Time to talk about a Visual Novel with actual gameplay. Today, I’ll be reviewing Sengoku Rance by Alice Soft.
The story takes place during the 4th Sengoku (warring states) era of Japan, an area of the Rance World which parodies medieval real-world Japan.
Sengoku Rance picks up where Rance 6 left off. Rance, after saving the nation of Zeth from destruction, ran away so he won’t have to marry the princess. He and Sill ended up in Japan for a hotspring trip, upsetting the power balance of Japan, and sets the unification of its provinces in motion. Meanwhile, an ancient evil power stirs from its slumber…
[From AliceSoft Wiki]
The scenario of Sengoku Rance is actually pretty good. Yeah, kinda surprising. There are plenty of twists and turns within the story, making it a very enjoyable VN. There are 4 routes, True, Isoroku, Kenshin, and Ran.
And, crazily enough, this VN actually made me cry, which is very hard to do. Just trust me on that fact, ok.
There are so many characters in Sengoku Rance. Because of this, I will be summarizing them within a separate post.
However, let me say that I adore the character cast of Sengoku Rance. It focuses on both quantity AND quality. Most of the characters are very likable and unique.
I must also mention that the main villain, is a very strong contender for the greatest villain in fiction. He is an example that you don’t need deep motivations for someone to be threatening and badass.
The art of Sengoku Rance is nice. It’s no Muv-Luv Alternative or Fate/Stay Night, but it still is very appealing to look at. The characters usually only have one or two facial expressions, which can become rather strange when something emotional is happening and characters look happy. I can specifically think of a scene with the Mouri sisters, and Chinu looked very happy when something very sad was happening.
(can’t figure out how to put YT videos into WP, so just deal with a picture of Yuzumi)
The ost of Sengoku Rance is one of my favorites. I listen to it quite frequently. There is no voice acting, which is fine so you are able to listen to the music in it’s full glory.
I truly adored Sengoku Rance. It is a high contender for my favorite visual novel. If you want a good time sink, look no further.
While I haven’t mentioned the gameplay (since I am reviewing this as a VN) I must also note that it is SUPER fun.