city she becomes very upset…so much so that she makes him promise to her that one day he must return to Hibarigasaki to marry her. And with a final departure she kisses You on the forehead. Years later, upon returning to Hibarigasaki, You comes across a now abandoned, fenced-off observatory lookout. It is at this lookout where he encounters a mysterious scythe-wielding girl named Mare who looks strangely like his childhood friend from years past. But as You's life back in his hometown progresses, he is able to make new friends both in the astronomy club at school and while working at a local restaurant, all while still attempting to seek out his childhood friend. Intrigued, he continues to visit with this mysterious girl at the lookout, but who is she really, and will he ever be able to find his childhood friend and make good on his promise? Game is localized and has English reviews.  
    16. Koko Yori, Haruka -Surrounded sea in the world- ここより、はるか - Surrounded sea in the world - [090327] Pleats soft 1  "Junki, wake up!" A strange girl shakes Junki awake. "Well, who are you? I'm just sleepy.... What? Where am I?" A place he doesn't remember. A voice he doesn't remember. However he knows this girl who woke him, as Urara, his classmate. She looks at him anxiously flapping her small wings. It seems he fell asleep during class. As he looks around, there is a fairy and a girl carrying a sword. There is nothing wrong even if you see a girl with wings, but he feels somewhat out of place... A place he doesn't remember. A voice he doesn't remember. However he knows it. He is the only one that knows... There is an English review.  
    17. Princess Party Princess Party ~プリンセスパーティー~ [090327] Circus 1 2  The main character has transferred to a new school. The atmosphere of the school is lively and cheerful. His happy school life has just begun.... But one day, the school buildings are suddenly destroyed and new school buildings like castles appear.... "This is my gift to you as a greeting." She also says, "No adolescence from today!" There are English reviews  
    18. School Five ~Itsutsu no Himitsu no Monogatari~すく~るふぁいぶ~五つの秘密の物語~ [090327] DisAbel This game contains strange love stories of five couples. You can enjoy various stories of mysterious heroines at school in the country. Five stories are connected to each other and it affects your ending. The story grows deeper as it goes and becomes one grand story.... After seeing this kind of huge weapon on CG, you know I can't just skip this game for review.  
    19. Seiken no Fairies 聖剣のフェアリース [090327] Littlewitch Velvet 1  Sacred Mark. Those who have this mark possess a special power. The protagonist, Narumi, is a teacher who bears a strange mark on his right shoulder. It appeared when he was a child and various unfortunate incidents have occurred since then. Despite it being a nuisance to him, it has a significant meaning in the world. It is said people who have such a mark have the ability to train "knights". Because of the mark, Narumi is involved in a battle between two groups, the Big Angel Religious Community (BARC) and Sacred Mark Knight Community (SMKC). Now a SMKC member, his mission is to train three girls to become powerful knights. A battle that has lasted over 1,000 years now enters a new phase... There is an English review.  
    20. Sekai o Seifuku Suru Tame no, 3tsu no Houhou 世界を征服するための、3つの方法 [090327] Crowd It tells the story of a devil king who, in the midst of a battle with a hero, somehow turned himself into a female by taking a secret medicine, which was supposed to give him extraordinary strength! This sets the stage for a love comedy... Do you remember Crowd making comedies? Well, I don't. What I remember is Crowd making all those X Change nukige series all the time. Basically, it's the same kind of sex exchange "comedy", just in fantasy setting . And before you you can familiarize with the setting it's already H scenes time.
  17. kivandopulus
    Foreword: It looked like a chunige with some badass weapons. And I know that I rated previous Disabel "chunige" as 5/10... Synopsis: This game contains strange love stories of five couples. You can enjoy various stories of mysterious heroines at school in the country. Five stories are connected to each other and it affects your ending. The story grows deeper as it goes and becomes one grand story.... Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv8tOGPirOP2RDdFQNPnRpQl   Character Design rating: 7/10 Protagonist rating: 6/10 Story rating: 6/10 Game quality: 6/10 Overall rating: 6/10   There were too many bad signs. Previous Disable chunige experience. Poster disguised as Ef series. Composer in charge of scenario. Absence of opening. Omnibus story format. And result was partly enjoyable, but not to the level of masterpiece. Composition and story. There are five stories with different protagonists and heroines, but they happen over the same 10 days, and some characters interlap. Before the selection of four stories we watch the prologue where after some introductory scenes some Sci-Fi girl points a gun at us with intention of killing. The four following stories are basically about some guy meeting some girl who usually has transformation power of warrior of justice. Basically, these are romance stories with very little fighting action. Then finally 5th story opens up where we try to arrest a dangerous impostor from another world with two agents from the same alien world as well. And it's basically the only piece that shines here. Game's pretty short, so let's jump to negative points at once. Text is monotonous and only becomes interesting in the final story. Answers input at the end of this True route feel unnecessary. Plot feels like deteriorated version of 11eyes with first four stories introduced to disguise lack of volume. Five different protagonists don't help to familiarize. And - seriously - what kind of professional visual novel does not have an opening nowadays?  But I picked this game mostly for cool CG of battle heroines, and I'm not disappointed with that. Character design feels old-fashioned, but good.  I also liked the fact that there are exactly two H events for each heroine, bare minimum.  Final route has funny enough heroines, good humor and some cool development. I don't really see much meaning in reading first four stories, but final story is pretty nice and short, so why not, really.
