Galge Review – Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko(PSP)

henneko07So, a month after releasing a very different game from their usual style for the PS3, Guyzware released this title for C-Territory out of nowhere! It is based on this weird light novel called “The Pervert Prince and the Stony Cat”. This work throws them back to the PSP and it looks much more like their older games.

Themes

henneko05henneko06The source material fits in the “random magical thing” category. It is a genre almost extinct in the Eroge realm in favor of the recently popular “chuunibyo”. Those two are very similar in the way that magic interferes in the story development and also do wonders as a Deus Ex Machina. The differences are: There are no patterns, systems, names or even control over the “random magical thing”. It is just a magical effect that comes from a mysterious person, artifact or tree and affects everyone’s lives (a nice example is the Da Capo series).

snap494The responsible for this one is an entity called “Cat God”. The first time it appears, it is inside a cat statue, but it has proven since then that it is capable of possessing anything or anyone, so it’s possible that it doesn’t even possess a physical form. Therefore, I shall use a random picture I got from Google images to depict it.

henneko04It is a very mischievous god, so it likes to grant people’s wishes, but always does it in a very inconvenient way so it can have fun with people’s suffering and misfortune.

Story

snap506snap500Continuing more or less from where the anime ended, Yokodera Youto is still feared as a disgusting pervert by everyone in school, but it’s ok because now he has recently “captured” the hearts of the school idol, the school iron queen (somehow) and her unexpressive imouto. But life isn’t so easy, as he is still being targeted by the Cat God’s pranks. Like it wasn’t enough, he was appointed to be in charge of the school’s festival, which means he will have to work his ass off, making a good opportunity for the girls to gain his favor.

Characters

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Just like Oreimo, this one has a character for each taste. Tsukiko has a slow paced romance, Azusa is full of lovey-dovey, Tsukushi’s route is the most comic of all, Emi is for the masochists and the vice-president is for the “HARDCORE” masochists! The characters act according to what was last established in the plot, aside from Youto himself, since this is a Galge, in order to make the girls look more special, he lost most of his playful attitude, which means he is no longer able to do something like this:henneko01

Routes

snap505snap528After a common route with some short events for each girl in-between, you finally get to a heroine route. Those are not so long, but most are very nice and fun. Beware for Emi and the vice-president’s routes, as it can get very annoying and repetitive with Emi’s “baka-pumpkin”s or the vice-president’s “disappear now”s. If you are a fan, you should already be aware of the excess of “verbal tics”, like Emi’s “Tsu-no” or Azusa’s friends with their “te-iuka” and “te-kanji”. These things go in the end of their every single line, so those not used to it could become very annoyed. Something that makes this game apart from other light-novel-based titles is the Cat God powers, which results in many “Wacky” events. However, I felt that they didn’t go all they way with this concept, and the light novel and anime used it much better.

Gameplay

snap525snap503Something very interesting is how the elements of the story have influence over the game’s system. Every time you complete a route, you receive points that you can use to buy “wishes” from the omake menu. From there you can get some funny stuffs like cat ears for every girl, school swimsuits, system voices and even extra scenarios.

snap495snap510During story events, there are “battle events” where Youto and one of the girls have a deep discussion about something, resulting in a quick interrogation session (a recurring element from Guyzware), but this time you have the option to use Youto’s facade to answer some questions.

Graphics

snap497snap499Like most Guyzware games, the graphics are based on the anime version and it looks identical to it. There are multi-framed animations for eyes and mouth and flash animation to the “interrogation” parts, where two characters appear at the same time, but different from the “Haganai” game, there is no slow-down. This is probably because the characters are smaller and limbs don’t move. Therefore, the only difference in those flash animations from the rest of the game is that the heads move sometimes, which raises the question of this being really necessary at all.

Sounds

henneko02henneko03For a change from most Galge, this title features some nice tunes that manage to be above the average. I really enjoyed some of the BGMs and most fit perfectly for the characters and atmosphere. The opening theme is an original music with vocals by Tamura Yukari. There is something special about the ending sequence, while it uses the same music and scenes for everyone at the begging, it changes halfway to scenes of a specific heroine with a song by her seiyuu. The lyrics for those ending themes are basically the character talking about herself, but, somehow, those tracks end up being extremely catch!

Conclusion

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I love Guyzware! They manage to take a random light novel/anime and turn it in an excellent Galge, proving that it is possible to make good licensed games. I am sure that fans of the original work are on for a treat with this one as well!snap517snap512

I personally prefer this game over the PS3 Oreimo. Of course it is much fresher than a third game in the series, but just the fact that I didn’t have to buy a guide to finish it make it much more enjoyable to me. I also like how I spent most of the playthrough seeing events instead of managing a twitter account…

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3 responses to “Galge Review – Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko(PSP)

  1. Can you please tell me how to get the very last CG(true end??) on Mai’s route? I got the ending where they both end up as the club president. Is that the only ending or is there a different one?

  2. That’s not just logic. That’s really seblensi.

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