#WeeklyGameMusic: Where the Sun Shines (Suiheisen Made Nan Mile? – Deep Blue Sky & Pure White Wings -)

#WeeklyGameMusic: New week, new music.

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With love up in the air, I had to look for something special.  And now, I’ve found it…in a obscure Japanese visual novel called Suiheisen Made Nan Mile? – Deep Blue Sky & Pure White Wings –!?  Regardless of its hentai origins, this week’s music is incredibly catchy.  I’ll forgive you if the moment you’ve played Where the Sun Shines, a lovely tune by Yasuhisa Watanabe, you started dancing.

So, forgive me for the scarce information, but this is what I can gather about Suiheisen Made Nan Mile? through a few Google searches.  The game is a regular visual novel that focuses on a simple slice-of-life of an average Japanese high school club.  You play as Sorata, an average student and a member in astronomy club.  As it turns out, the student council deems the club unworthy (which, unfortunately for the lazy club members, is a logical conclusion), forcing the members to come up with a ridiculous plan to redeem themselves: compete with the aviation club to pilot electric gliders for a world competition.  And so, their flight begins…

Unfortunately, I was not able to gather what kind of visual novel Suiheisen Made Nan Mile? is.  That is, typically, visual novels can be divided into one of the two categories: choose-your-own-adventure like Katawa Shoujo, or stat building like Long Live the Queen and Hatoful Boyfriend.  Given the (very) few reviews out there that mentions that honing in on which girl (and a guy) to date tends to be easy lends me to believe it’s the former type of game, but I can’t be too sure.  What I can confirm is that, yes, this is another erotic Japanese game (unlike Long Live the Queen and Hatoful Boyfriend), though a tame one at that.  Much like Katawa Shoujo, sex scenes are treated as an end reward rather than a pornographic journey.  Additionally, since the settings is set firmly in a non-magical world, there aren’t any tentacle monsters or other bizarre fetishes.  Lastly, replaying the game with the same starting choices actually leads to new branches in the story as well, increasing the replay value.  This does, yes, include more sex scenes.

Suiheisen Made Nan Mile? – Deep Blue Sky & Pure White Wings – was released on the Playstation Portable and PC.  It is, as far as I can tell, a Japan-only game.

Weekly Game Music: Bird’s Eye (Senko no Ronde DUO)

New week, new music.  This week’s music is a futuristic composition, Bird’s Eye, that sounds like it’s only a step away from spaghetti western.  This strange hybrid of music genre by Yasuhisa Watanabe is conveniently in a game that also combines two unlikely gameplay: Senko no Ronde DUO.

Senko no Ronde DUO describes a future where the human race now lives beyond Earth.  The Aria Federation, the space army of sorts, learns of an evil plot: someone is trying to obtain their best superweapon!  The Federation immediately commands eight mech pilots to hunt and destroy this terrorist.

Senko no Rondo DUO is a 2-player mech fighter where both characters navigate on a single plane.  Hits are dealt not through fists and feets, but through laser guns.  And LOTS of them.  Each character’s super-power practically turns them into a bullet-hell boss, switching the game from a 2-player shoot’em up to a bullet-dodging exercise.

Senko no Rondo DUO was released for Xbox 360 in Japan in 2010.  No US or European release has been made.

Weekly Game Music: Main Theme (Ni No Kuni: The Wrath of The White Witch)

New week, new music.  I’ve never expected to post any Joe Hisashi’s music — an infamous Japanese movie composer — yet here we are.  Level-5’s collaboration with the legendary animators, Studio Ghibli, is nothing short of amazing. Ni No Kuni: The Wrath of The White Witch’s Main Theme is one epic music to be remembered for ages.

Ni No Kuni begins immediately with a tragedy: 13-year-old Oliver’s mother dies while rescuing her son.  Oliver’s never-ending tears gives him a second chance, however.  His treasured doll suddenly comes to life, and reveals that Oliver could revive his mother by traveling into a magical world, the Ni No Kuni.  Oliver immediately accepts, and the duo goes treading through the new parallel universe.

Ni No Kuni is a JRPG that’s a bit like Pokemon.  Oliver and his party members can collect a few monsters to aid them in battle.  Each real-time battle takes placed in a flat arena (a lot like the Tales series), where the player can control one party member or monster, while the others are computer controlled.  Up to 3 party members and 3 monsters can be used in each battle, accounting for some hectic action.

Ni No Kuni: The Wrath of The White Witch was released on the PS3 in 2013.

Weekly Game Music: Mind Mapping (Beatmania IIDX 16: Empress)

New week, new music.  Continuing the techno trend, here’s Mind Mapping by Ryutaro Nakahata (hey, another Taro).  It comes from a popular Japanese arcade game, Beatmania IIDX 16: Empress.

Beatmania IIDX 16 EMPRESS simulates a DJ deck using 5 buttons and a disk.  Much like any rhythm game, the object is to hit the right button when the “notes” hit the bottom of the screen.  The arcade was released in 2008 in Japan.  It was later ported to the Playstation 2 in 2009.

Weekly Game Music: The Gensokyo The Gods Loved (Touhou: Mountain of Faith)

New week, new music.  Since I’ve already posted Cave Story before, it’s only natural that I post about another game series created by one amazing Japanese man: the Touhou project by Junya Ota.  Here’s a remix of The Gensokyo The Gods Lovedfrom Touhou: Mountain of Faith.  It’s yet another trance from the infamous zts.

Touhou: Mountain of Faith begins when Reimu Hakurei, the Hakurei shrine’s miko (Japanese shrine maiden), is informed by mysterious authority that the shrine must be closed.  Asking why, the figure claims the shrine lacks faith from its local citizens of Gensokyo.  Confused, Reimu informs her magician friend, Marisa Kirisame, addressing the terrible consequences of closing the shrine.  Marisa, noting that something smells fishy, convinces Reimu to investigate on this authority.

Touhou: Mountain of Faith is a top-down shooter, much like the old arcades.  Unlike those arcades, however, ships and aliens are replaced with magical girls, fairies, gods and Japanese monsters.  Most important, however, is how this series defines the aptly-named sub-genre, bullet hell.  The game literally tests your pattern recognition of screens and screens of lasers.

Touhou: Mountain of Faith was released on the PC in 2007.

Weekly Game Music: Caravan for 2 Pianos (Flyable Heart)

New week, new music.  I know I’m a week late, but forgive me on this one: I was moving.  In any case, here’s a fun piano tune, Caravan for 2 Pianos from a Japan-only erotic visual novel, Flyable Heart.  The playful composition by Ryo Mizutsuki sets the tone for this comical adventure

Flyable Heart protagonist, Syo Katsuragi, successfully transfers to a highly-prestigious high school, Ōtoriryōran Academy.  Little does he suspect that a generic Japanese harem adventure awaits him!  Upon entering, Syo is unfortunately (or fortunately) tossed into the girls dormitory, as the boys dormitory is crowded.  Even worse (or better), his roommate is a robot.  To make the best out of this unexpected (or expected) situation, he consults with the academy’s student council and Ryōran association.  Which consists mostly of girls (go figure).

As with any visual novel, Flyable Heart plays a lot like a choose-you-own adventure books.  The majority of the game is about reading through a story, occasionally interjected by a few choices one can take to veer the outcome. There isn’t much else to it, actually.

Flyable Heart was released on the PC in 2009.