I know I’m getting too overly excited about this game but it seems like it’s gonna be way more interesting than I thought it would be. The website just opened officially and I was crunching on Matcha Kitkats while looking at it and nearly choked from excitement. (;´･ω･) But y’know, why do they have to give such long names? (And we thought Rejet’s ‘moshi kono sekai ni kami-sama ga iru to suru naraba’ was bad)
Anyway, apart from Yunohana Spring and Ayakashi Okawari, this is gonna be the next big thing I will be stalking, frequently.
Story: It’s the 36 year of Meiji and the country is recovering from the remains of the Nisshin war (Chinese-Japanese war). Mihagi Sonoo (heroine) has just graduated from the instructor school, but has yet found a job and at her wit’s end. She then finds out that the Yokosuka military base near her home is currently looking for artists, and bringing her own paintings, she sets off for the interview. But she gets lost in the building and chances upon the Navy’s music band (who are spies and in the middle of their planning) and is caught by them. Seeing that the jobless Sonoo have thoughts in line with the musicians who can’t have their spy secrets leaked, they take her in as an artist-cum- spy in training. As she works at making posters, her boss Iyobe one day orders her to partner with the other members and go on a real spy mission! And thus, her first spy mission begins!
She lost both her parents in the war and was raised by her grandfather. Her high school was near to the Yokosuka trading port, so she had learnt English and Western dessert making. She aims to become an artist since that is what will make money as a woman, so she majored in fine arts. Despite her working as an artist drawing posters for the Navy, she is forced to help out in the secret missions because she knows their true identity.
Fukuyama Mineharu (CV: Saitou Souma)
“Believe in me and whatever happens, don’t let go of my hand”
Hiratsuka Shigeru (CV: Maeno Tomoaki)
“Why’re you so stiff? Come on, relax those shoulders!”
His mother was the daughter of a former samurai family but became a courtesan that serves only foreigners, and she eventually became pregnant with the son of a Russia officer. Shigeru joined the army’s ensemble with a false history and always has his head in the clouds, a womanizer. He has his gentle spots but believes that everyone loves themselves the most. Unexpectedly sensitive too. He plays saxophone.
Iyobe Naoya (CV: Konishi Katsuyuki)
“Fulfil your own duty”
From the instructor’s school, he joined the Officer’s school and was originally not in the music ensemble but there wasn’t enough people with music abilities and he became a superior officer. He is a man of few words and is strict towards others and himself. He tends to do everything himself and does not rely on others. His trumpet is acquired from one of his friends and soldiers who died in the war. (Hi sexy ojisan)
Hara Masaki (CV: Sakurai Takahiro)
“Status or family background, these don’t matter. Your pure personality is the way you are.”
Having the best education, he was given one of the highest positions in army. He is in the ensemble momentarily. Having results that far surpasses the rest, he doesn’t suspect anything about his own experiences. Gentlemanly and has a peaceful personality, ladies first is his motto. He is objective but has the habit of not putting himself into others’ shoes. He also holds no particular view about the war and only thinks of it as data collected. Flutist.
Komiyama Takamoto (CV: Ishida Akira)
“I will do anything to get ahead in the world. Don’t forget that.”
He plays the tuba and thought that despite being from the family of merchants, he would be able to make his way in the world after graduating from officer school, but he somehow became the army doctor. He was originally sent to the Navy but did all his duties so perfectly that he became a nuisance (lol why??) and was sent to the military ensemble instead. He tries to separate all feelings when doing his duties and is thus awkward at making friends. He gives others the impression that he is hard to get along with.
Awwwww my navy boys come to me!!!
I’m really interested in Takamoto and Shigeru, Naoya too for being a sexy ossan. While I wonder why the whole plot of her meeting them is already revealed and where it will go from now on, there seems to be potential for many fun scenarios for this game! Meiji, War, Navy, music, spies!! All my favourite things! /getsshot/
Sonoo graduating from instructor school is pretty iffy since it wasn’t until Taisho that girls really started going to school, and being an artist, much less female is still difficult in Japan now, but since Yokosuka is near the port and under many Western influences I’m willing to kind of overlook that.
I really like D3P’s effort to create games that aren’t of the usual boring fairytale rehash or a normal kind of school/band setting. The fact that the characters are my age also makes it a big plus point! I think their idea is to build on the overflowing Western influences in Meiji and the difficulties there, and also aftermath of war that hopefully won’t be badly watered down.
Please give me this game by August so I can play it without thinking about my graduation thesis ( ;∀;)