An opening theme is a great way to convey the tone of a game before players dive into the actual story. For Western otome fans, the opening trailer is the very first time we are exposed to a game and helps shape our opinion about an upcoming release. Sometimes it’s the only thing we have to go on—unless you know enough Japanese to read the official JP game pages, but for the rest of us in just a few moments, an otome opening can either make or break your experience before you even have the game in your hands. So, today I wanted to spotlight some of my favorite otome openings…
Hakuoki Kyoto Winds
Song Title: Ruri no Sorae
Artist: Aika Yoshioka
I’m not gonna lie, after years of Hakuoki releases, I was starting to get burned out on the series and then I saw the opening trailer for Kyoto Winds and that was all it took to get me back on the Hakuoki bandwagon. Honestly, I don’t think I have ever really hated a Hakuoki OP, but Ruri no Sorae really seemed to capture the spirit of the series. I love that everything starts out in black and white before suddenly bursting into color as if you are being transported through time…
Period Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~
Song Title: Ibara No Rakuen
This opening is absolutely perfect, everything from the visuals to the lyrics are on point! There is a lot of movement in this opening which works well with the MMPORPG setting of the game and the music… I LOVE Joelle! My feelings about Period Cube are pretty mixed, but after seeing this opening, I almost want to go back and replay the game again…
Norn9: Var Commons
Song Title: melee
Artist: Yanagi Nagi
Norn 9 Var Commons is another otome game that I have mixed feelings about, but this opening is just so light and hopeful, which is kind of what the game is about—hope. Here you have a group of superpowered teens on a mission to save the world, just trying to make the best of a not so great situation… and I think the lyrics really convey that sentiment.
Song Title: Precious Places, Precious Faces
Artist: Oda Kaori
Everytime I hear this opening I can’t help but smile! It’s such a fun feel good song that conveys these nice warm slice-of -life vibes. Everything about this opening screams light airy everyday fun and I am here for it! I know that Cafe Enchante isn’t out just yet but DAMN do I want this game!
Sweet Fuse ~At Your Side~
Song Title: Jet Coaster Rendezvous
Sweet Fuse is one of those early otome game localizations that I fear will be lost to the sands of time—we need a re-release of this game… it’s just too much fun! But, this opening is just so full of manic energy much like the game itself, bright colors, explosions… it’s a fairly accurate snapshot of the game… and I really hope that one day… in the not too distant future we’ll see this game make the jump to the Switch
These are my fave otome game openings, so if you haven’t given these OPs a listen I totally recommend giving them a listen. But, I know there are so many amazing openings out there, so here is where I turn things over to you dear readers—What are some of your favorite otome game openings?
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