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Bokuten - Why I Became an Angel (download)
Without Mosaics, Voiced Except Main Character
    MG point:168
On Sale:
Dec 19, 2019
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
4.3 out of 5 (3 reviews)
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Tomoe Kirinokojima
An anti-social and apathetic young man. With the exception of Naruko, he has few people that could be considered friends. His one hobby is archery, an activity he can perform alone.
An angel of love who, at a glance, seems like an ordinary girl who is always energetic, kind, and a bit clumsy. Bringing others happiness is what she lives for. When she is left unable to complete her angelic duties, she enlists Tomoe to act as an "angel’s proxy" to assist her.
Naruko Nakizaki
A long-time friend and classmate of Tomoe’s. Since she’s the only girl Tomoe has allowed to get close, people often tease her and ask if they are dating, but she doesn’t act fazed by their jeers. She is a caring, popular person whom people often come to for advice. While she is reasonably popular with men due in part to her cheerful personality, she never talks about her own romantic interests.
Yuri Hisaka
A transient yet gentle woman one year Tomoe’s senior. She treasures her sister above all else, and leaves school early every day to meet and walk home with her. As a result, she has few friends at school, and more often than not spends time by herself. Secretly, she is actually quite popular with men, whom think of her as maternal, kind, and intelligent.
Minamo Wakamatsu
A cool yet docile girl one year Tomoe’s junior. She focuses on keeping a low profile and not sticking out both at school and in her private life so people won’t take notice of her for a specific reason. Her composure and ability to think in the long-term often leaves her exasperated by those around her.

Required CPU: Intel Pentium 4 (2GHz)
Required Memory: 2GB
Required Resolution: 1024 x 576

Definitely worth a shot
This game is great. It has wonderful art, exceptional music, and engaging story. It shows how realistic love is complicated and how there aren't always happy endings, even when you want to try "doing the right thing".

If you're on the fence about getting this-go for it. It's hours open hours of mostly plot. They have chapter and route associated H-scenes, but they're not really the focus. I really think an all-ages version would still sell well enough due to how great this game is. Just black out scenes and reference enough so the reader/player knows what's going on.

There's a pretty long common route first time through. There's a skipping-text function, but I suggest saving now and then instead of waiting for the routes or anything. Each route (except the final) has 2 endings. All are worth seeing at least once, and there's not obviously a "good" and "bad" ending either.

**Route Opinions**
--spoilers ahead--

~Naruko: Childhood friend route...and they go into that theme HARD, if it wasn't obvious before you got into the route, seeing how utterly dependent Tomoe is on her. She's the tomboy who gets really girly as soon you return the shard-super cute and endearing when acting all embarrassed and shy (her tone changes drastically), but you only see it briefly for her route at all before the relevant drama occurs. Her route asks the question of would you rather briefly bright or on low for a very long time?

~Yuri: Her route is dark. Granted, as soon as you get into it and realize just what happened, it's kind of explained but still really messed up. She's quiet and oppressed but also nurturing and sympathetic. She's initially introduced from Tomoe's perspective as angelic, but I don't agree with that assessment. Her route asks a really screwed up would-you-rather: mind-broken life in a perpetually oppressive 3-way, or unintentional assisted suicide and hiding the truth for who-knows-how-many years from the one person who cared about them?

~Minamo: It seemed one-sided and Tomoe wassn't really into it until almost the very end. It was like rehashing the second chapter's worries to me. It has interesting twists to see it through, but a familiar question: Stand in the way of the person you care about and their dreams, or forsake it and take it on yourself to be there for them and fill that whole in their life?

~Aine: SO much plot and exposition is saved for this route it's insane. Aine-Eina? Really? They swapped 2 letters...I'm not an expert on Japanese naming, so I'll assume they wanted it similar on purpose, but if not, wow is that just too alike and could've been re-thought. You finally get to hear her song! It's short but beautiful! The guitar you've been repairing? It's put to use! For how he was acting for the rest of the game, I don't know why anyone didn't try restoring Tomoe's shard, ask about, or attempt to look for it (Yes, Aine had it, but still, no other angel talked about the concept despite being so into helping broken hearts and being better than Aine at detecting them)? The ending is heart-wrenching. I was never fully on board with the earth having a fractured heart, but it was unexpected enough to muddle through that knot of a plot tie-up. Her route is zenith of them all, the true ending and worth all the time spent wanting characters to understand the obvious and the their sulking. If you have a soul, there will be tears by the end and it will be wonderful.



-Long common route
-Real plot depth
-Shows what love is and can be
Emotional yet Bittersweet
This is my current favorite Overdrive title (I've read Edelweiss, Eiden, Kira Kira, Deardrops, d2b). It's also one of the more unique visual novels I've read to date.

Most visual novels have this expectation that after all the story/drama/development, the main romance(s) still mostly turn out ok in the end.

Don't expect that in Bokuten. That's not to say this story is devoid of happy moments; some of the best moments in the game are the happiest. But the tone of the VN is very somber and many endings are at least bittersweet if not arguably bad ones.

But don't let that deter you. Bokuten has some amazing themes related to love and happiness and many characters to get emotionally invested in.

Bokuten has one of the most unique common routes in all of visual novels. Without spoiling too much, Tomoe, the MC, has to make important choices related to other characters and their relationships.

Many times there isn't really a "correct" choice, depending on the situation. You have to make your best judgment call based on how you feel about the characters at that point. These choices do affect which main heroines you romance eventually.

Every single main heroine story is just as bittersweet, if not worse at times. However, each route has a very different and beautiful theme and Tomoe develops quite well in all of them (in addition to the common route).

While most of my writeup seems heavy, a bunch of the stuff you see in typical eroge/visual novels is still there. We still have solid slice of life/light hearted comedy scenes before the drama starts. There's H-scenes of course but even the common route may have a few that'll surprise you if you're not ready.

I really really like the soundtrack. As stated, this story is very emotional and many of the tracks that play are fittingly emotional as well. There's happy songs, bittersweet songs, dark songs, somber songs, etc. They really help you get in the moment in key scenes.

Tomoe is a solid protagonist with deep yet understandable personality and good development. The main heroines are all likable and most side characters are quite interesting as well.

As long as you're OK with most endings not being unequivocally happy, Bokuten is an incredible emotional ride. As stated above, there are great themes of love and happiness spread throughout that you may even learn something from.

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