Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku Review (Nintendo Switch)

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AYAKASHI KOI GIKYOKU

Release Date: August 2, 2018 (North America)
Developers: OperaHouse Inc.
Publishers: OperaHouse Inc., DIGIMERCE
Platforms:  Nintendo Switch
ESRB Rating: M(Mature)

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Prologue
You were invited by your cousin to watch a live concert by a Visual Kei band called FOX EAR. As the band members stepped onto the stage and played their music, Your magatama (tear shaped pendant), an ornament you’ve inherited from your ancestors that was passed around for generations started to give off a strange massive light. You fell unconscious during the sudden turn of events and eventually found yourself waking up in the backstage surrounded by five handsome fox dudes. Apparently the members of FOX EARS are real life mythical creatures and they’ve come to take the magatama from you. OH NO! …But instead of taking it by force, they’ve decided to make you fall for them so you can surrender the magatama at your own will and pace. Who will you choose to fall in love & trust the powers of the magatama with? The decision lies in your hands.. (⁎˃ᆺ˂)

 

Alright, so I’m gonna cut to the chase and say, playing this game made me appreciate The Charming Empire more. That game may have weak content, but the localisation was pristine. This one however, hit rock bottom.

 

LOCALISATION WAS A COMPLETE MESS! (╬ Ò﹏Ó)

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I’m talking about broken english that appears to come from a machine translation. The grammar and sentence structure doesn’t make sense at all. It’s a shame since the fluff content of this game is pretty normal and the VAs were top tier. However, incorporating it with horrible translations defeats the purpose of enjoying a visual novel in general.

The game allows you to choose a language to play it with at the start though, so if you know kanji, I strongly recommend playing it in Japanese instead, (It’s less painful that way)…

 

ART AND MUSIC
I like how each of the characters have their own theme (bgms) that seem to match their personalities. Keisuke’s smooth jazzy theme was my fav. ( ´ ω ` ). The artwork was also worthy of praise, imo. I think it is fairly above average compared to other recent otome projects these days. Heck, I even liked this game’s trailer.

Voice Acting

Daisuke Hirakawa “Keisuke” – Saint Germian (Code Realize), Tower Overlord (Psychedelica AH), Zain (Period Cube), Laito (Diabolik Lovers)

Ryouhei Kimura “Kasumi” Shiraishi (Collar x Malice), Kou (Diabolik Lovers), Ukai Shougo (Nil Admirari), Roche (Neo Angelique Abyss)

Natsuki Hanae “Yuki” Libera (Period Cube), Akito Sera (Collar x Malice), Satoru (Bad Apple Wars), Jonah (Ikerev)

Mamoru Miyano “Akito” Hachiro Iba♥ (Hakuoki), Tokiya (Utapri), Sou Tamaki (Ouran High School Host Club), Light Yagami (Death Note), Tamahome (Suzaku Ibun)

Shinnosuke Tachibana “Kousei” Louis Howard (Midnight Cinderella), White Mask (Bad Apple Wars), Tomoe♥ (Kamisama Kiss)

 

Main Characters and Walkthroughs
Story wise, I would recommend playing the routes in the order below.

1)Kousei
2)Kasumi
3)Yuki
4)Keisuke
5)Akito

 

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KOUSEI

  • Bassist
  • Tsundere
  • Best cook

Kousei / Kosei plays the bass guitar of the band FOX EAR. He’s also the band’s leader lol I actually thought it was Akito since he’s the ‘lead’ vocalist/guitarist but eh, it’s actually Kousei, surprise! The fact that this info was dumped almost at the end chapters of his story had my face twitching like (⊙_⊙) haha. Kosei also possess a very stiff and perfectionist attitude where he can lose his cool at times.

