Code Realize: Wintertide Miracles Review

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CODE REALIZE: WINTERTIDE MIRACLES

Release Date:  February 14, 2019 (North America)
Developers:  Idea Factory, Otomate
Publishers:  Aksys Games
Platforms:  PS Vita, PS4
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

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I literally took my time playing this FD, knowing it’s the last (physical) otome game that will ever grace localization in the PS Vita.

Code Realize: Wintertide Miracles (Shirogane no Kiseki) is the second fandisc of the series, Code Realize. This game contains varieties of alternate and after stories that happened after the events of the last fandisc, Future Blessings.

 

This fandisc contains the following stories:

  • Cantarella (Side Story) – Walkthrough available here.
  • Finis’s Epilogue
  • Sholme’s Epilogue
  • Love Triangle Stories (Short Stories)
  • Wintertide Miracles “First Christmas” (Alternate Stories)
  • Special Epilogues (Epilogues for White Rose’s stories in Future Blessings)

 

ART AND MUSIC
I know this is probably redundant as I’ve gushed about it a few times in my reviews for Guardian of Rebirth and Future Blessings. But, the artist Miko has done it again! I could not for the life of me, describe how incredibly beautiful the CGs are for this fandisc. There were also new sprites available for all the main and side characters, wearing their cozy winter outfits. Even Queen Victoria gets a new sprite wearing her expensive royal fur faux garb!

What I also loved about this fandisc were the new BGMs added for the series, they were all unforgettable and were specially made for the game’s Yuletide theme. One song that really stood out to me was the second Ending theme (Finis’ and Sholmes’ ED) “Beside You” by the artist SHOJI. Listen to the full track below:

***I purchased the whole soundtrack for Code Realize: Wintertide Miracles in iTunes. Link here.

 

NEW CHARACTERS

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Cantarella (CV: Mamiko Noto) – Fuuka (Persona 4), Kotomi Ichinose (Clannad), Inia Sestina (MuV Luv), Felicita (Arcana Famiglia), Marvis Vermilion  (Fairy Tale)

Miles Strand (CV: Keiji Fujiwara) – Kagura Mutsuki (Blazblue), Jiro Hyuuga (Binary Star), Reno (Final Fantasy), Kiriya (Senran Kagura), Sakuya Tougane (Psycho Pass)

Baron of Aiguille (CV: Sugiyama Noriaki) – Akito (Norn9), Thor (Kamigami no Asobi), Suou Hana (Ayakashi Gohan), Katsuragi Naomasa (Yunohana Spring), Kashika Galle (Cendrillon Palika)

 

SIDE STORIES AND AFTER STORIES
I did Cantarella’s route first, followed by Finis and Sholme’s epilogues, then knocked out the love triangle dates before I played the main course, that is the “First Christmas” alternate stories for Wintertide Miracles. I myself, enjoyed this play order, though I would suggest playing whatever story you feel like playing first because that’s the whole point of a fandisc! lol

 

CANTARELLA (Another Story)
This story happened somewhere in the middle of Guardian of Rebirth’s common route. On their way home, after watching a performance at the Royal Opera House, Cardia and the rest of Lupin’s gang witnessed an attempted kidnapping of the Opera House’s beloved songstress, Cantarella. They’ve managed to save her as well as send her perpetrator running for the hills. They then took Cantarella to her home for safety measures, which lead the gang to meet her so-called “father” Miles. In this story, Cardia finds a friend in Cantarella and later on, discovers her true identity as both their existence managed to connect each other’s fates.

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Just like “Lupin’s Gang’s” (side) story in Future Blessings, Cantarella’s route offers new likable characters and an interesting new plot for us to follow. Although I’ve very much enjoyed this story (for what it is), I didn’t like how the writers threw in these important characters on the third game, since canonically they don’t matter anymore as the main plot officially ended in Future Blessings. I would rather have this as an alternate story than a side story because It felt kind of unfair for Cantarella, Miles, and Auguille to get dissed like that after this little episode. lol Unless they’re planning on a third fandisc! (laughs)

Although the choices you make in Cantarella’s route, will not change the whole outcome of her story. It will, however, change a few scenes and dialogues in the game depending on the guy (main characters) your choices are inclined to. You can view my walkthrough for this route here.

 

FINIS’ EPILOGUE (After Story)
This after story took place right after the end of Finis’s route in Future Blessings. 

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Six months have passed since Cardia managed to save his little brother, Finis from the unfortunate Nautilus incident in London. During this time, both twins return to their home in Wales and spend each day cleaning and repairing their old abandoned house while enhancing their bond as siblings. Suddenly, all hell breaks loose when one of Isaac Beckford’s invention called the “Knockers” have been spotted destroying a couple of buildings in London. It was made clear in the story, that these supposed-to-be-quarantined inventions of Isaac were “wrongly” activated by accident and it is now, up to the  Beckford twins (Finis’ most especially, since he’s fully knowledgeable when it comes to their father’s inventions) to stop this heaving uproar that threatened London its peaceful days.

This was probably one of my favorite After Stories in the series. Not only we get to see Finis in his true nature, as Cardia’s adorable cinnamon roll lil’ brother. We also get to see Lupin’s Gang and the Gordon Family in action as they help out clear the disruption in the streets of London during the main incident. ***This epilogue was very heartwarming and I absolutely enjoyed seeing Finis’ soft side while he deliberately declares threats whenever one of the main bois flirts with his sister! *chuckles* (´ ω `♡)

 

HERLOCK SHOLME’S EPILOGUE (After Story)
This after story took place right after the end of Sholme’s route in Future Blessings. 

