Kuzu no Honkai (2012)

They found comfort in each other, even if it’s just temporary.

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I’ve been curious about this manga for quite some time until I decided to give it a go. I just started reading this manga when it had reached chapter 42, only few chapters left until the end.

This manga tells a story about 17 years old couple Yasuraoka Hanabi and Awaya Mugi. Both of them had hopeless unrequited love for another person. Mugi loved Minagawa Akane, a young teacher and used to be his home tutor while Hanabi loved her teacher who was also her childhood friend. Hanabi was cute and Mugi was popular, both of the seemed like a perfect couple, but no one knows they were going out just to soothe their loneliness from their unrequited love. As someone who shared the same feelings, they found comfort in each other and so it led to loneliness-driven physical intimacy.

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Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan (2007)

In the midst of the darkest path of their life, they saved each other.

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I stumbled upon this manga accidentally when I was looking at Manga Rock’s editorial collection about tragic heartbreak stories. There were 5 mangas on the list and this manga was number 4. I read this manga right away and can’t stop until I reached the end. Lucky this manga only had 8 chapters so it didn’t take a lot of time to finish.

Apparently this manga is an adaptation of a novel by South Korea’s most popular female novelist, Gong Ji-young. It tells a story of a woman and a man who had tried to kill themselves several times. The woman was a famous pianist but stopped at the age of 16. On the other hand, the man was a murderer of 3 innocents people and was sentenced to death. He had such a tragic past that led him to the murders. They ended up talking to each other every Thursday at 10AM for 30 minutes. The stories they shared to each other changed them and they who once had given up to live starting to had hope again.

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Mystic Messenger (2016)

You stumbled upon a mysterious app called Mystic Messenger.

I’ve just finished all routes including two DLCs for Mystic Messenger (few months without enough sleep lol). At first, I was kinda hesitate to play since I got work to do and I don’t think I will have the time to play. But my friends keep recommending this game and after a lot thought and consideration, I decided to give it a go. I was hoping that I can play it in my spare time, but it turned out that I was addicted to this game since the first time I logged in!

Mystic Messenger is a mobile otome game developed by Cheritz, a South Korean based game developer. If you know Cheritz, apparently they are quite popular in making otome games. You can check their other games on Steam called Nameless and Dandelion. Mystic Messenger was launched in July 2016 and has grown extremely popular among girls and even some guys also play it.

I have played several otome games before and I must say that this game has unique game play as its main selling point. Unlike the other mobile otome games which just offered standard game play and stories (visual novel mode, choose path), what made this game different is you can play this game in form of chats, text messages, and calls. Even the call do have voice! Not only that, it also has visual novel mode just like any other otome games when you got deeper into the stories. There are many in-game interactions rather than just reading stories and choosing the right answer.

I might not be able to provide a walkthrough for this game since I don’t really have the time to play and make guides because of work, but I can tell you few tips and trick for the game from my experiences and what I read from the internet.

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