Tag: Visual Novel

How to Survive Mystic Messenger Hell in 8 Easy Steps

So like many of you I recently jumped on the Mystic Messenger bandwagon and while the game is fun, there are a few things I wish I had known beforehand. Now, I’m not going to post a full walkthrough or how to guide, because it’s been done before by better bloggers than myself. So, nothing fancy, just a rundown of some things I learned while going through my first playthrough of the game.

If you want the game, you can download it from the App Store or from Google Play for free, but there are options for in-app purchases!

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So You Wanna Chat with Hot Guys… There’s an App for That: Mystic Messenger- First Thoughts

Mystic Messenger is a free to play real time mobile game from Cheritz, the company behind PC otome games Dandelion- Wishes brought to you and Nameless- The one thing you must recall. In the game while looking for a new game in the app store, the MC (you) accidentally download a strange messenger app. Upon opening the app, you are immediately pulled into a chat with a mysterious user named Unknown, who instructs you to go to a certain address. Once there your phone logs in to a secret chat room filled with hot guys and one super awesome gal (outside of Zen’s route). From there you are asked to join the R.F.A., their secret party planning group.

I want to get this out while it’s still fresh in my head. I just cleared Zen’s Good End on my first playthrough of the game. I’ve spent 11 sleepless nights on this game and I have a lot to say about the game…

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My Last First Kiss: It’s A Date- Ichiya Misono

Here we are with my second attempt at an epilogue review to hold you guys over while I work on some main reviews. This story takes place immediately after the events of the Main Story and it focuses on the MC and Ichiya’s transition from “enemies” to lovers. The story serves as the epilogue to the Main Story and consists of three chapters. It also comes with it’s own special image.

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**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.**


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My Lover is an Ice Cold Criminal: Astoria Fates Kiss- Hydra Season 2

It’s taken me awhile, but I’m finally jumping back into the world of Greek gods and godly monsters. While season 1 focused on developing the relationship between Hydra and the MC, Hydra’s season 2 stories focused on the MC and Hydra’s attempts to maintain the relationship. Over the course of the season we see the pair tackle obstacle after obstacle as they learn to trust in themselves and each other.

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It’s been a few months since the Hercules incident, and the MC’s life is definitely on the up and up, both professionally and privately. That is until our plucky MC takes a case that will shake Olympus to its very core! If you want to see what I had to say about Hydra’s Season 1, click HERE!

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.**


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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney- Game Review

Since the sixth Ace Attorney game, Phoenix Wright: Spirit of Justice is set to be released in the US on September 8th I decided to go back and replay all of the Phoenix Wright main series games!  I dunno if I’ll be able to get all the reviews out before the 8th, but I’ll sure as heck give it my best shot!!

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban in Japanis a 2005 Nintendo DS single-player adventure visual novel developed by Capcom and the first game in the Ace Attorney series. Prior to it’s Nintendo DS release, Ace Attorney was originally released exclusively for the Gameboy Advance in Japan.
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Cinderella Phenomenon-Demo Review

Cinderella Phenomenon is an upcoming English otome game that follows a young cold-hearted princess, Lucette, who suddenly finds herself the unwitting victim of a terrible curse. Magic and fairytales collide in this impressively entertaining riches to rags story from Dicesuki, the developers behind the free otome game Locked Heart. Follow Lucette as she learns an important lesson in humanity while attempting to break her curse… and maybe find love along the way.

Prior to the events of the game, there were two crystals that maintained the balance in the world: the Crystallum Lucis and Crystallum Tenebrarum. Each crystal possessed great power, so they were each entrusted to equally powerful magical beings in order to contain their power. The Fairies were given the Crystallum Lucis, which drew its power from positive emotions; while the Witches were given the Crystallum Tenebrarum, which drew its power from negative emotions. Over time people began to associate witches with dark magic and began persecuting them. In retaliation the High Witch created the Fairytale Curse.  Setting in motion a series of events that would have far reaching effects on not only our sullen princess, but all of humanity.

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Aug. 28th to Sept. 3rd

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! So, I know I’m super late with this, but it’s Labor Day Weekend here in the States and I have been busy! I have been working in the revisions for the manuscript I mentioned last week. Let me tell you, editing a paper like this is extremely time consuming, and I’ve barely made much headway. In order to get away from the paper for a bit, I went to a thrift store and found a few books that I just had to add to my collection.
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A special shout out to The Well-Red Mage and Pink-chan for also nominating me for the Entertainer Blogger Award! Even though I already wrote a post for the award, I still wanted to give a shout out to both of these amazing blogger! Thanks for thinking of me!! 😀

Lastly, this was a very big week for Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! I had my first ever collaboration with fellow blogger and buddy, Katrina Sade over at GrimmGirl! It was so much fun working with such an amazing blogger and this definitely won’t be the last time we work together! So, keep an eye out for part 2 in the near future!

*Ah yeah, check out the Housekeeping section of the post, as I have made some changes to Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!

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[Funded] Let’s Show Our Support for Cinderella Phenomenon an English Otome

Edit (10/4): The Kickstarter for this game was successful at meeting its funding goal and two of the stretch goals. The final funding amount was £4,147 with 187 backers! The game now has a tentative release date of January-March 2017!  

I am on a roll with these Kickstarter campaigns!! This time I’m covering the upcoming free English otome from Dicesuki Games, Cinderella Phenomenon!! Earlier this year Dicesuki released their first ever otome game Locked Heart and now they’re back with their sophomore title.

So like me you may be wondering why a FREE game has a Kickstarter in the first place, it’s free. Well, the developers explain that by funding this project not only will you guys be helping this game become a reality, but you will be helping them raise funds for future projects!

*Disclaimer: The images in this post belong to Dicesuki Games. 

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Seiyuu Danshi- Demo Review

Seiyuu Danshi is all about choice! In this upcoming 18+ BL visual novel the player takes control of an amateur seiyuu (voice actor) who likes to take things at his own pace. But, years of slacking off have finally caught up to our lazy protagonist (MC-kun) and he finds that his job is on the line… that is unless he wins the prestigious Seiyuu Awards. Follow MC-kun as he attempts to become one of Japan’s top seiyuus and maybe find love along the way!

It has been some time since the Kickstarter campaign for Seiyuu Danshi wrapped up and I am finally getting around to playing the demo… I’m terrible, I know, but better late than never!

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[Funded] Let’s Support Legend of Rune an English BL Visual Novel/RPG

Edit (10/4): The Kickstarter for this game was successful at meeting its funding goal and six of the stretch goals. The final funding amount was $29,246 from 651 backers! The game now has a tentative release date of August 2017!  

Okay, for once I’m not terribly late with this Kickstarter campaign!! This time I’m covering the upcoming BL visual novel from YesterJoy GamesLegend of Rune!! So what sets this game apart from the rest? Legend of Run combines the immersive story of a visual novel with the puzzles and technical elements of an RPG!

When I first saw this game floating around on Twitter, I was excited because we definitely need more BL visual novels on the market. But then after finding out that it was also part RPG, I nearly broke my laptop in my excitement! I have no doubt that YesterJoy Games’s  debut title, will make a huge splash in the visual novel community.

