Visual Novel (P)Review: Hoka no Onna no Ko to H o Shiteiru Ore o Mite Koufun Suru Kanojo

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Introduction


My reviews won’t get any weirder than this, so while I’ll try to not laugh writing, I hope you can enjoy reading. Let’s start off with a small detour about what “nukige” are and why I think “eroge” is a misleading term.

“Eroge” are basically “visual novels” (the stuff with a few pretty static pictures accompanied by walls of text telling a (more or less) complex story) that contain sexual content. Now, I don’t know what you’d associate with this kind of definition, but to me it sounds like porn. Yet, if you’re playing an eroge to, frankly put, rub one out, you’ll be hugely disappointed. Depending on the particular game, you’ll likely have to click yourself through hours of text. Most eroge are closer to what you’d depict as a “dating sim.” And usually a good relationship contains sex. However, when an eroge contains 1-5% of erotic content and 95% of story/drama, then it’s pretty far from porn.

“Nukige” are a subcategory of “eroge” (which is a subcategory of “visual novels,” derp). “nuku” (抜く) is Japanese for “rubbing one out” (that’s not its primary meaning, though) and “nuki” is the nominalized form of it. “Ge” is short for “geemu,” which means “game,” of course. In these games, there’s a high amount of sexual content, which is rather deserving of the term “eroge.” With high amount I mean something roundabout 30-60%. So even here you’ll have to click yourself through lots and lots of text. They tend to be overall shorter, though.

Anyway, browsing through vndb by categories, I found a genre called “Reversed NTR” which I didn’t know existed and found interesting (it seems to be very niche for some reason, though). And so I tried one of its representatives, which leads us to this review.

Who Would Like this Game?


There’s little all too original H content and the leading roles in this game are hardly believable. You’ll basically have like when girls take turns with the guy and not want drama. Don’t get me wrong, there’s lots of wanna-be drama in this game, but if you’ve still got more or less 50% of your brain working, you’ll soon understand that there practically is no drama. It’s just them being weird. There are also no bad ends and hardly any choices.

For: It’s not true NTR, simply girls taking turns. No bad ends.

Difficulty


Considering this is a nukige made by Japanese for Japanese, it’s weirdly easy to understand. Of course there’s a bunch of kanji and vocabulary you don’t see every day and might not know, but they’re irrelevant to understand what’s going on. You’ll need your ecchi vocabulary at hand, though (surprise).

Difficulty 4/10

Translation Where?


With all due respect, no.

Translation: Nope.

Visuals


Probably the best-done CG in the game.
Probably the most well-done CG in the game.

I’ve little sense for art, I fear, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. There’s a bunch of things I can guarantee you, though: they recycle art lots. The sprites within normal conversations are few and not animated. Its native resolution is 720p, I think. The worst thing’s probably the font. It’s small and, due to its format, hard to read. Not unreadable, just hard to read. Many games do better in this regard. The CGs are, in my humble opinion, 90% plain boring. There’s a bunch of 3D animated stuff too, although it looks like flash-animated distortions for the most part. Altogether, it leaves the impression of a budget game.

Conclusion


Normal game situation.
Normal game situation.

What’s NTR? NTR stands for “netorare” which means (dictionary definition hooray) “to steal another’s spouse; to steal another’s lover.” I didn’t know what but there are apparently different types of NTR. Well, I did know that not every NTR’s the same, but I didn’t think weebs care enough to differ. The standard one’s probably that the protagonist is all lovey-dovey with his girlfriend or close-enough-to-almost-confess-friend and some random dude(s) come(s) and steal(s) her from him, he gets to know about it and gets the weirdest boner.

Now “Reverse NTR” should be the reversed version of that. So lovey-dovey couple where dude gets seduced by other girl and girlfriend gets the weirdest… whatever-you-call-it from it. This leads us to our first question:

Is it “Reverse NTR?” And the answer’s simple: no. Stuff basically goes like this: a girl sleeps with the guy while she watches, suffers, but nonetheless gets turned on by it, and then the girl leaves and it’s girlfriend’s turn to do the same. All the while the guy tells the girl that he’s only doing it with her for girlfriend’s sake and, as soon as they’re done, to gtfo. Great “Reverse NTR,” really.

