Mmmm. Those are some nice child-bearing hips. OH SHIT I ME-
I couldn’t take the somewhat slow pace and out-of-character feel that Miyabi’s route was giving off anymore, so I decided to go with Kusumi and her route instead seeing as Kusumi’s my favorite character in Prima Stella. From a rather lackluster start, it quickly progressed into a somewhat entertaining series of events (the somewhat’s to be explained later) that involves Kusumi and her family’s company. And I have to say, I REGRET NOTHING!
Like the rest of the routes, Kusumi’s route starts off with Kousuke enjoying his remaining days in Etoile with the four girls, with emphasis on the girl whose route he’s in – in this case, Kusumi. After they decide to go on a trip with just the two of them, enter the eventual kokuhaku scene followed by some action. Then you get to hear the news about Kusumi’s family and their company, which is the main tension of her route. I also got introduced to a jerk with whom Kousuke gets to to contend with, and later beats the fuck up. I have to say, that scene was pretty satisfying.
Now, I said somewhat entertaining earlier because I seriously meant it. For all it’s worth, while the matter of drama was different from Tomoe’s, their structure, pacing and presentation was not. You get one chapter showing the kokuhaku scene and what happens after, and the next chapter is dedicated to the trouble that looms just in the horizon. After that comes the eventual faceoff, and then the next chapter is dedicated to the resolution and the ending. Even their pacing is rather similar! Not completely identical, but it’s enough to give you a recurring sense of deja vu. It’s certainly made me pause and wonder where I’ve seen it before…after which I end up putting the game on Auto mode and blitzing through the dialogue that follows.
Not to diss on Atelier Kaguya Berkshire Yorkshire here (FUCK THAT LONG NAME) as it’s understandably their first attempt at making a pure love kind of title that doesn’t involve sex with each of the heroines repeatedly with every option/event, but for some reason it just doesn’t sit well with me. The drama’s a nice addition and all, and it helps to serve as a focal point to keep people looking away from the sex as well as prove a point that this studio’s not all about the fucking, though I can’t help but get the impression that all this story and events are just buildups for the sex scenes in each of the girl’s routes. Sometimes they don’t even need an excuse! Just put Kousuke and the heroine whose route he’s on into an empty place, and watch them go at it. Thrice.
If there’s one thing that Atelier Kaguya’s good at, though, it’s their eroscenes. Having dramatic buildup moments before said eroscenes make them all the more enjoyable! That and the variety of it all…god damn. They really know how to make steamy, raunchy ero scenes. It’s like they have fucking Ph Ds for it!