Pain and Happiness of a 花嫁
Hanaoni~Koi Someru Toki Towa no Shirushi~ became my anticipated otoge since last year. I know because this title came from some real novel, I wouldn’t be expecting much about a long hard story. But I was a bit satisfied of this game ‘cause there were something new to the way the real story told. At first playtime, I went to ‘ゲーム オーバ’ mode (I think I didn’t know why this’s happening at first). When I played for the second time, I realized some question had been missed. So I trackbacked and found Kaki’s happy end. It’s not the end. The third playtime, I was even more confused. The new question came at its own! And forgive me if I had wrote anything wrong. Stupid (me) or not, I really want to tell a few things about the characters’ story now.
CAUTION!!!! This will be a long review…….!
Asagiri Kanna only has her mother and lives in an apartment. She meets Shizuma Mitsuaki (the glasses, green-haired, and Kansai dialect one). He tells her that she is the 鬼の花嫁 for Kitou Kaki (the most respected demon, and he was called “鬼頭―kitou” too with different kanji-this means he is the strongest demon, right?). She must bear child for that person, as she was carved with Kaki’s seal. A demon child who will be the great one. Though her fate may seem luxurious and happy, but since this time, she will overcome much troubles.
CV: Maeno Tomoaki
He has a bad attitude (especially towards his father, Sotoo Tadanao, who always calls Kaki by ‘馬鹿息子-stupid son-Really feel sorry for him). Tadanao is much more kind and feels Kanna as his own daughter. First time playing him, everyone must’ve been a bit bored. He rarely meets with the heroine (almost at his pace or run away somewhere).
When Kanna just be brought to demon house and demon bride’s school, her mother went to Kaki. She told him to released her only daughter and mad at him. But this was futile.
Later, Kanna meets with Tadanao’s servant, Watase (she always calls him Ushi-san though). Ushi-san introduces Kanna to her wedding party (but Kaki doesn’t come, so there isn’t anything to do). Kanna meets Mitsugi Kuniichi, a demon who hates Kaki. Well, Kaki’s really awful when she meets him on the way back from that party. He wants to kill her, telling that he doesn’t need her. And this will gradually spoken from his mouth when they’re meet…
She befriends with a demon bride too (although I don’t know who is her demon groom), Tosazuka Momoko. And because she was rescued by the three protectors “三翼―sanyoku” of demon bride (which are Takatsuki Reiji-a teacher, Hayasaki Minaha-a junior, and Shizuma Mitsuaki), she became their bride too (to protect her from any other demons includes Kaki). Kanna lives with Sahara Moegi, their servant who always helps her, I think.
In the “Happy End”, his appearance doesn’t make much differences in other bad routes. He doesn’t show off even on school festival (Oh my, I forgot to told this before. In this festival, Kanna cosplayed as Akazukin, Reiji as grandma, Minaha as Isshunboushi, Mitsuaki as some hunter?, and Momoko as Peter Pan). When Kanna got attacked, there’s someone who was cosplaying as a wolf protecting her. We don’t know who it was for now. Kanna being attacked by Hibiki and Momoko pair. Kaki goes to save her. Because of his weakness, the three protectors are the one who wins the battle with Hibiki’s subordinate. This route ends with Kanna and Kaki goes to a jewelry shop to order their ring with a happy face ^u^.
“True End” really is the best end for them. Kaki makes more appearances in this route. He is more diligent to rescueing Kanna. He is more active to Kanna, even hugs her on the bed! -o- The wolf is Kaki himself (fortunately, Kanna realizes him). Uhm, I want to mentioned that in every Kaki’s routes, he always run away to his mother’s place and the heroine always persuades him to go back. In this route, he runs away even much more. Minaha told him to come back at Kanna’s side if Kaki didn’t want her to be taken by Minaha. So he came back. Unfortunately, Hibiki is hiding in Kanna’s room. Kaki finds that quickly and sends him away. Later, he and Kanna has a son (their son’s hair is purple-which is the same as Kanna, and eyes are blue like Kaki). This son (Tatsuki, if I remember correctly) tells that he really likes his mother. Kaki gets jealous and tells that his love to Kanna is more than his son. I think this scene is just about their battle to win Kanna’s heart? Whatever, in the end, Kaki told Kanna that he was happy that the two of them (Kanna and his son) was born.
