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Sadly I haven’t been able to play much eroge recently due to RL factors. Damn you RL >___>. However, I was able to finish OreImo PSP 2 recently, which was fantastic. So I thought I might as well write about both OreImo games. I’ll be doing a small overview of the games and giving you some of my feedback. Be warned. PSP means no ATLAS, so my interpretations of the routes may be quite off. I’ll compensate with my lack of understanding by shoving in tons of CGs into this thing. So feel free to skip the text and just look at the pictures.
Unfortunately, I don’t know how to take screenshots on the PSP. So all images here are from CG packs.
The events of OreImo PSP take place basically after the TRUE route of the anime, where Kirino went to America, but is dragged back by Kyousuke. The game is original material, meaning that it doesn’t follow the plot from the light novels. Nothing in particular happens in the common route, so let’s just skip to the individual routes.
Kirino’s route was one of the lamest things I’ve ever seen. SERIOUSLY. Kirino gets amnesia and forgets about her otaku hobby. So the whole route basically is just Kyousuke running around trying to make her remember everything. Kirino’s attitude towards the whole thing is conflicting. At times super desperate, at others, not caring. The whole thing is dragged out to the end of the route. Lame and basically a waste of time. NOT the siscon route I was looking for >__>
Due to a huge misunderstanding, Kuro-neko to avoid Kyousuke and she goes full burst into a project for comiket. He manages to convince her to let him help her with the project and eventually the misunderstanding comes to light. When I say eventually, I mean just before the route ends. A lame misunderstanding was dragged out for the whole route. Bad end, you get slapped in the face. Good end, they end up together. Highlight of the good ending is Kuro-neko telling Kirino that she can call her ‘onee-chan’.
Sigh…Ojousama=arranged marriage. A little typical, don’t you think? So Saori’s fiancée doesn’t like her otaku hobby and the route focuses on this little fact. So she tries to get rid of her hobby, but Kyousuke convinces her talk it out with her fiancée. They try various things , but nothing works. So bad ending, Saori gives up her hobby and ends up marrying that bastard. Good ending is VERY VERY random. In short, Kyousuke says that he’ll marry her instead so that her fiancée can’t. This is near the very end of the route btw. She takes this quite seriously, and you can guess how things turn out.
Sadly, you don’t get to see Saori without her otaku look that often. Only a couple of CGs.
Arguably the most interesting route of the game, if look past one retarded bit. Ayase’s route was the most natural of all the routes. She wants to understand more of Kirino’s hobby and goes to Kyousuke for help. So the two end up spending a lot of time alone together, which makes for some nice romantic development. The retarded bit I mentioned is that Kyousuke keeps saying he loves Ayase throughout the whole route. He uses the words “daisuki’. I mean seriously, what guy would say that so naturally to a girl?!?! Anyways, it was pretty stupid. However, they did a pretty good job in using it to make the route progress, with Ayase eventually getting deredere after hearing it. The confession is quite nice, with some comedy on the side when Kyousuke takes things a little too far. The confession in this route DOESN’T happen at the end, which means you see them in the relationship for a bit. Things are going great…then Kirino comes in. A standoff between the 3 happens in the park and in this moment the route splits off into the different endings. Good ending, things turn out great. Bad ending you get stabbed. Haha, it’s funny how I’m not joking about that.
Manami’s route is basically as plain as Manami herself. Manami notices that lots of girls hang around Kyousuke and is worried that he’ll become a bad person. She suggest that the two play lovers to help with this issue. So you get a lot of random romantic situations, but the whole things fake and nothing really progresses. They end up together in the couple of the endings, however the feeling they give off is still that of childhood friends. Not really that interesting. Sorry I can’t say much more about this route because I’ve already forgotten most of it. Just enjoy the CGs if you’re a fan of short cuts.
If you watched the anime, you’ll know that Kyousuke pretended to be a manager of some sorts in front of Kanako. Kanako uses this to blackmail Kyousuke to do stuff. The transition from blackmail because she’s a brat to blackmailing because she wants to spend time with him is implemented nicely. The route was rather short, but it was one of the better routes of the lot. Things end with a kiss.
