Metro PD: Close to You Yutaka Tennoji Sequel Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

Okay, this review will need a bit of context. While I always enjoyed Tennoji in all the other Metro PD routes I played, his unprofessional and disrespectful attitude in his own route’s first three chapters kept me from purchasing it. I therefore may have missed some references.

Basic Premise: The MC and Tennoji track a criminal to New York City and attempt to prevent another murder.

Positives

  • The translation, pacing, word choice, and comedic timing work beautifully.
  • The grayness of the world creates real tension during the mystery and suspense plot. I really didn’t know how it would resolve, and there are no perfect “makes it easy” answers.
  • The MC is funny, intelligent, and fair without being perfect.
  • Tennoji is driven, rash, and funny with just the right balance of sincerity and dismissiveness.
  • The banter between these two made me laugh every chapter. Have a quote:

  • Tennoji and the MC are good detectives, good friends, and such good romantic partners while still being believable. I didn’t even play the main route, and I want to see these two married and in their sixties and still kickin’ butt professionally and teasing their grandchildren during Japanese holiday get-togethers. I would say “send help,” but I’m enjoying these two too much.

Negatives

  • I wish more of the secondary characters had sprites.

Everything Else

  • A couple of “well, isn’t that convenient” moments happen in service to the plot but are so nimbly executed that I can’t mark it as a negative.

Bottom Line: Highly recommended. I love these two.

Voltage’s Metro PD: Close to You is available on iOS and Android.

Voltage Japan Sale PSA

Real life’s still eating all my reviewing time, but I did want to give y’all a heads-up.

This weekend Voltage Japan has discounted main routes, sequel routes, epilogues, and special stories for eighteen routes.

It’s a little overwhelming, quite frankly, but what surprised and pleased me the most is ALL the “Another Story” and “His POV” routes are only $0.99 in the US iOS store.  These routes rarely go on sale, and I’ve never seen them this inexpensive.

The In Your Arms Tonight Another Story routes are just as long as the main stories and some of them are really well done.  Many of the different His POV for different apps really add to the story too so I’d go ahead and give them a try as well.  Check out my review archive if you want more particulars.  🙂

Metro PD: Close to You Hiroshi Kirisawa Armed & Engaged Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

If you’re looking for my thoughts on Kirisawa’s main route, here you go.

Basic Premise: The MC and Kirisawa track a serial killer and break the news of their upcoming wedding to the rest of their up-to-now clueless coworkers.

Positives

  • The crime plot is somber, but the lively, funny banter among the detectives keeps it from becoming too depressing.
  • All the characters have the same distinct personalities I loved in the main route.
  • The relationship between Kirisawa and the MC feels like a natural, if much more romantic, continuation of the main route. They’re just fun together, and the back-and-forth during the end chapter made me grin.
  • Nomura does not feature heavily in this story, but he is such a good coworker and friend to Kirisawa (while still being believable) that I want a Nomura’s POV on this route.
  • Dying young, death in the line of duty, and senseless evil are acknowledged as real possibilities. The characters don’t give glib or pat answers when facing these issues or decide to give up or ignore the problems. It made me believe the setting and characters. More of this, please.

Negatives

  • I missed seeing the MC out in the field and puzzling out clues. Possibly because of the shorter length (ten chapters), the story focuses more on how the case impacts all the investigators rather than the leg work involved in solving it.

Everything Else

  • I must both praise and gripe about Minase’s portrayal at her husband’s funeral. On the positive side, she doesn’t completely fall apart and she has been mentioned in chapter one so she has had some establishment. On the negative side, she doesn’t have a sprite and she’s SO pulled together and articulate and exactly what the leads need her to be that she doesn’t feel like a real person. It’s not bad enough to be a net negative, but I found myself wishing for some of the nuance found in other scenes.

Quotes

  • MC: “I didn’t even put on that much makeup today, all I did was draw my eyebrows!?”
  • Me: Voltage, do NOT make me picture this woman as someone who shaves off her own eyebrows just to crayon them back.

Bottom Line: Recommended.  I look forward to seeing what these two do next!

Voltage’s Metro PD: Close to You is available on iOS and Android.

Metro PD: Close to You Kimura Main Route Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

Basic Premise: A young policewoman transfers to a large city’s detective unit, investigates a string of crimes, and falls for a fellow investigator.

Positives

  • The dialog, comedic timing, and tone work beautifully. Many of the tropes and plot elements could have been eye-rollers , but the execution is fantastic.
  • The MC, as in Kirisawa‘s and Nomura‘s routes, is awesome. She’s good at her job, clicks well with the other detectives, and acts like a reasonable, multifaceted individual. I can’t recall one instance that I thought “Who DOES that?!”
  • Kimura feels like a person despite all the stock elements used.
  • The mystery plot ties in nicely with the characters.
  • The localization and proofreading are nearly perfect.
  • Both endings are adorable.

Negatives

  • The 1st Unit Detectives are so incompetent that it may break your suspension of disbelief. It didn’t particularly bother me because the tone is snappy and they’re called out on it, but YMMV.

