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. But it has both quality and quantity.
(Also note I wrote this section at a different time as the rest of the review, so my knowledge is more plentiful)
The main protagonist and a brutal warrior. Rance is incredibly perverted and only seems to think about H. However, he does have a nicer side to him. He is my favorite character in the series, and one of my favorite characters ever. He’s such a funny character, and his development from all the event of the games is just superb.
Rance’s cheerful mage slave. Despite being his slave, she loves him and believes him to be a good guy. I really like Sill. She is absolutely adorable! Sadly, in the true route, a certain event happens to her, which made me cry.
Kou is the princess of Oda. She is incredibly innocent, and is polite to everyone. I LOVE Kou. Her introduction in this game is perfect.
She has a lot of bad things happen to her, which makes her a character you will feel bad for.
Nobunaga is the ruler of Oda. He was once a great warrior, but has become sickly in the last few years. He is a really chill guy, and thus, is also really likable.
Suzume is one of the best Kuniochi in JAPAN, if not, the best. She went to assassinate Rance on Iga’s orders, but after he survived her H, she decided to stay in Oda with him. Suzume is a very playful girl and loves to have fun. I quite like Suzume, however, her scenes in Sengoku of her and Rance having fun make me sad, because of what happens to her in Quest. Honestly, her scenes with him in that game are some of the best things AliceSoft has ever made.
Isoroku is an archer from the Ashikaga house. She is very dedicated to her job, even in the sexist environment within Ashikaga. She is appears to be very cold, but has a more lady-like side to her. Because of her brother, Tooru’s, death, she is trying to give birth to a male that can be the heir to the Yamamoto Family. I quite like Isoroku, but I will admit, I wish she could realize that a women could be the heir. But, I guess that’s how the real world Japan was at the time.
Kenshin is the leader of the Uesugi Clan, which is mostly run by women. She is known as the “Goddess of War” and is only rivaled by someone like Rick Addison as the best swordsman (or would it be swordswoman in her case?) in the world. She is very emotionless and cold on the outside, but has many moé traits. She LOVES food, and considers a giant Rice Ball to be a small snack. Kenshin is not only my favorite girl in this game, but my favorite girl in the entire series.
Ai is the chief retainer and tactician for the Uesugi Clan. Ai is basically just Kenshin’s serious side, but much more cynical. There isn’t much more to say about her. Despite this she’s my 2nd favorite girl in the series. I really have no clue why that is.
Ran is Sounn (the leader of the Houjou clan)’s girlfriend. While they both love each other, their relationship isn’t on the best of terms right now, due to his job during the current war. Ran is a typical tsundere, but is still a very likable character, though I know a lot of people dislike her, I thought she was very cute. Too bad her route is the weakest of the 4 (or is it five counting the KTM “route”?). It doesn’t have the intensity of the Isoroku or True routes, and isn’t as fun as Kenshin’s route. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever read, VERY far from it, but I still think it’s weak compared to the others.
Miki is the current Demon King (Little Princess). Despite being such a destructive creature, Miki is very cheerful whenever she isn’t the Demon King. However, she hates who she is and wishes to not be the Demon King. Her, Kentarou, and the Holy Kanata Nikkou are always trying to escape from the two Demon factions. The Kaybilis Faction, who want to kill her and turn Kay-Chan into the Demon King, and the Hornet Faction, who want her to become the Demon King. It’s not really something that’s talked about in this game, but it’s a very interesting part of the series.
Kentarou is a very strange guy. He’s Miki’s childhood friend, wilder of the Holy Kanata Nikkou, a great swordsman, but is… weird. He does things that are very odd, like eating rocks. He’s obviously a parody of shounen protagonists, and the events “Kentarou’s Great Adventure” are some of my favorite scenes in the VN.
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.