While Chrono Clock has an interesting concept, is just another moege. That alone never really makes me detract points away from it, as you pretty much know what you’re going to get with a moege. It’s like expecting mind breaking twists in a comedy movie. And honestly, as a Moege, I like it a lot, the characters are interesting and charming. Note that I didn’t really say cute, which is more of the norm in moege. Basically, it’s more than just the basics, the characters do feel like they had time put into them(not all of them, but still). I enjoyed this one over Noble Works(take it as you may as my favorite route was in the minority’s pick) or Dracu Riot and especially over Evangile(due to common story), not because the story is more interesting, more coherent or overall just better. It’s just plainly charming. It’s a simple story, you have a watch that reminds back time for 5 minutes, but you can only use it once an hour. And you follow his dumb hijinks of just trying to get money and trying to hit on girls and resetting the time if he fails. Another thing to note is that the time aspect doesn’t get old, it doesn’t get repeated much and it does grow into a larger plot development way later on.
The music is quite good, or at least it fits in my style. Only thing that weirds me out is that a part of “her choice” sounds like one of Fal’s themes from Symphonic Rain. Sin and Kindness was also pretty good. Funny enough, I find the OP rather bare bones, I didn’t feel like it captured the charm of the novel and it made it seem more generic than what it actually is.
There really is no route order, but two of them are locked until you complete the rest. I went with Misaki, Michiru, Dorothy then Makoto.
The tsundere of the cast, a year younger than the mc and his sister’s classmate. Likes the violin. While I actually like her character she gets screwed over in terms of having a lackluster route. This becomes more evident in her parts in the Cro route as it can be powerful to certain readers. All in all, she’s the classical tsundere aside that the hate/love dance quiets down quickly and she becomes more of a normal person that just gets angry/embarrassed quickly. She’s also the one that loves the MC the most out of the group.
MC’s sister, horny for MC all the bloody time. Kind of a prodigy but is blind. To me, she’s the opposite of Misaki’s case. I don’t like her all that much but her scenario was heartwarming and well done.
From the UK. While I like her, they put so many types on her. She’s the transfer student, is your maid in the meantime, the otaku, the dita and the fiance(alongside the other one that is part of her route). And she’s the one that’s way to into Japan just for the food and anime. She has this annoying thing that everybody with a second and third language, and that’s adding words from your strongest language in place of the word in the others’ language. So in Japan, supposedly they saw english text randomly in the writing. For the english version, we get random japanese.
Outside of all that, while the route isn’t unique as it’s done before, it’s still charming and easy to route for her happiness.
Her family is part of a type of yakuza, or the actual yakuza, it’s been awhile. She has a rough side but for the most part she’s “girliest” of the girls. To the point that she’s embarrassed when somebody notices her fawning over some cute thing. Anyways, she has the coolest of the four main routes and she herself is an enjoyable character.
This is the best route in the novel. A god that is experiencing fear and love alongside other emotions for the first time due to circumstances. While that’s going along, the other 4 heroines of the previous routes all have scenes in this route that further cement their personality and emotions for the MC with acceptance, anger and sadness. She’s my favorite.
And there’s more, but you can see it on your own when you get to it.
And the best character is not any of these characters(I really like Cro though), but the main character and his best friend(who should’ve had more screen time) and their relationship of nonstop making fun of each other throughout the common story. It’s not as good as Sunohara from Clannad, but he’s also different to begin with. Sunohara was the comic relief while not being one dimensional. This guy just really doesn’t care how people see him and calls on your(the MC) bullshit all the time.
In short, the novel is charming. Don’t expect anything mindbreaking if it’s a moege, it’s meant to just provide a good time. It just does more than what it needed to, they’re not just characters that are cute 90% of the time. In a sense, that kind of destroys the norm of moege, but I’d like to see that more often(like Shizuru from Noble Works). In terms of moege, I’d give it an A, otherwise it’s a C~B. The lower score can’t be helped when Misaki who’s not a bad character, gets a bad route. It’s like having a good car with flat tires.
Also, an important note is that like most, the unrated version isn’t necessary. Sure, it gives a tiny bit on each character’s personality, but overall you can skip it.