2019 Overview – Upcoming Otome & BL Games

Another new year means another new set of games to release. These days it seems like more game companies specialising in otome games are slowing down their production of games, while Otomate seems to be the only one on top reigning supreme. It seems to be a dire environment compared to the hayday of otome gaming, same could be said with BL game companies with Nitro+Chiral possibly being considered as the big OG in BL gaming while there are some small companies popping here and there making one or two games.

With the death of the PS Vita, things may get a bit messier or could just keep coasting with the Nintendo Switch or on mobile devices. Either way this niche may find a way to keep surviving.

Anyway, onto this overview. The sources I’ll be using to update this post throughout 2019 will be cool-b and otomelab‘s calendars. I used to use otomex as a source but seems like they haven’t updated in a long time.


※Legend

= PS Vita Game

= Nintendo Switch Game

= PS4 Game

= PC Game

+ 🔞 = R18+ PC Game (Otome or BL)

♛ = Very excited for, prolly buy limited edition if I can

★ = Interested in the game, will preorder/purchase

❤ = Kinda interested/like, not sure if I’ll buy


——Table of Contents

  1. Games with set release dates
    • January
      • Zettai Kaikyuu Gakuen
      • Jakou no Lyla ~Allure of Musk~ Vol.2
    • February 
      • Kiniro no Corda Octave
      • Jakou no Lyla ~Allure of Musk~ Vol.3
      • Gekidan Prince
      • Yunohana SpRING! ~Mellow Times~ for Nintendo Switch
    • March
      • Kenka Banchou Otome 2nd Rumble!!
      • Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 DX
      • Diabolik Lovers Chaos Lineage
    • April
      • Variable Barricade
      • Reine des fleurs for Nintendo Switch
      • Taisho Alice all in one for Nintendo Switch
    • May
      • [NEW!] Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku – Modern Nostalgia for Nintendo Switch
      • [NEW!] Private Academy VerRose ~The Rose of Versailles Re*imagination~ for Switch
      • [NEW!] Beast Master and Prince – Flower&Snow for Nintendo Switch
    • June
      • [NEW!] Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku – Gentou Nostalgia for Nintendo Switch
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
  2. Games set to release in 2019 but no confirmed release date
    • Grande Odalisque -Les Grande Odalisque-
    • CLOCK ZERO ~Shuuen no Ichibyou~ Devote
    • Gensoukissa Enchanté
    • Hakuouki Shinkai Tsukikage no Shou / Hakuouki Shinkai Ginsei no Shou
    • LoverPretend
    • Omega Vampire
    • BUSTA FELLOWS
  3. Games with unknown release dates
    • Yuukoku no Perseus
    • Akatsuki no Betelgeuse
    • Dorico no Toshokan
    • Olympia Soiree
    • Amnesia for Switch
    • Sengoku Night Blood for Switch
    • Bilshana Senki ~Genpei Hikamusou~
    • Gikei -Meiji Mangekyou Sekai-
    • Bara Senso -Sonnet of Seeds-
    • Uta no Prince-sama Dolce Vita
    • Hana Awase Iroha Hen
    • Slow Damage
    • Kanja S no Kyuusai
    • New World Order

*Some dates may change as the year goes on, dates are in the format of: Month/Day

I will try to update this post as the year goes on as best as I can. As you can tell, I’ll only be covering releases of games that are in Japanese and not English releases.

Last Updated on: 20th February 2019

——Set release date (2019)

Zettai Kaikyuu Gakuen | 1/10 | Daisy 2 / Prototype


Zettai Kaikyuu Gakuen was once a PC game which then got a port to the PS Vita in 2016. Now in 2019 they are porting it to the PS4… a platform that was abandoned by Otomate months after deciding to port some of their games onto. This may be just a late decision that they cannot afford to back out of. But hey, they crowdfunded a fandisc for PC, with a goal of 1.5 million yen they surpassed their goal and have now raised 8.5 million yen (funding 568%).

[Cast] Kaito Ishikawa / Tetsuya Kakihara / Tomoaki Maeno / Ryohei Kimura / Daisuke Namikawa

Official Site

Jakou no Lyla ~Allura of Musk~ Vol.2 | 1/25 | Otomate -♛

The second volume of an ongoing PC series, Jakou no Lyla. The game focuses on the themes of “love triangles” and “espionage”.  The game is split up into 3 volumes for maximum profit, the first volume had the subtitle of “European Nights” focusing on two European boyos, while the second volume has the subtitle of “Asian Nights” with two princes/emperors (I have no idea what the term of an offspring of an emperor is lol) of a vague Asian kingdom/country (I’m guessing China). Shirien, the heroine, is hired by one of the romanceable guys to seduce the target of the client to obtain information or manipulate the target’s actions.