In his route, Kousei puts a lot of pressure on himself & tries his absolute best when it comes to writing songs and creating new music for the band. It was revealed in the middle of his story that this attitude stems from being raised by very uptight (fox) parents, who hates humans and who’s always comparing him to Akito. During his events, you, as the heroine tried to support him and make him rely on the other band members more rather than carry his burdens on his own.

I liked Kousei as a character, his tsundere nature was charming for the most part. His route however, didn’t really make sense to me. There was a point in his story where several conflicts were all piled up together and was resolved in the most stupid fashion ever… And as much as I wanted to expound on this, I fear that this review will only get more confusing because this whole route was totally bemusing as hell!  It was not good. Top it off with horrible translation, finishing this route became a nightmare! ヽ( `д´*)ノ  The CGs were nice though!

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KASUMI

  • Rhythm guitarist
  • Sweet Gentleman
  • Akito’s sickly twin brother

Kasumi plays the rhythm guitar in the band. He’s Akito’s younger brother who’s always looking out for your best interest. Unlike his older twin bro, (who’s got no chill lol) Kasumi is always calm and composed. Almost the perfect gentleman. His downside is that he was born with a weak body who can’t control his massive power inside.

I enjoyed Kasumi’s character build up. The fluff content at the beginning of his route was really adorable and I love hearing Ryohei’s gentle voice. His route on the other hand wasn’t any better than Kousei’s. In his story, Kasumi became really sick and weak and the only way to save him is for you to marry his brother Akito so he can use the magatama as the next chief of the fox village to save Kasumi’s health as well as make their village prosper. Kasumi, who wasn’t in favor of your arranged marriage with his oniisan, kidnapped you (with consent lol), took you to an abandoned shack in the middle of the woods and asked you to stay with him there until his last breath. This angsty conflict was resolved by you wishing hard on the magatama to keep Kasumi well and alive. The magatama, (knowing how much you love Kasumi), responds to your prayer by granting him a vigorous health the next day. You went back to the village with him and he arranges a meeting with his parents and Akito and they all agree to make Kasumi the next village chief and your new husband, and both of you lived happily ever after. Wow, okay! so now comes the question…; why did you ever agreed to marry Akito, when you could’ve just talked it out in the first place? Beats me! It’s as if this wrench was thrown out there in the open just to have a stupid conflict that can be merely resolved by common sense! lol 

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YUKI / “U/KI”

  • Drummer
  • Cheerful
  • bipolar

First of all, the main character’s original name is YUKI, but for some reason the english translation thinks it’s cool to replace “Yu” with “U/” …YESS “U/ki” is more trendy and fresh!! lmao.

Yuki plays the drums in the band. He is one cheerful persona and is also known to be a “genius” among the members of FOX EAR (he’s good in composing songs and writing lyrics on a whim). One interesting factor about Yuki is his split personality where he can be friendly to you at one point and in a split second becomes really ill-tempered and grumpy.

In the early part of his route, Yuki is revealed to be a half fox and half human. Because he’s not pure-blooded, it is quite difficult for him to contain his mythical powers. Hence explaining his bipolar tendency. As a temporary remedy, Yuki tries to control his powers through kendo training, to keep his wild side in check. But whenever he spends time with you, he struggles in keeping his emotions straight and goes into a frenzy of outrage after getting upset or jealous over other guys acting sweet towards you. Because he’s in a constant battle with himself every time, he tries to distance himself from you, afraid that he might hurt you in the long run. Nevertheless, you were able to confront him with this issue through the help of your trustee magatama.

