2016 was a shit year.
So instead of remembering the cringe fest let’s go through my year of Drama CD’s, Otoge, and Visual Novels of 2016.
Then the amazingness in store for English otoge players in 2017! ^^
Thanatos Night Volume 1: Izaya
This was surprisingly good and easy to understand. If you like fallen angels and badass music, pick it up. Japanese isn’t too difficult.
Ah yes, the steaming piles of shit we get. I’m going to get hate but we all have opinions and we should respect the fact that opinions don’t=fact. You know who I’m talking about.
“Mega-Douche-Fedora-Reddit-User”: Diabolik Lovers~Haunted Dark Bridal~
Went in with an open-mind and only 2 routes saved me from hell. The game was a fail on BDSM. That requires consent. If you disagree Kanato will go DemonSpawn and stab you. At least the fandom translated the game on wiki lol so if you have a copy you can drown in Rejet.
The “Complete Guide to Fucking Up”: Norn9
FML. You can live with the horrible translations but idk why the otoge community adores this game. There’s no damned plot when it’s advertised to have one and only a few good routes. Like I said opinions vary. But it was like watching paint dry.
The Worst Face-catchers: Ozmafia!
Mangagamer gave this the love any fan would dream of. Translations are TOP NOTCH and it’s clear they put in 110% into making sure it was perfection. But angelic translations can’t clean up kusoge. I know a lot of people liked this but I ain’t about that NTR life yo. And dat rapey whore house. And Todo-yandere-dog. And-ok I’ll shut up now.
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“Time Travel for your Jiji”: Nise no Chigiri
Available in English for Mobile under the title Eternal Vows. I liked the heroine and 3 of the guys but unless you’re hot for jiji’s and copy-pasta routes don’t make this a priority.
“So bomb at cross-dressing my manz didn’t know I was a gurl”: Soukai Buccaneers!
You can get this for like $30 on ebay. I met the game company at a convention. They did a lot of things right but this didn’t blow me away. I recommend giving it a go. Good heroine and Frederick was bae. And this was the first game I completed in Japanese!
Carpal Tunnel Simulator: Uta Pri Music 3
Fun but forgettable. Cheap too. The little “routes” were cute and are rewards for completing songs and stuff. Cheap enough to warrant a purchase if interested.
Most Promising Game of The Year: Anicon
I only played the demo since I found out that the routes were only being released if the previous ones sold well. I plan to purchase what’s available when I’m not broke because the demo has sooooo much potential! Play the demo for free if you’re interested!
“Holy Crap A Mobile Game Was Actually Good?!”: Shall We Date? War of Prayers
Way to tear out my ❤ Most mobage are the epitome of kusoge. Some MC’s have no eyes, some are blank shells to project onto, the guys are copy-pasta shit and generally the game is shit. Pick up War of Prayers now. Liam and Evan are bae. And this is about becoming a magical girl. That’s great. Just don’t purchase the blonde dudes because their routes were….
“I became King BUT THE IKEMAN”: Princess Arthur
Why are people saying this is a woman-hating-game?! NO. The game discusses gender roles during a period where women were seen as inferior but it does NOT say one gender is better or whatever crap people say it’s doing. A good game that has a little something for everyone. In English for Mobile.
Sexiest Love-bites: Kyoukai no Shirayuki:
And kabedons. Like I said my level in Japanese isn’t high enough for this but I did get through 3 routes and got almost all of it correct. So yea. It’s really good. Great heroine, interesting scenario, and Shikimi ❤
Heroine is Queen: Sweet Fuse
Whoever didn’t play this is MISSING OUT. Saki is a badass who doesn’t let her ikeman berate her. She makes them bow before her and takes down a fucking psychopath who put them into a Saw-scenario and she gets her man. Art doesn’t matter when shit is this good. GET IT.
Funniest Otoge of the Year: Yo-Jin-Bo The Bodyguards
Anime, Pokemon, Wrestling Puns? That and more! It’s cheap on jbox but if you want to get the physical good luck lol cuz if you didn’t know, it came out BEFORE Hakuoki to the states and no one knew….which sucks ass because it’s really good. Also, the company fucking went bankrupt because people thought it was ok to steal games they didn’t pay for.
“This Isn’t Your Toy Story Anymore”: Nameless ~The One Thing You Must Recall~
A Korean Otoge available on Steam by the mofo’s who made Mystic Messenger but MUUUUUUCCCCHHHHH BETTER. A great start to 2016 and sure to make your year (whenever that is) a good one 🙂
“Do SOMETHING Chizuru!”: Hakuoki Memories of the Shinsengumi
For many, their first otoge. Not for me so I can without bias say it’s not the shit everyone claims it is but it’s not bad at all. Every otoge fan needs to play this once. Just prepare for the cashcow….and Chizuru. She can’t fight because of the fact that she’s born in a very sexist era but she tries. At terrible moments….Get the PS3 version for all the stuff if you can.
“The Universe Hates Me and My Boyfriend”: Amnesia Memories
To say I got off on a wrong start is an understatement. Thank GAWD it gets much better. Just keep in mind this isn’t your fluffy otoge and it goes dark places. Available on PSN and Steam in English.
( ˘ ³˘)♥ The Best Of 2016 ( ˘ ³˘)♥
This category will only include ONE otoge or visual novel. The visual novel must include romance to count because most of us came here for that.
The Most Romantic and Absolute Masterpiece: The House of Fata Morgana
I am NOT shitting you when I say this impressed me so much it’s now one of my favorites. Which includes Code Realize. I can’t justify this enough but I can promise that if you enjoy otoge, like romance (THE ENTIRE GAME IS A LOVE STORY *sobs*) great writing, beautiful art, gorgeous OST, and something that will get you in the FEELS just PLEASE get this.
I literally cannot recommend this any more. This game is a romance and it will tear you apart. Read it. Buy it. Sob and squeal and then wait for the sequel. Just DO IT.
This earns the stars of 2016 and you’re honestly depriving yourself of a fantastic story. Spoiler Free Review is here.
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English Otoge for 2017 (so far):
- Nightshade will be on Steam along with Mangagamer’s Fashioning Little Lonesome and a butler bl game.
- The Steam versions will not be R18.
- Everything else will be on the Vita. THANK GAWD
A Thank You To My Readers
I wanted to thank you all for continuing to read my posts and following me. It’s amazing to think that just recently I gained 100
stalkers followers and you comment and like my stuff. This blog will be 3 years old in 2017-how did this happen? I cannot express how much it means to me to be able to talk about this passion for otoge with others who are also extremely passionate about otoge.
To newcomers, thank you for even looking at my posts. If you’re new to otoge I hope you’ll join in because this community is one of the most delightful ones I’ve ever joined. And there’s plenty of ikeman 😉
To those who’ve been with me from the beginning, you know who you are, you lovely beauties. I can’t tell you how terrified I was to go from stalker to blogger and you all helped me grow. You answered all my noob questions and you read my stuff and kept me going.
I am so grateful.
I hope to see you in 2017 (and beyond) and I hope that you follow your dreams and live life.
How was your year in 2016? What game are you looking forward to most?
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