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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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!!!

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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