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Kokuhaku review

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Source: https://j-addicts.de/kokuhaku/ (shameless self-promotion xD )
Source: https://j-addicts.de/kokuhaku/ (shameless self-promotion xD )
Kokuhaku or “confession” is a short VN developed by a company called Song Wing which mainly work in sound design, casting actors etc basically all related to sound and music and this is their only work as game developers.

The plot, uuggghh.

The plot in this VN is nonexistent and plain bland.
The main character is your typical super popular guy and all the girls are in love with him. Why? Who cares, they just are! The game is more like a kinetic VN but lets you choose which girl you want to pick at the end. Throughout the painfully 1-2 hours of reading, each one of the bland and boring heroines will confess their love to the main character without much explanation and out of the blue. These girls are the cliché of the cliché,
Childhood friend? ☑.
Sister? ☑.
Shy girl? ☑.
Tsundere? ☑.
Interesting and well-developed heroine?☒.
Once all the girls confessed their love you will reach the end, there you recall all the confession at once and that’s when you get to pick which of those confessions you take, thus picking a certain girl and confess your love back to her. Then a crappy CG shows up and it’s the end. Luckily there is no harem ending.
And no I didn't omit anything, you read 10 min and a girl confess her love without warning then the other and so on and that's it...


(She confessed her love out of the blue in the middle of a class O.o)

If you want to put it bluntly, there are 4 cockroaches and you are a stinky piece of meat and for no reason at all the cockroaches want that putrid meat no matter what. If you think this analogy is in bad taste, GOOD! Then you understand how playing this VN feels.
It’s also an all ages so you won't see any type of eroge or sexual innuendo at all.


(Pick your ending)


Music and Art.

The music while not outstanding it does the job same as the art, it’s a bit on the unique side but nothing that will make it stand out.

The redeeming factor.

So you are probably wondering why the hell is this review for then? Well, as I said earlier the company that made this VN works in the sound industry and here is the catch and what makes this VN partially redeemable. You can choose the voice acting of each heroine from 4 voice actresses when you start the game, which are (IMO) some of the best in the industry itself. 
 (The screen to select the voice acting Noto Mamiko https://vndb.org/s468 , Tsuji Ayumi https://vndb.org/s271Horie Yui https://vndb.org/s46 , Hirano Aya https://vndb.org/s1500 )
But that’s not the most impressive thing, the best part is that you can choose only 1 heroine to do the voice acting of the 4 heroines.
Basically this game was more like a technical concept to show how an actress can interpret several roles at the same time, it’s more like a demonstration project rather than a game but it was sold as a proper game... the question is why they didn't bother to write a decent plot rather than this bland abomination if they were doing it anyway... Also, the writer is not a nobody without recognition in the industry so it’s really mind boggling why they approached this project in this particular way...
Regarding the voice acting itself it’s actually pretty good and the concept itself works amazingly well. Playing the game with the same actress doing all the voices is interesting, to say the least.
So as a concept this is really interesting at least on a technical level. Having 4 heroines and 4 actresses letting you mixing up whatever you want, theoretically there are countless and countless of hours for you to enjoy by playing with all the variations (You do the math)...  but in reality after 1 time you will want to throw this game in the garbage bin and let it rot forever there where it belongs.

Final score.

Now, saying how much of a technical accomplishment something is where you can only tell by listening it would be unfair so I recorded a demonstration so everyone can judge for themselves.
Here it is, rejoice (I recommend watching it in full-screen):
If you want to read more reviews like this one check out: https://j-addicts.de/


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Speaking about Yui Horie, she did becoming PreCure at MGPC as Liko/Cure Magical. Other than that, her roles in VNs were Tsukimiya Ayu from Kanon, Ushiromiya Maria from Umineko, and Hanyu from Higurashi. While for Mamiko Noto, she did provide the voice of Cure Echo from PreCure All Star movie and Mavis from Fairy Tail, and if you want her role in VN she's Ichinose Kotomi from Clannad (And Liang if you play Baldr Force PS2 version). If you know Hirano Aya, at least Haruhi fan should know that she'd voice the titular character there. Other than Haruhi, she also voiced Lucy in Fairy Tail, Izumi Konata in Lucky Star, and Amane Misa in Death Note. For Tsuji Ayumi, her role in VN is Orihara Kozue in Chaos Head and Oda Nanami in Sono Hanabira 11 in which her voice was quite high pitched compared to Nanami's first appearence (Perhaps Ayumi did fill in while Nanami's seiyuu take a break at the time around Sono Hanabira 11 development).

Yeah, from what I did write above I would like to say that the casts is what interest me the most, especially with the name like Mamiko Noto and Yui Horie. Too bad though that there's no Sawashiro Miyuki, because otherwise the video would be more funny especially with nearing the end of the video. As for choosing the seiyuu feature, at most it's just a double edge gimmick because while it's interesting that you'd have the heroines can change the voice, it also render the heroines into blank slate as well because you couldn't associate the seiyuu with the heroine like in any other VN, and if we know the casting policy usually seiyuu did get casted based on of how well they do the performance of said character. Allowing the character to change the seiyuu would render the casting obsolete, and so the heroines itself didn't have any character. Not that it matter though, because in the end this VN was just some sort of demonstration for the seiyuu, and perhaps it should be released as freeware VN lol.

PS - As for the writer, one of his works is MLA in which his one of the writers of the VN that inspire Attack on Titan. Of course seeing that this is the VN that was intended as the demonstration for the seiyuu, I would say that Song Wing can hire some random writer who can write some cliche romance and girls archetype instead of well known writer.

Edited by littleshogun
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13 hours ago, Plk_Lesiak said:

Where did that videos voice came from? The game has some kind of blooper section? :P

I made it as a parody, sound effects and voice acting came from umineko chiru

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