Dot Kareshi I – Densetsu no Otome

So I ordered the 3 games from Amazon.co.jp which probably cost me about $110 CAD with tax altogether? Which isn’t too bad I guess. However, I didn’t realize how short these games actually were. I did have a lot of laughs from it though and it was entertaining for about 1.5~2 hrs, lol. Didn’t really keep tabs on the time unfortunately but if I probably wanted to be quick about it – it’s definitely possible to finish it in 1.5 hrs easily. There are patches for it so I just decided to get it. Why not I guess? Support the otome game industry! ( •⌄• ू )✧ Anyways, the only problem is – I didn’t realize 50% of the value of this set purchase is actually the Drama CD. I was under the impression that the focus was more on the game but it was pretty much equally split between the game and the Drama CD so in a way it isn’t really too expensive if you think about it.

However, no one seems to have translated the Drama CD online. ಥ_ಥ So I can only understand about 15%~20% of what the characters are saying so it’s useless. huhu~ If anyone knows where I can find all the Drama CD’s translations – I would be super grateful! I tried my hand at self-translating but it was totally awful, LOL! Σ░(꒪◊꒪ )))) Even with some translating tools *sigh*. I don’t want to trouble any of my Japanese friends too to look over it. Ugh.

Anyway here’s a couple of pretty CGs from the game :

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I seriously don’t know how to get rid of that return button so oh well. ┐(´-`)┌ In Dot Kareshi I ~ Densetsu no Otome, I suppose my fave would be the Magician (Mahoutsukai). He’s the first photo after the intro text, not the one near the title. Yep. He’s super hot. ヽ( ・∀・)ノ He complains a shit ton but the stuff he complains about is just so funny. All of them are perverted actually but I like how the Magician is perverted compared to the other 3 – it’s a lot more enticing to me somehow. The second favorite would be the Priest (Souryo). He’s supposedly Do-S but I don’t really see it? I mean, he has a sadistic streak and an oresama type but I don’t think it’s strong enough to be flat out called Do-S lol. Apparently there seems to be some kindness in him but he is still a corrupt priest, ahaha! I normally used to like the main guys but I don’t know whats happening lately. A lot of the otome games I’ve played – I seem to gravitate to others now. I still have my share of liking a few poster boys but it seems like they’re all cut out of one mold lately. They’re seriously just not very interesting anymore. It’s like the writers are like “Haaaa…. Poster boy? Ugh. Boring. Let’s just go with this, this and this. That’s it. Now, let’s gather around and brain storm for the other guys! Woooo!”……  ( ̄^ ̄)

Speaking of the sprites though (not the CGs). They don’t look as nice unfortunately. Not sure why. ^^;; I guess they hired someone else to make the sprites and someone else to draw the CGs? Or maybe they just like drawing angles more? I dunno, lol. In certain angles the sprites look pretty good. But face-on or head-on it’s not as great.

Anyways, I really like this CG a lot. I just love the angle and all. Also, I noticed a lot of the MCs actually have small boobs. Is it because the VNs targeted to males mostly have big ones? So in Otome Games they try to make it smaller? (・∧‐)ゞ No idea, lol. It’s not even the “in-between” size. It’s always small or huge.

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Anyway! Ughhh this guy is just way too hot, LOL! And I liked the angle of the MC too. It’s actually somewhat refreshing to see a big boob-ied MC lol it’s been a very long time actually. I’m a bit tempted to make my own MC-chan and give her a boob size that’s in between. (*‿*✿) Like in between B and C cup? I don’t like overly big ones though as it messes up the type of clothing she can wear, lol. I still got the other Dot Kareshi games to go through so… I need to install the others lol. Anyhoo! ‘Til the next blog entry!~

Diabolik Lovers (More Blood) : Shu and Subaru Sakamaki

Well, I got this game sometime ago and honestly I have a hard time even going through it, lol. I decided to play Shu first as he’s supposedly my favorite but having played his entire route – I’m honestly quite disappointed. x_x I really feel for the angsty parts of his route but there really wasn’t all that much to it in the end. I couldn’t really connect to Shu and Edgar/Yuma when they were kids and I just found myself speeding through it every time there’s a flashback. I seriously wanted to like it. I really did. It just wasn’t happening, lol. One thing’s for sure though is that I really love Shu’s voice. (*゚ロ゚) That was the only solace for his route.

Oh also, one nice thing about Shu’s route is that he wasn’t so back and forth with his decisions. Once he decides on something then that’s it. He doesn’t keep crapping around and disappearing and whatnot for days on end randomly like what Subaru was doing. Also, he wasn’t nearly as violent as Subaru. There just wasn’t that much happening in his route, that’s all and I just wanted more. To be honest, I didn’t know that the game was mostly full of perverted scenarios of blood sucking and going to school. The only progress in the story that you can get are the monologues, chapters 7 to 10 and the epilogue. All those chapters are very short. I would really love to find an otome game that has a nicer balance of story and pervy stuff. I know people are going to roll their eyes but Voltage INC. at least got that down pat. Even if the route or character turns out shit, the balance is still there.

