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Heroines I Want to Date

Hello! My bi ass believes in heroine supremacy and there are many I would like to date! Sometimes I’m more attracted to them than their love interests (assuming they have them)! This post is nothing thought out… I just want to give my girls some love…


Cardia from Code:Realize

Cardia is one of my favorite otome game heroines and I love her to death. While I love her love interests, as well, Cardia is the character in the cast that I am actually romantically attracted to (along with Hansel who appears in Future Blessings and Wintertide Miracles). We are two love-starved women and I believe that we should get married.

MC/Youran from Mr. Love: Queen’s Choice

The MC (Chinese default name is Youran) from Mr. Love is great. She’s hot and sweet and I love her. I can’t get into anymore without giving spoilers.

Izumi from A3!

My curry loving queen deserves a harem and I think I deserve to be in it. I thank the anime for letting me see her beautiful face. Also, I want her to step on me. ANYWAY…


There are the heroines that I want to date. If you have any that you want to date, please share!

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otome review

A New Favorite Route – Kaguya (Taisho x Alice Episode II)

I finished Kaguya’s route in Taisho x Alice Episode II and I was blown away! Never have I felt so much from an otome game and never have I related so much to a fictional character. This post is my thoughts off the top of my head and has some spoilers.

Kaguya is a very tragic character and has a dark past that is hidden away. He dons a mask to hide his true self, who he hates. He is a people pleaser who has been hurt by others as a result. He took up self-harming as an unhealthy way to cope with his problems and I have to give a warning that it was more intense with this than I was expecting. His route also covers suicide.

I do, however, take some issue with how his problems were resolved. I won’t state how, as that would spoil the climax of the route, but Yurika (MC) does something that YOU SHOULD NEVER DO and it also portrays his problems as being completely solved after this.

Despite my problem with the ending, though, Kaguya’s route is one that made me feel A TON and I related to him heavily as a character. While I don’t think I’ll do a full review of Taisho x Alice, as I am playing through it quite slowly, I do recommend it if you can handle the triggers that are mentioned on the Steam pages for episodes II and III because my journey so far has been wonderful!

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otome review

Thoughts on I Love You!

Recently, the new joseimuke localization team Moonchime Studio was created, and their first game to localize was a short, charming otome game called I Love You!, or in Japanese Suki Da! It was made by Shinogi Shiohara. I was very excited to see a new studio localizing a small, indie otome game.

I was a bit nervous that I wouldn’t enjoy a game set in high school, as I’ve outgrown that setting, but I really enjoyed this game! All of the love interests were super cute (I especially liked Onodera and Tsuda) and I enjoyed teasing them as the self-inserty but domineering heroine.

My only (incredibly nitpicky) gripes about the game are that you can’t customize the heroine’s appearance, which I like to do for games with more self-inserty protagonists and that I would like to know more about the boy from the secret ending.

I recommend using the guide that comes with the game to get all of the different endings.

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Games on my Wish List

There is forever growing list of games that I want to play; however, I can never get to them all. Here are just a few of the ones that happen to be on my wish list, including ones that aren’t joseimuke. However, to be on this list, I made the requirement of at least having the option to play as a female character.


Currently Out

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

I have been a fan of the Story of Seasons (formerly Harvest Moon) series since I was in middle school. This entry looks great and I can’t wait until I get to buy it, though I may wait until all of the DLC is out because I want to experience it all in full before getting tired of it. It also appears that Iris is going to be appearing as a marriage candidate in one of them, so I’ll finally be able to marry her, since same sex marriage wasn’t available in the series until the last entry, the Friends of Mineral Town remake.

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

I’m new to the the Atelier series and have still only played Atelier Escha & Logy and the first Atelier Ryza. I really enjoyed both of them! I can’t wait until I get to see Ryza and her friends again, along with all of the new characters!

Royal Alchemist

Royal Alchemist is a indie otome/BL by Nifty Visuals. The art is pretty and the plot seems appealing. Before buying, I will probably actually get around to playing the demo to make sure that it plays well on my computer and to make sure that I do like it.


