Hey Blerdy Tribe! It’s the end of yet another month, so it’s time for the Blerdy Otome Monthly Recap! This year is breezing by, it seems like just yesterday it was January and now it’s already October?! A lot has happened this past month—I started a discord server to connect with folks away from Twitch and the Blog, and I was nominated for TheGameHers Award for Top Journalist of the Year (which still kind blows my mind). Whether I make it to the next round or not it’s still really cool to have been included among so many amazing content creators!
As always there’s a lot more on the horizon in October, but before we dive into the new month, let’s take a look back at the month of September here at Blerdy Otome!
It’s no secret that otome games are still very niche genre within the broader gaming community. Even with an increase in English localizations of Japanese otome games here in the West, our community is fairly small–but, what we lack in size we more than make up for in voice! As a collective, the online otome fandom has been especially vocal when it comes to protecting our otome games–whether that is calling out localization companies on the quality of their releases or letting companies know what games we WANT to see released in the West– you can bet that the collective voice of the otome community will be heard.
Of all my social media accounts, Instagram is where I’m most active. So, here is my favorite Instagram post from September!
I usually just go with the flow when it comes to content here on Blerdy Otome, so it’s kind of hard to pin down what to expect each month. I want to get better at sticking to a “schedule” so I thought it would be good practice to include a section with some of the reviews I plan to write during the upcoming month. Not only will this hold me accountable, but it will also give you all an idea of what to expect to see in the month ahead. Full disclosure, this is not a complete list and there’s a good chance things will change—this is more of a rough draft…
Playing Tears of Themis – Ramblings N’ Scribbles (EmikotheWriter)
The mobile joseimuke game, Tears of Themis has been taking the otome fandom by storm–and for good reason, the interactive gacha game gives players the chance to play as a young, ambitious rookie lawyer as she investigates crimes in Stellis city. In this latest post, Emiko the Writer shares their thoughts about the game, from the stories to the characters and everything in-between. If you’ve been on the fence about this game, definitely give this post a read!
Five Action Webtoons that Need an Anime – A Geeky Gal (Meg)
Have you ever read a webtoon that made you go, “this would be great as an anime?” well this is the list for you! Meg shares some of the Webtoons she thinks should get a chance at an animated adaptation–and trust, there are some great titles on this list! Definitely head over to A Geeky Gal and give this post a read, you might just discover a fun new series!
Portrayals of Black Masculinity in Carole & Tuesday – Anime Feminist (Katharine Mussellam)
Carole & Tuesday was one of my favorite anime series to come out of the Spring 2019 anime season. With it’s diverse cast and amazing soundtrack, the series was definitely a standout, but it was not without it’s flaws. In this post, Katherine of Anime Feminist looks at the mixed portrayals of Black Masculinity in the series by taking a closer look at some of the most prominent Black male characters in the anime’s expansive cast.
FASHIONING LITTLE MISS LONESOME | GAME REVIEW | NSFW 18+ – Sweet and Spicy Reviews (Oona Tempest「ウーナ」 )
Closing out this month’s spotlight is an in-depth review of the 18+ otome game, Fashioning Little Miss Lonesome from Sweet and Spicy Reviews. I had a blast with this game and I love seeing what other people think about the quirky, raunchy rom-com and boy does Oona Tempest deliver! If you’ve been curious about the game definitely give this review a read!
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