Aaah…Minori! Even considering all that thing with the “Overseas Galge Crisis”, which made a lot of sites going off-line for non-japanese IPs, this doesn’t bother me too much and I still enjoy your titles. This comes to show that bad fame can’t win over true quality! Nah, it’s probably because of the big titties!
Yuki is a young girl who must travel back in time using the powers she inherited from her deceased mother, but not for a heroic mission like stopping a tragedy from happening or anything like that. Her mission is something much more selfish: Save her own life. The thing is, she inherited something more from her mother, as she is fated to spend her final days in a hospital bed, as a congenital decease take her life slowly but steadily. Her only hope is to use her special ability to meet her parents during their youth and work as a cupid to assure her birth. Or maybe there is more to it than she expects…
Furuhata Naoto is the protagonist for this one. He is very intelligent and reliable, but is a bit anti-social because of the few opportunities he had to make friends during his early childhood, the only exceptions being the Shina sisters. They have spent so much time together that Naoto feels like part of their family.He is the active-type of protagonist who goes into action once he gets involved with someone or something and surpasses any obstacle at any cost. A really admirable guy!
Shina Mizuka is a very mischievous girl who has a very erotic body and is very intelligent, which gives her enough points to become the most popular girl in the school. She does have some weaknesses, as she is very lazy and carefree at her house and she is not good at some subjects either, which is why she has Naoto tutoring her often. The truth is that they use those alone times to secretly keep a very intimate relationship, even though they are not officially dating, meaning they have a very unstable bond.They eventually become lovers, but an accident takes Mizuka’s memories. During this period, she gets very scared and lonely and Naoto helps her, which makes them become lovers again. She eventually gets cured, but also ends up losing all the memories from the time she got amnesia. Nothing too bad, until she finds out what happened during her blankness, which makes her full of insecurity. This leads her amnesic-self to exchange places with her randomly, which means she essentially got an alternative personality.Different from a certain title, Mizuka’s multiple personalities have a creative development with an interesting dilemma. The thing is: She doesn’t become best-friends-forever with her other-self, she actually gets very scared, anxious, jealous, angry and insecure. This is a good example of Cognitive Dissonance, since you normally wouldn’t notice, but usually, anyone in this kind of situation would have a lot of negative emotions. At least in real life…
Shina Anzu is Mizuka’s reliable and mature little sister. She can look like a very strong and independent woman, but she actually has many traumas and complexes connected with the complicated circumstances around her parents’ divorce. She feels fooled and abandoned by her mother and tries to deceive herself with a fantasy she creates about the ideal family.
In the end, her plans get shaken by her feelings for Naoto, but her inferiority complex and ideals keep her from accepting Naoto with a woman other than her sister, even if it’s herself. In the end, she tries to settle this with another of her “play-house” settings, where she acts like Naoto’s little sister. However, our hero is not satisfied by that…
Finally, we have Unahara Yuki, our time-traveler and main heroine for this title. A very energetic girl and a bit of a klutz. After being saved by a senpai from Naoto’s school, she grows used with her daily life in the past. She uses the opportunity to enroll in the same school as her future father and gets closer to him. Her dad is soon revealed to be Naoto, which makes sense! After Minori’s last title being all about imouto-love, it would be weird for them to not have some form of incest here.Anyway! Yuki is the one who is actually pulling the strings behind Naoto’s relationships. At first, she does this to make sure Naoto gets together with her future mother. The problem is, her mother died when she was still too little, and her father would never tell anything about her, which made her mission a bit complicated. Later, she starts to suspect her true mission to be finding clues about how to cure her decease. It’s when things start to get overly complicated!Yuki’ romance is actually pretty well developed. She starts off simply enjoying the father-daughter daily life she always wished from her negligent parent but, little by little, she fails to perceive the teenager who is about the same age as her as her father, and her feelings begin to shift to that of romantic love.
Routes and Themes
As it is, this game has only a single route, something similar to Root Harem, but being even more linear, since it doesn’t give you multiple choices that can skip scenes depending on your answer. Here, all you have to do is sit down while the story plays by itself. It is as linear as Final Fantasy XIII.If you’re expecting a detailed explanation for each bit of mystery, flags, hints and weirdness, you will be left alone in a dark corridor. Think like this: Just like Romero never bothers to explain the origin of his zombies, the writers for this game are not preoccupied to give a perfect clear reason for everything within the plot. In other words, this is not a scientific or logical story, it is much more of a romantic or poetic tale about coincidences and destiny.Many things are intentionally left for the reader to wonder about. I usually hate this kind of thing, but what helps a lot here is the atmosphere. Everything is so dark and the music is mostly serious stuff.While there is a lot of energy and comedy in many scenes, it never goes too far to the point where you can’t take the characters seriously. This is not to say there isn’t at least one character who represents an unnecessary trope and fetish…
This is one of the most impressive aspects in Minori’s titles. It’s so beautiful! The drawing style is simple, but the finishing touches, light effects, colorings, shading, backgrounds and other details make everything look polished. There is A LOT of CGs! Pretty much every important action or scene gets a specific CG, and they always have animations for the mouth and eyes, with decent lip-synch! Which reminds me of other kick-ass game: Monobeno!
Like it was mentioned before, the atmosphere used here is a very serious one, so there are not wacky scenes enough to justify cute SD scenes, and I don’t miss them at all!The character designs are not very original, but the graphics are so beautiful and detailed that this doesn’t bother too much. While most poses are pretty normal, there is the obligatory booby table!I like the clothes! Casual clothes seem normal and cute enough and the school uniforms are not overly cute, it manages to not be too plain while it actually looks like something people would wear to go to school and not to a doll house. The proportions are…ridiculous! At least I find it funny how the heroines have exactly 5 cm of bust apart from one another!Not that this makes any difference, because their breasts look to have exactly the same gigantic size, anyway! Well, even the game itself is not trying to hide their lust!
I am very impressed with the fact that there’s only 5 voiced character in this game. It’s a pretty long game, but there is so much interaction that I didn’t even noticed this game has just a few characters. Each voice is very pleasant to hear and easy to recognize. The acting is good enough, there is even a decent crying scene from some heroines.The music is good overall. There is this track called “Roguish” that really sounds awfully similar to Cowboy Bebop’s opening theme, I am not so sure if this was intentional, but I don’t care much, since I get to hear an awesome music!
This is not a game for everyone! It is certainly a high-quality game, but it’s story and developments might bother some. I recommend to give a try to this title with an open mind and with a happy mood. Who knows? Maybe it could even help put a smile in your face, instead!