Visual Novel: Akatsuki no Goei ~Tsumibukaki Shuumatsuron~
Akatsuki no Goei ~Tsumibukaki Shuumatsuron~ is the direct sequel of the original Akatsuki no Goei, with a more focused plot building off the setting and all the foreshadowing in the previous 2 games.
To talk about the plot in Tsumibukaki Shuumatsuron, I really need to explain what the 禁止区域 (Kinshi Kuiki) is. (I just left it as kanji in the previous review as well since I couldn’t be bothered trying to think of a good English translation.) Anyway, the 禁止区域 is basically a designated lawless zone where only criminals live. These 禁止区域 areas exist all over Japan and thanks to them Japan is considered one of the safest countries in the world.
Asagiri Kaito was born and lived most his life up until becoming a bodyguard in the 禁止区域 so he knows how dangerous it really is. Stealing, violence, murder, rape, etc. all occur on a daily basis. If you want something, then take it by force from someone else. If the police are chasing a criminal and the criminal escapes there, then they give up on the pursuit. (Although if the police could actually do anything bodyguards wouldn’t be in such high demand.)
Anyway, the first thing which happens in Akatsuki no Goei ~Tsumibukaki Shuumatsuron~ is the government starting an operation to completely clean up the 禁止区域 by forcibly evicting all the people living there. Of course this doesn’t really go as well as they planned because most of the residents joined forces to wage war on normal people in resistance.
Right after that prologue happens the game goes back a few months in time and the game goes back to the usual atmosphere that was in the previous 2 games and continues like that as time moves on and gets closer to the big event. When it does catch up though, Kaito ends up being a major part in the event. Depending on which route you go on he resists against the 禁止区域 residents by helping the police, other former 禁止区域 residents, or his bodyguard friends, so you really get lots of different perspectives on it. There’s even a route where he goes back to the 禁止区域 and participates in the war against normal society.
Just like with the previous 2 games in the series it was really enjoyable to read. Comedy and character interactions are a strong point, but this time the story itself is much stronger. The world is created well and in an interesting way. I was especially impressed with the fact that the writing never actually tries to argue that the 禁止区域 lifestyle is wrong (besides it being against the law). I mean sure people who weren’t aware of what it is like to live there are shocked, but otherwise its just treated as the natural thing, (which in context it is, people born there wouldn’t know any different and it would just be how the world works to them).
Posted on November 22, 2016, in Reviews and Impressions, Untranslated Visual Novels, Visual Novels and tagged Akatsuki no Goei, Akatsuki no Goei ~Tsumibukaki Shuumatsuron~, Kinugasa Shougo, Syangrila, 暁の護衛, 暁の護衛 ～罪深き終末論～. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.