時計仕掛けのレイライン -残影の夜が明ける時-review

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#1 by craxuan
2013-02-16 at 18:08
This is an extensive review on the Visual Novel Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Zan'ei no Yoru ga Akeru Toki-.

To put it mildly, this VN is ten times more amazing than what I've expected after experiencing its prequel, Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Tasogaredoki no Kyoukaisen. The reason was simple: Its prequel ended in a most abrupt and dissatisfying way that it wiped out most good feelings I had for the prequel despite good quality. This is because Tokeijikake no Ley Line is an episodic series told in 3 separated VNs - though I honestly they can make it in one easily; the money making strategy is so obvious - and hence the abrupt end. Doesn't make it in any way justified though.

But I'm not going to talk about its prequel today. So, moving on.

First, the story and plot. The mysteries that were unexplored before were now revealed rapidly in a most exciting and nail biting fashion. You may have come to anticipate the truth of some things, but the VN will manage to surprise you again and again no matter how smart you are. Motives were explored, resolutions were made, and actions were taken decisively with no pointless dragging, thus making it some of the most impressive storytelling I've seen for a while. This is so much better in comparison to the recent release of Kara no Shoujo 2 - or at least, KnS 2's presentation was downright horrible, thus pulling down its storytelling quality as well. And also, the ending is a lot well-tailored this time! No sudden pull of the carpet from underneath your feet! Yay!

Characters. With further exploration into the heart of both old and new characters, you would deepen your understanding and even sympathy into various previously fogged characters such as the Headmaster. The love relationship between the 2 main protagonists developed in a most satisfying and realistic fashion, and I could easily imagine the scenarios real life even if we take out the magical and constant crisis elements. The emotional spikes all the characters bring forth as they sink deeper and deeper into the truth is just magical and amazing.

Speaking of Resources (art, text, music), everything is absolutely top notch. Art from Unisoft is as usual amazing, and while the H-scene CGs is still a level below the sprites and normal CGs (lol) it's obvious that they did not shortcut things like, unfortunately, how Baldr Sky did with its various fandiscs (Ex: DiveX). The writing fit the Visual Novel styles perfectly; no awkward sentences whatsoever. Anyone who thinks the BGMs mediocre probably needs to get their ears checked. In short, amazing work here by Unisoft.

Presentation. Now a VN may still suck even with top notch Resources if they present them in a most terrible and distorting fashion. One of such examples would be Kara no Shoujo 2 where they somehow absolutely screw up the presentation such as abrupt music fadeout, delayed sprite motions etc, and destroy what should've been a terrific experience of horror and mystery. They could definitely learn some tips from this VN, because as far as I'm concerned I did not experience a single discomfort during my time reading through this VN. Facial expression transitions were perfect, pose transitions were never awkward, the music fade in and out of a scene with such wondrous grace I might as well be listening to an orchestra. Absolutely amazing.

Finally, the System. Well, pretty standard, but more importantly there were no noticeable defects that drew my attention like some VN does. Perhaps they could include Z and X as part of the hotkeys like how GIGA did for more comfort, but otherwise there's nothing bad I could think of at the moment. That alone is good enough.

Overall, a 9 out of 10 for this Visual Novel. It was not as epic as some top ranked VNs, but this is definitely some of the best VNs I've read yet and very likely to win a spot in my Top 10 VN of Year 2013, if not the official ones.Last modified on 2013-02-16 at 18:10
#2 by krafty
2013-02-16 at 19:11
Great to hear, I was on the fence about starting the prequel because of the mixed reviews, but now that you've written this one I will definitely give the series a shot. Thanks!
#3 by overmage
2013-02-16 at 19:21
I want to know if you ever get to bang the Headmaster
#4 by craxuan
2013-02-16 at 19:34
Yes you do, and in her Another Story you get an extra girl too! XD
#5 by overmage
2013-02-16 at 19:35
Oh... damn... I'M SOLD
#6 by crauwil
2013-02-18 at 14:17
> Overall, a 9 out of 10 for this Visual Novel.
You shouldn't read VN anymore, really. If Ley-Line stands on the same level as masterpieces like Cross Channel, G-Senjou no Maou, KKK for you [god, you even gave a 9 to awful & detestable JOKER] your taste is... oddly enough, I can't even find a proper word to describe how horrible it is.Last modified on 2013-02-18 at 14:20
#7 by overkill373
2013-02-18 at 15:56
^thats up to him and him alone, people have different tastes and enjoy different things

just because you dont like one thing doesnt mean that another person shouldnt
#8 by gerardlonewolf
2013-02-18 at 16:00
"Stop liking things that I hate!"Last modified on 2013-02-18 at 16:00
#9 by gabezhul
2013-02-18 at 16:01
"Stop hating things that I like!"
Yeah, post #6 is all kinds of wrong...
#10 by assassinator
2013-02-18 at 16:05
Not saying the other guy doesn't have questionable taste, but....
If Ley-Line stands on the same level as masterpieces like Cross Channel, G-Senjou no Maou, KKK
G-senjou
masterpiece

Yeah cool story bro.Last modified on 2013-02-18 at 16:14
#11 by overmage
2013-02-18 at 16:13
but G-sen isn't a masterpiece, not by a long shot, unless side routes that are there for the sake of being there a masterpiece make
#12 by assassinator
2013-02-18 at 16:49
Overmage, you need to carefully reread what I wrote. In no way was I saying G-sen is a masterpiece. Also, if you remove the side routes, it's still not any closer to being a masterpiece.


