[Otome Watch – Special] Announcement – “Toraware no Palm -Refrain-“

Today marks the first day of Tokyo Game Show 2018, an event that showcases new and upcoming games to the Japanese public. Companies like Sega and Capcom will be at this event with Capcom announcing the next instalment for the Toraware no Palm series: ‘Toraware no Palm -Refrain”. It’s been about 2 years since the game’s first release and has been a while since I posted about it considering there was nothing really big to post about… until now.

I’ll be using information gathered from the official website for Toraware no Palm -Refrain- as well as a Dengeki Girl’sStyle Online article. I’ll be using images from the official website. Check both links out if you want some more information.


Story


*Translated from the official website. Please excuse my amateur translating skills.

A trial of hidden memories and true love

A dramatic, romance suspense story

The stage is 5 years before the original game—–

One night, you happen upon a book on the road which led you to a fallen youth, Chiaki, in an alleyway whom you helped out.

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However, upon doing so, your everyday life gets turned upside down. 

In order to visit the young man you helped out, 

you visit the detention centre on a solitary island, 

where you learn about the unwarranted suspicion over there.

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Chiaki seems to hold the key to a certain incident.

In order to clear up any doubt, you are asked to cooperate by helping bring back his memories…..

As you become his councillor you must confront the truth of his memories—–.

Chiaki: “I… don’t love you.”


Character


*Translated from the official website. Please excuse my amateur translating skills.

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“What are you hiding?”

Profile

Chiaki | CV: Kaito Ishikawa

Height: 178cm

Weight: 67kg

Dominant hand: Left-handed

A young man who is being held captive as a material witness of a certain incident.

He lost a part of his memory, including his involvement in the incident.

He may seem arrogant with a dry impression at first glance, however for those who he cares about he has strong sense of wanting to protect them for some reason.

What on earth makes him do something like that…?

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Something that isn’t discussed on the profile page is Chiaki’s flower motif. Haruto’s flower motif was a yellow anemone, Aoi’s flower motif was sunflowers and now Chiaki’s flower motif is yellow spider lilies. It’s more common to find red spider lilies but I’m guessing they’re sticking to the theme of yellow flowers.


New System and Additions


*Images taken from this page of the official website.

—Visitation

Refrain seems to aim to have an improved experience compared to the original game. You can visit his jail cell room in the detention centre where you can chat with him as well as look around. One side of his room is outfitted with bars and glass for visitors to look in. You can tap on/touch the glass to communicate with him, which is the usual same old gameplay. However in Refrain when the eye icon pops up on the screen you can move your mobile device around and the screen will move accordingly as a way to express your emotions. Chiaki will watch your phone movements/expressions and will react to you.

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—Surveillance Camera

The usual creepy camera feature is back and it is new and improved. You can still switch between different cameras but this time you can move the orientation of the camera by swiping your screen so you can fully spy on Chiaki take note on his behaviour or any new changes in the room.

There is also a new function: the auto function. If you’re either too lazy to keep track of him or have lost sight of him you can turn on the auto function so it can automatically keep track of his every movement.

—Sub characters

Certain sub characters are making their comeback in Refrain in addition to giving voices to sub characters. Sub characters won’t be fully voiced though but they will have a couple of voice clips. The list of sub character voice actors are as followed:

  • Takahiro Sakurai
  • Tatsuhisa Suzuki
  • Yoshihisa Kawahara
  • Satoshi Taki
  • Kiyoko Miyazawa
  • Ken Uo
  • Yutaka Aoyama
  • Ai Satou
  • Hiroaki Ishikawa
  • Kyo Yaoya
  • Akira Harada

Overall Thoughts


After 2 years of nothing big happening I was beginning to think that Capcom will leave the Toraware no Palm series alone, but here we are with a sequel/prequel and I’m fine with that. If they’re going to add more new features then I’m all for it.

I have a feeling this will be released as it’s own app rather than released as a new chapter in the original Toraware no Palm app. I’ll think about playing this one but I feel bad for not finishing Aoi’s route haha.

There is no set release date as of now. There might be more information as the days go by, especially when there is going to be a stream on this Saturday 2:50pm ~ 3:35pm (Japan Time), live from Tokyo Game Show. So if there’s more information given out during that stream I’ll make sure to write a post about it.

Thanks for reading!


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4 thoughts on “[Otome Watch – Special] Announcement – “Toraware no Palm -Refrain-“

    1. Yeah I do plan to play it, though these past couple of days I’ve been struck by the flu and still recovering. I’m kinda playing with the idea of whether or not I should stream it or record my gameplay in some sort of way 🤔

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      1. i hope you get better soon~ i’ll definitely watch your stream/recording of the gameplay if you decide to do so, but if not then i’m just as happy to read your review on the game 🙂

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      2. Thanks, it might be a little faster to just do a review. It’d be a bit awkward to record/stream for the first time when I sometimes take screenshots when I see kanji/words I don’t understand and run it through google translate so it might be frustrating to watch.
        Either way I’ve downloaded it now and I’ll play through it a bit.

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