Koezaru wa Akai Hana: Toya, Uru’s Route

This follows the Common Route of Toya, Luji and Uru. Toya is the Nasula king and despite being the one who captured Naala away, he has Rusu’s women’s best interests at heart. Uru is Naala’s faithful attendant.  R-18 game! But I will not post any R-18 CGs in my reviews and there will be spoilers. (EDIT: My 100th post! 8D)

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As Naala stares at the flower, she recalls that the Nameless Flower was originally a blue flower but for some reason it turned red after the disease first spread. ‘Cos its fields became red as blood they were seen as the spirits’ curse and labelled as the cause for the disease. That clicks inside her mind as she realises that’s the difference between her (as a survivor of the disease) and the rest, and dashes off to report this to Toya. After listening to her, Toya says that the original flower has poison in it. But with the disease it probably mutated to form some resistance and in the process that gave birth to its new feature. Apparently from his research last year, he found out that swallowing the flower will make you develop a high fever and die in the worst case scenario. Naala managed to survive probably ‘cos of her strength, luck, and the spirits’ protection. He guesses that Rusu has lesser cases of the disease as Zyeg river has more branches into Rusu which means more villages around the area and hence the women may unknowingly be affected by a part of the flower. Nasula on the other hand, relies more on water from the mountains. Though he isn’t sure of the exact property yet, Naala still provided him with a huge lead.

But then he wonders why she ate the flower in the first place and as Naala explains the whole story to him, Toya’s initial bright expression slowly fades. He hesitantly asks if her hair colour wasn’t originally how it is now, and Naala explains that it faded away after she recovered. It’s clear to her that he’s hiding something but he quickly changes the subject before she can pursue the matter. The next few days, Toya avoids Naala despite the fact that he himself asked for her help, with the excuse that he wants her to continue gathering information from the women. Naala peeks from outside of the room one day, as she sees another female assisting him. Naala can’t help but question what the reason is, and feels her heart weigh down when she sees the female making contact with Toya, though Toya himself doesn’t seem to notice at all. She dashes back into the bedroom and asks for Uru not to come in. She exerts her frustration onto the pillow, and wonders how much longer she has to continue sleeping alone on this cold bed. Wanting to forget her loneliness, she takes her mother’s stone and does the charm on herself for her to sleep well.

Toya’s wife

Naala dreams of her past with Bayar, where he explains that he has to make a decision soon and may not see her again and that makes him feel lonely. He has to stop someone in order to end this chaotic age, as long as that someone is around his future will be cold and empty. A young Naala tries to comfort him, by first plucking a few strands of her hair – as her father would always do this when he has to leave her mother, saying that she can think of it as him and that he won’t two-time her – and also gives her mother’s hair accessory. She’s giving him her most important thing since he’ll be her husband. Touched, Bayar hugs her tightly and promises that he’ll definitely come to find her, and they can then create a world where women will no longer be kidnapped. As Naala wakes up the next morning, she realises that she fell asleep clutching the stone. She recalls that she dreamed of the past with the help of the stone the last time too, and wonders if her mother is trying to tell her something.

Naala decides to confront Toya and goes down to find him – but the room is empty and not to mention in a mess with paper everywhere and drawers open. She decides to clear things up and notices something shining in the corner of a drawer – her mother’s hair accessory. Naala is shaken by this revelation since it can only imply one thing, and Toya happens to be behind her too. She eventually forces an answer from him, and is touched not ‘cos Bayar turned out to be Toya, but ‘cos Toya turned out to be Bayar – after all her important person now saved the past her. Asking why he didn’t confess when he realised that it was her back then, and Toya says that hair is a woman’s life. Obviously Naala doesn’t get where this comes in and Toya feels guilty for having robbed something from her even though he said that he wouldn’t anymore – her hair colour. She probably doesn’t recall but she fainted before him in the flower field. If he hadn’t been hesitant about his own circumstances and sent her immediately to the village, perhaps she wouldn’t have lost it. But he had reasons to return back to Nasula and it wouldn’t be appropriate of him to take her back to Nasula, or to go to the village since he’s a trespasser. In the end he could only bring her near the village.

Still, Naala feels grateful enough to him and the hair colour doesn’t bother her as much, in fact she quite likes how it is now. Moreover, she feels apologetic that she couldn’t remember that it was him at first. But Toya explains that she was young, plus the flower’s poison also confuses the memories that aren’t as reinforced – in fact it’s a miracle that she remembered. Naala is impressed that he’s so knowledgeable and Toya explains that he tested it. For a second Naala imagined that he tested it on humans, but he explains that it was unfortunately on mice. In addition, she mentions their past promise – to create a world together where women are no longer kidnapped – and it’s touching how they met together again like this with the same promise. Toya seems to look down at the mention of it though, before recalling how cute she was as a kid since she proposed to him so desperately – that’s why he promised to marry her. Naala is a bit surprised since she was only a young kid then, but Toya feels that it’s only natural to want to have someone that cute by one’s side. Naala sulks, wondering if he’s implying that she’s stubborn now, and Toya denies this, saying that he loves her now.

Flustered by his straight words, Naala asks if that’s only as a friend and Toya agrees that perhaps that’s the case. Though for some reason Naala feels a bit disappointed at this. Now that they’ve cleared this up, she asks Toya to stop avoiding her. Just then, Luji comes in to give some research reports to Toya. Naala is informed that Luji is now leading the research centre newly built in the palace. As Luji offers to shake her hand, Naala returns it but feels Toya’s gaze – though she sees him smiling as per normal and wonder if it was just her imagination. After Luji leaves, Toya states that she is not as guarded around Luji, unlike when she talked to him back then. Naala explains that it’s merely ‘cos they met through different circumstances and Toya agrees, while saying that he was just mentioning it. Even though he’s smiling as per normal, Naala can’t help but sense something cold about it too. Naala is dreaming of the past again, as she asks after Bayar how the “fight” was. He reassures her that it was okay but soon after she feels dizzy and faints. Before she slipped into unconsciousness, she hears Bayar blaming himself and crying – but can’t clearly make out his words.

After that day, Naala helps out Toya with his research though unlike before, she feels herself getting more self-conscious around him. Naala tries to create the excuse that she’s nervous about making a mistake, so Toya (purposely) offers to support her though it’s more like hugging her. Though this makes her more embarrassed, Naala also doesn’t feel like separating from him. As Toya (purposely) talks into her ear, Naala feels rather faint and supports herself on the table – till she feels something touching her behind. When she wonders what it is, Toya abruptly jumps away and switches the topic. Pffft do I really need to explain what just happened?

That night, Toya offers Naala to drink with him. As she hears that Luji is making progress on his side too, she becomes curious and thinks of going to check on him once too. When Naala remarks how Toya’s really capable, he says that it’s only for the medical field and in fact Noor is the expert in knowledge. His relationship with Noor is like a student-teacher one. Even though their difference in age isn’t much, Noor was deemed a child prodigy since young. In fact, he took Noor’s classes alongside Slen, as his father took a great liking to Slen and even once talked of making him his adopted son. This makes them childhood friends. Toya sadly wonders if his father wanted Slen to be the successor instead but Naala thinks otherwise, since Toya is his son after all and he probably only wanted someone to support Toya when he became king. Though he doesn’t hate Slen, Toya admits that it’s a bit problematic as Slen complained after hearing Naala married him but they managed to sort things – though by that he meant via a bit of sparring.

