Jack Jeanne: ‘Way Into Our Heart’, One Of The Best Of The Year’; Know All
This June comes to the West and for the first time, a visual novel Jack Jeanne will take us to the world of comedy and theatre drama. A story where the impossible dream of a young woman gains momentum when she receives a curious offer.
Kisa Tachibana had always loved playing characters since she was little, and she had admired Univeil, a drama school that was famous for the talent of her students. The only problem: it was an all-boys school. So, when the director of the centre offers her the possibility of taking the entrance exam hiding her gender, Kisa does not hesitate to accept.
However, at Univeil things will not be easy, the world of representations requires dedication and time and the competition is always fierce. That is where we come in, we will guide Kisa in planning her studies and we will try to make both her and her class as good as possible.
Life is a show
We will play a girl who has grown up since she was little staging stories with her older brother, a former and outstanding student of Univeil, of whom all track has been lost. Kisa does not hesitate to follow in her footsteps and her fate makes her accepted into Quartz, the same class he was in. Divided like Jacks and Jeannes when it comes to playing male and female roles, each of the four classes also has its strengths on stage. Quartz stands out because its students are gems to be polished capable of shining in different ways. Onyx stands out for her dancers and her impressive Jacks. Rhodonite stands out for her singers and her delicate Jeannes. Amber, for her part, is the most mysterious class and stands out for the eccentric and unique members of it.
As we progress we will get to know our classmates more, both from our year and from higher courses. We will also be working on various plays that will be performed throughout the course and that will help us gain experience about the main objective, which is to have a leading role in what is the most important play of the academic year.
Will we manage to keep the secret of our true identity? Will we have enough talent to achieve our goal? We will discover all this and more as our story progresses.
The School Days
One of the things that most characterise this game and to which we will get used the most will be the weekly planning (although it can become quite repetitive for us). We will have to see what we invest our day in to improve our skills during the week and it will go from running to improve our resistance to studying our usual classes. In addition, depending on what skills we develop, we will further improve our relationships with our peers. On the other hand, on weekends we will have the choice to go out and go to different places to meet and talk with different characters, being able to unlock various events.
Another feature is that two different rhythm minigames will be unlocked depending on how advanced we are rehearsing the work. The songs can be played at certain moments of the plot or during the weekends if you spend your free time practising. However, we will only see it complete on the day of the work. Once the staging is over, we can play the songs as many times as we want from the main menu and select different difficulties. It also gives the option to play both with the Joycon and by touch.
The beauty of the stage
If there is something that we cannot forget to comment on, it is the beauty of the illustrations and the original design of the characters in which Sui Ishida (author of Tokyo Ghoul ) has been very involved. It is undoubtedly one of the most attractive parts at first sight. In addition, without counting on the illustrations that are unlocked, the settings, although mostly urban, are varied and detailed.
Music is another extremely important factor since it also plays a main and active role in the plot and its progress. Each work will have its songs that will represent the central scenes and with which the player will be scored. They are very well chosen and manage to immerse you in the setting of the work that our protagonists carry out until the curtain falls.
Although the story uses a lot of cliché as a base, Jack Jeanne knows how to turn it into an original story full of the most diverse characters. Seeing the progress and progress of the protagonist as an actress is one of the most satisfying parts of the game. In addition, we are gradually seeing the progress of their companions and their stories, along with the secrets and insecurities they feel.
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Even though it has areas that could be improved, such as the 3D designs and how the rhythm part of the game has been incorporated into the plot, if you like Sui Ishida’s designs and the theatrical setting, this is a visual novel that you cannot ignore. Jack Jeanne is available from this June 15 in physical and digital format through the Nintendo Switch eShop for €49.99 with texts in English and audio in Japanese.