They don’t always wear white! Here’s a little intro on the guys of Kanuchi, coming along in a few weeks for the PS2 from Otomate.
From left to right:
Oba Teo (CV: Nomura Kenji) – A 48-year-old widower and the leader of the palace guard, he has a son who is missing. Very serious, but well-liked.
Ukitsu Watase (CV: Katou Masayuki) – 21 years old, he’s determined to go his own way and has a reputation for being a bit odd.
Kugami Takamahara (CV: Kaji Yuuki) – the 13-year-old king who is sheltered but has been brought up as the next king, he loves nature and peace.
Clato Esta – Miura Hiroaki- Serious and straightforward at 18, he sticks to the rules almost too much. He can be a bit dense in matters not directly concerning his job.
Mitoshi Fresca – Tachibana Shinnosuke – a 15-year-old young man belonging to an aristocratic family, he can read the stars, and has joined the guard in order to get revenge on a former friend who caused his sister’s death through treachery.
Shin Atobe (CV: Aizawa Masaki) – 29 years old, he’s the self-assured ladies’ man of the guard.
I can’t wait for this game! I finally realized why I’m drawn to Ukitsu – he reminds me of Takeru from the shoujo manga Akuma de Sourou (The Devil Does Exist). Either him or Clato will be my first target I think, mwahaha!
Apologies for not posting this last night, I got the pics ready and then…fell asleep. Well, fell into a comatose state with my cat on my legs anyways, it’s pretty much the same. This week…chou tsukaremashita yo…honto ni.
SO Kanuchi! I am very excited for this game, I’m hoping it will embody the great storytelling skill of Idea Factory along with fun gameplay. It’s scheduled for September 25th for the PS2 from Otomate
The main character has grown up with her uncle, a blacksmith, in the small village of Yoruha, but one day he falls ill. A visiting warrior is asking around for a smith, and she volunteers. Thus begins her involvement with the members of the Takamahara guard.
I’ll post tomorrow about the characters in the guard, and a little about the background to the two-part adventure, but this post is just to show the gameplay.
Other than the adventure (visual novel) part, the main character has to work on her smithing skills to make weapons that her customers want. There are 6 types of weapons, and you have to practice and gain experience in order to make higher-level weapons.
All the possible things you can make.
Also, to make weapons you have to gather materials, and depending on what you need, you may have to travel pretty far.
Regions you can travel to for materials.
Once you have everything, you can set about making your weapon.
Choose your weapon type.
Choose your weapon! It shows the materials and the level.
Smithing in progress!
It’s interesting that the character doesn’t actually fight, but she does make weapons for the members of the palace guard. Other than the smithing, you also need to take care of your character by taking relaxing baths and cooking for yourself.
That’s it for tonight! Sorry it’s so short, I’m exhausted.
Whew, there is so much beautiful art available in the mags for this game, I just spent a significant amount of time scanning it – this post will be image-heavy because I couldn’t decide what NOT to show.
As mentioned when it was announced, Hakuouki, being released September 19 for the PS2, takes place in the Meiji Bakumatsu, or the end of the Meiji era. The Shinsengumi was a group of samurai policemen infamous for its strict rules, its ruthlessness, and the fact that it was the only samurai group that allowed commoners to join – the samurai class was usually restricted to the aristocracy.
The Shinsengumi’s leader was Kondou Isami, and his lieutenants were Hijikata Toshizou and Okita Souji. They and other famous members are all main characters in Hakuouki.
Hijikata Toshizou (CV: Miki Shinichirou) – The second-in-command of the Shinsengumi. Strict but thoughtful.
Okita Souji (CV: Morikubo Shoutarou) – The captain of the Shinsengumi’s first regiment (troop? team?). Laidback and nonchalant.
Saitou Hajime (CV: Toriumi Kousuke) – The captain of the 2nd team. Serious and cool.
Harada Sanosuke (CV: Yusa Kouji) – Quick to anger but loyal and friendly, Harada prefers the spear to a sword.
Toudou Heisuke (CV: Yoshino Hiroyuki) – The lively young Shinsengumi member who doesn’t hesitate in battle.
