tl;dr: R-18 otome games for women
I don’t typically do these discussion posts on this blog but I felt I had to get something out with all the R-18 stuff recently and in the past that I’ve come across. Warning post will talk about sexual themes in otome games so read at your own risk.
While the majority of my rants about Vampire Sweetie will go in its review once I’m done playing, I felt I have to get something off my chest to these R-18 game makers: WE DON’T WANT TO SEE PORN FOR MEN. That’s right. What a concept! I’m playing an otome game that’s supposed to be girly porn but instead I feel like I’m playin an eroge.
Common occurrences in R-18 otome games that I’m just sick of seeing:
- Heroine getting raped
- Heroine getting abused & humiliated
- Heroine getting sexed up by things other than the guy’s ding dong
- Heroine getting drugged & turning into a sex doll (leading back to rape)
- Heroine’s voice being louder & prouder than the guy whose route I’m on
- Sticking it in the pooper
- Heroine constantly saying no no stop even when it’s clear both parties are mutually accepting of screwing each other.
- Heroine being treated like a whore if god forbid she actually enjoy sex
- The amount of happy endings being overshadowed by the amount of bad endings.
- Eroscene where all the clothes are on
So let’s go down the list above and open up le can of worms:
Heroine getting raped – This has become a STAPLE of every R-18 otome game. EVERY SINGLE R-18 otome game has rape. Why? I don’t even include doujin games since those are fan made and typically free of this crap but the official ones…! Why? To this day the only rape-free otome game I can recall is Dessert Love. All other games, there’s at least 1 guy who will be a rapist. And he’s not just like “I’m this bad guy so I will rape you.” It’s like hey I thought you were a good guy but because of whatever crawled up your ass in jealousy suddenly you need to rape. Okay.
Heroine getting abused & humiliated – This could go hand in hand with the rape but sometimes there’s a difference. Let’s say she’s not getting raped but instead she’s forced to dress up in some ridiculous outfit, go to a place where you shouldn’t be have sex and then forced to stand their fapping in front of the guy. Sure he’s not raping her but to be it’s almost like mental rape? The worst part being of course if the heroine doesn’t comply, she is then raped and if not raped, the guy leaves her and OH NOES HOW DARE A RAPIST LEAVE ME I’M SO HELPLESS WITHOUT THEM!
Heroine getting sexed up by things other than the guy’s ding dong – Someone could argue with me that it’s a fetish thing but I also wish that they would then advertise it as a fetish game. Maybe not all of us wanna see a guy shove a bucket of honey up our hoohaas mkay? This pisses me off when the game seems pretty normal then its like “SURPRISE END LEMME SHOVE THESE SCISSORS UP THERE!” ( ´_ゝ｀)
Heroine getting drugged & turning into a sex doll – This is part of rape I guess but it’s not always ultimately ending in rape? Sometimes the guy just wants her to be a life less doll to sit on her bed while he stares like a creeper and takes photos and faps or something. I have played games though where the drugging leads not only to rape, but also gang rape and possibly murder. Sigh. This is an otome game I’m playing right?
Heroine’s voice being louder & prouder than the guy whose route I’m on – This really bugs me. Is this game for men or women? I’m playing an otome game, I want to hear dudes moaning, not the girl yelling like a banshee in my ears. Okay I’ll go turn her voice off – but now I only hear silence or weird sound effects cause the voice actor wasn’t paid enough to make some ero sounds for me. Then I may as well play eroge, there’s no difference there!
Sticking it in the pooper – I dunno maybe some ladies like this but ugh…it makes me think of like BL games. It’s like the writer wanted to add BL so badly but this was as far as they could go in regards to that. Also as Lijaka pointed out in her post, anal sex in otome games is never used during a “happy” or “pleasure” scene. It’s used to show humiliation and domination over the heroine 90% of the time. If I recall I can probably only think of 1 game and 1 route where it may have been somewhat consensual.
Heroine constantly saying no no stop even when it’s clear both parties are mutually accepting of screwing each other. - Yea I don’t get it. Why are you making it sound like rape when it’s not. So then when she really is getting rape everybody is okay with this because I guess in reality she actually wanted it! Strange as in sex ed in high school I was told “no means NO.”
