Vehura Reviews – Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds Limited Edition

Just in case you are not up-to-date on this massively popular otome series, the plot of Hakuoki is:

Chizuru Yukimura goes to Kyoto to attempt to find her father and, through a series of events, she ends up with the Shinsengumi. From there, and after revealing who she really is, she joins up with the men to help locate her father. And, at the same time, uncovers a dark secret the group are keeping as well as some secrets of her own.

Hakuoki is the grandpapa of otome internationally. Originally released in 2012 on the PSP, it help boost the otome landscape of what we have today. It’s a long game in its original form being 30~50 hours with six routes. It has spawn anime, stage plays, musicals, and many MANY versions of the game.

Are we all caught up? Good.

Once Kyoto Winds (the upgraded version of the original PSP) was announced, I spent December playing the original game on my stream to build hype for Kyoto Winds and we had a blast! After the stream, many people told me they were very excited for the new version of the game that was adding sixlove interests and expanding the shorter romance routes.

Then there is the merch.

When the Limited Edition was announced I was like a puppy who had seen its favorite toy. Bento Box? Sign me up! Furoshiki? I will be the most beautiful weeb-bushka! Artbook? OMG, are you trying to make me cry?! Soundtrack? I’m gonna take epic roadtrips! Reversible Cover Sleeve? When I get tired at looking at these handsomes, now I will look at these other handsomes!

So, when I was contacted by Idea Factory International to be sent a review copy of the Limited Edition, I was floored. Yes, a thousand times, yes.

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Mini-Review: Seriously, you should try Ephemeral

So, we played this game on the stream last Saturday and then this weekend (well, Twitch was being an ass today).

At first, seeing as I’m always in mode for games on a level with a certain company, I was kinda shooing it off. 

But, in the end, wow. I found myself actually having fun! The game is funny, the MC is naive, but there is a reason she is this way.

And, if you want to see an actual healthy sub-dom relationship in a high school fantasy game, Shiba’s route is where it’s at!

I don’t even know if that’s how the game was intended for the relationship to be viewed, but that is actually when they ended up depicting. A girl being dominate over a boy in a very healthy way. She was not forceful, she did not make him do things he didn’t want to do. I mean, just something I had really yet to see in an otome game. A nice breath of fresh air.

Forget your sadism game. 

Let a purple haired werewolf beg a girl to pet him and is happy when he’s rewarded for being a good sub. LOL

Yeah, now I HAVE to try out the other routes. Ray is such an little shit. I can only hope that she ends up with him happy to lick her zombie shoes as well.

You can apparently read the game for free (I don’t know how this works), but after that play through, I have no regrets on shelling out $3.99 for the route and kinda wish I had bit the bullet and bought all four at a discount.

Shiba’s Romance Part: A

Vehura Reviews – Liar! Uncover the Truth by Voltage Inc. [Spoiler Free!]


Don’t let this review fool you, Liar! is a freemium game. I know, I usually review free-to-play only but the first part of this game is technically free. If you play your cards right and don’t use up your free tickets, you can probably come really close to clearing the whole game while using as little money as possible.

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Vehura Reviews – Liar! Uncover the Truth by Voltage Inc. [Spoiler Free!]

Don’t let this review fool you, Liar! is a freemium game. I know, I usually review free-to-play only but the first part of this game is technically free. If you play your cards right and don’t use up your free tickets, you can probably come really close to clearing the whole game while using as little money as possible.

So, let’s see how this game goes!

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Mini-Review – Dream Boyfriend

What am I doing with my life

So this game is not really an otome game, at least, I don’t consider it so. It’s basically Tomogachi Boyfriend with a Dress-Up Game added on.

You, through a series of events, end up with a “Create a God” app on your phone and a bunch of Gods show up and are like: “Yo, we’re running out of Gods. So we need you to raise some for us.”

So you make a God and now you get to raise him how you want and your choices will determine what kind of personality he’ll have. So, you are raising a child in the body of a grown man. Also there are kissing and “stroke him” minigames. Yeah…

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Vehura Reviews – Mini? Review – Gossip Girl Party by Voltage


I’ll come out and say it, games when the MC is in High School are not my games. I have already done HS, a while ago in fact, and it was not the best years of my life and I don’t really want to go back.

Story – welcome to asshole New York! I’m not very far in, but the story plays like you are living in the TV series. And If you haven’t watched the TV series, it’s about rich asshole high schoolers being assholes to each other. LOL Here you get about the same. Blair’s antics to assert her position in the school. Serena trying her best to be a good girl. Chuck being… well, Chuck.

