I always miss the important stuff!
It was a lot of fun. The only reason I quit when I did was I ran out of things to say. Can't wait to see where you go from here with it.
Hey, nothing wrong with taking inspiration from other works (Lord knows I do it all the time, including this year's submission) as long as you then make it your own. It did bring back some fond memories. I'm gonna keep playing the demo, but let me know when final game is up somewhere. I definitely want to see how this one turns out.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there's a game breaking bug. The image CHARA1_2.png appears to be missing. This is too bad, because after reading the description I was looking forward to playing it and making a video review of it.
I ran into this problem last year. I was 2000 miles away from my computer when the contest was announced/started and would be for another two weeks. I just did as much planning and resource hunting as possible on my phone during my downtime while I was gone then busted my ass when I got home to build it. It can be done! I have faith in you!
I finally got it to work, but it took a few more tries. You have a few days left, so if you aren't already you may want to dig into the problem. It's a cute game and I'd hate to see you disqualified for a technical problem.
Speaking of technical problems, when I went to view the Notes in the main menu, it sent me to a black screen, and when I tried to back out of it I was sent to the music screen, and it kept sending me on a loop between the black screen and the music screen, forcing me to restart. Also, I noticed several times that I had to click two or three times for the next line of dialogue to appear. I don't know if that was intentional or not, but I found it annoying.
But enough about that. On to the story! Since it appears that I'm the only other person crazy enough to submit a VN to this contest, I can appreciate the importance of having a good story, and this was a good story. I only had time to do a couple of playthroughs, so I know I didn't get all of the endings, but the ones I got were great and really emotional. If you could just get that loading problem fixed, this could be a contender.