[Cast] Okitsu Kazuyuki / Takuya Satou

Official Site

Kiniro no Corda Octave | 2/14 | Neoromance

Kiniro no Corda Octave is a game similar to Utapri’s Music spin-off games. While not exactly heavily focusing on romance, it does provide fans with a rhythm game containing over 30 songs from both Kiniro no Corda 2 and Kiniro no Corda 3 games. The story has the cast from both games in different situations–Festa Route for Corda 2 and Camp Route for Corda 3 cast, basically it’s more like a spin-off variety game. The game will release on PS Vita, Switch and Steam which may be the first time an otoge/josei-muke game gets released on so many platforms at the same time.

[Cast] Kishou Taniyama / Kentaro Itou / Jun Fukyama / Masakazu Morita / Daisuke Kishio / Mamoru Miyano / Satoshi Hino / Hideo Ishikawa / Katsuyuki Konishi / Yuya Uchida / etc.

Official Site

Jakou no Lyla ~Allure of Musk~ Vol.3| 2/22 | Otomate – ♛

The third and final volume of PC game Jakou no Lyla. This volume focuses on the love triangle between the heroine, her adopted brother and the king of Shanahsa(?). From the looks of it, the game may contain some answers to the mysteries popped up in other volumes (during my playthrough of the first volume, there was a something brought up that Lizaru the king might know Shirien from the past or something, I can’t remember much so don’t take my word for it). Anyway, I’m calling it, this volume is probably the “true volume”, if that makes sense, like a true route lol. 

[Cast] Toshiyuki Morikawa / Ayumu Murase

Official Site

Gekidan Prince | 2/27 | Tope – ❤

From the company that brought you the BL game Gakuen Handsome comes Gekidan Prince, a game voiced primarily by Utaite and is a parody similarly to Gakuen Handsome, except this is an otome game (I think). You/the heroine ends up getting involved with this theatre company full of handsome boyos due to certain circumstances. There is already a trial version up on their website.

[Cast] Stungun / Shakemii / Risru / Glutamine / Silvana / Kancell

Official Site

Yunohana SpRING! ~Mellow Times~ For Nintendo Switch | 2/28 | Otomate

A port to the switch combing the original Yunohana SpRING! and it’s fandisc Yunohana SpRING! ~Cherishing Time~ into one game.

[Cast] KENN / Akira Ishida/ Noriaki Sugiyama / Ryohei Kimura / Kenjiro Tsuda / Koutarou Nishiyama

Official Site

Kenka Banchou Otome 2nd Rumble!! | 3/14 | Spike Chunsoft – ★

A sequel to Kenka Banchou Otome. Presumably a year after the first game where Oniichan Houou has graduated and Hinako is a second year. There’s a new kid–Tenma Sagara voiced by Kaito Ishikawa–who’s a first year. Also Rintarou’s lil step bro is a first year in Hinako’s school (but still no route huh…). There’s a new fighting mini-game which is neat, but still a far cry compared to the original Kenka Banchou beat ’em up gameplay.

[Cast] KENN / Shouta Aoi / Yoshimasa Hosoya / Tetsuya Kakihara / Tomoaki Maeno / Kaito Ishikawa

Official Site

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 DX | 3/14 | Neoromance

A port to the Nintendo Switch where two games–Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 and its sequel Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 Gentou Rondo–are rolled into one whole game.

[Cast] Takuma Terashima / Ken’ichi Suzumura / Michael Shitanda / Eiji Takemoto / Nobuhiko Okamoto / Atsushi Abe / Mikako Takahashi / Shinnosuke Tachibana / Hiroki Yasumoto / Takashi Kondo / Hiro Shimono

Official Site

Diabolik Lovers Chaos Lineage | 3/28 | Otomate / Rejet

Chaos Lineage is the first Diabolik Lovers game on the Nintendo Switch. I guess it doesn’t really matter to port all the Diabolik Lovers games to the Switch before putting this sequel on the Switch when this game pretty much shuffles all the guys into different “groups”/”families” so it’s just retconning for the sake of making a new game with a “fresh premise”. Who cares about the feuds between the Sakamaki, Mukami and Tsukinami families (who cares which family Kino belongs to anyway). You’ll prolly not need to know the history in the previous games to play this.

