A road trip visual novel about a group of high school kids who want to make their last summer together one to truly remember, beginning with forming a punk band and culminating with a journey across Japan in a battered old van. Along the way, they encounter both triumph and tragedy, and learn a whole lot about who they really are.
From the Archives: Twinkle, Twinkle - Back when I first started reading it, it became clear that the visual novel Kira Kira was something special. It raised a bunch of interesting things to talk about, even before I’d seen the whole story. So with that in mind, here are my reflections from my early hours with Kira Kira, with more to follow … Continue reading From the Archives: Twinkle, Twinkle
From the Archives: Meaning in the Madness - With a lot of the games I’ve played over the last few years — including many of the visual novels that I’ve read — I’ve found myself thinking “gosh, I really wish I had this when I was a teenager.” Not just from a technical standpoint — though naturally the games of today look and sound … Continue reading From the Archives: Meaning in the Madness
From the Archives: Kira Kira Hikaru - Today I’d like to talk specifically about one of the narrative paths of Overdrive’s visual novel Kira Kira. Specifically, I’d like to discuss Chie-nee’s path. There are spoilers ahead, so be warned if you’re planning on playing this. (And you should — it’s really rather good.) This article was originally published on Games Are Evil … Continue reading From the Archives: Kira Kira Hikaru
From the Archives: Kira, Kira, Kirari - I wanted to address the music-themed visual novel Kira Kira again today, if I may. I know I’ve covered it a number of times recently, but it strikes me as quite an interesting if not important work that does a number of particularly noteworthy things. Specifically, with what I’d like to talk about today, I would … Continue reading From the Archives: Kira, Kira, Kirari
The MoeGamer 2019 Awards: Ten Years, Ten VNs - The MoeGamer Awards are a series of “alternative” awards I’ve devised in collaboration with the community to celebrate the sorts of things that never get celebrated in end-of-year roundups! Find out more here — and feel free to leave a suggestion on that post if you have any good ideas! – It’s nearly the end of a … Continue reading The MoeGamer 2019 Awards: Ten Years, Ten VNs