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    VN of the Month 2019
    Tamayura Mirai is the only suitable title for me, although Micchi has all the right to also appreciate D.C.4 ~Da Capo 4~ , Girls Book Maker and Renran Spirichu .  
    1. Aikano ~Yukizora no Triangle~  アイカノ ~雪空のトライアングル~ [190531] Prekano The former track and field club member Shun attended school with his childhood friend Shizuri and close friend Koharu. However, they had just one more year together before they graduate and possibly go their separate ways. Both girls had feelings for him and decided to confess to him on Valentine’s Day while they still had a chance. It so happened that he was asked to meet them at different places at the same time. How will he respond to their confessions and what will become of their uneven triangle relationship? Not blocking it only because of PS4 release  
    2. Dai Sengo Muramasa -Majin Kakusei-  大戦御村正 -魔人覚醒- [190531] Gesen 18 Sequel to Sengo Muramasa -Tsurugi no Gaika- .  Strategy  
    3. D.C.4 ~Da Capo 4~  D.C.4 ~ダ・カーポ4~ [190531] Circus 1 2 Those who live on the island of Kagamijima are used to the sight of the ‘large cherry blossom that floats in the sky’ rising out of the middle of the Mikagami lake. Such beautiful scenery had been the lone draw for the island, but lately a new sightseeing spot was born with the opening of a theme park based on Wonderland. The main character and humanoid AI Alice charms everyone with her lovely smile, while artificial faeries dance around the island like fireflies. Ichito, a young man with an incomplete fairy tale-like skill. Nino, his mischievous younger sister who won’t show her true side to anyone else. Sorane, his neighbour that loves the siblings a lot and helps them out all the time. Hiyori, his trouble-making classmate who has a surprisingly good record in helping people fall in love. Shiina, a taciturn transfer student with a sharp tongue. Suginami, his buddy who’s always aware of the latest mysteries. Then there was Arisu, an ojousama with the same name as the protagonist from Wonderland. As the sakura petals flutter and artificial faeries dance, a tender love story begins on the island closest to the sky. There are English reviews  
    4. E School Life Eスクールライフ [190531] Hooksoft 1 Ryoutarou had been forced to live and study overseas for the past six years due to his parents’ work. He confided to his childhood friend Tooru, who was living in Japan, that he hated it. “I’m surrounded by the guys in the class and can’t even get a chance to talk to the girls…. I don’t want my teenage years to end like this!!” Tooru sympathized with Ryoutarou upon hearing his difficulty with the language barrier and desire to return to Japan, and talked with his parents about the possibility of bringing him back. After convincing his parents, Ryoutarou was able to return and live in a room share with Tooru. He was thrilled to be back on native soil, but more importantly, that he will be able to talk with girls! He’ll be able to fall in love at his new school! “Why did you plan on doing when you came back to Japan?” “Of course fall in love! I want girl friends!” Looks like Hooksoft does not even try anymore . Be happy with school icha-icha.  
    5. Girls Book Maker -Shiawase no Libretto-  ガールズ・ブック・メイカー -幸せのリブレット- [190531] Yumemiru 1 2 The protagonist, Eito, suddenly finds himself gazing at the grand edifice of an otherworldly Library. Just moments before, he should have been in the confines of the academy's tiny library. The girl who introduces herself as the "Head Librarian" tells him this Library is a repository of every story known to existence. If the books in the Library are damaged, the stories they contain will be lost to the real world. "Well then, will you take up the position of Librarian? Eito ventures into the world of stories as the Librarian who protects the Library. Many encounters with the characters featured in stories and the masterminds plotting disturbances behind the scenes await the newly minted Librarian Eito. There are English reviews  
    6. Heroine wa Tomodachi Desu ka? Koibito Desu ka? Soretomo Tomefure Desu ka?  彼女は友達ですか?恋人ですか?それともトメフレですか? [190531] DESSERT Soft 1 2 Eager to break free from his solitary life and lose his virginity, Yuki signed up for a system akin to open compensated dating that was set up to combat this societal problem. To his surprise, his doorbell rang just half a minute later and was shocked when the girl who showed up was his class idol Sakurako, who he admired greatly. She gladly agreed to be lovey-dovey with him in return for a place to stay and free food. However, their outwardly wholesome partnership got off to a rocky start since neither had any experience in love nor staying over with the other sex. They invited other girls to the lessen the awkwardness when they are alone together, and gradually began to like their relationship amidst the lively days. There is an English review  
    7. Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa [190531] ART Co.,Ltd. 1 2 Welcome to Fujisawa Academy – an educational institution where nothing is as it seems and every pupil hides a secret. Having enrolled as a transfer student, everything feels pleasantly familiar. The pupils are friendly, the staff attentive. All the ingredients for a successful academic career. But you’re not here for a quiet life. Having made a pact with Mon-chan, a sarcastic demon fox, you wield the power of Kotodama – a means coercing the truth from those who seek to lie to you. It’s not a power to be used lightly. Tasked with infiltrating the secretive Fujisawa Academy it soon becomes apparent that uncovering the sinister goings-on behind the seemingly normal façade may give you more than you bargained for… Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    8. Renran Spirichu  恋嵐スピリッチュ [190531] Parasol 1 A new school building was constructed for the centenary of a famous private humanities school. However, it was soon besieged by many strange incidents attributed to spirits, such as ghosts uploading selfies of themselves by the pool on social networks or anatomical models using their organs to masturbate. Most of these only caused slight distress to the students and teachers, but the administration was concerned about the problem of rooms which would trap people until they had sex. They would not permit illicit sexual relationships on school grounds at any time, and tasked the student council to deal with the issue. As the head of the student council, Muneyoshi enlisted the help of exorcists, who came in the middle of the moon-lit night. The two girls were cute and childlike, but with large bosoms on their tiny frame. “Spiritual power is proportional to the size of one’s chest. So, we are the strongest exorcists ever!” He had no idea what they were talking about. All he could think about was ‘loli with big boobs’… There is an English review  
    9. Tamayura Mirai  タマユラミライ [190531] Azurite 1 Humans and non-humans once lived together in the town of Fukano, and thus it is full of mysterious stories about mysterious beings. Mutsuki is a young magician who uses his powers to resolve strange incidents caused by the youkai, to maintain the harmony between humans and non-humans. Then Yukina arrived in the town in search for something that she had lost. She had spiritual powers that exceeded his own and was able to see the otherworldly beings. By associating with her, before long even the incident in which he gained his magic was brought back to light. There is an English review  
     
  2. kivandopulus
    Kanzume Shoujo no Shuumatsu Sekai  and Missing-X-Link ~Ten no Yurikago, Togi no Hana~ are both strong titles from this fruitful April. Micchi can't have enough of 9-nine- Haruiro Harukoi Harunokaze , Koioto Se Piace and Tonari ni Kanojo no Iru Shiawase ~Summer Surprise~  
    1. Eve: Rebirth Terror [190425] El Dia Story Summary Peaceful days have returned. It’s been one year since the Burst Error case, and the dreadful incident is slowly starting to fade away from memories. Kojiroh Amagi and Marina Houjou currently spend their days in boredom, handling their respective jobs and cases. Until one fateful day, where their paths cross again, their destiny heading toward a new tragedy… Kojirou Amagi’s Story The Amagi Detective Agency is still as unpopular as ever. Kojirou, who has worked simple cases thanks to his excellent assistant Kyoko and has not had trouble making a living, passes each day in tedium. Then one day, a request comes in for Kojirou to investigate the case of a missing teacher at El International Academy, a school that he is strongly connected to. Kojirou accepts the request to investigate this case, which gives off the restless feeling he has long been without… Marina Houjou’s Story Marina, the legendary agent who once boasted a 99 percent work success rate. However, due to a setback in a certain case, she stepped back from her work, and is currently burned out and on leave. One day, Yayoi asks that she look after a boy who sneaked into the office. At the same time, she hears that countless hitmen from overseas are gathering in Japan… Looking forward to PC release or hookable PS4 emulator. Looks very promising and attentive to original in contrast to very ambiguous Eve ~New Generation~.  
