For those of you who believed this blog was dead I hate to disappoint you by actually posting something finally, but I’m gonna do it. And how apropos, this eroge is about the undead. Bishoujo Mangekyou -Norowareshi Densetsu no Shoujo- is a 2011 supernatural-romance nukige by ωstar, the first in a series of short eroge from the company.
Bishoujo Mangekyou’s main story is framed by the story of a writer who visits an old Japanese inn to do some occult research. There he meets the mysterious kimono-clad girl Renge who shows him a kaleidoscope. When he gazes into the kaleidoscope he, and the reader, are transported to the world of the first story.
The protagonist of the main story is Shigehiko, a young male teacher at an all girls school. He’s a lolicon in general of course, why else would he be a teacher at an all girls school, and there is a particular student of his, Kirie, who he feels he is truly in love with. One thing leads to another and he ends up at Kirie’s house and discovers she is a vampire (of course like any self-respecting modern-day vampire she can go out in the sun just fine and is okay with garlic and basically has none of those old-fashioned weaknesses less evolutionarily advanced vampires used to have). Another thing leads to yet another and he becomes her sex slave, more or less. Sometimes these things just happen, especially when you live in an eroge. I suppose I should explain: while well known to folklorists who study vampires, my esteemed readers may not be acquainted with the little-known fact that vampires can subsist not only on blood but also on semen. It’s true. So Kirie uses Shigehiko as a source of nutrition via both blood and semen, though of course mostly the latter because that’s more fun.
This being a nukige there isn’t much story, the only plot being the development of the relationship between Shigehiko and Kirie. This is really well done though, especially for a nukige. Their relationship works-in a few different dynamics: teacher and student, human and vampire, deredere and tsundere. All these angles create the basis for a compelling romantic relationship, and the writer handles it deftly. Shigehiko and Kirie’s relationship develops throughout the entire game, and though it takes the whole game to fully develop the game is short so it doesn’t feel slow-moving. On the contrary it’s constantly evolving and progressing, so the development feels steady rather than slow.
Since this is a nukige there is little plot-time between ero scenes, with scenes between the sex sometimes lasting fewer than five minutes. It’s a testament to the writing quality that the characters and their relationship are given enough depth just in these brief scenes, and an even greater testament that the sex scenes themselves also contribute to character and relationship development. The writing style is also quite good with a sense of elegance that compliments the game’s overall atmosphere and presentation without ever getting too verbose or purple.
The only story here is a love story, but it’s a solid, engaging one that is comparable to the romance in a good non-nukige romance eroge.
Kagarino Kirie: The sole heroine. A tsundere, twin-tailed, flat-chested (almost), vampire schoolgirl. Need more be said, can more? Really charming heroine. It feels good to see, in a modern eroge, a tsundere that actually starts off legitemately disliking the protagonist instead of just being secretly in love with him and masking her feelings with tsuntsun. The tsun->dere shift is way more satisfying with this type of tsundere. Kirie’s pretty hard tsun too, outright sadistic most of the time in fact.
Onogami Shigehiko: The protagonist. A school teacher, one who wears Armani and drives a Jaguar. His character made me make plans to move to Japan to teach until I found out he’s actually from old money, it’s not his teaching salary that funds his high-class lifestyle, but who knows, it still might be worth following through with if I can become the sex slave of a vampire school girl. Shigehiko is a lolicon pervert who takes pictures of his students and masturbates to them, but he’s also sincerely in love with Kirie and very open about it. These contrasting qualities make him a decently interesting protagonist.
The soundtrack is classy as fuck, a theme throughout this game’s entire presentation. All the tracks are good, most of them great, with lots of piano and strings. You could sip wine or tea with pinky extended to these songs. The soundtrack’s also more extensive than one would expect from a short game. There’s 16 tracks total, though some songs still get played a lot; there could have been better balance in utilizing the many available tracks. There’s a vocal song for the ED, which is good but not remarkable.
Voice acting is great too. Kirie’s voice actress handles her cold, commanding tone and her lusty, slurring ero moans equally well, as well as all the other nuances of the character. Fantastic chupa too.
Art is by Happou Bijin so it’s obviously fucking amazing. Just beautiful stuff, among the very best you’ll find in eroge. The number of CGs is about average for this an eroge of this length, the vast majority found in the ero scenes, though the CGs have tons of variations, I’m talking well over 50.
This eroge is advertised as having animated ero. And indeed it does, for the first two or three scenes, and then the company either forgot that they were supposed to be animating the CGs or they ran out of money. One of the later blowjob scenes has animation though but that’s it. But it’s not really a big loss since it’s just AE animation (the kind where a single picture is made to “move” in a way resembling real animation). Either for this reason or because I have some strange resistance to giving a game a perfect score for art, I’m subtracting half a point.
The ero is disappointing on a number of fronts. First is that most of the scenes are femdom. People who are actually into femdom would probably only consider a few of the scenes full-blown femdom, but at the very least you need to be a masochist for a lot of the scenes to appeal to you. That’s not me. The ero scenes also include a couple of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to ero: long scenes where the guy comes three or four times or more, without changing positions or CGs; and formulaic, uninspired descriptions of the sex. These two factors combine synergistically to make for some really boring ero. Yet I think, honestly, the biggest problem with the ero for me is the femdom stuff, since the few scenes where the protagonist is the one being dominant are fairly hot.
The ero does do some things right though, even outside of the previously mentioned wonderful art and voice acting. I mentioned before how even the ero scenes contribute to the relationship development between the protagonist and heroine, which is really neat. The dialogue during the ero scenes is also good, almost good enough to make up for the lackluster narration. Kirie says some really lewd stuff, which is really hot especially given her character. Luckily there’s a lot of dialogue in the ero, since it’s hot and contains stuff that advances the character- and relationship-development, and it’s always worth reading even when other parts of the scene are not.
Pros: Happou Bijin art; beautiful music; solid romance story; elegant presentation
Cons: Femdom; boring ero; what happened to the animation ωstar
Poor ero is like a stake to the heart of any nukige, but the first Bishoujo Mangekyou game does everything else so perfectly that it makes up for it. And really the ero isn’t that bad, it’s just a little dull and doesn’t suit my fetishes. For a masochist this would be a masterpiece nukige. I enjoyed it more for the love story than the ero, and if the plot wasn’t such a small part of the game, time-wise, it would be recommendable based on the story alone.
The second Bishoujo Mangekyou game has been out since this summer and I’m pretty sure I’ll play it soon. While I was slogging through some of the not-so-enjoyable sex scenes in this one I was questioning whether I would play future games in the series, but overall it was a fun experience, and it looks like the second game might not have so much damn femdom.