Solomon’s Ring ~Kaze no Shou~ is the second game in a four part series by Plan Peace, about some chick named Lily whose grandpa entrusts Solomon’s Ring to her on his deathbed and goes GURL U MUST SEAL OFF DEMONS IF THEY EVER APPEAR or something like that, then dramatically kicks the bucket.
Turns out Lily = Solomon’s descendant, like it wasn’t obvious already. 2500 years ago, Solomon sealed off #1 demon Lucifer, but the big guy’s starting to wake up and he’s kinda grouchy because he has one hell of a headache (2500 years is a long nap).
WARNING: I only played Belial’s route because I didn’t really care about the other two.
Belial (CV: Hiroki Takahashi) is a blonde assbutt who has no character whatsoever beyond being flirtatious with Complicated Feelings. No seriously that’s it. He looks so much better on the official site somehow, like dude what happened to you? What happened to the art?
Compare the above CG to the cover art, for instance. If only they’d maintained that quality but alas, life is unfair.
I played this knowing it would probably suck, and I was right. THIS GAME IS SO AMAZING(LY TERRIBLE) I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN.
Game opens with a super short intro to Lily’s life – she works at a library inherited from her grandparents, which is completely irrelevant for most of the plot. All the side characters don’t actually do anything except exist.
One day she just feels like wearing the ring her grandpa left her, and wow it just so happens that she gets ambushed by strange demons at night. That look like this.
WHO THE HELL DESIGNED YOU GUYS BECAUSE WHAT THE FUCK HOW IS ANY OF THIS SHIT THREATENING, THEY LOOK LIKE MSPAINT EDITS
Then you hear CV: Suwabe Junichi offscreen and he photoshops away the MSPaint edits before appearing in front of Lily as the demon Astaroth.
Dude you’re the most unnatural thing in this alleyway tonight. Everytime he appears, there’s this cheesy jazz BGM which is probably his secret demon power as far as I’m concerned.
The first thing out of his mouth is YOU BELONG TO ME and Lily is of course ‘dafuq is he talking about’. Boy don’t get all Taylor Swift on me, this ain’t a love story and I won’t say yes.
The other two dudes show up. That’s Dantalian (CV: Nomiya Kazunori) and Belial. Nothing actually happens.
The next day, Lily’s at the library and a bunch of MSPaints fly after her and she has an OHSHIT moment when she realises only she can see them. She flees to a dark alley, like yes that is the first place you flee to when there are creepy shits chasing after you. Congratulations on never making it past the first 10 minutes of a horror film.
She keeps running until she reaches somewhere that looks like Mordor.
GIRL WHERE THE HELL DO YOU EVEN LIVE LMFAO
At Mordor, she’s about to be fucked over by the MSPaints when the demon trio show up and pull off a magical girl sequence and save her. Lily finds out that the magic sealing demons has weakened, and the MSPaints were Lucifer’s bad attempts at drawing that he sends after her because he wants the ring’s power to take over the world.
All hope is not lost, because Lily can seal demons into the ring to power it up! She has to kinda capture?? all 72 demons of Solomon before they fuck around. I guess we can consider ourselves lucky that Plan Peace didn’t decide to make games for ALL of them, because that’d be like 12 games in total oh my god.
Lily picks Belial to assist her. The other two get pissed off and attack her, showing that they were just playing nice to get into her good books. MORAL OF THE STORY: NEVER TRUST A DEMON, NVM WHO HE’S VOICED BY.
Lily’s life is now Fast and Furious because dundundun the next day she looks at her calendar and is shocked to find that time has reset itself to one week prior. Belial explains that the time loop must be Lucifer’s doing. In their spare time, they seal off more MSPaints and decide that they should try sealing Dantalian.
But Lily has a change of heart at the last minute and yells at the D to run and Belial gets pissed. He drags her to her room and this happens.
Lily spouts some crap about not wanting him to betray his demon nakama I HONESTLY FORGOT but Belial is just ‘wtf u sayin’ and gets all ‘I DON’T WANNA SEE YOUR FACE ANYMORE BYE’ and storms off.
SPRITE TRANSITION MADE IT LOOK LIKE HE SLID OFFSCREEN AND CRASHED INTO HER BEDROOM WALL BUT OK SURE
Blahblah Lily meets Dantalian again by chance, gets hit on, Belial flies back all jelly and kisses her because ??? and I just ?????? whatever this part ain’t important.
Main point is, they find out that the time loop is shortening day by day, until time freezes at 0 and humanity becomes trapped. Belial’s goes off to mangst on his own over something and Lily pines for her man until he shows up the next day and goes
THIS IS ALL MY FAULT
Lily is like ‘water u sayin’ and Belial explains that each demon has a special ability, like how Astaroth can magically summon a jazz band everywhere he goes. Belial’s power is essentially ‘fucking up ur shit’. His power has merged with the time magic sealing Lucifer to create the loop, because he doesn’t want the time he spends with Lily to ever end. So…basically…he fucked up ur shit.
