I can’t believe it’s already been 10 years since I started this blog. Originally what began as a blog about my Pangya and MMO adventures somehow evolved into an otome blog and I think it’s now devolving back into my MMOs and RPGs again 😂. This is a special time since it’s now a decade since I’ve started this blog, the longest blog or site I’ve ever run in general. Most people know the site as “breadmasterlee” but the actual title is “kawaii janakya dame nano!” (It must be cute) which derives from the fact that I only ever wanted to play MMOs that had cute characters and avoided stuff like World of Warcraft lol.
The otome game industry is changing and let’s be honest, it’s shrinking faster than your tshirt on high heat in a dryer. For those who are mostly buyers of English otome games it seems about the same as far as frequency of releases but in Japan the otome game production scene has shrunk drastically. Mobile games that are “for women” (rather than otome) have sucked up a lot of the market and only a few are still left clinging to their consoles. From looking at sales even the kusoest of games have sold more copies on a PSP than GOOD games that sold on the Vita. Switch sales don’t seem to be that great either so I hope Otomate made the right decision with moving to that platform over the PS4. I’ve purchased a Switch very recently but been too busy catching them all and figured I’ll start my Switch games with a fresh anniversary year of this blog probably next month or even next year in January.
Since I’ve started this blog I’ve gone from PC → PS2 → PSP → PS Vita/PS TV → PS4 → Nintendo Switch as far as otome goes so as much as all of us like to stick with the same platform unfortunately we gotta keep up with the market too. The way things are going though, I sadly feel like the Switch might be the last and final otome platform. I think eventually everything will just end up on mobile because makers are finding it’s a lot easier to make money from gamble gacha mobages than to put out a full quality console game. It almost feels like console games are more of a “trigger” to get people to instead then spend money on events and merchandise – rather than try to make money from the game itself.
Other than the switch to..the Switch it’s been a fairly quiet year for otome, at least for me as well. Can’t think of anything I truly enjoyed this past year that wasn’t a fandisk of a previous game I already liked. None of the new games appealed to me and I felt like I had more enjoyment playing non otome games than anything else to be honest lol. And with that it’s time for the yearly OTOME GAME AWARDS (that are completely biased and in no way reflect the view point of anyone but me 😂).
💩 Kusoge of the Year: Un-Birthday Song 💩
💩 The Brett Kavanaugh Award for Most Amount of Sexual Assaults: Piofore no Bansho 💩
💩 Worst Parents Award: Gakuen Club 💩
💩 The John Spilsbury Award for Most Segmented Mess of a Story: Tearblade FD – Fragments of Memory 💩
💩 Have you had enough siscons yet? Award: Charming Empire 💩
😐 Worst Rendition of Russian Revolution: Chouchou Jiken Rhapsodic 😐
😐 Matantei Loki Award for Best Norse Mythology Fanfiction: Usotsuki Shangrila 😐
😐 Minesweeper Award for Most Offputting set of Love Interests: Fortissimo 😐
😐 Nice Boat Award: Dance with the Devils -my carol- 😐
Having after stories that follow the BAD ends was kinda crap, and I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the humor level as the first game….but it still had it’s charming moments at least. Also Ritsuka still great as always 😂.
😐 Spelling Bee Bonus Round Award: Heiligenstadt no Uta 😐
Look I love games that are funny and have jokes and stuff, but when most of the game focuses on jokes and then realizes oh shit we have to finish telling our story…it starts to get REALLY DULL. It also really kills the mood and atmosphere because a joke that should have ended 5 minuets ago is still going. And don’t ever ask me to spell this name, had to even copy and paste it for this post because I can’t German.😂
😐 Best Soundtrack: Charade Maniacs 😐
The soundtrack of Charade Maniacs was absolutely the most favorite of any game I played this year…but THAT IS IT. The game seemed really cool at first with the whole mystery aspect but once you unravel a lot of it you realize how many Swiss cheese plot holes they left and not to mention a lot of the characters leave a lot to be desired…….Definitely think if they polished the story a bit more and made the heroine less of a blob (extreme game pun intended😂)that molds to the guy’s route I would have really enjoyed it a lot. The zoomed in CGs also felt rushed and cropped last minute so that was a bit disappointing since I really like the game artist.
