VN of the Month December 2012 - Fata morgana no Yakata

December expectedly attracts many publishers and can boast of such masterpieces as Gun Knight Girl , Kimi e Okuru, Sora no Hana and Fata morgana no Yakata . Micchi is also interested in such lovey-dovey titles as Ima Sugu Onii-chan ni Imouto Datte Iitai, Kanojo to Ore to Koibito to and Natsuzora no Perseus while Zen for once also finds something to play - Ourai no Ghakthun and a fandisc.

1. CrossQuartz [121214] Flatz
Miyu was cursed with having the people that she likes die. She had been careful with not having any guy get close to her, but one day she felt her heart beat fast for her best friend Riko. In despair that she may get Riko killed, she intended to hang herself. That’s when a magical cat named Yuu appeared. It revealed to her that she wasn’t actually cursed and that she was able to sense people who have their souls stolen by evil spirits. Miyu decides to become a magic girl and capture the Castle of Blandulg in order to retrieve Riko’s soul.

2. Ima Sugu Onii-chan ni Imouto Datte Iitai! いますぐお兄ちゃんに妹だっていいたい! [121214] fairys 1 2 3
Rikuto had a new younger brother Ayumu after his father’s remarriage. However, little did he know that Ayumu was actually his younger sister and it was under her mother’s orders that she pretend to be a boy to him. Every day, his heart beats a little faster around his overly cute ‘otouto’ (imouto), while her heart aches in having to hide her true identity from her kind brother.
With the arrival of spring, Rikuto and Ayumu begin attending the popular private school Asaoka Academy, with Ayumu dressed up as a girl. As he became friends with his classmates, he noticed that they all had something missing. His friend from middle school, Matsuri, has lost sight of what it meant to be a girl. The cool-mannered Mao dresses as a boy even though she is a girl. The extremely shy class rep Kimika wishes to change herself. With Ayumu by his side, he sets out to help them seek out what they are missing.
There are English reviews

3. Kanojo to Ore to Koibito to. 彼女と俺と恋人と。 [121214] Pulltop Latte 1 2 3 4 
Haruto saved Ayano when he jumped out in front of an errant vehicle that was heading for her, but he got hurt in the process. She came to visit him every day while he was in the hospital and they gradually got closer. Even after he was discharged from the hospital, she helped take care of him until his injury was fully healed, spending every day like lovers. On the final day, he walked her to the train station and thanked her for everything she did for him. She responded by kissing him and saying that she didn’t stay with him only because he saved her. The next day, she came once more to his place, but this time as true lovers. However, their sweet time together was soon interrupted by his childhood friend Yuuko, Ayano’s best friend Tsukushi and her younger sister Konoka.
There are English reviews

4. Kiss Bell キスベル [121214] Giga 1
It was nearing the end of autumn when the volunteer Christmas club started up at Academy Ekoda. It has been a tradition that it will be run by the newly-appointed student council president. Ichio decided to help out with the club to make amends for causing trouble at the culture festival. He gradually got to know the other members better: the hardworking and reliable student council president Chiharu, her quiet best friend and class rep Yumi, carefree senior Ayano who understands him well, and earnest kouhai and public morals committee member Eri who keeps a watchful eye on him at all times. How will their relationships end up considering they all joined the club voluntarily? Surely, their future will be one that is full of joy.
There is an English review

5. Sengoku Hime 4 ~Souha Hyakkei, Hana Mamoru Chikai~ 戦極姫4~争覇百計、花守る誓い~ [121214] Gesen 18 1 
The fourth installment of the Sengokuhime SLG series takes place after the death of Oda Nobunaga and features 65 female generals and 35 male generals, based both on famous and minor historical figures. New features including naval battles, new battle and domestic affairs skills, a training system and an easy mode for beginners.
Strategy has an English review

6. AKB1/149 Ren'ai Sousenkyo AKB1/149 恋愛総選挙 [121220] Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
The ban on romance is lifted once again. And this time, the stakes are higher than ever, all the pretty girls in Japan are vying for your attention. Choose your girl from 149, they come from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48. Find 1 and reject all the other 148. May the goddess of romance smile on you.
As the third game in the AKB series, everything is new, from the voice clips, photos, movies to the scenarios. To those of you who adore Maeda Atsuko, the eternal center girl in AKB48, this might be the last time you strike up a romance with her, as she is graduating from the group.
When the girl falls in love with you, you will be treated to the Kami Kokuhaku scenario. A special scene where she confesses her love to you. Unlock this for all 149 girls.
It's the third visual novel about AKB, cut it out already

