November 2013 Eroge Releases

November 1, 2013 at 12:01 am 18 comments

Having an imouto makes you more popular. It also makes this month a lot more interesting, but then again anything beats having only 7 releases like last month. ensemble presents their third title with a trap protagonist with Sakura Mau Otome no Rondo, while you can enjoy a period of popularity under your imouto’s watchful (and jealous) eyes in Hulotte’s Imouto no Okage de Motesugite Yabai.. There’s also plenty of parenting guidance available in ALcot Honey Comb’s Aka-san to Kyuuketsuki and Chuable Soft’s Wagaya no Himegami-sama.

“Having an imouto makes you more popular.” seems to be the conclusion of most games this month. Just goes to show not all ideas are theory of relativity. In some ways I am kind of glad this month is so full of the sisterphile games, with so many sooner or later the industry will try another gimmick to avoid the constant competition. Just as a candle burns out faster the hotter it is, the more of these crappy siblings we get out of the way the sooner things can go back to normal with people making decent games for more than just a “Moe” child calling the protagonist onii-chan.

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Electro Arms -Realize Digital Dimension-

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Company: light
Game site: Electro Arms -Realize Digital Dimension-
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
There’s an urban legend that one can attain superpowers if they start up an app under moonlight while facing Roppongi Hills. While it’s an unfounded rumour, there indeed exists an application called “Electro Carrier”, distributed by the huge company Igel, which accesses the life-changing MMORPG “Electro Arms” upon proper start-up. The world transforms into a virtual one using the new system ‘Realize’, with floating monolith dungeons to explore, and an arena for players to battle, and each player is bestowed various ‘arms’. Reiji was delighted in this unrealistic scene and wished to make his shitty life into an interesting one. But is there a hidden motive behind Electro Arms?

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Sounds kinda like SAO, but this setting fits light perfectly. A bunch of delinquents battling in a virtual world with giant weapons in a flashy manner… this should be pleasing for the chuuni-loving folks. Especially since the protagonist is an outlaw. I’d be lying if I wouldn’t play something like this from time to time. I’d keep a cautious eye on those GMs though. Note that the game uses a lite version of the E-mote system from Witch’s Garden, although it really doesn’t add anything. Actually it looks pretty bad.

I am so sick of the MMO or any game immersion plot line crap, it was old before the original .hack, now its just beating a dead horse into dust. It’s one thing if it was done well and somehow interesting, but so far they have all followed similar formulas. There is little to no point in not making a story just basic sci fi or fantasy, the game element is little more than a gimmick and easy plot loopholes. Light games have steadily been getting worse of late, to the point I find little to no interest in their concepts let alone the problems they have with writing. A shame to see yet another company go the way of Type Moon and Nitro+.

HHG Megami no Shuuen

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Company: ういんどみる (Windmill)
Game site: HHG 女神の終焉
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
This is another telling of Hyper→Highspeed→Genius with a new set of heroines aside from returning protagonist Kyuushirou and heroine Mephisto. When Kyuushirou woke up, he had lost his memories and didn’t even know his own name until his imouto Hikari told him. They attend Hazuki Gakuen, a public school for training geniuses to become the ‘saintess’. His head hurt just from hearing the word ‘saintess’. It’s as if it carried an important meaning to him in the past, but he cannot remember it.

He met three girls at the school: the most saintly Nadeshiko from Yayoi Gakuen, the leader-in-waiting for the saintess’ knightage at Saint April Gakuen, Fiana, and the genius Sally who attends the magic and ‘gift’-researching Kisaragi Magic Academy and who is the only one in the world with three ‘gifts’. He had a premonition that if one of them became the saintess, then the world will be destroyed.

Furthermore, there was someone after his life. The mysterious assailant Reigetsu told him that his presence in this world will cause its collapse. However, at that moment, his hidden ‘gift’ awakened – ‘hyper highspeed’, the ability to have infinitely many parallel thoughts. Then, he came upon a giant library where he had a sense of déjà vu. A girl who looked just like Hikari greeted him: “Long time no see, or should it be nice to meet you? I am Mephisto and I am on your side to destroy this world”.

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It may sound like it’s just a spinoff, but there’s actually a connection to the final route in the original game, so it should be considered more as a sequel. Of course, you could play it without having played the original too. Mephisto/Hikari is already enough reason to play. Long live imoutos!

