Foreword: Remember how I finished a game called “Natsu no Ame” within 4 days and was bragging about it? Well, I finished “Damamuko” in less than 2, so that’s probably my personal record so far. I really didn’t have anything else to do, so I just thought… Why not?
Damamuko, which was a game that attracted me recently with the “Otome-tachi no Koi Monogatari (Maiden’s Love Story)” set, is a very decent game. I thoroughly enjoyed some of the routes, and I appreciate that many routes are connected to each other in the first place (Reona and Yurie).
For your information, the August 20, 2011 release is the “Reona After” story only available to the players who input their serial code at a specific given time. I barely managed to get a copy myself, but it’s not available on the interwebs freely. If enough people ask me for the copy, I’ll consider uploading mine.
Title: 黙って私のムコになれ！ (Damatte watashi no muko ni nare!) [Lit. Trans: Shut up and be my groom!]
Release Date: January 28, 2011
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v5289
Game Type: Harem Novel
Summary: Naoki loves his peaceful life, but is uncomfortable with his fiance, who treated him like trash for as long as he can remember. Nonetheless, his life changes one day. Walking to school with his usual group of friends, Naoki protects his fiance, Reona, from an out-of-control car, that crashes into the walls of the sidewalk. Approaching the crash carefully, Naoki is surprised to see a beautiful girl in a dress walk out. However, he can’t stare too long, because men in black suit will soon surround the group and force the girl into another car.
Naoki will not tolerate this, and attacks the men. However, he is only a student, while facing several men trained for combat. He is pitifully immobilized, but Reona, Fumyuko (his little sister), and Haruka (his friend) helps Naoki escape with the girl. They are soon rescued by another butler, who seems to be on the girl’s side.
When everything seemed all settled, the girl orders the butler to pull out a “fake” grenade launcher and shoot the kidnappers, which he does without hesitation. Feeling that involving further in this matter is a bad idea, Naoki runs from them.
Soon, the girl he saved, Rin, will attempt to find out more about Naoki and make approaches to him, trying to make him her groom.
Reona After is… Reona’s after story! LOL. This separate game contains a short story about Naoki suddenly changing in behavior after being engaged to Reona.
This is Reona, Naoki’s “fiance” and the student council president. Readers will see that she has a rather sad story as well.
Story Length: Moderate (25 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Moderately difficult.
Comments: The major split happens when Naoki is “forced” to choose between his Astrology Club, or the Student Council (Actually “星人会” but can’t really translate it properly… Meeting of the Star People…?). Astrology Club’s route has the heroines Rin, Kotori, and Yoriko, while the Student Council route has the heroines Reona, Haruka, and Yurie. In each “split”, the following characters “split off” even further: Yoriko and Haruka. For the remaining characters, there’s a love triangle, where the reader is forced to choose between one or the other.
Reona After has a fixed story.
Shit just got serious… O_O;;
Character Design Rating: 5/10
Story Rating: 8/10
Game Quality: Low
Overall Rating: 6/10
Rating Comments: A rare game, where the character design rating is lower (quite a bit too) than its story rating. As stated in the foreword, Rin’s story was extremely intriguing, and well done. I would compare such a plot to any love story that’s out there, because it was really that good. Other routes were significantly inferior, but still okay. The character design rating gets hit HARD because of the reasons I’ll list in the comments section.
Sexual Content: Moderately low
Comments: In general, this game had little to no humor. The “love comedy” scenes had very little impact, and usually involved Rin and Reona fighting over Naoki in a pretty weird way. I also personally didn”t like how the other four characters seemingly “got involved” in this “battle for Naoki”, using background stories that were hidden all the way until their route.
Yurie is a mysterious character, whose identity is revealed completely in her own route. I would suggest completing her route before Reona’s, so you can save yourself the anger of wanting to punch the living daylights out of this girl.
But yes. Character Design. Kay.
Holy shit, these characters are all spineless cowards.
That’s all I can say. All of these characters (Naoki +6 heroines) are essentially wimps that can’t do the right thing when they’re supposed to. Naoki is obviously one of them, but this includes all six heroines. I somewhat want to think that the title “be my groom!” is more of an imperative statement, while the characters themselves are very indecisive, and this creates an irony of itself. Really, if the characters are THAT much of a chicken to express themselves, then there’s a problem with them. Yes, their actions are understandable if one knows of their past, but in the end, all the characters are doing is running away from reality by clinging onto their past. I really hope that none of the readers are like this, and I guarantee that if you’re reading this story, you will want to shout, “Why the FUCK are you so hesitating about that?!”
This element is why the story rating was dropped from 8~9 to a 5. In this sense, I would rate the Reona fandisk much higher, because Naoki in the fandisc is actually proactive and decisive, unlike his partner who becomes nervous about Naoki’s behavior.
The other character’s routes, including Kotori’s, is… meh. Not too good, but still not trash.
One last thing: Fumyuko’s background is not revealed, and that hurt the story rating again. Fumyuko plays an important part in one of the routes, but her behavior is not explained, nor about why she acts that way. Again, this “hole” is another minus factor.
Affection for the Characters: Low
Yoriko’s route is the only time when Naoki is confronted by both Reona and Rin about not choosing either of them.
CG Quality: Low
Music Quality: Moderate
Conclusion: A decent ensemble game where the story rating may compete with the games that received higher rating, but the poor and even unfavorable character design tends to kill it entirely. Not a game for humorous plotline, and contains themes of love triangle and indecisiveness.
Strange girl that pops out randomly (and often frequently) from nowhere to give Naoki a love letter. If you know her name, you’d laugh.