Pinky Promises ~ Kei Okazaki Review

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KEI OKAZAKI
Visual Novel: Collar x Malice
Age: 26
Skills: Judo, Kendo, Jujitsu, English
Likes: Horror Films, Bizarre Flavoured Food, Sleeping
VA: Kaji Yuuki

Click for his walkthrough here.
Click for Collar x Malice game review here.

Character Background
Kei is an active police officer who works as an SP (Special Police) currently assigned to ‘protect’/ monitor Aiji Yanagi and his team. He is usually calm and collected. He plays dumb when he actually has one very sharp mind. He literally doesn’t care what others might think of him from the get go, just as long as he’s able to do his desired course of action succesfully.

Personality
Kei is an odd duck, he can fall asleep just about anywhere, collects sleeping accessories because he believes that “the quality of sleep is more important than quantity”. He has the knack of trying bizarre flavoured foods and loves his horror film/series collection. Another one peculiar habit of his, is entering the agency’s office through the window (which is a few floors high). When it comes to personality and ideals, Kei’s character is also considered the opposite to Aiji Yanagi’s. While Aiji is more of the responsible level headed type guy, Kei is one heck of a reckless abandon case.

 

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Somebody SAVE this guy!ヽ(`д´;)/

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Relationship with the heroine
Kei Okazaki is such a sweetheart ~ it would be so hard not fall for him in his route. It was really nice of him acting as Ichika’s personal bodyguard, making sure she’s in tip-top shape and promises to ALWAYS protect her with his life and all but his motivation at first was more of like a selfishly written death wish than genuine love. I find it really distressing how this man holds very little value of his life. It’s pitiful.

Not only does he want to protect Ichika, but he specifically wants to die protecting her so that his death has meaning.

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OKAZAKI’S ROUTE
A heart pounding route that kept me at the edge of my seat, is one way to describe Kei’s story. Minus the squeeling and screaming, I’d have to say a relationship with this man is one hell of a ride and it’s infuriating (in a good way).

Admittedly, I really enjoyed this  route not because of his story (how it branched out in the game’s underlying plot) but because of Kei’s character.

Positive Points \(^▽^)/

  • Although he doesn’t act like it, Kei is very skilled in combat and probably the most reliable guy to depend on when it comes to the heroine’s safety.
  • He is stealthy which works on his advantage as an SP.
  • He’s very smart. He can read Adonis‘ train of thought in logical ways.
  • No matter the circumstances, this guy WILL protect you, come hell or high water.
  • He loves getting good quality of sleep and knows a couple of ways to relax best. The guy carries a purple eye mask in his pocket for goodness sake!
  • He’s very physical. *Internal Screaming* He loves holding hands, kisses, cuddles, making love spontaneously.
  • He’s a TEASE. (This is either a positive or negative point depending on how you look at it) In his route, he pins Ichika on the bed and suggested they make love while she’s still wearing the collar).
  • He’s ready to die for you. (Although, this can also be a negative aspect).
  • Although he hinted that he liked other people and had physical and romantic relationships before, he admittedly said that Ichika is the only one who he has ever felt THIS way towards.♥
  • He’s a sweet bean, in his route he buys Ichika a bouquet of flowers as a way of cheering her up and said it’s part of his protection duty.
  • He loves to smile, even if he’s in physical pain.
  • He’s good in dealing with teenagers. In Takeru’s route, he was able to get along well with  Ichika’s brother, Kazuki ~ that they even went to the agency’s christmas party together.
  • He’s a jealous man, which I think is adorable (although this can also be a negative factor too).
  • He’s a good senpai (to Yoshinari).
  • His vows are sacred. In his route, he initially believed that the heroine is worth dying for but in the end realized that she’s also worth living for.
  • He texts with emojis. (ノ´ヮ`)ノ*: ・゚
  • Out of everyone in Collar x Malice, Kei Okazaki maxes your chances of survival. Best boy (imo).

 

Negative Points ┐(︶▽︶)┌

  • He’s a weirdo at first glance. (He’s my lovely weirdo)
  • He sleeps just about anywhere. In back alleys, outside the detective agency, outside Ichika’s apartment, in the park.
  • Despite acting nice, Kei’s attitude can often turn harsh. He reveals early on that he would give Ichika up for the sake of his duty without blinking an eye.
  • He loves bizarre flavored food such as chocolate-covered cucumbers, sea grape marshmallows, and roe-flavored biscuits because it piques his interests.
  • He’s a harsh senpai (to Yoshinari, poor guy!)
  • He admits that he lies all the time for the sake of successfully fulfilling his SP duties. Although in his route he did have a hard time lying to the heroine.
  • He’s looking for a honorable way to die.
  • He WANTS to die for you. (︶︹︺)
  • In one of his bad endings, he wanted to commit suicide because he failed to protect the heroine.
  • He easily risks his life away for the sake of protecting someone he thinks worthy of it.
  • He’s a jealous man. He got jealous of Aiji in his after story and got peeved with Shiraishi teasing the heroine in his route.