Whether it is called a sequel or a fandisk or a remake or even a new game the original idea was unworthy of additional attention to begin with. Just throwing random terms out doesn’t suddenly make a poorly written and planned out story good by any stretch. These settings based around arbitrary magical girl type development take the most basic of eroge formula then try to spice it up by changing the names for some elements. Suddenly calling a table a stapler does not make some new, revolutionary, or even interesting story about the legendary carpenter who made it for his sickly imouto infused with the feelings of love he had for her when the blood he coughed up from his dying breath caused by inhaling splinters while making it seeped into the wood. Nor does giving her the ability to transform into naked child who can summon a tutu in a suggestive pose to a generic background called the power of biscuit turn the story about her sealing a dark lustful contract with her beloved bloody table in exchange to something somehow deep and meaningful. I wish the makers of eroge would realize making up a random power to give character is not creative, nor does it change anything from the generic high school romance aside from the words used. Everything here is as basic as an eroge gets, from the story to the character designs. I can only assume that maybe people like to let themselves be fooled into thinking that giving a girl the name of a demon from a famous story turns her into something other than generic transfer student A who changes the protagonists view on the setting and gets the story moving.

I personally don’t mind the basic eroge setting. In the end, it’s all about the presentation. A legendary carpenter or the power of biscuit might make you try a title, but what keeps you playing is if they can keep you interested to the end. So I’m not worried about random terms and stuff like that. If that’s what floats your boat, so be it.

The problem I have is the underhanded nature of it all. When marketing a game they make it look new and creative by renaming common fixtures and themes in almost all eroge. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet just as garbage by any other name would smell as foul, so I take offence at them calling garbage a rose for the association value. If they want to make a standard game, fine, when done well even I enjoy those, but don’t try to lie about what your product is.

Aneimo Neo+ Second Sisters

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Company: bootUP!
Game site: あねいもNeo+ Second Sisters
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
This is a full remake of Aneimo Neo with 8 total heroines. New heroines Asuka and Reiko join Mai and Nana, while subheroines Takami, Hazuki, Sakura and Sawako are all elevated to heroine status. The only thing that would make me play this new version is the route for Shirou’s classmate/osananajimi Hazuki, who is voiced by Hirayama Saya (Sinsemilla‘s Sakuya).

I never did approve of these types of remakes. The idea reminds me of DLC content, especially the type that EA games is known for where they restrict content from the core game just so they can charge you extra for it later.

Amatarasu Riddle Star

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Company: seal-QUALIA
Game site: あまたらすリドルスター
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
This is the first game by seal-QUALIA, softhouse-seal’s new ‘pure love’ brand. Takaya is bored every day, so much that he agrees to go along with his osananajimi Yua’s strange requests. Tonight, it was a picnic at night while watching the stars. Seeing a shooting star, Yua hurriedly wished for something exciting to happen… and the shooting star crashed near their school, although it doesn’t seem like it created a crater from afar. They were dumbfounded by what they’ve seen, just as another shooting star shot by. This time, Yua wished that it wouldn’t land in the town… and it crashed in front of them instead. In the cloud of dust, a white-haired bunny-eared girl jumped out and ran towards the town. They ran after her and were surprised when they saw the new form of their school.

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It’s interesting to see softhouse-seal try making a full-priced title which isn’t focused on comedy and ecchi. There’s definitely has a fairy-tale feel and a child-like ‘wishing upon a shooting star’ theme. I love these types of stories which are based around Alice in Wonderland. I’m not sure how much ‘story’ there will be, considering the writers mostly have experience in ecchi comedies only, but it’s at least got my attention. Of course, mostly because of the ultra-adorable Kokoro. There’s even a chippaizuri in the gallery!

I feel Takaya’s pain as reading the same plot about the same characters in the same setting roughly ten to twenty times a month can get old. Considering the relationship to softhouse seal I have to admit I am surprised the “Pure love” story is not about the protagonist getting hit by said meteor only to gain the ability to grope the girls from his ghostly form as a gift from the shinigami sent to take his soul so he can fulfill his dreams and rest in peace. Generally it seems when out of ideas for a romantic game eroge writers fall back on fairy tales, wishes, and shooting stars, or in this case why not combine both for extra points.

You need to be more in tune with your inner child!

My inner child doesn’t like lame stories or girls that look and act his age, they give him cooties.

Oh, that explains why you like those onee-chan types.

My inner child simply has refined tastes. But then again anything is better than gazing lustfully at a ten year old because she calls you “Onii-chan” *cough*.

Soshite Kirameku Otome to Himitsu no Gojou

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Company: ねこねこソフト (NekoNekoSoft)
Game site: そして煌めく乙女と秘密^5
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
Due to certain circumstances, Tetsuo’s imouto Yuri was accepted into Saint Ouka Gakuin, a girls’ school for the upper class. Since she was quite shy and only a member of the lower-middle class, she thought it would be impossible for her and looked to her oniichan for help. It ended up with him dressing up as a girl and attending school with her. However, he wasn’t a pretty boy or a natural trap, but just a manly man. With his broad shoulders and muscular frame, he was constantly watched by dubious eyes and Yuri did her best to help keep his secret.

