Hakuouki Stories of the Shinsengumi

Intro: Chizuru’s searching for her missing daddy whilst genderbending in Kyoto. She makes it so far only for some dudes to try and steal her sword, and as she’s fleeing, Rasetsu (called Furies in English lol) slaughter her pursuers. Luckily, the Shinsen-ikemen arrive before they get to her. But now that she’s seen the Shinsengumi’s “secret” they have to deal with her. Prepare yourself for La Tragedy of Le Ikeman.

Final thoughts at the end!

big_thumb_5f0901fedc7e38a74b8be3301c3abc5eHeisuke Todou: a nationalist imperialist who looks like he inspired Hinata‘s design rofl. Heisuke’s the youngest of the group and is generally a cheerful guy until PLOT happens. He leaves with Itou and Saitou as part of the Guard (for the emperor’s tomb). Itou plans to destroy the Shinsegumi by revealing the Rasetsu. The Shinsengumi decide to kill Itou and the Guards to stave off the threat, and Kondou asks them to save Heisuke before it’s too late. When they confront the Guard, Chizuru doesn’t do a thing and so Heishi shields her and he dies. He chooses to become a Rasetsu because he was born as a bastard son and figures no-one would miss him. She and Heisuke run into demons called Kazama, Amagiri, and Sen. Sen proposes that Kazama impregnate Chizuru, who is a demon lady, because demon babies are powerful.

Sanan then loses all of his marbles and force kisses Sen to transfer his blood to her, claiming that he’s been”chosen” to make a Rasetsu army and he kidnaps Sen. Chizuru goes DERP what does he want her for? (ლ‸-)(-‸ლ) Heisuke evolves from ikeman to MegaIkeman via haircut and Chizuru’s ovaries explode.  Thakuouki-shinsengumi-kitan-full-1091074hey get a letter from Sendai about the Great Northern Alliance and it’s signed by Sanan as Retainer of Sendai Domain…They go take down Sanan and his army, kiss, and omg I was so confused. Kimigiku dies and then she doesn’t? Well they murder Sanan’s ass and Kazuma and Sen go off to make babiez. I liked Heisuke and even liked his hair before he cut it – Chizuru, I can’t believe you never once realized how amazing this dude was until he cut his hair!

tumblr_inline_mr96w5ln9d1qz4rgpTB Okita Souji: was on my AP World History exam a few years ago so the moment I saw the Shinsengumi otoge rofl I just knew where it was gonna go for everyone. Okita’s adamant about Chizuru not getting close to him but she does so anyways 😛 Turns out Kaoru is her twin oni-chan who hates her guts and yet is a total siscon. Kaoru tricks Okita into drinking the Water of Life. Eventually Kaoru’s all “what else can I do to make you feel pain?” and he shoves a bottle of Water of Life down Chizuru’s throat. But this was only a test to figure out how much Kaoru needed to drink to be stronger. He thought once Chizuru remembered the past where the humans murdered their village, she’d magically join him on a quest to kill all of the humans and create a Rasetsu kingdom. But alas, it didn’t go as according to keikaku.

okita4Daddy shields Chizuru from Kaoru and he finally dies!! ( ̄ー ̄)//”” And then Souji and her roll around in the grass and his tuberculosis never went away…so it sounded to me like he died when he “fell asleep” and begged Chizuru to tell him her feelings. Which she did over and over and over and over. So, did he die? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  I liked Okita but his route was: “Hijikata betrayed him Kondoooooo” + ANGST & tuberculosis. Oh and evil siscon traps. I liked how Chizuru actually did something for once other than stand there going “Oh there’s a sword coming at me but I’ll just stand here and do nothing DERP” but the romance was really lacking.

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I fully admit to squealing when I got this CG

Hajime Saito: is who everyone swoons over. I can see why, his design is on point;) but the real Saito was an unattractive drunk. Saito’s extremely taciturn and when he does speak, it’s only because he has useful advice to share. He takes heed of every situation and twists it to his advantage when he can. He’s also a master of the iai sword technique. His route was how he learned to see another way of being a warrior even when he first believed it meant following a leader and killing people. Saito was so scared that his life would be nothing when the way of the warrior was gone but Chizuru helps him with that. He gains the respect of Amagiri who literally helps him wipe out Kazama who loses his shit when he starts getting bested by a “fake” demon rofl. The whole fight reminded me of those cheesy ass cartoons where the villain just goes insane and starts dramatically speaking like he’s the most evil dude evar. Thank God Saito killed him. I was getting a headache. Saito and Chizuru spend their days in peace after we find out that everyone else just died.

