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  1. kivandopulus
    Madohi Shiroki no Kamikakushi is the only decent game I see in May.
    1. Osananajimi no Iru Kurashi 幼馴染のいる暮らし [210430] Azarashi Soft In spring main character decides to confess to the childhood friend girl he likes. The feeling is mutual. Girl suggests to kiss and start dating right away like a real pair.  Vanilla nukige  
    2. Amairo Chocolata 2 あまいろショコラータ2 [210528] Cabbage Soft 1 Yunagicho, a town lined with Western-style homes. The previous autumn was when Yuzuki came to this town and met the animal eared girls and started working with them at Cafe Setaria. The day after Christmas, he meets a lost girl looking for a traditional sweets shop. He finds the shop, which is run by her sister and that’s when he realized that they sported magnificent rabbit ears! Suddenly, Yuzuki finds himself working at both the cake shop, Sweet Tail and the newly opened sweet shop, Mochizuki and his days just keep getting busier. But he continues to do his best in the fun and lively days he spends with these animal eared girls. There is an English review  
    3. Happy Live, Show Up! ハッピーライヴ ショウアップ! [210528] Favorite 1 The long, harsh Russian winter had ended, and Spring was in the air. On one particular day, Laikask Academy second-year Akito Yukihara was walking down the street when he stumbled upon a crying lost child. He decided to help the child find her parents, and was joined by Sofia Tulina, who happened to be present at the scene. Also, to get the child to stop crying, he put on a small magic show for her. After reuniting the child with her parents, Sofia turned to Akito and said: "Would you teach me how to use magic?! I want to be like you!" He agreed to teach her, a fellow Laikask Academy student, until they could find a proper teacher. Then, while the two of them were practicing magic in a local park, they ran into a girl named Roo Mao, who was doing a street performance. "Let's put on a show together!" she said. In this country, street performances were called "shows." At Roo's suggestion, the two joined her and all three of them entered the upcoming tournament for performers. Will they be able to accrue enough members to form their troupe by the day of the tournament? And will Sofia be able to learn magic? "Happy Live, Show Up!" This is a tale of these friends and their quest to shine brighter than the sun. There are English reviews  
    4. Loopers [210528] Key 1 Let's set out to find a real treasure. Tyler is a high school student who is obsessed with geohunting, a GPS-based treasure hunting game. One day during summer vacation, Tyler and his friends get drawn into a mysterious incident while out treasure-hunting. The real and imagined become interconnected. Thoughts are thrown into chaos. Tomorrow becomes today. Swallowed up by a time vortex, they are trapped in a never-ending time loop, repeating "today" again and again. Then they meet other "loopers." Simon, the leader, and the mysterious girl Mia. If they join forces, will they be able to break out from this eternal prison...? There are English reviews  
    5. Madohi Shiroki no Kamikakushi まどひ白きの神隠し [210528] Lump of Sugar 1 2 One day during winter. It all started with a flickering mirror inside a certain house. From that flickering mirror came out Roka, a girl with fox ears. The protagonist, Takuto, and his younger sister, Shiina, threw themselves in to the mirror following Roka, and wandered into "the other side." In there was a world similar but still different to the human world. Spirits, demons and all other sorts of non-human beings, a world of gods. "Welcome to the hidden world of the gods" Mikoto, the otherworldly girl with rabbit ears. Chiyo, the tsukumogami running a teahouse. Roka and her mom, the nine-tailed foxes. Shiina, who got spirited away together with her brother. Takuto will work together with these girls to find a way back home, but... Through these intereactions, he will learn the true nature of gods, and about secrets between siblings. Humans and gods, 2 worlds, 4 girls. He stands in the snowy land of the gods, and wonders- "Where do you belong?" There are English reviews  
    6. Parallel Akiba Gakuen ぱられるAKIBA学園 [210528] Panache Our protagonist is an otaku and game creator specializing in support, who is suddenly summoned to another world. There he finds a fantasy world of swords and magic. With the help of the hero and her party he somehow manages to defeat the demon lord. However, the goddess who summoned him tells him that she isn't able to return him to his own world. As an apology and a reward, she summons his house, which is filled with otaku goods (she also succeeds in summoning all of the packages that were delivered while he was away). He spends everyday having watch parties and discussions. The heroines' reactions are so favorable that he comes up with the idea to create a school that can educate people to become creators, and bring Akiba culture to this world. Will the protagonist be able to realize this ambitious dream together with the heroines, who have become thoroughly steeped in otaku culture thanks to his tireless teachings? Harem moege  
    7. Tantei Bokumetsu 探偵撲滅 [210527] Nippon Ichi Software “Yatsuzakikou” is a serial killer who has killed more than 100 people and thrown the country into chaos. To put an end to his murder spree, the finest members of the “Detective Alliance,” an organization made up of only the top detectives, launch a joint investigation. Around the same time, an ordinary boys’ high school student named Wato Houjou, who longs to become a detective, arrives at a remote island where the Detective Alliance is headquartered under the guidance of a mysterious man named “The Sage Detective.” On the island, Wato could not hide his excitement at meeting the Detective Alliance he so admired. However, when the detectives suspected him to be Yatsuzakikou, he was at a loss for words. Yatsuzakikou had already infiltrated the island, and many detectives have been murdered. To clear his name, Wato and the Detective Alliance leader, the “Ideal Detective,” launch an investigation. 14 detectives remain alive. And Yatsuzakikou is among them. Gameplay heavy console exclusive  
    8. World's End Club [210528] IzanagiGames 1 2 In an elementary school in Tokyo, there's a group called the "Go-Getters Club," made up from oddball kids from all over Japan. Reycho and the other members are somehow different than the other kids around them. Then, one day, during the summer... While on the bus for their class trip, they get into an accident. When they wake up, they're in a theme park under the sea. Reycho and the others are trapped inside this strange, long-abandoned place. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, a mysterious clown appears and orders them to play a "Fate Game"! Before any of them can figure out what's happening, they're fighting for their very lives. Will they be able to survive and make it out of this weird place? The kids are all lost and confused... But then, extraordinary powers begin to awaken within them. While at the same time... Abnormal events are occurring all over the Earth. Game is released in English and has English reviews
  2. kivandopulus
    Umi to Yuki no Cyan Blue is the winner by default.
    1. Yubisaki Connection ゆびさきコネクション [210430] Hooksoft 1 Nurture your love through a messaging app-- This is a work in which the heroine and the deepening of your relationship are enjoyed with the help of a messaging app. Get the contact information of the girl you are interested in, Have conversations through the app and get to know each other, Make date arrangements... Enjoy a thrilling game of love that fully utilizes the unique elements of messaging apps with the same romance that you know and love from previous HOOKSOFT titles. We placed a strong emphasis on capturing the thrill that only a messaging app can give you during the course of a relationship! Talk late into the night, just the two of you... Unexpectedly receive a message asking for advice, "I'm in the bath..." Have moments when you can get a glimpse into her life, And times when she doesn't reply for a long time... A game of love between two people using a messaging app. Enjoy a romance with the heroine that feels more "real" than ever before! Moege  
    2. Haishin 廃深 [210415] qureate 1 2 3 4 5 Online streamers Ikoma Mio, Sakurai Nana, and Shiraishi Azusa travel to the locally famous haunted resort, the Hotel Izanami, at Nana's request to shoot a video there. It would be a film shoot at an average haunted location with no particular legend attached. To finish shooting without a hitch and get an end result that was vaguely horror-esque...was all they wanted. During filming, Mio gets separated from the group, and suddenly gets attacked by a mascot costume that has come to life. From that point on, the trapped girls are at the mercy of numerous horrors throughout the hotel. Why is a mascot trying to harm them, and why have they been shut in to the hotel with no escape? Can the three girls escape from the hotel with their lives? A livestream set in an abandoned hotel begins... Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    3. Kanda Alice mo Suiri Suru. 神田アリスも推理スル。[210428] El Dia Kanda Alice was worried about her first year at Miyukinomori Girls' High School. Her best friend Hodaka Akira stopped attending their archery club for a while due to an incident. She is said to have wrecked the archery club's championship cup, but Alice didn't believe her best friend could do such a thing. Despite of Alice’s worries, her best friend decided to leave the archery club... "There is an amazing fortune-teller in this school!" Alice heard from her classmates. Alice told her best friend about the rumored fortune-teller in the tea ceremony club, located in one of the club buildings in the back of the schoolgrounds. When Alice and her best friend headed to the tea ceremony club after school, they were greeted by an unbelievably beautiful, black-haired girl—so beautiful that you'd question whether she really exists. Her name: Sawaragi Houju. Houju asks, "What don't you want taken away from you?" Their encounter in the twilight restarts a heart that had come to a halt. Girls Love  
    4. Umi to Yuki no Cyan Blue 海と雪のシアンブルー [210430] CUBE 1 At the end of autumn, I got a younger sister. She is someone who has never seen the ocean. I didn't know what to say, so I took my sister to the beach. And so our daily lives began. The protagonist Aono Shion lives in the countryside where the city is snowy. He will soon leave the school which he used to attend. ―― "Graduation" After graduation, he will move to Tokyo for higher education. The younger sister who will no longer lives with him―Aono Nana, The classmates who will no longer be with him―Sumiki Kotoha, Hagino Yume, and Chigira Shuuto, The underclassman who will no longer with him―Nabatake Inaba, and The homeroom teacher who will no longer with him―Matsuki Ira. Farewells are bound to come, be it to shallow, or to deep relationships. As he prepares to graduate and move to Tokyo, Shion takes his goodbyes to the place he grew up at and everyone he grew up with. While he's at it, he also recalled the bonds he had forged, the feelings he realized for the first time, and the signs he was finally able to notice. He spends his remaining days with the feeling of loneliness on leaving his hometown, mixed with the feeling of excitement of new world he's about to go, eventually, the day comes. This is the story about Shion and his friends about what "graduation" means. There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. 9 -Nine- Shinshou 9-nine- 新章  [210423] Palette 1   This is a standalone version of the "New Episode" chapter added in 9-nine- Complete Edition (r74265). The new episode ties up the loose ends from the previous 4 chapters, and contains after stories for each heroine (the scenario part totals about 230kb). It contains 10 CGs. Fandisc  
  3. kivandopulus
    Genpei Ryouran Emaki -Gikei- and Waga Himegimi ni Eikan o are both good games, yet the first one has too many downsides this time.  
    1. Go-toubun no Hanayome ∬ ~Natsu no Omoide mo Go-toubun~ 五等分の花嫁∬ ~夏の思い出も五等分~ [210325] MAGES. GAME In the game, the Nakano quintuplets, protagonist Uesugi Fuutarou, and Fuutarou's younger sister Raiha went to the Nakano's private island during the summer break only for three days and two nights. But due a heavy storm, the group is unable to going back and has to spend 2 weeks in the island. Anime Spin-Off SIM  
    2. Genpei Ryouran Emaki -Gikei- 源平繚乱絵巻 -GIKEI-  [210326] inre 1 2 3 The latest historical adaptation from Inre, focusing on the late Heian period. Protagonist Kanou Yoshitsune is the son of Kanou shrine keeper's family. He is going to a school with other two. One is his sister Roko, and the other is childhood friend Shizuka. They go to Kyoto with school trip, but Roko goes missing in Kuramadera. Yoshitsune and Shizuka goes to Kuramadera to find her, but they loses consciousness in the main hall. When they woke up, they were still in Kuramadera but something was different. They were in Heian period, which is about 850 years ago. There are English reviews  
    3. Isekai Sakaba no Sextet ~Vol.3 Postlude Days~ 異世界酒場のセクステット ~Vol.3 Postlude Days~  [210318] iMel Inc. 1 2 Much time has passed since our hero, the chef at an Akihabara maid cafe, got transported to another world. One day, a lone girl storms into the tavern, crying, "I'm here to inspect hostile activities!" The girl in question is Anzu, the top-ranking maid from the maid cafe our hero used to work for in his home world. It is revealed that Anzu arrived to the other world after our hero, and has been working for the Stray Sheep's rival tavern. Following her unexpected arrival, Anzu and Lupine talk things out, which for some reason leads to Anzu starting work at the Stray Sheep?! In the midst of this chaos surrounding our protagonist, Plumeria joins the fight for our hero's affections, escalating the girls' battle to win his heart even further! Our hero's daily life in a fantasy world at the mercy of six otherwordly beauties will forever be changed when a certain hero's vassal pays the tavern a visit... Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    4. Island Diary  [210319] Watakubi 1 2 3 On an isolated island, a distant tropical wonder serves as home to the bear eared girl Momo. Despite the beautiful scenery in this seemingly idyllic paradise, she still experiences a sense of loneliness, as her only friends on this island are the cat eared Kuro and the rabbit eared Moka. However, they have slowly been drifting apart from one another due to the existence of a certain diary. But one day, a young man washes ashore, unable to recall any detail of his past beyond his name thanks to a few of his belongings being with him. Momo discovers Ryou in his daze as he wakes up on the beach unable to grasp how he ended up in this strange little paradise, and with her help begins to shape together what is now to become his new life. With the positive energy of Momo and the help of Ryou, the three girls and the lost young man find themselves building a new day on the solitary island together full of excitement and titillation. Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    5. Yukiiro Sign ユキイロサイン [210326] Wonder Fool 1 A story about the coming days in the winter. The city of Minami-Ose is one of the places where it snows the most every winter in Japan and has one of the lowest population densities in Japan. With the first snowfall in the last few decades, I have noticed that something is going to change. But I’m not sure if I’m really capable of preparing for such a change. Winter is only about two months away. Munefuyu Hazome’s spends his daily life with his friends. There's his childhood friend, Nakoso Miku, who is quite serious, quiet and a bit timid, but has a good heart. There's also the foreign student from Russia, Svetlana Gurchenko or nicknamed (“Sve”), who is shy and but also quite assertive. Then there's Takahagi Kako, his long forgotten childhood friend who moved away long ago and transferred back recently. And finally there's his closest and most understanding childhood friend, Usuki Hironaka. This is the story of the wonders of everyday life in the winter. This is the story of a time that is not long, and not light. This is a winter for the future and the past. There are English reviews  
    6. Waga Himegimi ni Eikan o 我が姫君に栄冠を [210326] Minato Soft 1 2 3 4 The protagonist, Shaon who grew up in a remote area, taught a technique called Tenken by his teacher. The teacher hopes that Shaon will pass on his abilities to his descendants. When he is old enough, he needs to left his home to find a bride. How you live your life, who will you marry? It all depends on your choice. There are English reviews  
    7. Jack Jeanne ジャックジャンヌ [210318] Broccoli  The game's story centers around protagonist Kisa Tachibana, a girl who had given up a career in theater, but receives an invitation to attend the Univers Drama School, an elite drama school for male actors, where students play female roles (referred to as "Jeanne" roles) in addition to male roles ("Jack" roles). However, to maintain her enrollment, she must land a starring role in the school's play at the end of the year, and also hide that she is a girl. Console trap SIM  
  4. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2021
    Two releases... just wow. And one is a gameplay title, so guess who wins - Meikei no Lupercalia , which is also a masterpiece.  
    1. Senkou no Clarias 閃鋼のクラリアス [210226] Team Baldrhead 1 2 While on a field trip to London, Nagai Towa gets lost in the city at night. After he finally makes it to the train station, he finds a mysterious egg. "What's with this egg? It's really pretty..." And then right before his eyes, the egg shatters into pieces. His consciousness fades away... When he comes to his senses, he finds himself standing in an unfamiliar place. It has the appearance of London, but it's a completely different world. ----Royal Capital Salem There, he meets a girl named Shelly Linestad who is searching for her father who has been accused of murdering the king. For the sake of returning to his original world and helping the girl who helped him... He continues pressing on while wearing the Dragon Armor "Clarias", and at the same time gets ever closer to the truth hidden within this new world. Beat 'em UP  
    2. Meikei no Lupercalia 冥契のルペルカリア [210226] Uguisu Kagura 1 2 3 "There is only one method to equal gods. It's to become cruel like gods." Salvador Dali A prodigious young actress passed away. At the end of the magnificent play, the highly esteemed girl found a kernel of truth. Years pass and spring arrives. In a freshman welcoming party, a certain program will catch the protagonist Sewa Tamaki's eye. "Welcome to the Lampyris Troupe!" A guerilla public performance that would be held by a student theatre group. The protagonist, once debuted as a child prodigy but now left the path of the theatre arts, indulged in nostalgic memories. "Let's peek in for a bit" An irrational story born out of curiosity. Once the curtain for the tale unfolds, it probably won't stop until the very end. An airhead girl who loves to act, Kakehashi Kohaku. Theatre arts' poster child, Nionomiya Meguri. A net idol currently rising in popularity, Amatsuka Nanana. The girl working behind-the-scenes who gave up acting, Hakadori Rize. "Let's make it the best play!" They would perform a public play based on Norse mythology entitled "Philia". While bathed under the dazzling spotlight, they who dance the tale are beautiful. The white hair with red eyes leads the way. To a convenient conclusion for you. There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. D.C.4 ~Da Capo 4~ Fortunate Departures D.C.4 ~ダ・カーポ4~ フォーチュネイトデパーチャーズ [210226] Circus A direct sequel to DC4 that tells after stories with the heroines. The player will once again assume the role of Ichito Tokisaka, a student at Kagami Academy who will enjoy the Kagasai autumn festival with the girlfriend he fell in love with last Spring. The available heroines in this visual novel are Arisu Sagisawa, Nino Tokisaka (Ichito’s stepsister), Sorane Oumi, Hiyori Shirakawa, Shiina Hojo, Miu Mishima, and Chiyoko Hinohara. Fandisc  
  5. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2021
    Traditional visual novels once again show full impotence thus leaving Buddy Mission Bond winner by default.
