Dot Kareshi -We’re 8bit Lovers!- I ~Densetsu no Otome~ came in the mail today. I purchased the game/CD combo and all the extras from Stellaworth. Cue the crappy quality pictures.
Overall, I’m very glad I bought the extras. The Book of Beginnings is high quality. Even though it’s a softcover, it has a glossy dust jacket. Below the cover is a generic map illustration. It’s a squandered opportunity for fun drawings you often find hidden under these covers. The rest is good though.
The replaceable jacket bromide illustrations were an excellent buy. Great poses, nice color palettes, and ridiculously seductive facial expressions. I think Wizard wins in terms of overall presentation. However, I like Priest so far, so he gets dibs on being the CD cover. The Stellaworth extras are the blue and black paper with a short story and the small glossy print of the cover illustration.
I’m already playing the game and it will likely take only a couple hours total to complete all routes. Even though it’s short, I love it. Just because it’s short, that doesn’t mean they cheaped out on the production, design, or writing. It’s a fun, witty homage to old JRPGs. The character designs are bright and very animated with changing facial expressions, decent lip-syncing, and lots of shifting movement while characters talk.
The game’s interface and music are clearly inspired by older video games. For being a short game, there’s 20 short tracks that you can listen to in the extra section. The extra section contains things that are standard for Rejet games, including short, voiced questions/scenarios from each character that gives you a little more insight into their character.
I guess I’m biased because I’m currently playing Diabolik Lovers on PSP, but I think they should have used the dummy head mic more during the actual game recordings and not just the drama CD. It’s used very sparingly (in the extras section) and there were plenty of lines that could have benefited from it. Other than that, all the performances are enjoyable. The dummy head mic is fully utilized during the drama CD tracks.
Okay, I didn’t intend on writing a short review, so I’ll stop here. I’m just overly excited. Play it. Love it.
Since I’ll finish Dot Kare by the end of the day, I’m looking for my next prey. I pre-ordered the regular edition of Shiratsuyu no Kai, which has an interesting horror/ghost story theme and most importantly, Hino Satoshi has a role where he’s a hot, yet likely very crazy guy. It’s going to use the dummy head mic, so I’m anticipating a perfectly sweet, yet chilling performance from him because that’s what he does best. He’s so good at playing two-faced bastards.
I also pre-ordered the super limited (and super fucking expensive) edition of Seishun Hajimemashita from comicomi. I’m still crying over how much it will cost me, but I really wanted the extras and the comicomi exclusive CD which features Yoshino Hiroyuki’s character.
Oh, this blog turns 3 years old tomorrow! I don’t have anything planned unfortunately, although I might dig up something. This blog has lasted so long precisely because I don’t fret when I lag behind in posting. For those of you who still follow despite that, you’re great and also very patient. Cheers.