VN of the Month January 2010 - Rune Lord

A nice busy month. I'd only call Rune Lord and Harukaze dori ni, Tomarigi o. 2nd Story ~Tsuki no Tobira to Umi no Kakera~ masterpieces with traditionally chunige having the upper hand over charage. As for review, won't be any this month. Will only review couple games per year, probably with video playthroughs properly backed up, will see when first appealing for review game shows up. As usual, Micchi is mostly interested in fandiscs.

1. Last Window: Mayonaka no Yakusoku ラストウィンドウ 真夜中の約束 [100114] Cing 112 3 4 5 6  
It is the sequel to Hotel Dusk: Room 215, starring protagonist Kyle Hyde and being placed one year after the events of its predecessor.The game has visual and audio styles similar to the first game's. In this game, Kyle Hyde finds himself in the Cape West Apartments, Los Angeles, in 1980. The story of this sequel is separate from the first game's, even though it includes some connections with it.
Console release, but localized and highly evaluated

2. Rain Memory -Amayadori- Rain memory-あまやどり- [100122] Flap 
Basically there’s a guy who hates rain and he meets a girl whose name is Rein.
Short looped novel with just one heroine and confusion between dream and reality. After three laps relations become clear. Game was sold for like a quarter of normal price.

3. Ar Tonelico III ~Sekai Shuuen no Hikigane wa Shoujo no Uta ga Hiku~ アルトネリコ3 世界終焉の引鉄は少女の詩が弾く [100128] Gust 11 2 3 4 
Ar Tonelico 3's story unfolds on another tower located in the same world as Ar Tonelico and Metafalss, the towers that provided the settings of the two prequels. On the third tower, Sol Cluster, a ruling regime of Reyvateils oppresses humans as lower-class citizens. The protagonist is a young construction worker by the name of Aoto. He has never liked the Reyvateil nation of Clusternia, and when he encounters an amnesiac Reyvateil named Saki who is being pursued by them, this animosity turns into outright hostility. The two are joined in their escape by another Reyvateil, Finnel, who possesses a secret and accompanies them for reasons of her own.
RPG is localized and has English reviews.

4. Mirai Nikki -13 Ninme no Nikki Shoyuusha- 未来日記 -13人目の日記所有者- [100128] Kadokawa Shoten 1  
Based from a manga by Sakae Esuno. The game introduces Kirisaki Azami as the thirteenth diary owner.
The game also has a system called "Yandere Operation", where Yuno will taking an action based on player's choices when her bar is full, which can be a bad or a good thing. Player can also looking at their diary in the game, although it will automatically be done every time the entry affects the story.
PSP Manga spin-off

5. airy[F]airy ~Easter of Sant' Ariccia~ airy[F]airy ~Easter of Sant' Ariccia~ [100129] RococoWorks 1 
There is a large sacred tree in Alicia Forest near the village of Nemi. Once every year it’ll glow and if a couple vows to love each other under its glow, they will live happily ever after. Elmo is preparing for the the annual Easter of Sant’Ariccia festival. His adoptive father disappeared 3 months ago and he had to take over the graveyard duties. Every Tuesday midnight, he has to participate in the battle of ‘Eremita’. If he loses, Tuesday will be stolen from this world.
There is an English review. I actually played it in the past and can't recommend it either. Exotic slow-paced slice-of-life without ability to concentrate on anything.

6. Curefull! キュアフル! [100129] Giga
Yuuya is a talented soccer player and he was going to enter via a scholarship, but he suffered a leg injury shortly before admission and the scholarship was revoked. Now he had to take the entrance examination as a regular student and he was depressed and wanted to give up. Enter his childhood friend Haruna, who was like an older sister to him, cheering him on to do his best so that they can be together. After making it in with her support, he finds out that the cheerleading club Haruna is part of is in danger of disbanding. He understands the power of the cheering spirit and decides to join the club to help keep it alive.
Even more boring than previous Giga same themed work Cheerful.

7. Doinaka Channel 5 ~Kochira Suzune Gakuen Housou-bu~ ド田舎ちゃんねる5~こちら鈴音学園放送部~ [100129] Hamham Soft
Doinaka Channel 5 takes place in the countryside. Keisuke and the Suzunone Gakuen broadcast club are asked to help make a TV program to promote the town. However, each segment will be capped at 5 minutes.
Two previous games of Hamham Soft were pretty much nukige, so even bakage looks like a step forward. We choose a girl, location and theme of a program and shoot it with the outcome of either satisfied or angry sponsor. Only the program itself is interesting, and thanks to high variability interest can keep up for a while.

