With the addition of Kiss of Revenge being available, I have more guys to review.
Read more under the cut.
THESE REVIEWS CONTAIN SPOILERS THROUGHOUT, BE WARNED.
Be My Princess
Keith’s route is like badly written fanfiction. The story is pretty damn stupid and it just really irritated me sometimes. I couldn’t enjoy it. Anyways, Keith is a prince of the country Liberty, and he’s the tsundere of the game, though much less likable than Theo. Due to some dumb writing, ‘falling’ on top of someone in Keith’s country means you’re proposing to them. Which means when the heroine displayed her fine skills of balance, she proposed to him in front of an entire ballroom. Now he’s mad at her, and kidnaps her and forces her to stay at his castle and work as a maid. I’m not making this up. The heroine doesn’t put up much of a fuss, and actually does work in his castle as a maid … for what reason exactly, I have no clue.
Keith is an ass towards you half the time, calling you commoner and what not, and blaming everything that goes wrong on you. Luke, his butler, is even more of an ass in this route. Seriously, does that guy have a stick up his ass or something? He is constantly being annoyed by the heroine and putting her down. Thankfully, the heroine has a mouth of her own, and she berates Keith for being a childish prick every now and then (her bad ass personality is completely negated when the heroine promptly apologizes for her behaviour afterwards. Can we please have a heroine that DOESN’T say sorry every other sentence?). This makes Keith ‘see’ the error of his ways (of being a brat), and uh, fall in love with her. And stuff. Their private plane also gets stranded on an abandoned island in what really felt like the worst piece of fanfiction written ever. Even worse than My Immortal Harry Potter fanfiction.
I didn’t finish Keith’s route because I honestly got tired of the plot. Keith is not a bad guy per se, it’s just the writing flops so much I can’t enjoy it. Also, I got really annoyed at the heroine yelling out “Wha!” all the damn time. Not even ‘what’ but ‘wha’.
10 Days With My Devil
Shiki is Shion 2.0 (A Knight’s Devotion). This means he treats you like a pain in the ass, and everything is ‘troublesome’, he rarely has something to say, but he ends up falling in love with the heroine anyway. I’ll tell you right now; Shion was a much better written guy, and his route was more fun as well. Luckily, Shiki’s route doesn’t leave the heroine all that much depressed, unlike Satoru’s route where she was pretty damn depressing all the time. In Shiki’s route, the heroine wants time to confess to the guy she has a crush on at work, and Shiki has to look after her. He ignores her in the beginning, and he’s not very impressed with the heroine’s attempts at confessing to this guy:
Suddenly, her crush starts asking her out to dates and stuff, and Shiki helps prepare herself. He keeps encouraging her to confess, but the heroine flops about like a fish out of water, and can’t spit it out. There is no sob story with Shiki, at least not in his background, because most of the drama is done due to the heroine’s crush actually being … some kind of salesman? He kept asking the heroine on dates so he could sell her something. What a very odd plotpoint. I would have liked it more if he turned into this weird creepy stalker, and Shiki kicked his ass, but alas. Eventually Shiki grows a bit jealous of the heroine’s crush, and he knows he’s not being genuine, so he tries to protect her from him. He falls in love with her, and then makes a change to the Death list database or something (you know, being a devil with computer skills and all), to let the heroine live. This means a penalty is in order; the death sentence. So Shiki goes and dies, the heroine continues to live and cries and mopes about for three days, until Shiki returns and says they let him live because of his uber haxor skills.
It was an alright route, better than Satoru’s at least.
Meguru is Kakeru’s brother, or well, half brother or something. So he’s always been looked down upon in the demon world. He also has a scary left (or was it right?) hand that if he touches anything with it, it will die. Meguru is the Koji (Office Secrets) in this game, meaning he lacks a definite spine, is way too nice, and is a beginner at this demon business. He has to take care of you, and the heroine is constantly saying things like “He’s nice.”, seriously she won’t stop pointing it out. We get it. Meguru’s nice. I guess when you’re surrounded by people who are truly mean to you, anyone in comparison is automatically nice. So that’s one of Meguru’s personality descriptions, ‘nice’. The other is that he is an otaku (meaning, obsessed) when it comes to anything Japanese. Just imagine any weeabo with no spine, and you’ve got Meguru. Oh, and he likes to cook. Sadly, you don’t actually see him cooking for you, but he does in other routes. Strange. Missed opportunity there.