Now, these guys I’m not sure are capturable, but they have big pictures, so I’m thinking they might be
Nagakura Shinpachi (CV: Tsuboi Tomohiro)
Sannan Keisuke (CV: Tobita Nobuo) – If you’ve played Bakumatsu Renka, in that game this character is called Yamanami, an alternate reading of his surname. And wow, I think this is the first time I’ve seen this seiyuu in an otome game other than Angelique! (He’s Lumiere there).
At the beginning of the game, the main character comes to Kyoto searching for her father, a doctor trained in Dutch medicine. One night she’s attacked by a group of ronin, but she escapes and hides. She senses something odd happening, and emerges to see a group of Shinsengumi killing the ronin with amazing strength and speed. Finding her, they take her off to their lodging, and talk about killing her to keep her from telling what she saw. But when they find out who she is, they decide not to – her father is involved with them, and they’re looking for him as well.
Staying with the Shinsengumi for a while, she finds out the cause of those ronin who attacked her – they took a red elixir that the Shinsengumi call ‘ochimizu’. It gives superhuman strength and healing ability, but it also creates a hunger for blood (rasetsu) in whoever drinks it. The ronin had drunk ochimizu and it eventually turned them into bloodthirsty monsters. When rasetsu manifests, the person’s hair turns white and their eyes turn red.
As you’ve probably guessed, most of the Shinsengumi main characters have taken ochimizu as well, which is why they’re so strong. As the story progresses and your choices take you down a certain path, the characters’ thirst for blood will appear. When that happens, you can choose to a) let them drink some of your blood, b) give them medicine, or c) try to have them suppress it. Your choices will affect their ‘Rasetsudo’, which is the other stat to affection that all the characters have.
The top gauge is Hijikata’s affection level, and the bottom is his rasetsudo (getting pretty high too!)
If a character’s Rasetsudo gets too high, he will lose control and become a monster.
There’s also a mysterious group (two of whom belong to the Shinsengumi’s enemies, the Satsuma-han)who show up saying they’ve ‘come to get’ the main character. Maybe to bring her to her father?
And here are a few screens to whet your appetite a little more!
A blood-splattered Heisuke…but no white hair, so this is just regular work
Sannan after first taking ochimizu.
Heisuke looking pensive, explaining why he’s leaving the Shinsengumi.
Okita talking to a doctor…
Well, I think that’s enough for tonight, eh? Writing this makes me want to order this game, but I need to save money…ugggh…
Comc Garden, and Summer Sales!
The cover for Hoshizora no Comic Garden, coming out in September for the DS, is now available. I also have a couple of cute screens from this month’s B’s Log:
A regular dialogue screen – the characters look very good for a DS screenshot!
And a very cute CG of Ryou and the main character as kids. Ooh, I love this art!
I also found the OP movie, but…it’s kind of boring so it only gets a link here, not an embed Hoshizora no Comic Garden OP
Even though I’m too cheap to get the limited edition, if I had known what was included I might have been tempted – a gag drama CD, a novella(!), and a postcard set! Pretty good, especially if you can get someone to buy it for you from Amazon.co,jp, where it’s only Y1500 more than the regular version. The link below is to YesAsia, where it’s sadly about $30 more:
While checking out the cover, I noticed some good prices (not amazing) on some other otome games at Yesasia:
Harutoki 4 Wii: $49USD
Harutoki 4 PS2 (Premium Box): $77USD
FY Suzaku Ibun PS2: $49USD
Hoshigari Empusa PS2: $21.50USD
Togainu no Chi PS2: $22.50USD
And c’est tout for this evening! Tomorrow will be all about Kunachi! Or Hakuouki, haven’t decided which.
Heh, so right now I’m kinda playing Drastic Killer and WoW at the same time, it works pretty well! I’m now trying to get Aki using a guide, so we’ll see if it works. Sometimes he’s not where he’s supposed to be so that’s annoying, but hopefully I can still get him.
