Hatoful Boyfriend ‘Hurtful Route’

THIS. ROUTE. !!!!

My friend had already mentioned the hurtful route to me waaaay before I was ready to play it. Based on what he said (‘it features the whole cast’) I expected some sort of…harem plot? A silly all-cast fanservice story that has nothing to do with all the other routes. Someting like that. Anything, really. Anything but the murder-mystery I ended up getting.It’s not just the fact that the game’s genre completely changed. No, what actually blew my mind is that I found myself…enjoying every bit of it! I was excited and curious and emotionally involved even though it’s about fucking BIRDS! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but EVERYTHING in this train wreck story started making sense all of a sudden! ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

The route made me change my view on many characters. Like, I was wondering all game long, why Okosan is the only bird without a human avatar CG and when I finally understood the reason I went all “oh my gooodddd”. All this time I thought Okosan is just your typical goofy character who’s got muscles but no brains, but then I get a logical explanation for that and…Okosan, I don’t even know why, but I like you much better now. ┐( ̄∀ ̄)┌ And Ryoutaaaaa!!! He finally became a real (main) character! I enjoyed him and Sakuya cooperating to solve the mystery behind Hiyoko’s death and well, the whole back story was great, too…I came to like Ryouta so much better!! The biggest change probably happened for Kazuaki, whom I didn’t like much until his back story and connection to the whole plot got revealed. I became SO EMOTIONAL after that….hahhhhhh….I don’t even know where to begin!!!

Hurtful route is where Hatokare truly shines. I didn’t think it was possible to make such a silly plot seem so logical. I didn’t think it was possible to have so many feelings for…birds. I didn’t think I’d end up enjoying the game SO MUCH. I had really high expectations and it still managed to surprise me. I wish I could forget everything and experience the game again!

Some additional character notes…

Kazuaki/Nageki

These two…!!(joj)I didn’t expect them to be connected like that. So the bird in Kazuaki’s photo might’ve been Nageki all along, right?! Oh god…I might actually ship them a little now HAHAHAHAHA (help me). After playing Shuu’s route I thought that Nageki might have been one of Shuu’s victims (hey, the rumors of students disappearing or being cut into pieces are most likely true so…yeah). Well he kinda was, but not in the way I expected him to be. What happened to Nageki was so sad…he didn’t deserve any of this! I feel so so sorry for him!

Yuuya/Sakuya

AAAAHHHHH (BIRD) SIBLINGSSSSSS!!! I knew I would come to love them the moment they appeared on-screen (Sakuya hissing at his older brother was enough for me), but their routes kinda left me hanging. THANK YOU FOR RESPONDING TO MY NEEDS, HURTFUL ROUTE! I think the moment of truth between those two was my personal highlight. Yuuya is best bro. Protect him. Protect them both.

Shuu/Ryouta

(///Σ///) OKAY NO PLEASE HEAR ME OUT. I’m very conflicted when it comes to Shuu. I loved the craziness in his route, because it was hella entertaining. At the same time some parts of it were seriously disturbing (I can never forgive him for grilling Yuuya). BUUUUT no matter how crazy I thought Shuu was, I really liked the back story with him and Ryouta’s dad. It was something I didn’t see coming, tbh. And…and well….uhm. The person bird Shuu loved admired was obviously Ryouta’s dad, but…what if he started seeing him in Ryouta? I-I….I’m sorry I just…uhm…welp.

Hatoful Boyfriend (Steam)

  • indie VN/’otome game’
  • English release
  • 9 character routes + hurtful route
  • sci-fi(?!), mystery, bird-dating ( :’D )

PLAY ORDER

Nageki -> (Azami) -> Kazuaki -> Okosan -> Ryouta -> Yuuya -> Shuu -> Sakuya -> Anghel (-> hurtful route)


THOUGHTS

Holy shit, that was the wildest ride I ever had. I don’t regret buying this game, it was worth every single cent. However, I do regret playing it only now. Should’ve done it earlier. Much earlier!!! Also, I should’ve gone for the bundle including the OST, because it’s…actually p. cool!

