Minakami Tomohiro (水無神知宏) is an odd one, he basically surfaced to write a little gem by the name of Crescendo, a romantic visual novel that takes place in the span of only four days, and disappeared from the field of visual novels to write light novels or something. He is really good so I wish he came back and wrote more stuff for me to read though.
It’s just before graduation and Ryou has to come to definite terms with many relationships he has built over the years. There is a girl who has feelings for him, there is another for whom he had feelings once but lost the chance to confess, then there is a school nurse whose maturity and life experience he respects, an unlikely friend whom he happened to save a few times, and finally his sister-in-law who has taken care of him ever since their parents died.
Flashbacks probably take as much, if not more time, than the present story. However, the method works very well to give weight to relationships you jump in seemingly at their twilight. The visual novel is well-written, fast paced and explores relatively complex romantic relationships. It is over before you know it, but every second of it feels meaningful, beautiful and is entertaining, with no filler whatsoever. I swear, in an hour, Crescendo can tell a better character arc than most visual novels do in their entirety. It is also a bit reminiscent of shoujo manga in atmosphere; some of its tasteful erotic scenes even written from a female perspective.
Anyway, a marvelous if a bit short gem. Recommended for anyone interested in romantic visual novels. You won’t be disappointed.
|Attractive character designs||Doesn’t attempt to be anything more than a tasteful romantic story|
|Elegant piano music|
|Interesting, likable, fairly complex characters|
|Good romantic story|
|Fairly gripping plot|
|Tasteful erotic scenes, some written from female perspective|