    1. Glass Hime to Kagami no Juusha ガラス姫と鏡の従者 [210129] Giga 1 MC is in the lineage that served aristocracy for generations. He meets a blond royalty girl who is crying, and he plays with her a short while. Girl's bodyguards take the MC away thinking he was a bad person, and while being taken away he promises to be by her side whatever it takes. A reverse Cinderella story is such a great metaphor. Setting is super unrealistic, plus everyone went to the same school. Usual Giga trash.  
    2. Isekai Sakaba no Sextet ~Vol.2 Adventurer's Days~ 異世界酒場のセクステット ~Vol.2 Adventurer's Days~ [210114] iMel Inc. 1 One day, several days after our protagonist the young cook in the back of an Akihabara maid cafe got transported to another world, our hero gets paid a visit by the lady knight Dahlia at Lupine's tavern. Dahlia proclaims to the hero, "I want you to make me a woman," which leads to all kinds of misunderstandings with Lupine and Daisy, who have a barrage of questions! After getting filled in on what she actually meant, it's revealed that Dahlia's aim is to defeat a monster who only preys on women. However, for Dahlia, who has only ever lived by the sword, femininity feels like an alien concept. To help increase her feminine charms, Dahlia becomes a waitress at Lupine's Tavern, and her inexperience leads to all kinds of trouble with the guests! Our hero has no idea that this turn of events will lead him to help Dahlia and Veronica take down their archnemesis from the past... Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    3. Gohoushi Akuma to Oshioki Tenshi ごほうしアクマとオシオキてんし [210129] Quince Soft A world not too far from ours... In this world, apart from the human world where people live, there existed a heavenly world and a demon world. People live peacefully without knowing about such things. Doumae Reiya, is a student who lives in a hot spring inn on a remote island, and is the son of the inn's proprietress. However, he and his childhood friend, Kohanai Touka, are worried about the depopulation of the island where they were born and raised. –But as ordinary students, they can’t do anything about it. Today, the two go to the familiar shrine to pray. Suddenly, they are surrounded by a bright light. The next thing you know, there are three girls in strange outfits in front of you! He is forced to do a mission that he doesn’t understand: “Rehabilitate the demons." He finds himself tasked to be the demon’s chaperone; the angel “Cial”, the demon king’s daughter “Luciela”, and his handmaiden “Matty”. Will the interaction with these sudden visitors go well?... Just a cohabitation moege with SOL taking majority of time and an abrupt end. Multiple writers don't really add credibility.   
    4. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - Itsuwari no Ousen Kouho Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 偽りの王選候補  [210128] Chime Corporation 1 2 One month after Subaru’s new life in another world began, an emissary sent by the royal castle suddenly appears with news that the royal selection has been postponed, but offers no reason as to why. The postponement of this grand event that decides the next ruler of the Kingdom of Lugunica stirs Subaru and his friends into action. They return to the royal capital only to find that a sixth candidate has claimed their stake for the throne. But the Dragon Stone prophesizes that only five candidates would be chosen. With one candidate being an imposter, suspicions are immediately cast toward one woman in particular: Emilia. What answers lie beyond the mysterious web of assassinations, betrayal, and conspiracies…? SRPG is released in English and has English reviews  
    5. Uchi no Aruji wa Youkai no Joushiki o Shiranai うちの主は妖怪の常識を知らない [210129] Azarashi Soft+1 There are six rules that were established so that humans and youkai can co-exist: You must never harm a human. You must never show your true form to a human. You must obey the laws that humans have made. You must never enchant a human. You must never have children with a human. You must never bring a human into youkai territory. The Minatsuki family has existed peacefully in the human world and has prospered by obeying these rules. This is a story about Airu, the only daughter of the head of the Minatsuki family, the Minatsuki family butler, Raito, and his co-worker maid, Fuuka. Amanojaku Airu can't honestly express her feelings and bosses people around. Fuuka has a stiff exterior but can't help teasing whenever she sees an opportunity. This is how they spent their peaceful, everyday life. One day an incident occurs in the town where they live. Minatsuki Onizou, the head of the household, asks Raito and Fuuka to protect Airu. The two of them must now stay by her side day and night. They accompany her, not just inside of the mansion, but at school as well. Low price work that's much more about the little youkai lady and maid than about youkai and the six rules.  
    6. Buddy Mission Bond バディミッション BOND [210129] Koei Tecmo 1 2 Close in on the truth with your partner. Luke, a police officer aiming to become a hero like his late foster father had dreamed, and Aaron, the “Phantom Thief Beast” whose total damages are said to amount to several hundred billion. A strange encounter will greatly change their fate… This is the story of teamwork—and at times disparity—between dependable partners, the mystery of Luke’s father’s death, and a fiery friendship that confronts an earthshaking conspiracy. The story is set on Mikagura Island, the metropolis for international show business. To fight against the criminal syndicate “DISCARD” operating in the shadows, four people each with their own intentions come together to form an undercover investigation team. That team’s name is “BOND.” It consists of the police officer Luke (voiced by Ryouhei Kimura), Phantom Thief Beast Aaron (voiced by Takashi Kondo), vivacious ninja of many loves Mokuma (voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa), and cool-headed swindler Chesley (voiced by Daisuke Namikawa). Will you be able to uncover the truth on this island swelled with light and darkness? The game’s key feature is forming a team of two buddies to investigate and infiltrate. Choose two out of the four team BOND members and switch up partners often while solving the problems that block your path forward. Verifying the traits of each BOND member, and being able to properly investigate with the appropriate members is the key to obtaining information. Depending on the information you obtain, the route when you infiltrate the enemy’s hideout will change. It is important to think about and choose the optimal buddy for the job. Character designs are handled by Yusuke Murata, who is known for Eyeshield 21, One-Punch Man, and more. The game incorporates comic-like presentations during story and dialogue developments, allowing players to enjoy a digital comic-style story. There are English reviews  
  6. kivandopulus
    I was never fan of Purple Software yet as of now I claim Realive to be VN of the Year 2019. Curious, right?   Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwGwDxf37gEkRtsaFVrm8TiT95cw_g3Lz   Character Design rating: 9/10 Protagonist rating: 10/10 Story rating: 9/10 Game quality: 10/10 Overall rating: 9/10   I did not expect much of this game, to be honest. And the way it began did not fascinate at all. Bunch of kids without any real need to change themselves for some stupid reason decided to follow instructions in an unknown mobile app to be reborn as a stronger version of themselves - and those orders of course had to be somewhat perverted leading to etchy situations. There's absolutely no sense in that, just an opportunistic moege setup pretext. But system started to get more and more complexity steadily, so soon I started to feel very involved - each of six players got different RPG-like classes , different lvl 1 tasks, after that different lvl 1 skills and so on on up to lvl 5. At that time I took the bait firmly - that creates myriads of variations to apply various skills for various situations. And tasks were only partially H-oriented and only for classes that suit the theme like idol. Most of tasks were formulated rather neutrally, especially for traditional classes like knight. So first element that lured me was gamification.   Another appealing element was flexible protagonist concept. Chihaya is only nominally protagonists. There are a lot of scenes with different girls alone or communicating with another girl. For those moments game naturally takes any other girl as protagonist or just watches the dialogue from aside. Again, it all happens very naturally and this way we don't get our share of usual irritations because of protagonist. This leads us the the third element that I adore. Horizontal communication. I address this issue again and again in different reviews because it's that important. And Realive is the king of horizontal communication because of flexible protagonist. It's done so vividly that we can define relation between each pair of girls let alone observe numerous jokes applied to each other in conversations.   And that brings us to humor. I can't say game is humor-oriented. The bulk of humor is sekkuhara jokes and quite some teasing. It's enough to recognize its strong presence , but not to fall the level of bakage. I'd like to return to plot again, because with explaining the setting, five tasks for each girl and receiving five skills for everyone there is just no time to spare on meaningless filler scenes. Realive basically does not have SOL scenes. Even if some scene resembles one - it's story driven and needed to gather together or prepare for task etc. No room for fillers at all. Because of this story density there's no desire to skip any scene in common route. And thanks to that there was next to zero romance during common route.   I usually rate individual routes lower than common route, and, frankly speaking, this game did not overturn the tendency. I still found myself skipping parts of individual routes that developed in an evident way to me. But this time it was not just about romance and sudden drama as there was a twist - how would heroine use rebirth chance as I did not believe they would selfishly magically get reborn themselves. And they did not disappoint. Oh, and I sincerely enjoyed Kaya route as gothic loli tsundere never gets old - and her reactions at gaming center were purely hilarious. But what's more important - individual routes feel like continuation of common route with the humor, horizontal communication and dating openly happening naturally and only gradually overflowing into individual romance. As for true route , it was foreshadowed by multiple hooks that it would be devoted to Levi's identity. I still hoped there would be RPG-like action story on top of that, but instead identity theme just got developed deeper.   Why not 10/10 then? For me the primary criteria is whether I skip some parts or try to catch every word. Realive is not such a genius game that breaks conventional rules, but rather a skillfully crafted well designed hand-made masterpiece. If follows a set of rules that I advise for all visual novels to use to make it deep: Flexible unfixed protagonist Gamification Additional complexity layers that do not leave time for fillers Just romance is not an option, need additional element to focus during individual routes Horizontal communication should be in the center Mild humor and teasing is generally better than gags and bakage tilt Forget about pure SOL scenes without plot meaning
  7. kivandopulus
    Tsui no Sora Remake is more than just a remake and is VN of the Month. Other worthy competitors include Akatsuki Yureru Koi Akari and Hoshizora Tetsudou to Shiro no Tabi . Kara no Shoujo - The Last Episode is also supposed to be good for those who care about depressing games.  
    1. Akatsuki Yureru Koi Akari 紅月ゆれる恋あかり [201225] CRYSTALiA 1 2 3 Jindou-- it's a near-future sport where you fight with real swords that's really hot in Japan in the 2040s. Two girls enrolled into Murakumo Academy, where said Jindou is taught-- One is "Kazamine Setsugekka", a rough and emotionally-driven girl who bolsters her blade with the unparallelled strength within her. The other is "Suzakuin Momiji", a cool headed and incredibly precise girl with a prodigious sense for swordplay and a frightingly sharp mind. These two, whose circumstances and personalities are completely different, both aim for the the title conferred upon the strongest in the academy-- the "Toujinegi". The protagonist, Muragaki Iori, is invited to the academy as a temporary teacher and is ordered to be the sub homeroom tutor of the special top class "Takamura", which Setsugekka and Momiji are a part of. However, the students in this Takamura class... turned out to all be incredibly troublesome kids! There's "Kuki Asahi", a girl who has a serious and calm personality, but goes on fanatical rampages when it comes to Iori; and "Tobe Ririmu", an incredibly selfish gyaru who believes her "self" only belongs to herself. Just will Iori be able to successfully guide these incredibly "unique" students? Just who will receive the title of the strongest in the academy, the "Toujinegi"? And in whom will the light of love for Iori be lit? There are English reviews  
    2. Akita Oga Mystery Annai Kogoeru Gin Reika 秋田・男鹿ミステリー案内 凍える銀鈴花 [201224] Happymeal Inc. 1 You've been chasing the leader of a special fraud group that's expanding its influence. You and partner Ken, a junior detective, succeed in arresting him after a stakeout. As a result of a house search, you discover the existence of the group's leader, Zero, and where he is hiding out. You and Ken head to Akita prefecture to arrest "Zero". With the help of the local police, you find Zero and hunt him down. However, the chaotic investigation eventually leads to the confusing investigation eventually leads to the truth of a cruel case that went cold in the past. The forgotten memory of the flower is quietly waiting for the time of revenge. There is an English review  
    3. Gensou Rougoku no Kaleidoscope 幻想牢獄のカレイドスコープ [201217] 07th Expansion 1 Four girls, locked in an unfamiliar and ominous room. When, how, by who, and to where were these close friends kidnapped? It was all unclear. None of the girls have any recollection of a place like this. At some point, an iron collar was attached to each of the girls' necks. Those collars were connected to chains, and each chain was connected to a chair at one of the room's four corners. These were torture chairs that give off an ominous impression. Four girls frightened in an ominous room with no exit. There, a large cage appeared from the ceiling. Inside, a boy was trapped. The white-robed boy is unable to communicate, and even his emotions show no variation. He, too, must likely be a "prisoner" such as the girls… "In any case, we need to think of a way to get out of here…!" "Let me tell you how to escape." An ominous voice echoed throughout the room. "I have prepared two fates for all of you. One where everyone in this room dies. The other where only three girls are saved. This is a trial to test the fate of you four. When the time limit expires, everyone in this room will die." A group of girls, suddenly attacked by a deadly premonition and hair-raising horror… There is an English review  
    4. Hoshizora Tetsudou to Shiro no Tabi 星空鉄道とシロの旅 [201230] Shiratamaco The steam train I jumped onto pulled out of the darkness of the night, and ran beneath the starry sky. It's been a good trip. I was right to have taken this tour. A pleasant night breeze blew as I continued my carefree solitary journey. I met kind passengers and a cute conductor. As well as... a girl with cat ears? What will this journey leave behind inside of her? And what might it give to me? A short all-age work lasting for some ten hours along one road with choices not affecting anything serious. It's a gentle world, but characters are interesting and there are a lot of small mysteries scattered around. By the second half tempo improves and Unity engine stops to bother. A wonderful heartwarming tribute to Miyazawa Kenji's Night on the Galactic Railroad.  
    5. Ichizu na Kanojo to Koi Shitai 一途な(処女→)彼女と恋したい  [201225] Windmill Cosmos Girl overhears that boy loves her in the talk between classmates. They talk it out and start dating. Holding hands and shy glances gradually lead to the point where line is crossed and lovers get absorbed in each other. Our usual share of vanilla nukige has arrived, and that's even without counting Aibeya 2 that I blocked.  
    6. Koinoha -Koi no Share House- コイノハ -恋のシェアハウス- [201225] Sky Rocket 1 Because of his cowardly nature, Kousaka Iori never had a girlfriend, let alone a friend. Now that he was entering high school, Iori decided to attend a school far away so he can start fresh and make some friends in hopes of leading a better, happier life. First things first, Iori chose to move into a share house for fellow gamers, since it would be easier to improve his communication skills with people who share the same hobbies as him. If he manages to gain enough experience from this, surely Iori would get a girlfriend. Iori had high hopes that everything was going to go swimmingly, from his new school life and his new living situation. He'll be able to meet people with the same interests as him. And a willing opponent to play against will always be nearby. He would be able to talk to his heart's content. With a spring in his step and a gleam in eyes, Iori opened the door to his new share house, excited to finally fulfill his dream. But alas, as Iori opened the door and walked into his new home, his eyes jumped... As before him was a group of beautiful girls, something he was only supposed to encounter after he leveled up. There is an English review  
    7. Kokoro no Katachi to Iro to Oto ココロのカタチとイロとオト [201225] Hulotte Roi 1 Shiki Tsukimori was born with a mysterious power that allowed him to see and hear the minds of others. It could be a direct voice, a mood, or a color, but in any case, Shiki was able to see things that should have been invisible, and as a result, he has had a rough childhood. One day, he meets Harune Hoshina, who's heart he can't read. Shiki becomes interested in Harune, and the two eventually become lovers. This is the first time Shiki has been able to feel truly happy. Shiki wants to know more about Harune's heart but he's also afraid to know more and it ends up affecting his relationship with Harune. Will Shiki and Harune be able to overcome this ordeal and be truly happy? There is a nice Indonesian review  
    8. Ryuuou no Oshigoto! りゅうおうのおしごと! [201217] Entergram, Inc. Kuzuryuu Yaichi is a prodigy shogi player who won the title of Ryūou at the age of 16. Following his victory, he has been in a slump until he is approached by Hinatsuru Ai, a 9-year-old girl who begs him to make her his disciple. Astonished by Ai's potential, Yaichi agrees to become her master, and the two then brave themselves together in the world of shogi with their friends and rivals. However, this comes with the condition imposed by Ai's mother that Yaichi is to marry Ai if she does not become a major player before graduating middle school. Anime Spin-Off  
    9. Kara no Shoujo - The Last Episode 天ノ少女 [201225] Innocent Grey 1 2 Discovery of Kuchiki Toko's remains didn't leave Tokisaka Reiji any time to grieve. Chasing Kuroya Naori who took the infant and concealed his whereabouts, is the mission left for him. At the same time, the creator of「Kara no Shoujo」, Mamiya Shinzou gives out his last breath. Heart failure without a cause. But it became a trigger for another incident. Corpses looking as the angel in Mamiya Shinzou's unpublished work 「Divine Punishment」, are being discovered one after another. Masaki Tomoyuki's former colleague is one of the victims. Two Paintings. Without saying anything, the girl in the painting kept talking, in a voice that could not reach. ...No. I can't come with you, Makoto, because you have done bad things. But still... I think Toko wants to see you. Because she was a lonely person. Don't forget. The blue bird of happiness will be reborn any number of times. The blue bird that passes through heaven will sweep down once again. There are English reviews  
    10. Altdeus: Beyond Chronos [201203] MyDearest 1 2 A VR visual novel set about 300 years after the events of Tokyo Chronos, in a world where humanity seeks refuge underground from deadly creatures known as Meteora. ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos has more player interactivity than its predecessor and features full voice acting in both English and Japanese. ---- The year 2280. Chloe, member of the Anti-Meteora military organization Prometheus, defends the city in her Makhia, a massive battle robot. Though her foes are formidable, she survives with the help of her companions. Prometheus fights to protect the city from the Meteoras and retake the surface one day. However, that is not why Chloe pulls the trigger. No. Everything she does, she does for her fallen friend. Her dearest friend. Coco. The blue flame of vengeance that burns within her is never extinguished. It sears Chloe's heart as she thinks of the choices she faced and decision she made, back in that moment. And then, the gears of fate begin to turn at a screeching pace. A Meteora with Coco's form attacks. This is Chloe's reality. Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    11. Tsui no Sora Remake 終ノ空 remake [201225] KeroQ 1 2 3 A remake of Tsui no Sora included in the 10th anniversary Subarashiki Hibi package, including a fully rewritten script that is 1.5 times the size of the original and a "whole new work of its own". There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Dasoku 蛇足 [201225] Waffle 1 A group of young people come to an isolated island to look at the start in the observatory. Impressed by the fabulous night sky they fall asleep after a lot of talking. Upon waking up five people are discovered hung dead. This is how it begins. Nukige listed because of an English review  
  8. kivandopulus

    VN of the Year
    Somehow both number of masterpieces (14) and number of openings I am able to collect in Visual Novel Openings 2020 decreases yet again. Silverio Ragnarok symbolizes the whole trilogy for me, so I consider it to be the winner in 2020 , but I admit It can change after I review Hakuchuumu no Aojashin . Also plan to do the same with Hoshizora Tetsudou to Shiro no Tabi just because I did not find an English review. Then it will be Tsui no Sora Remake 's turn, next undecided, probably something from 2009 and further.  