hakuouki-shinsengumi-kitan-full-171087He finds a new lord to serve under and one day when he doesn’t come home on time Chizuru goes to find him. I thought he got her a present because he kept ducking away from her. But he just wanted to have her watch the snow fall with him rofl (。♥‿♥。) He was a blushy cinnamon roll and I wished the romance had been stronger. Especially on Chizuru’s part because damn gurl. You never once thought about him romantically until he kissed you. WTF.

pac-man-screen-shot-62914-5-46-pm-5Toshizo HIjikata: I decided to play him next because Harada and Kazama were supposed to be the “happy” routes and I wanted the death and sadness over with. Hijikata is a total ikeman. Even back then! He was given poems and stuff declaring his bishiness rofl. Hijikata seems to take a liking to Chizuru right away but he’s too tsuntsun to show it and she constantly tries to be useful but always messes up. He then fights against Kazuma and becomes a Rasetsu. During a decisive battle against foes well practiced in Western battle techniques, he makes her promise not to die and to protect Kondou. Amagiri attacks her. But he saves her and later everyone starts saying that she and Hijikata are getting pretty close 😉 Kondou does his sacrifice as in every route & ugh I felt bad for Hijikata. Keisuke Otori, Commander of the Denshu, wants Hijikata to become the commander of the advance guard. They end up taking a castle but the oni are here to mess that up and Hijikata nearly dies. Otori appoints Chizuru as Hijikata’s official page when he leaves her and he realizes what an idiot he was and he kokuhakus. They kiss, he fights Kazama and one shots him like it was nothing, and is named ‘Hakuoki’ because like the cherry blossoms, he’ll wither and die very fast.

pac-man-screen-shot-62914-5-47-pm-5I can see why he’s the poster boy. Damn he was great. He started off as a farmer who was raised by his sis and he finds that what do you know? Chizuru’s not that submissive in his route once she realizes she wants her man 😉 And his voice was so sexy. I love the accent he had. I get that he was supposed to sound gruff and angry but damn I loved his accent. Yes please. 😉

harada_kiss1Sanosuke Harada: seemed like the typical flirt but that wasn’t the case at all! xD Dude is best friends with Nagakura (who should have a route too-why doesn’t he have one?!) and while Naga likes to go have some fun bunny humping time with the ladies in Yoshiwara (red light district) Harada isn’t keen on it. He’ll drink but not anything more. He’s also the only member of the Shinsengumi who doesn’t die or takes the Water of Life so no bad ends! After Kondou becomes daimyo and is all “let’s take down  the enemy!!” via suicidal tactics, Naga and Harada ragequit and leave the Shinsegumi. Eventually Harada reveals he’s always wanted a waifu and to live in peace. So they have sex. Rofl like what every other guy dies, endures being Rasetsu and only get a chaste kiss. WTF Chizuru has a son and they live the rest of their days happy and content while we’re reminded of the fact that lol everyone else died miserable deaths.

hakuouki-shinsengumi-kitan-4641831Chikage Kazama: Chizuru’s told to go to Yodo Castle with Inoue but a cannon separates them and she’s almost raped by soldiers that betrayed the Shinsegumi. Kazama murders their butts and informs her that everyone’s going to betray her. Sen pops up thinking he’s here to kidnap Chizuru but nope. He just wanted to mess with the humans cuz he was bored -_- which makes those showdowns in all those other routes completely pointless and messed up his character. Chizuru asks to go with him. He owed the Satsuma domain for hiding his clan when the shogun tried to wipe out the demons but he no longer aligns himself with humans and he can’t stand what Kodo is doing. He kills him and comforts Chizu.

He lets her do whatever she wants, tagging along to watch the end of the Shinsengumi, and he admits he only got involved with the samurai was because he liked her but was too tsuntsun to admit it. He kisses her and tells her he’ll come get her if she doesn’t come to him 😉

 


Final Thoughts: Death of the Ikemen

If you’re a history nerd like me, you’re prolly gonna shit bricks because YAS. Sure there were liberties taken but it was enjoyable to go “Zomg I know what they’re talking about!” while my friends had to constantly wikipedia dat shit 😀

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In the otoge community, Hakuoki is regarded as God, or le pinnacle of otoge…and well, this was the first game brought over for English speaking audiences. But the constant reiterations of this same damn game was a little much. Like I have the 3ds version, the PS3, etc. and then I had to figure out which was the definitive one. And don’t get started on how Otomate is milking dis shit. I don’t understand the hype but then again I didn’t even know what otoge were when it came out. So I don’t go insane over this like some do.

I knew going into this that all of them would die. It’s based on historical events so no spoilers there guys. If, like me, you haven’t gotten around to title this for some reason, it ain’t no spoiler. Everyone cries over this game. I even was given pre-funeral announcements when I started this game rofl.

