Okay, as promised, I’m gonna be talking about Snow Bound Land–it’s another otome game that will be distributed by Otomate. This game caught my eyes a couple months back when it was announced, but at that time, I was too busy to even give it another thought. Now that I have time, I’m just gonna state my impression on it and I hope you guys are excited for the game as much as I am. Game: SNOW BOUND LAND 「スノウ・バウンド・ランド」
Developer: Otomate, Idea Factory, Design Factory
Release Date: 21 November 2013
Official Website: http://www.otomate.jp/sbl/
The art style reminds me of Glass Heart Princess mixed with Moujuutsukai to Oujisama. I suppose it’s cause of the character designs (Glass Heart Princess) and the colouring and shading (Moujuutsukai to Oujisama), but I really do adore the art. I hope I will be able to pick this game up, because during my midst of translating, I found myself becoming more and more excited for the game. And I haven’t been picking up Otomate games lately, so I want to redeem myself and pick this game up, along with plenty of other otome games still on my hit list. So let’s start with the story summary that I translated. It’s not perfect, but I think you get the general gist of it.
Gerda, the heroine, lives in a small village.
Together with her childhood friend, Kai, the two spend much time with each other at a young age. They were surrounded by their favourite flowers and lived in peace.
Then one day—-
I got a hand mirror and Kai said that, ‘a wish can come true,’.
For the occasion were present.
A sickly subservient – Orva
An energetic apprentice cook – Craes
A travelling swordsman with no sense of direction – Aje
If you look into the mirror with skepticism, it will shatter, loses consciousness and be wrapped up in the light.
Then, Gerda and her companions woke up.
The mirror had shattered into pieces and disappeared without a trace.
Not knowing what happen, Gerda and her companions returned home.
However, there had been changes in each of the body—-?!
From what I can tell, it seems that this mirror caused some sort of change in their bodies (which could affect them badly or whatever), but to me, it seems that this mirror may link with Snow Bound Land, which is the title of the game. I’ll have to play the game to understand more, but that’s the general gist of the translation (which is a fail on my part, I apologise). Now, below the cut are the characters for Snow Bound Land. I’ll be giving my impression on them, so it’ll be pretty lengthy and contains my own opinion on how they might play out in the game. There’s the heroine and five chaseable bachelors, I believe. So yeah, more under the cut.
Gerda is our heroine for Snow Bound Land. Let’s talk about her character, design–I absolutely adore her design. No joke. Also, she resembles Tiana a bit from Moujuutsukai to Oujisama so she’s absolutely stunning. I could spend hours gushing over Gerda, but I really need this to stay as detailed but short as I can. Now, as to whether or not she’s as strong willed as Tiana, that’s another thing, but I honestly don’t mind if she’s not like Tiana. Tiana is a beastmaster, but I’m fairly certain Gerda is not. In fact, she might be a florist (but again, I’m not to sure with my translations) since this whole game seems to be focused on flowers. Well from my translations with her CG scene with Kai anyways haha.
Anyhow, I really think I’m going to enjoy Gerda as the main character. I’ve seen so much heroine/MC hate that I would be mad if Gerda is treated like that as well. To me, Gerda seems like a sweet girl, but she’s not timid. She seems soft spoken, but I really don’t think she’s shy. The only thing I wish is that Gerda wasn’t her name, because Moujuutsukai to Oujisama has a character of the same name. I don’t do well with characters that have the same name especially if they are somewhat similar to each other. But then again, Gerda means ‘protected/guarded’ so I suppose it fits her here. I’m thinking she’s being protected from the Snow Queen, whom I’ll get to later on.
Kai is Gerda’s childhood friend and to me; YES OSANAJIMI ROUTE!! I generally like the osanajimi route, however, some games in the past kinda deterred me away from that preference. But I think I might like Kai as an osanajimi–he’s polite, kind and a gentleman (which is my weakness). I just hope he’s not too overprotective and goes ‘YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE DONE THAT. WHAT HAVE I TOLD YOU? LISTEN TO ME’
*coughs*shinoguoomi*coughs* But, Kai seems kinda gentle and sweet, so I’m hoping my interpretation of him is right. And if I translated right, I believe he’s a botanist/florist. You can read my translations here. I’m no brilliant translator, but I suppose it’s better if you get the idea from that and plus, my translations aren’t completely off.
I do hope that Kai plays the supporting osanajimi well. I’m fine if he’s protective of Gerda, but I do not want him to be overly protective to the point of lecturing and preventing Gerda from going anywhere. That’s not the kind of childhood friend you want. I can understand that they want to keep you safe, but it’s not necessary to restrict them from entering the fray. But like I said, Kai doesn’t seem like that kind of character. My only hope is that it doesn’t backfire on me. That would totally suck. But you know what? I’m gonna play Kai’s route last when I get the game. Save the best for last or rather the main guy for last.
I’m expecting a lot of FEELS from Orva’s route, because this guy here is really ill. In fact, he’s so ill he can’t go out to garden like Kai and is pretty envious of him. So my guess is that his route is going to be about him dealing with his sickness as well as the fact that he can’t garden, because he desperately wants to and I believe he wants to garden alongside Gerda too. Orva’s the silent and soft spoken kind of guy. Apparently, it’s hard to hear what he says too, either because he’s really quiet or his speech isn’t perfect because of his illness. For his translation, go here. Like Kai, he also seems gentle and serene too, maybe that’s why he’s envious of Kai as well. Kai is healthy enough to be able to garden and Orva can’t, because he’s bedridden I believe.