    2. Satsujin Tantei Jack the Ripper  殺人探偵ジャック・ザ・リッパー [190425] Nippon Ichi Software Set in a fictional version of London, with advanced medical technology. The game centers on a private detective named Arthur Hewitt, whose office lies in a small corner of London. During an investigation of serial murders, Arthur's resolve is shaken, and he begins to see visions of a man who identifies himself to Arthur as Jack the Ripper. The real Jack the Ripper, a serial killer himself, was apprehended and executed two years ago. Driven to the brink by the visions, Arthur is embroiled in one ghastly incident after another on the streets of London.
    We finally get to roleplay a bad guy and solve a mystery, but what game definitely lacks is catharsis or sense of satisfaction.  
    3. 9 -Nine- Haruiro Harukoi Harunokaze  9-nine-はるいろはるこいはるのかぜ [190426] Palette 1 2 3 4 Shiromitsugawa was a nondescript university town until a large earthquake damaged the sacred treasure of the local shrine and mysterious objects called ‘artifacts’ started appearing from a parallel world, granting special powers to those who possessed them. Kakeru, his classmate Miyako, and imouto Sora invested the petrification incidents and discovered that the culprit was the owner of the ‘evil eye’ artifact. Along the way, they came across a rival group of artifact users who called themselves Rigveda, and one of its members was his senpai that he sees every morning, Haruka. There are English reviews  
    4. Aikagi 2  アイカギ2 [190426] Azarashi Soft 1 It is spring. It's a wonderful start of the new semester for our protagonist— or so it should have been, until the homeroom teacher suddenly summoned him out of the blue. It seems that his childhood friend, Ayano Sumeragi, hasn't been going to school this semester. "Did something happen to her?" wondered our protagonist with anxiety. Our protagonist went to visit her house at the request of the homeroom teacher. What he found out was that his childhood friend was living the NEET life. She forgot that school even started, because she was too engrossed in playing video games. Of course she got a handful from her parents after they found out. However, she may continue to live alone, independently on a few conditions. There are 2 conditions that must be met: 1. She needs to score at least 90 on all her subjects for the next exam week. 2. She may not be late for school. Truly a hopeless situation for Ayano. She is paying the price for her own mistakes, and yet, it's still pitiful to see. The protagonist offers to help her because of these reasons. He is asked to help her study and to wake her up everyday. "Please, you are the only one that I can count on!" That is how our protagonist started to live together with his hopelessly NEET childhood friend. Not blocking it only because of PS4 release  
    5. Haha Ranman  母爛漫 [190426] Alice Soft Soon after getting married, Wakura Mayuko's husband was murdered by an assassin. Losing the will to live, Mayuko had fallen into despair and tried to kill herself, but there was a young boy who pulled her heart away from the grief. His name is Kaga Isamu. Like Mayuko, his parents also lost their lives to an assassin. Mayuko felt a connection between them, decided to adopt Isamu from the orphanage and started living together. Ten years have passed since then, Isamu has grown into a young man. While Mayuko somehow managed to regain herself with the help from her husband's little brother Wakura Takafumi, a psychiatrist. However, the recovery also makes memories with her late husband fade away slowly, bringing pain to her heart. One day, Isamu met a beautiful girl at a shrine. Isamu is shocked by the words told by the girl. "Mayuko will die soon." When her heart is filled with emptiness, death shall invite her soul. The girl claims she knows how to save Mayuko and is willing to lend her hand, but the way to rescue Mayuko is to have the girl teach him "the way of sex". SIM  
    6. Kakeochi  カケオチ [190426] 1 Mitsumi received a short message from his osananajimi Kaguya, who was a year younger than him. When she revealed that she had been set up for an arranged marriage, he regretted not taking action in advancing their relationship. He believes that they share the same feelings and had been satisfied the way things were, but now with the girl who he loves crying before him, he had to immediately make a decision… There is an English impression  
    7. Kanzume Shoujo no Shuumatsu Sekai  缶詰少女ノ終末世界 [190426] Silky's Plus 1 2 3 One day in early summer, Masataka took shelter from the torrential rain at the convenience store. While he waited for the rain to stop in the dine-in area, he noticed the girl beside him open a can of miso-flavoured mackerel and started to eat it. He was bewildered as she calmly walked out into the downpour while still eating it. Her eccentricity left a memory, and the next time he came across her, he asked her why she was eating the canned mackerel. In a long-winded response, she explained that it was in preparation for the end of the world. She was one of the ‘preppers’ and this was their story of how they faced the end of the world.
    There are English reviews  
    8. Koioto Se Piace  恋音セ・ピアーチェ [190426] Campus 1  Shin'ya heard the sound of someone playing the guitar poorly while returning home and followed them to Hana, who was happily giving an amateurish performance in the park. After initially mistaking that he was hitting on her, she told him that she started playing the guitar because she attended his band’s show. She implored him to teach her how to play the guitar, but actually he was the drummer in the band. So their musical drama begins on the wrong note.
