November 2014 Eroge Releases

November 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm 14 comments

Another packed month awaits erogamers, highlighted by sprite’s high-flying Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm. It also seems to be a month with lots of transfer students, including the son of the demon king in Windmill’s Harukaze Sensation, a trap diva in ensemble’s Otome ga Kanaderu Koi no Aria, and a loli that wants nothing to do with you in Chuable Soft’s Zannen na Ore-tachi no Seishun Jijou. Me? I’ll be busy playing with my smartphone app in PULLTOP’s fandisc Cocoro@Function! NEO.

A large amount of releases does not mean there will be a large number of good games worth playing sadly, Oh how I wish that were the case though. Unfortunately this month has more mediocre games than anything else. A few games so terrible they make me physically cringe, but nothing present that radiantly glows with an aura of must have.

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Bunny Paradise ~Koibito Zenin Bunny-ka Keikaku~

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Company: SkyFish poco
Game site: Bunny Paradise ばにぱら ~恋人全員バニー化計画~
Release date: November 28, 2014
Comments:
New release date after being pushed back from September. The prestigious girls’ school Usagino Gakuen is rumoured to be full of cute girls. Shinsuke graduated from a top-tier university and was expected to be the heir of his father’s zaibatsu, which is one of the directors of the school. However, he loves bunny girls more than anyone should. The school’s prestige has taken a hit in recent times and he decided to become a teacher there to help rebuild it and prove his worthiness as the zaibatsu’s successor at the same time. He proclaimed that the cause was a lack of etiquette, shyness and desire to serve among the girls. His perfect plan was to create a ‘bunny club’ at the school and train all the students as bunny girls, who exemplify all these positive traits.

From Pochi to Nyan Cafe to Bunny Paradise. The first two didn’t have a good story and this most likely won’t buck the trend. The girls are all well-stacked and mimic the Playboy bunnies (complete with the bunny dip). These aren’t the bunnies I ordered! Where’s my refund?

Hugh Hefner Sim.

Considering there’s a goat sim, there’s likely an audience for this as well.

Rather, this may as well be called “Eroge best friend fantasy sim”, so all those who feel sorry for the poor guys make for a good audience.

ChuSinGura46+1 Bushi no Kodou

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Company: インレ (Inre)
Game site: ChuSinGura46+1 -忠臣蔵46+1- 武士の鼓動
Release date: November 28, 2014
Comments:
This is the fandisk for ChuSinGura46+1. Suguha and the 47 ronin were able to thwart the massive plot. However, now he was faced with a new problem: due to a certain event, they all began vying for his love! What will become of him when he’s tempted by all the brave and beautiful ladies across the land?

In addition, there’ll be a shocking revelation about the unexplained ’empty time’ from the original game. Waiting for them was the Shinsengumi ‘Mibu no Ookami’ (wolves of Mibu)! It seems that they have time-slipped to the late Tokugawa period!

This must be exciting news for fans of the series, which was one of the best received games last year. They probably have enough material with the Shinsengumi to create a completely new game, but wanted to link the two for some interesting crossovers. With so many characters, it’ll probably end up more like a nukige, with some H scenes being animated. There’s even one with an octopus.

Fandisk for a cheesy game.

VenusBlood -HYPNO-

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Company: dualtail
Game site: VenusBlood -HYPNO-
Release date: November 28, 2014
Comments:
This is the 8th game in dualtail’s VenusBlood hardcore corruption SLG series. Since the olden days, the sacred land of Helvetia prospered under the goddess El Nath. However, it had now fallen into the hands of the demon queens who conspired to defeat her since being sealed underground in the hell-like Ishta. Their pact of mutual non-interference was broken when Calvia displayed unsettling action against the other three and they declared war in return.

Even when she was totally surrounded, Calvia still did not doubt that she would be victorious. This was because she had the secret ‘pitch black’ unit under her command, which had been vital in securing a critical victory against the goddess in the past. Leonhart was in charge of this unit, which was regarded as war heroes, yet their existence remained covered up in history. With the new battlefield as his stage, his ambitions are about to take flight!

