Foreword: Bleh… Sorry I’ve been getting real slow with VNs. This one I took long to finish not because it was good, but because it was so bad, that I simply thought I’d be able to be more productive playing an MMO instead (LOL)
It’s really strange how Getchu’s “the Best Game” label works, because in my honest opinion, this game ranks pretty damn low even in the ranks of a nukige. Yes, it has a story even for its harem route, but even that was pretty unsatisfactory, and it really doesn’t help that each individual character routes were pretty crappy as well.
On the bright side, over 50+ games released, and I’ve managed to narrow down what I want to play to 7 titles. It’s funny how I ALWAYS say “I’m only going to choose 3-4 this time…!” then I go about and become a housewife in a time sale.
Back to this particular title, I skipped all of the H-scenes just to finish this game as fast as possible. Here goes my criticisms for Futago Jijou.
Title: 倉野くんちのふたご事情 (Kurano kunchi no futago jijou) [Lit. Trans: The Twin Situation of the Kurano family]
Release Date: November 30, 2011
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v10793
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=748171
Game Type: Nukige Harem Novel
Summary: Kazuya’s family is a very unique one, in the sense that there are three sets of twins totaling up to an 8-member family. The oldest are Izumi and Mikoto, followed by Kazuya and Tomoka, and Yae as well as Emma are the youngest. The family does get along to a certain extent, but one day, a fight occurs between the parents, and Kazuya’s mother demands a divorce! She also wants the custody of Kazuya, and the 5 sisters all loving him very much, do not want to separate with him. However, Kazuya’s mother restricts him to choose one sibling to stay with, while she leaves on a quest to find a new place to stay. If that wasn’t enough, it seems as if the hetare dad is also going through with the divorce, and leaves on a “soul-searching” trip of his own.
Story Length: Moderately Short (20 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Very Easy
Comments: THREE sets of twins, which means that from the very beginning split in the story, there will be a division.
Character Design Rating: 4/10
Story Rating: 2/10
Game Quality: Low
Overall Rating: 2/10
Rating Comments: An extremely inferior game by Cube, I’m very disappointed, because Cube is known for one of my all-time favorite titles “Natsu no Ame” and their second game “Your Diary” also received a large number of favorable reviews (I haven’t played it though…) While I would usually try to give a game a “break” if it is labeled as a nukige, there were some elements in this game that I found absolutely disgusting; even more than how unfavorable I consider games without a story. Character design also strangely sucked not only for the heroines (mainly because it was too cliche), but especially for Kazuya himself, who had a severely contradicting personality.
Similarly, story rating gets a large drop due to the game having no “satisfaction” upon its completion. Each story involves the divorce being “called off”, in some ways more forcibly (e.g. Tomoka’s route), and this sudden “change of heart” left more of a “What the hell was the point of this story?” than anything else in my mind.
Character Summary: As with any crappy game, I’ll try to keep everything short (mostly for my own sanity)
Let’s blaze through the character summaries. From the left is Izumi, Mikoto, Tomoka, Yae, and Emma. I’m not sure if this was done on purpose, but they are in order of descending age. (Obviously, if Kazuya had to be squeezed in there, he would be between Tomoka and Yae)
Izumi: The eldest and the student council president, this character is very responsible and mature as shown via Kazuya’s observation. However, it is also shown that Izumi is also human; she is horrible at cooking, and has a hard time waking up in the mornings (Low blood pressure, perhaps?), and becomes sour if anyone other than Kazuya wakes her up. What I really don’t like about this character is that her becoming upset if she is awakened by anyone other than Kazuya is her own way of trying to earn Kazuya’s affection. However, this “shy” (?) trait is contradictory to her normal personality, where she actively seduces Kazuya with her bust.
Mikoto: The most active and cheerful in the entire family, Mikoto is always seen smiling, and is arguably the mood maker of the household. However, this personality comes at a fault as well; Mikoto is severely lacking in the intelligence field, and is very ignorant about her own environment. While the game does appeal this character with “innocence”, the reader will soon find out that Mikoto is simply unwilling to learn from her mistakes (aka, stubborn).
Tomoka: Your typical “tsundere” character, I found Tomoka to be very unfavorable due to the fact that she’s an INDECISIVE tsundere. Most of her plot involves her being unable to become honest, and feeling extreme jealousy when Kazuya is too close to his other sisters. Despite being about 20 minutes older, Tomoka excessively insists that she’s the “older sister”, and thus more responsible. Personally, I found nothing attractive about this character (because other characters are “good” in their own ways), and the only thing about Tomoka is probably that she’s the twin sister of the protagonist (Yosuga no Sora, anyone?)
Her route is the only place where the “sibling incest taboo” is even presented in great detail, and as with all other games, it’s not even pressured on the characters except by themselves.
Yae: My personal favorite character, Yae is one year younger than Kazuya and the (slightly) older sibling of Emma, but still has a commendable bust size and a shy personality. She does have great cooking skills and the talent as a patisserie, so when the parents go out and the siblings decide to re-open the store, Yae is the main character for creating baked goods. She actually loves this job, and most of her route involves trying to win over Kazuya with her treats.
Emma: The youngest sibling who also had the quietest voice in the entire game, which made my ears strained after a bit. Even more indecisive than Tomoka, her shyness towards others is actually shown as a charm point, but I didn’t find it too attractive. With only her “adorable-ness” as her only trait, I’m not sure why Emma was even included as part of the heroines. Although it is shown that Emma is a dynamic character (and is able to say her things to her own mother), I couldn’t find myself liking Emma too much, as I would normally do for a loli-character.
The “imouto” twins
Sexual Content: High
Comments: You had ONE job, Cube. ONE FREAKING JOB. I am thoroughly disappointed in this title and in Cube for screwing up your name with a horrible nukige. Plot is so cliche that I had to skip even some of the non-H-scene portions of the game, and I’m seriously mad at myself (about a week ago), for even thinking this would be a worthwhile title.
The parents’ divorce was pretty much meaningless throughout the story, and each heroine’s affection for Kazuya is also unexplained. This doesn’t help that Kazuya’s personality is also self-contradicting (also indecisive but APPARENTLY “proactive” and “kind”).
People who’ve played Natsu no Ame like myself; DO NOT play this title. I’m not sure about “Your Diary”, but this title WILL drive you off (unless you like incest/twins material).
By some coincidence, Tomoka also happens to have gray-ish hair just like Sora.
Affection for the Characters: Very Low
CG Quality: Low
Music Quality: Low
Addictiveness: Don’t ask, please…
Conclusion: Low quality nukige which did have a character that I enjoyed, but is otherwise a kusoge. I’m currently hesitating on even trying “Your Diary” because this title was that horrible.