Upcoming

Rune Factory 5

Rune Factory is actually my favorite game series (though I don’t own the first and have still only played a bit of the second), so as you can imagine, I am very excited for Rune Factory 5. The series has done an excellent job at mixing farm/life sims and RPG elements. This is also the second entry in the series where you get the option to play as a girl from the start of the game. Everything I’ve seen about the game so far looks great and I can’t wait to play it!

BUSTAFELLOWS

I cannot wait for BUSTAFELLOWS! The heroine is voiced and seems really likable! The love interests all seem interesting, as well! I think that my favorite will be Scarecrow. The plot also sounds exciting and intriguing!

Variable Barricade

Variable Barricade also has a voiced heroine and she seems so fun to play. The love interests seem interesting and complex. I think that my favorite will be Ichiya! The fact that it’s a romantic comedy is very exciting! I also trust the writing of Kojima Nao (Hakuoki, Code:Realize, Cafe Enchante) and Nakayama Satomi (Code:Realize, Cafe Enchante).


And Many More…

That’s just six of the games that I want and there are so many more on my list, even of those that fit the criteria for this list.

Thank you for reading!

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recommendations review

I’m in Love with the Villainess Volume 1 Short Thoughts

After buying it on the release date several months ago, I finally finished volume 1 of I’m in Love with the Villainess, a yuri otome isekai light novel.

Ordinary office worker Oohashi Rei wakes up in the body of the protagonist of her favorite otome game, Revolution. To her delight, the first person to greet her is also her favorite character, Claire Francois—the main antagonist of the story! Now, Rei is determined to romance Claire instead of the game’s male leads. But how will her villainous ladylove react to this new courtship?!

Seven Seas

I’m in Love with the Villainess is very charming and has lots of moments that made me laugh out loud; however, it also has many heartwarming moments and addresses things such as homophobia.

I highly enjoyed the banter between Rei and Claire. I also like that it is explicitly stated that Rei only likes girls. I also like that Rei has written Revolution fanfiction. It’s something I find relatable as a fanfiction writer myself. The only negative thing I have to say about the characters is that the princes have had little character development and I can’t remember them other than Thane; however, they are far from the focus of the story.

Overall, I loved volume 1 of I’m in Love with the Villainess and I can’t wait to read volume 2 and see how the relationship between Rei and Claire develops. I’d also like to mention that I have had a great time following the author, Inori, on Twitter.

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Now Reading: Waiting for Spring

I read the first volume of Waiting for Spring a while back when I tried Comixology Unlimited (I decided that I subscription wasn’t worth it) and now that it’s available on Kindle Unlimited, I decided to do a free trial of that, too. I’m currently reading Volume 3 and am LOVING it! I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes one of my favorite reverse harems with Utano Prince Sama and Kiss of the Rose Princess.

Plot: Mitsuki is a shy girl who’s about to enter high school, and vows to open herself up to new friendships. Of course, the four stars of the boys’ basketball team weren’t exactly the friends she had in mind! Yet, when they drop by the café where she works, the five quickly hit it off. Soon she’s been accidentally thrust into the spotlight, targeted by jealous girls. And will she expand her mission to include … love?

Kodansha

The protagonist, Mitsuki, is one that I highly relate to in her struggle to find friends, as I’m socially awkward and lonely in real life. I’m really enjoying seeing her new relationships with the basketball team (and Reina!).

That’s it for this post! I just wanted to make a casual post about a series that I’m really enjoying right now. Maybe I’ll write a full review when the series is complete!

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gushing about otome recommendations review

Gushing About the Psychedelica Games

Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly is my second favorite otome game. I also finally got around to finishing Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk, which I also love even though it took me a long time. I will warn that both games are not very romantic when compared to other otome games, so I’m not sure how much I recommend them if you’re looking for an otome game. However, if you’re looking for a good visual novel, they’re great!


Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly

Basic Info:

Platforms: PlayStation Vita|Steam

Price: $29.99

ESRB: Teen

Content Warnings: Death, child death, drowning, suicide, illness

Plot:

As she fell deeper and deeper into the darkness, she could hear the sound of rainfall.
Also, she heard an animalistic cry.