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In this game, you aspire to defeat the four demon lords and make them your slaves. You can control up to 18 units at a time, with plentiful H scenes either in victory or defeat. After the second level of brainwashing, the heroines’ looks change as they awaken to their true nature. Although it’s a very technical battle game, you can easily modify the difficulty level, so even beginners will be able to enjoy it. In fact, there’s even an auto-win button if you only want to follow the story.

If you don’t mind the dark aspect, the VenusBlood series is pretty fun to read with plenty of scheming and backstabbing. Of course, there’s plenty of great corruption H scenes, as some of my fellow erogamers would attest. This particular rendition focuses on brainwashing, although the outcome is basically the same. I don’t really care to challenge myself in the SLG part, but if that’s up your alley, the system is quite complicated. I’m more fascinated at Leonhart’s thirst for revenge for his and Anora’s currently condition. Knowing their backstory, you can’t help but wish for their success, no?

Not my type of game as neither the excessive H content nor primitive gameplay entice me, however every one of these games needs an instant win button, especially when playing through the game multiple times.

Sister Scheme 3

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Company: ミンク (Mink)
Game site: しすたー・すきーむ3
Release date: November 28, 2014 Delayed to December 19, 2014
Comments:
Chihaya has a beautiful older sister Akane, who is very popular among the boys at the school. She loves him greatly as a younger brother, but he thought that they should not have romantic feelings for each other. However, he was unable to get a girlfriend, either because of his standards possibly being elevated due to his older sister or that others viewed them as a couple. He did not give up on his dream, but one day, he received a letter which threatened to divulge his secret if he didn’t deep kiss his older sister at school within two days.

Surprisingly at that time, his osananajimi who had moved away, Sayumi, appeared before him. Her father had remarried his mother, so she would now be living with him, to his astonishment. This change of circumstances caused much tension between him and his older sister. What was the origin of the threatening letter and what will happen to his love life from now on?

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Yet another lucky bastard who gets an imouto. I’m not sure who’s sending the letters, but they are all random ‘tasks’ which seem to further their relationship. Maybe it’s Akane’s scheme all along! Well, regardless, I won’t be playing this since the interface is very cheap, with pixelated transition scenes and silly sound effects. Sayumi is pretty cute though, even if she seems like a throw-in here.

Throwing bricks labeled “Imouto” or Onee san” at someones face in the name of plot is not the way to develop characters nor a story, so I’ll be passing.

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Hanitsuma

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Company: bootUP!
Game site: はにつま
Release date: November 28, 2014
Comments:
The executive position of Kirishima heavy industries has been passed down through the Akatsuki household for generations. As the only son of the Akatsuki household, Hibiki was obligated to inherit the position under the strict guidance of his father Raiden. Even though there was great hope placed upon his shoulders, he felt that it was only a burden. While he dutifully followed orders as a kid, he grew more rebellious against his father as the years passed. When it was time for him to change schools, he left his home in Tokyo for the far-away city of Nishiro to attend Narumi Gakuen and live at the Akatsuki household’s villa Kagura-tei there.

With the residence’s manager Misato helping him, he spent peaceful days free from interference from his father. However, these peaceful days which he had long yearned for were ruined with the visit of his fiancée Aoi. She decided to come live with him at Kagura-tei so that she can get to know him better before their marriage. He had never heard about having a fiancée and had strong feelings against it. However, he couldn’t just slam the door in her face, so he agreed to live together with her for a little while. In the end, he wasn’t able to escape his father even after leaving far away from home.

However, after meeting Aoi and living together with her, there was a great change in his heart. No longer was he running away every day from his father’s pressure; he had finally found a life where he felt comfortable. Now having understood how he could not escape reality, he resolved to face it head on.

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If the writer Nagano Hiroyuki is a fan of small destroyers, he’s probably disappointed that the illustrator Shinonome Kazuhiko doesn’t share his preference for smooth runways. The theme isn’t too different from bootUP’s previous game Aneimo Neo+. I wouldn’t mind Aoi as I like her personality, but the game itself doesn’t interest me much. The imouto-like Isuzu has too small of a head; her breasts are as big as it! There’s something wrong with that!

While not a awful setup, there is nothing here special in any way that merits the game being chosen over any other. Story wise the game tries too hard to bring the protagonist to an isolated and unsupervised dorm style location along with the excuse for his fiance. A better setting may have been in his actual home, so the elements of his background have an impact other than driving him out, and a setting that forces him into H scenes. That aside the artist does need to improve in the proportions department. Hopefully since the art is all CG some practice will be enough to make perfect in future games.