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Character Song
Out of all the character songs in Collar x Malice, Kei and Aiji’s stuck to me greatly. Kei’s theme is just so cute, i love it! Props to Yuki Kaji’s adorable singing voice.

 

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Wait…. Did I just rated this man a perfect ten?! Oh ho ho ho
So, I may be bias on this score (cackles) but I really think Kei’s route in CxM was the steamiest! His after story made it obvious that he and Ichika probably did it more than a few times all throughout their relationship.

Four Leaf Clover ~ Mineo Enomoto Review

CXM ENOMOTO

MINEO ENOMOTO
Visual Novel: Collar x Malice
Age: 23
Hobbies: Reading books about Toshizou Hijikata and “100 Heart-jerking Love Confessions”
Likes: Sengoku Period, Field Work, Pudding♥
VA: Soma Saito

Click for his walkthrough here.
Click for Collar x Malice game review here.

Character Background
Mineo is the comical relief of the bunch. He’s often seen butting heads with Sazasuka and is sometimes treated as an errand boy for both Aiji and Takeru. He may be considered to have the weakest aptitude when it comes to the X-Day investigations but he has the knack for pursuing cases until the end, once he’s made up his mind about it. Before he quit his job as a police officer, he was previously assigned in Shinjuku ‘s Field Operations Team and was considered one of the best in their department due to his speed and audacity.  A promotion was in line in his career prior to his resignation.

His Trademark: He wears an eye patch to resemble his Sengoku warlord idol, Date Masamune.

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Personality
Mineo tends to be very shy and unsociable when it comes to women. He is honest to a fault and is able to charm and befriend people very quickly. He demonstrates his likability when he befriends Hanako Kobayashi “Hana” (in his route) and Kazuki Hoshino, Ichika’s brother (both in his route and Shiraishi’s). Mineo can also get a little clumsy when it comes to his social cues as he has the tendency to blurt out his thoughts without meaning to and sometimes ends up saying too much.

 

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Relationship with the Heroine
His romantic exchange with Ichika is as light-hearted as his route. Mineo’s story was filled with a couple of adorable instances where we see him blush because of Ichika’s straightforwardness. It’s very cute. He felt like a high school sweetheart.♥

It was also because of Ichika that he was finally able to pursue the April and May X-Day cases. This guy needs a little push for motivation.

 

ENOMOTO’S ROUTE
Mineo is the perfect first route to take in Collar x Malice for the reason that his story offers very few spoilers of the game’s underlying plot line. There were very few revealed information regarding the X-Day cases as a whole in his story, that it almost felt like it was literally shrugged off at the end (this cliffhanger however, was explained in Aiji’s route). His story pacing was also very slow when comparing it to others.

Although, I personally enjoyed Enomoto’s route as a whole, there were a few pros and cons that were notable during his events.

Positive Points \(^▽^)/

  • The fact that Enomoto knows and accepts that he’s the least useful guy around in the group when it comes to the X-Day investigations.
  • The sibling relationship between Ichika and her brother Kazuki in this route was very pragmatic that it felt so real. One of my favorite highlights in Enomoto’s route was the ups and downs of Ichika’s bonding with her little brother.
  • Mineo greatly respects his superiors and always have this genuine faith in them no matter the circumstances.
  • Enomoto is a true gentleman for offering Ichika a piggyback ride when she twisted her ankle running after him.
  • He has the strongest bond and is the closest to Kazuki, the protagonist’s little brother compared to the other guys (in their routes).
  • Mineo profoundly appreciates and respects Yanagi as his “senpai“. He also praises him all the time for Aiji’s exemplary cooking skills.
  • His love for pudding and how he gets excited to have some is just too adorable for words.
  • Him losing it, when the thugs attempted to make Ichika strip in public. I find it sweet when~He wanted to beat them up to a pulp.image
  • His unconventional sense of style~ He’s the only one who wears a printed shirt inside. He wears an eyepatch and carries a paper fan as his trademark. He also wears a standard yukata in his (extra) story.

Negative Points ┐(︶▽︶)┌

  • It took him a while to put his trust on Ichika that half of his route was spent on the heroine stubbornly pursuing to become partners with him.
  • He easily loses his temper when provoked, humiliating himself in the end.
  • If it wasn’t for Ichika’s determination, Mineo would’ve never pursued the X-Day Investigations seriously.
  • He can’t say ‘NO’ when his masculinity is in question. Because of this, Okazaki ended up tagging along on his supposed-to-be lunch date with Ichika.
  • Dwells a lot on self-loathing.
  • Why is he living at Aiji’s apartment/office, doesn’t he have a place of his own?image

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Some Thoughts
I kinda feel that Mineo was a well fit match for Ichika since they are very alike in personality. He also doesn’t have too many issues, he’s not a jerk to her and he already has Kazuki’s approval. Both their tenacity and unwavering sense of determination is a perfect common ground. It’s a cute relationship, one that can last long as I see it.

 

Character Song
I think Mineo’s character song is as jolly as his personality, don’t you think? It’s so fitting! ^^

 

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For this route’s sexy meter, I’ll give it an overall 7/10 score. Although it was the least appealing/sexy route compared to others in Collar x Malice, I still enjoyed his story to the fullest. Mineo is a very sweet and loving character. His honesty was his winning factor, but he needs improvement (not to mention, will power) when it comes to making women swoon. Perhaps he really needed his “100 Heart-jerking Love Confessions” book after all. image

 

To Fight for Eternity ~ Yukimura Sanada – Ikemen Sengoku Review

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Note: I started writing this review while I was in the middle of playing Yukimura’s route. Now that I’ve finished both his endings, I don’t think I will ever get over this character! Even now that I’m playing another route in Ikesen, my heart still aches everytime I see him pop out as a side character on my screen, Cybird what have you done to me!!!!image

 

*Deep Breath* Ahh Yuki… my lovely tsundere bae Yuki, where do I even begin with you. Yukimura was my third route in Ikemen Sengoku. As someone who started on routes involving very dominant Azuchi warlords (Nobunaga as my first and Masamune, second), playing Yukimura’s story was definitely a different experience. If I had to stereotype his character, Yukimura would be one of those guys that sends you mixed signals, you just couldn’t tell what’s on his mind. This guy is a handful and it’s solely up to you to figure him out and to keep up with the chase.

I guess I’m one of the few who enjoys chasing after difficult men, lmao! image So it was easy for me to relate to the MC’s feelings in Yuki’s story. This guy totally drove me crazy, gave me so much angst and sent my emotions on a whirl… Still, I couldn’t get enough of him!

 

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Warning:  If you have not played nor finished Yukimura’s route, only proceed if you don’t mind reading major spoilers from the game. Thanks! image

Disclaimer: All Ikesen images used below are screenshots from the game, Ikemen Sengoku originally owned by Cybird.

 

You owe him your life more than once
You first encounter this dashing man when he rescued you from falling off a cliff (Prologue Story). In his route, you get to meet him again in Azuchi where he introduced himself as a travelling merchant. During your second meeting with him, you were both cornered by a band of mean bandits where he ends up rescuing you again after he effortlessly beat up those nasty thugs.

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Complicated Introductions
Both of you lied about each other’s true identities. While he posed as a travelling merchant, giving you only the first two syllables of his name (Yuki), you’ve also made it more complicated by telling him your made up story of being a seamstress who found a job in Azuchi, when you’re actually Nobunaga’s chatelaine.

Your first date was too good for words (Premium Story)
So you decided to go to a shrine festival one day with Yuki, after he ‘awkwardly‘ invited you.image As the date went smooth, you realized that you’ve fallen for him, completely. You wanted to tell him how you feel and that you cared for him so much but the words just struggled to come out of your mouth. You ended up staring at him making this pitiful face which apparently turned him on.

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After seeing your cute face that got him all fired up, he started striding away from the festival crowd holding your hand tight and dragging you along with him. He lead you to a quiet grove of sacred trees and you realized that both of you are now alone.. You started asking him questions but he leans in for a kiss instead! OMG YASS! image

…But the fireworks from the festival interrupted his (kissing) moment and you got distracted for a bit. Although, this really didn’t stopped him from doing what he intended to do…!image

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Your first kiss with him under the fireworks was utterly amazing! ❤

 

…And it didn’t stopped him from wanting more either! nyan! image

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Realizing that both of you had to part ways after, he told you to meet with him the next day at the same place and he’ll tell you something really important.

