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.

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Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku first impressions

Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku is a Japanese visual novel/simulation historical otome game taking place in the Taisho era. The main protagonist is an 18 year old girl who starts working as a maid for a powerful family with six bishie sons, ranging in age from 34 to 16. The six sons all have different mothers and their personalities are also very different. Their father is planning to retire as head of the family and pass on the entire family fortune to only one son, the one who can amuse him the most and get 10 points within a set timeframe (June – March)… this causes lots of family drama… which, of course, the main protagonist somehow gets herself involved in… because otherwise it wouldn’t be much of a game, lol.

I started playing this game a few days ago and wow, it’s a really long game… the story itself takes place over one year, week-by-week, and involves stat raising and mini-quests… not that I’m upset by this though… definitely getting my money’s worth. 🙂 So far I’ve played the game for 14 hours and I’m still on my first route (Susumu), lol. Edited on 6/29 to clarify that I was still on the general route but choose Susumu to see his events at the 14 hour mark. Now at 21 hours, I’ve finally started down Susumu’s individual route… 21 hours, wow! I was actually planning to start with the oldest (Tadashi) and work my way down (skipping Shigeru – sorry, not interested in girly men with long hair and Masashi – the youngest who’s a little sh*thead. Well, the two oldest brothers aren’t very nice at first either, but Masashi is worse than them) but somehow I ended up with Susumu first. Okay, so it’s taking a little longer to play because I have to pause and look up some of the kanji. I was also wasting a lot time searching the mansion for requests when I should have headed off to the Ginza area (tons of people requesting help there). As for raising stats, I was lucky and passed the first inspection with no problems, even though I was just guessing on which chores to schedule each week. I’ve since found a couple of different Japanese walkthroughs so I’ve been using them as a reference for setting my weekly schedule. I also skimmed the different routes for each brother but haven’t read them in detail though… kind of want to be surprised. 🙂 I will post a review when I get done, maybe a month from now? lol