Iris School of Wizardry Vinculum Hearts – A-Jay Blackford Walkthrough

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A-JAY BLACKFORD

NOTE: I strongly recommend NOT to start with A-Jay’s route as it contained a lot of spoilers regarding the game’s overall plot.

 

HAPPY ENDING:

CHAPTER 1
-Any (of the choices)
-I should run
-A-Jay do you think so too?

 

CHAPTER 2
-I’ll make up my mind
-Can’t swim well?

(Create a Save File Here)
NOTE:
You’ll need this SAVE File in the later parts of the game.

-No

 

CHAPTER 3
-The house of white rose
-You’re not mad
-Why?

 

CHAPTER 4
-Let’s go!
-Magical Philosophy

 

CHAPTER 5
-There was hope
-Of course!

(Happy Ending)

 

 

ENDLESS ENDING:

CHAPTER 1
-Any (of the choices)
-Solve by myself
-Cyril do you really agree too?

 

CHAPTER 2
-Wait a sec
-Want to swim with you
-No

 

CHAPTER 3
-To the salon
-You don’t hate me
-Me too

 

CHAPTER 4
-Can’t leave him here
-White magic for defense

 

CHAPTER 5
-I couldn’t forget
-Didn’t know what to do

(Endless Ending)

Gakuen Club – Asahi Minakawa Walkthrough

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ASAHI MINAKAWA

HAPPY ENDING:

CHAPTER 10
-Talk about a memory.

 

CHAPTER 11
-Maybe it was bad?

 

CHAPTER 13
-That hurts a little…
-That makes you Asahi

 

CHAPTER 14
-Congratulate him

(Happy Ending)

 

 

NORMAL ENDING:

CHAPTER 10
-Force the conversation

 

CHAPTER 11
-It’s a good thing!

 

CHAPTER 13
-What don’t you want?
-You’ve started to soften

 

CHAPTER 14
-Continue the conversation

(Normal Ending)

 

Gakuen Club – Wataru Kagurazaka Walkthrough

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WATARU KAGURAZAKA

HAPPY ENDING:

CHAPTER 2
-Talk to him

 

CHAPTER 4
-Put toy sunglasses on him

 

CHAPTER 5
-Stand by him in silence

 

CHAPTER 9
-Roof

 

EPISODE 14
-Don’t tell him

(Happy Ending)

 

 

NORMAL ENDING:

CHAPTER 2
-Leave him alone

 

CHAPTER 4
-Leave the area immediately

 

CHAPTER 5
-Talk to him

 

CHAPTER 9
-Courtyard

 

CHAPTER 14
-Tell him

(Normal Ending)

 

 

Bad Apple Wars Review

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BAD APPLE WARS

Release Date: October 13, 2017
Developers: Idea Factory, Otomate
Publishers: Idea Factory, Aksys Games
Platforms:  PS VITA
ESRB Rating: M(Mature)

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Bad Apple Wars was originally first released in November 19, 2015, Japan. Aksys Games, who’s known for localizing a few Otomate titles in the West initially announced Bad Apple Wars during their panel in 2017’s Anime Expo. The game was supposed to release September 29, 2017 (North America and Europe), but was later pushed to October 13, 2017 due to some delays.

I have to admit, it took me a while to pick up BAW from my backlog library. I acquired the game’s Limited Edition last year, from my Gamestop store and while I’ve heard a lot of intriguing mixed reviews regarding this game, I was pretty much pre-occupied finishing my other otoges, I keep putting off playing this one a few times. 

 

Read the game’s synopsis here.

 

Walkthroughs:

1)Higa
2)Shikishima
3)Alma
4)Satoru
5)White Mask

 

ART AND MUSIC
The game’s artwork had a quite unique approach compared to the usual otome art, and its one of the reasons why I’m absolutely fascinated at this artist’s style. The character design was done by Japanese illustrator, “Suou” スオウ who’s also famous for her other works, such as “ALICE-ALICE” aka  Alice in the Forbidden World. You can find the artist’s official pixiv site here.

Another highlight of Bad Appe Wars is the game’s solid soundtrack. While the OP track “Mirror, Mirror” was rather catchy, I found the game’s bgms even more jammin’Listen to my fav track below!

