Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom [Chikage Kazama Route]
This special route is awesome. Oh, have I mentioned I have a deeply misplaced affection for Kazama? Oh. Well. I do. This one is all spoilers as it is short and sweet and I don’t feel like censoring myself.
~Below is the Difference between high and low expectations- Eva played through the entire portion of this quest the first time and so did not find Kazama special, I did not even go this path until completing everyone else. Keep in mind there are only three Kazama chapters and they are not heavily romantic, it is a special route so don’t get your hopes up!~
This route is obtained by literally being like…oh hay. I’m just gonna. You know. Sit here with low affection and not really pursue a romance highly. Kazama’s romance is short as you are in the company of a member of the Chosu Satsuma alliance and as such are hardly a target. It starts when you are separated by an explosion from the Shinsengumi and saved by Kazama. After saving you, you learn that the Shinsengumi is essentially screwed as the Chosu-Satsuma army is now considered the Imperial Army and to fight them means to be a traitor. But Kazama is oddly not malicious in that intent as he explains it.
The best part about this route is you see Kazama for what he is. Really freaking cool. Full of pride. Not really evil but instead searching for warriors and battles. The second best part is that by asking Kazama for a favor you can freak Sen AND Kazama the hell out by asking him to accompany you.
It’s in this storyline you quickly run into your father who wants to use your blood to strengthen his furies. Kazama saves you from being taken and tells you he is not your father, and then says he must kill him for what he intends to do. You follow him and Kazama and Amigiri really make short work of his furies as well as of him, and even if you try to take responsibility for him Kazama will not kill you, and will kill your father. But after killing him he explains in an almost sympathetic way that it is the humans at fault, as they tainted your father.
The Shinsengumi has been slowly dying off and you’ve been following them. You hear where they are headed next and ask Kazama to come with you in order to see it to the end (or, you should be) and when you arrive you learn they are all dead and cry at the tattered remains of their flag, questioning why they all had to die. Kazama is patient with you and allows you to cry in peace and then asks you what you are going to do, and you state you’ll probably stay there for awhile.
Now here’s the turning point. You needed to tell him three things to get his ending, ask him to come with you, stop him from killing your father, and please come with me to Ezo. If you ask all these you will get his ending. If you don’t, you’ll get the regular ending where you acknowledge all their deaths and remember them sadly. It’s actually sweet so don’t be sad to get it, it’s just very very sad. And also, I really want Kazama’s ending so of course I had to do this over again. If you get his ending…you get a kiss! And Kazama says the truth. He was using you as an excuse to toy with the Shinsengumi and he’d have grown bored of you if all you really were was just a female demon, no matter how rare they are. But he has actually grown fond of you, so when you’re ready come for him. And then he pauses, or he’ll simply come for you.
It’s short and sweet and yeah sad for the Shinsengumi but come on. THINK ABOUT IT. POWERFUL DEMON COUPLE WHO AREN’T GOING TO DIE AND ALSO KAZAMA IS HOT AND ALSO I HAVE A VERY LARGE FONDNESS FOR BLONDES AND ALSO HIS VOICE IS SEXY AND ALSO THE ART IS GOOD AND ALSO WHY WASNT THERE A SEX SCENE AND ALSO *NO WORRIES I WILL DEFINITELY COME TO YOU*
Uh…yeah! Play it bitches!
And incidentally, I have an overactive imagination and a Kazama plushie. So I didn’t need a whole lot to enjoy this immensely. And if you’re easy to please, play it. If not well…you’ll be Eva. And I like being Oki. *thumbs up*
*twitch* That’s it?
Is this a joke?
I’m sorry, unlike Oki I found this incredibly boring. Sure we get to learn more about Kazama and all, but god!
Here I was playing with high anticaptation waiting to have a blast with this route because Kazawa is such a badass and cool character… AND THIS IS ALL WE GET? NOTHING SIGNIFICANT HAPPENS! The only difference between the Normal Route and Kazawa’s Route is you get a kiss at the end. That’s it. Nothing else, everything else is the same! Answer three questions correctly and BAM! Complete!
Secret route my ass. I expected more, what a disappointment.
I’m this close to claiming it’s more boring than Saito’s route. The major difference is despite the lack of love going on in Saitos’ route, is the fact it’s way more interesting and Kazawa’s character is far more amusing to listen to and there’s subtle relationship development- but you, the player don’t get the chance get involved except for those three questions. It baffles my mind how they couldn’t have added more scenes.
I’m glad I didn’t save this for last, it would’ve been a terrible way to complete the game. I highly recommend you do the same.
NOTE: While on other routes (before you do Kazawa’s) I’d advise you MAKE A SEPARATE SAVING FILE AT CHAPTER 4, since his route only starts then. Certainly explains the lack of involvement, but still, there were many opportunities to expand on it more.