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Humans Live Today Possibly Dying Tomorrow: Review of [160729] Floral Flowlove

Foreword: Okay, so this review was slightly delayed because I (like I do always) completely forgot I had a 6-day work week which obviously is going to crush my playtime of galge or MMOs. Apologies in advance for the delay!

Let’s get into the review anyways. As you know, my previous games with Saga Planets (or Sagi “Scammer” Planets as some Korean players might call them xD) involved Hatsuyuki Sakura and Kisaragi Gold Star, which I believe are both written by the dreaded Nijima Yuu. It’s going to be a little different this time, with different writers and a different setting; Getchu labels this game as a 恋愛ADV (Romance Adventure) which means it’s pretty much your normal galge.

However, I should definitely mention that I’m really getting sick of all these “Romance Adventure” games that skimp out on romance the most. Don’t get the wrong idea though; story-wise, this game was extremely well planned and highly intricate, while also being fun in some portions, but as it’s advertised as a ROMANCE ADVENTURE game, I’m going to have to criticize the living daylights out of this game because the romance portion was pretty much the worst thing that this game had to offer. Like seriously. Just take out the damned romance and you have such a great game! Why ruin it, SP??

You might also be surprised to hear from me that this game was also quite depressing, at least in my opinion. I’m going to explain my reasoning for this as well as other elements that contributed to this game within the review below, so let’s begin!

In order to properly prove my points, spoilers are included in this review. Please read at your own risk! 

Title: フローラルフローラブ (Floral Flowlove)
Producers: Saga Planets
Release Date: July 29, 2016
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v18842
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=895714
Game Type: School-life Romance Game

Summary: “I met an Angel that day”

That’s the quote that Masataka states even as he does not believe that God exists or angels for that matter, and this is already on top of how he can see white or black feathers emanating from a person’s back depending on whether or not the person has a good or bad motives. Aside from this special ability called a “Gift”, Masataka is mostly apathetic about various things and refuses to get involved with anyone, including his childhood friend Kano, her best friend Nanao, or anyone around him for that matter.

He was always searching for what happened to him in the past since he couldn’t remember anything, and for the most part, seems do not care that much. It’s not until long, however, a girl named Adelheid who seems to know something about the “accident” a long time ago that catches his attention, and he then finds the motivation to find out everything he can to learn about himself.

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The Whale God of Wishes: Review of [150227]Kujiragami no Tear Stilla

Foreword: And finished! Whirlpool games are obviously going to be on the highest priority for me, and for this title, even higher because of the fact that it was Mamizu who was the character designer. I’ve been captivated by her art since I first read 77-Sevens a LOOOOOONG time ago, and this wouldn’t be the last. Unfortunately, there are some things that I’d like to comment on her artwork when I get to the respective section.

Overall, this is your typical charage, except Whirlpool again make that last ditch effort to make this game hold a “story” by adding in a true route at the very end. Did they succeed? Well, head right down into the review to find out!

Warning! This review contains intentional mild spoilers! Read at your own Risk!

Title: 鯨神のティアスティラ (Kujiragami no Tear Stilla) [Lit. Trans: After a bit of digging around, it seems that the literal translation is “The Gentle Tears of the Whale God“]
Producers: Whirlpool
Release Date: February 27th, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16103
Getchu Link: www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=832478
Game Type: Fantasy romance novel with theme of “history”

Summary: Yuuma woke up to find himself sandwiched and crunched up against something hard, and soon find out that he can’t move his arms. With the sound of the ocean around him and suddenly with water flowing into whatever he’s stuffed in, he starts to panic and screams for help.

It is then a beautiful girl opens up the container that he was imprisoned in and frees him. In Yuuma’s eyes, this girl, Mitsuki, is an angel.
Now finding himself on an unknown island that Yuuma has no idea where or what this place is, Mitsuki takes it upon herself to show him around, including the “Energy Water” which seems to work as a source of power on the island.

