Let’s Show Our Support for Your Royal Gayness – The Ultimate Fairytale Parody Game

Edit (4/6): The Kickstarter for this game was successful at meeting its funding goal. The final funding amount was $7,040 with 364 backers! The game now has a tentative release date of Late 2017!  

Hey hey guys I’m back with yet another Kickstarter campaign, that I stumbled upon last week, and while this isn’t just a visual novel in the traditional sense, the unique LGBTQ themed story definitely reflects the ideals and values of the developers! I’m talking about the upcoming PC LGBTQ themed visual novel/resource management game Your Royal Gayness from Lizard Hazard Games!

I’m not going to lie, the title is really what first caught my attention, and I’m glad it did, this looks like it’s going to be a fun game. And as I’ve said before, I’m excited to see another LGBTQ game in development, we need more unique titles like this on the market!

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Melanin Monday: Six Sensational Black Superheroes You Should Know

Hey, hey all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers out there it’s Monday, and that means another Melanin Monday post!! For those of you just joining us, Melanin Monday is a  bi-weekly post series that I started for Black History Month, where I talk about Black and Brown skinned characters in anime, manga, video games, etc., but you guys loved it so much I decided to continue it!

As a Black woman and self proclaimed nerd it really means a lot to me when I see positive images of my people in media. There are so many hurtful stereotypes and images about Black and brown skinned individuals out there and it breaks my heart, so I decided to throw some positive energy out there by combining my love of my brown skin and my love of all things nerdy… two things that have never been mutually exclusive in my heart. I am and will always be a Black Nerd… or Blerd!  So, for this week’s Melanin Monday post I’m spotlighting six spectacular Black superheroes!!

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Mar. 5th to Mar. 11th

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! Sorry this post is late, I was out yesterday and didn’t get the chance to set everything up before hand… This week was light years better than last week, but when you’re recovering from a broken heart every day is a toss up… luckily I’ve been able to find ways to occupy my time, and before you say otome games, that wasn’t the case this time….

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On a positive note, it’s Spring Break this week, so my office is closed! Yay! I get a whole week off, but I don’t have enough money to go anywhere fancy, so it looks like I’ll be exploring DC or just catching up on my backlog…

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My Lover is a Tragic God: Star Crossed Myth- Tauxolouve Review

I don’t know what made me buy Tauxolouve’s main story, since I wasn’t remotely interested in the guy at all… Mature playboys just aren’t my type at all, but there I was playing his route until the butt crack of dawn, and not only did I enjoy it… I found myself falling hard for the guy!

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Tauxolouve is the god of Sagittarius and while outwardly he’s a bit of a tease, the real Tauxolouve is much more compassionate and steadfast than folks give him credit for. Sure he talks a big game, but he never actually acts on any of the suggestive things he says. Is he really a womanizer like everyone says, or is it all just an act?

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.**

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[OWLS Blog Tour] We’re All on the Same Team: Finding Sanctuary on the Volleyball Court

Hey hey all you Heroes and Travelers out there today I’m bringing you all another super special awesome OWLS post!! Back in December I mentioned that I’d joined OWLS: Otaku Warriors of Liberty and Self-Respect, a group of bloggers and vloggers that hope to spread a message of acceptance and understanding through thoughtful community activism!

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So, in order to spread our message of self acceptance and tolerance, we’ve decided to hold Monthly Blog Tours! During Blog Tours, we each write individual theme posts on our blogs that promote our group’s values, with a bit of an otaku twist.  March’s Blog Tour topic is Sanctuary!

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #10

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gamer, the weekly post series where I spotlight three otome games/visual novels for gamers on a budget. Whatever your financial situation, I’m here to bring you affordable games that won’t break the bank!! All of the games on this list are $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items), so no more weepy wallets!!

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This week’s post will include links to the games and a brief synopsis, but let me stress that these are not reviews, but recommendations… so your mileage may vary! Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!

*Note that some of the titles on this week’s list might not be suitable for folks under the age of 18, however I can’t and won’t police you guys. So do what you will with that 🙂 *

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[Not Funded] Let’s Show Our Support for Chess of Blades A BL Visual Novel

Edit (4/5): The Kickstarter for this game failed to achieve the necessary funds by the deadline. Despite not reaching their goal, Argent Games will continue to work on the game!

Hey hey guys I know it’s been awhile since my last Kickstarter post, life has been throwing me curve balls left and right. But, I’m back again with another Kickstarter campaign, this time for the upcoming Boys Love romance visual novel, Chess of Blades from indie game developers, Argent Games!!

This is Argent Games’s second title in the span of a year and I for one am just happy to see developers willing to create more BL titles! There is definitely a market for BL games and Chess of Blades promises to be a welcome edition to the community! So, I’m definitely going to keep a close eye on this game’s progress.

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My Top Five Favorite Megane Men- Voltage Inc Edition

Hey Hey everyone, the entire month of March here at Nice Job Breaking It, Hero is Megane Madness Month! Throughout the month I will be writing posts about my favorite bespectacled bishies, from lists to spotlights, I’m just going to let my megane bias run free! Also feel free to join me and spread the megane love throughout the month, there’s no such thing as too much megane love!

This time around I’m spotlighting five of my favorite megane characters from mobile otome game developer, Voltage Inc! Last year I wrote a Top 10 Voltage Guys list, so expect to see some of the guys from that list making a repeat appearance here, but there will also be a few new faces! Also, I don’t know what to tell you guys, but the fact that all of the guys on this list are dark haired hotties is purely coincidence… though I will admit that I am partial to raven haired megane characters in general. 😛 So without further ado, My Top Five Favorite Megane Men-Voltage Inc Edition!

*Also, this is not a ranked list, the guys are just in the order i looked them up in, which probably speaks to my preference…*

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So I’ve Kinda Been Nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award

Hey hey all you fantabulous Heroes and Travelers out there, it’s a new year and with it comes more blog award nominations! YAY!! As usual, I am super duper late with these posts… I’ll try to do better in the future. *ahem* This time around I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Avathenerd from Reads, Rhythms, & Ruminations!!

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So some background about the blogger that nominated me…. Avathenerd runs an amazing literature/anime blog! It’s easy to spend the day exploring all the wonderful content over at Reads, Rhythms, & Ruminations, from anime reviews to book tags, there is no end to the fun! She is a fantastic blogger and I am honored that she thought about me for this award!! Also definitely stop by and check out her blog when you have the chance, it’s awesome!!

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  •  List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself. (I’m running out of facts so I’ll skip this one)
  • You nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Feb. 26th to Mar. 4th

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! This has been an all around crappy week… real life just has a way of kicking you while you’re down! So I haven’t been able to do all the things that I wanted to do this week, because honestly I haven’t really been in the mood for it.

