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Otomate Party 2017 Roundup

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It’s that time of year again. Otomate holds a big party for about 3 days to announce new games and stuf, if you want to witness it first hand you’ll have to purchase tickets to attend otherwise you’ll have to wait like the rest of us until Otomate party is over and they start uploading new trailers to their youtube channel.

Of course, I am of one those people who just waited for things to be announced on youtube. For once I’d like to attend just to see what’s it all about on the inside of Otomate Party, but I’m guessing it’ll be a long time until I get the chance to go lol.

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[Otome Watch] HuneX’s Crowdfunding Project to Port “Steam Prison” to the PS Vita

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A couple of days ago HuneX (producing/developing games such as Arcana Famiglia, Meiji Tokyo RenkaPossession Magenta and Believer) started a crowdfunding campaign to get one of their latest games, Steam Prison (released on PC in December 2016), to be ported to the PS Vita and to get people to know about it. The name of the crowdfunding project is 「スチプリを多くの人に知ってほしい!」(if I’m gonna roughly translate it, basically it’s saying “We wish for more people to know Steam Prison!”). Based on what I’ve been seeing on my twitter and a twitter mutual telling me their experience with it, it seems like an alright game. Their goal of 250,000 yen had been met on the first day of the campaign and is right now 611% funded at 1.5 million yen and counting. There’s still 51 days left until the campaign ends, but of course, we foreigners can’t partake in the crowdfunding bc it seems like more of a national thing and prolly would only ship within Japan.

The backer tiers in the crowdfunding campaign includes blanket covers of the dudes for the higher tiers, your name in the credits of the ported PS Vita game for any contribution, signatures from cast members, badges, acrylic stands, an official cosplay outfit based on the heroine’s clothes (no one has yet claimed that tier yet, it is worth 200,000 yen after all) and even a ticket to an event with a few of the cast members called a “high five meeting” or something, prolly where you high five Yusuke Shirai for an hour. The stretch goal of getting one of the male support characters to get a route in the PS Vita port has also been reached at 1 million yen. There are still a few more stretch goals that have yet to be met, one of them being a new opening sung by one of the cast members at 4 million yen, another goal is a memorial book at 2 million yen that may or may not be distributed as something free.

Now this begs the question as to why doesn’t HuneX do the port with their own funding? Not exactly sure how to answer this, I can only speculate. So take this with a grain of salt. It might be because of the low sales that they may not be confident about putting out a Vita port or that there’s no money to spare for it so they take it to crowdfunding. Some speculate the low sales is because of the measures HuneX went to to make sure that the game won’t be pirated that may have caused inconveniences or discouraged ppl, whatever that may mean, who knows. I was a bit interested at getting it but was a bit worried bc of how I was burnt by HuneX before when I got Possession Magenta which also looked promising but the story lacked and poorly executed. Also I’m not the type of person that likes to play otome games on my laptop, I’d rather it on my PS Vita so I can lay around and take it on the go like a book. Plus there’s advantages to otome games being on PS Vita, like not having to worry about ppl pirating the game and depending on how you scale your images in your game, the resolution of CGs and character sprites are so crisp and nice to look at compared to other portable consoles like 3DS, PSP etc.

So what I’m saying is that I’ll be looking forward to whenever they decide to port the game to the PS Vita, though I don’t know exactly how long it takes for a company to port a PC game to a Vita so it may take some time. However I hope that this doesn’t become a trend for other otome game companies to do crowdfunding for their projects often, worst case scenario would be that certain companies would only release their games if the crowdfunding was successful or not and would then rely heavily on the pockets of the consumers when deciding to greenlight a project. But that’s just worst case scenario and prolly won’t happen… hopefully.

There’s also a demo/trial version of the PC version of Steam Prison which you can download on their website. The file is 1.93 GB and will take a while to download, the site also warns it can be played on a Japanese version of Windows OS, I’m not sure if that means it can run on your windows computer/laptop if you have it on  “Japanese Locale” so I’m not sure if it’ll work on my laptop despite having Japanese Locale on. I haven’t tested it out yet, so maybe I’ll do a follow up post on my thoughts on the demo and if I found trouble running it I’ll just edit this post to say I’ve been gaijin blocked or something.

