The world of Rose Guns Days is one of the most exciting settings I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. RGD takes place in an alternate 1947 Japan where the Japanese are now a minority in their own country which has been taken over by the Americans and Chinese. Last Season contains the entirety of the series and covers four major story arcs from 1947 to 1950.
From drunken antics in Club Primavera to battles between mafias, the themes and stories of Rose Guns Days are varied and Ryuukishi and 07th Expansion’s creativity really shines. The BGM tracks are varied and there are plenty of them such that no scene uses a musical score that doesn’t fit. The battle minigame (which is completely optional) complements the action-packed scenes and scales in difficulty depending upon how well you perform. As you do better the emblem that marks your proficiency will upgrade and become even cooler and you can even see the fully upgraded emblem by choosing to skip the minigames altogether (although this naturally results in a final score of 0).
Rose Guns Days is also packed with lots of cultural and political viewpoints that not only reflect the time the story is set in, but also give great depth to the varied cast of characters. If you’re interested in different motivations and world views, and the conflicts that stem from them, then there’s no shortage of material like this. There’s a character who represents every view point and so if you find yourself disagreeing with one faction then it’ll only be a matter of time before you get to hear the opinions of an opposing faction.
RGD only gains strength as the story develops and I think that by the end it develops into a masterpiece. The game has been fully translated by Witch Hunt and if you can find a copy to purchase then I think you’ll have a lot of fun in the world of RGD.
*Scoring: Flawless > Great > Good > Okay > Bad
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