Hen Koi ≒ Kuro Rekishi

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Company: あかねそふと (Akane Soft)
Game site: へんこい 変恋≒黒歴史
Release date: November 28, 2014
Comments:
This is the first title by Akane Soft. There has always been a great rivalry between the manga research club and the literature club at Oujou Gakuen. No one knows how long this rivalry has lasted, but their quarrels are famous at the school, especially during the culture festival. However, there was a shocking incident this year. The manga research club’s secret journal which is always hidden from view and never leaves the club room somehow ended up in the hands of the literature club! If this became public, then they might have to close their booth at the culture festival, or even worse, the club might be disbanded.

Hiroyuki heard about this incident from his friend Satoshi from the manga research club, but he did not think it concerned him. That was until he learned that it contained the delusional writings (black history) which they had written together in the past. He would do anything to get it back. If the contents became known, then his school life will be ruined!

He was sent to infiltrate the literature club. Even though he didn’t see eye-to-eye with the literature club’s deputy leader Juri due to a previous accident, he was somehow able to join the club. He found it in total disarray since they were finalizing the preparations for the culture festival on a short notice. They probably would have normally been a bit more guarded, but now wasn’t the time to worry about such small things. He helped the members with their preparations to get closer to them, as he investigated the whereabouts of the journal.

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The story is written by three scenario writers who worked on such brilliant works like Starlight Idol, Kozukuri Shiyou yo Souma-kun and the still-not-released Notonoto. After playing the two trials (one of which didn’t really tell much about the story at all), my suspicions were confirmed: the story isn’t that good. It’s supposed to be a gag game, but the jokes just aren’t funny. It’s just a bunch of weirdos doing random stuff every day. The most interesting things were the odd H scenes (jelly in the ass) and what sounds like maracas in the H scene BGM. Shake it baby!

When Micchi complains about a story being bad, you know it has to be an absolute train wreck of awful. With that out of the way, what a dumb premise, maybe it is just me but club focused games in general tend to turn out to be ugly ducklings from start to finish. A club or clubs being a side theme that is a part of the protagonist or some other characters life is perfectly fine, as a primary theme that drives the central plot it is at best a bad idea, and at worst criminally incompetent. If you are after more than just the repeated gags found in every eroge, and actually care about story, writing, and characters, then a good rule of them is to avoid club based games on principle.

Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru!

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Company: ALcot ハニカム (ALcot Honey Comb)
Game site: キミのとなりで恋してる!
Release date: November 28, 2014
Comments:
Akito’s parents wed late in life after repeated failed marriage meetings. They both passed away a few years ago due to illness. In their last words, they lamented not having found their love while they were young. Now the track and field club’s manager at Keisen Gakuen, a sudden decision was forced upon him. His grandmother Chiyo was worried about her grandson’s future after his parent’s failed marriage and tearfully appealed to him to find a bride while she’s still alive. If he was unable to do so within a week, then he would be forced to marry whomever she chooses.

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Tonakoi is the latest in ALcot Honey Comb’s light novel series, featuring a new writer (Own Goal). There’s yet another damai in Megumi, whose gimmick is that she likes playing with his nipples. Yeah, you read that right. But I’ll accept my imouto the way they are. He’s got his osananajimis Rina and Nagisa, as well as newcomer Ryouka, to choose from. Nagisa and Ryouka both end up living with him, but it’s not just a happy wedding in living room. As with other ALcot Honey Comb titles, there’s drama which gradually unfolds: Nagisa and Akito’s complicated relationship, Rina’s lack of interest in relationships, Ryouka’s aspirations and Akito’s past. Nagisa is pretty cute and I’d love to have an osananajimi bride like her. Also, grandma Chiyo is quite a hoot.

