October - Eroge Release Calendar: Preview of this month's Bishoujo Games

Thursday, 1 October 2009 at 21:51

It's October! Finding the Blue is back! Which after a long summer break can only mean one thing: Back to school romances! Unless you're 「Little Princess」 in which case it's still summer. Yeah. Sorry this post is so late. I really hate blogging at this point in time, things are just stressful.

October brings some highly anticipated titles, some new faces, some suprises and the downright strange. I think this will be the big bubble before Christmas, but who knows. Something for the Finding the Blue Christmas Awards might crop up... Click 'Read More' to Read the full post!

Producer: Armonica
Release Date: 23rd October 2009

Synopsis: Kazuki has just entered his new school, and after his induction his teacher says that everybody is under the same wing, meaning that they will be working together to achieve the same goal. Kazuki must choose his "feather partner" to compose a song with for the school festival. Who will he choose?

When I first started this blog a few months ago I previewed the new company Armonica briefly, and I have to say that it hasn't quite built as much hype as I thought it could have, but in terms of quality it's not too bad. I will try the available demo over the space of this month because it'd feel wrong not to.

Mashiroiro Symphony
Producer: Palette
Release Date: 30th October 2009

Synopsis: The protangonist Shingo has been selected to join a girls school as it is joining with his school. Before they combine, shingo is staying at the girl's school. As per usual the girls dislike boys, so it's up to Shingo to change their minds.

There is something really lacking from this game. I love the OP, and the publicity has been great but the characters or plot don't really grab me at all...

Producer: Smee
Release Date: October 23rd 2009

Synopsis: Our protagonist has come back to his hometown only to find that his new school used to be a girl's school, so the ratio of Males to Females is 1:9. However, there are only males in his class. In fact they're all in his class! But never mind, there are girls outside of the classroom...

I can't find much in particular to fault about this, but I can't find anything to praise either. I'm not familiar at all with Smee, but this just seems like a really run-of-the-mill eroge. Which I suppose is better than a bad eroge. I'm gonna get sick of this girls school obsession this month.

Hachimitsu Otome Blossomdays
Producer: Lupinus Soft
Release Date: October 23rd 2009

Synopsis: Kyosuke comes back to his hometown after 10 years and meets the two girls he knew 10 years back, living a peaceful school life with two additional girls too. They love him, but how do they say it?

Once again, I don't really think this game is anything special, but it's interesting that it's based more around the girls and their problems as opposed to 'Who will the male lead choose?'. What does interest me is KOTOKO/I'veSound doing the OP. Unfortunately it's not available for preview yet. More on this as it develops.

Producer: Tactics Luxury
Release Date: 30th October 2009

Synopsis: Magical Teacher Ritsu begins teaching at a prestigious magical girls school and saves his female students by shielding them from some strong magic whilst getting hurt in the process. When he wakes up he sees a vampire girl named Shion who claims him as her servant for saving his life with her blood.

To me this just seems like Negima meets 怪物王女 meets Rosario+Vampire meets eroge. I don't think the game itself will be bad, but it's just not something I am interested in. The OP is catchy though.

Shuffle Essence+
Producer: Navel
Release Date: October 30th 2009

Synopsis: N/A: Follows the original Shuffle plot, give or take a few routes.

Suprisingly, I'm interested in the prospect of this, but not in actuality. The new characters don't interest me, and in my opinion you can't improve on the original Shuffle because it was just one of those timeless classics. I'm tempted by the limited edition Primula Dakimakura cover, but I'm sure that will appear on YJA! in time.

Natsuiro Penguin
Producer: LittlePrincess
Release Date: October 30th 2009

Synopsis:Our protagonist's parents have gone away on business, as a result he lives in a small town with his cousins where he used to live. There he meets many childhood friends, and a simple love comedy begins...

It's summer! The wind is blowing, the leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping! Oh wait, it's not summer at all and that's because we're in autumn. It's one thing to delay a game, but quite another to delay a summer game into another season. It's a shame because it could have had a little potential too.

Co:mu -Kuroi Ryu to Yasashii Oukoku-
Producer: Akatsuki WORKS
Release Date: October 22nd 2009

Synopsis: There is an urban legend that "Girl A" comes out at night in the city and sings all night. One night Akihito goes out as if attracted by girl A, and finds 4 boys and 4 girls in the same situation as him. They can control a giant metallic monster by combining their powers together. When the monster dies, the group disappears, so they head for another world in search of a mysterious witch.

Okay so the premise is good if a little odd, but I think it'd make a much better anime than an eroge. At least it's a deviation from the typical "Happy School Life!" we've seen so much of.

Osananajimi wa Daitouryou -My Girlfriend is the President-
Producer: ALcot
Release Date: 30th of October 2009

(Copied from a previous post)
The story starts off normally, our protagonist wakes up; his childhood friend Yukino next door is the president and her house is now the Whitehouse. Now I know what you are thinking: "That isn't normal at all!" Oh yes it is, that's nothing compared to how this came about in the first place:

Aliens visited earth in order to start a diplomatic relationship with them, however it was just so unfortunate enough that the spaceship fell out of the sky and crushed all of the ministers (I am not making this up).

