Intro: In a distant future, a young boy named Sorata joins the ship Norn with a young woman. There, you will follow 3 girls as they learn to protect the people on-board with their powers. Just wtf is Norn9 and the fates of all on-board? Why are they being attacked? And who is the traitor among them?
My play order: Kakeru ➔ Senri ➔ Akito ➔ Heishi ➔ Sakuya ➔ Itsuki ➔ Ron ➔ Masamune ➔ Natsuhiko
There’s 3 heroines each with 3 men they can woo. We have Koharu, the most adorable thing ever, Nanami, the reserved and also adorable ninja, and Mikoto, the pampered princess who takes on the burden of others at her expense:
Tbh, I can’t decide who my fav is. Koharu is just so HNNNG and cute and I loved her. I feel like she got the worst canon dude but thankfully Senri/Masa was there. Nanami was holding a lot of darkness that’s only revealed in Akito’s route and I like the quiet and blunt heroines. And tsuntsun Mikoto not only has gorgeous ass hair but she gets the hottest of all the dudes. Like holy crap give me Natsuhiko.
Kakeru: Looks handsome & is voiced by the wonderful Yuki Kaji but HOLY FLIPPING NO!! A do-S who bullies Senri, this jackass pairs up with Koharu. At first I was honestly convinced these two were the cutest thing ever and deserved that OTP medal. Not only does he fall for her out of nowhere, but the whole backstory had me going “Are u really in wuv with her dude?” I guess you could argue he was attracted to her innocent nature and well, she’s so flipping cute. Like if I were a guy hell yes I would fall for her! She’s like that pure
Kakeru’s daddy won the worst father of the year award. The earring he wears turns him into papa’s slave & apparently cuz of this he came up with the brilliant plan to get everyone to pair up at the beginning of each route so they can determine who the traitor is. Which makes no sense considering he asks the women to choose their partner & in some routes Koharu never chooses him lol. Ur saying he was so focused on pairing w/ her he just let her pair up w/ another person?
It was cute at times-really, there were cute moments. But damn. I just didn’t believe in his ❤ for her. Hated the route. He can have the peach tree.
Senri: Thankfully Senri’s route was believable when he fell for Koharu. Due to Akito kicking down his door he is forced to lol communicate. Koharu is “too bright” for him since she’s so nice to everyone and she genuinely wants him to open up. At first he doesn’t want to forge any relations with others since when they reach their destination they could be enemies in war. He’s constantly mumbling to himself and trying to shove his chores onto others.
Koharu still tries to befriend him but she gets more than friendship 😉 His route was pretty short but like 10000000x better than Kakeru’s and this one had NO plot. Like it was literally character development and yet I loved it. I really wish this guy had more time to shine but I was still glad with what we got. He was definitely what I needed after the mess that was Kakeru’s route.
Akito: To say I was excited for his route is an understatement. He’s the cook and always snaps at people when they compliment him or do smt stupid. I liked how the mystery built up regarding their relationship. At times it felt a little too angsty but it was still entertaining and I felt bad for Nanami with how self-deprecating and self-loathing she was.
Now, idk wtf the translator was doing but it’s like they felt they decided to change his personality. This has the Japanese voices so when you compare the translation usually you can go yeah that makes sense. Or it works.
I just…listen, a tsundere can be a pretty rude person. But holy shit. The translator chose words that made him sound like a pompous butthole! He called Mikoto a shrew several times, told Nanami to stfu, etc. It rlly effected my level of enjoyment. I was too busy going wtf to the word choices when he got flustered. Or upset. The translation made him sound too cruel and like hellloooo I can understand what he’s saying like wtf?!
This issue made me reluctant to continue his route until I was just playing it to finish it. So
when the revelations came out about Senri and Nanami and her powers I could tell that I normally would be going POOR BABIEZ but instead I was like, is this over yet? It had all the elements that I would love: a tsundere, a strong heroine, a complicated past that gets in the way of the budding attraction and yet I couldn’t care. At all.