When she woke up, the young girl found herself in a Western-style mansion.
An unknown, terrible monster rushes to attack the confused girl.
As the young girl ran away from the monster, she thought:

“Where is this place?”
“Who am I, anyway?”

Having lost pretty much all of her memories, she eventually met and joined up with some men in the same circumstances as her.
They all held weapons that were strange handguns.
From there on out, with their lives at stake, they must participate in the “Black Butterfly Hunt”, and collect “Kaleidoscope Shards” possessed by those monsters.

Inside the Western-style mansion in which despair and betrayal swirls, will they be able to find hope in their futures?

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Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly seems to have gotten mixed reviews among my peers, but I, personally, love it. It has its flaws, such as sexism from the love interests, but it’s still a 5 star game for me.

Beniyuri isn’t that different from most heroines as far as writing goes (however, I like most anyway), but the fact that they made her voiced added so much personality in my opinion. She is voiced by Mai Nakahara, who I also know as Nagisa from Clannad and Juvia from Fairy Tail.

It’s impossible for me to choose my favorite love interest. I adored Karasuba (mostly because he’s voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara…), Hikage (for spoiler reasons), and Monshiro (precious boy.) I also liked the other love interests, Yamato and Kagiha. The characters (with the exception of one) also all have a dynamic that I love.


Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk

Basic Info:

Platforms: PlayStation Vita|Steam

Price: $29.99

ESRB: Teen

Content Warnings: Death, murder, suicide, fire

Plot:

Psychedelic of the Ashen Hawk is a suspense-filled tale of a young woman who was born with an eye that gleams with a scarlet light. In order to avoid being cast out, she masquerades as a young boy and lives in a derelict tower on the outskirts of town. One day a mysterious treasuries stolen from the city church. Our heroine learns that not only do magic stones exist and are hidden within the city, but also the secret of her origins.

VNDB

Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk is not quite as great as Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly in my eyes, but many people enjoyed it much, much more. Personally, I think I just preferred the pacing and voice acting in Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly.

Jed/Eiar is another voiced heroine, and in this case an amazing one! Not only is she physically and emotionally strong, she has a realistic inner conflicts and flaws. She is voiced by Mutsumi Tamura who voiced Miss Kobayashi from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. She did a perfect job at voicing Jed!

My favorite characters are actually two different non love interests – Ashen Hawk (the Tower Overlord who lives with Jed) and Lawrence (Really kind, also spoilers). It’s hard to choose which of the love interests is my favorite, with Lavan, Levi, and Lugus all constantly battling for the title, though I think Lavan barely wins. Hugh is also interesting. For Jed, though, I think that she has the most chemistry with Lugus.


Both Psychedelica games have a great plot, themes, characters, music, and art (at least to my taste!) I personally really recommend them! If you are only interested in one or the other, they are playable on their own, but Ashen Hawk is much better if you’re at least somewhat familiar with Black Butterfly. Ashen Hawk’s True Ending also ties in with Black Butterfly in a way that will make fans of certain characters of Black Butterfly very happy.

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My 5 Favorite Otome Heroines

Chizuru Yukimura

I have not finished Hakuoki yet (routes done: Hijikata, Okita, Sanan, Iba, Sakamoto, Chikage), but Chizuru is one of my favorite heroines. She is a controversial one, but I adore her! I can’t say much about her without spoiling, but despite her often not being able to fight, she has complex emotions to uncover and she does her best to always support her love interests and/or the Shinsengumi. I like her especially well in Okita’s route. Overall, I find Chizuru to be a heroine that I relate to a lot.

Kotone Awaki

Another game with a great heroine is Cafe Enchante. Kotone is a great heroine for seeming to just be an average, kind girl – but she’s more than that. She is strong in a very realistic manner, and accepts her love interests no matter what. She is incredibly brave in the face of danger that the other worlds (and this one) bring. She also has realistic flaws, such as struggling to be straightforward and being slightly selfish. She’s another heroine that I relate to, but I also look up to her for her bravery.

