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All Alone in this Cruel and Harsh World: Review of [110128] Bloody Rondo

Foreword: Sometimes, life isn’t fair. Well scratch that. Most of the time, life just doesn’t go the way you want it to go, and at least for this game, that was the case.

3rd Eye is a company that I’ve been eye’ing (pun intended) for a while now, as their games are often quite interesting. This title is their first game, and similar to the previous review, related to vampires.

But it sucks.

Never have I in my 4 years of Visual Novels have I seen any worse writing. It’s just so bad and there’s just nothing good about the novel portion of the game that I have a ridiculous headache. I know this game is from a while back, but that still doesn’t mean that you make a story like this.

Oh man, this is gonna be one of my “usual” rant reviews, so take it easy, grab a can of soda, and get ready to laugh at how horrible this game was.

Title: BLOODY†RONDO
Producers: 3rdEye
Release Date: January 28, 2011
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v5349
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=692831
Game Type: Mystery Action Novel with themes of Vampires

Summary: Shinkuro is an under-cover independent Vampire Hunter who hides his identity by acting as a “Student Detective” in the daytime. At night, he would go out to take out Master-less vampires who have gone out of control attacking other humans. As expected, Shinkuro hates vampires for killing his family in the past.

One day, his fate is changed when he sees a girl being assualted by multiple of these vampires. Saving the girl and bringing her back to his home, Shinkuro lays her on his bed.

Instead, however, this girl reaches out and bites him on the neck. Realizing that she is also vampire, Shinkuro points his gun at the girl’s head, ready to kill her at a moment’s notice, until the girl’s stomach growls loudly and crashes the serious atmosphere.

From then on, this vampire named “Luna” starts to live with Shinkuro, and their story has only just started.

And this would be Luna, voiced by none other than Aoba Ringo *fanboy scream*

Story Length: Moderate (20 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Comments: The difficulty stems from the fact that all the path splits are exactly the same as the other; there’s no word change that would suggest any forms of hints to which heroine you’re befriending, so that made it even more hard. While this is a minus for poor design, it pretty much forces everyone to use a walkthrough.
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The Future for Vampires: Review of [120330] Dracu-Riot!

Foreword: Alright, who’s the derphead who told me this game was the best Yuzusoft game? YOU LIED TO ME.

Yeah, so after having played a couple of Yuzusoft’s games, I got my hands on what was said to be the “best” of Yuzusoft games, but…

Nope, it didn’t turn out good.
In retrospect, the beginning is indeed very good, and even the flow throughout is excellent. It’s just that like all the other typical charage out there, it loses its focus and in the majority of routes, rushes the romance between the characters, then in the end, uses a very convenient mechanism to solve the conflict that’s at hand.

I’ll try to get to both this game’s goods and bads. Scroll down for the review for Dracu Riot.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Title: Dracu-riot
Producers: Yuzusoft
Release Date: March 30, 2012
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v8213
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=725093
Game Type: Fantasy Mystery Novel with themes of Vampires

Summary: Yuuto and his friend is traveling to the famous “Aqua Eden”, well known for its Las Vegas-like conditions (pretty sure that’s where the authors themselves got the setting from, too), after winning a travel ticket from sheer luck. Both of them are excited to experience this mystical land, with each of them their own reasons.

As they arrive, they realize that without a tour guide, they’re pretty much lost. Finally asking a random girl for help, the kind girl who introduces herself as Miu leads them to the “prostitution” store they (well, not for Yuuto, since he didn’t have enough money) were looking for, but after she departs, they soon hear her scream off in the distance.

Yuuto thinks fast and follows the car that kidnaps their temporary tour guide and end up at a storage near the port. Unfortunately for him, his plan to save the girl is foiled with one of the kidnappers noticing he was there. Now with his life destined to end, the girl who is tied next to him looks at his face and says

“I won’t let you die”

Wow! So cool!
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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.