Mobile Game Review: Yotsumegami, a Mystery VN (Android/IOS)

「 “Unwanted children” will be taken away by the Yotsumegami 」

Yotsumegami is a puzzle-solving, escape room styled game produced by SEEC. I picked this up on a whim while looking for mobile games that were more than just management or rhythm and this surprised me with its compelling storyline and moving themes. It’s also completely free-to-play with a total of thirteen different endings.

Saihara Mai is a young schoolgirl who’s returned to the village of her birth to pay respects to her late grandmother, accompanied by her single-dad Makoto. Having been raised in the city, she has never been to the village her whole life. While waiting for Makoto and her uncle to return to their shared room, Mai encounters two young children calling for help – their mother is in pain, she’s suffering. Mai is led to a shrine in the nearby hills – Yotsumegami Shrine, where the local deity (Yotsumegami, ‘Four-eyed God’) is worshipped. There, she finds herself unable to leave, returning to the same location over and over again no matter how many times she attempts to leave. Mai meets Imigo, a strange boy who’s so annoyed by her presence that he offers to help Mai find her way back to her family.

Structured like a visual novel, you progress through the story chapters each time you solve a puzzle. Along the way, there are numerous opportunities to learn more about the game universe and its mysterious, eerie inhabitants. This is a spoiler-free review.

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Tsukipro: Welcome to Gekidan Altair!

In which I introduce one of the latest things I’ve dipped my feet into! Gekidan Altair (Altair Theater, Algeki for short) is the name for Tsukinopro’s latest creation, a 2.5D talent group put together from fresh 3D talent that the company scouted, otherwise known as Tsukicro. Think of Tsukicro as a multi-purpose artist group (they sing, dance, voice-act and do Stuff) and the Algeki guys are all voiced by them. The members aren’t their characters, but like with all 2.5D series that line is pretty damn thin if you ask me. As with Tsukicro, Algeki’s 2D guys aren’t necessarily idols but they also do idol work. Below, I’ve translated up the short story on the main blog along with some more info on the guys’ sub-units!

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New Year, New Blog: It’s already 25 days into 2017!

…So it’s not really the new year. In fact, it’s almost the end of January!

I’ve had to grapple with slapping together a coherent thesis, furiously digging up research material, presenting it in front of a crowd, and then…the actual writing. And as usual, I’ve been using that an excuse to neglect this place, which is something that I really want to change. While I’ve been busy with school, it’s given me some time to think about why I started this blog and what I really want to do with it. Was it just because I wanted a platform to blab my opinions out on? In that case, there was always Twitter. Why did I choose to blog?

I’ve made it my resolution to find that answer this year. I’d like for this to be a platform where I can introduce more female-oriented content for interested fans of any gender. If this blog can somehow reach more readers or help introduce new things to others, I’d like to think that I’ve succeeded somewhat 🙂 In that vein, I’d like to set down a couple of personal goals for myself!

2017 Resolutions:

  • Stop using studies/work as an excuse to slack off just because I’m lazy. There will be busy times, but I’d like to be more disciplined with my time.
  • Post 1-2 times a month at minimum! With this post I’ve cheated and hit my January quota, BARELY.
  • Introduce new kinds of content. I’ll be doing some translations, reviews of more than just otome games, intro posts to some series, and expanding out in general. The primary genre will still remain ‘female-oriented’ (joshi-muke) though! The blog needs a direction and this is me finding one.
  • I won’t overstretch myself; the blog did start as an interest-based thing and will remain as such. I’m not gonna go out of my way to play something I’m not interested in, my time is precious, etc. That’s not to say I won’t try, but I ain’t gonna have the patience (or money) to sit through most of Rejet’s stuff.

I haven’t forgotten about the stuff I said I’d write either!!! Also, one of the ‘resolutions’ was going to be something like me finding my voice through blogging, but whether I’m funny or not really depends on spur-of-the-moment voodoo. I don’t want to ruin the mood of a great game by making an inappropriate joke about it! But if the game’s terribad then yeah, comedic masterpiece.

With all of this said, I’ve also given the blog a new theme because I got bored of all the black-and-white minimalist nonsense when there’s nothing elegant about me HAHA. Hopefully this also makes textwalls a lot easier to read. Of course, I’d also like to thank anyone who made it this far into such a personal ramble.

Seeya in the next post!

 

Quick Update: What have I been Up to?

Besides crying at schoolwork?

Hello again to those who still read this blog ;_; I feel like I apologize every post but that’s because school has been horrendous; I’m in Japanese Studies and I have barely any time between assignments (and more reading) to do much besides…think about the next paper. Life in University does that to you here.

Just a quick update so I can keep track of what I have coming up!

  • I’ve been done with Taisho x Taisho Alice for a long time but I’ve loaned out the game to a friend so I can’t proceed with any reviews. But this game is So Good, I understand if people have preferences but I don’t care it’s so good.
  • I’m halfway through 7’scarlet and a review is underway.
  • I’ve borrowed a friend’s Trigger Kiss so that will come sometime soon!
  • …I actually have a lot of games from 2014-2015 that I’m intending to borrow.
  • As a huge fan of TsukinoPro, in light of Tsukiuta putting out an anime I want to make a post introducing the two other indie labels under the same company: SolidS (SolidS & Quell) and ALIVE (Growth & SOARA). Yes that’s a total of 4 other groups, don’t be confused. They’re not technically idols but just music artists with individual genres; they may promote themselves as idols but one of these groups does folk chorus. I love the unique flavor they have, so it’d be nice if more people could come have a listen 🙂

When I’m done with the draft for this other essay I gotta finish, I’ll get started on at least one of these posts-in-planning. Until then!

Otome Game Review: Hyakka Yakou

I haven’t updated in a long time and I apologize (this feels regular now, hopefully that can be corrected). I’ve finished this game ages ago, typed this post up ages ago, but never seemed to have posted it!? This is me repenting by finally uploading this very, very wordy review of a game published a year ago. Maybe I’ll be on time someday…

Takamagahara – a city of entertainment and pleasure with its sky always covered by clouds, exists in perpetual night, straddling the pathway between the human and the ayakashi world.

Here, our heroine Izumo works as a pleasure worker. Just an apprentice in training at the moment, she will soon ascend to the level of physical service, all for the sake of attaining her dream of making money and a name. Someday, she’ll have enough to free herself from this place with what she hopes to earn. Hyakka Yakou is her story, one about her dreams of freedom and about the six men – or ayakashi – that are involved in helping her win back her future.
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