This game is very true to the TV series it is based off of. So far, the game leans heavily on trying make you feel like you are a background character that could have existed in the TV which is pretty neat.

It’s also very very American.

If you are looking for a game with a Japanese MC and Japanese characters, you aren’t going to like this game right off. The MC is very opinionated and straight up says the first thing that comes to her mind. It’s like playing Be My Princess where mostly everyone is either a Keith, Joshua, or Wilfred.

And then you have your love interests. These guys aren’t in the TV show, but they all have personalities that you’d see in your typical otome game. I’m really only reading Izaac, but he’s the oresama/jerk. Shocker.

Art – I love it. It’s so different from what Voltage’s characters usually look like. That’s all thanks to using Kurahana, who is known mostly for doing character designs for Uta no Prince-sama. If you had shown this to me blind and told me it was a Voltage game, I wouldn’t believe you.

Style – it’s half the battle. The game is very heavy on fashion. Your battle/lessons area is a screen with platforms where people come to you and you dress them up using clothes from your closet or your friend’s closets. It can take a while to get it to go and isn’t very nice to people like me who like to fly through the lessons. You can get someone asking for something as little as one piece of clothing up to three. And the further you get on the “walk” the more picky your clients become.

Oh, hopefully you or a friend wins some outerwear, because you aren’t going to get very far without one.

Game User Interface – This looks familiar… If you have played Sleepless Cinderella, you’ll notice right away that the GUI is familiar. It has lots of buttons, lots of places to look at. Some stuff that I still find a bit glitchy. Like, on the home screen, did you know you can tap the character (you or your love interest) and get info on your game status? Yeah, I have found the only way I can get to it is by schooling down so more of the character is showing that the tapping in the middle. Otherwise it’s impossible for me to do.

Conclusion – Why? I’m still a little confused on why out of all the other social games, Voltage chose Gossip Girl to bring over. Honestly, it’s good for me, because I have a short list of their social games that would cause me to have to quit one of their games I’m already playing in order to give it attention. Maybe they are trying to see if they can capture a younger demographic? I don’t know.

That’s really all I have to say for now. I plan on playing just the main stories and posting A/B walkthroughs for events once they start. For those of you playing this game and wanting to play events, it’ll be up to you all to fill out and check my answers.


Vehura Reviews – My Forged Wedding Party

Pictured: five out of six of your love interests. Ren woke up to take this picture (and looks like: “Is it over? Imma go nap.”), yet Kuni couldn’t show up? We all know he’s not doing anything.

Note: This game has been discontinued. You can still play the Main Stories, but the game no long has events.

“Please…marry me! It’s only for three months…” Though you just met…suddenly you’re married?! You find yourself in a contract of fake marriage for three months… But at the end of it all, what will become of you and your new husband? Will your love, which started as a lie, become true love after all?

My Forged Wedding: Party is a free-to-play otome game by Voltage, Inc. I enjoyed the pay version of this and I don’t know if you know this yet, but Yamato Kougami, the man in the front of the graphic, is one of my game husband.

The storyline of how you end up in your fake marriage makes a little bit more sense in this version. In the pay version, all six of the guys stand around you and are like: “OKAY PICK NOW” without giving the Main Character any idea what she’s picking for. In this version, you kiiiinda owe your fake fiancé a favor in return for bailing you out of your situation.

At the beginning of the game, Kunihiko is just going to throw love passes at you like nobody’s business. Seriously, you’re gonna play the first two chapters (20 together) plus the prologue during your first play. You also get daily login items to help you.

The game itself is pretty easy. Read the story, make selections, and compete in cooking battles for wife points, money, and gacha points. The UI isn’t too hard on the eyes despite being mostly pink. Whomever your husband is says different things every day in his area on the ‘My Page’ and occasionally he’ll visit the house and do/say something adorable as well.

The overall stories are pretty vanilla, There are two lover interests that I do not like in their Main Stories at all and I only managed to warm up to only one of them over time through events.


  1. It’s My Forged Wedding, but free and with a different story. LOL
  2. Long introduction of characters for those not familiar with them. If I didn’t already know everyone’s personality, the prologue will definitely give you some insight on them.
  3. Tons of bonuses. When you first start the game, they give you sign in bonuses daily. From clothes, to passes, and money, it’s non-stop with all the things it gives you.
  4. Picture album! You can pick the size that you want to see the pictures. Unfortunately, there is no way to save the picture from the album. Your best chance to get it full screen is to cap it when it happens in the story.