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Sleepover- BL Game Review

Edit: A few months ago Black Monkey Pro disbanded, so Sleepover and all of there other content is no longer available for purchase, but feel free to still give this review a read! For the truely adventurous folks out there, I’m sure you can find a copy of the game online somewhere…

Sleepover is an 18+ PC BL visual novel from Black Monkey Pro an international BL artist circle. The game tells the story of Haruyuki Kano, a young man who has secretly been in love with his best friend, Sato Hideaki (Aki) since they were children. Not wanting to ruin their friendship, Kano has done his best to keep his feelings to himself. But when a freak rain storm forces Aki to spend the night at his house, Kano finds himself with a once in a lifetime opportunity. Will Kano finally tell Aki how he feels or will he be content being “just friends”? Whatever you choose, Aki and Kano’s relationship will never be the same again!

You asked for more BL, so here it is… The things I do for my fellow BL/yaoi fans out there… I kid, I actually bought this game a few months ago on a whim, but I never got around to playing it until now. There are two versions of the game: the Uncensored version which is $29.99 and the Censored version which is $14.99. So, if you are interested in the game, I strongly urge you to purchase it from Black Monkey directly. Black Monkey Pro disbanded, the game is no longer available for purchase!

*Disclaimer: I don’t own the images used in this review, all CGs and screenshots belong to Black Monkey. Since this game is NSFW there will be some NSFW images after this point. I tried my best to hide some of the naughty bits, but… *shrugs* you’ve been warned!


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[Funded]Let’s Show Our Support for the… A Foretold Affair Kickstarter

Edit (9/23): The Kickstarter for this game was successful at meeting its funding goal and the game was successfully Greenlit for Steam. The final funding amount was $2,969 with 111 backers! The game now has a tentative release date of January 2017!  

So as usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short with yet another Kickstarter campaign! This time around I’m covering the upcoming steampunk fantasy visual novel developed by GB Patch, A Foretold Affair! I literally came across this Kickstarter campaign a day or two ago and I am ashamed to admit that there are only a handful of days left (the campaign ends Sept 16th).

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Of all of the Kickstarter campaigns I’ve covered so far this year, this quite possibly one of the most unique. I really hope that this project reaches it’s funding goal, because this is a very intriguing story idea.

A Foretold Affair takes place in a world in which society is divided between that of the Abnormals (those with special abilities) and the Normals (those without).  The games protagonist, Buffalo Seer, is Abnormal who’s special ability allows them to see the future. However, even among Abnormals this power is uncommon and those that posses it are advised against using it. Undeterred, Seer decides to peer into their own future and what they find changes their life forever.

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[Review] English Visual Novel-The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car

The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car is a newly released Pay-What-You-Want visual novel from Lox Rain (Lorelei, Laiska, and Auro-Cyanide). The game which was created over the span of four days, features two character routes and six endings.

The road is long.

Two strangers sit side by side as night falls over. The car speeds down the open highway.

Without a soul around them, everything seems to slip away. On a journey to no one knows where, all they have is words and time. And that time is dwindling fast.

The shadows are chasing.

Official Description

*Disclaimer: This is a SPOILER FREE review! Also all of the images used in this review belong Lox Rain!

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First Thoughts-Norn9: Var Commons

Before I start this review I have a confession to make, I didn’t buy this game when it first came out… I actually waited until it went on sale during one of PSN’s Flash Sales, so I don’t have any buyers remorse like some folks do. In fact I think I came out like a bandit with this game, because to be honest, Norn9 is worth exactly what I paid for it (and let’s remember that I paid $35 for Alice in the Heart)!

I try to remain neutral when starting a new game, that way I can be as unbiased as possible in my reviews. However, with Norn9: Var Commons that was easier said than done… Since it’s release in the West, Norn9 has been met with some pretty mixed reviews.  On one side of the spectrum are the positive reviews which praise Norn9 for it’s unique plot and interesting characters. Then there are the negative reviews, that point out the various inconsistencies between routes and the gratuitous liberties Aksys took with the translation from Japanese to English. So, I didn’t know what to expect when we in That Game Club decided to pick up Norn9 as our next group gaming experience.

*Disclaimer: All images and screenshots from Norn9 used in this review belong to Idea Factory and Otomate. Please if you are interested in the game, purchase a copy from your local game shop,  Aksys, Amazon.com,  or the PSN Store!*

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Forbidden Romance: Dangerous Relationship-Taiga Saeba

I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I must be a glutton for punishment. If you don’t remember my first foray with D3Publisher’s Dangerous Relationship, click the link….HERE, and relive my rage induced review of Kei Toyonaga’s route. *clears throat* I was growing a bit bored with my Voltage backlog, so I decided to switch gears a bit and check out some of the other mobile otoge on my iPad… Unfortunately, my curiosity got the better of me and I found myself clicking the Dangerous Relationship app once again.

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After the tragedy that was Kei’s route, I willingly dove head first back into the fast paced world of celebrity drama with another playthrough of Forbidden Romance: Dangerous Relationship… From the minute I started up the app I was fully prepared to rage quit, as I hesitantly clicked Taiga Saeba’s main story… I mean come on he can’t possibly be as bad as Kei…. Right? *laughs nervously* Right?!

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to D3Publisher. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.**

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[Funded]Let’s Show Our Support for Queen’s Crown an English Otome!

Edit (9/12): The Kickstarter for this game was successful at meeting its funding goal and FIVE of the stretch goals. The final funding amount was $11,553 with 302 backers! The game now has a tentative release date of December 2017!  

I’m trying something new with these Kickstarter announcements… In the future I plan to publish Kickstarter Support posts the same week that I announce them in Last Week Today post… So, the first Kickstarter campaign to follow this new system is Queen’s Crown, an upcoming Medieval Fantasy romance visual novel! Follow the link below to see the trailer for the game (WordPress won’t let me embed the video for some reason)…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/490618601/queens-crown/widget/video.html

I absolutely love historical fantasy books and television shows, so when I saw that there was an upcoming visual novel with similar themes I just knew I had to check it out! The Kickstarter claims that the game is inspired notable fantasy powerhouses such as, “A Song of Ice and Fire”  and the “Dragon Age series”… My only question is, Where do I sign up?!”

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My Lover is the Silent Swordsman of the Shinsengumi- Era of Samurai: Code of Love- Hajime Saito

So now that the Fans’ Choice Awards are over, Voltage has started releasing stories again and first up is the one character I have been looking forward to the most: Hajime Saito! I have been patiently awaiting this silent swordsman since the day this game was announced… I love Hajime Saito. I’m going to say something that is going to piss off the Soji Okita fans…*inhales deeply* Hajime Saito is my favorite member of the Shinsengumi!

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!

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.**

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My Lover is a Mischievous God: Star Crossed Myth-Ichthys Review

I have a confession to make… I was never interested in Ichthys, nor did I have any intention of purchasing his route. Happy-go-lucky, prankster types aren’t my favorite characters, in fact I would have gone on ignoring this route, had it not gone on sale during the last Voltage Super Sale…

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But, after playing through Ichthys’s Main Story, I’m glad I purchased this route and gave this silly guy a chance. Ichthys is the god of Pisces, and the god that just doesn’t know when to quit. Despite being harmless his jokes and pranks tend to incur the ire of those around him, especially his bosses Scorpio and Zyglavis. But, there is more to his pranks than just having a good time, there’s something sad about this fun loving god.