As always thanks for reading.

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[PS Vita] Review – Psychedelica of the AA-Nisus (Haitaka no Psychedelica)

Psychedelica of the AA-Nisus (or for the long version: “Psychedelica of the AA-Nisus. Snowdrop and Via-Kaleido stories for children”) is the second game in the Psychedelica series from Otomate, the first being Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly. It features a fully voiced cast–yes, the heroine is voiced and the voice actress does a great job at it. Artwork is done by the artist from the first game, Satoru Yuiga.

It is a ‘gothic romance’ set in a medieval fantasy where it focuses on this one town that has been cursed in an eternal winter by, what the locals suspect, a witch who’s eyes would glow red. The protagonist is Jed, having been raised as a male to hide the fact that she has the witch’s red eye, who acts as a peace keeper between the clashing clans–the Wolf Clan (Wolg) and the Hawk Clan (Falj ?, I’m not sure how to translate ファルジ). While the power struggle between the two clans over the town continues, a suspected serial killer called the “Black Shadow” has started to cause unrest within the town…

Just a heads up, this review will be from the point of view of someone who hasn’t played the first game. I won’t get the references of that game made in this game so I’m sorry.

 »Spoilers start from here onwards!«

If you don’t want to be spoilt then click here for my final thoughts

Honestly, this game is best played knowing nothing much beforehand

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[Unboxing] Beast and Princess (Limited Edition) & Tsumi kui ~Sen no Noroi, Sen no Inori

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Different arrangements this time seeing that my room is now a dump for things that used to belong in my old shelf, that has now been dismantled and I’m currently waiting for a new shelf so that’ll take a while. So with the little space left in my room here’s an unboxing post!

I bought the limited ami-hime set for Beast and Princess, while Tsumi Kui only came in one regular ver. but I was sure surprised that it had a outer cd jacket sleeve…

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Morihito being slightly creepy on the jacket sleeve lol

I’m thinking about either playing it by myself or streaming it. Then again I haven’t found enough spare time to stream Anata Nikki lately so we’ll have to see.

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Otomate Party 2016 Roundup

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Ah yes otomate party, the party that comes once a year to announce new otome game titles while striking fear to our wallets. This year they announced 9 new titles (tho I have 11 titles here, so the last 2 titles of this post aren’t necessarily new), one of those titles will be a new mobile game, one title is a port of a mobile game to the vita, four of them are new ps vita titles and three of them are fandisks. So four out of nine new titles will be new IP PS Vita games.

I’ve never been to an otomate party nor have I watched one on youtube before so I have no idea what goes on with it, hell I’m a bit late on this post seeing that this information is about one week old, but I’ll try with what I have to make a post discussing about it. Even if its just a few sprinkles of information, think of it as a small masterpost of videos plus my ramblings.

Note that almost all of these games announced will come out in 2017.

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[Unboxing] 7’scarlet


Originally this came to my house on the 8th of August but because I was away at uni I had to pick it up the next day and I didn’t have time to do a post so here we are 😂 typing the intro of this at uni.

I mentioned 8th of August because it’s an important date for this game.8/8 is the date for the secret live performance by Super A-TO, in the game, so I think this must mean a good omen that it arrived at my house on 8/8….. Maybe? 😂 everything in this game is a mystery so I want to go into it spoiler free.

Anyway let’s unbox this mystery.

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[PS Vita] Breakdown- KLAP ~Kind Love And Punish~

KLAP ~Kind Love and Punish~ is a “torture” based adventure game/visual novel by Otomate for the PS Vita. Now I would use the word “torture” very loosely when describing this game because there’s some reasoning around the S&M elements, believe me. The basis of this game is you play as an aspiring teacher that somehow lands a job at a school for youkais, where you have the job to both teach these students common sense/behaviours that humans have so they can graduate into going out into the human world and to stop them from going berserk by ‘torturing’ them.

Again, this a breakdown, not a full review. I’ll be just breaking down gameplay elements and systems, rather than stating my opinion or talking about story elements any further than a review would talk about. But in a way it’s kind of like a review anyway.

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