Hello, my lovely kittens! We’ve finally reached the last day of 2020! I hope everyone’s hanging in there. It’s certainly been a wild year for all of us, I’m sure.
I promise myself I’d do an end-of the-year post for 2020, to make up for my laziness and lack of blogging enthusiasm last year. I’m pretty certain it’s just not me, but this year has been ridiculously stressful that I couldn’t even imagine where to begin!
First off, this year, I’ve played a total of ten otome games, five of which I finished, three stalled and, two I’ve actually dropped:
- My Secret Pets (Dropped)
- Princess Closet (Stalled)
- Collar x Malice (Replayed)
- Collar x Malice Unlimited (Finished and Reviewed)
- Spiral Memoria (Finished and Reviewed)
- Sifting Thyme (Stalled)
- Taisho x Alice Episode 2 (Stalled)
- Nicole (Dropped)
- Piofiore: Fated Memories (Finished and Reviewed)
- Cafe Enchante (Finished and Reviewed)
Other (non-otome) games that kept me pre-occupied this year were:
- Animal Crossing New Horizons
- Rune Factory 4 (Stalled)
- Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido (Finished)
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake (Finished)
- Death Come True (Finished and Reviewed)
- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
- Among Us
Dropped games are mostly games I probably won’t touch again until after a couple of years of brain bleaching to help me forget the horrid gameplay I’ve experienced. While games that I’ve stalled are mostly games I initially liked but can’t seem to finish for some reason.
HIGHLIGHTS of THIS YEAR
✔️ There were 19 Otome Games that were released for the Switch console this year. Six of which are your typical mobile ports (mostly Voltage games), six PC Steam ports (Mostly Dogenzaka games that are also available on mobile devices), three PSVita ports and four new titles that are Switch exclusive.
- Princess Closet
- Our Two Bedroom Story
- My Bewitching Perfume
- Love Letter from Thief X
- My Forged Wedding
- Diamond Girl
- My Secret Pets (Steam/Mobile)
- My Butler (Steam/Mobile)
- Dangerous Relationship (Steam/Mobile)
- Nicole (Steam/Itch.io)
- Office Lovers (Steam/Mobile)
- Secrets of Me (Steam/Mobile)
PS Vita Ports:
- Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth
- Code Realize: Future Blessings
- Collar x Malice
Nintendo Switch Exclusive:
- Spiral Memoria
- Collar x Malice Unlimited
- Piofiore: Fated Memories
- Cafe Enchante
Technically, the only new console titles that came out this year that aren’t ports from other platforms were the four switch exclusive games above.
✔️ Six new console otome games were announced for next year! The titles below are slated to release for 2021.
- Code Realize: Wintertide Miracles (February 2021)
- Steam Prison (February 25, 2021)
- Variable Barricade (TBA 2021)
- Dairoku Ayakashinomori (TBA 2021)
- Olympia Soirée (TBA 2021)
- Bustafellows (TBA 2021)
✔️ PQube decides to localize an Otome Title. It’s great to see other localization companies announcing Otome titles, as we (sadly speaking) don’t get to see this happen often. It goes to show that the Otome genre definitely sells and has a wide market in the west.
✔️ I’m also glad to see Japanese companies like EXtend put faith in the western otome market. Bustafellows was localized because EXtend, the developers allowed it. Again, we definitely don’t get to see this happen a lot! Now, if only Koei Tecmo will do the same for their Ruby Party games and maybe Takuyo, Broccoli, and the infamous Rejet too? (laughs) I know this sounds pretty reaching… (for now anyway).😉
✔️ I replayed Collar x Malice and it still blew my socks off, second time around. I thought my rating for it would’ve changed, but nope, this game remains my ultimate favorite. If you have been following this blog, you probably knew by now that I’m such a sucker for edgier, plot-driven visual novels. Like, the more gasps and yelps I get, the better the gaming experience for me.😆 It’s not that I don’t favor fluffy games because I like them (a lot) too. It’s merely just a personal preference, and for sure, Collar x Malice ticked every aspect I yearned for in an otome game. From the plot, resolution, the LI’s, and the tropes used. It was and STILL is a stellar experience. If you think we have the same taste in games and haven’t picked up this one yet, please, by all means, give it a shot.🥰
☕ Cafe Enchante is the ultimate Hako-oshi game! It was no joke that “Hako-oshi” topped third in CE’s popularity poll in Japan. Also, this game definitely sells the ‘found family’ trope so well that I absolutely adored every camaraderie scene between the heroine, the LI’s and the side characters.
