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Kakuriyo Review

Recently, I’ve watched a show that I’ve been wanting to see for just under a year now. As always, I’ll start with a summary of the story.

Aoi Tsubaki is a special girl who can see and speak to ayakashi. To protect herself, her grandfather, Shiro Tsubaki, teaches her how to cook food that appeals to the ayakashi’s tastes for mild and sweet foods. One day, not long after Shiro dies of an accident, Aoi learns that not only did she inherit her special ability from her late grandfather, but also that same grandfather got into a steep debt with one of the inns in the ayakashi world. To ensure the debt is paid, Shiro had signed a contract with the innkeeper, Master Ogre (I’ll call him Odanna since that sounds like an actual name and the show never gives him a real one) that states that in the event that Shiro is unable to repay his debt he will give Aoi up to be Odanna’s bride. She refuses, however, and makes her own deal with the ogre to work until the debt is paid in full so she can keep her autonomy and freedom to marry for love. To pay off the debt, she opens a small restaurant in the courtyard of the inn. Through her food, she makes friends, brings enemies to her side, pulls families together, and touches the hearts and souls of even the most soulless and cruel ayakashi. All the while, Odanna tries everything in his power to make her change her mind on marrying him; debt or no.

Saying this now, the relationship between Aoi and Odanna is really cute. He goes above and beyond, reading between the lines as to what she wants and what will make her happy. There are also so many times she acts like a child. Almost every time they go out into town together, her curiosity gets the best of her and she wanders away, leaving Odanna to have to hunt her down and save her from an ayakashi that she caught the eye of. Sadly, he doesn’t have much personality aside from whatever he believes will make Aoi happy and the kinda-sorta “father figure” of the inn. nearly everyone on his staff was taken in by him at a young and/or weakened state.

As for Aoi herself, she’s you typical spunky anime heroine who doesn’t take crap, and that somehow gets her friends everywhere she turns, the only thing that sets her apart from all other spunky heroines would be the fact that her main weapon of choice is food.

Another friend that Aoi made was Genji, the fox ayakashi who’s Odanna’s right-hand man so to speak. He’s a little sweetheart and acts like a protective big brother to Aoi when they go out in town together.

There are other ayakashi that befriends Aoi, but I’m actually low on time and most of them follow the same arc; “I don’t like you, you’re a human girl!”/”I won’t eat food made by a human woman!”, “This tastes good! Can I have more food?”, “WE ARE BEST BUDS NOW!” and they suddenly have the best relationship like they’ve been lifelong friends the whole time.

All in all, it’s a great show with adorable and likable characters, a compelling premise, and a sweet story. If that’s what you’re looking for, watch it yourself and come to your own conclusion. After you watch it, be sure to leave your own thoughts and opinions in the comments below and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

Side note, I’m getting busier and busier, so blogs may be less frequent. I know I already spaced the blogs out already, but I am out of ideas and little on time to get inspired. If you have any suggestions on ideas, please let me know in the comments. I’ll post when I can, but I don’t want to force myself to post just because of a schedule and risk lowering the quality of blogs.

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Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Review

Ok, I know what you’re thinking, but just hear me out. I’m not a yaoi fangirl! With almost every yaoi I’ve seen, the writers write a story around the project being yaoi rather than write a story that complements yaoi. I was going to write this one off as something like those shows that claim to be “homosexual progressive” when really there’s no plot or conflict anywhere insight, almost like they just threw something together as if to say “look! We’re not homophobic! We have these characters!” even though the characters in question don’t have any characterization and aren’t backed by any story plot. However, one day, AnimeAngel120 dared me to watch one episode of one yaoi of her choosing, and this was what she picked. All I could say about that is props to her for knowing me well enough to show me a yaoi anime that has a compelling love story and isn’t just yaoi for the sake of yaoi.

Now, let me summarize the story to explain what I mean.

Ritsu Onodera is the son of a highly credible and successful editor and is even the owner of an editing company. However, to get out from under his father’s shadow, Ritsu leaves the company his family owns and applies instead to a different editing company. While his application was for the literature department, so he’d edit and send off literary works, the only availability is in the Shojo Manga department that’s run by Masamune Takano, who was Ritsu’s not-so-sweet-highschool-sweetheart. After clearing the misunderstandings that lead to their 10-year-old breakup, Masamune promises that he’ll make Ritsu fall in love with him all over again, so they could pick up where they left off when they were dumb teenagers. At the same time, another manga editor, Yoshiyuki Hatori, begins dating in secret with his childhood friend and editing client, Chiaki Yoshino, and another one of the manga editors, Shouta Kisa, falls in a superficial love with one of the sale clerks who’s the most successful selling his projects, Kou Yukina.

First off, let me just say, I admire how this show tackles three separate popular love story scenarios, the “previously dated back together” couple in Masamune and Ritsu, the “childhood friends” couple in Yoshiyuki and Chiaki, and the “love at first sight” couple in Shouta and Kou. However, while all three are there and are well done, each having just enough screen time to properly establish each couples insecurities and strengths, it is mostly Masamune and Ritsu who take center stage. The way that it’s set up actually reminds me of old soap-operas my mother used to watch when I was young, like Days of our Lives; with each episode, you don’t really know which love story you’re following, but they’re each interconnected. Example, there would be one episode where Yoshiyuki leaves the office early because Chiaki is falling behind on his deadline when Ritsu is freaking out about missing the deadline. The next episode, it shows that Chiaki got sick and couldn’t work. (I can’t remember if that’s actually how the episode flow is, it’s just an example.)

I guess I should give a detailed review on each of the main characters. Warning now, this may contain spoilers, though I’ll try not to spoil too much.

Ritsu definitely reminds of a type of tsundere with a hardened shell. With his past relationship with Masamune, he hasn’t allowed himself to love anyone to nearly the same degree, though, he comes across as almost mean-spirited a lot of the time. Too often, he forgets that words have consequences and he’s reminded multiple times that his actions contradict his words and other actions, sending very confused and mixed messages to Masamune and Takafumi (Masamune’s protective college friend). While the audience can see the consistencies of his words and actions (due to the show being through his eyes when it focuses on his love story), it doesn’t change the fact that outwardly, he sends mixed signals and red flags. He’s still a likable character because of his work ethic and the few times he’s allowing himself to have a relationship with Masamune.

Speaking of, Masamune isn’t near innocent either. After he hears why Ritsu ran away and never came back, he dedicates every free second to prove to him that the love they have is real. Countless times, he invades Ritsu’s personal space, even crossing the sexual harassment line multiple times. Still, his determination to get Ritsu to fall back in love with him is actually admirable. He doesn’t single him out at work, but he also very clearly cares about him and encourages Ritsu to at least meet him halfway as, either a work superior or just a friend and neighbor.

With the second couple I wanna talk about, Chiaki and Yoshiyuki, are more like sweetheart falling in love instead of one side being in love and pursuing someone who has stated that he’s not interested. Chiaki and Yoshiyuki both tell each other that they love each other constantly. However, the love triangle they’re in is a little annoying. Chiaki has a friend from his school days, Yuu, who’s also pursuing him. Yoshiyuki is jealous of all the time Chiaki wants to spend with Yuu, all the while, Chiaki doesn’t understand why his childhood friend and lover doesn’t like it when he goes on a trip with his school friend instead.

With the third couple, Shouta and Kou, honestly, I feel their relationship is phoned in and kind of boring. I mean, it’s so phoned in that Kou literally says (paraphrasing) “I’m really a straight guy, but for you, I’ll go gay.” Plain and simple, they’re cliched and boring to me, I don’t even really want to talk about them honestly.

But what did you guys think? Did you enjoy the “ex-couple back together” relationship in Ritsu and Masamune, the “childhood friends” love triangle in Chiaki, Yoshiyuki, and Yuu, or the “strangers love at first sight” couple in Shouta and Kou? I personally enjoyed the first/main couple, but I want to know your thoughts (also, I promise, I’m not going to turn this blog into a yaoi/fanservice site; this is just a one time thing because I felt the need to review this specific anime, that just happened to be a yaoi). Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

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Pros and Cons to Alliance: Yona of the Dawn

Ok, I know, I’m posting a lot of Yona of the Dawn blogs lately, but I’ve been reading the manga and I just keep on coming up with arguments and questions that I want to dive deeper into. I just read chapter 178, and, throwing this out there right now, this is NOT spoiler-free. I WILL analyze every piece of evidence I have to that point (since as of writing this, 178 is the last chapter published on mangareader.net).

Just to catch you up if you don’t remember or you didn’t heed my spoiler warning, at the end of chapter 177, Yona and company are recovering from their latest battle against the Kai Empire in an army camp belonging to the Sky Clan. Hearing that Yona injured her throat when she was trapped in a fire, Kye-sook, Su-won’s advisor who’s present at the battlefield in Su-won’s place, gives Yona medicine that Yun didn’t know about nor had access to. Yona’s throat gets better in less than an hour. When she finds him later, Kye-sook proposes that they make an alliance, bringing up the facts that Yona and her crew are beloved by the citizens of the kingdom, he and Hak had an alliance during the battle they just finished, and foreign countries have shown interest in capturing the Dragon Warriors and their powers at least twice already.

This is a big debate and tough for both sides. On one hand, if Yona accepts Kye-sook’s proposal for an alliance, her group would have constant access to food, shelter, protection, and the castle (which has special properties that speed up the dragons’ recoveries when they get injured). However, with that alliance, the four dragons would essentially be Su-won’s lapdogs. If Yona refuses, they’d reserve the freedom to refuse Su-won’s orders, however, they’d be forced deep into hiding, like the only place they could hope for safe haven would he Gija’s village (if they could even find it a second time), which may also make finding shelter and food much more difficult if they’re out in the wild mountains.

Let entertain the idea of accepting the alliance for a bit. So, if Yona accepts, and Kye-sook is the one making the negotiation and terms of the alliance, she, Hak, Yun, and the four dragons would all go back to the castle with Kye-sook and the Sky Clan army. They may be welcomed in the castle and be presented with rooms and food and Yun would be presented with the library and be able to read to his heart’s content. The biggest glaring issue would be Su-won. Hak still despises him and can’t be in the same area as him without needing to be held back from ripping his throat out. He’d need Jaeha to practically babysit him as they’d wander the castle if they’d have to stay where Kye-sook and/or Su-won could keep an eye on them while they all sit on their hands or use the time to learn all they could about whatever most concerns them; Yun would learn all he could about medicine and anything else he could get his hands on, Hak may catch up and update his military knowledge, Yona would use the extra down-time to perfect her swordsmanship and archery, the four dragons might treat the castle as some museum…or just wander around…I’m honestly not sure what they’d do with all that stationary free-time if they were essentially trapped in the castle unless called on for battle.

If Su-won decides the terms of the alliance, I believe Yona and company may get to spend the majority of their time on the road and continue with their quest to better the kingdom one village at a time as they were, only now they have the castle to fall back on. Su-won has shown a lot of admiration for Yona’s work across the kingdom, from their work as Pirates of Awa, to how they handled the Nadai case, to how they changed the Fire Clan for the better, so him allowing them to continue as they were, only difference being that now they’re supported by the state, is very believable. Su-won may call upon them to assist his armies, which they’d have to answer as soon as possible, or oversee their progress around the kingdom, as well as if the dragons are targeted again it would be more an act of war and would bring in at least one clan’s army to assist rather than just the personal grudge for Yona and Hak that it has been. Aside from that, despite Zeno saying they’d be used by the king for the rest of their lives, I don’t think Su-won would interfere much because he isn’t religious and already said he doesn’t require the dragon’s powers, as well as the fact that if he really wanted to kill Yona, he’s had no less than three times already in which he could’ve killed her with no witnesses. Instead, Su-won is content with knowing that Yona is alive, well, and helping the kingdom however she can, whether that means she’s relying on Hak or divine powers.

Now, let’s see the scenario for if Yona refuses. Like I said earlier, they’d be forced to go back into hiding. Because they’re so loved by the people, Kye-sook sees Yona as a threat to Su-won, so, if they don’t accept the alliance, I’m fully convinced he’d target her. While her logic is “He could’ve easily killed me by slipping poison into that medicine”, I wouldn’t be surprised if he refrained from killing her until after he’d try diplomacy to control her and the threat she holds. If he can’t control her threat, then he’ll eliminate her threat. With this in mind, they’d be forced to go so deep into hiding, they wouldn’t be able to help anyone with anything and have to sit on their hands.

Well, there’s the three options I think are most likely to happen depending on Yona’s choice to accept or reject the alliance proposal, and the terms of the said alliance. I didn’t get into a lot of detail in the scenario of if she refuses the alliance because, at the end of chapter 178, she accepts the offer, so now it’s just a question of who’s making the terms of the alliance; what’s expected of Yona, and what is the extent of Kye-sook’s/Su-won’s influence on what she can and can’t do.

I personally think she made a good call accepting the offer. The castle is the spiritual center of the dragon’s power and they get weaker the further they are, so logically, if they’re at or near the castle, they’ll be at a peek of power. Also, Yun needs to update his medical knowledge and the palace library and by the side of actual doctors is the best place in the kingdom to do that. Lastly, while Hak claims that he can and will protect everyone from Su-won’s armies, the Kai Empire, the Sei and the Xing kingdoms, he’s clearly at the end of his rope. Hak has been fighting to protect Yona on top of more and more people as their little misfit group got bigger and bigger. Yona saw this a long time ago and her counteractions were to ask Gija and the other dragons to protect Hak as well as her, and for her to learn weapons herself. What she didn’t account for was that once word gets out that there are people in the kingdom with powers and abilities similar to those of a dragon’s, then they’d try to get that power for themselves, putting the Dragon Warriors in more danger and putting more pressure on Hak to making sure they keep their freedom. With an alliance, Hak will be able to rely on Su-won again, maybe not as a person yet, but as a king who honors his contracts. Not to mention they’ll be guaranteed access to food and shelter, which is always a challenge when they’re on the road.

What do you think though? Did Yona make the right call accepting the offer, or should she have taken Hak’s advice and reject it? Also, are there any details that I forgot that could change how this could turn out? Leave your thoughts in the comments and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

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Meiji Tokyo Renka Review

I just finished watching Meiji Tokyo Renka just moments ago as of writing this blog, and it left me speechless in different ways. Let me give a short summary if you hadn’t seen it yet.

Mei Ayazuki is a normal high school student, only she’s the only one in her class who can hear ghosts and spirits. This alienates her from her classmates. One night, under a full moon, she passes a street performance of an odd magician who singles her out and calls her forward as “audience participation”. He claims he can make her disappear from a box, but he ends up sending her through time and space back to the Meiji era of Tokyo. Mei meets colorful men while crashing a party, and gets invited to stay at a mansion of Ogai Mori, the man who declared her his fiance in order to save her from the party guests. As time passes, she helps others find and calm spirits that they can’t communicate with alone, and prooves herself worthy to stand at Ogai’s side to save him from embarrassment. At the same time she’s offered a one-way ticket back home during the next full moon, but she must know for certain whether she wants to stay in the Meiji era or return home to the modern era, knowing whichever she chooses, someone will be left behind.

Oh boy, there’s quite a bit to unpack here. Initially, I was kind of put off by it because the first episode was set up more like a dating simulator than an anime, even for reverse-harem standards. However, I actually really fell in love with the characters by episode 3. Unlike most harems, the main character, Mei, is kind, determined, and has a quirk I don’t see much. She has a bottomless pit of a stomach for, not sweets, or rice, or any feminine type of food you’d expect, but beef. She actually reminded me a lot of Nanami Momozono from Kamisama Kiss without the back and forth aspect. Like Nanami, Mei breaks promises and puts herself in danger for the sake of others time and time again.

While on the subject of Kamisama Kiss, Ogai reminds me of how Tomoe acts in the books. Like Tomoe, Ogai wants to put his past behind him, move on, and accept that his last love is lost and he has a new love right in front of him. Ogai is very protective of Mei, showing up at locations he has no business being at just to be sure Mei is always protected; when he can’t be there, he sends someone he trusts whole-heartedly to stay with her.

Shunso, the one Ogai trusts and typically sends in his stead, also has a lot going for him. He’s a shut-in artist who’s actually trying to find a black cat that came to life from his painting. He’s more the tsundere type, and typically prefers to keep to himself.

Since the show is only 12 episodes, the other characters hadn’t really made enough of an impact on me to analyze their personalities. Honestly, most of the time is dedicated to Mei, Ogai, and Shunso. The other guys are more of…just there to act as Ogai’s rivals, similar to the Dragon Warriors are to Hak in Yona of the Dawn; they have personalities, but not given a ton of time to develop them and they’re only there to fill the rival role (which is filled well in Meiji Tokyo Renka).

Something else I wanna talk about is the time period. So many times, when I watch a time-traveling anime, it’s always to the 1500s and earlier. This is the only time I could think of where the time-traveling is to the 1920s; that’s close enough to modern-day to contemplate the benefits and dangers of electricity (no joke, they make a rap discussing the pros and cons of electricity) instead of struggling to use a bow and arrows to survive camp-outs/bandit attacks. Clearly, I’m getting a little tired of 1500s Japan and I find this very refreshing.

There you have it, a short review for a short series. It was quite bizarre and stretching my expectation in what I can accept from an anime at first, but by the third episode, I was hooked. There is one comment I have to make that is a spoiler, so prepare yourself.

You prepared for spoilers? Good. My heart hurt when Mei went back home and left Ogai on his porch saying “I’m sure we’ll see her again”. I know they throw ending lines like that just to illude to a second season, but I can’t see how a second season could even happen. Granted, I’ve only watched the 12 episodes. I hadn’t seen anything about a manga or games, so maybe there is an ongoing manga in production that allows for that to happen, but I don’t see how it’s possible and that breaks my heart. Ogai has no access, or even knowledge, of the Modern Era, and since Mei returning home was a one-way ticket, she has no access to return to Ogai. The only things she could do is read Ogai’s novels. I find that just…bitter-sweet. I normally don’t talk about the final moments of a series when I make a review, but I couldn’t help it. This is worse than most harems, where the lead doesn’t make a decision or makes a non-decision and things continue as they are in the events of the show. Mei makes a clear decision, and leaves the man she loves 80-90-ish years in the past. I’ve only seen an ending to a harem like that once before, and that’s for Dance with Devils (I may review that after a refresher later).

All in all, Meiji Tokyo Renka is…fun. It’s an entertaining way to pass the time, but nothing ground-breaking. If you’re looking for a harem, you’ll most likely be disappointed, but if you’re looking for a romance, then you might find this enjoyable. What did you think? Did you like it, or skip it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

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Sorting Hat: Yona of the Dawn

WOW! It’s been forever since I’ve done one of these. If you need a reminder, click here for how the rules work. For this, I’m gonna stick with the 8 main characters of Yona, Hak, Su-won, Yun, Gija, Sinha, Jaeha, and Zeno. While I could include all the other characters here like Mundak, Guen-te, Tae-jun, Iksu, etc, I’m not gonna go that far even though they all have enough character development to sort them. In the case of this blog, major spoilers for the anime and manga ahead.

Right off the bat, Su-won is a Slytherin. His ambition, strategies, and leadership not only lead to his ascension to the throne but also quickly one by one gains the trust of all the generals of the kingdom. Even when he was a child, he has the strategy and leadership to save 6-year-old Yona when she gets kidnapped in the capital city when they don’t have access to the generals’ help. He gathers allies from the back streets of the city, coordinates the guys’ strengths and managed to gather information on where Yona could be faster than Judo, the Sky Clan General, can find them in the town with all his resources at his disposal. Not to mention, after just a single day in the Earth Clan Capital, Chishin, he gathers information on resources and valuables that Guen-te didn’t even know he had under his nose, and fixed 3 or 4 problems all with one festival; Guen-te’s depressed cause he can’t fight to defend his kingdom, so Su-won makes a holiday and game to mimic war and battle. The Earth Clan is poor and struggling, Su-won makes Guen-te wear jewelry featuring the stones from his mines to increase value when everyone wants to be like their general, and he also convinced merchants to try and trade with Guen-te’s wife and start a business. So, in the span of a week, with the problems he observed in a single afternoon, he’s dragged Guen-te out of his depression, brought the Earth Clan citizens joy in having a stone that their hero wore to victory, and he brought a flood of income to the clan. There are more examples, but I’ll stop there before I run out of time and brain cells to talk about the rest of them. Su-won, go to Slytherin and wear green and silver with pride!

Next, let’s get to Yona. This is a bit tougher cause, she’s passionate, brave, and reckless like a Gryffindor, accepting and loyal like a Hufflepuff, and ambitious as a Slytherin. However, all those traits are post-chapter/episode 1. During her introduction, she really only has the passion and reckless behavior going for her. For that reason, since she’s had the traits all along, I’ll say Gryffindor!

Hak, you’d think would be easy. However, his bravery and loyalty are pretty evenly split. Heck, he’s brave enough to literally laugh off his wounds, but, if he wasn’t loyal, then he would’ve either lost his temper at Yona, left her in Fuuga without any hope for her to join him, or, if not that last point, he wouldn’t have been so eager to follow a prophecy or legend he doesn’t believe in and would’ve said “you wanna find the Dragon Warriors who don’t exist? You’re on your own.” but he stays with her through all of it. On the other hand, as loyal as he is, the few times he collaborates with Su-won in the books, he seems to be in psychological and possibly even physical pain, needing Gija and Jaeha to hold him back from Su-won, and they struggle even with their dragon limbs. With his constant cries and claims that he’ll never forgive him and all he wants is revenge, he seems a bit too reckless and passion-forward to be Hufflepuff. If there was a “Gryffinpuff”, he’d be in it. Though, since he can’t accept that Su-won is actually a good king, and the kingdom is better off, I believe he should be Gryffindor!

