VN of the Month July 2015 - Sorcery Jokers

There are only four classical visual novels to choose from, but among them there are three masterpieces - Sorcery Jokers , Sakura Nikagetsu and Fairytale Requiem. Clephas nominated the first two. Micchi emphasizes only the last one , plus a fandisc.

1. Hana Hime * Absolute! ハナヒメ*アブソリュート! [150703] Mirai 1
In 2025, the social game Crown Hearts about the battle between the princes' country ‘Stella Crown’ and the princesses’ country ‘Floris Hearts’ was a smash hit, and pro gamers have become as popular as star athletes. Koharu attends Luminus Academy with his pure osananajimi and hopeful new pro gamer Maher, kind and slightly brocon imouto Hiyoko, and Hiyoko’s friend and extremely popular net idol Ayane.
One day, they attended the opening ceremony of the annual Crown Hearts event “Divine Crown Battle”. However, this year, they announced the new “Crown Hearts VR”, where one may battle others in the real world using the latest in virtual reality technology. Sixteen entrants were chosen for the “Divine Crown Battle VR” tournament: a ‘king’ and his seven ‘flower princesses’, and a ‘queen’ and her seven ‘star princes’.
Koharu was chosen as the king by the AI girl Polina, who appeared out from the Crown Hearts world. He must battle in the tournament alongside the sword princess Maher, love princess Hinako and many others. It was rumoured that the winner would have his or her wish granted. Are you ready for this new generation battle royale!?

2. Senri no Kifu 千里の棋譜 [150708] Child Dream
A mystery and shogi battle game set in the modern world of shogi and featuring seven popular real-life shogi players.
“How did the master player disappear?” Set in the modern world of shogi, incidents like this are frequently arising. What is the meaning of the keyword “clairvoyance”? This is a detective mystery game that depicts the profoundness of a gambler, and the pains of a young man aiming to become a professional shogi player. Explore crime scenes, solve mysteries, and figure out the culprit from a unique cast of characters including real-life shogi players.

3. Dai Gyakuten Saiban -Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken- 大逆転裁判 ‐成歩堂龍ノ介の冒険‐ [150709] Capcom 1 2 3 4
Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken is an an Ace Attorney prequel game. Unlike previous canonical games in the series, which are set in the near future and feature somewhat futuristic technology, Dai Gyakuten Saiban is set near the end of Japan's Meiji period, when the profession of "defense attorney" was still a fairly new concept in Japanese society. The game stars Phoenix Wright's ancestor, Ryuunosuke Naruhodou, as well as a female judicial assistant named Susato Mikotoba. Although the game initially takes place in Japan, the two later travel to the United Kingdom and work cases alongside the renowned detective Sherlock Holmes.

4. Makai Shin Trillion 魔壊神トリリオン [150723] Compile Heart 1 2
More than a thousand years passed since the legendary battle against the Heavens. The demons of the Underworld lived an evil, yet fulfilling life in peace. And so it remained, until the appearance of Trillion, a demon god of destruction that sought to consume the world.
Its power unfathomable, it destroyed the Underworld’s forces. Even Zeabolos, the Great Overlord himself, was defeated.
On the brink of death, Zeabolos heard a mysterious voice from deep within. “It is too early yet for the lineage of the Great Overlord to fall…” Zeabolos was revived, his shambled body patched together again by a young necromancer named Faust.
Zeabolos gained the power of the Soul Grimoire, and decided henceforth to fight.

5. Fairytale Requiem フェアリーテイル・レクイエム [150724] Liar-soft 1 2
An isolation ward dedicated to the treatment of "fairytale syndrome", best known as "Paradise".
Those afflicted with "fairytale syndrome" believe that they are characters in a fairy tale, and the inpatients here are never seen without the books of fairy tales that they treat as their bible, living their lives according to the stories written within.
Into the midst of these fairy-tale girls and their paradise comes a boy with no memory.
Who he is, why he is here or what he must do, he knows not. He cannot depend on the girls, whose devotion to their temporary roles is enviously strong.
But then he discovers a sketchbook in his room, in which is written, in a messy hand:
──One among these girls is a sinner.
There are English reviews

