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Majikoi S Preliminary Impressions

<@Raze> OH GAWD

Yeah. That was my reaction when I saw Benkei in the game for the first time.
It’s been a week and a half since this delectable offering from Minatosoft came out, but I’ve only had the time to complete three heroine routes so far (Tsubame, Kokoro, and Margitte). I figured I’d still write about my impressions of this visual novel so far for those of you who’re interested.
Like its prequel (Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai, which was god-tier and is being translated into English by the good folks over at Yandere Translations), Majikoi S‘s main appeal comes from its wacky yet likable characters. All the characters from the original game return, the main heroines get extra sex after routes, some side heroines have been promoted to full heroine status, and a host of new characters join the party (such as the aforementioned Benkei, Yoshitsune, Mon-sama etc.). Despite the huge cast, each individual character stands out through their unique quirks and characteristics, and they all interact in ingeniously hilarious ways. The characters are also voiced by A-list voice actors/actresses (Asakawa Yuu, Itou Shizuka, Satou Rina, Fukuyama Jun, and Wakamoto Norio to name a few), which makes the playing experience all the more enjoyable.
The jokes just keep coming (in the main parts of the routes, that is; it’s just H-scene after H-scene once you get together with a heroine), and they’re all really good. The game also makes a lot of references, one of the more delightful ones being how Yoichi, a new character and delusional young man, often remarks that the organization is after him…
The game’s focus on the appeal of its characters and humor unfortunately means there really isn’t much of a plot (at least, not yet), but, y’know, you’re kinda doing it wrong if you’re playing Majikoi S for the plot.
Art-wise… wagi (the artist) is a god. I’ll let the following random screenshots speak for themselves.
Tsubame Matsunaga
(1) (2) (3 NSFW) (4 NSFW) (5 NSFW)
Kokoro Fushikawa
(1) (2 NSFW) (3 NSFW)
Margitte Eberbach
(1 Kinda NSFW) (2 NSFW) (3 NSFW)
As for the H-scenes, I was going to comment on how they seemed shorter than the marathons in the original game… until they threw that ridiculously long one at me where Kokoro and Yamato went at it all night. Not that the H-scenes were bad or anything (on the contrary, they had god-tier art and fantastic voice acting), but a couple of them did drag on for a bit.
They composed a new soundtrack for Majikoi S, and although it’s not bad at all, I do remember liking the soundtrack in the prequel a lot more. It would’ve been nice if they’d brought some of the original themes back for nostalgia’s sake.
In short, Majikoi S has great quirky characters, art and CG to die for, A-list voice acting, great jokes and references, and saga-length H-scenes where the girls you’ve come to love are given good tastings of the legendary Yamato Cannon™. What’s not to like?

60 Thoughts on “Majikoi S Preliminary Impressions

  1. Logeres on February 7, 2012 at 11:52 am said:

    I played only the Tsubame route, and found myself kinda disappointed. Sure, the jokes are still pretty good and the characters likeable, but I have no idea why it was called the Tsubame route, when both Tsubame and by extension Yamato are more side characters than anything else. Not to mention that the ending came kind out of nowhere.
    “Blahblahblah, *terrible secret*, wanna go out?”
    “*Go out with her/Say no and still go out with her*”
    And all that comes after that is two extremely short ending parts, that either end with Tsubame either being Yamato’s bitch or, well, nothing.

  2. i remember playing the old one, and the supporting chara now act as main chara ? wow
    can’t wait to play Kokoro’s and Tsubame’s 😀
    only 3 new heroines to play eh ? or there’s still more to come ?

  3. Logeres on February 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm said:

    Five new heroines, if I recall right. Tsubame, Kokoro, Margitte, Monshiro (Hideo and Ageha’s little sister) and Tatsuko. Plus a random arrangement of small routes that are basically just sexszenes stuck together with a bit of plot.

