Scandal in the Spotlight – Ryo Chibana (Main, Epilogue, Sequel, Sequel Epilogue)

Intro: I’ve taken a break from Shall We Date: Demon’s Bond, because I noticed that Ryo was finally released in Scandal in the Spotlight!! I’ve wanted to play him since the prologue, and it took a long time to get here. But before I get to him, I just want to mention that I might be slow with blogging for awhile. My schedule changed at work and it’s kind of stressing me out and giving me less time. I have quite a few posts I’d like to write, so hopefully I’ll get around to it. I’ve also been nominated for two more awards by Krystallina and LitaKino (Thank you thank you!!!), which I will be posting about too. 🙂

Now, on to Ryo! (Some spoilers ahead)

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Overall: I’m going to start off by saying that I had a huge smile on my face almost the entire time I was playing this game. Obviously I wasn’t grinning when we got to the drama later in the story, but I was just so happy to finally see Ryo and learn about him! Plus, he was so sweet and helpful, I couldn’t stop smiling! Since they are both writers, MC and Ryo get along well from the beginning. MC admires Ryo, and starts falling for him almost immediately.
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And I don’t blame her. He was so sweet and cute, I couldn’t believe it! Quite a few times through the story I was thinking, “Is he secretly evil?” “Does he have ulterior motives?” “HOW IS HE THIS NICE?!?!” I guess Ryo has been so shrouded in mystery since the beginning of this game, I had a hard time trusting him lol. But he’s not secretly evil, just ridiculously stubborn and in denial. I wanted to give him a good shake.

While Ryo thought he was finding a new, better lyricist for Revance, what he really found was a muse for himself.
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MC helps him find the inspiration he is lacking. It is a little similar to Taka’s story, but I feel MC influences Ryo and helps him through the problems a lot more then with Taka.Speaking of Taka, he was scary as hell yelling at MC! I couldn’t believe how mean he was. It was a bit of a shock after playing his route lol.
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In the sequel, Ryo becomes a full-fledged member of the band and starts performing with them. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I don’t find it that plausible that they could suddenly train him into a good enough singer and dancer, especially with how high their standards are. I also kind of liked that he was a little more normal. But, it’s nice to see him with all his friends again, and working so hard to make up for everything in the past.

Overall: In the end, it’s really amazing to see Ryo with all the guys! Especially up on stage. After playing all the routes, it felt really satisfying to see all the boys with Ryo again. They missed each other so much! While I’m happy for MC, I was mostly just happy for all the Revance boys to be together, after seeing what they all go through in their own stories without Ryo.

And oh goodness, the little side story with Kyohei, Taka, and Ryo as kids was ADORABLE! They get yelled at by their moms! Hahaha! Look at these cuties in high school uniforms!!!

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So now I have played all the guys from Scandal in the Spotlight. I kind of miss them already. I will definitely be playing any sequels they add, but I’m probably going to move on to a new Voltage app for a bit. Because of reviews from Jessichi Notebook, I really want to play Star Crossed Myth!!! Stay tuned!!

Shall We Date: Demon’s Bond – Kazutake

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Intro: Finally!! Kazutake!!!

He was the guy that immediately grabbed me from the prologue, but Chitose and Kazuya seem to be the “main” guys, so I wanted to play them first. I don’t know why but this guys really does it for me…I feel like a silly teenager with my heart pounding when I look at him! He’s just SO sexy and manly and cute all at once! Seriously, look at this sexy face!!
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My Thoughts: So poor Kazutake is going through a hard time. He has agreed to guard the human Mitsunari so that his clan can regain their ancestral land to build a permanent village. Right now they are “wayfarers” which means they have no permanent home, and just have to wander around trying to survive. So he’s gone against the Alliance’s commandments of not getting involved with humans, because he wants to regain his clan’s homeland with his own two hands. Kazutake is kind to everyone, but he seems to like Yukina since she is a fresh perspective on things (being younger).
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As for Yukina, unlike the other two routes, she is always very aware of Kazutake, right from the beginning. Every time he touches just her shoulder or head, she notices it and becomes somewhat flustered (I would too!).
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Because of Yukina’s awareness of Kazutake, the route felt somewhat more romantic then just them being comrades. Everyone kept implying they were a couple, and especially towards the later half they seemed to realize each other’s feelings without ever actually saying anything. So the progression of how they fell in love is very believable and sweet, but the route also feels somewhat less romantic because they never out and out say anything or kiss till the very end. With Chitose and Kazuya, the confession and kiss happened more like 2/3 through. Anyways, it feels more romantic for certain reasons, but less romantic for others…I’m sorry that’s confusing!

This route made me cry multiple times…let’s start with the big one: Elder Koto!
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OMG! I knew it was coming, I did. But I wasn’t prepared! He’s the nicest, sweetest elder, and he loves Yukina so much. You even find out Gin-o was his paper animal sent to watch over Yukina…ugh! It hurts. I loved that she was able to use his power that he passed on to her though. Also, Mitsunari Ishida. I really thought he was a jackass at first, but he grew on me. He’s not evil, just proud…and he does care about the people around him. When he was worried about Yukina and Elder Koto after one of the battles I was like, ‘Awwwww you do care!”
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I knew he wasn’t going to make it even from the start of his route, but since he grew on me so much, it was still hard. I also felt really bad for Shu, the main villain in this route. Poor thing. : (  I wish they would have found a way to make him happy.

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Yukina seemed to be a much better fighter in this route, and got to do a lot more, AND turn into a true demon! So I was happy. Kazutake is such a badass, he really needs a good fighter to rely on and “watch his back” as they said. 🙂

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Overall: I LOOOOVED Kazutake! Dear otome gods, please let Shall We Date bring over the fan disc, because I NEED more Kazutake in my life! He is the perfect mix of sexy, kind, badass, funny, and cute all rolled into one amazing package. That rarely happens!

I will say that while I loved the characters in Kazutake’s story, I think his has been the least romantic so far. :/  A good story, but not as romantic as I would have liked. Just another reason to get that fan disc!!!

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