Greetings, it’s me the one who can’t stop talking about visual novels during OWLS posts. As you can see, it’s time for another OWLS post. The topic? Something I may or may not have directly or indirectly suggested. (Sorry for the trouble @ everyone)
When it comes to romantic relationships, what do we look for in a partner? What core values do we seek when it comes to building a healthy and loving relationship? For this topic, we will be discussing some of our favorite couples in pop culture and what they have taught us about love and relationships, the good and the bad.
The name of the topic: Lovers. The perfect topic for me to pick Kara no Shoujo, a murder mystery VN with a certain pair of characters that have an incredible chemistry.
Let me get the important thing out of the way. Kara no Shoujo is an adult Visual Novel. There are sex scenes that are already putting it into the 18+ area. But the real content that puts it into the adult rating are the graphic murders both visually and in text.
But I’m not here to talk about the story, I’m here to talk about Reiji and Touko. Tokisaka Reiji is the protagonist of the story. A private detective in his late 20s or early 30s. He was formerly a police officer but quit his job after he lost his fiance. He lives with his younger sister but is out of the house for most of the time thanks to his work. Kuchiki Touko is one of the „heroines“ of the story. In my opinion she’s the most important one as she’s relevant throught the different endings and the sequel Kara no Shoujo 2. She is a friend of Reiji’s sister and she also asked him to find her „true self“.
True, the difference in age might raise an eyebrow or two and I get why. I think the word power balance could work here. Touko and Reiji are on equal footing. All the interactions between these two feel more natural than those of other couples from VNs (including the ones of VNs that also spawned well loved anime adaptations).
Sure, there are many reasons why people fall for each other or are attracted. I personally think that the reason for their attraction for each other comes from a very simple place. It may sound lame, but not everything has to be complicated. Reiji lost his fiance. Touko looks for her true self. Both of them are missing something important or lost it. They’re simply filling in the holes left in the other’s heart. Sure, it would probably need more than that for the relationship to last but their’s wasn’t meant to be in the first place. Life is cruel and this is a murder mystery afterall.
Personally, I think that Kara no Shoujo did a good job at showing that a lot of differences don’t really matter at the end of the day.
I’ve suffered more with this one because of the emotional ride than I have for a good number of romance drama stories. It all comes down to the writing and more importantly how much you like the characters.
Since this is a VN with multiple endings there are also a good number of other woman Reiji sleeps with. And while this isn’t new in the world of VNs thanks to the different routs I want to use this to tackle the topic of cheating.
Feel free to skip the indent section as it may be uncomfortable because it covers cheating
I try to stick with the physical aspect of cheating, because there’s no way that I can be polite when it comes to the emotional type of cheating. Y’know, for example if person A is in a relationship with person B but tries to go for person C but keeps the relationship with person B as a safety net. This is, to put it nicely, really unfair to person B in this example.
Now let me get to a simple version of the physical cheating. Let’s just say that person A is with person B. A doesn’t want sex. Not that A can’t for whatever reason, no. It’s just that A doesn’t want. Kinda like „nah, too much effort for a few minutes of sex“. Person B has sex with person C to satisfy the sexual desire. I personally don’t think that person B is the only one at fault here. It’s an issue in the relationship which should be adressed. Sure, if A is in a situation where sex is just not possible and B has sex with someone else, then yeah, it’s B’s fault. But if A simply doesn’t want sex then B shouldn’t be blamed for cheating. Seriously, it’s like a vegan blaming the partner for eating steak outside of the home. It’s just that this is nothing more than „forcing“ the partner into accepting something they don’t want. This isn’t a nice thing to do.
Also, there’s a saying in German that sums up a lot of the try hard nice guys who’re really thirsty. „Wer ficken will muss freundlich sein“ which translates to „Who wants to fuck has to be friendly“.
Enough about this now, time to wrap this post up after the picture.
Kara no Shoujo is a VN that I highly recommend if you can stomach the murder scenes. The POV switches to the murder during these scenes and back to the protagonist when the crimce scene is investigated. The sex scenes can be skipped and they don’t add much except for „oh look, a sex scene“. The story directs you towards the true end with each ending you got. The more you know the more you are able to track down the real path.
While it is not the best mystery I’ve ever read, it is still a really good read. And the sequel continues and adds another storyline to it. I am really excited for the third and last title. I want to see the real ending of the overall story.
I wonder if a murder mystery was actually a good pick for this month’s topic.. oh well, I’m not sure myself. But I really do love the Reiji x Touko.
The OST for this visual novel is outstanding.
That’s it from me for this topic. Make sure to check out the other blogposts from the OWLSmates!
Yesterday on the 24th it was Takuto’s time to shine with Michiko & Hatchin!
Next up is Irina on the 26th. Make sure to have a fine drink on hand!
I’ll see you next time!