The Sunday Otome Gaming Mail: Issue #14

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Good afternoon!

This week we have two PlayStation Vita port announcements (Otomate’s Wand of Fortune 2 and Koei Tecmo’s Geten no Hana series), four release date announcements and Hana Oboro ~Sengoku-den Ranki~‘s website- Otomate’s latest new title- has been opened.

 

 

+ Reporting period: 16/5/2016~22/5/2016 +

 

Countdowns:

 

Newly announced games:

 

Release dates announced for:

 

Major official site updates:

 

It has come to my attention that the correct romanisation of Hanaoboro is actually Hana Oboro ~Sengoku-den Ranki~. All instances of the previous spelling have been fixed. Apologies!

 

Otomate have announced that Wand of Fortune 2 will be getting ported to the PlayStation Vita as well. The port will be called Wand of Fortune R2 ~Jikuu ni Shizumu Mokushiroku~ and its teaser site is now online. A release date has not been set as of yet.

 

Koei Tecmo have also announced a PlayStation Vita port of their own- Geten no Hana and its fandisc Geten no Hana: Yumeakari as a 2-in-1 bundle set for release on 08/9/2016. The port will be called Geten no Hana with Yumeakari Aizou-ban and its teaser site is now online.

 

The Kickstarter for Apple Cider’s Caramel Mokaccino has successfully reached its funding goal of $11,900 (Canadian dollars, which is approximately US$9,500). At this time of writing, the current pledge is $13,206 Canadian dollars. They have also updated their alpha demo to version 1.1, which can be downloaded via the official itchi.io page of the game.

 

 In the 26/5/2016 issue of Famitsuu Weekly magazine’s Famitsuu Cross Review (released on 12/5/2016), Kyoukai no Shirayuki and SA7 (Silent Ability 7) were reviewed. Kyoukai no Shirayuki scored 30 (7/8/8/7), earning them a Famitsuu Silver accreditation and SA7 scored 29 (7/7/7/8), just missing out on the Silver. For those unfamiliar with the Famitsuu Cross Review scoring system, it involves a panel of 4 game critics reviewing the same game with each critic giving it a score from 0~10. This makes 40 the highest possible score, with awards of distinction being given to games earning: 30~31/40 = Famitsuu Silver, 32~34/40 = Famitsuu Gold and 35+/40 = Famitsuu Platinum.

 

To celebrate the upcoming anime adaptation of Scared Rider Xechs, the download version of the PlayStation Vita port will be sold for 30% off (3,780 yen) until 26/5/2016.

 

Hyakka Hyakurou ~Sengoku Ninpou-chou~ released a custom PlayStation Vita theme on 19/5/2016. The theme will feature Enju and all of the main guys and is priced at 200 yen.

 

dramatic create, the publisher of Operetta Due’s PlayStation Vita port of R18+ Koezaru wa Akai Hana– called Koezaru wa Akai Hana ~Koi wa Tsuki ni Michibikareru~have started a Twitter campaign. The Twitter campaign involves its participants reviewing the trial of the game and Retweeting it or simply Retweeting the campaign Tweet. All participants enter the draw to win “deluxe merchandise”.

 

 

 

+ Upcoming Otome Game Site Updates +

 

[26/5] Kyoukai no Shirayuki

~ Countdowns in progress.

[26/5] SA7 (Silent Ability 7)

~ Countdowns in progress.
~ Reviewed by Famitsuu (please see above section entry for more details.)
~ Special: Banners updated.
~ Special → Webcomic: Issue #27 uploaded.
~ Gallery: Added CGs.

[02/6] Taishou x Alice ~all in one~ [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[16/6] Hakuouki Shinkai: Hana no Shou [PSV port]

~ Gallery: 2 CGs added.

[23/6] Koezaru wa Akai Hana ~Koi wa Tsuki ni Michibikareru~ [PSV port]

~ dramatic create have started a “trial review” Twitter campaign. Please see above section entry for more details.

