KLAP!! Kind Love And Punish – Otome Game Review

Review is finally here, complete with play video!

Of course, we all know why anyone would play this game. Whipping errant ayakashi boys into shape is such a new concept to all the Do.S lovers out there, I jumped on it immediately with one aim in mind, to get back at the otome world for producing trash like diabolik lovers. But whipping your 2D lover isn’t a new concept in itself. NipponIchi created Criminal Girls sometime ago with the same function to ‘punish’ the love interest. Though why is whipping girls Cero D and whipping (ayakashi) boys Cero C? Do I sense some sexism here?

Unfortunately, the game wasn’t as Do.M as I expected it to be and the ideas for the character routes themself were cliche, but integrated with ayakashi to make something new out of them. For most routes anyway.  Continue reading

Norn9 Last Era Otome Game Review

(non spoiler review)

PoseMage coming in 4 days so I really had to get this game done. I swear I spent my entire Saturday and Sunday on this and what a great fandisc! I have always been a fan of the original game and bought all the Radio discs and event DVD, and am really glad I played this because it only made me love this series more!

This loading screen really summed up the game well, I’d say.

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The game was unexpectedly volume-y, with lots of development in the relationships and my favourite kind of bittersweet scenes and the occasional cuteness. I have to say that I hated Masamune in the original game because he was a perv, but I really liked him in this game. Too bad that he still got 12th place though haha. My favourites in the original were Sakuya and Natsuhiko but 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

Rejet’s new CD! Lacrimosa ~ The Seven Sins (Love)

This is by far the one I’m most interested in at the moment. It seems to be the most promising one for now, and Rejet definitely does better with darker stories.

Story:

“Anyone who commits any of the seven sins will fall into hell.” This is a legendary tale of the country of Tudor Kingdom, that has strict laws sets in place. The country promises eternal prosperity and is called ‘Heaven on Earth’, being surrounded by lush greenery. (or Utopia) You are the Princess of this country and is living without want but one day, is led by a strange bird into a forbidden tower which you have been told never to enter. There, you meet the ‘Seven Wing knights’, seven beautiful knights who once played a large Continue reading

Ayakashi Gohan (PC) Review

I finally finished this in 2 weeks, inbetween schoolwork. This is my first Honeybee game and the first that seemed interesting. I have quite a few thoughts about this, and I won’t do a walkthrough, so there will be no spoilers.

As I mentioned in the trial review, this game is pretty easy to go on routes…. Or so I thought. Since there are no character points (like Rejet) or love catch (like Otomate), it was difficult knowing just which route I was on, and even if you chose a selection, you may meet someone completely not related to the character you want to clear. The guides differ from player to player, and I had my own version of a walkthrough as well, so I’d suggest you rely lots on Quick saves. There probably isn’t a set kind of gameplay, since this game follows a real Amidakuji style, but I guess when the male character you’re clearing at the moment blushes or gets happy, you probably chose the right selection. In the end, the only easy thing was deciding whether you were going to an Ayakashi or Human route.

The flow of the game for each (Ayakashi or Human) route is a main prologue and 4 chapters, which then branches out to a bad end or character route. Then each character has good and bad ends.

The storyline was great, not to mention that the seiyuus did a great job portraying the characters. The last time I remember Kaji as a moody character in a game, and NOT a shota would be him as Rath, in my favourite BWS. And Shimono as Uta Continue reading

Taisho Guuzou Roman: Teikoku Star – Isao translations

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! 

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I took an entire week to listen to this, one track a day since I’ve been busy rewatching Magi and playing RPGs on top of full-shifts in my work and playing Jyuzaengi2. Oh, but you didn’t want to hear about me. You wanted to hear about Isao. (・∀・)

Isao’s music tracks are lovely, and his deep hate of women is obvious. Though he thinks he plays around with women, I get the feeling that he’s played around by them… even from the second track. And if you finish listening all the way you’ll understand. Well at least he isn’t a two-face, so I appreciated his evil character more than Seishirou. Also, when he is polite, it’s a real kind of politeness, like he has a real gentleman-liness underneath that raepist mask, unlike Seishirou who acts all princely but is so fake.

His was a happy ending compared to Seishirou’s, which made me kind of ‘Meh, I want a tragedy!!’ (sorry for being me (*´∀`*) And seeing his end made me a little cynical, thinking “You’ll regret this…. love is not all!” So, my favourite line would be when he was still playing around and thinking:  “Like… Love…. all that is just a farce for the sake of indulging in deep pleasure.”

