VN of the Month December 2015 - Kikan Bakumatsu Ibun Last Cavalier

Kikan Bakumatsu Ibun Last Cavalier is the only masterpiece in December. Clephas seems to be of the same opinion, at least it's the only praising review within that month. Micchi is anxious about QUINTUPLE☆SPLASH , Amakano -Second Season- , Tenmondokei no Aria and some loliconge.

1. Chou Kagaku Dasshutsu: Gear Detective 超科学脱出:ギア・ディテクティブ [151202] Intense
The story follows Detective Kyosuke Ayana, who has the ability named chronokinesis which allows him to look back in time in a limited field of view, for up till 5 days back. Detective Ayana is hired to find a serial killer threatening the quiet neighborhood of Camellia Hills - but soon finds himself in much bigger trouble as he investigates the crime scenes.

2. Himouto! Umaru-chan ~Himouto! Ikusei Keikaku~ 干物妹!うまるちゃん ~干物妹!育成計画~ [151203] FuRyu Corporation 1 2
Doma Umaru is a high school girl who lives with her older brother Taihei. At school, Umaru appears to be the ideal student with good looks, top grades, and a lot of talent. Once she gets home, however, she reverts into a layabout who spends her time lying around, playing video games, and constantly depending on her older brother, much to Taihei's dismay.
Anime Spin-Off

3. Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P レイジングループ [151203] Kemco Corporation 1 2 3 4 5
After breaking up with his girlfriend, grad student Haruaki Fusaishi goes on a motorcycle trip to forget her, only to end up stranded in the remote settlement of Yasumizu. The next day, as he is repairing his bike, a mysterious mist drifts in, and all the villagers shelter inside their homes. Confused, Haruaki sees a mysterious figure with the body of a human and the head of a wolf that kills him.
Haruaki finds that instead of dying, however, he has instead looped back in time. After managing to hide from the creature this time, he discovers the village must engage in a ritual known as a "feast." Several of them have been replaced with spirits of ancient "wolves" that will kill one villager each night, and it is up to the villagers to discover who amongst them are the wolves, and execute them. Caught in an all-out war of doubt and trust, can Haruaki survive and discover the mysteries behind the feast and his looping...?
There are English reviews

4. Steins;Gate 0 [151210] MAGES. GAME 1 2 3 4 5
"This is the story of the 'future' that could not be saved."
December, 2010 - Beta Worldline: The protagonist, Okabe Rintarou, at the end of suffering through countless hardships and sorrows, has abandoned all efforts in saving "her." Okabe sinks into the depths of despair, and his friends grow concerned for his well-being.
But what of "she" who could not be saved?
Learn of her through the tale of "Zero," where new characters and encounters converge.
Yes... "she" is still there...
After a journey of worldlines untold, Okabe returns to the act of daily life, attempting to discard his previous life in favor of his studies, albeit he remains crushed by grief and misery for his inability to save "her."
Visiting a college seminar, he comes across Professor Alexis Leskinen and his assistant Hiyajou Maho, who were both on the same team and school as "her." There, he discovers "Amadeus," an incomplete system capable of digitally storing human memories. Okabe is invited to test out the program, as it contains none other than... "her" memories. Little did he know that the system known as "Amadeus" would once again draw him into a world of conspiracies most dark.
There are English reviews

5. Sorairo Innocent 空色イノセント [151211] Akabei Soft3 1 
Kuutarou really wanted to soar in the sky. But when his aviation school closed down after a bankruptcy he was instead forced to transfer to a new school. There a new life was waiting for him, a new club and a new routine, raising water birds from the moment they were born from their eggs. He enjoyed his new life, which was filled with lively days of trying to raise these young birds together with his friends form the club.
All of that lasted until one day, the day he learned of the existence of an airplane club. And even though the club currently isn’t active he found new hope in the fact that someday he might be able to soar through the sky. With his refound desire he and his friends take action, doing everything they can to once again challenge the skies.
There is an English review

