A huge thank you to Otometantei for nominating me. She’s a fantastic blogger who reviews otoge, anime, games and so much more. She’s also a game developer 😀 and her native tongue is Spanish. Otometantei also knows English and is learning Japanese. She’s even made her own otoge! You can read up on her journey towards completing such a challenging project here. I highly encourage you to head on over to her blog because she’s such a delight ❤
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What do you like to see in an otome game female protagonist?
I want them to be their own character. It frustrates me when a character is a self-insert because they can’t completely be who the reader wants them to be. I also can’t stand when she molds herself to whoever she’s paired up with. I don’t need her to be a kickass lady, as most badass women in fiction are grossly exaggerated or are men with stick-on boobs. Strength is different for each person and it comes in different forms. Just because they’re timid and shy doesn’t mean they aren’t a good character. Cardia, on the left, is exactly this but she develops into a capable woman and I admire her a lot. Kazuha, on the right, frustrated me to no end for all of the above and more.
How do you feel about most japanese role playing games (JRPG) having male protagonists?
Great! I don’t care too much what gender the protagonist is. I’m just taking control of a character and experiencing a game. Give me the choice to play as a girl and of course I’ll take it, but I think it’s honestly ridiculous how angry some people get over how they can only play as one gender. So many people flipped their lids at Horizon Zero Dawn having a female protagonist despite how many games put you in the shoes of a guy. So what? It’s a story, not your roleplaying fantasy. If that’s what you’re here for, there are plenty of games that meet your requirements. However, it does really bug me when game developers make outlandish excuses as to why they can’t be bothered to give a female protagonist a shot. The developer for the Persona franchise said,
“With Persona 4, though, we needed the character to come from a big city to a small country town to be the driving force of the story, and it seemed more natural for a male character to fulfill that role.”
Along with this, the developer for the SMT series made a very sexist remark about why they won’t add a female protagonist.
So, I don’t care, but it’d nice to get the option to be a girl in a Persona game. That franchise has a pretty popular and integral system where you grow closer to other characters to build links. Most of these are romantic, and I personally don’t find myself drawn to romancing girls when there are literal bishounen standing around. I think it’s awesome if you’re a girl who doesn’t care about this or even enjoys it, great! For me, I’d rather date the boys so I’ve never had much interest in Persona and probably won’t be playing it anytime soon.
What’s the worst game you remember playing in the last year (can be otome game, RPG, or anything you want)?
Ironically, I really disliked Horizon Zero Dawn. It’s not a bad game, don’t get me wrong. The endless amount of possibilities to hunt machines is impressive, the crafting system is easy and fun, and the weapons are diverse and creative. The Cauldrons are really cool and I loved the Stalkers. Bandit Camps were fun to clear out too. Near the end, you can pick up a special armor that pretty much renders you invincible. It just wasn’t for me. I was so bored with the countless repetitive and trite quests which meant nothing (unless you count the few allied quests and you have no idea who they are unless you look up a guide), metal-flower hunting, etc. The dialogue was super cringey at some points and facial animations looked wonky at times. And Aloy was just bland. I didn’t care about her plight because the second she decides to go out there and do business she’s suddenly helping everyone along the way all “I’ll help you!! Don’t you worry!” I loved how she told off several characters though. The main story took around 12 hours to complete and while it was well-told, it was extremely predictable and it never gripped me. The rest of the trophy requirements were easy enough but I detest the hunting trials with the passion of a Blazing Sun, so I decided it wasn’t worth the platinum since I suck soooooo bad at them and I wasn’t having fun. Again, not a bad game, I just didn’t like it. If you’re interested rofl I can sell my complete edition to you for $20 😛
I also wasn’t a fan of the newest otome game to be released, Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly. I have a review if you’re interested. Tldr; too many design choices killed any immersion I had for the game and I went in with the expectation of a creepy otome game but I got a visual novel with terrible, barely-there-romance and forced tragedy.
If you want my like new copy, I can sell it for $30 (retail is $40).
In fiction, sometimes there are characters that are referred to as a Mary Sue or a Gary Stu. What would you call a Mary Sue/Gary Stu character?
Lazy trump cards writers create when they’re still learning how to create a character. They’re just a mesh of tropes, stereotypes, and perfection in the eyes of the author and the character’s world. I have no patience for them.
Do you have a favorite videogame soundtrack? Which one?
There’s honestly too many games with fantastic music. I’m currently in ❤ with FFXV and Nier Automata’s osts and encourage everyone to pick up both games, though for FFXV I’d consider reading my review since the whole mess it went through has resulted in some….changes and dlc and….sigh. I loved it with all my soul, but damn son.
Thanks so much for reading. Anyone can participate because I honestly love hearing what you all have to say and I can learn a lot from you all ^^ You can choose to answer the ones I did or my own set ^^
Here’s my questions:
- What games are you looking forward to? Can be on your backlog, a future release, etc.
- What do you want to see change in the gaming industry/community?
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- What have you learned from blogging?
- Do you have any obscure interests you’d like others to know about?
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