VN of the Month January 2015 - Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Asagiri ni Chiru Hana-

Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Asagiri ni Chiru Hana- is VN of the Month. Kurogane Kaikitan -Senya Ichiya- is another curious species. Clephas did not choose anything due to nature of trilogy and absence of PC release for the mentioned games. Micchi emphasizes Natsu no Iro no Nostalgia and Haru Kiss
 
1. Kimihane: Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi Suru Ikkagetsu きみはね 彼女と彼女の恋する1ヶ月 [150123] BaseSon Light 1 2
Hina, Rin and Fumi are new roommates at Seiba Girls’ School. Even though they had different personalities and upbringings, they had one thing in common: they recall seeing an angel when they were small. They each suspected that one of the other girls was actually an angel.
There are English reviews

2. Kurogane Kaikitan -Senya Ichiya- クロガネ回姫譚-閃夜一夜- [150129] Minato Station 1
The topic of the day is anti-terrorism. The story takes place in an alternate history where Japan is the economic center of the world in 2015, where they face threats of terror every day. On February 4, 70 years ago (1945), major cities of the Allied countries all went up in flames at around the same time, bringing Japan to victory. The atomic bombs never dropped, and history basically went the way of an conservative old Japanese man’s wet dream. Fast forward to 2015, and the culture isn’t all that different from the real world aside from the fact that Japan is an economic center that constantly faces terrorist attacks. There’s a bit of the Showa period feeling (high economic growth) to the modern setting.
The political side of things isn’t as important as the supernatural setting. There are rare objects with special powers, called Kurogane, that are used in anti-terrorism measures. Kurogane have a variety of useful powers, but they’re tools that choose their owners and few people have an affinity with them. In a high school-level police academy (which behaves more like a somewhat specialized high school than an actual police academy), there exists a top-secret team of Kurogane users called the Kurogane Team that takes on various missions to eradicate terrorists. The protagonist and heroines are all a part of this team, and the story revolves around their missions.
There is an English review

3. Durarara!! Relay デュラララ!! Relay [150129] Kadokawa Games
It is January in Ikebukuro. Mikado Ryuugamine, Masaomi Kida, and Anri Sonohara are at the opening ceremony of the third quarter of school. In the city, Simon Brezhnev continues handing out leaflets outside Russia Sushi, and Shizuo Heiwajima continues throwing vending machines; nothing out of the ordinary in their daily lives. Yuuhei Hanejima and Ruri Hijiribe star in the movie Case Bodyguard 2: Salaryman Ninja Gu, and like every day, Celty Sturluson completes her deliveries.
Anime Spin-Off

4. 1/7 no Mahoutsukai 1/7の魔法使い [150130] Regulus 1 2 3
When he was very small, Yuuji made a promise with a girl to become a magician and save the world. They parted ways soon after and the promise also gradually changed its meaning until all that remained was a ring which they had exchanged at that time.
Many years later, with the world trembling at the impending return of the “witch”, he decided to enrol in a magic school to fulfill his promise. However, even though he had top grades in the written and practical exams, he was failed for the simple reason that he had no training as a magician. He was recognized as a special case in a follow-up exam and entered Maialens Magic Academy half a year later. It is where youths with excellent magic ability train in anticipation of the witch’s revival.
While he was touring the school, he suddenly heard a familiar sound and was witness to a battle. In front of him stood a girl in colourful clothing, wielding a giant weapon that’s too big for her and with a shimmering ring on her right hand. She was the girl who he had made the promise with, Ema. She looked at the ring on his hand and declared that he wasn’t the Yuuji that she had hoped for. He didn’t understand what she meant, but she continued: “I will be waiting ahead for you.”
Afterwards, he discovered that he had been placed into a class of students with low grades. Unless all of them show qualities of a magician within a month, then they will be forced to drop out. So, Yuuji still had not been recognized as a proper student at the school. This is the first step in fulfilling his promise and to save the world.
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5. Gakuen Butou no Folklore 学園舞闘のフォークロア [150130] Chien 1
This is another Japan in a world supported by people with powers that derivate from fairy tales. Kouji was born with the power (‘cast’) “roi jewel”, which appoints the next King. He transferred into Gokyou Gakuen with his attendant Tsubomi, but due to living a secluded life because the country was raising him to be the next king, he and Tsubomi get lost and get to the school really late. When they arrive there's no one around, the go out looking for someone to help them and arrive in a arena where Kouji is attacked by three girls with powerful casts.
After the schools principal arrives and stops the fight she explains the Schools rules. The girl who defeat him in the Butoukai tournament and remain undefeated will marry him at his graduation, but Kouji and Tsubomi didn't know that and he will do his best to not lose to anyone and marry whoever he choses. They all ended up sharing a dormitory and he gradually began to know them better.
At that time, there was sequence of attacks on girls at the school almost every night. As they investigated the truth, they unexpectedly revealed the presence of a mastermind behind the incidents.
Ridiculous synopsis leads to even more ridiculous development and finalizes with harem.

