This is a repost of an post I had on my old otome game blog before I merged it with my tumblr. It was originally posted in December of 2012, so please keep that in mind.
So it’s probably appropriate that I post about the guy whose name I got this new domain name from. …beware, this post will be quite long.
The first thing you should realize is that the first Hana Awase game is Mizuchi’s game, as Hana Awase is one of those segmented otoge franchises. As such, while you can pursue Iroha, Karakurenai and Himeutsugi, it becomes quite clear early on that Mizuchi is the “canon” love interest for this game. Going against that is the same as going against fate itself.
To explain the basics of the game: Mikoto, our heroine, transfers to the fancy Kaen Gakuen after she is “chosen” by the onifuda. She soon learns that the people of this school play a card game—hana awase—that grants them the power to defeat these dark spirits/evil beings known as adabana. It’s the top five ranked guys (known as the goukou or “five brights/five lights”) who are able to play hana awase and they draw their power from their minamo, pure virgin girls who form a sort of harem around their guy. Mikoto has been chosen because she is possibly a senki—a minamo with so much power that she can power up one of the goukou alone. She gets thrown right into things and this being Mizuchi’s game, she chooses to become Mizuchi’s minamo shortly after transferring.
At some point in the story, some weeks later, some very dramatic stuff happens between Mikoto and Mizuchi and she’s then given a choice as to which of the four goukou (the last of the goukou, Utsutsu, is missing and barely mentioned) she now wants to pair with. That’s where the individual routes start.
My (spoiler-riddled) summary and impressions below~