Otome Game Review – Hakuouki
Alternative Titles: 薄桜鬼
Platform: PS2, PSP, DS, PS3, 3DS
Artist: カズキヨネ - Kazuki Yone
Genre: History, ADV, Shinsengumi, Demons
Official Site: http://www.otomate.jp/hakuoki_psp/
Plot Summary: Yukimura Chizuru (name change possible but only the ‘Chizuru’ part) goes to Kyoto dressed as a guy, in search of her father who has gone missing. There, she accidently sees someShinsengumi (something like Police, but these ones are hated from the citizens) going berserk. As she had witnessed something she wasn’t supposed to, she is taken by the Shinsengumi to their headquarters (<- lol, not sure what to call it).
WE ALL LOVE CHIZURU!! ヘ(^∇^ヘ)ヘ(^∇^ヘ)
(well, at least I do)
- looking back at this post … … i have to say, I don’t really find Chizuru that awesome anymore. I dunno. Don’t see the charm in her. Well, compared to recent game heroines she’s not that good. How time flies. XD (08.08.2011)
Anyway, the Shinsengumi are about to kill her where she ends up telling them who her father is. It ends up that even the Shinsengumi are after him so they decide to ‘help’ her and she is forced to stay with them. After a few months with the Shinsengumi, there is still no news of her father and she learns of the Shinsengumi’s secriet. It seems that they were ordered by the government to stage some experiments with this potion (called Ochimizu) that turns people beserk (state called ‘Rasetsu’). Not only does it make people go crazy for blood, it gives them super-human strength but leads to them unable to go under the sun (Vampire much?). And to make matters worse, it was Chizuru’s father who created the Ochimizu. Yay. Congrats on making your daughters life miserable. Poor Chizuru. Some enemies of Shinsengumi calling themselves ‘Oni’ (demon) come up to her calling Chizuru their comrade.
… Thats a long plot.
(CV: Miki Shinnichirou)
The main and longest route. He is the second in command (fukuchou) for Shinsengumi and is called the demon fukuchou because of how scary he is to almost everyone. To avoid the suspicions of people who don’t know her situation, Chizuru is made to become the servant of Hijikata. Not that she does anything for him. Kazama, (the main guy of the 3 demons) tries to kidnap Chizuru (who is revealed to also be a demon) but then Hijikata comes and just when he is about to pwn Kazama , Kazama transforms into demon mode (simply has white hair and white horns growing out of his head) and then takes the lead. Hijikata is extremely injured but he takes the Ochimizu turning himself into Rasetsu. Chizuru feels that its her own fault that Hijikata became a Rasetsu and takes extra care for him including giving him her blood when the Rasetsu takes over and he goes berserk. Hijikata gets to suck Chizuru’s neck as he is the main guy.
The Shinsengumi slowly gets smaller as one by one the people either die or leave. However the one in command (Kondou, Hijikata’s best friend) keeps dragging the Shinsengumi into helpless situations and soon on of the Shinsengumi betrays them (he was crazy anyway. I feel sorry for Sannan as he usually never gets any good portrayals) and gives them up to the enemy. Kondou feels bad for what he ad caused and he tells Hijikata to run away with Chizuru while he acts as bait. Hijikata has no other choice and once he hears that Kondou has been sentenced to death, there’s this emotional (?) scene where Hijikata is depressed at how useless he is and Chizuru hugs him from behind.
To keep Shinsengumi up, Hijikata goes further north (with Chizuru following him like a…. like a… stalker dog (?)) and he gets hired as a strategist. Hijikata tells Chizuru to leave him as he can’t do anything for her and following him will simply kill her. He leaves without her but Chizuru makes herown way to the battlefield and there Hijikata reveals ‘How he realized how much he was being held up by her’ and hugs her. It’s cute but Hijikata’s route is way too serious and there aren’t that many ‘AWW’ moments…
Before the final battle, Hijikata tells Chizuru once more to leave (sigh, its kind of typical). Well, Chizuru says no and this all leads to a kiss scene. The final battle has Kazama V.S. Hijikata and now Hijikata has Chizuru he can beat Kazama up. I wonder why it’s always with the help of the heroine that the guy can do impossible feats. Well, it’s a otome game so never mind. Just before Kazama dies, he achknowledges Hijikata as a demon as well and calls him a Hakuouki. (<- that’s where the titles from).
