Shall We Date: Demon’s Bond – Kazuya

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Intro: Shortly after meeting Kazuya, this is one of Yukina’s first impressions of him, and it’s pretty accurate to his personality and their relationship. Kazuya rarely shows too much emotion, and has a very composed, grown-up manner about him. This pretty much sums him up lol.

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My Thoughts: Kazuya gives off a quiet, sullen air, but he doesn’t seem like a bad person. That’s just his personality. He can actually be very sweet, but he closes himself off because he knows he will be judged for allying himself with humans. And I can’t really blame him because that’s what happens with Yukina. Once she meets Tokugawa Ieyasu and learns about his relationship with Kazuya though, she starts to feel differently about humans.
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Kazuya no longer wants to hide in the mountains like the other demons, but find a way to prevent the coming war, or at least make it shorter. Ieyasu was the one that taught him this. I like that Kazuya doesn’t want to just sit on the side lines and wait things out…it makes him very brave.

Eventually Kazuya and Yukina warm up to each other as they spend time together. There is a part in Chapter 9 that is from Kazuya’s perspective and you can see that he is starting to care for her. It’s very sweet. And I hated when he had to fight with Kazutake!
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Major dislike. But when Yukina jumped between them and almost got her head taken off, Kazuya’s shocked reaction was so cute. Although I felt bad for him because he was so scared that he could have killed her. After Elder Tsuki’s death, they have a really sweet moment connecting. The music and the CG were just beautiful to go along with the moment.
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She finally makes him realize that she is there for him. They are a team, and he can’t keep going off alone. It takes a lot to break through Kazuya’s icy cold shell, but Yukina does it!

The last fight Yukina got to be pretty badass. She had a great quote…”If you’re going to fight for me, then let me fight for you!” Even though I felt she was finally more of an equal with Kazuya, they could have gone a little further. She didn’t get to take on the “true demon” form like in Chitose’s story. And she got that really cool technique from Elder Tsuki, but she only uses it once!
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(I really love this “true demon” form they all have)

Overall: I really like Kazuya. He’s beautiful, and so cool with his two swords! I have a thing for guys that use two swords…I think his story is slightly more interesting then Chitose’s. It seems to have more weight to it since they are working with Tokugawa Ieyasu, but it’s also more annoying because that evil Masanobu Honda is in it. And the Flashback Ending made me cry. Oh that HURT.

Chitose and Kazuya are (quite literally) like fire and ice, so what kind of personality you like better will be the deciding factor I think in which story you like better. Overall, I like them both. Now on to my sexy Kazutake!!!

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Shall We Date: Demon’s Bond – Chitose

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Intro: I just finished Chitose’s route for Shall We Date: Demon’s Bond. This is a prequel of sorts to Hakuoki, since it is set in the same world, but takes place many years before. This time around it focuses more on the demon side of things though. I’m going to discuss this game and the app, then move on to Chitose.

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My Thoughts: I’m going to start off with saying that this game is not as good as Hakuoki. I don’t think the story is quite as good…but other then that, I can’t say exactly why. Overall I think it is a good game, but not as great as Hakuoki. If you go in with high expectations, you’ll be disappointed.

Let’s start with the good things. First off, this game is BEAUTIFUL. Hakuoki had great art, but Demon’s Bond is a newer game, so I feel the overall character art, backgrounds, etc. is even better. I was Googling art for the game and I kept saving image after image, because they were so pretty! Also, the characters are good (and gosh are these boys hot). I’m not quite as attached to them as the Hakuoki guys, but I’ve only played one route. They do have a bit of a head start in my liking them though, simply because of the families they come from. Chitose is from the Kazama clan, and I love Kazama from Hakuoki, so I already had a soft spot for him! I think it’s interesting how they tie in all the families and show more of their culture that we didn’t see in the original game. I also really like the music. Every time the battle music came on, it pumped me up and I kind of danced around a little on my sofa LOL!