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.**

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[Full Game Review] English Otome-C14 Dating

C14 Dating is the newest title from English game developer, Winter Wolves, the folks behind the English otome games, Always Remember MeThe Flowershop series, and Nicole.

I am a huge fan of Winter Wolves, so when they released C14 Dating back in March, I was ready with money in hand! However, I was finishing up my final semester of grad school, so I wasn’t able to play the game until just recently… But this game was definitely worth the wait! I’ve played almost all of Winter Wolves’s previous dating sim/visual novels and I can say with some certainty that C14 Dating is one of the best the developer has to offer.

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[Funded]Support Sentimental Trickster an English BL Visual Novel

Edit (8/30): The Kickstarter for this game was successful at meeting its funding goal and two of the stretch goals. The final funding amount was $9,036 with 328 backers! The game now has a tentative release date of March 2017!  

I am super late with this, but, about a week ago an indie game developer actually reached out to me on twitter about their new 18+ BL visual novel, Sentimental Trickster! As you all know I am a lover of all things BL, so best believe I was over the moon to hear about another indie BL visual novel!!!

It’s taken me awhile, but I finally got around to playing the demo and I can’t wait to see the final product!! The game is the brain child of one woman, so everything you see in the demo was put together by one person! Talk about dedication!

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[News] Voltage Fans’ Choice Awards 2016

Edit (8/14): The Voltage Fan’s Choice Awards are now over and the votes have been tallied! For the results of the 2016 Fan’s Choice Awards be sure to check out the Sweet Cafe app for a full list of the winners! Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to Nice Job Breaking It, Hero to keep up to date on future Voltage Sales, Deals, and Announcements! Also read my Last Week Today posts to find out about the weekly Otome/Visual Novel Releases, Funding Campaigns, and of course Sales!!

Voltage is at it again, this time they are hitting us with another Fan Choice Election Campaign!! For a limited time only, Voltage fans can now vote on their favorite Voltage Ikemen!!

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Jul. 10th to Jul. 16th

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! So, it’s been over a week since Pokemon Go was released in the US and boy have I been working out my leg muscles… Unfortunately the weather where I live has been 90° F and up, so every time I set foot outside I end up dripping with sweat…

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I still have yet to start my Summer Job, but I did participate in one of the Team Meetings so maybe that means my paperwork is almost done… Right? At this point I just want to start! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy doing nothing all day as much as the next person, but too much free time just makes me lazy. Finally, a special announcement… 

I hit 100 Followers this past week!! I can’t believe that there are that many people out there that enjoy reading my awkward ramblings and reviews!! I started this blog almost a year ago, and I never would have imagined that it would grow into the blog it is today! I want to thank each and every one of you guys out there in the WordPress community for being so supportive and welcoming! I have met some amazing bloggers and made some amazing new friends! I still have more stories to tell and more lessons to learn, and I sincerely hope you guys will tough it out with me far into the future!

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[Funded] Support Love is a Game an English Visual Novel

Edit (8/22): The Kickstarter for this game was successful at meeting its funding goal and two of the stretch goals. The final funding amount was $18,236 from 386 backers! The game now has a tentative release date of August 2017!  

Here we are again with another Kickstarter campaign for an upcoming commercial English otome game, Love is a Game! The game will be the first ever game by indie Chicago based company, Audilis.

Sorry that it has taken me so long to get this out to you guys, but I’ve been trying to keep up with the 30 Day Anime Challenge… but, at least this time I caught wind of this game early on in the campaign!!

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[News] Upcoming Games from MangaGamer and Aksys

Okay, first I want to apologize for being late with this post! I am currently out of town for the holiday weekend and there is no wifi where I’m at… so I am literally reliving my childhood. It also seems like every time there is a big announcement in the otome community,  I’m away on vacation or something…

Mind you all, I’m still on vacation…I am literally writing this from my Galaxy S7. So forgive me for a few errors/weirdness, as it is hard to post from this thing and I avoid it when I can!

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Mini Review: Sweet Fuse-At Your Side

Sweet Fuse At Your Side

Alternative Title: Bomb Decision (Japan)

Year: 2013

Developer: Aksys

Platforms: PSP

So I came across this game back in 2013, I remember all the hype surrounding it, but at the time I didn’t have a PSP, so I wasn’t able to join in the first wave of players. I then was able to gain access to a PSP and a copy of the game and I absolutely loved it! While it is billed as an otoge, Sweet Fuse plays more like a adventure, puzzle visual novel than your typical romance visual novel. So when it went on sale in the PSN store I immediately went out and bought a copy of the game for myself.

The first route of the game that I played was Subaru Shidou, because I don’t know if I mentioned this before…but I have a thing for megane men. Plus he’s gorgeous, the typical otoge hottie and that suit…sexy!

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Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors- Game Review

Why do I know? …Why do I know these things? ….Where am I?

A young man wakes up in a strange room with no memory of having gotten there… Suddenly the room begins to fill with WATER?! It’s a race against time for Junpei and the eight other passengers aboard the Gigantic, sister vessel of the RMS Titanic, as they compete in a game of life and death!

Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors or 999 released in Japan as Kyokugen Dasshutsu 9-Jikan 9-Nin 9 no Tobira is a 2009 Nintendo DS single-player adventure, puzzle visual novel developed by Chunsoft. The game was published by Spike in Japan and Aksys in North America. After the release of sequel game Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward999 was re-released as Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors.


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My Lover is the Master Swordsman of the Shinsengumi- Era of Samurai: Code of Love- Soji Okita

When I first saw Soji Okita in the prologue, 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, he was a much better character than I originally anticipated. I loved Soji in Hakuouki 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.

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.**

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My Lover is the Demon Deputy of the Shinsengumi- Era of Samurai: Code of Love- Toshizo Hijikata

No matter which adaption of the Shinsengumi story you play, Hijikata is always the same, so I kind of knew what to expect from Hijikata before I even started this route. Well Voltage did not disappoint, he turned out exactly as I would imaging the Vice-commander of the Shinsengumi to be.

Toshizo Hijikata is the terrifying right hand man and friend of Shinsengumi leader Isami Kondo. His cold stare and commanding battle prowess have earned him the nickname Demon Deputy among the Shinsengumi men. He is a man of honor an dignity, willing to do whatever it takes for the Shinsengumi, even if it means sacrificing something he holds dear. But is that all there is to the Demon Deputy? What does Hijikata the man want?

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.**

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[First Thoughts] Era of Samurai: Code of Love

*Well, Voltage forced my hand on this one, so I’m posting this earlier than I expected, to make room another review next week…*

So, finally Voltage has decided to jump on the Shinsengumi bandwagon with their newest release; Era of Samurai: Code of Love. I have no idea why they saw fit to replace Shinsengumi with Samurai, at this point in the game it’s not like Western audiences are unfamiliar with the Shinsengumi especially with the Hakuoki series still dominating the western otoge market… But, I’m sure they had their reasons…

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I have played a couple of games featuring the Shinsengumi, some were really good…and others not so much, so I’m really curious to see what kind of spin Voltage plans on putting on the historical samurai romance premise (that they didn’t already cover in Sakura Amidst Chaos/ Samurai Love Ballad).