Literally EVERYONE was urging me to play Hatokare and while I trust my close friends’ judgement I really didn’t see THAT much of an appeal at that time, which is why I kept pushing it back on my priority list. Like, yeah, dating birds sounded like a hilarious concept, but…yeah. Needless to say that all of this caused me to have quite high expectations right from the start. The character routes were…okay. Not disappointing or anything (some were actually quite surprising, like Anghel’s route….or Shuu’s OMFG I CAN’T EVEN), but not amazing enough to make me understand why everyone was so adamant about this game. And then…the hurtful route happened.

Hurtful route is an amazing masterpiece. Suddenly I found myself solving a murder-mystery with…birds! I didn’t see ANY of it coming (to be fair though: how could ANYONE see any of it coming?!). Every time a new piece of information got revealed it felt like a kick in the guts. In a good way (??? lol). The route was exciting, it made the whole cast shine, it made me feel for characters I was indifferent about. Sakuya and Yuuya’s interactions even managed to make me CRY! I couldn’t believe it myself. Hurtful route is the ‘real’ game here. It’s what Hatokare’s about. The otome game part was just a funny little extra. I’m 100% sure. :’D


CHARACTER NOTES

♡ = favorite character

Hiyoko

  • human girl living in a cave, because apparently birds are the new master race
  • the only human at bird school
  • childhood friends with Ryouta
  • she loves udon and is quite the fighter
  • I don’t feel anything for her in particular

(in play order)
♡ = favorite character

Nageki   ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

hato_nageki

  • cute and shy boy bird in the library who is in fact a ghost (??) ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
  • his route ended up being quite sad
  • it got even sadder after playing the hurtful route, he didn’t deserve all of this!
  • I ended up semi-‘shipping’ him and Kazuaki /coughs/

Azami   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ 

  • a sparrow who sells takoyaki for a living (I know, right…)
  • she was a member of a biker gang when she was young…such a bad girl :’D
  • silly side-story route; it was funny, but that’s about it
  • Azami’s scooter going at snail pace though…

Kazuaki   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

hato_kazu

  • forever sleepy (bird) math teacher
  • he gave off that ‘gentle guy with a dark secret’ aura and kinda reminded me of Robin (Ozmafia) so I was surprised by how normal his route ended up being
  • I didn’t particularly like him in the regular character route, but the hurtful route made up for it
  • for some reason the typo in his character CG is bothering me a lot
  • semi-‘shipping’ him and Nageki /coughs/

Okosan   ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

hato_oko

  • good at sports, but otherwise literally a bird brain
  • he likes pudding; he even becomes the king of puddings
  • I didn’t really know how to feel about this character until I came to understand him in the hurtful route
  • Okosan actually made me wish for the existence of a Hatokare anime. I never wanted to see see a pigeon running a marathon so badly in my life

Ryouta   ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

hato_ryota

  • childhood friend of Hiyoko, a good boy bird
  • probably the most boring route of them all
  • I was very disappointed and indifferent towards Ryouta until I played the hurtful route…it made me appreciate him so much more!
  • looking back at everything, I realized that he really is a typical mc, design-wise as well as character-wise

Yuuya(♡)   ★ ★ ★

hato_yuuya

  • Sakuya’s big half-brother (who later turns out being his real brother)
  • he’s a playboy so I expected a playful and flirty route
  • I got an undercover secret agent plot on top of that, how awesome is that!!
  • Yuuya’s route made me VERY curious about Shuu
  • SIBLINGS ARE THE BEST

Shuu   ★ ★ ★

hato_shuu

  • the health teacher at bird school, but actually also a mad scientist
  • I FUCKING CAN’T, THIS ROUTE HAD SO MANY WTF MOMENTS
  • I feel very conflicted, because I’m not that fond of Shuu as a ‘person’, but I like his looks and his route was so damn entertaining (while also being quite disgusting but well….)
  • also the hurtful route changed him from mad scientist to tragic scientist and…I’M JUST VERY CONFUSED OKAY
  • w-would it be wrong to ship him and Ryouta‘s dad uhm…_(┐「ε:)_
  • I will never get over the christmas present

