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The Haven for Maidens: Review of [160624]Otome Domain

Foreword: When one of my favorite companies release a game, it’s with no doubt that I’ll have said game on the highest priority on my list. Generally speaking, this game from Palette Qualia was almost on par with the more recent Palette release, Sakusaku, but was lacking in some areas as well. However, it was also good in other areas, and I’m here to discuss both of those traits.

I often wonder why producers would change their names like this. I mean, there’s really not that great of a reason to release this game in a different name when you’re already a branch of another company, right? (e.g. Palette vs Palette Qualia). It usually happens that this “debut title” is also the only title that the new company produces, so there’s that too…

Title: オトメ*ドメイン (Otome Domain)
Producers: Palette Qualia
Release Date: June 24, 2016
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v18149
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=869780
Game Type: Comedy Romance Novel

Summary: Minato’s last blood-relative, his grandmother, passed away and now he is all alone in this world. He thinks about how he was blessed to have family, but dryly laughs about how he’ll need to take care of himself now.

However, during the funeral of his grandmother, someone named Kazari approaches him and offers to admit him into a prestigious school, in addition to providing him a place to reside. Minato immediately and thankfully takes up on this offer, but soon realizes that the Suzu Academy is an all-girl’s school, and the “ojou-sama” that he’ll be residing with has flaws of their own which really shattered his expectation for a high-class lady.

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Even Ponkotsu Needs some Love! Review of [150925]Boku to koisuru ponkotsu akuma

Foreword: I lied. I guess I’ll be playing a lot more galge/eroge now that I have time since MMOs have officially sickened me. It’s really sad that some of the MMO community is absolutely retarded to the point that I’ve decided to come back to galge.

On with this title, while it’s technically more of a nukige than anything else, I actually found myself enjoying this game for its occasional references, humor revolving around the characters, the colorful characters themselves, and something else I’ll probably mention a bit further down below. It was at least good enough to warrant a fandisc which is being released on the 27th (So next week!), so there’s that.

I’ve also decided to now list the “pros” and “cons” of each game at the very end in the conclusions, so it really gives the people who want 20 second summary of the game the take-home message. Hopefully that’s enough to justify my rants or praises or extraordinarilyandunnecessarylongreviewsthataren’tevenhelpfulahahahahahahaha

Title: 僕と恋するポンコツアクマ (Boku to Koi suru ponkotsu akuma) [The ponkotsu demon who does love with me]
Producers: Sumire
Release Date: September 25, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v17515
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=889009
Game Type: Nonsense comedy nukige with fantasy themes

Summary: “ponkotsu” is an adjective used to describe something that’s “missing” something or unusual. It quite literally means “amateur” in some instances as well. At least for Ren and his younger sister Emili and their childhood friend Riria, this word was unrelated to them until they’re all kicked out by Riria’s mom who is also the school principle, for them being a “ponkotsu”. They’re placed in a special dormitory along with four different other people including three animals (?). This is when Ren finds out that each member of this dormitory isn’t actually human, and was brought here for some reason. Not being a ponkotsu himself, Ren had no place here, but was eventually accepted to be a manager whose household skills were invaluable to these groups of girls who needed guidance to graduate from being “ponkotsu”!

Tama-chan: Don’t call me a ponkotsu!
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Gathering your Emotions and Putting it on Paper: Review of [151030]Koi x Shinai Kanojo

Foreword: I hope to have done all the apologies and notifications on the previous post that I’ve made, and bring you the most recent title I finished, Koikake. At this point, I’d like to introduce you to some humor as I did NOT know where the “kake” came from (since the words read out loud is “Koi Shin Ai Kanojo”), then realized the “x” in between and took literally 5 minutes to realize that Japanese call the x-symbol “Kakeru”.

Man, I felt like an idiot.

Well, with me being an idiot and an asshole (?) aside, let’s get to the review! For the most part, I thought this game was pretty plain, boring even to an extent… but only partially. The thing that really kept me going was the absolutely gorgeous music and cute characters, but I finished several hours of the game’s worth in a single sitting because it had so much impact, which I’ll explain a bit further down below.

Furthermore, I warn readers early in advance that this game will contain HEAVY and MAJOR spoilers! PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW if you do not want to be spoiled! 

And without further ado, let’s get into the review in quite a while! Here’s Koikake!
(…Shit. I was hoping I could get another review for a 2016 title and this one’s from 2015 T_T)

Title: 恋xシンアイ彼女 (Koi “kakeru” shinai kanojo) [Lit Trans: Romance “cross” New Love Girlfriend]
Producers: Us:Track
Release Date: October 30, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v17516
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=857308
Game Type: Slice of Life Romance Novel

Summary: Koutarou is a very introverted guy. Instead of playing sports or actively seeking new relationships, he would rather write his novels and stay inside. Naturally, he loves reading books and is actually quite fluent with writing novels, which even won him prizes when he was younger.

Koutarou has a dark past, however, since he still drags on his first love, which ended pretty bitterly in his opinion, when he gave a letter to the girl, who transferred the next day without telling him. Because of this, he often has humorous “allergies” to cheesy things such as romance or love.

But enough about his past; what matters is now, right? Because the past only makes up our memories; the present and future is what we make of it.

Carpe Diem, amiright?

Story Length: Moderately Long (30 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Easy
Comments: The story has four routes in total, but seem to separate into two “splits” consisting of Ayane + Sena in one split and Yui + Rinka in another. I personally didn’t really like how these splits were pretty conspicuous, but did appreciate that across routes within a split, there was something similar between the heroines (e.g. Love Triangle for the former and the Destruction of the Old School Facilities in the latter).
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