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  1. Mirai Radio to Jinkou-bato is the winner by default. Micchi also likes one delayed title. 1. Saiaku Naru Saiyaku Ningen ni Sasagu 最悪なる災厄人間に捧ぐ [180823] Kemco Corporation 1 2 A story where you live life alongside an “invisible girl.” Kuro is an invisible girl, and Hyouma is a boy who can only see invisible people. To alleviate their loneliness, the two get close and live together, but “disaster” eventually bares its fangs and a cruel world stands before them. Parallel worlds. An invisible girl. A mysterious disappearance. An omniscient slate. Can you solve the mystery behind the irrational world and lead it to salvation before total despair arrives as result of repeated destruction and separation? This is a story of sadness and overcoming that begins with a meeting that has not happened yet, but is inevitable There are English reviews 2. World End Syndrome ワールドエンド・シンドローム [180830] Toybox Inc. 1 World End Syndrome follows the story of a 17-year-old high school junior trying to escape his troubled past. After causing an accident resulting in his older sister’s death, he receives an invitation to transfer to Mihate High School. He takes it gratefully, hoping to start a new life and forget his past. But Mihate Town is not the coastal paradise it appears to be. It is home to the legend of the Yomibito, where the dead come back to life every 100 years. Once resurrected, the Yomibito attack the living to regain their sanity, but the dead’s thirst is never quenched. This year happens to be 100 years since the last known incident… As the protagonist navigates his new life with a colorful cast of new friends, a student at Mihate High suddenly dies. The murder sends shockwaves through the idyllic town as he finds himself caught in a string of strange incidents, romance, and unforgettable summer experiences… Game is localized and has English reviews 3. Dare mo Shiranai Sora e no Namida 誰も知らない天体への涙 [180831] Anagram 1 Tendou Haruka looked up to the sky and made his two wishes. First, he wanted to know the truth. And second, he wanted someone back. Luna, ruler of Eclipse, was the only being powerful enough to grant his grief-filled plea. But first, with his soul hanging in the balance, he had to complete the Oracles she demanded of him. This is the tale of the war between Haruka and Luna. The tale of Haruka's solitary war. No one will know the tears he sheds. August has so few professional releases that even some amateur ones will do. Had prologue released in English. 4. Iinkai no Antihero ~IINCHO-Re.co~ 委員界の異端者 ~IINCHO-Re.co~ [180831] Chien 1 It was Kurou’s first day at his new school. So why was he standing in the middle of a burning building, wearing a blonde wig, a gas mask and a black leather gauntlet on his right hand? No matter how you look at it, he’s simply a freak. “Don’t just stand there! Hurry and get over here! You’re gonna die if you don’t!” He ran towards the shouts after initially flinching at the barked command, surrounded by shrieks and cheers. One could barely hear a voice say quietly: “… this is the beginning of the long-awaited ‘reboot’…!” Everything at Kairei Gakuen is decided by the student council. Kurou was caught in a strange explosion incident on his first day at school and was tasked with seeking out the truth. During the day, he’s a normal student, but at night he becomes the mysterious hero Kamen Kanser. He is charmed by the six heroines that he meets as he dashes in the darkness, and he gradually learns about the truth and the mastermind behind everything. There is an English review 5. Mirai Radio to Jinkou-bato 未来ラジオと人工鳩 [180831] Laplacian 1 2 3 July 10, 2061, Sunday. City: Nariyama. Prefecture: Chiba. Yamanashi Sora designed a new radio using spare parts. "Phew... Just in time." That day marked the fifteenth year since the artificial pigeons started devouring all radio waves. On it, Sora began broadcasting using the transceiver left to him by his father. The day after his first rocky radio program, the radio picked up a different mysterious broadcast. "This is a follow-up report on the fall of "Blue Sky." The person caught up in the accident at the former site of Terminal 1 has been identified. The name of the deceased is Yamanashi Sora. Furthermore, many injuries are being reported at Nariyama Sky Academy." It was a radio broadcast from the future. "I'll... die in three weeks?" After listening to the ominous broadcast, Sora stepped into the terminal for the first time in fifteen years. It was once the former gateway to Japan, and the place where Sora lost his parents. The building was in ruins, a shadow of its former glory, little more than a nest to countless artificial pigeons. There, Sora met a silver-haired maiden. She looked straight at Sora, gently stroking an artificial pigeon with her finger. "...You won't die." Sora was dumbfounded. "I won't let it happen." "Because I want you to look up at the sky and smile." This is how Yamanashi Sora and Hazuki Kaguya met. There are English reviews BLOCKED 1. Butterfly Seeker ~Chaos Nightmare~ バタフライシーカー ~カオス・ナイトメア~ [180831] Silky's Plus 1 Events happen towards the end of the main game. One day the Abnormal Psychology Countermeasures Group is asked to investigate the existence of a mysterious girl who appeared and disappeared in the shadow of the incident. Fandisc 2. Sekaiichi, Uketai Uso o. -Really, Another Imaginary.- 世界一、受けたい虚○を。 - Really, Another Imaginary. – [180810] 3 on 10 In March main character asks classmate Inoue about "a lie that everyone receives". Inoue replies, "There is no lie you want to receive.". Both of them hide lies from each other on the verge of the farewell day. Doujin with an opening 3. Senzoku Maid ni Yoroshiku! 専属メイドに夜露死苦! [180810] Ryunos Main character has almost no relatives and now loses last grandfather. Then hitman comes to kill him. On the verge of death protagonists sick of fear starts to rub killer's chest and... Doujin with an opening 4. Study Steady [180810] Akita Ken Three students with worst grades in test are left for summer additional study. Main character's childhood friend with top grade also joins them in this fun study club. Doujin with an opening 5. Wata no Soko, Okitsu Mikami no Kudanzaka Kaiki Sousho わたのそこ、おきつみかみの 九段坂怪奇叢書 [180810] Nekobanana Main character from the original "Mystery Study Group" meets a strange girl who leads to a seaside area where mystery and murder coexist. Doujin with an opening 6. MyTube! myちゅ~部! [180810] Tatsuta-age A boy and girl on an isolated countryside island try to become mega popular online myTubers in this love comedy story! Doujin with an opening 7. CisLugI-シスラギ- [180812] Next Village A world in which everyone has had a 'Dignity Maintenance Device' implanted in their brains that allows them to commit painless suicide at any moment simply by stating that they want to die. How does this affect society? Doujin with an opening 8. Taimanin Asagi ZERO 対魔忍アサギZERO [180831] Black Lilith Young Asagi leads the party and confronts evil in the dark town from the future. Nukige with an opening
  2. Haru to Yuki, basically wins by default here as gameplay and series releases don't qualify. Micchi likes provoking Nukige Mitai na Shima ni Sundeiru Watashi wa Dou Surya Ii Desu ka and fluffy Wanko no Yomeiri as well as a delayed title 1. Zanki Zero ザンキゼロ [180705] Spike Chunsoft 1 2 God created the world in seven days. It only took one day for humans to destroy the world. Life as we knew it sank to the depths of the sea...until yesterday. We do not yet know the broken world and the reasons left behind there. An earth where ruins drift about. Buildings, houses, light posts. Cars, traffic lights, asphalt... Modern civilization was destroyed, becoming nothing more than debris wading in the sea. New ruins drift one after the other before the protagonist, who lives on one of those decaying islands. RPG is localized and has English reviews 2. Kangokutou Mary Skelter 2 神獄塔 メアリスケルター2 [180712] Compile Heart 1 2 'Jail,' an impregnable asylum referred to as "a living prison." Birthed several decades ago, it was controlled by "Marchens," monsters led by insane beings known as "Nightmares." Tsuu and Little Mermaid, members of the "Dawn" organization with the goal of escaping the prison, rescue Alice and her partner Jack after being captured. In the midst of an expedition to the city, Alice was dyed in madness and ran amok slashing through anything and anyone at sight. In an attempt to protect Tsuu from one of Alice's attacks, Little Mermaid and Jack fell off a cliff with her. After regaining consciousness, Little Mermaid's first sight was a dying Jack. The bloodstained story of Tsuu, Little Mermaid and Nightmare Jack trying to escape the tower and their fate begins. RPG is localized and has English reviews 3. Haru to Yuki, はるとゆき、 [180727] Akabei Soft3 1 2 3 The small ryokan Yuki is located deep in the mountains, away from the other hotels and ryokans of the hot spring town in the Tohoku region of Japan. It has a unique system where the guests and staff are free to dress however they want on the ryokan grounds. While it is possible to bring your own clothes, there are some available for rent too. The staff also takes requests from guests on what to wear. However, it is forbidden to be naked outside of the baths, and you can’t touch the staff, as expected. Wouldn’t you like to stay at an unusual ryokan like this? Ah, there’s other strange things aside from the cosplays, but don’t mind it. It’s just some dead people that come for a stay, but since they possess physical bodies that can be touched, you won’t be able to tell the difference from living beings anyway. Yuki welcomes any and all guests, so please pay them a visit! There are English reviews 4. Minikui Mojika no Ko みにくいモジカの子 [180727] Nitroplus 1 2 3 4 5 6 Described as "Physical and Mental Violation ADV", you take the role of a Tanezaki Suteru who's being bullied for looking ugly. As a result of this he is an introvert and as much as looking into peoples faces is a horrifying task to him. However, he has the power to read the true intentions of someones heart if he does manage to do so, which automatically happens upon seeing their faces within the range of 120cm. The ability to read these information manifest themselves in so called "Moji" which show him time after time how cruel and full of lies the world may be. After a prank confession by his personal crush Miyu he decides to enact revenge onto those who look down upon him... There are English reviews 5. Nukige Mitai na Shima ni Sunderu Watashi wa Dou Surya Ii Desu ka? 抜きゲーみたいな島に住んでる貧乳はどうすりゃいいですか? [180727] Qruppo 1 2 Seiran Island is a paradise where perverted sex is permitted by law. The transfer student Junnosuke is a proud virgin that steadfastly values chastity. He believes that there should be no sex without love, counter to the rules imposed on the island residents. However, those who do not have sex are subject to immediate arrest, fellatio and intercourse! Will he and his friends be able to escape the clutches of the student council and disciplinary committee, known as the ‘SS’? Their battle to keep their virginity begins! There is an English review 6. Shin Koihime † Musou -Kakumei- Son Go no Ketsumyaku 真・恋姫†夢想-革命- 孫呉の血脈 [180727] BaseSon 1 2 3 4 Go version of the Shin Koihime † Musou - Kakumei series. The Kakumei series aim to deepen the story of Gi, Go and Shoku in a restart from 0 with new scenes and stories for existing and new heroines routes. There are new characters that didn't appear in Souten no Haou. The famous Sonken Bundai, who was mentioned so many times throughout the series finally makes it's appearance as a central character. The story was completely revised and new content was added for a total 4 times Shin Koihime † Musou's Go's route events. Even those who played Shin Koihime † Musou will enjoy new emotions this game will bring. Strategy has English reviews 7. Shukusei no Girlfriend -the destiny star of girlfriend- 宿星のガールフレンド -the destiny star of girlfriend- [180727] Mirai 1 2 3 One day, the ordinary student Seiji was attacked by monsters. His classmate Yuuri came to his rescue, fighting with mysterious powers that he had not seen before. However, she was unable to repulse the monsters and they suffered serious injuries. Her superior rushed to the scene and used life magic to save them, binding their lives together with a magical red string. As a result, they had to stay within a meter of each other for the next three months until their lives were no longer at risk. That meant that he had to live together with the beautiful Yuuri, who he had always admired. There are English reviews 8. Wanko no Yomeiri ~Inu no Shippo e Youkoso!~ わんこの嫁入り ~いぬのしっぽへようこそ!~ [180727] Alumi Soft Taiya is the only son of a shrine priest, and his dream is to become a pâtissier. Caught between his dreams and reality, his life completely changed with the arrival of twins Koharu and Azuki. They had dog ears and tails and introduced themselves as divine messengers who came to marry him as promised. Eager to change the dated image of the shrine, he decided to open a ‘shrine cafe’ and asked for their help in making it turn into reality. That's as close to moege as possible
  3. Foreword: I have no trouble with underdeveloped futuristic settings, so I thought I could look at this game from a different perspective. Here's the result. Synopsis: In the future, nations and civilizations have disappeared due to rising sea levels caused by tectonic movements and global warming. The survivors lacked technique and talent, but they were able to restore an ancient battleship and attach a spare hydrogen engine to it. Then, a long long time passed, and all land was inundated by the sea, and humans barely survived aboard the self-navigating self-repairing ship. Ao is a boy who lived in the town aboard the ship. He helps out his parents with plowing the fields and fixing the fishing gear. There is no entertainment aside from visiting the floating market once a month and gazing at the passing ancient flotsam and pondering what they were once used for. It was a relatively depressing life akin to living in a closed society. One day, he entered the ship’s engine area, which the adults had told him absolutely not to enter. There was a picture from long ago, showing girls in colourful clothes dancing at a school in front of a large crowd of happy children. This was a ‘culture’ which has long since been lost. Moreover, he found a girl sleeping within a capsule. She was wearing the same clothes as those shown in the picture. The capsule opened when he touched it, as if he had authenticated something. The girl appeared to have lost her memories, aside from one thing: that she is an idol. An idol’s job is to sing and dance, and to spread happiness to everyone. Ao and the self-proclaimed idol Ai set out to revive the idol culture in this small world floating on the sea. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwGwDxf37gEnpaH9OQ9KwwjYq1sfNK_rV Character Design rating: 7/10 Protagonist rating: 6/10 Story rating: 3/10 Game quality: 8/10 Overall rating: 6/10 The score shows that I enjoyed the game less that I hoped to. As expected, I did not find setting faulty. Giant self-reliance ship-town totally makes sense to me even without showing causes for this. As long as setting remains believable. The problem with this game is that everyone in future forgets the meaning of singing and dancing. And that's plain stupid as those things existed since the stone age. And then there's this frozen idol girl Ai. She is more of a cliché than a living person considered that she remembers none of her relatives or friends, but miraculously remembers anime, hobbies, singing and dancing. And the whole common route she asks everyone what other things are and everyone asks her what singing and dancing is. SO stupid that game actually cries in full voice "dump me". Rage minute over, so let's try to look at other game's aspects. AXL is mostly famous for its funny SOL. And sometimes I even felt that fantasy plots have to focus on different social roles of heroines and move plot somewhere, so there's not enough funny SOL. Ai Yori Aoi Umi no Hate looks like an opposite idea - let's strip all seriousness and all the plot and just focus on lively idol-themed SOL entirely. And being brought to the extremes it loses so many important things. Listening to pretentious fluffy crap from Ai and everyone adoring that is so weird I want to facepalm each time. I made an effort and got to each heroine end, so I can say individual routes are rather good and varied from each other. But Nanami route is probably the strongest one due to adventure spirit and getting away from the so poor setting as far as possible. But what's the point if no one sees them and if sudden bursts of stupidity constantly remind of the very flawed basis it all stands on? AXL usually shines with character interaction. There's usually some club or some society structure in which heroines have to communicate between themselves. But in Ai Yori Aoi Umi no Hate there's almost no horizontal communication. It's either individual sketches or interaction with protagonist or interaction with sub-character like Naotora. There are a lot of scenes when all heroines are on the same screen, but during these gathering times heroines usually are just asking open questions or talking to protagonist Ao. It's probably possible to find pieces that contradict this statement, but I failed to find vivid examples. In the end I'd like to say that readers aren't stupid. I'm willing to be fooled and tricked, but content needs to be trustworthy. Without it any amount of effort applied becomes zero as an outcome. Idol theme also contributes to the simplicity and thus lack of depth. In this regard it's probably the worst AXL work so far.
