Dreamy Days in west Tokyo [Johji Chakura Route]

Ahh the older guy trope. Sometimes voltage makes this trope really well and sometimes they make it kind of stink. Their best one I played before this was definitely the Kunihiko route from My Forged Wedding. So, needless to say, I’ve been waiting for another older man to come and sweep me off my feet. Well, good news, Johji is kind of hunky and just the right dose of interesting mixed with mysterious!

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I think the real draw on this character is that you realize you like him. Normally in these stories one of three things happen, you’re oblivious to the end, you realize it in the middle, or you know almost right away and feel awkward about it the entire story. Then there’s the very rare, I know it and it’s awkward but it’s also kind of endearing and dramatic. I prefer to be dramatic or to take awhile, but dramatic is a lot more fun and that’s why Johji’s is so fun.

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Now if you’re wondering, what about an older man is appealing, and how would he acknowledge you- welcome to the Voltage Johji route! Most of the game is every single one of your childhood friends realizing you’re into Johji and very softly implying how he might see you as a child, while also acknowledging your feelings. As usual the ‘main’ guy that has most of the interest in you is a bit of a tsundere about it, but got to give Ichigo props on staying in character and mostly just wanting you to be happy.

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My biggest problem with Dreamy Days in general is the flashback stuff. These guys are from your childhood and you have history with them, but usually they’re just painful and tedious to get through. There’s nothing less sexy than finding yourself attracted to someone who then flashbacks to kiddy moments. It really puts you out of the mood! But Johji was a teenager and very kind and gentle to you, so this? Actually not so bad! I really didn’t mind when his memories came up or the cute things I learned about him.

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I don’t really enjoy the rehash of a particular theme though: your love interest is rich and has a fiance in storage to cause drama. I liked how they handled it in Kunihiko’s route because he’s legitimately like, no I really do not want a fiance so pretend to be mine just as a favor my niece, wait niece I might love you, crap I do love you niece. And it goes on in such a manner that I am infinitely fond of Kunihiko and find it to be well developed. More often than not Voltage has a storage fiance who is there to make you doubt yourself. Let me defend that for a second and say I love the delicious dramu. Nothing pleases me more in my romance games than to have a terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach and force me to deal with it. It’s why Ota Kisaki is top tier to me! I love this. But I require something original to really be drawn in.

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Does this do it? Well, in one regard. One is that Johji actually did love his storage fiance, but she loved his friend. His childhood memories are a tale of a little girl comforting him as he is rejected by the girl he loves. If it wasn’t for the childhood memories of this part, it would fall short, so I think for once they are a welcome addition to the story. It really solidifies the theme of DD, which I think is simply that each route you choose is a representation of destiny or a love that was always meant to be. Childhood Memories stories are there to show you how you’ve always gotten along or meant something to each other, and then it jumps back to the future to show how it still applies.

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Johji is delightful in light of that. He is nothing but exactly what the story is going for, while going a little above and beyond with how the affections work. Even moreso, I am absurdly fond of when something angsty happens and it goes to the next level. Trying to leave and being stopped? Good, but not quite there. Leaving Japan and keeping your feelings hidden and leaving no note declaring your secret love? ding ding ding ding ding! I love that. I think it’s really dramatic and leaves romantic tension, and besides you’re younger and have no reason to believe this older guy might care at all. He must prove it, dammit, and he does!

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I will say, I yearned for more. It is always underwhelming in these stories when your love interest is older and is afraid to push his luck, but that was addressed in the epilogue. All of the routes I’ve played actually underplay your romance in that respect. It’s such a juxtaposition from First Love Diaries where you’re having sex in your junior year of high school almost everytime, yet you usually have to play the sequels to get anywhere in Dreamy Days.

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That being said, for this route I only played the Main route and the epilogue, where nothing happens. Yet I found that satisfying and eventually plan on doing his sequel and 3 years later. Jeez, Dreamy Days has so much content. That’s why it’s so good though, and hopefully if you enjoy it all I’ll get a little push to continue reviewing his content. Next up is Koh’s route and a few more from Class Trip Crush and First Love Diaries. Why is February so short?!

