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Double the Love, Double the Heart: Short Review of [160826]1 bun no 2 Koigokoro

Foreword: I’m actually quite glad that I’m poor and generally pretty lazy. Otherwise, I can see myself losing a lot of money buying these crappy games then raging over it LOL

Right onto the review. Extremely generic is what you should label this game, along with the entirety having god-awful transition. The most primary outcome of said awful transition was that you literally can’t tell whose PoV you’re looking at, at least until some information on said viewpoint is obtained. Point of View switches literally happen within a single black screen and this was extremely confusing and quite disruptive to the overall scenario.

In fact, nothing really makes this game stand out… Other than the fact that it was bad. It’s already a bad thing that its design annoys me, so I’ll definitely criticize this game for having nothing to offer for its readers.

Title: 1分の2恋ゴコロ (Note: “1bun no 2” means two portions of one part, basically saying “2/1”)
Producers: Amanoha
Release Date: August 26, 2016
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16220
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=832618
Game Type: Inferior Romance Novel

Summary: Aoi would be your normal teenager, except for the fact that his parents died leaving behind him and his two younger sisters. Since he wanted to support them all he can, Aoi quit his school and started to work part-time jobs to earn their living expenses.

This story is about him, his sisters, and the timid underclassman who was once in the same club as Aoi when he was attending school, as well as the hikkikomori neighbor who often provides them with various meals.

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I’ll see you again, in the future: Review of [140131]12 no Tsuki no Eve

Foreword: ALL ABOARD THE 12TSUKI HYPE-BOAT

Well, I think there’s one… right?
Pretty much what you would expect as you start the story, this game is from (insert trumpet horns here) minori! Yep! The awesome company who wrote up one of the best titles known to the English community: the ef series!

Frankly, their design is amazing. With all the character design and story aside, music is brilliant, clear, and bold. Art is at its highest quality and very detailed, and even the CG count is stunningly high.

minori is flat out one of the best companies when it comes to designing the UI or the systems of games: some of the other companies really need to follow their example.

Now, when it comes to story… maybe the following review might help you understand how I feel.

Please Note: The following review may contain unintentional but very mild spoilers! While there is little chance that the story will be spoiled, I warn readers ahead of time for the possible slip-of-the-tongue on my part. 

Title: 12の月のイヴ (jyuuni no tsuki no ibu) [Lit. Trans: Eve of the Twelve Moons… Obviously, the “moons” refer to months, but that’s simply how it’s written]
Producers: minori
Release Date: January 31, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v12562
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=784949
Game Type: Sci-Fi Drama Novel with the theme of Christmas Eve

Summary: The story starts with Naoto being order to pick up a cake on Christmas Eve. As he does so, he complains to his childhood friend Anzu about how he doesn’t have any family nor a girlfriend on Christmas. As they end the conversation, Naoto is passed by a girl who he thinks he saw somewhere. As he turns around, he sees the girl glaring at him from a distance, and say one phrase that will stay with him forever: “I’ll see you again, in the future“…

Naoto gets up in the morning and starts to head out. However, on the way, he wonders about the word “destiny”. As he does so, he bumps into his childhood friend Mizuka who falls down due to her lack of physical endurance. This is a normal day for the childhood friend trio, who were together since they can remember.

This group then soon includes Yuki, an energetic transfer student with nothing much known about her.

However, as “destiny” ravels out, Yuki is related to Naoto some way…
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Twin Paradise! Review of [121130]Kurano-kunchi no Futago Jijou

Foreword: Bleh… Sorry I’ve been getting real slow with VNs. This one I took long to finish not because it was good, but because it was so bad, that I simply thought I’d be able to be more productive playing an MMO instead (LOL)

It’s really strange how Getchu’s “the Best Game” label works, because in my honest opinion, this game ranks pretty damn low even in the ranks of a nukige. Yes, it has a story even for its harem route, but even that was pretty unsatisfactory, and it really doesn’t help that each individual character routes were pretty crappy as well.

On the bright side, over 50+ games released, and I’ve managed to narrow down what I want to play to 7 titles. It’s funny how I ALWAYS say “I’m only going to choose 3-4 this time…!” then I go about and become a housewife in a time sale.