8. Harukaze dori ni, Tomarigi o. 2nd Story ~Tsuki no Tobira to Umi no Kakera~ はるかぜどりに、とまりぎを。2nd Story ~月の扉と海の欠片~ [100129] SkyFish
Global warming had caused the water to rise, covering more than half the land. At the same time, an outbreak of the Satori disease wiped out half of the world’s population. It is said that everyone has been infected with the disease and it’s only a matter of time before the symptoms show. While at the hospital, Wataru meets Akari and her kindness and smile captures his heart.
Prequel was rather difficult to understand, but this time it's a straightforward poetic and only occasionally sad love story on the brink of world's collapse. Both main heroines and sub heroines are full of charm, so it's a decent charage.

9. Id -Rebirth Session- id[イド]-Rebirth Session- [100129] Rootnuko 1 2 3  
Shirou runs a detective office. One day, Sakura visits his office. She is actually a younger sister of Shirou's old friend. "I would like you to find my older brother..."
There is a cafe near his office called Cafe Seaside, it is located in an isolated place. A rumor about the cafe spreads through the internet and people start gathering the cafe, 12 boys and girls. The master of the cafe in mask tells them about his plan, then they get on a ship and arrive on a small island. But what for? Various mysterious cases., endless serial killing, who is the culprit...?
There is an English review



10. Kagura Gakuen Ki 神楽学園記 [100129] Debo no Su Seisakusho
A murder case happens at school. Nazuna is a miko. She is often sent to the scene of the crime when the case is about monsters. As she investigates the case, she meets Kouta. He is actually half human and half monster. Nazuna starts pursuing him. But one day, a female student goes missing... Also, Ibuki, another miko, transfers to the school...
All Kagura games are RPG with violation on defeat in focus

11. Mercuria ~Mizu no Miyako ni Koi no Hanataba o~ メルクリア ~水の都に恋の花束を~ [100129] Hearts 1  
One day, Wataru, Himiko, Ai and Seishuu accidentally fall into a shining puddle on their way to school. When they put their heads our of the surface, they find that they are in another world called Imbruglia. The girl standing in front of them is actually Princess of the country. To go back to their world, they join a magic school...
There is an English review

12. Narikiri Bakappuru! "Hontou wa, Anta to Nante Ichaichashitaku Naindakarane!" なりきりバカップル!「本当は、アンタとなんてイチャイチャしたくないんだからねっ!」 [100129] Nel
Shinichi is a pretty typical guy, except that his childhood friend who lives next door is one of the smartest and most beautiful girls in the school. Her name is Kanami and their relationship is akin to siblings since they’ve been together for so long. One day when they were taking shelter from the rain, they accidentally broke an old relic and Hiwa, the fox spirit that rules over the land, punished them by placing a curse on them. Soon, the school views them as a couple and their parents wants them to marry, even though they don’t have feelings for each other. The only way to break this ‘curse’ is to kiss each other whenever they’re told to.
Game is based around kisses and flirt. There is a good variety of four heroines, plus bonus one that is not cursed. Evaluation greatly depends on affinity to such concept and individual heroine appeal.

13. Otome Renshin Prister 乙女恋心プリスター [100129] Escu:de 1
In a nameless world where there is a ring of light in the sky and a giant tower on the ground, there exists mysterious living things called ‘Pristers’ which are alter-egos for the girls they follow. There’s a big event to determine the ‘magic girl’ and each of the 3 kingdoms send their own team to compete for the title.
Raising SIM with an English review

14. Rune Lord ルーンロオド [100129] Clock Up team Dyo 1 2
Seigi is just an average but passionate student, who is addicted to manga and anime. He also belongs to the virtual club. The club is like the anime club or manga club, just watching anime videos or enjoying plastic models.
One day, he sees a UFO flying down to his school. To check it, he sneaks into school at night and finds a huge robot...
There are English reviews.

15. Seirei Tenshou ~Kowareyuku Sekai no Shoujo-tachi~ 精霊天翔~壊れゆく世界の少女たち~ [100129] Xuse 1 2
The world of Kougyoku (crystal). A world that was told to hold the legendary medicine, "Inochi no Shizuku" (Life Drop). Many were those who tried searching for it, but nobody was able to find passage to the world.
Christopher Tangram, a treasure hunter for life. Wielding the 5th rank Eternity Sword, "Ryuushou" (dragon flight), he has been able to obtain a map with the world of Kougyoku's coordinates on it. Riding his trusty airship within the branches of Jikanju (Tree of chronicle), he flies toward his destination. But...
There are monsters dancing in the sky. There are people getting slaughtered with no place to escape. And the island of treasures is nowhere to be found. There are girls fighting against the innumerable abominations. Their elegant bodies a bad match for their graceless weapons, the girls lash out with their Eternity Swords. They who are born from this world of Kougyoku are the kin of Cryst.
Christopher, as an outsider, is mistaken as the Hero by the Cryst race, and asked to save the world before its ruination. He came looking for a treasure, but was drawn into a deadly war. All the while looking for the treasure, his battle to save the world of Kougyoku and the Cryst race begins here.
Scroller has English reviews.