[Cast] Katsuyuki Konishi / Kosuke Toriumi / Tatsuhisa Suzuki / Tomoaki Maeno / Toshiyuki Morikawa / Daisuke Kishio / Ryohei Kimura / Daisuke Hirakawa / Takashi Kondo / Takahiro Sakurai / Showtaro Morikubo / Hikaru Midorikawa / Yuki Kaji

Official Site

Variable Barricade | 4/4 | Otomate – ❤

A lot of development trouble with this one, a lot of delays and voice actor change due to illness. Not to mention further delaying it until 2019 when it was due to release in October 2018, even the delay didn’t mean changing the platform it would release on nor did it mean taking back the voice actor that was on hiatus due to illness (who was then healthy again during the announcement of another delay).

[Cast] Saki Fujita / Kousuke Toriumi / Nobuhiko Okamoto / Kenji Nojima / Hiro Shimono / Atsushi Tamaru

Official Site

[NEW!] Taisho Alice all in one | 4/18(?) | Primula / Prototype?

*Most likely a port of the PS Vita ver “Taisho Alice all in one”, combining all the Taisho Alice PC games into one game. Possibly won’t include the fandisc “Heads&Tails”.

[Cast] Tomoaki Maeno / Yoshitsugu Matsuoka / Daisuke Hirakawa / Takuya Eguchi / Toshiki Masuda / Wataru Hatano / Shouta Aoi

Official Site

Reine des fleurs | 4/25 | Otomate

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[Cast] Kazuyuki Okitsu / Namikawa Daisuke / KENN / Takashi Kondou / Tomokazu Sugita

Official Site 

[NEW!] Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku – Modern Nostalgia for Nintendo Switch | 5/16 | Otomate

*Nintendo Switch port of original game

[Cast]  Daisuke Kishio / Hideki Tasaka / Nobuhiko Okamoto / Takeshi Maeda / Atsushi Kakehashi / Atsushi Miyauchi 

Official Site (No site yet)

[NEW!] Private Academy VerRose ~The Rose of Versailles Re*Imagination~ | 5/23| Otomate

[Cast] Sayaka Senbongi / Nanako Mori / Kenichi Suzumura / Aya Endo / Junichi Suwabe / Yuki Ono / Shun Horie

Official Site

[NEW!] Beast Master and Prince – Flower&Snow for Nintendo Switch | 5/30 | Otomate

[Cast]  Kosuke Toriumi / Yuki Kaji / Hiroki Yasumoto / Hiro Shimono / Hikaru Midorikawa / Takuma Terashima

Official Site (No site yet)

[NEW!] Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku – Gentou Nostalgia for Nintendo Switch | 6/20 | Otomate

*Nintendo Switch port of fandisc and sequel in one game

[Cast]  Daisuke Kishio / Hideki Tasaka / Nobuhiko Okamoto / Takeshi Maeda / Atsushi Kakehashi / Atsushi Miyauchi / Yuuki Tai

Official Site (No site yet)

——TBA (2019)

🔞 Grande Odalisque -Les Grande Odalisque- | 2019 | Kalmia8 Scarlet

Last December (2018), the website for Grande Odalisque was revamped and the old key visual was replaced with this one (above) and was reannounced the game will release somewhere in 2019 instead of 2018. It’s a bit of a shame that they changed the art style and some of the character designs look different from the original key visual, especially some characters being lighter skinned and the blonde royal girl looking more younger and more vulnerable, while the other heroine looked more serious and strong as if a protector to the blonde girl.

Now here with the new key visual it looks like the two girls (I’m assuming both are heroines) just don’t interact with each other lol. I heard the original artist deleted their twitter account for some reason so maybe that has some clue into what happened. Either way, you can be the judge and check out the original key visual for yourself here

[Cast] Not announced yet

Official Site

CLOCK ZERO ~Shuuen no Ichibyou~ Devote | 2019 | Otomate

*A port to the Switch that includes the original CLOCK ZERO game as well as bonus features.

[Cast] Kosuke Toriumi / Shou Sudou / Daisuke Namikawa / Tomoaki Maeno / Noriaki Sugiyama / Akira Ishida

Official Site (No site yet)

Gensoukissa Enchanté | 2019 | Otomate – ❤

[Cast] Not announced yet

Official Site (No site yet)

Hakuouki Shinkai Tsukikage no Shou / Hakuouki Shinkai Ginsei no Shou | 2019 | Otomate

*Two Separate Fandiscs

[Cast]  Kouji Yusa / Shinichirou Miki / Mamoru Miyano / Kenjiro Tsuda / Tomohiro Tsuboi / Showtaro Morikubo / Kosuke Toriumi / Daisuke Ono / Bobuo Tobita / Yuki Kaji / Hiroyuki Yoshino / Takayuki Suzuki

