Otome games update

Nothing new to post regarding manga, but I’ve been busy playing Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku (HanaIchi) in my free time. I completed three (Tadashi, Isami, and Susumu) out of seven routes and am currently in the beginning of the fourth one (Hiroshi). I will be done with this game after I finish Hiroshi’s route. There are still three more routes to go, but I’m tired, lol… it’s a long game and I’m not too interested in the other characters. A couple of blogs already have detailed reviews of each route so I’m going to read them instead. They are great reviews and fun to read. 🙂

I went ahead and posted my review of HanaIchi under the Games section. It’s a really great game, just long. I bought Kinema Mosaic (HanaIchi fan disc) which I heard is even longer, so I will be playing that after I take a little break and play something else.

I think my next game to play will be Oumagatoki ~ Kaidan Romance. A completely different story and setting than Hakuouki and HanaIchi.

I also placed my pre-order for Hakuouki Yuugiroku twin pack set which includes the new Matsuribayashi to Taichitachi game and the original Yuugiroku game released back in 2010. Yay! I really wanted to play the first game. The twin pack set and the new Matsuribayashi to Taichitachi game are scheduled for release on September 20.

Favorite seiyuu (voice actors)

There are so many great Japanese seiyuu and I thought I would pay tribute to my favorites by mentioning them on this blog. Because let’s face it, voice acting in otome games is kind of important. 🙂 Listed below are my favorite seiyuu (in no particular order)… right now all but one of them are from Hakuouki, lol. I’m sure this list will change as I play more games though. I plan to eventually create a page for each favorite and will try to keep it updated with current info.

  • Miki Shinichiro (age 44): A very popular seiyuu with a ton of work in anime, video games, drama CDs, BL (boys’ love) CDs, TV, movies, etc. He’s the voice of Hijikita in the Hakuouki franchise (otome game, anime, drama CDs). I just love it when he growls, “temera…” and “… ja ne yo.” Looking forward to hearing him in the soon-to-be-released Kimi Kare – Shingakki (if I get it) and Hyakki Yakou – Kaidan Romance (definitely getting it). If he doesn’t alter his voice too much, I’ll probably have flashbacks of Hakuouki though, lol. His voice is pretty distinctive.
  • Morikubo Shoutarou (age 38): A fairly popular seiyuu in anime, video games, and drama CDs. His voice has a cheery, playful quality to it… I thought he was a great fit for the role of Okita Souji in the Hakuouki game. For some reason, his voice sounded a lot more nasal in a couple of the Hakuouki drama CDs that I heard though. He has a role in the upcoming Kimi Kare.
  • Toriumi Kousuke (age 39): A popular seiyuu with a lot of roles in anime, video games, drama CDs, and BL CDs. He’s the voice of Saitou Hajime in Hakuouki and his calm, earnest voice fit the character well. He does a lot of voice acting in popular otome video games and also R18 otome PC games. R18 otome games are for adults (18 years and up) since they have mature sexual content and nudity. Looking forward to hearing him in Oumagatoki – Kaidan Romance, which I will probably play next after I finish Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku.
  • Yusa Kouji (age 43): A popular seiyuu with a lot of work in anime, drama CDs, BL CDs, and video games (otome and R18). He’s the voice of Harada Sanosuke in Hakuouki. I didn’t pay much attention to his voice until I played the Harada route… he has a pleasant, good-natured sounding voice. He shows up in a couple of games that I already bought (Mahoutsukai to Goshujinsama New Ground and Oumagatoki). He’s also the voice of Kazama in the Kiss Yori mo Hayaku (Faster Than a Kiss) drama CD!
  • Nakamura Yuuichi (age 32): A fairly popular seiyuu in anime, drama CDs, BL CDs and video games. He’s the voice of Reimei in the Bloody Call (PC) and unEnding Bloody Call (PSP) games. I downloaded the PC trial version of Bloody Call last month and really like his voice. Looking forward to hearing more of him in Mahoutsukai to Goshujinsama and possibly Kimi Kare. He’s also the voice of Ren in the Strobe Edge drama CD!

