Shinigami to Shoujo: Ch.5 Kirishima Nanaki & Chiyo

Somehow Nanaki’s route felt really quick and I was pretty much .____. the whole route because I couldn’t really synchronize with the whole story about Chiyo. I really enjoyed Nanaki’s moments near his ending– but they came so late so I felt there wasn’t enough ;w; I don’t have much to say like in Hinase’s route so I’ll just be quick. Feel free to (actually please do) enlighten me about the story, I love discussion and I love learning other opinions different from my own. Nanaki and Chiyo’s relationship is only half of the importance of this chapter. (I ended up writing an analysis section on it, feel free to criticize my unorganized tl;dr writing) The other half of the chapter contributes a lot on moving the story forwards the next chapter in Shinigami to Shoujo. So I’ll be covering all about Ao and Tooya in this chapter too.

Voice actors = Kirishima Nanaki: Chiba Susumu // Chiyo: Nojima Kenji

Note: This post contains spoilers, and continues from the previous post.

[ Chapter 5 : Kirishima Nanaki & Chiyo’s story ]

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Shinigami to Shoujo: Ch.4 Hinase Mitsuru’s story

I love Hinase’s story to pieces and I couldn’t stand missing details so the post turned out really long.. Now I understand how other bloggers make such long posts and I admire them for being able to keep it up. This post covers all of Chapter 4 and Hinase’s route. The post is different from the previous posts, and is divided into 5 parts but it’s still a huge slightly over 10k word wall of text ;w; (one with all my love). Please take your time reading? The next posts I make for StS will be similar to the first post. Hinase’s really special that’s why it turned out like this ;w;

Random edit: Hinase is voiced by Suzuki Tatsuhisa (FF:FFH FF Versus 13’s Noctis)
His voice acting and singing is so good I pretty much became a fan of him now..

Note: This post contains spoilers, and continues from the previous post. Important events about Hinase that happen during Ch.1-3 are also in the previous post.

[ Chapter 4 : (Hinase Mitsuru’s story) ]

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Shinigami to Shoujo: Prologue, Ch.1-3

死神と少女 応援中!

Shinigami to Shoujo official site : http://www.takuyo.co.jp/products/shinigami/index.html

I recently started playing Shinigami to Shoujo. It’s a very enchanting story filled with deep meanings, and is as good and fulfilling as everyone says it is. I’ve finished Hinase’s story (Ch.4) and it’s already my second favorite game after Clock Zero. It’s a story I’d recommend with all my heart; its beautiful, heartwarming and bittersweet. If you’re going to play it, please don’t spoil yourself because my writing can’t do it justice.. in fact, please read Chocolatemix’s non-spoiler review if you’re still deciding. Otherwise I’d love to share the story and my thoughts about it with you. It’s also been a long while since I wrote full summaries/impressions of a game since Aiyoku no Eustia. がんばったわ \(๑•ᴗ•๑)/

 This post covers the prologue, Ch.1-3, Kaho’s ending and everything about Hinase before entering his route. It’s around 3400 words long. Not too long. This will not be the case for Hinase’s post *rolls eyes*

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Anticipating Hakuouki in English / Otome Games are Visual Novels!

I love this MAD so much! ❀(*´◡`*)❀ All my thanks to the creator for making it and to Kokia for creating such a beautiful song. Kazuki Yone sure draws good expressions for the guys and for Chizuru, she’s unbeatable in this aspect.

Anyway Hakuouki English version will be coming in February 15th! I’m looking forward to it :3