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Shu is seriously super hot though. Love his character design. (●´□`)♡ The only thing that bothers me the most about it is… why are the ear buds not in the right place?! lol. I don’t understand why it’s drawn so low. I know I’m being nitpicky but I can’t help being bothered by it every time I see his ear. LOL Σ░(꒪◊꒪ )))) Anyways, I still have other routes I should be doing but I don’t know if I can play all of them. I seriously can’t stand Kanato’s screaming. He flips out almost every single time I see him. I already found Subaru way too overbearing in that department so I can’t see how the heck I can handle more childish tantrums, lmao. Not only that, he makes the most unreasonable demands too. I honestly don’t know how anyone can stand it. TL;DR for Shu’s route is that I don’t know if I can even say it’s great in Diabolik Lovers standards, but at least he’s eye candy and his voice is so nice. Same VA for Hajime Saito from Hakuoki too. *sob* I seriously love it too much.

OH LOL! I just remembered one of the endings, I forgot if it was Manservant or Brute but OMG when the MC knocked him out, it was hilarious as fuck, LOL! I was laughing so much. It was a fitting ending though actually if the MC is way too sadistic, ahaha! (*・▽・*) I recommend you to do that ending as it gave me something to laugh at after, lmao. If any ending was worth doing, it would be that one for Shu’s route. Though maybe there’s something wrong here if I’m playing a Do-M game and I enjoyed the Do-S route, LOL! (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑ Bahaha! I am so evil.

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Hmm… Where should I start with Subaru? Uhhh.. Okay. I have to say that in the very depths of his heart, I suppose you can find some gentleness and kindness in there. But shit, this guy was seriously way too violent. I had the impression he only smashed walls and broke things but he was actually fucking violent towards the MC! Nothing life threatening of course and I understand what he was trying to do (dissuade her from going near him or being with him out of fear that he might end up killing her). But fuck, seriously, this guy is not THAT much better than anyone else in the Sakamaki house. The only reason I was still able to finish the route was that he really was trying regardless of how violent he was being. However, all that constant shouting and screaming every time I see him was getting really annoying. Not only that, he was so indecisive that it was driving me insane. ( ಠ .ಠ ) I understand how he was in such turmoil over what he went through with his mom but seriously?

Anyway, the only thing I liked about this route was the ending. The guy finally manned up and stopped running away from every single thing and decided to face shit. It was really nice to see his mom apologizing in the end and that alone was way more feels than I ever got from Shu’s route. OH! Also, what the fuck is with all those slurping sounds when he drinks the MC’s blood! What. the. fuck. LOL! ( •᷄⌓•᷅ ) He seriously sounds like he’s sucking it up like soup or some shit. When I first heard it I was like – Uh.. are you for real?! Are you seriously for real?! I have to listen to this slurping for the entire route? Haaaaaaa… fine. *sob* I have to say that despite all this, Subaru is definitely the sweetest one so far and you can tell he was trying really hard to stop being so violent towards the end and that he actually even feels bad about it. Anyway, after all that drama, there’s still light at the end of the tunnel with this guy at least. ヽ(。_°)ノ TL;DR for Subaru’s route is that just be prepared with how violent he’s going to be. Be patient and I guess you will get rewarded for it in the end, lol. He seems to be the most loyal and sweet so far. I can’t say anything about the Mukami’s yet though just to let you know as I haven’t interacted with them much yet.

Mystic Messenger delays

I really need to get some of this off my chest I guess so where else that’s better than on my own blog? lol. (ఠ్ఠ ˓̭ ఠ్ఠ) As you already may (or may not) know, Mystic Messenger’s release date has been pushed back so many times. And as I’ve written a couple of days ago, they finally released the Android version. Even if they’re only releasing one version, it was obvious that it was definitely going to be difficult in case there were so many issues to fix. It may be that they would like to make sure they can give their 110% to one mobile operating system for now before releasing the iOS version. Welp, lo and behold – definitely up to the brim with server problems and bugs. Today marks the 4th or 5th day of its Android release. They are working hard to fix them all and have been constantly updating the app. Okay. Fair enough. ( ´△`) It definitely is better to concentrate on one at a time. But what I’m taking issue of is that not just these 4 days, but the only announcements that’s been made really for the last couple of weeks or so has mostly been just for Android. The only one bit of information the iOS people were given was “wait for 2 weeks because that’s how long Apple needs to approve the app” and THIS bit of info – I will discuss below.

