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Sable’s Grimoire (Western VN review + developer interview)




Zetsubou, a developer and writer involved in many popular EVN titles is someone whose work many fans of the genre might be very familiar with, but not necessarily even knowing about it. While have made a few relatively successful projects of his own, such as Sickness or Tomboys Need Love Too!, many of his commissioned works, such as Razzart’s Love Ribbon gained even more recognition. For this reason, among others, there was relatively little fanfare around the release of his latest project, Sable’s Grimoire, in May this year. However, there are many reasons to consider this project as a particularly notable one – the 350k-words-long, modern-fantasy tale about a young mage entering an academy filled with demi-humans is rather far-detached from the usual EVN formula, both by its scale and its dominant themes. 

             Of course, scale by itself does not have to be a positive, just as unusual story elements don't automatically make a VN interesting to read. Does Zetsubou's largest project to date have other merits beyond its impressive word-count and interesting premise, and does its overall quality justify the 25+ hours time investment that is required to fully read through it? In my opinion, answer to all these questions is: yes.

Read the full article at evnchronicles.blogspot.com


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17 minutes ago, Mr Poltroon said:

Lack of proper romance!?!? Absolutely disgusting.

Look at me just skimming those bullet points.

Well, it turned out to be quite a long article, you probably won't be the only one. ;p


And well, I wrote it more as a warning for potential buyers than a genuine negative, but if I had to be very specific, I would phrase that point as "Even less romance than I reasonably hoped for after learning that the romance is not really the point, even in the routes that pretty much asks for a little bit of warmth". Because in my mind the ending of "the girl is very much into Sable and Sable is coerced into not pushing her away or is slightly annoyed by her" is still way less compelling than "Sable is not really into romance but is starting to warm up to the heroine after all they went through" would be. I mean, any kind of romantic gesture would do - in the routes it's shown that he's not completely incapable of making those, but in the endings he basically turns into a block of ice. :P



Edited by Plk_Lesiak

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