Otome: Finding a Good One

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Finding a good otome game can be likened to finding a piece of hay in a stack of needles.

Both extremely hard and excruciatingly painful.

Trust me fellow fairies, I have been there, and am still there.  And as a self proclaimed veteran in the otome game community, I am here to assure you that it only gets worse.  However, fear not you bright-eyed, newborn otome fairy, Beijing is here to, hopefully, ease your suffering.

I have complied a short list of the major things that I personally look out for when trying to find a good otome game.  Of course, this is all from my personal opinion and viewpoint, but I have tried to keep this list broad so that it can be applicable to a wide range of people regardless of personal tastes.  That being said however, my own tastes and opinions do come into play so please take everything here with a grain of salt and remember that I am only writing from what I know.

Now that all that stuff if out of the way, let’s get to the list!

1) A Clear and Understandable Description

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MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE DESCRIPTION!

Ok, you would think that this is an obvious fact.  However, this was not the case when I first started to play otome games.  Perhaps this is obvious to all of you because you have, you know, a brain, but it wasn’t to me!

I remember wasting so much time (thankfully not money) playing games where I was totally lost while playing them.  I always downloaded the game thinking “Oh, I’ll understand it after playing the prologue”.  But that never happened!  And soon, I found myself having played a whole route and still being confused!

My advice, if you don’t understand the description, don’t play it.  You probably won’t understand the game either.

2) Read the Reviews

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If they’re bad, don’t waste your time.

This is another simple concept that I couldn’t get through my young mind when I started playing.  Reviews are there for a reason!  Read them!

While there are a few strange outliers where people give one star ratings for stupid things, for the most part, reviews are really helpful and important when making the decision on whether to spend your time on a game or not.

3) Look for Nice Artwork

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Does this make me sound like a snob?  Probably.

Do I care?  Kinda.

Oh well.

As snobbish and rude as this sounds, I mean it.  Yes, I do know how much effort it takes to create an otome game.  I’ve tried just storyboarding an idea I had for one and I was already feeling the soul crushing weight of it.  However, there is no denying the fact that good, clean artwork is a sign of professional work.

On that same note, professional work usually means that there are several people working on this project together.  And because there are more people to bounce ideas off of, the end product is a ton better than the work that is produced by a single person.  Yes, there are a few exceptions, however, this is the general rule of thumb for any product really.

I am not saying that amateur work, or work done by smaller groups that do not have the money to hire more or any artists should just be automatically labeled as trash.  However, if you are a person who is new to otome games, then I do recommend that you try out the stuff made by the powerhouse companies such as Chertiz and Voltage Inc. first.

And that just about wraps up all the main points.  I sincerely hope that this was helpful to you in some way, shape, or form.  Hopefully this will make that stack of needles less intimidating.

Haha, who am I kidding.

Either way, I still hope you at least enjoyed reading this!  From one otome fairy to another, I wish you luck in finding your perfect otome bae.

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Otome: Finding a Good One

what to look for blog2.png

Finding a good otome game can be likened to finding a piece of hay in a stack of needles.

Both extremely hard and excruciatingly painful.

Trust me fellow fairies, I have been there, and am still there.  And as a self proclaimed veteran in the otome game community, I am here to assure you that it only gets worse.  However, fear not you bright-eyed, newborn otome fairy, Beijing is here to, hopefully, ease your suffering.

I have complied a short list of the major things that I personally look out for when trying to find a good otome game.  Of course, this is all from my personal opinion and viewpoint, but I have tried to keep this list broad so that it can be applicable to a wide range of people regardless of personal tastes.  That being said however, my own tastes and opinions do come into play so please take everything here with a grain of salt and remember that I am only writing from what I know.

Now that all that stuff if out of the way, let’s get to the list!

1) A Clear and Understandable Description

What to look for blog1.jpg

MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE DESCRIPTION!

Ok, you would think that this is an obvious fact.  However, this was not the case when I first started to play otome games.  Perhaps this is obvious to all of you because you have, you know, a brain, but it wasn’t to me!

I remember wasting so much time (thankfully not money) playing games where I was totally lost while playing them.  I always downloaded the game thinking “Oh, I’ll understand it after playing the prologue”.  But that never happened!  And soon, I found myself having played a whole route and still being confused!

My advice, if you don’t understand the description, don’t play it.  You probably won’t understand the game either.

2) Read the Reviews

What to look for blog.jpg

If they’re bad, don’t waste your time.

This is another simple concept that I couldn’t get through my young mind when I started playing.  Reviews are there for a reason!  Read them!

While there are a few strange outliers where people give one star ratings for stupid things, for the most part, reviews are really helpful and important when making the decision on whether to spend your time on a game or not.

3) Look for Nice Artwork

what to look for blog 3.jpg

Does this make me sound like a snob?  Probably.

Do I care?  Kinda.

Oh well.

As snobbish and rude as this sounds, I mean it.  Yes, I do know how much effort it takes to create an otome game.  I’ve tried just storyboarding an idea I had for one and I was already feeling the soul crushing weight of it.  However, there is no denying the fact that good, clean artwork is a sign of professional work.

On that same note, professional work usually means that there are several people working on this project together.  And because there are more people to bounce ideas off of, the end product is a ton better than the work that is produced by a single person.  Yes, there are a few exceptions, however, this is the general rule of thumb for any product really.

I am not saying that amateur work, or work done by smaller groups that do not have the money to hire more or any artists should just be automatically labeled as trash.  However, if you are a person who is new to otome games, then I do recommend that you try out the stuff made by the powerhouse companies such as Chertiz and Voltage Inc. first.