6. Haru Kiss ハルキス [150130] Giga
Shuuji’s grades have taken a hit since he played around too much, so his cousin Tsubame decides to take him in to keep an eye on him. But since she’s usually busy with work, he ends up taking care of the house along with younger cousin Aoi. He wishes to become independent soon. At this time, he helped his classmate Itsuki and became pretend lovers with her. Then his younger sister Konomi came to see him, along with the daughter of his judo teacher and his childhood friend, Amane. What kind of a future awaits him?
Giga moege

7. Lautes Alltags -Herrenlose Katze und Teehaus- ラウテスアルタクス -Herrenlose Katze und Teehaus- [150130] Hexenhaus
Kisaragi was not able to find a job after graduation, so he has been reluctantly helping out his older sister Mutsuki at her café Kirschtorte since spring while continuing his job search. Located near the train station in a residential neighbourhood, it was often visited by students returning home. He did his shift every day with veteran part-timer Himari and osananajimi Sana, and business was generally quite good.
Summer soon turned to fall, and his employment situation didn’t change. One day, the manager Torie brought in a girl who had looked troubled on the street. They gathered to ask her questions, but she seemed hesitant in answering them. Himari remarked that it must be because she lost her memories. So, Mutsuki suggested that she live and work part-time at the café while regaining her memories. The girl, Nanase, reluctantly agreed and the everyday at Kirschtorte gradually changes.
Another light coffee shop thing

8. Magical Kanan 2 ~Hiiro no Bergamot~ まじかるカナン2 ~緋色のベルガモット~ [150130] Terios
One year after the Dark Materia incident, contact was lost with the unit monitoring the human world. Natsuki once again headed to the human world on the orders of Tsuyuha, the Queen of the magic world Evergreen. He immediately went to meet up with Chihaya, but he was attacked by a black magic warrior named Crimson. However, he can’t fight by himself; he only had the power to bestow magical powers to his partner, transforming her into a magic warrior.
He ran around looking for Chihaya and bumped into Misaki, kissing her on the lips and turning her into Magical Warrior Machalite. They were able to fight off Crimson, but Natsuki was perplexed at how he was able to give his powers to someone other than Chihaya. After he found Chihaya, he discovered that she could no longer turn into Magic Warrior Carmein. Will he be able to overcome the dangers and bring back peace to the human world?
Retro feeling sequel of an ancient game

9. Natsu no Iro no Nostalgia 夏の色のノスタルジア [150130] Moonstone 1 2 3 4 5 6
When Ryouto awoke from his coma, the world around him seemed to have changed colour. This is because he gained a special ability which allowed him to see the people’s emotions as colours. For example, happiness shows as amber, sadness as sapphire, anger as ruby, and desire as emerald. Aside from that, he was like any other normal boy.
He returned to his hometown Kaido-chou with his imouto Miu for the first time in three years and transferred into Himawari Garden. They were surprised to see a field of large blossoming sunflowers for which the school was named after, even though it was only May. It was said that sunflowers which bloom outside of their normal periods are supposed to bring good luck to the students. However, there was not much excitement in the quiet classroom and he was also unable to notice any colour in his classmates.
He reunited with three girls whom he was friends with in the past. Their friendship which was thought to last forever had been shattered during that summer three years ago. As he picked up the broken fragments one by one, he felt both the darkness and love which they held in their hearts.
There are English reviews

10. Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Asagiri ni Chiru Hana- 時計仕掛けのレイライン -朝霧に散る花- [150130] Unison Shift: Blossom 1 2 3 4 5 6
The ‘night world’ crumbled and their students vanished. Mitsuyoshi thought that the cause might have been a fire that happened at the school 20 years ago, and began to investigate this incident in order to reunite with his friend Kotarou who had disappeared as a ‘night school student’. Meanwhile, the school principal who had also vanished secretly planned to bring back the night world from the other side. All of the remaining mysteries of the school will finally be brought to light.
There are English reviews

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