Yun is another easy one. He calls himself a Beautiful Genius, and he doesn’t disappoint. He makes all the strategies, dictates where they should go and what’s the best way to get there, he even is the one that cooks, handles medicine, and basically, everything that requires prior knowledge or is skill-based, he’s got it. However, while he’s cunning and pulls some real risky moves for a chance to move the plan forward, he’s not ambitious enough to be Slytherin. Therefore, he’s a better fit for Ravenclaw!

Gija is another tough one. Like Hak, he’s reckless and impulsive. To put it in Zeno’s words, “He (the first White Dragon) always charged headlong into things like a wild boar.” At the same time, Gija literally lives for Yona. He’s prepared to lay down his life over and over again if it means her goal is achieved. In a couple situations, his desire to tear apart Yona’s enemies is held back for what’s best for her. In the books (as of chapter 125), he has at least 2 interactions with Su-won and, knowing fully who he is and what he’s done in the past, he is able to hold back and see the bigger picture that revenge on Su-won would be no benefit to Yona at best and possibly endanger her at worst. Gija and Hak are similar in that if there truly was a “Gryffinpuff” he’d be sorted there, but, Su-won is the key difference between the two. While Hak had to be held back by outside intervention, Gija is able to keep calm and have a civil conversation with Su-won and collaborate fairly. I think he’s able to do that because he sees himself as a Dragon Warrior to Yona first and a stubborn, vengeful human second. He’s the best fit for Hufflepuff!

Sinha is fairly easy. He’s kind, gentle, and shy. However, in the few times that he’s lost control of himself, Yona or his village had been in danger. When he was roughly four years old, after Ao, his foster father, passed away, Sinha saw an army approaching the village and was able to logically figure out that he could either stay put and let the village be slaughtered as long as he’s not seen, or he could go out and use his power since he was still too young to use a sword properly. He chose to use his power, knowing what it would do to him. Then, in events in volume 9 (chapter 50) when bandits kill a kid with Sinha’s stolen sword and Yona attacks them, the bandits capture her but don’t go far because Sinha’s mask comes off and… let’s just say…crap hits the fan. If that’s not undying loyalty, I don’t know what is. I’m not even mentioning how he’s accepting the citizens of his village even after they’ve been so cruel to him through his whole life. He’d better be Hufflepuff!

Jaeha is another difficult one, mainly cause he’s the only one of the Dragon Warriors who doesn’t really fit in Hufflepuff at all, really. Unlike the other Dragon Warriors, Jaeha has personal ambitions and goals. He’s cautious and thinks things through and he’s also the one who holds Hak back from Su-won without hesitation, while Gija has hesitation and even stated after the first encounter that he won’t hold Hak back again. He is really conflicted, however, and doesn’t really want the “big brother” role he fills. Because of this new role, he acts without thinking at times, from leaping into white rapids to save Sinha, Gija, and Ao (Sinha’s squirrel), to jumping in front of Zeno when a bear attacks, even though he knows fully well the Zeno couldn’t die, even taking responsibility for the casualties of the tent and supplies at the end of the day. Overall though, I think he’d fit just fine in Slytherin!

Lastly, Zeno could really only be Hufflepuff. While he doubles as the “troublesome little brother” and “wise elder”, his wisdom is more history-based. He doesn’t really think things through. His personality is simply a people-pleaser. Even before he became a Dragon Warrior, he blatantly states “I don’t have the makings of a warrior. But if I can make his world and everyone in it a little happier, then I will accept the Dragon Blood.” and after the Crimson Dragon King dies, he wishes nothing more than for the Crimson Dragon to return so he’d have someone to protect again. Zeno would only belong in Hufflepuff!

So, in conclusion, that’s 2 Slytherin, 2 Gryffindor, 1 Ravenclaw, and 3 Hufflepuff.

Do you agree, or did I miss something game-changing? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

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Long-Lasting Green Dragon: Yona of the Dawn

In a previous blog, I mentioned that in Yona of the Dawn, all the Dragon Warriors predecessors only lived 4-5 years after the current ones are born. I just read the 17th volume of the manga and I have to admit, I was wrong. Jaeha’s predecessor lived 12 years after Jaeha was born. My question is why? What separates the Green Dagon from the other two?

Ok, now for the not-so-fun part. While my last theory only required knowledge of the anime and OVA’s and not the manga, this time’s different. Since all the evidence for this is in the manga, I gotta give a spoiler warning for the books.

With that out of the way, let’s review Jeaha’s back story in volume 17 for those of you who either need a refresher or you ignored that spoiler warning.

Jaeha’s predecessor was always there to yank him out of the sky every time he broke out of his literal chains and tried to escape. The Green Dragon Village, like the Blue Dragon’s, fears the implications of the outside world discovering the Green Dragon’s Power, so they all charge each previous dragon to keep the current one in check. When the previous Green Dragon was 15, that’s when Jaeha was born. After that, he lasted longer than Ao or Gija’s father, clocking in at 12 years after Jaeha’s birth. My question is why he lasted so much longer than the other predecessors?

The first thing to note is the fact that Jaeha mentions that his predecessor died at the age of 27. I actually think that plays a big part. While Ao was old enough to raise Sinha, and Gija’s father was old enough to marry and father Gija, the previous Green Dragon was barely into his teenage years when Jaeha was born. Maybe the lifespan of a dragon warrior, while correlates to when the next one is born, also is a bit more steady than I first assumed. While I’m not sure how old Gija’s father and Ao were when they died, I could confidently say they were most likely in their late 20’s or 30’s. With this in mind, I get really worried about Jaeha since he’s 25 in the events of the story.

It actually makes a lot of sense that the dragon warriors have a fairly set life span rather than it being completely dependent on when the next generation’s dragon is born. The Dragon Warriors are born literally to fight in wars and defend their kingdom and king. If they’re allowed the chance to grow into old age on the off chance that a dragon isn’t born early enough in their lives, then the kingdom and king would be without a capable dragon warrior for all the years they’re too old to fight battles and the new one is too young or not born. Granted, with how things are, Sinha was too young to fight with weapons when Ao died and could only use his Blue Dragon power, and Gija was also too young for battle when his father died. With this in mind, if this really is how it works, Jaeha has roughly 5 years left of his life.

I know this was another short one, but I really can’t think of anything else that might explain why the previous Green Dragon lasted 12 years after Jaeha’s birth while other Dragon Warriors are lucky to last 7 years. What do you guys think? Is Jaeha nearing the end of his road or is he fine until his successor is born? Leave your thoughts in the comments and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

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Akura-oh and Tomoe’s Redemption: Kamisama Kiss Analysis

So, I’ve been listening to a lot of video essays about redemption, and I couldn’t help but think about Tomoe and Akura-oh from Kamisama Kiss. I’ve talked about redemption before in Three ‘R’s of Redemption, and I just want to build on that, focusing on the two most powerful yokai in Kamisama Kiss. One thing that I noticed was actually, Tomoe and Akura-oh are guilty of the same crimes, however, the kitsune was offered Mikage’s hand while the oni was cast into damnation in a mountain of fire. I’m just gonna annalize these two and see if they truly get the endings they both deserve and paid their dues to divine society.

Let me start with the obvious one. Akura-oh is apathetic, cruel, and disinterested in his own life as well as the lives of those around him. When it comes to his “Realization”, the step I believe kick-starts the redemption process, he doesn’t realize anything until season 2 in the anime (volume 11 in the manga) when Akura-oh, while under the alias of Kirihito, creates a mirror as a means to come and go to the Neatherworld as he pleases, the atmosphere from the Neatherworld leeks from the mirror. In an inner monologue, he explains that the atmosphere is poisonous to humans, shikigami, and lower yokai, but he himself is unaffected because of the loc of hair he collected from Nanami. He considers turning a blind eye until he remembers Kirihito’s mother, the woman who’s been caring for him and has shown him the unconditional love of a mother. The realization that she would wither away in the Neatherworld atmosphere causes him to destroy his mirror, as well as his free ticket to the Neatherworld and as many tries as he’d like to retrieve his original oni yokai body, all to save this one woman. Sadly, it’s there that he just kinda teeters on the fence, doing whatever it took to achieve his goals so long as his mother is allowed to continue living.

Now, Tomoe is a bit tricky because of his…memory problems in the anime and the first 17 volumes (100 chapters) of the manga. Because of that, I’m treating “Wild Fox Tomoe” and “Familiar Tomoe” as two separate characters despite them being the same person, and I’ll start with the Wild Fox version.

Tomoe, like Akura-oh, is cruel and apathetic with human life while he’s in Akura-oh’s company. I believe his “Realization” stage starts when he first meets Yukiji, sees how she fights back, and becomes intrigued enough to want to protect her and have her indebted to him, though, the true realization comes when Nanami, disguised as Yukiji, is paralyzed and sobbing, begging Tomoe to not look at her. Because she’s not able to move, Tomoe could easily “have his way” with her, but doesn’t do anything to jeopardize her safety or purity. After becoming a familiar, Tomoe requires his reformation process to restart due to his memory loss. His second “Realization” comes when he fully embraces his new role as a divine familiar, pouring Mikage’s sake under the full moon and vows to fulfill his familiar duties.

The next stage is “Reformation”. Akura-oh’s reformation is only in the manga, volume 23. When Akura-oh, Yatori, Kirihito’s mother, and Tomoe all meet at the base of the Flaming Mountain in the Neatherworld where Akura-oh’s oni body is kept, Akura-oh discovers that Yatori killed his mother, he does what he could to get his mother to return home and is furious with Yatori. When Yatori calls out Akura-oh for going soft, he strikes the mother to make a point and Akura-oh moves into the line of fire and takes the strike, saving his mother and dying, asking Tomoe if it’s too late for him to change his mind about humans being mear insects. Before he dies, he asks Tomoe to find his body and protect it from Yatori.

Tomoe as a wild fox actually completes his “Reformation” when he saves a pregnant Yukiji from a fate at the hands of Akura-oh, and he cares for her in secret, taking her to a village with midwives and other pregnant women. He does everything in his power to ensure she survives childbirth and lives long enough to see her dream of having a family come true. After Tomoe enters servitude and loses his memories of Akura-oh and Yukiji, his “Reformation” doesn’t come until he accepts that Mikage’s not coming back and devotes himself to Nanami in the season 1 finale. (This is an event that doesn’t happen in the manga. Instead of one event making him decide to devote himself to Nanami in the books, it mainly just starts happening over time with all the trials and adventures they go on together.)

Redemption is…a little tricky. For Akura-oh, redemption never comes unless he becomes a sweet little angel when he’s reincarnated as the little girl that’s seen in the final chapter of the manga (though, seeing as how the last conversation between Tomoe and Akura-oh is a phone call where Akura-oh is demanding Tomoe take him to an amusement park for Spring Break, I doubt he’s a sweet angel). For Tomoe, he’s redeemed when he was able to forgive Akura-oh and find his body in the mountain of fire, because it was then, and only then when he was deemed worthy of his 500-year-old wish to become human to be granted.

There you go, following the guidelines of my Redemption blog 2 years ago, I came to the conclusion that, while Akura-oh was reformed, he’s not really redeemed, and Tomoe had to work nearly twice as hard to get redeemed due to his amnesia. What do you guys think? Does Akura-oh deserve the “Redeemed” title, or do you think to call him “Reformed” is a major stretch if you squint really hard? And do you think Tomoe was even Reformed before he got cursed and met Mikage? Leave your thoughts in the comments and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

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How to Kill the Undying Golden Dragon: Yona of the Dawn Theory

In Yona of the Dawn, there are 5 dragons of legend. The Crimson Dragon King, whose lineage is the rightful rulers of the kingdom, the White Dragon Warrior, whose claws are sharp as a dragon’s, the Blue Dragon Warrior, whose eyes can see for miles, the Green Dragon Warrior, who’s leg is powerful enough to launch himself and into the air and fly, and the Yellow Dragon Warrior, whose body is resistant to all ways to die, from sickness to wounds and even old age. The last one is who I want to talk about. In the Yona of the Dawn OVA 2 and 3, it’s explained how all the dragons gained a human form, how they loved one another, and how they each lived their lives before death.

I’m gonna stop you here. MAJOR spoiler warning for Yona of the Dawn anime and all three OVA episodes. Only proceed if you’ve seen Yona of the Dawn in its entirety (it’s ok if you haven’t read the books yet).

Zeno, the yellow Dragon, stated at the very beginning when he was first offered the power of the Yellow Dragon, that he’s no fighter, but he’ll do what he could to help. I think it’s because of this that his power is more defensive than the other dragons. After surviving a battle behind Guen, the White Dragon, and Shuten, the Green Dragon, Zeno feels like he’s just there to carry away the Abi, the Blue Dragon, when he passes out from his psychic power until Zeno realizes that he never keeps the wounds he receives. When he reveals this to the others, the Crimson Dragon, knowing what this means, could only embrace him in a hug. As the years pass, the other dragons notice that Zeno doesn’t age while they all grow older. Eventually, Guen, Shuten, and Abi set out to colonize villages so their power could be passed down the generations since those three know their mortality would prevent their work from reaching the Crimson Dragon’s descendants. Zeno stays and watches the king die of illness before he leaves the palace because people were starting to freak out at the fact that he doesn’ age. To prove himself worthy to call himself a Dragon Warrior, he faces off an invading army all on his own, all the while sensing each of the other Dragon’s deaths, naming them as they die and wishing nothing more than to die and join them. The rest of the OVA is just Zeno wandering the kingdom, starving himself in hopes that he’d die of starvation only to not receive his wish time and time again as years turn into centuries. Now, here’s where our theory begins.

What if I told you Zeno could’ve been allowed to die if he followed in the other dragons’ footsteps? When each Dragon Warrior is born, the previous Dragon Warrior begins to slowly lose their dragon power. We see that in both Sinha’s and Gija’s flashbacks. After Sinha was born, the previous Blue Dragon, Ao, started to lose his sight slowly until finally, when Sinha was only a small child of roughly 4 or 5, Ao got completely blind and died before they made it back to the village. In the other Yona of the Dawn OVA, Gija explains to Jaeha that the scar on his back was from his own father, the previous White Dragon. When his father saw that Gija had the White Dragon Claws, he knew his power would be gone soon and he wouldn’t be the one to serve the Crimson Dragon King. In time, his claws faded into a normal human’s hand not long before he died when Gija was roughly 5 or 6 years old.

So, if Zeno had colonized his own village and passed down his genetics to future generations, then by this logic, he’d be free to die not too long after the next Yellow Dragon would be born. However, colonizing a village has downsides for the Dragon Warriors.

First of all, it’s mentioned that once a new dragon warrior is born, the power from previous one flows into the new one and when the old one dies, the new one has officially gained all the power. This is problematic if, in this scenario, Zeno dies when his successor is between the ages of 4 and 6. It’s just fine for the other Dragon Warriors, but, for Zeno, the Dragon Power includes not aging; the child would be forever trapped as a child and it’ll likely either stunt their mental growth as well as physical growth, or their mind matures while their body is trapped as a 6-year-old, meaning, if they wanted to follow in Zeno’s footsteps and be allowed to die, it would be much more difficult. The only way around this problem would be if Zeno had multiple descendants like the White Dragon has confirmed to have so there would be multiple people who would’ve been able to carry Zeno’s Yellow Dragon Blood while not having the abilities so they could more likely pass it down to their child.

Another problem with Zeno colonizing his own village is actually based on how each of the three other Dragons have been raised. Gija’s village, while safe and welcoming to each generation of White Dragons, is also overprotective and coddling to the point where Gija finds it difficult to function as a “camper” sleeping outside and eating whatever could be caught, as well as the fact that each White Dragon is promised to serve the Crimson Dragon King, and they get violently angry when that promise isn’t kept, as seen in Gija’s father when he saw a baby with the White Dragon Claws. Sinha’s village shunned the Blue Dragons and called them monsters, causing Sinha to believe in the superstitious rumors that he hears his powers could do and wear a mask just to protect the people around him from turning into stone. Jaeha’s village isn’t shown much in the anime, and I still haven’t had the pleasure of reading the books just yet (as of writing this theory), but in clips that are shown, he’s chained to a wall until he runs away and joins Gi-Gan and her Pirates of Awa. I could only guess that his years in chains led him to be stuck in a rebellious mentality. He’s told he must serve the Crimson Dragon King when he returns, so he actively avoids the other dragons, cloaks his aura, and puts a firm foot down that anything he does is because of his choice and free will and not because of prophecy.

While, I like how the story plays out, in that Zeno is finally reunited with his Crimson Dragon and Dragon Warriors, I just thought this may be a way for Zeno to regain his human mortality while not abandoning the Dragon Warriors Responsibilities. Though, with how playful and childish Zeno is already, and how the rest of Yona’s team are confused at best, annoyed at worst, I don’t think it would be so great if they were dealing with Zeno’s successor trapped as a small child, cementing them as “baby sitters”, as Jeaha would put it.

I know this was a short one, but what do you guys think? Did Zeno make the right call originally by not having children and sticking it out to the end, or do you think he should’ve been allowed to die alongside the original Dragon Warriors who he called brothers? Leave your thoughts in the comments and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

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Cinderella Phenomenon: Fritz Route Review

First off, if you’re reading this on the day of posting, it’s my parent’s wedding anniversary today! Sorry, I just can’t think of a better day to post a conclusion to a Dating Sim review (I might do more reviews like this in the future if I get into another dating sim that’s as rich in story as this one, so let me know of any suggestions in the comments).

Now, if you hadn’t seen my last post, this is kinda a continuation of that one. Cinderella Phenomenon simply has too much content to cram into one review. I mean, each of the five routes is it’s own story; no two are even remotely the same. Since Fritz’s was the fifth and the final route I chose in my quest for completion (though I wanted to play him either first or second, I couldn’t because he was a locked character), I will write a review of his route as my own grand finale to the Cinderella Phenomenon Review Series. Click here if you want to read my reviews of the other routes, but just in case you’re not interested in them, let me sum up the set-up for the game before going into the review.

Princess Main Character (I know her default name is Lucette, but her name is customizable so I’m referring to her as that instead of her default name) is simply mean. She’s so bitter, ruthless, and cold to everyone she comes across, that she’s known through the kingdom as the Ice Princess. One day, one of her most favorite and prised dolls springs to life from the shelf and claims to be a witch named Delora while cursing the princess with what’s known as the Fairytale Curse; more specifically, Cinderella Curse, where she is forgotten by everyone from family to palace staff to townsfolk in the street. It’s as if she never existed. She’s found by the witch that cursed her and a fairy named Parfait, who both explain why she was cursed and how she can break her curse. Around her neck is a glass slipper pendant. With each good deed she does out of the kindness of her heart, a piece of a second slipper will appear on her necklace. Once she completes 3 good deeds, she’ll complete the pair of glass slippers and her curse will be broken. Until her curse is broken, she must stay in an inn that acts as a safe haven for cursed individuals and work at the tavern conjoined with the inn.

The Fairytale Curse doesn’t affect others who are cursed or mystical creatures like witches and fairies; example, everyone who’s cursed still remembers the Ice Princess. Fritz is cursed with what’s called the Little Red Riding Hood Curse (the witch that cursed him wasn’t the most creative with naming it). To put simply, he’s trapped with a split personality of sorts. By day, he’s the honorable, loyal, white knight in shining armor. By night, when he falls asleep, a second person animates his body and turns him into a Big Bad Wolf. Mythros, the witch that cursed him, designed his curse to never be broken, so the only way Fritz could be free would be if his Big Bad Wolf persona, Varg, would be overpowered by Fritz himself.

Initially, I was skeptical on how a route with Fritz could even be pulled off, since right before the player chooses which route they want to play, there’s a question of “who do you choose to be your partner?” so, in my mind, the princess would verbally answer the question with a name of the character the player would choose to romance. However, that early in the story, she wouldn’t know that Fritz is cursed to begin with. I guess you could say she answers the question by being stubborn and not accepting a partner, but that sounds too convenient for me.

Moving on, Fritz is definitely the Loyal Type. He doesn’t question the princess’ decisions and only requires that he accompany her to places where it might be dangerous. Just putting this out there, as soon as he refused to return to the tavern with the princess and insisted that his home is the best place for her, I immediately got a bad feeling. While he does almost anything the princess asks for, by denying her from returning to the tavern alone, he causes her to be put in her more danger. Because the princess feels just as unsafe in the house as I did when I was playing, this route suffers similarly to Waltz’s route in that he doesn’t get much time to the romance part of his own route. Karma, Delora, and Waltz get more time with the princess and more opportunity to save her and express concern for her than Fritz does. Karma soothes the princess’ tears when she’s blaming herself for other people’s deaths, Waltz gets angry when the princess runs away and accuses him of not caring, Delora simply acts like a real mother figure, even Rumpel tries to cheer her up and reassure her that he won’t let a second person die in one night. Even when Fritz does appear, it’s when he’s already been taken over by Varg or there has to be a guessing game on whether it’s Varg talking or Fritz, so Fritz himself isn’t even there, but Varg acts like a median between the princess and Fritz while also being under the control of Mythros.

While on that subject, Mythros is…different in this route. He’s still creepy and untrustworthy, but he’s so blunt and straightforward when he shows up. He tells truths without batting an eye and stretches the truth so expertly that it makes sense why the princess would fall for it. I mean, if someone walked up to you, and admitted to what you accused them of in a matter-of-fact manner without hesitation, then told you something that confirms your suspicions, would you fall for it? It’s a bad situation, and Mythros makes it worse, but for a split second, even after playing through all the other routes, I almost believed he was on the princess’ side.

Ok, time for the spoiler warnings (sorry, everything else I want to say about Fritz is, of course, dripping in spoilers). If you hadn’t yet, turn back now, find the game on steam (it’s free to play) and run a playthrough yourself before coming back to hear my thoughts.

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If you’re still here, then you either already played the game, or you don’t care about spoilers regardless of warnings.

This whole route made me cry my eyes out! Not like Rumpel’s or Waltz’s, where my eyes kinda watered, no. Here, I cried so hard I had to leave the computer to clean my face of the tears no less than three times! That’s not even for the bad ending! It’s just for the main story!

