Hakuouki Stories of the Shinsengumi

Intro: Chizuru’s looking for her missing daddy whilst genderbending in Kyoto. She makes it so far only for some dudes to try and steal her kodachi. She evades them only for Rasetsu (called Furies in English lol) to kill them. Luckily, the Shinsen-ikemen are here!! Now that she’s seen “their secret” how will things turn out for her? Not too well. Prepare yourself for La Tragedy of Le Ikeman.

Final thoughts at the end!

big_thumb_5f0901fedc7e38a74b8be3301c3abc5eHeisuke Todou: A nationalist imperialist (wanted 2 get rid of foreign influence & he supports the emperor’s power)  who looks like he inspired Hinata‘s design rofl. He’s against killing Chizuru even before she goes lol sucka’s I’m a gurl! 😛

He leaves w/ Itou & Saitou as part of the Guard (for the emperor’s tomb).Itou plans to destroy the Shinsegumi by revealing the Rasetsu.

The Shinsengumi decide 2 kill Itou & the Guards & Kondou asks them to save Heisuke b4 it’s too late. But Chizuru stands there like a fish as Heishi shields her & he dies. He becomes a Rasetsu bc he was born as a bastard son & figures no would miss him. They run into Kazama & Amagiri & Sen steps in 2 propose that Kazama impregnate her instead.

Sanan decides 2 go full eroji rapist mode. He force kisses Sen 2 transfer blood 2 her, claiming that he’s been”chosen” 2 make a Rasetsu army (pleaze dude, no) & kidnaps Sen. Chizuru goes DERP what does he want her for? (ლ‸-)(-‸ლ)

Heisuke evolves from ikeman 2 MegaIkeman w/ a haircut & Chizuru’s all he’s sexy but hakuouki-shinsengumi-kitan-full-1091074they get a letter from Sendai abt le Great Northern Alliance (coalition btwn Mutsu, Dewa, Echigo Domains 2 support the Aizu/Jonai & pardon them as enemies of the Imperial Government) & it’s signed by Sanan as Retainer of Sendai Domain

They go 2 take down Sanan & his army, kiss, & omg I was so confused. Kimigiku dies & then doesn’t? Well they murder Sanan’s ass & lol Kazuma & Sen go off 2 make babiez. And that’s it. i liked Heisuke and even liked his hair before he cut it and ugh he’s so damn cute. Chizuru, I can’t believe u never once realized how amazing this dude was until he cut his hair!

tumblr_inline_mr96w5ln9d1qz4rgpOkita Souji: Tuberculosis man. He showed up 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 4 everyone. Anyways, Okita’s adamant abt Chizuru not getting close 2 him but she does so anyways:P

Turns out Kaoru isn’t a girl (It’s a trap!!!!), but her twin oni-chan who freaking hates her guts & is a total siscon. So he tricks Okita in2 drinking the Water of Life. And 2 shield her from bullets. And etc. Eventually Kaoru’s all “what else can I do 2 make u feel pain?” & shoves a bottle of Water of Life down her throat rofl.

But this was only a test so that Kaoru could figure out how much he needed 2 drink 2 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 & her roll around in the grass & it’s said that his tuberculosis never went away…so it sounded to me like he died there rofl while he “fell asleep” and begged Chizuru 2 tell him her feelings. Which she did over and over and over and over. So, did he die? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Idk, I liked Okita & I felt bad but dang his route was: “Kondoooooo!!! Hijikata betrayed him!!!!” ANGST & tuberculosis. Oh and evil siscon traps. I liked how Chizuru actually did smt 4 once other than stand there going “Oh there’s a sword coming at me but I’ll just stand here and do nothing DERP” yet I felt like the romance was really “meh.” I could see he liked her back but it felt like it was only after he saw that they were stuck w/ each other for the last couple chapters 😛

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I fully admit to squealing when I got this CG

Hajime Saito: Mystery ikeman everyone swoons over. I can see why, his design is on point;) but the real Saito was a drunk & not attractive rofl. Saito’s extremely taciturn and when he does speak, it’s only bc he has useful advice. 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.

I liked his route. It was basically how he learned to see another way of being a warrior even when he first believed it meant following a leader and killing ppl 😛 Saito was so scared that his life would be nothing when the way of the warrior was gone but Chizuru helps him w/ dat.

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.