    There is an English review  
    9. Kudan no Folklore  クダンノフォークロア [190426] SukeraSparo 1 2 Gossips around town spoke of a Folklore (urban legend) called 'Kudan' It is said that 'Kudan' takes the form of a woman wearing Western mourning dress. She lacks a right wrist, and her face is hidden behind a black veil. It is predicted that those who lay eyes on 'Kudan', within 7 days calamity will befall them. Through strange coincidence, 16 years old Kudan Sakuya meets cooking class instructor Shima Touko. ---As they come in contact with each other, faint feelings grow between the two. However, as Touko happened to come across the fearful 'Kudan', her peaceful everyday life came to an end. As each day passed, 'Kudan' kept creeping closer to her. Sakuya tries her best to protect her and attempts to find countermeasures. At Kudan Girls High School, there's a club that focused on studying folklore. Together with the Mystery Research Club president, Akinashi Koto, Sakuya will take on the unknown Folklore so as to protect her loved one. Game is localized and has English reviews  
    10. Missing-X-Link ~Ten no Yurikago, Togi no Hana~  Missing-X-Link ~天のゆりかご、伽の花~ [190426] Fluorite 1 2 Each country aspired to unify the world, but they fell out with each other due to lack of compromising, to the extent that they required military forces. The ‘Edited’ are genetically-modified children designed to be superior, but with fleeting lives, who are considered cursed. There was a quantum computer that was built to create a better future, but its ability to think for itself was taken away, making it just a repository of knowledge. Shougo lost his beloved older sister Yuuhi to a military satellite that was supposed to maintain peace. One day, a sentient female robot, the third generation automata Himefuro, appeared before Shougo. “I will love you, unconditionally and forever.” Then she kissed him on the lips, triggering the ‘Cross Link’ ability that allows humans and automata to share their hearts and minds and thereby restarting his frozen time. There is an English review  
    11. Otome Kishi♥Ima Sugu Watashi o Dakishimete  乙女騎士♥いますぐ私を抱きしめて [190426] ensemble SWEET 1 Ayato lived together with his twin older sister Saaya in Germany. Saaya had always admired Japan and dreamed of one day attending school there. So, when she got the opportunity to study abroad in Japan, he gave her his full support and was happy for her when she was accepted. However, she had a frail constitution and became sick before she could travel. It would take a while for her to recover completely, so he decided to pretend to be her and go in her place so that the offer to study abroad would not be rescinded. Afterwards he realized that he did not completely think things through, as the school that he would now be attending is an ojou-sama school and that he would need to dress up as a girl! There is an English review  
    12. Waka-sama no Zasuru Sekai  和香様の座する世界 [190426] Minato Carnival 1 2 3 Ryouga lived in the old capital of Hakura and was about to be eaten by an ancient goddess that appeared before him. Fortunately he was able to get out of trouble by offering to cook delicious food for the goddess Waka and became her servant and caretaker. She was full of curiosity in her new surroundings and he was completely at her mercy. One day, monsters started to appear in the world and he asked her to help exterminate them to reduce the number of victims. She agreed, mainly because she enjoyed her time in current Japan. Soon her imouto Ruruha and other gods also showed up and their destiny started to move. There are English reviews  
    13. Tonari ni Kanojo no Iru Shiawase ~Summer Surprise~ となりに彼女のいる幸せ ~Summer Surprise~[190426] Prekano On a hot day reminiscent of summer vacation, Koume was hanging out as usual at her osananajimi Gorou’s place. Over the course of the summer, their sugar-sweet relationship unexpectedly turns into burning love. Won't block it since it has a PS4 release  
    14. Criss Cross [190429] 45-world 1 To love a person, is it really such a happy thing? I don't think so.Maybe we just like that kind of feeling. I live in a quiet and peaceful town. There is no war here, everything is so beautiful, just like a paradise. We met each other and became friends in such a world. Our feelings are crisscrossing.Why are we living? Why were we born here? To get everything by any means, is it really the way to win? I am confused in the successive emotional whirlpool... The story like a cross is unfolded like this-- "I expected I would not love anybody anymore. But after I met her, my life totally changed. I entirely fell under the enchantment of her." "I knew that I was lying. That was not real me." Yuri something, whatever  
    15. Yuuoni Rei  夕鬼 零 [190430] Tricore Inc. 1 In a countryside town, lives a fifth-grader named Shuji. Due to "grown-up stuff", he constantly has to move house. Slowly, he learns hard lessons about friendships and how fragile they can be, and grows distrustful. "Ever heard of the Tsun?" One day, Shuji learns of a school ghost story from Goto, who is the boss of the kids around the area. Because of the story's absurdity, Nami dismisses it as a silly rumor. Shuji doesn't take it seriously either, until... Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Mama wa Taimanin ママは対魔忍 [190419] Black Lilith Taimanin fight tirelessly to pursue a path of righteousness. Though some choose to dedicate their entire lives to the cause--- Some choose to leave the Taimanin to live an ordinary life. An ex-Taimanin is living happily with her family, but evil approaches. What path will the ex-Taimanin take---! Hide from her kind husband and pure son to have betrayal sex! An ex-Taimanin wife was living a peaceful life when suddenly danger approached. In order to protect her family, she must not allow them to see her be a "female!" Nukige with an opening   2. Babumi! ~Atashi ga Uminaoshite yan yo!~ 刃撫魅!~アタシが産みなおしてやんよ!~ [190426] Hending "Please, won't you be my momma?" Living in solitude is quite harsh in today's society. Indeed, a mother is required, especially for an adult who works tirelessly every single day. Enter our protagonist, Tsukishima Jin, one such individual who yearned for a mother to call his own. Having but just met him for the first time, there were four women who complied with his request. "Gee, what a helpless guy..." "Ahaha, there, there, senpai, who's a good boy?" "A momma, huh. Ha, ain't you a funny one." "Can I do...anything I'd like to you?" By a twist of fate, the four women turned out to be famous delinquents, one of 'em a gyaru. Indulge yourself in their hidden feelings of maternity, and be healed by their warmth! Nukige with an opening  
  3. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2019
    Realive is the only masterpiece I can vouch for. Micchi adds Aonatsu Line and pieces/Wataridori no Somnium to the list of interest.  
    1. LoveR  LoveR(ラヴアール)[190314] Kadokawa Games 1 Romance. Record. A new love begins… The summer of your second year of high school. You happen to meet six girls. And then… love. A future of romance? The school festival will take place in two months. And there, the confession… Will your feelings reach her…? That depends on you. This is the 22nd anniversary of love depiction! Ichiro Sugiyama, who has created various love simulation games, and Taro Mino unite for a dream collaboration: the long-awaited new love simulation game for PlayStation 4. While deepening your love with the game’s six heroines, save your memories through photos. With beautiful visuals that implement depth of field, you can take photos full of expression. Through communication by voice recognition, gyro photographing via the motion sensor, and more, LoveR makes full use of PlayStation 4’s features. Besides a game for love simulation game fans, this is also a game for players who want to play games that make full use of PlayStation 4’s functionalities. SIM  
    2. Itsuka no Memorajxo ~Kotonoha Amrilato~  いつかのメモラージョ ~ことのはアムリラート~ [190315] SukeraSparo 1 Not all endings are happily ever after, and language isn't the only barrier to understanding. After choosing to remain in Ruka's world, Rin begins to doubt her decision, haunted by memories of her best friend Yuuzu and others she's left behind. Ruka, too, is troubled by Kanako, a classmate who seems to have it out for her. Unspoken thoughts, assumed feelings, and misunderstandings threaten to pry them apart as they face the challenges of communication involved in becoming more than just friends. This is the story, pure and sometimes frustrating, of two girls intertwined through their fumbling efforts to communicate. A heartwarming, and educational yuri visual novel that teaches readers Esperanto, as well as the meaning of communication. Yuri is localized and has English reviews  
    3. Tokyo Chronos [190320] MyDearest 1 2 An empty, deserted Shibuya where time has frozen over. A mystery full of suspense, woven by 8 childhood friends trapped inside. A lost memory. A mysterious message: "I am dead. Who killed me?" Who is "I"? Why did we lose our memory? Who is the killer? Fragments shattered like a broken mirror. Where does the truth lie? To kill, or not to kill ─ YOU decide. Game is localized and has English reviews  
    4. Alpha Nighthawk [190329] Liar-soft 1 2 3 4 5 A giant beautiful rose, called Consuelo by humans, blooms in the night sky 300,000 km away from Earth. Its dark red tentacles extended towards Earth once in a blue moon in the form of ‘thorns’ that have the power of destroying entire cities should they strike the world. The STX Space Force created the ‘battle sheep’ mobile suit as the last line of defence against the Consuelo. It draws its power from the mental energy of its pilot. However, their efforts were in vain as a thorn struck Tokyo, devastating the surrounding area. The thorn took root and sprouted a smaller Consuelo, which attacked the people nearby and spread its sphere of terror. It was decided that the area be sealed from the outside, even though there were some that were not able to escape and were trapped inside, subject to the threat of attacks as they went about their daily lives. One lone man continued to fight in the sealed area. His name was Ichizou, a former colonel in the STX Space Force and one of its finest pilots who was admired by all. Why did he remain even after the other soldiers had fled? There are English reviews  
    5. Aonatsu Line  アオナツライン [190329] Giga Tatsumi and his childhood friends Miki and Chihiro talked every day about what they would do during the upcoming summer vacation. By chance, they befriended the overly-honest ojou-sama Yui, who transferred to their school since she admired the co-education system, as well as kouhai Kotone, who had failed to make lasting friendships after trying too hard to fit in. This new group of five friends (?) began to plan for a memorable bittersweet summer vacation that happens only once in a lifetime. Giga tries to capitulate on the summer outdoors light atmosphere, but only newcomers can be tricked this way. Characters and story are fake and just not acceptable.  
