Stay! Stay! Democratic People’s Republic of Korea!

Is this parody of Go! Go! Nippon! worth your time and money? Let's find out, oppa!


Full disclosure: When it comes to anything in the visual novel/galge/eroge realm the author is an unapologetic racialist and Japanese Supremacist.

Stay! Stay! is not a title suitable to being anyone’s first galge. It relies upon you being unconsciously familiar with the tropes of the genre for many of the jokes, and has several direct callbacks to things that happen in Go! Go! Nippon! Be an otaku and play Go! Go! Nippon! before you Stay! Stay! for maximum enjoyment.

With all of that out of the way…this was great! No deep storytelling, no engrossing characters, no women I will add to mai waifu list, just laugh after laugh after laugh at the expense of DRPK, communism, genre cliches and Go! Go! Nippon!

It’s been awhile since I’ve laughed hard enough to stop what I’m doing and have to wait until I calm down so many times in such a short period of time. If the idea of being in the US military and shown around North Korea by one hot busty chick and one bitchy tsundere from the North Korean military already has you smiling, you’re in the right place.

What puts it over the top is the attention to a lot of small details. They use a font that has a Hangul feel for the names and menus. You don’t quit the game, you escape. It’s little things like this that make it feel more like a labor of love than Sakura Cash Grab 9: Same Old Shit.

The Music:

The OP/ED is theme is very catchy and feels appropriate. The rest is serviceable as BGM but nothing I’d put on my DAP for its own merits.

The Art:

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It’s mostly good. Not Minato Soft good, but for the most part it is visually appealing. I don’t cringe when I see the girls the way I did when I saw the characters from DEVGRU-P’s earlier game Panzermadels. Something still doesn’t feel quite right about the character models to me, but that makes sense in my brain because the girls are Korean, and it’s a huge step in the right direction. The art is starting to look like it belongs in the genre, rather than being a poor western imitation of a great art form. The backgrounds are done well too.    

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The Shortcomings:

I have three primary complaints:

1. All four endings are either bad, or are arguably bad. Toward the end of this light-hearted romp that is completely disconnected from anything resembling reality it takes a sudden and unavoidable turn toward the uncomfortably realistic. While this is probably a nice reminder for libtards and others who think North Korea “isn’t so bad,” knowing where it is going takes away a lot of replay value for me. Had there been one absurd good ending to match the tone of the rest of the game, like taking over North Korea yourself in a route where you get to keep both chicks and steal Glorious Leader’s harem, I would have been fine with it.

1b.While the same basic premise, there are a few things thrown into the game that are heartbreakingly realistic, like what happens to a woman who drops her bowl of kimchi.  

2.The “H scenes” are pathetic. Two nearly identical CGs for each girl and a few lines of text. You’d have to be a serious premature ejaculator to finish before these scenes do.

3.No voice acting for the girls. While it would no doubt be a challenge to translate the dialogue into Korean and find two real Koreans who can do a hilarious North Korean accent, or find two independent Japanese voice talents to do a Japanese stereotype of North Korean (even more hilarious), it would have greatly added to my enjoyment of the game.  

Conclusion:

I rated it 8/10 on VNDB and would recommend it to members of the #AnimeRight with a sense of humor about Best Korea and fourth wall breaking. 

For those on the fence, consider this, taken from the H patch readme: “Send us shekkels to help support our next game “Mein Waifu is the Fuhrer” which will have even more anime tiddies.” My expectations for this title are now quite high, unless of course the use of “shekkels” was not meant to be ironic and it’s about anudder holohoax. 

Full game on Nutaku:

https://www.nutaku.net/games/download/stay-stay/

Censored version on Steam:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/512060/Stay_Stay_Democratic_Peoples_Republic_of_Korea/

Official site with 18+ patch for the Steam version:

http://www.devgru-p.com/stay-stay-dprk.html

The soundtrack is available on Steam, but only if you buy the game on Steam, for an additional $2.99. It’s lossless, which is a huge plus, but outside of the catchy OP/ED I’m not sure how much you’d want to listen to the rest purely on musical merits.

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