Naala feels apologetic to Toya for always giving him trouble. But Toya mentions that he’s still the guy who kidnapped her. And her saying that makes him feel lonely too – what if another guy had passed by such as Luji, would she have married him instead? But Naala feels that it was fate for them to have married after all, it’s like her mother and that promise guided them together. Toya’s mood seems to change though, as he wonders if it weren’t for this bond between them then she wouldn’t have been by his side like this. Sensing something off, Naala asks after him but Toya change the topic as he brings his own specially-made alcohol. Seeing that she’s taken a liking to it, he offers to even bring it every night – and then jokes that if she could no longer stand (from the alcohol?) then she would always be by his side. As Naala tastes the alcohol again, it seems to numb her tongue a little.

Sweet kiss

Though she slept well last night ‘cos of the alcohol, Naala has trouble sleeping the next night as she waits for Toya to return from a meeting. Basically Naala wants to support Toya and as he remarks that her existence alone supports him and hopes he can be like that for her one day, Naala answers that he already is such an existence to her. Naala laughs at how they’re really like a couple now, since they’re supporting each other. Just as she realises what she said, Toya kisses her all of a sudden before breaking away as he apologises. He’s afraid that he won’t be able to suppress himself any longer and despite how he appears to treat women carefully, he admits to having certain thoughts about her. Naala finally realises that she loves Toya and struggles to hold him back as she gives the ‘okay’ to him. This certainly fans Toya on further as he roughly kisses her and Naala tries to calm him down since she’s not going to run anyway. Seeing her difference in reaction to him, Toya wonders if she’s used to this – such as having kissed before with the Rusu king. Naala denies this, since even her first kiss was Toya. Delighted by the news, Toya hugs her but then freezes for a while as he tries to calm himself down – if not he’s going to climax any moment pffffffffft. Keep this up Toya, and I’ll be constantly laughing at these scenes.

It’s the first time he’s been this nervous and horny around a woman and Naala gets jealous since that implies he’s done it with others before. Toya admits this since it’s part of his duties as a king, but is also happy to see her get jealous and they finally go do it. Though Toya does hesitate midway as he still seems to be concerned by the promise and Naala has to give him the push again. Toya ends up tearing up as he remarks that his soul would most likely be burned by judgement’s hellfire, but he doesn’t mind if he now has her love. He also pulls it out at the last minute which makes Naala feel a bit sad since they’re already confirmed each other’s feelings. But she can’t bring herself to question him as smiles weakly at her while saying that he loves her. Despite his tender kisses, there seems to be something lonely about his expression.

A brief break

Ever since that night, Toya has been touchy-feely with Naala at every chance he can get. As she yawns, he apologises for last night and says that he’ll moderate himself tonight – implying that he’s still going to do it anyway lol. Naala wonders if her existence alone really supports him and would rather him rest now than be walking with her. As if reading her mind, Toya remarks that he’s happy to have a kind wife like her. As they’re walking in the courtyard, Naala is reminded of their meeting with Zamda. Toya feels apologetic for his heated reaction at that time. Though Naala still can’t accept what that guy said, after being with Toya like this she can now say that she wants to have his child and that they’ll have a bright future together. Touched, Toya hugs her. But thinking about their relationship now, Naala recalls that this is going along with what Noor wanted which is a bit annoying. Toya is also reminded of Slen’s attachment to Naala and decides to produce proof that she’s his asap – aka their child. He scoops Naala up and heads for the bedroom – only to be stopped by Noor as there’s plenty of paperwork to be done and so their brief break is over.

The weight of words (only appears in Uru’s route)

Naala gets up in the middle of the night and decides to bring a drink over and hears someone at the door. She sees Uru there, who actually came as he wanted to check if the windows were closed since it’s raining rather heavily now. He also adds that even though it’s bad of him to come this late at night, but she’s also too defenseless being dressed lightly around a guy. Though Naala understands his words, she also feels at ease ‘cos it’s Uru. But she’s still worried about him after he leaves and goes to chase after him – only to see that he appears to be crying. Though Uru refuses to admit this at first, Naala offers to listen to his troubles so Uru says his first and last request of her – to cover her ears. Knowing that he must have his reasons, Naala does as told and only the sound of the rain and of her heart beating remain in her ears. Uru slowly speaks, and later presses his hands against hers as he appears to repeat his words. Slowly he removes his hands and he tells her that it’s alright already. For some reason, his reddened eyes look sad and Naala sees an adult-like smile for a moment. She knows that he probably won’t say those words again, and sees the weight of those words.

A dear life

Naala has another dream – but it appears to be someone else’s past. And that someone just killed off a young boy with red hair – or at least heavily wounded him. As much as the boy himself is shaken and disgusted with himself, he also feels a certain desire burning inside of him, like an adrenaline rush. He screams out “Burafuka”, and Naala soon wakes up. But it’s not just her, she sees Toya having a nightmare too. He seeks her comfort when he wakes up and they both go back to sleep. When she wakes up later she finds herself alone. Uru soon comes in to attend to her and Naala muses over how it’s a coincidence for both of them to have seen nightmares. As she utters “Burafuka”, Uru pouts at her as he explains that it’s nothing auspicious – even though it’s a spirit’s name which support ancient Nasula, it became a devil after tempting the flame spirit’s wife and snatching her away. It’s the first time Naala heard of this as each kingdom would worship different spirits – in Rusu’s case they worship the moon spirit the greatest. In Nasula it’s the flame spirit and that explains why Toya has the tattoo of the flame spirit on his arms. Burafuka is the fire spirit and when Uru is about to explain the difference, Muru interrupts as he brings over a flower for Naala on Toya’s behalf.

Uru comments on how Toya really loves her, but in Naala’s eyes he’s equally kind to everyone. Uru differs on this though as though Toya’s kind, he feels that he has an unapproachable aura about him – as if there’s something dark behind him. But this is his own opinion and only he seems to feel this way. Naala finds it odd for him to say this, since Toya was his past master after all. But Uru replies that what he hopes for the most now is her happiness. That night Toya gets horny again and wants to do Naala despite having to get up early tomorrow – till Slen interrupts them as news came that Rusu is going to attack Nasula with the help of a kingdom from the West. Unlike Nasula, Rusu is pretty much closed off to foreign countries so this news certainly comes as startling. Oli probably agreed with the Western kingdom to split Nasula if they won or something. If they had the cure now they could’ve negotiated for peace but they don’t so Slen suggests letting Naala go and negotiate, as he found out that she’s the king’s sister.

Toya immediately turns this idea down, and even refuses to listen to Naala – he exclaims that Naala is his wife and tells Slen to leave. Naala notices something off about Toya, especially ‘cos he referred to himself as “watashi” rather than the usual “ore“. Slen seems to note what is going on with Toya though, and Toya tells him to stop speaking and even draws his sword. Slen calmly tells him to recall what he really wanted to be, and returns for now but wants Toya to think about it. After Slen leaves, Toya seems to have calmed down and sadly mutters that he doesn’t have any likeable trait in him. He didn’t want to be such a weak man, but rather someone strong like Slen. (Bad End: Crimson, branches off from here)

However Naala comforts him, as any side of him is still the Toya she likes. Moreover she has her ugly sides too – he just doesn’t think so ‘cos he accepts them all so she’ll do the same for him. He shouldn’t think of himself as worthless since there’s only one Toya in this world. Toya’s eyes avert at that latter phrase, and he starts crying. And eventually they get in the mood lol these two. But Toya remarks that her life is precious and he finally understands what someone once told him – how dear a life is. Naala also expresses her intention to send a letter to Oli, and notices that an old scar he had is gone. Toya says that it’s been long gone but Naala wonders if a scar can really disappear completely like that.

