[Visual Novel Mini Review]: Sharin no Kuni, Yuukyuu no Shounenshoujo

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 Rating – R18

Developer – Akabei Soft2

Translator – TLWiki

Length – 10-30 Hours

[Quick Note: You may be wondering what a Mini-Review is. So am I, but I won’t let that stop me from writing one. Jokes aside though Mini-Reviews are for when I have already reviewed one or more aspects of a game or series, or for if I think a full review would be counter-productive.]

 The above title (no, I’m not writing it out every single time…) is a fandisk for Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo. Rather than being just one story, it is split into 6 separate tales. As the characters, art style, soundtrack and setting are all pretty similar, if not the same, as the original I don’t feel that this visual novel deserves a full review – so instead I will give a quick summary of my thoughts on each route.

The first story, and for many the only reason for reading the fandisk, is all about the “villain” of the original Sharin no Kuni: Masaomi Houzuki. It’s not very often that you get to see the events that made the antagonist into who they are, and even less common to experience them in this detail. While not nearly as long as the original game, I was more than happy with the length of Houzuki’s history – I was never bored, despite the similarity to the original story, and I didn’t feel that the tale overstayed its welcome. My only complaint is that you know exactly what the plot twist will be right from the get-go (if you’ve played the original and have more than one brain cell, that is). There are very few, if any, surprises in this first story.

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 You may be happy to hear that the next 4 episodes are extended epilogues for each heroine from the original game. Some of you may remember that one of the only complaints I had about Himawari no Shoujo was that the epilogues for each heroine were too short, but these ones are simply too long. They’re just really, really drawn out, with nothing at all happening for long stretches at a time. Natsumi’s route was probably the most enjoyable, with a reasonable premise that didn’t bore me too much, and Ririko’s was by far the worst with there being no discernible purpose to the story at all. I came out of the first game liking Ririko quite a bit, and that opinion was complete reversed by her story in Yuukyuu no Shounenshoujo. Touka and Sachi’s routes were both very meh, and I don’t have much to say about them beyond the general comments I made earlier (though I should probablt point out that Sachi’s route is more or less a rehash of what happens in the original).

 The final portion of the novel is only unlocked after playing the first 5, and stars a character from the first game that you may struggle to remember: Eri Nagumo. [Minor Spoilers]: She’s the girl that Houzuki murders for being late to the Special High Class Individual exam…by about 5 minutes. [/Minor Spoilers]

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While it was short, I quite liked Eri’s route – it’s certainly a novel concept to even include, and it was pulled off well. After playing it I was able to better appreciate her role in the original novel, and even cared about what happened to her despite the relatively small amount of contact time.

 Summary – Overall I would definitely recommend Yuukyuu no Shounenshoujo, assuming you liked Himawari no Shoujo (and who wouldn’t, really?), even if you only play Houzuki’s route. While the 4 extended epilogues are dry and uninteresting for the most part, especially when compared to the quality of the first game, the first and last routes are both of high quality in concept and execution.

 Score:

Houzuki and Eri routes only: 8/10 – Good

Other routes: 6/10 – Average

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For those of you that are interested in this fandisk, here’s the opening sequence for your viewing pleasure.

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About Silvachief

I'm a Gamer that dabbles in a little bit of everything. I'm big on Video Games, Visual Novels, Anime, Books and TV Series, but there's more to me than just those!
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2 Responses to [Visual Novel Mini Review]: Sharin no Kuni, Yuukyuu no Shounenshoujo

  1. Kai says:

    A pretty good fandisk, showing and exposing the lesser known characters. Both Houzuki and Eri’s routes are spectacular, I had some difficulty too trying to remember who Eri was (in fact, had to google) but the exposure does make one empathize with Eri. It was hard to say this if you only just played the original Sharin no Kuni, but indeed – Eri is a likable character.

    The epilogues of the heroine’s routes are more like just an extension of what is shown in the original’s, and a bit too long indeed. I had to fast forward for some moments, I actually find the pace of the original’s epilogue’s endings more comfortable even.

    • Silvachief says:

      Given a choice between the extended epilogues and the short ones…i’m not sure which I would choose. The fan disk episodes are obviously too long for the original game, but they give you a bit more closure. Apart from Natsumi’s epilogue the ones in the first game didn’t make trying to get all of the endings worthwhile in my opinion, especially since there are essentially no changes to the rest of the game regardless of which route you take.

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