Prince of Stride – Otome Game Review

No spoiler review!
One week before the release of this game, the Cero B scared me off so I had it preordered and cancelled twice. But in the end, I found out it was Gold Rating, and mini games are waaaaay up my alley so why not!

This game reads more like a sports manga than an otome game, though naturally so, since it started out as a manga series anyway. If you’re looking for lots of cute love scenes and moe-able characters or good writing about the complications of having a crush on someone, you ain’t gonna find it here. But in return, what you get is (quite) a realistic story of how a team that was almost broken up gets motivated to run for each other and end up with good memories of a sport they once abandoned.

Also, for once, high school boys act like high school boys with their silly (but funny) play acts, dreaming that the heroine kissed them intensely(lol) and getting teased by the older people in the game. Strangely, even though the love between the characters are not obvious, it sits well with me because it’s a very typical portrayal of relationships where kids spend time with each other, knowing each other and helping each other out then getting together. All good.

A little bit about what Stride is: Continue reading

Rejet’s new CD! Love☆Don!!☆Quixote

Love Don Love Don Love Don,
Love Don Love Don Love Don!!!

The song is just too catchy and I swear I wasn’t the only one spamming comments similar to the above while watching the Live Event. (・∀・) The colourful pop and slightly comic-styled art is also perfect for a school themed CD!

Story:

As I mentioned in the compilation post, Love Don Quixote is a Situation CD where the man Kabe-Dons you. (Your back is against the wall and he places his arm(s) to stop you from escaping.) The heroine enters St. Don Quixote where the student council is rumoured to consist only of handsome men. She gets involved in an incident quickly and has the student council members take an interest in her. She then become a fledgling for the student council, but one of the school rules is that a relationship is forbidden! Here starts a secret love with your seniors! Continue reading

Rejet’s new CD! Yuu Gen Romantica

The seven wonders of your high school as you get possessed by the spirits. How nice. (・∀・) As I mentioned in my compilation post here, Yuu Gen is a Situation CD whereby you experience getting possessed by different kinds of Japanese ghosts with the famous dummy head mic. Summer is a time where we like telling ghost stories to ‘cool off’. I’m not sure we got this tradition and my dad’s ghost stories were never frightening. (They were mostly bad oyaji jokes.)

Story: (click to enlarge)

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This comprehensive map was amusing enough. The hitodama (human souls that glow like a fire) mark where each of the 6 Youkai (spirits) you come into contact with normally are. The spirits in human form, speak to you in the afternoon and lure you to themselves at night. Continue reading

Code:Realize ~ Sousei no Himegimi Game Review

The name ‘Cardia’ (now associated with heart) has Latin origins and means ‘axis’. ‘Finis’ also has Latin origins and means ‘the end’, and the naming is probably important to the story.

I have mixed feelings about the game. The art and music were certainly top notch coupled with its full exploration of a Gothic fantasy 19th-century London (which made it easy for the player to sink into the game’s world), and the start screen was exceptionally gorgeous, with a different view of industrial London depending on the time you play the game, with clouds moving over the screen, and planes, if you were lucky 😉

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However, I have a few points that I feel makes the game a disappointment.

1) The game feels like they tried too hard to surprise players and ended up becoming a bad version of Agatha Christie and whodunnits. I appreciate good mysteries but certainly not when the revelations are totally unimportant to the story. Example, Van Helsing’s master is a good man. No he’s not. No wait, he’s just lonely. No wait, he has some links to Erlock Sholmes. No wait, Erlock Continue reading

Rejet X Smart Review チラ見せ

To be blunt, it was nothing great despite all the hype they gave it. I’ve never criticised any rejet product before since they have always been rather innovative with their projects. The only other thing I didn’t like was them (my thinking, at least) going “Ooh, look, our teistar stuff is selling well, let’s resell bws, since they are by the same artist, and even so, the limited version only!!” But I was kinda Oh, okay. Just use the money to make more good stuff…. Which they did… coming up with  interesting new series.

I’d recommend it to hardcore KENN fans (you’d be sure KENN’s company had some part to play in this), margi4 fans and those who have money to spare, but my friends who’ve bought it are all lamenting over the contents. For a start, I thought we would have some KgK and dialovers in it. But, we got nothing about dialovers other than the cover. And KgK was one pin-up poster which we’ve already seen.
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Code:Realize Cast announcement & Sub-characters!

IT’S HERE. Alright, it’s no surprise the usual seiyuus are voicing Code:Realize, but let’s get on with imagining their voices in character now. Sub characters look pretty interesting…. and their designs are looking good too! Mm…. the main character’s CVs were meh, but the sub-characters deepen the mystery…..