    My list of masterpieces in 2020: 9 -Nine- Yukiiro Yukihana Yukinoato Adabana Itan Akatsuki Yureru Koi Akari ATRI -My Dear Moments- Hakuchuumu no Aojashin Hokenshitsu no Sensei to Shabondama Chuudoku no Joshu Hoshizora Tetsudou to Shiro no Tabi Kami-sama no You na Kimi e Kara no Shoujo - The Last Episode Marco to Ginga Ryuu Secret Agent ~Kishi Gakuen no Shinobi Naru Mono~ Seishun Fragile Silverio Ragnarok Tsui no Sora Remake
  9. kivandopulus
    Hokenshitsu no Sensei to Shabondama Chuudoku no Joshu is the only game I can point out.
    1. Ai Kiss 2 アイキス2 [201127] Giga Same art school, same two female childhood friends and many new acquaintances. Summer comes, and girls start to compete for popularity. I'm speechless  
    2. Dohna Dohna -Issho ni Warui Koto o Shiyou- ドーナドーナ いっしょにわるいことをしよう [201127] Alice Soft 1 Asougi City, a company town facing the Seto Inland Sea- Though a single corporation controls every aspect of their lives, the citizens live without any kind of worries or doubts, and enjoy the peace that has been given to them. However, within this pristine city lurk pockets of unrest. Known as “Clans”, these groups repeatedly perform acts of civil disobedience, including “Hunting”, armed theft of people and things, and “Hustling”, the selling of bodies for profit. With clans growing in influence, the corporation motioning to stop them, and the "Memorial Festival" fast approaching, the city is soon shaken by conflict, consuming the lives of all within it. SRPG is localized and has English reviews  
    3. Hokenshitsu no Sensei to Shabondama Chuudoku no Joshu 保健室のセンセーとシャボン玉中毒の助手 [201127] Citrus 1 "Say, Sora" "An Okuribito may perhaps be the school nurse for a Tamabito huh?" Sora Kazami, along with a girl who wears a straw hat around her neck and is always blowing soap bubbles Shirobana, is on a journey to send off Tamabito. A Tamabito is more commonly referred to as a ghost and people like Sora who send them off to the afterlife is called an Okuribito by some folks. Sora had a purpose. It is to find his missing sister who already lost her life and became a Tamabito. He wanted to happily send off his beloved sister, who had raised him as a parent, with his own two hands. And then come this spring. While in the middle of their journey, Sora and Shirobana stopped by Saika Town. It is a peaceful rural town known for its field of dandelions and natural hot springs. They were told by an acquaintance that many Tamabito are gathering in this town. And within those Tamabito, Sora's sister may be one of them. While staying at a hot spring inn, Sora makes use of his Okuribito expertise as the health teacher of Saika Girl's School, where the headmistress is his acquiantance, in order to earn for the expenses of their stay. All the while interacting with the female students as the school nurse. All the while attentively listening to their concerns as a part of counseling. Together with his partner Shirobana, they solved various incidents that occur in the school. Dandelion symbolizes a love so sincere. But also that of separation... There is an English review  
    4. Isekai Sakaba no Sextet ~Vol.1 New World Days~ 異世界酒場のセクステット ~Vol.1 New World Days~ [201105] iMel Inc. 1 One day without warning, a young cook working behind the scenes at an Akihabara maid cafe suddenly gets spirited away to another world! The new world he finds himself in is one of fantasy, where magic exists and monsters run wild. Without a way to return to his own world and at a total loss, a monster appears out of nowhere and is about to attack him when, at the last moment, Lupine, the owner of the tavern “Stray Sheep” appears and saves his life. Brought to “The Stray Sheep” by his lifesaver Lupine, he finds nothing but a sad empty tavern with not even a single customer. With nowhere to go, the main character decides to aid Lupine in reviving The Stray Sheep, knowing that if enough adventurers come by, one of them may know a way for him to return home. Utilizing the cooking skills he cultivated during his time in the maid cafe, can he be the one to save the tavern from its precarious management situation?! You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! Set against the backdrop of a fantasy world’s tavern, this slightly naughty, slapstick love-harem drama is about to begin! Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    5. Kangokutou Mary Skelter Finale 神獄塔 メアリスケルターFinale [201105] 1 2 3 The Jail—a living prison that feeds on the humans trapped within its confines. The Jail appeared a number of years ago with the caving of the city around it. Now twisted creatures known as Marchens and treacherous Nightmares roam its halls. The Blood Maidens, reincarnations of old stories and folk tales led by Jack, successfully escaped the Jail and managed to make it from the underground prison to the surface… Although they had hope for the surface, the scene Jack and company first saw when they emerged… was thousands of dead bodies submerged in a sea of blood, and the maniacal laughter of “Genocide Pink” (executioner girls). Scattered by the overwhelming slaughter and mayhem of Genocide Pink, their only ray of hope was seemingly destroyed. Scorched Pillar, a member of Genocide Pink born to kill humans; Jack, a Blood Youth who would give even a drop of a blood to save a friend; Mary, a match girl who plays the light of the meaning of life; Zyu, a mysterious boy who calls himself “Tower Base”; Red Riding Hood, a Blood Maiden distressed about her father; and Clara, a regular old nobody. Everything leads to the “Foul Feeding Overseer Tower” that floats high in the sky… This is the finale of the prison break drama of the girls who follow the lights of hatred and friendship in attempt to escape the tiny earth star. RPG sequel is localized and has English reviews  
    6. Ren'ai x Royale 恋愛×ロワイアル [201127] ASa Project 1 2 3 "I, the new transfer student Hanamaru Mari, like Komachi Hirotaka! Please go out with me!" Being agitated by his juniors; Hitting on the student council president; Chasing after idols. The protagonist who lives every day carelessly, Komachi Hirotaka. In the midst of that kind of daily life, a sudden confession... Her brief statment became the impetus which started the conflict that would engulf the dumbfounded protagonist. "Why are you ignoring me and being lovey-dovey with these random women!? Are you saying you don't care about me anymore!?" "Senpai... you know you can always tell Renna anything... anything at all." "Is the reason Onii-san won't pay attention to me because of all these floozies surrounding him?" Largely without the person being fought over knowing about it, an underhanded and petty battle royale for true love unfolds between the 4 girls! Whom shall the Goddess of Victory smile upon!? There are English reviews  
    7. Suiren to Shion 水蓮と紫苑 [201127] Hibiki Works Minase ── an isolated island due to its poor accessibility. However, the protagonist used to go there a lot in his childhood. After entering medical school, his parents were worried about him losing his edge due to the daily study schedule. They wanted to refresh him. The protagonist comes to the island again after being advised to visit his cousins during his summer vacation. He remembers his childhood with them, and being treated like a real family member. Suiren was beautiful when she was a child, and she was very kind and was like a real sister to him. Shion was like a tomboy little sister and used to follow him around. The protagonist wonders how the two of them have grown up. He can hear their voices afar from their house. Upon his arrival, he reunited with the two grown-up sisters. Suiren has become a gorgeous woman with a beautiful feminine body overflowing with tolerance and kindness. Shion, who has grown into a pretty girl, has a somewhat disgruntled look and only talks to the bare minimum necessary. An older sister who never changes and a younger sister who has changed. Feeling puzzled, as recommended by Suiren, who seems to have been waiting for the main character, the protagonist stay at their house for a while. How will he spend his time with them on the island under the summer sun? Only slightly better than Natural Vacation, but without animation.  
    8. Hibikino-san-chi wa Eroge-ya-san! 響野さん家はエロゲ屋さん! [201122] Sonora In the residential district Kamiitsukomachi's old shopping district lies Hibikino Shop. This general store closed down after the grandfather owning it finally retired. His three granddaughters, attached to it, and unwilling to let it disappear, decided to renovate it. Hibikino Shop, loved by its community since 50 years, under the pressure of Yukari, the good for nothing of an eldest sister, became... an eroge store! Hibikino Shop finally reopened. A store of this size being too much for only three sisters to handle, and with only Yukari to know about this peculiar kind of products, they asked the second daughter's childhood friend Kurama Ren, our hero, to help them, as a part-time worker. This is a story about the eroge industry from the perspective of a salesclerk. Due to setting humor feels fresh and good, some aggressive characters fascinate, yet story-wise it's all about opportunism, so nothing to write home about.  
  10. kivandopulus
    No masterpieces as usual. Einstein Yori Ai o Komete is better than others.
    1. DraPri Guu-ta-life 竜姫ぐーたらいふ [201030] Whirlpool 1 2 The main character is a sprightly young NEET who lives in a dilapidated dojo. He and his family are known martial artists, but his father is a deadbeat; a gambling drunkard constantly getting into fights. Meanwhile, he refuses to work, claiming it to be part of his training. Ichinose Suzuka from the neighboring sweets shop often takes care of him. One day, he picks up a strange, lizard-like being on the side of the road. At first, he planned to cook it, but Suzuka vetoes the idea. Instead, he names it "Haru" and keeps it as a pet. As he grows fonder of Haru, dragonkin suddenly invade from space! The dragons are about to take over earth, but Haru suddenly transforms from a lizard into a beautiful lady and persuades them! Wouldn't you know it -- Haru was actually the princess of the dragons! Mankind somehow avoids total subjugation, but now Haru joins the protagonist in his NEET lifestyle. Meanwhile, Suzuka is on pins and needles as they try to avoid the spotlight. Even now, dragons can be spotted here and there around town. Here begins their bizarre, yet down to earth daily life. Game is localized and has English reviews  
    2. Kirakira Stars Idol Project Reika [201029] sushi_soft 1 After experiencing joint lessons with DivaFes and Uesugi Produce. Ai and Nobuyuki have taken another step forward as idol producers. What awaits them at the time when they thought their normal life was about to start again is an encounter with new idols. 'I'll take care of you from now on as an idol candidate! Nice to meet you, juniors. It's nice to meet you. A dormant senior idol and a junior idol candidate. Will they bring a new wind to ODA? Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    3. Einstein Yori Ai o Komete アインシュタインより愛を込めて [201030] GLOVETY 1 2 They say I'm a guy who doesn't understand human emotions at all. But really, who actually does? The start of summer: Aiuchi Shuuta, a second year at Hokumakidai Academy, is the smartest student in his grade. However, he loses this title for the first time. A girl, Arimura Romi, climbed her way to the top, while continuing to publish cutting-edge research papers online. She's a very mysterious girl: the textbook definition of an enigma. And thus, Shuuta seeks Romi's help on a certain matter. "Aiuchi Shuuta" and "Arimura Romi" It all started from the meeting of these two geniuses-- a distant summer adventure begins. There are English reviews  
    4. Sis△Camp シス△キャン [201030] Onomatope*Raspberry My hobby is solo camping. Lately, I've been into staying in the car. The company I was working for went bankrupt and I had to take a break for a while. During this period of time, I was able to fully enjoy the life of camping, which I hadn't been able to do due to my busy schedule. I had a lot of fun camping with my sisters who were worried about me after I lost my job. Meet my twin sisters and sister's friends who met at solo camp: ...... It's the start of the flirting outdoor life that winds up in such a life recharging time. Moege  
  11. kivandopulus
    Hakuchuumu no Aojashin is the clear winner in September.   
    1. Amamane 2 アママネ2 [200925] Prekano 1 Daiki Matsuzaki is said to be a candidate for the ace pitcher of the baseball team, but due to a trauma caused by an injury, he can no longer throw the ball. A younger childhood friend, Yuri Nanami, stands up to help Matsuzaki. [Onii, you pushed yourself too far. That's why I'm going to pamper you!] With advice from senior manager Suzumori Satsuki, Yuri supports Matsuzaki, sometimes by helping him with practice and sometimes by giving him skin-to-skin contact. Yuri and Matsuzaki are gradually drawn to each other, but for both of them, both love and baseball are important... However, both love and baseball are important to both of them... The clumsy and sweet coming-of-age of these two is about to play ball! There is an English review  
    2. CLEARWORLD -クリアワールド- [200925] Clearworld Project 1 Utopia, the shadows of truth hidden in this clear world. Utopia—an ideal said to have now been realized through the evolution of science. However, it isn't open to everyone. There are those who are chosen, and those who are not. There are those who will accept new values as part of this evolution, and those who will still cling to old traditions. Do you have the courage to search for the truth amidst this ideal that evolution has given you? There are English reviews  
    3. Hakuchuumu no Aojashin 白昼夢の青写真 [200925] Laplacian 1 2 All of humanity has come to share the same dreams. Some nights, a tale of adultery between a teacher and his student. Other nights, a romance between a commoner playwright and a noblewoman actress. Yet other nights, a story of burgeoning love between a truant young man and a teacher-in-training. Again and again people see these same three dreams. Why does everyone now endlessly experience these dreams? This is the story of the girl who's called the world. There are English reviews  
    4. Hamidashi Creative ハミダシクリエイティブ [200916] Madosoft 1 2 At the end of June, the seasons come to a standstill. Widely known to be of asocial character, Izumi Tomohiro is quietly spending his day in the corner of their classroom... or so it should have been. "Congrats on being elected! It has been decided that you are now the next student council president!" By the school's initiative, an election via lottery took place. And Tomohiro is the lucky bastard who won the prize! Suddenly placed underneath the spotlight, he unanimously became the talk of the school. Unable to back down, he started hunting for fellow members with the help from his advisor. However, the candidates his advisor nominated are his classmate Kano, his junior Asumi, even his own little sister Hiyori, and the lot of them doesn't even come to school!? And in the midst of the chaos, even the former council president Shio who came from whereabouts unknown suddenly appeared! Is this fate? Is this inevitable? Unprecedented. Unparalleled. The battle of our new (un)lucky student council president starts now! There are English reviews  
    5. Honey*Honey*Honey! [200925] Ouchi Jikan 1 2 3 It's been 30 years since sexual harassment countermeasures changed our way of life. Our day-to-day is governed by strict regulations dictating the appropriate distance between men and women and the various ways in which they can and cannot interact. As a result, direct interpersonal contact has been painfully reduced... In a society where male and female members must always be six feet apart, even dating requires authorization. But not in these hallowed halls! Can you keep a respectable distance with three dauntless heroines horning in on you? And in a world where distance relationships are the new normal, how long will you be able to keep yourself from getting up close and personal? Game is localized and has English reviews  
    6. Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! ~Kono Yokubou no Ishou ni Chouai o!~ この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! ~この欲望の衣装に寵愛を!~ [200924] MAGES. GAME The story of Kono Yokubou no Ishou ni Chouai wo features the KonoSuba party, who during one of their usual quests, find a cursed tablet that lets its user freely generate clothes. The cast all get cursed with personality-reverse. Darkness turns into a sadistic queen, Megumin turns into a lolita and starts a Lolita Alliance, and Aqua turns into an actual goddess-like person. The characters will need to make and wear specific clothes with the tablet to break the curse. It’s a game where you can enjoy typical comedy situations of KonoSuba along with the cast acting out of character and wearing different costumes. Hence the Japanese subtitle, which can be translated to “Love For the Costumes of Desires". Sequel based on rather average anime  
    7. Kagi o Kakushita Kago no Tori -Bird in Cage Hiding the Key- 鍵を隠したカゴのトリ-BIRD IN CAGE HIDING THE KEY- [200925] Cabbit Touko was taken into custody on suspicion of committing murder and testified that she was the culprit. However, she was subsequently released due to insufficient evidence. The general public did not approve of this, so she ended up being imprisoned in a large mansion. Youta was once saved by Touko when he was young, and he decided to live with her in the mansion after his grandmother was hospitalized, leaving him all alone. They were joined by Touko’s friend Mion, the class rep Yoru, and their eccentric classmate Izuru. He felt that it was a pleasant life, cooking together, chatting about random things and having the occasional argument. But who is the true culprit? And why did Touko confess to the crime? Can the caged girl be saved? Cabbit is a unique brand that specializes in mystery. And in this regard game disappoints as mystery is half scam and does not come even close to Hakoniwa Logic. Only main heroine has resemblance of story. But if you look at it as a harem cohabitation game, it's decent among its rivals as does not fall into degeneracy.  
