Nekopara

Nekopara

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NEKOPARA

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Nekopara is a kinetic visual novel by doujin artist Sayori based on a hentai doujin by the same artist and released on December 29th, 2014. The novel follows main protagonist Minaduki Kashou as he moves out of his parents' place to start a patisserie while taking care of his two pet catgirls, Chocola and Vanilla. Following its release, the game's appeal and use of an E-mote System managed to gain a lot of praise on Steam and other sites.

History

Nekopara[1] is based on a hentai doujin titled Neko Para (shown below) by doujin artist Sayori,[3] which was first released on August 11th, 2013.[2] Although the doujin was released in 2013, Sayori already created original character content of the title's due, Chocola and Vanilla, as early as 2008, with the earliest tracable piece on the English being found on Danbooru from April 15th of that year.[5] However, the main website of Sayori's studio, Neko Works,[4] was already created in February 2003,[6] making it unclear when the characters were first created.


NAME: CHOCOLA TYPE: BLACK CAT MIX OCCUPATION: CAKE SHOP EMPLOYEE HEIGHT: 152CM THREE SIZES: 75/54/76 LIKES: MASTER Chocol NAME: VANILLA TYPE: WHITE CAT MIX OCCUPATION: CAKE SHOP EMPLOYEE HEIGHT: 149CM THREE SIZES: 70/52/75 LIKES: CHOCOLA Vanilla

On November 11th, 2014, an unannounced trial version of Nekopara was released to the public.[7] The next month, on December 29th of that year, the complete version of the game was released and made available for purchase. Although the main site[1] featured the complete game, other areas, such as Valve's Steam store,[8] only offered a version with the explicit content removed.

Gameplay

Nekopara focusses on main protagonist Minaduki Kashou and the catgirl heroines Chocola and Vanilla. Kashou finds himself forced to take care of Chocola and Vanilla right as he plans to start a patisserie. To do this he gets the help of his sister and their four other pet catgirls. Nekopara is a kinetic visual novel, making it different from the average visual novel in that it offers no choices to the player and thus has only one possible outcome where Kashou gets into a relationship with both Chocola and Vanilla.



Reception

Following its release, the game was met with a large amount of praise. 3 weeks after the release, the game had a positive feedback of 97% out of more than 1,500 reviews on Steam.[8] Gametactics[9] gave the game a score of 7.3/10 and HardcoreGamer[10] reviewed it at 3.5/5. The game stands at a Metacritic[11] score of 7.5 as of January 19th, 2015. The doujin also has a score of 7.58/10 on MyAnimeList[2] and more than 3,200 favorites on Fakku.[12]

A game feature that was quickly made fun of was the "chest bounciness" option made available through the game's E-Mote system (shown below), which allowed its players to determine how often the chests of the female cast would bounce.


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Online Presence

Prior and after the game's release, fanart of the characters was already shared on image sharing websites. The game features more than 40, 55 and 70 images on Danbooru,[13] DeviantArt[14] and Zerobchan[15] respectively as of January 19th, 2015, although most of these images are official artworks such as CG art and wallpapers. The official DeviantArt page[16] for Neko Works, which was created in September 2010, has more than 430 members and 68,000 pageviews as of January 19th, 2015.

Fanart

NEKOPARA Vol 1 What's NEKOPARA? Why, it's a cat paradise! Kashou Minaduki, the son of a long line of Japanese confection makers moved out to open his own shop "La Soleil" as a patisserie. User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,327 reviews) Release Date: Dec 29, 2014 Popular user-defined tags for this product Anime i Visual Novel Cute Nudity Dating Sim+ as a patisserie. Overwhelmingly Positve e-292014 gs for h , Nudity Chocola it makes me want to start purring!Meowneo カ Moe!
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External References

[1] Nekopara.com (NSFW: Explicit Content)

[2] MyAnimeList – Neko Para

[3] Danbooru Wiki – Sayori

[4] Sayori.sabori.com

[5] Danbooru – Chocola

[6] Who.is – Sayori.sabori.com

[7] Tsundere.me.jp – Nekopara Trial

[8] Steam Store – Nekopara

[9] Gametactics – NekoPara vol. 01 Review

[10] HardcoreGamer – Review: Nekopara Vol. 1

[11] Metacritic – Nekopara Vol. 1

[12] Fakku – Neku Para 01 (NSFW: Explicit Content)

[13] Danbooru – Search: 'Nekopara' (NSFW: Explicit Content)

[14] DeviantArt – Search: 'Nekopara'

[15] Zerochan – Search: 'Neko Para'

[16] DeviantArt – Neko Works FC

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