  1. Spinning the gacha is 500pts. That is a lot.
  2. No scenario album. Once you’ve read it, it’s gone until you re-play the route again.
  3. Cooking Lessons cost a lot to do and take a while to refill. Cooking Lessons – the way you earn money (mari), affection (called wife points here), and gacha points – cost 50 stamina out of 100 each and take 5 hours to refill. I end up setting an alarm -because I’m a crazy person – to remind myself if the game doesn’t already alert me with a push notification.
  4. You can’t go sweet route without opening your wallet. Sweet route has CGs and you can’t see them unless you drop some cash.
  5. When you start, you aren’t going to have a lot of room. With only 6 closet space and 15 warehouse space, you’re gonna have to get used to throwing things away to make room for new items until the game gives you space or you buy more.


  • Save up your aroma therapy. Like with most games with events, you need to save up your stamina boosts to help you out for events. Resist the urge to use them during your main route.
  • Login every day for bonuses. I login when I wake up first thing in the morning.
  • Do your cooking missions at least twice a day (every 5 hours). It gives you wife points and gacha points. It’s better to have too much wife points than not enough. That way you aren’t frustrated when you get a mission and don’t have enough.
  • Do your daily mission. I would recommend hold out on doing your gacha until you get a mission for it. It’s pretty expensive (500 points) and the odds of you building it up in the time frame of a day are slim.

TL;DR Good intro to otome game with vanilla stories. UI make take a bit to get used to. There is a lot to do in game so it may be confusing to a first time/casual player.

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Vehura Reviews – Be My Princess for GREE

[Picture: Look at all these cute princes… Go get the pay-per-route game. For less stress in your life]


I know that this game is being discontinued, but this has been sitting in my drafts for a while and I was hesitant to drop it just because of how badly I bash the game in it. But now that it’s ending, let me tell you all how much a loathe BMP for GREE and am glad they are discontinuing it.

This story is set in modern times [Alternate Universe] where the princes of six kingdoms come together. The player is a regular girl who has just landed herself a dream job as a fashion designer. She then finds her fate intertwined with her chosen prince and his palace life. A serendipitous romance between an ordinary girl and a prince develops as the player levels up within the gameplay.

Ranting under cut.

Be My Princess

is a game from Voltage Inc. This version, for GREE, is the free-to-play version of the pay version of the game. You get all the game standards here: 5 love passes a day, in game ways to build up money and gacha points. Avatars to dress up and rooms to furnish.

Now comes the part that some of you might not be expecting. I both love and loathe this game. I love the stories. There is nothing wrong there. The problem comes down to, as in life, money. When you first start playing the game, you will hit a snag about half of the way through that has to deal with the avatar missions. The breakdown is like this: you go to Royal Parties where you build up money (called cruz in game), royal factors (people who like you) and, on occasion, gacha points. The problem lies with the cruz building system.

On weekdays, a winning party will net you +50 cruz and cost you 25 stamina, which is the same as in Celebrity Darling, the other Voltage GREE game. On the weekend fevers though, a winning party will only net you +150 cruz and cost you 30 stamina. “Why is this bad?” you wonder. “I don’t see the issue.” Well, come back to me when you hit the first 27000 cruz sweet mission and it takes you three weeks to hit it. And then, not even a week later, you are hit with the 36000 sweet mission and you spend almost another three weeks trying to raise this.

In Celebrity Darling, the stamina amount doesn’t change on the weekend fever AND a win nets to 400~480 salary. This is why I have never had the issues in Celebrity Darling like I have in BMP.

My work around for this? Well, I didn’t have as big as a problem during my second route as I did with my first. Mostly because I didn’t play the story at all during the weekends and just went to parties 3x a day. I’d recommend, in order to not hate yourself when you get to the second avatar mission, is to read the story every other day and maybe not at all on the weekends. Now, I don’t mean don’t play the game at all. Sign in, greet your friends 3x a day and do Royal Parties at least 3x a day. You are gonna have to work for this.

I know it’s gonna suck. I feel pretty confident in saying that the game will get easier as you go on and you won’t have to work as much to pass missions. It’s just your first few playthroughs.

Or you could just get the pay version. I actively searched out and almost cried when I found the pay version. Mostly because I was into the second week of no Joshua and was feeling very sad about it.