For a request! I love doing these posts, it’s a change from my long texty rambles.
24ji no Cinderella
I’m hoping to get this this week, yay!
The VitaminZ fandisk, Graduation! Mostly a mashup of them in their new outfits.
Here are a couple of teaser movies (not the OP and not a promo, so not as much material) for some of the newest announced games,
I love that the heroine is holding a big AK47 in the beginning – though I don’t think I’ve seen any CGs with it.
I don’t really like the slow pace of the PV, so here’s the OP as well (as one commenter says, it’s reminiscent of the anime themes from the 90’s).
Confidential Money – I’m not really interested in this, but I like the video – it’s different than the usual montage, and shows what the characters roles are in the team pretty well.
This one’s gonna be a hit. I’m not getting it right away though.
And Koezaru wa Akai Hana, the newest R18 game which I’m waiting for now (we’ll see how long Customs holds it up). I like the music and the art is pretty cute, and I’m hoping it’s good.
Tokimemo 1&2 are being released very cheaply in a double pack this year (4500Y for both).
Here’s OP1 – I didn’t know B’z did the song, they’re pretty huge
So, my 24ji no Cinderella shipped early this morning, and now I wish I had paid for express shipping. Oh well, in the meantime I thought I’d go over the characters and setup (which will make me want it more, but I’ll just have to be patient).
The heroine is the older stepsister, Rosalia Scarlet, of the heroine from 12ji no Cinderella, Odette Scarlet. Odette was cynical and cool, while Rosalia is warm and impulsive, but they’re both Quinrose heroines, so they’re smart and independent. Rosalia is really protective of Odette and shows her affection a lot (in fact Girl’s Style has a gag comic where the heroes are worried she’ll never love them as much as she loves Odette), as well as the rest of their family, Rosalia’s mother Fatima, and her older sister (yeah I can’t remember her name).
For those who haven’t played 12ji, Odette’s father, a fairly high nobleman, and Fatima, a low-level noblewoman, get married and the family lives fairly happily for a couple months until the father dies in a carriage accident. Then it’s discovered that he had lots of debts, and the four women have to sell the house and move to a creaky apartment downtown, working to live. The city they live in is a strange mix of 19th-century Europe and fairytales, where the king shares power with Hallowe’en, a ‘monster’. Monsters are kind of supernatural animals that live as humanoids (but I think they can all turn into their animal forms as well). The humans of the town don’t really trust the monsters so they don’t deal with each other much, but the Scarlet family don’t care – in fact their only neighbour in the apartment building, Feather, is a pigeon monster, and they’re all very good friends.
Rosalia finds some strange papers one day, one with the emblem of the royal family, and the other the emblem of the Scarlet family. The game is partly trying to find out the meaning behind this.
Along with other characters she meets along the way, here are the main heroes:
Louis Reed (CV: Suzumura Kenichi) – Rosalia’s childhood friend who’s training to be a knight. He has a strong sense of justice and has a crush on Rosalia.
Feather (CV: Shimono Hiro) – The lovely neighbour who can not only talk to and get help from the city pigeons (a great spy network), but can change gender! She/he is pretty great, and always fashionable, and has a weakness for beans.
Linus Randor (CV: Yusa Kouji) – Rosalia’s fiance, he’s kind of oblivious and it’s hard to tell what he’s thinking.
Oswell Savaray (CV: Tsuda Kenjirou) – The prince’s tutor who wants to learn through experience instead of books. He travels when and where he likes, and doesn’t like getting involved with people.
Damian (CV: Morita Masakazu) – A mouse monster who works in the city doing various odd jobs. He’s a bit of a pushover, but is very versatile. He meets Rosalia when she saves him from a rat-catcher. Oh, and he loves cheese.
And two more characters who I’m not sure if they have routes or not:
Sirius Bradley (CV: Takahashi Hiroki) – A kindly but weird magician who knew Odette’s parents. He had a route in 12ji, I kind of thought it was the true route but I guess not…?
Spencer Hendrick (CV: Nakata Jouji – he was in Escaflowne as Farnel!!! He’s also Serizawa in Hakuouki and will be in Double Score) – A retainer of the prince.
I have no idea what the plot about the emblems will be like, but I’m really looking forward to playing a Quinrose game again, especially because when I played 12ji I really liked Rosalia. I guess I can finish Grimm the Bounty Hunter while I wait…
Not only did I get Girl’s Style today, but I was able to get the second Bitter Princess magazine that came out on Sep 4th without me realizing it at all! I missed the first Bitter Princess, which is a Cool-B special magazine focusing only on R18 otome games.
Anyways, first onto news!
Man, I had almost this whole post written up and never posted. ages ago.
I still haven’t started playing Brothers Conflict, but I just got 12ji Cinderella and Abunai Koi and started playing Cinderella – I felt like I needed some good Quinrose storytelling.
At the beginning, I got a little impatient because it takes a while to set the story before introducing any of the love interests. It starts with Odette and her father only, and then introduces her stepfamily, and goes through the whole event of her father dying and them becoming poor.
Now I’m finally getting to the part where you meet the guys (not there yet!) and I didn’t easily find a guide, so for anyone playing I thought I’d put one up. For the intro I just chose the most welcoming options, like agree to meet Fatima, invite them over, that kind of thing. The ones that matter for which route you’ll enter are when you’re talking to Feather.