I want to tell the normal end in Kaki’s route. Remember I had mentioned that Kaki went to his mother’s place? His father told Kanna to brought him back. There’s a scene when Kaki fell asleep on a hammock. Kanna covered him up with a blanket. But this won’t do. Kaki refuses to go back. Tadanao feels sorry for Kanna and tells that she can choose to live with her mother again or not. So, Kanna chooses to live with her mother. I can feel Tadanao’s kindness in this scene.
CV: Suzumura Kenichi
I told him first as I played his route after Kaki’s.
He makes devilish plot in every routes together with Mitsugi Kuniichi. At Kaki’s happy end route, he lies that he’s Momoko’s boyfriend. This is to be closer to Kanna and hides their true intentions.
Hibiki is not less bad than Kaki at first. There’s scene when he’s choking Kanna’s neck. After a few meetings and conversations, he tells about some of past story. He is plotting to make Kanna to be his bride too. So he uses Momoko as a bait to make Kanna agree with his mind. This is when he kisses her (my favourite scene)! This remarked as their first way as a couple.
Reiji told her about Hibiki’s past. His father was killed and he changed to be a person like that (uses dirty tricks and aims to be “kitou”).. Kanna agrees to help him to beat Kaki. Kuniichi tells him not to bring any danger to demon bride. But Hibiki told him that Kanna is the one who wanted to help.
After a few attacks to Kaki, finally Hibiki beats him. This were all seen by the three protectors. After that, he had reached his goal to be stronger than Kaki.
Okay, we can see that in every routes, there’s a scene where Reiji calls someone on phone. Actually, he is one of 選定委員 (selection committee or what, where the man are all wears a black suit and black sunglasses), who look after “kitou”s every move. The committee are retreating after all problems have been solved.
When Minaha and Mitsuaki called her, Kanna was in Hibiki’s room. Hibiki hold her tight so she couldn’t answer quickly (He uses to always teasing her much!). The ending was when Kanna woke up in the morning, Hibiki went on top of her and said that he want Kanna to kiss him. <0>
CV: Itou Kentarou
Mitsugi was one of Hibiki’s friend (or subordinate?). He wants to help Hibiki to be “kitou”, but refuses any ways if it will harm a demon bride. He makes alliance with Ejima Shikiko (one of demon bride who wants to be “kitou”s bride and always holds knife to scared Kanna-I don’t know her groom too-really weird), but he can’t ever hurt Kanna. When Hibiki’s fighting with the protectors, Kanna runs away herself. So Ejima (with a knife) attacks her. Mitsugi helps Kanna and she is safe.
Kanna takes a walk alone. She meets Mitsugi on her way. As always, he’s a bit shock that Kanna always walks alone (he just care about her). There, he tells about his past. His master, Narimasa, had died and left him alone (Why? There are so many characters who left by his relatives, includes Kanna herself…). His totem-like keychain from wood was made by Narimasa himself and now had been in Kanna’s hand (That’s why he likes totem? When in the school festival, he plays some game that has totem and successfully get it).
After Hibiki’s attack, Mitsugi is sure to help Kanna and protecting her from any danger. In his route, Kaki seems to be a good person like in the “true end”s route. Kaki can protect Kanna, even want to go back together after he have run away. Hibiki pis plotting an attack to Kanna with the committee people. They have succeeded in kidnapping her. When she runs away, she meets Mitsugi and everything is safe now.
Hibiki knows that Mitsugi have give Kanna his 刻印 (seal?) to call the demon who gave it (it’s so useful, like a phone, and the demon can come quickly as he heard the call). So Hibiki arrested Mitsugi for a few days until Kanna found him when she walked out from her school to the wood. She found Hibiki went out from some place then went in there. The two of them were meeting again. Hibiki quickly finds out and attacks Kanna again. Hibiki says something that makes me wonder if Narimasa is his father (so it’s really built a link to Mitsugi’s relationship with him). Kanna successfully grabs the key and Mitsugi can go out now. After beating Hibiki, they meet with Reiji, Minaha, and Mitsuaki. Reiji begins attacking Mitsugi, but Kanna says that Mitsugi is her demon. So there’s no way to continue the fight consider that he is now protecting Kanna. Well, after that, they lives happily (the ending scene is where the two of them hugs in a beach).
CV: Kaji Yuuki
He isn’t my type, but I played him first than Reiji and Mitsuaki because I don’t like the two of them (Reiji is a usual type of sensei chara and Mitsuaki’s accent really annoys me).
Minaha is the youngest oni I’ve ever seen in this game. His room is filled with so many animal dolls! It makes me a bit shocked because his personality is so childish too. Together with Reiji and Mitsuaki, he gives his seal to Kanna (it makes Kanna his hanayome too).