Back to this particular title, I skipped all of the H-scenes just to finish this game as fast as possible. Here goes my criticisms for Futago Jijou.

Title: 倉野くんちのふたご事情 (Kurano kunchi no futago jijou) [Lit. Trans: The Twin Situation of the Kurano family]
Producers: Cube
Release Date: November 30, 2011
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v10793
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=748171
Game Type: Nukige Harem Novel

Summary: Kazuya’s family is a very unique one, in the sense that there are three sets of twins totaling up to an 8-member family. The oldest are Izumi and Mikoto, followed by Kazuya and Tomoka, and Yae as well as Emma are the youngest. The family does get along to a certain extent, but one day, a fight occurs between the parents, and Kazuya’s mother demands a divorce! She also wants the custody of Kazuya, and the 5 sisters all loving him very much, do not want to separate with him. However, Kazuya’s mother restricts him to choose one sibling to stay with, while she leaves on a quest to find a new place to stay. If that wasn’t enough, it seems as if the hetare dad is also going through with the divorce, and leaves on a “soul-searching” trip of his own.

Story Length: Moderately Short (20 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Very Easy
Comments: THREE sets of twins, which means that from the very beginning split in the story, there will be a division.

Character Design Rating: 4/10
Story Rating: 2/10
Game Quality: Low
Overall Rating: 2/10
Rating Comments: An extremely inferior game by Cube, I’m very disappointed, because Cube is known for one of my all-time favorite titles “Natsu no Ame” and their second game “Your Diary” also received a large number of favorable reviews (I haven’t played it though…) While I would usually try to give a game a “break” if it is labeled as a nukige, there were some elements in this game that I found absolutely disgusting; even more than how unfavorable I consider games without a story. Character design also strangely sucked not only for the heroines (mainly because it was too cliche), but especially for Kazuya himself, who had a severely contradicting personality.

Similarly, story rating gets a large drop due to the game having no “satisfaction” upon its completion. Each story involves the divorce being “called off”, in some ways more forcibly (e.g. Tomoka’s route), and this sudden “change of heart” left more of a “What the hell was the point of this story?” than anything else in my mind.

Character Summary: As with any crappy game, I’ll try to keep everything short (mostly for my own sanity)

Let’s blaze through the character summaries. From the left is Izumi, Mikoto, Tomoka, Yae, and Emma. I’m not sure if this was done on purpose, but they are in order of descending age. (Obviously, if Kazuya had to be squeezed in there, he would be between Tomoka and Yae)

Izumi: The eldest and the student council president, this character is very responsible and mature as shown via Kazuya’s observation. However, it is also shown that Izumi is also human; she is horrible at cooking, and has a hard time waking up in the mornings (Low blood pressure, perhaps?), and becomes sour if anyone other than Kazuya wakes her up. What I really don’t like about this character is that her becoming upset if she is awakened by anyone other than Kazuya is her own way of trying to earn Kazuya’s affection. However, this “shy” (?) trait is contradictory to her normal personality, where she actively seduces Kazuya with her bust.

Mikoto: The most active and cheerful in the entire family, Mikoto is always seen smiling, and is arguably the mood maker of the household. However, this personality comes at a fault as well; Mikoto is severely lacking in the intelligence field, and is very ignorant about her own environment. While the game does appeal this character with “innocence”, the reader will soon find out that Mikoto is simply unwilling to learn from her mistakes (aka, stubborn).

Tomoka: Your typical “tsundere” character, I found Tomoka to be very unfavorable due to the fact that she’s an INDECISIVE tsundere. Most of her plot involves her being unable to become honest, and feeling extreme jealousy when Kazuya is too close to his other sisters. Despite being about 20 minutes older, Tomoka excessively insists that she’s the “older sister”, and thus more responsible. Personally, I found nothing attractive about this character (because other characters are “good” in their own ways), and the only thing about Tomoka is probably that she’s the twin sister of the protagonist (Yosuga no Sora, anyone?)

Her route is the only place where the “sibling incest taboo” is even presented in great detail, and as with all other games, it’s not even pressured on the characters except by themselves.