Heishi: Hiroyuki Yoshino is amazing. His voice was great. Now if this game did anything, it twisted my biases. Not only are tsunderes my fav type but I usually am not that enamored w/ flirty tropes or, with Heishi, the dumb genki guy. The last route that gave me actual dokidokis was Saint Germain’s and like, how the hell can anyone top that? He still made me go “Oh thank Jesus” cuz this route was good.
He has telepathic powers and sometimes lol can’t control them and broadcasts his thoughts/feelings to everyone. He asks what she’d do if he turned out to be the traitor but she says she trusts him completely.
He grew up in the circus cuz his parents abandoned him. Like holy crap every parent in this game needs to die in a fire. He starts to realize how beautiful Nanami truly is and says she’s cute. At first she’s all wtf does dat mean weirdo ಠ_ಠ but she gets the dokidokis when rofl Heishi tries to express what it means to FEEL things for someone. He grabs her wrists and shares his emotions with her saying it’s not what he’s actually feeling. Just a past experience but lol he’s blushing so much and like idk how Nanami buys it cuz she’s all ok u totes don’t like me. But when she starts feeling those same things for Heishi she panics because of her powers.
Natsuhiko and Ron just have to ruin everything. Heishi tells Nanami his dream is to have a family and asks if she’ll help him and she says YES lol. Of course, this is where shit hits the fan and sure enough Natsuhiko and Ron are here to kill them but Ron decides he wants her for her powers. To protect Heishi, she erases his memories.
Ron threatens to kill Heishi if she tries anything so she avoids Heishi and like nooooooo poor dude doesn’t understand what’s going on and thinks Nanami hates him. As with every route Itsuki’s dream scenario happens and this is when they confess. In the real world, Heishi and her try to discuss the issues at hand but bcuz Ron is still threatening his life, she can’t do much. She tries to push him away saying she took his memories but he doesn’t give af and kisses her saying he loves her despite that.
Things happen and they decide to run away together. Idk wtf they were thinking but in one of his bad endings they suddenly pulled a yandere out of nowhere so I’m sitting here going wait wut. It literally scared the shit out of me cuz like no. Heishi this isn’t like you. Stop that.
Oh well. Everything else was good. I didn’t mind that whole angsty as hell jealousy part. I didn’t care much about anything because I really liked these two but dat bad ending was like a 180.
Sakuya: He’s got long hair, he’s the princely type and he’s elegant af. What could go wrong?
He’s childhood friends w/ Mikoto & was sickly his whole life so when Mikoto received her powers, everyone including himself, considered her a goddess. This praise drove her to the brink where she could only think of becoming a shoulder for others and neglected her own happiness. She could only find peace with Sakuya, but alas, fate had other things in mind.
One day Sakuya was gifted with the ability to see into the future. He can’t control it or choose when/what he sees but nonetheless he foresaw that he would die when he fell in love. While Mikoto made him swear he wouldn’t love anyone, Sakuya felt deep down in his kokoro that finally he could be the shoulder she needed!
Sounds nice and I guess I could understand how possessive he is. I just didn’t like him the more his route went on. He was always hinting that cuz she’s a girl she can’t do certain things. Dat she must be a flower that looks pretty and nothing else.
And omg she completely became that dumb flower. She was such a strong character and his route tore all that down. Love doesn’t make you weak, it can only build you up. But not with Sakuya lol.
To make things even greater he tells her that now they’ve finally confessed to each other he needs to visit her bedroom tonight cuz he’s been waiting. For 10 years. To do her. DUDE WTF?! Mikoto never goes ew stfu even tho he told her as a KID he wanted her. He wastes no time trying to take her on a date or anything. He’s just well now that everything’s done let’s do it! NO.
Itsuki: The other part of the Mikoto love triangle and the perverted flirt.
When I first saw him I thought hot damn he’s got a man bun. Ugh, I’ll give him that he isn’t so annoying as the usual pervy tropes but I really don’t think this trope does anything for me. At the best I end up going, eh, I guess that was nice. At the worst I think go away and never ever come back. Gross.
