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Soreyori no Prologue part 1: Common and Haruka

Clephas

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First, for those who haven't already read it, these are my thoughts on Minori: http://forums.fuwanovel.net/index.php?/blog/46/entry-341-clephass-rave-minori-vns-and-why-i-dislike-them/

Read that if you want to know where I'm coming from when I talk about Minori, because I don't like repeating myself, unless it is to brainwash people into playing Dies Irae.

Common Route

I'm going to come out and say this... this is a typical Minori common route. It feels like every other Minori game (other than Eden*) I've played, and I came away from it as pissed off and depressed as you might expect. Self-hating protagonists are all well and good, but self-hating protagonists who hate themselves and fail utterly to learn from their mistakes are irritating as hell.

Haruka

... now if you expected me to rave and hate about Haruka's route as much as I did in the previous post about Minori, you are in for a surprise. Haruka actually managed to grab and keep my interest, and the route is actually quite excellent. I still hated the protagonist for most of the route, but because I took a night to sleep on it, I was able to look at this route for itself, rather than for being connected to the common route. First, there are a lot of things that I didn't like about this route... but Haruka is probably one of the best heroines Minori has ever produced, so it is worth noting playing a protagonist who is falling in love with her almost made it worth forgiving them. The path itself is a somewhat twisted romance... but that is to be expected. To be blunt, this protagonist is incapable of having a normal romance without screwing it up (and he still screwed it up a few times this time, as well). Nonetheless, if there was ever a Minori heroine worth having to endure this protagonist's fumbling to fall in love with, it is this one. My fondness for psychologically screwed-up heroines came to the front in my attachment to this path, if you couldn't tell.

That's enough on Haruka, moving on to Mayura's route, then Touwa's (to be honest, I don't really care about either, since I'm wishing Haruka's was the true route now).



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