30 Day Otome Game Challenge - First Otome Game (Yo-Jin-Bo)
In response to our fandom’s thing with “strong/weak” MCs, I made a get-to-know-the-otome-gamer/blogger thing to help you assert your taste in MCs without dissing other MCs! And stuff. Bold your answers.1. What is your relationship with the MC?
I am MC’s matchmaker/puppet master/(in dating sims) personal stylist/(in racy otoge) voyeur/etc.
I do a bit of both
Anything goes2. Preferred trait(s) in MCs?
Diabolical3. Voiced MCs?
</34. Preferred otome game set-up(s)?
PECS AND SPECS SNATCHING MY KA-CHING
Eh6. Are you a completionist?
Depends on how the wind blows7. Long story short, how bawdy are you?
Mind in the gutter
Mind is the gutter
The gutter is my disciple
I’m not8. How do you like your routes/endings?
I want a harem of 3000
The only one who can date me is meBONUS! One thing you want from otome games:
long relationship-building processes in which I can fall in love with the character(s) the same way MC does
There is a shocking lack of Hakuouki valentines, so I took the liberty of making some for everyone.
Please enjoy them.
So recently there’s been a lot of hate directed at the heroine from the upcoming game, Gakuen K. For a rebuttal of that stupidity, I recommend reading this excellent post by danceanddestroy.
The complaints I see lobbed at this character are complaints I see thrown at any number of MCs; complaints that are not based on an individual personality within the context of its circumstances, but instead based on cultural differences, subjective taste, and and the basic tenants of characterization (like a heroine daring to have flaws!).
For a basic outline of some of the differences in cultural expectations of gender and relationships in Japan, I suggest reading this awesome article by romancingpixels.
For everything else, all I want to say is this:
Women shouldn’t have to be written to meet your standard of acceptable for you to respect them. Strength comes in more than one form and I am sick of this fandom’s narrow definition of what a “strong women” is, and even more so knowing it isn’t willing to apply the same standard to the male characters/love interests.
I am tired of reading posts bashing heroines (ps. don’t tag your hate) for not being a STRONG INDEPENDENT WOMAN (c) who kick boxes or carries a gun or is an unbelievable sass master. I’m not begrudging people’s preferences or enjoyment of a certain character type, I’m annoyed by the fact that one type is seen as inherently superior to another. We allow love interests to have diverse and varying personalities but our Heroine’s can only ever be one thing? (or, more accurately, can never be a certain thing?)
Strength can be defined mentally, emotional, and physically, and all three are equally important. STOP CRITICIZING FEMALE CHARACTERS FOR SIMPLY BEING WHO THEY ARE.
There are enough constraints on female characters as it is; stop creating more arbitrary hoops for them to jump through.
After I don’t know how many months of talking about this and planning, we’ve finally decided to put this up. ‘This’ being a visual novel for SNK. The title isn’t, unfortunately, “Shingeki no Romance”, as terrible as that is. It is in fact: Survey/Life.
(just to be ridiculously funny and all that but it’s actually really serious trust me)
However, there is only a couple of us. And as much as was done over the last few months, there is still a lot to be done. So, we’re asking if anyone else would like to take part.
To hopefully tempt a few people to get interested here’s just some information:
- Male and female protagonist.
- High school AU (but with several twists of course!)
- Romance options? Well, we know this sounds ridiculous, but the original plan was twelve, with one gender exclusive option each.
- NSFW? Yeah, there is. But there is a SFW option if you aren’t a fan.
So, interested? Writers, artists, technical staff, interested parties … it’s all needed and welcomed. Programming is also something that would be handy so if you’re familiar with Ren’Py let us know as well.
Please keep in mind that the length of this project will be way over a year. Life is obviously going to intervene at some point, but if you are willing to help please send in an application.
We’re really serious about making this happen! If you can commit for several months at least, that’s honestly fine. If you aren’t able to help us out with art, writing or technical stuff, please reblog this so more people can find out!
Thank you for reading this and we hope to get this going!