  18. kivandopulus
    Foreword: It's Akatsuki Works. Do I need to add anything here? Synopsis: Human, monsters, and beasts... The world doesn't forgive them... There is a town where mysterious cases often happen. The ones who have special ability called Enja. The origin of Enja is "devil". They get together as if led by something unseen and kill each other. Sora is an Enja boy. He lost his parents several years ago and now lives alone. His life is full of peace, rest, and destruction. Peaceful school life with friends. Strange dreams he has every day. Battles against devils that appear in the town at night. His "contract" leads him to a hell of sadness, fights, and carnage. He also meets some girls along the way. Love, obedience, subordination, immorality, and desire. Sora, who doesn't know how to love, is a broken human. What does Sora get, what does Sora lose through contracts with the girls? At the end of the contract, he meets the last devil... Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv-jYx7aFo_S2dhjAFrqQIaq   Character Design rating: 9/10 Protagonist rating: 8/10 Story rating: 8/10 Game quality: 8/10 Overall rating: 8/10   Game has good English review coverage (1 2 3 4 5 6), and mine is not really needed. Still, will at least give impression, explain the score split and maybe nitpick a little.   Concept is the most curious thing here as it does not really look like anything I encountered before (which is not necessarily a good thing). Can't understand anyone who'd compare this game with FSN, because the only common point is that protagonists attend school and have superpowers, but it's basically what almost every chunige has. FSN is actually an absolute opposite, because Devils Devel Concept is about a non-human protagonist involved in an eternal war between two factions of omnious moral principles. In this regard it looks like Gekkou no Carnevale or abominable Mindead Blood. But these games again can't be compared, because Devils Devel Concept MC is basically a super-entity, on an absolutely different level than anyone else. And I can't really remember similar visual novels. What comes to mind from recent anime is One-Punch Man and Overlord. But DDL stands aside even from them because Sora is basically a villain, a broken creature. He is an emotionless man of simple wishes a pleasures despite his power, just as Saitama. Both of them want to lead a quiet life and ideally not get involved in any fighting, but people around them try to motivate them to fight the greater evil. But Saitama is an otaku who joins a superhero league, and Sora is a primordial beast with lowly instincts and destruction urge. That's one huge difference that determines the whole flow of the game. And when we speak about the flow, I always try to understand what moves the game and makes us want to read it. In this regard DDC is again something unseen before. It's not about romance, not about battles, not about daily conversations in the company of friends, not about grand mystery, not about confrontation with a big baddie, not about jokes, not about masterfully written text, not about moe, not about sex. Wait a minute... it seems that we exhausted all the possible known options. Not really, because I deliberately mentioned conversations in the company of friends, but Devils Devel Concept is about tête-à-tête conversations with various heroines, plus a bit about other things. Heroines don't really communicate with other girls in this game.  Different characters are from different strata, and explaining their beliefs to each other takes the bulk of game time. Basically all we do is learn about protagonist gradually and in each route about girl's visible side and then concealed side. All those talks seriously hurt the tempo, plus there are constantly hyperlinks to terminology that can be checked either right now or in the glossary later in the same manner as it was in Saihate no Ima and I/O. I love such info-dumping layers and they allow to tell a lot more details about the setting. With such an omnipotent protagonist fighting can't really be an option as battles end in an instant or move to spiritual world to cut all regeneration attempts of the adversary. Only exploration of the world, heroines and protagonist mysteries remain as viable options. And that brings us to the most important feature of the game - protagonist. I know I already took a lot of time with him, but now we need to assess his moral side as the whole game assessment depends on whether you like protagonist or not. And I don't. I absolutely understand that his unrivaled power is something very unique in the medium. I absolutely like his direct honest emotionless attitude and lack of interest in the bigger schemes. But power tends to corrupt; and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Sora is an abominable, unpleasant person and a rapist with destruction urge. His simpleton nature leads to satisfying only lowly desires - to rape and to kill. He takes what he wants when he wants. I see zero reason how such unpleasant person can be liked. And I believe that heroines to not really like him let alone love. They basically are hunters who know or guess about Sora nature, so they are sent to observe his behavior. And - as I see it - they agree to be raped just to lean to his immense powers and try to manipulate him. They may have own lowly desires awoken at times, but it's still a calculated approach deprived of any romance, at least from the start. And in this regard Mutsuki looks like the most interesting heroine. She is a cynical smoking sex-friend who does not belong to any organization and does not really need anything from Sora. Basically, she shares his outlook in many ways despite her innocent look. Oh, and since we're talking about heroines, I absolutely can't understand why Misora has the same look as Yuuga from Bokutsuba. Let's talk about some technical details. Character design is mediocre. CG vary greatly by quality. H scenes look like more like animals mating. There is an abundance of blood which makes me sick, personally. Despite installing the latest 1.03 patch I could not get normal speed and instant text drawing, was way too fast this way, so had to put up with text drawing gradually, and that's bad. Battles are basically decided in one blow and concentrated in couple routes. I already mentioned the good things, but to sum it up it's thoroughly developed setting and personalities of protagonist and heroines. There are a lot of interesting discussions about morality and just atmospheric decisions with different cut-ins. But outside the context and the mystery game does not really have a strong story. And that's why it tries to impress and shock with aesthetics, invincible and immoral protagonist. And the true Mia ending falls into the same category. It's the worst ending, so it can not leave any reader indifferent. Such beast as protagonist does not really deserve a truly happy ending. But did I really like this concept? I did not. The novelty, coolness and impact are great. But both Saitama from One-punch man and Ainz from Overlord are examples of how it's possible to create positive image of a super-enitity while imbuing them with same moral hesitations and adding actual intelligence. And I like both of those cases much more.
  19. kivandopulus
    There are only six titles this month to choose from, but four of those are masterpieces - Shinjisougeki Carnival, Devils Devel Concept, Like a Butler and Tapestry -you will meet yourself- . Reviewing first two. Micchi has pretty much the same, plus three vns that I block as nukige, but what's really funny is that he considers only delayed game Areas and Yoake fandisc big titles. Expectations and outcome don't necessarily coincide. 
    1. Shinjisougeki Carnival 神事双劇カーニバル [090203] Talestune 1  The story takes place on a small fictional island in Japan called Rokushiki Jima (6 Ceremony/Equation Island). In this island, there is a festival held every year called the Rokushiki Sai where young girls on the island borrow the power of God and fight each other. There are 6 head families on the island, who succeeds individual fighting techniques and manages the festival tournament. The Day-side scenario is the original part, featuring the visible side of the tournament. The main character is Rokushiki Nanaki, who’s the new head of the Rokushiki family and the Miko arranging the tournament. She’s irritated because she can’t enter the tournament herself because of her position and tradition. She was so confident about her fighting skills that she was certain that she will win if she participated. She even beat her own parents, but that doesn’t change anything. However, her 4 friend were the participants of this year’s tournament. The girls are put into a cage surrounded by a magical barrier and with the divine power borrowed from God, fights until one loses consciousness. The new evening side scenario features some of the other family members and the hidden bloody side of the festival. Other than the 6 major families, the island had 4 sub-families, which were replacements in case something happens to the 6 families. And addition to that, there was a system called the Shadow Sakura Festival, where the 4 family member can challenge the head of the 6 families and can replace them by force. Misakura Tomoe is the main character of this story. 10 years ago, she was challenged by Toritari Tsubasa, in the Shadow Sakura Festival. Everyone acknowledged Tsubasa’s strength and the battle between Tomoe was held in form of just custom. However, using dirty tactics, 7 year old Tomoe defeated Tsubasa who was 10 years older than her. Tomoe remained to be the head of her family, but because how she fought was unfitting for the head, her skills were sealed with a magical rope wrapped around her leg by the Rokushiki Miko. Tsubasa’s sister, Toritari Kaina also despised Tomoe, and swore to defeat her in a justified battle. 10 years after that incident, a new Shadow Sakura Festival was taking place. Misakura Tomoe was challenged by all the four sub families. Doujin, but there is an English review and translation. It had pretty much zero attention since English patch release, so reviewing it.  
    2. Devils Devel Concept  [090226] Akatsuki Works 1 2 3 4 5 6 Human, monsters, and beasts... The world doesn't forgive them... There is a town where mysterious cases often happen. The ones who have special ability called Enja. The origin of Enja is "devil". They get together as if led by something unseen and kill each other. Sora is an Enja boy. He lost his parents several years ago and now lives alone. His life is full of peace, rest, and destruction. Peaceful school life with friends. Strange dreams he has every day. Battles against devils that appear in the town at night. His "contract" leads him to a hell of sadness, fights, and carnage. He also meets some girls along the way. Love, obedience, subordination, immorality, and desire. Sora, who doesn't know how to love, is a broken human. What does Sora get, what does Sora lose through contracts with the girls? At the end of the contract, he meets the last devil... Game has many English reviews, but there is no video playthrough, so I'm in for review. Naturally.  