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It’s been half a year since Sholmes defeated his arch nemesis, James Moriaty (in Code realize Future Blessings). During this story, Cardia becomes part of Sholmes’ Detective agency together with his partner John Watson. The three of them fight crimes for the cause of good, even to the extent of ‘trying‘ to stop Lupin, the gentleman thief’s planned diamond heist of the prized jewel called “Mermaid’s Tear”.  Though try as they might, Lupin, as cunning as he is, still gets the upper hand and was able to escape with ease together with his genius engineer assistant, Impey. I know this was just a filler episode but it was kind of weird seeing Cardia as their enemy for once, but oh well…

Anyway, Sholmes actual main story revolved around finding a cure to Cardia’s poison.  As the Horologium still present in Cardia’s body, this fact still poses a threat that one day it will activate again, killing her along with the demise of London and its people. With this complication at hand, Sholmes gathered his A-team geniuses in the field of science and medicine; Victor Frankenstein, Dr. John Watson, Impey Barbicane and even the deviant genius scientist Nemo, who apparently now lives in a tiny cardboard box located in sewers (laughs) 😂 Poor guy! As all of them try their hardest to conduct research on a formula that will counteract the horologium’s poison, more problems seep into the picture that eventually causes Sholmes and Cardia make one life-threatening decision.

I like how Sholmes’ epilogue was narrated in a fairytale-esque kind of way. I enjoyed the story’s fluff content though, to be honest, this is probably the weakest story in the game (imo) as there really wasn’t anything “new” going on. Nonetheless, if you’re a fan of Sholmes, I’m sure you’ll have an awesome time discovering a few surprising sides of our favorite hot daddy detective. 

 

FIRST CHRISTMAS “Wintertide Miracles” (Alternate Stories)
These are “after stories” that happened right after Finis’ route in Future Blessings. It’s merely an alternate story where our heroine Cardia finds love during the Yuletide season. We get one story for every five main characters. What’s really special about these stories is that Cardia falls in love with one of the guys while his brother is alive! …THIS couldn’t be any more perfect, ❤️ I almost wished this was headcanon!

 

Spoiler Warning: I will only be posting each story’s premise but I’m putting up my spoiler banner just in case.

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Victor Frankenstein
After Isaac Beckford’s Nautilus incident that wreaked havoc in the city of London six months ago. Victor ended up opening a clinic located in the downtown part of London in order to help as many people as possible at a cheaper cost.

Victor’s main story started when one day he receives a mail from his parents in Switzerland telling him to settle down. He, in reply, told them he has no plans in getting married anytime soon but then started talking about how he’s currently interested with this ‘one girl’ and went all out writing two whole pages regarding his feelings for Cardia. (´ ε ` )♡ Without thinking of any repercussions, he sends the letter back to his parents judging its only the right thing to do as he’s speaking honestly from his heart. uwu. The next few days, he receives a reply letter from his mom saying they’re coming to London for Christmas so they can meet their son, Vic’s girlfriend. 🤣

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In result, a panicked Victor travels to Wales to ask Cardia to be his “pretend” girlfriend just for Christmas while his parents are in town. 😂

***This was by far the cutest, most endearing “First Christmas” story I’ve read among the selections and I absolutely enjoyed it to bits! Besides its overwhelming fluffy contents, we also get to see Victor introducing Cardia to his parents (in CG!).

 

Saint Germain
Six months after the Nautilus Incident, Saint Germain, visits Idea’s leader Omnibus and reports that both Finis and Cardia, Isaac Beckford’s “problematic twins” are now living peacefully in Wales as normal human beings and are no longer a threat to humanity. As one of Idea’s faithful apostle, he awaits for Omnibus next order but was surprised to hear her tell him to take a long sweet vacation instead.

Still dumbfounded by their leader’s words, Saint Germain goes back to the mansion to find something to do with his newly acquired free time but since everyone in Lupin’s gang went about their own lives after London’s incident, he was left as the only resident in his house. This made him feel lonely and he admits to himself how much he misses the rowdy group clamoring inside the premise of his mansion. What’s more, is that he longs to see the face of his beloved, who he has not seen since his last visit in Wales.

This made him decide to write invitation letters to the group for a Christmas “Get-together” party. Though unsure if his anticipated guests would actually make it to the planned event. Saint Germain waits with hopeful eyes to see the faces of his precious friends again.

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***The part where he waits for his friends actually made me tear 😭. Why are Saint Germain’s stories always melancholic? Why?! Thank goodness, this ended really REALLY happy. I would also like to gush on the fact that this is the only episode in the whole series where we get to see Guinevere outside her armor! Seriously, you absolutely can’t miss this!

 

Abraham Van Helsing
After London’s Nautilus incident, Van decides to travel with Delly all over United Kingdom in search for survivors of the Vampire War.

During their travels, the duo hears about the upcoming Christmas festival in London and decides to come home for the occasion as well as attend the gang’s Christmas party at Saint Germain’s mansion. They haven’t seen everyone in a while, so this decision made Van and Delly both excited. While at it, Delly proposes to take a side trip to Wales before coming to London and see the Beckford twins. Van agrees with him with Cardia in mind. ( ´ ▽ ` )

A few days have passed and they both arrived at Cardia and Finis’ home in Wales only to be disheartened to see the twins not being around. But with optimism as their friend, Van and Delly decided to wait. Night falls, and finally, Cardia and Finis arrived in the most unfashionable way ever (their automobile almost came crashing towards the duo) 😂 Everyone says their greetings when Cardia noticed that Van and Delly have been waiting out in the cold for too long, so she insisted they stay for the night.