Being the first otome game to be localized in English, Hakuouki is getting a lot of attention. The problem is, it feels like a lot of people are getting the wrong idea of otome games, and it saddens me when they think they’re just dating sims for girls and that the point is to get a love-love ending with the guy you want. First of all, most otome games including Hakuouki are not dating sims, but are visual novels. The word ‘novel’ should be emphasized much more because that’s essentially what it is. It has more qualities of a novel than of a game. Think of a novel with romance themes.. for example Twilight, or Meg Cabot’s stuff. The main character (a girl) meets a hot boy, usually more than one for the drama, and she falls in love with one of them while the story unfolds. The difference is in a VN, there isn’t only one ending. Suppose if Twilight were a VN, what if Bella had chosen Jacob instead of Edward? How would we know what happens to her and how the story turns out? Thats where the choices come in, to determine which scenes you’d get to read. If there’s only one choice, then it’d be too easy.. your choices could lead you to different endings with different characters, or a Bad End. You can explore the ‘what if’ possibilities by viewing all the scenes, devouring the story from different viewpoints. Second, to get a good ending with the guy you want is NOT the point. Why do people read romance novels? To reach the words ‘The End’? Just for the romance? You are meant to enjoy the story similar as you would when reading a book, not to win anything. The word ‘game’ misleads. Aksys’s product descriptions don’t do much good in solving this misunderstanding. Too bad Hakuouki counts foremost as a game so it draws more attention to typical gamers than those who would be interested. That and the cultural difference is just so large.

I don’t know if the English version of Hakuouki will be successful, though I hope it will be.. just so more people can enjoy what I enjoy ‘w’ Just as a side note, it was pretty easy for me to get hooked into otome games. I like reading books (mostly novels in English), I like anime/manga, I love RPGs and games with a good story.. I always wished there was more romance those stories.. Now I prefer otome games more than books/manga because of the extras (voice!, bgm, visuals). Yet I still enjoy a little bit of everything because everywhere there’s always something unique. I’d be happier if I had more time to clear the games in my backlog.

PS. I’m buying Hakuoki Limited Version to support Hakuouki and Aksys. It’s really cheap compared to the games/books I import from Japan. (Japanese LE w/o shipping costs twice as much as Hakuoki LE w/shipping) Even though I hate the logo font srsly + it annoys me that there’s a ‘u’ missing in the title. I literally read the English version as はくおき.
PS2. Come to think of it, Twilight and Hakuouki are rather similar. They’re not the best of their category but both enjoy huge popularity and countless adaptations etc. I do admit that the story and characters in both titles have a lot of charm. (´・ω・`)
PS3. I still think its a big shame Aksys couldn’t localize Hakuouki Junsouroku (PS3 version). I’d get that with even less hesitation. Even better, they should try port it to Apple’s products and distribute it through iTunes. Everyone has iPhones/iPads nowadays and have free time to spend with it.
PS4. I have an unfinished Okita Souji fangirl post in my drafts orz 済ませたいんだけど..けど!

【病みトーマMAD】I deal Forest~S style~【AMNESIA】

お久しぶりです!I’ve been gone for so long! Well, not really because if you’ve been following me on twitter or looking at my tweet bar on the right, I’ve been pretty much alive and I’m still hopelessly obsessed with CZ as ever (like always). I also love Takato and Okita-san more than ever (like always, again). While I haven’t changed much as a fangirl, I’ve faced a lot of changes in RL which has made me really busy lately, since 2 months ago. I flopped over a few timelines time zones and landed in the southern hemisphere smack in the middle of winter, and also started studying in a new field. It’s really great except for how my otome life got reduced, I didn’t have any time to play anything beyond Shinigami to Shoujo’s prologue.. but lately I had a break so I played Amnesia. ^_^

I’ve been writing a review/impressions post for Amnesia but it’s not finished yet. Partly because I haven’t cleared the game properly yet. Also because this MAD had a big effect on my opinion for Toma. I really HATED him at first but now.. I’m starting to like him 😄

TOMA YANDERE MAD *TOTAL SPOILERS FOR TOMA ROUTE*

The original is from here : http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm15488237

It’s a really awesome MAD 😄 SCARYYYY (>∀<*)♪ UWAAAA
The song is awesome too – I’ve always liked Kotoko and I’ve music, Kawada Mami etc..
*bricked for posting a MAD that will make everyone misunderstand Amnesia for being a horror game or something*

I’m still going to post my review/impressions on the game even though it’s rather incomplete (missing Kent) but it’s now or probably a long time after because I’m going to busy and gone again very soon.

