Scarlet Fate Furutsugu Route Impressions and Review

Comments that apply to all the routes in Shall We Date?: Scarlet Fate

  • An active, competent main character tries to save her village and friends from supernatural disaster.
  • The plot, not cutesy romance fluff, dominates the story. Politics, divine beings, and war feature in all the routes.
  • The translation is competent, and the story flows. The point of view shifts are not always well-signaled though.
  • The word “sin” is used all the time and for situations that don’t quite fit. Once I started replacing the word “sin” with “guilt,” the story and themes made much more sense.

Comments for Furutsugu’s route in particular

Positives

  • Furutsugu’s political ambitions and family connections tie nicely into the overarching plot. If Kuso-no-Mikioto’s writer had done Furutsugu’s plot, it could have been an even better route than Kuso’s.

Negatives

  • The unbelievable dialog, the continued repetition of the same motivations, the baffling relationship pacing, and the clumsy execution of the plot all made me close the app in frustration on multiple occasions.
  • In all the other routes, the MC never willingly relinquishes her duty. In this route she hands over the sword that will destroy the entire world to save someone who’s going to die within the month anyway with no back-up plan. What the ****, MC?

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Bottom Line: Not recommended. If I wasn’t determined to finish all the routes for review, I would have given up less than half way through. Try Kadonomae or Kuso instead.

Idea Factory’s Shall We Date?: Scarlet Fate courtesy of NTT Solmare is available on iOS and Android.

Quick and Dirty App Impressions and Reviews

We’re still slogging through the viral aftermath at my house. On the positive side, being forced to rest meant much more time to play apps. Here are the latest.

Shall We Date?: The Niflheim+

  • Solmare actually found decent writers and translators again.
  • The MC’s an airhead, but it works. The writing feels like a goofy opera.
  • I love the talking skeleton.
  • WHY IS THIS NOT A PAID APP YET?

Shall We Date?: Scarlet Fate+ Furutsugu Route

  • There are not enough eye-rolls in the world for this guy. I’ll finish so I can do a proper review, but…yeesh.

Kissed by the Baddest Bidder Mamoru Route

  • The opening movie and prolog still makes me want to flip over every table in the house so I waited and bought the route on sale. Then if the recommended route was bad I wouldn’t feel completely gross.
  • The plot’s interesting, the characters have a good dynamic, and it’s funny.
  • Okay. Voltage really needs to start putting trigger warnings. Creepy cultists threatening MC could mess with certain readers.
  • The MC’s nicer than I am. I would have taken off way sooner that she does. XD

Finally, in Love Again Prolog

  • This MC and premise feels too much like Voltage pandering to a certain demographic. “Look at this old (34 is old apparently) chick who has forgotten how to wear a dress. And worries about her weight and wears shapewear (even though she’s very slender in the opening movie). Heck, it’s so important to our story that we’ll make it a plot point! Also, she isn’t appreciated at her job. Do YOU every feel unappreciated at your job?”
  • Okay, Voltage, if you’re trying to make this a self-insert, you’re doing a really crummy job. First, I’m married, not even 30, wear a size 2, and am happy with my position so…good one, guys. Second, if I were a slightly older, single, larger woman…who wants to be thwacked by those issues as though they are insecurities to be overcome? Give me fun characters, dammit, not a set-up that’s basically this. *shudders*
  • Ranting aside, I like the MC’s responses at the event. More of the “I am a grown-up, let’s act like actual people” please.

True Love Sweet Lies Sakuya Route

  • From the prolog: This MC is awesome.  I hope she stays the same in future routes.
  • In the route: Talk about disjointed. A few scenes are funny or sweet, but there’s no flow or attempt to tie things into an overarching mood.
  • The goat’s weirding me out.
  • All I can remember is the goat and that the MC actually has eyes in one of the CGs. The characters left so little of an impression that I had to look up everyone’s names less than twelve hours later.

Enchanted in the Moonlight Chikage Route

  • From the prolog: The MC has all the initiative and personality of a baked potato.
  • Wait, this is rated 12+?  Needs to be bumped up.
  • Wow. Voltage finally wrote a young child that didn’t make me want to thwack my head into the wall.
  • Yay! The MC gets a personality in the story proper. Her direct chattiness and willingness to involve herself with others contrasted with Chikage’s detachment had me grinning the entire time. This one’s likely going on the replay list.

Proper reviews incoming.