Her first question is what kind of guy you like, and it’s shown which one represents your answer so that’s easy. Then later at night, you’re contemplating love and ‘meetings’, and wonder where would be a good meeting place. For these, here are the places for each character:
Hiroba (Square): Chance
Ichiba (Market): Roy Diefenthal
Rojiura (Alley): Gilbert Kroisu
Kutsuya (Shoeshop): Glass Walker
Jitaku (Home): Sirius Bradley
I still haven’t gotten to a route yet, but I’m going for Chance first – for some reason he interests me (maybe it’s the salamander thing?)
Before I took 12ji out of my PSP, I finished all but one route, Glass. I really liked 12ji a lot, and the long intro actually makes the rest of the routes better, because Odette’s family relationships are pretty great, and she has to work through some issues about her mom and dad as well, which wouldn’t be as engaging without having the intro with her dad and his remarriage.
So far I think Sirius is my favourite, although they were all good. Gilbert reminds me of Curtis Nile but more confident in his relationship, and Chance (maybe Glass too) had the least amount of backstory plot. I got this more because I wanted to play it before getting 24ji (which I wanted first for Tsuda Kenjirou, my new fave seiyuu), but I don’t regret it at all. I wasn’t completely sure after being burned by the Mother Goose game (so unforgiving), but thankfully Quinrose came through and I trust them again. I do want to finish Glass’s route as well, he was just the least interesting to me because he shows up the latest and is the most rude.
I think I may have enjoyed this more than Ouma ga Toki even, although it’s hard to decide. I definitely recommend Cinderella – it’s not hugely long, but since I enjoyed all the characters, I feel like it’s a good value.
Kamigami no Asobi has voice actors, what looks like cover art, and the main characters are all announced! Here’s a preview.
The heroine, Kusanagi Yui, is a normal high school girl approaching graduation, and is starting to get worried about her future. She’s a little more traditional than most other girls due to her upbringing at a shrine. She is chosen as the one human to attend a school for gods who have grown distant from humans. She’s now responsible to teach gods about being human, and about love.
Apollon Agana Belea (CV: Irino Miyu)
God of the Sun
Keywords: Son of Zeus, glory, prophecy
The son of Zeus, the founder of the school. He seems perfect in every way, an excellent student and athlete, willing to go the extra mile for other people, but perhaps because of all this, he has few friends and is lonely.
Music is his hobby, and he loves celebrations. He can pull people along with him in his drive to achieve. He tends to say things twice.
He’s in the student council, he’s skilled at fortune-telling, and his gem is peridot.
Hades Aidneus (CV: Ono Daisuke) (the opening song is by him as well)
God of the Underworld
Keywords: Realm of the dead, solitude, fertility
Because he spent so long in the underworld guarding it, he has a dark personality. He controls the power of earth. He has a reputation for being scary, but he actually understands emotions deeply and his hobby is gardening. He tries awkwardly to make the atmosphere more peaceful by making bad puns.
He’s in a club, he’s good at cooking, and his gem is garnet.
Tsukito Totsuka (Tsukiyomi) (CV: Uemura Yuuto)
God of the Moon
Keywords: Spiritual, opposite to the sun, and quiet
Usually emotionless and oblivious to most things, though he has little opinion or ambition he’s very helpful and will do anything asked of him perfectly.
He’s so much of a night person that he will stay up and watch the moon; in contrast during the day if he has nothing to do he’ll fall asleep immediately.
He’s in the student council, doesn’t have any particular skills, and his gem is amethyst.
Takeru Totsuka (Susano-o) (CV: Toyonaga Toshiyuki)
God of the Sea
Keywords: Rough, active, shounen
Though he seems to be lazy, he’s actually kind and will show deep tolerance to people he accepts. Perhaps because he controls the sea, his hobby is collecting seashells.
He’s Tsukito’s younger brother and trusts him unconditionally. He also cries surprisingly easily.
He’s in a club, he’s good at swordfighting, and his gem is aquamarine.
Balder Hringhorni (CV: Kamiya Hiroshi)
God of Light
Keywords: Immortality, intelligence, natural
He’s very popular with the other gods, but is kind of clumsy and oblivious. He even falls often during his favourite activity, dancing, and opposed to his outward stylish appearance, likes uncouth things like meat. He’s in the student council, he’s immortal, and his gem is diamond.
Loki Laevatein (CV: Hosoya Yoshimasa）
God of Fire
Keywords: Pranks, mercurial, cunning
The god of fire, who innocently plays nasty pranks. He’s flighty and will boldly approach people he likes, but will also pull worse and worse pranks on them. He’s always building something or in costume for playing jokes, and is so good at lying no can see through his falsehoods.
He’s in a club, he’s good at building things, and his gem is opal.
Anubis Ma’at (CV: Kaji Yuuki)
God of Death
Keywords: Soul, guidance, seclusion
He speaks his own language that only Thoth can understand. He’s extremely shy and doesn’t show up at school much, but he gets along with animals very well. Because of his position as judge of the dead, he’s seen the worst of humanity and is very guarded and untrusting of them. However he’s also very naive and once you gain his trust he’s very open.
He’s good at making mummies, often hides in shadows, and his gem is opal.
Thoth Caduceus (CV: Morikawa Toshiyuki)
God of Wisdom
Keywords: Knowledge, study, arrogance
A genius who works as a teacher in the school after being commanded by Zeus, but he has no interest in teaching and would rather spend his time on research. He’s very confident and looks down on almost everyone. He’s an expert at analysis and his gem is lapis lazuli.
So far there’s not much info on the game system or anything else, so still lots to come, but for now enjoy the beautiful character designs!