Release Date: September 9, 2021 (North America)
Developers: Idea Factory, Otomate
Publishers: Aksys Games
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
TW: Olypmia Soirée is rated “M” in ESRB. The game contains non-consensual sexual assaults and a lot of implied sex. If you are uncomfortable with these themes in fiction, this game may not be for you.
SYNOPSIS (From Aksys Game’s Official Website)
Her entire clan wiped out years ago, Olympia has been isolated for much of her life. Now she must live in Tenguu Island, as the only person who can perform a ritual that will restore the sun to a land enveloped in darkness. The heads of each district there (Red, Blue, and Yellow) lead a society governed by rigid class structures.
Able to travel between the districts, Olympia discovers their wonders and weaknesses. She also finds an entire underground group of shunned “colorless” individuals who she becomes determined to help. If she can find a mate who will help her continue her lineage and save the world before it is destroyed, she will reveal to that special someone her heart and her true name.
ART AND MUSIC
As expected from the popular otome game artist, Satoi, Olympia Soirée’s overall artwork was truly mesmerizing. It had me staring at the first CG of the game with my mouth agape. It was absolutely stunning! Satoi’s other famous otome projects include Diabolik Lovers series, Ozmafia!!, Nil Admirari, and Re:Birthday series.
The game’s soundtrack brilliantly matched Olympia Soirée’s distinctive fantasy setting well. It actually gave me Okami vibes, to be quite honest (what are the odds?! lol). Its OP and ED themes were also a personal favorite of mine, especially the ending theme, “More than Anyone” composed by Katsumi Onishi & Koji Goto (who also did Yunohana Spring’s theme), and performed by Japanese singer & songwriter Ena. Listen to the sample track below!
You can get Olympia Soirée official soundtrack CD directly from Aksys Game’s online store, bundled with the physical copy of the game. This special add-on is limited, so be sure to get them while supplies last!
Nobunaga Shimazaka “Riku” – Hino (7’Scarlet), Yamato (Storm Lover 2nd), Napoleon (IkeVamp), Arjuna (Fate/Extella), Xeno (Angelique Lumernarise)
Yuto Uemura “Tokisada” – Atsushi (Bungou Stray Dogs), Tsukito Totsuka (Kamigami no Asobi), Kyosuke Sakurai (Tokyo Chronos), Felix (Angelique Lumenarise)
Yuma Uchida “Yosuga” – Suzu (Jack Jeanne), Kyo (Fruit Basket), Yves (Ikemen Prince), Souma Kuze (Sweet Clown), Aoi (Toraware no Palm)
Tomokazu Sugita “Kuroba” – Ron (Norn9), Sauli (Bustafellows), Gintoki (Gintama), Takuma (Hiiro no Kakera), Oda Nobunaga (IkeSen), Usagi-sensei (Bad Apple Wars)
Shun Horie “Himuka” – Nagi (EPHEMERAL Fantasy on Dark), Okubo Toshimichi (Destined to Love: Ikemen Samurai Romance), Gerard (Angelique Retour)
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka “Akaza” – Alice (Taisho x Alice), Monshiro (Pyschedelica of the BB), Rin Okazaki (Spiral Memoria), Takuro Miyashiro (Chaos;Child)
Sho Hayami “Lord Douma” – Jinguchi Jakurai (Hypnosis Mic), Max Jenius (Macross), Juliuos (Angelique series), Sariel Noir (Ikemen Prince)
Kazuyuki Okitsu “Tsukuyomi” – Epilogi (Café Enchanté), Kyrie (Ozmafia!!), Keith Knight (Iris School of Wizardry), Kazuma (Spiral Memoria), Ankou (Shuuen no Virche)
Komada Wataru “Nagusa” – Iruma Jyuto (Hypnosis Mic), Fennel (Catboys Paradise), Rintaro Yagumo (Root Film), Narrator (Bustafellows), Yabuta Kiyohiko (Kimi wa Yukima)
The only routes that you can play on your first run will be Riku, Tokisada, Yosuga, and Kuroba’s. Once all four previous routes are cleared, Himuka’s route will unlock, and once you’re done with all five, Akaza’s route will unlock as the finale. I went with the writer, Yuma Katagiri’s route order suggestion which was Riku ➤ Tokisada ➤ Yosuga ➤ Kuroba ➤ Himuka ➤ Akaza. And I, strongly agree with this playing order if you’re worried about the game’s flow and spoiler content.
- loves hamburgers
- uptight tsun-tsun
Riku is a young soldier of the Blue assigned to the Yomi patrol unit. He’s very straightforward and serious, living strictly by the traditions of the color class system in Tenguu Island. He’s very diligent to a fault with his work, which can sometimes come across as abrasive to others. Beneath his strict exterior however, lies a very kind and compassionate persona.