6. Owari no Seraph: Unmei no Hajimari 終わりのセラフ 運命の始まり [151217] Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
In 2012, the world allegedly comes to an end at the hands of a "human-made" virus, ravaging the global populace and leaving only children under the age of thirteen untouched. It is at this time that vampires emerge from the recesses of the earth, likely followed by age-old horrors of the dark thought only to be myth. The vampires sweep the earth and claim it in a single violent stroke, subjugating the remnants of humanity and leading them beneath the surface to safety. This "protection" comes at the price of donating blood to their captors. At the age of twelve, Yuuichirou and his friend and fellow orphan Mikaela plotted to escape along with the children in Hyakuya Orphanage. However, this resulted in their deaths and Mikaela sacrifices himself in order for Yuuichirou to escape and be saved by members of the Moon Demon Company, an extermination unit of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. Four years later, Yuuichiro dedicates his life to destroy vampires and seek revenge against them for murdering his "family".
Anime Spin-Off RPG

7. Miagete Goran, Yozora no Hoshi o 見上げてごらん、夜空の星を [151218] Pulltop 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
When Akito was small, he would gaze at the stars every night with his childhood friends Hikari and Saya. He felt excited seeing the twinkles of countless stars through the telescope lens, so close that it felt like he could reach out and grab them with his hand. It inspired dreams of journeys into space, exploring the Milky Way and solving the mysteries of the galaxy. However, now he no longer looks up at the night sky and was called the ‘astronomy club member who doesn’t watch the stars’.
He received an invitation to attend the revival of the ‘Pleiades meeting’ with astronomy clubs from other schools in the area and decided to go to their next meeting to turn it down in person. There, he had an unexpected reunion with Hikari, whom he hadn’t seen since she moved some place far away. Together with Saya, senpai Orihime and kouhai Korona, his long-lost desire to look up at the stars has been rekindled and their star-filled youthful days full of new precious memories begin.
Game is localized and has English reviews

8. Sono Kojou ni Yuusha Hou Ari! その古城に勇者砲あり! [151218] SofthouseChara 1
The hero Oura arrived at an old castle on his journey to defeat the demon king. By chance, he discovered an ancient super-weapon called the ‘hero cannon’ (yuusha-hou), which only activates after having sex with girls! Together with the failure succubus Tina, envious osananajimi and healer Flare, overly serious royal knight Mira, and selfish magician Ekuri, Oura’s ecchi battle begins!
Tower Defense

9. Sorakoi ソラコイ [151218] Chelsea Soft
Hikari and Takuto were born on the same day and have been together ever since. Learning how to crawl, graduating from diapers, running their first errands, riding a bike… they were always together every step of the way. That’s what it means to be childhood friends after all. They went to the same Kinomori Gakuen and joined the movie research club. They believed that they would always be close childhood friends forever.
However, one day while they were watching a movie in the AV room, a mysterious girl appeared before them, proclaiming that she was Takuto’s true osananajimi. He was flabbergasted as his osananajimi should be Hikari by his side, but that girl looked exactly like Hikari. Neither of them would give up their position as his osananajimi, so it became a full-fledged competition. How will it affect their fates, along with those of the other members at the club?
Light romantic comedy that's too short for full price and with a not satisfying revelation

10. Amakano ~Second Season~ アマカノ~Second Season~ [151225] Azarashi Soft 1 2
This is the second season of Amakano, with a new group of heroines in a similar winter setting. The protagonist came to the snowy town of Yomase to start a new life at the quiet inn Enki. Meeting the kind and cute, yet mischievous wheelchair-bound Kanade, the timid and earnest library committee member Yuzuka, and the cheerful and reliable student council leader Ruika helped him feel at ease in his new surroundings. However, there was another girl Honami who transferred on the same day, and she did not feel comfortable like he did. He wished to help her enjoy it, and that feeling would be the beginning of his love life.
There are English impressions

11. Izumo 4 [151225] Studio e.go! 1 2 3
This is the latest game in Studio e.go!’s tactical battle RPG IZUMO series and the first since 2007 when they became Debonosu Works. Daichi attends Yakumo Academy with his sister Misora and childhood friend Honami, and is part of the local history research club. One chilly autumn day with the annual culture festival fast approaching, he was spellbound by a girl in the hallway who had very abnormal looks. Her hair was bone white and her eyes were blood red. She vanished an instant later like an illusion. He met her again the next day and was dragged into an extraordinary world.
RPG has an English review

