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Genre: Adventure, Casual
Developer: Kuro Irodoru Yomiji
Release Date: Sep 8, 2017
Edited by KnightAvenger
When a developer splits a novel into two parts, they usually mean to create some form of tension between characters as a method of character development. Thus, when I jumped back into the world created by Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto, what I found was a story where love was stronger than ever and the battles ever fiercer: Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 2. Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 2 is a yuri, fantasy-based visual novel developed by Kuro Irodoru Yomiji, later released by Sekai Project as all-ages and Denpasoft as an adult title, putting us back into the world of omnipotent evil, romance, and an internal war, showing some scars as it goes.
Resuming with a huge clang, Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 2 starts us off where the first part ended, taking on a different air as an intro but one I enjoyed, as the deep lore and potentially dark intent stayed fresh. As a reader, our focus of character changes constantly this time, but, for the sake of the story, we read through the eyes of Len or Shinonome, who, when we start back up, are at a standstill between each other as the two are in fighting position, swords drawn. After some chatting and a really good fighting sequence, it is revealed that Len forced the fight to make Shinonome draw her sword’s full power, something she had been struggling with, but this tender moment is broken up pretty quickly by other divine sword wielders who have a few words for Len after her disappearance into enemy territory. As punishment (as that’s what it seemed to be), both Len and Shinonome are forced to study under the eyes of Uzume and Ruka as they prepare for the fight of their lives in less than ten days. Things quickly go south, though, as Len still intends to keep her promise to the enemy by destroying one of the sacred items that could seal the vile foxes away. I will end the synopsis here, as the story gets much more heated and, at times, romantic, so it would be considered a spoiler.
While Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 2 did make a subtle number of changes, many that fixed the problems I had with the first novel’s story, it also created a few more that can be hit or miss. The first issue I found was the pacing and how much it jumped around at times. In the first novel, the pacing had a few points where it went kind of crazy, so the fact that the pacing goes also double the first and then back so often did leave a rushed feeling in some sections but was too slow in other sections. Following this was just a period tension shift as the novel switched between characters. Unlike the previous novel, the character focus shifts between a fair number of characters, which, during heated scenes, did make me feel like the immediately built up tension just vanished.
Once again, the fighting scenes and yuri scenes have become a favorite element of mine in Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 2, if just because they are different than most novels’ renditions. The fighting scenes are very action-oriented, moving in the direction of a movie where you can see the combat flow from one side to the other. My only real complaint from the fighting scenes, in general, is the special effects that you see when they go back and forth, as they can be very disorienting and somewhat odd in appearance. The yuri scenes, however, are a sight to behold. These scenes were something that only showed up a few times in the novel but when they do occur, do the gloves (and everything else) come off. The scenes themselves are very tender and caring, not feeling forced, as you can tell the girls do have this affection towards one another that is formed over time, something I rather enjoyed as the girls were loving as well as playful in just the right ways.
Swinging into battle, the presentation of Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 2 fared similarly to that of the first novel but with some fixes to the characters’ facial animations and a soundtrack that kept me interested all the time I was reading. Visually, Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 2 kept the rustic and older style of art while it tried to enhance the facial animations to some success although leaving a few errors. The backgrounds keep the same rich and detailed levels provided before although the night scenes seem darker than prior, which had me wishing they had brightened these up a bit. The character art still looks great here, especially with the improvements I found done to the facial animations although not all of the animations were one hundred percent fixed, so some things still stood out.
Resuming the flute sounds, Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 2’s soundtrack was a welcome return to more of the same memorable pieces with some tracks being put on repeat a tad too much this time. Musically, the soundtrack still acts as an enhancer to the scene active with the classic tones of the piano and horns providing a score with that same entrancement as before. The sound effects were still on hit style, and while I found them less used in part 2, it was not a huge loss to the overall musical score.
Overall, I found Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 2 to be a solid end to a series with an excellent mix of yuri and fantasy, some solid writing to back it up, plenty of character development and some nicely drawn scenes, missing just a few marks along the way. The solid writing and storytelling, continued deep character development, a glossary of terms, the video format for combat and yuri scenes, beautiful and well played-out yuri scenes, the older style visuals, great character art, and another memorable soundtrack made for a novel that was an excellent read for the content given.
- A solidly written and told story
- A continued deep character development
- Access to the glossary during the read
- The video format focus for battles and yuri scenes
- Very beautiful and played out yuri scenes
- The older but clean visual style
- Another memorable soundtrack
- Solid four to five hours of reading time
- Overall rushed feeling from some scenes due to pacing
- Constant tension breaks in the novel when switching characters
DarkLunarDude gives Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 2 a Drastik Measure 8.2 out of 10.0 (82)
For the price of $14.99 (USD) on Denpasoft, I can recommend Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 2 to those seeking a solid fantasy-based read or those seeking a yuri experience like no other, as this fitting end of a series captures both excellently. It is highly recommended, though, to read Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto Part 1 first, as the story just jumps right from the ending of it and may lose some readers.