London Detective Mysteria Review

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LONDON DETECTIVE MYSTERIA

Release Date:  December 18, 2018 (North America)
Developers:  Karin Entertainment
Publishers:  XSEED Games
Platforms:  PS VITA, PC (Soon)
ESRB Rating: (Mature) 17+

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Walkthroughs:

  1. William H. Watson
  2. Herlock Holmes
  3. Kenichirou Akechi
  4. Jack Millers
  5. Jean Lupin Jr.
  6. Sarah Marple (Charmed End)
  7. Seiji Kobayashi (Charmed End)
  8. Baker Street Boys End
  9. Grand End

Read the game’s synopsis here.

 

Fun Fact: Originally published in the year 2013 by Karin Entertainment as “Eikoku Tantei Mysteria” for the Playstation Portable (Japan), the game was later remade in 2016 for the PS Vita with a few minor changes (regarding the game’s artist and voice actors).

As XSEED’s first otome title. London Detective Mysteria has gained an overwhelming hype from otome fans when they first announced it’s localization during their panel in Anime Expo (2018). But has the game really lived up to its hype? We’ll get to that in a bit…

 

ART AND MUSIC
The game credits two artists responsible for the London Detective Mysteria’s BG art and character designs, Natsu Mimura and Shiroma. The epilogue’s CGs were different than the ones in the main routes and Watson apparently is the only character who gets a new sprite. I’m not sure which artist did which, but as per Shiroma’s official site, I believe she did the epilogue CG’s (PSV ver.) while Mimura did the main (PSP ver.). That aside, both artists did an amazing job as the overall artwork for Mysteria was exceptionally beautiful.

The game mostly made use of fanfare-ish  music to match that 19th-Century-London vibe. The overall soundtrack of Mysteria was great though it wasn’t memorable to me. I did like the Ending theme though! You can listen to the game’s soundtrack (sample only) here.

Voice Acting
I didn’t like Emily Whiteley’s voice. Her VA sounded “airy” as if she’s always runnin’ out of breath. Her “Kyaah“, “Eeep“, “Ngh” sounds were annoying as hell and her lines felt emotionless? I’ve looked up other projects by her voice actress, and it appears that she’s only had a few (and very minor character roles at that). Perhaps if her VA had more gigs and projects, her acting might’ve improved??  ALSO… Maybe it’s just me, but I think Holmes’ voice sounded muffled and out of character. ┐(︶▽︶)┌

Natsumi Ooshita “Emily Whiteley” – schoolgirl1 (Dance with the Devils), schoolgirl2 (Shinmai Maou no Testament) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Masamoto Nakazawa “Jack Millers” – Clear (DRAMAtical Murder), Giancarlo (LuckyDog1), Moriya Keiichi (Omega Vampire), Souichirou Iseya (Yoshiwara Higanbana)

Shirai Yusuke “William H. Watson” – Kumagai Chitose (Beast Darling!),  Blanc Lapin (IkeRev), Amemura Ramuda (Hypnosis Microphone), Eltcreed Valentin (Steam Prison), Hiraizumi Miki (FLML)

Chihiro Suzuki “Herlock Holmes” – Akira Kamio (Prince of Tennis), Noel Valmore (Wand of Fortune), Oshiba Hagane (Tokyo Babel), Kuuso no Mikoto (Scarlet Fate)

Masaya Matsukaze  “Jean Lupin Jr.” – Ootori Kyouya (Ouran High School Host Club), Hagakure Yasuhiro (Danganropa Series), Souryo (Dot Kareshi)

Hiraoki Miura “Akechi Kenichirou” – Hido Takafumi (Kin’iro No Corda), Mishiro Takumi (Storm Lover), Uesugi Kenshin (Ikemen Sengoku), Takayuki (Yunohana Spring!)

Yoshitaka Yamaya “Kobayashi” – Mitsunari Ishida (Ikemen Sengoku), Aki Miyoujin (lol) (Sweet Punishment), Kensuke Asagi (World End Syndrome)

Yuuki Ono “Pollock” / “Edward Moriaty”  – Hamelin (Ozmafia), Saeki Yuzuru (CollarxMalice), So Minjye (Possession Magenta), Kangatari (Arata the Legend)

 

MAIN ROUTES AND CHARACTERS (NO SPOILERS)

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The starter routes of the game are Watson’s, Holmes’s and Akechi’s. Jack and Lupin’s route will only unlock after finishing the “Destined End” of any of the other three former bachelors. There’s no specific route order for you to follow (spoiler-wise), but if you want recommendations, I suggest playing in this order: Watson / Holmes – Akechi – Jack – Lupin.

 

WILLIAM H. WATSON

  • Dr. John Watson’s son
  • Animal Lover
  • #sunshineboi1

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Similar to their fathers’ relationship. Watson Jr. acts as Holmes Jr.’s assistant as well as his best buddy. Although their personalities are the total opposite, Holmes and Watson have this strong bond of trust that benefits both lads when working as a team. As the son of a famous doctor, Watson is also very proficient when it comes to medicine and first aid. He’s a headstrong character with an admirable physical strength that comes in handy when a combat situation arises.

