Yin-Yang! X-Change Alternative 2 ~Kimi no Hitomi ni Utsuru Kimi~ was the fifth sequel of Yin-Yang! X-Change series developed by CROWD studio in 2008. It also the second adaptation for Yin-Yang! X-Change Alternative spinoff series. The game was different from previous Yin-Yang! X-Change series where they always orientate storyline around couple Takuya Aihara and Asuka Katakiri. Instead, the main character was a random male who experiences a bizarre experiment which lead him to become woman.
Yin-Yang! X-Change Alternative 2 ~Kimi no Hitomi ni Utsuru Kimi~ is completely different from previous Yin-Yang! X-Change Alternative. It seems CROWD studio want to experiences broad perspective storyline than narrow and limited plot. The game still focuses in single main character (male) but, he will experiences four different gender bender female perspectives.
The main hero in Yin-Yang! X-Change Alternative 2 ~Kimi no Hitomi ni Utsuru Kimi~ was a male student named Yuki Sakura who have difficulties due his name similar to female name in Japan. He try to live as ordinary student and befriend with other students and join science club. However, fate has different plan for his life. His name also become reason why he being pick up to become rabbit test for his club new transporter device.
There four heroines character which player can choose based on option panel inside game. The option also become main point where the game will branches depend on player decision. Mine Fujimi was school girl who airhead and member of science club. Sayuri Yukihara is Mine’s best friend and wild girl who like play with other male student. Mokoto Rengeji is bookworm student and member of science club too. And, Tomoyo Aoiduka was a loli student, childish and younger sister of science club advisor.
Beside main hero and four heroine characters, there also support characters which important in storyline and affect the hero relationship to heroines. Hiroshi Aoiduka was science club advisor and culprit behind Yuki transformation into female. Iwoo Tubokiya is Yuki Sakura best friend and reliable person who help Yuki when he lives as woman. Shirou Umeoka was butler who work for Aoiduka family. Kooruko Matsudaira is Yuki fiancée which introduces to Yuki in game. Noka Yomogihara has secret crush to Yuki unknown to her that he changes into woman.
The game screen inside Yin-Yang! X-Change Alternative 2 ~Kimi no Hitomi ni Utsuru Kimi~ is similar like other visual novel game. Player will presented by illustration with dialogue which describe event in the game until player reach option screen where gamer has to decided which route he/she will take in order to complete specific ending. The game screen and dialogue also accompanied by native speaker sound and music which add game mood according to event where game play at that time. The music soundtracks were good and gave strong feeling to player who play game.
Nevertheless, Yin-Yang! X-Change Alternative 2 ~Kimi no Hitomi ni Utsuru Kimi~ has stand out presentation which different from previous Yin-Yang! X-Change. The game screen is include setting, save/load, quit/title menu, scene selection, auto play, skip play and backing option in single screen. Gamer don’t have to open other screen if he/she want to pause, quit and recall specific dialogue.
Mine Fujimi is a honest and airhead schoolgirl who befriend with Yuki in science club. She has good attitude and looks like a model student in the school. However, she also has airhead aspect which lead her often cannot refuse other student request even she don’t want to do it. Her attitude make she becomes volunteer for testing transporter device due the main character request her to become his test subject partner. In the game, the main character explores and experiences how Mine’s life and understand her true character which lead him to love her.
Next, Sayuki Yukihara is best friend of Mine Fujimi who overprotective to her and kind of player girl who like toying other male student feeling. She actually good girl, however her circumstances make she already mark as bad girl. Nevertheless, she very objected when she find out Mine becomes test subject and even state she will accept as test subject on behalf Mine. When the test result she and main character swap each other body she find out she more suitable to become male than female.
Nevertheless, as time pass, Yuki experiences what kind of Sayuki’s life and has sympathy to her that lead they like each other. Meanwhile,Yuki also experiences difficult situation due he chases by Sayuki opponent and former lover which lead Sayuki interference to the affair.
