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Destiny and the Power of the Word: Review of [141031]Unmei Senjou no Phi

Foreword: Back when I was still a boring weeaboo, (which happens to be quite a long time ago), the name “Lump of Sugar” immediately corresponded to a great game called “Tayutama”, a heart-warming story about accepting each other’s differences and even finding love across those differences that one would normally be prejudiced for.

Fast forward to today, and their newest game, Unmei Senjou no Phi, is actually… (brace yourselves) a nonsense game. It is directly contradicting with their previous styles (including how it’s completely opposite to their world-famous kamige), and most of this game was focused on the “nonsense routes” that were emphasized more explicitly than the heroines themselves. If you remember Girls in Black from Whirlpool, it’s safe to say that this game is resembling this.

However, unlike the former title, this game was hilarious. Despite being a nonsense game, I also want to say it’s a well-made charage due to its great design of characters, including heroines and protagonists. In addition, some of these “nonsense routes” were the very elements that added to the game’s humor, and while I understand that most of you have different standards of humor than I do, but I’m sure you’ll crack a grin at least at some of the silliness that the characters present.

Unfortunately, those things don’t necessary make up a “good game”. Here goes the review for Unmei Senjou no Phi!

P.S. As I write this, I have started four nukige titles, two of them decent, but the other two so horrible that I can’t even find the desire to fap to them. Don’t expect a review for these, and it might take me a while to finish these and move on to some other games

Please note that this review contains intentional minor spoilers. Read at your own risk!

Title: 運命戦場のΦ (Unmei Senjou no Phi) [Lit. Trans: The Destiny Line of Phi]
Producers: Lump of Sugar
Release Date: October 31, 2014
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v15281
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=812830
Game Type: Interactive Nonsense game with several different “character arcs”

Summary: “Kotodama”, a spiritual and mysterious energy contained in the words of humans is present in some of the selected humans, and Iori is definitely one who has such powers as well as he arrives at the Shintenjima, a mysterious island thought to be just an illusion and not even present on maps.

Through various reasons he makes this visit, one thing is clear; and it’s that his lost memory from 5 years ago has something to do with this island, and its residents. Little does he know, however, that him nosing into this “Kotodama” business will make him go into the depths of the truth, and help him realize about his lost past, relationships, powers, and destiny.

Kotodama, 言霊, literally means “Word Spirit” and is equivalent to a super power related to the “word” that the individual possesses. For Iori, the word is “Zan” (斬) or to “cut and throw away”. However, the usage of this superpower also induces a side-effect…

Nagisa used Neko-Charm! It’s Super Effective!
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Flying is the Best! Review of [131220] Magicalic Sky High

Foreword: I feel so dumb… I had this review all planned out, written, and just needed to add screenshots, and I completely forgot to do that and publish this review OTL

So there goes my New Year’s Resolution in just 4 days… *sigh*

Being depressed won’t help anything, though, so let’s get on with the review!
A surprisingly decent Whirlpool game, I’ll have to admit that for some reason, this game was more superior to the previous games I’ve seen from Whirlpool before (like Usomeru). Finding this strange, I decided to check Getchu and BAM! Daisangen “大三元” is one of the scenario writers. If anyone forgot already, Daisangen also wrote the scenario for Ryuuyoku and Suzukaze, both decent (scratch that… the latter is a kamige) titles from the same company, Whirlpool.

Along with Mamizou’s loli-like character design (although there was another artist), I enjoyed this game quite a bit… … … only its beginning parts though.

Turns out, this game starts well like any other games, but seem to lose track of the overall flow of the story line. The theme of “flying” is intact, but many of the routes are your cliche Whirlpool-style story.

Title: まじかりっく⇔スカイハイ ~空飛ぶホウキに想いをのせて~ (Magicalic Sky High ~ soratobu houki ni omoiwo nosete) [Lit. Trans: Putting your feelings on a sky-flying broom]
Producers: Whirlpool
Release Date: December 20, 2013
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v12983
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=782499
Game Type: Fantasy Romance Novel with themes of Magic and Flying

Summary: Hayato is really bad with magic, but he’s very good at one type of magic: Flying.

Second to none when it comes to flying around on a broom, he even boasts that he won several contests involving flying, and as expected from any other superior talent, he enjoys it greatly.
This is why, even after his homeroom teacher warned him about the disruption of the magical field near the forest, his attitude was “Challenge Accepted” and immediately flew out to the very area that was supposed to be dangerous.