Once more, Naala dreams of someone else’s past, Toya’s. He killed off the servants since they were bullying Samar, and tells her that she doesn’t need to worry since his father will also sweep this under the rug. Samar’s panic doesn’t seem to be understood by the young Toya, and she slaps him, before breaking down as she hugs him. She feels sad that he wasn’t taught this at all – that life is precious and if someone’s life is lost people will cry. Samar explains some more to him before asking him to promise her that he will no longer kill people. He shouldn’t use his power to kill but to let people live. Having understood her words this time, Toya promises her and Samar prays that he will someday find someone whose life he finds precious. Naala wakes up that morning, having slept with her mother’s stone again. Toya has already left and Uru soon comes in. He tells her to stop acting improperly as she yawns loudly, lest she attracts Burafuka. Naala is reminded that their conversation was cut off the last time and asks for him to continue what he was going to say. Apparently Burafuka and Buraise, the flame spirit, are twins whom both protected ancient Nasula. Burafuka, the younger twin, then stole away Buraise’s wife and even plotted a war against Buraise. But Buraise won the war and peace was restored. ‘Cos of this tale, the younger twin born in a royal family would be considered bad and taken care of.

Decision

It’s been a month since Naala sent a letter to Oli, and she suspects that there must be a lot of disagreement over how to reply. Toya then asks her how she thinks Oli would respond – not as a king but as someone she knows personally. Though Oli’s smart and calculative, he’s also swayed by feelings when it comes to her or his father. Once she was kidnapped by a woman to be sold as a slave. The woman was barely any older than Naala but when Oli came to save her and killed the woman without any hesitation. Even Toya is shocked by this, but now Oli’s king so Naala believes that he would need to be less swayed by emotions. Toya feels apologetic too since he should be more cool-headed as king too, but Naala is happy to be able to support him. Though heartened to hear this, Toya also remarks that he’ll be punished one day for this happiness. Naala thinks that he’s joking though since who would dare punish a king. Just then Muru interrupts with news that Rusu’s army has been sighted with the Western kingdom’s army, prepared to attack. Toya orders for Slen to prepare to set out, and also decides to join him. When Naala starts to protest, Toya tells her to stay to protect the Rusu women and his research. Rather than say that he’ll definitely return, Toya tells her that all he wants is for her happiness and to be happy with someone else if anything happens to him.

Toya then leaves to prepare and after Naala goes to check on the Rusu women, she goes to find him. Inside the throne room, she hears the ministers trying to dissuade Toya – if he really does lose his life than there wouldn’t be anyone to take over. They’re even shocked when Toya plans for Slen to take over in that case. Toya feels that one shouldn’t be so concerned over one’s bloodline and now may be the time to change such systems – including the one about twins. As the ministers can only leave, Naala thanks them for their concern. Though it’s awkward at first, they remark that they’d like to see her and Toya’s child. Inside, Naala tries to persuade Toya again and explicitly says that her only husband now is the Toya before her – it doesn’t have anything to do with the past promise they made. But Toya is obviously still hung up on it and eventually reveals that he isn’t the one she promised to marry and to create a world where women aren’t kidnapped – it was in fact, his older twin brother.

In the case where twins are born into the royal family, the younger one is to be killed ‘cos of the suspicion that he’ll become the devil like Burafuka. Though the real motive in the past years is to avoid any conflict over who inherits the throne. His father didn’t believe in the suspicion though, but he couldn’t ignore it and lose the ministers’ trust. So he decided to raise Toya in the dark (literally, kept him in the basement) as a form of “insurance” in the case anything happens to his older brother. Only a group of people could see to Toya, and he was educated in the same areas as his older brother. He met Samar under those circumstances, who was in-charge of taking care of him. She cared for him like a real mother and admonished him appropriately. When he was young, he was desperate for people to remain by his side and so he started to research on how to keep them by his side – but without killing them. First he tested on birds, then on the caregivers who were mean, and eventually he took a great interest in poisons. Though he’s a replacement for his older brother, he sees himself as Burafuka, one with an ugly heart. Though Naala is taken aback by this confession at first, she starts to join the dots, especially with how Toya appeared to have so many different sides to him.

Toya knew about Naala ‘cos his older brother took pity on him and would tell him about his meetings, and it became his only connection with the outside world. Eventually Toya himself desired to meet Naala and his brother agreed to exchange places for one day – that was the day Naala fainted. After being in the outside world that one time, he didn’t want to return to the basement anymore and during a sword practice session he stabbed his older brother. He doesn’t know if it was intentional or not – but it was true that he wanted to become “Toya” and wanted to see Naala. After Naala fainted ‘cos of the disease, his older brother planned to start a rebellion against their father – he wanted to fulfill his promise with Naala and free women. But before he could act on it their father found out and dragged him to the basement, and told them to switch places. In that moment, his older brother chose to kill himself instead and so he became the only successor and hence took over as “Toya”. But he blamed himself that it’s ‘cos he’s Burafuka, that he ‘killed’ his brother and her.

In the end, he decided to continue living on as his brother, to fulfill his dream and say as he would’ve said as a form of atonement to both him and her – though in the end he still couldn’t suppress himself and embraced her. Even though it crushed him with guilt, he still fell in love with her (and he says “watashi” here aka he refers to himself as “watashi” while uses “ore” ‘cos his older brother does so). Soon after, Toya sets off and Naala isn’t able to hold him back in time. Just then, Uru comes in and asks her which “Toya” does she love – at least he believed that she chose the current Toya. Uru apologises for eavesdropping, but advises that she shouldn’t let him go alone as he would keep blaming himself. As Naala recollects herself, she eventually comes to the answer that she doesn’t want his atonement and it saddens her that he was in such pain despite loving her at the same time – she wants to properly convey to him of her love.

Uru then shows her to a secret passage leading outside, as he was ordered by the king to have her escape in case anything happens. But now he’s letting her go outside to see Toya and says that he’ll look after the Rusu women. Naala worries over the punishment he’ll receive though and he reassures her that he’s always on her side and to trust him. Touched, Naala thanks him as she kisses his cheek and leaves to find Toya. (Bad End: Paradise, branches off from here)

(Only appears in Uru’s route) Naala is torn between going to Toya’s side and staying with Uru, knowing that he’s likely to receive penalty for what he’s doing. While heartened that she’s worried about him, he reassures her that he’s alright and tells Naala that she should leave. He kisses her cheek, and tells Naala to take his heart along with her. Naala replies that she will have to return to him to give it back, but Uru says that it has always been hers so there’s no need too. Before Naala can pursue further, he pushes her into the passageway to hurry along and she can’t help notice a tear appearing from the corner of his eye.

Best End

A battlefield of (two) certain kings

This is in Toya’s POV. Outside, Toya and Oli are fighting though Oli pretty much refuses to listen to anything Toya says. As a result Toya finds himself in a disadvantageous position as he loses his sword and is on the defensive position. When Oli goes to deliver the final attack he tells Toya to redeem himself to his sister through death. Upon hearing those words, Toya recalls how his whole life has been about redemption – but would his death really be redemption to Naala? He recalls Naala’s words and suddenly denies this as he avoids Oli’s critical attack, though his arm does get injured. If it were his older brother, he’d probably want for Naala to be happy (with someone else). But that’s unlike his true character and he can’t forgive that even if he dies – Naala is his only wife. He asks Oli once again to cooperate with him for the future of everyone but Oli is enraged as he feels that Toya stole his future with Naala.

