Double Score ~Cosmos~
Based on: CD <-> Otome Game
Official site: http://www.asgard-japan.com/bluemoon/ds/
Double Score is an upcoming series of otome games where every obtainable character is between 29 and 46 (the heroine is 17). The concept of the game is that "age doesn't matter when it comes to love". Before the games are released however, each character gets a situation CD. The first one is Suou Issei (CV: Tachibana Shinnosuke) a 31 year old salary man.
Suou is working on his day off when you call to invite him to a movie. Unfortunately he has to decline because he is still busy, but talks a bit with you on the phone. When he hangs up it turns out that the company president Ninomiya Souichou (CV: Nakata Jouji) overheard part of the conversation which leads to a brilliant conversation between to two of them. (part of this is the sample track on the official site).
Apparently Suou is working on a TV commercial, and is waiting for the agency of the actor they want to use to call him about a possible schedule. He is talking with Ninomiya as he receives said call, and Ninomiya tells him he just just go home to his girlfriend and enjoy the day together. Of course Suou gladly accepts, and calls you that he is on his way. Unfortunately Ninomiya calls him on his phone before the poor guy even managed to get into a taxi, so in the end it takes him a lot longer to get to you. And all this while you were waiting in front of your mansion...
Cue dummy head mic when Suou finally arrives! You haven’t seen each other in over a month, and because he is so happy seeing you again he forgets where you are and hugs you. Before you go to the movie he want to grab something to eat, but when you’re finally ready to leave you get another call from Ninomiya. You are being the understanding girlfriend and type a message that it is fine to go another day which you show to Suou while he is on the phone, and he finally realizes this isn’t the time for work and quickly finishes his call (and even turns off his cellphone so that you won’t be bothered anymore).
Cut to after the movie, when you walk outside the theatre. The plan is to go for dinner (again?!) and you start walking towards the restaurant while talking. Suou talks about how he first tried to suppress his feelings, thinking he shouldn’t like you, but that he is really happy that you are dating now. Then he really forgets everything around him and you two end up kissing in the middle of the street. Sounds like he is quite the kisser actually .
To begin with, Suou might be 31 but he sounds like your regular love interest in any normal situation CD (where the guy would be somewhere in his 20’s). For me that is good thing. In fact, if I would have known his age I’d guess he’d be something around 25. The way he interacts with Ninomiya does show that he has been around the workplace longer though (or otherwise he probably wouldn’t be that friendly with the company president.
The switch between Suou his attitude at work and with you is, kind of amazing really. The guy really is head over heals in love with you. While I like the fact that the CD shows both side, I personally found his interactions with Ninomiya more entertaining than the parts with you, which were getting a bit too sweet for my tastes. I do like that you can hear part of his internal monologue though, his thoughts are often too amusing.
One of the things I really liked on the other hand was the use of sounds around you. When Suou is on the phone and you are typing that message you can hear yourself typing (on the right side, while Suou is talking on the left) and not just three little beeps, but it actually takes a plausible amount of time. In the same scene you can hear a few words of what Ninomiya says on the other side of the phone. When you walk around town you also hear other people around you. I like these kind of small details.
Another thing is that all characters in the series are interrelated. The obvious case in this CD is Ninomiya, who is the president of the company where Suou works, but more characters are mentioned. Todaka Yousuke works at the same company, Ninomiya is a regular at the cafe owned by Sakita Takuto, who was a classmate of Suou in high school. The actor for the TV commercial is Tomu. These were the relations I gathered from this CD.
If you’ve got the first press edition there is an extra track in which Suou answers a few questions about what he likes, dislike, his hobbies, etc. Sadly he refuses to answer what kind of underwear he would like to see his girlfriend wear. We do discover that he apparently has a lot of siblings, like housework like cooking and cleaning, and planning how to which time sales to go at supermarkets (and then gets mad because he is called a housewife).
I was sort of cautious around this series but this convinced me that it will be an interesting series. The interaction with the secondary character was interesting, and judging by the sample tracks for other CD’s that will remain so for the rest of the series. I doubt I’ll be playing the games (because all the characters are split into several games) but I will be getting the CD’s.