Official summary (from Steam page):
After yet another long stay in the hospital, Sakiyama Youji hoped that things would finally get back to normal. But shortly after returning to school, his world begins to change — and no one seems to notice.
Bizarre symptoms plague his body, and vivid hallucinations of blood and flesh stalk his every waking moment. At the same time, two fellow students — the stoic Tetsuo and the notorious troublemaker Zenya — begin to take an intense and inexplicable interest in him.
What are Tetsuo and Zenya after? Are his hallucinations really nothing more? Everyone seems to know more than they’re letting on — but by trying to put the pieces together, Youji may be sowing the seeds of his doom.
Hello, My First Commercial BL Game. After it and the rest of the Nitro+Chiral catalogue was announced for localization at Anime Expo, months passed before an official release date (Dec 19, 2018, i.e. sweet pool’s 10th birthday), which is the only surefire way to get me to dive into my backlog, dust off the digital download I bought a couple of years back, and read it for good. Plus, it was October, so there’s no better time to play it.
Except probably earlier in my life.
The hype gave me huge expectations that sweet pool mostly did not meet. On the one hand, I felt underwhelmed, and on the other, maybe it’s the ten years since its release and the wealth of entertainment I consumed during that interval, raising my bar above what would have been noteworthy back in late 2008. I could still recommend it on some level, but if you’ve read too many things, this won’t stand out as hypeworthy. To me, it’s more a stepping stone of history than a timeless classic.
And then THREE DAYS after I finished it in Japanese, the English demo hit Steam, so maybe it was the perfect time to finish the original version after all. After clearing it, I wish I only ever experienced that version because of the technical overhaul and the superb translation. Quite likely I would have liked sweet pool more if I read it in that English.
More under the cut. Spoilers are whited out and the review is SFW.