Visual novels are huge in Japan, but they have been presented with several challenges in bringing those novels to the West. Visual novels have not really taken hold of western audiences, but Aksys hopes to change that perception by releasing the first entry in one of the most popular visual novel franchises in Japan; Hakuoki. Hakuoki: The Stories of the Shinsengumi is an otome-style, historical fiction visual novel or a dating sim as it is more commonly known. You play as a young girl name Chizuru who travels to Kyoto in search of her father who has gone missing. When she arrives she is attacked by a group of men, but it promptly saved by a group called the Shinsengumi. The Shinsengumi bring her to their headquarters to question her, and after learning who her father is, allow her to stay with them while they look for the missing doctor.