    3. Dareka no Tame ni Dekirukoto ~Innocent Identity~ 誰かのために出来ること~Inoccent Identity~ [090227] Giga A boring life. Takaya always thinks, "I hope something interesting happens..." One day, a girl transfers to his class. Her name is Aya and she came from a small town in the country. Also, she starts living at an apartment Takaya takes care of. Her presence is a symbol of changing life. Aya is always cheerful and his school life gradually changes. "Is this my school life I wanted?" Because of Aya's innocent behaviors, he also gets to know different characters of his classmates. Yes, this is just the beginning of his new school life. Development is long and super dull. It takes a lot of time to figure out who is that someone referred in the title, but it does not make it worth it at all. Typical Giga.  
    4. Like a Butler  [090227] AXL 1 2  There is a super-rich school. It is really hard to pass the entrance exam. Yes, it is a common knowledge the chosen few are allowed to enter the school. But one day, the school announces that they are accepting in a tuition-exempt student. The main character is Kazuki. He hears the news as well, but he is not interested in it. Several months later, the result comes out. The student who passed the entrance exam is Kanade, Kazuki's old friend. "Oh, what should I do...?" She never expected she would pass, so she is totally panicked. When she receives a document from the school, she gets surprised again, "Students are required to have butlers." Kanade says to Kazuki, "Please be my butler!" Like this, he reluctantly becomes her butler... On their first day at school, they enter a completely different world from their old one. Kazuki and Kanade's new school life now begins... There are English reviews. As promised earlier, not reviewing it.  
    5. Mikoko みここ [090227] Citoron Soft Takeru lives a peaceful life with various attractive girls. For your information, they are all miko. But one day, his life suddenly changes. A mysterious creature and a girl with black hair appears in front of him and says, "You'll need to choose a next Miko God and live with her as a partner!" "Miko God? Choose someone? Can I really do that?" When he is at a loss what to say, the girls around him give the answer to him, "Choose a girl you like the best." Well, a new love story starts now... Basically, a moege with very long process of getting to know a heroine and over 10 H events per heroine.  
    6. Tapestry -you will meet yourself- タペストリー -you will meet yourself- [090227] light 1 2 3  Hajime is a member of the handicrafts club. He's the one and only male member, but he's an expert at it because his father taught him so well. He enjoys his school life with other club members and classmates, but his life dramatically changes one day. He suddenly falls down unconscious and is sent to hospital. A while later, he learns that his days are numbered. Hajime decides, "I'll die without ever showing a sad face to my family and friends. I won't tell anybody about my illness." But his childhood friend, Hikari, finds out about it anyway. It isn't long before all of his friends know. Nobody wants to believe it, but... "We'll just pretend we don't know about his illness..." They decide to smile in front of him and cry inside their hearts... There are English reviews.  
     BLOCKED   1. Meitantei Conan & Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Meguriau Futari no Meitantei 名探偵コナン&金田一少年の事件簿 めぐりあう2人の名探偵 [090205] Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. 1 2  After receiving a distressing correspondence from a former classmate requesting his presence, high school detective Hajime Kindaichi travels to Twilight Island to investigate the anguish behind the letter. Meanwhile, as fate would have it, Conan Edogawa has been introduced to a modern folktale by Professor Agasa, on an island in the south that serves as a premiere tourist resort, inhabitants have been mysteriously disappearing for extended periods of time before suddenly returning without explanation. What's more: When they disappear, they are transported to an alternate version of that very same island. Intrigued, Conan consents to investigate the case while his companions go on a vacation at the tourist trap known as Twilight Island. As the mystery deepens and it becomes clear their two cases are more related than it first seemed, a grand case unfolds that requires the unmatched reasoning powers of both young detectives. Console exclusive, including it just because of missable reviews   2. Another Code: R Kioku no Tobira アナザーコード: R 記憶の扉 [090209] Cing 1 2 3 
    Set two years after the events of the previous game, a now 16-year-old Ashley is invited by her father to visit the campground of Juliet Lake. As the story progresses, Ashley attempts to find the truth about her mother's death.
    Console exclusive, including it just because of missable reviews   3. Chaos;Head Noah [090226] Nitroplus 1 2 "If you were God, and your delusions could become reality. What kind of delusions would you imagine? A sensual world? A dystopic society? Destructive punishment? Or..." Nishijou Takumi, a shut-in gamer and anime otaku, spends his days locked away in a shipping container while occasionally attending classes. In his place of residence, Shibuya, a bizarre string of serial killings are set in motion as he is dragged into the ordeal. Chaos;Head NoAH is the Director's Cut release of Chaos;Head, adding 6 new routes, changes to the story, new CGs and a revamped True Ending. Fandisc   4. Sara Sara Sasara さらさらささら [090227] Atelier Kaguya 1 
    One day, the main character gets involved in a mission to save God due to some reasons. To save God, he needs to unite with miko both physically and mentally in his dream using the power given from God and strengthens bonds with them. Of course, he can do anything he wants in his dream.... At a different place in a different costume...? He strengthens the bonds with miko like this, but the bonds that only exist in his dream gradually affect his real life...?
    Nukige, including it just because of missable review   5. Yoake Mae yori Ruri Iro na -Moonlight Cradle- 夜明け前より瑠璃色な -Moonlight Cradle- [090227] August Called the last part of the Yoake Mae yori Ruri Iro na story; -Moonlight Cradle- follows the ending of the expanded storyline of the PS2 version Yoake Mae yori Ruri Iro na -Brighter than dawning blue-. It tells of a new story involving all the heroines from the original as well as Estel Freesia and Tooyama Midori who made their first appearance on the PS2 version. Also included is a brand new heroine Cynthia Marguerite. Fandisc
  20. kivandopulus
    Foreword: A translated fighting focused vn, don't see significant reasons to skip it.
