One more tester reporting in for DC II, this time Tuna Salad is back!
For starters, I would like to soapbox a little and thank Kouryuu for giving me a week break before dropping the DC II bomb on me. Nothing quite like a week of Black Ops before another month of sleepless nights with 2D girls; it’s an absolutely amazing experience. (kill me now)
Testing DC II was nothing like DCIF, while DCIF was just suffering from some grammatical mistakes and the occasional British English moments, it wasn’t missing whole days and entire choices. Even though DC II’s most egregious errors were quickly remedied, it still made the testing process troublesome. When you only have XX number of hours per night to do it before finally collapsing in bed, an error that stops you from proceeding tends to really F– with your patience…
Despite my gripes, I really liked working with DC II. I am a fan of the franchise and being able to get first look at the game is like a personal exclusive. As a pretty ardent otaku, getting exclusives is the Holy Grail of collecting.
For starters, all of my previous knowledge of DC II was from the anime. While the anime had some highlights, it completely failed to convey anything of Koko’s story, Anzu’s story, Nanaka’s story, all in favor of Minatsu’s story which was pretty badly told. The game, as always, is magnitudes better. Not only do we get to flush out Koko, Anzu, and Nanaka’s stories, but even Minatsu’s aggravatingly hostile attitude has a certain degree of endearment to it. Out of these four, I have a hard time choosing a favorite so I’ll just have to default to Anzu and that sharp tongue of hers.
Out of the remaining heroines, Otome and Yume, the two who’s stories hold the meaning behind DC II, I will have to say that Otome is my favorite because she is just absolutely precious. As the big sister character, she has a presence in every story; dropping a few words of wisdom here and there, and giving Yoshiyuki a little push now and then. In her own story, the foundation of responsibility and maturity (or as mature as she gets) that previously shaped her character all come down and you get to see her as just an ordinary girl with her own insecurities and holding onto her little piece of happiness, and then given a monstrous task to perform. Suffice it to say, her story is the canonical story for DC II so it’s quite the roller-coaster.
Yume’s is quite good as well, but I don’t want to get caught up writing a ten page story summary because that’s how complex she is. Think Nemu and Junichi from Da Capo fused into one person; it’s a battle between two polar opposites, both of which can’t cook!
To close, I would have to say that despite the long, hard road it was to bear with some of the pretty crazy issues that came up in testing (consolidating 3-4 different translators, missing crucial event days, BRITISH ENGLISH), it’s quite exhilarating to see the completed end result. Sure there were a lot of sleepless nights and even worse mornings, but being able to sit back and say, “damn, Nanaka looks kinda good in that China-dress,” makes it all worthwhile.
I hope everyone who buys this game, enjoys it as much as I did.