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Review of Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai

SubjectHoshi Ori Yume Mirai
ByVote: 3thenekrock on 2020-09-03
ReviewWhy hello there, NekRock here. Seeing how vndb finally added this feature I decided to finally get some things off my chest and lay to rest the feelings that have been germinating for quite a while in regards to this visual novel, titled Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai.

Allow me to preface this text with stating that I actually loved Hatsukoi 1/1. Everything about it felt genuine. The characters felt genuine, the story felt genuine, the drama felt genuine and the feelings felt genuine. Despite its more than obvious shortcomings, I wholeheartedly enjoyed that visual novel. Yes, there were some extremely questionable moments, especially in regards to the MC in the infamous Runa route, but the elation that I’ve experienced while reading easily outweighs the cons for me. Even now, it’s still my Top 11th Visual Novel. Needless to say, back in early 2019, being the filthy EOP that I am (I am working on changing that soon), I was very much looking forward to the translation of the second tone-works title, Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai. All that developers had to do was to simply iron out the imperfections of the previous title and do everything else in the same manner. Then, we would easily have a candidate for a perfect 10 out 10. One important thing for success in my eyes was, however, that it should not be just another Hatsukoi. Now, if the vote that is visible on top of the page is anything to go by, I surely did not get another Hatsukoi, but something else. Truly something else entirely.

Let’s start this review off with the technical side of things. The art and CGs in this VN look great, the OST sounds nice too, and the hentai scenes are well drawn. Not written, but drawn. That’s about all the positive things I can say about this visual novel.

Regardless of how things look and sound, the most important thing about a visual novel is its story. When it comes to Hoshi Ori, the writers seemingly set out to make the best Pure Love Story they possibly could, but somewhere along the way they’d forgotten about the third word in that tag.

Calling Hoshi Ori a borefest is an understatement. It’s one of the best cures for insomnia on this planet. Nothing, and I mean, Nothing happens in this visual novel. The guy meets a girl, they hang out, they fall for each other, they go out, they have sex, time skip, they live together, they work, they have some more sex, they get married and sometimes have kids. Oh, sorry, I’ve just spoiled the entirety of all 6 routes of this visual novel. There is no drama, no development, no comedy, yet, somehow, the characters are perfect. Perfect to a fault.

Let us now go through the characters and the routes in the order that I’ve read them. First things first though – the protagonist. It seems the backlash from Hatsukoi did not go unnoticed, so this time around we get the most perfect protagonist you could possibly ask for. He is the Ultimate Gary Sue Tips Fedora M'Lady Nice Guy, the most painfully generic cardboard cutout romance slice-of-life self-insert MC I think I’ve ever seen. The fact that you can rename him is only serving to prove this point further. In Hatsukoi 1/1 the protagonist was a normal high-schooler, that actually lived with his parents, which is quite a rarity to see nowadays. Not only that, but we are given actual explanations with real reasons for parents to leave the house and for MC to be left alone. Here, however, the MC just kinda moves into an empty two-storied modern house, because his father, whom we never even hear, had apparently bought it and was like “Ugh, whatever, you can live there I guess”. Sounds just perfect, doesn’t it? Shame that wouldn’t really happen, like ever. This happens at the very beginning of this visual novel and it’s but a tip of the iceberg of the excessive “perfection”.

I am not going to go over common route. Nothing happens there, you just kinda do some obvious choices, choose the girl and go onto the route. Starting off, I still had a lot of hope for Hoshi Ori. Remembering Yukino from Hatsukoi, I’ve decided to get the childhood friend route out of the way first.

