Nice to meet you all, I’m the new guy at this blog under the name Aero. I guess I am that surprise that Aedes mentioned in his last post XD. I’m a huge fan of eroge, manga and anime. Of course these days eroge is more of a priority over the other two. At the moment I play games using ATLAS; my Japanese skills aren’t quite there yet. That being the case, my impressions of games may be off, feel free to correct me. If you’re interested there is a bit more info about me under the author page. Along with Aedes I hope that this blog brings me a bit closer to the eroge community and maybe increase the influence of eroge.
From now on you’ll be hearing a little bit from me every so often. I can’t promise that I’ll write something every week, but at the very least I’ll write something every month. My ramblings will be mostly about eroge, but I may mix in other random stuff from time to time. To get things started, I’ll be writing an impression/review for Princess Evangile.
On a cold March evening, Masaya was loitering in the street since his lazy father passed on an enormous debt onto him. He saw a girl surrounded by many suspicious people and helped protect her from them. The girl, Rise, was the granddaughter of the headmistress of the famous Vincennes girl’s private school and after seeing his good side, decided to invite him to study at the school. She suggested a co-education plan to the board, but there was much opposition to the idea. The headmistress decided to implement a one-year trial period and Masaya was chosen as the trial male student.
Vincennes is divided into two groups: the White Lilies (shirayuri-kai) and the Red Roses (benibara-kai). Rise was the leader of the White Lilies and wanted the group to support the co-education plan, but all the members opposed it and quit their positions. In fact, over 99% of all the students in the school opposed the plan. Masaya definitely did not feel welcome from the very beginning and Rise kept something secret from him. In order for him to continue at the school, he must gather enough votes in an election by the end of the first term. Will he be able to accepted by the ‘Filles de la Vincennes’?
[Shamelessly taken from Micchi’s blog]
The common route is filled with comedy, with the first few chapters introducing the main heroines. Thrown in on the side is some random drama involving some Yakuza. The drama here isn’t anything hardcore, and they’re resolved in hilarious and interesting ways. Naturally the heroines start to get conscious of Masaya after these events. The common route progresses with the White Lilies goal of trying to get more people to accept the coed idea. Truth be told, this doesn’t really get anywhere. The drama in the rest of the common route is a lot more serious. With people conspiring and false accusations made, this drama isn’t solved so easily. I actually found myself drawn into the game that I got really annoyed at particular characters and their attitudes. However they were soon forgiven after you find out about their circumstances.
The common route lacks a solid plot, with no clear direction in where it’s heading except for the whole coed idea. Some will probably find this boring, but they add in a lot of character interaction filled of surprises and laughs to keep things interesting. Though there is not really much of an overall story, mini arcs contained with chapters do exist. Events such as Masaya almost getting expelled and him teaching sex ed to a girl who thinks getting stared at by a guy will get you pregnant keep things entertaining, making you want to know the end results. Take this to heart, is a chara-ge in the end, so the development between the characters is the main selling point of this game.
The game is split into chapters, each route being around 26 chapters. The common route takes up around 16 chapters of this, so it’s one of the longer common routes that you’ll find.
Okay, basically every character in this game is an ojousama, so if that bothers you, this clearly isn’t the game for you. A lot of the characters have another name given to them, a title they get for being prestigious. They aren’t really that important so I won’t bother talking in detail about it.
Poor and constantly doing part time jobs to get by, Masaya comes back to his apartment to find his dad gone, leaving him with a debt of 50 million yen. After entering Filles De La Vincennes, he wants to make friends with girls as he has not had the opportunity last year. Getting various skills and strength from part time jobs, he is a level headed guy who can do almost anything. He doesn’t actually show much romantic interest towards any of the girls until you enter a route.
Strong willed and honest, she tries to convince the school that becoming coed is a good thing. She is the granddaughter of one of the board of directors of the school, giving her quite a bit of influence. Leader of the White Lilies, she wants to become the student council president to reform the school to be coed. However, others don’t share this view and she is soon the only member of the White Lilies.
Rise’s route gets right into the whole coed thing. Rise asks Masaya to pretend to be lovers so to get the rest of the school interested in having guys around. Much to her dismay, the results aren’t exactly as expected as others start to watch to play the game of lover with Masaya, with varying results. When they finally get into the relationship, being a pure ojousama, Rise is unsure of what dating is like and what to do. The ichaicha gets better as she slowly learns what it’s like to be a lover. The drama in Rise’s route deals with her mother…yeah that’s all I can say >_>.
The younger sister of Ayaka, but unlike her sister, a person who tries to follow the rules being brought up as the good girl of their family. She becomes the leader of the Red Roses as Mitsuki and Marika believe that she has more influence over the students.
