7th Expansion, notable for Higurashi and Umineko, has shared the opening sequence of their next upcoming visual novel, “Rose Guns Days” – a series with a dated city vibe of the Japanese post-war period.
Unfortunately, this latest project from 7th Expansion isn’t looking as promising as their previous works – even if it proves fair in terms of quality, a point of complaint is how the attempted setting doesn’t feel to have been achieved whatsoever. Rose Guns Days stages in Japan, shortly past the second world war – and with the devastation of defeat still impacting the land of the rising sun, they’ve decided to jump onto the Allies’ plan for reestablishment. Yet after a few years of development, the country is divided municipally by the Allies.
In other words, portions of Japan become Americanized – meanwhile, a few others turn into Chinatowns. And then immigrants from the corresponding countries start flooding in – effectively turning the Japanese into a minority within their own nation. A few are unwilling to accept this however – and thus, they assemble to combat the fate otherwise awaiting them.
Now the issue with the OP is that it seems to, for a moment, fit the theme of the game – the jazz portions are splendidly in sync with the synopsis and era, yet only a few seconds later, it truly loses the feel immediately. The song seems as if trying to match the time frame, yet failing as a few parts sway way too far off from the mood – and without any clean transition as well. Likewise, the visuals aren’t particularly appropriate either – best noticed 41 seconds into the video, it looks like 7th Expansion is still thinking of Umineko more than they should.
This title debuts August 11th, yet it’s sadly not looking to be one worth much attention.