The heroine and Meguru go out on a lot of shopping dates, and slowly, Meguru falls in love with her. Surprisingly, he decides to go against the law (demons can’t fall in love with humans), and runs away with the heroine and hides. Because if they don’t find her when her ten days are up, she gets to live (Meguru also gets to die, but he doesn’t tell her that). Meguru uses his awesome demon hand power thingy (Idle Hands anyone? They sure love reminding me of movies that Devon Sawa has been in. Brb, re-watching Final Destination again) to escape the rest of the crew, and almost manages to hide the heroine successfully. Weird things happen, and both the heroine and Meguru get to live because his dad is the demon king, and he thinks the heroine can control the power in Meguru’s hand by the … power of love? Or something. Oh well, happy ending. At least the heroine wasn’t depressed in this route.
Also, did I mention I hate the word ‘toast’ that refers to killing off the heroine? I’m sick of hearing it, and I heard it way too many times in Megaru’s route.
Kiss of Revenge
Description: Your mom ‘died’ in a hospital and it was the surgeon’s fault, but it was all covered up. You study to become a doctor and get revenge on the man who killed your mother.
General thoughts: Oh my god – something with an actual plot for once! And it’s the heroine’s plot! She gets time to shine! And shine she does. I adore this game simply because the heroine isn’t some chick with a lack of spine who stumbles over her two left feet all the god damn time, but someone who is cunning, abrasive and generally cold towards others. The guys in question aren’t that much to write home about, but I am honestly very happy with the plot in this game, hence the high rating. Also, each guy also now has two routes, it branches off at chapter 6 (or was it 8?) and you can either decide to go through with killing the surgeon or not.
Sezaki is the main guy in Kiss of Revenge. He is quite the unusual main guy due to not being a gigantic tsundere asshole, but instead he is more indifferent to the heroine. He’s not ‘cold’ exactly, but has a lot more on his mind than to deal with the heroine’s antics.
The plot in Sezaki’s route is that the heroine arrived in a hospital as a new doctor. It had been her plan for 12 long years to study to become a doctor, and kill the man who killed her mother, who happens to be the director of the hospital now, and is also Sezaki’s father. The best part of this route, is that the heroine doesn’t immediately get all googly eyes over Sezaki and throws her plan into the waters – no, she cunningly decides to get close to Sezaki to get closer to his father as well. Her interactions with Sezaki is stiff and awkward, due to not actually being into Sezaki but pretending instead. Together they perform a few surgeries, and the heroine has to begrudgingly admit that Sezaki is a really good surgeon and doctor, but that his father still needs to die. When they perform a surgery on someone who had the same disease as her mother, both the heroine and Sezaki tense up. Sezaki looks troubled before going into surgery, and the heroine keeps thinking of her mother, but she pulls through, and encourages Sezaki to go through with it as well. The surgery is a success, and both Sezaki and the heroine feel like they’ve both let go of past troubles, and share a kiss on the rooftop of the hospital.
Sezaki and the heroine sort of start to date. I say sort of, because it’s never once talked about, explained, nor has the actual word ‘date’ been uttered. One day, when Sezaki takes the heroine home, the heroine accidentally took Seazki’s note book with her. In this notebook, he describes all of the surgeries he’s done, and the patients he’s lost. Of the patients he’s lost, the heroine’s mother is one of them. Yup, it was Sezaki who killed her mother, and not his father, Sezaki was the actual surgeon (which is creepy, because the heroine was only like 12 years old when her mother died, such an age gap!). This is the part where the story can branch off.
Continue with the plan to kill him
When Sezaki calls to ask if the heroine’s seen his notebook, the heroine feigns innocence and denies it. She goes through with her plan to kill Sezaki, and starts thinking of ways to do it. Because Sezaki has trouble sleeping at night and uses sleeping pills, the heroine manages to get the same kind and puts poison inside of it instead. She tries to swap his medicine for the poison, but pretty much fails at it, and Sezaki suspiciously notes this. Sezaki keeps trying to spend time with the heroine, but she keeps blowing him off, until finally Sezkaki’s the one who’s cold and ignores her. Eventually, he invites her to his apartment, where he falls asleep against the couch. The heroine grabs a knife to kill Sezaki in his sleep, but can’t do it. Sezaki then opens his eyes, and tells her to do it. He tells her he knows the patient he lost was her mother, and he knows she’s been trying to kill him. This plot could have gone on for a while with this cat and mouse game (trying to kill him, and him avoiding it, and both know it’s happening) while under the facade of ‘dating’, but alas, this is where it stops. I forgot how it went down exactly, but the heroine forgives him after a while, and Sezaki helps confront his father about the cover up. Then they stay as a working couple in the hospital saving lives.
