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The World and its Flowers: Review of [161125]Karenai Sekai to Owaru Hana

Foreword: Quite a hyped game for me, I’m not even going to lie that this was quite the weird game that was slightly off from what I expected. Despite being hyped due to being favorable in many aspects, that high standards made this game look much worse than it may have been, so that was quite a disappointment. I also even thought at one point that this game was pulling a “Favorite” on me, by presenting an enormous amount of fantasy elements and leaving them vague only to be utilized later (kek). So that admittedly made me a bit more salty than usual.

Generally, I found this game to be heavily lacking… in many more areas than I wanted.

Let’s just get to reviewing of the title. Because I have nukige on my backlog begging to be played

Title: 枯れない世界と終わる花 (World that does not Wither and the Ending Flower)
Producers: Sweet&Tea (It’s pronounced Sweetie)
Release Date: November 25, 2016
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v19658
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=914784
Game Type: Fantasy Drama Visual Novel

Summary: The world that’s about to end and the seven-colored flower that oversees that conclusion… This world is a sad place where the hardest working individuals are the very ones to suffer the most.

Shou is a boy who has returned to this beautiful and peaceful town where he has a promise to fulfill. A promise made so long ago he’s sure that his opponent has already forgotten. On his way, a mysterious girl who he already knows accompanies him, and giving her the name “Ren”, the two somewhat mismatched couple travels down the road to this town, where they depend on the kindness of its people to survive.

Just a reminder that you also need loli to survive

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I Continue to Love You, Even as I am being Killed: Review of [140829] Satsukoi

Foreword: MMOs too OP, I think… That and schoolwork. In fact, I need to liberate myself from all this real-life shit and go hikkikomori-mode for a week or something because holy hell I’m not getting reviews written.

B-but it’s not like I write these reviews for you guys anyways! Don’t get the wrong idea! 

On to the review of this title, I’ll admit that I had this game on my backlog for a long time, but was recently given the incentive to experience it for myself seeing how one of my new favorite CVs, Ichikawa Hinako, who voiced Yuzu from Natsuiro Recipe, also voices a character here. Damn, I need to stop procrastinating other titles I’m currently playing

Overall, this game was excellent when it comes to the story in its most literal sense. Note how I noted “MOST LITERAL”, meaning that as a whole, it didn’t work out well, and I’m here to explain that and more to you guys. Let’s get started right away!

DUE TO THE AGE OF THIS TITLE (>1 year since release), SPOILERS WILL BE INCLUDED! PLEASE READ AT YOUR OWN RISK OF BEING SPOILED!

Title: サツコイ~悠久なる恋の歌~ (SatsuKoi ~Yukyuunaru Koi no Uta)
Producers: Alcot Honey Comb
Release Date: August 29, 2014
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v15143
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=810572
Game Type: Life-and-Death Drama Romance Novel with heavy themes on Family

Summary: Kano Izumi fought with his step-father… again. After suffering a heavy shoulder injury while his step-father was drunk, he left the house and laid on the streets; hoping to just die there. However, he is reminded of his younger sister, who went missing and his only true regret was that he wouldn’t be able to see his sister again.

However, this would change when a girl who was apparently his classmate came up to him not surprised at his bleeding or his condition, and offered to “pick up” his life for her own, so she can eat him later when the time comes. Izumi was frankly not bothered by this, since he just wanted to die, so he follows this girl who treats him back to health, and starts to live with this strange girl who called herself a mermaid, Shirahase Yuu.

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To my Most Treasured: Review of [160826] Inochi no Spare

Foreword: Bloody hell this game. I swear this game. Holy crap this game. OMFGWTFBBQ THIS GAME

I made a good choice in picking this game to be the first one to play for the August releases. As you might have guessed from various sources, this game is very depressing, but very well worth your time. In fact, this game is pretty short, but contains various elements missing in other games from the July releases I was criticizing about, so that was a huge plus. Enough talking about the game for now because I’d hate to say everything here.

Goddamn, I fucking love kinetic novels for this reason. I just love them. If a big company is releasing a kinetic novel, I jump on it like a starved lion who found its prey. It works for me because of a lot of reasons, and I’m going to discuss most of that below.

I REALLY want to avoid spoilers for this review, but due to the nature of the game and how short it is, as well as its contents, I will have to include spoilers. I’ll make every effort to be conservative with them and avoid them at all possible (aka, restrict it to the “spoiler section”)! Please bear with me in this aspect!

Please be warned! This review will contain spoilers!