Sakuya   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

hato_sakuya

  • bratty and (supposedly) high-class bird tsundere
  • he says that he despises his older brother, but it’s not actually true, yep yep (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
  • his route’s ends were a little disappointing, but the haunted house scene kinda made up for that (Sakuya is very cute!!!)
  • him and Ryouta working together in the hurtful route was actually really cool
  • Yuuya/Sakuya moment of truth in the hurtful route is my favorite scene in all of the game tbh…I FUCKING CRIED omg what is wrong with me

Anghel(♡)   ★ ★ ★

hato_anghel

  • BEST BIRD!!!!!!!
  • his chuuni powers are so amazing, he managed to make even me believe…
  • his route was nothing like any other character route and I loved it so much, especially the final boss fight at the end (THAT BGM!!!!!!)
  • all the RPG reference…
  • I found out that he’s voiced by Sakupyon in the drama CD…welp ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Nameless rant

Ugh, okay…I really wanted to like this game. I did. But it was the most painful experience as of lately, I feel so sad and betrayed and stupid for having expectations, because of good reviews and pretty art. I think if I had set my expectations lower, then I would’ve been able to enjoy the game far more than I actually did.

First of all, I had the impression that there was waaaaay too much narration!! I felt the need to skip stuff SO OFTEN because Eri and her friends would go on and on and on about how hot the HOT5 are and how they’d get Tei to notice Soi and random school blargh that nobody really cares about…honestly, I was bored out of my mind half of the time. Other than providing some comedic relief here and there the supporting characters (and there were quite a lot of them, actually) didn’t really do much and most of their dialogue and interactions felt forced and awkward. Same goes for…literally anything else. The writing was on fanservice anime level, the humor as well…that doesn’t have to be bad if you’re doing it the smart way, but Nameless didn’t do it the smart way. ( ̄  ̄|||) You could probably cut out half of the dialogue in every route, because it adds NOTHING to the actual story.

My BIGGEST complaint though: the ending(s) – or rather the connecting points of the routes. I am SO MAD!!! Who thought this would be a good idea? Like, I get that they were trying to go for another Dandelion type of story, but in that case they should have kept it that way until the end and not have all the different dimensions come together all of a sudden. Dandelion worked, BECAUSE all characters were able to find happiness (or at least get the chance to) thanks to parallel worlds and different timelines. But in Nameless they decided to scramble it all together, for god knows what reason. I mean, WHAT THE FUCK MAN??!( ಠ ಠ ) Eri falls in love with one of her dolls and then disappears during their cute lovey-dovey Christmas date in each route (representing a different dimension). But then in the epilogue everyone comes together in the same dimension? Really? Each of them is supposedly in love with Eri and…they should be expecting her to love them back, right? I mean, this is what one would assume, right? But for some reason they don’t?! Or, well, IDEK because the game just throws this at us and then it ends after Red&friends find her and ??? in that dark room for abandoned toys. So what is this supposed to tell me? It looks as if Red is the only relationship that matters. I mean, everyone comes together for Red to use his power and find/save Eri and…that’s p. much it. What about the other couples? Do they just….disappear? Like they never even happened? Don’t the other characters matter at all? They seem so unimportant after this. I really don’t get it…

And how shitty is it for ??? too! I mean, dude explains to Eri how she forgot him and whatnot, Eri even attempts to apologize and then suddenly Red appears to sweep her off her feet and towards freedom and safety and they just….ditch ???, because LOL why not. I’m thankful for the second part of the epilogue showing how in the end Eri actually managed to remember ???’s name and get him out of the dark room. Because if she hadn’t…wow, I don’t even know. I honestly didn’t expect to care about ??? at all, given how I didn’t really like him throughout any route, nor in the first part of the epilogue and neither did I like any of the other problematic characters in this game. Thanks to the second part of the epilogue, though, I came to care about ??? quite a lot. Too bad he only got a short narration. Then again, his route probably would have ended with nothing at all, just like all the other routes (°ㅂ° ╬)…so maybe he doesn’t need a longer narration after all.

