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Anata ni Koi Suru Ren'ai Recette and VN of the Month May 2017


Clephas

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I dropped this VN because I couldn't take the sugary texture of the thing... Sweetness and cute without depth turns me off every time.  This game looked to me like your standard yurufuwa food-business moege, and Kiririri's comments haven't really changed my viewpoint, lol.

Kiririri's review (edited by Clephas)

So, I originally played this game because Kasu was the artist for 2 of the heroines and I love her artwork. And well uh, it didn't start well. I started with Fuuka's route, and it ended up being one of the most boring routes I have ever played. Her route was just like her character, very plain. I started regretting I picked up the game, but now I'm glad that I actually finished it, anyway. The other 3 routes were actually enjoyable.

 

Anyways the game is about baking and nothing else. The game is full of sweets and cakes. I'm no expert so I had no idea what those French terms meant, but, luckily, the game has a dictionary that explains most of the stuff to the reader. The game is set in a school that has special courses for students: confectionery course, band course, and something I forgot (Clephas: Numerous courses, including art and technical ones and a multicultural division). So our protagonist starts his harem life in the confectionery course! (very moege)

 

Like said before, apart from Fuuka route, the heroine routes were nice in my opinion. I really liked the lazy Miel, cheerful Nonoka, and serious Yuzuki. Compared to them Fuuka felt just too plain and "empty"... Might be just me, but I don't know. All of their routes were kind of similar though. Just ichaicha, making sweets and cakes, and researching about them. The game had absolutely no drama whatsoever. All the routes had a beautiful ending too, getting married, accomplishing dreams together, stuff like that... except for Yuzuki.  I don't know what they were thinking when they decided to make her ending so different. Well, her ending was not bad in and of itself, and it felt necessary, in the end. It fit her route, but, compared to the other ends, it was "small".  I will say, yet again, that it was necessary for the game as a whole.

 

Anyway, Anata ni Koi Suru Ren'ai Recette is a standard moege. Nothing more, nothing less. It is probably a little better than the average. If you like sweets and cakes and want to know some of the theory behind them check it out. It doesn't go into the making too much... but it still does a lot more than games that also have focus on a special thing like confectionery. Usually themes like that are a side issue, but here it was the focus of the game.

 

VN of the Month, May 2017

There really wasn't much to pick up on this month... Chrono Box gets honorable mention for making Dergonu ooh and aah, but it is somewhat outside of what I'm willing to put up for the actual winner.  In the end, I picked Ojou-sama no Hanbun wa Ren'ai de Dekiteimasu! as VN of the Month, May 2017. 

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