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Navigating Hiiro no Kakera Portable

By Jenni . January 25, 2009 . 9:43am

One of the best things about Hiiro no Kakera Portable is how simple it is to play and navigate through the game. Despite the fact that most menu entries use kanji rather than hiragana or katakana to label sections, which could initially deter those who can’t read Japanese, once you understand what everything does and […]

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Hiiro no Kakera: Exploring The Modern Fairytale On The PSP

By Jenni . January 12, 2009 . 11:31am

Hiiro no Kakera Portable can easily be considered the definitive version of Idea Factory’s visual novel/otome game. It has all of the extra scenes, features and events from the DS version, includes a brief quiz game on each of the…

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An abbreviated account of Hiiro no Kakera DS: Part 4

By Jenni . June 18, 2008 . 2:29pm

So we’ve skipped ahead in Hiiro no Kakera DS, since for a while the game just has some tension building conversations and interactions. In our last entry, the members of Logos easily triumphed over the five demon fighting guardians Takuma, Mahiro, Yuuichi, Tsuguru and Shinji, and then took off. Since then, the five guys and Tamaki have had a number of discussions about dealing with Logos and the monster appearances.

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An abbreviated account of Hiiro no Kakera DS: Part 3

By Jenni . June 17, 2008 . 12:30pm

When we last left poor princess descendent Tamaki in Hiiro no Kakera DS, she had run into (literally) Shinji, the fifth of the six guardians who will assist her in sealing the demon sword. She also discovered that her unusually adorable fox Foxie was more than just a supernaturally cute pet – that he had special abilities of his own and wouldn’t hesitate to use them to defend her.

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An abbreviated account of Hiiro no Kakera DS: Part 2

By Jenni . June 16, 2008 . 9:40am

When we last left off in Hiiro no Kakera DS, Tamaki had learned her destiny, met four of the six bachelors who will protect her and made friends with a strange, white, two-tailed fox with blue markings. Now Tamaki is ready to start taking the long road to sealing off the demon blade.

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An abbreviated account of Hiiro no Kakera DS: Part 1

By Jenni . June 12, 2008 . 12:50pm

Hiiro no Kakera starts with quite a bit of exposition. It begins with a detailed explanation of why our heroine, Tamaki, is suddenly living with her grandmother in a rural mountain town. (Her parents decided to focus on their careers and ditch her.)

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The men of Hiiro no Kakera DS

By Jenni . June 11, 2008 . 12:35pm

Since kanji is abundant Hiiro no Kakera, the latest DS dating sim for girls’, it may be difficult for those with mediocre Japanese reading skills to get to know the eligible bachelors. So hopefully this short primer will help players get to know the men looking to win Tamaki’s heart.

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Navigating Hiiro no Kakera’s main menu

By Jenni . June 3, 2008 . 3:32pm

Since most of the main menu in Hiiro no Kakera is in kanji (like much of the actual game), figuring out what each button does can be a bit confusing. Especially since one option in the options menu can erase data. So after watching the beautiful introduction movie and tapping the introduction button (and being greated with a happy “Ohayo!”), a menu with six options comes up.

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Hiiro no Kakera DS touch screen guide

By Jenni . May 30, 2008 . 10:32am

Hiiro no Kakera DS is the latest visual novel/life sim/otome game for the Nintendo DS. Like other recent titles (Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 2nd Season and Vitamin X Evolution) it is a port of a PS2 game with DS exclusive features and full voice acting. It also happens to be more of a visual novel dating sim, like Vitamin X Evolution and Duel Love, as opposed to the life sim style games like Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 2nd Season or Otometeki Koi Kakumei Love Revo DS!!.