Recent Visual Novel Releases

This week marks the release of three visual novels on Steam; Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star-, A Clockwork Ley-Line: The Borderline of Dusk, and SeaBed. All of these are available with a 10% discount for the first week until 4th January 2018.

Hoshimemo

Hoshizora no Memoria is a romantic visual novel from Favorite. After their mother passes away, Kogasaka You and Chinami move to live with their aunt back in Hibarigasaki where they once lived. Before he moved to the city, You made friends with a girl on an observatory lookout where he spent his time every day. The girl made him promise that they would get married once You returned to Hibarigasaki after finding out that he would be moving.

After returning, he joins the astronomy club at school, starts working at the local cafe and finds that the lookout has been fenced-off. There he discovers a scythe-wielding girl named Mare who looks strangely like his childhood friend. Who is she really, and will You find the girl he made the promise with?

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SeaBed Review

Zetsuna’s back, this time with SeaBed! Thanks to Fruitbat Factory for their hard work localizing this title!

A one-off kinetic novel project from doujin circle Paleontology Soft, SeaBed is the tale of childhood friends turned lovers, Mizuno Sachiko and Takako, who have now been separated by some strange circumstance that neither can recall. Enter Narasaki Hibiki, the friendly neighborhood psychiatrist (and also another childhood friend of Sachiko’s) who takes it upon herself to bring some clarity to the situation. Together but also separately, all three go about their daily lives in the heyday of the late 1980s as they inch closer to finding out just what happened.

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Chuusotsu – 1st Graduation Demo & Side Story

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A playable demo for Fruitbat Factory’s Chuusotsu – 1st Graduation: Time After Time is now available! The final stretch goals of the Kickstarter campaign (we’ve previously written about it here) have also been revealed as a new opening movie, limited physical artbook and an all-new side-story from Studio Beast; Chuusotsu – 1.5th Graduation: The Moving Castle! Expected to be 1-2 hours in length, it introduces a new character and will be included with pledges over $15 if met. Funding for this will start after the new CG stretch goals have been met.

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A Butterfly in the District of Dreams Release

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Life a Little’s slice-of-life romance visual novel, A Butterfly in the District of Dreams (originally titled Dare ka ga Koi Shita Hankagai, or Darekoi for short), has been released by Sekai Project! First released in Japan in 2013, Darekoi is set in a town named Olive Village, which happens to be paradoxically old-fashioned and refreshingly new. Further confounding regular perception, time seems to not pass at all beyond the course of a regular day. Thus our protagonist, Yumesaki Haruki, strays from the university path and partakes of the story of Olive Village and its residents.

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Chuusotsu – 1st Graduation: Time After Time Kickstarter

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Fruitbat Factory have launched a Kickstarter to localise Studio Beast’s (creators of J.Q.V Jinrui Kyuusai-bu ~With Love from Isotope~) all-ages visual novel, Chuusotsu – 1st Graduation: Time After Time. Originally released in Japan in August 2016, Chuusotsu – 1st Graduation is the first chapter of the Chuusotsu series but can be played as a standalone game.

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Miniature Garden Review

CONTENT WARNING: This visual novel contains blood splatter and descriptions of suicide/murder.

Zetsuna’s back, this time with Miniature Garden! Development was from Muzintou and released in Japanese back in 2015 (under the original title of 箱庭の学園 or Hakoniwa no Gakuen) and Fruitbat Factory picked the title up for localization.

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A Clockwork Ley-Line Kickstarter

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Unisonshift’s A Clockwork Ley-Line trilogy is now on Kickstarter! Set in an isolated boarding school with a clock tower deep in the mountains, the protagonist Koga Michiru is a first year student who accidentally breaks an expensive-looking statue on his first day. Along with the other boy who caused the incident, the principal orders them to work for the school’s ‘Bureau for the Investigation of Special Affairs’. There they learn that magic exists and once the clock chimes, the ‘Realm of Night’ appears and together they try to protect the school from magical items known as ‘Mists’.

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