Year in Review: A Look Back at 2021 on Blerdy Otome

It’s crazy to think that 2021 is almost over, it kind of feels like this year just started and now 2022 is right around the corner. This year opened up so many amazing opportunities that I never dreamed would be possible when I started this site back in 2015!

So before 2021 kicks the bucket, lets take a look back at 2021 here on Blerdy Otome!

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Blerdy Otome Monthly Recap – November 2021

Hey Blerdy Tribe! It’s the end of yet another month, so it’s time for the Blerdy Otome Monthly Recap! It’s already December?! The year is practically over already?!

While I didn’t win the*gameHERS award, just making it as a finalist was a huge honor and it inspired me to do more here on Blerdy Otome! I still have some growing to do both as a blogger and as a creator and it’s only up from here! 

In November I also hit 500 followers over on Twitch and I am still kinda surprised at how much the channel has grown and how awesome everyone over there has been! I’ve met some super cool streamer and the folks who wander into my chat are always a riot! Ever stream is so much fun and even when I have tech issues everyone has been phenomenal about rolling with all the hiccups! 

As always there’s a lot more on the horizon in December, but before we dive into the new month, let’s take a look back at the month of November here at Blerdy Otome!

Favorite November Post

Snail Story Love Edition Review

 

Snail Story: Love Edition is an upcoming visual novel developed by Squish Potato that let’s players date human/snail hybrids (yes you read that right snail people). Follow our heroine, Ms. Escargot, a snail person living in Shelltown as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she learns what it truly means to be a snail, and maybe find love along the way.

Snail Story: Love Edition Demo – First Impressions


Blog Posts from November

Thrifty Gaming

Game Reviews

Features

Game Walkthroughs

Press Releases


Instagram Fave Post

Of all my social media accounts, Instagram is where I’m most active. So, here is my favorite Instagram post from November!


Reviews To Expect in December

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… 

  • Eh, clearly having a plan doesn’t work, also the holidays are coming up so I’ll be in Vegas for a bit with my family. Let’s just go with the flow and see what I can get through this month. 

From Around the Reader

Top 10 Promising Looking AnimeCore Reviews (thisissempi)

I am forever behind on the latest anime releases and with the sheer number of new series coming out each season, it can be hard to decide what to watch. So if you’re like me, thisissempi’s list of the top 10 promising looking anime is just the read for you! Check out the 10 anime series they recommend checking out from this latest season!

First Impressions: Obey Me! The Anime – Evening Tea Musings (Annie)

There has been some buzz surrounding the new Obey Me! anime adaptation and while I haven’t played the mobile game, I’m always happy to see joseimuke games getting more attention. Annie over at Evening Tea Musings shares their first thoughts on the anime series so if you’ve been on the fence about giving the show a watch give this short impressions post a read!

How I Relate to Olympia Soiree’s Hazushi as a Queer Person – Rose Red Mandy (RoseRedMandy)

Everyone brings their own unique perspectives into the games that they play and in this post Mandy how they relate to the experiences of the hazushi in the otome game as a queer person. It’s an interesting take on the characters and definitely worth giving a read! 

5 Boy’s Love Workplace Romances to Read on Futekiya – The Wonder of Anime (Lisa De La Cruz)

Y’all know I love boys love media and Futekiya is a great place to go to legally read digital BL manga… however, the sheer number of titles they have can be a bit daunting to first time visitors. Well, Lisa over at The Wonder of Anime has us all covered with this fun list of the top 5 workplace romance series you should be reading over on Futekiya! 


Thank You for Your Support!!

A lot of what I do here on Blerdy Otome is because of the support of all of you amazing readers–whether it’s your encouraging words on Twitter, liking a post or just sharing my posts with others, you guys are the real MVPS ! It’s no secret that buying games and manga for reviews puts a strain on my wallet and while I love what I do, a little extra help goes a long way!

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Blerdy Otome Monthly Recap – October 2021

Hey Blerdy Tribe! It’s the end of yet another month, so it’s time for the Blerdy Otome Monthly Recap! It’s already November?! Where the hell did 2021 go?! 

