Accany already made a great review on Kara no shoujo, and I don’t see the point of writing another one that says pretty much the same thing. There’s great music, great art, and a great story that really makes use of the visual novel system to incorporate its mysteries.The characters are interesting, even though half the female cast gets killed, and as always with Innocent grey games, the true motives behind the characters are completely insane and convoluted, in a good way. Many people didn’t like the ending, but although I dislike how the writers dealt with Touko (not just the ending, her romance was awkward too), I thought that the ending was really nice, so it’s all good.
…Although the artist really needs to learn how to draw surprised faces…
Da Capo PC, or at least Da capo itself, should be something that’s familiar with everyone. I had two purposes in playing this. One was to prep myself for DCIIPC, which I have done, and the second was to sate my curiosity about exactly happened. Considering the obscene amount of routes here, the second posed quite a problem. I’ve ranted about it before, but the pacing is even worse when I went through the entire thing. 2.5 paths later, I gave up and got a save file. Luckily, perhaps to compensate for its meager 50 save files, DCPC comes with the option to view all scenes that you have completed directly in the extras section. All in all , it wasn’t that good. Save for some of the backgrounds and a very small amount of character art, this game didn’t age well graphically. …Is that a dress from this century? And it’s supposed to be flattering and beautiful? Really? …That BOW, that COLOR… It almost feels like the artist was trying to kill off my love for maid uniforms. …eww…
Music wise it’s ok, but I am unpleasantly surprised by the recording quality of the voices. Oh well, at least it’s not as bad as KID’s stuff. The system is pretty decent considering its age.
Now, for the story… I admit that I have a dislike toward slice of life moeges, but even taking its age into consideration, I just didn’t like it. Most of the story just didn’t click with me, and that’s ok, but some of the endings were just messed up. With very little explanation, endings look like it’s going to be bad, that someone has died, only to have a happily ever after in the epilogue. It’s especially jarring the first time. What’s more, a lot of the drama was not only generic but also improperly used. One of the characters almost killed herself by swallowing a bottle of sleeping pills. Am I supposed to believe that a few words from the protagonist can make everything happy happy sparkle sparkle again?
Overall, I don’t think it’s worth it to actually invest the full amount of time and effort to go through this thing.
Also, Nemu scares me.
Also also, Kotori’s seiyuu can’t sing. At all. I love Yui Horie but whoever voiced this was painful to listen to. In fact, most of the girls are really really squeaky compared to DCII, I wonder why.
Also also also, I’m kind of glad I never finished Muv Luv now.