Foreword: It’s been one freaking month since I even posted anything on this blog, and I actually have no great excuse for it. MMORPG hobbies have been revived (although that’s fluctuating quite a bit), and I was also in the process of playing some older titles I’ve finished in the past. This is why you’ll see this review, as well as TWO more reviews very soon about older titles that I’ve replayed recently.
As for this title, Rensou Relation, long story short it sucks. It sucks so much, that I deserve a freaking trophy for even finishing this. I wanted to drop it soooo badly, but couldn’t because it was a LoS title, and with tears of mental pain rolling down my cheeks at the moment, I frantically type this review in hopes of eliminating this nightmare of a game from my synapse and moving on to HOPEFULLY some better games. Fortunately, I have new nukige ready to go as well as another Favorite game that I’m touching with extreme caution.
Please excuse me even if my review is very short and crappy. Here it is!
Please be warned that this review DOES contain minor spoilers
Title: 恋想リレーション (Rensou Relation) [Lit. Trans: Relation of the Love-feelings]
Producers: Lump of Sugar
Release Date: May 29, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16458
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=840913
Game Type: School-life romance comedy novel (FYI, I HATE this genre with a burning passion)
Summary: Shinnosuke is actually quite unintelligent. After failing so many entrance exams and pretty much losing out even on his last-line options, it seems that he will be the only one literally a “ronin” even as one in high-school. With family and friends worrying about him, his teacher from the old school calls him for a Last Chance: the school of Amami (What the Fuck; this name is used so often) is offering a Special Entrance Interview to selected individuals, and if he can pass this interview, he’ll be admitted.
With his last ditch effort, he makes his preparations for this interview. However, this isn’t until in the school itself, he meets a mysterious girl who just came out of the bathroom. From this point, Shinnosuke’s story and “Relation” begins.
Story Length: Moderate (20 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Extremely Annoying
Comments: So LoS always has some kind of an “interactive” system within all their games, and for this game, it was a full flow-chat with up to 8 freaking possible choices within a path split. However, these paths are only available with a certain “Keyword” that you can acquire, but the trick is you can only “Hold” 3 keywords, effectively making this game redundant, stupid, and annoying. A patch that LoS distributed later removed this feature, and that just goes to show how LoS are literally idiots when designing games nowadays. Get this Koosle patch and save yourself the hair-pulling. I’m serious.
Character Design Rating: 3/10
Story Rating: 1/10
Protagonist Rating: 0/10
Game Quality: Low
Overall Rating: 1/10
Rating Comments: I’m not even going to try to be generous here; this game is absolute shit. Starting from the protagonist design which is shown in the beginning of the game, he is literally worthless. Nothing that makes him unique apart from other guys within the story, and if at all, his liberal perversion should be at least cringeworthy enough to repel females from even becoming attracted to him in the first place. His frequent and repetitive mentioning of boobs all throughout the beginning of the story knocked off even more points, and even within the heroine route, he never does anything to bring about a grand conclusion.
Look at him! He looks like he literally just shit himself!
Speaking of conclusions, there aren’t any. All four stories end abruptly after the ending of the “School Festival” consisting of different events depending on the heroine route, and you have a couple of H-scenes here and there to please your average otaku who has nothing better to do than read shit like this.
Oh wait, that’s me.
As expected, the story is literally
Characters Meet -> Characters play with each other -> (Literally no freaking transitions) -> I love you and you love me -> Sex -> School Festival -> The End.
Heroines are very bland, with an obvious effort to exaggerate their “sex features” and absolutely none in adding any kind of “charm” that would otherwise add to the score. Some heroine traits like Himari’s Kansai accent wasn’t even important to the overall story, and even after all’s said and done, the greatest “Key Item” within the game, the “Imagination Note” does NOT become a main theme.
Lastly, a word to Lump of Sugar; this game was a freaking insult to players like me. In Ichika’s route, considered to be the central route, you discuss the mysterious and strong bonds of “human relationships” and you don’t even SHOW them being created in the first place between the heroine and the protagonist. This is the greatest “slap-in-the-face” that I received that shot the scores down to the lowest possible.
Himari’s gonna be first, and as a character excessively made “ideal”, with her ridiculously large breast size, shy personality, good looks, and supportive attitudes, Lump of Sugar definitely did not spare any efforts to make this character seem fake and bland, with nothing exciting about her except her bouncing breasts according to Shinnosuke.
As pretty much your “transfer student” type story line, Himari’s route screams “convenience” in your face as the two characters meet, start to get along, and become lovers within a period of time that doesn’t even span a couple of months.
Most of Himari’s events involve the setting “Rupan”, a old candystore famous among the kids for its cheap snacks and toys that’s affordable even to them. As Himari finds herself enjoying this environment, she decides to work here sometimes.
