I got Beyond the Future -Fix the Time Arrows today, which I was really excited about, partially because it’s on the PS3 and I hoped it might be an RPG. I was wrong about that (oh well), but I thought I’d tell the story of the intro so far. I’ve played about 6 hours now, and still am missing two characters from my party, so I consider the intro pretty long.
Beyond the Future is about the gods of a certain world. Adonis (not that one) created the world, and his first wife whose name I can’t remember sacrificed her body to make the continent. Then each of their six children became the patron god of each major area.
The heroine Lilith is a novice at a temple for the first wife god, the goddess of love, and her fairy friend Camyu (CV: Suzuki Yuuto) has been with her her whole life. One morning her temple is attacked by a strange magical beast. An evil angel with black wings appears and tries to kill her, but a swordsman she just met, Kirite (CV: Sakurai Takahiro) saves her. While they’re fighting, a knight named Nayuta (CV: Fujiwara Yuuki) shows up as well. They manage to drive the black-winged man away, and Lilith receives a mysterious sceptre in the process from a strange voice that only she hears. Right after, a strange atmosphere envelops Lilith and Kirite, and Camyu realizes that someone is trying to teleport them somewhere. He and Nayuta follow them, and they all end up in a field far far away.
When discussing everything that’s happened, Nayuta says that as the captain of the White Lily Knights who works for the head priestess of Ingrid, one of the six cities, he’s been sent to bring Lilith to Ingrid because the head priestess had a vision that Lilith was going to destroy the world. Kirite says that he also got an assignment from Ingrid to bring Lilith, but adds that when they asked him (he’s a mercenary), they said Lilith didn’t have to be brought in alive.
Although Lilith has no idea what they’re talking about, she agrees to go with them and clear up whatever misunderstanding this is. So the group of four head to Ingrid, stopping in another major city Danis, on the way. The sceptre gets stolen, and in chasing the thief, Lilith is helped out by a confident young man named Sou (CV: Yoshino Hiroyuki). Later they discover that he’s a fighter who’s in way too much debt for gambling, and it works out that he helps them get the sceptre back while they get him out of debt. He also decides to join them on their journey to Ingrid.
Finally they get to Ingrid and Nayuta and Lilith visit the main temple. Nayuta argues on Lilith’s behalf but the head priestess is sure that her vision and the voice she heard was from Ingrid, and that Lilith is a witch who must be killed to save the world.
Lilith is locked up, and Nayuta lets her out the night before she’s supposed to be killed by fire, but he refuses to come with her, saying he must take his punishment. When Lilith rejoins the others, they figure that he will probably be killed as an example for his disobedience, and Lilith decides that they should save him. Getting into the temple isn’t too hard, but when they get to Nayuta, he refuses to come with them, saying that he doesn’t know what to believe, and that he wants to die a knight of Ingrid. Then suddenly a voice calls to Nayuta, saying that it’s Ingrid, and that Nayuta should kill Lilith right then. Nayuta is even more conflicted, and Lilith calls the voice out, saying that if the voice really is a god, it should kill her itself and not try to make Nayuta and the head priestess to kill her without any proof of her being a witch. In arguing, the voice shows its true form, a black-winged person similar to the one who attacked Lilith’s temple. They all fight him off, and after it disappears, Nayuta vows loyalty to Lilith.
After escaping the temple, the group is trying to plan how they’re going to get out of the city when Lilith hears a faint voice. When they follow the voice, they mysteriously meet no guards and safely get out of the city, and when they finally get to the source, they find that it’s three demi-gods who are there to help them. They say they aren’t as powerful as the city-gods, but can do more direct, small interventions in the world. They tell Lilith that the evil black-winged person who attacked her temple used to be a god, but got angry at people and was erased from mankind’s memory. The world has fallen into a sickness of unbelief, antagonism and has lost some of its love. They ask Lilith to try and save mankind from this sickness, as well as the black-winged god. The demigods also tell Kirite, Nayuta, and Sou that they’re the chosen guardians of their respective city-gods for Lilith, and urge them to find the other three.
So now, we’re on the way to Midvan, and though two other major characters have shown up as shadowy figures, they haven’t encountered our party directly yet.
That’s the name of the newest game from 5pb and Rejet, announced for release December 1 on the PSP AND PS3!
The heroine Lilith is training to be a priest in the small northern town of Dordorn. Raised in the temple, she’s a little naive, but bright, honest and hard-working. She uses a staff called the i-scepter.
