Many Japanese people take pride in their home prefectures, and they have much to be proud about: each one of the country’s 47 administrative divisions has its own unique character, regional specialties, and even average breast cup size.
As such, there is naturally a bit of harmless bickering between people of different prefectures over any number of issues. The people of Osaka and Hiroshima butt heads over who makes better okonomiyaki. Speakers of the northern Tohoku dialect take flak for sounding like country bumpkins, while speakers of the eastern Kansai dialect are perceived as loud and rude. Everyone picks on Saitama.
But would the good citizens of Hiroshima ever take up arms against their brothers and sisters in Osaka? Would the sturdy country folk of the Tohoku prefectures ever mount an assault against the boisterous denizens of Kansai?
Probably not, but in case they need an outlet, we recommend Tenka Touitsu Chronicle, a social game that lets you team up with players from your home prefecture to wage war against the rest of Japan until only one prefecture stands at the top.
Oh, and did we mention there are fried shrimp girls?
At its core, Tenka Touitsu Chronicle is just another free-to-play mobile card battle game. The only thing really setting it apart from the hundreds of other games like it is the prefectural “faction” system.
Upon starting the game, you choose which of Japan’s 48 prefectures you wish to swear loyalty to. You are then given a few “Local Warrior” cards, featuring illustrations of famous regional historic figures or sexy female anthropomorphic representation of regional products and cuisine, such as the fried shrimp girl from Aichi prefecture you see above.
With your warriors at your side, you can then go adventuring and pick fights with other players from across the country to earn honor and glory for your prefecture. Battles start off as 1-on-1, but grow in size as more players join they fray on both sides, for a max of 10 players on each side of the field.
It’s an interesting concept, and one that seems likely to hook plenty of people into dumping enough money on bonus characters and items to make developers Cyber Agent a small fortune. After all, if it means holding Tokyo against those backwater barbarians in Saitama, a few thousand yen is a small price to pay, right Hachiko?
Source: Tenka Touitsu Chronicle
▼ Here’s a sample of some of the Local Warriors you’ll encounter on your journey, starting with the machine gun-wielding ketchup-drinking maid warrior of Tokyo
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