Title: Ruri no Tori | Artist: Haruka Shimotsuki | Game: Kara no Shoujo

Description: Ruri no Tori is the opening to the Visual Novel Kara no Shoujo, which is a rather beautiful, yet gruesome VN made by Innocent Grey. I named it my 10th favorite Visual Novel in my top 10 VNs list.

Why I picked it: There are a few things one hopes from an opening: To sound great, look great and manage to integrate well with the work in a way that captures the essence of it, giving you a sense of what it’s like before you start it up. Kara no Shoujo’s Opening Ruri no Tori pulls this off extremely well, being extremely stylistic overall to keep your attention while being just absolutely beautiful, calm and tranquil at times but frantic at others while showing some just downright wrong things, which frankly, captures the emotions and feelings of the work better than a lot of words can do. Also, it pays attention to the little touches: The music isn’t modern at all, being very much blues, but this signifies the time period of the work and makes it fit even better, and the color scheme of this is just perfect. Also, the vocals and the sound of this in general is just beautiful... innocent grey, you did a great job with this one.

PS: The other OPs in this series are amazing as well! From KnS’s Prequel Cartagra and it’s OP Love’s Purgatory to the Sequel Kara no Shoujo 2 and it’s Opening Tsuki no Utsuro, Innocent Grey has just done an amazing work with these OPs and the games are just as solid. I cannot wait for KnS2.