Hey Hey Blerdy Tribe, I’m bringing you all something a little different from my usual game related content! I’ve teamed up with artist and fellow otome fan, Allison C.M. to review her super cute Otome Gamer Enamel Pin set! But it gets even better, Allison is collaborating with me to GIVEAWAY these adorable pins to one lucky reader! Now, you can accessorize and show off your love of otome games, so definitely read to the end of this post for the details on how to enter!
Who is Allison C.M.
Allison C.M. is a Haitian-American illustrator residing in sunny South Florida. Her love for storytelling led to publishing and librarianship, where she garnered skills in layout, cover design, illustration, and children literature analysis. She also showcases and sells her works at local comic book conventions. As a hobby, Allison enjoys collecting graphic novels and playing visual novels.
Where to Find Allison C.M.
- Twitter: @allisoncm21
- Instagram: @allisoncm21
- Etsy Store: etsy.com/shop/AllisonCMArt
- Big Cartel: allisoncmart.bigcartel.com
- Tumblr: allison-cm.tumblr.com
- Email: email@example.com
Let’s Look at the Otome Gamer Pins
So, I first came across these pins back when the creator, Allison C.M. launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funding for the production of the pins—which made 2x the campaign goal! I will readily admit that I’m not much of a pin collector (or fandom merch in general), but I gotta say, these are some pretty cute pins! There are two in the set: the Happy Otome Gamer and Otome Gamer Controller pins.
Size: 2 inches
Color: Rose Gold
Not gonna lie, these pins were a bit bigger than they appear in the pictures coming in at 2 inches each. The Happy Otome Gamer pin especially feels pretty huge—it’s much longer and wider than the Controller pin, though technically they’re roughly the same size. Because of this there are two securing pins on the back to ensure they stay put if you decide to stick them on a bag or something more mobile.
The designs are cute and I love the rose gold metal finish because I’m a sucker for anything rose gold, and it goes well with the pastel color pallet of the enamel. There were no bubbles or cracks in the enamel and the softer colors are very pleasing to the eyes—I especially like that each pin has a bit of glitter added to the design to give the pin a bit more flare! Also, each pin has an imprint of the artist’s logo on the back.
Of the two pins, I have to say that the Controller pin is my fave, a controller is just the universal symbol of gamers and given how otome gamers are often seen as “casual gamers” it’s kind of validating—It’s like “look at me, I’m a gamer too” and whether that was the intent or not, it’s still a really nice touch.
On the other hand, the Happy Otome Gamer pin is cute, buuuut, it’s not my fave of the set. The pin depicts a blue haired otome girl, and it is adorable. But, I think I would have liked it more if the pin had alternate designs to represent the diversity that exists in the otome games community. I get that that would probably raise production costs for the artist, so I don’t fault Allison for having one specific design, but it’s definitely something I’d love to see in the future~
How to Enter the Pin Giveaway
Hey Blerdy Tribe, I’m collaborating with Allison C.M. to give away both of these super cute otome gamer enamel pins! One lucky reader will have the chance to win both of these exclusive pins and add them to their personal collection! The giveaway is open to folks in the, but there are a few rules~
- You must follow me on Twitter @BeckNaja
- You must follow Allison C.M. on Twitter @allisoncm21
- You must be subscribed to Blerdy Otome (either through a WordPress account or via email)
- Bonus Entries: Leave a comment on this post and/or on the official giveaway tweet telling me your fave otome game!
The giveaway will run until June 26, 2021 at 11:59PM EST.