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14Oct/136

Kitto Sumiwataru Asairo Yori Mo Review

Supposedly this is Shumon Yuu's masterpiece. We begin with a typical donkan protag reuniting with his osananajimis at an elite high school for budding artists sequestered away in some picturesque mountains with nice background music.

And for chapter 1 that's all we ever get. The slice of life is consistently dull and cliche, the comedy falls flat most of the time, and all the things that seem potentially interesting at first (eg, actual plot threads) stubbornly refuse to go anywhere. Pretty much everyone seems to agree this chapter is a total dud.

Then there's chapter 2―the lion's share of the VN. Sadly, a huge chunk of it is just the same mediocre slice of life and comedy from chapter 1 all over again. Fortunately, there's also a series of flashbacks that tell various backstories which are actually quite engaging and detailed, sometimes even moving. Then there's the main story, which had an irritating habit of using a very arbitrary/forced plot twist or utterly nonsensical character decision every time I was on the verge of liking it. Overall the chapter feels like a big waste of potential.

The good news is chapters 3 and 4 lack almost all of those problems. They have a coherent, focused narrative with legitimate momentum that builds to a surprisingly satisfying finale, especially considering the mess they had to work with. Since this is the shortest part of the VN by a big margin (chapter 4 is basically an epilogue), it's hard to say it really "makes up" for chapters 1 and 2, but at least it partially redeems them.

Score: 7/10

Polarization: Mild (-1.5)

Your tolerance for mediocre slice-of-life/comedy/school life/etc is going to be a big factor, as well as your ability to soldier through the early boring parts of a VN to get to the good stuff later on.

Routes/Endings Played: Linear, and I think I got all the bad ends.

P.S.: For the record, having the other heroines constantly mock protag for being the most donkan character in the history of anything does not make his idiocy any less infuriating.

14Oct/1310

Translation Hiatus

As some of you already know, I'll be moving to the UK for my first job in the very near future. In theory I could attempt to continue translating right up until the day I get on the plane, but that would be a very bad idea for obvious reasons. Plus, I've already been quite slow lately, partly because all the things I have to worry about in real life are weakening my focus. So now that there are only a few weeks left before I should be moving, I'm going to officially pause translation until I've finished settling in to my new living arrangements.

Since I've never moved to a foreign country for work before, I can't claim to know how much time I'll need to settle. But I do know my job starts at the beginning of November, and my gut feeling is that I should be translating again a month or so from today.

Just to be clear: Everything I promised to translate (Comyu, Rewrite:Hf, Valusia, Sona-Nyl) I will still translate. This is just a temporary hiatus until I get settled.

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