Archive for July, 2008


Ayashi no Miya ~妖ノ宮~

July 31st, 2008

This new princess simulation from the makers of Palais de Reine, Kogado, comes out on September 19. You take the role of a princess whose mother was suspected to be not fully human. In the info released as of now, it’s not clear whether or not this is true, and if so, what her mother was – an animal spirit? a demon? In any case, we know her father was the ruler of a large part of the eastern country Hachiman.

Now that her father is dead, the country is in turmoil, and she is only one potential ruler. The first thing you do is choose one of the 4 advisors, the Shitennou, as your backer in your bid for the throne. (One of them is a wolfman, which I love – hey, animals are cute!) That will determine where you stay. Then throughout the game you can choose many different paths with the eight guys who can be captured, from gaining their loyalty as a leader or being their partner in what they normally do. The selling point is that you can choose to act differently, and the guys’ reactions will change a lot based on that.

Now, the guys! First up, the “Wakajishi”:
Sukiwaka
Recruited at a young age as a talented warrior, Sukiwaka goes where he pleases and does what he wants.
Sawato
Ayashi no Miya’s childhood friend who’s very fond of her and always tries his best to support her.

Kounosuke
Somewhat shady, Kounosuke is a fortune-teller that always shows up unexpectedly.

Hijiri
Yes, a half-kitsune exorcist! At first he’s wary of Ayashi no Miya’s rumoured paranormal powers, but he tries to teach her to use them in the right way.

And now the more established members of the harem :D, the ‘Shikasen':
Imari
Imari fought and won over a strong demon long ago and gained immortality, and now he’s 130 years old. At first he treats Ayashi no Miya harshly, but if you show him your honesty and become friends with him, he will be an extremely strong warrior for you.
Ooh, and he’s one of my favourite seiyuu! Miyake Kenta is also Konokage-sensei from VitaminX <3 <3 <3 Mikage
Rokujouin Mikage: A high-ranking playboy :D

Tenzou
Tenzou is a foreign etiquette expert who’s travelled a lot in order to become knowledgeable and teach others about culture.

Yukinoshin
Another seiyuu I’m happy to see, as I don’t know much else he’s done – Hinoe from Harutoki 3! (and of course, Inori and whatsisface from 1 and 2, and Touya from 4). Yukinoshin is dedicated to perfecting his “kabukeren”, a performance art.

In the latest B’s Log, a few more characters were shown – a ninja, Yakou, who is looking for a new master after the old king died, Kumegawa Teruharu, a power-hungry aristocrat in the same department as Sawato, and Kaensha, a fire demon who rebels against Hachiman’s ideal of demons and humans living together.

It will be interesting to see what the gameplay itself involves, I liked Palais de Reine but it was, in some ways, a lot harder than the average otome game; it had a lot of strategy and some luck involved. Not that that’s bad – there are a lot of fun gaming hours in that game, and I want to go back and do more sometime.

Now, back to Hanayoi Romanesque for me – I’m only a few chapters away from the end!

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One step at a time

July 30th, 2008

I have that song stuck in my head – yeah, this song, and it kind of fits, because I am slowly improving the blog! Tonight, I added a couple features like comment preview and smilies, yay!

And if you actually watched the video, why is it that she’s wearing the most unstable-looking shoes while she walks through the whole video and everyone else is in comfy flats? Poor girl – just one more sacrifice made in the name of art, I guess :P

Oh, and tomorrow – Ayashi no Miya – kitsune and heroes and wolfmen, oh my!

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Sangokuren Senki

July 29th, 2008

From Daisy² for the PC

I thought I’d take another look at Sangokuren Senki today (yeah, it’s Sangokuren, not Sangokushi like I said before), and learn some more about it. The premise is that the main character, a normal high school girl named Hana, reads a book in a library and is transported to the time of Sangokushi, or the Three Kingdoms (the story was first introduced as the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and also popularized in the war strategy games Sangokushi Senki) of China in the second and third century AD. She first meets a character named Koumei, who tells her to go and join Gentoku, who turns out to be a general of one of the armies. Somehow she’s mistaken as an advisor, so throughout the game she helps direct the army. Though you start off with the Gentoku army, depending on your choices you can join one of two other armies, Moutoku’s, and Chuubou’s. Apparently these were all real people in the story, because the designer talks about how she (he?) changed or went with the popular image of the characters.