16. Shapeshifter シェイプシフター [100129] Age 1  
Yuuma is caught in a fierce battle and a pretty girl comes to his aid. Her name is Natia and she intends to protect him and the town from destruction. He greatly wishes to be able to help her, and that’s when a bright light envelops them and Natia’s weapon transforms into a giant sword. So a normal boy will become the key to saving the world... no, the universe!
There is an English review.

17. Sugar Coat Freaks シュガーコートフリークス [100129] Littlewitch 1 
Haru is a second year student at the prestigious Ruritania Royal College. One day, a small girl appears and issues him an order. She is Tamahime, a princess from the distant Oukoku, who wanted to try living the life of a commoner. To this end, she pretends to be Haru’s little sister Tamako and transfers into Ruritania.
There is an English review.

18. Tsukisome no Kasa -the end of scarlet luna- 月染の枷鎖-the end of scarlet luna- [100129] Hiyoko Soft 1
The protagonist, Kagami Renka, moved to the remote country town of Hasumi-mura due to his stepfather's new job. Renka intends to find information about his real parents after hearing that Hasumi-mura was his mother's hometown. Renka's mother died when he was young, and he never knew who his true father was.
While taking a stroll shortly after arriving in the village, Renka discovers a Shinto shrine partially submerged in the water. Since the first thing anyone does on finding a creepy shrine in an unfamiliar area is explore it, Renka enters the shrine. Poking around in the altar room, he finds a mysterious doll tied up with numerous chains. Feeling that something is not quite right, Renka attempts to leave the shrine as quickly as possible, but not before the appearance of a girl in a white dress. "Who are you?"
Making friends at his new school, he gradually opens up to them about his intention to search for information about his true parents. The days pass, and when the full moon comes, he learns of a legend particular to Hasumi-mura: an event that takes place every 44 years. Again, he meets the girl in the white dress who calls herself 'Amane', while walking along the beach. She tells him that they should not meet, but agrees to tell him about the festival and the strange deity it honours if he meets her at the shrine after the festival.
After the festival, Renka continues to search for information about his parents with his new friends. As the moon wanes, he learns more about the village, the legend and the mysterious 'Hasumi' family that historically presides over Hasumi-mura.
The new moon approaches and Renka starts to uncover an insidious web of tradition and deceit involving many of the families that live in Hasumi-mura. His friends begin to disappear and, too late, Renka learns of the true nature behind the ritual the village practices every 44 years.
When the moon disappears, everything comes to an end.
There is an English review.

19. Unival! Paranormal Girls Strike!! ゆにばる! PARANORMAL GIRLS STRIKE!! [100129] Apricot 1 
Shinichirou is the master of the ‘Big World House’, but the tenants aren’t human. They’re witches, gods and aliens! They have lots of enemies so every day is troublesome and he has to help fight them off to protect their ‘peaceful’ life.
There is an English review.


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1. Hana to Otome ni Shukufuku o Royal Bouquet 花と乙女に祝福を ロイヤルブーケ [100129] ensemble 1 
This is the fandisc for Hana to Otome ni Shukufuku wo, featuring after stories for each of the heroines from the original game.
Fandisc

2. Hoshizora no Memoria -Eternal Heart- 星空のメモリア Eternal Heart [100129] Favorite 1 2 3 4 5 
It contains addition story routes as a sequel to complete the Yume and Mare routes of Hoshizora no Memoria, as well as an additional side story for the other heroines of the game.
Fandisc

3. Kikouyoku Senki Tenkuu no Yumina FD -ForeverDreams- 輝光翼戦記 天空のユミナFD -ForeverDreams- [100129] 1 2 3 4 
At school, there is now an exciting competition for the next school captain. The students who go to the final are two girls, Yumina and Nayuta. The main character is Ayumu, a close friend of Yumina. He supports and fights with Yumina. But the final ends in a draw. Though they promise to fight again in several days, Nayuta tells Yumina to give Ayumu to Nayuta as her personal secretary until next battle. Ayumu is depressed at first, but he gradually understands Nayuta's concerns as he spends time with her...
Fandisc

4. Onimari. ~Oni ga Yumemishi Tsune no Yo ni, Itaru Osanaki Koi no Hajimari~ 鬼まり。~鬼が夢見し常の世に、至る幼き恋のはじまり~ [100129] 130cm
There is a small village deep inside the mountains. Akito, who lives at a shrine, used to live a boring life, but the shrine gets popular after they successfully performed the shrine festival. Yes, a lot of people now visit the shrine every day. Also, Akito has a girlfriend, Ayako. Akito now lives a happy life... But one day, Koharu, his older sister, suddenly tells him, "I'm gonna be a respectable older sister for you!"
Fandisc


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