I’m pretty sure that I have gotten to the point that happy fluffy eroges are no longer able to impress me. However, for reasons unknown to me, I’ve decided to take a look at Flyable heart and Tenshin ranman. Both of these titles are on the lighter side, praised for their art and production values. I’ve only gone through Amane and Sakurako in FH and Sana in TR, but I think it’s enough for me to say something about them.
Both stories were funny at the beginning. FH clicked with me much more than TR, and I especially cracked up at the cake which was made into a life sized replicate of Rodin’s “The Thinker”. However, TR does have its moments, such as when the protag accidentally blasted some people away with laser vision.
As you can see, the graphics are awesome and really compliment the story. That’s kind of expected, since the graphics are major selling points in both stories. There are many anatomy problems in FH, especially with the limbs, but I’ll talk about that in depth when I review it. For now, I just want to rant about this:
Is that supposed to be someone’s chest? Not only is the fabric defying many, many laws of gravity here, but the simple shape of it makes me cringe. It’s like looking at one of Michelangelo female statues or something. Seriously, look at this stuff, you can’t say that they don’t look alike.
The music were also pretty similar in terms of tone, although TR’s soundtrack is more annoying. The systems in both games involve a lot of effects and animation. TR is better in terms of incorporating movements into character expressions, but FH is better in effects overall.
As for the plot… For both routes, I liked the beginning of FH. It was fun and entertaining. The beginning of the drama also kept me interested, but twice, I found myself with a sense of bored detachment by the time I got to the ending. The exact opposite happened in TR. I didn’t like the characters nearly as much as I did for FH, and the little plot that was there was shallow and didn’t keep me interested. The many, many events which simply involve the girl acting cute with the guy without any plot progression is something that I’m thoroughly sick and tired of now. However, I really liked Sana’s ending. It was a bit touching and really make the story better. Although, I have to admit that without the ending, there really isn’t much of a story and at the end of the day I still don’t like Sana.
In the end, I have to say that the moe moe rabu rabu wasn’t a good choice for me. I’ll be finishing Flyable heart, but I don’t think I can stand any more Tenshin Ranman. It is really catered to give the player the sense of spending time with the girl, which is definitely not what I want right now.
Anyone has a recommendation for a story with decent production values and a non-terrifying/depressing but still intriguing plot which contains tastefully inserted comedy? Of the stuff I have on my computer right now, Muvluv and Da capo are too fluffy, 3 days and Chaos;head scares me too much, Swan song seems to be too depressing, and the rest has art that I disagree with. For now, I’ll be watching Revolutionary Girl Utena, which has comedy that is……sigh……I mean, a boxing kangaroo? Really?
See that? See that? I’m whining. I need something awesome to gush about. Somebody give me something, please.