It probably didn’t help that I found out that Apple only takes 2 days max to approve apps. ( ಠ . ಠ ) Ummm… Okay. I guess they didn’t want to be upfront that they have either not finished the iOS version or that they’re putting enough time to make sure the Android version is stabilized by then? Or maybe they’re still working out the kinks and it’s taking longer? I have no idea. It’s not a big deal if they are a bit more upfront about things. I just want to know so I can stop speculating and have something official from the company.

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My Last First Kiss : Review

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Game : My Last First Kiss
Company : Voltage INC
Platform : Mobile (iOS)
Spoilers : Yes/No

 


 

Prologue

[Main Character’s Name] is seen confessing to Hiroki Eniwa, her first love and was completely rejected. Her childhood friend, Ayato Hidaka, who she has known since they were kids comforts her and tells her that if she doesn’t find a boyfriend/husband in 10 years – he will be the one to take care of her and told her to stop worrying. She wakes up and realizes it was just a dream she had of the past and then goes to work. After many years, she saw Hiroki again at her workplace who is now working as the Assistant Director of Kokonoka (a famous confectionary/chocolate company). After work, a few of them happened to meet up at Conte, which is some sort of like a pub that they all love to frequent. Everyone was there except for Takamune Kitami and Riku Morimachi. [Main Character’s Name] sees Ichiya Misono first and as usual bickers with him as soon as they meet. Next, Makoto Morimachi and Ayato Hidaka shows up saying he was there because he was picking up some photos from Makoto to submit it to his agency for some magazine interview or something.

They were all talking about how Riku has now come back to live in the same apartment building they all used to live at since they were kids. It was only Takamune that was not living around their suburb. [Main Character’s Name] suggests if Takamune still hasn’t transferred to another team, she could try to recruit him to their company’s soccer team so they could kill two birds with one stone. That would be to unite the gang and Kokonoka can also benefit from it since the company is looking to expand their reach beyond the food industry.

So she tells Hiroki about her idea concerning Takamune and they both go try and recruit him. On their way back, [Main Character’s Name] and Hiroki make small talk about how everyone else is doing. He then asks [Main Character’s Name] more personal questions about her love life and even asked her if she was interested in anyone right now since she doesn’t have a boyfriend. Since they were on this topic, she thought it may be a good time to confess to him once more seeing as she felt the opportunity has once again presented itself. Meeting her first love again and all after all these years. Unfortunately, to her dismay, Hiroki just puts on a fake smile and says if that’s the case, then how about they go to a hotel and do the deed? She was just about to turn him down when Ayato has spotted both of them, overheard their conversation and told Hiroki off.

Of course, [Main Character’s Name] is really upset about what just happened. But Ayato called the other boys to the rooftop to join him in cheering [Main Character’s Name] up. They start to run out of alcohol and [Main Character’s Name] offers to take some of what she has from her apartment and bring it up to the roof for them to drink. At that moment, someone hugs [Main Character’s Name] from behind while she was waiting for the elevator. You are then to choose which guy you are interested in dating.

 


Characters

 

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Ayato Hidaka

Overview: Has known [Main Character’s Name] since they were 3. He moved away when they were around 16 years old because his parents received a job transfer. They’re such close friends that they are practically like brother and sister. They have a strange relationship where it’s platonic but at the same time not really normal between 2 friends. Because he is extremely fickle, as soon as he becomes good at anything he quits just because he’s bored. The only constant thing in his life has been acting and his friends. He is arguably the most popular out of all the guys within the game because of his career choice, outgoing personality and outward appearance.

Personality: Overly Protective. Extremely attached to [Main Character’s Name]. Leader of the group. He is the glue that holds everyone together. He is very well-liked by everyone he meets and is easy to get along with. It would actually prove to be difficult to stay angry at him. Constantly teases everyone – he doesn’t spare anyone from it. Loyal to the people he deems important. Knows [Main Character’s Name] inside and out. Quite fickle and is constantly teased for it. Has had quite a few flings and girlfriends that do not last long. Very devoted to acting and loves learning new things that will benefit him in his career choice. Is direct with what he wants, but at the same time is not very straight-forward when it comes to emotional problems or issues. Ayato is unfortunately not a very strong character in the series, though it may not bother other people – but if I were to be unbiased, it would have been a lot better if he had more personality. There’s really not enough to the story and character imo even though he is very sweet. To be honest, I have a very soft spot for Ayato. I still buy up all his routes and I still enjoy reading his stories. I do like his relationship with the MC – but there’s really just not that much going on compared to the others when it comes to being “exciting” and “interesting”. For example, I really don’t like Hiroki but I still scored him higher than Ayato because there’s at least some plot and character development between Hiroki and the MC.

