And so this blog has reached it’s 4 year anniversary. I never thought that starting a Pangya blog and here I am 4 years later, quit Pangya and playing a ton of otome games. Things change, sometimes for the good but sometimes for the bad. Going to look back at the changes and events this past year.
The era of PS2 otome games is officially over
That’s right all otome games are now PSP or PC as well as mobile. 2011 still brought us a few ps2 otoge but 2012 was the cutoff. Not really ready for Vita yet – if ever.
Mobile otome game market explodes
While Voltage is great for bringing English translated mobile games to us, they are taking advantage of the fact that there’s hardly any competition. Sure there’s a ton of Japanese mobage/gree games but English translated games? Not so much. Sadly with their poor marketing towards Western fans and their notoriety for bugs/crashes as well as ripoff $4 per character routes, I’ve been keeping my distance. Fortunately there’s still a few other better mobile games with more decent pricing out there so Voltage can take their Twilight rejects and creepy faceless heroines and shove it. Additionally this year GREE finally opened up to the English market but being the racist pigs they are, a US gree account only lets you access ENGLISH games. So yea all those Japanese otome games I want to play – LOL SORRY NO. Due to this we’re stuck with more garbage voltage poops out.
Dummy Head Mic Drama CDs & Games are the hot new thing
Drama CDs = meh. Drama CDs that sound like they’re right in your ear? YEAAAA. I first experienced the whole effect when I played Kanno Mukashi Banashi portable in January. I then enjoyed Amemakura and was entertained by Diabolic Lovers, both of which have been turned into games. Maybe this dummy mic CD -> game transition will become a trend. It certainly does add a lot to the gaming experience.
Otome game to anime adaptations are becoming more common
Whoever thought that we’d only be stuck with Kiniro no Corda and Angelique as our otoge adaptations. Then came the horrors of DEEN with Hakuoki and Starry Sky and Hiiro no Kakera. All of which looked fucking terrible. UtaPri wasn’t by DEEN BUT thanks to it being so god damn homofied, it attracted a bunch of fujoshi which forced Broccoli to adapt their newest UtaPri game to their liking. That means fans of the original series who came for light hearted romance, instead got a bunch of BL wangst. At least the JC Staff handling of Arcana wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t DEEN or Utapri bad. The newest announced adaptations of Amnesia & Brothers Conflict is also being done by Brain’s Base so I have a higher hope it will turn out to be decent. No comment on the KuroKin porno OVA :lol:.
Otome Game Delays are a trend
A trend that I wish would die but Otomate doesn’t seem to want to stop. UtaPri and Danzai no Maria were delayed as well but since Otomate is a pretty big company with multiple teams working on different projects….yea no excuses son. Brothers Conflict Brilliant Blue? What is that? is it delicious?
I met an otome game seiyuu.
Well aside from not being to Otakon in 6 years, I made a 2 month last minute plan to attend Otakon to meet Kakihara Tetsuya. Was it worth it? Fuck yea it was. He’s such a cutie in real life and it’s always a fangirl moment to be able to say something to your favorite seiyuu. I feel like American anime cons always focus on female seiyuu but the male ones get tossed aside or only the GGEs come over. I requested a bunch of otoge seiyuu for next year and got my hotel room reserved. Hopefully for their 20th Otakon, it won’t be in vain.
I got too popular
Oh boy this is a fun one. That’s right I got popular enough to finally warrant a band of haters! I mean let’s face it, if there’s someone you don’t like but they’re totally unpopular, you don’t give a fack and move on. But if they’re popular people put EFFORT into trying to take them down out of jealousy. All I can say to the party poopers is:
Anyway that’s as far as I’ll go with this, but I do thank my readers from even back in the day. Your comments are a motivator and they do help me realize that people do enjoy and appreciate what I write – even if it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I also have a disclaimer on my about page so if you come here raging at my posts, you’re only making yourself look like an idiot.
Goodbye Otomate, Hello Quin Rose!
