Sunday, May 27, 2012

I don't know about you, but I've always wanted to play a game called St. John's Wort

In this recent article about Level-5's Guild 02 over at, that site's proprietor mentions that one of this 3DS-based release's contributors (like its soon-to-be-released predecessor, Guild 02 will be a compilation of sorts) previously worked on an old Super Famicom "sound novel" called Otogirisō--or St. John's Wort, in English.

Thanks to my love of the Mystery Dungeon series--Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon, Shiren the Wanderer and Torneko: The Last Hope, especially--I'm always up for a ChunSoft-made game.

As such, I followed's link to Otogirisō's Wikipedia page, which describes the 1992 title thusly (and, yes, I do believe this is the first time I've ever used the word thusly on this blog):

"Kohei and his girlfriend Nami were on the midway when their car got accidentally hit by a tree felled by lighting. After that main characters got stuck in a forest in the middle of nowhere. They decided to spend the night in a large deserted western-style mansion nearby."

Aside: It took nearly all of my willpower to not fix the many spelling and grammatical errors in the paragraph above.

Anyway, despite the rather, um, quaint nature of the aforementioned description, I'm finding myself intrigued by this so-called sound novel. In part that's because it takes place in and around a deserted mansion (I've always been a sucker for such settings) and in part it's because of Otogirisō's ominous box art (right), which seems to include a depiction of said mansion.

Unfortunately, there's no reason for me to add this game to my ever-growing (much to the chagrin of my husband) collection, as I neither know Japanese nor own a Super Famicom. Thankfully, I've been able to experience a bit of it by watching the segmented playthrough--it's broken up into 22 parts--that YouTube user reinofheart uploaded a few years ago. (Watch part one here.)

I don't suppose any of you have played Otogirisō--or are interested in playing it now that you've read this post?


Viewtiful_Justin said...

Count me out. But I might take a peep at that playthrough!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Count you out of what -- of always having wanted to play through a game called St. John's Wort? If so: Ha!

The playthrough's pretty interesting, by the way -- or at least I think so. A bit long, of course, but what can you do?

Unknown said...

Count me in to any game called Saint John's Wort! Maybe I'll check out a rom sometime, or take a look at those playthrough videos.

Did you see there's a film based on it, too? Looks like it's available in English so that might be worth searching out for those who can't/don't want to invest time into the game:

Bryan Ochalla said...

Anne: You should play this one, since you can understand Japanese and all. Ugh, I really need to try to learn the language at some point...

I did know about the film, BTW. Someone told me about it on Twitter the other day. Anyway, I'll have to give it a look.