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Is the Future Pre-Determined, or Do We Create It? Review of [110128] AQUA

Foreword: As mentioned previously with this game, the one thing that disappoints me more than a shitty game is a game that COULD have become good, but the writers just fucked up something and made it bad instead. As a game that I procrastinated for about 7 months after taking out of my backlog (holy shit). AQUA was that game that fit perfectly into this description.

I can actually do a tl;dr version of this review right now: AQUA is a very deep, meaningful, and philosophical game. The HUGE CRITICAL OMGWTFBBQ problem was that character development (which includes the romance; I’ll get to it soon) was absolute shit and some of said philosophical components had a bad design (again, will be explained later). Simply put, the game does have a good content overall, but failed in the transition, delivery, and introduction of that content to the point the value and significance of said content plummeted.

I was extremely disappointed with this one for that reason, and now cautiously getting back to Irotoridori Sekai that I’ve been procrastinating for a while as well. I need to finish both games before September, even if I have to CTRL-skip the scenes (God please forbid this to happen).

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS REVIEW CONTAINS HEAVY SPOILERS FOR THIS GAME! PLEASE DO NOT READ IT IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAVE THE TITLE SPOILED

P.S. Also, please let me know if I should pursue other Sorahane titles. This title was quite decent, but the elements I found to be critically terribad is really preventing me from wanting to experience the other games from this company. I would sincerely appreciate all the input!

Title: AQUA
Producers: Sorahane
Release Date: January 28, 2011
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v5502
Getchu Link: www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=683999
Game Type: Futuristic Sci-Fi Fantasy Novel

Summary: AQUA is a computerized device that people use in lieu of various things, such as furniture. In a way, it’s like the smartphones we have today except a lot more versatile. At least for Souta, it has been his lifestyle for as long as he can remember.

His dear childhood friend, Chisa, was killed in an accident 7 years ago. This event was devastating for the young boy who didn’t even know the concept of death, and after having moved away from this town for a while, he returns today with his mother, Tomoe, to this beautiful area where the mesmerizing Luka overlooks its population.

As he is transferred to the school after a little mishap with a crazy young woman (…), he is extremely startled to find out that Chisa, who he was sure was killed, arrives late to school. It’s the same old Chisa who greeted him with a shy smile and the nickname “Sou-chan”, the clumsy girl who has now all grown up and become beautiful.

…What happened?

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The Summer’s Harvest! Review of [150529]Natsuiro Recipe

Foreword: Omigosh, I am so sorry! It’s been over a month without any kind of posts from me, and I really did not play any games to actually write a review about. Like, the entirety of last month was either nukige or MMOs for me, and now that school’s starting back up for me, I’m expecting even less time for review writing.

A bad news is that I am genuinely contemplating on stopping the writing of reviews because of how busy everything would be, and just enjoy the releases like a normal player, but then there would be no fun in ranting about the bad games or praising the good ones!

Alright, right onto this title, called “Natsuiro Recipe”. To be perfectly honest, I came here for the food (like what most of us do when there’s an organization meeting at your college). As a competent cook myself, I was curious to know how the game would incorporate the themes “summer”, “food”, and “romance” into a single game.

In short, they did do a very decent job at this fusion of themes, but they also missed out critical portions and being the asshole of a critic I am, I’m here to thoroughly exploit that and hopefully get the readers to laugh as well.

Title: なついろレシピ (Natsuiro Recipe) [Summer-colored Recipe]
Producers: Pulltop Air
Release Date: May 29th, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16515
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=842088
Game Type: Romance Novel with themes of “Food” and “Summertime”

Summary: Takefumi is a boy who never thought he belonged anywhere; he was always being dragged around by his dad and frankly getting tired of it. As he had nothing to do after graduating college, a letter addressed to his father in Hong Kong arrives at his home.

The letter is written by a girl who claims to be the hidden daughter of Takefumi’s father. Takefumi, who is already aware of his father’s bad habits of hooking up with random women, takes this to heart and decides to visit this girl in the rural countryside to apologize and do whatever he can.

This strange, beautiful, but lonely girl has no one to trust, but with Takefumi’s support, she starts smiling again. Despite this, Takefumi decides to take a step further, and to re-establish the restaurant of Yuzu’s now-deceased grandmother, which was extraordinarily important to the young girl.

The restaurant’s special fried rice! Most of the beginning scenes show Yuzu and Takefumi trying to replicate this popular recipe, but having something missing each time.
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The 99th Full Moon… Review of [120224]Tsukumonotsuki

Foreword: Oh hey! A game released on my birthday! Woo~
But really. Surprised that I can spit out a review in such a short amount of time?



Yeah, I’m surprised too.

Jokes aside, let’s get right onto the review. Pretty much a game I had my eyes on since it’s release, it’s rather sad it took me 9 months to get through with this game. Nonetheless, it was actually quite decent compared to the other games I’ve played so far. The only huge drawback of this game is that there’s a portion of the game where plot is REALLY slow, and CAN cause people to simply not want to play it.

However, I urge you to continue with it since the conclusion is actually decent compared to the other games I’ve been playing recently. It’s also very nice that the entire story foreshadows the conclusion, and if you’re sharp, you may even find out what’s truly going on even before you hit the heroine’s route.

But when I started this game, I was literally drooling at the fact that Aoba Ringo (she’s an awesome CV) was voicing a white-haired loli-imouto character. Here’s a sample of her voice (HOLY CRAP SHE’S SO CUTE)

That, good friends, is why I went through with this game even when I had exams and had other games I was playing.
But I’ll stop blabbing about how awesome the main character was, and get on with the review.

Title: ツクモノツキ (Tsukumo no Tsuki) [Lit Trans. Moon of Tsukumo]
Producers: Sugar Pot
Release Date:
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v7845
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=720147
Game Type: Novel with ideals placed on self-identity

Summary: Keita lives his daily life satisfied with his younger sister Maya and his good friend Akane. Although their life isn’t that of luxury, Keita works daily to make ends meet while Maya helps with the household chores. All seems well… or is it?

Keita actually has amnesia. He only knows that their parents passed away from Maya’s words, who says they ran away from relatives trying to take advantage of their situation. If that wasn’t enough, Maya is also very frail, and gets sick often.
Despite this, the siblings get along very well, and support each other everyday.

One day, Maya starts to act strange. She seems to be sick in Keita’s eyes, but Maya won’t tell him what’s wrong with her. Instead, she urges that the siblings return to their hometown, since she feels an urgent need to go there.
Finding this strange, Keita agrees, and the siblings leave for the land that they abandoned 8 years ago.

In the area, they find nothing…

Until Maya exclaims that she can hear a song, and runs to the forested area.
There, the siblings find a white-haired girl who often appeared in Keita’s dreams. This girl, who calls herself Tsukumo, is now a self-proclaimed younger sister of Keita, and returns along with the siblings.

Maya tells Keita to take good care of this strange girl…
But it won’t be long; a shrine maiden named Yukina will now try to take Tsukumo with her, back to the countryside!

*WARNING* Please note that after this point, spoilers are intentionally included. Read at your own risk!

Me: 

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