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.**

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[Full Game Review] English Otome- Seduce Me 2: The Demon War

Seduce Me 2: The Demon War, like its predecessor, is a fully voiced, supernatural romance visual novel produced by Seraphim Entertainment and created by Michaela Laws. The original voice cast is back and in full form, their vocal talents shine as they give their all in a series of heart wrenching and emotional performances. In addition to the stellar voice cast, Seduce Me 2 (SM2) boasts a few new features which work together to bring the wonderful story started in Seduce Me (SM) to a satisfying and beautiful close. The five incubi and Diana the succubus are back, each with their own routes, however unlike SM, the romance routes feature both Good Endings and Bad Endings. The additional branching storyline, drills home the game’s message of fate and the burden choices have on destiny. As you play the choices become more difficult, as the player is forced to decide whether to selfishly cling to their love for their incubi or to secede their happiness for the greater good. In the end no matter what you choose, someone has to suffer. This game features some difficult topics, which may not be suitable for some audiences.

Like with the first game all sex scenes are optional.You can purchase the game on itch.io, HERE or on Steam, HERE.

**So the disclaimer… I don’t own these images or characters, they belong to Michaela Laws and Seraphim Entertainment. On that note, there will be some semi-NSFW images in this post, but no private areas will be shown, just some really suggestive angles. The thoughts and opinions presented in this post are my own, it’s fine if you don’t agree with me, but be respectful when commenting (I’m open to all opinions here). 

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Forbidden Romance: Dangerous Relationship- Kei Toyonaga

Disclaimer: I am going to warn ya’ll in advance, this review is my opinion feel free to disagree with me if you will… But keep it civil, I have no patience for trolls (consider yourself warned). Also this post will contain some strong language, do with it what you will.

I like to think of myself as a conscientious buyer, when it comes to games.  I have a three step process that I use to vet my games before purchasing, and this is all games (indie or otherwise)!

  1. I look the game up and read the description. If I like the premise I move on to Step 2
  2. Read reviews and comments. Usually a quick run through of the comments in the App Store or on Google Play will suffice. But, if I notice a high concentration of troll posts, I might expand my search to blog reviews or gaming review sites. If the reviews seem positive I move on to Step 3 
  3. I then download the game and play through the free trial and or prologue. If I am still interested at this point, this is the point in which I actually make a purchase.

This process has served me well in the past, hell, I’d go so far as to say it’s damn near fool proof. If I follow all of these steps, I avoid wasting money on shitty games, even when I don’t use this process it’s still extremely rare for me to accidentally buy a crappy game. Like I said, I pride myself in my ability to sniff out shit games, but I am human and I have been known to slip up….this was one of those times…Before I continue on to the actual review, I want to talk about my critiques of games, for reference, because I assure you this game deserves all the rage I’m about to type out in this review.

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From Consciousness to Reality: DRAMAtical Murder-Ren Review & Final Thoughts on DRAMAtical Murder

First, I can’t believe that I’m finally done with this game! DRAMAtical Murder was the first game I reviewed on this blog and it has taken me nine whole months to get through it all. This is a huge achievement for me, I usually play one route and never touch the game again. I have game commitment issues lol…. So, unlike the other reviews I plan on keeping this as short as possible, so I can fit in my overall final thoughts on the game at the end, besides I pretty much got all my ranting out in the Tumblr live blog. I will try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but this is the True canon route of the game, so that might be easier said than done. So without further ado, the last DMMd route, here’s Ren!

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From Machine to Man: DRAMAtical Murder- Clear Review

I was feeling pretty low after finishing Mink’s route, in fact, I completely lost all desire to even finish this game at all….but after taking a few days away from DMMd, I gained some of my fighting spirit back. So, after seeing Clear’s antics in the common route, I was expecting this to be one of the more light-hearted routes of the game (which I seriously needed after finishing Mink’s route). Clear is the most upbeat of the available love interests, and his route is full of hilariously over the top moments. I think I laughed myself silly during the first half of the route, but suddenly without me noticing, Clear’s route did a complete 180. There is so much more to Clear than meets the eye, and I never expected this route to be the most emotional and heart-wrenching route of the game.

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Clear is a mysterious character, as you can see from his above character profile, very little is known about him at the beginning of the game. He is a very energetic and friendly, but his odd mannerisms often confuse those around him. He’s like a cute puppy following the others around as they plan their assault on Toue.

**Disclaimer: I don’t own these images, they belong to Nitro+chiral…and this goes without saying, but there will be minor SPOILERS under the cut… Also, there is a NSFW image in this post (it’s rather tame by BL standards, though) you have been warned*

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[Full Game Review] English Otome-Seduce Me

 

This is one of those games that I absolutely enjoyed playing, but never really got around to writing a review for…So, now that I have some free time and in honor of the sequel coming out on May 20th on Steam, (I got the game from itch.io, so I have to wait until June 20th) I decided to go back and play the game that started it all! So whether you’ve already played this game and are in need of a refresher before Seduce Me 2 is released, or someone new to the game, you’ve definitely come to the right place!

Released in 2015, Seduce Me is a fully voiced PC English visual novel, produced by Seraphim Entertainment and created by Michaela Laws.  First, I can’t tell you how awesome and rare it is for a FREE indie English otome game like Seduce Me to have a full voice cast…and for said voice cast to be good too! It’s like winning the lotto right after you lose your job, not necessarily impossible, but unlikely as hell! So big props to Seraphim and Michaela for pulling this off with the help of their backers on Kickstarter, some out of pocket money, and a whole helluva lot of determination!

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From Bondage to Freedom: DRAMAtical Murder- Mink Review

I was not looking forward to this route, in fact I was planning on skipping Mink’s route all together. But, in order to unlock Ren’s route, I had to complete the Good Ending for Koujaku, Noiz, Clear and Mink… So, I had no choice but to suffer through it. Mink is perhaps my least favorite route of the game, even before I played it, I wasn’t very interested in Mink as a “love interest”. Even now after playing through his entire story, I’m still not a fan.

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Mink is the leader of the prison Rhyme team Scratch, and to be honest that’s all that anyone really knows about him. He shares little with his fellow team members, and has a tendency to speak with his fists. But, beneath his stoic exterior lies a complex character whose emotions run much deeper than anyone around him could ever imagine. I was surprised by this route, I definitely got to see a different side of Mink than I expected.

