Mystic Messenger VIP Package

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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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Genius Inc.

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve played so many otome games already but unfortunately the games I’ve played from this company just didn’t do it for me. The art I guess can be prettier (or colored better) than Voltage’s. However, as always, if the story falls flat, no matter who they hire to make their CGs.. it’s still going to be boring. :-S I’m sad cos they actually try I think… though there were so many typos littered throughout both games and especially in Otoutou Scramble (Younger Brother Scramble). Yeah don’t know what’s up with the name, lol. Scrambling to gain the MC’s love? ahaha *shrugs*

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Typos galore. Lol. Also, I don’t know why the Undine’s nose is so strange looking while the rest are alright.

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WTF?! lol The Undine said this to the Salamander when he was threatening to burn him to a crisp. e_e”

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Fan trying to ditch the party to be with the MC. Cute blushing face tho 😀

The image up top is from Fan’s route in My Elemental Prince. It actually got fairly good reviews on Google Play when I searched for it. I have seriously no idea how it did because the story is quite shallow. While the pacing is not terrible, there just wasn’t much substance to their story, romantic development and I even feel I didn’t really get to know the characters well. I mean, I can get the most generic traits that they showed in the route but it just wasn’t enough for me to become emotionally invested in them. As you can see, the CG’s are quite nice actually and even the in-game sprites. :-/ The 4 images above are from Fan‘s route. He is a Fire Salamander who is next in line to become the “patriarch to be” or the head of their people. He had such a blah story to be honest… I mean, he is really nice despite his temper but the story just made me “zzzz”.

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Faster Updates

If anyone has noticed, I actually don’t tend to update this blog very often. It is a bit harder to keep writing too many entries when the reader(s) reach is very low so I will just update this whenever I feel like it. SO YES! I didn’t abandon this blog. If you would like to check out my Tumblr and/or Twitter, I update these a bit more often than here. Judging from my last post, it’s pretty obvious that I’ve been stuck in Voltage hell for who knows how long. If you check out my games list on Tumblr, you can see how much stories I bought for each character plus all their special sub stories. D:

This month went by in a flash actually. Lots of things happened and it’s not that much longer until Mystic Messenger is released! Super stoked! A couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to just pay for EMS shipping. After waiting like almost forever for the registered airmail package from Japan, I didn’t want to take chances and wait for like 3 weeks for it to arrive. D’: I’ll go insane! lol. Also, I’m really hoping they can release the game for iPhones by the time my package arrives!

If you’re wondering where that image is from, It’s Scorpio from Star Crossed Myth. This is a CG from his Sequel, which was kinda heart wrenching as they couldn’t touch each other. They had to make do with kissing this way with the glass between them. ;3;  When you start his route, he is one of the most aggro characters I’ve ever met in an otome game, lol. But, my tsundere senses were tingling and of course, I was right as he turns out to be one of the biggest tsuns ever. He curses a lot and his reactions to so many things are just HILARIOUS. The more you know him, the more you realize that he actually cares and feels much more deeply than what you expected as it’s a bit hard to get past his aggro-ness sometimes. He is also extremely sensitive and observant, it isn’t a surprise he turned out kinda warped because of his past. Though honestly without this character, it would seriously mess up the group dynamic. He is a type of character where you just take it or leave it lol. Some may find his extreme abrasiveness very annoying. However, I was surprised to know that he is extremely popular actually. Good job bb. <3 Speaking of Sequels,

27201113654_d2ff252d83_oAurgh!!.. that.. face. @_@; It’s mesmerizing and too cute!!

Leon actually has one of the best sequels in the Voltage games. I normally am kinda meh with him, though I still ended up buying all his routes anyway, but I’m glad I did because that Sequel of his is just gold. I also liked the Musings on Love, though not nearly as much as his Sequel for sure. After that route, I was like, “Ah…. Leon really DOES love the MC…*sniffles*”.