7. Yaneura no Kanojo 屋根裏の彼女 [121220] F&C FC01 1
Towa is a second-year student at Tenjin Gakuen, who liked everything related to the occult. One day, he got involved in a fight with a vampire at night and ended up being cursed and left to die. He was saved by another vampire Francesca, but was turned into a vampire in return. He greatly hated being a vampire with eternal life, so he wished to return to being human. Will his wish come true?
There is an English impression

8. Chaos Labyrinth [121221] Debo no Su Seisakusho
When he woke up, he was in a room he didn't know.
The only light in that room was the moonlight coming from the window.
When he raised the upper part of his body, the body creaked as if he had been bedridden for a long time.
He didn't know what place it was.
He didn't know who he was.
He couldn't remember his name.
When, bearing the pain, he descended from the bed, the dust, thinly piled up, was whirled up.
When he went outside, that place looked like a section of a castle somewhere.
But nearby there was nobody and at the windows there weren't lights.
Only, in the far zenith, the full moon was shining.
Suddenly a restless chill took possession of him.
The world was softly distorted, the sound of a bell reaching him from far behind resounded in his head.
How much time had passed? The chill and the sound of the bell had already gone away.
To take their place, in front of his eyes there was someone's shadow.
But ... it had something fantastic.

9. Gun Knight Girl ガンナイトガール [121221] Candy Soft 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
In the year 2034, a large war had been going on for 4 years. Ever since a military accident near Ayato’s hometown last year, the townspeople had been fleeing the town due to fear of the army and encroaching battle lines. Now only those who are too old to move or had to stay in the town due to connections remained. With most of the students gone, his school was closed down and taken over by the ground self-defense forces as an engineering school for the girls-only #0 squadron of the 2nd ward. He didn’t like danger, but he was a bit curious and ended up joining their school as an outsider along with his two friends, Kentarou and Yuina. His views change when he realizes that even though the girls are in the army, they are still just girls. However, when gunfire soon broke out in the skies overhead and the oldest member of the squadron Sayaka went missing, the peaceful rural life that he once knew was no more.
There are English reviews

10. Himegoto Masquerade ~Ojousama-tachi no Tawamure~ ヒメゴト・マスカレイド~お嬢様たちの戯れ~ [121221] Escu:de 1
Shizunari Itsuki doesn’t have any relatives, lost his memories and even has a fear of women. In order to overcome this fear, which was causing problems in his adopted family, he was enrolled into the Saint Tiphereth Girl’s School as a girl under the assumed name Shirahane Itsuki. However, any hopes he had of an uneventful school life were destroyed when model student and star of the school Hirasaka Eri, known as the "Holy Mary", found out his secret. Luckily for him, he also discovered her true nature in turn, and so they agreed to a mutually beneficial partnership. They would not reveal each other's secrets and would support one another to the best of their ability. And in order to help him get rid of his gynophobia...
"I, Hirasaka Eri, offer you my body."
She would help him get used to seeing and touching a woman's body, but it was yet another secret that nobody could find out.
Yet his problems didn't stop there. With him and the famous "Holy Mary" spending so much time together, it was only natural that other girls in the school became jealous of their close relationship. He soon had many enemies, but then another girl vowed to protect him. That girl was Mitsurugi Maya, who was known as "Arthur", and was the head of the school's disciplinary committee, The Chivalric Order of the Church. She was the only one at the school considered a rival to Eri in terms of popularity.
"Don't worry, Itsuki, I will keep you safe!"
With Eri and Maya competing over him in a war of charisma, the school itself split into two factions, and all eyes on him, will it be possible for Itsuki to achieve the goal he came for?
There is an English review

11. Hyakki Yakou 百機夜行 [121221] G.J? 1 
The plot takes place around the time of the Sino-Russia war, although it doesn’t attempt to recreate any historical conflicts and instead does its own thing. The plot is filled with political maneuvering, but also a more personal story about what “duty to country” really entails.