Mokoto Rengeji is shy, quite and bookworm typical student who also member of the science club. She decides to become test subject due Yuki encouragement that she should do something different from her static lifestyle if she want to enjoy life. When Yuki and Mokoto swap body each other they learn to change their life style. In beginning, Mokoto has difficulties to adjust her new life while Yuki has a lot fun in Mokoto’s body. Nevertheless, she manages to find something new which suitable for her and make her day brighter than her previous life. They continue understand each other and identify their own weakness until the day where they return to their original body.
Next, Tomoyo Aoiduka was a daughter of board director of school where Yuki study and also sister of Hiroshi Aoiduka, advisor of science club. She is arrogant, selfish, rich and like recording video as her project life. She reluctantly become test subject after Yuki teases her that she too coward to accept his challenge. When Yuki and Tomoyo swap their body, he find out that she a loneliness girl who just want to get her parents attention. Her recording video project was her only escape way from boredom feeling.
Yuki help her video project in order to make her feeling better and to find something meaning in her life in different perspective. He recorded Mokoto’s life in his body as rare experiences which lead them close together until they return to their original body.
One interesting and weird character in Yin-Yang! X-Change Alternative 2 ~Kimi no Hitomi ni Utsuru Kimi~ is Shirou Umeoka, Aoiduka family’s butler, who stand out with his Avro hairstyle. He is wise and strong old man who expert in martial arts and determine to protect Tomoyo Aoiduka although he often get caught in hopeless situation due Yuki’s trick.
Yin-Yang! X-Change Alternative 2 ~Kimi no Hitomi ni Utsuru Kimi~ has interesting storyline which different from previous Yin-Yang! X-Change series. It has beach location and volley ball event which never introduces in other visual novel developed by CROWD studio. The beach location only introduces in Mine Fujimi and Sayuri Yukihara storyline routes. Player can choose either to lose or win against opponent group which it will affect Mine or Sayuri ending as true or good ending.
In addition, there interesting minor route in Yin-Yang! X-Change Alternative 2 ~Kimi no Hitomi ni Utsuru Kimi~ where main character body has to dealt with omiai meeting. It found out later that Yuki Sakura came from respectable family line that he will engage with Kooruko Matsudaira who from famous noble family. Its interesting storyline due its rare for visual novel to show up omiai process in detail. Foreign gamer can understand how omiai process and custom in Japan.
There 12 storylines and endings in Yin-Yang! X-Change Alternative 2 ~Kimi no Hitomi ni Utsuru Kimi~. Its consists true and good ending for each heroines (total 8 endings). Mine Fujimi, Sayuri Yukihara, Mokoto Rengeji and Tomoyo Aoiduka story routes. Furthermore, there 4 alternative endings consist yuri ending, normal ending, Yuki as female ending and bad ending.
In summary, Yin-Yang! X-Change Alternative 2 ~Kimi no Hitomi ni Utsuru Kimi~Alternative 2 ~Kimi no Hitomi ni Utsuru Kimi~ is much better visual novel than previous Yin-Yang! X-Change series created by CROWD studio. It has broad location, more gender bender experiences, more heroines which player can choose, perfect music soundtracks and simple integrate game screen. The game truly can keep gender bender tradition which become trademark of CROWD studio.
However, the game is facing difficulties to translated into English language due loli aspect in Tomoyo’s route can cause pedophile issue. Its pity that peach princess game developer failed clear legal issue to sell this game in western world. There some ways to solve this problem by simply cut or erase Tomoyo storyline. Its cannot affect the game overall storyline. Other option, they can remake the game which reposition Tomoyo as support character instead one of heroines.
It was good game and I was very proud to have opportunity to play it despite difficulties to read hiragana and katakana letters. My favorite ending is Sayuri endings or Yuki ending as female. Its priceless.
There a group free-translator called Visual Novel AER who want to try to translate this game into English language. Please help them if you can.