Karma then comes into play, and Hayato is put to shame–he loses control and falls into the forest, luckily saved by the trees before he hit the ground; saving more than just a few hundred bones in his body.
Looking around, Hayato realizes the horrible truth that his favorite broom is broken in the process, and he is now trapped in a strange ruin located far beneath the forest floor. On an altar in front of him, there is…

A broom! Shining in the moonlight.
Seemingly oblivious to this situation, Hayato mindlessly pulls out the strange broom from the strange ruin, just so he can float back up to the surface and get back home. He does, however, notice that on his way back, he doesn’t lose control of his flight as he did a few minutes ago, and finds that his new broom is very efficient… MUCH better than his old one.

It would only be a matter of time until chaos arises, the MS-condition appears, and Hayato is the only one who can fly with his strange broom. He will be hated and hunted down by people who desire to have this magic item for themselves.

Hayato’s childhood friend, Yurika! For the reference, this is a scene where Yurika stands in front of Hayato’s “crash site”… I don’t think I really need to explain this scene any further xD

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Zombie Apocalypse?!!?! Review of [130628]Nosferatu no Omocha ☆彡

Foreword: One game down from the nine I chose this week! Can I finish all these games in time for the next wave? Tune in next time t– /shot

Jokes aside, let’s get right on to the review of Nosferatu. First game by Ichigo Fizz, I remember the parent company, “Fizz” for creating stories that are ultimately crappy, but strangely has a higher character affection for some reason. That’s the same in this game, but of course, more detail can be found below.

Finished in 3 days (darn you, summer classes), I present to you, Nosferatu no Omocha!

Title: ノスフェラトゥのオモチャ☆彡 (Nosferatu no Omocha) [Lit. Trans: The plaything (toy) of Nosferatu)
Producers: Ichigo Fizz
Release Date: June 28th, 2013
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v12290
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=768965
Game Type: Novel with themes of zombie apocalypse, albeit with a different setting.

Summary: Hibiki is a human being that continuously runs in fear of becoming “one of them”. After the Blood-Last (or bloodlust?), which left 99.99% of the Earth’s population as monsters called the Spirit Taker, all Hibiki can think of is surviving as long as he can, even as he realizes that his efforts will soon end in nothing.

He is soon surrounded by Spirit Takers, and just as his soul was about to be stolen, a hand gently reaches out to him, telling him that he “…won’t need to run away anymore…” He faints at that moment, but wakes up in a supervision center, where they protect him from the Spirit Takers. However, Hibiki wants to know who saved his life…

Story Length: Moderately Short (20 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Easy
Comments: Very straightforward character choice. No need for long explanations. There are obviously more “short stories” for the three sisters who are the main heroines, than the sub-characters.

Character Design Rating: 7/10
Story Rating: 2/10
Game Quality: Moderate
Overall Rating: 4/10
Rating Comments: We have a title that rivals many other superior games in Character Design, but its story rating drops madly. This is, like Magical Charming, because of explained elements. I’ll list some of the things that the game doesn’t explain; trust me, it’s a long list.

  • Hibiki’s properties make him seem to “turn on” the girls around him, which is not explained.
  • In the story, it specifically says that Hibiki was attacked once, by a Spirit Taker. This caused immense pain and suffering, but Hibiki did not become a Spirit Taker like them. Why?
  • The origin of Anima (the rose-like flower that suppresses the Spirit Taker’s desires)
  • The origin of Spirit Takers (the story says that Noel was the “First Spirit Taker”, though)
  • and various others.

In that sense, this game seemed like a mindless parody of the zombie apocalypse, but… something didn’t really make it seem like that…

Character Summary: Let’s speed through the summaries! There’s really not much to say about each character, but this section is a good excuse to post “unnecessary” CGs :D

Let’s start with Noel. Your typical loli character, at first glance, you may think of her as one of those selfish and prideful individuals. However, Noel, despite being the “King of Spirit Takers“, and lived for over 1000 years, is actually an amaenbo character (Character who actively pursues the protagonist’s attention), so I guess this kind of “gap” is what I enjoyed greatly.

Noel loves sleeping, and can often be seen sleeping in class. Her favorite food is anything fried (potato chips, fried shrimp, etc…), and will not yield these items to anyone.

