Well, it’s more of a half-baked review because I only completed the “default” route. Hopefully it’s enough to convince some who haven’t checked out my Amaranto yuri visual novel gets a complete English patchpost yet to download and try it out.
Genres: Dark, Mystery, Post-Apocalyptic, Vampire, Visual Novel, Yuri
Length: 10-12 hours
Short summary: Amaranto is a yuri visual novel by Trifolium Garden. Set in a post apocalyptic world, the plot has a somewhat fantastic and mysterious vibe. The story follows Mio, who tries to unravel the rumors behind several murders happening in her district.
Set in a world split into various districts, the story begins with Mio and her childhood friend, Shizuku, going to school. At school, they talk to their friend, Yuki, about rumors regarding several recent “vampiric” murders and a girl in white.
Similar to other visual novels Aki Ito and Aoi Shiro, Amaranto’s main plot is centered around this “Girl in White” and it’s up to the player/reader to decide what they want to do to or for her.
What I like about Amaranto compared to Akai Ito and Aoi Shiro (I’ve “pread” AS and it’s actually good despite what I’m about to mention) is that it is filled with much less filler than those games. There isn’t any folklore that will only interest a select few or many drawn out scenes with background characters. The story is linear, in a good way, only separated by the vintage dialogue choices found in most visual novels.
As for the story itself, it’s decent enough to keep you from putting the game on hold unlike others I know, “cough”Katahane”cough”. The mystery isn’t exactly something that will put hardcore mystery media fans’ brains to work but finding out each girl Mio meets’ past and present goals are interesting enough to warrant multiple playthroughs as you court each one (4 in total).
I will say though that the main antagonist, Queen, is kinda meh. I was expecting an epic final battle against her and her #2 but…oh well, I’ve seen lamer villains, or those attempting to be sympathetic. Oh, and her lackeys are weird, especially the “Triad”, cliched, but still weird.
The presentation, voice acting and art style for the characters are pretty average. I’ve honestly seen better in the previously reviewed indie vn, Don’t Take It Personally, Babe, It Just Ain’t Your Story
Ah well, despite the art not being very impressive, the snuggle/kiss scenes are still touching. For those concerned of there being any ecchi content, there is none.
Like I said, the voice acting is also average. Heck, you can easily notice the background noise of the seiyuu being too close or too far from the mic. I can’t say much about the music because I turned it off. the soundtrack isn’t really that impressive. Then again,it’s mostly personal preference. I just didn’t feel like “preading” this novel with music.
As mentioned above, the girls (excluding one who just feels like a hot chick rather than someone worth courting) are interesting to learn about and when you make the right decisions and win their hearts, it’ll feel like it’s worth it (again, excluding one). Since I don’t want to spoil who the eligible lovers are, I’ll simply talk about our heroine, Mio. Meh, the video spoils most of them anyway.
Mio’s a pretty cool cat. She’s fearless and merciless to her enemies but caring and just to her friends. She’s no idiot and requires all the facts before she gets what’s going on or trusts anyone. She’s also got a vendetta against Queen and her followers for ruining her town and will do whatever she can to take her down if the opportunity rises. She can be a bit of a hothead but that comes naturally to anime protagonists. Best of all, not an emo.
In conclusion, while the presentation’s average and the story isn’t revolutionary, this shouldn’t stop you from giving the novel a “pread”. What I’ve complained about is mostly nitpicks and nothing game breaking. Most of the heroines are cool, the villains are quirky and the romantic developments are (mostly) sweet. so reading this tale should be a no-brainer for yuri fans who have the time.