Remember how I said my “loli-fetish” came from LoS games? Well, this character almost killed that fetish.
Almost as fake as Himari herself, Yuuko is supposedly Shinnosuke’s cousin who has absolutely no romantic interest in him, yet diligently come to his house to cook and clean for him just because her aunt (Shinnosuke’s mother) asked her to. In addition to this unrealistic personality, her childish and “pure” mindset causes her to act obliviously to Shinnosuke’s porno as she cleans his room, while looking like a freaking grade-schooler more capable than Shinnosuke himself.
Then within a month, she becomes this slutty loli-character who actively seeks sex from Shinnosuke with absolutely no “romance” transition in between the two characters and as obvious as it is, no incest taboos.
Her route does involve the “Onii-chan Cafe” during the school festival which is actually nothing but an excuse to insert an H-scene with her wearing a maid-uniform.
Alisa is next, and is actually a bit more tolerable than other routes. Evenso, just keep in mind that the story rating is “1/10” for a reason.
It’s actually quite weird since their first meeting involves Shinnosuke somehow pulling down her underwear when they first crash into each other. This physical impossibility is quickly disregarded as “coincidence” as the two characters somehow become closer to each other because of this incident. So you’re telling me that if I go outside, run into a girl, and somehow manage to pull down her panties, I can get close to her? Okay.
Even after this incident, Alisa’s attitude of “wanting friends” manifests as Alisa wanting to know about Shinnosuke’s past, which is quite strange since she’s not the type to poke into people’s businesses like this; her story strictly states that she has trouble making friends, yet has a fanclub fully dedicated to her while she herself follows Ichika around like a puppy. Man, there are contradictions all over the place.
Regardless, what differentiated Alisa’s route from the other routes is that Alisa is actually someone who was not a part of Ichika’s grand scheme. As Alisa is added to the story and becomes Shinnosuke’s girlfriend after finding out about his past, the calm Ichika essentially flips shit and screams at her.
While this “conflict”-like atmosphere was appreciated, it was not followed through; the emotions of Ichika at that point are hidden at least until her own route as a love triangle half-forms…? The ending was again very abrupt and ambiguous.
And this would be Ichika, the calm character who Shinnosuke meets during his ‘interview’ session as he was going to the bathroom. She was wearing her school uniform, and this led Shinnosuke to believe that she was another interviewee who was lost. This then incites the boy to try to lead her when it’s his first time at the school himself and as anyone would be able to recognize, this is his own misunderstanding.
Arguably the “central heroine”, her involvement with the group is minimal, until the group puts on a play as written in Shinnosuke’s “Imagination Note” about a boy who met a “Magical Boy” and changed his life.
Now this is where the route splits, but there’s a common theme within the entire game; this is the only time when the calm Ichika sheds tears. The heroine who notices this is essentially the heroine whose route was opened, and also becomes the person who becomes curious to the meaning of these tears and starts to dig deeper into what really happened between Ichika and Shinnosuke.
At this point, it’s so freaking obvious that the “Imagination Note” is actually a story about the younger Shinnosuke and Ichika, whom Shinnosuke thought was a boy in the past. If you didn’t catch this well into the story, you’ve been living under a rock.
It’s then that the story goes into pointless detail about how Ichika doesn’t really see Shinnosuke as a romantic interest, yet “loves” him to a great extent to express small amounts of jealousy when he’s in company of another girl. You know the drill after that.
Ichika’s tears might be quite climactic at first, but pretty stupid in the sense even her own route never delves deep into her own emotions and experience regarding her relationship with Shinnosuke
Sexual Content: Moderate
Comments: Do you still need my comments even after I ranted for several minutes? I really don’t want to waste my time writing for this shitty title and I want to strongly recommend you to not continue any more hopes on this title either. But in case you still want it, here it is:
So another typical “rabu-kome” title involving a run-down normal guy with absolutely no skills who is suddenly surrounded by beautiful girls of various traits, and the game actually implies that this is part of this supernatural “luck” that Shinnosuke has, then disproves that theory with Ichika revealing everything. It’s already bad how a normal guy has a freaking harem, and now you have trashy elements thrown around in hopes they somehow stick to each other and create a plot. G-fucking-G, LoS.
Characters as “fake” as Himari tend to annoy the hell out of me the most
Affection for the Characters: Low
CG Score: 4/10
Music Score: 3/10
Conclusion: A trashy game from LoS that’s even worse than Prism Rhythm. At least that game had some unique element of fantasy with pitiful (but existent) effort at creating a genuine story. This game is dangerous even to the point it may as well be a copy-paste from a different game, effectively violating copyright laws. It’s already boring as hell too…