流星のアーカディア – Impressions

This definitely seems like it’s going to suffer from lack of content, besides that everything has been perfectly fine…or so I’d like to say but there are some points in relation to the length that is somewhat bothering.

To follow up on what I said, the setting, characters and story is perfectly fine with no problems, the length is blatantly going to be an issue unless they handle things well but in the brief time I played it, it didn’t seem like they are going to handle it well at all. At the very least they aren’t handling the transition between scenes very well (a large contrast to Tsukumo in that area) but perhaps it’s just me.

Some of the scenes frankly come off as what you’d see in a JRPG in between battles to let the story progress. Except unlike JRPGs, there isn’t any game content in between to fill the holes, making the pace somewhat whacky. It’s either that or I’m simply exhausted as its indeed been a tiresome day for me.

Regardless of that, the size of the game pretty much indicates that it probably won’t be very long anyhow, now the question is how well they can make use of its length to tell a satisfactory story.

The story… the story… there’s not much to say about the story at the moment. The setting is placed in a world of chaos, schools seem to serve as the government and our protagonist Satoru transfers in to a certain school with the rumor of having a “treasure”. A treasure that can grant any wish, be it saving the world or even destroying it.

Arriving at the school he immediately gets lost, runs into an eyepatched girl who proceeds to try and kill him because… well… judging from the situation, Satoru probably saw something he shouldn’t have— at least in her view. Because of his hunger he has no energy to fight and just goes around dodging her slashes until a girl interrupts them.

The girl who introduced herself as Yajima is someone Satoru is familiar with, Satoru transfers around schools often and for some odd reason, Satoru and Yajima often encounter each other. While the eyepatched girl tried to cut both of them down, in the end she threw a smoke bomb and ran away.

Satoru and Yajima talk a bit and it’s revealed that… Yajima is also lost. With much hardships they manage to make it to the school where a fuss is happening.

Some arrogant bastard guy hit a poor girl. Apparently he’s the vice president of the student council and has the title “Duel king” for never having lost a duel since he entered the school. The girl is some…sort of… living trophy for the duel king title it seems. For the explanations of duels… eh just think of it as a civil way to settle things, less talking more cutting.

After the explanation a girly looking green haired guy intervenes and stops the guy. Needless to say it led to him being provoked and a duel was held with the chief disciplinary member as a witness. There a collosuem magically sprouted out of nowhere for them to fight in. They fight and fight and the girly green haired guy is put into a life threatening crisis with the arrogant bastard pulling out some power of the stars.

There Yajima intervenes (which is obviously not something very good, being a sacred duel and all) and gets in a small skirmish with the arrogant bastard. Yajima has a little hard time with him so in the end Satoru intervenes as well. The arrogant bastard uses his star power and in response to that, Satoru reveals he’s also gifted with a star power. They both fight and proceed to get a good hit on each other. In the end because of the chaos of the situation (and Satoru being hungry) the situation is dissolved and their fight is reserved until another day.

Satoru is pretty cool.

In the end they had to meet the student council president because they broke rules for intervening in a duel, even if the circumstances involved someones life on the line. Yajima got let off the hook but the student council president wanted Satoru’s strength so insisted on him joining the student council or else be locked up for an indefinite period. Satoru immediately rejected the former so in the end he was locked up.

There were some fairly… interesting events to Satoru while he was locked up but anyway, in the end Yajima and the others managed to form a petition to get Satoru released the next day.

In the same day he decides to live at the same dorms as Yajima and… there’s someone who looks strangely similar to the eye patched girl which is another resident of the dorm. Namely, instead of an eyepatch being on her eye it’s on her head instead… lucky for her our protagonist Satoru doesn’t seem to be capable of remembering the faces of women very well.

After that was basically slice of life scenes here and there, it’s revealed that Yajima transfers around schools often in order to search for her mother and there was mythology lectures in between. I presume it has something to do with their star powers and the entire story but I’m not too familiar with it. That said, combined with my own fatigue I ended up feeling sleepy along with Satoru during those lectures so eh… I’ll just hope it’s nothing too important.

Besides that a rematch with the arrogant bastard and Satoru happened… or should have happened as Satoru transferred the duel to Yajima, believing that she would win.

And just as Satoru believed, Yajima defeated the arrogant bastard (ha) and earned the title of duel king… is about where I stopped for the day.

All I desire from this is a satisfactory ending, not expectations in length, I just hope they don’t make things seem too rushed. Both of the Dandelion games I played always seems to have a relatively unique atmosphere to it though, makes you wish that every company had its own uniqueness like this. Well in a sense they do but… generally not in a positive manner.

Let’s just see how things turn out I suppose.

One thought on “流星のアーカディア – Impressions

  1. Played a route of Ryusei no Arcadia, I’d have to say your worries are pretty much on the spot. Don’t know if it was just the route I played though, looking forward to seeing what you think about it.

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