Otome Game Update – Hanaoni
So this isn’t really about what game’s coming out… It’s more like the artist.
KAZUKI YONE (Hiiro no Kakera, Hakuouki) is doing the art for a new game. Not only that, the game is coming out for PSP!!
Official Name: 華鬼 ～恋い初める刻 永久の印～
English name: Hanaoni ~The Start of Love, The Sign of Eternity~
Date of release: March, 2010
Game Official Site: http://www.otomate.jp/hanaoni/
Book Official Site (where you can read the original series / in japanese): http://s-window.moo.jp/hanaoni/top.html
Hanaoni is actually a series of books that Kazuki Yone did the art for. I’ve tried reading them online (you can find all chapters online) but I stopped mainly cause I had no time and I found them boring. Well, that must have only be me, as it was popular enough to become a movie or something (great example of how 3D can never catch up to 2D when it comes to looks). And not only one, but it’s a trilogy as the other two focus on some other girls. Oh, it also has a musical. Σ(￣ロ￣lll)
Plot (From what I remember):
Something about a normal girl becoming the bride of a demon…. Sorry, will update… Sometime. Well, basically, she gets taken away from her normal life and is forced to transfer schools to where demon people go to. There, it’s revealed that she is destined to become the bride of … uhh, something like the prince of demons because she has a sign/symbol on her. Well, the scent (?) of a human demons bride is too good that other demons also want her (?) and so she also has bodyguards… I apologize for not remembering. It’s basically a gakuen demon romance game! (°_°;)
Characters (descriptions direct translation from book official site) :
Asagiri Kanna (Main girl)
Bride of the Boss of Demons. Has a dark past due to getting a mark of being a demons bride.
Kitou Kaki (Main Guy … Probably)
Student council President of the demon school. Has the name of Kitou = which means boss of demons. Gave Kanna the mark.
The school doctor. Is also called, ‘the beauty of the infirmary’ (that sounds stupid in eng). One of Kaki’s guardians.
Speaks in a unique kansai accent. Tall, has circular glasses with a thin frame and always stands out more than needed. Another of Kaki’s guardians.
Same class as Kanna and is slightly fake (?). Enjoys destroying things. Last of Kaki’s guardians.
Targets Kaki merely because of a personal grudge and sets his eyes on Kanna as she is what should become Kaki’s weakness: his bride. Passionate Type (!?)
Kanna’s friend. Although she’s also a demons bride, she is a normal girl.
There are two pics of Kuniichi. Seems like Kazuki had a design change.
[Images are Kazuki Yone’s rough sketches for the book. Not certain it will be game character design]
Well, in the book Kanna obviously ends up with Kaki so I guess the main route is Kaki’s and the plot of that route will be the same as the book. Not sure whats going to happen with Hibiki ’cause he’s already coupled with Momoko and Reiji also has this other girl. Another pairing that’s popular (if you see the book sites couple ranking) is Kuniichi x Kanna or more like Kuniichi x Kanna ← Kaki. Won’t mind seeing that either.
Still, Kazuki doing a new game! Though don’t get why she’s not doing a complete original one. I mean, she already has the character designs for this….
Also, is there really a need to add the “~the start of love, the sign of eternity~” thing? I mean… Do you know how embarrassing it is to translate into english?
(p.s. You can find the black-white pics for the books on google but I won’t put them up as that’s spoilers)