So, since I mentioned before already that Mythros has an early appearance, let’s start the sum-up from that point and quickly get to the endings.

Mythros shows up at the tavern after the princess ran away from Fritz’s house. Mythros, being the oddly persuasive snake that he is, confirms that he is a witch and that he remembers Princess Main Character’s true identity. While there, he also plants seeds of ideas that leads her to betray and leave the cursed group at the tavern. She leaves in a fit of rage and returns to the palace alongside Mythros. Months pass and she’s noticing that Fritz is seen around the palace less and less, and Varg is seen more and more. After an investigation, she finds that Fritz and Varg are the same person, as is stated in his curse. She demands Mythros fix Fritz’s curse and instead informs her that the curse wasn’t designed to be broken and Fritz is on his own trying to overpower his Big Bad Wolf. Soon, the princess’ birthday comes and Mythros’ birthday gift is a chance to revive her mother, which she takes. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of energy and she’s out cold for a week. Of course, who else does she find at her bedside than Varg. Apparently, ever since Fritz came to terms with being cursed, he just gave up the reins to Varg completely so he can curl in a mental ball and sulk over how he denied his curse’s existence. Therefore, Varg, knowing full well that the princess wants Fritz, is the one who stays by her side. Also, since her birthday came to pass, her curse automatically expired because…I don’t know….reasons.

With the revival of her mother, Hyldir, Princess’ Main Character’s step-family is exiled from the palace, and her father is left brain-dead. Fairly quickly, the princess figures out that her mother is as cruel and wicked as everyone claimed she is. The two knights, Jurin and Garlan (still not confident I spelled their names right) come to the palace to save her and return her to the tavern. Unfortunately, Hyldir catches them and separates the knights and gets Garlan killed and Jurin severely injured, though the princess does make it to the tavern. Garlan’s death is the first time I spill tears in this route. With Rumpel tending to Jurin’s injuries, promising to not let her die, Delora is comforting the princess and trying to convince her that it’s not her fault someone died. Finally, Parfait comes in the picture with a plan. She will send the princess back into the palace for one day to retrieve the box and key that will break Waltz’s curse, and meet them at the gates at midnight. Waltz’s curse will break, and they’ll have the upper hand with another powerful witch on their side. Unfortunately, when the plan is put into action, the princess is caught by Hyldir and Varge, and Delora’s life is lost in the escape attempt. After mourning her death, the princess moves forward to de-thrown her mother and save her father. Here’s where the two endings divide.

In the bad ending, the princess meets Varg and Hyldir in the underground tunnels. Hyldir expresses disappointment at the woman the princess has grown to be and sends a strike with the same spell that killed Dalora. Varg recognizes the lethality of the spell and acts as the princess’ human shield. In his final moments, he admits that he fell in love with her just like Fritz has. Just before dying, he allows Fritz to return to the surface so the princess can see the life in her knight’s eyes one last time.

Admittedly, I would’ve cried for Varg and Fritz, but by the time I saw their deaths, I was cleaned dry of tears from four other deaths in the route. Sadly, that’s just about all I have to say about the bad ending.

In the good ending, the princess meets Varg in the throne room. He’s ordered to keep the king in custody and to take the princess back into custody. Varg refuses and sides with the princess, claiming that he fell for her just like Fritz. To prove it, Varg steps aside and erases himself from existence to let Fritz break his curse. Mythros, angry that his curse was broken by Fritz of all people, begins to fight him in attempts to overpower and/or kill the knight. While that’s going on, the princess is just trying to wake her father up from his trance. She’s able to save him with a simple, genuine apology for being such a jerk to him and everyone else her whole life. Mythros gets even more furious. Hyldir comes in the picture not at all happy about this and shows that she knew of the break-in all along, having Parfait with her involuntarily and wounded. Hyldir says a speech about how the princess shouldn’t have such compassion for traitors and even lashes out on Mythros for making weak curses and so many mistakes, killing him. Parfait can’t take anymore and summons her Lucis Crystal, destroying it. Hyldir and the princess both try and fail to stop her as both Parfait and Hyldir faid into gold and silver dust. With their death, so does magic cease to exist in the world, and so to do all the curses break and all magical beings lose their magical power. With magic no longer an interfearance, the princess decides to turn her education to history and spend her free time with her family to see the world and the people they rule over. Still though, Fritz joins the princess in mourning the departed lives sacrificed to get this far; Garlan, Dalora, Parfait, and even Hyldir has a well maintained grave site. Fritz stays glued to the princess’ side, obviously not learning his lesson from the beginning that she needs space and may not always want to be accompanied. Fritz and the princess have a special romantic moment, with a small hint that Varg may still be there somewhere.

As always the good ending is jam-packed with a big climax of betrayal, tears of joy, tears of sorrow, and leaves with something that’s both uplifting and yet has an under-laying sense of unease like there’s still a small piece of the story missing. I’m really curious if Varg is a larger part of Fritz’s personality than originally thought, since really, over half the romance interactions for Fritz are with Varg, so fritz himself doesn’t have much personality outside of Varg and a cardboard cut-out of the “Protective Honorable Knight” title.

I do like how they ended Varg and Fritz on a high note, be they alive or anything but, and still confirming what was hinted at, not only in this route, but in all of Varg’s appearances in the other routes; that whatever feelings Fritz has for the princess, Varg involuntarily has for her as well (seriously, play through any of the other routes and tell me straight-faced that Varg isn’t doing what he can to be sure the princess isn’t harmed in any way shape or form like how Fritz would).

All in all, I was very satisfied with the conclusion, and I’m happy that I played these routes in the order that I did. Karma’s route sparked my initial curiosity on Varg, introducing him at the last possible moment, Rod’s route feed my curiosity a little more by showing he’s not only working for Alcaster but Mythros aswell, Rumpel’s route claimed that Varg isn’t a fan of witches, which Waltz’s route confirms. And now, Fritz’s while route is the explanation of why Varg hates witches. If I had to pick between this route and Waltz’s route for most epic and climactic, it would be a really close call. However, I kinda would wanna give it to Waltz, since, not only does Waltz not die in his bad ending, but that bad ending is the absolute worst possible outcome, and on top of that, Waltz’s had a magic duel between the princess and Hyldir, while in Fritz’s they just kinda talked it out. On the other hand, the only real conclusive thing I can say about Fritz that feels like it tied the whole story in a pretty bow is the mystery of Varg is unmasked. While it does take center stage, that same mystery is also revealed in Waltz’s route, so…yeah. If I were to play these in a storytelling chronological order, I would’ve swapped Waltz and Fritz.

What do you think? Is Fritz the Loyal Wolf of your dreams, or you more of a cat person? Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments, and while you’re down there, let me know who of the five options did you want to pick first? Karma with the Secretive Big Brother type? Rumpel with the Flirty type? Rod with the Tsundere Little Brother type? Waltz the Sweet Big Brother type? Fritz the Protective Loyal type? Let me know. Sadly, there will not be a next time since this concludes my reviews of Cinderella Phenomenon, but feel free to either leave a suggestion of any other dating sims you’d want me to review, or go back to my first review with a peculiar beauty, but funny guy; ’til then, have a beautiful rest of your day~

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Cinderella Phenomenon: Waltz Route Review

If you hadn’t seen my last post, this is kinda a continuation of that one. Cinderella Phenomenon simply has too much content to cram into one review. I mean, each of the five routes is it’s own story; no two are even remotely the same. Since Waltz’s was the fourth route I chose in my quest for completion (though I wanted to play him either first or second, I couldn’t because he was a locked character), I will write a review of his route next. Click here if you want to read my reviews of the other routes I’ve talked about so far, but just in case you’re not interested in them, let me sum up the set-up for the game before going into the review.

Princess Main Character (I know her default name is Lucette, but her name is customizable so I’m referring to her as that instead of her default name) is simply mean. She’s so bitter, ruthless, and cold to everyone she comes across, that she’s known through the kingdom as the Ice Princess. One day, one of her most favorite and prised dolls springs to life from the shelf and claims to be a witch named Delora while cursing the princess with what’s known as the Fairytale Curse; more specifically, Cinderella Curse, where she is forgotten by everyone from family to palace staff to townsfolk in the street. It’s as if she never existed. She’s found by the witch that cursed her and a fairy named Parfait, who both explain why she was cursed and how she can break her curse. Around her neck is a glass slipper pendant. With each good deed she does out of the kindness of her heart, a piece of a second slipper will appear on her necklace. Once she completes 3 good deeds, she’ll complete the pair of glass slippers and her curse will be broken. Until her curse is broken, she must stay in an inn that acts as a safe haven for cursed individuals and work at the tavern conjoined with the inn.

The Fairytale Curse doesn’t affect others who are cursed or mystical creatures like witches and fairies; example, everyone who’s cursed still remembers the Ice Princess. Waltz is cursed with what’s called the Neverland Curse. Basically, he’s cursed so that, while his mind would mature over the years, his body will be stagnated until he can find three things; Tinkerbell, Neverland, and his shadow. To add insult to injury, he’s a witch, but with the loss of his shadow, so are his magical abilities are lost. Unlike the three previous routes, Waltz is an open book about his curse, and doesn’t shy away from the princess. However, similar to Karma and Rod, Waltz has already given up on breaking his curse by the time the princess crosses paths with him; having been cursed for presumably at least 10 years (he looks like he’s 12, claims he’s 22, and when the king sees him, he comments that he looks exactly the same as when he was first cursed).

What’s surprising is that we learn more about other characters than just Waltz in this route. Since Waltz’s and Princess Main Character’s curses are both broken halfway through the story, as opposed to in the grand finale or climax, there’s attention put on other characters, like Rumpel breaks part of his curse and reveals that he’s a doctor, Karma confesses that he’s the Lost Prince of the neighboring kingdom, and we finally get more info on a character I’ve been questioning since the start of it all. This is the only route other than his own where Fritz makes an appearance as himself and answers the question of Varg’s mysterious appearance. This route feels like a complete story, allowing you to learn about all the characters the princess meets instead of just the current love interest. I feel that if you could play this route first (though I know it’s not possible since this is one of the locked routes) then you’d learn just enough about each character to be curious about them and compelled to play their routes. Sadly, this does work against it since, once Waltz’s curse is broken in, like, chapter 4 or 5, he kinda fades in the background and accepts more supporting roles; filling the teacher’s role when the princess is practicing magic and even taking a Damsel in Distress role in the climax (though I’ll get to that later in the “spoilers” section). While I’m glad that they took time for the other characters to make this route feel more like a fully fleshed out story, it turned out as a double-edged sword against Waltz’s favor.

When the route is focused on the romance, Waltz kinda reminds me of a Big Brother type despite his cursed form which makes him look more like a 12-year-old child rather than the 22-year-old man he claims to be, but different from Karma. While Karma is teasing and protective of the princess’ physical state, Waltz is more playful and protective of her joy and innocence. He wants nothing more than to honor the promises he made to her when they were children playing in her room when the queen wasn’t looking. However, because their friendship was in secret, the queen eventually found out and erased the princess’ memories of ever having a friend while giving Waltz his curse.

Ok, time for the spoiler warnings to come in (sorry, everything else I want to say about Waltz is dripping in spoilers since crap hits the fan so early in his story). If you hadn’t yet, turn back now, find the game on steam (it’s free to play) and run a playthrough yourself before coming back to hear my thoughts.

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If you’re still here, then you either already played the game, or you don’t care about spoilers regardless of warnings.

First, to catch you up real quick in case you didn’t head the warnings, as I said earlier or you simply need a refresher, Waltz and Princess Main Character break their curses halfway through the story, and the trip to breaking their curses was just as tense as the climax and finale of the other routes I’ve played so far. Princess Main Character asks how to break Waltz’s curse, and he said he needs to find Tinkerbell and Neverland, which are both a key and a box. His “shadow”, his magical power, is inside the box. After hearing a description of the box and key, the princess recognizes that those two objects are in her room at the palace. After telling Waltz this, they eagerly ask Rod for help breaking into the palace. It just so happens that the night they break in to retrieve Neverland and Tinkerbell, is the same night that Mythros and Alcaster stage their separate coups; Alcaster for the throne, and Mythros for reviving Hyldir, Princess Main Character’s mother. Long story short since this is only really the “mid-max”, not the “climax”, Waltz gets the Royal Family safely to the tavern, the princess gets her second and thrid good deeds by insisting Waltz save his own skin and not hers and by preparing to sacrifice herself to prevent Hyldir from returning. Oh, and Varg FINALLY IS UNMASKED! He is confirmed to be Fritz, or at least a version of Fritz. Still though, the princess’ efforts are in vain, her mother is revived, and her father is the first of many casualties.

That’s not even in the climax, but it set up everything for the climax. Fritz is not trusted, even though he talks like Varg is a separate person sharing his body, or a split personality, Hyldir is set loose on the kingdom spreading fear and anger, and all Princess Main Character can do from that point on is learn everything she can about magic. Waltz being her magic teacher almost does more harm than good. Similar to when Karma agreed to teach her sword fighting, he only ever taught her how to defend and escape attackers and kidnappers until her stubbornness to join an actual battle lead him to teach her real swordplay, Waltz does the same. He teaches her nothing but barriers until Hyldir’s arrival is already nearly upon them and she insists on learning at least one offensive spell. She learns only one that’s only powerful enough to stun or paralyze.

The actual endings themselves are the only ones that have no death or bloodshed that’s not unavoidable. However, the effects of the bad ending is horrifying and dooms the whole kingdom, even though the princess and her love interest are safe from harm as opposed to the other bad endings I’ve played so far, where the love interest dies at the princess’ hand, whether intentional (in Karma’s case), unintentional (in Rumpel’s case), or indirectly (in Rod’s case).

In the set-up for the endings, the princess, along with Karma, the two knights, and Waltz all attend Alcaster’s announcement to gain some knowledge of what’s happened in the palace since her father’s demise. On the way, they meet Fritz, who claims that Queen Hyldir will make a public appearance and kill his father, Alcaster. Of course, he’s not trusted by the princess and party, after they unmasked Varg and saw Fritz’s face under the mask. Fritz explains what happened, sounding like Varg is a second personality that took over his body somewhat and he claims it’s part of his own curse which he was oblivious to until recently. At Alcaster’s announcement as the new king after the princess’ father’s death, he claims that the princess is to blame (Now that her curse is broken, everyone remembers her). Hyldir crashes the gathering, kills Alcaster, and strikes fear in the citizen’s hearts to fuel the crystal she now is forced to share with the princess. Princess Main Character doesn’t allow the people to get hurt and extends the strongest barrier she can to protect the crowd from the attacks. Hyldir tries to regain the princess’ allegiance and fails. Seeing this and realizing that the crystal isn’t under her sole control, she gets a cruel idea. Hyldir takes Waltz hostage and claims she’ll return him in one piece if Princess Main Character gives up her magic and swears to be her obedient princess. The princess contemplates the decision at her feet long after the queen disappears with Waltz. She is turned on by the people, still blaming her and willing to take her for the bounty on her head Alcaster claimed just before his death. She accepts her fate at the hands of the people until she notices that the children she played with and family she was kind to earlier is there to defend her. With a lesson in how being selfless pays off, she goes against the advice and better judgment of Karma and the knights, puts up a barrier around the palace, and flees in search of Waltz and her mother.

In the bad ending, when the princess meets with her mother again, she agrees to give up her magic in exchange for Waltz’s freedom, ignoring Waltz’s pleas of denial and claims that she’ll never be the same again. The only things that matter to her at that moment in time are 1) Waltz is set free and 2) her life is spared (though she cares more about the first point than the second). Hyldir reassures her that she will live to see another day, and proceeds to drain her powers. While she does stay true to her promise and free Waltz, he refuses to leave now that the princess is a shell of her former self and a puppet who only knows the words “Yes, Mother”. With Hyldir firmly in the crown and on the throne, the kingdom is doomed and the princess’ last promise to her father is broken.

While Waltz is alive and is technically free to leave, live to see another day, this definitely earns it achievement title of Stolen Dawn. Waltz lives to see another day with the princess at his side, however, the life in the princess is stolen and the kingdom is doomed to live in fear while in Hyldir’s rule for the remainder of their lives and in the foreseeable future.

The good ending is actually the one that has more death. In this ending, when the princess faces her mother again, she’s faced with the same dilemma, only this time her barrier is broken by Delora and Parfait, who both are there to talk the princess out of it. However, Hyldir raises a barrier blocking out Delora and Parfait and blocking herself, the princess, and Waltz in. The princess gets an idea to pretend to be in Hyldir’s side so she can give the final blow when her guard’s down. The fact that no one else in the room knows her plan makes it all the more convincing, working more in her favor is when Hyldir demands that the princess kill Waltz for being a traitor in order to prove her loyalty. Thinking quickly, the princess uses the only offensive spell she knows, a lightning spell. After the spell is charged and ready to strike, she turns to Hyldir at the last second and strikes her instead of Waltz. With the queen now stunned, her barrier and binding spells are broken and Parfait finishes the job, reducing the queen to a pile of silvery grey dust. When they all return to the tavern, the princess as the new crystal bearer breaks everyone’s curses. Karma can dress as a man in public again, Rod can speak, Rumpel remembers his given name, etc. and Parfait makes her final goodbye’s and fades into a cloud of golden dust due to her body completely having given out. The princess says her goodbyes to everyone, promising that she’ll visit them all again soon before leaving for the palace with Waltz. Rather than use a portal to instantly magic to the palace, Waltz insists that they walk instead. The princess is uneasy but goes with it anyway. On the way to the palace, she’s treated as a hero, children running up to give her bouquets of lilies, families and shop owners raining lily petals from higher windows, and everyone she passes giving her a bow and thanks. The story ends on the night of her coronation, where she will be met with everyone again. With Waltz at her side, she vows to never be like her mother again.

This ending is very reminiscent of a Hero’s Journey ending. The princess saves countless lives by being clever and witty, which are traits she’s always had, but now she also has concern for the common folk and her new loved ones. While in other routes, the difference between a good and bad ending is reliant on knowing about the fairytales, making the guy fall in love a little faster, or learning a detail as small as the fact that smacking the living crap out of someone is the most effective way to pull someone from a dazed trance, this ending is completely reliant on whether or not the princess loves the love interest more than she loves her mother. Either way, she as to chose to sacrifice her mother’s life or her lover’s freedom. In the bad ending, she loves her mother too much to sacrifice her, clinging to hope that she could be saved and the two of them could be a family, while in the good ending she recognizes that it’s too late for Hyldir. While she loves her mother just as much as anyone loves their mother, she can see past her blind love and knows the only way to save her is to kill her.

Both endings of this route seem a lot more dire of stakes than the others I’ve played. While in Karma’s route, Alcaster was the big bad, talking about Queen Hyldir having the best ruling strategy, in Rod’s route, Alcaster was a fools-errand, having been arrested before it’s revealed that Mythros was pulling the strings and requests the princess’ help (though never explains what he wants help with), in Rumpel’s route, Alcaster is dead before he even poses a threat and Mythros is the only bad guy, openly asking for the princess’ help in either reviving the queen or her being just like Hyldir. In Waltz’s route, all the conflicts with Alcaster and Mythros happen so early in the story so Hyldir could swoop in and be the real threat. She’s been teased in dreams and dialogue so many times, I figured she’d somehow make an appearance as a grand finale of sorts. It’s no wonder why in the main menu art, Waltz’s stain glass window is front and center while Rumpel’s, Fritz’s, Rod’s, and Karma’s are all off to the sides. Visuals like that in the first thing you see when booting up the game typically means Waltz is the most crucial to the story. This even follows Anime Harem logic; the first boy that’s introduced is gonna be the main love interest unless there’s a childhood friend. Walt’z is, not only the first character the princess meets after getting cursed, but even before getting cursed, but on top of that, he is a childhood friend. His route is most likely meant to be the grand finale. However, I still like the idea that the relation between Fritz and Varg is the biggest mystery, so I don’t regret the order that I’ve played these even now.

What do you think? Is Waltz the Sweet Brother of your dreams, or you not interested in his childish candy? Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments, and while you’re down there, let me know who of the five options did you want to pick first? Karma with the Secretive Big Brother type? Rumpel with the Flirty type? Rod with the Tsundere Little Brother type? Waltz the Sweet Big Brother type? Fritz the Protective Loyal type? Let me know. Next time we’ll go to the last, but not least, of the bachelors. Over the river and through the woods, but it’s not to Grandmother’s house we’re going; ’til then, have a beautiful rest of your day~

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Cinderella Phenomenon: Rumpel Route Review

If you hadn’t seen my last few posts, this is kinda a continuation. Cinderella Phenomenon simply has too much content to cram into one review. I mean, each of the five routes is it’s own story; no two are even remotely the same. Since Rumpel’s was the third route I reluctantly chose in my quest for completion (his route also concludes the routes you can play first), I will write a review of his route next. Click here if you want to read my reviews of the other routes I’ve talked about so far, but just in case you’re not interested in them, let me sum up the set-up for the game before going into the review.

Princess Main Character (I know her default name is Lucette, but her name is customizable so I’m referring to her as that instead of her default name) is simply mean. She’s so bitter, ruthless, and cold to everyone she comes across, that she’s known through the kingdom as the Ice Princess. One day, one of her most favorite and prised dolls springs to life from the shelf and claims to be a witch named Delora while cursing the princess with what’s known as the Fairytale Curse; more specifically, Cinderella Curse, where she is forgotten by everyone from family to palace staff to townsfolk in the street. It’s as if she never existed. She’s found by the witch that cursed her and a fairy named Parfait, who both explain why she was cursed and how she can break her curse. Around her neck is a glass slipper pendant. With each good deed she does out of the kindness of her heart, a piece of a second slipper will appear on her necklace. Once she completes 3 good deeds, she’ll complete the pair of glass slippers and her curse will be broken. Until her curse is broken, she must stay in an inn that acts as a safe haven for cursed individuals and work at the tavern conjoined with the inn.

