KKK post may… or may not come. Things have been rough these past few weeks as I had my free time completely swiped from me for a while and following that, my headphones broke. Had that not been enough, a few days later even my hard drive broke. Even now I haven’t completely recovered but enough to at least return to reading eroge. Well to sum up my thoughts on KKK in one line then: It was a very enjoyable read.
Returning in time for January releases I decided to start with this.
The protagonist, Yuki enters a famous school where everyone who graduates from it is promised success. Is it a mere superstition? Apparently not as not long after entering the school, he discovers him and his reunited childhood friends invited to a certain competition that consists of knightly duels for the right to get any wish of theirs granted.
Things aren’t so simple though as Yuki and his childhood friends, despite scattering about all over the place reunited in the same school with the same purpose in mind: that is to find a precious friend who vanished in front of them 4 years ago during a camp. The only clue is a crest which happens to be the crest of this school.
In order to achieve this goal, Yuki is willing to do anything, and anything means no matter how dirty the tricks he has to use, he’ll win.
Got that right, despite coming into the story expecting some sort of chivalrous theme with cute girls in impractical armor, we actually ended up with a protagonist who betrays that thought and uses dirty tricks to gain victory.
Right at the start of the competition he executes a bold strategy that treads a grey zone in rules to eliminate half of the teams and continues to use such devious hands to gain victory after victory.
Lots of things are shown during the remaining battles which hints towards a much more grim truth behind the stages but I’ll skip over them. In the end, their determination to save their childhood friend made them push forward despite the uneasiness.
The individual routes start somewhere near the end as only one, two teams are left remaining in the competition. Depending on which route you take, the events differ quite a bit but what doesn’t change is that all of them stop right at the opening of the door to get their wishes granted. In other words, WHAT THE HECK IS BEHIND THAT DOOR? Is something you’re left questioning every time.
Finishing the routes of all the heroines you unlock the true route which finally tells you why they stopped the story at the door.
The reason is, yes, because all that awaits is chaos and despair.
Or maybe not quite but the truth was indeed quite shocking and unexpected.
To explain things in order… the competition starts out as a method for the princess Vivi to gather the strength of emotions so to grant the wishes of the people in the city. Just like fuel for it, if not periodically replenished she cannot keep the system going. That said, what’s required is truly strong and determined feelings and not some loose “hey you can have any wish come true!” sort of thing so a certain method was used to produce this.
To insert memories that never existed into the heads of unknowing people and induce them into participating in the competition.
What does this imply you ask? Well you see, they sort of… inserted childhood memories into the heads of our main characters and while at it, fabricated memories a precious childhood friend disappearing and so on…
… Put simply, the childhood friends aren’t actually childhood friends, the person they fought to save never existed to begin with and frankly, they were as a matter of fact just utter strangers until coming to the school. Amazing isn’t it?
That was definitely the most surprising twist for the story. There were a few more twists after that but I’ll skip over them as well since you could vaguely expect something along those lines happening.
In the end they overcame the disturbing truth and put an end to any further incidents. As a result there’s no longer anything that makes wishes come true but… eh, oh well.
Overall it may have not been some sort of masterpiece but it was quite a solid read. Probably not exactly the most memorable sort of story but it was at least enjoyable for the ride. If I had to name a bad point then for the people who liked heroines other than Kei, they may be left somewhat unsatisfied. Vivi’s route (from hearsay) was pretty much just an excuse for a hscene and the other 3 heroines varied in quality.
Ruruka’s route was actually pretty good, Asuna’s was hardly satisfying as I didn’t like the drama and Touri’s was… fine I suppose.
However all of them are quite short taking about an hour or so to read and with the true route, you get the disturbing truth thrown at your face that makes you look back at the story before in quite a different light. Hard to be obediently happy about the routes after that.
Well personally I didn’t mind much since I liked Kei more than anyone else.
A nice start to the releases of this year however. 2014 is shaping to be quite a good year for eroge. Although interruptions have become frequent, I’m still somehow managing to keep up with releases so in the end nothing has changed so far.
Next up is Bradyon Veda.
Looking forward to more chuuni battles… well, I’m actually not sure what to expect but eh. We’ll find out soon enough.