Otome Game Review: School Wars ~Sotsugyou Sensen~

This took way longer than it should have because my otome gaming motivation got run over by a steamroller called FFXIV 😆 Didn’t help that this game is just really really mediocre and I really wanna punch myself for wasting time with any Quin Rose fandisks ( ´_ゝ`).  Anyway the story takes place after Shiori graduates and now she has a month before she starts college. Unfortunately the school gets slammed with an investigation and instead of spending her spring break having fun, she has to spend her spring break making sure nothing weird happens so that their school isn’t shut down.  Also to add salt to the wound, aside from Itsuki and Shinya, all the relationship statuses with the rest have been reset. The only real new route here is the student council pres, Naezono Ouji.

fd01It’s really irritating that the entire game revolves around the investigation plot. Rather than it being a happy fluffy fandisk with the usual date/beach/sleepover/camping type events, we are basically following a BBA, a GGE and his son and another dude the whole game. Like yea I know it’s school WARS but this is supposed to be a fandisk and she’s graduated now, can we get to have some fun? So the big story is that the GGE named Hida hates the school principal (Ouji’s grandpa) because he thinks that the principal NTR’ed his girlfriend when he attended this school many years ago. At the time, the principal was just a teacher but his girlfriend had reasons to basically spread a rumor that she and the teacher were dating. Instead of telling Hida the truth, she just lied about it so this old fart has had like 40 years of butthurt and now wants to run an investigation to shut the school down. Little does he know that his “assistants” Natori (the BBA who loves little boys) and Mitsui, were sent by Ouji’s corporation to interfere with the investigation. So often during the game Hida gets attacked and now Shiori and whoever’s route you’re doing, are wasting the whole game protecting the GGE. So yea in between all this they thrown in some poorly drawn pseudo ero CGs and expect me to somehow enjoy this romance meh.  Anyway more on the rest in the individual routes.

hisa01Tsukamoto Hisamitsu –  Poor Hisamitsu starts off from the “senpai kouhai” end which is essentially how his relationship is at the start of the first game =_=;.  Apparently the reason he wears glasses is he’s totally blind without them and he ruined his eyesight by reading too many books in the dark. His route is so pathetic that even Mei says that his charm point is the fact that he’s “plain”. Sigh, jimiko-zoned!  Shiori finds him passed out in the library  with a fever, all because he worked hard for senpai to notice him (´;ω;`). He asks her to stay with him and asks what can he do to get her to notice him as a man. He then tells her he loves her before passing out. She finds Kurobe nearby and asks him to help carry Hisamitsu to the nurse’s office.  She hears that he’s in the hospital so she rushes to see him but he seems fine & dandy. He’s happy that she came for him, rather than because it’s her “duty” to help her staff. He asks if she remembers his confession and she does and he’s glad because he didn’t wanna just end it on a neutral note (like this whole route orz) He says that just being senpai and kouhai is not satisfying for him! So then while Shiori’s making her decision, some other girls want to talk to Hisamitsu and it makes her jelly :3. Still though she continues to babble that they can’t go out because he’s her ‘kouhai’ or some b/s sigh.  When she gets advice from Shinya she basically realizes that in fact she does like HIsamitsu and should just accept his feelings. And I’m sitting here rolling my eyes because I feel like their relationship progress in the first game was a million times better :roll:.  And so after running to tell him this, she topples him over so he goes to the nurse’s office. While there he pulls her into bed to be like “see this is what happens when you act nice to all the mans!” But Shiori’s like “oh it’s okay if it’s you bebe <3”. He’s so happy she finally accepts his feelings that he cries and they smooch in bed.  After this he becomes her waifu again and makes her bentos ( ;∀;) !! He asks how far they can go and I’m sittin’ like yo guys we’re in Cero D here, you can go pretty far (◉◞౪◟◉ )

hisa02When they go to Shiori’s house one rainy day, their plans to ~go the distance~ get crashed by some cockblocking mafia. The leader tries to hire the 2 of them to be hitmen for him in return for a shit ton of money. They of course refuse and leave the premises, reporting everything to Ouji the next day.   Turns out that Hisamitsu was willing to betray his family name just to solve the case all for Shiori’s sake. If they had solved the case, she would be able to graduate without anything holding her back. So turns out the dudes they met at that party, are working together to try and create some kind of newsworthy chaos at the school so that they can buy the school out and shut it down. Shiori and her man harem team up to clear out all the booby traps set up inside the school.  Since she’s busy wasting her post graduation on this nonsense, Hisamitsu feels bad and asks her to go on a date with him so she can relax and take her mind off this. She agrees and he offers to make the full date plan.  After the dudes give up and the school’s protected, Hisamitsu and Shiori go on their date to the aquarium. He tells her that his parents never took him to amusement parks or aquariums so he’s happy that his first times to those places is with her.  On her last day of spring break she and Hisamitsu spend it in the morals committee office where he tells her he loves her and he hopes that just cause she’s graduating doesn’t mean they have to break up.  She’s like of course not and asks him to take care of the morals committee after she’s gone. So then suddenly he’s like “senpai let me screw you” and so they immorally do it in the morals committee room lmao.

hisa03Best End: Hisamitsu is busy with his morals committee duties and he and Shiori don’t see much of each other. He comes over her place to cook dinner and while doing so, accidentally spills sauce all over his clothes. He then goes to change clothes and shower and borrows her dad’s clothes. He’s so happy that she glomped him while cooking that after he comes out of the shower they hump on the living room couch, part deux. Some days later comes over his place, and it’s a huge rich mansion. He plays the violin for her and then they take a nap in which he starts to make out with her in his sleep lol.  After he wakes up they…go screw again on his bed. She visits the morals committee to see how things are going and Hisamitsu has things running pretty well. They walk holding hands after school that day…the end I guess. Good End: Hisamitsu asks Shiori to tell him about his good points and she can’t think of any cause there’s too many. They smooth and I guess hump on the couch again. Stew End:  Natsue, Mei and Shiori’s cooking adventures continue as they make a cake with guns and tanks inside of it lol. After graduation, they call her up and ask to come over her place cockblocking her alone time with Hisamitsu. The 4 of them all eat some stew together that Hisamitsu made. I never really did get the whole Mafia plot in this route. After finishing the game I thought back and maybe this was another mafia that was hired to assassinate Hida? But then I wonder if Mitsui and Natori had anything to do with it or if they were working separately. Oh well not like this filler plot matters and I was too busy raging about the fact that Hisamitsu is the most shafted guy in the game. Also holy crap he had so many CGs where he just had YAOI HANDS, not gonna lie. In some CGs I was just like “wow who are u” because they were drawn so awkwardly (・_・;).

