Gameplay

club presidentThe main part of the DDLC visual novel comprises three acts. Each act is divided into chapters. Act 1-1 introduces the characters and we get a little backstory on each. The main character decides to join the literature club even though he’s only read some manga the last few years and spends  more time on anime. But, incredibly cute girls!

Monika asks everyone to write a poem that evening and share the following day.

Chapter Two. Sayori, his childhood friend and vice president of the club welcomes his return. Yuri has brought a book for him. And here, Sayori, Natsuki, and Yuri each have their word preferences. One will like the main character’s choices the best and have the exclusive scene. After that, poem sharing concludes. Natsuki and Yuri disagree about writing styles and a fierce argument erupts.

I believe this is the first glitch instance of the game. So soon. The normal track fades and audio is noticeably absent. Suddenly a different track plays, strident, shrill, it fits. And even though the argument continues another long silence seems unsettling. A normal track resumes, the argument ends, as does the first poem day.

Chapter Three. Sayori tries to con the mc into going with her to get a snack. He knows better. Yuri says Sayori should act responsibly but then jokes, “There’s a little devil inside all of us.”

Monika enters, apologizing for being late. She was “practicing piano”. Now, we have another exclusive scene dependent on who likes the mc’s last poem best. After the poem sharing, Monika tells the group they will do a poetry performance at the festival.  Natsuki and Yuri initially balk and finally agree.

Sayori and mc walk home and she asks if he’d walk home with one of the others if they had liked the poem best. His reply doesn’t change the outcome of the game.

Chapter Four.  The club president is tardy again. There’s an amusing play on Monika’s name and a fourth wall break as well. The mc is concerned about Sayori and asks Monika to talk to her. A little later, Sayori tells mc she’s going home early. Some commentary about Monika’s ‘catchphrase’ and a foreshadowing.

A rolling four-way argument about who will help whom on the weekend.

Chapter Five. It’s Sunday and mc waits for the one he’s helping. At his place. In either scenario, he decides to go see Sayori. Their conversation is a shock to him. Uneasily, he returns to his home for either baking or decorations and atmosphere. At the end of the day, mc and guest are having some serious words when Sayori turns up.

Guest leaves hastily. The mc has a choice to make. They embrace. (Grab that CG!) Either way, a file, hxppy thxughts.png is written to the game folder.

Chapter 6. The mc goes to the club room on the festival morning. Monika says he’s the first to arrive and thanks him for being early. She’s surprised Sayori was not with him.

He picks up the booklet of poems she’d made, glances through it. He finds Sayori’s poem, like nothing she’d ever written before..

          mc "I'm going to go get Sayori, so..."

Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of my head. Get out of
Get.
Out.
Of.
My.
Head.

Get out of my head before I do what I know is best for you.
Get out of my head before I listen to everything she said to me.
Get out of my head before I show you how much I love you.
Get out of my head before I finish writing this poem.




But a poem is never actually finished.
It just stops moving.

   this was
Sayori's third and
        final
            poem


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