I wanted to love Watson’s route as much as I love his character and his VA Shirai lol. Sadly, his story falls rather boring and was convoluted with a lot of events that were all happening at the same time. At some point in his route, Watson went into the “woe is me” phase, thinking he’s not strong enough to protect the heroine from danger. Well love, if the heroine can just stay out of danger for at least an hour or two, maybe you wouldn’t have to worry as much. lol 😏 Romantic-wise, Watson’s character grew on me. You can tell that he’s already head-over-heels in love with Emily, even from the start and I thought their childhood encounter (memory) was really sweet. (´ ε ` )♡ All in all, this boi was a ray of sunshine! An awesome character, that was wasted on such a bland, mediocre story.

 

HERLOCK HOLMES JR.

  • tsunjerk
  • daddy issues

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Holmes Jr. is the son of London’s most famous detective Sherlock Holmes. That said, he takes after his father’s outstanding wit in solving cases as well as his stubbornness. Since Holmes is a man of logic, he usually looks down on Emily’s way of solving cases through an intuition-based approach and shows no mercy in calling her out for it.

The only thing to look forward in Holmes’s route is his CGs. While his CGs make him look hot, his sprite looked weird that it was hard for me to take him seriously (laughs). Holmes was an all-around jerk in his route too, not only to Emily but also to other characters in the game. His insecurities of always getting compared to his rockstar dad pretty much drained my interest. At some point in his route, when the cards took a turn against his favor, he was too prideful to ask for help from his father nor let his friends lend him a hand. ( ̄ヘ ̄) His douchebaggery was a bit too much that it ticked me off from the experience. Oh, well!

 

AKECHI KENICHIROU

  • Foreign exchange samurai student
  • perfectionist

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Akechi is an exchange student from Japan. He’s a brilliantly knowing young lad who’s detective skills are almost up to par with Holmes Jr. He is very observant and has the habit of taking down notes whenever he learns something new from his schoolmates and the people around him. He’s also very skilled with the katana, his weapon of choice.

‘Finally, a route that does not disappoint’ was my first reaction when I first finished Akechi’s ‘destined end’. The pacing was really good where it started off with the normal fluff E.g; Akechi confronting bullies at school and Emily crushing on him hard lol, then escalated into the main conflict where Emily (with her never-ending nosiness), gets kidnapped and Akechi, with his trusted assistant Kobayashi, fighting off some bad guys to rescue her. The romance, I have to say, was really cute, especially in his Good Ending, where both the heroine and yo boi Akechi confesses their feelings for each other. (´ ω `♡)  His After Story was also adorable that I would probably consider it, one of the best in the game. If you enjoy some endearing fluffy content, this route would be something to look forward to. 😉

 

JACK MILLERS

  • ‘Jack the Ripper’ but not really
  • star-crossed lover

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Jack is an East Ender, whose known to be fortunate enough to attend in Harrington Academy’s detective school. Although he keeps to himself at all times, he’s used to being talked behind his back by his schoolmates because of his “different” (East End) upbringing. He possesses a sharp mind but remains to have no apathy towards everyone around him.

Jack’s route was all I ever wanted from this game. It was full of angst and drama as expected, and I wouldn’t have it in any other way (^0^). In terms of story, I like how each character (In Jack’s route) was introduced in a manner where it didn’t feel rushed. I also loved how Jack’s romance with the heroine was portrayed as if it were the archetypal Romeo and Juliet (star-crossed lover) trope. Emily wasn’t a complete idiot in this route and to my surprise, made a couple of mature decisions for once! (laughs) His After Story was a little sad and as much as I wanted to see my son, Jack, have a happy ending with rainbows and butterflies, I find the “bittersweet end” an appropriate finish to his story.

 

JEAN LUPIN JR.

  • nerd by day, gentleman thief by night
  • mama’s boi

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As the son, of Arsene Lupin, the famous gentleman thief from France, Lupin Jr. lives up to his father’s reputation as a master of disguise whose thieving is often for a good cause, while operating on the wrong side of the law.

Lupin Jr. was the sole eye-candy of this game. His CGs were just gorgeous and even his character sprite was a sight for sore eyes! His route, however, left me a mixture of feelings. The romance was on point and I liked how his story started, but little by little you’ll begin to notice, how the events have gone from interesting to underwhelming, you just can’t wait to finish it.😪  I did like how Papa Lupin was such an exuberant character,😂 and their father-and-son banters were enjoyable to watch so to speak. To be quite honest, I wasn’t too impressed with Lupin’s overall story but I’m sure, due to the game’s clear bias on this character, Lupin Jr. will be a fan favorite to many. Though to me, his route was a letdown. His Oedipus complex just didn’t sit with me well  ┐(︶▽︶)┌ 

 

EMILY WHITELEY

  • Main heroine

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So after a couple of aggravating instances where I almost dropped the game due to the heroine’s shortcomings, I gave Emily a chance for the sake of completing Jack and Lupin’s route. While I’m glad she played out well in Jack’s story, for the rest of the game, Emily stayed an absolute disappointment.

