KARAKARA 2 (PC) Review

By Athanasios 14.03.2018

Review for KARAKARA 2 on PC

A big problem with many harem-type visual novels, especially those also available in a naughtier, 18+ version, is that no matter how good their concept and/or story is, they usually get put aside, to the point that it's almost as if they never even existed at all. Worlds full of magic; worlds where goddesses live amongst us; worlds engulfed in war; and many, many more, and all taking a backseat, with the sexy-sex being placed in the spotlight. In KARAKARA 2, for instance, the world is a very promising post-apocalyptic planet, which is mostly inhabited by nekos (cat-girls, for the uninitiated), and yet it all feels just like any other eroge visual novel of its kind.

Sagami Fransisco is a city where the Japanese and American cultures have been mixed; a city amongst the very few that still "stand still" in this world. A catastrophe that occurred some time ago wiped out most people, with those who survived having to rely on "old" machinery, with the main problem being the fact that humanity has lost the knowledge required to fix or rebuild those past relics. An intriguing scenario, for certain, and one that, naturally, gets put aside for what really matters here - the interaction with nekos...

Screenshot for KARAKARA 2 on PC

Forget the arid deserts that surround the world; forget the Armageddon that devastated the planet; forget everything. What's important is that this cataclysm created some mutations; namely, sexy, voluptuous, anime women, with cat ears and tails - oh, dear merciful God, what a sad place to live in! Long story short, while not entirely fluff, KARAKARA 2 is definitely more fluff than anything else, rather like its first outing. It's the typical harem visual novel, but with an apocalyptic "background" instead of the usual, cherry blossom-filled gardens, and super-clean school corridors.

Screenshot for KARAKARA 2 on PC

Taking place in a restaurant (a typical post-apocalyptic setting) where a guy works with a bunch of nekos, this is basically the NEKOPARA series all over again, but with a lesser emphasis on humour and cuteness. Don't expect any great differences, though. Almost all girls want to have sex with the protagonist, all of them compare their assets for… comedic effect, and there are a few typical scenes where you are supposed to "feel" something about the girls, but the drama is as dry as a bone (no pun intended…).

Screenshot for KARAKARA 2 on PC

As a whole, this is a mediocre kinetic novel that, thankfully, is not very long, manages to decently flesh out its few characters, and looks sufficiently… okay, with a lack of any additional bells and whistles, like animated sprites and so on. As usual, this comes in two forms: the clean, all-ages Steam version, and the adults-only one. The removal of the sex scenes, however, hasn't been done so well, with no additional text used to make the transitions feel less abrupt.

Screenshot for KARAKARA 2 on PC

Cubed3 Rating

5/10
Rated 5 out of 10

Average

The state of KARAKARA 2's post-apocalyptic world is of no importance, as this is nothing more than just another harem visual novel that is not as funny, sexy, dramatic, or interesting as it thinks it is - but at least it doesn't overstay its welcome…

Developer

calme

Publisher

Sekai Project

Genre

Visual Novel

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  5/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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