    Synopsis: The story takes place on a small fictional island in Japan called Rokushiki Jima (6 Ceremony/Equation Island). In this island, there is a festival held every year called the Rokushiki Sai where young girls on the island borrow the power of God and fight each other. There are 6 head families on the island, who succeeds individual fighting techniques and manages the festival tournament. The Day-side scenario is the original part, featuring the visible side of the tournament. The main character is Rokushiki Nanaki, who’s the new head of the Rokushiki family and the Miko arranging the tournament. She’s irritated because she can’t enter the tournament herself because of her position and tradition. She was so confident about her fighting skills that she was certain that she will win if she participated. She even beat her own parents, but that doesn’t change anything. However, her 4 friend were the participants of this year’s tournament. The girls are put into a cage surrounded by a magical barrier and with the divine power borrowed from God, fights until one loses consciousness. The new evening side scenario features some of the other family members and the hidden bloody side of the festival. Other than the 6 major families, the island had 4 sub-families, which were replacements in case something happens to the 6 families. And addition to that, there was a system called the Shadow Sakura Festival, where the 4 family member can challenge the head of the 6 families and can replace them by force. Misakura Tomoe is the main character of this story. 10 years ago, she was challenged by Toritari Tsubasa, in the Shadow Sakura Festival. Everyone acknowledged Tsubasa’s strength and the battle between Tomoe was held in form of just custom. However, using dirty tactics, 7 year old Tomoe defeated Tsubasa who was 10 years older than her. Tomoe remained to be the head of her family, but because how she fought was unfitting for the head, her skills were sealed with a magical rope wrapped around her leg by the Rokushiki Miko. Tsubasa’s sister, Toritari Kaina also despised Tomoe, and swore to defeat her in a justified battle. 10 years after that incident, a new Shadow Sakura Festival was taking place. Misakura Tomoe was challenged by all the four sub families. Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS_8fRlnxbg Character Design rating: 6/10
    Protagonist rating: 6/10
    Story rating: 7/10
    Game quality: 7/10
    Overall rating: 7/10
    There are very few Japanese reviews for this game, and just one (1) English review. And the reason for it is pretty simple - there is nothing really to write about. Initial Carnival Eve story from 2007 is very short, less than 2 hours long. It's a brutal story of mortal combat between four girls with monstrous power. Main heroine Tomoe has traditional shounen spirit as she has all relatives killed and her power is suppressed. She needs to use different strategies to beat stronger enemies and prevail despite all the odds. Cool story, bug - again - super short.  Carnival Day story is introduced to explain context of the first fight and to present a slightly different type of battle. Here reward and reasons for participation are explained. It's sub-competition, so it's much less brutal. Moreover, girls start to act as friends who care about each other. There's less strategy involved, but what's added is God powers as maidens are ritual vessels for Gods this time. But text becomes stiff and messy, and action pales in comparison with EVE. There are enough downsides. Very few blood depictions. No voicing. Short length. Characters aren't really depicted let alone developed. CG quality is uneven. Moreover, I consider Carnival Day edition being a useless filler with so so stupid dip into moe at the end.   So, what about good sides? BGM is great, it suits the game. Fighting is generally well written. Tomoe as protagonist is quite charismatic. That's basically it. This is why it's so difficult to discuss the game. It's all about fighting. It's nice. But is there a real story? Sure, if you consider Mortal Combat to have a real story. It's possible to tie it all together and even add some everyday scenes, but we watch Mortal Combat for coolness. And Shinjisougeki Carnival has this thing all right.
  21. kivandopulus
    Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai - Under the Innocent Sky. and Amber Quartz are the only masterpieces this month. I'm reviewing the latter. micchi has all the same titles, plus some delayed and one nukige.
    1. Saiki Kanpatsu Saishoku Kenbi no Kimi-tachi e 才気煥発才色兼備の君たちへ [090122] Applique -Imouto- There are two schools adjoining each other. They are big rivals and often have a fight. In the schools, there are four girls admired by other students. Though they have special ability, they are a little bit peculiar. The main character is Yuki. He has an old friend, Nanatsu, who is one of the admired four girls. "I'll become prime minister in the near future!" "Oh, you're great." He gets involved in various troubles, but he enjoys his school life with his positive personality... It's a school story that lacks excitement. Game tries to be a moege, but heroines are just not likeable. Heroines are proactive while protagonist hardly shows signs of existence.  
    2. Amber Quartz アンバークォーツ [090123] Cotton Soft There used to be a group of friends. They really trusted each other and their relationship never seemed to end. However, they gradually split up as time passed. Seven years later, Subaru now enjoys his school life with his friends and classmates. But when his old friends appear in front of him, his old memories come back... Despite appearances, it's actually a battle game that supposedly has references to Reconquista, so I'm sold here for review.  
    3. Kikouyoku Senki Tenkuu no Yumina 輝光翼戦記 天空のユミナ [090123] Eternal 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "The Student Council Election is your only hope. Fight, win, and change your destiny!" Midorishita Yumina is a junior at the prestigious Jinbu Academy. Far from being a model student, Yumina skirts the precarious line between barely passing and failing hard. One day, a young man named Akashima Ayumu transfers into her class. Ayumu claims to have been sent by his father, an eccentric and possibly delusional man who ordered Ayumu to find and protect Yumina, whom he believes will one day save the universe. Ayumu and Yumina are at odds from the moment they first meet. They bicker endlessly, day after day, until finally Yumina goes too far and starts a fight just before a critical test. Her failure dooms her to repeat the year. But just when it seems all hope is lost, a mysterious girl named Kurokawa Kirara appears and invites Yumina to run for Student Council President. According to Kirara, whoever wins an Election War and becomes President will have the power to change any school rule he or she likes. Realizing that this is her only hope of becoming a senior, Yumina agrees to join the race, and drags Ayumu along for the ride! Thus begins an epic tale of love and friendship in which youthful passions run high and debates shake the foundation of the heavens. Who will emerge victorious!? RPG is localized and has English reviews.  
    4. Kokoro Hokenshitsu ~Kimi to Naisho no Counseling~ ココロ保健室~キミとナイショのカウンセリング~ [090123] Custard There is a boarding school in the town. It is well-known as a prestige school, but most of the students have complicating family problems. Yes, the school was actually founded by the government for those students. One day, a transfer student comes to the school. He is quiet and polite, so he soon becomes friends with other classmates. As a matter of fact, he is an efficient counselor sent by the board of education. He acts as a student outwardly, but he secretly starts counseling to the girls in trouble.... It's actually a concealed nukige since first choice leads both to choosing a girl and H scene with her. Very simple approach.  
    5. Mystereet ~Other Side of Church~ミステリート~アザーサイド・オブ・チャーチ~ [090123] Abel Software Akito, who has a special ability, is in pursuit of Rei, a mysterious girl. One day, he is told a shocking fact from a mysterious thief called Sapphire and he decides to work with him. Sayaka, a private detective, also joins them and they try to solve a huge mystery and find another fact... It's another mystery solving game in Mystreet universe to such an extent that full picture won't be understood without playing Fukagyaku Sekai no Tantei Shinshi.  
    6. Tokino Senkaトキノ戦華 [090123] Studio e.go! Tokiwakoku. It is located at the southern edge of Toki no Kuni. They are now at war against Honohara no Kuni. Honohara just tries to get a precious stone called Tokigane, which exists only three in the world. Princess Ruri owns one of them, Soun, king of Honohara, also has it, and the last one is now missing. Soun tries to collect all of them to prove himself as a unifier of the continent. Most of the territory of Tokiwakoku is invaded by Honohara and the main base is about to be destroyed. Their one and only hope is Tokigane Ruri owns because there is a local legend that the stone will save the country when it is in danger. When she uses it, a convulsion of nature happens and a boy appears in front of them. "I don't know. I don't remember anything except for my name, Hayato." Like this, Hayato's battle starts... RTS  
    7. Akimaho!あきまほ! [090130] Klein Кazumi lives near Akihabara. One day, he gets involved in an accident and becomes a magical girl!? His mission is to save Akihabara?! This is a story of love and courage in Akihabara... It is a doujin level game about flirting in Akihabara. Weird bakage about otaku culture appeal.  