    8. Loca Love - Jinja x Senpai ろけらぶ 神社×先輩 [200925] Frontwing 1 2 Tsukikawa Shrine has become strangely infamous as a place that supposedly spreads misfortune - a rumor that Shizuki Yachiyo, the daughter of the head priest, is highly concerned about. When Ichitaro ends up living at the shrine for a while, he starts helping his childhood friend out on the job, and eventually, he realizes something. While Yachiyo is a diligent, hard-working priestess, she doesn't actually seem to believe in the shrine's deities, or the effect of their charms, at all. She also doesn't smile as much as she used to, almost as if she's given up on all hope in life. Without any friends at school, she always appears to be rather lonely. Then, one night... Ichitaro wakes up sensing a strange presence, and finds Yachiyo perched on top of him, peering into his face. She looks almost like an entirely different person "You know... I actually wish I could..." The small priestess reveals to him her deepest feelings - her worries, and her hopes. Now that she's opened up to him, and only him, Ichitaro feels like he must console her somehow. "Dear gods, please tell me this is the right thing to do..." "Yep!" "...Huh?" Game is released in English and has English impressions  
    9. Sakura no Kumo * Scarlet no Koi さくらの雲*スカアレットの恋 [200925] Cabbage Soft 1 "1920 ...?" Tsukasa Kazami, a young man who lives in 2020, sees himself travel back in time 100 years ago after sitting under a cherry tree. -- Tokyo, the Imperial Capital. Full of hopes for the future, it's a brilliant romantic city where the flowers of culture are in full bloom. "Elementary, Tsukasa. The last thing left is always the truth." A mysterious British woman who runs a detective agency alone in the imperial capital. Under her lack of money, Tsukasa is involved in numerous incidents ...? "--Now, let's find out the answer". Which era will awaken his true potential, Reiwa or Taisho? The curtain of this retro mystery among cherry blossoms lifts! Detective has an English impression  
    10. Date A Live: Ren Dystopia デート・ア・ライブ 蓮ディストピア [200924] Compile Heart 1 A night spent with everyone, unevenetfully and as always. Shido has a strange dream. In the darkness, he hears someone’s voice. When he wakes up in the morning, he sees an unknown box with a picture of a snake on placed at his bedside. Wondering whether this is somebody’s joke, Shido checks with everyone. Then when he opens the box—. There is an English review  
  12. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2020
    Seishun Fragile still takes the upper hand, yet for me it's the month without masterpieces.  
    1. Ano Hi no Tabibito, Fureau Mirai あの日の旅人、ふれあう未来 [200828] Pulltop 1 Yuuri arrives at Chichijima island, looking for his former girlfriend Tamaki, seeking closure to their withered relationship. After entering the high school Tamaki became an actress, and they slowly drifted apart, but never said proper farewell. Then suddenly she has retired, and apparently retreated to the "Sunset station" hotel on Chichijima. On the way to the hotel, Yuuri meets Eri - a shy girl who dreams to be voice actress. In order to pursue that dream, she wants to try working at local radio. Indeed - former "Sunset Station" hotel is now the home of the Bonin FM station. And it seems that station is on the verge of closing down. Tamaki is also there, but she's in pretty miserable state. Yuuri needs a place to stay, Eri wants to be VA, and Tamaki needs a place where she can recover - so in order to keep the station alive, three young people start to live there together, and make their own radio show.Yuuri arrives at Chichijima island, looking for his former girlfriend Tamaki, seeking closure to their withered relationship. After entering the high school Tamaki became an actress, and they slowly drifted apart, but never said proper farewell. Then suddenly she has retired, and apparently retreated to the "Sunset station" hotel on Chichijima. On the way to the hotel, Yuuri meets Eri - a shy girl who dreams to be voice actress. In order to pursue that dream, she wants to try working at local radio. Indeed - former "Sunset Station" hotel is now the home of the Bonin FM station. And it seems that station is on the verge of closing down. Tamaki is also there, but she's in pretty miserable state. Yuuri needs a place to stay, Eri wants to be VA, and Tamaki needs a place where she can recover - so in order to keep the station alive, three young people start to live there together, and make their own radio show. There is an English review  
    2. Kakenuke★Seishun Sparking! かけぬけ★青春スパーキング! [200828] Saga Planets 1 The protagonist, Toono Yuu, is a junior at Kazami Academy, At the age of puberty and youth. But... "Youth? What's that? You know I'm busy with my part-time job." He's an extreme realist who devotes his youth to his part-time job. He's does well with his schoolwork and spends all his free time earning money at his job every day. His hobby is checking his bank balance. His childhood friend Hibiki who couldn't overlook this and his classmate Riri who looks up to him decided to try to put him in a club and change his life. Hibiki, a lively girl, recommended to him the Activity Club, commonly called the Act Club, whose slogan is "Let's have fun enjoying our youth in school!". Riri, a serious girl, recommended to him the Volunteer Club, commonly called the Negative Club, whose slogan is "Let's spend our youth making the world a better place". Each club persistently tries to recruit Yuu. "I'm not interested in either club. In the first place, youth isn't necessary for me." Disregarding what Yuu wants, the girls drag him around each day. Why in the world did things turn out this way? "That type of thing hasn't been decided yet has it?" "Get ready! Soon you'll enjoy your youth!" Just what type of youth is awaiting him!? There are English impressions  
    3. Seishun Fragile 青春フラジャイル [200828] Purple Software 1 2 Shiki Yuuto is normal student living with his imouto-like maid Toune in a big Europe residence built by his ancestors from long time ago. However, he hides a big secret from everyone. He is actually descendant of branch family from a lineage of high class wizards which moved to Japan hundred years ago. Despite being a shabby wizard, he used to help people with magic while chasing the "Bad Wizard" as duty given to head of clan, but now he is just lazy around and doesn't care much about magic anymore. One day, while he is cleaning the old church behind his house, a mystery blonde wizard suddenly crashes into the church and is helped by his classmate Setsuna who "happens to be there by chance". The wizard introduces herself as Riz Mathers and claims to be his relative from the head family in British who comes to be his master. This fateful encounter between the three of them will unfold a bitter sweet story about their youth. There are English reviews  
    4. Houkago Cinderella 放課後シンデレラ [200828] Hooksoft 1 "After school, I think that girl might be waiting for me..." "If she's able to, I want to be friends with her and go home together." "I might be able to go home together with her after we have a chance meeting with each other." A feeling of love awakens on the way back home from school. In this work, you will enjoy a romance with the heroines while fully enjoying the romance situations/events which occur on the way back home from school. What I cherish is the "excitement" that occurs when I leave school, The excitement of finding the girl I'm interested in on my way home, The excitement of the two of us going home together, And the excitement of confessing. Hooksoft presents a school romance with the theme of "excitement". There is an English review  
  13. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2020
    Root Film is nowhere near masterpiece, but I'd still rate it higher than others this month.  
    1. Kanojo ga Aitsu de, Ore wa Dare!? 彼女がアイツで、俺はだれ!? [200731] Praline I (Kazuharu Shimozono) is an ordinary boy student with no special abilities. One day, I was called to the student council room by the school broadcast. Waiting there was Oria Kirishima, the student council president, and as soon as she and I were alone with each other, the student council president said, "I was Nobunaga in my previous life! I will attack you!" I didn't know what was happening but I knew I was in danger and I ran out of the room. Then an outright gyaru, Karan Yuki, appears, holding my hand and saying, "Are you okay?" and took me to the rooftop. With her hands on my face, she looked into my eyes and said "It looks like we finally met...?" and she began to take off her clothes. Apparently, they have memories of the past life... but I have no idea what it means. And, I think it's normal, but I have no memories of my childhood, let alone my previous life.  Low price game with story being short and indefinite. It's a gag game with constant flashes from the past lives with the color changing only by the end of individual routes. Only two heroines, but harem is an option.  
    2. Root Film ルートフィルム [200730] Kadokawa Games 1 2 Spirited young filmmaker Rintarou Yagumo is involved in a new TV project—a mystery drama production set in Shimane that also served as tourism promotion for the prefecture. It has been 10 years since the original pilot was shot, and while the project was discontinued for unknown reasons, plans for a revival seems to be in place. One of the characteristics of this project is that it is a competition between three filmmakers, and each filmmaker shoots using a different actress as the protagonist. Yagumo is excited to learn that the other two filmmakers are famous directors. Before long, Yagumo and the staff members head off to go pre-location scouting, but a murder occurs at their destination… Yagumo and Riho are the two protagonists. As you progress through each of their stories and unravel records of the past, you will witness the truth… Root Film is a mystery title developed with realistic and beautiful backgrounds from data that was carefully gathered of Shimane Prefecture, which is where the story is set. Enjoy the deep story written by Hifumi Kouno, which points to the catharsis of art and madness in the darkness of today’s internet society. Game is localized and has English reviews  
    3. Yoru, Tomosu 夜、灯す [200730] Nippon Ichi Software 1 Taisho era. This is the story of a boarding school for young ladies that stands quietly on the outskirts of town. The students there are “caged birds,” restricted from leaving the school grounds even on days off. The girls shared everything, from their loneliness and joy to their teenage melancholy. Eventually they created the “Pseudo Sisters” system—a special relationship in which two girls would exchange each other’s most valued possessions and form a sister contract until graduation. But one day, two girls who formed a contract to become “Pseudo Sisters” committed a double suicide. The two died holding the “valued possessions” said to be a symbol of the bond between them, but the teachers returned those “symbols” to their original owners and treated it as an accidental death. If we die, we can stay together forever. The wishes of these two girls who committed suicide were trampled so easily. Console Yuri Taishou horror is as far from my tastes as possible  
    4. White Wings ホワイトウィングス [200717] Pureworks 1 2 This is an agonizing wintertime love song. At Shoba Senior Middle School in Shizuoka Prefecture, the stress and tension of preparing for Shoba Senior Middle School entrance examinations affects those in their later teenage years. They might encounter a life of separation from each other. Some of them may meet again, while others may never see other again. Secrets that are covered by rapidly falling snow are interwoven with a sorrowful rhythm. Broken families, Experiences of bullying, Tears concealed by smiles. Is the taste of first love sweet or bitter? Who will be redeemed, and who will enter the abyss? Attracted, estranged, separated, hurt. Young men and women, three encounters, each carries sorrowful secrets in the cold winter. Embracing each other and absorbing the earth’s final, small bit of warmth. During the last winter before Shoba Senior Middle School entrance examinations, Shoba Senior Middle School welcomed a pretty transfer student named Moe Miyazawa. She was assigned to sit next to Hiro Fujiwara, and had a heavenly appearance as well as an unapproachable air. She looked like an ice-cold snowflake and indifferently floated into Hiro Fujiwara’s heart. It seemed like a romantic beginning. Moe Miyazawa looked pretty and had outstanding grades, but was very cold and detached. Her classmates did not welcome her, and did not develop close relationships with her. However, her talent and beauty touched Hiro Fujiwara, whose family had already been broken. Furthermore, she also seemed to regard Hiro Fujiwara as someone unique. He couldn’t help but feel moved by Moe Miyazawa, but it was just that when he tried to get close to her, he found that it was really too difficult to get close to this girl. At the same time, Reika Fukihara, a charming girl with a warmhearted smile, also had a chance encounter with Hiro Fujiwara. She was outgoing and magnanimous, had a warm personality, and was also a bit bizarre, which gave Hiro Fujiwara a feeling he had never previously experienced. Hiro Fujiwara was obviously attracted to Moe Miyazawa, while Reika Fukihara’s vitality and uninhibited personality as well as her enthusiasm may have caused other people to see her as stubborn and unyielding. However, Hiro Fujiwara thought that Reika Fukihara was just like an angel opening up her wings in front of him. Reika Fukihara’s warmth and radiance sparked enthusiasm and hope within Hiro Fujiwara, who seemed to treat others with kindness, but actually was afraid of interacting with others. Reika Fukihara was too enticing for him. He couldn’t hold himself back, and was fatally attracted to her. On one side was the unapproachable ice-cold beauty, and on the other was the unfathomable elfin girl. His heart drifted between these two girls and remained indecisive. How could he choose between them and make sure that it was the right decision? Game is localized and has English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Genjitsu ga Mietekita node Lolicon Yamemashita. 現実が見えてきたので少女を愛するのを辞めました。 [200731] Kaeru Soft 1 Tanaka Mikio has been obsessed with girls whose age is far below him. Be it real life or 2D girls. Having been a virgin all his life, he decided to quit. He wanted to get married and establish a family. In the process, however, Tanaka got rejected 108 times. Afterward, he meets Enomiya Mai, a lady who can cure his recurrent heartbreaks. Unfortunately, despite Tanaka's genuine affection for her, Mai can't sexually arouse him. Still, he decides to marry her anyway. However, destiny does dirty on him; Enomiya Mai has two lovely daughters. Only listing lolicon nukige because of review and opening  
  14. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2020
    Surprisingly, all age Adabana Itan and ATRI -My Dear Moments- put traditional titles to shame this month.   
    1. Adabana Itan 徒花異譚 [200618] Liar-soft 1 2 A girl finds herself in a dark and unfamiliar forest when a monster appears out of nowhere and attacks. A mysterious boy, wielding a brush as if it were a sword, appears just in time to cut down the monster. He calls himself Kurofude, and he addresses the girl in a familiar tone as Shirohime. Yet she does not recognize him or the name he calls her. She has lost all of her memories. According to Kurofude, they are in the land of Adabana, a realm of illustrated books. Their tales are like dreams; no matter how deeply one immerses oneself in them, once one wakes up, they are gone. Thus the name Adabana—a name given to flowers that will never bear fruit. Their duty is to travel through story realms and look for signs of distortions in the tales. Shirohime, a girl with seemingly all the agency of a doll, accepts this explanation and opens a book handed to her. The title: Hanasaka Jiisan. As she opens the dilapidated illustrated book with its pages riddled with worm-eaten holes, the pages glow brightly and whisk the girl and boy away to a fairy tale realm... Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    2. ATRI -My Dear Moments- [200618] Frontwing 1 2 In the near future, a sudden and unexplained sea rise has left much of human civilization underwater. Ikaruga Natsuki, a boy who lost his mother and his leg in an accident some years earlier, returns disillusioned from a harsh life in the big city to find his old countryside home half-swallowed by the sea. Left without a family, all he has to his name is the ship and submarine left to him by his oceanologist grandmother, and her debts. His only hope to restore the dreams for the future that he has lost is to take up an opportunity presented to him by the suspicious debt collector Catherine. They set sail to search the sunken ruins of his grandmother's laboratory in order to find a treasure rumor says she left there. But what they find is not riches or jewels; it is a strange girl lying asleep in a coffin at the bottom of the sea. Atri. Atri is a robot, but her appearance and her wealth of emotions would fool anyone into think she's a living, breathing human being. In gratitude for being salvaged, she makes a declaration to Natsuki. "I want to fulfill my master's final order. Until I do, I'll be your leg!" In a little town slowly being enveloped by the ocean, an unforgettable summer is about to begin for this boy and this mysterious robot girl... Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    3. Anabel Maid Garden アナベル・メイドガーデン [200626] Barista Lab My childhood friend is my fiancée and my… maid!? It was the day before summer break. On that day, the protagonist, Kuzuhara Kei, was given an astonishing instruction from his father: “You have a fiancée. Go greet her.” Kei, still harboring unrequited feelings for his childhood friend Annabel , proceeded to the meeting place planning to decline the marriage proposal. But waiting there for him was… Annabel in maid clothes. “I’m your fiancée, and from today on you’re my master♪” And so, this summer break Kei began living together with Annabel. The girl that was his childhood friend, close friend, and unrequited love had become his childhood friend, close friend, fiancée, and… maid! Yay, more vanilla nukige  
    4. Kirakira Stars Idol Project Nagisa [200619] sushi_soft 1 "You're the idol you used to sing to on stage?" After their first live performance, Nobuyuki and Ai have a fateful encounter with the top idol, Nagisa Yukihiro. Six months later. With Miwako's kindness, Nobuyuki and his friends attend a joint lesson with Uesugi Productions, a long-established entertainment production company. While getting involved with Nagisa through joint lessons, it is decided that an idol festival - DivaFes - will be held, but... "What are you going to do? What do you want to do as an idol?" "I want to join in--no, I want to try!" DivaFes in a joint lesson, and Ai takes on the trial to take the next step as an idol. Yay, more idols. Also in English.  
