Review by Ecchifan
An Interesting Love Story, Still Stuck in the Same Bad Format
In Day of Love, an interactive dvd game created by Actress and K-Industry, and distributed by Hirameki International Group, Inc., you are Haruki Tojo, a high school senior who is also the "Chairman of Conduct," or head of the student disciplinary committee. But because of your inattentiveness in class, and bad attitude towards teachers in general, you are also derisively called the "Devil Chairman." One day, a strange but beautiful girl approaches you and asks if you remember her. But no matter how hard you try, you could not remember her or her name. Heart broken, this girl, Maho Hiragi, creates a sinister plot for revenge against you. Transferring to your school as a boy in your class, and becoming your roommate, "Mao" seeks revenge by trying to make you remember her again, and then reject your paramour advances toward her once you fall you in love with her.
At first glance, this sounds like a weird love story. This girl, Maho, obviously had an enormous crush on you, and you knew her in some way in your forgotten past. Second, this plot sounds incredible and preposterous. How does a girl like Maho manage to get transferred into your class, and also your room, as a boy? How does Maho jot your hazy memory? Finally, how does she get you interested in her, even though she's now a boy at your school? Believe it or not, the answers to these questions are somehow skillfully woven into cohesive story. The storylines for other female characters including Isami Anayama, Ayano Kazekiri, Michiru Hiragi, Nanaka Sayagusa, and Yayoi Muto are as intricate as Maho's.
The music is very good. The animation footage that appears during credits roll after you finish the game is stunning. The characters are designed by the famous Japanese artist Carnelian, who is known for his creation of beautiful girls for games and anime. The voice acting is excellent. However, the timing of the subtitle text messages that translate the Japanese dialogue into English is still off in many instances. And despite the ESRB rating of "M for Suggestive Themes," I didn't find the pics particularly suggestive, with one notable exception involving the school nurse and drama club advisor Ayano. And it appears the sexual content has been removed entirely from Day of Love; but in this case, the decision to do so is understandable in light of the fact that the setting of this game is in high school, and most of the characters are high school students. Had Hirameki International Group, Inc., chose to release this game depicting explicit sexual contact involving high school students, parents and conservative groups would be calling for a boycott of this company's products.
In my review of Hirameki International Group, Inc.'s Amusement Park interactive dvd game, which is posted at Gamefaqs.com, I explained in great details why the dvd format is a poor choice in comparison with a PC format. And therefore, it is not necessary to rehash these points again in this review. It will suffice to note that the game distributor did not add any improvement towards gameplay, and my gameplay rating below reflects that.
Replay value is also the same as before In Amusement Park because you get an ending with each girl, and a general bad ending. It would have been nice if Hirameki International Group, Inc., add unlockable extras (using the two digit passwords system) to replay certain important moments or events in the game, or at least an image collection of each female character.
Day of Love offers some elaborate and highly entertaining storylines, and pictures of beautiful girls drawn by Carnelian. Notwithstanding the dvd format, these are reasons enough to purchase this game.
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