中の人などいない! – Impressions

How peaceful, how peaceful indeed.

Anyone who has played Alcot games probably knows what to expect from this. But for those who never did, think basically cute characters, comedic settings and English trailers.

And Alcot doesn’t betray expectations, in fact I would reckon so far that this is one of their better games so far, because some of these characters are pretty deadly. Definitely not advised for people with heart problems or diabetes.

Meanwhile the setting counts as one of the more interesting ones as there’s something resembling a plot in it.

To briefly sum things up, the Tokyo Hero Project (THP) introduced cosplaying heroes which I imagine mostly falls into the range of a mascot character. At the start that is.

Our protagonist Koutarou is a hard working student living alone (thus having to take various part time jobs). As a result of working in construction sites and the like, his body is somewhat trained and combined with his naturally born face, classmates and other students fear him as a deliquent. The only person he can call a friend is his classmate Nagahiko.

After a tiresome day at work, while going home he witnesses a battle between a kigurumi (can’t quite make out the English for this one but let the pictures do the telling) and a hero. On one hand the kigurumi was blowing stuff up with a gun, on the other the hero was freely manipulating water. The kigurumi appears to be attempting to kidnap a girl while the hero is trying to stop her.

Later it’s revealed that the girl happens to be Koutarou’s classmate and also the daughter of the mayor. He wasn’t quite sure what exactly the stuff last night was about with esp powers and all but soon enough he’ll understand. The person who-is-definitely-not-the-hero-from-last-night is the daughter of the landlord where Koutarou is staying at and also his classmate.

Anyway continuing on, after that incident because of explosions near the construction zone (take a guess what the cause was) the construction is going to halt for a while to be safe. As a result Koutarou lost his part time job and still has rent to pay for his apartment. There his good friend Nagahiko introduces him to a job as a kigurumi in an amusement park. Well you can see where things are going here…

On the context side: he starts the interview and is asked to write down his history and answer strange questions mostly in relation to morals. After he finishes writing he gets offered a cup of coffee which he gladly drinks but then suddenly falls because of sleepiness. He wakes up wearing a kigurumi and then the kigurumi he saw last night appears before him and then (monotone) his friend is in danger!

He bravely fights for the sake of his friend but then accidentally touches…. actually I wonder how you manage to touch breasts while wearing something like that but… anyway he gets blown off as with every other harem protagonist in the same situation.

When he wakes up he stands before a blonde loli with attire that indeed looks fitting for the leader of a secret evil organization.

It also goes without saying that the person inside the kigurumi he fought is a girl as well.

Well to compress the explanation it goes like this:

The organization mostly(?) consists of aliens. All of the heroes are also aliens who have invaded Earth. They belong to a certain organization which specializes in protecting low level planets like Earth. However their opinions were split between conquering Earth then leading them and secretly protecting Earth from the shadows.

As a result, the opinions of the former secretly invaded earth and infiltrated the government and the media. They came up with the hero projects which consist of introducing heroes then revealing them as true heroes by using their alien abilities (esp) and defeating the “bad” guys which tend to be conveniently manipulated by the media.

The latter became the organization “Black Outsiders” (BO) which Koutarou is standing before. Their objective is needless to say, to obstruct the aliens from achieving their goal of conquering Earth. They do not have esp powers like the heroes but in return they have highly advanced technology, they pilot power suits which multiplies the users strength by 30 times to fight against heroes. That said however, they critically lack manpower to pose a real threat which is why they want to recruit Koutarou.

That’s the general gist of things, basically the organization that looked like the bad guys are really the good guys and the organization that looks like the good guys are… (mostly with exceptions) bad guys. The usual rules apply here with characters miraculously being incapable of recognizing the characters when they change forms. Well for kigurumi it’s understandable, with the face completely covered and all.

Overall with the combination of characters cute enough to kill someone with either an overdose of sugar, a heart attack or a combination of both (above picture being… quite relevant), something vaguely resembling a plot and the usual Alcot fare, I’m fairly happy so far. Hopefully they’ll keep up this pace.

That said there seems to be an abnormal amount of ero jokes and eroge advertisement going on, not that I’m complaining.

2 thoughts on “中の人などいない! – Impressions

  1. Hey it’s Naka no hito nado inai! Also still playing this title, but so far I’ve been impressed. It’s definitely not story heavy, but it hasn’t bored me too much either with its humour, hero theme, and lovely characters. Looking forward to finding out what you think about it when you finish!

    PS: I understand we erogamers would never choose to remember other male character’s name. (Nobuhiko)

    • I actually have issues remembering names in general for characters that don’t appear often enough. When writing I sit there tilting my head thinking “who was this person called again?”.

      And indeed, so far its been an enjoyable ride, though it makes me sad that this is pretty much the last game I have for August releases.

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