Heroine being treated like a whore if god forbid she actually enjoy sex – Oh my god this one bothers me so much and its so prevalent in Vampire Sweetie I want to punch someone in the face. If the heroine constantly yells at the guy and calls him a pervert, that makes her innocent and angelic. If she actually enjoys sex, it only is because she’s become an evil woman and all evil women are obv sexual. I dunno makes her fucking annoying to me especially when soon as she calls him a pervert you read her thoughts and it’s like “man I really want him but I can’t say it.” GOD FORBID YOU WANT TO HUMP. IN AN R-18 GAME. You dirty whore! You should only hump for the sake of procreation with the lights off and only think of England!
The amount of happy endings being overshadowed by the amount of bad endings. – Haha man this is annoying. You always have the good end where they perhaps hold hands or kiss, then you have your best end where they hump and have a baby….then you got like 20 bad ends where she gets raped, killed, enslaved, drugged or *gasp* becomes a SEXUAL WOMAN. Yes enjoying sex = bad end because you’re supposed to act like you’re 12 and deny having any sexual enjoyment in these games.
Eroscene where all the clothes are on – Not that I wanna see money shots or anything but I just think its really weird when they’re supposed to be doing it but they are fully clothed and you just have to assume that somewhere under her skirt his wang managed to flip through his zipped pants and poke her. It also pisses me off when the girl’s like fully naked and the guy’s fully clothed! Hey I want to see MANservice in my otome games, cover up the girl if you have to cover up somebody!
I’m sure if I was just done playing Akazukin I could come up with another 20 things but I’ll leave it as these for now since they are prevalent in most games I’ve played. It’s like all these Cero C otome games I’ve played on the PSP where they have implied sex but no actual ero scene: I’ve found them more enjoyable than the ones with the porn. I don’t even care if the ero scene itself is poorly done but if the ero is all your game is riding on, then you better do a damn good job. Lol yea that’s never happened.
Stuff I want to see in R-18 Otome Games (and maybe I’m alone in this but I can dream):
- Both parties mutually enjoying sex. Not just the guy jumping on the girl, not just the girl acting like a blow up sex doll but just like “we are in love and we are humping”.
- The heroine dominating the guy – the MAJORITY of the time. Yes I know this does happen in some games (like that one glorious route of Jingi Naki Otome) but I want to see more of it. Most of the time all the damn heroines are like “taaaakkee meee~”. Take him yourself you lazy bitch!
- More naked mans than naked ladies. Yes you know what Trick or Alice I really don’t care to see CGs where the focus of it is the girl’s vagina kay. I’m sure there’s a way you can draw it where it doesn’t look that way! Otherwise you’re just drawing an eroge! While we’re at it please have the guy moan/huff as much as the girl if not MORE. I’m playing this scene for the dude not the chick.
- An R-18 Otome Game without rape. What a concept! Why can’t they just have sex as the “ultimate happy ending” rather than a circumstance because the guy is jealous and has to PROVE to her that she belongs to HIM! Keep that shit in your stupid yandere games! Give me a decent otome game with a happy outcome and happy sex! Sigh.
I guess my ultimate point is: not all otome games need to be some kind of outrageous sex kink. They can be plain and normal and boring sex! The point is to just see the ultimate “happy ending” for the 2 characters with an ero scene as a bonus. Sure they can go ahead release “kinky r-18″ otome games for those who like that stuff (like the upcoming Yandere Heaven.) But I feel like the R-18 makers feel if they DON’T include that kind of stuff it won’t sell. I find it rather offensive instead. On the other hand, fine if they want to put that stuff in their game, then make the whole game blatantly obvious that that’s what it will be. Stop making a game that’s fluffy & sparkly in appearance and then give me an ending where I’m attacked by a giant tentacle monster.
But maybe R-18 games aren’t for me. Maybe the implied sex is just good enough because then the game can focus on romance/story… without having to worry if their ero is kinky enough to get the pr0n connoisseurs to open their wallets.