Is this forum still alive? Then I guess I can post in my recs then.
Most of Otomate's recent otome games have become better and better over the recent years. Unfortunately, most of them are untranslated
, but the writing quality is still good by the way. Here're a couple I know of:
1. Clock Zero ~Shuuen no Ichibyou~
: The main character is a strong-willed, independent young girl, who, while being physically incapable of fighting to defend herself, relies on her wits, smarts, and sharp tongue to make up for the lack of that throughout the story. While she spends most of the plot starting from the middle part as a hostage to two separate groups (depending on the routes), she's not
a damsel in distress
. Heck, her personality won her a lot of fans in Japan with her being considered one of the
best otoge protags by a lot of reviewers in and out of her home country (she usually places in the top 5 of otoge heroine popularity polls). You can think of this plot as slightly similar to Bokumachi
, so expect time travel tropes to abound. Here's its info on VNDB
Oh right, the best part of her character is, as one reviewer put it in her review, when she deals with her respective love interests: if they try to pull the "I'm leaving you so I can protect you" card on her, Nadeshiko's reaction can be summed up with this line: "NO YOU’RE MINE BEECH!"
: Cardia is an awesome heroine with great character development and can kick ass in this story. 'Nuff said. Plot's good too. Unlike most examples in my list, this one has an English release so check it out.
3. Taisho x Alice
: Heroine Yurika is a complete troll and tease. She's pretty aggressive and flirty with her love interests, but only to a comedic extent without being annoyingly overt about it. Basically the plot is an Alice in Wonderland meets genderflipped
fairy tale characters type of story with Mind Screw
mixed in with its plot twist. They said that it's gonna get an English release sometime in the future, but there's no fixed date yet. Highly recommended.
4. Wand of Fortune
: Lulu's a fairly traditional strong heroine in a shoujo manga (you know, the optimistic, let's all be friends and conquer all our hardships together in our magic school type) but I guess that's the main charm to her character, with the other being a kick ass heroine with magic! by the end of the day, despite having 0 property for it at the start. Gameplay has a mix of some elements from JRP Gs
like the Atelier series if you're interested. No translation has been made yet, sadly.
Edit: I forgot to mention: Lulu constantly places (or placed? I haven't kept up with the polls recently) in the top 3 of Otomate's favorite heroine character polls like Nadeshiko, and I've seen her win it at least twice. That should probably be a testament to how good her character is as a VN Fe MC
. Oh, and in the Vita port of Wo F
, she's voiced by Yui Horie
! Too bad only her stock quotes were voiced and not her dialogue unlike the Norn 9
5. Kenka Bancho Otome
: Hinako's one of the most badass heroines out there who got enrolled in an all-boys school full of yankees and delinquents after her long lost twin brother coerces her into putting on a Twin Switch
act since he doesn't want to be the head bancho (and get beaten up by the stronger boys there in school) which Hinako can manage all on her own and succeeds
at the end of nearly all the routes. Oh, and her boys only get to find out she's a girl midway through their routes during some...awkwardly-timed moments
. The game has quick time events that let you fight in some scenes, and there're dialogue options in the middle of the sequences too which you can use to charm the boys. They blush like complete dorks if you choose the right ones. No English translation for the game as of yet but there's an ongoing translation of the manga adaptation right now. Just google it.
edited 6th Sep '16 12:17:27 AM by Hinooka-Homu