A battlefield of a certain princess

Back to Naala’s POV. Naala jumps in between the two of them and Oli barely manages to hold back his sword to avoid injuring her. Naala stands firm as she declares that she truly loves Toya and if he thinks that she’s a betrayer he can kill her. If not, she implores for him to think for everyone’s future – if Toya is killed here the unrest will continue. But even though she sees Oli as an older brother, Oli himself has always loved her as a woman and treated her importantly to the point where he never laid his hands on her. He orders for his men to kill Toya and things become really chaotic. Toya protects Naala as he’s attacked by an incoming arrow. He asks for Oli to kill him if he wants, but to hold back the arrows lest he injures his wife. At this moment, Sarana appears with the other women who’ve found lovers in Nasula, and they plead with Oli. Apparently Uru led them all here. Sharu also appears with the other women who all want to return home. If there’s a chance where they can return without having to live in fear of the disease, they’d choose to go with Toya’s ambitious wish. And even if Oli kills Toya, another king will take his place and will definitely continue to kidnap women – she doubts that Oli can destroy Nasula thoroughly to avoid that possibility. Moreover, both her and Sarana want to fulfill Naala’s wish and if she is to be killed he can kill the rest of them too. As they say this, the women stand in-line between the two armies.

After a long pause, Oli orders for the army to retreat. If the Western kingdom makes noise, Toya can pay them all they want. Moreover, its army has started to retreat and Oli’s pretty sure that it’s the work of Noor. The women who wish to return to Rusu will follow Oli, but Sharu decides to stay with Naala for a while longer. As Oli retreats, he tells Naala that he’ll meet her next for negotiations. Naala thanks him in her heart as she holds hands with Toya.

Epilogue: the red flower which crossed over

A year after that, Toya completed the cure with the help of the women. Another year after that, an alliance with Rusu has been officially formed. Everyone gathered at the red flower field today as a commemoration for the new-found peace – though to be honest it’s more like a massive matchmaking event with people from both countries gathered together. When Naala thinks of going to see Oli, Toya fakes that his old injury is hurting to stop her from leaving him lol. Unlike Oli, he’s a king which had to be protected by everyone else and he says that it’s impossible for him not to get jealous. Naala laughs at this, and remarks that it’s not everyday you see that happen – plus she likes how he’s so human in certain aspects. For the past two years she’s been trying to drill into Toya that she loves him for his everything. As Toya replies with a similar comment, he adds that he’ll have to work hard to avoid her leaving for another guy. Naala is a bit surprised since he’s been more frank like this now but wants him to promise her that he won’t carry it all upon himself like before. She is worried about his old injury though as she recalls that he was sick just recently. Toya answers that it’s him feigning illness since he wanted to take a break from all the work, and in fact even Uru knew this lol. After the incident, even though it was said that Uru would receive disciplinary action the fact is that he saved the king so he didn’t receive any punishment.

Toya wants to give a name to the red flowers since they are everyone’s saviour, and also to commemorate today’s fresh start. He decides on the name “Bayar” and Naala agrees on this immediately much to his surprise. In fact, the very first time she and Bayar met he had promised her that he’ll get rid of the disease. The red flower which couldn’t cross over has now became a bridge of hope. Just then, Muru calls for Toya to announce the flower’s name to everyone and Toya does so as he hugs Naala.

Bad End 1: Paradise

When Naala arrives it’s all too late as Oli has killed Toya. As she sobs over his body, Oli says that she’s returning with him as his wife now. Naala can’t imagine being someone else’s wife though and puts up a struggle which results in Oli knocking her unconscious. It has probably been months since Naala has returned to Rusu. But she feels that her world is bleak and grey and starts to lose her appetite. She even refuses to see Sharu, not wanting to see anyone. Though Rusu won the battle and took back the women, they were betrayed by the Western kingdom in the end and were forced to retreat – apparently Noor had a part in this. Slen took over as the new king of Nasula and the government over there has changed drastically so Rusu is fearful that there will be an attack in the near future. Not that any of it matters to Naala anymore, as she tells herself that she has fulfilled her duty to return the women back to Rusu. She can’t bring herself to hate Rusu or blame Oli who came to save her, and is pretty much slowly breaking down physically and mentally.

When Oli comes to see her again, worried that she may die at this rate, Naala speaks to him for the first time since that day. But he’s not exactly happy to hear that she doesn’t mind dying to join her husband at the other side. After a long period of silence, Oli reaches out for Naala as he says that he’d planned to wait till her feelings settled down – but at this rate she may die. Though he looks guilt-ridden, Oli tells Naala that her feelings would probably change if she becomes a mother (with his child). As Naala struggles, fearful at the thought, Oli says that she’ll soon forget all about Toya. She contemplates biting her own tongue to die but he gags her and forces himself against her own will – and it’s as if her heart has been broken. After that, Oli comes to do her every night. As Naala goes to the window side one day, a red flower petal is blown in and she’s reminded of Toya ‘cos of its colour. Just then, she hears the guards outside going to chase after a bandit. There are no guards outside her room now and as if guiding her along, the wind blows the petal outside the door and in the direction of a secret passageway only royalty knows of.

Naala is reminded of the day in Nasula where she entered the secret passageway to see Toya and as the memory overlaps, she escapes with the idea of going to see Toya. Strangely, the red flower petal continues to be blown along by the wind and soon enough Naala sees Toya (or an illusion of him). He takes her hand as he promises to not leave her alone again and they both finally walk on the same path again.

A certain king’s repentance

Naala had apparently jumped off a cliff and fell to her death. No matter how much Oli touches her or kisses her, her recovered body remains motionless and is no longer the same as before. Only after several hours does he find himself crying as he wonders if it was he who killed her. He only realises the depth of his sin now and can only apologise and repeatedly call out her name. From somewhere, a petal is blown onto Naala’s lips – as if it were a flower offering.

Bad End 2

Naala tells Toya that he has always been strong, and as proof of that he came this far ‘cos of that promise he made in the past. Toya seems to think that it’s really ‘cos of that promise after all, that she’s by his side. He wonders if she’s going to return home after all and Naala tries to tell him otherwise, sensing something off about him. But Toya suddenly laughs and remarks that he must’ve been shaken by what Slen said. He reassures Naala and gives her the same wine as from the other day, telling her to sleep first as he needs to prepare something for tomorrow. As Toya wishes her a good night, Naala can’t help but feel that he sounds too kind.

The bottom of pleasure

Naala wakes up the next day to see her leg chained to the bed. Moreover her whole body feels dull and heavy. Toya comes in soon after and acts as though everything is normal. She’s informed that Uru has been sent to do another job and Naala can’t register how the kind Toya can do this to her. He claims that it’s for the both of them and even smiles at her as per normal. Naala struggles his advances but to her surprise she can hardly exert any energy. She tries to ask why he’s angry but Toya doesn’t seem to understand her words and continues to force himself on her. Naala can only question his reasons, since he’s not the type to do this sort of thing.  Toya merely smiles as he whispers to her, asking what does she truly know about him. Also, Toya has apparently given her some medicine so even when her body is dull she starts to feel weird. Toya remarks that she’s his only wife and even contemplates killing her just like this as he places his hands against her throat. Even though Naala did want to have his child, she never imagined it to be in such a situation where he has completely trampled on her own will. Toya still refuses to remove the chain, saying that it protects the bond between them. Naala finds herself crying since he’s drastically different from the Toya who protected the Rusu women. He then reassures her that he’ll remove it eventually – when she has his child. When that times comes she’s free to wander around the castle, but never beyond that. Before Naala can say anything, Toya forces himself on her again and says that he loves her. Despite those words and his close distance to her, he feels far away from Naala and she continues to sink to the bottom of pleasure.