The conflict in his story arises, when the elders of the fox village decided to meddle in your relationship with Yuki, saying things like ‘they cannot accept a half fox to receive the power of the magatama’. They went as far as putting up a fight with everyone and eventually took Yuki to the fox village and imprisoned him in the dungeons. With the help of all the members in Fox Ear, you were able to get to Yuki’s prison cell and managed to come face to face with one of the fox elders. By praying  hard on the magatama you unknowingly summoned/ unsealed the great fox inside it and him being the great fox  and all confronted the elders, telling them they shouldn’t degrade someone just because he is half fox. The elders said they’re sorry and eventually let go of Yuki. You and Yuki went back to the human world safe and sound and lived happily ever after. OK, I’m not sure if this resolved Yuki’s uncontrollable powers though, it wasn’t really clear to me but given that the fox ancestor of the magatama was unsealed, I guess this cured Yuki’s problem too? ┐(︶▽︶)┌

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KEISUKE / “K-SUKE”

  • Keyboardist
  • Mysterious
  • White fox

Keisuke is the keyboardist of FOX EAR. He is a happy-go-lucky character and acts as an older brother to the rest of the band members. Besides his mysterious personality, Keisuke is also a big flirt and will always tease you every chance he gets.

The real conflict in his route began when Pierose, another Visual Kei band consisting of other mythical creatures; raccoon, snake, cat and a lion?? came into the picture and threw shade at Keisuke in front of the other band members. Here, they revealed that Keisuke is actually a white fox who’s been working together with a human master. Im just gonna assume they meant, he’s the ‘kitsune’ shrine familiar? By working with humans, you are branded as a traitor to your fellow fox citizens. Now that his dark past was revealed, everyone was left with a sour taste in their mouth and they (the rest of FOX EAR) eventually decided to kick Keisuke out of the band and told him not to go near you nor the magatama. Some friendship huh? 

Anyway, a couple of flashbacks were shown consecutively about how “Byakuya” (the fox ancestor who was sealed in the magatama) and your ancestor, the Ying Yang master met. These scenes give you a clearer picture on what actually went down a thousand years ago (hint: they are this game’s OTP). The flashbacks also explained who Keisuke really was and how he became the white fox who worked along side your ancestors. I’m not gonna go into full detail on these events because of too many spoilers… Though I have to say, this route was REALLY angsty but lol I’ve actually quite enjoyed it. (Surprisingly) haha.

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AKITO

  • Lead guitarist
  • Needs to get some chill
  • Jerk

BAHH! Okay last route, I can’t believe I’m almost done writing this review. Tbh it really hurts my head whenever I try to recollect the events of this game…(×﹏×)

So Akito plays the lead guitar of FOX EAR. He’s also the most unfriendly among the band members and he absolutely detest human beings. He was raised to believe that humans are sly creatures that cannot be trusted. He acts like a jerk towards you but because of your persistent attitude of wanting to get to know him, he starts warming up to you and eventually falls in love. You see, this dude’s a tsundere by nature. lol

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In his story, Pierose, who wanted to break FOX EAR’s career, kidnapped you by luring you into Akito’s apartment during one of their live concerts. Despite being warned not to go out on your own nor trust anyone, just like most regular MCs who lead themselves to slaughter, you took Pierose’s bait. The instant you reached Akito’s apartment,  the mythical cat (one of Pierose’s member) catches you by surprise and ties you up to keep you from moving. To add insult to injury, he magically transports you to the concert location of FOX EAR, suspends you in mid air and makes you fall on stage. Akito, seeing the love of his life is at the brink of death, used his powers and jumped so high from the stage to catch you, preventing you from hitting the ground. He does this in front of thousands of people – so now everyone started freaking out saying “FOX EAR are monsters!” Rofl. I don’t really get this part, they could’ve just told everyone off that it was all an act but since they needed some conflict in this story, this was apparently necessary lol.

