Otomate can’t seem to put their cow to pasture so they pooped out another Norn9 game. Unfortunately they’re completely out of ideas and grasping for straws so what better way to do this then to use different writers and artists and just do a bootleg mashup of Last Era!? Not much of a review ahead and mostly just rambles about the game.
The game has 3 sections Memoria, Norn 9 Quest and Cantabile. In Memoria everyone decides to swap groups at random but after spending time with others they realize they miss their original set up…. And everyone runs back to their original groups. After this each guy has 3 short scenarios, one being in the after story of last era, one after the last era after story, and an au school life scenario.
- Memorable moments:
- Koharu gets knocked up by Kakeru.
- Senri and Koharu finally get engaged and everyone throws them a congratulations party and gives them the dress and tuxedo too. 😂 But still no real wedding end.
- Koharu in a box (which btw was not in the gallery)
- Mikoto gets angry at Sakuya over him reading her horoscope.
- Itsuki looks like Natsuhiko in one of his cgs:
- We still have no name for Mikoto and Natsuhiko’s child. 😑
- There’s still no route for Setsu.
- Adult Sorata is hot af.
Honestly this was the most boring section. A lot of it just felt like a rehash of what we saw in Last Era and the school scenario had barely anything memorable in it. Any kind of fun school life templates you usually think of – they didn’t even have. I can think of countless tropes/jokes/silly stuff they could have done but the writing was lazy like they didn’t even care to try to engage the reader. Overall Memoria left no memorable impressions on me.
They gotta save Sorata from some dragon. Turns out the dragon is Aine and she’s been possessed by some evil amulet which our gang destroys and turns her back to normal. Meanwhile Sorata is her BFF and Koharu can ~hear her feelings~ while she’s a dragon which is how they figure it out. In the epilogues, each girl has a 3P end (though it’s pretty much rated G lol.) Nanami’s was the best though cause she got to be in a hot spring with 3 half naked dudes 😂. Overall Norn9 quest started out ok, but once you finished one group’s stuff, the others got kinda boring. It was not as fun or interesting as the RPG adventures in say Dot Kareshi.
All the girls get shrunk into chibis and all the dudes fawn over them. I guess it was kinda novel in Last Era but now it just felt redundant and pointless (´・ω・｀). Eventually by playing some mini game you can turn the heroines back to their normal size. Some parts were cute/funny but they were repetitive – like Nanami fluffing Akito’s wolf ears in the akazukin dream sequence. The endings were really abrupt and strange for each guy too. The twist was that Setsu turned them chibi and recorded all the girls as chibis and then was raged at by Natsuhiko 😂.
The annoying part is I had to basically spam this mini game in order to get the rest of the tickets to unlock Heishi’s final CG. The Snow White apple game was trash but the Cinderella and Red Riding hood games were ok and you got like 40-50 tickets for Hard mode so I was able to get the final CG quickly. Nothing as grueling as the norn9 quests in Last Era and Var Commons.
The final set of CGs were in the short stories – which thankfully were voiced but the CGs were rather weird. They looked like the kind of thing you’d see in some mobile game cause it would be the back of Koharu’s head or her face would be partially blocked etc lol. Heishi in a dog suit was kinda cute I guess though lol.
I mean what else can I say other than there was no point to this game. Amazon Japan reviews revealed that the staff was changed which explains why some Cgs looked off but mostly why the writing was so unimpressive and dull. I wouldn’t mind the CG issues but the story was just so un-engaging. Any jokes that I found funny were just repeats from the original game. There was nothing new, and there was really no reason for the game unless you really go out of your way to make some kind of fun AU. They didn’t bother to do that, but they couldn’t figure out what else to do with these characters either. Nothing at all stands out to me about this game and I couldn’t even enjoy the route of my favorite characters. Since the Amazon reviews echo my feelings, I know it’s not just me. The game got a sad 2 stars there and it’s honestly not a surprise. I’m glad I only got the regular edition, but after this, the disappointment with Yunohana Spring and Code Realize FDs, I’m honestly starting to wonder if Otomate even tries with their FDs anymore? My expectations for the KLAP FD are kinda low now too…and I am debating between just getting the regular edition for it as well. I don’t want to convince myself that mobile industry is eating up what’s left of the console one in terms of otome games, but the constant release of this kind of quality isn’t helping me think otherwise. 😔