misaki01Misaki Shinya – Shinya started off as lovers with Shiori, much to my dismay as he is one of my least favorite characters and I would have rather HIM start off like Hisamitsu. I seriously would need another round of convincing as to why Shiori fell in love with him in the first place. Meanwhile it’s SO OBVIOUS how much Hisamitsu loved her to begin with argh (ノಥ益ಥ)ノ 彡┻━┻. Since all the charas in QR fandisks become more jealous & possessive than their original game counterparts, Shinya is no exception.  One day when Shinya and Shiori go shopping, and split up, she has some tea with Kyohei but Shinya gets all jelly and pissed. The following day he drags her into a classroom and kisses her pissed that she was with another guy. He then goes into QuinRose Yandere ™  mode for no fuggin reason saying that “she’s not allowed to do that” and starts kissing her everywhere. Shiori’s like “how is having tea with some guy considered cheating ?_?” She also mentions like “hey you’re the one who went off with Haruko leaving me to be bored to tears”. (Haruko is Hida’s wife but at the time Shiori doesn’t know this.)  So then for whatever reason, he pushes her down on the ground going “but yea you still went with another guy so you must be punished” and humps her on the cold hard floor. The worst part is as a QR heroine, Shiori just is like ok I guess..come on woman PROTEST you don’t need to get fucked on a cold uncomfortable floor! オリャ-( ゚Д゚)ノ====┻┻゚ロ゚)フギャ!! Great if I didn’t dislike this guy as it is, now things just took a Uturn for the worse. So then they reveal that Haruko was a friend of Shinya’s deceased mother so he knew her since he was a kid. Despite being 50 she has that forever young thing going and looks 30, which is why Shiori got jealous of her being around Shinya so much.

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This is the best kiss CG in the WHOLE GAME

So here’s where it’s painfully obvious that QR just doesn’t care about transition in their fandisks. When Shinya & Shiori go skydiving and then get ambushed by some army and then the next scene is them waking up in bed post humping. Wow can we at least get SOME kind of transition here? Okay yea I know they are supposed to be lovers etc, but it’s like watching some weird action movie where the dude walks up to some random chick, makes out with her, throws her aside and proceeds to blow things up with his bazooka :lol:. Then there’s another scene where they go to this fancy party to get more info about the investigation of the school and immediately after, they screw in his limo because he needs a “recharge”. So what are you a car and she’s your sex fuel tank? ( ≖Д≖;)  So after the revelation about Haruko being Hida’s wife and Shiori realizing she was jealous for no reason, the 2 of them go on a cruise together. Shinya tells Shiori that Haruko was the one who started the rumor about herself dating the teacher in high school. Turns out the reason was because the jewelry shop Haruko runs belongs to her father and since she was a rich girl, she had stalkers. The guy who saved her was the teacher – the current Seiran principal aka Ouji’s grandpa. In order to protect he had to be with her 24/7 but having a teacher be with a student for no reason seemed weird so she spread a rumor that they were “dating”. Wow somehow I feel like the teacher being her “tutor” might have been a better idea than “student x teacher dating”. Due to this both Haruko and the teacher had to drop out of the school because oh noes scandal.  And so once she was able to sell her famous jewelry item or something, both she and the teacher left the school and split up. After this, Haruko was able to finally get together with Hida (who thought that he was getting NTRed the whole time lol.) Wow great deep plot about….the principal rather than idk Shinya.

misaki03And so Hida gives up the investigation saying he couldn’t “find anything suspicious”. Meanwhile Shinya convinces Shiori to get a scuba diving license and they talk about how he plans to marry Shiori and have her mom be his new mother in law. Best End: And so the two of them spend a few days in some shack at some empty island filled with booby traps. He gives her a bracelet as a symbol of engagement and says he’ll eventually give her a ring too.  He’s so happy that she accept that he pushes her down on the living room table and immediately decides he wants to hump there. JFC dude do you ever think of the pain she has to deal with every time you want to fuck on a hard surface??? ( ಠ益ಠ )  Anyway he calls her Misaki Shiori-san and tells her to call him Shinya cause they’re gonna have the same last name soon (though I thought we got through this last game >_>).  And so afterwards they take a moonlight walk on the beach and smooch telling each other how much they love one another. Good End: Shiori attends the new entrance ceremony for her university and runs into Shinya there. He’s there because her mom can’t come due to being hospitalized and he didn’t want Shiori to be forever alone. The two of them then kiss under the cherry blossoms promising to see each other in between her classes. Kanpai End: Shinya feels out cause he ain’t one of the gurlz but then gets over it cause he’s Shiori’s friend but also lover.  Natsue and Mei are like omg get a room you two, and then the 4 of them have a drink to celebrate the end of the investigation. Natsue & Mei Friend End:  The girls all go shopping for new clothes before university starts.  After buying some clothes they take a purikura together. (This ending can be obtained from any route but I just happened to grab it from this one.) Bleh well even if I had a SLIGHT liking for Shinya, all of it pretty much vanished in this route. They did do a brief focus on Shinya as a kid but again it took a backseat to GGE NTR adventure stories.

masa01Hisa Masafumi – Masafumi actually has a great story, and for whatever reason they put his backstory up front over the investigation HOWEVER…….they reset his route to starting with “idol lover”. That means it literally starts the 2 of them off as pretty much sex friends because she’s like “Well he can put his idol work above me and after I graduate we’ll probably break up anyway.” I dunno as someone who was a formal leader of the morals committee, Shiori sure is lacking them in this game! (Then again the fact that the and Hisamitsu screwed in the committee office probably already destroyed that image to begin with.) Also Masafumi has  a LOOOOTTT of sexy time in his route, maybe as much as Shinya did? Maybe more. I didn’t mind though cause once he and Shiori start dating officially (again), he’s a pretty decent guy.  Unfortunately before this happens, Masafumi is like the overly attached boyfriend, and he constantly stalks and calls Shiori on the phone to make sure he knows where she is. I guess this does come in handy cause one night when she’s on night guard duty, she gets attacked by some rapists wandering the halls in school. Instead of her being able to defend herself with all her gun practice, Masafumi comes to her rescue, cause she had forgotten to bring her gun (who goes on guard duty without a gun?) He almost beats them to a pulp but she’s like noo stop they already can’t move from the gun shots. If it was me, I would have let him shoot the rapists lol, why you spoil the fun Shiori?  Masafumi brings her back to morals committee room and tries to take care of her injured foot.  He says she never answered her phone calls so he got worried and went to find her.  He also says that she shouldn’t believe in the celebrity rumor about him and some girl and he knows she’s been avoiding him because of it. She also says that she didn’t wanna be “in the way” if they were actually dating lolol.