  4. Ninjabeard on February 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm said:

    Waiting for the translation because I’ve heard alot of good things about it, liked the characters alot in the anime but it was pure crap after the first episode

  5. @ Logeres
    >I have no idea why it was called the Tsubame route, when both Tsubame and by extension Yamato are more side characters than anything else.
    You lost me here; are we playing the same game? You can’t possibly call Tsubame a side character when the entire plot was focused on her in her route. If anything, the Kazama family, which was always in the forefront in the original game, took the back seat in her route.
    I do agree that final decision point after the climax was pretty lame though. It would’ve been a lot sweeter if [spoiler]Yamato didn’t go after her right after rejecting her, which would allow for a little more plot where Tsubame works to regain Yamato’s trust. I wasn’t too happy that Tsubame just had everything served to her on a silver platter after all that betrayal.[/spoiler]
    Doesn’t stop Tsubame from being very, very delicious, though. >_<

  6. Tsubame picture number 2 looks kinda like Kawakami Momoko, are you sure you didn’t mix them up?

  7. Logeres on February 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm said:

    What I meant is that the route doesn’t focus much on Tsubames character. Sure, we see her actions, but only in the last hour or so do we learn what she made of Yamato or what she herself did.
    Maybe it’s because most VNs concentrate more on the backstory of the heroine rather than what happens right now to her, but I get the feeling that we didn’t really got to know Tsubame much. I thought her route would focus on her obsession with her family honor, or her relationship with her father, but for the most part it is so uncommitted that it could’ve been a part of Momoyo’s route, or even the common route. In a way, it reminded of Mayuri’s route in Flyable Heart, which also had the heroine and the main character only really start to interact with each other in the last part of her route.
    Your idea for the ending is pretty cool. For one thing, it would’ve lead to a much more interesting dynamic between the two. In the original, it just went straight from “Barely know each other” to “Lovey-dovey”.

  8. trusttt on February 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm said:

    So, i was wandering if the first majikoi was worth playing, is it?

  9. Ninnin on February 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm said:

    Wait I thought seiyuus don’t voice eroge? Didn’t the A-list seiyuus voice the anime characters only?

  10. Progeusz on February 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm said:

    English version ETA?

  11. Logeres on February 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm said:

    It’s a great comedy, with funny characters and pretty much every famous voice in the industry. As long as you don’t mind the actual story being a bit shallow, yeah, it’s definitely worth your time.
    A-list anime voice actors have been making appearances in eroges under aliases for the last decade or so. It’s mostly side characters though, and definitely not to the mind-boggling extent Majikoi does it. Most of the time, the main heroines are still voiced by eroge voice actresses.
    For Majikoi S? None. For Majikoi itself, check out Yandere Translations, if you haven’t already.

  12. Explodinglemons on February 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm said:

    Ya Fukuyama Jun (the voice actor of Lelouch in Code Geass) voice Maou in G-Senjou no Maou. Which is a god tier VN in its own right (At least the main route was, the side routes were good, but oh so lacking in comparison to the main route).

  13. I played the routes of Majikoi that Yandere has currently translated (omg why is Miyako last ;-;) and enjoyed every moment of it. I would love to play Majikoi S, but will have to wait for a translation, or learn to read Japanese, which I probably will, at some point. This is one of those rare cases where I would be more than content with just “more of the same”.
    A shame the anime was such a pos by comparisson, although I was happy they had the same seiyuu (I watched the anime before playing the game).

  14. Screw it, I’m learning japanese…

  15. Ninnin on February 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm said:

    Wow I learned something new today. Looks like in Majikoi one of the main heroines is voiced by Itou Shizuka. I’m a huge Hinagiku fan and that just blew my mind.

  16. O.o Benkei <3 Daaamn. She's a worthy rival of Miyako and Mayucchi. Tsubame is rival status too. Glad to see Kokoro finally getting the Yamato Magnum. I was always hoping for that to happen in the first one.

  17. i wonder if there is a version without pixelization it looks kinda lame for me.
    P.S. and yep, learning Japanese too 🙂

  18. Logeres on February 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm said:

    Aye, Chris is voiced by Itou Shizuka. Her character is even pretty similar, a tsundere sword-wielder. The only difference is that she’s japanese-obsessed… and not very smart.
    Better yet, her route is already translated. Check the game out, by all means.

