The Sunday Otome Gaming Mail: Issue #23

 

EDIT: I accidentally wrote that Code: Realize ~Shukufuku no Mirai~ will be getting a soundtrack instead of Moujuu-tachi to Ohime-sama. Pardon my error, please!

LesGrandeOdalisque

Hello, readers!

While Tsumikui ~Sen no Noroi, Sen no Inori~ and Crank In got delayed, there was some positive news with Kalmia8 unveiling their sister brand Kalmia Scarlet along with the latter’s maiden project: Les Grande Odalisque (set for 2017). Love is a Game’s Kickstarter campaign got fully funded earlier this last week and A’sRing’s Enkan on Memoria got confirmed for release this October.

 

 

+ Reporting period: 18/7/2016~24/7/2016 +

 

Countdowns:

 

New game announcements:

 

Release date announcements or delays:

 

Teaser site or website launches:

 

The results of Period Cube ~Torikago no Amadeus~’s character popularity poll have been announced:

  1. Poyopoyo/Shiki
  2. Astrum
  3. Radius
  4. Hiroya
  5. Libera
  6. Zane
  7. Diement
  8. Kazuha
  9. Nazo no Seinen (Mysterious Young Man)
  10. Yorks
  11. Ira
  12. Silent
  13. Misseria
  14. Melgore
  15. Arles
  16. Domina
  17. Femina

 

A soundtrack of Moujuu-tachi to Ohime-sama will be published by Team Entertainment. As well as the game’s BGM tracks, it will also contain full-length versions of the OP (“Shiawase no Shirushi”) and ED (“Eien no Monogatari”) themes. The original soundtrack is set to hit stores on 07/9/2016.

 

SA-7 (Silent Ability 7) have released a downloadable trial of the game, which is available via the PlayStation Store.

 

honeybee will be releasing a PlayStation Vita port of Re: Birthday Song ~Koi wo Utau Shinigami~ called Re: Birthday Song ~Koi wo Utau Shinigami~ another record. No release date has been announced as of yet.

 

Possession Magenta will be selling the download edition of the game for 50% from 29/7 until 31/8 as a part of their “Summer Sale”.

 

The seiyuu cast of R18+ otome game Enkan no Memoria has been revealed:

  • Katsuki Ren – Sawa Manaka (Nakazawa Masatomo)
  • Katsuki Minato – Kawamura Masato (Yamanaka Masahiro)
  • Kunikata Eita – Yotsuya Cider (Okitsu Kazuyuki)
  • Hayami Riku – Kuroi Isamu (Shirai Yuusuke)
  • Katsuki Touma – Domon Atsushi (Satou Takuya)

 

★ Love is a Game’s Kickstarter campaign funding goal of $11,000 has been reached. As of writing, it is currently $11,748/11,000 funded by 234 backers with 27 days to go until the project is launched.

 

 

 

+ Upcoming Otome Game Site Updates +

 

[21/7] BLOODY TEA PARTY

~ Game released.

[29/7] Dynamic Chord feat. KYOHSO Append Disc [Dynamic Chord feat. KYOHSO Fandisc]

~ Character: Sample voices #5 added.
~ Photo: Encore Scenario sample scenario added.

[29/7] [R18+] Mashou Megane

~ Countdown voices in progress.
~ Character: Short story featuring Ouji-sama added to his profile.

[04/8] 12-sai. ~Koi suru Diary~

~ Download edition preorders now enabled via the Nintendo E-Shop.
~ Deluxe edition bonuses viewable through the Ciao Net Shop.

[28/7 18/8] Collar x Malice

~ Special: Little scenarios centered around the main characters discussing their impressions of one another added.

[29/7 → 19/8] Tsumikui ~Sen no Noroi, Sen no Inori~

~ Release date delayed.

[25/8] Meiji Tokyo Renka: Full Moon [PSV port]

~ Character: Sample voice #2 of Iwasaki Tousuke added.
~ Special: Gameplay movies added.
~ System: Section opened.

[25/8] Moujuu-tachi to Ohime-sama [Same series as Moujuutsukai to Ouji-sama]

~ Gallery: 2 CGs added.
~ Sound: Added information about the soundtrack. Please see above section for more details.
~ Special: 2 Ryszard route gameplay movies added.

[25/8] Oumagatoki ~Kakuriyo no Enishi~

~ Gallery: 5 CGs added.

[27/524/6 → 26/8] Blackish House Side A→

~ Artist: Shiiba Gouda introductory movie uploaded to his profile. 4 additional supporting character profiles added.

