Seems like it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these…
So, I don’t think there’s a single English-speaking otome fan out there that hasn’t heard of Code:Realize. It’s generally considered one of the best if not the best out of otome games currently available in English, and out of all the games I’ve played this year, it’s also been one of my favorites.
Now, the fandisk for Code:Realize (with the subtitle Shukufuku no Mirai, AKA “Blessed Future”) is coming out next month, so I thought I’d translate the info from the official website, to celebrate this.
By the way, if you don’t read Japanese, don’t worry about never getting to play this – from what I’ve heard, Aksys Games have announced that they’re going to localize this fandisk. There’s no Western release date yet, though.
(Note: I’ll only go over the characters that are new to the fandisk here.)
John H. Watson
CV: Toriumi Kōsuke
Herlock Sholmes’s former friend. As a duo, they have managed to solve many difficult crimes. A jovial man who used to be an army doctor, he also has certain rough elements to his personality. He appears to be the complete opposite of Sholmes. Also: he’s married.
Idea’s new apostle
CV: Nobuhiko Okamoto
A quiet young man, and one of the thirteen apostles of Idea. Due to his demeanor, it’s difficult to pick up on any changes to his emotions. His special ability is “searching”, so he’s able to find anyone, no matter how well they hide.
CV: Takaya Hoshi
The boss of the Gordon Family – the London mafia. Due to his large stature and boisterous personality he might seem intimidating, but he’s actually a gentleman and he’s always ready to extend a helping hand to those in a less fortunate position. He’s also a doting father to his daughter, Shirley.
CV: Yamazaki Haruka
Darius’s daughter. As expected from a teenager, she dislikes being doted on by her father. Since she grew up in an environment where she had to interact with adults a lot, she’s more mature and knowledgeable about the society than her peers. A certain event brings her together with Cardia, and they become friends.
(Cardia gets a lady friend! ＼(^o^)／)
CV: Katsuyuki Konishi
A mysterious man who one day just appeared before the Gordon Family. He appears to have some sort of a connection to Darius. Tends to be surrounded by shady people.
CV: Shou Nogami
A young man who works for the Gordon family. Darius appears to have taken a liking to him and as such, he pushes various tasks onto him at every opportunity. Since he’s been Shirley’s attendant from a very young age, she’s come to trust him.
Generally speaking, the game will be divided into four parts:
- An “after story” for each of the routes from the first game
- Two new stories:
- One dealing primarily with Finnis
- One dealing primarily with Sholmes
- A completely new story that didn’t appear in the previous game (entitled: “Lupin’s Gang”)
I know what we’re all thinking: does that mean we’re getting a Sherlock route? (Yes, I know he’s called “Sholmes”, but come on, we all know it’s really Sherlock Holmes.)
In the promo video the two new stories have “titles”:
- for Finis it’s 愛を知る者と、愛を知らぬもの (roughly: “The One Who Knows of Love and the One Who Does Not”)
- for Sholmes it’s 愛を探す者と、愛を避ける者 (“The One Searching for Love and the One Avoiding It”)
Take from that what you will.
And also, this CG exists now:
Otomate, pls. You can’t tease me like this.
On a more serious note, though, I tend to be… not very interested in sequels/fandisks to otome games for one simple reason: by the time I finish a game I usually have one favorite character and as a result, I become less interested in the others. So even if I got the fandisk, I can see myself only reading my favorite chara’s route and nothing else.
With Code:Realize, though, that’s not the case. Of course, I still had my favorite, but I ended up liking all of the characters almost equally. Except for, ironically, Lupin.
Ah, don’t shoot, I don’t hate Lupin, I just found him to be a bit… bland. I also wonder what his after story can possibly have to offer, considering his ending basically resolved everything and was a Happily Ever After.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to this one! I most likely won’t be able to get it on release, and I’ll wait for what the reviews say, anyway, but it looks quite promising.
And ever since I got the first game I was sad Sherlock didn’t have a route, so there’s also that.