    6. Love Commu  らぶこみゅ [190329] Marshmallow Soft 1 Love communication studies was added as part of the compulsory curriculum. After graduating from university with a degree in ‘love commu studies’, Tatsuyuki was placed as a teacher at the ojou-sama school Aogahama Girls’ Academy. As part of his position, he is permitted to have relationships with his students. He entered the school with excitement and discovered that the girls all had slightly skewed views of love! Of course, their grades in love commu studies were not great and they had to take supplementary lessons. It is up to him to show them the proper way to love, so that they can become respectable adults. However, while he knew a lot about relationships, he had not actually experienced it himself! Would a virgin like him be able to teach the girls and show them the right way to love? Actually, what does that even mean!? There is an English review  
    7. pieces / Wataridori no Somnium  pieces/渡り鳥のソムニウム [190329] Whirlpool 1 There’s an odd folklore in Mittebel where an angel sings a lullaby each morning to fall asleep and this wakes up the townspeople each day. But it is not only angels that have strange dreams. Tsubame can enter the dreams of others by thinking of them. He doesn’t know when he obtained this ability, but he spends most of the day sleeping as a result of seeing others’ dreams. One day, he saw a girl by the window of an old mansion and was taken by her beauty. Wishing to know more about her, he tried his best to use his ability on her, but failed to do so. The girl Yua revealed that she also had the same mysterious ability to see others’ dreams. However, she was unable to choose which dreams to see, and only sees nightmares each night. As a result of the constant nightmares, she grew to avoid sleeping at all. A girl who doesn’t sleep and a boy who wishes to continue to sleep. When their dreams cross, the legend of the past starts once more. There is an English review  
    8. Realive  リアライブ [190329] Purple Software 1 Kemba Gakuen is a school where Asagiri Chihaya attends. In the past, he was involved in an accident where he lost some important memories. His beautiful childhood friend named Miyamato Satsuki calmly advised him to try and remember. As life goes on, Chihaya heard rumors in social media about the existence of an app called "Alive". It is a legendary gaming app but shrouded in mystery. Still, Chihaya continues life as a regular student. But one day, an application has been installed on his smartphone and Chihaya realizes the name of the app: “Alive” The app itself can change the fate of the people around it where Chihaya himself does not realize it. There is an English review  
    9. Sakura Iro, Mau Koro ni  さくらいろ、舞うころに [190329] Pulltop 1 Shinya returned to Japan after five years abroad and met the second-year student Mina, who asked him to be part of the graduation ceremony planning committee. She had been appointed as the planning committee leader, and her eyes sparkled as she expressed her wish to hold a memorable graduation ceremony to send off all those who had helped her. She always tried her best for everyone, although her ideals and efforts often led to nowhere. Since he had been living overseas for so long, he didn’t know what to do as he had never experienced a graduation ceremony. He was joined in the committee by Chloe, Rin and Mariko, each of whom were there under varying circumstances. Even though they were initially reluctant to participate, they were gradually won over by Mina’s passion and kindness. Before long, this feeling soon spread throughout the school. A normal school charage focused on clubs. Good quality and realization. Nothing prominent or interesting or unusual.  
    BLOCKED   1. Memories Off -Innocent Fille- for Dearest  メモリーズオフ -Innocent Fille- for Dearest [190328] MAGES. GAME  Features happy endings for all the characters in Innocent Fille while also maintaning the bittersweet atmosphere of the MemOff series. Also includes cameos by several characters from previous Memories Off games.
    Fandisc   2. Koi wa Sotto Saku Hana no you ni ~Futari wa Eien ni Yorisotte Iku~  恋はそっと咲く花のように~二人は永遠に寄り添っていく~ [190329] ensemble
    Fandisc for Koi wa Sotto Saku Hana no you ni, with after stories for each of the six heroines.
    Fandisc   3. Shirokoi Sakura * Gram  白恋サクラ*グラム [190329] NanaWind
    This is the fandisc for Haruoto Alice*Gram, containing after stories for each of the five heroines. The main story concerns the arrival of new character Lilyetto and her proclamation of dissolving the Tasogare-bu. There’s also a route for sub-heroine Kozue, a side story where they visit the ALIA’s CARNIVAL! school, and a fantasy story where they end up in another world
    Fandisc   4. Shogun-sama wa Otoshigoro Fandisc -Gosanke Da yo! Zen'in Shuugou-  将軍様はお年頃 ふぁんでぃすく -御三家だヨ! 全員集合- [190329] ALcot
    This is the fandisc for "Shogun-sama wa Otoshigoro" with after stories for each of the four heroines. There are also new routes for new character "Tokugawa Mitsukuni".
    Fandisc   5. Aoi Sora no Camus 青い空のカミュ [190327] Kai
    This is the fandisc for "Shogun-sama wa Otoshigoro" with after stories for each of the four heroines. There are also new routes for new character "Tokugawa Mitsukuni".
    Doujin with an opening   6. Josou Jinja 女装神社 [190330] No~Strike
    This is the fandisc for "Shogun-sama wa Otoshigoro" with after stories for each of the four heroines. There are also new routes for new character "Tokugawa Mitsukuni".
    Doujin with an opening  
     
  4. kivandopulus
    Sorceress*Alive! ~the World's End Fallen Star~ and Sakura, Moyu. -As the Night's, Reincarnation- are the only masterpieces. Micchi also does not mind Sugar*Style ,  love clear and a delayed title.  
