Hakuouki Hienroku ~ Record of Scarlet Flames【薄桜鬼 緋焔録】 has been rumored since this spring, and now finally confirmed to be released on October 7th. Too bad we won't get to play it overseas, since it's pachinko!
Popular anime and manga are made into pachinko games quite often. But it's the first try for otome game. Hakuouki does have male audience, but this is designed for otome. I wonder if ladies in Japan would appreciate this?
Official website is made by the maker Daiichi. The website is very very colorful. Bright color, flashing lights, and loud sound effect are characteristics of pachinko.
Basic Game Play
Insert a 1,000 Yen bill to get steel balls to start. Then turn the knob to adjust the strength & angle the steel ball shoots up, making it fall into the target hole at the center. When you succeed, the numbers on screen turns. On Hakuouki machines, the numbers are like this:
Numbers in Rasetsu mode:
Like a slot machine, you try to get three same numbers to get to "atari" (hit) stage and win more steel balls. In Hakuouki's case, it's triggering mini events. Besides story mode (like Kinmon Incident or Ikedaya Incident), there are individual character events, cute chibi character events, and sweet love moments too.
During the anime sequence, there will be hints telling you to shoot the steel balls to a certain direction (usually upper right), or press the button as fast as you can. Success in doing so would trigger the next event, enter better bonus modes, or hit jackpot.
The special feature of Hakuouki pachinko is, of course, Rasetsu! Seize the Ochimizu chance when it appears, fill the gauge fast enough, and enter Rasetsu time. The chance of winning doubles, and other bonus modes may unlock.
If you're visiting Japan after Oct 7th, this might be an interesting experience. Remember to bring a photo ID to prove you're old enough (above 18 and not a student) to play. Be careful! In pachinko parlor, it's easy to feed the machine enough money to buy an otome game, yet get nothing back. ;)