Yae: My personal favorite character, Yae is one year younger than Kazuya and the (slightly) older sibling of Emma, but still has a commendable bust size and a shy personality. She does have great cooking skills and the talent as a patisserie, so when the parents go out and the siblings decide to re-open the store, Yae is the main character for creating baked goods. She actually loves this job, and most of her route involves trying to win over Kazuya with her treats.

Emma: The youngest sibling who also had the quietest voice in the entire game, which made my ears strained after a bit. Even more indecisive than Tomoka, her shyness towards others is actually shown as a charm point, but I didn’t find it too attractive. With only her “adorable-ness” as her only trait, I’m not sure why Emma was even included as part of the heroines. Although it is shown that Emma is a dynamic character (and is able to say her things to her own mother), I couldn’t find myself liking Emma too much, as I would normally do for a loli-character.

The “imouto” twins

Sexual Content: High

Comments: You had ONE job, Cube. ONE FREAKING JOB. I am thoroughly disappointed in this title and in Cube for screwing up your name with a horrible nukige. Plot is so cliche that I had to skip even some of the non-H-scene portions of the game, and I’m seriously mad at myself (about a week ago), for even thinking this would be a worthwhile title.

The parents’ divorce was pretty much meaningless throughout the story, and each heroine’s affection for Kazuya is also unexplained. This doesn’t help that Kazuya’s personality is also self-contradicting (also indecisive but APPARENTLY “proactive” and “kind”).

People who’ve played Natsu no Ame like myself; DO NOT play this title. I’m not sure about “Your Diary”, but this title WILL drive you off (unless you like incest/twins material).

By some coincidence, Tomoka also happens to have gray-ish hair just like Sora.

Affection for the Characters: Very Low

CG Quality: Low
Music Quality: Low

Addictiveness: Don’t ask, please…

Conclusion: Low quality nukige which did have a character that I enjoyed, but is otherwise a kusoge. I’m currently hesitating on even trying “Your Diary” because this title was that horrible.

Review of [090925]Natsu no Ame

Foreword: Wow. All I can say. This game was flat out perfect. Great story, character design, scenario was unpredictable and exciting, and throughout the game, I continuously forgot to finish Sakura Strasse, that I vowed to finish before completing this game. Before I get onto the review, let me take the time to STRONGLY RECOMMEND this game to you, dear readers. I will explain myself below.

Additionally, this game, for being approximately moderate in length, was finished in merely 4 days: my personal record for finishing games. While the fact that I was on Winter Vacation played a slight role in this record, it still does not subtract from the fact that the storyline is ABSOLUTELY ADDICTING!!

Title: 夏ノ雨 (Natsu no Ame, lit trans. Rain of Summer)
Producers: Cube
Release Date: September 25th, 2009
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v1898
Game Type: Novel

Summary: Sousuke reminiscences back to his childhood, when he fell in love with a girl: a love at first sight. As a young child, he had teased the poor girl into crying, and became sad as he did so. While he laughs at how dumb he was, he sees a beautiful girl coming towards him. However, before they can even greet each other, Sousuke sees a motorcycle about to crash into the girl, and saves the girl from being hit. As a sacrifice, the girl’s cellphone is dropped into the river, and through some trouble, Sousuke and the girl ends up soaking wet.

Nonetheless, he escorts the girl to her destination, and returns home, thinking about how pretty the girl was. However, he will be surprised to find out that the girl he was daydreaming about was at his house! According to his mother, she was his half-sister that was to live in the same house from now on.

Sousuke manages to drop a pretty girl into the river just as he meets her… Not bad!

Story Length: Moderate (25 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Moderately easy
Comments: Even as I played the game, I felt raging at Rikako. However, neglecting her throws you into a bad end. The real split comes at the night BBQ, so make sure to save there and properly choose the heroines to capture.

Rikako, Sousuke’s half-older sister. I’ll leave it to your imagination to why she’s crying.

Character Design Rating: 9/10
Story Rating: 11/10
Game Quality: Moderate
Overall Rating: 10/10
Rating Comments: WOWZORS!! This was a really nice game. I had it saved for about a year now, and I’m so mad I haven’t gotten to playing it until now. Starting with character design, it is simply perfect. I had thought of an idealized character design for a story. You could tell I was delightfully surprised when I found this game; exactly what I had in mind of the “perfect” game. In addition, you’ll realize that EVERY CHARACTER has a role in one way or another, despite the fact that subcharacters are not given too much role in other games. In this sense, the subcharcters felt as if they were main characters as well. Additionally, there are also many dynamic characters that will leave you smiling pleasantly as you finish the game, and genuinely leave a warm feeling in your heart.