I appreciated how he valued his friendship with Sakuya (are they even friends idk) or smt cuz he saw that Mikoto would b better off with him. So he tried to ship them. He never got jealous & it was refreshing to watch the development. U rlly see that he’s just a “commoner” who puts her happiness above all others. He’s afraid to let her go but also to really care about her so after he kisses her he hides in his room becuz he’s terrified of his emotions.
Idk why but Mikoto goes to see him and you have NO CHOICE in this. They do it. Like I was sitting there going omg they’re gonna do it. Wtf? Omg they did it. Dafuq?! Cuz like what exactly do they know abt each other? I don’t even. Wut? It just happens no matter if you’re going for the Tragic Love End or not. They will always do it. Always.
It came out of flipping nowhere and then things happened and bam the route was over. Do you have any idea how many turns this could have taken? He’s cast as the street rat and yet in less than an hour of playing this route they have sex and frolic away. I really wanted so much more from them. He had so much potential!!
Due to plot lol he does smt to her powers and I couldn’t help but rage cuz since he and Heishi can control dreams and use telepathy, couldn’t they summon Kakeru and tell him who the traitor is? Like wtf?
And idk if this is just the translator “censoring” things but in one dream they do it lol and it says smt like they stayed up all night doing things. Like I’m pretty sure the original said smt diff but it wasn’t voiced.
Oh well. I guess it was ok but damn. They went from one kiss to last base too soon.
Ron: Is always high af so he’s wears sunglasses cuz he’s cooler than you. I rlly liked how Nanami instantly was biting his head off. At first I was like holy shiet girl, that’s a little harsh, but this guy’s radiating mega pedobear ultrawaves and he’s always walking around w/ his tits of steel. Srsly, has no one seen that in Itsuki’s route he uses barriers with his nips? Like omg I couldn’t stop laughing at that. Nanami is 16. Ron is 25. 25! Like if she was 18 I would’ve been more “ok” with the events but holy…
I was majorly creeped out. I couldn’t believe he had a route with her-if anything, Mikoto should’ve been paired with him as she’s the oldest. I’d have loved to see Itsuki or Sakuya with Nanami.
In the first chapter, I shit you not, he asks her to become his lover. Then while shopping, Setsu spills a drink on her and it smells and makes her nauseous. She escapes to the woods where she faints. When she wakes, Ron is there. He undressed her to help her body dry since she was soaked from the rain. Immediately she thinks he did smt. He assures her he didn’t but then goes u wouldn’t know anyways if I did. I should have *creepy chuckle.
He asks if she thinks murder is evil then pushes her down and forces a kiss on her saying you couldn’t escape if u tried and u’re prolly cute if u scream. NOPE. He lets her get up and she punches him so hard his glasses fly off his face. Dude why don’t u keep them off? Sure u got one diff eye color but this is an otoge. Not like that’s weird, right? lol
Anyways in the bad end she becomes some doll and loses her eyes. In the good end he sets Aion on fire after stealing Koharu’s powers, takes his eye out, and lets Nanami erase his memories. So lol he becomes a doll in the end. Ugh I hated how Nanami became this lifeless girl who just did whatever Ron wanted. He even told her to kiss Natsuhiko in the bad end and she freaking did it. Ew.
Also how the hell did he fall for her? The route felt like he was just some perv who preyed on Nanami cuz she had powers, was younger,and liked him. Just stay away Ron. Die.
Masamune: Idk what the translator was smoking but apparently Masa’s the oldest on board…when rlly Ron is. Wtf. Masa is the “gentleman perv” and leader of Norn. Koharu is so worried about how easily he could be tricked into doing jobs on his own that she stays up all night to study mannerisms lol. Koharu is all zomg I get the dokidokis when u help ppl and just she’s so freaking adorably innocent omg. He turns around crying rofl but Nanami ruins the moment by comparing the two as father and daughter….
