Mitsuiro no Yuki’s Trial: A Jumped-up Pantry Boy, Who Never Knew His Place

Relatives who communicate exclusively through passive aggressiveness while asking about your future job prospects as they stare you down. Don’t you just love family reunions? But hey, things could probably be worse. At least you don’t have family members like this.

I was poking around Pixiv last night, and came across a doujin BL title with art so engrossingly terrible, I simply had to give it a try. With most terribly drawn CGs (or, art in general) one should be able to pick out what’s wrong straight away. It’s not something you need to be trained in, it’s obvious. Seeing that that torso is far longer than it should be, those shoulders are clearly out of sync or breasts being worryingly balloon shaped. With this artist, I probably spent over a minute looking at every CG seeing so many things off that it was difficult where to start pointing them out. Some people really just can’t draw or get into the swing of things no matter how much they seemingly practice. Proof? Check out this Yoko drawn by the same artist, in 2010. See what I mean? Your eyes wearily dart towards her head attached to her shoulders without any sense of connection between, the dislocated arm, not to mention everything below her midriff looking like it’s the wrong way around. Two years later, she continues to raise eyebrows. I’m pretty sure arms don’t work like that, green. And don’t even get me started on wall-floors.

Gosh, I haven’t mentioned anything the content of this yet. But, you know… There really isn’t anything worth mentioning. Onmitsu Koubou’s Mitsuiro no Yuki branded as an immoral Taishou era tale has a set-up that is pretty much the standard as far as VNs go. The protagonist’s parents pass away, he travels to a new a city and meets a bunch of people, some who like him and some who’d like to push him under a truck. Letter in hand telling him where to go, Yukihito arrives in a kimono that’s surely seen better days while everyone else struts about glamourously. Most glamourous of all however, is a man clad in western clothes, manner as sharp as his suit emerging from a car to bring our lost little lamb to its new pasture. Taken to a European style mansion which is owned by his father’s friend, Houjou, it’s completely unlike what a country bumpkin like Yuki expected. Servants line up and greet him with precision, almost mechanically so.

You’d think Yuki would have a pretty sweet thing going, that he would be welcomed with open arms by the rest of the residents as they trip over themselves trying to make him feel at home. There’s not a chance of that happening since the heroes are all a bit off. The man who picked him up is Houjou’s right hand man, Fujisaki, and he complains about Yuki’s clothes saying he’d cause shame to the master of the house if he wore them. Way to make a guy feel comfortable. Yuki still sort of admires him though, but of course that efficient sort of demeanour doesn’t last for long. In one ending Yuki catches him going at it with Houjou and is obviously bewildered especially taking into account Houjou has a wife and kid. Fujisaki’s attitude flips 180° and acts like your standard megane rapist, chuckling and saying oh Yuki is still but a child. Into the trash he goes!

I felt sorry for Yuki. Really, I did. He’s brought into a house full of truly horrid people. Let’s take the fatherly figure, Houjou. You get a pair of choices early on when greeting him. Pick one, and they have a relatively healthy fatherly-son thing going on. Pick the other, and things go to shit fairly fast. Houjou gets easily distracted just by looking at the guy, likening Yuki’s appearance to his father’s. He pales. Hands start to shake. Yuki has to be escorted away and he doesn’t come into contact with him again until an unpleasant incident which causes Houjou to just about take advantage of him calling his father’s name all the while. Oh Japan. With the other route, Houjou is a great guy who laughs often and does nothing unsavoury… To Yuki, that is. Like I said above he does eventually catch Houjou taking out his frustrations on Fujisaki and to top it all off at the end Houjou screams his father’s name. And you haven’t made tracks yet why again, Yuki?

Well, he’s not particularly astute in the first place. When he meets Houjou’s wife and son, Leo as shown in the first image he openly gawps at the two, his thoughts easy to read. Wife obviously catches on and frostily says they’re not related. Great first impression there. She continues with how delighted she is to now have two sons, but although she’s smiling it doesn’t really reach her eyes. The wife was only in that scene, but you can already tell so much about her character from just a few lines, especially taking Leo into account. Yuki goofs up again with servant Kaeda who looks like some girlish little lab rat, offending him by commenting on his appearance.

Leo is probably most unhinged out of everyone there. Closest to Yuki in age, he has a vast range of complexes which naturally leads him to take it out on everyone around him. He barely says a word to Yuki when introduced to him at dinner, but ends up calling to his room all prickly, throwing out lines like “whatever your game is, I certainly won’t have it!”.  It looks like Kaeda was his main target until his arrival, but with Yuki his interest has shifted thinking he’s out to get him, sucking up to his oh so very dear father. He also hastily jumps to conclusions over the most minor of things. One scene has Kaede leaning towards a nest (of course he’s a fan of animals, since he’s just so gentle and kind right) which as you expect leads him to lose his balance and fall into Yuki. MISUNDERSTANDINGS occur with Leo choosing that exact moment to enter the room they’re in. Leo really doesn’t take it too well, with the scene culminating in Leo aggressively ripping his kimono (which was a present from daddy dearest), dislocating his shoulder, and pouring cold water over him.

Childishly so, he’s like a bully asserting his position in a playground. A baboon beating its chest loudly and proudly. There’s no excuse for him being such a paranoid dick (not everyone thinks you’re a mongrel dude, I’m sure), but what he does to that little monstrosity above is far worse. They have some sort of thing going on, a deal. Leo is shoujo manga levels of possessive freaking out if Kaede even speaks to Yuki. An innocent conversation in the hall has to lead to them fraternizing behind his back, in his eyes. Kaede isn’t allowed to go to the bathroom unless Leo gives him permission, which causes his work to be disrupted on what’s most likely a daily basis leaving him bending over clutching his stomach due to stomach pains.

The trial of Mitsuiro is pretty short (even the full game spans about three hours, according to the official site), but even so this drivel was just so uninspired. More humourous than anything, I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re only looking for something to roll your eyes at. Its heroes are so hammy, almost like caricatures of standard tropes but you can tell its writer really loves the characters all the same. I seriously doubt I’ll give the full thing a go, but if you’re interested (please don’t be) you could buy the thing on places like DLsite for about a 1,000 yen. Trial can be downloaded here.

l don’t usually mark trials, but-

Characters: 3/10
Scenario: 4/10
Art: 4/10
Sounds: 4/10
Personal Enjoyment: 0/5
Technical: 1/5

Overall: 32%

"it hurts to live"

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