Indulgent: Willing to allow excessive leniency, generosity, or consideration : indulging or characterized by indulgence .
The reason I’m not outright mocking this yet is because there is actual psychological study behind sexual fetishism and how they develop. Through my own cursory reading of the subject, Alice’s particular inclinations seem to be in line with several cases dealing with conditioning. Think of it like Pavlov’s Dog; whereas a subject is condition to react a certain way to a particular stimuli over a period of time. In this case, Alice more than likely (it isn’t shown in the demo, but can be safely assumed) started ‘exploring herself’ (Trying to keep it clean. It is a family site.) around the same time she became a fan of anime and manga. Being forced to hide both her sexual interests and otaku interest caused a sort of psycho-sexual convergence leading to the situation she finds herself in the game where she explodes (shaddup) when the opportunity comes to explore both.
This could actually be interesting IF that was the direction Frontwing was going to take. Exploring sexual development and what influences said development in a subgenre that can overdose (for lack of better words) developing minds with sexual stimuli would be fascinating to watch play out. Female characters rarely get any sort of sexual agency in anime and manga to begin with. In the visual novel sphere, the only titles that grazes this kind of theme was We Know The Devil, Catch Canvas and Love Ribbon… and they all had their own flood of issues. Outside of that, the only time it comes up is within the boundaries of whatever wish-fulfillment fantasy they’re in. So, overall, it is a very underserved but extremely interesting theme for a game.
And hopefully someone will make that game someday.
Momoiro Closet is indulgent media: period. Everything I just mentioned is less of a jumping off point to explore her psychosis and more as an excuse to enjoy watching her get herself off: frequently. After all, if she and the camera have no issues indulging her nocturnal adventures, then why should the audience? This spills over to the rest of the game where the Generic Male Protagonist freely exchanges pornographic manga with his fanservice-riddled friend who is even more of an upfront pervert than he is. And Alice’s VP on the Student Council who may have some sort of crush on her. YMMV.
Look, I’m not going to pretend that I expected a psychological study with this one. I’m crazy, but not that crazy. Depending on your choices, it can be an all-out, raunchy sex game OR it can be a romance game…there will still be sex though. I’m not sure how that divide would work, but my hope is that the romance half would explore more of Alice’s mindset, background and overall personality as she delves into her fandom/sexual interests. That puts her heads-and-shoulders of many in her caste and it is clear that some thought, even if it was fleeting, went into that bit of it. Outside of that, you’ve seen this done before: many, many times before.
Momoiro Closet is out, so if you’re interested you can check it out here. JP3: OUT.