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Kimihane kanojo review


Dergonu

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Hey everyone! So it's time for another review, this time of a yuri title that I just finished last night, Kimihane Kanojo to kanojo no koi suru Ikkagetsu. I got recommended this a little while back and decided to read it because I thought it was just a short yuri nukige. But boy was I wrong ...

 

The story:

The story is quite lighthearted and simple, three girls who think they saw an angel when they were younger live together in a dorm. These three girs get along very well and the story is just their daily lives unfolding before our eyes. Or, rather, it is actually being seen by someone else. The story is told in a third person narrative, being looked at by a mystery person. The third person narrative is quite interesting; its something I haven't seen much off in VNs, and it made for a fun experience, reading an untranslated novel in the third person.

It's a novel strongly built on the slice of life element. The story is split into 4 chapters, with 4 routes, each route has its own unique twist on the four chapters, with new CG, dialouge and events.

The routes are each coupling, Rin x Hina, Hina x Fumi, Fumi x Rin, and finally a secret route unlocked after the completion of the previous three.

Each scene during the game tends to be quite specific and short, but in return there are many of them. So let's say they are sitting in the living room having dinner, there is a short sequence where they do that, then it suddenly switches to a different scene, let's say, they are now at school. This is actually a very comfortable way to read an untranslated novel for me, as its very easy to get the context of the conversation. Also, story wise, there is a reason for this specific short scene duration, and it is revealed during the last, hidden route.

There is an enforced playing order, where a new route is unlocked after the current one is finished. Also, there are NO choices in the game. You get some unique dialouge choices in the form of these screens:

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However these have no effect on the routes and the story at all, and they are simply small unique scenarios.

All in all, the story is very light and cute, the language in the novel is simple, but it still keeps you entertained the entire time. Similar to Sono Hanabira, it focuses strongly on it's character interatcion.

 

The characters:

The story offers very few characters, only four of which has a sprite. These four characters are the ones who make up the bulk of the game's story.

These characters are:

 

Hina:

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Hina is kind of the little sister in the group. She is super adorable; a small girl with a loud voice. (She tends to yell a lot.) She does a lot of stuff that just makes you go, "aww", but unlike Fumi, she is quite ... Noisy. She isn't a fragile and gentle little girl, but rather a loud and energic one.

She spends a lot of her time yelling at Rin, and this makes her appear more like an older sister, despite her role in the little "family" being the little sister/daughter.

 

Rin:

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Rin is my favorite character of the three. She is a slob, managing to put her glasses in the fridge like 8 times during the story. She sleeps in all the time and is always yelled at by the little energy bomb that is Hina. Basically everything Rin does will make you laugh. She is less innocent and more direct and frank, making her do hilarious stuff like roleplay sexual scenarios with Fumi's stuffed animals, get in bed with Fumi telling Hina to look away as "mama and papa" are going to be doing grown up stuff. She will make you laugh a lot, and thats what I loved about her.

Of course, just like the other two she has sides of her which aren't so clear, that you learn more about during the routes.

 

Fumi:

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Fumi is the mother among the three. She is very polite and formal, always takes care of the housework and steps in as a peacekeeper whenever the two others start quarreling. She is gentle and adorable, but just like Rin, she has different sides to her which are discovered during the routes.

 

Lastly, Sachiko:

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Umm.. She is the ... Middle aged dorm manager who keeps on touching the girls... She also tries to pay them to be painted nude. ..  uhh.. Someone call the police..?

 

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General impressions and thoughts:

Like I said in the introduction, Kimihane looked like your average yuri nukige to me, but wow was I wrong. It is by no means a nukige; I'd probably call it a moege, (as there are only 2 H-scenes per route and quite a lot of cute and adorable, lighthearted dialouge and scenes dominate the game.)

The art in the game is really nice, with several CG variants for each scene and well done character details and sprites. This also makes the H-Scenes quite enjoyable, though like I said, the H-scenes were actually not what made me stick around for this one.

Each character has a lot of developement throughout the story, and each route brings out a new side of them that we haven't seen before. This makes each route feel unique and very enjoyable. The humor in the game is quite entertaining, and the romance is well done, though its a little bit simple and moe like. Don't expect extremely prfound and deep relationships.

Even though the story is so simple and light though, it doesn't make you feel bored or tired of what is going on. The characters keep the romantic routes interesting, but what really blew my mind was the hidden route. Once I played it, I just went... "Ohhhhh!" It did such a good job of suprising me and I think it will suprise you as well. I never saw that coming.

 

Anyways, since the game is fairly short there isn't too much else to be said. Honestly, my conclusion is this: PLAY IT! It's short, its really cute and light but at the same time it has its moments where the story really takes you by suprise. The characters are wonderfull and entertaining and the art is really nice.

 

I personally rated this a 9/10 on my VNDB, but keep in mind; I am yuri freak. :miyako:

I think a more objective rating would be something like a 7.5.  But this is definitely not something you should play just because it has yuri. It's quite the good little novel, and it left me seriously pleasantly suprised.

 

That's it for today folks, thanks for reading!

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0/10 IGN Too much grills kissing.

On a serious note, Sachiko is the best girl. She really resonates with how I would act when managing a dorm filled with teenage girls.

And now I have to go hide from the police because of that comment. Pretty good review overall Homolover :sachi:

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Just now, VirginSmasher said:

0/10 IGN Too much grills kissing.

On a serious note, Sachiko is the best girl. She really resonates with how I would act when managing a dorm filled with teenage girls.

And now I have to go hide from the police because of that comment. Pretty good review overall Homolover :sachi:

"This just in! A man in Canada was arrested after trying to pay young girls to paint them nude!"

 

:makina: Thank you

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"I personally rated this a 9/10 on my VNDB, but keep in mind; I am yuri freak. :miyako:" Objectivity lost right there..lost faith in senpai -grumble grumble, rant rant-:yumiko:

Anyhow, good review senpai even if your score is biased by your yuri love taking over your brain...Good job

 

Just now, VirginSmasher said:

On a serious note, Sachiko is the best girl. She really resonates with how I would act when managing a dorm filled with teenage girls.

Wouldn't any of us do that? :makina:

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4 minutes ago, DarkZedge said:

"I personally rated this a 9/10 on my VNDB, but keep in mind; I am yuri freak. :miyako:" Objectivity lost right there..lost faith in senpai -grumble grumble, rant rant-:yumiko:

Anyhow, good review senpai even if your score is biased by your yuri love taking over your brain...Good job

 

Wouldn't any of us do that? :makina:

Thanks :makina:

1 minute ago, mitchhamilton said:

Nice review. couldnt agree more. This is a great yuri vn that people should read.

Yeah it really suprised me. Really solid VN overall

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