Ms. Whiteley has a knack of sticking her nose and diving headfirst to obvious danger (she does this in almost ALL the routes of the game). She winds up getting rescued by either Pendleton or her love interest, ends up apologizing in tears, only to commit the same mistakes over and over again. I’m not sure if it’s her naivety or her sheer lack of common sense that makes her a total idiot. Perhaps, both! (⇀‸↼‶) I wasn’t too impressed with her voice actress either. Her character design was beautiful though! ❤️

 

SIDE CHARACTERS (Warning: Some Spoilers!)

2019-01-08-030541 SEIJI KOBAYASHI
The Friendzone Route
Kobayashi is #sunshineboi2. As Akechi’s assistant, he gets a lot of badass fight scenes in the game. Overall, a great NPC who got copped out of romance. His Charmed End consists of Emily friend-zoning him before he returned to Japan.😪

 

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SARAH MARPLE
The BFF Route
Marple is Emily’s closest girl schoolmate. She loves tea and baking pastries. Her Charmed End consists of Emily and her having tea together in the countryside and doing all kinds of girly things.

 

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MISS HUDSON
Annoying af
There’s nothing significant about this character other than her introductory chapter, “The Littlest Landlady”. Take her out of the picture and the game still remains as it is. Her chapter was a waste of time.

 

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RALPH PENDLETON
The True MVP of LDM
As the loyal butler of House Whiteley, this character has gone through all kinds of shit just to protect Emily from the danger she puts herself through. The fact that we never got any kind of backstory about him, was a big letdown and downright disappointing.

 

SYSTEM AND LOCALIZATION
The system was comfortable enough that it didn’t give me any setbacks in finishing the entire game. I find the scenario list extremely helpful for completionists like me, who’d want to unlock all the game’s endings. My only gripe was that there was no option to backtrack a scene. There is a text backlog which you can always visit in any case you missed a dialogue but there’s no way for you to go back to that particular scene. This became remarkably difficult while I was trying to make the correct save files.

Localization was excellently done as expected from XSEED Games. I could probably only spot very few typos and spelling errors which you can surely overlook due to them being very minor. The game’s translation was made to match the setting’s Victorian Era. You can tell that besides translating the game there was a lot of research done to it as well and I really appreciate that with localization companies.

However, I’d like to point out that doing too much can also become a little off-putting. There was a point in the game where the heavy purple prose on dialogues turned me off, especially during the fight scenes where every kick and punch comes with a fancy monologue. (>﹏<) The accents of East Ender characters were either necessary or unnecessary. I understand that this was obviously to distinguish those who live within the Poor District of London, to those in the City Proper. But I’m a total dumbass and I f’nd ‘t ‘ard  t’  an d’ur sta’n lines leik dis’. LOL

 

TRAILER

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS? (´-ω-`)
With the heavy prose on writing and a very lengthy gameplay which will take you approximately 40-50 hours to beat the entire game, London Detective Mysteria became a chore to finish. It literally took me a month to complete it myself, and I wasn’t even being lazy or anything of the sort.

Story-wise, I was surprised how the main plot that was initially introduced (Emily trying to solve the case of her parent’s murder) was left untouched in each of the main character’s route. The fact that you have to unlock the “true ending” to know the story behind Emily’s parents was such an inconvenience. It was a mess! It didn’t help that the prologue and common route was overwhelmingly long and I believe some irrelevant chapters were unnecessary (E.g. “Ms. Hudson’s”chapter). I expected Emily to step up as a detective but all throughout the game she remained amateurish in solving no-brainer cases. If anything, she was extremely lucky (as most generic heroines are). I did like how some of the stories in the game brought up realistic events that were very common in the 19th century. Themes such as discrimination among Eastern foreigners and the segregation between the rich and poor were a few examples.

The characters that left an impression on me were Akechi, Jack and Watson. Akechi’s route was cute and tackled a few topics on cultural differences between the East and the West, it was an enjoyable read. Jack’s route tugged my heartstrings and made me cry (he wins ‘best boi’ in my book). Watson’s route was boring but he was such a delightful character, it’s hard to ignore his charm ha! (*’▽’*) The mystery cases in the common route were mere “child’s play” but the main target audience for this game are young teens so that’s to be expected.

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Do I Recommend this Game? YES but only if it’s on SALE.
If you’re a completionist, finishing the game can become a tedious task, so pick this one up at your own risk. Maybe if  London Detective Mysteria wasn’t too overhyped, I would not have been seriously disappointed after finishing it.