  19. animebaka on February 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm said:

    Raze, where u buy these eroges? i recall u got aiyoku no eustia. where’d u get that?

  20. @ Huh: Kokoro getting the “Yamato Magnum” is kind of implied in Majikoi if you become her butler in the Mayucchi route. But I do agree it would be nice to have it be an explicit part of the story. I love the part in the Momoyo route where they capture her and upload a video of her getting spanked by Yamato. One of the rare parts where the anime overlaps with the game as well.

  21. trusttt on February 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm said:

    Thanks for your reply, i’ll play it then 😉

  22. Sporked on February 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm said:

    @Bob the de-pixelisation isn’t likely unless it gets a western license…Japanese censorship laws and all that. That said, Raze are you just gonna tease us poor people who are still learning to read kanji with tittilating (hurhurhur tittilating) chinese cartoon style porn or would you volounteer to be everyones Big Fucking Hero™ and try to tl this? :3

  23. Progeusz on February 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm said:

    @Logeres, so it will be faster if I try to possess the ancient knowledge of Moon Runes?

  24. of course i love it too. but i still have to copy it from my friend, and i haven’t got it yet D:

  25. Logeres on February 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm said:

    If you want to play Majikoi S that badly, you’ll probably have a working knowledge of Japanese before Takajun and Yandere Translations gets to around to translating it, unless UTW actually does start translating VNs. I wouldn’t count on it though… so yeah, good luck, I guess :p
    If you already know a bit Japanese, and only need help deciphering kana and/or kanji, check out the Translation Aggregator and the Interactive Text Hooker, with mecab and the edict dictionary installed. If don’t know any japanese or just can’t be bothered… well, you can also try the various automatic translations that TA offers, though I can’t guarantee that it spits out anything but gibberish.

  26. @Logeres
    Takajun doesn’t plan to continue onwards to Majikoi S currently, so unless he says otherwise one shouldn’t think that he will ever get around to it. A quote from Takajun’s impressions of the trial. “(Before anyone asks, there is no plan for me to translate the game in the future.)”

  27. @Black Rainbow
    Yeah, I actually just finished Mayucchi’s route in Majikoi and so far, it’s my fav xD Loved Kokoro in the Kawakami War. Now I’m just waiting for Miyako and Wanko’s route to be tl’d and I’ll have beaten the game.
    I heard there are some side routes involving Umeko-sensei and that girl that hangs with the loli but I’ll focus on the heroines for now.

  28. Fushikawa Kokoro <3

  29. EcchiSkecchi on February 8, 2012 at 4:24 am said:

    >Tsubame Matsunaga (5 NSFW)

  30. @Sporked
    Raze is a workingfag, so he doesn’t have time to spend on translating vn’s, he barely has enough time to play them!

  31. sleepy920 on February 8, 2012 at 10:18 am said:

    Raze is already doing a vn translation of “Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code”. So with that I highly doubt he wants to work on 2 vn at the same time.

  32. Indekkusutaku on February 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm said:

    Well Raze gets no choice, if Satou Rina voices someone then the game must immediately be translated for all to enjoy regardless of an prior engagements, including but not limited to, eating breathing and sleeping.

  33. After finishing the TRUE route for this game, I’m asking why there’s no route for Benkei T_T. I liked her so much more than Tsubame.

  34. You are making me jealous since I can’t read Japanese.
    Please post the HCG collection at least.

  35. Sporked on February 9, 2012 at 2:34 am said:

    Maybe I should wish my cerebal palsy on him, that way (once he gets past the emo ‘I’m trapped in my room my life is over’ stage) he can become a VN translating machine! Also good to know he’s working on melty blood as I r Type-moonfag tbh.

  36. SeriouslyLoveMe on February 9, 2012 at 3:35 am said:

    Can we expect a translation for Majikoi S as well? ;D

  37. Leon-Gun on February 9, 2012 at 5:40 am said:

    Not from the current translator. Perhaps someone else will take the project but the one doing Majikoi atm said he wouldn’t be doing it.

  38. @anon
    The HCG for this would be a hardcore HCG. 48 H scenes, possibly more if they decide to release patches.