And that just about wraps up all the main points.  I sincerely hope that this was helpful to you in some way, shape, or form.  Hopefully this will make that stack of needles less intimidating.

Haha, who am I kidding.

Either way, I still hope you at least enjoyed reading this!  From one otome fairy to another, I wish you luck in finding your perfect otome bae.

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Otome Amino Challenge: My Type

We all have a “type”.  As much as we try to deny it, we all have a certain type of personality that we are romantically attracted to.  May it be cheerfulness, dominant leadership qualities, or a certain shyness, all of us have a set of characteristics we think of when imagining our dream partner.  Here, I will be sharing what qualities I look for in a partner.

As an otome game player and fangirl fairy myself, I can say that when I play otome games I natrually gravitate towards guys that exhibit qualities that I find attractive.  It’s much easier for me to get attached to a character that’s my type, and that in turn makes it easier for me to appreciate the game.  I am a person that has a tendancy to prefer characters over plot which, obviously, directly effects what I enjoy; whether it be anime or otome.

The idea for this blog post was inspired by 레 몬 .  Her blog post was very well done and she is an amazing writer.  I sincerely hope you enjoy reading this and hopefully learn something about me or maybe even about yourself as you read this.

My Personality:


Quiet:

Not unlike most people, I tend to be rather quiet when I first meet people.  If I don’t know you very well and I am not purposefully trying to put up a “I am polite and nice” face, I would rather not initiate a conversation.  The only exception is if I find you to be an interesting person and I want to learn more about you, but otherwise, I would rather stay in my own little bubble.  Furthermore, I don’t enjoy small talk and find it pretty awkward.  Awkward conversation plus an already awkward me is not a good combination.  However, if someone else is the initiator I would be glad to talk!

Cheerful:

You know the 😆 emoji?  Yea, that describes my personality majority of the time when around people I am comfortable with.  I like making cheesy, terrible jokes and hearing about funny stories.  I like fun, playful humor that usual counts as being cheesy enough to make over a hundred orders of extra cheesy nachos.  To those who know me well, I almost always seem to be on a constant sugar high.  Though, it wouldn’t be wrong.

Moody:

As nice and cheerful I can be, I am actually quite moody with intense and sudden mood swings.  I find my mind set and opinions of things to totally flip upside-down in a matter of minutes, and sometimes my actions and thoughts don’t always match up.  At all.  I can also easily be set off by small things.  For instance, the other day I ended up stabbing a wall with a fork because I ran into it.  I have a hole-y wall now.  Great.

Confident/Prideful:

As someone who is one hundred percent Asian and has grown up in a society where if you have even the slightest shred of self-confidence you are branded as arrogant, it is somewhat odd to be as almost totally uncaring about others opinions — about me — as I am.  Don’t get me wrong, if I am given good critisim then I will take it to heart, and I do enjoy praise, however, if someone chooses to dislike or hate me for being me then that’s something that I couldn’t care less about.  If you don’t like me for being me, then sweetheart, that’s a you problem.  Unless it’s an actual problem that is causing harm to either other people or myself, then I’m real sorry, but I actually really like me the way I am and if you don’t, well, that’s not my problem.  However, this also leads to some problems since my pride leaves me unable to simply backdown in a debate.  Furthermore, my pride also causes me to hide things from others with thoughts that I can fix it myself.  Huh…  Maybe I am arrogant.

Dominant/Flirty:

To me, seeing my partner blush is the cutest thing in the world, and I am not beyond using “dirty” methods to see such a sight.  I like to coddle my partner just as much as I like to flirt and tease them.  I personally prefer to be the one protecting than being protected.  In other words, I would rather be the prince than the princess.

My Dream Partner:


A Daydreamer/Mysterious:

I like people who have an air of mystery around them.  People who hold an air of detachment from this world are interesting to me and this opens up windows for me to come out my bubble a bit and talk.  Daydreamers also bring up interesting ideas and thoughts that open up a whole new type of conversation.  I would much prefer only a couple deep and meaningful conversations with my lover over a hundred meaningless conversations, and a mysterious daydreamer can easily provide that.

Patient/Understanding/Observant:

As I have already addressed, I am a rather… difficult person to be around — to put it lightly — so to have someone who is willing to be patient with me is a big thing I look for in a partner.  As much as my pride wants me to appear as anything but a “damsel in distress”, I am also human and sometimes need to be saved as well.  Having someone who is observant enough to be able to tell when I’m lying is also a huge plus because then I would be caught before I truly fell off the edge and swallowed alive by lies.

Passionate:

People who have something that they are extremely passionate about are extremely attractive to me.  Listening to someone I like talk so passionately about something they love — even if I don’t really care for the subject — makes my heart swell.

Shy/Innocent:

As I have already addressed, I enjoy coddling my partner, and seeing the shy, cute blush on their face is the thing I live for.  I admit to being a complete tease and a true flirt, so I think a shyer person would be the best fit for me.

My Type:

Bunta Kurimaki:


Bunta is an absolute sweetheart that really represents all that I look for in a partner.  He is always trying to care for you in any way he can even though he is sweet, little cinnamon bun that is new to love.  He also has a knack for being able to tell whenever you are lying from paying endless attention to you.  Furthermore, his childish nature and passion for photography are truly adorable and extremely attractive to me.

Well, I guess it’s official, my standards are way too high.
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