Scarlet Fate Kuso Route Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

Comments that apply to all the routes in Shall We Date?: Scarlet Fate

  • An active, competent main character tries to save her village and friends from supernatural disaster.
  • The plot, not cutesy romance fluff, dominates the story. Politics, divine beings, and war feature in all the routes.
  • The translation is competent, and the story flows. The point of view shifts are not always well-signaled though.

Comments for Kuso-no-Mikoto’s route in particular

Positives

  • The pacing of the plot, relationship growth, and character evolution are near perfection. Usually as I play an app for review I take around a dozen screen-shots of plot points or quotes to use when I organize my thoughts. By the end of this route I had fifty-nine screen-shots of conversation moments and story beats that just nail it.
  • How the writer and/or translator handles the concepts of sin and guilt work much more naturally here than in any of the other routes.
  • I love the MC and Kuso both as individuals and as a couple.  They struggle, they grow, they challenge each other, and by the time they get together they’ve earned their sweet moments.
  • Kamimusubi-no-kami, the creator goddess, has some depth to her.  I really like the dynamic between her and the MC.  Her outfit’s atrocious though.

Negatives

  • Whoever did Kuso’s tagline cannot have actually read his route. “What a sassy girl! You don’t deserve to be my wife.” Besides being an eye-roller, it doesn’t represent him or the characters’ relationship dynamic. I would have skipped this route entirely if I had not seen it praised elsewhere.
  • The dialog between the brothers is clunky compared to others’ conversations.

Everything Else

  • Kuso does have bossy moments that made me raise an eyebrow on a few occasions, but all the major decisions are the MC’s choice. You may have to wait a chapter or two to see it though.
  • I was surprised by how ardently anti-suicide many of the conversations seem.
  • If you plan on playing more than one route, play this one last.  If I had read this one first I would have been disappointed that the other routes’ writing isn’t as finely executed.

Bottom Line: Kuso’s is my favorite of the Scarlet Fate routes and one of my favorite routes period. Highly recommended.

Idea Factory’s Shall We Date?: Scarlet Fate courtesy of NTT Solmare is available on iOS and Android.

Scarlet Fate Gentoka Route Review and Impressions – Spoilers

It took me two weeks to replay this route. It’s been rough.

The odd thing is Gentoka’s route is more interesting than Akifusa‘s, but that made it harder to get through. I kept almost getting pulled into the story or almost having the relationship work – and then having bad pacing or a repeated metaphor kill it. Then I’d work out how to fix the problem, then make myself stop because down that road lies fanfic, and I just don’t have time for that.

I can’t discuss positives and negatives properly without spoilers so

SPOILERS AHEAD IN

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Positives

  • The MC is focused, competent, and gets to rescue the guy.
  • Akifusa gets to be a cool character. In all the other routes he’s an object of pity or ridicule. Here he’s on equal footing with everyone else.
  • Gentoka is the only one who consistently refers to the MC by her given name, not her title. It accents his disinterest in divine and human politics and is a welcome break after the other guys’ routes.
  • It has some of the weightiest story moments of the routes. Two of the main cast intentionally kill each other. Gentoka goes mad and kills soldiers on his side, and the MC kills men who were forced to track her. And none of it is hand-waved or magically undone by the end. The characters must acknowledge what they have done and decide how to proceed.

Negatives

  • No secondary female characters appear.
  • The relationship pacing and progression are odd – like the author had the individual scenes written on index cards, tripped, scrambled to pick up the scattered notes, and never bothered to put them back in order before writing the story. It’s a pity, too, because some of the scenes felt believable and mature enough to really make me care about these two.
  • Unnecessary threatened rape featured.
  • Near the end of the story the MC remembers that she didn’t actually commit the act that had caused her so much guilt for years. Why? What purpose does this serve? She’s still killed others since then. What, does the author want us to think they didn’t count for some reason? It doesn’t flow with the whole “yeah, we both have done some pretty crummy things to survive but we’ve got to keep going” message that’s emphasized throughout the story. To make it doubly weird, she receives no such reprieve in the other routes.
  • Gentoka’s treatment of his one friend really bothers me. “Hello, my bosom comrade! We have just lost a bitter war, and our allies have turned against us. I have snatched you from the brink of death and will FORCE immortality upon you. And now I’m leaving. Have fun completely alone as you’re eaten up by PTSD. Forever.” All the other horrible things Gentoka had done before I could see as self-defense, but this was just cruel. And neither of the leads react appropriately. Ugh.

