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The Juuza. That is the name given to those of the 13th Zodiac: the cat people. Seen as a vulgar and contemptuous race, they live a life of seclusion away from human eyes. However, as the end of the Han Dynasty draws near, the rise of the Yellow Scarves has thrown the land of the Three Kingdoms into turmoil. The story begins in a peaceful cat village, whose peaceful life is interrupted when a general, Sousou, and his punitive force press their way into the village, accusing them of being allies with the Yellow Scarves. Discovering the Juuza's natural fighting talent, Sousou forces the Juuza to join his army. Led by the village's strongest fighter: a young woman named Kan'u, the Juuza are swept into the chaos and turmoil of human warfare as the story revisits major events and battles of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Juuzaengi ~Engetsu Sangokuden~ (also romanized as Jyuzaengi or Juuza Engi) is a popular otome game franchise developed by Otomate of Idea Factory and Red Entertainment. It was originally released in Japan in 2012 for Playstation Portable and a sequel Juuzaengi ~Engetsu Sangokuden~ 2 was released in 2014. The two titles have been compiled in a twin pack for both PSP and Play Station Vita.

A manga serialisation began in 2012 with art by Sayo Ichi and an animated 25-minute OVA adaption, subtitled 'Gaiden Youzhou Phantom Night', was released in 2014.

This series contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation
  • Always Second Best: Kakouton and Kakouen become increasingly frustrated toward Kan'u and the Juuza as she wins battles that they cannot.
  • Anime of the Game: An OVA adaption in 2014 retold the events of Kan'u and the Juuza settling in Youzhou
  • Ass Kicking Pose: Considering this game is set in a time of war, all the characters including the main heroine gets one.
  • Big Brother Worship: Kakouen to Kakouton.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Due to the limited sprites and the nature of the game, unless a CG is provided, none of the characters are shown to be bleeding or injured even when they have been dealt the final blow.
  • Cat Girl: Kan'u
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Chouhi and Kan'u in Chouhi's route.
  • Cool Big Sis: Kan'u is this to Chouhi
  • Cutting Off the Branches: The sequel continues on from Ryuubi's route only, meaning everything you did to make the other characters fall in love with you are rendered moot. Welcome back to square one.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Kakouton has quite a few of these every time the heroine shows concern towards him.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In Kakouton's route, not only does he lose an eye before he comes to understand the heroine's worth, but also has to kill his own brother before getting together with Kan'u.
  • Interface Spoiler: For Kakouton, no one is really surprised when he loses his eye, considering all official art, blogs, as well as the character profile page draws him with an eyepatch.
  • Enemy Mine: The Juuza's loyalty towards Sousou wavers, however there are often times when Kan'u will refer to them for help when they need an army to defeat other threats. Such as against Ryofu in an attempt to retake Joshuu.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Kakouton, when he attempted to find another name for the Juuza, suggests Tailed People - even though the Juuza does not actually have tails. He seemed not to have noticed that before then.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Kakouton and Kakouen towards Kan'u when they feel Sousou gives the Juuza more recognition than he gives to them. Kakouton gets better, but Kakouen becomes desperate enough to attempt open murder.
  • Little Bit Beastly
  • Love Confession: It wouldn't be a very good otome game if it doesn't have a few, would it.
  • Multiple Endings
  • Not What It Looks Like: The morning after Kakouton falls asleep in Kan'u's room, Sousou runs into him just as he is leaving. He is quick to panick as he protests that it's not what it looks like, although Sousou just smiles knowingly and replies that he doesn't care.
  • Oblivious to Love: Kakouton doesn't quite understand nor acknowledge his feelings to Kan'u until the last chapter. Kan'u herself has traits of this as she wonders what the pain in her chest is.
  • Older Than They Look: Ryuubi in his child form looks and acts like 7 or so, when in reality he is actually 15.
  • Pink Heroine: Kan'u's outfit is pink, as is the background during her fighting C Gs
  • Psycho Lesbian: Ryofu is portrayed as one and referred to as Crazy Woman by Chouhi.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Juuzaengi, Jyuzaengi or Juuza Engi?
    • The fandom generally uses the Japanese romanisation of the characters' names, but the anime translation group uses the original Chinese romanisation, which are quite different from each other.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Kakouton's confession to Kan'u is in the middle of the battlefield, before Enshou has even been defeated.
    • In Kakouton's bad end, he gets quite a lot to say after he is stabbed, although the strain and pain of talking is very evident through the voice acting, and Kakouen did confirm that it would take a while before he dies.
  • Tsundere: Kakouton
  • Unusual Ears: The Juuza
  • Yandere: Sousou