While I had originally intended to wait until 2013 to do my Quin Rose marathon, the string of delays & kusoge from Otomate finally pushed me to start my first QR game: Oumagatoki Kaidan Romance. Wow I mean I was just blown away. A heroine who stands up for herself? A heroine who makes the first move on the guy? A heroine who doesn’t take anyone’s shit and doesn’t always need to be protected like some Mary Sue? Yea needless to say I dumped Otomate aside and took a 1 way ticket into QR land. I even plowed through Arabians Lost and all the Alice games grueling system but it was all worth it. The characters and story and interactions in these games is just unbelievable. It’s like someone over there just read my mind of how I want a game to proceed. The downside of course being now that my expectations are so high, any other otome game has some pretty big shoes to fill to the point that I’m starting to slowly toss games out of my backlog. I guess I used to think I need to play EVERY game since if I don’t play it nobody will but now I’m like well too bad if nobody plays it cause I’m not taking one of the team anymore. This also brings me to my next point of goodbye R-18 games. Your rape and shit plot will not be missed.
B’s Log and Dengeki Girls Style
These 2 are the prominent source of otome game news and while I got a subscription to B’s Log and I enjoyed some of the content, I can safely say it wasn’t all worth it. With a bunch of pages dedicated to things like BL, anime and vocaloid as well as repeat content for any upcoming game…yea. Also go to hell Hana Awase damn I picked the worst time to get a 6 months subscription. Maybe I can sell the pamphlet in a set or something cause eugh.
Otome Game Fragmentation
On of the other terrible trends I wish to die soon. So you tell me I need to buy 6 otome game routes separately but pay DOUBLE for it? ( ´_ゝ｀) How about no? And no putting drama CDs in with it doesn’t make it any more worth the value sorry. I will not support this kind of b/s and companies who think this is a good idea are just shooting themselves in the foot.
The end of MMO gaming for me.
Yea thanks to me getting old and my arms going out of commission I’m pretty much done with mmo gaming. Most Free to Play games are becoming nothing but gamble spam with no new user content. Just new ways to get users to blow money for some pixels. I’m glad I quit blowing money on that crap and instead bought myself new clothes or limited edition PSP games which I can have permanently while an MMO game will shut down sooner or later.
Terashima Takuma and Ono Daisuke
I think one of the big events regarding otome game related seiyuu this year was with Terashima in Kokoro Connect and Ono’s false marriage rumor. I mostly have gotten over Terashima’s stupid act but somewhere deep inside me I still think of him as a lesser person. OnoD I don’t think is a big deal, I mean if his marriage was real, awesome. I just think the fangirls who ripped up all their merchandise and broke his CDs well m9^Д^)m9^Д^)m9^Д^)ｼﾞｪﾄｽﾄﾘｰﾑﾌﾟｷﾞｬｰ. Also while my post on the Kokoro Connect event was meant to be informative to the otome game community & my readers, somehow it managed to make its way to a lot of various places, including 2ch and wikipedia Σ(´∀｀；).
2 Years of Otome Game Broadcasting
So yea in September 2012 I hit 2 years of broadcasting otome games. I know a few of you don’t know that I broadcast otome games after being avid readers but that animated gif on the side is not a random spam ad. I in fact do have my own channel and I pretty much broadcast every game I play. Be sure to stop by and chat and fangirl sometime if you haven’t yet ;).
Otome Game Backlog Progress
Not including the ton of mobile games I’ve reviewed, I’ve completed 55 games! That averages to about 4.5 games per month. Unfortunately a lot of games I played were also new releases so I only made a small dent in my old game backlog lol. I also started tossing out things from my backlog (like Kanuchi) because I’m at a point where I don’t feel like I need to play EVERY single otome game out there now that there’s so many being released these days.
Well now that I’m done looking at the major events of the past year, let’s look at the games I’ve played/come across in the past year. (and please remember this is all my personal opinion based on what I’ve played this year etc.)