So, here are the main characters in each army:

*********Gentokugun*********

Gentoku! The general, he’s a big brother type who inspires loyalty and is loved by his troops.

Fuyouhime – she becomes friends with Hana and likes to talk about girl stuff with her, but she also fights.

Unchou – he is usually calm and reserved, but will tell his opinions to close friends. He and Fuyouhime bicker a lot.


Shiryuu – he’s not very friendly in general, and especially to women, but he’s a genius with the spear.


Yokutoku – Not great at thinking, Yokutoku is likely to act without thinking. He’s very fond of Gentoku, and apparently though he’s usually friendly, when he gets drunk his personality changes.

*********Moutokugun*********

Moutoku - the second general, he looks like he doesn’t take responsibility seriously, but actually he’s an expert at being in charge and governs a large area.


Bunjaku – Moutoku’s right-hand man, he is serious and always wants to do what results in the most advantageous situation.


Genjou – He’s worked for Moutoku for a long time and is good friends with him. He’s friendly and trustworthy (I don’t think you can capture him though)

*********Chuubougun*********

Chuubou – Arrogant but somewhat insecure at heart because he’s trying to live up to his dead father and older brother, Chuubou commands a large navy in addition to his land forces.


Shoukou – Cheerful and good at archery, Shoukou is Chuubou’s younger sister who wants to join the fighting.


Koukin – Always smiling but never showing his real emotions, Koukin worked for Chuubou’s older brother before he died. He loves music and has a soft manner, but plays a key role in commanding the military.

Phew, that’s a lot of characters. I should really read that Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel I have and see who these guys are…but it’s really long! And I think it’s just the first volume…maybe I’ll buy the Coles notes version instead.

Anyways, so this game looks fun too (I know I know, like you need MORE games to buy :D) and it is supposed to come out sometime this winter.

Maybe tomorrow I should do a game or two that’s actually coming out this fall, hehe. Is there one you want to know more about? Lemme know in the comments!

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More otome game videos

July 27th, 2008

Well, it’s Sunday and I didn’t get much done today except sleep and surf around on the Internet. Found some good otome gameplay videos, where it kind of shows you the features of each game.


This is Mizu no Senritsu 2 ~Hi no Kioku~, which I haven’t heard many people talk about. I really enjoyed it, it has a pretty intense storyline and includes a battle system. Here’s the OP if you just want to see what the visuals look like:

The story is based on the first Mizu no Senritsu, which I didn’t like as much – it was a straight visual novel, and some of the character designs didn’t interest me. Plus, it was one of the first otome games I played and it was pretty dark, so that took me off guard.

Dear My Sun! I wasn’t sure about the concept when it first came out so I didn’t get it, but I think it looks like a lot of fun now (especially now that I know you fall in love with one of adult guys, phew!)

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number 2

Last Escort

Heehee, another game I haven’t seen much mention of. The premise is totally unrealistic, trying to get a host to fall in love with you, but the game itself is a lot of fun. The gameplay shown here includes getting a job, shopping for stuff and making presents for the guys – the creation minigame is pretty fun.

OK, this isn’t a gameplay vid, but I wanted to put Sorayume in because I’m probably going to start playing it this week. And I still haven’t finished a Hanayoi Romanesque route, gah!!

And finally, one of my fave games, Love Revo! for the DS.

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Garnet Cradle Preview

July 26th, 2008

Garnet Cradle
“Between reality and illusion it lies – the rocking cradle.
My love is a garnet that reveals the truth.”

Yup, I’m putting up some more info on Garnet Cradle because it looks cool. As usagijen said, right now it interests me the most out of all the new games – for me the artstyle is appealing, and that one guy from the previous pic is very exotic!

The story is also interesting. Miku, the main character, is a high school student that is mature for her age and thus gets a lot of things pushed on her. The latest chore she’s been assigned is to work on a script for the class play. When she reads it, she gets to the ending and wonders why it has to end that way.

