Every year I say “I can’t believe I’m still going” and it’s no different this year. It’s painfully more and more obvious about how console games are pretty much on their way out the door with mobile taking over and with the fact that non romantic mobile games (and gacha whale card games) are pretty much at the top of the industry right now as they rake in the most cash. Why release 1 console game that people will just buy once, play and forget – when you can continue milking for pixel 2D men until the game shuts down?! On that note a lot of mobile games like that HAVE been shutting down so it’s pretty much an endless cycle with the once in a while console release courtesy of pretty much Otomate and the few others companies still hanging on like Extend. Anyway let’s jump into the usual year end review as well as
your all time favorite otome game awards! 😂
I played a hell lot of Final Fantasy – With the virus pretty much locking me up at home most of my year, I had a lot more time to play games than before. With this I ended up playing Final Fantasy 12, 13, 13-2 and Lightning Returns. I’m already looking into playing FF8 as well soon as there’s hopefully a sale but on the switch or PS4 because apparently Square Enix can’t seem to port old games properly and it’s a crash fest like 13-2 was. Bleh. Too bad I can’t stream on PS4/Switch though, it’s always fun seeing a bunch of random people show up when I’m doing some crazy boss battle 😂 and of course always fun to chat with the few regulars who stop by :). On that note all you seiyuu lovers please enjoy the heck out of Final Fantasy 14 ;^)
Minori Ruined Galge for Me – You know what screw you minori, I’m glad you went out of business because your games are actually REALLY BAD. Maybe it’s some year 2006 nostalgia that everyone thinks their games are teh awesome but I found EF to be gross and offensive and Eden was boring and template as sin and I ended up dropping it after 9 hours of Gary Stu & his LoliBBA adventures. And come to think of it, Wind of Breath of Heart was pretty bad too, I must have had the stupid nostalgia glasses too to even consider buying their games after that. Well never again, and honestly no more eroge/galge for me. I cringe reading some of these template lines from both the protag and the heroines more than I enjoy whatever “story” they put into these things.
Japanese Players got Really Mad at Otomate about the Alice Game – So Otomate acting like they’re reviving Alice with Spade no Kuni but then they go and change the most iconic voices of Joker and Nightmare and throw in random new characters while once again axing Peter out of the group. Not to worry, after playing Twin World, I’ve confirmed I no longer give a crap about the Alice series, Peter or not, so I’ll be giving this one a pass unless it somehow has stellar reviews (and with the voice cast change I highly doubt it.)
Aksys Pushes Boxes and Other Localization Blunders – Ah yes, here we are many years later complaining about bad localization and absolutely nothing has changed with them.
They first started out with an insanely poor release of Collar x Malice Unlimited in which someone found HUNDREDS of errors and sent the entire list to Aksys to “create a patch”. To this day, there’s no patch and they basically did all the editing work for free. They did work that someone is PAID to do for FREE. I’m sure like the image above, no patch will ever get released, everyone will forget about it, and move on like they do every year. My biggest pet peve however was how they just straight up translated a term in Cafe Enchante wrong. They translated Hako Oshi (a term that means you love the entire cast as a whole rather than liking specific characters) as PUSHING BOXES.
Not only is that straight up wrong, it means that the person just literally threw the thing into google translate which literally translates it as “box pusher” because the word 押し in otome game terms means to “have a favorite” and the hako is a slang term for “group”. For reference here was my original translation of it when I played in Japanese:
So while I think typos and bugs in a game are bad and should be corrected, when you get to just straight up wrong translations it starts to get to a point of “what exactly are you paying for?” If they can’t be assed to edit the script, check for typos or even translate it correctly , you may as well open up the google translate photo translate function and just play the Japanese release no? And the problem is while there are a few other localization teams that release decent stuff (i.e. taisho alice, manga gamer etc) they pretty much have monopoly over Otomate releases and it just appears to be getting more and more sloppy every year. I don’t usually play English otome games, but the one I played recently had so many stupid distracting typos, I didn’t think they would bother me, but every time I saw one I just rolled my eyes. (i.e. “I sat on the soda” instead of sofa several times etc.)
But there are people who this doesn’t bother at all. It’s like people who were happy importing shitty Hong Kong bootleg DVDs back before we had decent translated and localized anime options. They were also under fire for talking about how they prefer to localize dark edgy games instead of cute games with sparkles – because god forbid OTOME games not appeal to a male audience right? ಠ_ಠ Guess we’ll never see Cupid Parasite in English, way too much girly sparkles and butterflies in that one (although I am shocked they licensed Variable Barricade and Olympia Soire??) Anyway obviously the only solution to this problem is for another company to come and take over or well be like me, dedicate your life to your hobby and learn Japanese. 😂
I quit all my mobage – Yea mobage just aren’t for me lol, uninstalled everything. Instead I somehow got back into massive manga reading after downloading the Manga Park app. It lets you read a few chapters a day for free so you never have to pay if you don’t want to. I read all of Kamisama Hajimemashita on it and now making my way through Mizutama Honey Boy which I absolutely adore.
