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Review of Mirai Radio to Jinkou-bato

SubjectMirai Radio to Jinkou-bato
Mirai Radio to Jinkou-bato - Download Edition
ByVote: 7.3llee1000 on 2020-11-15 last updated on 2020-11-22
ReviewComing on the heels of Hakuchuumu no Aojashin (Thankfully, I promptly forgot about Einstein. but that's a whole other story), it's pretty easy compare the two and see what sort of things Laplacian did that was similar and different. I think there is a common throughline through Laplacian's various works that can be easily traced in how they compose their various stories.

Mirai Radio is a story that is seemingly grand in scale, but is ultimately an intimate story between two people, that being Sora and Kaguya. The story revolves around them, no more and no less. It's a tale of self-discovery and finding what is most important. It's an emotional ride and definitely one with many ups and downs.

The characters are all fantastic. They have great chemistry (no pun intended...?) with each other as their various interactions are endearing and heart-warming. In the more serious moments, it becomes intriguing to learn more about these characters and what makes them tick. The moments of self-discovery are an equally shared journey between the characters themselves and the reader. Watching these characters grow over time is a journey in and of itself.

Sora, the protagonist, is a pretty stand out character and is probably one the main driving forces of the narrative as a whole, so it's satisfying to read everything unfold due to his involvement.

Mirai Radio delivers on some really emotional scenes that push the characters to their tipping point. It's pretty cathartic to see it all unfold as these events come and go. Nonetheless, Ono Wasabi is pretty damn good at imbuing the story with these emotional touches. the great characters work hand in hand with these emotional scenes as neither can succeed without the other.

However, Ono Wasabi's greatest weakness is his prose. What he delivers can be pretty fantastic, but how he delivers it can be sort of lacking. It does not pack the same sort of punch as say, Maruto Fumiaki, for example. I read that Ono Wasabi majored in astrophysics in university and that shows in his writing. His writing style is a lot more objective and describes how things are instead of describing how things feel. Sometimes it does feel like I'm reading a lab report as opposed to a true blue story. Emotions and subjectivity is the core conceit of any story and removing that subjectivity can remove a lot of the intimacy with the the emotions. "Unazuku" is a microcosm of this in full effect. That being said, the core emotions were there but it could have used a step up in the prose department to elevate it to higher levels.

Another issue I have is the whole sci-fi element of the VN. I know Laplacian is a sci-fi company at heart, but sometimes these elements just feel unnatural and can be pretty jarring when compared to the rest of the story. Especially near the end where I felt like the sci-fi elements being introduced were way too convenient for the direction the story was headed. To me, a lot of sci-fi in story just ends up being too convenient for its good and Mirai Radio is no exception, which is sort of a shame.

The main flaw with the VN is its length, as I felt it was too short for its own good. The romance especially felt shafted for other ideas and would have made Mirai Radio much more heartfelt if it gave time to properly develop the romantic relationships. The two side routes, Mizuki and Akina, do not contribute to the main plot at all, but they're serviceable enough on their own. Those two routes just felt sorely lacking of what made Mirai Radio feel special in the first place. Tsubaki and Kaguya's routes were short, but sweet. The ending was alright, but like I said in my last paragraph, it didn't exactly stick the landing perfectly.

There were a lot of good moment sprinkled throughout and I'm very glad that I read this, but there were quite a few flaws holding it back from reaching its greatest potential.

Comments

#1 by fuukanou
2020-11-15 at 16:38
< report >IMO the biggest problem with Jinkoubato is that it starts off too good and the actual routes couldn't keep up with how good the common route was. It was a classic example of "peaked in the demo" for me.
#2 by llee1000
2020-11-15 at 16:49
< report >Yeah, I agree that the best moments were probably during the common route. The routes felt too short for their own good to be anything that amazing.
#3 by fuukanou
2020-11-15 at 17:06
< report >#2, with how many games this happens to me, a part of me can't help but think that they've got to be purposely putting a lot of hype and buildup in the trial version and slacking off on the rest of the game.
I can't count how many times I've played the demo of a game and thought "wow I can't wait to play the full game"; perhaps that is just the more fun part, just imagining how cool and exciting the game could be rather than actually playing it :/
#4 by llee1000
2020-11-15 at 17:16
< report >Lol true.

I rarely read trials, so I rarely ever feel jebaited. Though it does make sense that they would put all the epic stuff in the trials, so they can generate hype and sell more copies.