Exclusively Yours is the latest Otome Romance title to make its way to the Love 365 app. In the game you play as a young woman who is mistaken for her twin sister—a glamorous Executive Assistant at an elite advertising agency. Now she has to fake it till she makes it in the cutthroat business world… an exciting romance awaits!
I kind of fell off the Voltage bandwagon, a little while ago, but this newest release gave me nostalgic flashbacks to one of their older titles, Office Secrets. So I figure what’s the harm in playing through the prologue… and I dunno, I kinda like it. Exclusively Yours: An Office Affair was originally released in 2011 in Japan, so it seems Voltage is giving some of their older titles a fresh coat of paint in the Love 365 app and I’m here for it! So, I sat down and played the prologue for Exclusively Yours and as always, I have some thoughts…
The MC recently lost her job after the company she was working for went belly up. Her twin sister, Ami on the other hand has a glamorous job as an Executive Assistant at the ritzy, ATK Agency. One day the MC notices that Ami forgets some work documents at home and decides to bring them to her, but before she can get to her office, one of Ami’s bosses sees her and mistakes her for her sister! While contemplating the sticky situation, the MC gets a call from her sister, but her relief is short lived—Ami has decided to quit her job and elope with her rich (also totally married) boyfriend. Rather than telling her job the joyous news, Ami has the brilliant idea to have the MC take her place, I mean they are identical twins… what’s the worse that could happen?
She spends the better part of the day trying to find someone in the office to explain the situation to, but whacky hijinks ensue and she never quite gets the chance to actually tell anyone that she isn’t Ami. The MC has brief encounters with each of the love interests, who range from easygoing and friendly to flirty to one guy who actually seems like a really sweet guy. Just when she thinks she can slip out of the office, she’s dragged off to a company board meeting where all hell breaks loose!
Kyo Aoyagi, the VP who recently resigned bursts into the room and demands that the MC—who thinks is Ami—should in a show of solidarity, resign and come with him as his Executive Assistant. Figuring to hell with telling the truth, the MC decides to continue pretending to be her sister and decides to choose one of the mega hot executives to be her new boss!
Arata Osaka: The president of ATK Agency and childhood besties with Taizo, Kyo, and Eita. He was born in Sweden and moved to Japan at the tender age of 8 years old. He’s confident and business minded, before starting ATK, he worked in the music industry making tons of connections with Japan’s elite entertainers and business execs. He seems to have a lot of ladies after him, some of whom include famous actresses—in the prologue, one of them managed to track him down to his office… While he is pretty upset at Kyo for leaving ATK, I get the sense that he is more hurt by the seeming betrayal, since they’d been friends for so long.
Taizo Sawaki: Besties with Arata, Kyo, and Eita since high school, Taizo helped found ATK Agency after they finished school. He’s a creative genius, having won one of the most prestigious commercial production awards at the age of 20. He seems to be one of those tall silent types, but he’s really nice to the MC in the prologue and even seems genuinely concerned about her (I mean he just offers her a granola bar, but the feelings are there XD).
Sojiro Mikumo: When we meet him, he wastes no time hitting on the MC. He’s kind of a tease and the youngest member of the board. He joined the company at 22 and worked his way up to Managing Director by the time he was 24. He’s definitely cute, but Sojiro is a shameless flirt and while he gives off the impression that he’s super chill, I can’t help but feel like he’s secretly plotting something…
Eita Onuki: Easy going and friendly, Eita is the Senior Managing Director at ATK Agency. He’s been friends with Arata, Taizo, and Kyo since junior high and after swimming competitively at the Olympics he joined ATK with them. He seems like one of those smooth guys who can easily charm a gal.
Kyo Aoyagi: He’s known Arata, Taizo, and Eita since junior high and helped found ATK with them after university. He seems like one of those cool megane characters, but he did kick down the conference room door in the middle of a board meeting—so looks can be deceiving. So, before the start of the story, Kyo quit ATK Agency to start his own company, Denpakudo and if you choose him you’ll resign from ATK and join him at his new company.
So, I noticed this with another one of Voltage’s “newer” titles Codename Cupid, but it seems these last couple of releases don’t have the usual BGM included. Perhaps, this is because this is one of their “older” releases or maybe the original Japanese release didn’t have BGM either, what ever the reason, the game is completely silent. I like having BGM, because it gives more emotional weight to some scenes, but, at the end of the day, not including it isn’t going to really make or break the game for me. That aside, I did notice that some of the stock backgrounds were a bit pixelated—like they were resized a bit too much—and some character sprites seem a bit rough around the edges. Again, not anything that would really put me off the game entirely, but noticeable enough just the same.
The story is interesting—the MC’s identical twin sister runs off with her married boyfriend (she is clearly living her best life) and you get stuck pretending to be her at her glamorous Executive Assistant job at an advertising agency, where all of your bosses are super hot young execs… it sounds like the premise of a telenovela or a really bad soap and yet, I’m intrigued. We’ve seen office romances before in some of their other titles, Office Secrets, Irresistible Mistakes, and Our Two Bedroom Story to name a few, but the writers added just enough spice to push what could have been just another generic otome premise over the edge. On top of that before the start of the story, one of the founding members of the company defected and creates his own rival company, and he wants you to quit working at ATK and work for him instead. *chef’s kiss*
Right now, only Arata Osaka’s route is available and I’m definitely going to start playing that when I call it a day from my own 9-5. But, in the prologue you get to briefly interact with each of the potential love interest and for the most part all of them are in their mid to late 20’s, though Kyo is actually 30. As someone out of my 20’s I appreciate it when my otome games have love interests that are a bit older because then I don’t feel like such a cougar, romancing high schoolers in my otome. Of the available boys, I’m most interested in two of them (neither of whom have available stories yet): Taizo, because I love me a man of few words and he offers the MC a granola bar (gotta love a man that cares about his girl’s eating habits) and Kyo, not only is he a megane, but after quitting ATK, he literally gate crashes a fricken board meeting and makes a desperate plea for you to come away with him to his new company (which is romantic as hell)—which starts a huge brawl between him and the other executives over you. *slow clap* Bravissimo! Just the right amount of drama.
The main stories kick off from there, since you’re prompted to pick one of the executives to work for and not gonna lie, I’m definitely invested. I gotta see how far this crazy train is gonna go. I have been an executive assistant before and let me tell you, they manage a hell of a lot of stuff, from meetings to dinners to trip to proposals to gifts for clients and even reviewing products… and sometimes they know more about the company than their bosses. So, I’m real curious to see how homegirl is gonna pull this off while knowing fuck all about the company or what they do. They mention she was an Executive Assistant at her last job, but still experience can only go so far in a case like this, However, I do wanna say that I really like the MC—she’s a little sassy and I can always appreciate a sassy MC. I’m rooting for her though.
Sure, why not! It seems like Exclusively Yours is going to mostly stick with the office romance schtick, which Voltage has done well in the past. I like that the characters are in their late 20’s early 30’s, so this has the potential to be one of their more mature stories. The premise is definitely interesting (to say the least) and I’m invested enough in the story to at least check out a few of the routes as their released. If you’re a fan of Voltage’s Otome Romance line you like office romance, you can’t go wrong with Exclusively Yours: An Office Affair.