It’s no secret that I love manga just as much if not more than otome games—I have the bank statements to prove it. But, when I’m not romancing 2D hotties on my Switch you can usually find me curled up on my couch with a manga or two. I read a lot of manga and played a lot of otome games over the years and I’ve noticed a few similarities between the two mediums. Of course my tastes are over the place: action, horror, romance, slice-of-life… I’ll give just about anything a try at least once.
Otome games are story-based visual novels aimed at women, where the goal is to romance your own personal harem of love interests.
Short description of otome games
So, while I was looking at my latest manga TBR, it got me thinking, what are some manga titles that I’d recommend to otome fans, and thus this post was born. All of the manga on this list are available in English (either digitally or in print)!
Hey Hey Blerdy Tribe, I’m back with another Behind the Games post! For those of you just joining the party, Behind the Games is a segment where I interview the folks ‘behind the games’ I review. Giving you guys a chance to get to know the developers and publishers that spend so much time carefully crafting the games you enjoy.
Last time, I spoke with Roxie the co-founder of Aikasa Collective—the studio the team behind the the yuri romance game, Mizuchi—which is loosely based on the Chinese folk tale, Legend of the White Snake. This time around, I had the chance to catch up with Raz and Belen the founders of Moonchime Localization, a small joseimuke publisher and localization company “for fans, by fans”.
As a publisher led by women, we strive to expand joseimuke in the west by connecting fans to Japanese creators.
I sat down with Raz and Belen, the co-founders of Moonchime Localization, to talk about the growth of joseimuke in the west and their experiences working as a women led publisher in the largely male dominated gaming industry. There are a lot of great things coming from the team in the future, and I am so excited to have gotten the chance to get this exclusive with Raz and Belen!
Hey Blerdy Tribe! Last year in May I started a Twitch channel where I play otome games and visual novels: twitch.tv/blerdyotomegames. If you haven’t already popped in for a stream, definitely come through, we have a lot of fun! Here is this week’s streaming so you don’t miss out:
Hey Blerdy Tribe!! There’s a brand new Kickstarter campaign for an upcoming dark fantasy RPG otome game, The Silent Kingdom by Lucky Cat Otome. The game is a story-driven RPG in which you play as the princess of kingdom at the mercy of a terrible curse.
Place yourself in the role of Princess Erinys, whose kingdom has fallen under the yoke of a sorrowful curse. In order to save everything you have ever known and loved, you’ll have to stand against the entire world – and even defy the Goddess herself.
How much weight will a withered kingdom burden your soul? As a princess, will you be loved or hated, betrayer or betrayed? Will you seek comfort in the companionship of others, or will the demise of your kingdom seal your heart away forever?
A path of thorns is waiting. The manner in which you walk it is up to you.
Hey Blerdy Tribe, I have a super special fundraising campaign just for you! Gabs aka Chottomatte.nini has been hard at work on some Collar x Malice inspired enamel pins and I want to share the deets on this amazing project with you all! The Floral x Malice enamel pin campaign is set to start on January 20, 2022 and trust me, you won’t want to miss out on these gorgeous pins!