Idea Factory International has officially revealed that they will be bringing Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms to North America and Europe. This visual novel finishes the story that started with Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds, which we reviewed earlier. Together, the two retell the events of the original Hakuoki tale with additional scenes, characters, and routes.
— Idea Factory International (@IdeaFactoryIntl) October 18, 2017
From the official site (contains spoilers for the first title):
Chizuru Yukimura traveled from Edo to Kyoto in hopes of searching for her lost father who had mysteriously vanished. Along the way, she encountered the Shinsengumi, and spent the next four years working with them to locate her father. In 1868, the final year of the Bakumatsu Period, the Shinsengumi, with Chizuru at their side, took part in the Battle of Toba-Fushimi to decide the future of the Tokugawa Shogunate against the rising tide of Imperial Nationalism. Unfortunately, defeat for the Shinsengumi came swiftly at the hands of the Imperial Army, and they retreated back to Edo in shame.
It was a bittersweet homecoming for both Chizuru and the warriors of the Shinsengumi, as the city of Edo resembled very little of its former self, engulfed by the harrowing winds of change that were sweeping through the country. As the Shinsengumi’s survival came under threat, they were faced with a choice: discard their principles, or give up their lives. Some of them had no such choice, and they cloaked themselves in darkness to protect the Shinsengumi’s greatest secret: the Furies.
This story is about a girl who allies with the warriors of the Shinsengumi, who are struggling to uphold their faith in an era of rapid social change in Japan, and the fate of those who sought to resist that change…
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms does not have a firm release date. However, the publisher intends on having it available on Vita in the Spring of 2018. As the first half of the story is also available on PC, it is likely this will show up there as well.
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