Like usual, I make a (spoiler-free) post for my final impressions. I have spoileriffic summaries of each route under the Kimi Ga Ita Kisetsu tag.
Kimi Ga Ita Kisetsu Full Remake (“The Season Where You Were” or something along the lines of that), or KimiIta for short, is the remake version of Age’s debut eroge from 1999. Age is the company famous for Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien and MuvLuv Alternative, both very well-known eroge for being full of DESPAIR. I’ve never played the original KimiIta from 1999, so I can’t make comparisons in terms of plot. All I know is that the 2011 version has MUCH more eye-pleasing art. The 2011 remake has new characters not present in the older version, including Munakata Misae and Kazama Touko from MuvLuv Alternative. There’s also MuvLuv Alternative Chronicles – Confession, a side story about Michiru in Muvluv Alternative.
Being Age’s debut game, KimiIta doesn’t have their signature despair from their latter games (assuming that the remake kept the mood and tone of the original). KimiIta is a rather calm and ordinary story about Maejima Masaki, a second-year high school student who is aspiring to become a photographer. He works part-time as the assistant of the famous photographer Kouzuki Mitsuko, and is also childhood friends with the 4 Isumi sisters. KimiIta follows Masaki in the summer of 1998, where he gets a girlfriend (one of the Isumi’s) and is presented the chance of going abroad to study under the world-famous photographer Helmut Newton John in New York.