Having just recently played Collage, a visual novel translated by those guys from Altogether 2006, I can’t help but compare this work to a film I just watched (for school purposes, mind you), Jologs.
While the differences between a Filipino film and a Japanese doujin visual novel are paramount, the main aspect that is clearly seen throughout both of these is that the entire thing is, essentially, a small lapse of time being relived out through different perspectives. In the film, Jologs, we first see the day of Ruben, a university student struggling with his financial woes — lacking 8,000 pesos to pay off his tuition.
In Collage, we see life through the eyes of Yuuko Sasaki, a normal working woman who just recently quit her job and got dumped by her boyfriend. Again, we see a pattern in the “main” characters’ settings. Both face some problems regarding their personal lives. But the true beauty of their stories is when they switch perspectives to another character. We see how the first character affects the other, in their words and actions — seen and unseen. When they do another twist, we learn even more about the first two characters and how they all each play their roles in the grand stage of life.
Truly, these two forms of art have their merits and demerits. One, a Filipino film, is plagued with some problems such as the language barrier, the slight inconsistencies that may pass, and other such problems. The other, a Japanese Visual novel, also has its fair share of problems, like the rather simplistic design (which may turn off some viewers) and lack of actual character sprites/pictures. Despite this, their achievements in their own respective fields make them worthy enough to be experienced by anyone willing to cast aside their doubts of it, for the lack of a better word, being a waste of time.
Well now, I certainly sounded full of myself. I kinda suck at writing deep reviews, because I just mostly go “it’s good” or “it sucks”. Either way, these past 11 days (of hell) with no internet are a mix of good and bad. My skill at StepMania has drastically improved (holy fuck, I can get a C at most of the things in the Touhou Project), I learned how to commute to a bunch of places, including SM Megamall, so I can go play Giga Wing whenever I wanna. Plus, I got School Rumble volume 3 and Negima volume 12, plus, Christmas is around the corner, which means I get money to buy a figure or two. Hopefully.
Hm… I kinda ran out of stuff to write about even with such a long hiatus, so I guess that’s it.
Oh, and I finished Tsukihime.
PS: I was kinda stupid since I forgot to put in a picture, and to talk a bit about Tsukihime.
PPS: I thought of jamming in the final CG from Kohaku’s route, essentially, the last CG in the game, but then I figured that people would hate me. So I just uploaded it and will leave it online ’till I can’t anymore. So there.
PPPPS: Well, happy 10th aniversary, DoA.