One day, a fellow dormmate Shizuka invited him to join the drama club since they were lacking people to play male roles and he would be a good fit with his manly frame. After Tetsuo and Yuri joined, they discovered the club’s secret: it is actually a place for those girls who are deathly afraid of males to overcome their fear via practice.

NekoNekoSoft advertises the game as a ‘super moe-ge’ and you can’t go wrong with a bunch of lolis. Don’t worry, they’re all 18 or over, including the 25 year old chibi sensei. A NekoNekoSoft imouto is reason enough for me to play, and the cast is quite good too (Miru, Natsuno Koori, Fujimori Yukina). I liked Yukiiro and am interested to see a non-‘iro’ title which doesn’t use the childhood setup. The twist on the trap protagonist is a good start, although those ojousamas must be pretty dense (or sheltered) to accept it so readily. I’m not here for untoward reasons! I’m just here to help my imouto!

As much as I would like to see a crossdressing story about a buff and manly protagonist, here we are obviously not going to be given a game for it. This is how I view the people who would enjoy such a pedophiles delight of a game. Aside from the excuses to get in the pants of children there is no actual story worth reading or characters worth consideration to be seen within a few miles of the game so no need to bother saying more here.

Meguru Kisetsu no Yakusoku to, Tsunaida Sono Te no Nukumori to

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Company: だんでらいおん (Dandelion)
Game site: めぐる季節の約束と、つないだその手のぬくもりと
Release date: November 29, 2013 Delayed to winter 2014
Comments:
New release date after being pushed back from July. Akira can’t remember anything from his childhood, however it doesn’t bother him since he still enjoys a relatively normal life. One day, he was led to an abandoned amusement park by a cat, and he had a vision of many people there, coupled with hearing the noises of the crowds. His forgotten feelings, wishes and memories… To fulfill the promise from that day long long ago, Akira’s frozen clock had once again begin to move.

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The story follows the area cultural research society, led by ever-inquisitive leader Ayame and the protagonist Akira. Dandelion often has mysterious plots which don’t really end up amounting to much in the end. What’s most interesting is the kouhai Komachi, who uses a Kansai accent. Neko’s also like a nice ‘bro’ who you can talk about ero with, and doesn’t care if you see her chippai. I found the constant use of the OP melody as a BGM to be a bit annoying.

Luckily after this post I won’t remember the game, nor will most people.  Some things happen that act as a catalyst and excuse for heroine type characters to fall for the protagonist, and thus the story comes to an end after a few H scenes.

Love Majo!

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Company: ミスリル ソフトウェア (Mithril Software)
Game site: らぶ魔女!-LOVE MAJYO!-
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
This is the debut title by Mithril Software. One rainy day at the park, Naoya broke the precious pendant of Ichika, a girl who he had just met. She told him that it wasn’t just an accessory, but the ‘full moon crystal’, the source of magical power for a witch. If it wasn’t fixed within three weeks, then she will revert to being just a normal girl. In order to restore the crystal, she must extract the witch’s power which went into his body. Of course, that meant doing ecchi things with him every day!

A nukige by new writers from a new company. The illustrator is Kizuki Erika, who last worked on SMILE’s Loveressive. The main heroine is Ichika, so you better like her since that’s where most of the H scenes will be coming from. You get to choose what type of H (similar to Love Lab) and it employs a ‘tsun→dere system’ where her actions change as you repeat certain positions. It seems like there’s still some scenes (including 3P) for imouto Hinano. I wonder why regaining magical power often involves having sex like bunnies?

Nukige, also known as verbose HCG. Sex is used for magical power because its an easy solution without the need to care about what you are writing. When things are forced onto the characters by the setting or powers outside of their control, the usual restraints on logic are gone, even more so when an imaginary concept like magic is used to explain it.

Otome Switch ~Kare ga Motteru Kanojo no Remocon~

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Company: Digital Cute
Game site: オトメスイッチ ~彼が持ってる彼女のリモコン~
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
Haruki is a normal guy with normal grades and looks, a twin imouto and of course still a virgin. However, one thing that set him apart from others is his vibrator fetish. Of course, it’s not something that he would tell others, so he has kept it a secret for over 10 years. At his school, there are two girls out of his league: the beautiful and smart honour student Fumika who is respected by all, and the cute and lively Natsuya, who most guys want as their girlfriend. For some reason, they have vibrators under their panties and the remotes are in his hands!? Moreover, it wasn’t just to satisfy his fetish, but it’s also the key to solving the girls’ problems?

