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[Mobile] Quick look at… Dance Trips – Mini Review

Otomate back at it again with their mobile game release. This one has been in the oven for quite a while where it had been announced back in 2016 with no set release date and had been quiet for 2 whole years until just recently when it poofed out of thin air to be released in app stores.

So Dance Trips seems to be some kind of project between Otomate and Kenjiro Tsuda. I don’t know why but the subtitle or extra text would always mention that its “Tsuda Kenjiro x Otomate” as if it’s Tsuda’s idea with Otomate to have this BDSM strip club where he’s the owner and Daisuke Namikawa, Tetsuya Kakihara and Wataru Hatano are his strippers. Like, I’ve seen a couple of pics in B’s Log promoting this game where there’s photos of him showing the voice actors their characters and some other papers lying on the table so it makes me wonder how much was Tsuda was involved in this 🤔

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[Mobile] Guest Review by Two Happy Cats: “Love Cuts: Descendants of the Sun”

Hiya, it’s Steph from Two Happy Cats (twohappycats.com)! Today I’m appearing on Yankee Banchou as we’re doing a special collaboration post. A really big thank you to Billy for agreeing to this collab with me! In our collaboration we’ll be playing a Hanabi media game called ‘Love Cuts’. Our review of the game will focus on one of the two romace-able guys. Billy will be writing about Si-Jun (the military guy) and I’m looking at Daniel (doctor dreamy). I hope you enjoy my post, and make sure to read Otome Bunny’s one over here!!!

So what is Love Cuts?

For whatever reason, this game has 101 names, from ‘Descendants of the Sun’ to ‘Otome Game’ (yes just Otome Game) or simply ‘Descendants’. I did a little bit of digging and found out that ‘Love Cuts’ is meant to be the otome game version of a very famous Korean drama called ‘Descendants of the Sun’, which aired in 2016. However, the actual writer of Love Cuts has said that she only watched one episode of the series before writing the game [http://waitingformycoffin.tumblr.com/post/153618511071/otome-game-walkthrough-love-cuts-descendants-of] , so if you’re a fan of the series, don’t expect the game to be 100% accurate!

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In the game you play as a genius doctor who is living her (near) perfect life with doctor boyfriend, Daniel. Her life is turned upside down when an injured soldier sneaks into her room with a newborn baby. The soldier, Si-Jun, is taken under your care at the hospital, and while you guys form a close friendship, he’s still a man of mystery. Soon after, Daniel informs you he wishes to break up, he has to travel back to his home country which has erupted into civil war. But our MC won’t take that lying down! She follows Daniel to his country, and is confronted by war, tragedy and trauma.

 

How did Dr. Dreamy Daniel go?

While you’re playing the game, it doesn’t actually branch off into a different route. Instead you get options to spend time with your babe, and at the end a final choice on who you want to end up with. As mentioned above, Daniel is our MC’s boyfriend (although technically they’re broken up), and they’re shown as being absolutely in love with one another. Besides being the closest thing to a modern day Disney prince, Daniel also has a tragic past. He was a refugee who came to South Korea to study medicine and build a new life. He had to leave his family behind in his home country, and now wants to return to help his village during the war.

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It’s quite rare that you see such an interesting and complex character, whose story actually touches on today’s issues. Bug I had this strange issue with the route where I honestly didn’t care about the romance with Daniel, romance seemed so trivial in the face of what Daniel had experienced and was going through, I felt also superficial trying to get him to kiss me when he had so much other stuff to deal with. Ultimately,  I didn’t want to play as MC, I wanted to play as Daniel and follow his story. I wanted to learn more about his culture, his family and everyday life, to see what war was like through the eyes of a survivor. And I’m not saying the MC was useless, I just felt too much like I was focusing on romancing a guy (in her shoes) rather than saving people and understanding the war around them.

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My other annoyance with the route was there was no ending CG!? Maybe I’ve just been playing too many otome, but I’ve come to expect to at least have a kiss or hug picture after I make my way through the game! But nope, instead we got these weird comic book shots (above) which were randomly thrown throughout the game. I wouldn’t have minded them so much if we had gotten a really nice CG at the end, but these basic sketches are all we get.

 

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I didn’t really know what to expect when I played this game. I had read a few reviews on the app store which said that the dialogue can waver between cute/goofy to just cringe, so while playing, I was very hyper aware of awkward dialogue, which often brought me out of my immersion. I  really loved the designs of Daniel and Si-Jun, but gah! You all know how much I hate a faceless MC!! The game should only take an hour or two to play through, and for that amount of time, it was quite enjoyable. I just can’t help but wonder how much better it would have been if we played it from another perspective, without any romance. It’s hard to feel the love when bombs and body parts are flying around everywhere…

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Kimikiri April Fools Stream

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slidin’ into them kimikiri streams

This is post is just for links to the Kimikiri stream that happened on April Fools. I should’ve announced it a couple days back on this blog but the chance to post just kept escaping me haha.

Because of a couple of hiccups during the stream, it has been split up in 4 parts (maybe 5 hours in total of stream content?) so check ’em out if you’re curious as to what Kimikiri is like:

Part 01 | Part 02 | Part 03 | Part 04

The highlight videos have the chat recorded as well so you can watch our reactions as the stream plays lol. Also because they’re highlight videos hopefully they’ll stay there forever.