    8. Maou to Odore! 2 ~Change of the World~魔王と踊れ!2~change of the world~ [090130] catwalk There is Libfar Kingdom located at the center of the continent. It is a small country surrounded by beautiful lakes and mountains. The country is between two big countries, but they keep balance and peace using clever diplomacy. The main character is Soron, a soldier of Libfar. He is an old friend of Marie, a princess. He is not satisfied with his life recently. "Am I on the right track?" He decides to leave the country and go on a journey. But one day, an evil religious group invades Libfar. Soron tries to stop it with Marie... RPG  
    9. Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai - Under the Innocent Sky.俺たちに翼はない ―――under the innocent sky. [090130] Navel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 This might just be a "what if" but, A certain day, Gretagard's pure white sky was overrun by winged ones. Now, the sky extends just about anywhere and everywhere, right? So no matter how far you run, you can't escape those white wings of theirs. And that's why the people without wings went looking for a sky of their own. Their prayers were listened, and they are now listening to "Jingle Bells" in a calm country--- This might just be a "what if" but, What we will tell you about now, is such a fairy-tale. There are English reviews.  
    10. Pygmalion ~The Dark Romance~  [090130] Stronger 1  Johann, a doll artist, lost his fiancee, Gulietta, due to illness. He is now extremely depressed and stays in his studio all day. In the studio, he secretly creates a doll... that resembles his deceased fiancee, Gulietta. However, the doll never heals his sorrow.... "I'll give anything if someone gives life to this doll!" A girl, Bell, suddenly appears in front of him and says, "I'll do it for you. However, you'll need to give me "the ties of friendship with your friends" in return." He has nothing to lose. He doesn't care what will happen to the world as long as Gulietta comes back.... Like this, a tragic rondo starts now.... There is an English review.  
    11. Shukufuku no Campanella 祝福のカンパネラ [090130] Windmill Oasis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 The story takes place in Ert'Aria. The city is called "the city of treasures" and people are now busy preparing for a harvest festival. There is a mysterious power called Ale. If you gather Ale and crystallize it, it turns into a jewel. Once in every seven years, the harvest of Ale increases. The main character is Leicester. He is an item engineer and belongs to an adventurer group called Oasis. He also looks forward to the festival. A group of shooting stars fill in the sky in the year when the harvest of Ale increases. Yes, today is the day. Carina, Leicester's old friend, can't wait for it, so she takes him out into the town. At night, when Leicester and his friends have a party, a shooting star comes towards them! It passes them and falls down nearby. They rush to the venue and find a secret room. The room is filled with mysterious atmosphere and a girl sleeps in the bed. When Leicester looks at her face, she wakes up and says, "Oh, you're my father!" Her name is Minette and she leads Leicester and his friends to an adventure... There are English reviews.  
    12. Suzunone Seven!スズノネセブン! [090130] Clochette 1 2  There is a prestige school called Suzunone Magic School in the world where magic is established as one of the energies. However, the school has some dropout students. The worst seven students are forced to take part in a studying camp called Suzunone Trial. They take exams and they will be dismissed from school if they fail. It's time to decide the worst seven again... There is an English review.   BLOCKED   1. Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel ~Maboroshi no Shoujo~ 快盗天使ツインエンジェル ~幻の少女~  [090101] Kuroneko-san Team 1
    Cheerful and energetic, but sloppy childhood friend Haruka and young lady Aoi transform into twin angel thieves of justice at night to regain precious stolen treasure. Fandisc   2. Mikuri Makuri みくりまくり [090123] Hooksoft
    Fandisc of Fairly Life focusing on the heroine Takaoka Miku.
    Fandisc   3. Heileen: A Trip to Bavaria  [090129] Tycoon Games Heileen: A Trip To Bavaria tells the story of a trip Heileen did for her 16th birthday to a small village in Bavaria. There she will met Magdalene and they will become very good friends, but… what are Magdalene's real intentions? EVN
  22. kivandopulus
    Foreword: Cotton Soft chunige are always welcome by me.
    Synopsis:
    There used to be a group of friends. They really trusted each other and their relationship never seemed to end. However, they gradually split up as time passed. Seven years later, Subaru now enjoys his school life with his friends and classmates. But when his old friends appear in front of him, his old memories come back... Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv8Tvl8lGdGmpP2hldkNAWbe Character Design rating: 8/10
    Protagonist rating: 8/10
    Story rating: 9/10
    Game quality: 10/10
    Overall rating: 9/10
    It took me a lot of time to settle with the score. I evaluated Reconquista as 8/10, so had to compare these two games narrowly. Reconquista has its charm, but Amber Quartz is more mature almost in every field. Thus the result. The two games both focus on memory restoration in a non-trivial story while handing battles in the process, but approach is totally different as mystery tilt is exchanged for traditional chunige elements. Reconquista is also mentioned directly during history lesson about crusades. But need to explain Amber Quatz conception before further speculation. Premise is not too difficult. Game starts with Nayuta confessing to protagonist Subaru, and he he invites the girl to become friends to know each other better. And all the first chapter is full of gags as Nayuta roleplays Subaru's future wife. But very soon shrine maiden Miyako appears and kills a dear person to Subaru. And that dear person becomes a puddle of goo who was actually a monster. Soon protagonist discovers his own power after being cornered by one of such monsters. From this time we search for strange behavior of familiar people, fight these monsters and discover memories about the rest of six childhood friends. Heroines also participate in battles which is cool. I'd say that concept is not as complex as in Reconquista, but the friendship times and lesser mysteries make up for one big mystery. On top of that we dip into history 1000 years ago just like in Air, so there is enough to look forward to. As for downsides, there is not much I can recall. Most Japanese reviewers feel betrayed by not being warned about chunige nature of the game and thus lower scores deliberately, but it's not the point for me. Sarina route is objectively weak. Scenario is unjoined and with some nonsensical conversations especially when realizing that she is presented as ojousama. Sudden shift to SF with lasers and such also is only seen in her route. But her and Miyako routes are written by outsource writers, so it was expected. Miyako route feels so-so as well compared to the rest. Game has rather difficult structure. Game is divided into eleven chapters while there are only four heroine routes. It could be done more neatly. Protagonist is rather weak, his only reliable technique is middle range and can't be used often. So battles generally lack excitement except for some final battles. There is not much romance development. Just spending time together and then expression of mutual sympathy that leads to H scene. But for me it's rather a plus. So let's see game's strong sides. Scenario gives a good feeling since individual routes are longer than common route, and no one of friends gets forgotten, all problems get solved. There are no useless side characters - all of them are immersed greatly in the world. I have absolutely zero complaints about production. Everything is great, and I'd only wish for bigger number of CG which are 94 or so. I always try to ask myself what the title means. And in this case Amber Quartz is used as title just because most battles happen in the evening during sunset. It provides warm orange impression. But despite all the praise I can't call Amber Quartz a full 10/10 masterpiece, because such game must have characters and situations that burn in memory forever. And I'm not really sure I'd remember these characters in a month's time. The one thing that definitely burns in memory is recurring Tama pee theme and corresponding scene. But it is not something I'd want to remember a game forever for!
  23. kivandopulus
    Paradise Lost and Fate/Stay Night are the only masterpieces of the month, but Paradise Lost wins almost almost in every field in comparison.
