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The Flower that Symbolizes Small Happiness and Love… Review of [140829] Harenochi kitto nanohana biyori

Foreword: So when you have a Parasol game, you’re pretty much thinking: “Oh, a loli charage? My body (and tissues) are ready!”

… Okay fine, that’s how I thought.

and Oh shit was I wrong. I did NOT expect a game like this. From the first hour, I was slapped with the game’s great flow and gentle pacing that was literally shouting, “WHAT IS THIS BLACK MAGIC?!”

But in all seriousness, this was a great game. Yes, you do have your loli in here, but the story is something I really have to commend this one for, and even when there’s one critically negative factor that’s prevalent in all of Parasol’s games, you’ll see how this “negative” element was completely missing in one of the routes.

Despite all these positives, the game is STILL considered incomplete due to both the protagonist being really insignificant (or at least really shallow) in most of the story, as well as the story not making a full conclusion (it makes one to a certain extent, but it was done unsatisfactory)

But don’t let that scare you away. Some players will comment how Parasol is like a last-resort game for when they have too much free time (you know who you are), but this game should be on the top of your list!

P.S. Sorry that due to exam week (on the 3rd week of school!) and work has pushed me to be relatively slow with finishing games. I try to finish games as fast as possible, so please be patient! I promise to make at least two reviews a month… hopefully!

Title: 晴のちきっと菜の花びより (Harenochi kitto nanohana biyori) [Lit. Trans: The clear “skies” is certainly nanohana weather]
Producers: Parasol
Release Date: August 29, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v14886
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=805379
Game Type: Slice of life romance novel with fantasy themes

Summary: Haruma recently got discharged from the hospital. As he comes to school a month late and unable to make friends, a girl named Amane reaches out to him and offers to be his friend. Finding this strange but grateful, he accepts her friendship. Back home, his childhood friend Konomi awaits him at the flower shop, and soon, an upperclassman named Karin will join in the group of friends.

However, everything changes with the introduction of a small girl named Nanoka, who sits close to Haruma. He originally mistakes her for a classmate’s younger sister, but it turns out that this girl barely half his height is the same age as him! (ロリきったぁぁぁ!)

With another friend, Haruma soon finds out that this strange girl wants to reform the Gardening Club. Already having knowledge of flowers already, Haruma offers his help and advice, and with the various friends around him, the two will try to revive the club that once died down.

At the beginning of the story, Jun (the guy on the left) makes some really nice jokes that’ll make you laugh.
He’s acts both the comical and the “reliable oni-san” character.
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What are Girls made of? Review of [070928] Sugar + Spice

Foreword: Well, this game’s from Chuablesoft, a company that I find very favorable for creating thought-provoking and sometimes philosophical games. I couldn’t resist myself as a friend suggested this title to me, and decided to play it over the spring break.

Sugar + Spice, or shortened to “Shugaspa” (しゅがすぱ) was actually a rather inferior game. Note that from Chuablesoft, I’ve played 5 games: Astraythem, Sweet Robin Girl, Wagaya Himegami, Love La Bride, and this title. Having played those titles, I would rate “Astraythem” to be the best game out of all 5.

The prime reason I rate this game as “inferior” is because it felt as if this game was incomplete. The beginning starts out strong, but gets weaker as the game goes along, and the fact that “complex game elements” (which I’ll get to in a bit) made the game a bit more tedious than it should’ve been was not a good factor. The game also throws out some of its most important elements in most of the routes, such as its theme “Sugar and Spice”.

Nonetheless, it’s still better than some of the more recent Chuablesoft titles so I don’t think I can complain too much…

Title: Sugar + Spice
Producers: ChuableSoft
Release Date: September 28, 2007
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v421
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=385845
Game Type: Romance Novel revolving around an amnesic protagonist

Summary: “Who are you?” Are the first words that the protagonist hears when he wakes up. He is facing someone who looks like a doctor–wearing a white gown and looking at him with sharp eyes.

For a moment, the protagonist doesn’t remember anything. His name, his relationships, and his past. All he knows is his Japanese, which at least allows him to speak with the person in front of him, who claims that he is suffering from a strange variation of amnesia, where his basic survival knowledge is kept intact, but his memories are “sealed” away by a trauma–as if he didn’t want to remember it.

Sending him back to the waiting room shows that a person named “Aya” calls him “Ma-kun” and tells him about his past, like the fact that his name is “Kazuma”, and his parents are overseas studying architecture.

As Kazuma struggles to adjust to the environment he’s placed in, he will encounter 5 girls he becomes very close to: Uta, a strange girl who seems to lie all the time; Yumeji, a calm and well-behaved girl; Haneru, an athletic and bright girl; Ai, Kazuma’s childhood friend who is extremely intelligent; and a transfer student named Tsukasa, who becomes close to Kazuma since she becomes his next door neighbor.

Sleepover with the next-door neighbor…
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Omniscience is not always a good thing… Review of [101217] Hello, Good-bye

Foreword: Well, I finally decided to get on with the Lump of Sugar games that I’ve been pretty much holding back because I’m a lazy butt like that.

And now I bring you their 6th game, “Hello, Good-bye”! Strange title as it is, I was immediately pulled in with its opening movie, and I definitely knew I was in it for a treat when I finished the prologue and moved into the main story.

It’s so strange… How a game that’s over 3 years old can be such a great quality in terms of both gameplay, scenario, and art while other games currently fall greatly inferior. Looks like I’ll be playing some older games while I don’t keep too high-hopes of other recent releases.

Enough chatting. Finished in literally two days, it just shows the quality of this game! I’m very proud to present you my review of “Hello, Good-bye”!

This is the end, and also the beginning…

Title: Hello, Good-bye
Producers: Lump of Sugar
Release Date: December 17, 2010
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v5316
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=686380
Game Type: Sci-Fi Mystery Novel with themes of Remembrance and Memory

Summary: He woke up due to the trembling of the monorail, and this was actually quite fortunate since the next stop was his destination. He takes a look at his fake identity he’ll be using to infiltrate the school: “Tobu Kaito”, and wonders if this would go well.

As soon as he arrives, he finishes up the preparations for transfer, and decide to get a good view of the town, since it’s the place he’ll be living here until his superiors order otherwise.

As he climbs a hill, he sees the entire town glittering in the sunset. He stares blankly into space, as he is suddenly greeted by a girl who was taking care of the lilies that bloomed on that hill.

“Don’t Forget”… That quote will continuously haunt him as he manages his life in Morino with the help of this girl, May.

Story Length: Moderate (20 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: N/A
Comments: Quite an easy story to clear, all you need to do for the first three heroines is watch what “scenes” are being presented with each choice. The scenes you haven’t seen dive into each heroine’s route, while choosing the dialogue with the scenes you’ve already seen are leading to the ‘completion’ of the game.

Last route for Koharu opens only if you start from the beginning and skip all the way past the prologue to the message “Don’t Forget”.

Black-haired character + goth-loli outfit = Very much win.
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