Nobunaga Oda

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Plot Summary: When the Imagawa are defeated, Takechiyo decides that the Matsudaira will form an alliance with the Oda since Nobunaga is the one closest to unifying the country, and he sends the MC to seal the deal. The MC is fond of Nobunaga since he treated her well during her days as a hostage with the Oda Clan and convinces him to agree to the alliance. Nobunaga seems just as fond of the MC, but then an accident causes the MC’s gender to be revealed to him, and the MC begins her struggle to show her loyalty to both Nobunaga and to Takechiyo, who seem determined to bump head

What I think of him: Nobunaga is a man who will go to any ends to achieve his goal of unification, no matter how is causes others to regard him. He is a man who treasures things that amuse him, whether those things are people or foreign objects. He is a skilled dancer, and enjoys doing so since dancing brings him peace

Nickname: Demon Lord

Charm point: He continually proposes to the MC

Quote: “When I am with you, I forget all of the turmoil in the world. You are the only one who can lead my heart to peace.”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Sit together and talk

Would have eloped with: Tadakatsu No one

Favorite moments: 

  • Nobunaga’s performance
  • How Nobunaga repeatedly asks the MC to marry him even after being rejected each time
  • The MC resting her head on Nobunaga’s lap
  • The MC deciding that the only way she can retain her loyalty to both Takechiyo and Nobunaga is for her to die with Nobunaga

Worst moments: 

  • Nobunaga essentially holding the MC captive
  • Nobunaga loosing his chill when he sees the MC and Hideyoshi together

Worth the price of admission?: I’m always interested in seeing how otoge interpret Nobunaga since he is usually played as a villain in other media, he earned that Demon Lord reputation after all. Love Legend of Sengoku does a good job of making Nobunaga a desireable partner while also not watering down his character too much. This Nobunaga is completely capable of doing terrible things, and he accepts that he’s probably going to hell, but he wants to achieve the unification of Japan more than anything else. The route itself if mostly about the MC realizing that she’s in love with Nobunaga and then her struggle since it seems like she will either have to choose Nobunaga or Takechiyo; the word “loyalty” features heavily. The focus on the MC is a good take for a Nobunaga route since they typically focus on him typically. All in all, it’s a good route, although not the best in the game, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes otoge set in the Sengoku Jidai

 

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Ocean

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Plot Summary: The MC chooses the door that leads to a beach and finds a merman washed up on the beach. Ocean is the youngest prince of the underwater kingdom and wishes to be human and explore sights he’s never seen before. Unfortunately, even though the MC wants to grant his wish so she can meet the requirement of making someone happy, she isn’t capable of such advanced magic, but now that he’s gotten the idea of being human, Ocean isn’t about to let it go so easily

What I think of him: Ocean is a little reckless and a lot curious of the land world. He is the baby of his family and is doted on my his father and two elder brothers. He has a bit of arrogance to him, but honestly that is only to be expected considering who he is. He tends to prompt others to do things for him, but then charge off to do it for himself when that fails. He is very strong in his own right and like all of his people, has a mesmerizing singing voice

Nickname: None

Charm point: He loves flowers

Quote: “I’m happy enough… Since I can disappear while being held by you… I won’t forget about you, even if I’m dead. I’ll love you forever…”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: 

Would have eloped with: 

Favorite moments: 

  • Ocean not knowing how to put on human clothes and ending up tied up in them
  • Ocean’s sadness when he realized the MC traded her voice away, and then his strength when fighting Marybell
  • The scenes on the beach before and after the bubble incident
  • Marybell was funny and awesome

Worst moments: 

  • Ocean’s assumption about the MC getting with Aster

Worth the price of admission?: Ocean’s route is pretty great, there are some touching scenes, some really funny scenes, and I think they do a great job showing Ocean’s wonder for the world on land is well done without dwelling on it too much. Also, Ocean is one of the best, if not the best, love interest in this game (it’s a tossup between Ocean and Gretel)

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Kei Murasame

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Plot Summary: When the MC follows a lead on the Salamander case, she falls into a trap and is in danger of being captured. She is saved by Kei Murasame, the man who got her changed into Naotake’s unit and who as seems to be following her. Kei explains to the MC that she is being pursed by a group of psychics called Hihou, and offers to train her. Despite some misgivings, the MC gratefully accepts his offer. The MC can’t quite figure Kei out, he seems to treasure her, calling her Princess, but at other times he seems cold, and most of all she is sure that he is definitely hiding something from her