Considering I had a real funeral to go to before I finished this game, it was 10x more depressing to play it. 

I wanted Otoki, Nagakura, and Yamazaki to have routes and why did they use the death music for the kiss scenes?! That just killed the mood for me….

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I loved the op and ed songs. Art is gorgeous as expected. The PS3 has so much more content than any other port but holy shit was the platinum annoying to get. 

So, that was Hakuoki. I was shocked with how much I loved Hijikata. His route was depressing (as all the Shinsegumi ones are except Harada’s) but he was so damn perfect. I’m perfectly fine with him being the poster boy! XD Next fav would be Kazama but they should’ve developed the romance between Chizu and him a little more. 

In order from fav to least fav:

Hijikata>Kazama>Saito>Harada>Heisuke>Okita (I still can’t like yanderes sorry)

If you’re new to Hakuoki the most romance you’ll get is in Harada and Kazama’s routes. The game is literally a history textbook with romance and “vampires” and demons thrown in for plot. Personally, the textbook stuff was awesome, but I can see others going “omg just kiss already”

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Have you played this? Who were your favs? Who did you want to have routes? What did you think about the romance?

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38 thoughts on “Hakuouki Stories of the Shinsengumi

  1. pokeninja90

    lol great post as usual, your comments are always hilarious! I actually think that Hakuouki was my first otoge…but it was so long ago, I could be wrong lol. Hijikata was my first route and I immediately fell for that guy….that is until I played Soji’s route…I was not familiar with the Shinsengumi at the time so let’s just say I was not prepared for that heartbreak….

    Did you see that Voltage tried their hand at a Shnsengumi game? It’s actually not as bad as you would think, I actually route reviews for the two available routes and I actually think Voltage might do this one justice…

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Pokeninja!!! XD Really? That’s so neat! Haha yeah poor Souji…I’m sorry you had to have your heart broken like that 😦

      I did know about it but everyone told me to get the PS3 version bc it was the definitive. I heard the mobile included some tea ceremony events or smt. Did they add other stuff to it?

      Oh and thanks for telling me!! I’ll def check your reviews out! XD

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      1. pokeninja90

        Yeah I was not prepared for that, and I’m still not quite over it either lol… Now that I think about it you’re right it is ‘La Tragedy of le Ikemen’ lol Maybe we should petition for a name change!

        I played the PSP version of the game, which was one of the first versions of the game. So I think there are some routes missing and fewer CGs or something like that…It’s been so long since I last played it…

        Let me know what you think of the reviews when you read them! XD

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      2. pokeninja90

        It has been awhile….the only thing holding me back from going full otoge fanatic is my dismal Japanese language skills lol.

        Let me know what you think of Soji’s route lol… I can’t wait for them to release Saito’s route!

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      3. pokeninja90

        lol I will, I usually get my best writing done from 10PM- 1AM. I officially start my job on Monday so I’m trying to get as much done while I have free time… But I just released a new post so I was checking that it went up okay.

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      4. pokeninja90

        I know exactly what you mean, my advisers were useless and it didn’t help that they kept firing them every year. *rolls eyes* But I’m glad you were able to sign up for classes anyway!

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      5. pokeninja90

        Don’t worry about it, real life comes first lol… besides I have a hard time keeping up with my own posts lol 😛

        But I look forward to your thoughts when you get to them! XD

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  2. randomlynormalaya

    “If you’re a history nerd like me, you’re prolly gonna shit bricks because YAS.” <—Omg yesss. There was a physical satisfaction to be felt when I got all those historical references without having to look shit up.
    It's been so long ago that at this point I'm not entirely sure who I started first on and who I liked the least, but my one true love is definitely Saito. Yamazaki and Nagakura definitely deserves routes of their own though (which I think is available on Zuisoroku, one of the fandisks?? I'm not sure.)
    As for the romance aspect…lmao what romance??? I kid. But seriously though, now that I look back on it, most of the time the romance is only thrown in there when the moment counted or at the very end. Or perhaps I only feel this way because it's been so long??
    But Hakuouki was my very first otome game, and what threw into the otoge world, so for that I am forever grateful.
    And yeah, Otomate has been milking so much out of this game that I don't even know how many Hakuouki games there are anymore lmao.