  39. wtf, where is that thumbs up/like button? ;O

  40. Other than Tsubame, Benkei is the only ‘new’ character that gets a sex scene, she’s just that sexy! 🙂 *loves Nami Kurokawa*
    I gotta admit I don’t really like Yamato that much, he’s too much of a sadist for me. He only seems interested in humiliating and dominating his ‘partner’.

  41. @Maven
    You forgot about Monshiro

  42. Sporked on February 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm said:

    On a predecessorish note, Yandere are looking like they are gonna be releasing a Wanko patch Soon™. Been looking forward to this one a bit more than Miyako’s tbh given my favourite chars are Wanko, Miyako and Mayucchi in that order. Heres hoping for some epic boys-are-icky-tennen-deluxe comedy/action :3

  43. I have to agree.
    Especially the way he’s treating Christiane Friedrich.
    Makes me want to give him a facepalm.
    If only I were her boyfriend…

  44. I cant seem to find the mirrors for this one on the yandere site so i can download that with the patch in order to play it.
    Does anyone have a link to it?

  45. So i’ve been looking around online, and i havent managed to find a site that isnt completely sold out.. Anyone know of a site that still has stock?
    If not, then how long does it generally take for the regular edition to be released after the first press?

  46. Kuki Ageha appear in “They Are My Noble Masters” too, why is that, google does not help much, anyone care to elaborate…

  47. so as of yet there is no patch released for this visual novel?

  48. Majifan on February 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm said:

    My advice will be don’t start majikoi S unless you are aiming for the new main heroines, even though u do only aim for the new heroines i will still not recommend u start majikoi S that is coz u miss the whole big half of it ~

  49. Leon-Gun on February 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm said:

    @Andy: That’s because both Visual Novels are part of the same “universe”. In fact, in several parts of Majikoi characters from Kimiaru (even the protagonist from said VN) will have cameos and the other city the characters from Majikoi always visit is the city where Kimiaru took place. As far as I know, however, only Kuki Ageha has a large role in Majikoi, mostly because she’s Momoyo’s rival.

  50. If u can’y read japanese yet, why not try AGTH translator..
    Is there anyone took a liking to Yoshitsune?? I will kill them :3
    But there’s no route for her >.<

  51. @Tokido
    You can have Yoshitsune, but Benkei is mine XD
    Lack of a route for Benkei was also disappointing, but at least she had one H-scene. And the stuff before that scene was pretty decent ^^

  52. I thought Itagaki Tatsuko was also one of the new heroines? Haven’t seen her mentioned anywhere in the comments here… is she that boring?
    Also, I was just looking at the official website. Is it just me, or are there infinitely more characters with outrageous hair in this game when compared with the prequel?

  53. Do you have any working links where I can DDL the first majikoi game.. Even torrent will do.. Please tell me.. 🙂

  54. caselogic on February 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm said:

    i just had a wank to the pics, thanks guys

  55. has this been translated yet??

  56. For those interested, I just posted an impression for this on my blog. Lots of CGs for you guys to enjoy ^^.

  57. The more I hear about this game, the higher my expectations get. This seems more like the kind of VN my friend would like but a harem-seeming game that’s not really a harem game sounds interesting indeed. Besides, the likability of the characters is definitely among my top 3 priorities.
    Are you sure those female VA you listed are right? I know they did the anime version (which I will never watch) but the game version had different VA. Since this sequel game also have H-scenes, I doubt the anime VAs would do it.

  58. @Zet: those seiyuus are indeed correct. The anime actually has a mostly identical cast from what I remember. Except for Miyako I am at least sure of the main heroines, but I also think pretty much every other (major) character was the same in the anime.

  59. nerochaos on March 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm said:

    Torrent for the first game (i think)
    Also is anyone else having problems with the Majikoi S webtrial?
    Im getting an d3dx9.dll error. Is it a DX error? or something else

  60. I dislike the crunert Header. The spaceship is cool, but the blurring and excessive bobbing up and down makes for an unpalatable animation. I would suggest the same ship hovering over a desert, complete with mirage distortions.

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