My first Propeller game! I think I might love chuuni and fight scenes. 燃えゲ are great. I played the PSP version, which has no ero but an additional heroine.
In olden times, humans and youkai lived together. However, the latter realized that the former have grown too strong with their development and decide that they can no longer share the land. Most of the youkai decided to become human and lead human lives, giving birth to human children. However, the some of the descendants of these youkai inherited part of their ancestors’ powers. These humans with powers are called Jinyou, and it is treated like a disease. Jinyou with highly dangerous powers or a record of injuring someone in the past are isolated in a hospital on a heavily-guarded island.
Takebe Ryouichi has been living on the island for over ten years, but a certain turn of events result in him escaping together with Suzu, a girl that no one on the island has seen before. They take on fake names to live in Kamizawa City, a city for Jinyou that is largely separated from the outside world. Together they enjoy normal school life, but Dominion, which specializes in chasing down wanted Jinyou, is hot on their trails and really wants Suzu.
The best parts are the fight scenes, which tend to be cool and hot-blooded without dragging on for an eternity or overshadowing other parts of the story. Good use of CGs and sound effects contribute a lot to the battles. The story is rather good as well, and even more interesting if you know your Japanese folklore. While it doesn’t try to be mind-blowing, it has good pacing and is solid overall. The school slice-of-life scenes don’t drag on, and have enough jokes to lighten the atmosphere, without repeatedly running them into the ground. There are frequent POV changes.
I liked all of the heroines, although I was tired of Suzu by the time I got to her route, because she was really relevant in all of the routes and thus took up a lot of screentime.
Kisaragi Soushichi – Formerly Takebe Ryouichi, he is the protagonist. A kind guy who cries easily, but is also trained in martial arts and has pretty broken Jinyou powers that let him control metallic objects.
Kisaragi Suzu – The girl Soushichi escaped from the hospital with. She is actually a youkai who hates humans, with the exception of Soushichi who she has known for over ten years. She tries to act like his older sister, but often ends up pouty like a kid. She is the main heroine whose route unlocks after everyone else’s. While her route is the most exciting (full of cool people doing cool things), I got tired of her by the time that came along.
Ichinotani Touko – A feminine and proper senpai with exceptional skill with the sword. Rather scary when mad or jealous, but is otherwise deredere. Has the cutest romantic development IMO, but her route was my least favorite in terms of plot development.
Tonya – A Russian girl (I cannot pronounce nor type out her full name) with a sharp tongue, sarcastic streak, and a like for teasing her friends. Also a bit tsundere at times, and very reliable on the battlefield. She fights with the Kikimora, a whip/rope thing that she can control like it’s a part of her. Best girl, although I wasn’t fond of how the romance with her developed. Also has an awesome brother.
Iizuka Kaoru – Serious and cool-headed commander of Dominion’s 17th squad. She was once Soushichi’s kind onee-chan back at the hospital, but now she’s in charge of tracking him down and coolly wielding a gun. Has quite the gap moe going on.
There’s a fifth heroine exclusive to the PSP version who played a role in Touko’s route, but never had a sprite. She’s tsundere (with an emphasis on the tsun). Soushichi is also surrounded by a colorful supporting cast and a badass teacher (who totally should have gotten more screentime). In general, everyone gets a scene of awesome at least once in the game, with the exception of those who can’t do physical fights. I wished the heroines had even more opportunities to shine in battle though, because battle heroines are my thing.
I ended up being really fond of the BGM, especially the battle music. I loooooove hot-blooded tracks. The art is pretty lacking though. There is no shortage of anatomy problems, and the CG style is really dull. The character design isn’t very impressive, and I have a problem with the clothing designs. Suzu’s dress is…blargh. The school uniform is rather boring as well. My favorite outfit goes to Kaoru, because you can’t go wrong with military uniforms. The backgrounds are pretty typical VN fare.
I’m totally late to the show, but wow, I liked this a lot more than I expected. Cool fight scenes, likable characters, and good pacing. It doesn’t do anything revolutionary, but it is highly enjoyable. The art isn’t that attractive, but some of the battle CGs look pretty cool. I have no doubts about checking out some of Propeller’s other eroge, particularly their 燃えゲ. Burning battles are the best!