Lupiesoft’s The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 is finally out. The time has come to find out if it lives up to the hype it has received over the last few months.
Disclosure: The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 (p)review copy was provided by Lupiesoft
The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 is a kinetic visual novel—a VN without any player choices, offering a linear story experience from the very start to the end. Chapter 0, in itself, is a standalone extended prolog to the main story, which is going to be released episodically in the future. As with my other Lewd Look features, I decided to give Toko a preview instead of a full review. I believe the game will be ripe and ready for a more detailed analysis once all planned episodes have come out.
Toko’s story focuses on the titular succubus heroine with a penchant of being a failure at everything demonic in nature. We first meet her as child as she is about to be initiated into the ranks of demons by harvesting her first human soul while her overprotective and scarcely (some would even say scandalously) dressed father watches over her. Toko’s first soul harvesting target is supposed to be another little girl named Nadia, who apparently is destined to die in a traffic accident in mere moments. Instead of letting her die, Toko decides to pull her away from a speeding car and saves her life.
Kind, caring and fabulous, Toko’s father has it all.
This event creates a strong bond between the girls, which later becomes a center point for game’s plot. After a generous time skip, we learn that our young succubus has grown into slender and scantily clad young woman, and is about to be cast out into the human world for not being able to collect a single soul since meeting Nadia. As the demons of Hell rely on human souls for sustenance and use their memories to attain power, her constant inability makes her a pariah among her kind. This becomes enough of a reason for the upper demon echelons to deem her unworthy of continuing her existence as one of them. Having no other options left, Toko leaves for the human realm where she will slowly become human through exposure and the lack of contact with the demon world. At this moment, we get to the real meat of the VN. You could even say that the real Toko Souls starts here.
Nadia and Toko have never looked better. I just want to dive right in there.
Shortly after arriving in the human world Toko, through an astronomical chance, literally bumps into Nadia. From this point onward the incredibly forceful BBW that is Nadia makes the former demon go through incredibly sped up dating course, which ultimately, and to my surprise, ends with romance. In order not to spoil the rest of the game’s plot too much, I can only say that what follows is a rather fun and engaging adventure full of music instrument inspired magical battles featuring other demons, angels, and even some Russian witches.
Nadia’s BBW appeal is sponsored by her spicy cooking skills.
The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 is without the shadow of a doubt one of the better looking and sounding Western visual novel titles to come out in the last few years. Taosym’s crisp and unique-looking anime inspired art style lends itself well to the overall visual experience. Both male and female characters are drawn either wearing very little clothes to begin with or expose a good amount of skin throughout the story. Most, if not all single game CGs add to the lewdness factor with mild nudity or the occasional crotch shot here and there. The art direction coupled with a story that it is mildly sexually charged by the innuendo-filled dialog between the game’s colorful cast of characters creates a good hook for yuri fans.
The game’s soundtrack is by far the most impressive element of Chapter 0. The short two or three hour long experience is coupled with an astonishingly high amount and high-quality tunes of various types, which complement the onscreen story events down to a T. Even if the game doesn’t feature voice acting just yet (the developers have mentioned they might add it at a later date), the long-term enjoyment of this title is not spoiled by it.
The first entry into the Toko saga is a surprisingly competent one. Most of the elements that make up the VN work well together to complete an interesting, visually appealing, and audibly pleasing experience. While the game’s central romantic plot is rushed and a bit hard to swallow, there is still a lot of potential for it to be explored thoroughly in the future chapters. As for the game’s kinetic nature, we are yet to see if the future installments are going to add branching paths to the game’s story. For now, I accept the reject demon Toko into my heart and hope to able to protect her smile as her adventures in the human world continue.
The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 is now available for purchase on Steam.
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