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So, sorry, if I’ve been kind of quiet lately… However, there was one bright spot this week, the Tsukishima Kei nendo I ordered was delivered! Yay! But, he’s currently being held hostage, so I have no idea when I’ll get to actually get my hands on the little guy…

Also, I promise I’m not ignoring you all’s comments and messages, I’ve just been kind of down lately, so bear with me, I promise I’ll answer them soon! Thank you guys for being so awesome and supportive!! 🙂

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The Guy I Like is a Rude Pop Star: Scandal in the Spotlight-Iori Enjo Main Story

Kicking off Megane Madness Month reviews is none other than the evil prince himself, Iori Enjo! This was the very first route that I ever played in Scandal in the Spotlight and the second route Voltage released. He just seemed like the better of the two options available at the time, and in hindsight, I don’t regret choosing to play Iori’s route before Kyohei’s route. In fact, if I’d played this route second, I don’t think I would have liked the guy as much as I did…

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Iori is the kind of guy that just grows on you… But, even I have to admit that most folks won’t like him very much. He’s not the easiest guy to love, and even I, a self proclaimed lover of cool intellectuals and ice queens, had a hard time swallowing some of the stuff he said throughout the route. But, I stuck with it and the pay off was worth it?!

**Disclaimer: This is a SPOILER FREE review, but if you don’t trust my word or you like being surprised, I also wrote a general full game review for Scandal in the Spotlight, HERE! I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download it  for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.

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[News] Info about Voltage USA’s new Lovestruck App & My Thoughts…

It seems Voltage Inc has made another questionable decision concerning their line of mobile otome games and let’s just say the fandom (myself included) is not pleased… It’s a shame because this news has almost completely overshadowed the release of their newest Voltage USA app Love & Legend

Yesterday (March 1st) Voltage Inc announced that they would be moving their AmeMix line of mobile games to a new combined portal app, called Lovestruck! All current and future AmeMix titles and stories will be released through the new app, and after a few month (Voltage has yet to make an official announcement) all of their individual AmeMix titles will be removed from the Google Play Store and App Store. This only effects Voltage USA’s AmeMix titles (Astoria Fates Kiss, Gangster in Love, and Castaway: Love’s Adventure) and NOT their Japanese based Visual Novel titles!

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #9

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gamer, the weekly post series where I spotlight three otome games/visual novels for gamers on a budget. Whatever your financial situation, I’m here to bring you affordable games that won’t break the bank!! All of the games on this list are $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items), so no more weepy wallets!!

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This week’s post will include links to the games and a brief synopsis, but let me stress that these are not reviews, but recommendations… so your mileage may vary! Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!

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I Kinda Like That Salty Middle Blocker: 11 Reasons I ❤ Tsukishima Kei!

So kicking off March Megane Madness is none other than Tsukishima Kei from Haikyuu!! Now, it’s no secret that I am absolutely head over heels for this salty middle blocker, if you’ve been living under a rock, or if you doubt the depths of my obsession, I highly recommend you check out my Twitter and Tumblr accounts… They’re practically digital Tsukki shrines. *cough* So when I decided to do a month long tribute to megane men, I just knew that this bespectacled blonde would be the one to start things off!

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After thinking long and hard about how best to showcase the light of my life, my beautiful moonbeam… sorry, I mean, rather than tarnish my beloved Tsukki’s good name with a half-assed character analysis, I decided to write up a list of all the reasons I ❤ Tsukishima Kei. But, because that list would probably go on forever, I decided to narrow the list down to just 11 items… because he’s Karasuno’s number 11…duh! Note, that this is just an excuse for me to fangirl about Tsukki, so expect a lot of exclamation marks and a few fangirl squeals!!!

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Melanin Monday: I Am Not Your Stereotype- Racial Representation in Anime [Part II]

Hey, hey all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers out there it’s Monday, and that means another Melanin Monday post!! For those of you just joining us, Melanin Monday is a special weekly post series that I started for Black History Month, where I talk about Black and Brown skinned characters in anime, manga, video games, etc.

I was originally going to end the series at the end of the month, but due to the positive feedback, I will continue Melanin Mondays!! However, another weekly post series on top of all the other stuff I have to write for this blog would be a bit too much for me to handle, so I’m making this a bi-weekly series instead. So expect a new Melanin Monday post every other Monday until I get tired of writing them…

Last week I did a Top 5 List of My Favorite Black Male Anime Characters and this week, since it’s the final Monday of Black History Month, I’m going to revisit a topic I talked about two weeks ago: the representation of Black characters in anime. But, if you all will remember, that post focused on the negative portrayals of Black characters in anime, so this week, I wanted to look at the flip side of that, the positive portrayals!

*Disclaimer: I realize that this is a touchy subject for some people, but I want to let you all know right now, that while comments are welcome, I will not tolerate any personal attacks or overtly nasty comments. If you can’t discuss this post in a respectful and civilized manner, then keep your hands off the keyboard… I promise you I will not be very forgiving of anyone that uses my comments section as such! 😀

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Feb. 19th to Feb. 25th

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! Sorry this post is late… again, but, I was wrapping up an OWLS livestream with Lita and Kat. We had a blast with the stream and we plan on doing a stream after each Blog Tour, so definitely look out for more of the Temptress Trio in the future!! If you missed out on the stream, check out the video of the full stream, HERE!

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Earlier this week I hit 300 followers/subscribers here at Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!! I am still blown away by how much love and support you guys have given me over these past two year! You guys make all of this possible and I want to just THANK YOU ALL for being so awesome!! Oh, I also saw the comedy/horror film, Get Out the other day and I’m not gonna lie, that movie scared the crap out of me. That hypnotism business was a little too real for my taste!!

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[Special Announcement] OWLS Livestream Tonight!

 

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So, I meant to write about this earlier, but I have been asleep for hours LOL… *ahem* If you follow me on twitter you’ll know that I have been tweeting about one thing since the other day… and if you aren’t following me on Twitter, you should, because that’s where I make most of my big announcements…

Tonight at 7:30PM EST I will participate in my SECOND Livestream with Fellow Bloggers Lita Kino and Katrina Sade!! Link…. HERE!

YUP, we’re getting the band back together for a special OWLS livestream event! We’ll be talking about OWLS, the past and upcoming Blog Tours, and answering any questions you all might have about the organization, so definitely stop by and show us some love! It’ll definitely be a night of fun, so don’t miss out!!

Fangirl Moment: Free Iwatobi Swim Club

TGIF! Here we are again with another Fangirl Friday! I have been sucked into sports anime hell once again… I don’t know what to tell you guys, this anime was just supposed to be background noise while I worked on some blogging stuff. But, before I knew it, I’d breezed through 10 episodes and hadn’t made any headway on my posts…So, what pray tell was the name of this captivating anime?

