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Criminally Heartwarming: [Various] Yorunohitsuji’s Loliita Series + Extras

Foreword: One of the major reasons why I’m so headstrong on trying out doujin titles (even if they’re made with engines like RPGVX) is because while it provides the new environment of a different engine (aside from the ADV we’re used to seeing with VNs), some also provide gameplay which entertains me for a while or as with this particular series, it’s very thought-provoking.

With my bias for lolita aside, these titles are extremely well made (as you can see one of the titles not containing that niche element). The reason being that the writers were able to keep most things like the environment simple, but make the character themselves much more complex. As I’ll discuss in the main body of the review, this is really how games should be written and created, so I actually feel bad right now I’m lumping all of these 5 titles into one (4 plus a sequel); it almost feels like I’m disrespecting the game which is the last thing I want to do.

There is one more game from this doujin group. The problem is that title is MUCH darker and is actually an NTR title, making it somewhat unfitting to be placed in this review.

Titles:

  • ゆびきり婚約ロリータ (Pinky-promise engagement Lolita)
  • お泊り恋人ロリータ (Sleep-over lover Lolita)
  • 相思相愛ロリータ+生活 (Love each other Lolita + Living together)
  • 彼女、甘い彼女 (Girlfriend, sweet girlfriend)

Producer: 夜のひつじ
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/php/search.phtml?search_brand_id=74929
Game Type: Reality-set kinetic novel revolving around stigma of “lolita”  and socialism

General Explanation: Each title is actually quite short and thus giving a summary would essentially spoil the game. While the last title do not follow the same theme of “lolita”, it is well made, displaying an ideal form of romantic relationships as well as displaying some sociology viewpoints. Each of the other titles displays a young man in his 20s coincidentally meeting a young girl and after interacting for a bit they find something within each other which allows them to fall in love.

Mako from the first series, and also the only one currently with a sequel

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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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Who says Love is a bad thing? Review of [071122]Sekai de ichiban dame na koi

Foreword: So with the White Album 2 series gaining popularity like mad, I had the greatest idea: if WA2 was that good, why don’t I look up if there’s any other titles that the scenario writers had?



Jokes aside, that’s how I found this title, DameKoi. Written by the same scenario writers for WA2 and the Parfait Series, as well as the Aozora Yakusoku title (not surprisingly, all four of these titles received “the Best Game” labels on Getchu), this title was also very good, and I SOMEHOW managed to finish the entire game within 2 days. It was seriously THAT good. Now I’m contemplating other games by its producer, Hermit, but meh…

…Gotta study OTL;

Title: 世界でいちばんNG(だめ)な恋 (Sekai de ichiban dame na koi) [Lit.Trans: The world’s worst love]
Producers: Hermit
Release Date: November 22, 2007
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v415
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=485446
Game Type: Slice of Life romance novel with the concept of social taboos.

Summary: Yoshimura Osamu is a very unlucky man. With his wife that left him two years ago for an unknown reason and him being laid off due to corporate downsizing, he now doesn’t know what to do with his life.
Finding no meaning, all he does after he hears that announcement is head to the bar to drink. As he stumbles out into the cold frigid weather afterwards and lies down hoping to simply die, something hot touches his face. He looks up to find a beautiful woman smiling at him with a canned coffee in her hand.

This woman, who introduces herself as Hinosaka Honoka, consoles him even during his misfortune, and tells him to come visit her at where she lived. Osamu falls for her kindness and beauty, and in three months, make preparations to propose to this young woman who he fell in love at first sight.

Turns out, Honoka’s home (or rather an apartment) is a battered, old inn and Honoka herself is not there. Instead, Osamu meets a younger girl in her teens that he somehow manages to insult and get slapped. After some information gathering, Osamu learns that Honoka has ran off somewhere with another man, leaving the daughter (the girl who slapped him a few minutes ago) to take care of an inn and its property.

He finds it in himself to feel sympathy for the girl who seems to only get 4 hours of sleep a day, and offers his help. However, the girl insults him instead, calling him “Mr. Laid Off” (or in Japanese, Risutora) and claiming that she doesn’t need his help. Despite this, she is in critical danger of paying the property’s bills this month (which Osamu learns of later), before Osamu leaves after spending the night at the inn.

Despite this rejection, Osamu decides to force himself within this apartment. Despite the fact that it’s old and battered, its residents are friendly, and he also thinks that taking care of this girl would bring  back some of his motivation to live…

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