Eventually the band broke up and everyone was in hiding. You on the other hand ended up with Akito in a small shack in the middle of the woods. This was a good 2-3 weeks after the controversy. Both of ya’ll try to live as lowkey as possible (e.g. you doing the laundry by the river and Akito chops some firewood lol) when another conflict occurs as Keisuke suddenly appears, threatens to hurt you and forces Akito to unseal “Byakuya” the fox ancestor in your magatama. Akito, who’s now madly in love with you was like “don’t hurt her” so he goes and break the seal and in an instant he was overflowing with uncontrollable power and the only way to stop it is for you to seal it again through a holy arrow. Keisuke helps you with this but also tells you that the fox village will go extinct ones Byakuya is sealed again. You thought about it for a moment but then you realized how much you love Akito and you don’t wanna be separated from him so you decided to go with the plan and shot the magic arrow to Akito’s heart sealing the fox ancestor, turning back everything to normal again. His ending involves both ya’ll together with Keisuke thinking of ways to revive the fox village. (Hint: Akito wants to have lots and lots of fox babies w/ you lol). 

 

 

TRAILER

 

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS (҂ `з´ )
So I really wanted to give this game the benefit of the doubt because maybe if the english localisation was done properly, it wouldn’t have been such a horrible experience. But lol, shit happens.image 

Play time would be a good 2 hours to finish one whole route. Though to be honest, I had wished it was shorter as I feel like some of the content were kind of forced and completely unnecessary. They did established a good amount of fluff to get you connected with the characters but I just couldn’t take the forced angst. I have twitched my eyebrows on this a couple of times, It REALLY wasn’t necessary AT ALL.image I like that they made use of the usual Japanese folklore about kitsunes, shrine familiars and mythical creatures… but how it was initiated was all over the place! image The only thing good about this game was the voice acting, but that is to be expected since they have an A cast of top ranking seiyuus.

I do not recommend this game to anyone. Really. Don’t buy this game. Maybe if you know Japanese, then you’ll probably have an itty-bitty chance of enjoying  it (though I highly doubt since the content wasn’t that great either). English translation is completely trash, I’m sorry – I actually feel bad for saying this, but it’s true. It’s not playable at all. Save your 24 bux for something else, this game is not worth it. If you really want to spend that money get OKAMI HD instead, or spend dat doe to an all you can eat sushi buffet, get a bowl of ramen, idk!  haha, just… save yourself from this nightmare.

 

Chlo’s Rating: 3/10

Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku – Keisuke Walkthrough

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KEISUKE / “K-SUKE”
Note: This walkthrough leads to the character’s Happy Ending. To unlock the Normal Ending, simply choose the opposite choices.

 

EPISODE 1
-Is the tea good?
-I am not tired

 

EPISODE 2
-I don’t see any empty bottles

 

EPISODE 3
-Close my eyes and draw

 

EPISODE 4
-You’re kind

 

EPISODE 5
-We don’t know that’s true

 

EPISODE 6
-I’ll stay with you

 

EPISODE 7
-Please forget about it

 

EPISODE 8
-Have I done something?

 

EPISODE 9
-Thank you very much
-Stay still

 

EPISODE 10
-K-suke isn’t enemy

 

EPISODE 11
-I’ll stop him

 

EPISODE 12
-What are you talking about

 

EPISODE 13
-I think it was you

 

EPISODE 14
-Talk to him again

 

EPISODE 15
(Happy Ending)

Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku – Yuki Walkthrough

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YUKI / “U/KI”
Note: 
This walkthrough leads to the character’s Happy Ending. To unlock the Normal Ending, simply choose the opposite choices.

 

EPISODE 1
-U/ki

 

EPISODE 2
-Ask him what’s wrong
-Nod without saying

 

EPISODE 3
-I like him

 

EPISODE 4
-It does

 

EPISODE 5
-I’ll forgive you
-Say get out to Pierose

 

EPISODE 6
-I want to go
-I trust you so please use

 

EPISODE 7
-You’re making me embarrassed
-Just calm down

 

EPISODE 8
-that’s not troble (lol)

 

EPISODE 9
-I can

 

EPISODE 10
-Are you calm now

 

EPISODE 11
-Say that’s enough

 

EPISODE 12
-This time let’s do it together

 

EPISODE 13
-Act sour towards him
-Resist to K-suke

 

EPISODE 14
-I like you the way you are

 

EPISODE 15
(Happy Ending)

Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku – Kasumi Walkthrough

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KASUMI
Note: This walkthrough leads to the character’s Happy Ending. To unlock the Normal Ending, simply choose the opposite choices.

 

EPISODE 1
-I really want to help

 

EPISODE 2
-Nothing
-Ask him if it’s disturbing

 

EPISODE 3
-You sigh a lot these days

 

EPISODE 4
-I’m glad I know about magatama

 

EPISODE 5
-Don’t say crazy things like that

 

EPISODE 6
-I’m your manager, so I can’t take it

 

EPISODE 7
-Did you hear me talking to myself?

 

EPISODE 8
-Is there anything I can do for you

 

EPISODE 9
-Sure

 

EPISODE 10
-Where are we going?

 

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-It’s not good to have a battle

 

EPISODE 12
-Look for a different way

 

EPISODE 13
-Umm

 

EPISODE 14
-I care very much about Kasumi

 

EPISODE 15
(Happy Ending)

 

Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku – Kousei Walkthrough

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KOUSEI 
Note: 
This walkthrough leads to the character’s Happy Ending. To unlock the Normal Ending, simply choose the opposite choices.

 

EPISODE 1
-Alright

 

EPISODE 2
-Ran After Him

 

EPISODE 3
-You’re Kind

 

EPISODE 4
-I’ll go with you

 

EPISODE 5
-I should get a helmet
-Jump in front of Kosei

 

EPISODE 6
-Is that…

 

EPISODE 7
-Huh you can make an omelette?

 

EPISODE 8
-Are you alright

 

EPISODE 9
-I’ll be loving your music

 

EPISODE 10
-Thank you

 

EPISODE 11
-Kosei!!

 

EPSIODE 12
-Sure

 

EPISODE 13
-I want to stay with you

 

EPISODE 14
-Get me out from here

 

EPISODE 15
(Happy Ending)

 

Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku is out on the Nintendo Switch

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Game Title: Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku (Yokai Love Play)
Release Date: Aug. 2, 2018 (North America)
Developers:
OperaHouse Corporation
Publishers: 
DIGIMERCE

Edit: Please read my Review for Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku before you decide to buy this game! Thanks! 😉

Great news otoge fans! We have another english otome title released for the Nintendo Switch.

Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku’s switch port was initially released by Operhouse Corporation last April 26, 2018 in Japan. Now thanks to DIGIMERCE Intl. we are finally getting  this game’s localized version.

Click here for Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku downloadable content (Nintendo Eshop).

Story (From Nintendo Switch Eshop)

When the stars and the moon appeared in the sky――.
You went to visit the concert hall where the lower note echoes rhythmically with vibration. Tonight, the one playing music is the Visual-Kei band “FOX EAR”. All 5 unique members are wearing a fox ear.Once you hear their voices, the magatama (comma-shaped beads) that you have on your neck beams out the light. This dazzling light made me lose my consciousness and taken back to “FOX EAR” ’s dressing room. As they pressure you to give them the magatama, but as magatama seems out the light again as if to protect you……。

Although the 5 members noticed that they can’t take it by force, they tried to make you fall for them to get magatama.

Heh, I kinda wish the game’s synopsis was translated better, but eh ┐(︶▽︶)┌  who cares! rofl. Another thing that got me really excited with this game was the voice acting from my favorite seiyus; Daisuke Hirakawa (voice of Saint Germain – CR), Ryohei Kimura (voice of Shiraishi – CxM), and Natsuki Hanae (voice of Libera in PCube / Akito Sera in CxM).

This link shows you some upcoming otome titles developed by OperaHouse to be released on the Nintendo Switch eshop (Japan). So we’ll be looking out for its english releases anytime soon.

  • Vinculum Hearts (Japan release date – Aug. 2)
  • Gakuen Club (Upcoming)
  • Spiral Memoria (Upcoming)