    5. Nekotsuku, Sakura. ねこツク、さくら。 [200626] Lump of Sugar 1 Gods (ghosts) reside in this school... Kuji Academy's building has a vast history and boasts its vast facilities and a huge number of students. One spring day, main character Ootsuki witnessed an odd event while helping with the entrance ceremony: Cat ears grew from the head of Ayano, a female freshman! Another girl with cat ears appeared to apologize to the two. She introduced herself as Tsuki, the "twin god" younger sister, a guardian deity rumored to protect the school. Tsuki explained, "My older sister possessed Ayano. That's why she grew cat ears!" The "twin gods" true identity is that of two cat ghosts that haunt the academy. They also seem unable to get out of the school grounds. Aki, the older sister, got tired of it. She planned to possess Ayano as a means to get out of school. However, even while possessing Ayano, Aki is unable to leave! As Aki's wishes cannot be fulfilled, Ayano remains possessed. Thus, Ootsuki's new school year starts as he tries to find a method to grant Aki's wish with the help of his good friend Renka and the occultism enthusiast Yayoi. There is an English review  
    6. Ore wa Hime Bushou o Haramasetai! オレは姫武将を孕ませたい! [200626] Momoiro Pocket Main character went to museum on a trip and was lured by a painting. He regained consciousness during Sengoku Era. A dignified girl with a sword was standing above him. She called herself Oda Nobunaga. Main character tried to find benefit even from this turmoil era. Title basically says "I want to impregnate warrior princess", and that's basically it, don't expect a story  
    7. Qualia ~Yakusoku no Kiseki~ QUALIA ~約束の軌跡~ [200626] PURESIS The AI-equipped android “Machina” was the world’s first to pass the Turing test. She was an extremely sophisticated android that could be mistaken for an actual human, however it seemed that she still had immature areas that could be developed further. The protagonist and developer Hiro, along with the co-developer Karen, prototype robot Proto, and Machina—who started working as Hiro’s maid—lived their daily lives which intermingle with one another. As Machina matured day by day, Hiro began to grow special feelings for her… An android heroine and a brilliant but lonely protagonist— the two mutually struggle to grow, defy fate, and attain happiness. This is a story of pure love and heartfelt bonds. Need moar vanilla nukige  
    8. Maokatsu! ~Maou to Yuusha no Idol Seikatsu~ まおかつ! ~魔王と勇者のアイドル生活~ [200626] Wonder Fool Main character was summoned to another world as a hero to defeat the Demon King. But instead he decides to make Demon King top idol and spread new entertainment in this different world! Rough production and story as well as idol theme don't leave this game a chance.  
    BLOCKED   1. Hime to Otome no Yakimochi Love -Kirameki Natsu Monogatari!- 姫と乙女のヤキモチLOVE-きらめき夏物語!- [200626] Princess Sugar Summer themed fandisc. Fandisc  
  15. kivandopulus
    Secret Agent ~Kishi Gakuen no Shinobi Naru Mono~ is the only game deserving attention in May for me.   
    1. Kirakira Monstars キラキラモンスターズ [200528] White Powder Four monster girls invited main character to a summer resort with the aim to shoot TV documentary  "Kirakira Monsters". The comedy about communal life begins here! Partial release  
    2. KukkoroDays くっころでいず [200514] iMel Inc. 1 The main character's mundane daily life is turned upside down when a certain woman appears in his life. One day, a magic circle suddenly appears in the main character's room, out of which materializes an injured woman holding a sword and clothed in knight's armor. This woman's name is "Cattleya". She claims to have been transported from another world. Until she finds a way to return to her own world, she will be an unexpected guest in the main character's home... Will Cattleya be able to safely return to her own world? Or could her fate take another turn... Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    3. Petrichor ペトリコール -Petrichor- [200529] MELLOW "You know, I really like the smell of rain. I heard it's called petrichor." The smell of rain reminds him of that day—a certain night 2 years ago. "I want to have sex with you. Take my virginity." Takumi, the protagonist, met Akari, Erika's friend, who he hadn't seen in awhile. She begged to have sex with him and he gave in. Having become aware of the pleasure of sex, they continued to meet up and do the deed. However, those days came to end when Akari suddenly ghosted him, leaving him with only a parting kiss that happened to be their first. ——2 years later Takumi who still carried residual guilt over the events of two years ago, continued his studies in college and spent time with his girlfriend Erika But early that summer, he ran into Akari who was working a part-time job at the coffee shop he was going to on his date with Erika. "There's no way I can forget it, can I? About the rain... about that terrible night." I prefer to call games like this vanilla nukige - since they try to present a short romance story with one or two heroines, but without a real story it inevitably becomes a banal nukige  
    4. Secret Agent ~Kishi Gakuen no Shinobi Naru Mono~ Secret Agent~騎士学園の忍びなるもの~ [200529] ensemble 1 2 Mikage Jin, the protagonist, is a descendent of a family of ninjas who have been tasked with defending Japan ever since the Edo period. He is in training both to become an expert in the ninja arts and to eventually succeed his mother as a secret intelligence operative. He was deployed, undercover, to Fuyuka Academy in order gather information that will resolve an incident popularly known as the “Turncoat Affair” that had been making waves among the public. Along with his AI partner, Momoka, Jin infiltrates the academy, and deepened his relationship with his classmate, Kanon Mayfield, a knight, Shirogane Kagura, the knight captain, Renjouji Mai and underclassman Amenomori Yui while carrying out his mission with the utmost discretion. However, by freak accident, Jin’s true identity was revealed to Kanon. Though Jin having his identity revealed meant his mission was a failure... “Please make me a ninja!” In return for keeping his identity a secret, Kanon asked him to make her into a ninja! Only time will tell if Jin will be able to successfully carry out his mission. There are English reviews  
    5. Pieces / Yurikago no Canaria pieces/揺り籠のカナリア [200529] Whirlpool Dreams and dreams. People dream of their ideals by sleeping. In it, fragments of wishes twinkle like jewels. If so- One of the overflowing feelings. It is the girl's somnium that continues endlessly. And be born. A cradle canary for prayer. Depends on your stance with prequel  
    6. Tenmei no Conquista 天冥のコンキスタ [200529] Eushully 1 In the area around the Imnis Mountains in the northern part of the Raoulversh continent. The Angel Army, the forces of light, and the Demon Army, the forces of darkness, were constantly vying for control of the territory. At the end of a long and dizzying war, the dark forces were gaining momentum and advancing the war situation. One day, the forces of the two sides are in a state of balance. –The reason for this was because of the rumor of the “demon king’s downfall” that governed the dark forces. Whether it’s a lie or not, the control of the demon army gradually begins to be disrupted by this news. The Angel Army, seeing through the confusion launched an offensive and the balance of power was gradually being reversed. However, a man who sees this situation as an opportunity has launched a new force. Due to the harsh environment, Klaus, a human, a race that rarely seen in the land of Imnis. He used to be a Suima, but for some reason he was transformed into a “human body”, a drunkard. Underneath his fragile body lies the inherent abilities of the Suima demon race. He has an inborn and unparalleled ability to manipulate scents and control others with his magical powers. Klaus has expanded his power to become the new king of the demon tribe to rule the land of Imnis. He led the dark forces and launched an army march to destroy the Angel Army. SRPG  
    7. Shuffle! Episode 2 ~Kami ni mo Akuma ni mo Nerawareteiru Otoko~ SHUFFLE! エピソード2~神にも悪魔にも狙われている男~ [200529] Navel 1 2 Forty years after SHUFFLE!, a catastrophe threatened to tear all worlds apart. However, thanks to certain individuals from the three worlds who jointly halted the calamity, bringing peace back to the three worlds. 59 years later, we join our protagonist Raito Aioi, who lives with her cousin, Kohaku Anjou. It was a typical day at the start of summertime. However, such peaceful daily life is quickly interrupted by the appearance of the god princess Lithia and the demon princess Nelia. They come to the Verbena National Academy, where he attends and declared: "I came here to separate the gods and humans," says Lithia, while Neria smirks, "I will take your life." Then, Limes, who met by chance, comes to stay at Raito's house, and Kirara Kinoshita, a junior who adores Kohaku, also joins the fray. Raito's ordinary daily life suddenly becomes so lively. Yet, as Raito spends time with these girls, he learns the secrets they hold in their hearts. There are English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Bishoujo Mangekyou -Kotowari to Meikyuu no Shoujo- 美少女万華鏡 ー理と迷宮の少女ー [200529] ωstar 1 2 The fifth and closing story for the Bishoujo Mangekyou series. Nukige with a story, but still primarily a nukige for me   2. Tsuki no Kanata de Aimashou: Sweet Summer Rainbow 月の彼方で逢いましょう SweetSummerRainbow [200529] tone work's 1 ——As lovers. It's been one year since the protagonist and Rein met. It's now the spring of their third year at school. For the first time, they're in the same class, in adjacent seats. Everyday is a chain of new and blissful events, keeping their hearts racing from their "first love". And now, it's the summer holidays. The two of them are going to attend summer school; it's being held is San Francisco... where Rein was born... her homeland. An unexpected event results in the two of them sharing a room, bringing their "fresh and innocent" limited-time cohabitation life to a start——— ——As husband and wife. The protagonist and Rein have married and have set out as husband and wife. Between them was born their beloved daughter. It's quite a lot of work raising a kid, but she returns to them an even greater share of happiness. Their precious family is always by their sides. Their precious friends are always watching over them. And that's why they can keep walking looking straight ahead. "Darling... I want a second one soon" This is a story packed with such "exasperating amounts of happiness" and "being moved by one's family".——As lovers. It's been one year since the protagonist and Rein met. It's now the spring of their third year at school. For the first time, they're in the same class, in adjacent seats. Everyday is a chain of new and blissful events, keeping their hearts racing from their "first love". And now, it's the summer holidays. The two of them are going to attend summer school; it's being held is San Francisco... where Rein was born... her homeland. An unexpected event results in the two of them sharing a room, bringing their "fresh and innocent" limited-time cohabitation life to a start——— ——As husband and wife. The protagonist and Rein have married and have set out as husband and wife. Between them was born their beloved daughter. It's quite a lot of work raising a kid, but she returns to them an even greater share of happiness. Their precious family is always by their sides. Their precious friends are always watching over them. And that's why they can keep walking looking straight ahead. "Darling... I want a second one soon" This is a story packed with such "exasperating amounts of happiness" and "being moved by one's family". Fandisc
  16. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2020
    No-o-o. Micchi stopped updating blog and lots of releases ended up without translated description, as expected. With trilogy at its end, can finally nominate Silverio Ragnarok for this month and most probably for this year. Looks like another series reached conclusion, so can now call 9 -Nine- Yukiiro Yukihana Yukinoato a masterpiece.  
    1. Bokuhime Project ボク姫PROJECT [200423] Wizard Soft 1 Protagonist Minato Ikusa's sister Marika has fallen into a coma following an incident at the Yuriai Private Academy for refined young ladies, so he infiltrates the school by disguising himself as a woman and enrolling under the name "Erika" to investigate. As part of this, he needs to become the most beautiful woman of the school and win a seat at the Four Princesses organization; to do this, he practices his cross-dressing skills, and partakes in a number of activities to increase his femininity, such as swimming lessons and cosplay. There is an English review  
    2. 9 -Nine- Yukiiro Yukihana Yukinoato 9-nine-ゆきいろゆきはなゆきのあと [200424] Palette 1 2 This is the fourth game in Palette’s 9-nine- series. 9-nine- takes place in the run-of-the-mill college town of Shiromitsugawa where an earthquake breaks a sacred artifact from the Shrine of the White Serpent, unleashing jewelry-like items that bestow their holder's special powers called "Artifacts" from a parallel world. When an incident involving a power that transcends human comprehension, Kakeru Niimi, our protagonist, investigates several branches (parallel worlds) in order to settle the matter. With the mastermind finally revealed, Sophitia, otherworldly entity set to reclaim the Artifacts, tells him to defeat this person pulling the strings. The first day, the day that the festival was cancelled due to the earthquake back at the shrine—Kakeru is now equipped with memories from every branch and is on the move to solve this conflict. Amidst this, a girl with a strong sense of justice from Kuho Girls Academy, Noa Yuuki, has an ability that seems to be the key to defeating the mastermind. Knowing this, Kakeru divulges about the events in other branches to her. All the while uncovering the secrets behind why the Artifacts come to this world, settling the scores with the Evil Eye's User, what will be the fate of these young men and women with otherworldly power at the fingertips? There are English reviews.  
    3. Amakano 2 アマカノ2 [200424] Azarashi Soft When something new begins, it tends to do so suddenly and unexpectedly. Returning from the countryside on the bullet train, a girl, Kurohime Yuuhi, is assigned the seat next to you. You learn a cousin you have barely spoken to, Himiyama Rei, is going to be living with you. These two encounters, along with your childhood friend, Tsutamachi Chitose, who lives next door and is older than you, will, like the changing color of the autumn leaves, bring color to your heretofore unchanging life. A chance encounter creates a beginning. A relationship blossoms from a distant connection. A friendship becomes something more. As autumn deepens, you start to feel like you may just fall in love. The third game in the series, so people should have a formed an opinion by now  
    4. Denshi Otome ga Arawareta! Command!? 電子処女が現れた! コマンド!? [200424] Akabei Soft2 1 Near Future. Keiji is an active school student and a professional gamer who is also a fan of the mysterious V-tuber Haruka Kanata. One day sudden power outrage happens, and v-tuber jumps out of the monitor. This is a fun and bright love story between them. There is an English review  
    5. Hakata Dyingzombies ~Second Chance for Beautiful Live~ 墓多DYINGZOMBIES~Second Chance for BEAUTIFUL LIVE~  [200424] Akabei Soft3 1 This is a city full of zombies. Every day they work hard to live without any hope for bright future. However, even here there are zombie girls who have not lost their dreams. Main character is a former intelligence agent. He meets a starting idol and becomes a producer. There is an English review  
    6. Shirotsume Yubiwa ~Yotsugo no Hanayome: Ore, Zen'in Erabimashita~ 白詰指輪 ~四つ娘の花嫁 俺、全員選びました~  [200424] Akabei Soft3 1 Masamune, the protagonist, spent much of his life alone. His parents were often away on business trips, and so he often yearned for the warmth and love of a normal family. When he was younger, both his parents had to leave at the same time for business, and he was sent to stay with his relatives. It was then that he met the four girls who would become his life partners. The caring Mei who loves to dote on people. The hard working but easily embarrassed Futaba. Gamer and partner-in-crime, Mimimi. The naive and energetic Shiika who enjoys athletics. To Masamune, who had spent most of his life alone until then, the two years he lived there were his most precious memories. Time passed. It is now spring and Masamune is in his second year of high school. Masamune's parents are leaving him behind for business again, and it has been decided that he will be living with the four sisters once again. Masamune is excited to be reunited with the girls he thinks of as his beloved family, but they almost immediately try to get him to see them not as family, but as women! The four sisters have been head over heels for Masamune ever since they were kids. Having been finally reunited after ten long years, their hearts brimming with love and affection for him, the girls are practically itching to get in his pants. With these five youths living under one roof, it would be more surprising if something DIDN'T happen. There is an English review  
    7. Trinity x Calamity ~Midara na Shitsuke to Owaru Sekai~ トリニティ×カラミティ~淫らな躾と終わる世界~[200424] Escu:de This world is sentenced to end by its angels. On the behalf of the Queen, main character goes on a mission to overthrow the angels and save the world. He needs to train three prominent students to use their powers correctly and develop an anti-angel force. SIM  
    8. Silverio Ragnarok シルヴァリオ ラグナロク [200424] light 1 2 "Silverio Ragnarok" is the third and final installment of the "Silverio Saga" series. The fierce battles between cool superhumans and beautiful battles between fascinating characters have captured the hearts of many fans to date. This is a story of fate, demise, and hope as the "Godslayer Ragna" and her partner "Hikari" fight to the death to overthrow the gods who rule the people with their overwhelming power. There are English reviews  
    9. Ryuusei Pendulum Heart 流星ペンデュラムハート [200424] CHAOS-L 1 2 A storm brews on the horizon as Umi, a normal student, sees himself embroiled in a conflict of galactic proportions, facing the suspicion of the Galactic Police and Don Dokgar’s encroaching menace. Watch as he uncovers his past, alongside Alyssa of the galactic police, and goes from puny zero to galactic hero in this sweet space adventure. Earth is home to a special source of energy, and because of that, a criminal organization called Crime Nebula tries to conquer the entire planet to take this energy for themselves. Umi (the protagonist) is a boy that was abandoned by his parents, and his dad was the best investigator of the galactic police, ever. One day, Umi meets Alyssa of the galactic police while she’s on a mission to fight the Crime Nebula on Earth. However, when Umi finds Alyssa, she’s in a tight situation. Umi helps Alyssa by using this special source of energy that Crime Nebula seeks. Apparently, Umi has a vast amount of this energy. Game is localized and has English reviews  
  17. kivandopulus
    Kami-sama no You na Kimi e is the only worthy game in March. Micchi supports that and also Ore no Sugata ga Toumei ni , plus Icing -love coating- .  
