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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Falling Down the Otome Rabbit Hole

During a break from grinding for hourglasses on Mystic Messenger, I decided to go further down into the world of otome games. I had played a couple before but they were lame free to play mobile games and I deleted them before completing any of the routes.

All of the interesting otome games are for the PSP or the PS Vita, I've found. I have a PSP but it has no memory card, and I don't have a Vita. For Christmas I think I might persuade one of my relatives to purchase me a Memory Stick and a couple of otome games, but I have a couple of months to go yet.

So, after extensive research, I decided to download two free to play cash grab otome games. I know Mystic Messenger is free to play too, but it isn't difficult to get through the game if you don't pay any real money, except if you want to play Another Story. You'll be grinding for months if you want to unlock that.

Whilst playing and downloading the two games, I was thinking of this GIF:

To be honest, the games aren't that bad. The games I downloaded were Ikemen Sengoku and Midnight Cinderella. They both happen to be made by the same company.

The interface works exactly the same as another otome game I've played before, but after a bit of research I found out that it's because they all happen to use the same engine.

Ikemen Sengoku is my favourite out of the two, because it has the most interesting plot. It took me a while to pick which fictional boy I wanted to date, there were so many to choose from! After reading a few route previews I picked some blonde guy called Kenshin Uesugi because his route reminded me of Jumin's in Mystic Messenger and I really enjoyed that route. They are probably completely different from each other but the fact that the MC gets "locked up" in both of them makes me think that they are similar.

I think I am on Chapter 2 now and I am enjoying it. Luckily I haven't run out of those annoying chapter tickets yet. A guide I saw online told me to save them up but I am not very good at that, because I keep wanting to see what happens next in the game!

This game also has the thing where you have to dress up this ugly looking avatar to gain points to move on or something, but I haven't paid much attention to it yet because it's boring and I don't care about how pretty my avatar is. There is a PS Vita version where all of this F2P stuff is gone, but it's only in Japanese and my Japanese is sub-par beginner level, plus I would have to pay a lot of money to buy a Vita and to ship this game over from Japan.

Sometimes the MCs in these games act nothing like me and none of the choices you can pick are things I would do or say, but it's not really the game's fault. The MC in this game is a fashion designer who isn't afraid to stand up for herself which is cool, but it breaks the immersion for me because I am not a fashion designer and I am very much a shy pushover, but again, this is not the game's fault. Some people like the MC to have a personality but I tend to self insert myself into all of these games so I don't really care if the MC is fleshed out or not.

Midnight Cinderella is another good game. I had heard about it a few weeks ago and I was surprised to see that it had its own fanbase. I was considering downloading it back then, but when I heard it was F2P, it put me off playing it, until yesterday when I saw a lot of people praising it. Picking a route to play in this game was slightly hard, but not as hard as Ikemen Sengoku. I picked some guy called Rayvis (I forgot his last name, sorry!) and he's pretty cool. It seems like both of the men I have picked in these games take a while to open up to the MC. At least the romance has to develop over time. Sometimes the romance in these games comes way too quickly, especially in Mystic Messenger. (Why do I keep comparing every game to MM?)

I like fantasy fairy tales so the story in this game also interested me. Still, I think it's a bit stupid that they just pick some random girl to be a princess every few years or so, but I suppose they needed a reason for the MC to become royalty and meet a bunch of hot anime boys.

The UI in Midnight Cinderella can be quite annoying for me. Sometimes it feels a lot less responsive than the other apps on that phone. Ikemen Sengoku has the same UI but it seems to respond better. I don't know, maybe I'm just nitpicking here.

My first impressions of these games seem pretty good, don't they? Hopefully I won't waste all of my in-game currency and chapter tickets so I can actually complete a route. I think I'm starting to like otome games a lot more now. To be quite honest, I don't actually play them for the plot, I just really like "dating" anime boys. I know it's sad.

But anyway, that's all for now. This is a rather long post, isn't it?


P.S. I don't edit these posts at all because I don't consider this a serious professional blog.

Monday, 17 September 2018


A couple of years ago, I attempted to learn Chinese. I purchased textbooks and everything. My reading comprehension became rather good for a beginner, but then I forgot about learning and gave up. I think it was because I didn't have the motivation, and because I didn't have a teacher. If I am forced to teach myself it allows me to freely procrastinate, but when I have a proper teacher, I never procrastinate and I will always have someone encouraging me to learn.

Recently I decided to make an effort at learning Japanese, because I already knew a bit of it before. I managed to learn Hiragana in about a day, and I think I should start doing some Katakana soon. Even though I don't have a fancy textbook or teacher, I am still managing to make a bit of progress by using online resources. But I'm scared that this is just a short phase, and that in one week I will have forgotten about this again...

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Blog Stats

I was looking at the stats for my blog and they weren't that special, until I found something that interested me. Somebody from Russia found my blog from a Yandex search. It might have been a bot or something, but I still find it pretty cool.

Hello, random person from Russia, if you're reading this.