Career: Actor

Main Character’s Personality: Very dependent on Ayato. Actually, both of them are quite dependent on each other in different ways. She is his anchor where he feels he can be himself. Has a very strong bond with Ayato. So strong that everyone acknowledges it – even Hiroki from the beginning. As soon as she sees him again in person, she automatically notices physical changes in him that are quite attractive to her but didn’t know what to make of it. Would just about do anything for him. Not a strong character in this route but she has some moments as well. Feels too comfortable around Ayato and because of that, she has not made much character development throughout the story. In S2, she made stupid decisions and was a bit annoying to me at times. Though even with the many flaws their characters and relationship seems to have, I still enjoy their story. They’re like the “true” boy or girl next door type out of all the other romantic interests, lol.

Story Rating:

Season 1 – 6.5/10
Season 2 – 6.5/10

Character Rating:

Season 1 – 7/10
Season 2 – 7.5/10

 


 

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Ichiya Misono

Overview: Although he lived in the same apartment building as everyone else, he doesn’t go to the same school as them. He went to a private school and even to cram school right after. His mom is constantly forcing him to be the best and excel at everything. On his description, it said that he is constantly “Making fun” of [Main Character’s Name], but it is actually quite an understatement. He is practically [Main Character’s Name]’s archnemesis, lol.  They could just not get on with each other at all. He usually expresses great disinterest whenever the entire gang wants to get together. The strange thing is, despite the protests, he still goes anyway and hangs out with everyone. When you are not playing his route, you probably will see him at Conte most of the time. If you see him anywhere else, like a gathering of some sort, it is probably because one of the guys asked, forced or tricked him to come. When they were kids, they had a bit of a misunderstanding that strained their relationship even further. Out of anger and frustration stemming from family issues, he locked the rooftop door so [Main Character’s Name] couldn’t go back inside the apartment.  This unfortunately led to some sort of traumatic experience for [Main Character’s Name]. So ever since then, [Main Character’s Name] feelings towards him just alternate from hating him and to being scared of him.

Personality: Very abrasive and always insulting [Main Character’s Name] with every chance he gets. Very business-minded and very determined to have his company succeed. Believes that every relationship should be an equal give-or-take so it would benefit both parties. As long as everyone wins, then why does the process matter? Confident. Logical. He is calculating, though it is not entirely for selfish reasons. He always wants to make sure that everyone wins in the end and they get what they want. Very arrogant and bossy. He does not care what anyone else thinks of him as long as he can be himself and do whatever he likes. Not easily swept up in emotions. Sarcastic. Very perceptive and intelligent. Although he seems like the type that would never listen to anyone else, if he realizes he is in the wrong, he is willing to change or accept that he made a mistake. A lone wolf and very independent. Strangely considerate at times though it’s hard to tell when those times are, lol. He keeps making fun of the MC for being a virgin and sometimes makes inappropriate jokes. As for his “sexual” life – he is way too busy for it most of the time though he did have ex-girlfriends but were all loveless relationships. He definitely has experience with women though and constantly flaunts it at the MC. Jokingly of course but with a bit of truth in it lol. He just sees everyone from a distance (MC & the other boys) and he doesn’t understand why they feel differently from him about life & relationships. He doesn’t even really realize that he’s actually very jealous of his childhood friends in some way – which is why he is so prickly all the time. His parents are in a strategic marriage.  So it’s not a surprise that he has always put his business as his priority so he normally does not really cultivate relationships other than business connections. Some players may find him too irritating as he definitely can be hard to understand and comes off as very cold and insensitive at times. If abrasive/rude people is seriously something you really can’t stand, I don’t think I can recommend this route. Need quite a bit of patience with this guy.

Career: CEO or Company President – Air (Interior Design)

Main Character’s Personality: This route is most likely my favorite MC from this game. At first however, she got pushed around quite easily and could not really stand up for herself. Throughout the route though, you will start to see changes in how she works and deals with situations. She also seems to be more witty in this route to be able to match up to Ichiya better – I suppose. She eventually is able to hold her ground a lot better against Ichiya as the route goes on. They fill in each other’s gaps or weaknesses and work very well together when they set their mind to it. They’re both workaholics and eventually find respect for how the other person works. However, since both of them are so inexperienced with love that they have a very difficult time at first. The pacing was wonderful and the development between both characters was really great to see. Once they get past their misunderstandings and get to know one another better, it’s where they both start to shine.

Story Rating:

Season 1 – 9/10
Season 2 – 9/10

Character Rating:

Season 1 – 8/10
Season 2 – 9/10

 


 

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Makoto Morimachi

Overview: Makoto is older than [Main Character’s Name] by 2 years so he is not around as much as Ayato and Takamune were. From the beginning, it is obvious that Makoto has always had feelings for [Main Character’s Name]. Everyone seems to be aware of it except for [Main Character’s Name] of course, lol. He has always treated her differently and he never smiles the way he does with anyone but her. He is the “big brother” of the group and has just automatically taken that role. He is the responsible type and has always been elected to positions like being the “School President”. For college, he went overseas to study Food Science. To do his doctorate, he decided to go back to Japan and spend time there and aspires to be hired at Kokonoka.

