I was meant to post this a lot earlier, but RL has been eating at me lately. Seriously, haven’t even been able to play ANY eroge lately. Makes me wonder how/why the hell I’m still alive >___>.
Anyways, for those of you who don’t know, I’m a HUGE Majikoi fan. Along with replaying routes, I often start randomly daydreaming about it. Given that and because this game had a rather unique setting, it was a must play for me.
This is the first game by Minato Soft’s sister company, Minato Carnival. Hiroshi is a student at Inamura Gakuen in Kanagawa Shounan and became interested in his deliquent classmate Tsujidou-san after seeing her help a kitty in the rain. However, everyone around her are also deliquents, including her rivals Maki and Renna. The life of an ordinary guy like him just got a lot more troubled!
[Borrowed from Micchi-sama’s blog]
I would like to say, this game isn’t what I expected it to be. I expected a comical love triangle/square (etc), but that wasn’t the case. This is probably because Ai is the only main heroine that goes to Hiroshi’s school. Aside from in their respective routes, heroines aren’t given that much screen time. So when you’re in a route, basically ALL you’re getting is that character.
The common route does a pretty nice job of introducing the delinquent nature of the town. First thing to note is that though the town ‘Kanagawa Shounan’ is famous for delinquents, most of the residents are still what you can call ‘ordinary’. Among the delinquents, the 3 main heroines are known as the ‘3 Gods’ of Shounan.
The common route focuses on Ai, with the other two heroines having very brief introductions. Circumstances cause Hiroshi and Ai to become fake lovers. They’re fake lovers for about a week or so, but the two pretty much fall in love with each other. The common route ends with the two deciding to end this fake relationship after seeing how different their worlds are. This causes both of them to get pretty depressed.
Hiroshi is much like your typical protagonist, and he’s pretty much useless most of the time. However, he has one very distinguishing trait; he is VERY nice. This trait makes him very popular everyone, and he can even get along with delinquents quite easily. Occasionally he shows traits of being a good tactician, but it never is followed up on.
Ai is one of the 3 gods of Shounan and is known as the “Wolf of Battle”. Along with being extremely strong, her great charisma causes the “Tsujidou Corps” (her gang) to form unintentionally. Though she is a delinquent, she usually only fights those who provoke her. She is a rather awkward person is often misunderstood when she tries to act nice.
At the point where the two would normally break up, in Ai’s route they decide to put aside their differences and become a couple. Ai’s route probably has the least story of the 3 main routes, and mainly involves seeing her act more like a regular girl. This route contains a HUGE amount of ichaicha. Ai is quite the amaenbou and has a tendency to do every little thing to appeal to Hiroshi, which is pretty amusing.
Now it sounds like Ai’s route is pretty damn good doesn’t it? Unfortunately it’s not. Near the start of their relationship, Hiroshi tells her that he doesn’t want her to fight anymore. This works out for a while, but slowly her desire to fight seeps out. This causes a lot of tension among the two, and they break up because of this. Seriously, I found the cause of the breakup to be pretty damn weak. If some major event had happened that clearly showed the different between delinquent and normal, I wouldn’t be complaining. But the cause was basically just a difference in how the two think. I thought that they would’ve made the resolve to look past this kinda thing when they decided to become a couple in the first place. What’s worse is that the reasoning behind they decide to get back together again is pretty much the why they got into the relationship in the first place.
So yeah, lots of love in the route, but the story wasn’t quite up to standard.
Oh yeah, during the middle of the route you’re given the option for Ai to dye her hair black. Unlike the appearance changes for the other two heroines, this decision determines which epilogue you get.
Renna is the weakest of the 3 gods. She goes by the name of ‘Blood-stained Renna’, but it’s usually her own blood she is covered with. Renna’s gang, Edoshima, is the largest in Shounan and she usually uses sheer numbers to win fights. She is very smart and has incredible leadership skills. Despite using some undermining techniques to expand Enoshima, she has a sense of justice and doesn’t let her gang steal from others.