Everything Else

  • The translation is competent, and the story flows. The point of view shifts are not always well-signaled though.
  • The word “sin” is used all the time and for situations that don’t quite fit. Once I started replacing the word “sin” with “guilt,” the story and themes made much more sense.

Bottom Line: I recommend Kodonomae‘s or Kuso‘s routes over this one, but this is the best of the three routes that send the MC to the capital.

Idea Factory’s Shall We Date?: Scarlet Fate courtesy of NTT Solmare is available on iOS and Android.

Scarlet Fate Kadonomae Route Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

This review brought to you by Benadryl. Please excuse any goofy sentence structure and misspelled words.

Comments that apply to all the routes in Shall We Date?: Scarlet Fate

  • An active, competent main character tries to save her village and friends from supernatural disaster.
  • The plot, not cutesy romance fluff, dominates the story. Politics, divine beings, and war feature in all the routes.
  • The translation is competent, and the story flows. The point of view shifts are not always well-signaled though.
  • The word “sin” is used all the time and for situations that don’t quite fit. Once I started replacing the word “sin” with “guilt,” the story and themes made much more sense.

Comments for Kodonomae’s route in particular

Positives

  • The MC holds her own as a warrior and makes her own decisions about what path to take.
  • This route fills in some back-story gaps from the other routes and (unlike Akifusa’s and Gentoka’s routes) explores the divine politics and introduces a secondary female character who has some depth.
  • Kodonomae is kind yet very focused on his goals. It would have been easy to go overboard in either direction, but the writer balances the two traits well.

Negatives

  • It feels like less thought was put into the epilogue than the rest of the route. The relationship which built so nicely has several “wait a minute” moments in the last chapter rather than a natural progression. It’s certainly not enough to ruin the story, but it is jarring.
  • The route uses the phrase “like lemmings off a cliff.” Lemmings do not jump off cliffs.

Everything Else

  • Without spoiling the story…Kodonomae bears much more responsibility and guilt for causing other people’s suffering than Gentoka yet he moves on more easily than Gentoka. I wish the differences had been pulled out and examined in one of the routes.
  • Of the four routes I’ve played, this one felt the most “AND NOW I WILL RESCUE YOU, SIT BACK, DELICATE FLOWER.” The MC has enough agency and Kodonomae respects her enough for me to accept it, but a few moments were eye-roll-inducing. YMMV.

Favorite Moments

  • Kodonomae: “For us, a battle is the act of drinking the life of our opponents.”
  • Me: Go on, you charmer.
  • *MC goes on about how she will let no one stand in her way of doing what she deems necessary*
  • Kodonomae: “How valiant. I’m almost swooning.”
  • MC: They look puzzled, except for Gentoka, whose expression is never readable.
  • Me: Ha!

Bottom Line: Recommended.

Idea Factory’s Shall We Date?: Scarlet Fate courtesy of NTT Solmare is available on iOS and Android.

Scarlet Fate Akifusa Route Impressions and Review – Spoiler Free

Comments that apply to all the routes in Shall We Date?: Scarlet Fate

  • An active, competent main character tries to save her village and friends from supernatural disaster.
  • The plot, not cutesy romance fluff, dominates the story. Politics, divine beings, and war feature in all the routes.
  • The translation is competent, and the story flows. The point of view shifts are not always well-signaled though.
  • The word “sin” is used all the time and for situations that don’t quite fit. Once I started replacing the word “sin” with “guilt,” the story and themes made much more sense.

Comments for Akifusa’s route in particular

Positives

  • The MC and Akifusa are both excellent warriors who watch out for each other and lead the soldiers well.
  • The main plot has some surprisingly somber character moments and parallels.
  • Tomonori, one of the village leaders, is awesome. I wanted the option to ditch Akifusa and team up with him.

Negatives

  • The same sentiments and memories are replayed at least half a dozen times each without any change or relationship growth. The route’s seventeen chapters long, and five of them could have been cut without losing anything.  SO. BORED.
  • The MC always seems to view Akifusa as a close friend or brother, never a potential lover. It’s weird.

Bottom Line: The bones of a good story dragged down by padding and lack of relationship growth.  :-/  Try another route instead.

Idea Factory’s Shall We Date?: Scarlet Fate courtesy of NTT Solmare is available on iOS and Android.