When I was dying and working on my thesis, I promised myself I’d play something light and fun after I finished. And that was Ikemen Sengoku◆Toki wo Kakeru Koi Aratanaru Deai.
Ikemen Sengoku was originally a ticketed mobile otome game by Cybird, which was announced for a port to Vita at AGF in 2015. Since then it’s grown massively, spawning a…really bad anime, several stage plays and the app game got an English localisation.
I picked it up because Cybird released several collaboration PVs with Fujita Maiko, who is a singer I really like. And I was in a bad place in life probably, so I became invested in Ikemen Sengoku. The Vita game took 3 years to finally release as well so there’s also that.
Moving on, Ikemen Sengoku◆Toki wo Kakeru Koi Aratanaru Deai, loosely meaning “handsome Warring States ~love surpassing time and new meetings~”.
In IkeSen, the heroine Mizusaki Mai is in on a holiday in Kyoto, visiting landmarks of the Warring States period right before she starts her new job as a clothing designer. When visiting the remnants of the Honnouji temple, the area is hit by a sudden storm and both her and another passerby are sent back in time 500 years to the Warring States period. When she wakes up, she smells smoke and realises the building she is in is on fire and that a man near her was about to get attacked in his sleep, so she wakes him up and they escape the burning temple. Turns out the man she saved was Oda Nobunaga and he claims her as his woman, to everyones’ dismay and effectively adopts her. She reunites with the man who slipped through time with her, a graduate student who studies time travelling worm holes for fun, who tells her that they can return in 3 months. Through her saving Oda Nobunaga’s life, she meets other important figures of the Warring States period and builds bonds with them in the 3 months that follow.