I love e v e r y t h i n g about this game. The sprites and backgrounds are STUNNING--just absolutely, amazingly beautiful--and add so much vibrant warmth to the story. The gorgeous soundtrack is a perfect complement; at different points during the Prelude, it caused me to have my heart in my throat, tears in my eyes, or a sappy, lovestruck grin on my face. And the STORY. My god.
In "Water Hyacinth," I felt for Clio *so hard* when she described herself as garbage, but I ended the segment feeling warm and fuzzy inside (and also craving fried flounder rolls!). "Remind Me" went from adorable (the sea slug! Apple begging to be cuter!) to anxious, hinting that something very wrong might be happening in this world. "Leannan" was another emotional roller coaster: the aching sweetness of two girls very much in love, the gentle drowsiness of a lazy day off, and then the rapidly escalating terror of something bad, bad, BAD--and all your worst fears as a parent/caretaker realized. I don't think I've felt a gut-punch like that in a long time.
And speaking of visceral terror and... well, viscera... that brings me to "Garden of Jealous Things."
.....Iris is my gothfish girlfriend. <3
(The only reason I said "near perfect" instead of "perfect" in the title is because of some typos. Nothing major, just occasional missing words or commas! If you want, I can link the screenshots here. If not, no worries! It's all good.)
Studio Elan has made an(other) astonishingly good game, and you should all be very, very proud!