I finished Hibiki’s route in “Harajuku Tantei Gakuen”~ From completing his route, I discovered the easiest way for me to play otoge. I used to try to finish one game each time, which becomes tedious after a while. I mean, I adored Harajuku Tantei Gakuen and all the characters, but I knew my love for the game would likely dwindle after so many continuous playthroughs. So, you may ask yourself what my brilliant idea was? I shall tell you. Instead of going from finished game to finished game, I’m going from route to route (in different games). Now, you may say that isn’t such an original idea, but It came as quite the revaluation to me, so~ ヾ(:3ﾉｼヾ)ﾉｼ
Anyway, back to Hibiki. His route was absolutely adorable~ I love, love love him~ The only thing that I did not like was how there was never a kissing CG. The closest you get is a hugging CG. Once you finish this route it gives you a little glimpse of them in the future~ while I would have liked to see something a little more, oh, ROMANTIC, nevertheless it was sweet. (even if they did un-short my cutie pie…) Towards the end of the game they kind of just threw uninteresting CGs at you. I hate to keep harping, but if you’re going to get all free with the events, you could at least put in something sweet and fluffy~
I also finished Rin’s route from “Bunmei Kaika: Aoiza”. My first thoughts upon completion was “whaaa? Is that it? That was so sudden! Wait! I must have gotten the bad ending! Noooo~!” Turns out, nope, that was the good ending (whew) but it was rather abrupt. In the good ending Erin stays and in the bad ending she goes. (I named the heroine “Erin”… *hides from shame*) I should have done the bad ending first, because it depressed the heck out of me. (つд｀) I was like nooooo~! Must I cannot unfeel the sadness!
I began Koibana Days, but I put it aside because I had some older games I should
start finish first~ After playing Bunmei it seemed rather lackluster, but only because its so calm and sweet. I started the first drama CD (I can’t remember if its the one for the pre-order or LE… sorry!) and squealed when I heard Yonaga’s flustered voice~ He doesn’t sound *AS* fluffy-sweet as he normally does (more soft and educated) so its very interesting. I like the game so far, even with what little I’ve played~ One thing that really surprised me was how a few of the characters’ voices don’t seem to match their appearance, you know? I remember thinking the same thing when I first heard their voice clips on the official site, but I completely forgot. So when I heard Tsubaki’s voice again I was all like:
I decided to do a route in Issho ni Gohan, since that was one of the games I’ve had for a while that I never touched. (I was kind of savoring it) Akane Mugibata is the heroine of Issho ni Gohan. She is positively ADORABLE <3 She is so cute~ Her little angry face is so adorable it was killing me! I want more heroines like Akane!
Akane attends Hanarenjaku Culinary College (she just enrolled, I believe). Not so she can learn to cook, but for the business aspect. Sadly she has lost her job at the bakery, not because she was dipping into the till but because they suddenly closed. Okay… She’s hungry and tired and conveniently faints while searching for a job. (
so lazy) Satou is there to save the day, though! Yay! He’s the landlord at a nearby dormitory called Meshi-yasou. Today is Akane’s lucky day, because after she tells Satou what is going on he suggests she become his temporary replacement as landlord to Meshi-yasou. I was like: Really? щ(ಠロಠщ) She just fainted because she didn’t have enough sense to consider what would happen if she lost her job for whatever reason, and you want her to be in control of your livelihood? Yeah, THAT makes sense…
Akane agrees, and that’s pretty much were everything begins. You’re introduced to the tenants and free from there. I used a guide but I don’t think you’d have a problem doing it without one. The adorable character chibis show you were your beau is, even being nice enough to show whether talking to them will raise your cooking or affection stats (sometimes both) When my particular beau was nowhere to be found for the day I’d either find who would raise my cooking or talk to the cat. Sometimes to raise your cooking you have to answer a cooking question correctly, so a guide would be handy for that. (if you aren’t savvy with Japanese cooking vocabulaire, etc)
As mentioned, I chose Nao as my first beau. I wasn’t really interested with him before starting but I had just finished reading “Wuthering Heights” and was greatly grieved about Linton Heathcliff’s fate. As such, I wanted to go after a sickly (or delicate) character. That’s why I chose Nao ( in my head I’d refer to him as Linton. When telling people about the game I kept calling him Linton). When you first meet Nao, he’s asleep on the floor. Nao is from Kyoto, so he has an accent. He was my first time dealing with a character that does kanto-ben, so at first I was like “huh? Nao, what are you doing…?” Then I wrapped my head around it
did research and was like Oooh~ I mean, it isn’t so much were you can’t understand what he was saying. Just that he’d use some special declaratives, things like that. If I could tell what was going on, then no one else has reason to worry. His accent was adorable, by the way, and I really liked Nao soon after starting his route. I enjoy delicate/sickly characters, though.
Before I get into my personal impressions of Gohan, let me just say that contrary to what my impressions might imply, I really enjoyed it. It was colorful and fun, with easy mechanics and characters I enjoyed~ I thought it was bright and chipper, perfect for summer~
Issho ni Gohan Impressions
Why doesn’t Yonaga have a proper route?! His character had his own drama CD, for crying out loud! (so it isn’t like he was a sub-character. Even though you *can* get Tama CGs, or at least one that I know of)
If I’m doing *this* character’s route, why am I spending waaaay more time with *that* character?
The makers must have really, really like Satou… ’cause he’s everywhere!
For Satou giving Akane the position because he wouldn’t be around, he’s sure there a lot.(⊙ヮ⊙)
Nao only gets nine CGs… and most of them come right before the game ends.
I had more interactions with the cat than I did Nao. (just kidding. But at the beginning, yeah, it felt that way)
Three choices before the ending they throw some sudden turmoil at you. Why? As far as I remember there was no mention of this threat earlier, and then BAM! It hits you with manufactured conflict.
For a cooking game, I only did three mini games… (but then I only played one route)
There are a lot of great BG songs, but they seemed to really, really like the clown song.
not its real name
The characters blink. That’s bonus points from me.
Nao’s route was really short, but then he wasn’t in a proper cooking class. Curry-guy also only had nine CGs, which is why I think some of the CGs must be school related. (since he’s long graduated and works or owns a curry place. I don’t remember which)
Here are the openings for some of the games mentioned~
That’s all for now~ next post expect a otoge haul and my first impression of Kaminaru kimi to and shiratsuyu no kai