Intro: Long ago, in the Kingdom of Weblin, several races (human and demi-human shape shifters) lived in harmony under the rule of the Garibaldi Cats. Until the Wolves rebelled and a plague broke out. To maintain control, the Cats decreed their extermination. 10 years have passed and the law hasn’t been lifted, while the plague continues to ravage the lands.
Fiona Galland, daughter of the Earl Galland, has lived her whole life in a tower, waiting to step outside on her 16th birthday. She is a rare species of humans called Lobeira, which suffer from a weak body and immune system. The villagers direct their anger at Fiona, claiming she’s a witch spreading the plague to sacrifice people for her health. Fiona is sentenced to confinement in the Garibaldi castle to prove her innocence, whose inhabitants have been twisted beyond sanity.
*This review only covers the first game, Bloody Nightmare. My Japanese isn’t advanced enough to play without a detailed summary, courtesy of yumemirusekai THANK YOU. If I find one for Last Hope I’ll review it.*
Final Thoughts below: HAS ONE NSFW CG DEPICTING TORTURE
Mejojo: His mom used her sons to kill herself and Mejojo and Auger lost the few screws they’d managed to keep. Then, Elivra Galland, Mejojo’s fiance, fell for a knight named Arles. To keep his pride, he asked his dad to call off the wedding, thinking he’d oppose it. But he granted it. When Arles contracted the first strain of Zodiva, Mejojo used the opportunity to kill him. But Elvira shielded Arles. In self-defense, Arles scarred Mejojo and fled the kingdom. Mejojo was 16 when he spread a rumor about Wolves carrying Zodiva and ordered the genocide of an entire race. He turned his sights on Fiona, a Galland who resembles Elvira, someone he couldn’t have. They accuse her of being a witch and take her in to “assess her.”
She’s given a servant named Julian along with mouse guards-CCK. Mejojo takes her on a wolf hunt to traumatize her and they capture Rath, who is tortured while Arles launches a rescue mission. Arles breaks into the gardens and bites Fiona. Mejojo sees the wound and STRANGLES HER because she “wanted” to be taken Arles (屮ﾟДﾟ)屮 She faints and dreams Mejojo snogs her face off. Nesso and Zara sneak in and Julian tells them about a sewer system they can use. It’s a trap but they escape. Mejojo and Auger kill their dad and Mejojo becomes King. Fiona and the gang discover the cure to Zodiva is the blood of a Lobeira. They seek help from the wolves, but they refuse. Fiona decides to return to the Cats with Julian. Auger kills Julian and she’s tortured in the dungeons until Nesso, Zara, and the wolves attack.
Fiona’s forced to watch them kill each other. Mejojo doesn’t play fair and has Arles struck down with arrows, then repeatedly stabs him as Arles says he’d respected Mejojo. But because of how he’d been treated in the castle, Mejojo believed everyone was out to get him and he became violent when things weren’t in his control. Arles blinds Mejojo before he dies and in the “good end” Mejojo rapes Fiona. She’s terrified what he’d do if she refused -_- Bad end: Auger kills Mejojo and NTRs Fiona. She says she doesn’t know who the father of her child is because she’s been passed between them so much. Auger visits her and as they kiss, he guts her. He laughs, asking if it hurt. Bad twin ending:
Fiona’s locked in the dungeons. She associates the cats with pleasure because they are the only ones she can communicate with. Good twin end: Fiona represses her memories. Mejojo takes her as his wife and they have 2 children. If she says one wrong thing, they’ll harm her. So she must play the role they want her to. Ugh poor girl. Even in the good ends, she gets raped and has to pretend it didn’t happen so she doesn’t go insane.
Auger: Auger wasn’t suited for otoge. Why the fuck did he get a route?! Honestly, the cats shouldn’t have gotten any but the game wasn’t going for lovey-dovey. But still! They could’ve given Rath a better route if they’d cut out this damn psycho. Between the twins, he’s the most unstable. His route is the same as Mejojo’s except for the endings and dream sequence, where he fucking feels her up all “Man you’re so flat” Yeah so why you keep feeling her up?! Good end: Mejojo goes insane (how can he go even more insane? lol) thinking Fiona betrayed him by siding with the wolves when she was locked in the tower. He whips her daily and Auger applies medicine to her wounds. He seems truly sorry about her treatment but then you realize he’s really hoping she’ll affirm Mejojo needs him. He believes his brother’s shattered mind is his fault so he cares for Fiona hoping she’ll say it’s not his fault.