Most of the things I dislike have to do with the platform/app. I’ve never played a Shall We Date Game before, so I didn’t know what to expect. I REALLY wish I had this game on anything that would give me a bigger screen, because the art was so pretty. I was squinting to see the CGs. And there doesn’t seem to be a way to save a better version of the CG in your phone other then taking a screenshot. What a let down! Other then that it was just minor things I didn’t like, such as the skip feature not being fast enough, or trouble with the bookmarks…anyways, on to Chitose!

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And O.M.G…what a cutie he is. But, other then their beautiful crimson eyes and their last name, Chitose has nothing in common with Kazama! LOL! I feel like Kazama would be very exasperated with his ancestor heh. While Kazama is very calm, cool, and composed…Chitose is pretty hot-headed. He’s quick to jump to conclusions, but seems to be a much kinder, friendlier person then Kazama. Overall I really liked him, and think he makes a good match for the stiff, straight-laced heroine Yukina. Speaking of Yukina…I liked her, but sometimes she got on my nerves. I liked that she was a fighter, although she didn’t seem to do much in this route. But she’s still in training, and female demons are weaker then males. I liked that she could go into battle and do SOMETHING, versus Chizuru who couldn’t fight. And Yukina was quite badass and useful right at the end at least.

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I also liked that she wasn’t a super girly girl, but it was annoying when she kept saying “I’m a chieftain and the Princess’ protector before I’m a woman!” Or something like that. Thank goodness Toyohisa made her realize you can be ALL THOSE THINGS at the same time. I also was annoyed when she kept hesitating to take out the demons that were trying to attack them. Maybe I’m cold hearted, but they are trying to kill you woman! They are obviously evil. You gotta take them out!

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I teared up a few times (mostly with Toyohisa, the grandpas, and the endings), so this game definitely has the feels like Hakuoki does. It’s not quite so heart rending, because not as many people die I think…at least in this route. I only played the Sweet Ending and the Flashback Ending, because I couldn’t find a walk through for the sad ending. I’m gonna try to get it on my own, but the Flashback Ending was sad enough…so I may not want MORE sadness. Here is the page with the good walkthroughs I used:

http://otomeios.blogspot.com/2015/06/shall-we-date-demons-bond-chitose-main.html

As for the other guys, I’m going to play Kazuya next, since I’m interested in what Chizuru’s ancestor was like. Shin I had an immediate dislike of (although I’ve heard he has the best route), and Kazutake! Oh come to me now! He is sexy and I can’t wait to get to him! Senkimaru definitely seems like he has a lot of secrets…so he will be last.

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Overall: This game is good, but not amazing. The art and characters make it good enough for me to keep playing though. If you are a Hakuoki fan, I think you will like it. It’s heavy on the historical fantasy and drama, not so much on the romance though. I already wish we could get the fan disc for this game! Shall We Date seems to have brought over the fan disc for their Hiiro no Kakera game, so hopefully they will do the same here. I think the fan disc for Hakuoki was the best part! 😀

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Real Neat Blog Award

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I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by Krystallina of Daiyamanga! I am SO grateful! It makes me so happy that anyone reads my ramblings at all lol. She has a really awesome blog that I love, with great manga reviews and info on deals!! Def check her out. 😉

The Rules:

1. Put the award logo in your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog).

Here are her questions:

1. What recent news from the entertainment and/or pop culture world (TV, movies, video games, books, etc.) has got you excited?

The most recent thing I can think of is the news that there will be a Deadpool movie! I thought this project was dropped, so I was ecstatic when I found out it was happening, and with Ryan Reynolds!! I love the character, so I can’t wait!

2. If you opened your own personal theater, what would be the first movie you’d play on your new big screen?

Oh good one. Probably one of my favorites that I re-watch all the time, like a Disney movie or Ever After.

3. What is (or was) your favorite board game?

Life! I loved all the different options of how your life could turn out.

4. Cats or dogs?

I like both, but I prefer dogs.

5. If you could set up a teleporter from your house to anywhere in the world, where would you pick?

Probably somewhere very far away that requires a long plane ride, like Japan or Bora Bora.