    1. NekoMiko ねこみこ [190124] iMel Inc. 1 2 Nekofuku Shrine is a small shrine located in a corner of Akihabara. It is dedicated to 2 cats that are said to bring in good fortune and expel any misfortune. The legend goes that 2 cats came to help the revival of the town after a huge fire burnt it down a long time ago. Although the ancient and honorable shrine has stood in a quiet side street of Akihabara for hundreds of years, its surroundings have developed, leaving it with no worshippers for many years. One day, a very unfortunate young man came to visit the old shrine. The 2 cat-eared girls in the appearance of shrine maidens, could not stand by and not greet their first worshipper for many years. Especially one riddled with such misfortune. The 2 cat-eared girls start living with the young man to rid him of his misfortune, but... It turns out that this is the start of a somewhat eventful and sexual cohabitation between the young man and the 2 cat-eared shrine maidens! Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    2. Love Clear  love clear -ラブクリア- [190125] Giga 1 One day Itsuki chased a cat to a water courtyard at the school which is seldom visited by the students. He noticed a girl by the waterside; it was his childhood friend and kouhai Himari. When he called out to her, that was when his colourless days turned vibrant.
    There is an English impression  
    3. Sono Hi no Kemono ni wa,  その日の獣には、 [190125] minori Ritsuki, his younger sister Runa and childhood friend Mayu attend a school that is popular for its drama activities, with many of its graduates going on to become famous actors and scenario writers. Shortly after the entrance ceremony, they were invited by their classmate Inori to join the drama club. Ritsuki was eager to aim for the school’s primaries for the national competition, but first year students were forbidden from participating in the contest. They wouldn’t accept the fact that they were excluded just because they didn’t have much experience. If only they were given the opportunity to demonstrate their acting abilities… Rumour has it that there is a ghost that haunts the theater. It is said that it will grant any wish so long as it is related to drama. Last minori games got excessingly sensual, so I stopped treating them as full-scale games. This time scenario is buffed so we're observing how relations are fading from the start and then getting intensive due to a contract for power with an emotional outcome. But development is the same for all three heroines, so in the end scenario looks rough yet again. But visuals, h, directorship are as high as ever, so game can be appealing for quality alone.  
    4. Sorceress*Alive! ~the World's End Fallen Star~  ソーサレス*アライヴ!~the World's End Fallen Star~ [190125] Fluorite 1 2 3 4 5 6 One day, a very ordinary boy named Kouki was enveloped by a bright light and found himself in a new world. It was an unfamiliar place with a school that floated in the sky. Yes, this was not the normal world that he knew, but rather a magical world where magic ability determines one’s place in society. He met Akina, who looked very much like a girl he admired, and she took him in as a servant at the school where the elite magicians attended. He wondered how he would survive in this world without any magic ability. However, the general magic competition known as ‘Rave’, would be the fateful event that would enable him to forge bonds.
    There are English reviews  
    5. Sugar * Style [190125] Smee 1 2 3 Spring needs to be a more fun season!!! Getting deceived by an evil woman, having a had debt made by my parents who ran away at night... After a consecutive streak of trouble I was unable to decide on what to do after graduating. But then, I was helped by my kind relatives who introduced me to a local specialty school where I enrolled. "This time I'll will enjoy my life!!" And full of expectation in my chest, I reached the "Hidamari Dorm". It turned out that it was a dorm where only women live in. It must be the place for my fateful encounter...! Is what I thought, but naturally, everyone was wary of me as the only man...! But I won't give up...! This time, this spring, I will definitely enjoy myself!! There are English impressions  
    6. Robotics;Notes DaSH [190131] MAGES. GAME 1 2 2020. World line variation rate: 1.048596. While consumer-use robots receiving the benefits of a networked society are becoming more widespread, the robot rebellion incident in February showed the vulnerability of that sort of information society. While it was a global crisis through the network, it was prevented by high school students of Tanegashima island, where the battle took place. Half a year later. Tanegashima is flooded with people as it prepares for its summer festival. One of the high school students that saved the world from crisis, the protagonist Kaito Yashio, has since graduated and returns to his hometown of Tanegashima after a long time away. During his return, he meets a middle-aged man named Itaru Hashida, who has a mutual friend and came to Tanegashima to see the sights. However, he cannot help but find his behavior strange. Although this man is actually a super hacker with world-class skills, Kaito has yet to learn this fact. Before long, events that disrupt everyday life start to repeatedly occur. That was the sign of a conspiracy that is once again trying to throw the world into chaos. Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    7. Sakura, Moyu. -As the Night's, Reincarnation-  さくら、もゆ。-as the Night's, Reincarnation- [190131] Favorite 1 2 3 4 A long time ago, a group of special girls known as ‘mahou shoujos’ saved the world after a fierce battle where blood and tears were shed and prayers were made. It was an overly common battle tale. However, no one thanked or praised them for their victory. In fact, no one even knew them at all. Even so, the future of humanity was protected and it came to a happy end. Now around ten years later, it was spring, the season of meetings and farewells. Those who had once saved the world have forgotten ‘magic’ and lived as normal girls with ordinary encounters and problems. Taiga was approached by the transfer student Haru, who made a request of him: “Please turn me back into a mahou shoujo.” There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Kizuna Kirameku Koi Iroha -Tsubaki Renka-  絆きらめく恋いろは -椿恋歌- [190125] CRYSTALiA  This is the fandisc for "Kizuna Kirameku Koi Iroha" with after stories for Suzakuin Tsubaki
    Fandisc   2. Maid in Witch Life! -Yakata de Hajimaru H na Miryou Seikatsu- メイドinウィッチライフ! -館で始まるHな魅了性活- [190125] Escu:de Every day Reiji was caught up in unfortunate incidents due to a curse unbeknown to him that dates back to his childhood. Eventually he was taken away by the guards and after a full-body examination, he found out about the unique curse. He was left in the hands of Samantha, a famous magician and researcher, who brought him in a cage to her mansion. There he met her apprentices: Alisa, who for some reason is interested him and aggressively pursues him; Yuel, who has chuunibyou-like aspirations of world domination and plans to make him her servant; and Liliana, who wants him to help with her magic experiments. Trapped together with them, he decides to remain at the mansion in order to find out how to break the curse that had been cast upon him.
