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#1 by flourite
2012-06-05 at 03:31
i was very surprised when i played this one, it started out as a harem nukige with i can say that. it's a harem for all of them, but getting changed into something unexpected

this VN really exceed my expectation when i thinking this is just another nukige, and i'm wrong about itLast modified on 2012-06-05 at 03:31
#2 by horseband
2012-06-05 at 03:33
Is there any non spoiler comments you can give about the game?
#3 by warfoki
2012-06-05 at 03:37
The spoiler section doesn't spoil anything, though doesn't tell anything exact either.Last modified on 2012-06-05 at 03:37
#4 by moogy
2012-06-05 at 03:44
At first glance: Harem moege
Actual content: Sci-fi setting with a timeloop

That about sums it up. Pretty decent writing and very well put-together for something with obvious budget and time constraints.
#5 by unravel
2012-06-05 at 08:35
Visual novels: the best timeloop stories since ever.

(Commented not to forget to check this one out.)
#6 by flourite
2012-06-05 at 14:01
LOL

because, i was too afraid of spoiler, sometime it just came to me like that.

And also, the protagonist is pretty cool here, even though he is broken -,-
#7 by overkill373
2012-06-05 at 14:11
I'm curious, can you give me a spoiler of how the protag of this Vn is broken?
#8 by flourite
2012-06-05 at 23:05
Well, He can eat at ease with his right hand, even though his hand is hurt badly. He also easily say, " i just need to endure it" with a straight face, and the girls realize why he is broken after that

Don't forget though, he's not the only one who's broken ^_^, i suggest you play it if you're curious
#9 by overkill373
2012-06-05 at 23:14
ooh interesting

I'm always drawn to VNs with protagonists who have a trauma/mental problem

Because I tought this was goin to be a nukige I decided to skip it but now Ill add it to my list

edit: btw were you able to find a walkthrough ?Last modified on 2012-06-05 at 23:20
#10 by flourite
2012-06-06 at 01:53
it's an easy choice, i don't need a walkthrough since it's obvious from the start

i was the same as you, though i play nukige too just for the CG, but i never expected to find something even better in this VN

note : i can't find the walkthrough tooLast modified on 2012-06-06 at 01:53
#11 by chipp12
2012-12-17 at 10:23
link
#12 by clephas
2013-01-11 at 10:13
He is like the ultimate bipolar personality, either completely calm (and cold-minded) or completely emotional. Also, he lacks the natural human desire to go out of the way to avoid pain, which is the reason he is able to use chopsticks despite having a badly burned hand. To him, the inconvenience of trying to use chopsticks with his left hand is more important than the pain using them with his right causes him.
#13 by auntumn28
2013-01-11 at 22:00
From Nukige to a Sci-Fi story ?
Sound interesting, maybe i'll try this in short time.
#14 by roflcopters
2013-07-14 at 23:19
A question before I start reading this. How important are the H-scenes? should I read them or do I not need to?
#15 by ice
2013-07-15 at 03:17
The scenes themselves are about as unimportant as your average eroscene, but you definitely shouldn't just skip through the whole prologue itself.
#16 by conjueror
2014-04-15 at 15:15
I actually work in an evolutionary biology lab and was doing something on the side with the very same animals the setting of this visual novel is based on. I must say that hard science fiction details in this work can easily blow the minds of actual scientists. The guy who wrote this must be like Isaac Asimov of visual novels. :D

It's just too bad that the actual plot is filled with so much sex and light-hearted romance/comedy overwhelming the more interesting mysteries and their exploration. The same ideas would have worked a lot better if they were adapted to something of similar plot structure to Rendezvous with Rama.

Nonetheless, highly recommended. I never thought I'd say something like that about a visual novel which starts with a dozen consecutive scenes of bisexual group sex (bonobo!), but it's among the smartest pieces of fiction you'll ever find.
#17 by brave
2014-04-16 at 01:09
Hard science fiction? My interest has been piqued.
#18 by clephas
2014-04-16 at 07:58
Yeah... I played this through a second time recently, and if anything the flavor of the actual intellectual aspects of the work got deeper after a second playthrough.
#19 by roflcopters
2014-04-16 at 16:11
If you thought this was good you should go and play through the next one in the series. Admittedly, I played the second one first so I may just have preferred it because of that, but either way I thought it was better.Last modified on 2014-04-16 at 16:11
#20 by kiru
2016-05-29 at 17:08
I'm sorta inclined to review this, but alas I'm lazy. So I'll just say this for now:

Nice try, but not like this.

Yeah.. can't really recommend this. To me the biggest upside of this was, that Aoba Ringo had a pretty great role here. Which is something. But next time decide what to write and not half-ass everything and try to mix things that aren't compatible. That ending alone was just.. urgh. Not like this.
#21 by tyr
2016-05-30 at 00:29
alas I'm lazy. So I'll just say this for now
You are saying much more on 4chan though.
#22 by kiru
2016-05-30 at 09:47
Thanks to a discussion starting. I figured it's not necessary here right now and I'll just give my very short opinion, until the fan-tl is released and more people come here. If that ever happens. It also kinda gives me back vibes if the very first example screen of the project has a big TL error in it.. but whatsoever.
#23 by soupygoopy
2018-06-23 at 00:51
There aren't too many reviews of HaruKuru out there so here's one I wrote on reddit/visualnovels: link
#24 by alchemicalhaze
2018-07-08 at 18:48
Checking this thread out because of announcement and now I am pretty excited to read this! Let's just hope SP/DS doesn't find a way to fuck this up.
#25 by kominara
2018-07-08 at 18:50
#24 They will.

I actually hope that they will.

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