I guess it’s time for a blog post again 😉 This time I want to introduce a bl game to you that I coincidentally found on Steam a short while ago. It’s completely free and I had around an hour of fun playing it so … if you don’t know what to do one evening, why not have a look at „Dr. Frank’s Build a Boyfriend“? 😉
Alright, it’s time for a short review again. Today I’d once again like to introduce you to a short film although it’s not a Chinese one this time. I’m talking about „Last Dance“ which you can watch on Amazon.
The film is only about 3 minutes short so there isn’t much to say in regards to a plot. It’s just a movie about a dancer and a terrible loss.
There isn’t even anyone speaking and it doesn’t seem like any high budget-sparkly movie but I still felt that it was highly emotional. I actually cried after watching it. 😭
If you’re into short films or just like bl things and can cope with a tragedy, then please go ahead and watch it! I definitely didn’t regret having a look.
This is a game I encountered in the Google Play Store by chance. It’s not technically bl but you can make it bl. 😏 As the title already suggests: It’s a choice of romance so you can decide if this is straight, bl or gl.
How does it work?
The „game“ (if you want to call it that) is entirely text-based. In fact, it’s more like reading a novel. The special thing about it is that you have the opportunity to influence this novel. For example, you can decide the gender of the protagonist and you can decide what kind of talents he has and, naturally, who he’ll fall in love with.
First of all: I love the idea behind Affairs Of The Court! The only problem is that I don’t really like the way this idea was implemented. 😑
The choices you get influence next to nothing. For example, more or less at the beginning there is a scene of a ball where you can decide if you could decide to gossip or dance. I played the thing two times and decided on dancing in the first run and gossiping in the second. The great influence this had was … one different sentence. Afterwards, the novel played out exactly the same as before. I didn’t get any new information in the second try since the protagonist was interrupted before he could even get to the people gossiping. It was exactly the same as what happened with the dance.
The same thing happened with lots of other decisions. If you only play it once you wouldn’t notice, so I guess it’s alright. But if you play it for a second time, you won’t see much differences depending on your decisions. It just stays the same. I only found one instance where I got a slightly different scene after my decision but this, too, had no lasting effect on the story. After that scene everything else still played out just like before. It’s a little disenchanting.
As for the romance … Well, it was a little lacking, imo. A naturally played the gay route where you get three choices. (It seems to be the same regardless of which route you take. They probably just changed the names and some details.) You can either romance the king, some kind of minister or a merchant.
Unfortunately, you don’t really have a chance to get to know any of these characters before you have to choose how to approach this.
In both of my runs, I decided to go for the king because … well, he was described as handsome and I guess I just like kings 😁 Unfortunately, even though I was able to get him both times (I actually doubt you can mess it up but who knows?) uh, yeah, ‚Romance‘ is something else.
There was next to no interaction between the protagonist and the king, instead I got large time skips and even I myself was somehow surprised that the king fell in love. He’s probably just really superficial and was seduced by the protagonists nice face 😁
This is a game you can pass a bit of time with. It is not much, though, especially since the story isn’t really finished at the end. No, there are other parts. And while „Affairs Of The Court: Choice Of Romance“ is free of charge, you’ll have to pay for those. If I saw correctly, they’re even priced at over 4$. A little too much for the not so optimal-implementation in my opinion.
For a free-to-play game/novel I don’t really mind that your choices don’t have any big effect on the story and the lackluster attempt at romance doesn’t help the impression either. I wouldn’t buy the other parts, though, since I doubt they will be better. More than 4$ for this kind of implementation is just too much, imo.
I’d recommend giving the game a try, though. If you really like the first part, you’ll probably like the following parts, too.
Looking at all those non-chinese bl things I’ve seen over the years Yami no Kodou (also known as Genwaku no Kodou) is probably the one that impressed me the most. It’s a japanese manga series that has been serialized since the 90s (and you’re able to see that) with a plot that is just so rich that I reread the whole thing as soon as I caught up with the translations. Seriously, I still feel like I’m reeling from withdrawal symptoms 😁
What is it about?
So, there’s this guy, Kouichi Amano, that lives with his single-mom who’s a novelist, his clingy younger brother Jun and his grandmother that seems like the only normal person around him. He himself doesn’t seem that strange either if you don’t look at the fact that he’s been having some strange dreams.
Very soon, that changes completely. He somehow gets caught up with Touya Kazuomi (our male lead) and Jun’s friend Kamio and the four clans they are part of. Those clans aren’t really on friendly terms with Amano’s family and it doesn’t help that they’re seeing some signs of impending doom that somehow seem to be related to him.
Between the struggle with the clans, the slowly growing feelings between him and Touya, and some tantrums his little brother his throwing, those two somehow find out that they’re, in fact, the reincarnations of some people from another world. Unfortunately, those guys left them a real mess behind that they have to solve now. Naturally, they can’t tell anyone and it doesn’t help that more trouble seems to be coming at them at every corner.
My thoughts about the series
Well, I’ve already said it: I really love this series! The plot and the backstory are so rich that it can get pretty confusing at first but it managed to draw me further in with every chapter. As of now, there are 27 volumes (the scanlations are at this volume, too) and I haven’t been bored even once.
Actually, the series seems to get better with every new volume and that in more than one way. I’ve already said at the beginning that you can see that the series is fairly old. If you compare the later volumes with the earlier ones you’ll see a big difference between the art. I was completely shocked when I started rereading because I hadn’t expected this 😅
The content, too, does get even better later on, imo. The first few volumes have a lot to do with the four families and are more or less a set-up for the later part of the story. There are big surprises and reversals I wouldn’t have expected and some things I was pretty sure would happen but that I’ve been looking forward to.
And (and this might be the most important thing 😁) there are lots of hot guys running around and they also seem to get more in the later volumes! 😁 All of those character are pretty diverse, too, so it’s really fun to read about them. One of my favorites (despite the protagonist and the male lead, of course 😜) is Shana, by the way. Ah, I just love long hair 😍
Anyway, if you love bl with lots of hot guys that somehow all fall in love with the same person (because, well, how couldn’t they?) and a deep plot, then you’ll love Yami no Kodou just as much as I do! If you’re a little put off by the art at first, don’t worry about it. After a few chapters, you won’t even notice it anymore thanks to everything else that is just great about this series 😉
If you think this is exactly the type of story you’d like to read, then have a look at bamboo feathers live journal site for the information about the scanlation.