Title: 生命のスペア (Seimei “Inochi” no Spare) [Spare (Extra) Life]
Producers: Akabeisoft 3
Release Date: August 26, 2016
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v19513
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=911027
Game Type: Nakige with Life and Death Themes

Summary: “Oumonbyou” (桜紋病) [Sakura-Pattern Disease] is a fearful disease with no known cure, and the victim’s life is filled with pain and despair until the last exacerbation, soon after which he dies. It is given this name due to the cherry-blossom patterns that appear on the victim’s left-side of the chest which spreads to the rest of the body, and this has caused the entire society to hate cherry blossoms; cutting down any and every one of them.

Ryuuji’s older brother died. Koutarou was always so nice to him, but Ryuuji couldn’t do anything for him in return. This caused the entire family to split apart and Ryuuji now spends his days alone. He thought this would be okay, but he meets a girl named Meguri who has the same disease that his older brother has.

Was this obligation to his dead older brother? Was this repentance for not being able to save his older brother and his family? The same questions surround Meguri as the two become much closer than before.

“I was born for you”. What does that mean?

Ryuuji’s brother; Koutarou. Really makes me wish I had an older sibling like him (I’m the eldest)

Story Length: Moderately Short (15 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: N/A
Comments: A Kinetic Novel. I personally love Kinetic Novels for a lot of reasons, but the major one is that this forces the writers to focus every bit of the “quality” possible on this sole route. While others may disagree, I strongly believe many of the “Kamige” out there either have a “True Route” which greatly exceeds the quality of the other portions of the game, or is a kinetic novel with a stunningly good story.

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Is the Future Pre-Determined, or Do We Create It? Review of [110128] AQUA

Foreword: As mentioned previously with this game, the one thing that disappoints me more than a shitty game is a game that COULD have become good, but the writers just fucked up something and made it bad instead. As a game that I procrastinated for about 7 months after taking out of my backlog (holy shit). AQUA was that game that fit perfectly into this description.

I can actually do a tl;dr version of this review right now: AQUA is a very deep, meaningful, and philosophical game. The HUGE CRITICAL OMGWTFBBQ problem was that character development (which includes the romance; I’ll get to it soon) was absolute shit and some of said philosophical components had a bad design (again, will be explained later). Simply put, the game does have a good content overall, but failed in the transition, delivery, and introduction of that content to the point the value and significance of said content plummeted.

I was extremely disappointed with this one for that reason, and now cautiously getting back to Irotoridori Sekai that I’ve been procrastinating for a while as well. I need to finish both games before September, even if I have to CTRL-skip the scenes (God please forbid this to happen).

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS REVIEW CONTAINS HEAVY SPOILERS FOR THIS GAME! PLEASE DO NOT READ IT IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAVE THE TITLE SPOILED

P.S. Also, please let me know if I should pursue other Sorahane titles. This title was quite decent, but the elements I found to be critically terribad is really preventing me from wanting to experience the other games from this company. I would sincerely appreciate all the input!

Title: AQUA
Producers: Sorahane
Release Date: January 28, 2011
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v5502
Getchu Link: www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=683999
Game Type: Futuristic Sci-Fi Fantasy Novel

Summary: AQUA is a computerized device that people use in lieu of various things, such as furniture. In a way, it’s like the smartphones we have today except a lot more versatile. At least for Souta, it has been his lifestyle for as long as he can remember.

His dear childhood friend, Chisa, was killed in an accident 7 years ago. This event was devastating for the young boy who didn’t even know the concept of death, and after having moved away from this town for a while, he returns today with his mother, Tomoe, to this beautiful area where the mesmerizing Luka overlooks its population.

As he is transferred to the school after a little mishap with a crazy young woman (…), he is extremely startled to find out that Chisa, who he was sure was killed, arrives late to school. It’s the same old Chisa who greeted him with a shy smile and the nickname “Sou-chan”, the clumsy girl who has now all grown up and become beautiful.

…What happened?

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The Clash of Beliefs and its Consequences: Review of [151225] Last Cavalier

Foreword: Wowwwwwww, this game was heavy. Heavy in not only story content but also with social philosophy and even in feels. In fact, mark me down as one of the people who expected something more similar to Semiramis, the previous title that Caramel Box produced.

I generally appreciate Caramel Box because they include darker themes in games which is a blessing with all the cheery school-girl crap that sickens me to my stomach. It’s even a freaking bonus that the trap protagonist is also badass. I mean, I’m sure you guys have seen trap-protagonists, but have you EVER seen one BADASS?!

Let my review do the rest of the explaining. Here’s Last Cavalier!

This review contains Major Spoilers! Please read at your own risk!