Ritsuko has the less interaction with Masaya in the common route compared to the other heroines. Also unlike the other heroines, she doesn’t show any jealously until you’ve entered her route. Her relationship with Masaya is very innocent at the start, with her practicing kissing on a rabbit doll before asking to kiss for real. Her route has the least ichaicha, but probably has the most amount of drama. The drama in Ritsuko’s route deals with school traditions and her mother’s disapproval with Masaya.
Ayaka is the elder sister of Ritsuko, being the prankster that no one takes seriously anymore. Unlike other characters, she doesn’t possess another name, because of her joking nature. Through a prank, she somewhat upsets Masaya and goes out of the school to get something to reconcile with him. Another Yakuza event occurs here, where Masaya comes to save the day. After the event she decides to join the White Lilies.
The start of Ayaka’s route lays on some drama right from the start, with Masaya getting drunk and some mistakes made. However, these events lead to the two being more conscious of each other. Ayaka finally takes up a serious attitude towards the activities of the White Lilies. It is quite interesting as Ayaka shows a different side of her as she notices her own feelings and starts to get jealous. Her route introduces a new character, who ends up adding lots of comedy to the route. The drama of the route deals with her poor relationship with her mother.
Chiho is childhood friend of Masaya and up until the final year of junior high, they went to the same school. Masaya meets her again Filles De La Vincennes, where their first meeting ends with a slap and the word “traitor”. Because she is a transfer student and the only non ojousama heroine, she also doesn’t have another name.
Chiho is my favorite heroine, because her design really appeals to me and I love her personality. Her route like involves Rise, where the two declare to all their close friends that they’re currently in a love triangle. This is the only route where Masaya isn’t quite clear about his feelings from the start of the route.The confession in this route is amazing in more ways than one, taking two attempts to actually work. The drama in Chiho’s route is probably the vaguest of all the routes, but it seems that the main issue in the route deals with Masaya and his father.
Personally I would say that the common route is better than the individual routes, but that may be due to my love for love triangle/square moments. As you may have noticed, parent problems come up in each route, which was annoying. I accepted it in the end because drama within a prestigious all girls school doesn’t come so easily. He almost got expelled in the common route so they couldn’t use THAT again. I felt that the main drama in each route was solved WAY too easily. However, this game is a pure love story, so naturally they wanted the characters to be happy at the end. Even if it meant the the way to the end was a bit hazy.The drama isn’t exactly the best, but if you can overlook that, the characters are excellent.
The side characters of this game were also fantastic, but I won’t write about them since they didn’t get any routes and I wanna keep my first post relatively short. With the PSP game coming out, I may do another impression of those heroines separately if they get routes.
I have heard many complaints that the graphics for this game are bad, but I seriously can’t see where the problem is. They seem to be standard graphics for this kind of game, but I guess everyone has their own tastes. There are quite a number of SDCG, which I’m grateful for. Here’s a few extra CGs to give you a feel of the game.
Okay I really have no idea to write in this section. The only reason I include it is because it seems standard in reviews. I’m quite sure that no one really cares about the system as long as it’s not horrible.
Well anyways, the system in this game was standard, so it’s nothing that’ll put off playing the game. I did enjoy the right click feature for this game though. Clicking outside the textbox would produce the menu, but clicking within the textbox would make it disappear. Simple, yet rarely done.
I’ll also note that this game had a larger number of save slots compared to standard games. It had 144 save slots, along with 12 quick save slots of and 12 auto save slots. It may seem overboard, but I ended up using up every slot. I like saving at every funny moment for reminiscing later.
I have opted to use the title sound over music because it allows me to talk about the voices of the heroines as well.
The music for the game was well made. It really gives you that ojousama school feeling, whether you like that or not is up to personal preference. The BGM for the suspense and confession scenes really get you into the moment and the character BGMs suited the personality of each character nicely.
The voices in the game are great and fit the character very well. Most of them did have the ojousama feel that you would expect from them. However, Ayaka’s voice bothered me a at the beginning. It sounds like she was slurring a lot, but after a while I got used to it.
Princess Evangile doesn’t have the most solid story out there, but it is full of romance comedy. The characters are very high quality. If you love girls getting jealous, then you’ll love this game.The drama in some of the routes made me feel like killing someone, but I guess that’s just how much I got into the story. It is definitely one of the better games I’ve played. Out of the chara-ge out there, this is definitely among the top tier.
The announcement of a PSP game disappointed me in the sense that the game won’t have H-scenes for those other heroines. Its just not eroge without the ero. Also PSP means no ATLAS, so I’m going to be playing it blind in a sense.
Overall: 80/100 (Not a total)
Hopefully you didn’t find my first review to be too bad. Was it good? Was it bad? I’m am open minded, so feel free to throw anything my way. Currently playing my way through Natsu no Ame and just started Toradora Portable.