When unable to think of something to write an eroge about, kill off or otherwise remove the protagonists parents and have grandparents force the unlucky protagonist into cheap H scenes supposedly for the sake of marriage one way or another. Using some variation of the aforementioned eroge plot sums up far more games than it should, and just once I would appreciate a company actually putting in the effort to convince me their version is worth playing. In this case his apparently soon to be dead grandmother rushes things along with the grace and subtlety of a four hundred pound Chippendale’s dancer giving a lap dance. A better approach would have been his parents dying in a car accident which he survived while a bit traumatized, either years ago or right before the story so he was sent to live with his grandmother. As she gets older she begins meddling and or trying to guilt him into relationships in the hope of marriage, great grandchildren and so on. From there they could have built up all the characters backgrounds histories and slowly introduced them in various ways building up the atmosphere and characters in parallel. Instead we get a dollar store eroge template filled with forgettable characters and average writing. Try harder with the next half assed rushed to completion game you release Alcot Honey Comb. One I won’t be saying the same a month or two from now, so I might at least be able to convince myself they put some minimal effort in.

His parents still end up dead in your version!

Well it is still an eroge, some things just can’t be helped, as is tradition, they won’t be missed thanks to the comfort of heroine buffet.

Cocoro@Function! NEO

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Company: PULLTOP
Game site: ココロ@ファンクション! NEO(Network Enhanced Operation)
Release date: November 28, 2014
Comments:
This is the fandisk for Cocoro@Function!. It includes an after story for Mina and Hijiri, an ‘if’ story for subheroine Chie where Taiyou did not create the CFC, and a full story with Asagao and Bell which follows Asagao’s route in the original game. Some H scenes will also use the motion event movie system from Konosora SP.

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MORE BELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

Fandisk for a game I don’t even remember, so have fun if you liked whatever this game was about.

Otome ga Kanaderu Koi no Aria

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Company: ensemble
Game site: 乙女が奏でる恋のアリア
Release date: November 28, 2014
Comments:
Tsukasa is a sopranista-in-training, a male who can sing in the same vocal range as a female soprano. He had been studying overseas for the past year and came back to Japan a month early for vacation to surprise his parents. However, they were gone for a trip and were having the house fully renovated while away, so he ended up without a place to stay. After deciding to live alone for the month, he met a girl named Ayaka by chance when she heard him sing at the park. She told him that she had been looking for someone who could sing like him and wanted him to come to her school to sing at the upcoming festival. Even though he was troubled at the sudden request, he wasn’t able to turn her down and ended up at Shinou Gakuen, a European-style girls’ school.

“W-Wait! D-Didn’t I tell you I’m a boy?”
“But with your looks and voice…”

His complaints fell on deaf ears and after being dressed up in girls’ clothes, he was surprised when he looked in the mirror. Tsukasa agreed to attend Miou Gakuen for the month as a girl, Izumi, and star as a ‘diva’ at the Shinou-sai one month later.

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ensemble is going back to what they do best: trap games. The festival is basically a hide-and-seek competition with a team of 3 knights (valchiria) who must find their utahime/diva by following her voice. If they meet the other team, then they must battle (no bloodshed here). It’s a very important festival at the school that is full of tradition; that’s why Ayaka was searching so hard for a replacement diva after one stepped down.

The trial was really long, following either Mikoto or Kotori’s route until the reveal (his gender cover is blown). The story moves at a good pace and all the characters are likeable. Tsukasa doesn’t have as much appeal as the other ensemble traps, but he is a good guy/girl/nee-sama. The cast is great and my only complaint is that the character designs are a bit all over the place since there’s five illustrators. I’m still looking forward to this as a relaxing game.

Was it really necessary to have him overseas come back and have no parents? Not only is that rather unbelievable, but really could they not think of any better way to strand our gender ambiguous protagonist away from the parents that keep it in his pants and a roof that keeps him out of girls schools without the nonsense? So many better ways to do that which wouldn’t have taken all that long to deal with either. To offer up a quick example, Ms. protagonist could have been “scouted” by a teacher or student who heard him sing and not knowing it was an all girls school was forced to cross dress for the sake of scholarship or something along those lines. At least then the parents could have stayed involved and given room for writing in various gags based on keeping them away from the school. But alas, we are dismissively thrown a standard eroge “Protagonist has bad luck, and thus with no one else to rely on is forced to cross dress.” game. I can only hope the rest of the game has more effort put into it, but it is rather hard to hope when so little effort was put in right from the start.

Well, he’s only there for a month for the purpose of the festival. No one’s forcing him to do it, but he consented since he’s a nice guy/girl.

