Kimishima Ao – Bloomin’ (Kadokawa, 2022)
Kimishima Ao is the artist responsible for character designs for many visual novels. Both the more famous ones and the lesser known ones. He has also designed several covers for CD singles. The publication contains a lot of original artwork, but also graphics from, for example, Rewrite (Key), Summer Pockets (Key), Koi x Shin Ai Kanojo and Einstein Yori Ai o Komete.
Tokimeki Memorial: Only Love / ときめきメモリアル Only Love (2006)
Aoba Riku has just changed schools because of his father’s job. On the very first day, he realizes that this educational facility is quite different from the schools he previously attended. After all, this was not his first change of residence. The secretary controls the school and the teachers themselves are extremely eccentric individuals. Students enjoy the great freedoms that the Tsugumi High School authorities are proud of.
Konbu Wakame – Soleil (Art Jeuness, 2023)
Konbu Wakame is the artist responsible for, among other things, the drawings in manga such as Jahy-sama wa Kujikenai!, Saikin Yatotta Maid ga Ayashii and Sekai de Ichiban Oppai ga Suki! Although there is a bit of character scrolling on many pages, it is the heroines of these titles that Soleil puts in the foreground. It is, of course, about Jahy in two forms, Lilith and Chiaki. A nice touch is that many of the works depict the aforementioned heroines posing together.
Chocola Chinese Dress Ver. – 1/7 – Nekopara (Good Smile Company, 2022)
I’m not some big fan of the Nekopara series. I read the visual novel at a time when no one was talking about it yet, but since it was one of the most entry-level VNs I’ve encountered (even if we’re talking about the version with a proper patch), it somehow didn’t particularly stick in my head. However, that doesn’t mean it detracts from the visuals, which were really nice – including the character designs, of course. The figure featured in this review appealed to me outstandingly, which is why it ended up on the shelf in my detolf.
MM! / えむえむっ! (2010)
After certain events in the past, Sado Tarou becomes a masochist. He realizes that he has a problem. Therefore, in high school, he decides to go to the school’s volunteer club for selfless help in search of understanding. There he meets the beautiful Isurugi Mio, who sets her sights on curing Tarou of his masochism.
Fire Emblem: Engage Divine Edition (Nintendo Switch, 2023)
The size of the box is quite large, but no larger than the Xenoblade game collectibles I reviewed earlier in the original Japanese versions. But what is inside?
Final Approach / φなる・あぷろーち (2004)
After the death of his parents, Ryou and his sister Akane live together. Despite their difficult situation, they lead a relatively happy and normal life. Everything changes one day when they learn about a secret Japanese government project. Due to a declining birth rate, the Japanese government is testing a program in which two young people are forced to marry after having their personalities matched by a supercomputer.
Gekijouban Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san / 劇場版 からかい上手の高木さん (2022)
Takagi and Nishikata’s last summer vacation before starting high school is coming up. Both of them, in their minds, are looking for an excuse to get together outside of school activities. Then they find an abandoned kitten and decide to take care of it, setting up a temporary cat bed on the grounds of a nearby temple they often pass by. Since neither of them can take him home with them, they come up with the idea that they will find a family for the kitten together.
Kiniro Mosaic: Thank You / きんいろモザイク Thank you!! (2021)
Not long ago, Oomiya Shinobu was waiting for her friend Alice Cartelet to arrive from England to start high school with her in Japan. Now they are already in the last third grade.
Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. / 変態王子と笑わない猫。(2013)
Yokodera Youto is a master at hiding his true nature. He realizes that this creates a problem because he can’t honestly say what he thinks. Hearing rumors of a statue of a cat that can remove an undesirable personality trait, he finds it and prays for its façade to be removed. Unfortunately – every wish comes at a price, and the unwanted traits are transferred to someone else.
Nagasarete Airantou / ながされて藍蘭島 (2007)
Touhohin Ikuto has a fight with his father that led him to make a rash decision to run away from home. He boards a ship, deciding to go on vacation alone, but the ship unexpectedly gets damaged by a powerful storm. After regaining consciousness, he realizes that he is still alive and has found himself on an isolated island. Soon after, he notices that the residents are exclusively beautiful girls.
Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-Kun (2007)
Ninomiya Shungo is an average high school student who lives at home with his older sister Ryouko. However, Shungo’s life changes when a cute girl named Tsukimura Mayu arrives on his school grounds in a military helicopter. It turns out that Ryouko sent her, along with her older brother Mikihiro, to live in their home.