Let your wings embrace my heart!

Greetings all! I was planning to do a post about the BL (Boy’s Love) game “No Thank you!” which is being released by MangaGamer… in English! That’s right, it has begun…muahaha! But! I decided to do a little piece on the other BL game in my life, this time the ‘B’ stands for ‘Bird’.
Yup, it’s time for the wonderfully odd dating sim, Hatoful Boyfriend!

Look at them. Aren't they beautiful? Damn right they are...!

Look at them. Aren’t they beautiful? Damn right they are…!

You are the only human left in a world of sentient birds. You attend the elite institution of St. PigeoNation’s. You live out your days like any other highschool girl. Well, that last one is a lie. It’s refreshing how strange your character actually is, she lives as a hunter-gatherer in a cave and seems to be completely at ease in this completely strange situation. But why are you the only human left? Where did every other human on the planet go? And what’s the story behind the missing students at St. PigeoNation’s…?
Well, you’ll have to get all the endings in the dating sim part of the game if you want to find out.
Hatoful Boyfriend has a second part to it know as ‘Bad Boy’s Love’ which explains the setting of the game, how things came to be this way and gets a whole lot darker!
(I haven’t actually got there yet, so this is all based on what I’ve read…don’t you judge me…)
Anyway, here’s a list of the birdies you can swoon over:

Ryouta – a rock dove and your childhood friend. Sweet and hardworking.
Sayaka Le Bel Shirogane – a fantail pigeon and the student council president. Stuck-up and arrogant.
Yuuya Sakazaki – a fantail pigeon and head of the infirmary team. Flirty and suave.
Nageki Fujishiro – a mourning dove and always in the library. Quiet and introverted.
San Oko – a fantail pigeon and captain of the track team. Hyper and strange.
Anghel Higure – a luzon bleeding-heart and member of the manga club. Delusional and eccentric.
Kazuaki Nanaki – a button quail and your homeroom teacher. Kind and ditzy.
Shuu Iwamine – a chukar partridge and the school doctor. Creepy and suspicious.

Sakaya was my first. Just look at those piercing eyes!

Sakaya was my first. Just look at those piercing eyes!

I would totally recommend Hatoful Boyfriend to any Otome game lover. The writing is funny and original, the characters are unique and loveable, not to mention the dark and bloody mystery lurking at the core of the story is a real pulling point!
The game is available on Steam and I recommend Negeki’s route if you’re looking for some sudden feels.

In other news, I’ve ordered a Ryouta body pillow from HumbleBundle.com.
I regret nothing.

Soon, Ryouta... soon. (Although Sayaka would have been preferable.)

Soon, Ryouta… soon.
(Although Sayaka would have been preferable.)


School’s out! Well, just on a trip, actually…

Yo! It’s been a while!
Well, the Doctor got a new phone, one that has access to the Google play store so my first order of business was of course to look for a variety of new pets; and by pets I mean virtual boys! I went and installed a bunch of dating sims from Voltage, one of them being “Class Trip Crush”. I talked about one of their games before – “Forged Wedding” – which I also have.
I guess it’s pretty obvious what I’m going to talk about, huh?

The selection of dapper young lads for you!

The selection of dapper young lads for you!

The basic plot line is that your character’s school – an all-girls school – is going on a joint class trip with the all-boys school next door. When getting on the coaches you suddenly need to pee and when you return your two buddies were jerks and sat next to each other, leaving you to choose one of the only free seats left – and they’re all next to the hot guys! Oh no! What’s a girl to do!
The first route I chose was with Nagisa (because his story was half price at the time, mainly…)
Nagisa is a super popular teen idol whose busy schedule leaves him no time to go to school, meaning he’s quite distant from his classmates. Naturally he dislikes this and wants to spend the class trip as a normal high school student but his production crew have other ideas…
In short, Nagisa is a total sweetie, and I liked his story. It was far better than Taketo’s anyway, which felt really rushed and blundering. He was clearly interested in your character from the start yet being the popular, flirty star football player you’re not sure if he’s being serious or just acting like he normally does. Long story short: there are misunderstandings, Taketo acts like a jerk, your friend Chi acts like a jerk, you cry a lot and in the end you two get together, but there are no apologies from him or Chi.
It certainly didn’t feel like the super happy end!