My favorite route, losing to Ayase’s only in length. The route is probably around 20mins long, but it’s very nicely done. To start off…they’re not blood related; well not fully blood related in any case. This little fact probably says basically everything you need to know about this route. After Kyousuke learns of this , he becomes a bit awkward while around Kirino. Kirino notices this and confronts him about it. Kyousuke tells her about the whole matter, but this only makes her uneasy because she feels like he might go away. After he assures her that he’s not going anywhere, she says that she’ll start calling him ‘Kyousuke’ from now on. The thing ends with a VERY VERY nice confession scene by Kirino. Believe or not, I’ve watched that particular confession scene over 50 times =3.
So that was basically the first game. I’ve missed out a couple of routes, but they’re generally just random routes which would just be a waste of time to talk about. If you read all my raging, you’ll know that I found most of the routes lame. Stupid events were introduced to get some story flowing, where I would have just preferred a more slice of life sort of thing.
However, what they failed to do in the first game, they did right in the second game. EVERY good ending has a time skip showing the future between the two, and in most cases you even get to see their kids.
Kirino’s route done RIGHT. This route follows Kirino’s IF route. However, the only thing that carries over from the last game is that they know they aren’t blood related. So, no confession happened yet. The relationship between the two is a lot closer than their previous otaku relationship. However, it gets shattered by a comment that the two look like lovers. This causes awkwardness among the two. Kyousuke tells Kirino to be his imouto, regardless of their blood. She flat out rejects him and says that she doesn’t want to be his sister, but rather his girlfriend. Haha typical, but awesome none the less. They throw in a very funny LOL at the start of the relationship where Kyousuke asks what happens after a couple gets into a relationship in most eroge. Kirino replies, a H-scene XD. Her normal arrogant personality is still somewhat there, but heavily toned down. She becomes more and more amaenbou as the route progresses, and lots of kiss scenes occur. The rest of the cast slowly learn about their relationship, but most people don’t believe the whole not blood related thing at first. Comments about not mixing game world with reality pop up. No major obstacles in this route, but Minami appears as a LAST BOSS near the end of the route. The route ends off with a wedding where the two say that all of this would have been impossible if they had been siblings. Very nice and warm =3.
BEST ROUTE XD
Kuro-neko starts calling Kyousuke by his name instead of ‘senpai’, however her heart isn’t ready and Kyousuke sticks to using Kuro-neko. The two go on a couple of dates and you see Kuro-neko outside her normal cosplay outfit. The route gives off the feeling that the two want to progress their relationship, but aren’t really sure how. Kuro-neko’s sister come in to try to get things moving and the two get ‘tricked’ into using some weird drink. Didn’t really catch the name, but from kuro-neko’s behavior, it seems like it was some sort of aphrodisiac. Too bad it’s not a real >__>. You find out it’s just some strawberry shake mixed with vitamins and Kuro-neko basically just saw a placebo effect. Things end basically around here. I’m not a fan of third parties sticking their nose into people’s relationships, so this route didn’t sit well with me.
To compensate the lack of non-otaku Saori in the first game, they added a heck load of it in this game. So you see ojou-sama Saori A LOT. What’s very funny is that Saori seems to have a totally different personality when in ojou-sama form. She’s VERY easily embarrassed, to the point where she faints after Kyousuke pats her head. Kyousuke hopes to cure Saori’s shyness and the route progresses nicely with this for a short time. Dates occur with both versions of Saori, which kinda makes it feel like Kyousuke has two girlfriends. However, things don’t last and Saori’s older sister is thrown in to cause some chaos. You find out Saori’s relationship with her sister is iffy, and the focus of the route shifts to her sister. Instead of having some nice ichaicha time with Saori, Kyousuke goes about getting the two back on better terms. It basically ends after they sort things out. Lame.
