With only two weeks left before Kotori Love ExP goes on sale, it’s time for another Tester’s Corner, and this time you get to hear from Nurio!
Kotori Love Ex P
First off, I want to say that having played the Da Capo demo beforehand, I wasn’t too fond of the characters. This includes Kotori. I don’t really know the reason why, but I couldn’t very much bond with them. The only character who seemed interesting enough is the one I caught the least glimpses of: Miharu. The other characters with at least some merit were Moe and Sakura.
That said, I will talk about this game as reasonable and honest as possible, without trying to reveal too many spoilers. Oh, and I joke around a lot and approach many things in a light-hearted, whimsical way, so be mindful of that. =)
When I started up the game, I was immediately greeted by beautiful art of Kotori in a Naked Apron, or almost naked anyway, which might set the tone for this game. Don’t mistake this game for a Nukige, though, since it’s far from that! It’s got plenty of story. It’s even got six stories, so take your pick!
Kotori Love Ex P is divided into three parts: Kotori Love, Kotori Extasy and Kotori Plus. Fun fact: It took me quite a while to realize that Kotori Love Ex P stood for Kotori Love Extasy Plus. All three parts follow Jun’ichi, the protagonist, and focus on Kotori, as you might’ve guessed. Kotori Love follows Jun’ichi during his school time, Kotori Extasy is an alternate story of that time and Kotori Plus is when Jun’ichi has found a job.
Seeing all this content, all I could do was gulp, buckle up and charge into it full steam ahead! Or, rather, I went through it at a snail’s pace, since I checked everything for typos…
Kotori Love – Da Capo: Plus Communication
Kotori Love holds Da Capo: Plus Communication and 3 other Kotori fan discs. I started out by saying I didn’t very much like the characters in Da Capo 1, but the added characters in DCPC are all kinds of awesome. After all, what’s not to like about a shrine maiden fiancée with mystical powers, a girl running around in a pink bear suit, a sleep-deprived manga girl with glasses, or a small girl who uses ventriloquism to talk? Seriously, where I thought the old characters were a bit without personality, the new characters shine so much personality, it makes your eyes hurt!
DCPC, despite originally being a game of many characters, clearly focuses on Kotori. All options are marked with a cute little Kotori icon that shows you need to choose that option to get to Kotori’s route. It’s almost as if Kotori’s saying “Pick me! Pick me!”
Having played through Kotori’s route now, I can say that Kotori has really redeemed herself a lot as a character and I even started to like her!
Kotori Love – Da Capo: White Season
Now liking the Kotori character, I actually wanted to continue. I wanted to find out more about Jun’ichi’s relationship with her. Little did I know they went as far as get a 5-year-old daughter when they were still in school. Wait, wha…? Apparently some lost girl appeared on Jun’ichi’s doorstep and now he and Kotori take care of the girl until they find their parents. Don’t you just hate it when that happens? It happens on every Monday to me.
This was a short but still pretty touching story. I often hate how little children are portrayed in visual novels (*thinks of Da Capo 2* *shudders*). They’re usually very annoying, but luckily this little girl wasn’t anything like that.
Kotori Love – Da Capo: After Seasons
Other new characters I liked were Kotori’s friends, Tomo-chan and Mikkun. (Especially Mikkun – Ungh, that light blue hair!) In DCAS, Tomo-chan has a crush on someone but doesn’t have the guts to confess. So Kotori got the brilliant idea to have her boyfriend go on a test date with Tomo-chan, to encourage this shy girl. Simply brilliant! No risk for cheating whatsoever!
What can I say about this? I liked it. I don’t have a funny remark left. *awkward pause* What!? Don’t think you can pull more out of me! Never!
Kotori Love – Circus Disc: Christmas Days
If you were in a relationship for two years, would you suddenly neglect your girlfriend! Would you!? You insensitive jerk! Ahem, it’s exactly what Jun’ichi did, which suffice to say, made Kotori worry about the relationship. So Kotori went out of her way to think of ways to help spice up the relationship again – very special ways. Nudge, nudge, wink wink.
Maybe I liked this one a lot because I actually got to see something of Kotori’s friends. (Yes, that kind of something.)
Kotori Extasy – Da Capo: Innocent Finale
I’ve heard that this is very much like the DCIF you’re used to except with some added scenes. I’m not used to any DCIF, so it was all good for me. Out of all of the parts of Kotori Love Ex P, this one has the most and best story, though maybe that has to do with the fact that it started out as an all-ages game. Pussy fans rejoice, though! They added a sex scene (at appropriate times, of course)! Yay!
What’s interesting is that with DCPC added to this game, the new characters in DCIF seem much more familiar than before. I don’t think I should comment too much on this story, and instead let it speak for itself. Now if only it could actually talk.
Kotori Plus is the original extra content of Kotori Love Ex P (hence Kotori Plus). I’d say that they should’ve called this part Kotori Extasy. Seriously, this one is one big chunk of ecstasy turned into visual novel! There are like 18 days, and 12 H scenes! Or more! (I lost count.) And they’re all of very high quality to boot! You know what this means, guys. Get the lotion ready. Lock and load!
(Also, this is about the only non-erotic image I could find.)
In Kotori Plus, Jun’ichi is happily married to Kotori. But of course, some younger girl just HAD to step into Jun’ichi’s life and tempt him to do some adultery. We should just slap her silly to teach her a lesson! … Okay, maybe first take her from behind and THEN slap her silly! Seriously, could you resist?
I don’t need to tell you that this one is the best for H fans. Are you ready to be drained from all your juices?
The first thing I noticed when looking back on Kotori Love Ex P is how the art has evolved. Just look at the images. It has turned from something good to something great. What I also liked a lot is how there was quite some continuity. Oftentimes you see references to other parts in the game, like in Kotori Plus, how Jun’ichi talks about that little girl from DCWS. In my opinion, that adds a lot to the game. It just makes all the individual parts fit together like one big, warm, snug puzzle.
It probably goes without saying, but this is THE game to get for Kotori fans. That said, even if you weren’t all too fond of Kotori, like I was, then I still recommend this game to you. I normally would’ve “meh’d” this game, but having actually tried it, I was pleasantly surprised.
I’ve done my best to be as nitpick-y as possible and trying to find all the typos and the like, and that has taken some considerable time. But it was all worth it and I enjoyed my time with Kotori Love Ex P. It was a very unique experience that I was very glad to have. After all this work, I hope that you will be able to enjoy a typo-free product! ^_^
Which brings me to my last point: Miharu fan disc – Circus, MangaGamer, please?