As for story, I cannot say anything more. Connecting plotline and flashbacks (even across different routes too!!), solid theme, intimate character interaction, and combined with the character design in general, the story was pulling out so many emotions from me. I was literally laughing in the comical scenes, and crying in the tragic scenes. Dear Readers, THIS, I tell you, is the pinnacle of any form of game: To Drag out the Emotions from the Player.

Do note that this game, in general, is more on the serious side than comedy. If you want laughs, this is not the game for you. If you want a heartwarming story with a great plotline and design, you will love this game.

Wait, who’s this?! O_O;; (Make sure you get to her route too!)

Sexual Content: Moderately Low

Comments: Despite all the compliments I have for this game, the game does have its bad points as well; it starts extremely slow. I believe this is why there are not many plays: the reader simply gets bored with the story before it gets any good. However, I ask all my readers to have an open mind and heart as you play this game, and sooner or later, it will captivate your very soul.

Another factor that was actually a double-edged sword (It was both good and bad), was the sexual content. If you look slightly below, you’ll find that the affection created for the characters are extremely high, meaning you won’t be skipping through the H-scenes like I do for most games. However, the H-scenes were unnecessary. H-scenes in general, should be utilized as a “proof to the reader” that the characters are feeling genuine affection towards the protagonist. However, some (Not all) H-scenes were poorly plastered on the end of the route, much to my discontent. Even with this complaint, I still give the story rating a 10/10 because each story has a very nice and satisfying conclusion.

Dear Readers, how many games have you experienced, that has this kind of plotline?

Characters Meet -> Events -> Split -> Characters Fall in Love -> CRISIS -> Resolution (Climax) -> Conclusion

Oh the cliche plotline; don’t you think? Instead, Natsu no Ame seems to follow this pattern:

Characters Meet -> Events -> CRISIS -> Resolution -> Split -> Events -> Characters Fall in Love -> CRISIS -> Resolution -> Events -> CRISIS -> Resolution (Climax) -> Conclusion.

As you can probably see, EVEN THE PLOTLINE IS OF HIGHER QUALITY THAN OTHER GAMES, due to the sheer number of elements that this game contains. Again generally speaking, “CRISIS -> Resolution” can be considered the main story of the game, and this game has three places where that happens. Meaning that there was much thought and effort put into this game.

Affection for the Characters: Extremely High

Whoa, Midori! Two people riding on a bicycle is dangerous!

CG Quality: Beautiful. Don’t be fooled by the sprites; the CG is actually very well drawn and detailed, despite being a game from 2009. Let the screenshots help you decide.
Music Quality: Stunningly Amazing. I’m not sure about you, dear reader, but I’m an absolute fan of string music. Even if you don’t like string music, you’ll find that the synthetic beats and tunes in this game is completely appropriate for where it is used in the story, and even contains a “fantasy” theme that is completely unrelated! Despite this difference, it will not be belittled, as it becomes complimentary to the “fantastic” plotline!

Addictiveness: High

I actually had this wallpaper for a while, but it was after I started playing this game that I realized this was Midori.

Conclusion: Great game that I highly recommend even to non-Japanese players, as each difficult kanji is presented with how to read it right above it. While this got in the way of hooking, it’s a simple enough game that everyone should try.

Character Design and Story Rating are highly superior, and despite that the humor in this game will be inferior to other comedy games, it is similar to series by Key, in the sense that all the comedy stacks up and will be the reason why you’re crying in that one sad scene, or feeling satisfied by the conclusion.

As I enjoy the great soundtracks and beautiful CGs, I hope you can enjoy the following screenshots, and become encouraged to play the game itself.

*pfffttt* Rikako engaging in Customer Service?

Let’s not forget our cute and innocent senpai: Hinako! Here’s a small spoiler though; she becomes a succubus in her route. Haha.

I’m sure everyone has seen this screenshot from somewhere ^^