Monthly Archives: January 2012
Don’t ask about the title, it was that or “Yay I managed to shake of my laziness”. Haven’t posted anything in a week, and it’s not because I worked on something amazing, just that I couldn’t be bothered to.
In any case, I wrote an unusual battle script which you probably won’t find very useful. It was originally an idea from infamous bon bon and I thought it was interesting in a way… so I made it. Check for yourself, it’s called Skill Decay. No screen-shots for it, as the effect is not visual at all.
More interesting things:
- Yanfly continues to script like there’s no tomorrow – now it’s a New Game Plus. That or he has an army of ghost writers enslaved with his hypnotic sukusuku hakutaku. But I digress.
- After Rick, Isabelle and Brenda, Nessiah gives us Terrence and Ernest.
- Yami is polishing up his ATB add-ons and should release a CTB system sooner or later.
- Noob is making fun of the RM community. Before you go and let out your condescending snarl “he’s using meme, that’s lame”, let me tell you that he hits the nail on the head on a lot of common behaviors.
- My dog is lapping my cocoa cup. But that’s a completely different subject.
This one made me laugh:
I’ll try to be less lame next time ;_;
This script allows you to use skills to transform into a given enemy. The parameters and traits remain unchanged but the morphed characters can use the full skill pattern of their new form. It’s compatible with the DBS and YF Battle Engine (I can’t say for sure for every add-on however).
Speaking of Yanfly, today he gave us Convert Damage, a system often used in Atelier series to make “vampiric” types of attacks.
A few days ago, Ramiro buffed up his new battle system with Cooperation Skills!
Another thing, I noticed in the blog stats a growing amount of visitors using Google Translate to view the site in Japanese. Google’s performance being what it is, if one of you speak Japanese and English good enough and are willing to translate the pages, tell me and I’ll setup an account for you.
I had planned to play this for a while, but I was waiting for the English patch. While a 50% fan-translated patch should be released by trjr next month, it’s always delayed so I said “screw this” and went for the usual ATLAS-helped play-through.
Yosuga no Sora is an incest story, and while I really don’t have any incest fetish, the art is drawn by Takashi Hashimoto, who has an appealing style (at least to me), with a lot of soft, almost pastel colors.
It’s a typical harem VN, except that Haruka Kasugano, the protagonist has to choose a heroine very early amongst five different girls: Nao, his meganekko childhood friend, Akira the local miko (also a childhood friend), Kazuha, a wealthy classmate very protective of Akira, Kazuha’s maid Motoka, and the “main” heroine his twin sister Sora. Sora’s arc is typically considered as the “real” arc and is only available after having cleared another route.
Full title: Yosuga no Sora – In solitude, where we are least alone
Age rating: 18+
Haruka and Sora Kasugano just lost their parents in a traffic accident. Since they are alone, they decide to live to their grandfather’s empty house, in a small village they visited during their childhood. While Haruka has a lot of precious memories there, Sora is extremely reticent.
There, they will meet old acquaintances and eventually make new friends.
Yeah, there’s nothing particularly new or original there. Of course what is important is the execution and the characters.
Story and Dialogue
One word: too short. The execution feels overall rushed. Considering this is a romance story, it’s important to slowly build the relationships between Haruka and the heroines. And sadly, they all fall to him immediately, and almost literally orgasm by its sheer presence. They do have some secrets though and certain arcs are intertwined with each other (Akira/Kazuha and Nao/Sora), but really, the problems’ resolution is so fast that you can’t avoid to snicker sarcastically at how quickly the girls throw themselves at him. And there I thought the Tohno Gland was unique…
Considering the theme of the story, you would expect some kind of moral debate about incest. Why is it wrong? They haven’t been raised together, they fell in love, so why mustn’t they to consummate their love? Don’t expect much on this side either – except a bit of angst and drama.
Aside from Sora, the characters are not very detailed. Actually, they might be, but their arcs are too short for the characterization to really take effect and they’re in the end more archetypes than anything else. Akira’s the cute bubbling girl who hides behind her smile, Kazuha’s the proud ojou with a heart of gold and so on…
Haruka in particular suffer from this. He doesn’t have any particular reason to fall in love with any heroine (again, Sora’s an exception – her arc is vaguely more detailed) and he doesn’t have any real personality. We just know he’s cute, studious and kind. Oh, and he’s really torn out between his morals and his attraction to Sora. Yup, that’s all unfortunately.
CGs are drawn by Takashi Hashimoto and are very pleasing to the eye. The resolution is medium (800×600) and the total number of CGs is quite low. Don’t expect the ten thousands of pictures you can find in minori titles or even Fate/Stay Night. Still, both the style and color choices blend well with the atmosphere.
Composed by Manack, the soundtrack overall favors sad, nostalgic tracks. It can be quite heart-wrenching during the saddest parts of the game.
As for the cast, the main duo is voiced by rather experienced seiyuu, Hiro Shimono and Hiroko Taguchi (who respectively voiced Hiro and Miyako in ef) and the other actor’s performance is excellent. Akira’s actress, on the other hand, has a very high-pitched voice which genuinely made me cringe at times, like a chalk on a black board. *shudder*
Yosuga no Sora is Sphere’s first title. As such, they needed a strong impact visually speaking. They did manage that, as the graphics are very pleasing. However, it would have been a better idea to scrap every route except Nao’s and Sora’s to make them longer and further develop the characters, especially Haruka. Among six main characters, Sora’s the only one with a visible amount of depth (which isn’t that much either). It is enjoyable, sure, but there are better VNs out there to play. If you happened to have watched the anime adaptation, don’t hope to find more here – the game doesn’t add anything except explicit sex scenes.
To summarize, play this VN if you have time, but don’t delay Little Busters! or Demonbane for that. Well, or if you’re a twincest fan, that is.