The Fairytale Curse doesn’t affect others who are cursed or mystical creatures like witches and fairies; example, everyone who’s cursed still remembers the Ice Princess. Rumpel is cursed with what’s called the Rumpelstiltskin Curse. Similar to Princess Main Character’s Cinderella curse, Rumpel’s curse forces those who’ve known him to forget his name (however they all keep the memory of what he’s done for them in the past), meanwhile Rumpel himself has no memory or recollection of who he was before he’s found in the street by Parfait. When the princess meets him, his curse is recent enough that he’s just as new to the tavern as Princess Main Character.

Now, I’m gonna be blunt…I didn’t like Rumpel in the beginning. I wouldn’t have been able to go through with it without giving my two best friends constant updates on the game just to get my thoughts off my chest of exactly how much characters with Rumpel’s type of personality gets under my skin. However, for completionist’s sake, and for the sake of the review, I endured all he shallow flattery and dumb puns that I really hate seeing in otome characters. One thing that surprised me was the fact that Karma is more open and honest about what’s on his mind and his curse while the princess is partnered with Rumpel than he was when she’s partnered with Karma himself (on top of that, Karma made several claims in his arguments with Rumpel that I’d argue, saying he doesn’t lie to his partner…wait…off topic…). Rumpel’s journey had a similar mystery as Karma, but since Rumpel himself has amnesia, it’s easy to paint him as an honest person while keeping the mystery of his past alive.

Comparing to Karma (since both in Karma’s and in Rumpel’s routes, people make a point to compare the two of them), Karma has to side-step the truth to keep his curse and background a mystery whereas Rumpel is just as much in the dark with his past as anyone else. While the way to learn about Karma is through prodding and nagging, the way to learn about Rumpel is asking everyone other than him. From the little boy who recognized him as a doctor that saved his life, to his fiancee who possesses all of Rumpel’s journals and diaries, everyone Rumpel touched before his curse automatically knows more about him than Rumpel himself.

Rumpel does break his own curse before the end, unlike Rod and Karma. While I was a little worried/intrigued on what that would mean for their relationship, whether or not Princess Main Character’s curse will start to affect Rumpel, I am a little disappointed that it didn’t take that route. However, I do understand why Rumpel wouldn’t forget about the princess the moment he remembers his name, that would be tragic and cruel to grant him with memories of his whole life in exchange for memories he shared with the princess.

Also, of course, Varg shows up once again, though unlike in Karma’s and Rod’s routes where he showed up at the end, this time he randomly shows up in the middle of the story out of nowhere and serves nothing to the plot; he’s literally just someone who literally bumps into the princess on the street.

Ok, here’s your warning. I can’t talk anymore about Rumpel’s route without spoiling anything since a large part of his route is unraveling the mystery of his past. I’m now gonna talk about Rumpel’s good and bad endings. If you want to find out the end of this story on your own, turn back now, find the game on steam (it’s free to play) and run a playthrough yourself before coming back to hear my thoughts.

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If you’re still here, then you either already played the game, or you don’t care about spoilers regardless of warnings.

While Rumpel’s good ending is cute and bad ending is gruesome, both endings nearly brought me to tears.

Just for some background, there are some rumors going around that the palace has been thrown into chaos with witches taking over and the knights staging a coup against the king and royal family. However, the crown is left unclaimed. While out getting medicine with Rumpel, Princess Main Character gets captured and drugged by Varg before reawakening in her bedroom at the palace. She’s informed that Sir Alcaster is dead and Sir Mythros is the one who killed him. Let me just say really quick, it’s kinda clever that in my first route of the game, Karma’s route, Sir Alcaster was the only Big Bad that hires Varg’s sword, in my second playthrough, Rod’s route, Sir Alcaster is only a decoy while Varg’s sword shifts from Alcaster’s allegiance to Mythros after Alcaster’s arrest, and now Sir Alcaster is dead before he even makes an appearance in Rumpel’s route and Mythros is to blame for it all with Varg as a sword for hire. Sorry. Back to Rumpel’s climax; Princess Main Character tries to probe answers out of Varg. Admittedly, she does learn that he is cursed and despises witches, and he himself either doesn’t know or isn’t willing to share why he’s assisting a known powerful witch. When Mythros comes to retrieve her for dinner, she’s told her family will be waiting for her. Once they reach the dining hall, Mythros explains to the king that Princess Main Character is the true Crown Princess of the kingdom and his blood daughter. Admittedly, the player can choose to either play along and confess to being the princess or play dumb and ignorant to what Mythros is saying (just in case you’re stuck and are reading this to figure out which is the better option, it’s playing dumb). Later on, Mythros explains that he plans to groom the princess until her 18th birthday when she’ll become the bearer of the crystal and will have the power to revive her mother, the queen.

Days pass and finally Delora, Rumpel, Jurin, Garlen (no idea if I spelled those names right, but they’re the two knights that were kicked out of the palace and hired to defend the tavern and cursed individuals), Waltz and Karma come to the rescue. While Karma, Waltz, and the knights fight the witches and corrupted knights, Delora and Rumpel save the princess from her room in her tower. Rumpel and the princess flee, but are stopped by Mythros and his knights and witches. He makes the knights fight each other, and the fight entrances Rumpel into a daze.

In the bad ending, The princess tries to shake him out of the daze, but is unsuccessful. She decides to take matters in her own hands and pick up a sword to fight, forgetting that this is not Karma’s route and therefore she never learned how to fight with a sword. However, with the knights now focused on her instead of each other, she’s backed into a wall and only holds her sword out with her eyes closed. When she opens them again, Rumpel is the one pierced by her blade.

Rumpel’s bad ending deserves its achievement title; Spool of Needles. It’s sad, and I nearly cried. It’s tragic and gruesome, though not quite as tragic as Karma’s bad ending (hey, if characters in the game are gonna compare these two, then I might as well join the bandwagon).

Now, in the good ending, it’s pretty much the same up to the point where Rumpel gets entrances into a daze by the knights killing each other, only this time, the princess literally smacks him out of it, and Parfait shows up just in time to save them with a shield, along with Delora and Waltz, who somehow miraculously broke his curse and is now a hot young adult looking straight out of Hot Topic. It’s never explained how he broke his curse, but with his curse broken he now has full access to his witch magical power. However, Waltz, Rumpel, and the princess find that Mythros escaped from Parfait and Delora and has Princess Main Character’s step-sister hostage in the throne room. They try to talk him down but to no avail. The princess finally grabs a sword and comes close to killing Mythros, blade right at his throat, but she stops when she remembers Rumpel saying that all life is precious. Her showing Mythros mercy and sparing his life is her third and final good deed. Mythros doesn’t repay the kindness and goes in for the kill. To the character’s shock, Parfait, who quickly showed up to help, is the one who died at Mythros’ hands. She has just enough life left to congratulate Princess Main Character on breaking her curse before she passes in Rumpel’s arms, him still trying to convince her and himself that he could fix it, close her wounds, nurse her to health, and she’ll be better. Waltz decides to execute Mythros for his crimes, but Rumpel slits the witch’s throat before Waltz had a chance. After confirming that the royal family is alright and unharmed, the king offers Delora and the others rooms for the night as thanks for saving his family. Rumpel and the princess retreat to her room and console each other for the loss of Parfait and the burden of Mythros’ murder. The king is weary after these events, and, while he allows Princess Main Character to go into town as often as she pleases, it’s not without guards and her step-siblings. He’s also weary of Rumpel courting her, him being no prince nor knight but simply a poor doctor, but to him, it’s a problem for another day.

That’s a lot to get through. Don’t get me wrong, the other endings were long and had a lot to build up for the climax, but this….it’s a little ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, it was enjoyable, and a roller coaster, but this barely scratched the surface. Even still, I’m not 100% confident I described everything right, even though I literally just played this route before writing this review.

While Karma was a clear tragic bad ending vs. storybook fairytale good ending and Rod is a little of a mixed bag both ways, Rumpel is just depressing. Both his endings hammer in that people are mortal. In both endings at least one person dies, and in the aftermath of both endings, the princess and/or Rumpel have to deal with PTSD that comes with killing someone.

To sum it all up, Rumpel surprisingly came close to surpassing Karma as the best guy. I like Karma a lot, and every time he showed up I literally cried for a return to my “Beastly Prince Beauty”, however, Rumpel did something I didn’t expect and had something I personally look for in a romatic partner; devotion to a smile. Between those two it’s a very close tie; a lot closer than I expected going into it. At the end of Rod’s review, I challenged Rumpel to surprise me with gold, and he did just that.

What do you think? Was Rumpel able to make you smile, or did his doctor puns not spin gold for you? Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments, and while you’re down there, let me know who of the three starter options (I know there are five guys, but two of them are locked until you complete two routes with two of the three bachelors) did you pick first? Karma with the Secretive Big Brother type? Rumpel with the Flirty type? Rod with the Tsundere Little Brother type? Let me know. This concludes the three guys you can start out with, so next, we’ll soar to the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning; ’til then, have a beautiful rest of your day~

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Cinderella Phenomenon: Rod Route Review

If you hadn’t seen my last post, this is kinda a continuation of that one. Cinderella Phenomenon simply has too much content to cram into one review. I mean, each of the five routes is it’s own story; no two are even remotely the same. Since Rod’s was the second route I chose in my quest for completion, I will write a review of his route next. Click here if you want to read my review of the Karma Route, but just in case you’re not interested in Karma, let me sum up the set-up for the game before going into the review.

Princess Main Character (I know her default name is Lucette, but her name is customizable so I’m referring to her as that instead of her default name) is simply mean. She’s so bitter, ruthless, and cold to everyone she comes across, that she’s known through the kingdom as the Ice Princess. One day, one of her most favorite and prised dolls springs to life from the shelf and claims to be a witch named Delora while cursing the princess with what’s known as the Fairytale Curse; more specifically, Cinderella Curse, where she is forgotten by everyone from family to palace staff to townsfolk in the street. It’s as if she never existed. She’s found by the witch that cursed her and a fairy named Parfait, who both explain why she was cursed and how she can break her curse. Around her neck is a glass slipper pendant. With each good deed she does out of the kindness of her heart, a piece of a second slipper will appear on her necklace. Once she completes 3 good deeds, she’ll complete the pair of glass slippers and her curse will be broken. Until her curse is broken, she must stay in an inn that acts as a safe haven for cursed individuals and work at the tavern conjoined with the inn.

Now on to Rod’s route. Since the Fairytale Curse doesn’t affect others who are cursed or mystical creatures like witches and fairies; example, everyone who’s cursed still remembers the Ice Princess. Rod is cursed with what’s called the Mermaid’s Curse. To put simply, he’s mute and can only communicate through a magical stuffed bunny given to him by Parfait that reads his thoughts and speaks his mind on his behalf (which he might argue is a curse in itself). Because Rod is Princess Main Character’s step-brother, he has the longest history with her and the biggest grudge against her. He doesn’t accept her as a member of his family and doesn’t hesitate to tell her that the Royal Family is much happier without her around to be the wet blanket. As for his curse, he’s given up on breaking it long before the events of the game due to just how closely his curse follows the fairytale it’s based on; the Little Mermaid.

Rod’s entire backstory on why he was cursed follows the beginning of the Little Mermaid to the letter. He discovered his childhood friend drowning in a river, so he saves her. In a panic due to the fact that she isn’t breathing, Rod runs away to get help from someone nearby. When he returns, some other Prince Charming swooped in and took all the credit for the daring rescue. Knowing that his childhood friend has always dreamed of a fairytale ending for herself, he makes a deal with a witch; his voice in exchange for royal status. That night, he was mute, the next morning, the king declared his undying love for Rod’s mother and he, his mother, and his sister were moved into the palace as members of the Royal Family.

Like Karma, Rod kept the conditions of his curse secret for similar reasons. I was intrigued by learning why he acts coldly to someone who supposedly was a childhood friend and life-long crush, and I was kept at the edge of my seat watching the tragedy of the situation uncurl. While I am familiar with the original tale of the Little Mermaid, possibly more than almost any other fairytale, I didn’t expect the curse to be such a literal repeat to the mermaid’s tragic love story.

Unlike Karma, however, Rod is much more the Little Brother type (though that might be slightly due to the fact that he is Princess Main Character’s actual younger step-brother). He’s much more irritable, brooding, angsty, and simply grumpy or complaint-heavy. Any compliment he gives to the princess is back-handed at best. One thing, though, is that he is blunt and unafraid to speak his mind; even if he was afraid to, his little stuffed rabbit, Sebby, would speak it for him regardless of the consequences.

Ok, this is where the spoiler warnings come in (sorry, I guess I just didn’t have much spoiler-free to say about Rod). If you hadn’t yet, turn back now, find the game on steam (it’s free to play) and run a playthrough yourself before coming back to hear my thoughts.

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If you’re still here, then you either already played the game, or you don’t care about spoilers regardless of warnings.

Both of Rod’s endings, the good and the bad, are so bitter-sweet, one slightly sweeter than the other, and vice-versa.

For some context of the endings, Princess Main Character finally concludes that Rod’s curse’s conditions are a lot closer to the fairytale it’s based on than other curses, so she enlists Mythros, a witch who’s been working in the palace as Alcaster’s equal, to help her break Rod’s curse because Viroica, the woman he sold his voice to be with, is marrying another Prince Charming and Mythros confirmed that Rod will die if she marries another man. Princess Main Character gets desperate and asks what Mythros wants in exchange for his help, and he simply says “I want you to use something on the day after tomorrow” (which he’s obviously referring to the crystal that causes unhappiness since she will become the new bearer and he doesn’t hesitate to show that he’s an avid follower of Princess Main Character’s mother). She agrees blindly until she decides to pick up the Little Mermaid and read it for herself. By the time she reads that the mermaid must kill her prince to return home, it’s already too late and Em, Rod’s sister, is bringing a knife to the throne room where Rod, Mythros, and Viroica are waiting.

I could go further in depth, like talk about how Sir Alcaster still has a coup, Varg still makes a random appearance and things like that, but really, those events are inconsequential. Varg disappears as suddenly and randomly as his arrival, and Sir Alcaster is quickly disposed of and his only contribution is giving Princess Main Character the idea that Mythros is a witch.

Anyway, in Rod’s bitterly sweet bad ending, he takes the knife from Em and knows what he has to do, but can’t. He tells Princess Main Character that at the stroke of midnight, he’ll dissolve into mist. She cries, telling him she just wanted to help and that it didn’t have to end this way, but Rod just hands her Sebby from his shoulder. He embraces her, smiles, and says “I was starting to like you. If we had more time, I could’ve truly loved you”. On that note, the clock chimes 12 and Princess Main Character is left with nothing more than Sebby in her hands, and a clump of bubbly mist in front of her.

See why I say bitterly sweet? He was already on the right track to loving the princess, but she just couldn’t make him fall for her in time. Talk about so close yet so far.

Moving on to… the sweetly bitter ending. Rod still claims that he can’t kill the woman he loves, so Mythros decides to bend the rules and possess his body to do it for him. Delora rushes in and the two witches have an all-out magic duel while the princess desperately tries to stop Rod. Only when he strikes Princess Main Character when she stands in front of him to block him from Viroica does he finally snap out of it. Mythros sees that his plan failed and flees while Princess Main Character and Rod confess their feelings for one another, which breaks Rod’s curse. The princess was able to break her curse as well with her shield stunt. Now that their curses are broken, they can live happily ever after, right? ….Well, not exactly. As weeks pass, Princess Main Character learns how to control her magic with Delora teaching her, and she works with Parfait to restore balance between light and darkness as the new Tenebaram (not at all confident that I spelled that right) bearer, and plans to break everyone’s curse when she gains confidence in her abilities, even wanting to go so far as to end the Fairytale Curse once and for all. Her relationship with Rod, however, is kept 100% secret. Only Em knows anything about it, and they don’t allow anyone to know in fear that it would be considered a scandal. To get through it, they sneak out of the palace to meet in the forest, where they do nothing but dance the days away to the music of silence.

See what I meant when I said both the endings are bitter-sweet? In one, Rod is literally turned into mist wishing he had enough time to fall in love once again, and in the other, they have to keep their romance in the shadows. While Karma was a clear tragic bad ending vs. storybook fairytale good ending, Rod is a little of a mixed bag on both sides.

To sum it all up, Rod hasn’t surpassed Karma in my opinion. While Rod’s endings are more dynamic with an interesting take on how the Little Mermaid could’ve ended, I just like Karma too much. Don’t get me wrong though, Rod’s route was fun to play through. It was also a nice angle, having Princess Main Character spending most of the story interacting with people who she’s known her whole life, but don’t know her as opposed to everyone being a stranger.

What do you think? Do you like Rod’s take on his Fairytale, or should he have just let sleeping fishes lie? Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments, and while you’re down there, let me know who of the three starter options (I know there are five guys, but two of them are locked until you complete two routes with two of the three bachelors) did you pick first? Karma with the Secretive Big Brother type? Rumpel with the Flirty type? Rod with the Tsundere Little Brother type? Let me know. Next in line, I suppose we should spin some straw. Who knows? This next guy might surprise me, and I might get gold; ’til then, have a beautiful rest of your day~

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Cinderella Phenomenon: Karma Route Review

Here lately, I’m not sure why, but I’ve been infatuated with Dating Sims. Cinderella Phenomenon is one that I’ve been wanting to play for a long time, and only now do I have the time, energy, and desire to play it through completion (yes, that does mean going out of my way to get the bad endings as well). Let me start by explaining the set-up for the game.

Princess Main Character (I know her default name is Lucette, but her name is customizable so I’m referring to her as that instead of her default name) is simply mean. She’s so bitter, ruthless, and cold to everyone she comes across, that she’s known through the kingdom as the Ice Princess. One day, one of her most favorite and prised dolls springs to life from the shelf and claims to be a witch named Delora while cursing the princess with what’s known as the Fairytale Curse; more specifically, Cinderella Curse, where she is forgotten by everyone from family to palace staff to townsfolk in the street. It’s as if she never existed. She’s found by the witch that cursed her and a fairy named Parfait, who both explain why she was cursed and how she can break her curse. Around her neck is a glass slipper pendant. With each good deed she does out of the kindness of her heart, a piece of a second slipper will appear on her necklace. Once she completes 3 good deeds, she’ll complete the pair of glass slippers and her curse will be broken. Until her curse is broken, she must stay in an inn that acts as a safe haven for cursed individuals and work at the tavern conjoined with the inn.

Since Karma was the first route I chose in my playthrough, I’ll review his route first. The Fairytale Curse doesn’t affect others who are cursed or mystical creatures like witches and fairies; example, everyone who’s cursed still remembers the Ice Princess. Karma is cursed with what’s called the Beauty Curse. If he’s in the presence of a woman who’s not cursed, a witch, or fairy, then they’ll be infatuated with his beauty and will claim to be in love with him. They’ll follow him and smother him in affection. The only way around this is if he tricks the women into believing he’s a woman himself under the alias “Miss Karma”. By the time the princess meets him, he’s given up all hope of breaking his curse. He refuses to talk to others about it, and, when cornered with nagging questions about the specifications of his Beauty Curse, he’s quick to give an answer that’s vague at best then somehow make the conversation about lizards or the weather; whatever will distract the questioner long enough to make them forget that he’s talking in circles. I kid you not, this is a real conversation. “Karma, can you tell me more about you? Maybe something about why you were cursed, or better yet, how to break it?” “My father used to call me his little chameleon because I was always good at hiding. Chameleons are just so cute, aren’t they?” (maybe not word for word, but you get the idea). As his route goes on, you learn more and more about him, like how his main contribution to the tavern is training the guards with swords and gathering supplies from the town.

I really enjoyed figuring out all of Karma’s secrets, like his real name, where he learned to sword fight, and reluctantly, how to break his curse (which I figured out roughly 3 chapters before Princess Main Character did). I also really like the dynamic between Karma and the princess. There’s even a running joke that neither of them respect each other’s privacy, so they both often enter one another’s rooms unannounced, they both make the same argument of “what if I was changing?” but it doesn’t hold any weight because the princess already saw Karma’s bare chest when she barged in the first time. It really shows that, though neither of them can be alone or keep secrets anymore, neither of them have to be alone or keep secrets from one another; their relationship is with 100% open doors (pun intended). There is a point where Karma gets in a really random bad mood, and it’s never explained. He goes for several days sulking in his room, blows off his responsibilities as the trainer for the guards and the errand-boy, he even shoves away the princess, who, at that point in the story, he’s in a partnership with and had signs of chemistry with. However, after a heated argument the lead to the princess snapping him back to the real world, he does return to normal somewhat.

Karma is kinda like the Big Brother type, now that I really think about it. He’s borderline overly protective of the princess, is always there to save the day (or night), and (almost) always has a wink and a tease at the ready. The princess also doesn’t hesitate to amuse herself at his expense. At one point while in town, Karma’s voice get’s drastically deeper, as if from a flick of a switch. The princess, seeing that a woman who knows “Miss Karma” was approaching, encourages Karma to speak up and have a chat, laughing the whole time. Karma does manage to convince the woman he’s caught a cold while attempting to mimic a feminine voice and the two leave. He later explains that Parfait makes him a potion to make his voice more like a woman’s since the only way he could avoid all the girls in town groveling at his feet is to make them believe he was a woman and he didn’t believe crossdressing alone would be enough to convince all the women of his facade. This moment, not only illustrates how far Karma is willing to go to avoid the consequences of his curse, since there’s no real way for the player to tell because this game is all 100% written dialogue and description with absolutely no voice acting, but it also gives a moment for the princess to actually grace her own face with a smile, since until that point, she never smiles (it’s also really hysterical for the player; even though there’s no voice acting, I imagined just how sudden the tone shift would’ve been in his voice and couldn’t stop laughing as I read, even attempting to voice act it out myself).