masa02Shiori is like ok fuck this proper girl shit, and is like yea I don’t wanna see the guy I like running around with some ho. Damn right I was fucking jealous beeetch! She gets pissed at everything and starts to cry but Masafumi asks if she really loves him like she claims.  She says yes and he’s like yea well didn’t you hear me call you “mah woman” in front of the rapists? I love you too guurl and like totally have this entire route but Quin Rose had to reset me T_T Then they argue about how neither of them could tell that the other one liked them! Masafumi explains that he had dinner with the girl in the scandal but their staff and manager were all there too. And the hotel they walked in together, all he did was just walk her there and leave. The following weekend Shiori & Masafumi are supposed to go on a date together but when she comes to meet him, the girl he was in a scandal with, Arisa, is there too! Awkward!  So basically he gets replaced with cakes as she and Arisa grab a bunch of sweets at the cafe. But then lol she like ichaichas with him and spoon feeds him but Arisa’s like lol yea I’m a third wheel and ignores it/doesn’t care. After this they all go clothes shopping and then later Arisa tells Shiori about how when she’s happy that Masafumi has a g/f cause apparently they go way back as noob idols. Afterwards, Shiori comes over Masafumi’s place and he thanks her for meeting with Arisa cause she’s an important friend to him. Afterwards the 2 of them hump on the couch and the next morning they ichaicha in bed lol. Admittedly, this was the first scene in the game that made me (*´ェ`*)キュン♡ but if only the kissing CG was better…

masa03Best End: Ouji thanks Shiori for taking care of his cousin cause after his mom died, his dad had to “go off on some mission”. His dad then  pretty much dumped Masafumi on his sister, aka Ouji’s mom.  The mom didn’t want him there and tried to dump him off to relatives who wanted to use him as a “star’s baby” and make money off him. Ouji tried to be nice to him but Masafumi knew he was hated and basically shut off everyone around him. щ(ಥДಥщ) Why couldn’t they focus more on this instead of stupid investigation plot ┻━┻ ︵╰(ಠ益ಠ)╯︵ ┻━┻.He then finishes off saying that Shiori’s gotten prettier lately but then a jelly Masafumi bursts in and drags her away lol. On the last day they kiss in front of  Seiran and say goodbye to their high school life and go home to do the mattress mambo. After a while, Shiori’s mom finally gets released from the hospital and returns home. Masafumi tells her a few days later that he’s going to America and Shiori to marry him after she’s done with university. She agrees and he gives her an engagement bracelet and says eventually he’ll give her a ring 😆  Good End: Shiori and Masafumi ichaicha in the classroom where they first met on their last day before leaving the school. 3P End: The 2 cousins, Masafumi and Ouji fight over Shiori. So like somewhere down the line the whole investigation plot dropped off the face of the earth and the route became about Masafumi’s idol activities and his relationship with Shiori. I’m ok with this but I feel like they should have focused more on his past and made that the focus of the route. Of course, if they didn’t waste half the route getting them together again but lol Quin Rose.

kyo03Miyakomaru Kyohei – Oh man do I love Kyohei. His route was SO SWEET but oh dear god Shiori was DENSE AS A FUCKING BRICK. So correction, I love Kyohei, but I didn’t really love his route as much. Woulda been great if they hadn’t reset the poor guy but at least his route felt cute & fluffy and wasn’t full of badly drawn ero scenes. Kyohei and Shiori start off kinda like  she did with Masafumi. He basically gives her info only if she lets him kiss her but she likes it so she’s ok with this.jpg When she comes over his room one day, he tells her that he’ll give her info but this time a kiss isn’t gonna cut it, if u know what i mean. (✧≖‿ゝ≖) He jumps on top of her in bed and grabs dat fuckin titty but Shiori’s like nooo we can’t cause I don’t wanna sink to sex friend level orz so she kicks him away ヽ(#゚Д゚)ノ┌┛(ノ´Д`)ノ She then gets all jelly cause she thinks that he may need to do this kind of thing with other hoes in order to ‘get info’, that he does this with other girls so she starts to cry. And so after this, Kyohei stops being randy and only treats her gently with just chaste hugs & kisses (*´ェ`*)キュン♡ Though I guess this is short lived cause he gives her a hickey on her neck later on in exchange for other info. As the realization that Shiori graduated becomes more and more obvious, Kyohei starts to be like oh shit we’re still sexually tense here with no resolution in sight! He starts to try to talk to her and have her get the hint that he actually likes her but…well it’s hard to take a troll seriously. Boy cried wolf too many times! He tells her to take a break from all the investigating and take a post graduation vacation together. they go to the hot springs where there’s a rumor that couples who go here will have lucky love.  After the 2 of them bathe together (even tho lol they’re not a couple right??) they buy some fireworks to shoot.

kyo02They find a group of shotas so Shiori self cockblocks and plays with them and the fireworks. Kyohei stays away and later explains that his younger brother died when he was little so ever since then he’s really disliked little boys. He then tells Shiori that he loves her and asks her to be his girlfriend for realz. Sadly for whatever reason Shiori’s like umm let me think about it. (ಠ_ಠ)  Even after he jumps in to save her from some falling boxes, taking a head injury, she’s like “oh my why did he ever do this for me?” Are you fuggin kidding me Quin Rose. (ಠ_ಠ) Needless to say she comes to the conclusion that he’s SPESHUL to her as she runs into his hospital room post surgery in tears. So yea after this she tells him that she loves him and he’s like you’re just saying that cause I saved you and you feel like you owe me. She convinces him that if she didn’t love him, she wouldn’t let him kiss her. She then asks since when he liked her and he’s like “umm since the first time I asked for a kiss in return for info? Just like you  I wouldn’t let random ppl kiss me.” Boy you guys are just 2 peas in a pod!  So after the intruder situation is taken care of Kyohei’s like “don’t you wanna know what happened?” and she’s like “oh lol nope as long as everything is ok”. Ok…( ´_ゝ`) Aka, the entire plot is actually in Itsuki’s route pls play that to find out more!  At the end Ouji trolls them saying he saw them making out in the hospital room lolol. Kyohei then gets all pissy cause the realization that he’s 1 year behind her sinks in. Shiori’s like dont worry babe I won’t cheat on u. They return to her place and watch TV but he’s still a sad panda that she’s excited for college and will be leaving him soon.

kyo01He then tells her how his brother got struck by a car right in front of him as they were going for a walk together. They were waiting for a light to switch but a paper airplane flew out of his brother’s hands and into the middle of the street. The brother being a shota, let go of Kyohei’s hand and ran to get the airplane, getting hit by the car. Since then Kyohei’s felt that it was his fault for not holding on to his brother and that he could have prevented this. Shiori tells him that it’s just a bad accident and it’s not his fault at all. He then explains the reason he was afraid to confess to her is because he didn’t want to have to worry about losing someone else important to him once more. (why oh why wasn’t this mentioned in the first game) Best End: Shiori graduates and goes to college. She’s a bit worried about Kyohei cause all these new kawaii desu freshman girls at Seiran but then is like nah, he love me long time. The 2 of them go on a picnic and watch the cherry blossoms. She makes a gross lunch as usual but says she’s joined the cooking club to become better though most members of that club are guys – much to Kyohei’s dismay. Kyohei then makes her a flower headband and they smooch and tell each other I love you.  Good End: After Shiori graduates, Kyohei walks her home and asks for a kiss. He says it’s not a “price for anything” but just that he wants to kiss her.  Welcoming End: Kyohei asks if he can pick meet up with Shiori after classes every day once she starts college. Man just….Kyohei you deserve better you babe ;_;.

