Monobeno Review

There has been criticism that the posts lately have been looking like lists. I’ve nothing to say to that, since they are indeed lists. Not that there’s anything wrong with lists in my opinion. But Aero has been bugging me to make a real post, so here it is. An attempt at one at least.


Company: Lose 
Game Site: ものべの -MONOBENO-
Release Date: April 27, 2012
Links: Getchu, walkthrough, seiyuu listing

Tooru, a pre-med student, and his imouto Natsuha return home to the village Monobeno for the summer. It’s a small village surrounded by mountains on all sides and situated deep in the middle of absolutely no where, with only one road leading to the outside. In this convenient setting, people live in harmony with youkai, or supernatural creatures. During the festival celebrating the birth of this village, Natsuha suddenly felt sick looking at the dance dedicated to the gods so they all went home. On the next day, Natsuha miraculously grew 10 centimeters and hit puberty, no longer looking like a loli and more like a bishoujo. And so they set out to find out what caused this. Lolis should always remain as lolis right?

[Roughly translated from the official site’s story section so I don’t have to come up with one]

Opening Theme

Scenario

The common route consists of 11 slow-paced slice-of-life scenes with nothing happening. It felt somewhat boring looking at them doing nothing in particular, but heartwarming at the same time as they become reacquainted with their old home. Then an overly (un)convenient accident occurs which traps them in the village just as Natsuha starts experiencing the changes. They obviously don’t want any outside interference which only complicate things.

While I don’t have problems with the common route, besides that it may have been a bit too slow-paced, I do have problems with the game’s route structure. Simply put, the game has the common route, then 2 Natsuha routes leading to bad ends, and completing them unlock the final true Natsuha happy end route. That’s right, the game has 3 Natsuha routes despite having 3 heroines. Sumi and Alice are sad.

Instead of having hints and glimpses into the main story while maintaining a separate heroine specific story like how the non-true routes usually are, these 2 extra routes felt like incomplete cuts of the main story. They pose many questions, but answers only a fraction of them, leaving you hanging there confused until the final route. In my opinion, good sub routes are supposed to make you intrigued, not confused.

The other 2 heroines really felt like side characters even in their own routes, which are all centered on Natsuha and tells us next to nothing about the route’s supposed main heroine. They have no stories of their own; there is only 1 story in this game, and that is Natsuha’s. Sumi’s route at least gives us some knowledge on the game’s story. Alice’s route tells us almost nothing about the story. It felt painful seeing the protagonist doing everything wrong in these routes leading to Natsuha bad ends, only to somehow come to his senses in the true route. Even if he is happy with the other heroines in their respective ends, seeing Natsuha’s condition in these ends still leaves a bitter taste.

Another thing to note, the romance in this game felt sort of out of place. The couple’s time alone is short, few, and far in between. And the time is spent for H scenes, and nothing else. No ichaicha, no date, no spending sweet time together. It’s like the writers decided to take a break from the story, stuff a H scene in there, then get back to the story after that. The H scenes can be taken out and nothing will be impacted. But I still like them though, even if they aren’t particularly hawt or fappable.

By the way, the solution to the grand problem facing them is one of the easiest I’ve seen. Sibling love can really be unbelievably powerful. Especially deep, deep love between an onii-chan and his imouto that transcends all commonly held ethical values.

Graphics

Look for yourself since I suck at describing art.

System


There are moving lips and blinking eyes for all sprites and even in CGs. Sadly, the sprites only have variation for facial expressions, but not for different poses. There is also a scene selector, and it’s not just for H scenes.  And the protagonist is voiced outside of H scenes.

Deserving special mention, I give props to Natsuha’s seiyuu for doing such a wonderful job voicing her in every one of her ages.

Music 


A good number of 50 tracks are present. Also there are 5 vocal songs: 2 theme songs, 1 OP and 3 EDs for each of the route. Since I suck at describing music too, I’ll just say they’re all quite nice.

Overall

My main gripe with the game is that, frankly, playing the 2 routes felt like a waste of time. The game’s heavy use of dialects that are distinctly different from standard Japanese and talk of the local religion make it hard to understand at times. It’s definitely not ATLAS friendly. Also this game reminds me of Tasogare no Sinsemilla, which I feel is better done though both lack ichaicha outside of H.

However, if you’re a fellow lolicon then this is the game for you. So much loli goodness here, especially with the extra H patch. Otherwise, I don’t think it’d be a good idea to play this for non-lolicons.

Story: 5/10
Character: 6/10
Graphics: 8/10
Music: 8/10

Overall: 65/100 (not a total)

Next up is KOIIMO!! No stupid story to distract me from my ichaicha with my imoutos.

About Aedes

Seriously siscon eroge enthusiast and alliteration adorer.

13 thoughts on “Monobeno Review

  1. Oh wow… Slow paced? Are they trying to have lots of character development or something?

    Anyway, it would make a lot more sense if it was just an anime, I guess.

    • The common route is like those slice-of-life anime where nothing happens, but it picks up later. Not necessarily bad. As for character development, maybe for Natsuha. The other 2 gals are as one-dimensional as ever.

      No, it would not make sense if it was an anime, then things like this couldn’t have happened.

  2. Wow. I was bugging you to make a real post, but I didn’t think you would actually do it =3.

    I could tell from a mile away that this wasn’t my type of game and reading your review only proved my thoughts.

    Slowly getting through & sora again, but I’m closer to finishing Ore no Imouto 2. I may choose to write some for OreImo instead because it’s so much easier to write about. Either way, the next post I make will be my last one for a while. Exams coming up >__>

    • I would do anything to promote lolis and to protect them from anyone who doesn’t appreciate them.

      Good to hear my lolis are safe from you.

      Write about whatever you feel like writing about whenever you feel like it! We take things easy around here.

  3. When I read this “no longer looking like a loli and more like a bishoujo”, I thought “Aedes will not like this change in the heroine”. And, as the proverb says, all the roads bring to Rome … cough …all the routes bring to Natsuha, if I understood well. But “playing the 2 routes felt like a waste of time”, you also told … What I really wonder is if you wrote this review thinking about what the non lolicons (and siscons) can think about it or if that 65/1000 is what you think this game really deserves (lolicons and non lolicons apart)

    • However much of a lolicon that I am, I was nevertheless disappointed that 2 out of 3 heroines got majorly shafted with no story whatsoever of their own. Alice and Sumi aren’t bad characters, but because of how the routes are structured they were given no chance to develop.

  4. I read there are some youkai here, something I’m always interested in. But it seems that angle is not very explored?
    Also, how high are the requirements? Goth Delusion was pretty heavy.

      • I had no trouble understanding the Kansai dialect in Twinkle Crusaders. The dialect here however, left me scratching my head in more than one occasions. To put it into American perspective, it’d be like the deep south accent.

    • While a good portion of the characters are youkai, the story all boils down to a child doing something on accident that wasn’t supposed to be done then shit happens later on as repercussion. They can easily take out the youkai aspect and substitute other forms of repercussion and the core of the story would remain the same.

      The requirements are on the same level as Gothic Delusion, perhaps even somewhat higher with higher maximum resolution

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