“Three ordinary people are thrown together, and each retells events in his or her own voice in this unconventionally told, uniquely presented, and ultimately very human novella.”
Sparked from a Twitter conversation on VNs with wah and ToastCrust, I eventually got linked to some translated doujin VN called Collage. It’s a free download over at this site, so please check it out.
It would be an injustice to spoil any of the story here beyond the summary, but hear me out: this VN is awesome. Take my word for it: the story is cleverly written, the characters are believable and not caricatures, and the prose is very easy to read, with nary a paragraph of boring exposition. There isn’t a shade of anime art to be found in here–Collage makes effective use of stock photos instead for visuals, giving the VN a very realistic feel.
The window screen layout is stylish and creative. It even has this faux radio display that tells you which music track is playing. And as for the music itself, it’s very catchy! I find myself slowing down my reading just to dwell on the music a little longer.
All in all, it’s a neat little package that ultimately brings out the strengths of the VN medium, without being plagued by stagnant tropes. I read the whole thing in just under 2 hours. Give it a try!