A shaky world

It’s been a week since she has been chained up. As Toya cleans her up, he asks for her to always remain by his side. Still foolishly thinking that he’ll return to how he was before, she pleads for him to remove the chain. To her surprise, Toya agrees to do so and when she’s released, Naala struggles to the door, planning to find someone to talk to for help. But her body is still heavy and when Toya asks where she’s going, Naala answers that she can’t be by his side the way he is now. Toya remarks that she will leave him after all, and wonders why he hoped for something even though there’s no way anyone could love him. (Toya uses “watashi” here.) Naala tries to tell him that even now she still loves him but before she can do so, Toya comes to the conclusion that he just needs to make her feel better – so that she won’t ever think of wanting to leave. He forces her down and uses some medicine he personally made on her. As Naala starts to feel strange, she knows that she’ll really lose herself if this continues and pushes him away. But she can barely escape as Toya grabs her again. In the end, Naala loses herself as she starts to lose all reason. Toya chuckles at her response, asking for her to break more from the pleasure. Her world starts to be consumed by darkness as she loses all resistance. It’s as if the ground is swallowing her up and not being able to stand this shaky world anymore, Naala fades out.

Crimson

Toya carries an unconscious Naala down to the basement. When she wakes up, he tells her that it’s his room – and her room from now on. Ever since then, Toya comes down every night while repeatedly telling her that it’s all for her sake. Naala despises the medicine he uses on her, and it’s as if he pretends not to see her true will. It’s as if her ability to think is slowly being stolen away, as she’s trapped in here being fed with poison-like medicine – being provided for everything. She can’t decide anything by herself and she has grown tired of trying to talk to Toya. Just then, she hears people outside and realises that it’s Sharu, Sarana and Uru. They’d been searching for her since she’d disappeared. Sharu throws down a dagger from the only window at the top. When she has escaped, she can escape to the backdoor and there should be a horse there. Both Sharu and Sarana don’t agree with Toya’s treatment of her, as if she were an object. Though Uru is shocked at first and Naala worries about what will happen to him, Uru tells her that he doesn’t want her to be forced to live like this after all. Uru says that he’s always on her side, and to do as she wants to without worrying about him. They quickly leave as they sense someone coming and indeed Toya enters the room not long after.

Seeing the dagger in her hands, Toya questions if she’s going to reject him too. If she’s going to leave him, he might as well kill her. He draws his sword and refuses to listen to anything she says. As she’s pushed to the ground, Naala thinks that she’s going to get killed and unwittingly stabs him instead. Shocked at what she did, she quickly goes to his side and sees that he was actually holding the sheath and not the sword. But Toya’s smiling, as if he’d been saved. He apologises for hurting her and confesses that he knew that he was doing wrong. But he didn’t know what else he could do to keep her with him. As he strokes her face, he apologises for only being able to love her in this manner, but still he loved her. When his hand drops and he passes away, Naala can only cry as her vision is filled with a crimson red.

Uru’s End: Vow

When Naala goes to intercept between Toya and Oli, she gets stabbed by Oli. As she falls to the ground, she apologises in her heart to Uru. As she falls unconscious, she remains in coma till she starts to hear someone calling her repeatedly and eventually wakes up to see Uru by her side. Relieved to see her awake, Uru’s tears continue to fall as he thought that he’d killed her and apologises. Apparently after she fainted, Oli temporarily withdrew his army (at least till Naala wakes up again) since he was shaken after what happened. So in the meantime, Toya, Noor and the Rusu women are trying to negotiate for peace instead of just a truce. Probably this can be agreed upon if the Rusu women are allowed to return home. Naala thanks Uru for giving her that push back then, as she’s happy that she was able to save Toya. She apologises for being such a master, especially when she seems to keep making him cry.

As he shakes his head, Uru asks to remain by her side as he says that he’ll take up horse-riding, archery etc. and not just study. Of course Naala agrees to this and in fact thought that he found it painful to be by her side as she recalls the previous time he cried. Uru confesses that it’s ‘cos that he thought it was a sin to remain by her side – as he likes her as a woman. He is aware that she loves Toya dearly so he’s just happy to be by her side. Naala is surprised that he’s saying his true feelings and Uru refers to how Toya said that one should convey what they want when they can. Naala knows that she likes Uru too, even if it’s not as a man but as a person himself. She hopes that she won’t hurt Uru and asks him to continue to remain with her. Uru promises that he won’t leave her and will always stand on her side. With him kneeling on the ground and holding her hand with both of his hands, it’s as if Uru is making a holy vow.

Overall

If you wonder if this post is shorter than Luji’s, it is! I’m trying to be more concise with my posts from now on, partly ‘cos I’ve been taking too long with Koezaru imho. Anyway I do prefer Luji’s over Toya’s route. You may say that I’m biased after all but I feel that Toya’s route was lost potential especially in in terms of character development. I felt that his confession about being the younger twin etc. was all…rushed in the last part. Perhaps it’s ‘cos I love it when games can make me cry, so I was looking forward to having a sobfest or something pffft. So yeah. In fact, the only part where I teared up a bit was for Uru. Aww damn I’m going to be labelled as a shota-lover at this rate sobs. Please don’t misunderstand me! I just really liked his attitude and devotion to Naala so yes, I enjoyed what little scenes he had. Back to Toya, his character development was again, shoved towards the end where you see that he become more frank and himself around Naala in the epilogue only. What I did enjoy was how he’s like such a horny guy, besides the two sex scenes in the bad end I kept laughing at the rest.

For the bad ends, I actually quite liked Paradise ‘cos I really felt for Oli. He basically gets Naala stolen from him every single time, and by an enemy at that. I find it easier to empathise with him than what Toya did to Naala in Crimson. In Crimson, Naala is left in the dark as to why Toya acted like that to her. It’s really frustrating for her, and to see her how he hurts her – and then to die in the end. I’m pretty sure Naala’s going to remain in distraught. Maybe I’m being picky since everyone else’s words made me expect more and ‘cos he’s the main guy in a sense. ;; Okay sorry, you can ignore what I said if you don’t agree with me. I think that I’m going to do Slen next. Wish me luck on his bad ends~

35 thoughts on “Koezaru wa Akai Hana: Toya, Uru’s Route

  1. midoriha says:

    Thank you for this! I don’t want to read the bad ends lol. I agree that they were kind of rushing things near the end, and didn’t really, um, use the revelation of him being the younger twin and taking the place of his older brother as a chance for him to develop more and stuff. But,well, Toya himself is pretty cute, especially those hilarious scenes!how honest you are, Toya! Also, uru is cute, and his loyalty and sincerity is admirable!

  2. Sena says:

    Also, I finally finished Toya’s and Uru’s routes! I agree with a lot of what you said. I can’t really compare it to Luji’s route just now though. Uru’s ‘route’ was interesting, although I think you got more out of it than I did. I thought he was adorable and I liked him, but I didn’t really feel like much happened with him, especially since it was really more an add-on to Toya’s route than his own. Though you know, I thought his brother was pretty good-looking. If Uru grows up to be similar, Naala would have a run for her money, haha.