In his route, Kaki is hurted because he protected Kanna from Hibiki. Minaha took care of him in his room. He tells about Kaki and his past. Minaha’s mother was protected by Tadanao. So Minaha thinks of Kaki as his brother.
The committee have agreed to releasing Kanna from Kaki’s bride. So Kanna will be chosen to be some new demon’s bride. This was told by Reiji. This rumour was heard by Hibiki and he told Kanna that he wouldn’t care about her now since she wasn’t “kitou”s bride anymore. Kanna thinks about that too much so Minaha invites her to a game center (Minaha’s scene are full of fun!). Fortunately, Kanna can smiling again.
The school festival is coming. As usual, they’re all cosplaying as some characters in the old stories. When Kanna walks alone, she meets with someone who cosplayed as a wolf. Then, the committee are coming too. Minaha quickly saves her and realizes that the wolf is Kaki (this actually makes sense since he knows Kaki so well, and of course because of his deep relationship with Kaki so he can realizes that quickly), but a bit mad cause Kaki doesn’t do anything to save Kanna.
On Minaha’s birthday party, she gives him a handmade muffler (way too cute to see Minaha’s reaction).
Senteiin begins to move again. They’re kidnapping Kanna and again, Minaha came. But this time, he went berserk and hurting Kanna. Reiji and Mitsuaki came and made him unsconscious. After he awakes, he knows what he has done (he thinks this is because he’s still a child as a demon), and begins avoiding Kanna. But later, he knows that doing this way, he just hurting her heart. So that’s why, from now on, he will always protecting her.
This game’s story is just spin around at chasing and attacking scene. So the committee begins to attack Kanna in the school. Minaha comes and gives her blood from mouth-to-mouth to symbolizes that Kanna is his bride.They’re wins against the committee and lives happily. At school’s dance party, Minaha asks her to be together alone on the roof. Kanna’s falls on him, then he kisses her!
CV: Nojima Hirofumi
Reiji is a school’s doctor and really famous around woman for his smiling and pretty face. Usually, he’s a calm and mature person, but he can transform to say a bad joke (he uses to teasing and a saying narsistic words) person if he’s with Minaha and Mitsuaki.
Kaki fights with Hibiki and comes in a bad injury to Minaha’s room. Reiji tells Kanna that they’ve already find Kaki and Kanna straightly goes to Minaha’s room. The tsundere Kaki doesn’t want to eat from Minaha’s hand, so Kanna successfully gives the food to him (Kaki’s so cute like that, he doesn’t want any from Minaha’s but he wants it from Kanna).
When Kanna wakes after a rest in the school’s infirmary, Reiji is already makes position upside her body (What’s the reason? Just think that he wants to kiss her when she wake up… Weird.. and also dangerous!).
Hibiki is going out with Momoko to lure Kanna. When she approaches him on the rooftop, Reiji comes and rescues her, but gets hurt. Kanna takes care of him with Moegi’s help. There, she feels curious and asks about Moegi-Reiji’s relationship to Moegi herself. Moegi is not Reiji’s bride. Rather, she is Reiji’s bride’s daughter. Reiji took care of her and their relationship seemed to be father-daughter (what?). Kanna tells Moegi her feeling for Reiji and Moegi cheers for her.
Kaki comes to attacks Kanna, but Reiji is able to make him go. After Moegi, now Momoko has known about Kanna’s feeling too. A few more of Reiji’s conversation with someone via phone..
Some people attacks Kanna and says that it is someone’s order. Because Kanna wants to protect Momoko, she tells Momoko to run away. But Momoko refuses. After Reiji comes and saves them, Momoko is angry towards Kanna because she just want to protect her friend and not herself. It makes Reiji a bit happy to see that Kanna is making friend with a kind one. This will be much told when Ejima Shikiko attacked Kanna and Momoko was protecting her (so she got hurted by Ejima).
Reiji brought her to some place with his car. It was revealed that he brought her to the committee as he was one of them. Unfortunately, Minaha and Mitsuaki came. They’re about to fight, but got interrupted by Kanna’s confession. She said that she liked Reiji for sure, so Reiji turned back to fought the committee.
After this was solved, Reiji replied to Kanna’s feeling. Not a long time after their confession, Reiji told her to marry him. Of course she refused because she was just 16 years old. But after 3 years, they’re holding a real wedding…! I think his CGs are all so normal and can’t feel romantic feelings toward it, except for the wedding one.