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The supposed-to-be one night stay turned into days and the group eventually decided to go to London together. While still in Wales, Cardia wanted to make everyone Christmas presents in the form of knitting and Van insisted on helping her with it.

***I love this! (/▽\*) This surprising side of Van Helsing is all I ever wanted. I’m so glad to see him happy, always smiling and in his positive beaming self. It’s so refreshing! I need more happy-ray-of-sunshine Van Helsing in my life!

 

Impey Barbicane
Half a year has passed since the Nautilus incident in London and Impey visits the deviant scientist Nemo in prison from time to time as he plans to re-invent the gravity alleviator and is currently taking notes on Nemo’s advise while at it.

One day, In Saint Germain’s mansion, Saint tells Impey they received word from Van and Delly saying they’ll be back in London for Christmas. Since Lupin and Victor are already residing in the city, they decided to might as well invite Cardia and Finis in order for the gang to reunite once more this Yuletide season.

Meanwhile, in Wales, Cardia, (while fixing their automobile) thinks of how Impey’s constant declaration of love for her makes her heart feel woozy. She gets confused because she’s sure she loves Impey back but also “loves” the other members of Lupin’ s gang as well as her brother Finis. With this train of thought, she pesters her little bro and forced him to say the phrase “I love you” (to her), to which a blushing Finis, with all the effort, reluctantly did. 😂 But then yo girl was like “Oh but why does it feel different when Impey says it?” 😂 😂 😂 ROFL. This was adorably hilarious! I just can’t! 😂 

Later that day, they received a package from London in the form of a miniature Impey doll with a recording of Impey, Saint Germain and Lupin’s voice telling the siblings to come home for Christmas.

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***I really enjoyed reading this one! I love how Cardia was strongly forward of wanting to explore her own feelings as she tries to discover the different meanings of “love”.  …and seeing Impey immensely blush time and again was such an awesome treat, I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear! Another plus point was that we get to see Nemo give love advises to yo boi and that, to me was the icing on the cake in this story! (laughs)

 

Arsene Lupin
After the Nautilus incident in London six months ago, Lupin is back doing his thievery schemes like the proud gentleman thief he is.

One day while on a mission to steal a prized necklace from a corrupt Duke’s estate, he ends up being chased by Leonhartd as usual and just when he was about to execute his dashing escape, he gets distracted (by thoughts of Cardia) and gets shot by a rubber bullet instead. This, not only surprised Lupin himself but his perpetrators, Leonhardt, and his men were also perplexed at how they were able to take out the famed gentleman thief in one easy shot. In the end, an injured Lupin still managed to get away as he limped his way back to safety.

Back at the mansion, Victor along with Impey confronts Lupin saying he’s not being his usual self lately and asks him to perhaps, take a rain check from work (theft missions). A week later, Saint Germain chimes in, telling him the same and suggests that perhaps he’s longing for “someone”.  Taking in the Count’s advise to heart, Lupin begins to think of Cardia and how her absence is taking a toll on him. He then concedes with his true feelings and finally admits he misses her badly and the only way to cure this yearning is to see her face to face. So he starts writing the ‘perfect’ love letter for his beloved lady. 😂

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***I must say, this after-story has the best CGs, as expected from the game’s headcanon boi. Just like Lupin’s uwu story in Future Blessings, it had its glorious romantic moments between the couple. As far as I see it, the game is clearly biased on Lupin’s story… the kabedon scene and that loooong kiss at the end, come on!  I couldn’t ask for more!

 

TRIANGLE DATES (More CGs!)
These are short stories which involve scenarios of Cardia spending her day with two main characters in the series. Although these are rather shorter stories compared to the ‘Wintertide Miracles’ selection, I was really impressed by how exceptionally good these little episodes were. You think you’ve had enough doki-dokis? Try this one on for size!

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  • Lupin and Impey pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11
  • Lupin and Van pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11
  • Lupin and Saint Germain pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11
  • Van and Impey pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11
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  • Van and Saint Germain pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11
  • Impey and Victor pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11
  • Impey and Saint Germain pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11
  • Victor and Saint Germain pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11pixel-hearts-png-11

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SPECIAL EPILOGUES
These are short epilogue stories continuing the last events of Future Blessings (White Rose). These will unlock last, after finishing all of the above’s selections.

 

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It’s been a few days and Impey hasn’t returned home after going on a work-related project (fixing airships and submarine engines in London).  Cardia was left alone in the mansion and although she knows Impey will come back soon, she thought of surprising him by gathering a lot of research documents related to their ‘moon-project’. She leaves for Wales to collect any information her father might have written in the past that can possibly help with the project. Not to ruin the surprise for her hardworking husband, she leaves a note that says “I’m going”.

Impey arrives at home, finds the note then begins to panic thinking Cardia has left him.😂 So he hurries and follows her to Wales to clear out this whole silly misunderstanding.

 

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Cardia and Lupin go on a picnic at their secret place which has a great view of the industrial city of London and Lupin suggest that it’s about time to go on a honeymoon. Next few days, he takes Cardia to his birth city, Paris. There, they visit and the grave of his master, Theophraste and both of them said their prayers. They also ran into the head of the French police whom Lupin coined as someone equivalent to ossan Leonhartd. They had everyone (French police) chase them for fun and the couple gallantly escaped in style.