The epilogue has Chizuru (in girls clothes) and Hijikata looking at sakura.
Hijikata: おまえ、そんなに桜が好きなのか？ [Do you like Sakura that much?]
Chizuru: はい。だって、桜は土方さんに似ていますから [Yes, as its very similar to Hijikata-san]
Hijikata: ……俺も好きだよ。おまえに似合うからな。 [... I like them too as it suits you]
Aww. One of the few moments that Hijikata is honest（*＾＾*) .
(CV: Morikubo Shoutarou)
Uhh. A sadist and his fav words to Chizuru : Or I will kill you. He has almost no part in any of the routes as he basically dies off.
Chizuru is quite afraid of Okita in the beginning with all the ‘I kill you, I kill you’ thing but she still has to find out about her father so she goes with him on a patrol around Edo. Okita saves a girl called Kaoru as she was being assaulted by some weird guys. However, Kaoru looks too alike to Chizuru and it’s as if she’s seeing a mirror reflection of herself. Only difference is that Kaoru is wearing a nice kimono and Chizuru is cross-dressing. Chizuru later hears from Sano that a girl who looked exactly like her had gotten in the way of one of Shinsengumi’s missions and Okita once again goes like ‘I’ll kill her’. Sigh. Well, Okita does protect Chizuru when he’s losing against Kazama but this leads to a bad injury all because of Chizuru. A long time passes, but Okita still doesn’t seem to be joining any patrols or battles and Chizuru overhears that Okita has lung cancer. Of course Okita knew that she was listening and says ‘If you tell anyone , I will kill you’. In one scene where Kazama comes to kidnap Chizuru, she is shoved into a room where she lands on Okita and there’s a lot of blushing from her. Man, she is so cute.
There’s another attack on the Shinsengumi and for some reason Kaoru appears with her hair cut and in mens dress and says to Okita ‘protect my little sister and drink Ochimizu’. Okita takes it and theres this nice image of a blood-stained Okita. Kaoru starts laughing and says that is was a trap and that he hates Chizuru so much as because of her he was harassed for not being a female demon which was more valuable. So he decided to make Okita into a Rasetsu as he is the one that Chizuru cares for. Congratulations Chizuru, once again its your fault that somebody became a Rasetsu. Still, Okita tells Chizuru not to misunderstand and that the reason he took the Ochimizu was to heal his cancer and it had nothing to do with her.
Okita goes beserk after he hears that Kondou got shot and ends up killing any enemy he sees on sight. Well, Chizuru stops him and he’s like ‘Get out of the way or I will kill you’. … … Yeah… How much does Okita love Kondou. If they had made Kondou hot I would understand but he’s simply an oldman. Well, Kaoru sets up a new trap and tells his men to take care of the weaker one first which is Chizuru. Well, Okita takes the bullets instead but his wounds don’t get healed as they were using silver bullets… (vampires?) So, as every one else is fighting, only Okita has to stay at the doctors but at least he has Chizuru looking after him. Well, including getting blood from her. Yup, his blood sucking position is her hand. Interesting. How the hell do you cut there? Okita gets better because of her blood and on the way to meet up with Kondou and Hijikata, Kaoru comes along and forces Ochimizu down Chizuru’s throat. The CG simply looked odd as I didn’t get what the hell Kaoru was doing to her. Well, both Chizuru and Okita are now happily on the way to becoming berserk,
They miss Hijikata and Kondou but Okita hears that Kondou had gotten captured by the enemy and he’s blaming it all on Hijikata. Chizuru is worried that Okita might try to kill him but after hearing his past she says its fine and that she can trust him. This makes Okita hug her and he says,
自分でもよくわからないんだけど、今は君を抱きしめたくてたまらない。[I don't know why myself, but I really want to embrace you right now]
… (￣△￣) ！！Wow. I don’t know what to say. I didn’t expect that.
