Otomate – Hyakka Yakou Game Review

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

New Otomate Title – Hyakka Yakou

Game Review here: https://jyuuguchi.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/otomate-hyakka-yakou-game-review/

Finally we have a little more information about this game, the still scenes were released today, together with sample voices. It’s been around 2.5 months since the official website was opened, I thought I’d do some introductions, since no one seems to have done it yet.

Story

The stage is the Hanamachi (Japanese direct translation: flower district, English equivalent: red-light district. Crude way to express it: Prostitution quarters), the actors are humans and ayakashi. This a story of elopement, with the freedom of the one you love on the line…….

This is the village where the world of ayakashi and the world of humans mix, “Takamagahara” (Heavens) where the glorious Hanamachi stretches on in the eternal night. The beautiful lanterns that glow brightly, the bewitching kimonos and the Continue reading