I consider many visual novels to be a form of art, and Yume Miru Kusuri is one of the best I’ve ever read.
Kouhei Kagami is a Japanese student with excellent grades and a fairly normal social life, but feels empty and transparent inside. The story revolves a pivotal moment in Kouhei’s life where three girls, that have more problems than himself, meet him for the first time and soon make his life a roller coaster of emotions. Kouhei must choose to save one of them from their own despair.
The plot follows the same basic route for the first half of the game. Kouhei goes about his life and makes friends with three main girls: Aeka, Mizuki, and Nekoko.
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I LOVE the scenario of YMK. It follows a fairy basic structure for a VN, but it goes into much deeper themes.
Each of the 3 routes are very good, and there really isn’t one that’s much worse than the others. Something strange for a multi-route VN. Even in some of the best VNs out there, like Rewrite, Fate/Stay Night, and Katawa Shoujo have weaker routes (i.e. the Chihaya, Fate, and Shizune routes).
YMK also covers some mature themes, so if you’re sensitive to things like drugs, sex, or bullying, I’d recommend skipping this title.
I love the character cast of Yume Miru Kusuri, and it is the strongest aspect of the game.
The main protagonist. Kouhei is an honor student, but is still unsatisfied with his life. He reminds me of the typical Key protagonist. That isn’t a problem though, since I really like Key protagonists. I also really liked Kouhei. He has flaws, and is very caring, so he’s a good character.
Aeka is a girl who transferred into Kouhei’s class who seems to be rather strange. However, after a particular incident, she became a frequent target for bulling. Because of that, Aeka is very shy and has very low self-esteem. I loved Aeka, and I could relate to her character. Her route is also very relatable, though it brought up some bad memories. I’d recommend playing her route last, like I did, because I’ve heard that if you play it first, you don’t want to play the other routes.
Kirimiya is Kouhei’s senpai and the student council president. She appears to be an almost flawless student to those who don’t know her, but to those that do, she’s quite lazy, and likes to force her work onto others. Kirimiya is still very smart, but has an intense fear of the future. I liked Kirimiya’s route, but, I thought it was a bit boring compared to the others.
Cat Sidhe Nekoko
Nekoko is a mysterious girl who Kouhei met at the shopping district. She says that she’s a fairy, and looking for the land of the fairies. She is energetic and playful. Nekoko is a hard character to talk about without spoiling anything, and since I want you to play this VN, I won’t. Her route was very good, and brought up some interesting themes.
The art of Yume Miru Kusuri is very nice. There are a few CGs where the art is a bit off, though I can’t show them because they are spoilers. But for the most part, the VN is very pleasing to the eye.
(I wanted to put this song in, but I keep forgetting how to put music into WP)
The soundtrack of YMK is amazing. It’s very calming and pretty. I have really no problems with it.
The voice acting is also quite good. If I remember correctly, every character, besides the main character is voiced. For the most part it was quite good, though I remember a few lines sounded a little off.
If you want to play a good VN, and are able to understand and stomach some of the deep themes and disturbing events within, you should play Yume Miru Kusuri. This is one of those VNs that many people seem to like, but not too many consider a masterpiece, however, I think it’s a shining example of how good the medium can be.