12. Kikan Bakumatsu Ibun Last Cavalier 機関幕末異聞 ラストキャバリエ [151225] Caramel Box 1 2 3 4
During the Bunkyuu Era, the Tokugawa shogunate that had remained in power for three centuries was being pressured by both foreign countries to open its borders and feudal lords who aspired to restore Imperial rule, and was on the verge of collapse due to internal and external scheming.
The political strife shifted from Edo to Kyoto, with heroes and conspirators alike attracted to the Imperial capital. At that time, a new squad called Shinsengumi was formed on the orders of the Military Commissioner Matsudaira Katamori to maintain peace and order. Only women known as "shouki", who can harness power of mystical stones known as "kishouseki", were eligible to become its members.
Okita Soujirou was working as an instructor at the Shieikan dojo in western Edo. Without any relatives, he considered the dojo master Kondou Isa and her sworn sister Hijikata Sei, who both saved his life when he was young, to be his family. When women of the dojo were called to help in forming the Shinsengumi, they asked Soujirou to disguise himself as a woman and join them. Now known as Okita Soushi, Soujirou held only one goal in him mind - to protect Isa and Sei, even if he couldn't hold the same power as a real "shouki".
There are English reviews

13. Quintuple ☆ Splash [151225] Parasol 1 2 3
Sakiomi is a student at Seiryou Gakuen, a girls’ school which just recently became co-ed. One day after final exams and before spring break, the school chairwoman suddenly gathered everyone together to announce that due to financial difficulties, the school will be shuttered and merged with its sister school, Shiraho Girls’ School. All the students had to move to the other town, and Sakiomi found himself surrounded by girls at a townhouse dormitory, including former student council president Sae, osananajimi Mio and imouto Tomoe.
Just before the start of the new school term, he unthinkingly walked towards the pool after attending the information session at his new school. He noticed a beautiful girl Sahori there, and it would be the beginning of a love story centered around him.
There are English reviews

14. Tenmon Dokei no Aria 天文時計のアリア [151225] Campus
No one knows who built the mysterious clock tower at Mahoshi Gakuen, nor why it was built, but there was a legend associated with it.
“You will find happiness if you hear a song from the astronomical clock.”
One day, Taiga heard singing emanating from the clock tower. Upon reaching the top, he found Aria, a self-proclaimed ‘star spirit’ who bestows happiness upon others. However, as she was about to give him ‘happiness’, he refused it, saying that happiness is a thing borne from the heart, not something that one can receive in an instant. Despite being a ‘happiness’ giver, Aria did not know what true happiness was.
“If I live together with you, I may learn what ‘happiness’ is. Teach me what it truly is.”
With that, she gave up her immortality to be reborn as a human and attend the school together with him.
Single heroine, too many H scenes

15. Holy Breaker! 2 -The Wish In The Night Of The Star Talers.- HOLY BREAKER! 第2巻 -THE WISH IN NIGHT OF THE STAR TALERS.- [151229] H.I. design office
Sequel to Holy Breaker!, this VN will be first sold at Comiket 89. A few months after Tsukumo met the jet-black witch Minase, a new scheme began to take hold just when he had healed from the life-or-death battle. The gears of the world began to turn with his meeting with the German visitor Saten and subsequent clash with the ‘zero’ spiritual user Licht.
Sequel deepens narration as from one straightforward conflict we move to triangular conflict with different individual motives. Alas, story does not feel finished still.

16. Narcissu Sumire ナルキッソス スミレ [151231] Stage-nana 1 2
"For ten years... I just stood in place...
Where I should have gone right, I went left. Where I should have gone left, I went right.
I probably could have realized my mistake and turned back quickly.
But instead, I just kept on going recklessly.
I had become lost..."
Narcissu Sumire is the latest chapter in Narcissu series, once again revisiting deeply personal stories of living and dying. It follows the journey of two heroines, both are filled with deep regrets over mistakes that they've made in the past.
There's Sumire, a young woman who had spent the past ten years only playing video games and being a shut-in, refusing to go outside. After a decade of playing games alone, she falls ill and is sent to the 7th Floor hospice. When confronted with her imminent death, she realizes that she will leave this world having no significant memories, completed nothing, and leaving nothing behind.
Then there is Akari, a young woman who has spent the past ten years alone in a hospital, the result of a tragic sequence of misunderstandings and circumstances. Now, full of regrets about what happened, she wishes only to live "in the world of closed eyes" and sleep -- forever.
But one day, the two lost souls cross paths, and in that chance meeting their journey begins...
Doujin is localized and has English reviews

