Most of us are still kicking it in our homes, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the world stops. Between work, school, and family, it can seem like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything we want done. Finding time for your responsibilities and your hobbies can be a bit of a balancing act, and for a lot of folks that means that our hobbies get relegated to the weekends (or late into the night).
Well if you’re looking for some games you can play through in a single weekend, I have the list for you! Each of the games on this list have fantastic stories and characters, but without the long gameplay hours of other otome game releases! So, with the weekend right around the corner, consider adding some of these games to your library!
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Hey Blerdy Tribe, it’s Valentines Day or as some like to call it, Singles Awareness Day–and whether you’re in an “entanglement”, going stag, or cozying up with your significant other, I hope your day is full of LOVE. Been awhile since I even acknowledged the unofficial holiday here on Blerdy Otome, but this year I wanted to do something special! So this year, I’m sharing a list of otome guys I wouldn’t mind spending some time with on Valentines Day! Gonna shake things up by including LIs from otome games AND indie otome, because why limit myself?!
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Hey Hey Blerdy Tribe, it’s time once again for another Games Like post—the blog series where you guys vote on the otome game and I go out and find five games that are similar to them. Last time I wrote a list of 5 Games Like Cafe Enchante , so definitely check that post out if you have the chance, there are a LOT of great games to discover! For today’s post, I ran a poll over on Twitter and 99 of you guys voted for 7’scarlet!
For those of you unfamiliar with the game—7’scarlet is a mystery romance otome game developed by Otomate and Toybox Inc. It was originally released in Japan in 2016 for the Playstation Vita. In 2018, the game was released internationally by Aksys Games. It was one of three otome games to be released as part of the Aksys Games, ‘Summer of Mystery’ alongside, Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly and Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk.
Take on the role of Ichiko Hanamaki, as she journeys into the unknown to uncover dangerous truth surrounding the disappearance of her older brother. Her investigation takes her to the remote crescent moon shaped town of Okune-zato, a place shrouded in dark myths and legends. She and her childhood friend Hino arrive in town hoping to find clues about his disappearance only to find themselves caught in caught up in a dangerous murder mystery.
So for those of you that are looking for more games with a mystery vibe to them, here are FIVE games like 7’scarlet.
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Elitism in the otome games community has been the bane of the fandom since the beginning and I’m tired of folks bashing otome game localizations and Western fans of the genre. It seems like every time a new otome game localization is announced, folks who have played these games in the original language seem to crawl out of the dark recesses of the internet to find fault with the as of yet UNRELEASED localization. As a Western otome fan who doesn’t have a working knowledge of the Japanese language these new localizations give me and others like me a chance to experience otome games that otherwise we’d never get a chance to play.
I usually stay out of the otome discourse, because fandoms can be toxic and as a grown adult woman, I have bigger things to worry about than arguing with folks on the internet. But, with the increase in new otome game localizations the elitism that permeates the otome fandom has reached an all time high and I’m just sick of it! So, today I want to share my thoughts on elitism in the otome games fandom from the perspective of a Western fan who is fed up with all the BS.
So first off, check your privilege at the door–I am not here to entertain trolls. If you don’t agree with me, fine; everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I will not abide by personal attacks or bullying–you will be blocked.
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Over the years there has been a lot of discourse surrounding otome heroines. In the early days, otome heroines were pretty bland, sweet and demure, but otherwise nondescript. I mean, when a character’s entire purpose is to be a stand in for the player, it makes sense that they’d be a bit lacking in the personality department. But, in recent years there has been a shift in the types of heroines we see in otome games, with many writers giving them a much more defined personality and motivations. Heck, in some cases like Saki from Sweet Fuse, the heroine is a much more interesting character than the actual love interests!
Of course, there’s the other side of the spectrum, where a heroine can be a bit too much to the point of being unlikable. In the Voltage game Liar Uncover the Truth, the heroine is a smart, confident career woman, with a clear vision of what she wants in a man–all amazing qualities to have in an otome heroine–and at first, I LOVED her. But, as the story progressed her impossibly high standards made her less and less relatable… and by the end of the game I found myself rooting against her.
Heroine characters are more a reflection of feminine ideals and as women’s roles in society change so too do our expectations of how female characters should be portrayed in our media. So it’s important to keep abreast of changing norms when crafting female characters, especially those in media targeted at women. It’s about striking a balance between the fantasy that otome games provide and the reality of how women identify themselves. So, that got me thinking about the qualities I look for in my otome heroines and thus this post exists.
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