Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms
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Developers: IDEA Factory, Design Factory
Genre: Interactive Story
Chizuru Yukimura travels from Edo to Kyoto in hopes of searching for her father who had mysteriously vanished. Along the way, she encountered the Shinsengumi, and spent the next four years working with them to locate her father. In 1868, the final year of the Bakumatsu Period, the Shinsengumi, with Chizuru at their side, took part in the Battle of Toba-Fushimi to decide the future of the Tokugawa Shogunate against the rising tide of Imperial Nationalism. Unfortunately, defeat for the Shinsengumi came swiftly at the hands of the Imperial Army, and they retreated back to Edo in shame. It was a bittersweet homecoming for both Chizuru and the warriors of the Shinsengumi, as the city of Edo resembled very little of its former self, engulfed by the harrowing winds of change that were sweeping through the country. As the Shinsengumi's survival came under threat, they were faced with a choice: discard their principles, or give up their lives. Some of them had no such choice, and they cloaked themselves in darkness to protect the Shinsengumi's greatest secret: the Furies.
Start by choosing from one of 12 handsome bachelors and fall in love with Japanese history's most famous warriors.
Explore the gorgeous world of Hakuoki through narrative choices that unlock branching storylines and up to 30 different endings.
The dramatic romance, friendship, and betrayal unfolds on your screen through fluid animation, vibrant art, and detailed CGs.
Enjoy original Japanese voices and English subtitles.
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Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms offers a very satisfying conclusion to the Hakuoki tale. Boasting a fascinating narrative filled with bloody battles and political intrigue that's topped off with plenty of alluring characters and romances that feel deep and meaningful, this is an easy game to recommend to those who love a good story.
If you played through Kyoto Winds then you largely owe it to yourself to finish the story here in Edo Blossoms. The story's finale isn't quite as interesting as its beginning, but the romantic fireworks that occur are certainly a payoff. It's just too bad that the best way to experience Hakuoki is through two awkwardly split in half releases.