It’s revealed that Chizuru’s dad is actually on Kaoru’s side and Okita goes with Chizuru to settle things. But not before having a kiss scene. Man, I love Kazuki Yone’s kisses. … That sounds weird. Well, once again Kaoru goes for the easier target and Okita can’t make and in comes her dad who takes the blow instead. A nice emotional scene and Okita pwns Kaoru and then happy ending?
??? <- - Was my reaction when I finished the epilogue. It was cute at first but then (;° ロ°) . It says Okita fell asleep and the conversation doesn’t help..
Okita: ……どうか忘れないで。僕は、いつだって君の幸せを願ってる。[... Please don't forget. I am always hoping for your happiness]
だから信じて。たとえ、いつか離れるときが来ても。……僕の心は、永遠に君のものだ。[So believe me. Even if I have to leave you, my heart is your's forever]
Chizuru: ……総司さん？ [Souji-san?]
He slept!!! Did he die??? Uhh, it says officially that he fell asleep and that he isn’t dead. Thank god. He has some CG for bad ends too including a double blood sucking with Chizuru and she has hornsヽ（*＾。＾*）ノ. As for the bad end, he’s about to die. The bad end is also good so worth playing. 。・°°・(>_<)・°°・。
(CV: Toriumi Kousuke)
Silent and doesn’t usually talk. But not a mukuchi which is a good thing. Only shame is that he’s short. He has the second longest route but it’s mostly about his feelings on what a bushi is. The scenario writer mentioned that he was aiming to make Saitou’s route into something like a shounen manga as Saitou has the coolest personality compared to how ‘hot’ Heisuke is. I remember many of the most random moments in his route as it I don’t think it had a lot of fangirling scenes. Not that Hakuouki has a lot. It really focuses on the history I guess. Well, one scene I remember would be they change all their costumes into western style and cut their hair, Chizuru points out to Saitou that he had buttoned his jacket wrong. Saitou takes a moment to silently check it and then blushes and says ‘ill fix it later’.. lol. So cute. Well, I cant help thinking that some of Saitou’s CG aren’t worth explaining so I decided that I wont.
Saitou also takes Ochimizu because he gets pwned and he still has Chizuru to look after. His excuse (?) for taking it, ‘ I was ordered to protect you, its not that I chose to’. But that doesn’t prevent Chizuru from feeling bad. However being the workaholic that Saitou is, he continues working during the day even when the Rasetsu aren’t able to move around at that time. He finally collapses and Chizuru gives him her blood. The place that he sucks from? Her ear lobe. Wow. Weird. On the third blood sucking scene it was extremely cute as Chizuru realises that Saitou doesn’t stop sucking on her ear lobe even when the cut she made has already closed. She calls out his names and Saitou suddenly pushes her away, red in the face. She asks him if he wants more blood and he mumbles
いや、別に、飲み足りなかったわけではない。[Uhh, it wasn't that I didn't get enough]
The only bad thing is that Chizuru’s reaction to that wasn’t that special. I mean Saitou was so cute and Chizuru still didn’t get it. Well, Chizuru gets a choice of staying with Saitou who still wants to know what a bushi is or go away with Hijikata and the rest of the Shinsengumi up north. Obviously Chizuru stays with Saitou and he is surprised at why she did that. She says something like Saitou is Saitou and that he has no need to try to become some kind of perfect bushi and this leads to Saitou kissing her.. HAH? How come? Man, Saitou is such an easily embarrassed character.
Well, he pwns Kazama and Chizuru’s dad in the end and I was actually surprised that there would be a bad guy in the end as it was so focused on Saitou and his bushidou. The ending was cute with Chizuru going to look for Saitou who is late and its snowing. She finds him but when she calls his name he doesn’t seem to face her. Chizuru then calls him by his first name and he faces her and says ‘I’m home’. I guess his epilogue was my favourite.
