Strictly speaking I’ve only finished one route but I plan to save the rest for later as I don’t quite feel like reading this sort of story at the moment. Not to mention when looking at what’s ahead of me, it’s going to be a long mass of relatively serious stories. Will probably need a story like this to take a breather with in between.
What I can say is somewhat limited since I’ve only read Konoka’s route for now but generally it’s what you would expect from Clochette: Breasts, breasts, moe and more breasts.
The story starts a few decades ahead of us where there’s some relatively advanced technology being put in use at the city the protagonist arrives at in the start. The story did a great job as a moege seeing as they managed to put together a setting with some fairly questionable content and yet they managed to sidestep mostly all of the drama that came with it. Especially Konoka’s memory issues. I’m pretty damn sure in a typical story this is supposed to be a source of all sorts of drama and tragedy but they somehow managed to ignore it entirely.
That part honestly amazes me (in a good way). It wouldn’t have been particularly enjoyable if it was plagued with drama so they really did a good job in that area.
I think it’s mostly thanks to Konoka’s eccentricity but when you stop and think carefully about the setting, many of the things mentioned are very questionable in nature. Looking at how much of a fuss people kick up about the smallest privacy issue nowadays it’s hard to imagine arriving at such a future. Not sure if the author consciously made the setting like that but it was fairly amusing how everything was shrugged off as “well as long as you have nothing bad to hide then there’s no problem”. I mean, it’s true but oi.
With the story carefully sidestepping mostly all of the drama, in general the story was light hearted all the way and it flowed quite nicely. Though some parts honestly dragged on a bit when instead of moving the conversation they were busy making jokes. I blame Konoka for that as well.
That is, well, until their father gets kidnapped to do some military research that produces an efficient android army using the technology their father made to help Konoka. Suddenly a life threatening crisis appears before them! My reaction to when that happened was along the lines of: Eh, what? This story can be serious? Oh wow…
I mean, I was just about at the point of believing that the story intended to stay light hearted from start to end and exclude any form of drama/seriousness. Who would’ve known that it’d suddenly bring that sort of content in. I relatively enjoyed it either way though.
Anyway, that part was relatively brief as it was easily settled with some daughter-parent lecturing and a light beating. It still revealed some important information about the characters which I would have only expected to be revealed in their own routes, giving you a general idea of what their routes will probably be about.
After that the story moved onto Konoka getting her memory issues fixed and becoming… a mangaka. Incest manga, of course. That was strangely fitting.
Overall it was a very well done moege with pretty damn good pacing as well as managing to shrug off most of the drama. I especially liked the pacing seeing as many, many, stories seem to have an issue with pacing in routes. They tend to all follow the trend of: start > confession > drama > end with hscenes scattered in it. That by itself has no problem but many of them do the drama somewhat unnaturally or abruptly. Pretty much as if they put it in just because it’s as obligatory as hscenes are. Not to mention when it comes to stories like this, heavy atmosphere drama is generally unnecessary. Comedy based VNs tend to always get ruined after route split because they shoehorn in some drama.