  4. Maoten is VN of the Month and Curio Dealer is a runner-up. Micchi expectedly favors Summer Pockets and Koi wa Sotto Saku Hana no you ni and some fandisc 1. Fate/Extella Link [180607] Sega & XSEED Games 1 Above the ruined earth lies the realm of SE.RA.PH, a virtual world inside a lunar supercomputer. In this last refuge for humanity, powerful Servants — sentient, digital recreations of famous figures from Earth’s lore and history — battle rogue programs (and each other) to establish dominance and enforce their kind of peace. But peace may never come again, now that a new threat has arrived to wage apocalyptic war. Standing against the destruction is the hero Charlemagne, a dashing young knight with a hint of sadness behind his bright smile. Join Charlemagne and his comrades — the bumbling paladin Astolfo, the flamboyant Emperor Nero, the mischievous fox spirit Tamamo no Mae, the cynical rogue Robin Hood, and many others — as they rush across the battlefield in the name of humanity. Game is localized and has English reviews 2. Curio Dealer キュリオディーラー [180629] AXL 1 2 Rajasthan is a town that sits at the foot of a huge tower that is said to have been built by an ancient civilization and is so tall that it appears it can reach the heavens. There are many unknown machines and objects found in the tower which can be sold for large sums of money, but it is guarded by robots which seek to exterminate all intruders. It is up to adventurers to complete this dangerous job of obtaining these treasures. Rowan is a young man who runs a used goods shop, mainly repairing and identifying treasures which adventurers retrieve from the tower. However, every day he wondered if he should be following in the footsteps of his late grandfather, who was one of the best treasure hunters the town had ever seen. That’s when a girl carrying a huge sword visited his shop. It was one of the most prized treasures which belonged to an adventurer who had once reached the pinnacle of the tower but did not ultimately return. She told him that she wished to know why her father did not come back and aspired to be an adventurer to see the same views as him. He decided to help her attain her unrealistic dream. There is an English review 3. Hatarakanai Honey Life ハタラカナイはにーらいふ [180629] LimeCat The protagonist is proud of being completely ordinary, but this summer his life has been turned upside-down. This was because his four childhood friends had shut themselves in his home! After two years of being hikikomoris, their parents finally had enough and gave them the choice of finding a part-time job or being sent off to do manual labour for distant relatives. Of course, they chose the former, which was a government program to help hikikomoris return to normal. He was entrusted with helping them for the duration of the summer vacation. He hoped to fulfill their parents’ requests and to help them return to how they were before. At the same time, they all came to him since they held secret feelings for him. Thus begins their summer days together breaking free from NEET. Rather ugly kusoge 4. Koi wa Sotto Saku Hana no you ni 恋はそっと咲く花のように [180629] ensemble 1 2 3 "What there is, is only a dream" "Whatever we try to do, we face success or failure" The protagonist, A student named Sumeragi Rei, helps out with the cooking for his family's Western restaurant, Trattoria Felice. It’s hard work for him and his mother, but they are loved by the townspeople. During the night, Rei practices cooking in order to improve his skills in the kitchen. The joy and excitement of the people in the city can be clearly seen, even though the residents are facing hardships. On one normal day, Rei was out of the house earlier than usual to meet his childhood friend Misato, whose house is located next to the Rei's house. As usual, Rei and Misato enjoy the sights around them as they walk to school in silence. On this day, a third-year transfer student named Kotoishi Iori joins the same school as Rei and Misato. When Rei first meets eyes with Kotoishi, they both feel a strange spark of interest... Around Rei, various types of gatherings and events begin to occur in his vicinity. All the meetings between female students and Rei may be the start of a new love story in his life: This is a love story that ends with "marriage". There is an English review 5. Maoten まおてん [180629] Candy Soft 1 2 It was said that in July 1999, the chains binding the despicable demon king in the depths of Hell will come loose and 666 demons will spill out into the human world, wrecking chaos upon mankind. However, when the date arrived and the gates of Hell opened, the demons quickly decided that it was impossible to rule over 7 billion humans when they themselves did not number more than 700, and chose instead to assimilate into human society. Ten years later, most people enjoy a peaceful life without knowing the events of the past. The demons settled in the small town of Misaki near the Kanto Sea and lived happily away from the public eye… until a girl who called herself the ‘demon king’ transferred into their school. There are English reviews 6. Rhapsodic Holiday ラプソディックホリデイ [180629] Confiture Soft Asuma is an amnesiac who was guided by the talking owl Poritan to the town of Hisuigaoka, which was rife with phantom thieves. After many twists and turns, he ended up joining a group of phantom thieves who were normal students by day, but operated during the night. One day, the school principal Uta, who was also one of their clients, asked them to steal the emotional energy (FCP – Fragment Component Partes) which was being used for evil deeds. He had the feeling that excitement lies ahead in his future, but also felt a tinge of nostalgia. “It’ll be the key to regaining your memories.” Game is actually a comedy with phantom thief entourage being only a stage. Tempo is good, but without serious development it's nothing but an average comedy. 7. Summer Pockets [180629] Key 1 2 3 4 Summer Pockets is set on an isolated, rural and peaceful island on the Seto Inland Sea called Torishirojima, which has a population of about 2,000 people. The protagonist is Hairi Takahara, a young man not native to the island. Hairi grew up in an urban setting, but after an unpleasant incident he uses the recent death of his grandmother as an excuse to come to the island to take care of her estate sale. Once there, he gets to know four girls who are the focus of the story. They include Shiroha Naruse, who forgot her summer vacation; Ao Sorakado, who is pursuing the legends of the island; Kamome Kushima, a high-class girl looking for a pirate ship; and Tsumugi Wenders, a younger girl trying to find herself. Game is localized and has English reviews 8. Uchi no Kanojo 家の彼女 [180629] Argonauts Keisuke started working this year and is satisfied with his life, since he found a job in his desired field, even though it’s for a small company. However, despite the motivation and satisfaction of living alone for the first time, he did feel a bit tired from it and wondered if he should find a girlfriend. Then one day, his younger childhood friend Ayame came to his place. Her parents had to leave overseas for work and were worried about leaving her alone just before the important examination period, so they told her to stay with him as he was quite close with their family. Living together under the same roof, they soon began to view each other as more than just childhood friends. Won't block this as it's first work of the company, but all the next single heroine nukige are going to trash bin immediately BLOCKED 1. Miagete Goran, Yozora no Hoshi o: Interstellar Focus 見上げてごらん、夜空の星を Interstellar Focus [180629] Pulltop 1 The FD to the events of the original Miagete Goran, Yozora Hoshi o involving two heroines: Hikari and Saya. Fandisc 2. Happy End ni Hana o Soete ハッピーエンドに花を添えて [180601] milkcat The season of beginning. The season of encounter. The petals carried by the spring breeze lead to a calm scenery. They are attracted to each other as if they blend in. The curtains open from such an encounter, A heart-full story about the daily lives of two people! Doujin with an opening 3. Nee x Nee! Docchi ga Suki? Docchi mo!! ~Yasashii Onee-chan to Cool na Onee-chan ni Hasamarete Boku wa Mou!!~ 姉×姉!どっちが好き?どっちも!! ~優しいお姉ちゃんとクールなお姉ちゃんに挟まれて僕はもうっ!!~ [180629] ANIM M&W Main character was brought up by his two sisters and got attached to them more than to family members. Nukige with an opening
  5. Shunkyoku no Tyrhhia ~What a Beautiful Dawn~ is VN of the Month , also chosen by Clephas . The rest are either flawed or not memorable. Micchi is satisfied with Koisuru Kokoro to Mahou no Kotoba , Kimi to Hajimeru Dasanteki na Rabukome and some loli nukige. 1. Kimi to Hajimeru Dasanteki na Love Come 二人と始める打算的なラブコメ [180525] Campus 1 2 Kazuma has lived a tough life of poverty thanks to the debts accumulated by his carefree parents. After their deaths, he transferred to Mahoshi Gakuen in the middle of the year, determined and armed with a plan to become rich. He would use his pretty looks to target Shirayuki, the daughter of one of the richest families in Japan. However, she had absolutely no interest in him, having heard the same pick-up lines from many others before and wary of anyone outside of her family. There was also one other person that Shirayuki trusted: her personal servant Nono, who also happened to be Shirayuki’s childhood friend. Nono offered to help him with his plan. Why did she offer her assistance and will he be able to achieve his goal? There is an English review 2. Kimi to Mezameru Ikutsuka no Houhou 君と目覚める幾つかの方法 [180525] Navel 1 2 3 In the near future, androids known as automata have become commonplace in Japan, whether it be as friends or lovers, or working as labourers. Sousuke is an automata technician who runs the INa Motors shop, which he had inherited from his father. One day, there was an automata girl collapsed in front of his shop. He thought that she had been illegally abandoned by her owner to avoid paying the disposal costs and was about to salvage parts when he realized that she was actually a human who had been dressed up to look like an automata. She had lost both legs and was fitted with automata parts instead of prosthetics. He took the mysterious girl Hatsune in and was caught up in a major incident where limbs were being severed for sale on the black market. His childhood friend and policewoman Maika and prosthetist Mikoto helped him, but the situation becomes increasingly convoluted when an automata appears seeking to take Hatsune’s life. There are English reviews 3. Kimi to Tsunagaru Koi Flag 君とつながる恋フラグ [180525] Mirage Soft 1 2 3 Due to a past trauma, Yuuto doesn’t have any close relationships with others and before long, he didn’t engage in any relations with girls. Then the tsukumogami Kikyou, who had been sent by the goddess of fate appeared before him. “Let me be your cupid” Realizing that she wouldn’t back down from her request and won’t leave until her task is done, he asked her to just go out with him instead, thinking that it would trouble her enough to concede. However, she did not have any problems with it and so they became a couple. Since they were now in a relationship, she could not return to the realm of the gods. The only way for her to return would be to form a new relationship which is deeper than the one that they had just created. That’s when he realized that only trouble lies ahead in his future. There are English reviews 4. Koi Suru Kokoro to Mahou no Kotoba 恋するココロと魔法のコトバ [180525] Hearts 1 Narumi is a second-year student at Asanoha Gakuen. One day, he headed to the Garden Club room to return something left behind by his classmate Kazane, but he inadvertently stepped on a magic circle that was drawn on the floor and summoned the spring spirit Haruharu. Since he had now found out that the Garden Club was actually a secret gathering for witches at the school, he was pressured to join the club to keep their secret. It’s the start of their time together which is slightly magical and warm like the spring sunlight. There is an English review 5. Shunkyoku no Tyrhhia ~What a Beautiful Dawn~ 瞬旭のティルヒア ~What a Beautiful Dawn~ [180525] Liar-soft 1 2 3 It was the third year of the Bunkyu era and the skies of Edo were dark. In the short ten years after Japan ended its isolationist foreign policy, Edo had been thoroughly transformed into a n ‘Engine City’ due to the arrival of steam engine technology from the strange land of Kadath via the West. The young Shingyoto-ryuu swordsman Hachirou was given a secret order one day to pick up a package from Nobutomo, a great swordsman admired by both his older brother and uncle, in Shimoda and deliver it to Kyoto. It was a large box that resembled an ‘iron maiden’. While he was perplexed by its looks, he was more astonished when a doll-like petite girl came out from it. There are English reviews 6. Yakusoku no Natsu, Mahoroba no Yume 約束の夏、まほろばの夢 [180525] Windmill 1 Ryouta and his childhood friends Nagisa, Serina and Himari have strange powers which only they themselves know about: the ability to manipulate feelings, the ability to talk from the heart, the ability to see the future, and the ability to see through lies. One day before summer vacation, Ryouta came upon a strange girl dancing at his small town’s local shrine. Rinka came from the city and he felt a mysterious connection with her as she was the first person other than his friends that his powers worked on. When the summer vacation began, they were led all around the town by Rinka under the guise of ‘sightseeing’ even though there’s nothing around to see. Before they knew it, they left the unanswered questions behind and just played around together – a summer full of love and mysteries. There is an English review BLOCKED 1. Baldr Bringer Extend Code [180525] Giga Fuji, Ellis and the company left VERTEX and traveled to another world. At certain point they get trapped in a virtual space called "Naraku". The party meets a girl who calls herself "Cina" and together they confront a terrifying existence that nests in the depths of the abyss ... Action Fandisc 2. Kanojo to Ore no Koisome Dousei 彼女と俺の恋染同棲 [180525] Tokohana This is the first title by Tokohana, a new Willplus brand. Akira and Miyabi are childhood friends who used to play together often. Since their parents knew each other, their families regularly went out together. However, they’ve drifted apart in the years since she moved away. Then one day, he was welcomed home by Miyabi when he came back from school. She had returned to transfer into his school, but she didn’t have a place to live in yet, so his parents offered her a place at their home. But since they were currently away for work, Akira will be living alone with her. Miyabi smiled and said that she didn’t have any problem with it being just the two of them. While he had some reservations, he also wanted to be with her, so he agreed to try it out in the meantime and see how it goes. Thus begins their life together full of excitement and nervousness. Nukige with an opening 3. Onii-chan, Asa made Zutto Gyutte Shite! お兄ちゃん、朝までずっとギュッてして! [180525] Tinkle Position The older brother of four younger sisters - the protagonist - had severe asthma when he was younger. Due to this, they started the routine of one of the sisters sleeping with him for one day and then switching to another. One day, their parents, who are researchers, ordered a demonstration of their newest experiment, "Improve his immunity by hugging him." "Hug a little sister affectionately for 10 seconds every day before going to bed♪" He decided to hug the sister he was going to sleep with him with even more affection then she could ever imagine... Nukige with an opening
  6. It's a very weak month, and Yuusha to Maou to, Majo no Cafe is the winner . Clephas reluctantly nominated it. Micchi has a broader range of candidates - Tenpure , Nyanto Suteki na Natsuiro Days and some fandisc. 1. Death end re;Quest [180412] Compile Heart 1 Death end re;Quest takes the classic turn-based RPG and flips it upside-down. Switch between the RPG action of the game world and the visual novel segments of the real world. In the realm of game development, it may seem all fun and games until the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur. RPG is localized and has English reviews 2. 9 -Nine- Sorairo Sorauta Soranooto 9-nine- そらいろそらうたそらのおと [180427] Palette 1 2 3 4 When the university town of Shiromitsugawa was struck by a large earthquake, the sacred treasure in the Hakuda Tsukumo Shrine was damaged and mysterious objects called ‘artifacts’ began to appear from a parallel world. These artifacts granted special abilities to those that possessed them. There was an incident where someone abused these powers and turned people into stone. Kakeru, who has a strong sense of responsibility, lent his assistance to Miyako in seeking the culprit. His innocent imouto Sora also joins them in the investigation into the serial petrification incidents as they unveil a mysterious group and hidden feelings. There are English reviews 3. Koneko Neko Neko こねこねこねこ [180427] SkyFish poco 1 Haruta came to an old village where you couldn’t walk anywhere without seeing a cat. Due to a stroke of bad luck, he couldn’t stay at the apartment that he had reserved, but fortunately he was able to find a place to live in a small house called Nekohana-kan. The rent was free, but he had to agree to take care of the kittens. However, instead of cats there were three nekomimi girls waiting for him. As their master, he must support them so that they can live in the human world: that is, he must choose one of them to marry. Moreover, he had lost all his memories before that day. There is an English review 4. Momoiro Closet ももいろクローゼット [180427] Frontwing 1 2 The protagonist Kagamihara Alice is the student council president of her school and the daughter of a member of the National Diet. However, she has a hidden secret – she’s actually a hardcore otaku! By chance, she met Hashima Reiji at a shop in Akihabara, and the two begin to grow closer – sharing their hobbies, and eventually their fetishes with one another. Game is released in English and has English reviews 5. Nyanto Suteki na Natsuiro Days にゃんと素敵な夏色デイズ [180427] Moonstone Honey 1 Natsuki works on the large resort AQUA that covers an entire island. One day, he was put in charge of renewal of the indoor pool area, which was the least popular attraction despite its past popularity. He worked hard with the staff to meet the manager’s expectations, but no matter how hard they tried, they still couldn’t rise up from the bottom. It was at that time when ‘strong’ reinforcements appeared in the form of three nekomimi girls Mikan, Lime and Lemon, who came to live with Natsuki to repay him for his kindness. Will their help be enough to bring the indoor pool area back to its glory days? There is an English review 6. Sono Taiju wa Makai o Kurau! その大樹は魔界を喰らう! [180427] SofthouseChara The reign of the demon king Hadasht was a calm and peaceful one. His governance was welcomed by most as it healed the scars of the Great War that preceeded it. So when news of his death spread across the land, it was met with surprise, sadness and grief. Yet there were some who smiled with glee as he had not named a successor prior to his death. It soon became apparent that a struggle for power would break out between the ten largest demon families. At the sign of impending chaos, ambitious individuals took advantage of the situation to begin selling their services for a better life. Fabio is a young man with these aspirations, but he was turned away every time. This was because he was incubus who was viewed to think with his lower body and corrupts public morals with his presence alone. Despite these harsh words, he pressed on and finally was taken in by Primtine, the lowest ranked of the ten demons vying for the throne. He vowed loyalty to her and swore to make her the new demon king by any means possible. Strategy 7. Tenpure!! てんぷれっ!! [180427] Circus 1 Every work of fiction will features cliché. However, Sora happened to be a magnet for clichéd characters and situations. After waking up with his osananajimi asleep next to him, he’d bump into a girl with a slice of toast in her mouth on his way to school, only to find out that she’s the new transfer student in his class. To top it off, he found her in his house upon returning home… she was actually his little sister-in-law! When he thought he was being driven out from his own home, he caught a maid who descended from the sky, only to touch her breasts. And of course, it was witnessed by the strict class rep who gave him a hard slap. Just how many clichés can one take!? There is an English review 8. Yuusha to Maou to, Majo no Cafe 勇者と魔王と、魔女のカフェ [180427] MintCUBE 1 Filiaswald is governed by the goddess of light Aria and the goddess of darkness Anri. There was once a long war between light and darkness, which culminated in a single battle between the hero Fiona and the demon king Astaroth. However, no one knew how it ended as both vanished without a trace. Ten years later, a young man with no recollection of his past wandered through the forest. He arrived at a small coffee shop and inn, Café Sorcière, where three witches-in-training (earnest but gullible Rufuna, small yet motherly Candy, and taciturn and lazy Eliya) happily worked for the polite yet super innocent owner Assam. They gave him the name ‘Tarou’ and got him to work at the café while he regained his memories. Every day was full of interesting events: incidents ending up in compromising positions, helping people in need, going on adventures… event fighting with monsters!? He would befriend Apple, a girl from a nearby town who would later be a regular customer, as well as the miniature forest faerie Pecoe. He no longer worried about his forgotten past when the present is so full of happiness. However, Tarou started to see recurring dreams of fighting with the demon king and the hero attacking the demon king’s castle. When he woke up, he would have not recollection of the dreams. As he gradually began to show signs of change, the girls around him are caught in the large whirlpool of fate… There is an English review
  7. There are as many as five masterpieces - Kieta Sekai to Tsuki to Shoujo -The World was Prayed by The Girl Living A Thousand Years- , Unjou no Fairy Tale , Karigurashi Ren'ai , AI Love: Koisuru Otome wa Kikaijikake and Butterfly Seeker. But the last one is chosen by Clephas and deserves the upper hand. Micchi adds RIDDLE JOKER and Natsuiro Ramune to the list. 1. Tropical Liquor [180309] Tentacle Games 1 2 3 4 Welcome to Tropical Island. "But onii-chan, you're just some part-time bum, aren't you? On top of that, your age equals the years you've never had a girlfriend, right?" The player (that's you!) is a part-timer who lives an uneventful, boring life. One day, you win the prize draw at the shopping district. The prize: a trip to an island in the south -- you decide to take a 30-day vacation. "I... want to make this a nice vacation...! I want to change myself in this trip!" You decide to grow out of your dull, boring life and get a girlfriend. "To get a girlfriend, you have to first get close with a girl! If you don't create a bond with one, then nothing will ever happen!" On your vacation, you meet all sorts of girls, each of whom has something troubling them. You can talk with them, share a drink with them, and go on a date with them. "Let's make this a nice vacation." In this vacation, will you finally come out of your shell, and manage to make a girlfriend? Game is released in English and has English reviews 2. Silver Jiken 25 Ku シルバー事件25区 [180313] Grasshopper Manufacture 1 2 3 It is five years since the events of 1999’s “The Silver Case,” set in the new 25th Ward that arose in the bayside area of Kanto. In a room of the “Bayside Tower Land” apartment complex, a woman is found murdered under mysterious circumstances. This sets off a series of seemingly random events throwing together multiple protagonists including The Silver Case’s Tokio Morishima. With all viewpoints assembled, a truly shocking pattern emerges… Available for the first time outside Japan, The 25th Ward: The Silver Case is presented with new HD assets and additional content not found in the original version. A SUDA51 Trip – Set in the “Kill the Past” universe, the series continues its bleak look into a semi-futuristic world on the edge of collapse and the misfits and antiheroes that inhabit it. Brave New World – The return of the signature “Film Window” system is brought to The 25th Ward for the first time! New visuals, sounds and controls capture the game in a fresh perspective. One Story, Many Sides – Includes all three of the original arcs released for the title, “Correctness”, “Placebo”, and “Matchmaker”. Game is released in English and has English reviews 3. Kieta Sekai to Tsuki to Shoujo -The World was Prayed by The Girl Living A Thousand Years- 消えた世界と月と少女-The world was prayed by the girl living a thousand years- [180323] Hiyoko Soft 1 The protagonist Seiji comes back to his hometown, where he becomes a witness of the mystery behind the series of unsolved murder cases. One by one, every single one of Seiji's old friends, with whom he just met, disappears. The mystery under the moon's light reveals a truth little by little, thus starts the story about the disappearance of the world, the moon, and the girl... There is an English review 4. Mell Kiss メルキス [180323] Giga It was the start of the summer vacation for second-year student Ryouichi. There were no dramatic events in his casual school life. That was until one day, his homeroom teacher announced that the festival commemorating the founding of the school will be Halloween-themed, and that there was a new transfer student to the class. A meeting with a new classmate. The first trial at the festival. The obstacle-free days begin to pass by. What kind of future awaits him? Kusoge 5. Unjou no Fairy Tale 雲上のフェアリーテイル [180323] Cosmic Cute 1 This is a fairy tale that takes place in the lawless town of Kaguya that floats in the sky. Tsukasa runs Café Amelia with a lone employee, the self-proclaimed future great magician Natsu. However, they have another side to them; they are part of a team of justice-fighters that do everything from preventing thefts to serving as personal guards. The other members of the team are also frequent visitors to the coffee shop: the songstress Daria and the strongest swordswoman Makoto. One day, Natsu and Makoto rescued a princess who was looking for her missing older brother. This girl Yuki was actually Tsukasa’s imouto… There is an English review 6. Memories Off -Innocent Fille- メモリーズオフ -Innocent Fille- [180329] MAGES. GAME 1 2 The story begins when protagonist Kasane's wish comes true after he temporarily transfers from his high school in Sapporo to a Shounan sister school to start as a scholarship student in October. For Kasane, who wished to go somewhere far away, a new step filled with expectations of reunions with close friends after seven years and new places caused a ripple, leading to a complicated love story. The series is known for attempt to present realistic psychological portrayal of romance relations and adding suspense elements. A definite plus is voiced and pictured protagonist. I can't stand all those korean suspense dorama with all the traumas, and it's quite similar to that stuff. 