Still, I wouldn’t say it’s a bad game altogether. The game’s art was astonishing and remains it’s best winning point, and there’s a selection of characters you will surely love. The story, however, is very mediocre and monotonous where one full gameplay is definitely enough to perhaps satisfy your thirst for new otoges in the dying VITA console.

 

Chlo’s Rating: 6/10

London Detective Mysteria – True Ending Walkthrough

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GRAND END:

To unlock this route, you’ll need finish the following endings below:

  • Holmes’s Destined and Ill-Fated End
  • Watson’s Destined and Ill-Fated End
  • Akechi’s Destined and Ill-Fated End
  • Jack’s Destined and Ill-Fated End
  • Jack’s Wretched End 1 (Optional)
  • Jack’s Wretched End 2 (Optional)
  • Lupin’s Destined and Ill-Fated End
  • Kobayashi’s Charmed End
  • Marple’s Charmed End
  • Baker Street Boys End

 

Start a NEW Game
Don’t skip the Prologue

-Open It

 

CHAPTER 1: London Underground

(No Choices)

-Grand End!

 

NOTE: Completing this end, will unlock the last epilogue, “The Eve of London’s New Age”.

 

London Detective Mysteria – Baker Street Boys End Walkthrough

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BAKER STREET BOYS END:

CHAPTER 1: Whiteley in Wonderland

-I’m alright
-The second witness
-A
-One
(Answering above correctly will earn you: Detective Up!)

-Deliver it to the police
-I’d fee the country with him!
-Watson!

 

CHAPTER 2: A Most Precarious Afternoon Tea

-It’s important for a detective
-Right as rain!
-Watson
-Go to sleep

 

CHAPTER 3: The Very Peculiar Boy

-I’m sorry for this morning
-I’m dripping with curiosity
-It’s important to make friends
-Go to sleep

 

CHAPTER 4: Jean Lupin, Gentleman Burglar

-Facts are facts. He is a criminal
-Investigate (Choose all options)

  • The safe
  • The window

-…open my eyes
-Read a book

 

CHAPTER 5: The Falsehood of Herlock Holmes

-Investigate (Choose all options)

  • The kitchen
  • The study
  • The stable

 

CHAPTER 6: When East Comes to West

-He’s not someone I’ll get on well with
-Go to sleep

 

CHAPTER 7: The Littlest Landlady

-The results wouldn’t be very accurate that way!
-Forgive me. Its was never my intention to frighten you, young lady
-The stolen plate is false
-Someone close to Hudson
-Visit (Choose all options)

  • Mr. Curtis
  • Mrs. Blois
  • Mrs. Atlee

-Someone else
-Mr. Howard
-Go to sleep

 

CHAPTER 8: The Missing Man

-I really shouldn’t
-I’d best let them go
-Classified documents on major crimes
-Holmes’s
-O
-Move the left panel downwards
-Move the upper panel to the left
-Move the right panel downwards
-Move the upper panel to the right

 

CHAPTER 9: A Gathering in Shambles

-Skip It!
-…call out to him
-…the back alley

 

CHAPTER 10: Explosive Capriccio

(Baker Street Boys End)

London Detective Mysteria – Seiji Kobayashi Walkthrough

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SEIJI KOBAYASHI

 

CHARMED END:

CHAPTER 1: Whiteley in Wonderland

-I’m alright
-The second witness
-A
-One
(Answering above correctly will earn you: Detective Up!)

-Give it to the child
-I’d flee the country with him
-Watson!

 

CHAPTER 2: A Most Precarious Afternoon Tea

-You ought to consider everyone’s feelings
-But what about you?
-Holmes
-Go to sleep

 

CHAPTER 3: The Very Peculiar Boy

-I’m sorry for this morning
-I’m dripping with curiosity
-It’s important to make friends
-Read a book

 

CHAPTER 4: Jean Lupin, Gentleman Burglar

-He’s only committing crimes to fight crime
-Investigate (Choose all options)

  • The safe
  • The window

-…open my eyes
-Go to sleep

 

CHAPTER 5: The Falsehood of Herlock Holmes

-Investigate (Choose all options)

  • The kitchen
  • The study
  • The stable

 

CHAPTER 6: When East Comes to West

-He’s amazing
-Write in my diary
-Kobayashi

 

CHAPTER 7: The Littlest Landlady

-I wouldn’t want to drink tea made like that
-What if the corpse had something contagious?
-Forgive me. It was never my intention to frighten you, young lady
-The stolen plate is false
-Someone close to Hudson
-Visit (Choose all options)

  • Mr. Curtis
  • Mrs. Blois
  • Mrs. Atlee

-Someone else
-Mr. Howard
-Write in my diary

 

CHAPTER 8: The Missing Man

-Why not?
-I’ll call out to them
-Classified documents for major crimes
-**Let the timer run out**
-My
-Move the left panel downwards
-Move the upper panel to the left
-Move the right panel downwards
-Move the upper panel to the right