 

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VAN
Cardia and Van are finally getting married and Shirley helps Cardia put on her wedding dress. Cardia decided to step outside the church so she could practice walking in her high-heel shoes when a bunch of men in black suits kidnaps her and takes her to another wedding location. There she finds an impatient man wearing a groom’s outfit who urges her to walk down the aisle with him. Cardia remembers the combat techniques her husband taught her and throws the man to the floor. Meanwhile, a worried and upset Van bursts out through the church door and started taking down the men in suits Liam Neeson style! 😂 😂 😂 Before things get worse, the gang stops Van and explains this was all a misunderstanding as the kidnappers and groom were actually actors and the bride actress never showed up for rehearsals so they thought Cardia was her by mistake.

The Moral of the Story: Don’t mess with this couple… ever! 😂

 

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VICTOR
Cardia is now working as Victor’s assistant in the Royal Society and they spend their days doing research in Victor’s lab. Though they call themselves husband and wife, they realize that they never really had an actual wedding ceremony. So Victor asks Cardia if she wants to have a proper wedding and she says yes. A few days later, they began their search for a church in London but couldn’t find any since it’s peak season. Queen Victoria, along with Leonhardt notices Victor’s sullen expression and asks him what’s wrong, Victor tells them their circumstance and a snarky Victoria promises to help him only if he can prove to her how much he really wanted the wedding. After their deal, Victor comes home later than usual as he’s working extra hard to get her beloved wife that perfect wedding she deserves. Finally, the day has come for Victor to propose to Cardia and Victoria granted them permission to use the newly renovated St. Paul’s Cathedral. They got married in front of their friends and the Queen, and Cardia couldn’t be any happier.

 

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Cardia is now free of her poison and she and Saint Germain return to London so they can hold their wedding ceremony. The Count buys the ship “Gloria” from their mafia adventures in Lupin’s Gang (Future Blessings) episode and tells her this will be their venue. A day before their promised wedding, Hansel takes Cardia to the enchanted forest and there they meet with Saint Germain and the leader of Idea herself, Omnibus. The old lady gives them her blessing, saying they will no longer be in the watchful eye of Idea and Saint Germain is now finally, freeee!  The couple both said their thanks to Omnibus. They got married in their luxurious ship the next day and all of their friends are with them happily celebrating the couple’s most special commemoration.

 

Will I be able to enjoy this game even if I haven’t played Future Blessings?
There were a lot of characters and events in Future Blessings that were present and added to this game, so I don’t think it’s a good idea to skip Future Blessings in the series. In addition, the main “Wintertide Miracles” stories continue from the last events of Finis’s route in Future Blessings, so, all the more reason not to skip the first fandisc.

Localization
There were a couple of typo mistakes that I couldn’t really overlook which makes me think that perhaps because of it’s promised released date on Valentines Day, the game was rather rushed and there wasn’t a lot of time spent dedicated solely on proofreading it. ┐(︶▽︶)┌

 

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OVERALL THOUGHTS? \(^▽^)/
My overall play length for Code Realize Wintertide Miracles was a good 10-15 hours. Despite me trying to make the game last forever for about at least, two weeks, I finished it pretty quickly because I just couldn’t get enough of it.

Cantarella’s side story was way better than the gang’s Mafia adventures in Future Blessings and I sure did wish the ‘Cantarella-characters’ would’ve made a cameo in the special epilogues, because seriouslywhat a waste of good characters to be squeezed in, on the third game. ┐(‘~` )┌

Finis wins best boi in my book. This was one of the things I really appreciated most in this FD, and I’m sure most Code Realize hardcore fans would agree. Finis’ character finally gets justice! We get to see more of his adorable side as Cardia’s little brother while maintaining his hostile and dubious personality 😂. Who would’ve thought this boy is such a tsun-tsun! ❤

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Do I recommend this game? YES (esp. to all Code Realize fans)
Take note, this game is the series’ second fandisc. So literally, one cannot play it all willy-nilly without fully playing it’s first two predecessors. Personally, I’ve enjoyed this game a lot but that’s because I’m already a huge fan of the series. Perhaps to those who aren’t into Code Realize, you probably won’t enjoy this as much.

With the production of PS Vita consoles and games, completely shutting down worldwide this year, Code Realize Wintertide Miracles was such a special treat for us otome fans ~ esp. now, where there is scarcity of otoge releases in the West.

The game’s romantic Christmas theme really took this one up a notch and the newly added side stories are really something to look forward to. If you already like Code Realize, loved it’s main casts and wished for more adventures with them, Code Realize: Wintertide Miracles is definitely worth the purchase.

 

CHLO’S RATING: 8/10

Code Realize: Wintertide Miracles – Cantarella Walkthrough

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CANTARELLA (Side Story)

  • The choices you make for this route does not change the whole outcome of Cantarella’s story.
  • Some minor scenes and dialogues will however, vary depending on the guy your choices are inclined to.

 

FIRST CHOICE:

-Go with Lupin and Victor (Choose this if you want the ending to be more inclined to Lupin or Victor)
-Go with Van Helsing, Impey and Saint Germain (Choose this if you want the ending to be more inclined to Van Helsing, Impey or Saint Germain)

 

SECOND CHOICE:

-Shopping in the city (Van Helsing)
-Inviting her to the mansion (Saint Germain)
-A tour in Buckingham Palace (Victor)
-The airshop docks (Impey)
-Somewhere outside London (Lupin)

 

THIRD CHOICE:

-The Eastern route along the wall (Lupin, Victor)
-The Western route down the narrow path (Van Helsing, Impey, Saint Germain)

 

Code Realize: Future Blessings Review

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CODE REALIZE: FUTURE BLESSINGS

Release Date:  March 30, 2018 (North America)
Developers:  Idea Factory, Otomate
Publishers:  Idea Factory, Aksys Games
Platforms:  PS Vita, PS4
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

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Code Realize: Future Blessings (first fandisc of the series, Code Realize) are varieties of After stories that took place after the events of the first game, Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth.

