In my last post I addressed the arrival of the 3DS game Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (which I now have! Updates to come at a later date!) Now I’d like to draw your attention to another range of Otome games, only available on iPhone and iPad, sadly.
One of the titles is My Forged Wedding, in which you – the main character, of course! – arrive in Tokyo to find a job via your hat-wearing uncle. However when you arrive there a complete stranger asks a strange request of you – to pretend to be his wife for a month! You get the choice of 5 lovely guys – Takao Maruyama, Yamoto Kougami, Takamasa Saeki, Kajima Yuta and Ren Shibasaki (Yamoto appearing to be the favourite) of who you get to spend month married to! Naturally the game’s ending depends on the choices you make throughout the story but there’s no room for heartbreak here, as you have the choice of getting two endings: a happy ending and a super happy ending! No bad ends, which mean there’s no chance of the game going all Corpse Party on you if suck at romance! (Which you must admit, would be an interesting plot twist…)
I never really considered getting married…but this is seriously a one-month trial!
I may have said that they were “lovely guys” before, but as I scroll down the screenshots on google images (because I’m so original!) they actually seem to be rather…human. A sample of some of the dialogue:
— “I never thought it would turn me on so much seeing you play mommy.” (mommy, seriously?!)
— “You have to wear the apron over your naked body!” (We are NOT doing kinky kitchen play!)
They don’t seem to play out the typical dream bishonen part, which perhaps is one of the reasons My Forged Wedding is so popular. That, and the more mature factor of the game. Sadly I can’t say more about these characters as I haven’t played the game! But I do think My Forged Wedding is a Otome game worth checking out! Now…I need to get myself an iPad…
Raising Star games company has been known for drawing attention to obscure titles, their main one being the Harvest Moon franchise. Now, they set to break the mould of UK gaming by releasing their new title Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi
Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi follows the story of Chizuru Yukimura searching for her missing father. She happens upon a band of samurai soldiers known as the Shinsengumi, who are sworn to serve the Shogen. They’re also looking for Chizuru’s father. She decides to join them, and uncover the mystery surrounding her father, and perhaps find love amongst these rough devils. What makes Hakuoki so special is the fact that it’s an Otome game for the 3DS. That’s right. A OTOME game. Here, in the UK.
The CG shots even look divine!
Otome games (translated as ‘Maiden’ games) are dating sims aimed at girls. While they may not be totally uncommon in Japan, English released ones are practically a myth! Most Otome games are mainly found online (and most of them are indie) so having one released on a console is amazing! Is this the start of a new movement for females? Will we finally have the chance to enjoy being romanced by lovely 2D guys, samurai or not? Because I’m certainly not complaining!
On a less impressive note, JAST USA will not be releasing the major Otome franchise Starry Sky, due to certain issues with prices and voice acting. The company say that they believe fans would enjoy the option of having the original Japanese voice overs as well as the English ones. Does anyone actually care? Shouldn’t fans be willing to give a little leeway on this matter if it means getting the games released over here?! C’mon guys, think! THINK!
Is it just me, or is the most charming thing about Rei Ryugazaki from Free! his glasses? Don’t get me wrong, I love Rei-chan, but I find his glasses just so…alluring! Maybe it’s because of the colour contrast? Rei’s colours seem to be purple and blue (his main is purple, after all!) but his glasses are red! Such an effective technique!
I’ve always had a weakness for glasses, I don’t always go for the ‘glasses’ character, but if I see a character I already liked in glasses then it’s like ‘woah’! I call it SSF – ‘Specific Spectacal Fetish’.
In my opinion, the beautiful Grell is nothing without his red specs!
‘Glasses’ are a staple for any series aiming for that moe factor! But they also provide so much more! They can make a character’s expression sinister if the light is reflected off them, hide revealing eyes, or just make someone cuter/cooler!
Boy character’s that wear glasses are known as ‘megane’ (I believe) and girl characters are ‘Meganekko’. They are normally sweet, quiet, gentle and smart, or the cool, intellectual type – although more characters are starting to break out of this troupe! I’ve noticed that ‘glasses’ boys are mainly used as ‘fetish tools’ (that sounds really harsh! XD) in otome and boy’s love media. Girls, we just can’t win! >_<