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7’scarlet review (with spoilers)

7’scarlet is a mystery otome game from Otomate (Idea Factory). Announced at Otomate Party 2015, it released in July 2016 with a Western release for 2018.

It’s about Hanamaki Ichiko (name customisable), a university student whose older brother disappeared without a trace a year ago. She blanks out from time to time, so her friend (since childhood), Kagutsuchi Hino can’t help but watch out for her. This is also because of a promise he made to Ichiko’s older brother.

Knowing that Ichiko is still hung up on the lack of information about her brother’s disappearance, he suggested visiting Okunezato, where Ichiko’s brother was last known to be. It’s a secluded place without many attractions but there’s an online club called the Forbidden Okunezato Club, dedicated to the various myths and mysteries of the town.

Spoilers after the cut. If you haven’t played this, you best stay away.

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(unboxing) 7’scarlet original soundtrack

7scarlet original soundtrack and bonus badge

I grabbed this signed copy from the composer’s online store and comes with a badge, while stocks last.

The original soundtrack contains background music composed by Sugiura Yuuki for the Playstation Vita game, 7’scarlet. The game released in Japan on July 21, 2016 and slated for a Western release sometime 2018.

The theme songs were released separately by TEAM Entertainment. The game has a different version of the theme song featuring a different line of lyrics. Players who’ve played before will know what I’m talking about ;3

The tracks were well-suited with the scenes and definitely felt like it’s an additional element to the game instead of an extra. One spooky track, aptly named Dead Man Walking really helps you get into the mood 😂 I was actually playing another game when this played in the background so it really creeped me out xD

The leaflet inside has the sprites of all the six guys and the protagonist, Ichiko. The badge and store sticker are really cute. If you enjoy the game, the soundtrack will definitely bring you deeper into 7’scarlet’s world.

The original soundtrack is available on CD at the composer’s online store, CDJapan and Amazon Japan as well as other retailers. The theme song collection is available (most probably) worldwide on iTunes.

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Princess Closet Kai Ayasaki Birthday Project 2017

With the release of Kai’s route in the international version of Princess Closet, did you find his story interesting?

You might know that his birthday is on August 16 and Ms Nanami Youko from Japan will be hosting another birthday project for him this year (like she did with Reo!).

Like Reo’s birthday project, users outside Japan are welcome to send in their birthday wishes (more details below)!

The messages will be collected from July 29 to August 5 midnight (JST).

Now, you can either comment below in 25-30 words (please include your name otherwise we will use the name that you used) or tweet your message on Twitter with these hashtags (#プリクロカイ誕 and #priclo_kaibday). Feel free to use any language you are comfortable with!

(Due to the international release using the hashtag, #princesscloset – Ms Nanami has change it to make it easier to find the birthday tweets.)

You can find Ms Nanami’s blog entry about Kai’s birthday project here. You can see the cover of the album as well as other things that other Japanese fans have made!

Non-English fans, please feel free to translate this entry into your language! I only ask to be linked back 🙂

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How to Fool A Liar King on Indiegogo

roseVerTe’s upcoming otome visual novel crowdfunding campaign is now live on Indiegogo!

How to Fool A Liar King is the sequel to How To Take Off Your Mask but is also a standalone story. It stars a catgirl protagonist named Regina, who suddenly finds herself in Eroolia. She then met Juli and his companions when she decided to join them to the country of Laarz, a country of cat people. Will Regina be able to return home? Is there a particular reason why she’s here in Eroolia?

It’ll be fully-voiced in Japanese and available in Japanese, English as well as German.There are a variety of tiers/perks for backers from wallpapers, Indiegogo-exclusive artbook behind the character design, background artworks of the

There are a variety of tiers/perks for backers from wallpapers, Indiegogo-exclusive artbook behind the character design, background artworks of the Eroolia series, the game itself at a special price, DLCs and also the chance to be credited in the game as a patron!

The game has also been successfully Greenlit on Steam! Two character promotional videos featuring Regina and Juli respectively can be found below.

roseVerTe is about $2100 away from their goal so let’s help them get funded!

How to Fool a Liar King Indiegogo

Don’t they sound amazing? I can’t wait for the release (≧∇≦)

So remember to support their crowdfunding campaign!

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Kokorogawari on Steam Greenlight

Kokorogawari (meaning (a) change of heart in Japanese) is Team Precatio’s first game about romance and human drama. It’s currently on Steam Greenlight and needs help being greenlit!

The game features Asami Kobayashi, in present-day Japan who is a 4th-year university student, raised by a single mother. Asami has a cynical view on love and marriage and currently interns at Edo Publishing. Would her views ever change?