17. Inuwashi ~Urabure Tantei to Ojousama Keiji no Ikebukuro Jiken File~ イヌワシ~うらぶれ探偵とお嬢様刑事の池袋事件ファイル~ [1512] orange inc.
In Ikebukuro, a series of phantom slasher incidents by someone wearing rabbit headgear has been occuring.
During that time, Hina Washimiya visits the Inugami Detective Agency run by Eiji Inugami. Hina is the younger sister of Tsukasa Washimiya, who was Inugami’s partner back when he was a police detective. She has the ability to read people’s minds and the thoughts that dwell in objects, and asks Inugami to investigate the phantom slasher case alongside her to uncover the mystery behind her brother’s death.
From there, numerous cases occur and the mystery deepens… and eventually Ikebukuro gets involved—.

1. Kansen - Clipping Chronicle 姦染 Clipping Chronicle [151218] Speed 1 2
Set a few days before the initial outbreak of the Kansen Virus in the Tohoku region of Japan. Shibue Akira, Suda, Ashina Rui, and Kiyohara Riri are on their way to the Summer training camp facility where they are training for the sport's nationals hosted in Autumn. The Summer training camp will also be hosting participants from other schools located in the Tohoku region. On the way there, they see an abandoned car which is only one of the mysterious events leading up to the survival of their lives from the people infected with the Kansen Virus.
Nukige has English reviews

2. Fairytale Encore フェアリーテイル・アンコール [151225] Liar-soft
This is the fandisc to Liar-soft’s mysterious fairy tale horror Fairytale Requiem, including a main story featuring new heroine Dorothy which takes place before the events of the original game, and three side stories for Odil/Odette, Rapunzel and Gerda. The isolated medical center “Paradise” treats those that are afflicted with ‘fairytale syndrome’, where they believe they are fairy tale characters. The young doctor Ikeno, formerly an aspiring fairy tale writer who had his dreams crushed, couldn’t keep up with the patients who acted out their fantasies as they wished.
One day, a girl who carried the book “Wizard of Oz” arrived at the institute. She had a lively and pure personality like Dorothy, but she was suffering since her body was very weak and she could not move well. He couldn’t ignore her situation and unknowingly pretended to be her ‘three followers’. Although his actions made the depressed Dorothy happier, they also made her more delusional.

3. Grisaia no Zankou グリザイアの残光 [151225] Frontwing 1
This game was released with the fifth DVD and Blu-ray Disc volume for the Grisaia no Rakuen anime. It contains several short stories taking place somewhere during Grand Route of Grisaia no Meikyuu, revealing some interesting facts about Yuuji's and Asako's past.

4. Kurui no Tsuki 狂いの月 [151225] Jirai Soft
Main character is blessed with wealth and skill, a perfect human being. He's often called "chosen of God", but what he actually wants is to rebel against God, destroy this world and receive God's justice. 
Nukige listed for the sake of description

5. Tsuyokiss Festival つよきすFESTIVAL [151225] Candy Soft 1 2
This is the latest in CandySoft’s Tsuyokiss series, as part of its 10th anniversary. It features new heroines Kachiki and Kitsune, along with side stories for the Tsuyokiss NEXT heroines and subcharacters.
After the graduation of the ‘legendary era’, the fighting between the student council and the public morals committee at Ryuumeikan Gakuen had simmered down. Sanagi was loved by the student council leader Hakari and also friends with the public morals committee chief Neko. He thought he could spend his days at the school quietly, but that all changed one day when a mysterious intruder was chased by the public morals committee member Kitsune. Her name was Kachiki, bearing the famous surname Kiriya of the former student council leader during the ‘legendary era’, which still carries influence at the school to this day. Thanks to her appearance, the original strong girls showed up at the school once more.

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