Top 10 Best Rated Visual Novels Translated in 2018

Although I’m a big fan of Island and Evenicle, this year has been nowhere near as kind to translated visual novels as the previous one with the top of this year not even coming close to the top five of the 2017’s list.

A lot of moege can be seen on the list this year, indicating where the market is heading to lately. I haven’t checked most of them as they didn’t fall within my area of interest, but if you’ve been following my reviews, you may remember I didn’t have the highest opinion of Sabbat of the Witch or Hapymaher (some people say it’s not a moege, but it shares all the worst parts with one as far as I’m concerned).

At least Sorcery Jokers made it to the list to represent the only chuuni release that I know this year. I wonder if we’ll see any next year.

I probably should check Maitetsu out since I’ve heard it’s actually a pretty entertaining read behind the excruciatingly cutesy exterior. And I’ll probably be checking Fureraba sooner or later too, as SMEE’s Pure x Connect was one of the few moege I actually enjoyed.

All in all, it was a pretty underwhelming year. I wish we could have released Damekoi this year as it was a good chance for it to contend for the top spot. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before it’s released now. And I hope 2019 will be a more exciting year in general.

EDIT: Oh snap, I had to update the video because I missed a few things. First, one of my favorite visual novels Baldr Force was actually randomly translated and no one was talking about it. I’m flabbergasted it’s not on top of the list, but maybe it does look a bit outdated by today’s standards and not many people have gotten past the first two boring routes yet. I personally enjoyed it more than Baldr Sky, so now I’m starting to wonder how that game is going to do.

Tsujidou-san was also something I had in my to-read list for a while as it seems one of the few visual novels not written by Takahiro to successfully capture the charm of Tsuyokiss and Majikoi.

I also added a few special mentions I forgot. Namely, Chuusotsu, which I definitely expected to see higher on the list. I wonder if that’s because it’s only the first game in the series or that the west isn’t really into the old-fashioned philosophical visual novels in the vein of Cross†Channel and Subahibi.

And speaking of the first in the series, I Walk Among Zombies was also released this year to much lower ratings than I expected (it was pretty high up on egs and in my to-read list). I originally delayed reading it because I was waiting for the rest of the volumes be released, but it’s definitely one of the VNs I’m really looking forward to.

Finally, If My Heart Had Wings has been finally retranslated, so people can finally read the actual game and not the garbled mess shat out by moenovel. I thought it was pretty boring when I read it in Japanese, but it still deserved to be coherently translated at least.

It turns out this year wasn’t as bad as I thought with low-key fan translations surprisingly getting us some of the more interesting titles.

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[VN] Nukige Mitai na Shima ni Sunderu Watashi wa Dou Surya Ii Desu ka?

Nukige Mitai na Shima ni Sunderu Watashi wa Dou Surya Ii Desu ka

A visual novel that sounds like nothing but a nukige, yet turns out to be a fairly interesting mix of comedy, chuuni, and actually relatively well thought-out story instead… though I still had a very hard time taking some of its plot seriously.

Release: 2018 (Qruppo)
Writers: Kamichika YuuKurahone Naoto
Japanese difficulty: Medium
English: Sol Press (upcoming)
Ratings: VNDB (7.81); EGS (8.18)

Characters

Visual Novel

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[Nukige] Koinosu ☆ Ichacolize

こいのす☆イチャコライズ

Eroge

Damn, I got this because of its relatively positive reception, but only after playing it for a bit and realizing that it was just recycled vanilla ero scenes with no narrative whatsoever, it finally dawned on me it was made by the same people who produced Koinaka, another nukige that bored me to death.

It feels more like an ero heavy fandisc of some moege that never happened than a proper nukige.

Positive:
Negative:
An occasional nice ero CG here and there
Nothing going in the narrative
Boring vanilla ero scenes
Recycled ero scenes

Best Visual Novels of 2017

Although I think 2017 was one of the weaker years as far as visual novels were concerned, it still offered a couple of pleasant surprises, namely Kamisama no Game and Hikari no Umi no Apeiria.

You definitely want to check the former if you’re into death games and thought that what Danganronpa lacked was lots and lots of fetishized sex, while the latter, with its entertaining mix of hard science fiction, mind games, and comedy is definitely my pick for the visual novel of the year.

I was really shocked to see Kin’iro Loveriche come into picture at the last moment (late December release, lol) and nick the top place on the list. I’m reading it right now, and I still can’t believe it, but I’ve heard that it’s a slow starter. I’ll probably update this post once I finish.

Edit: Okay, I finished it and it was complete garbage. I’m disappointed with the world.

I was also really looking forward to check Ouka Sabaki and Chronobox, but I got busy with real world matters at the end of the year and they kind of slipped by. Maybe I’ll still get around to them.

I also can barely believe to see the sequel to Nora to Oujo to Noraneko Heart take the 4th place. I feel like checking it out just to see how the hell that could have happened as the original released in 2016 was a pretty forgettable moege.

Among the other stuff I played, I feel that Silverio Trinity was a bit overrated by the chuuni obsessed crowd as it had fewer ratings than most other visual novels in the list and honestly wasn’t THAT good.

Suisou Ginka had the potential to make it into top ten if not top five, but it totally fell apart in the second half and had some of the worst individual routes I’ve ever seen in a VN.

And Tsukikage was just all right, so it’s just where I’d have expected it to be.

All in all, Apeiria made the year for me, and it would’ve been a pretty bleak one without it. Thank god for Silky’s Plus and I hope they continue publishing awesome visual novels.