Imagine Romeo and Juliet, But With Vampires And Guns

By Sato . August 22, 2013 . 5:20pm

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In case you thought you’d seen it all when Idea Factory released their take on the Arthurian legend in Princess Arthur, which featured a female version of Prince Arthur dating the Knights of the Round Table, QuinRose introduces Romeo vs. Juliet, their take on William Shakespeare’s famous play, with the added twist of vampires and assault rifles.

 

The story takes place in the country of Verona, where vampires and humans are at war. At the border of the lands, where the war is most severe, lives the main character, a young Capulet girl (Juliet) who spends her days training to become a Vampire Hunter.

 

Meanwhile, the Grand Duke of Verona has announced a conciliatory policy with the vampires. Appalled by the sudden announcement, the supporters and opposition go into a state of confusion. Then out of nowhere, a certain someone appears in front of Juliet.

 

Juliet Capulet

 

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The main character is none other than Juliet Capulet. She’s part of the Capulet family, who are known for fighting vampires to protect mankind. She has great pride in her family name, and has been taught the ways of the Vampire Hunter, as she was raised. She is currently training to become qualified as a full-fledged hunter.

 

Romeo Montague

 

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Our main man, Romeo, is part of the Montague family, who are the leaders of the vampires. Romeo also happens to be a king-like figure to the vampires. Due to past experiences, he regards humans with nothing but contempt, and objects the conciliatory policy that was announced by the Grand Duke of Verona.

 

Mercutio Eterna

 

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A popular character from the original play Mercutio, stays true to his character in QuinRose’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet. He is Romeo’s cousin and also best friend. Mercutio is also known to be one of the most powerful vampires. He may be a jokester and playboy, but he’ll also have his more serious moments.

 

William Shakespeare

 

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If it wasn’t wacky enough to have vampires in Romeo vs. Juliet, why not throw in Sir William Shakespeare, himself? He will be appearing as a doctor who stumbles across the church and frequents the Grand Duke of Verona.

 

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Benvolio Montague is seen trying to get a taste of Juliet.

 

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Shakespeare may have been a great writer, but his medical skills are questionable.

 

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What happens in Verona, stays in Verona. Benvolio and Escalus caught partying.

 

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Benvolio just can’t seem to catch a break!

 

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If this is how the Capulets roll, Romeo might have a little trouble getting to that balcony.

 

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Romeo is about to get passionate with Juliet. To bite, or not to bite?

 

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Romeo vs. Juliet was released today for PSP in Japan.

 


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  • Anna Scruton

    Nothing these Otome companies do surprises me anymore. Carry on.

  • MikeTxn

    Freaking Shakespeare, man.

    • Servant BerserCAR

      Yep. Finally.

  • Presea

    I really like those designs, they look really pretty. But man dating Shakespeare huh? What a fun twist

  • Chaos_Knight

    But does everyone die at the end?

    • MikeTxn

      I thought that to was Macbeth, speaking of which, Otome game when!?!?

      • Lynx

        The original story of Romeo and Juliet has the two
        commit suicide.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          And plenty of others die in the process, too.

          • JustThisOne

            Piling on the death count in the last two pages.

            A one line mention about how she dies of grief, poor lady. No one can get away alive.

          • DyLaN

            Now that I think abt it, Shakespeare=Urobuchi of the past? :P

        • DyLaN

          Shhh! You are spoiling those newcomers ;P

      • Firekitty

        Most of Shakespeare’s tragedies (i.e, the only ones they give you to read in school) involve most of the cast dying at the end (usually with one survivor to explain what happened to the minor characters and the audience).

        I just wish they’d make more of an effort to introduce young readers to his *comedies*. Being a teenager is angsty enough without all this doom and gloom stuff…and I bet you’d get a lot more interest out of a class once they noticed all the sex jokes.

    • DyLaN

      This is not done by Nitro+/Urobuchi so maybe not? I dunno.

