Shinsengumi Hokusyouden Shinseirakuraku 新撰組北翔伝 晨星落落 #1 Saitou Hajime.
In Keio Year 4, after losing Kondou Isami, Shinsengumi’s battle continued in Aizu. Although Saitou didn’t care about anything other than Shinsengumi, he became attracted to an Aizu lady’s strong heart hidden under her delicate appearance. However, when Aizu was on the verge of falling, Shinsengumi decided to withdraw. Saitou, who had always followed every order faithfully, can’t agree this without doubt.
"Shinsengumi will fight to death for Aizu. I can’t stay beside you to the end."
"Live, no matter how difficult it is. Live. One day we will take Aizu back."
This is fresh!! There’re many drama CDs & cellphone games on Shinsengumi, but nearly all of them are based on Shinsengumi’s happy days in Kyoto. Also, forgive me for being frank, are more like using popular settings for a situation to get laid, rather than actually telling a story based on that sad & turbulent era. But this has solid background and looks promising. (The next 2 CDs, Nomura Risaburo & Soma Kazue, are also main characters in Aya Kanno’s Hokusō Shinsengumi. It’s heartbreaking.)
The title means ”Shinsengumi’s journey north, dispersed like stars after daybreak”. To think that they fade away one by one like stars fading as the sun rises… Who came up with this title? >_<
The staff expressed surprise on fans already guessed who the heroine is. But really, the track list is a giveaway: 1. Encounter, 2. Dango Store & Naginata, 3. Report & Truth, 4. The Battle of Bonari Pass, 5. Farewell, 6. The Night Before the End, 7. Nyoraido, 8. Reunion, 9. Marriage Ceremony Night. It would be surprising if the heroine isn’t Tokio,
and they’ll face fans’ wrath then. ;)
Hakuouki SSL Official Fanbook ~ Special Class
Magazine art, game CG, character introduction, short stories in DGS magazine, and staff interview. 128 pages.
Hakuouki is the mainstay of Idea Factory. IF will keep milking it till 90% of the fanbase can’t tolerate it. (Even if 80% fans aren’t buying, it still beats most otome games.)
The success of Hakuouki & Amnesia on PSVita made this console the next gold mine for Otomate. Amnesia fandisk’s port is slated for this Oct.. It’s a matter of time before Zuisouroku, Yuugiroku 1&2, and Reimeiroku get ported to Vita too.
And they’ll make SSL fandisk or SSL2. The threshold for Otomate to consider a game popular enough for sequel/fandisk is selling ~9,200 copies in total (ref.).
Hakuouki SSL sold thrice as much - 27,850 copies - in 4 days, ranking #57 among all games on PS Vita, even higher than Assassin’s Creed III Liberation! (This doesn’t include PSN download, which is probably how most fans buy ACIII. But it’s still a shocking sight. XD) This is the biggest success since 2011 (Reimeiroku PSP). I see no reason to stop milking, especially when writing silly school life is 10000 times easier than Edo Era. Actually I won’t be surprised if there’s an anime next summer.
So yeah. I think there will still be Hakuouki merchandise.
SSL pin badge & SSL school bag style pouch. Pouch size is about 19x11x3cm, perfect for PSP/Vita or accessories! Get them here. :D
BTW bid for one single Souji’s swim ver. went up to 1,500 Yen! Wow! O_O
Hakuouki SSL Official Storybook ~ After School
Game script, Hakuo Academy campus introduction & schedule, background settings, new short story, staff interview, and a poster of this cover merged with SSL fanbook cover. A4 size 128 pages.
Hakuouki Movie 2 : Shikon Soukyuu Blu-ray/DVD is postponed to Sept. 10th, due to production issues.
On July 15th, Kazuki Yone sensei tweeted:I went to the closing party of Hakuouki movie.
Tears of gratitude welled in my eyes as I greet the actors and the staff whom I became familiar with after these years.
The thought of “this is the end” welled up in me.
Everyone in production of Hakuouki loved it so much. I’m filled with gratitude.Thank you for all the replies. I was invited to draw the limited edition cover and Animate exclusive tapestry which will be released next month. Please support us to the end.
So I thought it’s on schedule. I guess she didn’t know either. ><Hakuouki’s closing party & Producer Ogura’s birthday party ended successfully. Kazuki Yone-san also made it before the last train.
Hakuouki series, since the first game, lasted for about 6 years. It’s great to participate in a long-lasting production.
I deeply appreciate all the fans who support me.
Anime Hakuouki, and Yone-sensei’s participation of Hakuouki series, really came to an end. Q_Q
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