Bloodhound Gang Videography (4/?)
Your Only Friends Are Make Believe
One Fierce Beer Coaster (1996)
To the end of his days Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside, without a hat, a walking stick or any money, and running as fast as his furry feet could carry him down the lane, past the great Mill, across The Water, and then on for a mile or more.
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After conquering sexy Okita, being blown away by the underdog Harada and a wee bit disappointed by my second favorite Saito, it was Heisuke's turn.
I need to explain my exposition here to properly explain. I was actually done. I honestly cared neither for Hijikata nor Heisuke and as those were the ones left, it felt like choosing between frying pan and fire. I randomly chose Heisuke and I was not looking forward to this route a lot. He always had that annoying too-loud big brother air. He was noisy and clumsy and I had no idea why someone like him should be fun dating. It’s like dating a kindergarden kid, right?
The routes before have been following a pattern. You’d get some scenes hinting out a faint trace of mutual interest in the first chapters and in the later route some more outspoken displays of affection - or not, as in Saito’s case.
In respect to that I was positively surprised, that both Chizuru and Heisuke express quite frankly that they feel something for each other, way before the Heisuke route actually starts. When he leaves the Shinsengumi they both have a heart to heart and admit that they are gonna miss each other and confirm being on the same page about what the other one means to them. That is pretty much a subtle love-confession right here! And its not even chapter 7 or 8 or even 4 yet! Awesome!!!
While Chizuru is usually very reserved and a quiet pillar of support for the other men whose route I played, she is actually very straight-forward with Heisuke most of the time. Which I loved, cause she takes proper chances! Later on, still before the actual Heisuke route starts, she openly tells him she wants to be with him. Like properly.
What at the beginning annoyed me as a forced big brother attitude really turned around throughout the gameplay. I started to really love how Heisuke looks after Chizuru, always protective and especially always passionate. That was another big point in that route that amazed me - the passion that they both have for each other, looking out not in the quiet and solemn way but actually fighting hard to keep the other happy and safe.
The route continues then to the proper Heisuke route and him and Chizuru work out in a way that I hadn’t thought possible. They are equals, in a way. Usually Chizuru is the little one in the back, in need of protection, struggling with her feelings or helping the men out by being there for them. Here they both help each other all the time. One of them falls, the other one helps them to get up again. They tell each other off when they go crazy. One time Heisuke is really depressed as he has learned furies die a lot quicker and fall to ash at some point when their life-energy has been used up. He’s kind of despairing over it but tries to be strong but despairs over it even more and then Chizuru slaps him right in the face. Can you imagine her slapping any of the other dudes? I can’t. Which is what makes them very special together. She actually slaps him in the face and he snaps out of it and they talk it through.
Throughout the route the two of them also team up with Chikage to bring ax-crazy Sanan down. I liked that, Sanan is creepy and I am tired of him and enjoy every moment he gets a proper pounding.
So overall the Heisuke route registers pretty high on my list. It is a hundred times more amazing than I would have thought. Ever. And our heroine is really a much, much cooler person with him. The time they all change to western clothing, she actually stares at him - obviously fighting her hormones and calling him SEXY. Our quiet mouse of a heroine is actually itching to rip this kid’s clothes off on the spot but can’t cause some other person is right next to them. HOW COOL IS THAT, COME ON!
It ends very peacefully with both of them living happily together, looking forward to spend as much time as they may have together, protecting and looking after another.
Wow. Wow. WOW. I would not have guessed that after having my mind blown by Harada … that any other route could take me by surprise like this. But it did! Noone beats my love for Sano but in fact, Heisuke comes quite close.
I am currently playing Hijikata and shall review him soon, but honestly, whenever Heisuke or Sano show up so far, I’d rather send Chizuru with them. I actually find myself sighing after Heisuke a great deal more than I ever thought possible!
Incredible route with incredible turns and a closer look on princess Sen, which was lovely. BIG FAVORITE!
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How things change.