The main feature is the DVS (dokodemo vibe system) where you can turn the vibrator on and off anytime, causing real-time reactions from the heroines. But it’s not just for pranks, the story can change depending on the setting of the remote. Well, we can’t fault Digital Cute for catering to certain fetishes and their past titles Musumaker and Burunyanman were entertaining, to say the least. Vibrators seem pretty tame, but it’s a matter of time before there’s some more hardcore scenes. Especially with adult shop Erocute’s Cookie-san. Don’t get fooled by that meek exterior and watch your back!!

If the protagonist has such a fetish for vibrations can’t he just take up learning a musical instrument?

Natsuiro Macchiato

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Company: Maple software
Game site: 夏色マキアート
Release date: November 29, 2013 Delayed to March 28, 2014
Comments:
This is Maple software’s first game. The protagonist loves online games and one day, he spent too much on the gacha while trying to get a rare item. After his parents received a bill for an amount enough for a family to stay at a nice hotel, they told him to either quit playing or earn his own money to fund his gaming. So he ended up doing part-time at the family restaurant Fortuna where his classmates Madoka and Emily, as well as the student council president Marina, also worked.

Shortly after starting work, he heard about a rumour from the store manager about a major chain restaurant which was to open nearby. He went to the rival shop to do some scouting and found his classmate Akane working there. At that time, the owner’s loafing son was arguing with her and he chased him out of the store. Thankful for his intervention, Akane asked him to help her at the store. However, the success of this major chain restaurant would endanger the future for Fortuna.

Does it really matter which side he supported? In the end, he’ll earn some money so he can blow it on ship daughters gachas. I’ve learned early on to avoid gachas like the plague. With two of the three writers also having worked on Heart’s Annaffiare, the story likely won’t be much different, albeit in a family restaurant setting instead.

Seemingly desperate to appeal to potential readers by way of a relatable protagonist rather than an investment into story or even characters. How utterly spontaneous and unexpected that some classmates and the student council president essentially fall into his lap when he takes a job forced upon him by situation circumstances. So convenient they all just happen to work with and go to school with him isn’t it?

Kazoku Keikaku Re:Tsumugu It

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Company: ディーオー (D.O.)
Game site: 家族計画 Re:紡ぐ糸
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
This is a renewal version of D.O.’s popular 2001 title Kazoku Keikaku. Tsukasa had never felt the warmth of family after losing his parents when he was small. One day, he helped a girl Haruka who collapsed in a back alley and ended up living together with her even though he was the type not to forge close ties with anyone. Soon he was surrounded by other problematic people, all of whom had one thing in common: they all did not have family to call their own. These total strangers decided to live under the same roof as if they were a true family for mutual benefit: “family project”.

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It’s another well known title from over 10 years ago, although the new artwork isn’t that much more polished than the original. The cast is also voiced by different seiyuus as expected. A more dramatic choice than last month’s Green Green, but I’d prefer the latter instead.

It seems that the eroge industry has reached the same point as Hollywood. When nothing else comes to mind just remake and re-release the same content from a decade or so ago under the guise of updating.

Wagaya no Himegami-sama!

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Company: チュアブルソフト (Chuable Soft)
Game site: 我が家のヒメガミさまっ!
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
On the night of the summer festival, lightning struck the sacred tree at the shrine and a tiny girl appeared in the root, just like in Kaguya-hime. Takuya ended up taking care of her since she was quite attached to him. Afterwards, his miko classmate Shiori and famous swordswoman senpai Tsubaki declared that they will live with him too, and his osananajimi Kei seemed closer than before. Hime was actually the child of God and when she suddenly became an adult, it posed a ton of problems for him since she still acted like a kid. How is he supposed to treat her? Like his daughter? His classmate? Or the daughter of God?

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All girls love a responsible family man and what better way to show your parenting skills by picking up a young one, especially when you can skip through the bratty stage. Of course, the focus here is on the warmth of family, similar to their previous title Sweet Robin Girl (although I doubt that small Hime is a viable heroine). I like a good heartwarming story; let’s hope that this doesn’t end in pained separation like in Kaguya-hime. Kei reminds me a lot of LOVELY QUEST‘s Hami, especially with her deep blushing. Ahhh… twintails are nice…

Apparently kidnapping random children to claim as your own is the theme of the month. Of course a humanoid pet would appear to attract heroines like a magnet designed for that express purpose. Pretty much the same game everyone has played a hundred times before plus the god girl gimmick to try and look different. In the end though fitting a character into the setting that acts as the focus for everything is no different than every other lackluster game out to make a quick buck at the expense of the readers.