 

Click to read the game’s synopsis here.

 

This game contains the following stories:

  • White Rose (After Stories) – no choices
  • Lupin’s Gang (Extra Story) – no choices
  • Finis Route (Extra Story) – walkthrough available
  • Herlock Sholmes Route (Extra Story) – walkthrough available

 

ART AND MUSIC
Just like the previous game, Code Realize: Future Blessings offers beautiful artwork and character designs drawn by the popular Japanese illustrator “Miko” 

The game’s OP and ENDING theme were also arranged by the same composer (Anze Hijiri) and performed by the same artist (Mao) in Guardian of Rebirth. There are three ending themes that unlocks after playing the extra and after stories. My favorite would have to be “My Dearest” by Mao.

 

NEW CHARACTERS

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Darius Gordon (VA: Takaya Hashi ) – Lotus (Saint Seya), Kaichou (Hajime No Ippo)

Shirley Gordon (VA: Haruka Yamazaki) – HANA (Collar x Malice)

Avido Crudele (VA: Katsuyuki Konishi)Reiji (Diabolik Lovers) Xeno Gerald (Midnight Cinderella), Ritsu Kisaragi (Kiniro No Corda: Bluesky)

Hansel Hexenhaus (VA: Okamoto Nobuhiko) – Pearl (Black Wolves Saga), Hikaru (Brothers Conflict), Lancelot (Ikerev), Souda Manabo (Collar x Malice)

John H. Watson (VA: Kosuke Toriumi) – Rei Mikuni (Collar x Malice), Hideyoshi (Ikesen), Saito Hajime (Hakuoki), Shuu (Diabolik Lovers), Kagiha (Psychedelica BB)

 

Recommended play order?
I don’t think there’s one, but I’ve mostly enjoyed playing the game in the order below:

1)Lupin’s Gang
2)Finis Route
3)Herlock Sholmes Route
4)Saint Germain (White Rose)
5)Victor (White Rose)
6)Van Helsing (White Rose)
7)Impey (White Rose)

8)Lupin (White Rose)

 

EXTRA AND AFTER STORIES (SPOILER FREE)

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Another Story: Lupin’s Gang
This happened somewhere in the middle of the common route in Guardian of Rebirth. While Cardia was test driving Impey’s newly repaired automobile in the city of London, she ran into a young girl who’s being chased by the Mafia.

Although this one offers more new likable characters and a lengthy playthrough, I find it the least enjoyable among the extra treats of Future Blessings. It does, however, make a REALLY good side story. I enjoy seeing Cardia making new friends (a girl this time) and it was nice to see my CR boys in their black mafia outfits! I feel like “Lupin’s Gang” would make a good Code Realize OVA episode. One can only hope! haha

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New Characters: YES
Angst Level: NONE
Enjoyment Level: 8/10
Fan Service: 7/10

 

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Extra Story: Finis’ Route
The events in Finis’ story commenced right after the last chapter of Cardia’s common route in Guardian of Rebirth. As Cardia decided to leave Saint Germain’s mansion to return to her home in Wales, she’s surprised to find her supposed-to-be dead brother Finis waiting for her at their old abandoned house.

In this route, Cardia tries very hard to help her misguided twin brother Finis realize that they’re not just disposable living dolls but rather an individual capable of loving someone and receiving love in return. As a fan of family relationships in visual novels, I honestly enjoyed Finis’ story. It was very heartwarming and I just love their brother-sister interactions with Cardia.

New Characters: YES
Angst Level: 7/10
Enjoyment Level: 8/10
Fan Service: NONE

 

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Extra Story: Herlock Sholmes Route
Just like Finis’ route, the events of Herlock Sholmes’ story followed after the last chapter of Cardia’s common route in Guardian of Rebirth.

Since Sholmes was one of the prominent characters in the last game that left quite an impression to fans, it was so refreshing to finally play this character’s very own romanceable route. Though it may not seem up to par with the main character’s canon routes, Sholmes’ story was surprisingly good and I love that we get to see a different (clumsy yet cute) side of this lovely private detective. image

New Characters: YES
Angst Level: 8/10
Enjoyment Level: 8/10
Fan Service: 8/10

 

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After Story: White Rose
These are “After Stories” that took place right after each main characters’ true ending in Guardian of Rebirth. They do not offer choices, and the play times are rather short compared to the extra stories. You can literally finish a route in just about an hour and a half.

SAINT GERMAIN
I think Saint Germain’s story, is a good starting route for White Rose as it tells a great introductory detail about getting rid of Cardia’s poison, which pretty much where the whole plot of this after story revolves around. Although playing his route was enjoyable, it is nowhere near as happy as the other characters’ stories. *COUGH* This is Saint Germain we’re talking about here after all…(shrugs) This route, also shows Saint Germain’s possessive and jealous side which I find really adorable but somehow, melancholic at the same time.image

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New Characters: YES (Hermes Trismegistus)
Angst Level: 10/10
Enjoyment Level: 8/10
Fan Service: 8/10

 

VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN
Following Victor’s True ending in Guardian of Rebirth, where he found a cure to counteract Cardia’s poison, his after story begins with him and the heroine, both living normal lives in Saint G’s mansion. Everything was peachy smooth in this after story until a conflict occurs ~ caused by our meddling friends from Idea. Ofcourse! Sigh

While the angst level in this route was pretty up there, it did have its funny moments and I pretty much enjoyed the “wingman talks” with Queen Victoria and Leondhartd ha! I also love how this route showed strong bonds of friendship between the couple and their dear friends who are ALWAYS ready to back them up, no questions asked.

