Title: Nanairo Reincarnation
Developer: Silky's Plus
Release Date: September 27, 2019
Reviewed On: PC
Publisher: Sekai Project
Genre: Visual Novel
I’m always glad when I manage to discover a dating sim that isn’t only for fan service but instead manages to balance scenes of romance within its dialogue. Developer Silky’s Plus has managed to find that balance in their newest visual to come west, Nanairo Reincarnation. The biggest surprise for me was the idea that the girls surrounding the protagonist seemed to want his blood a little more than him. That said, this game has some unexpected twists that might make it worth your time, although it’s impossible to pass on the fan service in this eroge.
Nanairo Reincarnation is available on Steam as an all-ages version as well as on Denpasoft with a free 18+ patch for Steam.
Nanairo Reincarnation introduces the main protagonist Kagami Makoto who inherits his late grandfather’s house after he passed away. Finally deciding to move in, he notices an unexpected guest, his childhood friend Iyo, who only he is able to see. Thinking that he is just hallucinating, he realizes that Iyo does indeed exists, but she’s a zashiki-warashi. After that, he meets a pretty woman, named Kikyou, who turns out to be a demon. This is when he realzies that his family is responsible for guiding spirits to the afterlife.
Following these bizarre events, Kagami accepts the task of helping spirits who wander around and guide them to find peace. To do this, he has to carefully listen to the spirits, which becomes a bit difficult at times. So, he summons different kinds of demons who are ready to assist him. Along the way, he meets the detective Azusa and a student named Kotori who also lend him aid.
A considerable part of Nanairo Reincarnation is slice-of-life. While Kagami is trying to help several spirits, a group of demons seems to always be around him. This part of the game is rather light-hearted with plenty of hilarious dialogue that was funnier than I would like to confess. A thing I loved is that everyone acted exactly like family towards each other, and although the demons are servants of Kagami, he never treats them as such. He always respects the girls, and everyone gets along with each other. During scenes when they are eating together, I couldn’t help but adore their chemistry together.
Something to keep in mind is that Nanairo Reincarnation isn’t completely a horror game. However, there are still some gory scenes. You go through several cases and try to investigate them, but there isn’t a way to influence these events by choices. Mysteries during the game slowly get revealed. At times, some cases can seem out of place, but there is a compelling reason surrounding the events. Through this, it’s easy to tell that comedy is one of the main genres since some cases focus more on entertaining the reader. That being said, I ended up liking the more emotional cases during the game. There were times when I just wanted to cry due to the unlucky cards dealt with some of the characters.
The romance during the story seems authentic and romantic. During gameplay, there are choices available that will influence which girl you will get together with, although, most of the time, the outcome of the decisions will be pretty obvious. The romance slowly develops between the girls and the protagonist; it’s easy to see the growth in their relationships and pick up on their excitement. I feel like its better for the reader to understand the feelings of the characters if the writing puts enough time into their development, which Nanairo Reincarnation perfectly managed to do.
Something that is easily noticeable is that the artwork here is gorgeous. I found it fascinating that every girl looked entirely different such as the kemonomimi girl or the adult and sexy demon, and yet each of them had a certain charm. It was hard for me to decide which girl I wanted to go to first because I found every one of them appealing, be it the looks or personality. Additionally, the voice acting and soundtrack is of a high-quality and greatly complemented the gloomy and cheerful events.
Nanairo Reincarnation turned out a bit different than I first assumed, I have to say that I am glad it ended up going in the direction that it did. The romance and comedic elements are well balanced, and to me, the feelings between the characters felt genuine. Not only the romantic relationship but also the friendships are in the foreground here, and it’s touching to see those relationships grow throughout the story. Their bond is something else, and while sometimes disagreements do happen, the characters still stick together. That said, I can recommend Nanairo Reincarnation to anyone who is looking for a high-quality rom-com visual novel with some strong emotional events.
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