Lets talk about this for a minute.
I’ll start by saying that of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I think a lot of people are making unfair assumptions about this game. And judging the story based on surface impressions without delving further into it and REALLY thinking about it.
Remember how when the Hunger Games first came out and everyone was like “Oh my god, it’s kids killing kids! I’m not going to let my kid read this book!” Etc but they hadn’t actually read the book to discover the message behind the premise. It wasn’t gratuitous violence or promoting school violence. But a whole hell of a lot of people thought so when they heard the premise of the book.
At first glance, it does seem like the MC has been a victim of human trafficking, and she even says something along those lines in the prologue.
But in all actuality, her being put up for auction WAS A MISTAKE. The guys carrying the Venus statue shoved her in the cage without the permission of the auction sponsors. The guys say pretty clearly that it’s against the rules of the auction to sell people without their consent.
The guys made the decision to purchase her to save her from ACTUALLY being sold as a sex slave. None of them bought her with the intent to treat her as a sex slave. By the time she’s up for auction, it’s too late to stop it because they had no idea someone was going to try to sell a person! The moment she appears on the stage is the moment the guys find out, so they have to make a snap decision to save her. Because the rules of the auction state that all sales are final. And they’re dealing with the richest, most powerful people in the world. So if she’s ACTUALLY sold, there’s nothing they can do about it.
They don’t let her go immediately after saving her because they don’t know who she might tell about the auctions. And let’s be real here: These guys ARE NOT ANGELS. They’re supposed to be BAD. That’s the point of the game: Each character is a “bad boy.”
However, they’re not EVIL. They are not going to treat MC as a sex slave. But each of them has a specific goal, and each guy realizes “Oh hey, I can blackmail MC into helping me with what I need to accomplish and then I’ll let her go.” These guys are not Prince Charmings. They’re selfish. BUT THEY NEVER INTEND TO HURT THE MC. EVER. I’m sure the “His POV” stories will shed some light on this. I have only played Eisuke’s in Japanese so far, but it backs up everything I’ve said here.
It’s about to get spoilery up in here so skip the next part if you don’t want to be spoiled by the main guys’ routes.
Remember that otome game I’ve been posting about a long time ago? It’s been pretty much hushed up, but we’re officially announcing it everywhere now!
The Guardian’s Spell is the story of an ordinary High School Girl, named Haruka Yokokawa, whose entire life suddenly takes a change… courtesy of her pet cat-who-magically-turned-into-a-boy’s unusual spell.
Finally got Shuu’s HR level card and met three new guys in the gameヽ(*≧ω≦)ﾉ Their stories begin to pile up…needa clear my back log real soon.
Your 1st White Day Sub Story is now available in My Forged Wedding for Android!
↑ Imperial brocade banner (錦の御旗), awarded to the lord of Sadowara Domain in 1868, thus supported Sadowara army throughout Boshin War. Now kept in Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History. Photo source.
That certain flag which turned the tables in Battle of Toba-Fushimi wasn’t Satsuma’s. It’s an Imperial brocade banner. Raising it is declaring, “the Emperor is on our side. Stand against this and you’ll be branded an enemy of the Emperor.”
The side raising this banner gets promoted to the government army (官軍), while the opposite automatically becomes rebel (賊軍).
That’s why the Satsuma became hyped (we’re official now!), while Shogunate side became totally discouraged. A minute before we were fending off rebels to protect this nation. The next minute we became the rebels, fighting against what we were trying to protect. What sorcery is this?
BTW, Rurouni Kenshin live-action movie started with the Battle of Toba-Fushimi. (I nearly screamed in the cinema! Shinsengumiii! Saitou Hajime!) When the Imperial brocade banner appeared, there’s deep despair on the Shinsengumi common soldier’s faces. I’m surprised that they act so well even for nameless soldiers.