Ok, here’s your warning. I’m now gonna talk about Karma’s good and bad endings. If you want to find out the conditions of his curse on your own, turn back now, find the game on steam (it’s free to play) and run a playthrough yourself before coming back to hear my thoughts.

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If you’re still here, then you either already played the game, or you don’t care about spoilers regardless of warnings.

Karma’s good ending is really heartwarming and a perfect storybook ending while his bad ending, while believable in the circumstances, could’ve easily been avoided if 1) Karma spoke up about the conditions of his curse and 2) the princess actually bothered to read a fairytale or two.

For some context, let me shed some light. The Royal Family (excluding Princess Main Character) is put it life-threatening peril from the Captain of the Guard, Sir Alcaster, and his knights. The prince and princess, Rod and Em (I can never remember her full name; I couldn’t even read it) escape to the tavern and request reinforcements from Parfait and Delora. Their request is granted as Delora leads a small group containing the two guards, who are both ex-knights of the Royal Family, Karma, Princess Main Character, and Waltz, a man with what’s called the Neverland Curse (I’ll dedicate a blog to him later). Karma begs the princess to reconsider going, but she insists that, since it’s her father and step-mother in danger, she must go, if nothing else than to set things right with them. He then alters his plea to her staying behind him at all cost and to run away if things get too dangerous, despite having trained with a sword for months at this point. Fast forward to the rescue, Karma gets frequent pains in his chest, claiming he’s fine. His only explanation is that the princess would either hate or fear him if he told her. She backs off with the promise of an explanation when they return home. The group then gets ambushed, the princess is captured and separated from the rest of the group. She’s soon faced with Sir Alcaster and a man in a mask claiming to be named Varg (I thought it was a little late in the story to introduce new characters, since this guy is never introduced by name or appearance until this point in the story. I have a feeling he’s either Fritz, the personal Body Guard for Princess Main Character before her curse, or somehow tied to him because Varg and Fritz look similar, as well as a few other hints that I don’t really wanna go into now). After Sir Alcaster’s big Villain Monologue about how Princess Main Character’s mother was the best ruler, mastering the fear struck into her subject’s hearts, there are reports of a beast that suddenly appears from nowhere and is attacking all the knights it comes across. The beast does make its way to the princess, and here’s where the two endings split.

In one ending, Princess Main Character runs away, running into some knights that claim they’ll protect her from the beast. She argues that she doesn’t need protection, and then the beast begins attacking the two knights, narrowly missing her. She readies her sword and attacks the beast, believing it’s a more dangerous threat than the knights at Sir Alcaster’s command. She swiftly brings the beast down, finally seeing a pendant on it that she gave Karma earlier. She finally realizes the blood of her beloved Karma is on her hands as she sobs over him and his dying words are basically the most tactless “I told you so”.

First off, I wanted to scream and shout to the Princess Main Character that if there’s a beauty in a fairytale, there’s a beast. I figured out that there was some incorporation of a beast somewhere in his curse as soon as I saw the rose tattoo on his bare, naked chest. However, I guess I can give the princess a pass since she was never really allowed to read fairytales because of her mother; she only read one before her mother disposed of all traces of fairytales, all she says about the one fairytale she read is that it features a Genie.

In the other ending, Princess Main Character still is able to escape the battle between the beast and Sir Alcaster’s knights. She soon meets with the beast again, suddenly feeling the need to trust it. She puts her back to him, remembering in her training that it’s always best to fight back to back when surrounded or caught in an ambush (which they were). While fighting the knights, she looks back and sees one of the knights dangerously close to striking the beast. She quickly rushes over and blocks the attack with her own sword. After that, the two fight on until the battle is finally won. Princess Main Character finally gets a good look at the beast, figures out it’s Karma, and declares her love, breaking his curse. She also looks at her own feet, where there are glass slippers, meaning her sacrificing her life for him was her third and final good deed. Now that the two of them have broken their curses, they find the king and explain the situation; saying that she was under a curse that made him forget her existence for nearly a year, and that Karma is actually Crowned Prince Klaude Aidric Renaldi Mattheus Almonte, the lost prince of a neighboring kingdom, as well as Princess Main Character’s lover. Karma returns to his home kingdom to inform his parents and younger brother, Llama (both of them go by acronyms of their long names), that he’s not dead yet and so he could request a proper betrothal to Princess Main Character. He returns to the princess’ castle just in time for her 18th Birthday Banquet. From there, he talks about how nervous he is to share a meal with her father, how he wished she’d visit his family, and how they’re now betrothed and will live happily ever after.

See what I mean by “perfect storybook ending”? There’s not really that much to say about it. It’s pretty much just, their curses are broken, so now, they’re just a Crown Prince of one kingdom and Crown Princess of another kingdom betrothed to be married, where the biggest problem facing them is gaining approval of each other’s families. It definitely paints a Happily Ever After picture to the storybook end. Still, after all this, Karma still barges into her room without knocking and he’s still acting like the Teasing Older Brother type.

All in all, I think Karma’s my favorite (and not just because I hated Rumpel from the moment he was introduced while Karma sees Rumpel as a frienemy at best all because he looks a little too good in a dress). I simply like the Big Brother types, right next to the Secretive Mysterious types and the Fun Optimistic types. Arguably, Karma could fulfill all three of those.

What do you think? Do you agree with the Big Brother type, or is someone like Karma more thorn than rose for you? Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments, and while you’re down there, let me know who of the three starter options (I know there are five guys, but two of them are locked until you complete two routes with two of the three bachelors) did you pick first? Karma with the Secretive Big Brother type? Rumpel with the Flirty type? Rod with the Tsundere Little Brother type? Let me know. Next time we’re taking a dive under the sea; ’til then, have a beautiful rest of your day~

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Yona of the Dawn Review

I’ve recently watched a show called Yona of the Dawn, and it was great, but it left a lot to be desired. First off, I should start with a summary of the show.

Princess Yona is a spoiled teenager whose biggest concern is how to tame her long, near rat’s nest of hair. On her 16th birthday, tragedy strikes and her father is assassinated and the assassin pursues her life. She’s forced to flee the castle with her bodyguard, Hak, the last servant of the late king who remained loyal. Yona is advised to see an oracle to discover her destiny to find the White Dragon Warrior with sharp Dragon’s Claws, the Blue Dragon Warrior with a Dragon’s sight that sees several miles away, the Green Dragon Warrior who can leap high enough to fly with the strength in his Dragon’s Leg, and the Yellow Dragon Warrior with a body resilient as Dragon’s Scales. Now, it’s a struggle to find the four Dragon Warriors before the new king discovers her alive and executes her himself. All the while, she discovers just how bad off her kingdom was been due to her late father’s anti-war pacifist ideals.

To start off, this show reminds me heavily of Game of Thrones’s Denaris Targarian. Not only does the main heroin start off as royalty before being kicked down to claw her way back to the top once again, but she also has a romance with her bodyguard, and learns how to fight and free slaves. Heck, Yona is implied at least three times to be the reincarnation of the Crimson Dragon King, master of the four Dragon Warriors. While Yona reminds me of Denaris, she also is a fighter in a different way. She trains with archery after being chased out of her castle and demonstrates her strength in more merciful and feminine ways. While Denaris took many lives with her dragon’s fire and her own brutality, Yona only takes one life in the whole show, that of a single human trafficking lord.

Hak, on the other hand, killed countless to protect Yona. He’s also described several times of being more dragon-like than the actual dragons, having spat in death’s face more than once. He’s also Yona’s teacher on top of being her bodyguard. He teaches her how to shoot arrows, and allows her to practice, not only on trees and wildlife but also himself. No matter how many times he nearly dies, he always wakes up with a smirk and a snarky comment. With how resilient his body is, the group jokes that he may be the fourth dragon they’ve been looking for this whole time. Even still, he would never hold back if it means either avenging the king’s death or protecting Yona, even after being distant compared to the other companions, everyone else she insists calling by her name while Yona forbids Hak to acknowledge her as anything less than the princess he swore to protect, yet there’s a running joke that everyone thinks they’re in a romantic relationship. The joke gets a little annoying until the last time they try it. From episode one all the way to near the end, everyone asks if Hak and Yona are boyfriend and girlfriend, and they both say “nope, no way” almost every time. The last attempt at the joke, however, a pirate captain tells Hak that if he focuses on the battle, he’ll see his girlfriend soon enough. Hak pauses before saying “girlfriend? that sounds kinda nice”. It definitely suggests they have a romantic future.

Yun is a studious navigator who grew up with the oracle. Yona extends a hand to Yun, asking him to join her and Hak by request of the oracle. Once he joins them, he’s unofficially the cook, navigator, and medic. Sadly though, his “pretty faced genius” gag gets in the way of anything else in his character. He is introduced as a lazy, yet busy guy who semi-reluctantly goes out of his way to help people, and near the end of the animated series, he’s also demonstrated as a clever, brave, and loyal. Outside of those two times, he doesn’t really have much going for him.

Gija, the White Dragon, seems to be the only dragon who is prepared to drop everything and lay down his life for the princess he recognizes as the Crimson Dragon. Even so, he’s actually the most annoying in my opinion, having been sheltered his whole life he’s afraid of bugs, doesn’t travel well in the forest, and can’t rest outside an indoors bed. Still, he’s devoted to his destined job and his gags grew on me a little. He fights with Hak like brothers or rivals for Yona’s attention. The biggest part of his character is his devotion to Yona, and how he simply can’t understand why the Blue and Green dragons refuse at first to join them.

Next character we meet is Sinha, the Blue Dragon Warrior. He’s shy, timid, and reluctant to even use his Dragon Eyes. Still, even with such little dialogue, he still gets so much character and becomes my favorite golden heart character. He almost never speaks, but his actions say everything. Seeing how he was raised to believe he doesn’t belong and his power is a curse, his belief in his village’s words is what makes him initially turn down Yona’s proposal to join their group. Once he does believe Yona and Gija that he’s wanted and needed by their group, he does everything he can to make his group’s troubles eased in any way, whether it’s fishing for food, or watching for a small firework to save Yona from slavery.

Jaeha is the third dragon they find. Dead set on freedom and choosing his own path and not allowing his Green Dragon blood to determine his choices. He spends the majority of his introductory arc running away from Gija and Yona. However, he couldn’t run anymore once he sees Yona in trouble dangling on a cliff-side. He starts to feel anxiety when he’s away from her, no matter how much he tries to hide it. Sadly, there’s not much to him since he only has a few episodes to establish himself, but he also is the only one that notices Hak’s reluctance to talk about growing up with Yona and the king. With the clips they show of his childhood, being chained and tethered to the ground, I don’t blame him for being reluctant to follow the Dragon Warrior Destiny.

Lastly, there’s Zeno, the Yellow Dragon Warrior. Being honest, Zeno only has less than an episode to build his character as carefree and childish, so he comes off as strange and I agree with the other dragons when they say it’s too easy that he just shows up and joins their group with nothing in exchange other than some deer meat. Going back to Hak, and comparing him to Zeno, I really would’ve believed Hak was the Yellow Dragon Warrior if that was the direction they really were going, maybe it being a mistranslation that the fourth dragon was black instead of yellow. However, the OVA’s make Zeno more believable. The second OVA shows that, due to Zeno’s dragon blood, making his body indestructible, he’s effectively immortal. He could never get sick, grow old, and wounds close and heal right before his enemies eyes. Because of this, he’s also the only one of the dragon warriors who’s power hasn’t been passed down the generations, and he’s the only Yellow Dragon that’s ever lived. He’s also been craving to either die or reunite with the Crimson Dragon King. One thing about him bothers me; if Zeno was searching for the Crimson Dragon, and he knew Yona was it and that she lived in the Crimson Palace, then why wouldn’t he wander closer to the palace and stay with her from the moment she was chased away from the castle? He would’ve gotten more character development, and it would’ve seemed more like he was a part of the plan and less like he was just shoe-horned in at the last possible moment.

Zeno’s sudden appearance is part of the reason I feel unsatisfied with the ending of the show. The whole show literally ends on a question of “Now you have the four Dragon Warriors, now what? Why gather the Dragon Warriors?” It made me realize, Yona doesn’t really have an end goal. She can’t take revenge for her father’s death, that would create more problems than it would solve. She can’t just keep running, no good could come from that. She can’t just do nothing, if she did, what would be the point? I suppose you could argue that it does its job, as exploitation to sell the manga, but for me, someone who doesn’t have much time to read and, even if I did have time, I don’t have the money for new books and can’t find it in any libraries, it leaves me totally unsatisfied, which sucks because aside from that it’s a great dramatic action anime.

Something else that’s a little distracting is the English dubbing. It’s kinda knit-picking and is nothing new with the dubbing company, but a lot of voices used in this show are recycled voice actors from other anime. I wouldn’t mind so much if I hadn’t seen other dubbed shows from Funimation, but since the first time I watched Yona of the Dawn, it was late at night and I fell asleep with it running. However, it sounded like a major crossover with Mizuki and Akura-oh from Kamisama Kiss, Russia and Canada from Hetalia, Renge from Ouran Highschool Host Club, Ukyo from Brother’s Conflict, Bard from Black Butler, Zen from Snow White with Red Hair, I think you get my point. Don’t get me wrong, these voices do go well with the characters they voice, however, it’s just a little distracting and wouldn’t be as distracting if I saw this when I was still relatively new to anime and wouldn’t recognize these voices.

What do you think though? Did you like Yona of the Dawn from beginning to end, or did the ending bother you too? Give it a watch, leave your thoughts in the comments and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

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Fruits Basket 2019 Episode 1 Review

Ok, this is a little different than my normal reviews. Since I’m watching Fruits Basket 2019 as it’s airing, I’ll do a review on only the first episode instead of one review to encompass the reboot as a whole. I might do a second review of the rebooted first season as a whole when it’s complete, but this is what I have for now to get my initial first thoughts on the first episode out there. This is completely under the assumption that anyone who cares about Fruits Basket already watched the reboot so if you hadn’t seen the first episode of Fruits Basket 2019, watch it now. This is not a spoiler free blog. That will be your only warning.

Rather than giving a summary, I’m just gonna jump right in and point out the similarities and differences between the reboot and the original first episode, since they both hit all the same points and end at the same point. I’m not going to talk about design differences because the biggest pet peeves I had about the differences I already mentioned in the last blog, so I’m only focusing on acting, dialogue, and story points that differ.

First, I was surprised that all the English voice actors were the same people that did the original. The only voices that sound different are Shigure and Hana, both sounding like the same person, suggesting they’re voiced by the same person as they were in 2001, but their tones sound a little different suggesting either their voices changed with nearly 2 decades of age, as I believe is the case with Shigure, or they simply wanted to try a different voice with their respective characters, which might be the case of Hana. One thing that actually took me a few viewings to catch is that, in the beginning of the episode, it shows the first banquet with the cat in God’s arms as God casts the curse. One thing that surprised me is that the voice actress for God is the same voice actress for Tohru. Typically, when two characters are voiced by the same actor, there’s some connection, like Yukiji and Nanami from Kamisama Kiss, America and Canada in Hetalia, or even the Merchant and the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin. Is the reboot implying that God and Tohru are connected? That’s definitely something I can’t wait to see the outcome of.

Another point I want to make is there are a few differences. The biggest difference that’s worth mentioning is when Yuki and Shigure offer the spare room in their house, while in the 2001 show Shigure assured Tohru that she’s not in their way because the two Somas have something to gain from her living there, that being a need of a housekeeper to cook and clean because she was concerned about being a burden on them. Meanwhile, in 2019 reboot, Shigure out of nowhere asks if Tohru likes housework, and after hearing her answer leaves it at that. He doesn’t propose that he’s hiring her as a housekeeper, or even declare that she’s the new housekeeper like he did in the original. It’s not that big a deal, but it does leave Tohru feeling like a burden and unclear on why Shigure was so interested in knowing her opinion or preference on cooking and cleaning.

Aside from that, I loved the first episode and am so excited to continue on this ride until the bittersweet end. It’s still just as funny, heartwarming, tragic, and adorable as its 2001 counterpart (even if Yuki’s rats are so much more creepy in the reboot hile their animal zodiac forms are adorable!)

That’s all for now. What did you think of episode 1? Did it hit your Nostalgia when the 2001 voice actors returned, or did you want to see new voices try their hand at breathing new life into the new reboot? Did you like Shigure’s more subtly implying to Tohru what he intended, or do you prefer hi spelling it out for the sake of Tohru’s dependency complex? Let me know in the comments and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

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Fruits Basket Reboot

If you remember when I reviewed Fruits Basket, I made a point that “I wanna talk about how this show needs a GOD DAMN SEQUEL! And NOT the Black Butler treatment where the animators were just pulling whatever’s popular out of a “quick-n’-easy copycat generator” (I’m looking at you, Claude). I mean, I want a sequel where the staff pay just as much attention to detail as they did the first time. I want the Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood treatment here!” Finally, it’s time to eat my words. Oh my god, I really didn’t see this coming.

(I realize by the time this posts, this would be old news, but I have this habit of writing blogs at least a month or two in advance, so…when this posts, there would already be 4-5 episodes out, but when I wrote this, all that was out were trailers and the first episode hadn’t been out yet. That being said, please read on to see my first fan-girl reaction to the news or move on to another blog along the right of the page.)

I just saw the trailers for the 2019 reboot for Fruits Basket, and it makes sense that they’d redo the anime rather than pick up where they left off in 2001. With how much animation has advanced in the past 20 years, it would look odd and out of place if someone was to watch the end of the Fruits Basket 2001 then continue the story from after Kyo and Tohru’s misadventure in the woods in the new Fruits Basket 2019 style, where the color black doesn’t seem to exist (at least on Kyo’s design) and Tohru’s entire design looks so different. If they didn’t reanimate the first season and start completely fresh, it would be so weird.

Let me explain what I mean. While all the frames featured in the trailers look just like the original, the original took its frames from the panels in the manga, however, all the characters definitely got an updated design, Tohru being the most unrecognizable for me. In the 2001 show, Tohru has a wide, round head, a small, slim body, and square teal eyes. For the 2019 reboot, her eyes got more golden brown and rounded out their shape, her face and head got more narrow and oval, and her body is more curvy and proportional for her head with wider shoulders and a few more curves. There are other differences, like, how I mentioned black hues on Kyo’s design was changed to a dark crimson. Not only did the t-shirt Kyo wears in his introduction changed from black to red, but even the beads around his wrist is changed from black and white to red and ivory.

I can overlook the design changes, since all of the changes look really good with the new animation and style. I am so excited to see Fruits Basket 2019. The best part is I hadn’t read the manga since I was about 17 (it was for a summer book report for school) so all the tears for the new reboot will be fresh and real. I vaguely remember parts and little details, like Shigure being the ex of Tohru’s teacher, Yuki and Kyo arguing over either blue or orange is a better color for Tohru’s swimming suit, and Yuki having trouble communicating with the rest of the student council because he doesn’t have a cell phone. While the only frames and clips they showed in the trailers was all an updated version of the 2001 show, there was one single frame of the original banquet, which in the manga wasn’t featured until the last or second to last volume. Because of that, I think it’s safe to assume that all three arcs from the manga will be in animated form. If I am right, then oh my god, that will be a major emotional roller coaster.

I know this was kinda short, but I don’t really have much to say until Fruits Basket 2019 comes out and is available to the public, which may be literally any day now (as of April 6, 2019, when I write this). It is available on Funimation.com with a subscription, however….I cannot afford a subscription to Funimation, therefore I have to wait until it’s either complete and released on dvd or released on free platforms like youtube or justdubs.

What do you think about a reboot for Fruits Basket? You sick of all the reboots that have come out in recent years, or don’t really mind? You excited to see what the new cast and crew have in store for this tale, or think Fruits Basket should be left as is? Leave your thoughts in the comments and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

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Inuyasha Review

Recently, I’ve seen Inuyasha, an anime that’s been on my “to do” list for years. For those who don’t know, let me sum it up.

Kagome Higarashi is a junior high student. While searching for her family’s cat on the morning of her 15th birthday, she gets dragged down an old well by a demon youkai. At the bottom of the well, she finds herself 500 years in the past where there are demons and bloodshed around every stone and tree. While trying to find her way home, she meets Inuyasha, a dog demon born of a human mother, and discovers a magical stone called the Shikon No Tama buried in her own flesh. Now she must protect the jewel with the newly tamed Inuyasha at her side and keep it from demons and greedy humans that crave its power. This job gets much more difficult when the jewel shatters into hundreds of millions of shards and scattered all across the country. They make friends in Songo the Demon Slayer, Miroku the Monk, and Shippo the fox demon child, make rivals in the older brother of Inuyasha, Sesshonmaru, and the chief of the Wolf-Demon tribe, Koga, and enemies in Naraku and his minions and henchmen, and it becomes a race to see who can gather and collect the shards first to make the jewel whole once again, Kagome and party, or Naraku and tow. All the while, Kagome leaps back and forth between the times, collecting shards one day, and cramming for a test with her school friends at WacDonald’s the next.

First thing I gotta say is…this is the longest series I’ve ever watched, clocking in at 193 episodes and four movies. I have a tendency to stay away from the longer shows getting overwhelmed with the commitment of sitting through so many hours with a show I may or may not like. However, I watched Inuyasha in its entirety no less than 4 times in the span of 2 months. I’ve been completely infatuated with this show and love how it can allow itself to have a big, grand overarching plot while also making time for so much filler that doesn’t feel like filler.

Just as an example of what I mean, in episode 60, it starts a mini-plot with a Dark Priestess named Tsubaki that is commissioned by Naraku to curse Kagome and cause her to shoot Inuyasha before her own painful death. While this whole episode takes place in a small hut, and 90% of Kagome’s dialogue consists of “Run away. Get out of here.”, it doesn’t at all feel out of place and makes sense for these characters to act this way, even keeping me at the edge of my seat, curious as to whether Inuyasha would abandon Kagome or allow himself to be killed at her hand. While Kagome and Inuyasha have their face-off, Miroku and Songo leave in search of the priestess, unaware that Kagome’s curse has her body possessed. This may not be my favorite episode, but it is my favorite example of Naraku commissioning someone else to do his job. While he sends other people and characters out to do his dirty work, Tsubaki is the only one that deserves her villainous monologue on her soapbox, even if that right was stripped away at the end of the very next episode.