Kokorogawari had a very successful Kickstarter and still accepts pre-orders (demo available) at itch.io for regular and deluxe editions!

While it’s full-priced at 25 USD and 35 USD for respective editions, they are still offering pre-order discounts at itch.io!

The game can run on Windows, Mac as well as Linux. There is a 2-chapter demo available on all three platforms. Samples of their soundtrack can be heard on SoundCloud.

Don’t forget to upvote them on Steam Greenlight!

Steam Greenlight
itch.io (demos, pre-orders)
Official blog
SoundCloud
Twitter

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(unboxing) Geten no Hana with Yumeakari Aizouban (下天の華 with 夢灯り 愛蔵版)

Our precious baby is finally home and it’s just so beautiful /gross sobs

Geten no Hana with Yumeakari Aizouban is the Vita port of the Geten no Hana games (PSP) in one. The Platinum box retailed for 30,000yen (w/o taxes) and has a bonus for those who pre-ordered by June 26, 2016. It released on September 8, 2016.

The series is about a kunoichi (Japanese term for a female ninja), Hotaru who is summoned to Azuchi Castle to meet someone in secret, with only directions to the meeting place and a password. She arrives at the meeting place only to find someone there and quickly arms herself. Turns out she was summoned by Akechi Mitsuhide, the right-hand man of Oda Nobunaga who is interested in the possibilities of a kunoichi with transformation abilities.

Hotaru then transformed into a young woman of noble birth, who is supposedly Mitsuhide’s younger sister and given the name Kikyou. Her work as a kunoichi now begins.

There are missions you have to complete with ample amount of time to explore Azuchi Castle and chat with the characters. Hotaru also has training (mini-game, to get flowers so you can gift them to romanceable characters) and needs to observe certain living things (frogs, for example) and objects (a Buddhist statue, the jizou) to be able to transform into them. She uses this skill in various situations and sometimes hilarity ensues.

This title was also announced in commemoration of Nobunaga no Yabou (Nobunaga’s Ambition)’s 30th anniversary. It’s also comparatively simple and short for those unfamiliar to the Neoromance franchise to play. I very much recommend it 😀

The Vita port has additional endings (Tsumi no Hana, darker ends where the ‘suspicion’ level is highest) with new content as well as compiling events from the PSP DLC release which are now voiced.

It also has two books, a memorial book featuring rough sketches and designs of the characters and a book with artwork, comics by Kuku Hayate, the character designer of the series. There are 9 character CDs and 1 CD with narrations, messages from the characters and a drama from the series’ 2014 event, Hanami no Utage (The Flower Viewing Banquet). The rest of the items are merchandise such as a waterproof smartphone case, connectable charms and nine illustrated clear cards. The pre-order bonus has been a connectable charm of Hotaru in her kunoichi form. Super cute >W<

Surprisingly, the character CDs are placed together in one, like a book. How awesome is that.

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Princess Closet (プリンセス・クローゼット) by more games

This post was originally written for the Ameba release by more games which was later available on iOS and Tsutaya. It all eventually closed by December 2015.

(I emailed Ciagram and got a reply confirming that the other character routes will be released in the international release of the game – February 21, 2017)

(Shuu Tachibana’s route has been released on both iOS and Android! – April 27, 2017)

(There’s a fan birthday project starting April 12 for Reo’s birthday, read this post for more info!)

(Kai Ayasaki’s route now available on Android with iOS release to be very soon! Info about his fan birthday project here! – July 13, 2017)

Princess Closet was later re-released by Ciagram, a domestic arm of more game’s parent company, Interspace. The game’s simulation/grinding elements were removed and made entirely free to play/read with story tickets that are given for daily logins.

The protagonist (you) is a regular office lady who was looking forward to her trip to the beauty salon and upon your arrival, you find it closed despite your appointment with them. Then someone approached you, Kamiyoshi Reo, the designer for the up-and-coming fashion label, Princess Closet who is looking for a model that people could relate to for the upcoming photo shoot.

When Reo brought you to the atelier, the studio where the Princess Closet team works, he introduces you to the rest of the members.

Tachibana Shuu is the producer of Princess Closet who handles the business side of the fashion label as well as being the head of Ilias (the Japan branch of a famous and international modeling agency).

Ayasaki Kai is the hair and makeup artist who is known for his spectacular work for various stars (iirc www). Kai is really knowledgeable about hair and skin care and would often advise you.

Shinonome Akito is a landscape photographer who got dragged into Princess Closet by Reo. He doesn’t do photo shoots and is reluctant about it but he does his work very well.

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