What I think of him: Kei is calm and rather mysterious. He is a powerful man, both psychical and politically, and he his presence is both gentle and commanding. His powers are foresight and creating a shield, although he gets the most use out of the former. He is very strict when it comes to the MC’s training, and he has very high expectations for her. There is frequently a coldness about him, as though he were a scientist observing doing some clinical observation, and although he does use his foresight a lot, he doesn’t frequently interfear with what he sees

Nickname: The Prophet

Charm point: The MC is his precious Princess

Quote: “You are more dear to me than anyone can ever be. I love your smile, I love it when you’re working hard… I couldn’t bare the thought of you with anyone else.”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Sleep together, because the trust is finally there and he’s ready to give into his desire

Would have eloped with: 

  • Naotake, because he’s just so worry when the MC goes missing for her training session

Favorite moments: 

  • Kei hugging the MC like it’s the last time he’s going to see her the morning before she meets Salamander’s boss
  • Kei telling the MC that he wants to keep her all to himself
  • When sexy times are underway and Kei stops to make sure that the MC is completely okay with what will happen
  • Kei saying he doesn’t want a healer since the MC promised to care for him until he got better

Worst moments: 

  • There are so many moments when I was thinking about how Kei could have done something that would have solved the issues that came up
  • The MC thinking that she doesn’t want to screw anyone up with her powers and going out to stop Salamander on her own… stupid

Worth the price of admission?: There’s a really weird dissonance in this route. Kei looks great on paper: he’s gentle, he’s powerful, he calls the MC “Princess” and his treatment of her generally reflects that opinion. But there is something off about him, something cold. It’s probably a combination of a few things. First off there is his tendency towards tough love; when the MC is learning how to use her foresight he is super critical of her and then when things move on to the training with the baseballs where the MC was actually being hurt for the sake of training… Second there the way he tends to not interfere with his visions; when he has a vision of the MC confronting Salamander he chooses not to interfere because he sees that Naotake and Yusuke will be there, similarly when he sees that the MC is going to encounter Takigawa he doesn’t do anything because he knows that the MC will win out over his powers in the end (and she almost committed suicide instead). Third is that he feels really unsympathetic toward’s the MC trauma about her abilities, actually he doesn’t even seem to acknowledge her trauma and it feels like he is treating it as her just being stubborn about her powers. Right at the end I felt like his feeling for the MC were sincere but that was only when he took the hit for her, and that is problematic because according to him, he knew he was in love with her even before they met, and ultimately that might be the biggest problem with this route: that Kei doesn’t change or develop as a character at all he is pretty much the same all the way through. I had such high hopes going into this route (since Kei is so good-looking and mysterious in the prologue), but I think I would recommend passing up this route

 

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Idol Dormitory

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Company: Arithmetic

Cost: Free-to-Play

Synopsis: On a day that began like any other, the MC and her coworkers are surprised to find that their company has gone bankrupt and has closed down overnight. The MC wanders about in a daze at last coming to a petshop. Idolly she wishes that she was a pet and a second later her wish is granted. She is brought to a secret dormitory which is home to famous idols and is given a new job, but rather than being employed it feels like she is just being played by a famous idol

MC: She’s a very typical young woman who is on the path to being a typical office lady until her company unexpected goes under. She doesn’t handle curve balls very gracefully, and no matter how much she protests, it seems to be pretty easy for the guys to sweep her along to their pace. She isn’t an amazing cook or housekeeper, but before she knows it she is completely settled in to her role as Matron. Although she isn’t a fan of any particular idol group, she is aware enough to recognize them and can even get starstruck (though not for any of the date-able boys)

Guys: 

  • Hiroki Kisumi: An idol and member of biRth who seems like a gentle elder brother but is actually very dominant and bossy
  • Tetsuya Narishige: The leader of biRth who is known as the King. He is very arrogant but secretly lonely and hardworking

Impressions: This game is super easy to play since there are no checkpoints to get through, which may be it’s best quality(?). That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the game, because I did; I generally enjoy idol focused otoge. It’s just that this game doesn’t really offer anything new. It’s an idol game without sound, which is its own tragedy. The plot is very unlikely to surprise you if you’ve ever played a game where the love interest was famous. The MC’s personality is nearly non-existent (though I never expect much from Arithmetic MCs) and although I liked the guys, they are pretty run-of-the-mill love interests, and there are only two. Sota was supposed to be released and it seems like there was some slip where his route was available accidentally, but by this point I don’t expect his route to actually make an appearance… And yet, I did really like this game. Maybe it’s because I have low standards for idol games and for Arithmetic games, or maybe because it is so easy to play and takes so little time to do so. Regardless this is an okay game and if you want something to play on the side, Idol Dormitory is a solid pick

