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  1. Foreword: Could only find one small impression (1), and it covers main points. I'll try to provide some novelty by comparing the game with the anime version. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v25 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o19Xvg1cMhE&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv-J7-CHaWYlOWzwXgTG0uAE Synopsis: Kusaka Yuu is a student that lost his will to live after the death of a dear childhood friend, until the day a mysterious girl, named Yoake Eimu, appears. From that moment on, his life would never be the same again. Hunted by Ayakashi and their hosts, the power within Yuu awakens and a never e
  2. Foreword: Heaven's Cage is a very curious find for me due to its fresh, uncommon view on MMORPG. It pleasantly surprised me on more than one occasion. Here are the results of this experience. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v1355 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4rkHG8K-TE&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv_nMwz1VgZtn0zheAWpoWfO Synopsis: This game is about a group of classmates and an online game called “Heaven’s Cage”. As they go forth and explore the virtual landscape, battling monsters and looting dungeons, they unknowingly start to get to know each other. I appears that the characters ca
  3. Memories Off #5 Togireta Film , Ayakashi and Heaven's Cage are masterpieces of the month, and I'm reviewing the latter two. The winner is Ayakashi. I refuse to acknowledge any spin-offs or sequels of Fate/Night like Fate/Hollow Ataraxia . 1. Shirogane no Torikago: The Angels with Strange Wings しろがねの鳥籠 The Angels with Strange Wings [051013] Cromwell 1 Shirogane no Torikage takes place in the city of Roddo Town. Two hundred years ago, a great war lead to the near destruction of mankind. The few people that did remain following the war started off with a clean slate, built n
  4. Foreword: Whenever a war story is covered, I always expect something like Saishuu Heiki Kanojo anime story. But in fact Gunjou no Sora o Koete is a normal charage in an unusual setting. There are enough good English reviews (1 2 3 4 5 6), so address them for a more favorable review. Game does not live up to my expectations, so I can't stop being critical about it. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v1069 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxgPzBYzKUg&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv-E2DXYizsP4bmQoMlHuSS3 Synopsis: You start off as Yashiro, one of the two first rank students in a flight comb
  5. Probably only Gunjou no Sora o Koete deserves to be called a masterpiece this month. Not really sure about Yoake Mae yori Ruri Iro na and Hanachirasu . 1. Princess Maker 4 プリンセスメーカー4 [050901] Gainax 1 2 The story begins when the player is a soldier. The player falls in love with a mysterious woman. However, she disappears, only to be found by the player few years later. She hands you the child along with Cube (The butler). And so the journey to fatherhood begins... Princess Maker 4 is highly drama-oriented. Throughout the game, there are various event s
  6. Have not played Kazoku Keikaku, to be honest. Somehow I thought it had some SIM elements. I'd start with the game that has more appealing story for you. We all stay for Romero writing in the end, but need something appealing to have a grip at first.