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The Great thief of reputation in the world. Extremely cheerful, he’s optimistic and confident, and the only thing supporting that confidence is his Ace-initiative and stealing technique. The one who brought Cardia away, he also heads for London for his own goal. Continue reading

Oz to Himitsu to Ai SS Translations – Keisa (Third Key)

Again, disclaimer, these stories are from the official website. I only translate them! I’ll probably be doing Keisa’s drama track translation as well, stay tuned! (Updates appear on the twitter feed)

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The Third Key: The violent lion “Keisa”
CV: Shimono Hiro
Release Date: June 25

If there’something he’s not happy with, his fists are quick to move. He’s the type that can’t apologise honestly, and no matter what happens, he doesn’t reflect on it. He’s not good at being the listener in conversations and is the twin of Chikage the magician, but has a completely different personality. Blood brother also with Haruto.

**I ask for a very simple thing, Credit (Jyuuguchi) if you use my translations on your website, whatever language it is in.**

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Story 1 “The door of beginnings”

I don’t know what was your true purpose, but it doesn’t change the fact that you tricked me.
I’ll make you regret so much you’ll wanna die. Continue reading

Oz to Himitsu no Ai SS Translations

Translations for the Short Stories from the Official Website.  The stories will be updated as the official website is updated, so my translation timings will follow them.

Please buy the CDs if you like the series! They are available on a variety of websites like Rakuten, Amazon, CDJapan, and the original CD makers. CD pirating undermines the work of the seiyuus, storywriters and others involved in making the CDs. So please buy an original copy! Feel free to contact me, I’d be most willing to help you get your own copy.

The stories add depth to the situation CD tracks and help you fill in the gaps of whatever is not already heard in the CDs. Also, the SS are different because the brothers speak to each other in the stories, so we get to take a peek at their relationships with each other.

 

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Haruto’s Stories

https://jyuuguchi.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/oz-to-himitsu-no-ai-ss-translations/

 

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Chikage’s stories

https://jyuuguchi.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/oz-to-himitsu-no-ai-ss-translations-chikage/

 

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Keisa’s stories

https://jyuuguchi.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/oz-to-himitsu-to-ai-ss-translations-keisa-third-key/

 

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Shian’s stories

https://jyuuguchi.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/oz-to-himitsu-no-ai-shian-fourth-key/

 

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Tenma’s stories

https://jyuuguchi.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/oz-to-himitsu-no-ai-ss-translations-tenma-fifth-key/

 

Airu’s stories

https://jyuuguchi.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/oz-to-himitsu-no-ai-ss-translations-airu/

Airu’s CD translation:

https://jyuuguchi.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/oz-to-himitsu-no-ai-airu-translations-final-thoughts/

Oz to Himitsu no Ai SS translations – Chikage (Second Key)

** These are from the official website, I only translated them.

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The Second Key: The west magician “Chikage”
CV: Kondou Takashi
Release Date: May 28

The bewitching magician of the west, he’s the type that can generally do everything, since being born with talent and is thinking hard of a way to do away with humans all at once. Brothers with Keisa and Haruto, he’s the twin of Keisa but they have completely different personalities.

I seriously think KondouT’s voice doesn’t really suit Chikage… Chikage is somewhat of a ‘Everything’s troublesome” guy and one of those feminine clean-freaks, and Kimura Ryohei seems to be more suitable when I think of him in Diabolik Mosquitoes Lovers as Mukami Kou. But of course, KondouT and HirakawaD are both pretty famous for their ability to voice ‘H’ stuffs (; ・`ω・´) which is probably why they’re cast as the first two characters to draw more crowd.

**I ask for a very simple thing, Credit if you use my translations on your website, whatever language it is in.**

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Story 1 “The door of beginnings”

What’s with that face…. what are you unhappy with?
Besides, the one who should be unsatisfied is me.
Because of you, I missed out on the money collection. Continue reading

Oz to Himitsu no Ai SS translations – Haruto

Sigh. If they didn’t put Hirakawa Daisuke as the first guy I would’ve gotten the whole series. I’ve nothing against the seiyuu, its just that his voice and the character he’s playing doesn’t match. The art is really nice so I wanted to buy the whole series like I did for Teikoku Star, but ヽ(´ー`)┌ no point spending on seiyuus you don’t really like.

The story of Rejet’s Oz: (ORZ :p)
The heroine sees a strange dream many times over, one in which she and six brothers pretend to be the characters of the Wizard of Oz in a place that looks like an orphanage… She remembers reading the story of Oz before and takes up the book, wondering what was the story about when suddenly she gets sucked into the world of Oz. In there, she hears a voice telling her “If you want to return to your own world, get the keys…” An adventure overflowing with mysterious possibilities starts as you head for the Emerald City. A broken world, and you who turn  mad…

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The First Key: The tin man “Haruto”
CV: Hirakawa Daisuke
Release Date: April 23

The tsundere tin woodman who thinks he doesn’t have a heart, and so unconsciously uses words to hurt people mentally and emotionally. He’s more Tsun than Dere, and is blood brothers with Keisa and Chikage. Being the youngest of them 3, he usually gets something somehow in situations.

His SS (short story on the official website has been up for sometime now, I thought I’d translate it here)

**I ask for a very simple thing, Credit if you use my translations on your website, whatever language it is in.** Continue reading