Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Will Release in the West This Spring
Idea Factory International has announced that Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms will receive a localization, and releasing on PlayStation Vita this Spring. This is not too surprising of an announcement, as the first half of the story, Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds, released earlier this year. Edo Blossoms will release both physically or digitally.
Idea Factory offers a bit more information on Edo Blossoms‘ plot:
Chizuru Yukimura travels from Edo to Kyoto in hopes of searching for her 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 is a story 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…
As a fan of interactive storytelling, it’s been great to see visual novels rise in popularity in North America. One of the biggest success stories in the scene has been the Hakuoki series, which has seen releases on both home consoles and handhelds. Set in 1860s Japan, the visual novel allows players to date several important members of the legendary Shinsengumi. Now the series comes to PlayStation Vita via an enhanced port called Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds that promises more romance options than ever before.
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms will release on Vita in Spring 2018.