"Today, I saw the ocean. I'm not afraid anymore."Kana: Little Sister
(Kana ~Imouto~) is a visual novel
depicting the story of 15-year-old Kana, a girl who suffers from a chronic life-threatening disease and her older brother, Takamichi (Taka), who supports her and cares for her. The game deals with the relationship between both siblings, which gets more and more intense as time progresses. There is a clear incestuous element later, but which goes far beyond mere physical attraction.
The game has a fairly long history, with its first release by D.O. in 1999. It caused quite a splash in the industry by combining a typical dating sim
outline with very dramatic plot elements. This went so far that the actual sex scenes are few and far between, and are used more for narrative purposes than for titillation. This resulted in the trend of drama in dating sims becoming increasingly more important than the pornographic
scenes, with often full-blown Tear Jerker
content and Melodrama
. Games of this type are often named "Utsu-ge"
in Japanese, meaning "depressing game", which fits the contents nicely.
An English version of the game was released by G-Collections in 2002, with the erotic content uncensored.
Despite being filled to the brim with the clichés
that make the genre infamous, the game still has a compelling plot, helped along by Taka's thoughtful narration. It is through his eyes that we see the story unfold, starting in the past, when he and his sister were children. The game covers a time period of about 10 years, in which the characters grow and have to make (sometimes tough) decisions.