*mumbles indistinctly* F…e… Oh you didn’t catch that? *clears throat* It’s that swimming anime… the one with the *ahem* gratuitous fanservice, you know the one…

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[Insert fangirl squeal]

It’s Free: Iwatobi Swim Club… What can I say, I’m weak to scantily clad boys! Oh, did I mention they spend most of the show soaking wet? I didn’t? Well, let me correct that right now. The guys of Free spend the better part of each episodes in tight fitting swimwear with water droplets glistening on their perfectly animated torsos… *fans self* It suddenly got a little hot in here, and is anyone else thirsty?

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Falling for the Stoic Leader: Dangerous Seduction- Kentaro Inui

So while I was away at Katsucon, Voltage Inc released the final route in their newest (at least for the English market) app, Dangerous Seduction. I’m not gonna lie, but I am not a huge fan of the mature romance options like Kentaro Inui, so I went into this route not really expecting much…

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Boy was I wrong! This fills in the gaps left by the other routes and we finally, FINALLY get to see the face behind the organization after the MC! We also get to learn a bit more about the MC’s father and his connection to the team… especially, their enigmatic leader, Kentaro Inui. If you want a general overview of Dangerous Seduction, click HERE, it’s covers the basic premise of the game and includes links to the other character reviews I wrote for the game. 

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #8

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gamer, the weekly post series where I spotlight three otome games/visual novels for gamers on a budget. Whatever your financial situation, I’m here to bring you affordable games that won’t break the bank!! All of the games on this list are $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items), so no more weepy wallets!

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This week’s post will include links to the games and a brief synopsis, but let me stress that these are not reviews, but recommendations… so your mileage may vary! Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!

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Changeling-Demo Review

Changeling is an upcoming commercial GxB supernatural romance visual novel and the debut title of indie English game developers Steamberry Studios. The game follows a high school girl, whose normal life is turned upside down when she finds out that she isn’t exactly human. Meet other supernaturals, learn their secrets, and unravel the mystery surrounding Nora and an incident from her past in this intriguing upcoming VN! Upon its release the game will be available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The demo covers three chapters of the common route, which is roughly an hour of gameplay.

I can’t believe it took me so long to write this review, but I’ve been swamped with various projects and then I went to Katsucon and that threw a wrench in all of my plans! Things are still kind of hectic right now, but I was so impressed with this demo that I just had to make sure I got it out to you guys!

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Melanin Monday: My Top 5 Favorite Black Male Anime Characters

Hey, hey all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers out there it’s Monday, and that means another Melanin Monday post!! For those of you just joining us, Melanin Monday is a special weekly post series that I started for Black History Month (I might be persuaded to continue the series, if interest is high enough), where I talk about Black and Brown skinned characters in anime, manga, video games, etc. Last week I switched things up a bit, with an op-ed like piece on the negative portrayals of black characters in anime and I’m not gonna lie, it wound up being pretty ranty! So for this week’s post, I wanted to transition to something a bit more chill…

Two weeks back I spotlighted  My Favorite Black Female Anime Charactersfive phenomenal women of color that I felt everyone should know about… Well, this week, I’m giving the fellas a chance to shine. These fierce fellas know how to take care of business! Because I think all the men on this list are fantastic, this won’t be a ranked list, I love them all equally!!

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[OWLS Blog Tour] We’re All Pork Cutlet Bowls: The Relatability of the Underdog’s Dream in Yuri!!! on Ice

Hey hey all you Heroes and Travelers out there today I’m bringing you all another super special awesome OWLS post!! Back in December I mentioned that I’d joined OWLS: Otaku Warriors of Liberty and Self-Respect, a group of bloggers and vloggers that hope to spread a message of acceptance and understanding through thoughtful community activism!

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So, in order to spread our message of self acceptance and tolerance, we’ve decided to hold Monthly Blog Tours! During Blog Tours, we each write individual theme posts on our blogs that promote our group’s values, with a bit of an otaku twist.  February’s Blog Tour topic is Flight in Yuri!!! on Ice!

The inspiration for this post came from a post I read a few months ago over on Pop Culture Uncovered (LINK). It’s a short post, but one that everyone can relate to, so when it was announced that Yuri!!! On Ice would be the topic for this month’s blog tour, I immediately thought back to this author’s post, and the rest was, well, history. 

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Feb. 12th to Feb. 18th

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! Sorry this post is so late, but I’m still at Katsucon, an annual anime convention here in the DMV area… I’ve been having so much fun going to panels and snapping photos of cosplayers!!

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Well, today is the last day of the con and while I may have spent more money than I originally intended, I had a blast!! I met some cool people, saw some amazing cosplays, and sat in on some great panels! Oh, yeah side note… I created an Instagram account, I’m a complete noob when it comes to social media sites, so I have no idea what to do with it really. I’ve been posting con pics on it all weekend, so if you’re curious definitely follow me, I’m poke_ninja90!

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Fangirl Moment: Don’t Blame Me

TGIF! Here we are again with another Fangirl Friday! This week I’m covering one of the first BL manga I ever read! So when I saw it on sale on the Juné site, I wasted no time snapping it up. Of course I reread it for this post, and OMG, I fell in love with the story all over again… I’m talking about the yaoi classic, Don’t Blame Me (Ore wa Wakarunai) by Yugi Yamada!

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For those of you that have been following me for a while, you might recognize this manga from my Top 5 BL/Yaoi Titles post, as the series that showed me there was more to BL than sex. This a heartwarming manga and one of my all time favorites!!

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #7

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gamer, the weekly post series where I spotlight three otome games/visual novels for gamers on a budget. Whatever your financial situation, I’m here to bring you affordable games that won’t break the bank!! All of the games on this list are $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items), so no more weepy wallets!

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This week’s post is a special ❤ Valentine’s Day edition ❤  and will include links to some especially romantic game! But, let me stress that these are not reviews, but recommendations… so your mileage may vary! Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!

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[Special Valentines Day Guest Blogger] My Boyfriend Played an Otome Game?!- Roommates: Max’s Side

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY… or Singles Awareness Day all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, today we have a special guest post from my BF… Yeah, ya’ll read that right, I convinced my boyfriend to play an otome game for a very special Valentines Day Game Review!! WOOT! Since, he puts up with my constant fangirling on a regular basis, I figured why not let him experience the wonders of otome games… So, I picked a few games for him to try out and he fell asleep on all of them, except Winter Wolves’s slice of life romance visual novel, Roommate! Since he doesn’t really play otome games, I didn’t make him play through the whole game, that would have been cruel and unusual punishment on my part… Anyway, I’ve done enough talking, so, I’m gonna turn things over to my BF, Myles!


Greetings to all you awesome people out there. I don’t normally blog or write about things like dating sims games including stat raising of all things, but its Valentine’s Day and my girlfriend, Pokeninja90, insisted (coerced) me to play one. I have played a few games like this before, but more for the nude pics I could get not for the fun of the story (hentai sims). I’d like to say that despite not seeing any hot pixel skin, the story was on point. I’m kinda happy she forced “asked me to play a route”. Besides with all of the stat raising I did, maybe I can earn a few points myself.

