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We have no Wings, no Hope, and no Future. Review of [090130]Oretachi ni Tsubasa ha nai

Foreword: Well, this is quite an old game! As I’ve stated in the previous review, Oretsuba is actually the SECOND non-translated game I’ve played in my eroge career (the first being a Yuzusoft title). Obviously at the time, I wasn’t exactly sure of what the game was talking about since this is a Navel game actually slightly more complicated and possibly harder to comprehend.

But that’s not the case this time around! I have 5 years of experience and counting! Along with how there was an anime series focusing on more of the important points (plus blatant fanservice … … …), I’ll also discuss this game’s after-story as well.

For this reason, mild spoilers are included. Sorry!

Oretsuba itself is very unique in the sense it literally has 5 protagonists of varying personalities. Not many games actually have this kind of setting, and I’ll be placing each protagonist with their respective heroine within the review.

Title: 俺たちに翼はない (Oretachi ni tsubasa ha nai) [Lit. Trans: We do not have wings]
Producers: Navel
Release Date: January 30, 2009
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v1141
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=526725
Game Type: Slice of Life novel with themes of “life and reality”

Summary: Yanagihara is a mysterious place, but in reality, this individual named Haneda Takashi is actually a more interesting individual. While he’s very quiet, he seems to hold a secret that no one else knows. This is including how he’s dating the school’s prettiest girl, Watarai Asuka.

“Why Hello Sueko (Youngest Brother)!”
“Good afternoon, Mr. Death God!”
“…So who the hell are you?”

But this story is not about him. It’s about the 5 wingless brothers who are continuously oppressed from the winged people. It’s their story of hating society, the real world, and life itself.
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Am I… Alone? Review of [150227]Boku no Hitori Sensou

Foreword: Aaaand I’m back! Well, I was here the entire time, just not as active as I am right now.

Finished this game as well in only a couple of days! I’ll say this right off the bat: this game is WEIRD AS FUCK. It’s so weird, that I can’t even say it’s either good or bad, and my mind’s just in utter confusion about how to rate this game! It’s not like it was good, and it was so bad, but I can’t simply call it bad! I’ve had years of writing, but that’s the only way I can express this game in words!

Holy shit, I’m not even going to get anything accomplished in this section, so let’s move along!

WARNING: This review contains INTENTIONAL MAJOR SPOILERS to the game!  
Please note the game WILL be spoiled from reading this review!
Please also note that this review will have an elevated frequency of Swearing and Rage.

Title: ぼくの一人戦争 (Boku no Hitori Sensou) [Lit. Trans: My one-man War]
Producers: Akabeisoft 2
Release Date: February 27, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v15797
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=830413
Game Type: Fantasy (?) Crude-themed novel

Great CG with lots of detail.

Summary: Eiji drives from Tokyo to the countryside to “start over again”. The girl named Rumi in the passenger seat encourages him and assures him that his older brother, Renji, will also help out in this quest. With their help, Eiji quickly becomes adjusted to the school and even make some good friends.

But… That won’t last long…

Since this is a War.

Rumi’s personality also changes in this “Council”. The game never mentions why
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Reminiscence of the Past: [111125]Hare tokidoki otenki ame

Foreword: Palette, I love you.

Haredoki, which is a more recent release of Palette, was arguably one of the more superior games. With various special effects and adorable character design, it is not surprising to find yourselves falling in love with these characters.

Despite this, I will warn readers that Haredoki is actually quite INFERIOR, compared to some other Palette games. While this may offend some people, I ask you to have an open mind as you continue down the review below.

Title: 晴ときどきお天気雨 (Hare tokidoki otenki ame; lit trans. “Occasional rain in clear weather”)
Producers: Palette
Release Date: November 25, 2011
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v5193
Game Type: Novel

Summary:
“What is your wish?” This is the quote that Yuuya struggles throughout the story.
In a small town, there is a god who will be coming to protect the land. Yuuya and his Student Council group team is asked to meet with the god at the station, only to experience an accident where the god and Yuuya kiss. The god is very benevolent, but is rather powerless. However, everyone will soon see that even if someone is powerless, they are never useless.

The characters themselves are so cute \>w</

Story Length: Slightly long (~35 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Easy
Comments: One way story with separating choices near the end. It is easy to recognize the ending choices, as well as how to achieve them.

Character Design Rating: 8/10
Story Rating: 7/10
Game Quality: Moderately High
Overall Rating: 8/10

Rating Comments: Each character is charming in their own way, and you will notice that much of the storyline is very similar to Key. The story and background stories for each character match up well and will surely leave a heartwarming sensation as you finish each route. As a bonus, if you remember a game called “Moshimo Ashita ga Harenaraba”, by the same company, Tamami returns to this game (slightly older O_O) as a powerful exterminator.

 

Ayane-chan~ <3

Sexual Content: Moderate

Comments:

AS EXPECTED FROM PALETTE!

Quite surprisingly, looking back at their history, the beginning of Palette was actually filled more with darker themed games than cheerful plot such as this. I was pretty surprised.

Nonetheless, this game was one of the better games that I’ve played in months, and is definitely a recommendation for anyone. After finishing Kanae’s original route, you’ll end up with a true route that’s slightly longer, but will nearly bring you to tears.

One of the most memorable things about this game is the bone-chilling moments. Just as a note, these are static images and letters, but some scenes will simply scare the living daylights out of you, simply because of the environment that the scene is presented. These scenes not only add realistic features to the story, but also a sense of excitement as the reader continues to read to find out what happened.

If you look closely, you can see that my avatar is Mizuki :)

Despite this, the game isn’t given a perfect 10/10. Why is this?

The answer is flaws in human psychology.

Call me whatever you want, but the main reason why this game is rated low despite my compliments for it, is because the characters’ mindset was inconsistent. For example, in Kanae’s (the god) route, Kanae avoids Yuuya because of the fact that she believes Yuuya doesn’t truly love her, and was only aiming for her body. However, throughout the story, you can see that Kanae is a strong character, who realizes her powerlessness, but tries her best nonetheless. Her being afraid of “not being loved” is contradictory with her “always doing her best”. As with Mashiro Summer, this inconsistency in the character’s psychology dropped its rating.

Kusukusu is DEFINITELY one of the superior graphic artists out there ^w^

Affection for the Characters: Very High

CG Quality: High (to the point that my crappy laptop couldn’t handle its special effects efficiently)
Music Quality: Good. Haredoki still managed to maintain the musical patterns from both Moshihare, and Mashiro Symphony, so that was actually a plus (if you look at these two games, you’ll see that I rated them high for their music.

Addictiveness: Moderately high. This is definitely a game I’ll be saving for the future.


Conclusion: A great game only flawed by its inconsistency in human psychology. Other than that, there are many plot twists, adorable stories, and lots of moments to laugh at.