I was excited for this new work by Isuna Hasekura long before it was released and I was not disappointed. This is an advanced read and I learned a lot from it -- not just in terms of vocabulary, but also in how the stock market works. Told from the perspective of a runaway sixteen-year-old, everything was thoughtfully described like any Hasekura work, while maintaining the spunky additude of a male adelecent. And the stakes in the story? I think there are moments when WORLD END ECONOMiCA is equally humerous and even more thrilling than Hasekura's other series: Spice & Wolf. In short, the story itself is solid.
The two, maybe three, main characters are complex, some of the secondary characters could use a little more exposition, but I'm hopeful in the sequels to come. The music selections are very appropriate for each moment with a few particularly memorable tracks. The character sprites are decent, some better than others, the CGs are even better even though some are re-used in the story.
The complaints I have could possibly be linked to the switch to the Ren'Py engine in such a rush. In my Mac version of the game (Ren'Py was used to accomodate Mac and Linux), there were moments throughout when coding issues thew me out of the loop of the story. Lots of extra/missing quotation marks or periods, sentences that were chopped between one too many frames, missing nameplates when characters are talking, etc. Every song in the game had looping issues where it would play about 10 seconds into the loop and then jump back to the beginning again. The most heinous mistakes were when the character sprite was supposed to make a slight shudder or a nod and it ends up jumping around the screen sporadically. It was so bad that when a sprite actually made a reasonable movement, it made me sigh in relief, still removing me from the story.
In summary, WORLD END ECONOMiCA was a fantastically written story by Hasekura that is pleasing to the ear, the eye, and the mind, but the number of glitches throughout the game is criminal when coupled with a wonderful tale. I have e-mailed screenshots of all of the glitches I caught to their support group, and I hope they take the time to fix them in the future. If they ever do fix them that will restore a point or two in my rating, but for now, I anxiously await the next installment at the end of the year.
My score for WORLD END ECONOMiCA by Isuna Hasekura: 7.5/10