Roommates follows the new college student Max as he begins a new chapter in life you all know as college. Like any new college student he has money issues so he picks the least expensive housing for his first year which lands him a room in a boarding house. In his new home he meets his roommates which are Sally, Anne, Isabella, Rakesh, and his RA Dominic. They go through wacky events from concerts, study dates, parties, to everyone’s favorite drinking games. As all these events unfold, your goal is to set things up perfectly for the right events to take place to get that special someone.

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Melanin Monday: I Am Not Your Stereotype- Racial Representation in Anime [Part I]

Hey, hey all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers out there it’s Monday, and that means another Melanin Monday post!! For those of you just joining us, Melanin Monday is a special weekly post series that I started for Black History Month (I might be persuaded to continue the series, if interest is high enough), where I talk about Black and Brown skinned characters in anime, manga, video games, etc. Last week I did a Top 5 List of My Favorite Black Female Anime Characters and this week, I’m gonna do things a little differently…

As a Black nerd, it’s hard to find strong characters that look like me in the media, more times than not people of color, especially African American people are cast as criminals, villains, or worst of all hurtful stereotypes. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen my people used as the butt of someone else’s joke and quite frankly, it pisses me off! Even my beloved anime, as progressive as it is, has some rather questionable black and brown characters… So, for this week’s post, I wanted to look at the various ways anime portrays people of color, both the negative and the positive portrayals. This post wound up being longer than I originally intended, so I decided to split it into two parts! Part I focuses on the negative stereotypes and Part II which will go up on the last Monday of the Month will focus on the more positive depictions of POC in anime.

*Disclaimer: I realize that this is a touchy subject for some people, but I want to let you all know right now, that while comments are welcome, I will not tolerate any personal attacks or overtly nasty comments. If you can’t discuss this post in a respectful and civilized manner, then keep your hands off the keyboard… I promise you I will not be very forgiving of anyone that uses my comments section as such! 😀

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Feb. 5th to Feb. 11th

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! I apologize for being late with this post, but I was reading this amazing Kuroo x Tsukki fanfic, and I was riding the emotional highs and lows… Just wow! I watched my ship crash and burn and then… miraculously rise from the ashes, like a phoenix!! Ya’ll there are literally tears of joy in my eyes right now…

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I’m still trying to recover from emotional roller coaster and there’s still one chapter left until it’s finished, but at least for the time being, my ship is safe! After I finish this post, I’m going to sink right back into KuroTsuki Hell… so, please… don’t try to rescue me…

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, next weekend I will be going to Katsucon (2/17-2/19), so aside from a crap ton of tweets, I’ll be rather hard to pin down until next Monday (2/20). The Con shouldn’t effect the blog too much since I’ll be writing most of my posts before I go, just expect replies to comments to be even slower than usual!

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[Guest Blogger] Jilted: Men of Yoshiwara – Hayabusa | Main Story Review

Hello Heroes and Travelers, today we have a special guest post from my blogging buddy and newest otoge recruit, Hazel from over at Archi-Anime!! This is her first ever otome game review and I am so happy that I was able to drag her into otoge hell with me! *rubs hands together* So join me in welcoming her to Nice Job Breaking It, Hero and without further ado, I’m gonna turn things over to Hazel!!


Good afternoon bloggers! Hazelyn here from the anime blog Archi-Anime. Today Naja and I are bringing you a very special collaboration post! This will be my first Otome game review ever, and a very first collaboration post. Hooray for firsts! I’m a bit late to the otome game, but hey, better late than never!

A few months ago I befriended Naja, whom as of late has become a really good friend of mine, I would like to say! I call her the otome queen and my Otome/BL Senpai. I have much to learn, and she has already dragged me down into backlog hell with the amount of games that must are to be played.

I’ve always wanted to write a review of an otome game, so when Naja senpai approached me to write a collaboration on a route I was both ecstatic and flattered she wanted to do this. She had already gotten me hooked onto Voltage games (bye money!) and I was still fairly a n00b to otome. So far I’ve been spoiled with a lot of great routes! So we decided to try a game neither of us had barely any experience with. I had played one route on the mobile version (Iroha), but I ended up buying it on steam during the Winter Steam Sale because it was more cost-efficient than paying per route.

Men of Yoshiwara.pngThe game we ended up choosing was The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya. There are a total of two Men of Yoshiwara games, the other being The Men of Yoshiwara: Oghiya, in which our MC is vastly different-but more on the Kikuya version of her later.

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Fangirl Moment: Hot Gimmick

TGIF! Here we are again with another Fangirl Friday! This week I’m covering a manga that’s just so bad it’s good. There are so many reasons to hate this manga, unnecessary angst, drama, questionable romantic relationships, just to name a few, but for some reason I can’t bring myself to condemn it and believe me I tried! I’m talking about the shoujo manga,  Hot Gimmick by Mika Aihara!

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I have never read a manga so problematic before in my life, but there’s a beauty to it, albeit a twisted and rather cringe worthy kind of beauty… This manga is like watching a really bad soap opera or those telenovelas, you just have to see where all the madness leads, even if a little piece of your soul dies in the process.

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #6

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gamer, the weekly post series where I spotlight three otome games/visual novels for gamers on a budget. Whatever your financial situation, I’m here to bring you affordable games that won’t break the bank!! All of the games on this list are $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items), so no more weepy wallets!

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This week’s post will include links to the games and a brief synopsis, but let me stress that these are not reviews, but recommendations… so your mileage may vary! Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!

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You Light My Fire: Mystic Destinies Serendipity of Aeons- Shou Hatori [Main Story]

Average college student, Tsubasa Fujimoto finds her normal life turned upside down when her mother subjects her to a strange ritual that gives her overwhelmingly destructive magical powers. Confused and unable to control her newly awakened powers, Tsubasa must chooses a partner to help her acclimate to her new reality.

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So this game was sitting in my backlog for ages before I picked it up and I am ashamed to admit that it took me this long to play through it and to finally start on these reviews! First up is the friendly and outgoing, phoenix, Shou Hatori! If you want a more general overview of the game, click HERE to read my first impressions about the game!

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Aeon Dream Studios. Please if you are interested in the game, purchase the game either through itch.io or through Steam!!

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Melanin Monday: My Top 5 Favorite Black Female Anime Characters

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s Black History Month here in the States, and I wanted to do something to celebrate it here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! As a Black nerd, I love it when I see characters that look like me in anime, on tv, and in video games. But, more times than not, they’re reduced to side characters or insulting stereotypes, so I want to use this month to highlight a few outstanding black and brown skinned characters. So every Monday from now until the end of the month, will be hence forth known as Melanin Monday!! As of right now this is just a one month thing, but if you guys like it, I might be persuaded to extend it!

So for my first Melanin Monday’s post, I wanted to write about five of my all time favorite Black female anime character!! Each of these beautiful brown sistas, are phenomenal women that shine in their respective anime series! Because I think all the ladies on this list are fantastic, this won’t be a ranked list, I love them all equally!!