Favorite Guy: Tetsuya

Favorite Route: Tetsuya

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Subaru Ichiyanagi

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Plot Summary: The MC chooses Subaru as her bodyguard and everyone seems to think that is the best choice since Subaru is a top-notch bodyguard. But after dealing with Subaru’s arrogance and high-handedness, the MC can’t help but wonder if she made a mistake. However, as she begins to see beyond Subaru’s arrogance she learns that Subaru is in the midst of wedding planning with a fiance arranged by his father

What I think of him: Subaru is an arrogant alpha-male type. He is bossy and good at pretty much anything he tries his hands at. His skills make him highly thought of, even to people who clash with his personality. He’s the son of the police comissioner and his career is on the up-and-up. He is also really into homemaking and you would be hard pressed to find a better cook or house-husband

Nickname: None

Charm point: I think the MC put it best when she thought “Subaru is full of surprises… Most of them cute and frilly”

Quote: “Meeting you showed me what I really wanted from life”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Be teased, because Subaru will do so mercilessly

Would have eloped with: 

  • Kaiji, because his crush is obvious but is also such a great friend to both the MC and Subaru
  • Mizuki, because every now and then he has one comment that really zings, and he so odd

Favorite moments: 

  • Subaru wearing the MC’s apron for the first time
  • Kosugi’s reaction to Subaru (and just Kosugi in general)
  • I like how brave the MC tries to be and how Subaru compliments her about it before getting her to lean on him
  • The MC being given the decision to do the exchange with the Bomber and her decision to go through with it
  • Going back to Subaru’s place after everything is settled (and the MC accidentally handcuffing herself)

Worst moments: 

  • Why is Subaru so predjudiced against being the MC’s bodyguard at first? He should be all for it since 1) it’s a good opportunity for his career advancement and 2) the MC seems to be pretty cute and Subaru like girls and likes using them as “tools”
  • Subaru telling his fiance to make all of the wedding choices right before he ends up telling the MC that he is going to cancel his engagement
  • I feel a little bad for Subaru’s fiance. She is simultaneously very significant and completely unimportant, and I feel like she got the short end of the stick in so many ways

Worth the price of admission?: I feel like Subaru is one of Voltage’s iconic men, and for good reason; Subaru is a great prospect just from his background but he’s also got both a manly dominant-sexy side while being the perfect househusband. All-in-all Subaru has enough sides to please nearly anyone, and his route is pretty good too, with an MC who is both active and also content to angst a little. I think it’s a route that will appeal to a lot of people so I do recommend it

After the main route (POSSIBLE SPOILERS): 

  • Epilogue: The MC’s drama club is gearing up for their competition, but the day before the play the male lead falls ill and it’s up to Prince Subaru to take the stage! I love the idea of this epilogue but it’s execution falls short. On top of a bunch of annoying little glitches during the epilogue, it also ends on a terrible cliff-hanger which does not get picked up in the Sequel as it leads you to believe
  • Sequel: Someone shoots at the Prime Minister during a formal dinner and during the ensuing investigation the MC and Subaru are forcibly separated. I enjoyed this sequel. It was interesting and had a lot of good emotions, and it really made me want to jump over to Kaiji’s route
  • Dead or Love: Subaru’s grandmother runs away from home and into Subaru’s apartment and says that she won’t approve his and the MC’s marriage because Subaru is still lacking something. The MC and Subaru set out to take a short vacation in Greece before joining the Prime Minister in Turkey for official business. It should have been a peaceful trip, but it isn’t long before the bodyguards are needed in action. The grandmother subplot doesn’t work so well as a hook or as bookends, although I did enjoy her and I liked the concept of Subaru lacking something. The meat of the action in Turkey after Goto hooks up with the MC and Subaru is really great and it makes you want to go read Goto’s route as well. The Happy Ending is super hilarious, but I would rather have gotten the roller-coster photo as my CG than the sleeping in the car CG (although that was cute too). All in all, it’s a great route; there was a long break between when the rest of the game was released and when this route came out (at least in English) and it really does feel like Voltage stepped up their game here

Notable substories: 

  • Espresso Story: A coin-drop story from Sweet Cafe. The MC is hanging out with Kousgi and Midori after club practice and they begin to grill her about her relationship with Subaru. This is one of my favorite Sweet Cafe stories since it has a great balance of humor and sweetness

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