Hello everyone! This time I’m here with a “first impressions’ review” about a recently released mobile game (made by Favary) that combines otoge with galge, yaoi and yuri. It’s pretty unique, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any visual novel combine all genres before.
So, unlike most romance visual novels, this game doesn’t have a sole protagonist you self-insert as. Instead, I’d say it works more like The Broken Clock (a mobile BL game), where you need to choose a couple to start their route.
Right now, there are 4 available routes: Chitose & Asahi (otome), Sou & Akira (galge), Chitose & Akira (yuri) and Sou & Asahi (yaoi). We play from the point of view of either Chitose or Sou. Still, there’s another upcoming BL route in this game with 2 different characters and it seems it’ll be a student x teacher romance. Personally, I really hope they make a route for Chitose & Sou and Akira & Asahi, I’d love to see every different possibility 😆 !
When you first open the app, the game will give you a quick summary of what you can expect in each route. Let’s sum up each one of them:
Asahi & Chitose: These two get selected as class leaders and start getting closer as friends. Chitose develops a crush on Asahi but doesn’t know what to do since he has a girlfriend.
Sou & Akira: Sou finds out about Akira’s secret and they start a fake relationship. Sou, however, starts falling in love with her for real the more he gets to know her.
Akira & Chitose: Akira and Chitose become really good friends. However, Chitose falls in love with Akira and doesn’t want to be “just friends” anymore.
Sou & Asahi: Asahi accidentally finds out Sou’s secret and the two begin spending time together. However, Asahi doesn’t know just how special he has become to Sou.
Ironic how Sou discovers Akira’s secret in the galge route but gets his own secret found out by Asahi in the BL route 😆 .
I decided to start with Chitose & Asahi’s route since it’s the otome one ❤ Just like other freemium games, you have login bonuses, a ticket system to read the story, a type of “game currency” (this game uses gems), a shop (to buy gems), a free button to watch ads (in order to earn free gems) and a mini game to earn trust. There is also an event tab but it seems it’s not yet available.
Since the stories are set in high school, most characters are pretty young but I like that they actually DO act their age and aren’t neither too childish nor behave like adults in a teenager’s body. And it makes sense since this game talks about an innocent first love. The music and especially the art are lovely and very fitting to the style; I also like the colors of the GUI. The history button, which lets you see previous text if you accidentally tapped the screen too fast, is also conveniently put on the text box.
As regards the translation, though, it’s certainly not the best; there are a few mistakes here and there but thankfully they don’t take away your attention from the story and, to be honest, I’ve seen translations that were much worse. Still, it’s something to keep in mind.
I don’t really read that many high school slice of life stories anymore (it’s been a long time since my high school years), but since this one had this ‘genre combination’ thing going on and the art is super pretty, I decided to give it a go. I recently finished Asahi & Chitose’s first episode and, even though I’ll only be able to judge the full story once I finish it, so far so good. It’s nothing outstanding and it has its clichés, but I like it and I’m enjoying it.
I may post a full review once I’m done with their route. Like I said before, the only real “issue” would be that I’d like to see a Chitose & Sou route and an Akira & Asahi route in the future to have all possible combinations 😆 .
That’s all folks! Thanks a lot for reading until the end, feel free to comment and see you next post!! (≧∇≦*)/