CV: Okitsu Kazuyuki
I played his route the last because… I don’t like him. He’s so noisy, sometimes stupid, weird accent (That I didn’t like much if someone with Kansai-ben spoke out so loud. Why can’t he be more like Abe no Seimei in Miyako who speaks with cooler attitude?), and always makes a decision straight by what he see. When I played the scene where he was seen, I just couldn’t stand his voice and went to closed the speaker from my PSP (just so to low his voice).
He is the one who bring Kanna to demon “world”. Reiji and Minaha told Kanna that Mitsuaki wore glasses because he always studying? When Kanna chooses to sleep in his room, he tells her that he never bring anyone to there, even his friend.
Mitsuaki had a bride before and he was thinking to protect that person. But because he wasn’t able to give child, she was transferred to another demon. After that, he always thinking to protect demon brides.
Kaki gets hurt in a fight with Hibiki and gets treated in Minaha’s room. As everyone went out, Mitsuaki spoke alone to the sleeping prince (Kaki). Kanna feels his kind heart after that..
The school festival’s coming. Kanna goes around school with Mitsuaki. But they’re got interrupted by Mitsuaki’s job in the club. When night comes, the two go back together and in the middle of their way, Mitsuaki kisses Kanna’s forehead.
Attack is coming from the committee now and Mitsuaki gets hurt because of the fight. Kanna treated him with bandage. He tells her that he will always protecting her. On another occasion, he tells her that he wants her to be his bride, married with him, and goes out from kigasato (propose!). She can’t answer him for now.
Kaki went to attack Kanna and Mitsuaki fought with him. Kanna wants to help him out but there’s some voice telling her not to interrupt until everything have finish. So Mitsuaki won from Kaki and Kanna answered his proposal before (she said yes). They’re going out from kigasato with a car. They visited Kanna’s mother then went again to lived in apartment together for a few weeks. Of course the committee people always chases them, so they’re always changing places to lives.
Reiji begin to move and capture the two of them. When Kanna awakes, some voice tells her that Mitsuaki is fine. Reiji takes her to a party, but gets interrupted by Mitsuaki. When Reiji and Mitsuaki are in the middle of fighting, the voice comes again. Reiji understands that Kanna’s pregnant with that voice, so the fighting gets stop. Reiji surrender to their love that brings miracle (They are thinking that Mitsuaki can’t bring child, so the committee don’t want to give Kanna to him).
After that, they’re having a child…
Look, purple hair and blue eyes…
Ugh!! Why? I think that Mitsuaki’s route is more like a true story rather than Kaki’s. His ending story really is a painful one and the conclusion is about the same as Kaki (about have their child). I think the best ending get to Mitsuaki’s.. Really mad!!! He’s not my type and I hate him, but he get the best one. In his route, Kanna’s confession is more quick than the other routes too. It’s the fact that she gets to love him more, right? Argh!!! They got the “run away” scene too! Usually, this scene are just for the true love (too much soap opera).
There are a few things that gets me some weird and not comfortable feelings. They are:
- There isn’t any groom for the demon bride (Momoko and Ejima).
- I don’t know about who is the chief of Senteiin (committee).
- There are too many chase-and-run, catch-me-if-you-can scenes. It bothers me a lot to write about Hibiki, Kuniichi, Ejima, and senteiin attacks Kanna again and again.
- The scenes are changing quickly, so I almost forget everything if I don’t write this review first (It’s actually happen in Kaki’s route. I was forgot some things).
- The main character’s story is lost to Mitsuaki’s!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrh!!!!!!!!!
I know there are much more, but I can’t tell it know (because I almost forget it too-the changing so quickly scenes…). But overall, the story is very interesting. Every characters gets their own secret and some bad and good things in their CG and story. The music almost looks like Hiiro no Kakera with traditional feelings. Hanaoni is quite good if the attack’s scenes get compress…? Oh yeah, before, I write this title as Hanaoni~Koi Someru Koku Eikyuu no Shirushi~. But after I visited the blog, the title was written as Hanaoni~Koi Someru Toki Towa no Shirushi~ in hiragana. So I had been wrong this entire time.
Kaki on Minaha’s bed… Not suitable!
Favourite characters are Hibiki & Kaki. The others are out… I like Hibiki because his personality is really interesting (choking neck, grab a knife)… What’s all that>>? No, I think he’s so fun after knowing his feeling for Kanna (teases her?). Kaki is a very different from usual main character. He rarely appear in the story. He make me wonder how much more time will I wait for him..? Still, this game is quite good and I recommend it.
Watase is so hot too!
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