He may be pretty, but he's a bit of twat. Sometimes he's cute.

He may be pretty, but he’s a bit of twat. Sometimes he’s cute.

I haven’t played the other guy’s stories yet, since I have a massive line-up of guys in “Tonight in Your Arms” (Major player here!) yet I feel that Taketo’s story wasn’t really satisfactory and that it was rather ham-fisted. Still, the other character’s are quite fun, so he didn’t ruin the game.
Although, seeing him getting jealous did please my sadistic side…fufufu.

Bad Boys take Bad Medicine…

Bonnie Tyler once asked “Where have all the good men gone?” and she would have good right to if she saw Otome queens Rejet’s new project ‘Bad Medicine’.
I’ve talked about another one of Rejet’s creations, that being a certain ‘Diabolik Lovers’ before and if you remember the bounty of boys in that were suited to more…specific tastes. Well, it that seems to be the case for ‘Bad Medicine: Infectious Teachers’
That’s right, TEACHERS!

Good day class! Say hello to your new sadistic teachers!

Good day class! Say hello to your new sadistic teachers!

I’m totally a little late in delivering this news, but let’s do this anyway!
It seems that you – the protagonist – has severely broken some school rules, and now you have to take some special ‘guidance courses’. (this already sounds seedy, doesn’t it?)
You get the choice of six teachers, each one with a dark side.
There’s: The English teacher, Takahashi Hiroki
The Maths teacher, Terashima Takuma
The World History teacher, Takahashi Naozumi
The Chemistry teacher, Kashu Rem
The Civics teacher, Itou Kentarou
The Fine Arts teacher, Togo Kairi

…and guess what! Each one seems to carry a personal pain item with them! Well, maybe not ‘pain’ item, but each one has a recognisable item with them; Hiroki has his black gloves, Takuma has a cigarette, Naozumi has a one of those pointer things, Kashu has a set of handcuffs – with one restraint around his wrist, the other dangling free – Itou has a frickin’ whip and Togo has a small pair of scissors!
Bad Medicine is for PC, and you get Drama CDs of the characters, one side white for their normal personality and then a black one for their darker side.

A little snippet of the intro email detailing a bit of the story

A little snippet of the intro email detailing a bit of the story

Of course, because this is by Rejet the character design is just delicious. Each character they design has their own unique charm; be it the bags under Kanato’s eyes or the suspicious stains on Kashu’s lab coat. Each one is striking but not in an over-the-top way, and the eyes are just beautiful!
I have a thing for well-designed eyes, okay?
And that’s one of the reasons I love Rejet! But still, don’t take my word for it! Check out more information on the game and characters at Otome Jikan!

Nostalgia – My memories of meeting the Shinsengumi

This is a little post of remembrance and gratitude to the men of Hakuoki. My first encounter with them was in Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi for the 3DS and since then I’ve developed a intense love and sense endearment to them.

Memories of the Shinsengumi was my first hands-on experience of a visual novel, as they are quite rare in the UK. I knew what to expect from the genre – basically reading a story but my choices can effect certain outcomes and I get to pick a character route to go down. I also expected the focus to mainly be on the romance and the wooing and such, but it seems I was to be proven wrong.
Yes, Hakuoki does focus on romance but it also has it’s own story going on, of which I must admit sometimes went over my head as it involved old Japanese politics (and hey, let’s be honest, I don’t even understand modern day politics) but what I did know was that slowly over time I was becoming attached to the band of sword swinging samurai.

Okita, you're making it REALLY hard for me to like you...

Okita, you’re making it REALLY hard for me to like you…

I say slowly, because the first chapter of the game is just the Shinsengumi deciding whether to kill poor Chizuru or not, and since she saw one of their darkest secrets you guess what the answer was. Of course, that nasty fate was avoided but Souji Okita didn’t do well for his first impression in that chapter. But that was the thing with Okita – He was quite the asshole when you first meet him, but if you go down his route then you discover that he’s not actually that bad and can be quite sweet too. That was something I loved about Hakuoki: Memories – you didn’t get to really know a character unless you stick with them right to the end.
Th story plays out the same each time up until chapter 4, where you will branch off with the character you have the highest affection with. And it’s after chapter 4 when all the heart break starts.

They may just be 2D men to you, but to me they're special friends...

