Scandal in the Spotlight – Kota Igarashi (Main, Epilogue, Sequel, Sequel Epilogue, His POV)

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Intro: Kota started out kind of blah and mean, but somehow I was curious about him. Why does he want to be an actor? Why does he want to be in Revance? Luckily, the story answered all my questions for me!

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My Thoughts: Thank you Nagito. This is how Kota is. They often describe him as a cat in the game, and that is quite true. Even when MC and Kota are a couple, he is perfectly fine off doing his own thing when he doesn’t want to be bothered, and he will pull away if you try to push too hard. But when he wants attention, it’s just so adorable and cute!

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I ended up really liking Kota. The story does a good job of showing Kota and MC growing close, even with Kota’s weird personality. It’s so cute when they bond over their favorite actor, and you can really see Kota opening up. Kyohei and Iori are kind of larger then life personalities; they can be hard to relate to. But Kota seems much more normal with his comics and video games…he really just likes relaxing in his room.

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Kota is 27, but to be honest, I feel he acts like a 17 year old sometimes. It’s just his mannerisms and the things he does…maybe he is emotionally stunted from having no friends as a kid? He doesn’t always seem to know how to handle people and relationships well. But when he is trying to make a connection with MC, it’s so cute.

For the main story, I liked the romantic ending better. You find out why Kota fell for MC and he’s just a blushing, adorable mess. For the sequel, I liked the dramatic ending, because I don’t like when they give in to the evil screenwriter!!! However the romantic ending is soooo cute when he calls her “dear” and acts like they are married.

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Overall: It can be hard to get Kota to open up, but he’s such a sweetheart after you put in the work. You can tell he is the type of guy who is very dedicated and loyal once he has someone.

But thank goodness for Nagito in the sequel, who really pushes Kota and MC to be together. He kind of does that in the main story too…I’m not sure they’d be together in the main story without his influence either! Can’t wait for Nagito’s story!

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Spring Anime Season 2015

I wanted to start blogging about some other things besides otome, so I thought I’d talk about the new Spring anime season that started a couple weeks ago. To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to many new shows this season…that hasn’t happened in awhile. Somehow, I’m still watching a lot of them, but I’m sure I’ll drop a few along the way. As of now, I’m watching:

Seraph of the End
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Show by Rock!!
Blood Blockade Battlefront
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Food War!
Plastic Memories
Rin-ne
Mikagura School Suite
Gunslinger Stratos
My Love Story!!

From last season I’m continuing:

Fate/Stay Night
Kuroko’s Basketball
World Trigger
Sailormoon Crystal

Other then the shows I’m continuing, I wasn’t very excited for anything but Seraph of the End. Of the new stuff, it’s definitely my favorite. I love the characters, the weapons; I think the battles are cool and the setting is interesting. I can’t wait for a confrontation between Yu and Mika. I also think the opening is great. I love everything by this composer lately.

I’m also enjoying Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (aka DanMachi). I think the title is very misleading. I guess it’s classified as a harem show, which I’m not a big fan of normally, but it doesn’t feel that way. The series is mainly focused on Bell growing as an adventurer, and his relationship with his goddess Hestia. These two are so cute together!  Hopefully the show stays on the good track its on.

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I didn’t think I’d like My Love Story or Show By Rock, but both surprised me. My Love Story because it was just really good, and Show By Rock somehow drew me in with it’s cuteness. How long that lasts, I don’t know. Otherwise I think the best new shows are Arslan and Blood Blockade Battlefront. I’m not too excited for any shows coming over the summer either, so I guess this means more time for otome! What do you guys think of the new shows?

FYI, this is a good website to check all the upcoming shows: http://anichart.net/spring

Scandal in the Spotlight – Iori Enjo (Main, Epilogue, Sequel, Sequel Epilogue, His POV)

Intro: Oh Iori. I have a real love/hate relationship with him. He can be so incredibly mean and rude, but then end up doing these sweet things that really make me swoon! And he never really says sweet things, it’s all in his actions, which maybe proves how much he loves MC.

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My Thoughts: MC calls Iori “evil prince”, and for good reason. He seems like a sweet, polite prince to his fans, but it’s all an act. His personality is totally different.

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Thank goodness for Matsunaga who keeps Iori in check at the start of the story, so he’s actually decent to MC and they can start to form a connection. After Iori starts to fall for MC, he doesn’t turn over a new leaf and start treating her nicely. He just goes from being mean and indifferent, to teasing her. He keeps calling her a masochist, and while MC denies it, she must be a little bit to put up with the sadist Iori.

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But, I can’t blame her when he turns around and does all these nice things! Iori is very observant. He notices when MC wants to go on a normal date, so he reserves a WHOLE THEME PARK so they can act like a normal couple for awhile (sort of). And he’s very cute when he keeps Nagito from touching her all the time.

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The sequels and epilogues were pretty good too. I was worried about his father and first love Shiho for awhile, but they both end up being good characters.

Unlike Kyohei, I actually enjoyed the romantic ending better. I thought it wrapped things up better in both the main story and sequel. And this scene was just SO cute! MC loves oranges, and Iori always teases her for it. I just thought it was funny how he found a way to tease her, while still saving the day.

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As a side note, Iori’s crazy fans in this story are awful! I HATE when there are crazy, mean fans. Do these people really exist in real life?? It’s hard to imagine anyone acting that way.