Riku’s story primarily introduces the injustice caste system in Tenguu Island and its hurdles from experiencing a drastic change for the better. It’s also the only route where you’ll get very minimum spoilers on the setting’s lore, so I thought it was the perfect route to start the game with. Admittedly, at first, I was very wary of liking Riku’s character due to his blind prejudice to the residents of Yomi but, his character development was so good that he easily had me do a 180 on my opinion towards him. Although the conflict of his route was underwhelming compared to others, I thought it was executed pretty well. I’ve no complaints on how the plot reveals were handled here.
Contrary to his slightly “vanilla” route, Riku’s romantic relationship with the heroine was one of my favorites in the game. His tsundere personality was so adorable, and how Olympia handled this man with her assertiveness was, hands down, very satisfying. I love how their cute romance slowly developed from a simple crush to something more mature.🥰 His chemistry with the heroine was certainly one of the best, and no doubt Riku will be a favorite LI to many.
AMAKUSA SHIROU TOKISADA
- loves mint chocolate ice cream
- s h o t a
Tokisada is a young man who’s one of the “Outsiders” in Tenguu Island. He was eventually naturalized into the Green and is currently living with their clan leader. Similarly to Olympia, he keeps Daifuku’s (the heroine’s white mouse) younger brother, Paris, as a pet and companion. He’s a regular at Shikinjou and is friends with the bathhouse owner, Yosuga. While Tokisada retained part of his memory before he arrived in Tenguu Island, he dislikes talking about his past.
I thought the name sounded familiar, so I made a mistake and looked up Tokisada’s full name on google and accidentally spoiled myself to half of his route 🤡(laughs). Please don’t make the same blunder I did, no matter how tempting! lol Tokisada is the resident shota in Olympia Soirée. Being a year younger than the heroine (17 years old) he’s innocently one for the taking.😂 That aside, I was surprised how good his story was when it came to unpacking one of the vital aspects in the setting’s lore, – the “Outsiders”, and how they came to Tenguu island in the first place. I thought Tokisada’s tale was very interesting, and going through his backstory made me understand his character better.
Romantic-wise, it was refreshing to see him and Olympia go through being friends first before jumping into the lover’s train. It was nice to see Olympia having some reservations as far as choosing her husband, not to mention having to evaluate whether her feelings were genuine or just mere pity towards Tokisada’s self-loathing. This goes the same for Tokisada too. I thought both his and Olympia’s character development complemented each other well. The fact that I wasn’t even bothered how he kept calling Olympia ‘onee-san’ for almost half of his route is pretty telling! Ha!😊 Lastly, one of his bad endings had me all 👁👄👁 (shooketh).
- makes soaps in his free time
- B A E
Yosuga is the proprietor of the bathhouse Shikinjou, Yomi’s largest establishment where people, both from the surface and underground, frequent. He’s also known as the “Jigoku-dayuu” (Steward of Hell) and is a powerful figure who, in essence, controls the whole district of Yomi. His specialty is divination and he is renowned for his hospitality and expertise in medical baths.
This was yet another impressive route in Olympia Soirée because not only it focused on Yosuga’s history, it also unraveled a few plot points regarding the game’s overarching theme. And in turn, enhanced more character-depth on some of the essential side characters in the game. I actually enjoyed this route a lot despite my feeling indifferent towards Yosuga’s melancholic personality (when he’s just a soft shy boi all along).😭 I believe those who enjoy an angsty LI, will for sure love this man to bits!
Yosuga as a love interest was quite charming, to say the least. It was so precious finding out that he’d known and fallen in love with the heroine all these years just from hearing about her through Tsukuyomi’s stories. Dare I say he probably had the most alluring love scenes with the heroine too, which is always a plus! On a side note, I may have cackled so hard at how awkward and funny their “first” was in his story.😁
- flirty doctor
- secretly genius
Kuroba is the deputy director of the Kotowari, and a doctor specializing in immunological research. Though he sports an easygoing personality, he’s very witty and has a knack for reading the room. He resents the hierarchy in which people are confined to classes by their color traits and aims to change the system someday, together with Akaza and the Kotowari.
I’m not sure if I can label Kuroba as Olympia Soirée’s resident “trash man with layers”,😆 he’s not quite there yet for being ultra ‘trash’ (cackles). His flirty back and forth with the heroine did give me plenty of laughs, which I thought was one of his distinctive appeals.😘 Despite Kuroba’s flirty exterior, I thought he was the most optimistic and progressive amongst all the LI’s, not to mention the most intelligent to boot. His route interestingly tackled another imperative aspect of the game’s lore which was the plagued disease, haku – an infectious condition that lets the victim suffers from skin discoloration, eventually leading to deterioration and death. This scenario also took a heavy turn, which I didn’t fully expect, and showcased one of the most despicable villains in the game.