When the route’s over Saito and Chizuru spend their days in peace after we find out that everyone else just died. Except for Harada and Nagakura…

hakuouki-shinsengumi-kitan-full-171087He finds a new lord to serve and one day when he doesn’t come home on time Chizuru goes to find him. I thought he got her a present bc he completely ignored her and then kept ducking away from her. But he literally 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 bc damn gurl. U never once thought abt this ikeman romantically until he kissed you. WTF.

pac-man-screen-shot-62914-5-46-pm-5Toshizo HIjikata: I decided 2 play him next bc Harada & Kazama were supposed 2 b the “happy” routes of this game & I wanted the death and sadness over w/. And yea, Hijikata is a total ikeman. Even back then! He was given poems & stuff declaring his bishiness rofl.

Anyways, he seems 2 take a likeing to Chizuru right away but he’s too tsuntsun 2 show it & she constntly tries 2 b useful but always messes up. Heisuke even realizes this rofl.

He fights against Kazuma and becomes Rasetsu.

During a decisive battle against foes well practiced in Western battle, Chizuru promises Hiji not to die & 2 protect Kondou. If she dies he’ll make her regret it.

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Amagiri attack hers. But Hiji saves her & later everyone starts 2 tell her that Hiji & her r getting pretty close 😉 Kondou does his sacrifice as in every route & ugh I felt bad for Hiji. He really cared for Kondou but it wasn’t in the annoying KONDOU DAISUKE like it was in Okita’s route.

Keisuke Otori, Commander of the Denshu goes 2 speak 2 Hiji & I srsly thought he was a gaijin. He wants Hiji to be commander of the advance guard. They end up taking a castle but the oni are here to mess dat up & Hiji nearly dies.

But don’t worry cuz acorrding to Chizuru: “I don’t think Hijikata could die even if someone killed him.”

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Otori appoints Chizuru as Hiji’s official page when he leaves her & he realizes what an idiot he was & says he’s in love with her. They kiss, he fights Kazama and one shots him like it was nothing, and was 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 idk if it’s just me but his voice was so sexy. I love the accent he had. I get that he was supposed 2 sound gruff & angry but damn I loved his accent. Yes please. 😉

harada_kiss1Sanosuke Harada: I didn’t think I’d like this guy tbh. He 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.

This is the only member of the Shinsengumi who doesn’t die and take the Water of Life so no bad ends! XD

After Kondou becomes daimyo and is all “let’s take down  the enemy!!” via suicidal standards, 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

Anyways as per nature, 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.

hakuouki-shinsengumi-kitan-4641831Chikage Kazama: Chizuru’s told to go to Yodo Castle with Inoue but a cannon seperates them and she’s almost raped by soldiers that betrayed the Shinsegumi. Kazama murders their butts and informs her that lol everyone’s going to betray you.

Sen pops in thinking he’s here 2 kidnap her but nope. He just wanted 2 mess with the humans cuz he was bored…-_- which makes those showdowns in all those other routes completely pointless and messed up his character. She asks to go with him.

He also owed the Satsuma doman for hiding his clan when the shogun tried to wipe out demons but he no longer aligns himself w/ humans and 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 & admits he only got involved w/ the samura was because he liked her but was too tsuntsun to admit so he kisses her and tells her he’ll come get her if she doesn’t come to him 😉

 

 

Final Thoughts: If you’re a history nerd like me, you’re prolly gonna shit bricks because YAS. Sure there were liberties taken like what can u expect lol but it was enjoyable 2 go omg I know what they’re talking about! when 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 us. 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 rofl. And don’t get started on how Otomate is milking dis shit. Like damn. Slow it down, just put a stop to this…but lol like they will. 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 lol all of them would die. It’s based on historical events so no spoilers there guys. And if like me you just haven’t gotten around to 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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Music was ok. 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 af to get. It took me a whole day longer to get the damn platinum. 

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. Still, I liked him a lot. 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 textbook with romance and “vampires” and demons thrown in for excitement. Personally, the textbook stuff was awesome for me but I can see others going “omg just kiss already”

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*Please understand that these are my opinions and you can disagree but please do so respectfully!

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 says:

    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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  2. randomlynormalaya says:

    “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 says:

    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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    • Leafさんの夢が。。。 says:

      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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      • HijackedCat says:

        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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      • Leafさんの夢が。。。 says:

        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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      • HijackedCat says:

        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. Krystallina says:

    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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    • Leafさんの夢が。。。 says:

      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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  5. Reare Noella says:

    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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    • Leafさんの夢が。。。 says:

      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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