12. Justy×Nasty ~Maou Hajimemashita~ Justy×Nasty ~魔王はじめました~ [121221] Whirlpool 1 2 3 4 
The school for heroes, Sousei Academy, and the school for devils, Zouma Academy, are within a stone’s throw of each other. Obviously, this led to daily fights between the two schools. Lately due to declining birth rates, it was decided that the two schools be merged together and Souseizouma Academy was constructed. However, this only led to increased skirmishes, especially when the two principals don’t like one another.
Kiyoharu was enrolled at this school by his father to become a dark lord. He was awakened one day with a girl on top of him, vowing to defeat him. Later at school, he was challenged by this girl Mana to a duel, but he managed to overcome her even though she was one of the strongest heroines-in-training since he was not going to die a virgin. When he revealed that his mind was not set on becoming a dark lord, she and other students from both sides tried to persuade him to join their side.
There are English reviews

13. Kimi e Okuru, Sora no Hana キミへ贈る、ソラの花 [121221] Cabbit 1 2 3 4 
Shuuya has been able to see ghosts ever since he was a child, but he kept it a secret from everyone. One day, he noticed a girl wearing winter clothes even though it was warm outside. She noticed his gaze and happily said ‘I found you!’. The girl Matsuri was a ghost who was scouting people who could see spirits for a new private school Suou Academy. Since he wanted to find out why he had this special ability, he decided to join the school where ghosts and those who can see them both attend.
There are English reviews

14. Koiken Otome 恋剣乙女 [121221] Eufonie 1 2 3 4 5 6 
A long time ago, unknown beings known as Kotona invaded Earth in search of food. Humans were unable to repel them until after a few years, some people gained special abilities known as ‘douryoku’ which allowed them to exterminate the Kotona and return peace to the world.
Now, Seiichi attends the super-elite Kashinomori Academy which trains people with douryoku in preparation for another attack by the Kotona. However, even though he has great power, he doesn’t have the ability to manifest it, leading to him being labelled as ‘most useless one’. The rest of the students in his class all had great skill, but in particular one girl caught his attention. Akane had average powers even though she came from a distinguished family, so she trained hard daily to improve her skills. Watching her, he can’t help but want to help her[...]
There are English reviews

15. Natsuzora no Perseus 夏空のペルセウス [121221] minori 1 2 3
Shinra and his younger sister Ren have the ability to transfer ‘pain’ on to themselves by touching someone. Ever since they were young, they have been used by their foster parents for this ability. Tired of constantly moving from place to place, they decided to leave together to the rural mountain village of Tenryou-mura with the intention of not using their powers again. Even though they can temporarily lessen pain by taking it from someone, they are unable to cure whatever is causing the pain. However, his mother had told him that his ability is a gift for someone special in his life.
Their distant relative Sui greeted them and showed them around the school, where they met the bookworm Ayame and Touka, who had an angelic smile. They are the only students at the school and this suited the siblings just fine since they wanted to avoid contact with people as much as possible. Gradually, he learned about the ‘pain’ that each girl had. Sui had an injured leg, while Ayame suffered from her parent’s deaths in a traffic accident. His own sister Ren didn’t trust anyone, relying only on him. However, Touka’s pain is on a totally different scale – just touching her had pain shooting through his body. This is the beginning of a tale of love and sacrifice.
There are English review

16. Ore to 5-nin no Yome-san ga Raburabu nano wa, Mirai kara Kita Aka-chan no Okage ni Chigainai!? 俺と5人の嫁さんがラブラブなのは、未来からきた赤ちゃんのおかげに違いない!? [121221] Onomatope* 1 2 3
The protagonist was living a relatively normal school life when one day, a baby appeared together with thunder! He didn’t believe it, but it was his own daughter from the future. Forced to take care of the baby, a ‘baby club’ was created at school with his classmates, kouhais and teacher helping him. That’s one problem solved, but then he inherited a large enterprise. Due to countermeasures against the declining birthrate, the rich must have multiple wives. So, he proposed to all the members in the baby club.
There are English reviews

17. Ourai no Gahkthun ~What a Shining Braves~ 黄雷のガクトゥーン~What a shining braves~ [121221] Liar-soft 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 
The year is 1908. The 20th century is still young.
An unfamiliar 20th century - in an unfamiliar world.
This is a world that experienced a 19th century very different from our own. A world filled with innumerable steam-powered "Engines."
The unnaturally rapid development of this steam civilization has left the world's skies shrouded in grey... and its seas dyed black.
"Sea" - Once, the word suggested an expanse of blue. Today, it refers to something dark and putrid.
The former harbor city of Marseille in the European Kingdom of France looks out on a sea as black as any other. But these particular waters are home to something that can't be found anywhere else on Earth...
A massive artificial island, solid and imposing as a fortress. A city in its own right, but also a school; a place bursting with life and color.
Its formal name: The Marseille Offshore Academia.
In the spring of 1908... A single young man appears within its walls.
After declaring his intent to wage war against its powerful Governing Council, he introduces himself in this way:
"Nikola Tesla. 72 years old. I'm a transfer student."
"Students of the Marseille Offshore Academia. My hundred thousand young friends, cursed by fate."
"...I will save every last one of you with my own two hands."
And at the summit of Château d'If, a bell rings out.
The Bell of Gahkthun, announcing that the time of rejoicing is at hand...
Game is localized and has English reviews

