T Language, Mild Blood, Sexual Themes, Violence
About Norn9: Var Commons
One day, elementary school child prodigy Sorata Suzuhara hears a mysterious song and finds himself transported to what looks like the past. In this unfamiliar place, he soon meets a girl who brings him with her aboard a round space ship called Norn. Nearly all of the 12 people on the ship have a unique power, and they’re traveling on Norn to reach their ultimate destination. Why are they going on this journey? What is this destination they speak of? The ship is attacked and, by switching between the point of views of each girl, the mystery surrounding the ship and its occupants unfolds.
“There’s no shortage of hunks in Norn9: Var Commons, though you might be surprised by the rest of the story content which reaches far beyond simple affairs of the heart.”
“As accepted as gaming is, we don’t see many titles specifically geared toward female audiences, especially one with three heroines who are strong in their own way.”
“It’s funny, because when Aksys announced Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ and Norn9: Var Commons would be their 2015 otome games, I was disappointed. I had hoped for something like Diabolik Lovers, not titles that passed under my radar. Norn9 turned out to be exactly what I wanted and needed in an otome visual novel and I believe it is the strongest entry in Aksys’ line, minor, occasional spelling errors aside.”
“Norn9 gets the vast majority of the important, little details right, though, and that’s what matters. It gets a few of the big ones, too, though: both the audio and visual aspects of its presentation are phenomenal. Freelance illustrator Teita has designed a slew of handsome gents and lovely ladies to populate the ship, and background artist Akiba Minoru creates a series of memorable set pieces for them to populate. Kevin Penkin’s background music, particularly when it comes to the emotional piano pieces, is beautiful. And who would expect anything less than a masterpiece when it comes to the main theme composed by Nobuo Uematsu? Someone who’s never heard Uematsu’s work, that’s who.”
“Being an otome game (you play it through the eyes of a female protagonist) and its heavy emphasis on romance, it is quite likely that Norn9: Var Commons will not appeal to everyone. That being said, fans of visual novels and more intimate stories focusing on a couple of characters should enjoy the setting as well as the ability to replay and see alternate stories. The game mechanics found within are somewhat limited by most gaming conventions, but are actually an improvement over most of the visual novel genre.”