Oh, before I kick things off, I want to say a huge thank you to Hazel of Archi-Anime for making the super special awesome Melanin Mondays banner!! She did a fantastic job with it and I can’t thank her enough for doing it on such short notice!! *hugs*

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap-Jan. 29th to Feb. 4th

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! It’s February, and things have finally settled down… for the most part. The project I’m working on at my job is pretty low maintenance and I’ve finally started making some headway on my game playthroughs!!

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Instead of doing actual work during my free time, I’ve been watching Bronies React videos on YouTube…and they are frickin’ awesome!! Oh, I went to see Sailor Moon R: The Movie last weekend and it was so much fun! They gave us these really cool cards with the Sailor Scouts on them. I dunno, there’s just something cool about seeing anime films on the big screen that makes the whole experience 10x more enjoyable!

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #5

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gaming, the weekly post series where I spotlight three otome games/visual novels for gamers on a budget. Whatever your financial situation, I’m here to bring you affordable games that won’t break the bank!! All of the games on this list are $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items), so no more weepy wallets!

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This week’s post will include links to the games and a brief synopsis, but let me stress that these are not reviews, but recommendations… so your mileage may vary! Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!

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The Stubborn Prince That Stole My Heart: Be My Princess- Joshua Lieben

Be My Princess is one of my all time favorite Voltage games, I have played each of the routes in this game numerous times over the years and they never get old. So, because I’m a bit of a nostalgia kick and because today, Jan. 31st is the birthday of my favorite prince, I figured he’d be the best character to kick off my nostalgia fueled Voltage reviews… I wish, I could say this was going to be a proper review like the others I’ve written in the past, but I absolutely adore this man, so I’m afraid I won’t be able to contain my fangirling this time around… sorry, not sorry 😛

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If you read my Top 10 Voltage Guys list, you’ll know that Prince Joshua Lieben from Be My Princess is one of my first Voltage guys and my third favorite guy overall, but at the end of the day, Josh is the number one prince in my heart!! He’s an awkward and stubborn mess and even after all these years I still find myself falling for him all over again!

**Disclaimer: I also wrote a general full game review for Be My Princess, HEREI DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.

Available: Google Play | App Store | Amazon App Store

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Falling for an Eccentric Back-Alley Doctor: Dangerous Seduction- Haruma Fujioka

*clears throat* It’s about damn time! I have been waiting for this route to come out for what seems like forever and Voltage just kind of slipped it in under the radar… really?! If I hadn’t checked the Voltage FB page the other day, I might have missed this one…

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Haruma Fujioka is like an over sexed version of Ichthys from Star Crossed Myth, which given the character bio above, was wholly unexpected. It’s no secret that I don’t like flirty characters, at the best of times, but when you also have the flirt moonlight as his own comic relief….*sigh* If you want a general overview of Dangerous Seduction, click HERE, it’s covers the basic premise of the game and includes links to the other character reviews I wrote for the game. 

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Jan. 22nd to Jan. 28th

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! I cant for the life of me remember everything that happened this week, which I guess is a good thing… Oh, yeah, I was put onto a new project at work so I’m still getting used to that, but other than that its been pretty chill.

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Huh, this is so weird, I’m seriously drawing a blank… this week just kind of breezed by… Ah, well, onward and upward!! 😛

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Fangirl Moment: Kokoro Control

TGIF! Here we are again with another Fangirl Friday! I went a little overboard reading Haikyuu DJs last week and this week, so I figured why not share my new obsession with you guys? Generally I’m not much of a shipper, but I will admit that I’m partial to the Eren x Levi pairing from Attack on Titan and the Kageyama x Hinata pairing from Haikyuu. But, I’ll save the angsty AoT stuff for another day… *ahem* I think KageHina is the cutest thing there ever was!! So, this week I’m gonna cover one of my favorite KageHina DJs…. *drumroll* Kokoro Control!!

While some folks credit doujinshi (DJs) as the medium that sparked their love of Boys Love/Yaoi, my journey was quite the opposite. I only discovered the wonderful world of DJs after I’d already fallen hopelessly into BL hell, so this is still relatively new territory for me. Ah, yeah, so for those of you that have no idea what a DJ is, or if you need a refresher, I’ve included the wiki definition below:

Dōjinshi is the Japanese term for self-published works, usually magazines, manga or novels. Dōjinshi are often the work of amateurs, though some professional artists participate as a way to publish material outside the regular industry.

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #4

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gaming, the weekly post series where I spotlight three otome games/visual novels for gamers on a budget. Whatever your financial situation, I’m here to bring you affordable games that won’t break the bank!! All of the games on this list are $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items), so no more weepy wallets!

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This week’s post will include links to the games and a brief synopsis, but let me stress that these are not reviews, but recommendations… so your mileage may vary! Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!

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A Foretold Affair- Demo Review

A Foretold Affair is an upcoming steampunk fantasy romance visual novel from indie English developers GB Patch. After getting a glimpsing their own future, Abnormal, Buffalo Seer, will leave home on a journey to locate their intended spouse! But, the road to the future they foresaw won’t be smooth sailing, with enemies all around, Buffalo Seer will have to keep their wits about them. Upon it’s release the game will be available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and Steam for ONLY $12.99.

There’s less than a week until the game’s official release on Janurary 30th, so I figured it was high time I wrote a review of the demo, just in case any of you guys are still on the fence about the game! The demo covers about thirty minutes to and hour of gameplay for each of the potential love interests and includes some interesting features and extra content.

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Sinister Specs: My Top Six Sadistic Megane

I kinda sorta have a thing for megane characters… there’s just something hot about a man in glasses that really gets my blood pumping! Ray Bans, dark frames, wire frames, bifocals, trifocals, fashion lenses, *fans self* I love them all! Give a man glasses and he instantly becomes 10x hotter in my eyes… Now, I will admit that I’m partial towards megane characters with dark hair, but I’m not picky, all megane men are welcome in my harem!!

So a little while ago my megane bias was put to the test by MelinAnimeland, Heyitszel, and Jill… They wanted to see just how far my megane obsession went by presenting me with a truly despicable megane character, one that should have been a huge turn off for anyone in their right mind. But, you see my love for bespectacled hotties transcends reason,  however, their attempt to shake my bias gave me an idea. Why not write an entire post about my all time favorite sadistic megane characters?!  Yes, the whip cracking, megane characters that set my heart aflame with their icy bespectacled gaze!! So without further ado, my Top 6 Favorite Sadistic Megane!!