Like Kuro-neko’s route, Ayase’s focuses on relationship development. Ayase shows a lot of craziness weakness throughout the route, suspecting he’s cheating on her and getting upset over a single lie. Her route is filled with an insane number of bad ends, where you end up getting sliced up like swish cheese. Think school days >__>. Outside of that, there are lots of nice romantic development in the route. Ayase shows quite a serious attitude when it comes to the relationship. It’s hard to describe, but this seriousness is quite nice to see, and usually leads to some nice ichaicha. Anyways, things get a little extreme when Ayase get becomes uneasy that Kyousuke will get bored with how slow the relationship is moving forward. Kyousuke shows his cool side and tells her that all of that is part of who she is…etc. Things basically end around there and they troll you by giving you a CG that looks like the starting one for an H-scene. DAMN IT SHOW ME MORE!!!
Manami’s route in this game takes an interesting turn with a time skip happening at the very start of the route. She grows her hair out, which I say looks WAY better. You can also choose whether she wears glasses or not ^^. The whole route focuses on a trip the two take to Kyoto and some stupid stamp card. Manami will fill in part of the stamp card every time Kyousuke does something to please her and when he reaches checkpoints, he receives a ‘reward’. I didn’t like this aspect of the route because it made it so that Kyousuke’s kindness had ulterior motives. Anyways, you basically just see the two going around seeing the sights in Kyoto, with occasional romance development. In the good end, it’s implied that they did end up doing what you think they did, the bath scene only further backs this up. Not a particularly interesting route, but it was passable.
Kanako’s sister makes a meaningful appearance in this route, and she’s basically as loli as Kanako. You learn that their relationship with their parents is very complicated, however this is only briefly explained and doesn’t really develop into any major issue. Kanako’s relationship with Kyousuke slowly comes to light and receives much disapproval from most of the cast. The route focuses on her developing herself into someone who’ll be acknowledged. Well that, and there’s some pretty nice ichaicha mixed in there as well. Manami comes in as an unexpected ally in this route. Kanako’s development as a character is very well paced and was very enjoyable. Manami actually ends up confessing to Kyousuke at the end of this route. What’s funny is that her confession in this route was better than the one in her own route. A pretty solid route overall.
Kyousuke ends up groping her by accident at the start of the route, which causes him to fantasize about fondling her breasts throughout the whole route. So you see the two in the game development club room quite a bit and Sena’s goes off into her fujoshi world a lot as well, which is usually quite entertaining. Akagi ends up joining the club over suspicions that Sena is getting close to a guy and asks Kyousuke to look over her as well. Sena reminded me a little of Kirino at times when she asks Kyousuke if he thinks it’s alright for a fujoshi to fall in love. However, Akagi poses as a BIG obstacle before the two can get into a relationship, but it eventually gets there. As you might have guessed, even after the time skip, her fujoshi-ness doesn’t change at all. They all end up working at the same gaming company. A little typical, but not bad. Sena’s good ending is the only main ending where you don’t see kids.
A very short route which follows a very small bit of Ayase’s route from the original game. In the original game, Ayase and Kuro-neko meet for the first time when Kyousuke takes Ayase to comiket. This route uses that as a base for Kuro-neko becoming Yami-neko as she misunderstands that the two are lovers. This is cleared up in an instant and she changes back straightaway, which I found hilarious. The confession follows soon after.
This route is ACTUALLY called the lolicon route. It’s only available after you get the ‘lolicon’ item from Kanako’s route. This is basically just a random route they threw in to get some LOLs, and I’ll admit, I did LOL. Basically, Kirino meets up with Kuro-nekos younger sisters and things go from there. The only CG for the route is basically Kuro-neko sister saying that she made a baby with Kyousuke.
If you read all of that, well done. Fans of the light novel/anime will probably find a couple of routes they love in the game. In my case it was Kirino and Ayase. If you don’t know ANY Japanese, I’m sorry to say that your only hopes is on an unlikely translation. However, if you read the start, I played through the both games and I’m only at a beginners Japanese level, so you might want to try your luck. Also, if anyone ones the full CG packs for both games, give me a yell in the comments box.
Exams coming up, so you won’t be hearing from me for a while.