I came upon Nitro+’s Saya no Uta a while ago, but at that time, I had not acquired a taste for such a different perspective. Anyway, I dug this visual novel out again and went through all of its grim yet sweet endings.
Fuminori is a college student who was involved in a car accident that left him without a family. Further, as a result of a surgery, he perceives the world in a different view, a hellish world of pungent flesh and gore. Just as he was contemplating suicide in the hospital, he met Saya. She is the only normal thing in his eyes.
Fuminori becomes withdrawn and spends his days and nights at home with Saya. The more time Fuminori spends with Saya, the more he realizes that Saya is not a normal human. Meanwhile, his friends, worried about Fuminori, soon suspect something and question him. As Fuminori and Saya struggle to live in secrecy with Saya, they delve into murder, cannibalism, sadism…
Through having a young girl and a tragic couple performing these acts, Saya no Uta forces the reader to explore her own darkness. It portrays these “evil” acts in a surprisingly compelling and sympathetic ways. It was so successful at this that by the end of the novel, I really did challenge my own views.
What is perception? Who dictates morality?
What made their “amoral” behavior so acceptable, perhaps even understandable, is that Saya and Fuminori were the only beautiful entities in this world. Ironically, Saya’s real appearance is never explicitly revealed but only hinted at. The analogy given in the game for Saya is a single lonely dandelion in a desert. Being the only dandelion, she has no will to live or reproduce, until one day, someone expresses his love for the flower… That’s how I’d like to imagine Saya, a dandelion.
Even without the adult content, Saya no Uta is definitely not for children. Although for many people, the content might be slightly repulsive or even disgustingly perverse, the poignant plot lines turns this into a gorgeous thing. The three possible endings are all quite romantically bittersweet. I especially like the ending in which Saya spreads her winglike spores all over the world.
Saya no Uta is simply the most thought provoking visual novel I have ever played.