Otome Game Review – SoraYume Portable
Alternative Titles: ソラユメ portable
Release Date: 28/05/09
Platform: PS2, PSP
Artist(s): 仁神ユキタカ – Nikami Yukitaka
Plot Summary: As the heroine, Morinaga Satsuki (name can be changed), is looking through her attic, she finds a ring and when she puts it onto her finger, suddenly a guy with a sword stuck into him appears. After she pulls it out for him, she notices that there is no blood coming out. The guy says that that’s because he is a devil. He forces you into helping him find a different ring which when worn, drives the bearer to insanity.
Okay, just re-reading the summary makes me think that it’s quite similar to Lord of the Rings except that Frodo is kinda pathetic as he can’t survive without Sam.
WARNING* for those who are prepared for all kinds of ‘moe’ or ‘cliche’ events packed into one game… Not that i dont like it.
This game seriously surprised me at how TAKUYO would do something that even a gamer would find kind of ridiculous. Just for examples, there are common moe’s found in most games like megane, tsundere, oresama, childhood friend, etc… But I never thought that there would be so many cliches as well.
(CV: Okiayu Ryoutarou)
Let me apologize the crap translation but its kinda hard as im not even sure if such a name exists in english.. Well, Luuen is a oresama, tsundere devil who forces you into helping him find a ring (Heliotrope). He was sealed into another ring (called Kurisobell) and for some reason Satsuki managed to free him. Satsuki gets invited to the beach by her friends (Yamase Yuuto, Shindou Suzuna and Misakubo Isshin) for a few nights. At the beach, she manages to lose the ring that Luuen is sealed in but a little boy finds it for her. Her friends drag her to a haunted house which there was a fire and the little boy who been caught in it. The little boy was ill and his parents had forbaded him from leaving the house and that the little boy would come and haunt them if they stay for too long. One of your friends gets really scared so you decide to leave but as you’re the last one to leave, you notice that a hand is grabbing onto you. Once you get home the next day, you faint as soon as you release Luuen out of the ring (sounds like pokemon -.-). This is followed by a cute scene where Luuen takes care of you and feeds you. Okay, first sign of dere.
After school starts, there’s a new student in your class called Asamine Suzushi. He says that he’s back to fulfill a promise but you don’t recall ever seeing him before. Luuen suddenly attacks Asamine as he says he can feel the force of the Heliotrope. You try to stop him and suddenly you wake up in your own room and its a couple of days before. Luuen has no idea of whats happening and Asamine is the only one that knows of what happened. However, once again Luuen goes and attacks Asamine and time goes back once more. By now, the Heliotrope has completely over taken Asamine’s body because of how many wishes it has already used. He takes only you away and teleports you to somewhere away from Luuen. However, as you are kinda crap at magic or something, Luuen can’t leave you for too long and if the distance is too far he gets forcefully pulled towards you. The two of you crack the Heliotrope and accidently break the Kurisobell breaking the seal on Luuen. So you live happily ever after!!
List: Devil, Sealed but main character frees him, Evil object, Tsundere, Oresama, had fallen in love with your , main character is identical to previous lover, defeat final boss together,
(CV: Hamaguchi Daisuke)
He is your childhood friend but now that you’re older, you call him Yamase-kun and not Yuuto. It’s extremely obvious that he likes you but of course the main character doesn’t realise. In one part, where he first meets Luuen, he thinks that he’s your boyfriend and has a shock. He gets jealous easily compared to the other guys. Well, you also go to the beach with Yuuto in this route, but instead of going to the haunted house, you guys take turns telling horror stories about a little boy that died in a house because of a fire. This time you safely get home without fainting. You notice the same little boy that found the ring at the beach in your town and he comes over and asks if you want to play with him. You make a promise of going to the festival with the little boy.
You go to the amusement park (a TAKUYO thing to have) with Yuuto, Misakubo and Suzuna and theres a cute scene where your extremely tired and Yuuto lends you a shoulder. You know, Yuuto blushes too easily that sometimes you get tired of it. Im more into tsun than dere so I was quite happy about Luuen’s oresama until he turned dere. Sigh*. Well, once you start to have feelings for Yuuto, as in all otome games, HE STARTS AVOIDING YOU!!!! AHHHHHHHHH!!. I really want to scream when such things happen but I can’t do anything for it. So after not playing his route for at least a week, I came back to it. You research on your families and realise that your ancestors used to be killing ghosts or some sort of thing. So you feel responsibilty and also avoid him. Sigh*. I wonder how many times i sighed in this game. Well, he comes to you and says that the family that killed things was actually his and that because of his blood you can’t be together. lol. wow. TOO CLICHE!!
