Hello, my name is Xarrias, and this is my first Tester’s Corner. When I offered to become a beta tester for MangaGamer, I thought I was prepared for anything. I definitely wasn’t prepared for Princess Evangile, a long, high story VN, to be my first job.
While the idea of a boy attending an all girls school is not unique by any means, and could easily be made into a nukige of some sort, Princess Evangile chooses to instead give us something with political intrigue, dark secrets and a protagonist who simply wants to get his footing in a world that has left him with nothing. Even when he’s done this, Masaya isn’t some kind of womanizer—he’s only got eyes for one woman in his life, and there are four potential candidates.
Our main heroines are Rise, the granddaughter of the chairwoman of Vincennes, who is very social and energetic. We’ve also got Masaya’s childhood friend, Chiho, an athletic girl who can certainly be a bit aggressive when it comes to romance. Then there are the siblings Ritsuko (reserved and diligent) and Ayaka (irresponsible and carefree), whose mother is the strict headmistress who would love to have you expelled for any reason she can think of. All of them are interesting characters with their own personal issues that you will explore in their routes, although the common route will also touch on some of these and the issues of some of the side characters.
Speaking of the headmistress, I personally found her to be an incredibly compelling antagonist who caused me to feel a wide variety of emotions. A major part of the game’s plot is to help reform the school to become a mixed gender school rather than all girls, and Misako is resolutely against this. I wavered between hating her for her clear prejudice and underhanded, even illegal tactics, and sympathizing with her for just how much she loves her school and wants it to remain true to its roots. The conclusion to her story was very satisfying, and I find it hard to be angry with her for her actions.
To people who are interested in knowing about what it has in the way of sex scenes, well, I’ve got good news or bad news, depending on what you want. Each of the four heroines have 5 scenes that will start happening from around halfway through their specific route. Each scene is consensual and relatively vanilla in terms of content. All in all, it makes up a small percentage of the game, which is much more about the story and the characters. If you just want sex, you’re going to be disappointed, but if you want a more realistic portrayal of a relationship, drama, and comedy, with a few explicit scenes (that you can elect to fast forward if it isn’t your cup of tea), then Princess Evangile has got you covered.
There are a few things about the game I wasn’t so much a fan of, but don’t detract from the experience. One was the lack of choices, or rather, the meaninglessness of them. Half the choices amount to ‘but thou must’ style RPG choices that railroad you down one path, and the others require you to consistently choose the same girl to obtain her route, but add nothing to the game. The other is possibly a compliment, but I feel like some of the side characters deserve a route of their own. Thankfully the game doesn’t make the other characters disappear when you complete the common route, and the game is plenty long as is, but I feel that not having a route for Tamie, the gluttonous journalist/photographer, and especially Ruriko, the ‘innocent’ rich girl, is just a missed opportunity. Perhaps a fan disc or an expansion of some sort could rectify this. Ultimately, I really enjoyed my time with Princess Evangile, and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!