Personality: Very studious and intelligent. Dependable and extremely sweet. Constantly forgets to eat or sleep whenever he gets engrossed in studying or researching. Despite devoting his life and career to food, his cooking skills on the other hand are absolutely abysmal. Very considerate and has always prioritized [Main Character’s Name]’s happiness above all else. With all the positive qualities he has, he is actually nowhere near perfect and [Main Character’s Name] helps him with that. Overly Protective. Gets easily jealous and can be quite insecure at times. Does not hold back on scolding someone if he feels someone’s going down the wrong path.

Career: Food Researcher – Kokonoka

Main Character’s Personality: I didn’t mind the MC in this route but there were certain times in that she was absolutely infuriating for me. I can’t stand it when there’s something easy or logical to do and they do the exact opposite and mess everything up. She seems to be more dense than usual in the S1’s Main Story. I guess she would have to be to completely have everything Makoto says to her go over her head a lot of the time, lol.  Anyway, I think the MC had a bit of character development from S1 to S2 but mostly that she realizes what it’s really like to really be in love and be in a real relationship (as real as it gets in an otome game anyway lol) with someone who truly cherishes her. She had to overcome a lot of obstacles when she first started out on the project but with Makoto’s encouragement, she kept working hard to make up for her mistakes. Despite getting humiliated and shot down a lot in their project meetings, she has actually been quite creative in this route and has been an immense help in the project. The MC has also has been very supportive towards Makoto in other ways too. It’s a nice relationship in my opinion. She is way too trusting even towards strangers in Makoto’s S2 more than any others though for some strange reason and gets herself in a pickle.

Story Rating:

Season 1 – 8.5/10
Season 2 – 9/10

Character Rating:

Season 1 – 9/10
Season 2 – 9/10

 


 

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Takamune Kitami

Overview: He is Ayato’s best friend. Despite him usually hanging around with Ayato and the MC a lot since they were kids – he only views the MC as some sort of extension of Ayato. He is not close with the MC and even has had a bit of a misunderstanding when they first meet as children. He has been obsessed with Soccer from the beginning and that is usually all he lives and breathes for. He stops at nothing to achieve his dream of being in the best soccer team in the world. Ayato, being a very fickle-type of person, even feels jealous of how determined Takamune is at sticking to one thing throughout his life. He is normally very cold to outsiders or people who he doesn’t know so it creates a lot of misunderstandings especially in his own route.

Personality: Almost expressionless most of the time and can be a bit hard to read. Sometimes he says very direct things that usually sounds quite rude. Completely obsessed with Soccer and does not have that much room for anything else. Quite the hot-head. He is a man of few words. He talks a lot more casual than her other romantic interests. For example, he sometimes says “chicks” instead of girls or women. “Let’s roll” instead of “Let’s go”. He can be quite blunt without much of a filter. People tend to shun him and shut him out of a group because they feel that Takamune acts like he’s better than everyone else. He seems to get along with kids very well, especially those interested in Soccer and clearly has a soft spot for them. As much as he admires Ayato, he is secretly jealous of how easy his best friend seems to get along with everyone. Rough around the edges and awkward, but is still surprisingly a bit considerate towards friends at times. One cute thing about him is that he loves sweets, especially the ones Kokonoka makes.

Career: Professional Soccer Player – West Tokyo FC (sponsored by Kokonoka)

Main Character’s Personality: The MC is probably the most emotionally supportive in Takamune’s stories more than any other character routes. Probably to be able to get on with Takamune’s personality, she had to be a lot more patient as well. There were many times that Takamune has been very rude but she was still able to swallow her pride and find a way to get along with him regardless. Because of how her partner is, she is forced to be a lot more perceptive and understanding than usual. However, especially in the main story, I was personally not too pleased whenever he got quite hot-headed and lashed out at her a couple of times. I didn’t like how she just sat there and took it. It almost reminds me of that nauseating “culture” of how the woman has to be demure and be extremely submissive. He was apologetic about the way he was acting, but still it left a bad taste in my mouth. It may not bother other people though. Just from personal experience, I have less tolerance for this kind of behavior. They were off to a very rocky start in the beginning. However, in the other routes, he was a lot friendlier than in his own route so it was a bit of a shock to me when I first played it.