Mejojo walks in on his bro tending her wounds and shits bricks. He says Auger planned to take away Fiona from the start. Auger kills Mejojo in self-defense and it was honestly hard not to feel bad for the guy when he was crying for his brother. Despite all the shit that happened, they didn’t deserve it. BUT FIONA DIDN’T DESERVE ANY OF THIS EITHER. So he comes to visit her and he’s now King. They start making out when he wraps his tail around her neck then the screen fades to black. At the end of the song, he says, ばかああああ～. Bad end: Mejojo dies and Auger tells her he doesn’t care what she does. Fiona knows there’s nothing left for her so she nice-boats herself by jumping out of the window where their mom died. Honestly the best end for the cats.
Julian: The canon route in in my eyes. He’s the twins’ half-bro and crown prince. Rayleigh used him to try and kill Mejojo but her schemes were revealed, resulting in disinheriting both her and Julian. He now serves as the gardener and Fiona’s servant. Mejojo forgot the dude has a ding-dong because THERE’S NO WAY an ex-prince could become his rival!
Julian takes her for some dancing in the moonlit garden. After Arles bites her and Mejojo strangles her to unconsciousness, she dreams of Julian
giving her a hickey cleaning her wound. They’re escaping when Julian 360’s on them. When Rayleigh died, the cats tortured Julian in the dungeons until he broke. They escape with Julian but understand the risk. But they’re so kind to the cinnamon roll!╰(▔∀▔)╯
Fiona and Julian help each other cross a river via rocks and she realizes they’re very similar. This is the first time either of them have been outside. The last rock is a little far so she misjudges the distance and glomps him. They kiss shojo style and Julian apologizes but then is all hey baby~ I don’t mind if you puts all your weight on me ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Where the hell did that come from?!
Not that I mind
She’s cold at night and Julian suggests he could be her windbreaker. He’s cold so she says they should press against each other and he admits he’s happy but then denies it (ฺ￫艸￩) They celebrate her bday the next day and then have to cross the border the next. However, they feel danger is waiting to ambush them so Nesso says they can take a more dangerous route. A cliff where only two people can go walk at a time. As Fiona and Julian are walking, royal guards arrive. Julian shields Fiona when they start shooting arrows and tells the plebs to leave. Of course Auger shows up and poor Julian reverts to the groveling, self-deprecating husk he was twisted into. Good end: he tells Auger he’s not his toy and escorts Fiona like a swag-ass-mofo to safety while Auger rages. He bemoans his NEET lifestyle but Fiona says he can find something to do. So he asks if they can walk a new life together and when she says yes he kisses her. After the twin’s route this was heaven.
Bad End: Fiona shoves him off the cliff because she can’t see the Julian she loved. She’s captured and unable to process what happened. True End: like in the cat’s routes, she’s tortured except this time Julian isn’t killed and is forced to watch. He’s made their servant but they don’t expect him to disobey. IT WAS AT THIS MOMENT THE GARIBALDI’S REALIZED-THEY FUCKED UP. He tells the Galland Marquis everything who informs the aristocrats. The guards are pulled out while Auger tells Fiona to lick the tea he poured onto the floor to see if they’ll be merciful and not harm Nesso and Zara. Julian serves the cats poisoned tea and calls in the guards to take them away when the poison paralyzes them. Julian says the cats will be treated as he was. Fiona agrees to live with him and she suppresses all the signs that Julian is torturing the cats in their dungeon every day.
Please cleanse yourself of this shit in Last Hope Julian please you’re too precious for this!!
Arles: The Silver Wolf of Salvation whose life turned upside down when Mejojo killed his fiance and set to exterminating his entire race. Fiona asks to stay and Arles tells Nesso, Zara, and Julian she’s now their family and she must choose between Rath and Guillan for a husband so she chooses Arles. This is his way to show her comrades she made her choice and they’ll honor it.
Fiona spends her days giving her blood to protect them from Zodiva. The first time she does, she goes to Arles to accompany her. He’s asleep in his study and he grabs her, thinking she’s Elvira. He wakes and they discuss his dream. She was there too and he couldn’t save her. The cats find their base and they ask her to leave. She can’t fight and she’ll be able to tell the world the truth. She tells them not to die. Good End: Arles, Guillian, and Rath are the only ones alive and the cats come. When all seems lost, Fiona returns. She draws Mejojo closer, and Arles leaps, tearing off Mejojo’s arm, Auger’s foot, and finally kills them. He’s had his revenge. Fiona and Rath play with her children and her hubby saunters over to get some alone time with her. Her blood is something he wants out of affection and not because of its healing properties. Bad End: She’s been living with the wolves, slowly healing them. She goes to the village for goods and information. The cats are rumored to have saved the wolf princess and killed the wolves. She doesn’t believe them and sits outside, watching the stars. And then everyone she loves is burned alive. Mejojo and Auger say she was outed by a suspicious villager. They show her the decapitated heads of Arles, Guillan, and Rath. Fiona charges at Mejojo, saying she’ll kill him, but Auger knocks her out and says she’ll be punished.
Rath: is blind in his left eye and the poor guy gets captured and tortured every route. He’s given up the will to live and hates killing. It’s pretty obvious he’s supposed to be the canon but yet…his route was so short. Bloody Nightmare is the cat’s story and it certainly doesn’t do the wolves any justice. I get that doing so would make the game super long, but damn. We have only a few moments with him. When she must flee with the injured wolves from the approaching cats, Rath asks if he can return to her after the war as his way of a confession. Good End: Auger and the knights corner her and the injured wolves she’s with are slaughtered. Rath pulls her away but they’re surrounded on a cliff. They jump as arrows fly toward them and miraculously survive. Rath says he needs his brother to survive because they’re strong. The two travel to who knows were, staying alive to end the Black Wolves Saga by spreading the truth of Zodiva. Bad End: Fiona is dying of Zodiva after having cured all the wolves. When Rath returns to her, a blinding golden light flashes and the screen cuts to black, implying she had dreamed of him before dying.
Guillan: batshit insane wolf who addresses himself as ORESAMA and wants to be called SAMA but the moment someone does he can’t handle it and takes it back. He’s also a tsundere but I didn’t like him. He’s very childish and instead of taking blood from her the normal way he overpowers her to get her blood the way he wants. I liked how Fiona was able to actually feel comfortable protesting for once about something happening she wasn’t ok with, but constantly having this guy take over everything sucked. Don’t see how that’s gonna last long lol. Good End: he returns to her after the war and kisses her. Arles died with Mejojo and Auger got away. Rath is coming to lead the cured pack because Guillan’s taking her on a journey to spread the truth. After he ravishes her of course rofl. Bad End: so this fucker comes back with fatal wounds as she’s at a river bank and collapses. As she’s about to call for help, HE RIPS HER THROAT OUT with his teeth because he’s so fucking selfish he’d rather doom his pack to Zodiva, and disregard Arles’s dying wishes all so Fiona can’t have her own happiness. I don’t understand. He’s supposed to adore Arles to the point he’d do anything for him and his other ends validate this and yet he does this. I’m fucking done. True End: Guillan returns with Arles’s arm-which he fucking eats to show his power or some shit to the wolves. Then he kisses Fiona cuz that’s so hot aw yea all dat blood and then he takes over the pack (눈‸눈)
Rejet Staple Nesso: Weblin’s strongest knight who’s in love with his half-sis, Fiona. He’s the first siscon I’ve met in a game where he’s proud of being one and he lets everyone know he wants to bang his sister. EVERYONE. Fiona and Nesso promised to marry when they were little, but though she forgot, HE NEVER DID. When Mejojo began asking for Fiona’s hand, Nesso suggested confining her in the tower to protect her. Nesso’s not a bad guy and I love me some Shinichiro but the creepy moments were plentiful. He pretty much made out with her WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD, thus confusing the fuck out of her. When they’re at the campfire and she’s cold, he makes her sit next to him and as they’re talking he jams his tongue down her mouth while she thinks HUH THIS IS WEIRD YOU’RE MY BRO. The problem with Nesso is his ENTIRE CHARACTER is based on his love for Fiona. Strip that away and there’s nothing but white space. Nothing. What does he do for fun? Nothing. He just exists to pine over Fiona -_- Good End: they fall off the cliff they’re scaling and survive except he gets crushed under rocks and they manage to dig him out but he broke a ton of shit so he monopolizes Fiona’s time as she tries to help him recover. It seemed fine until he started making out with her, told her to strip, and the next line pretty much says he stuck something into her…..WOW SUCH SUBTLETY SASUGA REJET( ◉◞౪◟◉) Bad End: he dies when she goes to get help and she loses it and can’t bring herself to believe he’s dead.