**Disclaimer: I don’t own these images, they belong to Nitro+chiral…and this goes without saying, but there will be minor SPOILERS under the cut… For your sanity and my own, there will be none of the rapey or especially violent CGs in this post…You’re welcome!*


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From Pain to Pleasure: DRAMAtical Murder- Noiz Review

It has really been a long time since I last picked up this game. DRAMAtical Murder and the Koujaku reviews were my first ever reviews on this blog, and here I am almost seven months later writing another one. Boy has the time flown by…my only hope is that I’ve improved some since those first reviews (at least I think I have). I have since written an updated review of DRAMAtical Murder, which can be found, HERE. After muddling through Koujaku’s route, I set my sights on Noiz… But, I was so overwhelmed by how dull Koujaku’s route was that I put DMMd on the back burner until I could forget about it. Well it took seven months, and here I am finally ready to give DMMd another shot!

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I did not expect to love this route as much as I did, but oh boy did I ever! Noiz is hands down my favorite route of the game! Noiz is the creep who drive by Rhymes Aoba in the common route. At first his blunt attitude rubbed me the wrong way, but the more I played, the more I began to like this socially awkward bunny!

**Disclaimer: I don’t own these images, they belong to Nitro+chiral…and this goes without saying, but there will be some character related spoilers under the cut and one or two NSFW images in this post (censored) you have been warned**


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Last Window: The Secret of Cape West Game Review

A thief crosses a dark room, his prize a lone safe…A mysterious woman wearing a hat and sunglasses leaves a soon to be demolished apartment building…A man with no job returns to the only place he calls home…and a letter about long ago secrets.

So much has changed since that fateful trip to Hotel Dusk, a year ago. For Kyle Hyde the past never seems to stay in the past. The past and the present collide as the secrets of Cape West hit close to home for our former gumshoe turned salesman.

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Last Window: The Secret of Cape West is a 2010 Nintendo DS single-player adventure visual novel and the final game produced by the now defunct company, Cing. Because of Cing filing bankruptcy, the game was not released for the North American market. Like its predecessor, Hotel Dusk, Last Window is played by holding the DS system sideways like a book.

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Hotel Dusk: Room 215- Game Review

A man with a past he wishes he could forget…A room with secrets creeping out from every corner…and a girl  who wakes from a coma walks towards a limitless future…Long nights that blend into even longer days for a former detective turned door to door salesman.

When a routine job leads him to an out of the way hotel, Kyle Hyde is dragged into a long since buried secret that threatens to bring past sins into the present. He must weed out the lies and uncover a truth that certain people want to keep buried.

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Hotel Dusk: Room 215 released in Japan as Wish Room: Angel’s Memory is a 2007 Nintendo DS single-player adventure visual novel developed by the creators of Another Code: Two Memories (aka Trace Memories in NA) and now defunct company, Cing. It was released as part of the Touch Generation of DS games, which were geared towards attracting non traditional gamers.  Unlike typical DS and 3DS games, Hotel Dusk is played by holding the DS system sideways like a book.

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[Funded] Let’s Show our Support for Monstrous Lovers a Supernatural Boys’ Love Visual Novel

Edit: The Indiegogo campaign for this game was successful at meeting its funding goal! In the end the project was 106% funded and ManEater Games have begun work on the game.  ManEater Games working on a shorter game for yaoijam, which will be made available to all of the backers for free on itch.io duruing the last week of July! Finally, the game now has a tentative release date of August 2016!  

So here’s another upcoming BL visual novel for all of my BL/Yaoi fans out there…In a world where good BL games are still few and far between comes a BL visual novel with BITE!  Monstrous Lovers is an upcoming Spanish/English PC BL visual novel by Man-Eater Games.

I know I really dropped the ball on this one, but I have been extremely busy with school lately! Thank goodness the campaign was extended for another month!

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Mini Review: DRAMAtical Murder

This is an exciting post for me, not only is this My 100th Post, but DRAMAtical Murder was the first game I ever reviewed on this blog! So this post is a really special post! I actually went back and looked at my review from back then, and I can say with confidence that I’ve actually gotten better at writing reviews since then. So here I am seven months later and I’m finally getting back to the game that started it all. Hopefully, I can do this game justice by writing a proper review…

DRAMAtical Murder is a 2012 Nitro+chiral sci-fi boys love visual novel. If you are familiar with Nitro+chiral’s other works, you’ll know that they have a flair for “dramatic” and “gruesome” endings, so consider yourself warned. I first found out about this game while watching a Let’s Play for Hatoful Boyfriend (talk about two different worlds), but during the video someone suggested that the next “Let’s Play” should be DMMD. No one else seemed to know what game they were talking about and even the person who’d suggested it was pretty vague on the concept. The only thing anyone knew for sure, was that it was a BL visual novel and that the bad endings were bloody.


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Time Hollow- Game Review

*So this is my first non-otoge review…let me know what you think of it!*

What if you had the power to change the past with just the flick of a pen? Would you use it? What about the consequences? Are they worth it?

These are the questions Ethan Kairos must answer, when he wakes up one morning to find a strange wormhole at the head of his bed. When he reaches inside he finds a strange green pen that allows him to open holes in time!

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Time Hollow is a 2008 Nintendo DS single-player adventure visual novel. Written by Junko Kawano, it serves as the spiritual successor to the 2001 Playstation 2 game Shadows of Memories (which is also a really great game).

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To Be the MC or Not To Be the MC: How Do You Otome?

Introduction

Before reading this post, it’s important to answer one simple question: What exactly is an otome game?  Generally speaking, otome games (shortened to otoge) are “story based video games that are targeted towards a female audience” (wiki). Typically, the plots of these games focus on fostering a romantic relationship between a female protagonist and one of several male (and in some cases female) love interests. While romance is the main draw for players, otoges have been known to cover a diverse range of subjects and topics. In the past, otoges were only marketed towards Japanese women, but in recent years their popularity has extended to the Western market.  This new, growth has led to a rise in English-language otome games and an increase in the number of localized Japanese otoges. However, the market for otoges in the West is considerably smaller than that of the Japanese market.

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So this past week I saw that Vogue had written an article about otome games…At first I was excited, this is just what we need, I thought, more exposure means more games…and what better way to get that exposure, than to have an article in an internationally syndicated medium, like Vogue. So like many of you, I retweeted and reblogged the article, but then I read it again and I noticed something I didn’t realize the first time. First, they assume all otoge players are women and two they generalize players…On the first count, Vogue is primarily targeted at women…so I guess I can let that slide, but the second point isn’t so easily dismissed. The article made it seem like women/girls who play otome games do so in order to escape the reality of not having a real boyfriend….

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My Lover is a Stern God: Star Crossed Myth-Zyglavis Review

So here I am again binge playing a game on the first day of its release, but Zyglavis was just too good to pass up! I was pleantly surprised by this route, it is awesome! In the beginning Zyglavis is like a mix of Scorpio and Eisuke Ichinomiya, what with the constant spew of insults and the three second response time limit…But the more I played the more I enjoyed the route. This was a rare treat, and I am more than happy to give up a little sleep for this route!

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Despite his initial coldness, Zyglavis is secretly the most compassionate of all the gods. Plus he’s gorgeous, just look at him, that long flowing hair, those penetrating eyes…

*Disclaimer: I don’t own these images, they belong to Voltage…and this goes without saying, but there will be minor SPOILERS under the cut…*


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My Lover is an Abrasive God: Star Crossed Myth- Scorpio Review

So this was suggested by voltage-lover-headcanons over on Tumblr. Thanks for the suggestion. I wasn’t sure if I was going to do a review on Scorpio, but your message on Tumblr was so nice, I just couldn’t say no!