Even the filler episodes that take place in Kagome’s modern era don’t feel out of place. Every time Kagome goes to her era, Inuyasha shows up to remind her of their mission and shows the same energy to help her with whatever mundane thing she needs help with, whether it’s losing her test pass, or forgetting her school lunch, or teaching her younger brother how to confess his feelings to his first crush.

Every episode, while it definitely doesn’t always hit bulls-eye, always keeps the same energy and atmosphere in every episode. Some episodes are funnier than others, some focus more on side plots than others, some focus more on annoying characters than others, but if any episode, character, or mini-plot was missing, it would be missed. Just an example, while I thoroughly believe Jaken is the most annoying character, I can’t imagine how stale Sesshonmaru would be without him, and he was a huge part of Rin’s life, being her babysitter when Sesshonmaru is away.

One thing I need to talk about though is the main villain himself. Coming right out to say it, Naraku is a missed opportunity. He was so hyped up with how he was able to tear Inuyasha and his first love, Kikiyo apart, how he cursed Miroku’s grandfather with a family curse of the Wind Tunnel, he tricked Songo and her family into a death trap while her village was slaughtered, leaving herself and her younger brother as the sole survivors, and to make matters worse, he has her brother under his mind control, which leaves him with little control over his own actions. And yet, once he finally gets introduced, what does he do in his very first scene? Commission Sesshonmaru to kill Inuyasha alongside his Saimyosho while he sits on his butt on the sidelines. When he starts to actively hunt Inuyasha, what does he do? Commission other demons to do the job. Even when he sets the trap for Songo’s family, he shifts 90% of the work to a Jurogumo (or Tsutigumo, I can’t really tell the difference and I don’t remember if they specified) and a hoard of demons to massacre the village. He sends Kagura, a female incarnation of himself to pit Koga and Inuyasha against each other, he sends Kanna to steal Kagome’s soul, he sends Goshinki to kill Inuyasha, he sends Kagura again and again to kill Inuyasha and company, he sends the Band of Seven to kill them, I can go on and on. Even when we see Naraku, it’s either an illusion or a demon puppet. The few times we see the real Naraku, he runs away as soon as something isn’t going as he had planned. Inuyasha breaks his barrier? ESCAPE! Kagome masters her arrows to hit him through walls and barriers? ESCAPE! Miroku stops giving a damn about getting poisoned by Naraku’s poisonous Saimyosho? You got it; ESCAPE! He doesn’t do anything himself and when he does, he doesn’t take any risks. This guy was simply a let-down. Inuyasha really speaks my mind when he says “WILL YOU JUST DIE ALREADY?!”

Oh well, all things considered, as annoying and relatively boring the main villain is, I still love Inuyasha and recommend it to anyone looking for a way to kill a few weeks, and looking for something funny, but deep and serious at times with aspects of supernatural horror, I highly believe this is for you. I hadn’t even touched hardly any of the more serious stuff that happens, like Inuyasha’s childhood, Miroku’s past, or Kikiyo’s entire plot.

If you want to see for yourself, then go ahead! Give this older anime a watch if you haven’t already and come to your own conclusions. Leave your opinions of Inuyasha in the comments below and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

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I’m Sorry

Hey, I just want to say, I am so sorry for not keeping up with this website. I had some technical difficulties and lost all my word documents containing all my stories and I’ve been trying to recover them all this time. I didn’t mean to neglect my blogs for the sake of my stories.

I may not be able to promise that I’ll keep up with my blogs, but I am starting to get back in the swing of things, beginning to balance my full-time job and personal life. I do promise that I’ll post when I can, however, I’ll need to change it to every other week and the stories will have to wait until I can recover my documents. It’s something, and something is better than nothing.

I hope you can forgive me for not putting in the proper care for this site that I should’ve been. Now, once again, I hope you all have a beautiful rest of your day~

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Chapter 27: Arabian Nights

The next morning, Kyoya stood in front of Nekozawa, arms crossed. “Are you sure about this?” he asked. “You realize you are purposely leaving your home to, quote on quote, ‘help’ someone who might not need help, to begin with.”

The host nodded. Tamaki chuckled nervously. “You’re a brave soul, Kyoya!” he sobbed. “A true inspiration to us all!”

“I fully intend to be right back soon.” Kyoya sighed.

“I’m coming with you.” Ciel demanded.

“But Ciel!” Christi exclaimed. “Nekozawa said that he can only handle transporting one person at a time. If Kyoya is sure that he can get Sebastian and confirm that he made it home, then there’s no point in us going too.”

“You’re staying with Justine.” The older brother ordered. “Sebastian was my butler before he even knew your existence. He is my responsibility.”

“Are you sure about this, young man?” Nekozawa questioned. “I might not have the energy to even send you both to the same place if you’re both going at the same time.” The boy nodded. The teen chuckled. “Very well.” He complied as he led the host and child to his dark club room beyond the black door. In a flash of blinding light, Kyoya and Ciel were both gone.

When Kyoya opened his black eyes, he looked around to find himself in the middle of a snowy patch of trees. He examined himself, noting his lack of school uniform. He gained a long sleeved gray shirt with tightly buttoned cuffs and was tied with a yellow sash around his waist. Below his sash was black pants and highly cuffed dark brown boots. On his hands were long dark gloves and across his shoulders was a black cloak.

In his view was a small cabin. With a huff, he watched his breath pass his lips as he trudged over. By the time he made it to the porch, he could already feel the cold nibble at his nose and ears. Kyoya was about to knock on the door to ask for help but was interrupted by a voice from the inside. “I believe it’s time for me to repair your workshop door.” Stated the voice, almost cheerfully. The door suddenly opened. The black eyes of the teen widened as the owner of the voice slammed right into him, causing his silver glasses to fly off his face. “I am so sorry!” the culprit exclaimed before taking a close look at the teen. “…Do I know you from somewhere?” he asked as he picked up the glasses.

Kyoya huffed out a sigh as he took the glasses delicately in his grip. Once he put the glasses on his face, the teen took in the sight of the tall man with long black hair and crimson eyes. “Are you, by any chance, Sebastian Michaelis?”

The man nodded as he assisted Kyoya to his feet. “Correct. However, I’m afraid I don’t quite remember your name.”

“That might be because my club and I were in such a rush that we didn’t have time for proper introductions.” The teen explained, extending a hand to shake. “Pleasure to properly meet you, though I wish it were in better circumstances. My name is Kyoya Ootori.”

Sebastian smiled. “Pleasure to meet you officially.” He stated as he shook the hand in front of him, passing by him to head to the workshop, where a pile of wood sat just inside the broken door. “Though, I do have to wonder.” Sebastian thought out loud as he began his owed work. “If your home was that school that houses the rest of my friends and family, why are you here?” he asked. “If I remember correctly, Nekozawa has the process set up specifically so that no one would be sent accidentally.”

“Everyone was concerned about you.” Kyoya answered. “As a host, it’s my job, as well as the job for my friends, to assist everyone who passes by the club doors with whatever they may need as long as it’s within our power.” He stated. “Because everyone was so worried, in fact, a teenager, I believe she said she was your daughter, was tearing herself apart believing she sent you away to someplace horrible and alone.”

“That sounds like something my daughter would do…” Sebastian sighed. “I wish I could let her know that I’m fine, though not home.”

Kyoya sighed. “Well, I hoped there would be a way for me to return home as soon as I confirmed that you were alright.” He stated, looking around. “However…I’m not sure where to even start when searching for a way back. I can’t exactly go back the way I came.”

“I believe that’s a sign that I should officially welcome you to our group.” Sebastian stated, his arms crossed.

“I’m honestly surprised that we found you so quickly.” The teen stated.

The man arched a brow. “…‘we’?” he asked.

Kyoya nodded. “That boy came with…oh no…” His face drained of color as he looked around, spinning in circles and scratching his head. “…Odd. That boy with the eye patch insisted on following me to go after you.”

“…Ciel?” Sebastian asked. “Ciel went with you? Where is he?”

Meanwhile, Ciel spat sand out of his mouth. “Sebastian, when we return home, you owe me the biggest, sweetest cake, and it better be a chocolate heart attack!” he exclaimed as he looked around, only to find dunes of sand. He examined his clothes and saw that he bore light, loose pants that tied tightly around his waist. Over his shoulders was simply an open dark blue jacket. On his head and around his face was a white smock, protecting his hair and face from flying grains of sand and the intense sun.

“I come from a land, from a far away place, where the caravan camels roam~” a voice sang over the sand dunes. Ciel looked around eagerly and saw a single camel with a small man sitting on a large hump of water and merchandise on the animal’s back. “Where it’s big and immense and the heat is intense, it’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home~”

Ciel rushed over to the camel, tripping as sand caught between his sandals and toes. “Excuse me!” he shouted, running as quickly as he could. “Excuse me!”

The camel stopped as the man turned to the boy. Ciel finally caught up to the animal as he hunched over, huffing and puffing as sweat exploded from his skin. “Please. Help.” Was all he could muster between his gasps of air. “Please. Help.” He repeated.

The man smiled as he slid off the camel with a jug of water, handing it to the boy. “What brings you here without a camel?” the man asked as Ciel greedily accepted the water given to him.

After his drink, the boy huffed for air, coughing. Once he got himself together enough to speak, he took in a deep breath. “My name is Ciel. I was sent her with magic to find someone, a friend of mine.”

“I hadn’t seen anyone crazy enough to wander the dunes alone.” The man chuckled. Ciel then took a good look at the man. He was extremely short, about the same height as himself. The man’s features were curved and round with a round face, a body of a similar shape as a pair, and large, oval feet; even his thin goatee was curled. His hands oddly only had three fingers and a thumb to each hand. On his head was a large, white, round smock. The only clothing he wore was a bright blue robe with a bright red belt around his waist. “I have to say, you’re the only one I’ve seen out in these dunes.”

“There has to be some civilization close enough for you to risk traveling this deep in the desert!” Ciel exclaimed. “I have no possessions to pay you, but I’ll pay you back in labor if you take me to the nearest civilization.”

“You wish to go to Agrabah?” the man chuckled. “Well, alright. I have friends in high places there.” He stated as he mounted the camel once again. “The royal family themselves are close friends with me.”

“Royalty?” Ciel asked as he tried to follow suit, only for the man to deny him access. “What?!”

“One passenger per camel.” The man stated. “Perhaps you should get your own camel.”

“Where do you propose I get a camel?!” The short man then pointed to a camel with a blanket on it’s back and loaded with jugs of water across both its sides as though it’s been there the whole time. “Where the bloody hell did that come from?!”

The man shrugged. “Who knows?” he asked. “However it seems abandoned. Take it now, it seems to be just for you.”

Ciel was hesitant at first, but took the seemingly abandoned camel and mounted the hump. As the man started his way, Ciel followed with a curious eye. “…Who did you say you were again?”

With a grin, the man glanced back at the boy. “You should learn to ask the correct questions at the appropriate time, boy.” He stated as he turned back to his path and continued on his way.

Ciel hurried his camel forward to catch up. “That doesn’t answer my question!”

It was night time when Ciel and the merchant made it to a large wall. “It’s about time.” The boy complained. “We’ve been riding for hours!”

“All day, actually.” The merchant corrected. “And it’s still farther than it appears. You see, I used to live here, however, I left to see the world ever since I was granted my freedom from my last master.”

The boy tilted his head as he caught up to be side by side with the man. “You were a slave?” he asked.

The man nodded. “In a way, yes. You could say, I had to grant anything my masters wished for. Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, ‘Your Wish is My Command’?”

Ciel gave a confused look. “What do you mean by that?” he asked. “Who are you?”

The merchant gave a grin. “The story of my freedom is quite the amazing one.” He stated. “You wish to hear the tale?” The boy nodded as the merchant took out a lamp from his stores of merchandice, handing it to Ciel. “It all starts with a lamp and a rat.” He stated. “I was once a slave to that very same lamp, in search for a diamond in the rough.” He explained. “One day, a street rat found my lamp in a cave and wished for a chance to be with the woman of his dreams, who happened to be the princess. I made him a prince with all the tools to get the right to claim her heart. Once he won her heart and was proclaimed as a hero, he set me free.”

“Could you be any more veuge?” Ciel complained. “A street rat and a princess?” he asked. “Surely you are only speaking in metaphors. Such a relationship is doomed from the start.”

The merchant raised a brow at the boy’s statement. “‘Doomed from the start’ you say?” he asked. “What of you? You mean to tell me a story of a poor boy striving to win the heart of his true love isn’t inspiring? Surely you have been an inspiration or have been inspired by another’s will to strive to be more than they are.” When Ciel nodded, avoiding the man’s dark eyes, the man chuckled. “Come along, boy. Let us hear your story. I’ve said mine.”

Ciel took in a deep breath. “I’m of noble birth.” He stated. “However, my sister, on the other hand, was taken in by my butler. She’s from a factory. When I first met her, she begged me to allow her to stay, so I took her in as my sister. I turned her from a poor factory girl into a girl of nobility.”

The merchant then smirked. “Now, tell me how that’s different.” Ciel tilted his head in confusion. “You say a street rat and a princess of doomed from the start. How is that different from a factory girl and a noble.”

“I taught my sister how to be a noble.” The boy explained. “Based on your story, the street rat didn’t learn anything. Not how to be a proper member of the royal family, not how to govern a country, nothing that comes with being royalty, or even nobility!” He exclaimed. “He was ‘given the tools’? Sounds more like he was told exactly what to do. He didn’t better himself. Likely, the kingdom this street rat now rules over is doomed to have such an inexperienced, freeloading ruler.”

“Well, once we arrive to the land my last master rules over, you can judge with your own eyes, rather than speculation.”

Back with the rest of the misfits, Rainbow Dash groaned. “Why did we do that?” she asked. “Now we still have no way to confirm that they made it home!”

“The only way to know is to follow them.” Zuko stated. “It’s no longer a testament of who is most hated and has become more of a test of courage.”

Twilight nodded. “We need to decide the exact order in which we’re moving on.” She stated. “I already know that I should go last to be sure everyone else gets their turn.”

“Why do we even have to go?” Romano huffed, crossing his arms. “We’re finally rid of Sebastard.”

“Papa! Seriously?!” Naples shouted.

“I’M GOING NEXT!” Rainbow Dash exclaimed. “I can’t stand the whole ‘Sebastard’ this and ‘Sebastard’ that!”

“I have an idea.” Mareuscript stated, crossing her arms. “How about just sending Romano next, then we’ll all be free of it for a while.”

“What?! FUCK NO!” Romano exclaimed.

Even Italy sighed. “I have to agree, fratello.” He admitted. “It would be a lot more peaceful if you went on ahead.” He then smiled. “I’ll go later when Nekozawa can confidently handle more people at once~”

“…Fucking coward.” Romano cursed.

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Chapter 26: Sebastian Alone

The teen led Sebastian to a secluded room separated from everyone. “If we remained in there, then my magic wouldn’t be properly channeled and I might accidentally teleport someone else or more people than I’m capable.” The boy quickly explained. The room Sebastian was led to was behind a black door. Inside was completely black with lit candles all along the walls.

After the door closed behind the man, there was almost instantly a blinding light. Sebastian had to shield his eyes with his arm as he tried to find the boy who was in front of him only a moment ago. “N-Nekozawa?” he called. When the light died down, he seemed to be in a wine cellar, light seeping in the dark room from between wooden boards. In the room, he had to duck his head slightly to avoid hitting his head on the roof. All around him was, rather than shelves of wine bottles like he’d expected, was several odd contraptions, large and small.

Sebastian inspected his clothing, disappointed, though not surprised that he was dressed in clothing unfamiliar to him. He wore a white blouse with a brown vest over her torso. Over his hands were gray gloves. His blouse was tucked in a pair of tight black pants, which were tucked into brown boots. Over his shoulders was a black hooded cloak

Walking up the steps to the door to the cellar, Sebastian pushed at the door, shocked to find that the door didn’t open. Listening carefully, he banged on the door. To his dismay, he heard the clatter of a metal lock. “Just great.” He grumbled. “That Nekozawa kid teleported me in a locked cellar. So much for doing something to get home.”

Seeing nothing better to do, Sebastian lit a candle on a table and looked around. The center piece of the room was a large machine that looked like a boiler with an ax attached with springs and levers. With a raised brow, he reached for the ax and pulled. He tugged and tried to wiggle the ax for several minutes only for it to remain cemented in place. “Alright, so the ax isn’t moving.” He concluded. “Perhaps…perhaps if I figure out how this contraption works, then I might be able to still use the ax, even if it’s not in my own hands.”

Curious, he took a closer look at what appeared to be a place for a person to sit and work the contraption. As he climbed up and sat in the cushioned seat, he tested the levers. After a moment, he saw that there was an opening to the boiler part of the large mechanism. As he opened it, he saw cold black coals inside. “This must work similar to a steam train.” Sebastian concluded, taking the candle to light the coals.

After a while, steam whistled out a small chimney in the machine as the coals burned bright red. With a smile, Sebastian tested to leavers, figuring out what each one does. “All these levers seem to control the direction. But how do I make the ax work?” He then saw another lever a little further from the seat than the others. Tilting his head, he reached over with his long arm and pulled the lever, smiling as the ax swung up and down. With a full grin now taking over his face, Sebastian used the other levers to direct the ax to the locked door.

Finally, the door was opened, allowing mid-afternoon sunlight to pour in the room and a sheet of snow plop on the top few steps that lead out. Quickly, Sebastian shut the machine down and climbed out of the dark cellar. “About time that door opened.” He stated, stretching his back and reaching up for the sky. “That room gets very constricting after an hour or so.”

“My WORKSHOP!” exclaimed a short man dressed in greens and browns; a green long-sleeved shirt, a brown coat and pants, dark brown boots, and a brown apron. Suddenly, the man glared at Sebastian. “HOW ABOUT YOU EXPLAIN YOURSELF, YOUNG MAN!” he shouted.

“I-I do sincerely apologize.” Sebastian stuttered. “You see, if I were to explain, you’d believe me to be mad as a hatter.” He stated.

The older man then huffed, planting his hands on his hips and raising a bushy white brow. “Try me, sonny.” And so, Sebastian explained his situation. As the explanation continued, the old man’s arms dropped to his sides and both his brows raised in shock and confusion. Once the explanation was complete, the older man’s mouth was left agape in confused awe. “…You expect me to believe that?” he asked. “You honestly came from some other world and magically appeared in my locked workshop?”

Sebastian could only nod. “It is the truth.” He replied. “I’m sorry, I assumed you wanted the honest story of how I ended up in your workshop despite the door being locked. Would it be preferable if I made up a story about being locked in there by a bully or something of the like?”

The old man couldn’t help but chuckle at his response. “Alright, I suppose no use sweating over what happened.” He stated before reaching out a beefy hand to shake. “I’m Maurice, and I expect you to repair that door.”

Sebastian nodded as he shook Maurice’s hand. “I’m Sebastian Michaelis, and I fully understand that I’m in your debt in exchange for your mercy.”

Maurice gave him a smile before turning back to the porch of the small lodge built on top of the workshop. Sebastian only stood there, at a loss of what to do. “Well, come along then. No telling how long you’ve been out in the cold. Warm up with some porridge so you can start repairing that door with a fresh and full feeling.” The former Butler raised a brow as he entered the lodge behind the older man.

The large group left behind waited anxiously to hear the results of whether or not Sebastian made it home, or at least to another world. Finally, Nekozawa returned with a smile. “You should all decide who is to go next.” He stated. “Your friend has successfully been relocated.”

Sokka raised a brow. “…relocated?” he asked. “You mean, there’s no way to tell if it actually worked?”

“Only way to know for sure is to follow his footsteps.” The teen replied. “I’ll see you all tomorrow.” He stated as he walked away.

The large group stood there in shock before Justine smacked her head. “…What have we done?” she asked. “We might never see my father again, all just because we were too eager for a quick answer…”

“To be fair,” Rainbow Dash sighed, crossing her arms. “Your dad hasn’t been the most cooperative lately. Maybe some time alone would be good for him.”

“Fuck that!” Romano laughed. “Sebastard being gone is great for us all! Good riddance!”

“Papa!” Naples scolded as she smacked her father upside his head. “How about you go tomorrow and then, you could get over this whole ‘Sebastard’ nonsense!”

After the day was complete, the hosts returned to the club room, shocked to see them all arguing while Justine sat secluded with her face hidden in her knees, Ciel and Christi next to her, the boy looking bored and the girl placing a hand on the teen’s back. “What’s going on?” Tamaki asked the group.

When there was no reply, Kyoya sighed. “Perhaps we should try this…” He then stomped his foot on the ground twice. “We’re in need of a manager.”

“So glad you called, my sweet Kyoya~!” sang a voice that was projected in speakers all over the room. Upon hearing the voice, the other club members groaned in annoyance as the misfits stopped fighting in confusion. Suddenly, a platform came out from under the ground, a teen girl in the school uniform spinning on top. This girl had light long light brown hair with a pink bow and large, round brown eyes. “While all these weird people were standing around fighting all day, I’ve been here, listening to the whole thing!”

“…Renge…aren’t you a student?” Masako questioned. “Shouldn’t you have been in class?”

“Aside from the point, fellow female host member.” Renge brushed her off. “For now, just know that all day, while all these people should’ve been deciding how to split up and go into groups, Nekozawa gave them a proposition.”

The very mention of the Black Magic member caused Tamaki and a few other hosts to gulp in fear. “Wait, what?!” Alexis exclaimed.

