The mummy’s curse strikes again! It’s not Neptunia or Senran Kagura this time, though – instead, I’ve got another visual novel sitting on my desk. Today we’re looking at The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 – Prelude, which we’ll just call Toko. It’s a title from everyone’s favorite visual novel publisher Sekai Project, developed by Lupinesoft, a VN developer known for such games as…er…well, this one, I guess!
Before we get any further: this is one of the more fanservice-tastic VNs I’ve played, so be ready for that going in. If that kind of thing isn’t your bag, you’ll want to steer well clear of Toko. I don’t think the game really misrepresents itself, though, so it’s not going to come as a surprise to anyone when you run into slightly, uh, scandalous artwork.
Anyway: Toko is about the titular reject demon, a succubus who’s been kicked out of Hell after acting a little too empathetic toward humanity a few too many times. Toko ends up rooming with the human girl Nadia; given what I just told you about the game, you can guess how this ends up going. The plot is fairly standard and doesn’t throw too many curveballs, especially for anime and VN fans; I will say that I appreciated the light punk rock aesthetic and the prominence of demonic guitars as a plot point. More games should go that direction. Demon Guitar for President.
The art is, uh, well, y’know. I reviewed all the Senran Kagura games up until now, I think I’m immune to this kind of thing by this point. This probably isn’t one for the kids. As ecchi games go, it’s all fairly nice-looking – from an artistic standpoint, I mean (stop looking at me like that), and the music’s good enough for what it is. It’s not especially punk rock though, which is kind of surprising. Also, the game is the introduction to an episodic series so it’s extremely short. You can get through this one in about an hour.
VN fans, particularly those who are interested in, er, this kind of VN, should enjoy The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 – Prelude well enough. It’s also a decent recommendation for those looking for a change from the usual boy-meets-girl story we see so often in these titles. It’s a bite-sized bit of reading that should satisfy genre fans, but if you want something a little more substantial then you might be waiting for awhile.