One day she encounters Nayuta and Kirite, and she starts out on a new path. Not too much is clear about the plot except that it’s about saving the world.
Krite Asturias (CV: Sakurai Takahiro) A cool samurai who uses a longsword that’s the same height as him, and he’s from Savilla. He doesn’t show emotion much and doesn’t like socializing much, but meeting Lilith causes him to change.
Nayuta Roen (CV: Fujiwara Yuuki)
Born and raised in Ingrid, he’s the straightforward Captain of the White Lily Knights, protecting the temples and law of the city. In addition to being an expert at the spear, he’s also good at using healing and protective magic. Seeing Lilith, who’s still learning, he tends to be a little harsh with her.
Soo Majiku (CV: Yoshino Hiroyuki)
A skilled fighter from Dainus who loves freedom. He hates feeling restricted and isn’t very good at social niceties, so he’s often scolded by Nayuta.
Nate Suruya (CV: Masuda Toshiki)
A werewolf thief who uses a bow from the woods near Midvan, he looks young but is actually the oldest of the whole group.
Nico Velvetnein (CV: Kishio Daisuke)
A magician born in Melrond who calls himself a sage. He’s willing to do almost anything for knowledge, and joins Lilith’s party because he’s interested in ‘saving the world’.
Camus Tetra Porte (CV: Suzuki Yuuto)
A small fairy who’s been Lilith’s best friend since she was small. Usually he’s bright and cheerful, but he sometimes shows a perspective that has many years of experience behind it. He’s very protective of Lilith. He can use nature spirits.
Wooo what a productive weekend (in gaming terms, not so much in, say, cleaning terms, or getting organized terms)! Even though I was pretty mad on Friday because my website was down when I wanted to write about the SYK fandisk – it’s happened before, and if it happens again, I might change my hosting sevice.
Anywyas, I finally finished the original Hiiro no Kakera – I had never done Oomi’s story, so I did that and his bits in ~Ano Sora no Shita de~. Hmm, I tried to take it slow and read everything, but I got impatient sometimes because the story is so long, and near the end it’s like, okay, I know he does this, I know this happens, hurry up and do it and get to the ending battle! It was satisfying to finish though. I was surprised that his guardian backstory wasn’t anything special, I guess one good thing about having an older character is that you can have their issues coming from their current life instead of a past one, heh. I think his storyline was also one of the sadder ones (not necessarily for his story, but for what happens to other characters in it).
Anyways, I think I actually like the ‘Oomi’ storyline better in the new Hiiro no Kakera. In the original, for me, a lot of the suspense and drama was diluted because I’d done all the other storylines and knew most of the plot points already. In the new one, it doesn’t depend much on plot, it’s more of a character struggle, so it works even if you know the basic story.
And another milestone – I finally got the real Tomomori ending in Harutoki 3 Izayoiki!! I had the ‘fake’ one, and was disappointed, but went online to check, and found out what I had to do. It only took a few minutes, I should have done it a long time ago. Ah, Tomomori ~fans self~ Anyone thinking Edward Cullen is the ultimate in sexy bad boys should play Harutoki 3 – Tomomori blows him out of the water.
Now I’m playing Lucian Bee’s again trying to finish it – I had two characters done when my save file got corrupted, so I had to erase the whole thing and start over (yeah, I was NOT happy). But now that releases have slowed down for the winter, I can finally go back and finish stuff! My orderly Excel-spreadsheet* loving side is very happy! Maybe I should make another To Do list…hmmm…
* Some of you might know, I keep track of my otome games in an Excel spreadsheet, and have a percentage complete as well with lists of endings to check off. Yeah, I’m a list person…
Yay, I got Lucian Bee’s on Friday! Since I have to work today (*wrote this on Sunday*), I’m posting some of my first impressions. I’m almost done Luke Rockwell’s route, so I still don’t know the reason why the bad guys are trying to make dasao/dameotoko.
Let’s see, where should I start? Well, the setup, once you get through the introduction, is kind of a mix between Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and VitaminX/Z. You, as the heroine Anna, choose what guy, or target, to start the makeover with, and then as you progress (there are 5 missions for each) you can go back and redo them to improve your scores, or choose to work on another character.
Each mission focuses on making over one aspect of the target: food, design, hair, fashion, and manners. You work with the other two strikers of Lucian Bee’s, M and Q (your codename is A), and the member of Metropolis V in charge of that aspect. Part of the fun is all the banter between M, Q, and the Metropolis V members, and later on, Anna as well. When you finish a mission, you will see the targets’ grades in each aspect before and after, and if it’s something visible (like fashion), then you’ll see the difference in the characters as you go. So once Luke’s hair mission was done, he has that hair for the rest of his story (probably not for the other stories though).