Story Rating:

Season 1 – 7/10
Season 2 – 7/10

Character Rating:

Season 1 – 6.5/10
Season 2 – 7/10

 


 

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Riku Morimachi

Overview: He is one year younger than the MC. So she felt she had to look after him since she was older. Riku works as a freelance photographer and gets hired by Kokonoka to work with the MC for their 100th Anniversary. He was to help document and take photos of her while she was working. In S1, there were quite a bit of complications with this character as he has become extremely flighty as an adult. He has a friends with benefits arrangement with someone who is already in a relationship. It’s shown very early on in the story that Riku and the MC used to date for a short time in high school but things didn’t last very long. Riku became jaded and afraid when things weren’t going very well because of how it was different than what he expected. They’re practically almost like polar opposites in their likes and dislikes and soon hit a wall. Instead of overcoming it together, Riku decided it was easier to just break up by putting distance between both of them. As an adult, his way of thinking when it came to romantic relationships has become a bit dysfunctional.

Personality: Very silent and the most perceptive in their group. Quite forward, cold and direct in the Main Story. He does not seem to care much about anything else aside from Photography. He can be fairly hard to read and it is a bit easy to misunderstand his intentions a lot of the time. He’s definitely a kind person though. He’s just the type that hates BS. While he is perceptive and forward, he is still not great at getting his feelings across. He is extremely passionate towards everything that is important to him. For someone who is constantly in his own world, he always deals with real life situations in a very pragmatic manner. In the past, he was pretty open to having 1 night stands or sexual relations with different women (shown in Ayato’s route) who shows interest in doing so. He doesn’t actively look for these types of flings but doesn’t push it away either. It’s not that he keeps sleeping with anyone and everyone 24/7. Although he really messed up with the FwB relationship that he was having, you can see noticeable changes in him throughout the story – he obviously grew up and learned a lot.

Career: Freelance Photographer – Mentored by Itoh

Main Character’s Personality: The MC felt very awkward around Riku for a lot of the first part of the route because of their break-up. Both of them didn’t know what to do or how to deal with it but she resolves to finally close the gap and end the awkwardness once and for all. Now that they’re older, they start to understand that if they had just communicated and compromised, they could have still been together regardless of how different they were. She helped Riku get back on the right path though and taught him the importance of love and real relationships. It didn’t take long for her to realize she still has feelings for him. Both the MC and Riku had significant character development in the Main Story. However, with the drama looming with the issue of “FwB” concerning Riku, it was a bit of a challenge to overcome and may end up frustrating some players. Their relationship is definitely not to everyone’s tastes. This is probably the only route where I felt that the MC and her love interest pretty much had equal footing with each other and worked the hardest at maintaining their relationship.

Story Rating:

Season 1 – 8/10
Season 2 – 8/10

Character Rating:

Season 1 – 7/10
Season 2 – 8/10

 


 

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Hiroki Eniwa

Overview: In the first part of the Prologue, this is the first romantic interest that you actually encounter. He is 5 years older than her and is actually not part of their circle of friends. He lived in the same apartment building with everyone for quite some time but eventually moved away when he went for University. Hiroki is the MC’s first love who she has confessed twice to but was turned down each time. He is the assistant Director at her workplace and is working closely with him with reviving a small section of Kokonoka’s Theme Park. They wanted to do something grand or significant since it is Kokonoka’s 100th year Anniversary. This story definitely continues on the same path where Hiroki said he wouldn’t mind having a physical relationship with the MC but with no feelings involved. They agreed that it will end if the MC starts to want more as he cannot give her more than that.

Personality: Deems himself as mature and is completely uninterested in the MC due to how childish she seems to him. He acts disgusted in a lot of routes that she doesn’t even see the real him and only sees him as a “Prince” and yet is still hopelessly in love. It is clear as day to him that she is only idealizing him. In a lot of the routes, he may seem that he doesn’t give a crap about the MC but he actually is impressed with how hard she works. He really values her as a subordinate and constantly likes giving her credit where it’s due. Very calculative and is not afraid to use other people for his own gain. He is the type of person who really values power and position. He believes all women cannot be trusted as they only look at the status or prestige of what their significant other has. He is quite the enigma and it is a little bit hard to know what exactly he is thinking. There are times that he seems to regret rejecting the MC but he makes so many random snide comments that I’m not quite sure if he was just saying that just ‘cos or if he truly meant it. Seems very friendly, gives fake smiles and always seems to have a mask on. Though he is completely aware of how he is acting, he also acknowledges that he is a terrible person to be with. He is both very confident and yet very insecure at the same time. Has very strict views when it comes to work and always believes never to bring anything personal into it. An effective Assistant Director and is quite level-headed in almost all the routes.