I also hope that I’m supposed to be doing Love Steal whenever I can, cuz that’s what I’m doing…heh I still feel clueless about this game. Apparently you can only get Riku after getting Ren, or failing at Riku first.
LOL, I just did Aki’s second or third Love Steal, and once you get up to his thighs, there’s a montage of body parts (I’m serious here, don’t laugh), and then it skips to his chest. Heh, I guess they had to figure out a way to do that somehow. I also got the 2nd piece of the picture (which is OBVIOUSLY of the king, but since Touko has never seen him I’ll give her a pass on this one), but I still don’t even know what this picture is supposed to be of?? Unless I missed some explanation, which is quite possible.
Right now the days are counting down to the school festival, so I’m sure something big happens then, but not so sure whether the whole game ends then or if it’s just the halfway point, hmmm…I’ll have to see!
One other thing – I don’t have any proof that Seyne can be ‘gotten’ – it just seems extremely weird for an otome game to have an obviously cute character that shows up early NOT be capturable…so I’ll be annoyed if he can’t be captured! Is that unreasonable? I don’t think so
Since I haven’t gotten my October mags yet, I figured I’d continue a bit with my Drastic Killer commentary.
I finally got to a Love Steal, though I wonder if it was just for practice because even when I thought I was going slowly, the gauge kept filling up. But anyways, yes it is tiring!! And very long! I think I’m going to have to take breaks after each one, because just doing one wore me out.
So far I’m just choosing where to go and having little dialogues with whomever’s there – since I’m not using a guide, it’s pretty random. Then you choose to either be angelic, devilish, or neutral – each guy seems to prefer a certain style, but I guessed right on 3 already. Then you have a little “episode” where you suck some energy from a guy unintentionally. You find Grude and he tells you that your power hasn’t awoken fully, and that’s why you feel thirsty. He says you need to absorb affection from people until you have enough to activate your power, and until you do, you’ll keep feeling strange. So there’s the reasoning behind Love Steal.
The main character hasn’t figured out yet that the brothers are the princes, which makes sense since she hasn’t met them in Inorald yet, but she also hasn’t figured out yet that Grude is the brother’s “uncle” in her world, and they look exactly the same – there’s a bit of a Clark Kent/Superman thing going on. The only difference I can see is that Grude’s alter ego, Ren, has wavy hair instead of straight, haha.
Oh, you also meet up with the last mysterious character in Inorald, Seyne – he of the lovely purple hair and extremely odd costume that looks like it’s from a Cirque de Soleil show. The main character actually asks him if he’s male or female, lol – and he doesn’t tell her.
Maybe I’ll start using a guide tomorrow, I think I’ve flailed around enough on my own – I would hate to keep going only to miss out on capturing anyone.
For anyone who’s interested in Drastic Killer, I thought I’d do a little synopsis of the plot – just the beginning, since I haven’t even gotten to the real play part yet
The first thing you have to do when you start is answer a series of questions about your reactions in certain social situations. The questions are to determine your “koakuma”, or little devil, amount. Some examples are: Your crush is talking to you about his hobby, which you don’t care at all about. Do you a) change the subject, b) pretend to be interested, or c)tell him that you’re bored. Or, Your crush is talking animatedly with another girl. Do you a) ask them what they’re talking about, b) walk away, it doesn’t bother you, or c) hide and watch what happens. I got 65% koakuma I’m not too clear on how it affects the game, but they were fun questions.
The game starts on the night of Touko’s 16th birthday. She’s kind of asleep, so she thinks she’s dreaming when a man calling himself Grude appears. He tells her that he’s come to get her as was promised, and she follows him into her mirror. They come out in another world, where the man tells her that she’s not dreaming, and she’s actually only half-human. Her mother came from this other world, Inorald, and it’s her destiny to marry one of the world’s princes. Also, everyone in Inorald has their own power, and they need to perform a ceremony for hers to awaken. They’re in a holy place, and Touko still can’t quite believe what’s going on, but she plays along, and the ceremony scene is kind of funny, because while Grude is solemnly speaking to this stone statue, Touko is praying – but for things like making new friends, finding out her mom’s background, and that the princes are nice.
