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Ideals… Do not Exist Here: Review of [150327] Arcadia of November

Foreword: Two reviews on consecutive days! Let’s do this! F’yeah!

So when there’s a new company with a decent looking game, my usual policy is to go through with it just to see if it’s going to be a gold-mine within a pile of coal. Generally, speaking, that really hasn’t really worked out to my benefit, and quite unfortunately, this game was the same.

It’s really disappointing and perhaps even more frustrating to see a game with amazing potentials turn out crappy than to actually play a bad game in the first place. Let’s get through the first game by Levol, Arcadia of November.

Please be warned that this review will contain INTENTIONAL SPOILERS! Please read at your own risk!

Title: 11月のアルカディア (Jyuuichigatsu no Arcadia)
Producers: Levol
Release Date: March 27, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16342
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=836907
Game Type: Fantasy Novel with themes of jumping through time

Summary: Takuto is part of the “November” team who is responsible for making sure that the school property housing the all-powerful “Orb” is secured during the festival of Halloween. He enjoys working with his teammates on this project, and despite being relatively peaceful, it’s quickly shown that his mind is the only exception to this.

Takuto is aiming to steal the Orb. His powers are that he can return through time, and as he knows that the Orb will be displayed on October 31st, he makes plans and finally, on his 3rd and final year at this academy, his wish of stealing the orb and reviving his dead sister will be put into full effect.

Although this means that he’ll betray all his comrades of November and the school, Takuto doesn’t care. As long as Sion comes back alive, nothing else matters to him, and he’ll stop at nothing to take the Orb.

Story Length: Moderately Short (15 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Very Easy
Comments: Nothing big here; choices split off with obvious wording that pushes you either into the heroine route or continue with the story which eventually leads to the “Final True Route”. Afterstory for each heroine opens after clearing her respective route, but as expected, it’s just an additional H-scene.

I Hate Winter! Review of [150327]Yukikoi Melt

Foreword: So this time, I actually made a poor choice with my game. My original interest for this game was mostly due to Pure Girl and Innocent Girl, both extremely well made nukige/charage combo from Front Wing, and I honestly expected something similar in this title as well. However, much to my disappointment, the producers made an attempt to make this game actually a serious charage and shy away from the “nukige” classification. Because of this, the game does receive some good scores in some parts, but very low in others.

In general, Yukikoi also had this general atmosphere that the other previous titles had, so if you’ve played the games before and enjoyed them, I’m sure you’ll like this one as well.

The crew celebrating Yuka’s 30th birthday/Christmas!

Title: ゆきこいめると (Yuki Koi Melt)
Producers: Front Wing
Release Date: March 27, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v15064
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=832647
Game Type: Charage involving the theme of “Winter”

Summary: Miharu absolutely hates the cold temperature. No, seriously. He HATES it with passion. He also hates winter for the same reason, since ice all over the place is just begging for people to be slipping on, and with his intolerance to the cold, he’s genuinely angry for being transferred to this school, where the climate is almost always winter.

One day, as he went his way with a meat-bun in his hand to somehow warm himself up, he heard a scream and looking up, becomes a crash landing site for a girl who was trying to do a triple spin on a snowboard. This girl named Kanon soon apologizes, but as Miharu didn’t want to stay in the cold weather for long, he rushes off as the girl’s head is fused with a snowman.

Soon, he becomes a target for the “Fuyubu” (Winter Club) who are a group of people who absolutely love winter. They’ll do anything related to it and even work as volunteers within the shopping center in the town. As they learn that Miharu hates winter, the members start to try to invite him into the club with the reasoning that “It’ll be more fun with you”. Miharu, of course, refuses.

However, the old Asian saying that “ten swings of the axe will make any tree fall” comes into play as Miharu sees for himself the enjoyment and fun that the group is having, and soon decides that he wants to join in that happiness. He still hates the cold temperatures, but as Usagi says, it’s not right to be prejudiced towards something without experiencing it, and as he spends more time with the club members, Miharu find himself slowly changing.

The original Winter Club members!

Am I… Alone? Review of [150227]Boku no Hitori Sensou

Foreword: Aaaand I’m back! Well, I was here the entire time, just not as active as I am right now.

Finished this game as well in only a couple of days! I’ll say this right off the bat: this game is WEIRD AS FUCK. It’s so weird, that I can’t even say it’s either good or bad, and my mind’s just in utter confusion about how to rate this game! It’s not like it was good, and it was so bad, but I can’t simply call it bad! I’ve had years of writing, but that’s the only way I can express this game in words!

Holy shit, I’m not even going to get anything accomplished in this section, so let’s move along!

WARNING: This review contains INTENTIONAL MAJOR SPOILERS to the game!  
Please note the game WILL be spoiled from reading this review!
Please also note that this review will have an elevated frequency of Swearing and Rage.

Title: ぼくの一人戦争 (Boku no Hitori Sensou) [Lit. Trans: My one-man War]
Producers: Akabeisoft 2
Release Date: February 27, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v15797
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=830413
Game Type: Fantasy (?) Crude-themed novel

Great CG with lots of detail.

Summary: Eiji drives from Tokyo to the countryside to “start over again”. The girl named Rumi in the passenger seat encourages him and assures him that his older brother, Renji, will also help out in this quest. With their help, Eiji quickly becomes adjusted to the school and even make some good friends.

But… That won’t last long…

Since this is a War.

Rumi’s personality also changes in this “Council”. The game never mentions why