Damn it! I hate you so much, WHITESOFT! You made the 2nd worst Galge I’ve played in my life! But then, it came “WHITESOFT Albino”, who is even whiter than its parent company, and Sakura Synchronicity is their first game! I suppose it’s safe for me to play this new title, since there is no one from that awful game involved in this! At least, it was what I thought when I first saw this game…
The Kamishiro twins are super “synchronized”, to the point it gets disgusting and awkward even for them, who are always on good terms. They know exactly what the other is thinking even when they are far away from each other. But it’s not as simple as that! They also feel like there’s a presence living inside their minds, and they believe this is to be another version of themselves living in the mind of each other. But this premise was getting too interesting, so lets just have them going back to some city to study at some academy where they will reunite with childhood friends and make new friends. Because GALGE!
Alright! Let’s start this with the protagonist! This time, it seems the main character is not just a generic-looking placeholder, because everyone keeps saying he got a very noble and elegant appearance, and since he is the twin older brother of the main heroine, this makes sense! After all, everyone keeps saying they look exactly the same, and his sister looks really unique! Oh Boy! I can’t wait for this…FUCK MY LIFE! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!……………..Ok! Whatever! This dude is Kamishiro Haruka, he’s…pretty average at everything he does…but at least, he’s really, really kind, I guess…At first glance, Kamishiro Rise looks like a very creepy, mischievous and eccentric girl. Unfortunately, she is just the usual “sweet and naïve little sister who loves to be spoiled by her big brother”.Udzuki Saki (A.K.A. “Usa-chan”), looks like a mature onee-san, but she is actually in the same class as the protagonist. She is very helpful and kind. Her hobby is gardening. In fact, she loves this so much that her official profile says that she can use photosynthesis. This is so stupid. No, Wait, No! Just a second!Never mind! This idea is actually pretty cool!Kokonoe Yukari’s family runs a café store, and she works there as a waitress. She is pretty energetic and is always having childish discussions with her blonde friend.Asagi was supposed to be the main character in the next game made by this company, but she was killed by Lord Zetta, who is such a freaking badass overlord, that he was able to invade the the universe of the next game. Now, Asagi has to travel back and forth between other games in the hopes that someday she will get her own game to be developed, so she can finally be the main heroine!Ok! Now for the real Asagi in this game: Mikuruma Asagi is yet another energetic monkey who likes to tease and fight against Yukari. Later, it gets revealed she is actually a clone of a much older woman with the memories of the original, who was a super mad scientist and I don’t really care about her…
During the first minutes of my playthrough, I noticed something really weird! EVERYONE WAS SO NICE! How can this be? This is a WHITESOFT game, the heroines can’t be that nice! At first, I thought it was suspicious, and then, I started to appreciate this, but later I felt it was getting too awkward, and finally, it became really disgusting!Those writers don’t seem to know how a normal human being acts! They try so hard to make their heroines into the cutest creatures on Earth, that they end up acting like nothing that exists in this planet! When Saki first met Haruka, she insists to make him call her by her first name by talking like this: “come oooon! I will count to 3 and you have to say my first name, okeeeeeey? And 1, and 2, and 3! GO! WOW! You did great! Clap, clap clap, clap!” Hahahaha”…THAT’S FREAKING CREEPY! Is she on drugs? Or is this just an acting and she is actually a psychopath? NO! She is just super nice and innocent! To make matters worse, she has already fallen in love with the main character at this point! Yes! It was love at first sight! In fact, the same happens with all the other heroines! Apparently, Haruka is REALLY attractive! But the writer real intention was to give continuation to their main theme: “Synchronicity”, or just any kind of synchronism! Therefore, they all fall in love for each other because they “synchronized” in some way…That’s rich!On the subject: This whole plot is so messed up! Fujiki Seki had an interesting initial idea when he started to work on the scenario for this game, but everything quickly became too convoluted. Not to mention the story suddenly changes from a wacky school-life to a super-serious sci-fi drama involving clones, spirituality, psychology and whatever Seki could shove in before his dead-line!There’s no decent building up for those serious stuff. The only thing we get are some very annoying connotations, like the way Haruka always needs to use quotation marks every time he mentions his sister, because by doing that, “Rise” will feel like an important piece of a much bigger scheme, because “Rise”, could not be the “Rise” we