Sakura Mau Otome no Rondo

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Company: ensemble
Game site: 桜舞う乙女のロンド
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
Aoi and his imouto Yuri have lived overseas since they were small, moving from place to place while following their father’s work. One day, it would decided that his father’s new job would be in a southern country where the sun’s rays beats down hard. However, since their mother thought it would not be good for the weak Yuri to come with them, the two of them were sent back to Japan.

They were enrolled into upstanding boys’ and girls’ schools run by their aunt, but he was told to dress up as a girl and join Yuri at the girls’ school Ouka Gakuen instead since her mother was worried about Yuri and wanted Aoi by her side Since everyone was interested in the homecoming siblings, they were soon recruited into the student council ‘Ouka-kai’ and became the center of attention at the school. Moreover, his aunt told him to also show up at the boys’ school Kikka Gakuen from time to time, resulting in Aoi leading a very busy double life.

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Do you see a common theme here? The responsible oniichan goes to great lengths to protect and support his precious imouto. It doesn’t matter if he’s a manly man or a baby-faced trap. I love how ensemble does the cross-dressing in noble girls’ school setting. You could say they’ve inherited the torch from Caramel Box. The art is quite pretty and I look forward to lots of sappy romance with innocent maidens. So delicious!

Not the best reasoning to get the protagonist cross dressing at a girls school by any means. It is rather tiring seeing the setting force everything in such nonsensical ways just to speed the whole process up and reach a quick standard resolution and H scenes with the chosen heroine. While the game is dull it has more potential than most this month. It would however be nice if they chose to put more work into the story, setting and characters from the start. All that had to be done to make the setting less about forcing the protagonist to cannonball in a Mcdonalds playhouse ball pit of heroine fodder, and more about a gentle and gradual series of slight nudges towards the desired direction. At least without inflicting blunt force trauma to their victims skull in an attempt to convince them the protagonist is cross dressing at a girls school with conveniently missing parents, they could have maybe fooled people into believing in a game with a standard design but good writing.

Izayoi no Fortuna

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Company: Lapis lazuli
Game site: 十六夜のフォルトゥーナ
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
Kaoru left home and travelled across Japan from place to place due to some circumstances. When he arrived at the small town of Gojou, situated between the sea and mountains, he collapsed due to the intense heat and was taken in by the resident sister Lucia. He decided to stay a while in the town to repay her kindness. Afterwards, his cousin Otome appeared, having followed him all the way to this town, and he also met the mysterious twins Kona and Shigure. He had always been searching for how to use his freedom after having broken away from the bonds of destiny. Are all these chance happenings the work of goddess of fate?

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This game uses an ATS (active time scene) system where you can change perspective when the protagonist isn’t around. It’s not a requirement to see the other side, but just some bonus scenes. This has a similar feel to Lapis lazuli’s previous work Areas, which wasn’t that well received. However, the characters are cute, especially the twins (Kona is voiced by Agumi Oto!). Now that I think about it, there sure are a lot of twins in eroge. It’s like a 2-for-1 deal. The trial was pretty slow early on, but was quite captivating later on as Kona’s true nature is revealed. Kaoru has the ability to see the future, but does he have the ability to change it as well? Will they be able to find the culprit?

This feels as though they took a fantasy style plot and tried to adapt it to a more modern setting. That said nothing about the game suggests much depth to the story or characters, instead leaning towards monotony with the summary revealing the entire story that anyone would care about.

Hina to Issho

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Company: イグジット (Ex-iT)
Game site: 雛といっしょ
Release date: November 29, 2013 Delayed to December 20, 2013
Comments:
This is the fandisk for Hiyoko Strike!‘s imouto Hina, who had gathered over 70% of votes in the chara poll. Lots of ichaicha and sense of immorality await in this middle-priced extended epilogue of Hina’s route. Who could say no to more imouto?

Fandisk where I wish we could be over the sister fad already.

Aka-san to Kyuuketsuki.

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Company: ALcot ハニカム (ALcot HoneyComb)
Game site: 赤さんと吸血鬼。
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
It was an odd time for Yuu to transfer to Niiyatomori Gakuen. Other than being able to fall fast asleep anywhere, he’s a pretty normal guy. Within half a month, he had made three friends. Shuugetsu is smart, handsome and a model student… if he could just keep his mouth shut. Shuugetsu’s osananajimi Kamui is an active girl who looks like a cool beauty… except she turns awfully delusional at the sight of anything cute. The long black-haired student council president Konoha is perfect in every way… until at important moments when extreme nervousness takes over.