    I’ve never been a huge fan of bad ends, especially since in this game at least one bad end always has rape. There was something about Paradise that I liked, it’s probably because I also sympathized with Oli being forever brother-zoned, but I think I liked Crimson more because of the same things that you probably didn’t like about it. From the good end, you know what’s up with Toya and his insecurities and somewhat split in personality, so even though Naala didn’t know, we as the players did. Although I can see how that would be pretty awful for Naala since she doesn’t understand what happened to him. I almost feel like it was meant to be that way because it’s tragic. If she found out why he was behaving the way he was, it loses some of that. The not understanding is what makes it full circle in a way. I don’t even know if I’m making sense anymore. That sounded so much better in my head.

    On the plus side, I didn’t have as much of a hard time getting through the R-18 scenes as I thought I would and Toya was pretty hilarious. He couldn’t control himself and had to pause a lot so he wouldn’t…well, you know. He was so boyishly adorable too. I was pretty satisfied with his good end as well. I kinda wish they had a baby because I feel like that would’ve been cute, but then again perhaps it was alright that they didn’t because their relationship should be able to get stronger on its own without the added bond. The reason I say this is because there seems to be this idea about having a baby being this strong bond of unbreakable attachment between two people in this game.

    Oh God, I wonder if all my comments are going to be this long for each route, haha.

    • Yume says:

      I had to go back and read what I said oops.😄 Yeah both Uru and Esta’s routes are like add-ons to the main guys’. I personally wouldn’t have minded more scenes for Uru just ‘cos and like you said, I’m sure he’ll grow up to look just as fine lol.

      It’s interesting (?) to note that for Luji, Nalan and Sefu (aka not the main guys) their bad ends don’t have rape – or at least they don’t show any. Yet there was for Toya, Slen and Nooru. But that aside, I agree I sympathised a lot with Oli. I really wished he could get his own route (in the PSP version) but I guess it wouldn’t be feasible since he and Naala would be in two different countries. ;; Hmm you made an interesting point, I never thought of that perspective. You’re making sense! If I read it correctly, the lack of understanding between the two of them made the bad ending more tragic. Essentially they kind of missed each other while walking on the same path, to put things metaphorically. I kinda like this interpretation!

      That’s good to hear! I agree, Toya’s R-18 scenes were hilarious with his lack of control lol. Ahh that’s true, especially with Oli wanting Naala to have a baby in that bad ending to make her stay alive and such. It’s interesting when you put it that way, ‘cos I noticed that most of them don’t have a baby in the end (I think it was only in one good end, and one bad end).

      Haha no worries! Long or not, your comments are totally welcomed!❤ I wasn't able to discuss much about this game with other people since I kinda played this later than most people, so I'm glad.😀

      • Sena says:

        Haha, well I don’t blame you. These reviews are from a while ago. I’m glad that you get to discuss them with me too. It makes it so much more fun, don’t you think? It’s too bad you didn’t really get to talk about it with others when you were actually playing it, though.

        I didn’t really check on the PSP much myself, but was there any mention of an Uru route? Are they keeping it generally as it is (as an add-on), expanding it, or doing away with it completely?

        Based on my skimming, do each of them only have one bad end each? Maybe since the main guys had multiple bad ends, they just felt like incorporating rape scenes in one or two of them (and then death in the other…or death and rape in some?) but since the secondary routes don’t have as many they just make it bad in a different way. I don’t even know. I’ll be able to properly discuss this with you later once I get to playing their routes. After finishing Noor and Esta’s routes last night, I don’t really know who to go for yet…I was probably going to play either Slen or Luji.

        Personally, Oli didn’t seem like a character that I would’ve wanted to play a route for, but it would’ve been an interesting change. If they really wanted to, the creators could probably have found a way to manipulate the story to make an Oli route. I don’t know if it would’ve detracted too much from everyone else in a bad way though…the really different routes are usually hit or miss.

        I’m glad I made sense to you! It sounds like you got what I meant. And phrased it infinitely better than I did, haha. It was kind of interesting though. Since (unlike in Noor’s route) Toya ended up dying and somewhat repenting in his rape bad end, I almost forgave him for his earlier actions. Especially since he was only holding the sheath. It made me feel like he wanted to be killed since he knew what he was doing was wrong and knew it was pretty much the only way he could be stopped. Since he couldn’t stop himself from hurting her, he used the situation to get himself killed so he could save her from himself. That was the impression I got so I couldn’t hate Toya. I guess that was why Noor’s bad ends just felt so empty in comparison.

        Oh, there’s actually a baby end in here somewhere? Good to know. Frankly, based on the premise of the game, I expected having children to have a bigger role than it actually has so far. Although I admit I expected it to be in a more positive fashion, like the marriage and babies type of end…but she’s pretty much already married to them already so I was just waiting for the babies aspect, haha.

        • Yume says:

          Hmm I don’t think they mentioned an Uru route. I’m not sure what they’re going to do to his mini-route. It would feel kinda bad to take it away completely imo so perhaps they’re keeping it as it is…? Though of course I secretly hope they add on to it, as they would for Esta’s. But I guess they see more potential in Esta’s.

          Yes, they all have bad ends – except Uru if I’m not wrong.

          Yes if they did give Oli a route it would probably be a hit or a miss. Since we wouldn’t know what to expect, if they pulled it off it could’ve been brilliant or just…half-hearted lol.

          Ahh I see~ That’s true, when you compare Toya and Nooru’s actions like that. Unlike Toya, Nooru also doesn’t seem like the type to really reflect on himself as much (…if I remember correctly).

          Yeah you would’ve thought that there’d be more mention of children somewhere. Hmm besides the one baby end, I know that there was mentions of children in one other good ending. Tbh children plays a greater significance in Slen’s route due to how their presence would affect his rank – as for whether they did or not…I’ll leave it to you to find out.😄

          • Sena says:

            Ah that’s unfortunate. I feel like Uru should have something at least, but I could see why they might take it out as well. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

            Uru didn’t really need to have a bad end, since his end wasn’t much of an end to begin with. Giving him a bad end just didn’t fit.

            Yeah, I don’t think Noor reflected. I don’t even know if anyone stopped him or if he ever got caught. The way all of them ended (minus the Esta add-on from “Noor”) seemed like it would just continue forever until Naala died or something. She was already losing her sanity (and might’ve already lost it in “Pet Slave,” actually) so that didn’t seem to stop him. It really seemed like by that point, death was really her only escape.

            Hmmmm. Perhaps I can muster up motivation to play Slen’s route? I’m trying to convince myself. Although it’s easier to physically change playing games on a PC versus a PSP, changing over to a different game makes it harder for me to go back to one I stopped playing midway because of the difference in art, story, characters, and gameplay. I’m so conflicted on what I should play.

            • Yume says:

              Yeah, I believe Nooru probably would’ve never gotten caught (with him being so clever and all) so death was Naala’s only escape, as you say.

              Oh, just go with your mood! (: I admit that Hana Awase’s card game is terribly addictive, but I’ll save my words for your comment on the Hana Awase post!

            • Sena says:

              I agree. Poor Naala.

              I did go with my mood, haha. I agree the game was pretty addictive. The first time I played it I ranked up until like level 207, but I couldn’t rank up higher because No one new popped up who’s level was less. I think I was still playing it for several hours though, haha. I’ll save my words for the Hana Awase post too. It almost feels unfaithful to discuss a different game on another one’s review, haha.

