Wanko to Kurasou November 21, 2010Posted by coolmikeol in Games, Otaku.
Tags: Eroge, Visual Novel, Wanko to Kurasou
This is a post in progress, meaning that I will update it when I’m fully done with the game.
Wanko to Kurasou is a visual novel/eroge by Ivory and it’s the first Visual Novel that I experienced. A visual novel is an interactive story novel with visual images and also with music and human voice actors, in short it’s an electronic book with text, pictures, and sounds, but with options of following different paths in the story to different endings. If you’re wondering what a visual novel is in further detail, please refer to Wikipedia: Visual Novel. Eroge is content that is for people years 18 or older. Not all visual novels are eroges, but most have some content not appropriate for younger people.
Wanko to Kurasou is the first visual novel I ever have experienced and I got to say it was pretty good, it was also my first eroge too. The plot was fairly simple, but is no less still good for me. Plot summary from Wikipedia: Wanko to Kurasou:
“Wanko to Kurasou follows the life of Yuuichi, a college student, over several months. He teaches a cram school and lives alone. He was an orphan when young, and was adopted by an escort. He spent many years growing up in brothels, and eventually entered the industry himself. The experiences he had when maturing resulted in him becoming cold and cynical towards the themes of love and attachment.
It is set in Japan, in a world parallel to reality, with the exception being that there exist a variety of pets known as Anthropoid animals. These pets include cats, dogs and birds, though birds never make appearances in the game. They have human form and show some intelligence, though still retain much of their animal instincts, most notably the urge to mate during the Spring and Fall seasons.”
I don’t remember too much about how I found this game, but I do remember that I came across it while searching for Japanese doujin fighting games like Touhou and Melty Blood. It took me a while to set it up because Japanese regional games take more effort to work on computers outside of Japan (i.e. VP, MB, Touhou just to name a few). I also was able to get the English translated version of it. When getting started the story is a bit slow, but it does get better once you get to about 33% done. Most of the eroge scenes are at that point as well and they are mostly all clustered close to each other in terms of time-line (I’m not implying that the eroge is the reason for the better story, though it’s a plus). In this visual novel there are two routes to follow, Risa’s and Nadeshiko’s route. So far I have completed Risa’s route and have yet to follow Nadeshiko’s route (I have only 48% of the graphics unlocked with her route alone).I will probably update this post further when I obtain everything in the game.
Overall this was in my opinion a great visual novel for me to start with. The ending was quite sweet and I almost cried actually during the final sequence, because in the visual novel you get attached to the characters because you interact with them so much. At the same time I felt sort of sorry for the anthropoid animals because of the obvious abuse they could potentially receive because of their appearance as cute young girls/boys with less laws that govern their safety. When the major event happened near the end of the story, it just shocked me so much, you didn’t expect it. I found it quite amazing how the story was done to create that shock. Usually everything becomes so happy and normal, you wouldn’t expect anything to happen. The story writers probably did this to lure the reader into a false sense of expecting anything bad to happen, so that when it did it happen it would have a big effect on the player. I am glad that I played this visual novel and will definitely go back to finish it fully by going through Nadeshiko’s route. The reason why I kept most of everything vague is to no spoil anything. After I finish the other route and have 100% of the graphics I will update this post about it and will publish the spoilers too, along with some of the “safe” graphics.
I’ve always known about visual novels at least a bit before I got into Wanko to Kurasou, but never knew I could find one online. If you ever want to get this visual novel and need help in getting it, you can always send me a message and I will help you in any way I can online.
At the moment I’m watching a couple of animes that have references to visual novels, Oreimo (My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute) and The World God Only Knows. In Oreimo, Kirino plays visual novels/eroge on a normal basis, and in one of the episodes I actually learned something important about playing visual novels: use multiple save states for obtaining all graphics. I learned that too late while doing my first play-through of WtK, so I will use the saves more often when I go around to work on the other route. In “The World God Only Knows”, the main character Keima Katsuragi plays dating sims that are similar to visual novels on a normal basis. I find it weird that I’m watching these animes around the same time that I’m doing Wanko to Kurasou, well more like a coincidence.