Starless is a bit of a first for me. And hopefully my last. While I’ve played many Nukige Visual Novels in the past, none have quite turned me off as much as Starless has. Starless is such a Nukige that even though it is very perverted, the level of excess and poor pacing make for an adult visual novel that may leave even the most hardened pervert wanting to remove the game from their hard drives.
The visual novel’s basic plot is about a young man named Yukito Sawatari who is looking for a job on his summer break to be able to afford a car. While looking at a newspaper stand, an ad for a job catches his eye. He calls and once he learns of the pay, he immediately heads over to the Mamiya manor. He thinks he will be a simple housekeeping servant for 2 weeks. But he quickly realizes that being a servant means more than just housekeeping. Indeed, Sawatari will have to ‘serve’ the Mistress and her daughters, by having him perform various sex acts with them. With almost all of them being extremely bizarre and perverse. And the limits of his stamina and sanity are usually stretched to unrealistic lengths. Another applicant, Mitarai, also shares the same fate. Although she tends to fair worse than Sawatari does. The Mamiyas are extremely insane and often sadistic, treating the two as nothing more than sex slaves. Most of the sexual encounters are actually various types of rape, and the game of course often tries to smooth it over by making the food drugged with aphrodisiacs to make them more horny and open to the idea of sex. Or that Sawatari and Mitarai are actually closet perverts.
The two also have to go through ‘lessons’ to make them better servants, which exposes the readers to all types of fetishes. All of which are typically more gross than the last. Pretty much every fetish you could think of is used here. Normally this might be fine, except the VN doesn’t pace itself well. All too often the story will have Sawatari or Mitarai go through some kind of lesson, only to drag it out just to be even more gross. Bukakke fests, golden showers, etc. are then repeated ad nausea, staying on a particular scene for far longer than is welcome. This even stems to Sawatari’s daily routine, which will see the reader having to repeat various tasks, all with reused CG’s. The only thing that changes is dialog, which is just boring. All of this bad pacing means that even if you were into all of the perversion going on, you’ve seen so much of it by the end of the first day that anything that happens afterword loses it’s meaning.
The game almost feels like a dark comedy parody on the state of the nukige hentai industry. Sei Shoujo’s other titles don’t seem to have the pacing problems that this one does. Even the animated adaptation of this VN is much better in comparison. And far tamer. The game just gives off the feeling of trying to hard, and trying to please way too many demographics at once. And much like how Sawatari gets hosed, you as a player will also feel his pain. There’s about only two ‘good’ endings, and even then there is a bit of messed up stuff going on in them. If you do pick the game up, expect it to take 30 hours to see all the endings. One good thing I can say about Starless is that it doesn’t buy into the virginal cherry popping myth where a women’s first time is painful and the results of that pain is a bloody hymen. Other than that, this is a nukige that I can only recommend for perverts that also have a high threshold for excess, as well as having patience. Everyone else, stick to lighter fare.
Code was provided by JAST USA.