 

CHAPTER 9: A Gathering in Shambles

-Skip It!
-…call out to him
-…the back alley

 

CHAPTER 10: His Abduction

-Both of you!
-Give it to Kobayashi

 

CHAPTER 11: The Aspiring Disciple

-If I’m caught eavesdropping I’ll surely be reprimanded
-How should I tell him?
-Because you’re my schoolmate
-The mustachioed man
-Because he’s a collector

 

CHAPTER 12: The Black Magic Cult’s Trap

-Protect the basket
-I want to treasure the time we have together

 

CHAPTER 13: A Heart Full of Thanks

(Charmed End)

London Detective Mysteria – Sarah Marple Walkthrough

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SARAH MARPLE

 

CHARMED END:

CHAPTER 1: Whiteley in Wonderland

-I’m alright
-The second witness
-A
-One
(Answering above correctly will earn you: Detective Up!)

-Give it to the child
-I’d flee the country with him
-Watson!

 

CHAPTER 2: A Most Precarious Afternoon Tea

-You ought to consider everyone’s feelings
-Right as rain!
-Holmes
-Write in my diary

 

CHAPTER 3: The Very Peculiar Boy

-You haven’t taken any notes?
-I’m dripping with curiousity
-It’s important to make friends
-Read a book

 

CHAPTER 4: Jean Lupin, Gentleman Burglar

-He’s only committing crimes to fight crime
-Investigate (Choose all options)

  • The safe
  • The window

-…open my eyes
-Write in my diary

 

CHAPTER 5: The Falsehood of Herlock Holmes

-Investigate (Choose all options)

  • The kitchen
  • The study
  • The stable

 

CHAPTER 6: When East Comes to West

-He’s amazing
-Write in my diary
-Akechi

 

CHAPTER 7: The Littlest Landlady

-I wouldn’t want to drink tea made like that
-What if the corpse had something contagious?
-Forgive me. It was never my intention to frighten you, young lady
-The stolen plate is false
-Someone close to Hudson
-Visit (Choose all options)

  • Mr. Curtis
  • Mrs. Blois
  • Mrs. Atlee

-Someone else
-Mr. Howard
-Write in my diary

 

CHAPTER 8: The Missing Man

-Why not?
-I’ll call out to them
-Classified documents on major crimes
-**Let the timer run out**
-My
-**Let the timer run out**
-Give up

 

CHAPTER 9: A Gathering in Shambles

-Skip It!
-…silently take his hand

 

CHAPTER 10: Another Cup of Tea

(Charmed End)

(Recently Edited) Thanks Joey!

London Detective Mysteria – Jean Lupin Walkthrough

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JEAN LUPIN JR.

 

DESTINED END:

CHAPTER 1: Whiteley in Wonderland

-I’m alright
-The second witness
-A
-One
(Answering above correctly will earn you: Detective Up!)

-Give it to the child
-I’d flee the country with him
-Watson!

 

CHAPTER 2: A Most Precarious Afternoon Tea

-You ought to consider everyone’s feelings
-But what about you?
-Holmes
-Go to sleep

 

CHAPTER 3: The Very Peculiar Boy

-I’m sorry for this morning
-I’m dripping with curiosity
-It’s important to make friends
-Go to sleep

 

CHAPTER 4: Jean Lupin, Gentleman Burglar

-He’s only committing crimes to fight crime
-Investigate (Choose all options)

  • The safe
  • The window

-…keep my eyes closed
-Write in my diary

 

CHAPTER 5: The Falsehood of Herlock Holmes

-Investigate (Choose all options)

  • The kitchen
  • The study
  • The stable

 

CHAPTER 6: When East Comes to West

-He’s amazing
-Go to sleep

 

CHAPTER 7: The Littlest Landlady

-The results wouldn’t be very accurate that way!
-Forgive me. It was never my intention to frighten you, young lady
-The stolen plate is false
-Someone close to Hudson
-Visit (Choose all options)

  • Mr. Curtis
  • Mrs. Blois
  • Mrs. Atlee

-Someone else
-Mr. Howard
-Go to sleep

 

CHAPTER 8: The Missing Man

-Why not?
-I’ll call out to them
-Classified documents for major crimes
-Lupine
-…the cipher used by Marie Antoinette and Count Axel von Fersen

 

CHAPTER 9: A Gathering in Shambles

-Skip It!
-…call out to him
-…the back alley

 

CHAPTER 10: The Stolen Treasure

LUPIN JR’S ROUTE:

Create a Save File here

-You didn’t burn your tongue, did you?
-Thank you
-…Lupine

 

CHAPTER 11: The Warmth Within Closed Eyes

-Holmes
-My dearest?

 

CHAPTER 12: Out of Reach

(No Choices)

 

CHAPTER 13: A Knight’s Vow

(Good Ending) 

 

 

 

ILL-FATED END:

Load Save File

CHAPTER 10: The Stolen Treasure

-You should really be more careful!
-I won’t back down
-…me?