  3. Sena says:

    I just started this game! I’m commenting here since I’m working on Toya’s route first (and because I talk to you all the time on that other post anyway). I think I might try to comment on the actual reviews of games I play that I know you’ve played and reviewed…once I get to them. I don’t remember how I ran into this title, but I’m glad I did. I heard that Operetta Due was Heterodoxy before, and I loved the Second Reproduction. It was the first otome game I played knowing what it was. My first was actually Tokimemo 2, but I didn’t know what otome games were back then so I almost feel like it doesn’t count, haha.

    I’ve never played an R-18 game before and that kind of worries me just a little, but I decided to try it out because of who made the game. I like their style of games give or take the R-18 aspect since I didn’t quite get to that part yet. From what I’ve seen it looks like they usually have strong heroines and I like that she’s actually voiced and there’s no muting of her name. I actually read more of the review than I probably should have before playing, but it’s probably alright in this case since I have a feeling I’ll like it. I’m super excited! I’ve been lacking やる気 to play games lately so this might bring me out of the slump.

    • Yume says:

      Oh I see, that’s great to hear! Hopefully you’ll enjoy Koezaru just as much. (: Actually I’m not sure if I should recommend this, but Koezaru is actually getting a PSP port (to be released in 2014) aka there won’t be any R-18 scenes in the PSP port. That being said, the R-18 scenes were pretty integral to the game imo due to the plot of the game (the disease, lack of women, have more kids etc.) so I’m unsure of how the PSP port will turn out. I guess it will have scenes to make up for the lack of R-18 scenes, and I believe Esta will also get a proper route. But in any case since you’ve already started on it I guess you could at least see how Toya’s route goes. I think you made a good first choice since compared to the others (at least Slen, Nooru) his shouldn’t be too provocative. ^^; Hope you’ll get back your やる気 with Koezaru!

      • Sena says:

        I heard they were getting a PSP release! I’m actually really excited about that even though I’m already playing it, haha. You’re right though. Based on what I’ve played so far, I can see why you felt the R-18 scenes were pretty integral to the game. Perhaps they’ll keep similar ideas and just make it have lots of implied intimacy instead? They could probably get away with some things if they aimed for Cero D or something. They’re definitely going to have to change some stuff to make it work, though. They can make it work if they don’t change the things that make it a good game imo…I’ll be super disappointed if they follow suit with the majority of games and take away the heroine’s voice and the other characters’ voicing of her default name. At least they probably won’t change her personality much or I might as well just play the PC one, haha.

        I wish there were romanized versions of their names. Whenever I play, I keep sitting there thinking of what the names are supposed to be. I don’t know why I get obsessive about that, but I do.

        If I can’t figure out who to go for first, I often go for the cover lead guy unless someone specifically mentions saving them for last due to something revealed in the plot. I’ve gotten some of the やる気 back, but playing games on a PC is harder than on a PSP since I actually have to stay seated at my desk. Less flexibility. I can see why PS2 games started getting PSP ports.

        • Yume says:

          I’m happy with the news too! Think that it would certainly attract more interested players. Yeah as you said, they could probably get away with some things if it’s Cero D. But yeah they’d have to change some other stuff too so…I may be interested in playing it just to see how it compares to the original PC games haha. I doubt they’ll remove the heroine’s voice and characters voicing her default name, Naala’s seiyuu has already been listed in the cast. ^^

          THIS OMG. Every time I want to type the character names in English I have to search them up (if there’s an official romanised version) or guess what they are. orz

          That’s true! Playing on a PC has its perks, but also its cons with one of them being what you said – having to be stuck on a PC.

          • Sena says:

            I’ve become really interested in how they plan on changing the game. I do actually plan on playing it, but I feel like if for some reason I didn’t, I might have still bought it to support the company since I really like their style. Although not perfect, the stories they’ve created so far have impressed me, especially since a lot of disappointing games seem to have been released this year. It feels a little strange saying that since I started playing them this year, but I guess it can still make sense since almost all the games I bought were made earlier. The few that I bought that came out this year haven’t been receiving great reviews.

            Oh, that’s good to hear! I’m glad she’s still going to be voiced. It would’ve been such a waste. This is probably really lazy of me, but having the heroine’s lines read feels like less work. At the same time, it almost helps when I need to look up unfamiliar vocab since I can hear the sound. Otherwise I have to rely on my ability to recognize radicals in the kanji and write it in my electronic dictionary.

            It bugs me so much. I really hope they integrate an official romanization for the PSP release. I’m tired of trying to figure out whether it’s Nooru, Noll, Knoll, or something else. Or if it’s Rusu, Ruse, Luse, Luze, etc. I’ve seen some romanizations that look pretty legit, but I don’t know how good of a judge on that I can be…

            Plus, if I’m lying/sitting on the bed or couch instead of the computer, my dogs can lie next to me. It’s very cozy….except the weather’s very hot now, so it’s comfy but hot, haha.

            • Yume says:

              Yeah I find that quite a few releases this year seem to be rather disappointing too. In fact the one which I enjoyed the most this year was a 2011 release lol. I hope the same isn’t for 2014 since I’m interested in quite a few titles too.

              Haha I wonder if they will…I feel as though the PSP website will just grab the same profiles as they have on the original website so. ^^; For Koezaru I went with romanisations that would fit better with the game’s setting (I guessed it to be somewhere around Mongolia). For example, Knoll is very American-like so I went with Nooru.

            • Sena says:

              There’s a few more coming out this year that look interesting, but I don’t know if it’s even worth it to get them right off the bat. I admit that some of them aren’t even related to the stories and I super wanted them for the art or voice actors *feels shallow*

              I hope the game companies are just going through a bad patch and next year will be better…or some of the games coming out in the next few months of this year have some redeeming qualities.

              That’s highly possible. I mean why bother making new info when it’s not really necessary and, like we discussed, they already have to make a lot of changes to go from an R-18 PC game to a Cero D or lower PSP game. Something I did find interesting today regarding names is the female name Naara in Hebrew means “girl” or “maiden” and the male name Noor in Arabic means “light.” I thought that was rather amusing since they could match the game in the sense that Naara is the girl who’s perspective we follow and Nooru/Noor has very fair coloring (skin, hair, eyes). I’m not sure if those are really the right languages (especially since you mentioned Mongolia), but I just came across it so I found it coincidental.

            • Yume says:

              Ahaha, I judge my buys based on the art and voice actors too.😄 It comforts me to think that if the story dissatisfies me, at least I can enjoy the lovely art or voice-acting.

              I hope so too! /eyes Snow Bound Land…

              Ohh that’s interesting to hear. ^^ I only know that for Nooru, it made a reference to “lake” and Naala saying how it was fitting for him – which made me believe more so that the game is set around Mongolia. (ノール means lake in Mongolian.) But I don’t know about the rest.

            • Sena says:

              That’s a good way to look at it, haha.

              Ah, Snow Bound Land. That was on my list too. As well as Chronostacia. And then I keep seeing stuff for Hakuouki Sweet School Life but no other info besides the site opening is really out there…but since Kazuki Yone is no longer doing the art, I’m a little worried.

              Oh, I see. That’s neat. I feel like it would be really interesting if we knew generally where/what the game’s setting was based….like how it would be nice to know their names romanized T_T

              Oh, and Noor in Arabic was actually a unisex name. I accidentally wrote it was a male name /end self-correction.