The four of them are the only members of a dormitory within the school premises, which will be closed down for reasons relating to the declining birthrate. One day, a new transfer student and dorm mate arrived. The blond-haired Alexandra and her maid Ingot said they came to Japan to study meteorology, but she has a secret. Then one day, they found a child left behind in front of the dormitory.

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Two child-raising games in the same month? Maybe these protagonists aren’t totally useless after all. Or maybe it’s a sign that the eroge player base is changing? Kuwashima Rein’s artwork is nice and clean, but I wonder about the choice of Ootsuki Suzuki as the writer for a title from what’s known to be a chara/moe-ge company. The characters are all peculiar in their own ways, and it’s a bit obvious what Alexandra/Axelina/Axel’s secret is from the title. It should set up for a nice comedy. Still not sure why they threw in a kid. It’s even a boy. You’ve got competition now!

Just bleed the brat and use it to feed the new girl, two birds with one stone and the game can get back to being a generic save the club / dormitory / school story. Honestly the whole child raising bit is a major turn off for me, I mean to start with who leaves children lying around for random teenage boys to pick up and care for in the hopes of getting in the closest girls pants? Then again the inclusion of mysterious blood sucking transfer student does not help matters much either as neither the setting nor story calls for her inclusion.

My*Sister

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Company: フルールソフト (Fleur-soft)
Game site: 妹*シスター
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
This is the debut title by Fleur-soft. Yukito lives with his two cute imoutos Mashiro and Leia, enjoying his school life with them by his side, even as he is tempted by their sweet charms. However, due to a certain incident, they and his kouhai Sora who lives nearby have been more aggressive for his love.

A blood-related imouto, non-blood-related imouto and fake imouto (she calls him Yuki-nii). It’s great to be surrounded by all kinds of imoutos, although I wish there was some balance in the chest area as well. It seems like a group of newcomers who wish to take advantage of the imouto wave. There was only one sprite for each character in the trial. Pass since there’s enough imouto-ge this month without having to resort to a nukige.

So, hopefully the avalanche of little sister themed games causes a drought to follow for the next few decades or centuries or ideally millennia.

I’d wish for better imouto-ge than this one if this was the last of them (which it won’t be, unfortunately for you).

Imouto no Okage de Motesugite Yabai.

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Company: ユロット (HULOTTE)
Game site: 妹のおかげでモテすぎてヤバい。
Release date: November 29, 2013
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One year ago, Tokiya fell in love with Kanae at first sight. For the purpose of declaring his feelings for her, he underwent hell-like training from his imouto Meguri and studied like mad to enter her school Seimatsurika Gakuen. However, Tokiya was quite the introverted person and didn’t have any confidence. Meguri suggested that he use the Asasaka family’s hidden technique ‘kokkai no gi’, which can make females attracted to him and give him a period of popularity, at the expense of the possibility of marriage in the future.

Tokiya did the ceremony clinging on to this last hope and immediately saw its effect on Meguri. Freshly confident, he confessed to Kanae under the sakura tree. However, she replied that they should start off as friends. Why didn’t the technique work as expected? He resigned himself to starting off as friends with her, but It seems that other cute girls are trying to seduce him!

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The OP makes it clear that this is like a story taken straight out of a light novel. And I also have something that I want everyone to know: Meguri is the true end! She’s such a cute imouto who’s kind and understanding and would do anything for her nii-san, so it’s obvious that he’ll choose her in the end. She’s voiced by Haruka Sora (With Ribbon‘s Haruka, Cocoro@Function!‘s Mina, Berry’s‘ Yuna and of course, Daito‘s Kanasuke). There’ll be lots of other heroines coming for you, and you’ll have to turn them all down one by one… BUT! You have to do it! Do it for your imouto!

I suppose I should be happy they made an attempt to explain why all things female follow the protagonist around like a mother duck. But then once again it is just trying to force the relationship to rush through a generic common route and typical heroine routes. At least without the ceremony I would have considered it a standard game and thus reliant on how well written it was, not put off by the cheap excuse for girls to be all over him. While the standard format is hopelessly overused the writing is what ends up making such a game enjoyable or a waste of time. There is nothing wrong with a game that is fun to read even if not interesting, but when a company chooses a cop out added onto a story with the usual setting, chances are pretty good that the writing itself is bland at best.

