My life summarized in three words: Kpop and Otome-games.
Foremost an SM Towner & Kyu-liner; obsessed with Changmin and the SHINee boys. Inspirit; Sunggyu & Dongwoo.
But my first love(s) will forever be Taiwanese superstar Wilber Pan and Fahrenheit member Calvin Chen.
Voltage I love you.
Writer. Dreamer. MA student. Nottingham, UK.
10 Days with My Devil - Shiki’s route review
I love Shiki. I love love love love LOVE Shiki.
From his appearance (dark hair, glasses and those soulful violet eyes) to how he smirks and smiles (it’s not even a proper smile, he looks like he’s baring his teeth lolol!). I love how he’s so icy and disdainful and lazy, yet so vulnerable and affectionate. I LOVE YOU SHIKI.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, let’s get on. I did not love his route. Oh, it wasn’t bad but compared to all the others, it packed a slightly smaller emotional punch. Mild spoilers after the cut.
Not quite sure what to feel about the game. The artwork is exquisite - Voltage guys have never looked sexier / more good-looking; the music is easy on the ears, and the writing is great.
BUT I couldn’t get into it. I just couldn’t connect with any aspect of the story.
Issei was tortured and vulnerable etc, and all the bits and pieces of him, by right, should add up to me falling head over heels in love with him, but I didn’t. I found him a little cliche and one dimensional. I didn’t really buy his personality, and the way his feelings developed for MC-chan.
As for MC-chan, I just didn’t like her. I understood her way of thinking, the motives directing her actions and thoughts - I understood the rage and sorrow and grief, but I couldn’t accept it. I don’t know why. I tried and tried, but I found myself getting so frustrated and irritated and impatient. This has never happened with any of the other Voltage games, even with Pirates in Love where I got a little bit ticked off at how helpless and naive the MC was portrayed.
It’s probably only me. I’ve read a couple of other reviews and everyone loved Issei’s route. I have a pretty low tolerance for people who hang on to past grudges like a lifeline, and allow revenge and anger to dictate their lives. Maybe this was one of the reasons why I couldn’t get into the game, I couldn’t connect with MC-chan’s reasoning because it is so different from my own.
I know she thinks they killed her mother, and from the looks of it her mother was all she had, and to have your sole anchor in life snatched away from you like that is pretty darn traumatizing. Also, the fact that it happened when she was so young - it would have been enough to send anyone over the edge. And this was the part where I got iffy. I may not agree with MC-chan’s POV, but I understood it (just like how I don’t approve of cheating but I adore Koichi, that jerk). I just got so annoyed with how fickle she felt. She’s put forward as someone who has shut herself off from the world, cold, calculating, driven by immense rage and sorrow, her emotions have been simmering and bubbling for a whopping twelve years. But when it came time (or multiple times) for her to extract her revenge, she becomes so sloppy and messy and hesitant. I understand that it is because of her growing feelings for Issei, but her thoughts swing so ferociously from one extreme to the other that I had a hard time following them.
Idk it’s pretty hard to put what I didn’t like about the game in words. Separately they’re minor issues, but they all came rolling towards me in one go, I just didn’t enjoy Issei at all.
I’m hoping this is just a one-off thing. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for an angsty game. Fingers crossed that the other routes would click a lot better with me.