Title: Uchikano: Living with My Sister
Release Date: April 28, 2022
Reviewed On: PC
Genre: Visual Novel
Visual novels are here; they’re dominant and a lot more popular than you probably realized. With Visual Novels ranking at the top of sales on the Nintendo Switch, Playstation Stores, and Steam, it’s hard not to find one that caters to a more “specific” audience. We can look around at several translated titles, and you would be hard-pressed to find a genre that Visual Novels have yet to cover.
If you’re a fan of being called “Onii-Chan,” or maybe you just enjoy a cute imouto (little sister) route, then you’ll most likely want to check out “Uchikano – Living with my Sister!”. Developed and published by Argonauts and brought west by MangaGamer, this heartwarming short story is about our voiceless/faceless protagonist Tachibanaki Keisuke and his younger sister Riho.
Keisuke is a typical Japanese salaryman with a habit of drinking with his friends during his spare time. Riho is his younger sister working towards her preferred University and preparing for entrance exams.
One day, his mother happens to catch a highly contagious sickness, forcing Riho to stay in Keisuke’s apartment for the foreseeable future. While living together, the pair slowly realizes that both are not entirely in tune with societal norms. Riho often imagines being more than just a younger sister, while Keisuke is confused by the thoughts and emotions that begin to take shape and affect his work and social life.
This is an eroge, and there are several fan-service CGs sprinkled throughout the story. This is heavy with the romance, and you can consider this a strong, drama-free, romantic visual novel centered around the taboos of loving a blood-related sibling. I enjoyed the art style, and aesthetic the game presented.
Regarding settings and UI, It has exactly what you’d expect if you’ve played visual novels before. The game allows for several re-sizing options for your preferences or to fit to whatever screen you’re playing with. Also included is the classic “skip only read text” option and a mute feature for the voices in-game.
The UI was exceptionally clean and doesn’t take up the screen as it was a part of the bottom portion of the text box. It includes the usual save/load, quick save/quick load, backlog, voice replay, skip, and auto modes. A nice feature integrated into the UI was the snapshot feature, which does exactly as you may imagine. It saves a screenshot of the game into a personal folder wherever your photos are defaulted to.
UchiKano is a kinetic Visual Novel, which means the story has no relevant choices that change the outcome, and the ending is the same regardless. Something to note is that there aren’t many characters in this game that have a face and voice, as the game is primarily based on Keisuke and Riho and their relationship.
The Sexual content in this game is relatively vanilla, and there isn’t anything extreme that you should be looking for. I’m not typically a fan of the blood-related brother/sister romance; however, this game did that subject well. While it touches on the fact the relationship is outside of what society finds acceptable, I still found myself rooting for Riho and her feelings for the ever-dense Keisuke.
UchiKano’s romance narrative doesn’t come off as forced, even with its taboo themes. If you’re looking for a 3-5 hour story fueled by fan service romance, this is a great way to wind down and relax. I found myself putting the game on Auto and enjoying the fluff and sugary sweet moments. This game isn’t revolutionary in terms of its genre, but it’s still a fun and sweet ride nonetheless.
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