    • kylehyde

      If they are tradional vampires, Romeo is already dead, but generally this doesn’t apply to vampires in many japanese media

    • drproton

      It seems that people romanticize this story too much when it’s really about how hormonal teenagers are retarded.

  • Kevin Schwarz

    Okay. Another VN, lately the only use for the psp in Japan.

    • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

      that is the fate of every console that is ending it’s life cicle. the PS2 and DS had a lot of VN begin released when they were starting to die. PSP will have a nice end with GE2

    • Aunna Terrell

      I’m actually surprised it’s not PC first, then ported to the PSP, like most of their games. XD I know their other two games they’re working on are Taishou Kitan (a supernatural series in the Taishou period of Japan) and Kuroyuki Hime (Snow White) are also PSP games. I guess that’s to deter overseas fans from simply pirating the PC games…? But there’s still hundreds of fans that download PSP ISOs, since they don’t have money/read Japanese/know they’re not getting released in English.

      • Lumi

        I think since most otome games are PSP-first. It’s probably not a piracy problem (PSP games can be easier to pirate), more of an actual preference of the platform.

        • Aunna Terrell

          Most of QuinRose’s games started on the PC, then ported to the PSP. But recently, they’ve been doing a few PSP only titles.

  • leingod

    It only made me wish this was a RPG instead of just an otome visual novel.

  • Lumi

    Looks fun, hope it does better than the Arthur one

    • Aunna Terrell

      This is from QuinRose, as said in the article. QuinRose games are normally better than Otomate games. They have a not sooo doormat/pushover female leads… Like seen in Alice in the Country of Hearts/Clover/Joker/Diamond, Crimson Empire, and etc.

      • Lumi

        Ohh just noticed the QuinRose name. But Princess Arthur’s plot at least wasn’t very well received by my friends who played the Japanese version…

        • DyLaN

          Please explain.

          • Lumi

            For one of them the artstyle kind of killed it, she played a bit of it, then quit. For another, the heroine isn’t to her liking (naive?) and she quit after one route too. And from what I’ve just read around the forums, it seems like the plot heavy stuff is in the Merlin route? Anyway the sales aren’t that good.

          • Aunna Terrell

            Yeah. The artwork was a major disappointment. Everyone looked deformed. It’s one of the reasons why I wasn’t completely interested in the game.

          • http://myanimelist.net/profile/Hayayandere Hayayandere

            That’s strange.The plot of Princess Arthur was highly praised in amazon.jp and alomst every English site that I’ve been too, like Otome no Jikan. Overall, the impression I got from both Japanese and English sites was that the plot and characters were some of the game’s strong points. As for the art it’s an acquired taste, but it really grew on me. Anyway, I plan to play it and see for myself once I finish the Wand of Fortune series.

            On topic: Not a fan of the play, but I’m excited for this and can’t wait to receive my copy. I think I’m going to do the Paris and Laurence routes first :D

  • DyLaN

    http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130817100838/typemoon/images/e/ef/Caster_of_red.png
    I prefer this version of Shakespeare :P This guy is such a troll XD The beard may or may not be one of the reasons

    I don’t trust the blond Shakespeare for some reason. Or maybe its just the smiling face makes me tense up.

    …….I don’t even remember any1 not named Romeo and Juliet lol. Anyway the game looks entertaining. Aksys~

  • Aunna Terrell

    William Shakespeare is one of the three non-pursuable characters btw. D:

    Edit: Voice cast for the game…
    Romeo Montague – Sakurai Takahiro
    Mercutio Eterna – Yusa Kouji
    Lawrence Globus – Hatano Wataru
    Paris Verona – Kimura Ryohei
    Escalus Verona – Inoue Kazuhiko
    Benvolio Montague – Koyasu Takehito
    William Shakespeare – Ono Yuuki
    Tybalt Capulet – Hosoya Yoshimasa
    Balthasar Aquila – Enomoto Atsuko

    • Firekitty

      Holy crap.

      Aksys, please localize this. I will give you my first born and my CAT for a game with this cast.

    • MikeTxn

      He doesn’t get a route?
      Damn it, I want my Shakespearean romance.