Anyways he bcomes her megane-sensei and warns her that Itsuki is the enemy of women. Koharu is so confused abt how he rants that all men who promise good things r vile so she asks how the prince & princess fall in
Kakeru get sick, she tries to help yada yada Lol one of the bad ends involves Heishi and Namami making cookies with Koharu for Masa but turns out sweets make him drunk? He grabs the girls and Kakeru comes in and:
He leaves and Masa abadons the World to build his own kingdom while giving the girls “lessons”…
If u continue on Koharu finds him sneaking away with the cookies in the middle of the night to eat them. She’s glad he didn’t throw them away and goes to leave but she lol steps on a twig (dem darn twigs r always tripping up our heroines lol) & he suddenly creepers up 2 her and goes fuck ur cute and kisses her. She decides to read a book abt kissing (a fairy tale) and Masa talks to Sakuya abt it. When she asks Mikoto what kissing means Sakuya tells her it’s only done on special occasions.
She flipping tells him point blank that she’s been thinking abt how he kissed her and he falls out of his chair and asks why he did it. He apologizes and she thinks he means he regretted doing that and to make matters worse he says they prolly shouldn’t b partners. We get constant flashbacks where he’s all sorry that was a mistake.
It takes Itsuki’s dream powers for him to realize OH she actually wanted me to kiss her. Like a lot. Like this much:
Lol but he never went um bad things? like most ppl would. Once again translator spoils shit when Masa tells Koharu it’s alright. He tells her to have faith in him but the translator says instead a ton of shit that wasn’t even there. Like we won’t be separated. I can’t tell you now etc.
It doesn’t take a pro to realize this is wrong. Even some casual anime watcher can see this isn’t right. WTF IS DIS SHIT?!
To wrap things up I liked his route a lot and I honestly think he’s best for Koharu. He felt like he actually cared about her well-being and did all he could for her. She was able to rely on him and while it was “traditional” and some feminists might go nope lol I honestly really liked this route. They worked together and I don’t understand why he was the least fav character. If anything, creepo Ron should be dead last.
Can we all praise Koharu’s seiyuu? In this cg she nailed the emotions & I admit I teared up. For the first time EVER she was able to be selfish, to cry, to be upset. And she needed to let that out. Thanks Masa. U r perf.
I liked how important the friendships between the girls were in this route and I was surprised with how much was centered around Mikoto x Sakuya. I also liked how Akito was so kind to her. Like why didn’t he have a route with her? Omg his tsundere level would’ve been over 9000!
Natsuhiko: To say I was glad I was almost done is an understatement. I was so. Done. With this game. Natsu is like da man everyone wouldn’t stfu abt all over twitter. Like dayum calm ur tits y’all! Mikoto decides she ain’t got time to watch anyone so she goes investigating on her own (well Sorata tags along) & presents her lol drawings to everyone of Natsu.
Ron pushes her off Norn & Natsu catches her. From there we have Mikoto doing what most YA heroines need to do: instead of going shit he’s hot! they should be defending themselves against the enemy. Thank you for being smart. I was surprised with how brave she was and even Natsu was like whoa girl.
Anyways unfortunately all dat tension quickly falls apart. Like it was cute that he made that hiyoko to comm w/ her even tho she didn’t know she was rlly talking to him but ugh they get stranded, he loses his memories, he tells her I WUV U and then they do it. Like it even said that even if she wanted to escape he was too strong.
Next morn, Ron comes to kill them but things happen, he gets his memories back and turns out Shiro is dead. And Kakeru kind of went insane lol and welp that’s all we ever hear about him.
Idk, I mean his route was the best for Mikoto and refreshing cuz we finally aren’t on Norn and the plot didn’t dance around and shove romance in to distract u from said plot holes. The sudden ero scene was like wut rofl and as sexy as he is I was like why is dis even happening right now? WTF.
*Le heavy sigh
Sorata’s Epilogue:….My head hurts due to “plot what is consistency syndrome?”….
Let’s get this over with. The translations aren’t kusoge but they sure as hell aren’t good. Like I’m all for supporting localizations of otoge because guys. This is a niche market-we have to beg for these games and even then it’s rare we get one. So yes buy this if you want to show them you want more games because this is the only way you will.
Don’t pirate these games guys. You rlly are doing more harm than you think. Please look up what it takes to even localize visual novels if you think they’re not expensive to do so.
