Note: Review copy was provided by Degica Games.
Yuri had conquered many genres from the common school life, fantasy, sci-fi to the not so common American desert. In the title we are about to discuss they conquered another uncommon territory, nursing school, or in this game’s case, college. This is Nurse Love Addiction, developed by Kogado Studio and published by Degica Games.
- White Robe Love Addiction
- Hakuisei Aijou Izonshou (Japan)
Platforms: PC, PS Vita/TV
Genres: School Life, Drama, Romance, Yuri, Visual Novel
Themes: Coming of Age, College/University, Medicine, Nursing, Nurse, Educational
Length: 20-30 hours (Give or take)
Plot Summary: Follow Asuka Osachi; a ditzy girl training to become a nurse at “Teito Nursing School”.
Experience the story of her and her classmates, as they discover love, medicine, and adulthood.
Nurse Love Addiction, or NLA for short, is structurally written like a standard Japanese visual novel set in a non-surreal setting. What do I mean? Let us go over the three parts the story is divided in and it will make sense afterward:
The first part centers around the school/college lives of Asuka and friends. The writers made sure to be as accurate as possible in the medicinal terminology, nursing theories and techniques and the courses taken in a medical school. Basically it makes the “plreader” (play-read) feel as though they too are on a journey to become great nurses (male nurses also exist). “Plreaders” get snippets of what it is like studying at a university; lots of homework and exams, going to internships and living in a campus dormitory, chilling with old friends and making new ones, etc. This may give some “plreaders” flashbacks of their own college years. Another asset to the college setting comes in the form of Asuka herself. At first Asuka went to nursing college on a whim, meaning she picked this career route with little context behind her motivation. Of course as the story progresses it makes more sense why Asuka made this choice but some people can relate to her situation in real life. There are people who, like Asuka, chose a career path on a whim: For example parental motivation, because it looked cool or there was nothing else in the person’s head before making the choice, peer pressure etc. Asuka and friends also learn many important and harsh life lessons:
Words of gratitude and words of abuse…
Lives that are saved and lives that are not saved…
The meanings behind life and death…
The meanings behind the entirety of a person—— the truth of a person.
So yes. Pretty good stuff. Also a good friend of mine, Dr Animaniac, a medical college student can attest to the writers having done their research.
The second part of NLA revolves around the friendships and blossoming romances between Asuka and friends. In this title there are four romance options:
- Nao: Asuka’s doting younger sister. In K-ON! terms she would be to Asuka what Ui is to Yui…times a hundred.
- Sakuya: A beautiful ojou-sama/high class lady who is polite to everyone but for some reason scolds and berates Asuka a lot.
- Itsuki: Sakuya’s girlfriend. A fancy glasses wearing “chick magnet” with a sassy attitude. She enjoys teasing Asuka, flirting with Sakuya and playing video games.
- Ms Kaede Ohara: One of Asuka’s teachers. A beautiful brunette who is Asuka’s role model and an inspiration. Despite being an adult Ms Ohara does have some cute traits.
Even though the descriptions make the girls seem like familiar anime girl archetypes, rest assured that as the story progresses there is much more to them than meets the eye. Heck, one of the routes could be seen as an “alternate reality” route in a sense. Something else that is very cool is that each route not only reveals a lot about each woman but also more about the main story as a whole. Basically three of the four routes are connected and each one shares answers to questions asked in the other two routes.
As for Asuka herself, having played several yuri visual novels (and ones with yuri content) it is a breath of fresh air to play as a “ditzy” protagonist. Nothing against serious ones but it felt like developers thought the only way for a lesbian protagonist in a good lesbian story (not an eroge) to work was for them to be sardonic or a “straight woman” type character. So yeah, Asuka is great because, to quote a comment by a fan of mine, “Asuka is really funny and she makes the cutest noises!”. She is ditzy but not a complete moron who does not notice what is going on around her. She is an adorable goofball who wants to do good as often as she can. As the story progresses her life changes dramatically depending on the choices made. Can readers believe Asuka’s seiyu, Azumi Asakura, also voiced THE Sexy Beast, the Akuma no Riddle anime’s Isuke Inukai?
Speaking of choices, I have to say that out of all the yuri visual novels I have played, this is one of the trickiest alongside Katahane. Unless the “plreader” is very perceptive, good luck getting a “Good End” on the first playthrough without guides. To make sure the second run is not as long (besides saving before a choice), NLA features a “skip to next choice” option. It is exactly what it sounds like. Just make sure not to skip any new text that was not present last time. Make sure “plreaders” do not miss anything. “Plreader” choices will determine whether Asuka will find happy happy joy joy with her chosen woman or…oh dear me.
As readers have noticed from the above images the presentation is really good. The art style and character sprites are all very well drawn and the backgrounds are great. The soundtrack is solid with a pretty good OP and ED.
Now readers may also have noticed that I have not brought up the third part yet…Let me put it this way…I highly recommend going into this game as blind as possible. Do not Google image search this game AT ALL! Everything I talked about in the review, regardless of how detailed it is, was only scratching the surface. The story takes its time, getting “plreaders” invested in its world and characters for good reason.
Overall Nurse Love Addiction is yet another great localized yuri visual novel in a year filled to the brim with good yuri VNs that is/was 2016. The characters are charming and become more interesting as the plot progresses, the college life and medical school theory were well implemented and immersive, the presentation is pretty good and the romances can either be heartwarming or…oh dear me. The initial release does have typos here and there but nothing a patch or two cannot fix. Highly recommended to patient yuri “plreaders”.
PS: I can understand some being a bit wary due to NLA being pricey. I see it this way. It is long enough to warrant its asking price, about the same as a visual novel released on the Playstation Vita. Besides, the Vita version came out in 2015 (Not too long ago from the PC version’s release) so the game is not that old. In such cases waiting for a big Steam Sale would be the way to go.
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PPS: For “plreaders” who want to take a shortcut and not experience the Bad Ends (I guess I can’t blame you because…oh dear me those Bad Ends), check out this very helpful guide by the aformentioned good friend of mine, Dr Animaniac HERE.