18. Fata morgana no Yakata ファタモルガーナの館 [121227] Novectacle 1 2 3 4 5
You awaken in a decrepit old mansion.
A woman with eyes of jade stands before You, informing You that You are the Master of the house, and she Your Maid. However, You have no memories, no concept of self—or, indeed, any certainty that You are even alive.
The Maid invites You to join her on a journey through the mansion's lifeless halls, to behold the numerous tragedies that have befallen its residents. She suggests that among them, perhaps You will find some trace of Yourself.
Beyond the first door lies the year 1603.
It is an era of unparalleled beauty, where art and theatre flourish. Roses bloom abundantly in the garden where the inseparable Rhodes siblings play, and though they appear to be free of worry and strife... not everyone is content to see them happy.
Beyond the second door lies the year 1707.
In this era, the mansion lies in ruins, and a beast dwells within. He claims to yearn for a life of serenity, but it is not long before he yields to his innate savagery and a massacre ensues.
Beyond the third door lies the year 1869.
In this technologically advanced era, people are always on the move. The mansion's master is an ambitious businessman who has invested in the rail industry. However, his obsession with wealth and power leads him to neglect and mistreat his wife.
Beyond the fourth door lies the year 1099.
The Maid tells You that this is the final tale. In this era, You see a young man who claims to be cursed and a girl with white hair, called Giselle, who has been branded a witch and marked for death.
Having borne witness to these four tragedies, each set in a different time and place, You are now free to choose whether You wish to end Your story here... or press on.
But there are those who would say, "You were able to bear them because they weren't your tragedies."
Game is localized and has English reviews of which I listed only early ones


1. Tasogare no Saki ni Noboru Ashita -Applique FanDisc- 黄昏の先にのぼる明日 -あっぷりけFanDisc- [121214] Applique 1 
Fandisk for Applique’s Miageta Sora ni Ochiteiku, Concerto Note and Tasogare no Sinsemilla. There are three after stories (one from each series), as well as three side stories and online mahjong.

2. Appare! Tenka Gomen Matsuri ~Koi to Arashi wa Ooedo no Hana~ あっぱれ!天下御免祭 ~恋と嵐は大江戸の華~ [121221] BaseSon
Fandisk for Appare! Tenka Gomen, featuring some new characters and of course lots of icharabu scenes. With the world finally at peace, the students at Ooedo Gakuen prepare for the school festival. However, an inspector from the education head office arrived at the school with ill intentions.

3. Guro Dere グロ・でれ [121221] Cyclet 1 2 3
One day, on his way home, Komura Kazuto ran into a girl from his past; a girl he had not seen in 10 years.
But this was no normal reunion. The girl was standing in the middle of the road, about to be hit by a truck. Kazuto rushed to her side and pushed her out of the way, then... everything turned pitch black.
When Kazuto regained consciousness, the girl was by his side.
The girl's name was "Ilmi." She had apparently saved Kazuto at the last minute.
Ilmi asked Kazuto if he could let her crash at his place for a bit, and he could not find it in himself to turn her down, bringing her home with him.
That night, Ilmi snuck into Kazuto's bed, and the two ended up sleeping together. For some reason, Kazuto lost consciousness right after.
And the first thing Kazuto saw when he woke up again was Ilmi sitting naked in front of him, holding her own severed head in her hands. With a bright smile, Ilmi then said:
"You really know how to punish a girl."
Shocked and confused, Kazuto asked her how she could possibly still be alive, and with a brilliant smile, she answered:
"Because I'm a vampire, duh!"
This was the beginning of Kazuto and Ilmi's lovey-dovey, lewd and grotesque relationship.
Nukige, but with English reviews

4. Mushi no Me 蟲ノ目 [121229] Yotsutsuji Echo 1 2 3
Nijoukubou and her best friend Sanbara travel to a village found at the very center of Japan to unravel its myths and legends that all focus on insects.
But they both get dragged in a battle royal between 9 people and the insects within them.
Armed with a power that can only allow her to run away, Nijoukubou tries to survive during this game of death.
Doujin, but with English reviews

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