Through a series of events, Yuuma falls into a river and gets swept all the way up the mountain (and how the hell is this possible?). In a forest after finally raising himself ashore, he finds a small shrine where a small girl suddenly pops up and calls herself a “Whale God”. This “Whale God” and Yuuma cooperate to return to the city, and apparently, the Whale God takes a liking to the poor boy and makes him her “servant”. Because of this, Yuuma now cannot leave the island, and it’ll only be when the Whale God’s powers return that he’ll be able to!

Attempt to leave the island
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Magical Wonders: Review of [130531]Magical Charming

Foreword: Oh damn, this was one hella long game that took so much effort to clear. Nonetheless, as expected of Lump of Sugar, to create a nice plot out of what would otherwise be a “kusoge”. While I haven’t played the more recent releases from LoS (except Hanairo), I had very… divided opinions for Magical Charming. Of course, I’ll try to explain everything within one post, so continue below for the review!

Title: Magical Charming
Producers: Lump of Sugar
Release Date: May 31, 2013
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v11857
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=761807
Game Type: Romance Novel with themes of magic

Walkthrough: http://seiya-saiga.com/game/lumpofsugar/magicha.html

Summary: Ritsu suddenly woke up in an unknown room with some kind of card in his pocket. While not knowing what’s going on, his venture outside made him encounter a beautiful girl whose name was Himeyuri. Being lead inside by her, Ritsu also meets Orietta, who seems to be the one who kidnapped him and brought him to this school. Along with the two, Ritsu meets his younger sister Fuka, and later, his childhood friend Tokine follows him to this school for magicians.

Named Istarica after the Queen who created the island, this paradise for magicians float in the sky with the help of magic. According to Orietta, Ritsu is a unique situation: only females should be able to use magic, but Ritsu, being a male, can use magic as well. This is shown through the fact that Ritsu can utilize the “Chrono Cards” to record and recall various things, which include anything from underwear to demon-slaying attacks.

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Story Length: Long
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Extremely Difficult
Comments: Divided into three sections, the first section consists of each of the four character’s main stories. The second section is the respective characters’ “Lover Scene”, and the third section is the True Route. As for the difficulty, it is HIGHLY recommended to use a walkthrough, as without it, you can’t even access the true route properly.

Character Design Rating: 8/10
Story Rating: 5/10
Game Quality: High
Overall Rating: 7/10
Rating Comments: We have another arguably-inferior LoS game. While not exactly the same as other games, Magical Charming actually had a very inconsistent theme. As an example, the beginning parts (section one and two) of the game had little to no relations with “magic”, and the true route had nothing to do with “romance”. Despite this, character design gets a relatively high score, as expected from a typical LoS game.

Character Summary: There are several characters, and I’ll also include a spoiler page explaining a large majority of the “True Route” storyline.

Arguably the main heroine (who also happens to be the heroine of the True Route), Orietta (her full name is Orietta-Chrono-Istarica-Ginasteele) is ironically the second character to meet the protagonist, and according to a slip of the tongue, the prime “kidnapper” of Ritsu. Her interest in the poor guy stems mostly from the fact there are no male magicians known anywhere.

As the princess of Istarica, Orietta soon takes upon her own responsibility that she must help Ritsu “graduate” from his magic powers. In order to do this, Orietta uses simple reasoning to find out that Ritsu desires a girlfriend. She then supports Ritsu as much as she can in his attempts, but falls in love with him instead. As a beginner in romance, she does not realize her feelings fully until when Ritsu hugs her after one of their “practice dates”, and continuously worries about separating from Ritsu if he happens to graduate.

A bright and cheerful girl, Orietta’s constant curiosity is genuine and pure. Her desire to help others continuously puts her own well-being at risk, but such are trivial to this stubborn (?) princess.

As the younger sister of Ritsu, Fuka is a small girl who has a complexion about her unusually large bust size. Her H-cup size often exposes her to Orietta’s jealous teasing, and including the fact that males would usually stare at her, Fuka originally doesn’t find it pleasant that her brother comments on her growth. Fuka’s desire is to become more adult-like. This thought arose when she met Himeyuri, someone who was  “perfect” in her view, excelling in both academics and athletics.