Zara: a war orphan and Fiona’s attendant. His entire race was wiped out by the 5th Garibaldi King to purge their medicinal knowledge. He was owned as a slave and cruelly abused so when Fiona’s dad came to purchase him to find a cure to Fiona’s disease, Zara was extremely wary and apprehensive. He couldn’t trust anyone. He was treated with kindness and love by the Gallands and yet he believed it was all a lie. When Fiona was locked in her tower, she was terrified she would be alone since her father was like SO YEA NO ONE ELSE WILL BE WITH YOU but Zara told him he wanted to be Fiona’s attendant. He spent those days teasing her because she was so gullible and he realized that because she was so pure he needed to do everything in his power to protect her (*°∀°)=3 At the campfire, he wraps stones in cloth to keep her warm and they reminisce about books they read and she falls asleep on his shoulder. What I liked about his route was there was no lusting after each other rofl. Zara and Fiona were so comfortable with each other as friends and truly trusted each other with their lives. For this reason, some may find him to be pretty “boring” aka NORMAL to the rest of the cast because Zara is the ONLY PURE ONE in the entire game rofl.
Good End: Zara gets shot with an arrow as they cross but he makes it and he calls her to see him one day. He could’ve chosen to live his life free after the Galland’s lost their wealth but he continues to work on a cure for Zodiva. He creates it but he’s unsure of if it will work or not and he admits this to her. Fiona entrusts herself to him and thinks she wants to always be with him. Zara says he would like to observe her condition for the rest of his days and Fiona’s all WELL THEN DOCTOR 😉 and they both confess and kiss. Bad End: he’s shot by a poisoned arrow right as they escape to freedom and he fucking dies on the grass, saying he’d rather give up and here’s the recipe to the cure FUCKING NO why did you give up (┛✧Д✧))┛彡┻━┻
Dialovers Got Nothing on this Shit
BWS is considered to be Rejets’ best game and it really shows. The world feels like something straight out of a fairy tale. One that could’ve been used to teach children the darkness in people’s hearts and how to treat everyone with kindness. And essentially, that’s what the game is about. The darkness in everyone, the worst possible sides to someone. That more often than not the innocent are wronged and punished for nothing. It’s a depressing truth, but the game doesn’t shy from it. As such, the contents of this game is really dark and at times depressing. It is thanks to how well written the cast is that makes this game hard to put down. You want to know just why they’re doing what they’re doing, and you want to know just how far someone will descend. The title comes from Rath saying the wolves will be known in history as the Wolves’ Saga; a black curse and the tragedy of being violated by Zodiva.
Fiona Galland is the
“Pure Girl Who Shows Kindness And Cures The Boys” poor girl who was isolated from the world her entire life and she’s only been told the good things from her family. She’s essentially kept safe from every evil thing that exists and the moment she gets to step outside she’s set upon by the worst possible things. She’s accused of being a witch, she’s locked up again by the Garibaldi’s, she’s forced to watch them kill wolves and capture one for torture, she’s strangled nearly to death by the man who she believed wanted to marry her, she’s tortured, raped, etc. YOU FUCKING NAME IT THIS POOR GIRL EXPERIENCES IT AT SOME POINT. Like….what sucks is she truly has no idea about her own world because her family sheltered her so much and when she comes out she’s expecting to see only what they thought was ok to tell her. So she has NO idea that the prince’s are insane. In fact, no one has a true idea that they are. They have an inkling that there’s something wrong with them but they never effectively communicate this to her until it’s too late. And she’s 16. SHE’S ONLY 16 AND SHE GOES THROUGH ALL THIS SHIT. As you’d imagine, she’s pretty shy and believes the world is the way her family said it was and when shit goes down she has no idea what to do. So she does the only thing she can: chooses what’s most important and fights for it. I loved her and it seriously sucks that all of this happened to her 😦
System: There’s no Skip-to-Next because apparently only kusoge get that. It’s pretty standard mechanics. I loved the additional content. You can “groom” the cast and it’s pretty hilarious. They have extra “sayings” from each character where they talk about their age, race, talk like animals (Julian going NYAN was just) and you can even ask Nesso to speak like an animal ROFL. They also have sweet talk which was nice ^^ There’s a glossary and a memories section where you can replay scenes in the game.