Uggghh, the whole dimension ‘merging’ didn’t sit well with me at all. I wasn’t given proper closure for any romance except for maybe Red’s. ??? only got very little chance for anything, because he only had the epilogue. But I don’t really mind much in his case as I didn’t have to play through a whole route, getting attached to him only to be left hanging in the end. The other guys, though? Their stories just…end with a confession at the amusement park and their girlfriend disappearing. Yeah. ┐( ̄∀ ̄)┌ I guess my salt level is particularly high since I don’t even like Red very much and unfortunately he ends up getting the main spot. LANCE IS MY TRUE HERO!!! Why can’t he have a happy end, too? Best boy deserves better than this. Gosh, I’m so done…

Nameless (Steam)

  • English release of a Korean game
  • 5 character routes
  • fantasy, slice of life, dolls coming to life

Play Order

Yeonho -> Lance -> Yuri -> Tei -> Red (-> epilogue)


Thoughts

The main reason why I was so interested in Nameless is that I had high hopes for it to become what I wanted Dandelion to be (same developer). There’s no stat raising whatsoever (bless), it’s a typical VN style otome game. I really liked the writing in Dandelion, so with that in mind I expected Nameless to please me even more. The “new” art style is more to my liking, too. Unfortunately, though, I was wrong about Nameless actually being the better game.

My main problem is the writing, I guess. They tried to make a similar kind of story to Dandelion, with all the routes slowly building up and revealing the overall plot. They even reused some BGM, and characters like the wizard (although he didn’t play such a big role this time around). But the overall plot was…ugh. I didn’t like the characters much, either – main characters as well as supporting ones. They look amazing (the sprites do; as for the CGs there are good ones and less good ones…), but most of their personalities don’t really work for me. Or maybe it’s the overall plot that’s not letting me enjoy things? I mean, there’s (needless) drama everywhere – although I was already prepared for that to be the case – and literally no happy end for most of the romances…hmm .┐( ˘ 、 ˘ )┌


Character Notes

♡ = favorite character

Eri

  • student and doll collector
  • her parents are busy scientists who’re working overseas so she’s been living with her grandfather (until his death not too long ago)
  • kind of a tomboy, also a lonely person
  • keeps a diary

??? 
CV: Jeon Taeyeol

NL_noname.

  • Eri’s first toy, a teddy bear that she got from her grandpa when she was a kid
  • he got forgotten and thus felt betrayed, so he made a wish to the wizard and became the ‘bad guy’ responsible for Eri’s vanishing/memory loss in the other routes
  • wouldn’t have gotten the second narration without a guide, no kidding
  • I was sure that I wouldn’t like him, but the epilogue kinda changed my mind
  • his narration touched my heart, poor teddy….;_; I felt kind of guilty afterwards so I went and hugged all of my plushies LOL
  • tbh that last CG of him hugging Eri is precious

(in play order)

Yeonho   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
CV: Nam Dohyeong

NL_yeonho

  • a shota doll who is kind of cute – except for when he’s yandere
  • major trust issues
  • was abandoned by his previous owner so he wants to be a good boy at all times in order to receive love
  • starting with this route was a mistake, because Yeonho annoyed the crapp outta me most of the time, honestly…
  • how and why does Eri fall in love? I don’t get it
  • mfw actual sadist Eri bad end

Lance(♡)   ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
CV: Jung Jaeheon

NL_lance

  • supposedly the most popular&generic doll model
  • because he was designed to appeal to the masses, he has low self-esteem and is jealous of Red’s status as a ‘special’ edition
  • played him second in order to keep myself from dropping the game
  • I wanted him to be tsundere, but he turned out being super kuudere
  • but anyway HE IS SO SO SO SOOOOO CUTE ksfasdhgahs
  • awkward&cute Lance as well as cool&sexy Lance, I love them both! I love Lance!!!
  • I’m so fucking mad at the game for not providing any CGs of Lance taking Eri’s place as the princess during the stage play…..I WANTED TO SEE THE KISS SCENE WITH HIM AND RED LANCE IN A PRINCESS DRESS!!!
  • not only were there no CGs for the stage play, but they just skipped the whole thing altogether…WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT!??!

