Aksys Games Summons a Card Set for Winter’s Wish: Spirits of Edo

Called a monster and banished from her village, Suzuno finds herself in the midst of a supernatural battle against evil

Aksys Games revealed the exclusive set of seven full-color character cards that will be included in all first run copies of the upcoming, historically-set, mystical otome title Winter’s Wish: Spirits of Edo, launching for Nintendo Switch™ on May 18th. 

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Behind the Games Interview with Jessinia of Jellyfish Parade

Hey Blerdy Tribe! I had the chance to chat with Black game developer, Jessinia, the founder and head of indie game studio, Jellyfish Parade. This is not the first time I’ve spoken with Jessinia, we chatted back in 2018, but with their latest release, Belle Automata finally here, I wanted to circle back and see what they’ve been up to!

Jellyfish Parade is an independent visual novel developer dedicated to bringing ethnically diverse casts in every game across a variety of genres! Our main characters take the helm of their own love stories – whether they be chronically unemployed bunny girls, personified moons, or androids discovering a whole new world.

We specialize in character-driven GxB romance stories that focus on emotional intimacy and positive relationship dynamics – just beware of the more bittersweet bad endings! Join the parade and fall in love with our androids and celestial bodies, our ice princes and ocean kings, our perfumists and knights – and more to come!

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Belle Automata: Chronicle I – Indie Otome Review

Belle Automata is a sci-fi fantasy romance visual novel developed by Jellyfish Parade. Inspired by lore from the likes of Cupid and Psyche, The Wizard of Oz, Pinocchio and other beloved tales, Belle Automata is the journey of an android reinventing herself. Join Aureve and the others as they forge their own paths dealing with love, self-acceptance, and grief for a life left behind.

Game Details

  • Genre: Sci-fi | Romance | Fantasy
  • Rating: Teen
  • Price: $19.99 USD
  • Developer: Jellyfish Parade (Owl)
  • Where to Get the Game: PC (Windows and Mac) | Steam
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The Crimson Flower that Divides Lunar Coupling First Impressions Review

The Crimson Flower that Divides: Lunar Coupling (Koezaru wa Akai Hana) was originally released in Japan as an 18+ otome, and later released as a slightly watered down version for the PS Vita a few years after that. The Crimson Flower that Divides: Lunar Coupling is a Switch port of those versions—and as is the trend with more mature otome localizations comes with the sexy scenes significantly toned down. Western otome fans want their smut too. But, that aside I figured I’d give the trial a try and see if Crimson Flower is worth picking up.

Game Details

  • Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Drama
  • Rating: ESRB M (17+)
  • Developer & Publisher: Operetta Due & Dramatic Create & Hunex
  • Where to Get the Game: Nintendo eShop | Steam
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Idea Factory Intl Announces Charade Maniacs for Summer 2023 release during bizarre stream

So, in the biggest troll in history, publisher, Idea Factory International announced, the localization of Charade Maniacs, during their Valentines Day 2023 stream! This news comes after a bizarre hour and a half of static screens, cryptic messages, and a live chat experience that solidified the fact that the otome fandom can make even the biggest waste of time a party. This is by far the weirdest way to announce a game, but hey, more otome!

Charade Maniacs
  • Genre: Fantasy | Mystery | Romance
  • Rating: ESRB T
  • Developer & Publisher: Otomate & IFI

Take on the role of Hiyori Sena, a high school sophomore who has been abducted by a masked figure. Trapped in the mysterious world of Arcadia with nine others, she is forced by her captor to act in dramas alongside the other abductees. To make matters worse, there’s a traitor among the costars! Love blooms on and off stage in this dramatic search for truth and romance. Who can you trust?

Originally released for the PlayStation®Vita only in Japan, the eccentric cast returns to the stage on the Nintendo Switch! Fans can experience this otome title officially localized for the first time in North America and Europe!

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Aksys Games Reveals Norn9: Var Commons Cards and Norn9: Last Era Limited Edition

Board a mysterious ship with twelve strangers and journey to uncover the secrets that lie in the Norn!

Aksys Games offered a glimpse of the exclusive set of twelve(!) full-color character cards that will be included in all first run copies of the fan-favorite otome title Norn9: Var Commons, coming to Nintendo Switch™ on March 30th

Aksys also revealed components in the upcoming Limited Edition of the fan disk Norn9: Last Era, localized for the first time in the west and coming this summer. Included in the collection are a full color artbook, a 25″ x 15″ cloth poster, a set of 11 vinyl stickers featuring the Hiyoko, and an acrylic chibi artwork keychain. First run copies of Last Era will also have a set of twelve character cards. 

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Behind the Games Interview with Yana and Kayla of Lovely Inc.

Hey Blerdy Tribe! I had the chance to chat with otome lovers and game developers, Kayla and Yana, the dynamic duo behind otome publisher, Lovely Inc. The team is best known for their office romance otome game, My Love For You Is Evermore.

Lovely, Inc. is an otome gaming company made by fans for fans. Our goal is to deliver unique personalities and experiences to our readers, so you can live out your own special love story!

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2022 Otome Localization Survey is Live

Happy New Year! It’s the start of a new year, with the promise of even more otome games! 2022 was an amazing year for Western otome gamers, with several new titles making their English language debut! Publishers like Aksys Games and Idea Factory Intl are making sure otome gamers are getting fed. But, before we dive in to the upcoming otome titles making their way West this year; I want to look back on the otome community’s favorite releases of 2022! So I’m super excited to be bringing back my localization survey with a fresh coat of paint for the new year!

Let your voice be heard! Vote on your favorite otome localization of 2022 and more! I’ve expanded the 2022 survey to include more categories. New this year are: Most Romantic Otome, Favorite Heroine, Favorite Love Interests (by game), Best Indie Otome, Most Anticipated 2023 Otome, and more! You can even explain some of your choices and share your thoughts on your favorite otome game localization pick.

Publishers like Aksys Games especially has shared in the past that they pay very close attention to community suggestions. So, I also want to know what games the community would like to see localized in the future. After all the votes are in, I will share the results here on Blerdy Otome. I will also share them with a few localization companies so they can see what the community wants to see more of in the future!

Voting will run from January 1-10, 2023. You can submit your responses to the Google Form Survey: 2022 Otome Localization Survey! I can’t wait to see which games you all pick! As always shares are appreciated! I’d like to get a nice sample of the overall community! This is gonna be so much fun, I can’t wait to see your picks!

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Lover Pretend (Nintendo Switch) Otome Review

Do you like rom-coms? Chill vibes? Well, then you’ll want to check out Aksys Games’s latest Otomate otome localization, Lover Pretend. Get pulled into the entertainment industry with aspiring screenwriter, Chiyuki as she navigates her budding career, life and love! Sometimes a love born from a little white lie can blossom into something real!

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5 Reasons You Should Play Lover Pretend

The release of Lover Pretend is right around the corner and if you’re looking for a cute, lighthearted otome game, you are definitely going to want to give this a go! Aspiring scriptwriter, Chiyuki dreams of breaking into the industry and one day finding her father. When she lands a job as an assistant on the set of a major film she takes one step closer to realizing her personal and career aspirations. As she searches for information about her father a twist of fate has her crossing paths with four men who may have the answers she need. And through a twist of fate she finds herself entangled in a pretend relationship with one of them?! This is a pretend love role, not true love. Can Chiyuki create a script about fake lovers, while not knowing anything about falling in love herself?

Lover Pretend is set to release on December 1, 2022. But, if you’re still on the fence about picking up the latest Aksys Games otome localization, I have five reasons I think you should totally play Lover Pretend!

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