[Summer 2016] [R18+] Chou no Doku Hana no Kusari + Gensou Yawa Repackage Edition

~ NO UPDATES ~

[Summer 2016] Code: Realize ~Shukufuku no Mirai~ [Code: Realize ~Sousei no Himegimi~ Fandisc]

~ Sound: ED information added. There will be three ED songs called “my dearest”, “Kibou no Kanata” and “Yume-iro Circus”; sung by mao, Oda Kaori and SHOJI respectively. The three have also provided their comments about the songs they’re performing.

[04/8 → 01/9] Bara ni Kakusareshi Verite

~ System: Information about the map movement locations added. The places Lize (the protagonist) will be visiting are the Palace of Versailles, 18th century Paris and the fictional Fortain Hotel run by Chloe.

[08/9] Geten no Hana with Yumeakari Aizou-ban [Original + Fandisc PSV port]

~ Story: Section opened with plot summaries of the original game and fandisc.
~ Gallery: 1 CG added.
~ Box: Information about the deluxe editions (Platinum and Treasure Boxes) added.
~ A flowchart to help players decide whose route to complete first has been added.

[08/9] Yuukyuu no Tierblade -Lost Chronicle-

~ NO UPDATES ~

[21/9] Magic-Kyun! Renaissance

~ NO UPDATES ~

[15/9] Yunohana SpRING! Cherishing Time [Yunohana SpRING! Fandisc]

~ Character: Alternate clothing sprites added of the main characters.

[29/9] Dynamic Chord feat. [rêve parfait] V edition [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[29/9] Haitaka no Psychedelica [Kokuchou no Psychedelica Sequel]

~ Character: Sample voices added.

[September 2016] [R18+] Anata no Torikago

~ NO UPDATES ~

[06/10] NORN9 ~Norn + Nonette~ Act Tune [Norn9 ~Norn + Nonette~ Sequel/Fandisc]

~ System: Section opened with an introduction to the game’s basic functions.

[18/8 → 06/10] PsychicEmotion6

~ Gallery: 4 CGs added.

[20/10] Suuran Digit

~ Character: Main character sample voices added. Alternate sprite images added for the supporting characters.
~ Product Information: Preorder and limited edition bonus information added.

[28/10] Dynamic Chord feat. apple-polisher

~ Character: Supporting character profiles added.

[28/10] [R18+] Enkan no Memoria

~ Release date announced.
~ Seiyuu cast announced (please see above section for more details).

[25/8/201512/11/2015 → 23/11/2016] Starry☆Sky ~Spring Stories~ [Original + Fandisc PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[24/11] Torikago no Marriage ~Hatsukoi no Tsubasa~ [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[Spring 2016 → 25/11] Bara Sensou -Sonnet of Seeds-

~ World: The story before the OP (the prologue) of the game is summarised with a sample CG accompanying it.
~ Staff Blog (20/7): The staff discusses the moments after the prologue. The very first event after it is the “Light of England Party” in which both the Lancaster (Red Roses) and York (White Roses) House members are in attendance. Due to the effects of Pack’s magical rose seed, Charlotte (the protagonist) is also invited. Thus, this scene marks the first meeting between the main love interests and Charlotte.
~ Staff Blog (22/7): The significance of wine is discussed in this entry. Wine was considered an essential daily item. However, England (at the time) was not able to manufacture it on their own, so wine was imported into the country with the French region Acquitaine being a major supplier (other regions such as Anjou and Bourgogne are also mentioned). In exchange for the (Acquitaine) wine, England exported items such as lumber and wool to Flanders. However, due to England being defeated by France in the Hundred Years’ War, this arrangement began to gradually see some changes. The House of Lancaster is described as being bound by political relations since ancient times, whereas the House of York is described as trying to keep up with the changing times. A map illustrating the English and French regions and territories (as well as the English territory taken by France) at the time is shown to aid reader understanding.

[Autumn 2016] Ikemen Sengoku: Toki wo Kakeru Koi ~Arata naru Deai~ [Double PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2014 2015 → Winter 2016~2017] Gunjou no Yuki

~ NO UPDATES ~

[Winter 2016~2017] Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6: Ato-hen [Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6 Sequel/Fandisc]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Black Wolves Saga -Weiβ und Schwarz- [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Café 0 ~The Sleeping Beast~ [Café 0 ~The Drowned Mermaid~ Sequel]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Hana Oboro ~Sengoku-den Ranki~

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Kokorogawari

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am one of the developers of Kokorogawari.
~ Gallery: 1 CG added.

[2016] Sangoku Rensenki: Sakikage [Sangoku Rensenki ~Otome no Heihou~ Sequel]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2016] Steam Prison

~ Gallery: 3 CGs added.

[2016] Wand of Fortune R2 ~Jikuu ni Shizumu Mokushiroku~ [PSV port]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[26/1, 2017] Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Repeat LOVE [PSV port]

~ Gallery: PSV port new content Shinomiya Natsuki CG added.