    1. Paradise Lost [040116] light 1 2 3

    Paradise Lost takes off in a dystopian setting that comes off as much more blatantly dark than its successors’. The stage is in a city known only as Sodom, which is separated from the outside world known as “Zoar”. Ruled by the gang known as the Infinite Viper, the law of “the strong eat the weak” is rampant throughout Sodom to the point that if you’ve lived beyond the age of 20, you most likely have murdered someone in order to do so. It is widely believed that outside lies a peaceful world free of the everyday violence so frequently seen in Sodom, but there is a closely guarded Gate that prevents residents of Sodom from leaving so no one has actually left and returned to confirm. There are English reviews.  
    2. Stellvia: Uchuu no Stellvia stellvia 宇宙のステルヴィア[040116] Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.

    In 2167, a supernova explosion engulfed the Earth with a wave of electromagnetic energy, turning the sky green and causing countless disasters. After recovering from that first wave, humanity started putting up defences to protect itself, and by the year 2356, a network of six orbiting space stations, the Foundations, now guards the Earth from a second supernova wave that is expected to arrive later that year. Each Foundation houses a high school for promising young space cadets, and eager 15-year-old Katase Shima has just been accepted to Stellvia, the second Foundation. Making friends, going to class, learning to pilot a light spacecraft — it is all part of the high school experience, hundreds of miles above Earth aboard space station Stellvia.
    In the PlayStation 2 game, the player assumes the role of a new student who has enrolled at the Stellvia Space Station Foundation. Each day he assigns various commands on what to do such as studying or resting in the same type of gameplay that Tokimeki Memorial has except for weekends since there is no school then. At the weekends he may invite a character on a date. There are various events to be seen in the game and there are 10 multiple endings. The game resembles the aforementioned Tokimeki Memorial game series in many ways (though in Tokimeki Memorial the player only assigns various commands for the coming week and not for each day) Of course, another SIM...  
    3. Gyakuten Saiban 3 逆転裁判3 [040123] Capcom 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

    This game is the last of the series featuring Phoenix Wright as the main character, and through its course, gives more details on the past of important characters such as Mia Fey and Phoenix Wright, while tying up the loose ends on the storyline set up in the previous games. The gameplay in Trials and Tribulations remains the same as both previous titles, including the use of Psyche-Locks introduced in Justice for All. A minor change is that the player will take on the role of different people other than Phoenix Wright for certain cases within the game, but this does not alter the game mechanics. Game is localized and has English reviews.  
    4. Marebito ~Soshite Sekai wa Hairo o Ushinau~ マレビト~そして世界は色を失う~ [040123] Juno
    1980s. Main character Kensuke lives a normal school life and prepares for a cultural festival. However, one day he starts to see a mysterious man hiding from him, and that changes his peaceful life. He remembers tales of Marebito which is either a production of unshaped human fantasies or a demon. Will Kensuke get it all from his youth or get trapped in a strange incident? We basically must determine what nature Marebito has and get development depending on that. This whole concept felt weird to me.   
    5. Moke Moke Taishou Dendou Musume Arisa もけもけ大正電動娘ARISA [040123] Mixwill Soft

    A strange android girl falls from the sky and crash-lands into Shinichirou's cafe, causing her to register him as her new master. Helping with chores isn't Arisa's niche, but she manages to fit in with his sister, Kotomi, until a new girl shows up looking for "Fire Bee". Through a series of sexual encounters, Arisa is found out to be the weapon "Fire Bee" Shinichirou's father was working on before he disappeared. Now the military is desperate to get her back at any cost. A slapstick comedy with absolutely useless scenario, because of contradictions and bakage direction. It may be a curious game among kusoge, but it is still a kusoge.  
    6. Ensemble ~Maioriru Hane no Ensemble~ ENSEMBLE~舞降る羽のアンサンブル~ [040130] DreamSoft

    Fifteen years ago, Hiyoshi Kaede got separated from his sister after the divorce of his parents. They planted a maple tree on their house's garden as a way to remember each other. Now, he returns to the tree once again... Game is quite long, but without any twisted scenario turns or excitement. Some heroines from previous F&C games are featured casually. A typical F&C game without individuality.  
    7. Fate/Stay Night [040130] Type-Moon 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

    ----The one who obtains the Holy Grail will have any wish come true. The Holy Grail War. A great ritual that materializes the greatest holy artifact, the Holy Grail. There are two conditions to participate in this ritual: to be a magus, and to be a "Master" chosen by the Holy Grail.
    There are seven chosen Masters, and seven classes of Servants; beings akin to superhumans with incredible fighting abilities. There is only one Holy Grail. If you wish for a miracle, prove that you are the strongest with your powers.
    Emiya Shirou is a high school student who has learned rudimentary magic from his father and uses it to fix objects. He finds himself engaged in the Holy Grail war as he gets attacked by a Servant. As he gets cornered, he somehow summons his own Servant and manages to stay alive long enough to compete against the other Masters. Game is localized and has English reviews.  
    8. Ouritsu Nekomimi Gakuen ~Anata No Tame No Hatsujouki♪~ 王立ネコミミ学園~あなたのための発情期♪~ [040130] Dress

    There is a mysterious school far to the east that is attended by students and teachers with animal ears. These are fake ears, but it's an important tradition of the school. But protagonist recognizes in a new transfer student a real half-human girl. He gets culture festival executive committee member position to get to know various student girls better. Game is a moege with neko-girls. Truth be told, girls are strangely realistic. Scenario is usual humorous one. It's only uniqueness of characters that makes the story and the jokes passable.  
    9. Shuffle! [040130] Navel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

    Shuffle! follows the romantic life of Tsuchimi Rin a Japanese high schooler, who finds himself being sought after by a variety of girls. The world of Shuffle! consists of humans living in harmony with gods and devils. Despite their respective positive and negative connotations, both races are equally kind and good-natured. Your task is to choose a lover from the five girls the game offers. Game is localized and has English reviews.  
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    1. WW&F ~Taishou Teito Denkitan~ WW&F~大正帝都伝奇譚~ [040109] MBS Truth Taisho era. Main character is a detective who gets a strange request - to replace water in the body where water level decreases. At the same time an incident happens in a mansion concerning philosopher's stone. What's the relationship between the two incidents? Lolicon  
    2. Tsuki no Nai Michi 月のない路 [040112] Suisen Consequent disappearances start to happen in a neighboring town. Four people witness a suspicious person on the way home from school. Main character decides to investigate this incident. Doujin  
    3. Black Pencil [040115] ATP Projects You are Kiyoshi. Living a normal life, only a dream has been haunting you for a long time. In it, you see the death of a young woman. You then find out that she really exists. Doujin  
    4. Yakin Byoutou Ni 夜勤病棟・弐 [040115] Mink The elite doctor Kuwabara couldn't forget his feelings towards Nanase Ren, whom he had loved in his youth. He changed the hospitals he worked at, one after another, to look for her, and finally he met her again at the St. Cattleya Hospital. However, her attitude was remote and his love couldn't be fulfilled. To make matters worse, he received photographs depicting Ren being molested. Ren had been turned into a lewd woman by Hirasaka through the woman body experiment when she was at the St. Julianna Hospital. He was disappointed and he lost his mind... Nukige  
    5. Eden Final [040116] Forst Glen's capture puts an end to the war, and "Caucus" returns the the Earth's orbit. However, aliens sitting in Glen's body manage to separate from the body and infiltrate the ship. Ship's crew forces Glen to collaborate to find and eliminate the aliens on the ship. Nukige  
    6. Komokyun!! ~Heart ni Yureru Tamashi no Fandisc~ こもきゅん!! ~はぁとに揺れる魂のFANディスク~ [040116] Unison Shift Crossover fandisc with side stories featuring heroines from Komorebi ni Yureru Tamashii no Koe and Mune Kyun! Heart de Koi Shi-te-ru ~Onii-chan Motto Daisuki~. 
