Primula Launches Site for New Title, “Qualia/Δ” Tentative English and Simplified Chinese Support

There is even more news for the joseimuke community! Yesterday, Japanese publisher, Primula (the team behind the much beloved, Taisho x Alice series) launched the official site for their upcoming title, “Qualia/Δ” for PC. While there has been no official localization announcement, the site launched with tentative English and Simplified Chinese support. So far, what we know is that this is not an otome game, but a romance title focusing on three main protagonists.

Game Details

  • Developer: Primula
  • Release Date: TBA
  • Platform: PC
  • Languages: Japanese (English and Simplified Chinese tentative support)
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Joseimuke Adventure Game Chronicles of Refugia Coming to PC

Exciting news! Newly established company Medium announced that they’ll be releasing the joseimuke adventure game, Chronicles of Refugia episodically on Steam in 2022! The game is set in Hourei Island in the aftermath of a world ending event, and after years of conflict most of the surface is uninhabitable–forcing most of humanity into secure shelters. At release, Chronicles of Refugia will be available in both Japanese and English, with Molly Lee serving as Localization Producer on the project (so you know this’ll be a fun read). Details are still coming in on the game, but here’s what we know so far from the official Twitter and website!

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Is This Otome? – Inclusivity in the Otome Games Fandom

So, apparently there has been some discourse in the otome games community—I mean, when is there not drama—concerning using the term “otome” for more inclusive titles. There have been some folks in the fandom who are upset that folks are using otome as a catch all term for any game that fits the otome mold, ie. a protagonist who romances pursuable characters. Some, use otome to encompass idol and card-raising mobile games, like A3!, and more recently Tears of Themis. While others feel that LGBT+ indie games to be otome. 

This is not the first time this issue has cropped up over the years and it most definitely won’t be the last, but I think this new wave of discourse is just disheartening. Times have changed, games are becoming more inclusive and more people are seeing media that speaks to them and their truth, so it only makes since that the language we use should grow and change with the media. So, today I’m going to talk about what makes an otome an otome and where I stand on including LGBT+ games within that otome umbrella. 

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Nekopara – Catboys Paradise Review

Nekopara – Catboys Paradise is proof that if you wish hard enough, dreams really do come true! What started as a 2019 April Fool’s Day joke by Japanese publisher NekoWorks has been made into an actual game—live out all your catboy fantasies in this fun otome release! After your grandfather passes away you inherit his café, a daunting task to say the least, but with the help of four handsome catboy trainees… maybe you’ll be able to make it work!  

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Tears of Themis Pre-Registration Open for Summer 2021 Release

Pre-register today to claim a wealth of rewards and to draw a free SR card that unlocks a romantic interaction with one of the male leads.

In April, miHoYo announced sign ups for the closed beta for their upcoming detective romance joseimuke, Tears of Themis and if you follow their Twitter you’ll remember seeing the team hinting at something big on the horizon… well… miHoYo announced that Tears of Themis is scheduled for release on Android and iOS in Summer 2021 and that the game is now available for pre-registration on Android and iOS! Pre-registering for the game will get you a ton of exclusive in-game items, so you don’t want to miss out!  In Tears of Themis, players will step into the exciting field of law, defend truth and justice, and craft romantic relationships with four distinctive male protagonists.

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Pre-registration opens today on Apple Store, Google Play, and Tears of Themis official website at https://tot.mihoyo.com/pre_registration/

Game Details

  • Genre: Romance Detective
  • Platform: iOS and Google Play
  • Estimated Release: Summer 2021
  • Developer and Publisher: miHoYo
  • Languages: English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
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