🐼 (Piofiore) Yang was a hot-sell. That’s it. That’s the highlight!😘
✔️ My Otome Localization Survey is live. I’ve actually put this up a month back. Take note that you can only vote up to three choices in each category. If you haven’t voted yet, head your way to this page. It’ll only take a few seconds of your time. The survey results will be forwarded to loc companies that are currently localizing otoges as well as the ones that are interested in investing in the genre itself. Keep in mind, this survey is mainly for crowdsourcing purposes and the results will not determine if a certain title is getting localized or not.
✔️ Not really sure if this is a highlight or anything, but I’ve finally put up my very own rating guide explaining how I rate the otome games I play. This guide is a bit nuanced and informal (laughs) and should be taken with a grain of salt.
✔️ Blog Achievement Unlocked! Otome Kitten reached 1.9 Million views this year! 🥳
Whether you’re here for the walkthroughs, for the reviews, or just for the sake of fangirling with yo’girl, thank you so much for visiting this site. To my readers, and subscribers, your continued support means the world to me. You are ALL awesome!
TW: This next post can get too personal (and maybe ugly) so please tread carefully. You can skip this section if you like.
I’m always afraid to post or say anything personal online as I worry that I’m oversharing too much. Nevertheless, I felt compelled to address my weird silence (in social media) for a little while.
I lost my father last October (2020), and since his passing, I’ve been dealing with grief as I watch depression suck the energy out of me these past couple of months. My father has been my life’s biggest support system. Losing him really broke me. As if something inside me was abruptly taken and ripped apart. I’d be lying if I say it was easy keeping my mental state in check, but I am trying my best everyday.
Besides, video games, part of my healing therapy is exercising, binge-watching relaxing tv shows (my favs: Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home & Rilakkuma and Kaoru), and rewatching my favorite feel-good K-movies of all time (‘I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK’, and ‘200 Pound Beauty’). I’ve also been staying away from social media so I can avoid reading any type of negative discourse. Taking a break from the internet really helps. 🙂
Other *minor* misfortunes I’ve dealt with this year, includes my company making me work alone during the hurricanes with zero incentives, and just a couple of days ago, my car was vandalized and keyed outside my house that I had to file for a police report.😪 Sometimes I feel like a cartoon character with a dark rainy cloud following me around. It’s ridiculous, and I admit I laugh about these things sometimes because at the end of the day, life typically goes on and sh*t happens every now and then. We just gotta roll with the punches.
Counting my blessings
My apologies if this portion got quite depressing. I wanted to end this segment in a positive light and say I am still thankful for a lot of things. Like the roof in my head, and that I’m still able to eat my daily meals. Not to mention, the luxury of enjoying video games during these trying times. In good faith, I do hope everyone’s situation (and not just mine) would get better next year. For the moment, I will continue to count my blessings.🙂
“There’s ALWAYS something to be thankful for. It’s just a matter of seeing it from a different perspective”.
I was hoping to squeeze in one last review before the year ends but due to my recent VN burnout I’ve been struggling to finish a couple of games in my library.
Nicole is a game I’ve dropped countless times but desperately wanted to finish (for the sake of reviewing it). I’ve been thinking of just reviewing it regardless, but I feel like that’d be unfair for the game? In any case, whether I need to force my way through it (laughs), a review should be out soon, early 2021.
Taisho x Alice Episode 2 was one of the games I’ve been anticipating to play all year, though, for some reason, I just couldn’t get into it. Hence, I’ve stalled the game. I still plan on writing walkthroughs for it soon but that’ll have to wait til’ early January next year.
I have two other otome-related (ish)😅 projects I plan to do next year but it’s too early to say anything now since nothing has been finalized yet.lol
There will be more reviews and walkthroughs coming your way for 2021. I, myself am excited for the new games slated to release next year. Bustafellows, is my most anticipated game for next year, followed by Dairoku Ayakashinomori.🖤
This year I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s supported this website. Special shout-out to everyone who bought me catnips this year! ❤ No words can express my appreciation, thank you all so much!
To all my old and new subscribers, commenters, visitors and readers, you are all amazing! Thanks for sticking around this year and I hope to see you again next year for more otome kiki-ings! Love you guys! Please accept this short video as a token of my appreciation!
Enjoy the New Year Festivities and Stay Safe!