I’ve allowed myself to spurge a little bit on new manga and since I’m picky as hell, here’s the list:
Kamisama Kiss (Have 3 volumes already, anime was cute!! Must read!)
Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden
I’ve been debating for a while if I want to start reading Inuyasha now that the 3-for-1 volumes have been out, I have a little bit more room on my shelf for it…I still need to get the last couple of volumes for Yu Yu Hakusho and Rurouni Kenshin (all the bookstores in my area closed and/or stopped carrying them while I was collecting them. I barely got all of Fruits Basket in time!) Also thinking about reading Bleach…
What are your favorite mangas?
I ordered a book recommended for me for learning the Japanese writing system so I can start learning Japanese, if I’m going to pursue a deeper interest in visual novels/otome games I guess this is going to have to happen sooner or later…plus I want to learn French since my experience over there was great but too short. I’m going back someday and darnit, I’m going to understand the locals, for the most part. :) So if any of my watchers knows how to speak/write in these two languages feel free to share with me that best possible sources! Much appreciated!
I’ve been wanting Sweet Fuse by Aksys for my PSP for a while now and due to my last accomplishment I went ahead and ordered it…best choice in a while! Very good game but be warned, if you’re not into visual novels and lengthy reading, you may not enjoy it as much. But it’s very rewarding with it comes to it’s otome aspects, every time I want to ‘hang out’ with a character I get a piece of artwork - absolutely loving it. I’m going after Mitarashi first.
乙女ゲーム —oto-me gee-mu — “maiden game”
Lately, and with increasing frequency, I’ve found myself explaining what “otome games” are to fellow game developer and journalist friends of mine at meet-ups and conferences. I do this happily and willingly, since it’s a genre that personally fascinates me, and most of the devs I talk to seem unfamiliar with but curious about dating sims in general. The people who ask usually do have some sort of familiarity with romance sim elements from other series, like Persona, Harvest Moon, and BioWare games, but the fact that there is an existing industry in Japan built around video game dating sims targeted specifically at women is often news to them.
I can’t believe there are actual articles about otome games (read the article if you want a great explanation)! I LOVE Hakuouki and this article cleared up why it’s so rare to see these games translated and brought over to the west. Part of the reason why I want to go into game development is FOR otome games, ones with great art and story quality! Unfortunately there are a lot of otome games available for download, but in patches or as Japanese imports and I don’t have the time nor the patience to honestly learn a very different language right now…maybe someday I can be up in the gaming industry and convince people we want A LOT of good quality RPGs with the dating sim feature (I was pleasantly surprised by Pokemon B2W2 own snippet leaning toward romance for the MCs).