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  3. HijackedCat

    Tbh I got bored of the game and never finished after doing the normal route two times and stumbling upon Heisuke’s route (I was playing blind, didn’t even know there were walks/guides for it).
    Might be because I’m not really into historical works, I’m not sure, but I actually plan to give it a chance again soon and play all of it this time around.
    My first otoge was Yo-Jin-Bo, and then Sweet Fuse, so Hakuoki only reeled me in because of the pretty art xD;;
    I played the PSP version, so I have no idea about what the others added, too much and I got overwhelmed later on about so many variations. Vanilla version is good enough for me heh
    One day I will conquer Hakuoki and see if I like it or not overall haha (>y<)
    I hope you get to play more otoge and that they’ll please you (^_−)☆

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      Haha no I understand. When I first started the game a few years ago I was so bored by it but later when I came back to it was after I realized how interesting I found World History as a class.
      Plus, for an otoge there wasn’t much romance so i hear you.
      Oh! I’m actually going to be doing an unboxing/review of Yo-Jin-Bo!! I managed to find it for a dencent price on ebay ^^
      Aw thank you Cat, and the same to you!!

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      1. HijackedCat

        I’m hoping this time around I get to enjoy it, or at least gain a bit of love towards the game, but I dunno when I’ll try tackling it again haha 😅
        Not much romance, and nothing much happened in the normal route, so I kept expecting exciting things and basicly saw none xD;
        Ooh, I’m looking forward to that! Yo-Jin-Bo was a pretty sweet and cute otoge, so I’m glad it was my introduction (-^〇^-)
        ( ˘ ³˘)❤

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      2. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

        And don’t worry if you don’t like Hakuoki. Tbh I wasn’t really in love with it and while I’m glad to have finally played it…I can’t say I understand the adoration for this. Maybe if they release a FD I might start to love this bc for an otoge, the romance was practically nothing.
        If you want romance, I’d suggest Harada and Kazama’s routes. From there you could try the others?
        I hope you like the game but even if you don’t that’s fine. We all have diff opinions and it seems like both of us aren’t ecstatic about this game as everyoen else. 😛

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      3. HijackedCat

        I think I might have needed it to be my first game or be a history buff to have the affection others have for the series, I’m rather glad I got other games as my experience, since Hakuoki is also pretty depressing (^_^;)
        With how many games there are, it’s not like there isn’t a FD per se xD
        Oh okay, I’ll try those. I need to finish my current games, which I haven’t been playing 😭, and then I want to replay a bunch of games I haven’t finished/played in a real long time aaah
        /remembers she ordered Persona 4 Golden :’DD
        True, I’m not going to sweat it. I also don’t like hating on things, tho I do get real salty sometimes 😂, so I’m definitely gonna give it an open minded try this time around (*^▽^*)

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      4. HijackedCat

        RPG are the bane of my existence. Some can clock at 100+ hours ;___;
        /hugs tightly
        GL for your next play/game too! (-^〇^-)

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  4. Krystallina

    I want Shinkai for Yamazaki and Shinpachi!

    For me, Okita’s route is the best. He goes through the most development over the course of the story. Saito gets the best Memories/fandisk content though to really up the romance.

    All the mobile port has is the 3DS/PS3 DLC short stories and a new tea ceremony that really doesn’t add much. Tea ceremony is pretty short and not worth buying the mobile version for. (I have all 4 English versions.)

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      I want to get that one too but I’m not that advanced in Japanese 😛
      I agree with you on Okita. I just had a hard time liking the romance tbh bc he kept shoving her away all the time.
      Oh I see. So that’s what the mobile has. Ok thanks so much, Krystallina!
      And sorry if I already said this but your avatar is so cute!!! ><

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      1. Krystallina

        When I saw Hiyoko? in Norn9, I knew I had to make it my avatar! Hiyoko? is best Hiyoko!

        Like you, I wish my Japanese was good enough for Shinkai. Don’t give a crap about the new characters, but it’s about time Yamazaki and especially Shinpachi got a full route!

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  5. Reare Noella

    As a fellow nerd in history, I’m proud to say this game got me hyped up in Japanese history from the Tokugawa era till the Meiji Restoration. Heck, ever since I play this game I got really into history and other shinsengumi otome related game //bricks\\ glad to know I’m not the only nerd here XD

    As much as I dislike Hijikata but so far in my opinion, he is pretty much one of the awesome poster boy in otome history. Either that or I’m just bias lol. Souji was my otp and rules my heart bcause he is so sweet in a way? :’D but his story is really bittersweet omg in fact, in real life he died later then the other members except for those who survive even though many people thought he will died first T.T

    Chika~~ i thought he was a douche but i actually like him!

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    1. Leafさんの夢が。。。 Post author

      WHOOOO fellow history nerds unite!!!
      Haha I see^^ Souji seems to be the fav for many. Yeah, it was depressing knowing he’d die later on alone.
      Chikage was a huge douche rofl but it was a nice break from the rest of the constant death with the other routes.
      I really wanted more development for him and Chizuru.

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