Tell him the truth and don’t kill him
The branched off story is really rather disappointing. When Sezaki calls the heroine about his notebook, she confesses to everything. They throw a pity party to themselves, and she forgives him, and gives up on her 12 year long old plan to kill her mother’s murderer. Now there’s new drama to be had, in the form of Sezaki’s father not approving of him dating the heroine (because he knows she’s the daughter of the patient that died in his hospital). So the heroine and Sezaki bitch like an old married couple about his father’s disapproval, which kills a lot of the romance between them. Eventually Sezaki’s father makes the heroine transfer to another hospital …. in fucking America! Yes, he’s transferring her to America (And she has zero English skills). I also forgot what happened here exactly, but Sezaki comes and visits her in America and they kiss. I guess they have a long distance relationship? Either way, this ending sucked.
My final thoughts is that Sezaki’s route is pretty interesting, but his branched off story sucks because it got a new contrived ‘plot’. It should have just stuck with the first plot, and have the heroine struggle to love the man who killed her mother. Alas, the writers aren’t that good.
Junpei is your childhood friend that used to have a crush on you (… and still is madly in love with you even 12 years later, I guess he never moved on), and he works for your hospital as some kind of medical supplier. Honestly, Junpei as a guy is pretty lackluster, because Voltage botches up every single childhood friend storyline. They focus too much on having the heroine and her childhood friend reminisce about old memories. That’s all they ever fucking talk about. “Hey, remember that one one?” “Oh yeah!” “Yeah, and this time!?” “Sure!” pretty much sums up all of the heroine’s conversations with Junpei. There’s rarely ever any conversation about the ‘now’ between them, unless it’s about work. This honestly ruins the entire romance between them, as they don’t have any foundation to build a relationship on other than the fact they shared a few memories together.
Voltage, get your game together, and start writing some quality childhood friends! Every single one of them has sucked so far, and it’s super disappointing.
However, I’m giving high marks for his route due to … the heroine! Oh my god, I love her. For once! She once actually told someone to back off (after being nagged about answering some questions at dinner), and that she didn’t appreciate being interrogated and thought they were rude. Jesus christ – the damn girl’s got a backbone. She is more feisty and vindictive in Junpei’s route than she is in Sezaki’s route. She is very cold and closed off to everyone around her (despite everyone trying to be her friend), and even blows off Junpei every once in a while. Finally, we have a heroine with a motive, and she’s got the determination to go through with it. Her entire life didn’t revolve around Junpei, which is a double edged sword; not focusing on Junpei meant the plot was actually decent and the heroine was enjoyable. But that also meant I didn’t fucking care about Junpei at all either (especially since all they talked about were childhood memories). But still, I really liked this route, and was rooting for the heroine to kill the director of the hospital.
The odd thing is, even after she confronts the director of her mother’s death, the heroine never finds out that the actual surgeon was Sezaki. Weird.
I didn’t buy Junpei’s alternate route, because I honestly do not care about Junpei.
Dreamy Days in West Tokyo
Description: When you are around six, you used to live in Tokyo and all your friends were boys. Before you move away, you promise to marry one of them. Ten years later, and you move back into Tokyo, and one of them clearly still has a crush on you (meaning all). The sequels are about their college life together.
My rating: Not yet rated
General thoughts: I cannot accurately judge this game yet, due to only one guy being out (though Ryo should be out very soon, exciting!), but the premise is interesting. You get to see the guy when he was 6, 16, and eventually in college as well (as a sequel). This is basically Voltage’s chance to give childhood friends a chance.
Haruki is sort of the leader of the group of guys. He’s dense and earnest, and also popular, good in studies, good in sports … yeah, he’s that kind of idol guy. Let me be up front; I half hated his route, and half liked it. Hated it because it’s CLICHE VILLE, liked it because I kept trying to guess what cliche they’d come up with next. Voltage is usually ok when it comes to using tropes, in fact, sometimes I kind of commend them for not using them or at least subverting them. But in Dreamy Days in West Tokyo? They went all out. All. Out.
These cliches I remember at the top of my head: heroine getting bullied because she’s getting too close to the school’s idol. Heroine subsequently getting saved by the idol from her bullies. Heroine goes to a festival and sprains her ankle. Heroine getting followed by a pervert, and subsequently saved by her idol. Idol having a sister that wants to marry him. Idol has a rival that also likes the heroine. Idol decides to be ‘the better man’ (SARCASM) and ‘give’ the heroine to his rival.
Ho boy. I hope not all routes are like this because wow. Cliche overload. I can’t even say anything about Haruki, because his personality was driven by these cliches. Jesus, it was like I was reading one of my crappy shoujo mangas. I guess this is why Voltage doesn’t really have many games set in high school, because wow they suck at it. Also, I was really peeved at Haruki at the end because even though he liked her, he ‘gave’ her up to his best friend (yes, there’s a love triangle in this story), without even telling the heroine his feelings, or even considers her own damn feelings in the first place. That pissed me off.
Hopefully the other routes aren’t as predicable as this.