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

Reine Des Fleurs – Otome Game Review

I never thought I’d be done so quickly with this game since it has so many endings, but once you get past the main story for each character, it actually moves on really quickly, because the character routes are pretty short. And probably also because this is the only thing to do apart from my thesis. This is the better option. (;´・ω・)

Flying carriages led by unicorns, Laputa-like palace in the sky, a mystical tree of life; Reine Des Fleurs is a strange medieval-fairytale-wafuu mix, with the Taisho-Kimono clothes and the Knights’ countries each holding a reference to Japan all giving taste to its setting. All strangeness is possibly overlooked just because of Usuba Kagerou’s beautiful art and the detailed scenery BG. Add to that beautiful BGMs by Love Solfege and moe-able love interests, it’s a great game!

Or, should have been.

This game was a disappointment as expected and there were so many things that really pissed me off:

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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

Urakata Hakuouki – Game Review & Artbook チラ見せ

*no spoiler review, didn’t type out character routes

Rolling around waiting for Re:birthday Song and Psychedelica, I was deciding between Urakata Hakuouki or Shirahana no Ori to fill my time. I didn’t like the original Hakuouki series so I didn’t bother much about this game when it was released, thinking it would be a milking of the series again, but upon checking out the website, decided to play Urakata, and I love it.

This includes elements of a Map search where you can take requests from the townspeople or the playable characters to raise their affection points / get items to increase your stats.

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While this is somewhat like Hanayaka Nari’s map system where the maid goes about the town and the mansion to fulfil requests, this system is much easier to use and more straightforward, where the requests you accomplish have a direct effect on affection points 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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Jyuzaengi Sangokuden – Summary & Review

Jyuzaengi 2 is coming soon, figured I should finish the backlot of the first game and glad I did! (It saved me after the crap called shinobi koi utsutsu) This is one of the games I truly enjoyed, with a plothole-less storyline and a cool heroine that I don’t rage at, and 6 characters with well-developed routes.

* Most CGs are in the video, my media space is filling up lol.

** Main story **

The heroine is a half breed, half human and half Cat-clan, which makes her the only one with black eyes amongst the 300+ catty people living deep in the mountains. But she’s strong, and one of the best warriors in the clan.

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One day, Sousou (above) who is the Warlord of a singular province, come to the mountains to look for some bandits. (The yellow cloth bandits, seriously) He discovers the cat people and decide to make up some excuse so he can take them into custody because he knows about the strength of the cat people – they have superhuman fighting abilities, and he wants to use them for his army.

Depending on whose route you’re on, you get to interact with different characters during this scene.

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In (left), Chouhi, the childhood friend of the heroine goes to stop Kakouton (blue guy) who is the sub-general of Sousou. In (right), the heroine stops Kakouton herself. In another option, you run to Liubi (below) who is the leader of the cat clan, and you protect him while the fight goes on outside.

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In the end, they decide to get under Sousou’s custody and find the bandits to defeat them, so they can clear their name and go back home. They pitch tents somewhere near Sousou’s army and one night, the heroine goes out to look for the bandits. She finds the leader and its revealed he is also a cat

He is trying to overthrow the humans and make the country into the cat’s place, so he hid his ears and used the bandits. Unfortunately, he gets defeated by Chouhi and the heroine, and Sousou pops out from somewhere. Sousou says that they should slice off the ears of Continue reading

Dot Kareshi~We’re 8 bit lovers! I + II + III

This game was a little short for me, but setting was interesting so decided to try it out. The length probably isn’t a problem for most people since it’s probably a filler games, or they like Namikawa, or the concept itself is interesting. To be honest, I started this game because I love playing RPGs and I like Matsukaze, Morikubo, Yamaguchi and Toriumi’s voice 😀 Namikawa and Hirakawa and fine, but they’ve been out so much that I’ve gotten bored of their voices lol.

The music was really cute and the battle scenes were not bad. And the fact that they all just want to make a move on her is hilarious. The romance was lacking for me because, well… it’s only an hour’s worth of play for the first character and less once you skip the common routes… But as a player of RPGs I gotta give the heroine some credit. Maxing levels just by grinding even though often running out of potions… Besides that, making them walk all the way without telerocks or carriages… switching off the effects… I can see why they are angry at her 😀 ahaha Continue reading