7. AI Love: Koisuru Otome wa Kikaijikake アイラブ 恋する乙女はキカイ仕掛け [180330] Akabei Soft3 1 Kyouji is a scientist who had one dream: to create a robot that could help, support and snuggle up with humans. However, he was fed up with the recent trend of people being wary about the dangers of robots with AI, so he created robots with ‘hearts’ instead. As the first step towards a future where humans and robots can co-exist, he began to live together with these three androids, the domestic Lux, the curious Sphere and prototype Nect, while watching over their growth. However, sometimes Lux would barge into the bath to wash his back and sometimes Sphere would crawl into his bed. As a scientist, he was delighted at their displays of emotion, but on the other hand, it was somewhat embarrassing and troublesome for him as a member of the opposite sex. This is just one chapter of a fun and lively daily life between Kyouji and the girls. But surely it will become an irreplaceable moment for them. There is an English review 8. Akumade, Kore wa ~ no Monogatari あくまで、これは~の物語 [180330] Azurite 1 2 Jouichi has been constantly moving and changing schools because of his parent’s work, so he never really made many friends nor had a girlfriend. A few years ago, one of his best friends committed suicide. He never really understood the truth behind it and hoped to solve it one day. Now he lives in a village in the heart of the mountains, which prospers from the many tourists that visit the region by shinkansen. With the arrival of summer, the town was in a festival mood. Jouichi and his childhood friend Emi helped out with setting up the grounds, meeting the quiet Kana, lively Hinami and gentle onee-san Yukari. There was also one other thing that occurred at that time. When Emi was showing him how to use the chat program NEEL on his new smartphone, it vibrated as he received a notification message. It was a friend request from their friend who should have been dead. There is an English review 9. Bosei Kanojo -Shikyuu Kikan Hen- 母性カノジョ-子宮 帰還編- [180330] Akabei Soft2 Kazuya was mistreated by his boss, and he was both physically and mentally exhausted. The only one who still helped him was his senpai at the workplace, Miori. He can keep going on because of her support. However before long, he quit the job upon her recommendation. “It’s fine not to give it your all.” With those words, it seemed like all the stress disappeared and he could just enjoy a simple life where she would take care of him all day long. Akabei Soft games often turn out not what they seem... but not in this case. And that's natural considered there is a single heroine, and it's nigh impossible to get a good outcome from these starters. Of course it tries to present it as a healing story with mother-like partner by the means of decent text and voice acting, but it's nothing other than nukige, after all. 10. Butterfly Seeker バタフライシーカー [180330] Silky's Plus 1 2 The very large northern city of Shiraori, shrouded in fog in the summer and blanketed in snow in the winter, has been plagued by a series of brutal psychological crimes. The police set up a unit specifically to combat abnormal psychological crimes, but it was still not enough. Recently, they’ve been turning to promising youths who work undercover as student investigators. The insect gastronomy club at Shiraori Gakuen, nicknamed ‘Mushikui’, was specifically created for this purpose. Yui could read a person’s thoughts just by observing their gestures and behaviour. Chitose aspires to be a profiler with her excellent ability to retain key information. Haya uses her superior physical prowess to battle criminals. Keisuke possesses a special ability ‘butterfly seeker’ which allows him to see the indirect causes of a death just by touching the body. Due to their special abilities, they were able to achieve some positive results. Then they received news that the mass serial killer ‘Spider’ that had terrorized the city six years ago had begun to move once more. There are English reviews 11. Fatal Twelve [180330] aiueo Kompany 1 2 3 Shishimai Rinka was a highschooler who ran a small café named Lion House in place of her grandmother. She lived her life much like any other person her age, but one day, she was caught up in an explosion while returning home on the train alongside her friend, Hitsuji Naomi. In an attempt to save her friend's life, she shields her on instinct the moment the explosion goes off, losing her life in the process. However, before she knew it, she was back at Lion House, happily chatting with her friends as if nothing had happened in the first place. A few days later, she found herself in a strange world. Here she met Parca, an odd girl claiming to be a goddess. It turns out that she had somehow become a participant in Divine Selection, a ritual carried out over twelve weeks by twelve people, which allowed them to compete in order to undo their deaths. What shocked Rinka most of all, however, was the presence of her friend Mishima Miharu amongst the twelve. In order to make it through Divine Selection, one must eliminate others by gathering information regarding their name, cause of death and regret in the real world, then "electing" them. This turn of events would lead to her learning about the truth behind her death, as well as her own personal regrets. She would also come to face the reality that Miharu was willing to throw her life away for her sake, as well as the extents to which the other participants would go to in order to live through to the end. Far more experiences than she ever could have imagined awaited her now, but where will her resolve lead her once all is said and done...? Game is localized and has English reviews 12. Karigurashi Ren'ai かりぐらし恋愛 [180330] ASa Project 1 2 3 Takuma had many fond memories of the town where he used to live as a child and he wished to return there one day. He worked hard to pass the entrance exam for the only school in the town and successfully achieved his long-cherished dream! He moved back to the town for a new start, planning on living by himself in his childhood home, but it was in such a dilapidated state that it was essentially uninhabitable. Without the money to look for a temporary residence, Takuma was at a loss as to what to do. Fortunately, his childhood friends came to his rescue! While he couldn’t live with them forever, he was welcomed to stay in the four families’ homes on a rotation system. One of them strongly objected to it, but she was persuaded in the end. Thus begins a very peculiar ‘revolving temporary residency life’. There are English reviews 13. Natsuiro Ramune 夏色ラムネ [180330] Carol Works 1 "I want to see a lot more people coming here again..." Tsuruoka Yuu lived with his grandparents in the countryside due to family circumstances for three years of his elementary schooling. Despite his initial perplexion with the unfamiliar atmosphere, he was gradually able to make friends with some of the other kids his age. Several years later, returning to that place once again and spurned on by the nostalgic desire to reunite with his old friends, he found that, contrary to his childhood memories, they had all changed a great deal, and not necessarily for the better. Feeling lonely, Yuu wanders into a local candy store, the same one he'd always visited together with his friends while walking home from school. There, he encounters the kind old shopkeeper, Shishido Saya, and discovers she is considering closing the store for good. Resolving not to let that happen, while also understanding he faces an uphill battle in doing so, Yuu calls on his old friends for help in keeping the store running... There is an English review 14. Paradise Ocean ぱらだいすお~しゃん [180330] Pixel Mint 1 “Paradise Ocean” is a cruise ship that sails across the sparkling blue seas with a school aboard. New students jumped on the chance to have a taste of a luxurious cruise for a low tuition. However, there’s no free lunch in this world. In order to pay off their school and living expenses, they are forced to work as the ship’s crew! Trapped in despair from the outside world, they have to rely on each other to have a glimmer of hope. There is an English review 15. Riddle Joker [180330] Yuzusoft 1 2 3 People used to call such unfathomable abilities "superpowers". Through the discovery of a certain particle during the end of the 20th century, however, the mystery surrounding these powers was solved, with them and their users now being referred to as "Astral abilities" and "Astral users", repsectively. Arihara Satoru is an ordinary person living in this extraordinary world. However, that is but a facade. Hidden beneath the surface, Arihara Satoru is actually an Astral user working as an agent under a secret organization! His newest mission: "Infiltrate this school geared towards Astral users as one of its students!" Along with his little sister, Arihara Nanami, he succeeds in the infiltration and blends in with the students there without a hitch, building a rapport with fellow classmates Mitsukasa Ayase and Nijouin Hazuki as well as upperclassman Shikibe Mayu along the way. Having not drawn even the tiniest bit of suspicion, his mission continues according to plan. --Or so he had hoped. Due to an unforeseen event, his true identity was revealed to Mitsukasa Ayase! But the revelations didn't stop there; Ayase's own big secret was also revealed: What do you know! Her chest was padded! The two now held each other's unspeakable secrets within them. And with that one encounter, their fate would be forever changed-- There are English reviews 16. Sora to Umi ga, Fureau Kanata 空と海が、ふれあう彼方 [180330] Pulltop 1 2 The Ogasawara Islands is designated as a natural World Heritage Site. Hiroki visited the island for the first time in four years to help with his grandmother’s shop during summer vacation. He met the beautiful blonde girl Emily on the boat ride to the island. She had run away from home to retrieve a ‘treasure which had sank into the sea’. He reacquainted with his osananajimi Chisa on the island and she told him that there was a sunken ghost ship. It is said that the treasure which Emily was looking for was aboard this sunken ship. He couldn’t leave a scuba diving novice like Emily alone and Chisa didn’t want to miss out on the fun, so they ended up searching for the treasure together. Game is localized and has English reviews BLOCKED 1. Neko-nin exHeart 2 猫忍えくすはーと2 [180330] Whirlpool 1 2 3 Since ancient times, humans have lived together with demi-humans who possessed special powers and served as ninjas to those in power. Yura and Tama were nekomimi ninjas that came from the Fuuma Village to serve the protagonist. After the initial confusion, they settled into a peaceful life together under the same roof. However, who was that suspicious figure in the shadows? The mysterious ninja Ritsu appeared in the town. Who is she targeting? During this time, he was entrusted with a bunny-eared ninja Maya, who had lost her memories and calls herself a cat. It has become a jealousy battle within the household. A new chapter full of cuteness and a slight bit of mystery begins! Nukige has English reviews 2. Ojou-sama wa Sunao ni Narenai ~Daisuki o Kimi dake ni~ お嬢様は素直になれない ~大好きをキミだけに~ [180330] ensemble Fandisc for Ojou-sama wa Sunao ni Narenai. The game contains the after-stories of the 5 heroines from the original game as well a new route starring Wakaba. Fandisc
  8. Lost Echoes is VN of the Month and Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru: Trinkle Stars is another masterpiece. Clephas had the order reversed. Micchi also pulls out Full Uso -Complete Four Seasons- and a lolicon nukige. 1. Chuuni Hime no Teikoku 厨二姫の帝国 [180223] Ushimitsu Soft 1 Behind the skyscrapers which rise like castles in the old downtown area of the 23-ward Galapagos lies a remodelled love hotel, inside of which lives a self-proclaimed princess from another world, along with her guardian knight and personal maid. In reality, they are actually a gamer addict, a light novel author and an elf cosplayer. The protagonist inherited the management duties for this building from his mother and signed an extremely suspicious leasing contract, triggering the princess’s ability and making him her ‘hero’. He must now begin a chuuni life with new abilities outside of his control. There is an English review 2. Hataraku Otona no Ren'ai Jijou 2 働くオトナの恋愛事情2 [180223] Akabei Soft3 1 Michito is a normal office worker who lives by himself. There’s nothing special about his job nor his life; He’s just like any other normal person. One day upon returning to an empty home after a busy day at work, he wondered if he was a bit lonely. If only he had a girlfriend, things might be different… but he didn’t make any particular effort to find one. Thus continued his dull cycle of eating alone, sleeping alone, waking up alone and going to work. One day, he made a passing complaint about being lonely to his boss while out drinking and his boss smiled and told him that if he wished for change, he must take action or nothing will happen. Those words struck a chord in him and he began to think about what to do. There were many ways and places to find someone to live together with, like out on the street or via SNS. So, he decided to make the first move, in order to add colour to his solitary life. There is an English review 3. Hitotsu Yane no, Tsubasa no Shita de ひとつ屋根の、ツバサの下で [180223] Harmorise 1 2 3 4 Fairy Fight... A large-scale dogfight, utilizing the finest warplanes the world has ever known. Our main character, Sasaki Junichi, is the grandson of the legendary FF Pilot. He comes to Shouou Academy, which once reigned supreme as a school of Fairy Fight Champions. Traveling in the exalted Shinden, he arrives at the student dormitory known as Tsubasa Dorms, only to find... every other tenant is a woman!! Hirosawa Hikari is drop-dead gorgeous! Too bad she also happens to be the world's cutest encyclopedia of useless plane knowledge. Big surprises for our boy, Junichi -- Sasaki Kazusa shares the same last name AND the same bedroom with him now! She's a bit of an airhead with some nasty sleeping habits. Jinno Nahoko is the sophisticated student council president with a handle on everything (and I MEAN everything) that happens around the school. And Matsumoto Mimari, the mystery girl who paid for an entire plane in a single payment on her card. All of these team and decide to compete in a Fairy Fight. What kind of crazy storm can a renegade team of mismatches create in the esteemed world of FF Champions?! A crazy summer in the wide blue yonder is right at your fingertips! Game is localized and has English reviews 4. IxSHE Tell [180223] Hooksoft 1 2 3 4 Hajime is the school students' representative and the student council president thanks to whom the rule banning romantic relationships in school was lifted. Although now he's a hero who gave allowed everyone freedom of love, he himself now has no time to enjoy it himself! If any problem arises, the whole success will be for naught and the rule might be brought back... At such time, he is confessed to by Kasumi, a transfer student who is also his childhood friend. Furthermore, on the next days he was confessed to by the sister school's charismatic student council president Yui and by the school idol who won miss contest twice in a row - Ayaka! However, one of the few students who is against romance - the "anti-romance faction leader" and the vice president of the student council Yoshino has declared "Come on, let's enter a relationship and cause problems and bring back the ban on romance!". Hajime was happy to be loved by so many people, but decided that first he should get to know everyone better. As if waiting for him to say it, his other childhood friend Shiori, a perfect yamato nadeshiko has confessed to him while saying she knows him best of all. Right after the ban on love has been lifted, the protagonist finds himself incredibly popular with several girls approaching him aggressively and from all directions. His love story begins abruptly... Game is localized and has English reviews 5. Lost Echoes ロスト・エコーズ [180223] petitlinge 1 2 Riku was taking photos at the street corner when he met the self-proclaimed minor goddess Umi. He didn’t know if it was a fated meeting or simply planned, but she asked him to go to the past and change one particular event that happened back then. His assistance was needed since he contained the soul of one of the people involved in that event. If he didn’t help her, what would happen? His surroundings and everything he took for granted will surely change, and misfortune will befall his childhood friend Yuika. This is because in Yuika’s past life as Ginchiyo, she killed her dear friend and her lamentation had persisted over the next 430 years, gradually eating away at her soul. The only way to save her was to avoid the incident that caused her regret, but this was the last chance to do so. There are English reviews 6. Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru: Trinkle Stars 処女はお姉さまに恋してる 3つのきら星 [180223] Caramel Box 1 2 Hisoka was an orphan who was raised by Yukitaka, the present head of the worldwide Jinsei Corporation, with the help of his right-hand man Daisuke. He was adopted for the sole purpose of working both publicly and secretly for his daughter Orihime, who was next in line to inherit the business. That’s why he did not hesitate when he was asked by Yukitaka to attend the same school as her and serve as her bodyguard in secret. The only problem was that her school was the refined Saint Ceral Girls’ Academy, which was closed to boys. He didn’t know it at the time, but it would be a major turning point in his life. There is an English review 7. Rance 10 ランス10[180223] Alice Soft 1 2 Humans and monsters shared the Continent in a delicate balance for over a thousand years, but it all came crashing down. The most powerful fiend, Kayblis, seized power over the Monster Realm and led a colossal army on an invasion of the Human Realm. Unable to stop quarreling amongst themselves, the human nations were trampled. Two weeks after the war began, the death toll for humanity reached approximately 12,000,000. Yet mankind still couldn't unite, and the turmoil between the world's leaders continued. Just as the demise of humanity, the worst case scenario, weighed heavy on everyone's minds... "Everyone should just work for me. I'll crush that Monster Army no problem." It was Rance, back from an adventure with his companion, Sill. There was an uproar among the world leaders: The Kingdom of Leazas's Queen, Lia Parapara Leazas. The Kingdom of Zeth's Viceroy, Magic the Gandhi. The Republic of Helman's President, Sheila Helman. The Free City Alliance's Representative, Copandon Dot. The eastern island of Nippon's Lord, Kou Oda. The world's largest religion, Alicism's Pope, Crook Mofus. ...And they were also Rance's women, so they all agreed. Rance became humanity's supreme leader, and their final hope. Over 6000 years a minuscule creature called Kayblis fought and slaughtered his way to the very top of the Monster Realm. A conceited man named Rance who declares all woman to be his lived a carefree life and found his way to the top of the Human Realm. Both men put the survival of their entire race on the line in an inescapable struggle to the death. RPG has English reviews 8. Tonari ni Kanojo no Iru Shiawase ~Winter Guest~ となりに彼女のいる幸せ ~Winter Guest~ [180223] Prekano One autumn day, the protagonist offended his homeroom teacher and thus was ordered to volunteer at the student council. That’s where he met the student council leader Shiho, who is completely like an older sister. He wanted to be if only a bit closer to her, but ended up as the student council’s dog instead. He spends his days graced by her wonderful smile, while sometimes being swamped with random tasks and sometimes treated affectionately and given snacks. “For me, you’ll… work like a dog, right?” Since it's got a PS4 release, won't block this BLOCKED 1. Uso Series Ninki Touhyou Kinen SS ウソシリーズ人気投票記念SS [180202] Campus 1 Original short stories for Teidou Setsuka and Shizuku Sargent, who won the character popularity poll in September 2017. -Shizuku Sargent's "Azatoi Kouhai to Love Love Date (Kari)" -Teidou Setsuka's "Story of Interlude" Fandisc 2. Furu Uso -Complete Four Seasons- フルウソ -Complete Four Seasons- [180223] Campus 1 After stories of the "Uso" series: "Haru Uso" in autumn, "Natsu Uso" in spring, "Aki Uso" in winter, and "Fuyu Uso" in summer. Fandisc 3. Hare Uso -Original Harem Story- ハレウソ -Original Harem Story- [180223] Campus 1 A "what if" story, released to promote the Furu Uso collection & available free of charge to those who previously bought the four individual games in the series (proof of purchase of physical or DL editions required). Available for download from Campus' site from 23 February 2018 through 22 February 2019. In spite of protagonist Souichirou assisting the four main heroines the same as before, and getting into sexual relationships with them, he didn't make any commitment to going out with any of them. As a result, they all grow restless and demand that he choose one of them. Will Souichirou choose only one girl, or— Fandisc 4. HarmonEy [180223] Hachimitsu Soft 1 Focuses on the loving and sensual relationship between our protagonist and his wife, Ako. Enjoy a utopian, healing bond as they spend their days off together, free from societal pressures in each other's company. Nukige with an opening 5. Imouto o Kegashita Kioku 妹を汚した記憶 [180125] Hamham Soft Ryou’s imouto, who was much younger than him, was becoming more and more like a woman. Before he knew it, he became sexually attracted to her and one day while playing hide-and-seek, he was unable to hold back his urges and ejaculated on her as they were hiding together in the storage shed. He felt guilty about it afterwards and left the village to live alone in the city. Several years later, he returned to his hometown after being asked by his parents to help with taking apart the storage shed where the act had been committed. In the middle of the field of early-blooming cosmos was his cute grown-up imouto Asaka. His love and desire for her, as well as his childhood friend Aki, which had stopped on that day began to move once more. “Welcome back, onii-chan. I’ve always been waiting for you.” Led by the sweet fragrance of the cosmos, it was the return of his past mistake… Nukige with an opening
  9. Clephas chose Yorite Konoha wa Kurenai ni and I also embrace this opinion for now till I play Sora no Baroque myself. Shogun-sama wa Otoshigoro is another masterpiece. Micchi is enthralled by Soi Kano ~Gyutto Dakishimete~ and a loli nukige 1. Aikagi ~After Days~ アイカギ ~アフターデイズ~ [180126] Azarashi Soft Nozomu and his childhood friend Shiori became lovers after the Christmas confession. They had been attending the same university since the following spring, and then their first summer as a couple arrived. Despite being childhood friends, they had not spent their summer vacations together for a while. Nozomu proposed that they make plans to fully enjoy this summer to make up for all their past years apart, and Shiori readily went along with it. A two-month long summer vacation. The first summer for just the two of them. Dressed in light clothes and swimsuits, he saw another side of her that was different from winter, and his heart began to race once more. “This summer feels like it’ll be a fun one…!” Aikagi sequel that no one apparently needed 2. Mikagami Sumika no Seifuku Katsudou 見鏡澄香の制服活動 [180126] Prekano The protagonist met a girl in a school uniform at Japan’s famed theme park Delight Resort. While it was their first meeting, they hit it off right away, but they didn’t exchange contacts before leaving their separate ways. Some days later, he discovered after moving into a new home that his neighbor was the girl from that day. Even though she was happy to meet him once again, she froze upon hearing her friend say: “Hey… He thinks you’re a high school student, doesn’t he?” Sumika had already graduated from high school and was in the third year at university. On one hand, she was looking for a job, but on the other, she was wearing a school uniform that was not befitting her age. It was a revival to remember ‘that time’: a second school life. Prekano stamps these nukige-ish single heroines stories almost every other month, so no one should get surprised about product quality. 3. Shogun-sama wa Otoshigoro 将軍様はお年頃 [180126] ALcot 1 2 Nobuyuki is a normal student who was involved in a traffic accident. After regaining his consciousness, he found himself in the Edo period! Yoshimune, a beautiful swordswoman whose hobby is vanquishing evil. Muneharu, the flashy daughter of one of the three great families. Tamaki, his imouto who also time-slipped to the Edo period. Rin, a shy kunoichi who lives next door to him. Along with these four beautiful girls, he acquired possession of the cheat sword “Reitou Retsuzan”, which has a mind of its own, to become the greatest swordsman of Edo. It wouldn’t be long before the battle for the mysterious ‘hidden treasure’ would lead to a major event that would shake the Shogunate. There is an English review 4. Shoujo to Toshi no Sa, Futamawari. 少女と年の差、ふたまわり。 [180126] Akabei Soft3 1 2 Masami is an officer worker who has lived an uneventful life. His parents passed away, he was hospitalized for a while, then he changed jobs because of it. Various things happened, but apart from those, he lived in the moment. Then he realized that he was at the age where others were calling him oji-san. Yet he didn’t have friends nor a girlfriend, kept his distance from his colleagues at work, and lived by himself. However, he did have a cousin Rin who often called him and he enjoyed talking with her. She worked as a hostess at night, so she leaves her teenage daughter Mizuka alone at home every night. She asked him to take care of Mizuka whenever he had time. So, he called her and asked if she would like to have dinner together. A lonely man and a lonely girl. Due to this trivial offer, their time alone gradually became one for both of them. There are English reviews 5. Soi Kano ~Gyutto Dakishimete~ 添いカノ~ぎゅっと抱きしめて~ [180126] Giga 1 Kouhei has lately been seeing dreams where he is falling, and it made him chronically sleep-deprived. So, he would take a walk every day around the school grounds for a comfortable place to take a nap during lunch break. One day, he visited the rooftop greenhouse for the first time and took a nap there. When he woke up, there was a girl who he didn’t know sleeping next to him. “Wah!? Why!?” “Nn… This, is my, reserved spot…” Yoake was a problem child at the school. Why is it that she never shows up in class even though she comes to the school? He begins to know her secret after napping together with her every day. Epitome of moege 6. Sora no Baroque 虚空のバロック [180126] light 1 2 Kamishiro Nao, a dropout of his high school's athletics club, confesses his love to his senior and club manager Koga Sachi but is rejected. In despair he wishes for the world to end, shortly afterwards the Koushin singularity disaster strikes and annihilates the small town Nao and Sachi reside in. Having survived the disaster unscathed, Nao and Sachi struggle to escape from the disaster area which has mysteriously been separated from the rest of the country both geographically and temporally. Along the way they rescue four other survivors with Nao and Sachi gaining superhuman abilities allowing them to defend themselves from the monsters which prey on the surviving humans in the disaster zone. Eventually an assault by the monsters on one of the evacuation zones provides the six survivors with an unexpected route of escape but Yuuri has been separated from the others. The five remaining members attempt to seek him out but unexpectedly discover a modern metropolis over the hills surrounding their valley town untouched by the disaster... There is an English review 7. Yorite Konoha wa Kurenai ni 縁りて此の葉は紅に [180126] Lump of Sugar 1 2 There are two races who have co-existed in this world for hundreds of years: the ‘mahoroi’ who have animal ears, wings and tails, and the humans who don’t. The maple-adorned town of Tsugumomi, located at the base of a mountain, is said to be the origin of the mahoroi. This is where Seiji encountered a mahoroi girl in a scene much like those in countless stories from the past. “… I finally met you…!” She looked at him with misty eyes and flushed cheeks, parted her lips and did her best to convey her hidden feelings. “Um, um. My… no, I…” Yes, this is the beginning of a traditional love story… “I… am master’s pet♪” NOT!! Rather than a love confession, she proclaimed to be his pet! The relations between the mahoroi and humans were shaken by this girl Momiji’s appearance, but above all, Seiji’s surroundings changed drastically after the self-proclaimed pet’s intrusion. It’s a new page in the storied history between the two races. What will happen from now on? There is an English review BLOCKED 1. Trinoline: Genesis トリノライン:ジェネシス [180126] minori Fandisc for Trinoline. Contains stories for all the characters (including sub-characters Hanako and Ayaka). Soreyori no Prologue character poll winner Himeno Touwa's mini story is also included. Fandisc 2. Real Eroge Situation! Hx3 リアルエロゲシチュエーション!H×3 [180126] Jitaku Studio This is the fandisc for Real Eroge Situation. Shinobu was confessed to by Ayame, Kanna and Yuri, then was subject to their non-stop sexual advances. He had planned to choose one of them before the school festival, but he was ultimately unable to do so. “Ehehe, it’s been a while, onii-chan♪” One day, his childhood friend Ui returned after moving away when they were still kids. Her parents were originally supposed to accompany her, but they had urgent matters to attend to. Nazuna suggested that Ui stay at Shinobu’s home in the meantime. “I’m being serious. I’ve always always loved you, onii-chan. So… have sex with me♪ She was extremely direct with her feelings for him which had built up over the years they’ve been apart. This was the trigger for the other girls to make even more extreme sexual advances towards him! Surrounded by four girls who are infatuated with him, this is truly a harem situation! Fandisc 3. Imouto Paradise! 3 ~Onii-chan to Go nin no Imouto no Sugoku! Ecchi Shimakuri na Mainichi~ 妹ぱらだいす!3~お兄ちゃんと5人の妹のすご~く!エッチしまくりな毎日~ [180126] Moonstone Cherry This is the fandisc for Real Eroge Situation. Shinobu was confessed to by Ayame, Kanna and Yuri, then was subject to their non-stop sexual advances. He had planned to choose one of them before the school festival, but he was ultimately unable to do so. “Ehehe, it’s been a while, onii-chan♪” One day, his childhood friend Ui returned after moving away when they were still kids. Her parents were originally supposed to accompany her, but they had urgent matters to attend to. Nazuna suggested that Ui stay at Shinobu’s home in the meantime. “I’m being serious. I’ve always always loved you, onii-chan. So… have sex with me♪ She was extremely direct with her feelings for him which had built up over the years they’ve been apart. This was the trigger for the other girls to make even more extreme sexual advances towards him! Surrounded by four girls who are infatuated with him, this is truly a harem situation! Fandisc
  10. Year 2017 is probably the last great year with respectable number of releases each month and almost 20 masterpieces. Clephas ended up choosing Aoi Tori, but I generally choose some chunige, so it's Suisei Ginka this time. Visual Novel Openings 2017 . My list of masterpieces in 2017: Ai Yori Aoi Umi no Hate Aoi Tori Blade x Bullet - Kinrin no Soleil Bakumatsu Jinchuu Houkoku Resshiden Miburo ChronoBox Haruru Minamo ni! Hataraku Otaku no Ren'ai Jijou Hikari no Umi no Apeiria Kanojo wa Tenshi de Imouto de Kizuna Kirameku Koi Iroha Kin'iro Loveriche Ojou-sama no Hanbun wa Ren'ai de Dekiteimasu! Omokage Railback Oni ga Kuru. ~Ane ga Hinshi de Pinchi Desu~ Silverio Trinity Suisei Ginka Tsuihou Senkyo Yami to Hikari no Sanctuary Yoru Meguru, Bokura no Maigo Kyoushitsu As for future review out of 2017, I already mentioned earlier that it will be Ai Yori Aoi Umi no Hate.
