Character Analysis Of Haruki In A Butterfly In The District Of Dreams

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When we meet Haruki, the protagonist of A Butterfly In The District of Dreams, his life has gotten somewhat off track. Instead of going to college, he spends his days visiting his sister, Anzu, who is confined to a hospital room due to her illness. This continues until his childhood friend, Ai Tsukibane, corners him about this habit and forces him to attend school again. Ai is the complete opposite of Haruki as she has always attained top grades, but the two has drifted apart as they grew older. As the two rekindle their friendship they miss the last train home for the day, but surprisingly enough another one arrives at the station. Faced with a choice of boarding this mysterious train or walking all the way home, the two take their chances,…show more content…
Haruki and Ai finds themselves in a bright, sunny village with a seemingly never-ending street of shops. They also encounter a girl named Yurika, who is the spitting image of Haruki’s sister. Instead of being an evil doppelganger, Yurika offers the duo lodging until they figure out a way to get home, provided they work part time at her cafe. It is in this cafe, Kockhouran, where most of the game takes place as Haruki comes to grips with his predicament. While Ai’s father is the president of a large enterprise, Haruki has very little to entice him back to the real world, apart from his sister. Complicating matters even further is the fact that both Ai and Yurika, along with a girl named Hiroku who they meet in the village, appear to have feelings for…show more content…
The story does pick up towards the end and once you get to know the characters it is easy to get caught up in their stories, but the slow pace will definitely deter some players. The multiple routes and endings adds a lot of replay value to this title, which makes up for the fact that it is not as flashy or fast paced as other visual novels. Players who can appreciate good slice of life stories and has the perseverance to stick with it through the slower parts will find a charming title with endearing characters.

A Butterfly In The District of Dreams doesn’t quite live up to its mysterious premise, but as far as visual novels goes it still has a lot to offer. The pace of the story is very slow and relaxing, which is great for players in search of a calming experience. It is refreshing to play a title that doesn’t rely on fan service as a crutch, but due to the slow pace it is also a title that some players will find a little boring. With three main heroines, each with multiple routes and different endings, this visual novel is definitely not lacking in

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