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It’s Time to Settle Down: Review of [160930] Kanojo Step

Foreword: It’s been far too long without a review! I definitely have my schoolwork, employment, and other hobbies to blame, and even thought about quitting this site purely because of how little I was able to read VNs.

On the other hand, critiquing and reading VNs is one of the hobbies that I find unique about myself, so I just can’t really blow it off. It’s admittedly quite fun, especially when I get to talk trash about a title I hate. Why do you think I read bad VNs, you nerds?

However, I ultimately decided to swallow my pride and start DROPPING games. I generally had a very negative connotation about players dropping games in the first place (and still do, don’t get me wrong), but when one doesn’t have enough time to spend on a title as myself, this is pretty much the only option available since there’s way too many titles that’s dragging my time and not worth reading when in the end I’ll be complaining about how shitty it is anyways.

My biggest critique about players dropping games for whatever reason is that said reason is never expressed and doesn’t provide the player’s impressions on that game. This is why even if I do end up dropping games, I plan on mentioning them as well as my reason for dropping them. Whether I’ll do this as a monthly post or along with other reviews, this’ll be from trial-and-error, so please bear with me in that aspect.

Onto this title though, Kanojo Step! To be honest, I was actually quite surprised I completely forgot about this title; primarily because Smee is a company I find favorable especially with their writers specializing in intricate but silly humor. Overall though, I found this title was pretty much a copy-paste of another dating sim I found to be good, Lovely x Cation 2, so that was something I didn’t appreciate.

Let’s get on with the review!

P.S. After reading my review after writing it, it sounds pretty cringey, so I apologize in advance. I guess I forgot how2write during the long break.

Title: カノジョ*ステップ (Kanojo * Step)
Producers: Smee
Release Date: September 30, 2016
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v19347
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=903610
Game Type: Comedy Dating Sim

Summary: Aki has never belonged anywhere due to his parents always moving around from one place to another, he was never able to make friends or form a deep relationship with anyone. With his parent’s death, his older sister takes him in and brings him to the countryside, where she promises would be the last “relocation”, and encourages him to form relationships here.

While Aki hates many things about the countryside including bugs or the lack of convenience stores, he is still grateful to his older sister for bringing him here, and genuinely decides to foster relationships he thought he wouldn’t be able to form during his school years. Perhaps that it’s time for him to settle down.

No Shiina, you can’t settle down on that bench

A New Life in an Old Environment: Review of [130426] Lovely x Cation 2

Foreword: So it’s really hard to believe that this game came from Hibiki Works, mainly due to the fact that my first experience with them was PxC. In addition to this, I learned rather late that the “cation” is pronounced “cay-shun”, not “cat-ion” as in the positively charged ion. This is probably a derivative from the word “communiCATION

Wow, I’m an idiot.

But even with all the compliments I’ll be showering this game with, I hope to include a bit of criticisms because that’s really what I’m here for. Definitely placing in some of the best dating sims I’ve played, here’s the review for Lovely Cay-Shun!

P.S. Is it just me, or is it kinda hard to add tags for games like this…?

Completely Off-Topic: Due to someone requesting a copy of Damekoi (you know who you are!), I’ve gotten into playing it as well. I’m already through with Mitoko’s route and heading to completing the game a second time. I was hoping that’ll keep me busy until the 27th (which is when sakusaku is released), but I guess that won’t work out well…

Title: Lovely x Cation 2
Producers: Hibiki Works
Release Date: April 26, 2013
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v10288
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=814060
Game Type: School-life Dating Simulation Game

Summary: The protagonist has recently moved near his school, because he didn’t want to follow his parents moving to a different place. It was mostly his own stubbornness that caused this situation, and despite the hardships he faces from day one, he enjoys his life.

He takes a walk through the town, and stumbles on a shrine, where an old man tries to force him into buying things, but also informs him that he will need to find a partner, or he will spend his youth alone and lonely. This becomes the push for this protagonist as he encounters four girls who he meets in the same time period.

Story Length: Moderate (25 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Very Difficult
Comments: Again, we have a game where specific “items” you acquire determines CG within the game. There’s really no effect on the flow of the story otherwise, so it’s probably best if you simply enjoyed the game and used a savedata at the very end just to unlock the CGs

Even without a walkthrough, I was able to get all the non-HCG like this one over here.
That suggests that the item -> CG/Scenes is only another tool for extra H-scenes XD