We destroyed the mech and chased after a fleeing Zevrahn. Continue reading Mercenaries Saga 2 Part Five: Where Are They Now?
After the Order cleared the Yolon Mine, Beatrice suggested that they seek asylum in her hometown, Schpette. Continue reading Mercenaries Saga 2 Part Four
Beat up some lizards. Then, we headed for the ruins to the east. Continue reading Mercenaries Saga 2 Part Three: Leapin’ Lizards
Claude asks the leader of the bandit guild, Lycan, where the Baruchel Band’s hideout is. He asks Claude why he wants to know.
“It’ll make me look good.”
>>”I want to protect the public.”
Nuts to the first choice!
Even if that’s how you felt, anyone who cared about their image wouldn’t answer that way, would they?
Lycan: “Ahh. Then I’ll provide you with that info free of charge. It’ll help me out, too if those crazies are gone. If I recall… Baruchel Band’s hideout is an old fortress near Belal Mountain.”
Claude: “Belal Mountain? Thanks, Lycan.”
“Be careful, Captain.”
Mercenaries Saga 2
Developer/Publisher: Circle Entertainment
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Released: July 2, 2015
Originally Played From: August 27, 2015—April 29, 2017
From our old friends at Circle (Publisher Dream) comes this tactics-em-up.
The game begins not with a bang, but a conversation between three men discussing how they have The Book of God in their possession.
Hajime wanted to know why Kasumi didn’t leave with the others. She wanted to be with him no matter what, and understood the risks. Hajime kissed her, and I’d like to think that it was the first kiss for the both of them.
Everything has seemingly gone wrong. Saito drank the Water of Life and became a fury; the shogunate’s forces are dwindling; Inoue and Yamazaki died on the way to Edo; the demonic trio is still out there, and my father isn’t my real father.
Kasumi reunited with her—well, her stepfather when she returned to her childhood home in search of something to help Saito with the fury bloodlust. Continue reading Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Six: Bushido
The men allied with Kazama tried to get Kasumi to join them. The allies of Kazama were allied with the Satsuma domain, but were only using them. They sicced the Satsuma warriors on Harada, Shinpachi, and the Guard of the Imperial Tomb. As the fighting erupted, Kasumi had to make a decision:
>>Was worried about Heisuke.
Tried to negotiate with the demons.
Heisuke was sad, confused, and conflicted over his decision to leave the Shinsengumi and follow Itou. After Heisuke fought off some enemies and defended Kasumi, he regained his focus and declared, “Any bastard that thinks he can come after you will have to get through me first, because you’re what I’m fighting for!”
Heisuke tried to fight Amagiri again, but Kasumi was attacked by two Satsuma soldiers. Heisuke threw his katana and wakizashi at the soldiers to stop them, but his dropped guard afforded Amagiri a critical strike.
Harada and Shinpachi rushed through the crowd to their ally’s side. “Dammit, Heisuke! You can’t die here!” defied Shinpachi.
“No! You can’t die, Heisuke!” cried Kasumi.
“I was shivering, but I reached out to wipe the blood desperately from his cheek.”
“Sorry, I… I wanted to be there for you a little longer…” Heisuke choked out. “Heh… Screwed that up pretty good… didn’t I…? Sorry, Kasumi…”
“No, Heisuke… I wasn’t ever so important that you should have given your life to protect me!”
“I’m fine… Don’t… worry about… me…”
Liar… No, Heisuke was just considerate, and didn’t want to worry the others. Always considerate.
Saitou wanted to join the Guard because he, too, was a national imperialist and felt that the Shinsengumi was inefficient in the expulsion of foreign influences.
>>Wanted them to stay.
“Are you sure you won’t change your mind?” asked Kasumi. “Stay here with the Shinsengumi? I can’t be the only one who doesn’t want you to go. We all like you! Aren’t the Shinsengumi your friends?!”
Of course she wanted them to stay, but would they respond to her pleas?
“There was still time… If I could just convince them, make them understand, then they wouldn’t have to go away.”
The guys rebuffed her.
“But if you go, then you might have to… you might have to fight the Shinsengumi some day!” said Kasumi.
“I made one last desperate attempt, but Saito simply shrugged it aside.”
“As I said, my ambition comes before my emotions,” stated Saito.
Heisuke needed more time to think about his answer and asked Kasumi to come with him to the courtyard, where he revealed more of his feelings. “It’s… not like I hate all the guys or something.”
“I know, I just… I wanted you to… I wanted to stay with you longer, Heisuke,” said Kasumi.
“Yeah… Thanks. It’s nice to know you feel like that. I mean, I’d be lying if I said I’m not gonna be sad to leave you, but that… uh… doesn’t mean that, um…” He blushed. “Look, this is hard for both of us, okay? But it’s something I gotta do. I’m a man, too.”
“I understand, Heisuke.”
“And… thanks for everything, all right?”
“Thank you for telling me how you really feel.”
“Phew… Glad to hear it. I just wanted to, you know, make sure we were… clear. On that. Oh… Sorry I can’t stick around until you find your dad.”
“No, it’s all right. Don’t worry about it. Just… be careful, Heisuke.”
“Yeah, I know. I won’t throw my life away. I promise.”
Kasumi complained that, once Itou, Saito, and Toudou left, the compound seemed emptier. Then, the game skips ahead to July 1867.
Sen dropped by one night to drop a load of exposition about demons and to reveal that Kasumi is one of the few pureblood demons left. Whut.
Another pureblood is Chikage Kazama, who was interested in Kasumi.
“Should two purebloods mate, they will produce an even more powerful demon,” explained Sen. She wanted Kasumi to go with her and receive protection from Kazama.
My BFF’s totally G2G and some demon guy who isn’t Dante wants to breed with me. This is not a good time. Continue reading Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Four: Departure
We went on a mission involving the shogun and some creepy guys came to kidnap Kasumi. They referred to themselves and her as “demons”. The red-haired ronin, Amagiri, was among the trio.
Susumu Yamazaki, a Shinsengumi spy, appeared with orders to take Kasumi back to HQ after Hijikata, Saito, and Harada faced down the so-called demons.
Want to remain here.
>>Will return to headquarters.
Begrudgingly so. The guys are better off fighting without having to worry about Kasumi there, too.
After dropping her off at HQ, Yamazaki told her to find Okita and Heisuke, who stayed behind because they felt under the weather (although Okita denied it, he showed signs of being sick earlier). Then, he left to help the other captains.
“Yamazaki said that I should go find Okita or Heisuke.”
He lied about feeling sick because he didn’t want to guard the shogun during his trip to Kyoto.
The Doctor Is In
A doctor named Ryujin Matsumoto came to give the men checkups. Nagakura used it as an excuse to show off his muscles in a funny scene.
Matsumoto was the doctor that Kasumi intended to see when she first came to Kyoto because he was an associate of her father. When she got to talk to him, though, he didn’t have any more info on her dad.
Matsumoto objected to the use of the “medicine”, the “Water of Life”, and told Kondou that the Shinsengumi should put it behind them. Sanan objected.
Matsumoto told Kondou that nearly a third of the men of the Shinsengumi were sick and/or injured. The boys cleaned up the temple so that Matsumoto could set up a doctor’s room.
After all of that hubbub, Kasumi caught Okita talking to Matsumoto outside. “Where could they be going, I wondered.”
I’m worried about Okita.
>>It’s not any of my business.
“I was worried for Okita, but…”
“He’d be fine so long as Doctor Matsumoto was with him.”