She meets a black cat who leads her to a hidden spring in the school where she falls into another world, an Arabian-style world where some things are different but many things are familiar. The palace that she appears in reminds her of her school, and she meets several people who exist in her world as well. Miku begins to travel between the worlds as if she’s on a cradle rocking back and forth. As time passes, she recognizes events in the other world as being from the script, and eventually the ending occurs and Miku is sent back to her world, only to return to the day where she is handed the script.
Miku decides to rewrite the script to change the outcome, and slowly events change, for better or worse.

Sounds intriguing huh? In addition to this, we also know the main characters already.
Miku, the main character, is a mature young woman who can be depended on, but she’s never been in love and doesn’t have much experience with guys.

Sahliyah, the character shown in the main poster, is a prince that Miku meets in the other world. He has one blue and one green eye, and doesn’t trust women.

Sou is two years older than Miku and has been her friend and protector since they were little. Though he doesn’t like to fight, he is protective of Miku, and he has a strong code of honour.

Touya is Miku’s fiancé as arranged by their parents, but he has a strong aversion to being dictated to, and acts cold to Miku as a result. He’s also the #1 student at school and is the archery club’s rising star.

Rihito is the student president, and is friendly and very popular with both sexes, but he doesn’t let anyone close.

The soccer team’s captain, Kiichirou is frank and open with people and hates being constrained. He also has a domestic side; he’s very good at cooking and likes to raise tulips.

Kagami is the school nurse who’s hard to pin down – he seems nonchalant and can act too familiar with the students, but he gives very good advice.

The guys who Miku knows in her world act differently in the other world and don’t seem to be aware of their other selves, but the producer (Carnelian, known for several BL games) says that in the real world they do retain some of their otherworld awareness, so as things change in that world, their attitudes will also change.

Voice actors haven’t been chosen yet, but Carnelian says that it’s planned for the major characters to be fully-voiced (other than the main character, who Carnelian says is dependent on fan feedback). Yay!
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The game is the first from Carnelian’s new otome game line, Spica, and is planned for a winter release.

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Reduced prices on otome games

July 25th, 2008

Happy Friday! It’s been a pretty crazy week for me, but in a good way – I finally got to see David Beckham play soccer last night, and it was awesome!  Oh, the other players were good too, heh. I posted every day this week, which I hope to continue even if some are kinda short, like this one! 

It’s time for summer sales! There are some good deals around right now, notably:

At Yesasia:
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Fushigi Yuugi Suzaku Ibun
– $49 US down from $78 – yay, it’s already on sale! I already got the Genbu game (and will play it soon, I swear), so this completes my FY game collection!

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Hoshigari Empusa
– $21.50 US down from $71 (it was on sale before, I think for around $28)


Togainu no Chi
- on sale for $36 US – the LIMITED EDITION that was originally around $125! The regular version is on sale too, but is actually a dollar more! This is a BL game, but seems to be quite popular, so I got a copy :D My first BL game!

Play-Asia
Cover Petit Four – Limited Edition available for $50 US down from $80

Ah, I can’t resist a good deal…

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New Games and News Sources!

July 24th, 2008

First, game news! I scanned some pics already so I’ll add those when I get home from w*rk.

Several new PC games on the horizon:

Here are the pics!

The joker, the new character in Joker no Kuni no Alice!

Garnet Cradle!

And finally, Sangokushi Senki!

I’m revealing my sources now, so I hope people still come here after finding out my secrets! OK, I’m totally exaggerating, it’s not that hard to find these, and if you have a Japanese bookstore in your area you might be able to buy these or order them! And I’m eternally jealous, because in my city of 6 MILLION people we still don’t have one really – well, there’s one in the back of beyond that only takes mail orders, but it’s not great and has NO new books or mags. Plus it takes me over an hour to get there, so forget about it!

/whine, start list!

B’s Log: This magazine comes out monthly on the 19th and comes with either a CD or DVD-ROM with music or demos and wallpaper and stuff. It covers otome and BL games, and some RPGs as well. It’s also the biggest size mag, around 11”x14”.

