"When I first started Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi, I was excited to see what a different style of otome novel would have to offer me. I should state here and now that I have not played any of the other games in this series. This was my first experience with this story as well as my first play through of a visual novel on the Nintendo 3DS. About five minutes in I realized that this was going to be a very in-depth story that would demand my full attention. That is something that very few activities actually manage to get, so I couldn’t wait to see how things would play out. Would I devote my full attention and be in love with one of the characters soon, or would I find the game lacking?"