    Nukige with an opening  
  5. kivandopulus
    Kotonoha Maichiru Natsu no Koe with all its flaws is still the only candidate worthy of mention . Micchi gives a chance to other charage of the month - Sora ni Kizanda Parallelogram and Hinekuremono no Gakuen Seishun Monogatari  
    1. Daedalus: The Awakening of Golden Jazz ダイダロス:ジ・アウェイクニング・オブ・ゴールデンジャズ [181213] Arc System Works 1 2 3 It was a month ago when Kyosuke Jinguji was found murdered. Saburo Jinguji, his grandson, flys off to New York, to collect his beloved grandfather's belonings. Time passed by in an instant as Saburo met with old friends, walking along the streets where he spent time with his grandfather. On one occasion, Saburo finds out that his grandfather, Kyosuke, was chasing after a word "Daedalus" just before his death. The word "Daedalus" was full of unknown mysteries. Why did Kyosuke have to die? A new saga of Detective Saburo Jinguji begins under his grandfather's legacy! Game is localized and has English reviews  
    2. Hinekuremono no Gakuen Seishun Monogatari ~Ore to Kanojo no Reversible~ 捻くれモノの学園青春物語 ~俺と彼女の裏表~ [181221] Libido Soft 1 2 3 4 5 Yuuichirou is a pessimistic guy who has practically no friends. He leads a life far from the dramatic ones depicted in manga and novels. However, even an anti-social person like him faced a crisis: his grades are awful and he won’t be able to move on without raising them. He was offered the opportunity to raise them in exchange for joining a certain club. It was a club full of boring, worthless, good-for-nothing students – the Seishun Club! There are English reviews  
    3. Kotonoha Maichiru Natsu no Koe 言の葉舞い散る夏の風鈴 [181221] Silky's Plus Dolce 1 2 3 Osamu was on his way to attend the opening ceremony at Sakuranomiya Gakuen when he heard a familiar voice. It was the super-popular voice actress Kokoro, who never shows her face, but he was able to tell due to his ability to identify anyone by their voice. Her real name was Kotoha and she was repeating her first year, just like him. Since he was her top fan, he was excited to spend his time at school with her while keeping her identity a secret between the two of them. Then he was invited by Yuu, a first-year student who aspires to be a voice actress but gets nervous easily, to join the voice acting club. Together with the older Aoko and wheelchair-bound Kanade, a youthful love comedy where everyone is a first-year student (although three are repeaters) begins! There are English reviews  
    4. Shukusei no Girlfriend 2 -the destiny star of girlfriend-  宿星のガールフレンド2 -the destiny star of girlfriend- [181221] Mirai 1 2 Seiji is an ordinary student who met a girl named Maja in the park. He was charmed by her demeanour, despite not knowing that she was actually a mahou shoujo that fights demons using dark magic via a contract with an evil deity. After a sudden appearance by some demons, he ended up as her familiar and gained the ability to use magic. In return, he was bound by a magical rope on his ankle to her, and if he strayed too far away from her, his magical power will run out and he will perish. So they ended up living together under the same roof. However, her slightly eccentric nature meant that unexpected incidents were a commonplace. There is an English review  
    5. Sora ni Kizanda Parallelogram 空に刻んだパラレログラム [181221] Uguisu Kagura 1 2 Yuzu was fascinated with terpischora ever since she saw a splendid match unfold before her eyes for the first time. Unable to forget that moment, she transferred to Kuzukiri Gakuen to learn how to fly in the sky. There she met Ayumu, a former competitor whose career was cut short by injury, and he guided her into the world of terpischora. They worked hard together with his imouto Hari, osananajimi Ria and senpai Hotaru’s mutual encouragement and support. Striving to be the best while going through the highs and lows, they grow through the sport and learn for what or whom they decided to fly. There are English impressions  
    6. Venus Blood: Lagoon [181228] Dual Tail 1 2 3 A long time ago, the world was destroyed by the great war between dragons and demons known as the "War of the Demon God". In the end, the only remaining landmass was the continent of Rodinia. Now, this land is a place of conflict between divine and dark dragons who compete for hegemony. Princess Tia from the Divine Dragon Kingdom Elysis was framed by High Priest Gashel and as a result, lost her family and home. In this desperate situation, a lone man appears to save her. The man's name is Zahak. He is the demon god that was supposed to have been sealed in the past war. A dragon princess who lost everything, swearing revenge, and a demon god who revels in destruction and desire. Will their fate be salvation or destruction? RPG has English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Koi ni, Kanmi o Soete 2  恋ニ、甘味ヲソエテ2 [181231] Canvas+Garden
    This is the continuation of CANVAS+GARDEN’s doujin title Koi ni, Kanmi o Soete, featuring after stories for Rira and Rishie and main routes for Ciel and Koron.
    Fandisc   2. Ero Voice! H na Voice de Icha Love Success ♪ えろぼいす! Hなボイスでいちゃラブサクセス♪ [181211] Clock Up Main character has erotic voice fetish. He finds a job at a company that hires voice actors for 18+ projects. Nukige with an opening   3. Shimaisou -II-  死埋葬 -II- [181230] F.T.W.
    Sequel
    Doujin with an opening  
  6. kivandopulus
    No masterpieces this month. But if I had to choose something, I'd probably point at Amazing Grace -What color is your attribute?- . Micchi is also happy about nukige Uchi no Imouto and RPG Fuukan no Grasesta .  
    1. Akuma Seijo ~Demon Girl Step~ 悪魔聖女 ~デーモンガール・ステップ~ [181130] SofthouseChara Ruti is a demon who was vanquished a long time ago and a part of him was sealed away. Now in the present, he was resurrected by the pitiful Kyouka who mistakened him for a sex toy. He hatched a plan to train her as the evil mahou shoujo Dark Cherry and collect magical energy to fully regain his form. However, three figures of justice stood in their way: mahou shoujos Melody Queen, Lionel and Aya. Something gameplay-intensive as usual  
    2. Amazing Grace -What color is your attribute?- アメイジング・グレイス -What color is your attribute?- [181130] Cabbage Soft 1 2 3 4 Shuu woke up in a snowy town with no recollection of his past. He thought it was a strange place with an antique feel of Europe in the Middle Ages and a deep appreciation of the arts. There was also a towering wall known as ‘Aurora’ which surrounded by the town and sealed it off from the outside. However, he was taken in by the townspeople and eventually attended Saint Aleia Academy and enjoyed his time with the other students there. However, this newfound happiness was snatched in an instant when a mysterious fire destroyed the town on Christmas Day. Yune loved the town more than anyone and vowed from the bottom of her heart to change the town’s fate, turning back time to the December 2nd, the first day of Advent. Why did the disaster occur? Why did the town’s fate remain unchanged no matter how many times they turned back time? Why were they able to turn back time in the first place? There are English reviews  
    3. Fuukan no Grasesta 封緘のグラセスタ [181130] Eushully 1 2 3 4 "Grasesta, City of Interception", capital of the Kingdom of East Gohdia. The city was built atop the subterranean labyrinth known as the "Black Pit", a remnant of the once thriving Demonic Lands of Samara, whose infamous name has been carved deep into the annals of Western history. In order to defend the holy barriers keeping the "Blockaded Expanse" sealed up, the city, being the central hub of retaliation against the most fearsome of the Demonic Lands, requires vast amounts of manpower to be brought in to replenish its forces in the ongoing onslaught. These reinforcements consist primarily of slaves that were sold from other countries and mercenaries that flock to the area in search for a chance at fame and fortune, soon turning the city into one whose populace had only one thing on their mind: treasure. Our protagonist, "Judar Schwarka," is one such slave that's been sold to Grasesta due to being captured after a lost battle. To win back his freedom, he will have to step foot into the twisted landscape of the Blockaded Expanse... RPG has English reviews  
    4. Haruka Drive!  はるかどらいぶ! [181130] Muffin Yuuya has a childhood friend named Haruka who is innately frail and has been hospitalized since she was young. Other than that, she was a normal girl who loved to write novels. Even though she has her way with him, he treasures her as a trusted friend. One time, she told him not to visit her until she finished writing her book. He reluctantly agreed and was restless for the next week while looking forward to meeting her again. But one week later, he was welcomed by the sight of a fantasy world. Next to him was a girl who looked just like Haruka. What happened to him and what does the future hold? Scenario is rough and rushed. Visuals aren't to everyone's taste.  
