Mamiya‘s writing style is difficult to describe, meandering through slice-of-life mundanities before something odd occurs. These strange occurrences eventually pile up, giving the more upbeat “normal” parts of the storytelling a shadowy, wrong-feeling counterpart that leaves you feeling like someone’s stuck their fingers through your eye sockets and started tickling your brain.
Not everyone gets a happy ending. What if you could change that? MAMIYA is a viciously dark visual novel that radiates the anxiously despairing situations of four young men. Originally a doujin, the story has since been developed into a fully fledged, commercial game.
Sometimes, Mamiya gets you to analyze yourself in ways that are uncomfortable, but those moments of clarity bring the narrative back down to a place that's as fascinating as it is haunting.