daigo01Kurobe Daigo – While I really liked Daigo in the first game…….his route was just…eh in this one. Mostly the really large amount of terrible CGs and the whole “you need to screw Daigo to let him get over his bodyguard mentality!” So basically Shiori’s mission in this route is to jump up on dat d——aigo daikazoku. When Shiori and Daigo go to the zoo together, some thief comes and steals people’s wallets & purses and everyone blames Daigo cause he looks like a delinquent. He gets taken into custody while Shiori runs around looking for the true criminal.  She ends up catching the criminals who just wanted to blame everything on Daigo cause it was easy to blame the “badass looking one”. After the whole incident is resolved, Daigo tells Shiori that he loves her and she’s like YAY FINALLY since apparently she was in love with him but he insisted on only the bodyguard relationship. She tells him she loves him too and they kiss. Seriously it was like, what is even the point of resetting their relationship if they are gonna get back together so quickly anyway! It was obvious from the beginning of the route that Shiori liked him, and it was obvious Daigo did too but he kept holding himself back. Even after confessing their love though, their relationship doesn’t seem to change other than a kiss here & there. Shiori wants them to act more like a couple so a few days later she comes over his place with all sorts of dirty intentions! She even got advice about wearing a sexy lingere from Shinya www.

daigo02While he’s getting tea Shiori starts changing into it and just then Daigo walks in with the tea…and drops everything at the sight of her looking like a Victoria’s Secret catalog model. He gets pissed and tries to run out of the room but she grabs his hand telling him to hit dat sheit but he’s like PUT YOUR CLOTHES BACK ON YOU HARLOT!She orders him to sit on the bed then she pushes him down and gets on top! \( ^o^)/ She’s like “if you don’t want me doing this then just say so ;u;” but Daigo flips her over and gets on top saying “yo bitch I been holdin’ back from hittin dat shit and you go and do this!” He explains that he wanted to take things slowly so he wouldn’t just ravage her without her consent! What a sweet guy lol. In the end though, they end up screwing anyway. Also I find it hilarious how her boobs suddenly got GIGANTIC in that CG. I think one of the routes there was a comment about her she had small breasts but uhm…not in this CG! The next day Shiori proposes and asks him to marry her :lol:. Daigo babbles like a drunk monkey and then agrees. Turns out Hida’s son Tomoki is a student at Daigo’s dojo. The reason is because he gets bullied at school so he’s tried to learn self defense lessons. Daigo and Shiori follow him to his school and see bullies demanding he give them money, and not just pocket change but they want like 100k yen! When he refuses the bullies pull out a knife and threaten to stab him. Shiori is about to run in to save him but thanks to all his training, Tomoki beats up the bullies on his own. Best End: The investigation ends and Shiori and Daigo start humping in the moral committee office…just as Hida and Tomoki walk in /(^o^)\ナンテコッタイ.

daigo03Hida rages but Daigo tells him to stfu since they’re engaged to be married and the shota’s like “yea dad let it go!” 😆  Daigo’s aunt also gives Shiori this miko outfit for the official master & servant contract ceremony. Shiori puts it on and shows off to everyone at the dojo. After this they have Daigo put a ring on Shiori’s hand and do the official servant & master ceremony. When it’s over Daigo and Shiori go into a room alone together and he tells her she can “use him as she pleases”. It seems to me like he’s doing what he pleases cause they go humping and he goes boob chomping in that CG ( ゚∀゚)アハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \.  Good End: Shiori starts her university and visits Daigo’s room where they ichaicha. Also I just realized that the CG in this ending was actually one of the sample CGs of the official site. Wow really who puts END CGs as samples Quin Roseee….(  ゚,_ゝ゚) Budou End: One of the bullies who attacked Tomoki comes to Daigo’s dojo asking for him to train him. He apologizes for being a pathetic bully and says he’s re-evaluated his definition of “strength”. Daigo accepts him as a student but seriously can this be anymore awkward? I can totally see them trying to bully Tomoki at the dojo, why would you do this to the poor child sigh.  Anyway Daigo’s route felt incredibly pointless. It’s like time wasted on some random criminal, time wasted having Shiori convincing daigo to hit dat and then more time wasted on filler characters, what a disappointment. (´・ω・`) The scene of him walking in on her in the lingere though was about the only funny thing I remember lol.

itsuki01Ujiie Itsuki – Itsuki’s route started off great. They are lovers, no reset, they’re ichaicha and I’m like all |萌|・´∀`・)ハァハァ 萌えぇぇ↑ . However, leave it to Quin Rose to be “creative” with personalities once again and deciding to turn him not only into some weird jealous rapist but on top of that, Namikawa’s deep voice vanished somewhere halfway through the route. Yea you know the deep voice he’s supposed to be doing for Itsuki? By the end of the route he sounded like Takato from Clock Zero. I don’t mind Namikawa’s voice in any pitch really, BUT for the role of Itsuki it was totally wrong. Itsuki’s image pretty much broke down from being the badass delinquent to moemoe cupcake lol. I mean I still think Itsuki is a moemoe cupcake but it really ruins the consistency! He didn’t have this issue in Koibana Days so I can only imagine he either got no direction from QR staff or he was tired of voicing so much text (his route was like the longest in the game.) At the start of the route Itsuki is really pissy that Shiori’s graduated and looking fwd to her new college life. He’s a sad and ronery panda cause he feels like he’s being left behind ;3;. He’s also pissed that it’s been a while since they saw each other and the first thing she says is help me with the investigation (  ゚,_ゝ゚) Fortunately they ichaicha and make up and he agrees to help…on the condition that she live with him at his place.  Shiori has no choice but to agree but seriously why would you say no to this cutie pie? One morning Shiori wakes up in bed with Itsuki as usual but find herself handcuffed to him. (  ゚,_ゝ゚) Turns out when she jokingly said that if he’s worried about her leaving him he should chain her down. Well he took it literally and that’s why he put handcuffs on her omg /(^o^)\ナンテコッタイ