    5. Kokoro ga Tsunagu Koishirube  ココロが繋ぐ恋標 [181130] Kate Lately Kouki has felt like he was being followed whenever he went. It was as if he was possessed by a spirit. He discussed it with his childhood friend Hinata and she didn’t really take him seriously. He wondered if it really was all his imagination, but then his peaceful days began to change. Even though he was asocial and never dealt much with girls, the energetic class rep Himeno invited him to a purification ceremony and the school’s famous mysterious girl Mashiro also invited him to her club. Suddenly, he was living a new life surrounded by girls. One day on his way home, the strange presence that he had been sensing all this time suddenly became visible before him. He planned to shake the mysterious spirit (?) Kokoro off, but she continued to follow him around. Game does not go full-scale moege, but it's a work that only beginners can enjoy with nothing deep and scenario offering the same solution for each heroine.  
    6. Love Coordination!  ラブコーディネーション! [181130] Shibasoft Yuuto’s family runs the tea house Larimar Bell which is known for its delicious black tea. He helps out at the shop while chatting with his childhood friend Nao about what to do during the upcoming summer vacation. However, when he returned one day, his parents were nowhere to be found. They left behind a letter indicating that they were leaving on a journey in search of rare tea leaves. So instead of his usual leisurely summer vacation, he was suddenly thrust into the task of running the shop until his parents’ return. It was impossible for him to do it alone, and Nao gladly offered to help… but there was one thing she wouldn’t do: wear such a girly outfit! Together with the overly serious student council president Hijiri and cheeky kouhai Inori, his ordinary life becomes extraordinary. Again, an average charage with story level just enough to not fall into moege  
    7. Otome ga Musubu Tsukiyo no Kirameki 乙女が結ぶ月夜の煌めき [181130] ensemble 1 2 Touya works at the residence of the Shijou family, one of the most prominent zaibatsu in the country, keeping an eye on and being of assistance to the lone daughter Ran. One day, it was decided that the free-spirited Ran will temporarily transfer to the Meigetsu Girls’ School. Since everyone at the school, from its students to the staff, are female, it would be impossible for a boy like Touya to enter on a moment’s notice. “Well, I will be taking care of other duties while you are there then.” “… What are you saying? You’re coming along too” “Eh? But, it’s a girls’ school where boys are forbidden…” “So you’ll be coming with me, as a girl” Not only would he have to cross-dress, but she wanted him to take her place in some situations. Despite his protests, he was ultimately defeated by her tears and unwillingly consented to entering the school as Yuuki. Will he be able to continue helping her there without having his cover blown? There are English reviews  
     
     
  7. kivandopulus

    VN of the Year
    Rather modest year, overall. There are still as many as 17 masterpieces, but number of games has decreased significantly, and I barely got 100 openings in Visual Novel Openings 2018 . Without a strong chunige title I'll opt out for the strongest mystery title as VN of the Year, and that's Butterfly Seeker .  
    My list of masterpieces in 2018: AI Love: Koisuru Otome wa Kikaijikake Butterfly Seeker Curio Dealer Haru to Yuki, Karigurashi Ren'ai Kieta Sekai to Tsuki to Shoujo -The World was Prayed by The Girl Living A Thousand Years- Kotonoha Maichiru Natsu no Koe Lost Echoes Maoten Mirai Radio to Jinkou-bato Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru: Trinkle Stars Raspberry Cube Shogun-sama wa Otoshigoro Shunkyoku no Tyrhhia ~What a Beautiful Dawn~ Yorite Konoha wa Kurenai ni Yuusha to Maou to, Majo no Cafe Unjou no Fairy Tale As for future review out of 2018, I went into Sora no Baroque blindly to see if company releasing Trinity series can really fail, and it's so disgusting visually that it takes time to digest it.
  8. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2018
    Deep One is the only decent game this month. Micchi is also moderately interested in Deatte 5fun and LocaLove Dousei×Kouhai  
    1. Can Can Bunny Premiere 3 きゃんきゃんバニープルミエール3 [181026] Cocktail Soft  When Negi decided to attend university in Tokyo this spring, he was coerced by his grandfather to take care of a small shrine while he was there. After finishing the general cleaning, all that was left was the small pond at the back of the shrine grounds. He looked up at the blooming cherry blooms as he swept the small shrine on the banks on the pond and thought that a tranquil life like this wouldn’t be bad either. “Thank you for making everything clean. My name is Swati. Are you the priest of this shrine? I look forward to being with you!” A girl appeared before him, basked in shimmering light and surrounded by cherry blossom petals. It was an unexpected encounter, like she had descended from the sky. It was from that moment that a brand new story begins. Moege that's much more ugly than predecessors... I'm speechless.  
    2. Deatte 5-fun wa Ore no Mono! Jikan Teishi to Atropos 出会って5分は俺のもの! 時間停止と不可避な運命 [181026] Hulotte 1 2 3 4 “Hey Mister” Yuuma was walking to the station one morning, when he heard a voice behind him. “I’m talking to you, Mister” When he turned around, there was a small girl wearing black-themed clothes and hood despite the heat of early summer. She asked him if he was bored, and he dismissed her as a fortune teller or promoting some religious group. Then, to his amazement, everything around him froze as if time had stopped. At first he thought it was a prank, but he had no choice but to believe in it when he saw that animals also stopped in their tracks. “This is called the Atropos watch and it has the power to stop time. You probably notice that the second hand is still moving. It can stop time for five minutes; in other words, time will move again after the second hand has made five rotations.” Yuuma wondered why she was explaining all this to him. She thrust the pocketwatch in his hand and left saying: “You’re bored, aren’t you? Please use it to spice up your dull life.” There are English reviews  
    3. Deep One ディープワン [181026] Nameless 1 2 3 Naoya and his twin sister Konoka had lost their parents at a young age and had a tough childhood. Nevertheless they still managed to find happiness in the little things in life and wished that these warm peaceful days would last forever. However, this faint hope was mercilessly crushed when a Grimoire suddenly appeared before them. It is a forbidden magic book that has existed since the beginning of time, but which should not be in the human realm. They thought that they were an ordinary family, but they were actually the heirs to the “Old One”, which has the power to destabilize the world. There are English impressions  
    4. Loca Love - Dousei x Kouhai ろけらぶ - 同棲×後輩 [181026] Frontwing 1 2 3 Aoi Ichitaro had been living on his own, until disaster strikes at his apartment and he's temporarily evicted. However, his misfortune turns out to be a blessing in disguise... "Y-You're... free to come and stay at my place!!" Kojika Hiwa - Ichitaro's coworker at his part-time job - seems to have gathered all her courage to invite him over. Ichitaro, who had already taken a liking toward her, happily accepts, signaling the beginning of their new life together. At first, things are awkward and embarrassing, but once the two become aware of their mutual feelings, their life takes a turn for the sweet. Sleeping, eating, going to school... every moment of the day is pure bliss when spent together with the caring and homey Hiwa. Naturally, Ichitaro wishes that they could keep on living together forever. There's just one thing he needs to do to make that happen... Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Teakamamire no Fukushuu 手垢塗れの復讐 [181026] Akabei Soft3 There was a pure and popular idol girl. But as adulthood approached, she started to catch lustful glances. Her producers starts to push her to intimacy. This is a story outside the stage where no spotlight reaches. Nukige listed just because I wanted to read the description   2. Amaenbo ~Futari dake no Himitsu no Asobi~ 甘園ぼ ~二人だけのヒミツの遊び~ [181026] Marble Candy Soft There was a pure and popular idol girl. But as adulthood approached, she started to catch lustful glances. Her producers starts to push her to intimacy. This is a story outside the stage where no spotlight reaches. Nukige listed for the sake of opening   3. Seigi no Henshin Heroine o Sasaeru Ore to Aku no Onna Kanbu 正義の変身ヒロインを支える俺と悪の女幹部 [181019] Black Lilith There was a pure and popular idol girl. But as adulthood approached, she started to catch lustful glances. Her producers starts to push her to intimacy. This is a story outside the stage where no spotlight reaches. Nukige listed for the sake of opening  
