Seeing as how many people enjoyed the simple review I did for The Boys of Dreamy Days in West Tokyo, I decided to put another one together for Voltage’s latest otome app, Class Trip Crush. Continue reading for a general review of what is happening in the story, and a brief description of each guy to help you choose which stories you want to read! As I read and put up reviews for each of the individual stories, I will link them to this post. And let’s get started!
General Background: You are a high school student from an all girl’s school, and it’s time for a multi-day school trip where you get to tour various sites around Japan. You arrive at the arranged meeting place when you are surprised by the presence of boys. Hot boys. For some reason, the administrators decided it would be a good idea to group students from a girls’ school and a boys’ school together during an overnight trip. (Perhaps the administrators were drunk when they made this decision. Or maybe it’s a cultural thing. I think most adults in the US would prefer not to group hormonal teenagers together for an overnight trip if they had a choice.) You and two of your friends are grouped together with a 5 attractive boys. And if high school boys aren’t your thing, there’s a hot teacher who is supposed to supervise you.
One unique quality I noticed right away about Class Trip Crush is the word choice. Voltage must have picked up a new writer to help out with the English translation in this app. If you have played Voltage’s other games, you may have noticed that the word choice has a different style in this app. The words the characters use are much more Westernized.
You will encounter characters saying things like:
– “totes” (for those not as familiar with American slang, that’s a shortened version of the word “totally”)
– “Sup” (shortened, more hip version of saying “what’s up”)
– “no biggie”
– “sausage fest” (if you don’t know this one, you’ll have to google it on your own. I won’t get into it here. :) )
The characters in this app run on the younger end of the spectrum (high school students versus adults in their 20s), so I suppose the language isn’t totally out of character. But it makes me laugh when the characters throw Westernized terminology around during conversation in one minute, and then pull out a handkerchief in the next minute when someone cries. I don’t know many high school students in this part of the world who carry around handkerchiefs.
Anywhoo. Let’s meet the cast!
The MC: She is your typical Voltage hero. Crybaby, knows her way around the kitchen, heart of gold, etc. In this app, I feel like the MC is a little bit more dense than usual. But, that can be because she is a sheltered high school student who goes to an all girls school and does not get out very often.
(Oh, and quick side note. Knowledge about the characters is based on the prologue and off the only Main Story I have read so far, Taketo Kanzaki. I will update information here as necessary as I progress through the other characters.)
Taketo Kanzaki: The older twin brother. He is a star soccer athlete who isn’t afraid of getting into mischief. He is very confident and popular with the ladies. (At this point of the description, I can be writing about Genji from In Your Arms Tonight. Except for the twin part.) If you select his Main Story, you learn that he is actually sensitive on the inside. And his weak spot is his brother (yes, he has a brother complex). (Review for his Main Story should be up in the next 24 hours or so.)
Yasuto Kanzaki: The younger twin brother. Also a star athlete, but his sport of choice is baseball. Apparently has fan club. He is rather goofy and almost childlike because of his tendency to have his head in the clouds. In the prologue, it seems like Taketo is the brother who doesn’t pay attention to things (like when he hit you with his soccer ball but didn’t even notice). However, in Taketo’s Main Story, Yasu is definitely the one who doesn’t pay attention to details while Taketo is the one who notices things. We’ll see how he is in the other Main Stories.
Kanji Okumiya: The class clown (reminded me of Yuta from My Forged Wedding). And extremely flirty (reminded me of Sora from My Sweet Bodyguard).
Homare Midorikawa: The quiet, smart one. Enjoys learning. Uses big words in conversations which tends to flabbergast the MC. Initially appears cold because of his disinterest in socializing, but appears to be very kind.
Nagisa Ichinose: The celebrity. I guess even celebrities want to go on overnight school trips sometimes. And he gets to bring his film crew with him. Can’t say much about his personality yet because he is the most underdeveloped character of the group in the on main story I have read so far.
Hajime Shindo: Okay, I know he is not one of the available characters. At the moment. But come on, are we going to be surprised if Voltage adds him in a later season? (Probably once the MC is no longer underage jailbait.) Hajime fills the role of the older male option for the MC. Appears to have a few awkward tendencies, but they are endearing. (Reminds me a bit of Shohei from In You Arms Tonight.)
And that’s the cast! What do you think? Have you already read some of the stories? Which ones did you go with?