  7. Foreword: The reviews we have are pretty vague (1 2 3 4 5 6 7), so the impression of a very difficult work is created. I'm going to put all the dots so that there was not fear to read it. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v1278 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyO6B82c_GE&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv9G-VbjOXlAvQZqm-u8F497 Synopsis: This game tells the story of seven long-time friends. How they grew closer or further apart as they got older. The story is presented using a blog-like interface. The protagonist, Atemiya Shinobu, who was raised at a certain facility since young, had
  8. I guess my mistakes were: 1. Having high expectations and playing it blindly. 2. Playing it alongside Saihate no Ima and comparing the two absolutely different games. 3. Following a formed tsundere image as a cute small-to-middle height girl. All tsuyokiss tsundere are tall and not cute. I really take pure charage badly. Need a circle of friends or some clear plotline to follow. Or at least a strong funny common route. Unfortunately, Tsuyokiss common route is both short, not funny, and it barely touches each heroine without really having time to present them well. In indivi
  9. Foreword: I took up Tsuyokiss blindly hoping for a decent charage akin to Majikoi (same writer and also girl with katana) due to the high score this game gets. Moege equals trash for me. With such a high vote Tsuyokiss can't be a moege, right? VNDB: https://vndb.org/v397 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFHoqzMOFDY&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv-zA1QgYUTcnldJqEqo1lT5 Synopsis: Tsuyokiss is about the lives of a group of high school students and the often comedic events that occur around them. The protagonist is an ordinary boy named Leo Tsushima. He is secretly in love w
  10. Summer Comiket month still produces less than 100 VNs per month, but that does not make it easier. Saihate no Ima is the VN of the Month. Narcissu is another masterpiece. I'm reviewing both the winner and Tsuyokiss just to follow the trends of charage. 1. Narcissu [050802] Stage-nana 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 The anonymous protagonist is diagnosed with a terminal illness shortly after his twentieth birthday, and is admitted to a hospital in Mito, Ibaraki. There he meets Setsumi, a woman a few years older, who is also terminally ill. Finding that they both reject to die either in ho
  11. Foreword: I just like everything that has to do MMO. Game has a curious enough concept. The only question is how it's going to be realized. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v5344 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V6sLsNyHhw&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv_IUvdEluOx80SPFgHQF99e Synopsis: A boy addicted to internet games starts to search for his disappeared companion wizard Ken in the real world after finding some traces on the net. Will guild-mates and enemies in the game have the same personalities in the real life? Game type: Rom-com with elements of nakige about playing MMO toge
  12. Yeah, I still hate both of those. And the score 7 for me is exactly for those cases - it's either for something I liked but would not recommend to anyone or something I did not like, but I acknowledge the impact and the discussion game inspires. Being angry at characters' behavior also has some value for being able to produce strong emotions. As of recently I also figured out that I really appreciate games without girl routes. Having one character put above the story devaluates the scenario for me. And Swan Song is exactly like that. It focuses on the story and only features bad ends, normal
  13. Swan Song is the only masterpiece of the month. Things may change as I review Tashika ni Kimi wa Koko ni Ita -You were certainly here- . 1. Moero Downhill Night -Touge Saisoku Densetsu- 萌えろダウンヒルナイト -峠最速伝説- [050701] TOP 1 2 3 My name is Daichi Shou, and I'm nothing special. I tell my folks back at home that I'm a big shot, but I'm really just working a part time job delivering soba (buckwheat noodles) for a shop on the Himeda mountain ridge - I drive the route morning and evening, live in my simple apartment and banish all thoughts of fame or glory from my mind.
  14. Foreword: Again, there are already enough English reviews of this game (1 2 3 4 5). But what I noticed is that the most thorough reviews are based on the Chinese version of the game by the speakers of Chinese language. My impression presents more of a Westerner approach. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v400 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mmQ92JtDpQ&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv9MFhOSzB2n_xIyVbArHXgt Synopsis: The main character is a Japanese college student, who lost his parents in an accident and since then has been cared for by his landlady. He has a strange set of eyes, with o
  15. Swapped numbers a bit so that it becomes Tonya-Kaoru-Touka order.
  16. Foreword: This is a formal shameless review just to present a video and give score / personal impression. There is an abundance of reviews of this game in untranslated review sources (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8), and I did not even include reviews in the translated review sources. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v646 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkfbKBF3PZE&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv8HOd7D19oHjX9NAj_dJRkF Synopsis: In face of human technological advancement during the Meiji Restoration, the youkai of Japan were forced to make a hard decision: 1) To remain as youkai and watch over
