I recently reviewed The Fruit of Grisaia, a 60-hour visual novel tour de force that serves as one of the flagship games of that genre. Because I’ve done that, I am now required by law to review any spin-offs and sequels! When the two parts of Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru Michiru showed up on Steam, little did I suspect that the mandate would include these titles. It does, though, so here I am, fielding awkward questions from Steam friends about why I’m playing this stuff.
This is why! Let’s talk about Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru Michiru, which we’ll call, uh, IMGCCM for ease of reference. There are two parts available on Steam, but for the purposes of brevity (and my sanity) we’ll be reviewing them as one combined title here as they “play” in much the same way.
In IMGCCM, you play as Grisaia character Matsushima Michiru, who is a stereotypically blonde teen who wants to become a famous idol. These dreams are, uh, derailed a bit when she meets Nyanmel, a magical cat that informs Michiru of her destiny to save the world. She’ll have to team up with another magical girl to defeat the Chaos and get the job done, leading to all sorts of comedy as their personalities conflict. This isn’t the serious, dark game that Grisaia was – it’s a more comedic experience, which is a bit of a breath of fresh air.
This is a kinetic novel, unlike Grisaia, so there’s no gameplay. You’re mostly just reading, which isn’t too painful if you can deal with the content. Plus, you’re buying a game called Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru Michiru, so I’m pretty sure you know what you’re getting into. The graphics and sound are fantastic, as you’d expect after Grisaia, and the voice acting is…good, I guess? It’s in Japanese, so I’m inclined to say it’s good because I don’t know any better. Subs before dubs!
For your $40 you get around 10 hours or so of visual novel comedy with both parts of Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru Michiru. This isn’t the best value in the genre, but as more of these premium visual novels have come out it’s not really all that egregious. Fans of The Fruit of Grisaia are bound to enjoy Michiru’s adventures, while your average visual novel fan who hasn’t played Grisaia yet should probably go and do that first. Either way, this is a solid experience that merits its premium price.