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Wishing upon… a sheep? Review of [140425]Soratobu hitsuji to manatsu no hana

Foreword: Holy shat this game was long.

Because I’m a perfectionist in the most stupidest ways, I have a tendency to have an obligation to complete games created by companies that I know very well. Navel is one of them, and while this game was produced under a different name, Navel Honeybell, I still wanted to get with it because I kinda had a good vibe with it.

Well, in reality, there’s probably a reason why I stick with these producers at all, right?

Turns out, it’s not that great: it’s actually pretty good when it comes to the story, but the characters are actually annoying! Want to know what I found to be annoying? You should definitely read on!

It’s also pretty sad how my 100th post on this site is a relatively negative and critical review… OTL

Title: 空飛ぶ羊と真夏の花 (soratobu hitsuji to manatsu no hana) [Lit. Trans: Sheep that flies in the sky and midsummer’s flower]
Producers: Navel Honeybell
Release Date: April 25, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v14061
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=793436
Game Type: Romance Novel with mixed themes of Fantasy

Summary: Keisuke is an orphan who was abandoned by both his mother and father. Despite this, he doesn’t hate them, nor have any negative emotions. Instead, all he can feel is pure and genuine loyalty to the girl who not only saved his life, but gave him a meaning to live. Now, after training vigorously in Europe, he returns to Japan in order to serve the girl who was his first love and now his Master: Konohanamiya Kotoya.

As he becomes accustomed to his school life, he then meets various people who he knows, as well as some who will change his story. However, none of the characters, including Keisuke himself, would be prepared for the shocking truth about the protagonist that starts from a simple letter that looks like a love letter…

Which is actually sent by an Angel, who states that Keisuke is a God and he and his younger sister were playing a game, where Keisuke was challenged to find the younger sister among the humans on Earth. Her descendance to Earth resulted in her memories being spread as “Fragments”, which Keisuke has to collect in order to bring his sister back.

However, these fragments are then implanted in various girls, who are already using its power for a special wish…

Story Length: Relatively Long (35 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Moderate
Comments: Your typical Navel game system, where there ARE a few ambiguous choices determine which heroine you are going to meet up with, and you need to keep a close eye on the story flow if you wish to not use a walkthrough. (Personally, this kind of system is the best for me: not too difficult to the point you’re ripping your hair out, but not too easy to the point it seems like there’s no interaction)
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Taking Care of a “Child of a Goddess!” Review of [131129] Wagaya no Himegamisama

Foreword: Happy New Years, everyone! Just as with all new year’s resolutions, I make one today that I’ll spend more time playing VNs and writing more quality reviews for them! :D



Psh, yeah. I wish.

Despite being on Winter break for another 3 weeks, I’m still not getting done with the titles I want to finish. Just by giving up a large majority of chara-ge, I’m somehow catching up to some of the older ones, and with the help of various individuals within the eroge community (Yes, I’m talking about you guys in Anime-Sharing and gangrelion!), I’m ever-so-slowly becoming more and more knowledgeable about games and how to properly review them.

Today, somewhat complimentary to my above-stated New Year’s Resolution, I’d like to perhaps make two reviews. Will I get to 3? … … … Probably not.

Chatting aside, we have, quite unfortunately, another inferior Chuablesoft game. As I’ll say with Chuable’s games, it seems that the ones with the brown logo that says “Medicine for your Mind” is somehow greatly better than the ones with a pink logo (you’ll know what I’m talking about).

Having played Astraythem, Love la Bride, Himegami, and now also working on Sweet Robin Girl, my pattern shows correctly. Let’s see if I can pull off a good review with this title, though.

Title: 我が家のヒメガミさまっ!
Producers: ChuableSoft
Release Date: November 29, 2013
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v12981
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=779720
Game Type: Slice of Life novel with themes of History

Summary: Takaya finds himself dazing around with his childhood friend, Kei’s, company at the summer festival. She was telling him that the weather has been getting bad, and since she’s afraid of thunders, she’ll be heading home first.

Takaya decides he wants to stay a little more, and head behind the shrine to a very old tree that is representative of the goddess who is served by this town. Rain starts falling, and having no shelter except for the tree, it is only a matter of time as a lightning strikes the very tree that stood tall for hundreds of years (for the reference, you should NEVER stand next to a tree during a lightning storm. I guess Takaya lacked that knowledge)

As the old tree groans and falls over, Takaya realizes that the tree is hollow, and inside is a small girl who lies in the rain, naked and shivering. While he doesn’t believe in gods, Takaya feels sympathy for the girl and brings him back to his house (much to the surprise of his childhood friend who visits him the next day), and it is soon reported that this child may be the goddess that generations of people have been serving for thousands of years.

Seeing how close the child and Takaya get in just a couple of days, the town’s greatest officials decide it may be best to let the goddess do as she pleases. Takaya, who is not motivated by anything, reluctantly accepts his fate as he sees the smile of the child and how much it comforts him.

… Until he is then ordered to also allow two more girls to live with him, to support the raising and protection of the goddess; Shiori (his classmate and the miko to the shrine), and Tsubaki (his upperclassman and a skilled swordswoman).

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Review of [100430] Neko☆Koi

Title: ねこ☆こい!~猫神さまとネコミミのたたり~ Neko☆Koi ~Nekogamisama to nekomimi no tatari~ (Nekomimi Curse of the cat god)

Producers: Whirlpool

Release Date: April 30, 2010

Finished Date: December 11, 2011

VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v3368

Summary: Tsukasa is the head of the Shinto Shrine after his parent’s death. One day, during the peaceful day with his sister Sayaka, his childhood friend’s father crashes into the shrine with his car. Because of this, the two cats residing in the area (Hina and Sakuya), take on a humanoid form.

Not only that, in her rage, Sakuya casts a curse on the one who destroyed the shrine, but Misaki (Tsukasa’s childhood friend), gets hit with the curse because she stepped between them. Now, she has cat ears and a tail.

With the existence of deities, the curse isn’t the only thing that will cause trouble for them.

Story Length: Medium  (20 hours)

Story Clearing Difficulty: Moderate

Comments: The stories separate early on for each character and continues for a long time.

 

Character Design Rating: 9/10

Story Rating: 5/10

Overall Rating: 6/10

Rating Comments: As expected, Whirlpool is skilled with character designs. Loli? check. imouto moe? check. nekomimi? check.

Sexual Content: Medium-high. Many of Whirlpool’s CGs are H-scenes, quite unfortunately.

 

Comments: Neko Koi was one of the games that attracted me because of its character design, and it certainly receives a high rank for that. Nonetheless, the storyline was unexpectantly good, but was also inferior to other games such as “77-Sevens”

Screenshots:

Loli Nekomimi. Perfect.

They really put a lot of effort into the CG…