Yuri   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
CV: Lee Donghoon

NL_yuri

  • adult line doll and a playboy
  • he was designed to “satisfy any woman’s needs”…heh :^D
  • initially liked his looks but he rubbed me the wrong way when playing…his route wasn’t as bad as expected though, it even got me to like him a little better
  • Yuri not knowing how to ‘love seriously’ and running away from his feelings because of that was actually kinda cute
  • I didn’t like how he was showering Eri with presents. Also they never really explained where Yuri gets all that money from, I mean…??
  • mfw threesome bad end w/ Tei

Tei   ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
CV: Hong Beomgi

nl_tei

  • super special limited edition doll
  • his previous owner was a psycho so he’s mentally (and physically) damaged
  • isn’t honest about himself and his…uhm….desires….:3c
  • I thought he’d be the perfect big brother type but he’s actually abusive and a super yandere/sadist in literally every bad route (and also in the good route lol)
  • surprisingly enough I didn’t like him :’D
  • GET THAT FREAKING TEA AWAY FROM ERI!!!
  • mfw controlling Tei & doll!Eri bad end

Red   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
CV: Park Seongtae

NL_red

  • even more special limited edition doll, there’s literally only one Red
  • kinda annoying type of character, I was actually pissed that I had to play him last because I knew that I wouldn’t like him very much
  • him realizing his feelings for the first time was cute
  • the bad ends were so weird and forced, it felt like they were there just to have bad ends even though they didn’t really make sense at all
  • kind of the main guy I guess?
  • he maintains his status as ‘special hero’ even outside of his own route, all throughout the epilogue

Dandelion (Steam)

  • Korean otome game that I bought out of curiosity
  • English release
  • 5 character routes
  • slice-of-life drama, fantasy

Play Order

Jieun -> Jihae -> Jiyeon -> Jiwoo -> Jisoo (-> epilogue)


Thoughts

If I had known that stat raising was the primary focus of the game I probably wouldn’t have bought it, tbh. I don’t regret it because I ended up enjoying the characters…but…I really hate stat-raising. I hate the gameplay. The game seems quite long, but that’s mostly due to stat raising. The story parts are actually quite short. I wish they were longer.

The drama level of the plot was truly Korean, LOL. It was interesting to experience the cultural difference between Korean and Japanese otome games. Surprisingly enough the heroine’s p. relatable and so are her problems. Her struggles felt real despite all the fantasy stuff going on. The voice acting was confusing at first (not used to hearing Korean language when playing), but once I got past that I was able to enjoy myself…more or less (the stat raising, man…).


Character Notes

♡ = favorite character

Heejung

  • student majoring in business administration, but actually likes drawing and art
  • living a dull life and trying to please her mother in every aspect
  • she can’t be happy as long as her mother is part of her life
  • her personality & role in the relationship changes depending on her partner
  • at times a p. realistic/relatable character

Wizard(♡)
CV: Lee Gyuchang

dan_magi
  • sadly no route, but only a bonus chapter/epilogue
  • my kind of yandere guy tbh ( ̄∀ ̄*)
  • how sad  and lonely must it be for him?! He’s only visible to those who have a desperate wish and once he grants them that wish they immediately forget about his existence again… ;_;
  • falls in love with Heejung after observing her miserable life (lol, dude ;_; )
  • he starts ‘the game’ to give Heejung a desperate wish and make her seek him out, so he can meet her, but after meeting her he want’s to meet her again and again so he keeps rewinding time and repeating the cycle……AAAAAaaaaaaaAAAAaAA ;_;
  • ends up wishing to be reborn into the same world as Heejung, so he can be with her
  • I LOVE HIM!!!!

(in play order)

Jieun   ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
CV: Lee Kyungtae

dan_jieun
  • quiet and gentle personality
  • actually a bunny prince
  • cute oneshota route (*/▽\*)
  • he’s very attached to Jihae, he can’t do anything without Jihae, all he ever talks about is Jihae, ARE THEY MARRIED???
  • Heejung helps him to be more independent
  • the only route with a “true” happy end, because Heejung never gets to meet the wizard (and never loses part of her memory)
  • I guess this route kinda made me ship Jieun and Jihae…..