(CV: Yoshino Hiroyuki)
Heisuke is the youngest one that you can go for while all the others are old. So Hijikata is as old as Kondou. AHHH. NO WAY. Kondou’s just old. Never mind anyway. Okay back to Heisuke, he’s about as old as Chizuru and the CV matches his image except it’s extremely annoying until you get used to it. AND IT IS ANNOYING!! Heisuke was one of the first to become Rasetsu but that was because there was no other way to keep him alive as he got fully pwned by Kazama and co.
Well, he keeps on getting injured by Kazama and his friends and most of his CG’s are him looking extremely depressed. During the story before theroutes, he is so happy that its quite annoying. In his route, the evil dude at the end is Sannan who is part of the Rasetsu group in Shinsengumi. He is a little mentally unstable in almost all the routes. Chizuru has a friends who is the demon princess called Senhime and it looks like Sannan kinda assaulted her.
Heisuke also starts to get emotional unstable as he starts thinking that he will also go crazy like Sannan because he is also a Rasetsu. So Chizuru slaps some sense into him. Literally. Nice Chizuru, stop Heisuke from whining. On the kiss scene, Heisuke starts taking about how much of a monster he now is after witnessing a Rasetsu turn into ash (gee. So cliché). Well, Heisuke, Chizuru’s not even human. She’s a demon with white hair and horns. Anyway, Chizuru tries to stop him from calling himself a monster and he says.
Heisuke: ……いいんだよ。呪われた身でも化け物でも、この命、この身体、おまえのために使えるなら、悪くないと思ってるから。[It doesn't matter. Even if I'm a monster or I'm cursed. As long as I can use this life, this body for you, I don't think it's that bad.]
オレは、羅刹（らせつ）。この身は確かに、さっきまで斬り伏せた敵と同じものなんだ。あいつらと違うのはたった一つだけ。 [I am rasetsu. This body is the same as the enemy that I had just been slaying. There's only one difference between me and those guys]
Heisuke: ――おまえがいるかいないかだけだ。[Whether you're here or not]
Wow. Nice Heisuke. You’re not as pathetic as I thought you were. So Heisuke along with Chizuru and Kazama and Senhime’s ninja servant go along to defeat Sannan. There’s this CG with Heisuke looking down at Sannan which was pretty cool for how annoying he sometimes is.
The epilogue has a EXTREMELY mature looking Heisuke and it has Chizuru sleeping on his lap. I have to say his short hair suits him much better than his long hair which looks weird (to me.. I mean, how do you have such a high pony tail and his hair must be over 1m long). Heisuke is one of the most popular characters in Hakuouki for some reason. Is it because he’s a shota?
(CV: Yusa Kouji)
The husband + wife route. The only on that goes through all of ABCD in otome games (hug, kiss, XX, marriage). He leaves Shinsengumi in all the routes with Shinpachi so in this one Chizuru leaves with him too.
One of the funny scenes, according to domshiki, is where he shows off his scar from when he tried to commit suicide. It looks like the cut that woman get when their pregnant. Well, Shinpachi draws a face onto it. Man, I love Shinpachi. Too bad that you can’t go after him. After Kazama and co. come to take Chizuru away, there’s this scene where Chizuru takes a bullet for Sano which makes Sano quite pathetic. Well, Chizuru was cute as usual.
Chizuru realises that she’s only casuing trouble for everyone at the Shinsengumi and tries to leave quietly but she gets caught by Sano. She cries and begs him to let her go and Sano kisses her ‘cause that was the only way he knows how to shut up calm a crying woman’. There are quite a lot of Chizuru trying to leave and Sano stopping her scenes. After Chizuru finds out that her dad is behind all the crazy things she wants to leave again and Sano stops her. She ends up crying and bowing down to him, and asking why he won’t understand when Sano says.
