Taisho x Alice Episode 3 is the third installment in the fantasy otome series developed by Primula. For the series that just keeps pushing boundaries, episode 3 hits us deeper into the twisted fairytale adventures of Yurika and her gender flipped fairytale princes! This time around we get to romance cool beauty, Snow White and the mysterious Wizard, and if the other games are anything to go off, this latest installment is gonna be a wild ride!
Hey Blerdy Tribe, I’m taking a dive back into the twisted fairytale world of Taisho x Alice with Episode II – Electric Boogaloo—and let me tell you, this chapter brings new meaning to the phrase, ‘darker and edgier’. Taisho x Alice Episode II takes us away from the lighthearted Disney-esque fairytales we’re used to and takes more than a few notes from the Brother’s Grimm, delivering a much darker experience than what we saw in Episode I. This time around, we get to romance Gretel and Kaguya; and let me tell you right now— forget everything you think you know about these characters from the first game.
In Taisho x Alice each of the love interests is fighting their own demons and it is up to YOU to save your fairytale Prince Charming and guide them towards their “happily ever after”. Trigger warning, Episode 2 contains direct references to self-harm and sexual assault—so if that is not your jam, probably best to give this one a pass.
As usual I’m behind the rest of the otome games fandom—it’s been about a year since Pencil released their localization of the fairytale inspired otome game Taisho x Alice: Episode I and I’m just getting around to playing it. Now, this isn’t the first time this game has made it’s way stateside. Many of us still remember the now infamous E2Gaming localization fiasco of 2017, that brought “Hiragana Alice” and “Katakana Alice” to prominence. But, it seems that the second time’s the charm for Taisho x Alice, with Molly Lee (known also as Verdelish) taking the reigns in this greatly improved English translation of the game—and fan response has been overwhelmingly positive. So now, with the otome community’s collective stamp of approval I figured now was as good a time as any to give Taisho x Alice a try and boy do I have some thoughts about it.
For those of you not familiar with the game—Taisho x Alice is a re-imagining of popular fairytales, but with a twist—each of the love interests are gender swapped versions of famous characters like Cinderella and Snow White! The game was originally released in Japan in 2015 for PC and was split into four episodes, each with two LIs. The first episode features Cinderella and Red Riding Hood’s stories; the second—Kaguya and Gretel; the third episode— Snow White and the Wizard; and the fourth and final episode focuses on Alice. In the game you play as an amnesiac young woman who must navigate the mysterious Looking Glass World and save your Prince Charming, guiding him towards his happily ever after.
Most of you probably already heard the news, but Taisho x Alice is getting a NEW Steam realease!!
We all remember the E2 Gaming Tragedy of 2017 that produced the delightfully terrible English language release of Primula’s Taisho x Alice. There were a lot of signs that the initial E2 Gaming English release was going to be a shits how, as the “company” had been very lax with marketing and responding to fans on social media. However, even that couldn’t prepare us for the actual release, which was marred by it’s dismal translation and laughable voice acting! Many were outraged by this seeming disregard for quality, and the game became something of a meme, with otome fans adding “Hirigana” and “Katakana” to their twitter handles in mocking tribute to the game’s most memorable translation choices.
But, it seems that 2019 has brought Taisho x Alice back for a second go of things, this time the localization is being handled by Primula’s parent company, Pencil and from what I’ve seen of the Steam page and Twitter, this appears to be a legitimate release. Taisho x Alice has a Steam release date set for November 28, 2019. The game will feature full Japanese voice acting, and subtitles in Japanese, English, and Simplified Chinese.
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