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Wishing upon… a sheep? Review of [140425]Soratobu hitsuji to manatsu no hana

Foreword: Holy shat this game was long.

Because I’m a perfectionist in the most stupidest ways, I have a tendency to have an obligation to complete games created by companies that I know very well. Navel is one of them, and while this game was produced under a different name, Navel Honeybell, I still wanted to get with it because I kinda had a good vibe with it.

Well, in reality, there’s probably a reason why I stick with these producers at all, right?

Turns out, it’s not that great: it’s actually pretty good when it comes to the story, but the characters are actually annoying! Want to know what I found to be annoying? You should definitely read on!

It’s also pretty sad how my 100th post on this site is a relatively negative and critical review… OTL

Title: 空飛ぶ羊と真夏の花 (soratobu hitsuji to manatsu no hana) [Lit. Trans: Sheep that flies in the sky and midsummer’s flower]
Producers: Navel Honeybell
Release Date: April 25, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v14061
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=793436
Game Type: Romance Novel with mixed themes of Fantasy

Summary: Keisuke is an orphan who was abandoned by both his mother and father. Despite this, he doesn’t hate them, nor have any negative emotions. Instead, all he can feel is pure and genuine loyalty to the girl who not only saved his life, but gave him a meaning to live. Now, after training vigorously in Europe, he returns to Japan in order to serve the girl who was his first love and now his Master: Konohanamiya Kotoya.

As he becomes accustomed to his school life, he then meets various people who he knows, as well as some who will change his story. However, none of the characters, including Keisuke himself, would be prepared for the shocking truth about the protagonist that starts from a simple letter that looks like a love letter…

Which is actually sent by an Angel, who states that Keisuke is a God and he and his younger sister were playing a game, where Keisuke was challenged to find the younger sister among the humans on Earth. Her descendance to Earth resulted in her memories being spread as “Fragments”, which Keisuke has to collect in order to bring his sister back.

However, these fragments are then implanted in various girls, who are already using its power for a special wish…

Story Length: Relatively Long (35 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Moderate
Comments: Your typical Navel game system, where there ARE a few ambiguous choices determine which heroine you are going to meet up with, and you need to keep a close eye on the story flow if you wish to not use a walkthrough. (Personally, this kind of system is the best for me: not too difficult to the point you’re ripping your hair out, but not too easy to the point it seems like there’s no interaction)
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“Doll of Wishes”: Review [140228] Koisuru shoujo to Omoi no Kiseki

Foreword: I’m going to be an eroge machine this Spring Break! With only one week, I’ll be playing games like crazy and enjoy while it lasts. Obviously, I didn’t get the chance to do this over the school year, so there you have it.

Second review for the day, this is a game I finished within 24 hours of starting–this was actually THAT good. Unlike the previous Sugar Pot game, this was a great title–hence finishing it even when I was in the progress of Sugar + Spice (Yes, I’m playing it because of you, gangrelion! xD)

Remember how in the previous Sugar Pot game, Tsukumo no Tsuki, I was mostly complaining about how everything seemed so slow in the middle of the story, and the protagonist seemed really weak. This time around, Sugar Pot got rid of both and created a very good game that I’ll be saving for the future.

I’ll stop blabbing and get with the review!

Title: 恋する少女(どーる)と想いのキセキ~Poupee de souhaits~  (Koi suru shoujo (do-ru) to omoi no kiseki) [Lit. Trans: A Girl (Doll) that loves and the miracle of feeling — Poupee de souhaits = “Doll of Wishes” in French
Producers: Sugar Pot
Release Date: February 28, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v12987
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=776567
Game Type: Romance Novel with themes of “Puppetry”

Summary: Tomoki is a dollmaker who is actually quite famous. The beginning scenes involve him being “harassed” by his manager, who delivers his works to the company for production and sale. Perhaps because of this, he attends an art school and is in a club designed for creating dolls.

After a day when he “runs” away from his upperclassman (who also happens to be the student council president), he is suddenly attacked by strange wooden doll! As any normal human would do in such a situation, he runs away and into a mansion that he knows of. As he is soon cornered and waiting for his death, a girl flies out of nowhere and tears the wooden (?!) doll into pieces, gracefully taking the time to crush its head beneath her foot.

This is the meeting of Tomoki and a strange doll named Towa (as well as another doll named Ena). Well, not really… Towa and Tomoki had met before, when he was young. They promised to meet, and the next time they met, Tomoki had promised Towa that he would be her master. Towa simply came to fulfill that promise.

Towa and Ena are special dolls entrusted with a certain “wish”, which gave them the life and personality they hold today. Dolls infused with this “wish” will live with the goal of fulfilling this wish, and Puppeteers like Asuha, who is Tomoki’s Role-Model, are people who lead them on the right path.

Then there are exterminators like Amane, who specialize in sealing away such emotions if they become too negative. With her partner Shuri, she holds great pride in her family’s long heritage for protecting people from dolls that run out of control, and find doll-makers like Tomoki an eyesore.

Or you can be like Mitomo–a cool-beauty, except for the fact that she’s also an otaku who loves cute things: like dolls. She enjoys creating and simply collecting dolls, and perhaps this is the reason why she is close to Tomoki in the first place.

Switch spots with me, Tomoki OwO
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Childhood’s Innocence and Dreams: Review of [100929]Kisaragi Gold Star

Foreword: Another game from Saga Planets finished! This was, again, another title I’ve been eye’ing for a very long time (since it’s release!) but haven’t gotten to playing it until now.

As my second game from Saga Planets, I’m actually going to admit that this game was superior to Hatsuyuki Sakura despite being an earlier work, AND despite the fact that other players tend to rate the latter title better than this one.

So there you have it folks–this one deserves its “Best Game” tag, while the other may not.
Despite this, Kisaragi GS wasn’t a kamige. It had its parts that make it superior to its successor, but it wasn’t quite enough… Perhaps I might be able to get to it in this review.

Title: キサラギGOLD★STAR (Kisaragi)
Producers: Saga Planets
Release Date: September 29, 2010
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v4851
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=673738
Game Type: Slice of Life Romance Novel with themes of Childhood and Friendship

Summary: Futami is one of the group of friends who spend their days together. Including his little sister Ichika, Miss Popular Tsubasa, Quiet and Solemn Mikoto, Friendly Saya, and Jokester Hitomi, their days include two of them riding on a single bike to school (which isn’t allowed), and while being in different “Special Curriculum”, eating lunch together and being similar to a family.

This year’s Moon Festival will be different, however, when Futami hears the news that if they live as they are right now, the friends may have to split up. Hating this kind of event, Futami decides to help the friends around him with all his strength–so they will not be expelled.

And thus creates the story of Kisaragi Gold Star, where the protagonist works hard to fulfill everyone’s dream, but may not realize that the person who’s actually in need is…
Himself.

Double-riding on a bicycle! This actually makes it harder for the pedal to be turned, so I guess that’s the reason for Futami’s agonized look?
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