And as for what happened to Kurafuta…
I can see the appeal, especially to people like Micchi seeing as they played the older/little sister appeal to the maximum. It’s not really a story for me though since none of the characters really appealed to me and as with most cases like this, if the characters don’t appeal to you it becomes hard to continue reading. Thus I ended up throwing it out after one route. Well it’s a pretty good story if you feel like reading something that begins with everyone’s love points at max and/or you have something for younger/older sisters with a serious case of brocon.
Mercuria is a story which mostly takes place in a fantasy setting. Though I won’t say it’s great as it still leaves various questions to be had, itactually tries a little bit harder at expanding the world around it. Better world building is always nice since, at least for me, it brings the world alive and makes the story much more enjoyable than it would otherwise be.
Cutting things short, the protagonist and his merry friends get thrown into a different world. As usual, there’s no way to return but there’s hope for them to discover a way back as research progresses. In the meantime they can learn about magic as magic is indispensable in the world. Not to mention some degree of magic knowledge may be required to return back to their own world.
Though somewhat worrisome, they basically get on peacefully in the new world interacting with the culture and people until a way for them to return is found.
Interestingly there’s a heroine that’s a mute. The ever so famous Katawa shoujo to the English community aside, things like that seem to actually be pretty rare in VNs. The chemistry between the characters was also pretty well done. If I had to describe the story in general it would probably be a brief little fairytale. Getting thrown to a different world, meeting a princess and (granted you went for her route) falling in love with her for a somewhat bittersweet ending as it’s revealed that she’s scheduled to be sacrificed soon.
Nevertheless with the protagonist’s struggles he manages to reunite with her once again— 17 years later.
Endings like that always bother the hell out of me with the age difference. It doesn’t really matter much since when anime characters “age” it usually means “they get new clothes and hairstyle” but just the idea of having a gap in age like that is pretty bothersome. I can’t bring myself to call it a happy ending for that reason.
Anyway, while there’s still stuff on my backlog to read I’ll probably wait for December releases to come out first.