Jihae   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
CV: Choi Nakyoon

dan_jihae
  • Jieun’s mom boyfriend knight, beautiful gentleman
  • in his world he’s regarded as ugly due to his silver hair
  • so much drama, SO MUCH DRAMA
  • spends all of his free time peeling apples for Jieun feels like he has no worth, so he’s been sacrificing everything for Jieun’s sake
  • Heejung is an awkward maiden in love, who helps him to forget the tragic events of his past and learn to love again
  • he’s working part-time as a model and his fangirls ship him and Jieun…….. heh :3c

Jiyeon   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
CV: Kim Myungjun

dan_jiyeon
  • likes oranges and taking baths (??!?!?!)
  • actually a yankee gigolo, who tells lies to get girls to like him and buy him stuff
  • all smiles and sunshine on the surface
  • has a tragic past, so he can’t trust anybody and is only nice as long as he can maintain emotional distance to that person
  • Heejung is meddlesome and spends half a year being useless, worrying and running after him while he keeps insulting and rejecting her
  • gap moe gone wrong
  • this route actually rubbed me the wrong way, the change from cute guy to asshole and back didn’t work at all

Jiwoo(♡)  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆  
CV: Lee Seongil

dan_jiwoo
  • romance novel and drama specialist, likes cabbage
  • actually a very smart guy
  • i-it’s not like he loves you, baka!!!
  • Heejung is kind of a sadist, since she keeps teasing him all year long
  • romance novels, movies and dramas are his research material on how to be a good boyfriend and capture a girl’s heart kyaaa—-!!!! ////////
  • best-paced romance
  • Jiwoo telling off Heejung’s mom was one of the coolest scenes ever
  • his novel/love letter at the end made me tear up

Jisoo   ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
CV: Lim Kyungmung

dan_jisoo
  • pervy black cat…no seriously, what’s with that sitting pose?!
  • taking care of his little (terminally ill) cat sister in his world
  • a very loving and caring guy, except for when he’s yandere
  • tends to become super jealous and controlling (his bad end was the scariest in the whole game, seriously)
  • initially only interested in winning the game for his sister’s sake (although also somehow feeling guilty about that), but then he ends up falling for Heejung
  • he hates taking baths…I didn’t wanna know (I’m looking at you, Ozmafia)
  • Heejung is kind of M

Ozmafia Grand Finale & additional character notes

Grand Finale

Some things actually surprised me and completely changed my feelings towards certain characters. Like, now I get where Caesar’s obsession with Fuka stems from and I WISH I COULD’VE FOUND OUT THE REASON IN HIS OWN FUCKING ROUTE FFS щ(ಥДಥщ)….

Another thing to note is that Hamelin’s p. much the most tragic character ever, I feel SO BAD for him. Dude did literally NOTHING WRONG, then was used to commit a crime he didn’t want to, got labeled a criminal and ultimately went gaga, because he can’t redeem himself anyway no matter WHAT he does. GOSH. It doesn’t really help that we never find out what actually happens to Hamelin in the Grand Finale. Like, does he return like everyone else? And if yes, do they still want to hunt him down and put him in prison? Will Hamelin ever be happy? Now that I think about it, Hamelin has so much potential to become one of my favorites, yet his route did absolutely nothing for me. Still, I want him to be happy! Dorothy wakes up, so there’s a happy ending even for Soh….it would be unfair if there was none for Hamelin! Ahhh I want to play the Vita version….

Speaking of Soh, the Grand Finale made me feel so conflicted about him. I love him and at the same time I hate him so much, it’s super complicated. His route is still sad, but now it’s gotten this creepy touch….who even came up with the idea of combining Toto and the tower into one (shota) being, I mean…THIS IS MESSED UP, MAN!

Hansel&Gretel

It’s too bad that there’s no way of spending more time with the siblings, as I really liked both of them. I would have loved a romance option for Hansel (I loooooove his design tbh) and a friendship route for Gretel…especially the latter, since Gretel is a lot of fun and I would love to see her getting pissed at how dense Fuka is, heh. :3c

Hamelin/Scarlet

It’s Scarlet’s fault for calling Hamelin an important person. Or maybe it’s the fact that Hamelin brought him along to the brothel (why would you do this to a child, why??? Even though he never actually let him enter, but still…..). I would have loved to see more of what Hamelin was like before his life got screwed over by Soh’s meddling, especially in regards to Scarlet. He keeps praising the kid so much and Scarlet obviously is still attached to his (former) boss….ahhhhh they are cute! ; ;

Kyrie/Caramia

Why am I even….it’s the bullying. Kyrie is bullying Caramia the most (aside from Fuka, that is), so I kind of….ended up….shipping it….a little. I’m no fan of Caramia, yet I don’t mind him at all when he’s with Kyrie! On the contrary I actually think he’s kinda cute. Kyrie, pls bully Caramia more!