Marika – probably one of the more inoffensive routes of this visual novel. As I’ve already stated a number of times, nothing happens in this visual novel, so there is really not much to talk about here in terms of plot. But in the very first route, you can already notice just how unbelievably “perfect” the live of our protagonist and how shallow the drama of Hoshi Ori is. One day the aquariums, that our main characters were building for the school festival or whatever it was, broke. The reason being the glue that they used. So how would our brave protagonist, let’s call him Gary, solve this ordeal? “Simple”, he says: “I’ll just call up this renowned architect, who is my idol by the way, whom I got on speed dial! What, we used the wrong glue? Oh, poppy-cock! What to do? Oh, you will just give me the special aquarium glue for nothing in return? Why thank you, Architect-san!”. That’s actually the most dramatic moment of the entire route. After finishing it, my immediate thoughts were, simply, that it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. It was okay, I guess, but, not much to write home about. Oh well, I thought, it’s probably because this is a Childhood Friend route, surely, it gets better, right? Right?

Rikka – out of everything, this route probably has the most amount of the thing, that could remotely be classified as “plot”. As I was reading, however, the ugly truth has slowly, excruciatingly slowly started rearing its head. The boredom, the ungodly boredom has started to set in. The fact, that this is the longest route in the visual novel did not help at all. At the time, I was still trying my absolute best to find some enjoyment in the reading process, but, by the time the after-story rolled around the drowsiness was already there. Yet, after finishing this route, I still thought to myself, okay, it might not have been the most engaging thing ever, but there’s still 4 more routes to go. It can’t get worse, right?

Misa – Oh, how wrong have I been. This route is pretty much the pinnacle of everything I legitimately hate about this novel. The sheer amount of “perfect” luck our guy Gary displays in this route will make even Komaeda Nagito from Danganronpa 2 jealous. “So there is this Ultra SS Rare 5 Star Fish that is pretty much impossible to find in our waters, but wouldn’t it be nice to display it for the festival, Gary-kun?” – “Damn right, Mid- I mean Misa, oh wait, what’s that swimming over there?”. Honestly, I was shocked the dude didn’t straight up catch it with his bare hands. Then after some time, the aquariums get covered in some algae or fish jizz or whatever. The festival is pretty soon, so how will our guy Gary solve this ordeal? He will do… jack. That’s actually the way it was explained in the visual novel. The characters will do absolutely nothing and the aquariums clean themselves. Hell, once the festival begins, there’s literally one single line addressing this. “We came here in the morning and everything was alright”. That’s it. This is it. This is the absolute extent of drama in this visual novel. Nothing happens and everything gets resolved. All I felt after finishing the route was pure disappointment.

Natsuki – I actually kind of liked her character and I was somewhat looking forward to her route. Sadly, as soon as it went exactly as all the other ones, I finally became completely disillusioned with this visual novel. One issue, that became apparent here, is that once the characters confess to each other, any semblance of a plot goes completely right out of the window and the text of the novel turns into unnecessarily long winded dialogues, filled with only “I love you No I love you more”. At this point, I was not looking forward to anything anymore.

Touko – in all honesty, I cannot remember anything about this route. Seriously, it’s like a gaping void. The only thing I remember is that the grand reveal for the reason that Touko has the key to the old school building is that her father gave it to her. That’s it. That’s the biggest plot point.

Sora – by now, the righteous fury was the only thing holding up my drooping eyelids. The whole Forgotten Childhood Friend angle was obvious from the first 5 minutes of the visual novel. The characters try to build a planetarium, it breaks down, the Architect dude obviously helps our guy Gary for nothing in return. I had already given up on this visual novel before this route was even over.

And don’t even get me started on the after stories. They could simply be cut out entirely and nothing would change, hell, maybe the visual novel would’ve been better by just 0.01% then. Every single route has an after story and each of them goes on for like four hours. It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear that absolute zilch happens there. There are six routes. That’s 24 hours in total, an entire day of my life I am never getting back.

With that all out of the way, Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai is a visual novel I would never even consider recommending to anyone. If you were to take a look at my votes, you’d most likely see that I hardly ever give out a low score. I enjoy a lot of stuff and I do enjoy me some nice vanilla slice of life, but, there can certainly be too much of a good thing. Everything in this visual novel is painfully perfect, the protagonist is perfect, the girls are absolutely perfect, the entire life of our main characters is filled with nothing but perfection without a single hardship, and if anything were to happen, who cares, it might as well solve itself. Honestly in the end, this novel was nothing more than wish fulfillment porn, aimed at the lowest common denominator. If you want a nice pleasurable experience with little drama – read Majikoi. If you want a visual novel about the importance of love and family – read Clannad. If you want a nice romance slice-of-life visual novel set in high school – read Hatsukoi 1/1 for crying out loud. Everything Hoshi Ori tried to do has already been done better.