Yurika Arisu

I’ve only finished Cinderella’s route in Taisho x Alice, along with playing a little bit of Red Riding Hood’s, but Yurika is another heroine that I adore! She is very smart at getting what she wants, which is something that I love about her. She has a sense of humor and knows how to tease her love interests. She knows how to stand up for herself. I enjoy that she is bilingual and, in the English version of the game, sometimes speaks in Japanese with the English word or phrase in parentheses (it is the opposite in the Japanese release.) #LifeGoals

Lucette Riella Britton

Lucette from Cinderella Phenomenon starts the game out as an “Ice Princess,” but with the help of a witch named Delora putting a curse on her and the help of new friends and love interests that come of that curse, she grows into a more kind person. She goes through amazing character development in each route!

Cardia Beckford

I’ve mentioned before that Code:Realize is my favorite otome game, and a very large part of that is how great the heroine, Cardia, is. The story is about her poisonous body and her and her love interests trying to find a way to get rid of that poison – if you want to make the story a lot simpler. She is very lonely at the start of the game, as she has been locked in a house and forbidden from leaving from her father, but makes new friends out of the love interests who rescue her, who also teach her how to do things like fighting and self defense. The story does a great job of developing her along with the love interests (or her familial relationship with Finis if you play the fan disc, Future Blessings.) and their relationships. Also, I wish I could marry her.

That’s all of my favorite heroines! My favorites tend to fall into three different categories – ones I can relate to, ones I look up to, and ones that are just as important to the story as their love interests.

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I’ve Fallen For A3! (And I Can’t Get Up)

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I was going to make this post when I first finished Act 1 of A3! not long after it came out in English and now here I am finally doing it over a year later. A3! took over my life with it’s beautiful story telling and characters. The gameplay might be boring to many, but I enjoy that I can mostly just let it play itself and do my own thing.

Story

A3! is about an adult woman named Izumi Tachibana (first name changeable) who receives a letter addressed to her missing father. She goes to MANKAI Company, and through a chain of events, becomes the new general director. The theater is split into 4 troupes – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. She helps all of her actors BLOOM!

A3! has a character-driven story, which is my preferred type of story. I really love the way that each of the actors grow and “bloom.”

The event stories that are plays also offer important parts of the story, so I would recommend using magic bookmarks to unlock them in between playing Acts 1 and 2.

Characters

I don’t have the time to go into all of the characters, but WOW! ARE THEY GOOD! They all get character development – mostly in the plays that they happen to be the lead for. They’re also all really lovable. I do have a few complaints, such as the “Funny Foreigner” trope being used for Citron and that Masumi’s crush on Izumi is too much for me. That being said, I do still love those two characters. The second act of the main story introduces a new member for each troupe and they are all just as lovable as the original characters. The characters have problems such as being unable to connect with others, various family troubles, and anxiety.

Gameplay

The gameplay is where I think that many people leave A3! I’ve heard complaints that it’s confusing or boring, but I personally love the gameplay because all you really have to do (other than in the Earn Cash minigame) is press a few buttons. It basically plays itself!

Plays are where you’ll spend most of your time when playing A3! Tap “Details” next to the three crowns for missions that you have to complete and make your team based on that. Start practice and either push the auto button or tap away!

Earn Cash is a game where you can earn coins and training items. Just tap the hearts on the screen!

That’s it! Have fun playing A3! if it’s your thing! And if you don’t have a gacha problem!

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My Favorite Types of Ikemen

There are many different types of characters found in joseimuke – and throughout all types of media. Here are some of my favorite types.

Haraguro

A haraguro is a kind of character that puts on an act of being kind, but is actually cruel. They are basically a Wolf in Sheep’s clothing. I love this type of character because I tend to find both sides of them to be very appealing. I also feel that they tend to have the most interesting back stories.

Genki Guys

Genki guys are very, very energetic. I love this type of character because they tend to also be very loving and affectionate – which is something that I very much need.

The Tease

These are characters that aren’t necessarily playboys, but tend to tease others and make lots of innuendos. I like this type of character because I find them funny and sexy.

Do-S

A Do-S character is a sadist. I am a masochist. What more do I need to say?

Pianists

I… don’t know why, but I have a thing for pianists. Ever since I played Mei’s route in Several Shades of Sadism, I have been wanting every adult pianist (no matter the gender) in fiction.