    1. Kami-sama no You na Kimi e 神様のような君へ  [200327] CUBE 1 2 Our time together, now, Continues onward, towards tomorrow. Shimae Kaito, a young man gifted with a talent for hacking. Despite being merely a student, Kaito broke through the most advanced security system and gained administrative privileges to the C-AI (Central AI) that governs countless AI. In this day and age, the majority of the infrastructure essential to humanity's daily living has been optimized with AI. Kaito, who now had the power to do anything, issued his command: “I want to meet a girl who loves me, Shimae Kaito! She has to have large, cute eyes, be kind and will spoil me, oh, and have big boobs!” However, the reply came back, "No qualified persons found. Displaying results: 0 out of 0." Kaito was dejected when his search got no hits, but the AI activated a late-night robot factory and built a robot according to his specifications. Some days later, a girl who looked exactly as he described showed up at his door - Tsukuyomi. She had superhuman physical abilities and loved Kaito immensely. However, being an AI, she lacked all common sense. Having determined that she still fell short of being his ideal, she decided that she had to express her "love" for him in the most perfect way possible. -You, who are like a God- What future waits for Kaito and his ideal (albeit robot) girl? There are English reviews  
    2. Jinki Resurrection ジンキ・リザレクション  [200327] Giga Set 2 years after the end of the Complete Edition of the original manga. Ryouhei woke up in a hospital, having lost all his memories, even his own name. In search of clues on how to regain them, he arrived in Kyoto and was welcomed by a group of girls who were part of an organization called Angel. He would end up living together with the three girls: the friendly Aoba, the reserved Akao, and the openly-hostile Kanae. He thought that it wouldn’t be that bad living like this with them, but it would soon all be turned upside down by the existence of large humanoid robots called “Jinki”. Did Giga really make a worthy chunige based on a solid source like manga? Of course, not. It's made afterstory specially to focus on humiliation scenes and bad-endings and safely ignore story element which is so small that can be neglected.  
    3. Soushin no Ars Magna 創神のアルスマグナ  [200327] Ninetail 1 Once upon a time, the Great Founding Alchemist guided the people from a world where everything turned to dust to the new continent of Archeus. It is a harmonious and fertile land protected by man-made gods called ‘Soushin’ (Gods of Creation), created by spinning the ‘laws’. However, after a long time passed, the ‘Dust’ also began to encroach on Archeus. The ‘Soushin’ were driven mad and turned into ‘Gods of Calamity’, spawning monsters that wrecked havoc on the land and threatened the populace. They would not sit idly by while the world was gradually swallowed the ‘Dust’, and a group of alchemists gathered at the top alchemist school, Cagliostro Academy, to attempt to continue the miracle from the past. RPG has an English impression  
    4. Ore no Sugata ga, Toumei ni!? Invisible to Suuki na Unmei 俺の姿が、透明に!? 不可視の薬と数奇な運命 [200327] Hulotte 1 2 "Directions: Take the proper dosage to become invisible!" The protagonist, Matsuyuki Haruki, was watching a stream of a popular virtual net idol when suddenly a raffle was held for all the viewers. What was to be the reward? "I will gift the winner with the right of having a~nything they want come true!" Having nothing to lose, Haruki entered the raffle and, against all odds, won! “I’ll be coming over right now. Looking forward to meeting you!♪” At that moment his doorbell rang and it was the virtual net idol Kuzunoha Chitose herself waiting at his front door. She handed Haruki some mysterious pills. "Um, what are these...?" “I shall explain! They’re pills that will make you invisible! Yay! Let me know how it goes~!” She left with a smile just as quickly as she had arrived, leaving him at a loss for words. Even though he had his doubts, he tried it out immediately and was shocked to find that he could no longer see himself in a mirror! Next he snuck in and spied on his cousin Ame taking a bath. She had been rather distant to him lately, but while he was freely admiring her amazingly sexy and well-developed body... "I love you, Nii-san." Hearing her confession, he unthinkingly reached out and touched her! When he did so, the invisibility effect wore off! While both flirting with her and being scolded by her, they together check the directions on the drugs... -Effects: Bodily invisibility -Dosage: Max of one capsule per day -Caution: In the event that you touch another person's body, the effects will immediately end Haruki, who was a constant thrill-seeker, couldn't contain his excitement at what he knew would be the thrill of a lifetime. Ame, however, was going to fight tooth and nail to turn him back into a respectable human being. So begins his adventures of getting chewed out by cousin and fellow classmates, while having a roaring good time. This is the heart-warming story of a supernatural youth. (Or is it?) There are English reviews  
    5. Icing -Love Coating- アイシング-love coating- [200327] Hachimitsu Soft 1 "Directions: Take the proper dosage to become invisible!" The protagonist, Matsuyuki Haruki, was watching a stream of a popular virtual net idol when suddenly a raffle was held for all the viewers. What was to be the reward? "I will gift the winner with the right of having a~nything they want come true!" Having nothing to lose, Haruki entered the raffle and, against all odds, won! “I’ll be coming over right now. Looking forward to meeting you!♪” At that moment his doorbell rang and it was the virtual net idol Kuzunoha Chitose herself waiting at his front door. She handed Haruki some mysterious pills. "Um, what are these...?" “I shall explain! They’re pills that will make you invisible! Yay! Let me know how it goes~!” She left with a smile just as quickly as she had arrived, leaving him at a loss for words. Even though he had his doubts, he tried it out immediately and was shocked to find that he could no longer see himself in a mirror! Next he snuck in and spied on his cousin Ame taking a bath. She had been rather distant to him lately, but while he was freely admiring her amazingly sexy and well-developed body... "I love you, Nii-san." Hearing her confession, he unthinkingly reached out and touched her! When he did so, the invisibility effect wore off! While both flirting with her and being scolded by her, they together check the directions on the drugs... -Effects: Bodily invisibility -Dosage: Max of one capsule per day -Caution: In the event that you touch another person's body, the effects will immediately end Haruki, who was a constant thrill-seeker, couldn't contain his excitement at what he knew would be the thrill of a lifetime. Ame, however, was going to fight tooth and nail to turn him back into a respectable human being. So begins his adventures of getting chewed out by cousin and fellow classmates, while having a roaring good time. This is the heart-warming story of a supernatural youth. (Or is it?) I call such H-tilt short romance stories vanilla nukige  
    BLOCKED   1. Yumeutsutsu Re:Idol 夢現Re:Idol  [200326] Kogado Studio Short story spin-off to Yumeutsutsu Re:Master, and introduction to the world of Yumeutsutsu. The members of Eureka Soft come together to solve a problem that could endanger the whole world: Ai Ohtori's personality is too weak. To fix that, she will need to... become an idol?!?Short story spin-off to Yumeutsutsu Re:Master, and introduction to the world of Yumeutsutsu. The members of Eureka Soft come together to solve a problem that could endanger the whole world: Ai Ohtori's personality is too weak. To fix that, she will need to... become an idol?!? Fandisc   2. Koisuru Otome to Shugo no Tate - Re:boot The "SHIELD-9" 恋する乙女と守護の楯 Re:boot The "SHIELD-9"  [200327] Team AIGIS 1 This is a remake of AXL’s 2007 title Koisuru Otome to Shugo no Tate, with new routes added for Yuuri and Setsuko. Senomoto Hisashi’s art has changed a bit over the years, while the cast has stayed pretty much the same aside from Yuuri (Nekoyashiki Mai). Of course, the graphics are now in widescreen full HD and compatible with Windows 10. Remake  
  18. kivandopulus
    Marco to Ginga Ryuu is the only bearable title this month. Micchi does not mind Full Kiss S , Oshi no Love Yori Koi no Love and Hajikano ~Kimi ga Iru Heya~  
    1. Death End Re;Quest 2 デス エンド リクエスト 2 [200213] Compile Heart 1 2 After killing her abusive father and being decided that it was in self defense, Mai a young gloomy girl is sent to a women dormitory called “Wardsworth” in the city of Liz Shoala. There she hopes to find her lost sister and her reason to live Sanae. But soon her hopes are crushed by reality, not only does she not find her but also it seems that she was never there to begin with and nobody knows about her existence. That's when she mets Ninomiya Shiina and her story begins... RPG is localized and has English reviews  
    2. Kirakira Stars Idol Project Ai [200217] sushi_soft 1 2 Idol Sengoku era. Many idols were born, competed, and many productions were in a state of disorder, and people called it so. The main character " Nobuyuki Kinoshita " who was driven out of the employee dormitory of "ODA talent agency" for a certain reason, and was at a loss, had a chance reunion with his childhood friend " Ai Amane ". Through Nobuyuki, who was to meet and stay, love who has learned that ODA talent agency stakes due to lack of idols makes a single determination. "I'll be an idol singer!" For Nobuyuki, in order to change oneself above all, love aims to be an idol singer- Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    3. TrymenT -Ima o Kaetai to Negau Anata e- TrymenT ―今を変えたいと願うあなたへ― [200220] RASK New season, new place, new school life. On a faraway island there are no shops or public spaces. Another newcomer in protagonist's class is a girl in a wheelchair. Each of them wants to start life anew here. Unfinished release  
    4. Haji Kano ~Kimi ga Iru Heya~ はじカノ~君がいる部屋~ [200228] Caramel Box Ichigo-aji It’s been two years since Naoki became a working adult. There hasn’t been any particularly good or bad things; it’s been extremely normal and peaceful. However, he was lacking excitement in his life. With the arrival of spring, he rapidly got closer to three girls: the helpful but naive Mai, his cheeky tomboy imouto Yuana, and his boss Misaki, who seemed outside of his league. A trivial incident one day leads to him falling in love with one of them, and soon they begin living together, bringing moments of happiness that they have not felt until now. Each route can be finished in one hour and is is mostly a series of H events  
    5. HaremKingdom ハーレムキングダム [200228] Smee 1 2 3 One holiday, the protagonist, whose creed in life was "enjoy yourself", but who also had traumatic experiences with both romance and women, was once again being chided by his childhood friend, Hikari, for not trying to get a girlfriend. She was worried that if this continued then he would become a failure of a human being. But he just wanted to spend his time enjoying his hobbies and ran away from relationships by any means necessary. However, a wrench would get thrown into his plans when suddenly a bright light enveloped them both and they were transported to another world. When they opened their eyes, they were looking at a major port city. While they were still baffled by their new surroundings, a woman, who identified herself as the Prime Minister of the town, told him that he was the "last king" of the kingdom. Not taking no for an answer, the people forced the position of king onto the protagonist. Moreover, the first romance of his life was to come about as a result of his kingly duty to "build a harem, father heirs, and stimulate the growth of the kingdom." He was forced to have a harem. In fact, it had already been arranged that the princess from the neighboring kingdom, Sophia, and Charlone, the beautiful daughter of a noble family, would be part of this harem. Day by day, more and more beautiful girls ended up surrounding the protagonist, much to his dismay. Seeing him surrounded by girls, Hikari began to fear she might lose him. "I just want a normal romance!" And so the curtain draws on the tale of our protagonist's chaotic harem romance! Game is localized and has English reviews  
    6. Full Kiss S フルキスS  [200228] Giga Takuya is always positive, but takes time to make the first step since he is too cautious and thinks too much. Entering his second year, he decides to try to get a girlfriend and becomes closer to his classmates Hana and Yuu. Not again  
    7. Oshi no Love yori Koi no Love 推しのラブより恋のラブ [200228] SukeraSomero 1 2 "—I wanna marry you." Those simple words set in motion a ♀ yuri ♀ game of cat and mouse! "As a child, there was a love story that captivated me. In the story, an alien came down from space and extravagantly proclaimed her love to an Earthling man. I never imagined that, decades later, I'd be living out that story for myself..." Akuru Hayahoshi is an unlucky otaku office worker who just can't pull her husbando in the gacha game she's obsessed with, no matter how much money she throws at it. Until one day, she runs into the garishly gorgeous and freakishly lucky Ren Furutachi. A series of misunderstandings lead to a proposal, and Ren starts to full-on pursue Akuru. One thing leads to another, and in order to bring her husbando home, she ends up... bringing Ren home?! Now they're sharing a house... and a bed?! To unpresuming Akuru this cool, lady-loving girl might as well be an alien! Akuru wants her husbando, and Ren wants Akuru as her waifu... Are these two ever gonna end up together?! Tune in to this slapstick yuri comedy to find out! Yuri is localized and has English reviews  
    8. Marco to Ginga Ryuu マルコと銀河竜 [200228] TOKYOTOON 1 2 3 Marco, an orphan with missing memories, and Arco, a dragon who rules the galaxy, were hunting for treasure in space! On one of their adventures, Marco was given a clue to the whereabouts of her mother. Their next stop, her birthplace - Earth! Game is localized and has English reviews  
    9. Love - Destination LOVE・デスティネーション [200228] JADE 1 With no social status, money or love, Ryou has reached a BAD END. However, the ‘heavenly voice’ that had mistakenly guided him to this BAD ROUTE brought him back to the branch point which led to another possible future. He didn’t choose the option when he was a student since he didn’t want to be labelled as a pervert, but now given the opportunity again, he enrolled in the former girls’ school where there were no other male students. Now he just needed to choose one of them and enjoy the HAPPY ROUTE… or so he thought. His ‘memories of the future’ hint that there were still many BAD END which he must avoid! There is an English review  
    BLOCKED   1. Mononokei Kanojo ~Inkya Desu ga, Koishite Ii Desu ka?~ モノノ系彼女~陰キャですが、恋して良いですか?~ [200228] 1 Yuutarou is an ordinary student at Yatsuya Gakuen with a slight interest in the occult. It was the last day before summer vacation, and he still didn’t have any special relationships with the girls in his class. That all changed when his osananajimi Yuumi invited him to come to the school that night for a ‘courage test’. She came completely prepared, dressed in tactical gear, pressing an airsoft gun into his back and forcing him down the eerily quiet hallway. He heard faint laughter and turned around, and Yuumi had already dashed out of sight. The strange creaking and sounds of running… could this be the paranormal encounter that he wanted!? Nukige has an English review
  19. kivandopulus
    If I choose between indi touching crap, a lolicon moege, a twisted nukige , another mimikko moege and a single heroine nukige, what would entail the least cringe... there aren't good choices here, so I clench my teeth and call Kamisama no Shippo ~Etogami-sama tachi no Ongaeshi~ VN of the Month. What a wicked start of the year... Micchi does not mind this choice and also suggests Amairo Chocolata and a  fandisc  
    1. Prison Princess プリズンプリンセス [200130] qureate 1 2 The continent of Maygard. The peace and prosperity brought about by the two kingdoms of “Aria Zaza” and “Zanji Zed” lasted countless years. That golden era is now facing its downfall. The Demon King, released from his seal, has turned our continent to a sea of flames. As cities were invaded one after another, a man appeared carrying the blood of ancient heroes… Oh Brave Hero. During his journey, the hero was met with grave misfortune and perished. The Demon King’s minions snuck into the capital cities of the two kingdoms to kidnap their precious princesses. All hope seemed to have been lost… However, it seems our hero is not wholly dead after all. Even as a spirit, the hero is determined to remain in this world, and has set off to save the princesses from danger. Now nothing more than a phantom, can the hero succeed in rescuing the kidnapped princesses?! Interactive game that's hardly a VN is released in English and has English reviews   
    2. Amairo Chocolata あまいろショコラータ [200131] Cabbage Soft 1 2 3 Yuzuki came to the town of Yuunagi as the leaves were starting to change colour. The first person he met was a cute cat-eared waitress, who was handing out pamphlets on the street. “T-This is Cafe Setaria. Please come in!” When he was led into the cafe by the waitress Chieri, the other girls there also had animal ears. Seeing his wondering look, they worriedly asked him: “Could it be… that you could see these ears?” They explained that they were actually hybrid beasts whose ears and tails cannot be seen by normal humans. After learning about their secret, he started working at the cafe with them, while being both shocked and impressed at the differences between them and humans. Game is localized and has English reviews  
    3. Sarute サルテ [200131] Soiree 1 2 3 “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” At the end of a journey of blood, despair, regret, and madness— a stage perched on the razor's edge dividing life and death. With no audience to cheer, at a jester's direction, Salthe performs her past. To learn the reason for her death. To return to the world of life. Each scene is full of scorn and mockery, she writhes and struggles, through to the end of the tale of Salthe's life—a comedy—— Game is localized and has English reviews  
    4. Kamisama no Shippo ~Etogami-sama tachi no Ongaeshi~ 神様のしっぽ ~干支神さまたちの恩返し~ [200131] DESSERT Soft 1 2 In the remote village of Tenbu, watched over by the gods, lies a shrine where the twelve zodiac signs are enshrined. Akinari is a young man who had been taken in by the Asatsuki family that currently runs the shrine when he was a baby. He secretly possesses a mysterious ability: he can understand what animals say. Since he likes animals more than others, he used this power to enjoy his life every day. However, his everyday life changed one day after he casually inserted a precious orb into a mysterious stone slab in the shrine’s storehouse. The statues of the twelve zodiac signs suddenly vanished, and were seemingly replaced by twelve girls, the Etogami. They began living together after an unexpected turn of events, and he became good friends with them due to his innate love for animals. Renge, his childhood friend and the sole daughter of the Asatsuki household, wished for everyone to gather around dining table, which was too big for just the two of them. Akinari always wanted to have family to call his own, so he decided to welcome the twelve of them as family. This is the beginning of a wondrous fairy tale with the twelve zodiac signs. There are English reviews  
    5. Kamikura Hina no Himitsu ~Gohoubi wa Watashi no Karada♪~ 上倉雛のヒミツ ~ごほうびは私のカラダ♪~ [200131] Astronauts: Comet Makoto is on the university swimming team, but he can’t seem to better his time. He discussed with his coach and the reliable club leader, and they determined that it wasn’t a physical or mental problem. However, they were unable to figure out the underlying cause. An important swim meet was fast approaching and he was feeling the pressure that he would be a burden for the team. However, he was not alone; his senpai and club manager Hina was always there to cheer him on. She knew about the anguish that he was going through and wanted to help him somehow. She took advice from many people and thought hard about a surefire plan, and… “I’ll let you touch my breasts if you clock a good time♪” Makoto was taken aback by the half-joking proposal, but agreed to it since he was running out of options. What will be the end result and what will happen to their relationship after this wild idea? Another kinetic nukige  
  20. kivandopulus

    VN of the Month 2019
    Musicus! is the only game I can point out. Micchi lists all of Aikotoba , Cafe Stella to Shinigami no Chou , Animal☆Panic and Suzukuri Karin-chan  
    1. Shin Sakura Taisen 新サクラ大戦 [191212] Sega 1 The stage is set in a steampunk version of 1940s Imperial Tokyo. Only a short while ago, a cataclysmic event destroyed the Imperial Combat Revue of Tokyo, the capital's global defense force stationed at the Imperial Theater. Now home to the Flower Division, an inept rookie squad who also strives to impart hope on the citizenry with their theatrical talents, the theater has fallen on hard times and risks closure. It's up to Seijuro Kamiyama as the captain of the new Tokyo revue to lead his squad and restore the Imperial Combat Revue and the theater back to their former glory! With the help of the revue's five colorful performers, he must rise to the challenge of competing in the Combat Revue World Games, protecting the inhabitants of Tokyo and getting the theater back on track. Action is localized and has English reviews  
    2. Musicus! [191220] Overdrive 1 2 3 4 Kei used to attend a famous high school with aspirations of one day becoming a doctor like his parents, but he stopped for a term due to certain reasons and is now studying part-time. While his journey had become more difficult, it was still possible to get back on track. However, after meeting many different types of people that he had not previously encountered and realizing that there was so much in the world that he did not know, he began to question what future he truly desired. After receiving a prize from a city-wide competition for a short story that he wrote, he was asked by Yagihara, the president of a music production, to accompany their band on their upcoming tour and write a report about the event. The band was Kachoufuugetsu, which once performed on the big stage. Its leader Korekiyo is quite a peculiar fellow and talked at length about how music was pointless and good for nothing. Even though Kei was perplexed about Korekiyo, he was taken away by the band’s music when he heard it for the first time. A few days later after that memorable first live, Kei found out that they were disbanding. Unable to accept the sudden news, he approached Korekiyo many times to convince him to change his mind, but no argument could sway him. Instead, Korekiyo asked him: “How about you play rock in my place?” Game is localized and has English reviews  
    3. Suzukuri Karin-chan 巣作りカリンちゃん [191220] KarinProject 1 Kazuto is an ordinary adventurer who was considering quitting since his friends had left and his job prospects seemed bleak. That was when the Gyungyuska Company reached out to him. Directed by a girl named Fuu, he came in contact with the ‘labyrinth’ and the ‘Demon queen’. But why did an adventurer like him meet and be tasked with her revival? Who exactly is the ‘Demon queen Karin’? One thing led to another and he ended up as the manager of the labyrinth. Strategy has an English review  
    4. Wabisabi わびさび [191220] Le:CODE 1 The summer blue sky over a verdant mountain village. Across endless rice fields as far as the eye can see, A refreshing breeze blows through. “Welcome home!!” Kousuke comes home from studying at an art college in the city, and there to welcome him are adorable and kind goddesses who love him dearly. Feelings and emotions come together, and grow like budding leaves as this gentle and warm story begins. Game is released in English and has English reviews  
    5. Animal☆Panic あにまる☆ぱにっく [191220] Lump of Sugar 1 There is a ‘Wishing Crystal’ in the fairy world which can grant any wish. The fairy Nyaron stole it for himself, but he carelessly broke it and the fragments scattered to the human world. The Fairy King summoned Nono to head there to recover the fragments. One day, Masato and his imouto Yuna picked up a strange jewel and was attacked by Nyoron, who tried to steal the shard from them. Nono rushed to their aid, and after Yuna transformed as instructed by Nono, they were able to fight him off and seal the fragment. Afterwards, Nono asked for their help in capturing Nyoron and gathering the remaining pieces, and Masato decided to lend a hand to Yuna, who had readily agreed. They began the search with his classmate Shiori and Yuna’s friend Hinata, but Nyoron and his new allies stood in their way. Who will gain control of the Wishing Crystal? Lots of moe, not enough story, and all the resolutions happen in the real world, anyway.  