Even so, with the Japanese I know, I want to provide a little info regarding these…”translations.”
So from my understanding, Aksys was behind schedule with Code Realize and Norn9, so they had to speed up the process and get these games out. Idk why…but if you know please let me know^^
Not only does Koharu call the guys Mr___ and other times doesn’t, we have stuff like this. Idk how snow could be scary but hey, some are deathly afraid of pickles and mustard (I mean no offense to them). But everyone knows that YUKI is snow…
There are a few cases where the character speaking has the wrong name.
He’s sitting next to Mikoto and somehow this happens? Like lol how? And when she freaks out, normally Sakuya would be threatening Itsuki if he did do smt lewd like this but they think she’s overreacting…meaning there’s no way this happened or the translator failed sooooooo hard.
There are plot relevant spoilers that are revealed when really the characters never mention it.
The translations can ramble on and on with stuff that never was originally there. For instance, two ppl will be discussing Heishi’s cooking or smt and it goes ON and ON and half that shit isn’t even there. Like I’m sitting there read the text but the Japanese voices have already ended and they’re STILL talking and none of it is what was said.
I could go on and on and on.
The thing is, as annoying as this was, it wasn’t a deal breaker. Yes, it pissed me off that this wasn’t fixed. That stuff was added as filler that never existed. That the wrong vocabulary was used.
But like I said, it’s rare enough to get these games. Guys can complain that otoges only come out but when you take a look at the games coming out for them there’s so much. And they even get eroges and stuff. Steins Gate, Xblaze, and a whole slew of mangagamer games. Like this list goes on and yet all I hear is that they don’t have much????
We have literally 5 of these games. That’s it so far. So don’t even go there. (Not counting the multiple ports of the same Hakuoki game)
I’m not at all saying that hey go buy this half assed translated game. No. I’m not sure at all what I should even say. It’s up to you.
In the end it still had the same plot and gist and it helps if you know any Japanese no matter how little. In a way I learned a lot from this lol. Of course this doesn’t excuse the translations at all but I won’t be boycotting this. If you want to support otoge and get more out then go buy this. If you’re one of those snobby purists then don’t bother. Get the import cuz u must be fluent or smt idk.
All I can say is that this is up to you. It was actually kind of hilarious seeing these translation fails and made me feel smarter when I knew that the dialogue was off.
Dayum for a game that’s so loved by the otoge community that was a let down lol. I didn’t know why half of these couples fell in love. I didn’t get why they had sex so early on when they could have spent time on improving the writing and building up that tension so that when they did do it, it was a payoff. Instead I was like wtf.
I did enjoy some routes: Heishi, Masamune, Senri, and Natsuiko…but like I only really enjoyed Heishi’s the most but even then the bad end ruined his character and his good end was like wtf is dis shit?
The plot was a mess and there’s no denying this game was a fanservice to reverse harems. Not all of it was bad. There were some really interesting concepts such as the resets and I really wished the plot had a stronger presence. Instead it was all about angsty hormonal teens on a ship.
I liked how there were 3 heroines and they were voiced. They each had their own personalities and they each had a set of guys. I just felt like most of the pairings were wasted. Kakeru was a turd that never deserved Koharu and his only lover shall be a peach tree. Sakuya…and Itsuki…ugh no. Ron is pedobear.
I will purchase the fandisc if Aksys releases it but I’m not excited for it. If anything, Code Realize is what I’m salivating over.
The music and art were great as expected. Everything else was a varying mix of cute to wtf. I just…I don’t get why this game is sooooo freaking popular. At all. Am I missing smt? Sure the translations weren’t great but I understood the Japanese enough to get what was missing or wrong. But ugh I just didn’t really like this game. It had good moments but what a let down.
If you want to play Norn9, I rec the Japanese version if you understand the language because….the translations were THAT BAD.
If you decide to do that, please consider buying Norn9 through my link to help my blog and college debt thank you!!!
What did you think of Norn9? What otoge are your favorites/least favorites? Who was your fav character? Least? Are there any games you want to see localized?
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