Kusoge Of the Year:
That’s right I said it. I didn’t play this, but from what I hear from friends and watching the demo movie: ITS NOT FULLY VOICED. They spent time delaying this for like 5 months and they couldn’t even add full voice acting? What the hell were they doing for 8 months? I can understand not having full voice in the phone version but you finally port it to PSP? Worst part of course being that nowhere does it say on the site that the game is NOT fully voiced. In this day and age Broccoli we just ASSUME PSP ports are fully voiced, what are you, KOEI? 😆
Homo-ge Of the Year:
That’s right I said it again. I’m sorry I bought an otome game, or so I thought but apparently ┌（┌ ＾o＾）┐ﾎﾓｵ is the way to go now with this series. Despite horrid reviews Broccoli doesn’t seem to give a fuck and is releasing ANOTHER game featuring the 4 douchebags who ruined Debut in the first place. Well the fujoshi can have fun with that but they’re not getting a cent out of me.
Best Ear Porn:
I gotta say it’s Kannou Mukashi Banashi Portable. The only 3 Dummy Mic games that came out in 2012 were this, Dialovers and Shinobazu 7. Shinobazu was too segmented, and Dialover was horrific and most of the dummy head stuff was the same with just blood sucking. Kannou however had some RANDY PHRASES with that dummy mic (oh god Tattsun) which makes it the best of the 3 in my eyes (and ears :lol:.)
The Most Poorly Programmed Game Award:
Yea go to hell D3P and to think for a moment I thought you were a decent company after Storm Lover Kai. Runner up: Hakuoki Yuugiroku 2 and Brothers conflict. I was originally gonna give this award to Quin Rose and their rubber band my PSP skip system, but Custom Drive EXCEED the kuso system expectations.
Best Remake:Not gonna lie I loved this game. Seeing the previous game I was like lol derpy art but playing this I just loved it. Apparently I wasn’t the only one though since enough people loved it to warrant QR making a sequel (。≖ˇ◡◡ˇ≖｡). Storm Lover Kai was a nice remake too but it wasn’t as nearly as “totally revamped” as this game was.
Most inappropriately rated game:
Not gonna lie. Cero B? Are you kidding ww. Alice screws every guy in the game and there’s boob grab CGs but somehow its Cero B. Even Cero C Otomate games don’t come close to this. 😆
Most Catchy OP song:
While I love the Joker Alice Op and the Kanno Mukashi Banashi OP, there’s just something about a rhythmical “che..kattari” at the beginning that makes me pick this one as no. 1.
Award for the best “Oh no you didn’t just go there” game:
Man here I go staying away from Black Wolves Saga to avoid HORROR but well this game just shoved it in my face. I thought I was jaded to all sorts of things but Diabolik Lovers takes it to a whole new level. Especially Laito’s route….he crossed every line I had.
This is the worst FD and I will tell you why. It costs 7800 yen for limited edition and each character’s route was approximately 2 hours of game time. TWO HOURS. On top of this, they still had bitches and they completely o/c-fied like half the cast. That evil bastard Kaki? He’s now a deredere cupcake. Needless to say good riddance to this series and well frankly I’m trying to avoid any ONI games from Otomate like the plague. Runner up: Miyako FD, I still haven’t even finished that shit cause the system made me rage quit and I spent a lot of money on it orz.
Most Unnecessary Sequel:
Seriously this was SO NOT NECESSARY. At least the way Quin Rose rush-released it with its lack of anything. And now they’re going and releasing a 3rd game with some erojiji as the heroine’s fiance wtf honestly. I think if QR is gonna do these sequel/spinoff games they should at least put more effort into it. Rosalia didn’t even feel like a cinderella to me and shoving in cinder jokes just makes more painfully obvious.
Most Educational Game:
Let’s face it this game was pretty damn educational…well except the fact that a lot of stuff were just old timey sayings rather than poems or nursery rhymes. Still it was entertaining for what it was and I almost think a game like this would be a great game to bring over to the English market seeing how half of it is already in English!
