Chuuni is not a good thing. I think people have misconceptions on what chuuni really is. Chuuni is the mental state of a 13 years old kid who thinks that he is so edgy and special when he is not. They are people who try to act mature and utterly failed. They think they are sophisticated and have deep and meaningful understanding on life but in reality are just little dipshit who understands nothing. Chuuni is irritating. People on facebook posting deep sounding philosophical quote and act as if they understand shit are chuuni. People trying too hard to act all melancholy and introspective, thinking that they are oh so sad and filled with emotion when they lived in a first world country with all the comfort in the world are chuuni. Type Moon in particular is 10/10, break through the heaven kind of fucking chuuni.
428 is an awesome game. It might not deserve a 40/40 famitsu score but I think that score is out of good will to encourage people to pick it up as it will just descend to obscurity without its special recommendation. It’s the spiritual successor of chunsoft previous sound novel, Machi. It utilize real actor and a story telling mechanic where you can change between characters and the choices they affect the stories of the other characters. You might think that using real actor photographic stills is lazy and budgeted but when they show you their behind the scene in the credit, you would be shocked that they actually acted the whole scene out. In other words, they have real time footage of scenes but instead, chooses some of the still shots from these scenes instead of playing it all out as a video.
The game is great throughout with memorable characters, hassle free mechanics, interesting take on cause and effect and generally tongue in cheek but with lots of lots of heart and sincerity.
For example, one of the story is about an asshole reporter who is all hot blooded and professional but doesn’t give a shit with how he deals with people. He pisses off a waitress with his erratic antics and ordered a pasta with tons of cheese and the waitress served him a pasta and with a mountain high of cheese, thinking that she had one up him. He didn’t give a shit and chow that noodle down thinking that shit is fucking good.
Then there’s this mysterious part time worker who was stuck in a cat mascot suit. It’s is very adorable and the situation she was in with her boss being a victim of countless of fraud pyramid scheme products and her struggle to make sure that their next product will be successful so she can received her pay is hilarious and light hearted fun.
There is also a gangster looking guy who loves shibuya so much that he went around picking garbage and being ecologically aware. In one of the many bad ends, he tried to help a girl(main heroine who is really moe but is depicted by a real actor so no animeish moe moment) to carry her heavy suitcase that contains ransom for the kidnapper of her sister because he is too nice of a guy. Too bad, he looks like a hooligan so the police arrest him, thinking he is the kidnapper.
You also have this badass professional taxi driver who can drive you anywhere even when the traffic is packed like a densely accumulation of ants that surrounds a dead cockroach who died from eating too much shit.
The game is filled with these colorful characters and you can see how they work together to save shibuya from a terrorist attack. The many bad ends are hilarious and they include near death from diarrhea, cat costume travel through dimension, hypnotizing customer to purchase useless product, losing in scissors paper stone and many others. Yes, the game went all nuts with its plot but in the end, it culminate into something heart warming, funny yet suspenseful story. There’s also the true ending of how a poorly drawn plastic bottle sacrifices himself so he can make a methane gas monster made up of pollution self explode in midair without any harm to shibuya.
Then there’s that Type Moon guest writer bonus scenario which is a prequel to that Canaan anime. It’s terrible and fucking self indulgent. It contrasts with the main game by being all overly serious and edgy. You have exposition after exposition of complicated sounding shit to explain simple stuff like social engineering which they called social hacking ingame because Nasu Kinoku really don’t know wtf he is talking about.
Social engineering can be easily explained by giving a simple analogy on how you can just act like the owner of a site and asked for a password from customer service or something but no, they went all edgy and uses serious sounding sentences like detective procedure to exploit lapse in the depth of the human mind as humans are the only possible security errors when system has perfect mechanical security. It is needlessly complicated and tries to hard to make the author look smarter than he really is.
It also spend tons and tons of time explaining how Canaan uses all her five senses so she can smell words and therefore is a dangerous primitive beast and best assassin ever. After that, they went on on how Alphard is all emotionless and cold hearted because she wants revenge and gets all psychopathic as she needs to throw away all emotions. It’s filled with dry passages after dry passages describing human nature, revenge, evil and all other deep sounding philosophical issues like the author had figured up everything in life when in reality, all of what he said sounds overly angst and melodramatic.
It’s insufferable, dull, self indulgent and outright pretentious. I read Kara no Kyoukai and it is filled with these kind of shit as well. It’s typical Type Moon stuff but people thought it’s meaningful when it really isn’t. It’s just Nasu Kinoko suffering from chuunibyou and can’t stop acting all self important in his prose.