Kyrie/Dorothy & Soh/Dorothy

They both love Dorothy a lot, but I wish I could relate to that feeling…! Unfortunately we don’t really get much info about Dorothy. Okay, in Soh’s case he’s half-Toto so I kind of understand his attachment, but what about Kyrie? Did the scarecrow love Dorothy in the original tale of the Wizard of Oz?

Robin/Hamelin

They were bros before Soh made Hamelin kill Robin’s wife. Now Robin hates Hamelin since he doesn’t know about Soh. I don’t think they can ever go back to being friends like they used to even if Robin knew, but I would’ve loved to see what they were like back then.

Pashet/Axel

Actually a bit sad that this couple p. much only existed in Pashet’s route. Like, you could have at least dropped hints of Pashet’s feelings here and there in other routes, it wouldn’t have been that hard. It happened for Manboy and even fucking Dorian Gray (omfg), why not for Pashet? Sigh….

Manboy

I got curious about him in the Oscar Wilde route, since he’s the most likable one out of the three whores. It#s too bad that he didn’t get his own route instead! Like, I’m curious how he ended up as Dorian Gray’s manservant in the first place? What did he do before that? Apparently he fell in love with Fuka at first sight, which is kinda cute and innocent and if you consider his social standing….the gap is killing me! I wish I could set him free…

Ozmafia (Steam)

  •  PC version (unlike the Vita version it’s not fully voiced and has less CGs)
  • English release
  • 10 character routes
  • fantasy, fairy tale AU

Play Order

Caramia (Kyrie NTR – Caramia – Axel NTR) -> Pashet -> Axel (Axel – Caramia NTR – Kyrie NTR) -> Robin Hood -> Caesar -> Oscar Wilde -> Scarlet -> Hamelin -> Soh -> Kyrie (Caramia NTR – Axel NTR – Kyrie) (-> epilogue -> grand finale)


Thoughts

I bought it for the art and to support English releases, despite hearing mixed opinions about it. I thought it would be a port of the Vita version, but it wasn’t. Probably the biggest disappointment, because I would have loved to have the route overview of the Vita version. It would have made things less confusing.

The pacing and presentation of the story was super weird. Like, why is it broken down into so many short scenes and why are there so many loading screens??! And why does important info only unlock after finishing one ending if it’s relevant to both endings? It took me a whole route to understand the flow of time. Other than that, I guess I enjoyed the game for all the wrong reasons. I love the problematic content and different relationships. Switching characters mid-way was actually fun and refreshing (even tho the transition was kind of…awkward). Too bad it’s only an option for the Oz-Family…


Character Notes

♡ = favorite character

Fuka

  • amnesic heroine
  • stupid, VERY STUPID, but I think I like her for some reason????
  • the story wouldn’t work if she was smart, I guess
  • sometimes super sarcastic and mean, even though she probably isn’t aware of it

(in play order)

Caramia ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
CV: Shingaki Tarusuke

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  • Oz family’s mafia boss; originally the cowardly lion who wished for courage
  • even though he’s the don, Kyrie actually seems more in charge than him
  • always busy with work and can’t spend much time with Fuka
  • kind of a big brother figure (or maybe even a father figure)
  • openly admits that he hates taking baths and doesn’t do so very often…yeah, uhm…do we even wanna know these kinda things in otome games???
  • he’s cooler when he’s hittin on Fuka in the other routes…
  • transition from strong&confident leader to super-scared weakling happens WAY too fast and destroys the character for me

Pashet ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
CV: Fujii Kyouko

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  • Boots family’s don, loyal and responsible girl who’s secretly in love with Axel
  • skilled at swordsmanship; not so good at…girl stuff
  • ends up opening a sweets shop in the normal end, because she has to disband her family…this made me kind of sad ;_;
  • deeply cares for Fuka’s well-being (Pashet is such a good friend!)
  • this route made me wanna know more about cat-boy Bercy