Scorpio is one of my favorite Voltage characters, I fell in love with this dark haired god almost from the beginning, his dark hair and cool expressions just set my poor fangirl heart aflame. As I have said before I have a type: cool aloof, tsunderes, and snarky ice queens, Scorpio is all of that and so much more.

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Scorpio is a foul mouthed god, with a penchant for punishment, which I will admit may be a little off putting at first. His jerk levels at times are on par with the likes of Keith from Be My Princess, but once he falls in love Scorpio becomes a passionate, if not a tad bit possessive lover. I absolutely love Scorpio as a character, he and Takuto Hirukawa from Love Letter from Thief X are shining examples of tsunderes done right! It’s a shame that he always comes second to Eisuke Ichinomiya in every poll and tournament….

*Disclaimer: I don’t own these images, they belong to Voltage…and this goes without saying, but there will be minor SPOILERS under the cut…*


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[Funded] Support Seiyuu Danshi an English BL Visual Novel

Edit: The Kickstarter for this game was successful at meeting its funding goal! Due to the outstanding Backer turn out, the game was able to meet more of the Stretch Goals than anticipated! However, this has caused the game to be delayed slightly from the original release date…The game now has a tentative release date of December 2017!  

So this one is for all of my BL/Yaoi fans out there…In a world where good BL games are still few and far between comes the debut game from two sisters who just so happen to love BL/yaoi and games!  Seiyuu Danshi is an upcoming English BL visual novel by Meyaoi GamesThe game will be 18+!

In the game you play as an up and coming seiyuu (voice actor) who has just run away from home. With nowhere to go and your job on the line, you vow to become a top notch voice actor and maybe find some love along the way. Currently there are five potential love interests, with possibility of one mystery character in the future.

This game boasts a lot of unique features that set it apart from traditional visual novels currently on the market.

  • Reversible Roles- choose to be either a Top or a Bottom!
  • Foreplay Mode- help your partner get in the MOOD…
  • Lover’s Life- the game doesn’t stop once you get a lover, experience the relationship after the credits role!
  • Job System- actually work as a voice actor; choose jobs and decide how to perform lines.
  • AND MUCH, MUCH MORE….

This game met it’s $5,000 goal within 9 hours of the Kickstarter launch! Right now they are working on reaching the Stretch Goals (all of which sound super awesome)!

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The Guy I Like is a Mobster: Kissed by the Baddest Bidder-Soryu Oh Review

So this started off as a rant about the Voltage Inc visual novel Kissed by the Baddest Bidder (KBTBB), but the more I began writing, the more it became a tribute to  Soryu Oh.

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Don’t get me wrong, I still have some fundamental issues with some key aspects of KBTBB, but I’ll save it for another day. But, then this post kinda sat in my drafts for weeks while I played other games, because KBTBB and I had a bit of a falling out of sorts, I just need to see other people for awhile. It happens like that sometimes. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon this birthday post on the Voltage Visual Romance Facebook Page:

To be honest, I had forgotten how HOT Soryu is with his hair down…*cough* So in honor of his birthday on Feb. 17, I decided to go back and replay Soryu’s Season 1, and remember just what drew me to the cool mobster in the first place…

*Disclaimer: I don’t own these images, they belong to Voltage…and this goes without saying, but there will be minor SPOILERS under the cut…*


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The Robotic Butler Who Stole My Heart: Butler Until Midnight-Tomoki Matsuba

*This has literally been sitting in my drafts for a month…lol*

So while taking a break from Astoria, I managed to find time for Votage’s newest game Butler Until Midnight…I must have died and gone to otoge fangirl heaven! Voltage didn’t have to try hard to sell me their newest game, Butler Until Midnight, I was down from the first video on their YouTube channel! I mean, butlers! Frickin, BUTLERS!!!! *cough* Ahem, *cough* I was excited for this game. Of course, there was one character that caught my eye, Tomoki Matsuba.

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Unlike Yuma and some of the other guys, he seemed like the ideal butler type. He was everything I could have hoped for and more. In the beginning, Tomoki, is a harsh perfectionist with an impeccably accurate internal clock (homeboy can calculate the time down to the second). But, before I knew it this butler really wormed his way into my heart…


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The Guy I Kinda Like is an Ice Cold Criminal: Astoria Fates Kiss- Hydra Season 1 Review

Initially I had some reservations when Voltage announced that they’d be revamping their Voltage USA line of games as AmeMix. In the past I had found their other English games, lackluster at best and not much to my taste. So, when Astoria Fates Kiss (formerly Labyrinths of Astoria) was released I didn’t pay it much mind. But, after a while curiosity got the better of me, and I soon found myself binge playing the game in one sitting. At the time Hydra was the only appealing character available.

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I was hesitant, so I only bought his Main Story 1, but before I knew it I had purchased the second and third Main Stories as well…I really enjoyed his route, it had action, drama, and romance. I laughed, I cried (well maybe not cried per se, but I did tear up a bit), I even wanted to punch Hydra a few times…He is such a stubborn butthead. If I had to sum him up in two words it’d be: lone wolf. Hydra is a man with very strong convictions and morals, which put him at odds with the MC and some of the other characters in his route. He can be pushy and singleminded at times, which makes him a bit unsympathetic when others don’t agree with him.

So this goes without saying: There will be SPOILERS (I will try to keep them to a minimum, but I make no promises)! If you want a spoiler free review of the game check HERE, where I give a general overview of the Labyrinths of Astoria or HERE where I give a preliminary assessment of Fates Kiss.

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.**


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The Guy I Kinda Like is Unfriendly: My Last First Kiss- Ichiya Misono Season 1 Main Story

What can I say, I have a type…

So first off, is it me or does Ichiya remind anyone of Ryoki from the manga Hot Gimmick?

  1. They both lived in the same apartment complex as their love interest.
  2. They both terrorized their love interests as children (and to some extent when they grew up).
    -Ryoki pushed his down a flight of stairs, while Ichiya stole the MC’s stuffed bunny and locked her on the roof for hours in the rain.
  3. They both want the MC to be their girlfriend to dissuade an an unwanted suitor
  4. Both guys had messed up home lives
    -Ichiya’s parents divorced when he was in junior high, while Ryoki’s parents divorced later in the manga, but they were distant for a long time prior to the split. His dad even had an affair…

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Mini Review: No Thank You!!! (aka Why Safe Words are Important)

No Thank You!!! is a 2013 Boy’s Love (BL) visual novel originally developed by Parade. In 2015 the game was released in English by MangaGamer, but unlike the original release this version was…COMPLETELY UNCENSORED! I repeat, completely uncensored, this game is absolutely NSFW!

Summary

The story takes place over the course of an entire summer. It begins with you, the protagonist saving a man from being hit by a car. You narrowly push the man out of the way, but the car clips you instead, as a result you develop amnesia. The man, Inui, thanks you for saving his life by giving you a job at his Jazz club, and puts you up in an apartment, at least until you regain your memories. Since you can’t remember your name, the staff dub you, Haru. So begins your summer at club, Sonato, which is the front for detective agency that specializes in cases the police can’t solve. As the summer wears on you form bonds with your fellow coworkers and help solve cases, while trying to piece together who you really are.