Well, blue haired shota comes and starts making these black balls float around. I think that they were supposed to be bad but they looked like people tried to blow bubbles using polluted water. But. Yuuto’s blood can protect them from it. This route has so many meetings with the shota including one scene where the shota is strangling Yuuto. Uhh. That was plain wierd. Everything ends up well and I have to say the epilogue was cute.
List: Childhood Friend, Friend that likes you but you do not realise, has spiritual powers, avoids heroine to keep her safe, heroine thinks he likes someone else, gets tanned during game (okay, that’s doesn’t happen often, more like first time seeing something like that but anyway), character that blushes the most in the guys
(CV: Tsuda Kenjirou)
The megane. He was the second last route I played. I had actually not planned to even playing his route but I wanted to know if this would be normal compared to how ‘unique’ the others turned out to be. Well, he is normal. So TAKUYO simply added other things to make up for it, I guess. He’s the one with the tragic past but unlike Himehibi where they keep going back to it, it seems fine as its used more to show how close you get to him like, ‘hes telling me these serious things ’cause im close to him’ kind of thing. In his route, you go back to meeting the little Asamine and not the same age one. However, mini Asamine doesn’t have much of a role in Misakubo’s route because your best friend, Shindou Suzuna takes his place as the villain (or the one holding the Heliotrope ring).
After a while, Misakubo confesses to you and you get these dreams in which you hear a little boy talking to a girl about their wish. Suzuna also does not seem to come to school anymore, and as your so dense you ask if you did anything to hurt her. You get another dream but in this one, the little boy passes something to the girl and the boy dissapears. A different voice talks about how the girl should just erase the existence of the main cause and as you’re about to wake up , the girl apologises and mentions your name. Once you get to school, nobody knows you and Misakubo seems to be going out with Suzuna and Suzuna is acting like a bitch. As Misakubo tries to remember he faints and you start crying and saying ‘i like you Misakubo-kun’… uhhh… THAT WAS STUPID! At last you realise that Suzuna had gotten taken over by the ring and to complicate things, Misakubo takes the ring off her to make the ring make the wish that ‘she will start smiling again’!! wtf. that. is . sad. seriously. for an otome game please dont make it too cheesy.
Because he wished it, Misakubo now wants blood. So theres a blood sucking scene. Uhhh. Ya. The normal guy became a blood-sucking guy who is overtaken by a cursed ring. Wow. TAKUYO.. I’m amazed though i wonder if its in a good way? Well, the ending was a kiss scene and i dont like the artists kiss scenes so i dont like the ending. Simple and disappointing.
List: Normal guy (?), best friend is rival, your existence disappears, your tears make guy remember past, vampire blood sucking scene, megane (i hate megane)
(CV: Hino Satoru)
He is the mysterious senpai with no fashion sense. When i first saw it I wondered why he was wearing clothes that looked like a priest but there was a meaning. The villain is shota not teenager, so he invites you to the festival once again. Well, Amarube makes you join the astronomy club as he shows hints of knowing where the Heliotrope is and who has it. As you are curious about who Amarube is and you are still forced to help Luuen, you join but Suzuna mentions that she had never heard of a astronomy club existing in their school. Wow, so mysterious (scarcasm). Well, none of the activities seem to have anything to do with stars as you either eat cakes and have tea, play with extremely old fashioned toys and even if you look through the telescope you cant see stars. On the day of festival, the shota sees you run after Amarube and he gets upset and as Amarube tries to take the Heliotrope out of the shota, you interrupt therfore making the Heliotrope succumb to Amarube, Retarded heroines.