know or neither the “Rise” the protagonist believes he knows!They never use her name without the quotation marks, but as this wasn’t enough, there are many other “hints” repeated over and over, that doesn’t really mean anything. Like the protagonist keeps repeating these things during his narrations: “the me who lives inside “Rise”, and the “Rise” who lives inside me” or “since when am I a male?”Fujiki Seki is not being subtle here, but he’s confident that the twists coming later in the game will impress everyone. He believes no one will be able to predict the out coming of the story, and those “hints” of his give the impression nothing is going to be so obvious, but it is!The things that are not obvious are things that came out of nowhere. And those only work against the game, since it’s difficult to take something serious when it has a sudden transformation from night to day, like Asagi, who goes from an airhead on ecstasy to a super villainous mad scientist who is above everyone and knows about everything. And then, it turns out she was not evil after all. Even though she constantly did that hysterical evil laugh…It’s like if you suddenly found out Tinky Winky was an evil master mind who has been controlling everything in your life, and now you need to fear and respect him because he’s serious business!What’s more. I get the impression that elements like spirituality and psychology got used just to tie the loose ends related to the scientific stuff, since Fujiki Seki doesn’t seem to be that smart. Like during this scene with Saki going onboard of a Victoria Amazonica Leaf. Those things can’t really sustain the weight of a teenager human being, you know? She would sink right away! But she doesn’t, and she even invites Haruka to join her!At least, it doesn’t take too long to finish each route, and there’s only 2 H-scenes per heroine. This shows how WHITESOFT was really trying to focus on the plot, rather than the H stuff, which is quite sad…
There are two artists working in this title: Aruto Seneka (who is responsible for Rise and Saki’s design) and Korisu (who got the remaining two). “Why divide the job between two artists with such different styles?”. Probably because Aruto charges two times more than Korisu! Nevertheless, both artists follow the current trend to give gigantic balloons to all the heroines instead of normal breasts, and I got the impression that their sizes are constantly changing on each new CG. I guess it was wise of them to not include cup sizes in the heroines’ profiles.While I find Aruto Seneka’s drawings to be “ok”, I must confess that I find Korisu’s art to be really awful! It’s not just the breasts! The proportions of the whole body is just wrong! And those eyes! Actually: The entire head is so “super-deformed” that his heroines look like SD characters! Well, at least I can’t say the breasts he draws are so enormous that each is bigger than the heroine’s head. And that’s a good thing, right?Seneka’s fashion sense is a bit off, but I can’t say I dislike it, since Rise’s dress was what caught my attention to this game in the first place. I had the impression she would be kinda crazy (or at least a chuunibyo) to be dressed like this, but I was wrong.I have the feeling that the writer and the two artists didn’t care for what the others were doing and they just kept doing whatever they wanted as long as they were able to make cute heroines. That’s why Rise’s facial expressions and clothes don’t really correspond to her personality.But the biggest problem I have with the visuals in this game is the way how all the heroines hop like a bunny all the time! Even during the important and serious scenes! This is the kind of thing that is so stupid it’s amusing!And above you can see a CG with the sub-characters and mob-characters! What? “There’s nothing there” you say? That’s because there’s no graphics for any of those characters, so this is pretty accurate! All the other characters beside the main heroines are invisible? Would this be one of the results of the experiments conducted by the mad scientists in the main plot? Or is this just the developers running out of money? You choose in what to believe!
The voice-actresses working here are of “third tier”, which means they are not hired very often, not even to work with Eroges. As the only “second tier” in the cast, SHIZUKU is an exception. She is a growing talent who voiced over 20 important Galge heroines last year, which is why she was tasked with the important role of Rise – the main heroine. Regardless, their low level is not too noticeable during the school-life scenes, but once the dramatic and serious stuff kicks-in, it shows…
Once again, the BGMs did nothing for me. Most were so generic that they become easily forgettable or they give you the feeling you’ve heard them somewhere else before (like most other generic Eroge soundtracks)
This is a pretentious game, trying to be much more than what it could ever be. It’s because of titles like this that I end up playing more charages, because they don’t try too much. The lesson of the day is: If you don’t have great writing skills, just take it easy!