さくら、咲きました。 – Impressions

I’ve been doing random things here and there to kill time with but in any case, it feels good to be back to reading VNs after around a week of pause.

I enjoyed Sorahane’s previous game and this one seems to be forming to be just as good as the previous one but with more likable characters. All that’s left is to see how the rest of it plays out.

The story begins with our protagonist facing the terrible crisis of… the club he was in being disbanded because of the tyranny of the student council. Not that it was very surprising as it was a swimming club in a school that lacked a swimming pool.

As the school requires you to be in a club, our protagonist starts off a new year in the school searching for a new club. On the invite of his childhood friend he ends up joining a strange club that looks for “life energy”. In a world where aging is no longer a problem, what matters more is the energy to continue living. I suppose it goes along with the whole idea of “life is only meaningful because you die”.

… Well if you pull out the meaning behind the establishment of the club, it comes off as a generic club where the club members slack off and have fun doing random things. Japan sure loves their clubs where the characters sit around and chat/drink tea all day.

Well philosophical debates aside, there’s little to comment as I’m only a little past chapter 4. I’m greatly enjoying the peaceful time so far though, I suppose that’s mostly because its been a while since I read anything.

Seeing as the story isn’t quite a moege, I suppose all I can do is enjoy the peaceful times while it lasts before it shifts into full serious mode. As with their previous game AQUA, SakuSaki takes place in the future (year 2238), they handled things relatively fine in AQUA with the usual things of just turning a blind eye towards the details applying so I’m hoping they won’t disappoint here. The main issue with stories like this is that if they go overboard with the fictional elements it practically becomes some magical story where everything flies.

On a different note, the art seems… relatively strange. Particularly the background art, at times it seems wrong, in various ways wrong. But then strangely fitting as well at other times. I will never understand why some people seem to think it’s a great idea to stick 2d characters in a 3d background making them look like pieces of cardboard placed there. Then again, it’s probably to some degree better than attempting to render the characters in 3d. Yeah, on that line of thought it’s a good thing they do it. Keep up the good work!

Anyway back to reading now, hopefully I get to see routes for characters outside of the obvious three main heroines. And that is mainly directed at a certain girl…

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