Flirty guys aren’t really my thing, but with Kuroba, I think I can make an exception!🤭His “handkerchief scene” with Olympia was adorable as heck – & actually had me stupidly grin from ear to ear!😁 I also liked that Kuroba acts as if he’s not interested in the heroine, which in turn, encouraged Olympia to make him feel jealous. Their mature relationship, in the long run, was rather enjoyable. His bad endings however, took a darker turn, so if you’re someone who loves to play bad ends, here’s my friendly word of caution!😬
- shota but not really! 😱
- worst bad ends
Himuka is a young boy who’s known as Tenguu Island’s “undertaker”. He is a powerful wielder of “Batsu” an ability to transform the souls of the deceased into crystals known as Shou. As he chooses not to associate with others, very few know much about him.
Brace yourself for some massive truth bombs – this route has a LOT of them! There’s a reason why Himuka’s route was locked and without going into spoiler territory – know that his story explored a huge chunk of the setting’s main arc, which relatively sets aside the initial objective of the game (Olympia’s search for a husband).
There’s some really good foreshadowing on the previous routes that built up the “big reveal” in Himuka’s story, which honestly made this route a very satisfying read to me. It had a point where I expected the plot twist to happen but dreaded it at the same time (if that makes any sense? lol). And while the ending had some convoluted scenes that could’ve been executed better, I still thoroughly enjoyed the suspense this route had to offer. ‘Twas one wild ride for sure!
My only gripe was; because Himuka’s story expanded a lot on the game’s surrounding mythos, the romance in this route took a major backseat. He was, unfortunately, the only love interest with lesser steamy scenes compared to the others. I also thought Himuka and Olympia didn’t have enough time to develop and sort out their feelings for each other, and this sadly made him my least favorite LI in the game.😞 One of his bad endings was also very disturbing that it caught me off guard in the worst possible way!😶
- wants dat homemade cake! 😂
Akaza is a young man of the Red who works as the director of the Kotowari. He assists and watches over Olympia in her activities on the island. He’s known as the famous “Iron Mask” of the Kotowari due to his calm demeanor despite stressful situations. He appears devoid of personal feelings, though he does what he can to help the heroine in her times of need.
Just like Himuka’s route, Akaza’s story explored more on the game’s main arc, and even had some very unexpected twists you probably won’t see coming. Again, because there’s so much precedent foreshadowing, this finale became one satisfying read as it pieced together most of the plot’s overarching mysteries. My only issue here is that as much as I adore Akaza as a love interest, he was hardly present during the most important reveals in his own story, which became a letdown because I wanted him to shine through and through. It was unfortunate that Akaza’s route easily became my most favorite in the game, not because of his character but because of another (side character) who effortlessly stole the spotlight from him LOL.😆 (Read: I’m being very biased for saying this!) I do think Akaza’s story was still paced pretty well, and I shamelessly enjoyed the “true love saves all” trope that was utilized in his ending.
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Akaza’s romantic relationship with the heroine was also pretty good in my opinion. I love that Olympia was an adorable tsundere in this route, and it was so cute to see her constantly deny her feelings for Akaza but eventually gave in on her *thirst* in the process!😂 Can’t blame her, Akaza was the ultimate stud! His short story “Homemade Cake” was by far my favorite after story in the game. You just can’t miss it!
OLYMPIA/BYAKUYA (Main Heroine)
- looking for a husband
- best girl! 😤
Olympia is the last remaining survivor of the White Clan who used to reside in Tennyo Island. She possesses the power to bring light to the sun by offering her prayer to the deity, Lady Amaterasu, through her ritual dance.
The titular heroine, Olympia, was honestly the star of this game. I thought she was a marvelous protagonist and deserved every right to have this Otome title named after her. First, her personality was never one-note, and despite her years of sheltered upbringing, she never acted like a total idiot, and even takes a lot of time to educate herself, as well as learn every single detail she needs to know in Tenguu Island, including the injustice caste system everyone is facing. Truth be told, I never expected I’d like this protagonist as much but here we are.😍 Her willingness to do EVERYTHING she could to change Tenguu island’s nasty system was so admirable. She was in no way hasty and was very smart with her decision-making. I find it very refreshing that I can easily get behind her idealism and stand for equality, because her righteousness was in the right place.
Olympia has some cleverness up her sleeve too. She can read between the lines, and you best believe, can get to the bottom of things sooner than expected. She also actively thinks for herself, isn’t easily dissuaded by other people’s opinions, and would rather carefully judge things from her perspective. Most of her instincts are always correct, even when doubting people close to her. All throughout the game, she became THE most proactive character out of the entire cast!
