Planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ is a kinetic visual novel (no player interaction) developed by Key, a sub-brand of VisualArts who also created works such as Kanon, CLANNAD, and Angel Beats! You can get this visual novel here on Steam.
If you’re familiar with VisualArts/Key or any of those other titles, you know you’re in for a rollercoaster ride of emotions so get that box of tissues ready because you’ll be needing them.
Planetarian has kind of a rough and abrupt start but it’s essentially set in a post-apocalyptic time where humans have basically wiped themselves off the face of the Earth and everyone is scavenging to survive amidst cities patrolled by machines and competing with others known as Junkers a.k.a scavengers. You found your way into an abandoned zone and fought your way into a building under the impression that it was some military facility only to be greeted by an android named Hoshino Yumemi who is now the sole caretaker of the abandoned planetarium after 30 long years.
The art, music composition, and voice acting were all superb and even despite it having been somewhat of a slow start, I’m really glad I stuck it out till the end. It is a short novel, lasting roughly 3-4 hours but man I haven’t cried like that since finishing Angel Beats! and Plastic Memories. Yumemi definitely stands out like a shining ray of hope against a dreary rain soaked world and her childish innocence is such a stark contrast against the reality she is surrounded by. The character development is very well done in such a short span of time and I think rather appropriate for what you would expect in that sort of survival situation.
Planetarian is very bittersweet despite somewhat of a generic story, or at least the setting is generic but the presentation is phenomenal. It is normally priced at $9.99 which, to be fair, is a bit steep for just a 3 hour story but it’s still definitely worth it if you don’t feel like waiting for it to go on sale. If you’re unsure, add it to your wishlist for now and go watch Angel Beats! and Plastic Memories in the meantime since they’re similar and you will definitely need a box of tissue for those as well. Bonus points if you go through all these on a rainy day.
See you next game! -DecoyEC has logged off.