Maybe I’ll do another stream of Kimikiri near the date it’s supposed to close down for good, who knows. Hopefully next time I can pick a proper time lmao.

If there’s any requests to stream other mobile games (those that can play on iOS and are josei-muke [female oriented]) then feel free to request away.

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[Mobile] Review – Otome Yuusha (オトメ勇者)

Otome Yusha (オトメ勇者) released back in December 16, 2017 and because I was overseas when this happened I only started playing it around January this year. So after fiddling around with it for about a month I decided it was about time to review this mobile game.

I also wrote a previous post on Otome Yusha where I gathered information from the website before it was released and speculated what the gameplay would be like. I also translated character profiles so check it out here.

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[Mobile – Special] A3! Character Ranking Results

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In celebration of A3’s first anniversary since it’s release, players were given an event to grind for support/cheer points to cheer for their favorite boy, new gacha with new SR cards were added just for the event and rewards like R/SR/SRR tokens were available during the event where you could use those tokens to choose previous limited gacha cards. Those who gave 1,000 cheer points to their favorite boy gets a special title/badge.

The event was called 咲かせよう!エールでMANKAI and it ran from 12th January, 2018 to 22nd January 2018. The event also provided as a character popularity poll too, in a way. The results of the character ranking was released on the 6th of February.

There are prizes planned for the winning characters so before I write up the character ranking I’ll just explain thoroughly what the prizes are.

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[Mobile] Quick look at… LibraryCross∞ – Mini Review

LibraryCross∞ is Otomate’s latest mobile game. It was developed with the help of Wright Flyer Studios and had been delayed for quite a bit until now… though you’ll never guess why it had been delayed until I reveal it later into this review. The mobile game centers around a group of strangers finding themselves trapped inside a library. It is also a crossover of a select few Otomate games, where the heroine would explore their worlds by jumping into a book.

Otomate has also planned for an anime to be made in the future (of course they are), which may mean that we’ll see Otomate characters crossover in anime form too–which won’t get weird whatsoever when there might be characters with the same voice actor talking in the same scene (just kidding, I’ve yet to see characters with the same voice interact in the game).

This review is gonna be mighty quick and messy because….. yeesh, I just can’t bring myself to play it anymore but I also feel like I should talk about it on this blog. Fair warning, this review might be biased because it’s heavily based on my opinion. So if you don’t want to be swayed by my opinion and you want to give this game the benefit of the doubt, I’d suggest trying it out and form an opinion by yourself.

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[2017 Recap & Review] Week 4 – Apps & Browser Game Reviews

This year I’ll be doing the yearly recap & review posts a bit differently, I’ll be doing separate posts for each review subject so it’ll be posted for each week in December and finally doing an overall recap post at the end of the month.

I’m splitting things up because I won’t be available to blog during late November/whole of December as I’ll be overseas with no internet access, or at least no regular access.

This week I’ll be recapping and reviewing apps(mobile) games as well as browser games that I’ve played in 2017, some of them are just me trying them out and then dropping them others are games that I play religiously.

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[Mobile] Otome Watch – オトメ勇者 – Otome Yuusha

Otome Yuusha (オトメ勇者) is an upcoming iOS/Android game by level-5, who is known for such games as the Professor Layton series, Inuzuma Eleven games and Yo-Kai Watch series. This will be their first attempt at making a game that is female oriented and hopefully unlike Square Enix’s first time attempt at making a female oriented game *coughKimikiricoughreallybadgamecough* they will be successful with Otome Yuusha.

This is game will be a collaboration between level-5 and A-1 Pictures–who will provide animated sequences for the mobile game–as well as character design from Chinatsu Kurahana, who also did character design for the Uta no Prince-sama games and Togainu no Chi, with her latest work being the illustrator and character design for Otomate’s 7’scarlet.

As usual with most of my ‘otome watch’ posts, I’ll be doing a rundown on the game, characters, story and system before it releases with the information that has been released at the time of writing this post. If there’s anything big in terms of new information, I’ll try to add it to this post.

I’ll be getting most of my information and images from the website, I’ll reference other Japanese articles but I won’t post the images posted from those articles here.

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[Mobile] Quick look at… Sengoku Night Blood

Sengoku Night Blood is an ambitious mobile game, that is collaborated between Otomate, Marvelous and KADOKAWA. The mobile game is the starting point for a multi-media franchise, or so Otomate prolly hopes for.

I’m a little late to the party on reviewing this, mainly because something happened last month I couldn’t get around doing it, but hopefully my input on this game is still welcomed (even though some people may have already forgotten about this game). I’ll be quick about this review while putting my two cents on what I think about this game.

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[Mobile – Special] April Fools Day: Ensemble Stars, A3 and Yumeiro Cast 2017 Edition

Today is the day where you too can be the April Fool. April Fools Day is taken very seriously in Japan and is prolly one of the most anticipated dates when it comes to being entertained by parodies/jokes set up by companies that produce your favorite games and animes. Mobages are especially predictable to use this day to its full potential by putting out bonus content, be it gags or free stuff. I’ll be rounding up what happened with my three favorite mobages.

Sorry I won’t be doing anything else for April Fools other than this post. So… Happy April Fools 😆

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