The month of October was definitely hectic on my end, but there were some awesome things that happened too! I made it as a finalist in TheGameHers Award for Top Journalist of the Year and I am still blown away that I made it to the top 5 alongside phenomenal content creators from sites like Game Informer and Kotaku. To even have Blerdy Otome in the same sentence as such huge gaming sites is something I never imagined was possible when I started this site back in 2015. I’ve come so far since my Nice Job Breaking It, Hero days and the sky’s the limit so I can’t wait to see where the future takes me!

As always there’s a lot more on the horizon in November, but before we dive into the new month, let’s take a look back at the month of October here at Blerdy Otome!

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Blerdy Otome Monthly Recap – September 2021

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!


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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!


Favorite August Post

Favorite Otome Tropes

Whether you think they’re cliché or overused, tropes make the world go round! Otome games are ripe with tropes, from accidental cohabitation to ridiculous meet cutes to the standard character archetypes, we all have tropes that we love (and hate) from the genre. So, today I wanted to share some of my favorite otome tropes that really set my heart aflutter~ 

Blerdy’s Favorite Otome Tropes


Blog Posts from August

Thrifty Gaming 

Game Reviews

Lists/Recommendations 

Features

Walkthroughs


Instagram Fave Post

Of all my social media accounts, Instagram is where I’m most active. So, here is my favorite Instagram post from August!


Reviews To Expect in 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… 

  • Olympia Soiree – I finished the game and now I have to collect my thoughts–and trust me when I say, Olympia Soiree deals with a LOT. 
  • Taisho x Alice Epilogue – I’m going to finally carve out some time and give this bad boy a play! 
  • Piofiore Fated Memories – I need to know if Yang makes it through his epic battle with that pack of wolves. 
  • Hadaka Shitsuji – I swear, I’m gonna finish this game if it’s the last thing I do… I just… I’ve come this far, might as well finish what I started. 

From Around the Reader

EPHEMERAL: LOGO DESIGN ANALYSISThe Picky Champy (Milda-Chan)

Anyone can write a review about a game, but over at The Picky Champy, Milda looks at the logo designs of our fave otome games. It’s really fascinating looking at their breakdowns of the different elements that go into game logos, some of which offer insight into some of the themes that appear in the games themselves.  

Bad Boys, Happy Home Vol 1 Review – Al’s Manga Blog (alsmangablog)

Bad Boys, Happy Home is one of my new favorite BL manga series and I love seeing folks talk about it! It’s such a different kind of BL series, that feels more like a shounen series than some of the softer BL manga in the market, and Al touches on all the reasons you should be reading this manga in their phenomenal review!

Growing Interest with Historical-Fiction Games And What I learned from themThe Kitten Who Eats Ramen (Ryder Krystal Rose)

Ryder is taking us to school! In this fun post, they look at a couple of Historical-Fiction themed games and shares some of the things they learned from them about our real world histories. From the Roaring 20’s to Japan’s Bakumatsu period, Ryder takes us on a journey through time in this fun post!

TOP 3 OMEGAVERSE BL THAT MADE ME HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART – All the Fujoshi Unite (Nora)

It is no secret that I love Omegaverse media (I stay trolling AO3 for omegaverse fics), but I know that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s very much an acquired taste, so I’m always curious to see what other people think of it and in this latest post, Nora shares some of the omegaverse manga series they fell in love with, despite their reservations about the genre. Definitely check this post out and maybe you’ll have a change of heart too! 


Thank You for Your Support!!

A lot of what I do here on Blerdy Otome is because of the support of all of you amazing readers–whether it’s your encouraging words on Twitter, liking a post or just sharing my posts with others, you guys are the real MVPS ! It’s no secret that buying games and manga for reviews puts a strain on my wallet and while I love what I do, a little extra help goes a long way!

Sweet & Spicy Otome Game Reviews

Vki from Otome Shimai

Strom


Thank you for reading and supporting Blerdy Otome!

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