木洩れ陽のノスタルジーカ – Impressions

Out of one sci-fi and right into another. Somewhat hard to get used to but in any case with the first chapter finished, this is proving to be a fairly interesting story.

This time around we’re going much, much deeper into the sci-fi territory as we’re jumping to a few centuries ahead. Following a common trend with other stories along this line, it’s the same old story of humans and global warming causing sea levels to rise and cities to go underwater.

Sorry if I get something wrong but, as interesting as it is, it’s hard to not feel sleepy when they stuff a literal history class in your face when explaining the setting.

In this rendition of things, humanity essentially… did their best to create environments so that they could continue surviving on Earth. This happened centuries ago so it’s not very relevant to the story. In the process of this they encountered a serious shortage of manpower. In order to overcome this, they began the mass development of androids used to replace manpower in construction and succeeded at it, greatly advancing the technology in the process. As time progressed, AI technology improved to the point of more or less reaching a technological singularity.

Around this time, the androids apparently decided to revolt against humans. At that time, many androids were used in the army therefore humans generally had to fight with very harsh conditions. In the end, rather than the Hollywood movie example of humanity destroying the evil AI and coming out victorious, humanity essentially got their asses kicked and conceded on some treaty which ultimately resulted in androids being given equal rights to humans.

Or so, something along those lines is how the setting goes. Hopefully I didn’t remember it wrong. If I had to be frank, rather than the current story I actually sort of want to see what happened during the revolt.

Anyway all of that is essentially events that happened in the past, even that war happened some 50 years ago so it has little to do with the main characters. I assume it’ll be bought up somewhere along the line but that’s that.

Our protagonist Shouta is more or less a normal student, minus the fact his mother is a genius programmer and his younger sister Akira perfectly inherited those genes making her a natural troublemaker as she whimsically hacks into the schools server here and there with the school being completely incapable of doing anything as her skill far surpasses the average security company.

He has a large line of childhood friends but as they aged, they haven’t been playing together much lately. On one night where Akira forgot… well it’s a bit more elaborate than simply forgetting but anyway, forgot something in their school he and two of his childhood friends came along with her.

Through some coincidence, he meets another one of his childhood friends in the school and later because of some reasons they call the last person over as well.

I wish I lived in such a world... I want a cute personal AI as well ;_;

I wish I lived in such a world… I want a cute personal AI as well ;_;

While talking an alert rings for Akira, indicating that a device in the school is having problems. Deciding to find the source and see if they can fix it (for brownie points of course) they instead come by a fairly surprising thing hidden behind the walls of the storage room.

It turns out to be an android that dates back to quite a few years ago (roughly just before the android war occurred). It appears to be having power problems but because of how much it has aged, it isn’t quite a problem they can immediately solve due to the connectors being outdated. While there’s the option of telling the teachers and calling it a day, Akira decided that she wants to keep it because it would be sad if the android gets scrapped after they tell the teachers about her.

With that said, they take her out of the hidden room, conceal the area again and take her home, putting her in Akira’s room after somehow managing to sneak by their mother’s security devices.

The rest of the chapter is spent on expanding the setting and cable hunting. By the end of the chapter with much effort, the android Cinema wakes up and registers all of them as her “masters”.

For time being I’ll go for Furou’s route first. I don’t know how love between an android and human is meant to work out when they so cleanly cut out the difference between the two but eh, maybe some plot device will magically resolve things?

Furou

Furou

The story holds some decent potential, if they do things well it should prove to be an enjoyable story. So far all of the characters are fairly likable as well so I probably won’t be bored doing their routes.

One thought on “木洩れ陽のノスタルジーカ – Impressions

  1. Thanks for posting your impressions on this game :D. I’m always reading your blog. It’s very helpful to know if the game is good or not :). I’m currently playing this one too and have the same feeling as you. I’m going Furou route first too !

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