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Look at this blushing Aigonorus! He is way too cute! ahaha

I just played Aigonorus’ route yesterday and he is sooo precious! Such a cutie! I can’t wait to play more of his routes when it gets released. I really like his character a lot actually. He is usually sleeping a lot. Remind you of anyone? Yep, Shuu Sakamaki from Diabolik Lovers! I seriously did not take any interest in this guy JUST because he reminds me of Shuu! SERIOUSLY! DX ahaha.. I tried out Ichthys’ route but it just fell flat for me. They seriously did not do this character justice! Speaking of characters not being done any justice. OF COURSE the Aquarius zodiac, Huedhaut, gets kinda shafted. e_e He is apparently supposed to be extremely smart, but I just don’t feel it… It’s like he is just deemed to be intelligent without much of an explanation as to how or no background stories about it or anything at all. I mean, I know they mention scenarios from time to time explaining about how he is just sooo smart, lol but I’m just not convinced and it really bugs me somehow.  7/3 Welp, let me correct myself. My assessment was only based on the Main Story + Epilogue. Yesterday,  I decided to just buy the other routes and it got a whole lot better from there. He still unfortunately is not a favorite of mine though. He is extremely popular on Tumblr, however. XD I don’t know about anywhere else. I do know Leon and Scorpio are the most popular ones right now on Star Crossed Myth. I played Zyglavis yesterday as well – he only had 2 routes available at the moment. And let me say that I actually didn’t think I would like him much! He turned out to be similar to Ichiya, but a huge-ass stick in the mud and a more naggy kind of Ichiya, LOL! I have kind of like a love-hate relationship with Zyglavis but he ended up winning my heart in the end. 😀

Anyway, I’ll end it here for today. Will come back and talk more about other series. May continue this, may talk about another one, who knows. XD

Guide : Otome Mobile Games

So you are interested in knowing more about Mobages but you don’t quite know where to start. I wrote a long reply to someone I talk to fairly frequently on Reddit so I will copy paste it here and edit or add more lines. This is just a general guide about Mobile games. It’s not detailed enough to really talk about all the mobages I’ve played.

Hmm.. First things first, I don’t know if I would recommend Mobile Otome Games (mobage) as they’re a whole different style of writing and themes than Steam/Vita games had to offer which most people have been more used to right now. I would say the Shall we Date series has some collaboration with Idea Factory and is probably closest to the games we are used to. However, so far, most of their games I’ve played are… really serious? Draggy? And is a lot more story/plot heavy. Prices mentioned below are in Canadian Dollars and may be a lot less when converted to USD.

Voltage games are more into slice of life type stories, they’re shorter and may be boring to someone looking for fantasy themes. However, you definitely won’t skip on much content. It’s normally new in 95% of the routes. Except if you buy the guy’s POV routes which is only necessary if you’re a completionist and want the bonus CG, video or wtv lol. Also, because it is a pay per route, it can get quite expensive. WAY more expensive than buying a game outright. Voltage games can run you up to probably $15~$25 CAD per season of 1 character. And sometimes, a character could have up to 2~3 seasons. :-/

The “Shall we Date” PAID series I guess is a bit more forgiving. 1 Character could be around $6-$8 CAD depending if it has a main story + sequel together and they generally do not have a lot of “seasons” like Voltage games do. Generally there are about 3-5 characters to choose from. So I guess it is fairly close to how much most games cost on Steam or on Vita. OH also, more importantly to those that love VAs – there is no voice acting for mobile games. One of the games I played just now (Scarlet Fate) doesn’t even have a BGM =_=. Didn’t know about it until I paid for a route and checked their FAQ page and confirmed it really is like that. So far all the other games I’ve played at least has a BGM.

