Who Would Like this Game?
It’s a visual novel with a fair but not too much amount of sexual content and a sooomewhat erotic setting. So far, there’s hardly – if any – drama, it’s just comedy all the way. It’s really far more gags than the sexy even, so if you’re looking for something funny and don’t mind the setting, you might like Pure Girl.
Apart from the grammar puns which might or might not be over your head, this novel’s pretty darn easy. Nothing more to say, really. It’s a solid 4.
Nothing I know of.
The art is a mixed bag, in my opinion. The backgrounds are great: I often find BGs too clean and sterile, Pure Girl‘s backgrounds at least take a step into the right direction: There’s a fair amount of detail which I missed in most other visual novels that I played. Then again, streets and the like are still empty as f*ck.
The characters are a downside. Eyes look empty (that’s just its art style, so I won’t nag about that too much) and most importantly, their heads/hair seem incredibly off. Especially Yogiri’s hair on her dialogue sprite makes her head appear like thrice its size – most noticeable on the top of her head. It messes up proportions. She doesn’t look that weird in her CGs, so I’d guess it’s just a bad sprite, but how would a company like Front Wing not notice that?
Another downside are Suzu’s proportions. She’s the quota big titties girl. But apparently. However, her boobs defy gravity and are almost up beneath her chin. In her sprites, she looks like a blow-up doll, really offputting. Even more so since she’s probably the most interesting heroine plot-wise (no, I literally mean her storyline here).
From all the visual novels I’ve played so far, Pure Girl has the most erotic setting of them all (nukiges excluded). The student council president, Kei, invites five individuals – four girls and one boy – to live together in a housing complex, the “Dream House.” All of them have their own reasons to accept the invitation, and Kei has her reasons for having picked those five individuals: She has – partly literally, partly figuratively –
sniffed them out to be so-called “pure perverts” and has built the Dream House specifically for pure perverts to discover and live their perversion.
Sora is the protagonist’s, Satoru’s, little sister. Of course, she is into her brother and experiences all that ethical dilemma that comes with that kind of crush. Character-wise, she’s a typical “imouto” character: Cheeky and overly energetic. Kind of a brat. Miyako is her best friend.
Miyako is best friends with Sora and came to know Satoru through her. She sees Satoru as an older brother and before long you’ll realize that
she’s into licking stuff – whatever that means to you. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Miyako is also incredibly shy.
Yogiri’s a kuudere: Kind of like a tsundere but she wants you to leave her the f*ck alone. Unexpectedly, she’s got the humor of an old geezer and she’s the one literally getting “sniffed out” for the Dream House after she secretely (duh) masturbated during classes.
In my opinion, Suzu is the selling point of Pure Girl. She doesn’t know shame, literally. Neither minding walking around naked nor being able to distinguish between levels of affection. She’d probably do anyone as long as it’d make them happy. Basically, she’s pure hearted in an extreme way. Satoru’s job is to teach her what shame and what the difference between loving someone as a friend and loving someone as a person of the opposite sex means, so that she can actually live normally among people.
There are only two side characters worth mentioning: Kei and Lemon.
Kei is the student council president and a rich girl who built the Dream House, coming up with the whole thing. At the same time, she’s a huge perv who likes walking around in extreme outfits or, well, no outfit at all, showing off her body – but she’s not doing that in public. As the heir to a huge adult store chain that might be a given.
Lemon is more or less Kei’s maid – of sorts. “She” is the funny sidegag of Pure Girl. I put “she” in quotes since Lemon isn’t exactly a “she.” By now, we might have all sorts of PC terms for “her,” but I’ll just go with “trap.” Lemon wouldn’t mind having a piece of Subaru either, but I don’t think there’s a route for “her.”
This is a “Front Wing” game, the same guys who did the Grisaia trilogy. Of course, when I first started Pure Girl, I was expecting something in that direction. However, the game literally opens with the protagonist, Satoru, jacking off in front of all the heroines. That got me by surprise, yet also relieved me. Surprised because I wasn’t expecting that from Front Wing. Relieved because I had my speakers turned down and was on my own.
After that kind of start, my expectations shifted from “Grisaia grade” to “this is gonna be trashy.” But the game was about to surprise me once again: What awaited me wasn’t a trashy nukige, but a really funny visual novel with a weirdly explicit setting.Let’s tackle how you enter character routes first. You basically enter their route in two choices, each of which simply asks you whether you want to stay in a room or leave. Before that, two or one character(s) will have left the room, while the other character(s) stay(s). Bascially the game asks you, “Do you want to stay with the character(s) present or follow the other(s)?” And depending on your choice, you get to the first H scene of whatever heroine you end up with after those two choices. It’s a downer, really. While the game won’t just literally ask you who to pick, what it does is still plenty obvious; so obvious that it might as well just flatout ask you to name her. There’s no adventure to be had with these kinds of choices, it’s a trend I really can’t appreciate. The story goes hand in hand with the humor. Although the setting does sound outrageously ecchi, it’s packed with so many gags that I just don’t see how it’d qualify as a “nukige.” The comedy is constantly well-written, fits the situation and doesn’t feel forced. It’s no classy stuff, though. The comedy results from the chaos that the characters create with their interactions and quirky personalities – especially the side characters. So it’s situational comedy, in a way. Looking at the story by itself, there’s not much to say: I haven’t progressed that far yet, just beyond the common route and a bit into the character routes (it’s a (p)review, after all); I can’t say whether there are underlying plots. However, I will say that the story is interesting. Sora and Miyako do fall behind in that regard, their personalities are just too common in this kind of game and I don’t see how there could be any surprising developments. However, Yogiri and especially Suzu do have something mysterious about them. What’s Yogiri’s deal? Why is she so distant? What’s wrong with Suzu and how can Satoru fix her? What will Suzu be like if fixed? I’ve already talked a bit about the characters. Sora is just a bro-con who hides her feelings behind a mask of rudeness. She doesn’t feel too off as a character nor does she get annoying, but her cheeky personality contributes to the chaos. Still, her kind of character feels overused and I don’t see how her specific route – and consequently interacting with her alone – could result in something interesting. Miyako, on the other hand, seems to only have one trait: shy. Which is the reason why I also don’t see how something interesting could come from her route. Yogiri has the typical “tsundere” (although technically not a tsundere) charm to her. She’s well-written in that regard and her being so distant is already enough to make you wanna know what her deal is. Lastly, Suzu is just one big mystery and I really hope her route’s gonna be as great as I anticipate it to be. Apart from Yogiri and Suzu, all other characters seem to function better when together with the other heroines rather than in an isolated one on one with the protagonist.
All in all, the most redeeming feature of Pure Girl is its writing. It’s basically a reversed AnoOre: Meh visuals, great writing. It really makes you realize that the inner values are the things that count. Even though I can’t stand the way the characters look, especially their proportions, and even though hardly anything’s animated, and even though the setting alone already screams “dumb stuff incoming,” the dialogues and scenes so far are just so well done that it’s super funny and makes you want to know what’s going to happen next. On that note, the H scenes are also fairly good – not great but good. All in all, Pure Girl is worth a shot, I for one will play it some more. It’s a strong seven, I’m still kinda pessimistic that the character routes will let me down, but only time can tell.