  11. Bakumatsu Jinchuu Houkoku Resshiden Miburo does not have serious contestants in a Comiket month and is VN of the Month. Kin'iro Loveriche is another masterpiece. Clephas had somewhat the same vision. Micchi prioritized Koi ni, Kanmi o Soete, Natural Vacation and Kin-iro Loveriche 1. Sangoku Hime 5 ~Hishou Kourin Senkou no Toushin~ 三極姫5 ~飛将光臨・戦煌の闘神~ [171208] Gesen 18 1 Girl incarnations of famous Chinese generals continue to help main character to conquer the whole China. Eight different heroine scenarios are prepared. TBS 2. Bakumatsu Jinchuu Houkoku Resshiden Miburo 幕末尽忠報国烈士伝 MIBURO [171222] inre 1 2 It is the Bakumatsu era. There has long existed a mysterious sort of power... The legends say that this power awakens within a chosen person when the nation is on the cusp of fate. A person with this power can read an enemy's weaknesses like an open book, and can cut them down with a single stroke. Supposedly, the enemy's weak points are designated by tiny lights... and sometimes, bright flames of crimson. The lights often manifest as what can be called "orbs"... In the decade since the arrival of Commodore Perry's black ships, Japan has been in the throes of unprecedented turmoil. The political heart of the nation has transitioned from Edo to Kyoto, and within Kyoto lies a lawless zone known as Tenchu. In order to keep the law within this area, a special police force comprised of ronin, known as the Wolves of Mibu, or Miburo (later to be known as the Shinsengumi), was formed, with Kondou Isami as the leader. One day, they happen to save the life of a certain man by the name of Mita Ken. Within the dying days of the shogunate, his chance encounter with these keepers of the peace, all of whom have their own idiosyncracies, is where our story begins... There is an English review 3. Kin'iro Loveriche 金色ラブリッチェ [ 171222] Saga Planets 1 2 3 4 5 Noble Private Academy: it is where the ladies and gentlemen of the future are raised. At this boarding school, students not only learn basic education, but are also taught how to be dignified. This year is especially unique since royalty from the small Scandinavian country of Sortilège were invited to the school. Ouro caught the eye of the princess Sylvia after a certain incident, which led to him being beaten up at the school and ultimately placed into a vacant room in the girls’ dormitory. There are English reviews 4. Natural Vacation なちゅらるばけーしょん [171222] Hibiki Works Kairi stepped out of the air-conditioned bus and had to squint his eyes from the blinding sunlight and summer heat. When he slowly opened his eyes, he saw the sparkling azure ocean in front of him, with the clouds adding pockets of white to the sea of blue, and he smelled the faint scent of the ocean brought in by the gentle breeze. He moved here from the city to live with his grandfather after his parents went abroad for work. The kind townspeople welcomed him to their town, including two girls Haruka and Yuzuki. Would you like to spend a wonderful summer break together with them in this town? E-mote animation is used, so we already know it's going to focus on cuteness and erotics. Don't expect a story. SOL scenes are also mediocre at best. 5. Suite Life [171222] Chelsea Soft As part of the “SUITE LIFE” TV show, seven strangers began to live together in the same house. They all came from different backgrounds, but they must break down the walls that exist between them to become like family. Game introduces different modes like camera mode or reading mode to liven up the SOL, but of course it remains just a moege-ish game with short common route, H emphasis and no distinctive story. 6. Fuyu no Polaris 冬のポラリス [171229] Stage-nana 1 A mysterious global pandemic is making people disappear into thin air. A mysterious glass object carried by a girl found adrift at sea. Two stories that set two pairs of protagonists off on separate journeys around the world. What does it mean to live, make mistakes, and live again? Game is localized and has English reviews 7. Nillhana ニルハナ [171229] unitcheese 1 2 Morimiya Takuya was spending his life in idleness, doing shady jobs and getting involved with dubious women. "I want you to infiltrate a certain care facility and expose what's going on inside." Such was the request a certain mysterious girl, Yuu, approached him with. Captivated by her, Tatsuya accepts - but the facility in question appears to be much more suspicious than he had imagined. The shady owner. Dark pasts looming in the corners. Sex with the female convalescents. The more time Tatsuya spends inside as a live-in care volunteer, the more his mental state deteriorates. Between flashbacks of the past and strange nightmares of a far-off land, will he be able to leave the facility unharmed? And just what is Yuu's goal? There are English impressions 8. Koi ni, Kanmi o Soete 恋ニ、甘味ヲソエテ [171231] Canvas+Garden 1 My new home is my grandmother’s house that also functions as a café. Due to my grandmother’s recent illness and hospitalization, however, she was forced to close the café until further notice. When I heard about my grandmother’s situation from Chisato Komada (a childhood friend who is like an older sister to me), I looked around the desolate café and my heart was filled with a sense of loneliness. It was then I immediately thought: “I want to bring the shop back to life again and show it to grandmother…!!!” We renovated the inside of the shop and gave it a new name. We prepared a new menu and café uniforms and began the hiring process to find new, part-time staff. Right away two girls, Niwasaka Rira and Shionomiya Rishie, came into the cafe. 「“Um… would it be ok if we worked here?”」 An unusually strong breeze blew cherry blossom petals inside the shop and they fluttered and danced around the cafe, myself, and the girls around me. This could only be a premonition of the bittersweet tale that would soon follow… Game is localized and has English reviews BLOCKED 1. Hikari no Umi no Apeiria ~Casablanca no Kishi~ 景の海のアペイリア ~カサブランカの騎士~ [171222] Silky's Plus Dolce This is the fandisc for Hikari no Umi no Apeiria. Reiichi’s friend disappeared. After consulting with Sara and Nanami, he found out about the existence of an app called the Boundary II α system. He logged in once more to Second to solve the mystery of his friend’s log-in for over a month. This was the beginning of a new incident. He must find a way to log-out of the α system in which he was trapped, but he had forgotten everything about Apeiria… Fandisc 2. Nemurenu Hitsuji to Kodoku na Ookami -A Tale of Love, and Cutthroat- 眠れぬ羊と孤独な狼-A Tale of Love, and Cutthroat- [ 171222] Clock Up 1 2 Takeo lives at a love hotel in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho, working as a janitor and cleaning after the guests leave. He is quite tired and listless during the day since he suffers from chronic insomnia. The only way he can fall sound asleep is by killing someone. Thus, he works behind the scenes as an assassin for the head of the ruling gang in order to get a good night’s sleep. Even though it’s an extremely risky business, the days were relatively stable and peaceful. One day, Takeo met the call girl Azami. When he embraced her, he had the best sleep that he’d ever had, so he thought about keeping her by his side. However, she was being chased by his boss, which meant that keeping her would amount to turning against him and an end to his peaceful life. Nukige listed for the sake of reviews 3. Sky & Heart Last Survival [171222] Giga Sky & Heart Last Survival contains a survival mode similar to the survival modes of the previous games, and ero scenes for a few of the Fei from Baldr Heart. In the survival mode you play as Sou, and you have all weaponry from both Baldr Heart and Baldr Heart EXE aside from the collaboration weapons. Almost all units from Baldr Sky, Baldr Sky DiveX and Baldr Heart are present as enemies Beat em up fandisc
  12. Aoi Tori , Kizuna Kirameku Koi Iroha , Yoru Meguru, Bokura no Maigo Kyoushitsu are all decent choices within their genres, but I should agree with Clephas about the first one being the winner. Micchi feels the same, but adds lighter ones like Making*Lovers , Maho×Roba -Witches spiritual home- , Abnormal Lovers and Yurameku Kokoro ni Michita Sekai de, Kimi no Yume to Yokubou wa Kanau ka 1. Occultic;Nine オカルティック・ナイン [171109] MAGES. GAME Shikura Chiyomaru's fourth title that was first published as a light novel with Pako as character designer. The story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world. Anime Spin-Off 2. Ore-tachi no Sekai wa Owatteiru. 俺達の世界わ終っている。 [171109] Red Entertainment Corporation 1 2 3 Our World is Ended follows Judgement 7, a team of young developers working on a brand new game engine called the W.O.R.L.D program. When wearing an Augmented Reality headset, this revolutionary program changes the landscape in real time. When Reiji, the game part-time director, tries the program in the streets of Asakusa, he catches a glimpse of an unsettling cityscape. Could this be a glitch or is there more to it than meets the eye? His doubts are soon to be confirmed as the members of Judgement 7 will find themselves trapped between fiction and the real world. Characters and creatures from their previous games have breached into the world and now risk of becoming reality. The city is on the verge of being overwritten. Judgement 7’s battle to bring the world back is about to begin! Game is localized and has English reviews 3. Karakara 2 カラカラ2 [171110] calme 1 2 Let us live on this land so arid. KARAKARA. It is the sound of aridity. It is the sound of dry asphalt and sandy winds. It is the sound of relentless sunshine, as well as the sound of a withering race. The "Age of Dusk." It is a time of senescence for the human species, during which hybrids known as the "Others"—those who are human, yet not—exist in great numbers. On the windswept barrens of a land without moisture, a small gathering of people make their living in a world they no longer know. Down a stretch of highway and far from the heart of the town are two such people who run a small diner. To them, the circumstances that reshaped their world is of far less concern than the number of lunch boxes they can load into their delivery vehicle. After all, leaving customers hungry is not good for business, and business keeps them fed. Day after day, they occupy themselves with the endless work of their store. However, the comfortable monotony of their daily lives is turned on its head when they discover a large suitcase by the roadside on their way home from deliveries. Lying on the suitcase, unmoving, is a young girl with pink hair... Though parched, they keep each other company, and while hollow, they fill each other's voids. So shall they live on this land so arid. Game is localized and has English reviews 4. Abnormal Lovers あぶのーまるらば~ず [171124] Torte Soft Hinata lives with his mother Mayoi and his older sister Akeno, while training as a cook at the family’s Café Carroll. Even though his childhood friend Mimi causes a ruckus every day, he leads a peaceful and happy life while aiming to become a full-fledged cook. However, his mother got in an accident one day and he had to take over running the family business until she recovered. The popular grade A student Seri, childhood friend Mimi and quiet classmate Yukana all came to live and work at the coffee shop for varying reasons. He was wondering if everything will turn out alright when the three girls, along with his older sister Akeno, made advances on him starting from that very first night. Moreover, it was an abnormal type of love! It's an ordinary family store moege with the only intrigue of this "abnormality". As it turns out, the whole thing is about tilt into fetishes of heroines like S-M etc, nothing really hardcore. 5. Aoi Tori アオイトリ [171124] Purple Software 1 2 3 November, winter. Sitting at the base of two mountains is Kirihara Academy, an all-girls Christian boarding school. Men are normally forbidden on the premises, with the sole exception being the protagonist Shiratori Ritsu, who both attends the academy as a student and serves as a priest. Ritsu has the power to bring "bliss" to anyone he touches, with the potency being higher if it's sexual in nature. He's targeted by demons for having this miraculous power, and has never once left the academy. The girls consider him an "angel", with many coming into his carnal embrace in search of "bliss". Burdened by the sin of killing one of these girls, Ritsu vowed to put others' happiness above all else. Caught in a chaotic mix between the pure and the obscene, Ritsu spends his days on the precipice of insanity. That would soon change, however, with the arrival of a single girl. The curtain of our story rises, and Mary Harker, a vampire at the end of her hundred-year long journey, takes the stage. Sharing the spotlight with her, is the voice of a demon on the other side of the phone. Can the power of "miracles" really bring people happiness? What is the value of being born into this world? This is a story of life woven with words of prayer-- There are English reviews 6. Azayaka na Irodori no Naka de, Kimi Rashiku あざやかな彩りの中で、君らしく [171124] Prekano The protagonist transferred into a boarding school, sharing a room with a boy who was in his grade. His roommate was the son of a famous Kabuki actor and also performs as a promising onnagata (female-role actor). However, he found out his secret by accident: he was actually a girl. From that moment on, their relationship changed completely. However, he was not the type to take advantage of such a situation, but instead he wanted to help protect her secret. Prekano is basically Giga subsidiary for the poor dealing with a single heroine. Not cool. 7. Bokura no Sekai ni Shukufuku o. 僕らの世界に祝福を。 [171124] Kawauso Soft 1 Kazuki took in a puppy that was on the verge of freezing to death on a cold rainy day in the middle of winter. He also let in a stray black kitty that often came to play with him. He welcomed both of them into his room and gave them food and warmth. Before he knew it, he fell asleep to the faint sound of raindrops and the whir of the heater. When he woke up the next morning, there were two naked girls by his side. It appeared that the animals had turned into humans and wanted to repay him for his kindness. There is an English review 8. Kizuna Kirameku Koi Iroha 絆きらめく恋いろは [171124] CRYSTALiA 1 2 Touki is a second-year student at Murakumo Academy who is training as a katana smith. He attracts a lot of attention since his ancestor was a famous katana smith, but due to a certain reason, he spent all his time playing with machines instead. The appearance one day of the ‘goddess’ Ayase, who claimed to be the guardian deity of his family home, was the trigger for many fated meetings: The black-haired transfer student Saya, who he met on a moonlit night. His childhood friend Tsubaki, who is the school’s strongest swordswoman. His kind kouhai Shion, who has a habit of breaking her weapons. The full-of-curiosity ojousama Freesia, who is an aspiring blacksmith. These meetings rekindled his passion for swordsmithing, and his special bonds with the girls grew stronger by way of the swords which he crafted for them. There is an English review 9. Maho x Roba -Witches Spiritual Home- まほ×ろば -Witches spiritual home- [171124] Akabei Soft3 1 2 3 After an unexpected turn of events, Naru became the temporary manager of a girls’ dormitory. However, all the girls living there are magicians: shy daydreamer Konatsu, sharp-tongued ventriloquist Kuon, cool and vain Shizuru, and the ever-energetic moodmaker Teru. With the magic academy’s principal Enis and genius magician Mikage in tow, his normal life gradually turns into one that is extraordinary. His bonds with the girls grow stronger, marked by many ecchi incidents that could only happen from living together. This is a love story woven together by magic. Would you, too, like to live together with magic girls? There are English reviews 10. Making*Lovers [171124] Smee 1 For my whole life, I never had a girlfriend. People could laugh at me all they want, but I refused to give up on my ideals when it came to love. I had always pictured a first encounter where I knew right away she was my destined one. After several chance run-ins, we would exchange numbers. Then we would hang out together on the weekends. Only once we've grown close enough would it be time for a real date. I wouldn't have accepted any love that didn't develop like a storybook romance. Picking up girls at a club or going on blind dates was out of the question for me. And so was arranged dates. How could it be romantic when someone else set you up? I had stood unwavering in my beliefs for my entire life. Until, that is, when the words of a certain girl turned my view on love inside-out. Game is localized and has English reviews 11. Yoru Meguru, Bokura no Maigo Kyoushitsu 夜巡る、ボクらの迷子教室 [171124] Samoyed Smile 1 2 Haruki fulfilled his wish of becoming a teacher, but he soon became disillusioned after his ideals were shattered after witnessing first-hand the corruption at his first post at a private school. Ever since then, he has half-assed his job, having lost his ambition. One day, his father Hidetsugu, who he broke off relations with, had a request for him from his hospital bed. He was the principal of the Fujiwara night school and he wanted Haruki to become a teacher for the remaining students and help them graduate before the school closes next year. In return, he would receive his father’s vast inheritance. While this alone should be enough to convince him to accept, Haruki thought that it would be a great opportunity to recover what he had lost. Fujiwara is no ordinary night school; it is a school for drop-outs. Moreover, it is a place full of memories of his late mother. There were three students, as well as one of their daughters. While they aim to graduate from step one, Haruki hopes to finally be able to attain what he had wanted from his career. There is an English review 12. Yurameku Kokoro ni Michita Sekai de, Kimi no Yume to Yokubou wa Kanau ka ゆらめく心に満ちた世界で、君の夢と欲望は叶うか [171124] CUBE 1 2 3 4 5 Starting this fall, Aoi will be attending a boarding school located on a distant Southern island where his father once taught at. Since all the preparations were ready, it was decided that he would move in to the school dormitory during the summer break. The island is only accessible by boat, and he was caught in a storm on the way there, but he somehow made it. Even though it was the summer break, there were still three girls who remained in the dormitory: the mischievous free spirit Sumire, the kind and cheerful Tsukino, and the cool and outwardly dependable Konoha. Moreover, his imouto Tomoe, who loves to dote on and also be doted upon by him, followed him to the island to prevent him from attending the school. The days on the island were full of fun and excitement. They showed him around the island, swam in the sea, did some preparation studying, and spent time in the library on rainy days. Every day was full of things to do. However, the summer break doesn’t seem to be ending. When Aoi became aware of this, he set out to search for the island’s secret…. There are English reviews BLOCKED 1. Kyonyuu Fantasy 3 if 巨乳ファンタジー3 if [171124] Waffle 1 2 Ancient Rome, but not the same Roman Empire we know. These events took place in the city of Doronium that was located in Gernia province, which bordered the territories of the minotaur tribes near the norther part of the empire. The man named Canecone, a member of the city council, had recently acquired a new slave, Paia. On her first work day, while the girl was looking for mushrooms, she stepped on Medusa's sacred grounds and was cursed by the goddess. Paia's hair and legs turned to snakes, which brought calamity upon Doronium. When the girl entered the city's amphitheater, the gladiators and the guards were petrified, causing panic among the spectators. The top officials of the city: the duumviri and the city council members called an augur to divine how to defeat the monster, but ultimately could not come up with a good plan. In the meantime, the trees around the amphitheater began turning to stone. And while the petrifying wave was slowly consuming the city, believers of the Church of Holy Rood preached that it was divine punishment for the Romans' self-indulgence. Finally, the members of the city council turned to the famous sibyl Zoe for help. The plan proposed by Zoe was to summon a close friend of Medusa, Julinas, who was the lowest and most obscure god in the Underworld. To conduct the ritual, the council members called the most gorgeous women in Doronium: Destra and Escelda. Perhaps because of their help, the obscure god Julinas descended to the human world. And when he found out that it was a senior slave who told Paia to trespass on Medusa's sacred grounds, he lifted the curse. Later, Destra and Escelda offered Julinas the gift of Venus for the first time in his 500 years of divine life. But his delight was not going to last. Due to divine laws, gods could only spend a few days in the human world. Julinas was going to return to the Underworld, but... Nukige is localized and has English reviews 2. Omoi o Sasageru Otome no Melody ~Afureru Omoi o Shirabe ni Nosete~ 想いを捧げる乙女のメロディー ~あふれる想いを調べにのせて~ [171124] ensemble This is the fandisc for Otomelo, with after stories for all the heroines. There’ll be guest appearances from other characters in the similar music-themed Otokana series. Fandisc
  13. Yami to Hikari no Sanctuary is VN of the Month with Kanojo wa Tenshi de Imouto de being another masterpiece. Clephas actually chose both. Micchi favors Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart 2 , Tsugihagi Make Peace and a delayed title 1. Arui wa Koi to Iu Na no Mahou あるいは恋という名の魔法 [171027] Omochi Soft Three beautiful princesses came from another world which was built on magic rather than science. Their world was currently facing an unprecedented crisis and they needed to acquire more magical power to overcome it. Yamato’s semen possessed special powers which greatly increases magic abilities. So, he has to choose one of the three attractive princesses to love. However, each of them had a spell cast on them. The kind Faty would turn into a little bird when she falls asleep. So she could not remain in the same bed as him through the night. The righteous Rian would develop a high fever when she gets angry. So she made up her mind to suppress her feelings. The much-admired Cerea could not convey her feelings in words to the one she truly loves. Once she falls in true love, she cannot relay her feelings in words towards the one she loves no matter how she tries. Even while hiding their own worries, they longed to be loved by him. Scenario is non-existing here, but instead of ordinary moege development, game actually makes it an... elegant moege. It's all about spells, knights, books and princesses, true love. Atmospheric, but without a story not worth it for me. 2. Baldr Bringer [171027] Giga 1 2 Elis was formerly the manager of the virtual world VERTEX until she was driven from her position and stripped from almost all of her powers. She sat in the middle of the room in front of a huge machine, wondering if she would have to return to reality while making the final pre-activation checks. She breathed a sigh of relief as everything appeared ready, but then an alarm sounded the very next second. “Please work!!” ‘He’ opened his eyes at the same time as her cry of desperation. It was the beginning of his consciousness as oil coursed through his steel body and his limbs moved according to electromagnetic pulses. After checking that he knew who she was, Elis asked a favour of him: to protect her from the viruses that were coming for her. “I think I will help you. Is that alright?” A few minutes later, as he looked down upon the wreckage of the defeated enemies, he was glad that he had protected her. She told him that he was a para-intelligence being and bestowed him with the name Fuji, short for “Dusk Bringer Sower of Huge”, the simulacrum that he was born in. “Welcome to the virtual world, VERTEX!” Shooter has English reviews 3. Boukyaku Shitsuji to Koi Suru Ojou-sama no Memoir 忘却執事と恋するお嬢様の回想録 [171027] Campus 1 There was something missing. It was memories of his childhood. It was the key to locked memories. She just wished for wings to fly into the sky. She just wanted to take a step out of the cage that she had been locked in. Because surely this key would open the door to something wonderful. Because surely the first love which only comes once is something irreplaceable. It can’t end like this. It can’t remain unrequited like this. We can’t be happy like this. Even if it’s only one thing, I want to know the truth. This is a normal story, a normal love story, that happens everywhere. A story between a young lady and her butler. Short single heroine kinetic romance 4. Junjou Karen Freaks! 