[27/5 → 24/6] Blackish House Side A→

~ Special: More information about the Side A→ songs uploaded- the ED is called “Owari Naki Ao” with vocals by Antistar, and the insert song called “beauty & the beast” will be sung by Aoi Shouta (seiyuu of Akune Sera).
~ Product Information: Store bonus information updated.
~ Staff Blog: As has always been the case every week, Suzuki fills readers in on the latest site updates. She also revealed that they plan on releasing the OP movie next week. The “Gift of the Week” is a Twitter avatar of Kasumi.

[30/6] Zettai Kaikyuu Gakuen ~Eden with roses and phantasm~ [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[21/7] 7’scarlet

~ World: #1 of a segment called “How to Walk in Otonezato” has been uploaded. In it, side character Hirasaka Yuki introduces readers to the “charms” of Otonezato.
~ Story: A segment detailing the events of in-game August 2nd added.
~ Gallery: 1 CG added.
~ Dictionary: 2 new words added- “Shisha Densetsu” and “Shiseisou”. Shisha Densetsu translates to “Legend of the Dead”. It is a legend passed down in Otonezato referring to the resurrected dead that strut through town when the rainy season (June~July) transitions into the beginning of summer. Shiseisou is a made-up word composed of kanji meaning “purple”, “surname/hereditary name” and “grass”. As its kanji implies, Shiseisou is a legendary flower with lilac petals. It is thought to grow somewhere in Otonezato and is also called “Shikabanegusa” (which translates to “Corpse Grass”); believed to possess the power to recall the dead into the world of the living.
~ Special: OP movie and play movies 3 and 4 (of Isora and Sousuke respectively) uploaded.

[28/7] Collar x Malice

~ World: More information about the countdown towards the “X-Day Incident” uploaded. This time, there are details about what took place during in-game November and an undetermined (???) period.

[29/7] Dynamic Chord feat. KYOHSO [Append Disc]

~ Release date announced.

[29/7] [R18+] Mashou Megane

~ Character: Sample voices added.
~ Staff blog:
The protagonist’s voice actress has been changed from Ayumi Sara to Akashi Yuki (Yoneshima Nozomi, who also voiced the protagonist of R18+ Kimi ga Tame, Koishi Midareshi Tsuki no Hana). The developers go into detail about what to expect from the seiyuu’s voice acting. Peach’s voice recordings have finished.

[29/7] Tsumikui ~Sen no Noroi, Sen no Inori~

~ NO UPDATES ~

[July 2016] [R18+] Hikari no Hime Mahou Kitan

~ NO UPDATES ~

[04/8] 12-sai. ~Koi suru Diary~

~ NO UPDATES ~

[04/8] Bara ni Kakusareshi Verite

~ Characters: More sample voices added.
~
Special: OP movie uploaded and a cast interview with Susaki Shigeyuki (Robespierre’s VA) and Usui Takayasu (Danton’s VA) added.

[25/8] Meiji Tokyo Renka: Full Moon [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[25/8] Moujuu-tachi to Ohime-sama [Sequel]

~ Character: Sample voices added.
~ Special: Twitter icons uploaded.

[25/8] Oumagatoki ~Kakuriyo no Enishi~

~ Character: First sample voices of side characters Kou, Momiji, Kanna, Shima and Kazuma added.

[Summer 2016] [R18+] Chou no Doku Hana no Kusari + Gensou Yawa Repackage Edition

~ NO UPDATES ~

[Summer 2016] Crank In

~ Character: Artwork of the main characters as they will be depicted in the game’s “Young Man Chapters” released.

[08/9] Geten no Hana with Yumeakari Aizou-ban [PSV port]

~ Game announced.
~ Website opened.

[08/9] Yuukyuu no Tierblade -Lost Chronicle-

~ Release date announced.
~ System: Information about the two game systems “Exploration Mode” and “Junk Collection” added. “Exploration Mode” is where the player can freely explore the game’s world; the Neosphere. It is a map movement system where one could potentially find some “Junk” to add to their collection, or trigger certain character events (some of which will have CGs). As for the “Junk Collection” system, this is where players can collect seemingly useless “Junk” from the past automatically through the story or during the “Exploration Mode”. Some “Junk” will have passwords that need to be entered before players can make use of them.
~ Sound: BGM “Kare ga Kureta Mono” added.