itsuki02Unfortunately he loses the key and they wonder what the fuck they’re gonna do now xD.  S&M play gone wrong! Itsuki feels really bad about it and apologizes but Shiori forgives him so they call up Ouji for help since he was the one who gave them the handcuffs. Unfortunately Ouji’s like lol good luck guys! After this things get awkward even further when she has to go to the bathroom at school but can’t really walk in there with him \( ^o^)/. He’s like “dont worry I’ll close my eyes and won’t look” but she’s like “close your eyes and ears” and he’s like whatever I don’t care lol.  They ichaicha in the morals affairs room and then Hida bursts in raging about Itsuki getting involved in the investigation. As he bursts in they get surprised and topple all over each other on the floor with Itsuki’s face landing into Shiori’s boobs.   At Shinya’s party some grandpa spills a drink on Shiori and goes to wipe it but Itsuki slaps his hand away going NO TOUCH. In the hotel room afterwards he takes her and like rips her dress off going I NEED TO SCREW RIGHT NOW but Shiori pushes him away cause lol wtf dude, jealous of some old fart??? She starts crying and he realizes what a  jerk he’s being so he hugs and kisses her apologizing.  After this incident they conclude that they don’t need handcuffs to keep the 2 of them together~ and they manage to remove them.  He babbles how he’s worried about her and other guys but she’s like whatever other men are like potatoes to me. A few days later, Mei gets kidnapped by that intruder so Itsuki and Shiori work on rescuing her. (Though somehow in between they have time to go ichaicha at the park and eat crepes.)

itsuki03They hear a recording and turns out Mitsui and the Natori BBA are the ones who are kidnapped Mei. Thanks to this they find Mei unconscious in the locker room by the pool. After they rescue her and bring her to the nurse’s office, Itsuki takes care of the cut that Shiori got on her thigh. He then starts licking and eventually topples her on top of the nurse’s office bed…while Mei is sleeping in the bed next to them. CONTROL YOURSELVES. \( ^o^)/ They end up screwing anyway with just the curtain closed (´・ω・`;). After Mei recovers, Shiori and Itsuki team up with Ouji and co. to fight against the investigators. They catch them and play back the recording. They then push them into the oil filled pool lol m9(^Д^)プギャーーーッ and threaten to throw in a match. After this everything is resolved and they all go to a celebrating party together. Shiori goes out to the garden where she finds Itsuki and they make out until they both fall into the fountain (which gave me major Heart no Kuni no Alice flashbacks :lol:). He then gives her his locket (which has his baby picture in it as the only memory of his childhood), and in return he asks her to marry him. Best End: Itsuki and Shiori visit her mom in the hospital to introduce him as her boyfriend. He also gives the mom some flowers and asks for permission of Shiori’s hand in marriage. Shiori punches him for some reason =_= but the mom tells him to take care of her daughter. Good End: Itsuki tells Shiori she’s not the only one sad about leaving Seiran and that he’s just as sad to see her go.  He then hugs her on their way home. Senpai & Kouhai End: Shiori wants Itsuki to call her “Ichijou Senpai” since they became lovers so fast she never got a chance for him to be her cute kouhai xD. Itsuki grumbles but calls her Ichijou Senpai then gets extremely embarrassed ε-(*´∀`|萌|. He then takes advantage of the situation and becomes the “randy kouhai” and starts ichaichaing with her on the school roof top xD. For some reason I found this to be the most enjoyable end out of all of them.

ouji01Naezono Ouji – Well Ouji didn’t have a route in the first game and this fandisk was pretty much built off the staple of giving him a route, and you will now see why. Everyone including Ouji himself thought that Shiori hated him so when she chooses him to help her with the investigators, everyone is shocked. She injures her hand at one point and so Ouji comes over her place to take care of her…and stay at her house ( ≖‿≖)  He then basically becomes her housewaifu and feeds her, saying that she eats like a hamster. After this a rumor spreads that the 2 are dating. Some days later, Ouji takes her out on a date saying she needs a break from all the investigation nonsense. Their date of course is going to a huge fancy library where Shiori enlightens Ouji on the wonders of mystery novels. She shows him her favorite novel and he tells her that he has all the novels by this author as he blushes, cause as I had guessed it, he’s her favorite author!! But she doesn’t know it!! ( ゚∀゚)アハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \  One day she runs into Ouji and Natori flirting in the student council office. She gets annoyed but turns out Ouji just wanted to get the BBA off him so he uses Shiori to pretend they have work to do so the BBA leaves. Afterwards when Shiori says maybe he likes Natori, he’s like no I have someone I like. He realizes what he’s blurted out and says to forget it and even after Shiori bugs him, he doesn’t tell her. 😉 Even after her hand heals, he asks if he can stay at her place a little longer and she agrees. They discuss  about how despite them being student council pres and moral committee leader and in the same year, they barely had any interaction and weren’t close until now that they’ve graduated.

ouji02The following day Ouji tells Hida to pull the stick out of his ass and forgive and forget his gramps. After chatting for a while, Hida gives up the investigation cause the time limit is up and they haven’t found anything. That night during dinner when Shiori wants to tie her hair back, Ouji offers to do it for her. After this they get into an argument over each other’s feelings but then confess that they both love each other. He apologizes for doing stuff to “test her feelings” for him and says he won’t do it again. He then kisses Shiori under the falling cherry blossoms (cause well she got so mad she ran out of the house.) The next day Ouji tells Hisamitsu that the rumor about them dating is…true 😛 Poor Hisamitsu shits bricks again. Best End: Shiori and Ouji run from a bridal store in a wedding dress and suit followed by a mob of angry women who want her dress lol. They run off and hide behind a building and pretend to say their vows, before making out. The next day they catch Natori and Mitsui red handed. After they’re taken into custody, Ouji’s gramps explains about the deal with him and Hida’s wife and that he never NTR’ed her to begin with. Shiori then finds out that Ouji is the one who wrote her favorite books and is actually her favorite author!  He also surprises her and says that he’s going to attend the same college as her and suggests the 2 of them live together so they can share the commute.  Shiori then bursts out an indirect marriage proposal to Ouji making him blush with embarrassment. He  pushes her down on the couc, goes into randy do-S mode and is like “yo I’ve been holding back all this time but my sexual frustration level is over 9000 so we screw, NOW.” And so they hump happily ever after 😆 Also apparently when he was staying with her at her house, he totally groped the crap out of her while she was sleeping wwww.

