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Ayakashibito Review

Time for a typical but well-executed action VN. The initial premise is simple: lots of people start being born with inexplicable superpowers (mostly based on youkai), and for various reasons these superpeople or "ayakashibito" must have epic fights.

The VN's biggest problems are pretty typical ones: First, almost every scene would benefit from some trimming. Second, there's quite a bit of predictability throughout. Fortunately, there are enough clever details in the story and legitimately badass moves in the fights that Ayakashibito is still very easy to enjoy from start to end. Even the slice-of-life content is often funny even when you can see the jokes coming. Sometimes nailing the execution is more important than being original.

Oddly enough, almost all of the action is concentrated in the first half of the common route and the second halves of the character routes (not that it's a bad thing; protag's goals justify it). The good news is that the school life/comedy stuff in the middle is actually the same quality as the fight scenes, and for most of the same reasons. The real quality gap is that, for some reason, all the flaws get significantly milder around the time you exit the common route. Finally, it is well-worth getting all the routes and endings, since most of them have very little overlap and they're all equally interesting.

Score: 8/10

Polarization: (+0.5/-1)

Nothing in particular to explain here.

Routes/Endings Played: All

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  1. This was THE game I did not play when in my youkai streak (not the best choice, given what I did end up playing), so I probably pick it up in the not too distant future (so it seems I’m just copying Ixrec).

  2. The translator for this apparently disappeared midway through the project. Any thoughts about picking it up after Rewrite?

  3. There are enough VNs which I think are better that it probably isn’t going to happen.

    Edit: On the off-chance anyone else is considering tling it, I’d be happy to help in some less time-consuming way.

  4. Most likely another translator will pick it up before Ixrec is done Rewrite.

  5. How many endings are there? I have got 4 endings, 2 from touko

  6. 1 from kaoru (grad), and Tonya (victory)

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