This one’s gonna be about my impressions on Kiss to Maou, Yumina FD and Shapeshifter. Finished Sarasa’s route and currently in Lyce’s in Kiss to Maou, finished Yumina FD, AND completed both Nhatya’s and Ahes’ routes!
And when I say the lamest Maou ever, he totally is. Sheesh. Kiss to Maou to Darjeeling is Marmalade’s latest offering, and it’s got the most uninteresting typical harem lead there is. Basically the whole game’s about the lead (who is so dull that I already forgot his name) who decides to take a rest in an underground coffin only to wake up, go back to his dormitory room, find out that the student council president’s waiting for him there, calls him “Maou”, and promptly stabs him later when he refuses to believe her. Yeah, it’s just one of those days, it can happen to anyone.
Don’t try to make sense of the plot, because I sure as hell didn’t. First and foremost is that this is a character game, much like Lyrical Lyric, so unless you like the gorgeous ladies (or the trap), don’t bother picking up Kiss to Maou. The “Maou” element in the story is pretty much a convenient plot device, much like Lyrical Lyric’s “Tuner” concept; and much like the “Tuner” concept, the “Maou” concept barely gets used in an interesting manner. Which was too bad because I expected more from the whole thing, seeing as it’s about a MAOU and all: see the Maous of Eushully’s games, now those dudes don’t fuck around. Well, they do, in order to gain mana mostly BUT THAT’S NOT THE POINT THE POINT IS Kiss to Maou fails the Maou aspect too, so if you were intrigued by that, then know early on that this game hardly makes use of the Maou thing to its full potential – or, for that matter, barely any potential at all.
But hey, if you want some sweet fuckans with some gorgeous heroines, then Kiss to Maou delivers! Somewhat. While the sexy action’s all got nice CG working out for them, some of the CGs are pretty lazy.
Next is Yumina’s fandisc, Yumina FD -ForeverDreams-. There’s not really much to it. Did you wish you could enjoy the company of those goofy classmate in Yumina via more events and? Then you get more events! Wanted to put them in your party too? There you go! Want some new interesting and delishuz chaarcters? No problem? Want these characters in your party too? FUCK OFF! Which is a damn shame, because I know I’d like to see more of Rumine, Eru and Lily, really…
Chapter 1 might just be all about the election rematch, but once that’s done, get your butt ready for GRINDANS, GRINDANS, GRINDANS AND MORE DUNGEON GRINDANS in Chapter 3 onwards. Did you really think that just because its a fandisc, that this one would take up less time? HA! Still grindtastic like the original! And just like Yumina, the events with the various characters had me laughing pretty hard. GO DO-M NO AYUMU! And the Graham Aker reference, among other things, is awesome.
Lastly, Shapeshifter. The progression for Shapeshifter is similar to Owarinaki Natsu, in that you follow a common route (with subtle dialogue differences depending on which options you choose) up to an event, after which you follow your chosen heroine’s route up to her ending. You’ve got around 5 to 7 chapters for the common route, I forgot exactly, but they didn’t seem that long to me. Then again Itsusora didn’t seem that long to me either when I was going after my beloved San-nee back then, so…your mileage will definitely vary. The plot for Shapeshifter isn’t as dramatic or melancholy as Owarinaki Natsu was, though it contains more humor and definitely tons more action. Me, I liked seeing the action as well as the love comedy; thanks to phi-age’s cinematic presentation, the action easily comes to life unlike in other eroges. Plus, hey, it’s bishoujos with weapons, what else could make me happier?
All the characters are pretty likable, and I know that I went nuts with Nhatya just from what I’ve seen of her in the two trials that phi-age released back then, but maaaaan. I wasn’t expecting Ahes to be that…that…moe. She is just way too awesome; her weapons, her clothes, and more particularly her attitudes and behavior. WAIFU 発見! Plus, her seiyuu is the same one who voiced Ai in Owarinaki Natsu, and hearing her voice a kuudere is hilarious (as she voiced a tsundere in Owarinaki Natsu) as well as downright ridiculously irresistibly adorable! Of course, it’s a given that I still have dibs on Nhatya!
Next on the list: Kagura Gakuenki, Seirei Tenshou and Yunibaru! Till next time, SARABA AND ADIEU!