ITABAGS! // The more u kno

Recently itabags have been all the rage in Japan and they’re slowly spreading overseas with many fans collecting way too much merch of their favourite anime/seiyuu/actor/etc.etc. Being an avid collector myself it was like a epiphany moment “you mean I can actually use all 12489049013 of my rubber straps?!” and thus began the spiral to hell.

I’m doin this because I realise I’ve accumulated info which may be out there but I’m not trying to push my merch on ppl and shit so have an (un)biased look at itabagging from someone who lost her wallet to this as well as other expensive hobbies.

Anyway I imagine that not everyone reading this post would be my usual otome game loving visitor so I’m putting a warning here: I’m probably gonna swear. A lot. If you’re reading this to fix up your own itabag lol you’re probably an adult anyway to be able to afford goods.

What are itabags?

Bags. With merch on them. Technically any bag with merch on it is considered an itabag. However, its becoming increasingly more associated with bags that have at least your body weight in merch on it.

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Yoiyomori no Hime// All other routes and Final Thoughts

It took me a while but I! Finished! Yoiyomori!

As promised I’m gonna write a thing on the game. I posted a poll on twit a month ago asking if people wanted me to do non-spoiler posts or one with spoilers and…the latter won by a small margin so I hate you all (❀╹◡╹)

I’m going to keep writing a summary I suppose, but I’m gonna condense it down to the bare minimum given I can’t be bothered half the time and probably just not bother when it’s a game that’s worth playing. I dunno I need to work that all out first.

Moving on, this post is about the entirety of the remaining routes in Yoiyomori no Hime.

From my last post on the game:

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The game is set during a war between Schonwald and Stahl, two neighbouring countries with the supposedly cursed Dark Night Forest (Yoiyomori, gomen I couldn’t think of a better english translation aside from literal evening night forest) lining their borders. The story opens with the heroine Ilza running through Yoiyomori, just barely escaping with her life after an attack on her village Blume, left everyone else dead.

She collapses in the forest but is rescued by Julian who then takes her to a mansion which is shared by him and 6 other young men, Claus, Harold, Miriam, Lutz, Ulrich and Lambert. Upon realising her situation, the group’s “leader” Claus takes Ilza’s only memento of her parents hostage and forces her to stay in the mansion with them for reasons unknown. He reveals that every single one of them have been exiled to the forest by Dictator-Prince Erenfried of Stahl, and all harbour a deep grudge against the country. They all live with each other under the same common goal of hoping to exact revenge one day and tell Ilza her best chance of doing right by her village is by being with them anyway.

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Analysis // Otome game sales number crunching

So I came across the sales rankings for otome games (and some other games geared toward a female audience ie. BL/games with otome elements) since 1997 to 2017 and I decided this was what all my extra years of higher education had been preparing me for…..

And I analysed the data a little.

For the sake of clarity, this data is for Japanese language games only and I’m going to group everything under otome game even though there are some other games in here (like 3 or 4 titles from what I could see). Also depending on the source the values for each of these columns can vary so take my analysis as an indicator rather than as an absolute sale volume.

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DYNAMIC CHORD feat.apple-polisher// Overall Thoughts

I’m gonna try just compressing all my future posts down to something simpler to reduce the strain it puts on me because honestly I never planned on summarising game routes but somehow ended up doing it anyway. So what I’ll do now is just write up a basic thoughts/compaints etc. without spoilers as usual, but under the spoiler-y parts I’m only going to mention whatever is relevant so it won’t contain everything that happens.

DYNAMIC CHORD originally didn’t interest me at all because I thought it was just another idol thing but I got interested in apple-polisher because of Umehara Yuuichirou – but all their songs were sung by Aoi Shouta… So since the games started coming out I’ve been waiting for the apple-polisher game.

Given the things I’ve heard about the other games, my expectations dropped quite dramatically but I was bored enough to pick up this one. And in summary boy am I glad I did!

I kind of like the whole unmasking of each char when you finish their route too

In this game, the heroine Hiiragi Miu is a singer under the stage name MIU who is at the peak of her popularity. She is shown the ropes of the entertainment business by Grieflullaby, a senior band and they put her in contact with apple-polisher, who is a relatively unknown band under DYNAMIC CHORD. The singer of apple-polisher is NaL – Amagi Narumi, who was actually Miu’s childhood friend and first love from when she lived in America. And with that connection, she ends up becoming close to each of the members, Kurosawa Shinobu (Kuro), Aoi Yuuki (UK) and Otoishi Yuusei (Toi).

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BAD APPLE WARS // White Haired Disciplinary Committee Member Route and Final Thoughts

YES I CAN FINALLY BE DONE WITH THIS GAME…

Even though I technically was already done with this game a few days ago 

The poster boy which isn’t on the title image, hmmm

White Hair’s route follows the same style as Satoru’s route, which follows the same event as the Bad Apples’ routes so…Imma be brief.

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BAD APPLE WARS // Satoru Route

This is my 2nd last route in BAD APPLE WARS, and let’s just say I’m more happy about that than anything else so far in this game HAH.

wew 2nd last route

So unlike the other routes, Satoru and the White Haired Disciplinary Committee member (GDI I need a better name) are both under the “good” side, where Rinka doesn’t join the Bad Apples. The common route differs a little to the “bad” side but overall nothing is that different so I’ll be skipping over it as fast as I can.

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BAD APPLE WARS // Shikishima Route

Since I have already done it to the death I’ll stop referring to Angel Beats now. I actually just forgot most of the story because it’s been so long but don’t tell anyone.

I didn’t realise this game only had 5 routes as opposed to the usual 6 so I was very happy to know I cleared more than half the game already. Aw yis. Now what can I do about this sick feeling I have after I finished the route?

Ah yes, Bad Angel Beats, the game that everyone wants

I’m gonna skip over the prologue and stuff again because it’s all in Aruma’s route, and it’s all copy pasta anyway.

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