For time being, it met up to expectations in the character department. I didn’t have any real complaints about the setting and whatnot as well. Although it may not be trying to put a spin on things as Dracu-riot did, I’m relatively fond of fantasy settings so I was pretty comfortable with it.
Look, for the most part the story has nothing you would really complain about. You probably came in expecting a charage of sorts and that’s exactly what they give to you. A fine world with charming characters and light hearted, happy daily life.
All of this continues until the routes where the writer came up with the splendid idea of trashing all of that with excessive drama. Actually, excessive drama may not even be the problem here. The problem lies more with the part that the drama did not only feel unnecessary, it was also stupid.
Most of the drama that happened were generated without any foreshadowing and above all, tended to make the characters take a 180 degree turn in personality at times. To make things worse, this is the sort of drama that’s made to irritate you rather than make you wonder how things will be resolved.
Masaki’s route provides a good example of this where we advanced to the latter half, managed to even get a hscene out of the way and the protagonist realizes his feelings— decides to confess like a good protagonist should but gets rejected so that we’re forced to take a step back and go through the entire process to the confession again. Yeah, sure, in context Masaki had proper reasons for doing so but it doesn’t change that we could have done without it as it sort of ruined the entire lovey dovey feeling until the very end where everything is resolved.
Shirley’s route was definitely the best as it had a good balance of drama and romance, as well as some focus on the protagonists past. Which I’ll note ended on a pretty damned cheesy note. Though I found the source of the drama to be pretty silly as well. In another sense you can take it in the way that since it was silly, it didn’t really cause any major headaches and more importantly, served as a trigger for love.
If the rest of the routes were all like Shirley’s I’m pretty sure Amairo would have been much more enjoyable really. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case, although I haven’t actually read Airi’s route (couldn’t stand any more crappy drama) I heard that it’s even worse than Masaki’s which is, in my eyes pretty much the worst route. Not that her character is by any means bad. The timing was just… fatal.
Yune’s drama was terrible as well but at least better than Masaki’s. About Yune though, it was kinda bothering how it was like they couldn’t decide between making Yune a M or S so they decided to make her both with her S side periodically surfacing.
Considering she shares the same VA with Sachi and also shares the maid theme, it made it hard not to hear Sachi speaking with Yune so I would’ve honestly preferred if they went with the M (for Maid, of course) theme all the way.
So in the end to sum things up…
Everything met up to expectations but the routes contained excessive drama and worse yet, badly handled drama that truly ruined things. It’s still relatively entertaining especially in common route but I can’t help but say that the routes for the characters were disappointing. Not exactly what I wanted out of the story really.
However on the bright side, Shirley’s route was still handled satisfactorily so it’s not like everything was bad. I can only hope that Yuzusoft’s next game won’t be a repeat of this one in terms of drama.
Next it’s finally time for Tsuriotsu FD, with the spotlight being MORE LUNAAAAAAA. To be fair she doesn’t seem to get much screen time in Otome Riron however… Well a Risona is fine as well I guess and I have her after story to look forward to. I’ll likely reread Tsuriotsu for Asahi voice so this is probably going to occupy me for a while. Until August releases where… I’ll get to read Gahkthun FD.