    6. Café Stella to Shinigami no Chou 喫茶ステラと死神の蝶 [191220] Yuzusoft 1 2 3 Takamine Kousei was living a carefree college life until, one day, he tragically died in an accident. But then, the bizarre happened: Takamine Kousei opened his eyes again. And what's more, when he woke up, it was the morning of the very day he had died. He proceeded to relive the same day, unable to grasp the reality of his situation. Kousei soon realized that his previous experience was not some prophetic dream, nor was he experiencing deja vu; everything was taking place the exact same way. Overwhelmed by fear due to the unbelievable situation he has found himself in, he came back to the place where he had died. Then, at the moment of the accident, Kousei met a death goddess accompanied by a talking cat. The death goddess informed him that he has not yet avoided his death. In order to escape his grisly fate, Kousei must assist the death goddess with her work. And naturally, this means the opening of a café together. By rewinding the world, Kousei may have overcome his fate for now, but can he overcome the certain death his future holds for him? This is the story of one man's love and his defiance of the world and his own fate... maybe? There are English reviews  
    7. Shiny Sisters シャイニー・シスターズ [191220] ensemble The cross-dressing protagonists met each other at an informal social gathering attended by the ojou-sama schools. While not knowing that they are all guys, they felt a strange affinity with each other. This development was amusing to Yuuki’s master Ran, so she plotted to make them into an idol group and have them perform at an upcoming event in town. After some initial confusion about the sudden idea, they all ended up agreeing due to varying reasons. Will they be able to become idols while keeping their true gender a secret!? I'm not commenting this  
    8. Kazura Uta 葛唄 [191227] Bayanaka When you hear it, you die -- After a group of girls jumped from the school room, a gruesome investigation starts to unfold. There's a website that's been going around SNS that plays a certain video... ...And if you hear the song on the video, well... Doujin that could be called all-age if not for all the disturbing gore content it provides  
    BLOCKED   1. Aikotoba アイコトバ [191220] Azarashi Soft+1 1 2 "Aikotoba", a popular matchmaking app with a feature of "finding your fated partner". The protagonist, Mizukami Takumi, is an office worker with a stable job. One day, he is recommended by his colleague to try the app. Through it, he meets a girl called “Yozora” with compatibility of 99% and gradually become closer each day. Coincidentally, Takumi is being sent for business trip to Sendai, the city of where the girl is. As a result, they decide to meet up in real life and arrange a meeting there. However, when the time comes, he wouldn’t believe what he sees. “…Onii…chan?” Under the cold sky of Sendai, Takumi didn’t expect to meet “her”… his younger sister, Uzuki, who he hasn’t see in seven years. Moreover, she is the girl under the alias “Yozora” all this time, the girl in the app who made him fall in love. Nukige is listed for the opening's sake  
  21. kivandopulus

    VN of the Year
    2019 hit the new bottom in many aspects and marked the beginning of COVID era, so there was a noticeable loss in attention for visual novels by the end of it. I counted only 13 masterpieces, could not even get 100 openings in Visual Novel Openings 2019 . Without a clear favorite I'll call Realive VN of the Year .   My list of masterpieces in 2019: AI: The Somnium Files Kanzume Shoujo no Shuumatsu Sekai Kimagure Temptation Kokorone=Pendulum! Missing-X-Link ~Ten no Yurikago, Togi no Hana~ Musicus! Realive Ren'ai, Karichaimashita Sakura, Moyu. -As the Night's, Reincarnation- Swallowtail -Ano Hi, Ao o Koete- Tamayura Mirai Tasogare no Folclore Wakaba-iro no Quartet
      Looked through 2019 several times and found nothing in dire need of a review. Since Swallowtail -Ano Hi, Ao o Koete- already has a good review, wanted to give an alternative look to D.C.4 ~Da Capo 4~ , but it's just plain too horrible, dropped after two routes, does not deserve to have a video and even minimal effort applied. Guess it's time to review something good then, notably,  Realive
  22. kivandopulus
    An average chunige Shiraha Kirameku Koi Shirabe still wins over an average charage for me. Micchi likes all of Docchi no i ga Suki desu ka , ChuSingura46+1 Wacchi to Onii-chan no Raburabu Nagaya Seikatsu and some fandisc.  
    1. Yuusha to Odore! ~Bocchi no Ore ga Isekai Shoukan Sarete Bishoujo-tachi to Gakuen Saikyou Party o Kumimashita~ 勇者と踊れ!  ~ぼっちの俺が異世界召喚されて美少女たちと学園最強パーティを組みました~ [191129] catwalk 1 Kyou’s adoptive parents passed away suddenly in an accident, leaving him at a loss at what to do. Then he was summoned to a parallel world, where he was greeted by the person who summoned him, the holy princess Felicia. “Welcome back, Hero. You are truly the descendant of the dragon, the Hero who I had been waiting all this time for…!” This parallel world of Altair was once protected by a goddess and her follower divine dragon. However, they lost their lives in a war with the god Nyx from the world of Abyss. The citizens of Altair seeked power to oppose the invading forces, so a summoning ritual was performed to bring back the Hero from Earth. “We need you. Will you fight alongside me…?” Kyou did not see himself as a Hero, but he could not refuse to help the princess. However, he lacked any battle knowledge, so he entered an explorer training school with her. As if by fate, other girls joined them, harboring secrets of their own. He finally found the place where he always yearned for: a peaceful life full of warm smiles and happiness. Before long, these fine days and the whole world would be under threat. Will their bonds of friendship protect them and will they be successful in saving the world? RPG  
    2. ChuSingura 46+1 Wacchi to Onii-chan no Love Love Nagaya Seikatsu ChuSingura46+1 わっちとお兄ちゃんのラブラブ長屋生活 [191129] Prekano Shinpachirou failed to stop the raid of the forty-seven ronin and returned to Naoto on the verge of death. Her injuries healed as they spent a quiet life together. As spring arrived, he asked if she would like to live in Edo, to which she readily agreed. However, they were not samurai but rather ronin, and without money, they have no jobs. Still, they believed that they’ll be able to figure things out when they got there.They found a place in a cheap longhouse and she explained to him the various lifestyles and customs of the Edo period, much of which was a still a commonplace in the present age. Their loving cohabitation true story begins now. So now Prekano wants to ruin other brands' games. Impotent.  
    3. Shiraha Kirameku Koi Shirabe 白刃きらめく恋しらべ [191129] CRYSTALiA 1 Ayato is an exorcist who works for the government. This time his mission is to investigate and destroy a supernatural object which had been brought into the sword arts school Murakumo Gakuen. With the help of his team members Hime and Ruri, he traced its location to Matsurika, the sole daughter of the head of the Swordbearing Defence Group. They were successful in destroying the object, but as a result, Matsurika became the initiator of the Spiritual Calamity. To teach her skills to fight against spirits, Ayato became a temporary mentor to her. “No matter what, I want to stand by your side…” There is an English review  
    4. Chaos Dominas カオスドミナス [191129] Astronauts: Sirius In the past, this island was a fertile and peaceful kingdom ruled by a royal family. The coat of arms was carved in the likeness of dragons and angels, the protectors of the kingdom. The kingdom's history was said to span several thousand years, the faith of the denizens in the reigning king and queen strong and the entire island enjoyed the embrace of peace. However over a decade ago, demons suddenly appeared and attacked the kingdom. The Knightly chapters were annihilated by the demons' powerful magic. The King and Queen were killed and the capital was felled by flames in just one night. The archdemon who attacked the kingdom styled herself the "Progenitor Demon". The archdemon proclaimed the island would be ruled by her loyal subordinates, the five "Witches". Now, the island is under the witches' control. The five witches are beings possessing great power, the island's denizens are cowed by the witches' intimidating powers. The witches have ruled for over a decade, but none of them age nor weaken. If anything their powers continue to grow. People think that making a contract with the Witches and the demons would allow one to gain eternal life and magic powers. Those who opposed these beings who were effectively demons found their numbers dwindling, until the island's denizens resigned themselves to the witches' cruel reign. Gilbert, a man who hunts demons for a living yet has command over demonic powers, ventures forth onto Regulus island to hunt the demons who have possessed the Five Witches as well as the Archdemon who dominates them. What fate awaits him... RPG  
    5. Docchi no i ga Suki Desu ka? [191129] Hooksoft 1 Tadaomi is a second-year student at Gouketsukan private school. Since he’ll be busy preparing for university entrance exams next year, he thought that this summer vacation would be the best time to make memories with his girlfriend. But how would he spend his time together with her…? If you were in his place, would you take the lead or leave it all up to her? There is an English review  
  23. kivandopulus
    Gratz on hitting the new bottom with just three releases. Raillore no Ryakudatsusha is the only notable one. Micchi notes Ai Kiss and two releases with shifted dates.  