Obviously Belial’s a genius and decides to solve this by killing off his feels!! He leaves to some mountains far away to meditate with monks or something.
Dantalian and Astaroth show up all GURL WE HAVE NO TIME WE GOTTA JOIN HANDS AND BEAT LUCIFER BEFORE HE FUCKS ALL OF US UP. Lily refuses to contract with them because Belial Feels and is basically a difficult bitch who doesn’t realize that by refusing to help, she’s kinda dooming humanity.
Even after she realizes what her choice means, she’s still all ‘IDK MAN’ and Astaroth loses his shit and tells her to go fuck herself, he and Dantalian will just go fight Luce together.
AND THEN BELIAL IS BACK WHEN LILY GOES BACK TO HER ROOM UH. DUDE I THOUGHT YOU WERE MEDITATING UNDER A WATERFALL, I GUESS NOT.
Belial tells her that he can’t kill his feelings and that if he dies, his magic will end, Lily will be saved. But if he dies, who knows if Lily will find happiness with someone else after him right? And he can’t stand the thought of that happening, so logical conclusion:
ILU SO SORRY LILY I’M JUST GONNA KILL YOU
And Lily that dumb bitch is just:
YOU TOLD ME YOU LOVED ME SO I’M TTLY OK WITH BEING KILLED NOW
people told me love makes you crazy but no one ever told me it would be this crazy
And then Belial kills her but not before telling her he’ll follow right behind. LMFAO THEY ACTUALLY DOUBLE-SUICIDE
But guess what? THE TIME LOOP’S NOT OVER. IT LOOPS BACK AFTER THEIR LOVERS SUICIDE.
AND THEY’RE BOTH ALIVE AGAIN.
So they do the sane thing after a failed lovers suicide and go eat dinner, because that’s what normal people do. Lily asks Belial to take her on a date the next day, enjoying their last day together before time freezes.
Belial shows up later in her room with a bunch of blue roses and Lily can either choose to accept his ~everything~ and give him her ~everything~, or to stop Belial.
If Lily accepts, the ring starts glowing. Belial tells her that blue roses mean ‘miracles’ and he gets sealed up in the ring. Now Lily has enough power to kick Lucifer’s butt. She breaks the time loop, and joins forces with Dantalian and Astaroth to do so and head to Mordor or something to find Luce.
LUCE IS SOME BIG BARA GUY WHO COVERS UP THE ENTIRE SCREEN LMFAO OH GOD
She wins and seals off the bara guy with the help of Belial’s power. Time resumes and Lily goes off like a Pokémon Master and seals the rest of the 72 demons. She returns to her normal life but her life is now an Adele song because she Could Have Had It All.
So Lily’s in her room rolling in the deep
when Belial bursts out of her closet like what up
I can’t even make a ‘holy shit’ joke here because he’s now an angel. Belial explains that blue roses also mean ‘god’s blessing’, and God has rewarded him for saving the world by rebirthing him as an angel.
But since his powers are weak, only Lily can see and interact with him. Assbutt wangsts about not being able to give her happiness but Lily’s like NO CURR. Belial promises to be her guardian angel and to make her happy forevs.
In the epilogue, he gifts her a bunch of flower buds and makes them bloom in front of everyone because he’s a Disney Princess, and also summons a bunch of doves from fucking nowhere.
Lily stops Belial during the bouquet scene. Everything’s the same except Belial doesn’t come back as a cherub.
Lily stops Belial, then a bunch of MSPaints crash in through the window and abduct them. They’re taken to Mordor and bara Lucifer attacks Belial. They manage to fight him off and flee, and spend their final moments together until time stops.
Basically the Bad End only they can’t fight Luce off and Luce kills them both.
TL;DR: Why the hell did I play that oh my god I have no energy to continue anymore even if I wanted to.
I guess if more thought was put into fleshing everything out and giving the characters actual cast interaction and development, the game could have been pulled off SOMEWHAT better. Also the difference in art quality REALLY BUGS ME, like did the artist change or something? Overall nothing impressive.
I’ve only played through one route so idk if there’s more shit on the other two guys’ routes and I don’t really have the motivation to find out.
UHHHH I SHOULD MENTION THAT THE ENDING SEQUENCE IS BASICALLY A MONTAGE OF THE BACKGROUND ART AND THE OP IS PIXELATED
I DON’T KNOW WHY BUT LMFAO THAT’S JUST HILARIOUS AND BAD
And now I’m going to go for Hatano’s character in the ~Mizu no Shou~ chapter because I can.