[21/9] Magic-Kyun! Renaissance

~ Character: Sample voices of Rui and Mone uploaded.

[Spring 2016 → 25/11] Bara no Sensou -Sonnet of Seeds-

~ Character: Character profiles of Tom and Noah added. They’re the bodyguards of the Lancaster family.
~ Staff blog: This week, the staff focuses on Jasper Tudor (referred to as the Earl of Pembroke in this game. He’s one of the Red Rose love interests) and his relationship to three other characters. Jasper is the half-brother of Henry VI (character profile here), and adopted Tom and Noah, who are war orphans that are now bodyguards to crown prince Edward (son of Henry VI, also a Red Rose love interest).

[Autumn 2016] Ikemen Sengoku: Toki wo Kakeru Koi ~Arata naru Deai~ [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[December 2016] Caramel Mokaccino

~ Kickstarter successfully fully funded. Please see above section entry for more details.

[2014 2015 → Winter 2016] Gunjou no Yuki

~ Have Tweeted their new projected game release period, which is the coming winter.
~ Also Tweeted the particulars of the package edition. The package edition will contain all possible routes of the game, illustrations of the protagonist and love interests on a date, a bonus gag scenario and bonus scenarios told through the eyes of the male characters.

[Winter 2016] Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6: Ato-hen [Sequel/Fandisc]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[25/8/201512/11/2015 → Winter 2016] Starry☆Sky ~Spring Stories~ [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Black Wolves Saga -Weiβ und Schwarz- [PSV port]

~ Gallery: 2 CGs added.

[2016] Café 0 ~The Sleeping Beast~ [Sequel]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Code: Realize ~Shukufuku no Mirai~ [Fandisc]

~ Character: Supporting character profiles uploaded.

[2016] Haitaka no Psychedelica [Sequel]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] NORN9 ~Norn + Nonette~ Act Tune [Sequel/Fandisc]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] PsychicEmotion6

~ Gallery: 5 CGs added.

[2016] Steam Prison

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Suuran Digit

~ Character: Sprite images added for Shichihara and Kuori.
~ Gallery: 2 CGs added.

[2016] Torikago no Marriage ~Hatsukoi no Tsubasa~ [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Akatsuki no Betelgeuse

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Anata no Torikago

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Anata wa Jinrou desu ka?

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Diabolik Lovers: LOST EDEN [Sequel]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Dynamic Chord feat. apple-polisher

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Enkan no Memoria

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Fortissimo

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Furue, Yurayura to: Kagen no Shou

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Furue, Yurayura to: Jougen no Shou

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Hana Oboro ~Sengoku-den Ranki~

~ Website opened.

[TBA] Ken ga Kimi: Momoya Tsuzuri [Sequel/Fandisc]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Kokorogawari

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am one of the developers of Kokorogawari.
~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Osomatsu-san ~The Game~ [Tentative title]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Sangoku Rensenki: Sakikage

~ NO UPDATES ~

[20/5/2016 → TBA] Seduce Me 2: The Demon War

~ Release date delayed.

[TBA] Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Repeat [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Wand of Fortune R2 ~Jikuu ni Shizumu Mokushiroku~ [PSV port]

~ Game announced.
~ Teaser site uploaded.

