Fortune Arterial – First Impressions

Most visual novel adaptations seem to all be crafted using the same cookie-cutter.

The setting in Fortune Arterial is a prestigious academy located on an island. This type of location is really overused with even Star Driver from this season following suit. Almost everything else is stuff found in your typical high school drama. The male lead moves back to the island after a long absence since his family had to move around a lot. He quickly makes various new acquaintances while also running into some old friends, showing us who the potential romantic interests are.

There are many “standard” events that take place such as attending the opening ceremony and accidentally walking into the female bathing area, along with boring things like helping to look for an escaped rabbit. During the opening ceremony, the student council president holds a rose and makes a bunch of corny statements while the entire student body is cheering for him. It’s stuff like this that makes me wince and lowers my appreciation for a series. The same applies to the escaped rabbit situation where students are recruited along the way to help look for a rabbit that could be anywhere since the size of the school grounds is gigantic. Yet the rabbit happens to appear in the path of a soccer ball that overshot the goal and the male lead has to jump to the rescue.

Simply unbelievable. At least try to make it a bit more realistic.

The main difference that sets Fortune Arterial apart from other high school dramas is that a few of the students are vampires, with the male lead being possibly not “normal” as well. This is mostly what’s keeping the series interesting still since I want to see where they go with this.

Rating: Decent

6 Comments to “Fortune Arterial – First Impressions”

  1. guuzen says:

    thanks for the impression post. I too dislike the idea of an island as the setting. Thanks to that, I am on the verge of dropping Star Driver. I may give this one a shot though because I like the art =)

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    Reltair Reply:

    Star Driver is fun to watch though! Yeah, Fortune Arterial has a nice art style.

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  2. Psycho says:

    Animator in ZEXCS studio must be working had imitating Bekkankou artwork, person who illustrate and chara designer of VN. Fortune Arterial VN is quite popular in Japan. Sadly fans translation project is going slowly.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Oh, I didn’t know about its popularity in Japan. Fan translations do seem to generally progress slowly since it’s a translate a bit on your free time type of thing. I do wish there were more official localizations of VNs going on though.

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  3. Yi says:

    Sounds pretty… boring. I wasn’t planning on watching this, and now I’m pretty sure I’ll never go near this. Well, at least there’s a slightly more interesting supernatural element.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Haha, it is somewhat boring at the moment. I just hope the trend doesn’t continue in the following episodes.

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