Mils Clea, the world's most prestigious Magic School, where people of all Elements study to become Magicians. Our heroine, Lulu, is just transferring in due to Unfortunate Accidents (including explosions) at her old school. It turns out that she has no Element, and if she doesn't become one by her 16th birthday, she'll get her magic sealed! And so begins her hectic 6 month adventure.
Wand of Fortune
Age Rating: CERO B / 12+
Date of Release: June 25, 2009 (PS2), June 10, 2010 (PSP)
Voice Cast: Sakurai Takahiro, Suzuki Chihiro, Kakihara Tetsuya, Takahashi Hiroki, Irino Miyu, Suzumura Kenichi
Yes, 6 months. Each with 4 weeks of 7 days each. You have two turns every weekday to up your stats (only available for the first turn), study with someone to up Lulu's affinity with their Element, talk to them to up their affection, or just skip. Saturdays let you decide what to do on Sunday and use items. Sundays give you two turns to talk to people, go to the shop and get items, or ask Valrohona what people think of you. Or, if you chose a mission the day before, you'll do that with the 2 guys involved. These missions give you a chance to raise your Elemental affinity and affection by a larger amount than normal turns, and you can also get items.
There's also a mini-game called Better Card that you can play by speaking to Matthew in the dorm during the evenings. Each player has 6 points, and playing a better card than your opponent makes them lose one. Whoever still has points at the end wins. It also has rewards in the form of Liar Cards, which have each character say something that they normally wouldn't. You get one every 3 wins, for a total of 5 per character. Once you get all 30, you get an item that will make it easier to get items from the shop.
Onto the characters! Julius is a sweetheart and Sakurai Takahiro does a great job, which you will appreciate unless you're coming straight from BWS. Noel is precious, unlucky, and teeth-rottingly sweet. Takahashi Hiroki as Bilal is good, though personally I had trouble with all of the katakana. Nevertheless, his ability to make you want to chuck your panties at him is nothing to scoff at. I can't write a blurb about Kakki's Lagi because I am far too biased but tsundragon. Miyu as Est is an angel. An icy, tsuntsun, angel. You WILL want to punch SukuKen in the face for Alvaro. There's no way around it. Alvaro is a dick and it is completely normal to love-hate him.
LULU. I am terribly biased because I adore her (enough to name my cat after her) but she's loved by most players anyway! She actually has ranked more than a few times near the top of various character polls, and higher than like half of the guys once. You will either want to marry her or adopt her. She's a sweet girl, if a bit book dumb (but that's why you have to raise her stats), and is the kind of person who is genuinely nice to everyone in the class and it's hard to dislike her. She does make some dumb choices, but Alvaro is a dick so you can't really blame her.
The supporting characters are also mostly nice. The Groupies are far more bark than bite, and they're fond of Lulu in their own way. Ami has an ending! Yes, you might not know this! She is adorable and Lulu's wife. You can also go for Elbert, who also has an ending. And the twin teachers are both amazing.
The lead-up to the individual routes is long the first time. After that, it gets easier to skip, or just dope up your stats at the beginning and go to the bare minimum of classes, but it's still around 300 turns. Another often complaint is that the endings aren't super romantic. Luckily the fandisk made up for it.
There isn't any specific playing order to the routes, but Est and Alvaro's routes are heavier drama-wise, so a lot of people leave them for last. You could also just ignore the guys for the most part and get the canon Normal ending.
8.5 IN MY HEART IT IS INFINITY/10 but it is also my favourite ever, so I'm biased! The length, forgettable music, and the surprisingly low amount of romance are all points against it, but it IS the first game in the series. Wand of Fortune 2 is where it gets real.
All in all, Wand of Fortune is a cute game with charming characters that deserves far more love than it gets.