Shira Oka: An American Made Visual Novel?
Visual novels are a market that has been mainly dominated by Japan since…well ever! Sure there have been pretenders on sites like Newgrounds and such, but now America decided to try its hand at the idea. “Shira Oka – Second Chances” is an America developed visual novel, possibly one of, if not the first of its kind. While the game had already been released one week ago, a demo is still available on the game’s official site, so that players can try before they buy.
The basic gist of the game is that you are a high school student given an opportunity to re-live your days in school however you want, whether your goal is popularity, academic achievement, or falling in love with that special someone. However since the cast of characters seems to be predominantly female, it’s a safe bet what the most obvious goal is going to be. However some notable things have already been pointed out by people who’ve played the game, including their
mixed harsh feelings about the artwork, the lack of sex that makes up, not completely, but mostly what this genre has available, and especially the fact that it’s American made, yet tries so hard to be Japanese, including a Japanese theme song, Japanese setting, and a considerable lack of any actual American characters.