Mirai Senki Slavenil

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Company: STARGAZER
Game site: 未来戦姫 スレイブニル
Release date: November 29, 2013
Comments:
This is STARGAZER’s debut title. Katana had a dream one day: he was the ultimate ruler on a giant battleship floating in space, meeting his loyal and admiring subjects. This moment of unspeakable bliss was shattered by a sharp pain in his chest. He saw blood when he put his hand to his chest and wondered if he was going to die. Even though he knew it was a dream, he felt extreme loss and sadness as he fell… into the arms of a naked girl. She told him that even though this was just a dream, it could happen at a later time and that she would protect him.

Katana woke up confused and found the same naked girl in front of him. She introduced herself as EXE, a war maiden called ‘slavenil’, sent to protect him… or at least get his genes if she failed to do so. Four other girls later appeared, also after his life or genes. They were the space pirate Yuraha, the princess of a fallen kingdom Tsukino, the assassin Nao, and another slavenil EXA. In the middle of the fierce fight among them, it happened that they all moved in with him. What will happen to Kanata and these five girls?

Well, that’s obvious: they had lots and lots of sex. There’s some mecha in this game, but we all know it’s not the focus. The thing that stands out would be animation in the PV and the music being done by heavy metal band BLOOD STAIN CHILD (I’m not a fan of this genre). Also, the trial was pretty ridiculous. What the hell did I just play? Those slavenil outfits offer little protection…

Well on the plus side they tried something different, so kudos to Stargazer for trying, they get an A for effort. That said, they can now hop back on their short bus gold star sticker in hand. Next time maybe they will realize it takes more than a mostly naked robo girl with a giant super soaker revolver to make a game good. At least the game teaches anyone reading not to run suspicious .exe files from strangers.

Micchi’s Top 3 for This Month

  1. Sakura Mau Otome no Rondo
  2. Imouto no Okage de Motesugite Yabai.
  3. Amatarasu Riddle Star

Zen’s Top 3 for This Month

  1. Aka-san to Kyuuketsuki. <-Because there is no little sister focus.
  2. Amatarasu Riddle Star <- Because there is no little sister focus.
  3. Electro Arms -Realize Digital Dimension- <- Because there is no little sister focus.

Otome Switch‘s OP is strangely addictive… kuru~ kuru~

Please invest in a new fad eroge makers, “Imouto moe” is so old they are grannies now, do these people really have a fetish for old ladies?

Imoutos are not a fad. They are part of our existence. I don’t expect someone who prefers onee-chans to understand.

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  • 1. gangrelion  |  November 1, 2013 at 12:54 am

    I am surprised with the number of games coming out this month that I didn’t knew about. Now I am not so sure which one I should play.
    I will definitely play “Soshite Kirameku Otome to Himitsu no Gojou” just because of how it mess up with the “bishonen disguised as a girl” plot, I am honestly tired of this setting and it was about time someone did a parody of that!
    I am sure I will also play “Hina to Issho” just because I like Hina, of course!

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  • 2. Aero  |  November 1, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Not really any good OPs this month >____>.

    Oh wait, the games? Nothing particularly stands out

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    • 3. Muhammad Wildianurahman  |  November 6, 2013 at 8:39 am

      I kinda agree with you. Some VN that released in this month made it into my backlog, but none of them made it to my “definitely playing” list in this month.

      Reply
  • 4. Britannia  |  November 1, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Looks like another backlog month, there was at least 1 or 2 interesting titles last month, don’t see anything interesting here

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  • 5. Famichip  |  November 1, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Aka-san to Kyuuketsuki, that’s probably the only one I’m gonna try from the above list of games~

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  • 6. Asheld  |  November 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Chuuni games yay. Trap games also yay. The new HHG is also nice since the previous ended on a somewhat questionable note. Then there’s the new Venusblood which is double the yay. Particularly with the nice character designs I’ve seen.

    It’s going to be a fun month in a variety of meanings since there’s a little of everything to read, a balanced month which is perfectly in my favor.

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  • 7. gangrelion  |  November 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I just find weird and interesting how the general opinion for this month releases is so negative. I wonder what could be the reason behind this. Maybe there are just too many imoutos.

    Reply
  • 8. Hod  |  November 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Has there been a game with both imoutos and onee-chans? It should satisfy both your tastes?

    Reply
  • 9. Morricane  |  November 5, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Lol Blood Stain Child and eroge.
    That…was unexpected.

    Reply
  • 10. Muhammad Wildianurahman  |  November 6, 2013 at 8:53 am

    No VN in this month that made me really want to play them right away. At least some of them made it into my backlog list.