    There is also a mahjong minigame and Uno-styled card game where the points earned can be used to unlock extra CGs and BGM mode, as well as various other extras including wallpapers, system voices, desktop icons and a clock application from the in-game shop. Fandisc  
    7. Honoka-chan no Abunai Orusuban 穂乃花ちゃんのあぶないお留守番 [040119] Studio-74 School suddenly announces closure for a week, and a group of children get to stay at home taking care of each other while parents are at work. What kind of experience awaits Honoka-chan? Doujin  
    8. Hard Love ハードラヴ [040123] D.O. Main character grows a strong distrust for women after losing mother as a result of divorce. But living with a beautiful aunt and younger cousin gradually helps him to open his heart. However, a shocking incident happens that strengthens his distrust again. Protagonist starts to fantaically seek his cousin's love as the only person he can ever trust. Nukige  
    9. Kateinai Choukyou 家庭内調教 [040123] Guilty Main character lives alone after losing his parents. But one day his less than lover more than friend Tomomi's parents go bankrupt. To save his friend from sacrificing herself he needs either a huge sum of money or fulfilling several creditor's conditions. One of them is to train girl of the family as masochist in just two months before her marriage. Nukige  
    10. Kurobara wa Yoru ni Saku 黒薔薇は夜に咲く [040123] D-Angel 1 It is the end of the 19th century in the British Empire. Nefas is the last of an influential and wealthy bloodline that has slowly perished from an incurable hereditary illness. Growing evermore jealous of the generous health others take for granted, his anger once threatened to selfishly lash out and harm everyone it could reach, a situation suddenly changed upon his chance encounter with a young girl named Malizia. Feeling emotions he thought long forgotten, Nefas now faces the dilemma of giving the object of his desire everything he can… both in pleasure and misery. Nukige  
    11. OL Gari ~Nureta Office~ OL狩り~濡れたオフィス~ [040123] West Vision Main character is an ordinary employee in a fashion company. He is denied promotion and eventually fired. He finds a job at a rival company, and this time he intends to use his grim experience to mercilessly manipulate co-workers and get to the top. Nukige  
    12. Succubu ☆ Soon! さっきゅば☆SOON! [040123] Score  1 2 The protagonist's father makes a deal with a devil. Shortly thereafter, a succubus visits the hero's home. She was there to fulfill his father's contract. However, she falls in love with our hero at first sight, and decides to live with him and his sister-in-law instead. Soon the succubus' mother comes knocking, and even she wants to move in on the action! Of course, being succubae, they need to get laid once in a while to keep going--might as well give them what they want! Nukige  
    13. Sweet Hearts [040123] Sweet Hearts Main character is a second grader who leads a decent school life with his three female friends and one male friend. He starts dating Haruka, but relations develop slowly. One day the whole company decides to go on a hot spring trip. However, only Haruka comes to the meeting place. Overcome with shyness the two people start their romantic vacations. Nukige  
    14. Under Ground ~Chikarou de Naku Kohitsuji-tachi~ Under Ground~地下牢で泣く小羊たち~ [040123] Deeper Main character starts to live with his uncle after parents' death in a traffic accident. Uncle is a pastor who has close ties with the underworld. Under threat of losing life protagonist follows uncle training for three years, and now it's time for him to teach cute lambs the teachings of God by himself...  Nukige  
    15. Yuukyou Gangu 2 遊狂玩具2 [040123] Nigred Main character has reputation of a hooligan in a school of free spirits. He insults his home teacher and makes her sex slave. Under threat of breaking up he forces her to lure female students to his net... Nukige  
    16. Mai Season 妹し~ずん [040124] Haikara Kissa Main character spends his day lazily when the door bell starts to ring. The visitor is his younger sister who comes to live together with him for a while. What a bother... but maybe it turns out fun. Doujin  
    17. Revenge ~Yuganda Fukushuu~ Revenge ~歪んだ復讐~ [040125] Studio Sepia Main character gets out of prison after sentence for failed rape attempt. He swears to have revenge over the victim woman and prepares the worst imaginable insult. Doujin  
    18. Heian Onshijo Koi Emaki 平安御子女恋絵巻 [040125] Aya no Kuni A fanmade visual novel inspired by the novel "Heian Onshijo Souranki". Doujin  
    19. Shoujo Taimashi Misato ~Ingoku no Fukushuusha~ 少女退魔師美里~淫獄の復讐者~ [040126] Palette Enterprise Masuzu, the brave little girl fighting against evils by herself ends up screwed with swollen big tentacles! Cums again and again, they are finally penetrated anal, and have an explosive orgasm! Nukige  
    20. Wings Innocent [040126] Blue Crescent Moon A story about dormitory students that share a room and gradually get closer without being able to convey their feelings. Until one day... Boys Love  
    21. Gimai - Hitomi 義妹・仁美 [040130] Mercure 1 2 3 4 5 6 Things were going just fine until my father suddenly announced he was getting re-married, and his new wife and daughter were going to live with us. What am I supposed to do now?
    My new step-mother is beautiful, but my new step-sister, Hitomi, is fascinating. She is so fragile and gentle. The way she smiles at me and tries to please me….I think she wants me. I….I think I want her. Whenever she is around me, I just want to possess her.
    How far can I push her? What will she allow me to do to her?
