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6. Cinders (Moacube)
To mangle a quote from a former British PM, ‘Cinders was the future once.’ Moacube offered a unique vision for visual novels were capable of with a unique art style and presentation for its interesting twist on the Cinderella tale. Their product is timeless: giving the audience a nuanced tale equal parts medieval court intrigue and fantasy built as much on its dialogue and interactions with its characters as its presentation. In many ways, even though this is promoted as romance, it’s not. Yes, there are a handful of romanceable targets, but the narrative is rooted in our protagonist’s determination to change their lot in life with love coming as a nice potential bonus. It makes the romances land a bit better, but more importantly invests us in Cinders more. A great direction and story tied with an ageless presentation keeps Cinders as one of the all-time greats.