Like the first Featured Heroine, Fiona Belli from Haunting Ground, I only just found out about this heroine very recently, thanks to a video on YouTube. And, funnily enough, just like Fiona this heroine is from a 2000s survival horror game. Anyway, enough build-up. Let’s get straight into it, shall we?
Above you can see Jennifer, the nineteen-year old protagonist from Rule of Rose, a 2006 Japanese video game for the PlayStation 2, along with her canine companion, Brown. Jennifer, a weak and unfortunate young woman, finds herself trapped aboard an airship run by a group of young girls. For the most part these girls, who have created their own hierarchical society, treat poor Jennifer very badly. Luckily, however, Jennifer has Brown to help her as, in true survival horror fashion, she must solve puzzles and fight monsters in order to find a way to escape from the airship. But since combat is not Jennifer’s forte, avoiding enemies is also an option. In some ways Rule of Rose is similar to Haunting Ground and it is not unreasonable to think that the latter game, which was released in 2005, influenced the former to some degree. I think Jennifer is a really appealing character. Her circumstances remind me a lot of the tragic heroines from Victorian-era literature, which I’ve always had a soft spot for. She is also very pretty, with her hazel eyes and blonde hair tied back into a bun. Her pose in the image above, where her toes are pointed inward, is especially cute, don’t you think? And I personally find her slightly furrowed brow quite endearing!😆 Incidentally, that image is part of a free wallpaper I got from the official Rule of Rose American website, which is surprisingly still live. I will put the original image below, as you can see several of the other characters that appear in the game. The girls generally look a bit creepy, or even sinister, but I think that two of the girls, the first and fifth from the left (named Wendy and Eleanor respectively) are kind of cute.🙂
I should mention that in 2006 Rule of Rose was unfairly criticised in Europe for containing supposed obscenities and, as a result of this bad publicity, it was pulled from distribution in several countries. Today the game is quite rare, being only available on the second hand market, and it is not cheap. On eBay, for example, people are selling copies of Rule of Rose for well over US$100! This is unfortunate, as it seems to be an interesting game, even if the gameplay was considered subpar by many critics.
That’s all for this edition of Featured Heroine. I hope you found it interesting. Till next time, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!😊