九十九の奏~欠け月の夜想曲~ – Impressions

I couldn’t quite bring myself to play any of the released games yet so for time being I settled with a game from last month.

That said I’m not holding much expectations since it’s Skyfish.

I can really only think of one game from Skyfish that I actually enjoyed and that really wasn’t because of some great story or anything. It was just a lighthearted story with a good atmosphere in a relatively nice setting and cute characters. In addition there were no real problems along the story to nitpick about. The rest were… eh… questionable to say the least. Felt like it lacked budget at times and in other times the endings weren’t particularly well done.

This time around the story revolves around Japanese folklore, namely Tsukumogami’s. Well if put simply, it’s a type of youkai that is originally an object but as time passes, gains life. Though I’m sure there’s all sorts of variants here and there, for time being just think of a living object and you’re on the right track. Probably.

From left to right: Touma, Aina, Hifumi.

Our somewhat girly protagonist Hifumi returns to his hometown with his two friends, partially for volunteer work and in the case of Hifumi, also to visit his relatives. Things are fine and dandy until Hifumi goes out on a certain night with a strange moon looming in the sky.

At that point, he sees something in the bushes, and what suddenly appears from it is—

… Some bandaged girl with blood shot eyes. I believe it is time to call the ambulance, there’s an injured frail looking girl here!

Unfortunately soon enough the person to be wounded is Hifumi as she gave him something which turned into a giant snake and attacked him. That something is later known to be a Tsukumogami.

Thankfully before all hope was lost, a girl appeared and shot the snake to death… or maybe not but at least subdued it temporarily and the heavily wounded girl decides to leave for now, making a promise that they’ll meet again in the next night.

From there various things like this and that happened but basically the person who saved him is called Fusehime, she has no memories outside of feeling that she promised to protect someone, whom she acknowledged (for time being) to be Hifumi.

On their second encounter Hifumi ended up accepting the Tsukumogami, the giant snake, and became possessed by it. Hifumi’s older sister also accidentally got possessed by a Tsukomogami when looking through their father’s things and because of the nature of the Tsukomogami she got possessed by, she became the Wikipedia of the story.

To roughly outline things, Tsukomogami’s possess the user. In return for life, memories they will give the user extraordinary power. Varying greatly on what Tsukomogami the user possesses. Basically by the point of being possessed they get 10 years of their life cut down. In the case of Hifumi’s older sister, her Tsukomogami offers her vast amounts of knowledge, if she asks a question and receives an answer, for every character contained within the answer her life will be cut down by 2 hours. If she wishes to peek into events at the past she’ll lose her memories instead.

Finally beyond the basic give and take Tsukomogami’s do, there is also some sort of “wish” you can make that greatly cuts down the users life/memories in return for achieving a miracle that is on the level of gods power.

Unfortunately things don’t end with their life being cut down and memory being lost. Every century a certain moon will appear and well, put simply it’s a gate to the “other side”. Setting aside the nature of the moon for now, essentially the Tsukomogami’s will gather at the village they’re currently at and will set out on a journey to the “other side”. By that point, the person possessed by the Tsukumogami will be forced to follow along or…rather… more frankly they’ll just die. Though it’s ultimately a chance for it to happen as there seems to be some conditions to it, not all Tsukomogamis can pass through the gate. Upon asking the Wikipedia, it replies that the next time the gate will open is in… nine days.

So far the story isn’t that bad, also I’m not sure what to call this but the… direction? Flow? of the VN is pretty nice. Namely talking about how smoothly the brief animations are integrated into the story and other similar details. In typical VNs that try to fit in briefly animated scenes it always tends to be somewhat abrupt, at least in my experience.

That said, while the story isn’t bad it’s not particularly interesting either so I’m not expecting much out of it but it’s a fitting story for me to read before going into October releases. Currently most interested in Aina so I’ll probably go for her route first, let’s hope everything progresses smoothly with no landmines along the way.

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