Kenka Banchou Otome 2nd Rumble!! – 14th March – Spike Chunsoft
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 DX – 14th March – Neoromance
Diabolik Lovers Chaos Lineage – 28th March – Otomate / Rejet
This month comes with a couple of sad news. March means that the production of the PS Vita has ended permanently in Japan. March also marks the (probably) second last otome game (Kenka Banchou Otome 2nd Rumble) to release on the PS Vita, with Variable Barricade being the last to release next month in April–unless some company surprises us with a PS Vita release in the latter half of the year.
Meanwhile most otome games will possibly be moving to the Nintendo Switch. We’re nearing an end of an era with otome games on the PS Vita and heading towards an unknown future of visual novels made for the female demographic. As of late, I’ve noticed that a lot of online sites that usually keep track of when otome and BL games release have started to slow down on updating… in fact some haven’t even updated since last year. So you best believe its getting a bit troublesome for me to get some info on release dates these days, unless I start purchasing magazines dedicated to otome/BL games again. Its a bit troubling to see this type of decline of interest as well as releases.
Big commercial BL titles have slowed down to a trickle and right now the otome game market is being monopolised by one company–Otomate–which is where most of the otome games come from now as other otoge specialised companies go bankrupt (QuinRose, Honeybee’s parent company [though honeybee and other branches have been acquired by another comapny]) or have slowed down production to almost hardly making console games like Rejet and Karin Entertainment. These can be a bit worrying in terms of how the market is developing in this environment.
Only time will tell.
Anyway, enough of that. Here’s a run down summary of the games that will release this month.
Kenka Banchou Otome 2nd Rumble!! is a PS Vita game. It is the 3rd game in the Kenka Banchou Otome series and is a sequel rather than a fandisc taking place when Hinako is in her second year of high school which means there will be fresh new faces coming in as first years, one of them being Tenma Sagara who will try to challenge our heroine of her top position at the school. I have no idea if relationships from the first game and fandisc will continue in this sequel but Tenma will be a new ‘captureable’ character, though sadly Rintaro’s step-brother still ain’t captureable despite being a first year also which is a shame. There will be a new battle system that plays more like an old school side scrolling beat ’em up… but with chibi characters lol. So close to getting 3D battles like in the original Kenka Banchou series.
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 DX is a port to the Nintendo Switch. It is a 2-in-1 game where it includes the original game and its sequel Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 Gentou Rondo. If you’d like the game summary for the original game check out it’s VNDB page.
Diabolik Lovers Chaos Lineage is a Nintendo Switch game and possibly the first Diabolik Lovers game to be on the Nintendo Switch. This game is based on the Chaos Lineage Drama CD series and hooo boy, this one is a bit messy. I tried to read the story summary on the website and it says something about that all the boys have lost their memories or something and that instead of the Sakamaki, Mukami and Tsukinami family we get 3 new families made up of a mixture of the original three families plus that new dude from Lost Eden and they all think they’re brothers when in the original some of them aren’t even related. So basically this whole game is a huge retcon of all previous 6 games. Enjoy!
And that is all. I plan on getting Kenka Banchou Otome 2nd Rumble but not at this moment. I’ve been planning on going to a trip to Japan somewhere in June or something so I’m thinking of just holding off buying anything until then so I can just bring a huge haul of otome games from Japan back home lol. I’d like to purchase some second-hand otoges but we’ll have to see how my wallet handles this 😆
Thanks for reading!