I was surprised to see that most of these guys are in their late-30’s to early-40’s. I thought they would be younger, well, maybe except for Miki Shinichiro… he just sounds older than the rest of them, but in a good way. 🙂

Manga order from honto

honto order July 2012Received my first order from honto without any problems, yay! It arrived on Friday, about 5.5 weeks since it shipped. That’s close to the average time it seems to take to ship the order from Japan to my place (using surface mail, the slowest and cheapest method). Previous orders from bk1 took around 6 weeks and one order took 2 months. According to the Japan postal service website, surface mail to the U.S. can take anywhere from 1 – 3 months, so I’m happy with 6 weeks.

I ordered 8 books and the cost of the shipping was 1080 yen, which is around $14… very reasonable for 8 books. If the exchange rate was different, I would probably switch to a faster method, but I just don’t want to pay that much for shipping right now. I like the way honto packs the books, too. Very neat with padding around all sides, so the books aren’t damaged during transit.

Here’s my stash of books that I received: Strobe Edge (vol 9 & 10), Aoharaido (vol 1), Chitose, etc. (vol 4), Love So Life (vol 9), Ishakoi (vol 3), Hakuouki anthology, and Hakuouki light novel (vol 1). Now I need to find more time to read, lol.

Hakuouki and other otome games info

I finished Hakuouki – Demon of the Fleeting Blossom! Well, at least the routes that I wanted to do… Okita, Saitou, Harada, and Hijikata, and only the good routes (although I started to head down an Okita bad route but stopped before I got to the end). As much as I want to see all the CGs in the game, I’m not up for it right now… maybe later on. Sorry Heisuke, I didn’t care for your long hairdo, weird eyes, and voice. As for Kazama, I just really didn’t like him and I read that his route is pretty short. It looks like there’s also one more final ending to unlock besides those two, though? I haven’t really looked into it, so that will also be at a later date.

I received another two PSP games in the mail yesterday from YesAsia. They also took only a couple of weeks. Thanks YesAsia for the prompt service! Here’s some info on the two games:

  • Hakuouki Zuisouroku (Otomate): Yup, another Hakuouki game! I had to get this one after seeing a couple of the Sekkaroku OVAs. Looking forward to playing a more light-hearted game. 🙂
  • Oumagatoki: Kaidan Romance (QuinRose): Supernatural high school story…

PSP Games

I was debating on what to play next… and I think I will go with Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku, another historical game. What!? Not Hakuouki Zuisouroku!? Well, yeah, I really want to play that game but I’m giving myself a little break from the Hakuouki franchise… just a little one, though, lol.

I added an Otome Games section to the blog, consisting of reviews (sorry, no spoilers or walkthroughs) of the games that I’ve played. I’m working on my Hakuouki review after this.

Hakuouki game progress and other games

Just had to post one of my favorite pictures of Hijikata. This was the cover of the Japanese PS2 version (normal edition) of the first Hakuouki game. Yeah, the outfit totally works for his character… but if someone else were to dress like that for real (like cosplay), I would be rotflmao.

Hijikata hotness… lol

I finished the Okita and Saitou routes (good ones, of course) so far. I was able to get to the good ends by trial and error and lots of saving. 🙂 I was planning on doing Hijikata’s route next, but ended up starting Harada’s route after reading about the ending. I am following the walkthrough though, since I want to finish quickly and get to Hijikata! Hijikata is my favorite character after watching the anime with Okita and Saitou pretty much tied for second.

I also received two PSP games in the mail yesterday from YesAsia. I just ordered them two weeks ago. I was surprised that they came so quickly. Here’s some info on the two games:

    • Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku (Otomate): Historical game set during the Taisho era (1912-1926). Main character works as a maid for a powerful family with six sons.
    • Mahoutsukai to Goshujin-sama (QuinRose): Fantasy game about a princess sent to a magical academy in order to choose a personal assistant.

