If you guys remember, Isami Kondo was one of the routes I was most looking forward to in this game! My usual go to are tsunderes and megane intellectuals, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself drawn to the mature types more and more. Well, in Era of Samurai: Code of Love the good humored Shinsengumi leader, Isami Kondo definitely fits the bill!
Isami Kondo wasn’t a playable character in Hakuouki, so I didn’t quite know what to expect this time around. So, I was basing everything on his portrayal in the prologue and in each of the other routes in the game… and you know what, Kondo is pretty consistent across the board.
Of all the routes in Era of Samurai: Code of Love Hajime Saito is the character I was most interested in! I’ve been (im)patiently waiting Saito’s route since it was announced. I love Hajime Saito in Hakuoki, so I had high expectations for his route. Hajime Saito is my favorite member of the Shinsengumi! So I went into this story expecting Voltage to bring me the moon on a string and I got that and more. I didn’t think anything could be more heartbreakingly tragic than Soji Okita’s route. But I was mistaken, Hajime Saito was definitely worth the wait!
When I first saw Soji Okita in Era of Samurai: Code of Love, he scared me a bit. He just looks like someone who’d kills indiscriminately, but after playing Hijikata’s route my opinion changed. He seemed like a genuinely okay, if not a little too playful, guy. So, when Voltage released his story earlier than expected I decided to buy it.
I take it back, I take back all of the cruel things I said about this guy. Okita was a much better character than I originally anticipated. I loved Soji in Hakuoki so I was expecting Voltage’s version to pale in comparison. But, what I got was a heartbreakingly sweet portrayal of a very tragic character. There is definitely more to this cold swordsman than his reputation would have you believe.