 

Voice Acting

Sakurai Takahiro  “Alma” – Astrum (Period Cube), Uruki (Genbu Kaiden Kagami no Miko), Mejojo von (Black Wolves Saga), Ruki (Diabolik Lovers),  Rui Sagisawa (Nil Admirari)

Akira Ishida Shikishima” – Kent (Amnesia Memories), Zara Skeens (Black Wolves Saga), Tokita Shuya (Clock Zero), Unknown Guy (Period Cube)

Junichi Suwabe “Higa”Van Helsing (Code Realize), Ren (Utapri), Jae-ha (Akatsuki No Yona), Nobushige Sanada (Kurenai)

Hanae Natsuki “Satoru” – Libera (Period Cube), Sera Akito (Collar x Malice), Yuki (Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku), Shirota (Possession Magenta)

Shinnosuke Tachibana “White Mask” – Louis Howard (Midnight Cinderella), Kousei (Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku), Tomoe (Kamisama Kiss), Suruga Akito (KLAP)

Shin’ichirou Miki “Bucket-head sensei” – Toshizo Hijikata (Hakuoki)Nesso Galland (Black Wolves Saga), Yuzuki Murakumo (7’scarlet)

Kouji Yusa “Gas-mask sensei” – Sanosuke Harada (Hakuoki),  Itsuki Kagami (Norn9),  Bernardo (Luckydog1)

Tomokazu Sugita “Rabbit head” – Takuma (Hiro no Kakera), Gin (Gintama), Ron Muroboshi (Norn9), Nobunaga (Ikesen), Reine des Fluers (Hubert), Sasuke Sarutobi (Kurenai)

 

MAIN CHARACTERS (Spoiler Free)

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At the start of the Common Route, you are prompted to choose a side; The Good Apples or The Bad Apples. For a more engaged gameplay, I strongly recommend to pick the Bad Apple’s side first, and do the Good Apples routes last. For a specific route order, I suggest playing: Higa — Shikishima — Alma — Satoru — White Mask.

 

HIGA

  • Soul Totem: Baseball
  • tsundere
  • those abs doe

Higa is the tall bad boy from the Bad Apples faction. He carries with him a white baseball (as his soul totem), that can explode as a bomb and can sometimes transform into a baseball bat. He greatly respects Alma, calls him “aniki” (brother) and acts as Alma’s right hand.

Higa is one of my favorite characters in BAW, maybe because I started with his route first or perhaps I’m just totally biased when it comes to Suwabe’s voice acting? lol. His route on the other hand was a little lacking as far as how his story was presented. Although I enjoyed his cute little moments with the heroine in NEVAEH Academy, I think his happy ending was a little rushed? I actually, had to re-read his epilogue just to make sure I understood what was going on. lol I liked his backstory though and Higa in general, was a great character in the game and it would’ve been nice if his ending was given more thought and was explained better. ( ̄□ ̄」)

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SHIKISHIMA

  • Soul Totem: Sketchbook and paint brush
  • the frustrated artist
  • Why so emo?

Shikishima neither belongs to the Good Apples nor the Bad Apples’ faction. Rather, he is considered an “Odd Apple” in NEVAEH Academy. He does his own thing and rarely participates in breaking the school rules but does not care for them at all either.  He speaks in a friendly but slightly formal tone and is prone to nature-based metaphors.

I didn’t really understood this character until the last chapters of his story… He is just soooo abstract, it’s hard to figure him out. Shikishima is also a very reserved (and very emo) character it is almost impossible to get a connection with him, making his romance with the heroine very dry and nearly forced. It’s a shame since Shikishima seemed like a really potential deep character to boot, and it could’ve worked if not for a gang amount of plot holes in his story. I like that Shikishima was a curious persona in the game but his character development, not to mention is “happy” ending” – was poorly executed ruining the entirety of his route (for me anyway).  ┐(︶▽︶)┌

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ALMA

  • Soul Totem: Red thread
  • poker faced
  • the leader of the band

Alma is the leader and brains of the Bad Apples. He garners great respect from everyone in the their faction because he’d always come up with a plan in mind whenever their group decides to break the 7 Unbreakable Rules of NEVAEH Academy.  Although he possess an emotionless poker face, he is a man of great charisma – one of the many reasons why everyone deeply trust him and his leadership.

Alma’s route was a longer one compared to the other two previous Bad Apple routes (Higa and Shikishima).  TBH, I wanted to like his route as much as I like his character but perhaps his story just didn’t appeal to me as much??? There were a lot of fluff contents to enjoy, E.g ~ him spending time with the heroine Rinka, in NEVAEH Academy. But it didn’t have anything new to reveal that would explained more about BAW’s overall story – and this was such a let down as I was expecting some sort of plot twist in this route – BUT IT NEVER HAPPENED. (*°ー°)ノ  I guess the best part of Alma’s story (which I enjoyed so much) was his ending, YES, his good ending! Plus the CG!!! It was so fluffy that I forgot all about the plot holes and just snickered happily all through out the end credits. lol

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SATORU

  • Soul Totem: Reference Book
  • naive
  • ❤ “choco banana!”

Satoru is the younger student who was admitted to NEVAEH Academy at the same time as the heroine. He is very obsessed with studying and would frantically spend all his time reading his guide book as if his life depends on it. He is very naive and is unaware of his surroundings but at the same time couldn’t care less about it either. His soul totem is a reference book which seems to have vast information on unlimited number of things, ranging from vocabulary to world history.

Satoru’s route was my favorite in BAW. His story had good pacing, great character development for both him and the heroine, and contains the best fluff  and drama scenes to keep you entertained. To be perfectly honest I never really deemed Satoru’s character interesting until I played his route. His romance with Rinka however, is more of like a “nakama” compared to a lover’s relationship, I guess this is because he’s a few years younger than the her. I also wanted to commend Hanae Natsuki for doing an amazing job portraying Satoru, I probably sobbed a few times, during his monologues. ha! This route was definitely fun, it hit the nail right in the head as far as stirring up your emotions go.

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WHITE MASK

  • Weapon of choice: Prefect’s Ruler
  • Soul Totem: Beads (necklace)
  • true route???

White Mask is the head of the prefects in NEVAEH Academy. He is a mysterious character who’s obsessed with correcting the Bad Apples. His weapon of choice is a (electric?) ruler that zaps students causing them to be in a complete depressed state.  He wears a prefect’s uniform & a faceless white mask and he possess a very strict attitude.

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While White Mask was hinted to be the true route of Bad Apple Wars, I find it very hard to comprehend that his story was indeed the grand finale of the entire game because it gave me so many questions left unanswered. Just like Alma’s route, his story was lengthier than the others. He had a longer backstory and he gets to spend a lot of time with the heroine for that needed relationship boost. Maybe as a stand alone route, his story  can be considered really good for what it is, but I wouldn’t dare call it the true ending of BAW. I like White Mask as a character regardless, and I may have shed some tears when I read his backstory. lol I just wished there was more to his ending than angst and romance.

 

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(Main Heroine)

Perhaps one of the dullest protagonist I’ve ever played. Rinka has no kind of background, characteristics, personality or anything of the sort. This was also made clear several times in the game, during her monologues of being really “empty”. So this makes me wonder… Does the MC for Bad Apple Wars designed as  some sort of personification of the reader or player?  Putting yourself in the protagonist’s shoes is somehow common in dating sims, (especially in mobile games) and although sometimes this set up may work for some, more times than not, IT DOESN’T when it comes to visual novels. It technically kills the likability of a character making the game experience less enjoyable. With Rinka, I wouldn’t say she’s a bad heroine altogether, she is however very boring to play because of the “self-insert factor” the developers made her to be.

 

TRAILER / OPENING MOVIE

 

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS? ( ° ∀ ° )ノ゙
Playing Bad Apple Wars was a love-hate kind of experience for me. I really liked how the game started. How the NEAVEH universe was introduced and how the main and side characters were uniquely presented in the story. These aspects alone piqued my interest in the game. However, my excitement sort of died down in the middle of the repetitive playthroughs and the open ended routes.