*Disclaimer: I’m not gonna lie, most of these guys are completely horrible, and I in no way condone their actions. This post may contain some triggers for some folks, including, but not limited to the mention of sexual assault and abuse. I don’t go into detail about any of that, but I do mention it in passing…

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The Guy I Like is a Sexy Pop Star: Scandal in the Spotlight-Kyohei Rikudoh

So when Voltage”cancelled” Scandal in the Spotlight a few months ago, there was a bit of fan backlash, I mean really, who doesn’t want to date an entire Japanese boy band? So, imagine my surprise when I saw the announcement that Voltage was planning on bringing the app back from the dead!! That almost never happens, when Voltage kills an app that’s it, or at the very least it takes years for them revive it *cough* LOVE LETTER FROM THIEF X *cough* Anyway, so to hype fans up for the revival, Voltage is offering Kyohei Rikudoh’s Main Story, in it’s entirety for FREE until Feb. 2nd! Of course I’d already bought the story ages ago, so this promotion is completely lost on me, but hey, folks should definitely take part in this promotion…it’s not every day Voltage gives a story away for free…

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I’m not gonna lie, when I first saw Kyo, I thought he’d be an arrogant, selfish prick, like all of guys Voltage has a tendency to force on us during their initial app releases… But, Kyohei Rikudoh was nothing like that, in fact Kyo is one of the sweetest Voltage guys out there…

**Disclaimer: This is a SPOILER FREE review, but if you don’t trust my word or you like being surprised, I also wrote a general full game review for Scandal in the Spotlight, HERE! I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download it  for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.

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[OWLS Blog Tour] How the Moral Ambiguity of the Bounty Hunter Disrupts the Hero Narrative of Mainstream Anime

Hey hey all you Heroes and Travelers out there today I’m bringing you all a very special post!! Back in December I mentioned that I’d joined OWLS: Otaku Warriors of Liberty and Self-Respect, a group of bloggers and vlogger that hope to spread a message of acceptance and understanding through thoughtful community activism!

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So, in order to spread our message of self acceptance and tolerance, we’ve decided to hold Monthly Blog Tours! During Blog Tours, we each write individual theme posts on our blogs that promote our group’s values, with a bit of an otaku twist and January’s Blog Tour topic is Disruptors!

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Jan. 15th to Jan. 21st

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! I’ve had not one, but two 3-Day weekends within the span of two weeks and you’d think I’d use the extra free time to get some actual work done, but you’d be mistaken! I actually spent the extra days off from work reading Haikyuu DJs and slacking off like a pro! 😛

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Plus the Inauguration had me about ready to pull my hair out, so this wasn’t the most productive week for me…  In fact, I literally waited until the end of the week to start getting things done. Also, sorry in advance, I’ll be catching up on my comments this week, so some of you all might be getting a ton of WP notifications… just a heads up! 😀

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[Funded] Let’s Show Our Support for Zodiac•Axis: A Fantasy-Fusion Visual Novel

Edit (3/8): The Kickstarter for this game was successful at meeting its funding goal. The final funding amount was $13,220 with 434 backers! The game now has a tentative release date of 2018! 

Hey hey guys I’m back again with another Kickstarter campaign, this time for the upcoming fantasy romance visual novel, Zodiac•Axis from indie game developers, Studio Theophilus!!

I have been quietly stalking following this game for months and I am excited that they are finally launching the KS campaign!! This game looks gorgeous and I wasted no time whipping out my wallet to show my support!!

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Wicked Love- Demo Review

There was a bit of controversy surrounding this game and the developer. After receiving the funds from the Kickstarter campaign the creator stopped responding to backer messages and took down all of the sites associated with the project. Wicked Love is believed to permanently canceled. 

Wicked Love is an upcoming GxB/GxG supernatural romance visual novel from indie English developers Spirit Kinder Games. The game blends elements of various underworld mythos with that of the biblical seven deadly sins, for a wholly unique story of love, desire, and adventure.  Upon it’s release the game will be available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Steam, however for the time being the demo is only available for Windows. The demo is pretty short covering roughly 30 minutes of gameplay.

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So this is a special collaboration demo review that I’m doing with my bestie, Bishie! She runs a phenomenal Let’s Play channel over on YouTube and in honor of her reaching 100+ subscribers, we decided to do double reviews… She’d do an LP on YouTube and I’d write a review over here on WordPress, you can watch her LP for Wicked Love, HERE! It’s so good, her voices are perfect for all of the characters, so definitely check that out!! So with out further ado, my review of the demo!!

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Fangirl Moment: Barack Obama

TGIF! It’s been a long week, but here we are again with another Fangirl Friday!! Last week I covered a hilarious video that spoke to my fangirl heart like no other video before it, and this week I’m going to switch gears a bit. With the inauguration on the horizon, I wanted to pay tribute to the outgoing president, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama II.

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Say what you will about the man and his policies, but at the end of the day he was a class act from his first day to his last and I will truly miss having him as Commander in Chief of the United States of America. So, in this very special Fangirl Moment post, I’m gonna break from my usual topics and bring you all something a bit more real….

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #3

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gaming, the weekly post series where I spotlight three otome games/visual novels for gamers on a budget. Whatever your financial situation, I’m here to bring you affordable games that won’t break the bank!! All of the games on this list are $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items), so no more weepy wallets!

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This week’s post will include links to the games and a brief synopsis, but let me stress that these are not reviews, but recommendations… so your mileage may vary! Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!!

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[Funded] Let’s Show Our Support for Wicked Love a Supernatural Romance

Edit (2/6): The Kickstarter for this game was successful at meeting its funding goal. The final funding amount was $3,192 with 149 backers! The game now has a tentative release date of Spring 2017! 

So, I came across this Kickstarter the other day, but it wasn’t until my buddy, Bishie hit me up about doing a collaboration demo review that I really started looking into Spirit Kinder Games’s upcoming supernatural romance, Wicked Love! I’m late, I know, it’s unavoidable, but better late than never!

 

This is the second crowd funding campaign for Wicked Love and it looks like the second times’s the charm, as they have already reached their funding goal and then some! This is a gorgeous game with a rather unique premise, that sets it apart from other supernatural romance games on the market!

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The Energetic Delinquent Who Stole My Heart: Bad Boys Do It Better!-Yu Agatsuma

I know I said that Keiichiro’s route would be the last one I played in Bad Boys Do It Better, but then that last Voltage Sale happened and I wound up buying Yu’s main story. I still refuse to buy Akira’s route, I just can’t bring myself to spend money on it, even during a sale, but I couldn’t have been more pleased with Yu’s main story!

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It didn’t take long for me to fall for Yu, he’s like a sweet puppy, you just want to hold him close and pat his head. Too bad he isn’t interested in romance… Is there room in this basketball idiot’s heart for both you and basketball or will your first love end in heartbreak?

