OP: 「UN-DELAYED」 by Hashimoto Miyuki
「桜の園」 (Sakura no En)
This is Princess Lover! with an extra girl, a bland main character, and jousting. Fortunately the girls are still great.
Main Character is Boring, the Girls Are Not
It seems like I’m saying this on every other intro, but don’t watch this show for the protagonist. Dating sim protagonists aren’t known for being the most interesting of characters – audience surrogate (trope!) is pretty much the rule here – but this guy is especially bland. He showed about two emotions, his head is full of horses, and he said nothing more than the absolute minimum in every interaction. Normally this would hardly be worth mentioning, but this is from the same people who made the Princess Lover! VN – get ready people, I’m going to be comparing these shows all post – and Teppei is one of my favorite harem leads of all time. Interesting, cool, funny, expressive, a little perverted, talented but with reason…he was a top-tier protagonist, one of the best, while this Mizuno Takahiro (Yamashita Seiichirou) guy is a scrub. Enough about him, I’ve already written him off, moving on.
The girls, on the other hand, are a different matter entirely. So far all of them are relatively strong, driven characters who are either interesting or at least show the potential to be interesting. Leading the pack is Kisaki Mio (Shimizu Ai), Takahiro’s osananajimi and a part-time meido waitress. It helps if you think of her as a co-protagonist of this story (unless we jump off onto someone else’s route), because she has gotten far more character development than Takahiro so far. She is ditzy to a fault, but at least she’s driving the plot forward, and she even ended up in one of the stereotypical protagonist positions. (Also: hubba hubba.) By the way, she’s the Charlotte of this show, complete with her own rescue introduction, though it pales in comparison to the original. Next is Walroma’s Sylvia (maybe), student council president Celia Cumani Aintree (Mizusawa Kei), who is everybody’s onee-sama, and how! Next is Ryuuzouji Akane (Nabatame Hitomi), whose yuri onee-sama delusions aimed at Celia were funny, but I’m sorry, I don’t buy it. Nabatame Hitomi has a too much of a womanly voice, so I don’t buy it when she tries to go into otome-mode. Last of the main heroines to be introduced (with one more still on the way) is Noel Marres Ascot (Nakamura Eriko), but she got like twelve lines in, so not much to say there. On second thought a lot of the girls still need fleshing out, but I at least like what I’m seeing so far.
I’m still not sure why they picked jousting. Sure it looks cool, but it strikes me as one of those sports that’s only interesting when you know the ins and outs, and I don’t know what makes a jouster successful other than holding onto the damn horse. It does give us the pleasant old world European vibe that worked so well in, you guessed it, Princess Lover!, but so far I have no feelings on whether it will do more than that. Jousting doesn’t excite me as of now, but maybe it will by the end of this show. Though considering how many long, thick phallic images were broken in this episode alone, I’m going to hedge my bets and say no. I’m just kidding, I’m just kidding! (Maybe.)
There is one thing I really appreciated though – because they established Takahiro as a former champion who now can’t compete because of an injury, there’s actually a good reason why all the girls are after him. They could have done that with any other sport, granted, but at least they put that much thought in.
Like Princess Lover!, But Different
Better or worse remains to be seen. I’ve heard good things about some of Walroma’s routes, but we don’t know which one we’ll be going down, and it might be one of the other ones. This is one I’ll probably stick with (time permitting) since I’m an old hand at dating sim adaptations and there’s at least potential here, but it’s not throwing out signs of being one of the best so far. If you watch a lot of dating sim adaptations this one will probably be okay, but if you’re only going to watch one this season then I’ll direct you over to Little Busters! ~Refrain~ and be done with it. Note: if you’re sticking with this and you haven’t seen Princess Lover!, do yourself a favor and watch that first. Hell, if you take your time then you may be able to return to this after we know whether it’s any good or not, letting you pass it off or dive straight in without a second thought!
Miss Comic Relief / Fanservice has challenged Mio to a duel, which ought to go badly for her. I don’t plan to continue blogging this show, but I’ll probably be watching it, so feel free to hit me up on twitter if you’d like to discuss the latest happenings. I just hope this horse stops stripping girls. That’s…weird, to say the least.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Proud, strong, & beautiful girls, a bland & uninteresting MC, & jousting. Because reasons #walroma_a 01
- It’s nice that they’re almost fully armored, though the skirts are still probably a bad idea. I’m not complaining though! I feel we could all do with more short skirts in our lives, unless you’re a lady and would have to wear them, in which case that sounds breezy. I’d totally go for jeans if I were you.
- The horse somehow managed to make her boobs pop out. Fuck you logic, oppai!
- I-I don’t think horses can move like that. I think a horse falling over like that is usually when they get shot and turned into glue.
- It’s not usually two girls that trip and end up in a compromising position, though it should be.
- Wait, how did she get her shoes on so quickly?
- OP & ED spoil Mio’s upcoming important haircut (trope!). Though I guess the promo material did that too. Way to break it, producers! (Also, trope!)
ED: 「MoonRise Romance」 by Asou Natsuko