  17. My initial idea was to shoot fan translation version. I'll see if I can add that additional route in the end.
  18. Both Jingai Makyou and Ayakashibito deserve to be called masterpieces this month, and I'm reviewing both. But my personal preference goes towards the latter Ayakashibito 1. Rainy Town -Eien no Basho- Rainy Town -永遠の場所- [050603] Frau Do you remember the promise made in the rain? One small hope may grow into something more... Orthodox school romance. Main character is so useless that he leads a boring life waiting for a miraculous encounter with one of six heroines. Individual "routes" only take 30 minutes including all the voiced phrases. All of them fol
  19. Foreword: I'm quite excited to see the first professional Akabei Soft2 work after their doujin past as Akabei Soft. I'm mostly interested in the initial release of the game, so review will be based on that. I'll also compare initial release with the remake Enkan no Kizuna. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v85 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOJQFOpc5cs&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv93uWlEWyCml-A4kSkxsz4E Synopsis: Touma busily lives everyday with Kasumi and Nami. One day, they receive an offer. That is to exorcize a monster. And they go hunting at night as usual. But, the monster is
  20. Princess Witches is the only masterpiece this month. I'll review first Akabei Soft2 project Tamayura 1. Touhou Kuru Ningyou 2 Alice to Issho -Alice to Eternal- 東方繰人形2 アリスといっしょ -Alice to Eternal- [050504] Coolier 1 You play as an university student. One day you stumbled upon a sleeping girl in the woods. The two of you get acquainted and made a promise to meet again. There is an English review. 2. Heartbreak ~Koi no Triangle Chuuihou~ は~とぶれいく ~恋のトライアングル注意報~ [050520] Patisserie
  21. Foreword: I only had to choose this game, because the only other somewhat curious game from April 2005 Gakuen Kaiketsu Kururi! turned out to have a horrible engine for auto-reading with voices getting constantly cut even with the latest patch, at least with win10. I want to ask sincere forgiveness from all those who like vanilla pure love visual novels. Depending on your likes, game can get even couple points more in the overall evaluation. I'm only conveying my sincere impression of this game even though I'm ill suited for that purpose. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v703 Youtube:https://ww
  22. Sanarara is the only masterpiece of the month. I'll try to hold back while reviewing Ojou-sama Kumikyoku 1. Meitantei Conan: Akatsuki no Monument 名探偵コナン 暁のモニュメント [050421] Banpresto 1 2 Akatsuki no Monument is the second Detective Conan game for Game Boy Advance and features scenario mode as well as various mini-games. The main game story kicks off with Conan, Ran and Kogorou on their way to ceremony of a newly built resort by the sea. Kogorou Mouri, as a renowned detective (thanks to Conan), was invited to the opening ceremony, while Conan and Ran are just tagging along.
  23. Foreword: I liked character designs and wide use of weapons first of all. The story looked promising. Palette is also a notable player on the visual novel scene. I ignored its first clumsy works, but it's high time for it to make a stand. VNDB: https://vndb.org/v2921 Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI4V5pl8mts&list=PLs4Gp5VU4Fv8VGk_kffrtrok065Qddm24 Synopsis: Main character is an agent of a space development company. He receives a task from his assassinated boss to attack a certain laboratory and destroy girl Theta who represents an important research. He executes th
  24. Never thought of Henri end as a bad one. For some reason I liked it the most. Oh, well, maybe I just favor angels over humanity I have pretenses to the conflict resolution, but theater presentation and much more involving dialogues than in previous Nitroplus visual novels impressed me a lot in this game. Unevenness of the routes also pleasantly surprised me compared to very similar heroines routes in the previous Nitroplus titles. There aren't many games that I like, so I treasure each such occurrence when I can really enjoy reading a story.
  25. Parfait ~Chocolat Second Brew~ is the only masterpiece this month. I'll try to find some merit in the less known game MERI+DIA ~Maria Diana~ 1. Blue Flow ブルーフロウ [050304] Kogado Studio You can't learn the value of piece unless you experience war. World war breaks out after hundreds of peaceful centuries. The starting point is invasion of Allied Planetary Forces to the planet Nectal controlled by the Earth government. The defenders put up a fierce fight using giant robots as main weapons. Main character gets trapped with his two friends during this invasi
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