Back with some buys so I’ll clear these in this post before continuing with my review posts. I’ll briefly do the usual of describing the contents of Bunmei Kaika Aoiza Ibunroku Saien, and Jyuzaengi ~Engetsu Sangokuden~ Limited Edition. They’re both such mouthfuls so I’ll refer to them as Aoiza Ibunroku & Jyuzaengi from now on! Next shall just go through a bit of content of B’sLOG though not everything since I’m quite lazy. Lastly, I’ll briefly go through the Kaori Wakamatsu Artbook – and hopefully you will become fans of her art by then lol. Image-heavy post!
As you can see, Aoiza Ibunroku the remake game simply comes a preorder drama CD. I was given the choice of getting the maker tokuten or not (price included/deducted respectively) and I decided not to get it since Ishida wasn’t inside… /bricked
Jyuzaengi Limited edition consists of the game, limited edition drama CD, and a booklet. As a preorder, I also got the preorder drama CD, and the drama CD plus short story tokuten from Stella Worth. Inside the booklet you can find game illustrations, character profiles, short stories etc. To be honest I was expecting full-colour. I can understand if the text pages are in black and white. But the game backgrounds at the back were in greyscale which is awkward. Call me picky but yeah. Anyway I was expecting more from the booklet which is unfortunate. The recent LE print stuff from Otomate haven’t really been that great, so I suppose if it doesn’t concern Ishida then I’ll give them a rest.
Next we have the most recent issue of B’sLOG. Freebies are as seen above, plus a CD + booklet advertising Broccoli’s stuff. To be honest I mainly got this ‘cos of Kazuaki’s art splashed on the cover so let’s jump to her newest work with honeybee: Seishun Hajimemashita! It features a pair of twins taking the centre stage, and obviously takes place in a high school setting. As you may guess, the theme is youth (青春; seishun) and basically the game takes place in the last year of high school as they make memories with their friends etc. I’m sure you get the picture.
Idk why honeybee wants to do another high school setting when they’ve had…6 games and now going-to-be 6 ports of which it’s all a high-school setting? I guess this looks more interesting with two protagonists (I would like both of them to be voiced though) and honeybee is calling for ideas from the public around the theme of youth. Their website isn’t out yet but you can head over to B’sLOG (enterbrain.co.jp/cgi-bin/bslog/seisyun.cgi) instead and fill out a “youth” experience you had or a “youth” experience you like with your penname. Examples would be going to the beach in summer, seeing fireworks etc. I guess they’ve done so many of these scenarios in Starry☆Sky they would like more ideas. You’ll see your name in the credits if yours is chosen but of course, all rights would go to them. The deadline is end July~
Jumping into the otome game wagon is BlackButterfly, most well-known for their Soine Shuukan series. I guess they wanna learn to be like honeybee – by splitting their game up into three. Their game, Dousei Kareshi, is basically about cohabitation with the guy. As you can see, illustration is by Kirishima Sou, aka the one who drew for Mousou Esthe. Idk if I’ll be interested in playing ‘cos…it’s like other drama CDs have done this cohabitation scenario already so I’m not sure what the “new” thing BlackButterfly is adding as of now. Oh wait, dummy head microphones. But still.
More news from honeybee x BlackButterfly – the former’s latest Hitsuji de Oyasumi CDs are out (fans of Terashima Takuma and Okamoto Nobuhiko may wanna check them out; the theme is “childhood friends”) and the latter is going to compile all of their Soine Shuukan CDs as of now – into a digest version which they promise to be around an hour…okay.
Moving on, Toki no Kizuna basically showed some backgrounds links between the sub and main characters (I didn’t really read in detail yet though) and our Kamigami no Asobi game has thrown in Hades and Loki into the cast. If it’s going in this direction I hope they throw in a wider variation of mythological gods. OZMAFIA!! finally announced its cast but I’ve no idea who they are lol.
Amnesia’s CD jacket cover is out and it looks pretty as usual – not that I’m actually interested in the CD ahaha. I get a feeling that Otomate is going to milk this series a lot more though. QuinRose’s new game, School Wars, once again features a heroine holding a gun lol. But hey, at least it looks badass and the heroine seems to have more of a backbone as always. Though I’m actually secretly hoping for a day when they do their own spin of The Wizard of Oz. Otomate’s Glass Heart Princess made me raise my eyebrows further since the premises is that the heroine has to train her ‘fragile’ heart by going through dokidoki date moments lest she dies from her heart condition due to sudden shocks…okay.
Arabian Lost PSP remake comes out next month and honestly I’m only tempted ‘cos of Ishida’s character, so I’m sitting on the fence on whether to get it or not. L.G.S is going to have its opening song sung by Gero (and I saw that the song Polaris is being released on his other album). First VALSHE, then Dasoku, and now Gero – who’s next up in line? \o/ Bloody Call’s PSP remake will be out next month too and its probably one of the few games I don’t mind playing again (…except for Wataru’s route, maybe not).
After that it’s the BL section and Si-Nis-Kanto was included – still without a specific release date. To be honest this was one of the few other BL games that interested me last year but idk if I’ll still be interested in it since only so little information has been revealed in almost a year since its first announcement lol. \o/
Lastly, the Kaori Wakamatsu Artbook is one of my favourite buys ever. I’ve been dying for her to release an artbook since I first knew about her…quite a while back (I don’t remember). The only printed stuff you could get were her postcards or calendars/organisers since her other stuff comes from novel covers, to credit cards etc. Her pop art style which uses clean lines and a limited amount of colours is impressively eye-catching. This artbook was released last August and the first thing one would notice is that it’s hardcover. What in the world – of course that makes it heavier and more costly. The paper inside is non-glossy though so the colours have less shine and all but at least the paper’s relatively thick. The 80+ selected illustrations range from almost 10 years ago till 2011.
One of the things I like about the artbook is how spaced out all the illustrations are. I guess it depends on you – whether you’d prefer more and smaller images, or less and bigger images in the same amount of pages. I prefer the latter as I can’t help but drool over the pages and the use of white space. The series of blue, yellow, red illustrations on the top right are even specially printed bigger so that they fold up instead. For the record, I love all her illustration with traditional, country, modern feels etc. Yes, they all have gorgeous white skin.
I can safely say that not all of her existing illustrations to date are included inside. For example, her Monday to Sunday series of illustrations are not inside, and the above centre one is actually a remake of her older and orange “Welcome to Lunch” illustration (which wasn’t included). Well, that’s for anyone who follows her stuff closely. But in any case, it’s still a good collection of her works. I’m just ecstatic to get my hands on this and I’m such a huge fan, so I’m clearly bias.
At the back is an index of all the featured illustrations and a few pages showing some of the rough sketches (printed on thinner paper) – BEAUTIFUL. I can’t help gushing over this artbook, I finally have something more of hers than some postcards. Definitely recommend this to fellow fans of Kaori Wakamatsu’s art. It is more costly I think but hopefully once you receive the actual thing, you’ll feel just as happy as I did when flipping through the pages.
And that’s it for this post! I’ll get back to DMMd once I sort out some RL stuff and when I do finish that game, I’ll most probably move on to either Aoiza Ibunroku Saien or Jyuzaengi – depends on whether the walkthroughs are out then. Till next post~