I’ve had this post in my drafts for over a month. Oops! Anyway. These are my thoughts on Future Blessings as a whole. Like all of my video game posts, it’s not a review, just a record of some of my reactions. 😁
I’ve included all of the White Rose After Story thoughts I have in this post, as well as those on Finis’ extra story. I’ll share thoughts about other aspects of the game in a different post.
This post contains spoilers for Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ so… don’t read it if you plan to play it!!
So, by the end of Code: Realize ~Guardian Of Rebirth~, I was having problems maintaining
Vampire Hunter Daddy Van Helsing as my favorite. Not because I don’t adore him, but because Saint-Germain ended up pushing my buttons way too much, and then in Future Blessings he pulls shit like this on you:
Ironically, the one thing about Van Helsing that sometimes annoys me (very little) is his tortured angstiness. Like, PLEASE will you let yourself be happy. Saint-Germain is even more angsty, but… he’s so pretty?! I mean…
Like, it’s okay. You can be angsty. You can be whatever the hell you want.
I really enjoyed his entire White Rose After Story. You don’t get choices in these routes. They were still lovely.
As you can imagine, I played Van Helsing’s route first. Unfortunately, I was feeling unwell when I did –both physically and emotionally– and could not even be bothered to take screencaps. So I have no record of that, other than I absolutely LOVED it. Also, there are some
slightly annoying aspects of Van Helsing’s personality that remind me a lot of Christopher. Maybe that’s also why he’s my favorite. Lol. 🤔
After Van Helsing and Saint-Germain’s routes, I played Impey’s. I had very high expectations for it… in the end, for me, it was just okay. I think after the other two, anything else was going to be a letdown, if only slightly. 😅
The art, regardless, was beautiful:
I felt there were less moments of Impey being genuinely flustered in this route, and his shy, flustered moments contrasting with his goofy confidence are why he was my second favorite in Guardian Of Rebirth. I found less of that here.
On a different note, I’ve made peace with every visual novel I play being riddled with bugs and typos, so now, stuff like this mostly makes me laugh:
Here are a few more favorite CGs from Impey’s route. I was sad that I really disliked the very last one, the heroine looks SO dumb in it, her mouth is too big, I don’t know. I didn’t include it here, but these three were lovely:
I really liked how the heroine changes just a little depending on who she ends up with. I certainly cannot see her bonking any of the other LIs over the head with a book. 😅
Lupin’s route was cute, I’m not a massive Lupin fan, I think he’s okay. Not like with Victor (whom I feel bad for but can’t stand, his routes bore me to death). This whole little sequence though, was HILARIOUS, particularly this part:
It was also quite nice how his route gave more info on the heroine’s past –or rather, the past of the girl the heroine was based upon. I really like Finis, so CGs like this were lovely to see:
And that is all I have to share on the White Rose After Stories.
If there was something that completely broke my heart about Guardian Of Rebirth, it was Finis. I really thought I’d get to save him. One of the most gutting moments of the game was not just his death, but his utter hateful and tearful rejection of the heroine and her attempt to save his life and to love him. For me, that cut very deeply.
So, I found his route, even just as a “could have been” story, extremely satisfactory in every way. Nothing felt forced, and the pacing was excellent.
When you think of Finis, and the relationship he and the heroine have at the end of this route, it takes a lot to get there, and the writers handled that very well, so that incredibly adorable scenes like these felt right, and not contrived in any way (at least, not to me):
It’s still a little sad to know that it’s not a canon story, and only a “might have been”. Then again, that is true for all routes other than Lupin’s… 🤔 so maybe I’m looking at it the wrong way.
I have one more post to write about Future Blessings, so hopefully I get around to doing that soon.