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- One of North America's First Otome Games : Experience a historical fantasy adventure while pursuing a relationship with one of several male love interests in a game specifically created for a female audience
- Experience a New Kind of Adventure: Enjoy a visual novel filled with beautiful illustrations and changing character portraits. Examine character biographies, check your story progress, and replay scenes you've already watched
- Chose Your Own Fate with Multiple Endings: The story is told through the eyes of Chizuru Yukimura, but the player will be presented with a number of decisions she must make
- Introduction to the Hakuoki Franchise: Hakuoki is a series that enjoys major popularity in Japan among the gaming populace, selling over 500,000 copies across all platforms!
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Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom is a Samurai Romance game set at the end of the Edo period of Japanese history - a period that witnessed the decline of Shogunate as the ruling of power in Japan. One of the few example of the Japanese sub-genre of Otome, which centers on story-driven romance from a female perspective, the game features a unique blend of adventure and decision-dependant gameplay. Additional features include: multiple possible endings depending on choices made, and fluid anime style animation.
Adventure and Romance in the Twilight of the Shogunate Era
Japan's Edo Period was drawing to a close. The Tokugawa shogunate, which had held power in the country for more than 200 years, found itself challenged by the imperial court, and by several feudal domains who had chaffed under shogunal rule. In this midst of this political unrest, an organization rose to prominence: The Shinsengumi. Originally formed to protect the street of Kyoto from master less samurai, they came to represent the last, tragic bastion of the honor-bound samurai culture that had defined much of Japan's history.
In Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, a young woman by the name of Chizuru comes to Kyoto in search of her missing father, and soon encounters danger and the Shinsengumi in quick succession. When it becomes clear the Shinsengumi are also searching for her father, Chizuru is put under their protection. But odd things are afoot in Kyoto-possibly even supernatural happenings. Can Chizuru navigate this maze of mortal danger and political intrigue? Amidst so much mystery and death, can she find romance?
Key Game Features
- One of North America's First Otome Games - Experience a historical fantasy adventure while pursuing a relationship with one of several male love interests in a game specifically created for a female audience.
- Experience a New Kind of Adventure - Enjoy a visual novel filled with beautiful illustrations and changing character portraits. Examine character biographies, check your story progress, and replay scenes you've already watched.
- Choose Your Own Fate with Multiple Endings - The story is told through the eyes of Chizuru Yukimura, but the player will be presented with a number of decisions she must make.
- Introduction to the Hakuoki Franchise - Hakuoki is a series that enjoys major popularity in Japan among the gaming populace, selling over 500,000 copies across all platforms.
Experience the Otome genre.
Anime style animation.
Blend of adventure & romance.
Top Customer Reviews
Hakuoki is one of the top names in Otome games, and apart from great character design and story lines, this game features some of the best voice actors in Japan, which to me is a must have for a visual novel style game.
I really hope this game can sell well in the US, so other games of this series can be introduced as well. And maybe some day Koei's neoromance games will also see its way in the US market.
One update after playing through the English version: I realized the English version does not include the extra story sections (hakuoki ibun-senyu emaki). In the Japanese psp version, you get access to extra text stories (with voice acting) for all characters once you finish one character's route. Reading the story will unlock an extra CG of that character. In the English version, you still get the CG after beating the game, but there's no story, which is a shame. Because of this, I would like to take half a star off this English version if I can.
The art is beautiful and the Japanese vocal cast is amazing. Idea Factory spared no expense with their voice actors, getting some of the top in the field.
As long as you feel comfortable playing a game from a female's prospective, I think that this game actually caters well to both genders. The only reason I could see someone not liking it is if they purchased it not knowing what a visual novel is. As the name implies, it is completely text-based with no actual game-play aside from choosing paths like in a choose-your-own-adventure novel. If you like to read books, I think this game might be just up your ally!
Disclaimer: This is a very text heavy game. If you don't like reading, don't buy it. If you think you would be bored making choices and then reading the outcome (similar to a choose your own story book), this game is not for you.
Edit (2/25): You can't play the game on the Vita yet but according to Aksys games, they are working on getting it approved by Sony.
The story is amazing, I love how diff characters have a completely different story! It's amazing :D Talk about a lot of replay ability. The first guy I went with was Hajime Saito :D Yes he was my first love teehee. I just really liked his looks obviously lol I really liked his ending, so romantic! My second play through and yes it was immediately after I beat it lol Was the main guy Hajikaka I think I spelled it right lol The reason I say main guy is cause in his story he is eventually called Hakuoki. I liked his story I did I just think Saito's was more romantic to me :) As of right now like right this second I'm on Okita's story :D and I gotta say it's pretty sweet too :) I was surprised at one point dying to see where that goes. The next guy I wanna fall for is probably Seisuke simply because Harada doesn't interest me as much lol Oh I'll play him too (pun intended) :D
I have never played a game like this before so I wasn't sure quite how I would like it. I'm in love with the genre! Yep so I'll be buying all otamke or romantic games I find :D It's hard to find romantic games like this and I think this may be the only one in the US yes? That's really really sad lol No wonder I love Japanese Manga so much, all the romance I want :D Speaking of which I'm in love with Kamisama Kiss anime! It follows the manga so well!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful romantic amazing absolutely stunning!!!!!! Ｏ(≧▽≦)Ｏ they need to make more in English like this
I baught this in game stop and once I started playing uv been... Read more
This is now my favorite game/anime! Got me into collecting Hakuouki items. The art is amazing and the story is very well done! All of the music and voices are perfectly done. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sakura Kurosaki