Since the website only introduces the characters from Kazuto’s side, or the Shu faction, I decided to introduce the other armies here, starting with Toutaku’s army.
First is of course, Toutaku herself (Last name: Tou, First name: Taku, True name: Yue.). She is voiced by Kimura Ayaka, a Voice actress who’s played over 270 different eroge roles from Night Shift Nurses to Kakyuusei, Gift, and 5 different roles in Muramasa when not spending time as Negima’s Zazie Rainyday.
She is known by others as the wicked tyrant who drove the Han Dynasty to ruin… but she is actually a weak and timid person. After capitulating to Kazuto and the others for certain reasons, she becomes Kazuto’s personal maid and spends her days serving him. As thanks to Kazuto for saving her life, she wholeheartedly devotes her entire being unto him. She’s also very dependent on others and quick to fault herself.
Next is Toutaku’s most trusted childhood friend and strategist, Kaku (Last name: Ka, First name: Ku, True Name: Ei). She is voiced by the Tsundere Goddess, Aoyama Yukari, who commands an impressive arrangement of over 400 different eroge roles from Seinarukana‘s Nozomi to Chaos; Head‘s Magical Girl Sera, Canvas, Pia Carrot, Snow Sakura, and Jibril. Not to mention Sage in Tick Tack and Really Really.
Kaku is positively in love with Toutaku alone, and extremely devoted to protecting her. She excels at devising cool-headed and cold-blooded strategies, but she is also an extreme klutz utterly abandoned by the god of fortune so her tactics usually fail. That’s only the beginning, too: should she run, she trips; should she be eating her favorite snack, it will fall to the floor; and other similar misfortunes plague her everyday life. However, she fails to realize it is due to her own misfortune and lashes out at those nearby.
After Toutaku capitulates to Kazuto, Kaku becomes his personal maid as well, seeing it as the only way in which she can protect her beloved, innocent Yue from his filthy, perverted desires. She also can’t stand watching her precious Yue open up to him, nor the fact that on top of being reduced from a nation’s strategist to mere attendant she’s forced to wear a frilly frilly “Maid outfit”… whatever that term is supposed to mean.
Next up is Ryofu (Last name: Ryo, First name: Fu, True Name: Ren). She is voiced by Imuraya Honoka, To Heart 2’s very own Ilfa, as well as Elfen Lied’s Mayu. She’s also featured in Navel’s Ore Tachi ni Tsubasa ha Nai, Lass’s 11 Eyes, and even Baldr Sky.
Ryofu is heralded as the strongest warrior in all of the Three Kingdoms, and stands before Kazuto and the others as a member of Toutaku’s army. She speaks very little, and only shows just as little expression making it difficult to understand what she’s thinking. However, the truth is she’s a lonely person and likes to keep stray cats and dogs she picked up in her room.
Due to the antagonistic nature of their meeting and Ryofu’s poor communication skills she doesn’t get along very well with the other generals under Kazuto’s command at first, but they eventually open up to each other.
Last, is Chouryou (Last name: Chou, First name: Ryou, True name: Shia). She is voiced by AYA, also known as the “Hot Springs Panda”, Inagawa Yu, from the Comic Party series.
Chouryou is but one of Toutaku’s generals, and she fought to defend Hulao Pass together with Ryofu. She is a proud general who carries a strong sense of chivalry and takes pleasure in displaying her own military prowess. As she crosses blades with Kan’u, she comes to fall in love with her, and eventually joins your side to pursue that love.
Eh? What’s up with the crossing out? 😛
Hopefully, a merely temporary measure. =p
Is it bad it took me several days to get the joke? >_>
Sure would be nice to actually get those voices in the game.
I’ll be buying it. Hopefully enough others do as well to get voices.
By our powers combined, we’ll get epic seiyuu! … so like… combine them… and stuff… plz? ;w;
So hold on… I keep getting my history jumbled up, especially with the confusion between Japanese and Chinese names.
The main character’s faction is the people who traveled with Liu Bei, right? That makes this… the Han empire that eventually is led by Liu Bei (the so-called Shu Han empire)?
So we’ll be getting posts covering Eastern Wu, Cao Wei, and other factions in the coming days/weeks, I assume?
Shu Han = Kazuto’s army with Kan’u (Guan Yu), Chouun (Zhao Yun), etc.
The faction introduced here is Dong Zhuo‘s army which historically serves to put an end to the Han Dynasty and kick off the start of the Three Kingdoms Era. They aren’t considered one of the “Three Kingdoms” because they are historically defeated by an alliance formed by the Three Kingdoms to exact revenge upon the “Traitors” who ended the Han Dynasty and make a name for themselves. (The members of the Shu Han faction participated under a different name at the time.)
