Across the sunflower field — From isolated wandering to characters everywhere you go: on the gradual increase of characters in the Bokunatsu franchise

Boku no Natsuyasumi 2 (Millenium Kitchen, 2002).
Boku no Natsuyasumi (Millenium Kitchen, 2000). Each of Boku’s relatives adds a little something to the game’s overall experience, from Moe’s emotional contemplations to Kaoru’s reminiscing of past days, the presence of these characters contributes to the protagonist’s attachment to the Sorano household. This dynamic would eventually become a trademark in how future sequels would treat their side characters, with each interaction leaving each Boku — and the player — with a new little detail to add to their summer experience.
Boku no Natsuyasumi 2 (Millenium Kitchen, 2002). Some of the most compelling storylines in the second title in the series orbit around Yasuko’s character. This means the player will have to constantly interact with her, while also spending several gameplay days tracking other characters related to the girl (like former friend You, or her mother Shizue, both of whom have schedules of their own) and making sure to visit certain locations during particular times.

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