惚れた女が死んじまうかも知れねえってのに、黙って見過ごせるかよ。[How can let the woman I've fallen in love with die without doing anything]
Well they make their way to defeat Chizuru’s dad and they meet up with Shinpachi and so Chizuru says that she will leave Sano for ‘a while’ as she doesn’t want Sano to give up his friend for her. However, he’s like, I know what I’m supposed to choose. And pushesChizuru to the ground. Uhhh. The fact that the CG gets continued by another one of a close up on their hands suggests something. Right?
So in the epilogue, it has Sano holding his son with Chizuru and it’s a husband and wife ending no matter how you look. I think it’s the happiest ending of all Shinsengumi routes as only Sano doesn’t become Rasetsu and that shortens their life span. So all the others leave Chizuru by herself with the exception of Okita as they both die anyway.
(CV: Tsuda Kenjirou)
He is the extra one you can go for and the leader of the three demons who are always after Chizuru. In this route, Chizuru is a tsundere and its quite funny. You kind of get used to seeing Kazama as a villain so I was really curious in how its going to be. They made a great choice for a CV for Kazama although his other roles are completely different. Tsuda Kenjirou played Inui of Prince of Tennis and that’s a completely different type of role. Well, Kazama talks extremely slowly and I guess he’s my favourite character along with Okita. It’s a shame that his route was so short and the only otome game part of it was the end.
Well, after a couple of failed attempts to kidnap Chizuru from the Shinsengumi, then Shinsengumi get attacked seriously and they force Chizuru to run away. She getds caught by some random enemy and Kazama walks by and saves her. Well, Chizuru decides to stay with Kazama for the time being so she can meet up with Shinsengumi once more. They meet her dad on the way whose gone crazy and Kazama kills him but theres this scene where hes kind of consoling her.
Until the last chapter, its more of the two stalking Shinsengumi and Kazama curious of them being real bushi. So they reach the place where Hijikata and the rest and fought their last battle and died and theres this scene with Chizuru hugging a flag that once belonged to the Shinsengumi. See, not much to do with Otome Games. Until, Kazama suddenly kisses Chizuru and says.
おまえが気に入った。[I've taken interest to you]
今の口づけは俺とおまえが他人ではない証しだ。心の整理がついたら俺の所にこい。[That kiss is proof that you and I are not unrelated. Once you've finished sorting yourself out, come over to my place]
いや、来なければ迎えに来る。[No, if you don't come, I will come and pick you up]
Wahhh. Oresama. Nice ending. There wasn’t a epilogue but Kazama is great anyway.
As the art is by Kazuki Yone, this was one of the main reasons that I even got into gaming. Her art is amazing and I have most of the guide/art books for all the otome games that she did the CG for.
I only played this game because it came on PSP and Kazuki Yone was the artist. Well, I liked it a lot but I’m not sure if someone who isn’t patient enough to finish all the historical bits would be. It takes some time to get to the Otome Gaming part but once you get in, its worth it.
What was wrong with the blood sucking positions? I mean, what the hell is Heisuke doing. I heard Kazuki wanted to have a leg sucking one but that’s simply unhygienic. I liked all the characters except for Itou who is simply annoying. Really annoying. I cheered when they decided to kill him off. The first route I played was Okita (so that’s why his is so long) but that’s not because I liked Okita from the beginning. I was more interested in Kaoru. Yup. Talking about Kaoru, there’s something wrong with those siblings. They are both cross-dressers… Does it run in their blood or something.
Well, I loved the game and the art and the music. And the heroine of course. I find it obvious that it’s a girl, and one of my favorite scenes would be the reactions of each guy in Shinsengumi when they realise that Chizuru is a girl. Shinpachi is like ‘where’s the proof’ and Sano says ‘Well, theres only one way to find out. Make her take her clothes off’ and Kondou shouts ‘No way. I will not allow anybody to see bare skin off any girl under this roof’. Man, it’s so funny.
Too long again. ヽ(￣ー￣ )ノ