It’s actually amazing that this blog is still going after all this time (and the massive death of the otome game industry) but the reason is of course because I’m simply just…not playing otome games anymore. Let’s jump into the past year of otome game trends and plays on here!
Honeybee died & Revived – Apparently honeybee had split off Asgard and got picked up by Arithmetic instead so it made it seem like they were completely dead at first. Though honestly seeing how they only release drama CDs and random stage plays and limited time gachas and not any actual games they’re as good as dead to me. ( ´_ゝ`)
Taisho Alice Revival – The English release of Taisho Alice was initially picked up by the horrors of E2 Gaming and left to die in the cold. Fortunately one of our famous otome game translator Verde teamed up with Primula to bring you all episode 1 translated and available on steam. Since episode 1 has best boy Akazukin I highly recommend everyone get it. ☺
I Quit Shining Live – This isn’t anything to write home about honestly but I had enough of the 0 otome romance in utapri which is what Broccoli appears to be pushing the last few years (looking at you utapri movie.) Utapri was the only mobile game I still had on my phone so I figured that’s it, I’m done with these stupid mobile games….that is until King of Fighter for Girls launched and has an actual heroine and some (watered down) romance so I’ve been into that lately. 😂
The Year of IT’SA ME MARIO – While I’m not going to include all the Mario games I played this year I played quite a few of them. Rabbids Kingdom, SMB Deluxe, Mario Galaxy as well as Smash Brothers. I got the Switch because of otome games but in the end I’m playing more non-otome games on it than anything else 😂.
FFXIV 5.0 Expansion ate all my time – Ok well one of the huge reason I barely played any games this year is because in July I got occupied with the new FFXIV expansion on 3 characters. 😂😂 So even if there were otome game releases (most of which were just ports of old crap) I could honestly care less as I had other things to occupy my time with. The summer I had a plaguing health issue which is still not 100% resolved so that honestly didn’t really motivate me either. Oh I also went to Japan for FFXIV fanfest which was kinda disappointing, as I was stuck waiting in the rain in long lines and had to sit on the floor most of the time because as usual, Japan has 0 comprehension of the amount of people they let into any given place at any time.
Overall not much of an exciting year as far otome games are involved. The lack of releases and constant disappointments didn’t help things either. Even things like B’s Log now are 90% mobage crap that are too shallow and just don’t interest me (At least KOF has some sort of heroine involved story lol.) And now for the yearly Otome game Awards – extremely abridged edition as I only completed 6 otome games.
😱 Worst Fandisk: Shiro to Kuro no Alice 😱
🙄 The Carl Jung Award for Best Therapist Heroine: Centrillon Palika 🙄
🙄Most Unnecessary Sequel: Kenka Bancho Otome 2nd Rumble 🙄
🙄 Disappointing Rose of Versailles Parody: Berubara Gakuen 🙄
😍Most Delicious One Shot: I love you Colonel Sanders😍
😍 Best Heroine & Best Game of the Year: Variable Barricade 😍
Everything about this game was amazing. In retrospect having Umehara voicing Ichiya might have made me like him more than Toriumi, but I think Toriumi Ichiya was pretty funny and pathetic in his own way it gave a different type of character archetype lol. As I expected Nayuta was my fav boy even though he said some pretty weird af do-M crap throughout most of the game (but he had his reasons xDDD). This was pretty much the only game that I played this year that was memorable and had lots of great lines. VB was also my last Vita game as I have packed it away, along with my PS TV. Rip Vita, you lasted a solid 5 years.😨
Skipping the usual stats this year because google has masked a lot of them so a lot of them are this weird AMP project thing, twitter, facebook or a search engine that plants trees when you use it (??). Anyway I honestly don’t really know what to say for 2020. I got 2 games to play/finish in 2019 and 2 more I’d like to pick up in 2020 but everything is kinda up in the air right now. Ports of games I’ve played no longer entice me (and honestly just feel like a waste of money to me) and there’s just barely any releases coming out period. Segmented games are a huge turn off for me (as we all know they eventually get bundled into 1 game anyway) and Otomate we don’t need yet another port/sequel/remake of Hakuoki. Otomate did announce a few games at OtoPa but I’m pretty sure 1 of them (Lover Pretend) has been cancelled quietly behind the scenes.
Instead I’ve been focusing on final fantasy series from Square Enix and all sorts of Mario series from Nintendo. So while the otome game reviews on this blog may die, I thank those of you who stick around for all my non-otome stuff. After all, that’s how this blog started and the way otome games are headed, will probably continue for a while. 🤗
Edit: Thank you for the fanart!! ^_^