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The Aftermath in Paris: Review of [160527] Otome Riron -Belle epoque-

Foreword: As with a lot of veterans of this genre, I don’t really like it when producers “ride on” the fame of certain titles to profit as much as they can, although I can’t blame them since that’s what they’re there for in the first place: money. However, I feel like this is much less significant for producers like Navel who actually change things up with their “sequels” unlike other producers (like Circus *coff*) who literally utilize the same general plot or setting.

Overall, I found this Otome Riron’s sequel/fandisc to be quite impressive for some reasons, while finding it poor in other parts. I would most definitely say however that it’s a game worth going through if you enjoyed any portion of either Tsukiyori or Otome Riron (first title), and there’s a reason why I finished this game in two days.

While quite obvious, as a fandisc, this review will contain spoilers to the main game. Please do not read this review if you have not already played the first Otome Riron title!

Title: 乙女理論とその後の周辺 -Belle epoque- (Otome Riron to sonogono shuuhen) Lit. Trans: Maiden’s Logic and the Surroundings of its Aftermath; Belle epoque is “Beautiful Time” in French (Thanks Google Translate!)
Producers: Navel
Release Date: May 27th, 2016
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v18130
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=867748
Game Type: Sequel to Otome Riron

Summary: This game is a sequel/fandisc for the Otome Riron series, including a brand new “Alternate Route” featuring Bluette as the main heroine, but also including afterstories for Resona, Meryl, and Bluette’s “Alternate Route”.

Story Length: Moderately Short (15 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: N/A
Comments: No choices made within the game except to start which story first. I HIGHLY recommend finishing the “Alternate” route before moving onto afterstories. I personally thought it was a good flow to finish said main route then to move onto Bluette’s after story, which connects pretty well.
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The Clash of Beliefs and its Consequences: Review of [151225] Last Cavalier

Foreword: Wowwwwwww, this game was heavy. Heavy in not only story content but also with social philosophy and even in feels. In fact, mark me down as one of the people who expected something more similar to Semiramis, the previous title that Caramel Box produced.

I generally appreciate Caramel Box because they include darker themes in games which is a blessing with all the cheery school-girl crap that sickens me to my stomach. It’s even a freaking bonus that the trap protagonist is also badass. I mean, I’m sure you guys have seen trap-protagonists, but have you EVER seen one BADASS?!

Let my review do the rest of the explaining. Here’s Last Cavalier!

This review contains Major Spoilers! Please read at your own risk!

Title: 機関幕末異聞 ラストキャバリエ (kikan bakumatsu ibun Last Cavalier) [Rough Translation: The Story of the Edo Era: Last Cavalier]
Producers: Caramel Box
Release Date: December 25, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v18145
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=868891
Game Type: Fictional War-themed novel set in past Japan

Summary: Wars are fought due to differences in beliefs; no one is right or wrong. Those who despise change and those who welcome it. Those who welcome new ideas and those who insist on old traditions.

War naturally follows a Call to Arms, and this is what Isa announces to her family and friends in a small town, that there is in need of “Shouki” (瘴姫, Battle Princess), or maidens who utilize a special stone called 鬼瘴石 (Kishouseki; Battle Demon Stone) to extensively amplify their physical abilities in battle.

Soujirou is an orphan who was taken in by Isa and Sei at an early age and raised under their care. He did not want to stay behind while his “older sisters” were taken into war, but as only females are recruited into this group called “新撰組” (Shinsengumi; Newly Chosen Group), they decide to deceive him as a female with the name “Soushi” so he can also come along.

Soujirou’s decision to follow his sisters to the dangerous battlefields will predetermine his fate for the future.

Yo, why so serio*punch*
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Magic is Never Perfect: Review of [150724] Sorcery Jokers

Foreword: And quite a while since another post from me. I’m pretty sure I said this hundreds of times already, but not many games are really in deserving of a review recently… which is my pitiful excuse for not having more posts as I should be making like a good reviewer. I’m mostly interested in nukige, finished games, and MMOs on top of my already busy schedule of work and college, so we’ll see how this blog fares for the next couple of months, yes? (I also have another review coming up; just wanted to give some time between that one and this one right now.)

Right on to this title, Sorcery Jokers. Originally interested due to someone talking about how good it was, I was also intrigued by how it was also from 3rdEye, the company I had a horrible first-impression from this game. Despite this, I was pleased to see that Aoba Ringo does have a part in this game as well (although it’s not so major), and let’s just say that I have mixed feelings for how this game turned out.

Let’s go ahead and get started then!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING REVIEW WILL CONTAIN INTENTIONAL MAJOR SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

Title: ソーサリージョーカーズ (Sorcery Jokers)
Producers: 3rdEye
Release Date: July 24th, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16337
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=836703
Game Type: Fantasy Sci-Fi Novel with themes of “Magic” with philosophy of “human differences”.

Summary: Magic suddenly appeared one day, and it was startling for everyone in the world, who now had to become adapted to this new environment of magic. With groups creating utilities and tools powered by magic and schools training new, young “Casters”, it seems that magic was widely accepted… Or so everyone may think.

In reality, there are “Outcasts”, or people who possess magic power, but not authorized to use this power. These outcasts hide low from the government and other authorities as they are wanted people, and it’s never really known why these people are so oppressed compared to people like Haruto, who live his daily life fulfilled and happy when he is really nothing different than these “Outcasts”.

Of course, there are people who utilize their magic power inappropriately; some will try to oppress others using this power for their own good, and not surprising to Senri, they are often the ones who are smiling harmlessly or the most generous.

Magic… What really is it? How did it appear? Is it really the wonderful thing that everyone imagines about? Perhaps this story may change some of your viewpoints…
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