Dengeki Girl’s Style: This mag is released every two months on the 10th – next one is Aug 10th. Same kind of stuff as B’s Log, no CD or DVD IIRC, but sometimes has extras like pamphlets.

Cool-B: This mag comes out every two months on the 4th of even months, and focuses more on BL games, but they do have stuff on otome games.

Cool-B Sweet Princess: This is an ‘add-on’ mag to Cool-B that only comes out twice a year or so. It focuses on otome games and not so much BL.

To be honest, they’re all kinda similar, but they’ll have different pics and they get a lot of art that’s specially done for them (kakioroshi) by a game’s artist. They might also focus on different games or different parts of games, but one thing I love about all of them is that they include walkthroughs and tips on the games.

Oh, and I also check the Famitsu website as often as possible for up-to-the minute gaming news, though I always forget to check the PC page :P

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Fall Otome Game Release Dates

July 23rd, 2008

Just a short update on release dates for the fall – Comic Garden is pushed back to September :( Alice is released the end of August, and some new ports/adaptations to portable and region-free consoles, yay!

Aug 21
Uwasa no Midori-kun 2 DS
Harutoki Yume no Ukihashi DS

Aug 28
Heart no Kuni no Alice PS2

Sep 11
Hoshizora no Comic Garden DS

Sep 18
Hakuouki PS2

Sep 20
Neo Angelique Special PSP – hmm, the site says that the 4 new characters from the anime show up here in special events, but I don’t *think* they’re available as character routes.

Sep 25
Kanuchi (White Wing)
True Fortune

Oct 9
Will o Wisp Easter Miracle

Fall
Bakumatsu Renka DS
Hoshiiro no Okurimono PSP
Hoshigari Empusa PSP

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My first otome game…

July 21st, 2008

I think it’s pretty common for otome game fans to first have gotten into anime or manga – I got into anime (way back with Sailor Moon!) and then collected a huge amount of shoujo manga while studying in Japan. I didn’t know anything about otome games until I started buying Japanese RPG games though – I couldn’t wait for them to be translated to English, lol. On the import game site where I ordered them from, I saw something that looked interesting, a game with all cute guys on the cover, and the description said the main character was a girl! So I tried it out – it was 放課後のLove Beat(After School Love Beat), one of D3’s earlier releases.

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Wow, was it cheesy! But I loved it. And the gameplay was actually pretty fun, with J-pop/rock songs where you had to push buttons to make the sounds come out right – like a very primitive Guitar Hero…and it was pretty funny if you didn’t do it well. Of course, the part I’d never experienced in a game before was the romance part, and while it had a pretty typical shoujo plot, it was sooo much fun hearing the guys talk and actually choosing responses!
And so, my otome game love was born. (BTW, if you haven’t played the game, D3 released a cheap version of it that’s around $20, it’s a steal!)

What was your first otome game? Did you buy one because of a manga or anime you liked?

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Back to basics…and Friday videos!

July 18th, 2008

OK, so I got terribly confused trying to make my layout look the way I wanted…so I gave up and went back to a basic look. I’ll try to make it nicer and more customized, but in the meantime, I figured usability was more important than looking cool.

And to make this post about otome games, I decided to play with the embedded media options! For your delectation, a few otome game opening videos and ads. Enjoy!

First up, Neo Angelique – not new, but nice and fully animated.

Next up, an ad for those of you who don’t have Harutoki 4 yet! I tried to find one of the upcoming DS title Yume no Ukihashi but couldn’t – btw it’s scheduled to come out on August 21st.

And since I’ve been compulsively finishing everything possible in VitaminX Evolution on my DS, here’s the OP for that. Sound quality is not great, but it’s a pretty good song! And I say that as a certified music snob ;)

And here’s an ad for the new Hiiro no Kakera 3: Soukoku no Kusabi or translated: Same Character Designs +2! (jk)

OK, last one for tonight! The new game Drastic Killer with the slightly…naughty game mechanic of “Love Steal”:

OK, I lied – one more, following on the PC game post from last night: Asaki Yumemishi!

Ahh, so much fun. Enough videos, time for game-playing!

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