True Remembrance: Visual novel review

Name of developer: Shiba Satomi

Release date: 11/05/2003

Genre: Drama/ mystery


True Remembrance is an ordinary tale of the ordinary days spent in an ordinary town by an ordinary girl who learns that everything in this world is extraordinary – or that nothing is. For in this world, there is a young man named Blackiris; a Mnemonicide par excellence. And there is a young girl named La; sweet and warm and gentle in all the ways that count. This is their story.

[From insani]

The review bit

As mentioned this is a story of two people, Blackiris a Mnemonicide, put simply he makes people forget their bad memories, their traumas, their regrets. La is sent to Blackiris as a patient or “guest”.

On the surface it seems a very simple story, There’s a man called Blackiris, a girl called La and a disease called the Dolor Causing people to take their own lives. That’s all the information you really get about the world. What makes it special is the all too human characters, their relatable problems, the way they interact, their mannerisms, their thoughts; really bring them to life and makes it so you can’t help but like them.

If you had painful memories, would you get rid of them if they started becoming too much to bear? This is what True Remembrance will have you thinking about. As you see characters and their struggle with their own memories. True Remembrance for me deals with how people should deal with these painful and unwanted memories. Not be be chained to the painful memories from the past and to remember that their time is now and new happy memories can be made.

While the art work is fairly simple and basic it still suits the mood and just works, never once was I put off my the art work and I infact came to rather like it. True Remembrance uses what few BGM tracks it has to great effect really enhancing the atmosphere and the overall experience. What caught me by surprise were the OP and ED movies they were for a doujin work spectacularly done and I just had to watch both of them multiple time after I finished I liked them so much.

For a really short visual novel True Remembrance is just great and being so short theirs not really a excuse to not give it a read.

Link to where you can download a pre-patched ready to play version

(Go on she wants you to!)


One thought on “True Remembrance: Visual novel review

  1. Another interesting short novel to check out. Looks like an interesting look on life and a person’s inner self. Will check it out as when I can.

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