Hope you guys are enjoying the holidays ^^. Given that I’m an unemployed bum atm, the holiday season isn’t anything out of the ordinary for me. I was a little out of character this Christmas in that I didn’t touch ANY eroge on the day. I kinda feel like I killed a tradition >____>. I actually spent the whole day playing “Hitman: Abosulution” on PS3 (was awesome btw). Also if you’re wondering where the rest of my team is, I honestly have no clue.
Anyway this post is a little different from what I normally do in that it’s pretty much just a rant.
…admittedly my normal reviews are pretty much rants as well, but this is more so (?)
One year ago, Tokiya fell in love with Kanae at first sight. For the purpose of declaring his feelings for her, he underwent hell-like training from his imouto Meguri and studied like mad to enter her school Seimatsurika Gakuen. However, Tokiya was quite the introverted person and didn’t have any confidence. Meguri suggested that he use the Asasaka family’s hidden technique ‘kokkai no gi’, which can make females attracted to him and give him a period of popularity, at the expense of the possibility of marriage in the future.
Tokiya did the ceremony clinging on to this last hope and immediately saw its effect on Meguri. Freshly confident, he confessed to Kanae under the sakura tree. However, she replied that they should start off as friends. Why didn’t the technique work as expected? He resigned himself to starting off as friends with her, but It seems that other cute girls are trying to seduce him!
If I were to sum up this game using one word, I would probably use the word “misleading”. Don’t get me wrong; the game is a moege, charage, or whatever you want to call it. However when I see the word “yabai” and the magic thing, I expected to see lots of girls trying to appeal to Tokiya while he’s trying to win over Kanae. Instead we get is one girl falling in love with Tokiya, then confessing to him shortly afterwards. If you choose to accept the girl’s confession, you proceed down her route. If you reject her, the next girl comes in, and the process repeats. So you don’t really see any girls fighting over Tokiya, which is why I find the use of the word “yabai” to be a bit misleading. However this is just my personal view on the matter…was seriously hoping for a harem route >____>.
Call it a technique, or whatever; it’s still pretty much just magic in the end. Though this magic is very close to something like a love potion, I would say it’s more of a love “catalyst”. Girls aren’t immediately attracted to him (mostly), and it’s more like small actions on Tokiya’s part leads to irregularly large reactions. The magic also has some side effect where the caster (Meguri) and the subject (Tokiya) are able to communicate using Telepathy, which isn’t using for anything major.
So in exchange for being popular with girls for about a month, Tokiya is told that there are two risks. First, the girl he accepts will pretty much become his partner for life. Second, if he doesn’t hook up with anyone, he risks losing the chance to EVER find anyone. However it turns out that there are a lot more risks involved with this technique, and these tend to be the source of the drama in each route. I find it quite out of character for Meguri to not read up on this technique before attempting it. Seriously, there’s a shitload of documents lying around in that temple of theirs’ in regards to these associated risks, but she doesn’t read them. Seriously, WTF.
Also I was somewhat sceptical about love that sprouts from “magic”, but fortunately most routes tend to address this decently well.
Characters and Routes.
The characters for this game are very likable; both visually and personality wise. Aoba’s cheekiness and Meguri’s brocon-ness made them the most memorable heroines of the game. In general the heroines’ personalities allow for some nice romance scenes. The comedy is also pretty good.
The only story that this game has is from the magic related drama that they stuff in. The way they keep creating odd side effects of using the technique makes things feel way too repetitive and boring. Maina’s route in particular sucked in this regard, whereas the stuff in Aoba’s route was alright because it led to a great ending.
The confessions scenes were nothing special. I felt that most of them needed a lot more build-up, but ended being rushed because of the whole love potion magic thing. I would like to add that two of the confessions occur while the heroine is half naked. You can probably guess where that leads >____>.
If there’s one thing I love about this game, it’s the rejection scenes. Rejection scenes in eroge are rare, so it was quite a fresh experience. These scenes are done quite well, and leave you feeling like crap (which they should). Things don’t just end with the rejection, and you see self-reflection and lingering feelings mixed into the routes. Along with this, one heroine gets a “break up” scene, which I felt was also done very nicely. I would really like to see more rejection scenes, but pickings are slim in the genres of games that I generally play.
Most of the endings were your typical slice of life endings where nothing really happens and you feel basically nothing. However there were two endings that caught my eye; Miya’s and Aoba’s. Miya’s ending had “consistency” with the events that led up to it, and didn’t fall into a magic saves the day thing. Aoba’s ending was pretty awesome, leading from great sorrow to some very moving romance.
The side routes offer pretty much everything the full routes have, less the magic related drama. For how long they were, they were quite enjoyable.
Play or Nay?
I would probably say nay. Aside from the rejection scenes, I would say that this game is quite average. Would have loved this game if it had been a non-stop ride of flirtation, romance, comedy, and sex. But NOOOO, they went and added all that BS magic drama crap. If you do insist on playing this game, go for Aoba’s route first. If you don’t like that, chances are you’ll hate the rest of the game.
I finished Tsuyokiss NEXT about 2 weeks ago, and it was great. So look forward to a post on it ^^