Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Seven: Band of Brothers

Determination

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.

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Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Six: Bushido

February 1868

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

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Five: The Water of Life

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:

I…”

>>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.

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Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Four: Departure

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.

I…”

>>Wanted them to stay.

Felt betrayed.

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

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Three: Demons

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.

Amagiri

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.

I…”

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.

Susumu Yamazaki

Yamazaki said that I should go find Okita or Heisuke.”

Okita

>>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.

Sanan

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.”

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Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Two: Night Raid

Kasumi was allowed to accompany the Shinsengumi on a raid of an inn that hid some Choshu Domain imperialists. The guys didn’t bring enough men with them, and Kasumi decided to bravely enter the inn and try to help.

I have to choose…”

Look for Okita.

>>Look for Heisuke.

I had to go look for Heisuke. He was always looking after me, so it was time I returned the favor.”

Heisuke is a terrible liar when Kasumi finds him and he claims that he’s ok even with blood dripping down his forehead. Continue reading Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Two: Night Raid

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part One: Arrival in Kyoto

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi

Developer: Idea Factory

Publisher: Aksys Games

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Released: September 19, 2013

Originally Played From: December 10, 2013 – June 23, 2014

At a time when shogunate and imperial forces clashed for supremacy over Japan, Chizuru travels to Kyoto in search of her missing father. She runs into the Shinsengumi, a band of samurai warriors sworn to protect the shogun. Chizuru soon learns that they, too, are looking for her father. What awaits them is more than just your typical missing person’s case, as they face off against imperial soldiers and the supernatural! But in the midst of all this madness, will sweet and innocent Chizuru find love?”

Hakuoki is an otome (basically a dating sim) visual novel. You can rename the heroine anything that you want, or keep her canonical name.

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BioShock Infinite Part Three: Baptism

Elizabeth asked if there was redemption for what they’d done. Booker said he didn’t see much use in that. Then she asked, “Booker… Are you afraid of God?”

No. But I’m afraid of you.”

Are we supposed to take it that she is? Continue reading BioShock Infinite Part Three: Baptism

BioShock Infinite Part One: Are You Afraid of God?

BioShock Infinite

Platform: PlayStation 3

Developer: Irriational Games

Publisher: 2K Games

Released: March 26, 2013

Originally Played From: July 1, 2013 – July 14, 2013

Bring us the girl, wipe away the debt.”

The year is 1912. Deep in debt, Booker DeWitt has only one opporunity for a clean slate: rescue Elizabeth, a mysterious girl imprisoned since childhood in the flying city of Columbia.”

But will Booker, ridden with self-loathing, have to protect Elizabeth from the world, or protect the world from her?

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