🌟 First & Last Original PS4 Otome Award: Code Realize -Silver Miracles- 🌟
I enjoyed this fandisk more than the 2nd one to be honest and I guess even though it’s the only PS4 Otome game I’ll ever get, at least the big HD resolution gave me pretty CGs to enjoy. (｀・ω・´)
🌟 Best Robot Otome Game: Nier:Automata🌟
🌟 Best Game If This Was 15 Years Ago: Final Fantasy X/X-2🌟
🌟 Most Unique Heroine: Ephemeral -Fantasy on Dark-🌟
🌟Best FD & Best Game of the Year: Collar Malice -Unlimited-🌟
Honestly while I did enjoy the CxM FD a lot, I wouldn’t say it was best game of the year, but in my “selection” of things I played this year basically there’s no other choice! Everything else was either kinda meh, terrible or pretty good but not quite as enjoyable as CxM FD was. It’s sad that a fandisk of a game I already enjoy is the “best game” for me because I am already coming in with bias that I “like this game” so it doesn’t really get a fair battle against the other games. But with so little choices this year (and a kusoge that I managed to dodge like a bullet) I’ve been kinda branching off back into RPGs mostly in the Final Fantasy series since I’m still playing FF14. In fact over the thanksgiving Steam Sale I kinda stocked up on a few new things….😂
I don’t know if I’m just falling out of interest with otome or just the low selection doesn’t give me much to pick and choose anymore. Before there was so many games but everything just feels like a port of an old game I’ve already played or when I finally go and buy what is a “new” game I get disappointed because the scenario CONSTANTLY gets the backseat treatment. If they just put effort into giving the heroine a personality and a backstory that actually matters….but they just kinda seem to throw popular tropes against the wall and hope something sticks. I had actually thought of maybe closing up shop once otome moved to the switch but Pikachu crashed my plans and I guess I’ll continue holding the fort a little longer. 😌 A lot of fellow bloggers have closed up shop and only a few of us remain so be sure to support everyone, things like likes/blog comments mean a lot to everyone and help motivate to keep us all plowing on through the rough otome waters. 😇
I feel like I wanted to ramble about all the stuff from previous years because after all it’s a 10 year anniversary but I feel like I’d just sound like a broken record lol. Feel free to click my blog anniversary tag and take a stroll down memory lane if you so wish to. I think the TL;DR of things is sometimes it can be discouraging to keep going when I constantly run into games I don’t enjoy. It can feel like a chore that I have to finish a game that I think sucks because I want to write a post on it. But I guess I’ve kinda grown attached to this blog, it’s been a huge part of my life and I’ve gotten to know a lot of people through this hobby. Even though most of my friends nowadays are from FF14 and don’t care too much for otome, I don’t want to toss this thing aside just yet. However I know the time is coming because the types of otome games I play are becoming more and more scarce. But hey I think we can probably stick it out and make it for another year. 😏 And if anything I just ~return to innocence~ and just go back to my RPG/MMO blogging instead lol.
This year I’ve asked on twitter for fanarts of Lee and I want to thank those of you who submitted them! Check out the gallery below and be sure to visit the artist’s twitter or art site to see more of their works! (*‘ω‘ *)👌 And hey if you missed the deadline but still want to submit something just hit me up on twitter or comment on this post~ I don’t mind 👀💕
And now it’s time for THE ULTIMATE STATS – 10 YEAR EDITION:
Top 10 Referrers:
- My defunct anime blog
- A friend’s defunct pangya blog
- Macuyo’s site (the creator of Get Dumped)
- My defunct tumblr
- http://oto-game-me.blogspot.com (Also related to Get Dumped lol)
- sandeian.wordpress.com (rip your awesome blog my dude)
- Someone’s now private tumblr
Top 10 Posts (excluding directory pages):
Top 10 Search Terms (*excluding stuff like otome/blog/breadmasterlee):
- amnesia otome game
- armen noir
- clock zero
- starry sky after spring
- starry sky game
- akazukin to mayoi no mori
- (p)lanets walkthrough
- moujuutsukai to oujisama
- amnesia later
- prius online english
Top 10 Most Commented Posts:
- The Big 4.
- 5 Years of Exp Grinding and Blushing Men
- Otome Game Review: Diabolik Lovers -More Blood-
- Japan thinks we’re all Twilight fans.
- Say Goodbye to Your Wallet: The Otome Gamer Import Shopping Guide
- B’s Log July 2012
- B’s Log June 2012 Issue
- Otome Game Review: Kamigami no Asobi
- 6 Years of Otome Game Blogging: What am I doing with my life!?
- Otome Game Review: OZMAFIA!!
Overall looking at the stats alone I feel like 2012~2015 were my peak years and then it kinda simmered down because of otome games moving to Vita and eventually mobage flooding the market and a lot of people losing interest. Blogs are also a dying breed, to the point that Otomate doesn’t even make blog banners to link to for their games anymore. 😱 Things certainly have quieted down around here but I honestly like it more that way….I feel like when this blog’s popularity exploded I got so much hate and harassment I’d rather be quietly unpopular lmao. I’m just writing my thoughts in almost a diary-like fashion so there’s no need for anyone to get their knickers in a bunch over it. I’ve seen a few people here and there also use my reviews to “decide” whether or not to buy a game and honestly I think it’s ok to “check my opinion” but it shouldn’t be your “ultimate buying decision”…unless you are absolutely sure we have very similar tastes. I’ve gotten a lot less tolerant of abusive shit lately and these days heroines really make or break a game for me which for some people hardly bothers them. I think it’s good to check reviews everywhere, including Amazon and then see WHAT people are specifically complaining about and if that’s a thing that would bother/interest you. I try to always give specific things that “ruin” a game for me, so that way someone can see why I like or dislike a game before they decide that they will/will not buy it.
Anyway holidays are approaching and I’m still on the road to be the very best like no one ever was so hopefully the otome gaming will pick up for me in 2019. I’ll be going to Japan in March so I’ll probably pick up that Kenka Bancho Otome sequel (?) game that’s coming out around that time. We’ll see how otomate handles the move to the switch and if other companies will adapt. I’m honestly treading carefully because I feel like we’re pretty much on our final train on the otome game railway. I hope things change for the best and we have another Code Realize or Collar x Malice level hit next year! (*^▽^*) As always I want to thank everyone for sticking around with me up until now and hope you’re all still with me in the future! 😌✨