So how does the alien fix the problem? Simple: Brainwash all of Japan and put a young girl in charge, oh and because the alien didn't know much about Japan, they implemented a presidential system (Like the US. I blame NASAs signals). So because of this, not only is there the most strangely placed Whitehouse in the world. Our protagonist is running as vice president to help support Yukino...首相? 閣下?

Really? What can I say? I covered this previously but I still can't get over just how strange this is. Of course I will try my best to play it. It'd be a crime NOT to play something like this.

Kiss to Maou to Darjeeling
Producer: Marmalade
Release Date: 30th of October

Synopsis: Keiichi has a big problem. At his school there is a legend about a devil, and this legend just happens to be true. Why? Because Keiichi is the devil, and transforms when he kisses the school council president Sarasa. His friends form a club to eliminate the devil with no idea of his real identity. Can Keiichi live a peaceful life?

All in all, this game doesn't interest me too much. Not that it's bad, it simply just doesn't appeal to me much. I like the loli-at-first-glance teacher Chiyoko (Affectionately named Choco Sensei) but I was suprised to find out that Shinobu is a trap. I didn't look at character profiles until after I heard the news, but upon looking at pictures of the cast beforehand, he sure didn't raise any flags. Must be that time of year.

Koiiro Soramoyou
Producer: Studio Ryokucha
Release Date: DELAYED! - 26th March 2010 (Thanks Micchi)

Synopsis: Seigo lives a lazy life with his friends at school. He thinks that by getting a girlfriend his life will get better but he is too lazy to take action. One day, his school is threatened with closure. At first he doesn't care, but his friends do. Then he realises he can make many friends and maybe even get a girlfriend if he stops it. And from there starts a new adventure..

Actually, I really like the plot of this. I'm not keen on lazy protagonists, but I think it's a really nice simple idea that could be really interesting. Unfortunately, none of the characters really appeal to me in a special way. I'll play the demo to see whether or not it's worthwhile.

Sakura Tale
Producer: Fizz
Release Date: 30th of October 2009

Synopsis: Masumune has started his first day at school, and he is saved from being caught up in a recruiting battle between sports clubs by an attractive girl, despite being initially attracted to her, he also finds himself attracted by another girl who is entirely different. Dark and Light, Yin and Yan. He also meets an old friend at his dormitory, but she has changed completely too. New School, New Friends. A gentle school life starts at a school overlooked by a big cherry tree...

Well, I have to say my opinion of this has changed a lot since I previewed it slightly back in the August calendar, maybe it's the lack of other games, but I'm quite interested in playing this. Not ANGEL MAGISTER interested, but pretty interested, I like the whole clothing switch thing too.

And so that's the calendar. Hidamari Basket got delayed, as did some other stuff. As for Cross Days? That's november...and I thought I submitted stuff late. Well, I'm not a business either, so I don't have much to say.

Why was the calendar so late? Well, after not posting for a while I really lost touch with the blogging and the eroge world. Just as I was set to get back in motion I realised that I was more interested in other projects I was doing, music I was listening to and the latest anime series starting so since then I haven't had much of a passion for eroge.

My interests are almost always centered around anime, manga, eroge and so on, even in indirect ways, so I'm wondering now if I should keep to the theme of eroge-only and have a mediocre blog, or if my posts should follow more of the trends in what I'm doing. I think I may go for the latter.

When I started Finding the Blue, I wanted an eroge news-blog because I thought it was completely original idea and it was something I was interested in, I'm now realising how much of a responsibility it is to keep a blog up to date from a news perspective, not to mention I had never really made a blog before. In the week I posted nothing, 3 backend changes were made to Finding The Blue (Nothing that affects visitors really). I think that shows where my priorities are to an extent.

So now from now on I'm going to treat this place more like a blog for my interests and less like a news site hosted on blogspot. The heart of finding the blue will always be in eroge; just one glance around and you can see that. But it's going to follow other stuff too, deviate slightly, and not be so regimental with its content. Here's to the future!

3 Comments (日本語と英語の意見は大歓迎です)

  1. Micchi Says:

    I think the most important thing about the blog is that you write what you want to, and don't feel forced to write about something because you feel like you have to for people. In the end, it's your blog, so write about what interests you.

    Information sites, especially those that follow a set schedule, require a lot of dedication and there's a lot that goes behind the scenes that readers do not necessarily see. In that regard, I appreciate the work that you've put in. It's nice reading what other people's comments are on similar topics.

  2. GekkaMeron Says:

    It's suprising how difficult it is to keep content going, I can manage the behind the scenes maintenence fine.

    Most of the time I spend my time doing the things I blog about and never get around to actually blogging them. However, 2009 has been a difficult year for eroge and I've only finished a few titles this year and that was before I started the blog. I brought Dakko and HimexHime recently and I haven't even installed them yet.

    I suppose I can only see how things go from here. I'm still very busy so I'll see how things go afterwards. Tonight I'm getting a lot of built up work completed.

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