Kara no Shoujo Is Designed To Be A “Thinking” Game, Not A “Reading” Game

By Ishaan . June 27, 2011 . 4:02pm

This week, MangaGamer will publish an English language version of Innocent Grey’s  popular Kara no Shoujo, a mystery visual novel set in the year 1956, following Japan’s defeat in World War II.


Kara no Shoujo is a bit more of an adventure game than strictly a visual novel, though. The game features an investigation aspect that has you tracking down a serial killer who appears to target women, specifically. An in-game memo pad feature helps you keep track of your investigation as you uncover clues. This feature, Innocent Grey tell us, will make a return in their future games as well.


“We’re aiming for games where you don’t just choose choices, but rather games where you have to think,” Innocent Grey told Siliconera in a recent interview. 


“This is something that will be essential to Innocent Grey games in the future as well,” Innocent Grey elaborated with regard to the memo pad feature. “While the case [the game] will end if the player ‘reads’ mindlessly, with this the player can ‘think’ and end the case for themselves. We want to create a game that gives you that feeling of satisfaction (catharsis) when you solve a case.”


A demo version of Kara no Shoujo is currently available for download on MangaGamer’s website. The full game will be released for digital download on June 29th.

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  • This kind of VN are the best visual novels, when you just dont click (still, there are some great ones where all you do is read, KiraKira<3, DearDrops<3 T_T and others)

    But stuff like chaos;head where you could choose from time to time to what kind of delusion to have xD (ecchi or gore wtf delusion mostly) or in steins gate where you have to use the cellphone too xD. Those kind of thing make the game something cool to remember.

    • Exkaiser

      Muv-Luv Alternative is a completely linear, just-clicking game, and it’s absolutely fantastic!

      But more action-oriented (is that the right phrase..?) VNs are always good, too.

      So, WildArms, will you be picking the game up when it releases!?

      • Once im out of classes in, if everything goes “well”, 2 weeks, i will check out the demo, and depending if i like what i see, i will buy it >8D (i need to see how the MC acts and whatnot, that is really important to me on a VN, if i dislike the MC i would get pissed every 5 minutes xD)

        • Exkaiser

          The protagonist’s a cool guy, from what I saw in the demo. Intelligent, cool, not a jerk. Criminal Justice being my background, I really dig his private eye stylings, too.

    • Guest

      The best ADV game is Another Code: R for Nintendo Wii followed by Hotel Dusk 1 & 2.

      • Ladius

        You know, it’s great to have your own tastes, but to impose them on others as facts (or to word your statements in a way that sounds just like that) isn’t particulary useful in a debate. Just saying, because I like all the games you mentioned.

  • Imagine if the game was done in the style of LA Noire, that would be interesting. 

    • Crimson_Cloud

      Yeah, but in this case, with an anime series animation quality. Someday we will get that too…

      • Guest

        I THOUGHT we were going to get that with the Haruhi PS3 game but we got shafted

    • Ladius

      It would lose part of its raison d’etre, reading a description and directly exploring a place are different experiences meant for different games.

  • Samken

    No voice acting in an already voiced game pains me, i’m still willing to buy it sure, but i hope the fans quickly make a voice patch.

  • Guest

    Pffft. As if I don’t already think long enough about which decision will let me hook up with the loli.

    • Exkaiser

      It’s always [Genuflect].

      • I dunno… I’m particular to Excel Saga’s [Put it in] option.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        And here I always picked — ‘head to kindergarten’ — before selecting my waifu.

  • AnimeRemix

    “The game features an investigation aspect that has you tracking down a serial killer who appears to target women, specifically.” – Reminds me of Jack The Ripper! =D

    So glad I clicked on this and took the time to read it, I’m not interested in this PC game. Going to go and download the demo version right now!

  • I might actually purchase the game, since I’ve enjoyed what I played of the demo.  The story has me interested… and I’m not usually a fan of mysteries…

  • Here’s a link to the demo: http://bit.ly/ifTTBn

  • savvy30039

    That seems like an odd distinction to make. If you have to reassure someone the game isn’t about reading, they’re probably not interested in thinking either.

    • I think it was meant to stress that there is more interaction in this title than most visual novels. It’s a more active experience than most VN’s usually demand.

  • So much irony that I have to wonder whether it was intentional or not.

  • Finished the demo yesterday and gotta say, I LOVE IT! This VN gives a lot of details which gives people in the story personality. Some of the character not so much but I’m digging it. But from reading this VS i feel like the protagonist is like 30/40ish the way they give out his dialogue.

  • AzureNova

    Hooray for thinking. lol

  • PrinceHeir

    yay will try this for sure :P

  • Well, I’m used to think when I read. Just saying.

  • This game is a nightmare. Make it stop already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AAAAHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    A nasty school nurse that will bang anything that moves and a psychopath that likes to remove body parts from its victims is not what I would call a good time. 

    • Azuku

      I’ll have to make a note not to invite you to my next “Severed limbs and horny nurses” party then. It’s too bad really, everyone always seems to love them.

  • Guest

    Um…doesn’t Phoenix Wright, Another Code/Trace Memory, Hotel Dusk, Detective Conan, Demon Detective Nougami Neuro, Professor Layton do this in terms of making you think?

  • Bruce

     Try it before you shun off the whole genre completely .

  • He said “read”, not “write”.

  • Could ask the same about point-and-click adventure games.

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