純情化憐フリークス! [171027] Wonder Fool 1 Supernatural beings such as youkai and spirits, called “freaks”, co-exist with humans in this world. Mikitaka lives with his older cousin Shizumi on the island of Kakuriyotobari, where 80% of the residents are freaks. One day, his childhood friend and first love Yuuka returned… as a ghost! She didn’t know why she became a ghost, and they let her stay with them since they’re old friends. However, that wasn’t the end. Shizumi was revealed to have regenerative powers after an accident, it turns out that everyone around Mikitaka is a freak. With the help of freaks mediator-in-training Rio and Tsukumo - a tsukumogami (an item-born minor god) assistant, he set out to find out the girls’ true identities and the cause of their current state. There is an English review 5. Kanojo wa Tenshi de Imouto de 彼女は天使で妹で [171027] Alcot Honey Comb 1 2 Yuuki has always attracted attention due to his superior looks and being the son of two entertainers. However, he has a quiet demeanour and did not feel comfortable in the spotlight, instead wishing for a more peaceful and ordinary life. But things don’t always go the way you want them to in life. He met an angel by chance one night, who asked him if he wanted to become a god. Ignoring his perplexed response, she made him an ‘angel candidate’ and his life changed completely. First, the girl Touka became his imouto by using her powers to create a ‘miracle’. Moreover, two girls were sent to train him: the school’s prettiest girl and idol Mia, who was actually an angel; and, the solitary cool beauty genius girl Kazumi, who was actually a shinigami. He was put through harsh training by the three girls, but could not become an angel, much less a god. Not only that but his osananajimi Erina, the only place of solace he could turn to, was awfully displeased with him since he’s been so close to other girls lately. Things really don’t go the way you want them to. One year later, Yuuki still remained an angel-in-training. In fact, it’s like he hadn’t grown one bit. Would an angel without wings like him ever become a god? What kind of future awaits him? There are English reviews 6. Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart 2 ノラと皇女と野良猫ハート2 [171027] Harukaze 1 2 3 This is the sequel for Noratoto, featuring new heroines Iris and Noel. Subheroine Nobuchina, Lucia and Eurasia get their own routes, while of course there are after stories for the main heroines of the previous game. The game takes place during the summer at the beach where Nora worked. Snow began to fall one day, signaling the Snow Queen Iris’ impending appearance. There are English reviews 7. Pure Marriage ~Akai Ito Monogatari - Celica Hen~ Pure Marriage ~赤い糸物語 セリカ編~ [171027] Lass Pixy Touma had admired Celica ever since he was young. He always went to watch her gaze lonelily into the distance from the tall tower and nicknamed her Rapunzel after the princess from the fairy tale. They did not talk to each other, and only verified each other’s presence each day. This daily routine changed when her father allowed her to go outside for the first time. When she was walking around taking in her brand new surroundings, a speeding truck headed straight for her. Luckily, Touma was able to save her just in time. It was actually an absurd trial planned by her father, who asked that he marry her because he had passed it. As they had been attracted to one another since long ago, they exchanged vows and became a married couple. However, just as Touma was about to begin a wonderful life with the pure and naive Celica, an unbelievable secret was revealed: she had the blood of a succubus inside of her! Moege 8. Ruri no Kasane ~Imouto Monogatari~ ルリのかさね ~いもうと物語り~ [171027] NekoNeko Soft At a small shrine in the suburbs, the priest’s only son met his young relative Ruri when he was still a high school student. While they didn’t get along at first, they became close before they knew it. One day, both of their parents passed away in an accident. They were both left without any relatives, and Ruri had only just entered elementary school. After much agonizing, he chose to live together with her. NekoNeko continues with its lolicon mania, and this time main heroine imouto is a loli. I'm not touching this lolige, but what I get from impressions is that main imouto route turns into a nakige, and two side heroines aren't memorable on a big scale. 9. Tsugihagi Make Peace - Pretending x Friendship - ツギハギめいくぴーす!-pretending×friendship- [171027] Curefull Base Yuuto was called out to the school rooftop by the student council leader Ayase after school. All five students who gathered there had a common trait: they had no friends. She asked them to pretend to be friends. She admitted that it was an outrageous request, but it was to help them build interpersonal skills so that they won’t still be alone after they graduated. Using her powers as the student council leader and persuasion skills, Ayase convinced all of them to participate in the trial. “It’s fine if it’s just pretending. Well, it’ll work out because it’s not real. It’s not like we could make any real friends anyway.” A normal clumsy youth story of strangers getting into friends and then into lovers. Countless events are poured in, but these events feel disjointed from each other and done halfway. Individual endings are substantially shorter than common route and with half of those occupied by H events, heroines' individuality is hurt. 10. Venus Blood -Brave- [171027] Dual Tail 1 The world Zilant enjoys peace with the blessing of a goddess. People pray to the goddess Zilant who feeds on their faith. One day red moon floats in the sky, and the ancient Demon Lord Lagar revives. Under red moon's light goddess blessing gets lost, and devils gradually expand their zone of control. A hero and a scholar meet at a town that's next to fall. They decide that no price is too big in the face of the threat and accept tentacles with the forbidden practices. The journey to subdue the Demon King by these two people begins. RPG has an English review 11. Yami to Hikari no Sanctuary ヤミと祝祭のサンクチュアリ [171027] Azarashi Soft Zero 1 2 3 4 Souji is the successor of the Izumo family’s traditional martial art form to defeat vengeful beings that harm humans. He accompanied his osananajimi Arisu, the daughter of the head of a world-leading zaibatsu, as her bodyguard to the distant island of Niizajima. She transferred to Kamikura Private Academy to look for her older sister, who had disappeared without a trace. There were many strange ‘rules’ on the island, which they believed were set in place to cover up a ‘secret’. With the help of Arisu’s osananajimi Yuuri, zaibatsu rival Claudette and mysterious classmate Julie, as well as some strategy, they gradually got closer to the truth of the island. But what awaited them wasn’t Arisu’s older sister, but countless ‘apparitions’ that had been talked about in many stories. There are English reviews
  14. Oni ga Kuru. ~Ane ga Hinshi de Pinchi Desu~ is VN of the Month and Omokage Railback is another masterpiece. Clephas was choosing between these two with such outcome. Micchi leans towards Sakura Hitohira Koi Moyou , Seven Days and a fandisc. 1. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! -Kono Yokubukai Game ni Shinpan o!- この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! -この欲深いゲームに審判を!- [170907] MAGES. GAME The series follows a boy who is sent to a fantasy world following his death, forming a dysfunctional party with a goddess, a wizard, and a crusader to fight against monsters. Anime Spin-Off 2. Flowers -Le Volume sur Hiver- Flowers -Le Volume sur Hiver- [170915] Innocent Grey 1 Suou/Mayuri: "Is there someone in your life whom you want to be with, forevermore?" "Tell me the key necessary to arrive at the Goddess of Truth," challenged Suou after becoming the president of Council of Nicaea and overcoming the trials from Yatsushiro Yuzuriha. As promised, the name given was "The Seven Wonders of the Beginning of the End," directly linking Kousaka Mayuri, her amity who disappeared in Spring. A number of even more bizarre events arise in Saint Angraecum Academy during the season of Winter. With the help of her friends, Shirahane Suou will stand up against many obstacles, but… the words she prayed to God, "Please forget about me," still overwhelms her. The reemergence of her step-mom's shadow, passing thoughts, unexpected continuations… Just what will it all bring about to Suou? The final wintry season will melt everything away… Yuri 3. Doki Doki Literature Club! [170922] Team Salvato 1 2 3 4 Hi, Monika here! Welcome to the Literature Club! It's always been a dream of mine to make something special out of the things I love. Now that you're a club member, you can help me make that dream come true in this cute game! Every day is full of chit-chat and fun activities with all of my adorable and unique club members: Sayori, the youthful bundle of sunshine who values happiness the most; Natsuki, the deceivingly cute girl who packs an assertive punch; Yuri, the timid and mysterious one who finds comfort in the world of books; ...And, of course, Monika, the leader of the club! That's me! I'm super excited for you to make friends with everyone and help the Literature Club become a more intimate place for all my members. But I can tell already that you're a sweetheart—will you promise to spend the most time with me? EVN has English reviews 4. Akatoki 2! -Tsumugu Mahou to Koboreru Hikari- あかときっ2!-紡ぐマホウと零れるヒカリ- [170929] Escu:de The world we live in is overflowing with mysteries: people ride on brooms, cast magic, and fight against beings that appeared to have come straight out of a fairy tale. The world had once fallen in a crisis, but that is now all in the past. Even though these fairytale-like creatures ‘Kurayami’ still battle with magicians in the skies, there is a on-going search for a way to co-exist together. In the renowned magic city of Akatoki lies the world’s best magician training academy. Akatoki is designed to be a model city for co-habitation between the two races and is also home to the group of magicians who had previously saved the world. A generation later, as a new team of magicians was to be assembled, there was the beginnings of a new being… TBS 5. Dolphin Blade Dolphin Blade -ドルフィンブレード- [170929] Island Belle “Dolphin blade” is a marine race sport featuring girls in swimsuits on motorized float shoes. It is especially popular in Yamato, the 81st island district of the United Federation. Kousuke is an employee at the leading Aihara Electronics Corporation. His business performance was excellent thanks to sweet-talking his boss and he appeared to be on the track to certain success. However, his boss was then dismissed for an ‘indecent act’ and he also came under suspicion of similar conduct. Despite being spared a similar fate due to lack of evidence, he was involuntarily transferred to a sub-subsidiary as the new manager of a dolphin blade team. Even though the team had some skilled members, they were unable to attain any good results every year, accruing a huge debt in the process. He would not be able to return to Aihara if the debt is not fully paid off. It was clear that the upper management intended to get rid of him, but he was determined to do his best to prove them wrong. SIM 6. Haze Man -The Local Hero- ヘイズマン -THE LOCAL HERO- [170929] Bug System 1 Every day Shoutarou does many part-time jobs just to get by. Even though he is quite skilled at hand-to-hand fighting, he doesn’t make much use of it and lives a simple life, while watched over by his childhood friend Renka. One day, he met an intelligent life form from another planet, Fara, who hailed from a planet called Perel. He risked his life to save her from a thug’s attack and his life then changed completely. By joining with Fara, he gets an immense increase in his physical ability and also special powers. She transforms into his armor and protects his body from harm. While normally these powers would not be needed in daily life, this resulted in the sudden appearance of Jil, who planned to take Fara back to Perel with him. He must fight Jil’s henchman every day and their heated battles caused a big disturbance in the shopping street. However, it was promoted as a hero show by his company boss Tooko to attract visitors. What will happen to Shoutarou and Fara? Will they be able to fight off Jil? How will the town revitalization event turn out? There is an English review 7. Hoshi Furu Yoru no Farnese 星降る夜のファルネーゼ [170929] Miti 1 2 There once was a ‘good witch’ who used magic to bring prosperity to the world. The people were grateful to her and enjoyed her benevolence. However, a ‘bad witch’ appeared and incited the humans to kill her virtuous counterpart. With the powerful and wise ‘good witch’ no longer around, the ‘bad witch’ was free to do as she pleased. The people suffered as she brought on fires and floods, destroying and corrupting everything she touched. They managed to kill her too and vowed to forget about magic, but she had cast a curse upon the world: witches will continue to exist in the world. Thus began a hunt for the ‘witches’ with the intent on exterminating them all. This is the beginning of the ‘star hunt’, which has continued for hundreds of years. Etoile stood in the middle of a church in the capital, nervously awaiting the opening of a ‘star hunt’ trial. He was a new ‘astrologer’, an equivalent to a lawyer, tasked with defending a client for the first time. He was barely able to prove her innocence, although he hadn’t been able to find the true culprit. Afterwards, a witch with a dog familiar suddenly appeared in front of him. She called herself the ‘Witch of Justice’ and offered to assist him. It is up to them to take back the ‘starry sky’! The premise of the game is to regain the ‘starry sky’ which was lost because of the bad witch. You have to collect evidence to prove the innocence of your clients during the witch hunt. Along the way, you’ll find who the culprits (bad witches) are and defeat them to gradually regain the ‘constellations’. As you complete more cases, you’ll begin to see a link between the cases . The evidence can found by searching places of interest, while the actual ‘star hunt’ involves stripping them by countering their lies and revealing the witch’s seal (constellation) on their bodies. To draw out the seal from their bodies, you must bring them to ‘ecstasy’. There is an English review 8. Iyashi no Megami no Marmot 癒しの女神の実験台(モルモット) [170929] Shirokuma Dango 1 After working continuously in a shady business, his body and soul are in shambles. As he was walking without an umbrella in the rain, a woman called out to him: “Have you been comforted lately?” Arriving at the address on the business card he had received, he was enlisted as a ‘massage model’ (also known as a marmot) at the comfort industry specialty school, Shichijou Salon Arts Academy. His body, soul and nether regions, are comforted by the whispers of the goddesses at the school. Will he be able to safely regain his healthy body!? SOL scenes are terribly boring, otherwise more or less normal moege 9. Mono no Aware wa Sai no Koro. もののあはれは彩の頃。 [170929] Quince Soft 1 2 All Japanese people know the rules of e-sugoroku: roll the dice, move your piece, aim for the finish. However, for Akira and those around him who have also lost their memories, they have become the ‘pieces’ in a world that mimics this game. They have to compete with each other to be the first and only one to reach the finish line and escape the world. With each roll of the die, they proceed around the streets of Kyoto basked in the fall colours. While following the commandments on the ’tiles’ they land on, they have to avoid the hidden dangers of the ‘board’. Along the way, the memories of ‘reality’ gradually return. Why is there two worlds: ‘sugoroku’ and ‘reality’? Why are they here? There is an English review 10. Omokage Railback 面影レイルバック [170929] Hiqo Soft 1 2 3 During Masashi’s last summer as a student, it was decided that he would transfer schools due to his non-blood-related older sister Juri’s work as the young manager of Yoshioka Construction. His new school would be in the small rural town of Yagurana, located at the end of the railroad. He met the young land-owner Iroha, who vows to protect the land from corporations, and started going to school with her. However, the reason why he was there was because of Yoshioka Construction’s desire to develop the land. Moreover, he was the heir of the corporation itself. There are English reviews 11. Oni ga Kuru. ~Ane ga Hinshi de Pinchi Desu~ 鬼がくる。~姉がひん死でピンチです~ [170929] Enishi Soft 1 The goddess Kohime appeared before Haruto to save his sick older sister Haruko. However, she wasn’t able to save her since he did not have enough faith. He devoted his time to increasing his faith, but Haruko mistakenly thought that Kohime was taking his little brother from her. She responded by doting on him even more than usual. Meanwhile, Kohime was using her status to make him do all her work, while his childhood friend Riri was stalking him from afar as usual. Their fight over him intensifies day by day. What will become of Haruko’s destiny? There is an English review 12. Sakura Hitohira Koi Moyou 桜ひとひら恋もよう [170929] Parasol 1 Haruta calls himself an ordinary student, but he still had not gotten over his first love, who was actually his imouto who he never knew he had. A new school year had arrived and everyone at his school, Souto Gakuen, was talking about the rumoured merger with Houjou Gakuen. The school’s founder and chairman had passed away suddenly last year and the school lost its direction and was in a bad financial state. However, a merger with Houjou Gakuen, a grades-centric school that uses corporal punishment on its students, would signal the loss of freedom and self-governance that Souto Gakuen was built on. It seemed that there was no way to avoid the merger when a young girl appeared, claiming to be the new chairman of the school, and passing out leaflets petitioning the merger. Even though he did not believe that this small girl was the new chairman, he was so touched by her actions that he inadvertently accepted a leaflet and ended up joining the merger petition group. There is an English review 13. Seven Days: Anata to Sugosu Nanokakan セヴンデイズ あなたとすごす七日間 [170929] LIFE0 1 2 3 One day close to the beginning of summer vacation, Shuuichi was watching a ‘cursed Blu-ray’ given to him by his buddy when a spirit came out from the disc and possessed him. His childhood friend Murasaki belonged to a family that managed an ancient temple, so she tried an exorcism to rid him of the spirit. While the ritual was successful and quelled the vindictive spirit, the spirit girl’s form remained due to her inexperience. Her name was Chiyako, the name of the girl who was killed on screen, and she revealed that the spirits of six other girls dwelled within her. According to Murasaki, spirits can only remain in this world for 49 days, which meant that there would only be seven days allotted for each of the seven girls. Shuuichi was tasked with helping them achieve happiness so they can leave this world with no regrets. However, it is a very short time to accomplish this task. Also he did not realize at this time that it meant that he would be getting to know each girl well only to bid a painful farewell seven times over. There is an English review 14. Space Live スペースライブ [170929] Circus 1 2 Over 200 years in the future, humanity has abandoned reality and chosen to upload themselves into Net Space, a digital, interconnected world, divided into several factions surrounding different idols who compete every four years to win followers to their side.There's Macro Space's Ai E, a hardworking, easily flustered girl trying to regain her lost position; Goggle Space's G Chrome, a logical competitor using her wealth and data troves in a bid to secure the lead; Mosaic Space's Higitsune, a haughty, elusive idol enjoying the competition itself; Ai Space's Sarifa, an eloquent fashionista willing to bet it all; and Luna Space's Tsukikage, a minor idol hoping to finally gain some recognition. Game is localized and has English reviews 15. Yuganda Uso no Koi to Letter 歪んだ嘘の恋とレッテル [170929] Studio Orca 1 Maki used to be lovers with his childhood friend Saeko and they would imitate what adults would do. However, one time they had sex and she ran away from the town because of it. Immediately he was blamed for the incident and labelled as a ‘monster’. Many years later and now in his second year at school, those rumours have still persisted. On the day of the final exam for the term in early July, he protected his cousin Yuki from some harassment from some boys and his past label resurfaced. However, this time he gave up trying to deny it and acted like he enjoyed it. Saeko suddenly returned to the town and he also ended up having multiple relationships with many girls by chance. Addicted to the new sensations and pleasure, he seeked many forms of erotic play to express his pent-up anger. At the same time, he was able to see the girls’ true feelings and personality. Is this pure love or twisted love? There is an English review BLOCKED 1. D.C. III ~Da Capo III~ Dream Days D.C.Ⅲ DreamDays~ダ・カーポⅢ~ドリームデイズ [170929] Circus A Fandisc of Platinum Partner and With You. Featuring the stories told on the modern day Hatsunejima alongside with stories of the Heroines on the Kazami Academy episode of the D.C.III series. It is composed of seven episodes, which features the five heroines plus Mikoto and Sumomo, and the return of most of the D.C.II cast, including Otome, Yume, Nanaka, Koko, Anzu, Akane, and Aisia. Fandisc
  15. Foreword: I'm a fan of DnD , Wizardry 8 and Japanese Wizardry series, so I could not just pass by Dungeons & Daimeiwaku. As for Mareni writing, it's a stamp of minimally acceptable quality although without a normal story it can easily go astray. Synopsis: In the world of sword of magic, expert miners discovered an underground labyrinth in a remote area of the continent. “The Abyss” is very huge inside, full of monsters and traps. However, it was rumoured that ancient treasures lie deep inside its depths and adventurers from all over came to challenge the dungeon. Among them is the young and foolish samurai Shouran, and his party consisting of the sexy but problematic alchemist Nicolite, the aggressive M ninja Hakumeimaru and the expressionless mysterious archer Kurozuka. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwGwDxf37gEl3UABPvr6h2gRVAj86RTei Character Design rating: 6/10 Protagonist rating: 6/10 Story rating: 5/10 Game quality: 6/10 Overall rating: 6/10 I keep choosing Mareni works for review, but this must be the first time when I deny it of being a masterpiece if we don't count Albatross Koukairoku that I tried some 3 times and that I absolutely hate. And the reason is that Dungeons & Daimeiwaku is closer to Albatross Koukairoku than anything else I read from Mareni. But that is probably the best rated and most praised game of Mareni, so let's sort it out. Common route is usually the best part of the game, but not in this game, apparently. It's a terribly long line of encounters with different monsters and several bonding events in-between. Archer Kurozuka is the only proper fighter, but she joins only at the very end of the common route, so fights in the common route are a mix of running , fighting due to emotional overflow, some tricks, luck and intervention of higher forces. This is supposed to be the part to pour in all the humor available, but I did not like humor in the game. There aren't normal jokes with structure and punches. "Humor" here is achieved mostly through the same means as in Albatross - abnormal illogical development, denying laws of ethics, forgetting to fill plot loopholes, fumble way of doing things and just straightforward cheating. I tried to catch a glimpse of normal humor, but at best it's some phrase thrown during ambush while inventing a way to deal with it, although no punch ever follows. Then three individual routes follow... and those are pretty horrible. Hakumeimaru just deals with her sister and is plain unfinished. Nicolite in her route deals with her (different) sister, and even though this route has a logical ending, it's so quirky that I it might as well be unfinished as well. With boobs in clothes as route main heroine, this route is also destined to become most etchy and it even hosts a 3P h-event. Kurozuka archer is rather serious in comparison, so her route is most action-packed, but it's still fighting only a sub-boss, so it does not feel goal-setting or meaningful on a large scale. There is also a True route available from the menu after clearing individual routes, but I almost missed it because game has zero walkthroughs on Japanese sites, just insane. And Chinese sites give choices for individual routes, but absolutely forget to mention the True route in any way. So this true route is actually the best part of the game as it becomes rather serious and does not need to waste time on trash mobs, so development finally acquires some meaning and some kind of whacky resolution. As a result, playing this game for the story is a waste of time. Trying to find humor is pointless. I did not feel DnD or Wizardry spirit in here, sadly, as without proper seriousness game becomes a mere parody. After all, there is no aim and no super-antagonist to keep the parts glued. So I have trouble defining reasons to play this game. I rated Astelight trilogy as masterpiece because it was fast-paced chaotic quirky development. But Dungeons & Daimeiwaku has a single setting that it needs to maintain, just like Albatross Koukairoku. So it becomes just a themed collection of quirks, weirdness , gimmicks, erotics and parody. I could finally enjoy humor and characters only in the True route to an extent. It mends things to a certain degree creating a plausible final impression, but when I remember the torture of Common Route and half-baked individual routes (except for Kurozuka that had its nice moments), I absolutely deny this game a masterpiece status. Without proper story, atmosphere or humor it can only appeal to niche auditory that can appreciate quirky humor and relations.
