Typical slightly above average fare for Whirlpool.
This time around the story is about a strange “disease” that suddenly appeared all around the world. Young women find themselves with another personality of sorts, a “princess” that when awakened, causes havoc with varying abilities based on their origin.
In order to limit the damage they cause, it was decided for them to all be gathered at one single island and have them live and go to school in that place. This island came to be known as Yumegashima.
The protagonist Yuuji is a “prince”. A rare existence that has the power to put a stop to the princesses rampage. The story starts as he sets out to transfer into Yumegashima where he’ll encounter many… troublesome women.
The common route isn’t very long but in return the individual routes are slightly longer than normal.
Following the setting, the story centers around Yuuji as he discovers their princess syndrome nature, most of them having relations to a trauma or complex they hold and eventually falling in love with the girl.
And then from the routes I actually bothered reading (Izumi’s and Riina’s) an evil witch comes along to whisper them words of temptation, dragging them along with her evil plot to overthrow the “evil adults”. For the better or worse, apparently this doesn’t apply to Seiko’s route.
Well in any case, the individual routes are usually vaguely related to the fairytales they are based on. Keyword here is vaguely. I have to say that the small shorts involving those fairytales in between were quite a nice touch on the story however.
For the most part the story kept well to its theme and formed a decent story while at it. However at the same time it also felt like sometimes the story was walking in a direction that didn’t… quite solve any of the main problems in the story.
This, in particular applies to Izumi’s route where it did go ahead and solve the problem in relation to her curiosity but failed to do anything about her parents. Okay, to be fair, they did solve it in the sense that they managed to push back the problem indefinitely but there was no actual confrontation. It was sort of just like “well shit, let’s just live on this island forever instead of leaving and getting separated then”.
Raises question marks about whether or not it was a proper ending. Granted, there’s no way they’d have time to piece together a decent story arc for her parents without it coming off as terribly rushed after dealing with the Clara mess. Speaking of which, the entire shady government intentions were also left mostly unsolved during her route. This part was, however, solved on Riina’s route.
When putting these two points together, I guess the idea is that external issues aren’t the focus of the story and the true focus is simply how the heroines develop and overcome their problems. I was hoping for something else but eh what can you do? It was a pretty nice story when you look at it that way though.
Would still be cool if we get a FD of sorts so that we can get resolution for the other side of things though. There’s also a fair number of decent side characters in the story as well.
In the end, the story really was focused around fairytales, hate against “adults”, love and the occasional jab at reality to remind you that fairytales are just that, fairytales.