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From Friends to Lovers: DRAMAtical Murder Koujaku’s Review

This has been sitting in my Drafts for a while now…I thought some time would give me a little perspective…

So I just finished playing DMMd, and I got Koujaku’s Good End on the first try! Yay me! But to be honest this route was kind of dull for me. I usually go for the tsundere types and ignore the childhood friend/brother types, but Koujaku was just too good looking to pass up. And boy is he the mother of all childhood friends! Koujaku is Aoba’s flirty/womanizing childhood friend with just enough of a troubled past to warrant him having his own route.

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Koujaku is the resident hairdresser of the Old District and leader of the local Rib team, Benishigure. As stated above he and Aoba are childhood friends, but sometime before the plot, Koujaku and his mother moved away from Midorijima to the Mainland. When he returned (alone) he and Aoba continued their friendship as if no time had passed. Because of his skill, Koujaku is the man women love and men want to be. He has amassed a large number of female fans who, throw themselves at him every chance they get.

**Disclaimer: I don’t own these images, they belong to Nitro+chiral…and this goes without saying, but there will be minor SPOILERS under the cut… Also, there is a NSFW image in this post (it’s rather tame by BL standards, though) you have been warned*


Koujaku Specific Common Route Events

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The girl in pink is about to implode…

When we first meet Koujaku, he entertaining his adoring fangirls, after having diffused a misguided, jealous boyfriend. Aoba happens by catching Koujaku’s full attention, this incurs some ire from the gathered girls who fight to keep his attention. But sorry ladies, this is the wrong game for you…The two friends shoot the breeze for a while, when one of the girls tries to touch Aoba’s long beautiful blue hair. (A BIG no no!) Koujaku grabs the lady’s hand just before she can touch him and diffuses the situation with a few sweet words. The men part ways promising to see each other later. Aoba runs off to his next fateful encounter of the day.

(Skips NON-Koujaku relevent Common Route Plot Events)

Aoba blacks out and wakes up in a strange place, he realizes he has been dragged into Rhyme. He gets his ass handed to him for awhile before a particularly intense headache awakens his inner badass! He orders a barrage of SUPER EFFECTIVE attacks before blacking out again. He wakes up in front of the junk shop sore and confused, before passing out again. Somehow he gets home and we are treated to the sexiest CG ever….

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Aoba thinks he hears a sound (creeper mode Koujaku) outside his window as he drifts off to sleep, but he dismisses it. A few hours later Aoba is awoken by Beni, Koujaku’s snarky Allmate. (I love Beni!) He goes downstairs to find Koujaku making good on his earlier promise to stop by, they eat and return to Aoba’s room. Now as I said in my First Thoughts post, sexy men smoking is just plain sexy…Koujaku lights up on the balcony and Aoba remarks that he only smokes when he visits. He wonders if it’s because Aoba’s place is the only place he feels at home. The pair talk and Koujaku remarks that Aoba’s long beautiful blue hair needs a cut, but Aoba reminds him that he cuts his own hair. Apparently he has magical glowing sensitive pain feeling hair, so he usually lets it grow long. Because of this, Koujaku thought he was a little girl when they first met.  The conversation drifts to the drive by Rhyme battle Aoba experienced, and Koujaku warns him to be careful before leaving.

(Again Skips Non-Koujaku related Plot)

We next meet Noiz (the mystery Rhyme drive by) who has broken into Aoba’s room in order to challenge him to another match. He informs Aoba that he actually won the earlier match, surprised Aoba experiences a heroic BSOD. Here you are give a choice, if you choose “hear a sound on the stairs” Koujaku comes to your aid. They have a pissing contest until Clear and Tae-san interrupt.

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Tae-san don’t play!

The group head downstairs for tea and doughnuts…yeah…doughnuts…After a few awkward doughnut eating scenes later, Koujaku and Aoba discuss the mysterious Rib team disappearances and Mizuki’s (leader of the Dry Juice Rib team and another friend of Aoba) weird behavior. Everyone leaves and the plot keeps on truckin’.

Here are some highlights:

  1. Noiz kisses Aoba
  2. Koujaku and Noiz continue their pissing match
  3. Aoba finds that Dry Juice has been erased
  4. Aoba gets another weird game download
  5. Tae-san gets kidnapped
  6. Aoba gets kidnapped, almost raped….and then let go?!
  7. Rescue mission to save Mizuki
  8. Aoba accidentally breaks Mizuki

After the failed mission Aoba blacks out again, waking up safe and sound in his room. He goes downstairs to find Tae-san and the rest of the gang downstairs (without the doughnuts this time). Tae-san then introduces the plot. She reveals that she used to work for Toue, the evil corporation that owns Midorijima, as researcher. She was tasked with discovering how to repair inactive brain function and the effects of various drugs on the brain. She thought her research would be used for the good of humanity, but surprise surprise Toue had other plans. They wanted to create an army of brainless zombies to help them take over the world! *que Pinky and the Brain theme music* Upset Tae quit her job and settled in the Old District to live out her life in peace, but Toue wanted her back. So they had Morphine kidnap her, she also reveals that the missing Ribsters were used in failed Toue brain experiments.To round out her exposition dump, Tae reveals that Aoba has a mysterious power called Scrap, that allows him to control persuade people with his voice. He’d actually used it on Mizuki, but because he was unaware of his power he broke Mizuki’s will. *que ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ speech* The final revelation of the night is that Aoba used to be a ruthless bad boy….oh and a Rhyme user, but an accident in Rhyme landed him in the hospital. His Scrap consciousness took over and he hurt a nurse, he then fell into a coma. when he woke up he’d completely forgotten about Rhyme.


Victorious Childhood Friend

The common route ends with the group deciding to storm the citadel Platinum Jail and take down Toue for good. If you made the right choices during the Common Route, you will find yourself in Koujaku’s Route.

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Welcome to Koujaku’s Route, please keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times…

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Oh yeah, romantic piggyback ride….check

 

Let me start off by saying that Koujaku’s version of the Platinum Jail is gorgeous! It’s a mix of modern and traditional Japanese architecture, even Aoba and Koujaku are momentarily dazzled by it. And then the plot rears its ugly head again, soon after entering the Platinum Jail, Aoba and Koujaku run into some women and Koujaku’s latent womanizing nature rears its ugly head. At this point I almost stopped playing! Koujaku is like that friend that invites you to a party and then ditches you right after you get there (dick move). He drops Aoba like a sack of potatoes to go party with the girls, much to Aoba’s (and my own) disgust. Aoba decides to explore on his own for a while before turning in for the night. Koujaku slinks in some time after midnight, with no information and a half assed apology. Aoba is not amused to say the least.

