Month: September 2020

Blerdy Otome Monthly Recap – September 2020

Hey there Blerdy Tribe, it has been one hell of a year, but I hope you guys are all hanging in there! September was a busy month for me since I moved to a new apartment and I am ready for things settle down… however, it looks like that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. This was also the month that I said goodbye to my 20’s and you know what it’s kinda surreal… I feel exactly the same as I did BEFORE my birthday hit.

I mentioned that I was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with the Manga Mavericks Podcast discussing what it’s like being a Black nerd and I HAD A BLAST!! I got to talk and laugh with so many other talented Black nerdy content creators, so definitely give the episode a listen: Manga Mavericks EP. 133: “Black Representation in Anime/Manga”. I have even more neat stuff coming in October, but before that, let’s look back at the month of September here on Blerdy Otome!!

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Heroine For Hire Game Review – Veris’ Route

I can’t get enough of Black run indie game development studio, Jellyfish Parade—I have been following the team since their release of PAIRS and I have not looked back. I recently covered the demo for the team’s upcoming fantasy romance game, Ocean Pearls: Kissed by the Sea (which spoiler alert, I loved) and now I’m back covering the studio’s first commercial release, Heroine for Hire—a high fantasy romance—and let me tell you, it is definitely worth checking out!!

The game follows Lyre Harmoniel, a young woman who can’t seem to hold down a steady job. After losing eight jobs in the span of just 2 months, Lyre is starting to get desperate—is it too much to ask for a gig that is both fulfilling and pays well?! Just when she thinks the perfect job doesn’t exist, Lyre sees a promising job listing and she thinks maybe, just maybe her luck has finally turned around…

Heroine for Hire is still in development, with only one of the two love interests available at the time of this writing—the second love interest’s route will be released as DLC at a later date. But, don’t let that discourage you from giving H4H a try, there is more than enough content to keep you entertained!

Game Details

  • Fantasy | Romance | Adventure
  • Where to Play:  Windows and Mac
  • Price:  $9.99
  • Gameplay: 5 – 10 hours
  • Similar Games: Wilder | Errant Kingdom

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #66

Hey there Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, it’s once again that special time of the week—Thrifty Thursday!

In a world where it’s all about the almighty dollar, sometimes it’s a little tough to make our pennies stretch enough to accommodate our hobbies. But, there are plenty of ways to balance your budget while still enjoying the things you love, you just have to be a little thrifty about it. So, I created Thrifty Gaming in order to spotlight some lesser known indie titles that are both entertaining an affordable.

If you’re a new follower or someone who has been following since my Nice Job Breaking It Hero days and have been gone for awhile, here’s a refresher… Thrifty Gaming, is a weekly post series where I spotlight three games/visual novels that are under $10.00. These can be mobile games, PC games, and a few times I have found some nice indie console titles too. The list used to focus on just otome games and romance visual novels, but after requests from a few readers I have since expanded to other gaming genres. I don’t include sales or limited time offers, each title has to be consistently priced at $10.00 or less without any promotions to be included in this line up.

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Note, these are not reviews, rather recommendations so your mileage may vary with some of these titles. This week’s post will include a brief synopsis and links to each game so you can add them to your gaming library! You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy your hobbies, so save a little bread and check this week’s thrifty gaming picks!

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Toritan: Birds of a Feather Vol 1 BL Manga Review

SuBLime Manga has been one of the few publishers to consistently put out new boys love titles in English and it is thanks to them that my wallet is considerably lighter as of late. But, you don’t see me complaining, since SuBLime tends to cast a pretty wide net with their localization releases–from supernatural fantasy to slice-of-life shounen-ai, there’s something for just about every fujoshi and fudanshi in their catalog. And if like me, you’re looking for something a bit more wholesome to add to your manga library, look no further than Kotetsuko Yamamoto’s Toritan: Birds of a Feather.

Now, I didn’t know what to expect with this first volume, based on the design of the cover and the title I at least knew it had something to do with birds. So, I went into Toritan completely blind and y’all, this manga is wild (no pun intended).

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5 Otome Games That Made Me Cry

I like to think that I’m not a gal that cries easily. Sure, I’m human, I get emotional sometimes, but it takes a lot to get me to actually cry, and not just a few stray tears, but like ugly cry. A story so heartbreakingly beautiful that you can’t help but let all your emotions just spill over.

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So, I did some thinking and I came up with a list of five games that hit me deep in the feels and had me bawling like a baby! Now, it’s not just one route or one character with a tragic backstory… no, the whole game is one emotional gut punch after another! So, grab your Kleenex and get ready for five otome games that made me cry…

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