ouji03Hida End: Hida is still butthurt about Ouji’s grampa so he wanted to make sure Ouji doesn’t treat Shiori badly too. He tells Shiori if Ouji treats her bad to kick him to the curb and Ouji starts raging. True End: Ouji is the badass company president and turns out his company was the one who hired Mitsui and Natori to sabotage Hida’s investigation. He then reassigns Natori and Mitsui to instead be spies at the high school because his grandpa is retiring soon and he will lose connections to power over it – especially since he’s graduated and is now attending college.  In the meantime, while Shiori is getting ready for college she finds an old letter from the guy who let her enroll into Seiran and who paid for her mom’s hospital bills. She then starts to wonder if maybe he’s actually her real dad lol but then is like nah I won’t bother thinking too deep about this. She meets up with Ouji on the college campus and he asks her to take him in as her husband cause he wants to leave the Naezono family and join the Ichijou one ( ≖‿≖). He then asks her to go shopping for wedding dresses and tells her to stop referring him as “pres” lol.  He gives her his latest book which is basically the story of this fandisk, a sequel to his last book, aka the first game :lol:. He then admits that he modelled the heroine in his book after Shiori. They walk out of the campus holding hands as she tells him she loves him and finally calls him by his first name. Welp gee Quin Rose if he was gonna be the OTP, why didn’t he get a real route in the first game!?!? Sigh there goes my Itsuki OTP, crushed with a steamroller by this ending lol. Oh well I do like Ouji, so I guess it’s not a huge disaster. Still though, I feel like I enjoyed Ouji’s small route in the first game more than this? I don’t know just..everything in this FD seems to pale in comparison to my enjoyment of the first game so I’ll just stop with my broken record-itis.

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Aside from the mediocre filler character plot that felt like some Naruto filler episode, the game itself just felt like it was something else. A lot of the characters acted completely different (aka Quin Rose randomly making them spit out yandere phrases and become overly jealous and creepy.)  While I can usually deal with QR’s derpy art, for some reason half the CGs in the game just looked terrible to me and I couldn’t handle it.  The inconsitency between the original sprites from the first game and the Cgs in this game was really jarring:

Shiori are u ok?
Shiori are u ok?

The worst was when it was a “Cero D” type CG and it was so awkwardly drawn it just made me roll my eyes :roll:. I’d rather just not see these “randy CGs” if they’re gonna look so terrible? Also I know QR’s thing is “lots of CGs” but I’d rather have a “few good CGs” than “lots of awful ones”.  I think in the whole game there might have only been 3 kiss CGs where they actually put in the effort to draw them kissing (and one of them wasn’t even in the CG gallery!!). Seriously this is not a kiss CG, what the hell is even going on lolol. The rest, they’d just draw 2 side profiles, use the photoshop “move” feature and move their heads together like you’re making paper dolls kiss or something ( ´_ゝ`). Like this:

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The other thing that really jumped out at me about the art is THE BACK OF SHIORI’S HEAD. Seriously I feel like every other CG was the back of her head. I understand in some hug CGs it’s necessary or whatnot but sometimes we’d see the side of her head and she’d have no eyes like some Voltage heroine :lol:.  Also QR’s new thing now is instead of drawing side characters, they just draw 3 pairs of feet to show that instead.

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You know what just don’t show anything. We get it, it’s a side character, it doesn’t need a sprite or the same image of feet you show for EVERY side character. Also there was a funny of CG of Itsuki holding a gun which looked like he was holding a hair dryer. Hands up or I’ll…blow you away! 😆

While the filler story was stupid, there were parts in each guy’s route that focused on them as kids. I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SEE MORE OF THIS. Seriously I wanted to see more about Masafumi’s past and I wanted THAT to be the central focus. Same thing goes for Kyohei, but no instead we had to waste half the route with the investigation nonsense. And finally MINI GAMES. In the past, they were always optional and really didn’t reward you with anything so you could skip them. Now, QR has gone back to demonic level of forcing you to grind mini games to unlock like 12 bonus omake CGs. What the fuuuuu (;ಠ益ಠ;). There’s only 3 mini games, a snake type game, a matching game and a puzzle slide game. I HAAATTEE (with the firey passion of 1000 suns) slider puzzle games so I gave up on that. Doing the other 2 mini games over & over only allowed me to unlock 1 CG of Daigo and Itsuki =_________=. I don’t know what to do to unlock the rest or if it’s a certain score you need to get.  In the end my favorite routes ended up being Ouji, Kyohei, Masafumi and PART of Itsuki (until they made him go OOC ~_~;). Shinya was meh as usual, Hisamitsu’s reset sucked, Daigo’s route had a lot of terrible pr0ny CGs. Anyway overall I remember LIKING school wars, but I just really had trouble motivating myself to get through this fandisk. It’s not even that long of a game but it still took me 10 days. The route resets made it even more painful because I was like “oh come ON I know you two love each other can you just get together again this is so frustrating”. The worst case was Hisamitsu because his route pretty much started  with 0 progress from the 1st game. Anyway if you enjoyed a QR game, DON’T PLAY THE FANDISK. The fandisk will either frustrate you, ruin a character for you, or both.  This was the case with Oumagatoki and is definitely the case with School Wars. I’m a bit worried about Mirror Alice but that’s supposed to be an “alternate scenario” rather than a fandisk, so hopefully it won’t be too bad. I feel like more effort could have been put into this if Quin Rose wasn’t trying to pump out a game every month. I don’t know why they think QUANTITY > QUALITY but because they’ve increased the quantity, their quality has really dropped and I feel really disappointed with them these days. Seeing how the last QR game I played before this was the Ouma FD this just puts QR in a really bad light for me. The only QR games I have to play in my immediate future are the Alice games as I really no longer trust them to release anything else worth of quality. I’m now even having 2nd thoughts about the Arabians Lost sequel (´・ω:;.:…

And now here’s a gif of Shiori’s lovely back of head! (And this is just 14 that I randomly picked..there are definitely more…)

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42 thoughts on “Otome Game Review: School Wars ~Sotsugyou Sensen~

  1. Totally agree with you Hisamitsu deserved that start as lovers route way more than Shinya, who totally needed a fresh start because his route really had some issues.

    I have yet to play it since I’m placing Romeo vs Juliet as my priority but wow, does it suck reading this (what I read since I didn’t want to spoil too much) well at least the comics of the limited edition where Hisamitsu and Kyohei and god are they cute! so I regret nothing. I guess Crimson Royale was the only FD in which it all worked perfectly (since there were no bad endings or anywhere else to start from than as lovers, though they did reset a route but nobody cared because it was Michael’s)

    I really recommend 0ji to get some faith back because it was good and made the series as a whole better imo, so I know QR can do better if they care enough, which is why I still have high hopes for AD, but none for the kaidan series, I guess it would be good to tell QR to stop trying to copy mobile games and their faceless heroine cgs because they do suck the enjoyment from the game, but I guess this makes the japanese girls really happy or whatever. Let’s hope their new games for next year prove to be better now that the Kaidan series will be done with.

    1. Thanks for the tip about 0ji! I have it somewhere in the back of my backlog but next time I wanna dabble into QR games aside Alice I’ll prioritize it for sure. (and well I may as well finish the Cinderella series lol) Yea I’ve given up on Kaidan after Hyakki and Tasogare…that was crap. I’m not even gonna bother with Shinigami at this point as I heard nothing great about it xD

      yea totally agree with you on the mobile heroine thing!! Like wtf half of the CGs even if you see the side of her face there’s no mouth or eyes what gives!! I don’t really understand what direction they’re trying to go in. If they’re trying to compete with Otomate by releasing so often they’re truly mistaken. Otomate’s big thing is its art and if QR can’t even get that down, there’s no way they can compete. I kinda miss the days where they only released 3-4 games a year but they were pretty decent. Hell the art in Mother Goose was better than most of the art in all the games they’ve released this year. (I’m worried that they will overwork Fujimaru and she will run away T_T)

      1. If you enjoy 0ji just half as much as I did you will certainly not be disappointed, I didn’t sleep 3 days in a row just to advance as much as I could because I really loved everything, heck even the mean sisters turned to have their charming points, and I didn’t mind gge Spencer by the end of his route (but I still saved his young end for last in his route)

        I still plan to play the Shinigami fd (because I swear they owe me a really happy ending for Homura after those really unneeded last 5 min on his best ending)and maaaaaybe get back to finish hiakky and the fd but I will play them only after I have nothing else I want to play and that’s not happening soon.

        Probably they want to shake off the “doujin circle” fame they had by releasing things constantly, I just wish they get used to it soon so the quality starts to match the quantity, or even better that they slow it down (we don’t need 10 games a year QR especially not kaidan romance quality ones and specially not when your team is still way smaller than the other companies teams)

        Mother goose art is special since it was by Fujimaru and it had the cooperation of a bunch of other artists since that was it’s selling point (tought idk what possessed them to made the blue label one XD)

        Yeah they overworking Fujimaru has started to worry me too since their new game also has her art, that’s 3 games she had to work in on the same year… truly worrying.

        1. omg 3 days of no sleep O____O
          must be that good huh 😄

          oh i thought mother goose was only fujimaru but maybe the nursery rhyme art was by the other artists
          I’m more comparing how the CGs were really nice and consistent.
          I think FUjimaru’s art is starting to wither down too…the chara designs for that hakkenden game look a little off in certain places
          I can tell she’s being overworked.
          I love her alice stuff but I will not buy hakkenden and I’m really disappointed they are using her for that game.

          1. For me it was, still it took me like a week to finish because of work.

            too bad there’s no nice way to tell a company to stop overworking their artists _(:3」∠)_ So the only hope left is that Fujimaru loves Alice enough to keep going until it’s done… but that sounds too sad, if we are just worrying too much and it’s not like that it would be good but after Himeringo left…

            1. btw I read on 2chan that Himeringo actually renamed herself and is drawing nicer art elsewhere but I couldn’t find out where. any ideas?

  2. oh man, the feet cg. NOTHING PISSES ME OFF MORE THAN THAT. RvsJ had that too and I nearly wanted to punch my psp orz. It’s also funny how Paris’ dad never got a CG/sprite (it proves how unimportant his character is) but HEY WE GOTTA SHOW SOME FEET FOR THESE UNNAMED PPL TALKING TO THE HEROINE.

    … just stop with the feet. I can live w/o it. I wont get mad if these mooks dont get sprites, QR.

    1. nooo not the feet! ugh!!
      I wonder if I will see the feet in Alice.
      I guess it’s a thing now…backs of heads, feet, route resets, shitty mini games Σ(゚д゚lll)ガーン
      reminds me of Armen Noir and all dem legs 😆

      1. someone in QR has a damn foot fetish (;¬д¬) Why don’t u save the sprites for actual character with actual names????

          1. i rather have shadow/faceless ppl than those damn feet cg (like those shadow girls in Utena)

            I personally am getting tired with their shitty reset FDs. Gonna try to ignore them from now on.

  3. I really think QR needs to fire some management people.

    Also, what’s even happening in that supposedly kiss CG??? Are they trying to transfer some sort of Lovecraftian breath monster or something? And what is even wrong with his shoulders and who is that guy really he doesn’t look like anyone!

    I don’t think that sample Shiori CG looks that bad, though. I can still tell it’s her. That said, they seriously need to get another artist because they’re overworking theirs to death here and it shows in half-assed compositions and uninspired poses and just plain bad art. She’s a decent artist and I like her style, actually, but she’s being overworked and running out of juice and it shows.

    1. lmfao your comment made me burst out into tears of laughter ( ゚∀゚)ァハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \
      I guess the Shiori CG makes her look rather…lanky? like the art looked like it was slopped together real fast without any consideration for balance which was present in the sprites. I shoulda chosen a worse one to use I guess 😄

      and yea a lot of poses felt the same. there were multiple CGs of the guy like “hovering over you” and same poses of the guy on top of Shiori etc so nothing felt “refreshing”. who is the artist anyway? is it the same one? I got the impression they got random side art staff to do half the CGs to be able to finish it in time.

  4. This took way longer than it should have because my otome gaming motivation got run over by a steamroller called FFXIV

    *shakes head* exactly why I don’t touch it. I used to play C&C until I finished one campaign… in a single sitting after the game arrived. Imagine if it was an MMORPG with no savegame feature.

    Also Daigo reminds me of: GARcher. I am the boneR of my sword…

    1. lol you’re completely making different comparisons between your playstyle and mine.
      basically I get home from work and i have 4 hours before bed.
      instead of using those 4 hours to play a crappy otome game, I’d rather play FFXIV.
      I don’t stay up till 3AM, i don’t play for 12 hours without eating or drinking
      i get up sat morning, do my chores and THEN I log on. it’s just a matter of priority of 1 game over another.

  5. Hahahahaha 😄
    The gif showing her back of head was awesome XDDDD
    You aren’t the only one… I’m between playing otome and RPG games too |o|
    Hisa Masafumi seems interesting =3 I’ll try play this game one day 😄

    1. lol well if you never played the original you can just skip this one. the original was way better and in order to do Ouji’s route you have to force you way through all the other characters first :/;

  6. LOL. Seriously? That’s how the revenge plan starts? Just cuz you believe that some teacher stole your girlfriend, like 4 DECADES ago??? Trololololol~ QuinRose had better stick to their fairy tale games cuz they sure don’t know how to write action!

    I think the Alice series is the one with best fandisks out of Quinrose tbh because they at least have some new material/focus on romance more?

    1. Alice has a lot of fantasy plot in it and so the resets don’t feel as “bad” because you just see it as “another world”
      School wars and Ouma take place in the same world/same setting but for some inexplicable reason, things are reset from the same game and there’s nothing refreshing about the “retelling” of how they got together.

      QR’s trying to cover all angles to make as much money as possible but they aren’t succeeding and I think instead they are alienating their fanbase instead

  7. That’s disappointing that you didn’t seem to enjoy the game much…I actually just bought School Wars on the account of your review because it sounded like it was a good game. I almost bought this FD in the same batch, but I thought it might be better not to do that (especially after the bad idea of buying Storm Lover 2nd before Kai!! since I knew I’d buy Kai!! eventually anyway…) and wait to see what you thought. Good thing I waited.