It’s such a sad and twisted thinking but it makes sense. Well then, have fun reading.

Opening Act

Isao introduces in character the meeting of him and the heroine. “The time is Taisho, the stage is Marunouchi, Tokyo, the flowery capital of Japan. A theatre opening here today, a department store opening there tomorrow… Due to the remnant effects of World War 2, the city is overflowing with western culture. The start of the story is of course, the teikoku theatre that all the ladies are talking about….. not, but on top of a hill in a luxurious mansion. There, a girl comes knocking hurriedly…” Continue reading

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

Taisho Guuzou Roman: Teikoku Star – Seishirou translations

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! 

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“俺は帝都に輝く一番星、夜空の道しるべとなる星だ。時代の闇が濃くなる時こそ、俺は輝かなければならない。それが俺の生き様、俺の夢。”

That’s my favourite line from his track… It packs so much into his life, and when he said that, I didn’t dislike him so much anymore because it feels like he stopped living for only himself.

First up, my thoughts. Seishirou’s like a child. His level of pranks is no better than elementary school coupled with the sexy of an adult man which places him somewhere between amusing and annoying for me. Maybe because I have a sadistic streak, I laugh when he bullies her and puts on an innocent face(voice). Sorry for being me (・∀・) And putting aside my dislike for Mejojo-look and sound alike, mm… the parts where he kisses her is delish.

His ‘night’ part is really sweet because he starts to slowly accept her, and when he gets all weak and fearful when his bullies appear, it makes me go all “Ooh poor little baby…” ( ´∀`)

Though I did translate line by line for the key scenes in their relationship and his past,  not all are line-by line-translations. But most of it is. Have fun reading!

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Opening Act

Seishirou meets the heroine in the streets when he passes by on his carriage, when he sees her standing there absentmindedly. The strap of her sandal has broken and he fixes it for her. “The one who should offer his thanks is me. Your smile is like a flower bud that blossomed, I feel like I have seen a beautiful flower. But be careful… Men are always thinking of picking beautiful flowers…” He then leaves after those words bidding her goodbye. Continue reading

Norn9 – Review summary

Just now I took a look at my bank statement and I went like (; ・`ω・´) (´;ω;`)ウッ… ヽ(´ー`)┌

Everytime spring in Japan comes, they release a load of games and goods, which also equals to my enormous cash outflow, and especially this spring Rejet released 4 new series of dummy-head situation CDs.  It’s tough being in that ambiguous age-zone where you have a growing want-list and a pathetic looking cash inflow.

Enough of my ranting. It’s review time for my super-backlot Norn9.

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Norn9 seems to be an experimental mix of futuristic X hero clan X some love thrown in X mystery X 1D evil guy X fairytale X world war. The bulk of the prologue was from Sorata’s point of view, a young boy from the present world, who suddenly got poofed 100 years back in time to the Taisho era, where he meets a strange girl and ends up on a round futuristic ship called Norn. It is revealed that everyone on the ship has a superpower, and so does the weird girl that brought him to the ship. Sorata’s role ends when he decides which heroine to follow. Rather than an otome game, it’s more like a shounen manga from the point of view of a girl made into a game. And I enjoyed it despite its weird and complicated setting. And there are random CHICKS on board that play the role of doctors, cooks, cleaners, etc, which don’t make sense at all, and how the characters understand what they say is a mystery to me. In some routes the Sorata is even made to live with them rofl.

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Teikoku Star – Taisho Guuzou Roman

The story of Teikoku Star:

In 1922 Taisho Era, the time of post- World War 1, Japan welcomes a period of booming economic prosperity. But behind that prosperity and peace, the darkness of the leftovers of war lurks. But out of this darkness, a dancing and singing theatre group consisting of only males from the noble familes emerges, naming themselves as Teikoku Star. You are a commoner’s daughter and a schoolgirl but one day find yourself suddenly becoming the owner of Teikoku Star. There, the idols of Teikoku Star with one or two past trauma treat you, who are an owner only in name, as a servant girl. In a time where free love is forbidden, you are played around by their morals… what will become of your fate…?

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! 

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Teikoku Star #1: Seishirou
CV: Takahiro Sakurai
Release Date: April 23

The 17-year old Seishirou is Teikoku Star’s no.1, from dance to singing, and despite knowing that he never speaks of his private life, he is known to Continue reading