The curse of eroge, can never say no to a girl. That said though, the premise is still flimsy, and could use some alterations.

Zannen na Ore-tachi no Seishun Jijou

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Company: チュアブルソフト (Chuable Soft)
Game site: 残念な俺達の青春事情
Release date: November 28, 2014
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“Greetings, plebs.”

Those poison-laced words said with a sneering smile were transfer student Rinne’s first words… and she immediately regretted saying them. That’s because Yutaka took an immediate interest in her and it was the first step in his quest to make her join the unofficial student council. From that day on, her life changed, for better or for worse.

There is no one in this world who is perfect as we all have our own deficiencies. That’s why it’s important for us to join hands and be together with others.

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Rinne is definitely not perfect… unless you’re a do-M who loves black-haired twintailed lolis (I can think of a few already…). I like the theme of the game, as well as the metaphor given in the trial: everyone is a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, but those ‘deficiencies’ interlock with others to form a beautiful picture. All four heroines are definitely ‘zannen’: sharp-tongued Rinne who’s a poor communicator, penny-pinching Chimachi, housework-inept Natsume, and Sakuya… who’s just a total idiot. The goal of the unofficial student council is to have fun, although it might seem like they’re just bullying her sometimes (nekomimi! nekomimi! nekomimi!). There’s plenty of manzai, gags, meta jokes, but they also manage to fit in some dramatic moments. It’s kinda like Haganai on overdrive. Pretty good for some laughs.

Over the top charage. Basically the game is just taking standard heroine archetypes, then stretching them till their primary traits are a little more extreme, the end. Story? None. Development? Virtually non existent. Comedy? Check.

Harukaze Sensation!

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Company: ういんどみるOasis (Windmill Oasis)
Game site: 春風センセーション!
Release date: November 28, 2014
Comments:
The human world has friendly relations with both the barren demon world and the lushly-forested spirit world. This spring, the demon king’s third son, Touma, came to study abroad at Shikikaze Gakuen in the human world. It was his first time in another world and he was excited to gain more experience for the future. Shortly thereafter, a student from the spirit world, Haruka, asked him to be her husband. Now, a spring breeze is blowing through the human world.

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What a lucky sukebe. He even gets to do it with the subheroines too. Once you finish the routes, you’ll get more intense H scenes too. The art is by Ko~cha and Fujiwara Warawara, although it seems a bit different than usual. Naruse Mia is back as the SD artist, as well as voicing Kotetsu. And if Naruse Mia is there, then most likely Agumi Oto is too! She may be using a pseudonym, but my ears won’t deceive me! She’s voicing Touma’s maid Ayame under the name Unohara Tsukino. That pretty much sparks my interest, even in a packed month like this one. I don’t know why they delayed the game a few months to use E-mote for H scenes too, since it doesn’t look that great.

Probably the hardest type of game to write about, as it is neither great nor awful, it just is what it is.

Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm

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Company: sprite
Game site: 蒼の彼方のフォーリズム
Release date: November 28, 2014
Comments:
New release date after being pushed back from September. In Masaya’s world, flying is as simple as riding a bike; all you need to do is strap on a pair of anti-graviton shoes. He used to be considered a child prodigy of the popular sport ‘flying circus’, but he stopped after suffering a crushing defeat. However, he regained his passion for the sport while teaching the transfer student Asuka how to fly. So, he returns to the sky, this time while holding Asuka’s hand. How high can they fly together?

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I’ve played both of sprite/fairys’ games thanks to the great art and relaxing feel drawing me in, not to mention their OPs as well. As good as Imaimo was, it’s nice to see them make an 18+ title again. It’s a different set of writers from Koichoco, so I think the endings will turn out better this time. They’ve previously worked on Grisaia and Natsukumo. I’m not going to question how shoes can make you fly and take it at face value. I like sport themes, so I was really into Asuka’s first match against Reiko, cheering for her. The prodigy-turned-coach theme kinda reminds me of Sensuibu!, among others. The heroines are all really charming and I’m definitely going to play all the routes!

Canvas2 with booties instead of paintbrushes, and minus the tiresome and poorly written student council election of earth shattering importance from KoiChoco.

Perfect! I enjoyed Canvas2 a lot and didn’t care much for the election part in Koichoco.

