Monday, April 20, 2015

Sakura Taisen 2 First Playthrough Completed!

First Sakura Taisen is a rough diamond but second one is definitely a polished one! Just finished my first playthrough of the game and definitely an enjoyable ride! compared to the first one Sakura Taisen 2 get really big improvement on story department and music and characters are still awesome as always. The game introduce two new romantic interest for Ogami which maybe a bit difficult to approach at first but both are well written characters for sure. As always Sakura Taisen 2 still follows the formula of the first game with dating sim in episodic style with mecha battles. For my first playthrough i picked Sakura as the main girl because she is the main heroine after all.

Gameplay wise apart from the adventure gaming part, the battles in Sakura Taisen 2 got plenty of improvement. The stages in the game are more challenging and the final boss is not as pushover as the first one. Nearing the end of the game you will also get 2nd Combination attack with the girl you are closest to which i thought was the addition on the 3rd game and man Ogami is really swag to be able to kill the enemies just by flirting with the girls. Lastly in the Sakura Taisen 2 you will be able to use tactics which is helpful for flexibilitles on certain situations.

After playing two of the main series, i get to understand why Sakura Taisen was really big thing in Japan back in late 90s and early 20s. To be frank Sakura Taisen is what VN will look like if it got really high production value and in that time i would say it was not an easy feat. Main story is nothing special but the Main Heroines are quite memorable along with some really good songs, i think it was really awesome to be a fan of the series at that time. At the moment i won't be playing Sakura Taisen 3 anytime soon since i aim to get Iris and Orihime ending at least before moving on.

and here is the ending sequence of Sakura, the main heroine which is not as awesome as the last time but still heartwarming

Sakura Taisen 2 Sakura Ending

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Arslan Senki (Hiromu Arakawa)

It has been like two years since the new reboot of this series, while at this time it haven't surpassed the first OVA yet, i guess we will see proper continuation of this supposed to be work of LOGH author through FMA creator(shoujo manga doesn't count i guess). At this time the story of the manga is not even halfway of what the previous OVA which i think it will take around 1-2 years with the current rate and last time the OVA ended where Arslan journeyed again after his father restored his power. In terms of artwork, frankly speaking the previous one still looks superior but i guess it is rather hard to defeat Yoshitaka Amano's work. The difference of the new serialization so far is that the manga add new a Lusitanian slave turned knight which supposed to be rival of Arslan. Arslan Senki is about a journey of a Young Prince to become a Great King eventually. In middle eastern language Arslan means Lion(which even used by mongols too) and this series supposed to show how a lion cub grow into a great Lion. At the moment it is too early to say anything about the series but do yourself a favor and go watch the OVA, it is one of those treasures left in 90s.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sakura Taisen 3rd Playthrough completed!

Procrastinated quite a while already but do more playthroughs enough for me to move on to Sakura Taisen 2. After i got Iris Ending on my first playthrough i do another 2 more playthroughs and get Sakura's and Sumire's Ending, two Yamato Nadeshikos of Hanagumi. The main charm of this series is always the girls since the storyline is nothing special and i find the first game's story is rather silly too.

Out of the Hanagumi, Sakura is the clingiest one to Ogami and she is the easiest girl to get jealous if Ogami is with another beautiful girl which will be shown more on later games. While she is the main girl, i find Sakura's heart is rather hard to capture if you don't pick the correct choices with her LIPS. As for Sumire, you need to increase her affection on earlier chapter otherwise it will be late to get her route later on and her LIPS are rather tricky one since sometimes you need to give her silent treatment.

Both Girls had their own Charming points while Sakura is the innocent tsundere type and Sumire is snobbish type both of them are Yamato Nadeshikos in the end. Sumire is surprisingly sweet girl after you put up with her snobbishness.

Just to show how obsessed Hanagumi with Ichiro Ogami
At the moment i am halfway through Sakura Taisen 2 which is even more enjoyable ride than the first one and the two new girls are just as good as the other Hanagumi cast. I will still go back to the first game to get Maria's ending at least but as for 2nd Sakura Taisen, i will get 2 or 3 endings first before moving on the 3rd Game which i really look forward to.

anyway here are the ending scenes of the 3 of the girls i completed the route and they got their own theme songs sung by the girls seiyuu too.