Konyoku onsen: the most traditional way to enjoy Japanese hot baths (and I'm totally not advocating it just because there's, you know, naked girls and stuff).
Finally this timeless culture has made its way to your smartphone with Moeyu: MoeBath with Friends.
Finally. Smartphones are wonderful, aren't they?
The app lets you communicate with an anime-style character while relaxing in a konyoku bath setting. The graphics utilize Live2D full animation technology, and the audio features full voice recording done by popular voice actress Kana Asumi. If you've got a waterproof smartphone, you can play with the app while taking a bath!
Tap the character, innocently named Momori Iba, on the screen to hear her various quips and reactions and enjoy your time together in the tub. The more you communicate, the more voice patterns get unlocked. Unlock everything and you've got a whopping 274 recordings to choose from.
There are also a number of items available to spice up your bath time. These are obtained by using coins (you get one coin a day) in a gumball machine-like contraption.
"Just one coin a day!!?!?!?!?!?!" I can hear the screams of the unsatisfied otakus ringing out from parents' basements around the world. Fret not my smelly friends, for you can buy extra coins (using real money, naturally). If you've got the bucks, you can catch em all to your heart's content.
The app's visuals are really well done, with the main character's, ahem, "goods" taking center stage. I'm a proud proselytizer of the Ziplock bag waterproofing method for smartphones, and decided to take my bagged up smartphone for a trip to the tub and... [Translator's note: Due to the shocking and questionable nature of the original text, the following was deemed unsuitable and potentially disturbing for non-Japanese audiences. I appreciate your understanding.]
Oh Momori, was it as good for you as it was for me?
"This shampoo smells like flowers!"
I suppose I'll take that as a yes.
Anyway, you can visit "Momori's Room" to check out her deets. Look at those hips! She could bear children three at a time or even fit my... [Translator's note: Off the rails again, sorry.]
One problem with the app is that there's a bit of a lag when cutting between scenes and screens. This might be due to the weak specs of my phone, but these precious seconds might mean life or death in the tub.
Finally, I also gave the much-trumpeted AR camera mode a shot.
The app uses my phone's camera as the background for Momori! It's like she's actually here in the bath with me! Look away, Momori! Your lustful stare burns through me with the heat of a thousand suns!
Time used: Until I was finished. Read into that what you will.
Device used: EVO WiMAX ISW11HT
Last updated: May 8, 2012
Price: priceless (well, free actually)
Compatibility: Android 2.2 and higher
Translation by Jason Morgan