Fuka is very affectionate for her brother, but feels as if she must become independent on her own. Despite this, Ritsu still believes that Fuka is still a young child he remembers from the past, and would often display “Siscon” features, which Fuka finds both pleasing and annoying at the same time. After Fuka was taken to the magic school at a very young age, Ritsu often wrote letters to her, despite not receiving any replies. Fuka claims that she threw away all the letters, but actually kept them safe and precious in a small container, which shows how much she appreciated her brother’s concerns as she was getting used to her new environment.

Fuka’s specialty is called “Anima Invoke”, which is the ability to communicate with summoned creatures. It is expected of her to help these creatures survive in this world until they acquire enough magic to leave on their own.

Himeyuri, who is the first girl to encounter Ritsu, is actually one year older than him. While this school is only divided up into magical experience (so there’s really no senpai/kouhai), Ritsu finds it more comfortable to address Himeyuri as “senpai”, due to her aura of being a mature character. Himeyuri is extremely powerful in magical abilities; her destructive magic was deemed dangerous, and thus she was placed in the school in order to help her learn to control her magic powers.

Excelling in many fields, Himeyuri receives lots of affection and respect from all students in the school, including Fuka. However, in her route, Ritsu finds out that Himeyuri is also a human being; she is not perfect at everything. Starting with the discussion of hamburgers, Ritsu soon finds out that Himeyuri has the tendency to lie about having experience of a certain topic, only to secretly research about the respective topic later (As an example, Himeyuri disguises herself and goes to a hamburger store after their discussion about hamburgers)

Himeyuri and Ritsu’s first meeting is actually back when they were children, when Himeyuri used magic and harmed Ritsu. This caused a scar on Ritsu’s forehead, which Himeyuri still regrets to this day. However, Ritsu insists the compensation of a hamburger set in exchange for this accident, which sacrificed his childhood memories and left a scar.

Tokine is a student that suddenly transfers after Ritsu. Originally a girl, Tokine’s desire to be with Ritsu made her crossdress as a male in order to be accepted into this academy. While there is various confusion of having not one, but TWO male magicians, the students and teachers accept the fact that Tokine is a male, and similar to Ritsu.

However, Tokine’s power is called “Imperial Order”, which means that Tokine can use an imperative tone of voice to order anyone around. This is why when she said “I’m a male”, she was accepted as a male by the students, despite her various feminine features. Fortunately, because of this rare and strange power, she is allowed to stay in this school even after she confesses her true gender.

Weak with anything sexual, Tokine was hinted to have feelings for Ritsu from when they were children. However, she continuously held back her own emotions and assisted Ritsu in his quest for a girlfriend. Tokine’s route involves mostly Ritsu keeping both relationships with Tokine (as a childhood friend and a lover), but soon leaning towards the latter.

Orietta is so cute <3

Sexual Content: Low

Comments: This game is unique in the sense to progress, you have to obtain Chrono Cards from various events. Obviously, you are given some Chrono Cards in the beginning, but the cards themselves are how you make choices (even between heroines!). These cards are also even used to play minigames, some of which are extremely high in difficulty and require a walkthrough.

In addition, there are various “hidden” events that involve the computer’s dates. There is a system within the game where you can “choose” a heroine to be your lover, and if you maintain that status for 30 days, you can get the event “30 days since dating ____”. Obviously, no one is patient enough to actually wait 30 days, so the manipulation of the computer time will be sufficient. The walkthrough site is detailed in the shortest possible method of obtaining all these events.

Finally, one of the elements I appreciate is the fact that you actually need to remember past events. As an example, you must remember that Orietta wanted to go to the park for the second date, or the fact that in order to fight Sharon, you must remember the elemental affinities she would teach in class. While you COULD depend on a walkthrough for these occasions, I personally find it favorable for both the story and character, when the game to make you memorize these small elements.

Fuka looks really mature in this scene. (No, I didn’t mean her chest. Get your mind out of the gutter)

Affection for the Characters: High

CG Quality: Moderate.
Music Quality: Very good. With the OP and ED sung both by Saori Sakura, who also sung “True my Heart”, both songs have a very nice beat to them.