That’s not to say she didn’t have any setbacks with her character at all. There were instances where the scenario desperately calls for her to punish a perpetrator that almost sexually assaulted her, but she chose not to when she could’ve easily done so. I blame most of this on the writing though, rather than Olympia herself.
Another factor I enjoyed about Olympia was that she’s so self-aware of her feelings and emotions. She gets pissed, angry, overtly happy, and even gets horny at various times of the day.🤣 She’s just TOO REAL and I’m totally here for it! 😂🤣 There isn’t a single route where I couldn’t stop howling at Olympia’s inner musings and side comments about her love interest.🤣 The girl can get thirsty as heck too, she represents all of us thirsty fans tbh! (cackles)
SYSTEM AND LOCALIZATION
I’m just gonna cut to the chase and say there are no glaring issues with Olympia Soirée’s localization. I did spot some minimal errors (like missing spaces, punctuations, etc.), but they were very few, and far in between you’ll hardly notice them.😃
The game’s UI was so stunning, and it reminded me of those fancy kaleidoscopes we used to collect as kids. I loved that the main menu was animated, and the scenery changes depending on what time of the day you’re playing the game (this was similar to other Otomate titles like Piofiore, for example). There were (very short) voiced parts in the title screen too, that unlocks after playing each of the LI’s endings. I personally loved Tokisada’s heartbreaking cries saying, “Come back to me” after finishing one of his bad endings!😭 Unfortunately, these short lines do not have subtitles in the Japanese version, so it was unavoidable for it not to get translated in the English version either.
Update: Aksys has recently released a patch for Olympia Soiree, and the untranslated lines in the menu screen are now all there!🥳
Perhaps my favorite part in the “Treasures” section was the character memoirs that gradually unlock as you progress through the game. Each memoir offered detailed information on certain characters and even pieced together a few plot holes that were left hanging in the main routes. Some memoirs also justified a character or a villain’s goal and action, and I’m really glad this section existed because they made me understand each of these characters better.
Olympia Soirée was a very long game. It took me a whopping 75 hours to complete its entirety. The common route was surprisingly lengthy, which probably took me five hours to clear and another five hours for each main route. Because I was completely in the zone while playing this game, it didn’t feel like a chore to finish at all, and I only noticed the long-drawn hours I’ve spent with it when I checked my switch’s recorded playtime.😅
Since the game revolved around a very elaborate fantasy setting, there was definitely a lot to take in during the first few hours of the common route. A lot of terminologies will be thrown at you, and it may take a while for you to get used to them right off the bat. (I found myself constantly opening the game’s glossary during the common route to glance at some of the in-game terms). I do believe that once you’ve gotten familiar with the setting and its surrounding mythos, the story-telling should flow smoothly afterward. It was also very interesting how the writing brought up lots of Shinto religion and mythology references. I liked that most of them were spot on as far as portraying the revered deities like Izanami and Izanagi, but I also loved that the writer added their own flavor and twist to these actual Japanese myths.
The waves bring forth what one seeks…
The game’s world-building was undeniably unique, and its artistic direction took me into a whole another universe. It really was as if I was living on Tenguu island. Every single, delicate detail of Olympia Soiree’s setting and the pacing of each scenario brought me various emotions, and I took them in one by one.
Contradictory to its beautiful overworld, this title did bring up controversial themes such as misogyny and women’s oppression. Though judging from the game’s dystopian theme where everything runs backward and is anti-progressive, I can kinda fathom why the writers introduced this as one of their main conflicts. However, I can also understand how this may make others feel uncomfortable. In light of it all, I think the game did an excellent job when it came to portraying issues, such as the caste system and the prejudice against women, as the ultimate big bad. And it was inspiring to see how the majority of these characters fought hard to destroy this crooked system.
As for the main characters and their routes, I believe I’ve enjoyed them all. Riku and Akaza became my top two oshis. Himuka’s route was such a wild ride, but his character, unfortunately, didn’t entice me so much as a love interest. My favorite character in the game was, hands down, Lord Douma because I just can’t say no to a handsome dilf who’s voiced by Sho Hayami 🤣(cackles). I’ve also developed a soft spot for Elder Sister Shura after reading her memoir. Who would’ve thought it’s not only her outfit that comes in layers?
Do I recommend this game? YES.
Olympia Soirée was an absolute hit for me. It’s a title that’s incredibly rich with both intricate plot and well-developed steamy romance you just couldn’t get enough of. The balance this game offers in both aspects was quite impressive! It kept me engaged at all times that I honestly could not put it down for a second.
That said, this is an easy recommendation from me, especially if you’re someone who wants more romance in your otome games – Olympia Soirée is one for the taking. While some conflicts in the game border a bit on the controversial side of things like the harsh color caste system, I think, as long as you play it with an open mind and understand that fiction is well…fiction, no doubt you’ll find enjoyment in this wonderful title.