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May. 10th, 2015

So it seems that there is an honest-to-cheeses otome game for the iPhone, in English, where you can romance a number of J-rock vocalists - among them Yo-ka and Subaru. Apparently, the thing's been out for a year. I just happened to stumble across a reference to it on the main Royz blog on Tumblr. I'm actually amazed I didn't come across any references to it on any Diaura communities/blogs.

I am so half-tempted to download this thing, despite the fact that I usually don't play otome games (well, I'd probably play Hakuouki or the Boueibu game if they were available in English for iPhone). I'd be more than half-tempted if there were an option where you could have the boys romance each other instead of your Mary Sue, but hey. The artwork is pretty amusing - everyone looks like a spare Boueibu character. (When I'm writing, I will sometimes visualize the scene I'm working on as a manga panel. Mangafied Camera Eye!Yo-ka most definitely does not look like his otome game counterpart).

I'm just amazed that the game got translated and got an official English-language release. I don't think any of the bands represented here have ever had their work officially released in North America.


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May. 10th, 2015 10:45 am (UTC)
I guess Gackt's P.S I love u app is a bit like that. As a huge Gackt fan I got bored of it pretty quickly. There was so few options to choose from, you just had to read a story with a heroine that's meant to be you, but does nothing you'd actually do. (Like turning down her best friend for the Doctor who barely looks at her).

It's a nice story, but it's not a game.
May. 11th, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
Sounds like pretty much the same thing - a barely-interactive Mary Sue fanfic with pictures. Good for temporary amusement - but not something you'd want to do long-term (especially when said time could be better used writing fanfiction where you get to put your favorite J-rocker in a better match than with a generic Mary Sue).
May. 11th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
These games WOULD be fun. But you need the options to be yourself.

And, I'm the type of fangirl happier to see their favourite J Rockers with each other than myself. I'm a huge Gackt fan, but the idea of spending longer than a few hours with someone like him is terrifying.
May. 10th, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'd be more than half-tempted if there were an option where you could have the boys romance each other instead of your Mary Sue

I wholeheartedly, entirely agree with you.
May. 11th, 2015 04:40 pm (UTC)
If they had a J-rock game like that, where you could pair up a group of six guys in different combinations? It would be a smash. Everyone would download it just to see their OTP making out (instead of just reading about it in text).
May. 12th, 2015 06:02 am (UTC)
Again, 1000 times yes.
May. 10th, 2015 02:55 pm (UTC)
Of all the games to be released in English, that's an odd choice. Discoveries like this make me grateful for how low-tech my phone is; I have enough things to distract me/waste my time as it is!
May. 11th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
Odd indeed - I'm actually surprised they didn't borrow the concept and replace the J-rockers with One Direction. Of course, they were probably thinking fans of otome games would play it regardless - one person on Tumblr said she got into J-rock because she played the game and then only found out afterward that Royz was a real band!
May. 11th, 2015 05:52 pm (UTC)
Otome games as the gateway to visual kei. Who would have thought...
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