Euphoria is a visual novel developed by Clockup and published in English by MangaGamer. It follows the story of Keisuke Takatou, a boy that wakes up one day in an all-white room.
He soon finds that he has been thrown into this weird situation to play a “game” and it essentially involves doing various depraved things to the girls that have also found themselves in the same all-white facility that he has.
Before continuing, let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way. The H scenes in Euphoria are plentiful, ranging from a practically basic level to an oh my goodness what is going on level. If there’s something out there that tickles your fancy, there’s a good chance that Euphoria touches on it at least once, but of course that is not guaranteed. If H scenes are the only reason you’re interested in Euphoria, you likely won’t be disappointed with their quality.
All of the girls in Euphoria are attractive in their own way, and their character designs are all proportioned realistically. Although it’s hard to really put a finger on, something about Euphoria’s art style in general just gives it a uniqueness that is apparent almost immediately, but perhaps that’s just the bad eyesight of a person that can barely draw stick figures talking.
Sound wise Euphoria’s tunes add to the dread or craziness of its events beautifully, although there was the small feeling of a lack of variety over time. The voice actors all perform beautifully and bring an already interesting world to life even more.
Euphoria’s most surprising aspect is likely to be its story. Although the game the characters are taking part in seems to be the main focus of the visual novel, there’s actually a whole lot more going on here. Going through each of the girls’ routes is entertaining in its own right, and although you may have a lot of questions, slowly but surely they are answered as more and more routes are completed.
But then you reach the final “true” route and everything goes haywire. The story does an incredible job of toying with your mind, so much so that you may not know whether to believe what you’re reading at times. It is all done very well and pretty much everything just clicks by the end.
For a visual novel of the type that generally just makes the story an afterthought, it was amazingly refreshing to see how strong of a story Euphoria ended up having.
There are very few issues that can be raised with it, and the few that are there are minor grievances at best. Perhaps the most disappointing was the ending, but not because it was particularly bad or anything. Elaborating further might tread dangerously into spoiler territory, so let’s just leave it at that.
Overall Euphoria was an amazing experience in more than one way. Definitely give it a chance, it’s one of the best visual novels you can read in English this year.
A copy of Euphoria was provided by the publisher to facilitate this review.