Overall: Iori is like a rollercoaster. One minute I’m swearing at him because DAMN is he being a mean tease, and the next I’m all AWWWW over his sweet gestures, and the way he supports MC. I’m not quite sure what to do with him to be honest lol. Luckily, this MC is pretty tough to put up with Iori. I don’t think everyone will like Iori just because of his weird personality, but he certainly keeps things interesting.

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Scandal in the Spotlight – Kyohei Rikudoh (Main, Epilogue, Sequel, Sequel Epilogue, His POV)

photoIntro: MC is an aspiring screenwriter, but she isn’t having much luck. She even loses her notebook with some of her ideas in it, including some lyrics she wrote that she thought would help one of her screenplays. The cute guy who works at the café she frequents gives her some tickets to a Revance concert though, so MC grabs her friend and goes, even though she doesn’t know much about boy bands. While at the concert, one of the songs sounds awfully familiar…it’s her lyrics! The band tracks her down, and it turns out the nice café guy is actually the secret sixth member of Revance, Ryo, their lyricist. He’s disappeared for some reason, but took her notebook with the lyrics (thief!) and told the guys to use her as their ghostwriter. But MC isn’t so sure she’s up for the job…

My Thoughts: I have some issues with this story, but I’ll get to that later. Let’s get to Kyohei. He’s one of the leaders of Revance and their producer. He basically threatens MC into writing a sexy song for their 10th anniversary, or he’ll use his influence in the entertainment world to make sure she never becomes a screenwriter.

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Not sure what to do, MC agrees to be their ghostwriter, even though she’s only written the one song. She ends up living with the guys, and gets to know them and how their lives work. They are all quite different offstage, especially Iori. Eventually we see Kyohei isn’t such a mean guy, but he puts Revance’s good over everything. His father was a famous performer/producer, but he died saving Kyohei’s live when he was little, so his career got cut short. Kyohei feels it is his duty, in honor of his father, to become extremely successful with Revance.

MC obviously has a hard time writing a sexy song, since she isn’t really a lyricist, but Kyohei basically gives her fantasies by hitting on her and turning her on.

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It’s very similar to Kaikan Phrase aka Sensual Phrase. Anyone ever read that? The storyline is incredibly similar. I feel one of the Voltage writers must have recently read the manga before coming up with this app. Over time, the two fall in love, just like Sakuya and Aine from Kaikan Phrase.

Anyways, there is some drama from a guy named Shinya, who I still can’t figure out if he is a bad guy or not.
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In one of the endings he helped them out, so I don’t know. I went back and forth with liking him. But through all this we see Kyohei falling in love and becoming a sweetheart; he even puts her good above Revance’s. That’s when you know he loves her!

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Between the two endings, I like the Dramatic one the best, even though I think the Romantic one is supposed to be the better one? The Romantic one they end up back at the house where they can be alone, but the Dramatic one was just so…dramatic! LOL! I liked seeing the concert and her being on stage, and Kyohei confessing his love with all the bright lights and madness of the concert scene.

Now my issues…What the heck is so wrong with a ghostwriter?? They act like it’s the end of the world if people find out Revance isn’t writing their own lyrics. But Takashi writes all the music, and Kyohei even writes the lyrics for one of the songs…so it’s not like they don’t do anything musically. I guess here in the US, I assume the majority of pop acts don’t write their own music/lyrics, so it’s accepted. Maybe it’s a big deal in Japan? Also! They INSIST on this girl writing lyrics for them just because she wrote one song they liked. Just because their lyricist Ryo says they should. They have a lot of faith in her from just one song lyric. At least with Kaikan Phrase, Aine wanted to be a lyricist and had written multiple songs.

Also, at the time, I didn’t have time to play through and get both endings. I got the Dramatic one first. So I went ahead and paid for the ending set, because I wanted to see what it did, plus I wanted to see what the ending movie with the vocals was like. Well, I won’t be doing that again! What a waste for $2.99. It’s nice you can get both endings so quickly, but the old Voltage games used to give you both once you completed one route! And while the video is nice, it’s not really animated…just looks like the normal opening videos. And the song is short! It’s not even a full length song. I feel ripped off.

I will say I love the music though! I actually left my phone open to the main screen for awhile to hear the song. I’ve only ever done that with Enchanted in the Moonlight.

Overall: I like Kyohei, and I like the band idea. The story is fun, even if there were some weird plot issues that bugged me. I’ll probably try Iori next, but I’m most interested in Takashi and the mysterious lyricst Ryo. I might get annoyed with not getting both endings easily though…guess I’ve been spoiled.

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I played all of Kyohei’s available stories, including his POV. I actually liked his POV story, unlike the couple times I tried playing one before. I don’t know if they have just improved those stories, or if I have a better idea of what to expect now. MC tends to be fairly shy and proper, so the stories from a guy’s point of few are fun because they are much more blunt and…not proper lol. Kyohei walks the line with MC between being tough with work, and being sweet as her boyfriend, but I think he pulls it off well. He can be critical of MC’s work, but only because he has been in this business a long time. He knows what he’s doing, and he wants her to do well. Luckily, MC handles criticism like a champ. That’s definitely one of her strong points in this story!

Okay this is getting way too long, but let me say one more thing. While I don’t think it was worth the extra money for the ending set for the main story, I DO think it was worth it for the sequel. You get an extra story about Kyohei going to a magazine photo shoot, and get an extra sexy photo of him as the magazine cover. Definitely worth it!