Hakuouki Junsouroku & Okita Souji pre-fangirl post

~ Because love often comes when you’re least expecting it ~

Okita Souji LEFT Saitou Hajime RIGHT

Okita Souji (Left) It all started with this picture.


Suddenly, I fell in love with Okita Souji..

I wasn’t in the mood for S.Y.K so I “tested” Hakuouki on my PSP instead since it’s been there since forever. I was attracted to Souji since his first appearance in the prologue. At first he was being rather evil/ijiwaru and seems to want to kill you but the next second he was laughing and introduced himself. His smile was just captivating. So before I knew it I was going through the game focusing only on him (I kept staring at him and thinking he was hot). Later when he started coughing, my heart just dropped out of concern, and I realized I’d fallen for him. I messed up and didn’t get into his route on the first try (obviously since I was ignoring almost everything else) so I had to replay it. I began reading the text properly in the second time, and fell for him even more…

Then I got Hakuouki Junsouroku…

So some parts in the shared route I’ve played 3 times already lol. I have a PS3 but haven’t been using it much (I cleared FF13 JP, my sis cleared FF13 ENG, that’s all. srsly underused.) so I just decided to go get Junsouroku and I don’t regret it. So what’s good about the PS3 version?

High Definition makes the game look REALLY good ♥_♥. Everything is super clear, big, crisp and colorful. Especially the kanji, it’s so clear and crisp that it makes you want to copy them onto paper as Japanese practice. It’s on a whole different level from PS2 games (in which the kanji breaks up on your screen because it is too LQ). Best way to savior the beauty of Kazuki Yone’s gorgeous CG, period.

AAS (Action Animation System) The blinking and lip movement looks really good 😄 ..Especially when Souji blinks twice AHHHH >///< But the breathing looks like the picture is distorting or like the character is on a boat. People actually don’t sway their heads like furafura all the time but oh well, the movements are subtle and don’t annoy you.

Custom PS3 Themes & Trophies
Souji’s custom theme is love <333 I mean, really love.
The background picture changes and they all look too hot.
Never loved my PS3 more. 😄

Download Content (DLC)
I don’t have a PSN account so I dunno.

Hmm, other than that it’s pretty much the same. The last extra CG in the portable version isn’t there. (The one with Souji falling with sakura petals at his stomach) I think you need DLC to get that.

So if you have a PS3 and haven’t played or want to play it again, I highly recommend the PS3 version. Also because wireless controllers rock

Then I cleared Souji’s route.

The story was VERY GOOD and VERY SAD (it made me cry a few times especially at the end). Actually the whole route was just really painful. I felt like my heart was getting trolled every now and then because my heart hurts when Souji gets hurt/suffers AND he’s like seriously ill, gets hurt and suffers ALL THE TIME. orz I’m a little bit ドS (sadist) so I sort of like it when my loved one gets hurt but since that’s because it hurts myself too, I guess I’m also a bit ドM (masochist) too? This got too much sometimes, and I felt tortured. But I still love it. But yappari I don’t want him to get hurt nor die;_; It’s a serious, bittersweet love story.. which I love very much. I love Souji’s character very much too. Everything about him and his life. <333 By the way, Souji is now my second favorite character behind CZ’s Takato. So now my otome favs rankings goes like this No.1 Takato No.2 Souji No.3 Takuma, Bishop <- Love them all to pieces and will always have a special place for them in my heart forever 😄 やっぱり切ない話しが大好き!

So now I’m attempting to write all my fangirl thoughts down, but same as with Takato it’s proving difficult because I can never organize my feelings once they overflow orz.. Apparently it’s going to take me a while so I’ll just post this part first and fangirl post later. There’s a little more rants of personal thoughts about Hakuouki below, no facts and very random. (more…)

[MAD] 夏空のモノローグ Natsu no Ame

Natsuzora no Monologue is a really good game and it’s sad that so few people play it. I want to write a review for it sometime (after I finish S.Y.K) .. For the mean time, here’s a good MAD from nicovideo. *Spoilers/voice clips MAD*

Song is from an eroge of the same name, I think.