Emi is a serious, no nonsense art student who plunges herself into her work with everything she has. Stoic, closed off and guarded, she veers away from people as much as possible. The only thing that bothers her is how people say her artwork often “has no soul” to it” and are “beautiful, but not moving.”
Very soon, she crosses paths with Kou, a cheerful and outgoing boy who says he has to “join the art club NO MATTER WHAT”. His desperation sickens her, as he seems one of those aloof geniuses and she doesn’t want her hard work to be outdone by someone so mindless.
But as time passes and they interact will things get better?
★ ☆ ✰ Rating: 7/10
Pastel Rain in an older game from Sayumi101, who created Straight-Up: Sisterzoned! for this year’s NanoReno. While Straight-Up was a game I enjoyed, it sort of got lost in my memory after I finished it, so it took me awhile to find Pastel Rain, which I definitely enjoyed even more. First off, the GUI and the general aesthetic of the game are bright colors and popping fronts, which is the complete opposite of the main character. Both Emi and Kou have really nice designs and while the rest of the characters only have a general outline, they seems to serve their purposes all right. The backgrounds seems to be standard, but upon closer exception do have a lot of detail added to them. The chibis and CGs are done really well and add well to the game.
The story starts with the player getting some info about Emi’s family background and her current state of mind about things. They are then move forward into seeing a high school-aged Emi worrying about her current artwork and that it doesn’t have a “soul” as a bright-eyed boy comes in and declares that he wants to join the art club. While, learning the truth as to why he wants to join bothers her a little, he still does and they are forced to work on a recruitment banner together. Most of their time together is spent arguing, but Emi starts slowly opening to Kou, though that causes problems for her at home. On the verge of a breakdown and distancing herself from Kou, Emi isn’t sure how she can handle the pressure anymore.
Emi is a stubborn girl that only lives for art and finds it hard interacting with people while trying to live up to her mother’s expectations. She can be crass but she can joke around as well and seems to more open as she connects with Kou. The writing for Emi is especially powerful when she is in monologue form since she says a lot things that people could relate to at that age, especially about the expectations placed on her by her mother. Kou is literally a ray of sunshine for her, even if she is really mean to him at first. He always has something to say and doesn’t back down from her attitude.
However, the game is really short and somethings that I were expecting to be answered (as shown in the longer summary of the game) weren’t and the explanation given for Kou’s background are sort of rushed and come towards the end of the game, when they could have been explained better in other scenes. The main problem of the story is rushed to be solved and there really isn’t a solid conclusion give to Emi and her mother, though it is good to see her father step up!
The game might have some flaws here and there, but you are looking for funny quick game to play, consider checking it out!