Otome Game Review: Starry☆Sky ~In Spring~
Thanks to a blog reader I was able to get this game. I didn’t know what to expect going in, (I always go into these things pretty blindly lol) but I was fangasmic when I found out Ono Daisuke, Midorikawa Hikaru and Sugita Tomokazu were the voices of the 3 dudes you can get with in the game. *________* God my dreams come true seiyuu in an otome game lmao xDDDDD
Anyway the story is about Tsukiko who is the first girl to enroll in an all boys school. The school was male only but it’s not so bad for Tsukiko because she has 2 childhood friend bishies Suzuya and Kanata, who protect her from all the lusting mans. The school they attend seems to be some kind of astronomy related high school because they often go out and watch the stars and one of the rooms has a massive telescope. All the Starry Sky games appear to be an ongoing series for every season. So far Spring and Summer have been released. I think the catch of these games is the fact that you got really FAMOUS male seiyuus voicing the guys xDDD Oh well that’s the best part anyway!
Nanami Kanata – I got really confused about Kanata’s name because when I played love drops, Kanata was the name of the FEMALE lead. However here he was the male lead. Kanata was voiced by Sugita Tomokazu which is why he was first on my to play list. I was disappointed to hear that his voice acting wasn’t like Wakatsuki sensei from LoveRevo or Kyon from Haruhi, but more of this sort of oranyan tsundere teenage boy voice lol. I guess it fit the character well but it wasn’t like the sexay voice I was hoping to hear (at least not until the 5 years later epilogue.) Kanata has some kind of disease too so he often ends up passing out, or sleeping and skipping classes. He’s also a crybaby since long ago but he tries to be all tough and stuff and hide it haha.
The thing is since he’s a tsunderella, he takes pride in “protecting” Tsukiko from all the lusting guys in the school who are after her. He often gets into fights which are really bad for his health. In addition he refuses to go to the hospital and when anyone mentions it (especially Suzuya who is really worried about him) and gets pissed off. To make things worse for himself, when Yo transfers into their school, this puts more pressure on him because he’s obviously jealous and afraid that Tsukiko will be taken. Eventually when Yo has to leave back to France, he tells Kanata to confess to Tsukiko as a “rival”. Kanata does so, but Tsukiko apparently is a stupid bitch who emos like an idiot for a while until eventually she realizes she likes Kanata too =_=; In the epilogue, Yo comes back and along with Suzuya are best mans at Kanata and Tsukiko’s wedding.
Tomoe Yoh – Yoh is a half French half Japanese dude. I dunno if this was intentional but the way they drew his eyes makes it look like he’s high 90% of the time Tsukiko was his first friend because she didn’t make fun of him for being a gaijin when he was a shota. He’s since been in France, but he asked his parents if he could spend some time with her by going to Japan and transferring to her school. Apparently his dad was waiting to start on an astronomy project thing in America so until that was decided Yoh would be going to Tsukiko’s school. So technically yes he is also her childhood friend. At first Yoh basically just wants her all to himself and he constantly fights with Kanata about it.
Later on Yoh realizes the importance of having friends and becomes part of their little group. He’s the first one to admit his feelings to Tsukiko, and in general he’s pretty straight forward (which is a really positive aspect about him xDD) Later on he tells her his feelings again and asks her to answer him after it’s been decided that he’s going back to France at the end of May. Unlike in Kanata’s route, Tsukiko immediately decides that she likes him and ends up being his girlfriend. What gives! Poor Kanata T_T; Yoh’s leaving was sad the first time but since the game follows basically the same “story”, I wasn’t on the verge of tears like I was in Kanata’s route. 5 years pass and in the epilogue Tsukiko now marries Yoh. Meh, Yoh was a little too clingy for me and while I do like Midorikawa Hikaru as a seiyuu, I don’t like his “innocent french bishie” voice. I prefer his roles when he sounds like Tamahome or Zelgadis xD
Touzuki Suzuya – So while Kanata didn’t sound like Kyon, Suzuya definitely sounded like Itsuki. He also brought me flashbacks to Air because he sounded like Yukito at some parts. Anyway Suzuya acts like the “guardian mom” of everyone because he always breaks up Yoh and Kanata’s fights, and he always makes everyone delicious lunches. He even borrows the cafeteria to cook stuff for Tsukiko sometimes. (All the grannies there love him too xDDD) Suzuya always plays the role of the gentle childhood friend, but in actuality he’s madly in love with Tsukiko and has been pretty much hiding it for a really long time while raging with jealousy on the inside – being a Cancer and all.
So when Yoh comes into the picture Suzuya tells Tsukiko he feels like their little family is “broken” but in actuality he’s just jealous that she will be taken by another guy. He can’t stand it so he tells her his feelings. But yea Tsukiko’s a fucking retard, even more so than in Kanata’s route and goes all like “SORRY I DON’T KNOW IF I LIKE YOU AS A LOVER OR CHILDHOOFRIEND LOL BYE” So then Suzuya avoids her for the next few days and she gets all emo and then like trips and falls on her stupid ass. She’s all like BAWW SUZUYA HALP and of course Suzuya comes running to help her. Then she’s all like ok I guess I like you cause I’m a helpless retard otherwise So once they start going out for real, he admits that he’s insanely jealous and he gives yandere looks to both Yoh and Kanata and if they ever touch his woman there will be no life left for them. xD; Scary lmao. The epilogue is the same, they get married but geez what a lame CG. All you see is her hand! Also I noticed in all the wedding CGs, everyone in the background is a DUDE. What is this a harem wedding?
Man if you think the kiss scenes in Love Revo were lame, this takes the cake of the lamest kissing scenes since like…Clannad. It’s that stupid CG where you see the guy’s face in front of you, then he closes his eyes and puckers up. Aw come on, what the hell do you want me to do kiss my computer monitor? The other thing is, Tsukiko is like one of those eroge heroes – she has no face. It’s always blocked in some way and that also explains why the kissing scenes are lame. I dunno maybe in eroges this works for guys, but when I play otome games I don’t imagine “myself” to be the heroine. I just maybe “relate” to the heroine’s feelings but I still consider her the “character I want to pair up with guy a b or c”. Because of this basically the girl had little to no personality so it was almost literally like a reverse dating sim. I guess some people like that but that really bugged me about this game. The other thing is in the flashbacks, all the guys still..had the same actors. Couldn’t they either do it with no voice or use some females or use a voice pitch changer? XD It sounded really weird.
There were lots of positives though. The cutouts for all the characters were very impressive. The CGs were very….lively. I can’t explain it well but a lot of times in VNs the CG feels practically static, but some of the CGs here felt like almost an anime screencap taken out of some kind of fun scene. Also when you went back to look @ CG mode, you could hear the comments from the scene being said by the character. This is kinda cool because it’s like doing the scene mode….but not! XD Also all the Engrish in the game backgrounds made me LOL, I was tempted to submit it to Engrish.com The other interesting thing is the game went in a flowing story pattern. Basically all the events were the same between the guys and basically depending on your choice you’d have a “separate scene” with each one. The downside of this was that basically all the guys had to compete over the girl…so when you picked one, it was pretty sad to see the others all sad and stuff ^^;
Otherwise it was a cute short game. I was able to start and finish the entire thing this weekend. Will play and review the summer one next.