Official Site (No site yet)

LoverPretend | 2019 | Otomate

[Cast]  Not announced yet

Official Site (No site yet)

[BL] Omega Vampire | Spring 2019 | Karin Chatnoir Omega / Prototype

*SFW Nintendo Switch Port 

[Cast]  Daisuke Kishio / Hideki Tasaka / Nobuhiko Okamoto / Takeshi Maeda / Atsushi Kakehashi / Atsushi Miyauchi / Yuuki Tai

Official Site

[NEW!] BUSTA FELLOWS | 2019 | eXtend

Apparently is set in the same universe as Side Kicks!, another otome game by eXtend. It’ll be on both the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices (android and iOS). Despite being also on mobile devices it will not have gacha or consumption items, possibly a pay-for-chapters type of mobile game. Heroine will be voiced.

[Cast] Not Announced yet

Official Site

——TBA

Yuukoku no Perseus | Poni-Pachet

[Cast] Not Announced yet

Official Site

Akatsuki no Betelgeuse | Poni-Pachet

betelgeuse

*Part of the Hoshisora Series, its predecessor is “Yuukoku no Perseus” which is still yet to be released/in development. This one will be illustrated by Satoi.

[Cast] Not Announced yet

Official Site

Dorico no Toshokan | rejet


[Cast] Not Announced yet 

Official Site

Olympia Soiree | Otomate

[Cast] Not Announced yet

Official Site (No site yet)

Amnesia | Otomate

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[Cast] Not Announced yet

Official Site (No site yet)

Sengoku Night Blood | Otomate

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[Cast] Not Announced yet

Official Site (No site yet)

Bilshana Senki ~Genpei Hikamusou~ | Otomate

[Cast] Not Announced yet

Official Site (No site yet)

🔞 Gikei -Meiji Mangekyou Sekai-  | aromarie

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[Cast] Not Announced yet

Official Site

Bara Senso -Sonnet of Seeds- | MIO

sonnetofseeds

[Cast] Not Announced yet

Official Site

Uta no Prince-sama Dolce Vita | broccoli

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[Cast] Takuma Terashima / Kenichi Suzumura / Kisho Taniyama / Mamoru Miyano / Junichi Suwabe / Hiro Shimono / Kosuke Toriumi / Showtaro Morikubo / Tatsuhisa Suzuki / Shouta Aoi / Tomoaki Maeno / Hikaru Midorikawa / Daisuke Ono / Tsubasa Yonaga / Yuuma Uchida / Hidenori Takahashi / Ryohei Kimura / Daiki Yamashita

Official Site

Hana Awase Iroha hen | Enterbrain! / WoGa

[Cast] Not Announced yet

Official Site (No site yet)

[ BL]🔞 Kanja S no Kyuusai  | Madalabo

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[Cast] Not Announced yet

Official Site

[ BL] 🔞 New World Order  | LoveDelivery

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[Cast] Not Announced yet

Official Site

[ BL] 🔞Slow Damage | 2020 | Nitro+CHiRAL – ❤

[Cast] Not Announced yet 

Official Site


Bunny Corner

This is my lil talk corner where I talk about some games stuff relating to this new year and what I expect/think of it so far, you can skip it if you’d like. 

I don’t have anything to talk about in this corner lol. Usually I got something but not much to say. It’ll be an interesting year for otome games, some migration to the Nintendo Switch as well as some companies buckling under pressure with the mobile games on a rise.

I just wish that this year won’t have a lot of mediocre or bland otome games (then again, mediocrity is pretty common with some of Otomate’s games). Bring on another KLAP game or something lol. Go wild and risky c’mon.

Anyway, that’s all from me. Thanks for reading.

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4 thoughts on “2019 Overview – Upcoming Otome & BL Games

  1. Wow! So many switch games/ports. I just bought a switch to play pokemon but I am genuinely interested in playing otome games on it (providing they’ll have actual, decent english translations in the future).
    Luckily, Jast Blue has got me covered for english versions of nitro+ chiral’s pc games. I can’t wait till slow damage comes out in 2020, it’s such a long wait!! but hopefully, the quality of that game will either match or rival n+c’s previous works owo

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    1. Apparently Hana Awase Iroha Hen was announced back in 2015/2016 and has been in development hell ever since. It’s supposed to be the last volume of the series with the last romantic interest (Iroha) who has been blue balled in the previous three volumes lol. Hope he gets his happy ending soon.

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