[INNOCENT GREY] FLOWERS —LE VOLUME SUR ÉTÉ— 夏篇 Playthrough

The last thing I’d expect was for the Summer Volume to make me watch a clip from The Dark Knight Rises and hear that ridiculous, grating raspy voice and the surreal levels of Gary Stu idiocy being shoved in my face, but what can you do?

The Summer Volume/Natsu-hen is quite similar to the Spring one in terms of its mechanics, but I have to say that Erika is a much more engaging protagonist than Suou was.  We’re now privy to Erika’s thoughts, and it’s fun seeing her referring to certain people disparagingly in her mind.

The Summer Volume tries its very best to avoid spoilers for the mini mysteries in the Spring Volume, but inevitably, they kinda had to mention the protagonist’s name.  But other than that, Erika references past deduction games vaguely without giving anything away.  Still, since it’s a direct sequel and picks up pretty much right after the end of the Spring Volume, it’s recommended that you play through that first, Even if I personally found the Spring Volume ridiculous and completely infuriating.

So we’re thrust in the thick of things as Erika watches Chidori (a professional singer and actor) perform the ballet version of The Sleeping Beauty on stage in the principal role of Aurora.  Erika’s overcome with affection and admiration toward Chidori and the passion she conveys on stage.  But at the same time, envy and frustration well up inside her as she considers her own inability to walk, much less dance.

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[Innocent Grey] FLOWERS -Le volume sur été- (Preview)

Forewarning: I know I’ll ragequit this VN at some point (again), but nevertheless, here I am.  It’s a smart tactic they’re going with.  Making me wait a year so the absolute hatred I had for the spring volume subsides majorly.  Also, spoilers abound.  So continue at your own peril.

So the second installment of Flowers (Summer Volume) is coming out on April 17th.  And I’m getting sucked in again because a) the artwork is still ridiculously gorgeous, and b) Erika is starring in this volume as the protagonist (?!?!?!).

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[Innocent Grey] Flowers Visual Novel Review

So okay.  I haven’t played the game through 100% (I almost never do with any game) but I finished Kousaka Mayuri’s route, and I think I’m more or less qualified to write a review for this game now.

– This is a spoiler-free review; a ranty password-protected post will later follow with spoilers abound –

From the makers of Kara no Shoujo, I think Flowers was pretty highly anticipated.  I’m not sure what I expected from the game exactly, but I know it definitely wasn’t this.

Overall?  I’m pretty disappointed in the game.

Think of Flowers as like a gourmet dish that’s garnished beautifully and put on display.

And you’re salivating over it and anticipating the melt-in-your-mouth savoury, tantalising, delectable goodness, and when you put it in your mouth, it tastes really fucking bland.

That’s the best way I can describe this game.

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EFFING HELL

Cockblocked cliterference by FRIGGIN RIKKA.

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Words.

UGH.

Mayuri’s backstory is kinda weird.

Sorry to everyone who doesn’t want to see this liveblogging-esque crap.  I’ve gotten too used to tumblr.

Oh my god…

I am seriously in love.

She’s all teasing and assertive and playful and blushing and everything and cool and awesome and oh my god lookit her hair!

Ugh.

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Why does she exist if there is no route for her?!  (屮゜Д゜)屮??!

Oh my GOD and she totally pseudo-kissed Suou too, and I can’t look at the bloody CG again until I finish one of the routes.  orz orz orz orz

OH My gOD YUZURIHA IS SUCH A DORK.

Yuzuriha: Oh, fancy meeting you here, Suou-kun.

[Blows air into Suou’s ear]

Suou: Eep!

Yuzuriha: Oh, did I startle you?  ^^

Suou: If you suddenly blow air into someone’s ear, anyone would be startled!  Um… I was thinking this earlier too, but can’t you just call out to people normally?

Yuzuriha: Oh, well, then ‘normally’ — Oh hey!  Suou-kun, you’re smokin’ today as usual! :D

Yuzuriha: I could greet you like that instead… but it’d be impossible to tell it’s me just from that alone.

Suou: It’s incredibly obvious who you are even if people saw you from the back — your beautiful silver hair is a dead giveaway.

Yuzuriha: ( `///`) Um… uh… this is embarrassing for me.  People rarely compliment me or make a pass at me.  ( `///`) <3

Suou: =__=… …

Yuzuriha: Suou-kun, if you wish, next time I could dance and glide in as I make my entrance.  And go, “Oh, Milady!  Won’t you allow me the pleasure of this dance?”

Suou: I can’t dance at all!  In that case I’d just end up stepping on your toes, you know.

Yuzuriha: That’s totally fine.  :D  [laughter]

I can’t handle this.

SHE IS SO STUPID AND DORKY.

… AND INCREDIBLY SUAVE AND GORGEOUS AT THE SAME TIME.

I CAN’T HANDLE THIS.

P.S.  Eh… Rikka seems especially super pushy, bossy, and unintentionally emotionally manipulative/guilt trippy to me in recent scenes.  You know who she reminds me of.  SHE REMINDS ME OF TAMAO FROM SP!.  “Oh noes Nagisa you’re sad??  BE HAPPY!!! I LIKE IT WHEN YOU SMILE!!!”  God I can’t take that crap for shit.  I don’t think there’s anything I hate more than people who purport to care about you but can’t get their heads out of their asses long enough to consider other people’s feelings for even half a second.

YATSUSHIRO YUZURIHA why isn’t there a route for you?!

Oh my GOD I’m dying dying dying dying. DEAD.

STOP TEASING ME LIKE THIS.

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I NEED

 

MY YUZURIHA ROUTE

NAO.

GAP MOE???

SUOU BEING THE ASSERTIVE ONE OBLIVIOUSLY AND UNINTENTIONALLY???

There is a reason why Mizusawa Kei (a.k.a. Kawashima Rino) is the queen of eroge with a gazillion titles under her belt.  COOLEST. SEIYUU. EVER… please do more non-eroge stuff.  ;w;

I AM OFFICIALLY DEAD.  OH MY GOD.  PLEASE KILL ME.

If I were rich, I would make a yuri VN with all these super cool badass characters with routes, and they would be voiced by Mizusawa Kei, Tanaka Atsuko, Yukana (Hyouka), Orikasa Ai, Hidaka Noriko, Inoue Kikuko (deep sexy voice… not the archetypical one), Horie Yui (Penguindrum), SAWASHIRO MIYUKI, Saiga Mitsuki (oh. my. god.), Fukuen Misato, hell, even Nazuka Kaori (KAMPFER SHIZUKU VOICE i’M DEAD), Kugimiya Rie (Vampire Bund), Itou Shizuka (holy shit her deep voice we’re talking To Aru Majutsu no Index Kanzaki godliness here), Nabatame Hitomi (SP! here I come), KitaEri (Shirokoi), well BASICALLY EVERYONE HOT.