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New Characters: NO
Angst Level: 9/10
Enjoyment Level: 8/10
Fan Service: 7/10

 

VAN HELSING
Oh… boy…Oh boy…! Get ready for some intense fan girl squealing because this is all you’ll ever get from this routeimage. Van’s White Rose story was purely fan-service and I absolutely love it! ha! *CACKLES* If you’re a Van Helsing trash like myself, you will absolutely enjoy this one, if not…well, you will probably get disappointed due to this story’s lack of plot.

In this route, we’ll get to see Van taking Cardia out on a date, holding hands while window shopping for a wedding dress, lots of kissing, lots of lovey-dovey scenes between him and the heroine. We’ll also get to see their first lover’s misunderstanding where the rest of the gang tries their very best to help yo boi Helsing, be a little less emo. I have to say, I fully enjoyed Impey and Lupin’s “bro talks” and love advises as well as seeing Victor scolding our main vampire hunter not to make ‘their dear princess’ cry again. Awww.image

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We waited years to kiss this beautiful man!!!!

New Characters: NO
Angst Level: 8/10
Enjoyment Level: 9/10
Fan Service: 11/10

 

IMPEY BARBICANE
Impey’s story follows after his True Ending in Guardian of Rebirth where he furthers his research for a way to journey to the moon. Now, with the girl he loves at his side, our genius engineer is confident enough to make his long-term goal happen. However, due to a couple of snags from his “moon project,” he finds unexpected help from old acquaintances and of course his dear friends.

I expected Impey’s White Rose story to be as light-hearted and fun as his first route in Guardian of Rebirth but goodness me…! his story events in Future Blessings were beyond my expectations! It was so good that I felt the “Impey high” while playing it. haha!image Impey’s after-story was probably THE best one in this game. (imo).

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New Characters: NO
Angst Level: NONE
Enjoyment Level: 10/10
Fan Service: 10/10

 

ARSENE LUPIN
Lupin’s white rose story is split into two parts, the first one was of course, our long-awaited fan service episode where we get to see the couple’s lovey-dovey relationship after their wedding. Second was Cardia wanting to know more about her father, Isaac Beckford.

Because I am all about the fanservice in otome sequels image(laughs), I totally loved Lupin’s after story. Seeing Lupin all flustered and hearing our adorable heroine narrate her true honest feelings about the gentleman thief who stole her heart was absolutely delightful. The second after story, on the other hand, was more on justification in relation to Isaac Beckford’s actions. Although it was already hinted in Guardian of Rebirth that Isaac wasn’t really the wicked man as he was portrayed in the game. This little portion in Future Blessings showed more of his good side, it’s as if the writers are telling us “Hey don’t hate him, he was a good guy” image – straight up! lol It also showed of Cardia Beckford’s happy family which was in a way, satisfying and was technically a nice conclusion to Future Blessing’s finale.

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New Characters: NO
Angst Level: NONE
Enjoyment Level: 10/10
Fan Service: 9/10

 

DELLY’S ROOM
These are very short episodes of Delacroix II “Delly”  day to day routine living in Saint Germain’s mansion. The episodes are automatically unlocked as you play through the extra and after stories of the game.

It’s about time they give some credit to our adorable little vampire king. I love all of these short episodes, but most of all I love all the CGs that comes with it! image

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Enjoyment Level: 10/10
Fan Service: 10/10 (wait til’ you unlock Delly’s last CG!)

 

TRAILER / OPENING MOVIE:

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS?
I love it! Story-wise, it’s not as grand as the first game. Needless to say, if you’re a fan of Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth, then you won’t be disappointed with Future Blessings. All the extras and after stories were exceptionally good and all the new characters were extremely likable ~ they grow on you. I have to say this was definitely one good purchase. For its content and enjoyment level, I think this game deserves recognition as one of the better otoge fandisk localized (I mean we ain’t got a lot anyway, ya know! lol).

 

Chlo’s Rating: 8/10

Code Realize Future Blessings – Herlock Sholmes Walkthrough

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NOTE: I highly recommend finishing the first Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth, (paticularly, Van Helsing’s route) before jumping into Sholme’s story.

  • Choices in BOLD fonts leads to Happy Ending.
  • Choices in Gray fonts leads to Normal Ending.
  • Choices in Orange fonts leads to Bad Ending.

 

HERLOCK SHOLMES ROUTE

CHAPTER 1: The Private Detective

(Create a Save File 1 here)
Shoulder tackle him and escape
– Herlock Sholmes

(Create a Save File 2 here)
– Can’t go home

 

 

CHAPTER 2: Jack the Ripper
I want his help
– No need for him to help (NORMAL END)
That may be so
– That’s not it (NORMAL END)

 

 

CHAPTER 3: City of Terror
It was my own choice to say
The enemy is the bad one here (NORMAL END)

(Create a Save File 3 here)
Hold onto his hand

 

 

CHAPTER 4: The Napoleon of Crime
(Choose all)
-Lupin’s room
-Impey’s workshop
-Saint-Germain’s room
-The dining hall

I love him
– I don’t know (NORMAL END)

 

CHAPTER 5: His Last Bow
Moriarty
– No choices (NORMAL END)

 

-Happy Ending-

 

 

 

BAD ENDINGS:

Load Save File 1
– Run as fast as I can
– BAD END 1

 

Load Save File 2
– Will go home
– BAD END 2

 

Load Save File 3
– Let go of his hand
– BAD END 3

 

 

Code Realize Future Blessings – Finis Walkthrough

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NOTE: I highly recommend finishing the first Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth, before jumping into Finis’s route.

