Fox Hime Zero Review

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This second kinetic visual novel by AsicxArt and SakuraGame features a male research student Yan(小源)who is working for a whole year under the supervision of professor Lee (郦教授). Yan has to stay at an observation post in a remote forest to take various observations of the local flora and fauna in the forest. Yan also makes occasional trips to a nearby town to send his research findings to his supervisor, receive his stipend and obtain supplies. One night after helping a wounded fox which was injured due to a fall down a waterfall, Yan receives a visit by the fox which has turned into a fox spirit Mori(茉莉). Mori is appreciative of Yan's kindness and has no contact with humans before, therefore she is interested in learning more about humans by following and hanging out with Yan. Yan will also discover there is another fox spirit Ruri(琉璃)living in the forest together with Mori.

The plot is written as a romantic comedy with fantasy and has a nice happy ending where it will take less than 10 hours to read through the entire kinetic visual novel. As another remade version of AsicxArt's earlier games ContactS and Fox Hime where the setting is in modern China that is 100 years before the events in ContactS and Fox Hime, there is no school life drama or fan service this time. For those who have played ContactS, there are a few parts in the storyline which may look and sound familiar. Following patch update 1.1, there are now considerably fewer errors in the English version. Please keep up with the improvements in your games, you can do it. :)

The artwork is the main highlight of this visual novel with great artwork in game cover, Steam badges, emoticons, profile backgrounds and achievement icons making it a good choice to showcase on profiles. There are animated sprites for the main characters which include moving fox ears and tails this time where the intensity of the fox ear and tail movements will also reflect and highlight the mood of the main character. The background scenes show variety during the morning, afternoon and night while the town will display red lanterns during the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival. There are also plenty of CGs and a few SD CGs, each with multiple different facial expressions or small movements which help to bring out the humour in this visual novel and make it stand out. The opening theme does well in introducing the cast of characters in this visual novel while the ending theme will show an animated slideshow of different CGs in the game.

The MoriChan DLC has a number of the game's CGs and sprites of the main female character Mori, where some can be used on Android, iPhone and Huawei phones. It also has a collection of emoticons of Mori displaying various different facial expressions that could potentially be useful in blogs, discussion posts and QQ instant messaging platform. The Cosplay Album DLC has an additional 44 photos of female cosplayers in swimwear and miko outfits.