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Back to the otome games 
10th-Feb-2017 07:37 pm
The time has finally come for us to start playing the sequel to Kamigami no Asobi, Kamigami no Asobi InFinite. Based on the fact that the limited edition we bought had a calendar that goes from May 2016 to April 2017, I'd say we probably bought it about nine months ago. This is what we get for letting ourselves give in to the distraction of Pokemon. And, y'know, work and Disneyland and stuff. And anime, come to think of it. By the way, we really enjoyed watching Ajin on Netflix, which was nice, because it proved that it is still possible for us to like stuff, and we were really starting to worry about that.

As for KamiAso IF...well, we only started playing it last night. But it confirmed that we really do like the way these game developers do things, because basically it's a rehash of the first KamiAso game, only now there are four more possible guys to end up with. But that's not the good part. The good part is that, because it's pretty much the same game over again, they cut right to the chase and skipped over a lot of the introductory part. It wasn't long before we were already choosing a guy! And to start out with, we're going for Dionysus (I think they spell it with an O instead of a U in the game, but right now I just don't want to look at the squiggly red underline.)

We haven't gotten very far in his story, and we're already speculating! His main thing is that he refuses to come to class. He'll tell everybody sure I'll go to class, but he never actually shows up. So Yui (that's who you're playing as, and who has to teach all the gods about love) decides that they're all going to fail this whole school thing unless she can get him to come to class, so she chases him down and finds out that he's been ditching class to take care of his grapevine. When he told her it was his grapevine, and that it got brought to the school with everybody else, she was like, "Wow, how can you even tell the difference?" And he was like, "I just can, okay?" And then the narration pointed out that the vines were a little unusually shaped, and I thought, "It's your mom, isn't it?"

This is where I reveal my lack of knowledge about Dionysus, and me a Greek mythology buff (not really, but we were really into it back in school, because duh). I don't remember the story about Dionysus's mother, but I do seem to remember Zeus sewing him (Dionysus) up in his (Zeus's) leg before he was born so he could still mature as a fetus or something...? I don't remember. But they already did the girlfriends-turning-into-plants thing with Apollo, and there was even an extra story where Dionysus was teasing Apollo about it, so if he's so hung up on this grapevine, I don't think he would be teasing Apollo about plant girlfriends if he was in the same boat. But the point is, Greek mythology has a lot of people being turned into things.

On the other hand, Dionysus seemed especially averse to Apollo finding out about this grapevine, so maybe it is a girlfriend. Oh well, I guess we'll find out eventually.

Anyway, we're enjoying it so far. We're still getting really hung up on the mythology quizzes, but that's fun, too!

Today I'm thankful for getting to start playing KamiAso IF, getting to go to Joe's Italian Ice, having a yummy pizza for dinner (tomatoes are still, like, the only thing we eat from the fruit & vegetables group, so we had one; so far there don't seem to be any adverse effects, although now that I'm thinking about it, there may be an itchy spot on my lip...which I think is also where the orthodontist's assistant pricked me with the sharp poky thing), getting to try some prickly pear sorbet (not my favorite flavor, it turns out, but also not completely disgusting), and having fun at work today.
14th-Feb-2017 08:37 am (UTC)
Four more guys? Weren't there like eight of them already? At least, that was about the number spotlighted in the anime, which I assume was based on the first game.

I've never played any otome games myself. But, based on various anime that have been made of them, there certainly seems to be a noticeable difference between "Kamigami no Asobi"--or, from what I've heard, "Hatoful Boyfriend"--and something like "Diabolik Lovers" (or, to a somewhat lesser extent, that one where the unnamed amnesiac heroine is helped by some sort of other dimensional imp while a number of the potential love interests mistreat, imprison, or even attempt to kill her). The latter type appears to be designed for female gamers with a distinct masochistic streak.
14th-Feb-2017 02:38 pm (UTC)
Haha, yes, there were eight! But they really only spotlighted the six in the anime, which was a major letdown compared to the game. And I'm pretty sure I'm not only saying that because Anubis was only in one episode of the anime. The game stories are just a lot better overall. Eight is pretty typical for the first in a series of otome games, though (in fact, if I know my otome game history, the first big one was Angelique, which had nine guys to start with). Anyway, the four new guys all appeared in the first game; they just weren't datable yet, so now we have a sequel to address that.

Otome games come in all shape and sizes--the only thing required to make it an "otome game" is a female protagonist and multiple potential love interests. And the guys come in all kinds of personalities, so as to appeal to all kinds of tastes in men. Some otome games include girls, either as a friend story, or as a love interest (the Karin games (Labyrinth of Grimm, Labyrinth of Andersen) have one of each). We haven't come across too many abusive guys, because that's generally not appealing, but you do run into some guys that are waaay too aggressive.

Anyway, if you're interested to learn more, I have some pretty detailed reviews of KamiAso and the Labyrinth games (well, half of the Labyrinth of Andersen game). Just follow my kamiaso, labyrinth of grimm, or labyrinth of thumbelina tags.
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