[TBA] Yunohana SpRING! Cherishing Time [Fandisc]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Yuukoku no Perseus

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Yuukyou no Aster

~ NO UPDATES ~

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4 thoughts on “The Sunday Otome Gaming Mail: Issue #14

  1. Love these as always. I’ve had my eye on Bara ni for a while so I hope it’s good. Reminds me of Rose of Versailles. Not sure if those ratings guarantee Shirayuki is good or it’s Japan and their love for uguu cages…and wifebeaters
    Tierblade looks good but apparently they now have minigames or collecting things now…not sure how to feel about this.
    Just got WOF so hopefully my Japanese isn’t too bad for that:P
    Geten no Hana was actually one of the first otoge I knew abt but I never remembered the title until now so THANK YOU! XD My Japanese friends from middleschool were playing it but lol I had no idea what it even was at the time. All I remember was them giving me their psp and the opening song was glorious. I hope it’s a dcent game.
    Zettai Kaikyuu Gakuen is what I’m really hyped for since u love it so! ^^ Since it’s a vita port, they won’t have r18 right? Cuz it said Cero D. Does this mean the r18 is implied instead? Srry, still not used to Cero yet:P
    BWS and of course, Kokorogawari are my other hyped games! XD
    What about you?

    • Great to see you again, Leaf!

      I’ve made fun of it for sure, but actually, I’m still on the fence with Rose Verite. I loved Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku, and the same staff are behind Rose Verite… So there’s a good chance it’s not going to be crap. Unlike Bara Sensou, I’m not feeling that some measure of effort went behind understanding the historical events and people that the game is based on. I think I’ll wait for reviews before making any concrete judgements.

      IMO, Famitsuu Cross reviews aren’t to be wholly trusted- especially Famitsuu Silver. In my eyes, Silver is pretty much a “C”, Gold is a “B” and Platinum is an “A”. Anything below 30 is practically a “D/F”, i.e. shite. Just like how on Amazon (presuming there are enough reviews and nobody trolled), 3 stars is a “C”, 4 stars is a “B” and 4.5~5 stars is an “A”. You may still get an average experience out of a 2.5, but once you dip below 3 stars, it’s highly like to be shite.

      Kyoukai no Shirayuki is one of those games that could go really well or really poorly, for the reasons I outlined in my May 2016 Releases post. It has some interesting themes and characters, but has a lot of things going against it at the same time. It may even turn out to be a genuinely polarising game that you really can’t judge until you play.

      I’m still undecided about Tierblade. I don’t mind the Junk Collection thing too much as it doesn’t look any more “taxing” than gathering evidence in games like Phoenix Wright or Danganronpa. I’ve put Wand of Fortune on my backlog. I think it’ll be my fluff game when I’ve played too many depressing titles in a row.

      I’ve only heard good things about Geten no Hana, so I doubt you’d have a terrible experience even if you didn’t enjoy it. It gets consistently good reviews. I’m certainly getting the double port as I’ve been meaning to play it for a while!

      Haha, I hope you enjoy ZKG as much as I did. You’re right- I don’t think PlayStation allows sexual content that’s pornographic. ZKG didn’t really have any real “porn-y” moments from memory. In one route, it’s pretty clear the protagonist and a certain guy is probably getting “intimate” on a regular basis, but that’s about it. I don’t think it should be CERO D… I mean, yes, it does delve into some darker stuff but it’s nothing overly sexual or violent. Maybe CERO C is more accurate, but they rated for safety.

      Aw, thank you! I hope Kokorogawari will meet your expectations (keep ’em low so I don’t have to work too hard! ;))

      Hm… For new releases I’m definitely interested in, they’re Bara no Sensou, Yuukyou no Aster, Gunjou no Yuki, 7’scarlet, Caramel Mokaccino and Haitaka no Psychedelica. For new releases I’m on the fence with, they’re Kyoukai no Shirayuki, Collar x Malice, Rose Verite, Crank In, Yuukyuu no Tierblade, Suuran Digit and Anata wa Jinrou desu ka? For the ports I’m interested in, they’re BWS, ZKG, Geten no Hana, Koezaru wa Akai Hana and Taishou x Alice.

      Thanks for reading, as always! =)

      • OOO I love how informative you are, really!
        Yeah, I was worried Famistsu scores are like Amazon or lol, IGN so it’s good to know not to take them too srsly.
        Goona have to check out some of the games you mentioned.
        And interesting about ZKG’s rating lol.

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