GLace! I believe I’ve never played a game from them before, but Wakase Riyou – the writer – worked on Akikon, and I love that game! So It’s looking promising, and since I am writing this as I make my playthrough, I am hoping my future self at the end of this review gets to enjoy this title!
As it turns out, prior to this title, the writter worked for ALcot Honey Comb to make 1/2 Summer. For some reason, he decided to make this game for GLace as a spiritual sequel. Since I didn’t play the previous game, I will not be able to get references to the plot from the first title. However, I am more interested in how this sequel can even happen. Are ALcot and GLace partners? Did the writer buy the rights for the story? I don’t know and would appreciate more info about this subject.
Nanami wants to desperately fornicate with her childhood friend Taki and she is pretty blatant about it. For this end, she goes out of her way to revive a suspicious club known as “Dice dots club” just so she could have a room to have some particular time with her precious one. Unfortunately, she choose the wrong person to love for all eternity, as Taki is a female magnet. Many cute girls keep showing one after another for different reasons, but every single one of them ends up joining the club thanks to Taki’s… charisma… probably!For this reason, the inverse of any other Club-based story happens: They don’t have to look urgently for new members. Instead, unwanted new members continue signing up and, for this reason, Nanami keeps a grudge with all the other heroines, since they ruined her oasis. Nonetheless, they all become good friends, even though they are all aiming at the same guy. However, their sudden increase in members results on their small research group to becoming a full-fledge club. This ultimately leads them to be forced to participate in the school cultural festival. With no idea of what to do and with little to no experience, they have a hard time preparing for it. As they get to the final day before the festival, Taki finds a mysterious store owned by a child wearing a hospital eyepatch who sells “time”. She gives 24 hours as a special free service to Taki, which provides the extra day they need to prepare for the festival. Everything goes smoothly, until Taki gets involved with one of the girls from his club, forcing him to look once more for that strange shop.
Surprisingly enough, Torigoe Taki is not so predictable and boring like most Eroge protagonists. He is usually treated with respect by the heroines and they even rely on him because of how mature and responsible he is, it’s a shame that he is not much of a help. Even if he is good at something, there will always be someone among the heroines that is able to do much better than him. Therefore, his role in the group is more to give peace of mind and moral support than anything else.
Kuramae Nanami is crazily in love with Taki since their childhood, but the death of her twin sister makes things get a bit awkward between them, so even though Taki notices her feelings, he avoids developing a more intimate relationship with her. But it’s ok, because her sister Konami gets better! Yeah! Nanami can be possessed by her, which is indicated by one of her eyes changing colors.
Tsukiyono Tiara is a good girl who lives alone in a shrine and joins the club to find a quiet place to read. Even though she can look a bit emotionless at first, she is just a slow speaker and a bit shy. The real problem with her is that her route is too predictable! Since very early she says she “has little time left” and that she want to be Taki’s lover for “a limited time period only”. Combining those hints with the supernatural stuffs happening around her, it’s obvious that she is not human and will eventually disappear, letting Taki desperate to find a solution. However, this is far from the worst thing about her route, as about half of her events gets reprised in a flashback and there’s a HUGE part without her…
Yanagibashi Saori is a very rich and beautiful girl who possess too many talents, this results in her being requested to take on many different tasks, both inside and outside the school, one of such being the seat of student council president. On another side, this made her too full of herself and she became a work-a-holic, which means she started looking for problems to be involved into. However, even she was unable to deal with every single of her responsibilities, that’s what made her join Taki’s club, since they were not involved in any specific activity, she could use her time in the club as an excuse to hide from others and concentrate in a job at a time. It’s the way Taki treats her equally that makes her attracted for him, and during her route, she reveals to have an obsession to always be on top of everything, even to the point where she involves her future with Taki, since she insists to want him to be a househusband and would not let him work, and if there was a slightest chance for him to get a job, she would only agree if it was as her assistant.Yushima Towako is the most popular girl at school, it’s