When the ceremony is almost done, there’s a sudden earthquake, and parts of the statue actually break off! Grude brings Touko back to her world and tells her that because the ceremony wasn’t completed, her power probably didn’t awaken. But they were almost done, so Grude warns her that if she feels strange or anything, to call him back.
The next few scenes are Touko starting school and making friends. One of the guys is her classmate, Sakurai Riku, and he’s friendly. Another transfer student, Arisa, is already friends with Riku and his brothers, the Sakurai Yon Kyoudai (Four Brothers), whom we know are the four princes. There’s also Suou-kun, Touko’s friend from her childhood, who’s quiet but seems interesting Touko later meets the other three brothers – Aki, the oldest, is the most interesting to me because he’s the most arrogant and outspoken, Sou is the gently second-oldest, and Nagi is the cute but indifferent young one.
I’ve just started, so I have no idea how long or what kind of plot there is besides this, but so far I like it – the main character has a more distinct personality than in, say, Angelique, but not so obvious as in a game like Alice.
Whee, I finally started playing Drastic Killer, and I wish I had done it on the weekend so I’d have more time! I haven’t gotten to a real Love Steal yet, but so far I’m really enjoying it – the characters are a lot of fun, and the choices are good as well – I think I might try this one…without a guide! Shocking, I know!
Right now my fave is Eva, the ‘mysterious’ guy that’s not one of the princes. I dunno if I can get him first. But I also like Aki, the oldest prince – his arrogance kind of reminds me of Tsubasa from Vitamin X.
Tomorrow I’ll write up a little synopsis of the beginning story – it’s too late right now, hehe. I need my beauty sleep!
Don’t we all have a list? A list of games that we haven’t quite finished, or (ahem) haven’t gotten around to yet? So for a Sunday night, here’s my list…at least the first 10, haha.
1. Harutoki 3 Izayoiki – I can’t believe I haven’t finished Shiro yet! I honestly tried, but I got stuck somehow – I think I may have to start over again. But this is definitely important – as one of my favourite games, I’m REQUIRED to finish everything possible, well, except the normal hachiyou – most of their special endings aren’t supposed to be that good. I finished Yuzuru’s, and the extra scenes were extremely meh.
2. Last Escort 2 – this is actually in my PS2 right now, and my first playthrough is getting about halfway through (I think?) Hopefully I’ll get at least one route done this time, and then I’ll see whether I want to continue.
3. Heart no Kuni no Alice – I definitely want to finish at least a couple more characters from Alice – I think the twins and Ace, and maybe…Peter? or Boris? Well, first I need to get the twins done.
4. Sorayume – I played through the beginning, and this game looks fun, though not too exciting yet. Maybe I’ll get pumped up by finishing another Takuyo game…
5. Panic Palette – there’s one character I really want to finish, but he’s pretty tricky to get. I’ve gotten most of the characters, but not all.
6. Mahoutsukai to Goshujinsama – yeah, the predecessor to Arabian’s Lost and Crimson Empire – this has no voices but I want to finish it. It’s kind of slow going though.
7. Harutoki Hachiyoshou – I can’t believe I haven’t finished even one character here! At least, I don’t think I have…urgh. I think I’d remember if I had…Anyways, I definitely need at least Yorihisa and Yasuaki.
8. Palais de Reine – sometime when I want a change of pace, I want to work on this title, get a couple more characters and get a better feel for how it works. So far I only have Dietrich and Walter.
9. Petit Four – this game is pretty easy and it’s cute, so I think I should be able to get all the characters pretty easily. I’ve only done two so far, Shizuka and Kazuya.
10. Your Memories Off – For some reason I haven’t tried this yet, but I think it might be one of those games that pulls you in once you start. Whenever that is
This list could be a whole lot longer, but I don’t want to depress myself, so I’ll leave it at 10. What are your top things to do in otome games?
Since I missed yesterday again, I think I will make Fridays my day off from posting. But more importantly, Real Rode has a release date of December 4th!! You can check out the latest info on the Real Rode website – it has voice samples up too. Yay, perfect timing for Christmas!