JP title: 相州戦神館學園 八命陣
Soushuu Senshinkan Gakuen Hachimyoujin (which we will refer to as Senshinkan for brevity) is Light’s big 2014 chuuni title and also the then-latest work of Dies irae / Kajiri Kamui Kagura author Takashi Masada, so you can probably imagine the excitement surrounding it. The game breaks with Dies irae’s “Shinza” setting and comfortably takes place in its own universe, with its own rules… and I gotta say, while the game never quite reaches Dies irae’s cosmos-shattering levels of grandeur, I still had quite a bit of fun playing through it. Read on to find out why!
JP title: 対魔忍ユキカゼ
So you may remember that I actually played this nukige several months ago but never quite reviewed it, because what do you even write about with a nukige? Well, anyway, I guess that changes today, because I’m just in that specific “let’s write about cute brown girls getting pumped in the poopyhole so hard they eventually get addicted to it” mood right now. You know the one. Anyway, don’t expect a deep and comprehensive analysis since like 90% of this VN is about Hot Dickings, but I figured I could have some fun writing a silly review and maybe you’ll enjoy reading it! I hope!
JP title: ひまわりアクアアフター The Day the Moon Stood Still
As the title implies, this is a sequel to Himawari that follows from the ending of Aqua’s route. And in good ol’ Himawari fashion, it’s not a light-hearted lovey-dovey fandisc. Not even close. But that’s exactly what we want from Himawari, right? Even if it makes us scream at the monitor sometimes, lol.
Note: As this is a review of Himawari’s sequel-sort-of-thing, there might be some spoilers for the original (main) game and its side stories. Or I dunno. Either way, you should probably not look at articles about sequels if you haven’t read the original, is what I’m trying to say.
This guide is based entirely upon the Japanese walkthrough found here.
JP title: 刃鳴散らす
To be perfectly honest, as someone whose favorite VN is Narahara Ittetsu’s Soukou Akki Muramasa, I really should’ve read this game sooner, considering it’s by the same author. Maybe a part of me dismissed it as potentially inferior, expecting it to even be disappointing on a certain level. Luckily, disappointing it was not — painfully short though it may be, Hanachirasu is Narahara’s work through and through; the same heart beating beneath a slightly different shell.
JP title: 凍京NECRO
Well, stopping Gekkou no Carnevale to play this instead was a fairly solid life decision in retrospect, let me tell you. Primarily because this VN didn’t make me want to kill myself. I mean, I wouldn’t necessarily call Tokyo Necro a total masterpiece, mind you, but it was good-ish. Above average, at the very least. If you were expecting the next Nitro kamige after Muramasa, it’s not quite that, but it’s a game I can look back upon and say “well, y’know, that was fun, you guys. I don’t regret reading that. Not at all.”
JP title: 装甲悪鬼村正 贖罪編
Note: Shokuzai-hen is basically kind of a sequel to Muramasa that takes place after the true end. So keep this in mind. If you haven’t read Muramasa (the main game, that is), don’t read this review unless you want to be spoiled on a bunch of things.
Well, this certainly came as a surprise, in more ways than one. Partly because holy shit, Muramasa is back, and also because this particular spinoff story on offer is actually… pretty good! I’d say I enjoyed it more than most of the other Muramasa-related works, including Janen-hen. The story itself (before you get *too* excited) wasn’t written by Narahara Ittetsu, Muramasa’s original author. No, it was actually penned by a fan for a contest held by Nitroplus a couple years back. And it won the grand prize (so that should tell you something about its quality, at least), which was that Nitro would actually turn it into a VN. Well, they sure took their sweet time with it, but hey, whatever. It’s here. It’s good. It’s free. All is forgiven.