  • Choices in BOLD fonts leads to Happy Ending.
  • Choices in Gray fonts leads to Normal Ending.
  • Choices in Orange fonts leads to Bad Ending.

 

FINIS ROUTE

 

CHAPTER 1: Into the Darkness
– Not particularly
– Sentimental (NORMAL END)

(Create a Save File 1 here)
– Take his hand

 

 

CHAPTER 2: Strange Bedfellows
– Stay in the room
– Try walking outside (NORMAL END)
– Why did you make so many Finises?
-Why did you put this poison inside of me? (NORMAL END)

 

 

CHAPTER 3: Desire
-Stay here
-Run Away (NORMAL END)

 

 

CHAPTER 4: Finis
(no choices)

 

 

CHAPTER 5: Tell me the love
– Finis…
-What of the outside…? (NORMAL END)

 

-Happy Ending-

 

 

 

BAD ENDING:

Load Save File 1

-Refuse his hand
-BAD END 1

 

 

 

 

 

Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth Review

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CODE REALIZE: GUARDIAN OF REBIRTH

Release Date:  November 27, 2014 (North America)
Developers:  Idea Factory, Otomate
Publishers:  Idea Factory, Aksys Games
Platforms:  PS Vita, PS4
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

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Walkthroughs:

Impey Barbicane
Abraham Van Helsing
Victor Frankenstein
Saint Germain
Arsene Lupin

 

Steampunk! Steampunk! Steampunk!
One factor I really liked about Code Realize is its steampunk theme. The game is set to London’s 19th Century Victorian Era and all of the main characters are uniquely based on famous fictional personas in this period.

 

Read the game plot here.

 

Art and Music 
The game’s art style was phenomenally done by the artist Miko. The steampunk outfits were drawn in intricate details and I wouldn’t have it in any other way. The CGs were absolutely gorgeous! I guess one of the main treats of playing this game was unlocking all of the CG’s (including the bonus ones which I think was solely for fan-service! ha!) 

The soothing BGMs were on point during story transitions and the track “Floatable”  would have to be one of my fav. otome game OP themes. I love how its tune matches the industrial theme the game portrays. Listen to it below!

Voice Acting

“Impey” Morikubo Showtaro– Musica (Fairy Tail), Okita Souji (Hakuoki), Shikamaru (Naruto), Toa (7’scarlet)

“Van Helsing” Junichi Suwabe – Jae-ha (Akatsuki No Yona), Kaname (Brothers Conflict)

“Victor Frankenstein” Tetsuya kakihara – Shin (Amnesia), Toki Tanba (The Charming Empire), Karasuba (Psychedelica BB)

“Saint Germain” Daisuke Hirakawa- Ukyo (Brothers Conflict)Laito (Diabolik Lovers)

“Lupin” Tomoaki Maeno –  Son Hak (Akatsuki No Yona), Natsume (Brothers Conflict), Keisuke Sanjou (Collar x Malice)

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MAIN CHARACTERS
For best gaming experience, below is the recommended play order:

1) Impey
2) Van Helsing
3) Victor Frankenstein
4) Saint Germain
5) Lupin – his route only unlocks after clearing the others’ (happy ending)

 

Cardia (Best Girl) – The main protagonist is one of the best characters in the game. Her character development was so well written that it was so bracing to play her as the MC. This heroine can hold her ground during a fight (Van Helsing’s training), can sneakily escape when caught or cornered (Lupin’s training), can maneuver steam engine vehicles as well as understand their mechanics (Impey’s training), can distinguish chemical properties (through studying with Victor) and has the wit to think quick in hopeless situations or when being chased (through studying with Saint Germain).

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Unlike most otome MCs (the generic sass mouth damsel-in-distress type), Cardia is the exact opposite. She can take two or three mean punches and would still be able to get up on her feet afterwards. You go, girl!

 

IMPEY BARBICANE

  • Genius Engineer
  • the “lovable idiot”
  • Best Cook. 

Impey’s route was a nice ride. This man is just a darling of a character. Impey is usually the comic-relief of the bunch and the most energetic. Despite being badgered with playful insults by his comrades, everyone seems to respect Impey’s engineering expertise as well as his exemplary cooking skills. Impey is also the only guy among the bachelors who falls in love with our heroine, at first sight.

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I have enjoyed playing Impey’s route fully. His story was lighthearted and very refreshing and it kind of prepares you for the train wreck you’re about to experience as you, later on, jump into the game’s other routes lol. There were a few revelations regarding Impey’s character during his story, but it was a little disappointing that they didn’t go deeper into his past life. Nevertheless, his story was very well paced, action packed and it brought out the likability aspects of both his character and Cardia’s.

 

VAN HELSING

  • “The Human Weapon”
  • Unlimited Ammos
  • Worst Cook
  • Best Ass. 

Van Helsing was the last to join Lupin’s gang and Cardia’s harem. Van’s introduction in the game was perhaps one of the most intense scenes in the common route as he started as an enemy who hounded the group and threatened to kill them if they don’t surrender the “secret weapon” Lupin stole from London’s elite soldiers, (not knowing the weapon he’s referring to was Cardia all along). He reluctantly joins the group with the common goal of finding Isaac Beckford, although his main concern was initiating his plan of revenge to someone connected to Isaac and Cardia. Van Helsing is also the most distant among the group but initially opens up to his comrades in the long run. His combat skills are god-tier which basically lives up to his famous title as the “The Human Weapon“.