6. Sakura Nikagetsu さくらにかげつ [150724] Orange Yell 1 2
The falling of the sakura blossoms is the season of first encounters and farewells. Just as Yasumi was beginning his first year at Saint Linette Academy, four girls came to live at his house. He had earned the title of “human breeder” for raising his three useless, but famous childhood friends properly. So, it was a given that the four girls who came were also useless themselves.
Hako, a sheltered girl who looks perfect but is incapable of doing anything at all.
Nayu, a childish and friendly miko who doesn’t do anything.
Shimai, a cursed girl who has absolutely no motivation.
Mamori, a self-proclaimed medium who looks down on others, but knows little about the world.
They can’t cook, take a bath alone, sleep at night, fix their hair, or return home without getting lost. It’s extremely difficult and chaotic trying to raise them properly, but he enjoys these happy days.
However, he has a secret which he cannot tell others. He actually has a reason for helping these four girls. One month ago, one of his childhood friends, Korobu, had slipped like her usual klutzy self and died in an accident. He still had something to tell her, so he agreed to a deal with the masked ‘angel’ Sakura. If he can raise the four girls that she brought to him properly within two months, then she will allow him to see Korobu for a short time.
There are English reviews

7. Sorcery Jokers ソーサリージョーカーズ [150724] 3rdEye 1 2 3 4 5 6
Inner yearnings...
Immutable ideals...
Dreams and reality...
One day, all of a sudden, magic came into the world. The existence of magic wasn't a secret known only to a certain few, but was announced by the current government and quickly became common knowledge.
Today, it's an age where magic is used as a resource and has permeated throughout many different fields. A city was founded on Agartha, the island where magic was discovered, and research continues to this day. This is a story about the fates of those who live in this magical world.
Watch as six radically different people find their paths converging...
Mutsumi Haruto, a 9th-Class Caster at the First National Magical Academy. A slightly half-baked boy who can't turn a blind eye to wrongdoing.
Senri, an OutCast. An anonymous inhabitant of the city's nightlife.
Rikudou Asahi, a 9th-class Caster at the Academy. A unique girl facing trials on her way to the Land of Dreams.
Atori Riku, a 10th-Class Caster at the Academy. A CEO's daughter who's not on the same wavelength as her peers.
Kousaki Fiona Annabel, an apprentice sister at the local church. Her smile never goes out.
Noah, the Unknown. A girl spotted on Agartha.
Casters and OutCasts... What fate awaits these two divergent forces?
The miracle of magic which governs the world will shape the fates of those within it.
Game is localized and has English reviews

8. Ya・Ku・So・Ku ☆ Love Harem ヤ・ク・ソ・ク☆ラブハーレム [150724] Chien
Touma is very close to his imouto Nobara and osananajimis Kasumi and Yuriko. Even though all three had feelings for him, their relationships never progressed any further than friends. Each of them made a ‘promise’ with him when they were small. While the ‘promises’ varied slightly, in the end, they were all wishes to “be together forever”. If Touma chose one of them as his girlfriend, then it will ruin relationship with the others. So, their relationships remain at a standstill.
Then another girl Iris appeared into this complicated situation, claiming to have made a promise to marry him. She was very forceful in her approach, while being oblivious of the others. This was the spark for the rest of the girls to take matters into their own hands. Touma realizes that he loves all four of them equally. Is there a way for him to make all their ‘promises’ come true without hurting anyone? Will this love story end happily for everyone?

9. Date A Live: Twin Edition Rio Reincarnation デート・ア・ライブ Twin Edition 凜緒リンカーネイション [150730] Compile Heart 1 2
That day, Shidou felt something strange with the duplicate key he found in his house. The thing that he should have handed it to someone for sure. However, he doesn't remember to whom he should have handed it to. At that moment, a small noise appeared above his head, and takes the consciousness of Shidou.
Upon being awakened, Shidou found himself in a world where Arusu Maria exist, who does not have a physical body in reality. And then, a certain girl appeared before Shido.
Sonogami Rinne ― At one time, a girl that Shidou had failed to save.
Shidou, who regained the memories of when he had known, becomes possible to investigate the cause of the resurgence of Eden <Paradise of Calamity>.
In the midst of it, who appeared before Shido was, a young girl whose appearance resembles that of <Ruler> ― Rio.
"It's no good if you don't find the most important thing to you."
What does Rio means by "the most important thing"? Is she an existence related to Eden <Paradise of Calamity>?
In this closed world, the action should Shido take in order to regain the everyday life is only one―
By dating and make them fall in love!?
Anime Spin-Off

1. Akai Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai 紅い瞳に映るセカイ [150724] Favorite 1 2 3
This is a fandisc for the Irotoridori no Sekai series, focusing on everyone’s favourite hotcake-loving magician Shinku. Yuuma and Shinku return to Arashiyama-sou for a short visit with their precious daughter Sora. Their friends hear about their arrival and returned to spend time with them under the same roof like old times. They have finally achieved the normal days which they had yearned for, and it is full of bright smiles and happiness.

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