So go back to roughly 4 years ago, when I had started to become more fluent with Japanese, had developed my love for the Visual Novel genre and came across this game called “Tayutama” which was one of the recommendations from a good friend I knew from an MMO. He mentioned that this was “one of the best games” ever, and I took it mostly with a grain of salt. I mean, how good can a game be? I’ve already played games like Shuffle and thought it was amazing (LOL I NEED TO KEEL MYSELF FROM BACK THEN), and somehow got into playing the game.
DUDE THIS GAME IS AMAZING
I was completely caught off-guard. From a very impressive beginning scenes that left a great impact on said “co-existence” between Tayutai and humans, you’re presented with an absolutely adorable heroine whose design was so flawless that according to outside sources, was pretty much the “Number 1 most-wanted as a waifu character” in Japan. Even I found myself finding this heroine, Mashiro, to be the pinnacle of heroine design, of playing not only a support role for the protagonist, but also displaying such unconditional affection that mesmerized even the most cold-hearted and cynical players.
In reality, Tayutama ~Kiss on my Deity~ is easily on my top 5 “All-time Favorite Games” due to its extensive story which symbolizes harmony across “races” along with exciting scenes throughout the game that had me on the edge of my seat. Add in both heroines and subcharacters that are very colorful in personality forming a very tight connection through those bonds and you have essentially a “Visual Novel” that’s perfect in all aspects.
Fast forward to 2016 May, and we have the sequel that we thought we would never receive.
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=883685
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v17388
Summary of the Game (Translated from the Homepage):
The existence of Tayutai has been revealed and it has been 50 years since then. Humans have taken more measures to co-exist with these creatures, leading to a revolution of change for the human society.
The protagonist Kusakabe Sora lives in a town called Yakotami, where the spiritual powers are relatively stronger than any other areas. He’s been working towards this co-existance for as long as he can remember.
One day, Sora witnesses a fight between a human child and a Tayutai, and rushes towards them to mediate the conflict. It’s really not rare to see resistances to this kind of “co-existence”, but what happens next will most definitely surprise Sora.
“I’ve found him… He’s definitely my…”
A girl with strange ears, perhaps an incarnation of a human from a Tayutai, or someone like Mashiro, one who received the blessings from Tayutayu, she comes to our protagonist with a request:
“Please become my husband!”
Such a request bewilders our protagonist, who was completely unexpecting such a request. However, with the explanation of Mito Mashiro, Kohaku’s mother, Sora learns that Kohaku has been searching for a partner to further solidify the co-existence between humans and Tayutai.
“Well, I’m not sure about marriage…” is what Sora admits, but he allows this young girl to live with him and agrees to cooperate in her quest.
Thoughts on the Game so Far:
Honestly, I’m really worried. Games haven’t exactly been quite up to par with Tayutama’s original quality since Hello, Good-bye, and considering how games were plain retarded recently, this was mostly what’s been preventing me from buying the Pre-Order. It is Fumitake again with the art, and we’re also looking at Mashiro as well as Yuuri returning as “immortal beings”, so there’s that going for us. The game also states that the characters from the previous game, including Ameri, Yumina, and Mifuyu are all returning as the same “Immortals”, so that’s going to become interesting.
The scenario writer is someone Getchu do not have on their records: someone named “沖田露集” (Okita…?). This both fills me with hope and dread. Hope because we at least know it’s not destined to be shitty, dread because it can turn out like how Sakusaku had a new writer (Mirai Minase) and didn’t exactly turn out well at least compared to Mashiroiro Symphony. Based on how crappy Kodomo no Asobi is right now (almost done with it), I’d have to make a hypothesis that I need to keep my expectations low or else I’ll be extremely disappointed.
On to the characters themselves though:
Honestly, my first impression was “Holy Shit” because of that last name being corresponding to Yuuri and Mashiro’s last names. However, it doesn’t seem like she’s actually their “biological daughter” (though that’d be pretty DAMN interesting), but rather someone raised by them instead. Similar to Mashiro, Kohaku is given the role of encouraging the coexistence between Tayutai and humans, and quite different from Mashiro in the previous title in the sense her loli-like appearance correspond to her personality as well.