Most Non-Otome Otome(?) Game:
Seriously Reimeiroku could be a great game if you’re having insomnia and you need someone to recite war facts to you to knock you out. There was no romance in this game except in Sano’s route and the mini omakes at the end with Chizuru. The rest was either abuse/war/death/tl;dr. I know Hakuoki Fans are probably grinding their teeth at me for saying it but this is definitely not an otome game. I still feel like they could have presented it to be more interesting by actually making the main protag not be a pansy ass whimp.
Most Inappropriate Game to play without Headphones:
Yea you go ahead and play this in your living room with your speakers set to full blast and see how many weird looks you get. 😆
Best “Japan’s representation of the west” game:
Cause nothing says “American spirit” like shutting off the power in all of Manhattan just so everyone can see the stars~ (While screaming and panicking because the hospital generators have been destroyed sending all of the patients there into emergency evacuation.)
Most Delayed Game to finally be released:
I still remember writing about this game being announced in 2010. It was finally released in the spring of 2012. Still felt unfinished when the heroine had no nose or boobs in half the CGs. Runner up: Brothers Conflict. Lol.
Uguu Cage of Love Award:
Cause seriously I don’t think I’ve ever seen an otome game throw the heroine into an actual dog cage and make her stay there for her “safety” as justification for said action.
BEST GAME OF THE YEAR:
And by year I mean from Dec. 3 2011 ~ Dec 3, 2012. I know people will beg to disagree with me on this but here’s why I gave Oumagatoki Kaidan Romance this award. Ouma was my first QuinRose game and it helped me get introduced to the fact that their heroines have balls of steel. Not only that but it helped get a lot of my otome gamer friends into Quin Rose games as well. The catch here is that in the past all QR games had grueling & confusing turn systems that scared people off. Ouma was a pretty straight forward linear vn with no weird random events and a smooth game play. (Only down side is of course the PSP rubber banding until they implemented a better system in their newer games later in the year.) I feel the game was a revolutionary step for Quin Rose as a company and that’s why I gave it this award. Also unlike Otomate, Quin Rose seems to have kept with every release date this year.
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4 Year Anniversary Giveaway
For the first time on this blog I decided to do a give away (mostly because I need room on my bookshelf lol.) To enter the give away just comment on this post saying you want to enter and then list the prizes in the order you want the most. Example:
I want to enter!
Prize Choice 1: B’s Log (I’m a US resident)
Prize Choice 2: I want you to review XXX
Prize Choice 3: I want a CG pack of XXX
There will be 3 prize winners and the higher place winner will get first choice of prize and so on. Please use your real email address when commenting or I will not be able to contact you.
1. B’s Log July 2012 Issue – This prize is for US RESIDENTS ONLY. Sorry it’s really a pain in the butt to send things internationally so US addresses only. If you are first place winner and you are outside the US then you’ll have to settle for one of the other prizes 😦 Please note this is a used copy so I have taken some of the posters out of it but I will be including some of the furokus as part of the package. See photo below:
2. Otome Game CG pack of Choice – You can request ONE CG pack of any otome game that I have reviewed. I will email you a download link and you will have about a week to download it before I delete it from my storage account. Disclaimer: My R-18 CG packs are…selective shall I say and I’ve tossed out any horribly drawn pr0n.
3. A request for me to review any otome game that I have not reviewed yet (assuming I have access to it or it’s in my backlog.) Warning, it MUST be an otome game so don’t bother requesting Dramatical Murder or Hadaka Shitsuji. Also Hanayoi Romanesque, Crimson Empire and Kanuchi are excluded from this as I will NEVER play them again. Additionally you may only request a game that has been released as of December 3rd. I’m not taking requests for anything “upcoming” because of possible delays etc. Oh and no R-18 games lawl, I’m not sitting through a rape marathon for you ( ´_ゝ`).
The entry deadline is December 8, 2012 11:59PM EST. Good luck everyone who enters and thanks for sticking with me for 4 years! 🙂