Addictiveness: Low

Conclusion: A decent Lump of Sugar game, that was really hard to clear, and had strange theme “jumps” and main stories without much meaning. Despite this, character affection is high, and the loli-style artwork is very appealing, as well as the story being relatively better once you step into the True Route.

Spoilers: https://vnerogereview.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/130531magical-charming-spoilers/

Review of [120928]Ryuuyoku no Melodia

Foreword: Yet another one that I finished within the month of release! I know it’s slow, but I hope you can go easy on me since I’m a college student, and I only have so much time I can spend on VNs in the first place ._.;;

THAT DRAGONOL. I WANT IT

Title: 竜翼のメロディア -Diva with the blessed dragonol- (Ryuuyoku no Melodia, lit. trans, melodia of the dragon wing)
Producers: Whirlpool
Release Date: September 28th, 2012
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v10244
Game Type: Novel

Summary: A place where music is the ultimate form of power… melody becomes the only source of  true happiness and success…

Ryuto spends his days blissfully, going to school and coming back to enjoy the crowded streets filled with girls… In fact, he claims this is his driving force. His continuous pursuit of girls is certainly commendable, and somewhat… pitiful as well.

However, all this changes when he hits on a beautiful girl. Quite surprisingly, she accepts Ryuto’s invitation to spend time with him, and say that they’ll meet again in the future. As the two spend more time with each other, Ryuto starts to hold affection for this girl, who turns out to be the princess for the kingdom! Furthermore, she transfers into the music school that he attends. With 5 heroines around him, Ryuto slowly, but surely, reveals the ancient secrets of the kingdom, as well as secrets within himself that no one knew about.

Story Length: Moderate (25 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Moderately Easy.
Comments: Note that there are two main characters, Flora and Mel. These two have a path of their own while the other three characters are placed in a different path. In either cases, it is obvious where the split point is, so no need for detailed walkthroughs.

Character Design Rating: 7/10
Story Rating: 6/10
Game Quality: Moderate
Overall Rating: 6/10
Rating Comments: Ouch… story rating fell quite a bit because it lacked a variety in plotline. While the story had great impact with the musical themes, as each of the routes were focused so much on it, there were not much “story” that could be created within these conditions. Additionally, the plot was very predictable, so a few points were deducted for that. Nonetheless, you find that each character is attractive in their own way, and one can definitely place this game within the ‘more superior’ pile. Good work, Whirlpool!!

The siblings playing music together ^^ Don’t you wish you had a sibling like this?

Sexual Content: Moderate

Comments: Trust me on this. If you want music, this is a good place to get them. The game ALONE has 5 insert songs (NOT OP or Closing Songs), and each song is complimented by a stunningly beautiful artwork.

Affection for the Characters: Moderately High

CG Quality: Moderate. I was very disappointed that Mamizou-sensei didn’t do any of the CG… Mamizou-sensei is a professional at drawing cute-loli style that is shown in works like Lunaris Filia or Neko Koi. This game actually had a large amount of SDCG (Super-deformed CG), which was aimed mostly to create humor within the game, but it was used expertly to also help the reader imagine the scene.
Music Quality: Highly Superior. What can you expect? this game itself has a musical theme xD. Well, I’m not sure about Floria’s CV, but Mel’s CV is Sakikabara Yui, who has an AWESOME moe-voice and is also a very talented singer. She sings MANY openings to Visual Novels, and even voices nearly hundreds of characters as well.

Arguably the most powerful CG I’ve seen in for several months. Simply the atmosphere and the character expression is enough to tell that this is from a very serious scene. For the reference, this CG is accompanied by a song called “Blaze On”, which is a very good song. As the title implies, it gets your adrenaline rushing. If you look at this CG another way though, it seems like Mel and Floria are powerful magicians O_O

Addictiveness: Low. Great story, but it doesn’t have that factor where the reader would come back for the story. In a sense, it lacked depth like other Whirlpool’s games, like Suzukaze no Melt