“Don’t you all know Nekozawa is creepy?!” the twins asked in unison.

“He curses anyone who gets mixed up with his magic.” Tamaki stated, hiding behind Kyoya.

Kyoya sighed. “What did Nekozawa do?”

“He saved my life!” Romano exclaimed with a smile, earning a smack from his daughter.

“He just gave us an option get home.” Twilight stated. “However, he said he needs about 24 hours to regain power to do it again, and he could only send one person at a time. Sebastian volunteered to go first.”

“More like we forced him to go!” Justine sobbed. “I might never see him again! There’s no telling where he went, and worse, no guarantee that we can get to where he is!”

Again, the vice president sighed. “I suppose one of us will have to go after him.” He stated. “Tomorrow morning, one of us will go with Nekozawa and try to follow Sebastian. Hopefully, we could confirm that he made it home and he could find a way to get us back in one piece.” When Kyoya turned back to his club, he noticed that the other hosts backed away in fear. Raising a brow, Kyoya took in a deep breath. “I suppose I’ll do it…”

Meanwhile, Sebastian spent the whole day searching for proper wood to use to replace the door he destroyed. “Hey! Sebastian!” Maurice called, a lantern in his hand. “Come back to the house! You’ll catch cold being out here all night!”

“I’m sorry.” He apologized. “I hadn’t even realized the sun had gone down, however, I hadn’t even finished trying to find proper material for replacing the door to your workshop.”

“The wood will still be here in the morning.” The old man huffed. “I don’t need a strapping man like you catching a cold on my watch.” He stated as he led Sebastian back to the small cabin Maurice called home.

That night, Sebastian offered to make something warm for them to eat before turning in for the night. “But this is my house.” Maurice huffed. “You’re my guest.”

The tall man nodded. “True, however, that does not mean you should handle everything on your own. Please, allow me to cook for you as a way to thank you for your hospitality.” The older man couldn’t argue as Sebastian simply went straight to the kitchen to figure out something to serve. “I could make something that would satisfy my Young Master, however, that might overwhelm my gracious host.” He reasoned with himself, thinking out loud. “It might be best to cook something simple, but still hot to warm us both from being out in the snow all day.” And so, he took an apron that was hanging beside the door, rolled up his sleeves, and began to cook.

Because the meal he cooked was a simple beef stew, Sebastian was done fairly quickly, even considering his lack of demonic speed. Maurice devoured the stew. “Where did you say you were from again?” he asked. “I’ve never tasted any stew like this unless I’m visiting my daughter and her family.”

“You have a daughter?” Sebastian asked.

The old man gestured to a painting hanging on the wall. In the painting, there was a beautiful young woman with long brown hair wearing a lavish pink gown decorated with roses. In the woman’s lap was a little girl with long brown hair tied back in a blue bow and big hazel-brown eyes. The little girl was dressed in a simple blue dress. Behind the pair was an extravagant rose bush. “That’s my little girl and her late mother.” He explained. “That’s the last portrait I have of them together. Now my little girl is all grown up, with a husband and twins, if you could believe it.”

Sebastian suddenly lost his appetite. “…I left my daughter behind…” he confessed. “She was so disappointed in me before we parted ways. I promised her that we’d see one another soon, but how could I keep that promise when she doesn’t know where I ended up?”

“You’ll see her again.” The old man promised. “I thought the same thing many years ago. My daughter was so brave as she took my place as a prisoner. She promised a beast that she’ll stand in my place and never try to escape. I tried everything to get her back, asking for help, begging the man I thought was the town hero, and even going back myself.” He explained. “I knew it was a bad idea, but when you’re a father looking for the only family you have left, you’d do anything. When I saw her again, she had turned the beast into a man and got her free will once again. She chose to stay with him and I’ve never seen her happier.”

The tall man gave Maurice a smile. “Thank you.”

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Chapter 25: Who Goes First?

After meeting the rest of the group, Kyoya explaining the conditions to the others who didn’t approach the club themselves, Tamaki’s violet eyes sparkled. “It’s settled!” he exclaimed. “All of you will stay with me in my mansion!”

Quickly, Kyoya grabbed the blond by the collar and pulled him back to reality. “Think about this for a moment.” The other teen harshly whispered. “This is 39 people. I know our mansions are large, but not enough for that many people to house for who knows how long.” Hearing this, Tamaki pouted. “For now, the best you can do is get them enrolled at the school. After that, then they’ll most likely separate themselves into smaller groups that are easier for us all to handle.”

With a sigh, the blond nodded to his best friend. “I guess you have a point.” With another huff, Tamaki turned back to the large group with a smile. “You can stay in the Host Club room until the school day is over. I’ll talk to my father about getting you all enrolled. That should get you guys plenty of time to decide who you want to stay with and how you want to split up, and by tomorrow, all teens and kids should be enrolled and all adults would be free to roam the school-I mean-research ways for you to return to your homes.”

“Be warned.” Kyoya stated. “Even our mansions have limits, ranging about 10 guest rooms a piece, while Haruhi only has room for one guest.”

“You know, I’m still right here.” Haruhi huffed. “My apartment could take up to two people, it’s not like my dad would mind, as long as they’re respectable.”

Just then, the bell rang, signifying the beginning of class. “We’ll talk more about it later.” Masako exclaimed. “We gotta get to class.” Quickly, she shoved the large group into the club room. “Just stay here and figure out who you wanna stay with, kay?” With a smile, she closed the door.

“…Was this guy for real?” Louisiana asked, crossing her arms. “One minute, he’s a puppy, the next, he’s a box. I can’t get a read on him.” She then turned to France with an arched brow. “Also, tell me he’s not related to you, because, if I didn’t know better, I’d say he was your son, or younger brother, or something.”

“No.” Paris answered on France’s behalf. “I’m the only brother he’s got, at least, the closest in relation, since he considers all of Europe to be his younger siblings.”

France scratched his chin for a moment. “…Besides…if I had a child, or even another younger brother, I think I would’ve known.”

Louisiana raised a brow at the answer as Claude huffed a sigh. “At least he’s convinced his club to help us.” he stated. “He could easily just leave us be and abandon us.”

“If my memory serves correctly, you’d know all about that particular subject.” Sebastian stated with a cheeky grin.

The golden eyed man grit his teeth. “Excuse me?” he asked. “Are you seriously picking a fight over something that happened when we were children?”

“Maybe I am.”

The entire group growled. “Will you shut up?!” Twilight shouted. “Sebastian, ever since Romano first got under your skin, you have been nothing but cynical and antagonistic! How about you stop picking fights and contribute something for a change!”

“Mom, calm down!” Mareuscript exclaimed, putting a hand on her mother’s shoulder. “We have options on where we can stay, right? So we can split up and give each other enough time to cool our heads.” She then glared at Sebastian. “One thing’s for sure, no matter how we split up, you’re staying away from Romano and Claude…unless there’s more bad blood between you and someone else in this group you might want to get off your chest?”

The former Butler raised a brow. “Pardon?” he spat. “Why me specifically?!”

“She’s right Sebastian!” Ciel shouted. “Stay away from anyone who you’ll pick a fight with, for the sake of everyone’s sanity. Maybe try and talk to people you haven’t gotten to know yet.”

Sebastian grit his teeth and huffed under his breath in anger. Acting quickly, Justine took Sebastian’s arm and pulled him away. “Hey, daddy? Can we talk for a sec?” she asked, not giving him any choice as she simply pulled him from the group.

Angel tilted her head as she looked up at her father. “…What was that about?” she asked.

“Don’t worry about it, sweetie.” Angela smiled, not allowing Claude to spit or growl an answer in the anger and sour spite that violently spun around his head. The mother put her arm around the teen’s shoulders and tightly, squeezing the shoulders of the girl together. The daughter suspected that something was off, but said nothing.

Off to the side, Justine scolded her father. “Dad, this is getting out of hand.”

“I know.” Was his simple answer. “It’s just infuriating, being this far from the manner for so long. Normally, this long would be just the blink of an eye to those like us, but that was when we were demons. Now, all these months have felt as though a century has passed, while before it would be mere moments to us.”

“You’re antsy, I get it.” The daughter answered. “But, the more you pick fights, the more everyone’s gonna fight, the longer it’ll take to get anything done.”

“I am NOT picking fights! Romano was the one to start it all if you recall!”

Justine smacked her head and groaned. “That was over summer, and he got under your skin with literally one word. First off, get over it. Second off, Romano didn’t start the fights you just heated up with Claude and now Mareuscript.” It was then when the teen recalled Claude’s reply to Sebastian’s verbal attack. “…what happened when you two were children?”

Sebastian held his breath for a moment, subtly biting his lips before he scratched his face. “It’s nothing.” He answered. “…It happened a long time ago…”

“Apparently not long enough.” Was the reply. “Not if you’re still bitter about it.”

“How about this,” Sebastian sighed, grabbing Justine’s shoulder and hunching his back to level his crimson eyes with her own blue hued eyes. “I’ll tell you when we return home if you stop pushing the subject. If it’s brought up again by Claude, Angela, or myself, then Claude and I both will sit down and explain everything to you and Angel. Does that seem fair?”

“Don’t forget to Pinki Promise~!” Pinki exclaimed, jumping up and landing on Sebastian’s hunched back. “No pony can break a Pinki Promise~!”

With Justine’s eyes watching Sebastian patiently, her arms crossed, the man sighed. Pinki slid off his back as he stood straight, raising his right hand and using the left hand to cross his heart. “Cross my heart, hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye.”

“You are now bound by Pinki Promise~!” Pinki reminded as she bounced away.

“…I still don’t understand her…”

“She’s Pinki Pie, questioning her only causes headaches.” The teen stated. “Do you also promise to stop picking fights?” she asked. “Still, the sooner we can all work together, the sooner we can all go home.”

“Change in plans.” Twilight interrupted, approaching the duo talking. “We’re all leaving one at a time, one day at a time.”

Justine raised a brow. “What do you mean?” she asked. “We’re staying together! In case you hadn’t been keeping track, the times where we split up don’t exactly give the most positive results.”

“I know.” The former alicorn nodded. “However, while the two of you have been bickering, Zuko found someone who has magic. He said he could help us, but he doesn’t have the energy to teleport everyone at once, so he’s going to teleport one of us at a time, then spend the next 24-36 hours regaining his energy for the next person. We’re having a meeting to figure out who should go first.”

Sebastian and Justine rejoined the group, watching all the family members cling to one another. A new boy showed to this meeting.

This new boy was tall and slender. It was hard to tell if he was wearing a school uniform under his black cloak and hood. On his hand was a crudely sewn, cloth cat puppet. Under his black hood was long black hair that covered his eyes, only revealing a wide grin on his face. “Nice to see you have joined the conversation.” The boy purred. “You can just call me Nekozawa, I’m the leader of the Black Magic Club in this school.”

“Can we just get this going?” Romano huffed. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, you have magic. Just answer our fucking question. Can you or can you not return us home?”

Justine squeezed Sebastian’s arm before he could get into another fight as Nekozawa nodded. “I’m fairly positive that I can, however, it takes a lot of energy and I am still fairly inexperienced. I might be the leader of the club, but I’m still considerably young. I can only do one person at a time for now. There are so many of you that I might be able to handle two at once later on, however that will take much more of my energy.” The boy then scanned the whole crowd. “Now, who shall go first? Be my little Test Dummy, my Lab Rat?”

All the members of the group looked around for the members they least liked. Four people were silently voted as the majority hated, America, Sebastian, Romano, and Azula.

“Oh, come ON!” America complained. “Why are all of you looking at me?!”

“They’re looking at me too bastard!” Romano cursed.

“Finally, a time when I agree with your word choice.” Sebastian huffed, crossing his arms with a scowl.

Azula just stood there in silence before she took in a deep breath and stepped forward. “Okay, I get it.” She nodded. “Everyone hates me, and I know why that is. I’ll be the test dummy. Wherever I end up, I’d just hope you all would retrieve me somehow.”

“No Azula.” Naples grit her teeth. “If you go, I go. That’s what friends do.”

Zuko gave one of his rare smiles. “You’ve changed, just in the past few weeks.” He stated. “I change my vote.” The teen then shifted his gaze to America, causing the blond to let out another complaint.

“I cannot take two people in one trip without risk, at least, not now.” Nekozawa reminded. “If you two girls are conjoined at the hip, then you’ll have to wait. I’ll gain enough power and energy for you two on a later date.” After another sweeping scan through where everyone is looking, he grinned at Sebastian. “It would appear that everyone is eager to have you move on ahead.”

“I cannot see why.” The former Butler grumbled. “Claude’s the back-stabbing creeper, America is the head-strong, annoying, childish brat, Romano is the hot-tempered, potty-mouth, Louisiana and Angelica are the two who are trapped in their own little petty fight over America’s affections, Azula was the one who imprisoned several of us in the past, Mareuscript is the narrow-minded, oblivious, ignorant child, all the while, I’m one of the few who actually cares about going home!”

“SEBASTIAN!” Ciel shouted. “You’ve become the child! Can you not see that? We all want you to move on ahead because you haven’t been yourself since we left and we all want you to return to being yourself; especially since you’re the most dangerous of us all!”

Around the group, though some of the faces were in anger towards the Butler, most of the expressions were that of worry for the butler or fear of the Butler. After another moment, Sebastian nodded. “Alright. I’ll go first.” He then turned to Justine. “I’ll see you tomorrow?”

“I think we’re all going to go in a specific order. Either way, I should stay with Ciel and Christi. If anything, I might go after they do.” The daughter answered. “I do promise that I’ll see you on the other side before too long; cross my heart, hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye. If it’s not home, promise me you’ll handle it ok and not pick a fight.”

Sebastian nodded. “Cross my heart and hope to fly.” After the two hugged, Sebastian stepped over to Nekozawa. “I’m ready when you are.”

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Chapter 24: For the Rich and Beautiful

When the group looked around, the first thing they noticed was the absence of the shrine. Twilight looked down, expecting to see a new change of clothes and new location, not shocked to see her expectations met precicly to the letter. They all stood in a rather large hallway with pink walls and tall windows that had a perfect overhead view of a courtyard and a large pink version of Big Ben.

Romano, America, Japan, Italy, France, Paris, Jeremy, Zuko, and Sokka were all dressed in white dress shirts, black slacks and shoes. Over their shirts were light blue suits with a golden crest on their left brest. Jeremy and Japan were the only two wearing the black ties with the purple stripe tight against their necks. Meanwhile, Paris, Italy, Zuko and Sokka, though they wore the uniformed ties, their ties were loose. The rest of the boys didn’t even have their ties tied, rather the ties were just hanging around their necks like scarves.

Mareuscript, AD, Naples, Louisiana, Tokyo, Justine, Angel, Rachel, Azula, Asami, Natsumi, and Akimi all bore yellow ball gown-like dresses with black dress shoes and white stockings and red neck bowties. The former ponies had hair-clips of their respective cutiemarks.

Ciel was dressed in black slacks, black shoes, and a white jacket with golden hymn work. On his own left brest was the same golden crest as the older boys.

Josiphine, Toph, Angelica and Katara all were dressed in brown Japanese school-girl uniforms with white seams and a dark brown bowtie in the front. On their feet were black dress shoes with white stockings.

Cutie, Venice, Christi and Chrima were all dressed in traditional Japanese school-girl uniforms as well, only theirs were soft pink with dark pink cuffs on the sleaves and a dark pink collar instead of brown. Again, they had black dress shoes over white stocking on their feet.

Twilight, Rainbow Dash, Pinki, Sebastian, Claude, Angela, Bardroy, William, and Tomoe were the only ones not in any uniform.

Twilight had on a white dress shirt with a light lavender sweater. Over her legs were black slacks. Rainbow wore a simple white T-shirt with a black leather jacket and light, ripped blue jeans under her shirt. Pinki was dressed in a white tank-top and a dark pink mini skirt. Over her shirt was a light blue short-sleeved sweater with yellow lace trim. The cutiemarks they still bear were on silver chained necklaces around their necks, however, the cutiemarks were without color and were only a silhouette of their cutiemarks carved from silver.

Sebastian had a white T-shirt with a black and white striped vest, dark blue jeans, and black shoes. Claude was dressed in a dark gray V-neck shirt with a black suit, slacks, and shoes. Angela had a purple dress shirt with a white skirt and transparent stockings under her high heeled shoes. Bardroy only had a white T-shirt, ripped jeans and sneakers. William looked almost exactly as he did back in his own world, with a white dress-shirt and black everything else; suit, tie, slacks, and shoes. Tomoe had a white dress shirt that wasn’t buttoned all the way, leaving a large portion of his chest exposed, as well as the sleeves rolled up. However, the shirt was tucked under gray slacks and a black leather belt.

Claude clutched his head, rubbing his eyes as Romano cursed. “Well, this is just fan-fucking-tastic! Back to square one all over again!”

“How did this even happen?” Tomoe asked, looking around. “We were just at the shrine only seconds ago.”

Sebastian planted his hands on his hips. “Does it matter how it happened?!” he exclaimed. “We are, yet again, in a new world, new rules, possibly new powers, new plan needed!”

Angel looked over at her father, the spider still rubbing his eyes. “…If it’s a new world with new powers…then…”

Ciel caught on as he glanced over to Christi with a wide blue eye. “…Is it true…?”

Christi hesitated before taking a deep breath. “…It’s true.” she simply stated in her dry voice.

Angela then gently removed Claude’s fingers from his eyes. The sight of him looking her in the eye was enough for the couple to hug each other in tears of joy, which Claude wasn’t shy to pull Angel into.

Rainbow Dash chuckled as she shook her head. “Glad to see some good came out of this.”

“…I guess.” Jeremy scowled, crossing his arms. “However, we have no idea where we are…again.”

AD shrugged. “At least no one was left behind, right?”

“Got a point there.” Mareuscript nodded. “It’s a pretty big coincidence that, ever since this whole mess started, we’ve been lucky and haven’t had anyone left behind.”

“We can’t seem to stop growing our group, though.” Paris stated with a sigh.

“What’s the problem with that?” Pinki asked, bouncing up and hanging on Azula and Naples’ necks. “We’re all friends, right? Bigger group means more friends, right?”

“Not always.” Sebastian growled, glaring at Romano.

“What’s that supposed to mean, Sebastard?!” the Italian sneered right back.

“Will you two just STOP IT ALREADY?!” Claude shouted, stepping between the two. “You’re both big men, great, can we stop this whole ‘My Horse is Bigger than Your Horse’ fight?!”

“You can say that again, dad.” Angel groaned. “You two have had this ‘Manhood Measuring Contest’ since summer, and winter is nearly here.”

Twilight looked around and sighed. “We’re obviously in another world, so let’s figure out how we can fix this and go home.”

“Because that worked so well the last two times you said that.” Jeremy huffed, earning a smack upside the head from his own younger half sister.

“It’s not Twilight’s fault we’re all here!” Justine shouted. “I’m sure it was all just an accident.” Seeing the pain in Mareuscript’s and Twilight’s faces, the cat shook her head and looked around hastily. “Look! A door!” she exclaimed, pointing to the end of the hall there was a large, pink double door with golden handles. “Let’s just look in here and see if it leads to someone who could help us!”

Justine rushed to the door, with only the two pies, Naples, America, France, Angela, Ciel, Christi, Asami, and Natsumi following her and the rest of the large group staying where they were in pessimism. When the cat opened the door, the small group were showered in red rose petals and a bright white light. Inside the room was seven boys and three girls, all saying “Welcome” in perfect unison.

The first boy noticed was the blond front and center who looked like he could pass as a long-lost relative of France and Paris. Next to him was a boy about the same hight as the blond but with black hair and glasses that didn’t allow his eye color to be shown. Hanging on that boy’s arm was a girl with sandy blond hair and blue-gray eyes, but she wore a modified uniform. Next to that girl was another girl with black hair and light brown eyes wearing a boy’s uniform and hanging on the arm of the boys next to her, who had burnt orange hair and bunt golden eyes. On the other side of the blond front and center was a freakishly tall boy with short black hair and black eyes. In front of him was a short boy with burnt blond hair and burnt golden eyes next to another boy with brown hair and dark brown, yet feminine eyes. Next to those three was another girl, this time wearing an actually girl’s uniform, with long dark brown hair and light brown eyes. The boy who’s arm she clung to looked like a twin of the boy with burnt orange hair and burnt golden eyes.

With a deep breath, the smaller group entered the room. “Hi, do you mind helping us?” Naples requested, referring to herself and the people behind her.

“What’s the problem, my Princess?” the blond asked, taking Naples’ hand and leaving a small peck on the back of the hand.

The Italian chuckled. “I’m no princess.” She stated bluntly. “We’re all beyond lost and kinda need some help, if you’re willing to.”

“For God’s Sake Naples!” Ciel shouted. “Will you just tell him the problem instead of babbling on like a teenage girl with a crush!”

“Ciel!” Christi shouted, squeezing his arm and pulling the boy back. “That’s not nice! You’ve been irritable ever since we left home!”

As the two siblings bickered silently, Justine approached the boys. “We’re not from this world at all.” She cut straight to the point. “We’ve been world-hopping for a few months now, and have yet to return home to our loved ones.”

“We’re fortunate enough to have immediate family with us,” France added. “However, needless to say, that makes it even worse than it probably has to.”

“How many of you are there?” asked the boy with the glasses.

“39.” Asami answered quickly. “There’s me, my two sisters, oto,”

“And my father, two of my friends, my stupid half brother, and his father,” Justine continued.

“As well as myself, and my husband and daughter,” Angela added.

“Also my own brother, and several of my good friends,” France continued on.

“Plus me and my Itsy Bitsy Twinkie Pie!” Pinki stated, holding Cutie close. “And Twilight, and Mareuscript, and Dashie, and AD, and Zuko, and Azula, and-”

“The point is!” Justine cut Pinki off to save time. “We’re all from different worlds, we just got here, most of us are in a cranky mood because we all expected to be home by now, and we would deeply appreciate it if you could at least help us learn the rules of this world we’re in.”

