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…
Hey there Blerdy Tribe, it’s Melanin Monday here on Blerdy Otome and that means I’m spotlighting another Melanin Friendly Game! For those of you just joining the party—every Monday I spotlight games that feature Black and brown characters for anyone looking for titles with just a bit more representation. As a blerd and a gamer, I am always on the lookout for representation in my games. This is largely a personal project for me—there are almost no “diverse game” tags on major game sites—so, it can be pretty difficult find games with characters of color… unless you already know where to look.
In last week’s post I spotlighted Stars and Snowdrops, a fantasy romance visual novel from Ithaqua Labs. This week I’m looking at the quirky superhero dating visual novel Mission: It’s Complicated from Schell Games.
Tis the season of new demos and I am excited to see so many great visual novels in development! The indie scene has always offered a wealth of unique stories that appeal to a wide range of gamers. There is always something new to discover, so if you’re not playing indie games—you are missing out!
One of the titles that should be on your radar is the Sin Sister’s pirate themed indie otome game, The Spanish Privateer. Follow 18 year old runaway, Isabel Carlota de Castilla as she joins a privateer ship to escape a unwanted marriage to a man three times her age.. It’s a high seas adventure, full of action, new discoveries, and of course romance.
Hey Blerdy Tribe, I’m back with another demo review—this time around I’m covering Bun Bo Soup Team’s upcoming fantasy adventure boys love visual novel, Silver Blue. The game is currently in Kickstarter and the team is really close to reaching their goal, so I figured this was the perfect time to share my thoughts on the project—in case you’re still on the fence about supporting the campaign.
Silver Blue is unusual for a boys love game, because unlike other titles from the same genre, this game was conceived to be something that anyone of all ages can enjoy. So, there will be no sexual content in the final release of the game—and you know what, with the overabundance of sex in boys love media, I can appreciate that. I love shameless smut as much as the next fujoshi, but every now and again you want something with a bit more substance. So, with that in mind, let’s dive into this review!
Hey Blerdy Tribe, I’m taking a dive back into the twisted fairytale world of Taisho x Alice with Episode II – Electric Boogaloo—and let me tell you, this chapter brings new meaning to the phrase, ‘darker and edgier’. Taisho x Alice Episode II takes us away from the lighthearted Disney-esque fairytales we’re used to and takes more than a few notes from the Brother’s Grimm, delivering a much darker experience than what we saw in Episode I. This time around, we get to romance Gretel and Kaguya; and let me tell you right now— forget everything you think you know about these characters from the first game.
In Taisho x Alice each of the love interests is fighting their own demons and it is up to YOU to save your fairytale Prince Charming and guide them towards their “happily ever after”. Trigger warning, Episode 2 contains direct references to self-harm and sexual assault—so if that is not your jam, probably best to give this one a pass.
- Fantasy | Fairytale | Romance
- Available on Steam
- Price: $19.99
- 5+ hours of gameplay
- Similar Games: Taisho x Alice Ep 1 | Cinderella Phenomenon | Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk