High schooler Rin was just buying a snack in her hometown’s shopping district–but she gets a shock when her surroundings suddenly transform.
“…Why is the sky pink…?”
She should know this area well, but the unreadable letters on the signs and the strange language the people are speaking have made things unrecognizable.
…Just then, Ruka, a girl so cute she could be an idol, appears and extends a helping hand.
Rin, a high schooler who claims to have positivity in spades, and Ruka, a supportive girl who speaks just a smattering of Japanese.
This is the story, pure and sometimes frustrating, of two girls intertwined by their fumbling efforts to communicate.The Expression Amrilato, Synopsis from MangaGamer
Developed by SukeraSparo and published by MangaGamer, The Expression Amrilato is an isekai, yuri, and educational visual novel that teaches you Esperanto, the language which the in-game language, Juliano, is based on. This VN is available in English, Japanese, and Chinese localizations. The Expression Amrilato is a medium-length VN and can be finished in about 10 hours if you don’t take the Esperanto lessons seriously.
This VN features a study mode where you are taught the language of Esperanto and challenged to a quiz. Don’t get intimidated with the quizzes. Despite being part of the game, you can turn off quizzes from the options menu so they don’t pop up while you savor the plot. Quizzes do not affect the plot in any way. The study mode is first unlocked after completing the first study session. The development of The Expression Amrilato was officially supervised by the National Esperanto Association in Japan, which has officially recognized the educational value of the visual novel.
After finishing this game for the first time, CG Gallery, Music Gallery, and Esperanto dictionary are unlocked. This also unlocks Juliano translation settings so if you ever decided to replay the game, you can customize how Esperanto texts are displayed: with translations, with transliterations, or none at all.
Art, Music, and Dubbing
Since The Expression Amrilato features Japanese- and Esperanto-speaking characters, differences in accents are expected. Rin speaks Japanese natively and how she speaks matches her mother tongue. Ruka speaks Juliano natively and, while I cannot comment on her speech accent as I am not an Esperanto-speaking native, she does it so well that I’m convinced that she really is a native speaker. Add her accent to Japanese and you have found a glorious moe-moe-kyuu speech!
The art style of The Expression Amrilato makes it unique from most visual novels today thanks to its oil pastel-like color design for its characters and it makes them very cute. This complements the pink sky of the plot very well. The background environment doesn’t feature the same oil pastel color design but it was drawn in such a way it’d blend in with the characters. However, I do have a complaint…
There are about three scenes where the art is blocked by the dialogue window. These may turn off most people. Maybe a slight rotation could have prevented Ruka’s face from being blocked by the dialogue box?
Now, I’m not saying this heavily affects the plot or makes this VN no longer enjoyable but the poor placement of elements implies that there were lack of consideration on how CG scenes are drawn.
The Expression Amrilato features 12 beautifully-composed soundtracks. Some may find those boring but these are composed in such a way it wouldn’t try to steal the spotlight. These are the very definition of background music: it blends in rather than trying to tell the audience that it’s there.
The World of Pink Skies
What would you do if one minute you’re shopping for snacks the next you’re in another world? Probably panic for a few minutes. What if you don’t understand the language spoken? Chances are, you’re screwed. Language is a huge barrier for Rin to tackle. Luckily, she met someone who has a little understanding of Japanese just as she was about to lose hope.
In a new world where you never wanted to be, you still have to live and try to fit in to society. The world of pink sky uses Juliamo as its language. Obviously, you’re gonna need to be able to communicate. Never fear, because Ruka and Rei are here to teach you Juliamo.
They say the closer you are to the person, the more it hurts when it’s time to say good byes. If you were ever given a chance to leave, would you be willing to abandon those who had grown to love you?
The way The Expression Amrilato presented a wonderful story of a romance between two persons who could not understand each other yet able to convey their feelings toward one another. With the amazing art style, wonderful story, and informative lessons, I highly recommend this visual novel both to those who enjoy yuri and to those who want to learn or just explore the language of Esperanto.
What’s it like to love someone without understanding her expressions? The Expression Amrilato captures a beautiful romance separated by language barrier in a well-written plot between Rin and Ruka.
MangaGamer provided Anime Backgrounds a copy of The Expression Amrilato for this review.