            • Yume says:

              Ohh yes Chronostacia. I’m really hoping I end up enjoying it as much as Clock Zero (due to the similar science fiction + sad romance vibes). Oh I wonder if you know but Hakuouki SSL is going to be for Vita. They’re really pushing their popular games to Vita, Amnesia’s new game (Amnesia World) is going to be for Vita too. ^^;

              I agree. I really enjoy learning these little bits of knowledge since it also shows that the creators did their research.

            • Sena says:

              Speaking of Clock Zero, I still haven’t played it yet. I’ve been flopping back and forth around all these different games, haha. I was planning on playing it soon too…I started the very beginning, but not enough happened to really warrant saying I ‘played’ it.

              I was checking back once and a while for game news, but I didn’t know Hakuouki SSL was confirmed for Vita until you mentioned it. I just bought a PSP so the prospect of buying a Vita isn’t super appealing to me right now, but depending on how many games I want to buy for the Vita, I might have to give in and get one. On the plus side of finding this out, I was planning on buying Dangan Ronpa 1 & 2 for the PSP, but I might wait for the Vita doublepack release if I need to get a VIta anyway…I don’t really know what’s going to be in Amnesia World. I wonder what the plan for that game is. Considering everyone got married (well, except Ikki since he had the wedding scene in Later) in Crowd, I don’t really know what else they could do. I mean, they release mini game games for some, but Crowd kind of already had that in it.

              Yeah! It’s really interesting when they do research on settings that they model their games after. Or mythology. That’s always interesting too.

            • Yume says:

              Take your time! When you start on Clock Zero it may take a while to get into it (since you’re playing when they’re all still kids) but once you’re into it you’ll be stuck to it! At least I hope that’s the case haha. It’s really one of my favourites.

              Yup it really depends on how many games you want are on Vita. I don’t have any huge wants at the moment so I’ll probably not be getting Vita, at least not in the near future. Hmm my guess is that Amnesia World will be mini-games like Hakuouki Yuugiroku? As you said, I don’t know what else they can expand on in terms of plot. Even though there are parallel worlds, I’m sure the potential has hit its limit!

              Ahh yes mythology~ It adds to the significance too – well if they wanted to show any symbolism and such.

            • Sena says:

              I feel like it sounds like it has a good premise, so I can’t see myself not liking the game, but I guess I just need to be in the right mood/ frame of mind to play it and enjoy it.

              I probably won’t get a Vita soon, but I feel like I’ll have to get one eventually unless they give up trying to push the games on there and go back to the PSP. Amnesia World doesn’t sound promising just because like we agreed, it seems like it would be more mini-game based rather than story-based since the plot is essentially closed up. I did want to play SSL, but I don’t know if I want to buy a Vita just yet for that.

              The symbolism is probably why I’m so gravitated to Hana Awase right now. I’m just swimming in the symbolism and reincarnation loops/possible AU use too. I always did enjoy complex and well-supported intricacies…which is rather unfortunate in terms of otoge as I probably wouldn’t be able to understand all of those things without help T___T

            • Yume says:

              It probably is a matter of time before the otome game market shifts to Vita too, but probably not for one/two more years!

              Ahh don’t feel too bad. What I like about this fandom is that it can be a rather social experience too. There are people out there who share their posts and thoughts, and you can ask/discuss with other people too about their interpretations and such. /o\

            • Sena says:

              I’m really waiting on that one/two years. I don’t want to buy a Vita yet. I still have a lot of stuff left for the PSP, haha.

              That’s true. I mean, it’s basically what we’re doing now and if it wasn’t fun we wouldn’t continue doing it. Plus, it makes me feel less dorky. My friends are pretty used to me and my eccentricities by now but it’s still…hard? not really the right word, but it’s interesting to try to explain what otome games are to people without making them sound really strange or perverted or something like that. So it’s nice talking to people who play too because you don’t have that issue.

              What’s also kind of interesting is I notice that even though not everyone plays all the games, they usually at least know about them. Like Diabolic Lovers, which we talked about earlier. I haven’t and don’t intend to ever play it, but I read a review about it so I know generally the whole setting and plot and all the characters up to a certain point.

            • Yume says:

              That’s true. Most people don’t get what otome games are when you first try to explain to them. When my family asks what I’m playing, I’ll just describe it by its secondary genre eg. science-fiction lol.

              Ahh yeah, especially for the more popular games. It’s really thanks to all those who post and share about them. ^^

            • Sena says:

              That’s a good idea, maybe I should try that, haha.

              My friend tells me I shouldn’t get a Vita if at all possible. All her friends who bought one regretted it. But I’m like…Hakuouki SSL….Amnesia World…because I doubt Otomate would do a back release porting to the PSP if it comes out on the Vita. I was like, okay, I can do this. I can resist the Vita.

              And then I see pretty pictures of Amnesia World on Tumblr: http://vocaotome.tumblr.com/post/63563430791/estearisa-amnesia-world-for-psvita

              …my self-confidence in resisting the Vita is dwindling.

            • Yume says:

              Yeah I saw those scans, Otomate is really going all out for Amnesia World. It took ??? years for Hakuouki to get SSL and here Amnesia is with a school AU already. Apparently Otomate has also released a trial version on Vita for Moujuutsukai to Oujisama so I’m thinking that they may port it very soon too (with extra content?).

              I’d wait for them to do a completely new game for Vita rather than a spin-off though hmm.

            • Sena says:

              I think I’ll go with that. I mean, I think I’ve become super jaded in a way and I feel like game companies are just out to make the most profit without any care for the quality of games so part of me is like “nope, I’m not supporting this. Release my crap on the PSP now and I’ll probably buy it but I’m not buying a new handheld system for two games.” Although I feel like it would just be a singular boycott. A lot of diehard fans would totally take the leap and buy a Vita to get those games. Moujuutsukai would be a good game to port if Otomate is trying to head in the Vita direction.

            • Yume says:

              It’s the diehard fans huh. But yeah, likewise I think Moujuutsukai is a good port. Nice balance of story, characters, romance, humour etc. Still…I’ve gotten the PSP already so I’m not one of those who will buy a new handheld AND a game I already have. ^^;

            • Sena says:

              I mean, I really like Moujuutsukai. I kinda wanted your artbook you unboxed recently just for the Moujuutsukai section even though I didn’t know what anything else was. I’ve been collecting artbooks slower because most of them are out of print now so I’d need to find other places to get them. Moujuutsukai is definitely on that list. I didn’t go super searching for it yet until I seriously want to buy it, but as far as I could tell there’s only an artbook for the first game and not the FD, right?

            • Yume says:

              Yup, there’s only one artbook. I remember its cover illustration is of the 4 princes dressed in brilliant white, sitting around the chair. \o/

  4. Fuuyumi says:

    Thank you very much for your review!
    However, I was wondering why in the event panel of the game, toya had 5 *** scenes + 3 blank endings that I couldn’t get. I’ve looked up the guides, but they seemed to have omitted that part. Can you please tell me?

    • Yume says:

      I take it that you mean 5 sex scenes and 3 endings? Umm the thing is Tooya only has 5 sex scenes and 3 endings. So if you have finished one play-through of Tooya’s route, you should have already filled up some of those missing slots.

      I followed this guide (http://otome.girly.jp/benibana/menu.html) and completed the game. Maybe you can show a screenshot for reference but otherwise, I don’t really know how else to help you.

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