Nurse Love Syndrome is a visual novel developed by Kogado Studio’s Shimarisu-san Team and published worldwide by Degica. It is part of the Nurse Love series of visual novels, but no prior knowledge is really needed to get into this. However, reading Nurse Love Addiction might result in appreciating Nurse Love Syndrome a little more.
I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the Nintendo Switch version of Nurse Love Syndrome, which was released worldwide on December 26th, 2019. It includes all the content of the Nurse Love Syndrome Re:Therapy game that was released in Japan.
Nurse Love Syndrome focuses on Kaori Sawai. Fresh out of nursing school, she joins Yurigahama Hospital, working together with the nurses in the internal medicine ward and meeting many different patients.
When she was younger, Kaori had a near death experience which led to her wanting to becoming a nurse. She also developed healing hands, allowing to ease the pain of patients by touching them.
In Yurigahama Hospital’s internal medicine ward, Kaori works with a varied cast of characters. There’s the chief nurse Hatsumi Otsuka, sisterly Yasuko Yamanouchi and Kaori’s senpai from nursing school, Nagisa Fujisawa.
A few patients also join the main cast. There’s the bright and energetic Ami Asada, the hostile Sayuri Sakai and one other who will be something of an enigma on the first read through of the visual novel.
As you might expect from a visual novel, there will be times when you have to make a choice which can affect who Kaori ends up growing close to. Regardless of which character you favour, you’ll need to make several choices throughout the story. Be careful about that, though, as you may find the story coming to an abrupt end, or maybe even getting pretty dark and/or depressing.
Some choices are not available until your second playthrough of the game, and one character requires you to reach the good endings of particular characters before you can reach their respective good ending.
Here, I’ll briefly go over each character. I’ll start with the chief of the internal medicine ward, Hatsumi Otsuka. Everyone just refers to her as “chief”, so that’s what I shall be doing here as well. The chief is strict, though she does have a kind side. Also happens to be very good at keeping her work and private lives separate, as Kaori discovers as the story goes on.
Next, we have Yasuko Yamanouchi – nobody calls her by her first name, so she’ll just be Yamanouchi from here on out. I’d argue that Yamanouchi is the most fun member of the main cast. She may seem easygoing, but she does get serious when needed.
Even so, Yamanouchi definitely had me laughing most as I went through the story. She’s very open about her sexuality, and wastes no time in teasing those who show affection towards each other.
The last member of the nursing staff on the internal medicine ward that Kaori works alongside (besides side characters) is Nagisa Fujisawa. Nagisa was Kaori’s senpai in nursing school, so she can barely believe that they’ve been reunited. Nagisa definitely shows a strong attachment towards Kaori from early in on the story, and the pair get some fun scenes where they drink together.
That covers the staff of Yurigahama Hospital’s internal medicine ward, but there are a couple of patients who have major roles to play in the story as well.
Now, my intention for my first read through was to go through Nagisa’s route, but then Nurse Love Syndrome went and introduced a certain character.
That character was Ami Asada, a patient in the internal medicine ward with nephrotic syndrome. Actually a bit older than she looks, Ami is a girl with plenty of energy and optimism. Seems I have quite a fondness for girls like Ami, as she resonated with me from her introduction.
Considering the setting is a hospital, it is very nice to see that almost boundless optimism. Discovering more about Ami through her route only further endeared me to her, too.
Then we have Sayuri Sakai, a patient who suffers with aplastic anemia. Sayuri’s introduction does not leave a positive first impression. She is incredibly hostile towards Kaori.
I’ll honestly say that I really did not like Sayuri at all initially. However, patience really pays off when it comes to her, and my opinion on her definitely changed on repeated read throughs of the story.
As I alluded to earlier there is one more character, but meeting her is something that can only happen after seeing at least one ending. I will say she is just as compelling as any other main character in this visual novel.
There may be some roughness at first with certain characters, but ultimately they all make for a really enjoyable cast.
It is also worth noting that due to the inclusion of the content from Re:Therapy, some of the good endings are followed with some extra story. In fact, some of the routes are only available due to Re:Therapy‘s inclusion.
Ultimately, though, the payoff for each character’s story is very much worth all the trials and tribulations those involved have to go through.
Ask me about Nurse Love Syndrome‘s length, and I’d have to guess about 30 to 40 hours. I guess it all depends on reading speed, and whether you let the voiced lines play out or just button through them. I read a lot faster than people talk, but I did try to let the voiced lines play out as much as I could.
The soundtrack for this visual novel does exactly what it needs to do. The music gets tense during the more dramatic moments, and there’s some tender piano melodies for intimate moments. I’m particular fond of the “Alice in Nurseland” track, which could probably be considered Ami’s theme.
One thing to note about the Nintendo Switch version of Nurse Love Syndrome is the Place of Respite. That is a mode that unlocks after you reach an ending, and allows you to hear messages from the cast members. Unfortunately, the messages are spoken in Japanese, and there’s no subtitles for them. At least as far as I can tell.
No idea if that’s the same for the Steam version.
Also, the translation feels a little less polished when compared to Nurse Love Addiction. Its not particularly notable at first, but there are multiple instances of spelling and grammatical errors in the text – particularly towards the endings.
I’ve got absolutely zero complaints about the art, though. Nurse Love Syndrome looks lovely, and there’s plenty of CGs to fill up the Album.
Nurse Love Syndrome is a visual novel that I shall definitely recommend. It has a variety of yuri romances to experience, alongside some pretty compelling stories. Anyone who enjoyed Nurse Love Addiction will very likely enjoy this one as well, and vice versa.
Nurse Love Syndrome is available both on Steam and the Nintendo Switch eShop.