 

CHAPTER 11: The Warmth Within Closed Eyes

-Watson
-Princess?

 

CHAPTER 12: Bouquet of Roses

(Bad Ending)

London Detective Mysteria – Akechi Kenichirou Walkthrough

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AKECHI KENICHIROU

 

DESTINED END:

CHAPTER 1: Whiteley in Wonderland

-I’m alright
-The second witness
-A
-One
(Answering above correctly will earn you: Detective Up!)

-Give it to the child
-I’d flee the country with him
-Homes!

 

CHAPTER 2: A Most Precarious Afternoon Tea

-You ought to consider everyone’s feelings
-But what about you?
-Watson
-Go to sleep

 

CHAPTER 3: The Very Peculiar Boy

-I’m sorry for this morning
-I’m dripping with curiosity
-It’s important to make friends
-Go to sleep

 

CHAPTER 4: Jean Lupin, Gentleman Burglar

-He’s only committing crimes to fight crime
-Investigate (Choose all options)

  • The safe
  • The window

-…open my eyes
-Read a book

 

CHAPTER 5: The Falsehood of Herlock Holmes

-Investigate (Choose all options)

  • The kitchen
  • The study
  • The stable

 

CHAPTER 6: When East Comes to West

-He’s amazing
-Write in my diary
-Akechi

 

CHAPTER 7: The Littlest Landlady

-I wouldn’t want to drink tea made like that
-What if the corpse had something contagious?
-Forgive me. It was never my intention to frighten you, young lady
-The stolen plate is false
-Someone close to Hudson
-Visit (Choose all options)

  • Mr. Curtis
  • Mrs. Blois
  • Mrs. Atlee

-Someone else
-Mr. Howard
-Write in my diary

 

CHAPTER 8: The Missing Man

-Why not?
-I’ll call out to them
-Classified documents for major crimes
-**Let the timer run out**
-My
-Move the left panel downwards
-Move the upper panel to the left
-Move the right panel downwards
-Move the upper panel to the right

 

CHAPTER 9: A Gathering in Shambles

-Skip It!
-…call out to him
-…the back alley

 

CHAPTER 10: His Abduction

AKECHI’S ROUTE:

Create a Save File Here

-Akechi!
-Eat it myself

 

CHAPTER 11: The Aspiring Disciple

-I’m curious what all this is about
-I need to tell him!
-Because you’re important to me
-The young woman
-A flower seller

 

CHAPTER 12: The Black Magic Cult’s Trap

-Brace for impact
-I wish we could stay like this forever

 

CHAPTER 13: Confrontation at Sea

(No Choices)

 

CHAPTER 14: On the Ocean, Under the Moon

(Good Ending)

 

 

 

ILL-FATED END:

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CHAPTER 10: His Abduction

-Holmes!
-Eat it myself

 

CHAPTER 11: The Aspiring Disciple

-If I’m caught eavesdropping, I’ll surely be reprimanded
-How should I tell him?
-Because you’re my friend
-The mustachioed man
-Because he’s a collector

 

CHAPTER 12: The Black Magic Cult’s Trap

-Protect the basket
-I want to treasure the time we have together

 

CHAPTER 13: The Entrusted Bookmark

(Bad Ending)

London Detective Mysteria – Jack Millers Walkthrough

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JACK MILLERS

 

DESTINED END:

CHAPTER 1: Whiteley in Wonderland

-I’m alright
-The second witness
-A
-One
(Answering above correctly will earn you: Detective Up!)

-Give it to the child
-I’d suggest he turn himself in
-Watson!

 

CHAPTER 2: A Most Precarious Afternoon Tea

-You ought to consider everyone’s feelings
-But what about you?
-Holmes
-Read a book

 

CHAPTER 3: The Very Peculiar Boy

-You haven’t taken any notes?
-I’m dripping with curiosity
-I want to get to know you better
-Write in my diary

 

CHAPTER 4: Jean Lupin, Gentleman Burglar

-Facts are facts. He is a criminal
-Investigate (Choose all options)

  • The safe
  • The window

-…open my eyes
-Read a book

 

CHAPTER 5: The Falsehood of Herlock Holmes

-Investigate (Choose all options)

  • The kitchen
  • The study
  • The stable

 

CHAPTER 6: When East Comes to West

-He’s not someone I’ll get on well with
-Write in my diary
-Kobayashi

 

CHAPTER 7: The Littlest Landlady

-I wouldn’t want to drink tea made like that
-What if the corpse had something contagious?
-Umm… are you alright?
-The stolen plate is false
-Someone close to Hudson
-Visit (Choose all options)

  • Mr. Curtis
  • Mrs. Blois
  • Mrs. Atlee

-Someone else
-Mr. Howard
-Read a book

 

