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For the People! Review of [111222] Appare! Tenka Gomen

Foreword: When it comes to BaseSon games, I’ve found myself enjoying them quite a bit. Examples include the ENTIRE Koihime Musou series (from the first titles up to Heroes), and Sengoku Koihime X which I personally enjoyed greatly for many reasons.

…Then we have this game. While I had heavy expectations, it seems that I was too late to realize that K.Bajo, the director for the two previously mentioned titles, was not even a part of this team. And it turns out the game falls greatly from my expectations.

I’m extremely hesitant to go through the fandisc for this game at this point because of the disappointment I received from this main game. I’d like to take this time to warn players that even if you enjoyed both the Koihime Musou series or the Sengoku Koihime title, you may not be a fan of this game. Keep reading to find out why.

For the most part, I will be comparing this game with the Koihime Musou and Sengoku Koihime titles. My apologies in advance if you can’t understand some parts of the review purely because you didn’t play them

Title: あっぱれ!天下御免 (The term “Appare” is a phrase often used to convey amazement or excitement)
Producers: BaseSon
Release Date: December 22, 2011
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v7881
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=716187
Game Type: Fantasy Charage with themes of what’s estimated to be the Edo Era

Summary: Yakumo was sent to this man-made island by his grandparents, and he quickly realizes that this isn’t the Japan he’s used to seeing; most of the city landscapes cannot be seen here as the streets are instead filled with busy shops and old-fashioned decor, and even some of the students are wearing clothes that seem unfitting for this day and age.

However, this island is actually run by the 100,000 students who study and reside; each of them are given a role in this society, and are given the responsibility of replicating the environment once existent in past Japan.

Regardless, Yakumo himself is quickly victimized by a pick-pocket who steals his bag, but it’s not until long a girl riding a white horse comes to the rescue and recovers his belongings. This girl named Arata soon become friends with Yakumo and later on offer herself to be his bodyguard as he is assigned to run a cafe.

The first customers to his cafe, Mitsuki and Yukari. They play very important roles in the main scenario

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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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