Hi all! Otome is growing in the West, and I’ve wanted to put a little guide together on what’s been officially announced for localisation, who’s publishing it, when you can get it and why I’m excited for each of these titles. I’m pretty much a sucker for anything Otome at this point, and if they get released physically in the UK? You can bet I’m pre-ordering ASAP! I might backfill on some Nintendo Switch Otome games, just for the sake of having the info in one place, too.
It’s not a huge guide right now, but it’ll be a living document I update when I can.
Olympia Soiree — OUT NOW
Our protagonist, Olympia, is the last of her clan, and she hopes to perform a ritual that only she can on Tenguu Island in the hopes that she can restore the sun and bring an end to the ever-lasting night. She comes across a shunned group of people, and it might just be one of them that will be her soulmate who can help her in her ritual.
Why am I excited? I’ll be honest, I’m excited because of the setting and the idea of an ever-lasting night needing to be broken, but based on the synopsis of Olympia requiring a partner to have a child with to fulfil this ritual, I am a little more uneasy on this one. I hope that Olympia rises as the strongest character in this game, and that she gets to be her own character outside of the ritual and what it requires.
Olympia Soiree releases on Nintendo Switch, 9th September 2021, by Aksys Games.
Dairoku: Agents of Sakuratani — 2nd December 2021
Akitsu Shino is able to see things unique to her including spirits and inhuman creatures, and this leads her to a career at The Occult Action Department, which is a secret government agency. Situated in an office in the otherworldly Sakuratani, Akitsu watches over this supernatural city and ensures that no trouble comes to her home or Sakuratani.
Why am I excited? Otome games excel in bringing different worlds together, even if it’s just wildly different walks of life, and Dairoki ticks the boxes for me in that I love supernatural stuff. I’m excited to see how these personalities will differ, and if there will be much interaction between our world and the world of Sakuratani.
Dairoki: Agents of Sakuratani releases on Nintendo Switch, 2nd December 2021, by Aksys Games.
Cupid Parasite — Winter 2021
As Cupid Corporation’s top bridal advisor, our protagonist is tasked with getting five people married to earn a promotion. Did I mention that her secret identity is Cupid? Yes, that one, so no wonder she’s great at her job, huh? vBut these five men are going to cause trouble even for the romantic figure, because they’re the devastating Parasite 5!
Why am I excited? Playing as Cupid and struggling to do the thing that she’s best known for, five times over? That sounds like a lot of fun, and it allows for a lot of different personalities to clash and come together. The idea of a Cupid Corporation is a cool one too. I’m excited to see what challenges our protagonist will have to overcome.
Cupid Parasite is releasing on Nintendo Switch, Winter 2022, by Idea Factory.
Variable Barricade — February 2022
Variable Barricade follows Hibari, heiress of a pretigious family, who is being forced to stay in a lush villa with 5 suitors picked out by her grandfather. Pretty scummy of him, right? But Hibari is deadset against it, and dislikes the men because of this from the get go! She wants to scare them all off, but maybe she could ultimately fall in love with one of them?
Why am I excited? I love that Hibari seems to be a strong-willed protagonist who despises the situation she’s put in. Whilst ultimately we know she’ll be able to fall in love with each of the five suitors, I enjoy that she’ll ultimately be able to push back if she wants to. I do hope it doesn’t feel like stockholm syndrome, though.
Variable Barricade is being published for Nintendo Switch, February 2022, by Aksys Games.
Piofiore -Episodio 1926- — Summer 2022
Did you enjoy Piofiore when it released last year? Good news for you, because you’ll be returning to Italy in -Episodio 1926- which acts as a sequel! If you haven’t played Piofiore, then there’s no better time to jump in.
Piofiore -Episodio 1926- is being published for Nintendo Switch, Summer 2022, by Aksys Games.
Aspiring scriptwriter Chiyuki wants two things — to be a successful scriptwriter, and to find the father who abandoned her. When she lands a job as an assistant to a scriptwriter, she soon finds herself cast as the main love interest, acting opposite the songs of drama staff! Will she still be able to realise her dreams? We hope so!
LoverPretend is being published for Nintendo Switch, 2022, by Aksys Games.
Paradigm Paradox — TBC
Mankind is split across a number of colonies which are under threat by “Vermin”, who are fought against by “Heroes”. Bored of her day to day life, she sneaks out of her dormitory and has to be saved by a group of Heroes, and decides to become one herself. Leading her to explore the other colonies too, our protagonist hopes to protect others from Vermin, and to find out who the Vermin really are.
Paradigm Paradox is being published for Nintendo Switch, 2022, by Aksys Games.
Kimi wa Yukima ni Koinegau — TBC
Set in the Kyoho era which sees monsters ravaging towns, including Edo, a girl, who is misunderstood by others, is exiled after being able to see when an incident is about to happen. Alone in the snowy mountains, a young man named Oniwaban appears before her, and she find herself entangled in a story where she might find true love!
Kimi wa Yukima ni Koinegau is being published for Nintendo Switch, 2022, by Aksys Games.
Birushana Senki — TBC
Birushana Senki follows two clans, Yorimoto and Taira, during the civil war of Genpai, 1180–1185. Many of these characters are inspired by historical figures of that time period, and our protagonist, Shinaou, is the daughter of famous General Minamoto no Yoshitsune. Will she find love with a member of one of these two warring clans? Who could say!
Why am I excited? I never clicked with Hakuoki too much, but having another similiarly themed Otome to jump into, that isn’t connected with that series, is exciting as I do not dislike the setting. Our protaognist looks like she’s going to be super cool and independent too, and I’m excited to see her hold her own in both love and war.
Don’t worry, I get it, I’m wildly excited for all of these too! Hopefully next time you check, there will be even more Otome localised for the West!