Ever since the success of Dies Irae, Light has become increasingly focused on making battle-oriented eroge with chuuni settings. Their recent works can be divided into two lines, with the Masada x G Yuusuke x Yonao team responsible for the 神座万象 and Senshinkan series, and a secondary team whose output consisted of Vermillion, Zero Infinity, Electro Arms. Silverio Vendetta is the latest addition to the latter, with a theme on the concept of victory.
In the late 2000’s or so, Looseboy was quite a popular eroge writer for Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo and G-senjou no Maou. His main genre was “human drama,” which showed through quite strongly in both of his works (more in the former than the latter). He was also supposed to be one of the writers in Taiyou no Ko (probably dead), a collaboration eroge that was announced at around the same time as Key’s Rewrite, which was also a collaboration with famous names except it actually came out in a timely manner. Anyway, if you’ve been following eroge for a decent amount of time you’ve probably heard of the guy and maybe, at one point, was hyped for his stuff.
He kinda went without attaching his name to anything major for a long time, but came out with Boku no Hitori Sensou last month. Unlike his previous works, this is a medium-priced, single-heroine eroge. It’s also probably better off that way.
No, not the 10-volume 17th-century poem. Jesus Christ, why would I write about real literature in my porn game blog?
Paradise Lost is the first eroge written by Masada, and essentially serves as the first entry in the 神座万象 series. Lesser-known than its more recent, higher-budget siblings Dies Irae and Kajiri Kamui Kagura, Paradise Lost is more standalone than the former two and thus not many have bothered reading it. Although it’s technically the first game, its connection to Dies Irae isn’t really spelled out for you until late into Yakou’s path in Kajiri Kamui Kagura where the entire setting becomes more apparent. Regardless, it’s quite a good read despite being 10 years old and having an entirely different cast.
Writing 1000+ word posts for everything I played recently is too troublesome so here’s a collection of short impressions. There’s a bunch of stuff I played, but didn’t write a proper review for when I was still motivated. Basically scrap review bin for mostly VNs.
If there was a VN that consistently relies on its conversations and prose to be enjoyable, and where “how” something is presented is infinitely more important than “what” is happening, then that VN is Oretsuba. Written by Ou Jackson and developed by Navel of Shuffle! fame, Oretsuba is a completely different beast than whatever else the company output prior to it.
Originally a PC eroge, it got a Vita port with some rewritten parts, new CGs, and removal of ero. I never actually played the PC release, so I can’t make any comparisons. Writing a review nearly a month after finishing it is also a terrible idea.
Nanami Yukito acquires a new job at a tea shop called Forest of Fairytales, run by storybook author Furumiya Mai, only to receive a wooden box delivered to his workplace. Inside the box was a girl named Saki with unnatural red eyes and silver hair, dressed like she was in Alice in Wonderland-themed cosplay, and asking him how many loops it has been. Upon his confused reaction, she explains to him that his Wheel of Fate has gone mad, he is fated to die in seven days, and all those involved in this particular “wheel” are in danger as well.
A loli with mysterious powers in a space pod crash-lands in the local park, gets plagued with amnesia, and starts living with the protagonist and tagging along in his club activities. A joke-tier premise, combined with the relatively unimpressive and inconsistent doujin game-quality art and mediocre first episode made me get stalled in the common route for the longest time. Aside from a few funny scenes here and there, the first “route” did nothing to grab my interest until some reveals at the end. Then the preview from the second episode kicked in. I began the next part of the story and never looked back.
It’s been a while since I’ve played, let alone fully completed a moege. An ordinary school-life moege, at that too! Needless to say, this has satisfied my gakuen moege itch for quite a while and I don’t think I will finish one again in the near future unless there’s some sort of catch or interesting twist to it. If I had to describe my experience playing this, it would be like eating a wedding cake whole, by myself. At first it sounds sweet and tempting, and it is kind of fun, but you’ll be full and sick of it after eating the first level of the normally 3-tier cake (give or take some depending on the capacity of your stomach).
Masada’s new work! This time it’s not a part of the 神座万象 series, but a new setting with more down to earth powerlevels (on average). Of course, toned down Masada just means normal chuu2 for everyone else. The story is centered around Hiiragi Yoshiya, a hard-working honor student who has been seeing lucid dreams all his life, and his friends who gain access to the lucid dreaming world through him.