幻創のイデア~Oratorio Phantasm Historia~ – Impressions

Ah god dammit. Lately I’ve been really tight on time and I don’t have enough time to read as it is, forget actually writing here. At this pace I might end up becoming a blogger that only shows up to post on a whim ;__;

Don’t get me wrong, this story has been great but the post will be short due to aforementioned time constraints.

Let’s see…

Frankly 3rdEye games haven’t left quite a good impression on me. They are decent but most of them have ended relatively unsatisfactory. Especially deep in negative impression was their previous game which had a very god damned anticlimatic end that shafted the best girl on top of that. Even if it was story-wise inevitable and she technically had a “happy” end I still don’t buy it, go to hell whoever wrote it.

This one on the other hand puts a different spin on things. It has a rare case of dual protagonists, in this case Yuma and Akashi. Yuma being that perfectly normal (at least seemingly sohuman while Akashi is someone not-so-normal with his abnormally tough physical abilities and his power ot manipulate fire.

Yuma is light-hearted and friendly while Akashi is more of a robotic character as he is unfamiliar with dealing with humans.

They make good contrast to each other and both of them are interesting protagonists.

Personally I chose to follow Yuma as while I rank both of them on the same line, Yuma has a more interesting surrounding with characters like Re:non and Naru around.

For time being the protagonists were both great, so that’s already a positive point. Having a dual protagonist story and having the reader not like one of them would make things quite painful to go through. Now for the heroines.

The heroines are all… crazy. To be honest the last thing I thought I’d see is a chuunibyou writer in a chuuni setting. I mean really? It’s clearly poking fun at its own genre in that regard. There’s the innocent amnesiac Himawari but other than that, all of the women in this story are missing a screw somewhere.

While she's the most "normal"... this is still jailbait isn't it?

While she’s the most “normal”… this is still jailbait isn’t it?

Now for the story. The setting is obviously some chuuni setting with a normal world, a disaster that happened in the past and people who came from another world, special abilities, the list goes on. Yuma contracts with Naru to awaken his unique powers and other stereotypical chuuni stuff but surprisingly, maybe it’s because the author is conscious of avoiding it but it’s not as chuuni heavy as I expected it to be. At least nothing like Light games hahahaha.

Really though, the focus of the story seems to be more about unwrapping the mystery that happened 7 years ago and individual character issues. I’ve already read quite a bit into the story but fights have been pretty minimal. In fact, up to where I’ve read there has hardly been any fights that could really be called “fights”.

In Yuma’s case it mostly just ends up with him being beat up and then calling a day.

For the story structure, as you would guess with the dual protagonist system it’s a bit different from the typical story. Character routes don’t seem to exist, instead all characters seem to get an arc to themselves where their problems will be solved. At least that’s how it seems like so far.

After a “common” route, you choose a protagonist to follow and only get some light peeks on what the other protagonist is doing so it can be quite interesting to see how the story unfolds in a different way and perspective later on.

As you would expect, this means all heroine arcs take place in the same timeline. The perfect formula for creating a harem but… when lightly looking over the walkthrough it doesn’t look like there’s going to be one. God dammit. Regardless, with all of the colorful women and interesting protagonist, decent albeit somewhat strange writing this is showing up to be quite a good read.

All that’s left is to see how they’ll wrap things up. I can only hope they don’t screw it up like they did in their previous game.

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