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Promises made under the Blue Sky: Review of [060331] Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku wo

Foreword: Whoa, it’s been a long time since a review, but I’m looking to change that today.
Since the beginning of May, I was busy with real-life bullcrap, but somehow made time for my eroge hobbies, and as a goal for this summer break, I decided to go back and play some games I enjoyed the most. In addition to this, I’ll also be going through my backlog while keeping my eyes peeled for new releases. MMORPG is completely out of my scope now, which is kinda sad… Oh well.

Let’s get to this game Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku wo. So my main reason for choosing this game was because of its previous writer’s with the following three games that I’ve played and absolutely loved:
1) Chocolat Second Brew
2) White Album 2
3) Sekai de ichiban dame na koi
(In that order, too)

These three games were amazing, with the latter two fully competent and capable of being called “kamige”. Naturally, that just means that this game would be amazing as well.

With my standards and hopes at its highest possible, I opened this game. Scroll down to see what I thought about it!

Title: この青空に約束をー (Kono Aozora ni Yakusoku wo) [Lit. Trans: A Promise for this Blue Sky]
Producers: GIGA
Release Date: March 31, 2006
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v182
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=776143
Game Type: Reality-style Romance Novel with themes of friendship

Summary: Wataru lives in a dorm called “Tsugumi Dormitories” on the island of Minami which is actually a girl’s dorm. Due to the low number of students who are actually willing to climb this 218-step hill to even reach the dormitory, all the 5 students including Wataru have bonded closely; and this also includes their supervisor and teacher, Saeri.

The gathering of its residents!

Regardless, even with their lives at peace, they know that with the graduation this upcoming Spring would leave their dorm with a number less than 5, and the school seems to have plans to tear down the dormitories and to utilize this land for something else.

The thing is, this dorm is a place of memories and something the group cannot let go. This treasured place out of reach of society houses some of the best environments and views, and the students (and one teacher) work very hard to fight off its opponents.

Rinna and Saeri not pictured

The story adds one new character into the group, a girl named “Rinna”, who is very cold and apathetic to everything around her. She refuses to even eat with the others, and with this lone wolf causing concern in everyone, Wataru makes a determination to make this girl a part of their group.
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The Finale of Leyline: Review of [150130]Tokijikake – Asagiri ni Chiru Hana

Foreword: I’ll be honest: this game was the most hyped for me this month, and possibly even the entire year. I held so much expectations from its previous titles, and I was just twisting in agony of what was to happen after the first two parts.

MFW This game

Well my dear friends, you have the finale of the trilogy and the end to the title “Ley Line”. The one thing I really appreciate about Unisonshift Blossom and this game is that they know when to stop, unlike other companies who try to milk out as much money from sequels and fandiscs as humanly possible. There will be no other games relating to this series from Unisonshift, but I’m looking forward to their other games, which have a great setting of their own.

Finished in a single day, this short game delivers a promising and definitive conclusion to the end of the series. Let’s see if they did it effectively, yes?

Just a fair warning, however, that to effectively deliver my point, I will have to include some minor spoilers. Sorry guys :|
(I’ll try to be as conservative, though)

Title: 時計仕掛けのレイライン -朝霧に散る花-(Tokijikake no Ley Line -Asagiri ni Chiru Hana-) [Lit. Trans: The Clockwork of Leyline – The Flower that Wilts in the Morning Fog-]
Producers: Unisonshift Blossom
Release Date: January 30, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16212
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=831780
Game Type: Sci-fi mystery novel

Summary: The mystery is solved, and the Special Task Force group has finally defeated the Evil of the school… maybe…? Well, the problem is that the events from 20 years ago is still not solved, and the German guests from the 2nd title are still staying over for some reason. In addition to the real Michiru (who is currently recovering from using a large amount of magic) still frail, Mitsuyoshi (the protagonist) is really at a loss to what to do.

Otherwise, it’s just a peaceful day without troubles… until there’s some rumors regarding an artifact (Myst) in the infirmary room. However, the team soon realizes that this was just a trap set by Futahi, the cunning Homunculus Headmaster. The team soon find out that the Headmaster has not given up on reviving the “Students of the Night” and will go through anything possible to do so.

Just what happened 20 years ago? Who is the mastermind behind this? Working together, the truth behind the tragic story is slowly revealed… which started out with a simple “Hello”.

By this character, who’s supposed to be an important character, but gets the least amount of screentime

Story Length: Short (10 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Slightly Difficult.
Comments: As with other titles, the difficulty doesn’t stem from multiple routes, but the fact that the game asks you “questions” which you answer with what you think happened. At the end of the game, there is a “scoring” section where you are given a rank depending on how well you answered questions. For the first two games, I received SSS and SS ranks respectively, but for this game, I got just a plain “A” rank, which suggests that either I forgot most of the plot from the previous games or was a little dull when answering these questions.

If you don’t want to bother, feel free to use a walkthrough or just save-and-reload. You are given a humorous CG corresponding to your rank.

SSSS-rank quality CG right here

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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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