a shame she is targeted only by girls. She is not lesbian, so she is always running from her admires, and much like Saori, she joined the club to use the room as a hideout. She wants to make a boyfriend, so her followers could give up on her, but since she was raised in a male-free environment, she gets very nervous around men, but for some reason that never gets explained, Taki is the only male who she can interact with, so he agrees to help her with a “special training”.Torigoe Sasa is Taki’s little sister. Different from most imoutos, she has a very calm and mature personality, which makes her sound like she is always bored (she can also sound very similar to Tiara sometimes). She is supposed to have an absurdly high IQ, the problem is, the writer himself (Wakase Riyou) is not as intelligent as he wished Sasa to be, so he uses the easiest method: When next to her, Taki becomes very dumb and worthless, so she looks smart by comparison. This is a very cheap writing technique used more often than it should, since the result is…quite depressing…
Routes & Themes
Like most Galges, the writer has this weird necessity to make the protagonist as average as possible, while the heroines, on the other hand, get a very special treatment, as they are made to be special beings gifted by the gods receiving countless special abilities without any need for training or effort. Well, at least Taki is not totally worthless like..let’s say, that pathetic creature from Moteyaba. He is, however, just an observer, since he is not able to do much to help the girls because he lacks divine gifts, so he just stays watching and cheering for them while they realize their dreams. In other words, there is not much of a character development for the protagonist.
It’s important to understand this is not a “time-loop” story. They don’t lose their memories and their actions don’t get reseted. They just get extra time to do stuff. With that said, while it’s a more fresh concept, this makes every playthrough very repetitive, since there are many scenes that get repeated, even when you already entered a specific route. At least, you can always skip those, even so, it’s still a bit annoying. This game needed a “scene skip” feature!Thanks to this “buying extra days” theme, 90% of the game events take place during the school festival. That’s right! For those who love this kind of event, this is the Galge for you! For me, it gets repetitive really fast with the same clothes, locations and situations.There are just too many H-scenes! Those girls are nymphomaniacs or what? This is NOT a Nukige (or so I believe) but the number of H-scenes can compete against one any day! The characters also suffer from “Lovely Quest” syndrome, meaning that they act all embarrassed by trivial things like touching hands, but they can become very proactive and copulate like wild animals all of a sudden. This doesn’t irritates me as much as amuses me! It’s so silly!The writer also doesn’t understand a special condition called “Short Sleeper”, where he thinks only genius have this trait, so this gets constantly related as part of Sasa’s and Saori’s intelligence. This is a very popular Myth, since many celebrities had this. I know by a fact that this is bullshit, since I’ve always slept only 4 to 6 hours per day and I am very far from being a genius. This is more of a curse!
The drawings are all made by Sesena Yau alone. He is not the character designer though, but the girls he draws are very cute nevertheless. Even though they suffer from “same-person-with-different-wig” problem…
This games has Kaibara Elena as Saori’s voice, which is a great plus for me as she is one of my favorite Galge seiyuus. She is a bit underrated, but she can do many type of voices, which fits her in many different roles. She can sound mediocre in some of her works, but on games with a bigger budget, she usually does great! Probably because, on those occasions, she gets a decent director to guide her. It’s this or the better payment serves as an incentive for her…The BGM for this game is actually good! There are some really nice tracks! Like “Sunny Spot Running” or “Night Swallowtail”, and I know them by name thanks to a Jukebox window, which is a nice touch!
In the end, I regret ever playing this game. The more I played only made matters worse. Weak protagonist, self-inserted heroines, predictable developments, abandoned plot points, unnecessary explanations, repetitive events, and much more. The downfall was when the writer finally got bored and, all of a sudden, made Sasa pull a wand out of her ass and go all “Majikaru-Majikaru” and stuff, which made me feel REALLY STUPID for paying attention to all that scientific crap she had blabbered, because she instantly becomes able to do any kind of magic with no need for practice, tests, energy or explanation. This completely defeats the purpose of making her super intelligent to begin with! I cannot personally recommend this Galge to anyone, but I have my own way to see things, there are a lot of cute girls and icha-rabu events, so I am certain that many people will love it.