What started off as an April Fools joke has now evolved into a legit thing. VR Kareshi is an upcoming mobile game by IVR (a subsection of Illusion focusing on VR content). It was publicly announced in September 13, 2018 and had a public playable demo at TGS 2018.
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.
It’s time for Otomate’s annual Otomate party where they release the latest information on 2019’s upcoming games. This year they announced around 11 new titles (some of them being mobile games/apps) over the course of two days (8th ~ 9th September) as well as sneaking in some titles that will be ported to the Nintendo Switch. So let’s dive into the announcements.
Dynamic Chord Jam&Join!!! was released on 9th of August 2018. It’s a mobile game for the franchise “Dynamic Chord” and was produced by ASGARD and Honeybee. It is also a slapped together quick cash grab using A3’s template to hopefully hone in the success of the winning formula of tap-tap games (E.G. Ensemble Stars, A3!) and get Moneybee & ASGARD some big cash from Dynamic Cord’s desperate fans.
Now I may be being too harsh on this with these accusations but goddamn… It was so hard for me to play this game without being annoyed or unnerved at how much of a ripoff this is. I didn’t want to take too much time making an in-depth video on this so I just recorded and gathered some clips and put it into a twitter moment. Have fun:
Idol Fantasy–released on 18th July, 2018—is Square Enix’s second female oriented mobile game. Their first female oriented mobile game, Kimi to Kiri no Labyrinth, was a hot mess upon release and stayed that way, full of bugs and zero content until it’s death almost a year later after it’s release in June 2018. Now Square Enix is back with a vengeance in this okay, probably decent, by-the-numbers boring idol game. There, that’s all you need to know about Idol Fantasy.
Just kidding (though this game is pretty boring), I’ll go a little bit more in-depth with this game to explain why I’m pretty disappointed with this game when Square Enix gave us this beautiful mess:
Crimson Clan was announced on June 20th, 2018 as a collaboration between two game companies Taito and Otomate/Idea Factory. It will be a mobile game, available on Android and iOS, and is projected to release in 2018.
I haven’t seen a lot of posts discussing it and even though its a bit late to talk about this announcement I thought I may as well just make a post about it. This won’t be an in-depth following of the project like my usual “Otome Watch” posts, this is just going to be a one off to give it a little limelight.
On June 28th, 2018, it was announced that Liber Entertainment Inc. (company that created mobile games A3! and I Chu) and CYBIRD Co., Ltd. (company that created the Ikemen Series–a series of mobile games in both Japanese and English) had concluded licensing agreement for a worldwide release of the popular ‘actor raising’ mobile game “A3!“. CYBIRD has a press release on their website which goes into more detail of this joint project, you may have already read it on other websites.
I’ll try not to repeat a lot of stuff that’s already been said, especially when I’m already late to the party to talk about this. So instead I’d like to explore this news with some insight as a player/user of A3!
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 🤔
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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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:
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.