6. Name a Disney song that fits your life.

Oh this was a hard one, since I’m a big Disney fan. I know it’s a re-make, but I’m going to go with “Life Is A Highway” from Cars. This song is very upbeat, and I tend to be optimistic. I think the happy feel fits me, and the song always puts a smile on my face when I hear it.

7. Pick a book or book series and briefly explain why it’s so good.

OOOOOOH even harder! I could make a whole blog post on this alone! I think I’m going to choose The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I LOVE this series! It is the only series I know of where there is a love triangle, but it ends well. Not just well, but perfectly. It’s just so beautiful also because all three people love each other so much. I cry happy tears every time at the end. I think this series and the characters are immensely better then Clare’s other series The Mortal Instruments. It is only 3 books, so everyone should read it!

Now here are my questions:

1. Do you have a favorite myth or fairy tale?

2. Is there anything you’ve seen from a sci-fi movie that you wished existed today?

3. What is your favorite genre of story?

4. What is your favorite place that you have traveled?

5. What is your favorite book or book series?

6. What got you into anime/manga?

7. Who is your favorite character (from any series)?

And I nominate:

Bearza-chan’s Anime Blog A great review site with some interesting articles!

Mochi Wonderland Another great review site with some otome walk throughs

Fearless Façade This site has interesting book reviews, and some anime also

Jessichi Notebook Oh my gosh these girls are FUNNY! Their reviews crack me up! XD

Summer Anime Season 2015

I’ve been on a long vacation, so this post is a little late, but I’ve been able to watch 2 episodes of the new shows instead of one, so that helps me get a better idea of what they are about.

I wasn’t excited about last season, but it ended up having quite a few good shows! Seraph of the End definitely ended up being my favorite, and I’m going to start reading the manga. Yu started off as a typical, arrogant, shounen hero, but I feel he got a lot better towards the end. He learned to work as a team member, and not always charge blindly into situations. And the reunion with Mika! Oh good heavens, that was intense. Considering this is a shounen show, I’m surprised at how “coupley” Mika and Yu seem. And Shinoa was amazing! I’d watch the show for her alone. I can’t remember a girl character like her in quite some time. Her amazingness deserves it’s own blog post. I can’t wait for fall for more of this show!

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While Seraph ended up being my personal favorite show, I can’t say it was the best show. That I believe would be Blood Blockade Battlefront (and it seems most people agree with me). BUT! The last episode has been delayed!! So I’m reserving final judgment until I see the ending. I also really loved Food Wars, and will probably get the manga. The foodgasms in the beginning I thought were weird, and they still are…but this show about cooking is somehow awesome. I really love Soma. He’s a great character, and I like in the final episode he was able to learn something and finally realized that being at this school will turn him into a better chef. I also love Megumi and Isshiki. I’m so glad this is getting a second season.

Now onto the new shows! Sadly, this is another season where I was excited for very few shows. I was really only looking forward to Aoharu x Machinegun and Snow White with the Red Hair.

Shows I’ll Be Watching:
Rokka – Braves of the Six Flowers-
Charlotte
Aoharu x Machinegun
GATE
Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace
Snow White with the Red Hair
Gangsta

I may watch Overlord, Chaos Dragon, and Castle Town Dandelion…I haven’t decided yet.

Shows I’m continuing from last season include:
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Food Wars
My Love Story
World Trigger
Sailormoon Crystal

I ended up dropping Rin-ne, Mikagura School Suite, Plastic Memories, and Gunslinger Stratos, although I may watch the last two at some point.

Of the new shows, Rokka really surprised me. It was the first new show I watched and really started the season off with a bang! The first 5 minutes had amazing animation, I think the best I’ve seen in awhile. Adlet ended up being a really cool character, and I can’t wait to be introduced to the other Braves. The overall story is really interesting and I can’t wait to see where this goes.