Bottom Line: Highly recommended. I’m off to play it again.

Voltage’s Metro PD: Close to You is available on iOS and Android.

Metro PD: Close to You Nomura Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

Basic Premise: A young policewoman transfers to a large city’s detective unit, learns the ropes, and sometimes falls for a fellow detective.

Positives

  • I really like this MC. She works hard, takes initiative, holds fast to her ideals, apologizes when she should, teaches her trainee well, and says what needs to be said.
  • All the characters are funny. The emails are particularly well done.
  • Different women detectives appear, and they all have personality and appear competent at their chosen profession.
  • Nomura’s back-story and personality have enough nuance that I could accept the more over-the-top elements.
  • The mystery plot kept me interested even though I figured out part of it a few chapters before the MC.
  • The localization and proofreading are near perfect. The Tabasco references make me wonder if the translator is Southern.
  • Unlike Kirisawa’s route, I like both endings for this one.

Negatives

  • Why does Nomura’s office have “Production” stenciled on the wall?
  • Oh look. A sprite without a gun appears while the text keeps saying that character holds a gun.
  • The MC can be a little slow on the uptake in service to the plot.
  • Without getting into spoilers…if the MC suspected X of shady dealings, why didn’t she speak with her immediate superior? In this route, everyone trusts Kirisawa so her not even considering talking with him feels odd.

Quote

  • MC: How do you react when something sad happens?
  • Nomura: I just keep moving.
  • Me: Oh good. She’s trying to hook up with Dory.

Overall: Highly recommended. It’s funny, has a nuanced male lead, and features a great MC.

*update*  If you like the MC in Nomura’s route, try Kirisawa‘s and Kimura‘s too.

Voltage’s Metro PD: Close to You is available on iOS and Android.

Metro PD: Close to You Kirisawa Impressions and Review

Basic Premise: A young policewoman transfers to a large city’s detective unit, learns the ropes, and sometimes falls in love with a fellow detective.

Positives

  • The writing has a lot more flavor than most Voltage/otome games. The banter among the detectives is snappy and natural, like the translator put a good bit of thought into making it work for an English audience. A few characters use coarser language than I’ve found in other titles, but it fits their personalities and makes the setting more believable. A few characters’ referencing religious figures also makes it feel more grounded.
  • The writing keeps a good balance between serious and light moments.  The funny moments are good enough that I’m omitting the usual quote section; I don’t want to ruin any of them.  🙂
  • The case kept me intrigued.
  • In the prologue the MC’s passivity made me a little nervous, but she’s great in this route. She works hard, takes initiative without being reckless, and continues to learn throughout the story without any idiotic mistakes. The other detectives tease her, and she teases them right back. She likes Kirisawa, but she’s not a fourteen-year-old; she yanks herself back into reality and gets on with whatever she should be doing.
  • Kirisawa is a functional adult. No melodramatic angst or abusiveness or projects.  You understand why he and the MC fall for each other and want them to get together.
  • I really, really like the normal ending to Kirisawa’s route. **SPOILERY DISCUSSION AT POST’S END**

Negatives

  • As good as the localization flavor is, the route needed more proofreading. None of the words are misspelled, but about once a chapter or so the wrong word would be used or a few words would seem to be missing.
  • We meet 6 Second Division detectives, 3 First Division detectives, 1 crime scene investigator, and 2 higher administrators who all work with the MC.  They are all men. Would it have killed you to have made ONE of those characters a woman, Voltage? Also, none of the Second Division detectives are married. None. It’s like the MC’s in another dimension.
  • The middle of the best ending bothers me for several reasons. **SPOILERY DISCUSSION AT POST’S END**

Overall: Highly recommended. It’s now in my replay rotation.

*update* Review of Kirisawa’s Armed and Engaged route found here.

*update*  If you like the MC in Kirisawa’s route, try Nomura‘s and Kimura‘s too.

Voltage’s Metro PD: Close to You is available on iOS and Android.

**SPOILERS**

In the normal ending, Kirisawa and the MC do not get together because of how it would affect the detective unit. In the future if one of them is promoted or transferred to another department, they’ll consider it then. I like how reasonable and believable both of them are. The writing for the MC especially shines; she’s hurt, but she’s not resentful or over-the-top. Throughout the chapter and the game she focuses on becoming a good detective, and this ending made me feel like I was playing an awesome police chief’s origin story rather than a romance. ❤

In the best ending, Kirisawa decides he doesn’t care about how their relationship might affect the detective unit. I think it’s intended to be romantic, but it seems out of character. It would have been more consistent for Namura to have offered him the dirty cop’s position or for him to request a transfer. I also have a hard time buying that the MC and Kirisawa are getting that hot and heavy between his broken rib and being in a hospital bed. The worst thing, however, is Kirisawa’s telling the MC he “wants to make [her] mine” and “doesn’t want to share.” Kirisawa’s a good, considerate guy in the rest of the route, and here he sounds like he’s treating the MC like a thing. The final email helps mitigate this, but it still felt icky and out of character. :/