Creature romances: kokonoe kokoro

     

Although visual novels have been around for decades, what many most know the genre for it its penchant for extremely weird, non-human on human romance. Many of the first games that non-visual novel fans will name off the đứng top of the head include the likes of Hatoful Boyfriend, which brought a human girl into an esteemed academy of pigeons. More are coming out all the time because there’s just something strangely fun about this niche. Creature Romances: Kokonoe Kokoro is another one of those games, though it’s hardly new. It actually launched in nhật bản in 2013 as a fabulously weird bit of PC freeware. A few years ago, Sekai Project revealed they would be localizing the project as well as the otome version. Along with key other projects, however, what should have been an incredibly quick release ended up taking years.

Creature Romances: Kokonoe Kokoro is now available which means it’s finally possible for English-speaking gamers khổng lồ romance an anthropomorphic grasshopper. The thing is, it appears that the only thing going for the trò chơi is its “oddball” factor. In every other way it comes across as yet another slice of life high school romance tale. Our protagonist Ichitarou is a typical high school senior, meaning he has little lớn no prospects of attending a good college và doesn’t think about his future. On the other hand, his childhood friend Kokoro (who just so happens to lớn be a humanoid grasshopper) is seriously intelligent.


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Her sights are, of course, mix on attending the prestigious Tokyo U. One day Ichitarou spontaneously decides that he too will attend Tokyo U lớn keep spending time with her. It’s a common trope, but one that can be used to lớn great effect when done well.

There is a very meager cast beyond our two main characters. Also occasionally present is Masato, another friend. He’s some sort of horrifying demonic being but also a pretty stand up guy. There’s a teacher who we barely ever see but is basically a pile of fetid flesh which would be terrifying if he did anything. Ichitarou’s sister is a tiny little bat, even though Ichitarou himself is clearly a human. Despite the visually distinctive cast, nothing about them comes across as very endearing or entertaining. 

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Closing Comments:

It is extremely difficult to recommend Creature Romances: Kokonoe Kokoro lớn anyone other than the niche of visual novel fans who devour all games with non-human romances. They’ll of course need to lớn read this one too, but no one else needs lớn worry. There’s little to be missed by not experiencing a story told thousands of times before with better characterization and drama. Here’s hoping that the otome version actually provides a better storyline instead of relying purely on absurd character kiến thiết as its selling point.