Yay, I got VitaminZ in the mail today!! I’m playing it right now, but I pretty much just started, so these are just my first impressions:
OK, not much, but I’ll have more in a couple days hopefully if I get enough time to play it!
Once again D3 has created a really interesting premise for their new DS game, Saikin Koi Shiteru? It’s set in a normal high school, but it has a twist. The main character is a regular if slightly clumsy girl, who is hurrying to class on her first day when she falls into a spring on school grounds. It turns out that this spring is no normal spring, and she comes face to face with a saikin, a strange little creature. After that, she starts to see strange things, including seeing the little saikin hovering around certain boys. What does it all mean?
The art is pretty simple, but I can see it working on the DS. And the saikin are so cute! Apparently they’re little creatures that the main character sees when someone she’s talking to feels a certain emotion – there are angry saikin, sad saikin, etc.
If you’ve played Panic Palette, the concept is somewhat similar – when you’re having a conversation with someone and they feel a strong emotion, a saikin for that emotion appears. If you ‘catch’ it with your DS pen, you can collect that saikin for later use. Unlike Panic Palette, however, you need to talk to different people to get different saikin.
Later, when you’re talking with a boy and a star appears near him, you can then use one of your collected saikin to make his mood change for a moment to that feeling. The guy might show or tell you more than he would normally.
Otomate is on FIRE this year, they’ve just announced another otome game called S.Y.K ~Shinsetsu Saiyuuki~. It’s based on the legend of Saiyuuki that’s been made into several novels, anime, and manga, but this time with a female lead character named Genjou. She’s described as a ‘very serious student-council type’, and she has the huge job of leading her companions, Gokuu, Hakkai, Gojou, and Gyokuryu, who are described as all being ‘problem kids’.
The art, by Nagaoka, looks very nice, here are some scans from B’s Log:
Genjou, the main character
Les boys: Gojou, Gokuu, Gyokuryuu, and Hakkai
Jiroushin, an inhabitant of the heavenly plane
In the game, like the legend, the group is trying to reach Tenjiku, and they have to help people along the way in order to get there.
There are two main stats that you have to build up, one is called ‘toku’ (something like fondness), which you get when deciding who will help you out in each case. If you choose well according to each person’s abilities, you’ll get more. You need a certain amount of toku to continue on your journey and get to Tenjiku.
The other is the love stat, which changes depending on choices you make throughout the journey as well as who you choose for each case.
Looks like it could be a lot of fun! It’s currently scheduled for release on the PS2 on August 13.
Wow, new games! I’m writing more about the games in separate posts, but for now here are the highlights:
The biggest difference between the 5-requirement orchestra pieces and the 7-requirements pieces is that you have to investigate something called a rachette (ラチェット). Once you get enough information about it, I believe it appears in the store and you can buy it. You can get information from some of the main characters as well as either 内田守夫 or 安西多恵子. Once you hear this information, talk to Kanezawa-sensei and he’ll tell you more, and then I believe you can buy it after that.
I mentioned in the previous tip that to successfully play Bolero, you need 2 sax players.
For 兼山真治: The armlets are available in the fairies’ stores – it’s spelled レザーアームレット or メタルアームレット.
For 星徹也: all his items are also available in the stores, they’re all presents so the selection changes depending on the day and the store you check.
Hope this helps!
There’s a new teaser site up for D3’s newest game, Saikin Koi Shiteru?, which is scheduled to come out for the DS this spring. Looks to be a school-set game, and there are four guys shown so far. I’ll let you know when I find out more!
Thanks to the lovely wonderful people at YesAsia, I will be getting my games, that I was very afraid were lost. I don’t know how long it will take (there was one title that held things up for weeks before), but I don’t care, because I don’t have to spend more money for the same games I paid for! Yay! My faith in YesAsia has gotten even stronger than it was before, they rock!
Also, the May B’s Log is out, hopefully I’ll get it soon too. Woot!
Or so says a mysterious countdown clock with only four names on it.
5pb, HuneX, Hirotaka Maeda (Vitamin’s artist), and Daisuke Iwasaki (director) are listed at this page, counting down to Vitamin Z’s release date.
What it means? Hmm, well wasn’t D3 bought out by someone? Maybe the otome games are moving over to 5pb?? I guess we’ll find out soon enough…
Less than a month…can’t wait!