This was my little opinion piece on the thing called Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai, which I really wanted to make for a while. If you had actually read this jumbled stream of consciousness until the end, why thank you very much. Honestly, all the scores and the eloquent essays that I’ve seen in regards to this novel make me feel as if we read two entirely different things. Or is there something wrong with me? Seriously, if you actually enjoyed this novel, I highly implore you to share your opinion. Anyhow, thank you and enjoy yourselves.

Comments

#1 by funnerific
2020-09-04 at 01:21
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If you had actually read this jumbled stream of consciousness until the end, why thank you very much.
No, thank you. This pleases me.Last modified on 2020-09-04 at 01:22
#2 by runningmorpher
2020-09-14 at 09:21
< report >I honestly though I was the only one which felt like all the routes were boring and uneventful. With these glowingly high reviews and also the majorities favorite heroine being Rikka. I concluded that I lost the spark to play visual novel. After reading this, i'm ever the more grateful that someone also had the same opinion towards Hoshi Ori. Nicely written review!
#3 by flutterz
2020-09-14 at 20:56
< report >My thoughts on the matter
#4 by llee1000
2020-09-14 at 21:28
< report >kekw
#5 by onorub
2020-09-14 at 22:02
< report >And i thought i was harsh by giving it a 6. I still insist that if you only care about the chemistry between the girls and the protagonist, you might give the big rating that the moege crowd gave. I'm kinda baffled that anyone would think the After Stories were meaningless, without them some routes like Sora's would be downright worthless.
#6 by cameron997456
2020-09-14 at 23:15
< report >The thing about Hoshi Ori is this. Technically speaking it is fairly boring content wise and is fairly uneventful but what it does is, is make it seem more like a real life scenario (in presentation). That is the appeal to many people since even though the content itself is boring most people don't find it boring to actually read. Obviously some do but that's why this isn't for everyone but thats the same with every VN some people don't like certain aspects. Unlike others though this one makes it fairly clear why most people would like it or hate it, if you want something fairly close to real life, especially in most of the after stories, this is the draw in. If you want more of a SOL/Moege that focuses straight on the cute girls aspect and lack in the idea of future things Hoshi Ori for the most part doesn't drown in that as much.

Obviously as you mentioned everything is perfected though which isn't quite as realistic but considering most other VN's that pay 0 attention to after stories and such, its different.
#7 by thenekrock
2020-09-15 at 05:23
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Technically speaking it is fairly boring content wise and is fairly uneventful but what it does is, is make it seem more like a real life scenario (in presentation). That is the appeal to many people since even though the content itself is boring most people don't find it boring to actually read.

But that's exactly what Hatsukoi 1/1 was and why I loved it so. It seems I didn't really make it very clear in the review itself, but my main gripe with Hoshi Ori is not just because nothing ever happens there, but the fact that this novel has about as much artistic value as there are valuable argumentative points in #3 picture. The whole thing might as well be classified as Nukige, it is quite hentai-heavy too. The concept does appear to be focused on real life scenarios at first, but the longer it goes, the more it starts to make something like Fate Stay Night look like an everyday occurence with just how bafflingly unbelievable everything is. Yet Hoshi Ori is made and written by the very same people as Hatsukoi, some of which worked on Clannad even, which leaves me even more perplexed.

And what even is the point of the overly long after stories? To further sate some sad poor sod's starvation for imaginary love and affection? Hell, even then there are visual novels that do that better.
#8 by messiahprinny
2020-09-15 at 06:47
< report >I enjoyed the hell out of it. I absolutely understand people hating it. I was frustrated by it at first but I just kinda accepted the vibe it was going for and really enjoyed myself.