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[LiLiM DARKNESS] TRUE BLUE Visual Novel Review (NSFW)


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TRUE BLUE is an eroge visual novel developed by LiLiM DARKNESS and released on September 13, 2002 before having its OVA hentai adaptation on Feb 25, 2005. The visual novel is about a boy named Akito Kurusu who is a second year student at Mikage Academy. He's close friends with a girl named Aoi Kanzaki who is in the same year as him and the school idol of Mikage Academy, being referred to as Miss Mikage. However, there's a secret organization that is targeting Aoi, and they are setting up contestants on who can train her on becoming a successful sex slave to be sold in their auction. There are a total of seven contestants that the organization selected to train Aoi which are Masanobu Fukui, Mitsuteru Kanda, Fuyuki Kurusu, Sakurako Midori, Ryuichi Saeki, Saria Shinjou, Yuuichirou Shouda and the main protagonist Akito Kurusu. All of them including Akito have their own endings on what they do to Aoi and they are obtained based on the choices you make.

r/eroge - Aoi: "— Hey, Akito!"

Aoi: "— Hey, Akito!"

The story of TRUE BLUE starts out in a dream of Akito's where he sees a naked girl having sex with a man as she is being sold in an auction. When he wakes up, the story goes on relatively simple as it introduces all of the featured characters on who and what they are. Afterwards, late at night, Akito met a man that he once saw in his dreams who is associated with the secret organization that runs the auction. The man stated that Aoi has been chosen by the organization as their next item to be sold in their auction and they want the contestants they selected, including Akito, to train Aoi on becoming a sex slave before they sell her. The man also warned Akito not to inform the police about this because the people who work for the organization are carefully observing their contestants. Learning all of this, Akito vouches to protect Aoi from this conspiracy.

r/eroge - Person in Charge: "Your friend Aoi Kanzaki has been selected as an item for the next auction"

Person in Charge: "Your friend Aoi Kanzaki has been selected as an item for the next auction"

A great chunk of the plot in TRUE BLUE revolves around these mundane slice of life moments such as Akito and Aoi walking to school together and what the relationships between the different characters are like. Some of them I personally find to be filler content such as Aoi preying on Akito's side dishes during lunch periods or Aoi planning on some mischievous tactics to wake up Akito out of bed. However, there are some moments where the story gets really compelling such as  Akito and Fuyuki saving Aoi who got kidnapped by Shouda.  Unfortunately, exciting moments like these make up the minority of the entire plot.

r/eroge - Aoi: "It's been hot and humid lately"

Aoi: "It's been hot and humid lately"

Being an eroge, you can easily tell that this is packed with H-scenes. For the most part, the dialogue from these H-scenes don't play an essential role to the main plot. Its more just filler content. And don't expect them to be short so if you're playing this just for the main plot, the Ctrl button will be your best friend. One thing to note is that most of the H-scenes consist of netorare (NTR) which I'm sure most of you would find it distasteful. Depending on the choices you make, Aoi will end up getting molested by other people who conspired with the secret organization. Of course, it is possible to avoid them if you pick the right choices. However, one thing I find unique about this game is that some of the choices gives the reader the option to make the main character; Akito observe Aoi from a distance as she engages in these sexual activities by other people. Basically, the game gives you the option to act like a complete cuck which I didn't even know was a thing.

r/eroge - Aoi: "Noooo!!"

Aoi: "Noooo!!"

In terms of the technical features for the visual novel, one thing that I personally did not like is that it didn't have that typical U.I. box that is usually displayed on the bottom as you read. Instead, the texts were displayed throughout the entire screen of the game, overlapping the character sprites, background and CGs which I'm not really a fan of. You could just tap the shift button to remove the text and get a better view of the art, but this is not something I'm use to based on the other visual novels I've read. The game also doesn't give you an option to read a backlog which seems inconvenient in case you missed some dialogue that you accidently skipped. In terms of the voices for the characters, they were fine but one thing that stood out was that there were some instances where their voices are not being heard when dialogue shows up that corresponds to what the characters were saying. This mostly happens after a transition takes place in the visual novel. I don't know if this was intentional by the developers or it could be just a glitch/error in the program since this game is pretty old. Either way, it's so annoying.

r/eroge - Sakurako: "Good morning, senpai!"

Sakurako: "Good morning, senpai!"

As mentioned before, there's a lot of content related to NTR which is generally looked down upon, so it goes without saying, TRUE BLUE is not for everyone. While most people don't like it, I find it very compelling because it makes me want to yearn for the main character a lot more. It makes me want to find out what happens next. Without NTR, the plot wouldn't be as edgy, but that's just my opinion and you're more than welcome to disagree. Of course there are so many other ways to make an edgy plot, but this is an eroge after all. Personally, I believe that NTR is more than just sex and if done right, it can provide a very compelling and edgy story.

r/eroge - [LiLiM DARKNESS] TRUE BLUE Visual Novel Review

I want to thank my good Peruvian friend u/Mitsubachi_Honey_Bee from reddit who brought up this visual novel to me in the chat. I find it sad that the hentai adaptations from these eroge visual novels only give an oversimplified plot. In any case, someone has to spread the word about these visual novels before they end up getting lost in the past.

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