Axel(♡) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
CV: Kakehashi Atsushi

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  • the cutest heartless tin man ever, in love with sweets (and also Fuka lol)
  • very stiff and can’t express his feelings well
  • red glasses =  ( ´∀`)ノ~ ♡
  • puppy love route, HE LOVES FUKA SO MUCH IT’S SO CUTE!!!
  • アクセル萌えええええええええええ(((o(* ´∀` *)o)))
  • he is so cute and precious, it pains me to purposedly cheat on him _(┐「ε:)_ …which is why the transfer routes feel kinda….weird
  • the endings mostly fail to live up to the cuteness of the character

Robin Hood ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
CV: Fujinami Satoru

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  • local (masked) doctor who actually has a super pretty face
  • ‘living in the past’ ever since his wife ended up in a coma
  • can’t really forget his wife = can’t actually return Fuka’s feelings, BUT she’s probably the only one who can make him move forward again
  • he’s very cruel to Fuka, yet I can’t bring myself to hate him…oh Robin ;_;
  • this route is very bittersweet & full of pain and suffering

Caesar ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
CV: Kirimoto Takuya

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  • Wolf gang leader, tsundere evil wolf (actually a cute puppy)
  • has some of the prettiest CGs in the whole game
  • acts tough and intimidating all the time, but in reality he’s a NEET who can’t get shit done. Soh is like his mom and does all the work
  • literally talks about killing Fuka every time he sees her, yet for some reason she keeps being around him and then they hook up
  • ?????? ^_^ ?????
  • blushing Ceasar is cute

Oscar Wilde (Manboy, Alfani & Dorian Gray) ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
CV: Awazu Takatsugu, Yamaguchi Kazuya, Honda Hiroyuki

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  • brothel route…this is the most horrible thing I have ever experienced in an otome game, WHY DOES IT EVEN EXIST??!
  • basically Fuka being an idiot, then starting to crave them Ds and becoming a prostitute, because why not?! LOL!!!
  • reads like a really bad ero fanfic/doujinshi
  • the only remotely ‘good’ thing that came out of this route was the possibility to give Dorian Gray silly names
  • I feel a bit sorry for Manboy though…;_;

Scarlet(♡) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
CV: Kirimoto Takuya

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  • the cutest kuudere shota and Grimm family’s ‘mom
  • runs around town all day to apologize for the shit Hansel and Gretel are doing lol
  • he’s very insecure because of his height and babyface, especially since Fuka mistakes him for a girl and can’t shut up about how cute he is
  • I wish he wouldn’t get friendzoned so much even in his own route ;_;
  • mafia boss Scarlet is inappropriately cool //////

Hamelin ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
CV: Hara Hideshi

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  • Grimm family’s boss
  • missing for the most part of his story (and any other story)
  • kind of insane (not his fault tho, not his fault ;_; )
  • was a peace-loving and gentle person and very close to his family members (especially Scarlet) before shit happened
  • I love his design, I wish I could have loved him and his story more
  • not sure if “being able to visit him in prison” is much of a good end….

Soh(♡) ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
CV: Iguchi Yuuichi

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  • Wolf gang’s mom
  • actually kind of a scary person
  • I FEEL SO CONFLICTED ABOUT SOH!!!!!!
  • not really sure why it’s okay for him to be with Dorothy’s body and it’s okay for him to be with her magic, but it’s not okay for him to be with her soul….??? WHY?
  • before the grand finale: holy shit this route was not what I expected it to be, I actually cried tears irl – after the grand finale: omfg WHY

Kyrie(♡) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
CV: Okitsu Kazuyuki

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  • the scarecrow that wished for a brain and Caramia’s right hand, can do everything, but he’s especially good at gambling
  • worst boy but also \ \ BEST BOY EVER / /
  • I love him as adorable (brainless) idiot, but his ‘sarcastic asshole’ self still is the best
  • he loved Dorothy, so he didn’t forget her even after Soh wiped everyone’s memories
  • has a hunch about Fuka being connected to Dorothy, which is why he takes interest in her in the first place, BUT I’m sure that he falls for Fuka all over again, the more he gets to know her
  • Kyrie pls bully me, too…  (*/▽\*)