Foreword: With exams seriously crushing me every week, this is probably going to be either the last or second to last review for a while (I have another game I’m playing right now). Let’s get right into the review. Pretty much another “average” galge, I have mixed feelings about the game because it had the potential to be “good”, but it didn’t turn out so well. Lump of Sugar’s tendency to be inconsistent across the routes is back, brace yourself to be hit with unexplained elements and despite not having too much hope for this title, I was yet again disappointed.
Despite this, it’s not as bad as some of the other Lump of Sugar games. While plot isn’t consistent, its theme is very solid and clear. I guess in that sense, this game was slightly enjoyable…? I also enjoy Lump of Sugar’s prime (and mascot) artist, who seemed to become even more proficient recently.
Title: 世界と世界の真ん中で (Sekai to Sekai no Mannakade) [Lit. Trans: Right between world and world]
Producers: Lump of Sugar
Release Date: January 31, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v13224
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=782219
Game Type: Romance Philosophy (?) Novel with themes of identity
Summary: Renri is a motherlike figure to the residents at Erudeshu (romanized spelling). Being the cook and cleaning “chief” (more like the only one…), his days consist of routine activities and sights. However, he believes that this will change with the addition of his little sister Kokoro, who is soon added to the story. As a semi-bracon, Renri is very pleased with his younger sister, who was actually very ill and frail. He constantly worries about her health, and has no time to spare for the strange diary he picked up during one of the cleaning days, which includes a key of an unknown origin.
Little does he know, that this key will lead him to the center of the world, where an object called “Celestial Globe” silently floats… simply waiting… for something.
Story Length: Moderately Long (25 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Easy
Comments: While not straightforward, simple choices encompass the title and should prove to be no challenge for any reader.
This is a “ritual” where Minori’s personality switches as she taps her hairpin.
Note how this screenshot suggests that she no longer performs this “ritual”