  9. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2018
    Raspberry Cube looks like the best candidate from the presented ones. Micchi also likes CharaBration and Kemono Musume no Sodatekata  
    1. NG  [180913] Experience 1 2 Face the nightmares you thought were merely urban legends. Use your wits and trusty flashlight to search for clues to your sister’s disappearance. Team up with shady characters to uncover a dark mystery, making deadly decisions just to survive. The choices you make determine your fate and affect the lives of everyone around you. This chilling companion story to the award-winning Spirit Hunter: Death Mark game brings terror home as fearful spirits invade local streets and parks – even your own home. Experience frightful sounds and stunning environments illustrated by artist Fumiya Sumio. Game is localized and has English reviews  
    2. Aerial Life  アエリアル・ライフ [180928] Prekano 1 The protagonist is a part-time beta tester at a game developer company which runs the popular VR game Aerial Life. However, there was an unknown bug after the latest major update and he became trapped in the VR world, along with fellow beta-tester Otome, who lost her memories of the outer world. Unable to log out, they had to stay in the virtual world for a while and complete the grand quest. Will he be able to recover her memories and break free from the game? There is an English impression  
    3. CharaBration! ~Otome wa Koi shite Charabureru~ きゃらぶれーしょん! ~乙女は恋してキャラぶれる~ [180928] Akabei Soft3 1 2 3 Rikka’s dream is to become a servant for his sickly cousin Hai. This spring she joined him at Rinka Gakuen, a school for the upper class, but she caused trouble shortly upon arrival and was confined to a special correctional dormitory known as ‘the prison’. He refused to believe that the pretty and refined Hai would do such a thing, so he dressed as a maid to infiltrate the dormitory as Yuki with the help of the student council president Yukia. However, when he met her again inside, he discovered that she was actually a carefree tomboy… exactly the opposite of what he thought she was! Moreover, everyone else there had a completely different side! Hai had an absurd request for him: she wanted him to help set her up with… himself. His dual life with doubled-faced girls has begun! There are English reviews  
    4. Hime to Otome no Yakimochi Love  姫と乙女のヤキモチLOVE [180928] Princess Sugar 1 The former girls’ school Kokoronomori Gakuen recently became co-ed, but girls still greatly outnumber boys. Kazuki is the son of the school’s chairman and serves as the student council president. However, only he knows that his father had disappeared after incurring grave debts and that he is also acting as the chairman. His childhood friend and vice-president of the student council Sara and former student council leader Nanoka began to suspect something was amiss. At that time, a group of exchange students arrived from overseas. It was another one of his childhood friends, the princess Alize, and her attendant Majoroline. The students’ excitement seeing these mysterious foreigners was palpable, and it became even more chaotic when Alize suddenly kissed him in front of the whole school. “I’ve always dreamed of the day when I would be able to meet you once more” Majoroline explained that the school had been formally acquired by the Kingdom of Stanhal to serve as a cross-cultural bridge between the two nations. He was greeted by them when he returned home, and had no option but to live with them since he was saddled with debt. His co-habitation life with the deeply-in-love Alize begins. There is an English impression  
    5. Kemono Musume no Sodatekata ケモノ娘の育て方 [180928] Sweet & Tea 1 2 3 4 Shuuji picked up a strange girl in the mountains near his hometown and ended up taking care of her. Iroha had been ‘spirited away’ more than ten years ago and lacks common sense and the ability to converse. Even though this constantly caused him problems, he was enamoured by her innocence. However, the world is not always a friendly place and her lost time will never be restored. An uncertain future awaits Iroha, but Shuuji is determined to protect her. There are English reviews  
    6. Raspberry Cube ラズベリーキューブ [180928] Madosoft 1 Satoru was a delinquent who one day decided to change for the better and aimed to do one good deed each day. He returned to his hometown to live by himself and saved the landlord’s daughter Mikoto from some thugs, helped the lone gardening club member Minato with tending the fields, and did part-time with Yuu at the military shop since they were short on staff. However, his meeting with the student council president Ruri was somewhat different. The next day, he saw her once more and thought that she had come to thank him, but when he chased after her, he soon found himself waist-high in a pit. She took a picture of him in his pathetic state and left without helping him out. “Does she have a grudge against me because of something I did in the past?” There is an English impression  
    7. Sono Hana ga Saitara, Mata Boku wa Kimi ni Deau その花が咲いたら、また僕は君に出逢う [180928] Campus Akito came to Mahoshi Gakuen as a transfer student and got lost as he walked around the unfamiliar vast campus. A girl with gentle eyes, Yuki, called out to him. She showed him around the school, ending at a flower garden where the flowers were still budding. “Let’s meet here again when the flowers bloom” Low-price single heroine work. Supposedly good, but I just don't play games without distinctive story for romance.  
    BLOCKED   1. Boku no Amayaka Seikatsu -Seishou-chou Kankouka, Mainichi Ecchi na Locodol Katsudou!- ボクのあまやかせいかつ-星湘町観光課、毎日えっちなロコドル活動!- [180928] Carol Works Akito came to Mahoshi Gakuen as a transfer student and got lost as he walked around the unfamiliar vast campus. A girl with gentle eyes, Yuki, called out to him. She showed him around the school, ending at a flower garden where the flowers were still budding. “Let’s meet here again when the flowers bloom” Nukige with an opening   2. Boku to Kanojo no Gohoushi Dousei 僕と彼女のご奉仕同棲 [180928] Tokohana Akito came to Mahoshi Gakuen as a transfer student and got lost as he walked around the unfamiliar vast campus. A girl with gentle eyes, Yuki, called out to him. She showed him around the school, ending at a flower garden where the flowers were still budding. “Let’s meet here again when the flowers bloom” Nukige with an opening  
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    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
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    VN of the Month 2018
    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
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    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.
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    VN of the Month 2018
    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  
  14. kivandopulus
    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  
  15. kivandopulus
    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  
  16. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2018
    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.
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  17. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2018
    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  
     
     
  18. kivandopulus
    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  
     
  19. kivandopulus
    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  
  20. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2017
    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  
     
  21. kivandopulus

    VN of the Year
    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.
  22. kivandopulus
    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
  23. kivandopulus
    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  
     
  24. kivandopulus
    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  
  25. kivandopulus
    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.
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