They may just be 2D men to you, but to me they’re special friends…

When the chapter number pops up you have a image behind it for the first three chapters, but on chapter 4 and every chapter after you get a close image of your chosen samurai, from the nose down (it looks better than I describe, trust me!)
It wasn’t long after this on my first play-through – when everything was new and shiny – that my dear Saito got a corruption bar on his profile, and then a cold pulse of fear ran through me. Was his life in danger? Was there a chance that my sweet Saito could die? Would it be my fault? Or was it something that I couldn’t prevent? I began to worry that the image of him on the chapter change would one day disappear.
It was a genuine fear of mine. And I loved it.
I wasn’t expecting such worry, nor was expecting the chance of game overs. Yes, Memories has game overs, as in you die or your beloved dies. We aren’t playing My Forged Wedding here, people!
Points yet again go to Okita for game overs, as there is a choice near the end of his story which can lead to one of his game overs and let me tell you, it’s like a punch to the heart!
You punched my HEART, Okita! My Heart!
Of course, you may need to play through each character’s story several times to get all their CG/Artwork but that’s to be expected from any branching story set up.

So now, I get to excitedly look forward to the arrival of PS3’s Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi – which will arrive the day after my higher history exam, bliss! – Where I’ll get to experience new memories with the wonderful men of the Shinsengumi, and I’ll never regret a single second I spend with them.
Except maybe Sanan…that dude’s creepy…

A song of fangirls and otakus

We’ve all heard of the Idolmaster series, right? The collection of games where you act as the manager for a selection of cute girls-turned-idols (hence the name) which also got an anime adaption? Well, don’t worry if you don’t know much about it, or if you’ve never even heard of it – I’m just here to tell you the series got a male version released!
While I don’t know much about the Idolmaster series nor have I ever played it, the creation of a version where you get to scout and manage a bunch of hot guys-turned-idols sounds like great fun to me!
But then again, I am super easy to please…

The gameplay looks pretty slick!

The gameplay looks pretty slick!

The basis of the Idolmaster games is that you, the player, scout out new potential Idols from everyday places, then you help make up dance routines, pick costumes, organize shows and preformes and generally help your Idols raise to fame and sparkly glory. The aim of Idolmaster: Side M is the same, but with guys. You can pick up fresh meat in the form of doctors, policemen, freelance writers, etc.
Of course, sadly Side M is only available on Android and IOS and is probably in Japanese, no English translation…
The game seems to work on a card function, where you have to have the card of the Idol in order to have them in the actual game, but not much infomation has been shared about that yet.
And, as naturally expected, there is much anger coming from the fans of the original all-female Idolmaster, claiming that the game designers are catering to a tiny demographic of “Fangirls and Fujioshi” and blah blah blah. Riddle me this then: if we are such a tiny demographic, then why is the company even bothering to release this game? Surely the idea must have came from somewhere and it must have been propelled forward on accurate infomation collected? Hmmm?
But let us not focus on the hate, but on the wonderful line up of wonderful men Side M offers! And the outfits of course…
Watch the trailer and find out more here!

We've got all the types you could ever want!

We’ve got all the types you could ever want!

Diabolik Lovers Part 2: I came for the blood, I stayed for the boys

I’ve finished it! The Diabolik Lovers anime series, that is. In my last post I vented my own opinions about the characters – well, the Sakamaki brothers, anyway – but I hadn’t finished watching the series so any opinion of mine wasn’t totally valid. But now I have finished all 12 episodes, thanks to being unable to sleep last night because of stupid ‘love’ issues (ugh, if only life was an anime, or even better, an otome game! *wink*) So now I can put together a more informed opinion, of which could be better if I had actually played the game.

The brothers are like cake: they look so damn good but are really evil!

The brothers are like cake: they look so damn good but are really evil!

