A bunch of news from the new B’s Log! I’m going to try adding pics tomorrow, but wanted to get the post up at least tonight.
There are also some cast announcements for Clock Zero and finally for Ishin Renka, I’ll do those separately. And I want to do some previews for Renai Banchou and Tenkaichi Lovers (for the DS, from a cell phone game). Hopefully soon!
And I had 250 (likely all spam, I haven’t checked them all yet) comments when I got back, so I have added a spam filter. I’m sorry for any annoyance, but hopefully it won’t be too bad, and god knows it will be much easier for me.
PS: I’m playing Xechs right now, and the advisor guy is voiced by Guido from Lucian Bee’s, and it’s making me want to buy the LB fandisks!! I keep expecting him to call me ‘baby’! G, daisuki~!! Ahem.
I’m sorry for the late update, but I’m on vacation right now and may not post until the 30th! I might be able to do a Grimm post on the 23rd though.
It finally appeared in my mailbox, and I am now playing through Tokimemo GS 3!! There is so much to do here, even more than previous games, and it’s a lot of fun to just play through, but I thought since it’s got a lot of features, I’d use my otome mojo (ahem, look through otome mags and websites) and explain some aspects that beginners might find useful, especially for non-Japanese readers.
OK, well one great thing about Tokimemo is that the gameplay is pretty self-explanatory as far as the sim part. You choose what to do during the week and weekends/holidays, and these raise your stats. You can also work part time to earn money (and spend time with the character you like) and buy clothes to wear on dates. There are also several school events that have special minigames.
Some things that a first-time player might wonder about:
Dates and ‘skinship': This strange word means touching a guy. There’s a tutorial at the beginning (which is pretty funny, it made me laugh), here’s the summary:
There are 5 places to touch: Hair, eyes, mouth, body, and arm.
There are 3 ways to touch: A light tap, a pull, and a long touch. The long touch has to be used carefully, because it’s pretty bold, so you need to have a high affection level with a guy, and have the ‘mood’ be right, to get it to work well.
If you’re having trouble or think it’s a pain, don’t worry! It doesn’t affect affection levels, it’s just for fun and to get ‘daisekkin’, which is basically an ultra-skinship event (remember kids, this is a PG game, nothing risque here!).
This is the computer report that shows your luck in various areas through the weeks. You should use these as a guide for what to focus on. From top to bottom they are:
Benkyou (Study): Good for studying, geijutsu (the painting), and culture clubs
Gyouraku (Pleasure): Good for fashion and doing stuff with Karen or Miyo
Kenkou (Health): Good for exercise and sports clubs
Renai (Love): Good for Miryoku (the liptstick button) and asking people out on dates
For more specific info, including date answers, I found this wiki really helpful.
I’ll post more if anyone’s interested, right now I’m in a love triangle with Ruka and Kouichi
I was just thinking of adding links to the Wiki seiyuu page when I list seiyuu for a game. Would people find that useful?
As ‘Bakumatsu’ is used to refer to the period right before the Meiji Restoration, ‘Ishin Shishi’ were the people trying to achieve that restoration. One of the major players of this period was Sakamoto Ryouma, who died in 1867, the year before seeing his dream of imperial power restoration realized. This new game from D3 Publisher, Ishin Renka ~Ryouma Gaiden~ focuses on Ryouma and some new faces. Okita Souji is also a main character, as he was in the original Bakumatsu Renka. It’s set for fall release on the PSP.
The art design is quite different from the other games; characters are a little more realistic looking.
The characters, other than the heroine (that I know of) are actual historical figures:
Sakamoto Ryouma: Originally he was in favour not only of restoring the emperor’s power, but expelling foreign influences from Japan. He was convinced by Katsu Kaishuu, who he was actually sent to kill, that Japan needed to modernize in order to survive as a sovereign nation, and became a key figure in the Meiji Restoration. For example, he was the person who negotiated a truce between two enemy clans, the Choushuu and Satsuma. He was a very good swordsman, but carried a gun as well.
Okita Souji: A well known member of the Shinsengumi who was a genius swordsman, in real life he died of tuberculosis alone in Tokyo after the rest of the Shinsengumi had left for battles elsewhere.
Kawakami Gensai: Another member of Ishin Shishi, Kawakami was an assassin who favoured violence as the method of restoring the emperor. He was short, and was bullied as a child. He was enrolled in sword fighting by his sister. In the game, he’s apparently been mistaken for a woman because of his delicate appearance.
Takasugi Shinsaku: A member of the Choushuu clan of relatively high birth, he used to steal away often to the Shoka Sonjuku (a private school) and study with Yoshida Shouin, a scholar responsible for teaching many Ishin Shishi. He was a dynamic leader who formed a modernized militia that beat the shogunate forces in a key step on the path of Meiji Restoration. In history, he died in 1867 at the age of 28 from tuberculosis.
Nakaoka Shintarou: A member of the Tosa clan and another Ishin Shishi, praised as a prodigy in martial arts. His meeting with the game’s main character is when he decides not to let other people’s opinions of him influence what he does. In real life he died from the same attack that killed Sakamoto Ryouma in 1867. In this game? We’ll have to wait and see.
The heroine in this game, Sawa Nanoka, grew up in the same household as Ryouma, after he found her alone in the wilderness. Her mother died when she was very young, and her father took her into the mountains to try to escape his master. Unfortunately they were found, so her father sacrificed himself and told his daughter to live free.
This series is fairly historically accurate, so until now many of the storylines have been in the ‘romantic but tragic’ category. But they do often use any uncertainty about a character’s death to get creative, so it’s hard to say what the endings to this game will be like. In any case, it will be interesting to finally play a game focused on the other side of the Bakumatsu from the Shinsengumi.
After my news post, I realized that I actually missed a page from B’s Log with the other two characters, d’oh! I also realized that my scanner is working again, yay! So I uploaded some character pics and updated the character list.
Armen Noir is a PS2 game from Otomate, set for release in December. The art is by Ike, who also did character design for Hiiro no Kakera 4.
The story appears to be set in the near future, in a corrupt city called Moebius (or Mevius?), where the gap between rich and poor is growing bigger and bigger.
The heroine is a ‘Hunter’, someone who has chosen to oppose the criminals who have sullied their hands with illegal deeds and have gained money as a result. Hunters work for ‘Bountia’, an organization that takes assignments to catch criminals in the city for rewards. Armen Noir is the heroine’s codename in Bountia, and her real name is Naska.
Hunters use weapons called Contract Arms, which are sentient and choose their user. Criminals also can use CA’s; the only requirements are being chosen and paying a fee. Armen Noir’s CA is called Nero.
Seiyuu have already been announced:
Codename Sword (CV: Konishi Katusyuki): Another Hunter, his CA is the Arondite. He’s very cool, and helped Naska a lot after her parents died, but he has no sympathy for Criminals at all.
Knives (CV: Yoshino Hiroyuki): A Criminal who beats Naska in the beginning of the story, he’s usually calm but can be short-tempered. He has a policy of not hurting women or children.
Elle (CV: Tasaka Hideki): A mechanical doll who works as a Hunter, Elle doesn’t show much emotion.
Rain (CV: Homura Shin): A mysterious blond, it’s not clear whether he’s a Hunter or a Criminal (or neither?)
Crimson (CV: Nakamura Yuuichi): An underworld doctor who is kind, but sometimes is surprisingly cold.
Zechs (CV: Fujiwara Keiji): The CEO of Bountia, and a legendary Hunter.