    1. Ai Kiss アイキス [191025] Giga The protagonist, Ikenaga Ren returns after several years away from his hometown, returns to enroll in the Private Arimori Academy, an art school. On the first day of school, he unexpectedly reunites with the two of his childhood friends with whom he used to paint illustrations in the past, twin Saegusa sisters Hinata and Ayame. While surprised and confused by how they have grown, he takes his time to return their relationship to how it has been in the past. Furthermore, he meets a third year Kanno Junko who has a very strange theme running for her art, and a second year Sakurada An who is interested in stage design and subculture. Meeting these two makes his daily life speed up even more. This is the story of how "like" turns into "love"... This series is beyond redemption  
    2. Ciconia no Naku Koro ni キコニアのなく頃に [191004] 07th Expansion 1 2 100 years after the world was nearly destroyed during World War III... Cutting-edge technology saved the planet from a nuclear winter, allowing its population to reach the tens of billions once more. This eventually gave rise to a new ultimate military technology, the Gauntlet. People who wore these on their left arms were called Gauntlet Knights, and without carrying any additional equipment, they could use this unrivaled power to fly like fighter planes, fight like aircraft carriers and battleships, and repel all sorts of attacks like tanks. Children all over the world were fascinated by this new kind of hero. However, because Gauntlets could only be used by those who had particular talents and underwent special training from a very young age, not even 150,000 people from across the world could control them, even if you counted preschoolers. And the number of people who actually earned the title of Gauntlet Knight was even smaller. In other words, it was becoming an era where all existing military forces would be obsolete, and where the military might of the world would be measured by the small number of boys and girls who could use Gauntlets... After competing against each other in the International Battle Standard Festival, a group of Gauntlet Knights from all over the world became fast friends, swearing to support the walls of peace from both sides and prevent another World War from ever occurring. However, World War IV was steadily approaching, like a line of falling dominos... The young are supposed to be the main characters in their own eras. But in reality, they're nothing but game pieces lined up on the board of those who are crafty and more experienced. Must these boys and girls be forced to kill each other as pieces? Who are the pieces, and who are the players? And who does the players' bidding? What victory conditions does each person have? Is it peace? War? Annihilation? Is the foretold tragedy a scheme or a delusion, the future or reality? No. There is no need to resist this tragedy. The job of a game piece is to dance about within the tragedy's grasp. What are the rules of the game, you ask? How hard is it? That's for us to decide, so it's none of your concern. All you people need to do is take pieces and get taken yourselves, entertaining us with the range of your emotions. Are you listening? You don't want to misunderstand your position. You aren't my opponent. You're merely a piece that exists for my amusement. In this next game, I won't give you the privilege of being a player! Incomplete part of the series  
    3. Raillore no Ryakudatsusha レイルロアの略奪者 [191025] 3rdEye 1 2 A century or more from now, all humans have acquired superpowers in this new world. These powers are such a commonplace that those who do not possess them are viewed as outcasts. Civilization has greatly declined during this time of change with the human population greatly reduced and nature reclaiming lands which had been developed. The town of Raillore, with brick dwellings reminiscent of the Middle Ages, is surrounded by forests and rivers and blessed with fertile soil. Since the concept of countries has vanished, it is self-governed by an order of knights who fight crime to protect the townspeople. One time, it was confirmed that there were people called ‘errors’ with unknown powers known as ‘moments’ which bring about strange phenomena. These events caused fear to the masses and it was up to the order of knights to deal with the situation after it was determined that the errors suddenly appeared due to an illness. There is an English review  
    BLOCKED   1. Umineko no Naku Koro ni Saku うみねこのなく頃に 咲 [191004] 07th Expansion Although the release for this visual novel also contains all the Umineko sound novels 07th Expansion previously released, this entry is only concerned with the completely new content featured in the release: • Our Confession • Last Note of the Golden Witch • Certain Witch Hunter's Interview Tape (Console only) • Letter from a Summoner (Console only) • Important Facts Concerning Magic (Console only) • Angel of 17 Years East Shi-44a (Console only) Fandisc  
  24. kivandopulus
    Kimagure Temptation is good enough to be VN of the Month , or it may easily be AI: The Somnium Files if you can stand investigation games. Micchi also gives a chance to Cross Concerto and Study § Steady  
    1. Cross Concerto  クロスコンチェルト [190901] クロスコンチェルト Applique 1 It was spring, the season of new beginnings. Satoru finally broke free from the closed remote village where he had been held captive as an unwanted child, and entered the same school that his late mother attended. However, he was surprised to find his twin sister Ruri and her attendant Kyouka waiting for him there. He met the cool senpai Touko and occult-loving student council leader Mirai and gradually got used to the dormitory life. However, there were figures working in the shadows; will they find out the truth behind the events around them? There is an English review  
    2. AI: The Somnium Files AI:ソムニウム ファイル  [190917] Spike Chunsoft 1 2 3 One rainy night in November, a woman’s body is found at an abandoned theme park, mounted on a merry-go-round horse. She had been stabbed repeatedly, and her left eye was gouged out. Kaname Date of the Metropolitan Police Department arrives on the scene. He recognizes the woman. Suddenly, he hears a noise from inside the merry-go-round. He breaks into the merry-go-round’s central column to find a young girl. And in her hands, she grips a bloody ice pick... AI: The Somnium Files takes place in a technologically advanced Tokyo in the near future, and follows Kaname Date and his top-secret team within the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, known as the Advanced Brain Investigation Squad (ABIS). ABIS is responsible for investigating crimes through the process of Psyncing, exploring the subconcious dreams of persons of interest via a machine connecting the two together in a dream state known as Somnium. ABIS agents doing such are known as Psyncers, and act as observers in subjects' dreams who are able to retrieve secrets and clues the subject may be hiding or may not be aware of. To ensure psyncers are not subject to adverse effects, their time in a subject's somnium is limited to a maximum of six minutes. Also featured in the universe is the topic of advanced Artificial Intelligence, based around a global cloud-based system known as the Wadjet System that acts as the core of AI. Game is localized and has English reviews  
    3. Study § Steady スタディ§ステディ [190927] Marmalade 1 2 3 Her first lesson about love started when she met you. As you two spend time together, she gradually changes herself to match your type. Perhaps she might call you by another name. Just by doing that, what had been normal conversations up till now would surely feel somehow more special. Hearing these whispers of love every day, whether with others or alone, will make you love her more and more. Perhaps she might change her hairstyle. Surely it’s her way of mustering up the courage to appeal to you. How you will respond to her feelings is up to you. Before long you will become true lovers. This is what they call ‘going steady’. Returning from school together while holding hands. An unexpected time alone in the classroom after school. Exchanging presents during Christmas. Welcoming the new year together at the temple. Such a love story only for you is surely out there… There are English reviews  
    4. Onaji Class no Idol-san. Around Me Is Full by a Celebrity. 同じクラスのアイドルさん。Around me is full by a celebrity. [190927] Sonora 1 Kentarou’s childhood friend Akari transferred schools a few years ago and they haven’t much contact since. One day, it was decided that he’ll live with his grandfather due to his father’s job transfer. When he arrived at the house, he saw Akari for the first time in a few years. She had enrolled in the celebrity course at Itsuko Gakuen and was living at his grandfather and the board chairman’s house, which had recently been converted to a student dormitory. Then he was surprised once more when he was told that he would be part of this new curriculum starting the next day. They were lacking students since many had quit due to the rigours of the program, so he reluctantly agreed to participate for a year. He was unfamiliar with the specialized classes, but managed to get by with help from Akari, aspiring singer Ei and his other childhood friend Wako, who decided to join to stay by his side. It’s a lot of hard work preparing the stage for the trio. What does the future hold for them? There is an English review  
    5. Kimagure Temptation きまぐれテンプテーション [190927] Silky's Plus Wasabi 1 2 There was an extremely baffling incident at a certain apartment building where all four of its residents were found deceased, with their stomaches cut open and internal organs removed. The dense miasma in the building suggested that there was a spiritual influence behind it all. Since the police was swamped with cases, the young onmyouji Haruhisa was instead dispatched to conduct the investigation. At the same time, the demon Anneliese arrived from England to partake in the otaku culture that she admired, and agreed to help him in exchange for permission to stay permanently in Japan. However, she was more interested in his lower half than solving the case. Her fierce advances made him feel uneasy due to his lack of experience with women. Thus begins a cohabitation life in a cursed apartment between an onmyouji seeking to solve a mystery and a demon who just wants to make out with him. Will Haruhisa be able to shake free from the temptation or give in readily to it? There is an English review  
    6. Gothic Murder -Unmei o Kaeru Adventure- ゴシックマーダー -運命を変えるアドベンチャー- [190930] orange inc. 1 2 The story is set at the manor of a Count in early 20th century England. The protagonist, a maid at the manor, can foresee the nearby deaths of others in her dreams. And what she foresaw was the death of the Lord she serves. At that time, the manor was also abuzz over inheritance and an ominous will. A dreadful murder plot was moving forward in that manor… To save the life of her Lord, the protagonist scrambles based on the information she receives from her dreams—. Game is localized and has English reviews  
    BLOCKED   1. Sen no Hatou, Tsukisome no Kouki -Hana Akari- 千の刃濤、桃花染の皇姫 -花あかり- [190927] August 1 This is the fandisc for Sen no Hatou, Tsukisome no Kouki. featuring after stories for all heroines. Also includes new stories for side-characters Isuzu, Chihaya, Himi no Mikoto and Sekka. Fandisc   2. Sex Open World e Youkoso! セックスオープンワールドへようこそ! [190927] Moonstone Cherry Thanks to an accident, our protagonist 'Sejima Seiya' awakes to find himself in the parallel world of "Laurentide". In the land of Laurentide, there is an ancient legend which has been long held by the people... -From a hero who arrives from a parallel world shall come the seed which will end the Era of War- There is no doubt that the seed spoken thereof is that of our protagonist. "What am I, a stud horse!?" the hero thinks to himself, yet even be that as it may, our protagonist can't help but want to do it. And besides, to become the father of heroes is to become king of the world. And so it goes... Led by the legend, beautiful women from all over the world begin to converge in order to claim our protagonists' seed. ...Maybe these heroines secretly desire to unite the world under their country's banner. ...Or maybe they just want to have sex with the hero. Our main character's days of being exploited by beautiful women begin now... Nukige with an opening
  25. kivandopulus
    I'll only mention Swallowtail -Ano Hi, Ao o Koete- as a worthy game for me. Micchi goes all out with Evenicle 2 , Happiness! 2 Sakura Celebration  , SPIRAL!! , Yume to Iro de Dekiteiru and even Aibeya  
    1. Aibeya  アイベヤ [190222] Azarashi Soft “Starting from tomorrow, you’ll be staying at Aki’s place” After Kouta’s mother suddenly said that, he ended up living with his childhood friend Aki. Being together with her all the time, he developed some feelings for her. However, he did not know if it was ‘love’. “Then, how about we try being lovers?” A trial period as lovers under the same roof. Are they just childhood friends, or something else…? Only not blocking it because of PS4 release  
    2. Boku no Mirai wa, Koi to Kakin to. ~Charge To The Future~  僕の未来は、恋と課金と。~Charge To The Future~ [190222] Sonora 1 Bill yesterday, bill today. charge today, Bill for tomorrow. Our Protagonist Kyoya Arima is currently struggling to save up with his part-time job at a convenience store.  Finally however he saves up enough to afford the smartphone he always wanted. He immediately tries installing various game apps at once from the App Store, but nearly all the game apps he wanted included in-app purchases, despite being marked for "Free" I tried my best to play them these mobile games. But soon enough I realized, I couldn't experience these mobile games to there for full extent, or even advance sometimes without paying for micro-transactions Kyoya, now has no money left from his part-time job after spending it all on his new smartphone. "Screw it! I'm not paying for any app purchases, and i'll do what ever it takes! I promise I'll never going pay for any app, I'm going to keep on searching!" Kyoya say's to himself with a burning spirit. Kyoya then searches for what it seems like day's and finally finds a social gaming app, one with no in-app purchases. --"CUFFS Story" "CUFFS Story" is a real world RPG game that uses AR technology. And is currently rapidly gaining popularity. Kyoya immediately gets absorbed into "CUFFS Story" Kyoya is drawn to how fun the game is without in-app purchases After playing for a amount of time Kyoya joins a guild, And they all eventually decide to host an offline meeting. At this meeting Kyoya discovers that all his guild members are from the same school as him. Connections in-game, turn into real-life connections. Kyouya's school life is about to change forever--- There is an English review  
    3. Evenicle 2  イブニクル2 [190222] Alice Soft 1 2 There is an illness spreading through the world called the ‘hero disease’ where using magic will result in early death. People skilled in combat fought with monsters aware of their shortening lifespan. They fought to eliminate as many monsters as possible to protect their families and friends. In this tragic world appeared a young man, Alex, who was blessed with a legendary healing ability. His body fluids can cure any ailment without physical trauma. He set out to save the girls suffering from the ‘hero disease’. RPG  
    4. Guildmaster ギルドマスター [190222] Astronauts: Sirius 1 An adventurer's guild "Amakakeru O-Hitsuji" (天駆ける雄羊) operates from a pub in the outskirts. The Guildmaster cum pub owner Neil and his daughter Lusit run the businesses. This guild is now faced with an existential crisis. The remote town of Dantor is situated on the foothills; it was formerly a massive mining complex run by the dwarves, but with their disappearance the town is now a hotspot for adventurers looking to get rich quick from what is now an enormous underground labyrinth. Amakakeru O-Hitsuji was but one guild which kept the mass of ambitious adventurers in control, but the retirement of capable adventurers and the rapid rise of the formidable rival guild, "Kokuyou no Tora" (黒曜の虎) has contributed to Hitsuji running at a loss in recent times. Everything came to a head the previous month when the notice revoking the business license was delivered to the struggling guild. The town of Dantor only permits officially licensed guilds to operate so as things stand Hitsuji is on the verge of collapse. To renew the business license, Hitsuji has to produce tangible results within a few months. During this time of crisis, the leading guild breadwinner, the skilled warrior Edgar, has his strength drained by a mysterious monster whilst exploring and is severely weakened to the point he cannot continue his trade. For the remaining guild members, this disaster is the last straw precipitating their exodus. Edgar remains as the sole registered adventurer of Hitsuji. At this juncture Lusit offers Edgar the position of new Guildmaster. Lusit's reasoning considers her father's advanced age and the effect of having Edgar with his fame as a skilled warrior take the reins, which would encourage young adventurers to gather at the pub. Edgar, who still had lingering regrets over his career-ending accident, thought about his present physical condition and his desire to pay back the guild which he had grown fond of and decided to take up Lusit's offer to become the new Guildmaster of Amakakeru O-Hitsuji. And thus, the ex-adventurer Edgar begins his new life as a Guildmaster. RPG  
    5. Happiness! 2 Sakura Celebration はぴねす!2 Sakura Celebration [190222] Windmill Oasis 1  Let my feelings be conveyed! The year of the sakura--The one year out of every ten where the cherry blossoms bloom unusually long, in which the annual festivals are celebrated with much grandeur. With the return of the year of the sakura, various feelings begin to bloom as if they'd been waiting impatiently. "Seeing my big brother's smiling face for the first time in two years...... This is where I belong after all." "I know the truth...... That's not his true self. This year for sure, I'll......" "I wonder if I can really do it...... No, I must do it. I have to regain that relationship." "My preparations should be more than enough. There's no way I'll let it go that way again......" And, "It's been 10 years since I last came to this town, hasn't it? Perhaps I'll be able to see that person. I hope I see him......" All of these feelings entangle like cherry blossom petals dancing in the wind. And so begin the many stories...... There is an English impression  
    6. Nekogami-sama to, Nanatsuboshi -Imouto no Ane-  ネコ神さまと、ななつぼし -妹の姉- [190222] Sweet & Tea 1 2 One day, while Reiji and his sister Erika are out for a walk, Reiji slips on the stone steps of a small shrine, cracks his head, and ends up at death’s door. Fortunately for him, a cat-eared girl named Fuuko appears to save his life. She says she’s a god and that, in order to save him, she put three of the seven fragments of her divine powers into him, and now they’re trapped inside. If that all wasn’t bad enough, Erika seems to have lost her memories of the accident that nearly took Reiji’s life… and mysteriously enough, she’s sprouted cat ears of her own! Reiji decides to set that problem to the side for the moment, though, because, as it turns out, not only do gods need all their powers, ordinary people don’t do so well with shards of divinity stuck inside their skulls! Unless Reiji and Fuuko can get the fragments out of Reiji and back where they belong, both of them are doomed to die. Thus, the two join forces to extract the fragments! Unfortunately, step one of most of Fuuko’s brilliant schemes for getting her powers back is: kill Reiji. She can only think of one one way to safely remove them—shocking Reiji’s heart to its very core. The one silver lining to all this is, their school, Mahiro Academy, is soon to go on summer vacation, so they’ve got a lot of free time. It’s a life-or-death race against the clock for Reiji and Fuuko! There are English reviews  
    7. Yume to Iro de Dekiteiru 夢と色でできている [190222] feng Ai and his childhood friends used to play together as part of the ‘World Defence Club’. But one day, it disbanded and one of the girls changed schools, so they gradually lost touch with one another. Now the girl who had left, Hiiro, returned and their circle of friends came together once more. However, this time their club name was the ‘Shrine Gate Defence Club’. They give advice to students for relationships, even though they themselves have no experience in romance. As they participate in club activities, they started to think about falling in love too. Just the usual feng - boring charage that does not stand out in any aspect  
    8. SPIRAL!!  [190228] Navel 1 2 Chrome is an agent for the Divine Intelligence Agency who had just finished a difficult infiltration mission when he was suddenly called in by his boss for a new task. When he was told that it was concerning the royals, he wondered what dangerous job it would be this time, so he couldn’t believe his ears when he heard what it was. “Eh? It’s just attending a school…?” “Correct. They want you to enrol as a student in the human school specified in the file I just gave you. As a human, of course.” It seems that recently the princess of the God realm was thinking about studying in the human world, so they wanted him to do some investigation in advance. He had hoped to take a much-needed break this summer, but he had no choice but to accept the mission. There are English reviews  
    9. Swallowtail -Ano Hi, Ao o Koete- スワローテイル -あの日、青を超えて- [190228] Niko 1 “On the day of the festival, let’s go steal a mask from a stall” Shou’s girlfriend Yuuna suddenly said those words on the day before the festival. She was the type who would come up with outrageous ideas all the time, but at that time he was particularly looking forward to it. She was a capricious girl who wouldn’t get close to people, but since he was worried about her, he couldn’t just let her be and before he knew, he had fallen in love with her. “I don’t want a bought mask. I want a stolen one” He unwillingly went along with her on that fateful day and carried out their plan. But the sight of her running into the crowd was the last he saw of her. Three years later, Shou had left his hometown to attend university in Tokyo and was now going out with his childhood friend Rie. Even though it’s a busy time for them with seminars having started, he fully enjoys his days studying with her. One month before the start of this year’s festival, he received a message on his phone with no sender. “On the day of the festival, let’s go steal a mask from a stall” Their frozen time together has resumed once more… Time leap game that keeps the tension till the end and is only compromised by vague ending. Might review it if find nothing in more need of attention.  
    BLOCKED   1. Kin'iro Loveriche -Golden Time-  金色ラブリッチェ-Golden Time- [190222] Saga Planets 1 2 3 This is the fandisc for "Kin'iro Loveriche" with after stories for each of the five heroines. There are also new routes for Ayaka and Caminal.
    Fandisc   2. Toshiue Kanojo no Amayaka Dousei 年上彼女のあまやか同棲 [190222] Tokohana Ryuunosuke started living by himself this summer while preparing for his entrance exams. He saw a woman in the street who was helping a mother and their child, and he was so captivated by her beauty that he also offered his help. They parted ways afterwards, but he found out later that Hinaki was actually the daughter of his next door neighbour and also his senpai at his school of choice. He was delighted to have someone suiting his tastes so close to him. Moreover, she also became his private tutor to help bring up his grades. It was like a dream and he was motivated to pass his exam, but then one day she suddenly made a surprising request. “Will you be my boyfriend?” It was because she wanted a pretend boyfriend due to certain circumstances, but he readily agreed since he already had feelings for her. An older woman that became first his private tutor, and now his girlfriend. Thus begins their exciting and intimate co-habitation life. Nukige listed for the sake of opening   3. Bukkake! Doshikoring MINUKI Max Acme Shite mo Ii Desu ka? ~Do Eroi Pose Shite Moratte Minuki Bukkake Shitara Otagai Koufun ga Dochakuso Yabai Desu~ BUKKAKE! ドシコリングMINUKIマックスアクメしてもいいですか? ~ドエロいポーズして貰って見抜きぶっかけしたらお互い興奮がドチャクソヤバイです~ [190228] Hending There are moments when a man does not want anyone to be disturbed. It was one of those moments for our protagonist, Yukiko Mamiya. He has an obsession with 'Bukkake' and it was something he would rather keep to himself. After having a rather intense session his door bell rings. He quickly goes to answer it and finds his cousin Miyayuki there. In his haste he fails to cover his lower half. But instead of shock, Miyayuki seems to be interested. She watches him closely until he splatters her face with his cum. From now on he finds his private sessions are now with different women showing him their bodies. This new masturbation life for Yukiko begins - Nukige listed for the sake of opening  
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