(That’s a bold statement coming from someone who used to sleep 20 hours a day. How did he fall asleep before meeting MC??)
Basic Story Premise: You are living in the Demon House and enjoying your role as Shiki’s
girlfriend body pillow. However, you start to think about what the future has in store for you and Shiki. When you suggest that he should meet your family, he flatly refuses. His denial of your family leaves you confused and uncertain about your relationship. Your uncertainty intensifies when a beautiful demon suddenly shows up at the house when you are alone and orders you to leave Shiki so that he can return to his home in the Demon Realm. Who is this gorgeous demon, and why does she want you out of Shiki’s life? What will happen to your relationship if he is forced to leave you and the Human Realm?
My review with some spoilers, screenshots, and CGs after the jump. No walkthrough because both endings are available to read after you finish reading the story once.
Shiki: This sequel lets you take a closer look at Shiki’s childhood and development into the character he is today. Just in case it’s not obvious from the screenshot above, it turns out that Shiki is actually from an extremely wealthy, important Demon family.
(And let me take a brief second to introduce you to the lovely Nozomu, a demon from Shiki’s childhood who randomly decides to show up and shake things up. Gotta say, I love Nozomu’s hair. Maybe not the color, but those gorgeous waves? Absolutely.)
A difficult childhood experience gave Shiki his disillusioned personality. And his difficult childhood experience also explains his obsession with using you as a body pillow.
My Opinion: Honestly, I have conflicting feelings about this story. I wanted to like it. I was hoping to like it. But…
But… I think I want my money back.
Even though I don’t always enjoy all the Voltage stories I buy, I usually don’t mind spending money on them because the story had a redeeming quality. Like… the plot might have been terrible but the interactions between characters was great. Or the romance was slow and kind of boring, but the plot was really unique. Or the hero isn’t the type of personality I like, but there was a lot of laugh-out-loud comedy throughout the story. Etc, etc.
For this particular story, I’m having a harder time finding something redeeming.
Yes, I like Shiki, and his main story was not bad. However, I noticed that I like his character more in the other characters‘ main stories than in his own main story. In addition, I like tsundere types, but the traits that make Shiki tsundere were sadly limited in his sequel. He still blushes when his affection for you his pointed out, but his clever insults are almost completely gone.
Instead, Voltage decided to play up his childish characteristics in this sequel. He has nightmares; he wants to snuggle you like you’re his teddy bear; he freezes up and has difficulty confronting his parents. It also doesn’t help that the other demons point out that the two of you complement each other really well because you do a great job taking care of him.
…Excuuuse me? I want to be a girlfriend, not a mother.
My heart just couldn’t get into the story once I started to notice that the MC had a protective, motherly role towards Shiki in this sequel. And the plot itself is pretty generic.
But I really did try to like it.
Of course, this is just my opinion. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who enjoyed this story, and I am not trying to step on any toes here. Feel free to leave me a comment about redeeming aspects that you enjoyed from this story.
The Endings: 2 are available: Super Happy and Happy. Both endings are very similar. Like 95% similar. Both endings involve you and Shiki returning to the Demon House with good news. The other demons are happy that Shiki will stay and continue to work on their team. The two of you go to your room where Shiki says he wants to meet your family. After a brief conversation about this, the Happy Ending ends here. During the Super Happy Ending, the conversation continues a little bit longer with mention of a possible shotgun wedding and having children together.
And here are the CGs! (I do like the Shiki’s CGs, so that’s one redeeming quality!)