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I was just a Memory of the Summer… Review of [060224]Moshimo Ashitaga Harenaraba

Foreword: Alright. This is going to be one of the two favorable reviews that I’ll be writing this week. Obviously an older title, This and Mashiroiro Symphony is considered Palette’s best games, and some even consider the two to be on “kamige” quality.

Looking at this title nearly 4 years since last playing it, it really brings back nostalgia to back when I was just a fledgling, and considering this IS my first game from Palette, I think it should deserve some recognition.

Although many people will already be aware of the plot, I’ve went ahead and written this review for “completionist’s” sake (is that even a word?). It’s quite strange how a title like this didn’t receive an anime adaptation while Mashiroiro Symphony did, but I guess it was because this title was just TOO old…

Title: もしも明日が晴れならば (Moshimo Ashitaga Harenaraba) [Lit. Trans: If tomorrow was a clear day…)
Producers: Palette
Release Date: February 24, 2006 (Sweet Jesus, this was released on my birthday O_O)
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v100
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=202601
Game Type: Fantasy Romance Novel involving “Ghosts”

Summary: It was just too quick, and no one could have possibly seen it coming. When Kazuki and Tsubasa heard of the news, they both fell into denial… that their precious lover and older sister had died from a simple cold.

From a young age, they were so close and inseparable. Many memories were made, but all three of them truly believed that it wasn’t enough. However, as cruel as fate is, it decided to use death to forcefully tear them apart, and with their lives ruined, Kazuki and Tsubasa lost the luster of childhood as they both spend their days without laughing.

However, somehow, their prayers seem to be answered when Kazuki starts seeing hallucinations. He is greatly startled from these visions, but they somehow implant new hope in them.

Story Length: Moderately Long (25 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Easy
Comments: The first two choices within the game actually doesn’t matter too much, and if you’re a repeat player like me, you’ll know that there will be a “forever-alone bad route” and “Akiho’s Route” available by default. Then the challenge is to actually aim for the other heroines, which is actually easier said than done since I’ve never been able to make all three appear at once (never checked a walkthrough, so not sure if it’s even possible).

The other option is to simply go through the game 3 times…

Go on, I DARE you. Even Chihaya wants you to.

The 99th Full Moon… Review of [120224]Tsukumonotsuki

Foreword: Oh hey! A game released on my birthday! Woo~
But really. Surprised that I can spit out a review in such a short amount of time?

Yeah, I’m surprised too.

Jokes aside, let’s get right onto the review. Pretty much a game I had my eyes on since it’s release, it’s rather sad it took me 9 months to get through with this game. Nonetheless, it was actually quite decent compared to the other games I’ve played so far. The only huge drawback of this game is that there’s a portion of the game where plot is REALLY slow, and CAN cause people to simply not want to play it.

However, I urge you to continue with it since the conclusion is actually decent compared to the other games I’ve been playing recently. It’s also very nice that the entire story foreshadows the conclusion, and if you’re sharp, you may even find out what’s truly going on even before you hit the heroine’s route.

But when I started this game, I was literally drooling at the fact that Aoba Ringo (she’s an awesome CV) was voicing a white-haired loli-imouto character. Here’s a sample of her voice (HOLY CRAP SHE’S SO CUTE)

That, good friends, is why I went through with this game even when I had exams and had other games I was playing.
But I’ll stop blabbing about how awesome the main character was, and get on with the review.

Title: ツクモノツキ (Tsukumo no Tsuki) [Lit Trans. Moon of Tsukumo]
Producers: Sugar Pot
Release Date:
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v7845
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=720147
Game Type: Novel with ideals placed on self-identity

Summary: Keita lives his daily life satisfied with his younger sister Maya and his good friend Akane. Although their life isn’t that of luxury, Keita works daily to make ends meet while Maya helps with the household chores. All seems well… or is it?

Keita actually has amnesia. He only knows that their parents passed away from Maya’s words, who says they ran away from relatives trying to take advantage of their situation. If that wasn’t enough, Maya is also very frail, and gets sick often.
Despite this, the siblings get along very well, and support each other everyday.

