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