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Pickup!Look no further for an excellent furry slice-of-life novel!

Jun/10/2014  

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English Ver.
LAGOON LOUNGE
KAIJYU
$11.38 / 1,296JPY
The full English translation of KAIJYU's 2012 hit furry digital novel, HIMITSURI NO LAGOON.
Inc. MusicGays
PersonificationAnimalize
  • Release: May/10/2014
  • Purchased: 893x
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Sousuke, a young, handsome wolf and his twin younger brother Seiya have generously made their guest room available to you while working part-time at the "Lagoon Lounge." The traditional restaurant's owner and chef, a hot-headed but fair tiger named Gou is currently at odds with the conniving Yamato (a cat) who recently opened an upscale bistro just around the corner. The cast is rounded out with fellow co-worker Yujiro and his unrequited love interest, a young woman named Yuri.

The plot revolves around the day-to-day internal operations of the Lounge and its employee's relationships with one another. There is an unchecked fascination with a mysterious, wish-granting fountain in the middle of town which appears to have some connection to the rampant earthquakes which have been occurring sporadically.

With an average reading speed and a good comprehension of the English language, this novel shouldn't last more than two hours. The character sprites, while limited, are very consistent and well done. The full screen drawings are especially great, with the narration being very verbatim when it comes down to describing the action going on in the scene.

As stated above, the length of the novel is very short in retrospect. The branching paths are superfluous as they lead to the same outcome regardless of the player's decision, with the more conservative choices usually just skipping over the sexual cutscenes. Due to the limited interaction, some players may feel removed because the protagonist's personality is set in stone (you are definitely a young, gay male husky from Japan with an implied history). Some of the transitions can be rather jarring (ie. the night-to-day separation is literally, "You fall asleep and wake up the next morning") with no explanation of the events which transpired in between.

For $12 bucks, I can easily recommend this novel to those involved with the furry/kemono subculture or fans of bishonen or bara in general.

4 out of 5 stars. ****

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