Nitro+ always tries to offer unique experiences for each of their games. After working in such games as Axanael, where each choice you made could lead to one of the main characters dying, they decided to settle down with a more standard school romance with regular choices and flags…Or at least they tried!
Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi (simplified as totono) is the most interesting Galge I’ve played since Axanael. I think that the people from Nitro+ are geniuses, but even I know that their games are pretty crazy! This game is not recommended for those who want to enjoy a solid storytelling with a deep plot, neither for those who like love comedies with convenient happy endings.One thing that seems to be a unanimous opinion between everyone in the net is: “You should not use a walkthrough for this game”. This is a consensus followed so strongly that no walkthrough for this game exist anywhere. The reason for this is simple: You don’t play this game, this game plays you! (yeah! My first Russian reversal joke!).At first, everything point to a regular game with a normal boy called Shin-ichi who has no special traits or talents and his childhood friend Sone Miyuki, that is like god on earth. Everything pretty normal, until they met the crazy Mukou Aoi. She thinks they are inside a Galge and says she is a sub-character that has the mission to make Shin-ichi relationship with Miyuki progress so they could reach the end of their route.
At first, they try to avoid her, but Shin-ichi starts to pity her and convinces Miyuki to become friends with her. Everything works well and, “most of times”, the protagonist ends together with Miyuki. However, Miyuki was to be the main role in a school play, where she would get kissed in the end. This revealed Shin-ichi ugly side, since he could reach dangerous levels of jealously. Sensing this, Aoi says she will contact the god of this world (the game system) to de-activate any possible routes of Miyuki with any other person other than Shin-ichi. (You could try to stop her, but since nothing happened in the demo, I choose not to).After this, nothing really happens and the two childhood friends become lovers just like in the other routes. The real shit start to happen after you decided it’s a good time to try “capturing” Aoi’s route. The game explore a really advanced level of 4th wall breaking. Miyuki gets batshit crazy and decide to use Aoi’s smart phone to contact “God” to rewrite the game. The game breaks, your save data disappears, all the HUDs become something like a MS-DOS game (how nostalgic) and you become limited to events involving only Miyuki! She will always know what the player does behind her back because she can just read the backlog, besides, she can create her own save data, so she will never get trapped. She will eventually reveal that the source of all evil is you! The player! Because you were too jealous to accept her kissing with other man, you let Aoi curse her so she could only have a “route” with the main character.This is some serious charge right here! Most Japanese otaku are extremely obsessive and jealously with their 2D “wifus”, reaching levels where they would destroy their books and games or even threat the lives of the creators only because a heroin touched/thought about other men that was not the protagonist (whom they see as themselves). This reflects greatly in Shin-ichi behavior, to the point where one could really feel like he is on the shoes of the character.She furthermore explains that, if Shin-ichi doesn’t choose her, she will end alone until her death. This is also very clever! Think a little about all the heroines from every Galge or love-comedy, those rejected by the protagonist never have the opportunity to be happy with someone else, they are left alone forever. I am sure that, for the first time, many Galge players noticed this cruel “really” thanks to this game.
From this point on, Miyuki stop to talk with Shin-ichi, she doesn’t need anymore since he is only a hollow body used by YOU! The player! She knows there is someone playing the game and even confess she still loves you! She doesn’t even use text to talk anymore, since what she says isn’t on the script anymore, besides, she is now talking directly with you!This game really is something else! It’s insane and frustrating, but it’s also very satisfactory. In the climax, you have to make a final decision, this decision can’t be remade and you will have to reinstall the game to play from the beginning, but this is the message the game wants to pass. The Miyuki and Aoi from that time existed only in your first playthrough, and you can never turn back your answer from that time.To finish this game I had to do things like mathematic problems, quizzes, and investigation. Things I would never imagine to be necessary in a Galge! In the end, it was worth it! The ending I choose was simple, but was a very satisfactory ending! Thanks Nitro+!This game was so unpredictable that I lost the chance to take screen caps from several important points. I would had to reinstall the game and work my way through the game’s ending again, but since I didn’t want to erase my game I got some files from this site: http://apricotcomplex.net