From my experience, Shall we Date generally has a lot more chapters than Voltage games. If you still want to check out the Shall we Date series, make sure the icon has a white border around it and not the red when downloading from the APP store/Google Play. I accidentally downloaded Destiny Ninja 2 with a red border and I ended up paying an insane amount of money which I don’t want to disclose how much cos it was ridiculous. I slipped up and purchased a lot of “game currency” and I didn’t realize to first check how much each route required to be able to read without stopping. Lesson SERIOUSLY learned the hard way. LOL

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2 bedroom story : Chiaki Yuasa

Omg.. I don’t know.. He is my favorite guy in all the Voltage series of mobages I’ve played so far. He is just so perfect imo. >___<;;; *dies* I mean, obviously not everyone would think so but he is just too much my type it’s not funny. Love everything about him. Normally someone who gets as jealous as often as he does is plain annoying but he doesn’t rage and get physically abusive with you. He’s also quick to understand the situation despite that. I don’t know if anyone irl would ever be like him though. It’s the first time I really wished I was with someone like him irl. ;////; Darn you Chiaki! I love how quick witted he is and how he is so cunning. However, that part about him being a genius in a lot of things he does is too much of a stretch, even for me. @-@ He is so capable that it’s just not real anymore lol. I wish they toned that aspect of that character a bit more. I mean, I know it’s just a character in a game but giving him more flaws wouldn’t hurt. 😛

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Mobile Games

I don’t know why but I’ve somehow gotten into a mood where I really want to play mobile games despite being burned badly by Destiny Ninja 2 (Ran’s Route). I found out that you can pay for certain routes of your choice in some mobile games and you can even check out the first chapter for free. Then before I knew it I got hooked. Somehow my brain is just stuck in this mode where I really want to just read fluff stories. After playing so many depressing, heavy, intense or fucked up otome games, I just wanted a break from them – lol. I’m even worried about checking my credit card account as I been playing quite a bit already. =_=”’ Ugh. I just did and it’s costing quite a bit now since I played tons already. e_e;;

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Destiny’s Princess : Thoughts (SPOILERS)

Okay.. Let me start this off real nice.. but WHAT THE FUCK is wrong with this game!?!?!? I mean, SERIOUSLY! What. the. fuck. I just did all the endings and scenarios and I am seriously dying right now, lol…. To be honest the only route I liked was Date Masamune’s route. It was strongly recommended for me to do Oda Nobunaga’s route last because of the spoilers, but after finishing it, all I wanted to do was just to claw my eyes out. I can’t undo or erase my memory of this game. I can’t. Just can’t! What the hell were these people thinking? I mean, seriously. I feel so bad for the MC. She’s actually alright although she seems to get scarily attached to the guy she ends up with. And I can’t say much about some of the guys as they pretty much pulled her into the worst outcome possible of their “story”. But Nobunaga really takes the cake. -__-; That was the most fucked up route ever. There were reviews about people hating the obscene amount of rape or something? But that’s not actually what bothered me the most while playing this game because in a way, I didn’t really consider their “advances” to be rape.. I mean, they need to be actually having sex for it to be rape right?! e_e’ The only time that happened was when the MC wanted it anyways but just didn’t feel it was the right thing to do at the time cos of their situation. It’s not that she doesn’t want to do it with them but more like the guys seem to like doing it at inappropriate times and/or places (except for Date Masamune, where she practically begged him to “do” her quickly JUST in case he wants to go back to his world. With Hanbei, the poor guy didn’t even get to do much with her except kiss). Anyway I’ll be writing more but will have to put it under the “MORE” link below as it will have a lot of spoilers.

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OzMafia : Kyrie being a pedo

One thing I would like to discuss is this thing about Kyrie being a pedo towards Dorothy. I think the reviewers who said this are reading wayyyy too much into it. ^^;

This is in Kyrie’s point of view when he was talking about Dorothy in the grand finale and why she is so important not only to him but to everyone else living in that town.

“When I was dull and faded, a young girl named Dorothy brought color into my future.”

If you are in his shoes, a person who has done this for you would really become a huge part in your life and would become an important entity (unless you are a freaking ingrate..). It’s not just that he was able to think and remember, being given a brain has opened his whole world to so much more things! Also, imagine in Axel’s case as well. Can you imagine how amazing it would be to feel so much emotions after being given a heart? Axel also received “color into his future”. It’s almost like she gave them a chance to have what they never thought they will ever experience. Yes, because she invited them on her journey towards Emerald City to meet the wizard.

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