So, remember how before I told you the Sakamaki brothers were all super jerks? Well, I don’t know what happened but around episode 6 something seemed to change; They didn’t seem as bad as before. Of course, they were still quite unsettling and cruel, but they were somewhat…nicer? I don’t think it was a case of me adjusting to their personalities, I mean I hadn’t watched it for some time, so I think the characters did start to mellow out. Even Reiji, king of arrogance, wasn’t so bad! You even saw a distinct change in main vampire Ayato, who actually started to act really sweet near the end!(Honestly, You all make me question my morals! I’m looking at you here, Ayato!)
Even Yui begins to change, growing a little bit of backbone and being more forceful towards the brothers – It’s all in vain, mind you, but you can’t fault a girl for trying!
Now Subaru, He’s amazing! Out of them all he is the only one who isn’t a super jerk, he just plays the strong, silent and distant card and you should love him for it. That’s an order! Subaru should be your favourite, then maybe Ayato because of his sudden sweetening. I cannot deny Kanato. I mean, who could hate mentally unstable, and creepy gothic ‘shota’ types?!
Of course, like other dating games-turned-anime before it (Togainu no chi, Uta no Prince Sama, etc.) Diabolik Lovers doesn’t have a concrete ending, due to the fact that the game had multiple endings based on which character you picked, but I think they handled the ending well for what they could do.

I have a weakness for red hair, white hair, green eyes, red eyes...bloody hell!

I have a weakness for red hair, white hair, green eyes, red eyes…bloody hell!

Diabolik lovers spoke to a lot of my interests, and like I said before the character design is just beautiful. The characters themselves are quite diverse and sometimes difficult to handle, which makes them even more interesting! Diabolik Lovers knows what it’s going for and it hits the target!
Seriously, It has found a place in my heart and I do not regret a single second I spent with it. I really want to play the game! Don’t knock it ’til you try it, bro!
There will be no vampire puns here!

Now, I have to go and buy some Subaru merchandise!

They should get to know us better, right Teddy?

They should get to know us better, right Teddy?

Diabolik Lovers – for all your sexy vampire jerk needs!

I’d heard of the Otome game Diabolik Lovers before, and I even did a little bit research into it – by which I mean I looked up someone’s description of each character’s route. Even back then the whole thing sounded creepy to me and so I decided to file it deep at the back of my mind. That was some time ago, and now future me has stumbled upon the anime adaption. So, what did I do? Naturally I started watching it, thinking that maybe the anime would be somewhat sweeter than it’s origin (like how Togainu No Chi was diluted as anime and denied a concrete ending, yet Keisuke still had to die!)
Oh, silly nieve me!

The main character, Yui. Isn't she cute?!

The main character, Yui. Isn’t she cute?!

Yui Komori transfers to a new high school and due to some arrangements ends up living in a dorm with the six super sadistic Sakamaki brothers (that’s right, there’s six of the buggers!) Ayato, Reiji, Shu, Kanato, Raito and Subaru. Not long after stepping foot into the Sakamaki manor Yui is attacked by Ayato who states that he is “going to take her.”
We’re off to a great start!
Luckily another brother, Reiji shows up to stop this but not because he is concerned or anything – he’d prefer it if they continued in Ayato’s room instead of in the manor foyer. Manners are important, kids!
After the introductions, the discovery of the vampirism and the threats Yui is resigned to her fate at the hands of these sexy super jerks and that’s all I’m saying for now (I’m only on episode six!)

Sounds fun so far, huh?
No. No it doesn’t.
My main problem with Diabolik Lovers? The brother’s personalities! They are all arrogant, emotionally unstable (have you seen Kanato?!) Insert swear words here creeps! Now, I love a bit of mental instability as much as the next creep, but when mixed with violent and sadistic vampires things can get a little disturbing. The abuse rate towards Yui – both physical and mental – is worryingly high each episode and most of the time you want to upper cut every Sakamaki brother and cuddle Yui while comforting her.
So why is this series so alluring?!
I haven’t played the game and only watched five of the fifteen minute episodes, yet I feel drawn back to it.
Don’t get me wrong; Diabolik Lovers is very popular and the character design is absolutely beautiful! The eye design is so unique! Stupid sexy Vampires, making me question my morals…
Perhaps the reason it’s so popular and compelling is the sole fact that it’s different.
Most Otome games give you some sweet fluffy candyfloss to dissolve in your mouth and feel satisfied at the lovely romance you’ve cultivated.
Diabolik Lovers poisons the candyfloss and bites your tongue, letting the thick blood slide down your throat while smirking coldly.

Diabolik Lovers: Not for the faint of heart – or those who don’t like vampire jerks – and you may feel a little slimy afterwards, but it’s an experience I won’t ever regret.
Now, I going to book some therapy sessions…

What do you mean by mentally unstable?!

What do you mean by mentally unstable?!