  16. Another August capitulates before the doujins. Blade x Bullet - Kinrin no Soleil is the only normal game and winner by default. Did not find Clephas winner for August, but it's ether the same or fandisc or none. Micchi is more interested in Kotonoha Amrilato and fandisc. 1. Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2 -Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Kakugo- 大逆転裁判2 -成歩堂龍ノ介の覺悟- [170803] Capcom 1 2 3 4 Two months after the events of the previous game, Susato Mikotoba learns that her best friend, Haori Murasame, has been accused of murdering the murderer of Dr. Watson. With no defense attorney willing to help, she decides to do so. However, since women aren't allowed in Japanese courts, she disguises herself as Ryūnosuke Naruhodō's cousin Ryutarō. Meanwhile, Ryūnosuke assists her in the case, and the two of them become involved in a conspiracy. Detective is localized and has English reviews 2. Watashi wa Kyou Koko de Shinimasu. 私は今日ここで死にます。 [170816] mint wings 1 2 What do you do when you see someone about to take their life? I’m sure there’s more than one answer to that question — but when it happened to me, I had neither the time nor the composure for idle philosophy. When he sees Mishima Yuka throw herself off a bridge into the river below, Haibara Kyousuke follows right after, saving her from drowning. But it’s not like he wants to deal with this kid — he just had to do it… or so he wants to think. Well, said girl wants none of his indifference, and forces her way into his life — to find out why exactly he saved her life, or so she says. All Kyousuke wants is that she at least end her life without regrets; all she wants is to take her life. But just as Mishima has her demons, Kyousuke has his own to deal with. How do you find the strength to live in a world where you don’t fit in, where nothing seems to quite work out for you? They’re both looking for an answer… and maybe together, they can find it. There are English reviews 3. Blade x Bullet - Kinrin no Soleil BLADE×BULLET 金輪のソレイユ [170825] SkyFish 1 Valkyrie, the ultimate divine spirit weapon. Anyone who obtains its power can overcome the military of an entire nation. Deep in the North lies the closed city of Eljudnir, upon which many girls gather with varying aspirations. The last person left standing would be able to obtain its power. The resurrected Yagi met a girl who called herself Hela, the goddess of underworld. She told him that he possessed the spirit of the malicious god Loki, and informed him that, together with the black valkyrie Reginleiv, he was to hunt down those who sought the powers of the valkyrie. There is an English review 4. Kotonoha Amrilato ことのはアムリラート [170825] SukeraSparo 1 High schooler Rin was just buying a snack in her hometown’s shopping district一but she gets a shock when her surroundings suddenly transform. "...Why is the sky pink...?" She should know this area well, but the unreadable letters on the signs and the strange language the people are speaking have made things unrecognizable. ...Just then, Ruka, a girl so cute she could be an idol, appears and extends a helping hand. Rin, a high schooler who claims to have positivity in spades, and Ruka, a supportive girl who speaks just a smattering of Japanese. This is the story, pure and sometimes frustrating, of two girls intertwined by their fumbling efforts to communicate. Yuri 5. Ren'ai Kyoushitsu 恋愛教室 [170825] UnN/A 1 Standing outside of the classroom, the protagonist took a deep breath and calmed his nerves. Once he summoned the courage to open the door, he was immediately surrounded by girls in the class who treated him like a rare animal. That is natural since this had been an all-girls school until last year. However, not all the students were receptive of having a boy in their class. There were three groups: those for the co-ed change, those against it, and those whose views were in between. He has yet to get used to his new life in this new classroom with new friends, but he felt that his future is full of possibilities. There is an English review 6. Ryouchi Kizoku 領地貴族 [170825] SofthouseChara 1 Siegfried is the fourth son from a small poor noble family who won some land thanks to his battle contributions. He founded a new Maired clan and ruled over a vast territory in the southern part of the kingdom. He thought that it would be a pleasant and relaxing life, but he wasn’t ready for the amount of work that was involved. Of course, there’s lots of paperwork and required appearances, but also having to answer to faction requests, making babies and naming a future successor? Everything was new to him and the only people to help him was the daughter of a ruined noble family, a knight who had been dismissed with dishonour, and a high-class prostitute. He didn’t know if they could be relied on, but nevertheless he takes his first step towards successfully managing his territory. SIM 7. Tonari ni Kanojo no Iru Shiawase ~Two Farce~ となりに彼女のいる幸せ ~Two Farce~ [170825] Prekano It won’t be long before the historic literature club will be disbanded as there’s just the protagonist and his kouhai Chisa left. Even as they worry about the club’s future, they carried on with their daily trivial exchanges in the club room together. And so, they became closer by the day. Short one heroine romance BLOCKED 1. Minato Carnival FD みなとカーニバルFD [170825] Minato Carnival 1 There are new characters and scenarios for both the Tsujidou-san and Anegin series. --Tsujidou-san Jun'ai Road New Episode-- It's 2013, a year after Hiroshi met Ai Tsujidou and spent time with other delinquets during a turbulent summer. There had been rumors that an unindentifed person was hunting delinquets in Shonan, the city where Maki graduated which seemed to be peaceful. The delinquents in that area have been getting excited knowing that that hunter was running around. Considering that the protagonist Hiroshi Hase has not been in love for a year, which girl will he choose? As younger heroine Yui Aketashi meets with the the protagaonist who she dearly misses, the story of delinquet girls starts again. Fandisc 2. Wagamama High Spec OC ワガママハイスペック OC [170825] Madosoft 1 This is the fandisc for Wagamama High Spec, with after stories for all four heroines and new routes for sub-heroines Karen, Chitose and Yukari. Fandisc
  17. Hikari no Umi no Apeiria is the only masterpiece in July 2017. Clephas also thought so. Micchi on the other hand finds Hatsujou Sprinkle , Shin Koihime†Musou -Kakumei- Souten no Haou and O-uchi ni Kaeru Made ga Marshmallow Desu to be worthy. 1. Aoiro Note アオイロノート [170728] ad:lib Takuya entered Shikizaka Gakuen this spring. One day after school, he saw his classmate Misora inconspicuously putting up a club recruitment poster in the empty school building. With a cool aura and seemingly hard to approach, the beautiful Misora was the talk of the class since the first day. However, she is actually quite shy and the image that had been forced upon her had resulted in her becoming isolated from the rest of the class. So, she thought to create a club to make some friends and break free from her current lonely situation. Takuya couldn’t leave her after knowing the circumstances, so he decided to help out achieve the school life that she yearned for. Feels very similar to original Aoiro. Weak scenario-wise even though if differs from ordinary moege . 2. Choukou Shinki Ixseal 超昂神騎エクシール [170728] Alice Soft 1 2 Protagonist Tsuguhiko Oudou is the reincarnation of the demon king. He lived his life as a normal student among human society while waiting for his chance to reinstate his position as demon king and rule over the world. On the appointed day however, he is attacked by Ixseal, a knight from the God’s side. He manages to escape, but is then immediately betrayed by his subordinate Bezel. Meaning that in the end he is left with just one power, the power of “lust”. Bezel also manages to trap Ixseal on earth, away from her allies. Tsuguhiko and Ixseal then decide to team up and form a joint front against Bezel and his army of demons. But the only way to defeat these strong demons is to provide Ixseal with more power. And since the power of lust is the only one left for Tsuguhiko, you can guess where this is going. RPG has an English review 3. Fuyu Uso -Snow World End- フユウソ -Snow World End- [170728] Campus 1 2 It follows the scenario of what happens at Mahoshi Gakuen if the magic contract didn’t end up in Satsuki’s hands, Souichirou had protected Aoi from being taken over by the succubus, and Eris didn’t find what she was looking for with Shizuku. Everyone lies, whether it be to protect, to deny, to misrepresent, or to keep things unchanged. In spring, Souichirou met Satsuki for the first time and she shortly thereafter was welcomed as a new club member. In summer, he was busy preparing for the Mahoshi festival with Aoi and the student council. In autumn, he was caught up in some trouble involving his longtime friend Eris. Then came today, the first day of snow. He didn’t know the reason, but he could tell that it was a lie. Even though he always found it hard to deal with her… Even though he thought that their paths would never cross… Even though it seemed that he must not reach for her… — he could not betray his true feelings. “I love you, Teidou-senpai. Please go out with me.” It was the beginning of a story about the snow world end. There is an English review 4. Golden Hour ゴールデンアワー [170728] Niko 1 2 3 4 Yuuya got in an accident just before the regional qualifier finals for the football nationals and he couldn’t play anymore. After the team’s eventual loss and the end of his playing career, he lost sight of his goal in life, and instead just killed time at the game center every day. He also gave up on love, believing that the girl he’s interested in, Natsumi, did not feel the same way about him. On the way to the game center after school one day, he met a girl, Yuki, who looked exactly like Natsumi. It felt like he had met her before even though it should be their first time seeing each other. She suddenly told him: “I will support your love.” And so the time which had stopped for Yuuya and Yuki began to move once more... There are English reviews 5. Hatsujou Sprinkle 初情スプリンクル [170728] Whirlpool 1 2 3 The protagonist, Kamishiro Souta is a second year high school student who is unusually active and has very high sexual desire. Although some students in the school (mainly girls) keep their distance from him, he still dreams of having a fulfilling life full of erotic happenings so he gives his best. Although he could be said to be a dangerous person in general, on a certain day his desire was off the scales. All he could do, was to think of perverted things. When he was filled with desire to fondle an older woman's breasts, falling into a state where he was just a step from being unable to live in a society, a mysterious beauty, Meidou Hazuki appeared before him. Calling herself a "witch" who inherited demon genes she told Souta that he too, has for some reason awakened as a demon. Moreover, out of all seven deadly sins he possessed magic power of "lust", of all things his magic power acted as aphrodisiac causing women around him to get in heat. It appears that his awakening was forcibly caused by the treasure stolen from Hazuki's family, that she was in the middle of chasing after and requested Souta to help her. And so, Souta was involved in an outrageous happening. Will his condition of exuding aphrodisiac aura improve? What about hidden feelings of the girls around him? Involving lots of people, the story goes into a strange direction and filling protagonist's school life with erotic happenings. There are English reviews 6. Hikari no Umi no Apeiria 景の海のアペイリア [170728] Silky's Plus Dolce 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Aoyama Yoshito is a university student in the folklore studies faculty. When Yoshito was chasing after his faculty lecturer he ended up in a particular area, got himself lost in a mountain far from human habitation and finally arrived at a certain Western-style mansion. This mansion was owned by the immensely wealthy family of old nobility, the Mikado clan. Yoshito was permitted to stay at the mansion as a guest and forced to participate in the "Eigu rite" which would decide the next head of the Mikado clan. The three beautiful but mysterious Mikado sisters, the assembled candidates of the rite invited by the Mikados as well as the mansion's inhabitants, the previous Mikado clan head Heizou and the current head Fumika. What fate awaits Yoshito in this mansion where the desires of men and women intermingle? There are English reviews 7. Ouchi ni Kaeru made ga Mashimaro Desu お家に帰るまでがましまろです [170728] Marmalade 1 2 “Hey, are you all right?” Kanon held out her hand to Ryou, who had collapsed on the ground in the park. Left without a home after being kicked out, he was taken in by her and given a place to stay in exchange for working at her pâtisserie, “Marshmallow Tree”. The shop had been very popular before she had become the owner, but now it doesn’t get many customers due to a change in opening hours and the arrival of a famous competitor nearby. He was able to liven up the shop a bit with the help of others, but his relationships with them also got more complicated at the same time. Every day is full of chaos, with unexpected events happening one after the other. What will happen to him and the shop? It is the beginning of sweet and fluffy marshmallow days. There is an English review 8. Re;Lord Dai San Shou ~Grossen no Maou to Saigo no Majo~ Re;Lord 第三章 ~グローセンの魔王と最後の魔女~ [170728] Escu:de 1 This is the third and final episode in Escu:de’s Re;Lord series. Following the liberation of Herford and Cologne, Iris was captured by Adler’s Jäger unit. Since she possessed too much sensitive information to fall into enemy hands, including the concealment of his own magic and plans for a rebellion, Wilfried pursued them into Greiz instead of going after the third witch. Greiz is a middle-sized city in the center of Groesen, and it is home to the capitol. However, there were no trains entering the castle town, and the hustle and bustle of the past was eerily missing. Surprisingly, it was also under the territory of the third witch. He was forced to fight on two fronts, as fate also seemed to conspire against him. Wilfried’s final battle has begun. RPG 9. Sakura no Mori † Dreamers 2 サクラノモリ†ドリーマーズ2 [170728] Moonstone 1 This is the sequel to Moonstone’s action thriller Sakura no Mori † Dreamers, composed of a main route and a Madoka route, both of which take place in the second school term after summer vacation if Shinji does not get in a relationship with any of the other girls. While the two routes are separate from each other, there is a common element which links them together, so the reader is encouraged to play both. With the defeat of the Joker, all the bodachs disappeared from Sakuranomori. Peace returned, but it was only for a fleeting moment. A new nightmare had begun; It was a crimson world with man-eating monsters where the murderer who was supposed to be dead still wandered. Death in this world resulted into death in reality. The Sakuranomori Dreamers once again threw themselves into battle, to protect the town and those they loved. On the other hand, the daily life with Madoka unfolds. But is it only a sweet nightmare? There is an English review 10. Shin Koihime † Musou -Kakumei- Souten no Haou 真・恋姫†夢想-革命- 蒼天の覇王 [170728] BaseSon 1 2 3 4 Gi version of the Shin Koihime † Musou - Kakumei series. The Kakumei series aim to deepen the story of Gi, Go and Shoku in a restart from 0 with new scenes and stories for existing and new heroines routes. 24 new characters announced(some of them already made debut on Eiyuutan series) for a total of 73 heroines, over 200 CGs, more historical battles from the Three Kingdoms and battle system reworked also it was announced that some Seiyuu(Voice Actor) will be different from the previous versions totaling at least 50.000 voiced words and over 75 Voice Actors. TBS 11. Tsuki no Michibiki Kumo Haruka 弓張月の導き雲はるか [170728] Debo no Su Seisakusho In a world where humans and dragons co-exist, there are those called 'dragonmasters' who can be contracted with a dragon as their partner since they can communicate with them heart-to-heart as a result of their strict training. Claude aspired to be a dragonmaster, but even after completing his training, he had yet to find a partner dragon. One day, the village chief permitted him to participate in a ritual to meet a dragon and he trekked into the depths of the forest to search for his own partner. He found her under a large tree: a cute dragon girl named Freya. RPG BLOCKED 1. Bishoujo Mangekyou -Tsumi to Batsu no Shoujo- 美少女万華鏡 -罪と罰の少女- [170728] ωstar 1 2 3 4 5 6 Yuuma is on leave from school since being hospitalized due to an incident. For the first time in a year, he finally reunited with his beautiful twin sister Yuuri and began to live with her. However, he had a secret that he could not tell the sister: he is genuinely in love with her. Nukige listed for the sake of reviews 2. Hyakki Ryouran no Yakata 百奇繚乱の館 [170728] Astronauts: Sirius 1 2 Aoyama Yoshito is a university student in the folklore studies faculty. When Yoshito was chasing after his faculty lecturer he ended up in a particular area, got himself lost in a mountain far from human habitation and finally arrived at a certain Western-style mansion. This mansion was owned by the immensely wealthy family of old nobility, the Mikado clan. Yoshito was permitted to stay at the mansion as a guest and forced to participate in the "Eigu rite" which would decide the next head of the Mikado clan. The three beautiful but mysterious Mikado sisters, the assembled candidates of the rite invited by the Mikados as well as the mansion's inhabitants, the previous Mikado clan head Heizou and the current head Fumika. What fate awaits Yoshito in this mansion where the desires of men and women intermingle? Nukige listed for the sake of reviews 3. Niizuma Koyomi 新妻こよみ [170728] Hadashi Shoujo 1 Soushirou is about to graduate college, but at this point he still hasn't found his calling professionaly speaking, that is till he admires a vase made by a famous potter. That's Soushirou's calling, the work of art captivates him so much that he immediately makes a vow to become a potter under that famous artist's tutetalage. Soushirou is accepted as a disiciple, with that Soushirou moves from Tokyo to a quite and cozy rural prefecture to live and learn with his master; there is where Soushirou will find love and marry while he develops his skills, becoming a worthy successor to his master. Nukige listed for the sake of review
  18. Clephas ended up choosing nothing, but I'll stop at Ai Yori Aoi Umi no Hate , will need to eventually review it. Micchi only pointed at delayed titles and one fandisc. 1. Shiin 死印 [170601] Experience 1 2 3 The Tokyo metropolitan area's H City. In this suburban city, a strange rumor has been spreading recently. Those who possess the «mark» will die. The «mark» is unexpectedly engraved onto the body, as if it was a chewed up birthmark, and is said to result in an unknown death. As a matter of fact, a strange incident occurred where someone met a suspicious death. This incident has become an urban legend, and has propagated various speculation such as it being the result of a ghost encounter somewhere or unknowingly coming into contact with a curse. Having lost your memory, you stand before a western-style house said to protect those who possess the «mark». As if drawn to something, when the doors to the house open, you're greeted by a beautiful doll who is the lord of the mansion. «Welcome to Kujou Mansion.» The doll continued to speak. «You will die if you stay like this.» «But that doesn't mean that there isn't a way to be saved.» The countdown to «death» had already begun… Game is localized and has English reviews 2. Ojou-sama wa Sunao ni Narenai お嬢様は素直になれない [170623] ensemble 1 2 Souichi seems to be a normal student, but he is actually an experienced bodyguard. One day, he was asked by his mother, who is also a bodyguard, to transfer into Reihou Gakuen to help her protect a certain girl at the school. Reihou Gakuen used to be a famous girls’ school, and even after turning co-ed, it is still predominantly full of girls. Moreover, he was surrounded by eccentric girls for some reason. One of them was the girl who he was supposed to protect, and she smugly said: “From now on, you are my ‘schwester’!” The girls seemed unapproachable at first, but he began to see another side of them as he got closer to them. There are English reviews 3. Osomatsu-san The Game: Hachamecha Shuushoku Advice -Dead or Work- おそ松さん THE GAME はちゃめちゃ就職アドバイス -デッド オア ワーク- [170629] Otomate Visual novel game based on 2015 anime adaptation of Akatsuka Fujio's 1962 "Osomatsu-kun". "Osomatsu-kun" story revolves around the Matsuno sextuplets whose faces are all the same: Osomatsu, Karamatsu, Choromatsu, Ichimatsu, Jushimatsu, and Todomatsu. The "Osomatsu-san" revolves their story 20 years later, trying to survive in the middle of the modern era. Anime Spin-Off 4. Ai Yori Aoi Umi no Hate アイよりアオい海の果て [170630] AXL 1 2 In the future, nations and civilizations have disappeared due to rising sea levels caused by tectonic movements and global warming. The survivors lacked technique and talent, but they were able to restore an ancient battleship and attach a spare hydrogen engine to it. Then, a long long time passed, and all land was inundated by the sea, and humans barely survived aboard the self-navigating self-repairing ship. Ao is a boy who lived in the town aboard the ship. He helps out his parents with plowing the fields and fixing the fishing gear. There is no entertainment aside from visiting the floating market once a month and gazing at the passing ancient flotsam and pondering what they were once used for. It was a relatively depressing life akin to living in a closed society. One day, he entered the ship’s engine area, which the adults had told him absolutely not to enter. There was a picture from long ago, showing girls in colourful clothes dancing at a school in front of a large crowd of happy children. This was a ‘culture’ which has long since been lost. Moreover, he found a girl sleeping within a capsule. She was wearing the same clothes as those shown in the picture. The capsule opened when he touched it, as if he had authenticated something. The girl appeared to have lost her memories, aside from one thing: that she is an idol. An idol’s job is to sing and dance, and to spread happiness to everyone. Ao and the self-proclaimed idol Ai set out to revive the idol culture in this small world floating on the sea. There is an English impression 5. Akaneiro no Kyoukaisen 茜色の境界線 [170630] Alcot Honey Comb 1 2 One night, Shuu met the fox spirit Tomoe. In order to become a goddess, she must subdue the ‘tatari’ (curses) which devour all. Shuu’s hometown of Kanbe has been struck by these curses since some time, and despite the efforts of Tomoe and the half-youkai Kasumi, their numbers have only increased. Now Shuu’s kouhai Shion has also become targeted by them. In order to protect his hometown and those precious to him, Shuu joined the fight against the tatari. As they cross the line between the human and demon worlds, the world becomes dyed madder red. There is an English review 6. Haruoto Alice * Gram 春音アリス*グラム [170630] NanaWind 1 2 Seiryou Gakuen is a popular high-ranked school in the seaside city of Minato which prides itself on the latest facilities and student independence. Since a year ago, it has been managed concurrently by the student council and the new entrants council. Soutarou is a second year student who is part of the ‘twilight club’ (tasogare-bu) that was formed under special circumstances and is governed by the student council. It helps with minor things like searching for lost objects and resolving troubles and worries. Even though every day is busy, they are carefree and he gets to walk to school with the student council president who he looks up to and talk with the beautiful club leader. One day, he received a letter with no name on it: “Will you be able to solve the repeated problems that will happen from now on?” At the same time, a helicopter descended upon the school. The club was then beseiged by various troubles: negotations with the two school councils, a place with snow cherry blossoms, a mysterious clock tower, and a mysterious ability that could be used only by a few select people. There are many secrets called ‘alicegram’ which lie buried in the town. Will Soutarou be able to solve them all? There is an English review 7. Pure Song Garden! ピュアソングガーデン! [170630] Pulltop 1 2 In 2027, advances in virtual reality technology have allowed for the creation of a ‘mixed reality’, combining both reality and virtual reality. It is not uncommon to see ‘virtual idols’ performing, and the most popular one is Ai, who was created using the newest state-of-the-art VR technology. Kanata is part of the M3 (Music Mediaworks Mate) circle of music lovers, along with his self-proclaimed guardian and cohabitant Kuon, and kouhai Asuka, who is interested only in weird ‘sounds’, among others. One day, they were able to attend the huge virtual live event “Pure Song Garden” as part-time staff members thanks to the connections of Ritsu, a lady who lives in the same apartment as Kanata, and who used to take care of him when he was a child. Before the event, Ritsu brought them to the stage and did a start-up test for Ai as a special demo for them, but when she appeared, something felt off. Actually, it was not Ai, but a beautiful girl Iroha who looked just like her. She said that she came from fifty years in the future for a short trip. Her ‘navigator fairy’ Suzu, a girl with fairy-like wings who accompanied her, explained that only Iroha’s consciousness travelled from the future and that she was only temporarily using Ai’s virtual body. At that time, there was a great commotion on the event grounds over Ai’s sudden disappearance. Iroha will have to take over Ai’s role on stage at the live, and Ritsu and the M3 members did their best to support her. Everything was going smoothly at “Ai”‘s performance when a warning sounded and an unexpected error occurred! The “VR hazard” accident resulted in Iroha unable to return to the future. There is an English review BLOCKED 1. Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm EXTRA1 蒼の彼方のフォーリズム EXTRA1 [170630] sprite 1 A senpai who she admires. The senpai who she loves. Friends with whom she could confide her worries and do her best. Just by showing a little bit of courage, she was able to obtain so many precious relationships. Mashiro thought that she has finally reached the happy end. However, she was barely passing her classes. She lost completely in a sweets battle to Rika and Arika. On top of that, Misaki and Asuka declared that they are Masaya’s lovers!? At this rate, her dear senpai would be taken from her, she’ll have to repeat a year, and Mashiro Udon would go out of business!? Mashiro’s mother, Botan, suddenly suggested that she and Masaya go on an overnight date. She declared that she’ll make a tasty bento for him and dress up nicely. With the help of the others, she trained really hard to up her feminine qualities before the date. Will they reach the true happy end!? Fandisc 2. Tantei Seven タンテイセブン [170630] Digital Cute Bango doesn’t like his own name, which has caused him to be teased since he was a kid. However, he has friends by his side: childhood friend Kasumi, best friend Reiji, and Reiji's younger sister Mariya. Together they formed the ‘paranormal research clab’ (the complete idiot Kasumi misspelled the name) at Kototoi Academy in Mina-Asakusa. However, without the adequate number of members, their official club status was denied and their club room was taken by rival clubs. Bango and Kasumi were eager to find other members to search for supernatural activities with them. They gathered many unique individuals and they came upon strange events. It all started when they entered a house full of junk in search for a lost cat. The place was a den of psychic phenomena, a theme park of malicious spirits. Yet still they advanced into the deepest parts of the house in pursuit of the mysteries of the former tenants. At the same time, a series of bizarre incidents befell the area around the school. First, a commotion regarding a dangerous drug. Then, the death of a cat who had been skinned. Finally, there was even a murder. There was a doll left behind at each crime scene. Who is the culprit? They must use the special powers which they have possessed since their childhood to solve the crimes. Nukige listed for the sake of an opening
  19. Foreword: I know I was going to review Schwarzesmarken, and I quite liked the anime version, but I see zero reason to play the game after anime. Ama no Sora Retrospect, on the other hand, seems to have zero English reviews despite the non-trivial setting, thus it fits my choice pattern nicely. Synopsis: Amanosora is a small town of around 60,000 people, formed ten years ago from the merger of the villages of Tensei and Sorami. Shikimi attends the local school with the cleaning club leader Himari and his lively kouhai Shinon. There’s a rumour at the school that the door to another world would be opened by pressing a certain sequence of buttons in the elevator at the lighthouse in the Stargazing Commemorative Hall. One day, the school committee asked the cleaning club to tidy up the interior of the lighthouse. Together with his mysterious book-reading classmate Misumi, they solved the elevator riddle while doing the cleaning. It led to the top floor of the lighthouse, which was a huge fairytale-like library. This was the other world: Remembrance. A small girl named Amahoshi awoke from her slumber and asked for their help in gathering the town’s scattered memories. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU-wNyVG10o&list=PLwGwDxf37gElxanVUMQVC9AYM7z-xo4Rs Character Design rating: 6/10 Protagonist rating: 6/10 Story rating: 5/10 Game quality: 8/10 Overall rating: 6/10 I have mixed feelings about this game. As you see from the scores, game quality is really high, but individual elements weren't to my liking. Game tries to look different from most charage as it diversifies SOL events by including small mystery elements. It often feels like a light novel. See for yourself - first there's the concept that God is a monkey, then wailing of undead is heard, next we're introduced to the library of memories, a short while there's a sudden outburst of public homosexuality (trap - check). Finally, main characters prepare a play for the town festival, where we choose one of four girls, and this is the only choice in the game. During individual routes we basically help the girl by relieving her from shackles of memories, so the pair can proceed to the happy future life. That's basically it. So the whole elaborate setting is not so elaborate in the long run and is needed only as pretext to handle memories directly in individual routes. Again, I can't say that girls aren't likeable, but none of them feels right. Shinon is the most human-like from them, but she's a rather normal genki blonde twin-tail booby girl. Amahoshi the goddess is surprisingly plain , and her route is absolutely the worst and overwhelmingly boring. Head of club Himari is super plain and uninteresting. Misumi is a traditional long black hair calm book reader. The contents of routes is quite fresh, but nothing overwhelming dealing with such normal things as twin sister, old friend, hobbies like cooking or game arcade, a bit of time leaps, a bit of mystery. There are two scenario writers, and it feels due to quality shifts and the reason that longest Shinon route is twice as long as shortest Himari route. I have one more grudge about this game. It's not serious even though it wants to be a mystery game. Atmosphere is absolutely loose and relaxed at all times. Even when undead start to wail, a freaking parody music begins leaving zero intrigue. There is no such thing as danger here, and mystery actually also dissolves with this feeling. Because there is no grand mystery, there is no climax in any of the routes. As for routes themselves, development is opportunistic at times. I also did not feel sincerity in SOL scenes, did not like the sub-characters like weird teachers and even the way group members communicate. There are no joint character CGs, and group does not feel integral with most communication done in the dialogue with the protagonist , and heroines just make small comments and jokes among each other. Overall, pretty much every aspect of the game irritates me for some reason. Given the high quality and effort involved it's hard to articulate exact reasons, but even good ingredients don't feel properly cooked together. It's still a good game and can totally see how it can be liked, just not by me. And judging by the fact that it's the last Glace game and still without English reviews, it might be not my individual problem.