Career: Assistant Director – Kokonoka

Main Character’s Personality: I’ve never seen her work so hard at a relationship and tried to change herself just to suit Hiroki. Her changes weren’t necessarily a bad thing when it came to her career, but to me it felt sad that she couldn’t really be herself around this character. Even the way they started their relationship is totally something she would not have done normally. I felt like she lost a bit of herself. The nice trade off is that Hiroki also realizes that he had to change his mindset in regards to love or relationships. He had a past that has shaped who he is today. Not much has been mentioned about Hiroki’s family and perhaps we can see more of him in s2, but in s1 – both of them had quite a bit to change so they could be together. Despite me not liking this character, I have to acknowledge that since they struggled the most, it was good to see a happy ending after all that turmoil. The entire Main Story was very hard on the MC and I could just not really bear to see her getting hurt a lot. In any case, she matured the most in this route and while it is not to my taste, it might definitely work for others. I guess this route is the closest as you would say to a “modern real life” relationship in this game?

Story Rating:

Season 1 – 7/10
Season 2 – 7.5/10

Character Rating:

Season 1 – 7/10
Season 2 – 7.5/10

Twiddling my thumbs

Huhu. Waiting for Mystic Messenger to get approved by Apple is going to be a bit of a wait. The Google Play version is finally working today. They had to iron out so many kinks that I actually feel a bit bad for the Cheritz team being totally slammed with so many technical difficulties. There was a server overload and they had to quickly open new ones to accommodate everyone. There are some bugs/errors too apparently. One of them is : “Network error: The level of configured provisioned throughput for the table was exceeded. Consider increasing your provisioning level with the UpdateTable API.”

In an OtomeGames reddit that I frequent, someone has suggested to do the following : Go to Settings, then application, select Mystic Messenger, select Force Stop and lastly, clear the cache. That’s for Android only. And another said it randomly worked again even without her doing anything. It might be server issues and it got fixed when they opened more or new servers to offset the exceeded bandwidth. I hope by the time the iOS people get to play, there won’t be as much problems as they did today.

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Haaaa… When will it be our turn? I know Cheritz is working extremely hard for everyone to get the game in order but I still feel left out as an Apple user. I’m quite sure that the main mobile OS being used in Korea is Android. Now that it’s up and running, I don’t know how much iOS gets worked on now as the prioritized OS has been released. Haaa.. Oh well. On another note that is completely unrelated to games, I been doing pretty well actually with doing some more stuff around the house considering how much of  a mess I was the last couple of months. 🙂

ANYWAY, despite me dying from waiting, I would still like to congratulate Cheritz for their hard work at finally releasing the Android version of the game. So when’s our turn? 😀 hehehe.

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NOTE :

I’m sorry. I will no longer answer questions about Mystic Messenger. I’ve already answered a lot and I think most of the major ones have already been asked by someone else. Please take a look at the comments. Thank you for visiting my blog and good luck with the game.~

 


 

OMG IT IS FINALLY HERE!! I am SO glad I opted to get the EMS option as it ensured that I was going to get the package before the dreaded Canada Post lock down. However, with how much the game’s release keeps getting pushed back, chances are it might not even have mattered much if I had gotten it a bit later. I took a bunch of opening box photos just to commemorate its arrival. 😀 I am really happy I got the package to be honest. At least I will forever have memories of this game even after many years to come.

Anyways, sadly for Android users, the game has yet again been pushed back. Some of them must be extremely frustrated by now as it’s been pushed back quite a few times already. They said there’s some problems with the programming that they need to fix. They’re hoping to release it on the 7th KST. Hopefully it’s something they can fix by then. People are probably super antsy by now. I sent a message to Cheritz on Tumblr but now I know the answer to my question after reading their post again and because I tried to see if I can register my account. Only to realize I need to make a game ID with the app (which isn’t released or approved yet for the App store) first before I can activate VIP privileges. So I can’t get that free +50 hourglasses that they’re getting today, lol. Hopefully there’s no problem with the iPhone version and it will be released as scheduled within their estimate of 2 weeks. I’m really hoping Apple will approve it within a week. It’s been absolute torture waiting for this game. T__T ahahah Yep, I’m an impatient idiot, LOL!

Here’s the opening box pics! Can you feel my excitement through these photos? LOL! Sorry for the shitty Phone camera photos. TvT Was too lazy to take my DSLR out. More photos underneath the cut. Click on (MORE…) underneath this photo to see the rest of them.

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My Wedding and 7 Rings : Ren Shibasaki

OMG… I can’t believe I would say this but, his entire route in my own humble opinion, is PERFECT! I can’t believe I’m saying this about a mobage but there was nothing in there that made me feel it was draggy or uninteresting (but obviously you have to have a thing for the silent types). He had a huge personality make-over from My Forged Wedding and was seriously so sweet from start to finish. He’s my #1 fave for Sweet Kuudere in any otoge I’ve played so far. They actually wrote his route so well, I can’t believe it! I was thoroughly satisfied. It had the feels, the heart aches, the sexy times and even an interesting flow of the story (you have to like modern settings as well obv). I seriously loved him as a character here. The last story was utterly hilarious though it was pretty obvious what was going on to me, ahahah. XDD I loved how Yamato refused to tell the MC why Ren flew off the handle the night before, LOL!!! I’m like OMG it’s SO OBVIOUS WHY CAN’T YOU SEE IT, GIRL?! Way too many hints for me to pick up ever since the start of the story actually, LOL!

