A lot of smaller studios start out by making otome games for the PC because it’s much cheaper than making a console game. Unfortunately for fans outside Asia, it’s very hard and more expensive to buy Japanese PC games legally (definitely here in North America, and I’m pretty sure about South America, Europe and Africa as well). If you want to support otome games but still get games cheaply, there is a great way to do it. Many commercial BL and several otome games are available as downloads on the site dlsite.com or gyutto.com (though I’ve only bought from dlsite – you can use a foreign credit card there). Right now the selection is limited, but the games available are actually from smaller, newer studios, so it makes even more sense to pay so that they can afford to make more games.
I am finally playing Souten no Kanata after finding it at dlsite. This game will actually be released on PSP by MIO shortly. I’m playing the original PC version, which I found for download at a much better price than if I ordered it! It’s even cheaper than the PSP version will be, although I think the PSP might have extra stuff added in.
One thing to note is that you have to be at least 18 to view the websites, as there are many R18 games. I’d also recommend you use the links I have here (I’m not an affiliate or anything), since the main site is mostly hentai for guys stuff.
Here’s the top site for the commercial games for girls: http://booksl.dlsite.com/circle/report/=/report/2011012111 (the BL games are at the top, scroll down for the otome games).
The current list of commercial otome games available:
Souten no Kanata (I have been dying to play this, and it’s only 4800Y! Much better than almost $100 to order the PC version by mail)
Palais de Reine (I actually ordered this by mail, I cry for the wasted money!)
Palais de Reine fandisk
Ayashi no Miya (got this one by mail too)
Oukyuu Yasoukyoku [R18]
DLsite also has a thriving ‘doujin’ game list. This pretty much means ‘indie games’, and just like casual apps, there is a huge variety in quality, price, and availability. There are many many many BL games available, and a small (but growing) number of otome indie games available. I buy most of those when I see them as well, maybe I’ll do another post on them sometime. The BL and otome main page is hana.dlsite.com.
Since I’m still in a lull (since my games still haven’t come yet!! ) I thought it would be good to do a Top 5 Games preview list for the rest of the summer and fall!
1. Lucian Bee’s – I just can’t wait for this, the ‘undercover’ plot and gameplay look really fun!
2. S.Y.K. – in this game I’m looking forward to the characters the most, even just in the screenshots I’ve seen their interactions look pretty funny.
3. Souten no Kanata – and for pretty art and (hopefully) the epic storyline, I really want to play this. However, it might have to wait a while, since it’s for the PC and I’m trying to save money by not buying PC games…but I dunno, it’s very tempting…
4. Shin Tamayori-hime Denshou HnK 4 – new art, pretty much new story – can’t wait to see how holds up to the first 3.
5. Death Connection – I’m interested to see how this game develops; the premise is definitely new, and the setting too, the game in total could be really cool.
I’m going to do a couple posts on the last two games later (probably when I get next month’s mags with more piccies ^_^), which also happen to be the latest releases. I ordered the list according to which I’m looking forward to most and it’s completely subjective – how does your ‘Most Wanted’ list compare?
The list of voice actors for Souten no Kanata, one of the PC games I’m really looking forward to (I’m a sucker for historicals!) was announced in B’s Log last month.
|Ryoyuu: Hosoya Yoshimasa
Kei: Yanai Hitoshi
Shui: Mizushima Takahiro
Ryuurou: Chiba Susumu
Taishin: Kawada Shinji
That’s the main characters, here are the secondary ones (note the guy that looks like Cloud with an eypatch, I wish he had a storyline!)/end FF fangirl wish…
|Taito: Maeno Tomoaki
Keimei: Obata Noriko
Reimei: Shimada Rei
Gakuhou: Oohara Takashi
Engyou: Higuchi Tomokazu
Meiran: Sugiura Nahoko
Hakutenson: Nishigaki Yuka
Koujun: Takahashi Kenji
The first thing I thought when I saw the article for this new PC game from Mio was “ZOMG pretty!” And the guy in the above pic reminded me of Izark from Kanata Kara, one of my favourite manga series, which helped
The setting is medieval east Asia, in a country called Kou. The main character, Airei, is an orphan who was mostly raised by her father until he died several years ago. She’s just trying to make a living in a city called Anto while the country is in a state of unrest because the current emperor has fallen ill. One day she discovers the legendary beast Uto, who declares that she will be the one to lead the country to peace, and enters her as a spirit. So somehow, Airei is judged to have the power to ‘decide’ who will be next emperor…
From left to right:
Ryoyuu: Airei’s childhood friend who’s a military officer. He’s responsible and serious, and worries about Airei.
Kei: A mysterious man whose name might not even be real, all Airei knows is that he’s very nimble and doesn’t talk much.
Ryuurou: A civil official from an aristocratic family, his gentle exterior hides a cynical personality. He usually appears calm but is hard to read – sometimes he smiles even when he’s angry.
Shui: A 16-year-old who longs to rise in the military ranks, he trains as a soldier. Maybe because he comes from a humble farming family, he puts a lot of importance on birth and sometimes prejudges people by their status.
Taishin: The quick-witted merchant who knows how to work a crowd. His father was from Kou while his mother was foreign, and he brings exotic goods from abroad to sell.
I believe this will be a visual novel, and it’s expected to be released next summer. It’s from the same company, Mio, that did Asaki, Yumemishi, which I haven’t played, but have heard mixed reviews of. Has anyone here played it?
I’m hoping that Souten no Kanata will live up to my expectations – it already seems to have a good story and interesting characters. No seiyuu news yet, but I’ll post that when I find out!