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Playing Van Helsing’s route was one emotional rollercoaster. At one point I got so infuriated on the fact that he kept pushing Cardia away but his reasons for doing so was thoroughly explained in the middle of his story. His character development was very well written and the story of his past life will put a pang in your heart. I loved how cute his after story was and I was thrilled to unlock his bonus story (plus CG) which I believe was the best part! *wink*

 

Victor Frankenstein

  • Best Doctor
  • Your alchemist boyfriend

Victor is a well-known alchemist who’s incredibly knowledgeable in his field. He’s sweet, adorable and exceptionally smart, it’s hard not to like him at first glance. This humble and gentle-hearted man is also the group’s reliable doctor. Despite his nonviolent nature, he is very capable of defending himself on a fight, and would most want to sacrifice himself to save the group.

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His route tells a deeper story of his past experience working for the Royal Society (under Queen Victoria) and working with Isaac Beckford himself, Cardia’s father. Because his route delved on a huge storyline, I felt that there was a lot to take in during the downpour of events. His story pacing, however, was consistently brilliant, even though I think it needed more chapters *cough*.

 

Saint Germain

  • Filthy rich
  • Mysterious

Because not much is revealed on this character other than the fact that he is exceptionally skilled in combat, (as Van Helsing remarked) and that he’s very knowledgeable around London’s routes and paths, playing Saint Germain’s story was definitely a wild treat. Brace yourself!

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I played his route not knowing what I’m in for and my god was I caught off guard or what?! It offers a whole different setting as well as the different set of new interesting characters. It felt more like a side story of the game as it touches on a new plot line (Saint Germain’s story) rather than continuing the events in the common route (Cardia’s story). I also liked how this route offered a fair amount of interactions with LupinSince the Count’s story was a little grim and darker, I think it’s a good thing to play him last, prior to unlocking Lupin.

 

Lupin

  • Dorobo Shinshi “Gentleman Thief”
  • Fashionable
  • Best Boy.

This gentleman thief was obviously the main guy our heroine’s supposed to end up with, canonically. He prides himself of his crafty skills of escapism and has a lot of clever plans up his sleeve to retort to when faced danger. During the common route, he made a promise to Cardia to grant her her wish, of wanting to touch and feel the warmth of another human being. He also promised to help her get rid of the poison in her body. In his route, He kept all his promises and did so, with style! 

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Lupin’s story was the true route in Code Realize Guardian of Rebirth. It’s where everything was put together, concluding the rest of the other character route’s cliffhangers. It’s also, the only route that had “Code Realize” as the chapter title. To put it simply, his was the grand finale.  Although I felt that his past story lacked in depth as it only touched on a few events of his life as a gentleman thief in training, I love how the romance never took a back seat in his story while it brought about the perfect conclusion of the game’s plot, all at the same time.

 

OPENING MOVIE / TRAILER

 

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS?
Code Realize would have to be one of my top fav. english visual novels. It’s one of those “play it once ~ and become a fan for life” type otome games. Its visual narratives were very much engaging and the story pacing was consistently good in every route. I fell in love with this game and I believe this masterpiece by Idea Factory and Otomate is worth your every penny.

Would I recommend this game? YES, SIR! Not only to otoge fans but also to Visual Novel junkies like myself who enjoys gorgeous art, amazing storylines, captivating bgms and very likable characters (consider the hot male sprites a plus, *cough*), Code Realize Guardian of Rebirth is for the taking!

 

Chlo’s Rating: 9/10

 

Code Realize Guardian of Rebirth – Arsene Lupin Walkthrough

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ARSENE LUPIN
The gentleman thief who stole your heart and got away with it.

 

NOTE: Lupin’s story can only be played after completing the True ends of the other bachelor’s routes.

CARDIA’S / HEROINE’S ROUTE

 

Chapter 1 (London Steam)
– Take his hand

BAD END: Refuse

– Go with Lupin
– Remain defensive

 

 

Chapter 2 (The Strongest Stalker)
– I’m going with Lupin
– Attack!

 

 

Chapter 3 (A Girl’s Education)
– Ask Lupin to teach me
– Run!
– Ask Lupin to teach me
-Remember Van Helsing’s lessons

 

 

Chapter 4 (Train Robbery)
– Agree
– Check on Lupin
– Leave the station
– Speak with Lupin

 

 

Chapter 5 (The Vampire’s Requiem)
– Think it’s a good idea
– Persuade him
– Ask about his past

 

 

Chapter 6 (Negotiated Solution)
– Run into a back alley
– Can’t let him do this!
– Stay at the hotel

 

 

Chapter 7 (The Bouyant and the Bellicose)
– I don’t really understand
– Assist with the repairs

 

 

Chapter 8 (Nobody Understands the Truth)
– You wouldn’t understand

 

(If you made the correct choices so far, you will get Lupin’s route next chapter)

 

START OF LUPIN’S ROUTE

 

Chapter 9 (Someday’s Forgiveness)
– …

 

 

Chapter 10 (War)
– I’m going to help, too
– Stall for time

BAD END: Attempt to resist

 

 

Chapter 11 (Champion of Justice)
– … Thank you

 

 

Chapter 12 (Code:Realize)
– Don’t take it

BAD END: Take the pill

 

 

Chapter 13 (Warmth)
(Create a Save File)
– I can’t let him know I’ll become a monster
– Stay strong (TRUE END)image

BAD END: Give Up

(OPEN SAVE FILE)
– I can’t tell him that reason…
– Stay strong (NORMAL END)

 

 

 

THAT’S A WRAP! ENJOY!