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Oki

Finally In Love Again [ Kazuki Serizawa Route] PERFECTION A PLUS

I’ve made a point on several occasions to drastically point out my opinion on every single Voltage game in order to assure consumers that I am far more interested in what I like than simply pushing a product- I’ve critisized several games for being run of the mill and filled with tropes, but then I have on several occasions stopped and said that I believe that there is one that goes above and beyond the call. Some of these routes legitimately ‘win’ their respective stories and basically make the wait for other characters seem obsolete.

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Congrats everyone, KAZUKI SERIZAWA WINS FINALLY IN LOVE AGAIN ! But before I pick up and literally take this piece of perfection, I have to tell you why you should all embark on this adventure and make this handsome smooth talking S.O.B. your next Voltage route.

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First off, pretty sure this route has healing powers because I’m writing this review with bronchitis. Yeah, even debilitating coughing and a weak body can’t overcome the true love that is this so otp route. Namely because? Kazuki is basically your soul mate. I hate to use such strong words but you might as well have written this to be THE route for you. This is after I’ve played three very amazing other routes, with the exceptions being Yoh and Yuto who are not my type, this is the best route in the entirety of Finally in Love Again. No story feels more complete, satisfying, or completely well written than this perfection.

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First off, Kazuki is basically THE boyfriend. That’s right, the last boyfriend you ever had was Kazuki and you broke up for suspicious reasons and what seems to be a lack of communication. This route has all the delicious drama you could ever want, but it’s never too painful and it always makes you want more. I was in the middle of my Sosuke route review when this came out and let me tell you, DAMN. I also have to admit it’s nice for the main character, Kinoue for all those who might forget this games name choice for me, to have someone who can be a little more sexy with her. Momo and Aki were sexy and alluring, but it always came back to the age and Momo really needed to learn to lay off!

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I find that Kazuki meeting you for the first time because of sweets is perfect and adorable, your dream led you to the man of your dreams and even when Kazuki has his dull moments he’s absolutely engaging. Yeah, he pretty much has no dull moments! I just want him to hug me and tell me he loves me all night. And one very important aspect exists: chemistry. Never did I hesitate to believe these two could throw down on the floor and once the main story ended and it was clear they both wanted it, the throw downs begin. Yowza. Aki and Momo had sex in their stories but Aki ran out of steam and Momo took too long, but boy does Kazuki not feel as old as he is. Handsome and steamy to boot; you can’t get bored of this smooth talking hottie! Yowch. I feel like such a pervert talking about him, he really is just that fun and interesting.

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HE DID EVERYTHING I WANTED HIM TO DO! HE WAS PERFECT! He was good in his story, engaging in his job, loyal to his employees, stubborn but in love, suave but so swiftly seduced by you- he was excellent. I want him to just shut up, marry me, and let me have a kid with him. Entrepreneur baby 2015. None of this fake baby crap! Oh right, this is a Japanese game..sigh…don’t you know American women have children and still chase their dreams?! No American woman quits their job if they really love it, but I guess that’s a cultural difference.

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And to be honest? It was a little nice to have everyone at Larme being. ..coworkers. Aki, Momo, and ‘Kinoue’ have a special bond that is always a little disturbed in their romance routes. Kazuki both gives the main character happiness, solves tensions, and allows for strong bonds between the Larme cast. Miho was even really nice this route instead of pressuring like she was in Aki’s! Points to pretty much every character and even the token rival for Kazuki’s love, Yukino, who word slapped her own father and totally deserved a fabulous art sprite. I Imagine she was basically a sexy Japanese Madonna- her best moment was basically her giving her dad the equivalent of “fuck off dad dont be a dick” the speech. PRICELESS.

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My only complaint about this story is I’m afraid. I know that it will be difficult for Voltage to follow the path they need to. Every game they want to make a formula to measure where each sequel puts you, but I think Kazuki needs to move faster. Faster proposal, faster marriage, and faster talking about the future. But you know? So far they have yet to disappoint in handling that, even in the epilogue. That’s why he’s so sexy and I’m hoping for the best with him in the future! I couldn’t even wait a day to play this and none of you should either, it’s absolutely worth playing and one of the best Voltage routes out right now! Go, find love! Find love on a desk!

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Find love in the bath!

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Find love with your ex!

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Worth.

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Oki