Actually, if it’s too important why not say it now?!! Really now, this guy drives you cuckoo!

Unexpected Encounters
As war unexpectedly approached too soon. Both the Oda forces and Takeda-Uesugi combined had to head out to battle soon. That said, Yuki had to go abrubtly, leaving you with only a love letter tied in a tree telling you he’s sorry and that he’ll come see you soon. But then your stud boss wants you to march to battle with him with the belief that you will bring him good luck.  Err…thanks Nobu! image

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Soon after, you met with Yukimura on the battlefield where he clashed swords with your boss in front of you. (Surprise! He’s not a merchant after all, but your hottie enemy warlord!)

…And ofc you decided to go on a secret rendezvous with him the night after. Guess where he takes you? *drum rolls* the woods!!! 

At this point, I’m starting to think that Yukimura may have some forest-kink in him or something idk! haha!image

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He confronts you about your real identity and how both of you are now sworn enemies. You tell him that’s not true as you don’t consider him your foe but your potential lover and confessed your true feelings for him…  It’s now or never! Go git it gurl! 

…next thing you know you are laying on the grass with him on top of you!image

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OH MY LORD! *sweats like a sinner on church*

As your heated bodies became one that night, you eventually fell asleep with him in the forest, naked!

Next morning, he became a total jerk!
You woke up lying silly on the grass in the middle of the sacred trees all alone, feeling betrayed and used.

Did I just let this dude bang me in the woods last night & then he chooses to abandon me  the morning after!???!  I felt like a total slut! 

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So you hurried your little self back to the Oda camp before everyone finds out your lil’night swing with the enemy but then you ran in to your ninja friend Sasuke. image

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Sneaking back into Nobunaga’s camp the morning after Yukimura rawed you in the woods but you run into Sasuke

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To make matters worse, Sasuke gives you a reality check, as if making your situation any better… no it doesn’t! …but thanks anyway Sasuke!

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OUCH! Rub it in why don’t ya?!

But as a concerned friend, he tells you, he can set you and Yukimura up for another quick secret meeting later today… and that’s all you really need to get your broken heart patched up. Then again, it’s easier said than done.image

 

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Ngl, imagethis got me sobbing for a hot minute. I am really feeling MC’s plight on this one. I didn’t even cared how he never said sorry for leaving you alone after what transpired in the woods last night…nor even brought it up. Seeing Yukimura say his last goodbye so casually breaks my heart into pieces!

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Something to think about
What I really like about the the MC in Yukimura’s route was of how persistent she is and how she never gave up trying to win his man’s heart. It really goes to show how she’s totally head over heels in love with her dignified crimson warrior.  I mean, I don’t blame her… if I were in her shoes, I would probably do the same thing, perhaps even more desperate?! HAHAHAHA! image

Star-Crossed Lovers?
Your romance with Yukimura’s is one good example of the archetypal star-crossed lovers, image(with a little bit of twist). The odds were clearly against your relationship from the start knowing both your sides are enemies in the battlefield and to make matters worse, you are not from his time, all the more making your romantic relationship with him incredibly difficult.

But as good things come to those who never give up. Your perseverance from chasing after him paid off. Your reward? His eternal love. image

 

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Anime Characters (Reverse Harem) similar to Yukimura
While I was playing Yukimura’s route, I couldn’t help but notice his characteristics are little bit similar to Fushigi Yuugi’s lead guy, Tamahome. Personally, I am not a fan of Tama in the series but I do love the FS saga to heart. He starts off really doubtful with his relationship with you, gets easily discouraged knowing both of you can never be together. Tries to break up with you a few times without saying a single explanation although his actions speaks otherwise; gets intimate with you before saying his last goodbye. It’s the same pattern Tamahome had towards his love interest, Mi-chan at the start of the (FS) series.

 

 

From the get go, these type of characters are very hard to keep up with, they are torn between their principles in life versus their happiness.  The key to win their heart is to chase after them, giving them your all, tooth and nail image and never giving up on them no matter the circumstances… With this, you place them on a spellbound where they fall MADLY in love with you after. image

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I was fighting the urge of giving Yukimura the perfect 10 for his sexy meter but just so I’m not biased image lol, I believe he is suited a rating of 9. He’s not only physically well built and handsome but the fact that he gets turned on at you and does not mind doing it out in the open (in the forest, in the woods, in the ruins lmao) image goes to show how he’s always  in the mood for some lovin’ and I find that really hot. Too hot.