Polling the #OtomeArmada: Which Endings Do You Play Through First?

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.

As a blogger I use my platform to promote otome games (and indie romance visual novels), but I am just one of many voices in the otome games community and I don’t speak for everyone. So, I wanted to reach out to the #OtomeArmada and see where we stand on certain topics specific to our community. Nothing fancy, just a Twitter poll every now and again to spice things up. Last week I asked you guys ‘When playing otome games, which endings do you like to play through first?’–and the response was overwhelming with 410 of you all casting your vote.

But, I wanted to do something with this and actually list out some takeaways from the poll and kind of suss out some trends! So, let’s break down the results!

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Olympia Soiree Otome Review – Kiss the Rainbow

Olympia Soiree is the otome game that no one thought would ever get localized and yet, it’s the latest Otomate title to make its way to the West. Olympia Soiree definitely touches on heavier themes than you’d expect to see in an otome game, but this more mature spin is a welcome change. Follow Olympia, last of her kind as she seeks out her husband to preserve her bloodline. On her journey across Tenguu Island in search of your perfect partner, and along the way learn more about the island and it’s people. 

Game Details

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #94

Hey Blerdy Tribe! It’s 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.

Sailor Moon Money

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 out this week’s thrifty gaming picks!

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Blerdy Otome Monthly Recap – August 2021

Hey Blerdy Tribe! It’s the end of yet another month, so it’s time for the Blerdy Otome Monthly Recap! Is it just me or did August just kind of breeze by?! This month is kind of a blur… We’re getting closer to our annual meeting at my job, so work has been kind of hectic, but, streaming has become a great way to destress after hours. Though Twitch’s lax attitude towards bot raids and hate raids has me pissed off #TwitchDBetter. But, I’ve been lucky to have met so many amazing streamers who are super chill and super supportive, like Lauren aka BlackBelleFlower. And this weekend we’ll be doing a special collab stream over on Twitch; we’ll be playing Monster Prom! 

Collab BlkBellflower

Here on the blog home front I did something I said I’d never do and created a walkthrough for a game! It was a lot of extra work, but there’s something kinda fun about doing them. I did a much deeper dive into the game than I normally would have and I think I might make this a regular thing… maybe… 

This month was also a great month for otome fans, with Aksys hitting us with not one, but four new otome game localization announcements during their All Aksys Event! We are getting fed in 2021 and I am here for it! There’s a lot more on the horizon in September, but before we dive into the new month, let’s take a look back at the month of August here at Blerdy Otome!

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Olympia Soiree – Akaza Walkthrough

Official Website: Aksys Games
Game Link: Nintendo eShop | Amazon | Aksys Games (Standard) | Aksys Games (w/ Soundtrack)

General Tips:

  • Only Riku, Tokisada, Kuroba, and Yosuga’s can be selected on the first playthrough.
  • Himuka unlocks after finishing Riku, Tokisada, Kuroba, and Yosuga’s routes.
  • Akaza’s route unlocks after finishing all the other routes in the game.
  • There is a Compass Dial that indicates which choices correspond to which ending (the sun icon= best choice | moon icon=bad choices)
  • To unlock all of Akaza’s CGs you will need to play through Short Story 01 – Homemade Cake
  • Recommended Play Order: RikuTokisadaYosugaKurobaHimukaAkaza
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