    Backlog:
    -HHG Megami no Shuuen
    -Amatarasu Riddle Star
    -Meguru Kisetsu no Yakusoku to, Tsunaida Sono Te no Nukumori to
    -Sakura Mau Otome no Rondo
    -Izayoi no Fortuna
    -Imouto no Okage de Motesugite Yabai

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  • 11. sapi  |  November 9, 2013 at 1:58 am

    what a selfish month, they should share it with the previous month instead

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  • 12. Akimoto Kazuma  |  November 9, 2013 at 7:10 am

    There is hardly any worth to play game (story-wise) in this month release. Well, five of these hit my fetish zone so I’ll play it but really, I wanted something with appealing story for a change.

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  • 13. Micchi  |  November 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    @Aero: I haven’t seen many good OPs lately either. Come to think of it, I need to start compiling for the year end post…

    @gangrelion: NEVER!!

    @Hod: There’s been plenty, although many of those end up being nukige. Then there’s Hitoren where you have an older and younger sister… and neither are heroines. Haha…

    @Akimoto Kazuma: Well, most important thing is that you enjoy playing it! Satisfy your cravings!

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  • 14. takumi  |  November 12, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Finaly Imouto no Okage de Motesugite Yabai the vn I waiting will comeout this month

    Reply
  • 15. maho0o  |  November 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    While I totaly understand that it’s the green op’s (what was his name again? I only remember Micchi) role to be the voice always (or almost aways) pointing out what’s bad in games and in the industry.
    But I do not believe that remaking good titles is bad in on itself, or that it’s shows any flaw with the current state of the industry (again in on itstelf anyway).
    While the example of Hollywood surely makes a point (but hey, the new Daw of the Dead wasn’t that bad… right?) there is another example that brings positive light on this and which is closer to the eroge industry: the game industry.
    That’s right, what about the recent remakes of Baldur’s gate? They re-did exeptional games, in hd, with current system compatibility and maybe added a few extra things in there.
    To me there is no way things can go bad with this, if they only choose very good games that deserve it (and are old enough obviously) it can’t lower the quality of overall eroge production. Of course one can argue that a lot of other games deserve a remake more than kazoku keikaku but that’s another point all together.

    Also if this proves to work, maybe I’ll see a remake of fate that will have that legendary Ilya route (that was cancelled before production! damn you type moon!)… Wait do I really want an Ilya route after all? I mean, I’m not sure. The heroine doesn’t seem to be that appealing anymore and it would probably be the gorest fate route, with most tiger dojos…

    So yeah, ignore the crazy part of this comment, all in all I think remakes are a good thing, if handle properly.

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    • 16. Zen  |  January 8, 2014 at 2:56 am

      I never said all were bad, even I enjoy a remake here and there. However if Bioware had been stuck making games like Icewind Dale 1, where there was pretty much no story at all, just dungeon after pointless dungeon to eat up time for the last ten years, would remaking Baldur’s Gate be the same? This is the problem I have with both the eroge industry and hollywood, they are not re releasing old games with some improvements as a service to fans, but because they have no other ideas to work with and so are milking what had previously been successful. Were eroge still making new games and coming up with fun ideas, I would have no problems with going back and re releasing some older gems for a new generation who may have missed it. When used as a fallback because people don’t care anymore to cash in on past glory it is difficult to commend a company for it.

      In summary, don’t bastardize the re release by adding “improvements” that conflict with the original game, and don’t rely on old games when all else fails. I would not be surprised to see Type-Moon re-release Tsukihime, which would make reading the game a lot easier and I would certainly enjoy that, I would still condemn them for it because of their track record since the release of Fate has been nothing aside from remakes, spinoffs, and terrible games that were quickly forgotten.

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      • 17. Amoirsp  |  January 9, 2014 at 2:32 am

        On a random note I played Akatoki’s newer version which was released late November. It was fun. The “improvements” didn’t conflict with the original game at all. I have no idea if the new content only applied to the original or if it was also on the FD or not.

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  • 18. Aka-san to Kyuuketsuki Eroge Review | Kumitan  |  January 29, 2014 at 10:54 am

    […] It was an odd time for Yuu to transfer to Niiyatomori Gakuen. Other than being able to fall fast asleep anywhere, he’s a pretty normal guy. Within half a month, he had made three friends. Shuugetsu is smart, handsome and a model student… if he could just keep his mouth shut. Shuugetsu’s osananajimi Kamui is an active girl who looks like a cool beauty… except she turns awfully delusional at the sight of anything cute. The long black-haired student council president Konoha is perfect in every way… until at important moments when extreme nervousness takes over. The four of them are the only members of a dormitory within the school premises, which will be closed down for reasons relating to the declining birthrate. One day, a new transfer student and dorm mate arrived. The blond-haired Alexandra and her maid Ingot said they came to Japan to study meteorology, but she has a secret. Then one day, they found a child left in front of the dormitory. (from Michii) […]

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