Charlotte was not what I was expecting. It was incredibly beautiful to look at, but the first episode had me cracking up due to main character Yuu’s split personality. I don’t know if his deviousness was meant to be so funny, but I thought it was. I’m hoping the other characters whip him into shape and turn him into a less selfish person. While the first episode was funny, the second took a sad, serious turn. Knowing who the creator of this is, and the studio behind it, I’m expecting more of that…

And, I loved Aoharu x Machinegun! This is another one that I wouldn’t say is the best show, but it caught me. It reminded me a little of Ouran High School Host Club with a more grown up, violent feel. A show revolving around survival games seems incredibly random to me, but it will certainly be different. Plus, hot guys!! And I love all three main characters. I love girls that can kick ass. Can’t wait to see where this goes!

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The biggest surprise so far for me has been my crush for this season…more then Prince Zen from Snow White or Masamune from Aoharu, I can’t help but be drawn to Nicolas from Gangsta! I don’t know if it’s the tribal tattoos, the dog tags, or what…but he’s just so badass swinging around his samurai sword in his suit. And the fact that he’s deaf puts a really interesting spin on the character. I really want to know more about him! I really love the opening for this show too…Stereo Dive Foundation is one of my favorites.

This season has surprised me so far, so hopefully these shows continue to be good!

Scandal in the Spotlight – Takashi Ninagawa (Main, Epilogue, Sequel, Sequel Epilogue)

Intro: I’m not really into quiet guys (Nagito and Kyohei have been my favorites so far), but I was interested in Takashi from the beginning. I AM really into guys that are creative, especially musically. If they can play a musical instrument, I am all over that. I know all the Revance guys are musically talented – they can sing, and have helped MC with the lyrics in their stories. But Takashi is different. He writes all their music and plays the piano (I assume other instruments as well). Plus, he was just so stoic, it was hard to imagine him being interested in anyone romantically.

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My Thoughts: MC is impressed with Takashi right from the start. Like me, she is intrigued by his musical genius. Not only does he write music for Revance, but many other artists also that request him. He is REALLY busy. Taka pretty much ignores MC in the beginning. He doesn’t do it on purpose, but he is so caught up in his own little music world, and he doesn’t acknowledge her talent yet, so she’s pretty much invisible to him. When he does notice her existence, it’s pretty much to say that she is not like Ryo.
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I never thought about it before, but since Ryo wrote Revance’s lyrics, and Taka wrote the music, they must have worked together a lot, and been very close. PLUS they were childhood friends. So they really understood each other and worked well together. So it is hard for Takashi when Ryo leaves and this new girl is dumped on him. MC really had to prove herself to him, especially since Takashi is such a scary perfectionist.
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But she recognizes his talent and always takes his criticism well. As they work together, they grow closer, especially when he learns she can play the piano a little. It’s a very cute scene where he teaches her more and they play together.

The first 2/3 of the story aren’t super romantic. It’s easy to see MC admires and adores Takashi from the beginning, but Taka takes some time to fall for her since he is so absorbed in making music. But they steadily grow closer, so it feels real when they do fall in love. But!! They finally admit their feelings, but Taka says they can’t be together because he is too distracted! His head is full of her instead of music, and he is in a terrible slump.
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This was a really hard scene to watch. I almost cried. I was so happy for them!!! And then it went downhill…MC was really strong here though, and had a great line.
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I really loved that…All difficult things, even break-ups, help shape you into the person you are. Everything has a purpose. Possibly my favorite Voltage line ever.

Eventually Taka realizes instead of shutting MC out, he should use her as his muse, and when he accepts MC and all his feelings, he gets over his slump. And starts to write a lot of love songs LOL!

Overall: I ended up really loving Taka. Once he opened up to MC and started talking more, I thought he was really interesting and could be very sweet. I think I’m really going to like future stories when they are a couple, because the end of his story and the epilogue were my favorite parts, because they were very romantic, and Taka is adorable when he is jealous! The main story was very good though; I almost cried a few times.
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Can’t wait for Ryo! I’m really curious how his story will go.