Era of Samurai: Code of Love – Okita Souji Main Story

Okita’s main story is part of Love 365’s Free Titles promotion until the end of the month, so I decided to check it out. Okita, of course, is a skilled and ruthless swordsman of the Shinsengumi. The MC is a medic girl who is taken in by the Shinsengumi after some bad guys attack and destroy her home.

I thought Chapter 3 was too soon for the MC to be lecturing Okita about the value of life and wrongness of murder. He’d been a killer long before they met and they barely knew each other at this point. In fact, there was a very real chance she could become his next victim at any time. If they were becoming friends or considering becoming lovers, that would be a reasonable time to bring up that impediment to their relationship. Lecturing a stranger just seems cluelessly naïve and frankly dangerous.

Anyway, it was an enjoyable Shinsengumi period-drama even without the love story. As for the romance, their lives were so different; I didn’t see how they could truly understand and comfort each other. But whatever, it was still a decent little fantasy.

Masquerade KISS: Kazuomi & Kei Main Stories

One of the titles from Love 365’s otome app, Masquerade KISS features only 3 suitors and a MC who is an undercover secret agent. I recently read Kazuomi’s and Kei’s main stories concurrently; Kazuomi because he interested me, and Kei because his route was new and free to read without wait times. Normally there is a 5 hour delay between chapters if you’re reading for free. Being new to Love 365 and its Love Choice system, I read both stories completely for free just to see what it is like.

Kei, as expected, was not really my type. Guys with a tendency to lock you up are inherently kind of creepy to me, no matter how good looking or otherwise gentle they may be. I did like how he and “Nagisa” sort of became partners in crime. However, the early and middle sections were pretty slow moving, so I’m glad I was able to marathon several chapters at a time while reading his route.

Kazuomi was definitely more appealing to me, arrogant on the surface, but actually a good guy deep down. I found it believable that “Arisa” gradually came to admire him and feel reluctant about her assigned mission.

The same jazzy soundtrack was used in both routes, and it set a distinctive mood for these stories of love and deception. I particularly enjoyed the piece used in the ominous scenes; it sounded pretty to me.

The biggest factor that drew me in to Masquerade KISS was the smart and confident heroine. That said, I was a bit surprised that she was never suspicious about being tracked or bugged, even though it seemed strange to her that her boss always knew where to find her. Well, these are stories that are told in 26 very short chapters. They probably needed to keep the narrative moving and there was no time to make things more complicated.

I might go back and read the third guy, Yuzuru’s route eventually.

Jacquie’s 2018 Year in Review – Gaming

I have continued to play Ikemen Sengoku: Romances Across Time daily in 2018, marking more than one full year of play. I typically have a short attention span for games, so I’m pretty certain this is the longest time that I have stuck with any electronic game in all of my life!

2018 saw the release of Main Routes for 3 more warlords: Shingen (the flirt) in March, Kenshin (the yandere) in June, and finally Mitsunari (the angel) in October. Shingen, of course, is my best guy and I had been anticipating his route since before I even downloaded the app. His story was a little bumpy in the beginning, but ultimately did not disappoint – Shingen is sweet, forward-thinking, has a great self-deprecating sense of humour – I just love him! The Dramatic Route was more unique than the Romantic Route, but both were excellent.

Kenshin failed to win me over as the damaged, controlling boyfriend who needed to be saved. Sure, it’s a common story; girl falls in love, only to learn too late that her new guy has issues, so she ends up sacrificing her own time/freedom/money, gladly, for the sake of love. It could even happen to me in real life. But that’s so not how I want my fantasy romance to go! I completed Kenshin’s Dramatic Route only (to be fair, the epilogue was A+), but so far I have not felt like going back for the other ending.

Mitsunari’s route impressed me. I did not expect to like him as much as I did, especially after the way his story started. I guess I do tend to find the highly intelligent do-gooder types appealing (as opposed to the bad boys, which seem to be the preference for many girls). His Romantic Route was by far the better version; it was really fun.


Happy New Year, everyone!

Ikemen Sengoku – Dueling Hearts

From November the 12th to the 26th, CYBIRD’s Ikemen Sengoku mobile game hosted the Dueling Hearts Story Event, which saw warlord pitted against warlord in 3-part stories. Now that it’s over, I think it should be safe to reminisce and to talk about it. By grinding the Glam Offs, and with more than a little help from some great friends on- and off-line, I was able to complete all 5 Premium endings as well as 2 of the Sweet endings.

Probably the most straightforward duel was the one between my 2 best guys, Masamune VS Shingen. Just having come off of Masamune’s route in the main story, I was in the perfect mindset to feel loyal and faithful to him, yet tempted by the charms of Shingen.

I chose Masamune’s (Premium) ending first and actually found it a bit boring! Partly, that was because the compliments that the MC gave him felt insincere. I wished Masamune hadn’t worded the question in terms of coolness, since it seemed clear to me that Shingen’s smart and measured approach to fighting was cooler, not to mention his ability to read the situation from someone else’s point of view.

I did enjoy Shingen’s (Sweet) ending, which I took the second time around. (Full disclosure: It may be obvious already, but I am very biased. I like Shingen a lot.) In it, he and the MC got to spend a few hours together. They ruminated on what might have been if things had happened differently. It was really more bittersweet than sweet and it just hit me in the feels.

Regrettably, I didn’t take any screencaps of the Nobunaga VS Kennyo route. It was pretty interesting and shed light on Kennyo as a kind and decent person, you know, other than that revenge obsession.


From the anime, I know that Mitsunari is an Ieyasu fanboy, while Ieyasu treats him coldly in return. There hasn’t been much interaction between them in the main stories so far, at least as far as I’ve gotten. In Ieyasu VS Mitsunari, we finally got some explanation as to why they feel the way they do about each other, as their contrasting methods were applied in a duel to see who would be strongest.


Hideyoshi VS Kenshin played up the warlords’ respective personalities and was surprisingly funny. Kenshin’s pretty much a single-minded, cold-blooded thug; and I’m not saying he’d be good boyfriend material or anything, but I quite liked him in this route because he was so well-written.


The Yukimura VS Mitsuhide route was probably the most dramatic, what with the espionage and covert operations and fighting on a rooftop in gale force winds. In both endings, things escalated pretty quickly on the romance front as well. I didn’t get to follow Mitsuhide’s (Sweet) ending personally, but I have it on good authority that it included a near marriage proposal! And in Yukimura’s (Premium) ending, this: