Mihama Academy - on the surface, a closed learning environment established to nurture students who find themselves at odds with the world around them; in actuality, an orchard-cum-prison built to preserve fruit that has fallen too far from its tree.
Whatever the circumstances behind its establishment, Mihama Academy is at present home to five female students, all with their own reasons for "enrollment." For better or worse, each girl has established a routine obliging of her current situation; life moves at an idle, yet accommodating pace within the walls of Mihama.
Yet with the arrival of the institute's first male student, the nearly preposterously opaque Kazami Yuuji, the students at Mihama begin to fall out of step with their predetermined rhythms. Will Yuuji prove to be the element the girls around him needed to take hold of their lives once more, or will the weight of their pasts prove too steep a wall to overcome?
And in the first place, just who is Kazami Yuuji? While the true nature of the "job" he is wont to alight to at the most haphazard of moments remains shrouded in secrecy, one thing is for certain - his encroachment upon the quiet orchard known as Mihama Academy will prove itself momentous in one way or another. And of course, one cannot discount the possibility that perhaps Yuuji himself carries the weightiest past of any of the students...
<report>This ended up being one of my first real visual novels and I almost kind of regret it. Grisaia manages to do so much so incredibly well and sets the bar so high that once you read it, a lot of other novels feel disappointing by comparison. One of the rarest things in this medium is having a likeable protagonist that keeps you reading more than the girls themselves, and that is exactly what we get from Yuuji. Not that the girls aren't great either, all of the girls have very distinct personalities that works great and the whole cast has this chemistry together that you just don't see very often. Every scene feels like it has something to offer and you never feel like you are reading some padded text. Definitely give Grisaia a shot if you are interested in what this medium has to offer.
<report>Has an entertaining common route that does a good job mostly focusing on the character's relationships with each other. The individual routes vary in quality from total nonsensical garbage to really unique and interesting. The protagonist is fairly unique and fun to watch but doesn't actually have much substance in this entry. The heroines all seem interesting a first glance but most fail to completely deliver as good characters during their own route. I did overall enjoy this and don't think its awful, but it is certainly not the masterpiece that many seem to think.
<report>Truly outstanding game, not the first to deal in character with mental illness and mental health but one of the best, it goes so many interesting direction both for the character and the story it's truly impressive.
All the routes/girls are great and interesting, also filled with a lots of different emotion, general production value are great, love the music, art, great sex scene but this is a vn that would be as good without the porn.
Recommended to any fan of story focused visual novel, an experience that has genuinely marked me !
<report>Heard many good things about it so I might have gone in with too high expectations, but I found it to be overall somewhat of a disappointment.
The common route and character chemistry at the start can be entertaining, but the later stages often felt too far fetched or over the top for me to be really engaging. I'm not reading VNs for their realism, but I guess the combination of going over the top while maintaining a serious atmosphere felt as clumsy writing to me.
The characters and their chemistry is overall pretty well done. But the romance itself is straight up poorly written. While the circumstances in the relationship progress sometimes rather dramatically, the relationships themselves do not.
I wouldn't say straight up avoid it, but don't go in with high expectations either.
<report>Grisaia is one of those VNs that is difficult to quantify in a single review score. It's nothing short of extreme - I've seen it summarized as a "harem on cocaine", which feels very accurate. Most plot elements are ballooned out of proportion onto a scale you rarely see with other VNs, especially not harems. And while, for the most part, many more people seem to like rather than hate it, Grisaia is a very polarising VN. I don't think I've seen a single person say that it's just "okay" - it's either an extreme love, an extreme hate, or an extreme love/hate relationship.
My recommendation here differs based on how critical you are as a reader. If you're emotionally focused when it comes to... Read more »
<report>Grisaia is highly original and an absolute stunner. I read this VN in 2019 and it was by far the longest one on my list. It was the fourth series I picked up and I can safely say it's the best one ever.
This game is set in Mishima Cape, a fictional town in Kanagawa Prefecture. Mihama Academy, unlike most VNs with highschool setting, is a private dormitory which is home to five, later six students who have all had a traumatic event in their past. Yuuji, Yumiko, Amane, Michiru, Makina, and Sachi. Each heroine's traumatic event is brought up in their route in the form of a flashback, along with how they ended up in Mihama Academy, and we see how these incidents have affected them.
<report>Half of the visual novel is a telling of shenanigans, while the latter half splits to five heartbreaking stories where 'the fire really hits the fan'. The gist of it is about a protagonist being played the fool by students with abnormal personalities, having the most sane personality out of the rest of the students of the school. You are led to solving a trauma for one of the five students you decide on, the trauma that resulted in their abnormal personality.. The shenanigans portion of the game before the route splits off might seem like your normal everyday conversations, but there are a huge number of hints being dropped from each and every character's lines as the conversation flows on... Read more »
<report>The Fruit Of Grisaia is one of the biggest visual novels out there, both in size and production quality. The script is around a million words long and the novel takes over 50 hours to read through. However Grisaia suffers from some pacing issues, and a lot of the filler content feels repetitive. In my opinion the game would have been better off with about a third of the script cut out or compressed.
The game begins with a lengthy common route, after which you will get one by one choices, that will ultimately set you off to a character route with one of the five heroines. All of these routes will then have two endings, which you'll get based on a choice you make towards the end of the route... Read more »
<report>I got around to reading Grisaia no Kajitsu.
The common route was quite a lot of fun and surprisingly didn't drag on at all for me. I often heard about how long it was, so I was worried since I don't have much of an attention span, but it was over before I knew it, and when getting into the seriousness of the routes, I found myself kinda missing the comedy.
And there is the problem I had with Grisaia; the writing of the routes was quite a letdown. They basically all dragged on too long with the "setup", and just when things started to get exciting, the route would end. Or it wouldn't get very exciting in the first place, and I'd end up thinking "Oh, it was all resolved just like that... Read more »
<report>While Fruits of Grisaia is a highly regarded VN, I found large parts of it aggressively bad. It's ostensibly a romance/drama VN with a premise and heroines that seem interesting at first, but things are quickly brought down by probably the worst protagonist in any VN I've read and tedious pacing issues.
Yuuji, the protagonist of Grisaia, is by far the biggest problem with the experience, and he reads like a Mary Sue dreamed up by a 15 year old redpill in training. In addition to making him a super spy who can do anything and an edgy dick, Frontwing takes almost every opportunity to highlight how cool, brooding, and aloof he is, and it quickly becomes cringey. Most of the common route is... Read more »