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Haven Review: Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps

   “Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps-“is the first part of a visual novel game set in an all girls missionary school in japan. You follow Suoh Shirahane from her arrival at this school, and in her quest to overcome personal challenges and make friends.

Suoh is a very shy, kind and beautiful girl with a passion for books. Growing up very isolated from other children made her long for friendship. Her choice for joining this school was their friendship program. Where all students will be assigned compatible friends to share dorm rooms with while they live at the school. Suoh tries her best to navigate the social scene to get the friends she desperately wants, which causes her some embarrassment at times. But she learns from these experiences and moves on, and friendships starts to blossom in her life. Being around all the different people at school also has some darker sides, and makes memories of her childhood come back to her throughout the story, and you gradually learn more about Suohs past.

The game is a simple “click your way through” the story, and will also give you opportunities to make decisions that will have an effect on Suohs life.  So you as a player will determine this girl’s path through her time at the school while you make lifelong decisions and solve mysteries, all while fulfilling the responsibilities as a student.

Flowers is a very pretty game, with wonderful art and also with nice background music. They also used voice actors for this game, which makes it even more immersive and interesting to play. If you like anime/manga in a school setting, or you like quality manga art, you might want to give this game a try.

Personally I enjoy this game, but in moderate portions. Playing for too long became a little boring for me, it can be a bit slow, but then again it is a visual novel. But I do find myself wondering what is going happen to Suoh and return to the game to continue her story. I have yet to play many visual novel games, so I cannot compare this to others. But I do enjoy “Flowers”, and I personally would recommend it and feel it is worth buying.

“Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps-“is the first part of a visual novel game set in an all girls missionary school in japan. You follow Suoh Shirahane from her arrival at this school, and in her quest to overcome personal challenges and make friends.

Suoh is a very shy, kind and beautiful girl with a passion for books. Growing up very isolated from other children made her long for friendship. Her choice for joining this school was their friendship program. Where all students will be assigned compatible friends to share dorm rooms with while they live at the school. Suoh tries her best to navigate the social scene to get the friends she desperately wants, which causes her some embarrassment at times. But she learns from these experiences and moves on, and friendships starts to blossom in her life. Being around all the different people at school also has some darker sides, and makes memories of her childhood come back to her throughout the story, and you gradually learn more about Suohs past.

The game is a simple “click your way through” the story, and will also give you opportunities to make decisions that will have an effect on Suohs life.  So you as a player will determine this girl’s path through her time at the school while you make lifelong decisions and solve mysteries, all while fulfilling the responsibilities as a student.

Flowers is a very pretty game, with wonderful art and also with nice background music. They also used voice actors for this game, which makes it even more immersive and interesting to play. If you like anime/manga in a school setting, or you like quality manga art, you might want to give this game a try.

Personally I enjoy this game, but in moderate portions. Playing for too long became a little boring for me, it can be a bit slow, but then again it is a visual novel. But I do find myself wondering what is going happen to Suoh and return to the game to continue her story. I have yet to play many visual novel games, so I cannot compare this to others. But I do enjoy “Flowers”, and I personally would recommend it and feel it is worth buying.

-Ingelin Gridset

Otaku Editorial: Fruits Basket Is Back!

fruits-basket-another-banner-smRejoice, Fans!

Starting from September 4th, HanaLala Online with Hakusensha will launch the upcoming chapters for Fruits Basket: Another by Natsuki Takaya every Friday! That’s right, the ever-beloved shoujo-manga of Chinese zodiac animals is getting a sequel! Fans are already speculating the possibility of a new anime adaption.

The story of Fruits Basket: Another is set after Touhru’s high school graduation and focuses on Sawa, a young girl entering high school.

Can you feel the excitement…then ready your baskets! in addition to the September 4th sequel, Hakusensha is also releasing two Collector’s Editions of the Fruits Basket original manga! They will consist of twelve B6-sized volumes to be released monthly, including new artwork by Takaya. The Collector’s Editions will also include colored cover pages from Fruits Basket‘s original Hana to Yume serialization.

furuba-1Fruits Basket originally ran from 1998-2006 in a Hakusensha magazine called Hana to Yume, and has over 18.5 million copies in print! Some fans might better remember the 2001 anime adaption by Studio Deen and director Akitaro Daichi, dubbed and released in North America the following year.

Furuba-fruits-basket-2126721-600-409As for it’s sequel, Takaya personally blogged that Fruits Basket: Another is planned to run for a short 2-3 volumes and meant to commemorate the releasing of Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition.

In the blog, Takaya added;

“While those who have never read the original will be able to read the sequel, those who have read the manga will get a good laugh out of the new series. The original main cast of Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo will not appear in the new series, although they might be mentioned in conversation.” -Natsuki Takaya

She currently has no plans to resume Liselotte to Majo no Mori just yet, but will try hard to resume her work little by little and thank fans for their continued support.

Are you excited for Fruits Basket?