Well, I finally cleared it. Akabeisoft2’s G Senjou no Maou (“Devil on G String”). I’ve bawled even when I thought I was fully prepared for what was coming. Thank god I only play eroge in the dark after everyone else has gone to sleep, or else my parents would’ve been worried that I was facing real life drama or something.
G Senjou no Maou centers around Azai Kyousuke, the adopted son of the yakuza leader Azai Gonzou, who basically controls the city. Kyousuke believes that money is everything, and is deathly scared of his father. One day, a strange girl by the name of Usami Haru with ridiculously long hair moves to the city and transfers to Kyousuke’s school in search of the internationally famous criminal known as “Maou.” And thus begins the battle of the Hero and the Devil…
Well, I don’t want to say too much here because my mediocre writing skills cannot do this eroge any justice. First, I’ve gotta applaud looseboy for thinking of somthing like this. Secondly, I’ve gotta bow down to the translation team for not only translating the text, but doing an amazing job on the writing too. Completely unlike the Mangagamer’s scripts I’ve seen so far, the G Senjou English translation is very well done and full of life.
The story is specatular and intense, especially if you play all the way through ’till chapter 5. Haru’s route really is amazing. However, I’ve got a major problem with how the character routes themselves are handled. Ok, so the entire game consists of 5 chapters. If you’ve played Sharin no Kuni, then you’re probably familiar with how each girl corresponds to one chapter after the first. However, this time things have changed a bit and the main plot just won’t be resolved unless you go for the “TRUE” girl. Chapter 1 is the beginning, and then each girl is the focus of one chapter. So Chapter 2 focuses on Tsubaki’s story, Chapter 3 is Kanon, Chapter 4 is Mizuha, and Haru finally takes the spotlight in Chapter 5. In chapters 2-4, there is one decision point where you can decide whether to go into the girl’s chapter or continue to the next chapter. So in Chapter 2 if you decide to go for Tsubaki, you proceed in Tsubaki’s chapter. Then chapter 3-5 never happen. If you decide to ditch Tsubaki and go on to Chapter 3, you get to choose whether to go into Kanon’s chapter or not. If you do, you go into the chapter and chapters 4 and 5 don’t happen. To get to Haru, you basically don’t go into any girl’s chapter and you’ll eventually reach Chapter 5, which has no choices so you can’t screw up. Haru’s chapter resolves everything and is THE meat of the story. The battle with Maou continues until the end. However, if you go into any other girl’s chapter instead, whatever plot that has been set up with Maou will get ditched rather abruptly and your questions will probably not be answered. In other words, you’re probably dying to see what happens next unless you do Haru’s route first.
The main character is Kyousuke, and the “best friend” character is a green-haired short boy who acts like a sweet shota to get older women. In reality though, the guy’s an asshole. However, just like how annoying some male friends seem at the beginning, he does end up being a bro at the end. Eiichi actually grew on me surprisingly fast, since I’ve never seen a best friend chara like him. As much I wanted to bang my head on a wall at first, the guy’s really hilarious and refreshing. Kyousuke is an asshole who only loves money at first, but he ended up as my favorite eroge protagonist. He’s got personality for sure, and he’s got his crowning moments of awesome. The guy’s not as close to perfect as Kenichi, which is actually more fun for me as I watch him do his inner struggles between being a villain and a good guy. Our protagonist goes through a lot of character development, and is clearly a person rather than a boring faceless dude who we’re supposed to pretend is ourself.
The four heroines are Tsubaki, Kanon, Mizuha and Haru. Tsubaki is a sweet, pure-hearted girl who always thinks of her family. She loves her little brother very much, and is very idealistic and has no idea the dark side exists. She’s the type who a villain would find fun to corrupt. Kanon is Kyousuke’s non-blood related little sister (she is Gonzou’s daughter), and also a famous figure skater. She’s the carefree and selfish type, who speaks in third person and is always obnoxious. However, unlike most characters who act this way, I find her tolerable due to her low voice which still conveys cheerfulness. Also, her route is the second best in my opinion because it is fun watching her character break down and develop. Mizuha is our resident tsundere, although she goes deredere rather quickly in her chapter. She seems to hate Kyousuke, claiming that he is “two faced.” If you go into her character chapter, you’ll be able to see her development after a time skip (she grows out of being a tsundere).
Haru, on the other hand, doesn’t fit into a typical eroge archetype at all. She acts goofy at school, but is actually highly cunning and intelligent. She makes Kyousuke go “WTF” all the time, and has very awesome deduction skills. She moves to the city to chase after Maou, whom she holds a grudge against. Her route is the one that will generate the most tears, so be warned.
The backgrounds, character sprites, CGs are all so full of of color. They fit the mood very well, and have great lighting. The propertions feel akward in quite a few of them, but I didn’t really have high expectations from Akabeisoft2 in terms of that. They’ve got more than enough well-done CGs to make up for it, not to mention everything else about the game. My favorite CG is this one of Haru, because the lighting, mood, everything is done so beautifully here.
The backgrounds are great. The tones of the city are captured very well. Overall, I’d say the art is rather average for an eroge most of time for its day scenes, but the night scenes are great. I just hate how Kyousuke gets the faceless protagonist treatment. A protagonist like him should at least get some eyes, dammit! He has eyes in like one variation of a CG, and it makes such a difference! Why do they even make faceless protagonists anyway? Are we supposed to identify with the hero of something? If that’s the case, I’m pretty sure we can identify better with someone showing emotion through the eyes.
Dammit, awesome music is awesome. Fits the game very well, and there are more than several pieces that get your soul burning. I want this game’s soundtrack…There’s a lot of remixes of classical music, but I’m not entirely familiar with them since I’m musically-challenged.
Ok, I changed my mind. There is one thing I can say that will do the game justice: Freaking play it! Do eet! It’s an eroge with great story, music, and feels full of life. Word of warning though, after playing G Senjou, your tolerance of personality-less generic nice guy protagonists will probably be mostly eliminated (if not all).
Character route preference: Haru > Kanon > Tsubaki > Mizuha (not the normal chapters, but the character chapters)
Whew, finally finished. I bawled like hell at the epilogue. This is one hell of a great eroge. After playing G Senjou, I don’t know if I can bring myself to play a generic moe slice-of-life game without a long intermission. Lol when the H scenes came up I was just like “fuck it, story too interesting nao.”