Recently I’ve been busy all over the space-time continuum saving lolis (and humanity as well I guess) from terrorists, orcs, mutants, aliens, superpowered villains, and other menaces, in a beta testing frenzy. But now that I’ve gotten bored of them, I figured I may as well announce my return with a post that I have a feeling is going to end up much more of a rant than anything. Sorry Aero, aqua, and other people who may have been waiting for a post from me, this is only a few …months late. Though, better late than never!
Now I shall spend the rest of the post explaining why you should blame everything on Kurafuta.
I’ll also be saying a few words to make it look like I’m actually doing stuff around here =D.
I didn’t know she can read my mind, until this image came along then it became clear she is a true psychic echoing and even translating my thoughts almost word for word. You see, all throughout the route she made it her mission to make sure you never forget the fact that you two are twins. “It’s only natural that twins sleep together.” “It’s only natural that twins live together.” “It’s only natural that twins spend every waking moment together.” “It’s only natural that twins _____.” Yes, I get it the second time around, or maybe the third since I can be a bit slow at times, no need to remind me every other sentence. I’m not suddenly going to mistake you for a stranger when you’ve the same hair color, same eye color, and is pretty much me with boobs attached.
You can see they’re really trying to sell particular archetypes here. Just in case you didn’t catch it on their character profile page, they made sure you know exactly who each character is catered to by shoving their moe points in you face so much it becomes suffocating. You like twins? See previous paragraph ↑. You like the energetic but dumb type? Count on Mikoto to show off her athletic prowess and fail every exam thrown at her. You like the shy, easily embarrassed housewife type? Guess who’s in the kitchen nearly 24/7 and has “hauu….” as her answer to life, the universe, and everything. And there’s also the perfect in school but absolutely hopeless everywhere else type too. Don’t think I need to mention the lolis doing things lolis do; I wouldn’t have played the game in the first place if there aren’t.
You can tell that they tried REALLY hard to make this game moe. Sure the heroines themselves had a lot of moe traits, but they failed to utilize this moe-ness due to how crappy setting and plot of the game. Yep, I did not get the moe fix that I was expecting when I played this game.
Ok, back to twins for a bit here, since the entire game is based around that concept, I expect it to be fully fleshed out. I don’t know about you, but that to me means 3P. Lots of it. Too bad you only get that during the common route, 5 scenes each for the 2 pairs to be exact. The goodness suddenly stops coming once you’re locked into a route and they haven’t even gotten to the good part yet, if you know what I mean. This, to me, just ain’t right. Why don’t they understand the more the merrier, especially when it comes to twins?
Yes the lack of any REAL 3P kinda takes out the appeal of twins setting.
Which is kind of related to the next point I’m making. I don’t think I quite got the genre of this game. Is this supposed to be standard moege fare? I may not have the extensive eroge knowledge some of the *cough* old farts *cough* around here have, but I don’t think they have onscreen sexy time every 5 minutes in those. But then again, this can’t possibly be a nukige to test your fap hand right? Because if so, they’ve certainly failed in this regard despite the storm of HCG’s sent in my face; my tissue box sat untouched all throughout the game’s playtime. Perhaps I’ve gone too far to the dark side, but that’s a topic for another day. I get a game like Pure Girl, it has a clear focus on what it’s trying to do and it does that fairly well. I don’t know what to think of this.
I hope you’re not referring to ME as the “old fart” >____>.
Another thing that bothered me was the voices. I don’t want to say they’re bad; they’re merely trying too hard to act their part through no fault of their own. Ema’s lethargic and overly quiet voice is sleep inducing and made even a lolicon like me avoid her route based on that alone. Yae’s voice is similar, if she spoke any softer she may as well be whispering. I have a more personal gripe with Izumi’s voice, that I think Sobzob put it best – “She speaks like she has dicks up her nostrils.” Although I’m fine with the other two’s voice, that’s an uncomfortable 3 strikes out of 5. Is it too much for me to hope for the voices to finally break out of their pigeonholed parts and sound more like they belong in ordinary, everyday conversations?
Though I understand where Aedes is coming from here, I didn’t really have anything against the voices.
And finally, here’s my biggest gripe with the game out of them all that I believe this one comment from erogamescape hits the nail on the head. 背徳どこ？ Where is heck is the immorality in this? Absolutely no one in the cast finds it even one bit unusual that they’re siblings dating? Oh right, they’re all too busy trying to get into this pants. And of the ones who aren’t, 2 are their carefree parents who decided it’s a good idea to abandon their kids for a month, 1 is the usual pervert best friend, and the last is the useless teacher. A bigger cast will definitely help with this, but even without, how about some sneering and finger pointing from their faceless fellow classmates? Don’t tell me none of them notice; a pair of lovebirds are painfully obvious to see. Just look to the room next to mine where the dude does I-don’t-wanna-know what with his girlfriend every night. I can almost see the pink aura and steam coming out of that room.
I can’t believe I’m saying this either, but maybe, just maybe, in this particular instance, some drama may do more good than harm. I thirst for that immoral feeling, that me-and-you giving the finger against the rest of the world feeling. The game failed completely in that respect. It’s the biggest reason why I’m a siscon in the first place, and also the reason you see Sora, who gave me exactly what I was looking for, everywhere associated with my weeaboo presence. Whether Yosuga no Sora is a good game is debatable (though I’m not listening), but isn’t immorality the point of playing an imouto route? Without it, it’s no different from best friends, kouhais, or whoever if they’re given the typical imouto traits.
The lack of immorality was also something that really bothered me. If no-one gives a damn that you’re getting into a relationship with your blood-related sister it’s no different from getting into a normal relationship, which is what it felt like here. Sure a normal relationship isn’t bad, but the selling point of the games is TWINS. Also the relationships themselves were pretty damn crappy. So yeah, this game was pretty much a waste of time for me.
In hindsight, I realized I’m probably as deranged as that pyro for wanting to see something terrible like that to happen in such a sweet game as this. But then I never claimed I was completely sane in the first place. Anyway, onto the next ordeal. Since I was away from this ero scene for so long, relatively speaking for someone who always play the latest releases, I’m sort of at a lost of what to play next. I’m currently planning something by Alcot/Alcot Honeycomb but suggestions, no holds barred, are welcome!