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The second game in the tetralogy of Hana Awase. It is set in another universe (likely following the events after Iroha’s route in Mizuchi-hen). Much like the first game, the common route is going to cover up to when Mikoto has to make her choice between the men. I will try to include as many scenes as possible but, by nature of the exploration system, there will be a section at the end with missed scenes.
(I’m going to be playing the game as I blog so this time my comments won’t have any foreshadowing to them. EDIT: I can start my NG+ right from the proposal at Day 20, so I won’t be including any extra scenes because I’m skipping them, oops).
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CV: Toriumi Kousuke (鳥海 浩輔)
(MY FAVORITE ONE IN THE SERIES. It’s not a spoiler because they’ve revealed it in the scans and character page, which is that Poyopoyo’s true form is Kazuha’s brother. Also, this is the first time I’m doing this but TRIGGER WARNING: there is a torture scene in this CD and lots of bloody sound effects. His brotherly affection is on par with Wabisuke from Gekka Ryouran Romance.)
Background: Kazuha wakes up in a dungeon and has this mysterious informant monster thing that floats around and helps her figure out how to play the game. It’s soon revealed that he’s her brother in disguise and he seems to have some knowledge of the things that are going around in World V.
CV: Sakurai Takahiro (櫻井 孝宏)
(Say hello to my second favorite character of this entire series and game. I almost wish the main focus of this game wasn’t about the heroine’s search for her brother but this conflict between angels and devils, because Astrum’s CD makes it sound so much more interesting. THE CONFLICT. IT’S SO GOOD. ALSO I GET SO EMOTIONAL OVER HIS LAST LINES.)
Background: Kazuha is the Divine Sword, Amadeus, which is one of the keys needed to clear the final dungeon that will free everyone from this game. However, the catch is that only the race of the party that clears the dungeon is allowed to leave and Astrum is the leader of the angels so… Astrum’s CD is about his loneliness and not being understood; he’s the one who finds Kazuha in this one.
CV: Okamoto Nobuhiko (岡本 信彦)
(I’m a terrible person who starts too many projects, but Period Cube is coming out in May and I want people to join me in this Sword Art Online-type hell. THERE IS ONLY ONE CD I REALLY WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU GUYS (volume 6) but I might as well do the entire series. My order is going to be Vol1, Vol4, and Vol6 though before filling in the rest because 1) we need backstory and 2) I have clear biases).
Background: The heroine, Kazuha, and her childhood friend, Hiroya, are searching for Kazuha’s brother, who has seemed to disappear. Their only clue is a cryptic message from her brother telling her not to come to this game server. But they do and end up getting trapped inside! Hiroya’s CD is about his relationship with the heroine and his jealousy of her brother.
I intended to post this when I completed Psychedelica but I was too impatient (which seems to happen a lot, oops). First, I’d like to apologize for my sporadic updates though ;;; I was stuck in Japanese light novel hell and lately I’ve been stressed and distressed with job hunting. But enough about me
and my excuses, I wanted to connect with my readers and ask a few questions about the kind of things you’d be interested in seeing on this blog, etc.
Exactly like what the post title says, I’d like some feedback! So, onto some questions:
- Posts on localized games? Norn9, Code:Realize, Hakuouki, and OZMAFIA have come out (or are coming out) and so I don’t see the need to translate/summarize them like I do for other games; however, is anyone interested in seeing an “impressions” or “review” post on localized games? Or should I just quietly play it?
- Light novel translation? I mentioned above I was trapped in LN hell and, as a result, I read this REALLY GOOD BOOK that I’d love to translate. Once again though, is that something people would be interested in? I’ll most likely put more time into playing otome games though and just occasionally do chapter translations.
- Commissions? When I started this blog it was just a hobby and I wasn’t confident enough in my Japanese to feel like I could provide a service for people, but I’ve improved a lot since then and if people are interested then I wouldn’t mind taking drama CD translation commissions (I’d be open to other translation commission requests too!).
That’s pretty much all the important questions I wanted to ask. But if you have any concerns, questions, or feedback you want to leave then please comment below!
By the way I’ve been thinking about making the first post on a game to be a translation/summary of everything up to the first choice. Would that be annoying or would it be a nice way to get a sense of the game
and be teased?
One last thing! I can’t decide on what I should play after Psychedelica, so please help me out by voting! I should be done Psychedelica within the next few weeks or so (there’s only 3 more posts left). I wish I could have put some Beast Master and Prince posts up while the kickstarter was happening but it’s still a cute game that I’d like to share with people (especially if the kickstarter doesn’t go through ;;;;).
POLL IS CLOSED. THANK YOU!
(Hidden character again! I’m trying my best to hide spoilers but I’m pretty sure it’s obvious who is who by now… maybe. At any rate, I’m changing things up a little because there’s a short story which is locked until I do Kazuya’s ending first, so the Monshiro Interlude will have to come after this!)
CV: Matsuoka Yoshitsugu (松岡 禎丞)
Monshiro is a mysterious person of few words. He appears very early in the story, where he saves Beniyuri and Hikage from a monster. He speaks almost child-like and appears to have been isolated for a long time since he doesn’t seem to know how to act in social situations. He also instantly becomes attached to Beniyuri.
CV: Ishikawa Kaito (石川 界人)
(Huge spoilers in the character song and following drama CD tracks as usual! Please make sure you’ve read the bulk of my Psychedelica posts before this one! PS. I CRY EVERY TIME I LISTEN TO HIS STUPID SONG.)
CV: Ishikawa Kaito (石川 界人)
Hikage comes off as a very serious and reliable person. He’s the first person that the heroine meets in this mansion and he saves her life. Despite being emotionally stunted, Hikage seems to do his best in assuming a leadership position among the group and is concentrated on their survival and in getting out of this mansion. He can be rude and blunt but his words seem to come from a place of concern.
CV: Kakihara Tetsuya (柿原 徹也)
(Much like Kagiha’s CD please make sure you’ve read most of the Psychedelica posts, especially the ones related to Karasuba, because there are SPOILERS in his character song and in the following drama tracks. Enjoy!)
(Secret character time! Although I feel like it’s kind of obvious who this is from the way I have my posts organized. At any rate, please read the previous Psychedelica posts in order to understand the story in order.)