[February 2017] Because We’re Here ~Mohnblume und Blauerose~

~ NO UPDATES ~

[February 2017] [R18+] Tokiiro ni Moyuru Kokoro, Akaneiro ni Moyuru Kioku

~ NO UPDATES ~

[Summer 2017] Love is a Game

~ Kickstarter campaign fully funded. Please see above section for more details.

[Q1~Q2 2017] Caramel Mokaccino

~ NO UPDATES ~

[2017] Bad Apple Wars [English localisation]

~ NO UPDATES. ~

[2017] Collar x Malice [English localisation]

~ NO UPDATES. ~

[2016 → 2017] Crank In

~ Release year delayed.

[2017] [R18+] Les Grande Odalisque

~ New game announced.
~ Teaser site launched.

[2017] Period Cube ~Torikago no Amadeus~ [English localisation]

~ NO UPDATES. ~

[2017] Shiro to Kuro no Alice

~ Formally referred to as Project Shiro to Kuro until Otomate revealed the final title to be Shiro to Kuro no Alice.
~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Akatsuki no Betelgeuse

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Anata wa Jinrou desu ka?

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Anicon – Animal Complex: Sheep’s Path

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Anicon – Animal Complex: Rabbit’s Path

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Caramel Mokaccino: After Hours [Caramel Mokaccino Fandisc]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ [English localisation of Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ fandisc]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Diabolik Lovers: LOST EDEN [Diabolik Lovers: Dark Fate Sequel]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Fashioning Little Miss Lonesome [Bocchi Musume x Produce Keikaku. Localisation]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Fortissimo

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Furue, Yurayura to: Kagen no Shou

~ Left third of teaser site image revealed.

[TBA] [R18+] Furue, Yurayura to: Jougen no Shou

~ Left third of teaser site image revealed.

[TBA] Ken ga Kimi: Momoya Tsuzuri [Ken ga Kimi Sequel/Fandisc]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Never Forget Me [Always Remember Me Sequel]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Osomatsu-san ~The Game~ [Tentative title]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[10/6 15/7 TBA] RockRobin

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Taishou x Alice [English localisation]

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Dolce Vita

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] Yuukoku no Perseus

~ NO UPDATES ~

[TBA] [R18+] Yuukyou no Aster

~ NO UPDATES ~

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7 thoughts on “The Sunday Otome Gaming Mail: Issue #23

  1. Guess I should have figured Project Shiro to Kuro would end up being an Alice in Wonderland game. I don’t know why I didn’t even think of that lol.

    Is it just me, or do R18 labels always end up having a lot of sister labels? Haha regardless Les Grande Odalisque looks very Arabian Nights to me so I’ll be sure to keep an eye on it. I won’t lie, I adore like Arabian Nights settings, they’re so beautiful to me haha ^q^ Steam Prison is looking very nice, but yeah I’m not going to touch that unless it does decently well review wise www

    Another great post! As usual, thanks for all your hard work~

    • Thanks as always, Usagi!

      I completely agree about the Shiro to Kuro no Alice! I wasn’t even thinking of Alice in Wonderland at all. Maybe deep down, I still have hope in the big companies being able to move on from tired concepts.

      It’s not just you- lot of R18+ companies do have sister brands. My groundless guesses are two things- 1) Kalmia Scarlet will be making “higher quality”, higher production value games and will have similar pricing as regular PC otome games (unlike Kalmia8, who sell low-to-mid price games) or 2) Kalmia8 wants to rebrand itself; using Kalmia Scarlet as a sister brand to sell certain types of games that won’t match the rebranding. For instance, maybe Kalmia8 wants to head in a light-hearted direction and Kalmia Scarlet is more serious… or vice-versa.

      I didn’t even think of Arabian Nights (I haven’t read it at all) for Les Grande Odalisque, but I have been wondering if it’d be a maid-master kind of game because of “odalisque”. I really don’t care for maid-master relationships, even though I do really like interclass romances.

      LOL yeah, I doubt Steam Prison will be a trainwreck, but I wouldn’t pay lots of money for Ozmafia’s level of writing.

  2. Les Grande Odalisque looks very interesting.
    I was wondering, since unfortuantely rape is mostly in R18 games, are there ones without it?
    Do you have any recommendations?
    I’d like to try an R18 game, but being that physical copies are hard to come by, expensive, or might have restrictions set on it if I imported it, how do I download games from the site (or can I?)
    Do they accept US debit/credit cards/paypal?

    Thanks so much as always, Laramie! XD

    • Hi Leaf! Sorry for the delay in replying.

      I’m pretty indifferent to Les Grande Odalisque at the moment, since not a whole lot of information is available yet. However, since I didn’t have bad experiences with both Kalmia8 games (Bocchi Musume was funny and Torikago no Marriage was just OK), I really want to see what Kalmia Scarlet is all about.