Before starting a mission, you watch a backstage video of Romanxia highlighting the target and their particular problem, with say, hair.
During the missions, the majority is normal visual novel style, with two parameters to increase: Custom and Love. What’s Custom? I *think* it’s the target’s general improvement, whereas the Love parameter indicates how he feels about you.
Near the end of a mission, you’ll go into “stealth mode”, where your answers will not only increase or decrease parameters, but will increase or decrease your stealth meter. The stealth meter measures how suspicious the guy is of your disguise (since all of your interactions are in one disguise or another), and if it gets down to zero, the mission fails. During stealth, there’s a time limit on the choices – only 10 seconds! That’s pretty short when you have to read the Japanese and try to judge which answer is the best.
Finally, near the end of stealth mode, you’ll go into “emergency mode”, where you have to direct not only Anna, but all three strikers in coordination to head off disaster. Though all these events are just timed choices, the game does a great job of using cut-ins, zooms, and movement to make it feel dynamic.
Since I haven’t finished any stories, I’m interested to see how they’ll deal with the guys falling in love with Anna’s disguise and what happens when she shows her true self. Also, though the other Romanxia guys are in the missions a bit, there’s really not that much interaction with them, so I’m hoping that the conclusion, or the last chapter, has more of them as well.
If you can’t tell, so far I’m really enjoying it! I can’t judge the overall story yet, but the gameplay is a lot of fun. Lots of good characters too, not just Romanxia – actually, I think until I play their routes the Metropolis V and Honey Buzzard VI are more interesting…and I really like M and Q too.
Next post will be either a followup of this one, or about Saikin Koi Shiteru? which I also just got and started playing ^_^
As a huge fan of VitaminX and Z, of course I’m planning on getting Lucian Bee’s (coming out July 30th), which is from a different publisher (5pb instead of D3) but with the same character designer (Maeda Hirotaka).
The full title is a doozy: Lucian Bee’s Resurrection Supernova – what that has to do with the plot I have no idea. However, that plot sounds pretty awesome.
The heroine is a new recruit to a secret group ‘Lucian Bee’s’, whose mission is to makeover ultra dorky / jerky guys the world over for the sake of all women. A very noble task! The heroine has two comrades, and they’re all called Strikers. The game focuses on making over members of a new idol group, Romanxia, whose members all have problems keeping them from being “ikemen”, and are from all over the world. Let’s take a look shall we?
First up, Luke(from the States) and Anjelica (from UAE).
Luke Rockwell (CV: Takeru) is a major geek otaku, is the son of current President, and is very nice, but due to his social awkwardness, is made fun of by his beautiful and smart fiancée.
Age: 19 Height: 185cm Weight: 69kg
Anjelica Asiyuwan (CV: Hino Satoshi) is the oldest son of the mayor of Dubai who loves gambling and women. He’s very spoiled and his dream is to become the richest person in the world.
Age: 17 Height: 180cm Weight: 60kg
Lee Katoru (China) (CV: Kaji Yuki) has been raised disguised as a girl since he was young to protect him, since his dad is a mafia boss. He’s expert in dance and music, but since he’s been so sheltered, has a hard time trusting people outside his family.
Age: 16 Height: 171cm Weight: 56kg
Vann (Japan) and Jesse (UK)
Vann Caien (CV: Suzuki Tatsuhisa) is the leader of Romanxia as well as the top motorcycle gang in Tokyo. Though he’s not a scholar, he takes care of his friends and is trusted by his gang.
Age: 17 Height: 174cm Weight: 65kg
Jesse “Kid” Squire (CV: Terashima Takuma) is the lead singer and guitarist of a popular London indie band, “Knights of Round”. He’s also the son of a famous rocker, but hates getting special treatment because of it, and doesn’t have a great relationship with his dad.
Age: 18 Height: 182cm Weight: 67kg
Remmy “J” Belmondo (France) (CV: Miyano Mamoru) is the star of a national opera company, Grand Etoile. He’s very talented, but also pretty narcissistic and always wants to stand out.
Age: 19 Height: 177cm Weight: 59.5kg
To help in this monumental task, the Strikers have the help of the Metropolis V, the advisors of Lucian Bee’s who each excel in a certain area vital to being a drool-worthy guy.