Well… when you put it that way both apply to me as well, but my implication was how poorly written Canvas2 was. Sure it was better than games today, but it was painfully obvious they had zero understanding of their subject matter. In this case I expect a similar attempt for the protagonist, without the same quality of writing Canvas2 had.

I played through the first three chapters and it feels just like an anime, complete with great art and music and previews of the next chapter. The matches are exciting and the rivals are intriguing. It’s much easier to get into than an election. I’m looking forward to this game the most and the (soon-to-be-mine) Mashiro tapestry~ Mmm~

Koisuru Kanojo no Bukiyou na Butai

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Company: CUBE
Game site: 恋する彼女の不器用な舞台
Release date: November 28, 2014
Comments:
The students at Hayakubo Gakuen are all excited about the upcoming culture festival. However, the clubs with not many members have a problem on their hands: if they don’t complete the task that the student council assigned them for the festival, then their club will be disbanded.

For the literary club which Ichigo was part of, they must prove that they deserve a club room and funds by selling 100 copies of their latest work. His osananajimi Mayuu, who used to be a famous actress, was worried about losing a place to call her own, while his kouhai and writer Sena had no desire to join another club. However, they had only sold 35 copies at the last festival and they couldn’t see how they could meet their goal with only the three of them in the club.

The leader of the 2-member drama club, Momoka, came to them and offered them with a solution. Their club would be disbanded if they didn’t put on a great play at the culture festival, so she asked them to write a script for them and also to take part in the play. She also wanted Mayuu to return to the stage. Will the literature club and drama club successfully complete their tasks?

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CUBE’s games are quite hit-or-miss. Kurafuta and Natsu no Ame are pretty good, but your diary is one of the most boring games ever (and a waste of Kantoku’s art). Well, Kantoku is back, but this time it’s with the writers from Kurafuta. This made me much more relieved and willing to at least try it out. All the heroines start off with high affection for him, and he’s oblivious to it as any eroge protagonist would be. Mayuu’s definitely the main heroine; she’s cute, but something feels off about her mannerism. Momoka’s childish behaviour combined with the drooping eyes (垂れ目) makes her my favourite. Hau~ omochikaeri~! (It’s not because she’s a 71A. Really.)

See what I said above about club games and apply here. In fact this is probably the worst type of the lot, arbitrary school rules bound to the setting that force the plot and protagonist along the rails of the story. Given this is Cube however this game is probably pretty bad, as other than Natsu no Ame being great they have been unable to even reach the level of eroge par, how sad is that in this day and age? Even though my policy is to take each game on its own merit, not only do things start out poorly at best, but their previous game was the single worst game I have ever had the misfortune of even glancing at, which counts for something against them. I may have given Cube another chance if the setup wasn’t so lazy, but all it does this time is prove the writing is going to be just as poor as Your Diary was. As far as the artist, they are just as bad as the Your Diary writing was. Stylistic choices aside, the artist’s shading is amateur plus their expression and poses are wooden and emotionless. There is more emotion put into stick figures than this hacks so called “art”. Can we please have the Natsu no Ame team back? I’ll beg if I have to Cube.

Minamoto Airu also worked on your diary, but if you’re referring to Konno Asta, the last major title he worked on was PULLTOP’s Konosora.

I mean the entire team, none of them alone have done much, at least nothing worth mentioning.

Hotarubi no Shoujo

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Company: 地雷ソフト (Jirai Soft)
Game site: 螢火ノ少女
Release date: November 28, 2014
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The solitary island of Kyuubi-jima lies in the Sea of Japan. It was named after the legendary nine-tailed fox after a shard of the sesshouseki (killing stone) had reached the island when it died. However, many people left the island to escape from the inauspicious name, and before long the island had its name changed to Hotarubi-jima (light of the fireflies). However, even with its new beautiful name, an ominous shadow still casts over the island.

Natsuki lost his mother when he was born and moved at a young age to Hotarubi-jima when his father remarried, along with his two new imoutos. But his surroundings changed completely after the accidental death of his father. Taking care of three kids was deemed too much for his sickly mother-in-law Kaede, so Natsuki and his youngest sister Tsugumi were taken in by relatives outside of the island, while his other sister Madoka remained on the island as the successor of the Tsukumo household.

