KIMONOS ON MONDAY (Week #39): What would it be like to go on a date with Mariko Shinoda?
Imagine being on a date with the glamorous Mariko Shinoda!
What would it be like to be on a date with the lovely Mariko Shinoda, or any of the ladies of AKB48? You may want to try the Playstation 3 or Vita game AKB 1/149 dating simulation game. This RPG game gives fans a chance to go on “virtual dates” with their favorite idols – or any of them in AKB SKE or NMB groups. I have never played one of these dating games, and I do not have a Japanese Playstation, so I guess I never will. However, I am very glad that I found this video which features the lovely Mariko Shinoda in a lovely kimono! She is so elegant, so polite, and so ravishingly beautiful in these gameplay moments!
I always loved Mariko Shinoda when she was with AKB48. She was so stylish, and so graceful. Her dancing was great, and she always made it look so effortless. (She was notable for being able to learn the dance moves faster than the other members.) I do think it unfortunate that she has decided to forgo a singing career however. She was a good comedian too.
I love this clip. It really captures what a wonderful person she must really be. She is beautiful, but she is also a woman of very strong character. She is so well spoken and so well mannered. (Mariko graduated. That means some lucky
bastard guy out there gets to see this for real right now.)
You will need a Japanese Playstation Network account to play the game. So that lets me out, darn it … I have however seen the gameplay for these dating simulation games on YouTube. Your RPG character has options to take on particular interactions. You need to make the proper selection, and choose the right thing to say and do at selected points. You either win the Idol over or you don’t.
If you come on too strong, she will think you are a pervert and reject you … if you are not aggressive enough she will think you are a spineless wimp and reject you. Sound familiar, gentlemen?
The AKB48 dating games on the PS3 have video in them. I think I might actually prefer the older PSP handheld games, which did not have video, but which used still photos instead. The stills — I think were cuter … and probably safer … especially for an old man. The PS3 videos look so realistic that it would be easy for one to become delusional, and think that the ladies are really there. (I mean even more delusional, than I already am.) With the stills, you remember you are playing a game. I’m also thinking with all the text, it would be a great way to learn the Japanese language.
Here is some “the making of” the video game which shows the outfits that Shinoda-san wears in the game.
She is stunning even in the deleted scenes!!!
Unfortunately, the gameplay does not show Mariko’s full kimono, although there is a brief, full view in the “making of” video above. I Googled these photos for a better look. Enjoy.
Starlight: Mariko graduated the year that this game came out (2013).
on February 9, 2015