I’m so glad I played this after Hyakka Yakou since Hyakka would go down to a 1 star if I played this first. To prevent spoilers, I’ll put up only really irrelevant CGs and those already on the website. If you get spoiled you’ll hate me. I think it’s been a while since I’ve been so interested to finish a game by a few all-nighters. This is going to be a guide more than a summary, since I don’t want to spoil those who intend to play this game. So when you see a blank space, just scroll all the way down for my system guide (this is really important), mini-game guide video and play order recommendation.
I was really interested in this game for a couple of reasons, and whether they were proved right in the game is for you to find out (if you do play it).
1) This is a creepy escape game whereby the characters fall in love by protecting each other
2) I felt that the heroine would have an evil side
3) Hikage seems to have a power eye and Hikage & Yamato are smashing hot
Introductions for this game (character, story) are here.
The theme of the story is “Sanzen sekai no shigarami wo koete, nushi to jiyuu ga mitemitai” (I wish to cross the bondages of three thousand worlds and be free with you my loved one) which plays on the original song penned by Takasugi Shinsaku: “Sanzen sekai no karasu wo koroshi, nushi to asane ga shitemitai” (I wish to kill the crows of three thousand worlds and try sleeping past morning with you”. The courtesans who were trapped in their brothels, either by debt or having been sold by their parents or relatives never had interactions with their guests past that one night, so even if someone they loved bought them for a night, they were unable to spent any more time with them, and this song became a popular ‘lovesong’ for the courtesans of that time.
After playing the game, I also noticed the clever play on Hyakki Yagyou (The legend of the head of the spirits leading the demons in a procession across the human world) and a similar theme turned up in Hakuren’s route. Continue reading