This is the third title I have tested for MangaGamer and I have to say that this one is definitely my favorite thus far. I’m so excited for its release. I do hope everyone enjoys it just as much as I did.Here is the load screen. Visually, it isn’t anything extravagant, but holy crap will the instrumental of Melody of Hope (希望の旋律) begin to happily blare in your ears. This is the same song that Kouryuu translated last year and is available on the download page, as well as MG’s YouTube. This song, unfortunately, was never played in the actual visual novel itself, but it’s pretty catchy and mesmerizing all the same — especially the violin solo. Once you complete the game, there’s an option to listen to all of the music and skim through the CG/HCG if you so wish to (which you probably should).
The game begins with you playing as Suganuma Shoichi, a retired violinist who returns to Japan after a recent accident in Germany that ruined his career. He quickly meets up with his childhood friend, Kanade Sakurai, and the rest of her immediate family at her family-owned and run Live House, where he’s given a place to stay in exchange for working part-time.
This seems simple enough, but in this (somewhat) foreign environment, he quickly meets and befriends an unusual set of individuals that guide him into a life of worshiping and honoring music without regret or restraint. It doesn’t take long for this group of misfits and delinquents to form the band DEARDROPS.
Unfortunately, for those of you expecting H-scenes every five minutes (like in Harem Party or We Love Master), then this really isn’t the game for you. All in all, there are only five or six ero scenes in the entire game. Despite that, all of the ero scenes are wonderfully done and tasteful.
Like all visual novels, you do have the option to end up with each of the four main girls: Kanade, Riho, Yayoi, and Rimu. I’ll let you figure out where that decision point can be found, but you’ll definitely enjoy getting there and going through the individual routes.
I will admit that my favorite aspect of this game was that each character has a lovely back story: no matter how short or long it may have been, it really brought out their unique personalities in a very natural and fluid kind of way. You’ll be taken on an epic emotional roller coaster when Gonda’s story is explained. I won’t tell you when it happens, but I cried so hard!
Overall, DEADROPS is a wonderful title for VN lovers to play who are looking for a fun, exciting, music-filled game who crave a little drama and a whole lot of plot!