Very straightforward and honest describes this character, because she focuses on one thing too much, Kohaku often loses her surroundings. Like Mashiro, however, it seems that Kohaku is athletic and smart, although the website also describes her being unable to stay awake past midnight (characteristics of a child)
Character Quote: [Please become my husband!]
She’s the daughter of a well-known family, but after her father’s death, was adopted into the Saijyo family. She’s overall well-behaved in front of everyone except Sora, who seems to be a good friend of hers. To him exclusively, Hifumi’s shown to be playful instead. As expected from her environment, Hifumi seems to be intelligent as well. The game describes her being more introverted, however.
Character Quote: [Be careful; Girls are liars]
A girl who has been in contact with Tayutai since a young age. Because of this, she is often able to see things from a Tayutai’s point of view, and even acquired the skill to treat injured Tayutai or help them who suffered through corrupted transformations. Very calm and introverted, and has the tendency to keep problems to herself and push herself a bit too much. She’s overall average in other abilities and loves sweet things
Character Quote: [Tayutai are like humans. I think it’s best if they live as they are]
Do I need to explain? LOL
Yep, she’s the Mashiro that you know from the previous title, the strongest Tayutai infused with the Goddess “Kikuramikaminohime” (try saying that 5 times fast! :D). She lives with Kohaku while Yuuri seems to be somewhere else (not sure what happened over here). While generally mature and easy to approach, Mashiro does have the other side of being childish or being stubborn about her opinions. She acts as the “Mother-Figure” to Kohaku, and actually has a spiritual connection to Yuuri so that she can still talk to him, but often becomes very jealous of Kohaku and Sora’s relationship.
The game mentions that she’s been reading Romance Novels recently, and obviously still loves marshmellows. It also seems that she’s not actually a heroine (because she’s already married, you derpheads)
Character Quote: [You’re becoming the husband, so let’s make you strong and powerful!]
Protagonist: Kusakabe Sora
A normal human, except for the fact that his Spiritual Powers are much more powerful than an average person. Due to this, he can feel the flow of energy through a sixth sense.
As gentle and logical person, Sora has even been shown to be the center of the attention in class, but also has traits of being proactive and resourceful.
Raised in an orphanage, he strongly believes that through cooperation, both despair and misfortune can be overcome.
Character Quote: [I’ll do all I can to think of what we should do]
Thoughts on characters:
A protagonist with an ACTUAL PERSONALITY! YESSSSSS
Fuck all the perverted and cardboard protagonists that galge (and Lump of Sugar) has been releasing recently. FINALLY we have a protagonist (albeit much like a copy-paste from the first title) who is actually useful and relevant to the story and its elements presented. I really hope that LoS follows through with all these traits, though, since it’s just as easy to screw Sora’s design up as it is to simply SAY that he has all these traits.
Heroines themselves seem a bit plain, although you can definitely see some traits similar to the heroines from the previous title (Hifumi vs. Ameri; Yumina vs. Nano). If at all, by what’s presented so far, I can only see a full-blown galge coming through, although at least it’ll contain a couple of Tayutai counterparts just like what the first-title did.
Worst case scenario, the characters themselves are cute, and I’ll get my full dose of Mashiro. Not sure if that’s going to be worth the 9800￥ that I’m thinking of spending like, right now.
Final thoughts of the preview:
In one word: Hype. It’s interesting how the game will present not only the new characters, but also the characters from the first game as subcharacters. It’s assumed that Yuuri will appear as well (as according to how he appears in the CGs), and it’s also confirmed that heroines will also have Tayutai counterparts like they did for the first-game.
It is, however, worrying that LoS wasn’t exactly making story-oriented games recently, and based on how the heroines themselves seem really bland, it’s not a far-fetched estimate to expect a charage for Tayutama 2. We can only hope. We have an old artist and a new scenario writer. Let’s see how far that gets us with this sequel.