      To answer your question about rape in otome games, it’s (sadly) quite rare to encounter an R18+ title with no rape whatsoever. Most of the time, the “best” you can hope for is a game in which only specific routes/endings have it, and can be avoided if the correct choices are made. This means sacrificing 100% completion, which can sometimes mean missing out on full-completion post-game bonuses. It also means that if you want to be extra cautious, you ought to wait for walkthroughs.

      Quite hard for me to accurately list which games don’t have rape. This VNDb list I compiled was made by removing rape tags, but it can’t be called accurate as tags rely on users to place them.

      I am fairly sure these titles don’t have any rape, but since I played some of these a while ago, my memory may have failed me:

      ~ Love and Romance – A Study of Intimacy [English]
      ~ Bocchi Musume x Produce Keikaku. [Upcoming localisation]
      ~ Natalia
      ~ Cute Demon Crashers! [English. I haven’t played this one, but I’ve read it’s all consensual.]
      ~ Hatsukare Ecchi ~Visual Drama~ Satoru-hen
      ~ Sachi no Tenbin
      ~ Sakuya
      ~ Vampire Sweetie
      ~ Kare to Kanojo to Koi no Sankaku
      ~ Tsubasa no Oka no Hime: A red and blue moon -finite loop- [I haven’t played this one, I’ve read it has fem-dom but no rape.]

      R18+ Games I Recommend:
      ~ Bocchi Musume x Produce Keikaku. – Lots of fun, but not for those who want a compelling story. On the shorter side.
      ~ Chou no Doku Hana no Kusari [Has rape, but it’s avoidable] – Great story and on the darker (but not too much so) side. I think its “hidden” yuri route is amongst the best ones I’ve ever read in an otome game.
      ~ Koezaru wa Akai Hana [Has rape, but it’s avoidable] – Much-loved by the community, and I can definitely see why. It has a good story and good play length.
      ~ Sachi no Tenbin – Only if you’re OK with a short game. It’s not stunning and the best part is basically the eleventh hour IMO, but it’s enjoyable enough for its low price.
      ~ Sakuya – On the shorter side as it’s a doujin game, but the story is good. The sex scenes are tame and not frequent. I’d recommend it for apprehensive R18+ first-timers.
      ~ Sumire no Tsubomi – [Has rape, but it’s avoidable.] Not a favourite of mine, but I recall enjoying it for what it was. It’s a long game (starts from high school and delves into the characters’ lives after graduating).
      ~ Yoshiwara Higanbana [Has rape, but it’s avoidable. It’s on the darker side anyway, so that may not sit well with you.] – Brilliant story, but not for those who need a happy ending. I considered this game the best of what I played in 2015 alongside Zettai Kaikyuu Gakuen. It’s on the text-heavy side even for a VN plus the writing has a ton of archaic words and references that could be too complex for those not confident in Japanese yet.

      As for buying them… It really depends on the brand, how old the game is and where/if/how many copies are still available. Most R18+ games are sold physically (especially otome titles) and even if download versions are available, they’re usually sold on sites where they region block non-Japanese visitors anyway (like bloody DMM). So a lot of the time, you’re limited to using a proxy/forwarding service to buy copies.

      I’ve never had an issue with importing R18+ games (I’m in Australia) and as far as I know, I haven’t heard my UK or US friends complain. I’d say 99% of forwarding/proxy services accept US cards, since I’ve never had my Australian bank cards rejected before.

      Hinano wrote a nice article on import otome shopping! You can find specific details about certain stores and services.

      Also, please feel free to ask me directly- I may be able to provide you with more insight on certain stores/services; especially ones in the article that Hinano doesn’t visit regularly or were new at the time.

      You’re very welcome, Leaf! Great to hear from you again. =)

      • Laramie thank you SO much! *hugs*
        Don’t worry about late replies-I’m guilty of them too and haha lately things have come up which have hindered my planned reviews and stuff 😛
        I honestly really appreciate your thoutful answers and how you take so much time out of your day to answer our questions.
        I definitely have a lot to consider from your list now and haha good to know I wasn’t not seeing the place to buy and download the game after all. I’ll look into a proxy.
        As always, thank you so much, Laramie, and have an awesome day! XD

        • You’re welcome! I’m happy to have been able to help.

          I naturally end up typing heaps anyway, but yes… I prefer to answer questions as thoroughly as possible.

          I’m not sure how much proxies can help as that only masks where you’re from but not the country your credit/debit card is from. I’ve heard this method worked for some people though, so you may be in luck! I hope it works out, since it’d save you from the proxy/forwarding hassle and associated extra costs.

          Again, thanks for reading!

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