Art: Hot momma is the art lovely! Everything is lush and has a gorgeous water color style. The colors were muted to convey the DIS SHIT BE DARK but there was plenty of gorgeous, brightly colored parts of the game so it wasn’t all depressing. There is a LOT of gore in this game. If you like your otoge to be sweet and fluffy, this is not your game lol. Some of the kiss cgs were a little strange and there were some THAT ARM CANNOT BEND THAT WAY but it was still pleasing to look at.
Music: OMG please someone gift me the soundtrack rofl. I am in love with it. If you played The House in Fata Morgana, the ost is very similar and if you adored that, then just get the game for the music rofl. And the story because both have dark narratives. Although Fata Morgana has more romance than BWS. I know, weird.
Characters: You have to go in knowing everyone (except Zara and her dad) SUUUUUUUCCCCKKKK. They all have or HAD *coughAugercough* good sides to them but this entire narrative is about getting dark. They don’t shy away from anything. So if you’re prepared, than you can really enjoy exploring the psychological issues they’re plagued with. But since I’m doing an extensive analysis of them all in a separate post(s?), and because all of you are here to see
if I hate your favorite character how the romance in this plays out, here you go.
I like healthy relationships but I understand some otoge players really like exploring that dark shit. In BWS that’s what you’re getting lol and I have to say I was even roped in. It was FASCINATING and I both felt bad for Auger and Mejojo and wanted them to burn in a fire. Of the two, Auger just breaks the meter for TOO UNSTABLE. Like holy shit sir. WTF. HE’S A LIAR AND YOU CAN NEVER TRUST HIM RUN JUST RUN.
Somehow….he’s included as a route in Last Hope, which is the “lighter” game and focuses more on the romance. He has a route. Auger.
Mejojo is just…I liked him. I wanted him to be able to recover but it’s not possible (unless Rejet decides to screw over psychological problems to make it so) but he was so interesting. I just hate the other side of him.
Nesso was kind of funny as a siscon but like I said if you take that away he is nothing. His entire character is being a siscon. That’s it. His romance was really creepy as he forced make outs on his kid sister….and other…..stuff…..
Arles and Rath were screwed over in this lol so don’t expect much! No kiss cgs for you. Last Hope apparently rectifies this but like I said, Bloody Nightmare is about the cats and it would be too long of a game to fully cover everything for the wolves. Guillan was the “what if she fell in love with someone who was too in-tune with his animalistic nature?” and yea…..he’s not my cup of tea.
Zara and Julian take the prize for my favs. Zara is the only one in this game who’s pure good. He has no ulterior motives and his relationship with Fiona is one based on trust, friendship, and actual love for her as a person. He’s definitely a good break if the insanity of the others are wearing you down. Most will find him a little boring because he’s normal but I loved him and want more routes like his.
Julian!!!! My precious baby. I loved him from the start and despite things that happened to him and what he does I can’t hate him. He’s too precious and I’m so glad his route is canon for this game. He may not be a physically strong guy but who cares? His relationship with Fiona was perfect and UGH I need moar. I just fucking adored him and I cannot wait to play his route in Last Hope!! ❤
From most “romance” to least lol
Julian>Zara>Nesso>Arles=Rath=Guillan>Mejojo>Auger (YOU DON’T BELONG ON THIS LIST SIR)
Overall this was a really refreshing game. Do not go into this for romance because while there is some, it’s not the focus. This game is about psychologically twisted characters who do really messed up shit to everyone. The heroine is not treated very well by a lot of them and is even tortured, strangled, beaten, and raped. As this is a vita game, rape is not illustrated nor is it really described but it’s obvious what is happening. Torture scenes and other gore, however, is illustrated so if you happen to be someone who can’t handle that, this is not your game. It’s really messed up, it’s really dark, and it’s really depressing. Bloody Nightmare certainly earns it’s Cero D rating and only those interested in titles exploring the worst of a person’s heart should play it. Romance is not and should not be your goal for Bloody Nightmare.
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