The fun play of the “afterlife story” in BAW really had potential and I think it would’ve been so much better if the endings were coherently explained well instead of leaving ’em hanging in the dark for curious readers. For the most part, I think the game is still enjoyable If you’e able to find a character that interests you and are willing to overlook some plot inconsistencies of the story, not to mentioned the blandness of the main protagonist.

Overall, I wouldn’t consider Bad Apple Wars a substandard for an otome game / visual novel in general. In fact, I would still recommend it to players that aren’t picky with their otoges and just wants a good visual novel to pass the time. Story wise, this game may not be perfect but it certainly still has some redeemable qualities to look forward to such as its outstanding art style, soundtrack,  and really fun characters that’ll bring you angst and romance all in one gameplay. So…by all means, pick this game up and give it a chance~!
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Chlo’s Rating: 7/10

 

Gakuen Club – Renji Kamiki Walkthrough

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RENJI KAMIKI

HAPPY ENDING:

EPISODE 5
-Bring drinks to them

 

EPISODE 9
-Work up the courage and ask

 

EPISODE 10
-Walk away

 

EPSIODE 12
-Why do you think I am?

 

EPSIODE 13
-I don’t know

(Happy Ending)

 

 

NORMAL ENDING

EPISODE 5
-See how it goes

 

EPISODE 9
-Decide not to ask him

 

EPISODE 10
-Call out to him

 

EPSIODE 12
-No, I’m not!

 

EPSIODE 13
-I know

(Normal Ending)

Bad Apple Wars – Alma Walkthrough

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ALMA

 

COMMON ROUTE

CHAPTER 1 (Them Apples)
-Choose Bad Apples Side
-Roof
-Club Area

 

CHAPTER 2 (Reaper Game)
-Roof
-Touch his FACE (twice) – SHOULDER (twice) – HAIR
-(Select All) Stairway
Art Room
Music Room
Library
-Touch his FACE (twice) – SHOULDER (twice) – RIGHT HAND

 

CHAPTER 3 (Vexam)
-Touch his CHEST (twice) – HAIR (twice) – FACE

 

CHAPTER 4 (Wall of Limits)
-Band Room
-Touch his FACE (twice) – EYES (twice) – HAND
-Touch his FACE (twice) – HAND (twice) – MOUTH

 

CHAPTER 5 (Heart Festival)
-No Choices

 

GOOD ENDING

CHAPTER 6
-No choices

Create a Save File 1 here

 

CHAPTER 7
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch ANYWHERE (multiple times) **Except his LEFT HAND**

-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch ANYWHERE (multiple times) **Except his TATTOO**

 

CHAPTER 8
-No Choices

 

CHAPTER 9
-No Choices

 

CHAPTER 10
(Happy Ending)

 

 

NEVAEH ENDING

Load Save File 1

CHAPTER 7
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his LEFT HAND (multiple times)

-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his TATTOO (multiple times)

(Nevaeh Ending)

Bad Apple Wars – Shikishima Walkthrough

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SHIKISHIMA

 

COMMON ROUTE

CHAPTER 1 (Them Apples)
-Choose Bad Apples Side
-Main Entrance
-Club Area

 

CHAPTER 2 (Reaper Game)
-Behind the School
-Touch his SCARF (twice) – FACE (twice) – HAND
-(Select All) Art Room
-Classroom
Entryway
-Touch his FACE (twice) – SCARF (twice) – LEFT HAND

 

CHAPTER 3 (Vexam)
-Touch his COAT OVER RINKA’S SHOULDER (twice) – FACE (twice) – SHOULDER

 

CHAPTER 4 (Wall of Limits)
-Meeting Room
-Touch his FACE (twice) – HAND – SCARF (twice)

 

CHAPTER 5 (Heart Festival)
-No Choices

 

GOOD ENDING

Create a Save File 1 here

CHAPTER 6
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his FACE (multiple times) **Do not touch his CHEST**

 

CHAPTER 7
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch ANYWHERE (multiple times) **Except his HAND**

 

CHAPTER 8
-No Choices

 

CHAPTER 9
(Happy Ending)

 

 

NEVAEH ENDING

Load Save File 1

CHAPTER 6
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his CHEST (multiple times)

 

CHAPTER 7
-Touch Anywhere (to get clothes off)
-Touch his HAND (multiple times)

(Nevaeh Ending)