    “Please, Brother, I'll do anything for you. Just please don't hate me…..” Nukige  
    22. Haa Haa Telepath ~Hajimete na no ni Chou Binkan~ はぁ・はぁ・テレパス ~はじめてなのに超BINKAN~ [040130] Saga Planets Main character crashes with a transfer student Mio at the staircase, and after that he starts to hear her voice. One day he hears her calling to come to the backyard, and that encounter makes them lovers. He decides to try his acquired knowledge on other girls as well. Nukige  
    23. Himitsu no Houkago ~Abunai Dousei Seikatsu~ ひ・み・つの放課後 ~危ない同棲性活~ [040130] Vitamin Main character works as a teacher. Director's daughter crashes to his new mortage flat and suggest cohabitation. Protagonist can not go against director's will with all the debts acquired, so two young people start to live together. Nukige  
    24. Kyrie ~Blood Royal 3~ Kyrie ~Blood Royal 3~ [040130] Cherry Soft After the beginning of the age of the white princess, in this world is always snowing. The protagonist has lost the momories of his past, after having joined to the army he is soon called "Silver Wolf". He receives the order to go the capital of the celestial maidens to rape the white and the blue princess. The white princess is the actual virgin consecrated to the deity and the blue princess will be the next one. Will the snow go on falling? What will the protagonist do to make the summer to be back? Nukige  
    25. Maple Colors H [040130] Apricot Compared to the original, Maple Colors H is more for fun (i.e. “H”) than character development and gameplay. You play with the familiar characters from the original in a series in some random plots. Nukige  
    26. Midorigafuchi Yotogi no Mura no Oyome-sama 碧ヶ淵 夜伽の村のお嫁様 [040130] Nel Main character's mother dies, and relatives arrive for her funeral. That evening niece comes to his room and starts hugging. Due to special air in the room protagonist can not resist and robs her of virginity - that in addition to an affair with another relative he was having. Then comes the third girl, and all of them turn out to be bride candidates. Protagonist needs to live with the for seven days to determine the best bride for himself. Nukige  
    27. Nyuukan Nurse! 乳感ナースっ! [040130] SQUEEZ Main heroine is a rookie nurse. Her main problem is A cup breast size. One day she confuses orange liquid in the laboratory for juice, and her breast becomes G cup due to excessive development of hormones. That transformation also affects her sensuality. Nukige  
    28. Oshiete Agechau 2 教えてあげちゃう2 [040130] Trabulance Main character is a first grader with no confidence to confess to the loved one. While his brother is away, he starts to live with brother's wife who soon invites another girl to the flat. One day brother's wife proposes to use her body to practice and gain confidence. As naughty lessons start, more people get involved. Nukige  
    29. Pink Haze [040130] Hanjuku Nora Main character wakes up from fever symptoms in the middle of the night. He makes a call to the nearby clinic in search of consultation, but doctor unexpectedly suggests coming over. What will happen at this six tatami space at night? Doujin Nukige  
    30. Puriimo ~Please Teach! My Sister~ プリいも~Please teach! My Sister~ [040130] Petit Pajamas Main character witnesses an angel coming down from the sky in a nearby park. Surprisingly, she turns out to be the new school teacher who needs teaching practice on Earth to become  a full-fledged instructor in Heaven. If her angelic heritage is revealed, she is going to be disqualified, so she suggest to live together with protagonist and his sister. Teacher is a disaster at doing house chores, and sister wants to make memories with her brother before going to study in Vienna. Another summer story starts here. Nukige  
    31. Ryouki ~Midara ni Hibiku Fukushuu no Rondo~ 凌姫~淫らに響く復讐の輪舞曲~ [040130] Psy-chs 1 he main character is Van Renbork, a fallen noble that, together with the elder sister, was abused throughout his youth for the pleasure of the royal consorts of Estoul, a 1700's France-like kingdom.
    It's only after causing the horrible suicide of Van's sister that the royal family decides to definitely shut Van into the palace dungeons, under the (true and proved) charge of conspiracy against the Crown.
    Ryouki's story begins many years later, after the death of the royal consorts, when a truly unusual visitor goes to see Van: Eldia, the late king's arrogant and snobbish elder daughter. Plotting against her own little sister for the succession to the throne, Eldia reaches an evil agreement with Van, freeing him.
    But Eldia (and many others, too!) will be VERY sorry for this foolishness, because Van, driven from a lifetime of hatred, can now implement his own plans, turning the royal palace into a den of iniquity and causing the ruin of the kingdom. Nukige  
    32. Soshite Bokura wa, そして僕らは、 [040130] Spray A group of people goes to an island to shoot a video. While filming, they discover a mystery about the island. Boys Love
  24. kivandopulus
    After each my hiatus blog composition changes. This does not really need to be true, but something always happens that forces me to do it. Last time my youtube channel got deleted. This time I'm forced to drop ambition in the basis of this blog to provide descriptions for as many obscure visual novels as possible.
      What changes this time is that I will no longer write any descriptions for doujins and nukige with nsfw covers, will not update recently added visual novels for previous years and will not update vndb pages myself with those few leftover descriptions for non-doujin sfw covers visual novels.    The reason is stated by me in this thread . You can say hi or vote there yourself. Finishing filling in youtube requests, so will return to updating this blog very soon in cut format.
  25. kivandopulus
    Foreword: I guess Concerto Note won the poll for extra review, because of partial English release that turned out to be a total scam covering literally only the first three minutes of the game where absolutely nothing is told, and no introductions are made. A lot of years ago I took this bait as well. Now it's time to satisfy that curiosity.
    Synopsis: Shinya is stuck! He is forced to leave school when he comes back to school after long hospitalization. But one day, he meets his childhood friend, Rito, and she tells him about a new school and an western-style old house. Like this, he comes back to his hometown and meets Wakana, Shirayuki, Seika, and Sayori there. Kind people and new house... One night, a strange girl appears in front of him and says, "You'll die in ten days..." Her name is Tama and she kindly gives him the power to prevent it. However, this means he borrows luck from her in advance. From that day, various mishaps happen to Shinya and his friends. To stop it, they will need to get rid of other people's misfortunes... Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv9VENhmo_xhRdI9BEcFEP8I Game type: Plotge
    Character Design rating: 8/10
    Protagonist rating: 6/10
    Story rating: 6/10
    Game quality: 7/10
    Overall rating: 7/10
    As usual, if game has review coverage, I'm happy to present it (1 2 3 4). I did not pick this game on my free will earlier, because I'm strongly prejudiced against games revolving around luck concept. It's just so unrealistic that it makes me want to facepalm. Concept is rather simple and it's all in the synopsis. Tama prevents death and that eats up all protagonist's luck. Concerto Note is called a game for Rito and Tama for a serious reason. Other four main heroines have rather simple personalities and routes composition. In those routes H events are piled at the end, and luck mystery is resolved half-heartedly or even susbstitured with love, so protagonist can't see Tama anymore. Rito route on the other hand only has short H scenes in the middle, but the focus is on resolving the mystery up to the end of the route. Basically, only Rito route makes Concerto Note a plotge. Rito also has outstanding personality being an excessively rational genius and a childhood friend. But if you think that game revolutionarry breaks with tradition starting from ToHeart to present childhood friends as boring vegetables, you're only half right, because Wakana plays this role here just fine. Don't have much to say about this game, so let's see its downsides. Graphics is rough in many CG. Flowchart is pretty much useless as its only meaning is to present routes in forced order. Game has little humor in it. True End reminds me of Air too much, and I hate Air. Main character produces positive impression in SOL scenes, but suddenly becomes abuser in H events. Other four main heroines did not impress me, even Seika failed to meet expectations. I evaluate the whole luck concept really low. After Rui wa Tomo o Yobu approach to dealing with the curse is much weaker in Concerto Note. Basically, Rito is the only element that makes game memorable and outstanding. Interaction with her is always interesting, so I'll let the game slip as girigiri masterpiece. But there are other good features as well. Three male sub-characters are actually depicted rather well, not like usual placeholders for classmates. But what allows to keep reader's attention is good tempo and absence of forced scenes. Flow feels natural. So I'd say that text is skillfully written as it manages to advance story painlessly without tilt into humor or parody. I'd say that Concerto Note is a good game for beginners or those who can accept such concept. I could not suppress irritation during the read.  
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