One day, Maya starts to act strange. She seems to be sick in Keita’s eyes, but Maya won’t tell him what’s wrong with her. Instead, she urges that the siblings return to their hometown, since she feels an urgent need to go there.
Finding this strange, Keita agrees, and the siblings leave for the land that they abandoned 8 years ago.

In the area, they find nothing…

Until Maya exclaims that she can hear a song, and runs to the forested area.
There, the siblings find a white-haired girl who often appeared in Keita’s dreams. This girl, who calls herself Tsukumo, is now a self-proclaimed younger sister of Keita, and returns along with the siblings.

Maya tells Keita to take good care of this strange girl…
But it won’t be long; a shrine maiden named Yukina will now try to take Tsukumo with her, back to the countryside!

*WARNING* Please note that after this point, spoilers are intentionally included. Read at your own risk!



Review of “[121026]Hanairo Heptagram”

Foreword: Uwah….. This was really weak. A lot of players from Japanese review sites commented that this game was considerably inferior to other Lump of Sugar games, but I thought they were crazy. Well, they were right…. Continue onto the review to find out more!

Title: 花色ヘプタグラム
Producers: Lump of Sugar
Release Date: October 26th, 2012
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v10415
Game Type: Novel

Summary: Hisaya lives in Tokyo, but started to have strange dreams. Believing that these dreams were because of his homesickness of the countryside, he consulted with his parents to return to Goshiki-mura. Here, he meets his childhood friend Tamami, as well as other people who has a special trait of their own. While strolling one day with a strange writer, he spies a girl wearing a kimono. The strange thing about her was that she had strangely shaped ears! As a train passed by, the girl disappeared into thin air, and chasing after her resulted in nothing. It was only a short time after that he found out Tamami, as well as Izuki and Mao, the school headmaster, were involved in a team called “Heptagram” whose goal was to eliminate Ark Abnormalities (troubles caused by various gods) using supernatural abilities called “Anti-Ark”. Hisaya is easily tricked into joining this club, and if this wasn’t enough, the group will soon find that a popular idol, Asuka, will join in the fray as well!

Story Length: Moderately Long (25-30 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Moderate
Comments: The story has two “splits”, despite having 5 main heroines. One split will force you to decide between Tamami and Asuka, while the other split will force you to decide on Mao or Izuki. The last route for Miyuri can only be achieved by clearing all the other routes.

My daily dose of Loli: Check.

Character Design Rating: 4/10
Story Rating: 6/10
Game Quality: Moderate
Overall Rating: 5/10
Rating Comments: This is actually a REALLY low score considering that this is Lump of Sugar we’re talking about here; they’re one of my favorite companies, because of their innocent stories mixed in with fantasy material that brings spice and unpredictability within the entire story. However, with this particular game, while the theme of “fantasy” remained intact, it was very insignificant in contributing to the story. In addition, the humor within this story was far inferior to some other games.

Sexual Content: Moderate

Comments: One of the major problems (aka, complaints) I have about games is the term called “static characters”. In literature, these characters are defined by “characters that lack change within the story”. The opposite of this term is called a “dynamic character”, and as you could probably predict, dynamic characters are crucial in a story to be considered “good”. In addition, the character splits are very sudden; there is very little plot between the prologue and the splits. Seriously, if you fail to capture your tsundere childhood friend because you comment on her “suggestive” body twice (Look at most walkthroughs), I think I’d just /life

Affection for the Characters: Low

CG Quality: Moderately High. Even without animated sprites/CG/Backgrounds Lump of Sugar’s CG is always a feast for the eyes (…in an artist way… Get your mind of out the gutter). For Heptagram, the SDCG for this game is freaking cute.
Music Quality: Moderate

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On 3: 1, 2, 3! DAAWWWWWWWWW~

Addictiveness: Very Low

Conclusion: A very inferior LoS (Lump of Sugar) Game. If you’ve already played other older games like Tayutama, or even Nursery Rhyme, you’ll probably be disappointed.