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As if the skull necklace wasn’t enough…

This continues for the next few nights, so our shunned cutie decides to follow Koujaku like a jealous ex. Angry Aoba follows him to a members only club, unable to enter he decides to abort the mission. But as luck would have it a completely not suspicious man in a blue kimono offers to help him get into the club. This fox eyed man who Aoba dubs ‘A helpful stranger’ gives him a members card and wishes him luck finding his friend. Now that he’s alone in the rave like atmosphere of the club, Aoba feels light headed, he gets sick and passes out. The doped up clubbers laugh and step on our poor incapacitated Aoba. I half expected the guy in the blue kimono to show up, but lo, our hero is saved by none other than Koujaku. Relieved Aoba promptly vomits on Koujaku’s beautiful kimono….and I silently cheer, as he has been a complete jerk to Aoba the entire trip. Embarrassed Aoba apologizes, but Koujaku is having none of it. He holds Aoba to his bosom and wipes away the vomit, his long fingers lingering on his soft lips….I jest…I jest…He wipes Aoba up and carries him princess style out of the club. During the walk home, Aoba does his best impression of a human backpack and the friends reminisce about old times. Aoba misses a really good opportunity to question him about his suspicious activities and goes to sleep….He wakes up sometime later to find Koujaku washing his Kimono in the bathroom. Both Aoba and I were not ready for the sheer sexiness that is a half naked Koujaku…But that isn’t what catches his eye, oh no, it is the giant tattoo that takes up a large portion of his back, and the multiple scars that blemish his perfect skin. He wonders when he got them, as he didn’t have them when they were kids. He figures they must have happened after he left the island, which further reminds him that there is a side of Koujaku he doesn’t know. He silently hopes that one day Koujaku will notice him reveal his secrets.

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Is it hot in here?

Aoba confides in Koujaku that he cant trust him, and Koujaku though disappointed, agrees that he is right to feel that way and leaves. Aoba has a dream about his childhood which prompts him to forgive Koujaku, but when he knocks on his door no one answers, his anger renewed Aoba returns to the club to tell him off. But instead of Koujaku he meets blue kimono dude, who chats him up for a bit, Ren informs Aoba that Beni is near and they continue their search. The weather taking a hint from the plot decides it’s time to rain. Aoba runs home to dry off, soon after Koujaku returns in a jealous rage demanding to know what’s going on between Aoba and blue kimono. Koujaku channels his inner rapist, forcing himself on Aoba, who argues with his inner Scrap persona not to hurt Koujaku.

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I felt kind of awkward watching this scene unfold….

Aoba commands Koujaku to stop with his Scrap, promptly punching him for extra measures. Koujaku snaps out of it before any more damage can be done, but further pisses me and poor Aoba off by NOT explaining himself. I mean come on, at the very least you could apologize, but no, he doesn’t say anything!  At this point I thought I’d made the wrong choices at some point and I was hurtling towards one of the bad endings I’d heard so much about, but nope, this is still the good route. Aoba leaves the house to clear his head and runs into blue kimono, again…but this time the creep invites him home with him. Broken, Aoba agrees (bad idea…very bad idea).

This is where the route takes a turn for the ridiculous! Aoba willingly goes in this stranger’s house surprised at the tattoos hanging on the wall, one is an exact copy of the tattoo on Koujaku’s back, but for some reason Aoba can’t quite place it….really…I find that hard to believe…He then drinks the tea Ryuuhou (blue kimono) offers him, no questions asked. So it’s no surprise when Aoba looses consciousness and wakes up strapped to a table. He reveals that he wants to tattoo Aoba and that he knows about his power, but before he can go any further Koujaku comes to save him. Ryuuhou messes with Koujaku until he looses control, forcing Aoba to stop him with his power. Ryuuhou pulls a Megatron, just as the members of Benishigure burst in. The pair escape to their makeshift headquarters to formulate a plan.

Koujaku and Aoba rekindle their relationship, when Koujaku finally reveals some of his secrets. He is the bastard son of a yakuza boss on the mainland. When he left the island as a child he lived with his father who hired Ryuuhou to tattoo him. In the good end you learn that the tattoo is slowly consuming Koujaku and that when he looses control of his emotions the tattoo takes over. It is also revealed that he killed his mother during one of his rages and returned to the island soon after. Ryuuhou it seems was working with Toue and the tattoo is all a part of their mind control zombie project. Yep…mind control tattoos…Koujaku and Aoba storm Toue only to find Ryuuhou waiting, Koujaku hulks out and kills him, but instead of reverting back he loses himself. Aoba uses his Scrap to save him and everyone lives happily ever after…I’m so serious….

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How could anyone say no to that face?

Some time later everyone returns to their normal lives, Aoba admits that he and Koujaku haven’t talked much recently, when who shows up but the man himself. Koujaku asks if he can come over to talk later, to which Aoba agrees. Koujaku admits that he cares for Aoba as more than a friends and asks Aoba if he returns his feelings…..

 

Koujaku the horn dog appears and that can only mean one thing….

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I think Koujaku’s reached his limit already…

But then this takes it to another level….

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Yes Koujaku, the manly man, Koujaku gets so excited finally consummating his relationship with Aoba that he gets a nose bleed….Aoba and I had the exact same reaction….I laughed for a good ten minutes….After a particularly passionate and awkward love making session, Koujaku has a request for Aoba. He wants to cut his hair…He claims it has been his lifelong dream! In the epilogue we see the two alone at Koujaku’s place, Aoba sporting a much shorter do…

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Final Thoughts

His whole route just fell flat for me. I didn’t really feel the love between him and Aoba, friends with benefits maybe, but becoming lovers at the end was a stretch.

I didn’t feel anything from him, he seemed like one big tease from the start. Sure he cares about Aoba, but I never got the feeling that it was more than just a platonic kind of relationship. They already had an established relationship, so there wasn’t a huge build up like with the other characters. They were just besties who evolved into lovers because the plot demanded it, not because there was some huge revelation in their relationship. The entire route was about growth from a childhood FRIENDSHIP to an adult FRIENDSHIP (key word friendship).

The entire conflict with Toue was kind of put on the back burner for a majority of this route, and at one point I completely forgot that they were the big bad. During the second half it’s Koujaku and Aoba’s relationship that provides most of the conflict.Koujaku doesn’t want to involve Aoba in his dark past, and then to make matters worse Aoba uses the Power of Love to free Koujaku from his inner demons… All in all despite the complaints I liked this route, but it is not my favorite.

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First Thoughts: DRAMAtical Murder

DRAMAtical Murder is a 2012 Nitro+chiral BL game (same folks who made the delightful Sweet Pool among others…). The game takes place in the not too distant future and follows protagonist, Aoba, a blue haired junk shop worker with beautiful long blue hair. He lives with his grandmother Tae and spends most of his time making deliveries that is until he is dragged into a virtual mind game called Rhyme!

So I heard about this game a year ago, ironically enough watching a Let’s Play video for Hatoful Boyfriend…Back then everyone was very vague about the game, so all I knew was that it was a BL game and that the bad endings were pretty gruesome…But now that there’s an anime…I can’t even search reviews for the game without seeing *SPOILER WARNING* ( it has been a pain keeping spoiler free).I will spend the next few days playing DMMd while my bank account recovers some from my last Voltage Binge. But between work and sleep I don’t have high hopes for getting too far, so here are some thoughts I had while playing:

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