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Review of Never7 -The End of Infinity-

SubjectNever7 -The End of Infinity-
Never7 -the end of infinity- Eternal Edition
ByVote: 10videoclog on 2021-07-31
ReviewI went into Never7, the end of infinity, thinking it would be a mediocre work on par with Uchikoshi's other less favored game zero time dilemma. I am extremely pleased to say however, that it turned out to be so much more. The game stars Makoto Ishihara, a 20 year old college student on a mysterious seminar camp due to his poor school performance. Over the course of the novel, I came to learn about the various characters and grow attached to them in ways I never expected. There's the fum loving Yuka, the pensive and reflective Haruka, and the tragically misunderstood saki. Of course the highlights of the game were Okuhiko and the two Morino sisters, all three of which bring so much life to the game. Okuhiko is at first a stereotypical rival character to Makoto, but as he develops you learn his motivations and become enamored with his character. Izumi morino is a mysterious character, that is curiously devoid of screentime for a majority of the game. Without spoiling anything I can say in full confidence that the reason for this is one of the most clever I've seen in a visual novel to date. Speaking of clever, I would like to give a special shoutout to what I consider the best part of Never7, Kurumi Morino. Her silly antics and jokes never failed to give me a chuckle, and her silly character made the serious and down to earth moments containing her have that much more weight, and her ending has one of the best conclusions I've seen in a non-true ending for a visual novel. While Kurumi's character and ending are something to marvel at, I've saved the best for last, the true ending. A combination of science, comedy, and intrigue, this is Uchikoshi at his best. I want to keep this review spoiler free as to not alienate any potential players, so I will just lightly touch upon what makes it so masterful. Throughout the game there are hints as to a bigger mystery behind the scenes of this seminar camp, and each ending gives you another piece of the puzzle. It all culminates in the true ending, and while it may be hard to get there due to the admittedly complicated flowchart of the game, once you make it I promise you that you will not be disappointing. Containing one of the most shocking and satisfying twists in visual novels to date, Never7 is a must play for any fan of Uchikoshi or Nakazawa's works, as well as visual novels in general. A tightly packed game with no wasted time, Never7 is a sight to behold.