Leyline is 84, 82.81 on EGS, so initial impressions are that it's decent, for comparison, around the same rating as Kara no Shoujo, 2nd ef, and AIR. Not nearly as bad as that Crauwil guy is making it out to be in any case.Last modified on 2013-02-19 at 00:28
#13 by feni007
2013-02-19 at 11:59
Was Fuhito's route passed off to some random intern? I rather enjoyed the story for both games and was really looking forward to her off-story, but everything about it was just...wrong. The protag(who I love) felt like a completely different person, and not in a good way. Everything else about the route was completely irritating and not in the least enjoyable.

Fortunately the main story was a good read and I'm looking forward to the 3rd installment. I'm curious to know if Kasumi gets her own route.
#14 by craxuan
2013-02-19 at 12:32
You have to view it this way: People act differently (what we normally call wear different masks) towards different people, and towards Fuhito that just happens to be the way the protagonist felt appropriate to act. It's not like he suddenly went all out gentleman with all sorts of odd knowledge that he never seemed to have suddenly popped into existence, though even that may happen with proper storytelling.
#15 by overmage
2013-02-19 at 12:55
@12: sorry if it wasn't clear but I was addressing my post to #6 not yours
#16 by krafty
2013-03-07 at 04:49
I just went through both games, and I must say the series is pretty fun.

That having been said, the first 70-80% of the second game drags a bit, and although it has its entertaining moments, it is kind of a rinse-and-repeat of the first installment: random problem with a magical item arises, protagonist and co run around a bit without a clue as to what's going on, some quick deduction is done, case is solved-->go to next chapter and repeat.

Sounds boring, right? And it would have been if not for the characters, especially the protagonist, the main heroine, and the school principal, all who stand out notably from the usual mold of generic stereotypical puppets. The art and music also really help give the unique feel this visual novel carries, so that's another plus.

But the content in the last 20-30% of the novel is where this title truly shines: you get hit by a big plot twist and several reveals (I think at least 5) that have all been hinted at at some point, and they're all pretty big game-changers that mess with both your perception of the characters and any previous attempt at predicting what was supposed to happen next. THIS is definitely how you're supposed to drop a bombshell, and I applaud the author for his/her tour de force.

As an aside, there are two heroines I really would like to see in the last installment: Rito and Michiru (who should get together with Shizuka, the poor chap deserves some love after being on the receiving end of all that teasing.) Last modified on 2013-03-07 at 04:50
#17 by hiding-in-a-box
2013-04-06 at 09:09
I just finished reading both VNs and I really have to thank this review. I wasn't really interested in going through the first game when it came out, thinking that it would be just your standard fare magic and high school sleuths story. But after reading your review, I decided to give it a try. And boy, good thing I did. I really enjoyed both VNs. We definitely need more honest reviews like this around here.
#18 by undying12
2013-04-30 at 01:36
the only thing I want to say after finish the two:
terrible character routes ... >_>
#19 by hiding-in-a-box
2013-04-30 at 05:36
terrible character routes ... >_>
I have to agree. The character routes just seem to end abruptly. But I guess if they revealed too much then it would have spoiled the awesome main route.
#20 by phantasm
2015-11-29 at 17:59
< made a new thread for my question >Last modified on 2015-11-30 at 15:02
#21 by bunny1ov3r
2017-05-07 at 03:42
Looks like I am late to the party, but will try to comment something anyways.

Eighty-percent into reading this novel, my impression of this title is much like that of the first installment. The structure issue has improved, but the narrative is still loose and episodic. The mood of the storytelling shifts between the main characters team trying to seriously solve mysteries and offbeat silly comedy that ruins the previous rhythm. The general impression is that the story is trying to go somewhere, in a very haphazard way. A lot of situations just randomly happen. Characters are okay, I suppose, but a lot of conflicts arise from motives that are superficially portrayed to say the least.

However.

the ending arc is quite impressive, as it more or less tied up all the previous foreshadowing into a cohesive plot, where I previously thought they were just some random setting. Finally, we experience something akin to "ah so that is why..." moments of revelation.

And really, does it get any better than a cute imouto suddenly pops out and magically saves the day (night), along with the protag's best friend goes out in an emotional fashion, only immediately transforms to a girl?


7.5/10

True heroine best girl, with the library girl best at moe.Last modified on 2017-05-07 at 04:24

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