Developed by calme and published by Sekai Project onto steam. KARAKARA is a short kinetic visual novel lasting up to 5 hours.[Based on my reading speed] There are no choices to be made at all and is available in English and Japanese. KARAKARA is made possible and funded through an Indiegogo campaign. KARAKARA is the sound of aridity. It is the sound of dry asphalt and sandy winds. It is the sound of relentless sunshine, as well as the sound of a withering race.
Writer Nachi Kio and Original Artist p19 for a chat introducing the new visual novel title “KARAKARA,” by Calme. “KARAKARA”
The Story 6.5/10
KARAKARA features 4 character. It is very lighthearted and has that slice of life feel, to put it in a simple term. I would say you will feel relaxed reading KARAKARA for sure because that is what I felt, its fluffy cute. Like really fluffy, the type where it will melt your heart and make you go *Hnnnnnnng*. In fact when I was reading it I think I was smiling like an idiot 85% of the time. There is no form of extreme drama in it like someone dying or anything crazy like this. For the whole time it’s just smooth sailing down a gentle stream, really a relaxing read through. Story scenario is by Kio Nachi – best known for writing Yumiko’s route in Grisaia, he has also written the scenario for Scarlett and Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm.
The “Age of Dusk.” It is a time of senescence for the human species, during which hybrids known as the “Others”—those who are human, yet not—exist in great numbers. On the windswept barrens of a land without moisture, a small gathering of people make their living in a world they no longer know. The story takes place in America after the “Age of Dusk” with a desert like theme. Down a stretch of highway and far from the heart of the town are two such people who run a small diner. To them, the circumstances that reshaped their world known as the “Age of dusk” is of far less concern than the number of lunch boxes they can load into their delivery vehicle. After all, leaving customers hungry is not good for business, and business keeps them fed. Day after day, they occupy themselves with the endless work of their store. However, the comfortable monotony of their daily lives is turned on its head when they discover a large suitcase by the roadside on their way home from deliveries. Lying on the suitcase, unmoving, is a young girl with pink hair…
Though parched, the three of them keep each other company, and while hollow, they fill each other’s voids.
Audio and Visual Elements 9/10
Visual elements – The art of KARAKARA is what attracted me the most, illustrated by p19 a Illustrator known for the usage of soft pastel colors for her drawings. The moment I looked at the art I was just attracted to it like a magnet of opposing poles it just looks extremely gorgeous and smooth. Next up is the backgrounds they are absolutely just beautiful and detailed. It just compliments so well with the character sprites, colors so well that everything just looks extremely polished. As you can see in the above screenshots Lucia just blends perfectly with the background.
Audio elements – Personally I liked them as they fits in perfectly, 2 of the more notable soundtracks are Blue Horizon and Move On. The moment you start the game the very first soundtrack you hear is Blue Horizon.Though I honestly wish the OP “Rakuen” is in the extras sound gallery menu.
Next Onto the voice acting!! A topic which I really love talking about. [Side effects of idol games] I generally liked Lucia voice the most as it just fits her “motherly” image she has perfectly. Lets take for example at near the end of KARAKARA there is 2 voice lines where Lucia said “Asia, look at me.” and “Asia, do you like me?” those 2 lines is just filled with the tone of what a mother will say to her very own child. If you are curious Lucia is voiced by かわしま りの who also voiced 右田 真闇 from Maitetsu 1 of sekai project’s upcoming translated visual novels and many more. [There is just too many to list down examples.]
To sum up 7/10
Will I recommend this KARAKARA? Definitely a yes, I really do not see a reason for missing this visual novel, it is lighthearted, cute and a great experience to read through it. If you do enjoy slice of life theme and adorable yet memorable characters do give KARAKARA a go.
So before I get asked by everyone “who is your favorite girl?” I think it is pretty obvious that Lucia is my favorite. I mean look at those ears I wish that I could just touch those ears and see them twitch.
Well if you plan to play the adult version for research. Links will can be found below to aid you in it. Below are the relevant links to purchase sites. Lastly I would like to thank SekaiProject for providing me a review copy of KARAKARA.
KARAKARA steam store page
KARAKARA ages 18+ link DLC [Denpasoft]
If you are interested in p19 and her other works here are her relevant links