I can’t think of anything else “eventfull in the otome game world” this year (since most of the year in real life was covid & presidential election for me) so let’s move on to the
otome game visual novel awards ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).
Unlike 2019, I actually completed 17 visual novels this year (including the crappy galges) thanks to having a lot more time on my hands 😂😂. Since it’s a VN I will include them in the award listing but I won’t include my FF games since those fall into the RPG category. Going to start from worst first and then best for last (the worst & best are in no particular order)!
😱 Worst Game of the Year: Diamond Girl😱
😱 Worst Surprise Incest: Iris School of Wizardry😱
😱 Worst Reusage of Materials: Koi no Hana Saku Hyakkaen😱
😱Ozmafia Award for Most NTR in 2020: Olympia Soire😱
😱Goodbye Dummy Head Mic Award: Meiji Tokyo Renka Twilight Kiss😱
😱J. Epstein Award for the most amount of pedro in visual novel: EF -a tale of the two-😱
😱Cheapest Kusoge Award: Scared Rider Xechs😱
😱Childhood Friend Deja Vu: Hoshikuzu Heliograph😱
😱The Worst Key Game I’ve Ever Played: Summer Pockets😱
😱I shouldn’t have bothered with Quin Rose again 1: Arabian’s Doubt😱
😱I shouldn’t have bothered with Quin Rose again 2: HnKnA -Wonderful Twin World-😱
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)Now time for the GOOD SHIT( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
😃 Best Otome Gamer Award: Gensou Kissa Enchante😃
😃 Best Exotic Occidental Fantasy: Gensou Manege😃
😃 Best Character Game: Dairoku Ayakashimori😃
😃 Best Mystery & NYC Landmark: Bustafellows😃
😃 Best Music, Best Heroine & Best Game of the Year: Cupid Parasite😃
I received a fanart of Lee from Nan again this year, thank you so much!! (n*´ω`*n) I’m trying to get him more involved in parts of this blog so keep your eyes peeled for him to show up other than just during my yearly anniversary posts ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). Now it’s time for the yearly stats!
Top 5 Most Popular Posts (Not including index pages):
- Piofiore Review (warning: I did not like this game)
- Cafe Enchante Review (obviously because both of these got licensed)
- Bustafellows Review
- Taisho Alice Review (also another licensed title)
- Olympia Soire review
Top 5 Blog Hits (not including blog names):
- ffxiv housing ideas 😂
- piofiore no banshou
- amazon (???)
- cafe enchante otome
- ff14 aerith glamour
Interesting because google pretty much hides most of search terms to my blog these days so interesting that most of my hits are now ffxiv related. Maybe I should post more FFXIV related content 🤔 On that note, I’ve started a twitter moment for otome game cosplay in ffxiv that I update every once in a while 🙂
Not much left to say other than – gee I wish there was more console otome. B’s Log is basically a mobage magazine now with maybe 4-5 pages dedicated to whatever console game has been teased by otomate or whoever else. If you look at the upcoming 2021 releases it’s well..sad. The only thing I have my eyes on is Lover Pretend, Paradigm Paradox and the HameFura otome game adaptation. As far as the rest of the year I’m only getting the Takuyo game and possibly the new R-18 manga gamer release (which depends really on the timing of patch 5.4 in FFXIV and if so I may push buying it off to next year instead since I’m not going to review it here anyway.) In the meantime I’m forcing my husband to play through the Ps4 version of Code Realize + FD for destroying my Subaru mug lol so please look forward to his reviews. 😂
As usual thanks to everyone who comes back to read my reviews. Thanks to those who come back to read them for entertainment purpose even if you don’t agree with my opinion – since after all ultimately I just have fun writing my thoughts out in a humorous fashion. ( ˘ω˘ ) I’ve lost count of how many games I’ve completed at this point and it’s definitely a huge influence over what I like and dislike these days. I think nowadays I just want a silly game with a happy ending to get away from the bleak reality we’re facing and that’s probably why I picked Cupid Parasite as my favorite game of the year. Hoping we’ll still get a new FFXIV expac next year and if not , hoping more console otome games come out to keep me entertained between patches. ( ◠‿◠ )