Right now I’m more interested in the historical/fantasy type otome games over the school life ones… maybe due to my boredom with Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 1st Love. Although QuinRose has a couple of games based on school life, but with a twist. One has spirits (Oumagatoki: Kaidan Romance) and the other is about warring schools (hence the title, School Wars, lol). Oumagatoki: Kaidan Romance came out in March and School Wars comes out later this year.

Hakuouki

I haven’t made a lot of progress with the Hakuouki PSP game because I got sidetracked by the anime, lol. I didn’t realize how popular the Hakuouki franchise is in Japan until I got the game… I’ve been so out of the loop on video games and anime for the past few years. I wasn’t planning to watch the entire anime (both seasons) right away, but it kind of sucked me in… and talk about an emotional roller coaster, wow. I actually read the synopsis of each episode before watching the anime, so I knew what was going to happen and I’m glad that I did because I probably would have been upset at the ending. I’m not going to mention specific details in this post (don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who might not know the story… which is probably only a small number of people, lol). While a bit depressing, I can’t fault the way the story progresses in the anime… they were warriors fighting many battles and some also drank the ochimizu (water of life) and became rasetsu (a fury). I was hoping for a happy ending though (hey, I’m a shoujo manga fan and love happy endings). Not a “let’s get married” kind of ending, but something that showed he definitely survived… like eyes opening, breathing, hand grabbing, or something! Even though the ending could be considered ambiguous, it does look like he passed away from his injuries… sniff. Still holding out hope that maybe he didn’t though…

So, now I’m back to playing the game, yay! After watching the anime, it will be nice to play and find the good endings for the characters. I’m still on the Okita route, but I can’t wait to try both Saitou and Hijikata as well. Those three are my favorite characters. I initially choose Okita over the other two because I’m not a huge fan of long hair on guys, lol. But from what I’ve seen in the anime and CG shots from the game (I think), most of the guys end up with shorter hair and dressed in western clothes… omg, holy hotness! 🙂

In addition to the anime and games, a ton of Hakuouki books have been published (manga, light novels, anthologies, photo books, etc.). I did order a light novel (one out of four) and an anthology from Honto earlier this week (first order from them and it went smoothly). I also ordered an issue of Comic B’s-Log Kyun, which has manga adaptations of games and anime, from Akadot Retail (see Stores for more info about their site). Of course, I bought it because Hakuouki is being serialized in the magazine, but there are also other adaptations that look really good (based on the pictures I’ve seen on their website). Unfortunately, manga magazines are expensive because of the shipping cost, so I’m not sure if I will keep buying it though.

Otome games

I just discovered the world of otome gaming, lol. Not that it’s a completely new thing for me (I tried Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 1st Love last year), but ever since my son was born, I haven’t had much time to play video games. He’s older now, so I’m starting to have more free time again. I realize that this isn’t really manga related, but I’m going to expand this blog a bit and talk about both manga and otome games… manga will still be the main focus though. 🙂

Otome games appeal to me for several reasons:
– Visual novel: for me, it’s like a cross between manga and anime.
– Beautiful artwork: there are so many games with gorgeous artwork… I wish I could buy them all, lol.
– Reverse harem: um… yeah, hello! Surrounded by all those bishies… yay!
– Choose your own adventure: I loved those kind of books as a kid.
– Role playing/simulation: Some otome games are strictly visual novels but others have some sort of sim-type play, whether it’s raising stats or doing mini-games. I used to love playing RPG games like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest but always had a hard time defeating the bosses. At least I don’t have to worry about that in otome games, I hope, lol.

I bought a PSP (no, not the Vita which was twice as expensive) last week along with the English version of Hakuouki. I also placed an order with YesAsia for two more games (Japanese). I debated on whether to get the English or Japanese version of Hakuouki, but ended up buying the English one mainly because it was a lot cheaper and I wanted to play it right away. I like that that the game retained the Japanese voice acting. Hakuouki is a good first choice for me (I’m not counting Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 1st Love… didn’t really like that game too much) because it contains historical adventure/romance and demons, both of which are high on my list of reading interests. I haven’t gotten very far yet, though. I just started on Chapter 3, going with the Okita route. I wish I had more time to play the game… there aren’t enough hours in a day! lol