Ne no Kami – The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto is a kinetic novel which is a doujin game filled with Yuri and demons. It is a romantic Japanese yuri visual with a unique feature in that makes use of videos to illustrate battles, dynamically changing the pace and tension. Published by Sekai Project and made possible by fans with a successful crowdfunded project that has been 303% funded on June 25, 2016.
[I was provided a review copy of this game but it will never affect the outcome of this review]
Some things to note is that this review will be on the steam version, which means it is the all ages version where sexual content have been removed. I will be talking about the removed content and how it affects the game as a whole being all ages because I have played the original JP version and felt that this game without the H scene feels odd.
Brief overview of the story
A large earthquake rocks Kyoto at its core, unsettling the balance of the world. Through television and radio, news of absurd behaviors and emergence of cults became frequent, and demons sightings were reported all throughout Japan. But with the passage of time, society’s belief in the supernatural was fading and the people’s interest would eventually return to the mundane, regular life. The demons were no longer seen, and the world has become “peaceful” at the surface. Not long thereafter, the events of the earthquake were all but forgotten. Len has been living her entire life as a regular high school student. But suddenly, she is reunited with Shinonome, her childhood friend from long ago, and receives the ominous message-
“Len, you are going to abandon this town… and die—today”
Since her reunion with Shinonome, Len’s life is thrust into an all new “reality,” and the curtain which hid the “truth” of this new world has been lifted. Len and Shinonome must tempt fate and face a world in which reality is all but blurred, as the truth of this world comes to light.
Thoughts On The Story
As far as the story goes the front half are relatively slow pacing with not much happening at all it takes its time to set the stage but the pacing felt a little to slow because I did get a little bored while reading the front half. But once you made it though the halfway mark and go into the back half of the story it becomes one hell of a roller coaster ride. Which made the read through really exciting and engaging all at once with the combination of visual effects and more.
Onto character development, It was good. The reader can get to see how the protagonist Len from a normal clueless kid that always have a shelter over her head become independent by losing pretty much everything that she knows or people that she are familiar with all in 1 day.
Some things that I have noticed is that there is a huge amount of typos. I honesly do not know how it got through the QA team but I will just leave 1 example here. For example shown below are screenshots I took from the game, “I hand over the rame” obviously its frame.
Note – there are way more than this but If I were to list all of them this might as well be a bug report.
Though it ends with a cliffhanger and is showed that Ne no Kami – The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 2 will be coming winter 2016, from what I see I think it would at comiket 91 that is going to take place December 29th (Thursday) ~ 31st (Saturday) 2016 which makes total sense. Though do not be held back by the cliffhanger because these type off cliffhangers are good as it does not leave a bad instead it left me with the excitement of wanting to know more of the story with the well timed character role twist at the ending.
In fact the part 2 website is up as off now http://k-yomiji.sakura.ne.jp/kyouhime2/index.html
Removed Sexual Content
This is obviously the all ages version and the game is not in its full prime because of it I would highly suggest you to get the full version because for Ne no Kami – The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto. I felt that the H scene are really important specifically for games with stories like these where character development is playing quite a huge factor in it. The H scene adds more feelings to the game when. Lets take for example when Len used her friend for her own sexual desire but it is not shown in the all ages version but instead it is just hinted and it just felt really empty. ._. *Poker face*
But in the original version those H scene really add alot to the game because you can see how she used her to satisfy her own lust like and from there you can grasp a better understanding of how Len felt. Her guilt of using her friend, you could really tell that she felt guilty. To sum up the all ages version of this game it is like cheeseburger without the cheese.
Audio and Visual Elements
The visual aspect of this game looks really good. I enjoyed the overall illustration and CGs though there is not many CGs due to the fact its the all ages version and If I am not wrong the backgrounds that are used do exists in real life, which is quite cool. As for the music I think the game have done a very good job with the music. The BGM used blends in really well with the game especially with the battle scenes they come into que really nicely like icing on cake.
To sum up 7/10
I would recommend Ne no Kami – The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto to people who love yuri and romance and of course action. It is relatively short and enjoyable game.
But I highly suggest you to play the full version of the game as I explained above. So below are relevant links to help you out.