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.**

Available: Google Play | App Store | Amazon App Store

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Jan. 8th to Jan. 14th

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! This was my first week back to work after having a long vacation, so I’m still trying to get back into the swing of things. It doesn’t help that the project that I’m currently working on is extremely dull and there seems to be no end in sight! *sigh*

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Luckily I’ve had something fantastic to look forward to these past few weeks…*drumroll* My friend, no, my soulmate, Bishie started doing Let’s Plays on Youtube of RPG maker horror games and they are phenomenal! She creates all of these outstanding voices for each and every one of the characters in the game, that really draws the viewer in and I highly recommend giving them a watch if you have the time! You can view her channel by clicking the link…. HERE! She also writes some steamy fanfics over at Archive of Our Own, which also shouldn’t be missed!

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[Funded] Let’s Show Our Support for Mystic Destinies: Echoes

Edit (2/6): The Kickstarter for this game was successful at meeting its funding goal. The final funding amount was $8,033 with 269 backers! The game now has a tentative release date of TBA! 

It’s 2017 and with it comes the promise of new games and brand new Kickstarter campaigns!! If you all will remember back to September when I covered Aeon Dream Studio’s KS campaign for their Deluxe Edition of their debut supernatural romance visual novel, Mystic Destinies: Serendipity of Aeons, I mentioned that they were also planning on launching a KS campaign for a sequel called, Mystic Destinies: Echoes. Well I am excited to announce that today marks the first day of the campaign!!

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I absolutely LOVE Mystic Destinies: Serendipity of Aeons, and I have been stalking ADS relentlessly on social media for months since they first announced their plans to write a sequel! I am super stoked for this game because not only does it let you romance the villains from MDSOA, but it also features a gorgeous sun kissed protagonist!!

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Fangirl Moment: Sexy Anime Boyz

TGIF! Here we are again with another Fangirl Friday! This week I’m doing things a little differently. Usually I pick something I watched or read over the past week and I shine a spotlight on it, but this week I didn’t really watch or read anything… that is until this afternoon, when a dear friend of mine shared something so beautiful, so spectacularly wonderful that I just had to share it!! So this post is dedicated to my dear friend and fellow blogger, Leafy over at Leafさんの夢が。。。

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It started innocently enough, two friends catching up, nothing out of the ordinary… and then Leaf showed me something magical! This single video spoke to my fangirl heart like no other video has done before… well, not since LeetStreet Boys’ Imaginary Boys… 

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #2

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s Thrifty Thursday and that means another Thrifty Gaming, the weekly post series where I spotlight three otome games/visual novels for gamers on a budget. Whatever your financial situation, I’m here to bring you affordable games that won’t break the bank!! All of the games on this list are $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items), so no more weepy wallets!!

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This week’s post will include links to the games and a brief synopsis, but let me stress that these are not reviews, but recommendations… so your mileage may vary! Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!

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I Date Hot Guys on My iPad: A Love Affair with Virtual Bishies

This post has been a work in progress for over a year, but I could never quite work out how write it out, until the other day when I went to play a game in my backlog and I actually groaned… can you believe that?!

Lately, I’ve been so caught up with all the schedules and reviews, that I’ve kind of lost sight of why I started this blog in the first place: because I love otome games and I want to share that love with the world. Ha ha, it sounds silly when I write it out like that, but it’s been a long time since I really, truly enjoyed playing a game. It’s gotten to be such a chore really, buying games, playing them, writing the reviews, editing… somewhere along the way, playing otome games became a routine… *shudders* it became work and that’s something I never wanted to happen! Sure there have been games that I genuinely liked playing, in fact I played a game the other day that brought back a little of that old spark, but the magic that I had when I first started playing otome games has been gone for a little while now.  So, it’s high time I reminded myself why I fell in love with otome games in the first place, before I wind up resenting them altogether.

Let me warn you guys now, this post is more for me than it is for you guys, I really needed to remember what it was that drew me to otoges. So this won’t be one of those pretty posts that I fuss over endlessly until the wording is just right and expect a lot of “…” so if you’re still with me, I want to write about how I got into otome games…

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Jan. 1st to Jan. 7th

Happy New Years Heroes and Travelers, if you’re reading this, it means we made to the end of another week here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! This was the very first week of 2017 and I know most of you guys are still getting back into the swing of things, so whether you’re heading back to work, school, or still enjoying some much needed vacation time, I hope your year started off with a bang!!

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Falling for a Cunning Spy: Dangerous Seduction- Asuka Hino

When I first saw that Voltage had skipped the sexy doc’s route I was pissed, I have been waiting for a new route to be released since I finished Arimura’s. So, imagine my surprise when I saw that Voltage decided to release Asuka Hino’s route first!

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Asuka Hino was so different from what I imagined, I had this image of him in my head before I started this route and he turned it right on its head… in a good way. I never expected to like this route as much as I did, in fact I was actually thinking of skipping it all together, I’m not really into the whole younger guy thing, but I’m so glad I didn’t!  If you want a general overview of Dangerous Seduction, click HERE, it’s covers the basic premise of the game and includes links to the other character reviews I wrote for the game. 

**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area. 

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Fangirl Moment: Does the Flower Blossom?

Happy New Year and TGIF!! This is the first Friday of 2017 and with it comes a brand new Fangirl Moment post!! Since this is the first post of the new year and because I have quite a few new followers, I figured this would be a good time to explain what Fangirl Moment posts are:

Fangirl Moments are a part of a weekly post series where I cover a wide range of topics (books, movies, anime, manga, etc). These posts are relatively short (roughly 500 words), just a short snapshot about the topic of the week and are uploaded every Friday (give or take)… Previous Fangirl Moment posts can be found under the Fangirl Moments tab on the top menu, organized by type (or just click the tab for the master list). 

So now that that’s out of the way… *ahem* I thought long and hard about what I wanted to cover this week and after much deliberation and many sleepless nights I decided to go with… Oh who am I kidding? I don’t really plan these posts out! 😛 This time around, I decided to go with a BL manga that I bought over the Christmas Break, Does the Flower Blossom? (Hana wa Saku ka) by Shoko Hidaka.

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I’m still waiting on my copy of volume 3…

Does the Flower Blossom? is a five volume slice of life boys love manga, that follows the budding relationship between a mature office worker and a young artist. This manga series is licensed in English by Juné, please support the author and purchase the volumes when they become available in your area!

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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #1

Hello all you wonderful Heroes and Travelers, it’s the start of a new year and with it comes a brand new post series!! Yes, ladies and gents, you read that right… this post is the inaugural post in my brand new Thrifty Gamer series! What is the Thrifty Gamer series? Well, I’m glad you asked!! 😉

So, not too long ago, I was a poor college student, struggling to make ends meet, with the cost of books, my meager retail slave wages were barely enough for me to break even at the end of each month… Then, I discovered the wonderful world of otome games and that just blew my budget clean out of the window! I did what I could to balance my living expenses with the cost of maintaining my new hobby, but I still found myself in a bit of a pickle…

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This is one of the most relatable gifs I’ve ever seen…

Keeping up with otome games, well, games in general can put a strain on any budget, which is why I am a firm supporter of gaming on a budget! But, with all the flashy big name commercial releases dangling in front of our faces all of the time, some of the thriftier titles just fall through the cracks… So, I came up with an idea, it’s positively brilliant really, I’m surprised I never thought of it before… *ahem* Why not create a weekly list of recommended games for otome gamers on a budget?! A go to list of games, for folks that want to experience the wonderful world of otome games without breaking the bank, because if it’s a choice between food and games… food will always win!!