The war against Dong Zhuo serves as a prelude to the Three Kingdoms era and as such, serves as the starting point for the tale.
But yup, over the next month or so you’ll see more intros for the other factions: Enshou (Yuan Shao), Sougi (Cao Wei), Songo (Sun Wu), and the extras as well 😉
Ah, I see. I always forget what happens to Dong Zhou after dealing with the Eunuchs… *checks wikipedia* oh wtf!? Isn’t Lue Bu supposed to be a sympathetic character in this rendition? (And how do you shorthand a pinyin “umlaut”… what do they call it… diaeresis? Presumably not with “e”.)
I’m interested to see how a lot of the bloody betrayal plays out when projected into moedom.
Geez this sounds complicated. But in a good way. Just how many character’s are in this game? XD
There are 31
voicedcharacters in Koihime Musou. So nearly 2-3 times that of most eroge, and that doesn’t count any of the faceless mob characters or the ones only mentioned by name.
Wait those guys are voiced too? Is this one of those games where the only one who isn’t voiced is the MC?
MC, Oikawa (who only shows up in the first script and wasn’t voiced in Harukoi either), and the mob characters (faceless soldiers, attendants with no sprites, etc.) are the only ones not voiced.
=D Just wait till you see who voices those guys too!
Kayuu doesn’t even get mentioned? I know she doesn’t really have an important role or anything but still…
To be fair, she only gets a single line of mention on the original website, and her role in the story is… well, bloody. <_<;;
Even though Chousen says 「ああいうコが、歴史に残る英雄になれるんでしょうねぇ」 in the extra story in the second game… Well, even historically it’s not like she (he? whatever) did anything important anyway.
So far Yue is the most interesting Toutaku version that I know. 😀
Not that I know many though…
A good version of Dong Zhuo…very interesting to say the least. Can’t wait for the release of this game.
Ok, I’ll admit, the strikeout got a laugh from me.
I find the creator’s idea of “true name” to be quite hilarious.
Kanu: “my true name is Aisha.” I was like – WHAT! ….oh….XD XD XD
I find Ryofu’s character to be the most delicious. *sinister laugh* only problem is…what if all the generals turn back to their true self!!!!!!!! well guess thats why its fantasy moe!
On another note: 110 points for Kaku moe moe maido!!!
i almost jizzed when i saw Aoyama Yukari was voicing in KM, her voice work was fantastic in snow sakura…il get the voices for KM if it kills me
*High fives the fellow Yukari fan* I know, she’s amazing XD I love her too. Heck, she didn’t take #1 in Toranoana’s most liked eroge VA for no reason.
She’s also in Harukoi Otome as Riru as well.
yeah she was great in harukoi otomeim aswell, Im really looking forward to KM a lot more now
… I get the feeling you say that about Riru based on the OVA so perhaps I should add that hers is one of the longest routes in Harukoi? (judging from what I briefly glanced at)
yeah i was going from the OVA actually
What’s the longest route in that game?
Umi/Riru fan here. Based off of the OVAs, of course.
I wonder if I’m the only one here who recognizes Chouryou’s VA from Tokyo Underground (this series):
It wasn’t the first one to my mind, but Chelsea Rorec is without a doubt one of her other roles, yes.
Well, that comment was more of a joke at TU’s obscurity since I only know like 2 other people who saw this anime besides me.
A bit offtopic, but now that you mention Imayura Honoka and Oretsuba, has Navel or MangaGamer expressed any interest in bringing over that series? I know it’s slated to have an anime adaptation later this year, which could be a good opportunity.
I fully endorse megane on my meido!
Chouryou is one of my favorite characters in the series. I’m glad the game has more of her than the anime did. Seriously, Chouryou had obviously just fallen for Kan’u and barring a fourth season in the future, that’s where the show left off. So much wasted potential.
P.S. would MangaGamer be so kind as to post Sousou’s faction next, they are a fan-favorite for obvious reasons. Watch the 4th episode of the first season to see why.
Sousou’s my favorite too, but there’s a method to my faction order posting.
Save the best for last I suppose? ^_^
Best faction is already on the website ya know.
I don’t read Koihime until a patch with voices has released u.u
well then buy it 1st to help make sure u do get voices its what i plan to do
Not buying it = 1 fewer copy sold = that much longer until voices are restored. ಠдಠ
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Oh crap Ryofu, kaku and Chouryou seems incredibles. I would like to play their rute if thoose rutes existed.
If there was an eating contest between Ryofu, Goku of DBZ, and Sakura of Urusei Yatsura I wonder who would win