Planetarian ~Chiisana Hoshi no Yume~ / Planetarian ～ちいさなほしのゆめ～ is an engaging and emotional visual novel from legendary game studio, Key. A sub-brand of VisualArt’s, Key who are also famed for creating Kanon, CLANNAD, Little Busters!, Rewrite, and Angel Beats! Planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ is a kinetic novel developed by Key/VisualArt’s and published onto steam by Sekai Project avaliable in both English and Japanese.
Note – This is a re-upload I had to do it because my previous version images disappeared due to unknown reasons (ﾟдﾟ；)
The Story 8/10
It is thirty years after the failure of the Space Colonization Program.
Humanity is nearly extinct. A perpetual and deadly Rain falls on the Earth.
Men known as “Junkers” plunder goods and artifacts from the ruins of civilization.
One such Junker sneaks alone into the most dangerous of all ruins — a “Sarcophagus City”. In the center of this dead city, he discovers a pre-War planetarium.
And as he enters he is greeted by Hoshino Yumemi, a companion robot.
Without a single shred of doubt, she assumes he is the first customer she’s had in 30 years.
She attempts to show him the stars at once, but the planetarium projector is broken.
Unable to make heads or tails of her conversation, he ends up agreeing to try to repair the projector. From there their short, sad yet sweet story continues.
Personally I did not shed a tear at all in Planetarian despite it being quite a sad story. Why? Well main reason being is that from the start I pretty much expected what is going to happen and guessed the outcome of the story but I did not feel disappointed by it because it did made me feel sad and the story was fulfilling in a way. The pacing was good not to fast or too slow and the build up as it was done nicely through the interaction of the protagonist and Hoshino Yumemi a robot.
Audio and Visual elements 7/10
Visual elements – There is not much to say on the visual aspects on this particular VN as it is short hence the visual aspects has its limitation. But I really loved the character design of Hoshino Yumemi she just looks so adorable that it warms your heart with her cuteness.
Audio elements – Most of the soundtrack used is good it fits in well with the atmosphere of the game. Generally I liked all of the soundtrack that have been used but as always there is one soundtrack that has caught my attention which is , “Gentle Jena” which has piano tunes in it. It sounds so soothing in the game. This is more of personal preference since I have always liked music with piano tunes in it.
To Sum Up 8/10
Would I recommend this Visual Novel? Simple answer, Yes. I do not see a reason you to miss this unless you hate to feel sad. But overall pacing in the story is good not too fast or too slow, there is build up in the story and it is provably the most important aspect you can find in a visual novel. I have played many Visual Novels many have failed with their build up off their story which eventually let them to a down slope and ends up with a rushed story. Planetarian ~Chiisana Hoshi no Yume~ is a relatively short visual novel and it should last you no longer than 3 – 4 hours.