Saya no Uta

Just finished the game in about under a day, thanks to the beta patch from TLWiki.

First thoughts, this game is definitely as gruesome as advertised, but surprisingly, I wasn’t too disgusted by much of the game. Possibly because I’ve already been spoiled to certain parts of the story. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted or with loose stomaches though, but I certainly think most people who are will avoid it, or at least dive in to it, properly warned.

The story is still pretty unnerving though, especially if you finish it fully by going through all three endings. The theory behind Saya’s true origin is especially disturbing as well as the lengths that Fuminori goes in order to protect his life with Saya. A plunge in to madness, as many would say, but surprisingly, Fuminori’s actions come off as… understandable to me, which is quite a dangerous thing to say, but speaks volumes of how good the writers portray Fuminori’s character.

Saya is surprisingly lacking of screen time though, but it’s a good move since we mostly see her in the “angelic” light that Fuminori paints her in, which enhances further on how dangerous she really is to the reader. Undoubtedly, she is cute… really cute. Nitroplus’s character designs are really quite attractive.

It’s really been a… dream(?) come true to be able to read one of the critically acclaimed VN’s released this decade, from the venerable Nitroplus team. Saya no Uta is really a great experience and I’m really thankful for Moogy from TLWiki who put in his effort to make this game accessible to a wider audience.

Now I gotta finish up Princess Waltz…. orz


  1. manga Said,

    January 22, 2009 @ 4:00 am

    I think I finished Princess Waltz, as long as there isn´t a harem route somewhere.

    I´ve seen images from Saya no Uta, heard a friend of mine talk about it and he loved it. Makes you want to play the game.

    So when I have time(as of now I´m more focused on console games like Ar Tonelico 2, have to prepare for it and school) I´ll give it a try. But from what my head tells me I don´t need to give it a try. Game from Nitro+ translated? Must be good :p

  2. Rooked Said,

    January 22, 2009 @ 4:00 am

    I read it in japanese a while back, haven’t got a chance to try it in english though.

    I think a contributing factor is the weird disturbed feeling I got after finishing it. I just mulled about for a few days, went through in what felt like being disconnected from the world haha.

    Saya is cute, but a woman(maybe?)’s jealousy is fearsome. Demonstrated against that bigger breasted lady friend, forget her name.

  3. Moogy Said,

    January 22, 2009 @ 10:58 am

    Thanks for the appreciation. I must say that you’d be better off lavishing your praise on Makoto, though – I just organized the project. He’s the guy who was actually crazy enough to translate this thing.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the game. Posts like this are the reason we translated it.

  4. manga Said,

    January 22, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

    I´ll go of topic here with two things:

    Moogy: First of all, thanks for the hard work all of you with the translation and all.
    Second, is there any slight possible chance of you guys translating Narukana? It´s possibly the one game I want to see translated.

  5. Raton-Laveur Said,

    January 23, 2009 @ 12:25 am

    “It’s really been a… dream(?) come true to be able to read one of the critically acclaimed VN’s released this decade, from the venerable Nitroplus team.”

    So I’m sure you bought your own copy of the game in order to properly thank them for their game.

  6. Moogy Said,

    January 23, 2009 @ 4:57 am

    @manga: I don’t know of any plans to translate Narukana, either by users on TLWiki or elsewhere. Some guy made summaries of every chapter on LJ by using Atlas but you probably don’t wanna read those.

    @Raton-Laveur: Hurr hurr. Saya is over 5 years old and it’s doubtful that Nitro+ would make any money off of somebody buying it from Himeya in the first place. But please feel free to randomly troll people about buying shit some more!

  7. FlameStrike Said,

    January 23, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

    Well holyshit that sure was fucked up. I thought Chaos;Head was a bit wierd but this is a whole ‘nother level. Heh, it seems like Nitro+ is good at writing about messed up people. However Takumi tried to go GAR while Fuminori went understandably insane. There doesn’t seem to be any hope for some kind of “happy ending” here. I’ve only gone through the “everyone dies” ending, but I’m sure the other two won’t be much diffrent…

  8. Chorokun Said,

    January 26, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

    Hey, thanks for posting this. After reading this I tracked down the game and gave it a whirl, just finished the third ending now and gotta say I was impressed. It’s one of those stories that is grotesque, but subtle enough to lingle in your mind long after it’s over.

    Thanks to kurogane for telling me about this and thanks to Moogy and Makoto for making it available.

    Anything else from Nitro+ available in english yet?

  9. catrophy Said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 4:21 am

    so. was probably a bad idea to play this on my laptop in class. wasn’t expecting the Hscene 10 minutes in haha

  10. Naudiz Said,

    April 12, 2009 @ 6:01 am

    This VN is so messed up. I am pretty good about the horror genre of anything, but this is just… strange.

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