Hello, lovely readers! It’s been a long time (or, at least, it feels like it to me)! Thank you for those who left supportive messages; they were all greatly appreciated. I finally have time to return to the world of Voltage otome, but I don’t even know where to start! So much has happened since my hiatus, and my long list of requests just keeps getting longer. I’m going to start with a review on Voltage’s newest app, and then jump back to my list of requests.(Thanks for the warm welcome, Kuon. Let’s get started!)
Basic Story Premise: You’re puzzled to receive an invitation for a potential marriage interview with Kuon, especially after your awkward dance the night before. At the informal interview/dinner, you are wooed by a charming prince who showers you with compliments and– wait, hold on. What am I thinking; this is Prince Kuon we’re talking about. Nevermind, Kuon is still very much uninterested in you and actually bails out of dinner before even reaching dessert. Whatever. You return home content to continue with your normal life. Imagine how surprised you are when you open your eyes in the middle of the night and realize that somebody is sleeping in your bed with you. Apparently, Kuon has run away, and he blackmails you into hiding him at your place. How are you going to successfully hide a Prince in your tiny apartment? What is he running away from? And why are you willing to go through so much trouble to help him anyhow…?
My review with some spoilers, screenshots, and the CGs after the jump. No walk-through because both endings are available to read after you finish the story once.
Kuon: This prince is your typical arrogant, bossy Voltage hero.
Yep, you end up chasing him as he dashes out of the room. High maintenance? Yeah, maybe.
An event that occurred earlier in his life regarding his parents has left him jaded and unenthusiastic about being king. King Glenn, his grandfather, also puts a lot of pressure on him.And because of all the pressure, he runs off. And ends up straight in your bed.
My Opinion: Okay, before I get into my opinion, let’s go back to the part about how he mysteriously ends up in your bed with you during the middle of the night. Here’s the MC’s response in a gif:
….Seriously? MC has been watching too much Harry Potter. Let’s look at a gif of Kuon’s reaction: Oh, thank you, Kuon. For a second, I thought both main characters were going to be delusional. I’m glad you have a good head on your shoulders.
Okay, back to what I personally thought of the story. It was… likeable. Did I love it? No. Did I hate it? Definitely not. Do I think it’s worth $3.99? Well… maybe. I guess I feel kind of lukewarm about this Main Story. There were parts that I really enjoyed. Like seeing
cute scary old Prince Glenn and Yu again. And I loved all the references to Prince Glenn’s story from the original Be My Princess (the daisy chain, flower covered meadow, chasing after the limo).
But, I had a hard time getting into Kuon’s story at the beginning. His whole “Woe is me; I’m a pampered prince who is tired of being a pampered prince so I’m going to run away and try to be a commoner” plot was kind of boring and unoriginal. And before you Kuon fans out there try to murder me with your dagger glares, take note that I said I didn’t like his back story. I didn’t say that I didn’t like his character/personality. Those are 2 different things. Kuon’s character as a person is much more likable than his back story. And as he lightens up with the MC, he only becomes more adorable.
(Yum, Eye candy.)
There were also some parts of the story that were overly dramatic. Like when the MC dramatically faints outside her apartment, leaving a concerned Kuon shouting her name as she falls. Why did she faint? Well, let’s see…
Another example of overly dramatic occurs towards the end of the story. People are in the streets protesting about Kuon’s succession ceremony. MC goes out into the streets and attempts to defend Kuon’s honor by giving a majestic speech to the unruly crowd. (I have a hard time visualizing this.) Anyhow, the entire crowd goes silent (struck speechless, maybe?) before they continue causing a (kind of violent) ruckus/riot in the street. Just when you think MC is going to be trampled to death by girls who belong in Kuon’s fan club, her hero arrives to rescue her. (And of course this is where the
heroine MC should swoon and fall straight into Kuon’s arms.)
Overall: Even though I did think Kuon’s back story was unoriginal and that some of Voltage’s writing was hokey, I did enjoy this story because I was able to revisit Prince Glenn’s world again from the original Be My Princess.
This story is definitely a romantic drama, so if you are looking for action or a laugh out loud story, you will be disappointed. But if you are a fan of the original app, I think you will enjoy this latest addition to the BMP universe.
(Side note: One definite con about this app (for the moment) is that it is still very buggy. I was unable to access the Good Ending because it refused to load. Other readers also complained about different chapters not loading on facebook. Hopefully, Voltage will fix this problem very soon.)
The Endings: This is where I typically discuss the two endings and how they differ. Unfortunately, I was unable to access the Good Ending. So that is a mystery that will have to be uncovered at a future time. Here’s a very simplified summary of what the Happy Ending is like: The succession ceremony goes off without a hitch, and afterwards everyone attends a party to celebrate. After the party, Kuon takes you back to a very special place in Oriens… can you guess? The special flower covered meadow. Here, he officially proposes to MC, and the two spend an intimate night together.
And here are his CGs!