So every Thursday from now until it gets to be too much, I will spotlight three otome games/visual novels $10 or less (does not include limited time offers and sale items). Posts will include links to the games and a brief synopsis, but let me stress that these are not reviews, but recommendations… so your mileage may vary! Now that that’s out of the way lets get on to this week’s list!!

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A Very Important Date- Demo Review

A Very Important Date  is an upcoming Alice in Wonderland themed visual novel from indie developers Naive Sprites.  Upon it’s release the game will be available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The developers are also working on getting the game greenlit for Steam. The demo covers the Prologue and the first three chapters of Gwyn and Emil’s routes, for a total of 6 chapters total, which amounts to roughly three to four hours of gameplay. So with just a few hours left in the Kickstarter campaign, I decided to bring you all a review of the demo version of the game!

I should stress that this is a loose adaptation, and that while Naive Sprites borrows many elements from Carroll’s iconic story, AVID is a wholly original work that promises to breathe new life into the popular tale.

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Bacchikoi-BL Game Review

Edit: In October of 2015 Black Monkey Pro disbanded, so Bacchikoi and all of their other content is no longer available for purchase, but feel free to still give this review a read! 

Bacchikoi is an 18+ PC BL visual novel from Black Monkey Pro an international BL artist circle. The game tells the story of a first year transfer student, Toshu Kanada, after he joins the baseball team at his new school. There he meets his new teammates, Ichiru Yanai and Masaru Nakahara and the trio become fast friends. But, as he spends more time with his new friends, new feelings start to develop, suddenly Toshu’s life becomes much more exciting!

There are two versions of the game: the Uncensored version which is $39.99 and the Censored version which is $17.99. So, if you are interested in the game, I strongly urge you to purchase it from Black Monkey directly. There is also an expansion pack which focuses on the sexual exploits of the team’s coach Genji… If you want to read my thoughts about the Expansion Pack, check out my review, HERE!

*Disclaimer: I don’t own the images used in this review, all CGs and screenshots belong to Black Monkey. Since this game is NSFW there will be some NSFW images after this point. I tried my best to hide some of the naughty bits, but… *shrugs* you’ve been warned!

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Year End Wrap-Up: Starting 2017 on Mt. Silver

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On the summit of Mt. Silver

I can’t believe  it’s been over a year since I first started Nice Job Breaking It, Hero and it has been such an amazing journey, full of so much growth! In my first Year End Wrap-Up post, I dubbed 2016 my New Bark year, because this time last year, I was just starting my blogging journey here on WordPress. I was new to all of this, back then I was racking in a cool 10-20 views a day… and let me tell you, it was discouraging sometimes. There were days when my site didn’t get any views at all! Ya’ll I wanted to give up so many times, especially when Grad School was kicking my ass, but I didn’t! I fought every step of the way, I wrote, I networked, I put in the time and the results blew me away!

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A Year in Games: My Favorite Games of 2016

First, I’m baaaaack! Well, sort of… this is one of the two year end posts I told you all I’d be writing, I’m just posting it a day early since I’ll be on a plane back to DC on the 30th…

A little while ago, my dear friend Leafy asked me if I planned on doing a top games list for 2016 and at the time I gave her what I thought was a pretty solid, Nah… I’m terrible with lists and schedules so I go out of my way to avoid them when I can. But, as we got closer to the end of the year I found myself thinking about all the games I’d played throughout the year; the good, the bad, and the meh titles and before I knew it this post kind of wrote itself! So here I am, a few days before the start of a new year running through my favorite games of 2016…

Now, I will say this in advanced, not all of these games were released in 2016, most were, but there are a few titles that were released prior to this year… Also, I am not including the Voltage games I played (save Liar), because I plan on doing a separate list for that. Finally, before ya’ll start grabbing your torches and pitchforks because your favorite game isn’t on the list, or you don’t agree with my picks, remember this is my list, if you have suggestions feel free to tell me about them in the comments section (I am always open to game suggestions)! *claps hands* Let’s get this show on the road!!

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[Announcement] Home for the Holidays…

As many of you know I am home for the holidays and if you didn’t know, you should really follow me on Twitter, because that’s pretty much all I’ve been talking about (Yuri on Ice aside)… Anyhow, I’m telling ya’ll this because I’m not going to be very active for the next week or so.

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Since I don’t get the opportunity to go home very often, I’m going to use this time to hang out with my family. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t be blogging… I am currently working on two new post series for the new year and a ton of new content for you guys to enjoy in 2017! So, don’t worry, everything will be back on track in January. *ahem* There will be no new Fangirl Moment posts until January 6th, 2017 and there won’t be a new Last Week Today post until January 1st, 2017!

However, I will be posting two end of the year recap posts, on December 30th and 31st so look forward to that!! I’ll still be around on WordPress and Twitter, so feel free to drop me a line if you want to chat… just don’t expect any reviews anytime soon, since I am still playing catch up!

My Top 10 Favorite Generation Five Pokemon

It’s been awhile, but I’m back again with yet another Top 10 Pokémon list! This time around, I’ll be covering my Top Ten Gen  5 Pokémon. So let’s get this party started…

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The fifth generation games renewed my love of the Pokémon series! Both Black and White and their sequels had a much more dramatic narrative than any of the previous Pokemon titles. In terms of storytelling, the fifth generation games were some of the best Pokemon games to date… excluding Pokémon Sun and Moon. However, I have to say that I was not a huge fan of all of the Pokemon introduced in these games… Out of the 156 new Pokémon introduced in Black and White, I really only liked a handful of them. In fact, my team in Black mostly consisted of Pokémon from previous generations, so this wasn’t an easy list to write. But, this was a much easier list to write that the Gen Four list, so silverlinings…

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Last Week Today: Week End Recap- Dec. 11th to Dec. 17th

Hello Heroes and Travelers, here we are at the end of another week on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! This week has kind of been a blur, now that the holidays are on the horizon… So, I’ve been trying to catch up on a few things before I go home for the holidays! But, the universe seems to be conspiring against me going home for Christmas, because it’s super hard to get a ticket!

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I might have to bike home or bust!

December 12th marked the big reveal for the new project I have been hinting about for awhile now!! OWLS, Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect is a group of WordPress Bloggers and Vloggers, who hope to spread love an acceptance in order to create a sense of unity and to create a space for people to feel comfortable being who they are!! If you are interested in joining or wish to learn more about us, please feel free to reach out to me or any of the other members or just click, HERE! On a side note, my job FINALLY paid me… but, I can’t get the money until sometime next week. -_-

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