The blond boy gave a chuckle as he smiled. “Of course we’ll help you, as is the duty of the Host Club~!” he practically sang, shocking the rest of the club behind him.

“Tamaki!” the boy with glasses growled as he marched to the blond named Tamaki and pulled him back. “You don’t even bother to ask the rest of the club?”

“Come on Kyoya!” Tamaki complained. “They’re lost, confused, and missing their friends! We can’t just sit back and do nothing!”

“Well, my vote is for Tamaki~” stated the girl with black hair. “We have to do something.”

“See?” Tamaki teased. “Masako agrees with me~”

“I say it’s not our problem.” Stated the boy that was only moments ago being cuddled by the girl with long brown hair. “Different worlds? Are they serious?! That sounds like something in a Kirigaya story book!”

“How could you say that Hikaru?!” asked the boy who looked like Hikaru’s twin. “What if you and I were separated, literally worlds apart! Wouldn’t you do the same thing and ask strangers for help wherever you could?”

“Exactly! Thank you, Kaoru!” Masako huffed.

“We gotta help them!” shouted the smallest boy in the club. “At least, we gotta make sure they have a place to stay while they’re here!”

“If Mitzkuni agrees, then so do I.” Stated the tall boy with black hair.

“Honey-senpi and Mori-senpi are right.” The boy with brown hair stated. “Even if we can’t help them with their apparent world-hopping problem, then we should at least help them know a thing or two about where they are.”

“Too true, Haruhi!” the girl with the modified uniform exclaimed. “It’s the least we could do, and Tamaki’s right in saying that it’s the duty of the host club to be sure that everyone, and really EVERYONE, who walks through those doors leave with exactly what they came for!”

“Do you all hear yourselves?” asked the girl with long brown hair. “This is WAY out of our league! This requires help from Nekozawa and the Black Magic Club, and we all know how creepy they are! If none of us could face Nekozawa himself, then what makes any of you think that we could possibly help these strangers with a magic related problem?”

“But Alexis,” the sandy blond sighed, turning to the brown haired girl. “All they’re asking for is help to learn about where they are and a place to stay. It’s not like any of our homes aren’t big enough, even if all of them decide to go to one location.”

Alexis sighed before huffing out, “Ichigo, when you’re right, you’re right.”

Alexis then turned to Hikaru as Ichigo turned to Kyoya. “Majority rules.” They both stated as Tamaki gave Kyoya a pouty lip and big puppy eyes.

Faced with all the votes, Kyoya sighed. “Fine.” He stated before turning to the small group of guests. “You all will stay with one of us, however, fair warning, Haruhi is a commoner and cannot accommodate for more than one guest.”

“HEY!” Haruhi shouted.

“Otherwise,” Kyoya continued. “Any of our homes would be more than enough space to accommodate at most 10 people. You’ll attend school with us, I’m sure Tamaki can get that arranged, and you’ll be required to stay where at least one member of the club can see you, therefore you will be involved with club activities.”

“What about those of us, like myself, who are too old to attend school?” Angela asked.

Kyoya adjusted his glasses. “I’m sure you wouldn’t mind attending club activities and staying at the mansion.” He stated. “Or you could spend your time in one of our many libraries to study on ways you could return to your own homes.”

“Agreed~” Justine smiled, shaking Kyoya’s hand. “I should be used to seeing someone your age so business-like, but it surprises me every time I come across another teenager or child that’s so formal.”

“You’ll be home before you used to the shenanigans of this club.” The boy commented.

Natsumi huffed out a sigh. “I hope you’re right.”

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Sorting Hat: Snow White with Red Hair

Last week, I made the claim of what pony race each of the main characters in Snow White with Red Hair would be in Equestria. This week, I pretend that I’m the Sorting Hat and sort the same characters into Hogwarts Houses. Why? Because why the heck not? However, this will be quick and short because I don’t want to stuff this blog full of fluff.

To start off, Shirayuki is kind and loyal. She would prefer herself being harmed if it means a friend or kind person is better off, as seen in season 1 when she jumps out of a window to retrieve a bell that is needed to make a test succeed and a kind young woman to achieve her goal to save birds that reside in her home village. No surprise, she’s a Hufflepuff.

Raj is…difficult. At first, Raj is rude, insufferable, cocky, and childish. However, after gaining Shirayuki’s friendship, he’s become humble, loyal, and daring. Just compare how he acts when introduced in episode 1, when he hides behind his guards and Right Hand Man, Sakaki, as they fetch for him everything he declares as his, compared to the whole second half of season 2, when he literally rounds up sea merchants to chase pirates and save Shirayuki’s life! Even his father says “Even my idiot son is going to save some girl” (I don’t know if that’s the exact quote, but it’s something like that). It’s a bit difficult, but I’m going with Hufflepuff because of his loyalty that, while it doesn’t show up until later in the show, it is featured in the majority of his appearances.

Zen is much easier. He is loyal, brave, action-orientated, a bit meat-headed, and very… “act first think later” type of attitude for lack of better phrasing. If he had it his way, he’d spend his days practicing his sword fighting or traveling all over the country and beyond, while he resents time that he’s forced to spend in a single place like a desk with paperwork or in a room with a politician who’s stuck in their ways. Is it really any question that he belongs in Gryffindor House?

Another easy one! Mitsuhide is the best support Zen has. From the day he first met Zen, he’s nothing but encouraging, protective, supportive, helpful, resourceful, friendly, loyal, I can go on and on. While he could at times be a bit too close for comfort to Zen, his intention is very noble. It’s pretty obvious, from his undying loyalty to the Princes of Clarines, that he can only fit in Hufflepuff.

Kiki is kinda easy and kinda difficult. She’s very much the brains of the group. While she can still contribute a sword in the fight, she’s often the voice of reason to Zen. Ravenclaw should be a perfect fit for her.

This one is easy and difficult at the same time. While Obi is loyal and upfront, he’s also sneaky, cocky, and, for lack of better term, snake-like. In the beginning, he’s odd, untrustworthy, and sneaky, while he later becomes loyal, mysterious, and teasing. While Hufflepuff is a possibility, I think Slytherin fits him more for how he is all through his life while Hufflepuff really only fits the type of character Obi becomes over time.

And last, but definitely not least, Izana is nothing but pure ambition. While he’s still protective, intelligent, and preservative while also forward-thinking, he takes his role as Crowned Prince very seriously and takes every oprotunity to test politicians and his own brother, much like a Saw Movie (without all the blood, guts, and stomach-churning screaming). He never reveals his ulterior motives until it’s all said and done; for example, when he asked for that castle for his 17th birthday, he tested the lords of the lands that the castle is built in-between, the tests consist of how the lords treat their people as a result. Both the lords fail the test, raising the tax to ridiculous amounts to kiss Izana’s boots. It’s only after they are broke and Izana has all their gold when he reveals that it was a test for the lords and it was his intention to replace them with better-intended men, returning the gold and allowing them to start all over. For his sneaky ways to achieve his goals, Slytherin should be Izana’s house.

In conclusion, we have one Gryffindor, three Hufflepuffs, one Ravenclaw, and two Slytherins. Any points I missed? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and have a beautiful rest of your day~!

Oh, and before I forget, if you’re reading this on the day of posting, or even the day after…

~Happy Halloween~

Posted in Fanfiction Gone Wrong, Meet My Oc, Stories

Chapter 23: A Cat’s Song

Justine looked over at her birth sister. She’d been clinging to Ciel for so long, the teen thought they’d become conjoined twins or something. Then again, that was probably a good thing because Ciel was the only one who understood the finger letters Christi used to speak…aside from Mizuki, but he was too busy chasing after Asami to help Christi any more than he had already. The two of them have spent so much time together that Christi could spell something with her fingers at light speed, and Ciel wouldn’t miss a letter.

“Hey Christi, Ciel.” Justine greeted. “Is there anything you two need?”

Ciel sighed. “Justine, like I have already told Sebastian, Christi and I are not your masters as long as we are this far from our home.” he stated.

Christi shook her head and tapped Ciel’s shoulder, spelling on her fingers, “I-T/I-S/F-I-N-E” The boy tilted his head. “J-U-S-T-I-N-E/I-S/M-Y/B-L-O-O-D/S-I-S-T-E-R” She then paused for some time. “M-A-Y-B-E/S-H-E/I-S/J-U-S-T/C-O-N-C-E-R-N-E-D”

Justine furrowed her brows. “…What did she say?” she asked.

The boy huffed out a deep sigh. “She wants to know what your concern is.” he answered.

The teen shrugged. “…Well, just because I’m not your servant right now doesn’t mean I don’t care about you two. Even if Christi wasn’t my blood sister, I’d still ask if there’s anything you two need. We’re all in this group, and I guess, I have this fantasized thought that we’d all help each other.” she chuckled. “I suppose I got that idea when I saw that, not just me, but everyone was concerned for everyone else back when we were all separated in the last realm.”

Christi shrunk in her shoulders before spelling out to Justine, “D-O/Y-O-U/R-E-M-E-M-B-E-R/T-H-A-T/L-U-L-L-A-B-Y/Y-O-U/S-I-N-G/T-O/M-E/W-H-E-N/I/C-A-N-N-O-T/S-L-E-E-P”

“What lullaby?!” Ciel exclaimed.

“…What?” the bakeneko asked.

The human sighed again. “…She wants to know if you remember some lullaby.”

Justine’s green eyes pointed down. “…I’m sorry, Christi. I don’t think it’d be a good idea if I start singing.” she stated. “Since Claude makes us all fall in dead sleep with just a song that we didn’t even hear or pay attention to, and Tomoe said that I’m bad luck, then I don’t know what that would bring.”

The girl deflated a little. “I/U-N-D-E-R-S-T-A-N-D”

The teen felt the guilt of Christi’s sadness. Biting her lip, she looked around before sighing. “…Come on.” she instructed. When both of them started to follow her, Justine stopped the boy. “…It might be a good idea if you stay behind.”

“What?!”

“Please!” Justine exclaimed. “I think it’ll be okay if only Christi hears the song, since she’s a demon, or yokai, or whatever. However, you’re still just a human, so you should stay away.” Before walking away, she gave him a small smile. “Would you mind checking on my father? You know how he gets with Romano…”

Right on cue, the sound of a blade hitting one of the wooden walls rang through the shrine. “WATCH IT! YOU ALMOST HIT ME, SEBASTARD!”

“Believe me!” the second voice growled as they heard a ripping sound in the room. “I only hit my target! I was just going easy on you!”

Ciel clutched his head, going in the direction of the fight. “…I’ll talk to him… I suppose it’s a good thing he doesn’t understand that he’s not my butler outside of our realm…”

As Justine walked as far away as she could with Christi, she jumped when the girl jumped and clutched the teen’s arm. The cat took a look at what startled the girl, sighing when she saw a little white snake. “…Mizuki, what are you doing out here?”

“I need to keep an eye on you, Bakeneko!” the small snake answered. “Especially since you walked so far from the shrine with Jorogumo!”

The teen chuckled. “We have names, you know. Mine is Justine, and hers is Christi.” she stated. “And why not you bother Asami? No offence, but I hate snakes.”

“Asami’s ignoring me…” he stated. “Also, she hates snakes too, so I don’t mind.”

Justine gave a smirk before chuckling. “…I take it back then…I don’t hate snakes at all, in fact, I love them~” Mizuki smiled until Justine’s smirk turned evil. “They’re a great midnight snack when grilled properly.” The snake widened his eyes in fear as the cat laughed until Christi smacked her head. After some thought, the teen clutched her head. “…Fine. If I’m not letting Ciel come just because he’s human, I can’t think of any reason you can’t come… I just don’t know what would come of what I’m going to do, so watch your back.”

Mizuki smiled. “It’s alright, Bakeneko.” he reassured her. “Your species can only have dominion over the dead. The worst you can do is start a zombie apocalypse.”

Christi grew more fear as Justine gulped and looked down at the blonde jorogumo, her deep green eyes looking into the teen’s with a pleading shine. “…You really want this that much?” After some thought, Christi shakily nodded. “…no pressure…”

They all went a little further before Justine sighed and turned to Christi, sitting on a tree root. “You ready?” The girl nodded as the snake crossed his arms in judgmental curiosity. Taking a deep breath, the teen opened her mouth.

“Come, little children~
I’ll take thee away~
Into a land of enchantment~
Come, little children~
The time’s come to play~
Here in my garden of shadows~

“Follow sweet children~
I’ll show thee the way~
Through all the pain and the sorrows~
Weep not poor children~
For life is this way~
Murdering beauty and passions~

“Hush now dear children~
It must be this way~
Too weary of life and deceptions~
Rest now my children~
For soon we’ll away~
Into the calm and the quiet~

“Come, little children~
I’ll take thee away~
Into a land of enchantment~
Come, little children~
The time’s come to play~
Here in my garden of shadows~”

Once it was over, Mizuki furrowed his brows. “…That’s IT?!” he complained. “You came all the way out here, just to sing that one short song?!”

Justine clutched her head. “Unlike Claude, I didn’t want to risk putting a spell on everyone unintentionally!”

The snake chuckled. “Singing doesn’t do anything magical for you, Bakeneko!”

“I’m starting to understand why my father has been so irritable ever since Romano started calling him ‘Sebastard’.” the teen huffed. “Would you PLEASE stop calling me ‘Bakeneko’?” she requested. “I have a name, AND a nickname! My name is Justine, my nickname is Tine! I don’t need another nickname!”

The two continued to bicker as the three headed back to the shrine.

Meanwhile, Sebastian and Romano were in the middle of their fighting once again. However, an odd sound caused the crow to look out the window. Seeing the opportunity, the Italian punched Sebastian across the face. “WOULD YOU STOP FOR JUST A MINUTE?!” the tengu shouted, jamming his blade in the wall through Romano’s shirt, trapping him several inches from the ground, listening closely. “…Do you hear that?”

Upon closer inspection, the two saw a group of rotting corpses walking across the courtyard, dragging their feet behind them and moaning away the clean air. Unsure what else to do, Sebastian ran to look for Tomoe, leaving Romano behind to attempt to let himself go with his thin, weak arms. “Sebastard! What was that?! Don’t leave me hanging here! SEBASTARD!”

Sebastian ignored Romano as he ran straight to the white kitsune. “Tomoe!”

The fox clutched his head. “Sebastian, for the last time, I hold no responsibility for Romano’s actions.”

“It’s not that!” the crow exclaimed. “It’s…LOOK!” He directed Tomoe’s attention to the growing number of the undead.

Watching idly from a safe distance away was Otohiko and Kamiko as Nanami continued her Divine Power Practice. “…Seems like the Zombie Apocalypse started early.”

“What?!” the land god screamed as she snapped straight. “The zombie APOCALYPSE?!”

The night god simply sighed, glancing at his calendar. “The zombie apocalypse isn’t due for another century or so…” he sighed before he shrugged. “I suppose your shrine was just eager for the end of the world.”

“ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!” Nanami exclaimed. “My shrine?! End of the WORLD?! What’s going on down there?!”

Kamiko glanced at the inexperienced god as Otohiko replied. “You mean you don’t know?” he asked. “Tomoe and Mizuki are housing a variety of different yokai, shinigami, and humans in your shrine, all of which don’t even belong in this realm, and one of which is a Bakeneko, who have dominion over the dead.” He then thought for a moment. “…However, I was sure that the Okami would cancel out the Bakeneko’s bad luck…”

“You’re joking, right?” Nanami asked. “You have to be pulling my leg…”

“‘Fraid not, sweet cheeks.” Otohiko sighed before he smiled. “This is your shrine we’re talking about. I could fix this zombie problem, and mis-fits situation in a jiff, but it would be better to teach you how to fix this yourself instead. You know what they say, give a man a fish, he gets a meal, teach a man to fish, he gets a million meals.”

“Just teach me, He-She-Guy!” the land god exclaimed, earning a glare. “…I mean Wind God Otohiko…”

Kamiko sighed. “When you’re done with th human god, let me know.” he huffed as he made his own way down. “I’ll be checking in to see what I could do to stop this and save both our reputations.”

The wind god smiled and instructed the land god on what to do. “Close your eyes and see in your mind’s eye what the shrine is supposed to look like. What does it look like? Who belongs inside and around the outside? What beings have your permission to be there?” She did as she was instructed. “Now, feel your chi building and when it’s strong enough, let it out on the shrine.” He then left Nanami to build her chi as he joined his younger brother.

She did as she was instructed, but there was a small problem. Nanami’s chi grew too strong, so, not only did the mis-fits and the zombies go, but so did everyone that the mis-fits were in physical contact with.

Asami was dragging Venice inside where it was supposedly safe. Natsumi was holding Katara away from America. Akimi was holding Cutie inside the shrine. Kamiko grabbed America’s shoulder, asking what he could do to help the situation. Otohiko leaned on his younger brother’s shoulder. Tomoe was pushing Claude out of the way of a zombie and guiding him with a hand on his shoulder constantly.

In a flash, three sisters and familiar were added to the continuously growing band of mis-fits, moving to a new realm once again, leaving the duo of gods alone and confused.

When Nanami opened her eyes, she was surprised to find herself alone. She searched and searched for the wind god and his brother until she ran into Mizuki. “Nanami!” he called. “Nanami! The shrine!”

“…What’s wrong?” she asked. “I stopped the zombie apocalypse, didn’t I?”

The familiar slumped. He had A LOT of explaining to do…

Posted in Blogs, Ponysona

Snow White with Red Hair and their Ponysonas

It’s no secret that Snow White with Red Hair is easily in my top ten list for favorite romantic fantasy anime. It only makes sense to ask the question, what would they be in Equestria? My Ponysona Rules still stand, so if you need to, brush up on my conditions for each choice. The characters I’m looking at will be the 5 central characters (Prince Zen, Shirayuki, Mitsuhide, Obi, and Kiki), as well as Prince Moron, and Prince Izana, since these characters, even though they’re secondary, have enough of an established personality to be considered, and I’m going in order of when they were introduced because why not?

To start off is our very own Shirayuki. This young herbalist is hard working, friendly, loyal, and studious. For her, I’m kinda stuck between earth pony, due to her work ethic and ties with the land, or unicorn, for her studious habits and intellect. However, I think earth pony wins. As for her cutiemark, I think possibly a Yura Shigure, since that is the herb that ultimately decides if she gets her dream job, as well as her being called a Yura Shigure by Ryu when he first says her name.

Next is Prince Moron himself, Raj. This prince is, for lack of better term, a complete idiot. He’s stubborn, prideful, however mature (at least in comparison to his younger brother and sister). He’s easily an earth pony. The cutiemark is a bit more difficult for him, however, I think possibly a mirror, maybe with an apple for his ability to reflect how he’s been treated. I mean, come on! Only a few days in Shirayuki’s company, and he’s taking huge steps from being a douche to being a decent prince taking himself seriously. As for the apple, not only did an apple cause his first meeting with Shirayuki and Zen, but apples in the show often represent Shirayuki. Therefore, a mirror and an apple could be simply how much he can take from a friendship with Shirayuki.

Right from one prince to another. Prince Zen is adventurous, athletic, loyal, kind, and a little lazy when it comes to sitting at a desk all day. Through the whole show, Zen is clearly the one breaking rules to either do what he believes is right for his friends or people or just to spread his wings and explore his kingdom. For that, he’s obviously gotta be a pegasus. His cutiemark is kinda difficult. However, I think it might be similar to Shining Armor’s cutiemark for the shield, however, instead of stars or sparkles, perhaps an apple and three seeds for Shirayuki and his three friends.

Next is Mitsuhide. He’s very loyal and supportive. Though Zen and Kiki tease Mitsuhide and annoy him all the time, if Zen needs anything, Mitsuhide is always there. For that, I think earth pony is perfect for him. As for a cutiemark, to reflect that, I believe two swords would be the perfect cutiemark. Rather than being a shield in Zen’s defense, he prefers to fight at Zen’s side as opposed to fighting in Zen’s place.

Kiki is the same way. However, she contributes more mind than just muscle to problems. Because of this, I think unicorn fits her. For her cutiemark, similar to Mitsuhide, Kiki fights at Zen’s side instead of fighting in Zen’s place, however, she does act as a shield for Shirayuki when she needs it. A good example would be when Shirayuki is captured by pirates, Kiki volunteers to be purposely captured just so she could protect Shirayuki while on the ship in Zen’s and Obi’s places. Therefore, her cutiemark should be a shield and sword.

Next on my list is Obi. He’s slick, agile, and I swear he’s part cat! So I think he’d be a unicorn, for really no other reason than I could easily see him using the teleportation spell left and right. His cutiemark, again is a shield, however with a blue sword since he only answers to Zen, and an apple since he has an obsession with protecting Shirayuki ever since he’s appointed her bodyguard.

Last, but certainly not least, First Prince Izana. Izana is cold, intelligent, and foreseeing. His list of priorities go something like; 1; his kingdom duties, 2; Zen’s safety, 3; everything else. He seems to be the only one of the three main princes who takes his role in life the most serious, however, that might only be because he’s the Crowned Prince; next to take his kingdom’s throne. Because of this, I think a unicorn with a golden crown cutiemark fits him perfectly.

I honestly just realized that all the trios are set up as earth pony, pegasus, and unicorn. I mean, the three princes, Zen’s a pegasus, Izana’s a unicorn, and Raj is an earth pony, Zen and his two best friends, he’s a pegasus, Kiki is a unicorn, and Mitsuhide’s an earth pony, Zen and his two guy friends, again he’s a pegasus, Mitsuhide’s an earth pony, and Obi’s a unicorn, then the love triangle, Zen’s a pegasus, Obi’s a unicorn, and Sirayuki’s an earth pony…this has gone far enough…

What do you all think? Do you agree or disagree with my opinion? Did I forget something that’s a real game changer? Leave your thoughts in the comments and have a beautiful rest of your day~!