CHAPTER 8: The Missing Man

-Why not?
-I’ll call out to them
-Classified documents for major crimes
-Jack’s
-When
-**Let the timer run out**
-Give Up

 

CHAPTER 9: A Gathering in Shambles

-Skip It!
-…silently take his hand
-…the back alley

 

CHAPTER 10: The Ripper in the Velvet Night

JACK MILLER’S ROUTE:

-They don’t understand life before them
-(I’m so happy)
-I should like to see the crime scene

 

CHAPTER 11: A Life Without You

-He would never do anything like that
-…Jack couldn’t be him

 

CHAPTER 12: Dear Boss

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-I’ll open the window
-I’ll grab Pendleton’s arm

 

CHAPTER 13: Before the Fog Lifts

(No Choices)

 

CHAPTER 14: Eternal Light

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-Place a flower and offer prayers
-Place a flower and offer prayers
-Place a flower and offer prayers
-Place a flower and offer prayers
-Place a flower and offer prayers

(Good Ending)

 

 

ILL-FATED END:

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CHAPTER 14: Eternal Light

-Hurry On
-Hurry On
-Hurry On
-Hurry On
-Hurry On

 

CHAPTER 15: Honor Immortalized

(Ill-Fated Ending)

 

 

WRETCHED ENDINGS:

Wretched End 1:

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CHAPTER 12: Dear Boss

-I can’t be certain that is Jack

(Bad End 1)

 

Wretched End 2:

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CHAPTER 12: Dear Boss

-I’ll open the window
-I’ll jump in front of the bullet

(Bad End 2)

 

End of the Year Awards – Best and Worst of 2018

Before this year ends, I decided to squeeze in a last minute End-of-the-Year-Awards post for Best and Worst Otome content in 2018. I really just thought of this last night and figured, I should at least do a couple-o’ honorary mentions to the games I’ve fully enjoyed playing this year, as well as the ones that I didn’t lol.

A total of nine new otome games (localized) were released this year (for the Nintendo Switch and PS Vita). The following awards are only limited to console game releases in 2018, I won’t include previous ones from 2017 and further back.

  1. Hakuoki Edo Blossoms (PS Vita)
  2. Code Realize Future Blessings (PS Vita)
  3. Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly (PS Vita)
  4. 7’Scarlet (PS Vita)
  5. Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk (PS Vita)
  6. Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku (Nintendo Switch)
  7. Iris School of Wizardry – Vinculum Hearts (Nintendo Switch)
  8. Kitty Love (Nintendo Switch)
  9. London Detective Mysteria (PS Vita)

 

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BEST AND WORST HEROINE

Let’s start with the main characters. As someone who moves the plot forward, I think it’s really important for the game to have a protagonist that’s worth our time, someone we can easily understand, relate and connect to. It’s great that more game developers today are starting to realize that a heroine with a fleshed out personality is better than the typical self-insert Mary Sue.

BEST

Jed / Eiar (Hands Down!)
Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk

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If there’s truly one heroine that deserves all levels of respect and appreciation, Jed would be our girl. All throughout the game, this heroine could not catch a break and took most of all the hard beating. But guess what, she handled everything to the end without even relying on others for help. She’s kind, independent, and best of all got some backbone worthy of praise.  If you’ve played PAH, you’d most definitely agree that JED is our BEST protagonist for 2018.

 

WORST

Emily Whiteley
London Detective Mysteria

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This one is perhaps debatable but the reason I chose Emily Whiteley THE worst heroine of the bunch, is that her nosiness annoyed me to no end. Emily will deliberately stick her nose to all kinds of obvious danger, then gets rescued by either Pendleton (her faithful butler) or her love interest. She ends up in tears and apologizes only to commit the same mistakes over and over again (she does this in all routes! no kidding!). One can argue that she’s only 16 and knows no better but pfft! let’s be real, (even during the 19th century) sixteen is the adolescent age where one learns the freakin’ art of common sense! I was on the verge of dropping the game because of how aggravating Emily is but gave it another chance anyway for the sake of Jack Miller and Lupin Jr. 

 

BEST AND WORST HUSBANDO

BEST

Impey Barbicane
Code Realize: Future Blessings

2018-06-20-013735  As a Van Helsing bias, it pains me to not write his name as best husbando for 2018…lol But, Impey definitely stole the spotlight with his After Story in Code Realize Future Blessings. Looking back a few months ago when I first played the first (localized) Code Realize Fandisk, As much as I’ve enjoyed all of the characters’ After stories in White Rose, it was Impey’s that made me pathetically grin all the way from start to finish. Ha! (°◡°♡)

 

WORST

“IRIS” / LEONORE
Iris School of Wizardry Vinculum Hearts

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(Warning: Spoilers Ahead!)
Not only does this guy have an upsetting split personality that turns him into a  murderer with a massive thirst for blood. In his endless (bad) ending, you’ll also get to discover that he’s your *cough* half-brother *cough*. Admittedly, I’ve enjoyed his route because it was dark and mysterious at the start (Plus, I loved Nobuhiko Okamato voicing him), but his ending (bad ending particularly) left a sour taste in my mouth. …and to think Iris was the game’s “true” route. ヽ( `д´*)ノ