Guess what. He has not more memory. So you look after him. Wow. (sigh*). With certain teasing from Kyou, he doesn’t remember anything but he remembers something at the temple and how the bells are called the ‘hanayome’s bells’ (bridal bells). He then spends some wasted time on trying to draw it out. You realise your feelings and start to think that you won’t care if everythings fine with him. The best CG is where he hugs you from behind and even the heroines cute there! O.o After visiting the temple once more, he remembers who he was and that is…. (drum roll) a god. yup, a god. thats a first. a otome game character who is a GOD. Well, he seems to have liked you for a while since you were a loli, and it seems like she was extremely cute. Well, even I thought she was cute. I’d rather have her as a little sister than have the annoying brothers I have now. Luuen realises that Amarube has the heliotrope and in the end you have to break which I think involves killing him… wait I take that back. All of it hinted in killling him but in the ending he comes back as a human and not a god. wow. Im kinda confused but it was cute on par with Yuuto’s ending so I don’t care. lol
List: Mysterious Sempai, Loves you since you were a loli small, Memory loss, heroine doesn’t care about memory loss, the character that knows everything (uhh, he’s a fricking god), oh ya a god,
(CV: Tachibana Shinnosuke)
The transfer student, and loves you too much. He has a illness so he says he missed a lot of school and had never got any proper friends. (is TAKUYO trying another tradgedy?). well, shota doesn’t come cause this time he is the playable character, if you had guessed as much. He only cares about you once he gets to school and asks for you to fulfill a promise. You manage to say nicely ‘do i know you?’. Fail. The route follows most of Luuens with him stabbing Asamine but this time you go onto Asamine’s side and try to make him happy (?). Once time goes back, you realise that only Asamine is acting differently, i.e. kind to classmates while at first he only stayed with you. He reveals that he knows that time is repeating and that this time he will make you happy so lets play together (uhh. nicely, like hide and seek okay?). Luuen doesn’t help by ruining most of the route chasing the Heliotrope.
It’s revealed that Asamine was the little boy that dies in the haunted house (mentioned above). He had no friends and you had gotten lost and ended up making a promise of playing together later (same promise happens in Himehibi between main character and Masaya). However you couldn’t go and left without telling him. But, as they always need a suprise, it ends up that YOU had found a ring (one that looks exactly like the Heliotrope. Wait. It is the Heliotrope.) and had given it to Asamine just before you left. WTF. SO ITS ACTUALLY ALL HER FAULT THAT ASAMINE GOES PHYCHO IN ALL OTHER ROUTES. GIVE ME BACK MY FIRST IMPRESSION. Also, TAKUYO spent 15 out of 30 CG’s of Asamine of him sitting against the wall with this huge diamond spreading across his chest. Ok, the 15 shots have different brightness and facial expressions but imagine what you could have done with them. You have a choice of killing him or not and in the happy ending it looks like you’re both dead in heaven or something (im not sure myself).
List: promise that only guy remembers, yandere, Time repeating, Under influence of a cursed stone, has a diamond in chest like the mouth of Deidara (Naruto), only cares about you, shota transformation to older guy (not really but is like it if you play other routes), everythings you’re fault, i’m actually dead.
(CV: Kusao Takeshi)
The last route I played. The kind cousin you haven’t seen for a long time. He can cook (sign for domshiki. woot!) and is in a very high standard university. So TAKUYO is tryin to make the perfect guy. He shows hints of knowing what Luuen is and has these mysterious phone calls throughout the game. In one phone call, you think that it’s his girlfriend and in the epilogue its revealed to be his cat. His cat. But he calls the cat ‘mrs’ something so im not suprised. Must be embaressing to be jealous over a cat. Not much happens in this route except the shota gives you the ring making you unconsious for the second part of the route. So the second part is taken place in your mind world.
In this world everything is what you want including theres a Kyo that kind of pushes you against the wall. Well, this turns out to be clone kyo and the Heliotrope trying to force you to make wishes. The bad end pictures are actually the best with bad Kyo tring to kill you. I actually liked that scene. Kyo’s route is all about liers, and ironically he himself is a big lier. I didn’t find that part that interesting and they should have ended it a bit earlier. Luuen remains in this world with Kyo looking after him. One line I like from the epilogue would be ‘Luuen at last learnt how to use the phone so it should be fine’. Also, Kyo has better abilities than the heroine so she remains as the most useless character. The ending wasn’t bad but nothing special.
List: perfect in all around, lier, lier, spiritual powers, evil clone, main characters mind world, you become extremely useless, cliche line: ”i am a lier but i cannot lie about my love for you’.
okay. wtf, TAKUYO. being unique isnt everything, im fine with all playablable being gods or zombies or having magical powers but having each of one. maybe not. well, i only played Misakubo and Kyo for this review and I have to say my favourite characters would be Yuuto and Amarube. Amarube being god actually worked as the fact that he fell in love with her since she was a child was cute and loli main character is seriously too cute. Its a good game although kinda f*cked up for me.