I’m really am expecting a whole ton of FEELS from this route. If you have read the translation, it mentions that his body condition is not getting any better, so I’d imagine that his story will be the struggle between his health and this Snow Bound Land thing and the Snow Queen too. I’m really hoping that his bad is not going to be his death–please don’t let it be. As if feels weren’t bad enough with his supposed ‘incurable’ sickness. His route, shall be played second. I really don’t want to bawl my eyes out before Kai’s route so yeah. I do think Orva will be a good character though–I’m just expecting myself to cry during his route.
Aje is your tsundere of the game. I’ve actually cracked myself up translating him. Apparently, he’s a travelling swordsman, who lacks a sense of direction. I am SO sorry, I cannot stop laughing. I suppose a quirk like that would work with the tsundere image I portray him to have, since he can be all blushy and deny it haha. Aje, totally different from both Kai and Orva, is rough and sharp tongued, but I’m sure he means well. Just your typical tsundere–doesn’t know how to express themselves. His translation is here. I reckon his route will have a lot of funny moments, especially when you have sweet Gerda and rough Aje.
That being said, I would like to know his back story. Kai is childhood friends with Gerda and I’m sure Orva and her knew each other prior to the events of the game. That or I’m wrong, but oh well. They say he’s travelling, so I’m very curious. He reminds me a bit of Shin from AMNESIA actually, what with his red eyes and his quote has the word, 「バカ」in it, so it just reminded me too much of Shin. That would be quite a few verbal abuse ladies–though I suppose it won’t be as bad as Shin’s. Haha. Regardless, Aje’s route will be played third, only because after Orva, if I’m right with the FEELS, then I need something to lighten up my spirits haha. Plus, I really like Aje’s design too. Not gentlemanly like Kai, not elegant like Orva, but is more tough and rebellious looking. And since he’s a swordsman, he can fight, which means he’ll protect Gerda! YES!
Gosh, just look at this little cutie. I’m usually not a big fan of shotas, but dammit just look at Craes! He’s just so adorbs! And you know the bonus? He’s a chef! Well–an apprentice chef actually, but at least he can cook! I’m not entirely sure how Craes will play out in the story to be honest. I’m not sure what his role will be, but I suppose I can always look forward to it. His translation script is here. He is bright and energetic, so that adds to the cuteness overload I’ve already got from him haha.
I can’t say too much on Craes actually, but from one glance at him, I don’t think he’s human. Could just be me, but I don’t think he’s human. If he is, that’s fine, but this is my speculation. Hmm, seems like a mysterious one Craes, but you know what? I think I’m gonna enjoy his route regardless. He’s just too much of a cutie~ Craeus’ route will definitely be played first. He seems the mysterious to me, so I’m hoping his route will give me a surprise.
Now this is interesting, I believe that Ivan works for the Snow Queen, so his story will be quite an interesting one. He kind looks like Aje too, what with the red eyes and dark hair (though his is purple, while Aje’s is blue). I actually don’t know who Ivan is exactly, I don’t think he’s a butler. Perhaps the Snow Queen’s right hand man? I don’t know, but he is much more mysterious than Craes. There wasn’t a CG scene script I could translate, so he remains in the dark for now.
But looking at his design, I wouldn’t mind if he’s a chaseable bachelor and I think he IS a chaseable bachelor, just not a main one like Kai, Orva, Aje and Craes. It might end up like AMNESIA actually, where you got to play through the four guys first (Shin, Ikki, Kent, Toma), before being able to access Ukyo. It seems likely that you’ll have to play Kai’s, Orva’s, Aje’s and Craes’ routes before you can go on with Ivan’s, but I don’t know. It’s up to when the game will be released, but if he is chaseable, you bet I’ll go for his route haha.
I won’t go too much into the minor characters and I will not talk about the ‘Red World’ (赤の世界）at this point. I still haven’t translated them all yet, so let’s just go on with these two characters; the Snow Queen and Daemon.
The Snow Queen, I’ll be honest, I have NO idea if she’s the villain or not. I thought so at first, but when I realised the ‘Red World’ and thought, ‘Maaaaaaybe, she’s not the villain,’ but I have no idea. We’ll see. She is damn pretty though. Part of the reason why I thought of her as a villain is because ice destroys flowers (or according to Japanese logic anyways), so I thought that. But I’m not so sure anymore. Another reason why is because of the next minor character.
The character is most likely not affiliated with the Snow Queen, but apparently the site describes this guy as, 「いたずら」so he’s (I think it’s a he) is quite mischievous and will most likely cause trouble for Gerda and the others. That’s pretty much all I have to say on this guy. I really don’t know if he plays a major part in the story, probably not. We’ll see.
And that is my impression on Snow Bound Land thus far. Phew~ That took longer than I thought. But hey, I hoped that gave you an idea on the game and I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am. I’m done for the day so I hoped you enjoyed this long talk (if you decided to stick around anyways haha) and I will get to the ‘Red World’ another time. For now, this will suffice. Thank you~