 

BEST AND WORST ROUTE

BEST

Toshizo Hijikata
Hakuoki Edo Blossoms

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Hijikata’s route was probably the most satisfying story-driven route an otome game has to offer. While other route endings in Hakuoki Edo Blossoms deviates from the Shinsengumi’s story. Hijikata remains THE Shinsengumi story to the bitter end.. and it is absolutely enthralling! Besides realizing his romantic feelings for Chizuru, his route (including his prequel in Kyoto Winds) also tells the full tale of the Shinsengumi; as the last samurais in Japan.

 

WORST

Cyril Grundy
Iris School of Wizardry Vinculum Hearts

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This route was absolutely the worst because no matter which ending you unlock and finish, Cyril ends up dying in the game leaving you husbando-less. It is pretty sad and angsty that I wouldn’t even recommend playing his route unless you’re up for some forced tears. That aside, his relationship with the heroine was also more of like a little brother than a love interest. ┐( ̄ヘ ̄;)┌

 

BEST AND WORST ROMANTIC (GOOD) ENDING

BEST

Sanosuke Harada
Hakuoki Edo Blossoms

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...And another Hakuoki character lol! You can tell by now how much of a die-hard Hakuoki fan I am. (laughs) To make this explanation short, Harada has the fluffiest route in Edo Blossoms. Besides him being the only character confident enough to *cough* take Chizuru to bed *cough* amidst the ongoing Boshin War, his ending was also the most endearing as Sano was finally able to get his wish of living a peaceful life with his own family after Japan’s warring period settled down.

 

WORST

Akito
Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku

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Whew! Where do I even begin with this game?! Not only this route presented really awful conflicts that don’t make any sense. Akito’s happy ending also had all the wtf moments that’ll leave you speechless. His good ending consists of you destroying the entire fox village (after choosing to seal the fox ancestor in your magatama to save Akito’s life) and Akito brings up of reviving his village by marrying you and making lots and lots of half-fox-half-human babies. lol (งಠ_ಠ)ง Gambatte?

 

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BEST NON-ROMANCEABLE CHARACTER

 

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RALPH PENDLETON (´♡‿♡`)
London Detective Mysteria

I’m still salty that we never get to romance this amazing, handsome, faithful butler who’s always at the ready for Ms. Whiteley’s beck and call! (not even a backstory was given!) SIGH (–_–)

 

RUNNER UPS:

67183 OLGAR
Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk

 

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HANSEL HEXENHAUS
Code Realize Future Blessings

 

 

 

lineNOW MOVING ON TO THE  BEST AND WORST GAME TITLES

 

BEST OTOME GAME SOUNDTRACK

Lovesick (7’Scarlet 2nd OP song)
This was a tough one. Although I’m usually a huge fan of Big Otomate Title’s soundtracks (such as Code Realize’s and Hakuoki’s). This year, Showtaro Morikubo won my heart with his OP song in 7’SCARLET “Lovesick” Listen to the track below! 

 

WORST OTOME GAME SOUNDTRACK:

NONE (Most of the Switch Games are mobile ports so it’s a little unfair to compare them to original console games that have complete sets of OP and END themes).

 

BEST AND WORST OTOME GAME LOCALIZATION

BEST

XSEED
London Detective Mysteria

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As expected, XSEED always deliver great localizations with most of their visual novels (e.g. Corpse Party Series, Fate/Extella). They did an impressive job with LDM, making its translation a resounding match for its 19th-century setting.

 

 

WORST

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Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku 

The game was initially released with machine translations making it almost impossible to read. The good news is that they recently uploaded a patch to fix this localization mess so it might be a little less of a crappy experience if you play this game now compared to playing it back then.

BEST (NEW) OTOME GAME OF 2018

7’SCARLET

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If there was one new game, I’ve fully enjoyed playing this year. It was definitely 7’SCARLET. Sure, the game has its flaws but the plot is definitely a must read and one gripping experience per se. You can read my full (spoiler free) review here.

(NOTE: I didn’t count CR Future Blessings nor Edo Blossoms off of this nominations since, Future Blessings is a fandisk of a game I already love and Edo Blossoms is the sequel (Part 2) of Hakouki Kyoto Winds, again, a game I’m already a fan of).  

 

FINAL THOUGHTS FOR 2018

Screen Shot 2018-12-31 at 7.43.59 PM.png**Trust me, I still have a lot of things  I want to say and add to this post but it’s almost time to retire for the evening and enjoy the New Year fireworks with a glass of champagne! ☆⌒(>。<) I hope I can be more creative next year with these End-of-the-Year-Awards, but in the meantime, this will do for now. (´ ε ` )
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!!