Renna’s route is pretty solid. After the breakup, Renna thinks to recruit Hiroshi into Enoshima as protection against Ai. After visiting their base a number of times, Hiroshi ends up doing just this. He never really is used as an Ai shield though. The reasoning behind how the two become a couple is vague; they suddenly kiss during a rainy day and this leads to them becoming a couple. The relationship itself isn’t bad, with Renna’s sense of competition adding in some laughs every so often. You’re given the option for Renna to let her hair down, which in my opinion looks way better than her normal halfro.
As the route progresses, a powerful gang called the ‘Speed Kingdom’ appears. Along with this, Renna discovers that a number of members of her gang have been stealing from the public. The mastermind causes internal strife within the gang, and the gang slowly dissolves as members join the speed kingdom. The final battle between Edoshima and the Speed Kingdom is not only interesting, but also settles things nicely.
Maki is the lone wolf of the 3 gods and is known as the ‘annihilator’. Her fuse is short, even compared to other delinquents. She isn’t very smart, however her animal like instincts make her quite perceptive. Certain circumstances cause her to run away from home, and she is currently living outside. She is always hungry and gets closer to Hiroshi after he starts feeding her.
Honestly, it felt like Maki was just a stray dog that gets attracted to Hiroshi because of food. There isn’t too much that can be called romantic development, and mixed into romance moments are where Hiroshi gets reminded of Ai. After the two somehow get into a relationship, it’s nothing special and there is very little ichaicha. You are given the option to see Maki in a tan look, but it’s only temporary.
The main issue that arises in Maki’s route is the complications that arise from dating a delinquent. After people find out that Hiroshi is dating Maki, they start targeting him. This causes Ai to try to get the two to break up using a pretty extreme method. The climax of the route occurs near the very end where Ai and Maki duke it out. Though I say it’s the best part of the route, it’s pretty damn emotional and it leaves a pretty bad taste in your mouth. The scene makes you really ask why the f$#@ Hiroshi is with Maki instead of Ai.
Lastly, her boobs are WAY too big.
Saeko is Hirosho’s non-blood related older sister. She often tells others that Hiroshi is a siscon, where in fact she is a HUGE brocon. At school she shows very mature personality, but in reality she’s very lazy and loves to drink.
RIGHT after getting dumped by Ai, you get a something that is almost like a reverse rape scene. Hiroshi forgets about his depression, and instead worries about the morality of sleeping with his sister. Nothing is taken very seriously, and the route is pretty short. This is pretty much just a route that’s thrown in for LOLs, and it does the job pretty well.
Graphics are really up to personal preference, so there isn’t really much I can say in this section. Instead of talking about random graphics details that I’m sure you care about, I’ll show a few more samples.
There was ONE particular CG that I absolutely hated. Here it is:
Unlike the traditional Giga system that both Majikoi games adopted, Tsujidou has its own original system. Unlike the Giga system, Tsujidou’s system is a lot easier to navigate around and basically had everything you would ever need. Being able to change aspect ratio and the feature to quick load from the message log is a huge plus for this game.
Quick loading from the message log is fast. THANK YOU GOD
I really like a couple of BGMs for this game; they really put you on edge when you’re listening to them. All voices for this game were fantastic. Yep…that’s it >___>
Overall: 80/100 (not a total)
Play time: About 45hours
ATLAS: Medium – lots of colloquial forms makes translations less accurate
I had pretty high expectation for this, which is why I probably why I found it a bit disappointing. The main area of disappointment was game’s balance. Ai’s route had a huge amount of ichaicha, however the other two routes utilized the delinquent setting more. Also, the limited interaction with other heroines in individual routes wasn’t something I approved of.
However, this game does have its positives. The romance for the game is done quite well if you look past Maki’s route. The comedy is good, though I would have liked to see a lot more. Not much in terms of moe though, but this game doesn’t really aim for that sorta thing.
Personally, I think I would have liked the game a lot more if it was based in a single school, instead off an entire town. However, I guess that way it would be a little too typical.
Basically, if you’re expecting this to be another Majikoi, you’re gonna be disappointed.