Noel actually lacks the emotion: sadness. This is why even when she sees death, she cannot be disturbed by it, and the only time she cries out of anguish is when her body instinctively tries to “take” Hibiki’s soul, as he offers it up to her. With this emotion restored, Noel is “technically” a human, but can live for a very long time, with Hibiki, who is now a Spirit Taker alongside her. (BUT WAIT! I thought Hibiki couldn’t be a Spirit Taker!)

We then come to Misha, who is the eldest daughter of the Nosferatu Family. Despite her hereditary advantage, Noel is a more powerful Spirit Taker than her, because Noel is the “First Spirit Taker”. Misha isn’t too concerned about hierarchy, however, since she doesn’t like receiving too much attention. Instead, when Hibiki tries to do something for the three sisters, Misha says to him “… then teach me– No, teach Noel and me what “Romance” is…

It is implied that as the elder sister of Noel, she is older than her; and far more mature in certain areas (O.,O). In school, she is considered the “school idol” for her kindness and good looks, as well as her abilities.

Misha’s hobby is gardening, which she tries to keep secret from everyone else. She is the one who tends to Anima and because of this, is the first to realize that the flowers were wilting. Misha also loves reading shoujo manga, despite having the aura of a lady. This characteristic suggests that she knows very little about love.

Last but not least, we get to Amayuki. Mostly the “emotionless heroine“, it’s possible to see that she is not really emotionless; she just doesn’t know how to express herself properly. Amayuki, like the other two, are “amaenbo” characters, and desire the attention of Hibiki.

Amayuki’s background goes back to when she was just a frail child, and faced with death. Noel appeared before her, and turned her into a Spirit Taker, allowing her immortality and the cure from the disease that she was suffering with. However, because of her immortality, she has been treated like a god from her family, which she finds very uncomfortable; she would rather stay with Noel, Misha, and Hibiki.

Amayuki is skilled in martial arts, and uses it often to protect Hibiki from physical danger. She easily becomes jealous of other girls that are close to Hibiki, and often leave the poor guy confused about what he did wrong.

The Four Subcharacters:

Kodama on the right, Paseri on the left.

Kodama: Hibiki’s younger sister and an extreme brother complex, to the point she finds it natural that a brother would lust for his younger sister. Hibiki unfortunately does not think of her as a little sister, because his parents and even Kodama chased after him during Blood Lust. This paradigm sets up the siblings in a very uncomfortable relationship.

Paseri: The student council president in the school that Kodama attends, Paseri attacks Hibiki, trying to take his soul, but is stopped by Amayuki, Misha, and Noel. Despite her punishments, Paseri attempts to steal Hibiki’s soul again, and fails the second time. The third time around, she tries to get closer to the group so they drop their guard, but instead ends up falling in love with him instead.

Riri: Hibiki’s classmate who is also a human being, she chose to become a Spirit Taker on her own accord, because she wanted to understand her parents when her parents attacked her during Blood Lust. Riri and Hibiki start studying together, but end up falling in love with each other in the end.

Melody: The loyal maid of Noel, who is significantly younger than the rest of the sisters. Skilled at all forms of housework, it is Melody’s pride and joy to serve the Nosferatu family. Melody’s story mostly involves her affection towards Hibiki as she sees his diligence and persistence even in such a hostile environment, and “sacrificing her body” in order to confine him as much as possible.

Such delicious events…

Sexual Content: Very High

Comments: Arguably your “Zombie Apocalypse” environment, the “zombie” is replaced by a vampire-like creature called “Spirit Takers”. This theme is maintained throughout the game but… that was all there was to it; Hibiki’s “property” that turned on the girls around him was a convenient plot element used for the H-scenes, and while I did enjoy drooling over Noel, the end of her route was much too abrupt.

But I want a Harem too ._.;

Affection for the Characters: Moderately High

CG Quality: Moderately High
Music Quality: Low

Addictiveness: Low

Conclusion: A parody-like game with the cute theme of apocalypse, but is actually more of a comedy than anything else. Contains cute short stories, but is more of a nukige than a visual novel. Good character design, but almost non-existent story.

ERMAGAWWWD NOEL IS SO CUTE!!!! <333

A brief intro of Noel; as a supreme being, but not too different from anyone else.