What about the drama? There’s drama. Especially in the beginning when the girlfriend thinks she’s weird (quite frankly, she is, but so what?) and the guy acts like he’s vagina-phobic. Seriously, she tells him to bang another (of course hot (hooray 2D world)) girl in front of her and he’s making a face as if she told him to get gangbanged by half a dozen of wrestlers. Normal reaction: “Well, if you’re absolutely sure you don’t mind, or rather, if you think it’ll turn you on, then I’m okay with it as long as she’s not fugly.” But not with him, oh no, Sir. The remaining drama consists of him acting as if sleeping with another hawt girl is torture and punishment and freak out doing it. I hate his guts, really. The scenario writer’s a retard.

What about the story? There’s hardly any plot. I don’t really know what to tell you here. Still, the game’s only, like, 25% H-scenes, which means 75% of hardly-belonging trivia. I’m not gonna lie, I skipped through vast parts of it at some point. Vast parts of everything, though, but we’ll get to that later. Anyway, there’s no big idea behind the whole thing. The game just describes a scenario with certain characters. The end.

Your lone choice.
Your lone choice.

What about the choices in this game? Let’s put it like this, if you need a walkthrough for this one, you should maybe stick with plain hentai. It’s got literally, yes I mean it, one choice. None of the three selections there can lead to a bad end. Even the “I’m about to steal him from you” route leads to a happy end because… I don’t know why. It just does, it makes no sense. You basically just pick the “main girl” and that’s it.

Easy girl.
Easy girl.

How are the characters? There are four. Protagonist (the retard), girlfriend (basically a quixotic nun), more-or-less easy girl (most normal one among them, really), shy-librarian-ish girl (virgin and nonetheless not as prudish as girlfriend). I’ve told you enough about the protagonist. He’s just not real. Girlfriend’s… well, if the protagonist didn’t have the communication skills of a 2 years-old, she’d probably be less annoying. His retardedness rubs off. The easy girl’s pretty much just a self-confident modern girl, the slutty type. She isn’t exactly whoring around but the fact that she’s readily willing to lay girlfriend’s boyfriend should be hint enough. And the librarian-ish girl is a pretty normal, curious, and shy pervert. I like the latter the most since her behavior’s giving everything the most spice. But she fits into a “Reverse NTR” game like Arnold Schwarzenegger into a moe game as a love target.

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Let’s be honest, 80% of you will just skip to the h-scenes. Are they worth it? As I mentioned under “Art,” most of it is recycled stuff with new text. The situations are plain boring sex. Uninspired stuff really. Even the “NTR” aspect doesn’t come through later on, since girlfriend gets hardly any lines. Yawn. Librarian-ish girl has the more exciting scenes, but they’ve nothing to do with “NTR.” Everything’s just a love triangle. Though that’d mean there’s competition, but there isn’t. They’re just in a happy 3- or 4-way relationship. After the first half of the game, I skipped through vast parts of the h-scenes too, if the build-up’s boring and the premise/situation little appealing, why bother? I was hoping for betterment, but welp. It stays meh. The h-scenes aren’t particularly bad, but this game has the “Reverse NTR” premise and if you get just normal stuff that other games do far better, why bother?

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I’m pretty confident that reading the story won’t tickle your fancy all too hard, not after an hour of reading or so. It gets less and less interesting. The h-scenes are way too uninspired and basically ignore the setting. The protagonist ruins it for the most part and since “bad endings” seemingly weren’t allowed, there’s never any spice in this theoretically interesting genre. The art’s at least well-drawn. Your eyes won’t bleed from playing it but, honestly, there’s a high possibility nothing will happen when you play it. The story/scenario-writer was just way too uninspired when he wrote this thing. Don’t let yourself be fooled by the dramatic music, by the way. It wants to make you believe something bad’s going on. But there’s not. Said art and the librarian saves the rating from 3 to 5 for a normal rating. But this game’ll also gets a special rating. So…

Goodbye from Frog-chan.

A little side note: I’ll probably force myself to read through parts I skipped just to make sure I didn’t miss any hidden gems. If they’re worth reconsidering my rating, I’ll edit this post. But as it’s likely I won’t touch the game anymore, it’ll remain a very vague and very likely unfulfilled promise for the future. After all, if a game can’t get you into it within three hours, it’s already a bad game. In other words, if there’s interesting stuff after six hours of playing with a total game time of eight hours, it sucks either way. In this sense, have an excerpt of an h-scene CG that literally got me burst out laughing on the right.

(P)Rating 5/10

NTRating 2/10

 

EDIT: I’ve decided to turn this into a (p)review since I didn’t play through all of it. Well, I kinda did, but I skipped a lot ’cause yawny. Nevertheless, this is supposed to show that there might be stuff I’ve overlooked or am not aware of that might tickle your fancy but still there’s a strong likelihood that the game will not mesmerize you within its first half.

 

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