    • Lyh Scully

      T_T WANT IT ! That seiyuuu list *_*

    • Presea

      Aw no Shakespeare love-time? Dang nabbit. D:

  • kylehyde

    A sexy nun, yes please

  • Detrimont

    this just seems so “done before”

  • Katboy

    what the hell is going on here

  • Ban The Jackass

    ….. I see. Moving on….

  • Antixono

    You’d think they’d move on to the ps vita by now…..

    • mintea

      Seeing how most otome gamers only own a PSP, no.

    • Firekitty

      Why would they do that, when the PSP has a far larger install base, and the Vita is perfectly capable of playing PSP games?

      It’s not like the games need the extra processing power to display still pictures while a voice clip plays, so a move to a new system would be completely artificial and only hurt sales.

  • Notquitesure?

    Oh… okay, she’ll have to be careful of mercutio, half the stuff he says is either about vaginas or his penis. Be funny to see how they integrate that in.

  • Michael Connell

    You know if Mercutio had been unwinnable due to things following the original play, we may have had an otome game equvalent of Sacchin, lol

  • fairysun

    Finally, gaming industry acknowledge female gamers.
    Male is not the only sex who want to be a player.
    It’s about damn time female character stands on pursuing side.

    Now, I am waiting for Mario equivalent-otome games.
    “Sorry, Princess. But your Prince is in other castle.”

    P.S. Not that I am going to play this kind of game. But my younger sister and maybe my future daughter can feel the joy of being on the rescuer side.

    • Firekitty

      Believe it or not, there’s an Otome-styled Metroidvania game for the DS titled ‘ore ga omae o mamoru’ (Lit. ‘I (male speaker) will protect you’). I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet, but by all accounts it’s a pretty solid game, not the easymode ‘lol, girls don’t like hard games’ attempt you’d expect.

  • Deidara19

    This would make one BADASS anime IF this story is executed perfectly and has greta animations!

    • Firekitty

      They already made an anime where R&J were mecha pilots…but if the VN does well, we’ll probably see one in a few seasons.

      I kinda hope we do…they got a hell of a cast on this.

  • Firekitty

    I wasn’t a fan of Romeo and Juliet, but this looks really awesome. Someone, anyone, (Aksys?) translate it!

    And am I the only one who thinks Hamlet could make a good yaoi VN? >_>

  • Göran Isacson

    … Huh. I wonder. Can a game where there is a possible “happy ending” to the romance be true to the Romeo and Juliet story? I know that it’s been warped in the public mind to be an actual romantic tale instead of a tragedy, but can an adaptation be good even if actually DOES turn it into a romance? Or will this essentially end as the play did, except maybe Romeo and Juliet end it back to back, gunning down the hordes of hunters and vampires trying to kill them, until they have no more fight left to give?

    … Gotta admit, that could be a pretty amusing twist of the tale.

    • Firekitty

      …Okay, Romeo and Juliet dying together in an epic back-to-back battle would be an amazing end. I hope they got that in as one of the bad endings, at least.

      As for a happy ending for the titular couple, I assume it would involve a ‘what if’ where the events play out more or less like the original, except with better (any) communication and maybe Juliet being turned into a vampire. Especially if it works in the classical way (you appear dead and then rise a while later), the turning would be a perfect substitute for the induced coma from the play.

      And then presumably all the other guys endings will go completely off-model, because this is a fantasy/guilty pleasure kind of game and slavish loyalty to the original gets in the way of fun.

      • Göran Isacson

        Ha ha yeah, Juliet rising as a vampire after faking her own death DOES strike me as a no-brainer, it’s pretty much writes itself. Although now I wonder if maybe ALL the optional heroes will have a “bad end” where they all die in the most overwrought, melodramatic and tragic ways imaginable. Gotta admit, I would like to see that.

        • Firekitty

          I hope so. Shakespeare was all about the melodrama and silliness. People seem to like to forget about the silliness.

  • Aristides

    0-0 ingenious… and it has a western appeal… where is Aksys?!

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