Many years later, Madoka suddenly vanished and there were whispers among the islanders that she was spirited away. No one could find her, so she was considered as dead by an accident. News of Madoka’s death reached Natsuki and Tsugumi on the mainland. However, Kaede prohibited their return to the island and they were unable to attend her funeral. A few years after that, Tsugumi suddenly received a letter from Madoka, simply telling them to come to the island. After discussing it with Natsuki, they decided to return to Hotarubi-jima to find out the truth behind the letter. They soon learned about the sad truth and cruel past of their family clan, as well as the secret of the island.

With only low-rated nukige under scenario writer Maeyama Nobuyori’s belt, I can’t help but feel this game will be a landmine. There’s many better games this month for me to play this. Pass.

I have to agree with Micchi here. At first glance the plot may not seem so bad, but there is a lot of unnecessary convolution to it, and the back and forth of the protagonist points to poor writing. Even were that not the case however, there is still the issue of how inept the attempt at creating a mysterious atmosphere is. A much better approach would have been to have things occur after moving to the island the first time, very slowly and subtly while keeping a normal eroge feeling on the surface. Throwing everything in the protagonists face along with the conclusion that something unnatural may have or already be happening is amateur, as it doesn’t leave room for doubt in the reader.

Micchi’s Top 5 for This Month

  1. Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
  2. Cocoro@Function! NEO
  3. Zannen na Ore-tachi no Seishun Jijou
  4. Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru!
  5. Otome ga Kanaderu Koi no Aria

Zen’s Top 3 for This Month

  1. Otome ga Kanaderu Koi no Aria
  2. Harukaze Sensation!
  3. Archeage

BELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Think if I hit your head hard enough it would ring and make you forget all about the sisters and their childhood friend ilk?

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Aero  |  November 10, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Nothing really appeals to me this much…which is kinda good because Hoshi Ori looks like it’s gonna take me ages.

    Reply
  • 2. Mizuhashi Yusuke  |  November 10, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Kimi no Tonari de Koi Shiteru!
    Cocoro@Function! NEO
    Koisuru Kanojo no Bukiyou na Butai

    Reply
  • 3. IceD  |  November 10, 2014 at 9:03 am

    The only thing worthy of this month is that it makes me stick to my backlog like nothing else.

    Reply
  • 4. xmex  |  November 10, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Wait isn’t it suppose to be “Sugaha + the 46 Ronin” ?

    Since the +1 one in Chushingura 46+1 is well Suguha.

    Reply
  • 5. sane person  |  November 10, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    boku no hitori sensou.

    Yes, not yet, but that’s pretty much the only one worth looking forward to.

    Reply
  • 6. gustave154  |  November 11, 2014 at 12:24 am

    woah very good lineup for this month for me!

    Reply
  • 7. hellbro  |  November 11, 2014 at 11:05 am

    everything looks so bad I am not even sure how to describe this month.

    Reply
  • 8. joyjason  |  November 11, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Ensemble game, and that’s it.

    All other games look like trash, and will probably be one too.
    And I think someone was on crack when he played Kurafuta, since that game was all about having sex with your twin siblings and just that. dafaqm8?

    Reply
  • 9. akerou  |  November 11, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    That ensemble game looks like they renamed the characters and copy pasted the same game once again ;x

    Gonna play Aokana for sure and then maybe Koikano, just because of Mayu.

    Reply
  • 10. Takumi75  |  November 12, 2014 at 6:49 am

    I cannot stot laughing when played Visual novel Zannen na Ore-tachi no Seishun Jijou Trial Edition. this visual novel heroine is really funny and the Protagonist also :)

    Reply
  • 11. V-do Setia  |  November 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Aokana and C@F! NEO for sure!
    Chie and BELL FTW!

    Reply
  • 12. V-do Setia  |  November 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Oh, GOD! Aokana gets anime!

    Reply
    • 13. kiinoshita  |  December 1, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      How does it get an anime when the game did not even come out yet lol. Whoever played the game must of really saw potential considering they don’t even know how well the game will do. W/E might just be an OVA

      Reply
  • 14. Kupopo  |  November 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Lol didnt expect archeage to be on the list. Game is nice but my account got banned for reasons beyond my imaginations and I am still waiting for their reply.

    Reply

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