I’m a sucker for childhood friend type stories to begin with and it had all the right “ticks” for me. :’D However, I don’t know if I would recommend him to just anyone because he is pretty quiet. You really have to actually want to get to understand this character as he can be subtle I suppose. To me, I’m used to (and I really like figuring people out) these quiet type guys so they’re very easy to read for me. I met quite a lot of similar people irl who don’t open up very easily and I get on with them quite well actually. 😀 ehehe~ I end up feeling so much more for them whenever emotions are involved. TwT

I’m someone who has already played a shit ton of Voltage INC. games including all the latest releases – and even if this game is a bit old (early or mid 2015), I can say with confidence that it’s one of the best routes as a whole for the “sweet & quiet” type guy. If you don’t like them to begin with, I doubt you would enjoy this route. But if you’re a sucker for the silent but passionate types, I am fairly sure you would enjoy this as well. 🙂

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Lookit how sweet they are! *swoon* Actually, the CGs as usual aren’t amazing or anything but the story is where it’s at for this game. 😀 I really felt that him and the MC were born to be together! Even though it was quite a challenge for them to get to that point. He’s seriously such an amazing character that I feel so jealous that I don’t have the same kind of guy in my life! Aurgh! Where are youuuu?! My real life Ren Shibasaki?! ahahah.. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this route. I guess this isn’t a full-on review ‘cos I seriously don’t want to spoil a single thing! However, I am more than glad to talk about this guy in one entry just so I could look back one day and remember. 🙂 By the way, just a reminder, Ren Shibasaki is completely different in My Forged Wedding (MFW) and My Wedding & 7 Rings (MWa7R). I don’t recommend his MFW version. He is totally flat there. x__x I bought a couple more routes because I was curious, and it was the first Voltage game I ever played. D: Seriously regretted it. He was sweet and all but that was pretty much it. x_X They really didn’t do his character justice to be honest. In  MWa7R, however, they made full use of his personality/characteristics extremely well in each situation.

The future of Otome Games

Yesterday was a very big day for otome fans. For the first time ever, a major localization game company, Aksys, has announced at AX2016 that they are bringing in not just 1 game, but 3! Those 3 titles are : Collar X Malice, Bad Apple Wars and Period Cube. I am definitely going to buy all 3. I don’t care what other people say about how mediocre these games are. I still want to support the industry and encourage them to bring more titles to the West. I have heard of some people complaining all the time about why “idiots” (they didn’t say this but they might as well with how condescending they’re being) are lapping up all these blah game titles. It’s not only that I want to support the industry, this is also somewhat another type of advertising to lure MORE people in to even get interested in such a niche genre. The more fans there are, there would be even more chances to be able to recommend others to play otome games. Right now, there’s barely much otoges to even tell people about! It will come to a point where there will be a ton of games (well, a ton compared to how it’s been, lol) that will be localized for all of us so that we can start to pick and choose what we all want to buy. Since *SHOCK* we actually HAVE options now! (/sarcasm) I mean seriously, even amongst the games in the Japanese otoge market right now, how many of them are actually even awesome? Those are few and far between to begin with! So I really don’t understand this attitude of looking down on western fans for buying anything that doesn’t seem to “meet their standards” when it’s not like everyone’s even swimming in fantastic games to begin with whether or not it’s been localized.

I believe this is when the sales will start to matter and these companies will look at the figures and start being way more selective. They may not give a crap about how fans may feel but they will of course listen to what we are all willing to buy if a certain title doesn’t do well. They’re an effin’ business. That’s pretty common sense. But one thing that people seem to constantly overlook is that we still need to increase the fan base! Lots of different titles are needed to lure different types of otome game players. I’m starting to get extremely irritated by selfish players who have no problem reading and understanding Japanese, can play wtv the hell they want and yet say this insensitive shit. Not only once or twice but in every single time lately whenever some game gets localized that doesn’t fit their standards. If you don’t want to buy the local games then fine. No need to keep repeating yourself over and over. It’s extremely annoying. “Ohhh… these people can’t read or understand the Japanese otoges so they have absolutely no choice but to buy this worthless piece of shit games. What a pity. They’re just wasting their money. Boo hoo. Too bad they can never know the greatness of such-and-such titles.”  No matter what you or we believe in, one thing is clear : You’re being effin’ selfish! It’s not like you are even going to buy localized games! All your constant complaints are completely unnecessary! I mean sure, you can talk about it a couple of times, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion after all, but fucking hell! Show some restraint!

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