Review: Corona Blossom Vol.2 The Truth From Beyond [All Ages]

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The second entry in Frontwing’s episodic space saga gets more interesting in terms of plot, but, for better or worse, keeps the excessive fanservice.

Title: Corona Blossom Vol.2 The Truth From Beyond
Developer: Frontwing
Publisher: Frontwing
Playtime: 7 hours
Buy Corona Blossom Vol.2 The Truth From Beyond here on Steam.
This game is recommended by the Visual Novel Fans curator list.

Disclaimer: I did QA for this game.

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After a solid start in Vol.1 (you can read my review of it here), Corona Blossom Vol.2 gets more intriguing in terms of the plot, with some unexpected twists and turns and a cliffhanger ending.

More alien antics are thrown into the mix with the addition of space pirates Lily and Yunie to the regular gang, but we also get to find out some backstory for Shino and our protagonist Keiji, which adds further depth to their interactions. There are some seriously adorable scenes with R-ne which almost had me in tears, plus the usual comedy and ecchi moments.

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One of my complaints about the first volume was that the tone shifted all over the place, and this is still somewhat of an issue here. If anything, there are more fanservice scenes than before, and they still feel forced in. However, since this was established in the first volume, it’s at least consistent with that.

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As with the first installment, the quality is high all across the board; the art, voice acting and programming are all of a professional standard. The translation is excellent, creating an engaging read in English and retaining characterization.

Since this is a middle installment there’s not much to say as it is highly dependent on the volumes preceding and following it, but I will be taking a look at the series as a whole in my review of the final volume.

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Overall this is an excellent middle installment, which picks up the pace and avoids being merely filler to bridge Volumes 1 and 3. Having read the second volume, I’m now even more willing to recommend the first, and am excited to see where the story goes and how it all resolves in the final chapter.

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