    I’ll probably read this whole thing later since I really only read your intro and final thoughts section because I’m desperately trying not to spoil games for myself all the time, haha. It’s only semi-working.

    By the way, loving your autumn background. I think it’s my favorite one so far.

    1. yea I enjoyed the first game a lot so I’m quite disappointed too!
      Quin Rose is obviously doing more than they can handle and it really shows.
      they aren’t even selling that much compared to other companies (I think the School Wars FD only sold like 2.5k copies) so they should learn that just pooping out crappy games will only give them a bad rep and people will buy less and less of them.
      and thanks for the compliments on the layout!
      I figured summer’s over so I autumnized the blog ;D

      1. I think it’s unfortunate that they’re trying to release so many games on such a tight schedule. You would think they’d get the picture by now that a few quality games would be better than a million mediocre/terrible ones, but it just seems to get worse. They’d probably be able to rake in more money on more developed games anyway, because a good game draws more players in. I can’t really wrap my mind around why they keep doing the same thing and expecting different results.

        It’s still hot enough to be summer, though. At least where I live. I’ll be happy once autumn-like weather starts rolling in.

  8. *Has war flashbacks about CGs that had the guy alone just standing around*
    Euughhghhh.
    That (‘o’)(‘o’) CG always cracks me up ehehe.
    Lovely seasonal site colors, by the way!

  9. Lol I saw the RvsJ Cgs and it was bad as this with the derp kiss scene 😄 I don’t really buy fandisks knowing they’re always suck except for the Alice fandisk cuz that game is simply awesome with the Wizard and Arabian parody.

    I’m going to spaz explode if Arabian Doubt is gonna be bad… If not good, then i would expect it to be like Alice Clover game. I have to expect it worth playing it since a year hiatus is enough.

    I so love to see you make a post at the end of the year of all the terrible games you had played out of the good games you played cuz really 2013 is getting nowhere this year ❤

    Btw off subject, do you ever wanted/tried to play Hatofol Boyfriend (dating pigeons) lol

    1. Arabians doubt is supposed to be a SEQUEL rather than a fandisk so maybe it won’t be so bad? But yea I’m losing faith..

      and no worries I’m doing my yearly post since that’s when the blog anniversary is happening and I’ve already started throwing games into categories like last year lol xD the bad thing is, theres soo many bad games I have to start making random sub categories cause “worst game” is just too broad!

      and Ive heard of the pigeon game but I never bothered since my backlog is so long and FF14 is occupying most of my time lately lol

  10. “Also QR’s new thing now is instead of drawing side characters, they just draw 3 pairs of feet to show that instead.”

    Ahahahahahahaha… (*≧▽≦)ノシ)) I laughed so much when I read this line. OMFG… QuinRose, what happened to your staff members??? xDDDD LMAO

    Yeah, a Ouji route, which we anticipated so much. At least it was a good route, not as the usual side character crap… wwwww

  11. …And here I heard that Quin Rose’s quality of games is “great”. I’m getting the impression that at some stage, they started to prioritise quick cash injections over quality control. Maybe their plot has always been better than their art. Whatever the case, I did buy Anniversary no Kuni no Alice a while ago, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it when I get to it.

    Anyway, very funny review, Hinano! I greatly enjoyed it. If you didn’t indicate to me that THING the redhead was holding was a gun, and I didn’t know the context of this all, I would have thought it was some bizarre, incomplete fictional gadget of some kind! 😀 If that scene was supposed to be dramatic, all impact was lost, for sure. As for the kiss CG example, wow, that was hilarious, too. You’ve caught onto their secret, LOL.

    Thanks for the review! 🙂

    1. yea pretty much…they are now quantity over quality but putting in CGs of feet or backs isn’t exactly a worthy value in my eyes 🙄

      I actually preordered the Alice remake with the better art and I suggest that one over Anniversary since Anniversary you’d have to suffer through 200 turns per character lol.
      With Quin Rose’s kiss CG secret being out, now anyone can draw otome game CGs!!

      1. Dang it! I have no real idea what this turn thingy is you’re talking about, but “200 turns” doesn’t sound like a fun time, even with my 100% completist patience. Thanks for the tip! Perhaps I’ll sell the one I have and buy the new one coming out.

        LOL, now even unskilled, talentless “illustrators” like me can make a quick buck working for some poor sucker otome game company (I’ll start off with Quin Rose, haha)! I owe you one. ;P

        1. If you check the beginning of my anniversary Alice review I’m going over how the turn system works. I had to use an excel spreadsheet to keep count in the most efficient way possible lol

  12. I’m kind of sad that you didn’t use all back of the head cgs.
    Fun fact Laramie person above avatar is from Dangan Ronpa.

  13. You know, now that I actually started playing the original game, it’s even more disappointing that the FD wasn’t up to par. I almost want this game just for the Ouji route but I don’t know if I’d be able to handle all the other stuff you mentioned that bothered you as it would probably bother me too…especially the resets. Who on earth would think that resets would be a good idea?

    1. Quin Rose apparently does as that’s what they do in EVERY. Single. FANDISK. they release.
      In fact they just announced an FD for Romeo vs Juliet and shoved it before Snow Black & Black Code (lol original names there)
      I’m sure they will reset everyone but like 2 characters routes anyway.
      Ouji’s route was actually good BUT its obvious that the FD was almost created for him? They tend to often make the “originally unobtainable character” the main selling point of their FDs so they figure if they fuck around with the others nobody will care.

      …or so they think.

      1. I can see why they’d make the originally unobtainable character a focus in the FDs because a lot of people probably wanted an Ouji route when they played the first game, but these resets make no sense. I mean, one of the main reasons why you’d want to play a FD is because you liked the characters from the first game and want to see a continuation or their story. Resetting is like…cancelling progress from the original game so it’s almost like they want to FD to be a replacement for the first game or something since it apparently means nothing anyway since they make everyone OOC and reset them anyway. That’s super frustrating.

        As much as I love Ouji, I don’t want to pay that much money for a single route. I mean, I’d still try and play the other ones, but I’d rather not suffer through resets and yandere personality changes (yandere is like my least favorite character trope to begin with). It’s not even a good marketing campaign to make a half-assed FD obviously because I recall you mentioning that the School Wars FD didn’t sell that many copies. Is that not enough of a message to them that this way of creating FDs stinks? If they’re in it to make profit, it’s not really happening. They should just make one good solid game with no FD or a good FD without resets and OOC characters.

        For now though, until they see some sense (which hopefully they do) I’ll stay away from Quin Rose FDs and just enjoy the original games.

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