Our heroine Yamada Oscar was given a weeb name by her otaku (and famous actress) mom whose favorite shoujo manga was Rose of Versailles. 😂 Like her mom, she’s also a huge otaku, but she likes a manga called RomaKoi where her favorite dude is Hikaru-sama who she has plastered all over her bedroom. She goes to a famous acting school but there’s a caste system where you have both the rich and the “normal” students attending. Needless to say there’s a huge divide between the two. Because Oscar is great at remembering lines after only reading them once, she gets scouted to join a newly formed acting club called Lumiere. Lumiere was formed by Maki Nozomi, a former member of another theatre group called Soleil. The teacher who leads Soleil, keeps trying to sabotage Lumiere so it’s up to Oscar, and Lumiere to ward off the attempts and win the upcoming acting competition to prove they are a real club who can stand out on their own.
I bought this game because it had surprisingly high reviews BUT I guess I am on the side of the few non-high reviews in there because all the flaws mentioned in the bad reviews stuck out like a sore thumb to me. The game basically suffers from the Norn9 syndrome of too many characters and because they are not all fully fleshed out it felt like an unfinished game to me. Anyway more on this in my final thoughts, first the summary which WILL contain spoilers so if you do plan to play the game as some point I suggest skipping it. But in some way, maybe getting spoiled in advance might game strangely more interesting to play 🤔 lol. The story takes place in the future where the entire country is very technologically advanced. Everyone wears these special bracelets that do basic things like help them heal mentally and physically and are basically an identity that’s connected to a huge government information system for every identifiable person. Think of Social Security Numbers but futuristic & digital (～￣∇)～. Our heroine Sena Hiyori is attending school with her childhood friend and hears word of these “Other World Program” which everyone watches and everyone talks about VR games that feel incredibly realistic. All of a sudden Hiyori finds herself sucked into a VR game by a stranger with a mask on. Not realizing it’s VR she thinks she’s been abducted to a different world, and the world has 1 rule: You must act in a drama and read the given lines or else face a penalty. The penalty varies from taking away your arm, your voice, to taking away your memories. If your drama points fall into the negative, you will face death. Paired with her childhood friend and 8 other guys, Hiyori must act out all the dramas, no matter how gruesome the script is.
Akagami Mashiro climbed & fell off a pomegranate tree when she was younger but miraculously awakened. Now many years later, she’s attending university while she works part time job at an ice cream store. She goes to a mirror exhibit at a museum with her friend Ataru and the mirror on the wall talks to her bringing her to an “Insanity World” filled with various mirrors. The voice in the mirror then says that Mashiro is the “Snow White” who has to save one of her “dwarves” and based on the mirror she chooses, it will decide who the one being saved will be. Nonsensical intro because the truth is in the spoilers so skip those and jump to my final thoughts if you don’t want to see!
Sakurai Nana is a farm girl from Hokkaido who transfers to Hounan high school in order to join the Stride team. She got inspired after seeing some youtube video called “best stride ever.mp4” (which btw on real youtube has nothing to do with this game). After transferring, she finds out the club’s inactive due to loss of members, because of some violence incident. Nana is determined to get the club running, so she helps recruit 2 more members and the 5 man stride team + relay-tioner Nana is complete. A “relay-tioner” role is that of someone who guides the striders during their runs so they can meet up with tag their other team members. The stride relay race takes place in various locations such as cities and even amusement parks, and they basically run parkour style throughout, jumping over various obstacles such as fences, cats, and elderly grandmothers to reach the goal. Aside from being their guide, Nana also gives them magical otome powers in order to GIVE THEM THE COURAGE TO BE THE VERY BEST.