Title: 機関幕末異聞 ラストキャバリエ (kikan bakumatsu ibun Last Cavalier) [Rough Translation: The Story of the Edo Era: Last Cavalier]
Producers: Caramel Box
Release Date: December 25, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v18145
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=868891
Game Type: Fictional War-themed novel set in past Japan

Summary: Wars are fought due to differences in beliefs; no one is right or wrong. Those who despise change and those who welcome it. Those who welcome new ideas and those who insist on old traditions.

War naturally follows a Call to Arms, and this is what Isa announces to her family and friends in a small town, that there is in need of “Shouki” (瘴姫, Battle Princess), or maidens who utilize a special stone called 鬼瘴石 (Kishouseki; Battle Demon Stone) to extensively amplify their physical abilities in battle.

Soujirou is an orphan who was taken in by Isa and Sei at an early age and raised under their care. He did not want to stay behind while his “older sisters” were taken into war, but as only females are recruited into this group called “新撰組” (Shinsengumi; Newly Chosen Group), they decide to deceive him as a female with the name “Soushi” so he can also come along.

Soujirou’s decision to follow his sisters to the dangerous battlefields will predetermine his fate for the future.

Yo, why so serio*punch*
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Magic is Never Perfect: Review of [150724] Sorcery Jokers

Foreword: And quite a while since another post from me. I’m pretty sure I said this hundreds of times already, but not many games are really in deserving of a review recently… which is my pitiful excuse for not having more posts as I should be making like a good reviewer. I’m mostly interested in nukige, finished games, and MMOs on top of my already busy schedule of work and college, so we’ll see how this blog fares for the next couple of months, yes? (I also have another review coming up; just wanted to give some time between that one and this one right now.)

Right on to this title, Sorcery Jokers. Originally interested due to someone talking about how good it was, I was also intrigued by how it was also from 3rdEye, the company I had a horrible first-impression from this game. Despite this, I was pleased to see that Aoba Ringo does have a part in this game as well (although it’s not so major), and let’s just say that I have mixed feelings for how this game turned out.

Let’s go ahead and get started then!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING REVIEW WILL CONTAIN INTENTIONAL MAJOR SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

Title: ソーサリージョーカーズ (Sorcery Jokers)
Producers: 3rdEye
Release Date: July 24th, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16337
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=836703
Game Type: Fantasy Sci-Fi Novel with themes of “Magic” with philosophy of “human differences”.

Summary: Magic suddenly appeared one day, and it was startling for everyone in the world, who now had to become adapted to this new environment of magic. With groups creating utilities and tools powered by magic and schools training new, young “Casters”, it seems that magic was widely accepted… Or so everyone may think.

In reality, there are “Outcasts”, or people who possess magic power, but not authorized to use this power. These outcasts hide low from the government and other authorities as they are wanted people, and it’s never really known why these people are so oppressed compared to people like Haruto, who live his daily life fulfilled and happy when he is really nothing different than these “Outcasts”.

Of course, there are people who utilize their magic power inappropriately; some will try to oppress others using this power for their own good, and not surprising to Senri, they are often the ones who are smiling harmlessly or the most generous.

Magic… What really is it? How did it appear? Is it really the wonderful thing that everyone imagines about? Perhaps this story may change some of your viewpoints…
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We have no Wings, no Hope, and no Future. Review of [090130]Oretachi ni Tsubasa ha nai

Foreword: Well, this is quite an old game! As I’ve stated in the previous review, Oretsuba is actually the SECOND non-translated game I’ve played in my eroge career (the first being a Yuzusoft title). Obviously at the time, I wasn’t exactly sure of what the game was talking about since this is a Navel game actually slightly more complicated and possibly harder to comprehend.

But that’s not the case this time around! I have 5 years of experience and counting! Along with how there was an anime series focusing on more of the important points (plus blatant fanservice … … …), I’ll also discuss this game’s after-story as well.

For this reason, mild spoilers are included. Sorry!

Oretsuba itself is very unique in the sense it literally has 5 protagonists of varying personalities. Not many games actually have this kind of setting, and I’ll be placing each protagonist with their respective heroine within the review.

Title: 俺たちに翼はない (Oretachi ni tsubasa ha nai) [Lit. Trans: We do not have wings]
Producers: Navel
Release Date: January 30, 2009
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v1141
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=526725
Game Type: Slice of Life novel with themes of “life and reality”

Summary: Yanagihara is a mysterious place, but in reality, this individual named Haneda Takashi is actually a more interesting individual. While he’s very quiet, he seems to hold a secret that no one else knows. This is including how he’s dating the school’s prettiest girl, Watarai Asuka.

“Why Hello Sueko (Youngest Brother)!”
“Good afternoon, Mr. Death God!”
“…So who the hell are you?”

But this story is not about him. It’s about the 5 wingless brothers who are continuously oppressed from the winged people. It’s their story of hating society, the real world, and life itself.
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