  20. Kinda forgot to post May. ChronoBox made the day for me with Ojou-sama no Hanbun wa Ren'ai de Dekiteimasu! and Newton to Ringo no Ki as other masterpieces. Clephas had the second one in mind for the winner. Micchi adds such titles as Anata ni Koisuru Ren’ai Recette and Nekopara nukige 1. Amayui Castle Meister 天結いキャッスルマイスター [170526] Eushully 1 “Magesmiths” are wizards that specialize in labyrinth construction and restoration. Avaro, one of them, sought to one day run his own workshop. To realize this dream, he accepted a job in Influse Kingdom of investigating some ruins. Unfortunately, he got caught in a cave-in and ended up lost. As he wandered, he came across a girl, sleeping inside a magic stone, Fia. After waking up, Fia told him that she has no memory of herself; however, she knows that she is unmistakably a Goddess. Continuing, she tells Avaro that she could, if she wanted to, move the entirety of the ruins with her Godly powers, and she points out that she has to, no matter what, make it to the closed-off holy ground of the Kingdom. The "Mist Corridor of the Sacred Sound." Fia, who has said nothing but what could only be nonsense so far, invites Avaro to join her on her journey, saying that he can use these ruins as his workshop however he likes if he does. Although doubtful, Avaro accepts her conditions and becomes the apostle of the self-proclaimed Goddess, and while using the moving ruins as his atelier, they head north. Before long, rumors of the ‘Gualacuna Fortress’ are spread across the country, and while fighting anyone who comes after the fortress, thinking that it has valuables or is a threat, Avaro searches for the truth related to the Goddess’ memories. Along with the Goddess of Marriage, “The Story That Weaves Bonds” marks the beginning.. RPG 2. Anata ni Koi Suru Ren'ai Recette あなたに恋する恋愛ルセット [170526] Unison Shift 1 The recently-founded Rokkasei Gakuen doesn’t have a rich history. One of its notable features is that students will select their specialization during the second term of their first year. Haruma decided to pursue the confectionery course that had been added this school year for the simple reason that he loves sweet a lot. Nonoka, who loves both eating and making sweets Yuzuki, who looks to be perfect at everything, but is actually quite clumsy Fuuka, who possess maternal instincts and fortitude behind her quiet demeanour Miel, who has a discerning palate, despite her lack of motivation and energy Haruma’s meetings with these unique girls in his class draws him further not only into the charm of sweets, but also sweet sweet love... There is an English review 3. ChronoBox クロノボックス [170526] No Brand 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Nayuta was one of many students who attended “EDEN” on a small solitary island called “Angel Island”. The enjoyable time that he spent together with his friends was put to an end by a sole black box and a “girl in black”. Surely, it will be all right. It’s best to keep forgetting the past which should not be remembered and continuing living their lives with their angel-like friends who have gathered in EDEN. The nightmare on which the girl leads them has yet to end... There are English reviews 4. Hanidebi! Honey & Devil はにデビ! Honey & Devil [170526] Eufonie 1 Yuuto was returning home after finishing up his part-time job when some men in black suddenly appeared and forced him into a car. “Hurry up and take off your pants! I can’t take it anymore!!” Without given a choice, he was sexually assaulted inside by a girl named Ouka, who had become possessed by a succubus after carelessly touching a sealed book. It caused her to become aroused indiscriminately. She had desperately searched for a way to drive away the succubus and targeted him since he was the descendant of an exorcist. While Yuuto didn’t know anything about exorcisms, she would be able to withstand the succubus’ powers for a short time by having sex with him. He was at a loss after such an unexpected first meeting, but it didn’t end there. She arranged for his immediate transfer to her school, the prestigious Ten’ouji Gakuen. “Please have sex with us and drive out the succubi!” It wasn’t just Ouka who was possessed by a succubus, but three other girls as well: the pretty book girl Ruri, the strict monitor Aoi, and the student council president Kaoruko who is his childhood friend. Will he be able to expel the succubi and what will become of their relationships which started off with sex? There is an English review 5. Newton to Ringo no Ki ニュートンと林檎の樹 [170526] Laplacian 1 2 3 4 "'Newton' was actually the pen name of a brilliant-minded girl!?" Protagonist Syuji Asanaga and his childhood friend Yotsuko Utakane, whilst tracking down Syuji's missing grandfather, unexpectedly ended up travelling through time. What they witnessed upon their arrival was the presence of a single girl right in front of them. This particular girl would go on to be dubbed as the father of modern-day science, Sir Isaac Newton! That's correct, Newton turned out to be a small, flat-chested girl! Unaware of this, Syuji loudly crashed into the apple tree right in front of the girl. "Just now... I came up with something that might be incredibly ground-breaking, you know!?" It was at the moment our main couple travelled through time, right then and there, that Newton discovered universal gravitation! And just like that, through Syuji's witless conduct, the great scientific discoveries of that century had all crumbled to ashes. What's more, like the domino effect, this would gradually end up altering key points in history. It is now sometime during the 17th century! The story is set at a prestigious English university called "Tenbridge University", named for the fact that it spans a total of ten bridges! Will Syuji ever be able to rectify history and return to the present!? Game is localized and has English reviews 6. Ojou-sama no Hanbun wa Ren'ai de Dekiteimasu! お嬢様の半分は恋愛で出来ています! [170526] Luxury Tiara 1 2 The pretty boy Hajime is an agent of a large secret organization, who was asked by the boss one day to do the impossible. His mission was to infiltrate Houshou Girl’s Academy, where only pure maidens are allowed, and to claim the title of the greatest lady: ‘Highness’. Thus, he traded in his weapon for lipstick to become an agent of matchless beauty. What is the purpose of this strange mission? There is an English review 7. Ojou-sama to Aware na (Ko) Shitsuji お嬢様と憐れな(こ)執事 [170526] Carol Works Rikudou is pretty much homeless because of his freewheeling father. Fortunately, his uncle took him in and arranged everything for him with the sole condition that he serves as a bridge between him and his rebellious daughters. He readily agreed, thinking that it was a common worry for a father, and thus his days of suffering began. Moege-ish game with a trap protagonist is contrary to my interests 8. LoveKami -Useless Goddess- [170529] Pulltop 1 2 3 "I took in a goddess!" It was after the descent of uncountable goddesses in Japan... Most goddesses were able to blend in with humans, living peacefully and happily together. Some of those goddesses even went on to become idols. However, there were others who simply refused to follow the rules. These goddesses prefer living freely and doing as they please, inadvertently causing all sorts of trouble for humans. Goddesses who are naughty are called Aragami. The protagonist, Sho Narumi, stumbles upon a goddess who collapses on the street and attempts to help her. Soon enough it is revealed that she's the Aragami who had been causing frequent power outages in one small-town area of Tokyo. Sho decides to protect his beloved hometown by helping the goddess to get rehabilitated! "Rehabilitate the goddess!" Wait...aren't goddesses supposed to help humans? With the setting moving from Akihabara to a quiet small-town area of Tokyo, the story of one naughty goddess's rehabilitation begins now! Game is released in English and has English reviews 9. Kangoku Shounen 監獄少年 [1705] SEEC It's at the end of Taisho era. The main character, Tetsu Akatsuki witnesses an incident in 12-Story Prison which is one of hub of Secret Police… The closer he gets to the truth, the more he finds that the dark of 12-Story Prison is deep. Holding your own sense of justice in mind, solve the mysteries together with your partner! The mystery novel adventure game about the justice and friendship between Tetsu and Nagi, who put their lives at risk. Detective BLOCKED 1. Omokage Railback - Episode Hachi: Deiki no Tsuki 面影レイルバック・エピソード捌 泥亀の月 [170502] Hiqo Soft 1 2 Prequel of Omokage Railback that tells the story eight years prior to Omokage Railback. Demo/Fandisc has an English impression 2. Neko Para Vol.3 Neko-tachi no Aromatize ネコぱら Vol.3 ネコたちのアロマティゼ [170525] NEKO WORKs 1 2 3 Patisserie "La Soleil", run by Kashou Minazuki, is flourishing thanks to the help of two catgirls: Maple, full of pride and a little on the haughty side, and Cinnamon, an impulsive daydreamer. These two are especially close among among the rest of the sisters. One day, Maple encounters something that shakes her belief in attaining her dream. Cinnamon, unwilling to see Maple suffer, wishes to help her in any way possible... but she can't figure out how. This story is a heartwarming cat comedy about their ambitions and the bonds between family members... with a little ecchi on the side, too. Nukige listed for the sake of opening 3. Hime-sama Love Life! -Motto! Ichaicha ☆ Paradise!- 姫様LOVEライフ! -もーっと!イチャイチャ☆ぱらだいす!- [170526] Princess Sugar Heroines' afterstories Fandisc
  21. Clephas chose nothing for this month. But if we add console releases, Tsuihou Senkyo is good and original enough to be called VN of the Month even though I tend to dislike survival games. Micchi expectedly fell for Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Vol. 1 & 2 and 9-nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro , while Zen favors Niizuma LOVELY×CATION and delayed titles. 1. Song of Memories [170427] Pure Wish 1 2 The game involves a mysterious virus that only infects women. In this world, the infected begin their invasion as a “new breed of humans.” The story revolves around the protagonist and the game’s heroine, a woman who harbors suspicions about the nature of the infection. There is an English review 2. Tsuihou Senkyo 追放選挙 [170427] Nippon Ichi Software 1 2 The game takes places in an abandoned amusement park. The game's characters are trapped within the park, with the outside world being in a post-apocalyptic wasteland infested with murderous monsters. Within the park, the game's thirteen main characters are held captive by a mysterious mechanical doll named "Alice", who holds the "death games", which basically force the characters against each other for survival - the losers being exiled back out into the world. Alice refuses to stop the games until only two characters are alive and present. The game's protagonist is Kaname Ichijou, a young man who has the ability to see sound as colors, and sees spoken falsehoods in the color of red. He also harbors a grudge against most of the rest of the characters of the game for allowing the exile of his little sister. There is an English review 3. 9 -Nine- Kokonotsu Kokonoka Kokonoiro 9-nine-ここのつここのかここのいろ [170428] Palette 1 2 3 4 5 ― Shiromitsukawa A city that other than being a academic town, doesn't have any special characteristic. There has been some attempts at revitalization in order to attract tourists, but it achieved no success. However, for an unexpected reason the city began to gather the people's attention. Niimi Kakeru is a boy that despite the hasty attitude, has a strong sense of responsibility. He seems to be an ordinary student with a kind personality, but after a sacred treasure of a certain temple got damaged, an unusual power woke up on some youths including him. He was supposed to be an ordinary student living in an ordinary town, but... Now the young ones are involved in this mysterious fate. There are English reviews 4. Hatsukoi * Syndrome 初恋*シンドローム [170428] Campus 1 Everyone says that your first love never comes true. Yuuto thinks that it is indeed true since he, like most others around him, had lost his first love. But unlike the others, his broken heart has still not healed to this day. Looking at the watch that his first love Haruka had gave to him as a present, he decided that he will finally move on from the past. He resolved to bury the watch under the giant cherry blossom tree on the school grounds, which is said to be seen as being in full bloom by those who are in love, and cut loose from his past regrets. However, there was a girl wearing an unfamiliar school uniform who had arrived there before him, looking up at the cherry blossom tree. Lunalight noticed him and asked him a question while smiling: “Do you want to fall in love?” The magician-in-training Lunalight wished to experience first love and also breaking up, in order to understand love and become a full-fledged magician. It was a fateful first meeting for Yuuto, who was still bound by his first love. He would also be reunited with the girl from his past, who had given up her first love to become a magician. What will become of the futures of these three, who are held captive by first love? There is an English review 5. Niizuma Lovely x Cation 新妻LOVELY×CATION [170428] Hibiki Works 1 2 It’s been a year since Hibiki started working in beautiful Sakuragi, a city of four seasons. He’s gotten used to his new life and everything is smooth sailing, but he started to think about his future when his close friend got married. He realized that marriage was something that doesn’t just happen one day, but it is the culmination of ‘everyday’ actions over a long period. Having made up his mind, before long he fell in love with a girl. It was the first step towards a happy marriage. There is an English impression BLOCKED 1. D.S. i.F. -Dal Segno- in Future D.S. i.F. -Dal Segno- in Future [170428] Circus During the winter, Atsuya and his friends received an invitation letter from the island’s manager Ame, who was supposed to have disappeared. “Let’s meet again at the village where snow falls and the fireflies fly” Travelling to the snow-bound onsen town where the ‘snow fireflies’ are said to dwell, they were greeted by the new manager Kanade, along with fireflies dancing about in the falling snow. It was actually an event organized by the Amakase Research Institute to thank them for taking good care of Ame and the fireflies are actually man-made fairies. Then, the true fireflies actually appeared during the night with a full moon. In the midst of the fantastic scene, Ame reappeared before them once more. Is it another artifical event or is it a miracle for this night only? Fandisc 2. Grisaia: Phantom Trigger グリザイア:ファントムトリガー [170428] Frontwing 1 2 3 4 5 Following the Heath Oslo incident, the existence of the US-Japanese anti-terror organization CIRS has become a matter of public knowledge. CIRS has been rebuilt from the ground up, and its most covert functions spun off to a new agency: SORD (Social Ops, Research & Development). The goal of SORD is to train a new generation of operatives to defend the country against future threats. To that end, the organization has established a series of schools up and down the country. Mihama Academy, more-or-less left to rot after its abrupt closure, has been given new purpose as one such 'specialist training school'. This new incarnation of Mihama Academy is home to a diverse group of students, who every day work to polish their unusual skills - sometimes on the job. Mihama now entrusts the misfit girls who attend it with guns and live ammunition. Paying their own safety no heed, these students are again and again plunged into dangerous extrajudicial missions - all for the good of the realm. "We've been granted a place in the world. That alone isn't enough - there wouldn't be any meaning in living, if that was all we had... It's not enough just to get by on the backs of others. I live by my own strength, and I fight to survive. Because only the survivors among us belong with the living..." No matter how much life grinds them down, what future awaits these girls, who've themselves chosen the path of the gun? Fandisc 3. Majo to Tsurugi to Sen no Tsuki 魔女と剣と千の月 [170428] Kai 1 2 3 This game takes place after the events of PENDULUM. Peace seemed to have been returned to the world with the decrease in the remaining number of circulars. However, one day the pure white circulars suddenly turned into pitch-black demons who have a increased penchant for destruction. These ‘evilised’ spread all over the world in an instant. The Magus Order continued to fight on the front line, but they were being overwhelmed by the power of the evilised. In the midst of battle, Ren was turned into a circular due to the great magic power and was going to ‘evolve’ into an evilised until Sayaka was able to seal him in suspended animation. However, they would eventually have to fight against this immense power in the future. As a last resort, Sayaka decided to create the homunculus Rei using a part of Ren’s soul and hidden magic powers to fight against the evilised. Nukige with English reviews 4. Tayutama 2 -After Stories- タユタマ2-After Stories- [170428] Lump of Sugar 1 Takachiho-shi Yakotami-chou is a particularly powerful spiritual spot where humans and Tayutai work hard to coexist in harmony. There is a festival there called the Jintaisai which started naturally from their mutual expressions of gratitude. The Tayutai would create a gift using their powers and give it to the one that the human that they live with and love; in return, the human would share his own spiritual energy with the Tayutai. However, there was an incident at this year’s festival. It was one that no one could’ve imagined. Fandisc
  22. Haruru Minamo ni! is VN of the Month, let's also give credit to Hataraku Otaku no Ren'ai Jijou . Clephas has the same winner. Micchi kinda likes everything - Suisou Ginka no Istoria, TRINOLINE, Natsuiro Kokoro Log ~Happy Summer~, Koinosu☆Ichacolize . 1. Amanatsu Adolesence 甘夏アドゥレセンス [170324] Confiture Soft 1 At Kazamitou Gakuen, students are free to do as they choose and the light music club which Akira is part of is actually the most ‘free’ rock band! Following the motto of enjoying everything in the world, he partook in the club activities as a bass player with guitarist Ryou and vocalist Natsu. That was until the club was disbanded after setting the auditorium on fire with a flame-throwing guitar. Akira was put into the science club and remained melancholic even while being comforted by his classmate Amane. However, when he returned home, he was greeted with the sight of a beautiful and naked silver-haired girl. Sasha is a Russian girl who will be staying at his place due to his parents’ arrangements. Together with the former light music club members, Sasha and Amane, he works towards the upcoming Amanatsu Music Fest and the Russian rock festival Вторжение. There is an English review 2. Full Kiss フルキス [170324] Giga Masaharu started at his new school hopeful of getting a girlfriend. A year later, his dream appeared to have been merely a delusion. However, the falling cherry blossoms signal the beginning of a new year and perhaps, a chance for his dream to finally come true. Another Kiss series moege. 3. Haruru Minamo ni! はるるみなもに! [170324] Clochette 1 2 3 The seaside town of Tamatsue is surrounded by mountains on three sides. Even though it is undergoing modernization via re-development of the coastal area, there is still a feel of a small town in the mountain side. There are two shrines in the town, dedicated to the ‘god of the mountains’ and the ‘god of the sea’, but while the former has a ‘living goddess’ who they are proud of, there is no enshrined deity for the latter. Thus, they invited a new god to take its place. However, the ‘living goddess’ who appeared was rather useless and couldn’t fulfill the roles required of her! The older brother of the ‘god of the mountains’, Tatsuki, was asked for help by the new goddess, who also became his classmate. While he supported her in her divine training, many other gods descended on the town. It seems that they all had an interest in him...? There are English reviews 4. Hataraku Otaku no Ren'ai Jijou 働くオタクの恋愛事情 [170324] Akabei Soft3 1 Tetsuya works hard as a taxi driver, and enjoys anime, manga and games during his private time. While he is satisfied with his current situation, he can’t help but feel a bit lonely not having anyone around with whom to share his hobbies. One day, he picked up a female passenger and noticed that she had a keychain of a character from an old anime he loved. They chatted happily about anime during the ride and she gave him a business card when she got off. She worked at the anime song bar Blue Comet, a place where otaku like him can gather and chat in a relaxed atmosphere. He was somewhat interested and decided to pay it a visit. Meeting others who have the same hobbies as him, his daily life began to gradually change. There is an English review 5. Kamidanomi Shisugite Ore no Mirai ga Yabai. 神頼みしすぎて俺の未来がヤバい。 [170324] Hulotte 1 2 Hajime is just like any normal guy who wants to fall in love, except that he collects charms from shrines all over the country with the hopes of becoming popular. The self-proclaimed goddess of marriage Urara suddenly appeared before him and told him that if he didn’t find his fated partner within a year, then he will remain a virgin for his entire life! His future had become very unstable because some of the charms which he had collected were actually real. Just like eating too many sweets would lead to a stomachache, his obsession with charms of marriage had resulted in the opposite effect. He was eager to get a girlfriend and avoid a solitary life, but he didn’t want to put in much effort to do so. Fortunately for him, Urara showed him three girls who were potential partners and also taught him how to tell how close their fate is to him. It is similar to the idea of the red string, except it is displayed as a number instead, and the goal is to reduce the number to zero. The prime minister’s daughter Nanami, popular idol Suzuna, and Japan’s greatest detective Yukari. All three of them have their own eccentricities. Thus begins his relationship with girls whom he had previously no ties with. There is an English review 6. Noroi no Maken ni Yamitsuki Otome 呪いの魔剣に闇憑き乙女 [170324] SofthouseChara 1 A long time ago, the continent was peaceful until a black mist enveloped the kingdom, making ill all those who touched it. The citizens believed that it was the work of a demon lord and became scared to leave their own homes. When the beautiful princess also fell ill, the king beseeched someone to defeat the demon lord in exchange for a reward. One young man offered to do it in exchange for the princess’ hand in marriage. Together with his friends, he defeated the demon lord, who vowed to be resurrected one day to get his revenge. The young man returned to the cheers of the people who called him the ‘hero’. Claire greatly admires the hero who saved the world and thus, started on the path of the adventurer. However, there is not much work available for novices like her, so she does part-time at Len’s magic item shop. One day, she came upon an old magic sword in the shop. When she picked it up out of curiosity and swung it around, a dark glow emanated from it and a demon beast came out! While she was able to stave it off, the beast escaped from the shop. Not only that, but the sword had cast a curse upon her. With the help of the former adventurer Len, Claire embarks on a life-risking journey to drive back the darkness and rid the sword’s curse. SRPG 7. Omoi o Sasageru Otome no Melody 想いを捧げる乙女のメロディー [170324] ensemble 1 Misaki is an aspiring pianist studying abroad in Germany, with the dream of someday playing the piano that his late father had built. One day, he received a call from his older sister Shiori who was the music teacher at Lilie Girls’ School. She told him that the lone piano that was entrusted to the school would be donated to the museum at the end of the year and asked him if he would take over as the music teacher while she goes on maternity leave. Presented with the opportunity to fulfill his dream, he decided to accept the position and returned to Japan. When he arrived at the school, he discovered that only students at the school have the chance of playing the piano, and only if they are selected to perform on it during the school festival. Thus, he must attend as a student while serving as a teacher. Of course, that means that he must dress as a girl. While he was afraid of the consequences if his secret got out, his desire to take advantage of this final chance made for an easy decision. And so begins his new life as a cross-dressing teacher and student. There is an English review 8. Suisou Ginka no Istoria 水葬銀貨のイストリア [170324] Uguisu Kagura 1 2 The “City of Water”, Amemadoi, was built on a man-made island and boasts a beautiful and gorgeous cityscape. The lone wolf Eishi and his bizarre imouto Yuura and polite and kind childhood friend Sayo each have their own problems, as is the case with the hero-admiring kouhai Yurugi and cool Kukuri, who he found stuffed in a trash can in an alleyway. Various events and expectations were waiting ahead for these individuals with wounded hearts, such as playing concentration with the club room on the line, playing old maid with a girl who had been cast off, making up for what has been lost while watching the fireworks with fascination. Despite his disposition, Eishi vowed to bring a happy end for everyone. One where everyone would be able to smile. He would do it in his own way, working hard to attain an uncertain goal. This is the beginning of a story about growing up in a city where tears have been lost. There is an English review 9. Office de Sasou Ecchi na Kanojo オフィスで誘うエッチな彼女 [170324] Hearts 1 Touma started his career at the Saint Laird company fresh out of school. There he met the beautiful and caring senpai Mai, who is quick to get jobs done. However, he soon found out that she is actually quite the slacker away from work. Although she warned him to keep it a secret, their relationship soon became one where they would talk about anything. One day, Mai came over to his room to drink with him, and ended up in just her underwear in a drunken state. Tempted by her words and actions, he ended up having sex with her. The next morning, she bashfully dismissed the events of the previous night and left without saying another word. Starting from that day, Touma’s life began to change rapidly. His relationship with his stylish boss Shinobu deepened as their workload together increased. When everything was completed, he was assaulted by her and they had intense sex together. Meanwhile, he had caught the attention of a high schooler Mikoto who works at a family-run lunch shop which he favours. What will become of his relationships with these attractive women? There is an English review 10. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu -Death or Kiss- Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 -DEATH OR KISS- [170330] MAGES. GAME 1 It follows an original story that differs from the original light novel series and the anime. In its original story, the Ruler Election has spun off a beauty contest, giving the winner a treasure that promises the recipient great luck and a powerful advantage to achieving the throne. Except, the prize isn't what it seems, and, taking on its "Death Curse", Subaru must use his power to return from the dead to solve the mystery, build the trusts with the girls, receive the "kiss of a beautiful girl" and break the curse to escape death. Candidates for a relationship with Subaru are Emilia, Rem, Ram, Felt, Beatrice, Crusch, Priscilla and Anastasia. Anime Spin-Off 11. Trinoline トリノライン [170331] minori 1 2 3 One hot, midsummer's day, Shun Nanami's sister drowned to death. It's a memory he will never forget, which has become lodged forevermore in his heart. He decides from then on to live in her stead, to make up for the life she never got to lead. Time passes, his agonizing childhood behind him, and he currently spends his days attending school like always. Then, another sultry summer comes around, reminding him ever-so-slightly of his sister once again... Just then, he hears a piano's melody far off in the distance--a tune she always adored. He follows this music to its source, only to find his sister standing there. "Please take care of me from now on, Onii-chan." His little sister passed away long ago, but now, an android who looks exactly like her has appeared before him, "TRINO." There are English reviews BLOCKED 1. Natsuiro Kokoro Log ~Happy Summer~ ナツイロココロログ~Happy Summer~ [170324] Hearts This is the fandisc for Natsuiro Kokoro Log, featuring after stories for each of the four heroines, as well as harem routes for both the real and virtual worlds. It takes place one year after the original game as the computer research club members head to a training camp and end up helping out at a traditional Japanese café. Fandisc 2. Chaos;Child Love Chu☆Chu!! カオスチャイルド らぶchu☆chu!! [170330] MAGES. GAME 1 Love Chu Chu!! is set in October 2015 in Shibuya, Tokyo, and takes place after Chaos;Child's true ending. Bizarre events referred to as the "Reincarnation of the New Generation of Madness" take place, but do not interest the protagonist Miyashiro Takuru, the president of the school newspaper club; instead, he wants to focus on "real-life activities" and spending time with girls. In Love Chu Chu!! the story is affected by player choices: by regularly uses the "Yes/No Trigger" system, in which they fill in "yes/no" questionnaires in the in-game magazine Cool Cat Press, which causes the story to branch depending on the player's answers. Fandisc 3. Koinosu ☆ Ichacolize こいのす☆イチャコライズ [170331] eRONDO 1 Koinosu ☆ Ichacolize is all about building a ‘love nest’ where you can be lovey-dovey with your ideal girlfriend. After choosing your heroine and deciding on your name (default is Masakage) at the beginning, the game branches off into three separate routes which all take place in the same setting (your apartment), although with different story backgrounds. Ichika is a servile waitress who catches your eye at a café that you frequent. Sachi is a petite girl who you used to play with and with whom you were entrusted on days when she attends a cram school nearby. Natsume is the imouto of your next door neighbour who temporarily lives there when her older sister studies abroad. Nukige has an English impression
  23. A small month that has only one definite winner unless you like detectives - Suisei Ginka . Clephas agreed with such choice. Micchi prefers Ouka Sabaki , Shugaten! -sugarfull tempering- and some imouto nukige. 1. Chou Kagaku Dasshutsu Saihate no Cross Eyes 超科学脱出 最果てのクロスアイズ [170222] Intense 1 2 3 Months after the luxury cruise ship explosion case, the girl with two psychic powers, Hitomi Akeneno, has engaged in saving people with the psychic research facility, ZENA, is struggling to strengthen her abilities. At the same time, the detective with an artificial arm that has the ability to change the past time, Kyosuke Ayana, has just received the information that, Ritsu Kamiji, the person concerned with the serial killer case in Camellia Hills, would probably make some trouble in the small country of Eastern Europe, Witsarock. To stop the potential disaster, he set out for Witsarock. Now, the time of crossing the two stories, has arrived. Detective is localized and has English reviews 2. School of Talent: SUZU-ROUTE School of Talent: SUZU-ROUTE [170223] MyDearest 1 2 Love. The "Untalented" one's "Talent", that surpasses all things. Welcome to Mikage Academy, a famed educational institute that prides itself on being the home school of prime ministers, world-renowned artists, great businessmen, and all sorts of other movers and shakers of society. What's their secret? They accept only students with Talents – special powers that border on magic, granted by the divine, said to only occur in one in every ten thousand people by the time they reach adolescence. I'm in love with this girl, Yuki Suzu, the dorm leader of the elites on campus, the White Lilies. And you know where I am on the pecking order? The very bottom of the Black Roses, a pack of slackers and rejects. And you guessed it – our dorms get along like cats and dogs. Game is released in English and has English reviews 3. Ouka Sabaki 桜花裁き [170224] Irodori 1 2 Shimei took up his post as the new administrator at the Nakamachi magistrate’s office, which had been founded to alleviate the burden on the offices to the north and south. He was followed by his cheerful and hard-working childhood friend Rimu and the strong-minded Sakura, who was dispatched from the Kitamachi magistrate’s office to supervise him. Shortly after his arrival, a young girl Koume was brought before him on a charge of murder. She was to be sentenced the following day, and if she was found guilty of the alleged crime, she would be sentenced to death. Shimei noticed something suspicious in the recounting of the events and along with Koume’s desperation, he was convinced that she was not guilty. But who is the true culprit? Will he be able to prove her innocence? Detective is localized and has English reviews 4. Ritaania no Seirei Tsukai -Meikyuu o Yuku Mono- リターニアの精霊使い-迷宮を征く者- [170224] Luna Soft The stage for this tale is the "Ritaania Kingdom", a kingdom that has enjoyed continuous peace for 500 long years. One day, a "portal" which linked Ritaania to the demon world wherein dwelled vile monsters appeared. If the portal was left unchecked, monsters would invade Ritaania and the kingdom would be destroyed. However, a similar portal appeared 500 years earlier and a certain hero came to the rescue of the beleaguered kingdom. The one who came to be known as the "Spirit Master of Ritaania" commanded five spirits, "The White Spirit Norn", "The Red Spirit Vesta", "The Blue Spirit Rusalka", "The Green Spirit Melissa" and "The Black Spirit Ellis" and fought bravely against the demons, it was said the Master succeeded in sealing the portal. The Spirit Master's descendant Leonard is now commanded by Ritaania's Queen Sylvia to enter the portal together with the spirits in order to pass through to the demon realm in order to save the kingdom... RPG 5. Shugaten! -Sugarfull Tempering- しゅがてん!-sugarfull tempering- [170224] Recette 1 2 3 Fueya is a mysterious town where faeries are said to reside. The ‘night of the fairies’ takes place once a year when diamond dust fills the sky. It is said that happy miracles occur on this night. Even though the townspeople mostly treat the legend as a funny tale, they still look forward to it every year. There’s a small patisserie named Folkroll on the outskirts of the town. It’s been around for dozens of years and is known for their really delicious cakes. However, the old man who worked as the patisserie was recently injured and had to be hospitalized. Without someone to make the cakes, the shop’s future was in danger. The girls who worked there, Meru and Koori, didn’t know what to do and decided to make a wish on that special night for someone to come and save the shop. Then, a miracle happened and a mysterious young man Kurou appeared before them when they returned to the shop. He didn’t have any memories, but knew a lot about baking and agreed to work as the shop’s patisserie. There are English reviews 6. Suisei Ginka スイセイギンカ [170224] Akatsuki Works 1 2 Ten years ago, there was an accident during the transport of chemicals in the port city of Mizuho, as well as a series of murders, but it is now just a part of history. At that time, Izana suddenly became separated from her best friend Tetsuo, and she never could come to terms with his disappearance. This summer Tetsuo suddenly reappeared before the overjoyed Izana. However, he revealed to her a terrible truth… There is an English review BLOCKED 1. Neko-nin exHeart 猫忍えくすはーと [170224] Whirlpool 1 2 3 4 Japan. From time immemorial, there are those who possess superhuman abilities. These beings who looked like a cross between man and beast are called Demi-Humans. They acted as Ninja and served those in power. And so time passes to present day—— "We have come from the Fuuma Village to fulfill an ancient contract. To serve you! Nin♪" Yura and Tama. These ninja cats made their dynamic entrance. These cats approached our hero with their loving aura in full bloom. Their adorableness and will causes our hero to be taken by them. But how will he support them? How on earth do you use ninja in this day and age? As he ponders this question, the sense of being a master begins to sprout in our hero when he interacts with these lovely cats. But who is spying on them from the shadows…? A heartfelt tale of cat ninja who won't shut up about loyalty, with a bit of action thrown in the mix! Nukige has English reviews
  24. Foreword: Third review in a row, huh. I just had footages done beforehand. Prism Princess is a booby action with some animated H scenes which wound usually instantly put game out of my interest zone. But it has fighting heroines, plus humor is reported to be worthy, so why not check it myself. Wanted to change game several times, but found nothing to replace it within a year. Synopsis: One day, a naked girl appeared in hikikomori Naoto’s room. She stripped off his pants and declared: “I’ve found you, son of the demon lord! Now die!” She swung at him with a sword that she pulled out of nowhere, but it was stopped by another naked girl. “I will definitely protect you…” On top of that, his childhood friend is an idol and his younger sister is not just a chuuni, but secretly a powerful magician!? What the hell is going on? Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwGwDxf37gEkbd-pr8jHX-cXpZVmsg71n Character Design rating: 6/10 Protagonist rating: 6/10 Story rating: 3/10 Game quality: 7/10 Overall rating: 5/10 The story gets such a huge blow because it's a collection of the most banal existing chiche. Main character with supposed link to demon king gets assaulted by one naked girl with a sword and protected by another naked girl with a sword - traditional angel and devil allegory. In an instant they agree to live together with protagonist alongside imouto and childhood friend. Of course all of them go to school together and naive outsiders learn the human world and human ways... In the middle of the game some kind of knight spirit appears, and the only miniscule intrigue is learning knight's identity as he eventually becomes antagonist. Super boring. Two non-fighting heroines routes are even worse. Of course the only way such synopsis can be accepted if it's presented as a parody to all the most beaten cliche. I found humor dense and vulgar with the only appealing points being RPG spirit mix. But you should make own opinion from the following several examples: - Talking dog suddenly appears, protects protagonist against a sword with his teeth and is asked to introduce himself - so he treats this question as inquiring how he can talk while holding a sword with his teeth instead , so a lengthy explanation about technique follows - Sword battle between celestial beings is suddenly finished as old guy appears and gives everyone bumps with bare hands - When Prism wants to pee in the middle of the school lesson, two outsiders start to discuss RPG means of dealing with it like teleportation or hypnosis spell - Masturbation is declared as main theme from the start and is often referred to - Two main heroines fighting with swords naked for the whole duration of prologue is supposed to be funny - Girls discussion of elemental attributes and weaknesses transforms into discussing sister attribute power and weakness I did not get the sources of parodies, to be honest, e.g. I did not watch Haiyore! Nyaruko-san which is one of the biggest inspirations. And it's still a booby-action. Naked sprites and animated H scenes have always been two important indicators of nukige, and this game has both. If it had the third indicator - harem route - I would label this game as one from the start. So, game does not shine with story or heroines. Mild RPG spirit, parody and non-repulsive SOL are probably the only good traits of it. But is it enough to play this game? That's what everyone should decide themselves.
  25. Foreword: Shoujo Shin'iki has some English reviews already, but they tend to focus on negative sides (1 2 3) even though game deserves better. Synopsis: Shun has always wondered what was on the other side of the stone walls surrounding and beyond the tunnel out of Kaijou-shi ever since he was a child. However, he never ventured out since every time there was an opportunity to do so, he fell ill or there was some family business. After he graduated from Seihoukan Gakuen, he decided right then to leave his hometown. The next spring, he received a call from his mother, asking him to come back for the Seikousai festival which he had always attended since he was small. His family kept the items for the festival, but this year’s event will be even bigger than normal. His imouto Sana and osananajimi Yuki both had been chosen as the miko for the kagura dance. As he was returning back to Kaijou-shi on the train, he reflected on why he left his hometown. He had found nothing special on the other side, just the beginning of a new life. However, it felt like he had lost something along the way. Then he could hear his osananajimi’s gentle voice: “Shun-chan, it’s been a while since you’ve been back”. He felt like those words livened his spirits and comforted his heart. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwGwDxf37gEk09JR45yzp8YI97UXpaB0j Character Design rating: 8/10 Protagonist rating: 6/10 Story rating: 7/10 Game quality: 8/10 Overall rating: 7/10 Basic information can be acquired from synopsis and other reviews, but I want to focus on ups and downs right away. So these five thing things are what game is sometimes criticized for: 1. A lot of scenes are present in all routes 2. All endings are the same, except for Sana's which is short and vague. 3. Story sucks as a typical creepy village with occult customs 4. Action scenes are boring 5. No character development for heroines To tell the truth, these are hard to oppose, but I'll try, anyway. 1. Those scenes are mostly transition ones to each individual routes and final scenes that have to be the same for the game's purpose. 2. Game concept can justify three similar endings and one special ending for Sana. 3. Story is clearly hommage to Leaf's classical visual novel Kizuato, so it has to follow ancient concept from 1996 to an extent. 4. Game is atmospheric mystery utsuge. Action scenes aren't focused on here. At times of conflict one side is usually seriously overpowered, so there can hardly be a proper battle. 5. Are there really that many games with character development for heroines? We're not growing a bride here, and protagonist is in the center of the conflict, not heroines, so why should they be developing. Shoujo Shin'iki is a complex construction built over classical visual novels centered around beast, primarily Kizuato. Both games have same clan/shrine that seals beast madness instincts in males of the same blood, in both games there are for heroines with the youngest heroine having a special ending if protagonist for several times denies intimacy suggested to him. But Shoujo Shin'iki also introduces occultism and a multiple-layer mystery. What makes Shoujo Shin'iki a masterpiece for me is breathtaking graphics and heroines, fantastic atmosphere, complex setting, those ugly yet memorable ending scenes and the impact. All this beauty is repeatedly crushed by a single occult power burst. This repeats over and over creating aura of inevitability. But there is redemption, a way out of this loop which is indicated by Sana's special ending. That's the whole conceptual meaning of it. No use to wait here an afterstory of how they got married and raised kids. It's just not that kind of a game. With all that game has enough depth and complexity for those who seek it. And it's a rarity in the game when the meaning is concealed in the depth of the game and not in the ending. And then rereading the game main part brings in new depth. But if it's a masterpiece, why just 7/10? Because I tend to take disturbing scenes like these badly. All those endings and preceding events with Honoka create a depressing impression. Same route construction repeats for the 4 routes, so I'd read only two if I knew beforehand. The package of the game says "Story does not always has a happy ending". This is exactly such case.
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