The artwork on this game is beautiful – I mean, just look at that picture. Look at those colors. O.O I spent a lot of time ooh-ing and aah-ing at the gorgeous backgrounds, and some of the CG’s were just as pretty – not all, though, some of them looked really weird (like the one where Kyogo is touching Lucia’s mouth with his fingertip? His head is entirely too big and too red and his facial features look like they’re about to slide off his face. His head actually kind of looks like a big melon).
This would be fine with me if that’s how he usually looks, but it isn’t. Sigh.
But anyway. Here are just two screencaps I took of the game’s backgrounds; I had more than two, but the game has a copyright and all – I figure I’d better just post a quote instead of the whole chapter. 🙂
Eva’s circus and Clive’s piano, respectively. Soooooo pretty.
But anyway. I do love most of the characters on this game. Kyogo is a sweetheart, even though he’s more than a little cliché for this type of game. Clive is adorable and I love him despite those massive plot-holes that tried really hard to ruin him. Adam is a really good character, again despite those plot-holes, even though I can’t for the life of me figure out why Lucia falls for him in the end. And finally, I love Hollic to pieces, even though he got stuck with most of the infodump dialogue in the game.
Tio was the only dud for me; he was just kind of . . . pathetic? And not in an oh-he-loses-his-memories-on-a-regular-basis kind of way. I just mean that his route suffered badly from being repetitive, and unlike all the other routes it doesn’t really tie in much with the main story.
My main thoughts on the game are something like this:
Oh, glowy lights! Pretty!
…….What the heck just happened?
Listen to the background music, isn’t it pretty?
Opening movie! Pretty!
How on earth is that supposed to make sense? Explanations please, game!
*puts opening movie song on repeat in headphones for three hours*
Awww, Kyogo and his pets. ❤
Awww, Kyogo and the little kids. ❤
Ehh, what? A time paradox thingy, really?
Ooh, circus! Pretty!
Awww, Clive is so cute. ❤
Wait, what? I thought you remembered everything? ……Everything but the one thing that was convenient to the plot, I guess.
*starts to like some facets of Adam’s character*
……Wait, what? Did that really just happen?
Lucia, I missed the part where you fell for the evil, jealous psychopathic stalker guy. Was I not paying attention or something?
*still likes Adam’s character despite the awful nonsense romance*
Hollic, dear, I’m sorry, but your story just isn’t making much sense to me. Maybe my Japanese isn’t good enough to grasp everything you’re saying. …..Yeah, that must be it…..
*end weird non-review thingy*
But really, I loved the characters – I did. It was just the plot that made no sense whatsoever. I mean, any time-travel story is bound to make no sense, but this made even less sense than usual. I can’t even get into it because it makes my head hurt just thinking about it.
All the characters suffered from the story. Plot-holes and nonsense are everywhere. I don’t think the plot actually ruined any of the characters completely, but it tried to. I just really hate it in books, movies, games, whatever, when the plot makes no sense and constantly contradicts itself. It’s kind of hard to get a grasp on what’s going on from route to route when stories keep changing and new plot-holes keep appearing under your feet.
The opening movie is gorgeous, of course, if a bit lengthy for my taste. The background music is pretty (everything about the background of this game is pretty) and I literally listened to the opening song over and over again.
The voice actors all did amazing jobs, as usual (although I got a lot of Hughes flashbacks from Hollic). Hikaru especially was perfect – I’ve never heard him voice a character quite like Clive before. And Hino Satoshi. Orpheus is one of those characters who suffered from the plot – or lack of it, in his case – but I’ll never complain about listening to his voice. ❤
The backgrounds were beautiful, as I mentioned, but I did actually get frustrated with the flower petals drifting around everywhere. They were entirely too slow and glitchy-looking, and they fell everywhere in the city, and yet there wasn’t a single background where the floor was littered with flower petals. Not one. So they just – dissolve once they hit the ground, or what?
Also, they reminded me of Death Connection and the falling leaves on there. Ugh.
One other thing – at the end of Clive’s Good End, I got a CG with four or five different versions. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get all the versions to show up in my gallery – I only got two of them. I replayed his route at least three times trying to unlock them, but they stayed stubbornly locked, and eventually I just took screencaps and gave up.
I wouldn’t even post the links to them here, except that the game glitched on me with them, so it deserves it.
There was only one other CG that I had non-artwork-related problems with.
I had to take three screencaps of this one and put them together in Photoshop so I could see the whole thing. It’s beautiful, of course, but either there was no way to view it all at once in-game, or I was just too stupid to find it.
(At least, unlike Danzai no Maria, it allowed me to scroll up and down at will….)
But anyway. There are things about this game that I love and things that I really hate. Adam’s character I love, but his romance with Lucia I hate. Clive’s personality I love, but the plot conveniences in his story I hate. The game’s artwork I mostly love, and the music I love, but the plot I hate. Kyogo’s personality I love, but PLOT-HOLES PLOT-HOLES PLOT-HOLES. Etc.
All in all, this game isn’t bad. If you could ignore all the plot-holes and nonsense in the story and just enjoy the characters – a thing I find pretty much impossible – then you’d probably love it. (Oh, and if you don’t mind missing a couple of CG’s because they refuse to unlock once you’ve earned them.)
But despite all the headaches and all my complaining, I am glad I played it. And I guess that’s what counts, isn’t it? 😀
Now somebody punch me, I need motivation to go load up Kamisama to Koigokoro and set up a guide for Kenga’s route…..