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[Switch] Review – Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku -Forbidden Romance with Mysterious Spirit-

Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku started out as a mobile game and eventually got ported to the Nintendo Switch in April 2018. 4~5 months later it was ‘translated’ (I wouldn’t call it a translation, you’ll see why later) into English and now available in the Nintendo eShop in English since August 2nd, 2018. The story is about a five man visual-kei band called “FOX EAR” whose stage costume consists of the usual gaudy visual-kei fashion along with fox ears and a matching tail, because of plot the heroine, Suzuno, ends up being their assistant manager and hijinks ensues as Suzuno finds out that the band is made up of actual ‘foxes’.

Despite the English version having the choice to switch to Japanese text, I’ll be reviewing the English text version because oh boy is that a hot mess. Spoiler warning: It’s as if either DIGIMERCE (the game’s publisher) or OperaHouse (the game’s developer) ran the Japanese text through Bing Translate, slapped it back into the game and sold it on the eShop where no one involved in this process stopped and think “Hey wait a minute…”. If you can look at this official product description in the eShop and think this game will have a good translation then think again:

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Quick advice/opinion for those wanting to play this game: Don’t. It is almost unplayable for anyone who has zero knowledge of the Japanese language and rely heavily on English translation. If you can read Japanese or can hear and understand Japanese just buy the Japanese version in the Japanese eShop but for the love of God DONT BUY this version of this game, if the company sees they can get away with this god awful translation they’ll prolly do the same translation for their next couple of games.

Anyway, I managed to play this game to completion (in English) so I’ll do a run down for each route. So please keep reading if you want to know what went wrong here.

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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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[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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[Drama CD] Ore-sama Residence -Saionji Sankyoudai- Vol.1 (Fuji Saionji – CV: Shunsuke Takeuchi)

Happy Valentine’s Day Y’all!! A very, very belated Valentine’s Day post by yours truly 😆

Anyway, what a great idea of a day to spend time with your significant other… or your favorite voice actor just whispering in your ear for a good solid hour. Yes it’s been a while since I last reviewed a drama CD and it may even be the first time I’ll do a proper review on an Otomate brand drama/situation CD.

As you can tell from the title I’ll be reviewing one CD from the Ore-sama Residence -Saionji Sankyoudai- series by Otomate Records.

So sit back for the day, maybe buy a few discounted valentine chocolates to nibble on (if there is still any left on the shelf) and just be transported away into any Drama CD of your choice. I don’t care if it’s no longer Valentine’s Day. Treat yo self. Meanwhile, here’s my review on Fuji Saionji’s CD.

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[2017 Recap & Review] Week 3 – Otome 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 otome games that I’ve played in 2017 or at least, the very small handful I played (I’m so sorry I’ve failed you guys).

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[2017 Recap & Review] Week 2 – Non-Otome 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 the general games aka non-otome games that I’ve played in 2017.

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[2017 Recap & Review] Week 1 – Drama CD 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 the drama CDs I’ve been listening to in 2017.

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[Drama CD] Review – Midnight Jiangshi: Tenchou Yuugi (Chuchu)

It’s Halloween and what better way to spend the day than to listen to some jiangshi boyos having a hard time trying to drink some capri sun without the straw while moaning (it’s a weird habit that plagues many jiangshi). It’s a long time coming for me to review Chuchu, I think I said I’d do a review as soon as I got the CD but I just kept forgetting and things were eating away at my time, but here we are.

Chuchu was release back in May so this review is super late, I apologize for the wait and I hope this review isn’t a big fat poopoo. Anyway, here’s a copy-and-paste introduction I used for the previous reviews to keep everyone back on track on what this series is:

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Midnight Jiangshi: Tenchou Yuugi is the follow up CD series of the original Midnight Jiangshi. Not sure whether to call it a sequel or anything seeing that CDs like these don’t have consistent continuity, I’m looking at you, Diabolik Lovers.

Everything is almost the same in this new series, except the fact that Meimei is missing/doesn’t have a CD in this series and there’s two new jiangshi/kyonshi. The main focus of this series is the new rivals and the lead up to the ‘Red Full Moon’, said to have a certain significance to the jiangshi.

I’ve reviewed Shushu and Reirei. If you want to read my review on the first Midnight Jiangshi series then click here, I’d recommend

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[Drama CD] Oniichannel CD Collection Vol.1 ~Oniichan to Sugosu Dokidoki❤Valentine~

Its spring time somewhere in the other hemisphere of the world, love is in the air, y’all know what time it is…. Valentine’s Da–Oh wait I’m 3 months too late lmao. Either way it’d prolly would’ve been still winter during February so I’ve already ruined this intro terribly.

I’ve been meaning to do an “Otome Watch” post on Oniichannel ever since I started the Otome Watch post category, but after doing my first one on Toraware no Palm I found it really hard to keep updating it and keeping up with the news about it that I kinda forgot about it. But I’m still following Oniichannel even just a little bit. But for the sake of this post I’ll do a little introduction.

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[Drama CD] Review – Midnight Jiangshi: Tenchou Yuugi (Reirei)

Midnight Jiangshi: Tenchou Yuugi is the follow up CD series of the original Midnight Jiangshi. Not sure whether to call it a sequel or anything seeing that CDs like these don’t have consistent continuity, I’m looking at you, Diabolik Lovers.

I’ll be reviewing Shushu and Chuchu along with Reirei. If you want to read my review on the first Midnight Jiangshi series then click here, I’d recommend

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