Guido Ashanti (CV: Yusa Kouji) Specialty: Fashion
Didie Lightnorth (CV: Suzuki Chihiro) Specialty: Cooking
Nathan Bloodline (CV: Kamiya Kouji) Specialty: Hairstyling
Frederick Barnard Jr (CV: Fukuyama Jun) Specialty: Design
Cromwell Neeson (CV: Oozuka Akito) Specialty: Etiquette
So what makes Lucian Bee’s job so hard? There’s actually a rival organization who work to turn cool guys everywhere into hopeless jerks and losers! Why? Hopefully we’ll find out in the game. Anyhow, this organization, Daresign, has a group called the Honey Buzzard VI:
Rai (CV: Suganuma Hisaya) Specialty: Fashion
Viola (CV: Toriumi Kousuke) Specialty: Hairstyling
Jagar (CV: Itou Kentarou) Specialty: Etiquette
Barbara (CV: Takahashi Hiroki) Specialty: Food
Michelle Woo (CV: Hatano Wataru) Specialty: Sense and balance
Zehyros (CV: Sugita Tomokazu) Specialty: Unknown
With all these secret organizations and conspiracies, this game is definitely going for a spy/undercover theme, which sounds really fun.
The gameplay involves makeover missions that you go on to ‘fix’ each guy. You first choose your target, then choose a mission (I think the missions for each guy go in a certain order, but once you finish one, you can replay it). You put on a disguise, and get briefed by the Metropolis V. During missions, you have to make sure the target doesn’t catch on to your disguise. The level is shown by the Stealth Gauge, which decreases as the target starts to suspect something is up. If you get through the mission with stealth left, you’re clear! Then you get the results of your mission as to how successful the makeover was.
I can’t wait for this game to come out, I’m hoping that not just the character style, but the fun of the Vitamin series was brought in to this new title.
And finally, here’s the PV:
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…
Yup, I finally (finally!!!) got something in the mail – the newest Girl’s Style and a two latest Cool-B’s. Cool-B is a gaming mag that is slightly more focused on Boys Love games, and is also more *ahem* adult (like, if you’re underage, please don’t order it, or your parents will inevitably find it and think that you’re being corrupted by videogames ).
Anyways, three new games were announced, the first is Skip Beat! based on the comic by Nakamura Yoshiki (anyone remember Tokyo Crazy Paradise? I loved that series), that’s currently running in Hana to Yume. 5pb will be publishing that one in the spring for the Playstation 2. The second new game is Himehibi 2 from Takuyo for the PS2, which I’m quite happy about because I really liked the first one. Plus, one of the characters you can get is the class clown guy from the first one whom I really liked. And the last new game is Kram from Ribbon Magic. It’s kind of a sequel to Crep Sidra, their first all-ages game for the PC, which I haven’t played since I heard that the story wasn’t fully explained. Maybe we’ll find out all the answers in this game? It has a different protagonist though, apparently she was a side character in Crep Sidra. Kram is scheduled for a summer release for the PC.
That’s about it for announcements, I also found some more info on Ore ga Omae o Mamoru and Love Loop, so I’ll make separate posts for those.
I saw this game in the mags a month or two ago, and thought it looked very cute, but it’s not really an otome game – it’s based on a shoujo novel series (I call them shoujo novels because the line, Shueisha Cobalt, is generally marketed to girls and the books include illustrations by shoujo manga artists) and anime of the same name and (I think) the main character falls in love with Edgar the same way as in the books – no different routes here.
So though it’s not an otome game, otome game fans might like it, so when I saw more info on it at Dengeki Online, I thought I’d write about it.
It’s being released on April 30 for the PS2 by 5pb. The setting is 19th-century London (Victorian), and the main character, Lydia, can see and talk to fairies. She’s having a hard time making ends meet when a young man named Edgar appears and asks her to help him prove that he’s an earl by using her powers. She does, and after his claim is accepted, he employs her as a fairy ‘doctor’ and she continues helping people with fairy-related problems.
Though the gameplay is only about the fairy cases, and actually the game ends if Lydia ever gives in to Edgar’s attempts at romance, the characters would definitely fit right into an otome game, along with their seiyuu. Edgar is voiced by Midorikawa Hikaru, and other character voices include Sugita Tomokazu, Miyano Mamoru, Kamiya Hiroshi, and Koyasu Takehito. I’m going to wait and see what the gameplay is like before committing to this, but it looks like it could be fun!