Many thanks to Reveris for scanning the Hana Awase information in the February edition of B's LOG. We've translated the segment of the interview related to Himeutsugi-hen, which is set to release sometime in 2013.
——As the next continuation from “Mizuchi-hen”, what kind of content does “Himeutsugi-hen” have?
Gekka: In the story of “Himeutsugi-hen”, it so happens/develops that the heroine becomes Himeutsugi’s partner. Similarly to in “Mizuchi-hen”, the heroine becomes bound to Himeutsugi, but Iroha, Mizuchi, and Karakurenai of the five brights can be approached and each have their own endings.
——Are there connections to “Mizuchi-hen”?
That the heroine is chosen by the onifuda and comes to Kaen are the same, but in order to set up that “the onifuda’s chosen partner is Himeutsugi”, the story after that is entirely different. However, characters who were introduced in “Mizuchi-hen” all exist in this same time axis; all of Kaen’s students and other sub-characters will also appear in “Himeutsugi-hen”. They’ll be in a different position from “Mizuchi-hen”, but there will be connections. Please pay attention to those differences.
——So that means that when becoming Himeutsugi’s partner, the heroine will become a member of the Gekkougumi?
Yes. I believe that the Gekkougumi, with Himeutsugi at their core, has a different atmosphere compared to the Koukokugumi. While a few characters who were touched on in “Mizuchi-hen” are here, they will not be as deeply connected with this story. There will also be new characters, so please enjoy it by all means.
——Please tell us about the progression of “Himeutsugi-hen”.
In order to serve both her roles as the senki-kohou and as a minamo, I believe that the heroine endeavors towards kasen similarly to in “Mizuchi-hen”. After the common route, Himeutsugi’s main route and Iroha, Mizuchi, and Karakurenai’s individual routes will exist. There will also be kasen battles inside the story.
——Will our impression of Himeutsugi change?
In “Himeutsugi-hen”, his basic foundation won’t change, but for the sake of digging deeper into his personal story, I believe there will be a different impression of him compared to how he is in “Mizuchi-hen”. I think that his temperament can be grasped from “Mizuchi-hen”, so certainly the games can be enjoyed alongside each other. Also, “family” is one keyword in “Himeutsugi-hen”.
——“Family”, you say?
I think that the word “family” has various implications to it. Please, play it while receiving those feelings and happiness.
(TL NOTE: the kanji used here is 家, which can mean family, home, lineage, etc… So it really has many implications)
——What will become of the love?
“Hana Awase” is written with a concept of a “sweet, relentless, and painful love”. We are diligently working towards the goal of producing content that is in accordance with everyone’s hopes.
——In “Mizuchi-hen” there were a lot of hidden mysteries, will these mysteries be revealed from now on?
While playing “Mizuchi-hen”, I believe that there were some points where unease was not yet put to rest for the players. If you continue to play “Hana Awase” hereafter while bearing in mind the characters’ conversations and actions during such points in “Mizuchi-hen”, I think you will derive more enjoyment from the world. That is to say, the mysteries will not be left like that. Please rest assured.